Android. We know the name but do we truly understand the ideals behind it?
A few points to mull over before we begin this piece:Android is Google’s brainchild. Android is property of the public. Android is, and has been, a boon to mobile manufacturers, app developers, and retail outlets.
Think about the above for a moment. Imagine a world without Android. Would we still have diversity in the market? Would Windows Phones have Android’s market dominance in a competitive battle with iOS? I surmise it wouldn’t but let’s backtrack for a moment. Google develops each release of Android. However, leaked ROM’s, forks and mods are by and [...]
The incorporation of your location into applications has become extremely popular over the past year. Looking at the permissions you grant when you install an app, it seems as if every app in the market wants to know where you are. But don’t fret, these apps aren’t here to steal your identity or track you down and find you, they are built to help you.
Google was the first to bring location apps to the mobile platform. Furthermore, the technology has come along with contributions from tons of developers and even Google. wiredLayar
Layar is by far one of the coolest apps in the Google Play Store. Using Augmented Reality (AR) technology, [...]
While Google Play (formerly the Android Market) is fairly reliable on, there are times when certain apps are unavailable for download on your Android smartphone for various reasons (for example: the App might not be available in your country, etc). If you find yourself dealing with this problem, don’t despair as now, thanks to a unique tool by the name of Real APK Leecher, you can download any .apk file from Google Play to your computer. Once that’s done, all that remains is that you transfer the file from your computer to your Android smartphone. Next up, I’ll show you how to accomplish both these tasks with an easy, step-by-step tutorial.Phase 1: Downloading the .APK file on [...]
You know those rumors suggesting that the upcoming Nexus tablet will be called Google Play? They were so wrong!
Google just announced the launch of a new all-encompassing cloud service named Google Play, which will include the former Android Market, Google Music, and Google Ebookstore. From what we’ve seen Google Play is similar to iTunes, as it’s designed to be a central depository for all your media and apps. However, you’ll be able to access your Google Play content from any device.
For example, you’ll be able to read books on your tablet and switch to your smartphone at any time. You will be able to watch streaming movies, or download them [...]
It’s ridiculously funny how people are willing to spend hours and hours trying to beat someone else’s high score. I have to admit that I’m not really willing to spend even a few bucks just to play games. But, yes, I’ve been tempted many times, especially when I knew that the game was worth the price.
Thankfully, there are awesome games in the Android Market that are not just fun, but free as well. So, if you’re tired of your boring life or you’re looking to get away for a minute, get a load of these highly entertaining and addictive games on the Android Market . [...]
Android developers of the world can rejoice on the good news that Google has finally increased the maximum file size of apps on the Android Market. The app size was previously pegged at 50MB, but now, it’s been significantly upped to a total of 4GB. While the APK itself is still limited to 50MB, developers can now attach two expansion files to it, each with a maximum size of 2GB.
How will the max size bump benefit developers? Aside from giving them more space for creativity, it can also mean significant cost savings for devs. Currently, when an APK is downloaded from the Android Market, users are often prompted to download additional data, which can go up to several [...]
Gone are the days when writers used to scribble their thoughts on a rugged piece of paper with a pen and ink on the side. Thanks to the wonders of technology, the pen is now replacing the stylus, and the paper? Well, apps for PCs, smartphones, and tablets are now the best and fastest ways to write down ideas, notes and blogs. If you are both a writer and an Android user, check out some of the best Android apps we’ve prepared for you.Evernote
Indisputably, one of the most downloaded apps on the Android market is Evernote. This app lets you record [...]
Are you sick of people telling you that there is no tablet market, only an iPad market? From now on, tell your iPad-toting buddies to check out this report from iSuppli, which essentially puts the iPad dominance theory to the rest. In a nutshell: Apple still sells more tablets than anyone else, but Cupertino’s iron grip on the market is finally loosening. So, who deserves the credit? Without doubt, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the star of Q4 2011.
Amazon didn’t release any Kindle Fire sales figures, but iSuppli was able to estimate the tablet’s performance at a respectable 3.9 million units sold. How good is that, you ask? Well, consider that Samsung, the former leader of the [...]
Google has just revealed a new security system for the Android Market called Bouncer. They made this last year, and it’s been already running for a number of months, making sure that there are no malware infested applications in the Android Market. Here’s how Bouncer actually works:
The service performs a set of analyses on new applications, applications already in Android Market, and developer accounts. Here’s how it works: once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans. It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously [...]