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Fourth Android 8.0 Oreo beta now rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

It’s been about a month and a half since Samsung announced the first Android 8.0 Oreo beta for its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. Since then, there have been a second and a third beta, and now there’s a fourth. The latest update, build number ZQL8 for both phones, features a long list of bug fixes.

The fourth Oreo beta for the S8 and S8+ comes in at a shade over 850MB, which is larger than each of the previous two betas. This update brings the December Google security patches and improved Bluetooth stability.



Left: The software update screen for the fourth Galaxy S8 and S8+ Oreo beta. RightThe lengthy list of bug fixes in this beta, courtesy of SamMobile. (Click to enlarge it.)

The meat of this update is the list of bug fixes, which runs 19 bullet points long by my count. Among the bugs addressed are excessive battery consumption, phones freezing for more than five seconds, random vibrations, and pictures not appearing in the gallery.

The fourth beta has begun rolling out to UK and US users. If you plan on installing the update, it’s always a good idea to make a backup beforehand. The number of bug fixes alone makes this one worthwhile.

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The second Android Oreo Beta update for the OnePlus 5 is now rolling out to users: Here are its top features

OnePlus has announced that the second Android 8.0 beta update is now rolling out for OnePlus 5 beta users. The company has claimed that the new update comes with various new tweaks and feature improvements over the previous beta build for Android Oreo.

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The OnePlus 5. Image: Tech2.

The changes include a fix in the launcher that deals with widget and shortcut issues alongside UI improvements on the camera app. The Files Manager now has f4v format support and the company claims to have improved the speed of deleting large files. Other features include a better Reading Mode, vibration feedback improvements, a Bluetooth audio fix, Android security patch updated to November and other general bugs and stability improvements.

You can download the beta build from here. However, since these beta builds are not always stable and can cause data loss, download it at your own risk. To download the beta version you also have to be part of the OnePlus Open Beta Program, for which you can refer here. A word of caution, however, if you migrate to the open beta OTA, you will no longer receive the regular Official Stable OTAs.

OnePlus had recently rolled out the OxygenOS 4.5.15 for the OnePlus 5 with the October security patch and general bug fixes. The company had announced during the unveiling of the OnePlus 5T that the Oreo update for OnePlus 5 should arrive by December-end.

Android Oreo Beta Rolling Out to Xiaomi Mi A1 Beta Testers

The Xiaomi Mi A1 launched in September as the manufacturer’s first Android One smartphone, and it almost single-handedly revitalized interest in Google’s entry-level hardware platform. That’s because of specifications that include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 system-on-chip, 4GB of RAM paired with 64GB of storage, a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, and 12MP+12MP dual rear cameras. It’s powered by nearly stock Android 7.1 Nougat, with only a few modifications such as the MIUI camera app.

Xiaomi promised that the Mi A1 would get Android Oreo before the end of the year, and last week announced it was looking for beta testers. Now, Xiaomi’s started rolling out the update, and GSMArena managed to obtain a few screenshots of it.

 

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The Android Oreo Beta of the Xiaomi Mi A1 is 1104MB in size and includes the December 1, 2017 security patch. It’s expected to roll out to all users by the end of this year, which would make the Mi A1 one of the first phones in its price bracket to receive official Android Oreo.

Separately, the Mi A1 has gotten a semi-functional LineageOS port. That’s despite the fact that we still haven’t seen the phone’s kernel sources, which is a bit worrisome considering Xioami promised it’d make them public within the first few months of the phone’s launch date. Custom ROM development is progressing at a snail’s pace as a result, which doesn’t bode well for the Mi A1’s future.

Still, we found the Mi A1 to be a great device for stock Android enthusiasts in our review — especially at its price tag. It’s made all the more appealing by its recent Rs. 1000 price cut, which improves its value-for-money proposition against new competitors such as the Honor 7X. At Rs. 13,999, the Mi A1 is still one of the best devices out there (even if we take the lack of kernel sources into account), and the Oreo update is sure to improve its user experience.


