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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    Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are nearly here, ready for you to buy. With strong consumer interest, and rumors of limited stocks for the Edge version in particular, the idea of locking-down your GS6 with a pre-order can sound like a pretty tempting one. Already, local Samsung offices, carriers, and retailers in certain markets are accepting pre-orders – that's currently the case in England, for instance. But here in the US, we've yet to see a similar situation unfold. While still not confirmed, retail sources are now claiming that we're just one more week away from our own ...

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    With the release of Android Lollipop Google introduced its Smart Lock feature, a mode that lets users control when their phones and tablets will require PINs or passwords, and when they'll automatically stay unlocked. Right now that can be tied to objects, using the presence of a trusted Bluetooth device or NFC tag to trigger this unlocked mode, tied to a specific area with the help of location services, or even tied to your own body, taking advantage of facial recognition. Now users are reporting that Google's in the process of adding a new option for when to keep your phone unlocked, ...

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    Amazon is not in an enviable position with its Android Appstore. With so many users already exposed to the convenience of Google's Play Store baked right in to their Android experiences, convincing them to enable sideloading, install Amazon's app, and then juggle two incompatible app stores from there on out can be a tall order. Still, Amazon does what it can to stir up interest, often by means of big app giveaways – and it's got just such an offer running right now. But now a leaked presentation attempts to clue us in to what could be the company’s next effort to generate interest in ...

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    With last year's Moto 360, Motorola created the market for the round-screened smartwatch. In the months since we've seen the introduction of plenty competition, but the 360 remains the gold standard in the eyes of many consumers. As such, we've been hugely interested in learning what's next for Motorola wearables, especially this week as we mark the one-year anniversary of the 360's initial launch. While nothing's official yet, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing may have just given us a little preview of the second-gen 360, sharing a couple pics on Chinese social media. While Yang calls this device ...

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    Yesterday brought us some sad news for fans of the venerable HTC One M7, as the manufacturer confirmed that while the phone made the journey to Lollipop, its story would end with Android 5.0, and HTC wouldn't be updating the phone to the just-released Android 5.1. Considering we're talking about a phone that launched a solid two years ago, it's not like we could expect further updates much longer, and we were finding it hard to fault the company's decision to devote resources to more recent hardware. But One M7 users are a vocal bunch, and those who weren't satisfied with HTC's decision ...

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    Experiencing a new smartphone is great, but what's even better is getting the chance to try one out before anyone else. Do you read about all the leaks we get to see with a sense of longing, wondering why that couldn't be you with insider access to development hardware? Are you a little jealous when we get our hands on pre-launch devices in order to bring you a first-person account as soon as they launch? We totally don't blame you. The good news is that we're not bringing this up just to rub it in your face. Instead, we want to help let you in on the action, too. Last month Huawei ...

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    The Taiwanese phone manufacturer has made a big announcement today involving its leadership. HTC executives are being shuffled around, and Cher Wang, Chairman and co-founder of HTC, has been named as CEO by the The Board of Directors of HTC Corporation. Cher Wang will take Peter Chou's place in becoming the Chief Executive Office of the company. Where does that leave Peter Chou, the former CEO? According to the official wording, Peter Chou "will transition to a strategic new role leading future product innovation". We're not quite sure what that means, but we're guessing, judging by the ...

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    Android is coming to cars near you. Last summer we saw Google share word of Android Auto at I/O, and ever since we've been waiting for it to debut in vehicles on the road. Manufacturers have been preparing for its arrival by building support into their dashboard electronics, and today everything’s finally ready to go live, as select Pioneer head units start talking to Android phones. In order to take advantage of Android Auto right now you'll need one of the aforementioned Pioneer in-dash units, models like the AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, or AVH-4100NEX. You'll also need an Android ...

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    HTC's One M9 has been official for a few weeks now, and while the phone's hardware may be complete, the situation with its software hasn't seemed quite so polished. We've heard numerous reports of issues with the phone's code, ranging from boot failures to insufficient thermal control measures, leaving the handset capable of running far hotter than its peers. The hope's been that HTC would be able to deliver some updated software prior to the One M9's commercial release that would put an end to these problems, and today word arrives that it may have just achieved that goal. First we hear a ...

