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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S5 will be waterproof and dustproof

You might have already heard rumors suggesting that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Active is on its way, but that’s not the only ruggedized handset that Samsung has in the works – at least if a new rumor proves true.<p>According to a new report from Korean-based <i>ET News,</i> the Samsung Galaxy S5 may also …

Phones

Galaxy Round, the name of Samsung’s first flexible display smartphone?

Galaxy Round may be the name of Samsung’s first flexible display smartphone, recent reports backed up by a filing found with the U.S. Patent and Trade Office suggest.<p>The trademark documentation, filed on September 30, clearly lists the Samsung Galaxy Round product name. While it’s not clear what …

Mobile

Mad Catz M.O.J.O micro-console includes Tegra 4 CPU and Google Play

The long-term appeal of Android micro-consoles might still be in question, but for now, there’s clearly a market for Android game systems. While devices like the Ouya and Gamestick go after the low-end market, Nvidia currently targets the mobile gamer with the high-end Shield. Is there room for …

Google Play
Smart TV

Android screencast support found in Chrome browser

Google has apparently included an Android screencast feature in the latest beta of its Chrome browser, which would let Android users connect their device to a computer mostly for development purposes.<p>In other words, the feature may be more useful to app developers and website designers interested …

Android News
Obama Administration
Phones

Android 4.4 KitKat to bring a revamped “Downloads” interface

The “Downloads” user interface will reportedly get a “long overdue fresh coat of paint” in Android 4.4 KitKat.<p>The news comes from <i>Android Police</i>, which has received an image reportedly showing the new Downloads user interface (see image below) in Google’s upcoming OS update.<p>According to the …

Android News

Google Cloud Platform simplifies server-side development for iOS w/ ‘Mobile Backend Starter’

Google announced today on its Cloud Platform blog that it is rolling out its Google App Engine application called Mobile Backend Starter that first debuted for Android developers back in June. Google says the application helps to simplify the server-side development process for developers adding …

Today's Apps Gone Free: YodelOh Classic, Inkpad, LensLight And More

Take on herds of crazy sheep to keep Hans from going off the cliff in Spinlight Studio's wacky arcade game, YodelOh Classic. We also have a …

Foursquare pushes real-time recommendations to iPhone users

A month after the feature's debut on Android, Foursquare is now rolling out a new breed of real-time recommendations to its iPhone users. Unlike Foursquare's Radar — which attempted to recommend restaurants before you had even picked one, for instance — the new feature will buzz your phone with …

Take Note, Notability Is Now Optimized For iOS 7

Handy note taking app Notability has just received an update that features a number of design and performance optimizations for iOS 7. Easily the …

CollageIt Free app review: transform your photos into wonderful collages in mere seconds

Introduction<p>If you enjoy creating collages from your photos to share with your friends but don’t want to spend the time arranging pictures, CollageIt …

Horizon Calendar app review: super charge your productivity with this scheduling and weather tool

Introduction<p>If you’re looking for a comprehensive calendar and scheduling tool then Horizon Calendar should provide exactly what you need to make …

Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 firmware leaked - build N7100XXUEMI6

Just yesterday, leaked test firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S4 hit the web, Android 4.3 in tow. Now it’s the Galaxy Note 2’s turn with the newly leaked N7100XXUEMI6 build.<p>As you might have inferred from the build name, this Android 4.3 test firmware is meant for the Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100. The …

Android News

T-Mobile Note 3 arrives for $0 down for a “limited time”

Today’s the big day! The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear have landed in the United States, at least if you’re interested in picking them up through T-Mobile. Even better news, T-Mobile is currently offering the Note 3 for $0 down for a <i>“limited time”,</i> with the same offer extending to the Note …

T-Mobile
Google Nexus

Jelly Bean running on nearly 50% of devices, Android 4.3 now included

The last few months has seen some significant changes in the percentage of devices running the different versions of Android. Just ten months ago Android 2.3.3+ was the most predominant Android version with it running on nearly half of all active Android devices. Now the tables have turned with the …

Android News

Amazon working on two smartphones, a 3D flagship and a budget model

Back in May, we reported that Amazon was supposedly working on a 3D phone with retina tracking capabilities. In September, we heard a very different rumor, with a claim that Amazon would offer up a budget handset for as little as free <i>(with no contract).</i><p>Fast-forwarding to today, the latest word is …

Mobile Technology

Samsung’s curved phone may be first in new series, not a Note variant

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve heard rumors about Samsung releasing a variant of the Galaxy Note 3 equipped with a plastic-based display. However, a new report squarely contradicts those rumors, claiming that Samsung will create a distinct series of devices, similar to the Galaxy S and Note …

Mobile Technology

Google data shows threat of Android malware is massively overblown

<i>Qz</i><p>Malware is a topic that critics of Android often like to bring up in discussion, sometimes attaching ominous sounding statistics such as Four Out of Five Malware Menaces Choose Android. Contributing to the atmosphere of distrust, security firms regularly issue reports describing far-reaching …

Apps

Chrome Beta 31 allows you to add homescreen shortcuts for websites

Just the other day, Chrome 30 for Android reached stable status, but Google doesn’t sit still for long. Chrome 31 for Android Beta is now beginning to roll out!<p>There are several new minor changes in build 31 for Android, but probably the biggest addition is a new feature that allows websites to be …

Apps

Samsung HomeSync media center priced at $299, arrives October 6th

You might remember the Samsung HomeSync media center from when it was first unveiled in January. After a bit of a wait, the HomeSync can finally be yours come this Sunday, October 6th.<p>Like Chromecast and similar media streaming devices, HomeSync transforms your standard HDTV into a smart device. …

Gear & Gadgets

10 best Android file explorer apps, file manager apps, and file browser apps

File manager apps are among the most important apps on your device. With them, you can browse your files, find your downloads, manage your storage space, move things around, and a lot more. Not everyone is too keen on file organization because it can be pretty boring, but everyone still needs a …

Apps

Xperia Z1 drop test: the glass, the metal, and the concrete

We’ve heard you loud and clear, folks. You wanted us to drop test a Sony device, we are drop testing a Sony device. And not just any device, but arguably the most premium Android phone out there, the new Xperia Z1.<p>With its sturdy metal chassis and two uninterrupted slabs of chemically strengthened …

Phones

What Chrome's new Install to Homescreen feature means for apps

A few days ago, Google released a new beta version of the Chrome web browser (Beta 31) for Android. It contained a new feature that allows users to add web apps to a device’s homescreen. Web apps that are added to the homescreen work almost identically to native apps and appear full screen (without …

Software

Galaxy Note 3 release dates, prices and deals – all you need to know about the Canadian launch

After taking a look at the U.S. launch details for the Galaxy Note 3, it’s time to check out similar availability details for the Canadian launch of the handset, which is also taking place this week.<p>Just like in the USA, the Galaxy Note 3 will be available from various mobile operators in Canada, …

Galaxy Note
Computer Hardware

Samsung looking to deepen its relationship with Best Buy?

<b>Update</b>: A Samsung spokesperson reached out to us with the following comment: “<i>Reports that Samsung is considering to acquire a stake in Best Buy are not true. There have been no talks whatsoever regarding stock acquisition of either company</i>.”<p>Back in April, Samsung inked a deal with Best Buy for the …

Best Buy