Xiaomi Mi MIX Running Android 7.0 Nougat Spotted in Benchmarks; Update Likely to Start Soon

#XiaomiMiMIX #Android7 – Xiaomi Mi MIX Running Android 7.0 Nougat Spotted in Benchmarks; Update Likely to Start Soon : Xiaomi Mi MIX, a concept smartphone that’s being sold in limited quantities in China, is likely to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update soon.

The Xiaomi smartphone has been spotted running the Android 7.0 Nougat update on a benchmark site. The Xiaomi Mi MIX Android Nougat isn’t exactly a surprise as the Chinese company released an MIUI ROM based on Android 7.0 Nougat for its beta testers in December. The smartphone spotted at the Geekbench Browser benchmark is likely a test unit being tested ahead of the complete rollout. The benchmark was first spotted by GSMArena.

Xiaomi has already confirmed to Gadgets 360 that the Mi MIX smartphone won’t be coming to the Indian market.

Making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2017, Xiaomi announced a new Mi MIX variant in White colour option.

To refresh, the Xiaomi Mi MIX was unveiled as a limited edition concept smartphone, made in collaboration with French designer Philippe Stark, in October last year. The Xiaomi handset was launched in two variants – 4GB RAM/ 128GB storage priced at CNY 3,499 (roughly Rs. 34,500), and 6GB RAM/ 256GB storage priced at CNY 3,999 (roughly Rs. 39,500).

Xiaomi Mi MIX’s key feature is its near bezel-less display with curved edges on top, and 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. The Xiaomi smartphone bears a ceramic body. Another highlight of the smartphone is the piezoelectric acoustic ceramic earpiece speaker, as well as the ultrasonic proximity sensor rather than the traditional front-facing infrared sensor.

Some of the specifications of the Mi MIX include a 6.4-inch display which bears a 17:9 aspect, with a 1080×2040 pixels resolution, a pixel density of 362ppi, and a 94-percent NTSC colour gamut. It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB or 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The Xiaomi concept smartphone sports 16-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash. It bears a 5-megapixel front camera.

Source : NDTV

ZTE Axon 7 Android Nougat Release Delayed, Will Roll Out In February Or March

#ZTE #ZTEAxon7 – ZTE Axon 7 Android Nougat Release Delayed, Will Roll Out In February Or March : ZTE is reportedly delaying the roll out of the Android 7.0 Nougat software update for its Axon 7 smartphone.

In November 2016, the company confirmed via a post on its official Twitter account that the much-awaited software update for the Axon 7 would be pushed out in January 2017.

This news was followed up by a preview program for Android 7.0 Nougat making its way to users of the Axon 7 in the U.S. a month later in December. This move affirmed to fans that the company would indeed be pushing out the software update for the Axon 7 as intended.

However, now in a twist of tale, ZTE has back tracked on its promise and will not be rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat for the Axon 7 in January as previously claimed.

According to reports, ZTE Germany has confirmed that the update for the Axon 7 has been delayed. The company confirmed the delay via a post on its official Facebook page.

Why The Delay?

The main reason for the delay is that ZTE feels that the software does not meet its quality expectations. The company, therefore, asks that Axon 7 users who have been waiting for the update may need to exercise a little more patience

“The launch of Android 7 for the Axon 7 will be a little delayed. We are currently in the beta test and unfortunately the software, contrary to our expectations, not yet our quality requirements. This fact, we are very sorry about the idea of ​​our community, but we can assure that the update to Android 7 will still take place within the first quarter. We are working hard to provide you with updates as soon as possible (translated),” noted the post from ZTE Germany.

While the company’s assertions of a Q1 2017 rollout is somewhat assuring, Axon 7 users are not happy with this move. Axon 7 users have taken to Reddit to express their angst.

“Not really a good excuse. It’s their issue in the first place. Plus it hurts even more knowing they marketed the phone as day dream ready and likely won’t be until March if that date holds,” said an irate user.

