Tag Archive: versions

You can now sign up for beta versions of Gboard and Google Play Services

Get the latest Gboard and Google Play Services features before everyone else.

Google is now offering beta versions of Gboard and Google Play Services, allowing you to test out upcoming features before they’re available to all users. Doing so is relatively straightforward — you have to head to the signup page for Gboard and Google Play Services and hit the “Become a tester” button.

Doing so switches you to the beta channel, and you should see the  [Read More…]

Why do new phones ship with older versions of Android?

New phones shipping with outdated versions of Android isn’t too surprising. The reasons? Release cycles, and Benjamin Franklin.

This summer, you’ll see phones sold — expensive phones — that have older versions of Android. Brand new phones that cost hundreds of dollars and are the best models available. They will be on shelves beside other brand new phones that have “old” software on them, too. And not just models that have been available for a while, but  [Read More…]

Don’t fall for fake versions of Super Mario Run on Android

Before you go downloading a bunch of sketchy files, take a minute and think.

Super Mario Run is now available for iOS which has many iPhone users jumping for joy, but its absence on Android is leaving a lot of users out in the cold. With no official word on when Mario will be making his way to the Play Store, I know some of you are already looking for ways to obtain the game from  [Read More…]

Google might torpedo Qualcomm Quick Charge in future Android versions

New Android compatibility definitions warn manufacturers against using nonstandard USB charging methods.

Between Qualcomm Quick Charge, MediaTek Pump Express, Oppo VOOC, OnePlus Dash Charge, Huawei SuperCharge, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging and Motorola Turbo Charge, fast charging methods on Android phones are kind of a mess. Some of them overlap, but not all are interoperable, and when you consider that some require not only a custom charger but a specific cable, it’s a confusing situation for consumers.

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Huawei Mate 9 leaks out in standard and curved display versions

Once an obscure smartphone manufacturer from China, Huawei has grown to become a globally recognizable brand and a serious challenge to titans of the industry like Samsung and Apple. Advancing with the speed of light into the new markets worldwide, Huawei is now the world’s number three smartphone brand. The company is always working on

Sony rolling out Marshmallow to select versions of the Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact

It looks like Sony is rolling out its Marshmallow update to select versions of the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and Xperia Z3 Compact. Specifically, it appears that the update is arriving for the D6503 version of the Z2, the D6603 Z3, and the D5803 Z3 Compact.

As noted by Xperia Blog, in addition to general Marshmallow improvements like Doze, this update brings a new Camera interface to these Xperia phones. It also adds the February Android  [Read More…]

New startup Nextbit cancels certain versions of the Nexbit Robin

Nextbit’s phone, called Robin, was hailed as a unique hybrid cloud phone launched on Indiegogo and Kickstarter that promised users automatic cloud backup if they were running low on local

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Inside the different Android Versions

The basic building blocks of Android come in many flavors, with each major release receiving a tasty nickname. This is your guide to the different Android versions over the years.

If you’ve heard of Android, chances are you’ve heard all about its various versions. Some call it fragmentation, some say it’s the nature of open-source, but in reality it’s both a curse and a blessing. Regardless, it’s good to have a little context about what all  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S7: Why three versions of Samsung’s next flagship could make sense

Exploring the logic behind a Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge and S7 edge+

As we count down to Mobile World Congress, the biggest smartphone show of the year, the pace of leaks surrounding the next wave of Android phones is quickening. The show’s biggest announcement is likely to be a new flagship phone from Samsung — a successor to the almost year-old Galaxy S6. Last year the GS6 came in two flavors, a  [Read More…]

YouTube expands its global reach with new local versions in seven more countries

YouTube can be accessed nearly everyone on the planet, but the number of countries with localized versions of the video service continues to increase as well. Google announced seven more countries and territories (The Adriatics, the Baltics, Bulgaria, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Belarus) that can now access local versions of the service.

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