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According to official Android distribution numbers harvested by Google during the week leading to May 4, a measly 9.7 percent of all devices with the world’s most popular mobile OS inside run 5.0 or 5.1 Lollipop. That’s certainly disappointing, given 5.0 source code was freely disseminated back in early November 2014 and Android M’s “final” release is a few months away, tops. Ecosystem fragmentation clearly remains an issue, nay scourge in dire need of a universal cure. But alas, there’s no such thing. The best we can do to...

In a move that was expected for some time, Microsoft has officially announced that they are bringing their virtual assistant Cortana to both Android and iOS devices. This makes it the first virtual assistant to bridge the gap on all three platforms. Microsoft says that their new “Phone Companion” app will help users of all three operating systems use their devices with a Windows 10 PC to the most it can, and this includes Cortana. When you launch the app, you select your phone’s operating system and it will recommend...

It’s all (relatively) quiet on the Nexus release front, and with a measly few days left until the Google I/O 2015 opener, that can only mean one thing. Whatever Big G has planned for the stock Android-running hardware program, we won’t be able to check out any N5, N6 or N9 sequels in the flesh just yet. Of course, it makes perfect sense, if you think about it. It’s simply way too early for “pure Google” phablet or tablet reboots, not to mention the technology isn’t really there for radical, palpable improvements. Snapdragon...

You can never really know when (or where) lightning will strike next, so it’s wise to always be prepared. It’s the same with gadget deals and promotions, which sometimes come in unstoppable tsunamis, one after the other, then cool down for weeks in a row, then relentlessly proceed from where they left off. Bottom line, it’s been a while since we last rounded up Amazon’s best Android bargains, but the recent calm could have only anticipated the perfect storm of smartphones, tablets, wearables and mobile accessories discounts: Smartphones   BLU...

A few short months after launching the app for iOS users, Instagram has brought their Layout app to Android. For those unfamiliar, this app allows you to take your photos and make collages out of them. <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-cards=”hidden” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Starting today, Layout from Instagram is available for Android. Download from Google Play: <a href=”http://t.co/pBXlbPeNVc”>http://t.co/pBXlbPeNVc</a> <a...

Gadget display borders have made for a delicate, controversial, sometimes even uncomfortable topic basically since the inception of the so-called mobile tech industry. Okay, so maybe this wasn’t really a focal point back when the Nokia 1100 was selling in hundreds of millions of copies, but the prospect of a truly “bezel-less” smartphone captured the imagination of Android enthusiasts for many years now. Of course, as hardware manufacturers repeatedly highlighted, a completely bezel-free handheld would be as impractical as betting...

Contracts are so 2010. Nowadays, it’s all about the unlocked and prepaid gear. It’s just far more convenient that way, not to mention oftentimes cheaper, at least over the long haul. T-Mobile is climbing the US carrier (or rather “Uncarrier”) ranks thanks to its lauded no-contract Value Plans, Motorola has reclaimed a lot of its lost mojo with advantageous G and E phones requiring no lengthy network agreements, while Miami-based handheld manufacturer BLU is the new self-proclaimed “market leader in unlocked devices in the United...

LG has had a lot of successes with their smartphone lines in recent years, starting with the LG G2 and continuing with last year’s LG G3. While companies such as Samsung have removed extra features such as expandable storage and a swappable battery, LG has opted to keep those features while also introducing a beautiful new design for their hardware. HARDWARE: The first thing you will notice about this phone is that it comes in a beautiful leather option. The Leather colors include Black, Brown, Red, Sky Blue, Beige, Yellow. I received...