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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    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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    How do you send money to your smartphone-using friends? Go old-school with PayPal? Send it through Google Wallet? Are you a Venmo convert? There's no shortage of options out there, and today we're adding another to the mix. Last fall, evidence emerged that Facebook appeared to be developing a peer-to-peer payment system that would work through its Messenger app. Today the result of that project goes live, as Facebook announces just such a money transfer feature arriving for Messenger. As you'd expect, it's quite straightforward: during a conversation with a friend you need only tap a ...

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    Long before smartphones became "smart", business users would carry around a phone, perhaps a pager, and a PDA - a Personal Digital Assistant. This PADD-esque device was typically powered by an OS from Palm (Palm OS), Microsoft (Windows CE), or Apple (Newton). They enabled us to carry our contacts, calendars, task-lists, eBooks, email, and select types of documents with us where ever we went. We'd later sync our PDAs with our desktop computers so the data would remain up-to-date at our desk and on the road. As time progressed pagers and cell phones merged with our PDAs and we now call ...

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    Motorola's got a brand new smartphone out, having introduced its second-gen Moto E just three weeks back. At $150 for the LTE version and just $120 for the 3G edition, the new Moto E is already one incredibly affordable handset. Heck, it's so cheap, you could argue that Motorola's practically giving them away. As it so happens, the manufacturer is interested in doing just that, and today introduces a new promotion that seeks to hook customers up with a free Moto E. All you have to do to score your free Moto E is to order a new Moto X – specifically, an off-contract Pure Edition (one that ...

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    If there's one thing technology power users like us hate, it's carrying a bunch of different charging wires around when we travel. Why can't we standardized on one type of connector that works for everything? For a while around the turn of the century, many smartphones standardized on the mini-USB port for charging and syncing data. HTC even extended the port's specifications to include audio input/output. That was pretty fantastic since you could use one port to charge, sync, and play music on speakers at the same time. In some cases it could even output video. (See: Why the 3.5mm headset ...

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    Owners of the OnePlus One have been patiently waiting for Android Lollipop for months. And while they don't have it just yet, they've got two releases to look forward to: in addition to the Lollipop-based CyanogenMod 12S, the update to the current OnePlus One software, we're also about to see the release of the company's own custom ROM, dubbed OxygenOS. A few weeks back we got a general ETA for when to expect both of these software packages, with OnePlus advising us that it planed to begin distribution in mid to late March. Now it's getting even more specific, offering a couple dates. ...

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    Google's Play Store and Apple's App Store both attempt to do similar things: connecting mobile users to software for their devices. Yet their attitudes on how they approach this task have historically seemed quite different: Apple has its tight control over what does and doesn't meet its standards, while Google's tried to be more hands-off, having fewer restrictions. And despite Google's easy-going nature in that regard, the company's still made serious efforts to ensure that Play Store apps are good stuff, things like its system to scan software for known malware attacks. But now Google's ...

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    Samsung's MWC launches may have been all about new flagship phones, but even if nothing new debuted on the tablet front, it's also been clear that the company is up to something there. Over the past few months we've checked out numerous leaks and rumors offering evidence for the development of quite a few distinct models, including some new OLED-screen tablets. We're still waiting on those, but this week Samsung is going official with plans for several other new tablets, revealing the Galaxy Tab A series and the new Galaxy Tab 3 V. The Galaxy Tab A (above) first appeared on our radar back ...

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    Here's good news for the Nintendo fans among you. The Japanese company has announced that it will drop its "no smartphone games" policy and will indeed begin developing games for smart devices (including smartphones). Said games would feature well known characters, like Mario, and will be a result of the Nintendo-DeNA partnership announced (DeNA is a mobile content provider from Japan). Nintendo decided to stick with its console games policy, refusing to license its games or characters for smartphones, but, apparently, the Japanese hardware and game-maker has realized that smartphone and ...

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    It was just yesterday that we've seen an alleged high-quality render of the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4, and, today, we're getting more press images of the yet unannounced device. It looks like these renders are part of the same set of computer-generated stills, and they show off more angles and details of the 2015 Sony flagship. We're now getting a good look at the entire front and back of the alleged device, but there is also a disclaimer attached, according to which these are neither final press renders nor they depict the final version of the hardware. Instead, these are claimed to be ...

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    Google announced a big improvement to its Now service back at the end of January, with the personal software assistant picking up support for a bunch of cards from third-party apps. While in the past Google Now had been great about pulling data from things like your email and calendar, this new support meant access to previously untouched data troves. It all sounded very promising, with support for cards from even more apps to come. The only downside might be how Google was making this integration happen, and the need to work closely with the Now team to deliver this functionality might ...

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    MWC 2015 and the launch of Snapdragon 810-powered phones like the HTC One M9 seemed to finally put a damper on those weeks and weeks of everything-that-could-be-is-wrong-with-the-Snapdragon-810 rumors. No matter what bumps along the road the SoC may or may not have had, it was ending up in more and more phones. And to hear a report from about a month back, there could be good reason for this 810 fiasco feeling like it was becoming played out, appearing to show no major thermal issues with the 810 in operation. Now that HTC One M9 handsets are making their way out into the hands of testers ...

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    We've been eagerly waiting for HTC's official launch of the One M9 ever since its recent announcement at MWC 2015. Our own Michael Fisher already spent a few days testing the device during our stay in Barcelona, and we even spent some time comparing it to the existing HTC One M8. We're still struggling to prove just how much the One M9 has matured when compared to its predecessor, mainly because its software wasn't final during our first look, but it seems there are more software issues than meet the eye. HTC was supposed to launch the One M9 today in its homeland, Taiwan, but instead of ...

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    The last couple weeks have brought us plenty of rumors about LG's plans for its upcoming G4 flagship, but are we getting closer to developing an understanding of this hardware, or is the whole thing just drifting away from us, with confusing rumors muddying the waters? Much of the recent uncertainty has sprung from the arrival of renders that depict a possible G4 that sure looks a lot like the still-very-new G Flex 2 – so close to that phone, in fact, that we're left scratching our heads as to why LG might even bother with such a direct rehash. The latest info on the G4 to leak isn't ...

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