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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    AnTuTu is widely recognized as one of the most fickle, least trustworthy mobile device performance testing tools, and yet, everyone keeps paying attention to its reports, especially prior to and shortly after various flagship model releases. Even OEMs will sometimes flaunt unusually high benchmarking scores as ultimate evidence of their products’ imposing raw speed, as seems to be the case for the Xiaomi Mi 5s. This bad boy has practically been confirmed for a September 27 announcement a couple of days back, and its makers now also practically corroborate persistent Snapdragon 821 ...

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    The unreleased and still rumored-about Idol 4 Pro may have just gotten a GFXBench run showing it off with a different software load than previously talked about. It's certainly bad news for anyone who appreciates choice in their high-spec hardware and flipping Live Tiles. The Snapdragon 820-eqipped phone runs an Alcatel-made user interface on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. That's a starkly different software load than the Windows 10 Mobile once mentioned in relation to this phone. Other specs on-board include 4GB of RAM, a 21-megapixel main camera with 8-megapixel selfie shooter and a ...

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    Apple made a pretty big gamble by waiting nearly a year and a half to upgrade its love-or-hate first-generation wearable piece, but as Android Wear manufacturers largely failed to get the platform off the ground, it may have all paid off for the early global smartwatch leader. Not only was Cupertino able to design a vastly improved Apple Watch Series 2 with built-in GPS and water resistance up to 50 meters, but the original model never feared it would lose its crown. Not for a day. Even as it reportedly and understandably ran out of steam in the past few months, the iOS-compatible ...

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    Usually, when we bring you Samsung Pay-centric news, they’re about the fast-growing digital wallet’s latest wave of expansions or adopter-incentivizing deals. Then there’s the occasional security threat, and today, an uncommonly important app update. If you’ll choose to elevate the mobile payment service to its freshest version, 2.3, cloud sync functionality and iris authentication awaits. The latter add-on however depends on what Galaxy model you’re rocking, with just the one actually supporting a second biometric recognition method, alongside fingerprints. Yes, we’re talking ...

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    Many Android aficionados accustomed with third-party skins and forks may not have even been aware of this, but their beloved OS still inexplicably lacks a mundane direct reboot command in its stock implementation. That’s right, Nexus users can only switch off their devices from the power menu, needing then to manually restart like barbarians. It’s always been that way, despite desperate pleas to Google to make a small but meaningful vanilla Android change. Well, everybody’s wish might finally be granted when the search giant reboots (wink, wink) its own-brand mobile product roster ...

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    Can you believe there are still so many respectable, relatively popular Android high-enders released in the past couple of years stuck with Lollipop, despite the successor of that OS flavor’s successor already gearing up for its first important maintenance update? Well, it’s true, painful as it may be, though at least we can finally cross the original Samsung Galaxy Tab S off that shameful list. Technically, international variants in both 10.5 and 8.4-inch sizes jumped on the Marshmallow bandwagon last month, discrediting an ominous announcement from just a few days before, with ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret that Samsung made quite a mess of its otherwise honorable voluntary Galaxy Note 7 recall, especially stateside, but ever since the Consumer Product Safety Commission came in, things seem to be slowly straightening out. Roughly 25 percent of defective units sold in the US prior to a sudden burst of fire reports, some legit, others still questionable, have so far been exchanged with safe-to-use S Pen phablets, which may not sound like a lot, but it’s progress. Samsung even deems the percentage “an extraordinarily fast start toward achieving our goal of ...

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    Just when you may have thought HTC permanently lost touch with the mobile hardware industry’s leaders in terms of innovation and, well, effort, the Taiwanese device manufacturer returned to the spotlight in a big way. Granted, Google will probably try to hide the name of the Pixel and Pixel XL’s makers, as it slowly gets more aggressive about own-brand marketing. But we’ll all know who’s behind the love-or-hate “Sailfish” and “Marlin” designs. Meanwhile, the Bolt looks more and more intriguing as it approaches its (hopefully not Sprint-exclusive) launch, and the Desire 10 ...

