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As good of a job Dell did in constructing in its Venue line of Android tablets over the past several years, it's kicking Google's open source operating system to the curb and focusing more on Windows 10 devices, specifically the fast growing 2-in-1 convertible market. That means no more Android slates, nor will Dell offer its Android-based Wyse Cloud Connect PC-on-a-stick."The slate tablet market is over-saturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we've decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line," Dell told IDG News Service in an email. "We are seeing 2-in-1s... Read more...
There's been a lot of skepticism over whether a startup called Ringing Bells could deliver on its promise to build the world's least expensive smartphone, but not only does the firm say it's achieved that goal with the Freedom 251, it says the handset is nearly ready to ship. When it does, it will cost consumers in India just 251 Indian rupees, which is less than $4 in U.S. currency. The name of the handset is based on the price in rupees, in case that wasn't obvious. It will start shipping on June 30, 2016, the first batch of which will contain 200,000 Freedom 251 phones. Once those are shipped... Read more...
Is the Nexus line of smartphones not Googley enough for you? Well, it looks as though Google is putting the finishing touches on a new Android smartphone that will bear its name instead of the familiar Nexus branding. This latest report of a Google smartphone comes from The Telegraph, citing “sources familiar with the discussions.” Although Nexus devices carry the torch for Android smartphones (new Nexus flagship launch with the latest and greatest version of Android), they’re designed and manufactured by third-party OEMs. Last year, Huawei was tasked with building the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P, while... Read more...
Google is currently building a live support app with screen-sharing capabilities for its Nexus line of smartphone. The goal is to create a feature similar to Amazon’s Mayday button found on Fire tablets and the defunct Fire Phone. In the past, Google support has been particularly challenging for those who have bought their phones online. A screen-sharing feature would make this experience less frustrating for customer and would allow Google’s tech support to presumably resolve issues more quickly. At this point, however, we know very little about what screen-sharing feature will offer. It... Read more...
Google just added a new feature to Chrome OS -- the company is experimenting with adding a storage manager that has been added to the latest developer update of the software. This update comes on the heels of the addition of Android apps and games to Chromebook devices. When Chromebooks were initially released, they only came with 16GB of storage. The idea was that apps and user files would exist primarily online. Google has increasingly added offline features such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive. Newer Chromebooks will soon be running Android apps from Google Play offline.Chromebook... Read more...
Does the world need another mobile operating system to compete with Android and iOS, the two of which account for all but around 1 percent of the smartphone market? Probably not but Huawei, now the world's third largest producer of smartphones, is building an alternative OS anyway, though you may never see it.Just as Samsung attempted to lessen its dependence on Google by developing Tizen, Huawei wants to do the same, essentially buying itself some insurance in case things take a turn for the worse for whatever reason. Huawei isn't necessarily interested in storming the OS market with an option... Read more...
Nothing says “finger-licking good” like a bargain basement smartphone charger. Wait, what? Apparently the marketing geniuses over at KFC India have come up with what might be one the oddest promos that we’ve seen in quite some time. KFC India has debuted a limited edition version of its 5-in-1 combo, which comes in what’s called a Watt a Box. Besides the greasy chicken and sides that you’d usually find inside your meal box, there’s also a 6100 mAh power bank that can be used to recharged your Android smartphone or iPhone (both microUSB and Lightning cables are included). Despite the generous capacity... Read more...
One of the biggest benefits to owning a Nexus device is getting access to Android updates the moment they become available, as opposed to having to sit around twiddling your thumbs while your handset maker and wireless carrier go through the lengthy process of adding in their own custom bits and certifying that everything's running properly. Unfortunately, Nexus devices aren't supported indefinitely. If you're wondering when your handset officially reaches its end of life (in terms of guaranteed updates), Google has the answer. Google commits to supporting Nexus devices with new Android builds... Read more...
Have you ever noticed that when a service becomes almost incomprehensibly large, it can begin to care less and less about what people think about it? Some might feel that way about Facebook, a company that time and time again has forced changes on its users that haven't been very well received. A major example of this in recent years has been with the forced transition to Facebook Messenger, something that caused thousands of users to give the app a 1-star rating for. Simply put, people were not happy. As that move happened a couple of years ago, we don't hear too much about the hate anymore, much... Read more...
It's a dangerous online world out there and to keep the bad guys at bay, many companies require that employees use two-factor authentication. Typically the second method of verification entails tapping a Security Key or entering a verification code that's sent to a mobile device, but to make things easier Google is adding a third method, an approval prompt that pops up on a user's phone.This is something that's built right into the latest version of Google Play Services, which gives just about every Android user access to the feature. If you're rocking an iOS device, don't sweat it, you just need... Read more...
It should be a secret to no one at this point that if you own a mobile device, you can probably run a game emulator without issue. This is especially true on the Android side, thanks to its increased openness. There, you'd actually have a difficult time finding a game platform that wasn't supported through emulation. Even advanced consoles like the Sega Dreamcast are supported. But what if you're one of those who loves classic gaming, but doesn't want to fiddle with emulation? Your best bet is to play the real cartridges, but who wants to lug around a dedicated device all day? Hyperkin is here... Read more...
It might be hard to believe, but it's now been an entire year since Google decided to expand its bug bounty mechanism towards an ecosystem that desperately needed it: Android. At the time the program launched, and leading up to this point, the maximum payout for reports has been $38,000. That kind of figure is not common for the regular submitter to see, though; instead, the payouts might be measured in the thousands, rather than tens of thousands. Nonetheless, those who plan to submit reports for a chance at a nice payout are going to be even happier going forward. Due to the success of the program,... Read more...
The OnePlus 3 is one of the hottest phones going at the moment. It offers a serious punch for its $400 asking price, and like all other OnePlus models before it, we expect it to be snatched up quickly by those who want something a little different, and get involved in an ecosystem where the phone vendor doesn't mind when its users want to get their hands a little dirty. And well, if you have a OnePlus 3 and were really looking forward to that 6GB of memory offered, you will have to get your hands dirty. It's not easy to understand exactly why OnePlus limits the RAM usage when it boasts offering... Read more...
The moment all Chromebook users have been waiting for has arrived! Well, at least those sporting ASUS Flip Chromebooks, as that seems to be the first destination for added support for apps found through Google's Play Store. If you're rocking an ASUS Flip, you'll need to enable the development channel in order to gain access, so it's not quite "public" yet. We first learned of Google's Chromebook Play Store plans way back in April, which came to us in the form of a rumor. A mere month later, Google confirmed the feature at its I/O developer conference. Fast forward less than a month, and the ASUS... Read more...
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