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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week – Android Apps Weekly

Posted by wicked May - 1 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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100 Doors is a hidden object and arcade puzzle game that has you finding things, solving puzzles, and unlocking doors using taps, shakes, and a little bit of logic. There are over 60 levels, four types of hints to help you get passed the tough parts, and much more. The game is animated quite well with cute animals and colorful graphics. There is also a Wheel of Fortune feature that gives you free items every day. It’s especially great for kids and it’s free to download right now.
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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines from this week:

  • The once-popular app known as Secret is shutting down. The owner released a statement that the app was not what he envisioned and opted to close up shop and return all of the investment money. It had a good run.
  • Google Play Services is being updated to version 7.3. Among the changes include new APIs to handle messaging and connections on wearables, the ability to connect multiple wearables at once, and some new stuff for Google Fit.
  • Google Now is gaining support for more than 70 new third party applications. This means more cards and more information at your finger tips. A few of the apps that are gaining support are Runtastic, ABC News, Allrecipes, and OpenTable.
  • In an effort to keep up with the competition, Facebook has introduced free video calling to Messenger. The feature is rolling out to many countries around the world and this helps put them on par with apps like Skype, Hangouts, and others.
  • Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will run both iOS and Android applications. At their Build 2015 developer conference, they announced Project Islandwood and Project Astoria to help developers make their apps compatible with Windows 10.

For all of the latest Android apps and games headlines, new releases, and updates, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter. There we round up all of the news for the week. If you’re so inclined, you can also sign up for the newsletter with your email and we’ll send it to you every Friday.

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Project Fi Android apps weeklyProject Fi by Google

[Price: Free]
Invites have only just started going out but the Project Fi app is now available. The app is the official mobile app for the mobile carrier service and will let you activate your service, manage your account, see your monthly statements, get in contact with customer support, and check your data usage. It’s nothing complex and it’ll get the job done. If you end up getting Project Fi, you’ll want this app.
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Broken Age Android Apps WeeklyBroken Age

[Price: $9.99 with in-app purchases]
Broken Age is the latest game from the acclaimed game studio Double Fine. It features carefully hand-drawn graphics and includes an all-star voiceover cast including Elijah Wood, Wil Wheaton, Jack Black, Masasa Moyo, and many more. The premise is you play as a couple of teenagers and you can switch between their stories as you please. It’s a family friendly game which means it’s great for kids and adults as well.
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illustration faces 2 android apps weeklyIllustration Faces 2

[Price: $0.99]
Illustration Faces 2 is a set of watch faces for Android Wear. They feature simple, retro style animations with a bit of style and class. They’re relatively inexpensive at $0.99 and each watch face comes with its own set of customization options. The watch faces may not be as feature filled as some, but they do offer a unique look to your Android Wear device and there are no in-app purchases.
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clarity icon beta android apps weeklyClarity Keyboard Beta

[Price: Free]
Clarity Keyboard Beta is a keyboard from the developers of SwiftKey. It’s part of the SwiftKey greenhouse beta program and it focuses on simplicity. It’s currently only available in US English and only on devices running Android 4.4 and up. For now, it’s very simple and doesn’t really include much but it’s fun to try out if you don’t mind the bugs. New features and fixes should come soon to help with the stability.
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Does Not Commute Android Apps WeeklyDoes Not Commute

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Does Not Commute is the latest game out of Mediocre who is most known for their hit title called Smash Hit. Does Not Commute is a driving game where you must navigate through traffic in a given time limit to a destination. It’s more difficult than it sounds and and gets progressively more difficult as you play. The game is free to play but you can pay for the premium which removes ads and lets you continue from checkpoints.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps and games news, let us know in the comments!

