About an hour ago, the Google+ team held an event where Vic Gundotra discussed the past, present, and future of various products tied in some way to Google+. While the much anticipated Google Nexus 5 was not announced (sorry guys), we learned more about the growing momentum of Google+, changes to the Google Hangouts experience, and additions to Google+ Photo tools.
Google+ has seen a tremendous increase in users. There are now 540M 30-day active users now, up from 390M at this year’s Google I/O. Similarly, there are now 300M active users “in the . . . READ ON »
Remember that far-reaching and seemingly unrealistic Phonebloks concept by Dave Hakkens from early last month? The vast majority of us shrugged off the idea as unrealistic.
There are many reasons why one would think an idea such as Phonebloks would never come to fruition. After all, there are quite a few hurdles getting in the way, not the least of which is the fact that given the current model of smartphone production and planned obsoletion, it is not in an OEM’s best interest to produce something that can actually last. As electronics are becoming cheaper and cheaper, they are also . . . READ ON »
A little over a year ago, we briefly talked about the then-new replacement media player XenoAmp by XDA Senior Member ssuukk. In fact, we liked XenoAmp so much that we even put in on our Holiday Guide 2012 apps list. The player has amassed a loyal following, thanks in part to its fantastic and unique UI, which is seemingly unlike any other player available.
But it’s not all about the visuals. Rather, XenoAmp can be considered somewhat of an audiophile-grade music player, or at least as close as one can come when listening to compressed media through a mobile device. One . . . READ ON »
Here on the XDA Portal, we normally don’t talk about applications developed by large corporate developers. We instead prefer focusing on the impressive development works created by our own community members (especially of the open source variety), as these creations demonstrate that when passion and dedication combine, greatness is sure to follow. That said, we make some exceptions every now and then when well warranted. Recently, Google released a couple of waves of updates for their first party Android apps. Now, Microsoft is making a rather large splash of its own on the Android platform with its free remote desktop . . . READ ON »
The answer to the question above, as security researcher Philip Marquardt demonstrated, is “yes.” However, it’s not all that likely in practice, and there are several simple ways to protect yourself.
Data security is a rapidly growing concern in our increasingly digital world. In order to help bring these concerns to light, we recently launched a Security forum specifically for discussion of various security-related topics. Not too long ago, we also talked about malware on Android and how this is largely an overstated problem for those running relatively recent builds of the OS. However, when most people think of mobile security, . . . READ ON »
Most of us here are already quite familiar with the ADB (Android Debug Bridge). Heck, I’d even wager that many of us use it on quite a regular basis—adb pushing and pulling files, adb rebooting, running shell commands, and so on. Most new users, however, have not had such exposure. And let’s face it: For youngsters born after the emergence and popularization of the GUI, command line interfaces can be rather intimidating. So if you’re a seasoned veteran who knows ADB like the back of your hand, this article is not for you. But if . . . READ ON »
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the successor to the wildly popular Galaxy Note II. The Note II was a giant-sized phone with a 5.5” screen display, and the Note III is even bigger at 5.7”. The Note III was released to the international markets in September 2013. US release dates lagged a bit, depending on carrier. For this review, we will be looking at the T-Mobile variant in particular, which was released on October 2, 2013.
The internal hardware of the US market Galaxy Note III is based on the Snapdragon 800 SoC, whereas the international model features . . . READ ON »
We’ve all heard about the Android malware problem. After all, proponents of other mobile operating systems love to spread FUD stating that Android’s malware situation is out of control. Further, there are various entities such as antivirus firms with vested interests in demonstrating that there is indeed an issue.
Who’s to blame the companies using these unscrupulous tactics? After all, it’s simply good business to undermine your mobile OS competitors or create demand for your product in the case of security solution providers. And up until very recently, Google unfortunately lacked a reliable way of determining and tracking the scope . . . READ ON »
If you’re a developer who writes mobile apps for a living, chances are that you’ve at least experimented with mobile ads in the past. Far more true than on other competing platforms, the Android app developer ecosystem is essentially driven by in-app advertisements rather than upfront payments.
This is a topic we broached some time ago, when we presented a thread with various developers’ experiences with different monetization strategies. Long story short: Ads and in-app purchases seem to be far more powerful tools in your monetization arsenal than upfront paid apps.
This should all come as no surprise for a . . . READ ON »
A little over a month ago, Google issued a slew of updates for various first party Android apps. Most notably, Search, Maps, Keep, and YouTube received major functional changes. These updates brought Waze integration to Google Maps, picture-in-picture to YouTube, additional and improved cards to Google Now, and location-aware notes in Google Keep. Today, Google has begun rolling out another round of updates for Hangouts, Voice, Search, and Gmail.
At the time of the last round of updates, Google Hangouts also received an update. However, there were no major user-visible changes at that time. Thankfully, an update being rolled out . . . READ ON »
Before Samsung and Apple were on top of the mobile smart phone world; HTC, Palm, and Blackberry were the Big 3. We all know that Palm quickly disappeared, and that Blackberry is losing market share daily and will be a forgotten memory soon. HTC is still around, but no longer as seen as a leader in mobile devices.
HTC ran into a few problems with their devices, and some may argue that they became greedy by releasing too many devices in one year, rather than perfecting one device like Apple or Samsung. HTC saw this as a flaw and started . . . READ ON »
Google has been on a roll recently, updating various updates to its first party mobile apps. Two days ago, Google released rather substantial updates to Google Maps and YouTube for Android and iOS. And just a few hours ago, Google Keep and Google Search were given rather hefty overhauls as well. Hangouts was also graced with an extremely minor revision, but the changes are not quite as dramatic as the other apps.
Google Maps underwent a major transformation, integrating functionality previously only seen on Waze such as real-time incident reporting from Waze users. Conversely, Waze benefits from this intermingling by integrating . . . READ ON »
Back in January, I was lucky enough to be asked to represent XDA at CES. In my experience, one of the most exciting things unveiled at this year’s CES was the Nvidia’s “Project SHIELD.” Here we are, just over six months later, and SHIELD is no longer a “Project,” but a full-fledged, consumer-ready device.
In the middle of June, I ended up with a SHIELD in my hands, direct from the people at Nvidia. We were given a demonstration, allowed to try it out, and then sent away with one, and sworn to secrecy (in a manner of speaking).
Over . . . READ ON »