Owning a smartphone is almost a requirement for most folks these days.That’s where a good rugged phone comes in.Today’s rugged phones come equipped with military specs for surviving more extreme water, dust, and drop situations.The Caterpillar Cat S61 is the most recent release, a successor to the earlier S60.Be aware it only works on GSM-based cellular networks such as the ones provided by T-Mobile and ATAmazon currently sells the Cat S61 for the very high price of $999.99, but its high degree of ruggedness, plus its thermal camera, make it unlike any smartphone on the market.It can go down as far as 2 meters in water, and work for up to one full hour at that depth.
Just choose one of the best Android app development icon packs from the list we have prepared for you!We can change the launcher, but to get the maximum effect in customization we must necessarily choose a pack of icons (icon pack) suitable wide, beautiful to look at and in Material Design Style, so as to adapt perfectly to any launcher or ROM.The best icon packs and themes are to be considered those that offer a large number of icons so that no app of your system remains without the new icon in order to obtain a much more pleasant and uniform result.The best icon packs for Android App DevelopmentA wonderful free icon pack, full of colorful icons (more than 1300) in high definition (192 x 192 px).The icons have a square shape with rounded corners and allow a good homogeneity as well as a pleasant glance. Read more:https://nectarbits.com/blog/icon-pack/
Augmented reality (AR) is one of the newest and fastest-developing areas in smartphone tech – and, no, it’s not just about pointing your phone’s camera at products in the supermarket to find out whether they're cheaper online.It will let the little ones draw sculptures in 3D like a preschool Rodin, make Lego creations without you having to spend any money on sets, and learn about ancient Egypt.All you’ll need are either an iPhone of the 6S generation (2015) or newer, or a phone that runs Android 7.0 or newer.Letting your kids loose on the AR alternative may only cement their love for these pricey colorful bricks, but it’s one way to stop them asking for a new real-life set right now.Lego has made a bunch of game-like apps that let you build creations brick-by-brick, and then bring them to life with animations and movement.BrickHeadz Builder AR is the most ambitious, as it transposes the process of making Lego creations onto the real world.
When most compare Android to iOS, the first thing people typically bring up is that Google’s mobile operating system is customizable while Apple’s is rigid and set in a walled garden.With the update installed, iPhone and iPad owners no longer have a long-running list of incoming notifications.By stacking or combining all of the incoming notifications from a single app into a single card, users wouldn’t have to worry about a cluttered status bar.Twitter, for example, groups notifications based on the sender of the tweet.Instead of every notification from the social network showing up in a single grouping, I have multiple groupings, each one based on the account who shared something on the platform.Related: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max: Which is worth your $1,000?
Android 9 Pie is arriving to the HTC U11 Life, according to Ubergizmo.It will be the first HTC device to get the latest big operating system update since Pie launched in August.The HTC U11 was released in the summer of 2017 running Android Nougat out of the box, later receiving the Oreo update soon after it launched.The HTC U11 Life is beating out the company’s 2018 flagship device, the HTC U12+, in getting Pie.It makes sense that the international U11 Life would be the first of HTC’s models to receive the update, however, as it’s an Android One device.Android One devices are required to receive timely software updates.
Beware, some features are missing depending on which smartie you useGoogle has loosened its stranglehold on Project Fi, expanding its US cellphone network service beyond its own handsets to competitor smartphones made by Samsung and Apple.But, be warned: check the supported features before you sign on.And also ask yourself if you want to jump on a network run by one of the hungriest personal data scoffers on the planet.Initially Project Fi was confined to a small number of handsets sold on the service's website – Pixel variants, a couple of LG phones, and two Moto mobes.Now the number of handsets capable of using the virtual mobile network has dramatically expanded albeit with some caveats.
It was one of the less eccentric attempts at a modular smartphone that focuses more on replacing integral components rather than some inessential addons.Unfortunately, the last Fairphone sold was the Fairphone 2 back in 2015 and we barely heard anything from in since its first modular camera launch last year.Now the company is making headlines once more by pushing an Android 7.0 Nougat update to the smartphone, making it the first and so far only phone running on a Snapdragon 801 to get the not so latest Android update.Android 7 Nougat was launched way back in 2016 and, by all intents and purposes, the Fairphone 2 should have gotten the update already.It almost seemed like the smartphone would stop at Android 6 Marshmallow, which it actually only got last year.That would, however, foil the company’s promise of a long-lasting smartphone.
