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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    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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    What do you expect from a phone these days? Does a smartphone define or compliment your personal style? What kind of performance do you require to get your work done? How much are you willing to pay for that performance? For fans of Android we've been through some highs and lows over the last couple years when looking at manufacturers building "price disrupting" handsets. Initially the Nexus was a high water mark we could point to for companies to include high end processors in lower cost devices. OnePlus took that philosophy and paired it with a fairly unpopular purchasing system that ...

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    Google's Nexus 5X continues to be the most affordable way to enjoy to pure Google experience. Surely it's not as powerful or commanding as the Nexus 6P, but it still manages to deliver a solid experience at a flagship level, even if it's priced as more of a mid-ranger. If you're in the market for one, this might be the time to buy. eBay deals have just set the Google Nexus 5X to just $269. Notice, we're talking about the 32GB variant here, making this deal a true steal. This is $130 off the retail price, and if you know how eBay works, you might not want to think twice about making this an ...

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    It seems that Google might have finally caught on to the fact that people search a lot for medical advice. Even if we're all clear that these results should never supersede the need to visit a qualified physician, it doesn't change the fact that curiosity grows strong when you start to feel bad. Those of you avid users of Google Search will soon be in for a treat. Google has just announced that its search services are now rolling out enhanced medical information to benefit the user. This is not just Google being smarter about what results to give you, but actually the company's effort in ...

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    Every so often, you see that X company acquired Y company for hundreds of millions of dollars. Every so often, you'll see that number climb into the billions. Last week we saw LinkedIn get snatched up by Microsoft for some $26.2 billion. Does Microsoft want a social networking platform for blue collar types that badly? We know that there have to be sensical synergies for the deal to happen, but come on! $26.2 billion? What kind of returns are these companies expecting and when do they expect them? Well, we decided to take a look at five major acquisitions in technology with major impacts ...

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    We've shared our first impressions. We've talked a little about some of the things we like about the this phone, and a few things we didn't, but now it's time to share our full review. The X is a tricky phone to pin down. Sony's mission here is to trim the fat, walking away from some of the more outlandish hardware specs and feature creeping our phones are experiencing. Instead we see Sony engineers trying to scale back and refine specifically those hardware elements which they believe truly affect consumer use. We've scaled back to a mid-range tier processor, using the Qualcomm 650. Most ...

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    The Chromebook Flip got first dibs on a windowed Android apps experience today, but if you've been working with a Remix Mini, Remix Ultra or cracking Remix OS onto a PC, you already have an idea of how this works. Maybe it's time to upgrade your hardware game? Jide thought it was time to up its game with the Remix Pro, a mid-range convertible tablet with a Snapdragon 652, 3GB of RAM and a quick-chargeable 9Ah battery. The screen's 12 inches in diameter with a resolution of 2160 x 1440, 216 pixels per inch. There's 802.11 a/b/g, but no n, though it is dual-band on 2.4 and 5GHz. Hardware ...

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    The reason why you might buy a Chromebook is finally here. Well, on one Chromebook. Developers are getting their hands on Chrome version 53, including Google's own François Beaufort. He found and posted up a screenshot of the Google Play Store for the ASUS Chromebook Flip. In the next couple of months, Google will expand Android apps over to the Acer Chromebook R11 and last year's Chromebook Pixel. A full list can be retrieved at our source link below. Source: Google+, Google Via: PCWorld

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    We've been using the iOS 10 and Apple Watch OS 3 developer preview BETAs for almost a week. How is Apple stacking up to it Android competition? Bluetooth 5 is coming with more bandwidth and a focus on "Internet of Things". And, Net neutrality is defended again, this time in the courts. Will companies start accepting it now as the law of the land? These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 205 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June 17th (click here for your local time), or check out ...

