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The biggest problems Android has to face

Few would have predicted the meteoric rise of the Android platform. If you cast your mind back to 2008 Google looked to be suffering from the economic crash just as badly as the next company. The first Android smartphone, the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1), was fairly well received, but widely written off …

Android Authority this week

It was a wild week, Android lovers, with some big news, intriguing rumors, and a little fun on the iPhone’s expense. We reported exclusively on the launch date of Android L and the new Nexus 9, learned about Motorola’s Shamu, a potential Nexus phablet, and Droid Turbo, talked a bit about the hot …

Cosmos, the no-data connection browser, is now in the US Play Store

A beta release of Cosmos, the web browser that doesn’t need an internet connection, is now available in the US Play Store.<p>Cosmos emerged out of a 36-hour hackaton session by four college and high-school students in the US. Here’s how it works: when you enter a URL in the address bar, Cosmos sends …

Com 1 crowdsourced Android Wear watch pulled, due to Google rights complaint

When the Com 1 was first announced on Indiegogo, we admitted that the idea of a crowdsourced Android Wear watch was pretty intriguing. While the device didn’t look that impressive, it promised big when it came to specs and had us wondering if they could even pull off what they were claiming. Now it …

Project Ara will run modified Android L, allows hot-swapping of most components

It’s been a little while since we last talked about Project Ara, Motorola’s-turned-Google’s ambitious project to create a phone that can be upgraded modularly in a fashion somewhat similar to today’s desktop computer. While our attention might not have been on Ara lately, Google continues to work …

Broken data usage meters continue to plague customers

EE (formerly Everything Everywhere) is the largest mobile network operator in the UK with around 28 million customers. Last April, customers flooded EE’s community forum with complaints of an app that was using all of the phone’s data plan even though some customers were not using the phone. EE …

Android Auto developers will have limited choices when it comes to UI customization

Although Android itself is open-source, many of Google’s recent Android-related projects have been a bit more tightly controlled than this. For example, Android Wear OEMs are unable to deeply modify or skin the platform like they can with Android and Google seems to be a bit more picky about what …

5 problems with the HTC Desire 816 and how to fix them

Not everyone is looking to spend the big bucks on the latest and greatest, and now, OEMs are showing a lot more interest in conquering the mid-range smartphone market. Leading the way is the great HTC Desire 816. HTC’s commitment to great design and build quality continues with this “premium …

Best Buy is selling the Pebble for just $99.99

Easily one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time, the Pebble is one of the first attempts at a truly mainstream smartwatch. Sure, it wasn’t the first smartwatch by any means, but it was one of the first times we had seen so much excitement generated over the wearable market.<p>Fast …

Samsung Galaxy A3 passes through TENAA

Images (above) have appeared of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A3 (SM-A300), a more modestly sized 4.5 inch handset than the company’s recent Galaxy flagships. The Galaxy A series looks set to be Samsung’s new range of partially metal bodied mid-tier smartphones.<p>From the pictures you can spot what looks …

2 for 1: Alcatel Pop Mega comes with little Buddy sidekick

Large smartphones are great for reading, browsing the web, and watching videos, but taking a call with a massive screen slapped against your face can look and feel a bit odd. For those of you having trouble wielding gargantuan handsets, Alcatel has a solution for you.<p>The company has unveiled its …

Your Note 4 may have a gap, but Samsung says that’s not a defect

Some users reported a gap between the Note 4’s body and its metal frame<p>Samsung confirmed that some Note 4 units might feature a gap around their metal frame, though, supposedly, that’s not a defect manufacturing, as we first believed.<p>News about the issue emerged yesterday via Korean website <i>ITToday</i>. …

Fleksy gets a huge update and launches on Amazon App Store and Samsung App Store

Fleksy has been making waves the last year as one of the best up and coming third party keyboards on Android. It was most recently featured as the main keyboard on the latest Samsung Gear smartwatch that was announced at IFA earlier this month. Today it gets a pretty substantial update and also …

Pebble now permanently priced at $99.99, introduces activity and sleep tracking

Just yesterday we learned that Best Buy was offering up the Pebble for just $99.99. Today Pebble has revealed this will be the new permanent pricing and that they will be teaming up with more retail partners across the globe, making the Pebble a much more affordable (and highly available) option …

AT&T, Verizon comically claim that data caps are helpful to consumers

Source url<p>Several weeks ago, we discussed the absurdity of Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) fighting the FCC to keep the definition of broadband at the slowest speeds possible. To summarize, the FCC wants to force <b>those ISP’s that accept government subsidies</b> to offer at the very least 10Mbps down. …

