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:

  • by |

    Instead of simply sending over-the-air Android 6.0 updates to their late 2015-released Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL phones running 5.1 out the box, MetroPCS and T-Mobile appear to have decided to pick up brand new Fierce 4 models. Available at the nation’s leading “Un-carrier” starting “this fall”, and up for grabs already at participating stores of T-Mo’s prepaid daughter operator, the Alcatel Fierce 4 however doesn’t feel very new. In fact, besides pre-loaded Marshmallow goodies, which should still make their way OTA to the Fierce XL ASAP, the fourth-gen phablet merely bumps ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Today’s crowded global smartphone landscape continues to see many great rivalries unfold, the most captivating of which opposes Apple and Samsung. But a host of smaller OEMs, the vast majority based in China, are having their own interesting battles for fame, often prompting them to copy one another so as not to risk getting left behind. Case in point, Xiaomi recently went big (literally) with the relatively affordable 6.44-inch Mi Max, while Meizu apparently intends to follow suit exactly one week from today. September 5 is likely when an aptly (and unimaginatively) titled M3 Max will ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Our expectations for Huawei’s pre-IFA product announcement event on Thursday probably need to be taken down a notch or two for them to still be “defied”, with the Nova series likely to fly solo to the capital city of Germany after all. Granted, it was a bit of a stretch to anticipate a (very) early September Mate 9 launch, considering the Mate 8, which continues to sell like hotcakes in the OEM’s homeland of China, barely saw daylight last November. A Huawei Mate S2, meanwhile, was always a safe IFA 2016 bet, seeing as how its prequel got unveiled at the same trade fair the year ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Just seven days in, and we already know quite a lot about which phones should be getting upgraded to Android 7.0 in the relatively near future. It’s not all good news, we’re afraid, as the Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and other Snapdragon 800 and 801-powered devices may not be able to fully support Nougat treats. Meanwhile, a bunch of Nexuses have said their farewells to Marshmallow, and the LG V20 is still expected to see daylight as the first third-party product running build N out the box. On the US carrier front, T-Mobile is trying out a new approach, listing the three update phases ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Nougaty goodness could be what's in store for those who also like their starch. We're talking about the company known to Google Translate as "millet," Xiaomi. It supposedly will be cranking out a smartphone called the Mi Note 2 soon with a big screen and more than enough ambition to call out the Galaxy Note 7's predecessor — because of course, the Mi Note 2 is going to be better than Samsung's Note 5, we're just not sure if we can match them head-to-head. Anyways, we have a Chinese-sourced benchmark that has a bunch of giveaways to take away about the Mi Note 2 — all of it with a grain ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Both the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S5 Active on AT&T have gotten their Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates this weekend. The build is MMB29M and has the August 1 security patch level. The OTA weighs in at just a tad over 900MB for the S5 Active and about 945MB — give or take — for the regular Galaxy S5. About a week from today, it'll be 11 months since images of Android Marshmallow were released for the Nexus devices. Source: AT&T (1, 2) Via: Android Police (1, 2)

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Maybe to better appreciate the software support efforts of a few unjustly criticized Android device manufacturers, false alarms like the one issued in Netherlands earlier this week are needed. It turns out Samsung never planned to leave the summer 2014-released high-end Galaxy Tab S stranded on a desert Lollipop island, already sending over-the-air Marshmallow goodies to the LTE-enabled 10.5-inch variant in Germany. Would the rollout have begun without Samsung Mobile Netherlands first taking to Facebook to drop a bombshell on its fans, you’d have been inclined to focus on the negative ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Exactly one year after the IFA-hosted launch of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 and Tab 3 Pro, the Android-powered multimode slate lineup is most likely due for a hardware and software refresh at Berlin’s latest high-profile industrial exhibition. Fortunately, this is shaping up to be a single piece of a much more complex puzzle, with new Lenovo and Moto-branded smartphones and smartwatches also teased for IFA 2016 announcements. That’s especially fortunate because, as its name suggests, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10 is hardly a “next big thing” type of gadget. High-quality leaked renders ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    We've got a mega show for you this week, running down our favorite spoilers before we ship off to Berlin for IFA. We're getting a better look at what could be the LG V20,  and let's have a chat about Apple's responses to warranty issues... These stories plus answering questions from the Pocketnow mailbag! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 215 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on August 25th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    While we expect everyone from Samsung to Huawei, Lenovo, Sony, ZTE, Asus and Acer to precede their IFA 2016 product demos with official announcements in the days leading up to the trade show’s actual start, Archos went a little overboard in its attempt to stand out all alone in the spotlight. Then again, this is the French device manufacturer’s typical M.O. on such occasions, as otherwise, nobody would exhibit any interest in low-profile gadgets like the 50f Helium and 55 Helium “range.” The former entry-level 5-inch Android phone has but a rear-located fingerprint reader going for ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Verizon may want to take a page from EE’s playbook, as its UK-leading wireless service provider counterpart doesn’t seem to know the meaning of the expression “resting on one’s laurels.” In addition to not ruining the out-the-box Galaxy Note 7 user experience, EE today inaugurates a unique Apple Music offer to keep rivals O2, Vodafone, and 3 at bay. Both new and upgrading pay monthly iOS and Android customers are treated to six free months of Cupertino’s immensely popular audio streaming app, double the standard complimentary trial around the world. Only Australia’s Telstra ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Nobody likes pre-loaded bloatware on their Android devices, especially when paying upwards of $400 for a high-end model, but some apps and services from Google, Microsoft or Facebook are so integral to a robust, smooth mobile user experience these days that very few people get annoyed at finding them installed by default. Huawei, the continuously rising world’s third largest smartphone vendor, seems to be looking to stretch the definition of a fundamental, non-crappy, non-bloating Android app, recently partnering with Deezer, and now Truecaller for “user experience redefining ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    While Android users tend to almost exclusively point the finger at the manufacturers of their devices or mobile carriers for delays in update deliveries or premature software support termination, there are actually a number of criteria a phone has to meet before getting an essential OS makeover. And sometimes, it’s not the OEM’s fault at all a product that still seems relatively powerful is no longer eligible for a new Android flavor. Case in point, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. Sony recently hinted at Marshmallow marking the end of the upgrade road for both two-year-olds, with a ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Well, that escalated quickly. Just 24 hours ago, we had no idea Sony was even planning an Xperia Z5 Compact sequel of sorts. Branded differently, of course, as the Z line reached its “culmination” a few months back. Now, not only do we have official confirmation from one of the company’s European divisions the Xperia X Compact is real, but we also know how it looks (part of it, at least), and some key specifications are pretty much etched in stone, courtesy of a reputable tech publication with a solid track record of such leaks. Exactly like the Z5 Compact and Z3 Compact, the X ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    The beloved, if design-maligned Nexus 5 is not unofficially dead just yet. Within a day of Google dropping the Android Nougat images for certain Nexus devices that aren't the Nexus 5, XDA developers have been figuring out a build for the fan favorite phone. One did so, though it's a rough edit — so rough that Bluetooth and the camera are broken. But the kernel source code is available to download, for you tweakers out there. Since Vulkan API integration is part of Nougat and Qualcomm has stopped supporting the Snapdragon 801 that the Nexus 5 has, there's only hope that other Snapdragon ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    LG may get the first word in for putting out the first Android Nougat smartphone on September 6. But that's just word. Not phones in boxes being sent through a postal delivery system. Instead, the HTC-made Nexus devices — rumored to debut on October 4 — will actually ship first. That's the word according to Android Police managing editor David Ruddock. Yes, that guy has a title. LG V20 may be the first phone *in the world* to ship with Nougat. But Nexuses will almost definitely be first widely available. — David Ruddock (@RDR0b11) August 24, 2016 @pedro_segura LG V20 won't ship ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    iOS 9.3 may have done Apple's software reliability in for this quarter, at least according to Blancco Technology Group. The firm has been tracking device failure rates for some time now and this is the first quarter where iOS fails outgrew Android ones. How badly? Proportionally to each side, iPhones had a 58 percent fail rate as compared to 35 percent for Android. Blancco blames this on tweaks made iOS 9.3.1 and x.2 as both caused "faster battery drain, random crashes, poor sound quality when taking Bluetooth calls and WiFi connectivity problems." 