LG targets Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus with the G4’s display

Posted by wicked May - 1 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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There is no better way to be promote your device than targeting competitors negatives. And that is exactly what the site for the LG G4 does. In the display section that highlights its Quad HD (2560×1440) resolution, LG calls out Apple and the iPhone 6 Plus. The smaller iPhone 6 has 1334×750 resolution while the bigger sibling is Full HD (1920×1080). That pales in comparison to the G4, but, as we all know, resolution is not everything. Apple typically creates sharp and accurate displays. Regardless, the G4 does beat the iPhone 6 Plus pixel for pixel.

Source: LG
Via: Phone Arena

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Windows 10 phones will support compiling Android, iOS apps

Posted by wicked April - 30 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Your dream that someday, Microsoft’s Windows will run Android and iOS apps might finally come true. The software giant is believed to be considering running once again mobile apps for the top two mobile platforms in the market today—not just separately but together in one phone running Windows 10. After the Nokia X (the last endangered phone), Nokia didn’t make an attempt to make another one. And nope, the company is not rejoining the industry as finalized earlier this week.

There’s still the Nokia N1 Android tablet which was recently made available in Taiwan but it purely runs Android. But soon enough, Android developers could see their apps on the Microsoft store with a few tweaks on the code. Why, Microsoft has written a special code for Android apps to be compiled in Visual Studio. This attempt is made by Microsoft to allow developers to easily port their apps into Windows and also bring .NET and Win32.

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It appears easy because Java and C++ code for Android apps are already supported in Visual Studio. It does not mean any developer can just add the code to an existing app and submit to Microsoft, though. It only means a written code can “potentially” be used in a Windows 10 app. The upcoming Windows version is believed to have some sort of Android subsytem that will “take advantage of the Android code but also the extensions you would write in the Windows platform” according to Microsoft’s Chief of Operating Systems Terry Myerson.

Furthermore, Microsoft has also promised other apps running other mobile OS will be allowed to use some Windows services and Live Tiles. As for iOS, it will be the same with Objective C being allowed to read or add a code.

Nothing is impossible. We’ve heard of Android running on Windows 7 and Windows 8 with AMIDuOS and the next Elephone device will run both Windows 10 and Android. We also heard of the rumor that Microsoft might be working on an Android app emulator. We’re guessing all these developments have contributed to Microsoft trying out Android and iOS apps. What do you think?

VIA: SlashGear

Samsung takes back the lead in worldwide smartphone shipments

Posted by wicked April - 29 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_Edge_Front_Samsung_Logo_TASamsung has had a rough past few months with declining marketshare, thanks to some serious competition from Apple and cheaper smartphone vendors. 2015 looks like the year they turn it around, though, as the company has reclaimed the top spot for smartphone manufacturer in the first quarter of 2015.

Global smartphone shipments grew about 21 percent, up to 345 million devices shipped in the first three months of the year. Samsung accounted for 24% of that, or about 83.2 million of those devices. Apple held onto second place, shipping 61.2 million devices with 18% of the market.

Lenovo managed to snag third place with a little over 5% of the market, partly thanks to their Motorola acquisition, and Huawei accounted for almost exactly 5% of the market. The remaining 40% of shipments from other OEMs like HTC, LG, and the smaller vendors.

Samsung can probably expect a strong second quarter as well, with their Galaxy S6 gaining popularity early on. And since Apple won’t be releasing anything new until later this year, it gives Samsung a few months to breathe a little easier.

source: Strategy Analytics

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Samsung is the world’s top smartphone seller again

Posted by wicked April - 29 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Samsung has recovered the top position in the global smartphone market, according to a Strategy Analytics report covering Q1 2015.

Samsung has lost the sales leadership to Apple in Q4 2014, according to some research firms, while in Strategy Analytics’ estimation the two companies tied for the first place with a 19.6 percent market share. Blowout iPhone 6 sales have helped Apple interrupt Samsung’s years-long run at the top, but it didn’t take long for Samsung to recover.

Samsung has shipped an estimate 83.2 million smartphones in Q1 2015, compared to 74.5 million in the previous quarter. Combined with Apple’s slowdown (61.2 million, compared to 74.5 million in the previous quarter), that gave Samsung a market share of 24.1 percent, a significant lead over Apple’s 17.7 percent.

