Android 4.4 KitKat Targets Google’s Next Billion Users, Adds Pervasive Search & Improves Google Now

Posted October 31, 2013 & filed under Android, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds.

kitkat-march2Today Google announced details of its long-awaited Android 4.4 KitKat operating system for the first time, going beyond just the candy bar branding. KitKat is designed around three major tentpoles, Google told TechCrunch, including reaching the next billion (it previously announced 1 billion activations) Android users, putting so-called Google “smarts” across the entire mobile experience, and building for what comes next in mobile devices.
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Google Adds SMS Support To Its Android Messaging App As Facebook Axes It

Posted October 29, 2013 & filed under Android, Mobile Apps Feeds, Mobile News.

google-hangouts-smsA few days ago, a set of leaked images pointed to some pretty drastic changes to the Google Hangouts Android app, the biggest of which was that users would be able to send SMS messages without having to switch into another messaging application. Well, Vic Gundotra trotted onstage at a Google+ event in San Francisco (after a power outage caused a half hour stream delay, no less) today to confirm exactly that.
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Nvidia Adds Console Mode To Outclass The Ouya, Updates To Android 4.3

Posted October 28, 2013 & filed under Android, Gadgets, Games News, Mobile Apps Feeds.

shieldNvidia has updated its Shield Android-based mobile game console to add a host of new features, one of which is very interesting in terms of how it might affect the growing Android-based home game console market. For users, it’s a very nice update that adds a lot of worthwhile functionality, and for Nvidia, it’s reaffirmation that this is a real platform, not just a demonstration device designed to entice OEMs. Continue reading

Quixey’s First Consumer-Facing App Offers A New Take On App Search & Discovery For Android Users

Posted October 23, 2013 & filed under Android, Mobile Apps Feeds, Mobile News.

quixey1A couple of weeks ago, mobile app search engine Quixey raised $50 million in Series C funding from Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and others, and today we’re getting to see the first results of what’s come of that with the debut of Quixey’s first consumer-facing Android app search utility, now available on Google Play. Continue reading

After 25K Downloads On iOS, Doctape Brings Its Standalone File Viewer App To Android

Posted October 18, 2013 & filed under Android, Mobile Apps Feeds, Mobile News.

doctape viewer android appdoctape Viewer, an app which competes with the likes of Documents by Readdle and GoodReader by letting mobiles users view file types not supported natively on their OS, has landed on Android as a paid app costing $2.49/€1.99. That’s introductory pricing — the normal selling price will be around $5/€3.99, although the startup says a free version with optional ‘pro’ in-app purchasing will follow “soon”. Continue reading

Amazon Has Reportedly Teamed Up With HTC For Its New Line Of Smartphones

Posted October 15, 2013 & filed under Android, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds, Mobile News.

HTC_One_Google-FEATUREDHTC isn’t exactly doing great these days, but that may change if a new (and secretive) partnership pans out. A new report from the Financial Times alleges that HTC has partnered with none other than Amazon on a handful of devices that could make their way to the e-tailer’s virtual shelves as soon as next year.

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Google’s New Plan To Highlight Android Tablet Apps Starts On November 21

Posted October 11, 2013 & filed under Android, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds.

nexus-7-mochachinoAndroid plays host to some impressive tablet apps — I’m partial to IMDb and Flipboard to name just a few — but I’ve all too often downloaded an app only to discover that it’s a regular phone app scaled to fit a larger display. Needless to say, the experience was less than ideal. Now Google is pushing to shine more light on Android apps that are optimized for tablets with a pair of modifications that will go live starting on November 21. Continue reading

As Google Eyes ‘Android’ Branding For Smart TV, The Question Is Where Android Won’t Be

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android-tvGoogle is reportedly in the process of rebranding its Google TV efforts as “Android TV,” according to a new report from GigaOM’s Janko Roettgers. The switch reflects the fact that Google TV is already an Android-based product, and the new name is apparently in use with developer and OEM partners already, pending a formal switch from the old to the new branding. Continue reading