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Android Oreo – Key improvements & how to update

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Behind the scenes power and efficiency

According to Google's tests on it's flagship Pixel, Android Oreo offers 2x the boot speed when powering up your device. The latest Android OS also offers 'Background limits'. Although many operating systems offer the option to manually minimise background activity, Oreo automatically incorporates background limits. This means it will minimise activity in the apps you use the least, to ensure your device is energy efficient, without you having to lift a finger.

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Autofill & Smart text selection

Once again, with efficiency and productivity at the forefront, Google has incorporated the 'Autofill' feature. With your permission, this means your device will be able to remember your logins and provide quicker access to your apps. Smart text selection means Oreo will recognise text when you select or tap, then recommends a next logical step via a suggested app.

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Picture-in-Picture

Picture-in-Picture gives you the ability to see two apps or 'windows' at the same time, for example, you could check your calendar to schedule an appointment whilst simultaneously video calling your colleague.   

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More apps with fewer taps

Oreo features 'Notification dots' this means you can quickly see what's new and easily clear them with a swipe. Android instant apps also means you can head directly into new apps directly from your web browser without the need to go through the installation process.  

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Google Play Protect

Oreo ensures over 50 billion apps are scanned per day, including those you haven't installed yet, to ensure the Android app store and thus your device and data is safe. 

Compatible devices

All Google devices have been updated to Oreo, these include: Google Pixel 2/2XL, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X. The Sony Xperia XZ1 and Sony XZ1 Compact also run Android Oreo out the box. 


The Oreo update for the Sony XZ Premium, Sony Xperia XZs, OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 is available now.


The following devices are awaiting the update:

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    Nokia 8

HTC

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    U Ultra
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    U11 Life
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    U11 Plus

Samsung

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    Galaxy S8
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    Galaxy S8 Plus​​​
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    Galaxy Note 8

OnePlus

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    OnePlus 5

Motorola

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    Moto Z Force​​​
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    Moto Z Play
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    Moto G5
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    Moto ​G5S
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    Moto G5 Plus
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    Moto G5S Plus
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    Moto X4
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    Moto G4 Plus

Sony

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    Xperia XA1
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    XA1 Ultra
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    XA1 Plus

How to update to Oreo 

  • Firstly, ensure your WiFi is on. You can do so by swiping down from the top of your screen and tapping the WiFi icon. 
  • Head to your Settings. Typically this is a gear shaped icon.
  • Scroll down and tap About Device, usually located at the bottom of the menu. If you're using an Android tablet, you may need to tap the General tab at the top of the screen first.
  • Tap Update. This may read "Software Update" or "System Firmware update" depending on your version of Android. 

Any questions?

If you have any difficulty updating your device, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager, we are always more than happy to help! 


You can get in touch via email: sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. 

Samsung set to launch the Galaxy S9

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Samsung is set to reveal its latest flagship device, the Galaxy S9, on February 26th. The S9 is rumoured to continue the popular trend of bezel-less screens, sporting a 5.77″ edge-to-edge display, termed by Samsung as an “Infinity Display”. The Infinity displays have been showcased on previous Samsung models including the S8, the S8 Plus and Note 8. For those keen on previous designs, the Galaxy S9 should follow closely to the look of S8 and is expected to be released alongside a second, larger version, the Galaxy S9+.

Samsung S9 Rumours

Despite a similar exterior, the internal specs of the S9 are expected to vastly improve. It’s rumoured the S9 will include facial identification technology as an updated version of the S8’s iris scanner, alongside the latest version of Android and Samsung’s newest and most advanced Exynos chip, for improved performance and speed. Finally, whispers have suggested that the S9+ will feature an all-new dual-camera, while the S9 camera will take on new heights with a souped up sensor, capable of 1,000 frames per second.

Following the February announcement, it's likely the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be officially released around mid to late March, with prices expected to be between £649 and £799 (SIM-Free). Thinking of upgrading? Our overview below offers the  benefits of the latest model. 

