The HTC U, codenamed Ocean, is the hottest item in the rumor mill now that the Galaxy S8 has been announced. The last we heard about the U, it was supposed to launch in April with a Snapdragon 835, 5.5" WQHD display, 12MP back cam and 16MP front cam, and Android 7.1. The headline feature though is the sensors around the frame that can detect your squeezes and swipes across the edges.
Now Android Headlines seems to have come across the HTC U's presentation doc and thanks to it, we learn a bit more about the phone. Specs-wise, we have a confirmation about the processor, screen, and Android version, though there's no mention of either cameras' resolution. Read More
You know what's better than three cameras on a phone? That's right, four cameras on a phone. That seems to be the logic behind Alcatel's just-announced Flash smartphone, and — at least on paper — it's hard to argue with the math.
The new smartphone is the result of what was probably an inevitable match-up between a device with two rear-facing cameras and one with two front-facing cameras (remember the LG V10?), making it the first in the world to sport four lenses. The two cameras on the rear each house a 13MP sensor, while the two on the front comprise a 8MP+5MP combo. Read More
The title says it all. The Google Wifi was updated a couple of days ago with a "Scheduled Pauses" option to stop your internet at predefined moments during the day and night. But the app update also included one more change that nerds like our own Artem were requesting and dying to have: a status option for each access point to see how it is connecting to the network. Read More
Google Photos is really good at recognizing people in a photo and grouping their pics together. It's one feature I've come to rely on to find all the photos I have of specific friends or family members and even photos of "person X and person Y and person Z" together. But there were still a couple of small things missing from Photos' facial recognition like the option to manually tag a person in a pic or the ability to see who Google had recognized in a photo from the photo itself, not their dedicated page.
But the latter is now implemented. Actually, it was implemented at some point in the last few versions: I can confirm that it wasn't there in 18.104.22.168909749 but it is live in 22.214.171.124124741, so it was added to Photos sometime between March 13 and 30. Read More
When YouTube Go was announced last September, the focus was on India and users were asked to sign up to be notified. But then last month YouTube Go made it onto the Play Store unofficially and users around the world were able to download it from APK Mirror and try it out. Some could register their phone numbers and use it fully with the ability to download videos, others couldn't and were limited to streaming. But still, Go wasn't yet officially announced.
Now it is, well at least in beta, and the first official country Go is available in is India. Read More
Google is pushing out a new version of the Play Store for Android users around the world. Like most updates to this version, there really aren't any notable changes showing up already, but there are a few interesting things hidden beneath the hood. There are some new features focused on improving security for apps that are updated from unexpected sources and making its security scanner more visible to users. There's also a plan to move notification settings to their own dedicated screen. Read More
I know, I know - we won't do this every time they show up. But! We caught our first sighting of the larger next-generation Pixel phone in the AOSP gerrit, codename 'muskie.' You can see one such example we fished out below. Read More
It's important to take advantage of WiFi in this era of capped data plans, but what if you forget to turn your WiFi on? That might happen much less often in Android O. There's a feature (not currently active) that can turn WiFi on for you when you get near a saved network. Read More
The Moto G5 Plus was recently released, and is possibly the best budget phone you can buy. But if the $229.99 price tag for the G5 Plus is a little too high, you can now get the last-generation G4 Plus for just $189.99 on Amazon. Read More