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  • 5 great free Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t

    It’s been a long time, Android fans, but one of your favorite series of recurring posts is finally back. Last year, we periodically put together lists packed with examples of great Android apps that feature functionality the iPhone simply can’t match. The iPhone is a terrific smartphone, but there are plenty of limitations in Apple’s iOS ecosystem that simply don’t exist for Android app developers, and here we can celebrate some of the apps that shine particularly bright.

  • Sony Rolls Out Android 5.0 Lollipop Update For Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, And Xperia Z3 Dual

    Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z3 Dual users will now get a taste of the much-awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

  • Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1 Update: What We Know So Far

    Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop update isn’t limited to its Nexus smartphones and tablets and there’s a good chance that it will be making it to Samsung’s stable of Galaxy smartphones in the future. Today we take a look at what we know, so far, about the Samsung Galaxy Android 5.1 Lollipop update and its rumored release.

  • Google Posts Android 5.1 Factory Images For The Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2013, And Nexus 7 2013 LTE

    There's no more waiting for Android 5.1 if you've got a Nexus 4 or either version of the 2013 Nexus 7. Google has posted the full factory images on the dev site, meaning you can flash the new version to get up to date no matter what you've done to your device's software.

  • 500? 1,000? You’ll never guess how many different Android devices are available

    Google’s mobile operating system Android is something of a phenomenon. The platform rocketed to the top of the mobile market thanks in large part to Google’s open source model. Any vendor can use Android to power its devices for free, and companies can make all sorts of customizations to suit their needs.

  • Dormi Turns Android Smartphones Or Tablets Into A Video Baby Monitor

    A number of companies today leverage the ubiquity of smartphones in order to offer parents “connected” baby monitoring systems that can be accessed from anywhere. Often, as with devices like NapTime or Evoz, these include a monitor and camera of some sort and an accompanying mobile app. But a startup called Dormi has historically offered a different take – instead of selling new hardware, the company allows you to re-use old Android smartphones or tablets in order to remotely monitor your baby’s room.

  • (Update: WiFi version too) Android 5.1 rolling out to Nexus 7 2013 LTE, OTA and factory image available

    The Android 5.1 rollout is probably the slowest in living memory, with some of Google’s Nexus devices still waiting for it more than a month after the official announcement of the new version.

  • Android 5.1 Problems: 7 Things Nexus Users Should Know Now

    Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop update continues to roll out bringing a collection of feature tweaks and bug fixes to Nexus users. And as the roll out picks up speed, we continue to hear about Nexus Android 5.1 problems. With that in mind, we take an updated look at Android 5.1 Lollipop problems, fixes for those problems and more.

  • How to Install Android 5.1 Lollipop on the Nexus 4

    Back in March Google finally announced and released the highly anticipated Android 5.1 Lollipop update for most Nexus smartphones and tablets. However, the updates have been slow to arrive for most users, and hasn’t arrived at all for others. The Nexus 9 is still stuck on Android 5.0.1, and now this week the Nexus 4 is finally getting Android 5.1 Lollipop. This guide will show you how to install the brand new Android 5.1 Lollipop update so that you can try out Google’s latest version of Android right now on your Nexus 4.

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop arrives for Samsung Galaxy Alpha, S5 Active

    It seems not a day goes by without another smartphone picking up its Android 5.0 update. Today sees a pair of AT&T handsets from Samsung joining the Lollipop guild.

  • Lost your Android phone? Now you can just Google its location

    Google can help you find almost anything, but it’s no good if you’ve lost your smartphone – until today. The search engine now has the ability to look up your lost device directly from its homepage.

  • Google search 'Find My Phone' to locate your missing Android
  • It's official: Meerkat is finally coming to Android

    Meerkat is now allowing Android users to sign up to get access to the beta version of the Android app, the company announced Wednesday.

  • Android gets biometric voice unlocking

    Google is deploying what it calls Trusted Voice to allow Android users to unlock phones using their voice, according to reports.

    The feature is filed under the Choc Factory's Smart Unlock feature which sports easier unlock mechanisms like Trusted devices, places, and faces.

  • Battle of the Phablets: Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4

    When it comes to smartphones, the recent trends seem to veer towards the notion that “bigger is better.” It all started with Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. At that time, phones looked like boxes of tic-tacs compared to this giant beast they dubbed as phablet (phone/tablet).

  • There Are over 18,000 Android Phone Models in the Wild, Google Says

    We have recently told you that the European Commission has officially accused Google of abusing its dominant position while its search services are concerned and also issued an antitrust probe into the Android mobile operating system.

Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

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NCR, the country’s largest supplier of cash machines, was today due to unveil a Linux-powered cash-machine running Google’s smartphone operating system. Called Kalpana*, NCR has developed a secure, customised version of Android KitKat 4.4.4 with chip giant Intel.

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New dual-boot TV boxes run Android + Ubuntu or Windows

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Like the idea of a TV box that runs Android and has access to thousands of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and XBMC, but don’t want to buy one unless it can also handle desktop apps like Office or LibreOffice?

