Articles about Android
Pebble announced its high end variant of the Pebble Time with elegant looks to compete with the Apple Watch. Smartstrap technology encourages hardware partners to innovate too.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is now running on three percent of all devices accessing the Google Play store, with a further 41 percent running KitKat.
Samsung and HTC each improved this generation of smartphone, but some design decisions may have customers choosing one over the other -- and it may not be the one you think.
UPDATED: The search giant will let phone makers decide whether or not to enable encryption-by-default because of performance issues on older devices.
Cyanogen will soon be expanding its presence on Android handsets with new Alcatel hardware. The specs look pretty compelling, especially at just $299 with no contract or subsidy.
Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has rekindled efforts to find OEMs to build Sailfish OS devices and is eyeing a space as a European security-focused mobile comms company.
Huawei continues to reveal high end designs; its newest Android Wear smartwatch looks to compete with the elegant look and feel of the Moto 360.
Sony has taken the wraps off its new Xperia M4 mid-range smartphone and a 10.1-inch tablet that's lighter than Apple's iPad Air 2.
Mozilla and its partner Orange are launching a new ultra-budget device for Africa, and the open-source effort has new partners onboard for developed markets. But do consumers care about its ambitions to save the open web?
Cyanogen made a couple of announcements at MWC today. One is a partnership to reach more people with Cyanogen OS and the other focuses on the company's look.
Microsoft's OneDrive and OneNote apps are preloaded on the just-announced Samsung Galaxy S6 Android phone. Could this be just the start of more OEM deals for Microsoft?
Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite bundle is now available for small and midsize businesses, not just enterprise customers.
HTC's new One M9 is no ground-breaker, but like its M8 and M7 predecessors is a well designed and well engineered smartphone.
HTC continues to expand beyond smartphones. Matthew spent a bit of time handling the new HTC Grip fitness band and likes what he see so far.
Matthew spent over 24 hours using the new HTC One M9 and it exceeds the emotional appeal of the M7. HTC improved where it needed to and the One M9 is sure to be a popular phone.
ZAGG takes a unique approach to compactness, while providing a keyboard that is still big enough to be useful.
The Galaxy S6 might be a more modern handset, and it might look more like the iPhone, but it's debatable as to whether it's a better design than the Galaxy S5.
Samsung has finally unveiled its long-awaited and much-rumored flagship smartphone. Well, two smartphones to be accurate. Joining the standard Galaxy S6 is the Galaxy S6 Edge that features a dual-curve display.
HTC made the right move by moving the UltraPixel camera to the front and adding in a more standard camera to the back. Software isn't yet final, but initial results are encouraging.
Take your Android tablet to work with these apps. Track your time, stay on top of what you need to do, and collaborate with colleagues.
Samsung is rolling out its Android Lollipop update for existing Galaxy S5 owners. The update integrates Material Design with Samsung TouchWiz and things look great.
Who's the busiest developer on Android these days? Some of the most impressive business apps are coming from an unlikely source, with Microsoft's business apps appearing on the Google Play Store and getting rave reviews.
Mobile data is probably more of a commodity than anything else in our tech lives. Here are six ways to drastically reduce your monthly consumption.
The new Google Nexus 9 is made by HTC and the two official accessories have some cool HTC design elements, but at a rather high price.
The Fitbit Charge is the best daily activity tracker for the masses and Fitbit sets the bar for its powerful ecosystem and reliable tracker lineup.
Microsoft markets the power of Office in your hands with the Surface Pro 3, but with SoftMaker Office HD for Android you can get desktop-level functionality on your Android tablet too.
Sony continues to launch unique mobile designs with a focus on helping you manage your life in any environmental condition.
The premium Android tablet from Dell is thinner than the iPad Air 2 and lighter than the iPad mini.
Sony continues to launch high end Android devices and companion accessories. The sleek Z3 Tablet Compact is a bit expensive, but the media experience is tough to beat.
Microsoft expanded access to its Office preview for Android and in this screenshot gallery Matthew takes a look at it and several alternatives.
ANZ Bank and Visa today issued a joint statement saying how much the bank's 50 staff loved their recent trial of a microSD-powered, Near Field Communication payments system, despite the bank saying on Monday that the microSD technology had not met all of its needs. We take a leaf out of the national broadcaster's book and investigate.
At Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Senior Product Manager Erick Tseng demos Google Earth for Android. The new app mirrors the Google Earth application on the desktop. The app also supports the voice features in Google Earth, searching for geographic locations like "Mount Fuji."
At Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Google VP of Product Management Mario Queiroz and Android Senior Product Manager Erick Tseng demo the new Google Nexus One smartphone, or as he calls it, "superphone." The new phone is made with HTC hardware and runs Google's Android 2.1 OS. Some of the features include GPS with Google Maps and turn-by-turn navigation, an accelerometer, a virtual keyboard, a light sensor for adjusting the display to save battery power, a proximity sensor, a compass, a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash, Wi-Fi, a new media gallery interface with access to Picasa and YouTube, Facebook access, and stereo Bluetooth.
