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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    Pre-loaded apps can be a bit like the branded license plate holder a dealer puts on a new car: they're not really harming anything, but a serious user will likely remove them (or at least try to) first chance they get. What the companies behind them are counting on is our laziness: just as we may leave that plate holder on there and help give the dealer some free advertising, we may turn to a pre-installed app instead of going to an app store and manually searching for one. While this all sounds very dismissive of the idea, there's big business interests behind pre-loading apps on our ...

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    Back at the start of the month, Sony dropped a bombshell for many of its Android users: if you weren't rocking an Xperia Z-series phone, you weren't going to get Android 5.0 Lollipop. No sooner had we started panicking than Sony looked like it might be reconsidering things, backing away from its hard “no,” and instead taking a “no comment” approach. We weren't quite sure what to make of that, but now we've got some additional evidence to check out, with signs of a Lollipop update for a non-Z model arriving via official source. We're talking about the Bluetooth SIG, which posts ...

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    As much as the folks at Mountain View did their best in making Google Glass something cool to wear, we all know that the end result was far from positive. Many people debated if paying $1500 for a pair of unproven glasses was worth it, and those who did prove their bravery in the initial Explorer program, didn't like to be called "glassholes" at all. Google Glass was a true challenge for public etiquete, but the company has now come on record to confirm that the project is not done. Google's Eric Schmidt was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the topic, and he was clear ...

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    HTC's One M9 will soon be up for sale. We've already had the opportunity to spend some time reviewing the phone. And while all this progress continues towards the One M9's retail release, there's still a big unanswered question hanging over the phone's launch: what ever happened to the One M9 Plus? Rumors once suggested we'd see a jumbo-sized One M9 with a quad HD display debut alongside the five-incher we got, ready to offer some variety to users interested in something closer to a tablet. Today those rumors are back, attempting to provide some new insight into the phone's hardware. ...

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    When the Nexus 9 launched last fall, we generally liked what we saw: performance was good, music sounded lovely through those front-facing stereo speakers, and it was a lot of fun getting to know Lollipop. And of the things we didn't love about the tablet – issues like build quality, or insufficient storage options – many could be lumped into a “it feels like we're paying too much for what we're getting” category. Luckily, that's the sort of thing that's easily resolved via a price cut, and the tablet started its life off with an utterly fantastic one, getting an early half-off ...

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    Cyanogen Inc. has its eye on expanding well beyond its roots as a custom ROM for tinkerers and hackers, and has spent over a year now working to get its software onto more and more commercial handsets. As it continues to grow, the firm has been looking to take on new investors, and rumors from earlier this year suggested that Microsoft could find itself becoming a major investor in Cyanogen. However, just last week we heard that this Microsoft investment would be occurring, after all. So who would end up funding Cyanogen's dreams for expansion? Today the company announces the details ...

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    In the months leading up to Samsung's launch of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, we fielded dozens and dozens of rumors, covering everything from the design of these handsets, to the silicon powering them, to the software they'd run. And on that latter point we were told to expect some significant changes from TouchWiz, as Samsung pared down its custom UI to help distance itself from a reputation as a laggy, bloated add-on. One of the ways we heard Samsung could accomplish this is by changing the way pre-loaded apps were installed, no longer forcing quite so many down the user's throat. ...

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    A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to round out my professional development by carrying iOS as a daily driver. Yes, it was an iPhone 5c. Yes it was basically 2-year old hardware (an iPhone 5 with a hard candy shell). Yes it was a teeny tiny baby phone. All of those were contributing factors to why I switched back to Android. But the most compelling reason by a wide margin was iOS itself. Don’t get me wrong. iOS is a nice operating system. It has its merits just like other operating systems have theirs. But there are a couple of things that are missing or just poorly executed, ...

