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ASUS Zenfone Max Plus M1 review: A big battery alone does not a good phone make

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Back at CES, Asus showed off a follow-up to the not-so-old Zenfone 4 Max, which was a phone that ultimately disappointed me. Attempting to capitalize on the love for big batteries, the Taiwanese company decided to spin off the Zenfone Max line into its own device family. These phones will offer large batteries and many of the latest smartphone trends for budget prices.

So here we are with the first, the Zenfone Max Plus M1.

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ASUS Zenfone Max Plus M1 review: A big battery alone does not a good phone make was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Shame] Samsung still doesn’t use Android’s seamless updates on the Galaxy S9 and S9+

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Earlier this week, I noticed that my Galaxy S9+ review unit had an OTA update available. This update addressed some stability issues with the camera and put the phone on the latest security patch (which is certainly a good thing). But at nearly 250MB, it was quite a sizable update, too, and so installation took a bit to complete - my phone was out of commission for over five minutes.

Really, though, it shouldn't have been.

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[Shame] Samsung still doesn't use Android's seamless updates on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Razer Phone factory images now available for download

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The Razer Phone launched last year with plenty of features that cater to power users. There's a 120Hz screen, a huge battery, front-facing speakers, and more. One thing that was missing: the option to flash factory images. The phone was unlockable, but the images didn't exist. Well, now they do.

To flash a factory image, you need an unlocked bootloader. Razer notes that unlocking the bootloader voids your warranty, but you're a rebel who don't need no warranty to be happy, right?

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Razer Phone factory images now available for download was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

February 2018 Android platform distribution: Oreo breaks 1% usage and Nougat is finally on top

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Android 8.0 has been a low burn since its release last fall. It's been gaining a tenth of a percent here and there on the distribution charts, and Android 8.1 just appeared last month. This month, there's a slightly larger bump that finally pushed the latest and greatest Android up over 1%.

As usual, here are all the numbers compared to last month.

Android version stats, February 2018

Android versionPrevious data (%)Current data (%)Change (pp)
2.30.40.3-0.1
4.00.50.4-0.1
4.11.91.7-0.2
4.22.92.6-0.3
4.30.80.7-0.1
4.412.812-0.8
5.05.75.4-0.3
5.119.419.2-0.2
6.028.628.1-0.5
7.021.122.3+1.2
7.15.26.2+1.0
8.00.50.8+0.3
8.10.20.3+0.1

The data is pretty straightforward this month—every version except for Nougat and Oreo lost a few tenths of a percent.

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February 2018 Android platform distribution: Oreo breaks 1% usage and Nougat is finally on top was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

It looks like the Honor 8 won’t get Oreo after all

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Huawei's Honor sub-brand has been responsible for some nice pieces of hardware over the years, but the software always seems to lag behind. Just recently, the Honor 7X launched with Nougat when it should by all rights have had Oreo. Owners of the Honor 8 are also getting some bad Oreo news—they won't see Oreo at all. At least, this is what Honor's Indian Twitter account is telling people.

As recently as late 2017, Huawei/Honor was telling owners to hang tight as it looked into Oreo updates for the Honor 8 series.

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It looks like the Honor 8 won't get Oreo after all was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Honor 7X review: A contender for budget king

Saturday, December 9th, 2017


Honor is back here at the end of 2017 with another budget phone that, for all intents and purposes, is a better bang for your buck than its predecessor, the 6X. The specs have seen a slight boost, but the biggest change is the addition of Huawei's FullView display. Yes, that's right: a budget phone with an 18:9 screen, something thus far uncommon.

The 7X outright bests its predecessor and goes right up against the Moto G5S Plus, all while sitting at an extremely attractive $199 asking price.

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Honor 7X review: A contender for budget king was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Honor 7X review: A contender for budget king

Saturday, December 9th, 2017


Honor is back here at the end of 2017 with another budget phone that, for all intents and purposes, is a better bang for your buck than its predecessor, the 6X. The specs have seen a slight boost, but the biggest change is the addition of Huawei's FullView display. Yes, that's right: a budget phone with an 18:9 screen, something thus far uncommon.

The 7X outright bests its predecessor and goes right up against the Moto G5S Plus, all while sitting at an extremely attractive $199 asking price.

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Honor 7X review: A contender for budget king was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Rolling out to everyone] Moto X Pure Edition finally gets Android 7.0 Nougat update in US after a year of zero updates

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Ah, Motorola. You were once one of the most enthusiast-friendly OEMs, yet you've now sunken down to a level deeper than possibly any other major phone manufacturer in this regard. Just a few years ago, your Moto X-series of phones were the absolute best phones on the market with updates: the Moto X (2013) beat the Nexus 4 out to 4.4 KitKat, and the Moto X (2014) did the same to the Nexus 5 with 5.0 Lollipop.

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[Update: Rolling out to everyone] Moto X Pure Edition finally gets Android 7.0 Nougat update in US after a year of zero updates was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

NVIDIA rolls out SHIELD Tablet upgrade 5.3 with KRACK fix

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

You have to hand it to NVIDIA—it's kept the SHIELD Tablet updated for more than three years now. That's about three years longer than most Android tablets. Today, the SHIELD Tablet is getting the 5.3 upgrade, which includes a few little bug fixes along with one big fix for the KRACK vulnerability.

Here's the full changelog from NVIDIA.

  • Addresses Wi-Fi vulnerabilities (KRACK and Broadpwn)
  • Fixing connectivity issues with Zagg Bluetooth keyboards
  • Overall system stability and security optimizations
  • Update to Android Security Patch Level November 5, 2017

The software is still based on Android 7.0 Nougat, but it's now on the latest security patch level.

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NVIDIA rolls out SHIELD Tablet upgrade 5.3 with KRACK fix was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

T-Mobile Galaxy J7 gets updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, despite support notes claiming otherwise

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

When we think of Samsung phones, our minds instantly go to the Galaxy S8 and Note8. But Samsung makes a ton of different phones, and the Galaxy J7 is on the upper end of them. The T-Mobile variant of the J7 is now receiving its Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, even though the people behind the phone's support page don't seem to have any idea what's going on.

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T-Mobile's support page says that the update is Android 6.0.1, Android 7.0, and Android 7.0.1, all in the same document, so clearly there's a bit of confusion going on.

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T-Mobile Galaxy J7 gets updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, despite support notes claiming otherwise was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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