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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    The idea of Samsung moving its future smartphone releases from Android to Tizen has been around since it took up the operating system in some of its mobile electronics. And then, the smartwatches started picking up steam. As more of its smart appliances started picking up the open-source operating system, Tizen seemed to be a more tenable operating system for Samsung to capitalize on with its outstanding smartphone market share. Well, one unnamed executive at the company told The Korea Times this week that it will reduce Android's presence on its products in favor of Tizen. The only reason ...

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    Did you know Asus has been releasing relatively affordable mid-range phones under the Pegasus moniker for nearly two years now? What’s truly odd about the Greek mythology-inspired name is Asus decided to merge it with the Zenfone brand in China, earlier today introducing the hybrid-sounding Zenfone Pegasus 3. This is an aluminum unibody beast, you’ll be happy to hear, priced at just $200 or so (CNY 1,300), while packing 2GB RAM, accommodating 16GB data internally, and supporting fingerprint recognition. A higher-end 3/32 gig configuration will also be available soon, in exchange for ...

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    Taking a page from domestic arch-rival Huawei’s playbook, OPPO’s been constantly seizing the spotlight lately to gloat about various box-office achievements, both in general and specific to certain smartphone models. Ranked fourth among the world’s top manufacturers in Q1 2016 by market research firm IC Insights, OPPO remarkably managed to dominate offline China sales for March and April. At the same time, the R9 totaled 180,000 orders in its first 24 hours up for grabs, while its international F1 Plus equivalent averaged one sale every 1.1 seconds since the March 17 launch. “Blink ...

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    How serious and dangerous is China’s offensive on Korean and Western mobile hardware brands? Extremely, according to research conducted between January and March by IC Insights, which predictably positioned Samsung and Apple atop the smartphone manufacturer hierarchy, only followed by a flurry of handheld vendors based in the Middle Kingdom. Huawei naturally won bronze during Q1 2016, with 28.9 million units sold, still considerably behind the gold and silver medalists’ 81.5 and 51.6 mil scores respectively. But OPPO exceeded its most optimistic expectations, leaping from eight place ...

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    In case you were wondering whether Y comes after X or perhaps an X2 or X Plus, you need not wonder anymore, with OnePlus intent on investing all its production, distribution and marketing resources in the company’s one “true flagship” line. Talk about a tech outfit that knows exactly what it wants, and what it’s good at, as both rookie smartwatch and fitness tracker efforts got nipped in the bud due to lack of focus concerns. Meanwhile, the OnePlus X “experiment” received the green-light last fall, was largely praised by reviewers and consumers on very tight budgets, but is now ...

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    Water is wet, grass is green, and Nutella is the tastiest dessert that starts with the letter N. Don’t even try to think of a sweeter treat, as everything from nougat to nocciola, Neapolitan, Norman tart and New York Cheesecake (?!) feels embarrassingly inferior. Why is then Google still considering a number of candidates, including some proposed by you, for the popular name of the next Android OS version? To mess with us, of course, which the platform’s SVP has pulled off brilliantly on Twitter since February. Hiroshi Lockheimer, who also serves as the search giant’s Senior Vice ...

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    As Apple Pay gears up to add France, Hong Kong and Switzerland to an already rich list of supported countries including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, China and Singapore, Samsung Pay has no choice but try to play catch-up in essentially the same exact markets. After debuting in its South Korean homeland last summer, spreading stateside in the fall, then reaching China this spring, the Galaxy-compatible digital wallet solution kicked off a public beta test in Singapore a few weeks back, limitedly rolling out in Spain shortly thereafter, and now, just as rumored, Australia. In the land down ...

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    We've been running the iOS 10 developer preview for a little more than a day, but it's not the only BETA being run in our offices. We also have Google's latest build of Android N running on a Nexus 5X. We think it's time for a comparison. This is a big update for Apple, reaching the tenth iteration of iOS, a lot of attention has been paid towards streamlining interactions, incorporating more 3D Touch and gesture support, and catching a few services up which have been lagging behind the competition. Likewise, Google has a lot riding on Android N, in making this build of Android more ...

