Android smartphone competition is fierce, but things are a bit different when it comes to the processors that power these smartphones and tablets. Qualcomm and Samsung are leading the bunch, and even CPU manufacturers like NVIDIA and Intel struggle to compete against them, in the mobile industry. Today we are here to speak about the latter-mentioned entity. Intel is changing its strategy and switching focus to other business projects. Namely, they are placing most of their bets on the data center, IoT, memory, FPGA and 5G businesses. Something’s gotta give, right? Also read: Interview with Intel at CES 2015 Qualcomm’s high horse: can anyone knock them off? But such a change in focus also means they must sacrifice other things, and it seems they will be leaving the smartphone and tablet business, at least for the meantime. A new report from Anandtech (with confirmation from Intel) states the processor maker will be canceling its Broxton and SoFIA platforms. This would mean they are dropping their whole upcoming lineup of smartphone and tablet SoC’s, which were to be part of the Atom X3 family. The same news was also announced by analyst Patrick Moorhead, but having more solid confirmation coming from Intel is always welcomed. And it makes sense; while Intel is considered a processor giant in the PC market, they have invested too much into mobile just to make it to a handful of devices. One of their best victories was the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet. It was actually my personal favorite tablet during its time, featuring a great design, build quality and performance. But what other popular products can you think of that sport an Intel Atom chipset? Yeah, not many. There is no word on when/if they will be making a return to mobile platforms. They are also not specifying anything […]

Before we go any further, please be aware that this post is about a porn app being updated, which some readers may find offensive. You have been warned. There’s really no beating around the bush about what PlanetPron is all about; it’s an app designed to look at adult pictures and videos, plain and simple, but the app is currently undergoing a big update, so it’s certainly worth highlighting. We first talked about this app in our best adult apps roundup, praising the app for being one of the best of its kind. That was mostly down to its content, however, not design. Now PlanetPron is catching up in that department as well. 10 best adult apps for Android (NSFW) Material Design is prominent in PlanetPron and this is seen from the outset when launching the app. You’re greeted with a home screen that consists of a grid of content packed with high-resolution thumbnails of the content itself. We’ll ignore the irony present here that one is observing and appreciating the app design and layout, as opposed to the actual content. Simply tap a thumbnail on the grid to be taken to that image or video in a new window and you’ll find the usual comments, sharing, and rating icons. PlanetPron also Features an app locking feature that works with a PIN or the Marshmallow fingerprint API to keep the app away from prying eyes. Privacy is continued as you can configure the app to time-out and also even change the app icon to further hide it on your device. Of course the app isn’t on the Google Play Store, so you’ll need to download it directly from the app maker. That means you also need to allow the installation of apps from unknown sources in order for this to work. Download PlanetPron

NOTES: You want to take them, but does Samsung still want to make them? As the timeless adage goes, the pen is mightier than the sword. These days however, there is some discussion needed as for just how accurately such sage sayings may apply to Samsung smartphones. True, the Galaxy Note has been a mainstay for a number of years now, and true it serves as not only a tool for those interested in productivity, but also doubles as a second flagship with which its maker can attract customers and remain relevant in the latter part of each year. People love dreaming of the next Note, people love using the Note, and people love reading about the Note. It’s great for customers with big hands, customers with bad eye sight, customers who like to draw…Everyone seems to love the Note. Except for maybe Samsung. Despite all this, 2016 is a very curious time for Samsung’s second big product line. With each passing year, the Galaxy Note series is seemingly becoming less and less of a proper priority for its maker, perhaps even suggesting it might be on a path to pasture. In this piece, we will go over each of the major inverse “milestones” and try to surmise just what can be done to try and retake or even remake the Note. Notes: about Europe Perhaps the best way to start off, and indeed the most visible sign of the times, is that of Samsung’s decision not to release the Galaxy Note 5 in Europe last year. The sordid situation prompted some major social engineering efforts. While the company did eventually change its mind, kind of, it was seemingly the result of customer outrage as opposed to some kind of supply constraint issue. Still, the fact that a conscious decision was made to ignore an entire continent for a […]

