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  • Best Android Launchers

    Android is known for its great customization capabilities, and one of the main aspects of this customization are Android launchers. Launchers basically change the way your Android device’s layout (user-interface) looks and behaves. There are two main types of launchers, Design and Productivity.

  • AT&T Galaxy S5 Android 5.1.1 Update: 5 Things to Know
  • Report: Google prepping car infotainment system separate from Android Auto

    Android Auto may be just the start for Google’s ambitions inside the car.

    According to multiple reports Google is building its own infotainment system, which would be far more powerful than Android Auto. The clues come from references in the Android Compatibility Definition Document to something called Android Automotive.

  • Android Marshmallow requires devices to show all battery stats

    On top of the big changes coming with Android Marshmallow, Google is also forcing Android device makers to be more transparent about battery usage on all of their devices. Specifically, Google notes that devices "MUST be able to track hardware component power usage," as well as attribute usage to individual apps, according to the Marshmallow Compatibility Definition Document. Up until now, some Android manufacturers have been able to obfuscate certain battery details, allowing them to potentially hide components or apps that could be draining battery life. The change will hopefully lead to more power efficient Android phones and tablets down the line. If anything, it's surprising it's taken this long for Google to clamp down on Android battery stats.

  • New Emojis are coming to Android, Soon
  • BlackBerry’s first Android phone ships November 6th for $699

    BlackBerry has officially started taking preorders for the BlackBerry Priv, the company's first Android phone. The device is being sold in the US, UK, and Canada, with pricing at $699, £559, and CA$899, respectively. In the US and Canada, the device starts shipping November 6th, and in the UK the Priv will ship "starting the week of November 9."

  • BlackBerry launches US preorders for $699 Priv Android slider phone

    BlackBerry's Priv will start shipping in the United States on November 6th, and you can preorder the Android smartphone with its slide-out keyboard beginning right now for $699. That's a bit less than the $750 figure we saw only a couple days ago, but it's still more expensive than or, at best, at parity with a number of fantastic Android flagships like the Nexus 6P, Galaxy Note 5, Moto X, and others.

  • OEM’s Choice: The Fragmentation and Subsequent Stratification of Android

    The slogan debuted a year ago with the release of Lollipop, highlighting the greatest strength of Android: choice. The sheer diversity of Android products has exploded in 2015, with manufacturers opting to offer multiple versions of their flagship devices, such as the Samsung S6, S6Edge, Note 5, S6E+, Moto X Play, Style, Pure, Nexus 5X, 6P… You get the point. And yet, 2015 was dubbed by many as one of the most disappointing years for flagships so far. When a device doesn’t check all the boxes of features we want, it’s quickly ruled out by the community of enthusiasts. Samsung has done away with MicroSD cards, removable battery, and OnePlus’ decision to opt out of using NFC caused a particularly loud uproar — these are two of the most criticized compromises, but hardly the only ones in 2015.

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