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Anker is cancelling its Roav Dashtop

You may remember late last year that Anker announced the Roav Dashtop, a device which aimed to fix a pretty serious problem — checking your phone while driving. The Dashtop computer featured a small screen that sat above your steering wheel. It was supposed to display incoming calls and text …

Customers

Huawei’s back-to-school sale begins

The back to school season is in full-swing and Huawei is getting in on things with its own back-to-school campaign. In this promotion, Huawei is aiming to give three great options for students in need of a smartwatch or fitness tracker.<p>Up for sale is the Huawei Fit, Watch 2 Sport, and Watch 2 …

Best Buy

Xiaomi to release a stock-Android powered smartphone?

Google introduced its Android One devices in 2014, a range of smartphones targeted at emerging markets to deliver a stock Android experience in a cost-effective package. These have been built by a number of manufacturers including Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice, and now, it looks like Xiaomi might be …

Mobile Technology

Android O launch: watch the live stream right here

<i>Happy Android O Day!</i><p>Not only is today an exciting one because we get to see a solar eclipse for the first time in almost one hundred years, Google is also officially launching Android O today.<p>Instead of revealing the next version of Android in a blog post like it usually does, Google is live …

Android O

More Chromebooks get Google Play, Night Light hits Chrome OS dev channel

Back in January, Google announced that all Chromebooks launched in 2017 and onwards will support Android apps. A few months ago, a total of 16 new Chromebook models received access to the Play Store but only in the Chrome OS Beta Channel.<p>Now, four models have gained support for Android apps on the …

Google

HTC Vive receives permanent price drop: now $599

<i>This article originally appeared on our sister site VR Source.</i><p>The HTC Vive is one of the best VR systems in the world right now, but it’s also one of the most expensive. Its original $800 price tag was a lot to stomach for consumers, and add to this the cost of a VR-ready gaming system and you were …

Virtual Reality

Why we wouldn’t care about the Nokia 8 without the Nokia name

If you were underwhelmed when HMD Global, the current licensee of the Nokia brand name, revealed the first Nokia Android phone seven months ago, you’re not alone; I was too. After expecting the Nokia phones to come back with a bang, the Nokia 6 seemed to arrive with more of a fizzle.<p>Following the …

Mobile Technology

Android 8.0 to be called Android Oreo, suggests leaker Evan Blass

Android 8.0 is set to be launched later today at a livestream event from New York City starting at 2:40 PM. Thanks to four Developer Previews, we already know much of what the software will offer in terms of functionality, but an aspect of Android O that has remained elusive is its final name.<p>Since …

Mobile Technology

Most expensive Galaxy Note 8 variant could cost $1200

<i>via BGR</i><p>The Galaxy Note 8 was always going to be an expensive little devil; the latest device in Samsung’s most premium range will reportedly sport a lot of high-end tech when it launches in just two days.<p>Official Note 8 price and release date information isn’t yet known, and these details may still …

Samsung

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 205th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:<p>Google is apparently working on a light search app. The app should use less data than its full counterpart. We’re all but certain the app is for emerging markets. Those places still have slower, more …

Android Apps

Coolpad launches Cool Play 6 in India with 6 GB RAM and dual camera

Coolpad has announced the launch of its new flagship smartphone, the Cool Play 6. The highlight of the smartphone is its dual camera setup at the back and that it is the only smartphone in the market that packs 6 GB RAM in this price segment.<p>Year 2017 has been a game changer for Coolpad in India …

Tablets

Latest Action Launcher update brings weather widget, more robust theming options

Action Launcher has been one of our favorite launcher apps for years now, and that’s mainly due to the fact that the app’s developer, Chris Lacy, is constantly introducing new and useful features. Just a few weeks ago the launcher gained Google Now integration (<i>yes!</i>), and today the whole experience …

iOS Apps

Must read: top 10 Android stories

This week was a busy one in the Android world. We went hands-on with the Essential Phone and Nokia 8, reviewed the Nokia 5, talked about Android O, and much more. Here’s the news of the week!<p>Who wants to win a OnePlus 5?<p>With up to 8 GB of RAM, dual cameras, and a wonderful software experience, the …

Android O

OnePlus 5 International Giveaway!

