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LG jumps ahead in Android Nougat rollout race

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Android Nougat is the most mature and well-designed operating system to ever come out of Google’s labs. Too bad less than a percent of the population has it.

In the latest distribution data from the Android development team, the seventh version of the OS holds a total of 0.3 percent of the entire market. It would be dead last in the rankings if not for the 0.1 percent distribution of Android 2.2 Froyo.

Android distribution chart November 2016

Android’s version distribution as of November 7, 2016

We’re not surprised. Google’s mobile OS is experiencing the worst fragmentation of any active platform; every new version rolls out at a snail’s pace because of poor adaptation from third-party device manufacturers and heavy aftermarket modifications from brands and mobile network operators.

Fortunately, we have LG coming to the rescue.

The Korean electronics giant was the first to announce a smartphone with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Even though it was overshadowed by the newer 7.1 version built into Google’s recently launched Pixel phones, LG’s V20 can claim better software integration than its rivals.

And now, the G5 will be the first non-Google phone to be updated to Nougat. The 5.3-inch flagship of LG was announced in February this year, and came with partial modularity in the form of “Friends.”

Although only South Korean users will get a taste of the latest flavor beginning today, consumers in other parts of the world will experience it too in the coming weeks.

This development puts LG at the forefront of Nougat distribution — way ahead of the likes of Samsung, Sony, HTC, and rival Chinese brands.

With the exception of the LG flagships and Google’s lineup (Pixel, Nexus, and Android One), there are no official means of enjoying Android’s latest variant at the moment, which is a real shame. The beta preview of 7.1 Nougat is already available on Nexus devices, and that’ll worsen the distribution percentage even more.

As mentioned in our Android Nougat article last August, you must consider yourself lucky if you’re part of the minority, because Marshmallow users and older are definitely missing out on some useful productivity features.

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Sources: Android Developers, GSMArena

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Apple, Samsung sold fewer smartphones in 2018 — report

Huawei won the game, though

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2018 wasn’t a great year for smartphones in terms of sales, but not every company took a hit last year. According to the latest report by Gartner, the total number of devices sold in 2018 was 408.358 million, a 0.1 percent growth from 407.845 million. The biggest losers are Apple and Samsung, both in Q4 and the whole year.

Apple sold 11.8 percent fewer units during the holiday season compared to the same quarter in 2017. Samsung also sold fewer phones during the last quarter, but the South Korean company still managed to maintain a big gap from competitors.

According to the report, Apple is mostly affected in Greater China since buyers are now delaying their upgrades as they wait for bigger innovations. Alternatives are gaining popularity due to their cheaper prices as well.

While two of the biggest names in the industry suffered losses, Huawei, on the other hand, increased their sales and is now close in taking Apple’s coveted second spot. The Chinese tech giant managed to sell an additional 52 million phones in 2018.

Xiaomi and OPPO also gained a few extra millions of sales during the last quarter of 2018. Interestingly, Xiaomi was able to overtake OPPO for the whole year with a 7.9 percent market share versus 7.6 percent.

SEE ALSO: Apple users take longer to upgrade than before

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Huawei official confirms P30 Pro’s quad camera setup

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In a month, Huawei will finally launch the successful P20 series’ successor — the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Given last year’s success, the P30 series has some huge boots to fill. Thankfully, existing rumors are already painting a colorful portrait for us.

As the launch beckons just around the corner, Huawei has officially confirmed the series’ most highlighted rumor — the quad rear camera. Last year, the P20 Pro flaunted an amazing triple rear camera system. This year, leakers and rumor mills have speculated on one more camera. After much speculation throughout the past few months, a Huawei official has suddenly leaked the information himself.

On Chinese social network Weibo, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, posted an incredibly close-up shot of the recent full moon. As is standard with most Chinese smartphones, the photo came with an incriminating watermark.

Image source: Weibo

Strangely, Yu still tried to blur out the phone’s model. Despite the blur, the “Leica Quad Camera” label is blatantly clear. Further, the blur still doesn’t completely hide the starting letter, “P.” Obviously, the P20 series does not have the indicated quad camera setup. Also, the blur isn’t big enough to cover “Mate 20 Pro.” The P30 Pro is the only possible option.

Intentional or not, Yu’s leak is the biggest hype maker for the upcoming launch. If the P30 Pro can shoot moon shots like that, it will likely offer an enjoyable shooting experience. Regardless, the Huawei P30 series is only a month away. Huawei has a lot of momentum going into the launch.

SEE ALSO: Huawei is now accepting registrations for the P30 series in Singapore

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Nokia 6 and 2.1 get updated to Android 9 Pie

True to the promise

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HMD Global, the company that creates the new Nokia phones, is keeping their promise to users of the original Nokia 6 and the entry-level Nokia 2.1 by seeding the Android 9 Pie update according to schedule.

Both the Nokia 6 and Nokia 2.1 phones should start getting the sweet update to Google’s latest Android version. Like with any rollout, the process is done gradually; some users might have to wait for a bit to get theirs.

For the Nokia 6, the update weighs around 1.7GB and it also brings the latest February 2019 security patch. This is the phone’s second major version upgrade. It was released in 2017 with Android Nougat and got updated to Android Oreo last year.

The Nokia 2.1, on the other hand, gets the Android Pie (Go edition) since it’s a phone with 1GB of memory. The lightweight version of Android makes sure that things will run smoothly despite the limited memory and storage capacity.

Based on HMD Global’s schedule, the Nokia 3.1 Plus was supposed to receive Android Pie in January, but it was missed. The Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 are next in line for the update.

SEE ALSO: HMD Global shares Android Pie update roadmap for Nokia phones

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