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Xiaomi might not be a brand that has the name recognition of Samsung or Apple, but it is known for making devices that are incredibly affordable. In a world where high-end iPhones and Galaxy devices sell for over $1,000, Xiaomi is coughing up smartphones that look good and sell for a few hundred bucks. Xiaomi has now announced a device called the Redmi Note 7, and it will sell for 999 yuan or about $147 for the base 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage version.  A hopped up 4GB and 64GB storage version is 1,199 yuan or $177, and the high-end version has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage... Read more...
Over the past few years, there has been a trickle of information leaking out regarding Fuchsia, which is the rumored successor to Google’s Android and potentially Chrome OS operating systems. When we last visited Fuchsia, it had made its way to the Android Runtime branch, which fueled hopes that it would include native support for Android apps. This week, however, 9to5Google has uncovered changes within the Android Open Source Project (ASOP) that leads the publication to believe that native Android compatibility will indeed be baked in from the start. Not only was the... Read more...
Few things are more embarrassing to big brands than mistakes on social media. Android device makers certainly have been embarrassed on multiple occasions by social media folks who forget that when you Tweet from an iPhone, the little "via Twitter for iPhone" tag goes with your post. Huawei found this out the hard way around midnight on December 31 when a post to its official Twitter account was made to wish the world a happy 2019. via Marques Brownlee The post itself was fine; the embarrassment came in the fact that the tweet was posted via an iPhone. While a mistake of this sort is nothing new,... Read more...
Facebook doesn't exactly have the best reputation when it comes to protecting user privacy, so it should come as little surprise that several popular apps for Android are sharing data with the social network, and doing so without clear permission, according to a recently published study by Privacy International. The study examined 34 popular Android apps in all, and found that at least 61 percent of them "automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens the app." This happens regardless of whether the person even has a Facebook account, and if they do, the offending apps still transmit... Read more...
There's no shortage of places to run into spam. It seems like nowadays, all you need to do is open a new email account, and there will already be spam in there waiting for you. Alright, that may be a slight exaggeration, but the problem was bad a decade or even twenty years ago, and it hasn't slowed down. Many companies push out spam protection for this very reason, but its effectiveness is largely hit-or-miss. Google is likely one of the top guardians against spam out there, but even Gmail is prone to filtering out legitimate messages (which is why you should make it a habit to check your spam... Read more...
Andy Rubin and crew expected big things when they started Essential and created a smartphone that aimed to be different from other devices on the market, but things didn't go their way. Consumers didn't flock to the new company the father of Android created, and sales for the phone were poor. In May of this year, Essential announced that it had canceled its second-generation phone and was considering a sale. Fast forward a few months and Essential had announced layoffs, despite having delivered the headphone accessory that it had promised for its smartphone. Today, Essential has now announced that... Read more...
Google's Chrome OS has managed to make quite a name for itself in a short span of time; especially in the education market. Devices running Chrome OS can be obtained relatively cheaply, although those willing to pony up the cash can grab premium hardware direct from Google. As Chrome OS matures into a full-featured operating system for the masses, it has adopted some features from its Android sibling. First and foremost, Google has enabled Chrome OS device to run Android apps, which immediately opens up the floodgates for software that the platform can support. Now, Google is looking... Read more...
Motorola's G7 smartphone is going to launch soon, and there have already been leaks that hint at what we can expect from the smartphone. The first leak was via the FCC, and then heard that the Moto G7 Power variant would have a gigantic 5,000 mAh internal battery. Today, renders of the entire Moto G7 line have turned up online giving us a look at the style we can expect from the smartphones. All of the models look very similar, but have notches with varying widths and shapes. The line includes the Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power, and G7 Play. The renders show that the G7 and G7 Plus have a small... Read more...
When Apple first rolled out its Face ID security tech to eliminate the need for a fingerprint scanner, there were some initial security concerns. It turned out that early on Face ID could be bypassed with a cheaply made 3D printed mask. Now, a new report has tried something similar to bypass Android facial recognition using a 3D printed head and attempted the same trick to circumvent iPhone X Face ID security. The 3D printed head was made in the UK at a business called Backface using an array of 50 cameras that combine images to create a single 3D image. That single 3D image was then fed into a... Read more...
We've seen lots of rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S10, which will be among the first smartphone to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor (at least in the United States). Rumors have hinted that there would be multiple S10 versions with an entry-level S10 packing 4GB of RAM, an S10 Plus with 6GB of RAM, S10 X with 6GB of RAM, and a version of the S10 with 12GB of RAM and 5G connectivity. A new rumor is now making the rounds, and this one is a bit scary. According to this new rumor, the S10 will launch with an insanely high price for the higher-end models. On the deep end of the S10... Read more...
Android malware authors are always out looking to make a buck, and it looks as though one particular outfit has struck gold. Researchers from ESET have come across a malicious app called Optimization Android that presents itself as a battery conditioning tool. Image Source: ESET However, the app doesn't actually provide any power optimizations at all. Instead, it simply immediately shuts down when it's opened. However, in the background it is waiting to perform its dastardly deeds. When first installed, the app asks the user for permission to access Android Accessibility services, which is... Read more...
Do you even game on your phone, bro? Sorry, we'll slap ourselves silly for the obnoxious comment, but it's actually a valid question. Some people primarily use their phone to snap pictures for posting on Facebook and Instagram, while others go old school and -- gasp -- make actual phone calls with their handset. The ASUS ROG Phone does both of those things with aplomb, but it was really built for playing games first and foremost. Purpose-built gaming phones are a relatively new thing, at least to the extent that they are starting to become popular. There have been attempts to capitalize on this... Read more...
We're hearing a lot about the future of wireless connectivity, and specifically 5G, but when will it happen on a mass scale? Two things need to occur—wireless carriers need to aggressively roll out and expand their 5G networks, and phone makers have to implement compatible hardware. Android device makers are powerless when it comes to the former, but as for the hardware, Qualcomm says "every Android vendor is working on 5G right now." It's been a little slow going so far, mainly because there is no need to drive up the cost of a phone by implementing hardware that, for the most part, won't... Read more...
Earlier this year we took a detailed look at the OnePlus 6 and determined it was one of the best values in Android flagship smartphones on the market. The OP6 has a beautiful, large display, a clean near-stock Android setup and great performance with 6GB or 8GB RAM standard at price points of $529 and $579 respectively. When rumors of the OnePlus 6T hit, we wondered if OnePlus could really improve on an already great design and offer even more of a good thing. As is the case with virtually any high tech device, trade-offs are a constant in the overall design equation. Then again, with... Read more...
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