Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 29 Mar 2016 1:30 pm
Factory Reset Protection helps keep your data safe if your phone is lost or stolen, but you need to remember to disable it before a new user can set it up and sign in.
Factory Reset Protection (FRP) is a security method that was designed to make sure someone can't just wipe and factory reset your phone if you've lost it or it was stolen. Starting with Android Lollipop, FRP is "standard" in...
Samsung has an optional 'advanced' UI for the Galaxy S7, and it's kind of a mess.
It's not often we see a phone maker offering optional, sweeping changes to the UI of one of its major handsets. Yet that's what Samsung has with the launch of the oddly named "Good Lock" on its Galaxy Apps store.
The latest HTC 10 teaser shows off the capacitive keys on the bottom of the phone. HTC is set to debut the phone officially on April 12, and has been teasing different aspects of it using the hashtag #powerof10.
The LG G5 officially goes on sale in the U.S. on April 1. You're already able to preorder it at some retailers and carriers, and others will announce their intentions in the days ahead.
Updated March 29, 2016, with new info from T-Mobile and US Cellular.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 29 Mar 2016 5:01 am
It looks like Xiaomi is considering a mini variant of the Mi 5 with a 4.3-inch display. A recent leak out of Weibo suggests that the phone will be unveiled in the month of June, featuring a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC.
Update: Sony has updated Android Central on the ongoing problems with the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium Marshmallow update.
"At this time, there is no news on the number of Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium smartphones effected by the Android 6.0 software update in Canada. Affected Bell customers have been instructed to go through normal Bell warranty process and a loaner will be provided in the...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 28 Mar 2016 5:25 am
Samsung India is teasing the launch of a new phone that's aimed at motorcycle riders. Based on the teasers, the device will likely be the 2016 refresh of the Galaxy J3. The affordable Galaxy J series has been off to a great start in India, and rumors suggest that this year's variant may feature a metal body.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 28 Mar 2016 2:27 am
Xiaomi is getting ready to launch the Mi 5 in India. The Chinese vendor has sent out invites to the media for a press event on March 31, where it will announce the Snapdragon 820-toting handset for the Indian market.
A new video showing off the LG G5's UX 5.0 shows an new option for adding an app drawer back to the default launcher.
You can't talk about the LG G5 without someone bringing up the fact that it's the latest smartphone to eschew the app drawer in favor of a single-layer springboard approach. Maybe it's a big deal, maybe it's not. But in any case, LG apparently is adding in an option for a...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Mar 2016 12:30 pm
It's not even technically a beta, but we know a bunch of you are using it.
We've had a bit of time to play with the Android N beta on our Nexus phones. Google made it easy — maybe too easy — to switch over to the beta from a pretty stable Marshmallow, so this time around there are a lot more people using it. And finding the bugs.
That's part of what the beta program is all about — finding the...
As Samsung prepares to launch its payment service in more countries, the biggest hurdle won't be the technology itself, or even rivals like Apple or Google.
Samsung Pay has been a slow burn thus far. First announced back at Mobile World Congress 2015, the Korean firm's mobile payment service is only live right now in South Korea and the United States. It's expected to expand to more countries...
There's so much to love here — but that can't keep me from putting down this phone.
One of the cool things about a major phone launch is watching as the Android Central editors all draw their own conclusions from personal experiences. We generally agree on things like camera quality, overall performance, and the technical capabilities of each handset, but whether we actually want to use any...
Moving from a Galaxy S6 to a GS7 is a reasonable question to ask — but does it make sense to go through with it?
Every time a manufacturer releases a new phone, it has to strike many balances. One of which is deciding between attracting altogether new buyers coming from a different company with keeping around exiting customers for a longer period by upgrading to the new phone version. The...
Verizon has officially started pushing out the Marshmallow update for the LG V10, just as it said it would. There are a number of reports that the update is hitting phones, and is sized at just under 1GB. The update brings Doze, enhanced permission controls and more to the phone.