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All posts tagged "Android"

  • Google Pixel 2: have specs been revealed?

    We all know that the Google Pixel 2 is coming, especially after the praise heaped on last year's models. But it seems like have our first leaks of the next-generation Pixel phones. According to XDA Developers, citing a source "familiar with the matter that spent time with at least one of these phones", there will indeed be two models available. The so-called Taimen variant is the XL version, packing a 6-inch AMOLED screen with a 1440p display -- ideal for VR then. The source adds that the display is made by LG, which lines up with earlier reports regarding Google and LG...

  • HMD CEO promises ‘two years’ of Android updates – Nokia 3 included

    The HMD/Nokia partnership has officially kicked off in South Africa, with the launch of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones. These new handsets have a lot going for them, such as pure Android and an attractive price. But HMD Global is also promising plenty of updates for your device. "What we are now committing (to) is that whenever a consumer buys a device, two years from that we will do the updates..." HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela told Gearburn at the South African launch event. The Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 certainly support Android updates, but what about the...

  • These Chromebooks now have Android app support

    Google made a big splash last year when it announced that Android apps would be coming to Chromebooks, via the Google Play Store. It's taken longer than expected for the functionality to surface though, with only a few laptops supporting the feature. Still, there's plenty of potential for having Android apps on your Chromebook, instantly delivering over a million games and apps in theory. Now, Google has added over a dozen more laptops to the list of Chromebooks capable of running Android apps (spotted by Android Police). So what's new then? We see new entries for Acer (Chromebook 11 N7 C731 and C731T,...

  • Essential Phone: Android co-founder’s new phone revealed

    Andy Rubin has been teasing a new phone for a while now, but the Android co-founder has finally taken the covers off the Essential Phone. The new phone seems to tick all the boxes for a 2017 flagship, namely a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a sharp display (2560x1312, but it's unclear if LCD or AMOLED), a 3040mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner on the back. The phone also packs four microphones, which could result in great audio recording credentials. Speaking of audio, the company has removed the earphone jack, in a rather dick move. Instead, it's sticking with...

  • Latest Humble Bundle a platforming treat for Android gamers

    If there's one key advantage Android has over iOS, it's in the fact that you don't have a walled garden to deal with. This is especially true when it comes to apps and games, allowing you to use third-party download sources. And one of the best marketplaces for Android is the Humble Store, regularly offering pay-what-you-want Humble Bundle deals for Android users. Now, the latest bundle has been revealed, in the form of the Epic Platformers bundle. Pay US$1 or more and you'll get Devious Dungeon and Devious Dungeon 2, as well as Eggggg - The Platform Puker. Beat the average (set...

  • All the major Android and Assistant news from Google I/O 2017

    We've already covered all the major announcements from Google I/O 2017 last night. But there's quite a bit of news to sift through nonetheless. Android and Google Assistant got a solid amount of attention during the keynote address, so we've gathered some of the more relevant tidbits for you. Those Android O features detailed We didn't really get a peek at previously unannounced features here, as Google already detailed Android O's tentpole features before. Still, we got a closer look at these features nonetheless. There's picture-in-picture mode, Chrome's Autofill functionality coming to apps, a new homescreen for Android TV, smart text selection (highlight...

  • Google I/O 2017: check out the livestream here

    The annual Google I/O developer conference kicks off today, with the expectation that Google will reveal major updates and more during the keynote address. We've already laid out a few predictions this week, ranging from Android O and Android Wear to Google Daydream VR and ChromeOS. Google isn't giving much to go on either, merely saying that the company's Sundar Pichai will be talking about "product and platform innovation at Google". Want to tune in to the livestream of the keynote? Simply check out the embedded player below or visit Google's I/O website here. The keynote kicks off at 10am PT, or 7pm 6pm SAST...

  • Google promises quicker Android updates (again) with Project Treble

    Updates are the biggest weakness when it comes to the Android platform, owing to thousands of devices running a variety of themes and skins. We've already seen Google try to address this in the past, but it seems like the company is making a bigger effort now, with Project Treble. Announced on its developer blog, Project Treble aims to free Android from the low-level vendor software. Before going into the specifics of the new initiative, the Mountain View firm explained how Android releases currently work. What Project Treble does is effectively reduce the need for silicon manufacturer partners (the likes of Qualcomm...

  • Got a rooted device? No Netflix from Play Store for you

    There are quite a few reasons to root your Android smartphone, such as gaining more granular control over customisations, removing bloatware or even overclocking/underclocking your processor. This will come at a price though, as Netflix has confirmed reports that rooted devices can't download the app from the Play Store anymore. In response to a Gearburn query, the streaming provider said that changes to its multimedia underpinnings forced it to take this route. "With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on multimedia enablers provided by Google services; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with...

  • Watch: will Google’s new Fuchsia OS replace Android?

    Believe it or not, but Google has been working on a new operating system for a while now, dubbed Fuchsia. The new platform, an open-source OS, reportedly ditches the Linux kernel in favour of an in-house microkernel called Magenta, Ars Technica reported. Another big addition is Armadillo, apparently being Fuchsia's default system UI. Armadillo is also written in Google's Flutter, being the firm's new, cross-platform mobile framework. Google's Fuchsia platform joins Android and ChromeOS as being the firm's third major operating system Fuchsia is apparently meant for mobile devices and PCs, with the publication adding that you can actually grab "chunks of the Fuchsia...