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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    There are plenty of reasons you might want to be critical of Sony's smartphone game, from the slow-to-evolve design language of its handsets, to a hard-to-predict launch schedule, to a failure to make its phones widely available in some popular markets. But the one thing it's hard to complain about is the degree to which Sony goes out of its way to connect users with in-development software, giving them early access to new Android builds before they're ready for mass distribution. We've seen that with the company's Concept for Android program, and that spirit continues with the new Xperia ...

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    Whether we're interacting with a new social network, organizing a get-together, or just sending out some old-fashioned emails, there are a lot of good reasons for an app to tap into our ever-growing list of personal contacts. Between info we gather ourselves, and stuff that can be pulled from online sources, our phones have access to a lot of data about our friends, relatives, and co-workers. On Android so far, giving apps access to all this stuff has been a bit of a hodgepodge of API calls, a consequence of the growing body of information that apps can draw from. Going forward, Google's ...

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    Part of using Gmail means being cool with the fact that Google and its algorithms are constantly scanning your mail (in a hopefully not-at-all-creepy kind of way), using that data to tailor ads for you, as well as advanced features like automatically recognizing messages about upcoming events and adding them to your calendar. Today we learn about some new synergy for Google's Android apps as it taps into that Gmail data in order to provide you with extra-relevant app recommendations. Google's latest Play Store update adds a new setting that allows the app to gather data from Gmail ...

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    Alcatel OneTouch came to CES ready to show off some new hardware, introducing us to devices like the Windows 10 Mobile edition of the Fierce XL, which just landed at T-Mobile today. But for all the cool stuff we saw then, we've had an inkling that the main attraction was holding back for MWC. And indeed, in the weeks since CES we've caught wind of some leaks and rumors that have pointed to a seriously heavy crew of AOT MWC hardware, headed up by the new Idol 4 phones. Today we pick up some extra insight into what's on the way as a leaked product roadmap sheds some light on the company's ...

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    With MWC just over a week away, and new flagship models perched up on the horizon, carriers are about to start seeing a lot of new faces joining their smartphone lineups. But even before all those new players arrive, we're seeing some fresh handsets joining the ranks at carriers like T-Mobile, which earlier today we learned is picking up the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL running Windows 10 Mobile. That's not the only affordable new phone landing in the company's stores, as word arrives that it's being joined by the similarly budget-priced LG K7, as well as a new wireless hotspot offering from ...

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    What draws you to one social network over another? They've all got their particular hooks, but sometimes it's less what one offers, and more what it doesn't. For Twitter, that's meant a focus on simplicity: you follow users, and you see their tweets – and when you follow multiple users, everyone's tweets get sorted chronologically, with no Facebook-style editorializing getting in the way of which messages you see, and which you don't. So when rumors started circulating earlier this month that Twitter was about to introduce an algorithm-driven sorting method of its own, users ...

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    In the world of smartphones, most manufacturers produce "all rounder" gadgets with feature sets designed to be accessible to a wide majority of consumers. It's always exciting when a company experiments with a smartphone built around one specific feature or designed for one niche demographic. Smartphone camera debates can be visceral, but Asus thinks they have a killer feature which we haven't seen in such a slim form factor: a hardware, optical zoom. It's an incredibly novel design involving periscope-like prisms, which maintains a consistent profile and prevents the need for a ...

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    Back in October, when Android 6.0 was barely making its way over-the-air to “pure Google” Nexus devices, Sony vowed to update a whopping 14 Xperia phones and tablets to sweet Marshmallow… eventually. Between then and now however, only a small fraction of Z3 and Z3 Compact owners worldwide got a sample of Doze battery life enhancements and Now on Tap cards as part of a “Concept” beta program. Impatient fans are naturally wondering if the old plan is still on, fearing a few of the products initially announced as headed for 6.0 bumps may ultimately receive the upgrade axe. NTT ...

