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Registrations for Sony’s Nougat Beta Program Now Open to Xperia X Performance Users

There's good news coming in for owners of the Sony Xperia X Performance, especially for those users that are always looking to try out new software. While Sony had cancelled off the Beta program earlier for the Xperia Z3, they had kept the program with a view to get it running for the Xperia X Performance. Registrations for this Beta...

Indian DGCA Bans Use of Note Series in Flights After Galaxy Note 2 Catches Fire During Flight

It seems the Note series has become the favorite dropping point for all recent controversy. What started off with the Note 7 exploding and then Samsung initiating a massive recall of millions of the phones sold and pushing back much more of those unsold, the series of unfortunate event continues on with the Note 2...

Huawei Nova and Nova Plus Coming in Early October (SD625, 5.0″/5.5″ 1080p, 3020/3340 mAh, Type-C)

Huawei has announced the release date for the Nova and Nova Plus, which are coming to North America and Europe in early October. Both devices will launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, which has an 8 core A53 based CPU running at 2 GHz. They will also share 32 GB...

BLU Life One X2 Launches on October 7th for $150 (SD430, 5.2″ 1080p, 3000mAh, QC 3.0)

The BLU Life One X2 was just announced, and at $150 for the unlocked base model it appears to be a solid budget offering. It launches with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 with Quick Charge 3.0, a 3000 mAh battery, a 5.2" 1080p IPS display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass, an 8 MP front...

Bluetooth SIG Updates Developer Toolkit Lineup and Documentation

Bluetooth is one of those pieces of tech that help make our lives easier in small and subtle ways. Whether you use it to connect to your car, to your smartwatch or perhaps you are forced to use it for audio -- Bluetooth has become one of those essential features that we take for granted these days. It's...

Betrayal of Hype: Playing Fast and Loose with Release Dates Breeds Consumer Mistrust

Yesterday, Google launched Allo on the very last day of summer, just narrowly squeezing into their “Summer 2016” launch window. The product we got was compromised, and arguably doesn’t have a defined place in their product lineup, which raises the question of “Why was it launched now?” If Google had been upfront with us and come out...

How Allo and Duo Want to Complicate Messaging by Fracturing the Market

I remember back in 2013 when Google unveiled Hangouts, it was a breath of fresh air. Finally, a true cross-platform integrated messaging program to compete with iMessage and BBM. Finally, an easy way to integrate SMS, Google Voice, and all the bonus features that come with instant messaging into one app, which would sync across...

Allo’s Shortcomings Seriously Limit Adoption and Potential in a Competitive Market

Deducing release dates scribbled on paper, googling when Summer ends down to the minute, watching Play Store listings looking for any movement… If you have been around the forums or Reddit you probably took part in one of those activities or saw someone who did. Expectations were high, Google finally seemed to have a pulse on what...

What Are Your Thoughts on Google Allo?

After a lot of anticipation, Google Allo was finally made available today! With a touch of AI, Allo seemed like a promising entry amidst the IM heavyweights like WhatsApp, iMessage and Facebook Messenger, and many hoped it would do for Android what Hangouts couldn't. But now that everyone has tried out Google Allo, the previous hype...

Say Hello to Google Allo, Google’s AI Powered Messaging App

When Google Allo was previewed at Google I/O 2016, the world got excited about talking with bots all over again. Allo and its Smart Assistant features placed a personal bot at your fingertips, one that was promised to learn over time and make your life a few clicks and taps easier. Google Allo was promised...

What Lifehacks Do You Use When Travelling As a Developer or Enthusiast?

Travelling to conferences and other Android events can be stressful, but we can make it easier for ourselves with just a few tricks. Of course, the most obvious way of making life easier for enthusiasts like us when travelling is the mobile boarding pass. But what about the less obvious ones? Depending on your carrier, travelling abroad...

Pixel Phones Not Yet Rootable with Current Methods

It's only Tuesday, but it's already been a pretty great week for Nexus Pixel fans. In a single day, we've seen the first alleged non-blurry pictures of the upcoming Google flagship phones and have gotten official confirmation from Google about the mythical October 4th event date. Besides the news about the supposed pricing model for the...