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    Apple responds to iOS 15.4 battery drain on iPhones — here’s the advice that probably applies to any OS

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Wednesday, 23 March - 10:17

Apple's response to the issues raised was: “Thanks for reaching out! We'll be happy to help. It's normal for your apps and features to need to adjust up to 48 hours after an update".

That is quite true, and also sometimes an OS needs even a second reboot for all updates to apply. Usually this will sort out any oddities after an OS upgrade.


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    Here's every Samsung device getting four years of OS updates (five for security patches)

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 25 February - 20:39

This is pretty important news for the Android world. For example, my old Samsung GT-N8000 tablet with stylus still works100%, but apart from no software updates for years, I'm now finding some apps won't install as the OS is too old. Yet, its old apps and handwriting stylus all work well.

So when I decided about 2 weeks back to get a new tablet, I deliberately bought an iPad Mini 6th Gen figuring at least I have a good 7 or 8 years of use of it with OS updates. If this announcement by Samsung was two weeks earlier, I would have given serious consideration to buying a Samsung instead. If Samsung could nudge it up just one year longer, they'd certainly hit a sweet spot, but four years of updates is way better than the two years we used to get in earlier years.

Samsung makes really good quality products, with features to match, so this move to a longer support period is just the reassurance that buyers want.

See which devices are supported at

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    Android 12 Custom ROM List: Unofficially update your Android smartphone if it appears on this list!

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Wednesday, 23 February - 17:54

With the large number of unofficial builds of Android 12-based custom ROMs popping up, XDA Developers felt it would be a good idea to create an index of devices that have Android 12 ports available for them. Do note that these are unofficial builds and will very likely contain bugs. Please read the first few posts of each linked thread, so you know the current status of the build before flashing it on your phone.


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    The Surface Duo’s two-year-old Android OS will be updated sometime this year / ArsTechnica · Friday, 24 September, 2021 - 16:50 · 1 minute

If Microsoft wants to be taken seriously as an Android manufacturer, one of the things it will need to establish is a track record of reliable, on-time software updates. But as the company launches a second generation of the Surface Duo and the company's first Android phone turns a year old, so far Microsoft has failed to impress.

The Surface Duo 1 shipped in September 2020 with Android 10, which was a full year old at the time, and Android 11 had already launched. The hope was that Microsoft would quickly update the Duo to the latest version of Android, but that never happened. Today the device is still running Android 10, which is now two years old, and Android 12 is about to ship. Microsoft has finally broken its silence about Surface Duo 1 updates, and the company tells The Verge it plans to update the device to Android 11 "before the end of this year."

Assuming Microsoft follows through on its promise, the company's $1400 flagship device will be updated from a two-year-old operating system to a one-year-old operating system. Microsoft committed to three years of updates, and it has been delivering monthly security updates. But this is still worst-in-class update support, especially for the price. Samsung usually rolls out Android to its latest flagship three months after Google's release, while OnePlus usually takes around a month —Microsoft's one-year timeframe is really bad.

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    Next ‘MMO?!’ Chapter Out This Saturday (18/09/2021)! / RandoWis · Wednesday, 15 September, 2021 - 06:57

Hey everyone!
It’s been a long time coming, but the next chapter for ‘We Live In An MMO?!’ is out this Saturday!

I’d also like to announce that I’m going to rename the titles of the MMO chapters to better reflect their releases.
Chapter 7 (part 1) = Chapter 7
Chapter 7 (part 2) = Chapter 8
Chapter 7 (part 3) = Chapter 9
Chapter 8 (part 1) = Chapter 10
Chapter 8 (part 2) = Chapter 11
etc.. etc…

Hence, the latest chapter will be re-titled from “Chapter 8 (Part 3)” to “Chapter 12”!

I’ll be updating the chapters over the next few days to make some changes to maintain consistency, and to re-title the title covers. Just a heads up in case you notice these changes.

Anyway, thank you so much for your love and support!
Love you much much and I’ll see you in the next post! ♥


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    I’ve Been Away. / RandoWis · Tuesday, 27 July, 2021 - 09:00

Hey everyone.

How you doin? Good?

Apologies but MMO and animations have been delayed a little, as I’ve not been able to work on them over the past 5 days.

I am expected to be discharged later today (27 July 2021), and after a bit of rest, I’d like to go back to making MMO and animations again.

I’d prefer not to get into the details, but to reduce speculation; my intestines had some troubles again but it’s nothing major. Nonetheless, thanks to the hardwork of the doctors and nurses, the problems have subsided for now.

In the meantime, please take care of yourselves. Eat healthily and sleep well.

Love you much much and I’ll see you in the next post.


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    Five-year-old Fairphone 2 getting updated to almost three-year-old Android 9... But the OS is officially supported by Google still for patches

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Thursday, 25 March, 2021 - 16:23

I had mixed emotions when I first read this, like how can you take so long to update a phone? But then I did realise that most Android manufacturers supports a phone only 2 or 3 years for security patches and updates (Apple of course sets the example here for 7+ years).

So yes actually it is something to boast about, being able to use an Android phone for 5+ years and still be assured of security patches and updates from Google. It makes the investment more worthwhile.

Now if only batteries lasted longer or could be replaced!!!


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