Category: Android News


Sony Xperia XZ1 coming to Canada through Bell and Freedom Mobile

Fingerprint sensor in tow, the Xperia XZ1 is coming to Canada.

It’s Sony’s best phone ever, and even without a fingerprint sensor earned a recommendation from our own Andrew Martonik — despite its $ 699 price.

Now we’re hearing that Sony’s 5.2-inch flagship is coming to Canada on October 26 through carriers Bell and Freedom Mobile. Pricing and availability will be shared at a later date, but given its near-$ 700 U.S. price tag it’s safe to  [Read More…]

Best leak yet of Pixel 2 XL’s front shows front-facing speakers, new launcher layout

Well this is a nice development.

Up until this point, we’ve been speculating about what the upcoming Google Pixel 2 XL‘s front looked like based on bits of information. Now, we have what looks like a solid leak showing off the entire front of the phone, courtesy of @evleaks.

…and without a case pic.twitter.com/4QrvyM9Hro

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 2, 2017

There are two intriguing aspects of this leak. First is the serious similarity in design  [Read More…]

Xiaomi wants to be the brand that sells everything

Xiaomi is setting itself up as more than just a phone brand.

2017 has been an incredibly rewarding year for Xiaomi: the brand now leads the online space in India and is the second-largest vendor overall, and is making advances into other Asian markets like Indonesia.

The uptick in fortunes is attributable to a strong phone portfolio: Xiaomi has three great value-for-money phones in the Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, and the Redmi 4A, and the brand  [Read More…]

Google-certified accessories could launch alongside Pixel 2

The program is called ‘Made for Google,’ and it’ll likely be announced alongside the Pixel 2 this Wednesday.

It’s hard to believe that we’re just two days away from Google’s big Pixel event this Wednesday, and while the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will undoubtedly be the stars of the show, a new report suggests that we may see some new Google-certified accessories released alongside the new hardware.

According to a couple of sources that are familiar with  [Read More…]

Facebook Messenger Lite is heading to the U.S., UK, Canada, and Ireland

Weighing in at just 10MB, Messenger Lite offers the fore Messenger experience without all of the unnecessary bloat.

Over the past couple of years, “lite” versions of applications have become fairly popular in emerging markets with slower data connections. Facebook took charge of this initiative in October with the release of Messenger Lite, and the app is now expanding to the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland.

Messenger Lite initially debuted in  [Read More…]

Android distribution numbers show Nougat climb, Oreo make an appearance

The latest distribution numbers for Android are out, and Oreo makes its first appearance.

The monthly Android Distribution list is always fun to look at. It’s an important list for developers who need to know which software version they should target and which features it makes sense to include in their application. It’s also fun for us nerds to just appreciate how big and diverse Android really is.

The latest numbers are out, and Android 8.0 Oreo  [Read More…]

Ajit Pai has been confirmed for another term at the FCC

Ajit Pai has been confirmed for another term in the FCC and will continue serving as chairman.

Current FCC Chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai has been confirmed by the US Senate to serve another term in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ArsTechnica reports.

In his eight months as FCC Chairman, Pai has most notably tried to reverse the February 2015 reclassification of internet service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.  [Read More…]

Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Legitify, Skimmer Scanner

mweravelliteEvery week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven’t appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. Camera tuner for Moto X (4)

 

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WhatsApp is unveiling its own emoji, but they look a lot like the iPhone’s

WhatsApp has unveiled its own emoji, starting with the Android app.

Love them or hate them, emoji are a great way to convey meaning with text messages. With plain text, it can be difficult to gauge someone’s emotions. Emoji can be used to better understand the messages intent, or at least make the message prettier. Because of their expressive nature, emoji are often updated to reflect different moods.

Emojipedia reports that WhatsApp has begun using  [Read More…]

Google unveils Android Wear beta program, but it only supports one model

Oreo is coming to Android Wear — eventually.

Google has announced a very limited beta program for Android Wear, allowing its flagship smartwatch, the LG Watch Sport, to test out some upcoming features based on Android 8.0 Oreo.

Today, we are launching the beta of the next Android Wear update. As we mentioned at Google I/O, this will mainly be a technical upgrade to API 26 with enhancements to background limits and notification channels.

The update is  [Read More…]