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Facebook and Qualcomm Announce Collaboration to Support Optimization of Caffe2 and Snapdragon NPE

At the ongoing Facebook F8 conference, Facebook and Qualcomm have announced a collaboration to support the optimization of Caffe2 and the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (NPE) software framework. Caffe is a deep learning framework developed by Berkeley AI Research and community contributors. It was released under the FreeBSD license, which allows for commercial use, modifications, and...

Halium is an Open Source Project Working Towards a Common Base for Non-Android Mobile Operating Systems

If you are an Android enthusiast who has also explored beyond the world of purely Android-based custom ROMs, you have probably heard of projects such as Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS, and the like. These have been ambitious, often long-running non-Android, GNU/Linux-based mobile operating systems. However, fragmentation is making development and user adoption quite difficult for these...

Galaxy S8 and S8+ Teardowns Show Extremely Similar Interiors, Interesting Details

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now available and shipping to their lucky new owners, and as review embargoes drop, we get to learn a lot about these new flagship devices. Samsung is often praised for its build quality (well, since the S6 anyway), and they go to great lengths to accomplish a solid construction chock-full...

LG Smart World to Receive 300 Applications Optimized for the LG G6’s Aspect Ratio

Both the LG G6 as well as the Galaxy S8 have a unique aspect ratio that we are not used to seeing on Android smartphones or tablets. Android software is designed so that it can run on a various number of device sizes, but changing up the aspect ratio tends to throw a wrench into how...

South Korean Samsung Galaxy S8’s Owners Facing Reddish Display Issue

Samsung began shipping the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus on Tuesday in South Korea and looks like the device is not off to a good start. Some users who pre-ordered the Galaxy S8 in South Korea have complained that the display on their Galaxy S8 has an excessive reddish tint, with some claiming the...

Latest Substratum Update Adds Full Android O Theming, Dynamic Refresh Mode and More

There have been a lot of changes happening with Substratum lately, but Android O support has been highly anticipated. An update pushed out last month showed the team was preparing to add support, but we didn't know when the update would be rolled out to the public. Yesterday, it was announced that the latest version of...

Google and Russia Reach a Deal in Anti-Monopoly Case

Google and Russia have been going back and forth on this case for the last two years. A case that was initially started all because a local search engine, Yandex, complained to local authorities about the issue. This started back in 2015 when a Russian watchdog group said pre-installing applications on Android was against the country's...

Huawei P8 Lite with Kirin 620 SoC Gets its First Stable AOSP-Based Rom with Unofficial LineageOS 13.0

HiSilicon's Kirin SoC are notorious for holding back devices on the development front, mostly due to a slow release of kernel sources, although the Kirin lineup itself is still impressive in terms of performance. On the other hand, phones built on Qualcomm SoCs tend to be much more developer friendly than Kirin devices thanks to...

Prototype of Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus with Dual Camera Shows Up in Images

Early rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S8 alleged that the larger variant of the device, what we now know as the Galaxy S8+, may sport a dual rear camera setup, much like how Apple markets its current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Reports also mentioned that Samsung indeed experimented with the idea, but as we...

Google Adds the Ability to Report Reviews That Violate Their Comment Posting Policy to the Developer Console

Google is always adding to the Google Play Developer Console to enhance the UX for application developers. A little over a year ago Google added some very useful ratings and review tools to the platform. We went hands-on with the Developer Console last year so that developers and regular users alike could get an idea of...

Modded Version of Google’s PhotoScan Increases Resolution to 12MP

In November of last year, Google released an application that lets you digitize your old photographs. The application is called PhotoScan and it uses algorithms to stitch together multiple photos of a traditional photograph. This is one of the easiest ways to transfer your family photo albums to a digital form and it doesn't require...

HMD Global Starts Rolling Out Android 7.1.1 to the Nokia 6

As usual, most Android OEMs have been taking their time when it comes to pushing out the latest version of Android. We're even starting to see majo r2017  flagships released now and they're coming with a version of Android that was officially released in October of last year. Android 7.1.1 Nougat became official 2 months...