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Tensorflow RC 1.0 Released, Android Optimizations Among New Features

Feature Image Displays Picture A in the Style of Famous Paintings B,C, and D - Image Credit: Google Research Blogs Tensorflow – an open-source neural network platform from the Google Brain team – has made available the release candidate for version 1.0 of its increasingly popular machine learning platform. Some of the most exciting new features include pre-made...

Benchmark Cheating Strikes Back: How OnePlus and Others Got Caught Red-Handed, and What They’ve Done About it

A few years ago there was a considerable uproar, when numerous major manufacturers were caught cheating on benchmarks. OEMs of all sizes (including Samsung, HTC, Sony, and LG) took part in this arms race of attempting to fool users without getting caught, but thankfully they eventually stopped their benchmark cheating after some frank discussions with...

Project Fi is Rumored to Integrate with Google Voice Soon

To kick off last week with a bang, Google finally started rolling out a big update to an application they've been ignoring for the longest time - Google Voice. This seems to be the latest step in Google's overarching goal of moving regular users away from their Hangouts application. With Hangouts shifting towards becoming an...

ZTE Admits Kickstarter isn’t the Place to Sell Project CSX/Hawkeye

Late last year, ZTE decided they wanted to sell a smartphone with ideas which were crowdsourced from the community. This device was given the name Project CSX and with it they wanted the community to decide everything that went into the phone. The main rules when launching this project were it needing to be a mobile...

Google Announces Android Nougat 7.1.2, Public Beta Starts Rolling Out For Pixel and Nexus Devices

In an official blog post earlier, Google has announced the beta version of the upcoming Android Maintenance Release: Android Nougat 7.1.2. The public beta update will start rolling out starting today for supported devices. As always, the update will only be rolled out to devices which are enrolled in Android Beta Program. The supported devices include...

Nextbit has Officially been Acquired by Razer

You may know of Razer as the company who sells high-end PCs and PC accessories, but they got into the Android business in 2015 and even relaunched the OUYA store as Cortex for the Razer Forge TV. They haven't been very active in the community since then, but it seems they aren't done with the...

Opinion: The OnePlus 3 and Other 2016 Devices Stand to Benefit from a Held Up & Held Back Snapdragon 835

The recent wave of reports regarding the fate of Snapdragon 835 devices seem to point at a slight delay in the arrival of Qualcomm’s latest and greatest. Furthermore, we now know a few big devices coming our way at MWC are launching with last year's Snapdragon 821. There is nothing wrong with the Snapdragon 821 -- in...

The Chromecast Ethernet Adapter Works with Google Home

A couple of weeks after the Google Home personal assistant device was announced last year at Google I/O 2016, it was reported that Google Home would be nothing more than a Chromecast stuffed inside of a speaker. The report came from The Information, and claimed this was true because they shared the same microprocessor and WiFi chip...

Users Report that NVIDIA Shield TV Now Pairs with PlayStation and Xbox Controllers

We're seeing reports from people within the community that PlayStation and Xbox controllers will now pair with both the 2015 and 2017 NVIDIA Shield TV devices over Bluetooth. It's unclear if this is specific to the NVIDIA Shield TV, or if it's something that is supported because of the new Nougat update that both of...

Rumor Reveals the Alleged Camera Specs for the Upcoming BlackBerry Mercury

We first started hearing rumors about the smartphone from BlackBerry that carried the codename Mercury back in June of last year. At the time, all we had to go on was that BlackBerry was working on three new Android devices and they carried the codenames Neon, Argon, and Mercury. Neon and Argon have both been released since...

Guide: Installing and Running a GNU/Linux Environment on Any Android Device

As many of you may well be aware, the Android operating system is powered by the Linux kernel underneath. Despite the fact that both Android and GNU/Linux are powered by the same kernel, the two operating systems are vastly different and run completely different types of programs. Sometimes, however, the applications available on Android can feel a...

Rovo89: Update on Development of Xposed for Nougat

The reason why I personally continue to use Android 6.0 Marshmallow on my OnePlus 3, despite OnePlus pushing out the Nougat update for the phone to stable channels, is the presence of Xposed. The Xposed framework and the module ecosystem forms a crucial part of the Android experience that I prefer -- to the point...