Google Android EU Antitrust

European Union files formal antitrust complaint against Google’s Android

By on April 20, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

European Union files formal antitrust complaint against Google’s Android

We knew the European Union was looking into Google’s Android mobile operating system and the company’s business practices surrounding it, so it’s no surprise that the EU decided to file formal antitrust charges against Android. This isn’t the EU’s first probe into Google’s alleged antitrust practices, as a similar search-related investigation is also underway. But now, Google has to defend its decision to prioritize its services on Android OS, including online search.

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Smallest Android Phone Posh Mobile Micro X S240

Meet the world’s smallest Android phone

By on April 18, 2016 at 10:15 PM.

Meet the world’s smallest Android phone

These days, people love having phones with large displays, even though Apple’s new iPhone SE shows that there’s still a market for smaller phones. Even this new smaller iPhone looks positively huge compared to a new Android phone called the Posh Mobile Micro X S240. Unbox Therapy over the weekend got a first look at this tiny new Android phone, which features a 2.4-inch display, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, a dual-core processor, a two-megapixel rear-facing camera and Android 4.4 KitKat.

What, you didn’t think a smartphone this tiny would actually have high-end specs, did you? More →

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iPhone Android Chat Encrypted Apps

Just about anyone can read your private conversations if you use SMS

By on April 18, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

Just about anyone can read your private conversations if you use SMS

Are your iPhone or Android text messages secure? Can anyone intercept them and read their contents? These are questions not many smartphone users ask, but not all text apps offer bulletproof security. In fact, some means of communication offer practically no security at all. Some are better than others at guarding your personal data, whether it’s trivial talk about your favorite sports team, or sharing sensitive documents, pictures and personal data. In fact, some forms of chat are practically impossible to crack.

Meanwhile, if you want to make it as easy as possible for just about anyone to hack your messages and read your private conversations, SMS is definitely the way to go.

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Counter-Strike 1.6 Android Port

One of the most popular PC games of all time now runs on Android phones

By on April 18, 2016 at 6:25 PM.

One of the most popular PC games of all time now runs on Android phones

The average mobile game is never going to compare to a $60 console game, but as smartphones become increasingly powerful, the idea of bringing full-fledged gaming experiences to mobile platforms becomes more and more plausible.

To that end, mobile developer Alibek Omarev has rewritten the client for popular PC FPS Counter-Strike 1.6 to run on Android devices.

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Google Voice Access Download

The only way to get Google’s awesome new app that lets you control your phone by voice

The only way to get Google’s awesome new app that lets you control your phone by voice

By on April 18, 2016 at 10:02 AM.

Apple has always been a market leader when it comes to mobile accessibility features for people with disabilities. And of course as anyone who follows all of our coverage of cool hidden iPhone features knows, accessibility options also provide useful functionality to people without disabilities. While Apple is still the leader in this space, Google has made tremendous strides in recent years by adding new accessibility features with each Android release.

Unfortunately, Google’s best new accessibility app in a long time is currently a closed beta, and it’s no longer available to the general public — unless you’re reading this post, in which case we’ll show you how to get it right now. More →

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iPhone Android Smartphone Features

Think you know what people look for in a new smartphone? Think again

By on April 15, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

Think you know what people look for in a new smartphone? Think again

What’s the most important thing to consider when buying a smartphone? Is it the size? The hardware? The camera? A new survey revealed what smartphone buyers look at when purchasing a new iPhone or Android handset and the results are definitely interesting. More →

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No Smartphone For A Week

Can a millennial survive a week without his iPhone?

By on April 15, 2016 at 8:45 PM.

Can a millennial survive a week without his iPhone?

You might think that millennials couldn’t possibly survive a full week with their precious smartphones — and you might be right. But it turns out that trying to go without your phone for a week might be beneficial for smartphone users of all ages, and could help them draw some interesting conclusions about the world around them, and their safety. More →

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AMC Texting-Friendly Theaters

Worst idea ever? Texting will be officially allowed at the movies

By on April 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Worst idea ever? Texting will be officially allowed at the movies

I’ll admit right away that I do happen to read a text or two — and even reply to them — while at the movies. But I try to keep it to a minimum by screening everything through my Apple Watch beforehand. However, texting at the movies might become acceptable soon, at least in certain AMC Entertainment theaters in the U.S. More →

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iPhone Android Emoji Study

Texting with friends? Don’t use these confusing emoji

By on April 12, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

Texting with friends? Don’t use these confusing emoji

You might be using emoji on your iPhone or Android device a lot these days, but it turns out you probably don’t really understand what you’re sending to someone else. A new study shows that certain emoji images will be misunderstood by both senders receivers, as there’s no unified set of images across operating systems. Because images look different depending on what mobile device you’re using, they may trigger a positive or negative response, which can lead to unintended interpretations, conclusions, and results. More →

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iPhone SE Price Cost Android

Android vendors have another reason to fear the iPhone SE

By on April 5, 2016 at 5:10 PM.

Android vendors have another reason to fear the iPhone SE

Apple last week released the iPhone SE, which is largely an iPhone 6s that’s packed into a compact iPhone 5s design and that sports a price that’s characteristic to mid-range to high-end Android handsets. In other words, Apple finally delivered the one iPhone model many have asked for: an affordable yet powerful device that doesn’t have a huge screen.

But that’s not the only reason for Android device makers to worry. The iPhone SE spells trouble from a different point of view. More →

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WhatsApp Encryption iPhone Android

WhatsApp shows why the FBI’s fight against encryption is doomed

By on April 5, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

WhatsApp shows why the FBI’s fight against encryption is doomed

The FBI took on Apple and lost, but it’s still looking for ways to persuade tech companies to give it back doors to encrypted devices. However, the extra attention the encryption debate received in the past few weeks won’t work in the FBI’s favor. The most recent service to announce end-to-end encryption is WhatsApp, Facebook’s most popular messaging app. More →

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How to encrypt iPhone and Android, and why you should do it now

How to encrypt iPhone and Android, and why you should do it now

By on April 4, 2016 at 1:50 PM.

Apple’s fight with the FBI may be over for the time being, but this high-profile fight about user privacy and state security may have puzzled some smartphone users. When is an iPhone or Android device encrypted? And how does one go about securing the data on them?

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