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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    One of our favorite things about the Galaxy S6 (as well as the Galaxy S6 Edge) is the ability to transform the handset's look with just a few taps as we try on some of the phone's alternate themes. The powerful theming engine Samsung's gifted the phone with gives users the ability to adapt TouchWiz to their tastes, and we've already talked about some of our top choices in posts and on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Additional themes are arriving all the time, and today a particularly attention-grabbing one has landed, giving the GS6 a very stock-Android-inspired Material Design overhaul. ...

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    With yesterday's announcement of the WPC adopting new high-power, high-speed support for the Qi wireless charging standard, we found ourselves reflecting on just how much progress such tech has made over the course of the past year. A huge component to the growing acceptance and availability of wireless charging solutions has been Samsung's decision to bake the feature right in to its latest flagships, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Now Samsung engineer Se-Ho Park is sharing some new insight into what led the company down that path, and where it plans to go from here. While Park ...

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    OnePlus has slowly been warming us up to the idea of the OnePlus 2, spending the last week now sharing a few key details about the company's upcoming smartphone. We know which SoC it will use, have a general sense of pricing, and most recently we heard to expect reversible USB type C connectivity. This is all great, and we look forward to learning more in the weeks leading up to the phone's launch. But when exactly might that be? Today OnePlus gives us a date to mark on our calendars, announcing plans to formally introduce the OnePlus 2 on Monday, July 27. What the company has in mind for ...

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    Was going with the Snapdragon 810 SoC in the Xperia Z3+ a big mistake on Sony's part? We've been hearing a lot about overheating warnings, some even suggesting that many of the phone's key features – like a number of camera modes – cause the handset to overheat so quickly as to render them essentially unusable. But talk is cheap and we want to see for ourselves; that's why we just picked up a Z3+ of our own, and while we've only just started putting it through its paces, there will be plenty of additional reporting on the phone to come. As you wait for the verdict, shoppers all across ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z4 was announced for the Japanese market six months after the introduction of the Xperia Z3 in September of 2014, making Sony stay true to its “flagship every six months” policy. It took the company about a month to announce the Xperia Z4 globally, but with a different name. We’re here to unbox the Xperia Z3 Plus, aka the Xperia Z4. The Xperia Z4 unboxing experience is pretty much the same as it was on the Xperia Z3, Z2, and the rest of the Sony phones we reviewed, just like the phone looks 99% identical to all of its predecessors. Is this a bad thing? Definitely not, ...

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    Who doesn't love taking home a new smartphone? For several years now, the big US carriers have offered subscribers special plans that keep them hooked-up with new hardware at a far brisker pace than you'd get just waiting around for regular upgrade eligibility on a subsidized plan: things like T-Mobile JUMP! and AT&T Next. Though they all had their various trade-offs, they still meant that you could start fresh with a new phone far more often than you might otherwise be able to. Now T-Mobile's got an interesting new spin on the concept, as it introduces its JUMP! On Demand system. ...

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    Been itching for an OPPO R7 ever since you saw Jaime Rivera's hands-on video with the phone? Living in the US? Well, you're in luck. OPPO is one of the few Chinese manufacturers to consistently make its products available across the pond in the States, and its latest product, the R7, is no exception. OPPO R7 US pre-orders have officially been kicked off today. The phone will begin shipping at some point early in July, with pre-orders going for US$399 with free shipping included. To sweeten the deal, the company is also throwing in a complimentary pair of headphones. One thing to keep in ...

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    Many people are using the Photos app that comes with Google+ (and there also are users who can't wait for it to go away), but, apparently, with the latest update to the Google+ app, the Photos counterpart will go away. This message (pictured above) will pop up, at one point, once you get the Google+ 5.8 version from the Play Store: "This Google+ version of Photos will stop working soon. But don't worry! All your photos and videos are already in the new Google Photos — organized, searchable, shareable, and ready for you." Those who were relying on the built-in Google+ Photos section ...