However, some users are do not blame the company and understand the decision.

“They have faced a huge amount of complaints over their software so I don’t blame them for trying to make things right and not rushing out an unfinished product. I’m still disappointed but I can respect the decision,” said a user.

Android 7.0 Nougat Features

The Android Nougat update is expected to bring in new features like multi-window support, quick options for replying, new notification interface, as well as important system updates that enhance the smartphone’s performance and stability.

Whether ZTE will push out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Axon 7 in February or March remains to be seen.

Source : techtimes

Screenshot of Nougat-powered BlackBerry Mercury leaks

#Blackberry #BlackberryMercury – Screenshot of Nougat-powered BlackBerry Mercury leaks : Reports about the upcoming smartphone from Blackberry, that’s supposedly in production is leaked again. The screenshot of the phone’s home screen apparently confirms the operating system to be Google’s latest operating system Android Nougat v7.0.

The image was shared on Twitter by one of its users Roland Quant, where in his tweet, he confirmed the news. The tweet which can be found here, also reveals the model number alongside revealing the resolution of the phone too.

 

Diving into the details, the leaked image is seen having a stock image of Android Nougat OS also receiving an update that can be seen at the notifications bar at the top of the phone.

The phone is also reportedly seen using an LTE connection. In the tweet, the phone resolution was also revealed to be 1620 pixels by 1080 pixels with a pixel density of 420ppi.

The news was eventually picked up by GSMArena who then went into more details discussing about the likely possibilities in terms of processor chips and also hinting about the exclusivity for those living in the USA. The tipster also doubted about its potential release to the Indonesian markets. Blackberry Mercury will have a QWERTY physical keyboard as reported earlier.

Another report, from Androidheadlines has detailed about everything that’s developed about the phone so far thanks to numerous reports about the device throughout the year. So far, as predicted by various websites the phone will have a 4.5-inch display with a battery large enough to provide about two days of usage.

The phone will also be powered by a Snapdragon SoC with reports hinting the latest Snapdragon 821 to be present in the phone. Per rumours, the phone will be exclusive to American carrier Verizon. The phone is expected to be released into the markets sometime around Q3 or Q4 this year with a uniquely designed fingerprint sensor that’s integrated directly into the spacebar key.

Source : Latinpost

Nokia 6 Goes Official with 5.5-Inch Display, 4GB RAM, Android 7.0 Nougat

#Nokia – In a surprising move, Finnish company HMD Global revealed its first Nokia-branded smartphone. The name of the phone has been rather weirdly chosen, as the device will be available on the market as Nokia 6.

The bad news is the Nokia 6 will be exclusively available for purchase in China. Customers will be able to pick this one up via China’s JD.com retailer for just $245. If you wonder why HMD has chosen China as the first market to get a Nokia-branded smartphone, here is the company’s explanation.

The decision by HMD to launch its first Android smartphone into China is a reflection of the desire to meet the real world needs of consumers in different markets around the world.

With over 552 million smartphone users in China in 2016, a figure that is predicted to grow to more than 593 million users by 2017, it is a strategically important market where premium design and quality is highly valued by consumers.”

Specs-wise, Nokia 6 is a mid-range smartphone that will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat operating system right out of the box. It’s fully made of aluminum and features thin bezels on the right and left edges of the screen.

On the inside, the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64Gb of internal memory (expandable via microSD). There’s also a 16-megapixel photo snapper on the back, which features PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and LED flash.

Nokia 6 comes with dual-SIM support and fingerprint sensor positioned under the physical Home button. It also packs Dolby Atmos sound with stereo speakers, along with Bluetooth 4.1 and LTE connectivity.

Also, the smartphone sports a 5.5-inch display with full HD (1080p) resolution, and it’s powered by a decent 3,000 mAh battery.

