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Anti-iPhone ads told a “cheeky story,” allowed Samsung to “really mess with the order of things”

In an interview, a Samsung exec admitted that the anti-iPhone ad campaign was overall beneficial for the company by getting the discussion going and helping Samsung’s mobile brand to mature.<p>Talking to <i>AdNews</i>, Samsung Australia’s chief marketing officer Arno Lenior said that while the ads from the</i> …

The ultimate Catch-22: Google says no one should expect Gmail privacy

The entirety of the Google-centric blogosphere is on fire recently after a report from Consumer Watchdog uncovered a brief filed by Google. The brief said, in no uncertain terms, that Google doesn’t expect anyone to believe that Gmail users have any privacy.<p>What is really going on here? So far, …

Dots, the addictive connect-the-dots game, just launched on Android

For a game with such a simple premise, Dots can be quite addictive. Players have to connect adjacent dots to make them disappear from a grill, and the goal is to connect as many as possible in a 60 seconds period. No complex rules, no useless eye candy. Just simple, snappy gameplay.<p>The minimalist …

Google and Microsoft square off over Windows Phone Youtube app

Youtube is probably everyone’s most commonly visited video site, so Windows Phone owners will no doubt be disappointed to hear that Google is now blocking Microsoft’s Youtube app. But this isn’t a spontaneous decision by Google, the two companies have been arguing over Microsoft’s app for a little …

Google Play Games: Everything you need to know

We’ve heard a lot about Google Play Games. It was rumored before Google I/O, announced at Google I/O and released a few short weeks later. Google Play Games has been out for a little while now and it’s about time we took you for a stroll through the app to show you what it’s really supposed to do. …

Introducing Paranoid Android’s Halo 2.0

Paranoid Android’s Halo multitasking feature has received its fair share of praise for being such an innovative feature, and it even has copycat apps aiming to imitate its functionality. For those unfamiliar with it, Halo is essentially a floating button that displays the latest notifications …

Timely is a great new alarm clock app, available now in the Play Store

As alarm clock apps go, there isn’t much excitement. Fonts change, colors are different, and maybe the alarm is a voice rather than a melody. All pretty gimmicky, and all easily ignored or quickly forgotten.<p>Timely is a new addition to the Play Store, and could change your perception of how an alarm …

Minuum, the little keyboard for big fingers, is now in Google Play

The Play Store offers plenty of keyboard replacement apps, but most of them are variations of the same theme, which is a software replica of a physical QWERTY keyboard layout, which in turn is a concept that hasn’t really changed since the 1870s.<p>Few keyboard apps have challenged the QWERTY …

YouTube app gets a big update

Google has begun rolling out an update to their YouTube app, and it’s a massive departure from what you see now. It brings a host of new or updated features, and an updated UI, which doesn’t surprise us at all (more on that in a minute).<p>As far as the app itself goes, just about everything has …

Android 4.3 coming to HTC One and Droid DNA by end of September, exec tweets

HTC is apparently working on rolling out the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the HTC One and HTC Droid DNA by the end of September.<p>HTC’s president of global sales Jason Mackenzie posted a short message on Twitter confirming as much, although he did not reveal any roll out dates, or plans for …

Google Play Services 3.2 officially arrives, many improvements in tow

Google, continuing in the spirit of surreptitious, over-the-air core app updates in lieu of new Android firmware, completed its global rollout of Google Play Services 3.2 today. The upgrade, which is compatible with devices running Android 2.3 and above, brings new user-facing features and …