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Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

One of Google’s most important decisions for Android was to separate key feature updates from new firmware — you don’t have to suffer through months of delays from your manufacturer and carrier just to get a new messaging app or a vital behind-the-scenes service. And now, that’s true for Android Wear as well. Google’s Hoi Lam has confirmed that Android Wear 2.0 can receive some updates through the Play Store, rather than waiting for monolithic firmware upgrades. An update this past week is proof positive: 2.0-equipped watches got support for third-party chat apps in contacts and fewer accidental launches for the watch face picker.

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Apple media events are notoriously fine tuned and well-rehearsed, and more often than not, they go off without a hitch. Last week’s iPhone X event, however, proved to be an exception to the rule. When Craig Federighi attempted to showcase the iPhone X’s new Face ID feature for the first time, it didn’t work and he was prompted for a passcode. Though Apple proffered a more than plausible explanation for the hiccup, it was an embarrassing moment nonetheless.

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The Super Mario Run Android version was originally give a release date of March 23, however, it appears that the download link on Google Play has gone live a day early.

The Express Online can confirm we were able to download the popular Nintendo app via Google Play in the United States, it’s unclear if the game is available everywhere else in the world.

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A new report suggests that it could be named anything, either Oreo or something else starting with ‘O’.

While most Android users are in the process of getting their devices updated to the Android 7.0 Nougat OS, Google already seems to be working on getting the next version of its OS on track. While an official name for the Android 8.0 is not out yet, a new report suggests that it could be named anything, either Oreo or something else starting with ‘O’.

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Android 7.0 Nougat users could be in for a big disappointment as far as app stability goes.

According to a new report released by Apteligent on Tuesday, Nougat has 2.5 times more network-related crashes than iOS 10 does. (A network crash is when an app crashes because of difficulties communicating with the cloud.) Apart from network-related crashes, Nougat also has more crashes overall: apps in Nougat crash 6.4% of the time, whereas iOS 10 has a crash rate of 4.1%

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The Xiaomi Redmi 3 and Redmi Note 3 smartphones were introduced back in January this year. These two devices are amongst the best selling Xiaomi-branded smartphones in 2016, and their successors have been leaking out like crazy in the last couple of weeks. The Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4 were certified by TENAA (China’s equivalent to the FCC) quite recently, and Xiaomi was expected to introduce both of these phones today, August 25th. Well, the company did just introduce the Redmi Note 4, but there was no mention of the Redmi 4, read on.

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Do we have a good one for you today – the HTC 10 takes on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Here we have two devices that couldn’t look more different – the HTC 10 is chiseled out of a piece of metal with chamfered edges while the Galaxy Note 7 uses a metal chassis and frame with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and the back…the first smartphone to do so. This is the first year that the Note series take on the dual curved edges – not quite the curve of the S7 Edge, but pretty darn close. The design of the Note 7 really takes on a new, more sophisticated look with its design. The HTC 10’s new design spruces up an older design that was starting to get a bit stale and it looks great, although comparing both devices side-by-side, the Galaxy Note 7 will take the prize in the looks department, both win with a solid build. Despite their differences, they do have many things in common that we will go over in the next paragraph before we move on to the detailed specifications.

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Google’s meticulously planned transition from the Android N to the Android Nougat naming scheme isn’t going unaccompanied by unplanned new Nexus 2016 news.

The internal specs for these next two Android phones has been leaked, and they’re both shaping up to be promising sequels to the current Nexus 6P andNexus 5X, according to Android Police.

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Google is set to allow its Chromebook laptops to run Android apps in a bit to take on Apple and Microsoft.

The laptops run a version of Google’s Chrome browser instead of an operating system like Windows – but until now have been unable to download apps.

According to  market research firm IDC, in Q1 of this year Chromebook shipments overtook Macs in the U.S.

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It’s a familiar feeling when you get a text from your phone provider saying you’ve nearly run out of data for the month. Depending on what sort of mobile phone contract you’re on, if you don’t keep an eye on the amount of data you’re using you can find yourself landed with a hefty bill.

Here’s 10 simple ways to minimise your data expenditure on both Android and iPhone.

 

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