iPhone Market Share 2016

Apple’s mobile market share sees big drop in May as Android skyrockets

By on June 2, 2016 at 9:43 AM.

Apple’s mobile market share sees big drop in May as Android skyrockets

Sales of Apple’s iPhone line of smartphones declined for the first time ever last quarter and everyone has been down on Apple ever since, from the media and investors and even to many end users. What’s more, iPhone 7 leaks have suggested that Apple’s upcoming new smartphones for 2016 will feature a design that’s largely the same as the company’s current iPhone models. Apple’s situation certainly isn’t as dark as some are making them out to be, but there’s little question that things are trending downward right now — and May’s mobile market share data offers even more gloomy data to that effect. More →

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2016 Google Nexus Phones

Google Nexus phones won’t run pure Android anymore

By on June 2, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Google Nexus phones won’t run pure Android anymore

Will Google make its own Nexus phones in the future? No, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Walt Mossberg during an interview at the Code Conference. And, no matter how exciting a pure Google Nexus phone might sound, the company doesn’t really need to do that just yet to fight off Apple. After all, Android is the dominant smartphone platform, and most people aren’t Nexus buyers.

However, Pichai said that Google will be more involved in the design of future Nexus devices, and gave fans a somewhat bad news: Nexus handsets and tablets won’t necessarily offer them a stock Android experience. More →

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SanDisk USB-C Flash Drive

SanDisk may have just unveiled the perfect mobile storage solution

By on June 1, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

SanDisk may have just unveiled the perfect mobile storage solution

The USB Type-C port is an excellent innovation. It can deliver both power and high-speed data at the same time while letting device makers create even thinner laptops, tablets and smartphones. The port is already found on a variety of new gadgets, including the 12-inch Retina MacBook, a variety of Windows-based MacBook clones, and some of the hottest Android devices around.

But choosing USB-C devices also means you have to buy adapters or new gadgets that are fitted with these new connectors, including external storage solutions. Thankfully, SanDisk – well, Western Digital – is ready to save the day with a USB-C Dual Drive flash memory drive that can connect to a computer or smartphone via USB-C and USB 3.1. More →

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Facebook Listening iPhone Android

How to stop Facebook from using your iPhone or Android to listen to everything you say

By on June 1, 2016 at 3:40 PM.

How to stop Facebook from using your iPhone or Android to listen to everything you say

Yes, Facebook is listening in on the conversations you have when your phone is nearby and the app is open. It’s not for advertising purposes, the company claims. Instead, it simply wants to help you post easier and faster, about the kind of content you might be consuming, as Facebook is hunting for the background noise to identify TV shows or music.

Can it be stopped? Yes, it can. You can restrict Facebook’s access to the iPhone or Android device’s microphone in order to limit its reach. More →

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Google Maps ETA Sharing, Destination Shortcuts

A big Google Maps update is bringing two new features you’ve been waiting for

By on May 31, 2016 at 12:07 PM.

A big Google Maps update is bringing two new features you’ve been waiting for

While a whole bunch of Google services saw updates at Google I/O, Maps was almost entirely left out in the cold. But according to code inside the latest version of Google Maps for Android, some significant new features are on the way.

The folks at XDA Developers have dug through the latest APK for Android, and found some clues to upcoming features including two that we’ve been waiting for: live ETA sharing and destination shortcuts. There’s also a third new feature incoming, and it’s slightly creepy.

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Chromebook Android App Support

A list of every single Chromebook that’ll support Android apps this fall

By on May 27, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

A list of every single Chromebook that’ll support Android apps this fall

Chromebooks are already growing more popular with each passing quarter, having recently surpassed MacBook sales for the first time ever. These Chrome OS powered machines are already likely far more capable than you think, but their utility is about to increase exponentially. Beginning this fall Google’s Chrome platform will add support for Android apps, instantly giving users access to millions of new applications found in the Google Play store.

But not all Chromebook models will gain Android app support this fall. More →

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Oracle Google Android Verdict

How Google’s big court win just made history

By on May 27, 2016 at 7:30 AM.

How Google’s big court win just made history

A jury found that Google’s use of the Java programming language in Android is legal, in a patent battle that lasted some six years. Oracle, which owns Java, argued that Google stole code to build a mobile operating system that ended up being the most popular smartphone OS in the world. Google prevailed over Oracle in 2012, but a year later a court found that software APIs can be copyrighted, which meant Oracle could revive its legal battle against Android.

Google didn’t just save Android with this win, avoiding a huge financial hit in the process – a win for Oracle could have forced Google to cough up as much as $9 billion. The victory is also important for future patent battles that cover copyrightable software. More →

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Raspberry Pi 3 Android AOSP

$35 Raspberry Pi 3 might soon run Google’s Android

By on May 26, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

$35 Raspberry Pi 3 might soon run Google’s Android

Running Android on $35 Raspberry Pi 3 computers might soon happen, and not because a clever developer managed to come up with an Android build for the ultra-affordable computer. It’s Google that’s actively looking into turning Raspberry Pi computers into devices that can run Android. More →

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Android Updates: Verizon, Sprint

Google knows that Android’s update system sucks

By on May 25, 2016 at 10:10 PM.

Google knows that Android’s update system sucks

It has been long acknowledged in the tech industry that Android’s system of updates, which relies on phone manufacturers and carriers to roll out updates, sucks. Much as Google has long claimed that fragmentation isn’t a problem, having devices running tens of different versions is a giant headache for developers, and a boon for hackers.

As always, the first step on the road to recovery is acceptance, and according to Bloomberg, Google is getting there.

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YouTube Downloader Online

New free app and site makes watching online videos like regular TV channels

New free app and site makes watching online videos like regular TV channels

By on May 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

One of the many reasons cord cutting has grown so popular in recent years is the abundance of video content available online. It would take 1,000 lifetimes to watch all of the videos out there, and the amount of content continues to grow exponentially. But despite all of the great content that’s freely available, cord cutters continue to subscribe to pay services like Netflix and Hulu. One reason is obviously to gain access to their content, but there’s also another problem with sites like YouTube: It is becoming increasingly difficult to find good content.

A newly launched app and website is looking to tackle that problem by offering a curated viewing experience that delivers curated streams of continuous videos that are structured like traditional TV channels. More →

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