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Google building its own Android Wear smartwatches with LG

Google is planning to launch its own smartwatches to coincide with the release of Android Wear 2.0. The company has partnered with LG to manufacture the devices, according to a report this week. They'll be launched in early February.

Google shares how it finds malicious Android apps

Google has detailed one of its most useful methods for catching malicious apps threatening Android phones. It is able to work out when an app has left a device unusable by checking to see if it has been used in a recent period of time.

Asus ZenFone AR is the first phone with Google Tango and Daydream

Asus has announced a new premium smartphone that includes both Google's Tango and Daydream technologies. It makes it the first mobile device to offer built-in virtual reality and augmented reality capabilities.

Samsung launches trio of new camera-centric Galaxy phones

Samsung has unveiled three new smartphones in its Galaxy A-series. The devices have a variety of camera features designed to make it easier to take high-quality photos, including a 16-megapixel sensor on the top models. The other specs vary.

Android Things wants to make the Internet of Things actually work

Google has unveiled a new operating system aimed specifically at the Internet of Things (IoT). The aptly named "Android Things" is designed to make it easier for connected devices to seamlessly integrate with each other. It also cleans up IoT security.

Google makes Android Wear 2.0 work more like 1.0

Google has announced a new developer preview of Android Wear 2.0, the upcoming release of the company's wearable operating system. The latest update reverses changes to some of the platform's behaviour, making it more like the version it's replacing.

Android app update file sizes slashed by up to 90 percent

Google has announced a new approach to Android app updates that reduces the file size of the update package by up to 90 percent. The company has already observed data savings equivalent to six petabytes a day from an early deployment of the new technique.

Gooligan malware breaches over one million Google accounts

A new strain of malware called Gooligan has successfully breached over one million Google accounts, according to security researchers today. The "alarming" campaign uses malicious apps designed as real ones to gain control of accounts.

Microsoft's Cortana now comes preinstalled on more Android phones

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant is now preinstalled on some new phones from Xiaomi, expanding its availability on new Android handsets. Cortana is available as an app for all phones. The partnership with Xiaomi will help increase user adoption.

OnePlus launches a new version of its six-month-old flagship

OnePlus has announced the replacement for its popular OnePlus 3 flagship just six months after launching the phone. The OnePlus 3T comes with more powerful internals, a larger battery and a higher price tag, using the same design as the outgoing version.

Budget Android phones caught sending texts back to China

Security contractors have discovered that some popular budget smartphones contain a backdoor that sends data to China. The weakness was added deliberately but it is not known why the data is being sent. The back door is present on U.S. handsets.

Google to EU: The iPhone's existence means Android's competitive

Google has filed a response to the EU's antitrust charges against its Android mobile operating system. The EU has alleged the company abuses its monopoly by bundling its own apps and services with Android, claims Google has consistently denied.

Huawei's Mate 9 phablet fills the gap left by Samsung's Note 7

Huawei has launched its new flagship phablet, the Mate 9. The device will fill the market gap left by Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, offering a 5.9-inch screen, high performance internals and a large 4,000mAh battery. Samsung's Note 7 is now fully recalled.

Barnes & Noble is building a new Nook tablet powered by Android

E-reader manufacturer Barnes & Noble is building a new Android-powered tablet under its abandoned Nook brand, according to a regulatory filing recently discovered. It is thought the budget device is intended to directly rival Amazon's $50 Fire tablet.

Apple has designed 'detailed mockups' of iMessage for Android

Apple has experimented with potential designs for an Android version of iMessage, according to reports this week. The company has drafted several different layouts, including ones styled after Google's apps, although the result may never launch.

Xiaomi's new phone is possibly the most striking ever built

Xiaomi has announced a new smartphone with an almost bezel-less display. The Mi MIX was unveiled in China this week and sports a screen that covers over 90 percent of its surface. The giant phablet also offers high-end performance.

'Rowhammer' memory flaw puts millions of smartphones at risk

Security researchers have demonstrated a new kind of mobile attack that gives hackers complete control of a large number of Android phones. It's significant because it exploits a hardware flaw and does not require any special app permissions to run.

Microsoft warns iOS isn't as secure as you think

Microsoft has warned customers that iOS is no more secure than Android, contradicting commonly held beliefs about the relative security of the two platforms. The company said that recent attacks targeting iOS prove it's as vulnerable as Android.

Cyanogen gives up on stealing Android from Google, ends OS work

Cyanogen has announced it is ceasing development of its Android-based operating system. It had previously hoped to create an Android distribution widespread enough to rival Google's stock image. In practice, the plan was never achieved though.

Google Noto is a font with every language in human history

Google has announced the most ambitious font creation project ever undertaken. In collaboration with foundry Monotype, the company has created a font family that includes every character and language in history, a single unified font for all.

Applause's giant analysis finds the best UK retail app Special

The digital experience testing company Applause discloses the results of over 3.5 million reviews of the 50 most downloaded Android and iOS retail apps in the last six months.

Google's Daydream View VR headset puts comfort first

Google has been talking about its upcoming Daydream VR platform for several months. Today, it unveiled the final component in the system, its Daydream View headset. It is designed to "simplify the complexity" behind virtual reality, making it comfortable.

Google's new Pixel smartphones are first to be 'Made by Google'

Google has officially announced the Pixel and Pixel XL, two new smartphones that have been almost entirely engineered in-house. The devices, extensively rumoured and leaked over the past few weeks, are designed to directly rival Apple's iPhone.

Google says faster Android Wear 2.0 won't arrive until 2017

Google has announced it's postponing the launch of its upcoming Android Wear 2.0 update until 2017. The release includes improved performance, a revised user interface and expanded support for cellular connections but has been delayed for testing.

Google's building a new operating system called 'Andromeda'

Google is building a new operating system called "Andromeda" that will see Android and Chrome OS merged together. According to a new report, the company is planning a laptop and tablet to run the new OS, potentially designed as a next-generation platform.

You can now run multi-window Android in a window on your PC

It's now possible to run Remix OS, the popular desktop-oriented Android distribution, on top of a Windows machine. It allows you to interact with Android apps and games from your computer. Remix OS includes its own Start menu and multi-window support.

Another Galaxy Note 7 explodes, injuring a six-year-old

A Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has reportedly exploded in the hands of a six-year-old boy in New York. The boy is said to have been using the phone to watch videos when the battery caught fire. Samsung is urging all Note 7 owners to return their device.

BLU unveils the Pure XR, a $300 smartphone with '3D Touch'

The influx of premium smartphones with budget price tags shows no sign of slowing. This week, BLU introduced the Pure XR, a $300 handset with features usually found on devices costing twice as much. It includes "3D Touch," a copy of Apple's display tech.

Google's new smartphones won't be branded Nexus

Google is building two new smartphones to showcase the Android brand. The handsets, being built by HTC as "Sailfish" and "Marlin," were previously thought to be branded Nexus. That's no longer the case, as Google will reportedly push its own name instead.

Google launches Android 7.0 Nougat with multi-window, VR and more

Google has officially launched Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest version of its mobile platform. The new release is available now on recent Nexus devices, although 2013's Nexus 5 is excluded. The update will roll out to more phones in the coming months.
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