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ASUS Unveils the ZenFone 5 and 5Z with iPhone X-Style Notches, and the 18:9 ZenFone 5Q and Max M1

ASUS announced the ASUS ZenFone 5 series at Mobile World Congress 2018, a lineup of new high-end, mid-range, and low-end devices: The ZenFone 5Z, which features Qualcomm's 845 chip; the ZenFone 5, a cheaper, slightly less powerful variant of the  ZenFone 5Z; and the ZenFone 5Q, which packs four cameras. Here's everything you need to...

The Honor 9 Lite Camera Raises the Bar for Entry Level Smartphones

The Honor 9 Lite has the unique feature of being a budget phone with four cameras. There are two on the back and two on the front. Both dual configurations feature 13MP + 2MP sensors. Since this is such a unique setup to find in a budget phone, we took it to the aquarium to...

Chrome OS may allow for running Linux apps via Containers

While the average Chromebook user tends to stick with Chrome OS, Chromebooks are really just lightweight Linux machines capable of a lot more. For years, crafty Chromebook owners have been using Crouton (Chromium OS Universal Chroot Environment) to run Ubuntu, Debian, and Kali Linux systems within Chrome OS. When set up properly with an extension...

Qualcomm confirms that High-end Chromebooks with Snapdragon chips are coming

The majority of Chromebooks on the market are mostly low-end or mid-range devices. Their affordability is a big reason why Chromebooks became as popular as they are now. However, back in December, we learned that Chromebooks using Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 845 were reportedly in the works. That rumor was corroborated this week by Monte Giles,...

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may launch with Bixby 2.0, according to Samsung mobile chief

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ were announced at the Mobile World Congress 2018, but that wasn't all Samsung had in store for the world's largest telecom convention. DJ Koh, Samsung's mobile chief, told members of the press that Bixby 2.0 will launch as soon as August — around the time the Samsung...

Google Launches Flutter Framework Beta for Native App Design

Today at Mobile World Congress, Google is announcing a major update in their attempts to simplify UI development across platforms. With the launch of the first beta build of Flutter, Google hopes to signal that their new mobile UI framework is stable enough for use in mainstream apps. While Flutter was unveiled in its current form...

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform Series with On-Device AI for more Affordable Smartphones

Qualcomm is indisputably the leader in the Android smartphone system-on-chip space. Although the company faces tough competition from the likes of Samsung's Exynos SoCs and Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin SoCs in the high-end space, they are essentially unparalleled in the mid-range and budget price segments of the smartphone market. The Snapdragon 600 series has consistently distinguished...

The Huawei Y5 Lite (2018) will be the company’s first Android Oreo Go Edition phone

While tech media tends to disproportionately focus on mid-range and flagship devices, device makers are always looking for new ways to get their smartphones in the hands of budget-conscious consumers and/or consumers in emerging markets. To aid with that effort, Google announced a version of Android 8.1 Oreo optimized for low-end hardware—Android Go. Though Android...

Xiaomi Redmi 4X Kernel Sources are now available

Some of us within the Android community have a love/hate relationship with Xiaomi. They create affordable smartphones with impressive build quality and specifications for the price, but sadly they have a poor history of releasing the source code for their kernels. The result of this is that sadly it makes the lives of developers rather difficult...

Honor 8 Pro and Honor 9 Android Oreo Kernel Sources now available

Earlier this month, Honor delivered a tasty Oreo treat to some of their devices. If you own the Honor 8 Pro or the Honor 9 then you should be receiving an OTA update in the very near future (if you haven't already) that contains the highly anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo features alongside the company's EMUI...

[Update: In Play Store] Google Dialer Voicemail Transcription Starting to Roll Out More Widely for T-Mobile Users

In 2016 Google, added support for Verizon's Visual Voicemail service to the Google Dialer application, saving subscribers who paid a monthly fee the trouble of having to dial into their voicemail inboxes. Late last year, Google rolled out an update to the app that laid the groundwork for visual voicemail support on additional carriers. And sure enough,...

The Nokia Lumia’s Pro Camera Mode is coming to Nokia-Branded Android devices

While Nokia Lumia Windows Phone smartphones were largely considered a flop, there was one feature that fans of the platform knew was miles ahead of the competition, and that was the camera app. It wasn't even necessarily the quality that set it apart from the competition, but rather the features provided by the camera application....