Android Oreo Go is an operating system for really cheap phones

December 6, 2017

Image: google Google wants to make sure everyone can access Android, even those who can’t afford fancy telephones. The company announced today that Android Oreo( Go Edition) will be propelling alongside Android 8.1. The new operating system is optimized for entry-level smartphones — small-scale, often prepaid phones like the Samsung Galaxy J3, the Motorola MOTO G, or Apple’s iPhone SE, which can sell for less than $400. SEE ALSO: Google’s…

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How to Customize Your Android Phone Exactly How You Like It

December 6, 2017

You can live a perfectly delightful mobile existence using an Android phone without tweaking a single setting. But where's the fun in that? Especially when a handful of downloads and a few minutes of tinkering can turn, say, your Galaxy S8 from a TouchWiz minefield into a digital zen garden. This has always been true. And if you're an Android power user, if you've installed a custom ROM (or even…

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The OnePlus 5T is getting a software update that could fix its biggest flaw

December 3, 2017

The OnePlus 5T is easily the best cost Android phone money can buy. Virtually everything about the phone is on level: beautiful payment pattern, big edge-to-edge screen, long battery life, headphone jack, and great rate. But the cameras leave something to be desired. I received the cameras to be average at best, and that’s time not acceptable. Fortunately, OnePlus has sounded the complaints of its customers and is succeeding instantly…

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A cheap phone that takes killer photos is better than a premium phone with lousy cameras

November 29, 2017

Image: vicky leta/ mashable Never has there been a phone that has preserved me up at night as much as the recently released OnePlus 5T. As I wrote in my recall, it’s a mighty fine Android phone. Improvement: It’s < em> principally mighty penalty, except for the cameras. They’re pretty weak and take average-looking photos. Though, an upcoming software update might improve things. The 5T’s passable camera got me supposing…

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The OnePlus 5T was so close to being the perfect Android phone

November 25, 2017

$1,000 is a lot of money to spend on a smartphone. That’s as much as a good laptop. It’s rent money. It’s more than what some people have in their savings account.  For Chinese phone startup OnePlus, this is precisely the perfect moment for its new flagship Android phone, the OnePlus 5T, to shine. The phone starts at $499 — half as much as the iPhone X — but still…

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How OnePlus was able to fast-track the OnePlus 5T in only five months

November 21, 2017

The OnePlus 5T might be best available payment Android value of its first year . Image: raymond wong/ mashable “When we launched the OnePlus 5, there was no plan to liberate the OnePlus 5T, ” Kyle Kiang, OnePlus’ head of global marketing, was just telling me a week before the brand-new phone’s splashy launch occurrence in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s a singular admission, but it fits perfectly with the Chinese startup’s…

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Razer’s first phone is for gamers who want the fastest screen and loud sound

November 2, 2017

Razer’s conquered PC accessories and even sells some of the sleekest and better gaming laptops ever created. And now it’s finally ready to take on the smartphone world-wide with the Razer Phone, a flagship Android phone designed specifically to be a mobile gaming and amusement powerhouse. SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone X evaluation: A fearless step into the future Though Razer is often to be considered as a startup because of…

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Puerto Rico is recovering cell service… with balloons

November 1, 2017

Image: Jeff Chiu/AP/REX/Shutterstock If you have a Chromebook, you may no longer have an excuse to ignore your friends’ texts. Android 8.1 (which is still in developer preview) includes a new “SMS Connect” feature that could allow you to send and receive text messages on your computer.  The feature is currently being shown as an APK file in the developer preview. You might be able to launch and set up…

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Google Pixel 2 event: How to watch the livestream

October 22, 2017

Google’s big hardware event is only a few hours away, and the company is expected to announce a bunch of new gadgets including a new Pixel phone, Pixelbook laptop, and Google Home smart speaker. The show takes place in San Francisco is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. PT (12pm ET). The event itself is mostly restricted to members of the media. But if you’re itching to follow along with…

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Peering Inside Google’s $19 Billion Black Box

October 15, 2017

There's a $19 billion black box inside Google. That's the yearly amount Google pays to companies that help generate its advertising sales, from the websites lined with Google-served ads to Apple and others that plant Google's search box or apps in prominent spots.  Investors are obsessed with this money, called traffic acquisition costs, and they're particularly worried about the growing slice of those payments going to Apple and Google's Android…

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