Google has yet to roll out its Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, which is believed to bring various bug fixes and improvements, but a leaked screenshot seems to indicate that at least one major new feature may also be part of the upcoming software update. According to an image posted on the xda-developers forum, the Google Dialer is getting a completely new look. The Android 4.4.3 Dialer app features a series of cards for each contact instead of a list. The cards have a colored background with the first initial of the name placed on them, but they can apparently also show a picture of the contact when one is assigned to it. Other elements in the screenshot include the top search bar and
Right on the heels of another successful quarter for Apple, J.D. Power has awarded the tech giant with the proverbial cherry on top: its latest smartphone customer satisfaction survey puts the iPhone maker ahead of Samsung, HTC, BlackBerry and LG on every major U.S. carrier. According to J.D. Power, customers of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are most satisfied with their iOS devices, with Samsung taking second place. It wasn’t exactly a blowout for Apple though – on a 1,000 point scale for each carrier, Apple only beat Samsung by double digits for Sprint customers. The score was within a single point for Verizon. The key findings from the study show that customers are still more interesting in features than anything else when
By Daniel Gaitan NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - As part of the 18th Annual Webby Awards, 11 mobile health applications ranging from personal wellness journals to allergen and symptom trackers were chosen as honorees. WebMD, available for iOS and Android mobile operating systems, provides a symptom checker allowing users to indicate pain or symptom levels to learn about potential conditions or issues (http://bit.ly/1tHoL2U). "We are thrilled," said David Ziegler, director of mobile product management. "In addition to improving the look and feel of the entire app and our popular symptom checker utility, we wanted to offer users the ability to read about healthy living-related content on a daily basis." My Wellness Journal is a personal health record app created by California-based Project Tiki (http://bit.ly/1f7Rjyy).
This has quarter has been very busy and eventful for Microsoft. Not only did the company announce the appointment of new CEO Satya Nadella but it also launched its popular Office suite for the iPad for the first time, came out with a major update to Windows 8.1 that made it more friendly to desktop users, and it decided to make Windows Phone free to use for hardware developers in an effort to better compete with Google’s own free-to-use Android platform. How did all these big events impact Microsoft’s bottom line? The company on Thursday reported a profit of $0.68 per share on revenues of $20.4 billion, which beat the consensus estimate of $0.63 per share on revenues of $20.38 billion. One of
Google Play is a terrific place to find Android apps… if you happen to know exactly what you’re looking for. But as Android Authority’s Simon Hill points out, things get a bit trickier when it comes to discovering new apps out of the blue since the Google Play store’s app discovery process leaves a lot to be desired. “One of the attractive things about the early days of the app revolution was the fact that, theoretically, anyone could make an app, and if it was good enough, it would gain traction,” Hill writes. “With well over 1 million apps in the Play Store and a number of big name publishers with deep pockets involved, this is far less true today… A Distimo
In its earnings call on Wednesday for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2014, Apple revealed that more than two out of three cheap iPhone buyers are switching over from Android, highlighting the move as a success for the company. Apple’s Tim Cook said that on the quarter, 62% of iPhone 4s buyers and 60% of iPhone 5c buyers ditched Android smartphones to purchase an iPhone. The more than two-year-old iPhone 4s was a hot seller for Apple during the period, and even though the company did not say how many iPhone 4s units it sold out of the total 43 million iPhone sales during the period. Apple’s CFO Luca Maestri said that Apple’s partnership with China Mobile and
In an attempt to entice developers and to get them to build apps that consumers will love, Samsung is set to launch a big-money competition. The company needs compelling apps for its latest Gear smartwatches and as they run the Tizen rather than Android operating system, Samsung is pulling out all of the stops to attract the best designers. A Strategy Analytics report, published earlier this week in the Wall Street Journal highlighted how unpopular Samsung's own apps are with its smartphone customers. A study group of US Galaxy SIII and Galaxy SIV owners used Samsung's in-house developed apps for an average of seven minutes in total a month.
