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How to download Pixel and Pixel XL's Launcher for Android

How to download Pixel and Pixel XL's Launcher for Android

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Ahead of the long-rumoured Pixel and Pixel XL's launch, it appears as though their particular Android launchers have leaked. You can download and install them on your device now to get a taste of what the software will look like on the Nexus-replacement... >>

Pixel Launcher: Leak shows the fresh Android face of the Pixel and Pixel XL

Pixel Launcher: Leak shows the fresh Android face of the Pixel and Pixel XL

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There's been no shortage of leaks surrounding Google's forthcoming smartphones, the latest of which have named them as the Pixel and the Pixel XL, rather than Nexus.The thinking is that the Nexus programme is going to come to a halt, with Pixel taking... >>

Google might axe Nexus brand, including for new HTC-made phones

Google might axe Nexus brand, including for new HTC-made phones

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Google's next Nexus smartphones won’t actually carry the "Nexus" brand.According to Android Central, Google will ditch the Nexus branding for its upcoming, HTC-made smartphones, with the idea that it will market the duo under a different name and... >>

HTC confirms timeline for Android Nougat updates

HTC confirms timeline for Android Nougat updates

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With the release of Android 7.0 Nougat by Google, it's now the turn of all the manufacturers to get to work on versions of the software for their own phones.HTC has taken to Twitter to confirm that the final software has been released to them by Google,... >>

Sony Xperia Nougat updates detailed: Xperia Z5 and a whole lot more

Sony Xperia Nougat updates detailed: Xperia Z5 and a whole lot more

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Google made the surprise move of releasing Android 7.0 Nougat to the Nexus masses on Monday, making this one of the earliest public updates in the Android programme.For those with Sony phones the question will always be when your update will arrive. While... >>

Android 7.0 Nougat: 7 new features to get excited about

Android 7.0 Nougat: 7 new features to get excited about

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There are a lot of changes coming in Android 7.0 Nougat, which Google has confirmed will be rolling-out from 22 August.Here's a run down of some of the things to get excited about.1. Revamped quick settingsThe quick settings have been refreshed, giving... >>

Android 7.0 Nougat release: Everything you need to know

Android 7.0 Nougat release: Everything you need to know

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Android 7.0 has carved an unusual path through its pre-release. Often reserved for developers, the big change with the Nougat release is that Google has been very open and sharing about it.Google has confirmed the roll-out of Android 7.0 Nougat has now... >>

Android Nougat might release on 22 August for Nexus 6P and 5X

Android Nougat might release on 22 August for Nexus 6P and 5X

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Android Nougat will probably arrive by the end of the month.The next major version of Android is expected to release in August, but two new clues are now hinting at a specific release date: August 22. Android Central has reported that Canadian operator... >>

Android N Nougat: How to enable and use split-screen mode

Android N Nougat: How to enable and use split-screen mode

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While some Android phones have had split screen multitasking for a while, Android N, or Nougat, is the first to have it built in to the OS. Once Android 7.0 Nougat starts its rollout, every phone with the software installed will be able to take advantage,... >>

Huawei P9 Plus review: The big and the bold
4.0 stars

Huawei P9 Plus review: The big and the bold

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Huawei is fast emerging as one of the most popular smartphone brands in the world. A lot of that notability is thanks to its budget sub-brand, Honor, which cranks out affordable but high quality phones. Still, Huawei has done a lot of work on its own-brand... >>

Android Launchers: How to install, change and customise your phone

Android Launchers: How to install, change and customise your phone

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One of the best, and most often cited, advantages of having an Android device is that you can customise the way it looks. But if you thought the most you could do with it was change your wallpapers and widgets, you’re in for a treat.By downloading new... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner: What is it and how does it work?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner: What is it and how does it work?

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The Galaxy Note 7 has just been announced and one of its most unique features is the new iris scanner. It's not the first time we've seen eye-recognition capabilities in a smartphone, but it is arguably a better implementation than we saw in the Lumia... >>

BlackBerry DTEK50 review: Secure, just not top drawer
3.5 stars

BlackBerry DTEK50 review: Secure, just not top drawer

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BlackBerry has a long tradition of building its own hardware and software, but having fallen on harder times of late, the company was forced to outsource. With the DTEK50, its first mid-range Android phone, it has partnered with TCL Communication and... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: What's new?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: What's new?

