You’d be forgiven for meditative Android Silver wasn’t going to occur – one of a ‘chief architects’ has left Google and a association reportedly put it on reason not so prolonged ago.

But there competence be wish yet. According to TKTechNews both Motorola and HTC have built inclination that were creatively designed to be among a initial Android Silver handsets, and a site goes on to contend that according to a sources Google competence nonetheless launch them underneath Android Silver.

So it competence be on reason though it’s presumably not been deserted altogether. An choice probability is that these new phones will be sole as Google Play Editions instead.

Don’t get your hopes up

The thought that Motorola had already grown and done an Android Silver phone creates sense, given that a association is also rumoured to have a vast and rather treacherous product line up, with some phones presumably not launching.

We’re not wholly carefree about Android Silver’s prospects, as other rumours advise that Google was struggling to get seductiveness from device makers.

But this new information during slightest suggests that there’s a chance, so if we were holding out for a wider preference of high-end batch Android inclination we substantially shouldn’t give adult on a thought only yet.

  • At slightest Android One has done it out a gate.

Summary: Here is a preference of a best Android phones now accessible on a market. Whether you’re after a handset for personal use, or one matched to BYOD, there’s firm to be an Android handset here for you.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes for Hardware 2.0 | October 2, 2014 — 13:20 GMT (06:20 PDT)

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    If you’re in a marketplace for an Android handset, we have good news for we – there’s never been a improved time to buy. Not usually are there a series of overwhelming handsets out there, though there’s also a smartphone to fit everyone’s needs, taste, and even pocket!

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    Amazon Fire Phone

    As we’d design from Amazon, we have a device built regulating peculiarity – though on a whole general – parts, though with a importance put on delivering a product that is itself unique, organic and firmly firm to a Amazon ecosystem.

    The shade is, and is always a box with Amazon products, a highlight. It is a 4.7-inch industry-leading ultra-bright arrangement creation a handset matched to use in splendid sunshine. It facilities energetic picture contrariety to keep a picture transparent – as against to only altering a liughtness that is what many smartphones do) and also facilities a round polarizer to revoke glare.

    The camera too is a large feature. The F2.0 lens gives it glorious low-light capability, violence what Apple and Samsung can go in tests carried out by Amazon.

    It’s transparent that Amazon has once again put a hardware concentration on a bit that users see a many – a screen.

    • Quad-core 2.2GHz processor
    • Adremo 330 GPU
    • 2GB RAM
    • 4.7-inch IPS 1,280 x 720 retina arrangement with 315 pixels-per-inch, energetic contrariety and round polarizer for outside use (the rumored 3D arrangement turns out to be a software-driven energetic viewpoint outcome as against to loyal 3D) 
    • Gorilla Glass 3 scratch-resistant shade with rubber frame
    • 13MP rear-facing camera with F2.0 5 component lens (giving it good low-light capability) and visual stabilization, and can constraint full HD video during 30FPS
    • Four 120-degree field-of-view front-facing cameras with IR enlightenment for conduct tracking for a energetic viewpoint feature
    • Sensors include: Dynamic Perspective sensor complement with invisible infrared illumination, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, vicinity sensor, ambient light sensor
    • Fire OS 3.5
    • Dual-stereo speakers
    • Tangle-free prosaic cabled headphones
    • 32/64GB inner storage
    • 2400mAh battery charity 22 hours of speak time, adult to 285 hours of standby, adult to 11 hours of video playback, and adult to 65 hours of audio playback.

    Pros and Cons

    Pros:

    • A different, quirky handset
    • Tightly firm to a Amazon ecosystem – if you’re into that

    Cons:

    • Sales seem to have tight badly
    • Expensive
    • Very gimmicky
    • Expensive when compared to other Amazon hardware products

Topics: Mobility, Android, Smartphones

About Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published record author who has clinging over a decade to assisting users get a many from technology.

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Have we seen a final of a four-inch smartphone?

