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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    Will Android and Chrome OS finally just merge already? What's going on with Android Wear, and will Huawei jump ship to Tizen? Can Blackberry survive by giving up on in-house hardware? This week we're joined by Trisha Hershberger to discuss these stories and answer your questions, so make sure you're charged and ready for the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on September 30th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. For folks watching live, you can comment and ask questions by using the #PNWeekly hashtag ...

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    If you're not with a bank that supports Android Pay and want to use the mobile payments system, you'd best open an account at a supported bank. Most everyone who had any sort of plastic could be on Android Pay's predecessor mechanism, Google Wallet. When the transition from Wallet to Pay occurred, all cards on the roster continued to be accepted and are currently accepted at NFC terminals for use with Android Pay, thanks to a grace period set by financial networks. That is, until October 15. Cards with banks, credit unions or other financial institutions that haven't hitched with Android ...

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    They teased, and previewed, and teased again until they had no choice and no play left but to confirm a date and venue. China’s rising tech stars over at LeEco (formerly LeTV), under the supervision of several Samsung, Huawei and Qualcomm alums, will introduce their “disruptive vision of a connected ecosystem of content-driven smart devices to the US market” on October 19 in San Francisco. Specifically, at the Innovation Hangar in the iconic Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Hall, 10AM PT sharp, exactly two weeks from the coming Wednesday. Right on time for a pre-Black Friday, ...

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    Not another barely legal so-called ridesharing service to stir the traditional taxi pot. Well, no, because off the bat, Google appears to be enforcing strict rules and regulations for the Waze Carpool program, consisting of a free Android and iOS Waze Rider app, to ensure its drivers aren’t tempted to quit their day jobs. In fact, this specifically targets people who use their personal automobiles first and foremost to get to and from work in the morning and evening, pairing them up to save everyone a little money, and support a “greener commute.” Only available across the greater ...

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    It’s a little silly to talk about the cancellation of certain internal development plans for next-gen Android flagship phones when said intentions were never officially confirmed. They weren’t even rumored, or at least no such gossip made the headlines on the Western Hemisphere. Over in LG’s homeland, insiders apparently spoke of a possible dual-curved G6 to follow the suit of numerous Samsung devices already while preceding the late 2017 iPhone 8 (7s?) on the “edgy” bandwagon. That’s no longer the case, it seems, as the down-on-its-luck Korean OEM stumbled into “supply ...

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    Noticed anything missing from Lenovo’s fairly rich IFA 2016 product portfolio? No? Then you must not be familiar with the company’s budget-friendly non-Yoga Android slate lineup. This is in dire need of a couple of upgrades, despite the modest Tab 3 (or Tab3) having seen daylight last spring in 7, 8 and 10.1-inch sizes. Well, here’s the full scoop on the aptly named Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus. First of all, don’t expect a built-in kickstand, very premium metal construction, or textured, leather-like finish a la the Windows 10 Yoga Tab 3 Plus. The upcoming Marshmallow-based 8-incher looks a ...

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    Just when it seemed Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 fire woes were approaching a happy ending for a company that was on top of the mobile world only a month ago, renewed controversy in China (of all places) once again stole the spotlight. Why “of all places”? Well, Chinese Note 7s shouldn’t have presented overheating glitches in the first place, save for a 2,000-unit test batch recalled roughly two weeks back. For its part, Samsung very recently apologized to consumers in the world’s largest smartphone market, as it didn’t clarify off the bat phablets sold there carried identical ...

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    We’re only one or two months away from the introduction of the 2017 Galaxy A lineup, but the 2016 A8 edition has literally just rolled out in Samsung’s homeland… with the general specifications of a 2015 flagship phone. Pretty confusing stuff, though certainly not unusual for a company that seems to cope with scandal and drama by stress-releasing mid-ranger after mid-ranger. Of course, the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) is not just any mid-end Android soldier, taking design cues from its predecessor and the C family while borrowing Galaxy S6 or Note 5’s internals. Under the ...

