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Samsung, LG and Google vow to start monthly security updates for Android in wake of Stagefright bug

Samsung, LG and Google vow to start monthly security updates for Android in wake of Stagefright bug

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Android hack worriers rejoice, the fixes are coming to save the day. Google, Samsung and LG and now going to start rolling out monthly security updates.After Android's biggest bug yet was revealed at the Black Hat security conference recently, it was... >>

Updated: Stagefright bug may have someone controlling your Android phone right now without you even knowing

Updated: Stagefright bug may have someone controlling your Android phone right now without you even knowing

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Quite possibly the worst Android bug that's ever existed has been discovered. It could mean the end for you smartphone.All an attacker would need to remotely access your smartphone is your phone number.The weakness comes from a part of the Android OS... >>

Android M unlikely to be Android 6.0, rather 5.2

Android M unlikely to be Android 6.0, rather 5.2

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The next version of Android is currently known by the codename Android M, but it's expected to get an official name as well as a version number before it actually rolls out later this year.Although everybody believes Android M will officially be called... >>

HBO Now arrives for Android and Amazon devices, no longer an Apple exclusive

HBO Now arrives for Android and Amazon devices, no longer an Apple exclusive

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You can now watch HBO Now on more devices than your iPhone and Apple TV.HBO Now is HBO's latest streaming service. It's aimed at cord-cutters because it doesn't require a cable subscription and provides access to HBO's entire catalogue of films, television... >>

BlackBerry Venice could be the Android BB slider you've been looking for

BlackBerry Venice could be the Android BB slider you've been looking for

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A leopard might not be able to change its spots - this leak comes from "retired" leaker Evan Blass - but it seems BlackBerry might be able to change its OS. There have been rumours circulating that BlackBerry was taking a lot of interest in what Android... >>

Now you can see the songs musicians are tagging using Shazam

Now you can see the songs musicians are tagging using Shazam

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What better way to find new music than to get recommendations from musicians themselves? Shazam is now making that possible thanks to its shared tagging platform.From today some musicians will be sharing their Shazam tags. Shazam is an app that listens... >>

8 Android smartphones that can handle the beach this summer

8 Android smartphones that can handle the beach this summer

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When you imagine the beach, you probably think of these three things: sun, water, and sand.While those elements are nothing but fun for both our bodies and minds in moderation, they're havoc for our mobile devices. So, if you're an avid beach goer or... >>

How to turn off BlinkFeed on your HTC phone

How to turn off BlinkFeed on your HTC phone

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If you’re an HTC user who either wants to get rid of BlinkFeed already, or will want to when the new adverts start appearing, there is a way.BlinkFeed can be useful for pulling in information from various feeds. But HTC has announced that it will begin... >>

Your next BlackBerry could be running Android, later this year

Your next BlackBerry could be running Android, later this year

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BlackBerry could be about to change tack with a new device that features the Android operating system.Until now BlackBerry devices have coming running BlackBerry's own OS. The move to Android could open up its appeal for those that want both Android and... >>

Motorola Moto X 2015 leaks in video showing impressive specs, wood back and metal frame

Motorola Moto X 2015 leaks in video showing impressive specs, wood back and metal frame

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The latest Motorola Moto X for 2015 appears to have leaked in a video. The third generation Moto X seems to feature a wooden back and metallic frame.The video, leaked by YouTube account Total Tech, blurs the phone partially. This was apparently done in... >>

Got a smartwatch? Here is how to control your smart lighting from your wrist

Got a smartwatch? Here is how to control your smart lighting from your wrist

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Smartwatches are becoming more popular and whether you like them or not, they are now becoming devices that do a lot more than just track your activity and deliver notifications from your smartphone.You can also control your lighting from your smartwatch,... >>

Forget Project Ara, Blocks will let you make your own Android smartwatch

Forget Project Ara, Blocks will let you make your own Android smartwatch

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Blocks Wearables, which is creating a modular smartwatch, has been at it a while now but finally details are being released ahead of its crowd-funding kick-off.Blocks, a watch that will allow for part-swapping upgrades, has been shown off in more detail... >>

