Google Duo Android Installs

Is Android malware more popular than Google’s own app?

By on August 25, 2016 at 4:50 PM.

Is Android malware more popular than Google’s own app?

How can I compare the popularity of Google’s recently launched Duo video chat app to Android malware apps that many consider not to be a thing? That’s preposterous, heresy even. But I’m just going to show how much our perception is altered when talking about market share in the mobile business using Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai as a benchmark. More →

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iPhone Vs Android

New study finds iPhones fail far more often than Android phones

New study finds iPhones fail far more often than Android phones

By on August 25, 2016 at 8:35 AM.

Apple customers are generally a shockingly loyal bunch. The company’s high repeat customer rate can be attributed to a combination of factors that concern iPhones themselves as well as Apple’s industry-leading customer service. Dealing with Apple’s customer care department has always been a pleasure compared to dealing with rival companies, and iPhones themselves have historically been very reliable, offering a consistently smooth user experience that people love.

But now, a new study suggests that things may be changing for the worse where the iPhone user experience is concerned. More →

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Android Nougat Hidden Feature

Android 7.0 has a hidden feature that could finally make it better than iOS

By on August 24, 2016 at 1:57 PM.

Android 7.0 has a hidden feature that could finally make it better than iOS

Android and iOS have been in a user-interface war for years. Who is winning really depends on who you ask, but a secret feature buried in the code for Android 7.0 Nougat shows a feature that would give Android the upper hand.

Android Police uncovered details and screenshots of a navigation bar customizer hidden in the code for Android Nougat. It’s not currently active, as it was pulled from the code base for being “not ready,” but a tipster managed to recreate the feature and provide screenshots.

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Pokemon Go Update

Brand new Pokemon Go update comes with a feature you’ve wanted from day one

By on August 24, 2016 at 8:51 AM.

Brand new Pokemon Go update comes with a feature you’ve wanted from day one

Niantic on Monday announced that a new Pokemon Go was due, version 1.5 for iPhone and version 0.35 for Android. The new build was supposed to bring over several bug fixes and improvements as well as a brand new feature, one that you could have used from day one. Dubbed Pokemon Appraisal, the new trick will let you view quick stats about your creatures, which are crucial for planning battles. And now, this new version of Pokemon Go is finally available to download.

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Android Nougat Release Date

Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here, but when will your phone get it?

By on August 23, 2016 at 2:40 PM.

Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here, but when will your phone get it?

Android 7.0 Nougat is here! It’s finally here! But, well, not really…

Last year, Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow and as of Google’s latest Android version distribution numbers, it’s only installed on 15.2% of active Android devices. To quote a certain presidential candidate, sad! Despite the fact that Android update adoption continues to mosey along at a dreadfully slow pace, the company on Monday released yet another new version of Android.

If history has taught us anything — and it has — Android Nougat will become the most popular version of Android sometime in 2018. But don’t worry, because you likely won’t have to wait quite that long to get it on your Android smartphone. More →

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Android VPN Client App

Opera just released an Android app that gives you unlimited free VPN

By on August 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM.

Opera just released an Android app that gives you unlimited free VPN

Opera made waves back in April when it announced the addition of unlimited free VPN service to its desktop web browser. VPN, or virtual private networking, is a technology that allows people to mask their actual IP addresses by routing their internet traffic through a third-party server. This way, any software that might collect information about users as they visit a website will not be able to record a user’s actual IP. People also often use VPN services to spoof their region, with the most widely discussed example being people who use a VPN client to make it appear to Netflix as though they’re based in the United States.

VPN services are incredibly valuable to people who protect their privacy while surfing the web, but these services can also have costly subscription plans that limit the amount of data you can use each month. That’s why Opera’s initial announcement was so intriguing, but the company has no intention of stopping with desktop browsing. More →

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Android 7.0 Nougat Download

How to get the Android Nougat upgrade, if your phone is worthy

By on August 22, 2016 at 1:43 PM.

How to get the Android Nougat upgrade, if your phone is worthy

Android Nougat is available today! Well, sorta. Unlike rollouts of things like iOS or even Windows 10, Android updates happen over the course of months and years, not days. But starting today, a small number of lucky users can finally get their hands on the latest and greatest from Google.

Nexus devices should be seeing the upgrade as an over-the-air download today. Devices like the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C are all eligible for the upgrade. Google says that updates are delayed by carrier and region, so if you don’t see the update today, keep trying, as it should appear soon.

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iPhone And Android

iOS and Android inch closer to owning 100% of the smartphone market

By on August 18, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

iOS and Android inch closer to owning 100% of the smartphone market

The latest research numbers from Gartner reveal that iOS and Android are inching ever closer towards completely owning 100% of the entire global smartphone market. According to the latest figures, sales of Android and iOS handsets during the recent June quarter accounted for 99.1% of all smartphone sales worldwide. Broken down by platform, Android devices accounted for 86.2% of sales while iPhone sales accounted for 12.9% of sales.

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Verizon Bloatware List

Verizon wants to dump even more bloatware onto your smartphone

By on August 17, 2016 at 2:54 PM.

Verizon wants to dump even more bloatware onto your smartphone

Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system for several reasons. It’s open source, free for smartphone and tablet makers to use, it’s packed full of great features, and so on. But all that freedom comes at a cost for end users. For example, they have to wait months or even years for Android updates that include new features and crucial security fixes. Beyond that, unless they buy unlocked smartphone models directly from the vendor, they also have to deal with all kinds of bloatware that can often cause the user experience to suffer.

Speaking of bloatware, Verizon is one of the worst offenders and now it looks like the company wants to pack even more bloatware onto your next smartphone. More →

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Google Duo iPhone Android

Google’s FaceTime killer ‘Duo’ is now available for iPhone and Android

By on August 16, 2016 at 8:10 AM.

Google’s FaceTime killer ‘Duo’ is now available for iPhone and Android

Google unveiled two new communications apps at Google I/O this year, including messaging app Allo and video calling app Duo. The apps can be seen as great alternatives to Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime, respectively, as they’ll also going to work on iPhone, not just Android.

Meanwhile, Google finally released one of them, Duo, which is available for download right away from the App Store and the Google Play store. More →

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Android Malware

New Android malware steals banking information, and spreads through Google’s own network

By on August 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

New Android malware steals banking information, and spreads through Google’s own network

Earlier today, researchers from Kaspersky Lab reported that they recently stumbled across a new piece of sophisticated Android malware designed to steal a user’s banking credentials. In a broad sense, the malware is similar to other schemes we’ve seen before insofar that it uses cleverly thought out phishing schemes designed to trick users into entering in their banking user ID and password.

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Android Phone 8GB RAM

There’s already an Android phone with 8GB of RAM on the way

By on August 12, 2016 at 7:10 PM.

There’s already an Android phone with 8GB of RAM on the way

Some of you may be upset that the Galaxy Note 7 that you wanted to buy this year isn’t going to be available outside of China. You know, the one packing way more than we need in smartphones these days – that’s 6GB of memory if you’re behind with the news. Samsung rationalized its choice to make a 6GB version by saying that it wants to compete better against local brands that keep pushing the envelope when it comes to RAM (though Samsung now seems to be rethinking the decision).

Well, if you roll your eyes when hearing that phones have 6GB of RAM these days, then you’d better prepare yourself. A new report says that Chinese company LeEco will launch a handset with 8GB of RAM early next month, maybe on the same day Apple hosts its iPhone 7 event.

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