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Nokia N1 announced, the company’s first Android tablet (video)

Published by on Nov 19th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Not long ago, we speculated about Nokia making a move to come back into the smartphone market with Android. As it turns out, though, the company’s first device since selling its Lumia devices division to Microsoft will not be a smartphone, but a tablet. And yes, it is an Android tablet.

The company has announced the Nokia N1, a 7.9-inch tablet running Android 5.0 Lollipop. While tablet designs are pretty generic these days, we can’t help notice that this device looks awfully like the iPad Mini. Along with the latest Android build, the device will launch with Nokia’s own Z Launcher, which it has released for Android smartphones as well. (more…)

Nokia’s last hope is… Android?

Published by on Nov 5th, 2014, 6 Comments

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As Obi-Wan Kenobi was to Princess Leia, Android could be Nokia’s only hope in remaining alive in the smartphone market. Having sold off its devices division to Microsoft, the Lumia name has now gone to the technology giant from Redmond. Subsequently, Microsoft has completely dropped the Nokia name from its upcoming Lumia devices.

As it happens, this may not turn out to be the end of Nokia as a smartphone manufacturer. While Lumia devices will now exclusively run Windows Phone, recent rumours point hint at Nokia preparing a high-end Android-powered smartphone. (more…)

Google Fit launches for Android

Published by on Oct 29th, 2014, No Comments

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It has been quite some time since we first heard about Google Fit, the fitness application that will be launched on all Android devices pretty soon.

The Google Fit app, the company’s answer to Apple Health, is now available for download, compiling all of those collected fitness stats in the same spot. By leveraging your phone’s sensors, the software monitors walking, running and cycling activity, allowing you to set specific goals and benefit from some friendly advice. (more…)

Android 5.0 is official and called Lollipop

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Yes, today is all about the big G. Not only do we have two new Nexus devices, but we also have the official release of Android 5.0 or ‘L’, which is now officially called Android Lollipop.

Summing up the new Android release, which includes some 5,000 new APIs and the new Material Design visual style, Google describes Lollipop as an OS for interacting with a bunch of different screens — from phones and tablets to set-top boxes and wearables. (more…)

Android looks very different in these new ads (video)

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

The ad above and the two below are now showing on US televisions and it gives us an idea of the new direction Google is taking with Android. It is certainly very different from what we have seen in the past.

It all but shows the new Nexus 6 that we are expecting sometime this week, with the smallest Android figure pulling out a monstrously large phone. We are expecting the Nexus 6 to be a large 5.9-inch phablet, which is a bit disappointing to the stock Android fans out there not interested in the large screen craze. To be honest, Android isn’t optimised in its stock form to really use the larger screens effectively, so let’s hope Google is cooking up something interesting with Android L which we haven’t seen yet.

Check out the other ads below, and let us know what you think about them in the comments section: (more…)

4 Ways to speed up your Android

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2014, 1 Comment

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Google have been pushing towards software build of Android that can run on older, less powerful hardware for quite some time to make your device usable for longer. That being said, many phones aren’t bogged down by Android itself, but by the skinned version the manufacturer have plopped onto the OS build.

We have found, however, that there are a couple of ways to speed up your Android device, no matter which it is. These tips are more useful on certain kinds of phones than others, but no matter what phone you have, none will hurt.

Storage Clean Up (more…)

Ms. Pac-Man joins the breast cancer fight

Published by on Oct 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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October month is breast cancer month and this year we will see an activist of note when it comes to fighting for the cause.  Ms. Pac-Man herself will be fighting alongside millions of women diagnosed with the disease.

In an attempt to help boost the awareness of breast cancer, game developer house Bandai Namco, set out Ms. Pac-Man as their mascot.

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Huawei boss says Tizen won’t be successful (Updated)

Published by on Sep 22nd, 2014, No Comments

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Although few and far between, there are some people out there who are fans of anything other than Android or iOS. Many were happy to hear Tizen would add more flavour to the mobile operating system market, but unfortunately it has seen a rocky start to get off the ground.

In an interview, Richard Yu (who heads up the company’s consumer business group) spoke about the company’s plans regarding Tizen, Windows Phone and a long-rumoured homegrown OS, and basically said they were all doomed. (more…)

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