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Xiaomi Mi A1 Android Oreo beta update is rolling out to select users: Report


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It looks like Xiaomi Mi A1, the Android One smartphone is getting the Android Oreo beta update. However, the update is limited to those who had signed up for beta testing, according to GSMArena, which has also shared screenshots of the update. The Mi A1 Android Oreo beta is around 1104 MB in size, and comes with the promising of improving the fingerprint scanner on the back.

Other features are not yet revealed, and Xiaomi has promised a stable Android Oreo update before the end of 2017. Google and Xiaomi have said the Mi A1 will get updates till Android P version, which will launch next year. The Mi A1 is a rebranded version of the Mi 5X that was originally introduced in China, though this also has the Android One logo on it.

Unlike other Xiaomi phones, Mi A1 runs stock Android with the exceptions being the Mi camera app, Xiaomi’s Mi Community app and Mi Feedback app which is pre-loaded on the device. Mi A1 has a 5.5-inch full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, which is expandable.

On the dual rear camera front, Mi A1 has a 12MP+ 12MP combination with a wide-angle and telephoto lens being used by the company.  The rear camera also comes with support for 2X optical zoom feature and the dual lens supports ‘bokeh’ style images where the background is blurred, while the object is in sharp focus.

The front camera on the Mi A1 is 5MP and the battery is 3080 mAh. Xiaomi Mi A1 has also got a permanent price cut from the company and now starts at Rs 13,999. Mi A1 is currently retailing on Flipkart and Mi.com in the online space.

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Android Wear Oreo update tracker (Update: Now rolling out to four more watches)

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Google has announced the rollout of Android Oreo for Android Wear. While not as significant an update as Android Wear 2.0 was, the new Oreo software will nonetheless bring some useful tweaks, including a Touch Lock — supposed to help in wet conditions — notification channels, battery improvements, and adjustable vibration strength (you can read about what else is included in the update here).

Now, Google has revealed a list of Android Wear devices set to receive the update on its Android Wear help page (via Android Police), though we don’t know when individual watches will receive it. We’ll be tracking the progress of the Android Wear Oreo update deployment in the coming weeks and months in this article and you can find out what we know so far below.

Which smartwatches will get the Android Oreo update?

According to Google, these are the smartwatches due to receive Android Oreo:

  • Casio PRO TREK Smart (WSD-F20)
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch (WSD-F10)
  • Diesel Full Guard
  • Emporio Armani Connected
  • Fossil Q Control
  • Fossil Q Explorist
  • Fossil Q Founder 2.0
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Huawei Watch 2
  • LG Watch Style
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan
  • Michael Kors Access Grayson
  • Misfit Vapor
  • Mobvoi Ticwatch S E
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45
  • ZTE Quartz

Which smartwatches already have Android Oreo?

The Android Oreo update has already rolled out to a handful of smartwatches, and these are:

  • Fossil Q Venture
  • Guess Connect
  • Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
  • LG Watch Sport
  • Louis Vuitton Tambour
  • Michael Kors Sofie
  • Montblanc Summit
  • Movado Connect
  • Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You

Note that the update for the devices listed above may have only recently started rolling out and not all devices may have received it.

Which smartwatches won’t get the Android Oreo update?

There are a number of popular watches that weren’t on the Google list which we’ve outlined below. These watches may still receive certain updates through the Google Play Store, but the software will remain on a previous version (such as Android Nougat).

  • Asus ZenWatch 2
  • Asus ZenWatch 3
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • GC Connect
  • Huawei Watch
  • Huawei Watch Ladies
  • LG G Watch R
  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE (including ATT and Verizon versions)
  • Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Gen.)
  • Motorola Moto 360 Sport

That’s all we have right now but we’ll bring you more information on the latest Android Wear updates as we get it.

Next: Best Android Wear watches

TV app now rolling out in UK to Apple TV, iPhone and iPad users

The TV app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV is now rolling out for UK users. Apple has posted the localized version of the TV app webpage confirming the launch.

In the UK, the TV app integrates TV shows and movies from iTunes, BBC iPlayer, ITV, Amazon Prime Video, Channel 5, and more.