HMD Global is expected to unveil a couple of more Nokia-branded smartphones next month at Mobile World Congress 2017 trade fair.

source :softpedia

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Available with Android 7.0 Nougat Update

In November, we’ve informed you that Samsung started beta testing the Nougat update for its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and until December 31, the company continued to release updates that fixed many bugs. All features and modifications that were available in the Nougat beta release have been included in the final form of the update, which also contains the latest Android security patch from Google. For now, Android Nougat 7.0 is rolling out to a few users, but soon it will be available to all owners.

In many articles, we’ve mentioned some of the new features that Google has introduced in the seventh version of Android, but in case you’re reading about them for the first time, then you’ll be interested to learn more about the multi-window view feature, which will allow you to run two apps side by side, at the same time, but you will also be able to view two Chrome tabs, clear all recent apps, get notifications bundled into one alert, reply to messages directly from the notification etc.

In addition, an Easter Egg has been hidden in the operating system, and this time, the Neko Atsume-like feature will allow you to collect a variety of cats. The game can be found in the settings menu, and once you start playing it and a cat shows up, you will need to feed it.

We remind you that a month ago, Google has released Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which brought “many of the cool features of Pixel to everyone.” It was rumored that the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will be updated directly to this version in some markets, but there are no reports about this until now. Android 7.1.1 comes with new emoji, new GIFs in Google Allo, Google Messenger and Hangouts, a new camera app, app shortcuts and new Image Keyboard, which will allow you to send stickers.

Source : Neurogadget

2015 VPN Android Bug Still There in Nougat (And It’s Pushing Users to iPhones)

#Android #Nougat –

A significant number of Android users are still experiencing issues connecting to their companies’ VPNs, even though the bug was first reported to Google in December 2015.

Specifically, it turns out that a glitch first spotted in Android 6.0 Marshmallow and making it impossible for some people to connect to L2TP/IPsec VPNs still exists in Nougat, even though Google had more than one year to fix it.

But let’s see how it all started in late 2015, why it persists in Android 7 Nougat, and how some people are trying to deal with it since Google doesn’t seem to be very keen on delivering a fix.

What exactly is happening

First and foremost, let’s go back to December 2015 when the first user reported the bug to Google after updating to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. A post on Google Code said the following:

Unable to connect to L2TP/IPsec VPNs after upgrading to 6.0.1 on a Nexus 6 running MMB29K. No issues with L2TP/IPSec with 5.x.
No issues with certain other (e.g. Cisco) VPN technologies.
Other devices are able to connect to the same VPN servers I am testing.
Servers are based on openswan/xl2tpd.

This was just the beginning of a bug that’s now listed as “assigned,” considered to be “critical,” but somehow still not fixed in the latest versions of Android.

Soon after the first message was posted on December 12, 2015, many other users turned to the same discussion to report the problem. One of the many users added:

I have noticed the same issue after upgrading from 5.1.1 to 6.0.1 on both my Nexus 7 (flo) and Moto G2 (titan). (I am still able to access it with devices not updated to Marshmallow or not using Android.)
I am trying to connect to a VPN on a TL-ER604W through L2TP/IPsec with PSK.

So basically, what is happening after updating to Android 6.0 is that devices can no longer connect to L2TP/IPsec with PSK, even though everything was working perfectly fine in Android 5.0. For some reason, Android prefers users to switch to switch to PPTP, which is a less secure protocol that many customers don’t want to use because of an obvious reason.

For what it’s worth, Apple has removed PPTP support from iOS 10, choosing instead to force users to switch to L2TP/IPsec. The difference between iOS 10 and Android is that this protocol actually works on iPhones.

In most of the cases, connecting to L2TP/IPsec fails with no detailed error message, and the unsuccessful message is provided after half a minute. Unless customers check server logs, it’s nearly impossible to determine why exactly the connection fails.

The bug doesn’t seem to be limited to a specific smartphone brand or model, as users are reporting that Nexus, Samsung, Motorola, LG, and many other devices are affected.

