Google Opts for Honesty on Free Apps

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Google is doing owners and parents of kids with Android-based smartphones and tablets a huge favor. Starting soon the company won’t call free apps with in-app purchases sold through its Google Play Store free apps. Google has yet to make an official statement through the Android Blog that it usually makes these types of announcements through. […]

Android TV Coming to Battle the Apple TV, Fire TV & Xbox One

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Google is once again trying to enter the living room with an all-in-one gaming and entertainment solution. But, as its name suggests, Google is leaving the extras behind and building an Apple TV and Fire TV competitor with its Android mobile operating system. Google announced the new operating system for televisions and set-top boxes earlier […]

Google Bolsters Android Device Manager with Remote Locking and Erasing

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Users with devices running Google’s Android operating system can now remotely lock their device without having to install tools from third-party developers. While Google hasn’t formally announced the feature addition on its Android Blog just yet, it’s already available to users who head to the Android Device Manager webpage. Remote device lock and remote device […]

As Bing Apps Arrive and Windows Phone Sales Thrive, the iPhone Stalls

Just as Microsoft is announcing new Bing Apps meant to bolster the user experience on its mobile platform, new market share numbers seem to indicate that Windows Phone is finally starting to affect one of the biggest players in the smartphone market: Apple. The additions to the Windows Phone Store were detailed today on the […]

Android Device Manager Tool for Finding Lost Android Devices Goes Live

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Android Device Manager, the new online tool that allows users of smartphones running Google’s Android operating system to be tracked and erased in the event that they are lost or stolen, is now available for free to users of Android 2.2 and up. Google first detailed the tool last week and was one of the […]

Apple Charts iOS Fragmentation, Dares People to Look at Android’s

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Apple has published new usage share statistics for iPhone users, in affect begging developers creating applications to compare its platform with Google’s Android operating system. According to the pie chart and Apple, of all the users who visited the iTunes App Store, 93% of them were using Apple devices powered by Apple’s iOS 6 (the […]

Google Engineers Addressing Android Fragmentation

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Google’s Android Team is still moving to address the operating system’s fragmentation issues, according to engineers who work on the operating system. That’s according to reports from CNET, who sat in during one of the company’s Fireside Chats during Google I/O 2013. According to David Burke, engineering director for the Android operating system, the company […]

Why It’s Never the Right Time to Buy an Android Phone

Why It's Never the Right Time to Buy an Android Phone

In a post titled “Now is the worst time ever to buy an Android phone“, BGR’s Zach Epstein outlines why right now is the worst time ever to buy a new Android smartphone. I agree with him. Right now is certainly a bad time to buy a new Android smartphone. There are only a handful […]

Why I’ll Always Think Twice About Buying an Android Phone

Why I'll Always Think Twice About Buying an Android Phone

I’m going to throw out the usual disclaimer that usually comes with a post like this. By no means am I an Android hater. In fact, I really like Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. I also own a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. So now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, although I’m sure […]

Google Announces Android 4.0.3

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Yesterday marked the roll out of Android 4.0.2 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Well, just a day later, Google has announced that it will be rolling out Android 4.0.3 to phones and tablets in the weeks ahead. When exactly? Google remained mum on the subject. The new software, according to Engadget, will […]

10 Billion Apps Promo Day 2: Today’s Best 10 Cent Android Apps

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We’re on Day 2 of Google’s 10 Billion Android Apps celebration. If you didn’t scoop up yesterday’s 10 cent apps, there’s still time as of this posting. And the new batch is already live, though not yet on the landing page (thanks Android Central!). There are several really good apps on this list. I just […]

Google Adds Device and App Version To Google Market Reviews

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Google updated the web version of the Android Market recently to add a couple of  features that should prove very useful to Android owners and app developers. Now each review shows extra meta data identifying the phone or tablet the reviewer is using and the version of the app they had when they submitted the […]

Google Celebrates 10 Billion Apps Downloaded with 10 Cent Apps

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If you’re Google and your Android Market just surpassed 10 billion apps downloaded, how would you celebrate? Well, by offering up $.10 applications of course. That’s right. Google is currently offering up a “10 Days of Offers: Top Premium Apps, 10¢ Per App” sale on the Market that includes a number of applications that  probably […]

Google and Intel to Optimize Future Versions of Android for Atom

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Today at the Intel Developer’s Forum conference, Google’s Andy Rubin and Intel CEO Paul Otellini took the stage together and announced something that will surely excite those of you who are big on Intel chips. The companies will be working together to optimize future versions of Android for Intel’s low-powered Atom processor line. Rubin brought […]

Verizon to Re-Launch Android App Store Today

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According to CNN, Verizon will re-launch its V CAST Apps Android app store today and will re-brand it as Verizon Apps. It will, like V CAST Apps currently does, be separate from the Android Market and it will, of course, come per-installed on Verizon’s Droid smartphones. And yes, just in case you were wondering, Verizon […]

iPhone 5 Competitors: The Best iPhone Alternatives

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We’re still not exactly sure when Apple is going to announce or release the next iPhone, or iPhones, but we have a pretty good feeling that a launch will be taking place in September or October. If true, the iPhone 5 is going to be up against some stiff competition, arguably, the most serious competition […]

Android Jelly Bean to Follow Ice Cream Sandwich

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According to a report from ThisIsMyNext, the version of Android that follows the upcoming Android Ice Cream Sandwich will be called Android Jelly Bean. This fits in with Google’s naming its software after delicious treats and doing so in alphabetical order. To recap, we’ve had Eclair, then Froyo, then Gingerbread, then Honeycomb, and shortly, we’ll […]

Droid Bionic Landing Page Now Lists September Launch

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Just in case that September bit in that Motorola Droid Bionic  promo video wasn’t enough evidence for you, Verizon has gone ahead and updated the Droid Bionic’s landing page with the word ‘September’ replacing the usual ‘Coming Soon.’ Sorry folks, the Droid Bionic isn’t coming until September which means that the rumored August 26th date […]

Droid Bionic: Official Teaser Commercial (video)

Droid Bionic Commercial

After months of waiting, the Droid Bionic is on the verge of being let loose on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The first official Droid Bionic commercial is making the rounds and it should please Droid fans. The commercial features an actress dressed in a futuristic Samurai outfit. She walks down a plank and battles a […]