Windows 10 Creators Update could ship March 31, and we’re already worried about bugs

Microsoft hasn’t officially committed to a ship date for Windows 10’s Creators Update, but evidence suggests it could reach Insiders as soon as the end of March. Given how the last major Windows 10 update went, however, we’re feeling equal parts eagerness—and caution. windows 10

So far, all Microsoft has promised for the Creators Update is that it will ship in “early 2017.” Two tantalizing clues suggest a more specific date: Both Microsoft’s Surface Studio PC and Dell’s Canvas monitor offer features closely tied to the Creators Update, and both now list shipping dates at the end of March. It’s no stretch to suppose that both companies would align those releases with the Creators Update, and Dell has said as much already.

Our caution stems from what happened when Windows 10’s Anniversary Update launched last August. A swarm of bugs came with it, including a login freeze, as well as a more serious issue that crashed webcams. Third-party security firms, like McAfee, warned that their products might not be compatible. Consumers and businesses certainly don’t want a repeat.

 Microsoft undoubtedly has pressure to push the Creators Update out the door to ensure that work on the other major Windows 10 update this year—Redstone 3—begins in time to meet holiday deadlines. We’re going to lay out the case that Microsoft could ship the Creators Update in two months’ time—but maybe it shouldn’t be in such a rush.

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The two lower-end models of the Surface Studio are scheduled to ship by the end of March, while the high-end Core i7 part will ship by the end of June, according to this Store page.

Several clues point to an end-of-March release for the Creators Update. For starters, there’s the update cycle. When Microsoft has prepared major Windows 10 updates in the past, the company has fixed bugs in one release, then unveiled features to its Insider testers in the next. The last few weeks before a major Windows 10 update, Microsoft launches few, if any further features, focusing instead on bug-bashing. Finally, Microsoft sends the update release to Insiders, rolling it out to the greater public a week or two later.

Right now, we seem to be in the features phase. The company’s recently delivered a series of builds to Insiders. One of them, Build 15002, offers a particularly heavy bag of goodies. More is coming: When it ships, the Creators Update promises a host of new capabilities, including 3D imaging support and a much-anticipated Games Mode.

And then there are the Creators Update’s touch input innovations, which help set apart Microsoft’s Surface Studio and Dell’s Canvas from other Windows hardware. The sophisticated stylus controls, and especially the moveable menu-navigation device that Microsoft calls the Surface Dial and Dell calls the Totem, offer new ways for people to interact with their software, Neither product is complete without these features enabled by the Creators Update.

It’s very unusual for different companies to ship similar products on more or less the same day unless there’s a concerted effort, such as timing to the release of a product they have in common. That’s why the coincidence of Microsoft’s Surface Studio and Dell’s Canvas seems to point to something bigger afoot with Windows 10.

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Dell’s Canvas monitor looks remarkably like the Surface Studio; there’s even a Surface Dial clone called the Totem to go with it.

While technically the Surface Studio began shipping last fall, Microsoft currently shows March 31 as the “ships by” date for the two lower-end versions of the PC (priced at $2,999 and $3,499). A day earlier on March 30, Dell will ship Canvas, a Studio-like tilting monitor ($1,799) that you can use with a separate PC.

Dell has also told PCWorld that the Creators Update will be in place by the time the Canvas ships on March 30. “Since the device isn’t available until 3/30—all of the features of the Creators Update will be available when Canvas ships,” a Dell representative said in an email earlier this month.

Time is not on Microsoft’s side. The company has already said that it plans two updates in 2017: the current Redstone 2 release (the Creators Update), and its successor, Redstone 3. The latter is the problem: PC makers are undoubtedly depending upon Redstone 3 to help drive holiday PC sales. Delay the Creators Update too long, and Redstone 3’s development window will shrink to the point where Microsoft will have to sacrifice something.  We’re currently in the sixth month of the Creators Update’s development cycle. Shipping it sometime in April or May would allow a scant six months to develop Redstone 3 by October or early November.

