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    by Published on 05-12-2017 07:15 AM
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    The Hacker News did up this fancy new graphic for what is ultimately an old problem. That problem? OnePlus doesn't use a secure channel to deliver OTA updates. Instead of HTTPS or TLS your stock OnePlus device will check for and receive software updates over plain old HTTP.

    The specific flaws are as follows:

    Exactly what I wrote above, that OnePlus OTAs are not delivered in a secure manner. This flaw makes the next three attacks possible.

    An additional fly in the ointment: Because all OTA updates from OnePlus are signed with the same key, it's possible to disguise a downgrade as an upgrade, making the target less secure.

    Because of that shared key it's also possible to disguise a Hydrogen OS OTA as an Oxygen one, and vice versa.

    Again with the shared key... it's also possible to remotely inject a OTA meant for a OnePlus X onto a OnePlus One, and vice versa.

    Keep in mind that for any of this to work the attacker would have to be on the same network as you, and you yourself would have to approve the incoming update on your device. But the fact remains that these vulnerabilities wouldn't exist at all if OnePlus used HTTP or TLS to check for and deliver updates.

    I'll add to this that the company should also be quicker to update the factory images on their site. I understand and can appreciate their practice of rolling out OTAs by region, but I see too many users on reddit and their forums installing updates from dodgy sources, like some random person's MEGA account.

    Sources: Aleph Security via The Hacker News

    by Published on 05-11-2017 07:00 AM
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    I'm always fascinated by the mobile phone culture of other countries, be it the die-hard keitai users of Japan or the magic of M-Pesa mobile payments across great swaths of Africa. A couple of summers ago I linked to the XDA Atlas, providing some fantastic insight into that site's worldwide user base. This past week on r/Android a redditor from India posted about the peculiarities of using a smartphone in that country. I thought it would be interesting to share a few highlights, so here they are...

    First off, it would seem that most Indian smartphone users are on prepaid plans. That in itself isn't so unusual, until you consider that dual-SIM support is a must-have feature for them. The redditor explains why:

    Telenor's call rates are dirt cheap, but its data speed is bad. On the other hand, Airtel has good data speeds, but its call rate is way more than Telenor's. So many people use Telenor for calling and Airtel for data, getting the best of both without shelling out double the money.
    Dual-SIM phones will never be popular here in the west because carriers will never sell them—more specifically, they'll never undercut themselves by giving their customers the option of a second provider on the same device. That's definitely an advantage of a prepaid market, that users can easily obtain unlocked phones with dual-SIM support.

    The bad news with prepaid—for India, at least—is that SMS is much more expensive. According to the redditor users have largely abandoned it in favour of data-driven alternatives like WhatsApp and Nimbuzz. Remember Nimbuzz? That former XMPP aggregator is now its own proprietary service, the most popular one on the subcontinent, apparently.

    To find out which smartphones are popular in India and more, check out the reddit thread immediately below. Dual-SIMs ftw!

    Source: r/Android

    by Published on 05-10-2017 07:00 AM
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    This is Cito, the smartwatch prototype that moves on five axes—it rotates, rises up and down, lifts and falls on a hinge, moves left and right and even orbits around your wrist.

    Why on earth would you want such a thing? Well, imagine that you're wearing a long sleeve shirt, and as you lift your wrist your watch face pokes out just enough for you to see the time, then automatically retracts as you lower your arm. There are a few other use-cases as well. For fear of scratching their bezels I personally wear my smartwatches with loose-fitting bands, frequently twisting the watch face to the top or bottom of my wrist depending on what I'm doing. Cito promises to do that for me.

    You can see the prototype in action for yourself in this five-minute video:

    Cito was developed by researchers at Dartmouth College in the U.S. and the University of Waterloo in Canada, and will be shown off later today at the Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Denver, Colorado.

    The idea is, if you'll pardon the pun, an interesting new twist on the traditional wristwatch; I think the team behind it should be commended for at least attempting to solve some practical issues with that form factor.