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    Aside from the ever-expanding Honor family of ridiculously cheap phones, and high-profile product rosters like G, P or Mate, Huawei tends to overcrowd the market a little with lesser known, low-key Android handhelds also, most of which are targeted at specific countries or regions. It remains to be seen exactly where the newly unveiled Y6 Pro might be headed, but it’s definitely outside China, since the world’s largest smartphone market received this fellow’s identical twin last fall under the Enjoy 5 name. There really is no discernible difference between the “global” Huawei Y6 ...

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    Some Apple intern must get to CEO Tim Cook ASAP to give him a sample of Jimmy Kimmel’s long-running “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” segment. Maybe the head honcho of the world’s most profitable company would then learn how to take a joke or gracefully parry an online insult. Granted, the stars invited to the late-night talk show to basically offer a lesson in self-deprecation are usually subjected to one mockery at a time, not to mention they’re probably warned well in advance of what’s coming. Meanwhile, Tim Cook was hit by an unforeseen avalanche of chiefly light-hearted digs ...

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    With just a little over a week until the actual start of the 2016 Mobile World Congress, and no official word on an HTC appearance at the Barcelona trade show, we’re fairly certain the financially struggling company’s next-gen flagship is looking at a launch down the line. Sometime in March, insiders claimed a while back, or perhaps as late as April, if we rely on intel exclusively uncovered by a little known Portuguese website called 4gnews. Specifically, April 11, with the rumored London announcement venue feeling both familiar and credible for the handful of remaining HTC fans. It ...

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    Irony in its purest form: a phone that’s over two years old and was never considered a powerhouse currently runs a newer version of Android than a 2015 flagship, at least outside Korea and Poland. Even more ironic, not to mention damaging for the reputation of semi-recent high-enders, is Marshmallow software doesn’t seem to be the only good thing going for the 2013 LG Nexus 5. The Google-endorsed 5-incher is also more than 70 percent screen, so it’s got relatively slim bezels, it delivers crisp Full HD resolution, and packs 2GB RAM in combination with an ageless Snapdragon 800 ...

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    You’ve seen #TheNextGalaxy manhandled in black, as well as rendered in both black and gold, then again from behind in black, and while that should be enough to paint pretty reliable pictures in your heads as far as multiple prospective shades go, why struggle to imagine things when you can take a closer look at the real deal? Besides, we’re still more than ten days away from the highly anticipated formal introductions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and these latest visual leaks are bound to help pass the time. Basically, we know everything there is to know about the internals of ...

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    Without a doubt, the champion of Android 6.0 software promotions thus far is Motorola, despite its relations with Google understandably cooling after Lenovo’s acquisition. But the Illinois-based smartphone manufacturer maintains the OS as clean as ever, adding little to no bloat in the equation, and therefore, completing optimization work way ahead of the competition. While Samsung, for instance, is yet to make the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Marshmallow updates truly global affairs, Moto’s already rolled out the newest Android iteration to the X Style, aka X Pure Edition, X Play, G (3rd ...

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    This makes so much sense. Also, I'll admit that I'm biased. If you're not familiar with the iOS and Android game Monument Valley, go take a few spins on that and come back to this story when you're done. You can probably see why someone would envision a Lego set to celebrate the aesthetics of this Escherific™ adventure. Thing is, since some of the design elements will need some custom-produced Lego manufacturing (including some neat-o stickers) to successfully pull off a great tribute to Monument Valley, it'll need to be made by the company itself. So, someone decided to give a little ...

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    Samsung's next Unpacked event is scheduled for February 21 in Barcelona, the day before this year's Mobile World Congress formally gets started. And while Samsung hasn't quite out and admitted it just yet, you don't have to be a modern-day Nostradamus to have a pretty good idea that we're likely to see the tech giant introduce this year's smartphone flagship, the Galaxy S7. Over the past few weeks and months we've been hitting the Galaxy S7 rumor beat with gusto, covering all angles of reports claiming to offer a little early insight into just what to expect from this year's offerings: how ...

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    Of the three big Android early-year flagships we've been looking forward to, the LG G5, the Samsung Galaxy S7, and the HTC One M10, HTC's entry has easily felt like the most mysterious of the group. From the name, to the design, to the hardware within, big questions have been hanging over this handset since day one, and every time it feels like we're just starting to get some answers – like we did when an image of actual hardware landed last week and appeared to confirm quite a few outstanding rumors – some new rumor lands that has us questioning earlier assumptions. That's just what's ...