At a Churchill Club event, ZDNet talked with Wall Street Journal personal technology columnist Walt Mossberg. He showed us some new gadgets for the holidays, including the new Barnes & Noble Nook; Bayer's new USB-enabled diabetic monitor; the iLane, a portable e-mail messaging device for your car; and the Acer Netbook running Google's Android OS.
For start-ups without a lot of time or money, is it smarter to develop for the iPhone first or the Android OS? Panelists at the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford discuss the pros and cons of each platform. With 65,000 apps available, the iPhone may be the most popular smartphone, but that also means that many more apps can eclipse yours. Panelists include Purnima Kochikar, vice president of the Nokia Community and Developer Forum; Dorrian Porter, CEO of Mozes; Simon Khalaf, CEO of Flurry; and moderator Mark Newhall, co-founder of IdealWave Solutions and INmobile.org.
With earnings season looming, ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz look ahead at July and discuss what's on deck for the big four: Apple, Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft. We all know ad spending has tapered, but what does that mean for Google? And will Windows 7 carry Microsoft through the recession?
ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz talks about Research In Motion's recent praise from UBS analyst Jeffrey Fan and whether his notes are merited. Diaz believes the company's successful first-quarter was due to some special promotions and that the second quarter will be a better gauge of RIM's long-term health as competition in the smartphone market heats up.
Sure the iPhone is hot, but how hot is it and can it maintain the momentum? ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to senior editor Sam Diaz about how big a boost the phone has given Apple. Diaz also discusses how Research In Motion and Google aren't letting Apple run away with the smartphone crown just yet.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to senior editor Sam Diaz about Google's new mobile phone operating system, Android. Diaz discusses the new features available in the open-source operating system, whether it's an iPhone killer, and how the technology may eventually reach beyond phones and land inside other products such as set-top boxes, televisions, and automobiles.
CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi checks in with News.com Senior Writer Stephen Shankland about the two-day Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco. From demos of the Android touch screen to details on the Google App Engine (don't forget the free junk food), Shankland calls the event a success.
The Android phone won't win any awards for performance, but the addition of LTE will make this entry-level smartphone a strong contender for bring-your-own-device users.
The OnePlus One is a high-end 5.5-inch smartphone that sells for an affordable price (if you can get hold of one). Although it lacks 800MHz (band 20) LTE support and MicroSD storage expansion, it's still a very impressive and highly recommended handset.
The second-generation two-screen YotaPhone is a much more polished handset than the original, but it lacks storage expansion and is on the expensive side.
The Nexus 9 is the first tablet to run Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and offers excellent performance plus impressive sound quality. There are drawbacks, though, including some build quality issues, a tendency to run warm and a premium price.
The 2014 Moto X is nicely designed and solidly built, has a great 5.2-inch AMOLED screen, performs superbly, and delivers a range of useful Moto 'experiences' on top of an otherwise uncluttered Android OS. Limited internal storage capacity and lack of MicroSD expansion are our main concerns.
Samsung's copious software add-ons and UI tweaks mean that the Galaxy Tab S delivers a particular kind of Android experience. We have a few issues with some of these extras, but the slimline Galaxy Tab S is still a very impressive tablet.
Sony's 5.3-inch Xperia T3 is a distinctive-looking and well-built large-screen smartphone with no serious failings, although both the screen resolution and internal storage are on the low side.
The LG G3 is an elegant high-end Android smartphone with a superb 5.5-inch screen, a high-quality 13-megapixel main camera, a fast quad-core SoC, intelligent UI skinning and an admirably restrained set of software extras.
The G Pad 8.3 is a well-thought-out tablet. Some may find the software extras a bit much, but there's a lot of utility in there. The hardware spec, like the device as a whole, is good value for money.
The Moto E redefines the functionality to be found at the budget end of the smartphone market.
Samsung has done a good job with the Galaxy S5. Software bloat has been pared down and a few useful new features added, while the technical specifications are superb and battery life is good. Design purists may bemoan the plastic chassis, but the Galaxy S5 is still a worthy successor to last year's model.
Every inch the premium high-end smartphone, the Xperia Z2 delivers excellent performance, screen quality and camera resolution without compromising battery life. However, the abundance of third-party apps may confuse some users, and we noticed that the handset sometimes runs hot.
The HTC One (M8) ticks most of our boxes: design, build and performance are all excellent, there's no app overload, and HTC Sense is improving with every iteration. Battery life could be better and some of the camera tools may seem unnecessary, but overall it's a winner.
This affordable smartphone includes a Simple Android Interface, but it's only skin-deep, and to access it you need to be able to navigate the standard UI.
There's more to this phablet than its curved chassis, although the moderate screen resolution and lack of storage expansion are disappointing. On the plus side, battery life is good and LG's Android tweaks are largely successful. Overall though, the G Flex is simply way too expensive.