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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    There's a new Moto G coming soon. How will it compete in a market full of mid-range and entry-level phones? Google I/O delivered some exciting developer news, what might consumers have to look forward to on Android? The Nokia brand is returning to smartphones! What might we see out of Finland? Plus, we'll be announcing the winners of our 200th episode giveaway! We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, and of course we'll be ...

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    After more than two years of controversial activity, three highly divisive phones, a silly drone, bizarre iPhone case and a number of decidedly sketchy publicity stunts, you’ve probably come to expect all the unexpected in the world from OnePlus. Rumors of the company intentionally leaking a recent high-quality render of its own upcoming flagship handheld might well be accurate, and it’d also be no shocker if the image turned out to be a very believable decoy. Meanwhile, co-founder Carl Pei has been trolling the heck out of his Twitter followers for the past few days, claiming “this ...

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    Every time you think Apple Pay deals Samsung Pay a death blow, the Galaxy phone-compatible digital wallet service claws its way back in contention for the rapidly flourishing market’s crown, adding China availability to Korea and the US, offering the sweetest discounts, spreading to more and more banks, and working with various membership and loyalty cards stateside. But possibly its biggest coup yet sees the NFC and MST-enabled mobile payment app precede its arch-rival on the Alipay support bandwagon. Yes, starting today, users of the leading third-party payment platform in China can ...

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    It doesn’t look like Asus learned anything from past mistakes, once again cooking up way too many derivations of an otherwise compelling base phone. The ZenFone 3 family will debut at Computex Taipei before long in at least three sizes and up to a dozen configurations ranging in price from $110 to $370. The ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Max were showcased in a recent teaser video in partial obscurity, and several pre-release benchmarks came to light over the last few months to detail the specifications of half a dozen different models. Now, we get to see the purported Asus ...

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    Available in Korea since March 31, the US from April 1, and most other major global markets for at least a few weeks, the LG G5 took an unusually long time to reach India, which has recently surpassed the US as the country with the second largest smartphone user base in the world. As such, it felt vital for both the short and long-term box-office prospects of the modular device to stop wasting time, and cater to the hundreds of millions of prospective India-based buyers with a relatively low price. Unfortunately, we still don’t know how much nation-leading retailer Flipkart intends to ...

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    It feels very fitting for the upcoming sixth generation of Samsung’s hugely popular S Pen-enabled phablet to pack 6GB RAM, even though the Note 5 obviously didn’t offer 5 gigs of the good stuff, and many mobile tech consumers still reckon 4GB is plenty for today’s (and tomorrow’s) portable powerhouses. Heck, the latest iPhone does just fine with only 2GB random-access memory, so it’s hard not to sense Samsung (and other Android device manufacturers) are taking their spec wars too far in lack of truly innovative new ideas and concepts. But who’s to say the inevitable rise and ...

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    The Wednesday morning keynote that brought us the Google Assistant-based Google Home Echo rival, as well as the first details on the Daydream VR platform, Android Wear’s biggest update yet, Android Instant Apps, and Allo and Duo communication services was just the beginning of the 2016 I/O celebrations. The software developer-focused conference will only wrap up later today, and since the opening keynote, we also heard word of the imminent arrival of Android apps to Chromebooks, Family Library sharing for Play Store purchases, and seamless updates (or lack thereof) for existing Nexus ...

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    Google didn’t really go into as much detail about Android N as we’d have liked during its big I/O 2016 keynote, leaving the dessert name decision (partially) up to us, only hinting at the version number, and vaguely bringing up performance, productivity and security improvements developers can sample and help shape up in the latest OS preview. But one of the arguably coolest new features is unavailable for beta tests just yet, as it concerns the often lengthy and burdensome update process. In short, the goal is to make applying patches, especially small maintenance ones, easier and ...

