Android 8.0 Oreo Brings ‘Rescue Party’ Feature That Helps Rectify Bootloop Issues

Android 8.0 Oreo is rolling out to compatible devices, with users on the Android Beta Program getting the advantage of receiving it first. Early adopters have been raving about the new features like picture-picture mode, new notification panel, and more, but there are a few useful hidden tricks that Google has added with Android Oreo, that weren’t even spotted in developer previews. A feature called Rescue Party arrives with Android 8.0 Oreo, and it essentially recognises if your smartphone has been on reboot loop, and immediately takes measures to stop or rectify it.

Rescue Party is enabled by default on all devices running on Android Oreo, and OEMs do not have to add anything additional with respect to hardware for this to work. Android 8.0 Oreo will recognise if your smartphone is running through a reboot loop, more commonly known as bootloop, and take different actions to bring the smartphone back to normal working conditions.

It will check if core components are performing the same actions again and again with failed final results. Android Oreo will send the ‘rescue party’ if the system restarts at least five times in five minutes, or if a specific app crashes more than five times in 30 minutes. Rescue Party lies within the /services/core/java/com/android/server/RescueParty/java string of code.

Android 8.0 Oreo Brings 'Rescue Party' Feature That Helps Rectify Bootloop IssuesWhile Rescue Party is enabled by default, OEMs are given the option to disable it if they so prefer. However, this feature is particularly useful in scenarios when things go wrong during a custom ROM installation, or updating software.

If primary rectification measures don’t work to bring back the smartphone into normal working state then Rescue Party forces the device to go into recovery mode, where the user can then factory reset the device. While this is not the ideal solution as you would lose all data on the phone, it is much better than it being useless, and sending it for replacement or repair every time this happens.

Apart from the OTA updates rolling out to specific devices, system images are also available for those who cannot wait. [Android Oreo brings]( notification dots, autofill, smart text selection, redesigned settings, and much more.

Android 8.0 Oreo Update Rollout Schedules for Google Pixel, Nokia, OnePlus, Lenovo, Asus, Micromax, and Other Phones

Android O is here and it’s named Oreo, but only a small number of users would already have the latest version of the OS on your phone. In fact, as is the case with the previous versions of world’s most popular mobile software, it will take a few weeks, or even months, before Android 8.0 gains a foothold in the market. But that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t want to be kept abreast of when your smartphone gets Android Oreo. While a few companies have taken the initiative to announce their rollout plans for Android 8.0, there are many more that remain tightlipped. If you’re wondering whether your phone is getting the update, we have compiled a list of smartphones that are getting Android Oreo. Read on to check if yours makes the cut.

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Android 8.0 Oreo update for Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, 6P, Nexus Player

Android O updates for Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, along with the Pixel C tablet from 2015 are available now. The latest version of Google’s mobile software will be rolled out as OTA update in a phased manner. Same is the case for the supported Nexus devices, namely Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player. If waiting for OTA is not your style, you can download the Android 8.0 Oreo image files, though you will lose all the data in the process.

Android 8.0 Oreo update for Lenovo K8 Note

The new Lenovo K8 Note is also scheduled to get the Android Oreo update, along with other K-series smartphones launched in 2017. However, there is no timeline for the K8 Note Android 8.0 rollout yet, as these will depend on chip manufacturer support, internal development and testing requirements, according to Anuj Sharma, Head of Product Marketing – Smartphones, Lenovo India.

Android 8.0 Oreo update for Asus ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 smartphones

When launching the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro, Asus announced it will release Android Oreo updatefor the smartphones in this year’s ZenFone 4 series as well as last year’s ZenFone 3 series. However, fans might have to wait to rather long for the update as the supported devices will get Android 8.0 by the second half of 2018.

Android 8.0 Oreo update for Micromax Canvas Infinity

At the launch of the new Micromax Canvas Infinity with 5.7-inch 18:9 FullVision display, the company announced it will provide the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the handset, but again, there is no timeline for it yet.

