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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 is official, coming to Android flagships in 2019

A Snapdragon 855 on top of a wafer of Snapdragon 855s. The 855 next to a penny. This isn’t to scale, but it gives us a general idea of how Qualcomm is imaging the chip layout. The most important thing here is the separate 5G modem. Qualcomm has announced its flagship System on a Chip […]

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What you need to know before importing that exotic Chinese Android phone

Enlarge / The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Palace Museum Edition. Xiaomi In the last few years, we’ve witnessed a big change to the way the smartphone market works. China has become both the biggest smartphone market on Earth and home to some of the most interesting smartphone companies. Lately, all the cool and crazy smartphones […]

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From the road to your wrist, see how Android has evolved over the past 10 years

Ronan Glon/Digital Trends Android started out as a mobile operating system, but over the 10 years since it came to market, it has become so much more. Forks of Android now act as Google’s operating system across a wide variety of different form factors, from automobiles to smartwatches. Because it’s open source — freely available […]

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How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’

ImageAndy Rubin, the creator of Android, left Google in 2014 with a $ 90 million exit package. The last payment is scheduled for next month.CreditCreditTomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg SectionsSkip to contentSkip to site index How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’ The internet giant paid Mr. Rubin $ 90 million and praised him, while keeping […]

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8 oddball accessories to bring your iPhone or Android photos to the next level

Miggo As the cameras inside smartphones have gotten more and more capable, companies have started devoting more effort to developing accessories designed specifically for the photography capabilities of smartphones. There’s no shortage of options, and in your search for the best, you might also come across some of the more unusual options. To save you […]

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Google to charge Android OEMs as much as $40 per phone in EU

Google’s Building 44, where Android is developed. Ron Amadeo We’re still seeing the fallout from the European Commission’s $ 5 billion antitrust fine against Google. Earlier this week, Google announced it would comply with the ruling by unbundling the Google Android app package, allowing OEMs to skip Chrome and Google Search in favor of alternatives. The […]

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After $5 billion EU antitrust fine, Google will start charging for Android apps

Aurich Lawson Google is adjusting to life in the EU after the $ 5.05 billion (€4.34 billion) antitrust fine levied against it by the European Commission earlier this year. Google is still appealing the initial ruling, which found that Google used Android to illegally dominate the search market, but for now Google will comply with […]

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Google is appealing its $5 billion EU antitrust fine over Android

GettyGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai. Google has submitted an appeal to the EU refuting the €4.3 billion ($ 5 billion) fine it received for abusing the dominance of its Android operating system. Google is following through on its promise to appeal when the fine was imposed in July. It is already appealing a separate antitrust fine […]

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OnePlus takes just 45 days to bring Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 6

Enlarge Google Android OnePlus continues its trend of getting better and better at updates. Earlier this year, it finally released a formalized update plan for its devices, and now it’s releasing one of its fastest device updates in recent memory. The OnePlus 6 is being updated to Android 9 Pie. This release comes just 45 […]

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Fortnite’s Android vulnerability leads to Google/Epic Games spat

Enlarge Epic Games Epic Games’ popular shooter Fortnite has been out on Android for just a few weeks, and already there are concrete examples of some of the security fears brought about by the game’s unique distribution method. Google disclosed a vulnerability in the Fortnite Installer that could trick the installer into installing something other than […]

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Pokémon Go file check opens new front in war on rooted Android phones

A new update to Niantic’s Pokémon Go takes a more zealous approach to ferreting out potential cheaters by scanning Android phones for certain jailbreak-related folder names, regardless of the user’s permissions. Ars has independently confirmed reports that Pokémon Go will not launch on Android phones that have an empty folder named “MagiskManager” on their SD […]

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8 easy ways for you to transfer photos from an Android phone to a PC

Smartphones are now responsible for the majority of photos that are taken. The downside is that these photos, collectively over time, take up a lot of room. Throw in videos, time-lapses, burst shots, snaps, and uncompressed RAW files, and you can easily fill up your device. Users don’t always edit, back up, or delete their […]

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Galaxy Tab S4 review: Even Samsung’s Dex desktop can’t save Android tablets

Enlarge / Samsung Dex can be used with or without an external monitor. Valentina Palladino OEMs are trying to make tablets that can replace your laptop, but most of us know that tablets can’t really do such a thing for power users. However, these new devices try to balance portability and power, giving users a […]

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Fortnite to skip Google Play on Android

The developer of Fortnite has confirmed it will bypass the Google Play app store when the game is released for Android smartphones. The Google Play store lets Android users buy and download apps using a simple interface, although Google takes a 30% cut of sales made. Epic Games’ chief executive Tim Sweeney said 30% was […]

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The uproar over how 'Fortnite' is being released for Android shows how much we have acquiesced to Apple's way of doing business

Epic Games “Fortnite” has become so popular that it’s emboldened maker Epic Games to circumvent Google’s Play Store for the Android version. Epic Games announced Friday that it won’t distribute the upcoming Android version of its “Fortnite: Battle Royale” game through Google’s Play Store. The decision caused a stir, because it was so unusual and […]