Samsung Galaxy Sofware Features

Here’s the real reason Samsung can’t break away from Android yet

By on April 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Here’s the real reason Samsung can’t break away from Android yet

Samsung was rumored more than once to be actively developing a plan to break away from Google’s Android mobile operating system and release devices powered by its own Tizen platform, but that has not happened yet. Considering that Samsung and Google have inked an important partnership earlier this year, it’s highly unlikely that Samsung will ditch Android anytime soon. But there’s one more reason the company may be far from actually making it on its own in the mobile business, a new survey suggests: Samsung’s own software apps rarely become instant hits with customers. More →

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Hangouts 2.1 for Android Changelog

Google makes its Android chat app even better

By on April 22, 2014 at 6:55 AM.

Google makes its Android chat app even better

Google has released a new major update for its Android chat application, Android Police reports, including several interesting features. Hangouts 2.1 for Android brings SMS improvements and a homescreen widget, Google’s Mike Dodd wrote on Google+, with the main feature of this update being Merged conversations. Starting with Hangouts 2.1, SMS and Hangouts conversations with the same recipient will be merged into a single conversation. A switch will let users choose what kind of message they want to send, and different message types will be easily spotted. More →

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Top-40 iPhone Apps

The 40 best iPhone and Android apps you’ve never heard of

By on April 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM.

The 40 best iPhone and Android apps you’ve never heard of

Sifting through hundreds of thousands of apps in Apple and Google’s mobile app stores to find new interesting software is practically impossible thanks to all the clutter out there. We try to highlight great apps here and there on BGR — check out 10 of the most gorgeous iPhone apps ever and 15 amazing Android apps that do things the iPhone cannot for examples — but there are plenty more where those came from. As it turns out, some excellent options recently popped up when thousands of Reddit users came together in an “Ask Reddit” thread to discuss their “favorite apps that no one knows about.” More →

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Virus Shield Android App Scam Refund

Google makes amends for Android anti-virus app scam turned best-seller

By on April 21, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

Google makes amends for Android anti-virus app scam turned best-seller

A fake Android anti-virus application managed to fool many customers into buying it, even though it didn’t really have any anti-virus features. The $3.99 quickly rose through the ranks, reaching the top of the Google Play Store sales charts before Android Police discovered the truth behind it. The application was removed from the store once the fraud had been uncovered, but the fact still remained that more than 10,000 users purchased it – The Guardian says more than 30,000 buyers were duped. However it looks like Google has taken the issue into its own hands and it’s making amends to those affected. More →

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Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Android

Now Android fans can play one of the greatest computer games ever on their tablets

By on April 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Now Android fans can play one of the greatest computer games ever on their tablets

Old-school RPG fans still get nostalgic when you bring up Baldur’s Gate, the classic Bioware D&D-based adventure that set the standard for computer RPGs when it was released all the way back in 1998. In fact, the Balur’s Gate series’s popularity has been so enduring that studio Beamdog has overhauled it with improved graphics and features while also adding touch controls to make it easy to play on tablets. Although Beamdog released its Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for the iPad a while ago, the studio has finally gotten around to porting it to Android, and it’s now available on the Google Play store for $9.99. Although the iPad version of the overhauled Baldur’s Gate received mixed marks for its buggy controls, early reviews of the game over at Google Play are pretty strong, as it’s currently averaging a score of 4.5 stars based on 72 reviews.

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Android malware targets Facebook users

Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

By on April 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Scary Android malware uses Facebook to bypass two-factor authentication

Android users have yet another piece of malware to worry about. PC World points out a technique that is specifically targeting Facebook users who use mobile banking. On computers infected with this trojan, users will see a message when visiting Facebook’s website alerting them that “due to a rising number of attempts in order to gain unlawful access to the personal information of our users and to prevent corrupted page data to spread Facebook administration introduces new extra safety protection system.” More →

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5300mAh Smartphone Battery Philips W6618

This monster smartphone should fix all your Android battery life woes

By on April 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM.

This monster smartphone should fix all your Android battery life woes

The Philips W6618 is a monster smartphone that packs an impressive 5300mAh battery. The device was released earlier this week in China where it retails for 1,699 Yuan, or around $273, PhoneArena reports. The battery is non-removable and it offers a standby time of 66 days and talk time of 33 hours. Because the battery is so big, the phone is also slightly thicker than competitors, having a 11.6mm profile. More →

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Stock Android Camera App

Video: Here’s how Google wants to fix annoying portrait videos

By on April 17, 2014 at 6:25 AM.

Video: Here’s how Google wants to fix annoying portrait videos

Google on Wednesday updated the stock Android Camera app and made it available to other Android devices by releasing it to the Google Play Store. The application comes with a new interface and some interesting new features including a new Lens Blur mode, support for 50-megapixel Photo Sphere panoramic pictures, and a feature that should help users ditch their bad habits of recording video in portrait mode. However, the application will only work on Android devices running a KitKat version. More →

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OnePlus One Price and Launch Countries

These are the OnePlus One launch markets

By on April 16, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

These are the OnePlus One launch markets

OnePlus has gradually revealed on its social channels the countries where its One flagship handset will be revealed in, all while confirming pricing details for these markets once again. As previously teased, the handset will be available in 16 markets at first, and with exactly a week to go until OnePlus officially unveils the smartphone, the company has listed all those markets. More →

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Android Phishing Apps Security Flaw

Major security flaw discovered in Android

By on April 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM.

Major security flaw discovered in Android

Security firm FireEye has discovered a major security flaw in Google’s mobile operating system, ComputerWorld reports, which could allow an attacker to modify the behavior of an app icon in the launcher in order to send users to a malicious site that would collect personal data. It’s not clear whether any apps in the Google Play Store, or anywhere else, have already used this particular security issue to steal data from users. Google has apparently acknowledged the problem and already released a patch to OEM partners, though it will be a while until the fix hits affected Android devices. More →

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OnePlus One Image Leak

New leaks further detail the phone that could be every Android fan’s Android dream

By on April 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM.

New leaks further detail the phone that could be every Android fan’s Android dream

A new image leak apparently showing various OnePlus One marketing elements placed on a board alongside various product-related details has been discovered by GizChina.it on the OnePlus forum. It also contains some interesting gems, including a design sketch for the phone and what appears to be the backplate of the handset. The same OnePlus forum thread is also home to several other purported One images, including design sketches for the One’s box, alleged motherboard photos and even a user interface leak. Various renders seemingly showing the OnePlus One’s retail box have also been posted. More →

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Brightest Flashlight app scam

Maker of Android flashlight app with 50M downloads avoids fine after selling location data

By on April 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

Maker of Android flashlight app with 50M downloads avoids fine after selling location data

This past December, we reported that a popular Android app called Brightest Flashlight could do more than just shine light. Brightest Flashlight was a simple flashlight app that was highly-rated and had over 50 million installs. However, it had one devious, hidden feature: It would share personal data, such as your location, with advertisers. The FTC caught wind of this and began investigating the developer. According to GigaOm, the FTC reached a settlement with the developer last week, and it looks like he got away easy. More →

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