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    The developer preview program for Android Wear 2.0 has been extended through early next year. Why? We don't know. Android won't tell us. But it did release Developer Preview 3 for users to load up on and there's one big feature that's got everyone excited: the Play Store is now navigable on Android Wear watches. Not only will it be much less of a hassle to look up and download apps as you need them without pulling out your phone — more importantly, this update allows developers to only develop and publish Wear apps. No phone companion needed! It saves developers time and gets more of ...

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    The world’s third most popular smartphone vendor, though China-based, is getting big across Europe and North America too, seemingly taking a particular liking to German press events after unveiling the mid-range Nova and Nova Plus at IFA 2016 in Berlin. Munich, the nation’s third largest city, and the capital of Bavaria, will apparently host Huawei’s next big product announcement, confirmed to take place on November 3 as opposed to the 8th, starting at 2pm CET. While we have every reason to believe the date and venue are the real deal, and the highly anticipated Huawei Mate 9 is ...

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    Global music streaming competition is tightening up (not that it’s very loose at the moment), with a public Spotify beta live on Japanese shores as of today, and a similarly limited launch in India for Google Play Music. The Mountain View search giant’s Apple Music contender is technically already available across the South Asian nation as far as both Android and iOS users are concerned, but only for individual track and album purchases. The rich audio store should ultimately be joined in India, just like everywhere else, by an All Access service, offering unlimited, uninterrupted ...

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    Still substantially trailing Fitbit in terms of actual wearable device sales, GPS technology pioneer turned activity tracker rising star Garmin sure likes to keep busy, carving out niche after niche in a general landscape dominated by Apple. Of course, the just-released Vivofit Jr. isn’t exactly the world’s first kid-friendly smart wearable, and by no means does it go after “iWatches” with style, power or functionality. Nonetheless, it’s a courageous little product, designed for ages four to nine, needing to appeal to parents before it gets on a youngster’s wrist. To achieve ...

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    Samsung’s smartphones will probably be scrutinized for many years to come on the heels of a Galaxy Note 7 overheating scandal that refuses to go away even as the Korean tech giant makes decent headway towards taking all faulty devices off the hands of at-risk consumers. What Sammy can’t be accused of is trying to sweep the explosion controversy under the rug, its acknowledgement of the situation’s seriousness arriving promptly after the first fire reports seized the spotlight. It’s perhaps more important than ever now to remember the sequence of events, as US, Chinese and Korean ...

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    It may feel like an unnatural alliance to some, but Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform supports both fellow Android handhelds and iPhones. Basically, if you’re not a hardcore fan of either Big G or Apple, don’t particularly understand the appeal of “iWatches”, yet still own a new or old iPhone, plus a wearable device from the “enemy’s” camp, it’s all good. Unless you’ve managed to get your hands on the iterative but relatively popular iPhone 7, and would like your iOS pocket notifications synchronized to your wrist via a second-gen Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch (1 or ...

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    Believe it or not, the world’s most popular mobile and desktop music streaming app has somehow managed to reach and retain that dominant position within an increasingly competitive industry sans making its freemium services available in a number of key markets. At long last, you can cross Japan off the list of unsupported countries today, with Spotify live on an invite-only basis in the Land of the Rising Sun for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, OS X, Windows, PlayStation 3 and PS4. A proper, wide, invitation-free launch is of course right around the corner, and although Apple Music and ...

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    Roughly four weeks ago, Samsung dropped the bombshell. But (way too) many Galaxy Note 7 owners either didn’t care about the risks of hanging on to their potentially explosive phablets, or simply missed the news of the voluntary global recall. Once the Consumer Product Safety Commission was brought in to ensure the US exchange process would eventually be done by the book, and software updates started flying around to constantly warn people of the hazardous situation and even limit battery charges, there was no avoiding the inevitable. Still, progress is heavy, including stateside and on ...

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    We know, we know, it’s been long enough. Roughly a year since both the OnePlus X and Android 6.0 were released to the general public, similarly hard to come by off the bat. The affordable mid-range 5-inch phone and Lollipop’s sweet OS successor tried their best to go wide in the first half of 2016, but then OnePlus decided to focus on one “true flagship family”, and Google prioritized Nougat development. The latest Android distribution chart has Marshmallow at a disappointing sub-20 percent share, while the OnePlus X is still listed on the OEM’s website as out of stock ...