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    With the upcoming Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, we're hoping that Samsung has learned some important lessons from last year's flagship offerings. To that end, we're not expecting any big, radical changes from either model, but instead a refinement of existing designs, and correcting some oversights that left us wanting just a little bit more last time around. That extends to the batteries in these phones, and while it's nice to see that Samsung plans on releasing some battery-boosting accessories, we've also been pleased to hear that both GS7 phones should be landing with some generous ...

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    Are we ever going to get a new Nexus tablet? With the move to two phones a year, it's clear that Google's not afraid of bringing change to its Nexus program, but are the days of new tablet models soundly behind us? We haven't spotted anything that looks very promising on our rumor radar, but the stalwart Nexus 9 keeps right on ticking. Back around the end of the year, we checked out a number of holiday-season deals on the HTC tablet, but those have long dried up. Worry not, deal-seekers, as HTC's back for Valentine's Day with a new offer, hooking you up with not just a 40-percent-off Nexus ...

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    Last week was a wild ride for users of Samsung's Android browser, first as Samsung opened the door for browser add-ons capable of blocking ads, and then as Google appeared to start culling such software from its Play Store offerings. At least, that's what it looked like at first, but Google's banhammer was being applied a bit inconsistently; was this an across-the-board war on ad blockers, overzealous application of Google's developer policies, or maybe even an error? Well, we're still not sure exactly what triggered all this in the first place, but we've got some resolution to share with ...

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    Wearable devices are slowly finding their groove and utility, acting like more than glorified pedometers or classic, dumb watches incapable of quickly telling the time when distanced from a smartphone. Still, the Apple Watch remains essentially the only mainstream wrist-worn gadget endowed with mobile payment functionality, at least until Samsung Pay support is finally added to the Gear S2’s bag of tricks. And until Pagaré materializes, which should happen around July, if FitPay can raise at least $120,000 by March 9. Currently at almost $70K, the “smart strap” concept is endorsed ...

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    Poland might be known best for one of the most beloved Popes in the history of the Catholic Church, as well as beautiful landscapes untouched by human hands, and unfortunately, accommodating a number of large Nazi concentration camps during World War II. But as far as hardcore Android enthusiasts are concerned, the country is first and foremost envied for its constant and inexplicably rapid software updates. Samsung and LG in particular have recently made a habit of rolling out the newest OS flavors in their Korean homeland, Poland, and only afterwards, the rest of the world. The Galaxy S6 ...

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    We’re less than a couple of weeks away from possibly the year’s most crowded mobile expo, where two highly anticipated new Android flagships will be officially showcased for the first time, and we all know what that means. Samsung and LG have mere days left to try to clear as much Galaxy S6 and LG G4 inventory as possible, before prospective buyers can start sizing up the two against their successors and conclude the 2015 heavyweights are perhaps a little costly for what they offer nowadays. Following a four-day Sprint bargain for traders, and a lightning B&H deal that brought the ...

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    Bet you weren’t expecting to hear whispers about Samsung’s next-gen non-edgy phablet before the Galaxy S7 is even official. But it’s not like we’re already in possession of live Note 6 pics or anything. We just suspect the S Pen-enabled big guy will go global in the fall, which appeared a no-brainer after the Note 5 exclusivity debacle, and there’s a slim but real possibility the stylus accessory shall gain extra functionality this year. No, we’re not talking usage reversibility. We’re dreaming much bigger than that, thanks to the US Patent and Trademark Office, which ...

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    It’s certainly been a bittersweet past six months or so for the Now Network, which fell behind arch-rival T-Mobile in subscriber numbers and was forced to lay off thousands of employees, but that now shows usage and financial improvements, as lengthy contracts are finally discarded. Sprint seems to be doing a respectable job in software updates for recent phones locked to its network as well, while marketing efforts continue to be focused on prospective recruitment of both users and workers for the competition. Meanwhile, the fourth largest mobile operator stateside also understandably ...

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