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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.

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.

WhatsApp voice calls prove wildly successful, 100m made each day

The hugely successful smartphone messaging service WhatsApp has announced over 100 million voice calls are made over its network every day. The company has over 1 billion monthly active users and is reportedly gearing up to launch another major update.

The Chinese company that banned iPhone sales 'barely exists'

The Chinese company that recently banned sales of the iPhone 6 in China "barely exists," according to an investigation into Shenzhen Baili Marketing Services. The smartphone company currently has no products available and has closed down its website.

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.

Apple's iPhone 7 to have almost nothing new at all

Multiple reports released today have revealed that Apple plans to do away with its two-year iPhone upgrade cycle. Consumers shouldn't expect any major changes for 2016's "iPhone 7" beyond the controversial removal of the headphone jack.

Google's smart calendar app now knows when you're free for events

Google has rolled out an update to its Calendar app that makes it simpler to schedule events with other people while on mobile devices. Checking when you're available can be complicated on a small screen so Google now shows when you're free.

Daycare smartphone experiment: 'Put those cell phones away'

Technology today is getting so easy to use that even a baby can figure it out. This is what a little experiment at an Ottawa daycare center discovered recently.

iPhone 7's innovative dual-lens camera reportedly cancelled

One of the iPhone 7's few headline features has reportedly been cancelled due to "immature" technology. The Plus-sized variant of the upcoming handset was expected to include a dual-lens camera to power new features. It will now use a standard system.

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.

iOS 10 won't let you delete space-wasting stock apps after all

At Apple's WWDC conference this week, the company announced you will be able to remove its stock apps to clear clutter off your home screens. However, it has since emerged that all is not what it seems and apps won't actually be deleted.

Siri gets smarter in iOS 10, Apple's 'biggest ever' update

Apple has announced iOS 10, the latest version of its iPhone and iPad software. The free update will launch in the fall and includes a heavily upgraded Siri, improvements to the lock screen and notifications and a refreshed suite of preinstalled apps.

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.

Smartphone bill saving for watching adverts

London - Would you agree to watch more adverts sent to your mobile device in return for a reduction to your monthly bill? This is exactly what retail group Tesco is implementing.

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.

Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro scans space around it to power AR experiences

After three years of development, the first phone to use Google's Project Tango has been launched. The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is able to understand physical space and motion in the same way people do, letting your phone sense space around it.

People are using smartphone health apps at higher levels

The increased usage of smartphones and tablets has led to a corresponding growth in health and medical related apps, according to a new survey.

Apple all set to bring adverts to the App Store

Apple has announced that app developers will soon be able to pay to get their product promoted in the App Store's search results, confirming previous rumours. It said it is making the controversial change to help developers engage with more users.

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.

Samsung preparing two folding smartphones for February launch

Samsung is known to be working on bendable displays that could be used on future smartphones. According to a new report, the company will finally launch the first devices to use the technology at the MWC tech fair next February.

India to have 810m smartphone users by 2021 as sales increase

India is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world, according to a recent report from Ericsson. The country will contain 810 million smartphone users by 2021 and a total of 1.37 billion phone subscriptions, a four-fold increase from 2015.

Microsoft's new VR system runs well on even low-end phones

Microsoft has demonstrated a prototype virtual reality system that runs well on low-end devices without suffering performance penalties. It uses an advanced rendering technique to better cache frames, increasing performance and with it user immersion.

NYPD's response time to crime reduced by use of smartphones

New York City - According to the NYPD, the issuance of smartphones to all officers has resulted in a drop in the time it takes to respond to a crime by more than 12 percent.

Ad blocking threatens the open web, 90 percent increase in 2015

There are now more people using ad blockers on smartphones than desktop PCs, according to a new report. The use of ad blockers on mobile devices rose 90 percent last year, representing a serious threat to the revenues of content publishers worldwide.

Facebook might be monitoring everything you say using your phone

Facebook's mobile app could be continually recording your conversations with other people using your phone's microphone, an expert has claimed. The company is allegedly using the data to tailor advertisements to you based on your interests.

Cellphone and cancer study questioned

A new study that claimed to have proven a link between cellphones and cancer caught media headlines last week. However, a more in-depth view of the findings has called the results into question.

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.

Software update could let your phone sense pressure and squeezes

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 6, it introduced a new kind of display it calls 3D Touch. 3D Touch displays can sense how hard you press them, letting them respond in different ways. An innovative software update could enable this on any phone though.
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Smartphones are shown for sale in a store in Hong Kong.
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Dozens of South Koreans shun their smartphones in "space-out" competition.
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The Asus ZenFone 2 Deluxe.
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Lenovo Phab 2 Pro with Google Tango augmented reality technology, pictured here using WayfairView
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Lenovo Phab 2 Pro with Google Tango augmented reality technology
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A new battle is brewing over privacy for mobile devices, after moves by Google and Apple to toughen the encryption of their mobile devices sparked complaints from law enforcement
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