December 4, 2013 |
The former head of Android is now working on a new robotics effort for Google. Andy Rubin, who cofounded and then led the Android mobile platform up until this year, is turning his passion for robots into a new "moonshot" venture for the Mountain View, Calif., tech company, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Though few details have been revealed by Rubin or Google, the robotics effort is targeted at manufacturers and aims to improve the way Google and other companies assemble and deliver products.
May 18, 2012 |
Motorola was given bad news by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which banned several of its smartphones from coming into the country due to an infringement of a Microsoft patent. A total of 18 devices Motorola devices running Android, including the Droid, were affected by the ban, which was issued Friday. The ban affects Motorola's Blur devices as well as Google Experience mobile devices, a Microsoft spokeswoman told Bloomberg News. The decision goes back to a 2010 complaint filed by Microsoft claiming that Motorola violated nine of its patents, according to PCMag . Motorola said it will not be immediately impacted by the decision because of a 60-day presidential review period where it can continue to import the devices, but it must pay 33 cents for each unit it brings in. "Although we are disappointed by the commission's ruling that certain Motorola Mobility products violated one patent, we look forward to reading the full opinion to understand its reasoning," the company said in a statement.
May 15, 2013 |
Google announced Wednesday that 900 million Android devices have now been activated, up by 500 million from last year. The company made the announcement at its Google I/O developer's conference in San Francisco. Google also announced that 48 billion apps have been installed from its digital store, not too far off from Apple's 49.9 billion app downloads. The announcement came just before various Google executives took the stage to begin announcing new features for its mobile operating system.
January 24, 2013 |
"Temple Run 2," the sequel to the wildly popular mobile game, is now available for Android and Kindle devices. The app hit the Google Play store and Amazon.com Appstore early Thursday morning. Just like the original "Temple Run," the new game is also available free -- although users can purchase upgrades within the game. "Temple Run 2" is similar to the original game where users are running through an endless world, trying to survive and achieve the highest score possible.
May 22, 2013 |
Android smartphones on Boost Mobile's network can now serve as a mobile wallet. Boost Mobile subscribers can head to any of the carrier's stores to load cash into their virtual wallet. The approach differs from a long-rumored app - designed to virtually store credit cards - that's said to be coming from the country's major carriers. Boost's focus is on customers who rely on cash payments and don't have credit cards. Payments can be sent across the world, including to 3,500 companies in the U.S. In a twist from existing mobile-wallet apps such as Square, users also will get a prepaid Visa card that's linked to their mobile wallet.
July 10, 2012 |
Surprise: Twitter released its update for iPhone and Android on Tuesday. OK, not really, but it's real now and not just expectation . As expected, both platforms are getting expanded tweets that show content previews, images and videos for tweets with links to partner websites. If you update and don't have it yet, hang tight. Twitter notes that it's "rolling out gradually. " Also coming to Android's version 3.3 and iPhone's version 4.3 are push notifications from your tweets and tappable avatars that take you right to the profiles.
June 5, 2012 |
WhosHere, a smartphone app that lets you meet and chat with people nearby, now lets you do it over video -- and over an Android phone. Just a couple weeks after adding video chat to its iOS app, the company expanded Tuesday into Amazon's Appstore and Google Play for use on smartphones and tablets. “The new video chat feature takes this up a notch by allowing people to naturally progress through their virtual connections -- starting with a chat, a call and then actually seeing each other via video -- without the pressure of giving out your phone number or email address," said Bryant Harris, co-founder and chief executive.
May 20, 2011 |
Google Inc. is updating its Android operating system to fix a security flaw that is believed to have left millions of smartphones and tablets vulnerable to personal data leaks. The flaw "could, under certain circumstances, allow a third party access to data available in calendar and contacts," a Google spokesman said in a statement. "This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days. " The fix is being issued for each version of Android released, and phones and tablets began automatically getting the updates Wednesday, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about the software update.
July 16, 2013 |
Tinder, the popular mobile dating app, is finally available to Android users. The app, which reportedly aims to making dating easier by taking the risk of rejection out of the equation, launched Tuesday on Android after being exclusive to the iPhone. Tinder, which syncs with your Facebook profile, has grown immensely popular since launching last September, and it works by letting users quickly see others in their radius who they may be compatible with. If the user is interested in someone, they can swipe to the left on their device, and if not, they can swipe to the right and move to the next candidate.
October 30, 2012 |
Panoramic photos are nice, but Google just did Apple one better with a new feature that allows users to take a photo with a 360-degree view on the latest version of its Android operating system. Along with some new devices , Google introduced Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on Monday, and the standout feature is called Photo Sphere. It lets users photograph the scene around them and then automatically stitches them together to create a 360 degree photo. It's similar to the 360-degree panaromas we do here at The Times.