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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    In its frenzied race to 120 million smartphone unit sales this year and consolidation of the number three spot on the global manufacturer ranks, Huawei doles out respectable mid-range Androids left and right, including in the US, a market that the OEM had trouble penetrating until not long ago. But the company’s release strategy is a little too all over the place these days, especially if you add the Honor sub-brand to the equation. This literally just debuted on the North American continent, and already, it’s making life awfully difficult for one of its non-Honor cousins. At first ...

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    Everything we've been seeing lately about LG's upcoming G5 has been telling us to expect a radical new look for the phone's back, dropping the now-standard rear volume controls in favor of a single power button/fingerprint scanner, and going with a side-by-side dual-camera arrangement, with the lenses flanking the phone's flash and laser-assist auto-focus. And while this layout has become a key part of the G5's story, so far we haven't been super-clear on the specifics. At least, every time it seems like we get a chance to peek at the phone's rear, either in schematics, renders, of even ...

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    How long have we been waiting for Android Wear watches to start sounding off? Models like last year's Huawei Watch were clearly packing integrated speakers, and it looked like it was just a matter of time before we'd see the software fall into place that would finally take advantage of them. But despite some indications that such updates were on the way, official speaker support has so far been elusive. Well, today's the day we've been looking forward to, as Google announces new hands-free features for Android Wear, including speaker support. Right now, the only two Android Wear models ...

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    When discussing media creation from our mobile devices, the advances in camera sensors, lenses, and video options takes the majority of focus. It’s the sexier side of the conversation, seeing that over a short period of time our phones have leapt from standard definition video and single digit megapixel stills, to UHD video and 12+ megapixel images. However we’ve also been seeing (and hearing I suppose) some subtle but important advances in audio capture. What was a novel feature a couple years ago, most many mid-range, most flagships, and even a few entry level phones now employ ...

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    Not sold on Samsung’s “more of the same” Galaxy S7 approach, and instead looking for a flagship Android device like no other before it? The LG G5 could be the answer to your long-time pleas for palpable, major mobile hardware innovation, though there’s still not enough proof to support a drastic G4 redesign to the point the sequel’s battery will pop out of the bottom edge. What’s crystal clear is an LG G4-similar construction, with a bland plastic frame and replaceable leather rear cover, would feel like a step in the wrong direction after V10’s sophisticated, athletic and ...

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    The first few months of any given year are a perfect time for evaluating the past 12-month success of different devices and classes of tech products, as well as trying to guess what comes next. For wearables in general, and smartwatches in particular, 2015 was a good though perhaps not stellar year, while 2016 is shaping up to be considerably better. According to Gartner research, a total of 232 million wearable electronic devices were sold worldwide between last January and December, a number predicted to surge by a healthy 18.4 percent, to close to 275M units by the end of this year. The ...

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    Compared to Samsung and LG to a certain extent, Xiaomi managed to keep a relatively tight lid on information spills regarding its next-gen flagship device, slated to go official in Beijing and Barcelona on February 24 after an excruciatingly long waiting time. Don’t get us wrong, we’ve seen our fair share of Mi 5 renders… and then some, as well as reports on everything from prospective OS choice, premium build materials, top-shelf RAM and processor specifications, and even chromatic options. It’s just we can’t be 100 percent sure of more than a couple of features, including ...

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    Like Samsung, Sony is yet to update a single Lollipop-powered device to Marshmallow outside of “Concept” beta programs, although we were ready to wager at one point a number of 6.0 rollouts would begin by the end of January for Xperia flagships. Meanwhile, the Japanese hardware manufacturer reconsidered the direct leap plan from Android 5.0 to build M for a couple of lower-end handhelds, but the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua isn’t a part of the group ultimately due for transitional 5.1 Lollipop promotions too. Instead, the waterproof 5-incher will continue to sit tight on ancient 5.0, waiting ...

