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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    Even in 2015, one of the worst parts about buying a smartphone in the US is the associated wireless plan. Oftentimes, that plan can work out to even more than you pay for the smartphone itself – and even if it's not, it represents a huge reason why many have stayed away from purchasing a smartphone. The big four carriers don't offer buyers much of a deal. Going with T-Mobile, easily the most affordable of the bunch, still has you paying at least $50 a month even if you're not using much of the allotted minutes, text messages, and data. So how do you get around that? An MVNO (mobile ...

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    Back in April, Sony announced its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z4. Only problem was, it only launched the phone in Japan. The rest of the world has been waiting patiently to learn what Sony had in store for it, as well, and yesterday Sony revealed what it had in mind, going official with the Xperia Z3+. This name-change had already been rumored, so while it wasn't surprising to see the phone emerge as the Z3+, why would Sony go to the trouble of coming up with two names for the same phone in the first place? The company's publicly commented on its decision, and it's up to ...

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    Just as we're finally reviewing the ASUS ZenFone 2 (our video review can be seen here, and embedded below, while the full text review should arrive later today) that recently hit the US, another ASUS-made smartphone pops up, this time, certified by China's TENAA regulator. We're not sure what to make of it at the moment, as it could very well be the ZenFone 3, or a completely different model. What we can see, aside from the images in the certification, is that this particular unit sports a five-inch screen with 720p resolution, 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz processor helped by a Mail GPU, ...

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    Phones are probably what pop into your mind when you think of Samsung, especially if you're reading Pocketnow, but what's commonly forgotten is that the gargantuan company also manufacturers the internal components of phones, and beyond just its Exynos processor lineup too. There are some big plans in motion for Samsung batteries and camera sensors heading into the future, some of which have been shared with further detail. On the battery side of things, Samsung is supposedly working towards having battery packs with a density of 780 watt-hours per liter by 2017. The voltage is also ...

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    For HTC, 2015 has just begun. The company is quickly and aggressively bolstering its smartphone portfolio, moving beyond just the M9 to other endeavors such as the M9+ and E9+, with the latest phones on the horizon looking to be the HTC WF5w and E9sw (the names look beautiful, do they not?), the former of which is expected to be the thinnest smartphone in the Taiwanese manufacturer's portfolio. The WF5w was spotted in Chinese regulatory documents sourced through TENAA. It weighs 152 grams and measures 7.49mm in thickness, which is slightly thinner than the E9+. It has a 720p 5.5-inch ...

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    The Huawei Watch saw the light of day at the 2015 Mobile World Congress, and the world was charmed by the good looks of the wearable. That, however, started to face away when we first heard rumors of the wearable's price; figures as high as $1,000 were rumored, and boy we're glad those reports were way off. Not that the prices we're seeing today are anything official, but at least they seem to be more realistic. A Reddit user discovered the Huawei Watch price listed for pre-order on MobileFun's website, and the price tags attached are $386.99 for the silver and black unit, and $451.49 ...

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    Google I/O 2015 is getting started in just a couple days, and while that's almost sure to bring us word of new software and services, could it mean some new hardware, too? After all, last year brought us the start of Android Wear sales, including the initial announcement of the Samsung Gear Live. It also marked the debut of the Android TV, which would usher in a new breed of devices. We're thinking about all that today as we catch word of a couple new sales, targeting both Android Wear and Android TV devices. Motorola's been offering Moto 360 sale after Moto 360 sale lately, and now its ...

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    Arrangements between big businesses to pre-install software on our devices is nothing new: bloat dates back far before this mobile-centric age in which we find ourselves now, after years of bogging-down new PC installs. It's such that any time we find ourselves hearing about a new deal it's all we can do to not immediately go on the defensive. But there's a whole spectrum of software out there that we might find pre-installed on new hardware, ranging from the annoying, to the innocuous, to the legitimately useful. And when we heard earlier this spring that Microsoft was hooking up with ...

