Posts tagged with: Android

Android is an open source, Linux based operating system for smartphones. Original creators of the operating system, Android Inc. were acquired by Google in 2005. In 2008, the HTC Dream (Also known as the T-Mobile G1) was released as the first phone running Android OS. Android features a home screen with multiple pages which can have widgets or application shortcuts added. With many manufacturers building Android powered handsets and being supported by carriers all over the world, Android is one of the most popular and widely used smartphone operating systems. Read on for the latest Android news, reviews and videos:

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    A little earlier this week, Motorola President Rick Osterloh took to Twitter to answer questions from users like you, and what he had to say helped prepare us a bit for when we could see some future Motorola devices like a third-gen Moto X, as well as clarified what the company's not working on, like a new tablet. He also talked a little about new options for existing hardware, including new selections becoming available for Moto Maker customizations. And while he made it clear that Motorola was testing new colors and materials, he didn't offer any specifics. But now today Motorola may ...

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    Earlier today (OK, overnight) we took a look at an unreleased LG smartphone suspected to be a possible G4. Unlike previous depictions of the hardware, though, this one didn't feature the rumored curved display. So was this really the G4, or maybe a lower-tier addition to LG's Android lineup? We're thinking about that now as a new rumor arrives that reinforces the idea of a curved G4, as well as provides us with a launch window. We don't have any new pics to refer to, with this instead coming from some unidentified “industry sources,” but what they have to say is still very interesting. ...

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    We are on a roll when it comes to HTC leaks and rumors this fine Friday, so why stop now? After all those phones we've been hearing about, and now this tablet that sounds like a Sense-running budget version of the Nexus 9, we've got one more to hit (at least, we think it's just one more – plenty of hours of left in the day) before the weekend rolls around: a new Desire model (or rather, pair of Desire models), the HTC A50AML. All we have right now are a few rumored specs: we're looking at an octa-core A53-based MediaTek Soc, 2GB of RAM, 16GB flash, and the presence of Android Lollipop ...

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    We've spent the past few days looking at quite a few different phones that may soon go public at an April 8 HTC event in China: the One M9+, One E9, and One E9+. Looking past those, what's next for HTC? Even more phones? A new rumor suggests that the manufacturer may be about to introduce a new tablet, and it's one that sure sounds a heck of a lot like the Nexus 9. Supposedly HTC is working on a tablet designated as the T1H, and could be ready to launch it in China as soon as May. Of the leaked specifications we've seen, a large number of them align nearly perfectly with the Nexus 9: ...

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    This week has proved to be a pretty busy one for HTC phones, and beyond the start of One M9 sales we've seen both leaks and official sources offer new information about a couple upcoming models. In addition to the One M9+ we've also been checking out the One E9, with leaked pics arriving from multiple sources. Now we round-out the week with a few more, as well as some clarification about model names. Remember how one of those leaks identified the phone as the One E9p, and we found ourselves scratching our heads a little, not seeing any obvious signs of differently-sized hardware that might ...

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    The OnePlus One is due for some fresh, new software. Users of the smartphone have been eagerly expecting two major releases: the Lollipop-ified CyanogenMod 12S, and the debut of OnePlus's own OxygenOS, its in-house custom ROM solution. Back at the start of last week, OnePlus provided an update on its progress towards getting both of these builds out, and gave itself a pair of deadlines: March 27 for OxygenOS, and March 30 for CM12S. It was serious about those, too, promising to give away a bunch of free phones if it failed to hit those targets. Well, today is March 27, and OnePlus has some ...

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    We may be facing a torrent of smartwatch launches these days, but that has nowhere near shown us that the industry is now mature. Even now, new players are entering the game, and with a unique twist of their own. The company that almost single-handedly kickstarted the industry, Pebble, is now seen as an underdog player with a strategy largely different than that of competing manufacturers. And the newest entrant, with the Olio Model One, is yet another case of a slightly different story. Olio isn't probably a company you've heard of before, but that doesn't mean you should discount it. ...

