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A look at the Android smartphones still to come in 2017

Like sands through the hourglass, so does the smartphone release cycle seem churn in perpetuity. Samsung, LG, and HTC may have been first to bat with their flagship smartphones, but there are still plenty more device launches to look forward to. The year is only halfway through, and with the launch of the fourth-generation OnePlus 5, we’re officially headed into the summer smartphone release season. What’s left to see? There’s plenty, actually. We’ve put together a list of some of the marquee Android-powered smartphone releases we’re still waiting on to…

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Android O brings huge improvements for VR

For Google Daydream, software is as important as the hardware. Mobile VR has come a long way since Google Cardboard. And it’s one area where a lot of different companies have ideas for how it can get even better. We’re nowhere near a “peak VR” situation and expect advances with every generation. Daydream-ready phones need to perform without overheating or killing the battery in 10 minutes. A big part of why things can get better is the hardware. Getting a phone Daydream certified isn’t a mystery. You need to have…

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ZTE Axon 7 Mini gets surprising Android 7.1.1 update, support for T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling

The ZTE Axon 7 Mini is one of the best phones under $200, and it’s got software likely newer than your phone. ZTE’s Axon 7 flagship got an update to Android 7.1.1 earlier this year, and it looks like the company is following through with its promise to do the same for its smaller, less powerful (but just as well-designed) Axon 7 Mini. The phone, which sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display, shipped with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and is making the jump right past 7.0 to Android 7.1.1. A Nougat…

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Best Android Games for the NVIDIA Shield TV

What are the best games to play on the NVIDIA Shield TV from the Google Play Store? As NVIDIA proclaims in every ad, their new Shield Android TV box is “the streamer for gamers”. So which games are worth checking out? Well, for starters we’re not going to dive into NVIDIA’s GeForce Now subscription service, or NVIDIA Gamestream. We’ll touch on those services later. For now, we’re just going to highlight some of the best games available via the Google Play Store, specifically adapted to play on the NVIDIA Shield…

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All about Android O’s Notification Channels

Android 8 comes with the power to take control over your notification tray so you can sort out just what you want to see. One of the bigger changes and features coming with Android O is the new Notification Channels system. It can also be a little confusing to talk about, since it’s not something we’re used to seeing on our phones. But when you cut through all the fancy technical words and developer language, they’re not hard to understand at all! What are Notification Channels Coming with Android O,…

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Technology 

Google adds Recaptcha API to Android to block the bots

Developers on the Android mobile platform, which has had ongoing problems with security, now have at their disposal an API intended to protect apps from malicious traffic and bots. Google is adding a Recaptcha API to Google Play Services for Android apps. The API is included with Google SafetyNet, a set of services and APIs to protect against threats that include device tampering and potentially harmful apps. [ Chatbots should be part of your intelligent systems arsenal: Build chat bots with Microsoft’s Bot Framework • Cortana moves way beyond being…

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Raising an Oreo to Android 8.0 [#acpodcast]

We’re quickly nearing a new release of Android, and Daniel, Andrew, and Jerry are excited af! Well, maybe not af but definitely a bunch! Along with a new release of the Android O developer preview, we learned that the new version will be version 8.0 — but the number was not the only new thing! The guys dig deep into the new release. And in addition to talking about their reviews of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Moto Z2 Play, the guys dig into all the latest juicy rumors…

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Android Central Podcast: Winning the Title II

This week, your hosts Daniel Bader, Jerry Hildenbrand and Andrew Martonik talk about what’s new in the world of smartphones, and the regulators that influence the carriers we pay to get cellular service for those phones. Andrew gives his thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S8, and the team talk about whether the new phone is a foundational phone that has problems — more like the Galaxy S6 than the Galaxy S7. The BlackBerry KEYone is coming soon, but who is this phone for, and should you care? Daniel and Jerry…

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Celebrate your love of Android with a limited-edition t-shirt!

Android Treat yourself or your loved one this Valentine’s Day! Candy is beautiful and roses are yummy — or is that the other way around? — but clothing is essential. So is Android. That’s why we think it’s the perfect time to buy an I ❤️ Android t-shirt, hoodie, or coffee mug. The deal expires on Valentine’s Day, February 14. That’s only a few days away, but you can still get it delivered before next week if you hurry. You do love Android, don’t you? You can get the t-shirt…

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