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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Android Immersive Mode

How to force Android apps into Google’s awesome new ‘immersive mode’

By on March 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM.

How to force Android apps into Google’s awesome new ‘immersive mode’

Android 4.4 KitKat introduced a number of great new optimizations and features. While only a small percentage of Android devices currently run the latest version of Google’s Android software, the number is growing every day. For those who do have access to KitKat, one of the coolest new features is immersive mode, which hides a device’s on-screen buttons and notification bar so that app content is given as much canvas as possible, with all distractions eliminated. Unfortunately, not all apps that might make great use of this new feature have it enabled.

As is often the case with Android, however, there are ways of tweaking your device so that any app can be used in immersive mode. More →

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Google Now Voice Commands for Camera

You can now tell Google to take pictures for you

By on March 20, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

You can now tell Google to take pictures for you

Google on Wednesday updated its Google Search / Google Now app for Android with new voice commands that will supposedly let users take pictures and record videos even faster. Instead of looking for the camera app, users will be able to say one of the two new commands, including “Ok Google, take a photo,” and “Ok Google, take a video,” to quickly launch the appropriate camera mode. More →

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Speed Up Android

Here’s how to give your Android phone a huge speed boost, just like Apple sped up iOS 7.1

Here’s how to give your Android phone a huge speed boost, just like Apple sped up iOS 7.1

By on March 19, 2014 at 10:04 AM.

Apple released its eagerly anticipated iOS 7.1 update last week and while the new software added a bunch of great new features and cleaned up a few annoying bugs, there is one thing in particular that stands out as the best thing about iOS 7.1: the speed improvements. Apple’s new iOS 7.1 software is incredibly fast on iPhones and iPads, and the difference completely changes the user experience for the better. But why should iPhone users have all the fun?

With a few simple adjustments to three settings, you can enjoy the same great speed improvements on your Android smartphone or tablet. More →

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Android Wear How It Works

Video: Here’s how Android Wear actually works

By on March 19, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

Video: Here’s how Android Wear actually works

Google on Tuesday unveiled Android Wear, a clear sign that wearable devices are very important for the company, and that it certainly wants smartwatch designers to first consider Android than anything else when creating new devices. The company has already made available several Android Wear resources for interested developers and OEMs, including videos that describe how an Android Wear watch should work, and what smartwatch-optimized apps should look like. More →

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Amazon 'Fire' Set-Top Box Release Date

Amazon will again fork Android for its Chromecast rival

By on March 18, 2014 at 5:58 PM.

Amazon will again fork Android for its Chromecast rival

Not only will the Amazon “set-top box” look more like a Google Chromecast than an Apple TV, but the device will actually run a version of Android just like Amazon’s tablets when it launches early next month, The Wall Street Journal has learned. Furthermore, the device will carry the “Fire” name the company also uses for its Kindle tablets, although it’s not clear whether that’s the complete name for the device. More →

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Amazon Android Smartphone Release Date

Amazon’s exciting new 3D smartphone is reportedly launching this year

By on March 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

Amazon’s exciting new 3D smartphone is reportedly launching this year

Amazon has been rumored to be prepping an Android smartphone of its own since 2011, but the company has not released such a device in spite of numerous reports that suggested the phone was imminent. However, the company may finally launch its first smartphone later this year, Digitimes claims, as “supply chain is starting to prepare smartphone component orders for Amazon, for a device set to release in 2014.” More →

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iOS Android Multiplayer Games Support

Google wants iOS and Android fans to play nice with each other

By on March 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM.

Google wants iOS and Android fans to play nice with each other

Google is going to announce new features for its Google Play game services engine that will let iOS and Android users actually play together in turn-based and real-time games,  The Verge reports. Although iOS and Android developers will need to include such features in their existing and upcoming games to ensure compatibility, it looks like Google is going a long way toward making gaming between the two platforms easier than ever. More →

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Android Future Features Radial Menu

Google’s seriously cool new Android radial menu design revealed

By on March 17, 2014 at 1:49 PM.

Google’s seriously cool new Android radial menu design revealed

We’ve seen designs for radial menus in Android before but they’ve never looked this cool or this detailed. Patent Bolt has spotted a recently published Google patent that shows how Google might take its previous radial menu designs to another level by adding sub-menus that branch out from the basic radial menu options. More →

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