Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

It would appear that while the original Polaroid instant camera is long gone, the idea of being able to instantly print a physical copy of your photos is one that still appeals or, at least, that’s what the people behind Prynt will be hoping.

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The unveiling of Google Glass had split public opinion right down the middle when it was first introduced as a research project back just over two years ago. The intelligent, but relatively futuristic eyewear, which looks as though it has been ripped directly off the set of a Hollywood spy thriller, has been one of the primary focal points of Google’s Project X team for quite some time, but could that dedication to an actual consumer launch be waning? According to a new Reuters report, a number of developers and early Glass adopters are beginning to lose that initial excitement and interest in the product.

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Android’s latest mobile software, dubbed Lollipop, is, if you’ll excuse the terrible pun, the word on everybody’s lips right now, but despite the numerous features having been refined and deemed ready for prime time, the typically cumbersome roll-out has since ensued. If you’re an Android user, it’s very likely that you’ll be waiting a while before you can indulge in this new version 5.0, but if you happen to be in ownership of a Nexus, then you won’t be left hanging for quite as long. Indeed, along with the earlier release of factory images for a spate of Nexus smartphones and tablets, the system image for the Nexus 4 is now in the wild, and if you’re still in possession of this antiquated handset, then you can now… wait for it… get flashing!

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It would be interesting to see how many friendships WhatsApp has destroyed till now, because from today onwards, most who have not suffered the wrath of the infamous Read Receipts feature can remain safe, as the company is now giving an option to users to disable them for good.

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We regularly feature some great deals on apps here, and today’s pickings make for particularly happy reading if you happen to be running Google’s Android mobile operating system. For a very limited time, you can pluck a total of seventeen paid apps for no charge whatsoever, and if your home screen is feeling a little bereft of fresh content, here’s a prime opportunity for you to rectify the situation.

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Google may not be making a song and dance about it, but the search giant has quietly pushed its Project Tango Tablet Development Kit to the Play Store.

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The annual Pwn2Own competition, held at the PacSec conference in Tokyo, is now under way. The challenge, for those willing to undertake it, is to bypass security measures and exploit a device’s sandbox, with significant monetary gains to be made for the most complex, highly-rated hacks. We may only be at day one, but thus far, Pwn2Own has been an unqualified success for our hackers, with some of the most popular devices in the mobile industry having already been pwned.

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Samsung is making sure that Apple knows it’s not the only one in town when it comes to having people carrying around multiple devices with its logo on, and what better way to do that than to clone the features that let owners of iPhones, iPads and Macs sling data and app states across all three?

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Official Android 5.0 Lollipop final factory images for Nexus 5, 7 and 10 are now available to download. You can find the direct links right here.

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Google has just rolled out the new messaging app, first seen on the Nexus 6 running Android Lollipop, to the Play Store, meaning those rocking other Android devices can now indulge in this intriguing new application. Provided that your handset is running Android 4.1 or higher, it’ll be ready to run the nice-looking tool simply called Messenger, and as well as the download link, you’ll find all of the relevant details below.

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We recently saw Apple introduce iOS 8 to a whole host of compatible iPhone and iPad devices, and now it’s Android’s turn to take things to the next level. As we should all know by now, getting our hands on the latest and greatest version of the Android OS isn’t as simple as hitting Software Update and watching as the improvements download. Apple have the monopoly on that simplicity it seems. However, if you happen to be the proud owner of an unlocked, mid-range Motorola Moto G smartphone then you’ll be the first to officially get your hands on Android Lollipop.

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New leaks show what appears to be a vastly improved Android Wear companion app for Android, and carries Google’s new-found design language.

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The one long-standing criticism of Samsung’s powerhouse smartphone line has been about the plasticky, cheap build quality. Whilst the likes of the Apple iPhone and HTC’s One series have set the standard in this regard with some premium finishes, the Galaxy roster has been the subject of much debate. Sure, most power users are nonplussed about the outer shell, particularly when the likes of Apple and HTC are forced to cut corners and remove perceived necessities like a removable battery, but in recent times, the Korean company has expanded its horizons by offering handsets with metallic finishes. The Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are both products of this new initiative, but like many other metal-housed devices before them, the new duo is apparently afflicted with signal issues.

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Here’s how you can record and mirror your Android device’s screen on Android 5.0 Lollipop without root access.

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If you dig flat looking geometric designs, then these 141 Material Design inspired wallpapers are bound to make your day, and the best part is, you can use them on any device you might have.

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While Google is busy exploring different ideas in its lab, Android fans are taking the company’s open-source mobile OS to even crazier levels. Guess what? Your Android Wear smartwatch can run PlayStation One games. Read all about it after the jump.

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Android Lollipop is all the rage right now and the OS has not arrived on devices other than the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 as of yet. The wait and anticipation of the arrival of a magical update from manufacturers such as Samsung is producing more excitement every day. We now have a video that shows of the Samsung Galaxy S4 running Android 5.0 Lollipop, being compared to a similar device, but running Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

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It isn’t much of a surprise when camera units on some of the best Android phones out there are found to be taking photos that don’t do justice to the device. The Galaxy Note 4 unfortunately suffers from the same, but since it’s Android, performance and results are hardly ever constant.

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While we were focusing on and vouching for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 to be getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, the Galaxy S4 has jumped right in. The device has been seen running Android 5.0 with the new TouchWiz UI layered on top.

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And you thought Quad-HD resolution on mobile phones was truly overwhelming. Enter Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – which, according to reports, is rumored to come with a 5.9-inch display with an over-the-top crazy Ultra HD Super AMOLED display, also called the ‘4K’ resolution.

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