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If you’re one of the few out there running a BlackBerry Priv on T-Mobile’s wireless network, you’ll be happy to learn that the flagship Android smartphone is just now receiving Marshmallow. BlackBerry first rolled out an open beta for Marshmallow in early May for unlocked devices, and the update started heading to carrier-backed Priv smartphones last month. The new build is designated AAF153 and will update your Priv to Android 6.0.1. In addition, it also brings some performance and stability improvements for the smartphone. This is likely bitter sweet news, as T-Mobile has already bailed on the BlackBerry Priv from a sales perspective. The third-place wireless carrier began selling the Priv... Read more...
Memory leaks continue to give some Android users headaches, especially those privileged to be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Well, the good news is Google and it's Android team seem to have discovered what's causing the memory leaks and have a fix in place. The bad news? You'll probably have to wait for Android N to benefit from the fix.The memory leak in Marshmallow was brought to attention in November of last year on the Android Issue Tracker forum. At the time, it was noted that the "System UI" appears to just keep growing its footprint. An Android user provided screenshots showing it consuming more than 580MB and averaging 472MB, "which is more or less 4X the usage after a fresh boot."... Read more...
If today’s Android Wear, watchOS and Tizen-based smartwatches are a little bit too limiting or not customizable enough for you, there’s a new player in the game called BLOCKS. BLOCKS is being billed as the world’s first modular smartwatch; one that comes with a fully circular display (we’re looking at you, Moto 360) and a stainless steel body. After finishing up a successful Kickstarter campaign, in which over $1.6 million was raised, the final production version of BLOCKS has been revealed with a 1.39-inch 400x400 AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 300 mAh battery. These specs are strikingly similar to what you might find in Android... Read more...
If there's a point of frustration for Android users, it's the inevitable waiting game for newer builds to trickle down to their handsets and tablets. Looking at the latest data from Google, just 10.1 percent of Android users are enjoying Marshmallow, with the majority of users still stuck on Lollipop, KitKat, and Jelly Bean (in that order). Google said at its I/O event that the next major version of its mobile operating system, Android N, will be out sometime this summer. Even if that means a September launch, it's unlikely that Marshmallow's ranks will swell much above a couple of percentage points between now and then. By that time, Marshmallow will be nearly a year old (it's been on the market... Read more...
HTC didn’t have a really tight lid on its new “10” flagship leading up to its launch, as images of the final production device leaked last month. And just yesterday, a full promotional video for the HTC 10 found its way onto the web to once again spoil the fun. But today, HTC is finally having its day in the spotlight and its new flagship is clearly a shift forward for the company, even if its design is more evolutionary than revolutionary. As we mentioned yesterday, the HTC 10 has a chiseled aluminum unibody chassis and chamfered edges. The 5.2-inch QHD Super LCD 5 is covered in Gorilla Glass and if you’ve seen the HTC M9 and A9 that came before it, there are no surprises here when it comes... Read more...
When it comes to 2016’s flagship Android smartphones, we’ve already seen what Samsung and LG have to offer in the form of the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge and G5 respectively. But what about the folks at HTC? Well, thanks to a leaked promotional video, we’re getting an excellent look at the new “10” smartphone from all angles. The promo video takes some cues from 2001: A Space Odyssey before showing the HTC 10 being carved from a solid block of aluminum. The finished product is handsome, chiseled device with polished, chamfered edges and a slight camera bump on the rear. The design language is still unmistakably HTC, with perhaps a bit of iPhone 5s thrown in for good measure (when viewed from the front).... Read more...
Time are tough for BlackBerry, as they've been for an uncomfortably long stretch now, but the Canadian handset maker isn't throwing in the towel. BlackBerry continues to have high hopes that supporting Android will reinvigorate the firm, and taking a step in that direction, it's making available a custom Android 6.0 Marshmallow build in beta form to Priv owners.When this whole Android initiative kicked off, BlackBerry introduced its Priv handset with a security-focused version of Android 5.1 Lollipop. Right away customers began asking when BlackBerry would update the Priv to Marshmallow, and the questions and appeals to do so "have only gotten stronger" since then, BlackBerry says.Here we are... Read more...