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    If you are, or were, a "flash-aholic", just like some (read most) of us were at one point, then you're probably going to like this, especially if you are an HTC One M9 owner. It's been a while since we covered custom ROMs, but, just as we did in the past, we'll remind you again: tampering with your phone's software could render it unusable, seriously damage it, and may void your warranty. Not that we've got this one out of the way, here's the meat of it: first HTC One M9 custom ROM that's based on Android 5.1 is out, and, of course it comes from XDA Developers. While HTC is doing a great ...

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    The OPPO Joy 3, as seen above, is the latest budget smartphone coming from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer. It has been listed on the phone-maker's website, and, while pricing has not yet been confirmed, it will definitely be a budget-oriented device, given the rather low-end specifications. It features a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480 pixels, and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. RAM and internal storage are on the low side, with one- and 4GB respectively, granted, internal storage can be expanded using a microSD card. ...

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    When it comes to bringing smartphone interaction to a vehicle, without the risk of a fender bender, CarPlay and Android Auto are the way to go so far. The only problem is that even though these services were launched a year ago, it took for ever for car makers to adopt them, and it would force you to buy a new car if you wanted some love. Lucky for us Pioneer and Kenwood gave us an affordable alternative, and one of the options goes live today. The Kenwood DDX9702S and Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S are both shipping to stores and customers today, and what made them stand apart from Pioneer's ...

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    Facebook Messenger is much more than a convenient way to get in touch with your friends while you're busy wasting time on Facebook, and has evolved into an important communication tool in its own right. We've known that Facebook has grand plans for the service, and have already seen some big improvements this year, like the arrival of mobile payments and video calls. The next major change for Messenger concerns how users access the service, giving them the ability to sign up without the need for a full Facebook account. Starting in the US, Canada, Peru, and Venezuela, users can register ...

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    Accessing real 3D content on your smartphone is a breeze these days, thanks largely to the efforts of Google in promoting its bare-bones Cardboard viewer. A couple lenses, an enclosure for your phone, and you've got everything you need to start checking out tons of 3D apps. And while there are any number of extremely affordable Cardboard viewers out there, there's no beating free, and that's exactly what we're talking about today, as Conan O'Brien hands out free VR viewers for Android and iOS users. Remember the Adult Swim Cardboard-viewer giveaway we heard about back at the start of the ...

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    Enter to win a brand new handset with The Choose Your Own Android Phablet Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store. A phablet offers all the conveniences of a smartphone but with a larger, tablet-like screen size. As far as mobile devices go, it’s like having the best of both worlds. One lucky person will have the opportunity to choose one of five new phablets, valued at $750 each, to be their prize. Up for grabs is the Google Nexus 6, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, OnePlus 2, and the LG G Flex 2. To enter, just go to The Choose Your Own Android Phablet Giveaway page at the Pocketnow Deals ...

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    Google Play has long been a more permissive place for software than Apple's App Store, but even Google has its limits. Just what developers aren't allowed to do gets spelled out in Google's Play policies, banning things like gambling apps or outright malicious software. Occasionally Google revisits these policies, adding new restrictions or clarifying existing limitations in an effort to keep the Play Store a home for diverse software while at the same time prohibiting content that threatens to make Android a less-than-welcome place for all users. This week Google did just that, expanding ...

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    The US is soon to get a new Android smartphone, as the mysterious Axon handset starts making its way through the press. There's a launch event scheduled for July 14 in NYC, and the phone currently has a landing page available online that offers some info about specs and features. While that's all well and good, there's been one big question hanging over the phone's debut: just who's behind this project? While we're still weeks away from Axon's launch, a little detective work has revealed that this appears to be ZTE's latest effort. The connection between Axon and ZTE is hard to ignore, ...

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    As the company behind a major smartphone platform, Microsoft's making a name for itself by not keeping its best software and features locked down behind OS lines, going to quite some effort to offer both Android and iOS users access. Cortana may be the latest to set out on that cross-platform journey, but the defining undertaking along those lines has been Microsoft's ongoing work towards bringing its Office suite to mobile users everywhere. Last month we learned about some big progress happening over on Android, as a newly refreshed app suite debuted for Android smartphones. At the time ...

