South African singer, Danny K, has just launched his latest album called ‘Good Look’ and with it, an exciting app that was developed with the help of Wonderland collective and Samsung.
On 21 November, Danny K held an exclusive listening session of ‘Good Look’ at Taboo nightclub in Sandton. Not only was his new music put on display, but the app was also unveiled.
Director of Mobile Communications Samsung Electronics South Africa, Craige Fleischer first took to the stage to embrace the partnership between Samsung, Danny K and music.
Business Development Director of Wonderland Works, Graeme Lipschitz, also had the chance to showcase their latest work by introducing the app to the guests, by taking them through the unique design, layout and features. (more…)
There might be some of you out there that are thinking of switching from your iPhone to an Android device (and vice versa). Well don’t fret, if you are of the former the Google executive chairman has decided to answer your questions.
Eric Schmidt said in a post to Google+: “Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android,” Schmidt writes. “The latest high-end phones from Samsung (Galaxy S4), Motorola (Verizon Droid Ultra) and the Nexus 5 (for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface. They are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!”
It explains how to add a Google account to your devices, import contacts, sync music etc. Check out the rest of his post and see if you think it’s as easy as he makes it seem. (more…)
After the recent launch of BBM on iPhone and Android devices, with more than 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours, BBM has now ended its first week with more than 80 million monthly active users, including over 20 million new users on Android and iPhone devices.
During its first week, BBM was the top free overall app in 35 countries in Google Play and in 107 countries in the App Store. BBM is still trending high in markets like US, UK, Canada, Indonesia and much of the middle east.
“It is great to see so many people downloading BBM, but the true measurement for us is engagement – the connections being made and the conversations in which our BBM community engages. The power of BBM has always been the active, real conversations and interaction that our customers enjoy,” said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President of BBM at BlackBerry. “From here on out, we will focus on active users of BBM and will no longer focus on simple download numbers.”
With the BBM community now at more than 80 million active users around the globe, users are connecting on the private social network like never before.
At first new users of BBM on iPhone and Android had to wait before they could sign up with a virtual queuing system. This past weekend, BlackBerry was able to remove the virtual line-up so that Android and iPhone users can now immediately download, sign in and start using BBM without having to wait.
One can never be 100% sure about the ingredients and chemicals used in everyday skin care products or cosmetics. But now, not knowing might be a thing of the past as new apps developed to let consumers know what they are using, will be available soon.
The first of these is a free iPhone app called Think Dirty. Based in Toronto, Think Dirty scans the barcode of a cosmetic product to check for ingredients and chemicals and then gives it score.
The score will then indicate whether the product contains any harmful ingredients, chemicals or allergens.
Not only will Think Dirty tell you what ingredients were used to make the product, but it will also list each ingredient separately and explain it’s potential effect on your skin or health. (more…)
According to a recent survey conducted by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab, over 50% of Android-based smartphone and tablet owners do not use any security software to protect their devices against cyber-threats. Meanwhile, Android has long been the most popular platform for ordinary users and the cybercriminals who use malware to steal from them.
Only 40% of smartphone and 42% of tablet owners participating in the survey stated that they have installed a security solution on their devices and are now using it. Other respondents are content to rely on the limited security features integrated in the OS, or trust their own instincts to keep them safe.
Meanwhile, for cybercriminals Android is well-established as the top target among all mobile platforms. According to the Kaspersky Lab cloud service Kaspersky Security Network, which accumulates data about urgent cyber-threats, 99% of current malware samples targeting mobile devices have been developed for the Android platform. And this threat is growing: Kaspersky Lab specialists detected 35,000 malicious samples for the whole of 2012, while the figure for the first half of 2013 was over 47,000.
There are two main reasons why cybercriminals are interested in the Android platform: popularity and functionality. (more…)
Earlier in the month, we reported that BlackBerry’s messaging service, BBM, would be available on Samsung Galaxy smartphones across Africa, soon.
And now, it seems the much anticipated (and sometimes criticized) release of BBM for Android is imminent.
While both Samsung and BlackBerry have jointly been promoting the cross-over to Android since the beginning of the month, the promotion and advertising has picked up a notch.
The first wave of advertisements have been released and are cheekily made in a ‘teaser’ kind of way.
CrackBerry, a tongue-in-cheek website dedicated to providing news, updates, guides and forums for BlackBerry ‘users and abusers’, have gotten their hands on a video advertisement from Samsung Ghana.
The video, which promotes the cross-over to Android, contains no sound or even a confirmed launch date. What it does show, however, is that the efforts in the promotion of BBM for Android are picking up fast.
According to some CrackBerry readers, the ad has been shown at football matches and other public events – an obvious attempt at wide-spread publicity.
Vodacom today launched the new Vodafone Smart Mini, an affordable and easy to use entry level smartphone which does not compromise on performance. This value for money android phone is now available at Vodacom World in Midrand and from other participating outlets.
The Android Jelly Bean 4.1, handset offers a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, 2 megapixel camera, 1GHz processor and 4GB storage. The phone offers high quality at an attractive price point when compared to other low cost smartphones.
Customers that sign up on a Top Up 135 plus contract at R149 per month will receive two Vodafone Smart Mini handsets for the price of one. The deal also includes R135 worth of airtime, 100MB of data per month and a free Starter pack for the second phone. (more…)
Fragmentation between devices and version of Android is a major pain to many users and a large reason why some people do not prefer the platform. Personally, I love Android and its openness, but won’t make myself susceptible to fragmentation; therefore I have been rocking Nexus devices for years. Getting the latest versions of Android is an imperative to me, as for others. Admittedly, though, the problem is becoming less and less of an issue, as manufacturers seem to be releasing updates more frequently and quicker after Google releases the software.
Google has released its latest saturation figures, and for the first time in years, Android’s version 2.3, or Gingerbread, isn’t on the highest percentage of Android devices. Jelly Bean finally has that honour, with 40.5% of all Android devices. Gingerbread is still hanging on stubbornly at 33% and it’s safe to assume that those devices will never receive an update. Interestingly, 0.1% of devices are still running Android 1.6 Donut from 2009. Come on folks, turn off those devices – it must be working like an old dog!
Source: Android Developers