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    Back during MWC a few weeks ago, OnePlus hinted at what was coming up next for the company. No, not the OnePlus 2; the firm said to expect something that would represent its first foray into a new product category. And after clarifying that we weren't about to get a smartwatch nor a tablet, we were left scratching our heads as to just what it might actually be. OnePlus still isn't quite ready to make its big announcement, but the new teasers it's putting out today sure look like they're hinting at some OnePlus gaming hardware. With all the talk of “a new game,” “fun,” and ...

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    The launch of the Nexus 6 last fall marked the latest shift in Google's direction for its pure-Android hardware lineup: gone were both the very affordable price tag and relatively compact size, with the Nexus 6 arriving as a six-inch, $650 phablet. It also represented a change in Google's manufacturing partner, as the company switched from LG after using it for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, to Motorola for the Nexus 6. Now we're wondering about what's next for the family, and rumors have already talked about Google possibly hooking up with a Chinese manufacturer for this year's Nexus (which ...

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    It's just a fact of life: eventually we have to say goodbye to even our favorite smartphones and move on to greener pastures. Just how long you're going to hold on to that old hardware depends on a lot of factors, including contract status and your ability to avoid accidentally breaking it. For a lot of us, the writing on the walls that informs us it's finally time to move on comes in the form of software updates – or rather, the lack thereof. Eventually, it just doesn't make sense for a manufacturer to keep supporting old phones with ongoing updates, and that's a point a favorite ...

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    When it comes to the unannounced Sony Xperia Z4, rumors are all over the place, just like in the case of any other phone that's about to get announced. However, in the particular case of the 2015 Sony flagship, previous rumors have tried to anticipate that there will be not one, but two different models, with slightly different internals, and screens (as far as resolution is concerned). We're not quite sure whether you should consider such rumors, but, adding to the recently (allegedly) leaked press images, are today's stills, where we're purportedly looking at the display unit of the Z4. ...

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    Even with the recent launch delays for the HTC One M9 in Taiwan, the company has already committed to launch the device in the US at the same time as the Galaxy S6. In addition to this flagship, we've also heard a ton of rumors of a more powerful variant in the works. If sticking with the specs of the HTC One M9 spell compromise for you, let's talk about its more powerful sibling. So far we've talked about the HTC One M9 Plus as the new flagship to come from Taiwan, but rumors claim that the final name might be the HTC One M9+, something which resembles the old One X+ days. The source ...

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    Macbook Pro Giveaway - ends tonight! Pocketnow is stepping up the excitement this week by giving away a free 13-inch Macbook Pro (Retina) with a 2.6GHz dual-core i5, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of Flash storage. It's valued at $1300, but the giveaway at Pocketnow Deals ends tonight! Just visit the offer page and create an account for a chance to win. You can share on Twitter for additional entries, and when your friends and followers enter via your custom referral link, you receive even more entries! Better yet, the giveaway is open to users worldwide. Ready to win a free $1300 Macbook Pro? ...

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    Huawei introduced one of the more interesting smartwatches to debut out of the early 2015 trade show season, launching its circular-screened Huawei Watch at MWC earlier this month. We've still got big questions on just how it will hit retail, though recent leaks have suggested that pricing will be a lot more agreeable than once feared – however details still aren't confirmed. As an Android Wear model, the Huawei Watch has the benefit of offering users a familiar user interface and broad compatibility with popular phones, but does that all come at too steep a price? Huawei would certainly ...

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    Motorola's Droid Turbo is getting Android Lollipop: that much the manufacturer has publicly confirmed. But even with that bit out of the way, there's still plenty we haven't known. When will the update arrive? And exactly what flavor of Lollipop will it deliver? We're still waiting for an answer to that first question, but new details have arrived to start giving us a better sense as to what's going on with the second, as a Motorola engineer answers a few questions about the Droid Turbo's update on social media. The big news here is that the Droid Turbo will skip Android 5.0.x entirely and ...