Microsoft does have one thing going for it: Aside from the Surface Studio and Dell Canvas, there’s no indication that other PC vendors will be aligning a new generation of PC hardware around the Creators Update. However, Windows 10’s Creators Update is the first to include the Windows 10 Holographic Shell, which will power a series of head-mounted displays from Acer, Asus, Dell, and more. Delaying the Creators Update wouldn’t tank the PC market, but it would disappoint a legion of hardware makers with some VR equipment to sell.

Even so, Microsoft could still afford an extra week or two to ensure everything goes smoothly. If anything, Surface buyers know that the first (or third!) revisions of the hardware often ship with their own set of bugs.

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The Windows 10 Anniversary Update included a bug that killed webcams, which made many people unhappy until it was fixed.

If that’s the debate within Redmond, here’s what we’d say to Microsoft: Suck it up and get it right. Maybe the only exciting thing about 2017’s holiday PCs will be Intel’s Optane and AMD’s Ryzen chips. That’s enough. As for Microsoft, let Project Scorpio be the product that gets shoppers into stores.

Microsoft aimed high with Windows 10, but buggy updates have damaged the operating system’s reputation. That can and should change. Courage isn’t removing a headphone jack. Courage is sitting down in front of upset customers and admitting that Microsoft didn’t deliver a product whose quality is worthy of its name—but this time, it will.


Hacker takes out dark web hosting service using well-known exploit

A hacker is proving that sites on the dark web, shrouded in anonymity, can easily be compromised.   img 20170203 161836

On Friday, the unnamed hacker began dumping a sizable database stolen from Freedom Hosting II onto the internet, potentially exposing its users.

The hosting service, Freedom Hosting II, was known for operating thousands of sites that were accessible through the Tor browser; the “dark web” is essentially the encrypted network comprising Tor servers and browsers. But on Friday, the service appeared to be down. Its main landing page was replaced with a message saying that it had been hacked.

Allegedly, Freedom Hosting II had been hosting child pornography sites, though its anonymous operator claimed to have a zero-tolerance policy toward such content, according to the hacker behind the breach.

“What we found while searching through your server is more than 50% child porn…” the hacker wrote in the message left on the site. “Moreover, you host many scam sites, some of which are evidently run by yourself to cover hosting expenses.”

In an email to the IDG News Service, the hacker explained how the breach came about. “I just recently read an article about a well-known exploit that some hosting providers fell victims of many years ago,” the person said.

Freedom Hosting II worked as a free service that allowed anyone to sign up and create a site on the dark web. However, starting on Jan. 30, the hacker gained access to its web server, using a 20-step method.

The hack essentially involved starting a new site on Freedom Hosting II and creating a link to gain access to the service’s root directory. This allowed the hacker to browse the entire server.

“I was just curious at first,” the person said. “I had reading permissions to everything the web server could get access to just by creating a symlink to / (the root directory).”

After coming across child porn sites, the hacker decided to take over Freedom Hosting II by altering its configuration file to trigger a password reset.

“Once I found out what they were hosting, I just wanted to shut them down,” said the hacker, who’s also been circulating what he stole through a torrent file.

The dump includes 74GB of files and a 2.3GB database from the service, the hacker claims.

“The IP of the server has been leaked, which potentially could reveal the admin’s identity,” the hacker added.

Chris Monteiro, a cybercrime researcher based in the U.K., has been looking through the data dump, which he said appears to be real. The information includes the sites that Freedom Hosting II had been operating, along with the admin credentials to access them.

The dump also appears to contain a client database, meaning that anyone who used Freedom Hosting II might be exposed, Monteiro said.

“We’re going to see emails, usernames, all of which can be used by law enforcement for prosecution of people,” he said.

In addition, the dump contains forum posts from users mentioning sex with minors, the sale of hacked internet accounts, and files that reference botnets and online scamming.

Freedom Hosting II was the largest shared hosting service on the dark web, Monteiro said. It was specifically designed for users who wanted anonymous hosting, but who lacked the know-how to set it up, he said.

However, many of the sites hosted by the service were probably small. “I doubt we’ll find any large sites operating child porn,” he said of the data dump.

