Dark Sky Android

Our favorite iPhone weather app ever finally comes to Android

By on May 12, 2016 at 3:20 PM.

Our favorite iPhone weather app ever finally comes to Android

Google isn’t the only company with a surprise app release today.

On Thursday, the developers behind Dark Sky finally launched their popular weather app on Android — four years after it originally released on iOS devices. The team says that Android support has been the most requested “feature” ever since the initial release, but only now do they finally have the resources to pull it off. More →

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Instagram App Logo Update

A deep dive into the new Instagram logo everyone hates

By on May 12, 2016 at 2:36 PM.

A deep dive into the new Instagram logo everyone hates

Instagram released a major app update earlier this week for iPhone and Android that brought some user interface changes as well as a major icon design change. Unsurprisingly, Instagram fans freaked out when they saw the logo change. That’s certainly understandable; after so many years of pressing that tiny skeuomorphic image of a Polaroid camera, the new logo is jarring to say the least.

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Most Popular Android Apps of All Time

The most popular Android apps of all time

By on May 12, 2016 at 11:28 AM.

The most popular Android apps of all time

On March 6th, 2012, Google officially launched Google Play in order to consolidate its mobile stores and compete more effectively with Apple’s App Store. Four years later, Android has seen explosive growth in the apps department, with revenue climbing by a massive 35x in that timespan.

This week, analytics firm App Annie took a look back at the past four years to see which apps have contributed most to that astounding growth.

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Google Translate App Android

Google Translate for Android just got way more useful

By on May 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM.

Google Translate for Android just got way more useful

There’s an update out for Google’s Android Translate app that you should definitely go download. Rather than just working in the dedicated app, Translate for Android now works its magic system-wide, letting you translate text from WhatsApp, emails, or any app you can think of.

Tap to Translate is a new feature that lets you translate text from any app system-wide, without needing to flip back into the Translate app. Simply copy text from any app, and a little Translate button will appear. Tap it, and you’ll get a translation of whatever you highlighted. It works with 103 different languages, and will even function offline. Best of all, since the update is to the Translate app, and not part of Android, you don’t have to wait for your device manufacturer to include the update. Provided that you’re running Android 4.2 or up, you just need to nab the latest update from the Play Store.

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Google I/O

Google I/O 2016 preview: All the biggest announcements you can expect next week

Google I/O 2016 preview: All the biggest announcements you can expect next week

By on May 11, 2016 at 12:36 PM.

Every year during the spring and summer months, Android and Apple users alike are given a glimpse into the future of their respective mobile operating systems. Apple of course has WWDC which is slated to take place in June and Google will kick things off one month earlier when its annual I/O developers conference kicks off next week on May 18.

What makes Google’s I/O conference arguably more interesting and exciting than WWDC is that there’s a whole lot more to cover. While Apple will predictably cover the future of iOS and OS X, Google, as it’s prone to do, will cover an incredible array of products and technologies, hardly a surprise given how many different pots Google has its hands in these days. Indeed, Google’s broadening interest in all facets of technology – and even science – is what prompted the company to rename and restructure itself under the Alphabet umbrella.

All that said, we are eagerly anticipating Google to make a number of interesting announcements that extend far beyond the company’s upcoming Android N update. From a rumored VR headset to more information regarding a Project Tango smartphone, the collective eyes of the tech world will understandably be laser focused on all things Google I/O next week.

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Emoji Pictures

Images of all the new emoji that might be coming soon to your smartphone

Images of all the new emoji that might be coming soon to your smartphone

By on May 11, 2016 at 11:37 AM.

Typically when a new emoji proposal comes over the wire, it’s not worth diving too deep into because there are no guarantees that the Unicode Consortium will approve any or all of the new suggestions. In the case of a new proposal making waves on Wednesday morning, however, an exception should be made for two reasons:

First, the new emoji set aims to empower women by offering two sets of the same emoji, one male and one female. Second, they’ll almost certainly be approved by the consortium because one of the people behind the new proposal is Google’s Mark Davis, who just so happens to be the president of the Unicode Consortium. More →

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Android Vs iPhone Stability

iPhone vs. Android: Which phones are more likely to fail?

iPhone vs. Android: Which phones are more likely to fail?

By on May 11, 2016 at 9:34 AM.

For the second consecutive quarter, a study has determined that Apple’s line of iPhones is far more stable than Android handsets. Mobile diagnostics company Blancco Technology Group on Wednesday released the results of an updated study that looks to determine which phones stand up best to the test of time and continue to function without failing.

As was the case with the firm’s last study, Blancco found a huge disparity in reliability when comparing the two platforms. More →

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Creative Android Complaint

Creative rises from the dead to try and destroy Android

By on May 10, 2016 at 3:05 PM.

Creative rises from the dead to try and destroy Android

Do you remember Creative? In the early 2000s, the company had a brief period of being cool, as its Zen MP3 players were the anti-establishment alternative to the iPod. These days, the Singapore-based company mostly makes gaming headsets and computer speakers — nothing to do with smartphones, in other words. But thanks to a complaint filed against every big Android phone manufacturer, Creative has quietly declared war on Android.

The complaint is filed against a who’s-who of Android smartphones: Samsung, LG, HTC, BlackBerry, Sony, ZTE, Lenovo and Motorola. The issue at hand is music players: all the phones have ’em, and Creative has a patent it thinks is being infringed on. Specifically, all the phones are capable of “playing stored media files selected by a user from a hierarchical display.”

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Galaxy S7 Vs. Nexus 6P Comparison Video

Galaxy S7 vs. Nexus 6P comparison shows stock Android isn’t always better

By on May 6, 2016 at 11:39 AM.

Galaxy S7 vs. Nexus 6P comparison shows stock Android isn’t always better

If there’s one common refrain we often hear from Android fans, it’s that the experience you get with the stock version of Android is always better than whatever version of Android has been modified by manufacturers such as Samsung, LG and HTC. But is this always true? Recently Pocketnow decided to do an in-depth comparison of the Nexus 6P and the Galaxy S7 edge and it discovered that while there are advantages to using stock Android, they don’t always outweigh the advantages of new features added by OEMs. More →

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Netflix iPhone Android App Streaming Quality

Terrific new Netflix tool will help you beat your carrier’s data caps

By on May 5, 2016 at 3:05 PM.

Terrific new Netflix tool will help you beat your carrier’s data caps

Netflix will now let you adjust the video streaming quality in its mobile app, so that you don’t go over your monthly data allotment when watching movies and TV shows over a cellular connection. If you’re on an unlimited plan, that’s probably not something that will affect your mobile experience. But iPhone and Android users who like to watch Netflix shows over cellular plans with limited data will surely appreciate the new settings option.

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Android Marshmallow Market Share

7 months later, Marshmallow is still on just 7.5% of Android devices

By on May 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

7 months later, Marshmallow is still on just 7.5% of Android devices

With seemingly endless resources and thousands of employees at its disposal, it’s hard to believe that Google is still struggling to get a majority of Android users on to a single platform version. And yet, seven months after the launch of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, not even 10% of Android devices have been updated.

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iMessage App Android PieMessage

There’s finally a way to get iMessage support on your Android phone

By on May 3, 2016 at 6:25 PM.

There’s finally a way to get iMessage support on your Android phone

Did you switch from iOS to Android and find yourself missing iMessage? After all, there’s a lot to like about Apple’s text application that features end-to-end encryption, file transfers, and cross-platform support – as long as you’re using either iOS or Mac.

Those Android users who happen to own MacBooks and iMacs will be happy to hear that there’s a new app called PieMessage that brings iMessage support to their Android handset. More →

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