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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…)

New Android name revealed – Lemon Meringue Pie

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, No Comments

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For some reason Google unveiled the new version of Android to developers and simply called it Android L. At that point they said they hadn’t yet decided on what the official release will be called. (more…)

Mom develops app so son can’t ignore her text messages

Published by on Aug 21st, 2014, 3 Comments

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Teenagers; they are constantly in their own world and are only interested in texting their friends – definitely not their parents.

And for one Texas mom this was not going to fly. She got so fed up with her teenage son not replying to her text messages or phone calls, that she decided to fight fire with fire – by developing an app that would force him to reply.

Ignore No More is an app that allows parents to block their kids’ phones remotely, even when they are not in the house.

The app essentially disables the child’s phone – that is until he or she decides to reply to mom or dad. It blocks them from texting or calling anyone else (or even use the internet) except contacts listed on an emergency number list or emergency responders like the police or paramedics.

To unblock their phone, they will be forced to call their parents to receive a passcode to disable the block.  (more…)

Will Google and Samsung’s relationship last?

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, 8 Comments

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It is no secret that Samsung has been a big part of Android’s meteoric rise to dominance. In fact, the utter dominance that Samsung enjoyed in the Android market had Google worried. So much so that Google had to personally meet other manufacturers and help them to step up their game to compete with Samsung.

The reason for this is of course the eventual intentions of Samsung to leave Android behind altogether for their in-house operating system, Tizen. Samsung also changed the Android interface so much with the launch of the Tab Pro and Note Pro tablets at the beginning of the year that it lead to Samsung execs flying out to South Korea to confront Samsung. Subsequently Samsung has vowed to drop this Magazine UI in favour of something more traditionally like Android. (more…)

Google Play Store getting massive makeover

Published by on Jul 15th, 2014, No Comments

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It seems Google is completely focused on aesthetics, something we couldn’t say about them at all times a couple of years ago. The Google Play Store has always been easy to use and functional, sure, but visually it hasn’t always been appealing.

Now we hear news that the Play Store will receive another visual overhaul, and we like the look of it. A large amount of screenshots have leaked and we see many visual changes to the Play Store. Extra-large artwork is everywhere, and there are now a slew of icons that make it clear what you’ll be getting, meaning there won’t be any nasty surprises when you open that app for the first time. (more…)

Google surprises with Android One

Published by on Jun 26th, 2014, No Comments

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As the keynote from Google I/O started the whole conference room was abuzz as to what we would hear from Google VP Sundar Pichai. Not many people saw this coming, however.

After spouting Google’s user statistics for its Android OS – which has now hit 1 billion active users over a 30 day period – first big I/O announcement to make: the launch of Google’s Android One project.

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Google I/O 2014: What to Expect

Published by on Jun 25th, 2014, No Comments

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We’re all licking our fingers to the prospect of getting plenty of news, software, hardware and more from Google at their yearly conference, Google I/O. The key-note from the company will take place today, and we’ll be following all the goings-on with bated breath.

But what exactly are we waiting for? Here are our top predictions of things to expect from this year’s conference. (more…)

Nokia announces the X2 Android phone (video)

Published by on Jun 25th, 2014, No Comments

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We were rather bamboozled when Nokia released three Android phones, the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL several months ago.

They continue to baffle us today with the announcement of the second iteration of one of the devices, a couple of months after the first. The colourful phones are meant to show users a different face to Android, which is modelled after Windows Phone’s tile arrangements. The idea is to lure said users onto the Microsoft platform sooner or later. (more…)

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