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iOS Vs. Android Fanboy Wars

One big reason I’m tempted to switch to iOS: It’s become a lot more like Android

By on June 5, 2015 at 11:20 AM.

One big reason I’m tempted to switch to iOS: It’s become a lot more like Android

If you ever read the BGR comments section — a dubious idea even on the best of days — you’ll see hordes of smartphone OS fanboys getting into comically emotional and overwrought arguments over why their preferred platform is superior. As a longtime Android user who’s spent the past two weeks using an iPhone 6 (about which I’ll write much more in the future), I’ve come to see how incredibly stupid these arguments are, and not just because they involve supposedly grown men fighting over whether using iOS or Android makes you more likely to be a registered sex offender. More →

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iOS Vs. Android App Developers

Here’s why iOS keeps getting all the best apps before Android does

By on June 4, 2015 at 4:41 PM.

Here’s why iOS keeps getting all the best apps before Android does

Even though more people use Android than use the iPhone, some of the best apps around will release on iOS first — recall that when Twitter launched its Periscope app, for instance, it came to iOS weeks before it came to Android. Why? For one thing, iOS users are simply more profitable for app developers because they tend to have extra cash that they’re willing to spend on apps. For another thing, Apple has done an amazing job of making it easier for developers to create iOS apps, as a new report from Bloomberg demonstrates. More →

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Top 5 Android Apps

5 free Android apps that do amazing things Apple’s iPhone can’t

5 free Android apps that do amazing things Apple’s iPhone can’t

By on June 4, 2015 at 12:19 PM.

The Android vs. iPhone debate is a tedious one, but don’t expect it to slow down anytime soon. While this endless debate can often be boring for those of us who aren’t overly enthusiastic users — “fanboys” — there are some aspects of the iOS vs. Android rivalry that are pretty interesting.

For example, it’s great to know the advantages and limitations of your platform of choice, and that’s why we’ve put this series of posts together. In this latest entry, we’ve found five terrific free Android apps that feature impressive functionality the iPhone simply can’t match. More →

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Best Android Apps For Mac Users

4 apps every Android owner with a Mac needs to use

4 apps every Android owner with a Mac needs to use

By on June 3, 2015 at 12:48 PM.

As amazing as it may seem, some people aren’t fiercely loyal to one platform or another and will use products from Apple, Google and Microsoft. One Android user who also happens to be a Mac user recently asked Reddit’s Apple community for some advice on how to get their Android phone to work with their Mac at least on a comparable level to the way an iPhone would. Below we’ve posted some of their best suggestions for apps that everyone who owns both a Mac and an Android phone should know about. More →

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Best Windows Apps

Amiduos is a $10 app that lets you run Android on a Windows PC

By on June 2, 2015 at 6:15 PM.

Amiduos is a $10 app that lets you run Android on a Windows PC

Microsoft spent a massive amount of time and resources trying to create a platform that would suit desktop computers and mobile devices perfectly. With Windows 8, it ended up failing pretty colossally on both counts. Windows 10 will see Microsoft try to dial back the crazy new features in an effort to calm the storm brought about by Windows 8, but there are probably still people out there who are looking for a solid mobile experience in the Windows environment.

The answer, as it turns out, may simply be Android. More →

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Nintendo NX Console Android

Nintendo denies plans to bring Android to its next-gen NX console

By on June 2, 2015 at 12:04 PM.

Nintendo denies plans to bring Android to its next-gen NX console

Traditionally, Nintendo hasn’t bothered with taking the time to respond to ridiculous rumors, but after a report from Nikkei indicating that Nintendo was considering Android for its next home console spread like wildfire on Monday, the game company felt the need to jump in.

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Future of Android

Two ex-Googlers say they don’t have much faith in the future of Android

By on June 1, 2015 at 4:26 PM.

Two ex-Googlers say they don’t have much faith in the future of Android

All things considered, Google I/O 2015 was an entertaining showcase for one of the largest technology companies on the planet. Virtual reality Expeditions, Now on Tap and the unlimited cloud storage service Google Photos all made a splash during the keynote presentation on Thursday, but, even as predictable as its reveal was, Android M was the star of the show.

That said, even with all of Android M’s improvements, two former Googlers told the Financial Times that they’re still not sure if Google can beat Apple in the mobile arena in the long run.

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Nintendo Android Console

Nikkei: Nintendo’s next video game console will run Android

By on June 1, 2015 at 7:50 AM.

Nikkei: Nintendo’s next video game console will run Android

Nintendo surprised us all when it finally came around and announced that it intends to begin releasing mobile games for smartphones and tablets that make use of its iconic characters. It looks like Nintendo’s mobile gaming plans might only be the tip of the iceberg, however, as a new report from Japanese financial paper Nikkei claims that the company’s next home video game console will be powered by Android. More →

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Best Android Material Design Apps

The most beautiful Android apps available today, as picked by Google

By on May 29, 2015 at 3:20 PM.

The most beautiful Android apps available today, as picked by Google

Last year Google made a big push to improve the overall look of its mobile platform thanks to the addition of Material Design, a slick new design language that added terrific animations and other features to Android. Via 9to5Google, it seems that Google’s Material Design team has recognized 18 different mobile apps for having “best-in-class” designs that take advantage of the new tools Google developed with Android 5.0 Lollipop. We’ll go through them one-by-one below. More →

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