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Android One (second-generation) review

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With Lava pixel V1, Google has attempted to revolutionize the budget smartphone market again but has not been able to do so.

The phone does offer good design, excellent touch response, smooth performance and decent camera, however at the same time lacks full-HD screen, 4G connectivity and the latest processor - features that are already available in various phones in this budget segment. However, users who value stock Android and priority updates may find this one to be a good option.

At Rs 11,350 the smartphone fails to compete with Lenovo K3 Note, which is available at Rs 10,000 and offers better features including display, processor and camera. YU Yureka Plus also comes with better specifications at a lower price.

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Android M news: Release date delayed, to come out in September or October?

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Google reveals that the newest Android operating system initially codenamed as "Android M" will be delaying the release of Android M Developer Preview 3 for selected Nexus devices.

The information was shared by the company's employee and moderator Wojtek Kaliciński on the Developer community page in Google+.

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ExtremeTech explains: Why you should (or shouldn’t) root your Android device

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Android is based on the Linux kernel, so right from the start, tinkerers and power users were interested in gaining root access to make changes and graft on new features. In the early days, this was a fairly simple procedure on most devices. There were several apps and tools that could root almost any Android phone or tablet, and you’d be ready to truly master your device in mere minutes. As Android became more capable, the allure of rooting has diminished somewhat — and it’s also much harder than it used to be.

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Best Android smartphones for work and play: August 2015 edition

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There's never been a better time to buy an Android smartphone. Not only is there a huge array of different handsets from a multitude of manufacturers to choose from, but what you get for your money is simply incredible.

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Android Headliner: Chinese Handsets Need Better Software

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That being said, Chinese OEMs have been known for pretty poor quality products for quite some time. Many of them still are, but a number of China-based OEMs improved in that regard, a lot. Manufacturers like Xiaomi, Huawei and Meizu have great hardware, and they’ve also improved a lot on the software front, but some other, smaller companies have real issues on the software side of things. Don’t get me wrong though, not all of them have such issues, but a number of them just can’t get that part right. Many of us in the tech business actually appreciate stock Android and what it brings to the table, and luckily, many of these smaller companies don’t skin Android all that much. Why is that a good thing? Well, the performance tends to be good for the most part, and the UI also looks really great. So, what’s wrong then? Well… read on.

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Lava goes the Android One way with Pixel V1

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Indian mobile phone manufacturer, Lava, has introduced the Pixel V1, an Android One device at a price of Rs.11, 350 in collaboration with Google. The Pixel V1 has been developed by close coordination between product R&D teams at Lava & Google. Aimed at those users who have value for money in mind, Lava has provided the right hardware specifications and the promise of the Android One platform making Pixel V1 a solid offering.

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Android Leftovers

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Nextbit phone will “easily stand out” and be priced affordibly

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It was odd to hear that Nextbit is working on releasing its first smartphone. The San Francisco startup is known for its cloud-based continuity services for Android – how did they go from making apps to designing smartphones? Regardless of what the answer to that question may be, now we know they are definitely planning this well.

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Zidoo's 'X1' is a $59 Android media box that touts its 4K prowess

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Bottom line, the Zidoo X1 checks all the boxes when it comes to streaming and playing local media. The X1 is affordable with an MSRP of $59 USD and comes with a one year warranty. Despite its paltry specifications, the X1 was able to handle pretty much all movie files and streaming duties. The only concern would be how well Zidoo would continue to support the device via software updates. While this doesn't quite beat pricing from the likes of the Chromecast or the MK808B it does provide more features. While this is my first time with an true Android media box, I found that the experience as pretty seamless when it was all set up. While the X1 was able to stand up the challenge of 4K, the real question is: when will see more 4K UHD content that is easily accessible.

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Android Leftovers

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  • Google offers revamped Glass headset to the enterprise: report

    Google is reportedly distributing a new version of Glass for use in specialist sectors.

  • Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 to support Android for Work

    Earlier this year, Google made it quite clear to help enterprise-segment with its Android for Work initiative for its mobile operating system. Now, the company has finally announced its expansion plans that now includes 40 companies including device manufacturers, application makers and management providers.

  • Android for Work Gets Support from Major U.S. Carriers

    Earlier this year, we were reporting on one of the biggest security holes ever affecting Android. In fact, PaloAlto networks had found that that security breach affected almost 50 percent of Android devices, making them vulnerable to an attack that can swap out a user's pre-installed app with malware that can round up sensitive data. The fact is, concerns about security and other issues have made some enterprises wary of letting users standardize on Android devices.

  • Android Studio 1.3 (Android IDE Developed By Google) Has Been Released
  • OnePlus 2 Review Roundup: Solid Android Smartphone And Fantastic Tag Price

    The OnePlus 2 will not become available in the U.S. and Europe until Aug. 11, but the first reviews of the Chinese startup's second flagship smartphone are already in, and the verdict is a resounding thumbs up from most people who were lucky enough to be given a preview build.

    When it comes to the OnePlus 2's design, reviewers agree that the device has a solid, comfortable build thanks to the textured sandstone panel on the back and the slight convex shape that curves right into the hands, while still evoking that premium feel with the aluminum frame holding up the device.

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