Cameras have been getting progressively more advanced from a technical side of things.Some companies are replacing simple dials and knobs with giant touchscreens and even integrated Adobe Lightroom software.Taken in that light, the Yongnuo YN450 seems like the logical conclusion here: it’s a full-fledged mirrorless camera with support for Canon’s EF line of lenses, but it also runs Android Nougat on a 5-inch touchscreen display, via PetaPixel.And it sure does look a whole lot like Yongnuo has literally bolted a camera together with an Android phone.It offers a 16-megapixel Four Thirds sensor that can shoot in RAW, along with 4K video at 30 fps (and the aforementioned Canon EF lens compatibility).But there’s also a whole lot of hardware that seems pulled straight out of an Android phone: Yongnuo’s post first teasing the YN450 says that it offers “full Netcom 4G / 3G network data” as well as Wi-Fi, with an unspecified eight-core Qualcomm processor.
If you’re shopping for a new TV, you probably fall into one of two camps: someone who wants to spend less than $1,000 or someone who wants the best picture quality they can get, price be damned.If you’re in the first camp, you should buy TCL’s 6 Series TV, which costs around $650 for a 55-inch model and is the best TV you can get for less than a grand.On the other end of the spectrum, LG’s line of OLED TVs has long been the way to go for the best picture quality you can get.So, what do you get from a multi-thousand-dollar TV in 2018 that LG’s superlative OLED options don’t give you?I’ve been testing Sony’s $3,800 65-inch A8F to find out.The A8F is an update to the A1E from 2017, and it’s an OLED TV in either 55 or 65 inches with a sleek design.
Chinese phone maker ZTE is launching the Blade Max 2S and the Blade Max View, two smartphones with lower-end specs for $180 and $200, respectively.Both phones have 6-inch 2160 x 1080 LCD screens with 18:9 aspect ratios, 1.4GHz processors, 4,000mAh batteries, and 32GB of storage.The Blade Max 2S has 2GB of RAM, and the Blade Max View has 3GB.For $20 more, the Max View offers dual 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear cameras and Android Nougat, while the Max 2s has a single 13-megapixel rear camera and runs Android Oreo out of the box.On the ZTE website, the Blade Max View is listed as having a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, but no brand is listed for the Max 2S processor with the same cores and clock speeds.For years, ZTE and Huawei have been scrutinized by foreign authorities in the US and Europe, and Donald Trump ultimately signed a bill to ban government use of the two companies in August.
Forks of Android now act as Google’s operating system across a wide variety of different form factors, from automobiles to smartwatches.Here, we look at the various industries Android has permeated since it launched in the HTC G1 in 2008 — and one that might be vying to take over from the beloved OS in the future.Since then, the platform has shipped on smartwatches from a wide range of brands in both tech and fashion — everything from Asus to Michael Kors — but it hasn’t been entirely smooth sailing.The past several years were shaky for the now-branded Wear OS, as the future of smartwatches, in general, seemed far less promising than originally expected.At the same time, though, it’s become clear that fashion companies are more than glad to take up the mantle abandoned by smartphone manufacturers, introducing devices that are more about battery life and aesthetic than boundary-pushing features.Going from minuscule screens to the home theater, Google also launched Android TV in 2014, offering the tech company’s take on smart TV software.
The Anker Nebula Capsule 2 is an HD projector about the size of a can of soda.The projector now features Android TV as well as Google Assistant built right in.The Nebula Capsule 2 will sell on Kickstarter for $369 for early birds, or $399 retail.Anker just held a hardware launch event in New York where it announced the release of several new products.One of those products is the Anker Nebula Capsule 2 — an HD projector with Android TV built in, all in a form factor about the size of a soda can.The Nebula Capsule 2 is, naturally, the follow-up to the original Anker Nebula Capsule.
There are plenty of cheap smartphones out there, and no shortage of great kid-friendly apps and games.While you might hear pleas to get the latest iPhone or Galaxy, the reality is that kids often aren’t ready for the responsibility that comes with their first phone.There aren’t too many notable Android phones out there made specifically for children, but we’ve managed to round up some inexpensive options perfect as your child’s first smartphone.The Moto E5 Play has a 5.2-inch display, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor.It has Android 8.0 Oreo installed out of the box as well.Verizon Wireless is also selling it, again without a contract, for just $69.99.
