UFS 2.1 explained: the storage technology in today's top Android phones

Inside each and every modern smartphone reside two quite important memory chips. One of them, known as RAM, holds memory that can be read and written rapidly, but can’t be stored if power to the chip gets cut off. RAM is where active apps and operating system components are loaded so that they can be manipulated quickly. Needless to say, your phone’s RAM is a vital component, but it rests outside the scope of this article.

Your phone also has a chip for storing data in the long term – apps, photos, music, as well as the operating system itself. This chip isn’t as fast …

Android Pay adds support for 60 more banks in U.S.

While Google continues to expand Android Pay’s availability to additional countries, the mobile payments service is gaining support for more and more banks and merchants in the United States.

The latest update coming from Google confirms Android Pay is now available for 60 more banks in U.S. This could easily be one of the largest updates to the payments service since its launch.

The list of supported banks contains names like Alabama Credit Union, Bank of Sullivan, Bulls Eye Credit Union, Byline Bank, Cabrillo Credit Union, Charter Oak FCU, Columbia Bank, …

Xiaomi Mi Max finally receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update

It’s been more than a year since Chinese company Xiaomi came out with the Mi Max, an evolutionary device that started a trend in the smartphone industry, that of bezel-less handsets.

Unfortunately, the Mi Max was a Chinese affair, as the large phone was hardly available through official channels in other countries. On top of that, it took Xiaomi more than a year to provide those who purchased the Mi Max with an Android 7.0 Nougat update.

Well, it appears that Xiaomi has finally kicked off the roll-out of Android 7.0 Nougat for the Mi Max, which is based on …

AT&T starts rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat for LG K10

AT&T and LG have teamed up to offer K10 owners the option to update their smartphones to Android 7.0 Nougat. The mid-range handset is now eligible for a Nougat upgrade at AT&T, the U.S. carrier confirmed recently.

Beginning June 21, a new software update with build number NRD90U version K42520c is available for download via OTA (over the air). If you own the LG K10, then you should know the update weighs in at around 1.22GB, so clear up enough storage before the upgrade.

Also, the update is pushed in stages, so it might take a couple of days to reach …

Android O to be oatmeal cookie, not Oreo?

Originally, it was believed that the “O” in Android O would stand for those luscious Oreo sandwich cookies. In fact, one could see Google making a deal similar to the one it made to use the KitKat name for Android 4.4 back in 2013. But it now appears that Oreo will not be the name for Android 8.0. Android source code was examined and it revealed several references to ‘oc-dev.’ That combination of letters (oc) could be “oatmeal cookie,” especially since “oatmeal cookie” was found on several slides shown during Google I/O.

Android O is expected to feature Background Limits, a way to prevent …

Android engineer speaks his mind about OnePlus' benchmark shenanigans

So, the OnePlus 5 is only a couple of days old and controversies are already stirring up. It has been alleged that the phone “cheats” on benchmarks by enabling a specific profile, which forces the processor to work at high clock speeds. The reason this is considered cheating is because a handset would not operate in this way during normal usage, since prolonged times at high load results in overheating issues.

However, co-founder Carl Pei addressed this issue by stating that this profile is indeed used when the user boots up a game and will also kick in at app launches to reduce loading …

Motorola Moto E4 launches on Verizon as carrier's cheapest Android Nougat phone

As of today, June 22, customers in the US can buy the brand new Motorola Moto E4 from Verizon Wireless – which is the first carrier to offer the smartphone. The Moto E4 is sold as a Verizon prepaid phone, costs just $69.99, and can be ordered via the source link below.

Announced earlier this month alongside the Moto E4 Plus, the Moto E4 is an entry-level handset that’s powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor and sports a 5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels. 
The new smartphone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, offering 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage …

ZTE Axon 7 Mini gets Android 7.1.1 and T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling

ZTE’s Axon 7 Mini, a 5.2-inch mid-ranger which broke cover in late 2016, is getting updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The software upgrade comes a couple of months after ZTE launched a dedicated preview program in order to collect data and ensure that the transition would be as bug-free as possible.

As the Axon 7 Mini is jumping straight from Android Marshmallow to 7.1.1, owners of the device will have access to some key new features. Some of them include split-screen multitasking, dual-language support, updated emojis, as well as performance …

WhatsApp will continue supporting Android Gingerbread all the way up until 2020

According to the latest official numbers, Android versions bearing the Gingerbread name account for just 0.8 percent of total Android usage. This sure isn’t much when looked at through the lens of the overall smartphone market, but it still accounts for tens of thousands of devices. And as it turns out, Facebook is one of the few companies out there still willing to acknowledge that fact – and take appropriate actions with its services.

That is to say, the company has just released the latest revision of its platform support plans for WhatsApp, outlining exactly when legacy …

These 12 premium Android icon packs are free for a limited time, grab them while you can!

If you love to customize your Android phone, you might be pleased to hear that several icon packs that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play. Typically, the price of these icon packs is $1 or more, but now it’s possible to download them free of charge.

This assortment should give you some ideas for your next custom home screen masterpiece, just make sure you pick a nice wallpaper to match. Keep in mind that the freebie period on some of those ends in a few hours, so act swiftly!

You can get a preview of each icon pack in the gallery …