While the last few weeks at Android Authority have been packed with tons of reviews, this last week saw this trend come to an end. While nothing was reviewed this week, that doesn’t mean the video team sat idly by. This week our video team brought us a more in-depth look at the HTC 10’s camera, pitted the LG G5 vs the Nexus 6P, gave us an overview of the main mobile payment services, and much more. Our very own Joe Hindy also had a very busy week, not only bringing us his regular Android Apps Weekly video but also best games and best apps of April videos. So without further delay, let’s jump in and take a look at all the great content we saw this week: HTC 10 Camera Feature Focus After finding mixed reception at best for the HTC One M9, the HTC 10 aims to be a much-needed step up for the company, and based on our review we agreed that hTC had certainly made a massive improvement this time around. In this feature we take a closer look at the camera, an area where HTC has traditionally been at its weakest. HTC 10 camera feature focus LG G5 vs Nexus 6P The Nexus 6P is considered one of the best Android devices released in 2015 and remains just as compelling of a buy even now. Meanwhile, the LG G5 attempts to challenge the norm with its unique modular design. How do the two compare? We take a closer look at this question in our LG G5 vs Nexus 6P comparison. LG G5 vs Nexus 6P Android Pay vs Apple Pay vs Samsung Pay Overview There is no lack of mobile payment options out there in 2016, but there are three that have gained a greater level of traction than all the rest – Android Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay. In […]

From Android à la MODE and Windows on Apple Watch, to Intel out of phones, Microsoft’s not-so-special offers, and BlackBerry’s Marshmallow bunkum, it’s our regular roundup of the week’s top tech news. Read more…

Google’s Chrome OS has managed to make in-roads into various sectors, including education. Part of this has to do with the cloud-based platform’s relatively simple usability and all-inclusive functionality. The real key however, is the low price at which the hardware – Chromebooks – cost. Whereas a decent Windows-based laptop can retail for hundreds and hundreds of dollars, Chrome OS packing-products are typically a mere fraction of the cost. Except for Google’s own Chromebook Pixel. Google has just made the choice easier by making it more difficult. As of today, the lowest priced Pixel, the $999 variant, has been discontinued. The Chromebook Pixel starts at a “mere” thousand dollars and includes things such as a super high resolution display and touch-support. The original model even had optional LTE connectivity. While this product line will only appeal to a limited segment of an already limited – though growing – market, Google has just made the choice easier by making it more difficult. As of today, the lowest priced Pixel, the $999 variant, has been discontinued. Here’s how Liliputing’s Brad Linder put it: [The $999] model is out of stock… and a Google representative tells me the company has no plans of re-stocking the $999 Chromebook Pixel with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. You can still buy a $1299 model with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 64GB of storage though. It’s unclear as to just why Google decided to discontinue the most affordable Pixel. There is likely a number of different factors, some of which may have been: Customers might not have responded as well to it as they did the more expensive option. Marketing data may have suggested it was overpriced when compared with competing products. Component supply issues may have made it impossible to […]

Now that the dust has settled, veteran smartphone maker HTC can breathe a bit easier knowing that its latest flagship, the HTC 10, has been officially announced and is about to take its impending charge into the hands of consumers worldwide. For the company – which has been on shaky ground for some time due to stiff competition – it’s a new direction that’ll hopefully bring them back to good fortunes, to the days when they were largely regarded as the premier force in the Android space. One of the more delightful aspects of the HTC 10 is its updated design, which again is a testament to the company’s meticulous approach when it comes to design. They’ve always been highly esteemed in the industry, producing slick looking devices that have been seared into the hearts and minds of smartphone fans all throughout the world. However, the more we think about the HTC 10’s new look, the more it’s made us think about all the memorable Android smartphones HTC has produced throughout the years – how some of them have reshaped things, and others have had us scratching our heads. With that mind, let’s take a quick look at the history of HTC’s designs! 2008: The birth of Android; a humble beginning If you don’t know it by now, you should: HTC has been there since the beginning, literally! Being an original member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), HTC collaborated with Google on its Linux-based operating system for mobile phones, to deliver the first commercially available Android-powered smartphone in the HTC Dream – also known by many as the T-Mobile G1 – the granddaddy of them all. HTC’s past devices: HTC One M9+ review HTC One M9 Review! HTC Desire 820 Review! HTC Butterfly 2 Review Aesthetically, the QWERTY landscape form factor […]

