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Google celebrates Android’s 10th birthday with a look back at its history

Android turned 10 this year and to commemorate the occasion, Google brought out the family album to show images of its little robo-baby growing up. You can read the full post over at the official Google Blog. There are interesting tidbits and reminders of how far we've come. Android 1.0 didn't even support on-screen keyboards! 1.5 Cupcake enabled those and good thing too, since hardware keyboards died off quickly. You can even trace the evolution of the Google Assistant. Starting with the Quick Search Box in 1.6 Donut, Voice Actions in 2.2 Froyo, Google Now in 4.1 Jelly Bean, "OK...



AnTuTu: 1080p is Android’s most popular resolution, octa-core the top CPU

AnTuTu posted some interesting stats for the devices that have run its benchmark. That means that those are hardly representative of the whole Android market, but should paint an accurate picture of what smartphone enthusiasts use. The first category is screen resolution and it's 1080p all around. 24.37% of phones use a Full HD 16:9 panel, followed by 17.19% with the so-called FHD+ screens. Another 16.09% go to even taller 1080 x 2248 and 1080 x 2280 pixel displays. A staggering 73.5% of the Android smartphones that have run the AnTuTu benchmark sport an octa-core chipset...



JBL Link View smart display with Google Assistant goes up for pre-order

If Lenovo's Smart Display with Google Assistant, which got official a few days ago, hasn't impressed you, perhaps this will. The JBL Link View is the second Google Assistant-powered smart display to hit the market, and it's now up for pre-order at its maker's official online store. You can have one if you pay $249.95. Shipping starts on September 3. The Link View has an 8-inch "HD" touchscreen (exact resolution unknown, but we assume it's 720p), "legendary JBL sound" with deep bass and clear highs, a 5 MP front-facing camera for video calls, wireless Bluetooth streaming from your...



Motorola Moto G4 Play currently going for $99 in US

The Motorola Moto G4 Play is currently available at discounted rates in the United States. B&H Photo has the unlocked, black color model of the phone listed on its website for $99. For comparison, Motorola is officially selling the phone for $149.99. The device on offer is the North American variant which is compatible with all major carriers in the US. For more information, head to the Source link below. Source



Prices and launch dates for the Xperia XZ Premium, XZs and XA1 revealed

Sony waited a bit to confirm the official launch info for its new roster of phones, but dates and prices were just revealed. The Sony Xperia XZs will come out first - on April 5 and will start at $700. The Xperia XA1 is scheduled for later that month, April 26 for a price of $300. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium flagship is set to launch at some point in "late spring", price is TBA. Then the 6-inch Xperia XA1 Ultra will come out "this summer", price is still unknown. Our hands-on impressions are a good starting point to learn all about the four new Xperias. Check out the 960fps...