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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 an unlocked Android bargain (Review)

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If you’re in the market for a new Android phone or upgrade, this, my friends, is your time. In my six years of covering Android and the mobile space I’ve never seen such incredible phones on offer, at prices that, in many cases, simply seem too low to be true.

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Quad-core Snapdragon COM offers three dev kit options

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eInfochips announced Arrow distribution for its “Eragon600″ module and development kits, which run Android or Linux on a quad-core Snapdragon 600 SoC.

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Android Leftovers

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  • Is This BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition Really Running On Android?

    Despite BlackBerry indicating that it has no plans to build a device that runs on Android, some hoped for an about-face abrupt enough to see the popular operating system arrive on the Silver edition of the BlackBerry Passport. That didn't happen, but a YouTuber is claiming to have loaded the Android OS on the recently launched BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition.

  • Dreamify for Android creates trippy images from your photos using Google’s Deep Dream tech

    A couple of months ago, Google created a visualization tool to understand how neural networks operate. It also open sourced the code for the Deep Dream project, allowing users to run images and video through it to get some interesting results.

  • Android Lollipop adoption rates on the rise: 18.1 per cent of users now on latest software

    Almost a year after the release of Google’s latest Android software version, Android Lollipop has received a small bump in the number of consumer devices that have actually got it.

    A report from Google shows that the install base of devices running either Lollipop 5.0 or 5.1 has risen to 18.1%, a reasonable increase from the 12.4% share seen in reports this June.

  • New renders of the Android-powered BlackBerry Venice

    As before, we can make out a new curved display design that bears a striking resemblance to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung may been keen to sell its AMOLED technology to other parties, but it is also possible that LG could be providing the display. A similar looking LG prototype display was spotted behind closed doors earlier this year.

Apple’s Android apps move is likely a desperate attempt to sell more Apple Watches

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News broke last week that Apple, Inc. was advertising for an applications SW engineer to work on Android apps, but given Apple’s reluctance previously to provide apps for the rival Android platform, has Apple finally realized that it can’t really on users of the iPhone to cross-sell its other products, such as the Apple Watch?

According to the job listing, Apple is “looking for engineers to help [Apple] bring exciting new mobile products to the Android platform,” with, as 9to5Mac pointed out at the time, new being the only giveaway that Apple was planning to extend its range of Android apps from its current Move to iOS app and forthcoming release of Apple Music for Android.

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New Android games:

Classic Educational Puzzle Game Zoombinis Comes To Android After A Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Fallout Shelter Game: Android App Release Date August 13

Did you know: this was the first Android flip phone ever and it was awesome for its time

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But neither one of these two phones was the first Android flip phone. That honor goes to the Sharp Aquos 007SH, which was launched in mid-2011 in Japan, costing the equivalent of $490. And for this amount of money, one got way more than a satisfying slap when hanging up on people. The phone had a 3.4-inch LCD display with 480 by 854 pixels of resolution and, picture this, support for glass-free 3D. In addition, there was a 0.7-inch OLED display on the outer side of the flip. Telling the time and displaying notifications were its jobs. On the back of the Aquos 007SH resided a whopping 16MP camera (remember, this was in 2011) with a CCD sensor. One also got a digital TV tuner, GPS, water-resistance, and Android 2.3 out of the box. Not bad of a package, don't you think?

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New renders of Android flavored BlackBerry Venice slider surface

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Early last month, renders of the BlackBerry Venice were discovered. One image showed what the device would look like with the QWERTY slider closed, while the other showed the phone in both black and white with the QWERTY opened. Today, we get to view three new renders, including one that visualizes what BlackBerry Hub will look like on Android. Remember, the Venice could be the first 'Berry to use Google's open source OS to run the entire handset. Back in June, blogger Eldar Murtazin said that the device would be powered by Android and carry BlackBerry Services. One render of the handset showed Android icons on the home screen, including one for the Google Play Store.

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Android Leftovers

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  • NSA Approves LG G4 For Government Use

    LG released the LG G4 just over three months ago and since then, it has been praised as a great device. Improving over what the previous iteration did right and bringing a completely unique smartphone experience, with better specs and new features. LG spared no expense with the LG G4, as it not only includes high quality hardware, but also an extremely well-built software. This has just been noticed by governmental entities, like the National Security Agency (NSA), and the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), two entities that foremost seek out privacy and the overall protection of data. When looking at the smartphone, LG built the LG G4 with security in mind, which is why both the NSA and the NIAP, approved the handset to be used within government security and corporate environments. In order to meet the requirements to be endorsed by said entities, the smartphone in question must have enough security criteria to successfully go through the “Cryptographic Module Validation Program”.

  • LG G4 gets security thumbs-up from NSA

    LG on Thursday afternoon announced that its G4 Android smartphone has received a thumbs-up of approval from the National Security Agency’s (NSA) National Information Assurance Partnership. (NIAP). Forget the weird government acronyms: basically this just means that the G4 meets enough security criteria for “Cryptographic Modules” for use in government security and corporate environments, LG explained.

  • LG G4 Smartphone Receives U.S. Government Security Certification
  • LG, Google to launch new Nexus phone armed with Android Pay in October

    LG and Google will launch the new generation Nexus phone in October which will be the first model to have Android Pay mobile payment system.

  • Word play: Describing Android with two words

    Much like Grover had a bad, awful day, Android has had a bad, awful couple of weeks on the security front.

  • 5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

BlackBerry's new Passport Silver Edition spotted running Android

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The idea of BlackBerry dropping a smartphone that runs Android is one that piques the interest of many, and in the run-up to the all new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, it was believed that the Canadian firm might finally take the bait. It wasn't to be on this occasion, with the refined, shiny new handset packing the more predictable BB10 software, but a new clip has offered a tantalising peek at what might have been.

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