Android Authority Android News, Reviews, How To Sun, 18 Mar 2018 22:44:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 54cc39 Alcatel 1X and 3V confirmed for the US in the coming months Sun, 18 Mar 2018 22:44:43 +0000

  • Alcatel announced that its 1X and 3V smartphones will launch in the U.S. in the coming months.
  • The two phones were announced during MWC 2018 alongside the Alcatel 3, 3X, and 5.
  • The Alcatel 1X will likely launch for under $100.

Alcatel confirmed that the Alcatel 1X and Alcatel 3V will launch in the U.S. in the coming months. The two phones were announced alongside the Alcatel 3, 3X, and 5 during MWC 2018 in February.

To recap, the Alcatel 1X is the most affordable of the bunch, due to it running Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). The phone features a 5.3-inch display with a 960 x 640 resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio, MediaTek 6739 processor, 16 GB of native storage, and a 2,460 mAh battery.

The Alcatel 1X comes in either 1 or 2 GB of RAM variants. The 1 GB version sports an 8 MP rear shooter, while the 2 GB variant bumps the camera resolution up to 13 MP. Both versions feature a 5 MP front-facing camera.

Interestingly, the U.S. version of the Alcatel 1X also features a fingerprint sensor. This differs from the version we saw at MWC 2018, which did not include the sensor.

The Alcatel 3V, meanwhile, has more meat on its bones relative to the Alcatel 1X. The former features a 6-inch display with a 2,160 x 1,080 resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio, MediaTek 8735A processor, and 2 GB of RAM. You can expand the 16 or 32 GB of native storage by up to 128 GB through the microSD card slot.

The Alcatel 3V packs dual 12 and 2 MP cameras and a fingerprint sensor around back, as well as a 5 MP camera up front. Even though the 3,000 mAh battery is charged through a microUSB port, at least the phone retains the disappearing headphone jack.

Finally, the Alcatel 3V runs Android Oreo out of the box.

Alcatel did not say how much the 1X and 3V will cost or when exactly the phones will be available in the U.S. The company said that the 1X would sell for under $100, which is usually code for $99.99.

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UK Deal: Get a free PS4 or PSVR with pre-order of Xperia XZ2 — yes, really Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:07:46 +0000

If you live in the United Kingdom and need both a new smartphone and a new gaming console, then this is the amazing deal of the year for you. Right now, for a limited time, if you pre-order the Sony Xperia XZ2 from either Three or Carphone Warehouse, you get a PlayStation 4 with a copy of Gran Turismo Sport absolutely free.

It sounds too good to be true, but apparently Sony really wants to sell the Xperia XZ2, which is going to be tricky with all the negative press the smartphone is getting, like here and here.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: you already own a PS4, so you don’t need this free console. Well, you’re in luck because you can opt instead for a PlayStation VR Starter Pack. Or you could get the PS4 and give it to your favorite Android Authority writer. Just sayin’.

There are some caveats though. First off, you must live in the U.K. to get this deal. The pre-ordered phone and PS4 will have to ship to a U.K. address, so unfortunately there’s not an easy way around that limitation. Second, the fine print says that this offer is limited until April 4, 2018, or the first 1,000 pre-orders, whichever comes first. Because a free PS4 is a pretty lucrative giveaway, we can only imagine these pre-orders will sell out fast.

Once you pre-order and receive your Xperia XZ2, you’ll enter your IMEI number at a Sony website and be able to claim your free PS4 or PSVR pack. Get on it now before someone else does!

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15 best Android launcher apps of 2018! Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:00:45 +0000 best android launcher apps for android
Android launcher apps have long been an integral part of the Android experience. If you don’t like the way your home screens look or act, you can simply download an app to change all of it. There is no doubt that Android launcher apps have a far more diverse set of features than any other genre of application and you can really do some amazing things with these apps. Let’s take a look at the best Android launchers! We would list the Google Pixel Launcher if it were available for more than a handful of devices.

Action Launcher

Price: Free / $4.99+
Action Launcher has long been a favorite Android launcher of our readers. It comes with a stock Android feel. However, there are some extra features over top that add some uniqueness. Quicktheme lets you customize the colors of your UI based on your wallpaper. Shutters lets you check out an app's widget without actually setting one on the home screen. It even has theming and customization elements to make your phone feel more like Android Oreo. There is also icon pack support, frequent updates, and a lot more. There's a lot to like about this one. Even the app drawer is configurable.

ADW Launcher 2

Price: Free / $3.49
ADW Launcher used to be on this list until the developer stopped supporting. However, with the launch of ADW Launcher 2, it was an obvious choice to add it back to the list. This one includes an updated UI that fits in line better with stock Android. Additionally, there are launcher shortcuts, many customization options, extensions, and tons of other modern features. It also has one of the best make-your-own-widget features that we've seen. It has retaken its rightful place among the Android launcher elite. You can download it for free or pick up the pro version as an in-app purchase for $3.49.