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Original story below regarding BBC iPlayer update: The popular UK video service BBC iPlayer has released an update for its iOS and tvOS universal app with some interesting release notes, suggesting that the TV app will be launching in the UK imminently.

The update notes say the update introduces support for the new TV app, which will be available to users running iOS 11.2 or later.

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BBC iPlayer is heavily featured by Apple on its UK marketing for the Apple TV device, and is a significant partner that Apple would certainly work with for the TV app unveiling.

As of right now, the TV app is not available – when it rolls out, it will replace the Videos app on iPhone and iPad, in addition to appearing on Apple TV. The TV app integrates movies and TV shows from a variety of sources into one application with discovery, watch queues and other features. Users still have to buy subscriptions for each paid service and actually playing a video still happens in the respective third-party apps, however.

At the iPhone X September media event, Eddy Cue said the TV app would roll out to the UK before the end of the year. He also promised that other major UK channels would add support for Apple TV with video-on-demand apps, including the ITV Hub and My5. These launched earlier this week.


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Android Today: Huawei Starts Rolling Out Oreo Update For Honor 9 and Honor V9, Asus ZenFone 4 To Get In December

After rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9, Huawei has now added two more smartphones to the list.

Today, the Honor 9 and Honor V9 are getting the Oreo treat in China. Huawei confirmed that the Honor 9 and Honor V9 users who were enrolled in the beta program will be getting the update first and it will then be coming to other users. However, it all is starting today therefore Android 8.0 Oreo will debut on every unit of Honor 9 and Honor V9 within this week in China.

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For now, the update is limited to China, but a global push is expected to kick off by the end of this month. It’s worth noting that Honor 8 Pro users will also get the update as it is the global version of the Honor V9. Besides, Huawei’s Oreo update brings the software version to EMUI 8.0 from its Nougat-based EMUI 5.1 version. With Oreo update, the Honor 9 and Honor V9 (Honor 8 Pro) will get much-talked-about Oreo features like Autofill, picture-in-picture, redesigned Settings app, notification options, and more.

Asus ZenFone 4 to get Android 8.0 Oreo update in December

Following other OEMs, Asus is also gearing up to offer Oreo treat to its smartphones. Today, the company announced that it will be rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo update to its mid-range smartphone, the ZenFone 4. Eventually, all ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 will be receiving the update.

Earlier this week, Asus pushed ZenUI 4.0 to the ZenFone 4 Max. The company today announced that it will be rolling Android 8.0 update to its standard ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) model in December. We don’t know the exact release date yet, but it will arrive sometime this month. For the rest of the ZenFone series phones (there are just so many!) we can assume that the update should arrive sometime next year.

Asus has been pretty discreet about the update timeline for the smartphones in the ZenFone lineup. The company has not made it clear how it is going to go ahead with the update cycle for the rest of the phones. As for the ZenFone 4, the update will first reach the unlocked version and will then move on to the carrier units.

Chrome 63 rolling out to Mac, Windows, and Linux w/ Flags redesign, Site Certificate shortcut

Chrome 63 is rolling out to Mac, Windows, and Linux today with an assortment of developer-focused features and security fixes. The biggest additions in this desktop release are a redesigned chrome://flags page and a tweaked permissions dropdown.


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The chrome://flags page lets users enable and disable in-development Chrome experiments. This page has received a Material Design facelift that adds tabs to separate Available and Unavailable experiments, as well as new buttons and dropdowns.

However, the best change is how experiment descriptions no longer span the width of the page. Meanwhile, there is a new app bar up top that houses a search feature and large “Reset all to defaults” button.

Meanwhile, the dropdown accessible by clicking on the lock or info icon to the left of the address bar has been slightly revamped. It now only shows a handful of permissions, with a “Site settings” button below to see all of them for a page in Settings. There is also now a shortcut to quickly see a Site Certificate.

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There is a new Device Memory JavaScript API that helps developers determine the total RAM on a user’s device. As such, sites could instead serve a lite version to improve the user experience.

