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Android

  • This Namola app is like Uber for SA’s metro police

    A new app that helps South Africans alert the nearest police using their GPS-enabled smartphones has been launched by Ever Africa -- which is headed by the likes of former Mxit CEO Alan Knott Craig Jr. It's like Uber for police. We've previously seen a couple of safety apps that attempt to tackle South Africa's issue of crime in their own unique ways, with the main players being neighbourhood social network platforms OurHood and Spottm. However, an app that works directly with police is something we haven't seen before. For now Namola, as it's called, will be piloted by the Tswane Metro...

  • Google Play may have more apps but iTunes is making way more money

    A new report by AppAnnie -- probably one of the most comprehensive application analytic firms out there -- found that although Google Play apps are being downloaded more and more each day, iTunes is seeing more return in cash. As you probably know, Android is the dominating mobile operating system in our world today. With just under 1.5 million apps at the end of last year, Google Play is home to about 300 000 more apps than its Apple counterpart. This echoes a report we saw last week that boldly claimed Google’s Play store grew by more than 50- 60% last year....

  • These are 2014’s most popular apps, games and movies on Google Play

    If you have Candy Crush along with Duolingo, Facebook and MyFitnessPal on your phone, you're probably one of the most average Android users of 2014. That's according to the new stats on what was trending on Google Play this year. Housing an estimated 1.3 million apps, Google Play tops the Apple App Store which is home to 1.2 million and therefor is the biggest mobile operating system's store. The most popular Android applications per category are Duolingo under Education, Facebook in the Social category, MyFitnessPal in Health & Fitness, Netflix in Entertainment, Pandora under Music, NFL Mobile under Sports and...

  • YouTube introduces video offline playback for Android

    Google has introduced offline video playback for YouTube mobile users. This feature is only available on Android devices in India, Indonesia and the Philippines for now and Google is not giving a time for when it will roll out to other places. Videos that support playback will include an offline icon which offers a choice of playback. Once cached, the videos selected for offline playback will be available to watch without internet access for up to 48 hours. Google explained on its blog why the service is being released in Asia Asia has proven itself to be a mobile-first world...

  • Google mobile results are now 100-150 milliseconds faster on Chrome for Android

    Google search results are getting faster than you can say ‘Google it’. According to IIya Grigorik, a developer advocate at Google, when you tap on a Google Search result after performing a mobile search, the page will now load 100-150 milliseconds faster in Chrome for Android. This is due to a “reactive prefetch”, that allows browsers begin to fetching not only the destination pages that are being accessed, but they also are informed of other critical resources that need to be fetched in parallel “to speed up rendering”. Grigorik explains: “As the search results page is unloaded, the browser...

  • Twitter can now identify apps users have downloaded for targeted advertising

    In an effort to gather as much information about its users' habits for more relevant advertising, Twitter will soon identify the other apps on your phone. The company released an announcement on its website and this is said to begin with the new version of its iPhone app which rolled out yesterday. A new Android version will roll out sometime next week. Twitter says it will alert users of its new data policy via an in -pp notification before it starts collecting any personal information. It also stresses that it is only collecting the list of applications users have installed...

  • WhatsApp bulks up its Android encryption efforts

    WhatsApp has made end-to-end encryption the default for all Android users, following a partnership with nonprofit software group Open Whisper Systems. Privacy is a big deal with users and it should be. Private messages and information should remain exactly that, private. With this encryption, WhatsApp messages are more private than they have ever been. Open Whisper System’s encryption protocol is also used to secure TextSecure. The encryption does not need users to turn it on. Read more: Yahoo’s end-to-end encryption tool will combat email snooping According to Open Whisper Systems founder Moxie Marlinspike, Android users are the first users to get...

