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General Mobile GM 5 is the 1st Android One Phone to Ship with Nougat

It's been a while since we've seen a new Android One smartphone announced. Google had actually removed the Android One section from the official Android website (now the old URL simply redirects to the homepage of Android.com), so many were wondering what the future held for Google's experimental Android project. Some thought that it would be...

iFixit Tears Down Google Home, Gives it an 8 Out of 10

Those who pre-ordered Google Home from the Play Store finally started to receive their unit this week. The product has even made its way onto store shelves at Best Buy, Target and Walmart as well, although some stores were having trouble keeping the device in stock this weekend. This morning, we are seeing a complete teardown of...

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 to Reportedly Feature an AI Assistant

Similar to how Google Assistant is a selling point for the Pixel and Pixel XL right now, a new report suggests that Samsung will do the same with the Galaxy S8 and its own personal assistant technology. This report comes a month after it was revealed that Samsung would be acquiring Viv Labs, the same company...

Want to Beta Test EMUI 5.0 (Nougat) on the Honor 8?

You might have already seen the next version of EMUI, version 5.0, on the Mate 9 announced by Huawei recently. That same software is coming soon to Honor's flagship, the Honor 8. We have 55 slots open to anyone with an FRD-L04 version of the Honor 8, and another 10 slots for those with the...

Huawei Mate 9/Kirin 960 Early Testing & Comparison with Pixel XL/Snapdragon 821

Huawei has ambitious plans for itself, as the Chinese giant that aims to eventually beat Apple also wants to be the second largest smartphone maker within the next two years. At the heart of this mammoth effort is Huawei's flagship lineup, which now includes the Huawei Mate 9.Despite all of the technology that the Mate 9 packs inside,...

Hidden “Partial Screenshots” Demoed on Android 7.1 Nougat

Screenshots have been around in Android ever since 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (and even back to 2.3 Gingerbread if you were on Touchwiz). However, the functionality that was added back in the day has remained stationary despite the evolved needs in the past 5+ years. Stock Android started off with simple screenshots, and stock Android...

Rovo89 Gives Update on Current Status of Xposed for Android Nougat

It's been a few months since Android 7.0 Nougat, and subsequently Android 7.1 Nougat, were released. While we do love the new feature additions that an Android version brings to our beloved devices, it does bring a lot of changes under the hood that changes things up for developers. Every new Android version usually means that...

Plasma Mobile is a Fully Open-Source Smartphone OS from KDE e.V.

If you've dabbled with Linux distros in the past, then you've likely heard of KDE before. KDE stands for K Desktop Environment and it's one of the main desktop environment options (next to GNOME) that can be used on Linux distros. KDE e.V. is a registered non-profit organization that represents the KDE community when in legal...

A look at the RhinoShield CrashGuard for Pixel XL [sponsored]

CrashGuard is superior to the bumpers of the past because it has been engineered to absorb impact. This is done by utilizing a proprietary polymer material that is far more shock-absorbent than plastic, and it also has a protective honeycomb structure within the bumper to disperse impact properly. In fact, within the honeycombs are compartments...

What Improved the Most in This Year’s Flagships?

The year is just about coming to an end, and we've seen most of what major OEMs have to offer. The flagship battle was hotly contested this year, with many phones offering many choices to suit many needs -- just in the spirit of Android. Smartphones in general got smarter and better, and we are...

PSA: Android 7.1 Circular Icon Support is Determined by the OEM

Design consistency has been one of the major hurdles for Google since Android started becoming massively popular. Initially, Google's philosophy was to let OEMs have full control over their design philosophy. At first, this level of openness enticed OEMs to invest large amounts of resources into making Android smartphones and tablets.However, the wide variety of...

RCS Messaging Support on Google’s Messenger App Rolling Out on Sprint

SMS once was a very integral part of communication, but the service no longer holds the same charm as it once did. With the advent of Internet-based IM apps on our smartphones, the reliance on SMS as a primary means of communication has been phased out. A lot of this does have to do with the...