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Android N is Nougat!!!

After what has seemed like the longest wait since the last time we had to wait for an Android nickname, we now know what Android N will be called.

Nougat.

Google announced the latest nickname — its 12th — live from its campus in Mountain View, Calif., sharing the tasty treat on Snapchat, but not before a lengthy tease. Through the Android statue garden, into some “top-secret Android N labs.” And finally, we got it.

Introducing #AndroidNougat. Thank  [Read More…]

Android Nougat is official name for latest release

And like that, the guessing game is over. Google and the Android team today revealed that the official name for the “N” release of Android will be known as “Nougat”. A series of videos posted on the Google channel of Snapchat teased and counted down the announcement today. Google, a few weeks back, invited fans and followers

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 preview: Specs, software, release info and more!

Once again, it’s almost Galaxy Note time — and 2016’s big-screen Samsung phone looks like being the best in years.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note series has always been a fan favorite. It’s said among followers of the series that the only thing which can replace a Note is another Note. And so after a strong showing earlier in the year with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, all eyes are on the Galaxy Note 7, due for  [Read More…]

Verizon to introduce ‘Carryover Data’, reports suggest

Verizon will soon roll out some changes to its data offerings which could put in on par with what rivals AT&T and T-Mobile are already doing. According to details found on Reddit and sussed out by The Consumerist and CNET, Verizon has a couple of things lined up for an announcement that could come as

Two-factor authentication: What you need to know

You should use two-factor authentication on every account that offers it. Here’s an explainer of what it is, and why you want it.

You see a lot of talk on the internet about two-factor authentication (or 2FA as it’s commonly called) but most times its just people like us telling you to use it. And we’ll continue that trend and start this bit of prose by telling you to use 2FA whenever and wherever you can.  [Read More…]

Samsung deserves praise (and a little criticism) for the U.S. unlocked Galaxy S7 launch

Finally, the Galaxy S7 you want is available in the U.S.

Rather than dealing with the sub-optimal experience of buying from a carrier directly — living with a deplorable amount of bloatware, slow software updates and all sorts of “gotcha” moments — you can now just go to one of several retailers and buy an honest-to-goodness unlocked Galaxy S7 or S7 edge. It’s exactly what we’ve been asking for year after year — just sell us  [Read More…]

AndroidGuys deal of the day: Get a Virtual Reality headset for just $19

There’s a high chance that you’ve heard of virtual reality. Oculus, HTC, Samsung and Google are leading the charge on the next big tech innovation, and you can experiment with full VR on your own. You don’t need to drop $ 1000 to experience what all the hype is about too. Today’s AndroidGuys deal of the

Samsung gives the U.S. the perfect Galaxy S7 — unlocked!

It’s the best Android phone you can buy, no longer shackled to the U.S. carrier system and weighed down by bloatware.

Samsung, seemingly answering the prayers of many a smartphone nerd, today announced that it is selling the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in the United States unlocked. That is, they’ll work on any carrier you want, come without a carrier’s preinstalled bloatware, presumably get updates faster — and generally just be more badass.

The unlocked Galaxy S7 costs  [Read More…]

Quick comparison: 2016’s mid-range Android challengers

It’s a great time to buy a mid-range phone.

With the unveiling of the Honor 5C and Wileyfox Spark in Europe this past week, and the imminent arrival of the Sony Xperia XA and ASUS Zenfone 3 internationally, the mid-range market continues to be one of the most competitive spaces for Android phones. With many such handsets launching this summer, we’ve rounded up the top six to see how they compare on paper.

You’ll find out spec showdown down  [Read More…]

Xiaomi unveils international version of MIUI 8

Back in May, we got a look at some of the aspects of MIUI 8, Xiaomi’s new version of its popular Android skin. This was however only the Chinese version, and today we’ve been treated at a look of what the international market is going to be getting. The main and most prominent changes are