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  • 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...

  • Facebook now lets you buy and sell stuff in groups

    Facebook has announced new features for Facebook Groups designed to make it possible for members of “For Sale” groups to buy and sell. These new features will roll out to Facebook For Sale Groups globally in the coming months across iOS, Android and web. The features allow Group members to choose the “Sell” feature when creating a post in a For Sale group. Furthermore, members can add descriptions of what they are selling, including a price and a pick up/ delivery location. Sellers can also mark posts as 'Available' or 'Sold' and easily view their catalogue of previous items sold. At...

  • 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...