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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    After heavily teasing the R7 (and later, the R7 Plus), OPPO has finally made the two smartphones official at its press event today. We've seen almost every aspect of these phones previously (and heard about rumored specs), but now everything has become official. The OPPO R7 has full metal unibody (magnesium alloy, 92.3% ob body being metal) construction measuring 143 mm x 71 mm x 6.3 mm and 148 grams. Inside this body lives an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) processor clocked at 1.5GHz (Adreno 305 GPU), 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable), and a screen that is ...

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    Google's annual developers' conference kicks off with an opening keynote next week, which means it's absolutely not too early for the buzz surrounding the event to kick into high gear. It's likely we'll be seeing high-profile releases at the conference – such as of Android M – which means that you'll want to be tuning into important parts of it from wherever you are. So if you're attending the conference, or even just observing from afar, you'll want to immediately download this official Google I/O 2015 app. The app, just as in previous years, lets you stream key sessions (and most ...

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    LG traditionally hasn't stuck to just launching one phone in a year. Last year, alongside the G3, it launched various other devices – including the G Pro 2, at a point later in the year. And the year before that, we saw the Optimus G Pro. If a report from Focus Taiwan quoting LG executive Eason Shao is accurate, 2015 won't be much of a departure from that approach – expect a new LG 2015 flagship in the second half of the year. Says Focus Taiwan: LG will continue its dual-flagship strategy this year with the new G4 and another flagship phone scheduled for release in the second half ...

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    Google+ used to be the go-to cloud home for photos on Android, but a couple months back we started hearing about some big changes that could be in store. Sure enough, just a few days later we saw Google confirm plans to start making pics available in Drive, instead. But was there more to this plan? Rumors dating back all the way to last year once hinted at even broader photo changes on Android, and a new report suggests the full picture could be about to reveal itself, with Google announcing a new photo tool at I/O later this month. From what we've heard, the tool is separate from Google+ ...

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    Just about one month ago, Google shared word of the latest Android Wear platform update, one that promised a bevy of new features, not the least of which being giving compatible hardware the ability to take advantage of WiFi connections. It all sounded pretty great – the only problem being getting your hands on it. For while the new LG Watch Urbane ships with this latest Android 5.1.1 build (above), and there have been early signs of update availability for other LG Android Wear models, everybody else has been doing without. That sounds like it's finally about to change, as Google makes ...

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    Getting developers to bring their apps to Windows Phone can feel like pulling teeth sometimes. Maybe Windows 10 will help resolve that situation, with new tools designed to make porting as painless as possible, but for the moment (despite things getting better) app availability remains a problem. On the flip side, though, Microsoft has been nothing less than willing to bring some of its own high-profile software to its smartphone competition, and we've been tracking efforts to bring Office to iOS and Android devices for years. While progress is at times slow, over the months we've seen ...

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    Between the new J Butterfly, One M9 Plus, and One E9+, HTC sure has enough One M9 relatives in production – even if that means no new One mini model. But to hear the rumors, there's even more hardware on the way, including one model we've been talking about for a while now, the device codenamed Hima Ace. Tipped to actually launch as the One ME9, new renders have now arrived that attempt to show off the phone's metal frame. That's the newest shot up top, with hardware that maybe most closely resembles the M9 Plus. That metal frame will likely be joined to a polycarbonate back in the fully ...

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    We've been using MixRadio on Nokia devices for years. Back in 2013, we called it the best music service ever. It's free, it's got unlimited streaming, no commercials, and offline music mix downloads so that you don't have to use your data connection. It even automatically predicts what kind of music you're going to like (based on whatever you tell it you like and what you appear to enjoy listening to). The problem was that it was only available for Nokia branded phones and tablets, and Nokia's market share had taken a bit of a nose dive.  Sure you can get a nice Lumia with free MixRadio ...