Still there in Nougat

OF course, since it was first reported in December 2015, it’s only natural to expect the bug to be fixed in the recently-released Android Nougat.

But… no, the bug is still there, so there still are plenty of users who cannot connect to their VPNs network because the “assigned” and “critical” glitch still hasn’t been fixed. One of the users who took to the aforementioned discussion says:

I am still have the same problem on Pixel C and Nexus 6 running 7.0. It doesn't work on any of these devices running 6.0.1: LG G5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Galaxy S7, Gpad 8.3 (CM build), and Galaxy Note 5. We use these for running a business, and cannot afford to now wait until Android 8.0 is released. I had to buy a Oneplus X that is still on 5.1 just as a stop gap just to use VPN.

In most of the cases, customers who also had a backup PPTP connection turned to this protocol as a workaround for the bug, while others installed the OpenVPN Connect app that’s available in the store.

VPN connection options in Android Nougat

VPN connection options in Android Nougat

The iPhone workaround

Those who are super-frustrated with Google’s lack of response in this bug that dates back to December 2015 decided to go for a more dramatic workaround: give up on Android and switch to iOS.

I hit this issue last December.  My fix was to buy Iphones for us all (okay, I'm a small business so it was only 4).  They just work and we've had zero issues - with hindsight I have secured 6 months of productivity so it was a good decision.

The number of users who decided to switch to iPhone just because of this bug is surprising to say the least, but you can’t blame anyone for wanting to connect to their corporate networks and do their jobs.

And, as a conclusion, we’ll end with a message posted by a former Android customer who decided to abandon Android completely and purchase no less than 190 iPhones. In addition to the following message, he also posted the photo you can see below (whose legitimacy we can’t verify by the way) and which he says shows his company’s new phone lineup.

Switched to Apple with 190 devices... Works like a charm now. 420 will follow. Waiting for a year is not acceptable.

Tim Cook would really be proud with this pic
Source : Softpedia

Nexus 6P Issues Worse On Android 7.1.1 Nougat

#Nexus6P #Android7 – Nexus 6P Issues Worse On Android 7.1.1 Nougat : Everyone was excited about the latest Android update, but it looks like it has brought on more headaches for Nexus 6P users.

According to Phandroid, some Nexus 6P users had initially reported that their devices shut down on its own despite having more than 30 percent of juice left.

However, reports have revealed that a bug, first reported in the Android bug tracker last year, looks to be acquiring more attention as more devices are being impacted.

This issue results in the devices going through a boot loop that doesn’t seem to end, unless you flash it with factory images. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible on some devices as they have trouble going into recovery mode, too.

A brief survey of users with this problem reveal that this is common among all versions of Android 7.0 Nougat and it seems to be happening more often on the Android 7.1.1 stable release.

Phandroid reports that 57 percent of affected devices are unable to access the recovery mode, which is a serious cause for concern.

Having said that, this isn’t the first of such occurrences with Nexus devices. Late last year, a fraction of Nexus 5X users had returned their devices to LG due to an issue that made the devices bricked.

Let’s hope this doesn’t happen again.

Nexus 6 with Android 7.1.1 Nougat Coming In January

#Nexus6 #Android7 – Nexus 6 with Android 7.1.1 Nougat Coming In January : Google teamed up with Motorola back in 2014 and created Nexus 6 which is one of the most prolific Android powered devices to this date. Motorola brought great hardware pieces like the powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor while Google came with a constant stream of software updates but sadly now that the device reached the two year milestone, Google stopped paying the same amount of attention to it.

The device initially shipped with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, and the operating system filled the device with innovative features and functionalities but now after two years, Lollipop it’s just not enough. Google’s latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system brings so much more to the table regarding features but what makes it special is the fact that it also enhances the device’s performances to another level.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat has been out for four weeks now and the software update already reached Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL line alongside almost all Nexus devices, Nexus 6 being the only one left behind. Everyone believed that the reason why Google is postponing the update is because the device is older but recently Google cleared this issue by stating: “Unfortunately, we found a last minute bug that was specific to the Nexus 6, which has caused the delay of 7.1.1 OTA rollout. We’ve since fixed the issue and will be rolling out an update in early January”.