Apex Launcher

Price: Free / $3.99
Apex Launcher has been around for a very long time and remains one of the most iconic Android launcher apps ever. Like Action Launcher, it aims to give a stock Android look and feel with a few extra features thrown in for good measure. Among those include the ability to alter things like transition animations, scrolling habits, and there is even a scrolling dock where you can lay plenty of icons. Apex Launcher also includes a theme engine. The developer is in the middle of improving the launcher a lot. Those trying it out can expect big changes in 2017.
Apex Launcher

AIO Launcher

Price: Free / $1.99
AIO Launcher does it differently than many Android launcher apps. It does away with the standard home screen in favor of an information-packed list of stuff. It shows things like your latest SMS and missed calls, your media player, your system info (RAM, battery, storage, etc), and even stuff like news, Bitcoin price, Twitter, and more. The paid version also includes integration for Telegram and your regular widgets from other apps. Not everything has to look like stock Android and AIO Launcher certainly shows that it can be done effectively. It's free for most features. The full version is a very reasonable $1.99.
AIO Launcher

EverythingMe Launcher

Price: Free
EverythingMe Launcher shut down and left the Play Store back in 2015. They returned to the Play Store in January 2017. That's great news because this is a very decent Android launcher. It boasts a lot of smart features. There are smart folders that automatically categorize your apps. It also has a contextual feed of things like notifications, missed calls, calendar events and more. The app takes a bit to learn your habits. The thing is that it works very well once it does. You can use the launcher for free.
EverythingMe Launcher

Evie Launcher

Price: Free
Evie Launcher is one of our picks for the best Android apps of 2016. It's a lightweight, fast Android launcher with some unique features. It uses the Pixel Launcher-style app drawer that you can slide up from the bottom of the screen. It also comes with support for icon packs, a no-dock mode, and you can change things like the grid size on the home screen. Evie Launcher even has things like unread badges, widget customization, and more. It's totally free to download with no in-app purchases.
Evie Launcher

Lawnchair Launcher

Price: Free
Lawnchair Launcher is one of the newer Android launcher apps. It's an open source project that mimics much of the look and feel from the Pixel Launcher. It features many similar features to the Pixel Launcher along with a few others. Those features include icon pack support, Android Oreo shortcuts and notification dots, Google Now integration (with optional and free plugin), adaptive icons, and various other customizations. It's still new and also in beta. However, it already works better than most launchers. It's also free with no ads or in-app purchases.
Lawnchair Launcher

Lean Launcher

Price: Free
Lean Launcher is another one of the newer Android launchers. It provides a healthy dose of stock Android minimalism with support for popular, newer features. That includes notification dots, app shortcuts, icon shapes, Google Now, and more. The app also comes with some light customization features, a double tap to lock feature, and more. This one is relatively new. Thus, there are probably some bugs that still need worked out. However, even considering the newness of the app, it's still really good. It's also entirely free, at least at the time of this writing.
Lean Launcher

Lightning Launcher

Price: $4.99 / $1.99
Lightning Launcher used to be a fairly decent, minimal Android launcher. It has since grown into one of the most customizable Android launchers ever made. It's still super lightweight too. It gives you the ability to change virtually anything on the home screen. You can even have multiple sets of home screens for multiple occasions. Perhaps its most unique feature is its scripting support. You can use JavaScript to make Lightning do all kinds of stuff. There are also additional plugins, language packs, and more available for download. The feature list isn't all that long comparatively, but it seems to tick all the right boxes. The app also has a learning curve, but it's worth learning.

Microsoft Launcher

Price: Free
Microsoft Launcher isn't a new launcher. The app used to be Arrow Launcher. Microsoft re-branded the app in mid-2017. The app features integration with many Microsoft services, including their calendar, email, to-do list app, and direct integration with Microsoft PCs. It also has customization features and gesture controls. This one returned to beta after the rebrand. Thus, there are likely some bugs for now. However, it's something different and especially useful for those who want better integration with their Windows PC.
Microsoft Launcher

Next Launcher 3D Shell

Price: Free / $16.99
Next Launcher 3D Shell is by GO Dev. Those are the same people who do GO Launcher. It features 3D animations, a variety of transition effects. and some unique customization options. It also includes a scroll bar that lets you spin your home screens around and find the one you're looking for. Admittedly, it's one of the most expensive Android launcher apps out there. We wouldn't blame you if the price of entry was too high. However, you can try out the app for free. Additionally, you can get the app cheaper if you buy it as an in-app purchase from the trial instead of the standalone app.

Nova Launcher

Price: Free / $4.99
It doesn’t get too much better than Nova Launcher. Like Apex Launcher, Nova has been around since the good old days. It remains not only relevant, but one of the best Android launcher app options available. It has a laundry list of customization features that include gesture support, the ability to customize the look and feel of the app, icon pack support, themes, and much, much more. The app also gets updated at a breakneck pace which means bugs generally get squished quickly and new features are added consistently. It also comes with the ability to backup and restore your home screen layouts for when you eventually switch to a new phone. It's the one we'd recommend you try first.
Nova Launcher

Smart Launcher 3

Price: Free / $4.49
Smart Launcher 3 has been around for a while. It's also been updated quite a bit. Its biggest claim to fame is the various ways that you can have your icons displayed. There's the classic flower shape, various other grids, and more. Additionally, you can have notifications on your home screen, a contextual search, lots of themes, plugin support, and more. You can even hide apps behind a password lock if you want to. It has a good list of features. However, it does a great job to not feel bloated. You can download the app for free to try it out.
Smart Launcher 3

TSF Launcher

Price: Free
TSF Launcher is one of the unique launcher apps. It features a variety of customizations, including full gesture support. It can do a lot of things that look really cool. However, it doesn't bring all that much to the table that other launchers don't emulate to some extent. Still, it's a lot of fun to use. Some of the extra features include 3D animations, an unlimited dock bar, batch selections of things like icons on the home screen, widgets, and more. It's completely free to download and use. It also has an extra plugin that adds app badges.

