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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    Android lag is an issue, if you're asking users of other platforms. While we won't go into this debate, lag is present on all devices, regardless of the platform they're running on. Whether we're talking about software lag or hardware latency, devices we use, even flagship ones, are all trying to keep up to the best of their knowledge with user input. Here's where the Chrome TouchBot comes into play. Built by Finnish company OptoFidelity, the robot is being used by Google to check for "end-to-end latency of Android and Chrome OS devices". The video of the robot in action has been shared ...

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    If you've recently accepted available updates for some of Google's applications, like YouTube, for instance, you'll see that now, every time you fire up the app, a splash screen will appear, with a huge icon (as seen above), and the Google logo beneath it. The Material Design guidelines allow this: "Branded launch screens are a good way to portray a brand while the app is loading. Take advantage of the loading time to display your logo or other elements that improve brand recognition. Avoid using text on this screen except your logo and, if applicable, a tagline." Using splash screens ...

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    Back in April, Sprint announced a unique new initiative that would bring its sales and support staff outside the company's stores and into the homes of its users. The carrier's Direct 2 You program allowed users to pick out new devices, have Sprint personnel deliver them directly to their door, and then take care of data migration and device setup – all the same kinds of service you might expect from an in-store visit. And while we were quite curious to see how shoppers would respond to this project, availability's been relatively limited so far. Today Sprint starts making real headway ...

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    If you’ve been yearning for Nokia hardware since its Microsoft acquisition, then you might finally be in luck — at least, sort of. The company’s CEO Rajeev Suri recently commented on the possibility of reentering the phone space. To simplify a complicated response, Nokia has interest in designing phones to then license to other companies, similar to what happened with its N1 tablet. In other words, while they may ot be manufactured by Nokia, you’ll at least have the novelty and peace of mind of knowing that Nokia designed your phone again. It’s a lot of technical mumbo jumbo, but ...

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    This phone popped up on benchmark sites (as well as the Indian import database) with the model number E5663. Whether this will be the Xperia Z4 Compact (Xperia Z3+ Compact) is yet unknown, though we'd be inclined to believe that we're looking at a different upcoming new Xperia, one that appears to be an attractive compact device. What the benchmark results testify to in terms of the internals include a 4.6-inch display with 1080p resolution (a step up from the Z3 Compact), octa-core MediaTek MT6795 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz, 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (most probably expandable), ...

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    You don't get to be a company like Google without taking a few risks. For every successful product or service you launch like Gmail, there are going be a few misfires – Nexus Q, anyone? But you don't succeed if you never try, so over the years there are bound to be plenty of ideas that crash and burn along the way. Back in February we brought you news about an unusual-sounding project from Google, in the form of an app and social service called Tablescape, seemingly created solely to empower users to share photographs of tasty food with each other. We've long wondered just where Google ...

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    The road to Android Lollipop on Motorola's Droid Turbo has been a long and frustrating one. As if the months and months of waiting haven't been bad enough, there have been the false starts, like a few weeks back when Verizon started advertising Lollipop availability for the Droid Turbo when the release was actually still under internal testing. And while we haven't seen the update emerge just yet, it finally looks like we're really getting down to the home stretch here, as Motorola invites for a public Droid Turbo soak test are revealed to be for just this long-awaited Lollipop update. ...

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    With June drawing to a close, we're likely just over two months away from the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Even with so little time between now and IFA, there's still a ton of uncertainty surrounding this phablet, not the least of which concerning the fate of a curved-display Edge variant. Today, however, our focus is still on the regular flat-screened Note 5, as some early case renders attempt to clue us in to some of the phablet's design choices. That rough-looking render up top may not be very pretty, but if what it depicts is accurate, we're looking forward to a Note 5 that ...

