Samsung Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo update rollout starts back up

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A little more than a week after Samsung halted its Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Galaxy S8, the rollout has resumed.

The Galaxy S8’s new update is version G950FXXU1CRB7, while the Galaxy S8+ is getting G955XXU1CRB7. This means that this is an entirely new update than the one that rolled out previously.

This new update is currently rolling out in Germany to both GS8 owners who didn’t get the previous Oreo update as well as those who did. There’s no word yet on when it might begin appearing in other countries around the world, but now that the rollout has resumed, hopefully we’ll see the Galaxy S8’s Oreo update hit more phones soon.

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Google says dark mode coming to future version of Android

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UPDATE: Google has now clarified its statement, saying that an official dark mode isn’t coming. Instead, it’s planning to enable a developer-facing night mode to help devs test apps that use a night mode.

 

ORIGINAL: As more and more smartphones come to market with OLED displays, many Android owners have been clamoring for Google to add a dark mode to Android. Now it looks like Google is finally going to do just that.

Back in November 2017, someone posted in the Google Issue Tracker asking for Google to add a dark mode to Android 9.0. A Google employee said at the time that they shared that request with the engineering team and that they’d share more info as it became available.

Fast forward to February 2018 and the Googler has marked the issue as fixed and said that a Google engineering team has added a dark mode. “It will be available in a future Android release,” the employee added.

There aren’t really any other details about Android’s dark mode right now, but this is still exciting news. One of the benefits of OLED displays is that you aren’t using as much energy to power a black screen compared to an LCD, so a dark mode that has mostly black or dark elements could help conserve energy. Plus, sometimes you just want to have a dark UI rather than a blindingly white one.

It’s unclear when Google will officially add dark mode to Android, but it is expected that Android P will be released later this year, so maybe we’ll see it then. Will you use Android’s dark mode when Google adds it?

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iPhone and Android Duopoly Nears Peak With Estimated 99.9% Market Share Last Year

A record 99.9 percent of smartphones sold worldwide last year were based on either Android or iOS, as all competing platforms have effectively been squeezed out, according to data shared today by research firm Gartner.


Android remains more widely adopted than iOS by a significant margin, with a roughly 86-14 percent split between the respective operating systems last year. Android’s dominance is unsurprising given the software is installed on dozens of different smartphone models offered at a range of price points, whereas the iPhone primarily caters to the high-end market.

Android and iOS have been the leading mobile operating systems for many years now, but the duopoly became so dominant last year that Gartner doesn’t even break out BlackBerry and Windows Phone individually anymore. Together, the platforms accounted for less than 0.1 percent market share in 2017.


For perspective, Gartner estimates that of the just over 1.5 billion smartphones sold worldwide last year, handsets running BlackBerry OS, Windows Mobile, and all other platforms made up only 1.5 million of the total.

The writing has long been on the wall for BlackBerry and Windows Phone, which have been ceding market share to Apple and Google for the better part of the last decade. But with Android and iOS finally reaching 99.9 percent market share, it looks like the platforms will be officially dead soon enough.

In the meantime, BlackBerry recently announced it will continue to support its BlackBerry 10 operating system for at least two more years, but it encourages customers to upgrade to its Android-based smartphones manufactured by TCL. BlackBerry World and other legacy services will shut down by the end of 2019.

Back in October, Microsoft likewise announced that it will continue to support Windows 10 Mobile with security updates and bug fixes, but it will no longer develop new features or release any new Windows Phones.

The fall of BlackBerry in particular is remarkable given it was the pioneer of the smartphone industry. Its devices actually continued to grow in popularity for around two years after the iPhone launched in June 2007, at the expense of then-leading Nokia, with a peak market share of around 20 percent in 2009.

It only took a few years until the surging popularity of iPhones and Samsung Galaxy smartphones led iOS and Android to leapfrog BlackBerry and Nokia, and based on today’s data, the duopoly is now firmly entrenched.

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