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    LeEco, which is arguably China’s most ambitious young smartphone manufacturer, makes headlines again as it officially unveils the super-high-end Le Pro 3 (or just Pro 3) hot on the heels of the crazy affordable Coolpad-designed Cool1 Dual, and a measly five months after the Le 2/Le 2 Pro/Le Max 2 trio. While we always expected the LeEco Le Pro 3 to provide solid bang for your buck, it was hard to imagine a 6GB RAM powerhouse could ever cost $300, even on the budget-obsessed Chinese shores. A Western spread sometime this fall, following a domestic commercial debut on September 28, is of ...

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    Oh, no, it’s a trend now. It all technically started with LeEco, then Motorola (or rather Lenovo) rushed to beat Apple to the no-jack punch, while HTC could be next to jump on the wireless/USB Type-C audio bandwagon. It remains to be seen if perhaps the looming HTC Bolt will at least support wireless charging (the flagship HTC 10 doesn’t) to offer audiophiles a little more leeway than the Lightning port-addicted iPhone 7. A (very) late heir of sorts to the 2011-released ThunderBolt, which was Verizon’s first ever 4G LTE handheld, this surprising HTC Bolt is reportedly headed to ...

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    Google’s latest push for relevance in the chat app landscape finally enters phase two today, as the text-specialized Allo joins the video-only Duo in the Android Play Store and iOS App Store to try to give Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or iMessage a run for their money, and wash the taste of Hangouts out of everyone’s mouths. Unlike Duo, which, let’s be honest, merely stood out with ease of use and Knock Knock awkwardness, Google Allo features at least one key “selling” point in Assistant support. For the time being though, you’re getting a “preview edition” of the ...

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    OnePlus hasn’t had a lot of time lately for its characteristic advertising shenanigans and often controversial stunts, throwing just the one obligatory jab at the headphone jack-killing iPhone 7 as it seems to be investing substantial effort into a few software update programs. In addition to “actively merging” the China-exclusive HydrogenOS and international OxygenOS Android port, as well as working with the “community” to stabilize the latter’s 3.5 build, and most importantly, finally prepping Marshmallow for the X, the ambitious OEM has started the “incremental” OxygenOS ...

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    While it finally shouldn’t take long now to exchange your potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 with a safe-to-use, clearly marked new S Pen-enabled dual-edged phablet, it’s hard not to at least consider a less controversial alternative. Ideally, a cheaper one too, like perhaps Samsung’s own previous flagship models. “Previous” or “past generation” is of course a bit of an overstatement, since the Galaxy S7 Edge so obviously inspired the Note 7, which merely offers an extra included stylus, iris scanner and 0.2 inches more in display diagonal. There’s a much less fickle 3,600 ...

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    Samsung sure made a lot of errors in judgment both before and after releasing the “game-changing” Galaxy Note 7 with an insufficiently inspected battery, most recently failing to set up a proper device exchanging program for hazardous units purchased straight from the OEM’s US e-store. There was also plenty of confusion surrounding the recall process at other retailers, some being unable or unwilling to provide temporary J-series backups. As for actual safe-to-use Note 7 replacements, these appeared to randomly feature either a black square or blue S logo on their new retail boxes. ...

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    It looks like the Android purists’ favorite device manufacturer will be turning over a new leaf this fall not only in terms of mobile product branding, but also retail pricing and advertising focus. No more catering to an inherently limited target audience of, well, mostly geeks with Nexus-labeled phones and tablets, as Google tries to finally break into the mainstream hardware landscape by teasing sitcom viewers and football fans of the Pixel and Pixel XL’s imminent arrival. Just as October 4 press invites started going out, and that cryptic but telling madeby.google.com splash site ...

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    Thinking of “skipping the sevens”, despite the new iPhones arguably looking less disappointing in real life than all those ominous pre-release reports, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 exchanges finally overcoming initial hiccups? The “different” and “better” Moto Z modular family is just about ready to go wide stateside after a short period of Verizon exclusivity, although Sprint customers are still out of luck. The unlocked Z and Z Play can only be pre-ordered with GSM network compatibility from Best Buy or Amazon, which means you’re free to activate either one on AT&T or ...

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    Any die-hard fan of classic legal TV shows like “Law & Order”, “Ally McBeal” or “Damages”, as well as viewers of the surprising recent limited hit “The People v. O.J. Simpson”, know there’s more than one way that a prime suspect for a crime can be acquitted. Even if the glove does fit, or you just so happen to be carrying around a fishy knife with a murder victim’s blood all over it near the deceased’s home, a skilled defense lawyer played brilliantly by Courtney B. Vance or John Turturro might be able to find reasonable doubt. That seems to be the case for a ...

