PSA: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ run Android 7.0 Nougat right now, but 7.1.1 is on the way

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are impressive devices, but there’s one thing little disappointing about the software at least for now. They’re currently running an outdated version of Android. Every unit we used at the Unpacked event in New York City was based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Despite what you may be thinking, that’s actually behind what Google offers its partners.

It’s not all bad news. Samsung plans on getting right to work on implementing a software update.

Final release for Android O tentatively scheduled for Q3 2017

It won’t be too long until you’re looking at Android O on your phone or tablet. Google shared its tentative schedule for the new version’s milestones, and it put the final release in the third quarter of 2017. Up until then, the Android O Developer Preview will see at least three updates. It’s all to ensure Android O is ready for the platform’s massive number of users.

Google Assistant to land on many more phones

Last year when Google first revealed Google Assistant, followed by its exclusive introduction via Google Pixel phones, there was some concern that Google was starting to create divergent paths for Android features. Google always indicated that going forward they would eventually make at least some Google Assistant features available to other manufacturers and devices. Their latest move though reveals a slight change in strategy as Google has announced Google Assistant will be coming to many (if not all) devices running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Huawei Watch 2 goes official at MWC 2017

Today at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona, Huawei officially announced two new smartwatches: the Watch 2 and the Watch 2 Classic. Coming to the U.S. in April, both smartwatches will bring in a host of features, such as GPS, NFC, LTE (on supported models), a high resolution display, and Android Wear 2.0 all in two sleek new designs.

Join us after the break for the details.

App drawer comes with latest update for LeEco Le Pro 3, Le S3

Both the Le Pro 3 and Le S3 from LeEco were missing a simple thing at launch: an app drawer. There’s good news today, though. The company is rolling out a software update for its two U.S.-sold phones that includes an app drawer and other enhancements. It’s all part of the UP2U initiative in which LeEco gets customer feedback and adjusts its user interface through software updates.