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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    A few weeks back, we gave five lucky Pocketnow readers the opportunity to get early access to some hot new smartphones as we teamed up with Huawei to hand out spots in its Friendly User Testing program. Members get early access to upcoming devices, testing them in advance of a formal launch. Huawei's not the only company offering its users that kind of experience, and today we get word of a similar program going into effect over at Motorola, as the company sends out invites for its new Moto Makers group. Motorola is distributing these invites to a select number of “fans and supporters” ...

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    Alcatel Onetouch launched its very affordable Idol 3 back at the start of March, with MWC in full swing. With some solid mid-ranger specs, the pair of phones (a 4.7- and 5.5-inch model) would have been attractive enough on their own, but it was the very low pricing ($200 and $250, respectively) that really helped make these two stand out. We knew at the time that both Idol 3 models would be making their way to the US eventually, but when? Today the manufacturer starts completing this release picture, as it shares news of the coming start to pre-orders. For now, we're only talking about the ...

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    Samsung really managed to pleasantly surprise everyone with the S6 and S6 Edge (and you can tell we're amped if you check out our review, if you haven't already). The phone is everything a real flagship is supposed to be, this time, with better looks and materials; no wonder Samsung is forecasting/expecting to break shipment records (not that in the past it had problems, with every iteration outselling the previous one). On that exact note, you should expect a Galaxy S6 Edge shortage, according to Reuters, as Samsung will most probably have issues with meeting production demands for the ...

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    April 28 is when LG is going to unveil the 2015 flagship, the G4, and the company is not shy about letting everyone know when it will happen, and what to expect. We're referring to the leather-back phone on the invite, which also unveils some camera bits. Apparently, the LG G4 camera will be better, as the company has just announced its brand new camera module, the one that will be featured on the G4. We're looking at an aperture of f/1.8, and LG Innotek claims it is the "widest aperture camera developed for a smartphone". 80 percent more light (compared to the LG G3) is what LG claims ...

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    Even though Mobile payments have existed for years, thanks to Google Wallet, we really haven't seen the service take off. Apple has spent its last two events boasting about how much Apple Pay is growing, but none of that data is backed by factual numbers. All this being said, we do know that Microsoft is building a lot of new payment functionality on Windows 10 for mobile devices, and today we hear more about what's to come. A new regulatory filing has just emerged in which Microsoft applies to deploy a money transmission service in all 50 states. Sadly no specifics have been provided on ...

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    Samsung is very interested in making you love the Galaxy S6, so much so that the company wants to make sure it builds enough variants to fit your needs. We've got the Galaxy S6 Edge in case your geekiness requires more technology, and we've even heard rumors of a Galaxy S6 Active in the works. Now if you thought Samsung was done with just two variants of its new flagship, you'd be underestimating them. We get the first leaked photos of a dual-SIM Galaxy S6 that sports the same model number as the existing Galaxy S6, and even the same specifications. Really the only change is that you get ...

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    Xiaomi's presence in the smartphone market has been growing by leaps and bounds, and that's all thanks to the massive success the company has been finding in its native China. We've all seen the numbers showing just how many millions upon millions of phones the manufacturer's been selling, and the big effect that's had on the firm's valuation with investors. But today we get a special look into just how many smartphones Xiaomi is capable of moving, as the company reveals some seriously impressive one-day sales figures. For one day, Xiaomi is deeply discounting many of its handsets, ...

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    With April 10 just a couple days away, when Apple Watch pre-orders will open as the smartwatch comes to Apple retail stores for demos, this is undeniably Apple's week when it comes to wearables. And while there may be no changing that fact, just because Apple has the spotlight is no reason for the other players to give up altogether, and Google is sure doing its darnedest to remind us that Android Wear is still a viable option – especially if you're not willing to jump platform lines just for the sake of a wearable. To that end, it's promoting some of Android Wear's customization ...