The BlackBerry KeyOne won’t be upgraded to Android Oreo, according to a Sprint Community Manager.The KeyOne would become one of the rare Android smartphones to never receive a major update.Whether this is specific to Sprint, or all CDMA carriers, we are still trying to discern.Sprint has confirmed the BlackBerry KeyOne will not receive Android Oreo.Though the update is already rolling out in some parts of North America, a Sprint community manager said earlier this month that it had been officially ruled out for that carrier.This will be a disappointing result for KeyOne owners on Sprint, as the device would permanently remain on Android Nougat, the software it launched with in 2017 (the Oreo update’s absence almost certainly rules out the more recent Android Pie update, too).
As the public embraces Chrome OS, OEMs have begun to incorporate Google's operating system into their products in new ways.The tablet's weightiness struck me as soon as I took it out of the box, and its metal edges combined with ceramic white back finish make it a very handsome device.HP achieved the white color using the same anodized electrodeposition method used in previous Spectre laptops, showing that the company didn't cut any corners, instead breaking the plastic-clamshell shackles that once restrained Google's operating system.Specs at a glance: HP Chromebook x2 (as reviewed)12.3-inch QHD IPS display (235 ppi)802.11b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Using Bouncer, you can approve permissions for only a short time, and Bouncer will automatically repeal those permissions later.The Bouncer Android app is only $0.99 on the Google Play Store.Earlier today, we told you about the removal of Weather Timeline from the Google Play Store.That app’s creator, Sam Ruston, just launched a new project that might help soften the blow for the loss of Weather Timeline: an app called Bouncer.Using the Bouncer Android app, you can grant permissions for applications temporarily.Bouncer is perfect for those Android users out there who are concerned about privacy on their smartphone as well as sick of power-hungry apps that abuse their permissions by running processor-heavy tasks in the background.
Just because you only have a $60 budget doesn’t mean you need to settle for a substandard tablet.Right now you can pick up a refurbished Huawei MediaPad T3 7 Android tablet for just $57.99, and you might be surprised at how far $60 can go.The Huawei MediaPad T3 7 was released in May of last year.It falls into the entry-level category of tablets, but for everyday purposes, it’s more than capable.It has front and rear cameras, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.In short, you get exactly what you would expect of an affordable Android tablet.
Back in February, Google announced its Android Enterprise Recommended program, a “shortlist of approved devices and services” to help large businesses pick Android offerings that “meet elevated enterprise requirements.” Recognizing the demand for devices that are safe to use in tougher environments, Google is today adding a collection of ruggedized products to the list, with Honeywell in the first batch and Panasonic promised for the near future.The ruggedized category is interesting for a few reasons, most notably including heightened requirements designed to guarantee that the devices will be useful for five years.Google is requiring that devices are Android 7.0 or later, receive at least five years of Android security updates within 90 days of Google’s release, and get support for at least one additional major Android OS release.Additionally, the rugged devices need to be drop-test rated, and certified for ingress protection, though apparently not at specific levels.Initially, the rugged Android Enterprise Recommended devices will include:Honeywell CT40, CT60, and CN80
Lenovo revealed a whole bunch of new Android tablets to fill the space left by almost every other manufacturer on the planet over the last couple of years.They’ve gone ahead and broken the floodgates, revealing not one, not two, but five new tablets all at once.Each of these tablets runs Android and they run anywhere from $70 to $130 dependent on their specifications.The Lenovo Tab E7 has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 pixel display – which is quite low-definition and only really useful to tiny children or those ENTIRELY new to smart devices.It’ll be rolling with Android Oreo Go Edition.That might well be the first and only time Android Go Edition was released as Oreo on a tablet.
Lenovo just launched five new tablets running the gamut from mid-range professional to ultra-budget.Three of the tablets run Android Oreo, one runs Android Go, and one surprisingly is launching with Android Nougat.We have pricing and availability on some of the cheaper models but are still waiting on info on the two most expensive units.One of the tablets actually runs Android Go Oreo, which is noteworthy because there aren’t many tablets running the ultra-small version of the Android operating system.And another of the tablets actually launches with the two-years-old Android Nougat, which is noteworthy because come on: how many devices launched with Nougat in 2018?The Lenovo Tab E7, pictured above, runs Android Go Oreo and has a MediaTek MT8167 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD card slot with support for up to 128GB of extra flash memory.