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It seems like just yesterday when Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was released, promising to take on the big names in the Android smartphone market like Samsung, LG, HTC and Google. With its slim bezels and odd cutout around its front-facing camera, the Essential Phone definitely turned a few heads when it was first announced. However, not many people were particularly enamored with its $699.99 price. Well, if you were sitting on the fence because of the price tag, Best Buy has a deal that just might get you to make the final leap. The electronics retailer has slashed $100 off the price of the smartphone,... Read more...
Google knows that exploits make it through the app development process and could be lurking in some of the most popular apps on the Google Play Store, waiting for a nefarious hacker to take advantage. To help weed out these vulnerabilities, Google has launched the Google Play Security Reward Program. Developers of popular apps are invited to opt-in to the program and if they do, Google will pay out  up to$1,000 for bugs found in those apps. Google writes, "Developers of popular Android apps are invited to opt-in to the program, which will incentivize security research in a bug bounty model.... Read more...
Google started shipping its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones this week (check out our review here), and customers are just now getting a chance to start enjoying their new flagships. With the release of the new Pixels also comes an update to Google's support profile page for its hardware devices. We now know the Google is being more generous with its support window for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google is guaranteeing that both smartphones will receive major OS update updates through October 2020. That means that both smartphones will be eligible for Android P (2018), Android Q (2019) and Android... Read more...
Symantec has issued a warning that it found at least eight different apps on Google Play that were infected with a malware called Android.Sockbot. The apps all posed as add-ons for Minecraft: Pocket Edition and claimed to change the way characters look in the game with new skins. The infection from these apps was widespread with an install base between 600,000 and 2.6 million devices. The malware was mainly focused on infecting users in the U.S., but there were infections in Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, and Germany as well. Symantec says that it set up network analysis of the malware and found that... Read more...
Given how cutthroat the smartphone market is these days, manufactures are looking for new ways to get an edge on the competition. Xiaomi was one of the first to start the bezel-free display trend with the original Mi MIX, and now ZTE is looking to turn heads with the Axon M. The centerpiece of the Axon M are its dual 5.2-inch displays, which both feature a resolution of 1920x1080. Now, this isn't something that you see every day in the smartphone world, so the first question on your mind is probably how is this beneficial in real life usage scenarios? For starters, ZTE says that with Dual Mode,... Read more...
Google has been designing and building premium Android smartphones for many years, co-branding with various hardware partners since back in the days of the company's Nexus devices. More recently with its first generation Pixel series, the Mountain View team has taken more prominent ownership of the brand, with devices specifically underscored as "Made By Google." And indeed the design signatures of the first generation Pixel and Pixel XL were distinctly different from any other handset on the market, as are the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that Google is launching today, along with a redesigned... Read more...
Cybercriminals have developed a new form of Android ransomware that gives victims added incentive to pay up. In addition to scrambling the user's data with an AES encryption algorithm, the new ransomware replaces an infected device's personal identification number (PIN) with one that is randomly generated, effectively locking the rightful owner out. One the ransom is paid, the attacker can remotely reset the PIN and unlock the device. ESET, a security firm that offers antivirus solutions for both desktop and mobile devices, discovered the new ransomware and dubbed it DoubleLocker, since it locks... Read more...
We posted a fun project yesterday for those who found themselves with a bit of free time on their hands this weekend: installing the PIxel Launcher on any Android smartphone they choose (as long as it's up-to-date, of course). Now, we have stumbled on yet another cool smartphone project, although this one applies only to OnePlus 3 and 3T owners (sorry, everyone else!). Following a closed beta cycle, OnePlus has decided to let every 3 and 3T owner get in on the Android 8.0 Oreo action. Right now, this requires a bit of hands-on work, but as far as ROM-changing work goes on Android, you can't... Read more...
Are you a little too anxious for the upcoming launch of Google's highly anticipated Pixel 2? If so, or you simply love the idea of getting an early look at how Google setup Oreo on its new flagship smartphones, we think we have a new weekend project for you. But don't fret, this one couldn't get much easier. As long as you own an Android phone, at least. In fact we set it up ourselves in just a few minutes. Google's upcoming Pixel 2 XL Android Flagship Smartphone In advance of next week's Pixel 2 launch, an APK of the same launcher used for both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has hit the Web.... Read more...
Gaming peripheral maker Razer started a teaser campaign yesterday that appears to show a person holding a smartphone. Not long after, a tweet turned up that showed the CEO of the company with what we assume to be that smartphone peeking out of his pocket. We have to wait until November 1 to officially see what Razer is cooking up, but thankfully someone appears to have run the phone through GFXBench giving us a glimpse at what might be hiding inside. The GFXBench results list "Razer Phone" as the device and then gives out what look to be solid specs for a flagship device in 2017. The... Read more...
There are a lot of car guys and gals out there that dream of making enough money to have an entire collection of Porsche cars and SUVs. It's undeniably appealing to have a Cayenne or Macan for ferrying the kids around during the week or schlepping coworkers to and from meetings. On the weekends, having a sexy Cayman S in the driveway to play with or take down to the track would be perfect. The catch is that most of us don't have the kind of money lying around that you need to own one, let alone two Porsche models. Porsche has announced that it is launching a new sports car and SUV subscription... Read more...
Microsoft has announced new tech that is available in your chat window that leverages the Cortana intelligent digital assistant. Cortana is available in Skype and is designed to help you with details to support the conversations you have every day.  This means if you ask someone to go to the movies with you, it will give you access to movie times. If someone asks you to remember to do something, Cortana will offer to set a reminder on your phone. Cortana can also suggest smart replies so you can respond to messages faster and more easily, without having to type. The reminders that Cortana... Read more...
We've known for quite some time that Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile is near death. The operating system has been treading water with less than one percent of the global smartphone market for quite some time, CEO Satya Nadella killed the company's smartphone hardware division, and we recently heard commentary from Hewlett-Packard about Microsoft’s non-committal attitude towards Windows 10 Mobile. "Microsoft, as all companies do, decided on a change in strategy and so they are less focused on what they thought they would be focused on today," said HP EMEA boss Nick Lazaridis last week. "Given that,... Read more...
The phone formerly known as Krypton has not officially launched as the BlackBerry Motion. Though you will not find any reference to the new handset on BlackBerry's website, the company announced its newest smartphone at GITEX Technology Week, with a shout out to TCL Communications, its manufacturing partner. BlackBerry also confirmed that its Motion handset wields a capacious 4,000 mAh battery. By tasking TCL with manufacturing chores, BlackBerry frees itself to focus on software and enterprise-level security features. The side effect is that BlackBerry might not be able to supply as many handsets... Read more...
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