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Android Marshmallow Update: Granting Permission

Android Marshmallow Update: Granting Permission

Today we're going to talk about how the next version of Android will have app-makers asking for your permission to access your phone or tablet's features. This might seem scary at first if you have no idea what "permissions" are in the first place - but have no worry! In fact this update to Android makes it easier for users like yourself to understand what app is requesting access to which part of your device.

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iGrand and iLetric piano apps land for Android

iGrand and iLetric piano apps land for Android

A pair of new Android piano apps has landed that are described as low-latency professional apps for Android musicians. The apps include iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano and both are available on Google Play right now. Both apps come with lots of controls and advanced features that these apps introduced on the iOS platform previously.

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Android 6.0 apps can ask permissions only when needed

Android 6.0 apps can ask permissions only when needed

At first glance, Android 6.0, now known as Marshmallow, isn't as big a change as Lollipop was, but lurking under the hood is a change that could potentially break apps whose devs haven't checked for compatibility. Google has somewhat revamped the App Permissions system in Android Marshmallow and has now revealed another big change to it. Apps can now just ask users' permissions for a certain feature the very moment the app is about to use it, rather than asking for all permissions when the app is being installed.

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Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley outs pretty and cheap Obi Worldphones

Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley outs pretty and cheap Obi Worldphones

Just to be clear, it's Obi Worldphones, not Obi Wan. Terrible pop culture references aside, this news isn't something you see everyday. John Sculley, who, at one point in time, lead one of the world's biggest tech companies, has co-founded and announced two new smartphones. While some already point out their rather alluring design, these Obi Worldphones are two things that no iPhone will ever be: Android and affordable. Just because you were the former CEO of Apple doesn't mean you have to forever drink their Kool-aid, right?

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ARCHOS IFA 2015 smartphone team: 2 Android, 1 Windows 10

ARCHOS IFA 2015 smartphone team: 2 Android, 1 Windows 10

With IFA around the corner, it's time for manufacturers to put out their wares. And French OEM ARCHOS will definitely not be left behind. It isn't anything out of the ordinary for it to announce new members of its Android smartphone roster but it is somewhat a surprise, perhaps even a pleasant one, to see it put out a Window 10 smartphone. This makes it one of the first few manufacturers to reveal a new device that will run Microsoft's new OS tailored to fit small sizes.

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German high court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

German high court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

At the beginning of its patent lawsuits against the likes Samsung, with Android as collateral damage, Apple seemed to have the force of the law behind it. The publicity might have backfired, putting its patents under greater scrutiny, which has led some of them to be narrowed down or even thrown out outright. That latter might just be the case in Germany, where the country's highest (or next highest) court, the Federal Court of Justice, upheld that Apple's slide to unlock patent isn't patentable, at least not in Germany.

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Britain’s Wileyfox debuts with 2 Cyanogen OS-powered phones

Britain’s Wileyfox debuts with 2 Cyanogen OS-powered phones

Say hello to Wileyfox, a brand new smartphone maker from the UK to enter the Android market with two new devices running Cyanogen OS. From the looks of their new phones, the 5.5-inch Storm and the 5-inch Swift, it seems like Wileyfox will be targeting customers interested reasonably priced devices with mid-level specs, a bit like OnePlus. The company says the Storm and Swift will be available in September and October in the UK and across Europe, but only via their website.

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Micromax developing its own Android-based OS

Micromax developing its own Android-based OS

While the recent Stagefright vulnerability highlighted the problem of the large number of Android variants, it doesn't look like things will be getting better anytime soon. Indian manufacturer Micromax has revealed it has plans to develop yet another forked Android operating system, this time for their own budget-priced devices. According to the company, the new Android-based OS is being designed to work across a wide range of their upcoming devices, including smartphones, tablets, wearables, and even TVs.

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Samsung tipped to be developing 18.4-inch Android tablet

Samsung tipped to be developing 18.4-inch Android tablet

While the rumored "iPad Pro" may be getting all the attention recently when it comes to extra-large tablets, Samsung seems to be working on something of their own. A new report says the company is working on a tablet known as codename "Tahoe" with the model number SM-T670, and featuring a huge 18.4-inch screen. SamMobile says its sourced have indicated the Android-powered device will be targeted for use in office, school, and living room environments, instead of as a standard personal tablet.

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Xiaomi MIUI 7 goes big with themes, small with data use

Xiaomi MIUI 7 goes big with themes, small with data use

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has just pulled the wraps off the global edition of MIUI 7, the latest version of its Android-based operating system. At the announcement event in New Delhi, India, Xiaomi showed off the OS's new features including a large number of options for user customized themes, plus the ability to reduce mobile data usage by up to 50% thanks to a partnership with Opera and their new Max technology.

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Infinix HOT 2 phone kicks off Android One in Africa

Infinix HOT 2 phone kicks off Android One in Africa

The Android One program, which was introduced about a year ago in India, has expanded into Africa, Google has announced. Half a dozen African countries have been added to the Android One roster. Google cites an Internet Society study that indicates 23 percent of Africa’s mobile phone will be online by the end of 2015. The Android One program will help this along, says Google, with the introduction of the HOT 2 phone in six regions.

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Fossil Android Wear watch release set for October

Fossil Android Wear watch release set for October

Fashion brand Fossil have teamed up with Intel to bring a new Android Wear-based smartwatch to the market this year. Revealed at IDF 2015, this watch is the first in a line of smart wearable devices from Fossil and Intel, while in 2016 more products will be coming from Fossil including a smart watch made under the Michael Kors brand. In addition to this first device - which at first glance looks very similar to certain Android Wear devices made by Motorola and Huawei - more devices are already on the table. Literally.

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