Xiaomi Mi 5 online listing seemingly reveals high-end specs

Not long ago,  Xiaomi’s co-founder indicated we should expect to see its next flagship, the Mi 5, launch sometime after the Spring Festival (also known as Chinese New Year). The only other fact we knew for sure was that it will be powered by Qualcomm’s newest processor, the Snapdragon 820, which is being built using Samsung’s 14nm FinFET process.

While there’s no guarantee that these are definitive, or accurate, there have been a couple more leaks pointing towards what we should expect from the Mi 5 and when we should expect to see it…

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Google’s second annual Android security report reveals 6 billion apps checked for malware and PHAs every day

Android is widely considered by many to be the least secure of all mobile operating systems, but in recent years, Google has made serious efforts to change that perception. In its second annual security report, the company has revealed some mind-boggling numbers.

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The first Essential Phone durability test reveals an incredibly strong phone [Video]

The Essential Phone is a device full of potential, and as I’ll detail in my full review this week, most of that potential is in the hardware. Andy Rubin’s startup has pulled no punches here, and that includes using materials that you don’t often find even in the high-end smartphone market. Is the nearly bezel-less phone still durable, though? Thanks to JerryRigEverything, we finally know the answer is a definite yes.

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Early look at UI for Google’s ‘Fuchsia’ OS reveals a fluid, unique interface [Video]

Last year it was revealed that Google had another new operating system in the works called “Fuchsia.” In the time since, we haven’t heard much about the OS, but it seems work has continued in the background. Now, it’s been discovered (via ArsTechnica) that an actual user interface for Fuchsia is in its earliest stages, and luckily, we can take an early peek…

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LG developer conference reveals details about G5’s modules and open Playground ecosystem

Earlier this morning, various US carriers announced pre-orders for next month’s launch of the LG G5. The success of the device’s marquee modular feature, however, may end up being heavily dependent on third-parties releasing useful modules. To spur development and announce details, LG hosted a developer conference yesterday according to Korean news site Etnews.

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Google Allo 14 reveals coming zoom and blur effects for quick selfie, new Allo web & Data Usage setting pages, more [APK Teardown]

Google Allo version 14 began rolling out just yesterday, but deep in the app’s code we’ve found details on some features that are new in this version, and a few in the works for future unreleased versions of Allo. Some of these, including new zoom and blur options for quick selfies, a new Allo for web setting page, and a new Data Usage page, we’ve managed to enable ourselves…

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Sundar Pichai profile reveals he announced Cardboard without even seeing final version

According to an extensive profile piece from BuzzFeed’s Mat Honan this morning, Google’s now-CEO Sundar Pichai announced Google Cardboard having not even seen the final product. The piece details how Clay Bavor, Google’s VP of VR, first showed Pichai the project just 8 weeks before I/O, and Pichai was so impressed that he wanted to give the virtual reality viewer a full debut at the company’s developer conference…

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