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    Market cannibalization and brand dilution have been two of Samsung’s biggest sins for several years now, and while the repetitive Galaxy S7 Plus and S7 Edge Plus are probably not happening this spring after all, a Galaxy A9 Pro is. Or so it would appear, based on intel exclusively shared by credible tipsters with SamMobile a couple of weeks back, and recent visits to India for R&D and testing of a phone carrying the model number SM-A9100. That’s clearly directly related to the SM-A9000, aka Galaxy A9 or A9 (2016), but if legit, the Pro suffix feels rather unusual and disconnected ...

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    Post a question publicly about how HTC can improve their smartphone sales and you’ll receive a number of replies from people talking about cameras. @SomeGadgetGuy A camera that wasn't tested by legally blind chipmunks would get my attention. — Russell Holly (@russellholly) February 3, 2016 Is it really that simple? Is that all HTC needs to do to stop the hemorrhaging and turn this ship around? I wonder if this isn’t a convenient reply delivered by us geeks, which ignores other issues facing this company in the consumer space. The camera does need work… To be fair, HTC cameras do ...

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    While there’s no disputing the benefits of a completely ad-free YouTube watching experience, no third-party apps or browser extensions needed, Google felt a little greedy and unreasonable to charge $10 a month just for that. But YouTube Red isn’t all about canceling video interruptions, as it also includes a Play Music subscription at no additional costs, easy offline saving capabilities, and background play support for mobile device multitasking. Plus, early service adopters will get to exclusively enjoy a trio of original movies produced by top YouTube content creators, as well as a ...

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    You’d have to be pretty careless to buy a new, improved Google Chromecast or Chromecast Audio at full retail, with no freebies or bundled-in digital content, as it seems deals are coming in left and right, leaving you no time to ponder Apple or Amazon-made rivaling devices. Granted, Valentine’s Day is no Christmas, so the best the search giant can do until February 24 is offer you gratis $10 Google Play credit with Chromecast 2 and Audio purchases. The two digital media players cost $35 stateside a pop, so if you’re thinking of getting them both, at the end of the day, you’ll only ...

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    Based on Google’s more than healthy recent financial report, and generally gloomy iPhone sales predictions for at least the current quarter, we wouldn’t have been shocked to see Alphabet exceeding Apple’s market capitalization through summer or even fall. But the simultaneous iPhone 5se/Apple Watch S/iPad Air 3 announcement is drawing near, and Wall Street clearly trusts the three new iDevices will strike gold at the box-office, covering for the waning mainstream appeal of the first-gen “iWatch”, as well as the overly familiar iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Either that, or traders simply ...

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    It was bound to happen sooner or later. After all, we’ve been hearing about the constant growth of smartphones in India since… forever, and the country is roughly four times as populous as the United States. It’s therefore perhaps surprising it took so long to reach a billion mobile users in the region, 220 million of which are reportedly on Android, iOS or Windows Phone. With a 22 percent yearly hike in smartphone shipments, and a 15 percent boost in Q4 2015 alone, it doesn’t look like this market is in danger of saturation either, so the user base, the world’s second largest ...

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    In case you’re undecided between services like Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music and Deezer, or simply too lazy to download and try them all on for size, Huawei will soon make it easy for its Honor sub-brand fans to enjoy online music streaming out the box. That’s right, all Honor buyers in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa, Russia and South East Asia should find the Android Deezer app pre-installed on their shiny new smartphones for immediate access to a solid audio library of 40 million tracks, personalized mixes, as well as 40,000 podcasts and audiobooks. The US is ...

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    Spotify doesn't do it, but Apple Music now can. While Apple has been righteously (and rightfully) promoting its own interests — from mobile OS to audio products — on Android through app development. Some observers thought that this would mean that these Android apps wouldn't get the TLC that Apple's iOS apps would get. Not the case this time, though there's a discrepancy at play. Apple Music version 0.9.5 (yep, still in beta) is now available on the Play Store and it allows users to download songs to their SD cards. It's big reach from Apple down to people who wouldn't buy into the ...

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    MWC is just weeks away, and it seems like every day we're talking about another smartphone we're hoping to see launch at the expo. Yesterday we checked out some unannounced hardware from Alcatel OneTouch, as the company accidentally posted some early info about both the Idol 4 and Idol 4S, ahead of an expected MWC launch. It turns out that was just the opening act, and today we're turning our attention to a new leak that attempts to reveal even more AOT hardware due for an MWC debut, with the revelation of the Pop 4, Pop 4S, and Pop 4 Plus. The Pop 4 (bottom) looks like the lowest end of ...

