Any Android One users still out there? Once, it was the best bet for an affordable and hassle-free way to experience the latest version of Android on a smartphone. Now, you barely even hear about it anymore. But it’s not dead yet.
If you somehow got a hold of and got to keep any of the original Android One devices launched here in the Philippines, and you happened to receive the software update to Android 7.1.1, then you can expect to see the famous Google Pixel Launcher become available as a new downloadable Launcher for your phone. Actually, it’s just near-identical Launcher to the Pixel Launcher, but it’s an official release. And some of the few changes on it include the ability to now add 5 different app shortcuts to the dock at the bottom of the Home screen.
No doubt, it will also have other things to keep users busy, but primarily, it seems like a great way to at least unify the look of all currently available phones running stock Android on Nougat. We’re not sure when or how users will get this rollout, but we suggest excitedly checking the Software Update options in the Settings screen. That usually works for us.
Y!mobile via Android Police
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a fantastic piece of tech. It had all the best smartphone features available, including a number of exclusive Samsung extras. It’s also one of only a few high-end Android phones with built-in stylus support. And with the support of local carriers and local distribution channels, you didn’t even need to pay an arm and a leg to get one.
Unfortunately, as you may already know, it suffered from an irredeemable flaw, which meant that it had to be recalled from the hands of customers, from stores, and eventually, from the whole world itself. Samsung has since been hard at work at identifying and fixing its issues. And now that the dust has settled, it appears that they finally have.
In a statement published on the official Samsung Newsroom, the Korea-based company has revealed that it plans to start selling the infamous Galaxy Note 7 again, pending “consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers.” Samsung also says they will also consider if there is still a local demand for it before deciding to finally push through with the sales. The Galaxy Note 7 will then be classes as a refurbished device, and depending on price, it might well be something worth considering. Would you pay for a refurb Note 7?
Samsung Newsroom via The Verge