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Finnish company HMD Global is firmly entrenched in flagship smartphone territory with the release of its device: the Nokia 8. After the company acquired the rights to Nokia’s feature phone business, we’ve been waiting patiently to see what the company could do with high-end hardware. Luckily, there’s a lot to like. The most visible feature of the Nokia 8 is of course its display, which in this case measure 5.3 inches with a resolution of 2560x1440 (QHD). Unlike many of the recently introduced flagships that are making the rounds, however, the 7.3mm-inch Nokia 8 has rather large bezels at the top... Read more...
Qualcomm is bringing advanced depth-sensing technology to the Android ecosystem, and doing so in a big way. Through the expansion of its Spectra Module Program, Qualcomm's camera technology will introduce a host of goodies to Android devices, including improved biometric authentication, high resolution depth sensing, and multi-frame noise reduction for superior photographic quality snapshots. "Whether used for computational photography, video recording, or for computer vision applications that require accurate motion tracking, it’s clear that power efficient camera image signal processing has become... Read more...
LG is really hyping up the release of its upcoming V30 Android flagship. Rather than save all of the details surrounding the smartphone for its official unveil, LG has been dropping little nuggets of information here and there to satiate our short attention spans. Today, LG announced that the UX 6.0+ interface will debut on the LG V30. UX 6.0+ is an overlay for the Android operating system and includes LG’s “special sauce”, so to speak, allowing the V30 to stand out from its peers. In this case, UX 6.0+ brings new features, including what’s called a Floating Bar. The Floating Bar takes the place... Read more...
Over the past handful of years, Google has really amped up its efforts to keep users safe on its Android Play Store. However, it often feels like the more protections Google puts in place, the more fierce the malware gets. Today we learn of yet another piece of malware that has managed to permeate itself throughout the Play Store, and the implications of being infected with it are downright scary. Called "SonicSpy", this piece of malware has found home in a huge number of different apps found throughout the Play Store. Most recently, it found its way into an app called Soniac, a messaging... Read more...
A sometimes unfortunate thing about loving a vendor's hardware is the fact that the same kind of care that makes you love the device itself might not be shown towards the software solution. Sometimes, too much care can be given, resulting in a bloated OS that can become sluggish. Many vendors have come to their senses over the years, as we've seen a trend of more and more companies decide to go with stock Android on their devices - or at least stock Android with minor modifications. We now find out that Lenovo is the latest company to jump on this bandwagon of clean OSes, as its upcoming K8... Read more...
Google is trying to do it best to ensure that Android users have an enjoyable app experience. The company has ramped up efforts to irradiate spam apps and malware from the Play Store, and now it is bolstering efforts to disincentivize apps that are known to crash or cause other problems on Android devices. In this case, Google says that it has “enhanced [its] search and discovery algorithms to reflect app quality”. Google has found that the majority of users that leave 1-star reviews for apps complain about instability issues, leading to frequent crashes. As a result, Google is using a combination... Read more...
If you are a fan of watching live TV without shelling out for cable or satellite service, you may already be familiar with Plex. New features for Plex have been rolled out, and the announcement has something for Android and Apple fans to get excited about. Android users can now watch Live TV on their mobile device and record shows, movies, sports, and more using the Plex DVR. Live TV support for Plex is now on Apple TV as well. Using an existing antenna and tuner, you can watch local programs including sports and news all live and if you have a Plex Pass these features are free. Live TV and DVR... Read more...
Motorola announced the flagship Moto Z2 Force last month, infusing the smartphone with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, dual cameras and a Moto Mods support. However, it also came with a $700+ price tag. For those that aren’t prepared to hand over seven stacks for a smartphone, Motorola has officially announced the Moto G5S and G5S Plus. As we’ve previously reported, the Moto G5S comes with a premium aluminum unibody design and will be powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core processor. Your window into the Android operating system come via a 5.2-inch Full HD display, while you’ll be able to capture what’s... Read more...
An unlikely source posted a glowing recommendation of the iPhone 7, and specifically the phone's camera performance. Vic Gundotra, the former senior vice president of social for Google, posted some snapshots of his two young children that were taken while out at dinner. In the accompanying text, Gundotra gushes about the photo quality, which he insinuates are comparable to his DSLR. Indeed, the photos of his children appear clear and crisp. Furthermore, the iPhone 7 did a superb job blurring out the background and keeping the kids in focus, which is something that DSLR cameras are adept at (in... Read more...
Microsoft does not seem real committed to its own Windows Phone platform these days (no matter what it says publicly), but it is acutely aware that smartphones have become a part of everyday life, with Android representing the most popular mobile platform in the world. In recognition of this, the latest Windows Insider Preview (build 16251) lets you link your phone to your PC, the company announced in a blog post. The new build is focuses on cross-device web browsing and Microsoft is asking Insiders to lend a helping hand by testing the experience with their Android phones. Support for iPhone handsets... Read more...
It's starting to look like Google's upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones could become some of the most alluring Android phones the company - or any company, for that matter - have released in a long time. A couple of weeks ago, we pored over the details of what was believed to be an accurate render, and today, we see another collection of renders from a party that seems to agree on most of the devices' visual cues. Credit: MySmartPrice In the aforementioned post, the design seen was believed to be the XL model, but based on these new renders, it would have actually been the non-XL. The... Read more...
If you are a fan of Google’s crowdsourced Waze navigation app and have a vehicle that supports Android Auto, you have up to this point been able to pair the two together. That, however, all changes today. Google has just released the Android Auto version of Waze to Google Play, meaning that you will be able to enjoy most of the fruits of the regular smartphone app. When you fire up Waze for Android Auto, the interface should be instantly familiar, but Google has made some changes to make the app less distraction for drivers (something that regulators and automakers have been harping on with system... Read more...
Android is the most popular operating system in the world, and any new release is met with much fanfare. That will certainly be the case with Android O, which is the latest in a long line of mobile operating systems from Google (and is still unnamed). Google today announced that Android O Developer Preview 4 is now rolling out to supported devices. Developer Preview 3 brought us finalized APIs, while Developer Preview 4 is being billed as a release candidate version of the operating system. Like the previous build, it also includes finalized system behaviors, along with the latest bug fixes and... Read more...
Do you want to keep your private conversations, well, private? The beta of Briar, a darknet messaging system for Android was just released today. The messaging app is intended for users like activists and journalists who need a safe and secure form of communication. Briar does not require servers to function, but instead utilizes a peer-to-peer network. The “messages are synchronized directly between the users' devices” and can sync through Bluetooth, WiFi, or the Tor network. Briar also encrypts all data end-to-end and hides metadata. Overall, Briar promises that identity of the users as well... Read more...
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