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500? 1,000? You’ll never guess how many different Android devices are available

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Google’s mobile operating system Android is something of a phenomenon. The platform rocketed to the top of the mobile market thanks in large part to Google’s open source model. Any vendor can use Android to power its devices for free, and companies can make all sorts of customizations to suit their needs.

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  • Opera Mini finally behaves like a native Android web browser

    If you're an Opera fan on Android, you no longer have to choose between Opera Mini's super-efficient web browsing and the native interface of its full-size sibling. The company has overhauled Mini to finally give it the Android-friendly look and core features of the regular browser, including redesigned Speed Dial shortcuts, a private browsing mode and a customizable design that scales nicely to tablet sizes. There's also a much-needed, Mini-specific data gauge so that you know how many megabytes you're saving. Give it a spin if you're trying to squeeze the most you can out of a capped cellular plan.

  • WhatsApp for Android gets a much-needed Material Design makeover, bringing cleaner layouts and new icons
  • 'Hearthstone' Arrives On iOS And Android Phones At Last
  • Nexus 7 Android 5.1 Update Release Continues

    The Nexus Android 5.1 Lollipop update is finally starting to make some moves and today, the Nexus 7 Android 5.1 Lollipop update that’s begun to roll out for another one of Google’s variants. Just not the one that most people were expecting.

  • Google wants Android developers to make more kid-friendly apps

    Amazon has had a hard time keeping up with the sheer breadth of Google Play's app selection, but it's done a pretty great job when it comes to putting a spotlight on kid and family content. There's FreeTime Unlimited, a (cheap) monthly subscription service that gives younger users access to a wide selection of age-appropriate ebooks, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. And the company puts a worry-free guarantee behind its Fire HD Kids Edition; break the thing at any point over the course of two years, and Amazon will replace it for free.

  • New Android App Unlocks Your Phone At The Sound Of Your Voice

    The Android 5.0 Lollipop already lets you skip the traditional lock screen via Trusted Face, which uses facial recognition to make sure you're you, or if you’re connected to a Trusted Device, like a specific Bluetooth. Now, Google is adding a new smart lock: Trusted Voice, which uses voice recognition to check your identity.

  • LTE-Equipped Nexus 7 2013 (Razorg) Finally Gets The Android 5.1 Update

    It's been, what, five weeks since Google announced Android 5.1? In all that time the update has still not arrived on many of Mountain View's Nexus devices. At least one more is joining the 5.1 club today, and it's a little unexpected—the LTE Nexus 7 2013. No, the WiFi version still hasn't popped up.

  • LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Problems & Fixes

    Over the past few months LG and its partnering carriers have been busy pushing the LG G2 Android 5.0 Lollipop update out to owners around the globe. And while most of the feedback has been positive, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is also causing problems for many. The LG G2 in the US received Android 5.0 in February on AT&T, it hit Verizon in late March, and starting today is rolling out to T-Mobile owners.

  • This amazing secret trick will give any Android phone a huge speed boost

    We could spend all day counting all of the things that make Android a great platform, but for real smartphone enthusiasts, the operating system’s tweakability is surely somewhere near the top of the list. If there’s functionality you’re looking for that your Android smartphone doesn’t have out of the box, the odds are pretty good that an app or a tweak is waiting to solve your problem.

  • Brussels to investigate Google's Android

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  • Why is Android so different from Linux distros?

    Android is based on Linux, but that doesn't mean that it's the same as your average Linux distribution. A redditor wanted to know why Android is so different from the desktop distributions that we all know and love.

  • Verizon's LG G3 Is Finally Getting Its Android 5.0 Update

    The wait for Android 5.0 to arrive on the LG G3 has varied widely based on carrier—AT&T managed to get it released rather quickly and T-Mobile just rolled it out a week or two ago. Now it's Verizon's turn to get the Lollipop update done.

  • ICYMI: You Can Soon Unlock Your Android Phone With Just Your Voice
  • Trusted Voice unlock is rolling out to some Android users

    When the latest version of Google's Android app arrived last week, there was a hint that a new method for unlocking a device was on the way. Well, it seems the wait is over... for some.

  • LG G4 leaks: 'Gorgeous' Android flagship in real leather (and fake carbon fiber)

    If you're waiting to see what the next LG flagship phone looks like, wait no longer. Here's the LG G4, in all its leather-clad glory. It's no clone.

    The secret site the images were snarfed from didn't give much of a clue about the hardware specs -- what was there were clearly placeholders -- but if you like stitched leather, you'll love the G4.

  • 4 ways your Android device is tracking you (and how to stop it)

    So there I was, poking around some of the more arcane settings on my Moto G, when I stumbled across something that took me aback: an archive of every voice command I'd ever spoken to my phone.

    Turns out that each time you say something to the Google Now search box, Android saves a copy of what you said in your "Voice & Audio" history. Your voice history can go back months or even years, and it includes a transcript of what you said plus a playback button, so you can relive the moment.

  • Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

    Back in December 2013, I hailed the first generation Motorola Moto G as the best affordable smartphone on the market. If you want a reasonably compact 4.5-inch device, then, arguably, it still is the best, thanks to a midlife facelift that added a microSD slot and 4G reception.

