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Microsoft Launches Office for Android

Category: Mobile
Posted: January 29, 2015 09:33AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has officially launched its Office suite for Android tablets, which allows tablet owners to utilize Word, PowerPoint, and Excel on their mobile devices. The news comes just weeks after Microsoft announced the expansion of the Office for Android tablet preview program and months after Microsoft brought office to additional mobile devices. The latest version of the Office suite for Android tablets supports retrieval of documents from OneDrive and Dropbox accounts, a variety of customizable templates, and synchronization with OneDrive. Office for Android is compatible with 7-inch tablets and larger that run Android KitKat 4.4, but unfortunately requires a monthly subscription of at least $7 per month after the one-month free trial expires.

Source: CNET



Stripped Down Version of Facebook Released for Android

Category: Mobile
Posted: January 28, 2015 03:59AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Facebook has officially released a stripped down version of its mobile application for Android devices. Known as Facebook Lite, the new version is compatible with devices running Android 2.2 and up and focuses on delivering Facebook connectivity without crippling battery life, network data usage, or local device storage. The application is incredibly small, as it requires less than 1MB to install, and is even engineered to work on 2G mobile networks that feature limited network connectivity. Despite its incredibly small footprint when compared to the regular Facebook mobile application, Facebook Lite successfully allows users to post status updates with photos, comment on people’s posts, message friends, partake in group conversations, and receive notifications.

Facebook Lite is currently only available in parts of Africa and Asia and can be installed via the Google Play Store. The application is likely related to the Internet.org project undertaken by Facebook and other technology companies, which aims to provide free access to Facebook and other basic Internet services in developing countries.

Source: Google Play and PCWorld


LibreOffice is Coming to Android

Category: Mobile
Posted: January 27, 2015 06:56AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to Italo Vignoli, a spokesman at the Document Foundation, a full-featured version of the free office suite LibreOffice is coming to Android. The announcement comes just one week after the release of LibreOffice Viewer for Android, which allows mobile users to view Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and Open Document Format files on their smartphones and tablets. LibreOffice for Android is already under development and beta versions are expected to be released in the coming months, with the first beta hopefully being launched by March. The Document Foundation is hoping that massive amounts of feedback will be provided by users of early builds of LibreOffice for Android, in order to improve the overall quality of the software.

Despite the ongoing development of LibreOffice for Android, it is unknown at this time when the office suite will become generally available and launch as a stable version.

Source: PCWorld


Google Maps Updated to Version 9.3

Category: Mobile
Posted: January 16, 2015 05:39AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has released an update for its Maps application, bringing it to version 9.3. The latest update ushers in the ability for Maps users to share directions with others, a feature that can be found in the three-dot overflow menu that appears when searching for or tapping on a location. The task of sharing directions can be facilitated over a variety of different methods, as the feature makes use of the sharing options present within the Android mobile operating system. Users can even choose to include current traffic, satellite imagery, or terrain with the directions that they share with others.

The latest Google Maps update is being rolled out to Android users via Google Play.

Source: PCWorld



Google Now Updated with Refreshed Look and Additional Options

Category: Mobile
Posted: January 8, 2015 10:43AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has pushed an update for Google Now, a service that works as a personal assistance for Android device owners. The updated version of Google Now includes a refreshed look for Google Now cards as well as additional settings for them, including the ability to scroll through previous cards and even toggle them on and off. Thanks to the update, options for various reminders and cards that used to be available at the bottom of Google Now have been relocated to the hamburger menu, which is accessible through the search bar. Additionally, Google Now users now have the ability to specify how they would like to treat urgent reminders such as appointment notifications and traffic alerts.

Source: PCWorld



Cricket Replaces Muve Music with Deezer

Category: Mobile
Posted: January 8, 2015 09:34AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Cricket has publically revealed that it is discontinuing its Muve Music service in favor of Deezer, an incredibly popular music streaming service that currently features 16 million global listeners. Starting on January 31, 2015, Cricket customers will be able to utilize Deezer to access 35 million songs and more than 30,000 Internet radio stations from around the world. An extended free trial of Deezer will be offered to current Muve Music customers who switch to Cricket's new GSM network, and for those that take advantage of the offer, existing music libraries and playlists can even be transferred. New and existing Cricket customers on the new LTE network are eligible for a minimum 15-day free trial of Deezer, and will only be charged $6 per month for the service after the trial ends. The President of Cricket Wireless, Jennifer Van Buskirk, noted that "This agreement illustrates our ongoing commitment to deliver the best value in prepaid wireless and satisfy our customers' growing need for an unparalleled premium music experience."

