CyanogenMod 12.1 Stable Builds Based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Now Available

The CyanogenMod open-source community on Monday released CyanogenMod 12.1 stable builds based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, alongside security releases for CM11.0 and CM12.0 including fixes for the Stagefright vulnerability and other recent security disclosures. The firm says that not all the CM-based devices would be receiving these releases. Only those devices marked as ‘Good to go’ by the maintainer would ... Read More »

Google to Demote Mobile Sites That Show Giant App Install Ads

As part of company’s growing efforts to make the Web more friendly for mobile users, Google has announced that interstitial app ads that cover a “significant amount of content” on Web pages will not be considered mobile-friendly anymore. Such pages will be demoted in mobile search results, Google added. Many websites greet their viewers with a big ad placed to ... Read More »

OnePlus 2 OxygenOS 2.0.2 Update Rolling Out, Brings Several Fixes

OnePlus 2 last month received its first OxygenOS 2.0.1 update since its launch in the market, bringing several bug fixes and improvements, as well as a fix for the Stagefright vulnerability. Now, the company has started rolling out the second update that bumps OxygenOS to version 2.0.2 and primarily brings improvements to fingerprint recognition accuracy alongside other features. The update ... Read More »

HTC Announces Smartphone Launch for Sunday, Rumoured Aero A9 Expected

Last month we saw an image showing the rumoured HTC Aero A9 (aka HTC One A9 or HTC Hero) smartphone compared side-by-side with an Apple iPhone 6. Now, HTC has announced a smartphone launch for Sunday, and the Taiwanese firm is expected to launch the rumoured Aero A9 smartphone. The teaser image posted by HTC on its Weibo account shows ... Read More »

Nextbit Robin Launched, the First ‘Cloud-First’ Android Smartphone

Nextbit, a mobile company that boasts of veterans from Apple, Google, and HTC on its team, has unveiled its much-anticipated reasonably priced first Android smartphone, Robin. The device offers flagship stature specifications and is being sold through a Kickstarter campaign. In August, Nextbit announced that it plans to launch a “fri**in awesome” smartphone, and the company is trying to keep ... Read More »

Android Wear Smartwatches Now Work With iPhone

Google on Monday broke down the wall between Android smart watches and iPhones, taking on Apple Watch on its home turf. A version of Android Wear smart watch software tailored for Apple’s mobile operating system made its debut, paired for now only with LG Watch Urbane, according to a Google blog post. “Today, Android Wear for iOS works with the ... Read More »

Apple, Cisco Partner to Boost iPad, iPhone Use In Enterprise

Apple and computer network titan Cisco on Monday announced a partnership aimed at putting more iPhones and iPads to work at businesses. The companies said in a joint release that they will optimize Cisco networks to provide a “fast lane” for devices and applications running on Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. “Nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today ... Read More »

Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium Briefly Detailed on Video

Sony is rumoured to launch three new smartphone models at its September 2 launch event – the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and Xperia Z5 Premium – apart from other products at IFA 2015. In a recently published video, the three Xperia Z5 models were briefly touched upon by the company’s Marketing Director of Sony Mobile France. The French site ... Read More »

iBall Andi 4.5 O’Buddy Dual-SIM Android Smartphone Launched at Rs. 4,990

iBall has launched a new Andi-series smartphone, the Andi 4.5 O’Buddy, priced at Rs. 4,990. The company in a press statement announced that the iBall Andi 4.5 O’Buddy is now available to buy in India. The Andi 4.5 O’Buddy smartphone is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device which runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. It comes with a 4.5-inch (480×854 pixels) FWVGA display. ... Read More »

Gionee Will Not Make Smart Feature Phones, Says India CEO

Chinese handset-maker Gionee’s India chief executive has said the company was not looking to make cheap smartphones or “smart feature phones”. “At Gionee, we don’t want to make cheap smartphones as they end up becoming smart feature phones. We have a separate category for feature phones and we would love to expand, innovate in this category,” said Gionee India CEO ... Read More »