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    With the OnePlus 3's wholesome 6GB of RAM, you'd think it'd be a beast at multitasking between apps and games. And in the past, the major marketing peg that OnePlus has stood on was that fact that it made flagship killing phones. So, the logical fallacy here would be that the OnePlus 3 would beat up, say, a Galaxy S7 edge with its pesky 4GB of RAM and bullet-fast Exynos 8890 in a speedtest comparison, right? Nope. Not according to C4ETech's video. The outlet tested the two on loading apps and keeping them in memory. It included loading both "Temple Run 2" and "Asphalt 8" along with ...

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    LG has announced four new smartphones that join the X family, and its already existent members, the X cam and X screen. According to the official wording, the new X power, X mach, X style and X max "share many of the top end features found on LG’s flagship G and V series handsets". "Greater battery capacity, faster processor, more sophisticated styling or a larger display", are each one key selling point and main feature of these four newcomers. The LG X power features a 4,100mAh battery in a slim, 7.9mm-thick case, with PE+ fast-charging technology, claimed to charge at twice the ...

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    The latest Galaxy Note 7 rumor comes from Korea and, according to ETNews, production will start next month (July), in order to have an initial stock ready in time for August. The company is purportedly planning to launch sales at the time of the phone's announcement. Yes, the Galaxy Note 7 is actually the Galaxy Note 6, but it makes sense for Samsung to skip a number in order to align its productivity flagship with its current Galaxy S offerings, as well as the upcoming iPhone 7. With an official announcement less than two months away, as rumored, the South Korean company is allegedly ...

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    Despite no major breakthrough or innovation in the past couple of years, the wearables market is still very much alive and kicking. 101.9 million wearable units are expected to be shipped worldwide this year, marking a 29 percent growth over 2015. The information comes from IDC, who predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3 percent, meaning the total number of wearable units shipped worldwide could very well reach 213.6 million units in 2020. Watches and wristbands take up the majority of these numbers, but other wearables are also contributing to the category's market growth ...

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    We're about to end the second calendar quarter of 2016 and Kantar Worldpanel is putting out numbers for the first quarter. With numbers like these, it takes time to make sure they're right. And we'd wonder how right these figures can't be. Android has gotten some major annual gains in market share across the world. In the US, it's a 5.2 basis point jump to 67.6 percent. The platform's grown by 5.4 points in China to 78.8 percent. In the markets of Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, — labeled the "EU5" — share came to 70.2 percent, up 5.8 points. The biggest increase ...

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    Contrary to what he was looking for, it seems that Dave Burke has lived to see Android Namey McNameface come to life. It comes as part of the Easter egg to Android N Developer Preview 4, which includes the final APIs for N (set number 24) for app developers to begin compiling and publishing or updating their apps. Devs can now also get out alpha/beta/production-grade apps set on API 24 onto Google Play. The images are available right now to flash and the Android Beta Program OTAs should be arriving shortly on all compatible devices, including the Sony Xperia Z3. So many things set and ...

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    The idea of Samsung moving its future smartphone releases from Android to Tizen has been around since it took up the operating system in some of its mobile electronics. And then, the smartwatches started picking up steam. As more of its smart appliances started picking up the open-source operating system, Tizen seemed to be a more tenable operating system for Samsung to capitalize on with its outstanding smartphone market share. Well, one unnamed executive at the company told The Korea Times this week that it will reduce Android's presence on its products in favor of Tizen. The only reason ...

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    Did you know Asus has been releasing relatively affordable mid-range phones under the Pegasus moniker for nearly two years now? What’s truly odd about the Greek mythology-inspired name is Asus decided to merge it with the Zenfone brand in China, earlier today introducing the hybrid-sounding Zenfone Pegasus 3. This is an aluminum unibody beast, you’ll be happy to hear, priced at just $200 or so (CNY 1,300), while packing 2GB RAM, accommodating 16GB data internally, and supporting fingerprint recognition. A higher-end 3/32 gig configuration will also be available soon, in exchange for ...

