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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    If you're familiar with Pokémon GO, there's a certain element to it that involves augmented reality. Those are the capture and battle stages of play: if you choose to turn the feature on, Pokémon and the whole game interface are overlaid what your camera sees. Perhaps you'd like to wear a headset and run around everywhere to play this game? It may seem like a good idea to Niantic as we run into a good catch('em all) from @PokeSteal on Twitter. They caught a little something in the disclosures section of the settings. Version 1.0.1 in the settings & licenses option in #PokemonGO ...

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    Time for another check on how Android is being kept up these days and for Marshmallow, it's a better month of gains. Its share of the version distribution pie has jumped up by three percentage points, the most it has increased in its lifespan. The following numbers were collected from Google Play Store logins in the seven days up through July 11. [table] Version,Codename,API,July (%),Change from June (%) 2.2,Froyo,8,0.1,0 2.3.3-2.3.7,Gingerbread,10,1.9,-0.1 4.0.3-4.0.4,Ice Cream Sandwich,15,1.7,-0.2 4.1.x,Jelly Bean,16,6.4,-0.4 4.2.x,Jelly Bean,17,8.8,-0.6 4.3,Jelly Bean,18,2.6,-0.1 ...

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    Project Fi is at it again. And we're not just talking about the Nexus 5X like we usually do. That phone, as offered Google's MVNO service, has been discounted once again by $150 to $199 for the base model. But Project Fi is also taking $150 off the Nexus 6P, now starting at $349 with activation. The sale goes on for about a week starting at 1pm Eastern today. But the biggest deal in this story doesn't just hit home, it hits worldwide, too. Project Fi now has the Three network as its partner, bringing data at rates 10 to 20 times faster than before to 12 more countries at the same global ...

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    The “Uncarrier” is not one to shy away from pompous metaphors describing its special offers, service rates and network reliability, so you won’t be surprised to hear CEO John Legere bill the newest time-limited T-Mobile promo as “our best deal ever”, and a “lifeline for the carriers’ long-abused customers.” Said mistreated customers can get up to 6GB LTE data per line per month for $30 each on T-Mo’s Simple Choice plans, paying just $20 for the addition of a new line starting with the fifth. Even better, “absolutely everyone in the family” will receive a Samsung ...

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    Two is almost always better than one, and while HTC had trouble in the past convincing its shrinking fan base the One M8’s dual 4MP camera wasn’t as gimmicky as it seemed, many similar photographic setups have managed to catch on and break into the mobile mainstream lately. This technology is actually so trendy and widely accepted nowadays that Apple is believed to be fitting it on the jumbo-sized iPhone 7 Plus. But first, Xiaomi may get to do what it does best, following the suit of others and putting an irresistible price tag on a robust Android mid-ranger. The above-pictured device ...

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    Although pen-wielding phones are still pretty rare, and affordable ones with jumbo-sized screens even more so, both AT&T and T-Mobile have decided to leave the LG Stylo 2 or Stylo 2 Plus to their smaller prepaid subsidiaries. While Cricket Wireless got the jump on MetroPCS, the latter Magenta daughter company cuts its customers the far better deal starting today, at $150 contract and commitment-free. Technically, the LG Stylo 2 Plus on Metro will run you $220 off the bat, but you’ll receive 70 bucks back, as long as you remember to file for a mail-in rebate. A Benjamin and a half ...

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    If you haven’t signed up for an Amazon Prime subscription yet, today’s the day to earn instant exclusive access to Netflix-rivaling video streaming, all the ad-free music you can listen to, unlimited photo storage, Kindle ebooks, and most importantly, an assortment of impressive tech deals no one else is allowed to get in on. That’s right, Prime Day is finally here, and if you thought early $50 discounts on the Moto G4 and G4 Plus were sweet, wait until you hear about the 24-hour-limited Huawei Honor 5X and Nexus 6P markdowns. The Honor 5X, already one of the world’s most appealing ...

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    They say desperate times call for desperate measures, and indeed, in the face of deepening financial woes, with no signs of an HTC 10-inspired revival, the long-struggling Taiwanese device manufacturer resorts to something of a Hail Mary pass. Under fire mainly for its extravagant pricing since day one of global availability, the chamfered, dual-textured, dual OIS camera 5.2-incher slashes $100 off list stateside through July 31. No promo codes needed, no rebates involved, no strings attached. Even better, the now $600 phone will also come with a gratis $100 coupon you can use towards ...

