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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    iOS 9.3 may have done Apple's software reliability in for this quarter, at least according to Blancco Technology Group. The firm has been tracking device failure rates for some time now and this is the first quarter where iOS fails outgrew Android ones. How badly? Proportionally to each side, iPhones had a 58 percent fail rate as compared to 35 percent for Android. Blancco blames this on tweaks made iOS 9.3.1 and x.2 as both caused "faster battery drain, random crashes, poor sound quality when taking Bluetooth calls and WiFi connectivity problems." 29 percent of all iOS failures were ...

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    We've got a mega show for you this week, running down our favorite spoilers before we ship off to Berlin for IFA. We're getting a better look at what could be the LG V20,  and let's have a chat about Apple's responses to warranty issues... These stories plus answering questions from the Pocketnow mailbag! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 215 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on August 25th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to ...

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    Well, that didn’t take long. Samsung globally launched the high-end Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones in four "standard" colors way back in March, then added pink gold (not rose gold) to the paint job selection just a month later, but only in Korea. Today, after an excruciating, seemingly hopeless waiting period, US-based fans of pretty, stylish yet somewhat tacky gadgets are finally treated to a happy ending to their miserable saga. Starting August 28, Best Buy and only Best Buy will be stocking the swankiest GS7 and S7 Edge flavors stateside, selling the two unlocked and fully ...

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    With the already hugely successful Galaxy Note 7 unveiled early to get a head start on the iPhone 7 (or 6SE), LG feeling confident enough in the G5-similar sequel to the surprisingly popular V10 to give it its own special announcement event in San Francisco, and Apple of course not looking to share the spotlight with anyone else, you may view IFA 2016 as a tech sideshow of sorts. But let us assure you, that’s never been the case for one of Germany’s oldest trade fairs, and Europe’s biggest such gathering of high-profile consumer electronics exhibitors, and by no means is this ...

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    It’s never wise to assume a certain unreleased smartphone model will eventually see daylight just because it comes from a long line of beloved devices, especially when its makers are undergoing transitions, cutting expenses, and streamlining product portfolios. Still, even with the Xperia Z brand out the door, a renewed focus on premium designs and specifications, as well as zonal reorientations, it felt silly to doubt Sony’s ongoing commitment to high-end compact phones. Enter the Xperia X Compact at last, the timely IFA 2016-bound sequel for September 2015’s Z5 Compact, and the ...

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    Can a discontinued 8 year-old little Symbian phone with a passé physical QWERTY keyboard technically be still considered a bribe? Probably not, since it would take a miracle for its 369 MHz ARM11 processor (remember those?) and 128MB RAM (yes, really) to even handle a basic Google search nowadays. In fact, outside of a mobile tech museum of sorts, you have to wonder where could one be able to procure a half-working Nokia E71 copy this day and age? Well, Meizu somehow got a hold of a few, and is shipping them out to folks lucky enough to attend the Android OEM’s next big device ...

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    Ever since it started working on Project Fi, Google made it clear it wasn’t looking to muscle wireless service provider veterans out of business. Instead, Big G is collaborating with the likes of Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular stateside, as well as Three internationally, in a bold attempt to unify the world’s wireless networks so you can enjoy higher speeds and better coverage ubiquitously at the lowest possible costs. While a subscription to the ingenious MVNO often comes with added benefits including hefty savings on recent Nexus family installments, it’s perfectly fine by Google ...

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    Great promises of timely software updates haven’t always worked out as planned for HTC, but even after repeatedly assuring its continuously shrinking fan base that the 10, One A9 and M9 will receive Android N goodies eventually, the Taiwanese OEM can’t refrain from also setting a (loose) deadline. Just one for now, which is probably a wise move, though it remains to be seen if the unlocked HTC 10 can indeed be upgraded to Nougat by the end of the year. It should, especially since the device manufacturer is “excited to receive final shipping Android 7.0 Nougat software from Google.” ...

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    Xiaomi’s wildly successful low-cost Redmi smartphone roster is getting a little crowded and confusing with all the recent Pro, Prime and Note releases, not to mention Pro Mini rumors. But it’s the good kind of confusing, as every new Redmi installment is special in some way, shape, or form, as well as absurdly cheap for what it brings to the table. Case in point, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, priced at $135 and up as the new leader of the large-screened Note lineup. That’s $135 in Chinese currency, of course, i.e. 900 Yuan, or CNY 1,200 ($180) as far as the upper-tier 3GB RAM/64GB ROM ...