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With the launch of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung added a number of fresh features and updates to its stylus-toting phablet.If you've had a Note before, there are plenty of reasons to upgrade to the new one, especially if your last taste was the Note 4 from... >>

LG V20 is the first confirmed Android 7.0 Nougat phone, coming in September

LG V20 is the first confirmed Android 7.0 Nougat phone, coming in September

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LG has publicly confirmed its intention to announce its next flagship phone, the V20, in September. It will be the company's first device running Android 7.0 "Nougat" and follows up on the V10 with a secondary display running along the top, as well as... >>

BlackBerry DTEK50: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

BlackBerry DTEK50: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Blackberry is expected to launch three phones over the next year. One of them is the Argon and, by the sounds of it, this will be the company's 2016 flagship phone. It's a big, all touchscreen device with a powerful processor, support for the latest Quick... >>

BlackBerry DTEK50 officially announced, an all-touch secure Android phone

BlackBerry DTEK50 officially announced, an all-touch secure Android phone

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BlackBerry has officially unveiled the DTEK50, it's second Android phone, but the first without a physical keyboard. It's aimed at the mid-tier market consumers with a need for added security. In fact, during the announcement, security was the key feature. The... >>

Latest Nexus phone app update protects you from spam calls, here's how it works

Latest Nexus phone app update protects you from spam calls, here's how it works

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Google has release an update to its Nexus phone app to include automatic protection against spam callers. The new phone app is available to Nexus and Android One device owners, and will help owners identify and block bothersome phone calls. Once the... >>

Full Moto E3 specs finally confirmed

Full Moto E3 specs finally confirmed

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Motorola has finally lifted the lid on the full specs of the 2016 Moto E. And, as expected, the feature list pretty much lines up with the budget price point, but could still make for one of the best affordable smartphones around this year. With a few... >>

Honor 8 is an all-glass, affordable alternative to Huawei P9

Honor 8 is an all-glass, affordable alternative to Huawei P9

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Huawei's affordable brand, Honor has announced a brand new phone in China. The Honor 8 is a premium-looking Android phone with a stunning glass finish on the front and back, as well as a dual camera system (no Leica branding anywhere to be seen, unsurprisingly).Looking... >>

Amazing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 leak shows full prototype

Amazing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 leak shows full prototype

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Ahead of its official launch, a fresh set of photos allegedly showing of a prototype version of the Galaxy Note 7 have been published online. Renowned leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer pushed a collection of photos to his Twitter account, allegedly showing a... >>

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 arrives just in time for Galaxy Note 7

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 arrives just in time for Galaxy Note 7

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Qualcomm has announced the new Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor; the next in line from its current high-end chip, the Snapdragon 820. Although it doesn't give precise details on all the improvements made with the Snapdragon 821 over the 820, the company... >>

HTC Desire 10 coming to give you more affordable HTC 10

HTC Desire 10 coming to give you more affordable HTC 10

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Renowned leaker, Evan Blass, has indicated that HTC is following up its flagship HTC 10 smartphone with a more affordable Desire-series device with the same numbering. If his information is correct - which it normally is - the HTC Desire 10 will be launched... >>

Android Auto explored: Taking Google on the road

Android Auto explored: Taking Google on the road

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Android Auto has been around for a number of years. Announced in 2014, Android Auto first made its appearance in third-party head units, such as some from Pioneer, with a number of car manufacturers confirming they would be offering it in the future.The... >>

BlackBerry's smartphone roadmap for 2016/17 revealed

BlackBerry's smartphone roadmap for 2016/17 revealed

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Following the recent leak of an upcoming BlackBerry Android phone, yet more details have emerged about BlackBerry's plans for this next year. If rumours published by Venture Beat are to be believed, the Canadian tech company is set to launch three phones... >>