The bulk of changes in this version are for Android with a new, more explicit Permissions pop-up. This modal dialog replaces the simple bottom banner that was easily ignored by users and thus abused by developers. Other changes include a new prompt for the upcoming Chrome Home bottom bar redesign and support for Oreo’s Smart Text Selection feature.

Chrome 63 for desktop and Android is now available, with Chrome OS following shortly.


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Android 8.1 starts rolling out to Nexus and Pixel devices

If you have one of Google’s latest handsets, 8.1 unlocks the Pixel Visual Core chip so that third-party apps can take advantage of the Pixel 2’s AI-powered photography. In theory, any app that uses the standard Android camera platform can take richer photos and spare you from having to switch apps.

You don’t need one of the newer phones to see the other benefits. Android 8.1 includes a neural network toolkit that lets apps run TensorFlow Lite and other AI frameworks on-device, instead of leaning on a distant server. Apps can make better use of autofill forms, and there’s an obligatory round of bug fixes.

When other devices get Android 8.1 is up in the air. Many major Android phone makers are only just testing 8.0 updates, and they might not want to delay things further by evaluating 8.1. In some cases, you may stand a better chance of getting 8.1 through a brand new device.

Chrome 63 for Android rolling out w/ new permissions pop-up, Flags redesign, more

In a slightly unorthodox move, Chrome 63 for Android is rolling out before the Mac, Windows, and Linux variants. This version introduces a number of changes on mobile, including a new site permissions dialog, redesigned chrome://flags page, and a new introductory prompt for Chrome Home.


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In an effort to cut down on errant permission requests by websites, Google is switching to a modal Permissions dialog that users must take action on. The previous banner that slid from the bottom of the page was easily ignored and resulted in developers often triggering requests without taking into consideration whether “the user has the appropriate context to grant the permission.”

Google found that the new pop-up reduces permission prompts by half, with users five times more likely to either grant or deny access. Under the old method, users would often ignore or temporarily dismiss prompts more than 90% of the time.

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Chrome 63 redesigns the chrome://flags page for enabling experimental features. It is no longer a scaled down version of the desktop version thanks to a search feature, larger touch targets, and tabs to separate available/unavailable experiments.

Meanwhile, as the Chrome Home bottom bar redesign continues its rollout, Google is surfacing a new prompt to enable or disable the feature, along with a quick summary.

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Other features in this version include the new Device Memory JavaScript API that helps sites determine the total RAM on a user’s device. As such, developers can serve a “lite” version for a better overall experience. A new display: minimal-ui will allow developers to build minimal interfaces that lack action bars and other elements, similar to Chrome Custom tabs on Android.

Chrome 63 for Android will rollout over the coming weeks via the Play Store.


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Chrome 63 for Android rolling out w/ new permissions pop-up, Flags redesign, more

In a slightly unorthodox move, Chrome 63 for Android is rolling out before the Mac, Windows, and Linux variants. This version introduces a number of changes on mobile, including a new site permissions dialog, redesigned chrome://flags page, and a new introductory prompt for Chrome Home.


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In an effort to cut down on errant permission requests by websites, Google is switching to a modal Permissions dialog that users must take action on. The previous banner that slid from the bottom of the page was easily ignored and resulted in developers often triggering requests without taking into consideration whether “the user has the appropriate context to grant the permission.”

Google found that the new pop-up reduces permission prompts by half, with users five times more likely to either grant or deny access. Under the old method, users would often ignore or temporarily dismiss prompts more than 90% of the time.

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Chrome 63 redesigns the chrome://flags page for enabling experimental features. It is no longer a scaled down version of the desktop version thanks to a search feature, larger touch targets, and tabs to separate available/unavailable experiments.

Meanwhile, as the Chrome Home bottom bar redesign continues its rollout, Google is surfacing a new prompt to enable or disable the feature, along with a quick summary.

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Other features in this version include the new Device Memory JavaScript API that helps sites determine the total RAM on a user’s device. As such, developers can serve a “lite” version for a better overall experience. A new display: minimal-ui will allow developers to build minimal interfaces that lack action bars and other elements, similar to Chrome Custom tabs on Android.

