Android

Jolla Signs African OEM Mi-Fone To Sell Sailfish-Powered Handsets

Jolla Signs African OEM Mi-Fone To Sell Sailfish-Powered Handsets

Mobile OS maker Jolla, who with its Android alternative Sailfish has been trying to carve out a niche for a third platform in the smartphone space for the past five years, has announced it’s signed a new OEM partner: African OEM Mi-Fone. “Mi-Fone is one of the first African device vendors, aiming to be one of the […]

Gmail For Android Gets Rich Text Formatting And Instant RSVPs

Gmail For Android Gets Rich Text Formatting And Instant RSVPs

Google announced two small but useful updates for Gmail on Android today: rich text formatting and instant RSVPs. Rich text formatting has long been available for Gmail on the web, but this is the first time Google has brought it to mobile. The formatting options are pretty straightforward: You can bold, italic, underline, color and […]

Jide’s Slick Remix OS Tweaks Android For PC-Style Productivity

Jide’s Slick Remix OS Tweaks Android For PC-Style Productivity

A startup comprised of a trio of ex-Google engineers is doing something Google has roundly failed to do: make Android compelling on larger-screen devices like tablets and even PCs. Jide Technology, which was founded in 2014 and raised $1.6 million on Kickstarter last summer with a pitch to build “the world’s first true Android PC,” has tweaked the platform to make it […]

Amazon confirms it has dropped device encryption support for Fire tablets

Amazon confirms it has dropped device encryption support for Fire tablets

Amazon has confirmed that version 5 of Fire OS for its Fire tablet removes support for device encryption. In a statement sent to TechCrunch the company said: “In the fall when we released Fire OS 5, we removed some enterprise features that we found customers weren’t using. All Fire tablets’ communication with Amazon’s cloud meet our high standards for privacy […]

Facebook gives Messenger a Material Design makeover on Android

Facebook gives Messenger a Material Design makeover on Android

Confirming reports from earlier this year, which spoke of a forthcoming revamp of the Facebook Messenger application for Android devices, Facebook today began rolling out a new, Material Design-styled version of Messenger on Android to all users worldwide. The updated application now features a bright blue navigation bar at the top of the screen with […]

Facebook Lite, now Facebook’s fastest-growing app, reaches 100M monthly users

Facebook Lite, now Facebook’s fastest-growing app, reaches 100M monthly users

Facebook Lite, Facebook stripped down version of its service for Android, just past the notable landmark of 100 million monthly active users and became the social network’s fastest growing mobile app. The app, which is designed for emerging market users who may have low-cost smartphones and poor quality Internet connections, has reached the 100 million milestone […]

Google surprises with early preview of Android N

Google surprises with early preview of Android N

Google unexpectedly announced the Android N Developer Preview today. And to make things even easier for developers — and adventurous users — the preview is available as an over-the-air update. The expectation was that Google wouldn’t start talking about Android N until its I/O developer conference in May. Instead, it decided on a very different […]

Citymaps Updates App With A Slew Of New Features

Citymaps Updates App With A Slew Of New Features

Citymaps, has come out with a slew of new updates as it adds what chief executive Elliot Cohen, called the final piece in its plan to offer customized maps for the traveling set. With the update, the New York-based digital mapmaker is offering curated guides that lists potential places of interest for users, and it […]

Google loses Android antitrust appeal in Russia

Google loses Android antitrust appeal in Russia

Google has lost an appeal in a Russian court against an antitrust ruling pertaining to its Android mobile OS (via Reuters). The competition complaint was brought against Android back in February 2015 by local company Yandex — aka the “Google of Russia” — which had argued that Google’s contract for Android broke competition rules by requiring […]

Popular ‘blue light’ reducing app F.lux arrives on Android

Popular ‘blue light’ reducing app F.lux arrives on Android

F.lux, the popular color-adjusting application for computers and mobile devices that reduces blue light emissions for better nighttime usage, has now arrived on Android. Unfortunately, the application (for now) requires users to have a rooted phone in order to take advantage of its functionality. The release is notable, however, as it comes at a time […]

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