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Android

  • Which Android flagship smartphone is for you? [QUIZ]

    There have been quite a few noteworthy high-end Android smartphones this year, ranging from multimedia beasts to some innovative designs. But which handset should be your next purchase? We put together a quick-fire quiz to guide your decision-making process.

  • Xiaomi takes on Apple in USA with… the Mi Box

    The United States represents a big challenge for Xiaomi, as the likes of Apple and Samsung rule the roost over there. The Chinese firm is pushing ahead anyway, but not quite in the direction you think... Instead, Xiaomi has drawn a line in the sand against the Apple TV by launching the newest version of the Mi Box in the country. Available from the Xiaomi USA website and Wal-Mart soon, the Mi Box is a streaming device that packs a ton of features for US$69. For starters, it supports the Google Cast standard, HDR (with Android Nougat update) and Google Voice Search. But it...

  • Android Wear 2.0 delayed until early 2017

    Sad news for Android smartwatch users: Android Wear 2.0 has been pushed back to early 2017. This according to a new blog post on Google's Android Developer blog. "We’ve gotten tons of great feedback from the developer community about Android Wear 2.0–thank you! We’ve decided to continue the preview program into early 2017, at which point the first watches will receive Android Wear 2.0," wrote developer advocate, Hoi Lam in a blog post. The update which was scheduled for this year was pushed back to quash final bugs to deliver a complete system. However, the Developer Preview 3 has been released, to soothe...

  • 7 Android launchers to revive your homescreen

    The best thing about Android is the customisability of it all, allowing you to radically change the look and feel of your smartphone's interface without much work. But where do you start though? How do you sift through the noise and find the best launchers around? We've picked seven free launchers you should try out. Nova Launcher One of the first major launchers to gain a ton of popularity, Nova Launcher stands out thanks to its extensive list of options and features. The launcher has a rather vanilla feel to it, featuring an app drawer (with vertical scrolling) flanked by two shortcuts on...

  • Android Nougat to miss Sony Xperia Z3 range?

    Google has finally released Android Nougat (7.0) to Nexus devices, but third-party manufacturers are another matter entirely. Nevertheless, Sony has stepped up to the plate by revealing which Sony Xperia smartphones will be getting the update. "We will make Android 7.0, Nougat available for: Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia X Performance," the company wrote on its blog. Sony Xperia Z3 could miss out on Android Nougat, perhaps thanks to the Snapdragon 801 It cautioned that timing and availability of the update will vary by country...

  • Android Nougat: 6 key features Google’s adding to Android

    The latest version of Android is finally spreading to Nexus devices, bringing all sorts of welcome features in tow. There's the better Doze mode, seamless updating and Vulkan API, but there are also quite a few other additions to the world's most popular mobile platform. There's a data saver option We already had capable data management tools in previous versions of Android, but the biggest omission was a data saving mode of sorts. This was something that Windows Phones shipped with since Windows Phone 8. Fortunately, Android Nougat ships with a data saving mode, essentially killing the ability for background apps to access cellular data. "When...

  • Android Nougat spreads its sweet love to Nexus devices

    We've waited a long time for the latest version of Android to launch (no, the developer previews don't count), but Android Nougat is now rolling out to Nexus devices. Google confirmed the news on its Android blog, saying that the update would be launching on the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G Android One handset. In other words, Nexus 5 owners are out of luck -- at least in an official capacity. "And there are many tasty devices coming from our partners running Android Nougat, including the upcoming LG V20 which will...

  • Google’s stock Android is great, but it’s not the holy grail

    "Pffft, stock Android is where it's at. Why would I want to use TouchWiz, EMUI, MIUI or any other useless skin?" That's been the refrain among hardcore Android fans for years now. Pure Android definitely has some lovely things going for it, but let's be honest here, it's not perfect by any measure. First, why do stock addicts love this implementation of Android? Let me count the ways... All the updates, none of the tackiness The biggest reason for going stock Android is because you're getting the latest versions of Android first. This is a big problem in the Android environment, where it's not...

  • Android Marshmallow now running on 13% of Android devices

    If Android Marshmallow's adoption numbers are anything to go by, Google's finally cracked the Android update issues that have plagued it for years. New numbers from Android Developer portal suggest that in July 2016, 13.3% of all Android devices were running on the company's latest stable operating system -- Android Marshmallow. This is a marked jump from the previous month's 10.1%. The OS still lags behind heavily-used Android KitKat (30.1%) and Android Lollipop (35.1%) though, but both  now cater towards the budget smartphone categories. Related: Android Nougat: why did Google snub Android Nutella and Neyyappan? This growth is extremely positive for Google though,...

  • Android Nougat: why did Google snub Android Nutella and Neyyappan?

    Last week, Google officially announced the name of the seventh version of Android. Dubbed Android Nougat, the name will undoubtedly throw many people's pronunciation problems into the fore, and likely increase nougat sales worldwide. But while I do have a soft spot for the strange confectionery, there was a more popular name. Google allowed users to submit name suggestions for its next version of Android. We didn't quite get Boaty McBoatface, but we did get a few interesting ideas. Android Naan, Android Nectarine, Android New Mexico Chili and even Android Nori were all suggested. But according to Google Trends search data,...