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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    Mere days ahead of official financial reports coming from most of the mobile industry’s heavyweights, research firm TrendForce has issued its own worldwide smartphone market analysis for the year’s second quarter, with overall production volume sitting at a solid 315 million units, up 8.9 percent sequentially and 3.2 percent compared to the same timeframe back in 2015. No big surprises ranking the top six global brands, as Samsung holds on to a comfortable lead, followed by Apple, Huawei, OPPO, LG, and Vivo. But even though Galaxy S7 sales are deemed “brisk”, both the Korean ...

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    Before you go there, let us clarify we’re not referring to the actual Google/HTC-co-manufactured device as a disappointment. It’s too early for anything remotely resembling such assessments, and we have too little factual information to go on. We mean that this being the “first real image”, allegedly, we were expecting to see more than just the About Screen. Maybe a little bit of the device itself? Here’s hoping for the next round of leaks. To be honest, we probably wouldn’t have tackled the latest Marlin “leak” to begin with if the publication that just allegedly ...

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    We have a great deal to cover here today, so let’s skip the introductions and get down to business. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which we all know and are ready to fall in love with, is unofficially rendered for the press again, this time from all possible angles in gold, blue and silver. No doubt in our minds these images depict the finished, elegant, somewhat familiar yet also different product due out August 2 in a single, dual-edged variant, following the cancellation of the flat-screened prototype. Speaking of release dates, it seems at least one major US carrier could kick off ...

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    The first of two prospective BlackBerry devices powered by Android has made its way through the FCC for radios certification. A look-up of the FCC ID as leaked gives us 17 entries owing to BlackBerry. Its model name, STH100-2, corresponds to previous leaks regarding the Hamburg model. The phone, as tested, supports two major GSM bands in the US and also supports LTE bands 2, 7, 38 and 41. Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi ac is supported. That's the least we know, given FCC reporting requirements. According to Wi-Fi Alliance documents, TCL is producing the phone. As the commission published the ...

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    The hunt is already on for the best Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid Edition deals available nationwide, as the two new Verizon-exclusive “SnapPhones” need all the help they can get to compete against the world’s first modular handheld and the ultimate jack of all trades. Enter Best Buy, which joins Big Red’s highly anticipated launch pre-order party with something much sweeter than 40 percent off “every other Mod.” There are several perks to be had at the third-party retailer, starting with a free JBL SoundBoost speaker attachment no matter your method of purchasing either ...

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    The world’s second modular smartphone, or a pretty conventional device to start with (that can merely hook up to a range of promising, albeit expensive modular accessories)? That, our friends, is the million-dollar question… the following Moto Mods review video doesn’t aim to definitively answer. Time will tell exactly what the Moto Z is, and, if it can pave the way for a bold new direction in an industry badly needing true innovation. For now, we simply intend to expand on previous first impressions of three intriguing Moto Mods, having spent a little quality time with them, and ...

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    We have two early contenders for the heavyweight modular smartphone title, and unfortunately, neither one is an actual fruit of Google’s not-yet-ready-for-primetime Project Ara. Far more simplistic in execution, the LG G5 and Motorola Moto Z deserve equal praise in their bold quest for differentiation, customization and added productivity compared to traditional high-end Androids. But at the end of the day, there can only be one in the pocket of a modular tech enthusiast, and Pocketnow senior editor Juan Bagnell aims to make the choice as easy as possible with a good old fashioned ...

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    Five months can mean a great deal for high-end Android smartphones, with processors often upgraded twice a year these days, new RAM records pursued, groundbreaking camera technologies frequently coming out of nowhere, not to mention faster connectivity and authentication innovations than ever. Still, while the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S7 lacks the virtues of a fine wine, it shows essentially no signs of aging thus far, holding its own against beastly newcomers like the Motorola Moto Z (by Lenovo), at least on paper. Wondering how the two compare in real life? It’s early to draw ...