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    As if pro leaksters, regulatory agencies and even company officials didn’t already spoil the surprise well in advance of the OnePlus 3 VR announcement and invite-free commercial launch, the Indian branch of e-tailer Amazon slipped up and listed the phone as exclusively up for grabs earlier today. Needless to point out the blunder was rapidly mended, though the harm is done, and the cat out of the bag with a few hours still to go until the “flagship killer” officially breaks cover. Apparently priced at the equivalent of $415 (INR 28,000) in a top-notch 6GB RAM/64GB ROM configuration, ...

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    How far back in time and low on the totem pole will Samsung go in its effort to spread the Marshmallow love across the Galaxy device roster? Well, the venerable GS5 has already moved away from outdated Lollipop, including on T-Mobile and Verizon, while the entry-level S5 mini is inching closer and closer to its very own vital software promotion. As for the first-gen Galaxy J5, its age clearly recommended the 5-incher for a prompt UI makeover, but the hardware specifications… not so much. Unveiled a year ago, the phone debuted as a decently priced mid-ranger, though market standards ...

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    One of the world’s costliest, glitziest Android Wear timepieces has been treated to so many discounts lately that we almost forgot both a revised Apple Watch and increasingly independent new wave of Google-endorsed wearables are likely right around the corner. Of course, that’s precisely why the first-generation Huawei Watch is starting to feel quite reasonably priced all of a sudden, at $250 and up instead of $350 across various US retailers. But only one can shave as much as $220 off the MSRP of a premium model, namely Amazon, which currently sells the Huawei Watch in a gold plated ...

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    With virtually all your design questions answered in an unofficial but credible-looking recent exposé, many of its specifications similarly rumored by generally trusted tipsters, and even the convoluted naming equation seemingly solved, all that’s left to be revealed is the fall 2016 Unpacked date. Make that late summer, as the successor to the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ should in fact debut on August 2. At least according to a sketchy yet reasonable event teaser image, which also lists the venue and presentation start time. Like last year, Samsung is therefore expected to unveil its “next ...

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    Action and immediate reaction. Xiaomi couldn’t bear the thought of arch-rival Meizu hogging the domestic ultra-low-cost spotlight for more than a day, hitting back at the m3s with an “s” phone of its own. This one’s called Redmi 3s, and compared to the original Redmi 3, it’s largely superior. No longer decorated with fancy patterns on its back, the 5-incher is still made of premium metal, and measures a remarkably slim 8.5mm in depth considering it also packs a massive 4,100 mAh battery. The biggest upgrade comes in the form of a top center, rear-positioned circular fingerprint ...

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    While Samsung is about as forthcoming as any tech firm in terms of general financial reports, quarterly revenue and things like that, the days when the box-office scores of a particular Galaxy phone were officially broken down and touted to the media are long gone. As such, we’re coerced into relying on supply chain and analyst-based estimates and forecasts of Galaxy S7’s popularity, which can often be conflicting, confusing or outright wrong. But today, two separate and relatively reputable Korean news sources convey the same exact number the latest Android flagship duo should reach ...

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    Even as T-Mobile has dropped the BlackBerry Priv from its shelves, the Un-carrier is providing proper software support for the device. In this case, it's getting Android Marshmallow onto the Priv in the middle of June. T-Mobile has listed the latest software update to build number AAF153 with the Android 6.0.1 package of features. Even as the file amounts to a whopping 1.3GB, you'll need about 300MB extra memory for padding. The OTA will be pushed out over the course of this week. If you want to rush things just a bit, head down to the source link for an OTA trigger or a download. Source: ...

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    HTC’s generosity knows no bounds, it seems, at least when it comes to the company’s newest flagship phone, also seen as its prospective financial savior. For that to happen, of course, the HTC 10 has to be competitively priced, which isn’t really the case with the $100 coupon code from a while back no longer valid. On the bright side, Memorial Day buyers were offered complimentary Re Cameras, and now, folks in the market for a nice Father’s Day present can get one of two headsets bundled with the HTC 10 at no extra charge. Through Sunday, May 19, you have the choice between an ...

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    Ever since it’s become the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, as well as one of the very few to report sales growth last year and anticipate further progress in 2016, Huawei has hogged the headlines not only with many interesting product launches, but also plenty of noise about various box-office achievements. In total, around 140 million unit shipments are projected for the entirety of this year, of which the P9 and P9 Plus could grab 10 mil. Meanwhile, the P8 Lite alone racked up 10 million orders from May 2015 to February 2016, and the Mate 8 somehow posted 1M sales in less ...