Google wants you to explore the web in VR with Chrome for Android

Google wants you to explore the web in VR with Chrome for Android

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Soon, you'll be able to jump into the web. Like, literally. The latest beta and developer versions of Google's Chrome browser app for Android includes support for the open-source WebVR standard, which allows developers to create websites you can use/watch/view... >>

Android N's official name is Nougat

Android N's official name is Nougat

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After months of teasers and hints, Google has finally announced the official name for Android N. The next major update to the company's mobile operating system will be called Android Nougat. For the longest time, the common consensus has been that Google... >>

Amazon will cut prices on Android phones displaying its lock screen ads

Amazon will cut prices on Android phones displaying its lock screen ads

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Amazon has announced it will offer discounts on select Android phones - as long as you agree to view adverts on the phones' lock screens.The online retailer sells other manufacturers’ phones, including the fourth-generation Moto G and Blu R1 HD. In... >>

Wileyfox Spark, Spark+ and Spark X are three new British-designed budget smartphones

Wileyfox Spark, Spark+ and Spark X are three new British-designed budget smartphones

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Wileyfox has just taken the wraps off its latest phones and - just like last year - its smartphone lineup is seeking to shake-up the budget end of the market. Unlike last year however, it opted to release three different versions of a single device family.At... >>

New TouchWiz UI shows off Galaxy Note 7's likely software

New TouchWiz UI shows off Galaxy Note 7's likely software

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The latest version of TouchWiz, currently in its beta form, suggests Samsung will introduce yet another visual refresh in its software when the Galaxy Note 7 launches. HDBlog published a video showing off the new beta software in an in-depth walkthrough.While... >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 name appears alongside specs: Iris scanner and branding virtually confirmed

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 name appears alongside specs: Iris scanner and branding virtually confirmed

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A Samsung Galaxy Note 7 label leak has been published online by the usually-reliable Evan Blass. It virtually confirms rumours we've been hearing for weeks: Samsung is skipping the Note 6 name.Although it doesn't make sense sequentially, the reasoning... >>

Huawei is making an all-new mobile OS, and it's revamping EMUI

Huawei is making an all-new mobile OS, and it's revamping EMUI

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Huawei has a back-up plan in case things go south with Google.According to The Information, Huawei, which is the world's third-largest smartphone manufacturer and best-known for the Huawei 6P it made with Google, is developing a new mobile operating system... >>

Android Apps on Chrome: How to give your Chromebook an app-vantage

Android Apps on Chrome: How to give your Chromebook an app-vantage

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At its I/O conference in June this year, Google finally confirmed plans to bring Android apps to Chrome OS products. That means that soon you'll be able to fling Angry Birds from a catapult on your Chromebook and download a shedload of other apps you'd... >>

Barclays Android users can now pay up to £100 with contactless using just their phone

Barclays Android users can now pay up to £100 with contactless using just their phone

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Barclays has announced that its contactless payment system, called Contactless Mobile, has launched today.Barclays previously expressed its intent to remain out of Android Pay in favour of its own offering. That has now arrived meaning Android users will... >>

Oppo F1 Plus review: A flagship at half the price
4.0 stars

Oppo F1 Plus review: A flagship at half the price

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Oppo is a Chinese smartphone brand that isn't especially familiar to UK customers. Yet on a global scale it was one of 2015's fastest growers. That's for one very good reason: it's been making decent phones at competitive prices, and everyone loves a... >>

Android N desktop mode shown off with new task bar, by official

Android N desktop mode shown off with new task bar, by official

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Android N is set to bring new desktop style floating windows to smartphones and tablets, already seen in the preview, which has now been shown off officially with a task bar.The SVP of Android, Chrome OS and Play, Hiroshi Lockheimer tweeted a photo of... >>

OnePlus 3 is official, equipped with huge 6GB RAM and an all-new all-metal finish

OnePlus 3 is official, equipped with huge 6GB RAM and an all-new all-metal finish

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OnePlus has just announced its next generation flagship smartphone, and continues in its tradition of releasing powerful devices at affordable prices. While some specifications look similar to the OnePlus 2, there’s definitely enough difference here... >>

