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we asked, you told us: android p will be called...

android p is coming fast, with the developer preview already out, and we expect to know more about the confectionary-based name of the coming android operating system upgrade during a keynote at google i/o 2018.android has been released numerically and alphabetically ever since android 1.5, or cupcake. since then, along with the numerical increment, there’s been a name; a tasty sweet-treat that leaves enthusiasts (and journalists!) everywhere just a little hungry.here’s a short and delicious trip down memory lane:previous android version names (versions 1.0 and 1.1 didn’t have release codenames):android 1.5 cupcakeandroid 1.6 donutandroid 2.2 eclairandroid 2.2 froyoandroid 2.3 gingerbreadandroid 3.0 honeycombandroid 4.0 ice cream sandw...




huawei’s upcoming ai assistant is a black mirror episode in real life

huawei is looking to provide emotional interactions through its ai assistant.the company’s team is inspired by the movie her and envisions that soon enough, we won’t even need to touch our smartphones to use them.while huawei’s vision sounds ambitious and exciting, its plans to essentially replace human interactions sound slightly worrisome.huawei is reportedly preparing to launch an ai assistant with high emotional intelligence so that you can “get rid of your girlfriend.”editor's pickhuawei plans first 5g phone for q3 2019, might be mate 30 chinese smartphone manufacturer huawei is in the middle of its global analyst summit in shenzhen, in which it gives details on its plans for the next year. during a presentation, a huawei ...




political scrutiny on google continues to grow in europe

the european parliament adopted a report which recommends that google be restructured.though the report was adopted 445-104, it is not a binding one.the european commission has two open cases against google, which will take years to be completed.the european parliament just adopted a report which calls for the complete structural separation of google’s general and specialized search services.editor's pickgoogle fined record €2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) over search results abuse google has been hit with a €2.42 billion (~$2.7 billion) fine by the european commission, the regulator's largest ever penalty. the search giant has been charged with giving its own shopping comparison tool an illegal …it was around a year ago that the euro...




we asked, you told us: android p will be called...

android p is coming fast, with the developer preview already out, and we expect to know more about the confectionary-based name of the coming android operating system upgrade during a keynote at google i/o 2018.android has been released numerically and alphabetically ever since android 1.5, or cupcake. since then, along with the numerical increment, there’s been a name; a tasty sweet-treat that leaves enthusiasts (and journalists!) everywhere just a little hungry.here’s a short and delicious trip down memory lane:previous android version names (versions 1.0 and 1.1 didn’t have release codenames):android 1.5 cupcakeandroid 1.6 donutandroid 2.2 eclairandroid 2.2 froyoandroid 2.3 gingerbreadandroid 3.0 honeycombandroid 4.0 ice cream sandw...




do you need the triple camera?

the huawei p20 pro is reviewing very well, making it easy to forget it’s part of a range of new flagships launched by huawei which includes the regular p20 and p20 lite as well. the huawei p20 doesn’t deserve to play second fiddle to the pro model though — it’s a fully fledged flagship boasting many of the same high-end specifications. it retails for 250 euros less (~$308) than the pro model — quite a compelling price point if you’re looking for a cost-effective flagship without the usual compromises.the only major differences between the regular huawei p20 vs p20 pro are in the camera department. while the pro model boasts an impressive and industry first triple camera configuration, the regular p20 sticks with huawei’s more...




zte calls ban “unfair,” but what can it do now?

zte’s response to the u.s. technology ban came through on friday morning, with the company stating that the u.s. department of commerce’s action was unfair.china’s second-largest telecom firm said that the ban handed down by the bureau of industry and security threatens its survival, and committed to “take judicial measures to protect the legal rights and interests of our company, our employees and our shareholders, and to fulfill obligations and take responsibilities to our global customers, end-users, partners and suppliers.”“the denial order will not only severely impact the survival and development of zte, but will also cause damages to all partners of zte including a large number of u.s. companies,” said the company.zte’...




lg g7 thinq might have a google assistant button

lg’s upcoming g7 thinq will reportedly feature a dedicated google assistant button.the button functions similarly to samsung’s bixby’s button, for better and worse.the button also plays into google’s and lg’s respective strategies.you can already call up google assistant with your voice or with the google app. if you pick up lg’s rumored g7 thinq, however, you might be able to call up google’s virtual personal assistant with the push of a button.according to cnet, which cited people familiar with the g7 thinq’s development, the google assistant button will be on the left side of the phone. the power button is reportedly on the right, while the fingerprint reader remains on the back.in addition to the standard queries, google ...