Android 8.0 Oreo update for HTC U11, U Ultra, 10

HTC has also joined the list of brands promising the Android 8.0 update for its smartphones, with the flagship HTC U11, along with HTC 10 and U Ultra first in line to get a taste of Oreo. Details of the rollout plans will “announced soon” by the Taiwanese brand, which will also release names of more devices getting the update.

Android 8.0 Oreo update for Moto and Nokia phones

Moto and Nokia are the two companies right now that offer the pure Android experience and promise swift updates to the latest version of the mobile OS. While all four Nokia Android phones will be getting Android 8.0, we can expect Moto’s 2017 range of smartphones to receive it as well. As for Moto phones from 2016, the likes of Moto G4 series to get the update as it still falls under the 18-month timeframe.

Android 8.0 Oreo Update Rollout Schedules for Google Pixel, Nokia, OnePlus, Lenovo, Asus, Micromax, and Other PhonesAndroid 8.0 Oreo update for OnePlus 5, 3T, and 3

The new OnePlus flagship, OnePlus 5 is confirmed to get Android Oreo, as are last year’s OnePlus 3 and 3T. However, it will be the last update for the 2016 OnePlus phones, as they will not be updated to Android P when it launches in 2019, the company has said.

Android 8.0 Oreo update for Essential Phone

The Essential Phone, unveiled in June by the ‘Father of Android’ Andy Rubin, will get software support for three years – that’s two years of Android OS updates and three years of monthly security updates. So it goes without saying Android 8.0 Oreo for Essential Phone is a definite go, along with the next major version.

Android 8.0 Oreo update for Coolpad Cool Play 6

While launching its flagship Cool Play 6 smartphone, Chinese brand Coolpad announced that the phone will be getting Android Oreo update by the end of the year. The smartphone will go on sale in India on September 4 via Amazon India, and run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

The list doesn’t include some of the major brands – Samsung chief among them – but we expect more brands to come forward with their Android 8.0 Oreo update schedules in the coming weeks. Google in its blog announcing the new flavour of Android mentioned “Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo.” We will update this list as and when these or other brands announce their release plans.

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition Coming to Android, iOS, and Windows This Fall

At Gamescom, the PC version of Final Fantasy XV stole the show but interestingly, game developer Square Enix has now taken the wraps off Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, which is a mobile entry based on the game. The Pocket Edition of the role-playing game will be made available for Android, iOS, and Windows.

The company has released an announcement trailer for the Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition and from the initial looks of it, the mobile game looks to be an entertaining prospect. The company says that the mobile game will be made available in Fall later this year. While it would be unfair to expect the visual fidelity of the PC or console version in the Pocket Edition, the mobile game will allow users to play with same characters as the console versions and follow the same storyline as well.

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition Coming to Android, iOS, and Windows This FallThe Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition comes with a light-hearted gameplay style and artwork. The main story will be spread across ten episodes and the first episode will be made available for free at launch. The controls on the mobile game will be optimised for touch and should be fun to play on mobile devices as well.

To recall, the company announced at Gamescom that the Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will come with 4K high resolution textures, Dolby Atmos support, advanced hair simulation, fire and smoke simulation, and more. While the 170GB free storage requirement for the game did raise quite a few eyebrows, the game’s director Hajime Tabata confirmed during an interview with Kotaku that the 170GB storage requirement was a mistake.

Android Oreo Is the Android O Release You’ve Been Waiting For

Android Oreo is the official name of the Android 8.0, in line with Google’s tradition of naming its mobile operating systems after desserts. Google said it has released the AOSP code to its manufacturing partners, and will soon release the Android Oreo software update to the Google Pixel, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P smartphones as well as the Pixel C and Nexus Player devices. Android Oreo brings several interesting features including picture-in-picture mode, which will enable users to watch a video in a resizable and movable small window atop of any other app. Imagine watching a video while texting your friends. Google is also making it possible for users to create customisable channel for each type of notification, through a feature called “notification channel.”

