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    by Published on 07-07-2017 06:45 AM
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    While we await the North American début of the Nokia 6 (come on, unlockable bootloader!) here's an early look at its bigger sibling, via some promotional materials that someone leaked to a Chinese tech blog. The blurry photo on the left shows a top-mounted headphone jack, bottom-mounted stereo speakers and a USB-C connector. The less blurry photo on the right shows what looks like an edge-to-edge display and multiple colour options.

    The rumoured release for the Nokia 8 is July or August—in China, anyway—and specs are thought to be as follows:

    Snapdragon 835 processor
    6 inch 2K display
    6 GB of RAM / 128 GB of storage

    What's especially interesting is the price: 3188 CNY, which converts to about $469 USD. That's $10 cheaper than the starting price of a OnePlus 5.

    Could these leaked materials be fake? Absolutely. There is ample evidence of another Nokia flagship, the Nokia 9, which seems to have a design language more in line with the already-released 6. Whatever the case, it's going to be an interesting year for Nokia and Android fans!

    Sources: CNMO via BGR, Nokia Power User

    by Published on 07-05-2017 06:45 AM
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    Evan Blass is at it again...

    Yesterday he tweeted the above image of the soon-to-be-made-official Motorola Moto X4—I added in some artwork for the device that I found on a separate Blass story posted to VentureBeat. The phone's specs are purported to be as follows:

    Aluminum body with IP68 dust and water protection
    5.2 inch FHD screen
    Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor
    4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage + microSD
    8 and 12 megapixel rear cameras / 16 megapixel front camera
    3,000 mAh battery
    Android 7.1 Nougat

    The X4 will be released sometime in Q4 and, according to Blass, will be the first non-Google smartphone available to subscribers of Google's Fi network. It's hard for this Canadian to get too excited about any new Motorola handset, as in this country Moto has traditionally been more interested in selling to carriers rather than direct to consumers. It looks promising for our American friends, though.

    Sources: Evan Blass (1) (2) via Liliputing

    by Published on 06-26-2017 06:45 AM
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    ... Vivo?!!

    It's true, a little-known Chinese Android OEM is expected to succeed where Samsung failed, and beat Apple to market with the world's first optical fingerprint sensor. The teaser above was tweeted from Vivo India last week, and this YouTube upload is currently blowing up over on r/Android. Don't blink or you'll miss it:

    According to Gizmochina the video was originally uploaded to Weibo about two weeks ago, and is a prototype device looking similar to the Vivo X9 Plus. This might not even be the first time Vivo has been first to market with new mobile phone innovations; Gizmochina also claims that the X9 and XPlay 6 Dual were the world's first "Hi-Fi" smartphones, though the late-2016 release date of those two devices don't exactly jibe with earlier audiophile efforts from the likes of LG.

    The Shanghai edition of Mobile World Congress is set to kick off Wednesday, so we won't have too long a wait to see if Vivo makes good on their promise. Funny thing is, Vivo is a subsidiary of BBK Electronics, who also run Oppo and OnePlus. Can you imagine the #HYPE if it was the OnePlus 5 that brought an embedded fingerprint sensor to its worldwide audience of rabid fans?

    Links: @Vivo_India, Gizmochina, MWC Shanghai, reddit, ZDNet

    by Published on 06-14-2017 07:45 AM
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    A respected Brazilian tech blog has leaked this image of the OnePlus 5, along with a confirmation of specs and, crucially for OnePlus's frugal customers, the price. If you think that no company could have the audacity to produce such a derivative-looking phone, think again—Android Police revealed a partial view last week, and then OnePlus themselves went ahead and did the same.

