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:

  • by |

    Rumors surrounding HTC's 2015 flagship have been murky as of late. Ever since the launch of the One M8 in early 2014, it only seemed natural that the followup would be titled "One M9," but recent leaks have predicted otherwise, instead resulting in a torrent of information seeking to confirm information about a phone flying under the moniker "Hima." That continues now, @upleaks having just furnished us with a look at the possible HTC Hima color options. As per the leaker, we should expect to see grey, silver, and gold variants of the phone. Last year's One M8 saw availability of all three ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Weeks ago, when Google officially dropped Android 5.0's source code into AOSP, LG was fast to claim the title of the first OEM to update a non-Nexus phone to the Lollipop build (though, technically speaking, Motorola had already begun soak testing the update for its Moto X "Pure Edition" at the time). At the time it was only available in Poland, and finally today we're learning of further progress, with the LG G3 Lollipop Europe release nearing completion as you read this. All across the many European countries, users of the international-oriented D855 G3 model are being alerted with the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Right now, if you run a product name through the Google Search app on your phone, you'll likely see a bunch of sponsored links up top from retailers eager to sell you what you desire. Tap on through, visit the retailers' sites, and you're all ready to make your purchase. No problem, right? Well, as far as you're concerned, sure, but Google may have something else in mind. A new report out today claims that the company is thinking about getting more involved with sales facilitated by its search services, and that we may one day see the arrival of an option to buy products, right in search ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Google's voice-controlled features can already do some wonderful things. You need only speak the words, “OK, Google, how tall is Tom Cruise?” aloud before your phone fires back with, “five feet, seven inches.” Or you can ask your phone what the weather's going to be like tomorrow, how many milliliters there are in a tablespoon, or who sung “Call Me Maybe.” And while Google's voice features are very good at answering things for you, maybe even more impressive are tasks you can accomplish directly with voice commands. This week, the service picks up a pretty interesting one, as ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    This year's been a bumpy one for smartphone giant Samsung. While the company is still selling a crazy number of handsets, little by little it's seen its market share shrink as competition starts chipping away at the Samsung's dominance. We've already seen companies like Xiaomi really step-up their smartphone sales, joined by other rising Asian manufacturers like Lenovo. Back at the end of October, we took a look at the state of the market in Q3 2014, reflecting on just what had shifted over the course of the prior year. Today, some new Q3 figures are available from a different source, and ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    By this point, most currently-supported Nexus devices have seen the release of Android 5.0.1 for their hardware. Google was quick to send out OTA updates for its WiFi tablets, and last week we started seeing the arrival of updates for phones like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 6. While all that was great, we were a little curious about what wasn't emerging: a corresponding update for the Nexus 5. Not only had an OTA not been spotted, but Google hadn't even added the 5.0.1 release to its repository of the Nexus 5's factory images. What gives? Google's still remaining quiet on the issue, but a ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Late last week, we spotted the first sign that HTC's more affordable cover option for the Nexus 9 – the company's “Magic Cover” - was finally becoming available. At least, in very limited form: the only sales we saw were those going through HTC directly, and even then, only one of the four color options appeared to be available. But surely this was still good news, right? That the presence of one would suggest the others following just around the corner? Wouldn't you know it, but that's just what happening, with Google picking up the Magic Cover in the Play Store. Instead of just the ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Samsung formally announced the Galaxy S3 in May, 2012. Last year the Galaxy S4 went official in early March. And back this past February, we saw the Galaxy S5 debut. Little by little, the flagship launch event has been pushing its way closer and closer to the start of the year. Will 2015 follow with that pattern forward, or have we topped out, and late winter's probably the earliest we could hope to see a new Galaxy S model debut? To hear the latest rumor, Samsung could indeed be looking to make its launch event even earlier next year, and may have intentions on launching the Galaxy S6 as ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Can you imagine a world where companies didn’t push the boundaries of thin and light? Some of you may mock these efforts, but that doesn’t change the fact that the best selling smartphones today keep getting thinner and lighter. We can't ignore the fact that one of the best selling smartphones in the world shows a clear obsession for getting slimmer every new iteration, and the same can be said about Oppo's R lineup. Have a look at our comparison video of the Oppo R5 vs the iPhone 6. In a way, this comparison would've been more suited agains the iPhone 6 Plus given the dimensions of ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Back in August, Google retired the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition. It had been one of only three phones to survive the big July GPe purge – the other two, the One M8 and Moto G, continue to be listed on Google Play to this day (though neither's currently available for purchase). But even with the GS4 GPe put out to pasture, support for the phone's far from over, and tonight we witness it join the growing ranks of Play edition models receiving their Lollipop updates. Models like Sony's Xperia Z Ultra and the HTC One M8 may have beaten the Galaxy S4 to the Lollipop update table, but ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Going back a couple weeks now, information's been emerging about some new Samsung mid-range Android handsets: models SM-E500 and SM-E700. The limited specs we had available pointed to hardware that fell short of flagship level, and import logs for one revealed a valuation that came in close to the equivalent of $150. New information's slowly been arriving about this pair, expected to launch as the Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7, and now some more detailed spec breakdowns have been leaked, further cementing that assessment of these models as mid-rangers. The Galaxy E5 is rumored to feature a ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    Being a user of Google products outside the US can be a bit (or more than a bit) frustrating at times. When new devices and services debut, and Google's not making a concerted effort for global availability, you can almost be assured that users in the States will have access long before you do. All the way back in May, Google released an update for the Android and iOS editions of Maps that improved upon the existing turn-by-turn navigation by adding lane guidance; when cruising around on a multi-lane road, no longer was there any guesswork involved in knowing if you were in the right place ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    It's been just about two months now since the HTC-made Nexus 9 first went official, and well over a month since sales have begun. But even this far into the tablet's life, not everything in the Nexus 9 family of products has been available for sale. For instance, we only just saw sales of the LTE-equipped Nexus 9 get underway today. And while the tablet's out in black and white, you still can't buy it in its sand color anywhere. On the accessory front, we knew to expect two case designs: the Keyboard Folio and the Magic Cover. The former, while expensive, has been available for purchase ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    So far today, we're not off to the best start when it comes to leaked pics of upcoming smartphones; that “Galaxy S6” that's been making the rounds is pretty clearly a fake. But before you get soured to leaks altogether, we've got another one that looks like it's going to hold up a lot better, as some pics emerge of what appears to be Sony's Xperia E4. As a budget model, the E4's not going to be as exciting as something like the GS6, and rumored specs like a quarter HD, five-inch display and a MediaTek MT6582 SoC aren't going to drive you wild with anticipation. But there's a place in ...

    Share
    Read On
  • by |

    How badly would you like to see Samsung's upcoming Android flagship, the Galaxy S6? No, no – keep your right arm for now. Eventually we almost certainly will get a chance to see a legitimate Galaxy S6 leak, whether that first arrives as an individual component or two, or maybe a more fully assembled prototype. And today there's a pic going around that purports to give us a glimpse at just such a thing – you may have even seen it popping up on your social feeds by now. But be wary, as this shot is looking a lot like a fake. That's it up above, and on first glance it looks Samsung-y ...

    Share
    Read On
Switch to mobile version
Mobile Version