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Samsung’s jump comes despite the fact that Q1 is typically slower than Q4, and despite of strong competition from Apple at the high-end, and Chinese brands in the mid- and low-end.

Coming in third in Strategy Analytics’ ranking is LenovoMotorola with 5.4 percent, while Huawei ranked fourth, with 5 percent. All other players are lumped in the “others” group (47.7 percent).

Looking at the shifts in market shares quarter over quarter, Samsung is the only top player that has gained share, seemingly at the expense of everyone else. That’s good news for the embattled company, though Samsung also needs the average selling price of its phones to increase in order to return to growth. Samsung just announced its Q1 2015 results today, and ASP has actually decreased, which took its toll on revenue.

All eyes are now on the performance of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Signs are very positive so far, so Samsung will likely preserve its dominance in the quarters to come. But while profits may recover as well, it’s safe to say that the days of explosive growth are over for Samsung.

LG G4 vs iPhone 6 – quick comparison

Posted by wicked April - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

After plenty of teasing and speculation, LG has finally taken the wraps off the LG G4! The LG G4 might not have a metallic or glass unibody design like we’re seeing from much of the competition these days, but it does make some interesting changes in aesthetics, hardware, and software. It’s also important to note that the G4 is, so far, the only major flagship in 2015 to offer a removable battery.

So how does the LG G4 compare to some of the other major flagships released this year? For this quick comparison, we’ll be taking at look at how Apple’s iPhone 6 compares to LG’s latest and greatest.

Design

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Most major OEMs are ditching plastic builds, instead favoring metal or glass unibody designs, but LG has gone a completely different route with its new flagship.

The LG G4 features a removable genuine veggie-tanned leather back that is available in multiple different colors, complete with vertical stitching across the middle of the back. The new design not only is cosmetically appealing to some, it also aids in the grip and helps keep temperature extremes in check. You certainly won’t have to worry about your hands getting too hot while holding it, at least.

For those that aren’t swayed by the new leather design, LG is also offering black, gold, and white plastic versions with the former packing a titanium finish and the latter two offering ceramic finishes. As you can see, for this comparison we managed to get our hands on the black titanium finished edition.

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In addition to the new rear design options, the LG G4 also makes the move to a curved display. The curve here is really subtle in nature, but it does afford the G4 improved durability like we’ve seen from the G Flex series. Aside from these changes, much of LG’s design language remains the same with the LG G4. The iconic rear power and volume button setup returns with the LG G4, and the front of the phone once again is greeted by a near bezel-less display.

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Turning to the Apple iPhone 6, Apple continues its recent legacy of minimalist unibody metal designs, offering the familiar single home button on the front with an integrated fingerprint scanner. Like the LG G4, the iPhone 6 isn’t a massive departure in design from its predecessor, though the display size took a sizable hike upward and the aesthetics have been further refined.

Probably the main design cues that differentiate these two phones is that the LG G4 does a have removable back, which means that the G4 has a replaceable 3,000 mAh battery unit and expandable storage.

Both the LG G4 and iPhone 6 are premium devices in their own right, but ultimately it comes down to personal taste as to which phone is the more attractive one to you.

Display

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Large screens have been the name of the game for a while now in the world of Android, but with the latest iPhone Apple has finally caught up, offering a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1334 x 750 on the iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch 1080p display with the iPhone 6 Plus. While the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus provide an adequate viewing experience, for those that subscribe to the bigger-is-better philosophy when it comes to displays, the 5.5-inch QHD display on the LG G4 is certainly a more impressive screen.

The resolution and size may be the same as found on the LG G3 but the screen has been further improved thanks to LG’s new Quantum Display technology, which passes colors through a specific phosphor layer to achieve its RGB coloration. LG’s latest display was designed to rival the DCI standard found in general television and cinema. While super AMOLED oversaturates colors past the DCI standard, the G4’s display hits 98% of the mark.