    This week's Tecnoblog leak is significant because it appears to answer almost all of the remaining questions about the phone. Here's the spec sheet, with a little help from Google Translate and reddit:

    5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
    DCI-P3 Colors

    Snapdragon 835

    6 or 8 GB

    64 or 128 GB
    Dual-Band UFS 2.1

    3,300 mAh
    Dash Charge

    Rear Cameras
    20 MP, f/2.6
    16 MP, f/1.7

    Bluetooth 5.0
    LTE Cat 12
    Fast Fingerprint Reader (0.2 seconds)

    $479 USD

    That starting price, if true, is a pretty big deal; an unlocked iPhone 7 with only 32 GB of storage is currently going for almost $300 USD more at Apple.com. It would also be a big win for prospective OnePlus buyers, as blogs were reporting a rumored price tag as high as $650 USD just a few weeks ago.

    And the homage to Apple shouldn't really surprise OnePlus fans, as co-founder Carl Pei is on record stating that the genesis of OnePlus was to bring an iPhone-like hardware experience to the Android platform. He certainly appears to have done that!

    Source: Tecnoblog (Portuguese) via r/Android

    by Published on 06-13-2017 07:00 AM
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    Two stories about this year's Pixel phones are topping the charts over on r/Android this morning. Details are obviously scant as the devices aren't due until later this year, but there already seems to be a consensus among those in the know that Google has three code names ready for production.

    Actually, make that two, because one of them has been cancelled.

    Android Police reports that "muskie", intended as the 2017 update to the Pixel XL, has been shelved. A leak to 9to5Google suggests that the device had insurmountable issues with battery life.

    The good news is that an even bigger phone, code named "taimen", will supposedly fill the XL slot left vacant by muskie. Plot twist: while the smaller Pixel phone, "walleye", is expected from HTC, evidence suggests that taimen will be manufactured by LG. Both OEMs have a long and storied history with Android; HTC made the very first Nexus One and LG made the Nexus 5, possibly the best Nexus phone ever.

    So hardcore Android fans needn't worry about the pedigree of their 2017 Pixel. Hopefully Google is worrying about adding dust and/or water resistance, and getting rid of the 2016 model's ungainly chin.

    Sources: 9to5Google, Android Police

    by Published on 05-23-2017 07:00 AM
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    This summer could prove to be a bit more exciting than usual for Android fans; the hype machine for the OnePlus 5 has already begun spooling up, and there's also this: a leak from a French Android blog showing off what appears to be a prototype Nokia 9.

    There's good reason to mention Nokia and OnePlus in the same breath; based on what we know so far, the two potential flagships are more evenly matched than you might initially think. Here's a rundown of reported specs from GSM Arena:

    Nokia 9
    Snapdragon 835 CPU, Adreno 540 GPU
    5.3 inch QHD IPS display @554 ppi
    64/128 GB of storage, 4/6 GB RAM
    Dual SIM + microSD support
    Android 7.1.1

    OnePlus 5
    Snapdragon 835 CPU, Adreno 540 GPU
    5.5 inch QHD AMOLED display @534 ppi
    64/128/256(?) GB of storage, 6/8 GB RAM
    Dual SIM support
    Android 7.1.1

    There are some things about both devices that we don't yet know. For starters, its unclear if the Nokia 9 will even be available in North America, and what bands it would support here if it eventually is. A release date for the Nokia is another unknown, whereas the OnePlus 5 is expected before the end of June.

    The biggest and perhaps most important unknown is price. The OnePlus 5 could retail for as low as $450 and as high as $650 USD, or about $600 to $900 CAD. GSM Arena speculates that the Nokia 9 could sell for as high as €700 EUR—that's almost $800 USD!

    I guess my dream of a Nokia/OnePlus price war isn't going to happen...

    Sources: FrAndroid via Android Central, GSM Arena

    by Published on 05-17-2017 07:00 AM
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    So Google I/O kicks off today in Mountain View, California at 10 am Pacific Time. What's going to be announced? Potentially everything you see below.

    I'm not kidding. Superstar Android blogger Ron Amadeo of Ars Technica has assembled what he's calling the Google Tracker, a list of every known project that Google and/or its parent company Alphabet, is or may be working on. There's no guarantee that everything on this list will see a major announcement at the conference, but at least some of it likely will.

