Android N Wallpaper Preview

The best thing about Android N might be these stunning wallpapers

By on May 19, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

The best thing about Android N might be these stunning wallpapers

Android N won’t be released to the general public for a few months, but you don’t have to wait to get your hands on its new wallpapers. Official Android backdrops tend to be pretty good, but Google has outdone itself with the latest batch.

I know what you’re thinking: a couple new pictures, big deal! But you look at your wallpaper a couple hundred times a day, and pretty girls will judge you on your lock screen in bars (at least, I like to think so). Google’s four new Android N wallpapers, found by Android Police, are certainly worthy to grace your screen.

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Google Now Assistant Third Party Apps

A tiny detail in Google’s new Assistant will make apps a lot smarter

By on May 19, 2016 at 5:05 PM.

A tiny detail in Google’s new Assistant will make apps a lot smarter

Google is slowly building Her. In case you haven’t seen the 2013 sci-fi movie, it’s a disturbing love story about a regular guy falling for a voice-based operating system. And while Google is far from announcing a computer OS that’s able to respond via voice to all your queries and help out with day to day chores in intuitive ways in human-like fashion, it’s certainly laying the foundation for such a future.

One of the most important announcements coming out of Google I/O 2016 is the Google Assistant, an evolution of Google Now that’s going to offer even more advanced voice- and chat-based features. But Google is going a step beyond simply making Google Now an even more useful smartphone tool, by adding some of the Assistant’s smart features into other apps.

The company introduced new tools in developer sessions that will not only change the way we interact with our apps – by giving them Assistant-like powers – but also help save battery life, and streamline the performance of a phone. More →

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Android Pay ATM

You can now use your phone to get cash from ATMs

By on May 19, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

You can now use your phone to get cash from ATMs

There’s still a lot of places that can’t take mobile payments, but everyone likes cash. So it’s a big deal that starting today, select Bank of American ATMs will let you tap your Android phone to withdraw cash.

The program, named Cardless ATM, is rolling out to Bank of America ATMs in San Fransisco and Silicon Valley today, for a total of 2,400 ATMS. 5,000 machines nationwide should be enabled with the feature by the end of the year.  More →

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Android App Google Play Chrome OS

Google is bringing Android apps and the Google Play store to Chrome OS

By on May 19, 2016 at 2:54 PM.

Google is bringing Android apps and the Google Play store to Chrome OS

The keynote for Google I/O 2016 was jam-packed with exciting announcements and unexpected reveals, but even with two hours at their disposal, the executives and developers at Google still weren’t able to share everything.

One huge announcement that didn’t make the cut: Google Play and Android apps are coming to Chrome OS later this year.

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Nokia Android Smartphones Tablets

Nokia is back, and this time it’s making the Android phones we’ve always wanted

By on May 18, 2016 at 7:47 AM.

Nokia is back, and this time it’s making the Android phones we’ve always wanted

It took eons, but Nokia is finally making the Android phones we always hoped it would make. To get here, Nokia had to lose its grip on the mobile business, choose Windows Mobile as its only smartphone OS, and then sell its entire mobile division to Microsoft. But the American software giant was unable to make anything good come out of its Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone brands, turning the acquisition into a failure of epic proportions.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is selling its feature phone business to Foxconn. And Nokia is licensing its name, which it’s buying back from Microsoft, to a company that will work with the same Foxconn subsidiary to make feature phones, Android smartphones and Android tablets in the near future.

The point is, Nokia is finally making Android phones, even if it won’t actually build them More →

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iPhone Android PCM Memory IBM

IBM’s new tech might make the iPhone faster than ever

By on May 17, 2016 at 10:16 PM.

IBM’s new tech might make the iPhone faster than ever

Each iPhone Apple launches is faster than its predecessor thanks to both hardware and software innovations. The same goes for high-end Android devices, though in most comparison tests it’s always the latest iPhone that comes out on top. At the same time, mobile operating systems become more sophisticated every year, requiring software optimizations as well as faster chips, memory and storage so that advanced apps don’t hinder performance.

IBM might hold the key to making the iPhone even faster in the future, in addition to other mobile devices and computers, thanks to innovation surrounding optical storage that might revolutionize the industry. More →

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How To Save Money Fast

5 free apps that will help you hack your finances

5 free apps that will help you hack your finances

By on May 17, 2016 at 11:57 AM.

Saving money is difficult. There’s no other way to put it. Even people who live well within their means can never seem to save as much money as they’d like, and that’s before unplanned expenses enter the picture and throw us for a loop. For all the things we’re taught beginning at a young age in school, there’s never enough emphasis put on managing one’s finances, and what seem like small mistakes made at a young age and impact people’s lives years or even decades down the road.

Whether you’re young or old and whether you make $10,000 a year or $1,000,000 a year, there are always things you can do to save more money. More →

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ZTE Axon 7 Android Smartphone

ZTE’s upcoming flagship could make Samsung worried

By on May 13, 2016 at 11:30 PM.

ZTE’s upcoming flagship could make Samsung worried

ZTE’s first Axon smartphone was everything we’ve come to expect from China’s no-brand smartphone manufacturers: cheap, powerful, and basically boring. If these leaked specs are true (and the price stays close to $250), this could cause more problems for the status quo.

The specs come courtesy of Chinese telecom regulator TENAA, as spotted by VentureBeat. They’re exactly what you would expect from a $600 flagship Android handset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, 5.5-inch QHD screen, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (plus more through a microSD slot), a fingerprint sensor, and 20MP/8MP cameras for the rear and front respectively. Oh, and there’s a 3140mAh battery to power the show.

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Fake iPhone Android Vibration

Explained: Why you constantly hear phantom phone vibrations

By on May 12, 2016 at 7:07 PM.

Explained: Why you constantly hear phantom phone vibrations

Have you ever heard or maybe even felt a faint vibration in your pocket that seemed like your iPhone or Android phone was signaling an incoming text, only to pull it out and see that there’s nothing there? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one – and it’s perfectly natural. More →

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AOC Remix Android All-in-One

Meet the first all-in-one Windows-style desktop that runs Android

By on May 12, 2016 at 6:07 PM.

Meet the first all-in-one Windows-style desktop that runs Android

Hardcore Android fans already know what Jide is. It’s the company behind Remix OS, the Windows-style Android operating system that can be installed on any computer, regardless what OS it runs. In addition to offering its desktop Android reboot free of charge to anyone looking for Android on their computer, the company has introduced Remix OS devices of its own in the past. Now, Jide has partnered with AOC to launch a standalone all-in-one PC that runs Android out of the box. More →

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