    Sources: EurekAlert! via SlashGear

    by Published on 05-08-2017 07:31 AM
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    The Verge is confident that the OnePlus 3 and 3T's successor will go on sale this summer. It's widely expected to be called the OnePlus 5, since the number 4 has unlucky connotations in Chinese culture. I've read elsewhere that the phone will be available before the end of Q2, which would make sense—the OnePlus 3 made its début on June 14th of last year.

    With just over a month to go, here's what we know about the device so far...

    This could very well be an actual OnePlus 5—not a final production unit but rather a testing mule, similar to what's commonly used in the car industry. It was caught (or deliberately planted) in Carl Pei's Instagram feed, and shared via Twitter over the weekend. Note the dual cameras on the device, which will probably be aligned as above...

    ... Rather than stacked on top of each other as in this render, found on an Oppomart.com listing and shared by GSM Arena. The specs on that listing are as follows:

    - 5.5 inch quad HD screen, 2560 x 1440 pixels display resolution
    - 2.45 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 quad-core processor
    - 6 GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64/128 GB USF 2.1 storage
    - 12 MP rear dual-camera, 8 MP front camera
    - Front fingerprint scanner supported
    - Oxygen OS base on Android N, Dash Charge 2.0
    - Estimated availability: ships from beginning of June, 2017

    But wait, there's more!

    According to TechnoBuffalo this is an "about" screen from the Hydrogen OS-powered Chinese variant of the phone, showing off a whopping 8 GB of RAM!

    If you're a OnePlus fan or in the market for a new and unlocked Android device, you might want to hold off on any phone purchases until next month...

    Sources: GSM Arena, TechnoBuffalo, The Verge, Twitter

    by Published on 05-03-2017 07:00 AM
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    Can you guess what site these renders were leaked to?

    Anyway, here's Fitbit's first proper smartwatch, the company's Apple Watch killer and first beneficiary of all that IP gained in the acquisition of Pebble late last year. Kinda underwhelming, ain't it?

    And it's not just you... Yahoo! Finance reports that even people at Fitbit aren't happy:

    “It was very retro-looking with the lines and stuff — definitely not sexy,” another source previously told Yahoo Finance [...] “Several employees who saw the design complained about it.”
    Nonetheless, what's known internally as Project Higgs is coming to market this fall, and for an expected price of $300 USD will offer a colour display, on-board GPS, heart rate monitoring, contactless payments and music integration with Pandora, all while providing four days of battery life between charges.

    What's not known is whether or not Higgs will be fully waterproof; apparently the design team has been having a lot of trouble with that. At least they managed to fix an ongoing issue with GPS, which was apparently not working reliably on a final prototype of the watch.

    Fitbit will also be bringing these wireless earbuds—codenamed Parkside—to market. Streaming music is to be a headline feature on Fitbit's smartwatch, but the company apparently had to make a deal with Pandora after negotiations with Spotify fell through.

    To sum up, Fitbit's first proper smartwatch has all the makings of a disaster. It's ugly, uncompetitive and full of compromises. Pebble users likely won't go anywhere near the thing; we'll have to wait and see what Fitbit fans make of it.

    Source: Yahoo! Finance

    by Published on 04-27-2017 07:30 AM
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    The last time I reported on Japan's hot handsets was from Osaka only five months ago, so there's not actually all that much new hardware on the market. But despite the glory days of Japanese keitai having long since passed, Japan still manages to offer their smartphone customers some attractive and unique hardware that you can't find anywhere else.

    Here's what caught my eye during my most recent trip...

    Onkyo Granbeat DP-CMX1

    Onkyo has made their first smartphone with audiophiles in mind, featuring discrete gold-plated headphone and line outputs, plus a dedicated audio board. You can see its Japanese product page here, and read a British magazine's report on it here.

    Fujitsu arrows NX F-01J

    The latest in Fujitsu's arrows line boasts audio tuning by Onkyo, along with a proprietary "solid shield" structure to resist screen cracks due to drops. Given that the appealing two-tone paint job of this little number will likely make you not want to use a case, dropping it is a legitimate concern. DoCoMo has an English-language for the NX-F01J right here.