Yahoo Aviate Launcher

Price: Free
Yahoo's Aviate Launcher is one of the unique launcher apps. It's also a bit of a wildcard. It does some helpful stuff like auto-organize apps into categories and it includes some decent customization features. However, it also doesn't follow the traditional launcher look or behavior. Some of the other features include Smart Stream, organization features, weather integration, and some other fun little features. It's not a top five, but it's definitely a top 15 Android launcher.
Yahoo Aviate Launcher

If we missed any of the best Android launcher apps, tell us about them in the comments! Should the Pixel Launcher ever make it to Google Play, you can bet that it’ll end up on this list post haste! You can find our latest app lists by clicking here!

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Must read: top 10 Android stories Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:51:55 +0000 fitbit versa smartwatch

This week we went hands-on with the new Fitbit Versa, saw the HTC U12 Plus leak in full, and launched a new YouTube channel for our very own Gary Sims! Here’s the news of the week.

Who wants to win a Honor View 10?

The Honor View 10 is finally here, and we’re giving one away. Here’s how to enter this week’s Sunday Giveaway.

10 Android stories we handpicked for you

Hands-on: Fitbit Versa is a smarter, more affordable smartwatch for the masses The new Fitbit Versa smartwatch is smarter, more affordable, and much better looking than the Fitbit Ionic.

This is our first look at the HTC U12 Plus HTC’s 2018 flagship has leaked in full. Coming in May, it’ll sport a 6.0-inch display, a Snapdragon 845 SoC, and dual rear- and front-facing cameras.

Android Wear is now Wear OS Google is now officially changing the name of its smartwatch platform from Android Wear to Wear OS.

Introducing the Gary Explains YouTube channel! There are so many areas of technology that Gary would like to cover, but they aren’t directly related to mobile. Introducing the new Gary Explains YouTube Channel.

Google Assistant guide: make the most of your virtual assistant Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of Google Assistant.

Who owns the notch? The notch is a thing. Essential did it first. Apple went bigger. Who owns the notch?

A closer look at Arm’s machine learning hardware Arm is making a major play for machine learning hardware with Project Trillium, so let’s take a closer look at the new chips and broader plans for this growing market segment.

Android P: the top features you need to know Google recently released the first Android P Developer Preview. While it’s an evolutionary step up from Android Oreo, there are a few features that make it stand out.

5G vs Gigabit LTE: The differences explained With networks advertising both Gigabit LTE and upcoming 5G capabilities, we breakdown the differences between the two and which you should care most about.

Why did Trump stop the Broadcom-Qualcomm deal? If you are confused about why the President stepped in yesterday to stop the Broadcom-Qualcomm deal, this article will hopefully help you understand.

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Honor View 10 international giveaway! Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:40:36 +0000 Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone each and every Sunday.

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus international giveaway: Suzie B. (Canada)

This week we are giving away a brand new Honor View 10!

Just because a phone is packed with high-end features, doesn’t mean it has to have a high-end price. The Honor View 10 ticks many of the boxes most smartphone owners want, and it does so at a sub-$500 price point.

The View 10 features Huawei’s AI-powered Kirin 970 chipset, which was previously only available on the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. Of course, that Kirin 970 means you’re also getting access to the dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which allows the phone to recognize objects in the camera and automatically select the mode to best fit the subject you’re trying to shoot.

What’s more, the NPU also automatically optimizes the phone’s memory based on which apps are used most often. Of course, RAM management shouldn’t be much of a problem anyway, considering the Honor View 10 comes with 6 GB of RAM. There’s also 128 GB of storage, expandable memory up to 256 GB, as well as a hybrid dual-SIM tray.

In our full review, we were really impressed by the View 10’s dual-camera setup, which features a 16 MP f/1.8 aperture color sensor and a 20 MP f/1.8 aperture monochrome sensor. Not only can it take solid pictures, it also offers plenty of fun features like portrait and wide-aperture modes.

To learn more about the Honor View 10, head to our related coverage below:

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10 best coupon apps for Android Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:11:29 +0000 best coupon apps for Android
Getting the best deal is a part of life. Rarely do people like overpaying for things. Consequently, most of us love saving money when we’re out shopping. There are plenty of ways to save a buck or when you’re out and about. Let your phone help you find some great deals. Here are the best coupon apps for Android.

Price: Free
DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY is about as typical of a coupon app as it gets. It features coupons for grocery store items mostly. You simply take a photo of your receipt. The app then reimburses you the money if there are coupons available for those products. It boasts 100s of coupons, store loyalty card support, and a totally paperless experience. The developers are still working out some kinks. However, this one is a solid experience overall. It's completely free with no in-app purchases. There are some ads, though.

Coupons App

Price: Free
The Coupons App is one of the more popular coupon apps. They boast new deals every day that you can claim and use directly on your phone. This takes out the trouble of having to print off coupons. You can also set the app to send you notifications when new deals arrive, find cheaper gas prices, and it comes equipped with a barcode scanner. It’s a little basic, but there are tons of coupons for a variety of stores and it’s completely free to use. There are ads, though. It's not a big deal.
Coupons App


Price: Free
Ebates is one of the better coupons apps with rebates. It delivers coupons like most coupon apps. However, the majority of its savings occur in the form of cash back. You make purchases, the service gives you a few bucks of it in return. Over time, this adds up to a fairly respectable sum of money. There are many apps like Ebates. However, this one seems to work better than most. Don't take that the wrong way, it's not without it's issues. Still, it's not a bad app by any stretch.


