The rollout of OxygenOS 4.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T has not gone particularly well for OnePlus. The update is riddled with bugs and stability issues thereby frustrating a lot of OnePlus 3/3T owners. OnePlus tried fixing things by rolling out a quick hotfix OxygenOS 4.0.1 update but accidentally shipped it with a debugging kernel and had to pull the update soon after.
The advent and popularity of dual SIM phones in India and other emerging markets have led OEMs to add useful features like the ability to run two separate instances of the same app on their devices. This feature is useful as it lets users who use two SIM cards on their handset run two separate instances of WhatsApp or other messaging clients. Commonly dubbed Dual Apps, Xiaomi was among the first OEMs to introduce this feature on its devices with MIUI 8 last year, and Lenovo is also getting on the bandwagon this year with the release of the K6 Power and K6 Note.
The Lenovo K6 Power and K6 Note come with 32GB of internal storage which might seem like plenty enough at first, but over time you are bound to run out of space as you install more apps and games. Thankfully, since the handsets comes with a microSD card slot and Marshmallow’s adoptable storage feature, you can easily move apps to SD card to free up internal storage on the handset.
OnePlus 3 (and now the 3T) are among those rare Android phones that have a physical mute switch. It might not sound like a big deal but it’s a huge help. Putting your hand in your pocket, finding the slider, and shifting it, solely based on the feel thereby turning your phone silent mode is, well, a pure joy.
Against all odds, OnePlus actually met their own deadline for the Android 7.0 Nougat update, with the update for both OnePlus 3 and 3T going live just hours before the deadline – 1st Jan 2017. And this is a stable release. And in true OnePlus spirit, it mostly steers close to the stock Android, with a bit of tweaking here and there.
Just about managing to stick to its word, OnePlus started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T from last night. Since this is a gradual rollout, it is unlikely that you will receive the update instantly on your device. Nonetheless, there are a few tricks that you can try to get the Nougat update on your handset right away.
The Indian government today in its bid to push cashless transactions across the company today launched the Bharat Interface for Money a.k.a BHIM application for Android devices. The app has a very simple and ease to use UI, which will help widen its adoption among new smartphone users and small traders.
While “Ok Google” functionality is available on almost all Android devices, the feature only works while the display is off on Google’s Pixel and previous Nexus handsets. On the Pixels though, many users have been reporting about the feature not working as intended. Various online forums are filled with complaints from users about the “OK Google” functionality not working while the display is off after some time.
One of the key new features of Android Nougat is the ability to run two apps side-by-side in multi-window multitasking mode. While the feature has been present in some OEM skins for quite some time, with Nougat Google is finally bringing it to all Android devices. And since Google is natively baking support for multi-window multitasking in Android, it will also lead to more apps and developers supporting the feature.
Most of Lenovo’s recent budget handsets have featured a fingerprint scanner, but the company never baked in native fingerprint app locking functionality on these phones. This required users to download and use third-party applications from the Google Play Store. With the Lenovo K6 Power and K6 Note, Lenovo has finally added native app locking functionality to its skin.