Android vs. iOS Huawei Operating System

One of Google’s biggest partners probably isn’t dumping Android after all

By on June 27, 2016 at 2:35 PM.

One of Google’s biggest partners probably isn’t dumping Android after all

For the foreseeable future, Android will be the number one mobile operating system on the planet. It has continued to build an impressive lead over iOS and the countless stragglers who can’t even top 1% of the market share, but that hasn’t stopped some of the industry’s leading Android phone makers from planning for a future that is significantly less dependent on Google’s mobile OS.

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iPhone Online Banking Apps

Banks are killing the password, and they can thank the iPhone for that

By on June 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Banks are killing the password, and they can thank the iPhone for that

Many distinct entities are looking to kill the password, or replace it with better, more secure ways of logging into several online services. Banks are among them, and it’s easy to understand why. They want to protect their money. In light of the many security breaches that have put at risk the identities and online assets of millions of users, banks are encouraging customers to sign up for in-app biometric authentication methods. Scanning a fingerprint, the eye, or recording voice is a lot easier, and more secure, than logging into online banking services using credentials that hackers can steal or social engineer. And the iPhone is a big reason why banks are looking to kill the password. More →

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How To Get Free Android Apps

How to get paid every week just for using one Google app

By on June 23, 2016 at 3:20 PM.

How to get paid every week just for using one Google app

Next time you’re waiting on a painfully long line at Starbucks or doing anything where you have some time to kill, there’s a much better way to occupy your time than playing Candy Crush or looking at 700 photos of your friend’s newborn on Facebook. How about spending a few minutes using a great little Google app instead? You’re undoubtedly familiar with many Google apps, but you might not know that there’s one application in particular that Google will actually pay you to use, and that money can then be spent to buy other apps, games, movies, music, books or anything else available in the Google Play store. More →

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Android Vs iOS

Google’s two biggest partners are both working toward ditching Android

By on June 23, 2016 at 10:23 AM.

Google’s two biggest partners are both working toward ditching Android

Today, Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS platform dominate the mobile landscape. It’s difficult to imagine that ever changing considering how far behind other platforms are at this point, but people said the same thing more than a decade ago when operating systems like Symbian and Windows Mobile ruled the world. Things change and what goes up must come down. What’s interesting, however, is that major Android vendors are already starting to prepare for life after Android despite the platform’s strong position at the moment. More →

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WWDC 2016 Analysis

WWDC 2016 could be the start of something better

By on June 22, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

WWDC 2016 could be the start of something better

Apple’s WWDC 2016 was one of the most exciting in recent memory. Packed full of non-stop updates to all four major platforms, Jonathan and Zach give first thoughts on some of the new software out of Cupertino, what Android does that could be better than Apple’s approach to the OS, and of course, some talk on Tesla’s future.

Special thanks to Casper for sponsoring this week’s show! Made in the USA, it is an incredible product that starts at just $50.

You can get $50 off your order by visting casper.com/bgr and using the discount code BGR at checkout.

The full episode is embedded below, or you can download it on iTunes. More →

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Nova Launcher Prime Sale

Huge Google Play sale on one of the most popular Android launchers in the world

By on June 21, 2016 at 5:50 PM.

Huge Google Play sale on one of the most popular Android launchers in the world

Some of its fans call Nova Launcher “the best thing that ever happened to Android,” and it may very well be so. The innovative app reimagined the Android experience to give users more control over their smartphones and tablets. For many, it’s a must-have app, so you should consider getting it right now, as it’s available in the Google Play Store for 80% off the regular price. More →

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iMessage Android App Release Date

Apple will probably never release iMessage for Android

By on June 17, 2016 at 8:27 AM.

Apple will probably never release iMessage for Android

One of the crazier Apple rumors that hit the internet in the weeks leading to WWDC said that Apple will unveil an iMessage for Android application at the show. iMessage is one of Apple’s best iOS apps, an SMS/messaging client that even Android fans would want to use on their devices.

During the keynote, Apple proved it’s interested in upping its iMessage game, as the chat app received the biggest update in years. The new features make iMessage an even better alternative to Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, but an Android version of the app was never announced.

Now we know why that happened, and we get the feeling Apple might never go forward with iMessage for Android plans.

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Android Apps Chrome

Android apps are officially available on Chrome OS

Android apps are officially available on Chrome OS

By on June 17, 2016 at 7:18 AM.

Ladies and gentlemen, remember this date: June 17th, 2016. Why? Because on that day, the game officially changed.

Google’s Chrome OS powers a fleet of laptop and desktop computers that offer users a fantastic alternative to Windows machines. Chromebooks and Chrome desktop PCs are just as good as Microsoft-powered computers when it comes to browsing the web, streaming movies or music, or even light work. Windows is probably your best bet if you need to run custom Windows software in an enterprise environment, but Chrome is a fantastic alternative for home users looking to save some money without sacrificing much in the way of performance.

And now, Chrome OS is a better option than ever before thanks to the addition of Android app support. More →

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iOS 10 Stolen Android Features

All the iOS 10 features that Apple ‘stole’ from Android

By on June 14, 2016 at 2:46 PM.

All the iOS 10 features that Apple ‘stole’ from Android

It’s that time of the year, folks, when we have to count which of the new iOS features were available on Android before iOS. Because – drum roll – everybody steals in the mobile business. iOS copies Android and then Android copies iOS. Then Windows Phone then copies both of them.

That said, we’re going to look at some of the new features in iOS 10 that were already available on Android, one way or another. More →

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Blocks Modular Watch Release Date

The first Blocks modular smartwatch is available for preorder

By on June 9, 2016 at 10:15 PM.

The first Blocks modular smartwatch is available for preorder

Remember the Blocks modular smartwatch concept? Well, the good news is that the product is no longer just a concept. After an impressive $1.6 million Kickstarter campaign, the company is ready to show off the final version of the product. Even better, you can preorder a Blocks watch right now, though the device launches only later this fall.

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Drone Wallpaper Photos of Landscape

Drone photos make the best phone wallpapers

By on June 8, 2016 at 10:15 PM.

Drone photos make the best phone wallpapers

It’s standard to put pictures of dogs, spouses or (your own) children as wallpaper on your phone. But that’s uninspired. You know what’s different? Taking carefully-curated landscape drone photography and setting that as the backdrop to life instead.

Gabriel Scanu is a photographer who works mostly in Sydney and Los Angeles. He specializes in taking aerial images with drones, turning uninspiring strips of road or forest into something quite beautiful.

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