Price: Free
Flipp is fairy typical as far as coupon apps go. It will dredge up all sorts of deals on a daily or weekly basis that can help save you money. One of the unique features is the ability to redeem a coupon and have it attached to your loyalty card. That way all you have to do is remember to swipe your loyalty card at checkout to get all the deals. Additional features include the ability to receive notifications about new or expiring coupons, support for 800+ retailers, and more. The app is free to download and use.


Price: Free
Groupon is one of the more recognizable coupon apps out there. It supports over 500 cities. It also features a decent design and it's easy to use. There are deals for a bunch of different things as well. You can even find deals for vacation destinations and hotels. Other features include specialized deal collections for holiday shopping. It’s an overall simple app, but the things that it does it seems to do right. It’s a free app and it’s one of the best in this category.


Price: Free
Ibotta is one of those coupon apps that work on a cash back reward program. The basic premise is that you get deals to shop at specific stores. You then earn cash back that you can have sent to a Venmo or PayPal account. Unlike most, you can use Ibotta alongside other apps such as Groupon to combine savings and cash back. It boasts over 700 compatible locations and it’s compatible with loyalty rewards points as well. You could do worse for sure.

Krazy Coupon Lady

Price: Free
Krazy Koupon Lady is a coupon app that helps you find stuff from other coupon apps. It boasts a decent range of compatible stores, including many drug stores and grocery stores. You’ll be able to surf coupons from apps such as Checkout 51, Ibatta, and a variety of others. You’ll also be able to create shopping lists, sync across multiple devices, and various written and video tutorials to help teach you how to use coupons better. It’s among the highest rated coupon apps, even if it’s not as popular as many.
Krazy Coupon Lady


Price: Free
RetailMeNot is one of the more popular coupon apps on the list. It has a swatch of features, including most of the ones we’ve discussed in other apps on the list. You can find deals for over 50,000 retailers, redeem cash back offers, and you can even scan barcodes directly from the device. It has a lot of flashy features and deals. That makes it an ideal starting point for beginners. It has a good design, but it's also a fairly heavy app. Don't be shocked if your battery drain gets a little worse.


Price: Free
Shopular has been around for a long time and it’s one of the more popular coupon apps. It tends to focus on retail savings. You’ll find a ton of stuff for special events like Black Friday, Christmas, and other holidays. There is also a special focus on mall shopping which makes it easy to find a lot of deals in the same place. Like most, you’ll be able to use barcodes on your phone. That means you won’t have to print anything. It’s a must have, especially during holiday shopping.

Individual Store Apps

Price: Free
A lot of brick-and-mortar stores as well as online stores have their own apps. We’re talking about Newegg, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and many, many others. These apps generally have the latest sales from each store along with “mobile only” deals that you can take advantage of. In particular, online stores like Amazon and Newegg usually have specific deals that you can check on as the day progresses. Many of these deals don’t typically make it to coupon apps. There are tons of stores with their own apps, so we recommend sticking to the ones that you’re interested in so you don’t overload your device storage.

If we missed any of the best coupon apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android apps and games lists!

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The surprising growth of used smartphones Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:53:54 +0000 Used smartphones

While the global smartphone market saw a steep fall in sales in the last quarter according to all major research agencies, the used smartphone and refurbished market is gaining traction at a surprising rate.

This is important because the numbers show that the smartphone market declined by between 5 and 9 percent in the last quarter of 2017 (depending on whose report you’re reading). This is a significant drop. But that was just the new smartphone market — research from Counterpoint’s refurbished smartphone tracker shows a 13 percent leap year-on-year. That’s 140 million units changing hands, which is close to 10 percent of the entire market.

Second-life devices now represent close to 10% of the entire smartphone market

These “second-life” devices include repaired smartphones, “rejuvenated” models, or just those collected and sold as is. Combined with the fact we’re holding onto phones longer, the increasing sales of second-hand phones is reducing new smartphone demand, as Counterpoint research director, Tom Kang, confirms:

“The slowdown in innovation has made two-year-old flagship smartphones comparable in design and features with the most recent mid-range phones. Therefore, the mid low-end market for new smartphones is being cannibalized by refurbished high-end phones, mostly Apple iPhones and, to a lesser extent, Samsung Galaxy smartphones.”

Apple and Samsung devices in the refurb market, Counterpoint says, hold close to 75 percent of the second-hand market, with Apple “leading by a significant margin.”

Apple says it doesn’t mind this at all, and I’ve previously talked about how Tim Cook’s philosophy that the “more people on iPhone the better” is exactly right for Apple’s ecosystem approach: get people in early via hand-me-downs and lock them in. In fact, Apple even tried to get a foothold in India by attempting to convince the government it could sell used iPhones to Indian consumers. India’s government disagreed.

The refurb market is further boosted by other factors too. Third-party-repair store fronts and guides from iFixit make it cheaper and easier to replace a broken screen or put in a fresh battery than ever before. Meanwhile, the right-to-repair movement is gathering steam in its attempt to make this far easier than it is now, with a lack of easy access to a device’s innards still a problem.

