FireChat for Android Launch

Immensely popular iOS app FireChat brings Internet-less chat to Android

By on April 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Immensely popular iOS app FireChat brings Internet-less chat to Android

The recently launched FireChat instant messaging iOS app that doesn’t require an Internet or cellular connection to allow users to send and receive messages – it’s taking advantage of new wireless technology supported by Apple in iOS 7 – quickly became a hit app in many markets. The company on Thursday announced that it’s making the app available to Android users, with FireChat for Android having now been made available as a free download from the Google Play Store. More →

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Android 64 Bit Phones Tablets

Intel modifies Android to make it ready for 64-bit chips

By on April 3, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Intel modifies Android to make it ready for 64-bit chips

Google didn’t give Android 4.4 KitKat native support for 64-bit hardware like Apple did with iOS 7, but that isn’t stopping Intel from taking matters into its own hands. Per CNET, Intel this week released a modified version of KitKat that comes with a 64-bit kernel, which means that it will be compatible with 64-bit Intel processors for mobile devices. To make this happen, Intel said that it “ported, validated and tested the Android Open Source code on IA, taking on the work that developers typically would need to do on their own” so that it could help “provide the ecosystem with 64-bit kernel support for development of next-generation devices.” More →

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Google Android Silver Customer Care Program

‘Android Silver’ may help Google fix several big issues with one blow

By on April 3, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

‘Android Silver’ may help Google fix several big issues with one blow

Google may be working on improving the overall customer experience for Android handset buyers, Android Police has learned, by creating a new support system for Android customers that will offer extended assistance to consumers. Dubbed Android Silver, the project will include carrier partners, which will provide support to buyers when it comes to data migration, stolen devices and information backup, and even live support sessions. More →

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Android Battery Saving Tips

This cool trick could have a huge impact on your Android phone’s battery life

By on April 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM.

This cool trick could have a huge impact on your Android phone’s battery life

New flagship phones from both Samsung and HTC offer enhanced battery saving modes that allow the battery on the Galaxy S5 or HTC One (M8) to last for hours with a charge of just a few percent remaining. But what if you don’t have either of these great new smartphones? There are plenty of common sense ways to extend your Android phone’s battery life — plenty of tips can be taken from this guide, for example — but a new tool that capitalizes on Android’s open nature will push battery conservation to the next level for many users. More →

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Android KitKat Jelly Bean Distribution Numbers

KitKat grows but Jelly Bean is still top candy in Android’s candy store

By on April 2, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

KitKat grows but Jelly Bean is still top candy in Android’s candy store

Google has released new data detailing Android distribution for the 7-day period ending on April 1, 2014, revealing that its latest operating system version – Android 4.4 KitKat – is now installed on 5.3% of all Android devices that connect to the Play Store, a significant increase from early March, when KitKat accounted for 2.5% of installations, and early February, when KitKat was installed on less than 2% of devices. However, it’s still Jelly Bean that’s the most popular operating system in Google’s Android ecosystem, with the three different Jelly Bean versions combined accounting for 61.4% of Android users. More →

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Apple Vs. Samsung Patent Trial Steve Jobs Holy War

Unearthed email shows Jobs saw battle with Android as a ‘holy war’

By on April 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM.

Unearthed email shows Jobs saw battle with Android as a ‘holy war’

As we’ve noted in the past, Apple’s patent spat is about much more than money — it’s very personal to the company. Reuters legal reporter Dan Levine brings us word that at the latest Apple-Samsung patent trial, Samsung attorney Bob Quinn presented an email sent by late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs back in 2010 that declared Apple was in a “holy war” with Google over the future of mobile computing and worried that Apple might lose its position as the dominant player in the smartphone market. Quinn revealed the email as part of his argument that Apple is really trying to attack Google’s Android operating system and not Samsung. We’ve heard in the past that Jobs had vowed “thermonuclear war” against Google for what he saw as a “stolen” product but this is the first time we’ve heard of him invoking religious imagery to rally his troops.

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Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Changelog

Purported Android 4.4.3 change log reveals tons of bug fixes

By on March 31, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Purported Android 4.4.3 change log reveals tons of bug fixes

After various Android 4.4.3 sightings suggested that Google may soon release a new KitKat version to address certain issues and bugs, an unofficial change log for the upcoming Android build has been leaked, revealing that the next Android update will not bring any major fixes, and instead focus only on improvements. Android Police has learned from a source familiar with the situation that “Android 4.4.3 is, unsurprisingly, going to be a pure bug-fixer,” with Google saving new features and user interface changes for a “more major release.” More →

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Best Android Security Apps LastPass

This app just made it super-easy for Android users to keep their passwords secure

By on March 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM.

This app just made it super-easy for Android users to keep their passwords secure

As we’ve mentioned in the past, passwords are an enormous pain, especially since keeping them secure these days often means switching them up every couple of months and making them so complex that they’re all but impossible to remember. However, ZDNet directs our attention to a recently released update from password management app LastPass that has just made it much easier for Android users to safely keep all their passwords secure across multiple different applications. More →

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Why Is Android Fragmentation Bad

App developer explains the worst part about developing for Android

By on March 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

App developer explains the worst part about developing for Android

All these years later, is Google still being haunted by the ghosts of Android 2.3 Gingerbread? Developer Nick Bradbury, who works on WordPress’s Android app, has written an interesting post explaining that while he still thinks Android fragmentation is an “overblown” issue, there is one area of developing for Android that drives him up the wall: Supporting versions of WordPress that still run on Gingerbread. More →

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Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update for Nexus

New signs point to imminent Android 4.4.3 update for Nexus devices

By on March 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

New signs point to imminent Android 4.4.3 update for Nexus devices

After two new KitKat builds were spotted online, with one of them apparently running on a Nexus 5 version, Myce has discovered new firmware versions that suggest the Android 4.4.3 update is imminent. A KTU83 version running on a Hammerhead device – the codename for the Nexus 5 – and identified as Android 4.4.3 has been discovered by the publication. Meanwhile, a KTU79 KitKat version for a Nexus 7 tablet has also been spotted on Google’s Chrome bug tracking board. More →

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Apple Android App Stability

iPhone, iPad apps found to crash more often than Android apps

By on March 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

iPhone, iPad apps found to crash more often than Android apps

Apple may have Android beat when it comes to app security, but stability is another matter entirely. Crittercism released its Mobile Experience Benchmark report on Thursday, highlighting the surprising differences between apps on Apple and Android devices. Based on data gathered from over 1 billion mobile users, Crittercism has found that even though iOS 7.1 is Apple’s most stable release for apps yet, the latest software still has a crash rate of 1.6%. More →

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Free Microsoft Office for iPhone and Android

Office for iPhone and Android finally available as free apps

By on March 28, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Office for iPhone and Android finally available as free apps

In addition to launching Office for iPad, a freemium app that requires a paid Office 365 subscription in order for users to also be able to edit their documents on the tablet, Microsoft has made some changes to its Office Mobile for iPhone and Android applications. Both mobile apps are now free of charge, The Next Web reports, but only for home use, speculating that business customers will likely require an Office 365 subscription for either version of the apps. More →

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