According to the hacker’s message, Freedom Hosting II was responsible for 10,613 sites. However, the database dump indicates that a vast majority of those sites had only a few dozen or hundreds of user visits.

Troy Hunt, a data breach expert, said in a tweet that he noticed the database dump contained 381,000 email addresses.

“Law enforcement will absolutely have this data, it’s very public. It also obviously has many real email addresses in it,” he tweeted.

Privacy researcher Sarah Jamie Lewis has also been researching Freedom Hosting II. In October, she wrote that the service had been hosting sites that sold counterfeit documents and stolen credit card numbers, in addition to those that operated as personal blogs and web forums.

Beware! Malware distributors are switching to less suspicious file types

After aggressively using JavaScript email attachments to distribute malware for the past year, attackers are now switching to less suspicious file types to trick users.LNK and SVG file types are abused to distribute malware.

Last week, researchers from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center warned about a new wave of spam emails that carried malicious .LNK files inside ZIP archives. Those files had malicious PowerShell scripts attached to them.

PowerShell is a scripting language for automating Windows system administration tasks. It has been abused to download malware in the past and there are even malware programs written entirely in PowerShell.

In the recent campaign seen by Microsoft, the malicious LNK files contained a PowerShell script that downloaded and installed the Kovter click fraud trojan. The same technique has been used in the past to distribute the Locky ransomware.

On Thursday researchers from Intel Security warned that PowerShell can also be used in so-called fileless attacks, where the malicious code is launched directly into memory and nothing is saved to disk for endpoint security products to detect.

“You may think that you are protected from fileless malware because your PowerShell execution policies are set to ‘Restricted’ so that scripts can’t run,” the Intel Security researchers said in a blog post. “However, attackers can easily bypass these policies.”

Another file type used to distribute malware in recent months has been SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). While many people correctly associate .SVG files with images, it’s a little-known fact that such files can actually contain JavaScript.

Attackers have been using SVG files to execute obfuscated JavaScript when users open what they believe to be images inside their browsers. These obfuscated scripts are used to launch malicious file downloads, incident responders from the SANS Internet Storm Center warned in a recent report.

Google plans to block JavaScript file attachments in Gmail starting February 13, regardless of whether they’re attached directly or within archive files like ZIP. Such restrictions from email providers will likely force cybercriminals to find alternative file formats that allows hiding malicious code.

Banning LNK or JS file attachments is easy, because it’s rare for people to send such files via email. However, banning SVG might prove impractical since it’s a widely used image format.

Clenbuterol and Effective Diet Plan and Strenuous Exercising

It is preferable to take interest in the Clen diet plan. You know the same as Clenbuterol Hydrochloride. The bronchodilator has been rightly created for the reason to treat people with respiratory disorders and breathing disorders. In case, your airway gets constricted for one reason or the other this is the supplement to help in time. You can even have Clen pill for the reason of effective weight loss. As part of the diet you can even make use of Clen sprays. The products will help you burn fat and there is effective weight loss for the reason. Clen effects stay for a certain point of time. Within the time span the body get the chance to get ripped and in perfect shape.

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Clen Effects on FCK Fat

Clenbuterol acts on FCK Fat. Effects of the supplement are considered to be temporary. However, one can be destined to the best of Clen effects if the solution is used in the probable and trusted manner. When having Clen it is essential to make the necessary lifestyle changes. This can help in preventing extra weight gain in the impending time. Clen can cause stimulation of the metabolic system in humans. The substance can cause promotion of right fat loss amount and there is apt preservation of the lean muscle mass.

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Clen can be used for the reason to cause increase in the level of energy. The same supplement helps the individual control hunger and there is rapid and fast elimination of fat. At the time of Clen consumption you should take to the daily balanced diet. You should also get involved in other life activities. Before you sit to decide for Clen consumption you should be aware of the nature of the supplement. At the same time you must also consider your personal physical status.

Knowing in Details about Clen Behaviour

One can have Clen consumption irrespective of height, sex and gender. In case you are aged and you have the serious necessity to lose weight, you can take to the effective consumption of Clen so that you can shred off those extra pounds without any strenuous efforts. When starting with severe exercising you should always speak to the physician regarding your physiological plan. In the same way before having weight loss pill or supplement you should talk to the physical expert to know about the method and amount of supplemental consumption.

