Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

This week is already shaping up as a busy one thanks to Apple’s confirmed event at Town Hall, but according to reports and rumors, Google could well be poised to steal the show with a major roll-out of its own. Android L, which we first saw at this year’s I/O event, is a rather significant bump on the current Android KitKat, and although the Big G has said very little on this topic, October is the search giant’s usual month of choice for such announcements. With Android L seemingly imminent, users of Samsung devices will be looking on with a keen interest, and now, we’ve a leaked roadmap that indicates which of the Korean outfit’s line-up will be seeing new software, and perhaps more importantly, when.

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Google has made three new ads available online with just days if not hours left to go before it is expected to launch new Nexus devices. With a new Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 smartphone peeping over the horizon, the three new ads have appeared just at the right time, with Google getting ready for another charm offensive while trying to peddle its new wares.

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Not too long ago, we covered how Facebook will be bringing Stickers to its comments system. Well, finally, someone in Facebook managed to push out an update to Facebook, which allows you to express your emotional glory in the comments section for all those pillow fight, status’, pictures, videos etc., using Stickers.

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On the other side of the world, where we often meet ourselves, is an array of mobile app icons that can be brutally honest to you if you give it a chance. Icons help you quickly identify one app from the other, but what tells you what that app is really meant for, or what their existence means to you and your mobile device. As I eerily tread borderline ‘cuckoo’, I’ll ask you if you believe in any stereotype characterizations for some of the famous smartphone apps out there.

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Users of most Android-powered smartphones and tablets aren’t really used to timely software updates, but the barely available Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has already seen its first update arrive, and the chances are you can’t even buy one yet.

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Modern smartphones are great and all, but even with the trend of ever increasing screen sizes making it possible for manufactures to squeeze larger batteries into them, today’s flagship handsets just don’t last long enough between charges. There are exceptions to the rule, granted, but as a whole it’s likely you’re going to be charging that new phone of yours by the end of the day, especially if you know you won’t be able to charge it the next.

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Instant picture messaging app Snapchat has risen to prominence over the past couple of years, establishing a niche for users who wish to share photos and short (albeit terrible quality) clips that self-destruct after a set period of time. The authors of Snapchat have come under fierce scrutiny on more than one occasion already over user privacy, and with a cache of around 13GB of snaps having leaked online, the company is pointing the finger at “illegal” third-party clients.

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Android is not new to news of security bugs and vulnerabilities, but continues to roll on in spite of such news. Just recently, Rafay Baloch of RBH discovered a vulnerability in Android’s stock browser, including all browsers based on the stock AOSP code. This vulnerability was a serious one which caused the browser to fail in enforcing the Same Origin Policy (SOP) protocol, which basically governs how content from multiple resources is securely loaded into the browser. While this issue plagued pre-KitKat devices, Google was quick in patching it up. However, given the nature of Android’s ecosystem, updates aren’t rolled out that quickly, resulting in almost 45% Android devices out there that remain vulnerable according to the security experts at Lookout. Please note that this data is based on their apps user-base that is over 100 million, so it does make an interesting case nonetheless.

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Samsung’s delay in getting the Galaxy Note 4 out to the masses will surely have an effect on overall sales, particularly given the unexpected popularity of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, and now, the Korean outfit is facing another hurdle. According to a suit filed by NVIDIA, Sammy’s Exynos processors, along with a number of SoCs manufactured by Qualcomm, are in violation of the graphics specialist’s GPU patents, and if NVIDIA’s claims are founded, the Galaxy Note 4 may face a sales ban in the United States.

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As well as the selfie-focused Desire EYE, HTC has also launched an intriguing, GoPro-like contraption designed to aid those wishing to capture point-of-view videos. The 16-megapixel sensor can also take pictures, and although the device doesn’t include any kind of viewfinder, HTC asserts that this only adds to the RE Camera’s simplicity.

