Microsoft Vs. Google Android

Microsoft may have found the perfect way to cap Google at the knees

By on January 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Microsoft may have found the perfect way to cap Google at the knees

Google’s Android platform has basically become to smartphones what Windows has long been for desktop computers and laptops — that is, it’s the dominant player in terms of raw market share. Microsoft is obviously not happy that it missed the boat on the smartphone revolution but it may have come up with an ingenious way to undermine Google’s control over Android. More →

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Tim Cook iPhone 6

Tim Cook confirms that the iPhone 6 is a nightmare for Android

By on January 29, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

Tim Cook confirms that the iPhone 6 is a nightmare for Android

You might think of iPhone owners as an insular crowd, constantly upgrading from one device to the next, year after year, but Tim Cook says that’s not the case. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Cook said that fewer than 15% of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales came from customers upgrading from another iPhone.

Instead, a majority of them switched from Android. More →

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Android Lollipop Launcher

Don’t wait for Android 5.0, this app makes your phone look like Lollipop for free

By on January 29, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

Don’t wait for Android 5.0, this app makes your phone look like Lollipop for free

Android 5.0 Lollipop is a huge upgrade for Google’s mobile operating system. The only problem with it, of course, is that it’s only available for a handful of devices. Most Android smartphone users still have plenty more waiting to do before Lollipop is finally available for their handset, but now there’s a terrific app that will make your older version of Android look just like Lollipop — and it’s free! More →

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iPhone vs. Android: What to Buy

15 reasons Android can be better than the iPhone

By on January 28, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

15 reasons Android can be better than the iPhone

Smartphone preference is always a hot topic among enthusiasts, with the iPhone vs. Android rivalry being the most obvious one since the smartphone revolution started by the original iPhone eight years ago. While Google’s Android is the most popular smartphone OS by market share, Apple is still a significant adversary, one that has never been beaten when it comes to smartphone profits. In fact, Apple on Tuesday announced record and estimates-smashing revenue, and most importantly, iPhone sales.

In light of this, Business Insider‘s 15 reasons why Android phones are better than the iPhone is an interesting read. More →

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iPhone Vs Android

The hidden takeaway in Apple’s earnings: Android has almost nothing going for it right now

The hidden takeaway in Apple’s earnings: Android has almost nothing going for it right now

By on January 28, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

Apple just isn’t selling a lot of iPhones to people around the world — it’s doing so at the expense of Android.

In the all-important holiday quarter, Apple earned $3.06 a share on $74.6 billion in revenue, a jump of 30% over 2014. Perhaps most stunning in the quarter, was the fact Apple shipped 74.5 million iPhones, nearly 20 million than the previous record. It also shipped 5.5 million Macs and 21.4 million iPads in the quarter. More →

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BlackPhone Encryption Security Bug

Even the most secure Android phone ever had a critical security bug

By on January 28, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Even the most secure Android phone ever had a critical security bug

Marketed as the most secure Android handset available, the BlackPhone wasn’t completely safe from hackers’ attacks, as a recently discovered — and fixed — vulnerability in the phone’s instant messaging application could give them access to encrypted personal data such as messages, contacts and potential control over other “vital functions” of the handset, Ars Technica reports. More →

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Google Vs. Cyanogen Android

This man wants to be Google’s new worst nightmare

By on January 26, 2015 at 11:25 AM.

This man wants to be Google’s new worst nightmare

Android is the most popular operating system in the world, but can it be freed from Google’s clutches? Android Authority reports that Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster last week spoke at a special event dedicated to the “Next Phase of Android” and he revealed that his company has a plan to decouple Android from Google and make it the truly open-source mobile platform the world has been waiting for. More →

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iPhone vs. Android: How to Recover Deleted Photos

How to recover deleted photos from iPhone, Android, and other devices

By on January 23, 2015 at 2:05 PM.

How to recover deleted photos from iPhone, Android, and other devices

One reason why the iPhone is one of the most popular cameras on Flickr (second only to Canon in 2014) is that Apple realized a long time ago people love taking photos with smartphones, and it has constantly improved the cameras in its iPhones and iPads since launching them.

Similarly, other handset makers have released smartphones that are getting better and better at taking photos and recording videos. But being able to instantly snap a picture using your phone does come with some potential problems, such as accidentally deleting pictures from the phone’s built-in or user-replaceable storage system.

More →

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Bugs

The biggest problems with Android 5.0 Lollipop

By on January 21, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

The biggest problems with Android 5.0 Lollipop

If you’re like most Android users, you probably don’t have Android 5.0 Lollipop yet… and it turns out that might be a good thing. Computerworld’s JR Raphael has been using Lollipop for a while now and while he thinks the update overall is strong, he has picked out five crucial problems with it that he wants Google to fix as soon as possible. More →

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Stop Android Downloads

How to solve one of the most annoying little issues with Android phones

By on January 21, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

How to solve one of the most annoying little issues with Android phones

One of the best things about Android is the shockingly vast range of great third-party apps in the Google Play store. Each new app expands the capabilities of your phone or tablet in any number of exciting new directions. When you first install a new app though, some of the more presumptuous developers configure their apps to automatically add a shortcut to your home screen. Then, if it’s not an app you want on your home screen, you have to go and manually remove it.

The issue can certainly be annoying, but you’ll be glad to know that there’s an easy fix. More →

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Apple Pay Tip

This cool new free app brings Apple Pay where it has never gone before

This cool new free app brings Apple Pay where it has never gone before

By on January 21, 2015 at 9:19 AM.

Apple Pay and other mobile payment services like it represent the future of payments in the United States and elsewhere. We have discussed that future a number of times here on BGR, most recently while covering a nifty new “smart card” called Coin that will soon try to replace every credit and debit card in your wallet while solutions like Apple Pay get off the ground.

It will indeed be some time before Apple Pay is accepted in the majority of stores we visit each day, but Apple Pay is about much more than just retail shopping. We have seen a few novel apps that take advantage of Apple Pay pop up in recent months, and now there’s a new one that iPhone users should definitely check out. More →

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Google Play Android App Scam

This ‘battery repair’ Android app has been downloaded over 1 million times… and it’s a total fraud

By on January 20, 2015 at 2:25 PM.

This ‘battery repair’ Android app has been downloaded over 1 million times… and it’s a total fraud

It looks like there’s another completely fraudulent Android app that Google needs to remove from Google Play. The ever watchful Android Police has flagged an app on Google Play that’s been downloaded more than 1 million times and that does absolutely nothing. More →

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