  • Sony delivers Android 5.0 to Xperia Z3 Dual, Z1 and more

    Android 5.0 Lollipop is ready to roll on half a dozen Sony smartphones.

  • Deal alert: Get $100 off one of the world’s best Android Wear watches
  • Buy an Android smartphone and Moto 360 from Best Buy, get $100 off the total purchase

    Even though the successor to Motorola’s Android Wear smartwatch, the Moto 360, seems to be right around the corner, the original is still considered one of the better smartwatches currently available. Through Best Buy’s newest promotion, that purchase just became much more easygoing on your wallet.

  • Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Update: Is It Worth Installing Right Now?

    We’ve been using the Nexus 5 Android 5.1 Lollipop update for a number of weeks. And now that the update is rolling out in full force, Nexus 5 users are faced with a decision about whether to install Google’s latest firmware. With some experience under our belts, we want to help with your decision. This is our Nexus 5 Android 5.1 review at the three week mark.

  • Best new apps for Android and iOS (April 7th – April 13th 2015)

    Hey there, app hunters! As we do each week, we've combed through the Android and iOS stores once again to look for something interesting for you to download and play around with. Keeping track of the new apps that come out for the lighthearted, so should you desire to have a look at some fresh offerings each week, yet feel daunted by the heap of information you'd have to dig through, feel free to check back regularly.

  • Watch HBO Now on Android and Roku right now

    Think an iDevice is the only way to get HBO's new streaming service? Think again. For $9.99 you can sling it just about anywhere -- for three months.

  • 5 Things to Know About the Nexus 4 Android 5.1 Update

    Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop update is missing for a number of Nexus devices though it looks like we can finally take the Nexus 4 Android 5.1 update off of the list. With an OTA in sight, we take a look at what users need to know, right now, about the Nexus 4 Android 5.1 Lollipop update.

  • These E3 Android Wear Watch Bands are Really, Really Nice

    Last week, Google announced a set of official partnerships with a handful of companies willing to make watch bands for Android Wear devices. One of those companies is E3 Motocycles, a shop out of Brooklyn, NY, who specializes in hand-made products that use quality materials like Horween leather. Out of the group that was announced by Google, the E3 watch bands were the closest to our personal tastes in watch bands, so we picked a few up. Man, these are incredible.

  • Android 5.0.2 pushed out for Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra

    Android 5.0.2 is now reaching the Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The update is being disseminated to certain regions only, and offers build number 14.5.A.0.242. The update includes the new Material Design, Lock Screen notifications, the new 64-bit ART runtime compiler that will open apps faster, new "Recent Apps" screen, Project Volta for extended battery life, and more.

  • Some Nexus 5 Owners Afflicted By Camera Crashes Following Android 5.1 Update

    Updates get us excited, especially when they involve making the leap to the latest version of Android. But for some Nexus 5 users, the transition has come at the expense of their camera. Following the release of Android 5.1, they've been unable to reliably activate the camera without getting hit by crashes.

  • No, not that Cloud: Final Fantasy XIII now streaming to iOS, Android devices

    Square Enix games are hardly missing from mobile devices, but most of what you’ll see from the company are ports of its older games. Dragon Quest VIII, which originally launched on the PlayStation 2, was about as recent as it gets. At least it was until now.

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop OTA now available for the Nexus 4

    When Google announced Android 5.1 Lollipop last month, the new version of Android quickly began rolling out to multiple Nexus family devices. There are still a few Nexus handsets that have yet to see the update, but today we can check one more off the list – the Nexus 4. The OTA, which is available now, weighs in at only 174MB and will bring your device from build number LRX22C to LMY47O.

  • HTC One M8 Will Skip Android 5.0.2 And Go Straight To Android 5.1, HTC One M7 May Get 5.1 Too

    A new report indicates that HTC will skip Android 5.0.2 for the HTC One M8, which will go straight to 5.1 Lollipop at some time in the future. The older HTC One M7 may get 5.1 as well, despite a recent announcement that it will not.

  • Opera Launches Redesigned Opera Mini For Android

    Opera Mini, the little brother to Opera’s regular mobile browser, is getting a major makeover on Android today. The company says the new design, which is pretty much in line with the regular Opera mobile browser, is meant to give the browser a more native look and feel.

9 ways Android Wear is better than the Apple Watch

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Right off the bat, you have many more Android Wear options because a bunch of different companies have taken their own shot at an Android-powered smartwatch, including Motorola, LG, Huawei, Samsung, and Sony. There are 8 different designs so far.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: The Best Android Phone Of All Time

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There has been something very surprising about the levels of interest I’ve seen with the S6 and S6 Edge, namely that the interest seems to be focused now, as the phone goes on sale, on the S6 instead of the Edge.

This is the reverse of what I noticed when I published my initial hands-on reviews of the device from a pre-brief held in London ahead of their launch at Mobile World Congress. And indeed, I was at MWC – I was a guest of Samsung, covering the show for one of my British publishers – and the buzz there was all about the Edge.

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