Relation between Clenbuterol and FCK Fat

FCK Fat is a serious storage within the human mechanism. To get rid of the same one needs to make use of the effective supplement in style. Serious working of Clenbuterol can cause a change in the internal body status and you feel so confident and light this time. Clen works without the limitations and this is the apt supplement on earth which can help you gain the desired physique without unnecessary wasting of time and energy. In case you feel to stack Clen with other substances you can inform the physician regarding the same. He will tell you how the stacking should be done.

Be aware of real benefits for users of Inositol

Many people nowadays suffer from hair loss and its related problems. They are willing to know about the most recommended hair growth product on the market.  If they have enhanced their diet plan and routine lifestyle gradually, then they can get a notable improvement in their hair growth and reduction in health problems.

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It is a challenging task to choose a product among a list of hair growth products online. Once you have planned to buy the most recommended yet an affordable supplement for reducing hair loss successfully, you can have a preference on the Inositol online. You may get confused when you read some reviews of this product online. This is because these reviews reveal that Inositol supports hair growth gradually but it may not really prevent hair loss on its own.

Users of Inositol these days follow a healthy lifestyle required for preventing hair loss further and improving the overall possibilities of hair growth within a short period. They understand the overall significance of a proper usage of this supplement on a regular basis for increasing the hair growth greatly. Papilla cells in human body play the major role behind the overall health of hair follicles.

Even though everyone loses hair day after day, they regain hair by the growth of new strands of hair. Sufferers of ever-increasing hair loss these days have to consider an array of very important things and decide on how to get rid of this problem within a short period. They can buy and use this supplement as per dosage instructions hereafter. They will get the most expected result after they have begun using this hair growth supplement.

D-Chiro Inositol is one of the best in class products for those who seek hair growth products.  This product has the most excellent elements used to enhance the insulin sensitivity, maintain the blood glucose level and maximize the fertility and health of every woman.  A good combination of Choline and Inositol is recommended for people who like to increase the hair growth without any negative side effect.

Human body produces Inositol daily in the kidneys. If your body does not produce enough Inositol on a regular basis, then you have to consume foods rich in this nutrient namely bananas, seeds, nuts, green leafy vegetables, organ meats, certain grains and oats. You can also buy and use Inositol product online hereafter. Do not forget that a proper dose of Inositol and a healthy diet plan only assist you improve the hair growth.

Inositol provides more than a few health benefits for all users at this time but it may not really prevent hair loss completely. This is the most important reason behind an improved diet plan, an exercise program and an additional supplement used by every user of the Inositol these days. You have to consult with your doctor and make sure that you can use the Inositol and other supplements properly. You will get the best result when you use Inositol as per dosage instructions every time.

Huawei Enjoy 6 With 13-Megapixel Camera, 4100mAh Battery Launched

Huawei Enjoy 6 With 13-Megapixel Camera, 4100mAh Battery Launched

  • The Huawei Enjoy 6 has 3GB of RAM
  • It also has a fingerprint sensor at the back
  • Huawei Enjoy 6 is priced at CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 12,800)

The Chinese company Huawei has launched its new smartphone – Enjoy 6 – in its home market China. The Huawei Enjoy 6 is low-end smartphone that has an AMOLED display as its biggest highlight. The smartphone will start selling in the Chinese market from November 1 at a price of CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 12,800). It’s available in White, Gold, and Grey colour variants.

The Huawei Enjoy 6 supports dual SIM (Micro+Nano) cards with 4G VoLTE connectivity and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei’s Emotion UI 4.1. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor, with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz, and another four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.0GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM. It also houses a Mali-T860 MP2 GPU unit for graphics. The smartphone packs a 5-inch HD (720×1280) AMOLED display with a pixel density of 293 ppi, which is good considering the price.

For photography purposes, Huawei Enjoy 6 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and flash support. For selfies, it packs a 5-megapixel camera. The Huawei Enjoy 6 has an inbuilt storage of 16GB that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). The smartphone also has a fingerprint scanner at the back.

