BlackBerry has slowly but surely realized that their best bet for continued existence is to somehow bridge the app compatibility gap that Android and iOS boast in comparison to their platform. The route they have taken is adding the ability to natively run Android apps within the BlackBerry OS, which quite honestly is a good idea. The next step is getting those apps to users. For American users, that starts today, as a new OS update will bring the Amazon Appstore along with it. Read More
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan started yesterday evening, making today the first full day of fasting for over a billion people around the world. For roughly the next 30 days, Muslims will abstain from food and drink during daylight hours.
That means many of you are turning to your phones to look up sunrise and sunset times, along with other relevant information. As a result, Google has decided to put it all in one place by launching My Ramadan Companion. Read More
Aside from its Anker deal, Amazon has a bonus Gold Box deal today that may be of even more interest to you, fellow Android enthusiasts. The second generation Moto G is down $40 on the site, dropping to one of the lowest prices we have seen it at: $139.99. The cheapest it has been sold for was $149.99, and that was only for one day back in December.
The third generation Moto G may be around the corner, but this 2nd generation model is still one of the best low midrange Android devices, at a very affordable price. Read More
OnePlus One owners, have you been having problems with touchscreen sensitivity on your phone? How about the Bluetooth connection in your car stereo? Any issues with sending MMS texts through the default app? At least some of you have, and the latest release of Cyanogen OS is meant to fix all three. Read More
Amazon Cloud Drive is like other cloud storage options, only it provides unlimited storage space. That's nothing to sniff at, but it's still not all that big a deal if your favorite apps can't smoothly tap into the service.
To address this issue, Amazon has now released an SDK so that developers can start baking the platform into their apps. The additions serve as part of the company's existing Mobile App SDK. Read More
Samsung has been releasing more apps lately and the newest one is for the mobile gamers. Game Recorder+ lets you record gameplay videos on several Samsung devices, with internal audio supported on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The early reviews aren't great, though.
This morning, a company called NowSecure published an exploit claiming to affect SwiftKey on Samsung devices that they assert could impact "600 million+" devices. Well, maybe.
While we cannot verify the true seriousness of the security flaw were an attacker to successfully manage to exploit it, we were able to verify something substantially more important to end user safety - it does not affect the SwiftKey app, only the built-in Samsung IME which is partly developed by SwiftKey. Read More
Android Wear 5.1 is a substantial update. It has rolled out to pretty much all of the current smartwatches, except for the Moto 360. Motorola's smartwatch has been hampered by issues and delays. Fortunately, it looks like that is about to change. Googler Wayne Piekarski announced via Google+ that an over-the-air update will start hitting devices today.
Why are we excited about this update? It brings Wi-Fi connectivity, cloud sync, always on apps, and a number of other useful features. I regularly activate my own Moto 360 by accident, so the inclusion of a built-in lockscreen is reason enough to want the latest version. Read More
Motorola announced the Android 5.1 update for both Moto X devices a few weeks ago, but it started out as a very slow soak test. Motorola's David Schuster says that today that test is expanding to more countries with a full release coming as soon as next week.
Today Nest has unveiled the second generation of its Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. It will retail for the same $100 as the previous model, and it comes with a number of fixes intended to address the flaws of the first model.
The big new feature is the ability to silence an alarm using the companion app. Other additions include a sensor that can tell the difference between fast and slow fires and a humidity sensor that should prevent the device from going off due to steam. If you have a soon-to-be-released Nest Cam in the same room, the companion app will let you quickly get a view of what's going on once the alarms sound off. Read More