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  • Getting To Know Android: Lollipop Edition

    Android 5.0 Lollipop (known previously as just Loser was the biggest change to Android since Ice Cream Sandwich. Frankly, I’d rank it as the biggest change to Android ever, for a variety of reasons.

  • OnePlus releases its own version of Android as a replacement for Cyanogen

    Last year, Chinese phone maker OnePlus tried to take on Samsung and HTC with a flagship-style phone at half the price. That device, the OnePlus One, ran a customized version of Android developed by Cyanogen, but now the company is ready to unveil its own software. After a couple of delays, OxygenOS is now available for OnePlus One owners to download and flash onto their smartphones.

  • OnePlus releases OxygenOS, its custom take on Android

    After a pretty sizable delay, OnePlus has at last released OxygenOS, its in-house version of Android 5.0 Lollipop. As promised back near the start of the year, this Cyanogen replacement is all about a "back to basics" approach that keeps things stock unless the startup thinks a new feature would be genuinely useful. Right now, that's largely limited to features you already had on your One: you can draw Oppo-style gestures to trigger functions when the screen is off, switch between hardware and software navigation keys and customize your quick-access settings. OxygenOS isn't for the faint of heart at this stage, since you'll have to be comfortable with installing ROMs (and likely put up with early bugs), but it's worth a shot if you want to catch a glimpse of OnePlus' software future.

  • OnePlus’s Android Lollipop-based ROM, OxygenOS, is available to download now

    The China-based mobile phone manufacturer has been teasing OxygenOS since last year, after the company encountered issues when launching its One phone in India. It learned that Cyanogen, the organization behind CyanogenMod, had granted exclusivity to another manufacturer in the country, which ultimately expedited OnePlus’s development of OxygenOS.

  • Top Android news of the week: Samsung not working on update, unified mailbox, Asus on fire

    Asus has raised its sales expectations for smartphones to 30 million for this year. The company is on the rise in this category, given it only shipped 10,000 units in early 2014.

  • ASUS raises sales expectations to 30 million smartphones in 2015

    ASUS has been ramping up its mobile strategy in the past few months, announcing cost effective products in both the smartphone and wearables markets. As the new Zenfone 2 range makes its way out around the world, ASUS has just updated its sales expectations to 30 million units for 2015.

  • Android 5.1 L Update Release Date for Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 4, Note Edge

    The Android 5.0 update (also known as Android L or Lollipop) has been very slow to roll out on Samsung flagship phones. Ever since it was announced in June of last year and officially launched in November of that year, its trickling down has been very slow, especially for those who are users of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the S4, the Note 4, the Note 3, and the Note Edge. There have been reports that Android 5.1 might be just as delayed as Android 5.0.

  • Amazon Prime Instant Video Now Supports Android Tablets

    Amazon doesn't seem to particularly want Android users to enjoy its video streaming service. First it took its sweet time expanding the offering out from Fire and iOS devices. Then when it did finally bring the app to Android, it required installing the standard Amazon app, which then prompted you to install a dedicated Prime Instant Video app from the Amazon Appstore (Google Play, what's that?). After that, it only ran on phones. Tablets, for the most part, were inexplicably left out.

  • Mailbox for Android version 2.0.1 update brings a Material Design refresh

    If you’re a fan of the “inbox zero” mentality when it comes to managing email, odds are you’ve tried Mailbox for Android. The app, which was an iOS exclusive for some time, makes it easier than ever to delete, snooze and archive emails with just a few swipes. When the application launched on Android, there were few differences between the iOS and Android versions, at least aesthetically speaking. But today that changes, as Mailbox is receiving quite the update to version 2.0.1 which brings a Material Design refresh to the app.

  • Why Android could kill Google's struggling standalone Chrome apps

    But that positive news carries a darker undertone. Google’s “Chrome app” platform was already underperforming, and now developers have even less incentive to write Chrome apps when they can reuse their existing Android apps.

  • Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 tablet get Android 5.0 Lollipop update

    The Sony Xperia line will finally get the much awaited Android Lollipop 5.0 OS update after the company formally announced the rollout through Twitter.

  • Android 5.1 certified for Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact?

    Sony might have taken a lot of heat for being so late to update its current flagship phone. But the manufacturer apparently isn't taking any chances when it comes to Android 5.1. New firmware has been certified for both the Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. The new firmware version is 23.2.A.0.278.

  • Sony Xperia Z Android 5.0 Lollipop update: Teaser image hints at imminent release

    Sony has shared a teaser on its Sony Xperia Google+ page showing the Xperia Z with Android 5.0 Lollipop's lock-screen notification feature and the tag "Coming Soon", indicating that the Japanese company could release the new update to the first generation Xperia smartphone, ahead of the newer Z1 and Z Ultra models.

Here’s how to unlock four secret Easter eggs in Android

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Happy Easter!

From wild pranks on April Fools Day to hidden tricks in its search engine, the Google team loves creating surprises for users. Here’s how to find Google’s Easter eggs, for the four latest versions of its Android operating system.

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ODROID C1 review

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The ODROID C1 is a true alternative to the Raspberry Pi 2. It costs the same but brings Gigabit Ethernet, the option of using a high-speed eMMC storage module, and support for Android!

The Single Board Computer (SBC) movement is still going strong and with the recent release of the Raspberry Pi 2, it doesn’t seem as if it will lose any of its current momentum. The key selling point of the Raspberry Pi has always been its price. While there are lots of other companies that make these nimble little boards, there aren’t that many who seem to be able to match the Pi’s price point. Of course, some of the boards are only slightly more expensive than the Pi and do offer more functionality. For example, the MIPS Creator CI20 costs just $65 and includes built-in Wi-Fi and 8GB of on-board storage, two things missing from the Pi.

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Android IVI system serves up to 56 bus passengers

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The Via BLISS (Bus Line In-Seat System) Platform provides an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) VOD network of the type typically found only on airlines, says Via Technologies. The Android-based system has been deployed by long-distance bus operators in Taiwan and Turkey, and is now open for general availability.

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Watch this Speed Test: iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

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How fast is the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge? We already know the phone is tough and ready for rough use according to a recent drop test video we've seen but is the phone speedy enough? The South Korean tech giant boasts that the Samsung Exynos 7 Octacore processor makes the Galaxy S6 edge very fast. This is the first time Samsung has ditched the Qualcomm Snapdragon for its very own Exynos processor. It seems to be a good decision now that there's a demo video proof that the Samsung Exynos 7 is faster than the A8 processor used on the iPhone 6.

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