Manufacturer customized versions of Android have been a pain for purists since time immemorial. One reason for that is because they end up delaying Android software updates. But despite all the hate that Android gets for this, haven’t these manufacturer tweaked flavors like Samsung’s Grace UX or Xiaomi’s MIUI contributed anything meaningful?
A slightly dramatic headline, admittedly, but accurate. You see, Android 6.0 and above uses new systems from Google to help extend battery life: ‘Doze’, which restricts what apps can do in the background when a phone is stationary and unused, and ‘App Standby’, which does much the same thing but is based on how long it is since you last used a particular application. In either case, certain applications can be accidentally affected – but here’s how to keep them chugging along.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow continues to see its distribution increase ahead of Android 7.0 Nougat’s launch this fall. In Google’s latest distribution chart for August, Marshmallow holds a 15.2 percent share, up 1.9 percentage points from last month.
The latest flavour of Android from Google, Marshmallow 6.0, has broken new grounds as it is running on 10.1% of all Android devices according to the latest distribution numbers released by the company.
Oppo today expanded its Project Spectrum beta to the R7s to bring a near-stock build of Android to the handset. Project Spectrum is an “official alternative” from the Chinese smartphone maker for its own ColorOS.
Nextbit Robin’s Marshmallow Update Brings Audio and Camera Improvements; Collaborates with AIAIAI on New Headphones
Nexbit today announced the rollout of a major software update for the Robin that will bump the Android OS on the handset to Marshmallow. Beside Marshmallow, the update brings improvements to key areas of the handset like camera, performance and battery life.
Less than a month since it started a beta program for the Marshmallow update for the Priv, BlackBerry has started rolling out the final update to certain variants of the handset. Starting from today, all Priv units purchased from ShopBlackBerry.com will receive the update, with major carrier variants receiving the update beginning May 3.
Cyanogen and OnePlus started rolling out the Marshmallow update for the OnePlus from earlier today. Right now, the update is only being rolled out to a few hundred random OnePlus One owners, with a wider rollout scheduled for later this week.
After updating the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S5 to Marshmallow, Samsung seems to have started seeing the update for the Galaxy Note 4. Many owners of the phablet are reporting that they have received a 1.3GB update on their device that bumps the OS to Android 6.0.1.