Its great seeing that Google is staying on top of Nougat’s software issues and that they didn’t forgot about the older Nexus 6. Nonetheless, at least now we know the reason behind the software delay and Nexus 6 users don’t have to wait too long because January is right around the corner.

Google Investigates Supposed Issue With Pixel’s Double-Tap to Wake Feature

#Android  #Google –  Following this month’s update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, some Pixel owners have reported issues with the Double-tap to Wake feature. Google is reportedly working on a fix for the issue.

The Double-tap to Wake feature doesn’t work consistently when the power saving feature, Doze is on.

Doze allows the phone to disconnect applications from running in the background after a period of inactivity. This helps improve battery life and increases standby time overall. Users simply need to move the phone around to turn off Doze. The Double-tap to Wake feature helps users to check notifications and wake up the phone with a simple gesture.

Some Pixel users reported on Google Product Forums that they must first move the phone and then tap the screen in order to wake. In other words, when the Doze feature is on, they need to perform two separate actions to wake the phone, instead of one.

It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s certainly an inconvenience seeing how the Double-tap feature was supposed to make it easier to check notifications and not require many gestures. Users have also reported that the feature plainly doesn’t work sometimes or has a 2-second delay after the phone locks.

Google reps are working on a fix

Google representatives stated on the Product Forums that they’re working on a fix, but it’s unknown when that will be released. Another issue that Google is reportedly trying to fix is the static sound output on Pixel phones. A few days ago, we reported that Pixel smartphones are having audio issues when the volume is set to the highest three levels.

The audio output is quite distorted, an issue that isn’t found on Nexus 6P phones. There’s a workaround available that involves flashing custom ROMs on the smartphone, but it’s a rather complicated method that could void the phone’s warranty. Google acknowledged the issue and might push out a fix soon.

Source Softpedia

Android 7.0 Nougat Update For HTC One M9 Release Date Confirmed?

#AndroidNougat #HTCOneM9 – Android 7.0 Nougat Update For HTC One M9 Release Date Confirmed? : HTC has made good on its promise from earlier this year. The Taiwanese tech giant has started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for HTC One M9. When Google launched Android 7.0 Nougat in August, HTC said it would work on the software immediately. The company promised it would release the seventh major version of the Android to the HTC 10, HTC One M9 and HTC One A9 in late 2016.

HTC 10 owners were the first to receive the sugary treat this week. Those who can’t wait for the OTA update to arrive can simply download the Android 7.0 Nougat update for HTC 10 via HTC Dev.

The software patch weighs 219 MB and has the kernel code 3.18.31. It is only good for those who own the unlocked version of the HTC 10. Same goes with the upcoming Android 7.0 Nougat update for HTC One M9.

Unlocked HTC One M9 Gets Nougat Update First

HTC announced on Twitter that its update program for the unlocked version of the HTC One M9 is in full swing. Users can check for the OTA update on their device’s Settings menu. The company also confirmed that carrier versions of the HTC One M9 will receive the software patch in early 2017.

The HTC One M9 came with Android 5.0 Lollipop when it debuted in March 2015. It was upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow a few months later.
Android 7.0 Nougat could be the last major update for the HTC One M9. However, the device can still boot future Android OS through unofficial custom ROM.

HTC One M9 Qualified For Future Android Builds?

HTC One M9 owners have reason to get their hopes high. Third-party developers have even found a way to port Android 7.1 Nougat on HTC’s 2014 flagship, the HTC One M8. According to Neurogadget, the latest version of CyanogenMod known as CyanogenMod CM 14.1 adds Android 7.1 Nougat to the HTC One M8. Interested takers should back up their files before deciding to download and install the custom ROM. Source: Morningnewsusa