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The One-Horse Race: Android Represented 85% Of The 300M Smartphones Shipped In Q2

Another milestone for Google’s Android in its unstoppable march to mobile dominance: the operating system accounted for 85% of all smartphones shipped in Q2 — its highest ever proportion, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics.<p>Google’s win comes at a loss for everyone else, and …

Android Fake ID bug exposes smartphones and tablets

<b>An Android flaw has been uncovered that lets malware insert malicious code into other apps, gain access to the user's credit card data and take control of the device's settings.</b><p>BlueBox Labs said it was particularly concerning as phone and tablet owners did not need to grant the malware special …

Here's Why Amazon Says It Will Lose A Whopping $410-$810 Million Next Quarter

In a press release, Amazon said that about $410 million of that would go to stock-based compensation, but what about the other potential $400 million?<p>In Amazon's earnings call, CFO Tom Szkutak described several major contributors to the expected losses: Investment in Amazon Web Services, digital …

Facebook's Oculus teaming with Samsung for mobile virtual reality push

Oculus VR made its name building high-end virtual reality headsets for the living room, but it's leaving mobile to the other guys.<p>The virtual reality pioneer, which Facebook finished purchasing for $2 billion earlier this week, is working with Samsung Electronics on a headset that uses mobile …

Virtual Reality

Samsung’s VR Software Leak Shows Initial Apps, Ability To Switch Between Virtual And Real Reality

Samsung‘s VR efforts are one leaky ship lately, with a report today echoing earlier rumors that the company would be partnering with Oculus VR for its own headset. Now, a leaked pre-release version of the Samsung VR software has made its way into the hands of SamMobile, apparently revealing some of …

Why People Aren't Buying iPads Anymore

Last week, a colleague of mine went to the Verizon store to get a new phone. An hour later, he walked out with a new smartphone and a free Android tablet.<p>That's how cheap tablets have become: Verizon will give you a free one when you sign a two-year contract with the company.<p>No wonder iPad sales …

What is Android?

Android has evolved a lot over the years and has quickly become the dominant mobile platform across the globe. While most of us know exactly what Android is, and how to use it, there are still a number of folks that are new to Google’s mobile OS, finally ditching that old-school mobile phone or …

HTC drops unlocked One price to $499, but you should probably hold off on buying

With the March 25th date on the horizon, it makes sense that 2013's flagship receives a price drop<p>HTC has shaved the price of the unlocked One by …

HTC One (M8)

Samsung and HTC have launched their latest flagships, and the two devices have very different roles and aspirations. While Samsung hopes to maintain its position as the undisputed king of the Android hill, HTC is hoping to claw its way back into a market it dominated only a few years ago.<p>The age …

Phones

Samsung ready to bring Android KitKat to the low end market

Samsung appears to be getting close to launching their first low-end device running Android KitKat out of the box. Sources indicate a User Agent …

Android News

Armed robbers raid Brazilian Samsung factory for 40,000 devices

At a Samsung factory in Brazil armed robbers hijacked a night shift bus, subdued workers, and made off with 40,000 devices, including smartphones, …

Next on Samsung's security feature list: retina scans

Mobile devices are increasingly becoming personal and ubiquitous — which means you’re probably carrying more personal information on your smartphone than your wallet. This comes with a host of security issues, of course. If you lose your smartphone or tablet, then whoever picks it up might be able …

Google makes Android design decisions using 'jars of emotion'

According to the noted psychologist Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, it takes three positive emotions to balance out a single negative. As <i>Fast Company</i> reports, Fredrickson's findings are at the heart of Google's Android design philosophy. When considering any user interface decision, designers working on …

Android 4.3 hidden feature lets you tap into app permissions

Android users can now control the permissions granted to their apps, courtesy of the latest flavor of Jelly Bean.<p>Available only in Android 4.3, a hidden feature known as App Ops displays the various permissions granted to different apps, according to blog site Android Police. For example, the …

Apps

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini rumored to pack brand new Exynos 5210 processor

Like it or not, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that Samsung is prepping a mid-range Galaxy S4 mini to follow in the footsteps of the S4 in a similar fashion to last year’s S3/S3 Mini duo. The first GS4 Mini stories with a whiff of credibility have appeared just before the weekend and now we have …

Android outscores iOS in U.S. smartphone sales, says report

Android has grabbed the lead over iOS in the battle for U.S. smartphone buyers, according to a report out yesterday from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.<p>From mid-November through mid-February, Android increased its share of U.S. smartphone sales to 51.2 percent, up from 45 percent during the same …

Windows Phone

Public Wi-Fi provider Gowex implodes as CEO takes responsibility for false accounting

The Spanish Wi-Fi provider Gowex has filed for bankruptcy protection after admitting that it falsified its accounts for the last 4 years. CEO Jenaro …

Google admits to errors over Guardian 'right to be forgotten' link deletions

Google has acknowledged that it "incorrectly" removed links to several Guardian articles last month and then reinstated them after complaints from people citing the "right to be forgotten".<p>Following a European court ruling, Google is required to remove links to "inadequate, irrelevent or … …

Samsung has a smartphone problem

Samsung hit the emergency button on its profit outlook.<p>The South Korean electronics giant issued a second quarter earnings warning Tuesday, claiming that its profit could fall as much as 26% from the year earlier. You don't have to be a financial expert to recognize that's alarming.<p>Smartphone and …

Android Weekly: top 8 Android stories this week

This week in your world of Android: Google I/O brought us Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV, and a preview of Android L release, Android One was announced as a way to bring more smartphones to developing countries, Chrome OS and the Chromecast got some big new features, we learned that Nexus …

Google Co-Founders Talk Regulation, Innovation, And More In Fireside Chat With Vinod Khosla

Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page sat down for a rare long-form interview with technology venture capitalist Vinod Khosla at Khosla Ventures’ latest annual summit, and the video from the event was posted on YouTube this past week.<p>It was a relaxed and wide-ranging discussion touching on …