Source: Press Release



AT&T Introduces Shareable Rollover Data

Category: Mobile
Posted: January 7, 2015 12:32PM
Author: Brentt Moore

AT&T has revealed that it is bringing back its popular rollover concept in the form of Rollover Data. The newly announced feature, which will be enabled automatically starting on January 25, 2015 at no cost to customers, is only available to those subscribed to an AT&T Mobile Share Value plan. Customers that subscribe a Mobile Share Value plan are able to rollover unused data from one billing cycle into the next. Rollover Data is able to benefit all devices that are a part of the same Mobile Share Value plan, and the feature itself can be easily tracked through the myAT&T mobile application or through the AT&T website. According to Glenn Lurie, the President and CEO of AT&T Mobility, “Rollover Data is an added benefit of being an AT&T Mobile Share Value customer and it’s just another way that we’re saying thanks to our more than 50 million plus Mobile Share Value subscribers.”

While Rollover Data is certainly exciting for AT&T Mobile Share Value customers, it is worth noting that unused Rollover Data does not carry over.

Source: Press Release


Microsoft Announces Expansion of the Office for Android Tablet Preview

Category: Mobile
Posted: January 7, 2015 12:08PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Last November, Microsoft released new versions of its Office suite for various mobile devices along with a preview program for Android tablets, which allowed owners to take advantage of specific Office applications after registering for access. Microsoft has now announced that it is expanding the Office for Android tablet preview by releasing the preview versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Google Play. Owners of Android tablets can simply go to Google Play and download the preview versions of these Office applications as long as their tablet is ARM-based, is running KitKat or Lollipop, and has a screen size between 7-inches and 10.1-inches. The expansion of the Office for Android tablet preview will allow Microsoft to receive more feedback than ever for the mobile applications, which allows the company to efficiently plan and prioritize future feature updates.

Source: Office Blog



Thermaltake Launches Several New LUXA2 Products Aimed at Mobile Users

Category: Mobile
Posted: January 6, 2015 10:03AM
Author: bp9801

CES is just starting off, but Thermaltake is hitting it hard and fast with a plethora of new gear. Its LUXA2 mobile division is getting in on the action too, with several new items to help users out for whatever they need. First up is the EnerG Slim mobile power banks, which come in both 5000mAh and 10000mAh varieties. Either one would be ideal for those needing that extra juice on the go to keep their mobile devices charged. There is also the TX-100 ultra slim portable wireless charging pad that charges your Qi-compatible device without any extra hassle.

On the audio side there is the Groovy Duo Live Wireless Speaker that connects via Bluetooth to two devices for mono-to-mono sound, or one device for stereo sound. The last items LUXA2 has to introduce is the Clip Series Universal Car Mount Holder, which come in Smart, Tab, and Cigar options. The Smart Clip fits smartphones between 3.5" and 6", and the Tab Clip fits tablets and smartphones between 6" and 10", with both models also capable of working on a desk or suction mounted to the car windshield. The last model is the Cigar Clip, which holds smartphones between 3.5" and 6", and plugs into your car's 12V socket to provide a USB 2.0 port for charging.

All of these LUXA2 items can be seen at CES 2015, and will be available for purchase from the Thermaltake store today. The EnerG Slim 5000mAh is priced at $24.99, with the 10000mAh model coming in at $34.99. The TX-100 is $29.99, the Groovy Duo Live Wireless Speaker is at $99.99, and the Smart, Tab, and Cigar Clips are $14.99, $19.99, and $16.99, respectively.

Source: Press Release




XFINITY My Account App Now Includes Call Back Feature

Category: Mobile
Posted: December 19, 2014 07:16AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Comcast is looking to change the way that its customers interact with its customer service team by integrating a new call back feature within its XFINITY My Account mobile application. The feature, which is available after going through an interactive troubleshooting guide, allows Comcast customers to enter their phone number and select the time that they want a customer service representative to call them. For customers who wish to get their issue resolved without talking on the phone, the updated XFINITY My Account application also allows individuals to chat with a customer service representative through Twitter. A photograph of the issue can even be uploaded to the social networking service so that a Comcast representative can see the issue from the perspective of the customer. The Senior Vice President of Customer Experience at Comcast, Charlie Herrin, stated that "We’re working hard to make sure we are serving our customers as quickly as possible across all our channels."

Source: Comcast Voices



Samsung is Shutting Down ChatOn

Category: Mobile
Posted: December 19, 2014 05:30AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Samsung has revealed that it is shutting down its instant messaging service known as ChatOn. The service, which launched in 2011 and is currently available in more than 200 countries, boasted late last year that it had 100 million users. Compared to competitors like WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, and even Facebook Messenger, however, ChatOn simply is not competing well in the mobile instant messaging market. According to Samsung, the service is being shut down globally on February 1, 2015 due to the company’s focus shifting towards its core services. Users of Samsung ChatOn within the United States will be able to use the service for an unknown amount of time after the global shutdown on February 1, 2015, as Samsung is obligated to keep the service available within the United States due to existing contractual obligations with various mobile carriers.