With a launch of a iPhone 6, Apple’s unchanging run-of-the-mill handset comes in during 4.7 inches on a shade diagonal. While the four-inch 5C and 5S are accessible during a reduce tiers, subsequent year will expected see a 6 and 6 Plus pierce serve down a portfolio, pulling a one-handed iOS inclination aside.

Apple has never felt a need to lapse to a 3.5 in. shade of a progressing iPhone handsets, even yet these were immensely practical. Given the restricted portfolio Tim Cook likes to employ, I don’t seem them relocating backwards from a 4.7 in. standard it now uses.

It’s not most improved in a Android world. With the arriving launch of a Nexus 6, Google’s anxiety pattern for Android is precisely in a vast screened ‘phablet’ difficulty and a 5.9 in. screen. It replaces a Nexus 5 (with a five-inch screen), that transposed a Nexus 4′s 4.7 in. screen. You have to go behind to 2010 and a Nexus S to find a anxiety design for a smaller screened smartphone.

The heading manufactures, generally those who sell during a high-end, have ceaselessly pushed a ethos of going vast and relocating divided from practically sized handsets. Now that Apple has assimilated a distance queens, a chances of a tiny and unsentimental smartphone from a heading manufacturer is remote.

Let's go large, with Nokia, Apple, and Sony (photo: Ewan Spence)

Let’s go large, with Nokia, Apple, and Sony (photo: Ewan Spence)

I’m not certain I’m prepared to pierce on. One of my favourite handsets over a final 5 years was Nokia’s C6-01. A Symbian OS powered handset, it had all a functionality we was looking for (in 2010), an all-day battery, a delightfully pleasing steel pell-mell and case… and a 3.2 in. shade that kept all svelte and easily mobile.

Since then, a manufacturers have pushed incomparable and incomparable screens to a consumer. we consternation if a direct for phablets and vast screened inclination has been driven not by consumer desire, though a miss of choice around anything smaller than a flagship indication perplexing to physically stand out.

At this indicate a forward-looking prospects contingency be for a stream unreasonable of five-inch handsets to order a roost, with any unstable or dissimilar functionality to be granted by a smartwatch. It’s an distilled thought for futurists and those who have an seductiveness in creation an additional sale. Smartwatches are not for everybody and that seems a long-winded and unreal resolution to a problem of tiny smartphones.

Going large, smartwatch and phablet (photo: Ewan Spence)

Going large, smartwatch and phablet (photo: Ewan Spence)

The arise of a compress or mini smartphone has created some of a nicer Android handsets over a final twelve months (I’ll prominence the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, and the Sony Z3 Compact I reviewed this week), though while this goal is admirable, a ‘compact’ disturb still goes with a screen in a 4.5 in. to 4.7 in. category. You can usually can those handsets tiny when we hang them subsequent to a phablet. They still need low pockets, and while I can widen with my thumb, the one-handed knowledge is possible, though not pleasant.

The stream trends of vast screens and skinny inclination are in accurate antithesis to small, corpulent handsets. Any small-form smartphone is going to be an outlier device. With so many off-the-shelf tools designed around incomparable handsets, any tiny handset is not going to have any economy of scale on a side. It’s doubtful that Android manufacturers, already confronting vigour to find any poignant distinction in a smartphone business, will take on a side plan that will take divided courtesy from a flagships.

‘Compact’ is about as tiny as a complicated Android doing will go, which leads me behind to Apple.

The recover of a iPhone 6 Plus gives Apple a foothold in a phablet market, and it will be engaging to see how a sales of a incomparable iOS device will go – does a open unequivocally wish a phablet, or will they select a smaller of a dual devices? And if Apple had offering a 4 in. iPhone 6, how good would that have sold in comparison to a other dual handsets on a turn personification field?

The iPhone Six Plus continues to feel like an irritable ‘fine, here’s your phablet’ from Apple and a 4.7 in. shade splits a difference. Next year, Apple will have to confirm what to do with a smaller sized handsets. The chronological fashion will be for a 5C to disappear, a 5S to take a bill slot, and a iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to pierce down and leave a tip tier for a new flagship.

