Google Andy Rubin Quits

Andy Rubin calls it quits, ditches Google to build his own hardware incubator

By on October 31, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Andy Rubin calls it quits, ditches Google to build his own hardware incubator

Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android and former Android Guru inside Google, is leaving the company to start a tech incubator for start-ups that want to build hardware, The New York Times reports. After being removed from the Android team last year and replaced with Sundar Pichai, Rubin was put in charge of Google’s new robotics division. More →

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$115 Amazon Free Android Apps

You can download $115 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free right now

By on October 30, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

You can download $115 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free right now

Android fans looking to score some free apps should check out Amazon’s Appstore today, because it’s currently offering users free access to some 40 apps and games that are worth a combined $115. This huge sale ends Saturday though, so you’d better hurry if you want to download them all. More →

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iPhone 6 vs. Android Smartphones

Apple actually lost U.S. market share in Q3 despite iPhone 6 launch

By on October 29, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Apple actually lost U.S. market share in Q3 despite iPhone 6 launch

A new report from Kantar WorldPanel ComTech reveals that huge iPhone 6 demand helped Apple last quarter, with the company seeing market share increases in various European markets. However, Apple’s market share actually dropped in Apple’s home country during the period, hitting 32.6% in the September quarter, a 3.3% drop compared to last year. More →

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iPhone 6 Vs. Android Market Share

Even a record iPhone 6 launch can’t stop the Android juggernaut in the U.S.

By on October 29, 2014 at 4:12 PM.

Even a record iPhone 6 launch can’t stop the Android juggernaut in the U.S.

The launch of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus were both smashing successes for Apple… but that doesn’t mean it did anything to hurt Android in the United States. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners passes along some new data showing that Android actually grew its share of new device activations to 67% of all mobile phones between the months of July and September this year. In the previous quarter, Android only accounted for 56% of mobile phone activations, CIRP said. More →

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Samsung Find My Mobile Security Exploit

Big security flaw lets hackers remotely wipe Samsung phones

By on October 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM.

Big security flaw lets hackers remotely wipe Samsung phones

Samsung Android phones have been discovered to have a security flaw that allows hackers to remotely control a phone over the Internet, and perform several tasks including locking and unlocking the device, finding its location on a map, displaying a customized message on the screen, and even wiping it without the owner being able to do anything about it. Furthermore, the security flaw could be used in more advanced hacks such as ransom attacks, The Register reports. More →

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Fleksy for iPhone and Android

The world’s fastest keyboard is now even cheaper on iPhone and Android

By on October 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM.

The world’s fastest keyboard is now even cheaper on iPhone and Android

Fleksy, the world’s fastest keyboard, announced new features on Tuesday for its iOS and Android keyboard apps, but also a discount for its keyboard app that’ll be available to users for an even cheaper price for a few days. More →

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Google Android Chrome OS Merge

Google appears to be taking steps to merge Android and Chrome

By on October 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Google appears to be taking steps to merge Android and Chrome

We live in an age where cohesion between mobile and desktop operating systems is becoming increasingly common. Continuity on Yosemite has brought iOS and OS X closer together than ever before, and within the next few years, Windows Phone will be all but indistinguishable from Windows 10. Speaking with CNET, Google’s Android heads continued to downplay a similar progression for the world’s most popular mobile OS, but a few recent internal moves might suggest otherwise. More →

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Nextbit Baton Download

Nextbit’s revolutionary new Android software will change the way we use phones and tablets

By on October 27, 2014 at 6:18 PM.

Nextbit’s revolutionary new Android software will change the way we use phones and tablets

Solutions like Apple’s iCloud can be frustrating at times, especially when they’re hacked. When they work, however, they make our lives so much easier. Download a song on your phone and it’s automatically downloaded to your computer. Install a new app on your iPad and it’s automatically installed on your iPhone. Add a phone number to a contact on your Nexus 5 and it instantly updates all of your devices.

But the services we use now are just the tip of the iceberg.

What if there was a solution that could sync every last bit and byte from one device to the next? What if you could start editing a video on one device and switch to another in a matter of seconds? What if you could start drawing a picture on a smartphone and pick up right where you left off almost instantly on a tablet? Every app, every file, always in sync… this is the future of cloud sync solutions, and now it’s here. More →

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Night Cable for iPhone and Android

Meet Night Cable, the only iPhone charging cable made for your bedroom

By on October 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Meet Night Cable, the only iPhone charging cable made for your bedroom

Many people charge their smartphones every night because most handsets can’t yet offer the battery life we expect. And many tablet users also charge their devices at night as well, which is the most convenient time to do it anyway since they might want to simultaneously use it for some quick content consumption before sleep. But using the device while it’s plugged in and charging, whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet, might be a seriously annoying endeavor because charging cables are usually rather short.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Upgrade

These Android phones have been confirmed to get Lollipop – is yours on the list?

By on October 24, 2014 at 3:33 PM.

These Android phones have been confirmed to get Lollipop – is yours on the list?

One of the frustrating things for Android users is not knowing when their phones will get the latest Android software pushed out to them… if at all. CNET has put together a handy guide of major Android phones that have been confirmed to get Android 5.0 Lollipop and while a lot of devices have been confirmed as getting the upgrade, some big names are still missing. More →

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Best Android Apps Microsoft

Microsoft is suddenly releasing some of the year’s coolest Android apps

By on October 22, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Microsoft is suddenly releasing some of the year’s coolest Android apps

Microsoft is no longer all about “Windows, Windows, Windows!” as ex-CEO Steve Ballmer used to say. Instead, the company is willing to create applications and programs for any platform and recently it’s been releasing some very cool new applications for Android. Droid Life spotlights three particularly sweet apps that just came out of the Microsoft Garage project that definitely look worthy of Android fans’ time — and one of them even pulls off the incredible feat of making Bing more relevant. More →

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iOS and Android Encryption

Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI

By on October 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI

Apple has more than once reminded customers it values their security and privacy and has been reassuring them that they won’t become the company’s “product” and that their data will be safely encrypted. Similarly, Google also said it will encrypt Android devices by default. Since then, the FBI and others have complained that Apple and Google will be basically helping bad guys get away with bad things thanks to encrypted devices. More →

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