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No surprises in the Android 2014 download chart – big names reign

December 15, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News, App News with No Comments.

Google has released its "Best of" 2014 list. Those looking for insider tips and high-rated apps should look elsewhere though - this is a chart based purely on downloads. Unsurprisingly then, the top spots in each category are dominated by fairly mundane 'everyday' apps: the most downloaded social app is Facebook, Netflix was the most downloaded entertainment app and Candy Crush Saga took the top spot in games. Here's the winners of each category: Education:Duolingo (Free) Entertainment:Netflix (Free) Health & Fitness:MyFitnessPal (Free) Music:Pandora (Free) Photography:Flipagram (Free) Social:Facebook (Free) Sports:NFL Mobile (Free) Travel:TripAdvisor (Free) The most purchased movie was Frozen (the soundtrack of which also took top album). The top place bo

Microsoft Next Lock Screen for Android is an all-in-one info centre

December 9, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News, App News, Microsoft with No Comments.

Microsoft Garage has updated its Next Lock Screen for Android. The latest version of the app is the most complete to date. It displays weather info, allows users to show or hide the system status bar, select home wallpaper as the lock background and displays in a user-friendly way all calls and notifications. The app is available now on the Google Play Store and can be used on any device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onward. Via slashgear

Android Lollipop Trusted Places alleviates unnecessary unlocking

November 19, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Homescreen locks are an irritating but necessary evil when out and about but the sighs elicited when getting the code wrong at home ring long and loud. Android Lollipop has fixed this hassle with Trusted Places - a smart unlocking feature that recognises when you're in a safe place and does away with the lock screen. This simple touch is a blessed relief. It also recognises trusted faces and trusted devices. Via gizmodo

Get your dev kit for Google Android 5.0 Lollipop and where to run it first

October 20, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News, App News with No Comments.

Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop will be out in a few weeks - in the meantime get to work on your app idea in time for the launch with the Lollipop developer kit and test releases. Elsewhere, slashgear has chalked up a list of the first devices that will feature the new OS. These include the new batch of Nexus tablets, a host of Motorola produces, including the Moto X and Moto G, and a huge list of Sony Xperia devices. Via engadget and slashgear

Google Android L developer preview introduces scope for 64-bit Android apps

October 13, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Android L will accommodate 64-bit apps, allowing software to catch up with the latest hardware that's been hitting smartphones and tablets. Presently only x86 processors, including the Intel Bay Trail, Moorefield and Merrifield series, will be supported but ARM support may follow. Via liliputing

Flush your Android device and give it some space

August 20, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News, App News with No Comments.

Limited storage causes constant warnings and reminders about low memory. For those tired of the messages, this comprehensive guide to freeing up space on Android devices could come in useful. From apps that cleanse to finding pesky hidden chunks of data, this set of top tips compiled by gizmodo should set your Android device up with some breathing space in no time. Via gizmodo

The L-owdown on Android L – what’s in store with 5.0 and when you can get it

August 14, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Techradar has compiled a comprehensive list of changes to come with Android L and expected arrival dates for regions and models. What the L stands for is still a mystery but it's known that there'll be new features, a new look and plenty of under-the-hood performance tweaks. Techradar slates the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 to be the first to adopt but it's not just Google devices they've probed, check out the link below to see when your handset will get some L action. Via techradar

Apple owners love mobile porn more than Android users

June 6, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

  Pornhub has released figures that quantitatively settle the argument of who are the biggest w**nkers: Apple fans or Android folk. iPad users come top of the pile with this particular site, with 73% of the site's 17 million daily mobile users accessing the site via the mobile version of Safari. The site revealed how viewing patterns have changed: "Over the past year, Pornhub has seen a major shift in the types of traffic coming to our site," said a spokesperson. "Of the 38 million people who visit Pornhub each day, over half are now using mobile devices like tablets and smartphones." Safari takes up the lion's share, with Chrome across iPads and Android accounting for 13.6 visits and the built-in Android browser bringing just 7.8% of traffic. Now, there are quite a few

Android 4.4.3 KitKat out now – here are the changes

June 4, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

While the forthcoming iOS 8 brings big changes to Apple's lot, the more universal Android OS Kitkat has had its own update: 4.4.3. Most of the changes are under the hood, comprising mostly bug fixes and security enhancements, but there are a few noticeable changes. The Dialer app has lightened up, swapping out the dark colour scheme for a brighter option. It's now possible to rearrange contact cards in Dialer too. The People app has been updated with colourful icons for contacts to match the Gmail app's display. Also, downloads can be paused in the Play Store. Other improvements noted around the web include better WiFi performance, elimination of some battery drain bugs and on the Nexus 5, audio hiss has gone from videos. Have you noticed any improvements on your device

Google Play Store adds PayPal payment for Android apps

May 16, 2014 by Tom in Android News with No Comments.

The Google Play Store has added PayPal as a payment option in its store, adding a handy extra source to your wallet. If, for example, you sell lots on eBay, it could be a way of budgeting your online purchases - use the eBay money for digital fun and leave the credit/debit card in your physical wallet. With added PayPal, the Play store's just got a leg up on iTunes. Via mobilegeeks

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