Android is currently the world’s dominant mobile platform, having more than a billion monthly users according to Google’s most recent stats. These users have also downloaded billions of apps from the Google Play Store on their Android smartphones and tablets, which shows Android apps are in high demand everywhere. Those Android fans that want, for some reason, to run Android on their Windows PCs complete with Google Play Store apps can now do so after performing some 15 dead easy steps, as detailed by PhoneArena. FROM EARLIER: Download $130 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free ahead of Black Friday The process involves installing BlueStacks’ software on compatible PCs that run either Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or
Twitter is about to become more annoying for some users, as the company will start tracking what other mobile apps iOS and Android owners are using in a push to better profile users, and thus improve its targeted advertising business. FROM EARLIER: Twitter goes Facebook by injecting foreign content into your stream As Re/code reports, the feature is opt-out, meaning that as soon as the official Twitter app for iPhone or Android is installed, it’ll start collecting data until you specifically opt out of it. Before sending any data to Twitter, the app will display a prompt, telling the user about the feature. The move should help Twitter improve content recommendations and make Twitter more interesting for new users — instead
Android fans looking to buy a discounted tablet on Black Friday or Cyber Monday should consider ignoring the extremely cheap ones available from a variety of retailers — which might come with built-in security threats — and go for a Nexus 9 instead. Google’s latest Nexus tablet is not as affordable the Nexus 7 models before it, but the device proposes high-end features which might make up for the difference in price. FROM EARLIER: Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale is live right now – new deals every 10 minutes Even so, if $399.99 still sounds too expensive for the 16GB version of the tablet, then Amazon’g got you covered, as the retailer is currently selling online all Nexus 9 versions
The OnePlus One has been one of the most interesting Android handsets released this year, a high-end device priced at an unbelievably low price. Perhaps because of this, OnePlus hasn’t always been able to meet demand, annoying some potential buyers with its invite system and other controversies that affected the phone’s launch. However, the company appears to be ready to meet your OnePlus One needs during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and has a special Black Friday deal waiting for you. FROM EARLIER: Walmart and Best Buy have killer smartphone trade-in deals you won’t be able to resist Instead of lowering the price of the handset even further — the 16GB model costs $299, while the 64GB version is priced at
In addition to offering Android fans discounts on various devices that are currently available for purchase in the Google Play Store, Google has also listed various Black Friday and Cyber Monday Android app deals in the store. FROM EARLIER: Google kicks off special Black Friday and Cyber Monday Play Store sale Android users can download a variety of paid apps that are up to 50% off during Cyber Weekend, and games that are up to 90% cheaper during the same period. Talk Android has put together an extensive list of paid apps that are currently significantly discounted, as follows: Aqua Mail Pro Key – $2.95 (reg $4.95) Call of Duty: Strike Team – $3.99 (reg $6.99) Docs To Go Premium Key –
Joining the many retailers that are already offering buyers a variety of tech deals for Black Friday 2014, Google has listed various special Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in its Play Store. Customers looking for discounted Android devices and more should check out Google’s offers as well, in addition to what electronics retailers have prepared for them for Black Friday. FROM EARLIER: The 10 hottest Black Friday deals at Walmart – online shopping starts on Thanksgiving Day Google is specifically highlighting three devices on its Black Friday to Cyber Monday event including the Chromecast, the Nest Thermostat and the LG G Watch, but there are plenty of other deals to be found when shopping for devices in the Play
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has approved Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry's planned acquisition of Secusmart, the encryption technology of which is used to protect the mobile devices of top politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel. The deal is part of new Chief Executive John Chen's effort to enhance Blackberry's appeal for security conscious clients such as government agencies as it seeks to regain ground lost to Apple's iPhone and rival devices powered by Google's Android operating system. ...
As part of its Honest Game Trailers series, Smosh Games recently tackled popular Pokémon games Gold and Silver — a sequel brought to you by "the company that's throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks," Nintendo. The trailer recounts the journey of "another fatherless 10-year-old" on his way to become a Pokémon master with the help of his new cell phone. Check it out above, and make sure to stay through the end to see Smosh rename your favorite Pokémon.
