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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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BUSINESS
April 9, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. is under fire from a coalition of companies including Microsoft Corp. which have called on European antitrust authorities to launch an investigation into the Internet giant's dominance on smartphones. The FairSearch group alleges Google is violating European antitrust laws by giving away its Android mobile operating system to device manufacturers on the condition that its applications such as Google Maps and YouTube be prominently displayed on devices. Android mobile software is installed on about 70% of new smartphones, making it the dominant mobile software platform around the world.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It seems Santa's sleigh was filled with smartphones and tablets this year as more than 17.4 million Android and Apple mobile devices were activated on Christmas Day -- setting an all-time record, according to a new report. Tuesday's total was more than 2½ times the 6.8 million activations on Christmas Day 2011 and more than four times the average of 4 million activations per day between Dec. 1 and Dec. 20. The figures were reported Thursday by Flurry, an app analytics platform that tracks more than 260,000 apps.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
An update for the Facebook Messenger app on Android released Tuesday will make it easier for non-members to sign up, create an account and begin communicating with their contacts over the service. Facebook announced that people without accounts in India, Indonesia, Australia, Venezuela and South Africa will be able to create Messenger accounts with just their names and phone numbers over the next few weeks. The social network's Peter Deng, a product director for the company, said the update is intended to draw in more users from those countries by making it easier to sign up, according to the New York Times . The company is betting that after using their messaging app, new users will want to use the rest of the services available on Facebook.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Texting and driving? It's against the law in 39 states - including California - but that hasn't stopped many of us from reaching for the phone while we're on the road. About 100,000 people are texting and driving at any given moment, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And more than 1 million accidents this year have been caused by distracted drivers, many of them while texting. Still, the chime of a new text message is enticing and the urge to look at it is almost Pavlovian.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
How to Build an Android The True Story ofPhilip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection David F. Dufty Henry Holt: 288 pp., $26 In 2005, at the edge of robotics, a curious project took shape: an android that was an eerily realistic copy of science fiction authorPhilip K. Dick. It looked likePhilip K. Dick. It wore his clothes. Using sophisticated software that drew upon hundreds of interviews as well as Dick's many published books, it even talked something like Philip K. Dick.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has sent out an invitation to a July 24 news announcement event in which the head of its Android and Chrome units is scheduled to speak. The event, at DogPatch Studios in San Francisco, will feature Sundar Pichai, who earlier this year was tapped to oversee the development of the Android operating system in addition to running the unit that works on the Google's Chrome Web browser. Google will kick off the event at 9 a.m. and live stream it on YouTube. PHOTOS: Killed Google products It's unclear what exactly Google plans to announce ( the invitation is one of the least revealing tech invites of the last few years)
BUSINESS
July 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T's new upgrade plan was at the top of tech news Tuesday while Tinder also rolled out a version of its app for Android. 'AT&T Next' allows smartphone upgrades each year AT&T's new Next plan will allow users to pay for their phones on a monthly plan with no down payment or any other fees. After 12 payments, which can range from $15 to $50 depending on the device, users can upgrade to another device. Next, available starting July 26, follows T-Mobile's Jump plan, which was introduced last week.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Security software makers McAfee and Norton recently added features to their Android apps designed to help users control who can interact with the sensitive information on their smartphones and tablets. The focus on privacy is aimed at drawing more consumers to pay $30 a year for the apps, which traditionally have been touted as protection against dangerous apps that the security industry calls malware . But Google, which spearheads development of the Android operating system, has said that malware is a mild threat.
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