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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    BlackBerry might not be on everyone's radar as it was around a decade ago, but that doesn't mean the company hasn't tried to change that. It took two dramatic shake-overs to have the company finally adopt Android with the BlackBerry Priv. We do know that the company's quarter results didn't say anything positive about that move, but that isn't everything the company has up its sleeve. Following the recent rumors of mid-range BlackBerry devices following the Priv, about the only missing piece of the puzzle is when. Lucky for us, the company's CEO John Chen did us the favor of spilling ...

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    Google pulled an interesting stunt with the early launch of Android N to developers. At the moment the company still doesn't have a pastry name for the OS, and some of us believe that this early teaser is still missing a ton of things that Google is not prepared to show. Some recent leaks show a totally new design to the Android navigation buttons, which in a way are more aligned with the company's Now On Tap services. Instead of hollow drawings, the new buttons are now of a solid white, and the home button has four colors on the borders to mimic Google's colors. The source claims that ...

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    Another deal for the 32GB Nexus 5X to tell you about. Yes, another. How much are you going to save this time? More than last time. $10 more than last time as Dailysteals is offering the LG-made device for some $269.99. Wait, that's the same price as that other eBay deal! Well, hold on — add the promo code "NEXUSEMAIL10" at checkout (yep, this deal went out to that site's newsletter peeps first, apparently) and that price drops to $259.99 — a cool $139 and a penny. What would be your move if you had the liberty of making it? Pounce? Wait and watch? Or just wait and wait for the new ...

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    Ringing Bells, the Indian company behind the questionably affordable phone called the Freedom 251, is ready for primetime. With real phones. So CEO Mohit Goel said to IANS as it prepares to ship out 200,000 units of its Rs. 251 ($3.66) handset starting June 30 and go on with 200,000 additional units every month. Goel promised that deliveries would be finished by June 30. It's a far cry from the 2.5 million the executive thought he'd have ready and the seventy million registrations that got recorded. Worse yet, Ringing Bells faces a loss of up to Rs. 150 each unit — at $2.20, that's ...

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    Last year's Alcatel OneTouch did an amazing job at selling a solid product with the Idol 3. Great specs, great design and a great price tag were enough to land a solid place as one of our favorite devices to recommend for 2015. Fast Forward to 2016, switch the company name to just Alcatel, and along came the Idol 4 that made a ton of headlines at MWC, but yes, we've been waiting since MWC. Clove has just announced that it has received stock of the Alcatel Idol 4, along with the VR headset that it was announced with, and yes, shipping begins right away. £229 including VAT will land you a ...

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    At the end of March we have heard that Samsung might prepare a special Galaxy S7 Olympic Edition this year, which, if previous years are of any indication, should not take anyone by surprise. Past devices are also a great indication of what the phone will actually be: pretty much a standard Galaxy S7 with permanently-affixed Olympic-themed graphics. According to Evan Blass, the Galaxy S7 Olympic Edition will look like the render above, which is pretty much standard, give or take the gold (medal) accents for the earpiece and home button, in addition to the blue (Olympic) accents on the ...

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    Update: DigiTimes is reporting that Acer, too, is expecting its operations to be affected by Brexit. The company's CEO, Jason Chen, said that the recent UK vote in favor of leaving the EU will result in weaker demand in the European market, mostly due to "weakened consumer confidence and exchange rate fluctuations. However, how serious the impact may be remains to be seen", he said. UK decided to exit the European Union after 51.9% of voters were in favor of Brexit. However, at least two years will pass until the UK will exit the EU de facto and de jure, a period which will be governed ...

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    The reason to buy a Nextbit Robin is not just in its bold design, but really it's smarter approach to software. Nextbit has pioneered a concept where you no longer have to worry about storage, but just as we learned from our initial meetings with the company, that was just the beginning. Nextbit has just announced that the second challenge the company wants to face is giving users a worry-free experience with battery life. To do this, the company will launch a new version of the Nextbit OS, based on Android, in Q4. What we can expect is a smarter device that learns your usage patterns and ...

