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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    Well, it practically took forever, but Sony seems to be officially done with Android 6.0 updates at long last. Remember the OEM’s Marshmallow-eligible device list from way back October 2015? It’s completed now, as the mid-range Xperia C5 Ultra finally follows in the footsteps of the C4, M4 Aqua, M5, plus new and old Z-series flagships including the Z5, Z5 Compact, Z5 Premium, Z4 Tablet, Z3+, Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2, and Z2 Tablet. Any hopes of some other phones or slates being added to the M roster at the last minute, despite Nougat-optimizing work having started for a ...

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    Will the madness and uncertainty ever end? Can Samsung still regain the trust of millions of endangered customers, as well as a few who were actually physically injured by faulty Galaxy Note 7 units sold in markets as diverse as the US, Korea and Australia? Not if recent fire reports in China turn out to be authentic. For the time being, we’d like to keep our skeptical hats on, since Samsung specifically green-lighted sales of the dual-curved S Pen phablet on those uber-competitive shores, ensuring buyers they’ll be getting devices with batteries inside supplied by a different company. ...

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    Here's a simple little feature that the Google Play Store probably should've had long ago. Here's also a simple little feature that everything offering downloadable data (hi, everyone) or anything that can download said data (hello, phone manufacturers) should've had long ago. Google is beta testing a feature that queues downloads up if it realizes that you're browsing the Play Store on a cellular network. If you want to "Wait For Wi-Fi" to download a certain app, you can answer a prompt as such and the next time you hit a local area connection, you should be able to see a download or two ...

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    We've been discussing how Google's skated its Nexus mission around over the years, crossing its bow between developer and consumer targets and delivering a statement on what its Android operating system is. But as this latest revelation shows, Google may have unintentionally kept tinkerers in its radar. XDA-Developers member and Team Win Recovery Project lead Ethan Yonker dug into some Android Nougat source code to work out how seamless updates would work — the feature would let software updates occur without going into recovery. It would take a second system file partition for that to ...

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    With both the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 feeling rich for the blood of most early wearable admirers still not sold on the whole utility aspect, the Gear S3 probably a few weeks away yet, and LG, Huawei and Motorola all holding off on their next Android Wear releases, it might be time for the Pebble Time to step back into the limelight. Yes, we’re talking an H1 2015-launched, plastic-made, thick-bezeled, square-shaped, humble screen-sporting, non-heart rate-monitoring smartwatch here. One that could hardly be described as premium, elegant or fancy, especially compared to some of ...

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    When not busy urging Galaxy Note 7 buyers to return the hazardous S Pen phablet, handling exchanges, and giving out compensatory freebies, Samsung likes to flood the global mid-range market with 2017 upgrades of A3, A5 and A7 models (already?), a somewhat tardy 2016 A8 configuration, and a Galaxy A9 Pro that doesn’t really need a year attached to its name. This 6-incher comes as close to flagship Android material as it gets, falling short of the hero title due mostly to Full HD screen resolution and an octa-core Snapdragon 652, not 820 or 821, processor. Otherwise, power users can’t ...

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    The official wheels are finally turning to ensure Galaxy Note 7 fires and explosions come to a halt instead of potentially (and catastrophically) spreading to public transportation. Hot on the heels of the CPSC’s long overdue formal involvement in the previously unsanctioned recall process, the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has just issued safety requirements for airline passengers or crew traveling with a Note 7 device “subject to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Recall No.16-266.” Mind you, we’re talking ...

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    Enough confusion, speculation, mixed public messages, and failed attempts at containing one of the biggest scandals in the smartphone industry’s history without properly involving the authorities. Samsung is ready to take the bull by the horns at last, working with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure the “about 1 million” hazardous Galaxy Note 7 devices sold in the country before September 15 are all taken off the streets, replaced, and buried somewhere they can do no more harm. Speaking of, the CPSC has confirmed the overheating battery report count now ...