    Android Oreo? Fingers crossed...!

    Android O Developer Preview 2 and other Android features
    "Copyless Paste" comes to Gboard
    Android Pay goes hands free
    Android One comes to the US
    What exactly do "Android Extensions" do?
    Google's two "post-app" projects make progress
    New Android TV and Android Wear features at I/O
    Google Hardware, year two
    The Google Home/Google Wi-Fi combo device
    Three(!) new Pixel phones
    A standalone VR headset
    Things the Google Hardware team should probably make
    Android in your car
    The Google Assistant comes to Android Auto
    Android Automotive—The Android Car OS
    Google's Other OSes
    Fuchsia—Google's second smartphone OS dumps Linux
    Android for PCs—is the "Andromeda" Chrome OS/Android hybrid still happening?
    Google Allo's futile attempt to become relevant
    Google takes on Slack with (yet another version of) Hangouts
    Will Google Play ever arrive in China?
    Chrome gets an ad blocker?!
    Material Design on the Web
    Alphabet's "fiscal discipline era" starts a moonshot massacre
    Waymo—Building a totally integrated self-driving vehicle solution
    Verily—The "Google Healthcare" division is actually doing well
    Calico—Death still isn't cured
    DeepMind would like to play a game
    Will Nest ever ship a new product?
    Sidewalk Labs wants to build... a smart city?!
    Is anything left of ATAP?
    The futuristic Google Campus is finally under construction
    Tune in May 17 for even more Googleyness!

    Sources: Ars Technica, Google I/O

    by Published on 05-15-2017 07:00 AM
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    Ah, you beat me to it! Adding in some additional details to draw folks here from the front page...

    You can't deny it, nine devices in one leaked photo is both impressive and efficient. Details are scant, but here's my transcription of what's in the slide, from top and bottom, and left to right:

    Moto Z Play – 5.5 inch FHD, supports Moto Mods
    Moto Z Force – shatterproof display, Moto Mods, Gigabit LTE
    Moto X – 5.2 inch FHD, 3D Glass (?) SmartCam (?)
    Moto gS – 5.2 inch FHD, full metal body
    Moto gS+ – 5.5 inch FHD, dual cameras
    Moto E – 5 inch HD (720p) display, 2.5D / FPS (?)
    Moto E Plus – 5.5 inch HD, 5,000 mAh battery
    Moto C – 5 inch FW (854 x 480 pixel) display
    Moto C Plus – 5 inch HD, 4,000 mAh battery

    There's some additional information out there about the Moto X; according to Blass it will actually be called the Moto X4, and Android Police has some additional specs:

    Snapdragon 660 processor
    64 GB storage / 4 GB RAM
    3xCA (3x carrier aggregation)
    IP68 dust and water resistance
    Turbo charging

    AP suspects that the "3D glass" is just a display with curved edges à la Samsung, but doesn't have any ideas about what the "SmartCam" could be.

    What do we think of the 2017 Motos?

    Sources: @evleaks on Twitter (1) (2), Android Police, Liliputing

    by Published on 05-08-2017 07:31 AM
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    The Verge is confident that the OnePlus 3 and 3T's successor will go on sale this summer. It's widely expected to be called the OnePlus 5, since the number 4 has unlucky connotations in Chinese culture. I've read elsewhere that the phone will be available before the end of Q2, which would make sense—the OnePlus 3 made its début on June 14th of last year.

    With just over a month to go, here's what we know about the device so far...

    This could very well be an actual OnePlus 5—not a final production unit but rather a testing mule, similar to what's commonly used in the car industry. It was caught (or deliberately planted) in Carl Pei's Instagram feed, and shared via Twitter over the weekend. Note the dual cameras on the device, which will probably be aligned as above...

