Hungry for Nougat? OnePlus 3 gets it this month

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Sure, OnePlus’ software is among the best in the world because of its simple and clean presentation. A problem exists, though. Getting software updates out in a timely manner has been extremely difficult for the company. With every device, OnePlus just takes so long to go from testing to rolling out.

If you were thinking Android 7.0 Nougat on the OnePlus 3 would arrive next year, there’s new hope. OnePlus revealed that the latest version of Android will be live on its flagship sooner than we all thought. It’ll actually still be 2016 when Nougat is running on the phone.

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.

Google hired writers from Pixar, The Onion to bring personality to Google Assistant

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Chat bots and other virtual assistants have quickly become a popular way to not only get information, but to provide entertainment and the feeling of chatting with an actual human. To continue to breathe more life into its new AI platform, Google has reportedly hired writers from various Pixar films as well as The Onion to bring humor and a bigger personality to Google Assistant.

Join us after the break for more.

Nougat should see a total of three quarterly maintenance releases

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Google is doing some interesting things with Nougat, and one of those will be regular maintenance releases. By pushing out maintenance releases every so often, this allows Nougat to see “continued refinement and polish.” Google didn’t offer any details on how many maintenance releases there would be, but thanks to new information from Evan Blass, we’re going to be seeing a total of three quarterly maintenance releases.

What’s new in Android 7.0 Nougat

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The next version of Android is finally upon us in a stable form ready for public use, meaning you could be using Android 7.0 Nougat on your phone or tablet as early as today. Google is sending out the software update to its Nexus devices with things we’ve known about for months but perhaps you need a refresher. While the company says there are “over 250 major features” in Nougat, it’s impossible to go over all of them as not everything is completely noticeable. Luckily, Google provided a great rundown of each and every thing that’s new in Nougat.

Hit the break to see what’s new here.

Honor commits to 24 months of software and security updates for new phones

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When we shell out our hard earned dollars on the latest smartphone we expect that phone to be updated to Android’s latest and greatest into the foreseeable future. Not only is it gratifying to have the newest software on our device, but with ever increasing threats from malware, such as this new Google Adsense bug, there is also a huge security risk to having outdated software. Unfortunately, getting devices onto the newest software still remains a huge problem for the Android ecosystem. Just take a look at the latest Android distribution numbers and you’ll see what I am talking about. Huawei sub-brand Honor is looking to help ameliorate those problems a little bit with all its newest phones. According to a Huawei’s Taylor Wimberly, Honor is going to begin delivering an enhanced software experience for the latest Honor devices.