Chrome 63 for Android will rollout over the coming weeks via the Play Store.


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Fitbit begins rolling out more apps & watchfaces for iPhone-connected Ionic smartwatch


 

In tandem with a software update, Fitbit on Tuesday announced the addition of over 60 apps and 100 watchfaces for the Ionic, its competitor to the Apple Watch.

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High-profile apps include Yelp, Walgreens, news apps from Flipboard and the New York Times, and travel apps from TripAdvisor, Uber, United Airlines, British Airways, and Lyft. Smarthome control is possible through apps for Nest thermostats and Philips Hue lightbulbs.

Some of these are available immediately through the Fitbit iPhone app, but others —such as Nest and Uber —are only due in the coming weeks and months. In 2018 on-device music options will grow to include Deezer, though like Pandora, listeners will need a paid subscription.

The Fitbit OS update incorporates three new watchfaces —Levels, Threads, and Mountainscape —and one new first-party app, Fitbit Leaderboard. This lets people check their stats against friends and family, and offer taunts or encouragement, much like the Activity app on the Apple Watch. Previously, Ionic owners had to turn to their phone or computer for social functions.

Fitbit has also worked to speed up the Ionic’s interface, and improve Fitbit Pay by letting people switch between cards on-device.

An absence of apps has been one of the primary criticisms of the Ionic so far. When it launched in October, only three third-party titles were available: Pandora, Strava, and Starbucks. Even with Fitbit’s improved selection, the Apple Watch still has many more apps.

Apple Pay Cash starts rolling out to iPhone users in the US


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Apple Pay Cash is finally starting to roll out to users in the States, bringing the ability to send other iOS users payments directly through iMessage. The update is arriving piece by piece to those who’ve downloaded iOS 11.2, which launched two days back with a not-yet-live version of the feature.

Apple Pay Cash was announced back in June at WWDC. However, the company added ahead of iOS 11’s September launch that the feature would be “coming this fall with an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4,” and while it was intended to launch alongside 11.2, this weekend’s early arrival of the operating system left it behind, as the company worked to push the software live, seemingly in order to address an issue that was causing some iPhones to randomly reboot.

The new feature is a proprietary take on mobile payment apps like Venmo, PayPal and Square Cash, allowing money to be transferred to friends and family in a message or using Siri. Money sent is drawn from the credit or debit card tied to a user’s Apple Wallet. When it’s received on the other side, it shows up as an Apple Pay Cash card — sort of a virtual gift card, also stored in the Apple Wallet.

That money can then be transferred to the bank or kept on the device as a gift card, where it can be spent anywhere that accepts Apple Pay. It’s an added convenience, bringing all of that functionality directly to iMessage, rather than having to mess about with a third-party app. But for Apple, it’s also a way to rope in users who have been reluctant to install Apple Pay, and keep people in the iMessage ecosystem.

The feature appears to still be rolling out in pieces here in the States. No word yet on a time frame for international expansion.

Kaffer: Washington’s so dysfunctional it’s rolling the dice with children’s health care

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The collateral damage from Congress’ struggle to repeal the Affordable Care Act could include a program that covers over 8 million low-income children. States are running out of money to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (Dec. 1)
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Come January, barring a pre-Christmas miracle in Washington, the State of Michigan will begin notifying parents of the 116,000 child recipients of the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program that time is running out. 

That’s how toxic the dysfunction in our nation’s capital has become — for the first time since its creation in 1997, the short-term future of a program that provides low-cost health care for low-income kids is in jeopardy. 

Every previous reauthorization has sailed through the U.S. Congress with little fuss. This year, Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate won’t give its own CHIP reauthorization bill a hearing, even though the act expired in September, and five states will run out of CHIP funds by the end of this month. 

Last year Michigan spent about $242 million federal dollars on CHIP-funded programs like MIChild, available to children who live in poverty but whose parents earn too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid. The state has sufficient funds to keep its programs up and running through April, but is required to notify participants in some programs of a possible disruption as many as 90 days in advance. Nationally, about 9 million children are covered through CHIP.