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    In case you've been on the market for a new 2015 flagship, the HTC One M9 isn't a bad option. Sure, it may not bring all the bells and whistles critiques wanted it to bring over the One M9, but hey... if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? And if that's the phone you want, Sprint might be the carrier you want – today, a Sprint HTC One M9 discount has just gone into effect, offering the phone for just $99 on-contract. When it first hit retail shelves, the One M9 sold for $199. This was about a few months ago, so it has been a good amount of time. Don't let that make you think the phone ...

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    Feeling a little left out, US Cellular Galaxy S6 and S6 edge owners? Following the rollout of the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update to the T-Mobile and global variants of the smartphones, it's slowly making its way to other carriers, with US Cellular the next on the list for the update. The update, base band version G920R4TYU2BOF7 or G925R4TYU2BOF7 depending on whether you have an S6 or S6 edge, can be pulled from the phone's software updates screen in Settings. Alternatively, you can utilize Samsung Kies to pull the update – check the source link and put your phone name in there to learn ...

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    Confused? Just yesterday we wrote a news piece regarding recent speculation on Samsung's upcoming flagship device; the headline was "Samsung Galaxy S7 launch happening this year?" Today we're writing a new one, with the headline you can see above. This is what usually happens when the rumor mill gets in motion. According to the Korean media, Samsung is pushing its R&D team with the Galaxy S7, because the company reportedly wants to make it official this year, instead of next. Today's information is just as shady and unreliable, and wants to debunk the aforementioned. An unnamed source ...

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    LG Band Play is the company's most recent Android smartphone. Just announced, it's a mid-ranger that focuses on multimedia, with emphasis on audio, as well as the camera. In terms of specifications on paper, the LG Band Play features a five-inch display with HD resolution (720p, 720 x 1280 pixels), 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card), a pair of 13- and five-megapixel cameras for back and front, respectively, 2,300mAh battery, as well as Android 5.1 Lollipop on-board. The key features, however, are its ...

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    Train to be a Java coding pro or save big on a year of mobile service and a premium handset with deals offered this week at the Pocketnow Deals Store. Save 86 percent on the Java Developer Course Bundle Design websites and more just like a pro with the Java Developer Course Bundle, 86 percent off for a limited time at the Pocketnow Deals Store. The Java Developer Course Bundle offers access to 5 courses and more than 60 hours of content that covers everything from the basic fundamentals to advanced coding concepts. It’s the surefire way of becoming a Java developer pro on a schedule that ...

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    A couple weeks back, BlackBerry found itself at the forefront of smartphone news for the first time in a while, as rumors investigated the possibility of BlackBerry releasing a smartphone that ran Android rather than its own QNX-based BlackBerry 10 OS. We heard about a couple different directions things could go, looked at some hardware leaks, and were left without a lot of confidence as to just whether or not all this might actually happen. We're still not to the point where we can positively confirm anything, but some recent comments made by BlackBerry CEO John Chen sure seem to suggest ...

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    Across mobile platforms, smartwatch makers are eager to embrace the possibilities offered by health-related apps and services. After all, fitness trackers are a huge component of the current wearables market, and smartwatches allow manufacturers to pair a fitness tracker's sensors with advanced software and communications capabilities. That all makes for a prime environment for gathering and analyzing all sorts of personal health data, bringing us the likes of Apple HealthKit and Google Fit. But Google has some even grander ambitions than just helping you lose that winter weight, and the ...

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    The battle between streaming music services is heating up once again, as Apple Music gets ready to go live at the end of the month. While Apple's entry may be getting all of the recent headlines, its competition isn't about to take the arrival of this new threat lying down, and they're looking to do all they can to keep the public's attention. Today Google has a solid chance of doing just that, as it announces a new ad-supported version of Google Play Music. It used to be that the free component of Play Music was its role as a locker for storing your own personal library of tracks, and ...

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