Google Copresence: Cross-Platform Android Beam?


Google and Apple have been battling it out with each other for quite a while. While both companies paying for this both in and out of the courtroom, users of both platforms are still happily buying iPhones and iPads, as well as Android devices. In fact, it’s not that uncommon to see a single user owning devices with different, competing operating systems.

Devices with the same OS can easily share content like messages, contacts, and photos without hassle. But sharing files between Apple and Google products is a bit of a challenge. Google wants to put an end of this situation, and has reportedly been working on a solution named Copresence. If rumors are to be believed, Google Copresence is a technology that a. . . READ ON »

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Apple Holding iOS Users Hostage with iMessage Flaw


We all have our own unique tastes. We favor certain styles of music, prefer certain foods, and enjoy making decisions about what products to buy. Because of this, something that we as consumers unanimously value is the freedom of choice. In the world of mobile devices, this freedom can be manifest in several ways: choice of installed applications, choice of wallpaper, choice of storage capacity, and above all, choice of device. Actually, we can go ahead and scratch that last one for iOS users looking to switch to Android.

Not too long ago, former Lifehacker Editor-in-Chief Adam Pash decided to make the jump from iOS to Android. Soon after the switch, he noticed that he wasn’t receiving text me. . . READ ON »


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Researchers at Columbia University Bring iOS Apps to Android


Up until a couple of device generations ago, Apple’s iOS held a distinct advantage over Android with regards to both application quality and quantity. But recently, Android apps have caught up, and in many ways surpassed what’s available or even possible on iOS. Much of this is due to Android now commanding the vast majority of smartphone market share, which in turn piques third party developer interest. However, a good deal is due to Android giving third party developers significantly more freedom than what is allowed by iOS.

Despite the increase in application quality and quantity, it’s not uncommon for a some relatively significant programs to be platform-spec. . . READ ON »

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Use iPod Docks on Your Android Device with PodMode


So you’ve got an Android device running ICS or greater and it supports USB host mode. However, your car only has an iPod connector, but you want to listen to some tunes. Now, you could always replace your car’s built-in head unit for one with an auxiliary input jack. However, that requires quite a bit of effort. You could also use an FM transmitter, but you actually intend on listening to your music, rather than fighting the static and bad sound quality.

What if instead of fighting the power, you made it work for you? Well, that’s exactly what XDA Senior Member spadival wants to help you accomplish with PodMode. As its name alludes, PodMode allows users to use many iPod accessories with y. . . READ ON »

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Review of the New Google Maps

Google Maps Update For the standard end user, this year's Google I/O, left much to be desired. The disappointment lied mainly in the fact that Google failed to release the highly anticipated Android update, Key Lime Pie. Instead, the annual developers conference, which was held the week of May 15, focused on developer tools and a rebuild of Google Maps. The "new Google Maps," as the San Jose based company calls it, is a major update which integrates Google Earth to create three-dimensional tours of user surroundings. According to Google, the application highlights the things that matter most to you, wherever you go and whatever you are doing. On July 10, two months after Google's announcement of the exciting new update, the company finally introduced the mapping application for Android smartphones and tablets. Google Maps v7.0.0 is gradually rolling out global updates to Android 4.0.3+ devices through the Google Play store, and soon through the App Store for iOS products. For those of you who cannot wait for the update, leaked apk's are already being seen in the wild. Updates are specific to android versions, so if you can't wait for it to be officially rolled to your device, make sure you are following the correct download. For quick access to Android 4.1+ updates, see Android Police compiled list of mirrors.
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Secure Encryption–An (Oxy)moronic Attempt by Apple?


In case you are someone like I am who doesn’t follow the annual “update” of iOS, this is where they make it more like Android and make use of some features Android has had for years (i.e. notification pull-down), and announce a few changes and “new” things the rest of the world has done for years.

Before I go any further, the previous sentence is intended as a joke, let’s not turn this into an iOS vs whatever war. This is about something that all platforms need to unite on: user data security.

Apple yesterday announced a new feature, whereby your passwords will be synced between all your devices, using their iCloud service. On the face of it, this ought to encourage users to use s. . . READ ON »

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