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(Correction) NVIDIA SHIELD TV Preparing for Android Nougat as New SHIELD TV (2017) Releases

UPDATE: This story incorrectly stated that the update had been released, when it was actually in preparation for a rollout in the following weeks. The article has been amended. NVIDIA is preparing to update their SHIELD TV from 3.3 to 5.0, running Android 7.0 Nougat, in the coming weeks This upgrade will bring with it several useful...

LG Promises LG G6 Battery is Safe from Overheating

Consumer safety is a serious issue - and for very good reason. We lug around a mixture of chemical elements in our pockets everyday without a second thought to its flammability. That is because we assume that due diligence and strict testing procedures have been carried out to guarantee a high level of safety. But...

PSA: Double Tap to Fast-Forward Rolling Out to YouTube App on Android

Some of my biggest personal pet peeves with the official YouTube app is the inability to set the video playback speed (to plow through slowew instructional videos) and the inability to skip short sections of the video to avoid irrelevant information. Although you can use the seekbar to jump around, on longer videos showcasing something...

Google Play Revenue Grew 82% in Q4 2016 YoY; Line and Tinder Dominate Revenue Charts

Apps on our smartphones are essential ingredients of what makes our phones smart in the first place.  Apps and App Stores are big money too. The sheer popularity and usage of smartphones and applications have driven up our needs and as a result, the revenue streams of people involved behind popular apps. App marketing agency Sensor...

XDA-Developers Urges OnePlus to Comply with GPLv2 and Release Kernel Sources

While XDA-Developers, and a large sector of its user base, have been routinely impressed by OnePlus’ commitment to supporting the developer community, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of kernel sources for the OnePlus 3/3T since the release of Android Nougat on December 31, 2016. OnePlus has not provided such sources even though they’ve already rolled...

Renders of Samsung Galaxy S8 with Headphone Jack and Stereo Speakers Leaked

There's a lot riding on the Samsung Galaxy S8. Not only does it have to become the next successful flagship from Samsung after the Note 7 debacle, it also has to thwart attempts from other Android OEMs who will be pulling out their own flagships in the same time frame. A failure at this period...

Android Creator Andy Rubin Said to Launch AI-Focused, Bezel-less Premium Smartphone

It's been over two years since Andy Rubin left Google, and now the creator of Android himself is planning to release his new take on smartphones and the future of computing platforms through the high-stakes industry of consumer hardware. With a company named "Essential Products Inc" registered under his name and 40-some employees, Andy Rubin's smartphone...

Google Maps v9.43.2 Update Integrates Ridesharing Service Uber

Whether it be to avail promotional discounts on whichever service is offering one currently, or it be to look for lower surge pricing, or simply for checking which provider has the nearest cab: a lot of us rely on information from multiple apps to get the best deal for our needs. Google Maps v9.43.2 brings...

HTC Will Only Release 6 or 7 Phones in 2017

At the recent launch event of the HTC U Ultra and U Play in Taipei, Engadget's Richard Lai interviewed Chialin Chang, HTC's President of Smartphone and Connected Devices business. During the interview, Mr. Chang confirmed that HTC is only planning to release 6 or 7 smartphones during 2017. The move will be a significant drop in the number of...

Over 100,000 People Pre-Ordered the Nokia 6 in China

In case you missed it, HMD Global recently launched their first smartphone with Nokia branding. We covered the release last weekend, but the most important news at the launch was that the Nokia 6 will initially only be officially sold in the Chinese market. The new Nokia phone will be made available sometime in "early 2017," for a...

Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge are Finally Receiving their Android 7.0 Nougat Update (Currently for Beta Testers)

Samsung has been doing a beta test for their Nougat update for a couple of months now. Many people hoped that they would have started this beta test earlier since Android 7.0 officially released in August of last year, but they didn't announce their first beta test of the update until around November. This felt a...

Galaxy S8 Reportedly Shipping with IP68 Rating for Dust and Water Resistance

The Korean news outlet The Investor has reported from multiple sources that the much-awaited successors of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are both going to have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. Applying an IP68-level of dust and water resistance to the presumed Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 means that both smartphones will be fully dust...