Comparatively speaking, there aren't a lot of Android devices in the wild running Android 6.0, otherwise known as Marshmallow. That's typically true of any snapshot of Android—the latest and greatest version finds its way onto just a small number of handsets while versions a generation or two old rule the roost. As of right now, pole position belongs to Android 5.x Lollipop.It took Lollipop more than a year—16 months, to be exact—to leapfrog Android 4.4 KitKat for the top spot. But there it now sits, at least if combining the number of devices running Android 5.0 (16.9 percent) and Android 5.1 (19.2 percent). If you add the two together, Lollilop's share of the Android market is 36.1 percent,... Read more...
We’ve already seen what Samsung and LG have to offer this time around in the flagship Android smartphone realm thanks to the debut for Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge and LG G5 respectively last month at MWC 2016. But what about HTC? The company has been dropping hints via teasers for the past few weeks, but as is often the case when it comes to highly anticipated smartphones, the new “10” has been leaked ahead of time for all to see. OnLeaks and EVLeaks tag-teamed the HTC 10 today with a bevy of leaked prototype shots and renders. OnLeaks kicked off the festivities with three images of a prototype in black, one of which clearly shows off the integrated USB-C port (while the LG G5 also features a USB-C... Read more...
Rather than just bring another boring smartphone update with the typical yearly iterative updates, the folks at LG have really done something transformative with its next generation G5 flagship. But first, let’s get to the stuff that we expect to hear about when a new flagship is released: its specs. The aluminum unibody G5 brings with it a 5.3-inch QHD display with an Always One mode. And like most new Android flagships that will be unveiled this year, it is powered by a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor that it paired with a generous 4GB of RAM. 32GB of internal storage is standard, and you’ll find a microSD slot that accommodates cards up to 2TB. On the rear of the device you’ll find... Read more...
It's often said that good things come to those who wait, and if you're an owner of a Galaxy S6 series device, you've been patiently awaiting the arrival of an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Well, good news folks—Marshmallow has finally arrived for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge with updates being doled out over-the-air (OTA) today. Galaxy S6 Edge owners stand to benefit the most—not only do they receive all the benefits of Marshmallow in general, but they're also getting an enhanced edge screen with new features via this update. "Samsung has taken the unique user interface of the beautifully curved edge screen to the next level, making it faster and more convenient than ever to perform daily... Read more...
Huawei really hit it big with the American populous last year with the introduction of the Nexus 6P, the flagship smartphone that helped kick off Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow push. Equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 5.7-inch QHD display and sleek aluminum unibody design, the Nexus 6P deservedly received a lot of praise (including from us here at HotHardware). Huawei is looking to build on the welcome reception that the Nexus 6P received stateside with launch of something decidedly more mainstream: the GX8. The GX8, which was first announced at this year’s CES, features an aluminum unibody design (with chamfered edges) that is capped up with 2.5D glass on the front. The display... Read more...
OnePlus doesn't always get things right—some would argue that the company often gets things wrong, at least when it comes to smooth product launches—but it's learning from its mistakes and continues to give fans reasons to root for the company. The latest example is a newly announced price cut for its popular OnePlus 2 handset. Effectively immediately (and just in time for Valentine's Day, if you're looking for a geek gift idea), the OnePlus 2 is $349, down $40 from its $389 launch price. The new low price is a permanent one, not a temporary sale or promotion. And don't worry if you just bought a OnePlus 2 at its old price—anyone who purchased the OnePlus 2 within the last 15 days will receive... Read more...
Android Wear today is quite a different beast from when it landed nearly two years ago — thankfully, it’s been changed for the better thanks to steady improvements and feature additions that Google has bestowed onto the operating system made for smartwatches. Today, Google is rolling out another big Android Wear update, which is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow at its core. The update brings the ability to send messages with your smartwatch using just your voice. A number of messaging services are supported including WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber and of course Google Hangouts. To send a message, you could for example say, “OK Google, send a Google Hangouts message to Paul: Hey man, answer your phone!”... Read more...
While kids across the land are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa and wondering what gifts he'll bring, HTC has decided that every owner of an unlocked One M9 handset living in the U.S. made the nice list and will receive a special gift of their own -- an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. HTC is making good on a promise it made earlier this month. Following that up, HTC's Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, announced the news on Twitter yesterday, saying the updates were being finalized for distribution in the next day (which is today). In addition, owners of HTC's unlocked One A9 handsets could expect an incremental bump to Android 6.0.1, which comes with... Read more...
