Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

With a substantial interest in the tablet market through its Kindle Fire range, it’s looking very much as though Amazon’s next objective will be to deliver its very own smartphone. Just last week, we heard reports that said device would feature a 3D display, and now, a bunch of intriguing details – including the handset’s supposed tech. specs – have just been leaked into the wild.

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With Google clearly feeling extremely confident about the future of Glass, and with a whole heap of new users likely to come on board, Google has announced that Glass Updates are back. Owners of the powerful Glass headset will be able to update its firmware later this week and receive a number of powerful updates that should boost the overall Glass experience for end-users.

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Google is apparently preparing to give its next major version of Android the iOS 7 treatment, with some cleaning up some of the visual elements offering a slicker-looking overall interface. Jony Ive and the software design team in Cupertino were radical in their redesign and ruthless in their disposal of skeuomorphism, and while it is not thought that Android 4.5 will be quite such a departure from the current configuration, the company is thought to be planning some notable aesthetic tweaks.

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Even though Samsung’s just-released Galaxy S5 will serve as the company’s biggest smartphone release of the year, it certainly won’t be its last, and as with every major Galaxy handset, we’re anticipating a slew of follow-up devices. The Galaxy S5 Zoom, which will likely include some major camera-centric features in order to serve the growing group of wannabe photographers, has been detailed in several leaks during the course of the past few weeks, and now, Samsung has sent out an invitation to an event on April 29th in Singapore that could well see the device finally showcased to the world.

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It’s an accepted fact that Apple changed the face of the smartphone industry with the introduction of the iPhone back in 2007, and even though it has only been seven years, it feels as though we’ve always been tapping home screen icons and gesturing our way through interfaces. Not only did the iPhone completely turn the market on its head, but Google’s in-development Android interface – which didn’t, at the time of the Apple smartphone’s announcement, support touch input – also had to be completely re-thought.

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In the earlier days of the modern smartphone, it was the new, casual games that really caught our attention, with the likes of Angry Birds and Cut the Rope really taking a stronghold. But as devices have improved considerably during the past few years, developers of famed PC and console apps have seen the mobile market as an important outlet, and joining the many classic titles to reach the mobile platforms, Age of Empires will soon be heading to the App Store, the Windows Phone Store, and Google’s Play Store.

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With Samsung’s Galaxy S5 now available to buy for many, much of the talk in reviews has been about how the company’s decision to stick with the tried and tested formula of its existing handsets has left the fifth generation Galaxy S lacking anything to get the pulse racing. That hasn’t stopped people flocking to buy the new handset though, with reports coming out of Korea stating that the Galaxy S5 has seen strong sales in the region.

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Google Glass is an exciting and developing product, but it does have its fair share of naysayers. One of the common critiques of the Big G’s face computer is that it’s ugly, and while you may disagree with this assessment, it’s fair to say that in a style-conscious society, Google will need to smarten up the current design. Having signed up a deal with Luxottica Group, the company behind Ray-Ban and Oakley, late last month, the search giant has outlined its intention to blend fashion with technology, and the concept below gives a very appealing, albeit idealistic idea of what said specs could look like.

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Whenever a new Android device surfaces, the first objective of the community is to gain root access, and that’s exactly what Chainfire has managed to achieve with Samsung’s forthcoming flagship, the Galaxy S5. Even though the handset itself is not scheduled to be released for two weeks, the Galaxy S5 has been successfully rooted, although at this point in time, only the International edition (SM-G900F) is supported.

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You can now download the latest version 4.6.16 of Google Play Store APK which brings with it a bunch of small changes and bug fixes that users have been facing for quite a while.

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Online retail giant Amazon is planning a smartphone later on this year packing a glasses-free 3D display, according to a new report that has surfaced. Apparently, the device will retail in September, with an announcement coming in June.

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Over a month ago at Mobile World Congress, Samsung took to the stage to make the highly anticipated announcement of their newest flagship for 2014. No surprises were presented when they officially revealed the Galaxy S5, successor to the popular Galaxy S4 and king of the most successful Android flagship series, the Galaxy S line. With the release of the new HTC One M8 – which has continued to boost HTC’s reputation amongst the tech community – Samsung has got a lot to accomplish with this phone.

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This past Monday will go down in the history of the Internet forever, since that was the day when the world came to know of the existence of the crucial security flaw in the OpenSSL library – a bug that allowed attackers to exploit any secure system and collect up to 64k of otherwise-considered-secure information from any server employing the vulnerable SSL protocol; a bug that was dubbed Heartbleed. The fix was released, and almost the entire Internet has patched its servers, but did you know that mobile devices could’ve been affected, too? Well, if you own an Android device, Lookout is here to save you!

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie is pretty much just around the corner, with the action film hitting the theatres on May 2. Tagging along is the mobile game with the same title, courtesy of Gameloft, to be released for the iPhone/iPad, Android and Windows Phone. Today, the game developer has released a new trailer for the upcoming title and given it a firm release date for all three platforms – April 17.

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Trials and lawsuits are always dirty affairs, since they bring out dirt that no one would want the world to find out. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), in the high-paced world of today, any information becomes public in a manner of seconds, and now, the Apple vs. Samsung patent trial has taken a rather dirty turn for the Korean company owing to the release of some confidential sales data that clearly indicates that Samsung fed false sales numbers to the media for its original Galaxy tablet, so that they tablet can be portrayed a true iPad killer, according to a new report.

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Samsung is definitely one of those manufacturers that like to tout and flout their masterpiece creations as much as they can, and if anything, their latest advertisement for the Galaxy S5 flagship Android smartphone is a testament to that. Released through the company’s YouTube channel, the ad highlights a lot of features of the new device that make it an absolute fit for pretty much anyone and everyone, and Samsung did so without basing Apple this time around.

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The Galaxy S5, which Samsung announced all the way back in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is finally upon us, and while many early adopters will be flocking to stores today in order to pick up their very own unit, many consumers remain undecided. Those in search of a high-end handset will likely be weighing their prospective Galaxy S5 purchase up against other devices on the market, such as Apple’s iPhone 5s, and to help ease the decision-making process, a new, real-world speed test has emerged that pits Samsung’s latest and greatest up against the coveted iPhone 5s.

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Samsung introduced the world to the extremely anticipated Galaxy S5 during this year’s Mobile World Congress in February. In the time that’s followed, Android loving consumers and industry analysts have been passionately discussing the device and debating whether or not its’ feature set is solid enough to make a serious dent at the top of the smartphone charts. Samsung themselves have even indicated that they need the Galaxy S5 to go down a storm to allow them to post bumper financial results. The roller coaster ride really beings now for Sammy, who have announced that the Galaxy S5 and accompanying Gear wearables have gone on sale in 125 countries worldwide.

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Google has just announced via the official Android blog that it is in the process of rolling out some additional security mechanisms to the world’s most popular mobile operating system. The blog post, which was written and published by an Android security engineer by the name of Rich Cannings, gives a brief overview on some of Android’s existing security based positives before continuing to announce that the newly added features will boost the already existing Verify Apps functionality in the going fight against malicious content.

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It’s relatively rare that a mobile game comes along and manages to generate as much excitement and pre-release hype that the Family Guy announcement managed last December. Sure, there’s been a string of extremely popular smash hit games that have immediately benefited from going viral and getting tons of downloads and success on the back of that. However, the Family Guy franchise is an existing household name that already boasts an animated TV series, along with a whole heap of official merchandise. Add to that a stunning, extremely fun and visually impressive mobile game that’s now available to download for iOS and Android.

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