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When Google's Android OS began overtaking every other mobile OS in terms of marketshare, it seemed obvious that at some point, the company would be catching a bit of flak for it. In fact, it seemed inevitable that the EU would have something to say about it, as it's traditionally been strict amount companies that dominate a particular segment of the tech market. Look no further than Microsoft with Windows; the company now has to produce a special edition of the OS in order to appease the EU. Well, the EU does in fact have a beef with Google's dominance, especially where Android is concerned. Last... Read more...
A couple of years ago, Google introduced its "App Runtime for Chrome" - ARC for short. With it, the company allowed certain Android apps to be ported over to Chrome OS, helping bolster that platform's software portfolio. Since then, we've seen ARC help apps come to other platforms, including Windows and Mac OS X. Since its introduction, it's felt a bit like ARC would eventually lead up to allowing all Android apps to run on Chrome OS, and thanks to a new leak, we've received the first hint that it could happen sooner rather than later. Image Source: InauspiciousPagan The upcoming feature was discovered... Read more...
Just over a year after its debut, Exploding Kittens remains the project with the most backers in Kickstarter history, tallying nearly 203,000 supporters who pledged a combined $8.7 million (and change) to the card game. Since then, Exploding Kittens has made the jump from physical to digital, first with a release to iOS and now to Android devices as well. If you're not familiar with the project, Exploding Kittens is a humorous card game that's somewhat akin to Russian Roulette. Players draw cards hoping to avoid an Exploding Kitten, otherwise they're dead and out of the game. That is, unless the... Read more...
The threat has been looming for a while, and now it's official. The EU has fired off its second set of antitrust charges at Google. Both antitrust accusations happened in under two years, and revolve around how Google handles its Android OS and the power it wields over OEMs. Part of this accusation implies that Google has required Google Search to be default on Android, and has even offered financial incentives to have it act as the exclusive provider. The issue here is obvious: by wiping out the potential for competition to mosey on in, you've created a monopoly. European Antitrust Commissioner... Read more...
If you're an Outlook user on Android and also happen to own an Android Wear device, you're in luck -- Microsoft has just released a new update that adds support for smartwatches. At the moment, the update can be snagged from the Google Play store in some areas, but in the event your device isn't pulling down the latest version, you can manually snag the update here. Note that the up-to-date version is 2.1.0 (Google Play currently shows 2.0.57 for us.) According to the folks over at Android Central, Microsoft sums up the update, writing, "This week, we're bringing the best of Outlook to Android... Read more...
HTC launched its latest flagship smartphone on Tuesday, the aptly named HTC 10. The HTC 10 is the follow-up to devices the HTC M9 and M10 (sans the letter designation), and as such, it has a similar design language and high-end feature set. The HTC 10, however, packs some of the latest mobile hardware currently available, including Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon SoC, HTC's highest-resolution UltraPixel camera sensor to date, and 24-bit Hi-Res sound, all wrapped up in a rigid, durable metal unibody. The HTC 10 HTC has also done some interesting things with the software on the HTC 10. In addition to... Read more...
HTC unveiled its latest flagship smartphone to world early this morning, the HTC 10. If you missed our original coverage of the announcement, we’ve got it posted up for you right here. Earlier this evening, however, we were able to spend some time with HTC at an event in New York City and got some hands on time with the new phone. HTC has asked that we hold any benchmarks, technical data, or impressions of the 10’s camera performance until the full review goes live (which should be in a couple of days), but if you want a quick tour of the phone, we’ve got the goods for you here.... Read more...
HTC didn’t have a really tight lid on its new “10” flagship leading up to its launch, as images of the final production device leaked last month. And just yesterday, a full promotional video for the HTC 10 found its way onto the web to once again spoil the fun. But today, HTC is finally having its day in the spotlight and its new flagship is clearly a shift forward for the company, even if its design is more evolutionary than revolutionary. As we mentioned yesterday, the HTC 10 has a chiseled aluminum unibody chassis and chamfered edges. The 5.2-inch QHD Super LCD 5 is covered in Gorilla Glass... Read more...
Time are tough for BlackBerry, as they've been for an uncomfortably long stretch now, but the Canadian handset maker isn't throwing in the towel. BlackBerry continues to have high hopes that supporting Android will reinvigorate the firm, and taking a step in that direction, it's making available a custom Android 6.0 Marshmallow build in beta form to Priv owners.When this whole Android initiative kicked off, BlackBerry introduced its Priv handset with a security-focused version of Android 5.1 Lollipop. Right away customers began asking when BlackBerry would update the Priv to Marshmallow, and the... Read more...
BlackBerry tried to put a positive spin on its earnings report for the wireless device maker's three months and fiscal year ended February 29, 2016, but investors balked, choosing instead to focus on a steep drop in the Canadian outfits overall revenue rather than gains in its software and services business. Total revenue for fourth quarter came to $487 million, compared to $660 million in the same quarter a year prior. That resulted in net loss of $18 million for the quarter, or $0.03 per share, on a non-GAAP basis. That's despite BlackBerry's efforts to reinvent itself by supporting Android in... Read more...
For a handful of reasons, AT&T would like to make a dent - even if it's a tiny one - in the Android-dominated smartphone market. It wants to accomplish this feat even if it means having to use an Android alternative that's actually based on Android. That's where CyanogenMod comes in, a mobile OS that's skyrocketed in popularity over the years due to its "clean slate" and optimized design. Consumers like it because it's fast and clean; vendors like it because they have more control over their software packages. If you're getting a hint that AT&T's... Read more...
When it comes to technology, especially the fast-paced advancement of mobile technology, design cycles are often based on either innovation or iteration. Sometimes it's a blend of both, but often times, like Intel's tick-tock silicon design process, it makes perfect sense to innovate one design cycle and then iterate and perfect on the next. It's a common practice that Samsung's chief smartphone rival, Apple is well known for as well. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones are definitely iterative product designs, but my how iteration has served Samsung so very well on these two new... Read more...
Vizio is looking to change the way we interact with our TV and it is doing so thanks to a little bit of help from tech giant Google. The new P-Series TVs have Google Cast built right into the TV, which right away signals that this is a different “smart” TV experience. P-Series TVs as a result don’t have built-in media apps like Netflix or Amazon Video that you typically find with smart TVs, and instead rely on your smartphone or tablet to cast relevant content. And since casting is such a big part of this new TV experience, the P-Series TVs ditch the traditional remote control in favor of Vizio’s... Read more...
Thought the Stagefright saga was all behind us? Think again. In a new paper published by Israel's NorthBit, we're shown that Stagefright can still prove to be a serious threat to older devices, with some able to be cracked in as little as 20 seconds. If you're still toting around a Nexus 5, LG G3, HTC One, or Samsung Galaxy S5, you should take note. Samsung's Galaxy S5, released in 2014, is affected by Metaphor As a bit of a recap, Stagefright isn't just one bug; rather, it's an overarching vulnerability that includes a number of different bugs that affects Android devices versioned 2.2 and newer.... Read more...
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