    ... Rather than stacked on top of each other as in this render, found on an Oppomart.com listing and shared by GSM Arena. The specs on that listing are as follows:

    - 5.5 inch quad HD screen, 2560 x 1440 pixels display resolution
    - 2.45 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 quad-core processor
    - 6 GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64/128 GB USF 2.1 storage
    - 12 MP rear dual-camera, 8 MP front camera
    - Front fingerprint scanner supported
    - Oxygen OS base on Android N, Dash Charge 2.0
    - Estimated availability: ships from beginning of June, 2017

    But wait, there's more!

    According to TechnoBuffalo this is an "about" screen from the Hydrogen OS-powered Chinese variant of the phone, showing off a whopping 8 GB of RAM!

    If you're a OnePlus fan or in the market for a new and unlocked Android device, you might want to hold off on any phone purchases until next month...

    Sources: GSM Arena, TechnoBuffalo, The Verge, Twitter

    by Published on 05-03-2017 07:00 AM
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    Can you guess what site these renders were leaked to?

    Anyway, here's Fitbit's first proper smartwatch, the company's Apple Watch killer and first beneficiary of all that IP gained in the acquisition of Pebble late last year. Kinda underwhelming, ain't it?

    And it's not just you... Yahoo! Finance reports that even people at Fitbit aren't happy:

    “It was very retro-looking with the lines and stuff — definitely not sexy,” another source previously told Yahoo Finance [...] “Several employees who saw the design complained about it.”
    Nonetheless, what's known internally as Project Higgs is coming to market this fall, and for an expected price of $300 USD will offer a colour display, on-board GPS, heart rate monitoring, contactless payments and music integration with Pandora, all while providing four days of battery life between charges.

    What's not known is whether or not Higgs will be fully waterproof; apparently the design team has been having a lot of trouble with that. At least they managed to fix an ongoing issue with GPS, which was apparently not working reliably on a final prototype of the watch.

    Fitbit will also be bringing these wireless earbuds—codenamed Parkside—to market. Streaming music is to be a headline feature on Fitbit's smartwatch, but the company apparently had to make a deal with Pandora after negotiations with Spotify fell through.

    To sum up, Fitbit's first proper smartwatch has all the makings of a disaster. It's ugly, uncompetitive and full of compromises. Pebble users likely won't go anywhere near the thing; we'll have to wait and see what Fitbit fans make of it.

    Source: Yahoo! Finance

    by Published on 03-21-2017 07:00 AM
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    And just so we're clear, a helpful redditor on r/apple has whipped up this graphic to illustrate what that means— not actually a falling drop, but instead a drop resting on a surface. As you can see on the right, it was a hallmark of the original iPhone's design, and is apparently making a comeback on the 10th anniversary edition of the device.

    The rumour comes from Korean site ET News; here's a translation by 9to5Mac:

    Apple’s next iPhone is expected to be closer to ‘water drop design’. It embodies the back side design with curved emphasis, resembling the initial iPhone. This year, the 10th anniversary of the birth of the iPhone, it also shows the character of ‘Omaju’ for the early works.
    Yeah, no idea what Omaju is, either...

    While it may feature a retro design, other facets of the iPhone 8 will be entirely new, at least for Apple fans—including a 5.8 inch OLED display, wireless charging and USB-C port. If none of this floats your boat, Apple will also be selling a spec-bumped iPhone 7s and 7s Plus alongside their 10th anniversary smartphone.

    These are only rumours, of course, albeit from a fairly credible source.

    Sources: 9to5Mac, reddit

    by Published on 03-20-2017 07:30 AM
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    Early yesterday morning, master leaker Evan Blass tweeted this image of the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The 5.8 inch S8 appears on the top row in (from left to right) Black Sky, Orchid Grey and Arctic Silver. The 6.2 inch S8 Plus, distinguishable by the slightly smaller bezels according to Android Police, appears in the same colours along the bottom row.

    A few hours later Blass tweeted the European pricing for the phones—€799 for the S8 and €899 for the S8 Plus. At current rates, that's $859.76 and $967.35 USD respectively, which seems unusually high, even for Samsung. It could be that the South Korean conglomerate is anticipating a higher price tag for this year's 10th anniversary iPhone and moving their own prices upmarket to match.