29 percent of all iOS failures were ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Well, that didn’t take long. Samsung globally launched the high-end Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones in four "standard" colors way back in March, then added pink gold (not rose gold) to the paint job selection just a month later, but only in Korea. Today, after an excruciating, seemingly hopeless waiting period, US-based fans of pretty, stylish yet somewhat tacky gadgets are finally treated to a happy ending to their miserable saga. Starting August 28, Best Buy and only Best Buy will be stocking the swankiest GS7 and S7 Edge flavors stateside, selling the two unlocked and fully ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    With the already hugely successful Galaxy Note 7 unveiled early to get a head start on the iPhone 7 (or 6SE), LG feeling confident enough in the G5-similar sequel to the surprisingly popular V10 to give it its own special announcement event in San Francisco, and Apple of course not looking to share the spotlight with anyone else, you may view IFA 2016 as a tech sideshow of sorts. But let us assure you, that’s never been the case for one of Germany’s oldest trade fairs, and Europe’s biggest such gathering of high-profile consumer electronics exhibitors, and by no means is this ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It’s never wise to assume a certain unreleased smartphone model will eventually see daylight just because it comes from a long line of beloved devices, especially when its makers are undergoing transitions, cutting expenses, and streamlining product portfolios. Still, even with the Xperia Z brand out the door, a renewed focus on premium designs and specifications, as well as zonal reorientations, it felt silly to doubt Sony’s ongoing commitment to high-end compact phones. Enter the Xperia X Compact at last, the timely IFA 2016-bound sequel for September 2015’s Z5 Compact, and the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Can a discontinued 8 year-old little Symbian phone with a passé physical QWERTY keyboard technically be still considered a bribe? Probably not, since it would take a miracle for its 369 MHz ARM11 processor (remember those?) and 128MB RAM (yes, really) to even handle a basic Google search nowadays. In fact, outside of a mobile tech museum of sorts, you have to wonder where could one be able to procure a half-working Nokia E71 copy this day and age? Well, Meizu somehow got a hold of a few, and is shipping them out to folks lucky enough to attend the Android OEM’s next big device ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Ever since it started working on Project Fi, Google made it clear it wasn’t looking to muscle wireless service provider veterans out of business. Instead, Big G is collaborating with the likes of Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular stateside, as well as Three internationally, in a bold attempt to unify the world’s wireless networks so you can enjoy higher speeds and better coverage ubiquitously at the lowest possible costs. While a subscription to the ingenious MVNO often comes with added benefits including hefty savings on recent Nexus family installments, it’s perfectly fine by Google ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Great promises of timely software updates haven’t always worked out as planned for HTC, but even after repeatedly assuring its continuously shrinking fan base that the 10, One A9 and M9 will receive Android N goodies eventually, the Taiwanese OEM can’t refrain from also setting a (loose) deadline. Just one for now, which is probably a wise move, though it remains to be seen if the unlocked HTC 10 can indeed be upgraded to Nougat by the end of the year. It should, especially since the device manufacturer is “excited to receive final shipping Android 7.0 Nougat software from Google.” ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Xiaomi’s wildly successful low-cost Redmi smartphone roster is getting a little crowded and confusing with all the recent Pro, Prime and Note releases, not to mention Pro Mini rumors. But it’s the good kind of confusing, as every new Redmi installment is special in some way, shape, or form, as well as absurdly cheap for what it brings to the table. Case in point, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, priced at $135 and up as the new leader of the large-screened Note lineup. That’s $135 in Chinese currency, of course, i.e. 900 Yuan, or CNY 1,200 ($180) as far as the upper-tier 3GB RAM/64GB ROM ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    High-quality press renders are nice and all, but at least in theory, they’re also easy to fabricate and tamper with. After two separate rounds of such images leaked from fairly credible sources however, today's third practically confirms the full-frontal appearance of the LG V20. As always, we have to thank living industry legend Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, for spoiling another top-tier mobile OEM’s surprises ahead of a September 6 launch event in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the most interesting, controversial and potentially appealing part of the dual screen phablet, its rear, ...

    Share
    Read On
Mobile Version