    Honourable Mention: LG F-01G

    Gotta give some love to the mobile hotspot that kept the girlfriend and I connected while we were away. LG's latest boasts a maximum throughput of 262 Mbps on the DoCoMo LTE network. We didn't get anywhere near that, but what we did get was stellar battery life—4,880 mAh was more than enough to keep two phones perpetually connected through an entire day.

    You can see its product page here and its DoCoMo listing here. And if you like you can rent one for yourself right here.

    by Published on 04-12-2017 07:00 AM
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    $192 USD? That's Pebble territory...!

    But it is indeed the launch price of the ZTE Quartz, an Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with standalone 3G connectivity available exclusively from T-Mobile this Friday, April 14th—and in T-Mobile stores a week after that.

    As its price would suggest, there's no on-board heart rate sensor or NFC; here's what it does have:

    1.4 inch 400 x 400 round AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass 3
    1.1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor
    4 GB storage
    500 mAh battery
    Bluetooth 4.1
    802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
    Networks: GSM 850/1900, UMTS Bands II (1900), IV (1700/2100) V (850)
    Band: interchangeable 22 mm with quick release
    Built-in speaker
    IP67 water resistance

    3G support and the built-in speaker will enable the watch to make and receive phone calls on the T-Mobile network; what's not yet known is how much T-Mobile will charge for that additional service.

    Source: T-Mobile USA via XDA

    by Published on 04-10-2017 07:30 AM
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    This past weekend the Android subreddit seemed more than a bit obsessed with comparing the latest from Samsung with the current iPhone. Three separate videos on the subject made it to their front page, so I thought I'd share them here for you to enjoy as well.

    Jonathan Morrison is first up with an in-depth comparison between the XL versions of each phone, including a soak test (they both survived). Despite the very obvious Apple Watch adorning his wrist he admits that the iPhone looks dated next to the Galaxy S8 Plus—in his own words: "The Samsung is the cooler phone".

    Krystal Key focuses on cameras (boo), pitting the regular S8 against the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus. Her findings? While Samsung's OIS loses to Apple, especially in video, with images it produces better results in HDR mode and low-light situations. It's almost as if Sammy's high-contrast output is tuned for an OLED display or something. Also, nice Apple Watch.

    I guess there's something to that "wall huggers" joke after all... Not being an Apple user myself, I just assumed that the iPhone had some sort of fast charging, but as the video above demonstrates, it clearly does not. The 7 Plus takes an hour longer to reach a full charge—2 hours and 46 minutes, to be exact, vs. 1 hour and 42 minutes for the SGS8 Plus.

    Now Apple fans could rightfully point out here that a more fair comparison would be between two 2017 phones—that is, the Galaxy S8 vs the iPhone 8, 7s or whatever it is that Apple has planned for Q3 of this year. I'm guessing that both YouTubers and reddit will be all-too-happy to revisit this comparison before Christmas.

    Sources: r/Android (1) (2) (3)

    by Published on 04-07-2017 07:00 AM
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    Simpler times, just over a year ago...

    When Fitbit acquired Pebble late last year the latter made a promise to its users that services connected to their cheap and cheerful smartwatches would continue to run until at least the end of 2017. The bad news is that there are signs Pebble may be breaking that promise. The good news? A firmware update that will keep Pebbles running even after Pebble's servers power down.

    This week Pebble posted the following to their developer blog:

    Today’s updates to the Pebble apps for iOS and Android liberate them from past dependency on cloud services. Freeing the ecosystem from these dependencies means Pebble smartwatches can operate normally, even if online servers are not accessible for any reason.

    For example, if a Pebble authentication server can’t be reached, the mobile apps will let Pebble devices keep working. The login process can be skipped, apps can be side-loaded, and the latest watch firmware (including language packs) can be installed.
    It's not entirely clear how (or if) some critical functions will continue to work—voice-to-text, messaging and weather still rely on Pebble servers.

    Wareable reports that for iOS users the update is available immediately; Android users will have to either join Pebble's beta program or wait for the official update to appear on the Play Store.

    Sources: Pebble Developers via 9to5 Google, Wareable

    by Published on 03-30-2017 07:30 AM
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    (A free SGS8 wallpaper for you, courtesy of Walloid...)

    This may surprise you, but I personally don't see Samsung as a smartphone enthusiast brand. Here in Canada you can only buy their latest models locked to a carrier, and Samsung continues to build in additional region-blocking restrictions on grey market unlocked devices. Rooting a Galaxy or Note seems unnecessarily difficult, and if you don't, it's been proven that their flagship devices slow down over time.

    That being said, I cannot deny that for the vast majority of the world Samsung is Android, thus making any new flagship release a very big deal. I do think that the South Korean conglomerate serves the enthusiast community by setting the bar for displays and cameras, and maybe design. On these three fronts the S8 and S8+ don't disappoint, and both phones make good on 2017's promise to kill the bezel.

    Here are some additional thoughts on notable new features in the S8/S8+, in the hopes of kick-starting a wider discussion about the latest from Samsung.


    Here's the world's biggest Android OEM flexing its marketshare muscle—how else could you possibly justify a proprietary in-house AI alternative to Google Assistant? Though Samsung may reap some short-term benefits from scraping up data from early adopters, I expect this feature to be abandoned in a year or two. What currently passes for "artificial intelligence" in smartphones is still pretty hard to pull off well.


    Here's something I bet you didn't know—the S8 and S8+ are the first smartphones with Bluetooth v5 support. It will obviously come to other phones as well, but for the Samsungs it means you can stream Bluetooth audio to two different sources at the same time, even adjust the volume independently for each. That's a pretty neat trick!


    This is an idea we've seen before, with Convergence from Ubuntu and Continuum from Microsoft. As seems to be the case with each of those, I predict that nobody will ever actually use DeX—but it will help push Samsung sales even further by being a killer in-store display.

    What do you think of the new S8 and S8+?

    Links: Android Police, Howard Forums (1) (2), XDA (1) (2)

    by Published on 03-29-2017 07:30 AM
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    A bold proclamation that I made at the start of 2017 is still holding up almost three months later; traditional watchmakers are announcing more and more of the best-looking smartwatches, putting similar efforts by the likes of Huawei and LG to shame. Yes, I'm deliberately conflating "best-looking" with "best" here—if you're fretting about how much RAM your smartwatch has, you're doing it wrong.

    Look instead to the new Android Wear models announced at the Baselworld trade show in Switzerland this past week. Movado, Diesel, Montblanc... all great-looking watches with first-party customizable faces and—surprise!—the added utility of notifications on your wrist. It's as much jewellery as it is tech, and that's not at all a bad thing.

    It might not be enough to win back folks who've given up on wearing a wristwatch altogether, nor entice those who've never worn one in the first place. On the other hand (pun intended), not every watch-wearer cares about monitoring their heart rate or even tracking their steps—there are plenty of Fitbits for that. For the serious watch fan in the market for a good-looking timepiece with notification support, 2017 looks to be a very good year. Just do yourself a favour and set the fashion bar a little higher than your local Best Buy.

    Source: XDA

    by Published on 03-22-2017 07:00 AM
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    The global fashion powerhouse recognizes the importance of providing smart, hi-tech value on the wrists of their young, sexy, and adventurous consumers. GUESS was one of the first fashion brands to embrace the trend of wearable technology with the launch of GUESS Connect in 2015. Now, with the announcement of GUESS Connect, GUESS Watches are extending their lead in the growing display smartwatch segment.
    Well, the important things are (1) they're running Android Wear 2.0, (2) they won't cost thousands of dollars, and most importantly (3) there's no flat tire.

    Lots of tech sites—iVerge, for example—are summarily dismissing these first Android Wear watches from Guess. In doing so they fail to see that this is yet one more step in Android's takeover of the traditional wristwatch industry. Oh, and there's one more thing: Sequel, the parent company of Guess, is part of Timex Group B.V., making these technically the first Android-powered watches from Timex. That's a pretty big deal.

    It may too gaudy for some, but I think the 44mm men's model above looks rather fetching.

    As for this 41mm ladies model, um... no comment. Guess I'm not young, sexy or adventurous enough.

    Specs for both watches include the standard for Android Wear Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 chip. AW 2.0's standalone will have the added benefit of making the watches more independent of the phone they're paired to, and thus more compatible with iOS.

    Source: GlobeNewswire via Digital Trends

    by Published on 03-21-2017 07:00 AM
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    And just so we're clear, a helpful redditor on r/apple has whipped up this graphic to illustrate what that means— not actually a falling drop, but instead a drop resting on a surface. As you can see on the right, it was a hallmark of the original iPhone's design, and is apparently making a comeback on the 10th anniversary edition of the device.

    The rumour comes from Korean site ET News; here's a translation by 9to5Mac:

    Apple’s next iPhone is expected to be closer to ‘water drop design’. It embodies the back side design with curved emphasis, resembling the initial iPhone. This year, the 10th anniversary of the birth of the iPhone, it also shows the character of ‘Omaju’ for the early works.
    Yeah, no idea what Omaju is, either...

    While it may feature a retro design, other facets of the iPhone 8 will be entirely new, at least for Apple fans—including a 5.8 inch OLED display, wireless charging and USB-C port. If none of this floats your boat, Apple will also be selling a spec-bumped iPhone 7s and 7s Plus alongside their 10th anniversary smartphone.

    These are only rumours, of course, albeit from a fairly credible source.

    Sources: 9to5Mac, reddit

    by Published on 03-20-2017 07:30 AM
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    Early yesterday morning, master leaker Evan Blass tweeted this image of the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The 5.8 inch S8 appears on the top row in (from left to right) Black Sky, Orchid Grey and Arctic Silver. The 6.2 inch S8 Plus, distinguishable by the slightly smaller bezels according to Android Police, appears in the same colours along the bottom row.

    A few hours later Blass tweeted the European pricing for the phones—€799 for the S8 and €899 for the S8 Plus. At current rates, that's $859.76 and $967.35 USD respectively, which seems unusually high, even for Samsung. It could be that the South Korean conglomerate is anticipating a higher price tag for this year's 10th anniversary iPhone and moving their own prices upmarket to match.

    These aren't the first leaks about Samsung's latest; AP has reported on previous leaks here, here and here. It is, however, the first clear picture of the entire lineup, expected to be made official on Thursday, March, 29th.

    What do you think of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus?

    Sources: @evleaks (1) (2) via Android Police

    by Published on 03-15-2017 07:00 AM
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    Fortune ran a piece last week about how luxury watchmakers are circling their wagons around Android Wear, to keep their products relevant in the age of the Apple Watch. If you're an Android user with an appreciation for the traditional timepiece, this is great news.

    The Movado Group is the latest Android Wear licensee, and will be bringing their first smartwatches to market this fall. The group's brands include Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, but what I'm excited about is the Movado Connect; according to Droid Life it will be a lineup of five designs based on the iconic Museum Watch, like the Movado Edge you see above.

    Movado's smartwatches will start at $495 USD, a bargain when compared to the second-generation TAG Heuer Connected.

    As aBlogtoWatch reports, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 will cost a little more ($1,650 USD) for a slightly smaller watch (45mm). As the "Modular" moniker would suggest, the user can change not only the bands but the lugs as well. There are now more colour and material options for the bezel, and the upgraded phone app will include TAG Studio, granting you the power to make your own watch face from scratch.

    And hey, if a $1,650 USD smartwatch isn't enough of a status symbol for you, there's also a limited edition set that includes a mechanical Tourbillon module. That'll set you back a cool $17,000, but at least you'll have a working watch to pass on to your next of kin...

    Sources: Fortune, Droid Life, aBlogtoWatch

    by Published on 03-14-2017 07:00 AM
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    I really hate it when I have to use this image, but here we are once again.

    Last Friday security firm Check Point published a blog post detailing malware found in products from "a multinational technology company" and "a large telecommunications company". I can only surmise that the latter is a carrier; the former would seem to suggest an online retailer, but the products from Lenovo, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi makes me think that it's not Best Buy.

    What's unique about this particular infections is that they were added in the supply chain—that is, somewhere between the manufacturer and end user. Here's the list of infected devices, with the offending APKs in italics:

    Asus Zenfone 2 / Lenovo S90

    Lenovo A850

    Lenovo S90

    Oppo N3 / Vivo X6 plus

    Oppo R7 Plus

    Samsung Galaxy A5

    Samsung Galaxy A5

    Samsung Galaxy Note 2 / LG G4

    Samsung Galaxy Note 2 / Xiaomi Mi 4i

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 / Galaxy Note 4 / Galaxy Note Edge / Galaxy S4

    Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 / Galaxy Note 8.0

    Samsung Galaxy Note 5

    Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

    Samsung Galaxy S4

    Samsung Galaxy S4 / Galaxy S7

    Samsung Galaxy S4

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

    Xiaomi Redmi

    ZTE x500

    Hopefully no one reading this is affected by any of the malware listed above. If you want to make sure your device is safe, Check Point, Lookout and Malwarebytes are three malware scanners recommended by Ars Technica.

    Sources: Check Point via Ars Technica

    by Published on 03-09-2017 08:00 AM
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    Well, this sucks.

    Android Police is some Pixel and Pixel XL owners are experiencing a complete failure of one or more of the microphones in their flagship Android phones. Google claims that less than one percent of their devices are affected; even so, a thread about the issue on the Google Support Forum has over 800 posts thus far.

    A Google employee has responded with an explanation of what's going on. Here's a summary of that explanation by AP:

    Both the Pixel and Pixel XL may have a failure-causing physical default in one of the three microphones on the devices, the primary "phone" input and two ambient mics. It could also be an issue with a hairline crack in the solder of the microphone component going to the phone's main board.

    These two issues seem to cover most of the device problems experienced so far, and the minute physical nature of the defects explains why they can sometimes appear and disappear with tiny variations like phone grip and ambient temperature.

    Some users have managed to get their microphones "un-stuck" with applied heat and air via a hairdryer, but it isn't officially recommended.
    The recommended course of action for affected users is to get a replacement phone under warranty from Google. Unfortunately at this point there's no guarantee that said replacement won't have the same issue.

    Source: Android Police

    by Published on 03-06-2017 08:00 AM
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    Google had some news of their own at Mobile World Congress last week—The Verge reports that their "AI" Assistant is rolling out to millions of Marshmallow and Nougat-powered Android phones around the world. Users in the U.S. are first in line for the upgrade, with Australia, Canada, the U.K. and Germany to follow.

    Android Central has an interesting take on the timing of the announcement:

    Samsung was never going to build it into the Galaxy S8 or any other phone it sells. Now the decision has been taken out of Samsung's hands and left up to you to opt in if you want Google Assistant.
    Okay, cool, but before we all swoon over good guy Google let's also remember that up to now it's been an exclusive feature of the company's Pixel phones, rather than being more widely available from the get-go. Same story for the Pixel Launcher, by the way, which Google is only now graciously allowing on the new Android devices from Nokia.

    You could look at this phenomenon in one of two ways, neither of which paints Google in a particularly attractive light. I see these Pixel exclusives—and the Pixel itself, for that matter—as very un-Googley, and not at all in the spirit of AOSP. On the other hand, Pixel owners might rightfully feel that they're de facto beta testers for everyone else.

    At any rate, Google's Assistant is making its way to your non-Pixel phone. Let us know if you get it!

    Sources: Android Central, The Verge

    by Published on 03-03-2017 08:00 AM
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    Or, in English, meet the newest BlackBerry in Toronto this weekend.

    Kevin Michaluk, aka CrackBerry Kevin, is stopping by on his way home from Barcelona with some final production KEYone phones, and is hosting a casual meetup Saturday night at O'Grady's, on the corner of Church and Maitland Streets. Anyone interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP at Meetup.com

    Here's an edited version of BlackBerry's KEYone event at Mobile World Congress last weekend:

    And here are the device specs, from BlackBerry Canada's product page:

    1620 x 1080 IPS LCD @ 433 PPI
    24-bit colour depth
    Screen size
    4.5” diagonal
    3:2 aspect ratio

    Android OS – 7.1 Nougat

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core 2.0 GHz
    64-bit Adreno 506 650MHz GPU

    3 GB RAM
    32 GB Flash

    Expandable memory via microSD (Up to 2TB)

    USB Type-C
    USB 3.1

    3,505 mAh 4.4V non-removable Lithium Ion battery
    QC3.0 enabled, 50% charge in 36 minutes

    Rear camera
    12MP auto-focus large pixel camera
    4K video recording @ 30 fps
    Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF)
    Dual Tone LED Flash
    Front camera
    8MP Fixed-Focus
    84˚ wide angle/field of view lens
    Image & video stabilization
    1080p HD video recording @ 30 fps
    Light-up LCD Flash
    Wide Selfie Mode

    Canada, LATAM, APAC, US V1
    LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 28, 29, 30
    TDD LTE: 38, 39, 40, 41
    US V2
    LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
    TDD LTE: 41
    CDMA: BC 0,1,10
    LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20, 28
    TDD LTE: 38, 40

    Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS
    Support for User Plane and Control Plane
    GLONASS, BeiDou2
    Pre-loaded Google Maps

    802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
    802.11 a/n 5GHz
    802.11 ac 5GHz
    4G Mobile Hotspot
    Wi-Fi Direct


    Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy (LE) and EDR


    If any fellow Torontonians are planning on attending the meetup let the rest of us know what you think of the new BlackBerry!

    Sources: BlackBerry, CrackBerry

    by Published on 03-02-2017 08:00 AM
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    With the very notable exception of their Nexus phones (and possibly their Android Wear smartwatches) it seems to me that LG has always stood in the shadow of that other South Korean OEM, Samsung. It doesn't help that LG sells their devices exclusively through carriers, at least here in Canada.

    Anyway, here's the latest in LG's 'G' series, the G6. It improves upon the G5's dual-camera setup by giving both sensors the same 13 megapixel resolution. Its screen is a "FullVision" display—a QHD+ (2,880 x 1,440 resolution) panel at an unusual 18:9 aspect ratio. Despite the screen's imposing 5.7-inch size LG says the G6 can be held comfortably in one hand, thanks to its small bezels.

    Gone from this year's model is a removable battery, along with any trace of the G5's other modular "friends". Here are the specifications for the G6:

    OPERATING SYSTEM Android 7.0 (Nougat)
    PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Processor with X12 LTE
    BATTERY 3,300 mAh Non-Removable
    FAST CHARGING Quick Charge 3.0

    EXTERNAL up to 2 TB (memory cards sold separately)
    RAM 4 GB

    TYPE Quad HD+ FullVision Display
    SIZE 5.7"
    RESOLUTION 2880 x 1440 (QHD+)

    REAR CAMERA 13MP Normal Angle 71˚ with f/1.8, OIS 2.0 and Laser Auto Focus
    13MP Wide Angle 125˚ with f/2.4
    FRONT CAMERA 5MP Wide Angle 100˚
    VIDEO CODEC H.263, H.264, MP4, VP8, VP9, VC1, DivX, XviD, MJPEG, THEORA, HEVC
    VIDEO CAPTURE AND PLAYBACK Ultra HD (3840 x 2160)
    AUDIO RECORD HD Audio Recorder 24bit / 192KHz FLAC Hi-Fi Record with high AOP Mic Up to 132dB
    AUDIO PLAYBACK 1.2W Speaker

    Bluetooth 4.2 BLE
    USB 2.0 Type C
    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual Band)
    A-GPS, Glonass

    Those sure are a lot of codecs...!

    Product Page: LGH873 (LG Canada)

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