Google's monthly security updates are out in the form of factory images, and that means it's time for some new code in AOSP. Since these versions are dedicated to closing security holes, there certainly won't be any new features and the bug fixes probably won't have much effect on battery life or performance, but they will keep the baddies from treating your phone like it runs an old version of Windows.
A number of serious vulnerabilities were fixed in this release, including two critical issues that could be used for remote code execution. Details have been posted on the Nexus Security Bulletin. Read More
A certain guilt accompanies many of the apps I write about for this site. They're cool, and they're probably going to make your life easier in some way or another. But they involve signing up for yet another account, creating one more record of your online activity.
This post is different—it's about a company that boasts about how little it knows about you. Today Open Whisper Systems has announced that it is combining its RedPhone and TextSecure Android apps into one called Signal, just like it did on iOS earlier this year.
RedPhone and TextSecure both made end-to-end encryption accessible to privacy conscious folks who just want to download an app. Read More
Here's a piece of news that should revolt those of you who have been wooed by Microsoft OneDrive's generous storage options: the service is updating its plans to slash those storage options left and right. Insert whooshing sword sound effect.
Writing on the OneDrive blog, the team explains that some Office 365 consumers reaaaaalllllyyyy took advantage of their unlimited storage feature and uploaded about 75TB of data by backing up multiple computers and saving entire movie and DVR libraries. That's why you can't have nice things anymore. Some users abused the system and now the service is cutting down everyone's plans in order to focus more on the core of its experience: collaboration. Read More
Back in the early Gingerbread days, CyanogenMod provided geeks and tinkerers with a way of installing the most up-to-date Android version on virtually any device. It wasn't for everyone, but if you were willing to deal with a few bugs and instability issues, you could easily turn your phone into a quasi-Nexus device running stock-ish Android. Updates are a little slower now that commercial entity Cyanogen Inc. is supporting devices, but two of those phones — the Yureka and Yureka Plus — are being updated to Cyanogen OS 12.1, which is based on Android Lollipop 5.1. Read More
HTC has been running "Hot Deals" discounts on hardware like the M9 and ReCamera recently, and the Nexus 9 has popped up once or twice before too. Now, it's back and you can score the (still) most recent Google Nexus tablet for 40% off. This covers all variants from the 16GB WiFI to 32GB LTE, but supplies are limited. Read More
You might know Activision Blizzard as the mega-publisher behind huge franchises like World of Warcraft and Call of Duty. And you might know King as the mobile publisher behind Candy Crush Saga, the Bejeweled clone that's inexplicably become one of the most popular casual games on the planet. In a few months the two companies will be one and the same: Activision Blizzard has announced its intention to acquire King for a staggering $5.9 billion.
For comparison, that's approximately six times what Facebook famously paid to acquire mobile photo sharing app Instagram. Activision currently has practically zero presence on the mobile game front with the notable exception of free-to-play collectible card game Hearthstone, while King's various games across Android, iOS, Windows, and web platforms have amassed hundreds of millions of downloads and billions of dollars in revenue from in-app purchases. Read More
Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.
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This week's roundup is brought to you by Calculator (formerly Daily Calculator) from TricolorCat. This alternative to Android's built-in calculator features more mathematical functions, more alternative layouts, more color schemes, an easy-to-use history function, and support for Android's clipboard and landscape view. Read More
AT&T announced NumberSync a few weeks ago as a way to share a single mobile number with multiple AT&T devices. Now we get to see what sort of extra gadgets AT&T is looking to push with NumberSync. The Samsung Gear S2 and 2nd gen LG Watch Urbane LTE smart watches are going to be the launch devices for NumberSync, but the LG watch won't have it right away. Read More
The newest mobile Humble Bundle is available, and this time there's no developer tie-in or theme. It's just a collection of cool games from a variety of genres. There are six games in the bundle to start, but more will be added next week. Read More