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    Is there no holiday that's not a good opportunity to sell some smartphones? Arbor Day coming up? How about some half-priced wearables? Cinco de Mayo right around the corner? Let's offer some free USB power packs with new phone purchases! So while you may not think of Valentine's Day as a particularly phone-related celebration, hardware manufacturers are doing their darnedest to cash in on the inevitable swell of gift-giving all the same, and OnePlus is trying its hand and that by offering some free-case deals. Whether you're in the market for a OnePlus 2 or a OnePlus X (both finally ...

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    From the moment LG sent out its invitations to its Mobile World Congress press event, we found ourselves wondering if the G5 might show up. It couldn't launch that early, right? But it wasn't long at all before we had to start seriously reconsidering what the manufacturer might be up to as the company confirmed plans to show off a “flagship-level” phone. LG stopped short of outright saying “we're going to launch the G5,” but based on the info we had access to, that outcome started sounding like a pretty reasonable conclusion. Well, we've still got over two weeks to go until LG's ...

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    It's easy to find yourself overwhelmed by ads on your smartphone, whether in apps or just on the mobile web. So it's little surprise that when a company announces a new way to give users control over just how they're exposed to those ads, we're quick to take advantage of it. That's just what happened a few days back as Samsung opened up its Android browser's API to work with ad-blocking software, and devs were in a rush to deliver solutions ready to start nipping all those ads in the bud. Unfortunately for fans of this development, Google's wasted no time in shutting the operation down, ...

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    Google Cardboard has opened the door on virtual reality for millions of smartphone users, but based on the recent hirings and shifting of resources Google's been up to, it's becoming clear that Cardboard's only the start, and Google's got some much larger VR ambitions; where will they take us? While Google hasn't made any public proclamations of its future VR plans, evidence from at least one employee suggests we might be looking at some kind of crossover with Project Tango, marrying Cardboard's 3D display with Tango's reality-scanning hardware. Googler Isaac Taylor recently posted on ...

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    The LG V10 has been criticized for being a bit on the chunky side, but that casing comes with the advertised benefit of MIL-STD-810G drop and shock resistance. I’ve been critical of the smartphone industry of late for building pretty phones, but phones that don’t seem well designed to survive daily lifestyle abuse without assistance. I usually use my phones naked (in that the phone is used without a case, not that I am sans clothes). I reserve my case use for specific situations. Trip to the grocery store? No case. Aggressive hike in the hills? Rugged case. Fancy night out? Maybe a ...

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    Android offers users no shortage of ways to consume podcasts, with plenty of apps ready to connect listeners with their favorite content. But for as many options as were out there, the platform's been missing an official central repository for podcast distribution. Last fall we saw Google begin to address this oversight, announcing plans to finally bring podcasts to Google Play Music. The company announced a few early partners and started accepting sign-ups from interested producers (ourselves included), but wasn't ready to offer a start date for the service going live – only saying that ...

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    Is there still room for a dedicated fitness tracker in your life? Between widening adoption of full-fledged smartwatches, and all the sensor data our phones are capable of gathering themselves, you might think that traditional activity trackers were at risk of becoming a hard sell, but for a lot of users, their compact sizes, laser-focused feature set, and affordable price tags have continued to make them an attractive proposition. Today Fitbit announces its latest effort, the petite Alta band. Alta tracks steps, computes calories burned, and gathers sleep data. It's water resistant, ...

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    How many more months of constant financial losses can HTC afford before throwing in the towel and declaring bankruptcy, or at least abandoning the smartphone market? We may find out soon enough, as the once mighty and profitable Taiwanese company just wrapped up a dismal year on a predictably low note. Still, things have been known to go worse for the One M9 and A9 manufacturers than between October and December 2015, so maybe, just maybe the sinking ship can be patched up in time to reach the shore for long-term repairs. If there’s a device that can help this Phoenix rise from its own ...

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