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Inside look at Samsung facility reveals torture tests for smartphones

When new devices are released to market, one of the enjoyable past times for many is the viewing of all the drop test comparisons. Part of what makes …

Siri battles Google Now in new contest

Which is better: Apple's Siri or Google Now? Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recently put them both to the test.<p>First, let's take a look at Siri's performance.<p>Based on the results of 800 different queries, Siri showed an improvement in iOS 7 when compared to its behavior under iOS 6. Apple's …

Twitter v5.0 For Android Finally Released, Brand-New UI, Photos In DMs, Notification Filtering, And More

After having been beta-tested for the last couple months, the new Twitter v5.0 app for Android has finally been released to all users, with a very …

This is Nokia's Android phone

Codename Normandy is 'full steam ahead'<p>Nokia has been building its own Android phone, according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Codenamed Normandy, and known internally at Nokia under a number of other names, the handset is designed as the next step in low-end phones from the …

Google Play Books Update 3.1.17 Finally Lets You Upload Books Directly From Devices, Open Books Faster And Smoother, And More [APK Download]

Google Play Books update 3.1.17 is slowly rolling out, and I'm glad to report that it finally brings a feature a lot of you have been dying to see - …

Nokia Normandy, The Company's First Android Phone, Reportedly Still Set For Release Despite Microsoft Buyout

When Microsoft initiated a purchase of Nokia back in September, a lot of Android fans let out a defeated sigh: there was no way the company would …

Google Play Books updated, brings performance tweaks and uploading from your phone or tablet

PDF and ePub files can be shared to Google Play Books using the Android intents system<p>Google Play Books is getting a nifty little update. The app has …

Android News

Ubuntu coming to high-end smartphones during 2014

Canonical announced the launch of Ubuntu for phones back in January, but other than the unfortunate Ubuntu Edge episode there hasn’t really been much news about the fledgling mobile version of the popular Linux distribution. However, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical and its product …

Mobile

Powered by the Nexus line, KitKat now on 1.1 percent of Android devices

Android 4.4 KitKat is running on over one percent of all active devices that connected to the Play Store in the last week of November.<p>Google released statistics on the Android version, display size and density, and Open GL ES support of all devices that checked in to the Play Store in the seven …

Android News

Judge sides with Nokia - HTC One mini banned in UK for patent violations

British Judge Richard Arnold has ruled that the HTC One mini does infringe on several of Nokia’s patents. The ruling was accompanied by a sale ban on …

Samsung Galaxy S5 reported to employ unibody metal design

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature a metal unibody design when it debuts in 2014, according to Japanese Web site EMSOne.<p>Rumors have been circulating for months regarding the design of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. The most recent dish suggests that the S5 might be offered in two versions: the …

Sprint Galaxy S4 Gets Software Update MK2 That Resolves Sleep Mode Issues

Lets face it, some updates are more exciting than others. The OTA that Sprint is now rolling out to the Galaxy S4 is not one of them. That's not a …

Samsung patents a nifty thumb-friendly interface for one-handed operation

Samsung has devised a new type of mobile interface that moves UI elements into a “comfort zone” that the user can easily access with just one thumb.<p>With the average size of displays creeping upwards, using modern smartphones with just one hand is increasingly difficult. On the 5.7-inch Note 3, …

Patents

Rumor: Galaxy Note 3 Lite aka SM-N7505 coming at MWC 2014

After being recently spotted on a logistics website, the previously unidentified SM-N7505 now has a rumored commercial name: Galaxy Note 3 Lite.<p><i>Sam Mobile</i> reports that one of its insiders confirmed that Samsung will launch a “Lite” version of its newest flagship device at MWC 2014. Following the …

Galaxy Note

CyanogenMod 10.2 stable builds released, CM 11 nightlies coming soon

Stable builds of CyanogenMod 10.2, the last CM release based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, are now rolling out for supported devices.<p>The stable build of CyanogenMod 10.2 is the last major release for CM before the team switches over to work on CyanogenMod 11. The team will continue to provide …

Android News

Google's latest Android distribution numbers show Jelly Bean growth, first appearance of KitKat