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    High-quality press renders are nice and all, but at least in theory, they’re also easy to fabricate and tamper with. After two separate rounds of such images leaked from fairly credible sources however, today's third practically confirms the full-frontal appearance of the LG V20. As always, we have to thank living industry legend Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, for spoiling another top-tier mobile OEM’s surprises ahead of a September 6 launch event in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the most interesting, controversial and potentially appealing part of the dual screen phablet, its rear, ...

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    2013 called, HTC, and, well, you can fill out the rest. But let’s not jump to conclusions, and go too hard on the financially and creatively struggling Taiwanese OEM. Maybe these new whispers on the upcoming mid-range Desire 10 Lifestyle aren’t entirely accurate. Perhaps @LlabTooFer’s inside information is incorrect, which would probably be a first given the near-flawless track record of this trustworthy though not particularly active and productive leakster. Or, and this is actually a way less far-fetched theory, maybe the HTC-knowledgeable tipster meant to tweet out the “stylish ...

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    Worn by “the world’s greatest athletes” at the recently concluded Summer Games in Rio in a very shrewd publicity stunt that likely doubled as a mighty convenient pre-release beta trial, the Visa-powered NFC Ring finally seems (just about) ready for primetime and the contactless-paying masses. No need to continue carrying around a bulky smartphone or wearing an expensive smartwatch on your wrist to conduct easy, secure on-the-go transactions. This sleek, low-profile yet stylish and affordable patented smart ring should start shipping worldwide “by December 2016”, with pre-orders ...

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    Google wants a piece of the Amazon-controlled smart speaker action, the latter in turn plans to go after Apple and Spotify in the uber-challenging, jam-packed music streaming arena, while Samsung may also have something akin to the Echo in the pipeline. Bottom line, no tech giant, regardless of its size, financial status and profit margins, is content resting on existing laurels, with product innovation and originality nowhere near as important as a robust presence in as many potential-brimming market segments as possible. So what if a mysterious Samsung Scoop gadget recently sighted at ...

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    Whether you’re convinced wearable devices are the next big thing, or still doubt their practicality but could be swayed into giving them a shot at the right price, this is hands down the best time to buy yesteryear’s top smartwatches. The Huawei Watch, Moto 360 and Samsung Gear S2 have never been cheaper than on the eve of their follow-up models’ introductions, with the rotating bezel-sporting Tizen bad boy in particular feeling like an absolute steal at 100 bucks. $99.99, to be specific, in limited quantity from a trusted eBay seller named Guarantee Cellular, which also hooks you up ...

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    Large demand for a just-launched smartphone is by no means bad news as far as the manufacturing company is concerned, though component shortages and low production yields extending over a lengthy period of time can turn a prospective box-office hit into a very real flop. Samsung experienced such a shifty scenario back when it wasn’t able to rapidly ramp up S6 Edge shipments on account of curved display deficiencies, but even with the iPhone 7 and LG V20 right around the corner, it doesn’t sound like the extremely desirable Galaxy Note 7 will provide a repeat of that unfortunate ...

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    With IFA 2016 right around the corner, and a number of exciting smartphone and smartwatch announcements coming to Berlin from high-profile OEMs like Samsung, Huawei or Lenovo, it’s easy to forget about LG’s big post-trade show launch event. After all, the V20 looked a tad underwhelming in its first round of leaked high-quality renders a few weeks ago, strongly resembling the G5 instead of building on the V10’s unique visual strengths. On the bright side, the looming dual display phablet’s very early Nougat integration and many sound enhancements should fire up Android purists and ...

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    While Android enthusiasts understandably celebrated the highly anticipated public rollout of a final, fully polished 7.0 Nougat build a couple of days ago, it’s important to remember this also marks the beginning of another major struggle. OEMs will now start over-promising and under-delivering, missing their own self-imposed deadlines, snubbing popular, relatively new devices, or worse yet, they’ll stay completely mum on the matter, never really issuing any sort of update roadmap, leaving us wondering, speculating and doubting everything. On that note, at least Sony is being forward ...

