Android L Features: Nexus 10 Log

New Android 5.0 leak reveals potential new features

By on June 25, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

New Android 5.0 leak reveals potential new features

Google has already been confirmed to unveil its next major Android OS update at Google I/O later today, but a first Android L change log has already been found on Google’s Chrome issue tracker, where it was hiding in plain sight since May 7. Tutto Android, which stumbled on the log that has almost 100,000 lines of code, listed several potential new features that Android L may bring. More →

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Flappy Bird Clones Malware

80% of Flappy Bird clones on Android and iOS contain malware

By on June 24, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

80% of Flappy Bird clones on Android and iOS contain malware

As if the Flappy Bird phenomenon wasn’t infectious enough to begin with, the torrent of clones that followed the app’s release might be leading to an even bigger problem. USA Today shares the data from McAfee Labs’ latest Threat Report, which sampled over 300 of the Flappy Bird clones on the App Store and Google Play only to find that 238 or “almost 80% of them contained malware.” More →

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Pichai Samsung and Rubin Stories

The inside story of how Google rescued Android from Samsung’s Magazine UX

By on June 24, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

The inside story of how Google rescued Android from Samsung’s Magazine UX

Google is getting ready for its I/O developers event that kicks off on Wednesday and Sundar Pichai has been designated as the “master of ceremonies and Google’s public face,” according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The publication has published an extensive profile of Pichai, a very important Google executive who’s currently shaping the future of Android, Chrome and other Google products. In the process, Bloomberg revealed previously unknown details about Google’s relationship with Samsung and the reason Andy Rubin was forced out of Android. More →

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Android 4.5 Google I/O Launch

It’s confirmed: The next major version of Android will launch at Google I/O this week

By on June 24, 2014 at 2:03 PM.

It’s confirmed: The next major version of Android will launch at Google I/O this week

Google doesn’t always launch major new versions of Android at Google I/O but we now have confirmation that it’s going to do so this year. In a long profile of Google Android boss Sundar Pichai at Bloomberg Businessweek, the publication reveals toward the very end of the piece that Pichai “will preview the next [Android] release (Lollipop? Lemonhead?) for the first time at I/O rather than waiting until the fall.” Last year we had to wait until the fall to get our first look at Android 4.4 KitKat but Pichai explains to Bloomberg Businessweek that the company has decided to push things up this year because “I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner.” We’ll be here to bring you all the latest news on Android and other exciting Google announcements when Google I/O kicks off Wednesday afternoon.

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Google Android L Screenshots

Google accidentally posts screenshots from its next major Android release

By on June 24, 2014 at 11:34 AM.

Google accidentally posts screenshots from its next major Android release

Google mistakenly posted an issue on the Chromium issue tracker that included images believed to be from a device running an unreleased build of the company’s Android operating system – or “Android L,” as it is often called since it will be named after a dessert beginning with the letter “L.” The images were quickly discovered and posted on Reddit, xda-developers reveals, although the original page was removed since. More →

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Google IO 2014 Preview

The truth about Google and evil

The truth about Google and evil

By on June 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM.

Last year’s annual Google I/O conference opened with a painfully long keynote presentation capped off by a wonderfully moving speech from CEO Larry Page, and an open question and answer session with developers in the audience. It was fantastic.

With his voice hoarse from vocal cord nerve strain, Page bared all while discussing Google, its rivals and technology’s role in society. Saddened by the state of the industry, Page spoke with passion and pleaded with the audience and Silicon Valley. “Most important things are not zero sum,” he said while on stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. “We should be building great things that don’t exist.”

“Technology should do the hard work so people can get on doing the things that make them happiest in life,” Page said. And he meant it. Anyone watching Google’s chief executive would have found it impossible to deny that Page was speaking from the heart. Google wants to build things that make all our lives easier. It wants to drive innovation. It wants to make the world a better place.

But Google’s motives aren’t always pure. More →

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Aviate Download

One of the best free Android launchers on the planet is now available to everyone

By on June 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

One of the best free Android launchers on the planet is now available to everyone

Back in mid-February — on Valentine’s Day, in fact — I included Aviate in a collection of 5 great Android apps that can do amazing things the iPhone cannot. The app was using a queue system for new users, and it often took more than a week for new accounts to be activated. Receiving an invite from an existing Aviate user would bypass the queue and give users instant access, and I mentioned in my coverage that I had a few invites left.

Four months later, people still contact me almost every day looking for invites — that’s how hot Aviate is among Android users. And now, Yahoo-owned Aviate has finally opened up the app so that anyone can begin using it as soon as they download it. More →

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Android L Features: 64-bit Support

Major feature confirmed for the next big Android release

By on June 23, 2014 at 1:05 PM.

Major feature confirmed for the next big Android release

After recent changes in Android Open Source Platform code recently revealed that Google’s next major Android update will replace the Dalvik runtime with ART, xda-developers has discovered new information about the next version of Android that might be announced at Google I/O this week. According to recent merges in the AOSP master branch, the latest version of Android will come with 64-bit support. More →

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LyveHome Review iOS Android

LyveHome review

By on June 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM.

LyveHome review

There are more photos that have been taken in the last twelve months than every photograph taken from the beginning of time up until then put together. But no one has truly solved the problem of photo organization, backups and protection, at least not in a fun and easy way. Lyve aims to do this with both hardware and software, and the company recently sent us its new flagship product to test. Has Lyve finally cracked this important problem and launched a product that’s both simple and reliable? More →

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Google Play Android Apps Security Flaw

Surprise: It turns out there’s a potentially huge security flaw in Android’s app store

By on June 20, 2014 at 9:34 AM.

Surprise: It turns out there’s a potentially huge security flaw in Android’s app store

While many argue that Google’s Android malware isn’t a real problem, the fact still remains that apps with malicious capabilities are constantly being discovered. This problem is especially serious in third-party app stores, but it also exists in Google Play, where issues such as the recent app permission change might let developers silently add malicious features to their apps without the user knowing.

On top of that, a new research paper details an even more serious security flaw in Google Play that can be used to expose personal details of users, even if they aren’t using an app. More →

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Kill Switch for Android and Windows Phone

Major new security feature coming in next Android and Windows Phone versions

By on June 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Major new security feature coming in next Android and Windows Phone versions

In addition to replacing Dalvik with ART, which should bring performance improvements and better battery life, the next Android version has apparently been confirmed to feature a new significant security feature that will help users better protect their data when losing their devices, and especially when having them stolen. The same feature is coming to Windows Phone handsets as well. More →

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Google Stock Email App Released

Now you have an easy way to make your Android phone’s email better than ever

By on June 19, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

Now you have an easy way to make your Android phone’s email better than ever

Do you wish you had an easy way to quickly access all of your email accounts on your Android phone in one place, whether they’re Gmail, Outlook or Yahoo? Well you’re in luck — Google has now made the stock Email application that you find on its own Nexus phones available to download for free. The app supports all IMAP, POP3 and Exchange accounts, so it’s a great way for you to get all your emails on your phone without having to log into separate web portals or use separate apps. You can download the app from Google Play right now, although it won’t work on the HTC One (M7) or the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition.

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