By Nguyen Phuong Linh HANOI (Reuters) - Communist Vietnam is suddenly Apple Inc's hottest market after sales there tripled in its fiscal first half, a growth rate five times faster than in India where it is spending heavily in a battle for market share. Vietnam has barely received a mention from Apple executives in their regular briefings for financial analysts. Quarterly iPhone sales more than doubled and the strong growth appears likely to continue given Vietnam's predominantly young, tech-savvy population, rapid growth in internet and mobile phone use and a projected doubling of the middle class by 2020.
The team behind Moves, a fitness tracker app on iOS and Android, is joining Facebook. "Now, we’re joining Facebook’s talented team to work on building and improving their products and services with a shared mission of supporting simple, efficient tools for more than a billion people." But don't expect to see a step-counter in Facebook's mobile apps just yet. Moves says its app will remain a standalone experience and the company is also looking to swiftly settle any privacy concerns, telling users "there are no plans" to share its data with Facebook.
We all know the dangers of looking down at our phones while behind the wheel of a car, but when that familiar beep or buzz signals the arrival of a text message, it can be hard to resist glancing away from the road momentarily. A recent patent from Apple could solve the problem once and for all. Published on the USPTO website this week, Apple’s “driver handheld computing device lock-out” mechanism would disable certain functions on a mobile device while the user is driving. In one iteration, the mechanism wouldn’t even require any hardware modifications to existing devices — if the iPhone’s motion analyzer were to detect high speeds, based on GPS data or cell phone signals, it would simply lock
The iPhone 6 will reportedly arrive in two sizes, including 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, and recent reports have revealed both hardware details for the handset and potential design elements. On top of that, a series of leaks showed purported iPhone 6 manufacturing tools, components and even cases. One 4.7-inch iPhone 6 case has been obtained by Unbox Therapy, which then used it to show how big the iPhone 6 would be compared to the iPhone 5s, the Nexus 5 Galaxy Note 3 and other popular phones. According to the video, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would be about as big as the Nexus 5, which has a 5-inch display. The case also reveals some iPhone 6 design elements, including a different placement of the power
Samsung decided to go (again) with plastic for the Galaxy S5, even though some rumors suggested the fifth Galaxy S flagship handset will finally have a metal body, explaining in an interview with Engadget why plastic is better than metal. “Our major aims were usability, friendliness and a more humanistic design,” Samsung Product Designer Dong Hun Kim said. “We wanted something with a pleasing feel … and better grip. If we used metal, [we felt] the designs felt heavy and cold. But with plastic, the texture is warmer. We believe users will find [the device] both warmer and friendlier. This material was also the best at visually expressing volume, better at symbolizing our design concepts.” Furthermore, according to Samsung’s principal
OnePlus officially launched the highly anticipated One handset on Wednesday, a phone that’s supposed to deliver high-end hardware and performance for a more than affordable price. In fact, the OnePlus One may be a worthy Nexus 5 adversary, considering it’ll deliver a bloat-free Android experience – the phone runs a special CyanogenMod 11S ROM built on Android 4.4 KitKat – and Geek has already compared it against Google’s latest flagship phone in a quick boot test. The OnePlus One powers up and down quite fast, the video shows, which is certainly something fans will appreciate. However, when a full reboot is performed, the One still takes its time to power on. The device tested by the publication runs a pre-release CyanogenMod
In the bowels of Africa's largest hospital, doctors carry out emergency surgery by the light of a cell phone while, on a nearby ward, seriously ill patients are sardined three-to-a-bed. Twenty years after South Africans jubilantly swept apartheid aside, Johannesburg's Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, like many of the country's post-apartheid institutions, has failed to live up to the dream.
