Nexus 6 Users Start Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update, October Android Security Update Released

Nexus 6 Users Start Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update, October Android Security Update Released

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The October security update resolves more than 40 issues
  • This security bulletin has two security patch level strings
  • Factory Images and OTA images are live

After promising the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE devices would get the Android 7.0 Nougat update in “the coming weeks” in the middle of September, Google has finally made good on its promise – at least for the Nexus 6. The update was released alongside the monthly Android security update for Nexus and Pixel devices. According to the security bulletin, Google has released two security patch level strings, one on October 1 and the other on October 5. The first one is partial patch with few bug fixes, while the October 5 patch brings crucial fixes and is the final version.

In August, the Android 7.0 Nougat update was first released to Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C tablet, and Android One General Mobile 4G devices only; while the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE were left out. However, Google has finally started rolling the Android Nougat update out to Nexus 6 users as well. The factory image and the OTA build are available on Google’s developer pages, while the OTA update should be rolling out soon. The update is about 860MB in size, and has the build number NBD90Z. The update carries the October security patch as well, reports Android Police.

This comes just hours before the big Google event. The tech giant is expected to unveil two new Pixel smartphones, alongside the first Android Nougat maintenance release. We expect the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to run on Android Nougat 7.1 out-of-the-box, and this update will bring significant improvements along with it.

For now, we have the security patch releasing to all compatible Nexus and Pixel devices, and factory images and OTA images have gone live as well. Between the two patches Google has fixed more than 40 issues including over two-dozen high severity issues and five critical problems.

The security bulletin assures that OEM partners were notified about the issues, and source code patches for these issues will be released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository in the next 48 hours.

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Lenovo A7000 Starts Receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update in India

Lenovo A7000 Starts Receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update in India

Lenovo, after rolling out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to its K3 Note smartphone, has now started to roll out the update to A7000 users in India.

The update is available over-the-air (OTA) though users can manually check for the update via Settings > About Phone > System Update. The update is about 1.3GB in size, so we recommend users to switch to Wi-Fi before downloading the update. As per user reports (via PhoneRadar), the Lenovo A7000 is receiving the new update with build number A7000-a_S153_151127_ROW_TO_A7000-a_S223_160405_ROW.

(Also see: Lenovo A7000 Review: Multimedia Phablet on a Budget)

Unfortunately, there is no official changelog to highlight the changes that are coming to the phone with the update. To recall, the Lenovo A7000 launched in India last April and came running Android 5.0 Lollipop, skinned with the Vibe UI. Last year, Lenovo had claimed to sell 1 million 4G-enabled smartphones in India which included the Lenovo A7000 smartphone apart from other Lenovo phones.

We do know that Android 6.0 Marshmallow (previously just Android M) brings features such as revamped app permissions; Google Now on Tap; Android Pay mobile payment system, and new fingerprint APIs for developers among others.

One of the biggest additions that the Marshmallow update for the K3 Note brought was support for TheaterMax technology.

Last week, Lenovo launched the Phab smartphone-tablet hybrid, priced at Rs. 11,999. The dual-SIM (Micro-SIM + Micro-SIM) Lenovo Phab runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and features a massive 6.98-inch HD (720×1280 pixel) IPS display, which is the highlight of the handset.

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Lenovo A7000

Lenovo A7000

₹ 7,949

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Superb value for money
  • Good battery life
  • Power-packed performance
  • Bad
  • Underwhelming camera
  • Dolby Atmos hype unwarranted
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Asus ZenFone Zoom, ZenFone 2 Laser Receiving Significant Firmware Updates

Asus ZenFone Zoom, ZenFone 2 Laser Receiving Significant Firmware Updates

Asus earlier this week posted two separate changelogs on its forum for updates it is now rolling out to the Asus ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) and the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL). The updates bring a bunch of fixes and features but unfortunately does not bump the Android version up to v6.0 Marshmallow.

The firmware update v2.26.40.72(MR3.2) for the Asus ZenFone Zoom fixes issues related to incorrect charging status after taking the cable out; a bug seen during previous power-on via shutter key for the camera; occasional camera APP drop; drop SD card issue; and NR zoom parameter failure.

It also brings numerous improvements in the camera and modem section of the ZenFone Zoom. The update includes improvements for the auto exposure accuracy in auto mode, digital zoom image quality, auto white balance under artificial light source, modem stability issues, capability of returning to LTE service, auto focus speed, auto exposure accuracy, and digital zoom image quality.

Some other changes that come with the update are improved SIM drop issue, enabling of eMMC ver5.1, disabling of ALAC codec, addition of the new Project ID of HWIDMP_SD for SD card, Burmese language support in the ZenUI, and addition of Dr. Booster to improve the smartphone’s overall performance. The complete changelog can be seen on the company’s forum post.

As for the Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL), not many changes and improvements are included in the update v1.16.40.1338. The update features several app updates and adds new functionalities including Screenshot sound settings, Android for Work, ZenChoice, the All-in-One app solutions platform to make the smartphone perform better. It also improves Asus Cell Broadcast for overall stability and adds few camera features such as Pano Sphere Mode and the ability to adjust colour cast in Beautification mode. The complete changelog can be seen on the company’s forum post.

Asus however noted that it would take about one week for it to complete the rollout of the updates for the ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) and ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL). Users can check for it by navigating toSettings > About > System Update.

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Asus ZenFone Zoom

Asus ZenFone Zoom

₹ 37,999

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Quality camera with optical zoom
  • Sturdy build and good design
  • 128GB storage with expansion
  • Fast charging
  • Bad
  • Average battery life
  • No 4K video recording
  • Dated Android version
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Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL)

Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL)

Display

6.00-inch

Processor

1GHz

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 5.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

3000mAh

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