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    Motorola introduced the Droid Turbo last fall, launching with some top-notch hardware, a variety of finishes, and promises of killer battery life. Really, the smartphone should probably be a lot more popular than it is – a consequence, perhaps, of the annoyance of carrier exclusivity. But even though we haven't talked about it in a while, the plucky Droid Turbo soldiers on over at Verizon, and today the carrier brings word of some fresh new looks for the handset. Originally the Droid Turbo was available in black ballistic Nylon and red or black metalized glass fiber. Those options were ...

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    We've already done plenty of coverage on the Idol 3, from a video and text review to a comparison with the 2014 Moto G, and we even did an unboxing — but that unboxing was of the press kit. Now we're bringing you the Idol 3 retail unboxing; the box you'll see when you order your very own Idol 3. So now it's time to answer the age-old question: what's in the box? [embed width="820" height="461"]http://youtu.be/y_lJObYOMSQ[/embed] The Idol 3 is tucked into a small, simple box with just the branding and feature callouts on the front (specs on the back, of course). Alcatel is happy to ...

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    Continuing onward with the unveil of its 2015 G4-series devices, LG today is announcing two new smartphones into its mid-range portfolio – the LG G4 Stylus, and the G4c. Neither match the power and capability that the G4 features (which you can learn more about in our review of that device), but they do feature a similar design and the same signature LG features we've grown to expect from a smartphone from the company. Let's address first the G4 Stylus. We should clear one thing up first. If you're in North America, everything to do with the G4 Stylus will actually be referred to as the ...

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    Samsung seems to be taking more and more advantage of its promo deal with Marvel lately, and beyond that special edition Iron Man Galaxy S6 that's landing soon, we've spotted a few giveaway offers that hooked users up with Avengers-themed cases. Those case deals are well and good if you qualify, but they haven't been available everywhere, and aren't much use to existing Samsung owners when they require the purchase of new hardware. Luckily for you Avengers fans, some of these accessories are going to be available on their own, and beyond various cases, we're also learning about a neat idea ...

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    The idea of getting a free smartphone with service is nothing new; for years, the US market has been dominated by subsidized phone sales, and so long as you didn't demand the latest and greatest flagships, you could always find a good number of free-on-contract options. In recent years, though, there's been a shakeup in favor of installment plans, not to mention a rise in popularity of prepaid options, pushing the idea of free phones to the back burner. But today we learn of an upcoming deal for T-Mobile that puts the spotlight back on free phones in an unexpected way, revealing plans to ...

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    Based on all the evidence we've seen to date – especially that which has arrived over the course of the last week – the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active seems like a given. And while we expect Samsung to announce the phone quite soon, for the moment we've still got a number of pending questions about the handset's hardware. After all, there's no guarantee just how closely the Active mode will follow the blueprint of the original GS6, and the little ways it differs will ultimately be what ends up defining the smartphone. Those include big questions like a possible return of ...

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    ASUS launched the ZenFone 2 months ago, all the way back at CES in the early days of winter. And in the time since, we've seen the phone go up for sale in various markets around the world. Now it's the US's turn to join this party, and at a New York City event this afternoon, ASUS shared the details behind the ZenFone 2's descent on North America. By this point, we're well familiar with the phone's hardware, and while there are a number of attractive components within, it's the beefy 4GB RAM option that's getting the ZenFone 2 the most attention. Today, we're most concerned with pricing ...

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    Thought the old Apple and Samsung patent case was over and done with by now? Back in 2012 we saw a jury hand Apple a sizable victory, ruling that Samsung had violated its design and utility patents and awarding over a billion dollars in damages. That figure was revisited time and time again in the months (becoming years) that followed, ultimately landing just a little bit south of where it was initially, with Samsung on the hook for $930 million. Well, it turns out the story's far from over just yet, and Samsung could see its penalty nearly cut in half. At issue is a $382 million chunk of ...

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    Two years ago, HTC brought us not just the One M7 Android flagship, but also the pint-sized One mini. And last year, beyond the One M8 we also saw the launch of the One mini 2. But so far this this year, there's been no new petite model to go along with the One M9. Is it just a matter of time until one emerges? We've got bad news for those of you who prefer smaller phones, as HTC has confirmed that it has no further plans for One mini phones, citing industry trends towards larger and larger handsets. According to HTC North Asia president Jack Tong, “overall the industry is moving towards ...

