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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    Carriers have any number of reasons for why they begin and end sales of smartphones when they do. New phones may arrive due to freshly inked deals with manufacturers, and vanish to make room for new models. So when word arrived yesterday that T-Mobile was halting sales of last fall's ZTE Zmax phablet, you might not have batted an eye at the news. But as more of this story comes to light, the Zmax's disappearance from T-Mobile's lineup is anything but ordinary, and there may be a very unusual reason why the carrier is putting a stop to sales. A leaked memo informed T-Mobile retail stores to ...

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    It's hard to remember the last time rumors became so confusing about a particular product, but the Sony Xperia Z4 takes the cake. First we heard that Sony was considering ditching the product name, and that all the leaks we saw were based on the Sony Xperia Z3 Neo, and then other leaks claim a more-powerful Sony Xperia Z5 being the company's next flagship. Today the name Xperia Z4 returns to the spotlight, and this time with some changes up its sleeve. First of all, it seems that this new Sony Xperia Z4 will bring some major design changes when compared to all of its predecessors. The ...

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    Over the weekend, the LG G4 floodgates opened, with a leaked LG microsite divulging so many of the phone's assets that it might as well have already launched. Officially, though, we're still waiting for LG's April 28 event, and in the time leading up to the festivities, the manufacturer is continuing to tease the phone. Overnight we shared with you a video highlighting the G4's quad HD display, and now we get to check out some new still shots, as LG shares them on social media. The image you see up above arrives with the note that the G4's attractive leather cover is tanned via a ...

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    Back in the early days of 2015, a report surfaced that Cyanogen and Microsoft had been talking about business, and Microsoft was interested in sinking a $70M investment in the custom ROM maker. It was an almost scandalous suggestion, tantamount to Microsoft backing Android (but at least not Google's Android), and while it made for a good story, a couple months later we heard that the deal as described wouldn't be happening. What might be possible instead, this new info suggested, was that Microsoft could be making a deal to get some of its apps on Cyanogen-running phones. Sure enough, ...

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    LG hasn't been holding back teasing its upcoming flagship smartphone, the LG G4. Even though we've seen what's probably every bit of info about the phone already leaked thanks to a microsite that surfaced over the weekend, there's still more info to be had, and we're glad LG is keeping the teasing going for its April 28 New York City / London G4 launch event with this LG G4 display teaser video. As previously mentioned, this video focuses specifically on the 5.5-inch QHD display the LG G4 will have. In the video, LG says "you deserve this," and by "this," the company is referring to the ...

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    Slowly but surely, Lollipop its making its way to the flagships of yore. The latest device to be blessed with Google's revamped take on the Android operating system is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, specifically the variant that's available on Verizon (the one that came out in 2013, making this an impressive Samsung turnaround). The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Lollipop update is rolling out today. The update changes the build number from KitKat's N900VVRUDNK1 to LRX21V.N900VVRUEOB6, and SamMobile reports that it took upwards of two hours to install it, likely meaning that this is a bit of a ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge may be one desirable smartphone, what with its nothing-quite-like-it display that curves over both sides of the handset, not to mention all the top-shelf hardware within, but it's also one whose launch has been mired by some annoying glitches. Earlier this month we shared with you reports that new users were finding their GS6 Edge handsets arriving with their screens all scuffed-up by minor (and some not-so-minor) scratches, and now we've got another issue to add to that list, with reports streaming in of users whose phones just can't seem to make their screens ...

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    Google Keyboard may not be the world's preferred input method for Android, but we can't deny that the company has done a decent job in improving its capabilities over the last couple of years. If QWERTY keyboards are not your thing, the Google Play Store offers a ton of alternative solutions to choose from, but Google has decided to bring back an oldie today, and this one focuses on your handwriting. Google Handwriting Input has just reached the Play Store as an app, and as its name implies, you get the option to switch the regular QWERTY keyboard for an option that can detect your ...