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    BlackPhone has a ton of good ideas up its sleeve. At a time when security has become important, it does make sense for an expert in the market to figure out a way to sell you a phone that can do it right. Sadly, even though our review of the first-generation BlackPhone showed us that you're getting a ton of added features for what you pay for, that's not necessarily the case once you have to actively use it. We've set a ton of expectations for the second-generation BlackPhone, which is now dubbed the BlackPhone BP2, and even the company's new tablet, the BlackPhone+. To our disappointment ...

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    Do you count yourself among the millions of Chromecast users out there? The Google dongle has emerged as one of the most convenient ways to get online content onto your television, and even with its two-year birthday coming up, it's still running strong. Google's making investments in keeping users happy with their Chromecasts not just by bringing Chromecast support to more and more apps, but also by hooking users up with some free offers. Last month we shared with you news of a free Play Store credit for Chromecast users, and this month Google's back with a similar offer. Last time ...

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    It hasn't even been two weeks yet since Google made Android 5.1 official, so it's little surprise that the new software's been slow to spread to existing hardware. Nexus models have access, sure, but right now a lot of Android users are wondering which other smartphone and tablets will be next to get it. Google Play edition models are likely candidates for that honor, and we've already heard about HTC's intention to get the GPe One M7's Android 5.1 update out sometime next month (even as the regular One M7 is left behind), but what about non-GPe phones? Motorola could be one of the first ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are nearly here, ready for you to buy. With strong consumer interest, and rumors of limited stocks for the Edge version in particular, the idea of locking-down your GS6 with a pre-order can sound like a pretty tempting one. Already, local Samsung offices, carriers, and retailers in certain markets are accepting pre-orders – that's currently the case in England, for instance. But here in the US, we've yet to see a similar situation unfold. While still not confirmed, retail sources are now claiming that we're just one more week away from our own ...

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    With the release of Android Lollipop Google introduced its Smart Lock feature, a mode that lets users control when their phones and tablets will require PINs or passwords, and when they'll automatically stay unlocked. Right now that can be tied to objects, using the presence of a trusted Bluetooth device or NFC tag to trigger this unlocked mode, tied to a specific area with the help of location services, or even tied to your own body, taking advantage of facial recognition. Now users are reporting that Google's in the process of adding a new option for when to keep your phone unlocked, ...

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    Amazon is not in an enviable position with its Android Appstore. With so many users already exposed to the convenience of Google's Play Store baked right in to their Android experiences, convincing them to enable sideloading, install Amazon's app, and then juggle two incompatible app stores from there on out can be a tall order. Still, Amazon does what it can to stir up interest, often by means of big app giveaways – and it's got just such an offer running right now. But now a leaked presentation attempts to clue us in to what could be the company’s next effort to generate interest in ...

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    With last year's Moto 360, Motorola created the market for the round-screened smartwatch. In the months since we've seen the introduction of plenty competition, but the 360 remains the gold standard in the eyes of many consumers. As such, we've been hugely interested in learning what's next for Motorola wearables, especially this week as we mark the one-year anniversary of the 360's initial launch. While nothing's official yet, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing may have just given us a little preview of the second-gen 360, sharing a couple pics on Chinese social media. While Yang calls this device ...

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    Yesterday brought us some sad news for fans of the venerable HTC One M7, as the manufacturer confirmed that while the phone made the journey to Lollipop, its story would end with Android 5.0, and HTC wouldn't be updating the phone to the just-released Android 5.1. Considering we're talking about a phone that launched a solid two years ago, it's not like we could expect further updates much longer, and we were finding it hard to fault the company's decision to devote resources to more recent hardware. But One M7 users are a vocal bunch, and those who weren't satisfied with HTC's decision ...

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    Experiencing a new smartphone is great, but what's even better is getting the chance to try one out before anyone else. Do you read about all the leaks we get to see with a sense of longing, wondering why that couldn't be you with insider access to development hardware? Are you a little jealous when we get our hands on pre-launch devices in order to bring you a first-person account as soon as they launch? We totally don't blame you. The good news is that we're not bringing this up just to rub it in your face. Instead, we want to help let you in on the action, too. Last month Huawei ...