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    Have you been looking for a stable custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM? If so, you're not the only one – there are undeniably a host of benefits that can be tapped into as a result of opting to use custom ROMs. The only issue is, given the lack of testing ROM builds receive, oftentimes the ROMs you install will end up without stable performance. That's why it's pleasing to hear today of the first CyanogenMod 12 snapshots becoming available for download. In case you aren't familiar with how CyanogenMod builds are labelled, here's a baseline understanding of it: usually, with a new release of ...

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    One of our favorite things about the Galaxy S6 (as well as the Galaxy S6 Edge) is the ability to transform the handset's look with just a few taps as we try on some of the phone's alternate themes. The powerful theming engine Samsung's gifted the phone with gives users the ability to adapt TouchWiz to their tastes, and we've already talked about some of our top choices in posts and on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Additional themes are arriving all the time, and today a particularly attention-grabbing one has landed, giving the GS6 a very stock-Android-inspired Material Design overhaul. ...

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    With yesterday's announcement of the WPC adopting new high-power, high-speed support for the Qi wireless charging standard, we found ourselves reflecting on just how much progress such tech has made over the course of the past year. A huge component to the growing acceptance and availability of wireless charging solutions has been Samsung's decision to bake the feature right in to its latest flagships, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Now Samsung engineer Se-Ho Park is sharing some new insight into what led the company down that path, and where it plans to go from here. While Park ...

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    OnePlus has slowly been warming us up to the idea of the OnePlus 2, spending the last week now sharing a few key details about the company's upcoming smartphone. We know which SoC it will use, have a general sense of pricing, and most recently we heard to expect reversible USB type C connectivity. This is all great, and we look forward to learning more in the weeks leading up to the phone's launch. But when exactly might that be? Today OnePlus gives us a date to mark on our calendars, announcing plans to formally introduce the OnePlus 2 on Monday, July 27. What the company has in mind for ...

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    Was going with the Snapdragon 810 SoC in the Xperia Z3+ a big mistake on Sony's part? We've been hearing a lot about overheating warnings, some even suggesting that many of the phone's key features – like a number of camera modes – cause the handset to overheat so quickly as to render them essentially unusable. But talk is cheap and we want to see for ourselves; that's why we just picked up a Z3+ of our own, and while we've only just started putting it through its paces, there will be plenty of additional reporting on the phone to come. As you wait for the verdict, shoppers all across ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z4 was announced for the Japanese market six months after the introduction of the Xperia Z3 in September of 2014, making Sony stay true to its “flagship every six months” policy. It took the company about a month to announce the Xperia Z4 globally, but with a different name. We’re here to unbox the Xperia Z3 Plus, aka the Xperia Z4. The Xperia Z4 unboxing experience is pretty much the same as it was on the Xperia Z3, Z2, and the rest of the Sony phones we reviewed, just like the phone looks 99% identical to all of its predecessors. Is this a bad thing? Definitely not, ...

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    Who doesn't love taking home a new smartphone? For several years now, the big US carriers have offered subscribers special plans that keep them hooked-up with new hardware at a far brisker pace than you'd get just waiting around for regular upgrade eligibility on a subsidized plan: things like T-Mobile JUMP! and AT&T Next. Though they all had their various trade-offs, they still meant that you could start fresh with a new phone far more often than you might otherwise be able to. Now T-Mobile's got an interesting new spin on the concept, as it introduces its JUMP! On Demand system. ...

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    Been itching for an OPPO R7 ever since you saw Jaime Rivera's hands-on video with the phone? Living in the US? Well, you're in luck. OPPO is one of the few Chinese manufacturers to consistently make its products available across the pond in the States, and its latest product, the R7, is no exception. OPPO R7 US pre-orders have officially been kicked off today. The phone will begin shipping at some point early in July, with pre-orders going for US$399 with free shipping included. To sweeten the deal, the company is also throwing in a complimentary pair of headphones. One thing to keep in ...

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    Many people are using the Photos app that comes with Google+ (and there also are users who can't wait for it to go away), but, apparently, with the latest update to the Google+ app, the Photos counterpart will go away. This message (pictured above) will pop up, at one point, once you get the Google+ 5.8 version from the Play Store: "This Google+ version of Photos will stop working soon. But don't worry! All your photos and videos are already in the new Google Photos — organized, searchable, shareable, and ready for you." Those who were relying on the built-in Google+ Photos section ...