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    Microsoft has become a preview machine over the last couple of months with Satya Nadella's leadership. From a free preview of Windows 10 for desktops and phones, to a preview of Office 2016 for the Mac, it's clear that Microsoft wants to gain loyal customers through free testing. Office 2016 for the Mac has proven to be very popular so far, and with today's update, even iOS and Android get some love. Microsoft has just launched Office Delve for iOS and Android, as companion apps to Office 2016. The service requires Office 365, and the idea is for this app to serve as a companion to Office. ...

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    Rumors have been going back months now that Google's looking to introduce a new level of customizability to Nexus device purchases. Last summer we checked out a leak claiming that a service called Google Workshop would allow users to design custom cases for their phones – the Nexus 5, to be precise. It would permit them to upload photos for a personal touch, or use stylized imagery from Google Maps – a feature dubbed MapMe. We haven't heard more about Google Workshop for a long time now, but now some of the first hard evidence for its existence may have just been uncovered, in the form ...

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    Huawei's brand new P8 and P8max are a couple high-end smartphones that place a premium on looks. Besides their aluminum bodies and very thin constructions, Huawei has made a point to emphasize just how much front panel space is taken up by the displays – especially with the P8max, which hits an 83 percent screen-to-body ratio. So while it's obviously important for Huawei to draw attention to these design elements, it looks like the company may be taking too many liberties in how it goes about that, as certain images on the company's site are making the active screen space on these phones ...

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    Even though most of us are not fond of bloatware, we didn't really complain about the partnership that Microsoft landed with Samsung. Microsoft Office is a must have for most of us anyway, so the fact that the Galaxy S6 came with these apps out of the box was well taken by the public. What's interesting is that those same US carriers that ship you a phone with a ton of unusable bloatware have decided otherwise. Verizon has just confirmed that its Galaxy S6 models won't ship with any pre-installed Microsoft software. The reasons for this were not provided, but the statement does mention ...

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    How many ways do you use your smartphone to help you get around? Whether you're getting turn-by-turn driving directions, checking public transit schedules, or booking flights, or phones connect us to software and services capable of keeping us on the go. In recent years, a new class of offering has emerged, with the debut of transportation networks like Lyft and Uber; just fire up an app, request a ride, and it's there before you know it. Now Uber's got a new promotion to get even more smartphone users trying out its service, giving new Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners a chance ...

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    The Huawei P8 isn't the only new Android the company is showing off today at its London event, and in addition to the flagship itself we also saw the launch of a couple related models, the P8max and P8 Lite. While the P8 Max scales things up to phablet sizes while keeping close to the same sort of flagship-level specs, the P8 Lite is much closer in size to the P8 itself, but sacrifices a few hardware components to emerge as more of a mid-ranger. In contrast to the 5.2-inch P8, the P8max pushes its screen size all the way up to 6.8 inches, while keeping its 1080p resolution. Huawei points ...

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    Huawei just introduced its latest flagship, the slim, powerfully equipped P8 (no more Ascend). With a sleek metal build and an emphasis on camera performance, Huawei's hoping the P8 has what it takes to compete against other spring heavyweights like the Galaxy S6 and One M9. And over the next few months, a ton of factors will end up helping to determine the P8's fortunes, from promotion, to pricing, to simple availability. As we wait to see how those all will play out, there's one set of data we can immediately start using to compare the P8 to some of its peers: its hardware components. ...

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    Google's ambitions grow loftier every year, expanding from phones, to wearable electronics, to self-driving cars. But for all the new avenues it pursues, some of Google's greatest strengths continue to reside in the core search business that made it a household name. Untold millions of us use Google to conduct searches every day, and rely on the data it provides to make so many decisions in our lives. Is Google providing us unadulterated, relevant search results, or does it skew its output in order to serve the company's own interests? That's what the EU is asking as it makes formal ...

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    Just in case the teasing concerning the LG G4's camera – a good bit of it, too – we have additional leaks today out of the Korean press to further add to the discussion surrounding the LG G4's camera. Considering how ridiculously good the camera sound on paper, these LG G4 camera details should be well received by skeptics of the phone's ability. In an earlier release from LG Innotek, it was claimed that the sensor in the LG G4 would be able to capture 80% more light than the LG G3. How is this possible at all, you ask? The answer may lie in a much bigger lens itself – a six-layer ...