The connectivity options in the Huawei Enjoy 6 include Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, USB OTG, and a 3.5mm headphone jack in addition to 4G VoLTE capability. Huawei says that the Enjoy 6 is water and dust resistant with IP52 certification, which provides some measure of protection from dust and water ingress.The Huawei Enjoy 6 packs a 4100mAh battery that is said to give up to 11 hours of talktime. The smartphone measures 143.2×70.4×7.9mm and weighs 145 grams.

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Qualcomm to Buy NXP Semiconductors for Enterprise Value of $47 Billion

Qualcomm to Buy NXP Semiconductors for Enterprise Value of $47 Billion

Qualcomm Inc said on Thursday it had agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors NV for an enterprise value of about $47 billion (roughly Rs. 3,14,208 crores), as it seeks to expand the reach of its chips from phones to cars.

Qualcomm said it would offer $110 per share in cash, a premium of 11.5 percent to NXP Semiconductor’s Wednesday’s close.

The equity value of the deal is $37.88 billion, according to Reuters calculations based on the company’s 344.4 million diluted shares as of October 2.

Qualcomm intends to fund the transaction with cash on hand and new debt.

The transaction, which is expected to close by the end of 2017, is structured to use offshore cash flow in a tax-efficient manner to rapidly reduce leverage, Qualcomm said.

Qualcomm expects the deal to significantly add to adjusted earnings immediately upon close and generate $500 million of cost savings annually within two years after the deal closes.

The deal would make Qualcomm, which currently supplies chips to Android smartphone makers and Apple, a bigger supplier to the fast-growing automotive industry.The combined company is expected to have annual revenue of more than $30 billion (roughly Rs. 2,00,566 crores), the companies said.

San Diego-based Qualcomm is facing slowing smartphone sales and stiff competition from Chinese and Taiwanese rivals.

The company is currently ranked third in terms of revenue among global semiconductor companies in 2015, while Eindhoven, Netherlands-based NXP is ranked seventh, according to research firm IHS.

NXP’s shares rose 2.4 percent to $101, while Qualcomm shares were up nearly 2 percent to $69.50 in premarket trading.

Microsoft’s Wednesday Event Could See Surface Laptop, Paint 3D App Launches

Microsoft's Wednesday Event Could See Surface Laptop, Paint 3D App Launches

  • Surface laptop and revamped Paint app expected to launch on Wednesday
  • An all-in-one (AIO) PC under Surface brand is also expected
  • The event kicks off on Wednesday at 7:30pm IST and will be live streamed

Microsoft at its Wednesday event in New York City is expected to reveal a new Surface device alongside giving updates about its Windows 10 operating system. Ahead of the launch, two new possible product names that are expected to star at the Wednesday event have made it to the Internet.

According to leaked trademark filing, Microsoft may launch its new Surface Laptop alongside an overhauled Paint app dubbed Paint 3D. Brian Conroy, a trademark agent and solicitor based in Dublin, has also discovered Microsoft is after Surface Studio, Surface Dial, and Dial trademark filings. Conroy further points out that all are filed under categories of computer software or hardware. Unfortunately, there are not many details available about the Surface Studio, Surface Dial, and Dial as of now.

In the meanwhile, Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President, Windows and Devices Group, Microsoft, has teased the launch of Paint 3D app on Wednesday. In a tweet, Mehdi said, “get ready to get creative.” Based on preliminary leaks, the all-new Paint 3D app will include support for 3D objects, which was missing from earlier versions. The support could turn out to be useful for the developers and artists who will be working on apps meant for the company’s augmented-reality platform HoloLens.The Redmond Giant has already revealed that the event will be all about Windows 10 and Cortana is giving hints about Microsoft’s Windows 10 event on Wednesday. The company’s digital voice assistant on being asked to “spark your imagination” replies with real-world examples. Cortana’s replies include Velcro creator George de Mestral and novelist Gertrude Stein, points out The Verge.

