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The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the most highly anticipated Android phones to hit the market this year for a number of reasons. At first blush, it was about a few stand-out specs. The phone's 6.7-inch display supports a speedy 90Hz refresh rate and a super-tight 3120x1440 QHD+ resolution in punchy, HDR10+ certified OLED technology. The new OnePlus phone is also powered by the fastest Qualcomm chip on the market currently, the Snapdragon 855, but it's also backed up but up to 12GB of RAM as well as up to 256GB of snappy new UFS 3.0 based Flash storage. Oh, and the aforementioned display is not marred by either a notch, nor a bullet-hole punch-out for its front facing camera -- nothing, nada, just... Read more...
Google can't seem to figure out how to stop nefarious developers from offering apps via Google Play that are filled with malware and adware. In April, word surfaced that apps with ties to a group called DU Group were committing click fraud and amassed over 50 million downloads. A new group of apps with far more downloads with ties to China is now wreaking havoc and allegedly making some Android devices almost unusable. Researchers from mobile security firm Lookout have announced that 238 apps on Google Play with an aggregate of over 440 million downloads have been found to contain the BeiTaAd plugin. That plugin is a strain of adware that can make Android devices incredibly difficult to use once... Read more...
Microsoft has completed beta testing of its screen sharing feature of Skype on mobile devices, and is now rolling it out to Android and iOS users at large. That is good news for anyone that uses Skype on a smartphone (or tablet), and depending on the need for such a feature, it could entice non-Skype users to give Microsoft's video and chat application a whirl. The screen sharing feature that is rolling out to mobile is the same one that was already being enjoyed by desktop users. Microsoft started beta testing screen sharing on Android and iOS just a couple of months ago, and is apparently pleased with the results. "Whether you have a last-minute meeting on the go, or your dad doesn’t... Read more...
When's the last time you saw a full-featured smartphone launch for well under $500? There have been a few to hit the market in this price range recently, usually with significant caveats, but in general the trend is towards more expensive flagship devices that are commanding upwards of $1000 quite often. Google's new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, however, buck this trend with HD OLED displays, big batteries, and the same great camera configuration that made Google's higher-end Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL the Android phones to beat, when it comes to smartphone photography. The new Pixel 3a is a 5.6-inch device, for folks who prefer their phone be a bit more pocketable, but the Pixel 3a XL sports a 6-inch... Read more...
At long last, The Tor Project has officially ported its Tor browser to Android devices with the first stable release for Google's open source operating system. It is now available on Google Play and will also make its way to F-Droid within the next day. Previously, Android users had access to test builds, with the first alpha version being released last September. Now after "months of hard work" and listening to feedback from its users, The Tor Project has released Tor Browser 8.5 to Android (alongside a desktop upgrade to 8.5 as well). "Mobile browsing is increasing around the world, and in some parts, it is commonly the only way people access the internet. In these same areas, there is often... Read more...
The rollercoaster ride for Huawei continues. Earlier this week, we reported that Google was the first to pull the rug from under the Chinese smartphone powerhouse following guidance from the Trump Administration. Under new rules, without a license, Huawei's future devices would not have access to the Android OS, Android updates, the Google Play Store, or first-party Google apps. Yesterday, other American companies -- including Intel, Qualcomm and Broadcom -- piled on by suspending business operations with Huawei. Today, it appears that Huawei has been given a temporary reprieve thanks to the U.S. Commerce Department granting Huawei a new 90-day license to give mobile phone... Read more...
We reported Sunday afternoon that Huawei is walking on thin ice after Google announced that it was pulling the company's Android license. With Google's actions -- which are a result of a Trump Administration ban on U.S. companies collaborating with the Chinese smartphone giant stemming from concerns over spying -- future Huawei smartphones won't have access to the mainline Android Q operating system or OS updates.  In addition to that crippling body blow, Huawei is also forbidden from accessing the Google Play Store -- which is crucial outside of the Chinese market -- and can’t access Google apps like Gmail and Google Maps. “We are complying with the order and reviewing... Read more...
