Fairphone 2 now runs Android Nougat (the only Snapdragon 801 phone to do so)

The Fairphone 2 is a smartphone that was designed for customers who cared more about ethical considerations than bleeding-edge specs. But nearly three years after launch, the folks at Fairphone are continuing to offer software updates for the handset — which is more than most phone makers can say. Sure, the latest update only delivers […]

As Remix OS fades away, Phoenix OS keeps Android-as-desktop OS alive with v2.1.0 release

Jide may be pulling the plug on the consumer version of its Remix OS Android-as-a-desktop operating system project. But the rival team behind Phoenix OS is still hard at work. After releasing Phoenix OS 2.0 earlier this year, the team has pushed out a second version of Phoenix OS based on Android 7.1 Nougat. Phoenix […]

Paranoid Android is back with an Android 7.1.2 ROM

Once upon a time the Paranoid Android team of developers were responsible for some of the most innovative custom ROMs for smartphones. The team reinvented Android navigation buttons with Pie controls, offered a multi-window mode years before Google officially supported the feature, reimagined multitasking on Android devices, and started (and killed) a bunch of other projects […]

Android 7.1.2 is rolling out for Pixel, Nexus devices

Google Android O may be under development, but if you prefer running stable software on your phone or tablet, then there’s a smaller update worth noting: Android 7.1.2 is now rolling out for select devices. Google has released a few beta versions of Android 7.1.2  over the past few months, but now the software is out of […]

Google Android 7.1.1 may be last (official) update for Nexus 6, Nexus 9

Google Android 7.1.2 is coming soon to recent Nexus and Pixel devices, and this week Google released a beta version of the software for some of those products. But two older Nexus devices were notably absent. It looks like the company has no current plans to offer Android 7.1.2 for the Google Nexus 6 smartphone or […]

Android 7.1 on Chromebooks to bring better multitasking support (for Android apps)

Google began rolling out support for the Google Play Store and Android apps on some Chromebooks in 2016. This year it looks like the company is preparing an update that will make it easier to view and interact with multiple Android apps at the same time. Chrome Unboxed has posted some pictures of a pre-release […]

Google releases Android 7.1.1 for recent Nexus, Pixel devices

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones were the first devices to ship with Android 7.1 software. But now Google has released the first stable builds of Android 7.1 for a bunch of recent Nexus and Pixel products. New Android 7.1.1 factory images, OTA update images, are available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, […]

Android 7.1 coming to Nexus phones in December

Google’s Pixel smartphones were the first to ship with Android 7.1 Nougat software, but Google has been offering developer previews of Android 7.1 for select Nexus devices since October. Now it looks like Android 7.1 is getting ready to drop the preview label. According to Vodafone, a security update coming to the Nexus 6P on […]

Google spells out requirements for Daydream VR-ready smartphones

Google Android 7.1 has a new virtual reality mode called Daydream baked in, but not every Android 7.1 phone will support the platform. While we know the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are Daydream-ready, most older phones are not. That includes Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X smartphones from last year… and pretty much […]