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    For the first time in years, it seems that all OEMs have all agreed on using the Snapdragonn 820 as the main course meal for processing power. We've seen just how reliable and power efficient it can be, but we all know the world of mobile technology doesn't stop there. We know the next iteration is the Snapdragon 823, and LeEco has already planned something. The company today has posted a teaser for ann event to happen in Shanghai on June 29. The company doesn't really provide specifics, but given its speed analogy using a bulet being fired, the rumors of a flagship coming in June, and the ...

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    HTC may not have all the popularity that e remember from years ago, but that doesn't mean that the company doesn't launch great products. HTC Sense has long been one of our favorite user experiences for Android to date, but if you wanted a piece of it, you obviously needed an HTC device, and it seems that the company wants to change that. As of today HTC is launching a closed beta of HTC Sense Home 8 to other Android devices. For those of you not aware, this is what you currently see on the HTC 10. It brings pretty much most of the functionality we love about Sense to users, and also some ...

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    The "Nexus" brand, and products from this Google line-up, have come a long way, become consumer devices from initial developer gadgets. Past and current iterations have become more and more popular, being made by LG and Huawei, but rumor has it that we'll be seeing one or two HTC Nexus devices this year. Codenames have been discovered in Chromium code (Marlin and Sailfish), and word on the street is that the Taiwanese company's collaboration with Google will not be limited to only 2016 HTC Nexus devices. A three-year deal has been allegedly inked, but we're still waiting for some sort of ...

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    Two months after Honor's US account even hinted at Android Marshmallow coming to the Honor 5X, it is finally coming. But as far as we know, it's not coming to the US. Instead, the update will go to international models, or at least models in India with model number KIW-L22. The OTA is rolling out right now, but there is a .zip file you can load in if you have the proper 5X. It's the download link below. Android 6.0 will be below EMUI 4.0. Download: Update Source: Mobipicker Via: GSMArena

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    Google may be too big for its own good. It has an easy time of making friends, but a hard time keeping them. Samsung has its own operating system almost ready to go if and when Android seems too heavy an option to keep pursuing. According to three sources tipping off The Information, it seems that Huawei has its plans, too. Besides developing EMUI 5.0 on top of Android with the talents of designer Abigail Brody, formerly of Apple, it has been working on its own organic software with a team from Scandinavia that includes former Nokia employees. This is all just in case Google decided to ...

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    Close to nine months after its release, Android Marshmallow has finally come to a pair of major autumn-side Samsung phones on America's number two carrier. The Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ on AT&T are getting over-the-air updates for Android 6.0.1. The packages include AT&T's Video Call feature plus all the typical add-ons and up the build version to  MMB29K.G928AUCU2BPE6.  There are different OTAs for those on firmware from March 3 and those on the May 26 build, but they size up to about 1.36GB either way. Source: AT&T (1, 2)

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    Surely getting a Google Nexus device is a sure guarantee to getting the latest and greatest version of Android, but ever since the launch of the old Galaxy Nexus back in the day, we know that won't last for ever. Google doesn't really guarantee that all its legacy Nexus devices will receive the latest version for ever, and today we learn just how close you are to being pushed out. Google's support website has now begun listing the dates for end-of-life of its Nexus devices, and the picture is not really pretty. Yes, you'll be entitled to at least three years of security patches, curtesy of ...

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    The Galaxy Note lineup went through some dramatic and polarizing changes in 2015, up to the point where many even debated if it was a worthy successor to the tradition of "large and in charge." As a result, we do know that Samsung is planning ways to differentiate this new Note from its predecessor, even by jumping numbers from 5 to 7. Today we learn that it might also push improvements on its roots. Sources claim that the new Note 7 will offer a larger 5.8-inch QHD dual-edged curved Super AMOLED display. It falls in line with the rumors we heard yesterday, but size wasn't mentioned then. ...

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    Batteries are fussy. They can charge fast. Real fast. And for too long, too. That's what makes them go "sizzle." Or, worse yet, "boom." They can charge slowly. Real slowly. Like, when you absolutely, absolutely need power before you hop on the bus in three minutes and your phone still says two percent. One thing for sure is that they can only last for so long. And batteries deteriorate faster the hotter they get. Sony's thinking of doing something about it with an additional feature to its Marshmallow AOSP beta firmware for the Xperia Z2 and Z3 called "Soft Charging." It's a simple ...

