Tag Archive: Open


HP Chromebook x360 14 announced, costs $599 and pre-orders open today

Another high-end Chromebook enters the ring.

Thanks to products like the Pixelbook and HP’s Chromebook x2, this past year has been an awesome one for high-end Chrome OS machines. Just ahead of Google’s event where we’ll likely learn all about the Pixelbook 2, HP’s announced its Chromebook x360 14.

Unlike the education-focused Chromebook x360 11, the x360 14 is being marketed as a premium device with fast internals, a pretty design, and slim bezels. As the name  [Read More…]

Do you keep apps open in the background or close them?

Time to answer the tough questions.

No matter who you are, there’s a good chance that you use a lot of apps throughout the day. Between checking Twitter, sending off emails, and watching YouTube videos for far too long, it can be easy to go through a lot of apps in not much time at all.

Once you start opening apps, however, you’re faced with a decision to make. Do you keep them in your multitasking menu  [Read More…]

How to install Android Pie-based OxygenOS Open Beta on the OnePlus 6

Be the first to try out all the new features coming to OxygenOS.

OnePlus mentioned at the start of the year that it would do a better job rolling out updates, and that’s exactly what it’s doing. The company has kicked off the Android Pie-based OxygenOS open beta for the OnePlus 6, so if you’re interested in taking a look at all the new features coming to OxygenOS, here’s how you can get on the beta channel.

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Essential should open source its accessories platform

Essential hit the ground with a nice buzz last year with the launch of the PH-1 Android phone. Fans, including this guy, loved the idea of super solid hardware running very stock Android. For the most part, Essential accomplished this but had glaring issues with the camera being rather crappy. It also had pricing completely wrong. The company failed to identify its competition being Moto and OnePlus. Instead, it priced the phone at $ 700 in a flooded premium market  [Read More…]

Exclusive: Epic’s first Fortnite installer had a wide open door for hackers

The exact problem we expected to happen, happened.

Google has just publicly disclosed that it discovered an extremely serious vulnerability in Epic’s first Fortnite installer for Android that allowed any app on your phone to download and install anything in the background, including apps with full permissions granted, without the user’s knowledge. Google’s security team first disclosed the vulnerability privately to Epic Games on August 15, and has since released the information publicly following confirmation from Epic  [Read More…]

Not everyone wants Android to be ‘open’

The way Google keeps walking the line between open and closed keeps biting it in the ass.

There’s a really cool Google I/O moment from a few years back that sticks out in my mind. It was shortly after I published a book on using Android tablets, which it caught the attention of Vic Gundotra. He pulled me aside and thanked me for helping people who weren’t super techy learn, and learn to love, Android. That was  [Read More…]

Sbode Portable Bluetooth Speaker review: Open up a can of music anywhere

This not-quite-pocket-sized speaker packs quite a lot into its rotund, rubberized housing.

Bluetooth speakers are just about everywhere these days — and good thing, too, seeing as headphone jacks and aux cables seem to be fading away with each new generation of flagships — but outside of the traditional almost always-overpriced name brands, it can be hard for good speakers to stand out from the pack. This is especially true for Bluetooth speakers that are portable and  [Read More…]

Open your home’s door with your smartphone and the $200 August Smart Lock Pro bundle

Don’t miss out on this all-time low price.

This August Smart Lock Pro bundle is down to $ 199.99 on Amazon for a limited time. The Smart Lock Pro sells for $ 230 by itself, and this bundle also includes the August Connect, which is $ 63 separately. This set has never dropped this low before until today.

The bundle includes a few other things like a DoorSense sensor, adapters and mounting hardware, as well.

The 3rd-gen  [Read More…]

Verizon announces open warranty enrollment and new TravelPass countries for the summer

Verizon announces open enrollment for the Total Mobile Protection for this last week in May, while also expanding its TravelPass program to 16 Caribbean countries.

The post Verizon announces open warranty enrollment and new TravelPass countries for the summer appeared first on AndroidGuys.

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…]