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    After bizarrely launching with little to no fanfare exclusively in Hong Kong last month, Lenovo’s entry-level Moto E3 Power finally gets a slightly noisier expansion to Indian shores today. As the not-so-subtle name suggests, you’re looking at a souped-up take on the original third-gen Motorola Moto E, sharing an overall design language with the Moto G4 Play as well, but swapping the latter’s Snapdragon 410 processor for a presumably slower, more frugal quad-core 1GHz MediaTek MT6735P. Some budget-conscious consumers may prefer their easily pocketable 5-inch phone that way though, ...

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    As humble and familiar as the DTEK50 looked at a first glance, it must have done something right, apparently prompting the financially (and creatively) struggling BlackBerry to brand the so-called Argon as DTEK60. The Canada-based device manufacturer confirms that on its official US website, no doubt jumping the gun with a product page hilariously labeled “do not publish.” Well, it’s published… for the time being, and in addition to DTEK50’s widely known features, it also blows the “Argon’s” cover once and for all. As rumored, this upcoming flagship-grade BlackBerry DTEK60 ...

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    Chinese manufacturer ZTE has been listening to reviewers and the community about their concerns for the Axon 7 and its second response in the form of a software update has been published is being sent out over the air right now. Among the major updates in this build B27 include easing up on the fingerprint sensing, some battery optimizations, a new "fast battery drain" notification and the September 1 security patch level for Android, thus filling in the last Quadrooter vulnerability. Camera tweaks (specifically on the focus) and group texting have also made the cut. The biggest change ...

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    If you like to make the most of your vacation but haven't the foggiest of where to start planning your ventures, Google has a few of them for you in its new Google Trips app for Android and iOS. In addition to sorting out your travel arrangements and any rental or reservation situations you may have, you can pick a site plan to hit up for any particular day for the amount of time you have, be it half a day or all day. You can download trips to keep them handy if you want to forego getting a new SIM for the stay. In fact, all of your travel information is handily stored within the app. But ...

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    There’s both bad and good news to report on the global Galaxy Note 7 recall front, as Samsung continues to make it difficult for some of the hazardous phablet’s owners to return and quickly exchange it with a safe-to-use copy. On the bright side, those who recently purchased the dual-curved S Pen 5.7-incher in China, receiving repeated assurances their devices pack batteries from a different, tried and true supplier, shouldn’t begin to worry all of a sudden. That’s because the world’s shortest investigation into the circumstances of a fire purportedly started on Sunday showed ...

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    It took a great deal of courage for Huawei to dedicate its “expectation-defying” IFA 2016 event to a pair of new mid-range Androids when everyone was expecting at least one Mate-series flagship phone upgrade. But as it turns out, power users may not have long to wait either. Granted, that was always easy to anticipate, with a relatively reliable Weibo tipster now pinning a “release” date down. You’ll want to circle November 8 in your calendars, although it’s unclear if we’re talking an actual commercial rollout here or merely a provisional formal announcement. Either way, the ...

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    Samsung’s reaction to the whole Galaxy Note 7 chain-of-explosions debacle was certainly prompt and fair, with all buyers offered full refunds off the bat or eventual safe-to-use replacement devices, but many mistakes were made in handling and enforcing the global recall, not to mention the phablet’s very production. As you may have already suspected, the Korean tech giant reportedly cut corners in accelerating the dual-edged S Pen 5.7-incher’s launch for iPhone-undercutting purposes. But even after repeatedly apologizing to its customers, and vowing to right all wrongs, Samsung would ...

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    Subtlety isn’t very high on Xiaomi’s list of corporate qualities, it seems, with the up-and-coming Android device manufacturer far from shy in terms of revealing exactly what will be on display at a press conference in China (where else?) on September 27. While the oft-rumored Mi 5s name is technically not spelled out in full in the Chinese OEM’s event invites and teaser image, we’re pretty sure that ginormous S doesn’t stand for Superman… or Mi Note 2 or Pro. But the Mi Note 2’s umpteenth “delay” (remember, the first Mi Note came out in January 2015) isn’t necessarily ...

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