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    One of the main questions we get on Twitter lately is if it's really worth to upgrade from the Galaxy Note 5 to the brand new Galaxy Note 7. You'd think that their similarities are enough to stick where you are, but the reality is far from it. If you do a little history, you have to remember just how polarizing the Galaxy Note 5 was. Yes, we all wanted it to adopt the build of the S6, but not at the expense of expandability. Samsung's choice to jump a number between the Note 5 and the Note 7 is really not just about standardizing, even if looks can be deceiving. Watch our full comparison ...

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    Android Nougat is out, but some major features like the Nexus Launcher, Google Assistant and more are expected in a Maintenance Release this fall. Google's inviting developers to continue submitting issue tickets as they find and re-tread bugs so that it can fix them up in time for a supposed developer preview for MR1. Well, turns out that if you do happen to report an issue in the Android Developer Console, you'll be able to filter down reports for a version 7.1. Other sources are claiming that user statistics reports are showing a significant minority of users on Android 7.1. We don't ...

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    Verizon's preferences have overtaken Samsung's plans for a uniform customer experience on the Galaxy Note 7. It's not a newly-found habit for the Checkmark, but this time around, it seems really cheap. If you're still considering getting a Galaxy Note 7, let this piece be a guide as to what you'll miss out when chewing Big Red. Let's start with Samsung Cloud. If you're a big company with servers, you've got to offer a cloud service, right? It's kicking up dust by offering every Note 7 buyer 15GB of free space for backups, media, Internet settings and other things for your Samsung device. ...

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    Let's not be bashful. This camera rocks. We very much enjoyed the still photo performance on the Huawei P9, and the Honor 8 is nearly identical. Dual camera sensors mimic the way our eyes work. One sensor focuses on color, the other on light. When the output of both sensors is merged, we get photos unlike any other phone we've reviewed. We're not producing our full crazy in-depth review format as performance is so similar to the P9, but we are detailing what's new, what's different, and taking a quick look at a few features we missed in our P9 Real Camera Review. We'd recommend also ...

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    As we post, Google is updating its Nexus Files for Developers page with links to the NRD90M builds of Android 7.0 Nougat. Developers and users alike with ADB knowledge can flash them to applicable Nexus devices. The Pixel C, the Nexus Player and the Wi-Fi version of the Nexus 9 are available for download at this hour. You can also continue to attempt a pull-down of the OTA. The countdown for OEM partners to get updates out continues. Source: Android Developers Via: Android Police

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    Android 7.0 Nougat wasn't as flashy as you expected it to be, right? Where was the Nexus Launcher? Where's Allo and Google Assistant and that "not a home button" home button? Where are all the software changes that we're looking forward to on the Marlin Nexus device? Not here just yet. But XDA developer Nate Benis is telling us that all of that stuff you saw from Android Police are from the first Maintenance Release of Android Nougat, scheduled to be pushed out this fall. The initial version Nougat is mostly based off of Developer Preview 5. "[It] does not have any of the 'proprietary ...

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    Didn’t believe us the first time we covered Samsung’s next big clamshell smartphone, codenamed Veyron (after the sports car), likely to be dubbed Galaxy Golden 4 (after its three predecessors), and carrying the futuristic SM-W2017 model number (following in the footsteps of last year’s SM-W2016)? Well, now the unreleased Samsung SM-W2017 is benchmarked with pretty crazy high-end specs in tow, making the Korean OEM’s enduring commitment to a largely archaic handheld form factor hard to doubt. You can probably bet the farm on a China-only Galaxy Golden 4 rollout happening in a few ...

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    You know the low-end Galaxy Grand Prime that T-Mobile tried to incentivize Galaxy S7 buyers with a few months back? Believe it or not, it’s about to turn two whole years old, and in spite of its obvious US prepaid success, as well as enduring Eastern European popularity, the 5-incher never got a direct follow-up. Too late for a second-gen Grand Prime now? It appears not, with Zauba import records sparking the first rumors a little while ago, and the dynamic GFXBench/Geekbench duo pretty much making it official today. The model number is SM-G532F, the name Galaxy Grand Prime 2016, and ...

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