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  • Where’s the Google hardware love for SA? [Column]

    We've seen a slew of hardware from Google in 2016. There were the Google Pixel smartphones, the Google Home speaker and even the Chromecast Ultra peripheral. And all of these devices were pretty well-received by international media. But if anything, the products once again prove that the Mountain View firm doesn't take South Africa and the rest of the continent as seriously. Don't believe me? Well, the company confirmed to Gearburn this week that it has no plans to launch hardware on the continent any time soon. On the one hand, it's understandable, as South Africa is a small market. So why devote much resources...

  • Android Nougat only accounts for 0.7% of devices

    Google has released its latest statistics for Android distribution, revealing some interesting insights into the most popular versions of the platform. The company tallies devices running the latest Google Play Store app, which is compatible with Android 2.2 and above. The stats, as of 9 January 2017, show that Android 2.2 is finally not a factor anymore. Google drops Android versions with less than 0.1% marketshare from the chart. Android is nowhere near as fast as iOS when it comes to speedy updates -- unless you have a Nexus/Pixel How about the latest version of Android? Well, Android Nougat (7.0 and 7.1) only account for 0.7%...

  • LeEco put Android on a bicycle, because reasons

    Chinese firm LeEco has been pushing into the US market in a big way over the past 12 months, but its latest product isn't a streaming box, TV or smartphone. Instead, the company has revealed two smart bicycles running an Android-powered platform. The LeEco Smart Road Bike and Smart Mountain Bike both offer carbon fibre frames, 11-speed setup and lightweight design. But they also feature a 4-inch touchscreen and the so-called BikeOS platform (based on Android 6.0). In fact, the smart platform is powered by a 6000mAh battery and Snapdragon 410 chip. So what's this tech used for? "The system provides turn-by-turn navigation...

  • CyanogenMod shuts down, LineageOS takes place

    Arguably the most popular Android ROM around, CyanogenMod has revived countless phones and served as the Android community's ROM of choice (right next to the official version of stock Android). Now, the team behind the ROM has shut itself down, moving to establish what it calls LineageOS instead. The move comes several years after founder Steve Kondik created a company to develop and market CyanogenMod. "Yesterday, Cyanogen Inc (Cyngn) announced that they were shutting down the infrastructure behind CyanogenMod (CM). This is an action that was not unpredictable given the public departure of Kondik (cyanogen himself) from the company, and with him...

  • Where are the Android apps for dual camera smartphones? [Column]

    Dual-camera Android smartphones have been out in some form or another since 2014. The Huawei Honor 6 Plus and HTC One M8 offered dual-camera functionality back then, although the latter used a "depth sensor" instead of a dedicated second camera, to be fair. In any event, we've seen half a dozen dual-camera Android smartphones being released in 2016, from Xiaomi and Huawei to LG. Heck, even the newer Chinese manufacturers are hopping on the bandwagon. In other words, Apple was definitely a few months late to the party at best, bringing the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus in September 2016. So imagine my...

  • Here’s what to know before buying a R1000 smartphone [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of monthly articles on Gearburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This week, we look at the key numbers and specifications to look out for when buying a R1000 smartphone. Budget smartphones are the lifeblood of many emerging markets, being used by the majority of citizens. After all, who can afford a R11 000 smartphone, right? However, you don't want to get duped by an overpriced store -- use our guide to buying a R1000 smartphone. How much power should you be getting? Generally speaking, your R1000 (and under) mobile device will...

  • 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.

  • Google Pixel review roundup: an iPhone running Android

    The Google Pixel smartphone marks a rather notable moment for the company, as Google sheds the Nexus label (temporarily or otherwise) and takes a bigger role in the hardware department. Now that many reviews are out, what do experts think of the new smartphone? The camera is the star here Almost all reviewers had nothing but praise for the Google Pixel camera, going so far as to call it the best mobile camera around. David Pierce of Wired wrote that the Pixel didn't have the iPhone 7 Plus's 2x zoom or depth-of-field trickery, but it produced "killer" snaps anyway. "The iPhone faithfully reproduces the...

  • Android Nougat update: here’s when your phone will get it

    As of 1 August 2016, Android Marshmallow had just over 15% of Google's OS market share, with Lollipop holding 35% and Android KitKat 29%. Why is this important? Well, for one it speaks of Android's version fragmentation, and secondly, Android Nougat is now officially available to some smartphones. While those smartphones include the likes of Google's Nexus range -- the LG-made Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P -- more smartphones should arrive with the OS in due course. Additionally, we could expect to see manufacturers working on updates for your current smartphone. When will Android Nougat head to your phone?...

  • 7 takeaways from the Google #MadeByGoogle event

    We've heard the rumours and seen the leaks for months now, but we've finally taken a peek at Google's wares today. So what did they have to show us? Well, there were the obvious Pixel smartphones, there was the Google Home speaker, Google WiFi boxes and VR shenanigans. But here are a few things that either impressed us, annoyed us or simply had us perplexed. No surprises for the Pixel range, but the camera seems fantastic If there were one feature missing from the Nexus 6P, it would be optical image stabilisation, resulting in more blur during photos and shaky footage from recorded...