Or Apple could change its long-standing use to accommodate several sizes of devices. we don’t consider that’s going to happen. The normal ideals of gripping a product choice as elementary as possible, shortening a series of components required, and not muddying a selling message, all advise that Apple will hang with 4.7 inches as a bottom shade distance for a series of years.

Have we seen a final of a four-inch smartphone?

With a launch of a iPhone 6, Apple’s unchanging run-of-the-mill handset comes in during 4.7 inches on a shade diagonal. While the four-inch 5C and 5S are accessible during a reduce tiers, subsequent year will expected see a 6 and 6 Plus pierce serve down a portfolio, pulling a one-handed iOS inclination aside.

Apple has never felt a need to lapse to a 3.5 in. shade of a progressing iPhone handsets, even yet these were immensely practical. Given the restricted portfolio Tim Cook likes to employ, I don’t seem them relocating backwards from a 4.7 in. standard it now uses.

It’s not most improved in a Android world. With the arriving launch of a Nexus 6, Google’s anxiety pattern for Android is precisely in a vast screened ‘phablet’ difficulty and a 5.9 in. screen. It replaces a Nexus 5 (with a five-inch screen), that transposed a Nexus 4′s 4.7 in. screen. You have to go behind to 2010 and a Nexus S to find a anxiety design for a smaller screened smartphone.

The heading manufactures, generally those who sell during a high-end, have ceaselessly pushed a ethos of going vast and relocating divided from practically sized handsets. Now that Apple has assimilated a distance queens, a chances of a tiny and unsentimental smartphone from a heading manufacturer is remote.

Let's go large, with Nokia, Apple, and Sony (photo: Ewan Spence)

Let’s go large, with Nokia, Apple, and Sony (photo: Ewan Spence)

I’m not certain I’m prepared to pierce on. One of my favourite handsets over a final 5 years was Nokia’s C6-01. A Symbian OS powered handset, it had all a functionality we was looking for (in 2010), an all-day battery, a delightfully pleasing steel pell-mell and case… and a 3.2 in. shade that kept all svelte and easily mobile.

Since then, a manufacturers have pushed incomparable and incomparable screens to a consumer. we consternation if a direct for phablets and vast screened inclination has been driven not by consumer desire, though a miss of choice around anything smaller than a flagship indication perplexing to physically stand out.

At this indicate a forward-looking prospects contingency be for a stream unreasonable of five-inch handsets to order a roost, with any unstable or dissimilar functionality to be granted by a smartwatch. It’s an distilled thought for futurists and those who have an seductiveness in creation an additional sale. Smartwatches are not for everybody and that seems a long-winded and unreal resolution to a problem of tiny smartphones.

Going large, smartwatch and phablet (photo: Ewan Spence)

Going large, smartwatch and phablet (photo: Ewan Spence)

The arise of a compress or mini smartphone has created some of a nicer Android handsets over a final twelve months (I’ll prominence the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, and the Sony Z3 Compact I reviewed this week), though while this goal is admirable, a ‘compact’ disturb still goes with a screen in a 4.5 in. to 4.7 in. category. You can usually can those handsets tiny when we hang them subsequent to a phablet. They still need low pockets, and while I can widen with my thumb, the one-handed knowledge is possible, though not pleasant.

The stream trends of vast screens and skinny inclination are in accurate antithesis to small, corpulent handsets. Any small-form smartphone is going to be an outlier device. With so many off-the-shelf tools designed around incomparable handsets, any tiny handset is not going to have any economy of scale on a side. It’s doubtful that Android manufacturers, already confronting vigour to find any poignant distinction in a smartphone business, will take on a side plan that will take divided courtesy from a flagships.

‘Compact’ is about as tiny as a complicated Android doing will go, which leads me behind to Apple.

The recover of a iPhone 6 Plus gives Apple a foothold in a phablet market, and it will be engaging to see how a sales of a incomparable iOS device will go – does a open unequivocally wish a phablet, or will they select a smaller of a dual devices? And if Apple had offering a 4 in. iPhone 6, how good would that have sold in comparison to a other dual handsets on a turn personification field?

