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Back in September, Apple released a tool to the Google Play Store that helped users transfer all of their important information from an Android device over to an iOS one. To date, that app hasn't garnered the greatest of reviews, with most of the ire coming from fans of the less restrictive platform. While Apple allows users to move from Android to iOS, though, it hasn't up to this point made it easy for those who want to switch from its side over to Android. According to the EU, this could be one of the biggest reasons why we don't see many users switch from the iPhone to an Android device,... Read more...
We can’t say that we didn’t see this one coming. BlackBerry has been circling the drain for quite some time, and its Blackberry 10 (BB10) operating system — which was supposed to be its savior in the face of immense pressure from iOS and Android — has proven to be anything but. That became even more clear when BlackBerry announced its flagship Priv smartphone last year, which just so happens to run the Android operating system. In an interview conducted during CES, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed that it will no longer develop smartphones running on its own BB10 operating system. Instead, like... Read more...
For some, one of the most useful updates to hit Android 5.0 'Lollipop' was the notification tweaker. With it, you can block different types of communications when you don't want to be disturbed, but still let important stuff through. Making this feature even more useful is the ability to lift the blocks automatically at a certain time, such as in the early AM when you are getting ready for your day. This "Set until next alarm" feature is undoubtedly useful, and perhaps even important, for many. So you can imagine the faces of those who need it when they load up the notification pane and see that... Read more...
Well, this isn't something we see too often. Hot on the heels of the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for its Moto X Pure 2015, Motorola has decided to release the smartphone's kernel sources to the wild. As you might imagine, this isn't a move that's going to affect end-users right now. Instead, access to these sources is ideal for developers looking to do a variety of different things, including adjusting the OS, optimizing it, or overhauling the ROM entirely. With sources simply handed out like this, it makes a developer's job a bit easier. In time, this release can affect end-users once developers... Read more...
You have to hand it to Google, the search giant has done a great job plugging itself into pop culture and has a sense of humor to boot. One example is Android. More specifically, Android's naming scheme, which goes in alphabetical order and is always representative of a tasty treat, the newest being Marshmallow. It started with Cupcake, then there was Donut, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and Kit Kat, the sole sugary treat that was part of a promotional tie in with Nestlé and The Hershey Company. That led many to wonder if Google would follow suit with Android M,... Read more...
The original Google Nexus 5 shipped right around this time two full years ago. Much has evolved in the smartphone space in the 24 months since then, but little has changed in terms of branding with this latest LG-built Nexus device. The 5.2-inch Nexus 5X we will be showing you here is positioned as the mainstream Nexus phone in the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) lineup, with an unlocked base price of only $379, though street prices are actually lower. Nexus 5X on the left; Nexus 6P on the right Put simply, the Nexus 5X is designed for mainstream smartphone users, looking for a strong value. Google... Read more...
Forget about all the hubbub surrounding Apple’s stylistically-challenged iPhone 6s Battery Case, there’s a new smartphone in town that doesn’t need an external battery to get decent battery life. In fact, the Oukitel K10000 won’t just last a day or two, or even a week for that matter. The company claims that its Android smartphone can last 10 to 15 days per charge with ease. So how can Oukitel make such lofty claims? Well, the answer lies within the K10000 name: a 10,000mAh battery. That makes the Motorola Droid MAXX 2 with its 3,630mAh battery and 48-hour runtime look decidedly puny in comparison.... Read more...
Google Has Google Now, Apple has Siri, and Microsoft has Cortana. On the mobile side of things, all three digital assistants respond to voice commands to help manage your hectic daily schedule in Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8/Windows 10 Mobile respectively. Unfortunately for Microsoft, its share of the smartphone market is rather dismal compared to the market leader Android and runner-up iOS. So in order to extend its reach in the mobile sector (and gain access to lucrative mobile search results), Microsoft has officially launched Cortana companion apps for iOS and Android. This is Microsoft’s... Read more...
Security researchers thought that we were all rid of a pesky vulnerability that was initially patched over three years ago. The exploit takes advantage of code lurking within the “libupnp” library, which is included in the Portable SDK for UPnP Devices used for DLNA media playback. However, some lax vendors have failed to include newer versions of the SDK with an updated version of libupnp, leaving millions of devices that we use everyday exposed -- 6.1 million devices to be exact, including smartphones, routers and smart TVs. In addition to hardware vendors, it’s also been discovered that 547... Read more...
The mobile market is flooded with smartphone makers, many of which are focused on Android handsets. Does it really need another one? That's up for debate, though if there's one person you'd want to see make a run at building Android phones, it would be Andy Rubin, who co-founded Android before it was purchased by Google. It may happen.Known as the father of Android, word on the web is that Rubin has been talking about starting up a new phone company. Citing "people in the mobile industry," The Informant says Rubin has even tried recruiting talent for the proposed outfit, though no specific names... Read more...
As we head into the holiday shopping season, there are a number of really great smartphones on the market for buyers to consider. Among this group is LG’s latest flagship Android superphone, the V10. As the first phone in LG’s new V Series, the V10 has a number of unique features including dual displays, two front-facing cameras, a removable battery and a manual video mode. The V10 also features high-end hardware, as you’d expect from a top-end model, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64 bit hexa-core processor, 5.7-inch QHD main display, 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM and even a secondary... Read more...
In effort to help users consume less data on cellular connections, Google introduced the Data Saver functionality a while ago in Android and iOS versions of Chrome. In my own testing with Data Saver enabled on my smartphone, I witnessed a 30 percent reduction in data usage for the month of November (622.4MB versus 889.9MB), which is nothing to scoff at. However, Google is introducing a revamped version of Data Saver that goes even further in reducing the amount of data consumed on your mobile device. Google indicated in a blog posting this week that Data Saver will now reduce your data consumption... Read more...
Today we're going take a look at Google's latest Nexus-branded phablet, the Nexus 6P. Arriving just under a year after the Motorola-built, 5.96-inch Nexus 6, the Nexus 6P is actually a hair smaller, thinner and indeed, slightly more manageable. The 6P also marks Huawei's first foray into Google's Nexus family of products, which may allow the company to make a larger impact on the U.S. market -- a market which has been hesitant to embrace the brand on its own to this point. The Nexus 6P is the big brother to the Nexus 5X (review forthcoming), which launched alongside it, but there's a lot more to... Read more...
It's no secret that a countless number of mobile apps indulge in a bit more of our data than we'd like, and many even handshake with external servers, causing us to wonder what on Earth they're doing. Well, as some researchers at MIT have found out, a huge number of the top 500 apps on Google's Play Store send data back and forth that has absolutely nothing to do with the functionality of the app. Cue the eerie music. The researchers like to call this kind of communication "covert", as the fact that it's happening is completely invisible to the user. While it's easy to jump to conclusions about... Read more...
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