Nintendo NX will be Android based, insiders claim

Nintendo NX will be Android based, insiders claim

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The Nintendo NX is turning into the ultimate tease. We know that Nintendo is working on some sort of future gaming hardware, codenamed NX, as was revealed in March.Speculation has now turned to the software platform, with Nikkei publishing a report talking... >>

Android M previewed: Android Pay, fingerprint support, USB Type-C and more

Android M previewed: Android Pay, fingerprint support, USB Type-C and more

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Talking during the Google I/O keynote, Dave Burke, VP engineering of Android at Google, gave us a sneak peak of what to expect from Android M, the next version of the Google operating system.Android M is about improving the core user experience in Android... >>

Microsoft’s Cortana is coming to Android and iPhone, get a sneak peek now

Microsoft’s Cortana is coming to Android and iPhone, get a sneak peek now

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Microsoft has officially announced that its smart assistant, Cortana, will be arriving on iPhone and Android devices soon.Cortana will be available in app form for iOS and Android where it will work with all the same questions it responds to on Microsoft... >>

Instant smartphone battery life boost anyone? Android M expected to deliver free power enhancements

Instant smartphone battery life boost anyone? Android M expected to deliver free power enhancements

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With Google I/O 2015 due to kick-off on Thursday, the latest Android M update is beginning the leak. The word on the interwebs is that Google is focusing on enhancing your Android device's battery and RAM usage.According to Android Police sources, Google... >>

Android M could bring native fingerprint authentication

Android M could bring native fingerprint authentication

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Rumours about Android M are circulating and with Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, fast approaching it's expected that details of the new version of the operating system will soon get announced.BuzzFeed News is reporting that a native... >>

Android Wear 5.1 explored: One small step for Android Wear...

Android Wear 5.1 explored: One small step for Android Wear...

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Google announced an update to Android Wear in April, making its debut on the LG Watch Urbane and rolling out to other devices in the family. It's the most significant Wear update so far, a step change in functionality.Android Wear has spent its time floundering,... >>

Want to play Android apps on your home phone? BT adds Google Play to its landline handset

Want to play Android apps on your home phone? BT adds Google Play to its landline handset

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BT has announced a second generation of its Android-based home phone that adds Google Play so you can download apps and play them in the house, much like you would do on a mobile device.The BT Home SmartPhone S II offers almost the same Android experience... >>

Shazam a song just by asking your smart device what's playing

Shazam a song just by asking your smart device what's playing

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Today is the day that 'Shazam' became a verb in the eyes of Google. Now you can simply ask your smart device what song is playing and it will tell you.Google has announced that its voice controlled service will respond to the term 'Shazam'. So if you... >>

Windows Phone just became a serious competitor: Developers can now easily port Android and iOS apps

Windows Phone just became a serious competitor: Developers can now easily port Android and iOS apps

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One of the issues associated with Windows Phone currently is soon to be no more. Microsoft has added easy code porting of Android and iOS apps to the Windows 10 platform, giving developers no excuse not to push their applications to Windows smartphones... >>

Android found taking a leak on Apple logo in Google Maps

Android found taking a leak on Apple logo in Google Maps

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The usually cute Android character has been spotted on Google Maps micturating on the Apple logo.The urinating Android was spotted by a friend of Team Android who pointed out this picture appears both in the desktop Google Maps as well as on mobile.The... >>

Elephone dual-boot Android 5.0 and Windows 10 smartphone packs 4GB RAM and 2K screen

Elephone dual-boot Android 5.0 and Windows 10 smartphone packs 4GB RAM and 2K screen

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A new smartphone from Chinese manufacturer Elephone will come with both Android 5.0 Lollipop and Windows 10 dual-boot and pack some impressive specs.The smartphone will come from a manufacturer with a history of making handsets available to the UK and... >>

Android Wear is getting a feature boost, here's what's coming

Android Wear is getting a feature boost, here's what's coming

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Android Wear hit the streets about a year ago, as Google's platform for wearables. Today, a major update was announced, as Android Wear moves to fend off Apple Watch.Android Wear has been incrementally updated since its launch. Like many Google products... >>

Want to find your Android phone? Now you can simply Google 'Find my phone'

