The Chrome for Android beta app has been updated today in the Play Store, upping the base code to Chrome 66 for the mobile browser. The new version is build 66.0.3359.30 and represents the first Chrome 66 beta for Android.
Unlike other beta programs in the Play Store, there is no sign up to get the Chrome beta for Android. You can download it here and install it on your compatible devices. Like all beta software however, its not recommended to run it as your daily browser or deploy it into production as there are likely still bugs to be found and there could be performance issues.
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Good news this morning for those of you own an unlocked Sony Xperia XA1, XA1 Plus, or XA1 Ultra. Your update to Android Oreo is rolling out today. The update for each of the phones comes in at about 900MB so you will want to download it via WiFi and make sure that you have at least 80% battery life if you aren’t plugged in charging.
All three of the Sony Xperia XA1 phones are getting the same firmware update which is build 48.1.A.0.116. Along with the update to Oreo, you will also have the February Android Security Update included.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners on Verizon, time to start checking for a system update. The carrier has released the Android Oreo update for both phones on their network with the roll out starting today.
For those of you who have a S8, you are looking for build R16NW.G950USQU2CRB9 while the S8+ owners are going to be getting build R16NW.G955USQU2CRB9. In both builds, you will be getting the February Android Security Update along with Oreo.
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Today’s Deal is on the Sony Xperia XA2. The XA2 is one of the newest phones in Sony’s lineup, having just been announced in January at CES. Right now at Amazon, you can pick up the 5.2″ mid-range phone for $319 in black. That’s a savings of $31 off the regular price. The special pricing is only one the black model.
The Xperia XA2 is powered by the Snapdragon 630 SoC, has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. That storage can be expanded thanks to the MicroSD card slot built into it. It renders a FHD 1920 x 1080 on the 5.2″ IPS LCD display. The XA2 has a 3300mAh battery and runs Android Oreo out-of-the-box.
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A surprising fifth beta build of Chrome 65 has landed in the Chrome OS Beta Channel today. It is surprising in that Chrome 65 was slated to land in the Stable Channel three days ago on March 13. With this new beta build released, it would seem the Chromium team has found some issues they want to resolve prior to releasing it to everyone.
The new build is 65.0.3325.167 (Platform version: 10323.58.0), incrementing significantly from the fourth beta build of last week. That build was .148. That large of a jump in just six days is another indicator that a lot of work has been going on within the Chromium team to get the build ready for the Stable Channel.
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After being in beta for the last couple of months, the EMUI 8 update for the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus is now rolling out globally. EMUI is Huawei’s own variant of Android and the version 8 build is based on Android Oreo. The release has started but it appears that Huawei is slow rolling it for now. It could be several weeks before the update gets to everyone.
The update for the Huawei P10 and the P10 Plus is build 188.8.131.520(C636) and this build appears to be for all variants of the devices (single-SIM, dual-SIM). The update also comes with the February 2018 Android Security Update patch.
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The Google Camera app for the Google Pixel lineup of phones has a new update rolling out that brings some UI changes as well as some new features. The update is version 5.2 for those keeping score at home and has been released to the Play Store. You should see the update over the course of the next few days.
From a UI perspective, the top menu bar has been cleaned up with the grid control settings moved to the menu in the app as a setting. Given that the grid view is normally something you set and forget, this makes sense and makes the upper bar in the app a bit less cluttered.
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