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Microsoft continues its quest for multi-platform domination with the official release of Office for Android smartphones. Microsoft of course has Office software available for its own Windows and Windows Phone (and future Windows 10 Mobile) operating systems along with iOS and OS X, but today marks the day that your average Samsung Galaxy S6 or LG G4 users can grab the suite from the Google Play Store. Like the version of Office that was earlier released for Android tablets, mobile versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are available separately to download. The entire suite is available for free,... Read more...
As BlackBerry clings to a less 1 percent share of the smartphone market in the U.S., the Canadian handset maker announced today that all BlackBerry users living stateside will soon have access to Android apps from the Amazon Appstore. While access to Google Play would have been preferred, the Amazon Appstore is a nice consolation prize for anyone wanting to run Android apps on their BlackBerry phone. Access to Amazon Appstore comes courtesy of the BlackBerry 10.3.2 software update. It's already begun rolling out to BlackBerry Classic users on Verizon and T-Mobile, along with AT&T BlackBerry... Read more...
Google is putting up some serious cash in hopes that security researchers and Android dissectors in general will root out security vulnerabilities in exchange for monetary rewards. The expansion of its bug bounty program over to Android represents the first time the mobile operating system has been included, though at the outset it only applies to vulnerabilities discovered on Nexus phone and tablets currently available to purchase in the Google Play Store.That limits the program to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, at least for now -- Google says the set of devices that qualify for monetary rewards will... Read more...
Navigating the sea of Android phones can be a bit overwhelming, especially for anyone who is new to the platform (first time phone buyers, iOS defectors, and so forth). There are a lot of devices to choose from and they're as varied as the people who choose them. That's one of the best things about Android, though for anyone is feeling lost, Google has a new tool to help narrow down the choice.The "Find the Android phone for you" tool asks potential Android phone buyers three or more questions, beginning with what they use their phone for. The options include taking photos, listening to music,... Read more...
BlackBerry is taking the phrase 'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!' to heart as it reportedly considers building a smartphone around Google's super popular Android platform. If BlackBerry does indeed release an Android device, it would be the first time in the company's history that it's ventured away from its own software ecosystem.It's been a tumultuous road for BlackBerry ever since Apple's iPhone came onto the scene. That began the company's descent into comparative irrelevancy, as it now sits behind not only Android and iOS, but also Windows Phone in smartphone market share. For a company that... Read more...
NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV device has been available for a couple of weeks now, but only in the regular 16GB version. Now, NVIDIA has announced that it's begun shipping the "Pro" model, which in addition to including a 500GB hard drive, bundles in a free copy of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. It might be worth noting that this game is an Android native title, so no streaming will be required. If that bundle somehow doesn't entice you, NVIDIA has even more up its sleeves. Anyone who purchases either of the SHIELD models will receive $30 credit for the Google Play store as well as a free three-month... Read more...
The rate at which the industry is pumping out smartphones these days is staggering. Even more impressive is the rate at which truly outstanding phones are shipping, even from names that weren't significant just a few years ago. BLU, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and ASUS (just to name a few) have all produced handsets in recent months that rival the best offerings from Apple, LG, Samsung, and other historical greats. It signals a shift in the industry where we've reached a certain level of market maturity at the hardware, software and ecosystem level. It's just that much easier to launch a smartphone in market... Read more...
Yesterday at WWDC, Apple announced plenty of UI improvements and minor feature enhancements coming to iOS 9 this Fall, but one new feature that didn’t get any stage time is actually quite a bold move for the fruit company. The Android army shows no sign of growing weaker anytime soon, but for existing Android users that are looking to exit the Google ecosystem, Apple will soon make it easier to slip right into iOS Land. Apple will launch its Move to iOS app this fall when iOS 9 is made widely available for consumers. As Apple describes, Move to iOS makes it easy for Android users to “securely [transfer]... Read more...
HTC’s needed a big hit to reinvigorate its efforts in the smartphone world. Once a dominant player in the early days of Google’s Android operating system, HTC has seen its smartphone fortunes crumble amidst rival Android maker Samsung and profit king Apple. When you throw in Chinese powerhouses like Huawei and Xiaomi, HTC’s outlook in the smartphone market has become even cloudier. HTC was supposed to turn things around with the One M9 flagship smartphone (read the HotHardware review here), the follow-up to last year One M8. However, consumers have been slow to warm up to HTC’s newest flagship.... Read more...
This is the summer that Ford will put all the bad press surrounding its previous in-car infotainment systems to rest – or so it hopes. The automaker announced today that the soon-to-launch 2016 versions of the Ford Escape and Ford Fiesta will have the new Sync 3 infotainment systems. Vehicles equipped with Sync 3 feature updated button layouts and run BlackBerry’s QNX operating system. Ford customers will be able to connect their smartphones to the Sync 3 system via Bluetooth. An updated version of Ford’s AppLink lets users control certain apps by voice. The feature displays icons for certain apps... Read more...
Just as quickly as we were warming to the idea of Nintendo’s next generation gaming console running the Android operating system, our hopes have now been dashed. The denial came swiftly, with a Nintendo spokesman stating, “There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX.” That’s about as strong as a denial as you would ever here from a Nintendo. The company usually doesn’t take the time to respond to such rumors (just like Apple). But the original Japanese-language report that its next generation console would join forces with Google’s dominant mobile operating... Read more...
It's beginning to look like Nintendo's "NX" console could be quite interesting -- or not, depending on your perspective. It's being reported that the Mario maker is planning to go the Android route for its upcoming console, which would allow developers the freedom to publish their titles for it, as well as other Android-based devices. Hearing this should invoke immediate images of the OUYA console, which has largely been deemed a failure. But, there are some major differences between a startup company and an established player like Nintendo. For starters, Nintendo makes great hardware. Not just... Read more...
It seems as though you can never take too many selfies, and if Facebook is any indication, the trend is sure to live on for years to come. While most selfies these days are taken with relatively low resolution front-facing cameras on iPhones and their ilk (the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus feature a 1.2MP front camera), many manufactures are catering to the selfie crowd with higher quality front cameras. ASUS is the latest to step into the fray with its new ZenFone Selfie, and as its name implies, this smartphone will capture every wrinkle in your grinning mug. The ZenFone Selfie features not one, but... Read more...
In mid-March, we first brought you news that Microsoft and Xiaomi were looking to get Mi 4 smartphone owners the opportunity to leave Android behind and test out the Windows 10 operating system for smartphones (now known as Windows 10 Mobile). “This partnership will allow Xiaomi and Microsoft to get direct user feedback and continue to improve the experience for China,” said Microsoft at the time. “Microsoft is thrilled to see Xiaomi embracing Windows 10 and offering this great value to their customers. We’re excited to see the feedback we receive from this audience.” It looks a though Microsoft... Read more...
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