Amazon isn’t only offering its customers countless special Black Friday 2014 online deals on physical goods right now, as the giant retailer has also put together a collection of 39 paid Android apps and games, a combined value of over $130, and is offering them all free of charge to Android users during Black Friday. FROM EARLIER: Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale is live right now – new deals every 10 minutes This isn’t the first time Amazon has offered premium Android apps as free downloads, as the company often makes available to users such free app bundles. That said, here are Amazon’s 39 Android apps included in this special Black Friday app sales promotion that can be downloaded right now, a
Although many online forums are dominated by hardcore iOS or Android fanboys, there are some levelheaded people out there who can see the plusses and minuses of each platform. Business Insider’s Jillian D’Onfro recent picked up a new iPhone and, while she thinks it’s a fantastic device overall, she still misses some things about her old Android device. RELATED: Here’s what happens when a diehard Android fan uses the iPhone 6 for two straight weeks The biggest things that D’Onfro seems to miss are really related to how well Android integrates with Google’s own hugely popular set of mobile apps such as Gmail. She also finds that she misses the Google Keep note-taking app, which isn’t available on iOS. Another
Apple’s Apple Pay mobile payment app available on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus saw huge popularity after launch, injecting new life into the NFC-based payments business. Google, and others, have included such features in Android devices for years, but they never really took off. In fact, only recently, Apple’s competitors confirmed they witnessed an increase in Android smartphone-generated transactions after Apple Pay became available on this year’s iPhones. FROM EARLIER: Great news: Apple Pay will soon be accepted by a lot more small businesses On top of that, Want China Times citing Shanghai’s China Business News says that an Android Pay product is currently in development in China, but Google isn’t backing it up. Instead, China’s UnionPay, the largest card
One of the best things about Google Now is that it literally gives us no excuse to miss or be late for important events. Not only does it give you reminders about when your events are but it also gives you traffic reports that will help you find the fastest route to your event’s destination. Now Android Police has uncovered yet another Google Now trick that will give you yet another way to keep track of some events: Countdown timers. RELATED: Here are some more Google Now tricks you may not know about Essentially, Android Police found that these countdown timers are based on your reminders. Unfortunately, it appears that these reminders aren’t yet tied to your Calendar app yet so
Many retailers are ready to offer buyers various interesting deals on smartphones and tablets this year on Black Friday, but not all products are safe for consumers, new research from security company Bluebox Labs reveals. Apparently, certain dirt-cheap Android tablets might come with major security vulnerabilities on board. FROM EARLIER: Here are all the most annoying Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs – and how to fix them “Bluebox Labs purchased over a dozen of these Black Friday ‘bargain’ Android tablets from big name retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Kmart, Kohl’s and Staples, and reviewed each of them for security,” the company wrote on its blog. “What we found was shocking: most of the devices ship with vulnerabilities and security misconfigurations; a few even
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - A federal appeals court rejected Motorola Mobility LLC's bid to sue several Asian suppliers under U.S. antitrust law for fixing prices of mobile phone displays sold to its foreign units. Wednesday's decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago may lessen protections against inflated prices for U.S. consumers who buy cellphones, computers and other products whose components are made outside the country. Circuit Judge Richard Posner said Motorola could not invoke U.S. antitrust law because the "immediate victims" had been non-U.S. ...
T-Mobile has announced more details about its upcoming Black Friday 2014 sale, revealing that it’s preparing a variety of smartphone, tablet, accessories and other deals for its subscribers. FROM EARLIER: These are the hottest pre-Black Friday deals you’ll find today “It’s been a record-shattering year of Un-carrier revolution against a humbug wireless industry − and we’re closing the year strong. Millions of Americans have responded to our drumbeat of Un-carrier moves by making us the fastest growing wireless company in the nation,” the company said. “And we’re saying thank you by making it easier and more affordable than ever to stay connected during the holidays and for years to come.” Some of T-Mobile’s Black Friday deals include a $5 Stateside international
(Reuters) - A hiker who was mauled to death by a black bear in September took photos of the lumbering animal just before the fatal attack in a heavily wooded area of northern New Jersey, police said Wednesday. Authorities in West Milford have released the photos taken from the cell phone of Darsh Patel, 22, of Edison, New Jersey, just before what experts said was a rare attack on a human by a black bear. Patel's phone was found in the woods where he was hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve, about 40 miles northwest of New York City, with a bite mark through it, police said. ...
GameStop on Tuesday officially announced its Black Friday 2014 deals, publishing the full Black Friday ad on its website, even though it had leaked online a few days ago. The company is offering many gaming-related deals this Black Friday, but buyers will also be able to buy smartphones, tablets and other consumer electronics from GameStop. FROM EARLIER: Here are all of the best Xbox One and Xbox 360 Black Friday deals Most GameStop locations will open their doors at 12:01 a.m. local time on Black Friday, with the company saying that buyers who do not want to wait until midnight to take advantage of the deals can purchase their desired items online on Thanksgiving Day, and receive free shipping on all purchases.