Display experiences on both phones already look quite great, but the G4 has a higher resolution QHD display that has been further enhanced this time around giving it a pretty noticeable edge over the iPhone.

Hardware and Performance

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Considering the differences in software and optimization, looking at the specs doesn’t tell the full story when comparing devices from these two very different ecosystems. That said, optimization continues to improve in the Android camp, making the vast differences in hardware more noticeable than they once were.

The iPhone 6 features a 1.4GHz A8 chip with just 1GB RAM, which is far from impressive in 2015 as far as Android devices are concerned, but still more than enough to provide a solid iOS experience. As for the LG G4, you get a Snapdragon 808 with 3GB RAM.

The 808 might not sound as impressive as the 810 used in the LG G Flex 2, but LG worked very closely with Qualcomm to ensure that the Snapdragon 808 was as optimized as possible for the G4. The end result is a smooth Android experience that so far appears to be much better than what we saw with the G Flex 2.

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In terms of other hardware features, the iPhone 6 is available in 32, 64, and 128GB flavors with no expandable storage. The LG G4, on the other hand, only comes in 32GB but is further augmented by a microSD card slot. The LG G4 also has a replaceable battery, thanks to the phone’s removable back, which LG claims can get close to 20 hours of talk time.

The LG G4 might one-up the iPhone in terms of storage, thanks to the microSD slot, but the iPhone does have the advantage of packing a fingerprint scanner. Whether that’s a big deal probably is a matter of opinion, though we certainly aren’t all that upset by the omission.

Camera

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Apple tends to shy away from the megapixel race that we see in the Android camp, offering a modest 8MP rear shooter that actually performs quite admirably despite not impressing on paper. The iPhone 6 adds a better sensor, an auto focus system called Focus Pixels, and software-based optimization.

The LG G4 offers a much more noticeable upgrade over its predecessor, jumping from a 13MP rear shooter to 16MP. More than just megapixels, the LG G4 offers a f/1.8 aperture package that one-ups its competition, offering a larger sensor than any other flagship device currently out there. The LG G4 also offers OIS technology and a color spectrum sensor that will analyze scenes to help achieve the right white balance automatically and accurately.

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Another standout feature for the LG G4 is the manual mode found in its camera software, which gives you all the big features photographers would typically find in full cameras including a lot of ISO stops, manual focus, a full white balance gamut, a histogram, and even the ability to shoot RAW and JPEG simultaneously.

We haven’t had enough time with the LG G4 to make a definitive statement about how it performs against the iPhone 6, but we certainly like what we see so far and look forward to spending more time with the camera in the weeks to come.

Software

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Apple’s iPhone 6 is powered by iOS 8, which is aesthetically similar to iOS 7 but introduces new features like Apple Pay, improvement to iCloud, a new Health app, improved notifications, third party keyboards, and more. iOS receives a lot of positive attention from its fans for its ease of use, its quick updates, and the hardware-software optimization Apple puts into its product.

Obviously it is too early to talk about LG’s quick update prowess, but LG has put a lot of effort into optimizing their software. While the G UI looks very similar to what we saw with the G Flex 2 and earlier LG flagships, lag and stutter are now at a minimum and the whole UI feels much snapper than past iterations. In addition to optimizing the experience further, LG has also added a few new features including an enhanced calendar that can save captures from most parts of the phone as reminders, a more powerful gallery app that groups photos into memories, and several other changes that we’ll get into more detail with in our full review in the weeks to come.

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It’s also worth mentioning that LG has really worked hard with Google to provide an almost Nexus-like experience when it comes to software, with Chrome as the default browser, Google Drive integrated across LG apps, and numerous LG apps also play nicely with Android Wear. There’s also a free 100GB Google Drive storage for two years.

Wrap up

And so there you have it — the LG G4 vs the iPhone 6. Stay tuned, as we’ll be taking a closer look at how the LG G4 compares to the iPhone 6 in a full versus in the weeks to come.

Stay tuned for even more at the LG G4 launch event in NYC, and for more from Android Authority!