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    I don’t know about you, but I am torn between the good looks of today’s phones, the slender and slim profile, and the average (I’m being kind) battery performance. Sure, I am a pretty heavy smartphone user, with tons of emails, texts, and phone calls, along with occasional navigation and media consumption, but I’d really like to not charge my phone every day. It's obvious, though: as phones become thinner and thinner, batteries need to follow suit, and reduced capacity is the natural result. What I don’t understand is why on Earth everyone is striving to make slimmer and slimmer ...

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    HTC's Vice President of Design, Jonah Becker, announced on Twitter that he steps down from his role within HTC, after seventeen years of being with the company. While he prepares for his "new adventure" -- most probably outside of HTC -- we can't help but wonder what will happen to the Taiwanese phone maker and its upcoming models. Becker is one of the people you can thank for the great design of the HTC One M8 (and M9, since they're so alike), but his departure comes less than a year after taking on this position from his predecessor, Scott Croyle. Becker's announcement comes right after ...

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    We've seen an alleged LG G4 leaked with a curved display, and, while a curved G4 would make a lot of sense for some, we don't think that it might be feasible, with the G Flex 2 already out, and with great specs. Other reports claim that it might be similar to the G3 in some aspects, but the purported LG G4 leaked today seems to be a regular phone (meaning not curved screen and other bells and whistles). While the original leakster claims that there is a stylus on the back, top left corner, we can't really take this for granted as LG phones, at least in their initial, domestic versions, ...

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    We cover a lot of leaks, rumors, and speculation in our attempts to bring you all the latest info about mobile technology, and for as interesting as those unofficial sources can prove, sometimes there's nothing like getting a few answers straight from the horse's mouth. Yesterday evening on Twitter, Motorola President Rick Osterloh opened himself up to a Q&A session with the company's fans, and in doing so he offered some new insight into what's next from Motorola's hardware and software. Some of the most valuable answers he provided were on the hardware side, dealing with Motorola's ...

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    Windows Phone has made leaps and bounds when it comes to app availability, at least compared to the state of the platform just a couple years back. But despite the success Microsoft's found at courting devs, its work is far from over, and there's still a ton of catch-up work to do. The forthcoming arrival of Windows 10 seeks to help close the app gap with its focus on universal apps, giving devs broader access to Windows users across form factors, but will that be enough? A new report claims that Microsoft's been working on a backup plan to bring new software to its smartphones, by giving ...

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    Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge pre-orders are hitting the US tomorrow, and carriers are lining up to start taking their shot at selling you Samsung's hot new flagships. With the design of this year's models, Samsung's gone all out to present these phones as premium products, doing away with plastics in favor of a metal frame. Between the materials going in to making up the phone's body, the detailed quad HD display, and the powerful silicon within, it's understandable that the GS6 and GS6 Edge will find themselves selling for a pretty penny, but just how much will they end up costing? As ...

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    The Galaxy S6 is nearly here: in just another two weeks, smartphone fans around the world will finally be able to start taking home Samsung's latest flagship, in either standard flat-screen or curved Edge variants. But for a phone that's about to land, we've found ourselves going without some important specifics concerning just how we'll be able to buy this guy. We've certainly heard enough rumors about pre-orders, and made some inferences from dates mentioned in certain GS6 promotional offers, but now Samsung's cutting through all the clutter and spelling out clear as day how the Galaxy ...

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    We've seen what the HTC One M9 is all about (if you've missed our review, make sure to catch up on it), and now we're hearing official wording on the U.S. HTC One M9. We knew that US carriers would be picking up the 2015 HTC flagship, and now you can prepare to grab yours online at 12:01AM ET on Friday, March 27. The phone will also become available in retailer and carrier stores starting April 10, and, regardless of the carrier of your choice, you should be able to secure your unit if you are a customer of one of the "major carriers", to quote the official press release. As far as color ...

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    Fancy yourself an HTC enthusiast? Today is very much proving to be your day, full of new finds concerning both the One M9+ and the One E9. Those new One E9 pics sure managed to reveal the phone from a number of angles, but they weren't very high-res and failed to show the phone in action. Still, considering the handset's unreleased nature, we're willing to take what we can get. As fate would have it, a much more impressive collection of images was just around the corner, and a recent find from a Chinese case-maker brings us a bunch of up-close pics of this new hardware – including in a ...

