iPhone 7 Vs. Android

Android user switches to iPhone 7 from pure Android and has some surprising opinions

September 19th at 4:12 PM

Android user switches to iPhone 7 from pure Android and has some surprising opinions

One of the reasons why analysts are so quick to call new iPhone releases boring is because they often look at a new device from the perspective of someone who already the owns previous model. So when the iPhone 6S was released, for example, and everyone said that it didn’t really bring anything new to the table, most analysts overlooked the fact that most buyers were coming over from the 5S. That being the case, most iPhone 6S buyers did find the device to be a compelling upgrade.

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Pokemon Go Buddy Update Download

Pokemon Go: Buddy update now available to download on iOS and Android

September 13th at 3:28 PM

Pokemon Go: Buddy update now available to download on iOS and Android

Just over a week after Niantic revealed that Buddy Pokemon would be making their way to Pokemon Go, the update has finally begun to roll out for all iOS and Android users. Niantic actually said that the app was “in the process of being updated” over the weekend, but the update didn’t appear on the App Store and Google Play for a vast majority of players until Tuesday afternoon.

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Animal Crossing Fire Emblem iOS Android Delayed

Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem mobile games delayed to make room for ‘Super Mario Run’

September 8th at 9:00 PM

Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem mobile games delayed to make room for ‘Super Mario Run’

After originally planning to launch mobile games featuring characters from both the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises this fall, Nintendo has announced that both titles have been delayed into next year.

In a press release sent out shortly after Shigeru Miyamoto appeared on stage at the Apple event to unveil Super Mario Run, Nintendo confirmed that the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem mobile games are now scheduled to launch by March 2017, which marks the end of the company’s fiscal year.

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Galaxy S8 Features Android Windows

The Galaxy S8’s hottest feature might be a new operating system

September 8th at 4:27 PM

The Galaxy S8’s hottest feature might be a new operating system

We now interrupt your regularly scheduled iPhone 7 news to check out what the competition is working on. Apple just unveiled its best iPhone yet, which will put pressure on Samsung and everyone else to come up with even better devices. The next-gen Galaxy S model launching in early 2017 is obviously one of the handsets meant to combat the iPhone 7, and the device might just ship with a new feature that’s quite unexpected. More →

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Google’s Pixel phones will run a brand new Android version that hasn’t even been announced

Google’s Pixel phones will run a brand new Android version that hasn’t even been announced

September 6th at 1:57 PM

Google is expected to release two new HTC-built smartphones later this year, the Pixel and Pixel XL. Although Google has long used its Nexus brand to debut new versions of Android, the two new devices this year are rumored to ship with something even newer than Google’s delicious Android 7.0 Nougat.

Twitter leaker and Android developer LlabTooFeR claims that the Pixel and Pixel XL will come with Android 7.1, meaning that there’s a good chance we’ll never see brand new phones running the just-announced version of Google’s new OS.

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Google Play Store Android Malware

Brand new malware discovered in Android apps on the Google Play store

September 2nd at 7:00 PM

Brand new malware discovered in Android apps on the Google Play store

Some people dismiss the threat that malware poses in the Android world, but the problem is still real. Individuals with malicious intent will always target the most popular operating systems, and Android is one of them. A new report details a troubling new malware strain that has been found in the wild, and this time around it wasn’t discovered just in shady third-party app stores. It was also found in apps approved in the Google Play store in spite of Google’s various protections.

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iPhone Vs Android

Yet another reason the iPhone is superior to Android

September 2nd at 1:38 PM

Yet another reason the iPhone is superior to Android

Despite Google’s best efforts, device fragmentation remains an ongoing and frustrating problem for Android users. So while Google may be understandably boasting about the benefits and perks of Android 7.0 Nougat, the reality is that many Android users will be left out in the cold with no ability to upgrade whatsoever.

According to a recent report from Ars Technica, Android devices that employ either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 or 801 processor cannot be upgraded to Nougat. To put it mildly, this has far-reaching ramifications because “those two chips powered practically every single Android flagship sold from late 2013 until late 2014, and a few more recent devices to boot.”

Now it’s one thing for some cheap off-the shelf Android handset to be stuck with an antiquated mobile OS, but when Android flagships can’t even get in on the upgrade action, well, that’s got to be extremely frustrating for users who might reasonably expect device support for a few years.

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Augmented Reality Apps

Hot new app uses augmented reality to bring concerts to your living room

Hot new app uses augmented reality to bring concerts to your living room

September 1st at 3:45 PM

A startup team based in Ireland that includes some ex-musicians and fans of the potential inherent in augmented reality is building a company to essentially prove what Shakespeare wrote about all the world being a stage.

Firstage is the name of the company. Its app, currently in beta but available to download now on iOS and Android, lets musicians broadcast a kind of mini-gig, well, pretty much anywhere. More →

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Best Messaging Apps iPhone

Interview: Meet Yubl, the hot new messaging app you’ve never heard of

Interview: Meet Yubl, the hot new messaging app you’ve never heard of

August 31st at 2:05 PM

Time was, companies big and small were scrambling to launch new social networks. Back when people still talked with a straight face about dislodging Facebook from its spot atop the social food chain, and as a result we got everything from Ello to Google+ that promised us better experiences — better, of course, in comparison to a certain familiar blue app.

Never mind how that did or didn’t work out. The mad dash, these days, is for a much narrower prize. From Facebook to Snapchat to much smaller and lesser known entrants, the latest social gold rush is the battle to own user messaging. “Messaging apps are now bigger than social networks,” announced a Business Insider headline from earlier this summer. That’s the backdrop against which Apple is reportedly going to give social another go via a social app focused around the camera which it may have in the works.

And it’s why Yubl, a startup from the UK which launched earlier this year, is racing to add new features to its messaging app of the same name — and to bring it to a growing number of countries, including the U.S. in 2017. More →

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Android Nougat Features

Simple free app enables Android 7.0’s hidden Night Mode

August 26th at 6:00 PM

Simple free app enables Android 7.0’s hidden Night Mode

Truth be told, no one really knows whether or not features like “Night Mode” actually help you sleep better at night. Although the jury is still out, there’s no question that reducing the amount of blue light cast be your smartphone’s display is easier on the eyes in the dark. Apple introduced its “Night Shift” feature in iOS 9, allowing users to automatically or manually cut out a configurable amount of blue light from their screens. Google’s newly released Android 7.0 Nougat operating system has a similar feature baked in, but for some reason Google decided to keep the feature hidden in its new release.

Of course, you knew that third-party developers Android developers wouldn’t let this sweet new feature stay hidden for long. More →

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Google Duo Android Installs

Is Android malware more popular than Google’s own app?

August 25th at 4:50 PM

Is Android malware more popular than Google’s own app?

How can I compare the popularity of Google’s recently launched Duo video chat app to Android malware apps that many consider not to be a thing? That’s preposterous, heresy even. But I’m just going to show how much our perception is altered when talking about market share in the mobile business using Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai as a benchmark. More →

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iPhone Vs Android

New study finds iPhones fail far more often than Android phones

New study finds iPhones fail far more often than Android phones

August 25th at 8:35 AM

Apple customers are generally a shockingly loyal bunch. The company’s high repeat customer rate can be attributed to a combination of factors that concern iPhones themselves as well as Apple’s industry-leading customer service. Dealing with Apple’s customer care department has always been a pleasure compared to dealing with rival companies, and iPhones themselves have historically been very reliable, offering a consistently smooth user experience that people love.

But now, a new study suggests that things may be changing for the worse where the iPhone user experience is concerned. More →

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