The iPhone Six Plus continues to feel like an irritable ‘fine, here’s your phablet’ from Apple and a 4.7 in. shade splits a difference. Next year, Apple will have to confirm what to do with a smaller sized handsets. The chronological fashion will be for a 5C to disappear, a 5S to take a bill slot, and a iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to pierce down and leave a tip tier for a new flagship.

Or Apple could change its long-standing use to accommodate several sizes of devices. we don’t consider that’s going to happen. The normal ideals of gripping a product choice as elementary as possible, shortening a series of components required, and not muddying a selling message, all advise that Apple will hang with 4.7 inches as a bottom shade distance for a series of years.

Android 5.0 L Update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10

As we are removing tighten to a recover date of a Android 5.0 L refurbish for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, some-more sum per a new Android iteration are starting to strike a web. As we might know, Google didn’t announce when a new module refurbish will be expelled for the masses, but, hopefully, we will be means to make estimations per a recover date formed on the latest reports.

Beginning with Android 5.0 L, Google will change a approach vital Android updates are launched. Until now, there have been dual vital Android updates launched any year, one in a summer and a other one mid-to-late fall. The approach Google is formulation to recover Android 5.0 L is a suggestive of Apple’s iOS launches. Apple is customarily presenting new iOS versions in a summer, at their annual WWDC conference, then makes the beta chronicle accessible for developers shortly after. The final iOS versions are released in a tumble along with a new iPhone. How is Google’s Android 5.0 L launch identical to Apple’s? Well, they introduced a new chronicle as Android L in a summer during Google I/O and done a Developer Preview accessible for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 (there’s also an bug-fixing refurbish for Android L Developer Preview that you can check out here). Google will substantially hurl out a Android 5.0 L refurbish for a open in a fall, synchronized with a entrance of new Nexus hardware.

There are also some controversies per a final name of a new Android iteration. Each vital Android refurbish had a specific chronicle series and a nickname desirous by a dessert. Given the amount of changes and improvements it brings, it will no doubt have chronicle series 5.0. Because a dessert name has to start with minute “L,” Lollipop, Licorice, and Lemon Meringue Pie have all been mentioned by speculations. Anyway, most of a reports are indicating towards Lemon Meringue Pie. Summing up, we should pattern it to be expelled as Android 5.0 Lemon Meringue Pie or Android 5.0 LMP.

Now let’s speak about a new Nexus hardware Google is formulation to release. As we was mentioning above, a Android 5.0 L recover date is a same as a recover date of a new Nexus devices. Early this year, it was rumored that Google was reading a new module called Android Silver, meant to reinstate a Nexus line-up. After a Google worker strictly discharged a rumors, reports of a new Nexus smartphone and a new Nexus inscription started to aspect online.

First we’ve heard of a new Nexus tablet, codenamed Flounder and done by HTC. According to a gossip mill, a unofficially dubbed Nexus 9 will container an 8.9-inch shade with 4:3 aspect ratio, 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 8 MP primary camera, and “aluminium zero-gap construction.” There are reports of a new Nexus smartphone (codenamed Shamu), as well. It looks like it will be done by Motorola and that it will competition a a 5.9-inch Quad HD screen, Snapdragon 805 CPU interconnected with 3 GB of RAM, and a 13 MP primary shooter with visible picture stabilization and dual-LED flash. A news confirming many of a Motorola Shamu above-mentioned specs and divulgence a image of a device done a headlines progressing this week.Without a doubt, both inclination will come pre-loaded with Android 5.0 L. Paul O’Brian, reputable member of a Android community, tweeted mid-September that “the Nexus 9 will be launched on 16th October.” A week later, two trustworthy tech publications wrote that a Nexus 9 recover date “is really close,” followed by a news observant that a new Nexus inclination will be launched mid-October and that a Android 5.0 L will not be expelled earlier than Nov 1.

With all these being said, pattern a Android 5.0 L refurbish for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 to hurl out early November. Because this is a many vital refurbish Android has seen given a burst from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich, let’s have a demeanour during some a new features it brings.