Facebook will delete your photos unless you install its Moments app

Facebook will delete your photos unless you install its Moments app

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Facebook has announced that it will delete photos synched from the Facebook app if its Moments app isn't installed before 7 July.When the photo synching feature was added to the Facebook app in 2012 it promised to offer unlimited synching of photos, like... >>

Apple's iMessage app could be coming to Android soon

Apple's iMessage app could be coming to Android soon

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Apple might have a surprise in store for Android users next week.According to a report from MacDailyNews, which cited sources "familiar with the company's thinking", Apple plans to announce an iMessage app for Android at its annual Worldwide Developers... >>

Google's abandoned Project Ara modular smartphone: Everything you need to know

Google's abandoned Project Ara modular smartphone: Everything you need to know

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Project Ara was Google's vision for making truly customisable smartphones. Sadly, it's no more. A Reuters report stated that - although developer units were supposed to become available this year - Google has suspended the product.It's a real shame because... >>

Huawei Daydream VR smartphone with Leica cameras is coming this year

Huawei Daydream VR smartphone with Leica cameras is coming this year

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Huawei has announced that not only will it be releasing a phone that adheres to Google's Android Daydream VR specifications, but that it'll arrive soon.Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, the CEO of Huawei Richard Yu said that a Daydream-ready Huawei... >>

Google ‘off the record’ mode will keep your search history private

Google ‘off the record’ mode will keep your search history private

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Google has confirmed that it will be offering more advanced privacy settings that keep search history private.Speaking at the Code Conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke about the new settings, among other Nexus upgrades, which would allow users to... >>

Android N could arrive on your phone sooner than you think

Android N could arrive on your phone sooner than you think

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Google's parent company Alphabet is reportedly stepping up its game to make sure operating system updates arrive faster across devices, which should start with Android N.Currently the Android operating system can rollout quickly to gadgets running pure... >>

Get Android Nougat wallpapers on your phone right now

Get Android Nougat wallpapers on your phone right now

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The third developer preview of Android Nougat is now available, and buried inside the software are four new wallpapers.Anticipation is high for Android Nougat and in an uncharacteristic move, Google released a developer build of Android Nougat into the... >>

What are Android Instant Apps and why do they matter?

What are Android Instant Apps and why do they matter?

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Google announced Android Instant Apps during its Google I/O 2016 developer conference. They represent a big change in how apps are managed, as well as how many apps you might end up having on your phone in the future.Android Instant Apps will allow users... >>

Google announces Daydream, the future of Android virtual reality

Google announces Daydream, the future of Android virtual reality

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Clay Bavor, VP virtual reality at Google, took to the stage at Google I/O 2016 to add flesh to the bones of Google's future VR plans. Evolving the VR offering beyond that of Cardboard, Bavor confirmed that Android is working on a new platform called... >>

Android N will be called... you decide

Android N will be called... you decide

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Google today took to the stage at Google I/O 2016 to announce that anyone will be able to contribute to the name of the next version of Android.Unlike previous years, with the Android N release, Google released the developer beta to the general public... >>

Nokia is back with Android smartphone and tablet plans

Nokia is back with Android smartphone and tablet plans

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Nokia has announced that it is returning to the world of smartphones and it's turning to Android as its platform of choice.Few companies have a smartphone history as rich as Nokia. Having dominated the mobile phone market and feature phone markets for... >>

Android Pay in the UK: Here's how to get set up

Android Pay in the UK: Here's how to get set up

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Android Pay finally arrived in the UK in May 2016, following its launch in the US last year.The service allows anyone with a compatible bank and an NFC-enabled Android device running KitKat 4.4 or above to pay for items using their phone anywhere that... >>

Pret A Manger slip-up reveals Android Pay coming to UK sooner than you think

Pret A Manger slip-up reveals Android Pay coming to UK sooner than you think

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It's been known for a while that Android Pay is to launch in the UK this summer, but it seems we won't have long to wait before the service becomes available. It could be a matter of days.That's the impression given by food chain Pret A Manger.The Telegraph... >>