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    In case you’re still wondering what’s the point of an Active take on a flagship Samsung phone capable of withstanding water interaction, a nifty drop test video comparing the ruggedness of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Active provides the ultimate answer. The AT&T-exclusive 5.1-inch beast is nowhere near as pretty, stylish and slim as the base GS7, but it’s so much tougher that you could realistically call it unbreakable. It’s practically impossible to accidentally destroy the Galaxy S7 Active, no matter how many times it comes in contact with the hardest surfaces known to man. ...

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    Memory leaks are regrettably nothing new for even vanilla Android builds, with Google’s software engineers struggling to quash a widespread system bug of this nature in Lollipop pretty much since 5.0 debuted. The issue, or rather multiple similar issues uniting and disguising as one, carried over into version 5.1, then were ultimately kinda sorta fixed, but returned with a bang in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Once again, online reports flagging irksome memory leaks were filed at the very beginning of the fresh OS iteration’s rollout, i.e. as far back as November 2015, yet Big G only got ...

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    Very much a work in progress when launched back in 2014, Android Wear gradually evolved and greatly matured since, thanks to a few rather large maintenance updates. In terms of game-changing new features, however, early wearable adopters were kept waiting longer than anticipated, with software version 2.0 unveiled last month and due to roll out to the masses come fall. Unfortunately, it appears said “masses” will not include many first-gen smartwatch owners, as the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 have been confirmed to reach the end of the road when it comes to important UI makeovers. ...

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    Remember back in the day, when all the cool cats were wearing BlackBerries clipped to their belts? It was as much a fashion statement as a way of showing you meant business (literally), and were down with the latest breakthrough technologies, as well as top-notch mobile security measures. Unfortunately, for the most powerful person on Earth, time stood still for the past eight years, with both iPhones and Android devices deemed potentially hazardous in the hands of President Barack Obama. Ultimately, the two current world-leading platforms stepped up their encryption efforts enough for one ...

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    While LG and Lenovo have strayed far from Google’s original Project Ara concept for a “truly” modular smartphone, there’s no denying the convenience and novelty of the G5 “Friends” and swappable Moto Mod accessories for Moto Z and Z Force. Unfortunately, the LG G5 was priced rather prohibitively when bundled with certain modules and add-ons, and Motorola is about to make the same fatal mistake. At least on Verizon stateside, where the Z and Z Force will launch first under Droid branding, all signs point to prospective buyers needing a small fortune to get on the modular ...

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    You probably thought the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer (and rising) couldn’t do better than the $140 Honor 5C and Honor 5X, recently discounted to $160, didn’t you? By “better” we mean, of course, even cheaper, with respectable features in tow. Proving everyone wrong, the Honor 5A enters the ultra-low-cost China scene today, at a recommended retail price of 700 Yuan ($105), somehow packing an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, 2GB RAM, and a 3,100 mAh battery that’s ironically a smidge heftier than the cells inside the 5C and 5X. Granted, that also means the ...

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    If you're an Android user in a orchard of Apple trees, you may be tired or indifferent to being "the green bubble" of the lot. There's a developer effort firmly in progress called "Pie Message" that hopes to bring the iMessage client over to Android, but it could get overshadowed by a rumored reveal next week at WWDC. According to a source to MacDailyNews, it seems that the company will bring iMessage and its end-to-end communications encryption over to Android. The details of the announcement are still murky as are the keynote preparations, but it is said that the iMessage for Android ...

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    Did Lenovo “forget” to announce something during its Tech World-opening keynote yesterday? It sure looks like it, with the high-end Moto Z and Z Force phones bound to be joined soon by a mid-range Moto Z Play. Codenamed Vertex, this is pictured today in press-friendly quality alongside its “Vector maxx” and “Vector thin” cousins, with Weibo tipsters previously hinting at a spec sheet containing Snapdragon 625 power, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 16MP rear camera, and 3,600 mAh battery. But perhaps the more exciting news is the Moto Mod family should grow from ...

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