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    While BlackBerry has officially wrapped up its mobile hardware division, it's still going to sell phones — Android smartphones — with its name and software on it. CEO John Chen has continued to insist that the company will be calling shots for the design of the phones and we may see another attempt at a physical QWERTY keyboard-equipped device. "When we allow other people to build a handset with our operating system, see, it will be compatible with [all of our existing Android handsets]," Chen said to BNN. "I don't mind telling you somewhere [in the next couple of years], we're going ...

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    As much as we take Tizen to be of Samsung's ownership, it's not. It's an open-source project and any manufacturer is free to thrive on Tizen. And while Samsung may wield Tizen as the ultimate way away from Android, it's not the only manufacturer that can pose such a threat to Google's mobile ecosystem. Huawei has had some of its own rumblings of moving away from Android, though the company has insisted that it'd be sticking around. However, there's word now that it may just inch away from Android Wear on its future smartwatches. JoongAng Daily is reporting that the Chinese OEM is working ...

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    Having trouble grasping our euphemism-packed headline, taken almost verbatim from BlackBerry’s latest quarterly financial report? In layman’s terms, it basically means BlackBerry phones as we know them are dead. No, the recently released DTEK50 and fast-approaching DTEK60 don’t technically count, setting up a new stage in the once thriving Canadian company’s evolution, where its brand and actual hardware production are “outsourced to partners.” These include TCL, Alcatel’s China-based parent, which rebadged the Idol 4 to combine “BlackBerry’s unique security, privacy and ...

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    Some third-party retailers on the old continent started stocking it a little while ago, when US pre-orders also kicked off through Amazon, but it’s only now that you can call the Sony Xperia X Compact properly, officially and widely released in Europe. From Germany to the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Sweden and Poland, the diminutive Android powerhouse is up for grabs on Sony's e-store and shipping without delay in your choice of three paint jobs: white, universe black, or mist blue. Recommended retail pricing differs from region to region, depending first and foremost on ...

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    The year’s final calendar quarter is right around the corner, and in addition to booming holiday sales jacked up by the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal bonanza, mobile hardware enthusiasts can also look forward to a (timid) start to Nougat updates for non-Nexus Android devices. Every self-respecting OEM should really have at least one flagship model initially launched with Marshmallow brought up to build 7.0 by the end of 2016, and Samsung, HTC, Sony or OnePlus are among those rumored or confirmed to be working hard towards that goal or a bolder one. What about Motorola? Or rather ...

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    The reformed OnePlus, wholly focused on high-end smartphones and solid software support now, is definitely looking to tone down its controversial marketing ploys, but when it comes to public communication, there are no radical changes in the pipeline. That’s a great thing, mind you, considering Pete Lau and Carl Pei’s very transparent policies implemented ever since the Chinese OEM was born in late 2013. OnePlus always tells it like it is, candidly breaking both good and bad news for its fans on various forums and online discussion boards. Reddit is of course the go-to place for ...

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    Forget forgetting the BlackBerry DTEK60, aka “Argon”, as rumors of the Canadian company’s smartphone production resignation will likely be officially quashed… yet again as soon as October 11. Possibly even sooner, if the newly speculated D-Day proves to be the high-end 5.5-incher’s commercial release date as opposed to merely hosting a formal announcement. Either way, we reckon the full-touch Android should hit stores in time for the holiday season, at least as far as BlackBerry-friendly markets go, including Canada, select Western European countries, and maybe the US too. ...

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    As craze winds up about the ultimate confluence between mobile OS Android and ultra-portable laptop platform Chrome OS, we have a lateral move to report in the quest to get Android apps working on Chromebooks. In fact, it feels like stale news, but it's worth reporting. The Acer Chromebook R11 and the ASUS Chromebook Flip, which both had Google Play Store access available with software version 53, only had that access through the slightly less usable developer channel of the software. The Play Store is still in beta for the devices, but regular users can activate it by heading to the ...

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