Want to find your Android phone? Now you can simply Google 'Find my phone'

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Now finding your phone is easier than ever thanks to Google integration of search for Android devices.Google now allows you type into the search bar "Find my phone" and without even hitting enter it will be displayed on a map immediately.In our experience,... >>

Get Meerkat for Android before release: Sign up as a beta tester

Get Meerkat for Android before release: Sign up as a beta tester

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Meerkat, the live streaming video platform, is coming to Android. But before everyone gets a go there's a beta testing phase - which you can take part in.If you want to be one of the first people in the world to use Meerkat on Android all you need to... >>

How does Twitter's new 'Quote Tweet' feature work and why is it so good?

How does Twitter's new 'Quote Tweet' feature work and why is it so good?

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Twitter has changed to make retweeting more creative and personalised than it was before. The Twitter quote tweet has arrived.Until now if you wanted to get a comment into a retweet it would mean either copying and pasting text and quoting it, or commenting... >>

Apple Reuse and Recycling Program now allows for Android smartphone trade-in too

Apple Reuse and Recycling Program now allows for Android smartphone trade-in too

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Apple has announced that its Reuse and Recycling trade-in program will now extend to other makes of smartphones too, like Android.Until now Apple has limited its Reuse and Recycling Program to its own hardware. Now it will give a store credit value for... >>

Why is the Olio Model One smartwatch such a threat to Pebble, Android Wear and Apple Watch?

Why is the Olio Model One smartwatch such a threat to Pebble, Android Wear and Apple Watch?

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What happens when a former Apple and HP product designer creates a smartwatch from scratch? Olio.Smartwatches are now coming thick and fast with Android Wear in many forms and the Apple Watch ready to hit wrists the world over. But the Olio is different,... >>

Better Call Saul app: Prank caller's soundbite dream (hands-on)

Better Call Saul app: Prank caller's soundbite dream (hands-on)

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The official app for TV show Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spin-off, is now available to download for free. We've installed it to see if the app can hope to compare to the genius of the show.The Better Call Saul app is free on the Amazon Appstore.... >>

Microsoft teams up with Samsung and more partners to preinstall its apps on Android devices

Microsoft teams up with Samsung and more partners to preinstall its apps on Android devices

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Microsoft has announced a bunch of new partnerships that will see Android devices loaded up with Microsoft goods.As part of Microsoft's post-Steve Ballmer transition, the company has been re-engineering many of its flagship products to be more modern,... >>

Apple trade-in programme might open to Android devices, hoping to attract customers

Apple trade-in programme might open to Android devices, hoping to attract customers

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Apple is about to unveil an expansion of the iPhone recycling and trade-in programme so that it includes non-Apple smartphones, it's claimed.According to 9to5Mac, Apple wants to boost iPhone sales in its stores, and one way the company plans to do that... >>

Android fans will freak, we've managed to get all 124 MWC pin badges and here they are

Android fans will freak, we've managed to get all 124 MWC pin badges and here they are

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Whether you are an Android fan, a collector, or merely intrigued, the Mobile World Congress Android pins are back and are sending attendees at the trade show in Barcelona into a giddy frenzy.As Google famously did in 2011, the company has released collectable pin... >>

Hyundai launches Android Wear app for controlling its cars, with Apple Watch app coming soon

Hyundai launches Android Wear app for controlling its cars, with Apple Watch app coming soon

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If you own a Hyundai car and an Android Wear watch, you just got some new functionality between the two, such as being able to remotely control your car.The Android Wear version of Hyundai's Blue Link app has just landed on Google Play, giving drivers... >>

Google wants to be the next BlackBerry

Google wants to be the next BlackBerry

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Google is starting to push companies and their employees to use Android smartphones while at work - a place that is overwhelming dominated by iPhone and BlackBerry users.Android is often widely panned as not being secure enough, but Google's Android OEM... >>

iA Writer text editor finally launches for Android, and it didn't pain the developer too much

iA Writer text editor finally launches for Android, and it didn't pain the developer too much

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Popular - and very minimal - text-editing app iA Writer is now available for Android devices.iA Writer has been available to iOS and OS X users since 2010 and hasn't come to any other platform until now. The Android version, which is optimised for both... >>