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    If you aren't entirely invested in running windowed Android apps with Remix OS on Windows, you can have your Windows and eat your Android at the same time with the Remix OS Player. The team behind that interface (and devices running it) have made a virtual Android device that can be tailored to run on up to 3GB of RAM or as little as 512MB. The Remix layout is pasted on top of Android Marshmallow, but we guess the best explanation for this is to say that this is what Chrome OS wants to be as it begins to integrate Android apps into some Chromebooks. The usage paradigm between Windows and ...

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    Offering a phone between $300 and $500 these days is a tricky proposition. We recently just published another showdown featuring all of the terrific options you can shop just at $400. This is the hot market now for pushing top specs into more wallet friendly territory, and manufacturers are getting hip to design. At IFA 2016 in Berlin, Huawei took the wraps off of yet another pair of mid-ranger devices. The Nova and Nova Plus look to replace previous phones like the GX8 with updated specs, and a more cohesive design language, shared with the new MediaPad M3 tablet. Looking at the smaller ...

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    Whether or not this all-time thoroughbred can run the darn operating system, though, that's another question. But we might as we take our victories as they come as HTC's big Windows Mobile release for 2009, the HD2, has finally had Android 7.0 Nougat hacked onto it. XDA-Developers member macs18max takes the cake for the update. With its splayed kernel, the HD2 has been the perfect toy phone for developers to trick the thing into booting into full-blown Windows, Firefox OS or Android Marshmallow. Unfortunately, while the HD2 does say that it's running CyanogenMod 14 on top of the initial ...

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    With the PlayStation VR arriving in time to meet up with a couple of new PlayStation 4 variants, Sony would have done well and good to start planning 360° TV and movie content a long time ago. Alas, we're hearing today that the Japanese company will likely be licensing content from other multimedia outfits at first. The PlayStation VR will be released on October 13, which gives the company less than a month to implement its wider content strategy. The company claims more than 230 developers to its effort working on more than 50 projects in gaming, karaoke, cartoons, music videos and ...

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    It’s perhaps needless to stress that, wherever or however you might intend to travel, by car, bus, train or plane, continuing to use and especially charging potentially hazardous Galaxy Note 7 units isn’t a good idea. But just as an extra precaution, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has taken to Twitter the other day to urge its customers “not to use or charge their #Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile device on trains and buses.” Similar to a number of airlines around the world, the public benefit corporation responsible for public transportation in the US state of New ...

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    With the iPhone 7 and LG V20 unveiled on the heels of IFA 2016, all this talk about exploding Galaxy Note 7s, Core Primes and even S7s, plus growing speculation of two impressive Google Pixel handhelds coming soon, it might feel like we’ve shrugged off some cool new gadgets recently showcased in Berlin a little too quickly. Case in point, the convertible but non-detachable Lenovo Yoga Book with Windows 10 Pro or Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This isn’t exactly a Surface Pro 4 or iPad Pro killer, packing just an Intel Atom x5 processor, and settling for a relatively small, low-res 10.1-inch ...

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    When Motorola, or just Moto, how parent company Lenovo likes to call the Android OEM these days, pointed the finger at Samsung for allegedly “stealing” its “original” Always On Display feature about a month ago, the attack came off as bitter, misguided and even a little desperate. Then, while everyone was mocking the newly unveiled iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the Moto Z makers again took aim at the troubled Galaxy Note 7-producing Korean giant, accusing it of not adhering to “the highest standards in quality and testing” of batteries. Relatively fair point, though it still felt low to ...

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    Everybody wants a piece of the rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar music streaming pie, including Amazon, according to fresh word around the water cooler. But as for that ancient gossip about Apple Music looking to merge with Tidal and truly go after stubborn market leader and veteran Spotify, it turns out there’s no truth to it. Well, technically, Jimmy Iovine, the co-founder of Beats Electronics and Tim Cook’s music guru since 2014, didn’t deny “such discussions had taken place” in a short statement to BuzzFeed News. He merely stressed Cupertino is no longer interested in ...

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    Samsung is in full damage control mode as exploding Galaxy phone reports don’t seem to be slowing down even with the Note 7 recall effectively going global of late, and while the Korean tech giant would never admit it, your best replacement for the newest flagship phablet is probably the company’s previous hero device. Think about it, why wait up to a few more weeks, risk the next Galaxy Note 7 batch presenting its own manufacturing flaws, and settle for a modest J-series handheld in the meantime, if you can even get that from your retailer of choice, when the S7 Edge is here, ...

