Google Wireless Carrier Android Bloatware

Another reason Android fans will love having Google as their wireless carrier

By on March 4, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

Another reason Android fans will love having Google as their wireless carrier

Anyone who has bought a non-Nexus Android phone through their wireless carrier has probably encountered a significant bloatware problem. It’s particularly bad when you buy a device through your carrier because it means that your device will come with potentially unwanted software from both your OEM and your wireless company, a one-two punch that will hurt your phone’s battery life and performance. Even worse, this bloatware is harder to remove than bloatware on PCs — if you have to do a factory reset of your device, for example, the bloatware will all come back even if you previously uninstalled it. More →

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Android Apps Sale

Big sale: Google is offering 33 great deals on apps and more for a limited time

By on March 4, 2015 at 9:58 AM.

Big sale: Google is offering 33 great deals on apps and more for a limited time

Can you believe that the Google Play app store is only three years old? Android apps have been around for a bit longer, of course, but the Google Play app store as we know it today just turned three. We can celebrate by reminiscing about our favorite Android apps, or we can celebrate by stopping for a moment to appreciate the tremendous impact Android has had on the smartphone market.

Of course, there’s a third option as well: We can celebrate by enjoying some great deals that Google is offering for a limited time. More →

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Nokia 1100 Specs

Nokia is finally building the Android phones you’ve been dreaming of

By on March 4, 2015 at 9:16 AM.

Nokia is finally building the Android phones you’ve been dreaming of

Finally? Too little too late? The smartphone market has never been as crowded as it is right now, but it will soon have one more new entrant that will be a familiar name to just about everyone in the developed (and developing) world: Nokia. When then-CEO Stephen Elop made the decision to adopt Windows Phone instead of Android, enthusiasts let out a collective sigh. Right up until Nokia sold off its devices business to Microsoft, they continued to wonder what might have been if Nokia had instead adopted Android.

And soon, it looks like we may finally find out. More →

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Freak: Android and Mac Security

Beware of the ‘Freak’ inside every Android and Mac

By on March 4, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Beware of the ‘Freak’ inside every Android and Mac

More and more security threats are discovered on a regular basis, and now it’s turn for a “Freak” vulnerability — that’s actually its name — for Android and Mac to come out of hiding. According to Re/code, both Google and Apple are aware of the situation, and have developed fixes to patch the Freak. More →

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Android Malware

Warning: How to avoid the scary new malware infecting thousands of phones

By on March 3, 2015 at 10:41 AM.

Warning: How to avoid the scary new malware infecting thousands of phones

The dangers of mobile malware are very real, and we’re now reminded yet again how quickly these malicious programs can spread thanks to a new outbreak. Dubbed “Gazon,” this new malware has been called “one of the single largest messaging-initiated mobile malware outbreaks” by the experts who discovered it.

Luckily, Gazon is fairly easy to avoid if you know what you’re looking for, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know to protect yourself right here in this post. More →

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Galaxy S6 Microsoft Apps

Microsoft’s quiet Android coup

By on March 2, 2015 at 4:48 PM.

Microsoft’s quiet Android coup

Although Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hasn’t fundamentally changed Microsoft’s core business ever since taking over from Steve Ballmer, one thing we’ve noticed is that Nadella is much better at sticking subtle daggers into rivals. So where Microsoft under Ballmer used to go after Google with all the subtlety of a steroid-infused elephant with megaphones strapped to each if its tusks — remember the painfully awful “Scroogled” campaign, for instance — Nadella has been adept at coming up with clever ways to undermine Google’s domination of its own Android mobile platform.

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Indiegogo FlexCharger iPhone and Android Charger

Meet FlexCharger, the only iPhone and Android charger worth getting excited about

By on February 27, 2015 at 4:35 PM.

Meet FlexCharger, the only iPhone and Android charger worth getting excited about

Smartphone and tablet chargers are far from being exciting accessories, yet we have to constantly carry them with us on the off-chance that our beloved mobile device runs out of battery life when we least expect it. FlexCharger, however, is a different kind of charger for mobile devices — in fact, it’s the only charger in recent memory that we might even call exciting. More →

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Android Battery Drain

These are the apps that are killing your phone’s battery life

By on February 27, 2015 at 1:14 PM.

These are the apps that are killing your phone’s battery life

Smartphone battery technology simply cannot keep up with the rate at which other smartphone tech is improving. Some new components are being designed to help extend handset battery life, but it’s not easy to compensate for the newer high-resolution screens vendors are now using.

To compound matters, some of the most popular apps in the world are terrible when it comes to power efficiency, and now they have been named and shamed in a new study from AVG. More →

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iPhone vs. Android Profits Q4 2014

Apple makes nearly eight times as much money as all Android vendors combined

By on February 26, 2015 at 3:40 PM.

Apple makes nearly eight times as much money as all Android vendors combined

A new report from Strategy Analytics sheds further light on the state of the smartphone business in the fourth quarter last year, confirming once again the profound effect the iPhone 6 had on the industry. The analytics company revealed that during Q4 2014, Android only managed to capture 11% of the global smartphone profit share, a record-low for Google’s ecosystem, while Apple took home a record-high 89% of all smartphone profits. More →

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Android Apps Search

Did Google just ruin the Android app store?

By on February 26, 2015 at 1:20 PM.

Did Google just ruin the Android app store?

Apple’s iOS App Store is an interesting place. It houses more than 1.3 million apps that combine to make up the best mobile app ecosystem on the planet. It also features what may very well be the absolute worst search technology on the planet. Finding good apps using the App Store’s in-built search function is next to impossible, which is a big part of the reason we spend so much time here at BGR sharing great iPhone apps with our readers.

The Google Play app store for Android is a different story… for now, at least. More →

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Best Free Android Apps

Download 145 paid Android apps for free from Amazon for a limited time

Download 145 paid Android apps for free from Amazon for a limited time

By on February 26, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

Here at BGR, we cover paid iPhone and iPad apps that go on sale for free all the time. Why? It’s simple: we love sharing great deals with our readers and iOS apps go on sale all the time. Unfortunately, the same just isn’t true of Android apps. Big Android app sales are sadly few and far between, but we always try to cover them when they do come around.

And you might have guessed, a huge sale on Android apps has just popped up and it’s definitely worthy of your attention. More →

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Free Personal Assistant Service

Text this ‘Magic’ number and you can get anything you want

By on February 24, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

Text this ‘Magic’ number and you can get anything you want

There was once a time when personal assistant services could only be enjoyed by the wealthy. Now, there are plenty of services that offer at least a portion of the personal assistant experience at a small fraction of the price of hiring a full-time person on staff. The experience isn’t quite the same, of course, but most people don’t really have a need for a real full-time assistant.

Now, when it comes to getting whatever you want delivered to you with a minimal amount of effort, a new service called Magic could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. More →

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