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    As Samsung's Galaxy S6 makes it into the hands of more and more new owners, we're starting to pick up on reports of more and more issues with the phone's hardware. For a really high-profile flagship model, that kind of scrutiny's expected, and complaints have run the gamut from the easily dismissed (like that failed attempt at another “bendgate” scandal), to those worth a closer look (like the scratched-screen Edge reports we're still waiting for Samsung to comment on). Today we have a new source of concern to share with you, and while this one doesn't sound like a huge problem, it ...

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    Update: As far as availability is concerned (while there's still no pricing at the moment), HTC brought the One M9+ to China, with other markets being confirmed at a later date. However, "the One M9+ is not currently planned to be released in North America or Europe, where we believe our flagship HTC One M9 is the best choice for blazing fast performance, incredible sound, and network compatibility across the broadest range of operators." HTC has just taken the wraps off of its One M9 Plus, a variant of the One M9 that we've been expecting for a while now with a larger screen and some ...

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    Continuing on from the news of the HTC One M8 on AT&T getting Lollipop yesterday, the HTC Android updates for the week aren't quite finished. The next phones to be updated are the HTC One M7 and M8's Google Play edition variants. These HTC Google Play edition Android 5.1 updates are now rolling out, according to HTC project manager Mo Versi. The updates will bring the phones from Android 5.0.2 to Android 5.1. The updated build of Android doesn't bring any changes in terms of features – you'll be running a build of Lollipop nearly identical to the current one after you run the update ...

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    If you have kids like I do, you probably celebrated the launch of YouTube Kids a few weeks ago, as it is definitely difficult to control what children can find on YouTube. The problem is when you find channels like McDonalds in the feed, which are clearly there to sell you products, and not with the sole purpose of providing children with educational content. This particular problem has raised a lot of fire around the concept of YouTube Kids, and today we learn that there are organizations ready to retaliate against Google. A handful of child advocacy groups are ready to file a complaint ...

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    LG has, over the past few weeks, begun the most unique smartphone launch process we've seen from any manufacturer to date. It's been outing details of the phone in an almost overwhelming manner – we've learned about the f/1.8 camera lens as well as the 5.5-inch QHD display already, and seen strong hints that there will be a leather version. We thought the company had reached the extent of revealing information when it outed LG UX 4.0, the software skin the G4 will utilize, but it's not stopping there – the South Korean OEM has just announced an LG G4 giveaway, to seed 4,000 units of ...

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    Who needs big launch events for new phones, weeks of teases, and desperate attempts to drum-up interest? Not Huawei, that's who. For while some manufacturers make a big production out of a new smartphone's arrival, Huawei has just quietly let a new mid-ranger loose on Amazon, as if it's the most casual thing in the world. The phone in question is listed at the Huawei Expo, but all of the artistic resources accompanying the page describe it as the Huawei SnapTo, which is more likely the intended commercial name. The SnapTo features a five-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB of RAM, ...

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    Is the Galaxy S6 the smartphone you thought it would be? The one you were really hoping for? Samsung made a few big departures from previous entries in the series, and despite how well-received many of them have been, there's a fair chance that Samsung dropped one of your favorite features. Luckily, there may be hope yet, as we caught word about a month ago that the Galaxy S6 could see the arrival of a close cousin in the form of the Galaxy S6 Active. Not only would that spell the return of the phone's waterproofing, but rumors have gone so far as to suggest that the Active version of the ...

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    Back in my college days I was a die-hard Microsoft OneNote user. I had a folder for each course I was taking and every lecture got its own notepad, complete with tabs, pictures, and handwritten as well as typewritten notes. The advantage of OneNote, in addition to a single location for everything with the freedom of free-form text, is its universal indexability. Put another way, virtually everything in a OneNote collection is indexed and searchable - including handwriting and text inside images. OneNote was introduced when smartphones were in their infancy and we rarely considered snapping ...

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    Tomorrow is April 8, which means we're just about to see HTC's latest smartphone go official. The weeks following the launch of the One M9 have already brought us the One M8s and One E9+, but there's one more new model just over the horizon, the One M9+. The quad HD handset has seen no shortage of leaks, and already this month we've had a few opportunities to check out seemingly official promotional material. While tomorrow's event will finally pull the curtain all the way back on this Android, we've got one last set of leaks to take a look at today, with the arrival of a couple new ...