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    The Taiwanese phone manufacturer has made a big announcement today involving its leadership. HTC executives are being shuffled around, and Cher Wang, Chairman and co-founder of HTC, has been named as CEO by the The Board of Directors of HTC Corporation. Cher Wang will take Peter Chou's place in becoming the Chief Executive Office of the company. Where does that leave Peter Chou, the former CEO? According to the official wording, Peter Chou "will transition to a strategic new role leading future product innovation". We're not quite sure what that means, but we're guessing, judging by the ...

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    Android is coming to cars near you. Last summer we saw Google share word of Android Auto at I/O, and ever since we've been waiting for it to debut in vehicles on the road. Manufacturers have been preparing for its arrival by building support into their dashboard electronics, and today everything’s finally ready to go live, as select Pioneer head units start talking to Android phones. In order to take advantage of Android Auto right now you'll need one of the aforementioned Pioneer in-dash units, models like the AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, or AVH-4100NEX. You'll also need an Android ...

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    HTC's One M9 has been official for a few weeks now, and while the phone's hardware may be complete, the situation with its software hasn't seemed quite so polished. We've heard numerous reports of issues with the phone's code, ranging from boot failures to insufficient thermal control measures, leaving the handset capable of running far hotter than its peers. The hope's been that HTC would be able to deliver some updated software prior to the One M9's commercial release that would put an end to these problems, and today word arrives that it may have just achieved that goal. First we hear a ...

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    Back during MWC a few weeks ago, OnePlus hinted at what was coming up next for the company. No, not the OnePlus 2; the firm said to expect something that would represent its first foray into a new product category. And after clarifying that we weren't about to get a smartwatch nor a tablet, we were left scratching our heads as to just what it might actually be. OnePlus still isn't quite ready to make its big announcement, but the new teasers it's putting out today sure look like they're hinting at some OnePlus gaming hardware. With all the talk of “a new game,” “fun,” and ...

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    The launch of the Nexus 6 last fall marked the latest shift in Google's direction for its pure-Android hardware lineup: gone were both the very affordable price tag and relatively compact size, with the Nexus 6 arriving as a six-inch, $650 phablet. It also represented a change in Google's manufacturing partner, as the company switched from LG after using it for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, to Motorola for the Nexus 6. Now we're wondering about what's next for the family, and rumors have already talked about Google possibly hooking up with a Chinese manufacturer for this year's Nexus (which ...

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    It's just a fact of life: eventually we have to say goodbye to even our favorite smartphones and move on to greener pastures. Just how long you're going to hold on to that old hardware depends on a lot of factors, including contract status and your ability to avoid accidentally breaking it. For a lot of us, the writing on the walls that informs us it's finally time to move on comes in the form of software updates – or rather, the lack thereof. Eventually, it just doesn't make sense for a manufacturer to keep supporting old phones with ongoing updates, and that's a point a favorite ...

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    When it comes to the unannounced Sony Xperia Z4, rumors are all over the place, just like in the case of any other phone that's about to get announced. However, in the particular case of the 2015 Sony flagship, previous rumors have tried to anticipate that there will be not one, but two different models, with slightly different internals, and screens (as far as resolution is concerned). We're not quite sure whether you should consider such rumors, but, adding to the recently (allegedly) leaked press images, are today's stills, where we're purportedly looking at the display unit of the Z4. ...

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    Even with the recent launch delays for the HTC One M9 in Taiwan, the company has already committed to launch the device in the US at the same time as the Galaxy S6. In addition to this flagship, we've also heard a ton of rumors of a more powerful variant in the works. If sticking with the specs of the HTC One M9 spell compromise for you, let's talk about its more powerful sibling. So far we've talked about the HTC One M9 Plus as the new flagship to come from Taiwan, but rumors claim that the final name might be the HTC One M9+, something which resembles the old One X+ days. The source ...

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