How will the new model compare?

Samsung Galaxy S8

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    Android 7.0 Nougat
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    12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
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    Samsung Exynos 8895 processor
  • Rear fingerprint scanner & iris scanner
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB storage

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.77 display
  • Android 8.0 Oreo 
  • Improved camera 
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    Samsung's latest advanced  9810 processor
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    Rear fingerprint scanner & facial recognition technology
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    6GB RAM, 64GB storage

Check back at the blog on the 27th of February for a full review of the new devices.

Apple iPhone update due in March

Apple iPhone update due in March

After being accused of deliberately slowing down older devices to encourage consumers to upgrade, Apple confirmed that it does in fact slow down some models as they age, but only because the phones’ battery performance diminishes over time (click here to find out more).

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Alongside reducing the price of an out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement by £54 – from £79 to £25 for anyone with an iPhone 6 or later, whose battery needs to be replaced, until December 2018. To address customer concerns, Apple is also set to issue an iOS update in March that will give users the ability to disable the performance ‘throttling’ process that is aimed to improve battery life.

 “We’re going to give people visibility of the health of their battery so it’s very very transparent and if you don’t want [the throttling] you can turn it off.” – Apple CEO, Tim Cook

The new update will also provide you with insights into the health of your  iPhone’s battery.

Keeping your child safe online – for O2 & Vodafone users

Keeping your child safe online – for O2 & Vodafone users

In the wake of EE’s latest venture with Internet Matters,  a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ensuring the safety of children online, the team at CMM telecoms have put together a short guide for Vodafone & O2 users.

Vodafone

Vodafone offers a variety of free resources including how-to-guides, their Digital Parenting magazine and Web Super Skills cards. You can read or print the magazine for free online, with 6 issues currently available. The Web Super Skills cards focus on five internet safety messages. To create the cards, Vodafone teamed up with the creators of ‘Moshi Monster’s’, to offer an engaging internet safety pack for 4-10 year olds. You can download and print the pack here.

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O2

O2 campaigns alongside NSPCC, the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. As innocent searches can reveal less innocent results, O2 and the NSPCC offer a free helpline for parents as well as appointments at O2 stores to set up parental controls on your device. The controls can be used to block upsetting or harmful content, control in-app purchases or manage how long your child spends online. You can find out more here.

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For tips by EE, please click here.

Christmas opening hours

This year we will be giving to Phyllis Tuckwell, a hospice that cares for the terminally ill and their families throughout West Surrey and part of the North East Hampshire. If you would like to, you can make your donation here.

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Holiday Opening Times:
Friday 22nd Dec: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Monday 25th Dec – Monday 1st Jan: Closed
Tuesday 2nd Jan: 9:00am – 5:30pm

If you really can’t wait, you can get in touch through our emergency email: support@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or leave a message on 01252 854352, we are always more than happy to help.

Best wishes,
The team at CMM Telecoms.

Improve security on your Android device

How to improve security on your Android device

Lock your apps

AppLock is a free app that allows you to lock your SMS, Contacts, Gmail, Facebook, Gallery, Market, Settings, Calls and any app of your choice, allowing you to protect your privacy and control access to your phone.

How to make your Android device more secure

Download here

Create multiple user accounts

If you own an Android tablet and are sharing with your partner, children or even colleagues in the office, you can create multiple user accounts to help you protect your privacy. In Jelly Bean for tablet, you can head to Settings > Users and set up your accounts, you can also create another general account for anyone that may borrow your device.

Add owner info

Adding owner info can improve your chances of having your device returned to you if you accidentally leave it in a public place. Head to Settings > Security > Owner info. A small box will appear for you to type in your contact information such as your full name and address, which will then appear on your lock screen, making it easier for someone to return your device.

How to make your Android device more secure

Protect your data

Firstly we recommend preparing a backup of your data, click here for our guide on backing up your Android device. We also recommend you enable remote wipe, which will give you the ability to remotely wipe your device if it’s lost or stolen.