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Android 7.0 Nougat is rolling out now

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Own a Nexus device? You may be in for a nice surprise today. Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest — and sweetest — version of Google’s mobile operating system, has started rolling out to Nexus devices, so you should be able to install the over-the-air software update on the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6, among others.

So far, the following phones and tablets are in the list of devices that can take the first bite off Nougat:

  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 9
  • Nexus Player
  • Pixel C
  • General Mobile 4G (Android One)

Do note that you need to be running the latest Android Marshmallow release to install the update. 2013’s Nexus 5 and older hardware that are excluded from the upgrade party obviously won’t get a taste of Nougat, at least not officially.

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Google typically rolls out new versions of Android alongside fresh hardware — it has long been rumored that HTC is working on two new Nexus phones for 2016 — making today’s announcement a bit of a surprise but an exciting one nonetheless.

Those who have been on Android 7.0 open beta since May won’t see a ton of changes coming their way. But for other Nexus owners, the update introduces several cool features, such as split-screen multitasking, an improved battery-saving setting that kicks in when your device is not in use, and a cleaner and more functional notification shade that allows you to reply to notifications without having to launch any app.

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Running two apps side-by-side on Nougat

There are also 72 new emoji in Nougat, which is noteworthy — if communicating through emoji, and emoji alone, is your thing.

Google says the update will trickle down to supported phones and tablets “over the next several weeks.” The search and software giant also confirmed the upcoming LG V20 as the first device that ships with Android Nougat out of the box.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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