Additionally, notification badges are coming to apps, allowing users to see the number of notification an app has cultivated — and need their attention — by just looking at an app’s icon on the home screen. Moreover, another new feature called “snoozing” will enable people to snooze a notification to make them reappear at a later, more appropriate time.

The new update will also improve boot speed – the time it takes from switching on the phone to reaching the home screen, the company said, claiming it would be twice as fast on its own flagship smartphone, the Google Pixel. Google is also making it easier to login to different apps, extending the autofill feature currently available on website, to apps. The much-awaited Android instant apps, which can be accessed right from the browser without requiring installation, are also set to take off with Android Oreo.

As Google mentioned at the developer conference I/O earlier this year, where it first unveiled Android O, much focus with Android O aka Android Oreo release is to improve the user experience on the phone. One way the company is doing so is by improving the battery life, it had noted. To ensure Android Oreo is more stable, Google also released the first beta version of it earlier this year, buying a longer duration to iron out the rough surface of the operating system that if left unattended hinder with the performance and user experience.

Android Oreo Is the Android O Release You've Been Waiting ForPerhaps coincidental, the timing of Android O’s christening is in line with solar eclipse, which people in the United States are witnessing today. It’s almost poetic. Much like those few people who are in a geography who could witness the solar eclipse first hand, only a few customers would get their hands on Android Oreo in the next one year. Rest of us, would only get to hear about it.

Nearly one year after its release, Android Nougat, the current version is only running on 13.5 percent of Android devices, which includes smartphones, tablets, streaming devices, and some smart TVs among others, according to the most updated information provided by Google on its dashboard.

It’s not necessarily Google’s fault, however. The OEM partners such as Samsung, LG, Lenovo, HTC, and Xiaomi often take months before pushing new software updates to their respective smartphones. It’s a long process, but much to Google’s credit, things are quickly improving.

In May, the company announced Project Treble, an initiative that makes it “easier for OEMs to deploy Android updates,” a spokesperson told Gadgets 360 earlier this month. The company has found a way to cut short the time period it takes its new updates to reach people’s smartphones by remodelling how and when carriers, silicon manufacturing partners, device makers intervene in the process.

Tekken Mobile Unveiled for Android and iOS, Already Soft Launched in Canada

Popular fighting game Tekken is finally making it to your small screen with Bandai Namco announcing the launch of the game for Android and iOS. The Tekken Mobile game is up for pre-registration for Android on the newly launched website and has already been made available for iOS in Canada – in a soft launch.

Tekken is fighting game series that first came into being back in early 90s for the PlayStation. The franchise has seen a number of sequels and spin-offs, having sold millions of units overs the years across multiple platforms including Xbox and Nintendo consoles. This will be the first time the game hits Android and iOS platforms. Interestingly, this year also saw the franchise being made available on Windows PC for the first time with the launch of Tekken 7. The Tekken series involves a number of playable characters who typically compete in King of Iron Fist Tournament. Popular characters like Kazuya, Paul, Law and others will be available in the mobile version.

Tekken Mobile Unveiled for Android and iOS, Already Soft Launched in CanadaThe free-to-play game had a soft launch for iOS in Canada and the Android version is also expected to be free with in-app purchases for monetisation. Tekken Mobile will offer over a 100 characters, and will feature a Story Mode where you will be able to create a team of three players who will assist Kazuya Mishima against a new enemy called Revenant. Users will also be able to challenge other players in the Dojo mode, and the company has plans to host live events that will feature daily, weekly and monthly new content.

The Tekken Mobile website says that pre-registering for the game will get you exclusive rewards such as in-app coins, character unlocks, and other benefits depending on how many register before the global launch. The success of the game will likely depend on how much of the content is actually free and how much will be available via in-app purchases, something that many had taken issue with after the launch of Super Mario Run.

