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Android O to simplify setting your own ringtones and sounds

Google's upcoming Android O update will finally provide an easy way to set your own ringtones and notification sounds, letting you add a new alert from settings without manually copying files. The basic feature has been missing since Android's launch.

Google to remove Hangouts' SMS features to help promote new apps

Google is planning to remove Hangouts' SMS messaging capabilities within the next couple of months. The company is believed to be making the move as part of its efforts to make Hangouts a better rival to upstart messaging app Slack.

Facebook launches Messenger Reactions and Mentions

Facebook has announced it is bringing its Reactions feature to Messenger. Reactions let you respond to a message with an emoji that signifies your feeling. The company is also launching Mentions for Messenger to include other people in a chat.

Android Security Report – Malware installs drop by 50 percent

Google has published its third Android Security Report, detailing the progress it has made in securing its ecosystem and keeping users safe on their devices. Play Store malware distribution has fallen, although the number of affected devices has risen.

Google announces new features for Allo, Duo and Photos apps

Google has added several new features to three of its most important apps, Allo, Duo and Photos. The company made the announcement as part of an event in Brazil. It is focusing on making its products work better with limited connectivity.

Google adds real-time location sharing to Maps app

A Google Maps update has added support for real-time location sharing, a controversial feature that lets friends see your map position for a limited time period. Google said it'll help people meet at social events and indicate when you're running late.

Google unveils the next version of Android

Google has officially announced Android O, the next major version of its mobile operating system set to be released later this year. The company has launched the first preview of the under-development OS, introducing several major new features.

Sony patent lets you wirelessly charge your phone from a friend's

Sony has filed a patent for a technology that would allow you to wirelessly charge your smartphone from a friend's if you're running low on power. The technology is based on NFC and allows two devices to negotiate an exchange of power.

Smartphone owners neglect basic security, study finds

A study into the security considerations made by typical smartphone owners has concluded that most people ignore basic best practices when on mobile devices. Over a quarter of survey respondents said they don't even use a lock screen.

Gboard update lets you translate text from your keyboard

Google recently updated its Gboard smartphone keyboard with several new features, letting you do more from your keyboard. Gboard is meant to let you perform common tasks without leaving your current app, avoiding pauses in conversations.

Samsung smartphones to come with monthly security updates

Samsung is preparing to start issuing monthly security updates for its unlocked Android smartphones in the U.S. The company has previously been widely criticised for its apparent lack of support for unlocked handsets, leaving users waiting for patches.

New photos show the Galaxy S8 in all its colourful glory

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone could be available in a new gold colour. As the company prepares to officially unveil the device later this month, new leaked photos have revealed colour options that haven't previously been offered.

Apple to delay the iPhone 8 and rename it to 'iPhone Edition'

Apple may be planning a radical change to its iPhone naming and release schedules, according to a landmark report on its 2017 line-up. Apple is said to be planning to name the iPhone 8 the 'iPhone Edition' and will launch it later than September.

'Astonishing' demand for reborn Nokia 3310

Demand for Nokia's resurrected 3310 is "astonishing" and "incredibly strong," the head of one of the UK's leading phone stores has said. Announced at Mobile World Congress last month, the reborn feature phone is a "modern twist" on Nokia's iconic handset.

Google admits the microphones are breaking on some Pixel phones

Google has confirmed that some of its flagship Pixel smartphones are malfunctioning with "severe" microphone issues caused by small soldering cracks. Formally acknowledging the problem, the company said it'll be offering warranty replacements.

Facebook's 'Messenger Day' Snapchat clone launches worldwide

Facebook is rolling out a new Messenger feature that adds a carbon copy of Snapchat to the immensely popular messaging app. Messenger Day lets you share ephemeral images with your friends. Predictably, they scroll in a carousel and vanish after 24 hours.

BlackBerry unveils its latest Android smartphone

BlackBerry has unveiled a new Android smartphone aimed at mid-range customers. It has a 5-inch display, a large battery and BlackBerry's extensive suite of productivity and security apps preinstalled. It will only be available in Indonesia.

Android O to feature new finger gestures, improved messaging

Google is hard at work on this year's major Android update, under development as Android 'O.' A new leak has revealed three of the features that could arrive this summer, including significant improvements to messaging that bring Android in-line with iOS.

Google Play Store turns five years old

The Google Play Store is five years old today, having evolved from the app-only Android Market to a sprawling digital store frequented by one billion people in 200 countries worldwide. Google celebrated by rounding up the most successful media so far.

Could the next iPhone come with USB-C?

Apple may be planning to replace its proprietary Lightning socket with a USB-C port on the upcoming iPhone 8. According to a major report, the company could change the connector and bundle new cables in the box. However, a key analyst disagrees.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge voted phone of the year at MWC 2017

Samsung's Galaxy S7 edge was handed the mobile industry's coveted Best Smartphone of The Year award at Mobile World Congress this week. It comes as Samsung recovers from the effects of the Note 7 recall and prepares to unveil the S8.

Cybercriminals focusing on data-rich smartphones

Barcelona - Smartphones have become a mine of personal information, holding bank data, credit card information and addresses, making them the preferred target for cybercriminals, experts warn.

Super-fast charging from new Meizu device

Chinese company Meizu has showcased its new Super mCharge technology. The device can fully charge a zeroed-out battery in just over 20 minutes.

LG's G6 brings smartphones 'back-to-basics'

LG has officially launched the LG G6, its 2017 Android flagship smartphone, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device's headline feature is its "FullVision" display and virtually bezel-less finish. LG says the phone is focused on simplicity.

Nokia unveils its reimagined 3310 feature phone

Nokia has officially relaunched its classic 3310 mobile phone. The new handset is a modern reimagining of the iconic 17-year-old device, famed for its durability and dependable battery life. It adds a colour display and modernised design.

Nokia's new Android phones draw on the company's classic designs

Nokia has officially unveiled its new generation of Android smartphones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Nokia 3, 5 and 6 continue Nokia's reputation for design refinement and build quality while introducing new owner HMD Global to the world.

Verbling launches new apps to let you learn languages on the go

Y Combinator-backed language learning startup Verbling has launched new mobile apps designed to help you get started in a foreign language. Unlike rival apps, Verbling connects you to real language tutors so you can make actual conversation.

'World's cheapest smartphone' maker arrested on fraud charges

The owner of Indian smartphone company Ringing Bells has been arrested on allegations of fraud and making death threats against customers. Ringing Bells made the headlines last year with its promise of a $4 smartphone to ignite India's mobile revolution.

Microsoft's new app strips Skype back to basics for India

Microsoft has launched a new Skype app aimed at users who struggle with limited data plans and patchy network connectivity. Skype Lite is a basic version of the popular messaging app that's smaller to install and uses less data.

11 U.S. cities will get '5G' service later this year from Verizon

Verizon on Wednesday said that it will start offering “pre-commercial” 5G service to certain customers in 11 U.S. cities sometime in the first half of 2017.
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