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    Samsung started off 2015 with a pretty sweet deal for customers picking up some new hardware: if you purchased a new Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, or Galaxy Tab S during a specific two-week window in early January, you could score a free year of streaming Netflix service – a $108 value. While nice what it lasted, that deal's long gone by now. With the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge just about to land, Samsung's warming this Netflix deal back up, and today T-Mobile announced that new GS6 and GS6 Edge owners will get the same free year of service. To qualify you'll need to pre-order a GS6 or GS6 ...

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    The big HTC news out this morning is clearly the invite for the company's launch event in China next month, where it sure looks like the One M9+ will be making an appearance. And more than that invitation to gawk over, we also saw the arrival of some new leaked pics. But while we're still very interested in seeing that model go official, it's not the only in-development HTC Android we've been hearing about these last few weeks, and earlier this month we got to check out the HTC One E9 as it stopped by China's version of the FCC. Now that handset is back in a series of additional photos. ...

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    With all the momentum that's been surrounding rumors and leaks of HTC's slightly larger cousin to the One M9, the phone that may launch as the One M9 Plus, One M9+, or something slightly different, it would be understandable to expect that something had to give: either it's nearly time for this smartphone to go official, or we'd soon find ourselves talking about it in the same breath as unreleased projects like the Surface Mini. As it happens, it looks like that “going official” route is indeed the one the M9+ is about to take, upon the arrival of an invite for a Chinese HTC event that ...

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    Xiaomi may not be the most popular handset maker in the US or Europe, but once you measure its popularity in China, you get to understand why it's one of the largest smartphone maker in the world. We've already reviewed a couple of its products and admired its attention to detail when designing products for the mid-range market, and some new leaks show us that the company is just getting started. Leaked benchmarks show us a new Xiaomi Ferrari in the works, though we're not sure if that's the final product name or just its codename. This new mid-range handset is powered by a 1.65 GHz ...

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    Yesterday we took a look the latest info to arrive on the HTC One M9+ (or Plus – who knows?). It wasn't a huge leak, but it attempted to nail-down the phone's dimensions and included a newly constructed render of how the phone supposedly appeared. It was clear this wasn't a HTC-originated image, but one assembled by the source reporting this news, in an effort to protect his tipster. Now we're taking another look at the One M9+ as that same source share a little more about how he came by this information, while also constructing a physical mock-up of the phone. NowhereElseFr's Steve ...

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    When you're looking to give your Android phone or tablet a little custom flare while stopping short of a full ROM replacement, it's hard to go wrong with a new launcher. There are tons of options out there, and we've gone over some of our favorites with you. One of those is Action Launcher, and today we get word of a new update for the software on its way out, delivering a bevy of new features, bugfixes, and general improvements. One of the key new features in this release is support for an open live wallpaper API, including compatibility with Quicktheme color matching. Shortcuts and ...

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    Google's always looking for ways to make your life simpler, pulling data from one place in order to provide you with useful information somewhere else. Last spring we saw evidence of just such a feature in the works for Google Now, scouring your inbox for bills and presenting you with notifications for when they needed to be paid. To hear a new report, Google's still very much interested in helping us cut through some of the headache surrounding bill payment and is planning to introduce a new system later this year to make bill organization and payment a breeze, all from within Gmail. The ...

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    Samsung's latest smartphone's like to do things in pairs: last year we saw the Galaxy Note 4 arrive alongside the Galaxy Note Edge, and just the other week the Galaxy S6 debuted arm-in-arm with the Galaxy S6 Edge. But it's not just product launches that have Samsung phones following the buddy system, as Samsung users on AT&T are learning today. Just a few hours back we heard about the arrival of Samsung's Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 4 on AT&T, and now the same is happening for the phablet's predecessor, as the AT&T Galaxy Note 3 scores a Lollipop update of its own. This ...

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    Media junkies these days have better options than ever before when it comes to getting online content onto their TV screens, with gadgets like Chromecast or Apple TV happy to connect our sets to more movies and TV than we could ever hope to watch. Amazon went after both those set-top box and HDMI dongle markets with the introduction of its Fire TV box and Fire TV Stick last year, perfect for consumers already invested in Amazon's media libraries, either through their PCs or the company's Fire-series Android devices. Today we get word of a significant update coming down for both the Fire TV ...

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