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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)
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May 23, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
It looks as if fall could be a very busy season for Microsoft. The software maker appears poised to release Office for iPad and Android tablets and an Outlook Web app for iOS this fall, according to reports.  Although officially Microsoft has no comment, reports have surfaced that the full suite of Office apps will have a November release, according to website BGR . And the app is said to look almost identical to the leaked images from...
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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.
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August 15, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Pinterest is looking to extend its popularity to mobile devices, reaching users wherever they are. The social networking start-up threw a big bash at its new San Francisco headquarters to roll out new versions of its service for Android smartphones and for the iPad. It also updated its year-old iPhone app to make it sleeker and faster. The apps can be downloaded here .  Pinterest, which lets users "pin" content they find on the Web to virtual boards, has exploded in popularity but won't say how many users it has. ComScore says it grew to about 23 million users in July, up from 1  million a year ago. It was only last week that Pinterest opened its service to the general public.
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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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March 12, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Smaller tablets are taking a bigger piece of the pie. Worldwide tablet shipments are expected to increase to 190.9 million units this year -- up from a previous estimate of 172.4 million -- thanks to a predicted surge in smaller, lower-priced tablets, according to a report Tuesday by market research firm International Data Corp. "One in every two tablets shipped this quarter was below 8 inches in screen size. And in terms of shipments, we expect smaller tablets to continue growing in 2013 and beyond," said Jitesh Ubrani, research analyst for IDC's Tablet Tracker.
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