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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    It's been about three weeks now since Samsung confirmed it was putting its relationship with Marvel to good use and coming out with a special edition Galaxy S6, colored red and given some Iron Man styling to act as a promotional tie-in with the new Avengers movie, in theaters now. At the time, we heard that Samsung would be releasing both regular Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge versions of this Iron Man handset, and that sales would be getting started in a hurry – as soon as late May or early June. In the weeks since, Samsung has continued to tease this release, but we didn't pick up a lot ...

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    If you own a first-gen Moto G, you've probably been waiting patiently for the Lollipop update to arrive for your phone ever since the second-gen G received the update way back in January. Your time has finally come today, as Motorola continues onward updating its lineup of smartphones, releasing today the first-gen Moto G Lollipop update for download. Now that Lollipop is basically a year old ("Android L" was announced at Google I/O last year, and this year's conference is less than a week away), you've had quite a while to familiarize yourself with all of its features. You'll get all of ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy A8 is back in the news this week, as the rumored big brother to phones like the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 was tipped to pick up a fingerprint scanner. But it was rumors from last month that first gave us an overall picture of what to expect form the smartphone, including hardware like a Snapdragon 615 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and a 5.7-inch 1080p display. Now we've got a new benchmark report to refer to, and while it appears to confirm the majority of those details, at least one pretty important one could differ from our expectations. The Galaxy A7 had a 5.5-inch screen, so it ...

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    Oppo has upped the ante of traditional 10 year celebrations by brining us a couple of new products to the table, and after having a look at the more conventional Oppo R7 in the previous video, it’s time to give its bigger and badder brother a quick look. Even though only a few months have passed from Oppo’s launch of the revolutionary design that made the Oppo R5 possible, the company is out with a new lineup of successors, and where the Oppo R7 Plus follows on the tradition of defining product design, if compared to its more traditional sibling. The new Oppo R7 Plus is significantly ...

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    Smartphones have already changed the way we communicate with other, but there are still so many other aspects of our lives that could serve to benefit from that same sort of high-tech makeover that transformed dumb phones into the modern portable computers we have today. Hundreds of companies have already developed products that leverage such tech, offering everything from connected ovens to smart lightbulbs, but a number of issues have gotten in the way of them seeing widespread adoption. Big names in mobile are hoping to change that, like the effort we've seen Apple HomeKit. Now a new ...

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    Oppo is celebrating 10 years since it launched its first MP3 player back in 2005, and the company decided to celebrate with a launch event, and with a couple of new products. Oppo’s R lineup has always been about defying the boundaries of design with examples like last year's Oppo R5, which was crowned the thinnest smartphone in the world for a short period of time. We expected to see some of that with today’s launch of the Oppo R7, but instead we see a company focused on refining what was begun with last years product. Watch our hands-on of the new Oppo R7, and stay tuned, as there is ...

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    Lately, the chances of HTC releasing a new tablet have felt very up in the air. Rumors would occasionally suggest the company was planning a much, but outside last year's Nexus 9, we just haven't seen much in the way of evidence. Last week those rumors popped back up, talking about an H7 tablet with lower-end specs. Was this going to be another thread that ended up leading nowhere? Maybe not, as a new source has come to light that adds some solid support to this H7 story. We're looking at our old friend the Indian Zauba import database, cataloging all manner of hardware shipped to the ...

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    What is Sony thinking when it comes to its Android flagship strategy? The company introduced the Xperia Z4 last month, but only with news of availability in the Sony's native Japan. What about the rest of us? We've been patiently waiting for word of an international flagship since, whether that arrives as the Z4, or maybe with some slightly different branding – and at least some evidence suggests that the phone might become the Z3+ in other markets. Now it looks like answers could finally be about to arrive, as Sony prepares to share its “new Xperia flagship” with Hong Kong and ...

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    HTC One E8 users on Sprint, you have a long-awaited treat headed your way! Mo Versi, a project manager for HTC, has confirmed that the Sprint HTC One E8 Lollipop update has been granted technical approval by the carrier – which means the rollout is just about to begin. According to Versi, the OTA will begin tomorrow (May 21), though it may be a while before your device is able to see the update. HTC has gone ahead and posted a changelog (linked in the source below) of what the update will bring; the four items you see below should be what to expect after the update: Android 5.0 ...

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    According to OnePlus, the sequel to its affordable OnePlus One flagship is set to arrive later this year around Q3. Which means, at this point, it's not too early to begin drumming up hype for the release of what's expected to be another powerful phone with a good value. Today, a possible OnePlus Two benchmark has given us a look at some possible specs the phone is expected to carry when it goes official later this year. This benchmark lists the model number of the processor as the MSM8994, which corresponds to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 SoC. Geekbench lists this as an 8-core CPU, though ...