By now we’re all very familiar with the big features Google added to Android with its Lollipop release, highlighted by the addition of its gorgeous Material Design user interface. Droid Life, however, has dug below the surface and has unearthed some lesser known gems in Lollipop that we think are really worth highlighting. FROM EARLIER: Here are all the most annoying Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs – and how to fix them Droid Life goes over a lot of great features in its in-depth Lollipop review but the five most intriguing from our perspective are: The Do Not Disturb mode that gives you the ability to tell your phone to stop sending you notifications at a given time. This works very
By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's mobile phone market has room to grow but is still too small to support all of the country's seven telecommunications companies, the managing director of Airtel Uganda, a local unit of India's Bharti Airtel, said. "It’s an absolute illusion to believe that four, five, six mobile operators can ever be profitable in one country," Tom Gutjahr told Reuters. "It’s unlikely that the smaller companies will get profitable any time soon. ...
Buyers looking to score a cheaper flagship smartphone this holiday season should definitely check out Motorola’s upcoming Cyber Monday offer for the 2014 Moto X handset, one of the best Android devices of the year. FROM EARLIER: Android 5.0 hits the world’s best Android phone from the nation’s top carrier The company has already published a Cyber Monday savings registration page, where it reveals that buyers will receive $140 off a no-contract Moto X smartphone on December 1st. Furthermore, customers who choose to purchase the handset with a new contract from their favorite carrier will only have to pay $0.01 for the handset. On top of the impressive Moto X discount, Motorola is also prepared to shave 30% off Moto
Just as previously teased, LG’s top Android handset of the year is receiving its official Android 5.0 Lollipop update a lot faster than initially expected, with the company having already announced that the Korean version of the G3 is ready to be upgraded to Google’s latest Android version. FROM EARLIER: How to add Adobe Flash support to Android 5.0 Lollipop LG said that the update will be available to all G3 buyers in Korea later this week, either as an over-the-air (OTA) download from the three major mobile operators in the region, or directly from the company’s website. Android 5.0 Lollipop is a major Android update, bringing users a new design language called Material Design that Google will employ in all
For many people nowadays, smartphones such as the iPhone (and any other similar device running Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and other mobile operating systems) are ubiquitous, must-have, devices that offer instant access to information and entertainment. And while they’re certainly important gadgets that come in handy during modern-day life, they can also have some negative effects on the human body The Register reports, quoting two different studies. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon Chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine Kenneth Hansraj has discovered that looking down at a smartphone for texting and other purposes puts added pressure on the user’s neck. “As the head tilts
The gradual rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop has been an exciting one, but as with any major software upgrade, there are a few bugs that will need quashing in the coming weeks and months. We’ve covered a few of these bugs recently, including the accidental removal of Silent Mode and the unfortunate persistence of recent apps to stay open after being swiped away. DON’T MISS: Android Lollipop might have another serious bug affecting Nexus smartphones Not all of these bugs have solutions at the moment, but David Nield of Gizmodo’s Field Guide has written a how-to guide for fixing some of the most common issues that Android users have been running into since updating to Android 5.0. One issue that we haven’t
On top of the many Black Friday 2014 discounts on a variety of electronic devices that Best Buy has already prepared for you, the retailer has a special promotion that targets a special kind of customer: the Android tablet fan. Buyers looking to purchase Google’s recently released Nexus 9 for a significantly discounted price will be happy to hear that Best Buy is ready to offer them a discount of at least $100 on the high-end Nexus tablet… but there’s a catch. FROM EARLIER: Uh-oh: It looks like the Nexus 9 might have a ‘Bendgate’-like flaw of its own In order to take advantage of the deal, customers have to turn in a working tablet with a display that is still
Now this is an interesting development. Rarely do you see a fresh new Android update reach a carrier-branded smartphone before the update is even finished rolling out to “pure Google” devices. Even more rare is a scenario where a Verizon Wireless smartphone is among the first handsets in the world to be updated to the latest and greatest version of Android. It just so happens that the stars were aligned perfectly on Monday evening, however, and the world’s best Android phone was updated to Android 5.0 at the nation’s top wireless carrier. DON’T MISS: I just replaced every credit card in my wallet with Coin Late on Monday, Verizon Wireless began rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop to second-generation Moto X handsets. For
Back at the start of the year after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5, I suggested that smartphone fans might be in for another boring year in 2014. In some ways, 2014 was boring; we really didn’t see anything that introduced truly novel or revolutionary new features added to smartphones this year. But phones still progressed in 2014, growing faster, sleeker and more powerful than they have ever been before, and there were some terrific phones that launched this year. As we move into the holiday shopping season, here are the five best high-end smartphones you can buy. Motorola Droid Turbo Among the five smartphones on this list, Motorola’s Droid Turbo is the youngest. It is also the most impressive on