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Another big factor for the improving fortunes of our old phones is that new phones just aren’t as tempting as they once were. Rob Triggs made a strong point recently that innovation saturation has occurred in the smartphone market, where multiple brands are embracing a safer “tick-tock” mobile strategy, replacing the need for annual upheaval.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is the perfect example of refinement over the earlier S8 — small design improvements, better specs, and a handsome RRP, for those that just want the latest. Similarly, the iPhone 7s represents only incremental improvement over the iPhone 7, but it’s still a better device. And, as Rob mentioned, these small steps allow companies to bide their time on introducing the Next Big Thing. This approach favors perfecting tech rather than rushing new devices. Sony and OnePlus, on the other hand, are playing the much tighter six-month cycle, while LG is one example of a major shift in the industry: an end to yearly upgrades:

We plan to retain existing models longer by, for instance, unveiling more variant models of the G series or V series.

“We will unveil new smartphones when it is needed. But we will not launch it just because other rivals do,” said LG Electronics vice-chairman Cho Seong-jin.

“We plan to retain existing models longer by, for instance, unveiling more variant models of the G series or V series.”

While cameras, processors, and screens are all getting better, the vast majority of premium smartphones from the last two years are eminently capable.

There’s a growing level of sophistication to the second-hand market, where resale values are well understood. Counterpoint’s research director, Peter Richardson, added in their report that it’s a truly global phenomenon:

“Regions seeing the highest volume include the U.S. and Europe. While the fastest growing markets for refurbs include Africa, SE Asia, and India. All have been seeing initiatives from the major operators (e.g. Verizon, Vodafone etc.), OEMs (e.g. Apple), and major distributors (e.g. Brightstar) who are adding full life-cycle services.

“The industry uses data analysis to predict future resale values of devices, which means consumers can be given a guaranteed buy-back value at various points during their ownership […] Overall, we expect this trend to continue gathering pace.”

We had a detailed look at which smartphones retain their resale value best:

Used smartphones

The key takeaway is that grabbing a phone from a well-known and trusted brand is important — Apple, Samsung, and the Google range have held up best. We also found resale price drops on 2016 smartphones were around 25 to 30 percent, while 2017 showed drops closer to 20 to 25 percent, implying that as the used smartphone market grows, resale value increases as well.

As the used smartphone market grows, resale value increases as well.

A look at indicates that retail value on a 64 GB iPhone X has fallen approximately 17 percent since launch. The Samsung 64 GB Galaxy S8 has only fallen around 18 percent since launch, which isn’t bad considering the S9’s subsequent debut. (It is worth noting that there have been a number of sales pushing the total discount up to 21 percent.)

Overall, while we can figure out some good reasons behind this, it’s still surprising. Only 25 percent of devices are making it back onto the market, which is still low. We hear a lot about planned obsolescence in our devices preventing enjoyable usage beyond the 18-24 month mark, and that may be one reason that 75 percent of devices don’t get put back on the market, along with hand-me-downs to family and friends not being tracked.

Used smartphones Shutterstock

But with the sector growing, it might be time to consider the resale value of your current device, and how your next device’s value will hold up. It’s a safe bet to say that if the industry continues to struggle to create real innovation, and important elements like cameras and screens only go from very good to very very good, we’ll continue to see second-hand smartphones as genuinely good options.

For the industry that needs to keep selling premium devices, the pressure is on to make the high-end market continually enviable for those with last year’s models, and convince the mid-range community not to simply buy those used flagships instead.

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Android 8.0 Oreo update tracker – March 17, 2018 Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:24:13 +0000

Welcome to our Android 8.0 Oreo update tracker. Following its public release in August 2017, Oreo is steadily finding its way to more and more Android smartphones.

Google has been working to reduce fragmentation and ensure that more devices receive the latest Android version in a timely fashion. It’s still a work in progress though; the Android 8.0 Oreo update is still far from widespread, as the Android version distribution figures show.

You’re probably wondering “When will my phone get Oreo?” This tracker will help with that question. We’re collecting all the information we can find on the rollout of Android 8, including past OTAs and upcoming releases.

Without further ado, here’s what we know so far about the Android 8.0 Oreo update.

What’s new in Android 8.0 Oreo? We have all the features here

Looking ahead at Android P

Still waiting for Nougat? Check out our Nougat tracker

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Before we start

As with older versions, the update to Android 8.0 Oreo has been released by Google, but many factors influence its actual availability. First and foremost, your manufacturer and carrier (in case you own a carrier version) control when your phone will get Oreo. Other factors are your specific model, your location in the world, and whether you bought the device unlocked or through a carrier.

Just because your specific phone or tablet is not on the list, it doesn’t mean it won’t get the Oreo update. The opposite is also true. We make efforts to collect accurate information for all manufacturers, but mistakes happen – if you spot one, let us know.

Key Android 8 Oreo update features

We have a complete overview of all the new features in our Android 8.0 Oreo review. Check it out to see what’s new in Oreo, including design changes, under-the-hood tweaks, and new features. Below we have our video overview of Oreo and a quick list of key features you should know.

  • Redesigned settings menu
  • Persistent notifications
  • Adaptive icons
  • Snooze notifications
  • Notification channels
  • Notification dots
  • Wi-Fi Assistant
  • Picture-in-picture mode
  • Background execution limits
  • Vitals
  • Autofill API
  • Project Treble
  • High performance Bluetooth audio
  • Android Instant Apps

Google Oreo update

Google began rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to its Nexus and Pixel devices on August 21, 2017. Factory images and OTA links are available on the Android Developers website and if you need any help flashing the image, follow our straightforward guide to installing Android Oreo manually.

