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Android’s AOSP moves further from Google’s strict guidance

Android’s AOSP moves further from Google’s strict guidance

Today the folks at AOSP (Android Open Source Project) at Google revealed their newest move to make the "OSP" part of AOSP far more real. Google owns Android, yes, but they've also kept the Open Source Project bit a reality since the very beginning. This week the developers at Google released a tool that'll make it far easier for 3rd-party (read: non-Google) developers to lend their skills to the development of AOSP, and potentially play a part in guiding what takes priority in Android development, and when.

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Tech yourself Foldable Phones in 10 steps: Report

Tech yourself Foldable Phones in 10 steps: Report

Today we're taking a peek at a report from CGS-CIMB Research that does a decent job explaining Foldable Smartphones in 2019 and beyond. It's an analysis report, so it's made up of both hard facts and projections - some of which might not solidify if the Foldable Phone market goes awry. In any case, the following should give you a set of points with which you'll be able to discuss Foldable Smartphones with your buddies in the near future.

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Galaxy S10 leaks reach fever pitch

Galaxy S10 leaks reach fever pitch

At this point the folks planning the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 must feel like leakers have done their job for them. It's not easy hiding the most major smartphone release of the year - especially when you've got a worldwide release on your hands. While about a half decade ago it seemed like companies like Samsung and Apple had a handle on leaks for the most part, here in 2018 it seems like the bigger the phone company, the more major the leaks.

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Apple warns dire consequences of iPhone China ban

Apple warns dire consequences of iPhone China ban

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm is heating up and both sides are taking hits. The biggest blow this week, however, struck Apple when China rules to ban majority of its iPhones in one of the world's largest smartphone market and one that Apple has been wooing for years. Naturally, the tech giant isn't taking things sitting down. In its response to the ruling, Apple emphasized the chilling effects the ban would have on the entire mobile industry as well as China's smartphone market.

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ASUS ZenFone fate hangs in the balance as CEO resigns

ASUS ZenFone fate hangs in the balance as CEO resigns

ASUS may not be as a big a name in the smartphone market but it has achieved one thing few off its competitors have not. Its name has not been dragged in any major scandal or problems in the past years the likes of Samsung, HTC, and even LG have been subjected to. That said, business hasn’t exactly been thriving, at least on the mobile front. So it is both surprising and yet expected that Jerry Shen, ASUS’ CEO for the past 11 years, is finally stepping down. But with his departure comes questions about the fate of the company’s phones.

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Blu Vivo Go budget phone launches with Android 9 Pie (Go edition)

Blu Vivo Go budget phone launches with Android 9 Pie (Go edition)

Budget phone company Blu has released the Blu Vivo Go, its first Android 9 Pie smartphone. The model features a 6-inch display paired with a very slim bezel, offering a sleek, premium appearance despite its budget-tier pricing. This Android Go edition handset if offered unlocked through Amazon for T-Mobile and AT&T with dual-SIM support.

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Vitamin Water offers up $100k to ditch your smartphone for a year

Vitamin Water offers up $100k to ditch your smartphone for a year

Do you think you could go without using a smartphone for a year? If you think you can, Vitamin Water wants to put your claim to the test. The company today announced a new promotion that will award one person $100,000, provided they can go without using a smartphone or a tablet for 365 days.

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Galaxy S10 release dates just leaked

Galaxy S10 release dates just leaked

Today it would seem that the Samsung Galaxy S10 had a bit of a change done to earlier tipped release dates. The event, it would seem, isn't going to match up with previously teased reveal dates - not quite. The same is true of the first wave of phones. While we've been pretty sure of three versions of the Galaxy S10 were coming at some point in the first half of 2019, it's now become clear that two will look different from the third.

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True Phone Security means living without apps, GPS, or internet

True Phone Security means living without apps, GPS, or internet

To attain the most fully-inclusive all-out secure experience on a smartphone, one must dispense with apps. Over the past several years, it's become clear that surviving as an app developer, social networking brand, etcetera, one must monetize the user, rather than the content one provides to the user. As such, if you're the sort of person that doesn't like being tracked, it's time to take some precautions.

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Razer Phone 2 Review: The Slight Difference

Razer Phone 2 Review: The Slight Difference

The Razer Phone 2 once again offers a unique smartphone package to a still-stagnant smartphone market. We're no longer in a place where there's a massive number of people looking to buy their first phone (in the USA, anyway), we're at the point at which most people have had a couple smartphones - or more - in their adult lives. Now's the time to release something different - something that takes a chance with hardware design and features that appeal to some, but not all.

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OnePlus 5/5T Android 9.0 Pie beta has finally arrived

OnePlus 5/5T Android 9.0 Pie beta has finally arrived

All the attention lavished on the OnePlus 6T and, to some extent, the OnePlus 6 might naturally cause a few owners of OnePlus’ 2017 flagships to feel a bit hurt. Neither side can be blamed but OnePlus did promise that the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T would still get their delicious pie. The good news is that the company hasn’t forgotten that promise. The bad news is that owners will have to settle, at least for now, for a beta of Android 9 Pie. That is if they’re willing to take the risk.

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Apple is making its own cellular modem, job hiring reveals

Apple is making its own cellular modem, job hiring reveals

Next year, there will be a lot of talk about 5G coming from all players in the mobile market. Carriers and smartphone makers will race to be the first to offer 5G features while chip makers will flaunt their 5G-capable silicon. Amidst that frenzy, one key player will be relatively silent. Apple doesn’t seem to be hyping 5G plans for next but it isn’t because it doesn’t believe in the premise and promise of 5G. It’s just that it will be too busy making its own phone modem, 5G or otherwise.

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