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone each and every Sunday!<p>A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Moto Z2 Force International Giveaway: Jordan H. (Malaysia).<p><b>This week we are giving away a brand new OnePlus 5!</b><p>The OnePlus 5 is a <i>really</i> great …

Android Lollipop

Using the first Android smartphone I owned in 2017

Advances in the smartphone space have occurred at an almost exponential rate, but with seemingly small changes happening every six months to a year, it might be hard for some of us to appreciate how far we’ve actually come in a short amount of time. To truly highlight this, I thought it would be …

Phones

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 will take ‘bezelless’ to a whole new level

Bezelless is one of those ill-fitting words we’ve been using for far too long regarding phones that are <i>sort of</i> bezelless, but not really. So what do we call the next generation of truly bezelless (or at least, <i>more</i> bezelless) phones on the horizon? Well, for starters, we can call the first one the …

Consumer Tech

The Pixel is a real testament to good software

For years now the importance of smartphone software has taken a back seat in the arms race known as the specs war. How often have we lamented a beautiful piece of hardware – take most Huawei phones prior to the EMUI 5 update or Xiaomi phones to this date – ‘ruined’ by a bad software experience? But …

Android O

Global Bixby updates rolling out ahead of Galaxy Note 8 launch

After months of waiting, Galaxy S8 owners across the globe might just receive Bixby Voice in advance of the Galaxy Note 8 launch next Wednesday, with multiple app updates rolling out as of yesterday. While Samsung has yet to enable Bixby Voice functionality across the board, the code should now be …

Samsung

Wanna make Google Allo for web look like Hangouts? Here’s how to do it

There was much rejoicing between Google Allo users when the search giant unveiled the messaging app’s web version. At the same time, some folks might be pining for the look and feel of Hangouts, one of Google‘s <i>other</i> messaging apps that now focuses on enterprise. Fortunately for those people, there …

Google

Mophie Powerstation – 8x charge in your back pocket

<b>It was a sad day</b> when I had to get rid of my Samsung Galaxy S5. We’ve all gotta <b>upgrade</b> sometime, but I still miss it. Okay I guess it <b>didn’t look as good</b> as later models, but I loved the replaceable battery. If I was heading out for the day it was <b>always handy</b> to have a spare on hand.<p>Fortunately <b>The</b> …

Batteries

Galaxy Note 8 pre-order buyers reportedly will get some nice freebies

<b>Update:</b> Blass followed up his initial tweet with a clarification of the free gifts in the US: a 256 GB SD card <i>and</i> wireless charger, <i>or</i> a 360 camera.<p>We are less than a week away from the August 23 Samsung Unpacked press event in New York City, where the company is expected to officially reveal the …

Samsung

Tekken Mobile soft launches in Canada, pre-register for its US release

Tekken remains one of the most popular fighting-themed video game franchises ever made. Today, publisher Namco Bandai soft-launched a smartphone entry in the series, Tekken Mobile, in Canada, ahead of its worldwide launch later this year.<p>Today’s announcement also came with a brief gameplay trailer, …

Mobile

Top 5 features of the Essential Phone

The Essential phone is here and it’s a hotly-anticipated device that has captured the mobile aficionados’ imagination since its announcement a few months ago. We initially expected it to be available within 30 days, but, a few delays later, the handset is up for pre-order and we have one here, but …

Phones

Microsoft brings a touch of Cortana to Skype Preview

With the latest update, Microsoft is bringing its AI assistant to the Skype Preview app. Unfortunately, this is only for US users.<p>If you love the way Google has integrated its AI assistant into the Allo app but you’ve always been more of a Microsoft person, this may interest you: the multinational …

Microsoft

OnePlus wants to improve customer service by hearing what you have to say

Customer support is one of those things that helps make or break a young company, particularly one as young as OnePlus, which is known for its less-than-stellar customer service. It seems like OnePlus knows that, too, since the company announced it will hold an open forum to listen to your concerns.<p>…

Customer Service

Google Home’s Bluetooth support is here. For real this time

I know, I know – fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me, right? But it looks like Google Home is really getting Bluetooth pairing support this time.<p>Google’s been such a tease with Google Home’s Bluetooth pairing functionality: we all knew that the search giant’s AI-powered speakers …

Google

Google Home owners can now access free Spotify accounts

Google continues to add new services and features to its Google Home connected speaker, including more access to streaming music companies. This week, the official Google Home support page was quietly updated to show that the speaker is now allowing owners with free Spotify accounts to access that …

Google Home

15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android

Knowing the weather is something that we all pretty much need to know. Smartphone weather apps and weather widgets have been steadily improving over the years. They work better, have more detailed and accurate information, and the weather widgets look better with whatever theme you happen to be …

In-App Purchases

Android O incoming – Google hosting live stream on Monday (Update: even more Oreo trolling)

<b>Update 2:</b> <i>The suspicious among us don’t trust much of what comes out of a Googler’s social media accounts just prior to a new version launch, and few Googlers troll quite as hard as Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP of Android. Last year Lockheimer pushed Nutella on us repeatedly before Android N became</i> …

Google

Another Chinese smartphone brand, Comio, enters India market with an offline-only model and big ambitions

Launched in 2014, Comio is the smartphone brand from Chinese Original Device Manufacturer (ODM) Topwise Communication. India is the first market the company has ventured in after China.<p>According to a Livemint report, the company aims to capture 5% market share in three years of operations in India. …

Tablets