Patching up Android to make sure it’s not vulnerable to Heartbleed is one thing. Patching all vulnerable Android apps, on the other hand, is quite another. Re/code draws our attention to a new study from research firm FireEye that claims there have been around 150 million downloads of Android apps that are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. And to make matters worse, the researchers say that the assorted “Heartbleed detectors” you can now find in the Google Play store will do little to help you root out vulnerable apps you’ve downloaded. “Android apps frequently use native libraries, which either directly or indirectly leverage vulnerable OpenSSL libraries,” the researchers write. “Therefore, even though the Android platform itself is not vulnerable, attackers
Next Tuesday, Samsung will unveil the latest addition to its camera phone lineup, the Galaxy K, complete with new branding and a fresh look. We have seen a single image of the device in a previous leak, but it was difficult to determine the proportions of the device. Thankfully, new photos have appeared on Baidu showcasing the slim design of the Galaxy K, along with its 10x optical zoom lens fully extended. The Galaxy K is expected to feature a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, hexa-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor, 2GB of RAM, 20.2-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera and Android KitKat 4.4.2. A mid-range device through and through, the Galaxy K is still a marked upgrade over its predecessor. Looking back, the Galaxy
After offering Android users 100GB of combined backup and sync cloud storage for just $0.99 per year, iDrive on Wednesday announced that it’s bringing the same offer to iOS device users. The company will offer iPhone and iPad users 50GB of cloud for data backup purposes and 50GB for syncing, thus matching its offer for Android devices. With iDrive, users will be able to back up their mobile data including contacts, calendar, photos, videos and other files, and sync files across all their devices. The app also lets users access files from other devices on their iPhone or iPad once they’re synced. Finally, the app will let users share files and folders with anyone else. The iOS iDrive app also packs a
The company might well be the world's most popular Android handset maker, but when it comes to offering its consumers apps they value, Samsung still has some way to go. Samsung's flagship phones come pre-installed with a host of in-house developed apps offering everything from social messaging to voice-activated search. And while ChatOn, the company's competitor to WhatsApp currently boasts 100 million active users, according to US research firm, Strategy Analytics, those users are accessing it on average for 0.1 minutes a month -- that's six seconds. The company studied how more than 250 US Galaxy SIII and Galaxy SIV owners used their handsets over a single month and found that Samsung's entire app suite, including its dedicated apps store (Samsung Apps) account for seven minutes of app interaction, whereas Facebook alone accounted for 664.1 minutes (11 hours).
Not to be confused with the HTC One, the startup known as OnePlus has unveiled its first smartphone. The OnePlus One appears to be quite the Android powerhouse, sporting a 2.5-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU on the inside and a 5.5-inch 1080p Gorilla Glass display on the outside. Based on the unsubsidized pricing ($299 for 16GB model), the OnePlus undercuts the unlocked Nexus 5 by $50.
In its first week on sale the latest Samsung flagship smartphone accounts for almost one percent of all Android phones in use globally. And then there's the fact that the Galaxy S5 is yet to launch globally and that in its home country, carriers are unable to take on new customers during the month of April. In fact to find a worthy comparison one has to look beyond Android entirely and towards Apple. It sold 10 million iPhone 5S and 5C handsets in just two days and in Localytics's report, published on Tuesday, it compares adoption figures for the iPhone 5S with the Galaxy S5 during the first seven days of availability and finds that over the same time period the iPhone 5S had secured a 1.1% share of the global iOS smartphone market.
