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Google is adding DRM to all Android apps, but it’s for the right reasons

Metadata will be added to application files when they are digitally signed and built. That’s a lot of letters to say DRM.

Earlier this week, Google quietly rolled out a feature that adds a string of metadata to all APK files (that’s the file type for Android apps) when they are signed by the developer. You can’t install an application that hasn’t been signed during its final build, so that means that all apps built using the  [Read More…]

Alcatel 1X review: It’s Android Go time

You can have everything Android has to offer for just $ 100.

Smartphones are expensive. They have always been expensive, but as they approach the $ 1,000 mark it becomes more obvious. In the long-term, maybe $ 1,000 isn’t too much to pay for a year or more of the convenience and helpfulness that a smartphone has to offer, but not everyone has that kind of money to spend. The good news is that several companies are  [Read More…]

BlackBerry KEY2 and 6GB of RAM: Why it’s a big deal

More RAM means BlackBerry’s Apps have room to breathe, and they appreciate it!

The BlackBerry KEY2 might look a lot like the KEYone on the outside, but under the glass, you’ll find a whole new set of components. One thing that’s new is already a welcome change — more memory. In this case, a lot more as the KEY2 ships with 6GB of RAM.

That’s not uncommon in 2018. Samsung’s Galaxy line comes with extra RAM, we  [Read More…]

Sony says it’s stopping development of its Xperia Home launcher

Only bug fixes will be added from here on out.

Most Android OEMs outfit their phones with their own skin on top of Android, and with that, a custom launcher. Sony’s phones have long come with the Xperia Home launcher, and following the latest update that landed on June 11, development for it will be ending.

As noted by moderator Erika Prymus for the Xperia Home Open Beta on Google+:

A business decision has been taken that  [Read More…]

Instagram says it’s fixed a bug that was causing the Android app to crash

If it’s still not working, try uninstalling and reinstalling the app.

Instagram is the world’s most popular app for sharing photos and videos of your life, but since yesterday, June 4, there’s been a bug that’s caused the Android app to repeatedly crash. The issue was affecting Android phones of all kinds, but thankfully, the issue’s been fixed.

According to a Tweet that Instagram shared this morning:

Yesterday, there was an issue causing the  [Read More…]

Moto E5 Plus is now available at Sprint, but it’s pretty high-priced

Moto E5 Plus goes on sale in the US with a pretty big price tag attached to it. Customers can get it exclusively from Sprint.

The post Moto E5 Plus is now available at Sprint, but it’s pretty high-priced appeared first on AndroidGuys.

If you don’t have a stand for your phone yet, it’s time to buy Anker’s adjustable model for $8

Find the right angle!

We’ve had a few great deals recently on phone and tablet stands, and honestly, if you don’t already have one, it’s time to buy one. Right now you can pick up Anker’s silver portable multi-angle stand for just $ 7.99 at Amazon when you use coupon code ANKERSTS during checkout. If you want the black version, you’ll need to use coupon code ANKERSTB.

The stand comes with built-in non-slip rubber pads so it  [Read More…]

Android Things has a chance because it’s not very open

Android Things could never work if every company did it their own way.

Google makes a handful of mostly well-received hardware products, but is much better known as a software company. There’s plenty of room to argue that they are really an advertising company, and I couldn’t disagree, but the things it does that we love are mostly software products.

Around here, we think Android is one of Google’s greatest achievements and there are plenty of other  [Read More…]

OnePlus 6 review: It’s settled

The OnePlus 6 delivers in every way.

With OnePlus releasing a new phone every six months, it’s safe to say that the OnePlus 6T, likely coming in November, will offer a few select upgrades to the company’s tried-and-true formula — along with a modest price bump.

But if you’re in the market for a phone right now, and don’t want to spend more than you need to on a well-rounded Android experience — heck, smartphone experience  [Read More…]

It’s DND, not D&D [#acpodcast]

Daniel Bader, Alex Dobie, and Jerry Hildenbrand talk about the perceived smoke and mirrors behind the demonstration of Google Duplex last week, and the real world implications of the technology. They also take another look at Android P beta, especially the new gestures it supports.

From there, it’s a deep dive into OnePlus 6. With flawlessly smooth performance, it offers 90% of the quality of its competitors for 75% of the price.

Finally, President Trump is working to  [Read More…]