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We were given our first glimpse at the Nokia 6 Android smartphone back in January. The Nokia 6, which is produced by HMD Global, was announced as a mid-range fighter, packing a Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB RAM, 5.5-inch Full HD display, 64GB of internal storage, 16MP rear camera, 8MP selfie camera, 3000 mAh battery and a front-mounted fingerprint sensor. Today we’re being given the lowdown on the Nokia 6’s arrival here in the United States. Unfortunately, it looks as though the version of the phone that we will get won’t be as well spec’d. We will receive only 3GB of RAM, while internal storage... Read more...
Here’s the thing about most types of mobile malware in the wild; they’re avoidable. That doesn’t mean, however, if you’re not paying attention--and especially if you’re the type that likes to customize things as the Android platform is so capable of--that you might not stumble into some nasty code deplorables. Such is the case with a new, very sneaky strain of Android ad malware that has been downloaded to literally millions of devices globally, though predominantly in Southeast Asia. AndroidOS_Xavier_AXM, or Xavier for short, as it is more commonly known, is a tricky little payload that has been... Read more...
  There is no question that gamers not only like to take advantage of the latest, fastest, and ultra-realistic 4K games, but sometimes we all would just like to kick back and enjoy games from a “simpler” time. Sega is looking to get in on the action with some of its own retro gaming goodness, and its method of delivering games allows it to reach a potential audience of well over two billion devices. Via its Sega Forever initiative, games will be available (at least initially) on iOS and Android platforms. That provides immediate access to well over 80 percent of the global smartphone market.... Read more...
Are you tired of the current smartphone offerings from the Apple-Samsung duopoly? Andy Rubin, the creator of Google’s Android, may have the right product for you. His startup just introduced its new premium-tier device, the Essential Phone. Rubin recently remarked at the Wired conference, “I think when there's this duopoly with these two guys owning 40 percent of the market, this complacency sets in. And that's the perfect time to start a company with this. Some people are complacent and it needs to be disrupted.” Much like third-place U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile and its brash CEO John Legere... Read more...
Google rolled out Chrome 59 for desktop platforms earlier this week, and now it’s time for Android to get the same treatment. While Chrome 59 for Android (59.0.3071.92) obviously doesn’t have the native desktop notification improvements found in the macOS version or Headless Chromium, it does bring changes that make your browsing experience even better. The biggest change is that pages will now load even faster, while using less memory, thanks to a revamped JavaScript engine. Chrome’s penchant for devouring memory is well documented, so it’s good to see that Google is continually tackling these... Read more...
We thought that Amazon was done with smartphones for good after its disastrous launch of the Fire Phone. The Fire Phone was initially priced at up to $650 off-contract when it launched as an AT&T-exclusive in 2014. Roughly a year later, the failed smartphone was selling for $130 off-contract. According to a new report this morning, Amazon is looking to make a comeback with a new “Ice” smartphone. It is unknown if Ice will be the official retail branding for the smartphone or if it is just the internal codename. However, it does make a nice counterpart to the flaming disaster that was the Fire... Read more...
Android co-founder Andy Rubin has returned to the spotlight with his new company, Essential, and he’s making waves with the official unveil of his Essential Phone. This is a true flagship smartphone that is powered by the Android operating system (near-stock, of course) and packs in all the latest hardware and a clean, industrial design. The chiseled frame is constructed of titanium and ceramic materials, which should enable it to be more durable than its aluminum-clad competition. Essential proudly displays how an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy aluminum unibody frames will show visible damage (pitting)... Read more...
Google last week released its first developer preview of Android O, the next-generation mobile operating system that will replace Android 7.0 Nougat as the latest and greatest in the Android camp. There has been plenty of buzz surrounding Android O, but Google also talked a little bit about Android Go at is Google I/O developers conference. There has been some confusion about Android Go, including what exactly it is and why you might care. Let's clear things up, shall we? First and foremost, Android Go is not a new operating system. Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management for Android and Google... Read more...
Will the Nokia 9 be as legendarily indestructible as the Nokia 3310? The world is about the find out. Photos and specs of the new Nokia flagship, dubbed Nokia 9, have recently leaked and the device is looking solid. Specs include a 5.27 inch QHD display with a resolution of 1440 X 2560 and a pixel density of 557ppi. Fandroid measured 530 cd/m² maximum brightness as well, apparently with some quick hands-on time. The Nokia 9 also incorporates a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a USB Type-C port. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and includes launcher similar to that found... Read more...
Could Google’s Android O possibly go modular? Google’s own Romain Guy, Android Graphics Team Manager just revealed that his team has been working on making it so that device graphics drivers can be updated through the Play Store. The functionality should be ready for select devices by the time Android O is officially released. Android users could potentially update their graphics drivers without having to download and flash a time-consuming system update. OEMs and driver developers will need to collaborate a little bit, however. Regardless, developers will be able to troubleshoot without diving... Read more...
Google had a lot to talk about today at Google I/O, but perhaps the most important product announcement was related to Android O. Android O is the follow-up to Android 7.0 Nougat, and brings many new features to the table for the world’s most popular operating system. A number of these features have been rolled up into what Google calls “Fluid Experiences”. These include Picture-in-Picture, Autofill with Google, and Smart Text Selection. On that latter feature, tapping on just one part of the name of a business, for example, will highlight the whole name. So, let’s say that you have an email... Read more...
If you were a bit disappointed by the specs of the HTC U Ultra that was released earlier this year, the Taiwanese company is looking to grab your attention with the new HTC U11. Not only have full specs for the device leaked to the internet, but there is also a hands-on video that shows the smartphone in all its glory. When it comes down to brass tacks, the HTC U11 includes everything that most of us were expecting would arrive with the HTC Ultra. The leaked specs are as follows: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM (6GB RAM for Chinese market) 64GB internal storage (128GB for Chinese... Read more...
How would you like it if Android was behind the operating system powering your instrument cluster and the display screen mounted in the center of your dashboard? No, we’re not talking about the Android Auto intermediary that is being supported by more and more auto manufacturers, but the full-blown Android operating system. Google is set to unveil such an endeavor this week at Google I/O. According to the Bloomberg, Google’s efforts would put it in direct head-to-head combat with BlackBerry’s QNX operating system, which is found in over 50 million cars traveling the world’s roads. But whereas the... Read more...
In an attempt to keep pirates at bay, Netflix is no longer letting users with rooted Android devices board its app from Google Play. The policy extends to unlocked handsets, as well. Interestingly, the app itself continues to work fine if it is already installed, which led some people to think that Netflix and/or Google had accidentally made it invisible on Google Play. This not the case. "With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those... Read more...
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