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T-Mobile Updating Samsung Galaxy Tab E to Android 8.0 Oreo

By Radu Iorga

In the most shocking move of the week, as far as software updates go, T-Mobile has decided to update two rather modest devices to Android 8.0 Oreo. I’m talking about the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime and the Samsung Galaxy Tab E. Let’s see what the deal is.

These are both affordable models, priced at $200 or so, maybe even less. Interestingly, not even the Galaxy Note 8 and S8 have Android 8.0 Oreo, but these lower end units do. It’s also true that we don’t have a launch date for the software update, but I expect the software will come till the Spring. The Galaxy Tab E 8.0 was launched in January 2016 with Android 5.1.1 and got bumped up to 7.1.

The Galaxy Tab E 9.6 is even older, launched in July 2016 with Android 5.1 and also updated to Android 7.0. It sounds surprising for me to hear that a 1.5 GB RAM device gets Oreo. They are quad core Snapdragon machines and they also have 3G and WiFi versions. Oreo should bring features like notification badges, snooze for notifications, picture in picture mode, Google Play Protect and so much more.

Project Treble is also in the mix, although I doubt it’ll be useful for future updates in this case.

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Huawei MediaPad M4 Shows Up in a User Agent Profile; Brings Android Oreo and QHD Screen

By Claudiu Sima

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It’s been a long time since the debut of Huawei’s latest tablet, but according to some info arrived online it seems that a new slate is coming soon. Mobielkopen.net discovered a new tablet (SHT-AL09) with QHD screen mentioned in a User Agent Profile right on Huawei’s website.

This product runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and apparently we might get even a Kirin 960 or a Kirin 970 processor inside. It’s looking like a flagship tablet already and we could get here a 8.4 inch screen, the same size as the previous model that is on sale as we speek.

Most likely the tablet will arrive with 4 or 6 GB RAM, stereo speakers, USB Type-C port and with a fingerprint scanner. We expect to see a thin metallic body and a special photo setup here. We’ll get to know more once TENAA certifies this device.

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Essential offers up an Android Oreo beta for the Essential Phone

By Darrell Etherington

Android smartphone maker Essential promised that it would be releasing an update to Android 8.0 Oreo for its devices soon, and now there’s a beta version of the update available through its developer portal. This is just a beta, as mentioned, but it’s broadly available for anyone interested enough in the Oreo update to try out pre-release software. Read More

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Android O is O-fficially launching August 21

By Ron Amadeo

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Google has revealed the launch date for the final version of Android O: August 21. Google will be livestreaming an unveiling event live from New York City at 2:40pm ET to coincide with the solar eclipse. There’s a new teaser site up at Android.com/eclipse, which counts down the time until the event. “Android O is touching down to Earth with the total solar eclipse,” the site promises, “bringing some super (sweet) new powers!”

Android O (which we know will be version 8.0) is currently on its fourth developer preview, having originally launched in March. At the event we’re expecting Google to unveil the traditional snack-themed codename for the OS, finally revealing what the “O” in “Android O” stands for. It should also start pushing out OTA updates for at least the Pixel and Pixel XL, with updates for older Google devices happening the day of the event or shortly after.

Android O is not a mystery at this point. The OS brings a big revamp of the notification panel with a new layout, colors, and features like snoozing. Google is clamping down on background apps for more consistent performance and better battery life. There are new, updatable emoji, a faster startup time, an all new settings app, and lots of security enhancements, including the new “Google Play Protect” anti-malware branding. Most importantly, Android 8.0 brings Project Treble to new devices, a modularization of the OS away from the hardware. That initiative should make it easier to develop and roll out new Android updates.

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Android 8.0’s “streaming OS updates” will work even if your phone is full

By Ron Amadeo

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We’ve probably all had this happen at one point or another: it’s time for an OS update, and your phone wants to download a ~1GB brick of an update file. On Android, normally this gets downloaded to the user storage partition and flashed to the system partition. But wait—if your phone is full of pictures, or videos, or apps, there may not be enough space to store the update file. In such circumstances, the update fails, and the user is told to “free up some space.” According to the latest soure.android.com documentation, Google has cooked up a scheme to make sure that “insufficient space” error will never stop an update again.

Where the heck can Google store the update if your phone is full, though? If you remember in Android 7.0, Google introduced a new feature called “Seamless Updates.” This setup introduced a dual system partition scheme—a “System A” and “System B” partition. The idea is that when it comes time to install an update, you can normally use your phone on the online “System A” partition while an update is being applied to the offline “System B” partition in the background. Rather than the many minutes of downtime that would normally occur from an update, all that was needed to apply the update was a quick reboot. At that point, the device would just switch from partition A to the newly-updated partition B.

When you get that “out of space” error message during an update, you’re only “out of space” on the user storage partition, which is just being used as a temporarily download spot before the update is applied to the system partition. Starting with Android 8.0, the A/B system partition setup is being upgraded with a “streaming updates” feature. Update data will arrive from the Internet directly to the offline system partition, written block-by-block, in a ready-to-boot state. Instead of needing ~1GB of free space, Google will be bypassing user storage almost entirely, needing only ~100KB worth of free space for some metadata.

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