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    Wait, didn’t Asus already take the wraps off the standard Zenfone 3, as well as the Deluxe and Ultra variants a month and a half ago, followed by the ultra-low-cost, China-only Zenfone Pegasus 3? Sure, but we’ve known for a while the best was yet to come, with Asus left waiting for Qualcomm’s formal announcement of a Snapdragon 820 sequel before being allowed to unveil the top-of-the-line Zenfone 3 Deluxe. Now the Snapdragon 821 processor is official, and it merely took a few hours for the Taiwan-based smartphone producer to claim the title of world’s first packing 10 percent extra ...

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    Android is a great open source operating platform for mobile, but let's face it: it's not the most secure thing out there. Then again, you want secure? You want BlackPhone's PrivatOS, based off of Android? Be prepared for lockdown. Tinkerer's hell. One or the other. Pick one poison over the other. It's how it has been for a while. But Canada-based Copperhead Security has been trying to seal the deal between security and openness with its own Android-based operating system called — what else? — CopperheadOS. And it's selling modified Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones with CopperheadOS on ...

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    Even if we're still waiting for some sort of Android Wear hardware revamp, that doesn't mean that most of the current devices in the market aren't hot enough to warrant serious consideration. Android Wear has only gotten better over the last few updates, proving that it isn't a bad idea to invest, regardless of how old the product is. The Moto 360 in its second generation continues to be one of our favorites, and an interesting option just emerged. A trusted eBay seller has just posted the Moto 360 in its second generation for a crazy $159.99 in both women and men variants. The women ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is clearly just around the corner. The last few weeks have flooded the feed with news and rumors, even if at the moment there is still a strong debate whether we're just getting one phone or more. The strongest rumors continue to be of a an edge variant, and today we see more details in photos. New leaks show us a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 edge in Onyx Black, confirming some of the rumors we heard about recently with regard to color options. What's most interesting about this leak is not just the added height of the new Note, but also the fact that this device seems ...

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    The Huawei Honor 8 has earlier today gone official in China, and the question on everyone’s lips is how does it differ from the high-end Honor V8 that the company first unveiled in its homeland and best market a couple of months back? Well, for one thing, the newer flagship features a smaller 5.2-inch display, with no Quad HD option. The pixel count therefore caps off at 1,920 x 1,080, aka Full HD, while a Kirin 950 processor flies solo to run the hardware show, with no 955 upgrade possibility. The battery inside the Honor 8 is understandably lighter too, at 3,000 mAh, and you can either ...

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    Catching them all isn’t going to be easy, requiring way more physical activity than most other games on your mobile device, desktop and even VR headset, but we probably don’t have to stress how a lot of Pokémon Go’s appeal lies in the journey as opposed to the destination, plus the whole real-life sense of community. Unfortunately, with great success comes great responsibility, and Nintendo and Niantic will soon need to address inherent security concerns for players of the hottest current Android and iOS title. These are pretty diverse and some outright bizarre, ranging from APKs ...

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    If you’re wondering why Qualcomm would already look to introduce “something to replace what many consider the best mobile processor available today”, it turns out that won’t actually happen until spring, when the Snapdragon 830 will probably see daylight inside the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8. For now, the San Diego-based semiconductor giant and unchallenged market leader merely wants to “complement and extend the competitive strengths of the Snapdragon 800 lineup.” Enter the 821 (not 823), expected by some to power the fall wave of Android high-enders, Galaxy Note 7 and ...

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    The August 2 “unpacking” of the number-skipping Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is closer than ever, and yet, we know far less about it today than two or three weeks back. Blame it on all the confusing, contradicting new benchmarks, hinting at a few different configurations here, some of which may however have been canceled already. Still, you can probably bet the farm on the top-shelf model packing 6GB RAM, in combination with a Snapdragon 820-series processor or an Exynos 8893, depending on your region. This bad boy will also come touting a dual-edged Quad HD display circling the 5.7-inch ...

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    As we near LG’s official and final confirmation of another glass half-full, half-empty quarter, more inside information stems from various analysts and pundits painting the G5 an unexpectedly bleak box-office picture. Although hailed by most critics for its newfangled albeit simplistic and arguably gimmicky approach to the modular phone concept, and initially projected to sell 10 million+ copies this year alone boosted by robust marketing, the LG G5 ended up getting people fired and aggravating the financial crisis of the company’s mobile division. Between April and June, it’s now ...

