Lovely’s Apartment Rental App Moves Into Its New Digs On Android

Posted December 11, 2013 & filed under Android, Mobile Apps Feeds, Mobile News.

lovely-androidFew things in life are more frustrating that trying to find a new place to live (especially if you’re itching to move to the housing market hellholes that are New York City and San Francisco). It’s no wonder then that so many startups — Trulia, Zillow, Redfin, Apartment List, Rental Engine, Zumper, Nestio, the list goes on — are trying to make it all just a little bit easier.

Of these myriad startups, apartment-centric Lovely has been especially busy these past few months: it closed a (sadly undisclosed) Series A and snapped up automated rent payment startup Rentmatic to help prove its worth to property owners too. So what was next on their agenda? Getting a new Android app out the door, which the company finally did earlier today. Continue reading

White Nexus 7 Now Available In 32GB Model In The US, UK And Japan For $269

Posted December 10, 2013 & filed under Android, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds.

Nexus7_White_HeroGoogle has just released a white version of the Nexus 7 tablet, in white and packing 32GB of storage, available now for $269 on the Google Play Devices store, so long as you’re in the U.S., U.K. or Japan. There’s no LTE version and no 16GB model, unlike with the black Nexus 7, but if you’re looking for a color match tablet for your white Nexus 5 you’re now in luck. Continue reading

iBeacon Pioneers Estimote Raise $3.1M Seed Round

Posted & filed under Funding, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds, Startups.

estimoteJakub Krzych, founder of Estimote, has announced a $3.1 million seed round raise from Innovation Endeavors, Betaworks, Bessemer Venture Partners, Birchmere Ventures, Valiant Capital Partners and others. The company is already shipping its small Bluetooth products, called Beacons, to retailers and they expect a huge rush in orders as they line up large clients next year. Continue reading

Source Code Says LG’s G-Pad Tablet Will Get The Google Play Edition Treatment

Posted & filed under Android, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds.

gpad-largeGoogle and LG have been getting awfully cozy lately — the web giant tasked the Korean company with delivering its two most recent Nexus smartphones, and if you’re the type to put stock in rumors, it seemed like a new Nexus tablet (bearing the model number “LG-V510″) would be the next fruit of their union.

Well, according some files posted to LG’s own site, it isn’t. Not exactly, anyway. Continue reading

Fleksy’s Android Keyboard Gets First Stable Release, Adds Multiple Languages To Beta

Posted December 5, 2013 & filed under Android, Mobile Apps Feeds, Startups.

Fleksy-beautySan Francisco-based Fleksy offers predictive text typing that’s so intuitive it can be used without even a glance at a screen, and now the app is finally exiting beta on Android. Fleksy works by analyzing a user’s typing pattern, no matter how sloppy, and making predictions about what keys they’re trying to hit, and it does this so well it enables even users with impaired or no vision to use a touchscreen keyboard. Continue reading

The Android-Powered, Dual-Screen YotaPhone Launches In Russia And Beyond For €499

Posted December 4, 2013 & filed under Android, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds.

yotaphone-01Remember the YotaPhone? The delightfully kooky Russian smartphone that pairs a bog-standard LCD screen with an eInk display on its rump? It’s been teased for a launch for months now, but the company behind it has just spilled the beans at a press event in Moscow: the YotaPhone will launch in Russian and Europe today complete with a confirmed €499/19,990 RUB price tag, right in line with rumors that flew around earlier this year. Continue reading

Hands On With Jolla’s First Phone – The “Spearhead Device” For Its MeeGo-Successor Sailfish OS

Posted November 30, 2013 & filed under Android, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds.

JollaThe first handset from Finnish smartphone startup Jolla is simply called Jolla. It launched last week, after around two years in the making. TechCrunch got hands-on with the device for a few hours at a London press event, where two co-founders, Marc Dillon and Sami Pienimäki, were also on hand to answer some questions. Continue reading

Google Ejects Android ROM-Maker Cyanogen’s Installer App From Play – Citing Developer T&C Violations

Posted November 28, 2013 & filed under Android, Mobile Apps Feeds, Mobile News.

cyanogenWell that didn’t take long. Google has removed Cyanogen Inc.’s alternative Android ROM installer app from its Play store. Cyanogen raised $7 million from Benchmark Capital back in September to turn its geek-beloved aftermarket version of Android into a mainstream flavour of the platform — with the ultimate aim of using its Android variant to compete with standard Android (and iOS) for consumers’ attention. Continue reading