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    Taking a page from domestic arch-rival Huawei’s playbook, OPPO’s been constantly seizing the spotlight lately to gloat about various box-office achievements, both in general and specific to certain smartphone models. Ranked fourth among the world’s top manufacturers in Q1 2016 by market research firm IC Insights, OPPO remarkably managed to dominate offline China sales for March and April. At the same time, the R9 totaled 180,000 orders in its first 24 hours up for grabs, while its international F1 Plus equivalent averaged one sale every 1.1 seconds since the March 17 launch. “Blink ...

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    How serious and dangerous is China’s offensive on Korean and Western mobile hardware brands? Extremely, according to research conducted between January and March by IC Insights, which predictably positioned Samsung and Apple atop the smartphone manufacturer hierarchy, only followed by a flurry of handheld vendors based in the Middle Kingdom. Huawei naturally won bronze during Q1 2016, with 28.9 million units sold, still considerably behind the gold and silver medalists’ 81.5 and 51.6 mil scores respectively. But OPPO exceeded its most optimistic expectations, leaping from eight place ...

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    In case you were wondering whether Y comes after X or perhaps an X2 or X Plus, you need not wonder anymore, with OnePlus intent on investing all its production, distribution and marketing resources in the company’s one “true flagship” line. Talk about a tech outfit that knows exactly what it wants, and what it’s good at, as both rookie smartwatch and fitness tracker efforts got nipped in the bud due to lack of focus concerns. Meanwhile, the OnePlus X “experiment” received the green-light last fall, was largely praised by reviewers and consumers on very tight budgets, but is now ...

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    Water is wet, grass is green, and Nutella is the tastiest dessert that starts with the letter N. Don’t even try to think of a sweeter treat, as everything from nougat to nocciola, Neapolitan, Norman tart and New York Cheesecake (?!) feels embarrassingly inferior. Why is then Google still considering a number of candidates, including some proposed by you, for the popular name of the next Android OS version? To mess with us, of course, which the platform’s SVP has pulled off brilliantly on Twitter since February. Hiroshi Lockheimer, who also serves as the search giant’s Senior Vice ...

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    As Apple Pay gears up to add France, Hong Kong and Switzerland to an already rich list of supported countries including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, China and Singapore, Samsung Pay has no choice but try to play catch-up in essentially the same exact markets. After debuting in its South Korean homeland last summer, spreading stateside in the fall, then reaching China this spring, the Galaxy-compatible digital wallet solution kicked off a public beta test in Singapore a few weeks back, limitedly rolling out in Spain shortly thereafter, and now, just as rumored, Australia. In the land down ...

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    We've been running the iOS 10 developer preview for a little more than a day, but it's not the only BETA being run in our offices. We also have Google's latest build of Android N running on a Nexus 5X. We think it's time for a comparison. This is a big update for Apple, reaching the tenth iteration of iOS, a lot of attention has been paid towards streamlining interactions, incorporating more 3D Touch and gesture support, and catching a few services up which have been lagging behind the competition. Likewise, Google has a lot riding on Android N, in making this build of Android more ...

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    As if pro leaksters, regulatory agencies and even company officials didn’t already spoil the surprise well in advance of the OnePlus 3 VR announcement and invite-free commercial launch, the Indian branch of e-tailer Amazon slipped up and listed the phone as exclusively up for grabs earlier today. Needless to point out the blunder was rapidly mended, though the harm is done, and the cat out of the bag with a few hours still to go until the “flagship killer” officially breaks cover. Apparently priced at the equivalent of $415 (INR 28,000) in a top-notch 6GB RAM/64GB ROM configuration, ...

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    How far back in time and low on the totem pole will Samsung go in its effort to spread the Marshmallow love across the Galaxy device roster? Well, the venerable GS5 has already moved away from outdated Lollipop, including on T-Mobile and Verizon, while the entry-level S5 mini is inching closer and closer to its very own vital software promotion. As for the first-gen Galaxy J5, its age clearly recommended the 5-incher for a prompt UI makeover, but the hardware specifications… not so much. Unveiled a year ago, the phone debuted as a decently priced mid-ranger, though market standards ...

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