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    Back in the golden age of candybar phones and clamshells, it was so much easier than today to choose a “daily driver.” Nobody talked about different mobile operating systems and platforms (because there weren’t any), you didn’t have quad or octa-core processors to concern yourself with, and lag was an issue limited to PC mIRC chats. It was an arguably simpler time, when essentially the entire mobile device-owning world either used a stylish Motorola Razr or robust and long-lasting Nokia 1000-series handheld. Androids and iPhones of course shortly entered the equation and began ...

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    Flashback to June 7, 2010 for a moment. It may take a little thought to do so as it was damn near six years ago. You may not remember what the weather was like, what you wore that day, or even what devices you owned at that moment in your life. If you are a diehard techie I will tell you one thing you will remember from that day and that would be that year’s WWDC. The late and great Steve Jobs walked out on stage and unveiled the iPhone 4 in all of it’s gorgeous glory. The phone was amazingly sexy for its time and would come with one particular feature that is a staple point of the iOS ...

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    And with that, Android has suddenly lost its touch. There's been plenty of experimentation with a string of code that makes use of Force Touch at the homescreen level. What was dubbed as "Launcher Shortcuts" took a bit of engineering from app developers to suss out, but we hoped that enough progress would be made for it to be a mentioned feature at Google I/O. Well, it didn't get mentioned among several other multitasking features and now we know that it will not be meant for Android N. The Android Developers site has release notes out for N's third preview which includes the new VR Mode ...

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    Kantar released its report on the state of the smartphone market last week, now it's Gartner's turn. More smartphones entered the market in this quarter than the same time last year. Fittingly in time for Google I/O, it's a victory this time around for Android at the expense of all the other major platforms. Research firm Gartner reported first quarter sales for smartphones worldwide totaled 349 million units, up 3.9 percent annually. Android sold approximately 293.8 million units representing 84 percent of the market, up more than 5 points. Apple itself reported iPhone sales, but Gartner ...

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    Windowed Android apps are officially coming to Chrome OS with Google announcing that Chromebooks can soon start accessing the million-plus apps on available on the Play Store. The Android apps will supplement Web apps to provide a variety of games and productivity solutions previously unavailable. And, unlike web apps, these apps work without an internet connection. A product manager for Chrome OS said that apps with sensor requirements (think GPS and gyrometers) will be culled from Chromebook Play Store listings. Touchscreen-equipped Chromebooks — beginning with the Pixel 2, the ASUS ...

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    Google is taking a new view of what its keyboard can be. But you have to get the latest software to take a look at it. If you can get the latest Android N Developer Preview onto your applicable device and also have Google Keyboard version 5.0, there's a whole menu in the settings dedicated to changing the color of the keyboard. Not only can you choose from a few hues, but you can upload your own pictures — taking away one of the biggest tricks up the sleeve for third-party keyboards. Yep, owners of phones with AMOLED displays can enjoy pitch black power savings when they're typing up ...

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    To the surprise of many, disappointment of some, but understanding of others, Google skipped the introduction of an oft-rumored sensor-laden Cardboard sequel and/or a standalone Android VR headset. As such, the Samsung Gear VR remains the immersive low-cost device to beat, and its shrewd manufacturer knows it full well, plugging it alongside the pricey but popular Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge phones at massive discounts. Sometimes, even completely free of charge. Not right now on the old continent, although German-based folks interested in both a flagship handheld and entry-level virtual reality ...

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    There wasn’t much Google announced during the I/O 2016-opening keynote yesterday in terms of Play Store updates, mostly because the official Android app library has been revised and tweaked several times in the past few months, and the search giant unveiled a bunch of exciting new software products. But Instant Apps, of course, have a lot to do with Google Play, while the long overdue Android equivalent of a very popular iOS feature silently broke cover in the Developer Console help pages. No idea why Family Library wasn’t trumpeted and detailed on the Shoreline Amphitheatre stage in ...

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    It’s like a life-sized game of chess. Apple makes a move, then Google follows suit, and so does Samsung. Sometimes, it’s the other way around. Every once a while, Android Pay or Samsung Pay advance a couple of steps in one go as they play catch up to road-opener Apple Pay. Today, Samsung Pay gets a massive update essentially equating to taking a rook back from its Cupertino-designed arch-rival. The queen is still in play, as the two digital wallet services contend for China’s spotlight, but we’re nonetheless talking a valuable piece that’s now in the Korean tech giant’s ...