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    Roughly 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 units sold by Samsung from Korea to the US, Canada, Australia and even China are clearly not safe to use under any circumstances, especially while charging, endangering private and public property and causing minor harm to a number of people around the world, so why aren’t they all being returned? You can get full refunds if you so choose, replacement devices with working batteries shouldn’t take much longer, and Samsung will give you temporary J-series subs while you wait. And still, you insist on rolling the dice. At this point, we doubt another car ...

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    While the Nixon Mission goes on sale this season as a water-treading debutante and the ASUS ZenWatch 3 evolves the company's commercial philosophy on smartwatches, the Android Wear platform will not be further bolstered by three of its major players this year. CNET has confirmed that LG, Huawei and the Motorola subsidiary of Lenovo will not have new releases until at least 2017. For LG, that leaves the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE as its latest Android wearable, released last November only to be taken from store shelves and re-released this March. Huawei launched its Elegant and Jewel ...

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    While we’re probably mere days away from Apple flaunting new record numbers for early adoption of a major iOS makeover, 7.0 Nougat is yet to break the 0.1 percent barrier in worldwide Android distribution. That’s because Google hasn’t done a great job spreading the N love for even well-qualified Nexus devices, leaving the 6P hanging until late last week, and still barely offering 6.0.1 Marshmallow factory images as far as the original N6 and LTE-enabled N9 are concerned. If it’s any consolation (most likely not), the search giant wants you to know the Motorola-made 2014 phablet and ...

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    If you were expecting some long overdue positive development on the exploding Samsung phone news front, we guess you’ll just have to wait until next week, when replacements for faulty Galaxy Note 7 units should gradually start shipping around the world. Meanwhile, more Galaxy devices, including older ones, are seen suspiciously blowing up on camera, software patches near their rollout for battery charge-limiting purposes, and the global Note 7 recall that reached Canada the other day now spreads to China. But fret not, as only 1,858 copies of the hazardous S Pen phablet sold in the ...

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    With the Galaxy Note 7 currently not safe to use, and dependable new inventory for folks who didn’t prematurely buy an explosive original variant still needing several weeks to become available, there’s little reason to pick up the “New” Samsung Gear VR headset, aka “Latest Edition.” As long as you plan to hold on to your micro USB-supporting Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+, S6, S6 Edge, S7 or S7 Edge, you might as well save a few bucks and get the first Gear VR Consumer Edition, model number SM-R322. Granted, its field of view is limited to 96 degrees, compared to 101 for the ...

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    We’re going to be brutally honest with you off the bat here. Sometimes, electronic devices will break sans an apparent cause. And in very rare cases, they’ll do so by overheating, catching fire and, ultimately, blowing up, threatening the user’s well-being. Phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, you name it, it happens, regardless of the make and model. Of course, when it happens on a relatively large scale, it’s the manufacturer’s fault for cutting quality control corners, recklessly speeding up production, and not discovering a damning component defect. But if all of a sudden ...

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    Unless Xiaomi has to deal with a Galaxy Note 7-level recall this holiday season, which remains unlikely, you have to figure the fast-rising Chinese OEM will unveil at least one more flagship Android phone by the end of the year. The question is are we looking at a long overdue Mi Note sequel here, possibly dubbed simply Xiaomi Pro, or an incremental upgrade for the early 2016 Mi 5, fittingly named Mi 5s? The latter is again our best guess, following a purported pre-release visit to benchmarking authority AnTuTu. Still pre-installed with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and still only ...

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    Google's always gotta be cookin' up some new features for something they've already released. And every so often, the company realizes that a little public input can help improve those features' usability and even popularity. And so, the Chromecast team is deciding to harness the public preview to its advantage and start up a Preview Program. No, it's not a beta — the features being floated are considered release-grade, but you get to see and test drive them, then tell Google about your experiences and ideas. So, how do you sign up? Enter into the Google Cast app for Android or iOS and ...

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