the at&t 5g evolution rollout is not 5g at all, but just pr malarkey

shutterstockat&t is promoting its new technology called 5g evolution.according to a press release, 5g evolution is now in over 100 markets.however, despite what its moniker would suggest, 5g evolution is not 5g.yesterday, at&t put out a press release patting itself on the back for launching what it calls 5g evolution technology in over 100 markets. the term 5g evolution makes one think that what at&t turned on is 5g technology. but it’s not. not even close.what at&t really did is launch enhanced lte technology. in other words, at&t added some new bells and whistles to existing 4g lte, slapped the term 5g onto it, and sent out a press release.editor's pickwhat is 5g?5g networking is anticipated as the next major evolution for mobile techn...




master salesforce and be in high demand

salesforce is currently the 7th-most in-demand it skill in the world.if you haven’t heard of salesforce, maybe your organisation is a bit behind the times. salesforce is the world’sleading customer relationship management tool. the salesforce trailblazer bundle can bring you up to speed, and even prepare you for certification.salesforce is a business platform based on putting all aspects of a company into a cloud ‘ecosystem’. it isn’t just storage, it’s a whole user interface linking sales, marketing, services, customer support, etc. any employee can interact with customers from any device with an internet connection.every aspect of the business becomes more streamlined, effective and efficient. the company can be run from a sma...




freedom mobile canada network review

freedom mobile was founded in 2008 as wind mobile and is one of the most visible discount mobile brands in canada.having said that, it also has pretty limited coverage. freedom is refreshingly candid about its shortcomings though. the company recognizes it’s not perfect, but offers an affordable alternative to the canadians that can use it.their strategy focuses on low rates, flat monthly fees, protection from data overages, and cheap phones and payment plans.let’s have a look at what you get when you sign up with freedom mobile.freedom mobile networkfreedom has been upgrading its lte network for the last year across canada.the company also boasts it’s the only canadian provider to provide coverage in all ttc subway stations in toronto...




amazon echo dot deal gets you one for $40 plus a bonus $10 gift card

if you haven’t yet stepped into the smart speaker game, you really are missing out. an always-on virtual assistant is incredibly useful around the house, especially in places like the kitchen where you often find your hands are dirty and touching your smartphone is ill-advised.while our guide on the matter shows that the google home is the best smart speaker you can buy, both the google home mini and the amazon echo dot are the perfect entry point into the smart speaker world. right now, newegg is running a deal on a second generation amazon echo dot that is pretty hard to pass up.for the next two days, you can get an amazon echo dot for $40 shipped from newegg. this is the latest generation of the echo dot, which features improved far-f...




best smartphones with a removable battery

metal designs, thinner profiles and pleasant aesthetics have surged in the smartphone market, but they come with a sacrifice some of you may not be willing to live with. removable batteries have become a dying breed.even if battery life is generally improving, being able to carry extra batteries and swapping them to your liking is an advantage that is hard to give up. in an industry in which all the best phones tend to sport a unibody design, where are the handsets that still offer the versatility of a removable battery? unfortunately, this leaves us with a pretty small selection of good smartphones with a removable battery. in fact there isn’t a single newer flagship device, the closest to making that cut is the nearly two year old lg v2...




destiny warfare unleashes halo-like fps action on google play store

destiny warfare is the latest sci-fi shooter to land on the google play store with an eye on cementing its place at the top of the competitive multiplayer fps ladder on android devices.as if the game’s title wasn’t a complete giveaway, destiny warfare borrows heavily from some of the biggest current franchises in console and pc gaming. the biggest inspiration this time around for developer azur interactive — previously known for modern strike online and the gtr racing series — appears to be the sci-fi fps juggernauts, destiny and halo.editor's pick10 best fps games for android fps games (first person shooters) are among the most exciting game genres out there. it is one of the most popular genres ever. additionally, a variety of hi...