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    Back when Google started hinting at what is now known as "Android Wear", Apple fans came out of the woodwork attacking every little thing. Back then we just had rectangular watches which caused an outcry from Apple Fans. "Watches are meant to be round", they said. "Apple would never stoop to making a 'square' watch", they said. "They" were wrong, and it's wonderful news for Google and Android Wear.Wearables powered by Android Wear are already in their second generation. If you want square, you can get square. If you want round, there's more than one choice. If you want a curved screen, ...

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    HTC hosted a live online question-and-answer session a little earlier this afternoon, all in the aim of giving shoppers a platform to have their questions about the new Uh Oh protection plan addressed. Unsurprisingly, the company's fans couldn't help but let their questions stray into other aspects of the One M9's commercial debut. Thankfully, HTC was ready to address those, as well, and today helps fill in some of the blanks surrounding the phone's pending arrival. For starters, how about a release date for the US? We've already known that HTC's big competition, the Samsung Galaxy S6, ...

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    What happens to a smartphone as it nears the one-year anniversary of its introduction? We start wondering when we're going to see a follow-up? Sure, absolutely. Maybe get to see its manufacturer offer some big sales as it tries to clear out old stock? Sure, who doesn't love a good deal? But one thing we're not too used to seeing with a year-old phone is a price increase. Yet that's just what OnePlus is up to; what's going on? Right now, if you're buying the OnePlus One in Europe, you'll pay just about 270 EUR for the phone's 16GB edition, or more like 300 EUR for the 64GB model. Starting ...

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    A little over a year ago, HTC announced its HTC Advantage program, a multi-tiered effort designed to offer its flagship phone users an extra premium smartphone experience. That meant a few different things, but easily the most interesting component of HTC Advantage was its screen replacement program: if you were to damage the display of your new One handset, HTC would give you a one-time free replacement. A lot's happened since then, with the manufacturer launching both its One M8 and now One M9. And just as hardware gets upgraded, HTC Advantage is putting on a fresh new face, too, and ...

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    The Xiaomi Mi4 is an Android phone, in case you didn't know. And, judging by our own tests and conclusions, it's a pretty good Android phone. That, until Microsoft decided to work on a ROM that will allow Mi4 users to boot into Windows 10. Before anyone reads more into it, Xiaomi emphasized that this is not a partnership, but more like the OEM offering assistance to Microsoft with the trial. While there are no details about the software being trialled, TechCrunch believes, based on its sources, that the Microsoft ROM allows users to bypass Android and boot into a fully working version of ...

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    In case you've been on the edge about whether or not to purchase one of Google's recent devices, now may just be the perfect time to act. The company, to commemorate the launch of its brand-new Google Store, has started up a new offer to help sweeten the deal when buying select devices – this Google Store purchase deal will let you get $50 in credit that can be applied across the entire Google Play software store. To be eligible to the offer, you must purchase a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or any Android Wear watch, and your order must be completed through the Store. The deal will be available ...

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    We've spent the last couple of years drooling over the idea of new smartphone form factors. Lately every single device we see is a just a typical flat slab, and even though some of these have gained some curves over time, it simply can't replace the era of experimentation that we saw before the birth of the first-generation iPhone. Even so, back when slide-out QWERTY keyboards were common, we rarely ever saw companies experiment with the old flip-phone design that became so popular in the early turn of the century. Palm did give it a try at some point, but we've wished to see this come to ...

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    Android's Google app (née Google Search) is already a voice-powered juggernaut. Get things going with a brief “OK Google,” and you're ready to start converting milliliters to ounces, check what time the local grocery store closes tonight, or find out how tall Channing Tatum is. The voice control extends to letting you interact with certain apps, like how you've been able to compose a new text message using your voice alone. Now Google's taking that voice-controlled messaging to the next level, as it gives its app the power to compose spoken-word Hangouts messages. The feature works ...

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