Android O Update Promised for Entire Asus ZenFone 3, ZenFone 4 Series

Asus on Thursday revealed its new ZenFone 4 series smartphones at an event in Taiwan. The company alongside also confirmed that the Android O update will be made available for the entire new ZenFone 4 models as well as last year’s ZenFone 3.

Marcel Campos, Head of Global Content Marketing at Asus confirmed the news while announcing the new ZenFone 4 series. He added that the Asus ZenFone 4 models which include ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone Selfie Pro, ZenFone 4, and ZenFone 4 Pro will be running ZenUI 4.0 out-of-the-box. The supported handsets will receive Android O update by the second half of 2018.

Talking about what’s new in ZenUI 4.0, the Taiwanese company claimed that it’s the “lightest Android UI skin to date” from Asus. The company also said that ZenUI 4.0 overall improves performance of popular apps. ZenUI 4.0 will also feature less number of bloatware compared to ZenUI 3.5. From 35 preloaded apps, ZenUI 4.0 cuts down the number to 13 apps. Some of the new apps that are present on the ZenUI 4.0 include Twin apps which will offer two simultaneous accounts on the same device, and Page Maker which is a bookmark app.

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Asus also added that both the ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 phones will also receive Android O goodies like picture-in-picture mode, unread notification app badges, better Bluetooth audio support, and adaptive icons among others. Asus has announced that ZenUI 4.0 may be rolled out to ZenFone 3 range soon after the release of the ZenFone 4 series.

The all-new Asus ZenFone 4 range sports dual cameras which is the biggest highlight of the phones.

Essential Phone to Get Android Updates for Two Years, Andy Rubin Confirms

Essential Phone, which garnered headlines for its attractive bezel-less design, was unveiled in June earlier this year and today, the company’s founder and Android co-creator Andy Rubin has announced that the handset is now available for purchase on the company’s own website, Sprint, and Amazon. The unlocked model of the smartphone is available for purchase at $699 (roughly Rs. 44,800) from the company’s own website.

In order to impart confidence to the Essential Phone buyers, Andy Rubin has also written a blog postwhere he has announced that the new smartphone will get guaranteed Android OS updates for 2 years and will get monthly security updates for 3 years. This brings the Essential Phone at par with Google Pixel in terms of software support and also ensures that the handset remains secure and is updated with latest features.

Rubin has also announced that the company is also planning to introduce new wireless accessories (like the snap-on 360-degree Camera) every few months. “That schedule ensures that the latest technology will always be in the palm of your hand without having to replace your phone. These accessories will also work with other products like Essential Home,” Rubin said in his post. Notably, for a limited time, the company is offering Essential Phone and Essential 360 Camera as a bundle for $749 (roughly Rs. 48,000).

Interestingly, the Essential Phone doesn’t come with any branding on it and Rubin says this is because the company belongs to the user and not to the company. “And once you turn it on, you’ll find that there are a limited number of preloaded apps and no duplicative services,” Rubin said.

Essential Phone to Get Android Updates for Two Years, Andy Rubin ConfirmsHe has also said that the 100-person team at Essential is not a weakness but rather strength as Essential will be able to focus on “customer-first experience” that takes a back seat to profit in larger companies. We will have to wait and see if the Essential Phone will be a successful first product or the company will have to struggle to find its feet in the market.

In terms of specifications, Essential Phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and sports a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge QHD (1312×2560 pixels) display with unique 19:10 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by the 64-bit Snapdragon 835 octa-core (2.45GHz quad + 1.9GHz quad) processor with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB RAM. Internal storage option is at 128GB.

In terms of optics, it has a 13-megapixel dual camera setup at the back with RGB and monochrome capabilities in each lens, with hybrid autofocus, phase detect, IR Laser Assist Focus, and 4K video support. At the front there is an 8-megapixel selfie sensor with f/2.2 aperture, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 4K video support here as well. The battery is at 3040mAh with fast charging support. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, GPS, USB Type-C port, Nano-SIM support, and GLONASS. The dimensions of the Essential Phone are at 141.5×72.2×7.8mm, and the smartphone weighs less than 185 grams.