Android 5.0 L brings a revamped interface interjection to Google’s new pattern truth called Material Design. Therefore, we will be greeted by a some-more charcterised and some-more colorful interface, and by 3D effects and shadows that aim to make a UI some-more intuitive. You will now be means to see where all came from and where all goes during liquid 60 fps transitions.

The new Android chronicle also arrives with opening and battery life enhancements. Google has replaced Dalivk runtime with ART and introduced support for 64-bit processors. On a other hand, Project Volta aims to repair one of a biggest issues of complicated smartphones: battery life. Many of a users who commissioned Android L Developer Preview on their Nexus 5 smartphones have reported battery life improvements of 30 – 40%.

The Notifications Panel has received noteworthy improvements, too. Besides a new color scheme and a pure background, we should also notice that a Quick Settings symbol has been removed. In sequence to entrance a Quick Settings menu we will have to appropriate down once to get to a Notifications panel, afterwards appropriate down once again. Quick Settings now concede we to control WiFi, Bluetooth, Mobile Data, Airplane Mode, Notifications, Auto Rotate, Location, and Cast Screen, and has a slider for Brightness control.

Android 5.0 L also introduces a new Lock Screen. Besides displaying your unread notifications, a new Lock Screen also allows we to boot them (swipe left/right), review them (tap on a notification), or see some-more sum (swipe down on a notification). Furthermore, a notifications will be sorted formed on a magnitude we correlate with them.

The Android 5.0 L Dynamic Status Bar changes a tone formed on the action bar of a app non-stop on a screen. Of course, it’s still pure in home and close screens. Most of a Android 5.0 L local apps have this new underline enabled as default, though the developers will have to refurbish their apps too, so we can suffer a one visible experience.

The Settings app also arrives with vital changes. It has been reorganized, it has a new tone scheme, and introduces new animations, toggles, and check boxes. Google also enclosed a hunt bar that allows we to simply find a choice we are looking for.

The Recents menu has also perceived a makeover in Android 5.0 L, arriving with a card-based interface that is a suggestive of Chrome’s new tabs screen. Moreover, some apps will be means to arrangement some-more than one label in Recents, a underline that is a partial of Google’s new document-centric multitasking.

As usual, a Android 5.0 L refurbish for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 will be a initial one to hurl out. The Google Play Edition inclination will substantially get it next, followed shortly after by Motorola’s upheld devices. HTC betrothed behind in Jun that they will be bringing Android 5.0 L to One M7 and One M8 within 90 days after Google creates a final formula available, while Samsung is approaching to move a new refurbish on Galaxy S5 and Note 4 late Nov or early December. Sony’s and LG’s flagship smartphones and tablets could also get updated to a latest Android chronicle by a finish of a year.

What are your expectations for Android 5.0 L? Did you had a possibility to play with Android L Developer Preview? What are your initial impressions? The comments territory is all yours.

Judging from a perfect volume of mobile print sharpened and modifying apps for iOS and Android, it’s satisfactory to contend that people are spooky with creation their smartphone cinema demeanour improved and some-more interesting.

But what if there was a shooting app that specialized in assisting we take improved photos from a outset? That’s a thought behind Camera51, a giveaway Android app that offers onscreen help with composition. Why composition? Because if your print does not contend anything, or says it poorly, it doesn’t matter if a white change or bearing or concentration is correct.

“Today, a normal design is tangible by a lighting and a automobile concentration — combination is not touched,” said Shir Baor, Camera51’s co-founder and CEO. “Unlike other camera apps, it can see all a objects, faces, shapes and lines in genuine time and it gives you superintendence according to combination rules. This is a code new technology. We are a initial ones to do automobile composition.”

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Camera51’s algorithm, that operates with both front and rear facing cameras, and with both stills and video, works to safeguard that your photos are composed correctly. As we shoot, a array of onscreen animations directs where to aim a camera and either to move behind or wizz in to a theme to assistance beginner shooters, and even some-more gifted ones, broach a many appreciative composition.

Matching adult a smartphone idol with an Aim box is about all we need to know about component your shot. The algorithm identifies and analyzes a scene to offer recommendation about camera position, concentration and exposure. The app adheres to normal manners of combination — such as a Rule of Thirds — to train your eye toward opposite elements in a frame.

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The app’s automobile framing and automobile combination record then pinpoints and selects a categorical objects to offer framing guidance.

But you don’t have to leave all adult to a app. You can also manually name adult to 3 objects in a support by drumming on a screen, and a app will approach we to a best composition formed on your concentration points.

Screenshot 2014 10 01 07 57 46 730x438 Camera51 print app for Android helps we take your best shot

There are a few caveats. For example, suitable device hardware for Camera51 use requires support for a 3:4 aspect ratio. Certain inclination — such as a HTC One and HTC One M8 — do not support that aspect ratio. Similarly, HDR is upheld by a app if it is also upheld on a device.

It’s best to use more new hardware, too, generally handsets made in 2012 or later. The app was grown for phones such as a Samsung Galaxy S3 (not mini), Galaxy S4 mini, Nexus 4, LG G2, HTC One x, Sony Xperia S and other such devices. Older inclination with underpowered GPUs might be delayed or unstable.

Camera51 has been expelled for Android now, though will be creation the approach to iOS early subsequent year.

Camera51 [Android]

Nokia HERE Maps for Android

When Microsoft finally finished a €3.79 billion merger of Nokia progressing this year, a association took control of a smartphone business, yet left behind a series of Nokia’s other absolute and essential properties. One such skill was a company’s mapping division, now called Here, that has spin a de facto maps app for Windows Phone users a universe over. Nokia attempted to replicate a knowledge on iOS, yet after bad reviews and a acknowledgment that things “went horribly wrong,” a association pulled a iPhone app and went behind to a drawing board. As for Android, it looked like Nokia would never broach a genuine Google Maps alternative.

Luckily, that’s all about to change. Thanks to some selling flesh from Korea, Nokia will shortly give Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners modernized entrance to a maps app. While Nokia readies Here Maps for Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store, that is approaching to dump in a entrance weeks, a association gave us an early preview of a new app, and it’s good.

Nokia Here Maps for Android

When we initial launch a app, we will be asked to pointer adult or record in. It’s critical that we do, since we need an comment to download maps and save collections for later. For palliate of use, Nokia lets we use Facebook to pointer in, yet if we don’t like a thought of pity information with Zuckerberg and co., we can simply use Nokia’s possess signup form.

Once you’ve privileged that hurdle, you’ll immediately notice how simple a app is — there are no bells and whistles here. That’s no bad thing, since a app loads now and transitions are really smooth. Just like Google Maps, Here reserve a default mapping information (labeled Maps) and turn-by-turn navigation (labeled Drive).

Getting Around

Selecting Drive will immediately ask we to name your destination. You can presumably enter a plcae directly or lift adult a list of journeys you’ve recently made. Once you’ve plugged that in, Here Maps will list a generation of a journey, a sum series of miles, a categorical routes it expects to take and will also, as prolonged as you’re not regulating offline mode (more on this later), list any intensity trade delays we competence confront on your journey. There are options to embody or bar vital roads, fee roads, ferries or tunnels if your mode of ride requires we to.

Nokia's HERE Maps for Android

In a wider settings, we can select to capacitate a underline that will sign your speed and advise we if we surpass a speed extent in a certain area. The app offers dual sliders: one that lets we select how quick we need to be going to trigger an warning in an area where a extent is underneath 50MPH, and another for when you’re beetling down a vital highway (over 50MPH). There’s a common choice to switch navigation voices, yet distinct Waze, that offers superintendence from nothing other than Terry Crews, you’re stranded with unchanging masculine and womanlike voices in during slightest 9 European languages (which I’d still cruise a outrageous plus).

During my brief test, Drive achieved well. It delivered early navigation prompts, definition we can reconnoitre yourself with your vicinity before we make a turn. Although we was navigating roads I’m already informed with, a app seemed to list a many effective track (i.e., a one we would’ve always taken), yet did yield alternatives usually in case.

If we don’t have a car, Nokia also includes sight transport and walking options. Once a end is entered, a app will detect your stream plcae and yield walking distances to your internal hire and a series of arriving trains. Like when you’re driving, it’ll list a sum tour and estimated attainment times, how many changes it expects you’ll make and also give we a minute outline of a tour forward of you.

Offline Maps

Nokia's HERE Maps app for Android

One of Nokia’s mapping strengths is a ability to offer offline information not usually for specific countries, yet also whole continents. Google offers a approach to make comparison areas accessible offline, yet even afterwards you’re usually removing a little fragment of what Nokia can offer. To capacitate offline mode, Nokia has enclosed a tiny tickbox in a menu. As shortly as we capacitate it, we can hunt for specific locations and capacitate turn-by-turn navigation, yet we won’t advantage from trade warnings or Nokia’s updated place listings. Be warned, though, if we wish to use offline maps, we need to make certain we have a cube of giveaway space on your device. For reference, North American and European maps take adult 6.8GB and 9GB, respectively, nonetheless we can download specific countries too.

Offline maps are expected to be a outrageous assistance if we wish to see a sights while you’re abroad, yet don’t wish to rubbish income on roaming fees. Before we go, though, we can supplement a places you’d like to revisit to a “Collection,” that we can afterwards lift adult when we arrive in a apart land. The point-of-interest database competence not be as extensive as Google’s, yet it’s positively not lacking. Nokia also lets we share these locations with other people regulating a Glympse integration, vouchsafing others see where you’re visiting and presumably join we (if you’re online, that is).

The app provides a decent brew of facilities but apropos magisterial or heavy to use. If you’re looking for a legitimate choice to Google Maps, Here Maps matches a opposition in many aspects and betters it in others. The new iOS and Android apps will be accessible after this year, after Samsung has enjoyed a duration of Android exclusivity.


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Whenever mobile malware comes up, the common reports fact new antagonistic apps that are found to impact Android, while iOS stays mostly unblushing by such programs. However, The New York Times now says that confidence researchers have detected a worldly malware conflict that’s now swelling in Hong Kong between Occupy Central protesters, and that is means to taint and afterwards view on both Android and iOS devices.

It’s not transparent who’s behind a malware app, though a Chinese supervision is believed to be involved, as it tries to bury a stream pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Furthermore, it’s not transparent how many inclination have been compromised, though prior identical attacks have putrescent one in 10 handsets that perceived a summary call a user to implement an app.

The app can be commissioned after following a couple perceived around a WhatsApp summary that reads: “Check out this Android app designed by Code4HK [a hacker organisation that’s assisting a Occupy Central movement] for a coordination of OCCUPY CENTRAL!” It’s not transparent if identical app installs are probable on iOS, where users can get apps usually from a App Store, solely a few that are jailbroken and can implement apps from other sources.

“This is a initial time that we have seen such operationally worldly iOS malware operational, that is indeed grown by a Chinese-speaking entity,” Lacoon Mobile Security arch executive Michael Shaulov said.

Once installed, a app can entrance information such as passwords, bank information, phone calls and messages, and a plcae of a smartphone.

Considering a “targets of a operation, where a servers are formed and a sophistication of a attack, it doesn’t leave most room to a imagination,” Shaulov pronounced about a malware’s creators, as a exec traced a servers to a mechanism identical to those examined by Mendicant, an American confidence association that complicated prior purported Chinese troops cyberattacks on U.S. companies.

Interestingly, Apple has been compelling a confidence facilities in iOS 8 heavily in new weeks and has suggested that personal information on inclination using iOS 8 is safer than ever.

More from BGR: Finally: Samsung releases new Galaxy Note 4 launch information for each market

This essay was originally published on BGR.com

The latest Dropbox app refurbish for Android gives users a ability to save files onto an SD card. Previously, users had to download files to their phone or tablet’s onboard storage and afterwards use a record manager to send it to a outmost storage. Android users with SD card-equipped inclination will find a choice underneath a trade menu. If you’re carrying trouble, a “display modernized devices” choice in the settings menu should help. As inexpensive Android phones are increasingly entrance with minimal onboard storage and an SD label slot, it would be good to see more apps entirely support expandable storage on Android.

 

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When we are a loser in the smartphone world, we demeanour for each advantage probable to get marketplace share. That was a box when Google was looking to settle Android as an choice to Symbian OS and Windows Mobile. It’s free, here’s a code, knock yourself out, was a import from Mountain View.

Now that market share is clearly with Google (IDC estimates it at 85% for Q2 2014) a doubt is no longer how to get a OS determined as a mass marketplace mobile height of choice, though about maximizing a income generating possibilities for Google. So how does Google deal with a bequest of a initial ‘free as in speech’ strategy, namely the Android Open Source Project?

Its answer is Android One, and it hopes that a new for 2014 off-the-shelf package will branch a upsurge of handset manufacturers in China and India rolling their possess flavors of Android from a Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Every manufacturer switching to Android One will benefit Google’s bottom line and tie a hold on a supposed open ecosystem.

Android One (image: Google I/O 2014)

Android One (image: Google I/O 2014)

Manufacturers of low-cost phones have never been quite strict about a handling complement used. At a spin of a 21st century a simple phone did not need to have outrageous levels of complexity. Even as the initial truly smart made their entrance a underline phone, with simple communications, email, web browsing, and maybe some java games, was in high demand. Many manufactures dealt with a OS doubt in-house as a required cost of doing business.

As a smartphone since entire and a final of consumers grew, a more absolute resolution was needed. As Android OS matured, a open source inlet of a formula done it a commercially appealing choice and Android forks in handsets from a East became some-more prevalent. The manufactures did not think about fragmentation, or compatibility, it was a box of raise ‘em high, sell them cheap, and get a handsets out a doorway and consumer’s money into a tills.

Now we have series of determined Android forks, including Xiaomi’s Miui, and Meizu’s FlyMe. Technically speaking these are Android, though Android where Google has no influence, and some-more importantly no income streams from promotion or users prisoner into Google’s cloud services.

While it is expected too late to move Xiaomi and Meizu entirely into Google’s essence of Android, there are many more manufacturers out there that Google would adore to have on board, earning revenue for a Silicon Valley powerhouse.

Which leads us to an engaging advantage of Android One.

Android One (image: Google I/O 2014)

Android One (image: Google I/O 2014)

By charity a white-box and high-volume manufactures a package that is cheaper than AOSP, Google can pull its vision of Android out to the subsequent billion smartphone users. Android One uses a anxiety pattern to reduce a cost and complexity of manufacturing, it runs batch Android so there is no additional contrast or UI programming (manufacturers can supplement some additional apps but there are no removals or substitutions), and Google will control all a over-the-air updates directly from its servers, taking a responsibility and support costs divided from a manufacturers.

All of that is a important saving compared to a cost of progressing an Android Open Source Project fork. When your handsets are operating with razor-thin margins, a grant that Android One can make to a company’s bottom line will make it a tough choice to resist.

In return, Google can foster a unchanging knowledge for Android… an knowledge that they control, that will move all of these business into Google’s cloud services, and yield a pivotal track for advertisers to strech out to a newly mobile generation. The short-term cost to set this adult is going to be made adult in a long-term.

With reduction courtesy to AOSP, a plan has fewer contributors and fewer developers, it receives reduction concentration and attention, and the applications distributed in AOSP will tumble serve behind the functionality and display of Google’s closed-source alternatives (which are usually accessible to partners who pointer they Mobile Application Distribution Agreement).

And a customer? They get a smartphone that runs Gmail, can download Angry Birds, and lets them watch YouTube videos.

Google is not going to tighten a Android Open Source Project. Neither will Google do anything to directly impact AOSP, that would risk losing a outrageous volume of goodwill. But it can make it a sour tablet to swallow while charity a some-more sweetened and beautiful chronicle of Android to a manufacturers.

Google I/O 2014 Highlights