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved reauthorization this fall, in a bill that cut some Affordable Care Act dollars, and raised Medicare rates for higher-income seniors. The U.S. Senate’s own bill passed that body’s finance committee, and stalled. 

Now, with just a few legislative days left this year, the Senate is occupied with tax reform. Next up? The DREAM Act, most likely. 

“We negotiated a really good bipartisan bill that came out of committee with only one no vote,” said U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing. Stabwnow, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, noted that 70 senators have signed a letter of support for reauthorization of CHIP and community health center funds. “I thought we were on the way … We have strong bipartisan support, and yet they won’t stop and take a few hours to pass these bills that would give peace of mind to parents, and the 100,000 children getting their insurance through MIChild.”

Here’s the thing: No lawmaker, of either party, wants to run a re-election campaign dogged by stories about kids back home who’d lost access to health care. So it’s hard to imagine a CHIP reauthorization won’t eventually pass. 

But this is the kind of nonsensical applesauce that passes for governance these days. 

“I think that for whatever reason they’re holding it up to try to trade for something that they want, at the end of the year,” Stabenow said. “What a horrible thing, to play games with the health care of children.”

Dissension within the Republican Party doesn’t help.

“Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House, but there’s a lot of chaos and churning going on,” Stabenow said. “Folks not on same page, not seeming to know what they’re doing … Everything that is normally done on a bipartisan basis has become so difficult.”

Stabenow is hopeful that CHIP will pass before year’s end. If she’s right, Michigan families will experience minimal disruption. 

But Geralyn Lasher, deputy director for external relations and communications at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, isn’t taking anything for granted. 

“I don’t know that we’d predict either way, given some of the national conversations, but we need to be prepared for either event,” she said.

More than nearly any other, this is a measure of how unhinged is our modern political landscape. 

That state officials are bracing for a future in which the U.S. Congress might hang 9 million kids out to dry should be inconceivable. 

“There’s just lack of caring,” Stabenow said. “Health care has become about politics, but health care is personal, for a family … It’s become a political commodity.”

And it’s the kind of thing that wearies Americans, she says, about government, governance, voting and politics. 

“No wonder people don’t have confidence in government, and our ability to get things done,” she said. “On all of this, whether it’s food or health care or the basics of life that we all count on, our capacity to care for our children, these things have gone to a place that is very concerning to me.”

Contact Nancy Kaffer: nkaffer@freepress.com, @nancykaffer on Twitter

 

Android Oreo Officially Rolling Out to the Nokia 8; Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 to Follow Next

Last month, HMD Global kicked off a beta software program for its flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8, to let users try out an early version of Android Oreo. At the time, the company promised that a stable release will be rolled out to the device before the end of this year. Sticking to its promise, the company has announced the stable roll-out of Android Oreo for the Nokia 8.

Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, announced in a tweet that the company has begun rolling out Android Oreo to Nokia 8 devices. The roll-out is phased over 2 days, so it might take some time for the new update to reach all devices. Nonetheless, if you’re sporting a Nokia 8, keep an eye out for the Android Oreo OTA.

The update carries build number V4.35J and is 1518.1 MB in size. According to the update changelog, all the standard Android 8.0 Oreo features are included in the update including picture-in-picture mode, notification dots, Autofill Framework, and faster boot times. Moreover, the update also brings along the November security update which patches the WiFi KRACK exploit.

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Apart from the Nokia 8, other devices such the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3, as well as the entry-level Nokia 2 are also confirmed to receive an update to Android Oreo. While the company hasn’t given an exact timeline for the Android Oreo roll-out for these devices, it looks like work is already in progress for some of them. In a separate tweet, Mr. Sarvikas confirmed that the mid-range Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 will be the next in line to receive Android Oreo, adding that they will soon be added to the company’s Beta Labs program.

Whether it’s keeping up with monthly security updates or Android’s major platform updates, HMD Global has done a great job at providing timely software support to its Nokia lineup and we really hope that the company will continue doing the same in the future as well.