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    If you can’t get enough of unauthorized Galaxy C5 and C7 photoshoots, revealing hardware exposes or still have lingering questions about the two’s unusually low prices and remarkably high-end features, today’s discovery of a Tenaa approval for the SM-C5000 should make the next week easier to pass. Obviously, SM-C5000 is the Chinese designation of the 5.2-inch Samsung Galaxy C5, which continues to look a lot like the Galaxy A5 (2016) from the front while greatly resembling the HTC One M9 (or previous One-series flagships) from behind. It doesn’t seem like anyone manipulated recently ...

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    The title says it all folks and honestly I find it to be a rather absurd question. That’s right, I called my own headline absurd! Of course the new Google Assistant announced at this year’s Google I/O can go head to head with the rest of the competition and in my opinion can best all of them. It would be easy to dismiss this as a simple upgrade to their ever popular Google Now that has been the lynchpin of the Android experience for some three years now but to do so would be dismissive to today’s announcement. Not only would it be downplaying their announcement but it would be ...

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    Whether you believe HTC’s newest flagship phone can be its financial savior or a nice swan song that simply came too late to matter, essentially everyone agrees the 10 would benefit greatly from a discount. A permanent one, we mean, not short-lasting coupon codes, and the traditional kind of deal where you save or receive hard cash back instead of bundle arrangements with free accessories in store. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the price of the unlocked HTC 10 will be dropping anytime soon on the manufacturer’s website, especially with the device currently backordered. ...

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    What comes after Android 6.0? Logic seems to dictate 7.0, but before 5.0, Google released three major OS iterations with 4.x designations (Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat), so you never know. That said, it sure looks like build N will bring enough enhancements to the table to warrant a full-number update. At the very worst, this is set to roll out to the mobile (and VR) loving masses as version 6.5 in the fall, once developers wrap up system optimization and iron out all current kinks. 6.1 is almost certainly out of contention, while 7.0 remains our safest Android N bet, based on ...

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    Samsung has been on a bona fide software updating spree of late, sending sweet Marshmallow treats over-the-air not only to 2015 flagship phones, but older and lower-end models too, as well as various jumbo-sized Galaxy Tabs. Of course, we’d have all wished to see even more devices produced by the world’s largest mobile OEM treated to Android 6.0 makeovers before build N was detailed at Google I/O yesterday, but there’s still a lot we don’t know about… 7.0 (?), including its dessert alias and commercial rollout date. At the end of the day, it’s sure nice to hear reports of the ...

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    While I/O’s main goal has always been to inform software developers of Google innovations in various operating systems, apps and platforms, the search giant diversified the scope of San Francisco announcements in recent years, also focusing on hardware. But yesterday’s conference was different, not only by taking place in Mountain View. At the same time, there was nothing new to show off on the Nexus front, and Android Wear’s biggest update yet came without a single revamped smartwatch. The Amazon Echo-rivaling Google Home thus flew solo to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in terms of ...

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    As Transport for London begins taking Android Pay, we ponder where else the mobile payments platform can go, now that it covers many storefronts, in-app purchases and now, public transit. Google announced that it's now working with Bank of America to get Android Pay working with some of its ATMs while Stripe, Braintree and other point-of-sales partners are also getting integrated. Other developers for retailers and banks can now grab a self-service API to put Android Pay to work for them. We may see other banks take Android Pay at ATMs if they work with Google. Samsung Pay currently has ...

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    "What if you could run any app with one tap?" Just like on the web and just like with installed apps, you may soon be able to get into an Android app ... without installing it! It's what we saw with Android Instant Apps at Google I/O. Android's engineers are working on making sure that you can hit a URL and, if it can connect to an Android app, the Google Play Store can download only the code necessary to show off the content you need. Be it a videos module or a text article module, you can access that part of the app, just like as you would see it in the app, in just a tap. You can even ...

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