    These aren't the first leaks about Samsung's latest; AP has reported on previous leaks here, here and here. It is, however, the first clear picture of the entire lineup, expected to be made official on Thursday, March, 29th.

    What do you think of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus?

    Sources: @evleaks (1) (2) via Android Police

    by Published on 02-22-2017 07:00 AM
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    An easy way to make your average smartwatch fan angry is to mention the mere existence of the TAG Heuer Connected—this $1,500 USD luxury item is easily three times the price of your typical Android Wear watch. It's cheap for a TAG, though, and the option to upgrade to an exclusive Carrera mechanical edition after two years (for an additional $1,500 USD) seems to have worked for the company's addressable market; TAG has so far sold about 56,000 smartwatches, more than doubling their initial projected sales of 20,000 units.

    aBlogtoWatch reports that their follow-up is to be called the TAG Connected Modular, and according to Android Central it will be officially announced on March 14th.

    What makes it modular? Apparently the user will easily be able to swap straps and clasps, which is nothing especially new. But it's also possible that the head unit will have both mechanical and "smart" functionality built-in—perhaps, for example, an electronic smartwatch display on one side and a traditional watch movement on the other. That would be similar to the Halda Space Discovery, also reviewed by aBlogtoWatch.

    If this is indeed what TAG is planning, expect it to be priced accordingly. It might make the company's first generation Connected seem like a bargain.

    Sources: aBlogtoWatch, Android Central

    by Published on 02-21-2017 07:30 AM
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    Yesterday Gizmochina found a listing on a popular Hong Kong e-commerce site for a new flagship Android smartphone from Nokia, the Nokia 8. There's just one problem: the images for the listing—on jd.hk if you want to see for yourself—look like they were lifted from the concept video you see above.

    Whether or not the Nokia 8 is actually in the works is up for debate; Gizmochina has a fairly decent reputation, and a story on The Verge published last month tells of "more announcements" coming from Nokia at the Mobile World Congress, which starts next week. On the other hand, leaker Evan Blass says those announcements will actually be other downmarket phones to accompany the midrange Nokia 6.

    For what it's worth, here are Gizmochina's specs for the Nokia 8:

    5.7 inch Super AMOLED QHD display
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (or 821) chip
    24 MP rear camera with OIS, Super EIS / 12 MP front-facing sensor
    64 GB or 128 GB storage, microSD up to 256 GB
    Android 7.0 Nougat

    Even if the pictures are fake, this former Nokia fanboy wants to believe!

    Sources: Gizmochina via reddit

    by Published on 02-16-2017 07:00 AM
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    Welcome to the Internet, where it's pretty much impossible to keep your international product launch a secret.

    Last month someone in Romania tried to pawn off their prototype Moto G5 Plus; yesterday the retail versions of both the G5 Plus and lesser G5 made a brief appearance on Ktronix.com. The product renders and specs have since been taken down, but not before an eagle-eyed redditor took a bunch of screen shots for r/Android. Here are the specs for both devices:

    Moto G5 Plus
    5.2 inch full HD display @ 424 ppi
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
    2 GB RAM, 64 GB storage + microSD (up to 128 GB)
    3,000 mAh battery with TurboPower charging
    12 MP rear and 5 MP front-facing cameras
    802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
    4G LTE with dual-SIM support
    Fingerprint reader

    Moto G5
    5 inch full HD display @ 441ppi
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
    2 GB RAM, 32 GB storage + microSD (up to 128 GB)
    2,800 mAh removable (?) battery with rapid charging
    13 MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras
    802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
    4G LTE with dual-SIM support
    Fingerprint reader

    There's no mention of price, but I'm willing to bet real money that the dual SIM support will mysteriously vanish from the models sold in North America. Because, you know, carriers.

