Android L Source Code Download

You can now hack Android L

By on July 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

You can now hack Android L

Hackers, start your engines — Andorid L is ready to be picked apart and made even more awesome. Google has released the source code for its brand new mobile operating system, currently referred to as “Android L.” The Android L source code has been made available through the Android Open Source Project website for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 tablet (current-generation model and previous-generation model) and Nexus 10 tablet. More →

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Android Market Share

Android’s share of global mobile usage may soon top iOS for the first time ever

By on July 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Android’s share of global mobile usage may soon top iOS for the first time ever

In terms of monthly shipments, Android devices surpassed Apple’s iOS  lineup long ago. Apple executives and Apple bloggers repeatedly point to a different stat, however, that paints an interesting picture: Despite Android’s huge lead in terms of shipments, iOS remains the global leader in usage as measured by companies that monitor web traffic.

Unless the current trend is reversed in the next month or two, however, there will soon be a changing of the guard. More →

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USA Vs Belgium

How to stream the USA vs. Belgium World Cup match on any computer or phone for free

How to stream the USA vs. Belgium World Cup match on any computer or phone for free

By on July 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

It wasn’t exactly pretty and no firm statements were made last Thursday, but USA managed to advance to the round of 16 despite its 0-1 loss to Germany. The World Cup is really heating up now that we’re into the knockout stages of the tournament, and USA will need to beat Belgium on Tuesday if it hopes to keep chasing the cup. Oddsmakers have Belgium as the favorite but USA has stunned the world so far, having escaped the “group of death” that sports analysts gave the scrappy team almost no chance of advancing through. In other words, anything can happen.

Do you want to watch Tuesday’s huge USA vs. Belgium match but you don’t have access to a TV? Here, we’ll tell you how to stream all the action live to your computer, tablet or smartphone for free. More →

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Android Market Share 2014

Despite iPhone 6 hype, Android continues to dominate iOS market share

By on July 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM.

Despite iPhone 6 hype, Android continues to dominate iOS market share

It wasn’t long ago that Android overtook iOS as the most popular mobile platform in the United States, but as the release of Apple’s first large screen phone approaches, Android’s lead is beginning to look insurmountable. According to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Android now holds 61.9% of the U.S. market share to Apple’s 32.5%, the lowest percentage iOS has captured since the iPhone 4s launched in 2011. More →

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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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