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64-bit Banana Pi runs Linux on Allwinner A64, has WiFi, BT, GbE

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Sinovoip revealed an open “Banana Pi BPI-M64” SBC based on a quad-core, Cortex-A53 Allwinner A64 SoC, with 2GB RAM, up to 64GB eMMC, plus WiFi, BT, and GbE.

SinoVoip, one of the two competing companies that emerged along with LeMaker (Banana Pro) from the original Banana Pi open source project, has unveiled its first 64-bit hacker SBC, featuring an Allwinner A64 SoC. The A64, which has four 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores and a dual-core Mali 400 MP2 GPU, is found on Pine64’s $15-and-up Pine A64, which last month came in 7th in our reader survey of 81 open-spec hacker boards last.

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ZTE Axon 7 affordable Android smartphone now available for pre-order in the USA

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There is a semi-disturbing trend happening in the Android market nowadays -- very affordable smartphones. Before you call me nuts, it's true there is nothing inherently wrong with a consumer saving money, but a race to the bottom can hurt the platform overall. No-name manufacturers are leveraging decent specs and selling phones at insanely low prices, making profits tough for the big-name players. If Android becomes unprofitable, why will anyone bother?

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Why being open source is not killing Android

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As a fellow journalist I admire Kingsley-Hughes’s writing. This blog in particular seems to have been written to provoke reaction from the open source community. As someone who has been covering Linux and open source for more than a decade now, I felt compelled to address some of the points raised in that blog.

The bottom line is that open source is actually better suited at handling fragmentation than any proprietary technology in the world. Before you think about making Android closed source, just have a look at the mess that Windows and Internet Explorer fragmentation is.

Circling back to the point that open source is killing Android, the fact is: nothing is killing Android. On the contrary, Android is thriving and continues to eat iOS and Windows market share.

If any fellow open source users are reading this story, please weigh in with your opinion in the comment section below.

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Can an encrypted chip make the Gionee M6 the most secure Android phone ever?

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Gionee, a Chinese phone manufacturer, claims that its new smartphone uses an encrypted chip and could be the 'safest smartphone ever.'

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Android Leftovers

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  • Alphabet (GOOGL) Announces Free Android Training In India As It Retakes Smartphone Lead

    Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) announced that it would begin training 2 million developers in India on Android as the company tries to take market share from the iOS ecosystem. The free Android Skilling program will be introduced across public and private universities, training schools and the government’s National Skills Development Corporation of India. India is expected to have the largest developer population with 4 million people by 2018, overtaking the U.S.

  • Google aims to train two million Indian Android devs by 2018

    Google will train two million Android developers across India over the next three years.

    Mountain View will provide complete training in its Android operating system under a new program that is paired with the Modi Government's "Skill India" program.

    The course kicks off with Android Developer Fundamentals available in universities and the National Skills Development Corporation of India.

  • Google to train 2 million Indian Android developers

    Google has announced its new “Android Fundamentals” training program, which aims to train and certify up to two million Android developers in India. An Android Fundamentals training course, soon to be available online and at schools country-wide, is focused on training, testing and certifying Android developers to prepare students for careers using Android technology.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 leaks in three new pics

    Earlier today, it was reported that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might be the most expensive product in the productivity-purposed phablet line so far, starting at roughly $910 in Europe. It seems that was not to be the only leak of the day however, as three images have surfaced via Steve Hemmerstoffer of nowhereelse.fr who has Tweeted no less than three different images of Samsung’s up and coming creation. Here is the first:

  • Android Nougat may contain traces of NOT for users of custom CAs

    Google will sweeten the forthcoming Nougat release of Android by changing the way apps work with certificate authorities (CAs) and simplifying APIs.

    The changes will affect only some apps and users, Android security team software engineer Chad Brubaker says .

    The changes mean Google will not automatically trust user-selected CAs. Instead, all Android devices running Nougat and later versions of Android will run a standard set of Google-trusted AOSP certificate authorities, forcing some developers to change their apps if non-trusted certificate authorities are needed.

  • First Nokia Android Device, P1 Rumoured To Have 3GB RAM, HD Display

    If you have used Nokia, you will remember the rugged Nokia 3310 and other smartphones that could break a wall and still survive. Nokia is back to making smartphones but Android operating system.

  • How to live stream Android games to YouTube and Twitch

    Watching people play live video games from anywhere in the world has become a surprisingly huge phenomenon in recent years. Twitch is now a game-streaming juggernaut while YouTube has embraced gaming and live streaming in a big way, and seemingly everyday people have become well-paid Internet personalities because they play video games and chat.

  • Six Points on The Samsung Galaxy Note 7: AKA The Best Android Phone of 2016

Exclusive: These could be Google's upcoming Android Wear smartwatches

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As we reported last week, Google is in the process of building two Android Wear smartwatches. At the time, we were unable to show you the watches themselves. Today, that changes - what you see in the image above could be codename "Angelfish" and "Swordfish," Google's two Assistant-enabled wearables that we believe will be released after the new Nexus phones.

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Also: Google's Android Wear 'Angelfish', 'Swordfish' Smartwatches Leaked in Images

LeapDroid claims to be the fastest Android emulator for your PC

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When it comes to running Android on your PC, short of installing the Android x86 project, you can get by with an emulator. With that, this program called Bluestacks is probably the most popular. Enter LeapDroid, a new emulator which claims to be the “world’s fastest” Android emulator on PC. I guess we have to try it to believe it.

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