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    Even though Android Auto was announced a good deal of months ago, it seems it took Google longer than expected to find a launch partner. That being said, Google isn't the only one struggling, as we have yet to see a CarPlay compatible vehicle as well. It's hard to predict if the cause of these delays is based in negotiations between companies, but today we finally see the light. Hyundai has just made it official that it will be the first automaker to launch the service on its 2015 vehicles, and the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata will be the first model to include it. Owners of existing models ...

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    Even though opinions for live streaming services like Periscope and Meerkat are still mixed, there is a significant market out there that actually likes this idea. The only problem users faced is that using services like Periscope required you to have an iPhone, something truly odd given Android's popularity. That said, we knew that once Meerkat left beta, it would only be a matter of time for Periscope to launch on Android, and that just happened today. Twitter, which currently owns Periscope, has just made it official that you can start live streaming your content from an Android device. ...

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    Is Google announcing Android M at I/O later this week? It's sure tempting to say “probably,” and we have plenty of reasons to suspect why Google would, but for the moment, nothing's set in stone. The same goes for the expectation that the commercial release of Android M will follow later this fall. Well, wonder no more if Google is sticking with past habits and bringing the next major Android release out before the end of the year, as Vice President of Engineering for Android Hiroshi Lockheimer has just confirmed as much. In a new interview, Lockheimer describes the “sort of a yearly ...

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    The Nexus family may still be Google's home for stock Android experiences, but the lineup's been seriously changing in recent years. Sizes have changed, pricing's been all over the place, and the latest rumors have suggested that this year could be another one full of new ways of doing business, as we get not one, but two new Nexus phones. Yesterday we checked out a report claiming that not only could we be looking forward to a pair of Nexus phones, but that we might not see a new tablet at all. At the time, the source provided some new info on that phone hardware, including a pair of ...

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    It took the better part of a year, but back in April we saw the OnePlus One take a big step forward as it put the invite system that had long plagued sales of the handset behind it. In the weeks since, we've been keeping an eye on some OnePlus One software developments, while also thinking about what we'd like to see from the OnePlus 2. That model's not expected until Q3, but now a new teaser has us wondering if OnePlus might not have some early news to share with us, as the company mentions something coming on June 1 with the potential to “shake up the tech industry.” OnePlus tells us ...

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    Do you do wireless charging? While it still can't come close to competing with the popularity of traditional wired charging, the presence of wireless charging tech in high-profile phones like the Galaxy S6 is helping to continue exposing such systems to broader audiences. But for acceptance to arrive, we don't just need phones that support wireless charging: we also need easy access to chargers. To that end, a couple months back IKEA announced a new range of furniture and home accessories designed with support for embedded wireless chargers in mind. The company said that sales would get ...

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    The LG G4 is just about to land in the US, and last week we shared details with you about a very compelling promo offer LG had put together for the handset's arrival: shoppers picking up the G4 would get not just a free 32GB microSD card, boosting their handset's storage capacity, but also a spare battery and cradle charger – not a bad haul. We also learned about Best Buy's $100 gift card offer, and today we get word of another alluring deal, as T-Mobile gets ready to open online G4 sales. The LG G4 may not come to T-Mobile stores until next Wednesday, June 3, but online sales open ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile is going to be tightly integrated with Windows 10 on PCs: that's a key pillar of Microsoft's platform vision, and promises to help further streamline communication between devices. So while Microsoft smartphones will work smoothly with Windows 10 computers, what about those of us who run Windows on our PCs but elect to go with Android or iOS as our primary mobile ecosystems? Today Microsoft shares some of what it's planning for Android and iOS users on Windows 10, including availability of a Cortana app. That's right: Microsoft's voice assistant will soon be available to ...

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    A little over a month ago Sony officially unveiled the Xperia Z4 smartphone, but the device was announced only for Japan. Not long after that we heard rumors that there might be a different device in the works for the rest of the world, but evidence has been found that Sony was planning on using the Xperia Z3+ monicker for the Xperia Z4, outside of Japan. That's exactly what the company just did. The Sony Xperia Z3+ announced today is identical to the Japanese Xperia Z4, and a slight upgrade over the Xperia Z3 (hence the naming convention Sony opted for). Weighing 144gr. and measuring ...