At the company’s Wednesday event, Microsoft is widely expected to showcase an all-in-one (AIO) PC under its Surface brand. The upcoming AIO under Surface branding rumoured to be codenamed “Cardinal”, as per the earlier report, is expected to be showcased in three screen sizes – 21-inches, 24-inches, and 27-inches.

Microsoft’s event will kick off on Wednesday at 10am EDT (or 7:30pm IST) and will be live streamed.

TRAI to Submit Recommendations on Free Data Architecture Soon

TRAI to Submit Recommendations on Free Data Architecture Soon

The Indian telecom regulator may soon come out with recommendations on free data architecture, a top official said here on Tuesday.

“Yesterday in Hyderabad we had an open house discussion on free data as to how this architecture should be done and telecom industry, startups and number of other people participated. On the basis of that discussion and suggestions received we will come out with recommendations or order,”Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S.Sharma said.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of CII Big Picture event.

“We also had an important discussion in collaboration with IIT Hyderabad on the issue of unsolicited downloads and background usage of data. When you visit a website, there are videos in background, several advertisements also running, leading to undesired usage of data,” Sharma said.

He mentioned that there were participants from Google, Facebook and other companies in the meeting who gave us their views on what could be the way forward to check this menace. “While everybody agreed that advertisement is okay, at the same time fleecing a consumer of data is unwarranted.”
“I think it is a serious problem , but let me admit that not very clear solution emerged of the discussion. It is one of those problems, of which we have to have some technological solutions,” Sharma said.

“There needs a solution to find how one can stop such inadvertent usage of data. So an awareness campaign also needs to be done in this regard,” he said.

He also said it is not the sectoral regulator’s mandate to regulate content. “We will prefer to take a road through awareness campaign or technology to mitigate this problem rather than resorting to some kind of regulation.”

“We have not found a solution to it yet and we will need more consultations with experts to figure out a solution,” he added.

Nexus Devices Will Not Receive Night Light and Fingerprint Sensor Gesture

Android 7.1 Nougat's Night Light, Fingerprint Sensor Gestures Not Coming to Nexus Devices

The first Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview has begun rolling out, which means Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C owners can get a taste of what the latest version of Android will look like on non-Pixel smartphones. The developer preview brings certain improvements like support for Daydream View VR headset and image keyboard. However, while Google had indicated the Android 7.1 Nougat would bring the Night Light and fingerprint sensor gestures features seen on the new Pixel smartphones to non-Pixel, it seems that the two features will not be coming to the Nexus phones.

Ian Blake, a Google team member, confirmed in a Google+ post that the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will not get the Night Light and fingerprint sensor gestures from the Pixel phones. The omission is strange, considering that Google had clearly mentioned on day 1 that Android 7.1 Nougat will bring these features to non-Pixel smartphones, and were not part of the Pixel-exclusive features.


The company had further delineated the difference between the Pixel-exclusive and non-exclusive features of Android 7.1 Nougat in a complete changelog.

Just to refresh, the Night Light feature reduces the blue light on the display, making it easier on the users’ eyes. The fingerprint sensor gestures lets you swipe down on the fingerprint sensor which will pull down the notification shade. Both the features were introduced for the Pixel and Pixel XL phones, but were not exclusive to the Pixel devices and were expected to arrive for the Nexus smartphones as well.


The new Android 7.1 developer preview does list the gestures options in the Nexus’ settings menu, but the Nexus devices do not have the required hardware to allow for fingerprint swipe. Similarly, Night Light also requires a specific hardware to perform colour transforms on the display hardware, which the Nexus devices lack.

The Android 7.1 Nougat update is said to come with some Pixel exclusive and non-exclusive features. The Pixel exclusive features include the Pixel Launcher, Google Assistant, Smart Storage, unlimited original quality photo and video backup to Google Photos, to name a few.

Non-exclusive features include Night Light, support for fingerprint gestures and other performance improvements.

Nexus owners might be a disappointed that they won’t be getting the full list of new features with the Android 7.1. Currently, only the Google-made Pixel and Pixel XL devices come with all the newest features. The smartphones were unveiled on October 4 and are currently up for pre-orders in India on Flipkart.