Source: CNET



Android Lollipop Encryption Negatively Impacts Performance

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 24, 2014 05:08AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although Full Disk Encryption, or FDE, has been available on Android devices since version 3.0, Android 5.0 Lollipop is the first Android version to enable the security feature by default on new devices. While this would normally be a welcomed decision on the grounds of improved security for mobile devices, it turns out that FDE is greatly hindering the performance of devices that it is enabled on. In a recent test performed by AnandTech, it was found that the Nexus 6 suffered massive performance loss when FDE was enabled. The results show that FDE reduced sequential read speeds by 80.7 percent, random read speeds by 62.9 percent, and random write speeds by 50.5 percent, when compared to a Nexus 6 that has FDE turned off.

With performance hindered so greatly due to FDE, many users are hoping that Google is able to come up with a solution in the near future. The good news is that devices that were upgraded to Android Lollipop do not feature FDE enabled by default, and the encryption feature can be turned off on devices that come with it enabled.

Source: AnandTech


Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Protects Against Accidental Drops

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 20, 2014 08:14AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Gorilla Glass has been around for quite some time, with many manufactures using the Corning product in flagship phones, tablets, and a variety of other devices. While Corning touted how previous versions of Gorilla Glass were resistant to minor cracks and scratches, they generally failed to provide adequate protection against shattering when dropped on hard surfaces. Gorilla Glass 4 is marketed as having increased shattering resistance, as Corning has just revealed that the latest version of its glass is comprised of a new formula that is engineered to make the product stronger than ever. Gorilla Glass 4 will apparently remain intact 80 percent of the time when dropped from one meter above the ground, compared to conventional soda-lime glass that shatters every time when dropped from the same height.

Source: Engadget



Opera Max Now Available in 16 Additional Regions

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 19, 2014 08:17AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Most mobile users are constantly looking for ways to save money on their wireless bills by reducing their usage. Opera Max, which offers the ability for data to be compressed on various servers operated by Opera in order to reduce mobile data consumption by up to 50 percent, is capable of doing just that. The application has gained quite a following since its initial offering, and Opera has just announced that it is now available in 16 more regions. Opera Max can now be downloaded and used by mobile users in Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

Source: Engadget



Updated Amazon App Features Android Wear Support

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 18, 2014 07:24AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Amazon has just pushed an update to its core Android application, which features a variety of components such as shopping and Amazon Instant Video. The most notable feature within the updated application is support for Android Wear, which provides users with the ability to save an idea or search for products with their voice. When a product is found after the search is initiated, users can utilize their Android Wear device to purchase the item or save it to their wish list, enabling users to make even more mobile purchases than they currently do. The updated Amazon application also includes Android Lollipop support along with a variety of bug fixes and performance improvements.

Source: Android Police



Over 2 Billion Mobile Users Will Make Mobile Transactions by 2017

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 17, 2014 09:45AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to a recent report from Juniper Research, which provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, just over 2 billion mobile users will engage in some form of mobile commerce by the end of 2017. The report notes that banking, consumer purchases, and money transfers are continuing to be done on mobile devices instead of desktops, and that countless users are shifting towards mobile platforms. Within five years, the report notes that mobile devices will account for over half of all online transactions. Additionally, while contactless payment systems are slow to be adopted outside of countries like Japan and South Korea, NFC payment systems such as Apple Pay are expected to help mobile use grow even further in the coming years.

Source: Press Release



Microsoft Brings Office to Additional Mobile Devices

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 6, 2014 08:39AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has announced that it has released new versions of its Office suite for various mobile devices, allowing smartphone and tablet owners to continue their work while away from a computer. Owners of the iPhone can now download Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which have all been optimized for the Apple smartphone while still providing the same experience found on the iPad. Microsoft has also released a preview version of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android tablet customers. Individuals who are interested in accessing the Office for Android tablet preview can do so through the Microsoft signup website.

Along with the availability of Office on the iPhone and various Android tablets, Microsoft has released updates to the Office for iPad apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Source: Office Blog



Google Maps Receives Various Improvements

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 5, 2014 11:12AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has just updated its Maps application for Android and iOS devices. The latest update for Google Maps includes the company’s material design, which has made its way to virtually all other Google applications, and also features easier access to a plethora of information about any place. Users can tap on an information sheet for any location in order to view photos, reviews, and more, and can even explore other places around them by tapping the Explore button. Google Maps also supports table reservations directly within the application itself, allowing users within the United States to reserve tables at restaurants found on OpenTable. Uber has also been integrated, with information about Uber services available directly within Google Maps while getting directions to a location.