If you were in the market for a Nexus 6P, Google has given you a big reason to go ahead and take the plunge. Google has cut the price on its flagship Marshmallow smartphone by $50, making the entry-level 32GB model $449. The 64GB and 128GB models as a result fall to $499 and $599 respectively. As if the lower pricing wasn’t enough, Google is also offering free overnight shipping for the Huawei-manufactured smartphone starting today. And since we’re in the holiday shopping season, Google is offering an extended return window for the Nexus 6P. Purchases made between now and December 25th can be returned through January 22nd, 2016. And to top it off, every Nexus 6P comes with a 90-day free subscription... Read more...
While most of us get ready to carve into turkeys and dive into fixings, Chinese phone maker Huawei was busy unwrapping its latest mobile device, the Mate 8, a premium phablet with a 6-inch Full HD 1080p display. As is vogue right now, the Mate 8 features a seamless aluminum design with a gold (is best!) color option.The Mate 8 is the first handset to rock Huawei's new Kirin 950 System-on-Chip. That gives the phone an octa-core foundation consisting of four ARM Cortex-A72 cores running at 2.3GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz.. There's also an "i5" intelligent coprocessor inside (not to be confused with Intel's Core i5 line) for low-power chores like running the sensor hub.There's... Read more...
Android 6.0, otherwise known as Marshmallow, has been on the scene for less than two months and isn't all that widespread yet. CyanogenMod would like to change that while also showing some love for older devices. To do that, the team at CyanogenMod has begun rolling out the first nightly builds of CM13 with Marshmallow inside. "We’ve been pretty quiet publicly on the CM13 (Marshmallow) progress, but we’ve been busy bees behind the scenes. Today, we’ve enabled the first wave of devices to receive CM13 nightlies," CyangoenMod announced in a blog post.Here's a list of the first devices to receive CM13:OnePlus OneNexus 7LG G4Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4LG GPad 7.0LG G3 VerizonMoto X 2014As CyanogenMod notes,... Read more...
HTC has been accused of copying Apple’s iPhone 6/6s design with its latest smartphone, the One A9. That’s not exactly a fair accusation however, since the iPhone 6 has many of the same design aesthetics as some of HTC’s previous One flagship phones, particularly the One M7 which launched in 2013. Regardless of where the design inspiration for the One A9 originated, one thing is certain: the One A9 is a good-looking smartphone with an all-metal unibody design and four attractive colors, which include Deep Garnet, Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, and Topaz Gold. All drama aside, the HTC One A9 is a mid-range handset that is powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor. This processor includes... Read more...
Google's latest Android OS, Marshmallow, has been out for an entire month. You might think, then, that any device from this point forward to hit the market will feature it right out-of-the-gate. Of course, that's not the case. In an ideal world, that's how things would play out, but when so much effort is needed to prepare an OS for the launch of a new device, it's virtually impossible for a company to upgrade at the last minute to the latest hotness. The best they can do, then, is aim at getting an update out as soon as possible. That's BlackBerry's intent. The company has just launched its latest high-end smartphone, called PRIV, which ships with Lollipop 5.1.1. According to the company, there's... Read more...
If you were one of the many people that eagerly preordered the new Nexus 6P flagship Android 6.0 Marshmallow smartphone, we have some bad news for you. It appears that Google and the manufacturer of the Nexus 6P, Huawei, have encountered a few snags with production and will have to delay some shipments. The Nexus 6P was originally slated to start shipping between October 27th and October 28th, but the unspecified delay has pushed shipments to the November 7th to November 14th timeframe. In an email sent to Nexus 6P early birds, the Google Store Team writes, “We have some not-so-great news: It’s going to take a little longer to get the 6P to you than we would have liked. We’re working hard to... Read more...
With the release of Android 6.0, otherwise known as Marshmallow, Google isn't messing around when it comes to battery life. There are some key changes to note compared to previous versions of Android, one of which requires devices makers to track and report battery usage. That might not sound like a big deal on the surface, but it's worth noting that some phone makers have been known to hide battery stats.The new policies are laid out in Google's Compatibility Definition Document (PDF) for Android. In section 8.4 labeled Power Consumption Accounting, Google lays down the law by stating devices running Marshmallow "MUST be able to track hardware component power usage and attribute that power usage... Read more...
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