Android app icons: Do you prefer adaptive and uniform (new) or unique and distinct (old)? [Poll]

With Android 8.0, Google is implementing something called Adaptive Icons, which allow the end-user to decide the uniform shape they want all of their installed app icons to look like. Unfortunately, with this change, apps that have uniquely-designed icons like the old Slack app and Adsense will have to be changed to work with the new system.

Do you prefer the new round and uniform or old unique and personalized application icons?

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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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Report: Huawei’s plans for 2016 include four P9 smartphone variants, one with unique dual-camera

Huawei went from being relatively unknown to being one of the biggest smartphone makers in the world over the course of 2015. This was thanks to a strong portfolio of devices, ranging from low to high end in prices and performance.

While the Honor sub-brand sold like hotcakes in Europe, it was the P8 which really opened our eyes to how well this company could make smartphones. Writing for VentureBeat, well-known leaker Evan Blass claims the follow-up could come in four variants

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Potential Galaxy S8 pricing leaks along with new images of its four unique colors

We’re just over a week from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, and expectations are high. Thanks to dozens of leaks, we already know a lot about the phone and its larger brother, the Galaxy S8+. However, there are still some things we don’t know. Pricing is one of those things, and today that may have finally be revealed…

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Google: Assistant is ‘unique to the Pixel’ for foreseeable future, Android 7.1 developer preview coming by end of 2016

While unveiling the Pixel and Pixel XL today, Google spent a considerable amount of time talking about Google Assistant. Google believes that AI is going to be “the next big thing,” and the company has made Assistant the focus of all its new hardware. Many users have assumed that Google would be pushing Assistant to older Nexus hardware, but it seems that isn’t the case…

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Lenovo introduces the Yoga Book, an Android 2-in-1 with a unique keyboard and slim design [Video]

Today at IFA 2016 in Berlin, Lenovo introduced a unique new Android tablet/laptop 2-in-1. The Yoga Book is a 10.1-inch tablet being pitched as a productivity device for on-the-go work, while still offering the right mix of entertainment features…

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New Moto DROID Turbo 2 and Maxx images leak, as rumors emerge of unique Verizon ‘refresh’ plan

As Motorola and Verizon’s event to launch the refreshed lineup of DROID Turbo and DROID Maxx smartphones looms, a handful of new details have emerged alongside a new leaked image. The picture above — shared by the usual leakster, Evan Blass — shows both the new DROID models. What’s more, information obtained by Droid-Life suggests Verizon is working on a unique ‘design refresh’ program for customers looking to buy the new DROIDs…
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HTC unveils new global One X9, three new Desire models w/ unique ‘Micro Splash’ design

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HTC today has unveiled four new mid-range Android devices. Three of the devices carry the company’s mid-range Desire branding, while the fourth is a global version of the One X9, which was previously available only in Asia.

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Opinion: While impractical, the Moto Z is my pick for most unique phone of the year

From always running the latest version of Android to “more opinionated” software customizations, there are many reasons Google’s Pixel is ‘one of the best phones‘ of this year. In an industry where smaller usually means degraded, I greatly appreciate the near identical specifications between the two screen sizes.

While I think the design of that phone is quite nuanced thanks to curved edges that further help holdability, the Pixel won’t be getting any awards in that department. However, there is a clear standout for the most interestingly designed phone of 2016. For better or worse, that title goes to the Moto Z in my view. And yes, I am primarily referring to its thinness.

It’s been few months since the phone launched and I’ve just recently gotten my hands on it, so I thought I would share some of my thoughts…

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