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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How To Switch From iPhone To Android

Everything iPhone users need to know before switching to Android

By on April 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM.

Everything iPhone users need to know before switching to Android

iPhone fans are by far the most loyal fans out there, but Android Authority has put together a very comprehensive guide for the tiny minority of iPhone users out there who are interested in making the switch to Google’s mobile operating system. More →

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Android 4.5 Rumors

Leak points to major redesign in upcoming new version of Android

By on April 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM.

Leak points to major redesign in upcoming new version of Android

Apple introduced a major reimagining of its mobile software last year when it released iOS 7, and since then the trend in mobile has been “flat.” Several companies including Samsung and HTC have flattened their user interfaces a bit since then, and they have also turned to the use of brighter colors to accent apps, just as Apple did in iOS 7. Now, it looks like Google may be planning to follow suit and offer a slightly flatter take on Android in an upcoming major redesign. More →

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Android: Before and After iPhone

The tale of two Androids: Before and after the iPhone

By on April 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

The tale of two Androids: Before and after the iPhone

Taking the stand on Friday in the second U.S. Apple vs. Samsung patent lawsuit, Google’s Android engineering vice president Hiroshi Lockheimer said that the company did not copy iPhone when designing Android. However, Re/code and AppleInsider have obtained internal Google documents submitted into evidence that remind us just how different Android was in the beginning, with the first Android devices not even supposed to support touchscreen displays. More →

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Free to Play Mobile Games Retention

66% of players quit free-to-play mobile games after a single day

By on April 10, 2014 at 4:36 PM.

66% of players quit free-to-play mobile games after a single day

The Candy Crush Sagas and Clashes of Clans of the app market appear to be the exceptions to the following rule: A majority of smartphone gamers don’t stick with free-to-play games for longer than 24 hours. Re/code has shared the results from app testing firm Swrve’s “April 2014 New Player Report” that tracks the tendencies of 10 million players over the course of 90 days. With more than 30 titles being monitored, including titles from Activision, Epic Games and Gameloft, Swrve found that 66% of new players abandoned games with microtransactions almost immediately, spending an average of 45 cents over the course of the three month study. More →

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Google Android Malware Security Scans

Google will give your Android phone routine checkups to ensure it’s malware-free

By on April 10, 2014 at 2:02 PM.

Google will give your Android phone routine checkups to ensure it’s malware-free

Google is going an extra step to help make sure all of your Android apps are behaving exactly as they’re supposed to. The company announced on Thursday that it would be expanding its Verify apps security system to routinely run scans of apps on your device to make sure that they aren’t doing anything suspicious or malicious. More →

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Google's Android Project Hera Update

New report says major Android update ‘Project Hera’ is real

By on April 9, 2014 at 5:07 PM.

New report says major Android update ‘Project Hera’ is real

A report from Android Police said earlier this week that Google is working on a major update for Android that will offer users some advanced multitasking features, including bridging web-related activities performed under the same Google account on Android, Chrome and the web, as well as featuring new design elements. Now, a mysterious Redditor is apparently ready to confirm the existence of Project Hera – which is the codename of this Android update – providing a screenshot of it in the process. More →

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