Net Neutrality

Google Play now shows in-app purchase pricing in listings, developer addresses too

As expected, Google is rolling out some new changes today to Google Play, adding in-app purchase details into Play store listings and requiring paid app developers to start publicly showing their address.<p>Let’s start with the addition of in-app purchase details in listings. Unfortunately, this …

Recent Android L build shows off tweaked navigation and status icons

Releasing Android L as a developer preview was a big change for Google this year, and while the build is actually reasonably stable (I’ve been using it every day on my Nexus 5 since it came available), the reality is that it is an unfinished product and likely is missing many features and final …

50% off RAW Beats Speaker

Need a speaker that can keep up with your active lifestlye? The RAW Beats Speaker by TRNDlabs goes wherever you do, offering big sound in a rugged package. It’s waterproof, dust-proof, shockproof and scratch resistant body weighs less than a pound and is perfect to carry along for a day at the …

Galaxy Note 4 (model SM-N9106W) firmware hits the web

The Note 4 has already arrived in South Korea and its international launch begins in October, making it a great time to be a Samsung Note fan. And now the first firmware has gone online as well, for model SM-N9106W, a Chinese variant of Samsung’s latest big-screened smartphone.<p>The build is based on …

Google+ users can now restrict who sees their content, based on age and location

Starting today, Google is now giving Google+ users a bit more control over who is able to view there posts and who isn’t. Specifically, there are a few different options like only allowing viewers who are 18+, 21+ or even the ability to restrict based on location.<p>Keep in mind that this is an “all …

Paranoid Android 4.6 Beta 3 “Solid Strawberry” brings more tweaks and bug fixes

The Paranoid Android project is continuing its steady release calendar with PA 4.6 Beta 3, dubbed “Solid Strawberry.” (It looks like PA adopted an Ubuntu-like naming scheme for releases)<p>Like Paranoid Android 4.6 Beta 2 from last week, Solid Strawberry is focused on bringing some more polish to the …

TiVo app update enables content streaming to Android devices

TiVo users rejoice, the company has just updated its Android app to allow in-home content streaming. From today you will be able to steam most of your recorded shows, as well as some live content, directly to your Android device over your home WiFi network, and possibly over your carrier network …

Google launches new full-screen ad formats for in-app viewing

Google is introducing new ad formats meant to span different screen sizes and types. This is meant to address the disparity between displaying ads on desktop and mobile devices, and is supposed to make the ad-viewing experience more pleasant for smartphone and tablet users.<p>As mobile devices become …

Samsung Mobile releases a ‘map’ showing off when and where the Note 4 is launching

At IFA Samsung promised the Note 4 would be hitting over 140 countries in the month of October, though actual specifics for many of these countries have yet to be clarified. If you’re looking for a better idea, Samsung Mobile has now posted an image to Facebook that shows us where and when the …

Report: smartphone owners are rather clumsy

I’m sure I don’t need to remind you why smartphone build quality has been making the news lately, but unfortunately we humans are a bit clumsy. We need hardware that can withstand the occasional impact or two.<p><i>ZAGG</i>, a company which specialises in robust smartphone accessories, has conducted a survey …

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 unboxing and first impressions

As is the case with any flagship release from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 4 was one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year. While not giving up on plastic entirely, Samsung introduced some metal this around, and jumped to the front of the specifications race, with the Galaxy Note 4 featuring …

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FCC begins research into 5G future in the US

BGR<p>We have previously written about how certain groups and companies are supposedly gearing up for 5G technology. Some companies are actually stating that they are offering 5G speeds now, some are calling any definition of 5G “absurd” and others are promising 5G technology by 2020.<p>Now, GigaOM is …

ARM releases new operating system to boost the development of IoT

Since the smartphone revolution is well underway, the question is what will be next? Two very likely candidates are wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT). The latter is the general terms used to talk about normal everyday objects, from coffee machines to door senors, that are Internet enabled …

Verizon matches AT&T double data plan, but Sprint trumps them both

Recently AT&T announced a limited time promo where it will double data on some of its shared family plans. In what can only be described as a monkey-see-monkey-do phenomenon, now both Verizon and Sprint are following suit with a similar move.<p>Verizon’s MORE Everything promo starts tomorrow and …

Mophie Juice Pack case gives your Galaxy S5 an extra 3000mAh of battery life

Part of the magic of Samsung phones, or really any phone with a removable battery, is that if you need a larger capacity than you get out of the box — there’s usually plenty of third party options. You can also simply carry a backup battery for those emergency situations.<p>Still, if you’re in the …