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BlackBerry CEO: 'We need more apps'

BlackBerry CEO John Chen admitted yesterday that the company needs more apps if its handsets are to be successful. An Android phone is believed to be in the works to solve this problem, although Chen did not confirm this.

Galaxy Note 5 design flaw gets S Pen stuck in device backwards

A major design flaw in the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 could allow users to accidentally break one of the most attractive features of the device by inserting the S Pen backwards after use. Testers have found it becomes completely stuck and breaks pen detection.

Microsoft's Cortana comes to Android as a public beta

Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant, previously exclusive to Windows devices, has arrived on Android in public beta form. The app can be downloaded and used as a Google Now replacement, although some of its features remain available on Windows only.

Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition boasts 256GB of storage

Asus has launched a new version of its ZenFone 2 Android smartphone. The star feature is a gigantic 256GB of storage - more than many modern laptops have - which makes every other phone on the market pale in comparison.

Google could launch Android Pay this Wednesday

Google seems to be preparing its new Android Pay service for launch on Wednesday. It will allow owners of compatible Android phones to make payments for things in shops with just a simple tap of their device in a very similar model to that of Apple Pay.

Report: Android lock screen patterns are surprisingly predictable

Security researchers have found that many lock screen patterns used by Android smartphone owners are as predictable as simple passwords like "1234567". Most people adhere to several common traits when making a pattern which dramatically reduces security.

Samsung giving $1 Galaxies to iPhone users for 30-day testing

Samsung has announced a marketing tactic aimed squarely at converting some iPhone users to its Android-powered Galaxy smartphones. Apple fans can try out a flagship Samsung device for 30 days by paying just $1 as the company's market share declines.

Google delays Project Ara modular phones, '#FailedTheDropTest'

Earlier this week, Google announced it was delaying the launch of the pilot program for its "Project Ara" modular smartphones. Users can swap out components as every aspect of the phone is removable. Unfortunately, it apparently falls apart when dropped.

Yet another Android issue: 'Stagefright 2' revealed

Another major security flaw has been found inside of Android. Affecting versions spanning years of development, the vulnerability lies in the same code as the 'Stagefright' scare from last month and could allow attackers to gain full access to a device.

It's official: Android M will be known as 'Marshmallow'

Google has announced the informal food-based name for Android M, going with the obvious choice of "Marshmallow." The next version of Android will be released later this year and includes a healthy set of new features and improvements for mobile devices.

John Legere says T-Mobile is 'saying yes to FM' on new phones

Following in the footsteps of AT&T's announcement last month, T-Mobile has said its users will be able to enjoy FM radio on Android smartphones bought from next year. The news comes amid a resurgence of support for analogue FM and local radio.

Petition calls on Samsung to launch its Galaxy Note 5 in Europe

Samsung raised eyebrows with the unveiling of its Galaxy Note 5 phablet yesterday when it announced that the phone will not be sold in Europe. Now a disgruntled group of users, headed by a noted retailer, have started a petition to urge it to reconsider.

Security showdown: Is Apple or Android more secure?

In the wake of a significant viral attack on Android phones, security concerns are being raised with increasing frequency, with consumers asking whether Apple or Android phones are more secure.

Samsung reveals its Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ phablet flagships

Samsung has launched its two new premium-tier phablet-sized Android smartphones at its Unpacked event in New York. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is joining an updated, glass-backed stylus-touting Note 5 — but the latter device won't be coming to Europe.

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+ to have a physical keyboard accessory

Samsung will be offering a physical keyboard accessory for its upcoming Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphone, according to a recent leak online. An image of the device shows that the keyboard clips to the bottom of the display, replacing the touchscreen one.

Android security flaw allows hackers to copy fingerprints

Researchers recently announced a major security flaw affecting Android devices and users' fingerprint data. As we all know, passwords can be changed if your credentials are compromised, but you can't change your fingerprints.

OnePlus sells 30,000 smartphones in just 64 seconds

Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has announced that it burnt through all of its available stock for its new flagship handset, the OnePlus Two, after just 64 seconds of the phone going on sale in its home country. It packs $600 features into a $329 device.

The '2016 flagship killer' smartphone is here: The OnePlus 2

Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has finally revealed the full details of its second device, the OnePlus 2. Billed as the "2016 flagship killer", the phone starts at $329 but still features true flagship hardware, making it a handset worth considering.

Android bug makes smartphones hackable by text message

Android smartphones can be hacked through a single text message, according to a mobile security firm who sent Google a patch to fix the hole. Almost all Android users are believed to be at risk for attack and need security upgrades.

YouTube app 'streamlining' makes vertical playback easier

Earlier this week, Google announced an update to its YouTube app for mobile devices. It introduces a proper vertical video playback mode, making it easier for people to view clips taken on smartphones in portrait orientation, alongside a refreshed design.

Samung's Galaxy Tab S2 is thinner than the iPad Air 2

Samsung has officially unveiled its all-new tablet designed to take on the iPad, the Galaxy Tab S2. It features an octa-core processor and is thinner than the iPad Air 2. It will come in 9.7-inch or 8.0-inch versions, sizes similar to the iPad.

Tiny $30 desktop computer is 'the world's first true Android PC'

The world's first Android-powered desktop computer has achieved over 600 percent of its Kickstarter goal, just a few days into the campaign. The computer fits in the palm of the hand and can be used with any existing monitor, mouse and keyboard.

Android still has most app downloads — but iOS makes more money

Android's Google Play Store has surged ahead of Apple's App Store in terms of raw app downloads this quarter, exhibiting 85% growth. Unfortunately for Google, Apple still leads for revenue though, indicating a more profitable store-front.

50% of Android users don't install security software on devices

A survey of Android users has found that nearly half of people do not install security software onto a new device because they feel that they do not need to do so, despite most being aware of security weaknesses in Android phones.

Google Chrome has now been downloaded 1 billion times on Android

The Google Chrome web browser has now been downloaded over 1 billion times onto Android phones and tablets, a significant milestone for an app that is only available on relatively new devices and launched just three years ago.

BlackBerry's eye-catching first Android phone revealed in photo

The first clear image of BlackBerry's upcoming Android smartphone has appeared online. It shows a stylish, sleek handset with a slider display that curves round to the edges in the same manner as Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge. It appears to run stock Android.

Samsung, Oppo sued in China over intrusive smartphone bloatware

Smartphone manufacturers Samsung and Oppo have found themselves faced with a lawsuit from their customers in China. The consumer commission is fed up with the massive amounts of bloatware apps installed out of the box, some of which may be intrusive.

Samsung Galaxy phone vulnerability affects 600 million devices

A serious vulnerability in some of smartphone giant Samsung's premium handsets means that hackers could gain remote access to the camera, microphone and email inbox of over 600 million phones because of a flaw in the default keyboard.

Facebook's new Moments app highlights photos of friends

Facebook has released a new photo management app that uses facial recognition to detect forgotten pictures of your friends in your camera roll. It then suggests tags, syncs the friends and tags to the photo's subject and shares the images with friends.

BlackBerry's rumoured Android phone could be built with Samsung

A well-known analyst has suggested that BlackBerry may be turning to Samsung for help in releasing a new phone. It comes after recent insider tipoffs claimed that BlackBerry is considering making an Android-powered smartphone for the first time.
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