LG is to release a new smartphone that has been developed to survive being used in demanding environments. The LG X venture is a rugged device that features an angular design, complete with a 5.2-inch display.
After being launched in many markets around the world, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has now been presented in China. The South Korean company held a special event at Beijing’s Great Wall Theater, which was attended by around 1,000 people.
With Android now established as a mature mobile operating system, Google is looking at ways to help improve the overall experience. And one of the methods the search engine giant will now be using involves the targeting of poor-performing apps.
Telegram has released a new version of its instant messaging client, and with it provided significant insights over the future direction of the platform. A number of major new features have been introduced with Telegram 4.0, including support for payments.
Google is still working on establishing Android app support on Chromebooks, and the search engine giant has confirmed some exciting future plans for the venture. Demonstrating its commitment to Chrome OS, Google has said it may introduce some new Android features to Chromebooks before they arrive on other devices.
All current Android emojis are to be retired, with a new set of icons to be introduced in their place. News has come following an announcement at the Android I/O developer conference, with confirmation that design features first introduced in 2013 will now be dropped.
With Android 8.0 O, a new initiative will be introduced which is designed to ensure that users experience shorter waiting times for Android updates. Project Treble will simplify the update process for device manufacturers, which should in turn reduce delays.
It has emerged that ASUS may be planning to discontinue its line of smartwatches following disappointing sales. Beginning in 2014, a range of ASUS ZenWatch products have been released, with the Taiwanese company attempting to establish itself in the wearables market.
Microsoft’s Arrow Launcher has received a big update which brings with it a number of new features. The latest release offers an indication of Microsoft’s commitment to Android, as it continues to establish a firm foothold within the mobile operating system.
Netflix has confirmed that it will no longer allow users with a rooted Android device to download its app from the Play Store. It is a change that is likely to prove controversial amongst Android enthusiasts, given the enthusiasm that exists for custom ROMs.