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Best Underrated Android Apps

4 brilliant Android apps you’ve probably never heard of

By on July 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM.

4 brilliant Android apps you’ve probably never heard of

There are so many mobile apps out there — and most of them are terrible — that it can be hard to find those rare diamonds in the rough. To get a better handle on which apps out there are actually good, we periodically check out apps that Android fan communities are recommending to help you discover apps that are vastly more useful than the latest Flappy Bird or Yo clone. With this in mind, we’ve combed through the latest thread highlighting under-appreciated apps over at Reddit’s Android community to pick out four gems we think are worthy of your attention. More →

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Android Vs iPhone

This is what it’s like for an Android fanboy to switch to an iPhone 5s

This is what it’s like for an Android fanboy to switch to an iPhone 5s

By on July 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM.

The Android vs. iOS debate will rage on until one or both of these mobile platforms are no longer market leaders. In the meantime, each operating system offers dozens of important pros and cons when compared to its rival. Android’s open nature allows for a much wider range of functionality in third-party apps, for instance, and you can see numerous examples of this in our series on great Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t. On the other side of the fense, iOS offers a much smoother and more refined user experience with an app ecosystem that is second to none.

So, what is it like for a “fanboy” to make the jump from one platform to the other? More →

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Android Blackphone Release Date

The world’s most secure Android phone is now shipping

By on June 30, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

The world’s most secure Android phone is now shipping

Android phones don’t exactly have a reputation for BlackBerry-like security but one new device is aiming to change that. Blackphone, a new Android device developed by the secure communications specialists at Silent Circle and that sells for $630 off contract, has now finally started shipping. More →

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Top 5 Android Apps

5 great free Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t (June 2014)

5 great free Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t (June 2014)

By on June 27, 2014 at 11:19 AM.

Android fans, it’s time for another installment in BGR’s popular series on great Android apps. But these aren’t just any Android apps, of course. These are fantastic apps that take advantage of Android’s open nature to provide users with awesome features that iPhone users can only dream of. More →

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Android Apps Free Download

Get $100+ worth of paid Android apps right now for free

By on June 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Get $100+ worth of paid Android apps right now for free

We try to tell you as often as possible when good paid apps are made available for free, and today we’ve hit the mother lode. For a limited time, Amazon is offering more than $100 worth of paid Android apps for free in its popular Amazon Appstore portal. More →

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Android One Subsidies

Will Google subsidize data to get the next 5 billion people connected?

Will Google subsidize data to get the next 5 billion people connected?

By on June 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

For as nifty and novel as Glass, Google+, and 60fps gaming on a high-end Android device are, those aren’t items that will truly drive Google’s growth in the next decade. Indeed, something far less headline-worthy will be responsible, and it’s something that piqued my interest during this week’s Google I/O keynote. More →

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Android One

Google’s Android One: Bringing high-quality performance to those who can’t afford it

By on June 26, 2014 at 1:22 PM.

Google’s Android One: Bringing high-quality performance to those who can’t afford it

Android One won’t make too many headlines, and you won’t read too many reviews of handsets that emerge due to its existence. But in my mind, it was the most significant announcement made by Google at I/O 2014. In a nutshell, Android One is a new Google project that will provide reference hardware to any manufacturer that wants it. The typical Android One smartphone will boast a 4.5-inch display, an FM radio, a removable SD card, and room for two SIM cards. Google sets the standards, someone else builds it.

And each Android One phone will cost $100 or less. More →

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Android L vs Android KitKat

Android L vs. Android KitKat in pictures

By on June 26, 2014 at 12:36 PM.

Android L vs. Android KitKat in pictures

One of the main features of Android L is Google’s complete design overhaul of the operating system’s user interface. Android L is peppered with Material Design elements that make it come to life in a more playful manner, and hopefully they make it even easier to use as well. Google is leaving behind the blacks and grays in favor to a more vivid palette of colors throughout its apps, and PhoneArena has already put up an extensive screenshot comparison showing the differences between Android L and Android KitKat. More →

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iOS Vs. Android Developer Revenue

The one thing about iOS that Android might never be able to top

By on June 26, 2014 at 12:13 PM.

The one thing about iOS that Android might never be able to top

Google and Apple compete over a lot of things, but one battle between the two companies that deserves more attention is their intense competition for the hearts and minds of mobile app developers. And as new analysis from Benedict Evans shows, Apple has a distinct advantage here over Google despite the fact that Android dwarfs iOS in total market share worldwide: iPhone users are much more likely to pay for apps than Android users. More →

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USA Vs Germany Streaming

How to stream the huge USA vs. Germany World Cup match on a computer or phone

By on June 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM.

How to stream the huge USA vs. Germany World Cup match on a computer or phone

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you are well aware of Thursday’s huge World Cup match between USA and Germany. USA is the clear underdog here and Germany has already secured its spot in the round of 16, but the scrappy U.S. team could still advance to the next round with a tie or even a loss in many scenarios (the full details have been explained quite well by The Big Lead).

Do you want to watch the match but you don’t have access to a TV? In this post, we’ll tell you how to stream all the action live to your computer, tablet or smartphone. More →

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Android Performance Boost

How to give your phone the huge performance boost coming to Android L

How to give your phone the huge performance boost coming to Android L

By on June 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM.

Google’s huge developer event kicked off on Wednesday with a painfully long keynote presentation that was decidedly lackluster. Among the highlights, however, was “Android L.” Google gave the world its first look at the upcoming new Android build on Wednesday, and it was awesome. The new look of the interface, defined by Google’s new “material design,” is stunning. More importantly, Android L will bring with it some significant performance enhancements that will dramatically improve the Android experience.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for Android L to enjoy those performance enhancements. More →

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Google on Android Malware and Security

Up to 5 million Android users have malware issues

By on June 26, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Up to 5 million Android users have malware issues

Ignoring the unexpected protesters who tried to disrupt Google’s major developer event on Wednesday, or the unnecessary code demonstrations to an audience packed with media members excited about sharing with the world details about Google’s new products rather than looking at code demos that didn’t always work, Google’s I/O 2014 was packed with news, interesting announcements and revelations. And Google also talked about Android malware on stage and the measures it takes to prevent its customers from being affected. More →

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