Alcatel has been synonymous with cheap and somewhat cheerful Android phones for years now, but its latest play could be surprisingly interesting: not only does the handset sound good, but even the box it comes in could be useful.
Andy Rubin is best known as the creator of Android. But in 2014, he left that all behind to create his own startup called Playground, a company focused on financially backing futuristic ideas that will shape our world—hopefully for the better.
The Huawei Honor 5X is perfectly fine, but its mostly metal design makes this $200 chunk of phone passable as something much nicer than it really is. Once you get beyond the hardware illusion, you’re left with a major software identity crisis. On the Honor 5X, that crisis is called Emotion UI (EMUI), Huawei’s own…
During Alphabet’s earnings call last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spent several minutes talking about virtual reality, saying that Google Cardboard, the company’s low-cost approach to VR, was “only the first step” towards much broader goals in the space. Now, a report from the Financial Times claims that Google’s…
Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphones have been the most popular Android phones for years. They’re fairly easy to use, have a bright Super AMOLED display, and recently ship with a pretty decent camera. This year’s Galaxy S7 won’t stray far from that familiar strategy.
Now that you’ve gotten over the excitement of WhatsApp scrapping its $1 annual fee, you’re probably wondering how you can start making the most of the Facebook-owned messaging app. One trick for Android users you might not have come across is using widgets to jump straight to your favorite conversations. Here’s how.
I’m not one to talk to my phone. I don’t use voice messaging, or ask Google Now “is the voice of Gollum also the voice of Supreme Leader Snoke?” (It is, btw.) Hell, I barely even use the phone as a phone. But the one thing I do ask every single day is “What is the weather like?” As of today, Google Now has a better…
A bug that’s been present in Linux for almost three years can be used by hackers to gain almost total control over a device, say security researchers. It could affect tens of millions of PCs and servers, as well as 66 percent of all Android phones and tablets.
Heading to the Play Store is such a pain in the ass sometimes. That might be why Google is experimenting with a new feature that lets you install apps directly from a quick Google search instead.
Mobile payments, like Apple Pay and Android Pay, is a nascent technology saddled with the ambitious goal of unseating the simple, plastic-y way of paying for things. It hasn’t been going so well. Now, Android Pay is using another tactic to change your mind—giving away free stuff.
Whether you want to get back into that game you loved in 2012 or you want to curiously tally how much you’ve spent on apps from Google or Apple the last few years, there are a couple of ways of listing all the apps you’ve installed through your account—even if they’re no one your phone or tablet.
Sony’s smartphone relationship with the US is a tumultuous one, but it looks like the company is going to give the states another shot after all. Last year’s Sony Z5 will finally be arriving at a steep $600, but the more exciting of the two is the $500 Z5 Compact, a small 4.6-inch smartphone with the guts of a…
CEO Sundar Pichai took to Twitter this week to announce that Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference, will be taking place in Mountain View on May 18-20. The only thing we know for certain is that we’ll get our first look at Android N, the mobile operating system’s next big update.
Android app developers don’t always play by the rules when it comes to icon size, which can leave the home screen looking like a bit of mess. But now Google is forcing icons to assume a unified size, pleasing design pedants everywhere.
Google Maps might know the local traffic better than me, but for short trips around town, I can’t be bothered to turn it on. But thanks to the latest update to Maps on Android, I don’t have to.
Got an ageing computer taking up space in a closet? Well, from mid-January you’ll be able to give it a new lease of life with Remix OS for PC, which will let you run a version of Android right there on a computer, gratis.