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    If you are, or were, a "flash-aholic", just like some (read most) of us were at one point, then you're probably going to like this, especially if you are an HTC One M9 owner. It's been a while since we covered custom ROMs, but, just as we did in the past, we'll remind you again: tampering with your phone's software could render it unusable, seriously damage it, and may void your warranty. Not that we've got this one out of the way, here's the meat of it: first HTC One M9 custom ROM that's based on Android 5.1 is out, and, of course it comes from XDA Developers. While HTC is doing a great ...

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    The OPPO Joy 3, as seen above, is the latest budget smartphone coming from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer. It has been listed on the phone-maker's website, and, while pricing has not yet been confirmed, it will definitely be a budget-oriented device, given the rather low-end specifications. It features a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480 pixels, and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. RAM and internal storage are on the low side, with one- and 4GB respectively, granted, internal storage can be expanded using a microSD card. ...

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    When it comes to bringing smartphone interaction to a vehicle, without the risk of a fender bender, CarPlay and Android Auto are the way to go so far. The only problem is that even though these services were launched a year ago, it took for ever for car makers to adopt them, and it would force you to buy a new car if you wanted some love. Lucky for us Pioneer and Kenwood gave us an affordable alternative, and one of the options goes live today. The Kenwood DDX9702S and Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S are both shipping to stores and customers today, and what made them stand apart from Pioneer's ...

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    Facebook Messenger is much more than a convenient way to get in touch with your friends while you're busy wasting time on Facebook, and has evolved into an important communication tool in its own right. We've known that Facebook has grand plans for the service, and have already seen some big improvements this year, like the arrival of mobile payments and video calls. The next major change for Messenger concerns how users access the service, giving them the ability to sign up without the need for a full Facebook account. Starting in the US, Canada, Peru, and Venezuela, users can register ...

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    Accessing real 3D content on your smartphone is a breeze these days, thanks largely to the efforts of Google in promoting its bare-bones Cardboard viewer. A couple lenses, an enclosure for your phone, and you've got everything you need to start checking out tons of 3D apps. And while there are any number of extremely affordable Cardboard viewers out there, there's no beating free, and that's exactly what we're talking about today, as Conan O'Brien hands out free VR viewers for Android and iOS users. Remember the Adult Swim Cardboard-viewer giveaway we heard about back at the start of the ...

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    Enter to win a brand new handset with The Choose Your Own Android Phablet Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store. A phablet offers all the conveniences of a smartphone but with a larger, tablet-like screen size. As far as mobile devices go, it’s like having the best of both worlds. One lucky person will have the opportunity to choose one of five new phablets, valued at $750 each, to be their prize. Up for grabs is the Google Nexus 6, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, OnePlus 2, and the LG G Flex 2. To enter, just go to The Choose Your Own Android Phablet Giveaway page at the Pocketnow Deals ...

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    Google Play has long been a more permissive place for software than Apple's App Store, but even Google has its limits. Just what developers aren't allowed to do gets spelled out in Google's Play policies, banning things like gambling apps or outright malicious software. Occasionally Google revisits these policies, adding new restrictions or clarifying existing limitations in an effort to keep the Play Store a home for diverse software while at the same time prohibiting content that threatens to make Android a less-than-welcome place for all users. This week Google did just that, expanding ...

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    The US is soon to get a new Android smartphone, as the mysterious Axon handset starts making its way through the press. There's a launch event scheduled for July 14 in NYC, and the phone currently has a landing page available online that offers some info about specs and features. While that's all well and good, there's been one big question hanging over the phone's debut: just who's behind this project? While we're still weeks away from Axon's launch, a little detective work has revealed that this appears to be ZTE's latest effort. The connection between Axon and ZTE is hard to ignore, ...

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