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May 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
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January 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
"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.
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May 22, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
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.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
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.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
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.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is trying to make mobile messaging more conversational with some changes it's been rolling out this past month, but one of those could lead to some awkward moments between you and your friends. Among the new Facebook messaging features that are on its iOS and Android apps are a new, more visible real-time typing indicator and a feature that shows you where your friends are messaging you from, a spokeswoman for the company said. The features, she added, are especially meant to improve group messages.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The latest update to the Facebook iOS and Android apps will now let you tag your friends in status posts and comments. The feature, which has long been available on the Facebook website, can be activated by typing "@" followed by the name of the friend you want to tag in your comment or status update. You can use this feature on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or any Android device running the latest version of the Facebook app. Quiz: The week in business Facebook has also added a "Share" button next to the "Like" and "Comment" buttons.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Leaving the front door unlocked is a risky move. And that risk is the same with smartphones running Android, Google's open operating system. Android phones come with unlocked doors, allowing them to install applications found almost anywhere online. But when downloading applications from somewhere other than the Google Play store, Android device users must be more cautious than ever, according to Juniper Networks third annual Mobile Threats Report . People who create viruses and other malicious software, or malware, for mobile devices have targeted Android because it has become the dominant mobile operating system worldwide.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
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