On December 5, Google started rolling the Android 8.1 Oreo update, bringing a handful of optimizations.

The following devices are officially receiving Android 8.1 updates. Click on the links to get the latest factory image.

The following devices have received updates to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but will not receive updates to Android 8.0:

Samsung Oreo update

The following Samsung devices are confirmed to receive the Oreo update in the coming months:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1

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Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus

  • November 2, 2017 – International: Samsung kicks off the Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
  • November 10, 2017 – International: Samsung is rolling out the second Oreo beta firmware starting in the UK.
  • November 15, 2017 – United States: Second beta pulled in US due to major network bug.
  • November 23, 2017 – International: Samsung is rolling out the third Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
  • December 14, 2017 – International: Samsung rolls out fourth Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
  • January 19, 2018 – International: PSA: Smart Switch wiping data on Galaxy S8, S8 Plus for Oreo beta users.
  • January 25, 2018 – US: Samsung has revealed that the Android 8.0 Oreo beta testing program for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will end on Friday, Jan. 26 in the US.
  • February 2, 2018 – T-Mobile US: T-Mobile is now testing Android Oreo for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus—the last step before the update’s full deployment.
  • March 1, 2018 – International: Here’s the changelog for the Galaxy S8 Oreo update
  • March 12, 2018 – Canada Unlocked: Samsung Canada revealed it would start rolling out the Oreo update from March 19, 2018.
  • March 16, 2018 – UK: The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in the U.K. are now receiving their Android 8.0 Oreo updates.
  • March 16, 2018 – Verizon US: Verizon is also rolling out Oreo to its Galaxy S8 devices.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

  • March 12, 2018 – Canada unlocked: Samsung Canada revealed it would start rolling out the Oreo update from March 18, 2018.
  • March 16, 2018 – France unlocked: Users in the European country began reporting signs of the Oreo update earlier today.

Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge

  • March 12, 2018 – Canada unlocked: According to Samsung Canada, Oreo will start hitting the S7 from “this summer.”

LG Oreo update

LG V30

  • November 28, 2017 – South Korea: The Oreo beta is officially rolling out to registered V30 and V30 Plus users in South Korea.
  • December 26, 2017 – South Korea: LG V30 gets Android Oreo update in South Korea.
  • March 12, 2018 – US: LG V30 users on Verizon report receiving Android Oreo update.


Huawei Oreo update

Huawei P10/P10 Plus

  • January 8, 2018 – Europe: Huawei has launched the Android Oreo beta program for the P10 and P10 Plus in Europe.
  • March 15, 2018 – International unlocked: Huawei rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo update for P10 and P10 Plus.

Huawei Mate 9

  • October 10, 2017 – International unlocked: Huawei has launched the Android Oreo beta program for the Mate 9.
  • December 6, 2017 – China: Owners of certain Chinese Mate 9 variants can manually upgrade to EMUI 8.0 by requesting it via the Huawei Mobile Services app
  • January 31, 2018 – US Unlocked: Android Oreo update rolling out to the Huawei Mate 9 in the US.

Honor Oreo update

On February 8, 2018 Honor announced that it will roll out the stable versions of the Oreo updates for the Honor 7X and Honor 8 Pro in Q2 2018 (April-June). A beta program would be launched in the mean time. The company also said the Honor 8 would not be updated to Oreo.

Honor 7X

  • March 1, 2018 – Europe Beta: The Honor 7X EMUI 8.0 (Oreo) beta is now live in Europe.
  • March 15, 2018 – Europe Beta: Honor has started informing FUT (Friendly User Test) members that the Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 trial will begin rolling out today to the Honor 7X.

Honor 6X

  • September 6, 2017 – India: Honor announced that the Honor 6X and Honor 8 Pro will be upgraded to the latest version of Android.

Honor 8 Pro

  • September 6, 2017 – India: Honor announced that the Honor 6X and Honor 8 Pro will be upgraded to the latest version of Android.
  • February 1, 2018 – UK: Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 update rollout begins for Honor 9 and Honor 8 Pro in the UK.
  • February 11, 2018 – India: Honor 8 Pro units in India are being seeded the EMUI 8.0 update with Android 8 Oreo.

Honor 9

  • February 1, 2018 – UK: Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 update rollout begins for Honor 9 and Honor 8 Pro in the UK.

HTC Oreo update

HTC U Ultra


  • November 27, 2017 – International unlocked: The steady rollout of Android 8.0 Oreo continues. This time it’s the HTC U11’s turn, as Android’s flagship OS has begun rolling out in Taiwan via an OTA update.
  • November 27, 2017 – International unlocked: HTC is now rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to the unlocked U11.
  • January 10, 2018 – EMEA: HTC rolling out Oreo update to U11 smartphones in EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).
  • January 22, 2018 – Sprint US: HTC’s Mo Versi says the Android Oreo rollout for the HTC U11 with Sprint should begin today.

HTC U11 Life

  • November 30, 2018 – International unlocked: US unlocked U11 Life is now said to be receiving Oreo.
  • December 18, 2017 – T-Mobile US: The T-Mobile HTC U11 Life is getting Android 8.0 Oreo.

HTC 10

  • Dedicated HTC 10 update tracker
  • February 11, 2018 – Sprint US: Mo Versi says the Sprint Oreo rollout for the HTC 10 is coming February 12 and the update is spotted in the wild soon after.
  • February 26, 2018 – Unlocked: User reports suggest the unlocked version of the HTC 10 is also getting the Oreo update.

