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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Smartphone Tripod DIY

How to take infinitely better smartphone photos in 5 minutes for $15

By on March 27, 2014 at 10:54 AM.

How to take infinitely better smartphone photos in 5 minutes for $15

Over the past few years, cameras on modern smartphones have become shockingly impressive. Well, some of them have, at least. Gone are the days of having to carry a cell phone and a separate compact digital camera, since the photos captured by many high-end smartphones like the iPhone 5s, Samsung phones and Nokia phones are nearly as good as images taken with point-and-shoot cameras. In fact, some smartphone cameras are even better than many dedicated cameras. As good as these mobile camera have gotten, though, they all have one fatal flaw: You’re the one taking the pictures. More →

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Leef Access MicroSD Dongle for Android

This tiny dongle can solve your Android storage worries

By on March 27, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

This tiny dongle can solve your Android storage worries

Leef on Wednesday announced a new accessory for Android smartphones and tablets that can help users solve any storage-related issues, especially for devices that don’t have a microSD slot that would offer support for storage expansion. The Leef Access is a tiny dongle that can extend the memory available on Android devices by supporting additional microSD cards. The device plugs directly into a microUSB port and it’s just 9mm thick, which means it won’t be extremely bulky compared to the mobile device it connects to.

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Portal Android Game Launch

Android scores an awesome game before iOS for a change

By on March 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Android scores an awesome game before iOS for a change

In most cases, popular mobile games hit Android only after they have been launched in the App Store, but that won’t be the case with a special version of Portal that’s apparently been developed for NVIDIA’s Android-based Shield console. The company announced that it’s working with Valve to bring the critically acclaimed PC game to Shield fans, although it’s not clear when the game will launch or how much it will cost.

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Google Android Security Flaws

Google is reportedly cleaning up Android’s security flaws for a major push into the workforce

By on March 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM.

Google is reportedly cleaning up Android’s security flaws for a major push into the workforce

Is Google finally getting ready to take enterprise customers’ concerns about Android security seriously? Two unnamed sources tell The Information that Google is planning a major push to bring Android-based devices into the enterprise in part as a way to counter Samsung’s efforts to make Android more enterprise-friendly with its Knox suite of mobile security services and to make sure it keeps Apple’s own enterprise ambitions in check. Enterprise security has typically not been a major focus for Google, which has in the past been just happy to get Android devices into as many hands as it can so more people will use its popular services such as Gmail and Maps. The Information also says that Google’s new initiative will be a help to both Lenovo and HP, two traditional PC manufacturers with strong histories of selling computers to businesses that are now working on making more Android-based tablets and smartphones.

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Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Release Date

Android 4.4.3 KitKat update reportedly coming soon

By on March 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat update reportedly coming soon

After a never-before-seen version of KitKat has been spotted a few days ago – version KTU65 – suggesting that Google may release at least one more KitKat update before moving to a new Android OS version, a new tweet from known developer LlabTooFeR says that Android 4.4.3 may be just around the corner, with version KTU72B identified as the upcoming software update.

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iTunes Android App Launch

Apple might make Android fans happy after all

By on March 24, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Apple might make Android fans happy after all

Apple is apparently working on various music-related products meant to counter the effect of dropping download sales, with the company currently being rumored to consider both launching a Spotify-like service, but also a standalone iTunes application for Android. Billboard reports that Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about launching such services, although nothing is official just yet. More →

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White House BlackBerry vs Android

Even the White House may drop BlackBerry for Android

By on March 21, 2014 at 1:54 PM.

Even the White House may drop BlackBerry for Android

In addition to not doing too well in the consumer market, BlackBerry may be in danger of losing some precious business and government contracts in the future. One of BlackBerry’s most faithful customers is exploring other options, The Wall Street Journal reports, with Android smartphones from Samsung and LG being currently tested by the White House’s internal technology team and the White House Communication Agency, which is a military unit in charge of the President’s communications. More →

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