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    Even after two rounds of leaked live Samsung Galaxy Note 7 pics in a mysterious, suave black coat of paint, all the high-res renders you can handle in all possible shades, and the icing on the cake in the form of a terribly blurry but likely legit video preview, our thirst for next big thing-centric exposés remains unquenched. What could tipsters be hiding under their sleeves still that we haven’t seen enough of, you wonder? Well, how about a real-life image of a dormant “black onyx” Note 7 in near-flawless, press-friendly quality? That’s exactly what we can feast our eyes on ...

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    People always wondered what was the point of a carrier-exclusive Active variation of the Samsung Galaxy S7 when the widely available standard and Edge models already resisted water immersion up to 1.5 meters and 30 minutes. The answer was simple, having to do with those other certifications for transport and thermal shock protection, salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, and so on. But if the Galaxy S7 Active isn’t as waterproof as its non-outdoors-friendly cousins, how can AT&T expect its subscribers to cough up $800 a pop? Luckily, Samsung is on the case, despite ...

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    Microsoft's SwiftKey has completed its first major order of business since its acquisition — make a keyboard all about the emoji. Swiftmoji, now available for iOS and Android, brings smartened emoji suggestions on top of the word suggestion bar, not relegated to a panel of icons you have to pull up and dig through. There are over a thousand of these little things out there and plenty of keyboards to type them up with. As far as we know, few put an algorithm to good use for them. Download: Android, iOS Via: Android Central

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    With Pokémon Go already considered the most popular mobile game in history, at least stateside, as well as bigger than both Tinder and Twitter in terms of daily users, and even topping Facebook as far as average time spent hunting goes, it feels fitting to remind the world of other things they can do on their phones. For instance, “make plans, share dreams, send payments, tell jokes, play games, and let their loved ones know they’re thinking of them”, which are only a few of Facebook Messenger’s strengths, according to the social media giant’s latest press release. This ...

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    Just how big of a deal Android 7.0 Nougat really is? At first glance, and strictly speaking from the standpoint of visible UI changes, add-ons and palpable new features, this OS update feels incremental rather than a major makeover. But the build number suggests otherwise, and as great as Marshmallow might be widely considered, there are still things that need optimization and enhancement work, both at the platform’s surface and under the hood. Beta versions and pre-release previews can always be relied upon to gradually uncover stuff to get excited about, as is the case for new “App ...

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    While it hasn’t exactly grown at a corresponding pace to domestic rivals Huawei, Xiaomi or even Vivo and OPPO, China-based Meizu still feels like a smartphone manufacturer to look out for. Wary of a proper US expansion, possibly due to ensuing risks and distribution costs, as well as physical device resemblances to much bigger names in the industry which could always be exploited, Meizu may have no problem branching out into high-end VR hardware before long. For the most part though, this slowly rising company will reportedly take a page from another local adversary’s playbook, ...

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    After exclusively and prematurely showing off a number of official and third-party accessories designed specifically for use in combination with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, including yet another potentially awkward QWERTY keyboard cover, the UK’s “leading online mobile accessories retailer” stumbled upon the mother of all leaks, at least so far. Well, not so much “stumbled upon”, presumably, as “paid big bucks” for a sneak preview of the dual-edged phablet in action to accessory maker Olixar, which parted ways with a short clip starring a seemingly advanced working prototype ...

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    Japan is the physical and conceptual homeland of both the Pokémon media franchise and its inhabiting namesake monsters, which makes the country’s exclusion from the slow global rollout of the Pokémon Go phenomenon thus far ironic and regionally painful. Adding insult to injury, the augmented reality mobile game’s beta was made exclusively available in the “land of the rising sun” back in March, before spreading to Australia, New Zealand and the US in subsequent months. But it’s not that Niantic and Nintendo don’t want to release the finished product in the latter’s domestic ...

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    Given the music streaming service’s historic popularity in "international" markets, especially European ones, this was probably many years in the making. After all, Deezer’s been around in various incarnations for roughly a decade now, only amassing a total of 6.3 million monthly active users however, including a modest 1.5 mil on paid accounts, as the French company showed inexplicable hesitation in tackling the US head-on. It goes without saying the web-based audio resource saw better days before Apple Music entered the picture, at one point reaching 5 million Premium+ subscribers. ...

