02 April 20146By Alex DobieSamsung is looking to take advantage of its presence across the breadth of consumer electronics categories with its new Smart Home service, announced today. The electronics giant aims to make home automation easier for owners of its range of smartphones, smartwatches, TVs and white goods, with a single app able to connect home appliances and mobile devices.
01 April 20149By Jerry HildenbrandKeep up on the latest developments in this Xbox second-screen app
If you want that second-screen experience between your Xbox One and your Android phone, but also want to ride that bleeding edge known as beta, Microsoft has you covered...
01 April 20146By Jerry HildenbrandAnother complete podcast manager choice
doubleTwist has updated their Android app, bringing some great new features for folks who use it to listen to their favorite podcasts.
Today's new features are all available in the free, ad-supported mode, but of course are also available for premium customers...
01 April 201453By Andrew MartonikKitKat doubles its share of active installs in just a month
Google has released its monthly report on active Android devices and their software version, and as you'd expect things are moving towards the latest releases. Android 2.2 is present on just 1.1 percent of devices accessing Google Play, down from 1.2 percent last month, while Honeycomb is still at its lonely 0.1 percent.
Gingerbread is holding down a sizable 17.8 percent, but that's down from 19 percent this time last month. Android 4.0, 4.1 and 4.3 all dropped slightly, but gains on Android 4.2 and 4.4 made modern versions (Ice Cream Sandwich and above) as a whole grow to over 80 percent for the first time.
Android 4.2 gained one percentage point to 18.1 percent of active devices. KitKat makes the jump over the 5 percent (5.3 percent to be exact) mark for the first time, a dramatic jump to over double the 2.5 percent we saw a month earlier.
Source: Android Developers
01 April 201412By Jerry HildenbrandUsing apps found in Apple's App Store, Google Play, the Amazon Appstore and the Windows store, viewers will be able to watch live programming from ABC Family, Disney Channel and Disney XD, as well as live network streams of ABC, which are currently available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Fresno, Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham.
01 April 201412By Andrew MartonikA new menu item is showing up for some users in the Play Store on the web, giving you a look at all of your +1 and comment activity in the store. This reflects a change that was added to the Play Store on Android back in December, letting you have a broad look at all of your Play Store engagement in one place.
01 April 201449By Jerry HildenbrandGoogle is petitioning the Supreme Court to dismiss one of the Google Street View lawsuits.
Google Street View vehicles would scan unencrypted and open Wifi networks to help find the Street View cars location, which led to cries of privacy violations, and ultimately lawsuits.
01 April 2014168By Alex DobieHow does HTC's latest match up to Google's six-month-old Nexus?
With the launch of the new HTC One M8 last week, the first major Android flagship of 2014 is finally upon us. And as we said in our full review of the phone, the M8 is one of the most impressive Android devices we've used...
01 April 201421By Andrew MartonikSame $660 up-front price or $27.50 monthly financing applies for later pre-orders
T-Mobile is pushing back the date you can pre-order a Galaxy S5 and still have it by launch day, giving everyone an extra week to get their orders in...
01 April 20146By Andrew MartonikIt's only been a couple of weeks since the Chromecast made its way to the UK, and the content offerings for the little streaming stick have been increasing with rapid pace. The latest on the way is sports programming — yup, meaning all of your favorite football teams — from BT, which joins BBC iPlayer for UK-based content on the device.
01 April 201415By Andrew MartonikFour batteries to fit your needs, each with solid design and performance — just be ready to pay for them.
TYLT has made name for itself as a manufacturer that puts out high-quality mobile accessories that are both functional and completely unique in their design...
01 April 201417By Simon SageLeaked documents are showing that the upcoming LG L90 will be hitting T-Mobile on April 29. No information on pricing was revealed in the leak from TMoNews, but the L90's a lower-end device, so set your expectations accordingly....
01 April 201485By Derek KesslerTo be updated independently of Android, gaining custom filter support
The Android camera app will soon be split off into the Google Play Store and is looking to get an update with a refreshed UI and new effects...
01 April 20142By Phil NickinsonCanadian carrier Telus today announced that it's now putting up for preorder the Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 smartwatch, and Gear Fit fitness tracker. Telus also has changed up the pricing for its GS5, lowing it by $20 to $229 on a two-year contract. Outright price remains $730.