verizon pushes oreo to galaxy s7, is actually nougat

an update to verizon-branded samsung galaxy s7 and galaxy s7 edge devices claims to be android 8.0 oreo.however, the update is just nougat with the latest android security patch.it’s not clear if verizon meant to push oreo and pushed nougat, or meant to push nougat and accidentally promoted it as oreo.if you own a verizon-branded samsung galaxy s7 or galaxy s7 edge, you might have been excited to see a notification that big red is pushing an ota android 8.0 oreo update your way. however, we have some bad news for you: it’s not oreo, it’s actually nougat, via android police.despite the fact that the release notes for the ota say it’s an update to oreo and includes descriptions of oreo features like picture-in-picture mode, notificati...




android authority's comment authority: week 16 of 2018

welcome to the second installment of comment authority, a weekly feature where we highlight the best comments on the site from you, our readers. there were lots of positive comments made on our inaugural comment authority post last week, so we’re glad to see that you all enjoy this concept. there were some issues with people not being able to see embedded comments in the post, so to rectify that we are posting screenshots instead that link to the highlighted comment. hopefully, this works better for you!if you have any suggestions or constructive criticism for comment authority, let us know in the comments (naturally). this is your feature, after all, so it should be catered to what you think works best!without further ado, here are the b...




do you need the triple camera?

the huawei p20 pro is reviewing very well, making it easy to forget it’s part of a range of new flagships launched by huawei which includes the regular p20 and p20 lite as well. the huawei p20 doesn’t deserve to play second fiddle to the pro model though — it’s a fully fledged flagship boasting many of the same high-end specifications. it retails for 250 euros less (~$308) than the pro model — quite a compelling price point if you’re looking for a cost-effective flagship without the usual compromises.the only major differences between the regular huawei p20 vs p20 pro are in the camera department. while the pro model boasts an impressive and industry first triple camera configuration, the regular p20 sticks with huawei’s more...




the $249 smart camera that shoots for you

are you a parent or pet owner? if so, you are probably frustrated with your inability to share enough content online. don’t worry, google’s here to help. the search giant has released google clips to help make sure every single person in your friend lists sees your little creatures, furry or otherwise.we’ve played around with one for some time and we’re ready to give you our full google clips review. google clips is a small camera that captures short videos, so we will keep this review appropriately short and simple.related articleshere are the best 360-degree cameras you can buy right nowopting for one of the many 360 degree cameras out there is a great way to take your videography to the next level. it allows you to capture your e...




google play store's lax quality control brings crypto scams

pymntsgoogle recently removed another round of malicious crypto apps from the google play store.this is another instance in a disturbing trend of malicious apps proliferating on the world’s largest app store.is google’s quality control not good enough?according to the next web, in 2018 alone, google has removed three instances of malicious apps posing as legitimate crypto wallet apps. these imposter apps steal keys from you and then drain your accounts. granted, each app was removed in a few days and only got a few downloads, if any at all, but this is just one part of the problem.in the past two months, android authority has written three articles about google and its issues when it comes to crypto scams. first, there was the malwarebyt...




chat is google's big answer to android's messaging problem

google is planning to change the way messaging works on android. again.its new service, called chat, will be based on the universal profile for rich communication services standard.the search giant is reportedly shifting the allo team over to work on the new service, with work on allo now on pause.google is planning to introduce some huge changes to the way messaging works on android through a new messaging service called chat. as reported by the verge, the mountain view company is “pausing” work on allo and moving the team over to the new service all with the hopes that it will finally bring messaging on android up to the same standard as its rivals, including, most notably, apple.while google has made plenty of attempts at a messaging ...




nokia 7 plus uk release date confirmed, free google home mini offer

update (04/20): hmd global has announced that the nokia 7 plus in black/copper is now available to pre-order in the uk directly from the nokia website. as mentioned below, it will cost £349.99 and is expected to be dispatched on may 2. if you want to pre-order the phone from another uk-based retailer, you can do so from april 25.hmd global has also provided further details about the google home mini deal. the deal will run until june 14 and as well as those who buy the nokia 7 plus, anyone who buys a nokia 6 or nokia 8 sirocco will also qualify. simply head to the nokia website from may 2 and you’ll be able to redeem your device’s imei code to claim the device.you can grab a nokia 7 plus by hitting the button below.buy nokia 7 plus a...