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    Missed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pay just $404 on Amazon Prime Day for a brand-new 64GB Nexus 6P? Believe it or not, Best Buy can now hook you up with a deal that’s even sweeter… in a way. Granted, this is the 32GB variant of the Google and Huawei-co-manufactured 5.7-incher you’re looking at, and since there’s no external microSD storage expansion option, you’ll need to keep your digital hoarding in check. Also, the all-time low price of $319 is only good on the aluminium flavor, with the graphite setting you back an extra 55 bucks, and the matte gold a grand total of ...

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    Aside from building robust, productive mobile devices no one seems to care for anymore, and security and enterprise software that’s managed to keep its business afloat, BlackBerry is widely known for unconventional hardware announcements or early pre-release demos. Both the Passport and Priv were casually showcased by company CEO John Chen several months in advance of their commercial launches at otherwise low-profile events that had little to do with product introductions. Some expected similar cameo appearances of the looming “Neon” and “Argon” handhelds at the 2016 Security ...

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    Whether you want to call it “Blue Coral”, periwinkle, or perhaps indigo or turquoise, the third color option of Samsung’s next big thing (literally and figuratively) is arguably the most eye-catching. It might be because, frankly, we’re a little bored with “traditional” paint jobs like silver (or silver titanium), and black (aka onyx). At the same time, this is making the headlines at least in part due to Apple’s rumored testing of similar waters for the iPhone 7. And if you’re wondering which of the two will likely wear the swanky coat of paint better, another high-res, ...

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    There are plenty of places to get your apps these days, many of which are not the Google Play Store. Thing is, if you hand off your phone to your friends or family and they start wreaking app havoc on you from all corners of the internet, you would like to know where those apps came from. Well, you might get to know without the help of said friends or family if you're getting on the latest preview for Android 7.0 Nougat. A new "App details" listing in the App Info page under a "Store" subhead now lists where the APK came from. For many, it'll be the Google Play Store. Sure, sometimes ...

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    Looking for the cheapest possible way to experience the immersion and growing wonders of virtual reality? A $15 or so Google Cardboard can be paired with many budget-friendly Android smartphones, but for a grand total of just $200, Alcatel and Cricket Wireless have a much better VR fix incoming. AT&T’s prepaid subsidiary is surprisingly the exclusive carrier of the Idol 4 handheld stateside, packaging the beautiful glass-and-metal-made 5.2-incher with its very own VR headset. The goggles are of course no match for premium products like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, though they’re ...

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    Haven’t settled on the right companion device for your brand-new, much-lauded but far from best-selling LG G5 smartphone? Perhaps a GoPro-like action camera can succeed where VR headsets, 360-degree video recorders, and shooting grips with extra battery capacity failed. Unveiled several months after the actual handheld it’s supposed to add functionality to, the aptly named LG Action CAM LTE took a good chunk of time to reach South Korean stores as well, and is now finally headed for “other key markets in the weeks to come.” Although explicitly billed as an LG Friend, the ...

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    While certainly annoying and time-consuming, the occasional app freeze, lag or system crash is unlikely to impact an average mobile user’s life in a truly meaningful way. On the literal battlefield, however, a split second is often the difference between life and death, so clearly, the US Army Special Operations Command can’t afford to cut corners when it comes to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. Oddly enough, unconfirmed reports suggest The Department of Defense has been living with sub-par, problematic Android Tactical Assault kits recently, known to require ...

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    In order to reduce expenses and hope to return to mobile profitability, Sony has a number of strategy revisions in the pipeline, including further contracting its US business (what US business?), as well as streamlining its overall Xperia portfolio, and focusing on “high-value” models like the X and X Performance. That means the Z family is a goner, whereas C, E or M-branded low to mid-enders may not go extinct just yet, but they’ll surely wind down new releases. On the bright side, Sony remains committed, at least for a little while longer, to supporting select past members of the ...

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