Items tagged with Android

Lenovo introduced their Moto Z family last year with high hopes of being something different. The evolution of smartphone design has been more iterative than innovate in recent years from most manufacturers. The Moto Z smartphones, however, offered modularity to allow the phones to adapt to a user’s in-the-moment needs. The Moto Mods concept is an intriguing one, but was ultimately met with mixed reviews. It is certainly the best execution we have seen to date with a growing selection of mods and simple plug-and-play operation, but many users are put off by needing to keep the phone-sized mods... Read more...
The Galaxy Note 8 is an important product for Samsung. Not only because the Note 8 is the company’s newest, flagship, large-screen smartphone, but because it also carries the additional burden of righting all of the wrongs associated with the company's Note 7 snafu. For some people, there is a certain stigma attached to the Note series now that could be erased if the Note 8 is a success and resonates well with consumers. We can tell you this up front -- all of the right technology seems to be in place. And from a design standpoint, the Note 8 sure is a looker. But good looks and the right... Read more...
It's no secret that Apple and Qualcomm are at odds right now, as legal battles continue to be an unfortunate reality for both companies. At this point, it really doesn't seem clear who's in the right, or more importantly, who will reign victorious. At least for now, Qualcomm has decided to have a little bit of not-so-subtle fun. In a post made to its website today - the same day as the new iPhone reveal - Qualcomm pats itself on the back for creating a number of technologies that continue to ride the Android wave. In its list, Qualcomm lists specific technologies it's invented, and then gives some... Read more...
Owners of the ASUS ZenFone AR may be tempted to ask their friends and co-workers, "Do you even AR, bro?". Asking that question is a surefire way to solicit puzzled (and perhaps annoyed) looks, but once they see what the ZenFone AR is capable of, those dirty glances and quizzical faces will quickly morph into ones of excited curiosity, and maybe even jealously. That's because this whole augmented reality business is rather new, and the ZenFone AR is one of only two smartphones to support Google's Tango (formerly Project Tango) AR platform (Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro being the other). The ZenFone AR also... Read more...
It appears to be both a good day and a bad day for Xiaomi fans. The Mi Mix 2 smartphone launched today at 2 p.m. CST (China Standard Time). The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 smartphone launched right on schedule and details gleaned from the Chinese launch presentation are now available. The specifications that the device has might be a disappointment to some fans out there. A bit over a week ago we talked about Xiaomi's plans to launch the device on September 11 and noted that rumors suggested that the smartphone would be powered by the Snapdragon 836 processor. One notable deviation from rumors earlier this... Read more...
Android One is moving up in the world. What started off as a stock Android platform for budget handsets is still a stock Android experience, only now it can be found on some mid-range phones. Xiaomi was first with an Android One version of its Mi A1, a variant Mi 5X. Now Motorola appears to be following suit with an Android One version of its forthcoming Moto X4 device, according to a pressed render posted by Twitter by the infamous inside man Evan Blass (@evleaks). If that is indeed the case, the Moto X4 could end up being the first phone powered by Android One in the United States. That is a... Read more...
Tell me if you've heard this one before. Google, which is heavily invested in the smartphone market, wants to purchase a smartphone OEM in order to control all aspects of smartphone design from the hardware to the software. Google's first foray into this territory occurred with its purchase of Motorola Mobility in 2012. However, the company got cold feet, and sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo in 2014. Fast forward to today, and Google is reportedly once again looking to purchase a major smartphone OEM. In this case, Google is looking to purchase HTC's phone division, which has fallen far from grace... Read more...
OnePlus has been cranking out some very nice Android smartphones over the last few years, and in the process has wooed many users away from stalwarts in the Android ecosystem like Samsung. Wth Android 8.0 Oreo now available, many OnePlus users have been wondering when their beloved device might get the update. A new rumor is swirling that claims the closed beta group for the OnePlus 3 is now being seeded with the Oreo update. The update isn't coming in pure Oreo form mind you, it is an Android 8.0-based flavor of OxygenOS used by OnePlus. Before you get worried if you are using other OnePlus handsets,... Read more...
Here's the long and short. Huawei’s Mate 9 may no longer hit all the high notes on the cutting-edge smartphone release circuit, but it still remains more than competitive on performance and stocked with impressive base-level features, including rear dual-camera capabilities.In his fascinating book The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas J. Stanley discusses the propensity of millionaires to buy their cars used rather than new. The reasoning is as obvious as it is practical: You get nearly all the benefits from buying used at a fraction of the cost, and the money saved can be invested with compound interest,... Read more...
For many consumers, choosing a new smartphone is a difficult decision that usually boils down to a few prominent devices. With the current generation of smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the new LG V30 are likely to be among the most popular options for consumers looking for a large screen device. The Galaxy S8+ is widely considered one of the best Android-based smartphones on the market. And although it was just announced a few days ago, we have already spent some hands on time with the LG V30 and figure it's lining-up to be a fantastic Android flagship device that is... Read more...
With each new major update for Android from Google, smartphone fans everywhere wonder if their beloved devices will get the update. Android fans know that just because Google releases the next flavor of Android, that doesn't mean their device will get the update right away or get the update at all. Manufacturers don't always update all their phones to the latest version of Android. If you own an Xperia smartphone you don't have to wonder any longer if Sony will be updating your device to Oreo. A full list of all smartphones that will be getting the Oreo update from Sony has been published.... Read more...
If you keep a pulse on the premium smartphone arena, you probably have a line on the fact that there might be something special about the forthcoming LG V30. Set for an official IFA 2017 unveiling, the new handset has been leaked, rumored and even teased by LG itself. LG in fact has been on a consistent marketing blitz, releasing bits and pieces of LG V30 features to keep the buzz factor and discussion of its new device at peak volume. Regardless, with a complement of features that may not be earth-shattering, but when combined add up to what could be handset nirvana for many, it's beginning... Read more...
Android is easily the largest mobile platform in the world far surpassing Windows Mobile with its scant 0.1% market share globally. Android also easily dominates iOS, which holds 14.7% market share according to research firm IDC. There are over two billion active Android devices and Google has announced that its ARCore SDK is now ready for the limelight and will bring augmented reality to the masses using existing and future Android smartphones. The SDK is available for devs to start experimenting with right now. David Burke, VP, Andorid Engineering, wrote, "We've been developing the fundamental... Read more...
It's been an unfortunately busy few weeks for Android vulnerabilities. Earlier in the month, we wrote about SonicSpy, a grandiose piece of malware that could gain an incredible amount of control over your device - including, of course, being able to record your audio. Just last week, we followed-up with another story talking about the 500 apps Google obliterated from the Play Store that bundled an exploited ad network. Today, WireX is the name of the game, a piece of malware whose sole purpose is to turn our innocent mobile devices into a DDoSing bot network. On August 17, WireX hit many content... Read more...
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