OnePlus Oreo update

OnePlus 3/3T

  • September 7, 2017 – International unlocked: OnePlus rumored to run Oreo close beta for the OnePlus 3.
  • October 14, 2017 – International unlocked: OnePlus introduced in open beta Android 8 Oreo for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.
  • November 19, 2017 – International unlocked: OnePlus 3 and 3T now receiving OxygenOS 5.0 and Android Oreo OTA.

OnePlus 5/5T

  • November 17, 2017 – International unlocked: OnePlus revealed the Oreo beta program for OnePlus 5 will start in November, final rollout due “early 2018”.
  • November 26, 2017 – International unlocked: First OxygenOS Open Beta with Android Oreo arrives for OnePlus 5.
  • December 15, 2017 – International unlocked: Second OxygenOS Open Beta with Android Oreo now available for OnePlus 5.
  • December 24, 2017 – International unlocked: OnePlus kicks of the Oreo update for the OnePlus 5.
  • December 27, 2017 – International unlocked: OnePlus 5T is getting Android Oreo Open Beta.
  • January 2, 2018 – International unlocked: OnePlus suspends the Oreo rollout due to a bug.
  • January 11, 2018 – International unlocked: OnePlus resumed the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the OnePlus 5.
  • March 12, 2018 – International unlocked: OnePlus 5/5T beta testers can now get their hands on Android 8.1-based OxygenOS.

Asus Oreo update

Asus ZenFone 4

Asus ZenFone 3

Motorola Oreo update

The following Motorola devices have been officially confirmed to get Android Oreo:

  • Moto Z2 Force – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon
  • Moto Z2 Play – Verizon, unlocked
  • Moto Z Force – Verizon
  • Moto Z – Verizon, unlocked
  • Moto Z Play – Verizon, unlocked
  • Moto G5S Plus – unlocked
  • Moto G5 Plus – unlocked
  • Moto G5 – unlocked
  • Moto G4 Plus — unlocked (added on September 18)

Moto Z2

  • November 22, 2017 – Brazil: Android Oreo soak test to begin soon for Moto Z and Z2 Force in Brazil.

Moto Z2 Force

  • November 22, 2017 – Brazil: Android Oreo soak test to begin soon for Moto Z and Z2 Force in Brazil.
  • December 22, 2017 – Verizon US: Verizon rolls out stable Android 8.0 Oreo OTA update and December Android security patches.
  • January 2, 2018, T-Mobile US: The carrier rolls out Android 8.0 Oreo OTA update and December Android security patches.
  • February 23, 2018 – AT&T US: The carrier rolls out Android 8.0 Oreo OTA update and January Android security patches.
  • February 22, 2018 – Sprint US: Oreo now available for Sprint Moto Z2 Force units.

Moto Z2 Play

Moto X4

  • January 24, 2018 – International unlocked: Android 8 Oreo now available for Moto X4.
  • March 16, 2018 – US: Android 8.1 Oreo heading to US variants of Android One Moto X4.

Lenovo Oreo update

If you own the Lenovo K8, K8 Plus, or K8 Note, we have some good as well as bad news. The good news is Lenovo has revealed on its website that all three devices will get updated to Android Oreo.

The bad news, however, is that you’ll have to wait for quite some time before the update hits your device. The Lenovo K8 is expected to get it in June next year, while the other two models should be updated to the latest version of the OS a month later.

Sony Oreo update

Sony confirmed that the following devices will be updated to Android 8 Oreo:

  • Xperia X
  • Xperia X Performance
  • Xperia XZ
  • Xperia X Compact
  • Xperia XZ Premium
  • Xperia XZs
  • Xperia XA1
  • Xperia XA1 Ultra
  • Xperia Touch
  • Xperia XA1 Plus

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Sony Xperia XZ/XZs

  • November 27, 2017 – International unlocked: Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia XZs owners reported that the Oreo update has started to roll out.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

  • October 23, 2017 – International unlocked: Sony Xperia XZ Premium is now receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update.

Sony Xperia X Performance

  • November 27, 2017 – International unlocked: Android 8.0 Oreo is now rolling out to the Xperia X Performance.

Sony Xperia X

  • February 5, 2018 – International unlocked: Sony rolls out the Android 8.0 Nougat update to the Xperia X (F5122).

Sony Xperia X Compact

  • February 5, 2018 – International unlocked: Sony rolls out the Android 8.0 Nougat update to the Xperia X Compact (F5321).

Sony Xperia XA1/XA1 Plus

  • March 17, 2018 – International unlocked: Sony has started rolling out Android Oreo to the Xperia XA1 family.

ZTE Oreo update

ZTE Axon 7

  • December 19, 2017 – International unlocked: ZTE has confirmed that Android 8.0 Oreo will come to the Axon 7.
  • December 27, 2017 – International unlocked: ZTE Germany announced in a public forum that the Axon 7 will receive the Android Oreo update in April 2018 with Stock+ UI.
  • January 22, 2018 – US: Stock Android-like Axon 7 Oreo update now in testing in the US.
  • February 14, 2018 – US: ZTE has announced an Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for Axon 7 users in the US.

Essential Oreo update

Essential Phone

Nvidia Oreo update

Nvidia announced that its Android tablets, the Shield Tablet and Shield Tablet K1, will not be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo. As for Shield TV, Nvidia’s General Manager, Ali Kani said that it was “looking forward to the exciting new features that Android O will bring to Shield TV.”