Google Engineers Confirm Project Treble Coming to Pixel, Few Other Android Devices

Google announced Project Treble earlier this year mainly to fix the slow Android version adoption and its resultant fragmentation. First, it was reported that only new devices that ship with Android O will get the Project Treble framework. However, now Google engineers Romain Guy, Iliyan Malchev, and Chet Haase confirm that the company has been working with OEMs to bring Project Treble to some other smartphones as well.

On the latest episode of the Android Developers Backstage podcast, the three engineers discuss Project Treble and what it would mean for the latest Android O update. The engineers confirm that Pixeldevices are getting the Treble support because of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset, and other OEMs may too see the same. The engineers confirm that they are in conversation with some OEMs to bring Treble support to few flagships with the Android O update, however they refrain from providing any further detail. We presume that big OEMs like Samsung, LG, and others may be a part of this project, however nothing is certain as of yet. You can listen to the whole podcast here.

Google Engineers Confirm Project Treble Coming to Pixel, Few Other Android DevicesAndroid O is largely rumoured to release on August 21, and may be more information will come out then. For those unaware, Project Treble was launched in May as an important step toward faster and more frequent Android release updates on devices. It essentially allows OEMs to update to the latest Android software, without making a ton of changes.

Previously, manufacturers had to wait for chipmakers to modify the new release to their specific hardware. After receiving the modified software from chipmakers, OEMs then made their own tweaks, test it out with carriers, and then release it to compatible smartphones. Now, with Project Treble, a separate vendor interface is created between the Android OS framework and the vendor implementation. Google claims that it will work with chipmakers to ensure the vendor interface is compatible beforehand, and the validation of that will be done by a Vendor Test Suite (VTS).

Android O to Be Revealed on Monday, the Day of the US Total Solar Eclipse

Google will indeed reveal Android O on Monday, the day of the US total solar eclipse, as previously rumoured. The visible shape of the solar corona during the eclipse’s totality neatly matches the symbol ‘O’, and we can expect Google to reveal the name of its latest Android version, as well as announce release dates of the final build of Android O for eligible Google devices, if not release it the same day. There is also a chance the company may give a glimpse of the new Pixel smartphones. The company has put up a dedicated Eclipse page on its Android site for Monday’s announcement, counting down to 2:40pm ET or Tuesday, 12:10am IST.

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There have been a lot of rumours surrounding what Google would name Android O. The company has used dessert names in its Android version nomenclature in the past, and it isn’t expected to break that tradition this year. Many are hedging their bets on Android Oreo (Oatmeal Cookie,Octopus, and Orange are other contenders), and, a Google+ teaser posted for the Monday announcement may have inadvertently confirmed this. Notably, the Eclipse doesn’t appear to make any visible hints as to the name, beyond the word ‘sweet’ – reinforcing the plausibility of a continued dessert naming scheme. If true, this wouldn’t be the first time that Google has partnered with a major brand – it had associated with Nestle for Android 4.4 KitKat. This time around, it may tie up with Nabisco.

Spotted by Android Police, the video accompanying the Google+ post’s teaser bore the word ‘Oreo’ in the filename. After the report however, the post was deleted, and replaced with another – and this time the video filename bore the word ‘Octopus’ in its place in perhaps an attempted misdirection. Of course, this isn’t incontrovertible proof, and may very well be an elaborate charade by the search giant, which has been known to have a sense of humour. An Easter egg in the latest developer preview also featured an octopus.

We’ll have to wait for the Monday reveal to know more. Last month, Google released the final Android O Developer Preview (version 4), and pretty much all features of the new operating system are known so far, so the name, release dates, and next Pixel devices are all that are actually anticipated

Oppo A77

A77The Oppo A77 is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Oppo A77 packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Oppo A77 runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 3200mAh non removable battery.

The Oppo A77 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor