By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2015
Microsoft Cortana, the software giant’s Siri-like personal digital assistant available on Windows Phone and Windows 10 mobile and desktop platforms, will expand later this year to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, as well as Android smartphones and tablets.
The company officially confirmed the news in a blog post this morning, basically corroborating an earlier March report by Reuters which claimed Cortana would hit non-Microsoft mobile platforms this fall. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2015
To this date, only a few Android devices come outfitted with their own fingerprint scanner for authenticating purchases and password-protected apps, such as Huawei devices and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and S6.
Unfortunately, Google’s mobile operating system lacks system-wide support for fingerprint scanning, thereby hampering broader adoption of this useful feature, which Apple users have been enjoying for nearly two years now.
That’s about to change in Android M, the next major version of Android, which should adopt Touch ID-style biometrics, according to BuzzFeed News. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 21, 2015
Today, I picked up the ZenFone 2 from Asus. It’s a mid-tier Android phone with flagship specifications.
This phone is actually quite good from a pure specs perspective. It features 4GB of RAM, and it’s one of the first phones to do so. It also packs in a 64-bit quad-core 2.3 Ghz Intel Atom processor, and 64GB of flash storage, expandable up to 128GB.
The screen is 5.5 inches, and it’s roughly the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus, though a bit thicker. Needless to say, this ZenFone is firmly in the realm of the “phablet” and although it’s selling at mid-tier prices at $299, it’s got some decent specs.
In this review, which won’t be your typical review where I spout off statistics and benchmarks, I look at 5 things that this phone does right, and 5 things that it does wrong—all fed through my iPhone-tinted glasses. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 6, 2015
Andrios, the jailbreak tweak that brings some awesome Android-inspired features to iOS, was our top item on this week’s episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak. It’s rare when a tweak gets the thumbs up from Cody, Sebastien, and I, but Andrios was able to pull off that impressive feat.
Since our initial review aired, I’ve received numerous emails, tweets, and messages about Andrios and its launch. After a slight delay, I’m happy to tell you that the tweak is now available for purchase and download from Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 1, 2015
Andrios has been a hot topic for jailbreakers as of late. The upcoming tweak, which should be touching down any second now on Cydia, brings many Android-inspired features to iOS.
The developers of Andrios, BrandDev & Logan O’Connell, have worked hard to make the tweak’s tag line live up to the final product. Does it succeed in doing so? Read More
By Jake Smith on Apr 20, 2015
Google announced a sizable update to its Android Wear platform on Monday, days before the Apple Watch lands on the market to much fanfare. Google’s update to Android Wear is the platform’s largest yet, making it more usable, and even gets rid of the need to use it with a smartphone. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015
I know, it may sound fairly niche, but hear me out. Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz about using Android Wear devices with the iPhone, and that’s the reason why I started exploring this topic to begin with.
As it turns out, when you buy an Android Wear device, you need an Android device to “activate” the smartwatch (go figure). Since I don’t currently own an Android phone, my LG G Watch was stuck at the pairing screen.
Yes, there are more “in-depth” ways to go about getting passed this screen, but not everyone is up to that task. With this in mind, I’ve created a video tutorial that shows you how to run an Android virtual machine on your Mac with Parallels, and how to then pair an Android Wear device with the virtual machine. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 5, 2015
ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, is a tool that allows you to run many Android apps right on a desktop machine. For the most part, the apps look and function like they do on an Android phone or tablet.
Why is this so cool? Well, it means that you can now have access to whole variety of new apps. Some apps, like WhatsApp, have no native desktop counterpart, so it’s especially nice for apps like these.
While it isn’t a perfect 1:1 solution, and some apps outright don’t work, it’s worth trying if there’s an app that you want that isn’t otherwise available on the desktop. In this post and video, we’ll walk you through the steps of configuring Google’s ARC Welder tool, and show you how to run multiple applications as well.
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2015
As promised, Apple on Monday started rolling out a new trade-in initiative aimed at Android phone owners who would like to upgrade to an iPhone. Part of Apple’s existing Reuse and Recycling Program, the non-iPhone trade-in is now rolling out in the United States and several European countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy.
Eligible non-iPhone devices include smartphones running Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone operating systems. Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 16, 2015
Apple will soon introduce a new trade-in program that will accept Androids and other non-Apple smartphones, reports 9to5Mac. Citing sources familiar with the upcoming rollout, the outlet says the program will be very similar to Apple’s existing iPhone trade-in program, which provides customers with gift cards to be used towards the purchase of a new iPhone.
Trade-in values of smartphones will be determined by Apple Store representatives, based on the age of the device as well as its cosmetic and functioning condition. The reps are said to be beginning extensive training sessions later this week, which will better prepare them to appraise these new devices when the program launches sometime in “the coming weeks.” Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2015
Google is ostensibly working on an iPhone app that will bring iOS compatibility to all Android Wear-driven smartwatches on the market. Google’s Android-powered software platform for wearable devices launched a year ago without official support for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac devices. Word of a possible solution came Tuesday via 01Net and was passed along to us by French blog iPhon.fr.
Whichever way you look at it, making Android Wear compatible with the iPhone could help extend the market for Android-driven wearable devices to include Apple users, too.
About 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches were shipped in 2014, according to Canalys, the research firm. Various analysts estimate Apple’s Watch could sell about ten or more million devices in 2015. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015
The latest indication that even with its minuscule share of smartphone units sold Apple is clobbering everyone when it comes to profits came Thursday via research firm Strategy Analytics. The research company reported that the Cupertino firm took home an astounding 88.7 percent of operating profit share in smartphones during the fourth quarter of last year.
This is no doubt the effect of strong sales of Apple’s well-received iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. Android, meanwhile, has fallen to a record-low eleven (11.3) percent. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015
Thanks in no small part to strong sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, Apple has been able to extend its enterprise lead over Android during the fourth quarter of last year.
According to the new Mobility Index Report data (PDF download) by research firm Good Technology, iOS activations in the enterprise market jumped from 69 percent in the third quarter of last year to 73 percent during the last three months of 2014, while Android activations fell from 29 percent to 25 percent. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2015
Google on Wednesday announced a new initiative aimed at making greater inroads in enterprise, where Apple’s devices are by and large the preferred choice.
Dubbed ‘Android for Work,’ the program revolves around four key technology components: work profiles, the Android for Work app, Google Play for Work and a set of built-in productivity tools. As is its wont, Google has partnered with a number of technology and solutions provider on the initiative.
Third-parties will help ensure consistent enterprise mobility management, Google said, adding it’s given devs ability to create a single version of any Google Play app which can then be securely deployed to any Android device without alterations or wrapping. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2015
Wednesday, TechCrunch relayed a new survey by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel which underscores a small victory in Apple’s global rivalry with Android as the company overtook Android vendors in terms of units shipped in the United States during the last three months of 2014.
Driven by the introduction of its larger-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple took a 47.7 percent share of the U.S. smartphone market. Android grabbed a 47.6 percent share and Windows Phone accounted for just 3.8 percent of smartphone sales.
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015
Though massive, the iPhone business has plenty of room to grow because only a small fraction of Apple’s installed base upgraded to the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 models. Fewer than fifteen percent of recent Apple buyers had an iPhone, with the remaining 85 percent of sales coming from switchers who used to own a non-Apple handset, in most cases Android.
That’s the gist of an interview Apple CEO Tim Cook gave to the Wall Street Journal’s last evening. In other words, the vast majority of new iPhones were purchased by former Android users. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 9, 2015
Although it might seem a little like blasphemy, a new jailbreak tweak is taking the risk and bringing Android trademarked software controls to iOS. That means that the famed back, home, and menu buttons are now available on your iPhone. Living up to its name, AlternateControls provides a new way to control your iOS device without using the Home button. But there’s a bit more to the story than what appears on the surface. Watch our full walkthrough video to see what I mean. Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 19, 2014
Would you be interested in a 6-foot MFi-certified Lightning cable for your iPhone or iPad? Or how about a Lightning cable that converts into a Micro-USB cable so it can work with both iOS and Android devices? If you answered yes to either of these questions, I’ve got a great deal to share with you.
For the next few days, StackSocial is offering a significant discount on its 6-foot long USB-to-device cable, which features a USB plug on one end and duel connectors on the other. One is a Micro USB plug, and the other is a Lightning plug, and their quick cap setup makes it easy to switch between them Read More
By Jake Smith on Dec 18, 2014
Google has plans to release a new version of Android that will be directly built into cars, getting rid of the need to pair the car’s infotainment system with a smartphone for a user to access features, reports Reuters. This is a big move from Google’s current Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay, which require a phone to be connected to stream music, access maps, and more. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2014
In the last three months up to October 31, Apple’s misunderstood iPhone 5c outsold the iPhone 6 Plus in the United States.
Moreover, overall sales of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets has bumped up Apple’s market share against Android around the world, according to the latest smartphone survey by Kantar Worldpanel, the WPP-owned market researcher.
The research firm reported Wednesday that Apple is poised for a record quarter amid “a huge jump in sales share across almost all major markets” thanks to the new iPhones. Read More