Nokia Oreo update

Nokia 2

Nokia 3

Nokia 8

  • October 25, 2018 – International unlocked: Nokia announced a beta program for Android Oreo running on Nokia 8.
  • November 24, 2018 – International unlocked: HMD Global is now rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo for Nokia 8.
  • January 23, 2018 – International unlocked: The Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Nokia 8 is now available in beta.
  • February 14, 2018 – International unlocked: Android 8.1 Oreo is now rolling out for the Nokia 8.

Nokia 7

  • January 15, 2018 – International unlocked: HMD Global begins stable Android 8.0 Oreo rollout for Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7.

Nokia 6 (2018)

  • December 19, 2017 – International unlocked: HMD Global has extended its Android Oreo beta program to the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6.
  • January 15, 2018 – International unlocked: HMD Global begins stable Android 8.0 Oreo rollout for Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7

Nokia 6

  • January 30, 2018 – International unlocked: Android 8.0 Oreo update rolling out for Nokia 6 and Nokia 5.

Nokia 5

  • December 19, 2017 – International unlocked: HMD Global has extended its Android Oreo beta program to the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6.
  • January 30, 2018 – International unlocked: Android 8.0 Oreo update rolling out for Nokia 6 and Nokia 5.

Vivo Oreo update

On February 13, Vivo has put up a list of smartphones belonging to the X series slated to get updated to Android Oreo. The list of smartphones includes the X20, X20 Plus, XPlay 6, X9, X9 Plus, X9S, and X9S Plus. According to the post, the Vivo X20 is destined to receive the update in April 2018, but there is no such information about the rest of the crop.

Xiaomi Oreo update

Xiaomi Mi A1

  • December 30, 2017 – International unlocked: Xiaomi is closing out 2017 by updating its Mi A1 handset to Android 8.0 Oreo.
  • January 11, 2018 – International unlocked: Xiaomi announced it would temporarily halt the Oreo update for the Mi A1 due to bugs.
  • January 16, 2018 – International unlocked: The Oreo update has reportedly been resumed.
  • January 30, 2018 – International unlocked: Xiaomi Mi A1 users report battery, fingerprint sensor issues after Oreo update.

Other Oreo updates

Lineage OS

  • February 26, 2018 – New LineageOS, based on Android 8.1, now available for the first devices as nightly builds


That’s the wrap-up of our Android 8 Oreo tracker. We tried to catch all major devices, but if we missed something, just let us know!

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Alexa will talk less if you turn on new Brief Mode Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:54:20 +0000

  • Although Amazon hasn’t made a statement about it, Reddit users have discovered a new Brief Mode for Amazon Echo products.
  • Brief Mode stops Alexa from issuing verbal affirmation after completing a task; the assistant emits a beep tone instead.
  • The new feature also appears in the Alexa app for Android and iOS.

Reddit users over at /r/AmazonEcho discovered something interesting: a new mode for Amazon Echo products called Brief Mode. While Amazon itself hasn’t made any announcements about the feature, Echo users around the globe are reporting their experiences with the new, less-talkative Alexa.

Currently, when you ask Alexa to perform a command, such as, “Turn on the lights,” a response of affirmation follows the successful completion of the task, usually a simple “OK!” While it’s nice that Alexa wants us to know that the task was completed, it can be a little annoying with something like asking her to turn on the lights; the lights are on, we know it worked, we don’t need to hear from Alexa about it.

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With Brief Mode, Alexa doesn’t say anything after the task is completed; instead, the Echo device emits a beep tone. While total silence would be a little more preferable in most scenarios, a beep tone is undoubtedly better than a shrill and loud “OK!”

Once again, Amazon hasn’t made any announcement about the feature, so your mileage may vary when trying to turn it on or off on your Echo equipment. But, according to Reddit users, you can ask Alexa to “Turn on/off Brief Mode” to toggle the feature.

Reports are also coming in that the Alexa app for Android and iOS has the option to toggle the feature. If you’re on the latest version of the app, navigate to Settings > General > Alexa Voice Responses, and toggle Brief Mode on or off.

Last week, Echo users were terrified when some units started emitting a loud cackle as if Alexa were the Wicked Witch of the West. Whether or not that widespread glitch was a factor in adding this Brief Mode feature to Echo products we don’t know, but the timing certainly makes it seem that way.

If you have an Echo product and can get Brief Mode working, let us know in the comments how you like it!

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Sony is rolling out Android Oreo for Xperia XA1 family Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:46:26 +0000

  • Sony has started rolling out Android Oreo to the Xperia XA1 family.
  • Weighing a little under 900 MB, the update brings improved performance, security fixes, and all the new features that Google announced with Oreo back in 2017.

The Xperia XA1, XA1 Plus, and XA1 Ultra are getting the Android Oreo update, which brings features like picture-in-picture videos and notification dots.

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According to Xperia Blog, Sony has started rolling out Android Oreo to the Xperia XA1 family – the XA1, XA1 Plus, and XA1 Ultra. Weighing a little under 900 MB, the latest update not only brings the February Android security patch but also all the new features that Google announced with Oreo back in 2017. These include pinned shortcuts and widgets, notification dots, picture-in-picture support, Smart Text Selection, a new set of emoji, and more.

Have you received the Oreo update on your XA1 device yet? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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