Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

We’ve already seen how Android can be run on a PC or Mac via the BlueStacks app, and with the official App Runtime for Chrome extension having recently brought this power to Chrome OS, we got a glimpse into a future where the search giant’s mobile and desktop operating systems join forces. The fact that it was limited to Chrome OS and only worked with certain apps was a bit of a bummer, mind, and so it has taken the dogged work of a hacker to give App Runtime for Chrome its customary license to roam. Thanks to the endeavors of this one individual, Android can now essentially be run on any desktop OS where the Chrome browser is present, and although it’s a little rough around the edges, it’s nonetheless very exciting.

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It was offered by a number of analysts even prior to the iPhone 6′s release that Apple’s decision to enlarge the display would not only prompt a record number of upgrades – which pre-order numbers appear to back up – but that also, Android users would switch in their droves. Given that the general sale has yet to commence throughout the world as yet, it’s hard to make any definitive judgments, but according to one report, quite a few Droidsters have ditched Google’s platform for the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus on iOS 8.

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The Pebble smartwatch, which generated a colossal amount of hype when it emerged on Kickstarter, has essentially kick-started the market for wrist-worn gadgetry, and while the team behind this wondrously successful device have worked tirelessly in updating and improving it, there’s also a feeling that Android Wear and the new Apple Watch range will be too much for an outfit like Pebble to compete with. Nevertheless, the Pebble is still in a very strong position all told, and today, has pushed a significant firmware update that includes a myriad of features. Details, as ever, can be seen after the fold.

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Want to permanently SIM unlock your HTC One M8 Android smartphone and use any SIM card with it? Here’s a complete step by step tutorial on how to do so.

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It was suggested in the build-up to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, particularly by analysts, that Apple’s decision to increase the display real estate would prompt a surge in upgrades. The same reports also indicated that hordes of Android users would jump ship, and the 4+ million pre-orders of the Cupertino company’s latest smartphone would appear to corroborate this notion. While, for existing iPhone users, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will seem familiar for the most part, those making the leap from Android mightn’t be as seamless, and so, rather nobly, Apple has prepped a guide on how those switching allegiances can do so painlessly.

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How would you feel about one single keyboard accessory that works with your smartphone or tablet, regardless of the platform that powers it? Microsoft has today introduced its new “Universal Mobile Keyboard” that can function with Apple iPads, iPhones, Android powered smartphones and tablets as well as all Windows based tablets that contain Bluetooth Human Interface Device support (HID) and are 10mm or thinner.

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The only surprise about the Chinese designed and manufactured Sophone i6 is that it’s taken exactly a week after Apple’s media event to get into the public eye. The Chinese smartphone industry has a reputation for being quick off the mark when it comes to producing copies of leading industry devices, so it’s no surprise that this unapologetic iPhone 6 clone is now available. We can only imagine that the manufacturers behind the Sophone are the first in what will be a long line of Chinese companies to produce a similar offering in the coming weeks.

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YouTube has just announced that it will be making some changes to how users can interact with video content in the next few weeks on Android, but only for users in India. As part of the improvement process, YouTube will afford Indian media lovers with the ability to download and save videos to view offline, meaning they can be viewed anytime without an active Wi-Fi or cellular data connection.

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Samsung may have taken the earliest possible opportunity to mock Apple’s latest iPhone – and let’s be honest here, we wouldn’t expect anything less from the maker of the Galaxy Series of devices – but it seems that the unveiling of the iPhone 6 may be adversely affecting the Korean company in a way they’d never care to admit. In the aftermath of Tuesday’s media event at the Flint Center, buyback service Gazelle are reporting that requests for Samsung hardware trade-ins were up over 200% as consumers look to free up some financial capacity to purchase the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus when it hits the shelves.

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Viber, a fierce rival to Skype in the world of VoIP, has just added a neat video calling feature to its mobile apps’ repertoires, and not before time. Having remained a voice calling and instant-messaging service for a number of years on mobile, it’s now adding what most would see as a fairly necessary, if not critical feature, and with both the iOS and Android apps having been updated and rolled out simultaneously, we’ve got the details and download links right here.

