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The $99 UMi Diamond is Shock and Scratch Resistant

Our friends at UMi have just released a new model: the UMi Diamond, which, as the name suggests, is built to be tough (as a diamond...get it?) thanks to its impact and scratch protection. Not only is it likely to survive a drop unscathed, but it's packing some pretty good specs for a phone that...

Android’s Global Market Share Grows to 87.5%; Windows Tablets Grow in Shipments

Android has dominated the mobile market for a while now but the latest reports from independent researchers show it has reached yet another milestone.For the third quarter of 2016, a report from Strategy Analytics says that Android as an OS was able to amass 87.5% of the total smartphone market. Competition from BlackBerry OS, Windows...

Homescreen Critique 08

In the 8th episode of Homescreen Critique, Taylor is reviewing some of the best homescreen submissions of the week. Check out these awesome setups below. alan smitheeApps used in this homescreen:Nova Launcher Calendar Widget: Month Eye In Sky Weather KWGT Kustom Widget Maker Long Shadow Icon Pack  Min - Icon PackCheck out this homescreen...

SuperSU is Updated to Version 2.78 SR3, Fixes Pixel Related Issue and More

A little over a week ago Chainfire announced he was able to gain root access to the Pixel phones, and that it would be packaged up and released in a few days. Not long after, we saw the first official root method released for both the Pixel and Pixel XL. Thousands of us were instantly...

Jide Announces the Remix IO+

Toward the end of last month, Jide announced a new piece of hardware that they were trying to get launched on Kickstarter. They call it the Remix IO, and it's a Android-powered TV box that can also be used as a gaming and PC hub. The set top box runs Android 7.0 Nougat, can output...

Photos and Specs Reveal the Upcoming Moto M

We've been hearing about the Moto M from Motorola since back in August of this year. Previously, there had been a device that appeared on GFXBench that was reported as being the Moto M, but it was only listed as a smartphone with a 4.6" display. Since then, the Moto M has been rumored to...

Huawei Mate 9 is official with 5.9″ FHD display, Kirin 960 SoC, and 4GB of RAM

Munich, Germany: 2:30PM CET Today, Huawei Technologies unveiled the next generation smartphone in its Mate line-up: the Huawei Mate 9. Building upon a successful 2016 with over 106 million smartphones sold worldwide, Huawei is hoping to capitalize on the void left behind by the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The Huawei Mate 9 smartphone embodies the current...

Google Ends Support for Eclipse Android Developer Tools

Back in late-June 2015, Google had announced that they will end official support for the Eclipse ADT by the year end. They advised users to make the move on to Android Studio, which is the official IDE for Android, but Good Guy Google kept supporting ADT for more than a year after that announcement. But...

How Google Detects and Warns about Premium SMS Messages

Billions of text messages are sent each year. Though the service is incredibly dated by modern technological standards, the SMS has persisted as among the most popular methods of communication. Google is pushing hard to get carriers on board with a new standard known as Rich Communication Services (RCS), but with so many competing messaging interfaces...

Get Pixel Fingerprint Feature on Any Phone with Fingerprint Quick Action

Developer ztc1997 from the XDA forums has put together this really cool app that uses your fingerprint scanner to trigger custom actions.After installing the app, you'll toggle it on in your accessibility settings. Afterwards, you'll go back into the app and find all of your quick action options. Choose what action you want triggered when swiping or...

Google Pixel Charging Speed Limited to 15W, While Pixel XL Can Charge up to 18W

While talking about the new Pixel devices, Google did not focus too much on the charging capabilities of the devices. While not exactly the a make-or-break anyway, the charging and battery spec on the Pixel phones do follow along the rest of the hardware in that it is flagship-grade indeed. Independent tester of all claims USB, Nathan...

Sony Invites X Performance Owners to the Xperia Beta Program

We recently learned that Sony had released step by step instructions on how to build an experimental version of Android 7.1 Nougat for select Xperia smartphones. We rarely see smartphone OEMs go to these lengths in an attempt to connect with the developer community. They even go as far as to create a beta program...