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Top 10 open source Android app development frameworks

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Each of these app development frameworks supports HTML5 or JavaScript as well as CSS, and is open source with at least some version of a free app.

If you’re developing Android-based games or complex apps with extensive cloud integration, you’ll probably want to seek out native application development tools. These range from the Java-oriented Android SDK and Android Development Tools (ADT) Eclipse plugin to game-oriented engines like Corona to commercial enterprise platforms like the cloud-oriented Monaca toolsuite.

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Best Android phones of 2016 (so far)

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

The good: The Edge’s wraparound screen transforms an already great phone into Samsung’s best-looking handset. Ever.

The bad: That supercool design comes with a big price, and the screen doesn’t deliver any real killer apps. Like the regular S6, the Edge doesn’t support swappable batteries or expandable storage.

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Android Leftovers

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Android Leftovers

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$10 Orange Pi One pits quad-core Cortex-A7 against Pi Zero

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Shenzhen Xunlong launched a $10, Linux- and Android-friendly “Orange Pi One” hacker board with a quad-core Cortex-A7 SoC and a Pi-compatible expansion port.

Even with competition from the $9 Chip and $5 Raspberry Pi Zero, 2015’s biggest price/performance breakthrough among open-spec SBCs was arguably the $15 Orange Pi PC. Unlike the single-core Chip and Zero, the Orange Pi PC delivered the performance goods with a quad-core Cortex-A7 Allwinner H3 SoC, while offering more ports, including HDMI, Ethernet, quad USB, and Pi-compatible expansion. Now Shenzhen Xunlong has spun a similar, stripped down Orange Pi One variant for only $10 — or $13.77 if you want it shipped to the U.S.

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Android Leftovers

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BlackBerry Priv Android phone first impressions

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BlackBerry Priv is an interesting smartphone and is a good option for people who miss their touch and type days as it also has a physical QWERTY keyboard. It is also a good device in terms of specifications but is priced too high. However, for a more accurate opinion stay tuned for its complete review.

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Intrinsyc’s first SBC runs Linux or Android on Snapdragon 600

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Intrinsyc has launched its first SBC: a $165 Open-Q 600 that runs Android 5.1 or Linux on a Snapdragon 600 with 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, GbE, WiFi, BT, and GPS.

Intrinsyc Technologies has spun a number of Open-Q branded, Qualcomm Snapdragon based computer-on-modules and sandwich-style carrier board starter kits, and now it has launched its first fully pre-integrated Open-Q single board computer. Applications for the 90 x 85mm SBC are said to include robotics, medical devices, and industrial applications.

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12 ways to use your Android smartphone more efficiently

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I've tried to keep these tips as universal as possible. But to get at some of the cool things that many, but not all Android users can do on their phones, I’ve also included some more specific tips at the bottom of the list that you all have sent in over the past week.

Thanks to everyone who sent me a message. Now onto the tips.

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Android Leftovers

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  • iPhone lost market share to Android in every major market except one

    Once again, Apple CEO Tim Cook told investors the secret of iPhone's sales success was "Android switchers."

    But stats from Apple's earnings call, and data from independent market researchers, shows another story: One of the reasons iPhone is running out of steam — Cook said sales would decline next quarter — is because Alphabet's Android phone system has been surprisingly resilient as iPhone's franchise has weakened.

  • Amazon in Talks With Android OEMs for Deeper Smartphone Integration: Report

    One would think that in the aftermath of poor sales of its Fire Phone handsets, Amazon may have given up on its Android smartphone dreams. But that is not the case, it appears. On the contrary, Amazon is reportedly working on stirring up Google's mobile platform. The world's largest e-commerce retailer is in talks with Android device manufacturers to either convince them to part ways with Google or facilitate a deeper integration with Amazon services into their handsets.

  • A New Test Release For Android-x86 6.0

    Android-x86 4.4-r4 was just released a few days ago as the latest stable release while Android-x86 5.1 is still in a release candidate state. In early December was a test release of Android-x86 6.0 while out today is a new 6.0 release to succeed it.

  • BlackBerry launches Android-powered Priv smartphone at Rs 62,990
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