The Google Play app store ecosystem is robust, and many of the apps that people buy are purchased with a credit card that is tied to the person's Google Play account. For most people linking a credit card to their account isn't a big deal, but that isn't always the case in all market around the globe. Some users fear the security of their credit card information, and often parents don't want to tie a credit card to a kid's account out of fear the child might make unauthorized purchases. In some countries, the problems are more significant than security. In locations like India where most people use Android devices, but few use credit cards or debit cards with bank accounts, paying for apps is... Read more...
In the web browser world, Google Chrome is tops and is offered on multiple platforms including Windows 10, macOS, Linus, iOS and Android. however, web developer named Jim Fisher has found an exploit that nefarious developers can use to trick Chrome on Android users into thinking they are on a legitimate website. Fisher shows on his blog how a website can replace the Chrome for Android address bar and tabs UI using a few tricks. All Chrome for Android users know that when you scroll down a page using the browser, the top of the UI with your address bar and tabs are hidden from view. Fisher found that the scrolling of the page could be "jailed" so when the user scrolls back up the page, the... Read more...
About a year ago we talked about the Nubia Red Magic Gaming phone aimed at mobile gamers and it was an interesting option. Prior to the Red Magic device, Nubia unveiled the Red Magic Mars gaming phone. Nubia is back with its latest smartphone aimed at mobile gamers, and like past Magic devices, the Nubia Red Magic 3 is packed with serious hardware. One of the key features for the smartphone is the 6.65-inch Full HD AMOLED display that has a refresh rate of 90Hz and supports DC dimming and HDR. The SoC inside the Magic 3 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, and it is paired with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB of storage. There are three additional versions of the Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming phone that each... Read more...
If you are looking for a bit more intelligence in your "smart" phone, the LG G8 ThinQ may have a few additional tricks up its sleeve. LG is aiming to create a more intuitive and automated experience by embracing artificial intelligence processing care of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC and their own in-house algorithms. The LG G8 ThinQ is more than just clever silicon and software, of course, and it boasts a premium build quality and expanded camera features to match. Beyond its Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, the G8 ThinQ runs with 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 flash storage. If you record a ton of video or have other significant storage needs, you can also slot in a card like the... Read more...
There is an odd veil of secrecy surrounding Mario Kart Tour, the upcoming mobile port of sorts that will see Mario and his friends (and enemies) hit the pavement on smartphones and tablets. Nevertheless, while information is few and far between, we now know at least one additional thing—there is closed beta headed to Android next month. The close beta is only being made available on Android, which is interesting. Why? When Nintendo released Super Mario Run, one of its first smartphone games, Apple iOS device owners were able to play while their Android-wielding brethen could only watch in envy. It was not until three months later that Super Mario Run strolled over to Android. It seems Nintendo... Read more...
Most of the news in the Samsung world the last few days has been surrounding the very high profile failures of the Galaxy Fold smartphone in the hands of reviewers. Samsung has postponed the launch of the device as it investigates. While the Galaxy Fold debacle is going on, Samsung is business as usual with other products including the gigantic Galaxy View 2 tablet that will land on AT&T. The prominent feature for this tablet is a display measuring 17.3-inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The processor running the show is an Exynos 7884 (2 cores at 1.6GHz dual, six cores at 1.6GHz). The big tablet has 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 400GB.... Read more...
Just last week, Qualcomm introduced a new SoC that is positioned to sit near the top of the mid-range smartphone segment: the Snapdragon 730. The Snapdragon 730 is an octa-core, 8nm SoC which is also available in a Snapdragon 730G variant aimed at gamers with a higher-clocked Adreno 618 GPU. Now we’re learning of an even more high-performance member of the family: the alleged Snapdragon 735. According to a leaked Qualcomm slide, the Snapdragon 735 is based on the 7nm process node, just like the current flagship Snapdragon 855. The SoC will reportedly have a rather quirky 1 + 1 + 6 CPU setup with a single 2.9GHz Kryo 4xx core, a single 2.4GHz Kryo core quad 1.8GHz Kryo 4xx cores.... Read more...
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