We’re officially two days into a brand new month, and you know what that means, Android fans! Google today released its latest Android platform …

Samsung eyes 20 megapixels for 2014 smartphone, report says

Samsung is indulging in the mobile camera craze, according to a new report.<p>The handset maker is working on a 20-megapixel camera it'll bundle into mobile devices in the second half of 2014, Korea's ET News is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company's plans. It should be …

PC still reigns supreme for Cyber Monday shoppers

The PC may be under siege, but when it actually comes to placing a purchase on Cyber Monday, it's still doing quite well.<p>Desktops and PCs are used by 68 percent of consumers to place purchases on Cyber Monday, Ovum revealed on Monday in its survey of 15,000 consumers across 15 markets worldwide. …

How Tablets Have Redefined the Rules of Personal Computing

Back in 1990, I was asked by Microsoft to look closely at a product in the works that turned out to be the company’s first tablet. The focus on this …

Google Brings Super-Fast Internet To Africa

Google’s Project Link aims to bring fiber-optic networks to developing countries so that local providers can offer ultra-fast Internet and cell phone …

Bill Gates

Sony says it sold 2.1 million PS4s in November (update: Microsoft issues Xbox One statement)

One million units in a day was a pretty good start, and SCE's Andrew House has just announced that the company's now sold 2.1 million PlayStation 4s as of December 1st. That combines sales from the US, Europe and parts of Asia, although the Sony console hasn't reached every corner of the globe just …

Rumor: Qualcomm, Nvidia and Broadcom to announce 64-bit processors at CES 2014

Ever since Apple launched the iPhone 5S with a 64-bit ARMv8 processor (the A7), Android handset makers, Google and the various System-on-a-Chip (Soc) designers have been under pressure to bring 64-bit computing to Android. Just after Apple launched the iPhone 5S, Samsung’s CEO JK Shin confirmed …

Mobile

FIFA releases its own FIFA app for latest FIFA (and other futbol/football/soccer) news

FIFA — that's the world governing body for soccer — has released its own Android app, appropriately named "FIFA."<p>The app, which is free and available …

What are you thankful for in the world of Android? What made your life better in the past year?

In this edition of the Friday Debate, we discuss the developments in the world of technology that made us a bit happier this year. While not all of us celebrate Thanksgiving and most of our readers are from outside the US, we thought that now it’s a good time to talk about the things we’re grateful …

Samsung announces Merlot Red and Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3 versions (update)

<i>Update</i>: Samsung officially unveiled the two new color versions, called Merlot Red and Rose Gold White and Rose Gold Black. The new models will hit China first, with more markets set to receive it based on demand.<p>The rumors were on to something – yesterday we heard that Samsung is preparing two new …

Galaxy Note

Samsung Galaxy S5 coming sooner than later, says report

The latest round of rumors has the presumed successor to Samsung's Galaxy S4, a more powerful Galaxy S5, sporting unicorn-esque specs, perhaps some new flexible materials, and craziest of all: launching as little as 10 months after the Galaxy S4 was introduced.<p>A Korean site reports that "industry …

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – [Google Play Weekly]

Even though there was a holiday this last week (happy belated Thanksgiving!), the Google Play Store continued to churn along as usual and that means there were some news items. There is now an app that gives you access to App Ops in Android 4.4. The CyanogenMod Installer made an exit from the Play …

Android News

Rumor: Galaxy Grand Lite (GT-I9060) coming at MWC 2014

Samsung is rumored to launch a new Galaxy Grand family member at MWC 2014 – in addition to the Galaxy Grand and the Galaxy Grand 2 – the so-called Galaxy Grand Lite (model number GT-I9060).<p><i>Sam Mobile</i> has apparently received information from one of its insiders that the Galaxy Grand Lite is …

Phones

Stock Android Isn't Perfect: 4.4 KitKat Edition

Article Contents<p>Besides a bevy of new features, Android's update to 4.4 brought forth a ton of tweaks to the interface through GEL launcher and a …

Our top 5 apps: Ask the AC Editors

The first applications we install on every phone<p>As editors and writers for a place like AC, we look at a lot of apps. Some are good, some are bad, …

Apps