Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

Concepts of unreleased and unannounced smartphones are always popular, and contrary to popular belief not just when they’re for iPhones. Flagship handsets from the likes of Samsung and HTC are great concept fodder, and it’s the latter that is the subject of one of the latest to pop up on our radar.

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Need for Speed: No Limits is the latest in the NFS lineup for mobile devices, and has been revealed by EA to be hitting your iOS and Android device by next year.

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Google’s Nexus 6 is a very large, very Motorola device in terms of design, but away from the finish, the powerful underbelly and the slick general performance, its Android Lollipop software does include one or two intriguing new quirks of its own. Notably, it bundles full-disk encryption as standard, a feature that cannot be disabled on any Lollipop device without flashing a new ROM, and while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, some new benchmark readings suggest that the negative impact on performance is considerable.

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It’s not often that you get to make your own design and have it printed onto a pair of shoes, but that’s exactly what Adidas is making possible with the miZX Flux service. Originally announced earlier this year, the service is now live in the United States with select other countries set to also join in the fun at a later date including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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Here’s a complete step by step tutorial on how to root Nexus 6 running Android 5.0 Lollipop using Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root package.

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The problem with having a portable charger is that you may forget to carry one along at times, but what you won’t forget is the belt that helps keep your trousers up. Well, now it will charge your smartphone too, and keep your trousers up. Enter – XOO Belt from Nifty – the belt with concealed, flexible battery packs.

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Updated: You can now download the latest version 5.0.38 of Google Play Store APK which brings with it a bunch of changes and bug fixes that users have been facing for quite a while.

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Facebook has continued to dissect the various attributes of its social networking experience, with the Messenger app being the most obvious and widely used spin-off to the main official utility. But it’s not the only aspect of Facebook that could use its own little quite space through which to operate, and with a large chunk of the 1 billion+ user base engaged in groups, Mark Zuckerberg and his software development team have obliged with a separate Groups app for iOS and Android. Details, as ever, can be seen below.

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The Nokia N1 tablet was unveiled today, featuring the new Z Launcher – a home launcher replacement app for Android. So before the public gets its hands on the N1, Nokia welcomes you to try out the new Z Launcher. We see what it has to offer.

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Thanksgiving is almost here, but while many will be indulging in copious amounts of food and drinks next week, tech fans will be looking to score some deals on what is known as Black Friday. Sure, it’s not just retailers of consumer electronics that come through with some delicious offers, but with the follow-up of Cyber Monday, next week is sure to bring massive savings on everything from iPhone apps to PlayStations. Whether you’ve decided to treat yourself or wish to get your holiday gifts in early, there are plenty of offers to go around, and below, we’ll point you in the right direction.

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There is a lot of talk right now about Apple’s decision not to throw multiple gigabytes of memory at the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, especially in light of how makers of Android smartphones tend to offer memory upwards of 2GB. Why, when some Android phones have up to three times as much memory, does the iPhone perform so well?

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Here’s a complete tutorial on how to download and install Android 5.0 Lollipop final version on Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10. More details can be found right here.

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It would appear that while the original Polaroid instant camera is long gone, the idea of being able to instantly print a physical copy of your photos is one that still appeals or, at least, that’s what the people behind Prynt will be hoping.

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The unveiling of Google Glass had split public opinion right down the middle when it was first introduced as a research project back just over two years ago. The intelligent, but relatively futuristic eyewear, which looks as though it has been ripped directly off the set of a Hollywood spy thriller, has been one of the primary focal points of Google’s Project X team for quite some time, but could that dedication to an actual consumer launch be waning? According to a new Reuters report, a number of developers and early Glass adopters are beginning to lose that initial excitement and interest in the product.

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Android’s latest mobile software, dubbed Lollipop, is, if you’ll excuse the terrible pun, the word on everybody’s lips right now, but despite the numerous features having been refined and deemed ready for prime time, the typically cumbersome roll-out has since ensued. If you’re an Android user, it’s very likely that you’ll be waiting a while before you can indulge in this new version 5.0, but if you happen to be in ownership of a Nexus, then you won’t be left hanging for quite as long. Indeed, along with the earlier release of factory images for a spate of Nexus smartphones and tablets, the system image for the Nexus 4 is now in the wild, and if you’re still in possession of this antiquated handset, then you can now… wait for it… get flashing!

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It would be interesting to see how many friendships WhatsApp has destroyed till now, because from today onwards, most who have not suffered the wrath of the infamous Read Receipts feature can remain safe, as the company is now giving an option to users to disable them for good.

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We regularly feature some great deals on apps here, and today’s pickings make for particularly happy reading if you happen to be running Google’s Android mobile operating system. For a very limited time, you can pluck a total of seventeen paid apps for no charge whatsoever, and if your home screen is feeling a little bereft of fresh content, here’s a prime opportunity for you to rectify the situation.

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Google may not be making a song and dance about it, but the search giant has quietly pushed its Project Tango Tablet Development Kit to the Play Store.

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The annual Pwn2Own competition, held at the PacSec conference in Tokyo, is now under way. The challenge, for those willing to undertake it, is to bypass security measures and exploit a device’s sandbox, with significant monetary gains to be made for the most complex, highly-rated hacks. We may only be at day one, but thus far, Pwn2Own has been an unqualified success for our hackers, with some of the most popular devices in the mobile industry having already been pwned.

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Samsung is making sure that Apple knows it’s not the only one in town when it comes to having people carrying around multiple devices with its logo on, and what better way to do that than to clone the features that let owners of iPhones, iPads and Macs sling data and app states across all three?

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