During the ongoing IFA 2018 tech convocation at Berlin, Germany, Microsoft made series of head-turning announcements. Microsoft announced a Windows 10 update promising it will feature loaded and bring new enhancements. The update is expected to hit 700 million device running the Windows OS beginning on the first half of October, sources hint. Officially, the update is named Windows 10 October 2018 update, but code-named version 1809.
[blockquote cite=” Roanne Sones, Corporate Vice President”]I’m pleased to announce that our next feature update to Windows will be called the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. With this update, we’ll be bringing new features and enhancements to the nearly 700 million devices running Windows 10 that help people make the most of their time. We’ll share more details about the update over the coming weeks.[/blockquote]
What Roanne meant by “Windows 10 that help people make the most of their time”, is integrating Windows 10 into light weight devices to keep users productive even on-the-go. A good examples is Lenovo “Yoga C630 initiating Windows-on-Snapdragon (WOS), which is the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 powered Lenovo device.
[blockquote cite=”Erin Chapple, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft.”]“Devices like the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS, as well as connected PCs from ASUS and HP that went on sale earlier this year, are ensuring that we have a robust and diverse portfolio of products to keep users connected and happy,” added [/blockquote]
Why Google pushing OEMs to release regular security updates is best for you.
Andriod phones are powered by an open source Android OS owned by Google.
Open source, meaning OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) can use Andriod OS in devices anyway fit. The free nature of Android OS allows OEMs to make customisation which makes an application standout in the Android market space, giving rise to Android Fragmentation.
Meanwhile, a different story is being told in the closed source iOS device space.
Andriod Fragmentation is refered to the reducded interoperability across devices of application. The major cause of Android Fragmentation is due to number of Android OS versions.
Google introduced project treble in Android 8.0, to tackle this rising calamity.
Normally, Google releases security patches monthly for the Andriod OS. But, it’s a herculean task for OEMs to incorporate these updates into their varying devices. Thanks to Android One, devices running Android One give lesser hassle.
OEMs are now expected to seal a written deal with Google to frequently release Security patches to devices according to a contract document received by The Verge. It requires Andriod OEMs to push updates to popular phones.
It states that OEMs are mandated to roll out regularly updates for two years to popular device manufactured from 31st January 2018. According to Google, it classifies a popular device as a device that 100,000 and above users have activated.
In addition, from 31st January, 2019, devices labelled as “security mandatory device” must receive frequent updates within 90 days interval.
Clearly, Google doesn’t make it compulsory for OEMs to release Andriod updates to devices, instead security patches.
If an OEM doesn’t comply with Google’s terms, “Google says it could withhold approval of future phones, which could prevent them from being released”, according to The Verge.
There’re still chances that the new contract won’t reduce Android Fragmentation in the nearest future. But in years to come, there’s a possibility of a kind of sync across varying devices. Security patches are highly important because they cover up loop holes which Google itself spots. Leaving out device in the market without paying attention to the possible room for attack is a bad habit.
In Nigeria, Android phones which I’ve come across receive security patches. The challenge is the cost of data to download the patch. It gets more serious when multiple updates which come at different times are ignored. It increases the internet data size required. Most users therefore do not mind the security updates.
iOS 12 supported devices and unique features
Apple has released the public version of iOS 12 since the beta program started on 4th June, 2018. The update is the most optimized of iOS update, it does not slow down older phones. iOS 12 supports iPhone devices from 5s and iPad device from mini 2. We looked at the all of the new features introduced in iOS 12 and other features aside Screen time and AI based feature in iOS 12 is just Apple Inc playing “catch-up” with Google. Apart from Screen Time, the new OS builds most of its unique feature around artificial intelligence – Augmented reality.
Apple did more of optimizing with iOS 12. Camera launch is 70% faster and keyboard pop-up 50% faster. App launch, Apple says is 2X faster, even under workload. All of these optimization can be experienced even in iPhones as old as 5s. Users have more reason not to skip updates.
Facetime with up to 32 people is coming later this year. To make conversation more flexible, the tile of the person currently speaking gets relatively bigger. Adding to the list of new stuffs with iOS 12 is Memoji. An animated way to express yourself. You can creatively create a replica of yourself that you can share on Messages or Facetime. In short, Memoji is a personalized Emoji.
One striking feature of iOS 12 is the improved AR compatibility. It enables you share the experience with others. ARKit for developers is more powerful as it gives developers more room to create immersive AR experience. iOS 12 has Thanos’s reality stone. Developers can create multiplayer Augmented Reality that can be shared via messages and viewed in the real world.
Apple has this time gotten ahead Google!.
How long you use your phone and which app you spend most time with can now be tracked with the all new Screen Time. If user analysis is taken and shared, my best bet is that Facebook will be app iPhone users spend more time. Apple understood that smartphones can be very engaging, so the threw in an app to help keep check of overuse. If you own an iPhone not listed below, its time you get a newer iPhone.
List of Supported device for iOS 12 update
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad 6th generation
- iPad 5th generation
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPod touch 6th generation
List of Sony phones to get Android 9.0 (Pie)
Sony has released the list of its phones that will get Android 9.0 (Pie), the latest Android Version.
Sony revealed that premium-range Sony Xperia users wouldn’t have to wait for long to get the update. Xperia Z2 and Z1 series users will have the update before A2 series users. Sony made it clear that Sony Xperia Z series users will get Android 9.0 from November. While A series users will wait till early 2019.
List of Sony Phones to get Android 9.0 (Pie) Update
- Sony Xperia XZ2 ,
- Sony Xperia XZ2 premium
- Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact,
- Sony Xperia XZ Premium
- Sony Xperia XZ1,
- Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
- Sony Xperia XA2
- Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
- Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
If you are curious about the processes and stages Android update goes before it gets to your Xperia, sony have your answer. The illustrated the stages of Android Software rollout in an infographics which explains everything you need to know.
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