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Android makers try to make their phones eye-catching

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It’s getting rarer for phone launches to generate excitement these days — especially in the Android world, where all models use the same underlying Google software. Every year, phones get routine refreshes such as faster processors, better cameras and longer battery life.

But Android phone makers haven’t given up trying to stand out. Samsung, for instance, hopes to encourage upgrades by giving its new Galaxy Note 7 phone an eye scanner for identification and related security features. Other manufacturers are looking beyond the phone entirely, pinning their hopes on innovative accessories. Motorola offers mix-and-match modules that let you upgrade your phone on the fly, while Alcatel is focused on adding virtual-reality features, including a headset.

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Samsung’s Android Payday

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New Strategy in War on Android

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  • Anti-Google research group in Washington is funded by Oracle

    The Google Transparency Project is a Washington, DC group that's laser-focused on letting Americans know about Google's lobbying efforts. To get its message out, GTP has worked with journalists at Re/Code and The Intercept, which have run stories about Google's many visits to the White House, the prevalence of ex-Googlers in the US Digital Service, and other links.

    What wasn't known, until today, is who was paying the bills for research by the "nonprofit watchdog" group. "The folks running the Google Transparency Project won’t say who is paying for it, which is odd for a group devoted to transparency," noted Fortune's Jeff John Roberts, one of many journalists who the group reached out to in April.

    Today, Roberts has published a followup, confirming that based on a tip, he found at least one funder—Oracle. That's the same company that lost a major copyright trial to Google and continues to spar with the search giant in court.

  • Oracle Is Funding a New Anti-Google Group [iophk: "Why is Oracle helping MSFT? They are shooting themselves in the foot."]

    Groups with words like “transparency” in their name are typically very open about how they operate. That’s why the “Campaign for Accountability,” a non-profit hatched in Washington this spring, is such a mystery: the group refuses to say who pays for its activities.

    In case you’re unfamiliar, the activities of the CfA, as it calls itself, consist of a smattering of do-gooder projects — LGBT rights, clean water and so on — and a permanent campaign called “The Google Transparency Project,” which claims to expose various villainies carried out by the search giant. Now, though, at least one company has claimed credit for funding it.

  • Windows Phone sales collapse as Microsoft ravages Nokia remnants [iophk: "That's sales specifically. After the sale, many end up in the bin, as Tomi Ahonen showed figures for a while back"]

    Sales of Windows Phones plunged 76 percent in the second quarter, plummeting from 8.2 million in 2015 to less than 2 million this year, researcher Gartner said today.

    The dramatic decline was more fallout from Microsoft’s botched acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, the writing off of more than $10 billion, and the subsequent decision to back out of the consumer smartphone market.

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Android posts highest ever market share in latest mobile data

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What’s even better is that Android’s market share typically grows for 2-3 quarters before dropping off a little when the new iPhone hits. That means Android’s market share in Q3 may well break the 88% barrier before slowing down again.

On the other hand, in the gutter of Statista’s graph, lies iOS, which still sits comfortably in second place above the myriad other flatlining mobile OSes on the list. Apple’s mobile market share has been on an ever-so-slight decline in the last five years, something the company is surely hoping to reverse with the upcoming iPhone 7.

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The Big Android Dev Interview: Jolanda Verhoef

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My name is Jolanda Verhoef and I've been developing for Android for six years, focusing mainly on architecture. [At the Big Android BBQ] I gave a talk on architecture together with RxJava. So, how can RxJava help you create a nice clean architecture. I work at a company called Blendle, which is a startup in the Netherlands, and before that I worked at companies like Philips, Dutch railway stations, Enexis, stuff like that. And I built my own app for geocaching as well.

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Android Leftovers

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  • Sony announces $500 Android Auto head unit, its first, says it's "Android Auto 2" compatible

    Sony has a new Android Auto head unit - its first, actually - the catchily-named XAV-AX100. The main draw of the device seems to be the sound quality, with four "55-watt Dynamic Reality Amp 2" amplifiers and Sony's EXTRA BASS low-boost circuitry supposedly overcoming engine noise to deliver crystal clear sound.

  • $349 ConsoleTab Tablet to Include Windows 10 and Android

    Users will be able to switch between Windows and Android when using the tablet, which has a 10.1-inch display, according to the company.

    Preorders open on Aug. 22 for the upcoming ConsoleTab tablet computer, a $349 device with a 10.1-inch touch-screen HD display, an Intel Atom processor, and the inclusion of both Windows 10 and Android operating systems.

    The new machine, which was announced at the Intel Developer Forum event in San Francisco this week, will allow users to choose between the two operating systems each time they use the machine, according to its maker, Console.

  • White House Official Cozied Up to Google Before Antitrust Lawsuit Was Shelved
  • Polish developer hacks Android rewards app for free beer

    A cunning Polish developer has hacked an Android food and drink rewards app to grant himself unlimited free beer.

    Kuba Gretzky detailed his excellent exploits in a blog post on Breakdev – though, to deter copycats, he didn't name the rewards app or the precise location within Poland where it was operating.

    He did, however, name the makers of the tech used by the unnamed rewards app: beacon supplier Estimote.

  • 7 things Android owners can do that Apple iPhone users only dream of

    ANDROID users rejoice – your phones come with a range of unique features and functions that your fruit-flavoured rivals can only dream of. Here are Express.co.uk's selection of the top unique Android options.

Android Leftovers

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  • Achieve Global Domination in Agenda, Coming to PC, Mac, Linux on September 21
    Agenda, a strategy simulation from Exordium Games where players control an evil organization seeking world domination, will come to Windows, Mac, and Linux on Sept. 21st, 2016. Players will direct covert operations to increase their control over countries' economies, political parties, militaries, science institutions and media outlets. Operations will entail everything from low key kickbacks to military leaders to the brazen assassination of political rivals.
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    Guild Software announced the release of a new maintenance update for their popular and cross-platform Vendetta Online MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) 3D space combat title. According to the release notes, Vendetta Online 1.8.385 is an important milestone, and it's here to drastically improve the chat and effect delays reported by users during larger capship battles by implementing a new dynamic server packet-queuing and priority change system, which was tested internally with 200 close-proximity capships per battle.
  • Looks like Subnautica from the Natural Selection 2 developers won't get Linux support
    This is quite sad, it seems we have been left wondering for a while (years) about Subnautica, but a developer has now confirmed a Linux version is not being worked on.

Leftovers: Software

  • GNOME Music 3.22 to Offer Better Sorting of Songs in Albums and Artists Views
    GNOME Music 3.22 is on its way, as well as the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, due for release next month on September 21, and it looks like we're now able to get an early taste of what's coming in GNOME's default music playback app. GNOME Music 3.22 Beta has been released, distributed as part of the first Beta development milestone of the upcoming GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, and it promises to offer better sorting of tracks in the Artists and Albums views, a "new playlist" entry to the Playlist dialog, and new keyboard shortcuts.
  • bitmath-1.3.1 released
    bitmath is a Python module I wrote which simplifies many facets of interacting with file sizes in various units as python objects. A few weeks ago version 1.3.1 was released with a few small updates.
  • NetworkManager 1.4 Released
  • NetworkManager 1.4: with better privacy and easier to use
    After we released version 1.0 of NetworkManager, it took us sixteen months to reach the 1.2 milestone. This means that it took over a year for some newly added features to reach the user base. Now we are releasing the next major release after just four months.