A new update to the Android Wear app is rolling out in the Play Store today, bringing some visual improvements as well as improvements for accessibility users. The update to the app is version 220.127.116.11439970 which will then have build 18.104.22.168612071 to send to your Wear watch. Once you get the new app update, you’ll need to also perform an update on your watch itself. You should have a notification that there is a new update to the Android Wear app on the watch itself.
As for what is new, there are improved typefaces and fonts in this build. The aim of these is to improve glanceability (i.e. readability) when you glance at your watch. Also, the base theme for your watch’s menu will appear noticeably darker. This is likely a part of the effort to improve glanceability.
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Google has released the December 2017 Android Distribution Report this week. The report reflects the version of Android on devices that visited the Google Play Store for the 7 day period ending January 8, 2018 and it shows that while Android Oreo was only one of two versions that saw growth for the reporting period, that growth is anemic. And that is putting it nicely.
Oreo gained just .2% in this month’s report, with both 8.0 and 8.1 accounting for a total of just .7% of device share. The only other gainer in the report, Android Nougat, gained 3% and now sits at 26.3% for device share. That moves Nougat into second behind Android Marshmallow as the most widely used version of the platform.
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Sony’s mid-range of Android phones are getting a refresh. At CES 2018, the company announced that the Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra and they are expected to be available in February. These two phones are fundamentally the same when it comes to their internals with the XA2 Ultra sporting a 6″ display over the XA2’s 5.2″ display. Both will render at 1920 x 1080 FHD and both are powered by the Snapdragon 630 SoC and 4GB of RAM. Storage wise, you will have the option of 32GB or 64GB and there is a MicroSD expansion slot.
Camera wise, both have the same 23MP rear camera and both have 8MP, 120° wide angle selfie camera. The XA2 Ultra adds a second front facing camera that has OIS despite the fact that the rear camera on either phone doesn’t have image stabilization. Powering the Utra is a 3580mAh battery while the standard XA2 will have a 3300mAh battery.
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Today’s Deal is on the powerful and ultra thin Lenovo Yoga Book Android tablet. The 10″ 2-in-1 tablet is my current Android tablet of choice and you can pick up a great deal on it right now. The Champagne Gold model is down to $275, a savings of $224 off the original price.
The Yoga Book has a 10.1″ display that gives Full HD resolution of 1200 x 1920. It is powered by the Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor, a quad-core processor that is clocked at 2.4GHz. That is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. That internal storage can be expanded up to an additional 256GB thanks to the MicroSD slot. Also, the Lenovo Yoga Book can take advantage of Adaptive Storage in Android Nougat so once you have a MicroSD card installed, it can act as part of the main storage on the device.
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OnePlus has begun the process of rolling out an update to their OxygenOS Android variant to their 2017 flagship phone, the OnePlus 5T. The updates build of OxygenOS is 4.7.6 and in normal OnePlus fashion, is slowing going out to a select number of users today with a broader deployment happening over the course of the next few days.
The update is still based on Android Nougat 7.1.1 so for those hoping this would bring Oreo to the flagship, you have to still wait a bit. OxygenOS 5.0 is in beta with an early 2018 release expected. This 4.7.6 update brings a lot of fixes to the camera, other system improvements as well as the December Android Security Update patch for the device.
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As expected, Google has released the December 2017 Android Distribution Report this week. The report reflects the version of Android on devices that visited the Google Play Store for the 7 day period ending December 11, 2017 and for those of you who keep track of this monthly report, you won’t find many surprises.
With the exception of Android Nougat and Android Oreo, the two latest version of the platform, all previous version saw a decline or no change in usage from the November report to this one. Android Nougat grew some 2.7% in usage in that time, by far the biggest gainer. It now has a 23.3% share of devices coming to the Play Store but it is still behind Android Lollipop and Android Marshmallow. Marshmallow, version 6.x of Android, leads the pack overall with 29.7% of devices running that version.
As for the latest version of Android, Oreo, it continues a very slow adoption on devices. It now is on .5% of devices, a jump of .2% over November.
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Good news this morning for those of you who have an unlocked Essential Phone. The company has begun rolling out an update that brings the December Android Security Update to the device. It will make Essential one of the first beyond Google themselves to get the December update out to end users.
The update is build NMJ51B for those keeping score at home and, based on Essential’s twitter post about the update, it appears that the update contains only this security patch.
It is possible (likely) that there are some other minor updates in the build but clearly the main focus is on the December security update.
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