  • Android founder will exit Google to incubate hardware startups

    Without Android Google would still be a pretty powerful company, but nowhere near as influential as it is today. In that regard, it owes a deep vote of thanks to Andy Rubin, the man who founded Android as an independent company way back in 2003. From now on though, it'll have to do without Rubin's vision. According to The Wall Street Journal, the former Google Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content is leaving to start a hardware startup incubator. In a statement, Google CEO Larry Page thanked Rubin for his service. "I want to wish Andy all...

  • 4 things I learned building my first indie Android game

    Everyone seems to be talking about how easy it is to make money making a smash hit indie game for realise on Android or iOS. Flappy bird and Candy Crush are so simple anyone can do it right? Well yes and no. Yes, anyone can do it but they have a concept they like and the persistence to plan, design, develop and implement. Below are four things that I have learned from my first attempt at indie games development, some of these I definitely need to work on improving myself, so I am not an expert. To be clear, I am a...

  • Suck on that: new version of Android to be called Lollipop

    Right that's that mystery solved. The next version of Android will be called "Lollipop". Sorry Lemon Meringue Pie, Lava Cake and Lemon Drop. First announced at Google I/O earlier this year, the latest edition of Google's mobile operating system comes with the tagline "Be together. Not the same". In part, that's a reference to the large number of mobile device manufacturers who build devices running Android, but it's also a reference to the fact that you can now use Android on everything from smartphones and tablets to TVs, watches and even PCs. And while no one's come out and said...

  • Watch these desserts try out to be the inspiration for Android L

    In the next couple of days, Google will officially release Android L into the wild. It'll bring plenty of new features and promises to run as smoothly as a curling stone across freshly polished ice, but the thing that everyone's really wondering is what dessert it'll be named after. If the latest video from the Mountainview-based giant is anything to go by then the competition between the various 'L' desserts is heating up. Will it be Lemon-Meringue Pie? Or will Lava Cake steal it from Lady Finger at the last moment. Lemon Drop is a dark horse, but rolls...

  • Who’s most keen for the iPhone 6? In the US, the answer’s pretty much what you’d expect

    If the massive lines of people you see queuing outside the company's flagship stores every time a new iPhone goes on sale were anything to go by, you'd expect the answer to the question "who's going to upgrade to the iPhone 6?" to be somewhere close to "everyone". In truth though, it's a little bit more complicated than that. The most likely iPhone users to upgrade are those with the oldest phones. Well, that's in the US at any rate where Apple still retains a massive share of the smartphone market. A recent study by Comscore shows that people...

  • Google, Pep Stores retailer partnering to develop ‘Africa-friendly’ Android

    According to recent reports, Google and South African low-cost retailer, Pep Stores, are in talks to build an Android version that would better fit the needs of the local smartphone users. While this at first seems an unlikely match, the tech giant first got in touch with Pep during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 2013. Pep is Africa's largest mobile phone retailer relying on low-cost smartphones running the Android mobile operating system such as the Huawei Ascend Y220 that goes for about R450 (US$45), and the MTN Steppa for R500 (US$50). Within the last 12 months, Pep's smartphone...

  • Google is targeting the next billion (and Microsoft) with Android One

    At Google’s I/O conference last month, the internet giant unveiled Android One – an initiative that will help connect (at least) the next billion people. This is not a charitable move. Rather, as the number of smartphones globally head to 2-billion in the next 12 months, everyone competing in the space faces the real risk of running out of growth. For Google, this risk is even more acute. Beyond the close on 2-billion people already using smartphones, the next billion or two are not likely to be using the ‘desktop’ internet in any meaningful way. That makes owning the...

  • Want to know what’s next for Android? Here’s how to watch Google I/O live

    It's almost time: the massive annual event where Google gives us a glimpse into what it's working on (and occasionally lets us watch its co-founder skydive). Yes, Google I/O starts today in San Francisco. While we don't know the specifics of what will be unveiled at the two day event, we can make some educated guesses. We'll probably see a demo and find out more about the new version of Android, the successor to last year's KitKat, which is rumoured to be named 'Lollipop'. We'll also be hearing more about Android Wear, Google's operating system for wearable devices, which is...