HTC rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo for unlocked U11 today – The Verge

Good news for (some) Android users! Those with an unlocked HTC U11 will be able to update their device to the latest major Android release, Oreo, starting today. Mo Versi, the company’s VP of product management, announced the news in a tweet over the weekend. In a follow-up, he said HTC is working with Sprint to get Oreo on the carrier model “as quickly as possible” and that it’s “coming soon.”

HTC’s rollout comes as welcome news given that finding devices running Oreo is still quite rare. Google’s developer portal estimates about 0.3 percent of Android users are on the latest operating system as of November 9th, and it’s mostly Google’s own Pixel phones making up that number. New features on Oreo include notification dots on app icons, picture-in-picture mode, an autofill tool for passwords and other improvements.

HTC rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo for unlocked U11 today – The Verge

Good news for (some) Android users! Those with an unlocked HTC U11 will be able to update their device to the latest major Android release, Oreo, starting today. Mo Versi, the company’s VP of product management, announced the news in a tweet over the weekend. In a follow-up, he said HTC is working with Sprint to get Oreo on the carrier model “as quickly as possible” and that it’s “coming soon.”

HTC’s rollout comes as welcome news given that finding devices running Oreo is still quite rare. Google’s developer portal estimates about 0.3 percent of Android users are on the latest operating system as of November 9th, and it’s mostly Google’s own Pixel phones making up that number. New features on Oreo include notification dots on app icons, picture-in-picture mode, an autofill tool for passwords and other improvements.

HTC rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo for unlocked U11 today – The Verge

Good news for (some) Android users! Those with an unlocked HTC U11 will be able to update their device to the latest major Android release, Oreo, starting today. Mo Versi, the company’s VP of product management, announced the news in a tweet over the weekend. In a follow-up, he said HTC is working with Sprint to get Oreo on the carrier model “as quickly as possible” and that it’s “coming soon.”

HTC’s rollout comes as welcome news given that finding devices running Oreo is still quite rare. Google’s developer portal estimates about 0.3 percent of Android users are on the latest operating system as of November 9th, and it’s mostly Google’s own Pixel phones making up that number. New features on Oreo include notification dots on app icons, picture-in-picture mode, an autofill tool for passwords and other improvements.

HTC rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo for unlocked U11 today

Good news for (some) Android users! Those with an unlocked HTC U11 will be able to update their device to the latest major Android release, Oreo, starting today. Mo Versi, the company’s VP of product management, announced the news in a tweet over the weekend. In a follow-up, he said HTC is working with Sprint to get Oreo on the carrier model “as quickly as possible” and that it’s “coming soon.”

HTC’s rollout comes as welcome news given that finding devices running Oreo is still quite rare. Google’s developer portal estimates about 0.3 percent of Android users are on the latest operating system as of November 9th, and it’s mostly Google’s own Pixel phones making up that number. New features on Oreo include notification dots on app icons, picture-in-picture mode, an autofill tool for passwords and other improvements.

Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to unlocked HTC U11 on November 27 …

345b5_HTC-U11-Solar-Red-10-840x473 Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to unlocked HTC U11 on November 27 ...

The unlocked HTC U11 will receive its Android 8.0 Oreo update on Monday, November 27, according to HTC’s Mo Versi on Twitter. This news comes just two weeks after the U11 in Taiwan started receiving its Android 8 update.

By now you’re probably aware what new features will arrive with the Android Oreo update. In case you need a refresher, you can check out our full 8.0 review right here.

So far, there aren’t too many other Android phones running Oreo. According to the latest Android version distribution numbers, Oreo is only installed on .3% of all Android devices. All of Google’s Pixel phones are running Oreo, as are the OnePlus 3/3T and Nokia 8. There are also Oreo beta programs in place for a handful of other devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG V30Essential Phone, and OnePlus 5, so we should see that .3% jump up quite a bit over the next couple months.

But what about HTC’s other devices? Back in August the company announced that the HTC U Ultra and HTC 10 will be updated to Oreo, though we don’t have any more details at this time.

If you own an unlocked U11, be sure to leave a comment when you receive your update. We’ll let you know when the update begins rolling out.




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