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Android

  • Android Wear 2.0, SA-bound watches revealed

    We've already known that Android Wear 2.0 was due for a release, but Google has finally made it official. The latest version of Google's smartwatch platform offers a variety of features, starting with the watchfaces. Android Wear 2.0 now lets you personalise the always-on aspect of the watchface with desired actions/information. "Simply glance at your wrist to check your next appointment, stock performance, progress on fitness goals, or whatever is important to you. A quick tap on your watch face lets you instantly order an Uber ride, start a workout, or get in touch with your significant other," Google wrote on...

  • 10 Android features you take for granted these days

    Android has been around for a relatively long time, the first Android-equipped phone launching in 2008. And it's been through loads of updates and iterations since those heady Cupcake and Donut days. Whether you were a long-time Android fan or joined more recently, you might be surprised at some of the features you take for granted in Google's mobile platform. WiFi hotspot A feature we all assume just works on our smartphone today, WiFi hotspot functionality (added in 2.2) allowed users to ditch USB modems/dongles and just use their phone. In a rather weird situation, more than a few Android users in the...

  • 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%...

  • 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...

  • 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...