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Android phone security ramps up with hardware-level support

Android phone security ramps up with hardware-level support

This Android Security team developer Gian G Spicuzza spoke about what's new in Android Oreo for security. This next generation smartphone OS is made to be secure for the most personal device in the life of a person with both hardware security support, platform hardening, and process isolation. Device identifier changes join new layers of app security with Android Oreo as well.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S8 and Note 8 deal includes one free to give away

T-Mobile Galaxy S8 and Note 8 deal includes one free to give away

Many "buy one, get one" smartphone deals require buyers to activate both phones on an expensive service plan, pay for both upfront, and then get a refund for one device via a small monthly credit spread out over 18 or more months. That's not necessarily a bad deal, but it is restrictive. T-Mobile is bucking the trend, though, by offering new customers an entirely free Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 to give away to someone else as a gift.

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Razer Phone update cranks up pressure on simpler phones

Razer Phone update cranks up pressure on simpler phones

Today the folks at Razer brought a few photo and audio improvements to their gamer-centric smartphone. The Razer Phone, as it's called, is generally aimed at media presentation and delivery, but since it also has a camera, Razer found that users wanted a camera experience that was as good as the device was capable. As such, this update brings some improvements to the quality of the photos produced by the Razer Phone camera.

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Pokemon GO Event News: Christmas Update + New Years

Pokemon GO Event News: Christmas Update + New Years

Pokemon GO had its last big update of the year this week with the introduction of additional Gen 3 Pocket Monsters. In addition, our tipster turned out to be right - Delibird approaches! We're not entirely convinced this is the greatest update ever - actually the opposite, now that we've got the full extent of the details of the update - even the stuff Niantic hasn't announced. Let's have a peek!

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Nokia 6 finally gets into Android Oreo beta program

Nokia 6 finally gets into Android Oreo beta program

HMD Global has promised that it would be unlike other manufacturers out there and make timely Android updates a top priority. While it naturally can't beat Google's Nexus and Pixel phones, it's still making good on its word. With less than two weeks before the year ends, HMD Global announced the enrollment of the Nokia 6 into its Android Oreo Beta program. Unfortunately, however, not all Nokia 6 phones are invited just yet.

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Loapi Android Trojan could make your smartphone go up in smoke

Loapi Android Trojan could make your smartphone go up in smoke

Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 would have been grand had it not turned into a deadly weapon. This year, however, you don’t need to buy such an expensive (not to mention no longer available) product to have an incendiary device in your bag or pocket. You simply need to get your Android phone infected by this new Loapi Trojan, formally Trojan.AndroidOS.Loapi and, before long, your phone could become smoking hot, literally. In all seriousness, however, this malware represents a new and downright worrying trend that could threaten not just smartphones but users’ safety as well.

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Galaxy S9+ at Geekbench finally offers a tiny piece of hope

Galaxy S9+ at Geekbench finally offers a tiny piece of hope

From the Galaxy S9 to the Nokia 9 to Sony Xperias, next year’s first batch of smartphones might not welcome the new year in a big way. After 2017’s rather exciting if not tumultuous story, 2018 might be off to a somewhat somber start instead. That’s not always a bad thing, but it can be a boring thing. Samsung fans, however, might at least have the Galaxy S9+ to look forward to, if this Geekbench entry is any indication.

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Nokia 9 pops up at FCC with discouraging specs

Nokia 9 pops up at FCC with discouraging specs

The Galaxy S9 might turn out to be a somewhat of a mellow device next year but another “9” might outdo it in disappointing fans. The Nokia 9 has just landed at the FCC, hinting at its impending launch and, unlike most FCC sightings, has some details to show. Unfortunately, they are details that Nokia fans might not be looking forward to seeing, painting the picture of a smartphone that might not start off the new year well.

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Google to require apps to target recent Android versions, 64-bit

Google to require apps to target recent Android versions, 64-bit

Security is one of the thorniest subjects in the Android community. For one, it’s blamed on the fragmentation that makes it difficult to roll out security updates in a timely manner. For another, it is also blamed on the somewhat lax security of the platform itself. Of course, Google takes Android security seriously, trying to balance the platform’s openness with the need to put in more checks. Starting next year, Google will put its foot down to improve Android security, but it’s not really going to be as bad as that sounds.

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OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition hides this adorable R2-D2 Easter egg

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition hides this adorable R2-D2 Easter egg

The OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition phone is hiding a fun R2-D2 Easter egg, and it includes an animated hologram. It's not an ordinary Easter egg, though -- OnePlus put a lot of work into this one, including a secret message and a hidden compartment, the combination of which bring R2-D2 to light. The secret lies with the greeting card in the box: put the first letter of each line together and you get your first hint.

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Galaxy S9 leak suggests Samsung learned its fingerprint lesson

Galaxy S9 leak suggests Samsung learned its fingerprint lesson

As we close in on the reveal of the Galaxy S9 and its big brother, the Galaxy S9+, one feature in particular is becoming quite the hot topic. There's been a lot of chatter recently about the placement of the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S9. With Samsung said to be holding off on pursuing facial recognition, that scanner's placement becomes all the more important, as it might be the go-to biometric security option for a lot of people (the other, of course, being iris scanning).

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ZTE Axon 7 is still getting Android 8.0 Oreo

ZTE Axon 7 is still getting Android 8.0 Oreo

ZTE isn’t exactly one of the most popular smartphone makers in the US market but it has gathered quite a faithful following for some of its rather courageous efforts. Its Axon Mini, followed by the Axon 7, were quite the steal. Its crowdsourced Project CSX, though short-lived, was widely regarded positively. And now it seems that ZTE wants to end 2017 on a high note, even though when that note will be played is still unknown. The company has just promised an Android Oreo update for the Axon 7, despite the phone being discontinued way ahead of its time.

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