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OnePlus releases Nougat kernel sources for OnePlus 3 and 3T

This week OnePlus got some flak from folks over at <i>XDA-Developers</i>, as well as a number of figures in the Android development community, including Francisco Franco. The devs accused OnePlus of delaying the release of the kernel source code of the Nougat update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T and, in …

Mobile Technology

Sony might have stopped Android Nougat rollout for Xperia Z5

Sony might have halted its Android Nougat rollout for the Xperia Z5, according to a report from <i>Xperia Blog</i>. The rollout began earlier this week, however it’s reportedly now unavailable on devices where it previously appeared. Further, <i>Xperia Blog</i> says the software isn’t on Sony’s servers, as it …

Mobile Technology

Deal: Building Multiplayer Games Bundle – 10 kits ($39)

<i>The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.</i><p><b>Ever wanted to make your own games, but you didn’t really know where to begin?</b><p>Well, soon you can have everything you need to get busy creating, because Tech …

Entertainment

Galaxy Note 7 fires caused by irregular battery sizes and manufacturing defects

Irregular sizing and manufacturing defects in the Galaxy Note 7 battery have been deemed to be the primary causes for the fires and explosions that caused the flagship device to be recalled globally in 2016. The revelations come from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, which has received advance information …

Samsung

Actually, Android IS optimized – Gary explains

One of the comments I see repeatedly beneath my “Gary explains” videos is, “but Android isn’t optimized.” This is especially true if the video is about performance or mentions iOS in any way. At the root of this comment is the idea that Apple devices are highly optimized because Apple controls the …

Software Engineering

Amazon Great Indian Sale: discounts on Moto G4 Plus, OnePlus 2, and others

Amazon kicked off its Great Indian Sale today. Until January 22, you can get a number of smartphones, accessories, and other consumer electronics at a discount. For example, the Moto G4 Plus with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage will set you back Rs. 11,499 (Rs. 2,000 off), while the slightly more …

State Bank of India

ASUS could launch Zenfone 4 series in May

ASUS could launch its ZenFone 4 series of smartphones in May, according to sources from the company’s Taiwan supply chain. The news arrives via <i>Digitimes</i>, who also suggests that ASUS is aiming to ship more than 20 million smartphones in 2017.<p>Sources told <i>Digitimes</i> that ASUS shipped around 17.5 …

Tablets

Pokemon Go vs Clash Royale: which new game made more money in 2016?

It likely came as no surprise the other day when Joe Hindy, our resident app authority, shared the news that 90 percent of Google Play revenue in 2016 came from games. Mobile games are big business and as such, are a particularly difficult market to crack. But every now and then a massive new game …

Pokémon

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro now available in India

The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which was officially announced back in June 2016, has launched in India. The smartphone is already up for sale and can be yours for Rs. 29,990. It is exclusive to Flipkart and only available in one color — Champagne Gold.<p>The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is the first smartphone with …

Motorola

Deal: Samsung Gear VR $53 on Amazon (down from $95)

This week we’ve already seen a sale on the Google Daydream VR, but if you own a Samsung phone, perhaps this reduction on the Gear VR headset will be more interesting.<p>The 2nd generation (latest) Samsung Gear VR is on sale at Amazon for $52.51, down from the previous $94.99 price. The offer comes …

Samsung

Samsung tipped to launch Galaxy J7 (2017) in US

A device bearing model number SM-J727, believed to represent the Galaxy J7 (2017), has passed through the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), prompting rumors that Samsung may launch the phone there.<p>Though the FCC certification doesn’t inherently suggest that the device will appear on US …

Samsung

Meitu: trade your privacy for cute anime selfies

While it’s been available in China for nearly a decade, the Meitu photo editing app has recently become very popular here in the US. You might not be so thrilled about your anime-themed selfies after you hear this news, though. There’s evidence that Meitu is collecting a lot of user data and …

Apps

Google Calendar on the web gains smart suggestions, older Drive apps to shut down soon

If you happen to use the web version of Google Calendar, you’ll now be able to use two features that are already on the Android version of the app. Those features include virtual meeting room suggestions along with the ability to show the time zones for each person in such a meeting.<p>The room …

Google

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall findings to be revealed on January 22 at 8 p.m. ET

Samsung has confirmed it will be holding a press conference soon to reveal the results of its internal Galaxy Note 7 investigation. The press event will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 23 in the time zone of its native country of South Korea. That means it will take place on Sunday, January 22 …

Samsung

LG’s Music Flow speakers will be adding Google Home support soon

LG plans to update its Music Flow lineup of wireless speakers in the very near future with two new highly-requested features. The speakers, which already are labeled as “Chromecast built-in” (formerly known as Google Cast) will be adding support for both the digital assistant-based Google Home …

