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Essential Phone skipping Android Oreo 8.0, will soon receive 8.1

Essential Phone[1] users have been longing for Android Oreo[2] to arrive after it missed its 2017 target. Thankfully, the latest word from the company says that it aims to push the update out via OTA in a few weeks.

The Essential Phone PH-1 currently runs Android Nougat[3] and, interestingly, it won’t be updated to Android Oreo 8.0 at all. it’s skip straight to Android Oreo 8.1 instead. 

Essential claims[4] that, through its long-running beta program, it discovered “several stability issues” in the core operating system update, Thus it will be putting the work in to issue the updated version to users.

It seems that the release of Oreo on the PH-1 was days away, but anxious fans might now be waiting closer to a month to get a taste. 

The good news is that if you’ve got a knack for tinkering and want to preview the latest beta build before it arrives, you can join the beta program here[5]. But, be warned that not only does it require sideloading, it’s not going to be as stable as the build you’re currently running.

What does this say for Oreo 8.0?

Essential brought up that Oreo 8.0 had stability issues, though it’s not clear if these are issues specific to the PH-1, or if they also apply to any other phone that’s having the latest operating system ported.

While the former is an understandable position for a small team that’s trying to deliver on expectations, the latter could spell trouble for devices that are still waiting for the Oreo update, of which there are many. 

We previously haven’t heard of such instability problems with Google’s latest operating system, but we’ll be reaching out to manufacturers to see if this is widespread or an isolated case.

Via Android Police[6]

References

  1. ^ Essential Phone (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Android Oreo (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ Android Nougat (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ claims (twitter.com)
  5. ^ here (www.essential.com)
  6. ^ Android Police (www.androidpolice.com)
  7. ^ Android P release date, news and rumors (www.techradar.com)

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iPhone 2018 release delay fears after disappointing sales

Apple is expected to follow up on the iPhone X with a new selection of OLED models in 2018 that will cater to consumers who are looking to buy the iPhone X in a variety of different sizes. This week though, we are hearing some interesting rumors suggesting that Apple has been forced to cut their production targets in half for the iPhone X in the first quarter of 2018. These rumors are according to Nikkei who have said that the initial target for Apple was 40 million units but will now be revised to 20 million units after ‘disappointing’ sales during the Holiday season.

As a result of the decrease in production numbers, this could also have a knock on effect with regards to the upcoming new OLED iPhones that Apple plans to release later this year.

Would this mean that we won’t see new OLED iPhones until 2019 or will Apple still plan to offer the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone XL in 2018, that many fans are already getting excited about? You can take a look at the rumored Apple iPhone 2018 roadmap above to refresh your memory then let us know what you think about the rumored ‘disappointing’ Holiday sales.

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Apple reportedly halves iPhone X early 2018 production target

Apple’s iPhone X is its most expensive phone yet.

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Apple reportedly notified suppliers on Monday that it’s halving its iPhone X production target for the first three months of the year. The company was planning to produce 40 million units of the iPhone X in the first quarter but has now revised the figure to 20 million, Nikkei reported without citing a source. The report comes almost a week after an analyst said Apple will kill off the iPhone X when the second-generation model hits the market later this year.

The iPhone X is the company’s most expensive phone to date, with a price tag of £999 (GBP999, AU£1,579). Apple would prefer axing the current iPhone X over dropping its price so it doesn’t sabotage sales of other models, said KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The company’s production target for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 remains at 30 million units for the first quarter of the year, Nikkei reported, showing no change from when predictions were first published in November.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Apple reportedly halves iPhone X early 2018 production target

Apple’s iPhone X is its most expensive phone yet.

CNET

Apple reportedly notified suppliers on Monday that it’s halving its iPhone X production target for the first three months of the year. The company was planning to produce 40 million units of the iPhone X in the first quarter but has now revised the figure to 20 million, Nikkei reported without citing a source. The report comes almost a week after an analyst said Apple will kill off the iPhone X when the second-generation model hits the market later this year.

The iPhone X is the company’s most expensive phone to date, with a price tag of £999 (GBP999, AU£1,579). Apple would prefer axing the current iPhone X over dropping its price so it doesn’t sabotage sales of other models, said KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The company’s production target for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 remains at 30 million units for the first quarter of the year, Nikkei reported, showing no change from when predictions were first published in November.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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10 Chrome extensions that can save you hundreds of dollars

Honey is one of the most popular money-saving Chrome extensions, and for good reason. Whenever you check out online, Honey will search for applicable coupons and apply them to your purchase by automatically filling in the coupon code for you. No more wondering if there’s an amazing coupon you’re missing out on.

Plus, if you’re shopping at one of the supported online stores, such as Target, eBay, Walmart or Macy’s, a click of the Honey button in your browser will show you all of the sales and coupons that the site has to offer.

Spending at these stores also earns you HoneyGold, points that can be redeemed for gift cards or real money.