The Android 7.0 Nougat Beta programme for Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge begins November 9th

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If you own a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge and you are feeling a little antsy that your flagship device hasn’t received its helping of Nougat love, you can now take steps to remedy that by signing up to the Android 7.0 beta test that Samsung has announced for the handsets. The Android 7.0 Nougat beta test kicks off on November 9th in both the US and the UK. Join us after the break for more details.

Samsung confirms rumor it will launch Galaxy S8 with built-in AI assistant

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The well-documented train smash that was the Galaxy Note 7 is still dragging on, and Samsung is finding itself under pressure to ensure that next year’s Galaxy S8 is a knockout of a device. With hardware differentiation becoming more difficult as smartphone development plateaus somewhat, Samsung stated on Sunday that it is planning on launching the Galaxy S8 with a built-in AI assistant, possibly called Bixby if previous rumors are correct.

Huawei launches its best flagship yet, the Mate 9

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Since collaborating with Google for the Nexus 6P, Huawei has taken great strides in its attempt to become a household name in western markets. With its e-brand Honor, taking care of the budget conscious end of the smartphone market with its Honor 8, Huawei launched its premium offering, the P9, back in April to a mostly welcoming reception. Now, at an event in Munich, we have just witnessed the Chinese handset manufacturer taking the covers off of its successor to last year’s Mate 8, appropriately called the Mate 9, which features a dual-camera setup and the company’s latest processor, the Kirin 960

Huawei Mate 9 specifications

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Having first launched the P9 with a dual camera setup back in April, and then the surprisingly similar yet different Honor 8 at the tail-end of August, Huawei is continuing the dual camera trend with the launch of its Mate 9 flagship that boasts a 20MP Monochrome sensor and a 12MP RGB sensor on its rear panel.

Join us after the break to check out the specs sheet we’ve put together for the Mate 9.

Fingerprint scanner gestures could come to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P after all

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Google yesterday revealed to Android Police that they’re “evaluating” a firmware update to bring the Pixel’s fingerprint scanner gestures to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. This comes not long after serious frustrations that some Googlers said the two phones supposedly weren’t capable of this technology due to the fingerprint scanner being on an incompatible firmware version.

Details after the break.