HTC One M7 gets a sweet taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop

HTC One M7 gets a sweet taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop

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The HTC One (M7) has just been updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, bringing the first metal One up to date.Although HTC missed the 90-day self-imposed timeframe for Lollipop updates on the HTC One M8 (in some territories) it looks like the M7 isn't that... >>

10 Android apps you shouldn't use if you want your battery to last

10 Android apps you shouldn't use if you want your battery to last

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If you want your Android device to perform at optimum level, you better think twice about installing some of the most popular apps available.Social media apps, followed by games and shopping apps, apparently take their toll on mobile devices, putting... >>

Kazam plans MWC takeover: Brit-designed Windows and Android phones join budget Windows tablets

Kazam plans MWC takeover: Brit-designed Windows and Android phones join budget Windows tablets

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Kazam, the British gadget manufacturer, first appeared in November 2013 with a shotgun blast of handsets fired out all at once. It appears to still have plenty of ammunition left with a host of new smartphones and tablets announced ahead of MWC 2015 next... >>

Apple Watch taking too long? Android Wear for iPhone is now a thing

Apple Watch taking too long? Android Wear for iPhone is now a thing

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For many Apple iPhone users the coming Apple Watch probably feels like it's been just out of reach for a while. If that wait, or the thought of how much the Watch will cost, is too much there is hope in Android Wear.Developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh, who's... >>

Kill switches on smartphones shown to cut theft, here's how to check yours is on

Kill switches on smartphones shown to cut theft, here's how to check yours is on

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The introduction of kill switches in mobiles as an anti-theft device has resulted in thefts dropping as it appears to be working.Internationally the kill switch deterrent appears to be working with London reporting a 50 per cent drop in iPhone thefts,... >>

Screenpop is a new Android app that sends photo messages to your lock screen

Screenpop is a new Android app that sends photo messages to your lock screen

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We're not sure if this new photo-sharing app is a good idea, but it's certainly unique.There's a new Android app available from the team behind Locket. It's called Screenpop, and like Locket, it's all about your lock screen. The idea is that your friends... >>

Android 5.0 Lollipop tips and tricks: Get to grips with a new Android

Android 5.0 Lollipop tips and tricks: Get to grips with a new Android

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Android 5.0 Lollipop brings a range of changes to Google's OS. Available initially on the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6, but now rolling out to a wider collection of devices, there's plenty of new features to get to grips with.If you're feeling a little lost, or... >>

Apple is making a new Beats Music-like service for OS X, iOS, Apple TV, and even Android

Apple is making a new Beats Music-like service for OS X, iOS, Apple TV, and even Android

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It looks like Apple will do something with the Beats Music streaming service is bought last year. The company decided to build a new streaming service, with features, functionality, and technology pulled from Beats Music, it's claimed.9to5Mac has reported... >>

Android 5.0 Lollipop: When is it coming to my phone or tablet?

Android 5.0 Lollipop: When is it coming to my phone or tablet?

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Google launched Android 5.0 Lollipop in November 2014, making its debut on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices. At the same time, the code is then released to manufacturers, and the process of updating existing Android devices beings.We've already published... >>

HTC and Android 5.0: How well has Lollipop been integrated?

HTC and Android 5.0: How well has Lollipop been integrated?

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With every iteration of Android, we're moving closer to platform perfection. That might sound like an opinion served with a healthy dollop of bias, but consider this: in 2009 we'd have baulked at native Android Eclair, but HTC made that palatable with... >>

Apple: Android users love the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple: Android users love the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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Tim Cook has said that Android users just "love" the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, citing that the last quarter saw the highest number of Android switchers over the last three launches.The comments made during the Q&A session of the Apple Q1 '15 earnings... >>

Google brings Android tablets with custom Google Play for Education to the UK

Google brings Android tablets with custom Google Play for Education to the UK

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Google unveiled its Google Play for Education program in 2013 at Google I/O, followed by an autumn launch at various K-12 schools in the US. The company has now expanded that very same program to schools in the UK.Schools that purchase Android tablets... >>