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    For years now, Samsung has tied the launch of its latest Galaxy Note phablet with the IFA trade show in early September. The association has become so strong that we can even find ourselves taking it for granted when talking about an upcoming Note model, just assuming that the hardware will debut in the days surrounding IFA. But there's really nothing forcing Samsung to return to that habit year after year, and now a new rumor suggests that this year it may not, and instead we could see the Note 5 debut over a month ahead of schedule. The rumor out of South Korea claims that Samsung is ...

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    Two years ago, we were very impressed with the Nokia Lumia 1020's manual photographic controls as you may have seen in our "How to take incredible photos with the Lumia 1020" article. Now we've got the new LG G4 boasting improved photography capabilities as well as RAW imaging support on the Android side of things and it's pretty exciting. Can it replace a professional digital camera? We'll find out, but keep in mind that all cameras have limitations and what really allows you to take great photos is understanding those limitations and learning how to generate imagery that communicates ...

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    We’ve seen a few companies experiment with smartphones and pico projectors for a while, and none with positive results. But what happens if you do things backwards, and instead you build a projector that’s powered by Android? The ZTE SPro 2 is the company's second attempt at redefining how a projector should work, and the idea is to mix the capabilities of a regular 200 lumens projector with some Android smartphone capabilities. The combination has a ton of potential, since you can carry the SPro 2 with you anywhere and project your favorite movie, or play your favorite game from any ...

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    Last Monday we announced one of Pocketnow's latest giveaways, giving one lucky reader the chance to win a 32GB LG G3. With its quad HD display, Snapdragon 801 processor, and laser-assisted autofocus, the Android smartphone is still one serious piece of kit. But how to give away such a prize? We've had our share of simple raffles here on the site before, so this time we thought we'd spice things up a bit – maybe ask you to work a little for the prize, just so winning is that much sweeter. To that end, we spent last week hiding five clues in other posts here on Pocketnow, one a day. Each ...

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    System backups of any kind are great. Knowing that your information is safely stored in the cloud takes a lot of work out of transferring your information from one phone to another, and it takes a bit of the edge off of losing your phone. Apple’s iCloud backups have long been one of the best mobile backup solutions, with Android typically tailing a bit behind — but how far off is Android’s backup system from matching iCloud’s ease of use and efficiency? Well, as it turns out … not very. With iCloud on an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad, every last detail of your phone is backed ...

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    The vast majority of our interactions with smartphone occur through the devices' touchscreens. Sure, we'll use voice commands now and then, and maybe even connect a Bluetooth controller, but without touchscreen input, we'd be utterly lost. So some OnePlus One owners have been understandably frustrated as they deal with touchscreen glitches that seem to have been plaguing the handset since it launched. Despite OnePlus delivering update after update that attempted to put these touchscreen bugs to rest, problems have persisted. At least, they have so far, but it looks like salvation may have ...

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    What the heck is Motorola up to with its plans for the Moto G? With the original model launching all the way back in the fall of 2013, and the second-gen Moto G debuting last September, we would have assumed that we have at least another quarter to go before it's time to start talking about a new Moto G. But then Motorola President Rick Osterloh mentioned upcoming news about a 2015 Moto G LTE, leaving us a bit unsure what the manufacturer was up to: did this mean an all-new third-gen Moto G, or further plans for the LTE version of the Moto G 2014 (an update that didn't emerge until earlier ...

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    Earlier this week we spent some time talking about how smartphone manufacturers sometimes change a phone's hardware post-launch. Maybe a source of components runs out and the company has to switch suppliers; maybe a design flaw gets corrected. But for whatever reason they happen, such changes are a fact of life. Now it looks like Samsung is the latest company to rake one of its phones back to the drawing board, as it becomes apparent that the company has (ever so slightly) tweaked the design of the Galaxy S6 Edge. We already know that Samsung is experimenting with its branding on the GS6, ...

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