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    HTC has come a long way since the company saw its finances dip into unprofitable territory, and while it may be on far stronger financial footing than it was just a couple short years ago, we continue to find ourselves putting its earnings performance under the magnifying glass. After all, while it may have pulled itself back from the brink, it also hasn't seen any big win propelling it into new levels of profitability – so we come back quarter after quarter, looking to see if numbers are up, down, or just maintaining the status quo. Last time we checked in, HTC was expecting Q1 2015 ...

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    LG's next flagship smartphone will launch in just three weeks. The first save-the-date notice the company distributed was a little coy about naming the device it concerned, avoiding "G4" directly and instead making some general references to G-series devices. But then in that new teaser video we shared with you overnight, the manufacturer put aside any trappings of mystery and got nice and clear, publicly stating its intent to reveal the LG G4 on April 28. Now it's time for LG's formal event invitation to arrive, and it may just offer us our best look at the G4 yet. Following that ...

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    Lately I've seen a few articles from other tech writers championing some of the latest new mobile email programs for their innovative takes on improving the email experience on the small screen. Mobile apps are generally less capable than their desktop counterparts and email programs have always been far more feature rich and capable on the desktop computers. Even the most basic web-browser-based email services are often far more useful on desktop web browsers than within mobile phone apps. I've been using Microsoft Outlook as my preferred email program since the late 1990's. Outlook 98 ...

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    We know a lot about the Huawei Ascend P8, despite the fact that it's not yet been made official. April 15 is when we expect to hear official wording about the device, but we've already heard rumors of its possible ceramic and glass build, as well as a tentative aluminum frame for the device. What we didn't know where its exact internals, but those are no longer a secret thanks to this Huawei Ascend P8 leak. A 5.2-inch screen is expected to be at the front of the Ascend P8 (Ascend P7 showed in the image above), with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. At the core of the smartphone ...

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    We all remember last year's (thankfully behind us) "selfie" trends (with their respective "groufie", etc. derivates), and, remembering that, we can't help but remember Sony's Xperia C3, the selfie-centric phone with the five-megapixel front-facer with LED flash. It looks like the Japanese manufacturer hasn't given up on the concept, as a follow-up, the Xperia C4, is in the works, judging by the latest chatter. We've seen a render leaked yesterday, showing off a fairly similar design with an oversized camera on the front, and today, we're looking at what's claimed to be a real-life picture ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z4 is not official yet, but it already feels like we've known this phone for so long (and we're not referring to the slight improvements from the Z1 to the Z2 to the Z3, etc.). With all the rumors and leaks that are becoming a daily source of chatter and headlines, we can't help but wonder when is it exactly that Sony decides to finally make the phone official. A Sony Xperia Z4 camera sample has been allegedly leaked. A resized version can be seen below, while the full size of the image is available at the source link. According to the EXIF data, the shot has been taken ...

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    Samsung has been consistently using its own processors inside smartphones (some flagships for certain regions in parallel with same versions running Snapdragons, some mid-rangers), until this year the company decided to go all in with the Exynos-powered Galaxy S6 (and Edge). Whether the overheating rumors around the Snapdragon 810 were the reason, or Samsung simply wants to enter the market and compete, is irrelevant at this point. Thing is that this might not be a one time thing. Samsung has the production capacity to produce its own chips, and, according to this latest report, the South ...

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    LG this year has gone all-out teasing its newest flagship smartphone, with the unveiling of display specifications and nearly every detail of the software skin weeks ahead of the device itself. It's keeping the ball rolling just hours after filling us in on LG UX 4.0 with a teaser video published on YouTube to highlight one key feature of the phone – while also offering us what's likely a look at the device's silhouette. That one key feature? It's the camera. LG offers us just one hint: f/1.8. That's almost certainly referring to the camera's lens and its aperture value; considering the ...

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