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Sony SmartWatch vs. Samsung Galaxy Gear: The first big battle in the wearable tech war

Sony's latest wearable tech creation, the SmartWatch 2 (SW2) is attractively styled, water-resistant, and sports plenty of apps and watch faces. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a strong contender too, running a specially tweaked version of Android powered by an 800MHz processor, and flaunting a big …

Gear & Gadgets

Android 4.4 KitKat: What's the point of co-branding?

Sorry fanboys and girls, you're not getting Key Lime Pie after all.<p>In a surprise twist, Google announced that the next version of Google's operating system will be named KitKat in honor of the Hershey's (or Nestle) chocolate bar, instead of Key Lime Pie, which previous code numbers and images had …

Android or Apple? How about agnostic?

Whether it's Apple or Android, a Nexus tablet or an iPad, it just isn't that big a deal anymore.<p>For me, that is. A couple of years ago the iPhone and iPad were easy choices. Today, Android is, well, Android. It's everywhere.<p><b>Apps:</b> Just mentioning apps in the context of Android versus iOS can be …

New Android 4.3 features: Third-party SMS apps for quick replies and 'Notification Listener'

Google dropped Android 4.3 on us along with a whole bunch of other news last week, and while there were a few headline features of the release, …

Chromecast review

Chromecast came out of nowhere and got a lot of people excited about what it had to offer. Everyone had been expecting Google to do something with …

Why are schools using iPads instead of Chromebooks?

If you think the world as we know it is tech-centric, think about what life will be like when our kids grow up. Those little monsters will probably exist in a space we can’t even imagine, and many of them are often more tech savvy than their parents. Kids are the future, technology is the future, …

8 Best Google Play Store alternatives (video)

The Google Play Store is easily one of the best app stores out there on any platform, but you might get to the point where you just want to try something else out. So, if you’re looking to expand your horizons, we’ve put together eight of the best Play Store alternatives. Check ’em out!<p>#08 …

The latest social share numbers are in and Google+ isn't doing so well

The latest social share numbers are in and things aren’t nearly what any loyal Google+ user expected them to be. Despite the fact that many of us see the people in our circles share things nearly constantly, the numbers overall doesn’t seem to agree with the experiences that most of us have had.<p>In …

The story of the “Ok, Glass” phrase, and why it’s not “clap on,” “device, please” or “pew, pew, pew”

The history behind the “Ok, Glass” phrase used to activate the Google Glass voice commands has been recently shared by Glass Marketing Manager Amanda Rosenberg, who also revealed what other candidates were in place for the hotword.<p>By now you may have heard “Ok, Glass” a few times when looking at …

Android developer revenue closing in on iOS

iOS is often touted as the more lucrative platform for developers to sell their apps on, and it’s an all too often sight to see an application launch on Apple’s Appstore before it reaches Google’s Play Store.<p>However, research conducted for VisionMobile’s recent Developer Economics survey, which …

Apps

What Did Google Change And Remove In The Web Play Store Redesign? Tons Of Stuff – Here's Everything We've Found So Far

Article Contents<p>After giving us a sneak peek back at I/O in May, Google has finally rolled out the new version of web Play Store. The new UI looks …

The wall between Google and Motorola could go down in the future

You know the firewall between Google and Motorola that Android VP Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about at MWC ? Well, the wall is there, for now, but it could easily go down in the future. That’s the gist of a report from the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> that quotes “people familiar to the matter” talking about …

Google Maps update with new offline maps option pushed out

Less than a couple of days after the most recent Google Maps update for Android comes yet another software revision, this time to re-add an old feature that was found to be “cleverly hidden” and only accessible via a mildly interesting easter egg. Users were outraged when it was discovered that the …

Samsung sold 20 million Galaxy S4s in two months (that’s 228/minute)

Recently, Samsung has been plagued by a series of reports that questioned the market performance of its flagship Galaxy S4. Worried about a looming slowdown, a number of brokerage houses cut their estimates causing Samsung’s stock value to plummet in the past few weeks.<p>Investors might regain some …

Galaxy S4

The second half of the 2013: What to expect in the world of Android

It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through the year 2013. We’ve seen Samsung drop its follow up to the very successful Galaxy S3 with the Galaxy S4, and HTC redefine high-end design for Android smartphones with the HTC One. The sleeping giant Sony has finally awoken, LG has been …

What happens once Android eats up all the competition?

