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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.

Nokia confirms it's building new smartphones, four devices coming

Famed Finnish smartphone manufacturer Nokia has confirmed its name will return to handheld devices later this year with the launch of as many as four new Android phones. The company recently hired a new marketing officer to lead its mobile efforts.

Nasty Android malware spreads through Google's online ad network

Security researchers have discovered a severe form of malware that is spreading quickly through Google's online ad network. Targeting Android users, the malware downloads as soon as a user visits a page with an infected ad, making it a serious threat.

900 million phones at risk of Android 'Quadrooter' malware

Security researchers have warned that as many as 900 million Android phones are at risk of attack. Serious vulnerabilities found in Qualcomm's chipset drivers for its processors could give hackers complete control of devices and access to user data.

Apple Music's Android app is now out of beta with new update

Apple has officially launched Apple Music on Android, bringing its only major app for the platform out of beta. Apple Music for Android is now roughly equal to its iOS equivalent and viewed as a fully-fledged client for the streaming service.

Google's radical new Android launcher revealed in leaked images

For months, Google has been rumoured to be developing an exclusive new Android launcher for its upcoming Nexus handsets. This week, the extensively redesigned interface was leaked to the Internet, revealing a new way of interacting with Android.

Huawei unveils the 6.6-inch Honor Note 8, a giant Android phablet

Very large screen smartphones aren't going to appeal to the masses but that hasn't stopped Huawei sub-brand Honor from launching the 6.6-inch Note 8. The phablet has a 2K AMOLED display, high-end specs and a modern design to appeal to worldwide buyers.

LG will 'set new standards' for smartphones with the upcoming V20

LG has officially announced the V20, an upcoming premium smartphone that will be the first handset to run Android 7.0 "Nougat." The company claims the V20 will "set new standards" for high-end smartphones, a successor to last year's V10.

Wikipedia becomes a news provider with substantial app update

Wikipedia has relaunched its Android app with a major design overhaul and a focus on newsworthy and trending articles. The updated app uses concepts from services such as Google Now to show you suggested content.

Google strengthens Android security by toughening its Linux core

Google has detailed improvements it is making to Android's Linux kernel with Nougat that will give the operating system greater protection against malware and hackers. It will reduce the number of potential attack areas, limiting the effects of malware.

BlackBerry unveils the DTEK50, the 'most secure' Android phone

BlackBerry has launched the DTEK50, a handset it claims is the world's most secure Android smartphone. The device is BlackBerry's second Android phone and the first to have a touchscreen-only design. BlackBerry is targeting businesses with the DTEK50.

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.
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