Items tagged with Android

Smartphones have virtually replaced the iPod and other MP3 players for most people, and use them to listen to all of our tunes on-the-go (either on-device or through a cloud streaming service). The catch is that not all smartphones are created equal when it comes to their music playback prowess. LG has a new flagship smartphone on the way called the V30, and one of the big features of this device is that it has an integrated Hi-Fi Quad DAC. Specifically, the V30 smartphone has a ESS Technology Sabre ES9218P 32-bit Quad DAC. The two main things that V30 users will get out of that fancy Quad... Read more...
Sarahah, an anonymous feedback app that has recently exploded in popularity across the globe, is now coming under fire for privacy violations. The app stands accused of uploading emails and phone numbers from user address books to its servers. More intriguingly, there doesn’t seem to be a reason for why the company would need to take such an ill-advised action in the app's current form. The developers of Sarahah describe the app, stating, “Sarahah helps you in discovering your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner”.... Read more...
Just last weekend, we wrote about SonicSpy, a grossly robust piece of malware that infected hundreds of apps on the Play Store. Google is always quick to remove this awful junk when it is detected, but the fact that we keep talking about the issue means it's not going away. It was security research firm Lookout that informed us of SonicSpy, and apparently, the company has been working overtime, as it now introduces us to yet another piece of Android maliciousness, an ad network called lgexin. This issue has impacted many apps on the Play Store, although it's not guaranteed that all of them unleashed... Read more...
Well, that didn’t take long. Just moments after officially revealing Android 8.0 Oreo, system images are now available for download. This comes right after Google pushed the source code to AOSP. If you login to Google’s developer site, you will find system images for all hardware that currently supports Android 8.0 Oreo. In this case, device supports extends to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, the [oddball] Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL. Direct links to download the system images can be found below: Nexus 5XNexus 6PNexus PlayerPixel (Telstra, Rogers, TMO, Sprint, USCC, Project Fi)Pixel (other... Read more...
So you have decided to take in the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, and picked yourself up a pair of certified solar glasses from a manufacturer on NASA's approved list, is that it? Well then you are one step ahead of the game. If you also plan to take photos of the historic moment using your smartphone, there are some things you should know, including which apps are available to document the moment. Solar eclipses do not happen all of the time, though what makes this upcoming one stand out is that it will be the first time a total solar eclipse will be visible in the continental United... Read more...
Finnish company HMD Global is firmly entrenched in flagship smartphone territory with the release of its device: the Nokia 8. After the company acquired the rights to Nokia’s feature phone business, we’ve been waiting patiently to see what the company could do with high-end hardware. Luckily, there’s a lot to like. The most visible feature of the Nokia 8 is of course its display, which in this case measure 5.3 inches with a resolution of 2560x1440 (QHD). Unlike many of the recently introduced flagships that are making the rounds, however, the 7.3mm-inch Nokia 8 has rather large bezels at the top... Read more...
Qualcomm is bringing advanced depth-sensing technology to the Android ecosystem, and doing so in a big way. Through the expansion of its Spectra Module Program, Qualcomm's camera technology will introduce a host of goodies to Android devices, including improved biometric authentication, high resolution depth sensing, and multi-frame noise reduction for superior photographic quality snapshots. "Whether used for computational photography, video recording, or for computer vision applications that require accurate motion tracking, it’s clear that power efficient camera image signal processing has become... Read more...
LG is really hyping up the release of its upcoming V30 Android flagship. Rather than save all of the details surrounding the smartphone for its official unveil, LG has been dropping little nuggets of information here and there to satiate our short attention spans. Today, LG announced that the UX 6.0+ interface will debut on the LG V30. UX 6.0+ is an overlay for the Android operating system and includes LG’s “special sauce”, so to speak, allowing the V30 to stand out from its peers. In this case, UX 6.0+ brings new features, including what’s called a Floating Bar. The Floating Bar takes the place... Read more...
Over the past handful of years, Google has really amped up its efforts to keep users safe on its Android Play Store. However, it often feels like the more protections Google puts in place, the more fierce the malware gets. Today we learn of yet another piece of malware that has managed to permeate itself throughout the Play Store, and the implications of being infected with it are downright scary. Called "SonicSpy", this piece of malware has found home in a huge number of different apps found throughout the Play Store. Most recently, it found its way into an app called Soniac, a messaging... Read more...
A sometimes unfortunate thing about loving a vendor's hardware is the fact that the same kind of care that makes you love the device itself might not be shown towards the software solution. Sometimes, too much care can be given, resulting in a bloated OS that can become sluggish. Many vendors have come to their senses over the years, as we've seen a trend of more and more companies decide to go with stock Android on their devices - or at least stock Android with minor modifications. We now find out that Lenovo is the latest company to jump on this bandwagon of clean OSes, as its upcoming K8... Read more...
Google is trying to do it best to ensure that Android users have an enjoyable app experience. The company has ramped up efforts to irradiate spam apps and malware from the Play Store, and now it is bolstering efforts to disincentivize apps that are known to crash or cause other problems on Android devices. In this case, Google says that it has “enhanced [its] search and discovery algorithms to reflect app quality”. Google has found that the majority of users that leave 1-star reviews for apps complain about instability issues, leading to frequent crashes. As a result, Google is using a combination... Read more...
If you are a fan of watching live TV without shelling out for cable or satellite service, you may already be familiar with Plex. New features for Plex have been rolled out, and the announcement has something for Android and Apple fans to get excited about. Android users can now watch Live TV on their mobile device and record shows, movies, sports, and more using the Plex DVR. Live TV support for Plex is now on Apple TV as well. Using an existing antenna and tuner, you can watch local programs including sports and news all live and if you have a Plex Pass these features are free. Live TV and DVR... Read more...
Motorola announced the flagship Moto Z2 Force last month, infusing the smartphone with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, dual cameras and a Moto Mods support. However, it also came with a $700+ price tag. For those that aren’t prepared to hand over seven stacks for a smartphone, Motorola has officially announced the Moto G5S and G5S Plus. As we’ve previously reported, the Moto G5S comes with a premium aluminum unibody design and will be powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core processor. Your window into the Android operating system come via a 5.2-inch Full HD display, while you’ll be able to capture what’s... Read more...
An unlikely source posted a glowing recommendation of the iPhone 7, and specifically the phone's camera performance. Vic Gundotra, the former senior vice president of social for Google, posted some snapshots of his two young children that were taken while out at dinner. In the accompanying text, Gundotra gushes about the photo quality, which he insinuates are comparable to his DSLR. Indeed, the photos of his children appear clear and crisp. Furthermore, the iPhone 7 did a superb job blurring out the background and keeping the kids in focus, which is something that DSLR cameras are adept at (in... Read more...
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