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Android

  • Google Now lets you dictate WhatsApp, WeChat messages on the go

    Google has introduced an new feature to Google Now that makes it easier to send an instant message without actually having to type them on your mobile. Since released in 2012, the intelligent mobile assistant has been excellent at aggregating relevant content. Though it has been lacking in other areas. Sending quick emails, using Hangouts or text messages have not been very intuitive nor user friendly. The latest update of the Siri and Cortana contender allows users to dictate and send messages through multiple third party messaging apps. For now these include WhatsApp, Viber, NextPlus, Telegram and WeChat. Read more: Google revamps...

  • Truemessenger blocks spam SMSes from flooding your phone

    Truecaller, the Swedish company behind apps like Truecaller and Truedialler, has launched a new Android app called Truemessenger. The app is aimed at making SMS smarter and spam-free. Truemessenger utilises the company’s network of users to verify the identify of those who send text messages. The app, like Truecaller, identifies the sender of the SMS and detect, block or report spam, fraud, telemarketing, sales, and unknown phone numbers. Read more: Why ecommerce companies need to reassess the ‘traditional’ call centre If a user marks a number as a source of spam Truemessenger saves this contact as a spammer. It then uses this...

  • Android triumphs in the US for June quarter, assisted by Samsung S6

    The race between Apple and Android continues and has been going on for a long time and still not a clear winner. This quarter the one OS wins, the next quarter the other one does. According to new research, Android appears to be edging Apple slightly, at least in the US. The research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech looks at the last three months ending May 2015. The research shows that Android continues to reclaim market share in the US, increasing by 2.8 percentage points to 64.9%. The same research also point out that Android is not doing as well...

  • Don’t know which Android you should have? Google thinks it does

    Buying a new smartphone can be difficult. Even if you buy something low-end, you're likely to be outlaying a fairly significant amount of capital. Google has attempted to take a little pain out of the process with the launch of Which Android, a tool which aims to help you decide which Android device you should buy. The site starts off by getting you to select a number of categories for what you're likely to use your phone for, including music, fitness, being productive, social media and gaming. From there, you're asked to get a little more specific around those...

  • Instagram opens feed to businesses to increase revenues

    Instagram has expanded its ad product offering as it looks become a financially viable entity. The Facebook-owned company announced on its blog that it is making advertising available to businesses of all shapes and sizes. Instagram’s announcement comes at a time of significant growth at the company. Instagram has expanded the offering to eight countries around the globe, and the social networking site is one of the most popular for brand marketing today. This system enables businesses to target marketing at their direct user base. This also means that users who want to get in touch with small, medium...

  • Vendors shipped 11.4m wearables in the first quarter of 2015

    According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped a total of 11.4-million wearables in the first quarter of 2015. Fitbit shipped the most units, with Xiaomi in second place. This is a 200% increase from the 3.8-million wearables shipped in the same quarter in 2014. Though there might have been skepticism from the market when it comes to wearables in the beginning, their popularity however is proving to be growing. Ramon Llamas, research manager of Wearables at IDC, explains this growth and says that "It demonstrates growing end-user interest and the vendors' ability to deliver a diversity of...

  • Will crucial partnerships help drive Android Pay’s ecosystem?

    Android Pay has officially introduced at Google’s I/O conference in San Fransisco. While the "simple and secure" mobile payment solution has been in the pipeline for better over a year, Google unveiled some interesting details we could look forward to. With rivals in the space like Apple, PayPal and Square, mobile payments is yet to take off in the US. Though Google hopes its key partnerships and open philosophy will help drive the industry forward. Similar to Apple Pay, Android Pay relies on Near Communication Frequency (NFC) to make transactions. The customer simply swipes their Android smartphone at an in-store terminal...

  • Live video streaming for everyone as Periscope finally comes to Android

    It has taken two months for Periscope to arrive on Android but it is finally here. The Twitter-owned live video streaming app has had an incredible run with iOS users, trying to dethrone Meerkat of its title as king of live video streaming. Meerkat came out of beta a few weeks ago and now its nemesis has followed it to the Android operating system. “When we started Periscope, we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation -- by providing users with the best way to start or watch a live video broadcast. As a small startup, our initial launch was limited to...

  • Factory resetting your Android won’t erase all your data, study finds

    Apparently reseting your Android phone to its default factory is not safe. A study from Cambridge University found out that people could still recover data on a number of Android operated devices even after the factory data reset process. The researchers tested 21 devices made by five different manufactures, running mobile operating versions from Froyo to Jelly Bean. Not only did the researchers find data, they managed to extract the master token of 80% of the devices which enabled them to access the user's Google data. The kind of data included images, text images and contacts. Apps like Facebook which have...

  • Google Fit receives an update, now estimates distance and calories burned

    Google Fit has received an update and can now estimate distance and calories burned. The LG Health has this feature so Google Fit is playing catch up and not innovating new things. Tracking one's exercise, be it the mere walking of everyday, running, hiking or cycling, has become a prominent feature in tech. Google notes that this feature is to enable its Google Fit users to have the tools to check on their progress. The update needs extra information to be functional. Users have to update their profile and include gender, height and weight. Users will also now have...

  • Google+ Collections: a new way to group your posts by topic

    Google has introduced Google+ Collections, a Pinterest like feature that allows Google+ users to share and connect with others with shared interests and passions. This is nothing new, of course, as on Google+ one can follow groups with similar interests but there are minor changes and a different interface. With Google+ Collections, Google says, users a new way to group your posts by topic, essentially curating their likes. Google explains that “every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into.” Furthermore, users can share their...

  • Global smartphone shipments reach 291.2m units in Q1 2015

    The global smartphone shipments for the first quarter of 2015 reached 291.2-million units, a drop of 9.2% compared with the prior quarter, according to the latest research by TrendForce. Samsung is dominating the smartphone market with a market share of 27.8 % in the first quarter of 2015, improving from 24.7% in the fourth quarter of 2014. Apple came in at number two on the list with a market share of 19.9%, its share declining from 23.2% from the fourth quarter. The success of Samsung is owed mostly to its flagship, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge proving to...

  • EU officially charges Google with antitrust violations, opens formal investigation on Android (update)

    The European Union has formally charged Google with cheating competitors by distorting internet search results to advantage its Google Shopping service. The EU has also launched an investigation into Android. The EU accuses Google of “systematic favourable treatment to its comparison shopping product (currently called 'Google Shopping') in its general search results pages, e.g. by showing Google Shopping more prominently on the screen.” Though EU formally launched the charges today, it has been under pressure to investigate Google for some time. In a statement released today, the EU said that it has sent Google a statement of objections, a charge sheet,...

  • Worried about being cheated on? The mCouple app could put your mind at ease

    Are you scared you're being cheated on? Then this new app might be just what you need. While most people rely on old-fashioned private investigators or sneakily looking at their spouse's phone to determine infidelity, mCouple reckons it's got a much more tech-savvy solution, which allows you to keep track of everything your partner does. The company's built an app designed to keep track of everything your partner does, from text messages to Facebook inbox texts and call history with exact time history on everything that was done on that day. It can also show you the GPS co-ordinates of...

  • Apple’s reuse and recycling programme now accepts Android trade-ins

    Apple has announced that its iPhone trade-in programme will now include select Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones. The trade-in programme, available both on the company’s online and in-stores, includes certain models of Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, Sony, and BlackBerry devices. Upon trading in a device, customers receive credit for their old smartphones. The credit comes in two ways, an Apple Store gift card or bank transfer, that must be used toward purchasing of a new iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. Read more: Apple sold more smartphones than anyone else in Q4 2014 For now, the trade-in...