    Sources: Android Police, Liliputing via r/Android

    by Published on 02-14-2017 07:00 AM
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    If leaker Evan Blass is correct—and he usually is—Nokia will not be competing in the Android flagship race this year. If anything, the company's new products are going in the other direction. Apparently the mid-range Nokia 6 that I wrote about last month will be HMD Global's high-end Android phone for 2017, joined by two lesser devices—plus one shameless throwback to the Finnish phone makers storied history.

    Joining the Snapdragon 430-powered Nokia 6 at MWC this year will be the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3. Here are the details that Blass wrote in VentureBeat:

    The Nokia 5, is rumored to maintain its larger sibling’s chipset, but reduce the display to 5.2 inches at 720p, halve the RAM to 2GB and decrease the main image sensor to 12 megapixels. That will translate into a €50 difference between the two models, with Nokia 6 retailing for €249 and Nokia 5 for €199.

    Nokia 3, the entry level Android, will initially go for €149.
    All three Android smartphones will potentially be upstaged by another Nokia announcement at MWC—an update to the iconic and nearly-indestructible 3310. At just €59—less than $65 USD—this nostalgia play is sure to grab lots of attention, but might also distract from Nokia's first efforts as a legitimate Android OEM.

    Source: VentureBeat

    by Published on 02-08-2017 07:00 AM
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    According to Evan Blass, today's the day that Android Wear 2.0 will be announced, an upgrade that will instantly elevate the lowly smartwatch from a niche device into a must-have accessory for everyone.

    Just kidding—about the second part, anyway. But the Android Wear upgrade is indeed due sometime today. There have been a bunch of developer previews available for select devices which I honestly haven't been following too closely. What I do know about the AW 2.0 upgrade is that it will support mobile payments from your wrist via Android Pay; Android Police has some screen shots from an already-updated Play Store listing to prove it.

    As someone still waiting for Android Pay to come to Canada, it's hard to get too excited about this feature.

    Another AW 2.0 feature will be apparently be Google's Assistant, available on at least two new watches that are also expected to be announced today—the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style. User manuals for these two products have already leaked, and can be read in their entirety on Android Authority.

    Finally, from Android Central, here's a list of current watches set to receive the upgrade:

    Asus ZenWatch 2
    Asus ZenWatch 3
    Casio WSD-F10
    Casio PRO TREK Smart
    Fossil Q Founder
    Fossil Q Marshal
    Fossil Q Wander
    Huawei Watch
    Huawei Watch for ladies
    LG G Watch R
    LG Watch Urbane
    LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
    Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch
    Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch
    Moto 360 (2015)
    Moto 360 for Women
    Moto 360 Sport
    New Balance RunIQ
    Nixon Mission
    Polar M600
    Tag Heuer Connected

    Oh, and one more thing... Fossil smartwatches are currently being offered at a 50% discount at Fossil.com, with an additional 25% off via the code MORELUV—an unverified tip from a helpful redditor on r/AndroidWear.

    I'll have more news from the announcement in this afternoon's round-up. See you then!

    Sources: Android Authority, Android Central, Android Police, @evleaks, reddit

    by Published on 01-19-2017 07:00 AM
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    I'm quite certain that "stock Android" doesn't even exist anymore, but if a new report by The Information (via The Verge) turns out to be true, it will nonetheless be good news for Android users on a budget.

    In case you didn't know, Android One is an initiative by Google originally targeted for the developing world. Just as the Nexus program was once thought of as a reference device for app developers, Android One is likewise meant to standardize hardware and software for low-end phones. For example, first-generation Android One phones in India had the following minimum specifications:

    4.5 inch (480 x 854 pixels) IPS display
    1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor
    1 GB of RAM / 4 GB of storage
    Up to 32 GB of expandable storage via microSD
    5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash / 2 megapixel front camera
    Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth, GPS
    1700 mAh battery

    Software too is standardized—and this for me is the best thing about Android One. Under the program neither OEMs nor operators are allowed to customize the UI (though carriers can add their own apps), and Google itself handles security and OS updates directly.