OnePlus on Wednesday finally unveiled its first Android handset, the highly anticipated CyanogenMod-based OnePlus One. Considering the phone’s specs and affordable price, the One is the only Android phone you should really consider buying right now. The device will be even cheaper than customers expect, retailing for either $299/€269 (the 16GB version) or $349/€299 (the 64GB version), and should be available in the near future in 16 markets. The phone “was designed to be beautiful, timeless and comfortable in the hand,” the company says. “Embracing this design language, the One features subtle curves, sleek lines and a slightly raised, jet-black display. Even the smallest details belong uniquely to OnePlus, from the custom cut and engineered PCB boards to the specially
Most of us would probably take a few days off from work if we were in a hospital's intensive care unit, but not Lori Sullenberger! The 38-year-old workaholic was charged today with possessing and intending to sell heroin from her hospital bed. The reason why Sullenberger was in Pennsylvania hospital's ICU has not been disclosed, but according to a hospital spokesperson, staff noticed "an exorbitant amount of foot traffic happening to a patient's room" and that visitors (who often didn't even know Sullenberger's last name) only stayed for a few minutes, rather than the longer stays you might expect from friends and family. Also, as WTAE pointed out, Sullenberg had several cell phones and they rang all the time.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is poised to become the next big thing in the Android market. According to Localytics data from April 11th to April 18th, the Galaxy S5 already makes up 0.7% of the every active Android smartphone in the world, just one week after release. Considering the sheer number of Android devices on the market, this is quite an impressive feat, even for the reigning champion. Putting the achievement into perspective, Localytics notes that Apple managed to capture 1.1% of the iOS market one week after the release of the iPhone 5s. Apple dominated the conversation for months, but Samsung had to contend with a very strong competitor in the form
The next generation of Android smartwatches is right around the corner, and LG is first in line with the slick G Watch. A few images have made their way into the wild, but LG’s new preview site explores the wearable device in even greater detail, revealing a few features along the way. At the top of the page, you can see the color options for the device: Stealth Black and Champagne Gold. Further down, LG highlights some of the features of the Android Wear software that will power the G Watch, from reminders to GPS navigation. Android Wear will also retain the “Ok Google” voice command functionality of Android smartphones and tablets. One seemingly unannounced detail appearing on the page is the
After having been caught online recently in a benchmark test and in a shipping manifest – even though Samsung has officially denied developing such a device – the Galaxy S5 model with a 2K (or QHD) display, also known as the “Galaxy S5 Prime,” has further been detailed in a new report. SamMobile has apparently been able to confirm that the handset, dubbed internally as the Samsung KQ, is in its “middle- to late- phase of development.” The publication said that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who was first to explain the contradicting Galaxy S5 rumors that detailed Full HD and a 2K Galaxy S5 versions by revealing Samsung is working on multiple Galaxy S5 variants, was right about Samsung’s Galaxy S5
T-Mobile under CEO John Legere never, ever stops trolling. Now that BlackBerry has decided to completely cut the “Uncarrier” off from selling its devices, 9to5Google points out that T-Mobile has decided to hit back by giving yet another special offer to BlackBerry fans by offering them gift cards of up to $200 if they switch to a new Samsung smartphone such as the Galaxy S5 or the Galaxy Note 3. This isn’t a short-term offer, either: Any T-Mobile customers who bought a BlackBerry at any time up until April 3rd this year can take advantage of this deal from now until the end of the year. This direct targeting of BlackBerry customers with offers for rival phones was what got T-Mobile
Samsung’s ad blitz for its latest flagship smartphone has begun in earnest and the company is producing TV spots for just about every notable feature of the Galaxy S5. The latest commercial shines a spotlight on the S5′s water and dust resistance, taking direct hits from watering cans, squirt guns, baking powder, a bottle of juice and a few other potentially ruinous substances without sustaining any harm whatsoever. We’ve already seen third-party torture tests that have literally put the Galaxy S5 through the ringer without causing any permanent damage, so it’s no surprise that Samsung would want to boast about the survivability of the device. That said, it remains to be seen whether or not the durability of the S5 will give it
If you want a new Android phone but aren’t interested in either the Galaxy S5 or the HTC One (M8) then you might want to check out LG’s upcoming G3 flagship device. Digital Trends has scored some leaked pictures showing off the G3′s revamped home screen that the publication says features “flatter and brighter icons, a revamped weather widget with built-in suggestions, a much cleaner looking notifications screen, and circular icons.” In addition to the leaked home screen pictures, Digital Trends also lays out some cool-sounding new software features LG is planning to add to the G3, such as the Concierge feature that will give you suggestions on your home screen for how to dress given current weather forecasts; a
Samsung was rumored more than once to be actively developing a plan to break away from Google’s Android mobile operating system and release devices powered by its own Tizen platform, but that has not happened yet. Considering that Samsung and Google have inked an important partnership earlier this year, it’s highly unlikely that Samsung will ditch Android anytime soon. But there’s one more reason the company may be far from actually making it on its own in the mobile business, a new survey suggests: Samsung’s own software apps rarely become instant hits with customers. Even though Samsung is selling smartphones in the hundreds of millions each year while being the most important Android handset maker and the only consistently profitable one, the
The marriage between Google and Nest just got even more official. As Android Police points out, Google has started selling Nest thermostats on its Google Play store starting at $249. And given that it’s Earth Day and that Nest is an eco-friendly, energy-saving thermostat, Google says that it will plant a tree for every Nest unit sold on Tuesday. Nest, which was founded by former Apple exec Tony Fadell, was acquired by Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion. Earlier reports have indicated that Google isn’t interested in Nest just for its smart thermostats but also for its team’s design prowess that won it accolades from several Apple fans over the years.
