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Moto X Pure Edition Unlocked Analysis

The 2015 Moto X looks like the phone that could make me love Android again

By on July 31, 2015 at 2:41 PM.

The 2015 Moto X looks like the phone that could make me love Android again

Why do Android diehards love Android? A lot of it comes down to freedom — they don’t like Apple’s walled garden approach and they love being able to have devices that have more customization options than iPhones do. But freedom isn’t just about how you use software — it’s being free from mobile carrier contracts and the assorted carrier bloatware apps that come with them. And this is why, as Droid Life’s Kellen Barranger explains, Android fans should really hope the new Moto X Pure Edition is a hit. More →

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iPhone Vs Android

Why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple?

Why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple?

By on July 30, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

A decade ago, the smartphone market looked nothing like it does today. Nothing at all. Major players included Nokia, BlackBerry and Palm, and none of those companies even make smartphones anymore. OK, BlackBerry still makes a phone or two, but they’re hardly of consequence.

Moving beyond the companies that dominated the market, smartphones themselves were much different than they are in 2015. They came in all shapes and sizes, and each new year brought new phones with new features and new designs. They launched when they were ready, not on any set schedule, and new models were released all throughout the year.

Then, Apple released the iPhone. More →

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Android Security

Warning: Crazy new Android security flaw can render your phone completely lifeless

By on July 30, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

Warning: Crazy new Android security flaw can render your phone completely lifeless

Another day, another Android vulnerability. Just days after researchers disclosed an MMS-based Android vulnerability that potentially puts 950 million Android devices at risk, a different group of researchers have come forward with yet another Android-based security exploit.

The latest Android vulnerability affects more than half of all Android devices in circulation today and has the potential to render handsets completely inert, which is to say infected phones cannot make calls or receive any other type of notification. What’s more, the screen itself may become lifeless, effectively turning Android phones into expensive screen savers.

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iPhone 6 Vs. Android Switch Fanboy

Longtime Android fanboy will ‘hate’ himself for it, but he’s switching to iPhone

By on July 29, 2015 at 1:06 PM.

Longtime Android fanboy will ‘hate’ himself for it, but he’s switching to iPhone

The incredibly long time it takes for many Android phones to receive software updates is something that has driven users crazy for years now. Longtime Android fanboy Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai recently reached a breaking point with Android after news broke this week about a massive flaw in the platform that lets hackers compromise Android devices simply by sending them either an MMS message or a multimedia file. In particular, Franceschi-Bicchierai was enraged that it would take so long for his phone to get a necessary patch, if it ever got it at all. More →

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Android Growth Decline

Has Android growth come to a screeching halt?

By on July 27, 2015 at 3:24 PM.

Has Android growth come to a screeching halt?

When it comes to bragging about some of Android’s more impressive achievements, Google isn’t exactly shy. Over the past few years, Google has never missed an opportunity to let us know how many Android activations they’ve seen or how Android shipments have been doing.

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Amazon Deals

These 3 Amazon deals offer killer prices on gadgets every smartphone user needs

By on July 27, 2015 at 1:15 PM.

These 3 Amazon deals offer killer prices on gadgets every smartphone user needs

Yes, Amazon’s massive Prime Day sale ended up being a bust for the most part. The site is still home to some of the best deals you’ll find on the web, of course, and we’ve got three solid ones to share with you today. All three of them are limited-time sales on great gadgets that bring cheap prices to accessories every smartphone user should have.

How good are these prices? One deal drops the price of a very handy accessory to just $4.99 with free shipping — there are some cups of coffee at Starbucks that aren’t even that cheap! More →

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Android Security Flaw

950 million Android users at risk as researcher uncovers massive security flaw

By on July 27, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

950 million Android users at risk as researcher uncovers massive security flaw

A security researcher has recently uncovered a worrisome new Android exploit which allows hackers to compromise a device simply by sending either an MMS message or a multimedia file. Once a device has been targeted and infected, hackers can access a user’s microphone, camera, external storage, and in some cases (depending on the device in question), even gain root access.

Initially discovered by Joshua Drake from the security firm Zimperium, the exploit takes advantage of a number of vulnerabilities found within the software framework Android uses to “process, play and record multimedia files.”

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Android Apps On Sale

Every app included in Google’s huge summer Android app sale

By on July 24, 2015 at 4:04 PM.

Every app included in Google’s huge summer Android app sale

We cover iPhone and iPad app sales every single day, but Android app sales aren’t quite as easy to come by. The reasoning is simple: Android apps don’t go on sale for free very often. Sometimes there are big Android app sales that are definitely worth noting even if there aren’t any good freebies to be found, and such is the case with the Google Play summer sale going on right now. More →

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YouTube Vertical Video Playback Android

YouTube just fixed the most annoying thing about your homemade videos

By on July 23, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

YouTube just fixed the most annoying thing about your homemade videos

YouTube has just fixed the most annoying thing about your homemade iPhone or Android videos — you know, the ones you record when you are foolishly holding your smartphone vertically. Viewing vertical videos on YouTube is an unpleasant experience, to say the least, but Google has taken steps to fix it, at least for Android users. More →

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Best Android Apps Nova Launcher

Meet the app that fans are calling ‘the best thing that ever happened to Android’

By on July 23, 2015 at 4:32 PM.

Meet the app that fans are calling ‘the best thing that ever happened to Android’

We’ve written about the Nova Launcher Android app before but this in-depth review from Android Central made us want to plug it all over again. For those of you who don’t know, launchers in general are like Facebook Home but 1,000 times less terrible — they take over your phone’s main home screen and make some great improvements to the design while also giving you added customization options. Android diehards have long had high praise for Nova Launcher, which just seems to get better and better with each new release. More →

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Android Prank Slow Down Smartphone

iPhone users, here’s how to massively prank your Android friends

By on July 22, 2015 at 4:35 PM.

iPhone users, here’s how to massively prank your Android friends

The Android-vs-iPhone debate is ancient by now, although it’s still a nerd fight that rages on in comments sections around the Internet. But forget for a second all the serious arguments, because there’s a quick prank that iPhone fans can use to convince their Android friends that the iPhone is always the faster smartphone. More →

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Amazon Deals

4 killer Amazon deals every iPhone and Android phone user needs to check out

By on July 22, 2015 at 1:50 PM.

4 killer Amazon deals every iPhone and Android phone user needs to check out

Call it part of the burden of smartphone ownership: you simply can’t do without certain accessories. Paying $400, $500 or even $600+ for a smartphone is only the beginning — if you want to get the most out of your iPhone or Android phone purchase and make life as easy as possible, you’ll also need to buy several accessories.

Additional chargers are a must, of course, but buying OEM isn’t always the best way to go. And of course, there aren’t always any OEM options when it comes to portable power packs, so you’ll need to look elsewhere.

Today, we’ve got four limited-time Amazon deals to tell you about, and you won’t want to miss them. More →

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