A research team at Purdue University and Microsoft found that ads lead to most power consumption in Android apps. During the course of the study the team discovered that ads account for up to 75 percent of battery usage in Android apps. To calculate how much battery life ads within apps use the team used an HTC […]
Though the Amazon Kindle Fire has only been available for four months, the Amazon Appstore is celebrating its first birthday this week. Amazon’s Android app store started one year ago with 4,000 apps, and now holds 31,000 apps. To celebrate the year, Amazon is putting some of those apps on sale, and released some numbers. […]
For those of you suffering from March Madness and can’t get to a TV, you can now listen to all of the NCAA Tournament games on your mobile device. Slacker Radio (iOS, Android) is broadcasting all 67 championship games. Beyond this, sports fans will also be able to listen to other games in the future, […]
Barnes & Noble announced that the comic books available via Nook Comics are now available to customers with the Nook app on Android tablets. Previously only available to those with a Nook device (Color or Tablet), the bookseller is expanding the reader base to the thousands of customers with Android tablets (7 inches and up. […]
At first I didn’t understand the appeal of Instagram even though I own a Lomo camera (that I haven’t used in years). Making your pictures look fuzzy and old? Now that I’ve started testing cameras on smartphones and tablets I’m starting to get it more. Even less than great images can look fine with some nice photo filters.
On the heels of iOS apps getting caught uploading user contacts and photos, Google’s Android operating system for phones and tablets is under fire for a similar vulnerability. As it turns out, if an Android app has access to the Internet, it can upload your photos without asking permission. According The New York Times Bits […]
Researchers at Georgia Tech developed an app that allows people who know how to type in Braille an easy way to do so on a smartphone. Traditional Braille typing devices are mobile, but heavy. And because they’re expensive — as in thousands of dollars expensive — you don’t want to risk them by hauling around […]
This week Yahoo added a new tab to their search bar: Apps. Alongside the ability to search for Android and iPhone apps from the home page the company also added an apps portal for browsing by category and discovery.
Of all the things Yahoo has done lately to maintain relevance, this is by far the best.
Airbnb is introducing an all-new Android app that lets users rent and book non-traditional rooms. Airbnb is designed to provide travelers with alternatives to hotels and to help hosts pay their rent or mortgage. The service launched an iPhone app quite some time ago, but Android users were left out in the cold. Users can use […]
comScore just released their November 2011 report on mobile subscribers. The data is mostly unchanged from August’s numbers, though there are interesting tidbits. For example, Apple gained ground in the Top Mobile OEM category, a measurement of which companies sell the most actual phones. From August to November Apple went from 9.8% to 11.2% marketshare, […]
Happy users of the Swype keyboard for Android may be getting a new version of the popular app soon. The popular trace-to-type keyboard — pre-loaded on many smartphones — just launched a new beta that includes two major upgrades. The first is Dragon voice dictation by Nuance, the company behind Dragon Naturally Speaking and the […]