Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

Samsung will admit that it has a lot of work to do in order to halt declining smartphone sales in what has been described as “an extremely competitive mobile market”. It’s highly likely that we will see the company introduce a number of new devices into the market in the coming months in an attempt to find something that sticks and resonates with consumers in the same way that its ‘S Series’ of devices have in recent years. The first of those new devices, the A3 and A5, fall under the speculated ‘A’ family of hardware and has now officially been introduced by the Korean giant, and takes a lot of design cues from the Galaxy Alpha.

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Things are definitely changing at Google, after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company’s former head of Android Andy Rubin is leaving the company.

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The Moto 360 is unquestionably among the best-looking smartwatches to have released so far, and Motorola will apparently be looking to capitalize on the finesse of its flagship wearable by releasing a gold edition. Nothing has been set in stone as yet, but as with so many unannounced tech devices and products, Amazon has leaked it early. As normally occurs when Amazon leaks stuff by accident, the listing has since been pulled, but regardless, we’ve as good as confirmation that a gold variant is in the offing.

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The movie industry has long been concerned about the issue regarding moviegoers recording a movie using a smartphone, camera or other device. Google Glass, unlike most other camera-equipped gadgets, could be used to record a movie quite unsuspectingly, and as such, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) – the body that represents the major studios – has made a move to completely ban Glass and similar forms of wearable tech in cinemas.

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With Apple touting HealthKit and Google also joining the fold with Google Fit, it was inevitable that Microsoft would join the fold at some point, and having taken the wraps off its fitness-related Microsoft Band wearable, the accompanying health and fitness platform – aptly named Microsoft Health – was also launched alongside the wrist worn gadget. Designed for the Microsoft Band, there’s an app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone right off the bat, and as ever, we’ve all of the details under one roof.

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Samsung had already warned that it wasn’t going to be announcing stellar profits this quarter, but having now announced the figures themselves it’s clear that things aren’t going according to plan for the company that was once basically printing money with each new Galaxy S smartphone release.

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The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus haven’t just been popular smartphones among critics and consumers, but in terms of sales, they’ve already broken all kinds of records. Rivaling vendors in the mobile industry have sought to counter, with Google having recently taken the wraps off the Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone, but the rampant success of the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus won’t have stung any competitor quite as severely as Samsung. The Korean outfit’s Note series, considered flagship alongside the Galaxy S line-up, has been a saving grace for fans of handsets with large displays, but even with the Galaxy Note 4 announcement being bolstered by the intriguing Galaxy Note Edge, there’s seemingly little that the Tizen maker can do to halt the dominance of its bitter rival.

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Project Ara may seem like a pipe dream to many, but since, development has notched up some pace. And now, a video has surfaced showing the device booting up into Android, adding more fuel to the project, ensuring that it’s still alive and kicking.

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In the run-up to the launch of the Apple Watch, many expected the wearable to be treated to the “iWatch” moniker, but while we now know this will not be the case, the owner of the iWatch trademark in Europe is looking to diversify its business to include – yep – smartwatches. Probendi, a company based in Ireland, trademarked the name some time ago, and while the software outfit has very little experience in terms of hardware, is planning on coming through with its very own smartwatch anyway.

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Hugo Barra is a well-known figure in the world of Android and smartphones. At the WSJD Live event today, Barra – the ex-VP of Android and current VP at Xiaomi – stated that the iPhone 6 is the most beautiful smartphone ever built. Google literally must have heard the violins screech.

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When we saw Apple roll out HealthKit with iOS 8, it was only inevitable that Google will soon counter with an answer. Google Fit for Android has been released and serves somewhat the same purpose as Apple’s HealthKit. Google Fit is the app that centralizes all your health goals and workout stats monitoring.

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All speculations have been finally laid to rest with Motorola finally announcing the DROID Turbo. As the name itself suggests, the device has the monstrous specs to keep up with the Turbo moniker, and as speculated earlier; pushes down the latest Moto X to a thing of the past.

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The popular iOS and Mac app djay 2 has has hit the Android platform. After almost four years of being offered as one of the best music mixing apps for users on iOS, the developers have finally released the app for Android users through the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore.

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Despite its purchase of image-sharing app Instagram a couple of years ago, Facebook remains dedicated to the task of encouraging users to upload their snaps onto the world’s foremost social network, and as per an official blog post, the company is now adding a couple of useful new features for this very purpose. Notably, the update is dedicated to making it easier and quicker to upload multiple photos on mobile, and with users also able to select the order of the album in swift fashion, should prove a very useful enhancement for rampant photo sharers on both iOS and Android.

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Carriers in South Korea have put Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-order estimates at 100,000 and above, which is almost three times more than the pre-orders collected for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4. With this happening on Samsung’s own turf, is Apple all set to increase its smartphone market share?

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To say the smartwatch market is amid something of a boom would be a great understatement. But while Apple Watch and Google’s Android Wear are both looking to take a considerable chunk of this new wearable category, it’s worth considering the strong fitness-related features that vendors are packing into these gadgets. Fitbit is a company that has been churning out fitness-tracking apps for a while now, but with the big companies likely to crowd the smaller names out, is in something of a battle to remain relevant. As such, Fitbit has introduced two new devices today; one fitness tracker, and further device resembling a smartwatch.

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Here’s a complete step by step tutorial on how to download and install Android 5.0 Lollipop on a Nexus 5 using Mac OS X.

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Here’s a complete and detailed visual comparison of Apple iOS 8 versus Google Android 5.0 Lollipop. Check out the screenshots after the jump.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Samsung Galaxy S5 gets an ETA, and it seems as though it will be hitting devices around the globe sooner than we expected.

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The team at Microsoft Garage just released three apps for Google’s Android platform. The ‘Next Lock Screen’, ‘Journeys and Notes’, and ‘Torque’ apps coming in from the team signify the direction that Microsoft Garage is taking, by letting employees create cross-platform apps in their spare time.

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