Google brings the Moto X4 to the Project Fi family

The phone launches running Android 7.1 Nougat in its purest form - unadulterated, unmodified, straight from Google.

Throughout 2017 we have been monitoring several initiatives the Google has been working on to expand their U.S. smartphone offerings outside of their own Pixel devices. For example, it comes optimized for the Google Assistant to help you get more done, and offers high-quality video calling with Google Duo. However, Andy Rubin's startup, Essential, has revealed that the Android Oreo update is arriving soon on the Essential Phone. Moto is promising all-day battery life from the 3,000 mAh battery, and the phone sports IP68 water resistance so you needn't worry about spills and splashes. Developer "erfanoabdi" has successfully ported Android 8.0 Oreo LineageOS 15 on the Moto Z. Nokia has said it wants to do something similar with its Android phones too, so it is nice to see some phone makers finally addressing the issue of fragmentation once and for all. I will be OK with that ... but only if the camera is superior.

Other than that, the Moto X4 coming to Project Fi features the same dual-lens rear camera and super slick design as the one set to go on sale later this year. It was being identified by the moniker 'O.' Now though, things have come pretty far and both operating systems are available in the public domain.

Samsung actually offered this feature five years ago in the Samsung Galaxy S3, before quietly retiring it in recent generations as part of its move to makes its phones classier and less complicated.

Remember the Nexus Player? "Stay tuned for more Oreo details & new products!"

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As you may already know, Google's Project Fi is an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) that sources its connectivity from three different wireless providers in the United States. In addition to the usual performance updates, bug fixes, and security patches, of course. For instance, there's a dot in the top-right corner of the app icon, and the number of dots means the number of awaiting notifications. We'd assume that would apply to the Galaxy Note 8 as well.

That note, as of this morning, is no longer there.

As usual, Sony has been quite thorough in outlining its Oreo plans. Besides, Guiding Tech reported that it will also contain a 4GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. And then it suddenly becomes a godsend.

So the OTA update for the Nexus Player is now rolling out to its remaining owners.

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