Are Android apps coming to Windows?

Published by on Feb 14th, 2014, No Comments


Rumours are running rife that Microsoft might be giving in and opening up Windows for Android apps – and many believe it’s about time.

According to The Verge, sources close to Microsoft’s inner circle have revealed that the company are heavily considering the big move of allowing Android apps to run on Windows mobile and desktop platforms.

While the sources claim that these Microsoft Android mash-up ideas are still only in it’s early stages of discussion, there is already a divide in the company swinging either yay or nay.  (more…)

22seven launches Android app

Published by on Feb 11th, 2014, No Comments


Following its acquisition by Old Mutual, 22seven, the local start-up that caused uproar in the local banking sector last year, has now been granted a global platform for its personal financial management service.

CEO and founder of 22seven, Christo Davel, says the stress has now shifted from “having to pay for things as a start-up” to having to deliver on a business that needs to run in the UK and other territories while also having to continuously develop the product. (more…)

Woz says Apple should make an Android phone. Wait, what?

Published by on Feb 7th, 2014, 3 Comments


Steve Wozniak has always had wacky ideas when the rest of the world looks mute and dull. He created the personal computer as a kid when experts said it can’t be done, remember? Although he isn’t an active member of the Apple engineering family anymore, he still has lots to say about his beloved Cupertino.

We’ve heard that Steve is a fan of the Nokia Lumia smartphones, but Android? (more…)

Blackberry to run Android Apps

Published by on Jan 15th, 2014, 7 Comments

rsz_blackberry_androidBlackberry is trying every trick in the book to regain its glory days of old. Good E Reader reports that many reputable game and app development companies are being approached by Blackberry to tweak and submit their leading apps on a newly developed section of Blackberry World. Blackberry has, like Apple, stuck to apps developed within their own OS framework but a new firmware update will herald a new era for Balckberry app users. They will be able to directly load Android (apk) files onto their Blackberries. To get the ball rolling Blackberry will offer some new Android apps for download direct from their online app store (Blackberry world). (more…)

Nokia Normandy Android phone surfaces

Published by on Jan 14th, 2014, No Comments


While this Nokia device might look strange to most with only one capacitive button at the bottom, the source claims that this is Nokia project Normandy – the Nokia device running a tweaked version of Android. It will be a low-end device that will come to market sometime in this year.

The name has been floating around for a few months now, often accompanied by images flaunting Nokia’s usual design cues but without the hardware shutter button or LED flash that adorn its Lumia devices. Normally, that would peg the hardware for Nokia’s Asha line. (more…)

Coming soon: Locally made Android smartphones and tablets

Published by on Jan 9th, 2014, 3 Comments


South Africans can soon look forward to a more affordable Android smartphone and tablet, that is made right here in South Africa.

Seemahale Telecoms, a South African telecommunications company, announced their plans to manufacture affordable, locally made Android-based smartphones and tablets in October last year.

And now it seems that the time has arrived for the manufacturing to start, after all their testing has been completed.

According to CEO and Chairman of Seemahale Telecoms, Thabo Lehloke, both ICASA (The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) and Vodacom have completed their individual testing.

Apparently, Vodacom was testing the company’s 5-inch, dual SIM Android smartphone as well as a single SIM version, and that they were pleased with the results.  (more…)

Audi reveals Smart Display Android tablet – for your car

Published by on Jan 8th, 2014, No Comments


Well it sure seems that Audi and Google aren’t waiting around for anybody after they announced their partnership to bring Android systems into cars a mere two days ago.

Yesterday, we reported on the formation of the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), an alliance spearheaded by Google that will focus on bringing Android-based platforms and tech to various cars in 2014.

In the wake of their announcement, Audi held the attention of the media  by revealing the Audi Smart Display – a 10.2 inch tablet that is specifically designed for in-car use and runs – you guessed it – Android.  (more…)

Google teams up with automakers to bring Android to cars

Published by on Jan 7th, 2014, No Comments


In not such a surprising move – as we all knew that the next big thing to be turned into a ‘smart device’ would, naturally , be a car – Google has announced its plans to bring Android to your car, and it seems they have the backing of some big players.

Yesterday, at the 2014 CES Show in Las Vegas, Google introduced the world to the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA). The OAA is a worldwide alliance that aims to connect tech and auto industry leaders.

The aim of the OAA is to enable (and inspire) a better integration between cars and Android devices. However, that being said, Google has also stated that they are actually developing a new Android platform that will enable the car itself to become a connected Android device. Think music streaming in your car via cloud, and having it automatically call up the maps you searched for on your smartphone… (more…)