Last week’s rare blood moon eclipse was amazing, but it also took place in the middle of the night so most people in the U.S. probably missed it. But there is no need to fret, of course — that’s why Al Gore invented the Internet. We have all undoubtedly seen photos of the blood moon eclipse that took place in the wee hours of the morning on April 15th. It was the first of four coming eclipses where the moon will glow red in the sky, so three more opportunities to catch one are coming. Those who don’t feel like waiting for October to see the next blood moon are in luck though, because Wired posted a great little GIF on
Amazing but true: The folks at TechSmartt don’t just try to destroy phones, they also try to use them. TechSmartt, which has tried and failed to kill the Galaxy S5 multiple times this year by putting it through a wide range of torture tests, has put together two terrific videos that each contain more than 50 tips for getting the most out of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 or the HTC One (M8). Both videos are a half hour long and provide exhaustive instructions for tweaking your new Android phone until you get it just right for your personal tastes. Among other things, the TechSmartt videos walk you through all the new gesture controls for the HTC One (M8), such as the ability to both
Amazon doesn’t plan to unveil its first smartphone until later this spring, but the world got an early look at the handset last week when BGR posted exclusive photos of the unannounced device. We also shared several key details about the phone’s software, which features unique hardware-assisted 3D effects that will help differentiate Amazon’s smartphone lineup from rival devices. But Amazon’s 3D effects are just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t miss our earlier coverage, which included several exclusive photos of Amazon’s first smartphone BGR has exclusively learned several additional details about the heavily customized Android software that powers Amazon’s smartphone. Multiple trusted sources tell us that Amazon’s upcoming handset will utilize a unique combination of cameras, sensors and software to dramatically change
Users will be able to access Google Now alerts for directions, weather conditions and calendar reminders. Unlike Samsung's Gear watches, the screen will never go to sleep, meaning your watch will always display the time--just like it should be. In addition to Motorola, Asus, HTC and Samsung are also making Android Wear devices.
Expected to go on sale in July and to cost less than $300, the G Watch will use Google's new Android Wear operating system and will be focused on pushing relevant information and notifications to the wearer's wrist at exactly the right moment. The new site provides more information and images of the device, but is careful not to reveal much in terms of information on specs and functions.
Late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs famously went on a tirade against Flash back in 2010 when he said that the video technology was on borrowed time and would soon be replaced by HTML5. While Flash is very much still with us four years later, Rapt Media CEO Erika Trautman thinks that HTML5′s time has finally arrived. Writing over at The Next Web, Trautman says that the mobile revolution led by iOS and Android is making Flash increasingly irrelevant to many users who surf the web through their smartphones and tablets. “Since HTML5’s introduction, mobile has been touted as one of the publishing language’s largest advantages,” she writes. “And since iOS and many Android devices don’t support Flash, Flash is bound to PCs
Samsung’s brand new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is barely a week old but it has already seen a substantial price cut in the third largest smartphone market in the world. The new Samsung hero phone recently went on sale in India at Rs. 51,990 ($860) off contract. When HTC’s new HTC One (M8) launched in India on Monday for 49,990 ($827), however, the cost of Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 was immediately slashed as a result. As noted by SamMobile, Samsung’s new flagship phone is now listed at Rs. 46,831 ($775) in white by popular cell phone retailer Flipkart. The new price represents a significant drop of about 10%, and the blog expects the price of the black version to follow soon. Samsung’s new Galaxy S5