Best flagship Android phones you can buy [August 2016]

It’s August, and with an ever-increasing number of notable Android OEMs reaching maturity, we’ve seen more new handsets than usual launch this summer. The summer started off strong with the Moto Z and Moto Z Force (not shipping!), and most recently Samsung finally showed us its Galaxy Note 7 after many months of leaks. But which ones are the best buys?…

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Google just published the Material Design Awards for 2016, here are the winning Android apps

Ever since the introduction of Material Design way back at 2014’s I/O, Google has put a lot more emphasis on design than ever before. “Google Design” itself became a thing, and among the initiatives promoted by the company to bolster its overhauled aesthetic sense, there are proper MD “Awards”, whose 2016 winners have just been announced

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PSA: Registration for the Google I/O 2016 lottery is now open

Google said that registration for I/O 2016 would be opening on March 8th, and today is March 8th! You can now head over to the Google I/O website and register to attend the event. There’s no need to be in a hurry, though. Just like previous years, I/O 2016 attendance will be determined based on a lottery system. Register any time between now and March 10, 2016 at 5:00PM PST, and you’ll be on the list…

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Google I/O app gets refreshed for I/O 2016, remains mostly the same [Gallery]

Google has just updated its Google I/O app in preparation for Google I/O 2016 (which is set to kick off in Mountain View in just a couple weeks!), and while it’s not a complete overhaul like the update we saw for 2015, it’s a nice to see the app updated for this year’s conference…

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Motorola’s new ‘Moto Camera’ app just hit the Play Store, only for 2016 devices

Motorola’s phones haven’t always had the best camera sensors, but on top of that their default camera app has long been just downright horrible. With the company’s new 2016 devices, including the already announced and released Moto G4 family, they’ve finally given us a brand new camera app and it’s just hit Google Play…

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What we expect at Google I/O 2016: Android VR, Android N, Chrome OS, and more

Google I/O is right around the corner, and this year’s a bit different. Google’s holding the event closer to home — at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. And everything’s happening outside in the cool breeze of the Bay Area. This is different scenery than the last several years that have  at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, and we’re hoping that this means the event itself is going to have some fresh scenery as well.

Among many other things, this year looks like it’s going to be heavy on virtual reality, with a little bit of Android N, Chrome OS, Project Tango, ATAP, and messaging sprinkled in for good measure…

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Waymo’s self-driving cars needed far fewer safety-related disengages in 2016

The California Department of Motor Vehicles published its Autonomous Vehicle Disengagement Reports for 2016 today, which include statistics on disengagements for all of the companies currently testing self-driving cars in the Golden State. Importantly, Alphabet’s Waymo reported far fewer safety-related disengages and far more miles driven in 2016 compared to 2015, signaling that the company’s system is — as it should — continually getting safer…

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New Samsung chief expects ‘tough year’ for handsets in 2016, but no major changes needed

Just a few days ago, Samsung replaced the head of its mobile division; removing JK Shin and replacing him with Koh Dong-jin. In his first interview as mobile division chief, Koh stated that he’s expecting 2016 to be a tough year for handset sales, but still believes that no major changes are needed just yet…

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Latest Gartner data shows Samsung topped by Apple in market share during Q4 2016

Gartner today is out with its latest report concerning the smartphone industry during the fourth quarter of 2016. According to the data, global sales of smartphones to users totaled 432 million units during the quarter, an increase of 7 percent compared to the year before.

Perhaps most notably, Q4 2016 saw Apple leapfrog Samsung to become the number 1 global smartphone vendor….

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