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    Cyanogen has announced through a top executive today that a substantial portion of the company's latest funding round will be put towards a Cyanogen India office. The office is set to open within the next three months; the goal with the office will be to bring together a team dedicated to working on India-specific assignments, given that the country has become a hotbed for smartphone growth over the past few years. Said Vikram Natarajan, a senior vice president at Cyanogen, "India is very attractive. It is one of the hyper-growth markets for mobile today." This new India team is expected ...

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    There's really not much to complain about when it comes to the HTC One M9. The company's 2015 flagship is an improvement in almost every aspect over last year's model -- and our review is there to prove it -- but the performance figures and numbers from the market seem to tell a different story, as we're recently heard the company's sales were plummeting. A recent DigiTimes report claims, based on information from "sources at Taiwan's handset supply chain", that HTC might reduce One M9 component orders by as much as 30%, due to "lower-than-expected sales" and overall poor performance of ...

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    For a while now, we've been expecting Google to do something new with cases for its Nexus devices. Rumors emerged last year about a custom case program for the Nexus 5, one we saw mature to support the Nexus 6 as new evidence emerged last month. But so far, none of that custom angle has yet to go official. We're still not there quite yet, but today Google introduces a slightly different case program for some popular smartphones – and not just Nexus models – announcing its “Editions” series with the Skrillex Live Case. Yup: dubstep poster-boy Skrillex wants to bring you smartphone ...

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    There are plenty of smartphones that like to push physical limitations, whether that means being nearly phablet-sized, having a super-thin body, or offering a display that seems to fill the phone's face, with barely a hint of a bezel to be found. Last summer, Sharp brought us fantastic example of the latter, launching the Aquos Crystal. Better than just having an extremely eye-catching look, the Aquos Crystal offered some workable mid-range specs and came attached to a fantastically low sticker price, selling off-contract for $240 or less. We've been curious to see how Sharp might improve ...

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    We started the month off sharing with you some of the latest Android builds to become available for Nexus tablets, with Android 5.1.1 factory images landing for several. About a week later, the Nexus 9 joined them (well, for the WiFi-only edition, at least), and it wasn't much later before an OTA download emerged, for easy sideloading. But for all the releases we had seen, the picture wasn't complete, and we didn't have all the links we wanted for all the still-supported Nexus hardware out there. Today we have the opportunity to flesh things out with a few of those hold-outs, as OTA ...

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    Last September, I went to Motorola’s headquarters with Adam Doud for the company's 2014 Moto X unveiling. They took us through their manufacturing process for the phone, and we got a behind-the-scenes look at how they incorporate the Horween leather onto the Moto X. I briefly got to pick up the leather units, but at the end of the tour when we were given our press bags, I wound up with the soft-touch plastic back model. Sure, I saw the leather in person, but a few moments in the hand a lasting impression does not make. What do make lasting impressions are the scratches, dents, and scuffs ...

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    Yesterday we got some fresh news about one of last year's smartphones, with Verizon announcing plans to bring some additional color options to its Droid Turbo selection. And while that might be good news for shoppers just thinking about picking up a Droid Turbo now, your comments to the post made it clear where the concerns of existing users lie: software update, software updates, software updates. For while we are firmly in the era of Android Lollipop, the Droid Turbo has found itself stuck in KitKat territory. Motorola has insisted that Lollipop is coming for the Turbo, skipping straight ...

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    Last year Samsung kicked off its Galaxy A series of smartphones with models like the A3 and A5, a lineup it fleshed out earlier this year with the A7. With some respectable mid-range specs, the family's been a welcome addition to Samsung's smartphone stable, but where do we go from here? Will Samsung build upon the line with new models, or maybe upgrade the A3 and A5 with 2015 editions? Well, while Samsung's numbering logic might suggest it has an A9 in the works, a rumor from last month claimed that the manufacturer instead has an even number in mind, and now new details emerge about this ...

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    Too often in the smartphone world, companies clam up the moment an interesting rumor comes along. When we'd love nothing more than for one of them to own up and confirm, “yup, that's what we're doing; someone figured it out,” instead we get “our policy is not to comment on rumors and speculation.” And while that's not about to change anytime soon, occasionally we do get to see some glimmers of transparency when these firms just can't resist the temptation to set the record straight. Samsung's JK Shin has been doing a little of just that lately, commenting among other things on the ...

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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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