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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IDrive Cheap Cloud Deal for Android

Here’s the cheapest cloud Android users can buy

By on April 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Here’s the cheapest cloud Android users can buy

Android users who require more cloud storage options, which could come in handy when looking to fix storage issues with their devices, will be happy to hear that IDrive is now offering them an absurdly cheap cloud storage and sync plan. The company on Wednesday announced that only Android users will be able to grab 100GB of cloud for “less than $1 per year” – the offer includes 50GB of backup and 50GB of sync. More →

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How to Fix Android Storage Issues

These 3 tricks will help keep your Android phone running smoothly

By on April 9, 2014 at 2:22 PM.

These 3 tricks will help keep your Android phone running smoothly

One of the problems Android device users may encounter — especially on devices that ship with low on-board memory, lack microSD expansion or have plenty of preinstalled bloatware on board — is that storage issues can cause devices to bog down. However, Android users have the opportunity to keep their storage in check without actually rooting the device. While rooting an Android smartphone or tablet will give the user total control on what the device can and can’t do, and help restore order to storage chaos, there are a few simple tips that don’t involve rooting and will keep your handset running smoothly. More →

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Mailbox Android Download

Mailbox, the best email app on the iPhone, is coming to Android and PC

By on April 9, 2014 at 1:40 PM.

Mailbox, the best email app on the iPhone, is coming to Android and PC

Mailbox is a fantastic app. It’s so great, in fact, that Dropbox spent $100 million to acquire it last year. The Mailbox app helped me destroy email, and for that I will forever be grateful — but there has always been one huge problem with it: there’s isn’t any desktop or Android client. As Dropbox announced on Wednesday, however, that won’t be the case for much longer. More →

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IFTTT for Android Launch

After iPhone, popular service IFTTT gets ready to launch on Android

By on April 8, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

After iPhone, popular service IFTTT gets ready to launch on Android

After launching on iPhone last summer, and on iPad a few days ago, popular automated task service IFTTT (If This Than That) is getting ready to land on Android as well, with the company currently beta testing its Android application. The company announced the beta program on Google+, Phandroid reports, posting a link to a Google spreadsheet for interested testers. Soon after that, it deleted the Google+ post. The publication has apparently also obtained an APK of the IFTTT Android beta app, although it didn’t release it to the public. It’s not clear when IFTTT for Android will be available in the Google Play Store. More →

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