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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Starts Receiving MIUI 9.2 Update Based on Android Marshmallow

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is one of Xiaomi's most popular budget phones. It was released in 2016 with powerful specifications including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 system-on-chip, and it received a huge amount of support from developers in the form of custom ROMs. It shipped with MIUI 7 on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop, and...

Leaked Alcatel 5 Press Renders Show Dual Front-Facing Camera

TCL previewed the Alcatel 5 alongside the Alcatel 1 and Alcatel 3 at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in January, revealing that the $300 smartphone would feature a "borderless" 18:9 screen, facial recognition technology, and a battery that'd supply up to "a day's worth" of power. The company promised to show more at Mobile World...

Huawei Partners with UnionPay International to Accelerate Huawei Pay’s Roll Out Worldwide

These days, it's tough to think of a major smartphone manufacturer that doesn't have its own mobile payments service. Apple has Apple Pay, Google has Google Pay, Samsung has Samsung Pay, and LG has LG Pay. Huawei is no exception -- Huawei Pay launched in China in March 2016, and it gave Huawei the distinction of being...

Reliance Jio and MediaTek Team Up to Build an Android Go Smartphone

In some regions, high-end and mid-range smartphones reign supreme, but in emerging markets, low-end phones tend to be much more popular. For a while now, Google has been talking about bringing the "next billion users" online, and central to its plan is Android Go, a configuration of Android Oreo optimized for low-end devices. A number...

OnePlus 5T Android Oreo Update Now Officially Rolling Out With OxygenOS 5.0.2

This month, we've seen the OnePlus 5T receive two new beta builds. Open Beta 2 brought new clipboard features and performance optimizations, and Open Beta 3, which was announced just yesterday, introduced iPhone X-style navigation gestures. But the next Oreo-based update is expanding beyond the beta channel: This morning, OnePlus announced that OnePlus 5T customers...

Essential Phone Will Skip Android 8.0 and Go Straight to Android 8.1 Oreo

Andy Rubin-backed startup company Essential started talking about Oreo beta builds for the Essential Phone in October 2017, and a little over a month later, the phone received its first Oreo beta firmware. Since then, it's gotten not one, but two additional beta Oreo updates, but they've both been based on 8.0 Oreo -- until now,...

Google Removed Over 700,000 Copycat, Malicious, and Inappropriate Apps from the Play Store in 2017

When people talk about the advantages of the Google Play Store compared to the iTunes App Store, they almost always bring up how quick and easy it is to get applications or games published. That's partly because Google, unlike Apple, doesn't rely on humans to individually test and approve every submission, but that doesn't mean...

Honor announces the first developers to receive the Honor View 10

The Honor Open Source Program was announced earlier this month and kicked off with the Honor View 10. Honor promised timely kernel source releases and API access to the AI capabilities of the Kirin system-on-chip, and it reached out to the huge community of talented developers on XDA, selecting the first crop of users who'd receive an Honor...

[Update: Pricing and availability] The Sony Xperia XA2, Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra and Sony Xperia L2 Will Carry Fingerprint Sensors in the US

Sony has just unveiled two new mid-range devices which promise to offer a lot for the price, dubbed the Sony Xperia XA2 and the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra. Sony has also unveiled a new, low-end device called the Xperia L2 which also features a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. The Xperia XA2 and the Xperia XA2 Ultra are...

Amazon Alexa Can Now Send Text Messages to Any Number in the US

In recent months, competition in the virtual assistant space has picked up. At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Google launched Smart Displays -- new lineups of screen-equipped, Google Assistant-powered speakers by LG, Sony, and others designed to rival Amazon's Echo Show and Echo Spot. Amazon, for its part, recently updated the Alexa app for Android with...

Honor 9 Lite and Huawei P Smart Kernel Sources have been released

When it comes to releasing device kernel sources in a timely manner, Huawei hasn't always had a great track record. It didn't make the Huawei Mate 9's code available until six months after the phone's release, and the company took three months to release kernel sources for the P10 and the P10 Plus. The good news,...

Google Photos v3.13 adds Search Filter for Motion Photos, Auto-Sharing, Notifications for Photo Books, and More

Google Photos received a major update today, bringing it to version number v3.13. The new features include search filters for Motion Photos and new Photos Books notifications, and an APK teardown of the app reveals that Google might be readying a new dialog messages related to Photo Books and the app's selective backup feature. Strings in...