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Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 6 Plus is not only significant in that it’s a great deal larger than any smartphone the company has created before, but it also drafts the Cupertino company into the realm of the “phablet.” A term derived from the combination of phone and tablet, these large handsets have taken the smartphone world by storm over the past few years, and while Samsung’s Galaxy Note was the originator of this niche market, it now shares this space with several rivaling vendors. Below, you can take a look at how the iPhone 6 Plus stands up – in terms of size and specs, both – against the also-new Galaxy Note 4, Nokia’s Lumia 1520 and LG’s mammoth G3.

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Google is constantly updating its mobile software, and while most of the alterations and new features are clearly outlined in the change log, other neat little quirks slip through the net. One particular recent addition to the fold arrives in the form of Display Owner Info which, as the name implies, allows you to display your name and contact details on the lock screen. This is particularly useful if you happen to misplace your device, and given that it only takes ten seconds to set up, is the kind of feature that everybody should be activating.

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Logitech is one of Apple’s official accessory partners, and invests a great amount of its developmental man-power in creating some exciting new products. But aside from dreaming up some wondrous gadgets for devices bearing the Apple logo, it also caters to the wider market in general, allowing those on Android and Windows Phone to reap the benefits of its creations. In the latest, it has unleashed a quirky new keyboard capable of docking a smartphone and tablet at the same time, and with a very agreeable price tag to boot, it’s the perfect all-in-one solution for traditional typists.

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Facebook’s decision to decouple its Messenger app from Facebook proper has caused much upset amongst those that rely on the feature in order to keep in touch with people. We found that our use of Facebook Messenger increased once the decoupling took place, but it seems we’re in the minority.

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Google’s Project Glass has been in the works for years now, and since the initial dev roll-out back in 2013, generated quite a significant amount of interest in tech circles. First it was a closed beta available to selected creatives and developers, before eventually becoming an invitation-only enterprise. This year, the Explorer Edition relaxed the invitation system, making the gadget available in the UK and US to the masses, and now, finally, the head-mounted gadget is available at the Play Store with all of those lovely accessories to boot.

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Samsung once again took to the stage at IFA to announce the latest addition to its famed Galaxy Note series earlier this week, and as we continue to digest the multitude of new features introduced with the Galaxy Note 4, the new lock screen and home screen wallpaper is already available to download. Seeing as they’re essentially just images, you can download and use them on any smartphone, and thanks to the incredibly high resolution of the device, you’ll be able to get away with it on most tablets as well.

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Motorola’s heavily-lauded Moto 360 smartwatch has just gone on general sale in the United States at the cost of $250, and with similar roll-outs in the UK and Canada to follow, there’s a strong feeling that this wearable will establish an early sales lead over the rest of the field.

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Motorola has just taken the wraps off the Moto G (2nd Gen.) smartphone at a special Chicago event to coincide with Berlin’s IFA trade show, and as anticipated, it offers yet more decent smartphoning at low cost while also improving the display. Below, we’ll be running through the specs.

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When Google acquired Motorola Mobility a couple of years back, we expected a lot of good to come from the deal, especially for the consumers. Over the course of time, we saw some of those expectations turn to reality as well, in the form of the Moto X and Moto G smartphones – devices that offered high-end specs in relatively low costs, with a pleasant experience overall. Today, we have another offering from the Chicago based company with the name of Moto X (2nd Gen.). Nope, it’s not the old Moto X; it’s the new Moto X for which Motorola has essentially decided to keep the naming convention same (or take a leaf out of Apple’s and HTC’s books).

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It’s widely accepted that while Sony’s unveiling of the QX lens camera attachments for smartphones last year was a novel idea, the execution was far from ideal. Poor, sluggish functionality were the general quibbles with what might have been a game-changer, but to its credit, the company is back with a couple of new ideas and new products that encompass said ideas.

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