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Since the HTC One M8 dropped earlier on this year, the Taiwanese outfit has been fairly quiet, allowing Samsung and iPhone to take center stage, but now, the company is back with a handset focused almost solely on selfies. With many of us obsessed with the idea of taking pictures of ourselves, HTC wants to ensure that the quality doesn’t suffer, and the Desire EYE, with its 13-megapixel camera, touts a caliber of front-facing snapper that compares with most rear-facing shooters.

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As you’ll likely have picked up on over the past few weeks, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launched was somewhat blemished by reports that both handsets – particularly the larger of the two – were unduly prone to bending through normal use. Apple came out fighting, underlining its stringent stress test processes as well as pointing out that only a handful of users of the 10 million early adopters had complained, but despite the apparent mountain being made out of a mole hill, rivals were quick to pile on the misery. Not surprisingly, Samsung was at the forefront of the mockery, but with the Korean outfit about to roll out the Note 4, how does its phablet fare in a bend test carried out by the same group behind the viral iPhone 6 Plus clip?

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Having been announced way back in early September at the IFA expo in Berlin, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is finally headed to market. A minor launch has already taken place in the company’s native Korea, with the small inventory having quickly sold out, but with the mass roll-out now just days away for many countries including the United States, the Tizen OS maker is once again on the campaign trail. As a precursor to the presumably large promotion push that Samsung will commence as it dips into its sizeable marketing budget, the company has released a drop test video, seeking to show prospective buyers that the device is as tough as it is feature-rich.

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Samsung is having something of a bad time right now. Having already announced three consecutive quarterly drop in profits, the South Korean firm has announced that it expects a decline in profit of almost 60% for the third quarter of 2014 after having already warned that the second half of the year would ‘remain a challenge.’

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While most smartphone vendors release maybe half a dozen new devices per year, Samsung makes a habit of adding new handsets on an almost monthly basis, and with the Galaxy Note 4′s launch still in progress, press renders of the Galaxy A5 suggests that it too is on the cusp of launching. The A5, which will apparently hit the market alongside two other ‘A’ devices, looks reasonably similar to the Galaxy Alpha that the Korean company introduced back in August, and as per leaked specs, it appears that the new series will target the mid-range market with decent specs and enticing price points.

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Smartphones are all the rage right now, and whether they’re running Android Wear, Pebble’s bespoke operating system or whatever it is that Apple has running on its Apple Watch, all are running a modern operating system that’s designed to do the job. Whether it manages it or not is very much a matter of opinion.

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The Google Nexus 6 is apparently set to hit the market in the next few weeks along with the company’s Android L software, and having caught several glimpses of the device already, we know that it’s going to look almost identical to the 2nd-gen Moto X but with a much larger display. To be precise, reports are suggesting a panel with a diameter of 5.92 inches – bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus and even Samsung’s all-new Galaxy Note 4 – and although the fact that it eclipses any Note that Samsung has ever released gives us an idea as to its sheer monstrousness, a new clip puts things into perspective by pitting a Nexus 6 mockup / render against some of the market’s other high-end handsets.

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If you hanker after a little more control over what your Moto G does when you’re taking photos, then your wish is about to be granted thanks to the most simple of hacks.

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We’ve already seen the iPhone 6 completely wipe the floor with Samsung’s Galaxy S5 in an unofficial speed test, and with the Galaxy Note 4 now in the process of rolling out to the masses, how does it compare to Apple’s latest and greatest in terms of the benchmarks?

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October will be a huge month for Android. As well as the introduction of Google’s new Moto X-like Nexus smartphone, there’s also the small matter of the rumored Android L release to contend with, and although the Nexus will surely be the first to ship with the Big G’s new mobile OS out of the box, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 won’t be too far behind. In spite of the fact that we don’t know precisely when Android L will roll out, let alone when it will hit the S5, a video has already hit the Web showing the Korean company’s prized asset running on the impending software.

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