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Motorola's 'shatterproof' phone survives being dropped 100 times

Motorola claims its recently launched Droid Turbo 2 is "shatterproof" and guaranteed not to crack. A new video puts the phone to the test in spectacular fashion, failing to cause substantial damage after dropping the device onto concrete 100 times.

Google can remotely reset the password of most Android phones

A report prepared by the New York District Attorney's Office has found Google is capable of remotely resetting the password on the majority of Android devices if ordered to by a court. The findings are the latest development in the war on encryption.

Chinese smartphone survives 20 foot drop without any major damage

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Bluboo dropped its upcoming Xtouch handset 20 feet this week as part of an elaborate publicity stunt to demonstrate the phone's durability. The Xtouch survives intact, with only some case scratching to tell the tale.

Study exposes the secret activities of Android apps

A study has found many popular Android apps waste data by communicating with servers that do nothing to enhance their functionality. It proves it isn't just malicious apps to be wary of as even mainstream titles are sending data in the background.

WhatsApp accessed a user's contacts 23,000 times in one week

Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has been caught accessing one user's contacts list over 23,000 times in one week. It remains unclear why the app made so many requests as it looked at the list over 3,300 times a day.

LG forced to cancel the first Android Wear smartwatch with 4G

LG has announced it has suspended the launch of its upcoming Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch due to an unspecified but presumably serious hardware issue. The device would have been the first Android Wear watch to feature LTE mobile data.

Google 'experiment' lets you stream Android apps from the web

An update to the Google search app on Android devices has enabled a new feature that lets users stream apps from the Internet if they don't already have them installed, opening the door to richer search experiences and marking a new first for Android.

Images leak of upcoming Samsung Android-powered flip phone

Clamshell-style flip phones have been out of fashion for several years but they still have a few loyal fans. Samsung recently launched an Android-powered flip phone in Korea and now details and images of another new device have turned up online.

Walmart is selling a $10 LG smartphone with reasonable specs

It's still difficult to find a decent smartphone when on a restricted budget, especially if you only have $10. However, Walmart is now selling an Android phone for exactly that price and, as a basic handset, it doesn't even look too bad.

Android Wear now lets you do more from your wrist with LTE

This week, Google added support for LTE data connections to Android Wear, opening the door to a new wave of smartwatches that function independently of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth links to smartphones. The first device to support the feature is built by LG.

BlackBerry 'Vienna' leaked online, company's second Android phone

Images of BlackBerry's next Android phone have leaked online just days after the company officially launched the Priv. Codename 'Vienna' eschews the Priv's physical keyboard for a fixed one beneath the display and shows BlackBerry is committed to Android.

Nexus 5X may take 'upside down photos'

Google's Nexus 5X smartphone may take 'upside down photos', a company engineer has confirmed. There is a rational explanation for the odd behaviour but it hasn’t pleased annoyed owners.

Nexus 6P owners experiencing 'spontaneous glass shattering'

Owners of Google's recently-launched Nexus 6P phablet are reporting incidents of the glass panel on the back of the handset spontaneously shattering during everyday use. Others have even seen the main display crack of its own accord.

The BlackBerry Priv Android phone with a keyboard is now on sale

BlackBerry has officially launched its Priv Android smartphone in the U.S. and UK. The device features a slide-out keyboard and curved display and has proved to be a hit with many reviewers, although it still needs to save BlackBerry's devices division.

Thousands of Android apps infected with 'unremovable' malware

Security researchers have discovered a new form of Android malware that is virtually impossible to remove and is present in thousands of apps. Described as "trojanized adware", the creators are out to make money by injecting ads into phones.

Google bug hunts Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge, finds 11 major issues

Google's Project Zero exploit discovery team has presented some worrying findings on Android security issues in one of Samsung's most expensive smartphones, the Galaxy S6 Edge. The phone's software harbours 11 severe bugs.

Google could be planning to kill Chromebooks and ChromeOS

Google is planning to join its ChromeOS cloud-based operating system with Android, according to a new report. The company is restructuring so all its operating systems are based on Android but has denied it has plans to kill off ChromeOS.

The OnePlus X is a budget but 'powerfully beautiful' smartphone

Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has officially taken the wraps off a new budget handset targeted at people who want a premium phone but can't afford a flagship device. The OnePlus X costs only $249 but still boasts a very respectable spec sheet.

German police stage raids against malware users

Berlin - German police have searched the homes of 13 people as part of an international swoop on users of the mobile phone malware DroidJack, authorities said Thursday.

Samsung's Galaxy View is an 18.4-inch super-size Android tablet

Samsung has unveiled its long-rumoured giant Android tablet. The company claims the 18.4-inch display "offers a new dimension" in mobile entertainment but analysts have questioned whether such a large device will prove popular or even practical.

BlackBerry values its first Android phone at a pricey $750

An accidental appearance of a page on BlackBerry's website has confirmed the unlocked price of its first ever Android phone to be a substantial $750. The phone's release date is listed as November 16.

Instagram unveils Boomerang for one-second looping videos

Instagram has launched a new standalone app designed to "turn everyday moments into something fun and unexpected." Available on Android and iOS, Boomerang provides a one-click way to create a 1-second long looping video.

100 million people now use Google Photos

Just five months after launching its completely revamped Photos app, Google has announced there are now over 100 million active users on the new platform. Perhaps predictably, the most photographed category is food and people frequently search for 'me'.

Microsoft announces Parchi — 'uncomplicated' Android note-taking

Microsoft has released another app for Android phones, this time launching a product that could be seen to rival one of its own existing services. Parchi is designed to simplify note-taking by placing an emphasis on capturing short things to remember.

Android phones on AT&T and Verizon vulnerable to attack

A flaw in the implementation of a security feature on the mobile networks of U.S. providers AT&T and Verizon could put every connected Android device at risk of eavesdropping and identity spoofing, according to a recent report.

Google planning major redesign of Play Store app

Google is working on a redesign of its Play Store app according to a software engineer at the company who is now moving on. Screenshots of the coming update show a refined and simplified interface with clearer categories.

LG the 'world's first' manufacturer to launch Android 6 upgrades

Starting from next week, some owners of LG's flagship smartphones will begin receiving upgrades to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, making it the first manufacturer apart from Google to begin the roll-out of the reworked operating system.

90% of Android devices left exposed to critical vulnerabilities

A study has found that almost 90 percent of Android smartphones put users at risk by remaining vulnerable to old security issues. The research calls on manufacturers to do more to push updates to consumers in a timely manner.

Pepsi drinks company making its own smartphone

Soft drinks firm Pepsi is apparently working on its own smartphone. Aimed at the budget market, the Pepsi P1 is reported to have competent specifications and a Pepsi logo on the back.

Stagefright returns: Android devices infected by MP3 files

The security company that uncovered the critical "Stagefright" issue in Android this summer has warned the attack has evolved and now infects devices from malicious multimedia files, circumventing updates that have remedied the original bug.
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