Google

Google acquires Twitter’s mobile app development division Fabric

Twitter is making yet another move away from its side properties and divisions. Fabric, the mobile app development platform that Twitter launched in 2014, has now been acquired by Google.<p>Fabric was developed by Twitter to give app creators some new tools to help grow. They included the Crashlytics …

Google

Disney’s new coloring book app aims to bring out your inner child

In the past, coloring books used to mostly appeal to children who needed to pass the time. Lately, though, some adults who maybe have too much time on their hands are getting in on the coloring craze. The rise of adult-themed coloring books, with their more detailed artwork, has now expanded into …

TAG Heuer Connected watches sell much better than expected, new models due in May

The many analysts who claim no one wants to buy a smartwatch apparently forgot all the people who bought the high-end Connected watches from TAG Heuer. The $1,500 Android Wear-powered devices have turned out to be a big hit, according to TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver.<p>Best Android Wear …

Watches

Making sense of your Android phone’s storage folders

Android file managers can be a powerful tool for keeping your handset organized, but Android’s organizational structure, or seeming lack of one, can be a little daunting for the casual browser. App data, pictures, music, and more are all accessed through a single starting folder, and that’s …

Mobile Technology

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will reportedly use its camera for visual searches

The flood of rumors surrounding the unannounced Samsung Galaxy S8 continue to hit the internet with no signs of slowing down. The latest such unconfirmed report claims Samsung’s next flagship handset will be able to perform visual searches and offer text recognition using its camera.<p>The story comes …

Samsung

You’ll soon find Samsung Exynos chipsets in Audi vehicles

<i>This article originally appeared on our sister site, charged.io.</i><p>Samsung will supply its Exynos processors to Audi for use in its upcoming vehicles, Samsung has announced. The Exynos System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions will be implemented into Audi’s next-generation In Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system, …

Samsung

Galaxy S8 or LG G6: which are you most looking forward to?

It’s fast approaching 2017’s flagship smartphone season and the arrival of two very important handsets for Samsung and LG – the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6. For Samsung, this upcoming launch represents an opportunity to recapture momentum after the Note 7 fiasco, while LG is looking for a turnaround …

Samsung

Last year’s worst passwords were just as bad as ever

It seems no matter how bad the hacking gets each year, from celebrities to the DNC, we still never seem to learn anything about password security. If you caught our piece on the worst passwords of 2015, it will probably come as little surprise to know that things didn’t improve much in …

Security

PSA: Galaxy S7 defaults to Full HD after Nougat update, here’s how to change it back

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge’s display resolution changes from QHD (1560 x 2560) to Full HD (1080 x 1920) following the installation of Android Nougat. The alteration comes as part of Samsung’s aim to give users more control over their device’s standby times — and as such can easily be …

Mobile Technology

Ex-Huawei employees arrested for leaking secrets to LeEco and Coolpad

In the latest scandal to emerge from China – as if Samsung’s heir apparent almost getting arrested wasn’t enough – Huawei has accused six ex-employees of leaking company secrets to LeEco and Coolpad. The six former engineers and designers have now been detained by Chinese authorities for …

The Nokia 6 took one minute to sell out

We’re pretty used to hearing about rapidly-sold-out flash sales in China from the likes of Xiaomi, but HMD Global has just added its name to the list. In its first flash sale for the Nokia 6, it took just one minute to sell out all available units.<p>Over a million people already registered their …

Nokia

EA brings action title WarFriends to Android, download it for free today

EA’s Chillingo studio, in partnership with About Fun, has released new free-to-play action title WarFriends on Android. WarFriends, which is available at the Play Store from today, features real-time multiplayer battles where players can fight one-on-one or alongside friends online.<p>WarFriends sees …

PlayStation

Samsung to focus on smartphones with large screens in India

Smartphones have gotten a lot bigger over the years. It makes sense, as it’s a lot easier to watch videos, play games, and surf the web on a device that features a large screen, which is one of the main reasons why phablets have become so popular.<p>Samsung seems to think that the demand for large …

Samsung

These are the Samsung devices that will get Nougat next

Samsung just revealed the devices that are guaranteed to receive the bump from Marshmallow to Nougat over the next months.<p>In a blog post detailing the recently released Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7, Samsung detailed which devices from its vast stable will receive the …

Samsung

Sony prepping an Xperia XA successor, leaked renders suggest

Sony may be preparing the release of a successor to the Xperia XA, leaked renders suggest. The images, which first appeared on <i>ePrice.com.tw</i>, depict an unknown Sony device with a similar design to its affordable effort from 2016.<p>The renders indicate that the device will drop the micro-USB port in …

Mobile Technology