Shortly after reaffirming their Android One promise, HMD Global has released Android 9 Pie for one of the first-generation Nokia smartphones under their helm — the Nokia 5. The phone was first announced back at MWC 2017 or almost two years ago, alongside the resurrection of the popular Nokia 3310.
The Nokia 5 initially had Android Nougat out of the box and it was updated to Android Oreo in 2018. As promised by HMD Global, the latest Android Pie is now available for the Nokia 5. The update brings all the features of Pie including the revamped interface and under-the-hood improvements.
It gives me immense pleasure to announce that Nokia 5 (2017) has just been updated to Android 9 Pie! Nokia Phones truly get better over time! pic.twitter.com/HbwKxilXc8
— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) January 24, 2019
Like with any rollout, the update will reach end users in batches. The announcement was just made today, so expect to receive the update notification sometime this week or maybe next month depending on how the software fares with early adopters.
Based on HMD Global’s Android Pie roadmap, they still have to release the update for the Nokia 3.1 Plus before the month ends. The Nokia 6, which is essentially the company’s first release, should have its Pie soon along with the remaining Nokia phones.
Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash
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.
Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders
Or the upcoming Galaxy Book
The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.
If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 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.
Apple halts development of in-house chip
Broadcom is still in
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.
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