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    The long-rumored new colorway for Samsung's Galaxy S6 has arrived. As part of the company's partnership with Marvel to take Avengers: Age of Ultron to smartphones, they have produced quite the looker in this Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge. Said Younghee Lee, an Executive Vice President at Samsung, "the limited edition Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge embodies the power of the iconic Avenger with a dual-curved edge design and advanced features that will provide Marvel fans with the ultimate entertainment experience." The phone itself has the same design as the regular Galaxy S6 edge, except with red and ...

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    Google has done its best to become a social company, and well, the fact that Google+ is still struggling to take off is a clear indicator of where the search giant stands. After the departure of Vic Gundotra, we heard significant rumors regarding Google's plan to detach its Google Photos service from Google+ completely, and we'll admit it's an idea that we highly praised. At this point we're still waiting to see what all the drama is about, but today we land some leaks that show us progress. Leaked screenshots of the new Google Photos app show us just how serious Google is about making ...

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    A couple weeks back, we heard a promising rumor for Nexus fans who maybe didn't love the direction Google went with the phablet-sized Nexus 6, suggesting that this year Google might give us a pair of Nexus phones, and that one of them could be a 5.2-incher by LG – still bigger than both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, but a world removed from the Nexus 6's six-inch screen. Word was that we might get both this LG model and a 5.7-inch Huawei-manufactured phablet, itself the subject of earlier rumors. Now some information on both those handsets has leaked, along with the theory that these could be ...

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    Reselling your used smartphone is as common in some markets, as it is for you to bestow your old device to a family member in others. What usually happens before your device trades owners, is a factory reset in order to ensure that all your data is wiped from the device you're about to get rid of. Now, what happens when that data is not effectively deleted from the device, and falls into somebody else's hands? The University of Cambridge recently tested as many as 21 different Android devices running versions 2.3 and up to 4.3, and noticed that after wiping these with a factory reset, ...

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    HTC's already delivered quite a few close relatives of the One M9 over the past few months – models like the One M9 Plus and One E9+ - and recently we've been looking at what might be in store for another such model, tipped to hit Asia as the One ME9 (or maybe just the One ME). With hardware like a 5.2-inch quad HD display, 3GB of RAM, and an octa-core MediaTek SoC, it sounded like a solid – and certainly close to top-of-the-line – addition to the company's Android lineup. And last week we had the opportunity to get a preview of what the phone might look like, with both a leaked ...

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    A couple weeks back, Pocketnow readers had the chance to win an LG G3 – actually, a pair of chances, and we gave away a G3 both to readers who were able to solve a riddle with hints sprinkled throughout the week's posts, and listeners who helped spread the word about the Pocketnow Weekly podcast by leaving an iTunes review. Those two G3s are on their way to those lucky winners right now, but we're not done yet: we've got another LG G3 that's burning a hole in our pocket and we'd love to send it your way. At stake is another 32GB LG G3 for AT&T. Sure, it's last year's LG flagship, and ...

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    Next week brings with it the start of June, and that also means the start to the Computex trade show in Taiwan. The expo's sure to bring us news of all sorts of hardware, and a couple weeks back we heard tipped the possibility of ASUS introducing a couple new tablets: the ZenPad 7 and ZenPad 8. As we wait to see these guys go official, some renders of the latter have just leaked, giving us an early preview of what to expect. Maybe it shouldn't be a surprise at this point, having seen tablet manufacturers from HTC to Samsung recently embrace the 4:3 aspect ratio that was for so long most ...

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    A couple weeks back we caught the first sign of what looked like a new Sony Xperia smartphone, upon the leak of a shot of the front panel for a handset supposedly codenamed Lavender. The very thin bezels certainly looked intriguing, as did the big front camera with flash, but we knew very little about that hardware other than that we could see. Today a new trove of Lavender evidence arrives, as new pics and hardware specs attempt to flesh out our expectations for the Android. Supposedly, Lavender may be powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6752 SoC, have 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP main camera. ...

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