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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...
If you're wondering why all your Android device-toting buddies are no longer answering your messages, there's a reasonable explanation. They've all been abducted by aliens! Just kidding -- the real reason you can't get in touch with them is because they're playing Fallout Shelter...on their Android gadgets! Did we blow your mind? No, they haven't hacked their Android smartphones and tablets to run iOS, previously the only mobile platform you could play Fallout Shelter. Instead, Bethesda Softworks finally got around to porting the anticipated title to Android, just as promised, which is now available... Read more...
Microsoft has big plans with Windows 10 and Windows 10 for Mobile, but let's face it, Microsoft's shooting for relevancy, not mobile domination. That's okay, because Microsoft can still leverage Android, the most popular mobile operating system in the world (and it's not even close), to its advantage, and that's exactly what it's doing.You may recall that Microsoft released Cortana for Android last month. It debuted as a private beta, and as of the latest update, Android users rocking Cortana can replace Google Now with Microsoft's digital assistant. That means Cortana, not Google Now, would spring... Read more...
Google isn't giving up on its much hyped Android One project, an initiative aimed at bringing inexpensive Android smartphones to emerging markets. The initial roll out hadn't gone as smoothly as Google hoped, but it's ramping up its efforts for a reboot with a focus on India where there's an existing push to increase Internet access.Android One provides manufacturers with a set of specifications to build cheap smartphones while maintaining a certain level of quality. Rajan Anandan, managing director in India and Southeast Asia, told the Financial Times that Google is still "very committed" to this... Read more...
It’s far too soon to predict whether Nokia will have any success breaking back into the market it once dominated, but it’s clearly going to try. Position postings on LinkedIn suggest that the comeback plan envisioned by Nokia’s CEO, Rajeev Suri, is underway. Nokia expects to shed the legal restraints from the sale of its phone division to Microsoft toward the end of 2016, at which point it will be free to take on the companies that brought it down: Apple and Samsung. The biggest indication that Nokia could be planning to re-enter the smartphone market in the near future can be found on LinkedIn.... Read more...
Fragmentation is a real problem for Android. The irony is that having so much choice is one of the things that makes the Android platform so appealing. Rather than be limited to a single smartphone model from one manufacturer, users can choose from a wealth of options from different companies. Where that becomes an issue is with security, though things are starting to change.Samsung announced earlier this week that it would start doling out monthly security updates to Galaxy device owners, and then Google followed suit by committing to do pretty much the same thing with its stable of Nexus gadgets.... Read more...
It's estimated that half of all smartphone shipments will have a fingerprint scanner within the next four years. Many smartphone owners already use them, whether it's for unlocking a device or making a mobile payment. That's great for convenience -- it beats having to bang out a hard-to-guess password -- but as far as security is concerned, current implementations on Android leave a lot to be desired. FireEye researchers Tao Wei and Yulong Zhang plan to present new research at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas next week that details ways hackers can extract fingerprint scans from Android devices.... Read more...
Not long after Samsung announced that it would roll out security updates to Galaxy devices on a monthly basis, Google stood up and said, "Hey, great idea, we're going to do that with Nexus hardware!" That's not a verbatim quote, mind you, but it's the gist of what Google announced only hours after Samsung in regards to making Android a more secure platform on select devices. Google's announcement is sort of an extension of an existing security practice. For the past three years, Google has been notifying Android device makers of security issues on a monthly basis through bulletins. After being... Read more...
As the most dominant mobile platform on the planet (in terms of market share), Android has become a popular target of hackers and cyber scoundrels looking to spread their malware to unsuspecting users. It's something Samsung is taking seriously, and to ensure that you stay protected against new and emerging threats, the South Korean electronics firm is implementing a new Android security update process that fast tracks over-the-air (OTA) security patches. Now when a vulnerability is detected, Samsung will get busy patching it, like it's done the past, and then roll out a collection of applicable... Read more...
The OnePlus 2 flagship smartphone was hyped for months ahead of its official unveil last week. OnePlus leaked major details about the device including its processor (a new revision of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810) and even its rare (for a smartphone) reversible USB-C connector. But apparently OnePlus has even more in store for consumers: its fast approaching, third smartphone. That new smartphone will be out before the end of year, with OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei remarking that he hopes to see the device arrive in time for Christmas. Pei is being rather tightlipped about specifications for the... Read more...
Volkswagen is taking a kitchen sink approach to in-car infotainment technology for its new vehicles. All 2016 VWs will include both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so customers can have a solid experience regardless of their smartphone brand. Android Auto“With the new MIB II infotainment platform, Volkswagen’s next generation of Car-Net connected services brings to market one of the most comprehensive suites of connectivity features ever available in an automobile,” said Volkswagen of America president and CEO Michael Horn. “As the people car brand, we knew that it was important to democratize these... Read more...
OK, so Motorola didn’t launch a second generation Moto 360 smartwatch today as we expected, but what the company did unveil is still likely to amaze you. The Lenovo-owned company today launched three new Android smartphones and as you’ll see, they strike a fine balance between performance, features, and affordability. First up is the range-topping Moto X Style, which inherits the torch that was proudly carried by its similarly-styled predecessors. Front in center, of course, is a large 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) TFT LCD display (that’s right, there’s no AMOLED this time around), which is covered... Read more...
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? That's part of the apparent game plan for Microsoft in mobile -- let's face it, Android isn't about to be toppled by Microsoft or anyone else in the mobile space. Rather than cry over spilled milk, Microsoft is making the most of the situation with a new Launcher for Android called Arrow. And guess what? Early impressions are positive.Arrow Launcher is currently being tested as a beta product by invite only. So no, you can't go out and try it right at this very moment. However, others have, and they're saying mostly good things about the Launcher, which is... Read more...
It might be hard for many of us to believe, but some people out there still love using flip-phones. I am not sure if it's an issue of function, or simply nostalgia, but it appears there's still an ample enough market for flip-phones that LG has decided to release one using the latest and greatest version of Android, 5.1 Lollipop. As far as flip-phones go, I think this latest one, called Gentle, hits all the right marks. It looks good (and would have been amazing ten-years-ago), and it has nice bubbly buttons for the sake of good feedback. Of course, one thing to set this phone apart from phones... Read more...
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