Android Auto is essentially a smartphone projection system for your car, with users required to tether an Android smartphone, running Android 5.0 Lollipop or above, to the built-in infotainment system that the vehicle has available.  Android Auto has slowly been gaining traction over the last year or so, with more and more car manufacturers coming into the fold every day. Android Auto has been expanding to quite a few new markets as well. Below is everything you need to know about Android Auto, including what it has to offer, the various markets it is, or soon will be, available in, vehicles and car manufacturers that support Android Auto, and finally, the options to add Android Auto to your existing vehicle. Functionality and features As mentioned, Android Auto isn’t an independent system, but rather extends the functionality of your Android smartphone to the car’s dashboard head unit, using a car-friendly user interface. The phone, running Android 5.0 Lollipop or above, is tethered via a USB cable, and of course, the car does have to support Android Auto for this to work. Functionality includes navigation via Google Maps, music control, voice control for replying to messages, making calls, and more. Third party app support is also available, with a slew of apps to be found already, including Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, TuneIn Radio, Kik Messenger, Skype, Whatsapp, Google Hangouts, Stitcher Radio, PocketCasts, and a whole lot more. You can find the full list of compatible applications here. See also: Android Auto Review – Hyundai Sonata 201519 Countries where Android Auto is available Android Auto was initially launched in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, the UK, and the US. Earlier this month, Google rolled out support for Android Auto in 18 new countries, including Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican […]

  Three Apples a day still can’t seem to save the OEM’s sluggish shipment results. While the tech community may love to discuss what phone is the best or which tablet is terrible, most of the time it’s all a matter of opinion. Thanks to companies like the International Data Corporation (IDC), however, the collective community – and indeed the world-at-large – can be privy to data that explains just what everyone is actually doing. A few days ago, IDC published the latest entry in its Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker results, and the numbers are (1) bad in general, (2) bad for the established major players, and (3) good for some unlikely ones. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty. For starters, citing both “first quarter seasonality” and “an overall disinterested customer base” IDC is reporting an “annual decline of 14.7% in worldwide tablet shipments” during Q1 2016. Worldwide shipments for all tablet variants, including slates and detachables, reached 39.6 million units. Slate tablets comprised 87.6% of all shipments, however it was in decline and has “become synonymous with the low-end of the market.” Detachables, on the other hand, “experienced triple-digit year-over-year growth on shipments of more than 4.9 million units” which was impressively, “an all-time high in the first quarter of a calendar year.” Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro S is a detachable Windows 10 device. Mention was made to Microsoft’s Surface product line which arguably started the detachable trend, and it was also pointed out that this year even Samsung got in on the action. By this, of course, the report is referring to the curiously named Galaxy TabPro S, an sAMOLED-packing Windows tablet that comes with a detachable keyboard. It is the actions of companies like Samsung that are seeking to change the marketplace, as according to Jean Philippe Bouchard, Research Director […]

At the beginning of this year, Fairphone launched and began publishing sourcecode for their in-development operating system. Tech-savvy users were able to run this code on their Fairphone 2 devices, but more casual users were kind of left out of the loop. Now the company has put together a version of their Android-based operating system that anyone can download and install. See also: Fairphone 2 impressions: an environmentally friendly, modular smartphone12 For those not in the know, Fairphone is a company that is attempting to create socially responsible smartphones. The idea is to create products built entirely by people earning a fair and livable wage. They are careful to avoid any involvement with child labor and never purchase materials from entities that would use the proceeds to fund illegal armies. One of the ways the company aims to stay competitive is by making their devices completely modular. That way, instead of upgrading to a new device every couple of years, Fairphone 2 owners can simply upgrade components once they become outmoded or broken. The device has a fairly steep price tag of $583 for what are essentially mid-range specs. The 5-inch Full HD LCD display is pretty nice, and it runs Lollipop out of the box. 2GB of RAM power the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, and for internal storage, you start with 32GB with the option to expand via microSD. It’s not a stunning piece of tech razzle-dazzle, but the point with this handset isn’t to woo with specs. For DIY enthusiasts concerned about the human suffering that goes into creating these wonders of technology, the Fairphone 2 is a match made in heaven. The company estimates that the modular nature of the device means it can last you as long as half a decade. One of the company’s […]

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