April 4, 2012 |
The Instagram app for Android is my new drug. It makes me frame everything as a potential snapshot to share. Beet sprouts in my garden. Dust bunnies in the hallway. Newspapers obscuring my view. A dead cockroach at work. Click, click, click. And the filters make it all look like "art. " Or at least photos that came from my childhood. Apparently, I wasn't the only one jonesing to get the app. Instagram for Android was downloaded a million times in less than 24 hours, CNET reports . Although I've had Instagram on my iPhone since the app was released, strangely enough, I can't remember ever using it. And I'm a snapping fool on my iPhone.
July 31, 2013 |
The tiny, two-inch-long digital TV receiver is cheaper than all of its rivals, and although it isn't quite as capable as the Apple TV or Roku 3 just yet, Google Chromecast has the potential to make a mark. At $35, Chromecast is nearly one third the price of the $99 Apple TV and it is cheaper than any of Roku's options. It can also be controlled by a variety of devices, including smartphones and tablets running Android and iOS operating systems as well as PC and Mac computers.
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.
April 9, 2013 |
Google's digital store for Android smartphone users is getting a face-lift. Google announced Tuesday that it has begun to roll out a new look for the mobile version of Google Play, its rival to Apple's iTunes. Some users around the world will see the new design starting Tuesday, then over time, more and more users will see the redesign on their devices. Currently, the mobile store is text heavy, but the redesign will change that and instead emphasize the use of large images. QUIZ: How much do you know about Google?
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.
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.