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    Back in March 2015, HTC shuffled around some executives, or at least that's what we've been told. Peter Chou, HTC's CEO at the time took a step back and his position was filled by Cher Wang, at the time, Chairman and co-founder. HTC said that Peter Chou “will transition to a strategic new role leading future product innovation”. However, in reality, looks like Peter Chou left HTC. He has joined Digital Domain as an executive director at the end of August 2015, and is now chairman of the Hong Kong-based company. HTC has confirmed its departure, says DigiTimes, however, mentioning ...

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    I’m in no way shape or form what one would consider to be an office worker, desk jockey, pencil pusher, etc… I’m a railroad mechanic by trade. Aside from ordering the necessary parts to complete my job or to complete the appropriate work orders to receive pay I have very little use for a computer day to day at work. If it can’t be beat with a sledgehammer, cut with an oxygen/acetylene torch, welded, or taken apart with a wrench I have no use for it in my professional life. Probably the most tech friendly thing I use in my job is using my phone to stream music via Google Play all ...

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    The entire Sony Xperia X line-up is ready for pre-orders in the US, and the timing is right, as we've just recently wrapped up our Xperia X review (we'll also shortly review the flagship X Performance). Foxconn and Arima were the companies building some previous Sony smartphones in São Paulo, but Sony has decided to stop manufacturing smartphones in Brazil. The decision has been confirmed by Sony's marketing director Ana Peretti, and the reasons behind it are purely financial, as Brazil has put an end of tax exemptions concerning smartphones produced locally. The new Xperia X Sony ...

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    The BlackBerry Priv clearly made a ton of headlines since launch for two very specific things. The first was obviously the fact that it was BlackBerry's approach to Android, and a very decent one indeed. The other was because of its crazy $700 price tag. That has actually changed over time, but now it has hit an all-time low. If you're in the market for a BlackBerry Priv, the AT&T unit is currently offered for $299 on eBay. Yes, we know the title says that this is an unlocked unit, but that's because the seller will actually include the unlock code in the box. Getting any flagship ...

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    The amount of rumors surrounding the Galaxy Note 7 is staggering. From new software features with Samsung Focus, to the possibility of new glowing notification tweaks, it seems Samsung is pushing hard for this phone to be different from the Galaxy S7. The rumors include the possibility of an Edge variant, but even that could change dramatically. The Korea Herald reports that we might not get two variants, just one, and that it'll be the Edge variant. The reasons for this are not really mentioned, but given the popularity of every single Edge variant that Samsung has launched since last ...

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    Sony hasn't necessarily re-invented anything with the Xperia X, and that's mainly because instead of following the trend of the Xperia Z lineup, it seems the X was more of a re-boot with a few steps back. It's not a bad phone by any means, on the contrary, and we do know that Sony does have a following in many regions. If you've been waiting for it to reach the US, we've got news. Pre-orders have just begun in the US for the full Sony Xperia X lineup, meaning the Xperia X, X Performance, XA, and XA Ultra. When it comes to the price tags, the Xperia X will retail for $549.99, the Xperia XA ...

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    How much difference might there be in one year? We here at Pocketnow are pretty conservative about recommending one year upgrades. Phones are expensive, and the changes from on year to the next might not always reflect the best bang for buck consumers might be looking for. You worked hard for your cash, and we want to respect that. It's a topic we're really interested in though, and when flipping a phone makes sense, it can be an exciting development. OnePlus is a tricky company to fully pin down. They're a smaller company, better recognized by the techier Android fans out there, and ...

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    Every so often in a past life of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast, you might've seen some crazy awkward moments where one of our hosts suddenly dropped out and Google would ask for two-step verification to really make sure that they are who they say they are. Beyond entering your basic credentials, it adds on a secondary, unique factor to your login process. Security comes with inconvenience. Google is cutting down on that inconvenience with a simple prompt. Instead of getting a security key texted to you, your phone will pop up a simple prompt that asks you if you're signing into your ...

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