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    Although Samsung has been dabbling in mammoth-sized tablets aimed at home entertainment, 2-in-1 Windows hybrids, and 7-inch Android “phoneblets” of late in its efforts to revive a dying niche, that doesn’t mean traditional 7 and 10-inch Galaxy Tabs have breathed their last. For some reason, it just took the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016) a little while to spread from the old continent to America, finally opening official US pre-orders this past weekend, and promising to ship in “7-10 business days.” Not exactly following in the footsteps of the high-end, Super AMOLED ...

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    Aside from relishing the opportunity to purchase an unlocked new flagship phone on the up and up, directly from Samsung, with an official warranty and whatnot, we also welcomed the latest Galaxy S7 US launch with open arms as it was bound to yield even more third-party discounts. You know we’ve been keeping a close eye on eBay deals and steals for the past four months, and today we bring you arguably the greatest special offer yet. Top-rated seller youbuyrite has Verizon-designed, factory unlocked SM-G930V models in black and gold going for $430 apiece, with free expedited shipping ...

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    We have to ask how you'll fare this weekend, the first full weekend of availability for Niantic Labs' Pokémon Go! Prepared for long days walking from one side of the city to the other? Or are you memeing it up, pointing and laughing at the people who end up crossing town to catch that Flareon? Maybe you're just sticking your fingers in your ears at this point. Whatever the case, if you even have the slightest interest in downloading Pokémon Go, make sure you get the .APK from a safe place, especially if your country hasn't seen the release yet. Yep, we're talking about you sideloaders ...

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    Specialized in ultra-low-cost Android or Windows smartphones and tablets you’re not typically ashamed to show off in public, Alcatel OneTouch probably focused on the affordability angle too hard, and not enough on the bang for buck Virgin and Boost Mobile customers will get from the 4.5-inch Dawn. Hopefully, this won’t be the dawn of a new era for Marshmallow-powered handsets, marking the ill-advised return of FWVGA display resolution in the limelight. Those of you who are no longer familiar with the acronym will be shocked to hear it stands for Full Wide Video Graphics Array, or 854 x ...

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    We've been teasing our new series for the last couple weeks, and now it's time for a showdown! Welcome to the Pocketnow Challenge, where we test real world smartphone usage by pitting two Pocketnow editors against each other. Our first major challenge is a photography battle between long time editor and professional photographer Adam Lein, facing off against the newest video producer on the site Juan Carlos Bagnell. To celebrate the Fourth of July, these two photogs are battling to see who can deliver the best photo of celebratory fireworks. It's a classic showdown. Senior editor, ...

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    It’s raining fourth-gen Motorola Moto G deals stateside even before the mid-range 5.5-incher can start shipping to folks who’ve pre-ordered it across retailers like Best Buy, B&H and Amazon. All we have to say to that is “let it rain”, and wonder where do we sign up for the sweetest special offers? As far as the non-Plus, non-fingerprint-recognizing, 2GB RAM-limited, 13MP rear camera configuration goes, it’s either live with sponsored content on your lockscreen and get $50 off the phone’s list price, or pay $200 and up outright, then use a free $50 gift card on subsequent ...

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    US law enforcement may have inadvertently done the tech industry a favor by fighting Apple so hard on iOS data protection, arousing the consumers’ interest in encryption at previously unprecedented levels. This offered companies like Google and Facebook, in addition to the iPhone makers, great leeway in their efforts to enhance mobile security, and Mark Zuckerberg’s social media giant in particular deserves praise, first for bringing WhatsApp up to Signal standards, and today initiating Messenger’s own “Secret Conversations” rollout. For now, only a tiny fraction of the IM ...

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    Not to be outdone by domestic arch-rival Samsung, home appliance, HD TV and mobile phone giant LG is also ready today to forecast strong overall financial performance for the recently concluded April – June 2016 quarter. Unlike the world’s most popular Android device manufacturer however, the company behind the ingenious G5 looks resigned to yet another period of smartphone decline in sales, resulting revenue and especially the division’s bottom line. Once upon a time expected to rack up a cool 10 million shipments by year-end, it seems the LG G5 flopped hard, primarily due to ...

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