Nokia 2 gets Android 8.1 Oreo, though trade-offs and restrictions apply

The advent of Android Go software for lightweight smartphones and Google’s mandate on coupling them together has made the update difficult.

Verizon prepaid launches Nokia 2 V for $70

At $70, you’re getting stereo speakers, a software update promise and solid industrial design with the battery endurance to last.

Files Go becomes Files by Google

It’s still the same file manager app, but it’s long outgrown its original purpose. 50 million downloads outgrown. So, it’s getting a new name.

Sprint brings on CAT S48c, a sub-$500 tough phone

Caterpillar is here to bring cellular productivity to the work yards with a new phone exclusive to Sprint from November 9th.

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P reach end of the road for software updates

After an extra two months added to the software update guarantee, Google has no further obligations to Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P owners.

LG V40 ThinQ launches with a camera quintuple threat

This new phablet has all the consumer facets with big sound and a big display, but it also brings triple simultaneous shooting with its main cameras.

What’s the deal with the Android distribution report and Pie?

So, Android Pie has been around for a bit more than a month now and it hasn’t been logged into the latest distribution report.

64GB Android One Moto X4 now available from Project Fi for cheap

For a phone that originally started out pretty heavy for price, this Motorola mid-ranger has finally had its storage upgraded for the Google carrier.

Alcatel 3T 8 brings Android Go with LTE to a tablet

TCL’s BlackBerry Mobile may have taken the most attention at IFA 2018 for the company, but Alcatel is still chuggin’ at it.

BLU Vivo XI+ debuts as company relaunches with streamlined approach

Last week, the company made promises to be a better phone maker. It continued to make those promises with the launch of the Vivo XI+.

Alcatel 1 is $80, but there’s one big feature missing…

TCL has added another option at the budget end of its phone offerings and it is as bare bones as it can get. But is it worth $80?
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Essential Phone notch options experience a notch in availability

The options to have the “ears” blend in or stay out of the way were available on the Essential Phone in Android Oreo… but not Pie? Why?

Palm “Pepito” leaked as a tiny comeback destined for Verizon

TCL seems to be taking Palm’s ethos into account if this leaked render set is indicative of anything true. But how long does it last?

Android Oreo now has double-digit share in version distribution

The last update to the dashboard was two months ago, so a good bump in stats for the latest versions of Android was expected.

Xiaomi Mi A2 just one of two Android One launches in Spain

Two budget phones coming out of China, but the software eschews any accents of iOS and proprietary services. It’s in Europe now.

No Android Oreo love for Galaxy J3, J5 and J7 (2017) until September, at least in Turkey

Samsung’s low to mid-end Galaxy J3, J5 and J7 phones from last year are only expected to receive official Android Oreo updates in late September in Turkey.

Verizon pushes Moto Z Play Droid up to Android Oreo

The first entry-level Moto Z device on Verizon is finally getting its second and final Android OS update. It also includes a weird SIM feature.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Core purportedly pictured running non-stock Android Go software

The fast-approaching Samsung Galaxy J2 Core seems set to run a rather bizarre mix of Android Go and the company’s proprietary sofware.

You can probably expect Oreo to roll out for the LG V20 in August in North America

One Canadian carrier “expects” to start the official Android 8.0 Oreo rollout for the LG V20 next month, which probably means others will do the same.

T-Mobile is on a roll, rolling out Oreos and security patches to five Android phones

T-Mobile is the last of the big four carriers to update the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and LG G6 to Oreo, also sending security patches to the Note 5 and S8 Active.

Official Android Oreo updates start rolling out for Huawei Mate 10 Lite and P10 Lite

Massive software updates combining Android 8.0 Oreo enhancements and EMUI 8.0 optimizations are on their way to the Huawei Mate 10 Lite and P10 Lite.

YouTube picture-in-picture mode to be available on all US Android Oreo devices

The feature has gotten out of its YouTube Red premium range and is spreading to all Android Oreo devices in the United States.

BlackBerry KEYone set to receive Oreo update this week, at least in Canada

June 28 is when Canada’s top wireless service provider expects to start rolling Android 8.0 Oreo out to the BlackBerry KEYone. Yes, this Thursday.

Alcatel 1 with Android Go is the most basic you can get

TCL introduced us to the Alcatel 1X earlier this year with what we thought was the most basic setup with modern trimmings you can get in 2018. Well, this.

Specs spill on Xiaomi Mi Max 3 from TENAA

The display’s about 7 inches across, the battery’s amazingly large and there’s the usual trimmings like dual rear cameras sprinkled in, too.