Cyanogen has announced a partnership with Microsoft that will see Microsoft apps and services built into Cyanogen’s new mobile operating system. Cyanogen has been trying to take Android away from Google, and it looks like it is turning to Microsoft to fill in the gaps that are left behind by removing Google’s stock apps.
If you own a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 device and have not updated to any version of Android 5.0.X Lollipop yet, don’t hit the update button or attempt to flash it. Multiple users of these two Nexus devices are reporting that any Android 5.0.X Lollipop update is bricking their device. It appears the Android 5.0.2 […]
Google is apparently working on iOS compatibility for Android Wear, allowing smartwatches running its wearable OS to compete directly with the upcoming Apple Watch. On the other hand, it isn’t clear if Apple will even allow it to interact with its eco-system.
An exclusive report has revealed plans by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to bring Cortana to both Android and iOS. This would be an interesting play by Nadella to put an AI assistant on platforms that already have their own default voice activated assistants; and to be fair, it is difficult to see how he […]
In the past, Google has made it a requirement for Android devices shipping with Lollipop to be encrypted by default. However, as it turns out, this is no longer the case; at least, for now. People started noticing about this change as they discover that encryption was not turned on by default on Android devices […]
Huawei has officially unveiled its first Android Wear device, the Huawei Watch. After most of its specifications have been leaked earlier, more details of the device have been announced. Among the things that are now confirmed is a 1.4-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED display and a “scratch-proof” sapphire crystal lens.
Acer has announced another specification lightweight in the Acer Liquid Jade Z. Unlike the budget Liquid M220 Windows Phone, the Liquid Jade Z runs Android 4.4 KitKat; and an Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been confirmed at some time this year.
Google looks set to launch a new electronic payment system at its I/O conference later this year. Called Android Pay (not to be confused with Apple Pay), it will exist alongside Google Wallet; although the two systems will remain separate entities.
The PlayStation 4 Remote Play feature is an interesting one that doesn’t really get as much use as it should. While the official feature is only available through the PS Vita, PlayStation TV, and a few Sony Xperia devices, an enterprising developer has found a way to get it on just about any device running […]
Microsoft and Samsung have finally come to an agreement over royalty payments. Samsung had previously licensed patents from Microsoft, but later refused to pay up after Microsoft bought Nokia’s device division. It looks like all that is cleared up now, which raises an interesting question.
Chinese internet giant Alibaba has invested US$590 million in smartphone maker Meizu. The amount is pocket change to the company that recently broke records with its IPO that was held last September. A joint statement from the two companies has indicated that the move is intended to help Alibaba push its own mobile OS.
Apple’s plans for Beats are now clear; the company is building a new music streaming service based on Beats Music. It will be integrated into iTunes, and the rest of the Apple eco-system; and more surprisingly, an app will be made available for Android.
Cyanogen wants to take Android away from Google, and it looks like Microsoft is more than happy to help it along with a US$70 million investment in the company. While the amount makes Redmond a minority investor in the company, there is a sense that Microsoft would like nothing more than to loosen Google’s grip […]
HTC has announced that it has jumped on the eSports bandwagon and will be sponsoring teams in the upcoming League of Legends Championship series. Cloud 9, Team Liquid, and Team Solo Mid will benefit from this new arrangement, although no details were announced.
HyppTV has a new updated app for its HyppTV Everywhere service, that allows users to watch streaming video on mobile devices. The new app no longer requires a Unifi or Streamyx subscription, and will include a seven day free trial for all those who download it for the first time.
Xiaomi appears to be moving towards the software market as it has announced plans to acquire a 3-percent stake in Kingsoft for HK$527 million (RM242 million). It appears that the fastest growing smartphone manufacturer is continuing to diversify its product portfolio. Whether it intends to integrate more software options into its products is still a […]
Google has revealed new details about its upcoming Project Ara modular smartphone. While the prototype has reached its third iteration, the information about its first test market has raised the most eyebrows. The company will be selling the highly anticipated smartphone first in the US territory of Puerto Rico, from food trucks.
Google is rolling out an update for the Google Translate app that will make it more more useful than it is now. iOS users will also be catching up with the Android version of the app with this new update, which will be rolling out over the next few days.
Samsung is apparently prepared to listen to users and will be introducing a series of changes to Touchwiz in an effort to improve functions. The new Touchwiz is rumoured to be appearing on the next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6, and will begin by eliminating redundant features.
Samsung is apparently looking into making low- and mid-range smartphones using the Windows Phone platform in an effort to diversify its product range. Of course, it would only do this if the current legal dispute with Microsoft came to an end.