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The YotaPhone 2 has two faces, zero gimmicks

Above all else, the YotaPhone 2 is cool. Within minutes of getting my hands on it, I was telling my colleagues about how I had just placed my first phone call where I dialed with the butt-side of the phone. Then I played a game of chess — rendered in a sharp and attractive monochrome — and I smiled …

6 small changes in Android L that make a big difference

Most of the posts floating around the web about Android L release have focused on revamped notifications, the new recent menu changes, the death of Dalvik, the new material design, Android for Work and other hard hitters that were showcased during the Google I/O 2014 keynote.<p>After playing around …

Material Design

Project Ara: our best look yet at Google's new modular smartphone

This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. It'd be the last phone you …

Google gives its DIY smartphone, Ara, a developers’ bible

Get ready for the module ecosystem.<p>Today, Google released a Module Developers Kit (MDK) in advance of next week’s first Ara Developers Conference. This is the first detailed look at the do-it-yourself smartphones’ containers of features, the modules.<p>Last week, a video posted online showed the …

An Internal Document Reveals How Terrified Apple Is Of Android

Re/code's Ina Fried reports that Samsung presented the document during its cross-examination of Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller.<p>The document, which was put together by an Apple sales team and was not intended to be seen by the general public, reveals that people inside Apple do worry about the …

Phil Schiller

Here's another peek at Google's build-your-own-smartphone project

Project Ara has only exploded in prominence since Google unloaded Motorola earlier this year, and now we're getting yet another peek at the work in progress. The Phonebloks team just released a video showing off the progress Google and its partners have made on those modular smartphones, and things …

The iPhone 6 Has Been Rendered Based Upon Leaked Schematics, And It’s Beautiful [Gallery]

Based upon leaked schematics discovered by Macotakara of the forthcoming 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants of the iPhone 6, Nowherelse teamed up with concept designer extraordinaire Martin Hajek to create what may be the most plausible look at what Jony Ive’s next iPhone design would look like yet.<p>All …

Google aims for a basic $50 modular phone next year, dishes more on Project Ara

Surprisingly, Google doesn’t see its ambitious Project Ara modular smartphone as something just for geeks.<p>In a lengthy profile by Time’s Harry McCracken, Google shined a light on its plans for Ara. And while the company still doesn’t seem sure if modular smartphones will be a hit, it’s certainly …

Google will start teaching people how to build their own smartphone parts this April

Google announced today that it will host the first Ara Developers’ Conference this April. The series of three conferences will show developers what they will be able to do with the company's modular phone project. This is the first word about Project Ara's future since Google announced plans to …

Google Now gets Olympics cards and new commands

The Google Now app… Excuse me, that is to say, Google Now within the Google Search app received new functionality today, bringing options for event reminders, new voice commands and quick access to the Olympics.<p>New voice commands let you make calls or send SMS messages to your contacts. As it …

Google Experience renamed to Google Now Launcher, imports settings from your old home screen too

The Google Experience launcher has so far been left as an exclusive to the Nexus 5, unless you decided to side load the APK file yourself, but a new update suggests that we could be edging closer to a release for other devices too.<p>Through yesterday’s update to Google Search, it seems that a new …

Android News

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: when smaller is better

For the longest time, the prevailing trend with mobile phones was to take last year’s handset and make it smaller. Shave a few millimeters off, shed a couple of grams, and give users the same experience but in a leaner shell. The rise of smartphones and their incessantly improving spec sheets …

Google sells Motorola unit to Lenovo for $2.9B

Google is unloading Motorola Mobility onto Chinese PC maker Lenovo.<p>Google confirmed on its site that it has sold Motorola for $2.91 billion, consisting of $660 million in cash and $750 million in Lenovo shares, with the remaining $1.5 billion paid in the form of a three-year promissory note. …