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APEX furthers the Android ROM modularization started by Treble

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Google's Project Treble was created to help fight Android's dirty f-word (fragmentation), by making the update process easier and faster for OEMs. Separating vendor-specific code like SoC drivers out from Android itself was meant to help when it came to OS updates and the work required to push them out. Now Google is working on increasing just how modular Android can be with something called APEX.

Details for APEX were published by well-known Rootless (Pixel) Launcher developer AmirZ on Reddit after he compiled together a bit of research on the subject.

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APEX furthers the Android ROM modularization started by Treble was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

7 smartphone trends that were terrible ideas

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

Smartphones have been around for over a decade now. In fact, the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, debuted 10 years ago today. It's not surprising that the category has seen some pretty horrible trends in that amount of time. We've compiled seven of the worst ones we could think of in this post, a couple of which are (unfortunately) still ongoing.

3D screens

When you think "3D phone," your head probably goes straight to 2011's HTC EVO 3D, and maybe the LG Optimus 3D that debuted shortly after.

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7 smartphone trends that were terrible ideas was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Blocks modular smartwatch has started shipping to backers after official launch at CES

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Remember when dreaming about modular electronics was all the rage? Even Google got caught up in the fantasy for a little while. Project Ara's notion of a modular smartphone might be dead for now, but there's still a smartwatch with interchangeable components to capture our attention in 2018. Blocks raised $1.6 in a Kickstarter campaign that ended way back in 2015, and there must have been concerns that the product would never make it into production.

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Blocks modular smartwatch has started shipping to backers after official launch at CES was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ZTE Axon M, a foldable smartphone-tablet hybrid with dual 1080p displays, leaks in photos

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Those of you who are keen followers of the foldable tablet category might recall the ZTE Axon Multy that had its specs leak earlier this month. Android Authority is now reporting that this smartphone-tablet hybrid will be officially called the Axon M and has published some interesting pictures of it.

Spec-wise, the report only lists one item: dual 1080p displays that combine to form a 6.8" 1920x2160 panel, which matches the previous leak we've seen.

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ZTE Axon M, a foldable smartphone-tablet hybrid with dual 1080p displays, leaks in photos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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