Android 8.0 to be released this month; Moto X Pure Edition to get 7.0 “soon”

As Google gears up for the imminent Android 8.0 release, Motorola has released the Android 7.0 kernel source for the 2015 Moto X Pure Edition, also known as the Moto X Style elsewhere in the world (via Android Police). The Nougat update was originally promised for the device in April of this year, some eight months after Android 7.0 was made available to manufacturers. As time went on, Moto prioritized more recent releases. This is understandable, but doesn’t alleviate the fact that the company’s 2015 flagship device is a full year behind on software updates, especially considering how close its software is to “stock” Android.

The kernel source will be a boon for the custom ROM community, though. With this, ROM developers will have an easier time building software for the device, so that advanced users can get Nougat onto the device. It’s no substitute for a full update, but it’s something.

When reached for comment, Motorola said the Nougat update is in the testing phase and should be released ‘soon’, but did not give a specific timeframe.

Anecdotally, I purchased a 2015 Moto X Pure Edition when it was released, but sold it a few months later out of fear it would not get updates. I’m sad to say my fears were realized.

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No, it’s not just you.

Update: Reports of Hangouts failing to send and receive messages have greatly diminished. Aside from lingering back-ups, everything seems like it’s back to normal now.

Google Hangouts has apparently been having sporadic issues today, but it seems as though just about everyone is having troubles with the service now. Over on our end, we’re unable to send or receive messages in Hangouts apps or on the web, even though the website itself loads. More importantly for many of us, this is also causing issues for Google Voice and Project Fi users trying to send SMS.

Over on services like Down Detector there are thousands of reports coming in about the service not working properly. Twitter is of course filled with complaints about it as well. For what it’s worth, Google’s status dashboard for its enterprise-level G Suite apps showed a “service outage” that lasted over 45 minutes.

This isn’t likely to last long, and no Google hasn’t just unceremoniously pulled the plug on one of its seemingly unloved chat services, but it’s still annoying and we’re allowed to be frustrated. At least you know you’re not alone in this struggle. We’ll get through it together. (Also, we bet Allo is up!)

Are you seeing issues with Hangouts on your end? Let us know in the comments!

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Download Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 wallpapers now!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 isn’t being announced for a few more weeks yet, but given its proximity to public testers, the inevitability of leaks increases by the day. We know what it looks like, what features it will have, and now we have a series of wallpapers that will ship on the phone come September.

Like the Galaxy S8 before it, the new wallpapers are soft, abstract and bucolic — exactly what you want to see when you turn on an Infinity Display.

Interested in taking them for a spin on your phone? Hit up the gallery below and get downloading!

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As the bezel wars rage on, two competitors take similar strategies to allow space for components.

The Essential Phone was announced earlier this year with a striking design decision: the phone has almost zero bezels. Rather than placing the front facing camera on the bottom of the phone like the Xiaomi Mix Mix, the selfie camera is on top, splitting the status bar in two. If leaks are to be believed, the upcoming iPhone 8 will utilize a similar design language.

Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks, has released an image showing the iPhone 8 inside of a (presumably) third party case. This rumored design is corroborated by MKBHD’s hands on of an iPhone 8 model used by accessory manufacturers. Both sources show the iPhone 8 with minimal bezels – even eliminating the trademark home button and Touch ID sensor. Like Essential, Apple is splitting the status area in two. Unlike Essential, Apple looks to be cramming in extra sensors to run the FaceID feature, meaning more of the status bar will be cut out.

iPhone 8 (encased)

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 8, 2017

Deciding which device looks better is certainly subjective. Assuming these renders and models are true, I think the iPhone 8 will look better. Using a wider portion of the status bar makes the insertion of the components look less drastic, to my eyes at least. On the other hand, all color options of the Essential Phone will have a black front, making the protrusion less noticeable when the phone is off. Ultimately, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The Essential Phone has been set back by numerous delays, so consumers may well have a chance to view the iPhone 8 first.

Which design do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!

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Get a clear look at LG’s V30.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HITRECORD organization is once again partnering with LG, and the latest Find Your Frame project has a couple of interesting entries.

Droid-Life was able to suck some stills out of the 1,900 plus video submissions that are almost surely showing off the LG V30. This isn’t too surprising as everyone is sure the phone will launch at IFA on August 31, and HITRECORD has played a major role in the launch of previous LG phones. But still, these are some pretty clear shots of a phone most of us haven’t been able to see just yet.

These match up almost perfectly with the leaked renders we saw on August 3: they are the right size, the right shape, and the right color.

There are also several clips supposedly shot on the V30, including one that switches between normal and wide angle in real time. We expect big things from the V30 when it comes to the camera, as LG has touted the V series as a creator’s tool since the launch of the original V10.

Screen capture of a clip using the LV30′s wide-angle lens.

If you’re excited about the V30, it might be worth poring through the HITRECORD entries to see what else pops up!

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