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While we've seen plenty of action at the flagship level when it comes to the 2018 class of smartphones, we haven't seen much activity in the entry-level and mid-range sectors. Thankfully, Motorola hasn't forgotten about consumers that don't want to spend $700+ on a new smartphone. With that in mind, Motorola has unleashed a number of new smartphones in the Moto G6 and Moto E5 product families. On the Moto G6 side of things, we have the Moto G6 and the Moto G6 Play. The Moto G6 comes with a 5.7-inch Full HD display (2160x1080) and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor. You'll... Read more...
In-car infotainment systems powered by Google’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are increasingly being found in new vehicles, and customers often weigh that support heavily when choosing a vehicle to purchase. Up until this point, all versions of Android Auto have required a physical connection with your car via a USB cable to function. However, Android Auto over Wi-Fi is finally ready for primetime. Both JVC and Kenwood currently have Android Auto-compatible head units that support Wi-Fi connectivity, but software support wasn't enabled on Google's side. That changes with Android... Read more...
OnePlus isn't really leaving much to the imagination when it comes to its upcoming OnePlus 6 smartphone. Although we've seen plenty of leaked specs for the smartphone hit the internet over the past few weeks, OnePlus is using its own platform to confirm the specs of the new smartphone instead of saving everything for the official reveal. This week, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau penned a long, meandering post entitled "Our Pursuit of Burdenless Speed". In it, Lau confirms what most of us already have already assumed: the OnePlus 6 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that can be paired... Read more...
Updated 3/31/2018: T-Mobile has confirmed that its Galaxy Note8 Android Oreo update will be distributed to customer starting April 1st... and no, it's not a joke. If you are a Galaxy Note 8 owner in the United States, we've got some exciting news for you. The Android 8.0 Oreo update is finally rolling out to owners, with those on AT&T and Verizon being the first recipients of the yummy, crunchy treat. Earlier this week, Samsung said that the update would be rolling out within 2 to 3 weeks, so it looks as though AT&T and Verizon decided to jump the gun (not that we're complaining). It remains... Read more...
Google's Android operating is often seen as having a bad reputation with regards to security. We often hear about malware coursing its way through the Google Play Store that can hijack your smartphone, but Google is here to tell us that Android is secure -- or rather, it is at least as secure as Apple’s iOS. With over 2 billion devices actively running Android, securing the wide variety and types of devices can be a challenge. But Google says that "Android security made a significant leap forward in 2017 and many of our protections now lead the industry." Google lays out its long-running... Read more...
Google today announced that ARCore, its augmented reality SDK for Android devices, has exited the beta phase. Now that ARCore 1.0 is expanding into the public realm, Google says that developers are free to publish their AR apps directly to the Play Store. For developers that have been sitting on the sideline waiting for a wider release, now is the time to get started. According to Google, ARCore is supported on over 100 million Android smartphones, which cover 13 specific models from a number of manufactures. These devices include: Google Pixel Google Pixel XL Google Pixel 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Samsung... Read more...
Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners were excited to learn that Samsung’s Android 8.0 Oreo update had exited beta, and was being distributed to regular customers. Samsung initially began the over-the-air (OTA) rollout for users in Germany, and then expanded it to additional global markets. Unfortunately for Samsung (and Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+ owners), there appears to be a major bug in its Android Oreo update. The update, G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP, was pulled from Samsung's servers yesterday following wide availability for customers in Turkey, Norway, the UAE, India, Belgium, Germany, France, and Poland... Read more...
It's been a long time coming, but the official Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is now rolling out to customers. News of the final build of Android Oreo being delivered over-the-air to customers came from Germany. The first customers to receive the update are testers that have been in Samsung’s beta program for the past few months. However, according to SamMobile, everyone else currently running Android 7.x Nougat will start receiving the update starting tomorrow (at least in the German market). Additional rollout timetables will depend on what region you live... Read more...
Few things are more frustrating for mobile device users than having to log on and off Wi-Fi while searching for a network fast enough to support what your current activities. Android Oreo 8.1 can now show you Wi-Fi network speed before you even connect to a network. The new feature is rolling out now and the connection speed will show under the name of the public network. If the connection speed says “Slow”, you can make phone calls and send texts if you have Wi-Fi calling enabled. If the speed is listed as “OK”, you can read webpages, use social media, and stream... Read more...
Sony is said to be working on a new "big screen" Android smartphone that will serve as a follow-up to its Xperia XA1 Ultra. There are no surprises when it comes to the namning of the smartphone, which is expected to be called -- surprise, surprise -- the Xperia XA2 Ultra. Unfortunately for those that were hoping to see a big shift in design direction for Sony's smartphone family, the Xperia XA2 Ultra appears to stick pretty closely to the Japanese company’s current conservative design language. Apparent leaked images of the smartphone come courtesy of SlashLeaks, and show a device with huge... Read more...
It didn't arrive in time for Christmas, but we aren't going to rag on LG for finally delivering the Android 8.0 Oreo update for V30 owner (the OS officially launched on August 21st). The OS has been available in preview form for V30 owners in LG's home market of South Korea, but today marks its first official release into the public realm. LG says that it took feedback from customers during the preview period (over 500 specific incidents to be exact) in order to better hone the final release for customers. The company also claims that it is the "first domestic smartphone manufacturer" to release... Read more...
Android Wear, the customized and lightweight version of Google's full-fledged Android platform for smartphones, had fallen a little behind with Google having launched Android 8 (Oreo) several months ago. That just changed, however, as there is a new version of Android Wear that is based on Oreo, and it has already begun rolling out to device makers. As to when consumers will see an update, that is entirely up to each smartwatch manufacturer. Prior to this update, the latest version of Android (2.0) was based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Google began beta testing an Oreo build around a month that initially... Read more...
If you're currently the owner of Google's first-party Nexus or Pixel hardware, we have some good news for you today. Google just pushed out the final release of Android 8.1 Oreo, which brings with it a number of tweaks, with the biggest one being reserved for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. For starters, you will have quick access to the battery status of connected Bluetooth devices by accessing the Quick Settings menu. Google has also implemented a feature to help mitigate screen burn-in on the system bar (which was most notable on the Pixel 2 XL, which features an LG OLED display) by inverting the... Read more...
A little over a month after publishing the first Android 8.1 Developer Preview, Google is back at it with Developer Preview 2 (DP2). If you want to be at the forefront of Android Oreo releases, you can download the latest system images from the Android Developer site, or you can opt to receive the build over-the-air (OTA) through the Android beta program. The big change with Android 8.1 DP2 is that the previously dormant Pixel Visual Core on Google’s 2017 flagship Pixel 2 smartphones is now enabled for developers. For those that need a refresher course, the Pixel Visual Core is Google's first... Read more...
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