Android Today: ZTE Axon 7 May Still Get Oreo Update, T-Mobile’s HTC U11 Life Gets Oreo, Samsung Gear S3 Gets an Update To Fix Battery Woes
After the release of Android Oreo, many smartphone users especially the ones with flagships, have been expecting the update to appear on their smartphone.
Of course, several OEMs like OnePlus, Samsung, Sony, Essential, and others have been working on bringing the update to compatible devices. It’s easier for flagships, but for mid-range phones, users are often denied a major update even if their phone is hardly two years old. Not to forget about the 2-year update promise, but many instances in the past have proven to be deceiving for mid-range phone owners.
However, there are still some manufacturers like ZTE who are inclined towards completing the 2-year update promise. Apparently, the discontinued ZTE Axon 7 that was launched in 2016, is set to get the Oreo update. The company is currently working on rolling out the Oreo update for the Axon 7.
Here’s what one ZTE employee wrote on the company’s forum:
We are announcing now that we are already developing android 8 for the Axon 7, your positive feedback has been inspiring us a lot and made us very happy and because of this we try to get it customer ready as soon as possible for the best customers in the world, and I ask for your understanding because we still need some time to perfect it.
For now, the company has not revealed a timeline for the update release, but we are glad to see that the company is delivering on its promise.
T-Mobile’s HTC U11 Life Gets Oreo
The latest phone to join the Oreo bandwagon is T-Mobile’s HTC U11 Life. The T-Mobile bound units of the device have started receiving the Oreo update in the US. The unlocked HTC U11 Life received the Oreo update recently, and today HTC announced on Twitter that T-Mobile units are also getting the update.
The Android 8.0 Oreo update is now available for T-Mobile editions of the HTC U11 life. It's a big update, so you must be on WiFi before attempting to download. Enjoy! pic.twitter.com/FMd1CO28pJ
— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) December 18, 2017
To recall, the U11 Life recently debuted in the US as a T-Mobile exclusive phone. Not to forget, it is the first Android One smartphone from HTC to be made available in the US. As the name suggests, the HTC U11 Life takes some inspiration from the flagship HTC U11. Just like the U11, the U11 Life also features squeezable side and the trendy blue colour.
Gear S3 (Frontier and Classic included) gets an update to fix battery woes
Samsung Gear S3 users can rejoice as the wearable is receiving an update that will fix the battery issues. The previous update for the Gear S3 impacted the battery life of the device, with several users taking to public forums to complain about it. Samsung looked into the issue and is now rolling out an update to fix it.
The update was first spotted by the folks at SamMobile, the changelog for the update mentions the size as 21MB and with the description “improves battery usage time.” As the company confirmed, the update is currently rolling out for all Bluetooth Gear S3 models, Frontier and Classic globally.