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If Android is the Batman of mobile operating systems, then where's Robin? The answer is Kickstarter. Robin is the name of a new crowdfunding project by Nextbit, a company consisting of experienced mobile and technology specialists with resumes spanning HTC, Google, Amazon, and Apple. What exactly is Robin? It's another Android smartphone, but not just another Android smartphone. Part of what separates Robin from the OnePlus and every other Android handset that dares to be different is its emphasis on the cloud. With Robin, the cloud is integrated into Android so that you never run out of space.... Read more...
It interesting how the tides turn when a company is faced with irrelevancy in the smartphone market. BlackBerry once pitched the BlackBerry 10 operating system as a competent rival to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, but instead has been “thanked” with sub 1 percent market share in the global smartphone market. BlackBerry was one at the top of the smartphone heap pre-iPhone, but now it has been reduced to an also-ran. So what is BlackBerry to do in order to regain its footing in the smartphone market? The company is embracing the world’s number one mobile operating system: Android. But since everyone... Read more...
Samsung has done very well with a couple of key design elements in their previous smartphone offerings, curved displays and the larger format Galaxy Note line. The Galaxy Note series has done especially well for the brand, with a user base that doesn't mind a bit more heft in exchange for more screen real estate, as well as other unique functionality that comes with the Note series. So too have Samsung "Edge" devices like the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge, which offer curved glass styling that turns heads and offers some additional differentiating functionality of its own.  Samsung is... Read more...
Amazon is taking another stab at promoting apps on the Android platform with the launch of Underground. The Underground app gives Android users access to free games and apps, which is nothing new for those familiar with Amazon’s long-running “Free App of the Day” promotion. However, where Underground take a slightly different (and interesting) turn is that apps and games are labeled “Actually Free” by Amazon, meaning that not only are the apps free, but also the associated in-app purchases. So you’ll never have to worry about forking over additional money to get the most out of what previously... Read more...
It appears that the launch of Google's Android Pay service could be a lot closer than we anticipated, and we have none other than McDonald's to thank for the information. There's little that's quite so satisfying as a hot and juicy McLeak. The information came forth through a message presented on an employee computer terminal. It mentions that Samsung Pay is due to launch on the 21st, which you might notice is a date that's already passed. As we learned just a couple of weeks ago, the actual launch date for Samsung's service is September 28, although a beta period is available for some testers... Read more...
As we discovered back in June, ASUS has delivered an impressive smartphone with its ZenFone 2. It looks good, boasts a bunch of premium features (1080p display, dual-SIM, 4GB of RAM), and best of all, is priced right. That led us to call the phone an "Excellent Android Value". With the launch phone being so affordable, ASUS has had a lot of room to work with in beefing it up for special editions. Soon, the company will be releasing the "Laser" variant, which reduces the screen resolution to 720p but boosts the max storage option to 128GB and replaces the Intel Atom SoC with Qualcomm's Snapdragon... Read more...
One of the first things we all do when firing up a new smartphone for the first time is to see which unwanted apps we're allowed to uninstall. It's not just wireless carriers and smartphone manufactures that are guilty of pre-loading their software on our phones, but also Google, which doesn't let phone makers cherry pick its apps. The good news is, Google's trimming the selection of apps that are required.At this point you might be wondering, "Isn't Android open source and free?" True and true, and any manufacturer or individual can do pretty much anything they please with the platform. That's... Read more...
Samsung reportedly has two upcoming tablets in the works, and they are aimed at wildly different markets. The first tablet features a huge 18.4-inch display, and apparently carries the internal designation of SM-T670. Despite the massive screen size, don’t expect to see some crazy-high resolution with this tablet — this will strictly be a 1920x1080 device. Powering the tablet with all be an octa-core Samsung Exynos 7580 processor with 2GB of RAM. Other features include 32GB of internal storage, a microSD slot which supports up to 128GB and a 5,700 mAh battery. Interestingly enough, the tablet is... Read more...
ASUS is on a roll these days, especially in mobile technologies. In the past few months, the company has surprised us all with the affordable and powerful ZenPhone 2 smartphone (which starts at a very frugal $200 off-contract) and the even cheaper ZenFone 2E which takes the prepaid route via AT&T. ASUS is again using its “Zen factor,” this time in the tablet space, with the introduction of its ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA. And we’ve got a hands-on preview of the premium tablet for you today. Front and center on the new ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA is a crisp, 7.9-inch QXGA (2048x1536) IPS display that is covered... Read more...
Considering that Android is installed on around eight out 10 smartphones around the world, it was pretty scary to find out about Stagefright, a vulnerability that's present on almost all of them. Even more frightening is that in many cases, the exploit could be triggered with a simple text message. In theory, an attacker could text your handset while you're sleeping, take control of your phone, and wipe any trace of something nefarious taking place so that you'd never be the wiser. That got the attention of Google, which patched the MMS exploit and sent the code to wireless carriers. One by one,... Read more...
The challenge of raising a child starts the moment you realize you're going to be a parent and must pick out a name. Sounds easy, but it really isn't. You inevitably find yourself looking up baby names, either in a book or on the web, and eventually you land on something you like. However, it's a process, and it's where Google finds itself right now in regards to Android. There's an added challenge to the process for Google since, historically, major Android builds have been named after delicious treats. Not without purpose, Google maintains that "since these devices make our lives so sweet, each... Read more...
Samsung’s latest phone offering features a hexa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16MP rear camera, and runs Android. Taking a quick glance at the specs, you could safely assume that this is yet another mid-range smartphone offering from South Korea’s electronics powerhouse; but you’d be dead wrong. Samsung’s new SM-G9198 is actually a brand new flip-phone aimed at those who eschew the dominate smartphone form-factor that has dominated the overall global phone market for years. Powering the device is Qualcomm’s potent 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 processor, and you’ll find both 16GB of internal storage and... Read more...
The SHIELD Android TV already has more than 300 compatible titles since launching a few months ago, but Nvidia gave that pool another boost today with the announcement of seven new(ish) titles. Five the games were already available but now have support for Nvidia’s set-top gaming device, while two are completely new to the Google Play Store. Killing Floor: Calamity Of the two new titles, Killing Floor: Calamity will be more familiar for most gamers. While Windward ought to make for some ocean-faring fun, Killing Floor: Calamity is based on the tried-and-true bloodbath of a game that first appeared... Read more...
We just left Samsung’s Unpacked 2015 event in New York City, at which the company unveiled its latest flagship, big-screen smartphones, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note5. Immediately following the on-stage presentations and big reveals, Samsung opened up a demo area featuring the new devices and we got to spend some hands-on time with each of them. A video of both devices in action is embedded below. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Home Screen Before we dive into the video, we should point you all towards our existing coverage. We’ve got additional details regarding the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ available at... Read more...
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