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Cyanogen might be about to abandon its Android rival, fires staff

Alternative Android distribution Cyanogen is reportedly undergoing major lay-offs as its operating system has failed to find favour with phone manufacturers. It is said to be planning a "pivot" into apps, abandoning its Android alternative.

Cyanogen might be about to abandon its Android rival, fires staff

Alternative Android distribution Cyanogen is reportedly undergoing major lay-offs as its operating system has failed to find favour with phone manufacturers. It is said to be planning a "pivot" into apps, abandoning its Android alternative.

Play Store saves your data by cutting app update file sizes

Google has developed a method of compressing app downloads made through its Play Store that will heavily reduce the size of app updates. The new algorithm saves you data and speeds up downloads by compressing new content in patches.

Android Nougat will lock down your phone when malware's detected

Google is debuting a new feature with Android 7.0 Nougat that prevents phones booting if modified software components are detected. Designed to prevent malware infecting the operating system's core, the company has admitted it could throw false positives.

ZTE ZMax Pro offers a 6-inch display for less than $100

ZTE has unveiled the ZMax Pro, a 6-inch phablet with a competent camera and processor that retails for less than $100. The phone is the latest budget-oriented but relatively high-end device to be launched by ZTE and is currently available on MetroPCS.

Hexagonal smartphone unveiled for 'the small hands of women'

A Chinese smartphone startup company has unveiled a unique handset design targeted specifically at "the small hands of women." The Android-powered Keecoo K1 is shaped into a hexagon, supposedly making it easier for women to hold.

Samsung refreshes Galaxy phones for India, adds a worse display

Samsung has announced new versions of its India-exclusive Galaxy On5 and Galaxy On7 Android smartphones. The budget-oriented devices are designed to appeal to the masses in one of the world's largest emerging digital markets.

Samsung unveils a limited edition Olympic-themed Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung has announced a special and highly limited edition version of the Galaxy S7 edge, its current flagship smartphone. The handset has been built in celebration of the Rio 2016 Olympic games and will be handed out to participating Olympians.

Google building its own smartwatches to get Android Wear moving

Google is building its own pair of smartwatches to showcase Android Wear, according to a report with knowledge of the devices. A spate of recent rumours reveal Google wants to become a hardware company, building mobile devices in-house.

Google's sleek new Nexus devices revealed in leaked photo

Amid reports of Google building its own phone to regain control of Android, an image has appeared that shows its two Nexus-badged devices to be launched this summer. Built by ailing giant HTC, the phones have an aluminium body.

Leak reveals Samsung's powerhouse Galaxy Note 7 phablet in full

Ahead of its release this summer, a leak has revealed the complete design of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 7 phablet. The next-generation version of the stylus-touting power-user friendly device has a few major changes over the Note 5.

Buy Android apps once, share with your family for free

Google has announced it is making a highly requested change to Google Play which will make the cost of purchasing apps and games significantly less for families. You'll be able to share your Android apps with up to six family members for free.

Encryption on 'tens of millions' of phones could easily be broken

A security researcher has discovered that a major flaw in Android's full disk encryption technology could leave the data on tens of millions of devices at risk. A kernel vulnerability can be used to break through the encryption and access user files.

Android N to be named 'Nougat,' launching this summer

After months of speculation, Google has officially announced the sweet-themed nickname for Android N, the next major Android release. The update will be known as "Nougat" and follows names including Lollipop and Marshmallow.

HP's newest laptop lasts for almost 13 hours, runs Chrome OS

HP has expanded its range of ultra-portable cloud-based Chromebooks with a new laptop capable of lasting for up to 12.5 hours on a single charge. The HP Chromebook 11-inch G5 is indicative of the growing popularity of Google's Chrome OS.

Google reportedly building its own Android phone from scratch

Google is reportedly planning a move to disrupt the Android ecosystem by launching its own smartphone developed entirely in-house. Its current range of Nexus handsets are built by external companies. Google now wants control, abandoning the Nexus name.

The world's first $4 Android smartphone is finally launching

Back in February, Indian telecoms firm Ringing Bells unveiled a smartphone that costs just $4. It quickly ran into trouble though, being investigated for fraud allegations and claims it directly copied other handsets. Four months on, it's finally on sale.

Huawei uncomfortable about Android dependence, building own OS

Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei is said to be developing its own mobile operating system as a contingency plan if Google were to tighten its hold on Android. The company is one of a growing number of brands who want to loosen their reliance on Android.

OnePlus unveils the OnePlus 3: Cutting-edge hardware for $399

After months of teasing and leaks, OnePlus has officially launched the OnePlus 3, its third flagship handset. Like its predecessors, the phone aims to be a premium phone at a low price, featuring very high-end specs and a lightweight design for $399.

The new PayPal: No longer going it alone Special

Brooklyn - PayPal is well-known for processing payments — $600 million daily — but it has much loftier goals, according to its president and CEO Dan Schulman: it intends to become a multi-service, global financial behemoth.

Samsung may adopt Tizen over Android for next-gen smartphones

Samsung is considering using its Tizen operating system in "all" its future products, according to a new report. It would see new Samsung products favour Tizen above rivals. The company is said to be uneasy about its strong reliance on Google's Android.

Motorola's Moto Z lets you customize your smartphone with modules

Motorola has unveiled the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, two new smartphones aimed at the top of the market. They can be customized with a set of interchangeable modules covering both style and functionality using Motorola's new "Moto Mods" system.

Popular Android keyboard 'abuses' permissions, sends data home

A popular third-party keyboard for Android devices has been caught tracking user behaviour, displaying infected ads and communicating with unknown servers in China for surreptitious purposes. Security experts warned the app is essentially "malware."

BlackBerry 'really struggling' to sell Android phones

BlackBerry's first Android device has been on the market for several months now. Despite receiving generally positive reviews at its launch, the Priv is dramatically underperforming, according to a high-level executive at AT&T.

ZTE's new flagship has a metal frame and full support for VR

Chinese smartphone brand ZTE has taken the wraps off the AXON 7, its new flagship device. The phone has a metal body, AMOLED display and high-end specifications at a comparatively low price. It also features support for virtual reality in Android N.

Oracle's claim over Android's use of Java dismissed by jury

A judge has ruled that Google did not infringe on the copyright of software giant Oracle by using its Java programming language in Android without paying royalties. Oracle intends to appeal the decision which has been welcomed by software developers.

Pebble launches new smartwatches and a 'magic button' Android PC

Smartwatch manufacturer Pebble has announced three new products to reinforce its commitment to the space. The Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are updates of its existing smartwatches. They are joined by the Pebble Core, a $69 palm-sized Android PC.

Windows 10 preview now syncs Android notifications to your PC

Microsoft has added a new feature to the latest Windows 10 preview build for Insiders. It lets you get notifications from your Android phone on your Windows PC. You can view new messages in Action Center and respond to them with your keyboard.

Google Chromebooks now more popular than Macs in the U.S.

Google's range of cloud-based Chromebook laptops is continuing to enjoy unforeseen success in the U.S. Google announced that Chrome OS will soon be able to run Android apps earlier this week and revealed Chromebooks recently outsold Macs in the U.S.

Google says Android N will reach a new level of 'excellence'

At its I/O developer conference this week, Google said it wants the next major Android release to achieve a "new level of product excellence." Android N will include greater performance and security, reworked multitasking and support for virtual reality.
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