The birth, rise and near dominance of Android is a spectacle to behold. Born with the help of open source software and an established OS kernel (in Linux), Android has seen continuous growth in almost all markets around the world. Recently published figures suggest that Android is now used on some …

You Could Become The Next Street View Trekker And Contribute To Google Maps

Google has crept on all of us over the course of developing Google Maps into the ubiquitous product that it has become, and now the company is …

Don’t Google Play Edition devices complicate Android even more?

At first, I was very optimistic and pleased at the announcement of the Google Play Editions of the HTC One and Galaxy S4. More hardware choice and a Nexus-esque experience, yes please, I thought. But the more I’ve thought about this, the more I’m not so sure that the idea has been properly thought …

The five reasons why Android is killing Apple

Despite Apple’s best attempts to rejuvenate its stale software, and for all it’s glitz and glamour, I don’t believe that iOS 7 will change the current balance of power. My reasoning: because it fails to address key issues which separate Apple and Android.<p>I know some people will argue that Apple …

Google Reader shuts down July 1, be sure to export your feeds

Whether you've found a replacement service or not, be sure to get your feeds from Google before the shutdown<p>Monday will be a sad day indeed, as …

India is now the third largest Smartphone market in the world

Sudhamshu<p>India, second only to China in population, has passed Japan to become the third largest smartphone market on earth. Trailing only China and the U.S., India now sits comfortably behind the two market leaders, and is experiencing a huge uptick in sales growth across the smartphone …

Leef Bridge dual USB / microUSB drive is compatible with Android devices, PCs and Macs

Leef Technology on Tuesday unveiled a new flash drive that’s compatible with both PCs and Macs but also with Android devices thanks to its regular USB and microUSB connectors.<p>The Leef Bridge features a sliding mechanism that lets you access the connector your want to use, with the regular USB and …

A look into Google's visual design guidelines

A treasure trove of cohesive design principles for developers and designers everywhere<p>As Google's Android matures, we all can see the shift in focus …

This week's sidebar poll: Does Google Play have all the apps you want?

Does Google Play cover all your wants and needs in the app department, or are you left wanting? Tell us in this week's poll<p>Kevin, Phil and the gang …

What will it take to get every app on every platform? - Talk Mobile | Android Central

Single-platform success, multi-platform glory<p>The question of should apps go cross-platform on its face seems obvious: of course they should. If a …

5 Social Media Rules Every Entrepreneur Should Know

7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Social media can level the playing field between industry leaders and upstarts, between multinational corporation executives and small-business owners, making peers of all participants. Yet appearances can be deceiving. To …

Social Media

5 Secrets for Making Your Logo Stand Out

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your logo is the face of your company. It will often be the first thing people see and the main thing they remember. If asked, most of us could name at least a few iconic logos, whether it be Coca-Cola's cursive script or the …

Graphic Design

3 Smart and Creative Ways to Use Foursquare for Marketing

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Editor's Note: A version of this article previously appeared at RickMulready.com.</i><p>I have to admit, I'm not a Foursquare app user. I never saw the need to let people know where I was at all times. Just because I was going to get a …

Marketing

From Facebook to Foot Traffic: Building a Bakery's Social Network

4 min read<p><i>In this new series, we’ll learn how real brick-and-mortar businesses are boosting their digital presence and ask social-media experts for their best suggestions.</i><p>Southeast Michigan cupcakery Just Baked grew from one store in 2009 to a network of 17 with about 100 employees in just four …

Social Media

Register your Galaxy S4 for a 50% off coupon on accessories

So you got a new Samsung Galaxy S4? Congrats! Now you just need to deck it out with some awesome accessories. Unfortunately, Samsung’ accessories can be a bit expensive. However, the Korean tech giant is running a new promotion. If you register your Galaxy S4 on Samsung’s website, you’ll receive a …