Android

  • A Sneak Peek Into Android’s Future

    A Sneak Peek Into Android’s Future

    Google is giving its apps and platforms, including Android, a big redesign, according to a recent report posted on Android Police, which backs up some things we had been hearing as well, but hadn’t fleshed out until now. According to the new report, Google is working on a new design language focused on giving all Google apps a more unified look-and-feel across the web, Android… Read More

  • Amazon’s Mayday Service On Fire Phone Means It Might Be Able To Sell Its Unique New Features

    Amazon’s Mayday Service On Fire Phone Means It Might Be Able To Sell Its Unique New Features

    Amazon has brought Mayday to the Fire Phone, it announced today. The Mayday service offers one-tap access to customer service agents who can talk to phone users via video chat, and take over the screen on their devices to show them exactly how to do something, complete with annotations. The service is available 24 hours, and service representatives will respond to requests within 15… Read More

  • Xyo Debuts An Alternative To Google Play’s App Store, Focused On Discovery

    Xyo Debuts An Alternative To Google Play’s App Store, Focused On Discovery

    A number of companies have tried their hand at introducing their own app-discovery services as alternatives to the default mobile app stores, like iTunes or Google Play. Some have been fortunate to find an exit (like Chomp or Hubbl), when all was said and done. But few have managed to establish significant user bases of their own. Today, a company called Xyo is giving app discovery another… Read More

  • Fleksy Builds A Texting App For The Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch

    Fleksy Builds A Texting App For The Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch

    Virtual keyboard startup Fleksy is pumped about iOS 8 and working on a beta of its software now that Apple has relaxed the platform restrictions on third-party keyboards. But that hasn’t stopped it from giving love to other platforms, too. Today, Fleksy is unveiling a full-fledged SMS messaging app for the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch, which runs on Tizen and syncs with a user’s… Read More

  • OnLive Is Now Streaming Top-Tier Games To The Wikipad Gaming Tablet

    OnLive Is Now Streaming Top-Tier Games To The Wikipad Gaming Tablet

    Remember OnLive? Despite a messy sale to escape a dark and stormy financial picture, the company lives on, and in March it launched its new CloudLift subscription gaming service. Today, it’s partnering with Wikipad, maker of the dedicated Android gaming tablet, to deliver full AAA PC gaming to the tablet. OnLive already offers this to any Android device with access to Google Play via… Read More

  • Nike+ FuelBand App Now Available On Android

    Nike+ FuelBand App Now Available On Android

    Nike has made the companion app for its FuelBand and FuelBand SE activity tracking wristbands available to Android users finally, two years after it first introduced the hardware and its apps for iOS devices. The companion app provides access to NikeFuel score information and history, and makes it so that your Android device can connect to your FuelBand as long as it has Bluetooth LE capabilities. Read More

  • Samsung Aims To Reinvigorate Its Tablet Line With The New Galaxy Tab S

    Samsung Aims To Reinvigorate Its Tablet Line With The New Galaxy Tab S

    Samsung has a new tablet family as of today, as it unveiled the Galaxy Tab S line of devices at its special event in NYC. Available in July, the Tab S comes in both 8.4 ($399) and 10.5-inch ($499) flavors in white and titanium bronze finishes with LTE-equipped models in the pipeline, and it presents a marked departure from the parade of mostly forgettable slates that Samsung has been pumping… Read More

  • The Metal Framework Gives iOS A Lead In Gaming For The Foreseeable Future

    The Metal Framework Gives iOS A Lead In Gaming For The Foreseeable Future

    Among the many announcements made during the two-hour keynote at WWDC yesterday, three were targeted specifically at game developers: SceneKit, new functions in SpriteKit, and Metal, a new framework that opens the door for vastly better performance in higher-end games on iOS, and does it in a way that Google simply can’t respond to because of the way Android works. Read More

  • Android Wear Developer Team Talks Building Apps For Moto 360 And LG G Watch

    Android Wear Developer Team Talks Building Apps For Moto 360 And LG G Watch

    Android Wear is going to be a big part of Google I/O 2014 this year, and Google helps developers acclimate to the idea of wrist-borne apps. Already, internal developers working on the project are working on software to help them demonstrate and validate concepts for apps for the platform, and they’re using the upcoming LG G Watch and Moto 360 to help them prototype. In a blog post… Read More

  • Samsung Outs Its First Tizen-Powered Smartphone

    Samsung Outs Its First Tizen-Powered Smartphone

    Samsung is taking another baby step away from the Android platform today, with the announcement of the first commercial smartphone powered by the open source Tizen platform, instead of Google’s Android OS. Read More