    For us here in the west Android One would mean that the cheap prepaid phone you get at your local drug store or gas station doesn't necessarily have to suck. I have no issues with that.

    Look for Android One devices to appear in U.S. sales channels this summer.

    Source: The Verge

    by Published on 01-18-2017 07:30 AM
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    According to TheLeaker.com—once again, that's TheLeaker.com—this is one of three LG-made smartwatches passed through the FCC, widely believed to be the new, possibly Google or even Nexus-branded wearables running Android Wear 2.0. Ars Technica reports the specs of the watches to be as follows:

    10.8mm thick body
    1.2 inch 360×360 circular P-OLED display
    512MB of RAM / 4GB of storage
    240mAh battery
    IP67 ingress rating
    Bluetooth & WiFi

    14.2mm thick
    1.38-inch, 480×480 circular P-OLED display
    768MB of RAM / 4GB of storage
    420mAh battery
    IP68 ingress rating
    Heart rate sensor
    Bluetooth & WiFi
    GPS, NFC

    Same as W280, plus 3G & LTE data (?)

    Meanwhile, at least one Apple blog is up in arms over an additional rumour that these LG watches will, like the Apple Watch, have a digital crown. Not only is that a terrible idea, it's a terrible idea that would make these devices incompatible with other, already-announced watches also running the new version of Android Wear.

    Whatever the case, all will apparently be revealed on February 9th—that's according to leaker Evan Blass who, in case you were wondering, has no affiliation with TheLeaker.com—once again, that's TheLeaker.com

    Sources: 9to5Mac, Ars Technica, TheLeaker.com, The Leaker.com, VentureBeat

    by Published on 01-16-2017 07:00 AM
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    You may (and should) know Andy Rubin as the Father of Android. Both Rubin and Android were acquired by Google as a package deal in 2005, where Rubin would remain in charge of what would become the world's most popular OS until his departure in 2014. Prior to that Rubin was a co-founder of Danger, Inc., responsible for the Fido hiptop and T-Mobile Sidekick. I'd go out on a limb and call those pre-iPhone devices smartphones as well; it had full PIM support, a web browser and shipped with the first onboard app store that I can recall.

    The history lesson is necessary, because Rubin has a new company and new products set for release this year, and if the guy's track record is any indication then we should probably pay attention.

    Bloomberg reports that Rubin has registered Essential Products, Inc. with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, listing smartphones, tablets and "computer operating software for mobile phones" as its goods and services on offer. What will differentiate these new products from what's already on the market?

    Rubin is convinced AI is the next big change to ripple through the technology industry. "New computing platforms happen every ten to twelve years," he said at the Bloomberg Technology Conference in June. "What’s the next platform?... It’s about data and people training AI systems to learn."
    The centrepiece of Essential's product line is said to be a high-end flagship smartphone; at least one prototype has a screen larger than an iPhone 7 Plus but in a smaller form factor, thanks to a lack of bezels, and also a ceramic shell. The phone is rumoured to launch by Q3 this year; yours truly will be watching with great interest for further news.

    Source: Bloomberg

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    Make sure you check the box to send the message to swappa staff besides the seller.

    Sent from my SM-N960U 6GB aka Note 9 using Tapatalk

    Joeybutts Today, 07:53 AM Go to last post

    Ok thanks, I'm going to look into making sure I...

    Ok thanks, I'm going to look into making sure I have this setup.

    charmedangelina Today, 07:49 AM Go to last post

    Article with full details on what happened and...

    Article with full details on what happened and how it effects others.

    Article: https://www.zdnet.com/article/sim-swap-horror-story-ive-lost-decades-of-data-and-google-wont-lift-a-finger/

    charmedangelina Today, 07:47 AM Go to last post

    Quick update on Toggle: their website is still...

    Quick update on Toggle: their website is still down, and emails to their CS address which worked a week ago are bouncing. Their phone number works but no one answered (though I only waited on hold 4...

    djphilosophy Today, 07:35 AM Go to last post