LineageOS 15.1 Support Expanded to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL

LineageOS has rolled out support for the 2016 Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL in their latest firmware build of Android Oreo 8.1.  In LineageOS terms, that build 15.1.  The addition of the two Google phones adds to an ever increasing number of devices that the independent Android development group, which rose from the ashes of CyanogenMod, supports.

Like other phones, in order to use LineageOS on your Pixel or Pixel XL, you will need to have the bootloader unlocked and be comfortable with manually installing a software build.  It isn’t an overly difficult process but if you aren’t familiar with the process or comfortable with it, its best to stay away.

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LG V20 on Sprint Now Receiving its Android Oreo Update

LG V20

Good news this morning for those of you who have the LG V20 on Sprint.  The carrier has released the Android Oreo update for the 2016 flagship phone and it is making its way out to customers now.  The new build is OPR1.170623.032 for those keeping score at home.

The update brings all the standard goodness of Android Oreo 8.0 to the phone along with the July Android Security Update.  As you would expect, it is a hefty update at just over 1.5GB so you will certainly want to download this update via WiFi and to install, you will need at least 80% battery life.

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Deal – Sony Xperia XZ2 Down to $699 at Amazon

Xperia XZ2

Today’s Deal is on the well appointed Sony Xperia XZ2.  This 5.7″ display phone with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is down to $699 at Amazon right now.  That’s a savings of $100 off the regular price.  The Xperia XZ2 is the latest generation of the Sony Xperia lineup and was launched back in April after being announced at Mobile World Congress in February.

As a reminder about some of the key specs of the Sony Xperia XZ2, it is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, hs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage built-in.  That storage can be expanded up to 400GB thanks to the MicroSD card slot.  It is equipped with a 19MP f/2.0 rear camera that can shoot an incredible 960 fps slow motion video, and a 5MP f/2.2 selfie camera on the front.  Display wise, the Xperia XZ2 has a 5.7″  Full HD+ display that renders 1080 x 2160 and is an 18:9 ratio.  It is also HDR.

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 Lineup Finally Getting Android Oreo in The US

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

File this one under “What took so long?”.  After the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were updated to Android Oreo by all the major carriers here in the United States, the unlocked variant of the 2016 flagship devices remained on Android Nougat.  Normally the unlocked phones get these major updates first but for whatever reason, Samsung never rolled it out.  That, thankfully, is changing.

If you have an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, the South Korean company has finally released the Android Oreo update to US owners.  It is a hefty update at just under 1.5 GB so make sure you are on WiFi before you download it and that you have at least 50% of battery life left before installing it.

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Android Oreo Jumps 6.4% in The Latest Android Distribution Report

Android Distribution Report - July 2018

After skipping June, Google has published the latest Android Distribution Report for Android and it is extremely positive for Android Oreo.  The current version of the mobile platform saw a 6.4% increase in devices that came to the Google Play Store for the 7-day period ending July 23, 2018.  It is the biggest single increase that Oreo has seen and it doubles the install base since the last report in May.

In fact, digging into the report shows that Android Oreo was the only version of the version of the platform tracked that gained any usage in this report.  The two biggest losers in the report were Android Lollipop and Android Marshmallow which both saw a drop of 2% since the last report.

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Refurbished Google Pixel and Pixel XL as Low as $210 at Amazon

Google Pixel XL

Today over at Amazon, you can pick up an amazing deal on the original Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL phones.  The 2016 flagship phones on the Google store front have been refurbished  and come with a 90 day warrant.  This all adds up to some outstanding prices.  Here are some highlights of the deals:

All of these prices are huge savings from the original retail prices for these phones and are substantially less than previous sales on refurbished models.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Down to $359 on Amazon – Lowest Price Ever

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

Today over at Amazon, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is down to $359, the lowest price the 4.6″ phone has seen and some $240 off its launch price of $599.  The XZ1 Compact was released last year by Sony and is a solid option for those who are looking for an Android Oreo powered device that has a small form factor.

To this point, the lowest price had been $399 which was back in March.  At $399, it is a great value for what you are getting in a phone.  At another $40 off, it is something to seriously consider.

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Google Releases The July 2018 Android Security Update Patches

July 2018 Android Security Update

As expected, the July 2018 Android Security Update patches were released this morning by Google.  As a general rule, the Mountain View company releases the monthly updates on the first Monday of the first full week of each month.

This month’s update consists of two patches, one dated July 1, 2018 while the second is dated July 5, 2018.  The first patch consists of 11 patches, 3 of which are considered critical updates.  This July 1st patch is generally aimed at Android as a platform itself while the second patch is more device specific drivers and fixes.

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