Google apologizes for crude Apple image in Google Maps

Posted by wicked April - 25 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Google_Maps_Bugdroid_Pissing_Apple_LogoBy now you’ve probably seen that sneaky little surprise in Google maps of an Android pissing on an Apple logo. We all sort of figured Google didn’t have anything to do with it, (not intentionally, anyway) but they’ve publicly come out and apologized for the gag, anyway.

The image ended up in the service thanks to Map Maker, which allows users to upload information about their local areas so Google wouldn’t have to do all of the heavy lifting. The edits are supposed to be reviewed and moderated before getting published, but it looks like Google got a little lazy this time around.

Either way, the joke might be worth a chuckle, especially if you’re on the Android side of the fence, but it’s still a little immature and Google is working on getting it taken down as quickly as possible, as they should. I bet they’ll be stepping up their Map Maker moderation team after this, too.

source: Washington Post

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Some apps in Apple’s App Store rejected for mentioning Pebble support

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The Pebble smartwatch and OS may have been around longer than either the Android Wear platform and the Apple Watch, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to get a “free pass”, at least not from Apple. Reports say that some apps are being rejected from publication in the Apple App Store, because they make mention of Pebble Smartwatch support. This doesn’t bode well for the rumor that Google plans to make their platform open to iOS as well.

This shouldn’t really surprise us, since Apple indicates in its developer agreement that you cannot mention of other mobile platforms in both the description and the metadata. But the developer of nautical navigation app SeaNavUS still tried to include the fact that they have support for Pebble Smartwatches, which probably is natural since Pebblle can be connected to the iPhone, as well as Android devices. This particular app however only has iOS support and not Android, so they probably though they could get away with mentioning Pebble in the description.

But apparently, Apple is having none of that, since they are pushing their Apple Watch and any mention of their competition is probably not good for business. It doesn’t actually mean that you can’t support other platforms. They would just prefer that you don’t mention it when you’re publishing your app in their App Store.

This may not directly translate to the planned availability of Android Wear on other platforms like iOS. Supposedly, making the platform available for both Android and iOS devices will enable smartwatch makers and app developers to reach more than 90% of smartphone buyers. Let’s wait and see if Apple will reject Google’s submission of the Android Wear app to the App Store, if they haven’t already done so.

VIA: Android Police

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Update: Google has issued a statement to The Washington Post, apologizing for the now-removed image of a bugdroid peeing on an Apple logo in Google Maps. Google spokesperson Mara Harris says:

We’re sorry for this inappropriate user-created content; we’re working to remove it quickly. We also learn from these issues, and we’re constantly improving how we detect, prevent, and handle bad edits

Original post: Step 1. Go to this location in Google Maps. Step 2a. Enjoy. Step 2b. Cringe.

We’re not sure what’s going on here, as what you see in the screenshot above should never make it to production software. No matter what happened (intentional Easter Egg, joke of rogue employee, some exploit or hack, passive aggressive revenge over Apple dumping Google Maps, or most likely a Google Map Maker submission that wasn’t vetted), it will probably be gone very soon.

Be Gone Peeing Bugdroid! Google Apologizes for This Morning’s Maps Fun

Posted by Kellex April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The peeing party is over. Google has apologized for this morning’s Google Maps action that involved their Android mascot relieving itself on the Apple logo. According to a statement released to the Washington Post, Google is “sorry for the inappropriate user-created content” found on Maps, which is them referencing a user submitted change to Google Maps via Map Maker. The search giant will learn from whoopsies like these and continue to “constantly” improve the way they “detect, prevent and handle bad edits.” 

For those not familiar with Map Maker, just know that Google uses it as a tool to help keep their Maps updated. Map Maker is open to users like you and I who want to fix errors in Google’s Maps, add new places, roads, hiking trails, etc. Of course, these edits are supposed to be checked out and then approved, but clearly, the process isn’t 100% foolproof.

Back to your Friday.

Via:  Washington Post

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