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    There's no doubt about it that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is among the best (if not the best, up to you) Android smartphone of the year so far. If you want to know why we think that, go ahead and check out our review, if you haven't already. Its almost twin sibling, sporting a curved display, the Galaxy S6 Edge, shouldn't be anything less (on the contrary, being cooler with its unique display), but we'll have to wait for our full review to decide (coming shortly). Meanwhile, Samsung USA has posted to Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge promo unboxing videos to its YouTube channel. No, if you're expecting ...

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    As popular as Twitter is when it comes to social media, there's no denying that this is the most barebones service there is. Surely that simplicity is what most people enjoy, but if any of you remember how crazy it was to retweet something a few years ago, you'll understand what it means when too much simplicity isn’t practical. The good thing is that Twitter fixed retweets a while ago, and now Quotes is the next frontier. As of today, the updated "Quote Tweet" feature that we saw reach iOS a few days ago is now available for Android users. The advantage is that instead of having to ...

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    Whether you call it the Huawei Ascend P8, or you follow most of the rumors that have called it simply the Huawei P8, this is the company's next flagship, and there's a lot to look forward to on tomorrow’s event. We recently saw some leaked renders of the design, and even a separate list of specs that claim that we could expect as many as three different variants. Today some additional leaks of promo material reveal more. First of all, the new promo material leaked shows us that the previous renders we found were correct; this is definitely a premium device, at least in its design. A new ...

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    When we're talking about upcoming OnePlus hardware, the phone that immediately comes to mind is the OnePlus 2, the flagship-level follow-up to last year's OnePlus One. Rumors have suggested that it could be a substantial improvement over the One, while not costing a hell of a lot more. And as we look forward to picking up some more concrete info about this smartphone, there may be another new OnePlus model we also need to keep an eye out for, as a new report claims that OnePlus is planning to introduce an even more affordable model. Bloomberg repeats the Q3 ETA we've heard before for the ...

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    The expression that “the children are our future” is fantastically trite by this point, but it nevertheless rings true. Maybe most importantly to mobile companies, today's children are growing up into tomorrow's consumers, and exposing them to devices and services now can help shape their future purchasing decisions. Maybe that's one of the reasons why Google's been showing so much interest in youth-focused offerings lately, like the recent YouTube Kids app. Today we learn about another effort along those lines, as Google announces the Designed for Families initiative for Google Play. ...

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    So often in life, you get what you pay for, and that's no less true with smartphones. Sure, you can find some fantastic deals on powerful yet affordable handsets, but if you want all those top-of-the-line specs and premium styling, expect to pay for the privilege. Right now, one of the most expensive phones around is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, with its 128GB version pushing $1000. Is that cost justified? A breakdown of component costs offers some degree of rationalization for that sky-high price tag, suggesting the GS6 Edge really is one of the most expensive phones to build. From an $85 ...

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    Samsung's place in the smartphone world may not quite be as firmly guaranteed as it once was, with new competition delivering pressure in multiple market spaces. As Samsung makes adjustments to help it maintain its spot on top, other companies are trying to capture some of that Samsung success for themselves, and to hear a new report out of South Korea, Huawei is attempting to do just that by going right to the source, and luring Samsung employees over to its side. Specifically, we hear that Huawei has been recruiting Samsung user interface designers (the team behind TouchWiz), as well as ...

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    The past few hours have been busy ones for Sony rumors, as some new reports arrived that attempted to turn our current expectations on their head. One started looking past the Xperia Z4 -which Sony still hasn't launched- to the Z5, while the other took the position that we've been getting a little off-base with this whole Z4 business, and the phone that's actually featured in all those leaks and rumors has been one that will launch as the Z3 Neo. We're still not sure if there's any truth to that, but even if the specific device we've been talking about may be something else, there's little ...

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