Users of Google Maps will receive the update over the coming days as it rolls out to compatible devices.

Source: Google Maps Blog



KitKat Now Running on 30 Percent of Android Devices

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 4, 2014 10:38AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Android 4.4 KitKat was released just over a year ago when the Nexus 5 made its debut. Since then, the mobile operating system from Google has continued to grow and cover more devices than ever. According to the latest update to the Android Developers Dashboard, KitKat now covers 30.2 percent of all Android devices, based on the number of devices that visited the Google Play store during a seven day period. Compared to September, KitKat saw a 5 percent growth during the month of October, but still lacks far behind Jelly Bean which currently has 50.9 percent of the market.

As Android Lollipop makes its way to the market, the total number of KitKat devices will likely fall in the coming months.

Source: CNET



Amazon Appstore Offering $115 of Applications for Free

Category: Mobile
Posted: November 1, 2014 06:35AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Amazon is currently offering Amazon Appstore users with $115 of mobile applications for free. Plenty of excellent game and utility applications are available to download at no charge, such as Plants vs. Zombies, Plex, Visible Body, World of Goo, and Zombie Gunship, just to name a few. Amazon is marketing such an incredible offer to mobile users in order to secure consumers into its own ecosystem, which must continue to be utilized to receive future updates for any downloaded applications.

This special selection of paid applications for free from the Amazon Appstore, which has been available for the past few days, expires today.

Source: TechHive


Wearable Recording Devices Banned from Movie Theaters

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 30, 2014 04:11AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners have announced an update to their joint policy that is aimed at preventing film theft in theaters. The updated policy includes smartphones, just as it did before, but also features text that outlines the banning of wearable recording devices. According to the MPAA and NATO, a zero tolerance policy is observed for recording devices of any kind within theaters, despite both entities having "a long history of welcoming technological advances." If an individual fails to put away his or her recording device, whether wearable or not, they will be asked to leave the theater immediately. Furthermore, the policy indicates that law enforcement authorities will be involved if illegal recording activity is thought to have taken place.

Source: NATO Reel Blog



Google Updates Many of Its Android Applications

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 30, 2014 03:57AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has officially released updates for a variety of its own Android applications, bringing them fresh new user interfaces that conform to its material design philosophy. The updates come just before the debut of Android Lollipop, the next major version of the Android operating system that brings enhanced security, performance improvements, and new features.

Google Play Games and Google Wallet both received more vivid colors and easier to navigate menus, with Wallet also supporting the ability to lock or cancel a physical Google Wallet card. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides were also updated with refreshed user interfaces, which are now more colorful and consistent overall. Lastly, Google Camera received an update that provides users with a newly tweaked icon along with improved animations.

Source: TechHive


Sprint Announces Spark Availability in 17 New Markets

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 29, 2014 03:57PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Sprint has just announced that starting today, its Spark network is available in 17 new markets across the United States. According to Sprint, Sprint Spark is an enhanced 4G LTE service that is built specifically for data and is designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of 50 to 60Mbps capable devices. Sprint customers within the following cities will now be able to experience this unique combination of network technologies and spectrum capacity:

  • Sacramento, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Bay City, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Midland, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • Henderson, NC
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Mount Vernon, OH
  • New Philadelphia, OH
  • Tiffin, OH
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Ogden, UT
  • Seattle, WA
  • Sheboygan, WI

This latest Sprint Spark rollout provides assurance that Sprint will fulfill its plans to reach 100 million Americans with Sprint Spark 2.5GHz coverage by the end of this year.

Source: Android Police and Sprint



Google Fit Released for Android

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 29, 2014 10:12AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has officially released Google Fit, an Android application that is capable of capturing walking, running, and cycling data. The application is similar to Moves, which was acquired by Facebook earlier this year, in the sense that it is able to deliver the captured data into useful charts and diagrams which can be easily sorted by days and weeks. Goals are supported within Google Fit, and the application can even provide recommendations based on overall performance.

Third-party applications are able to connect to Google Fit and it supports Android Wear as well. While the application can collect fitness data itself thanks to the myriad of different sensors found within modern smartphones, Google Fit is meant to be a central hub for fitness information from all types of devices. Confirmed partners as of now include HTC, LG, Motorola, Nike, Noom, Polar, RunKeeper, Runtastic, and Withings.

Google Fit is available for immediate download from Google Play.

Source: The Next Web


Amazon Sitting on $83 Million of Unsold Fire Phones

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 25, 2014 08:41PM
Author: ClayMeow


If you've yet to see someone using an Amazon Fire Phone, you're not alone. Even after Amazon slashed the price to $0.99 with a two-year contract less than two months after launch, sales have not been good. Now, with Amazon revealing its third quarter results, we have learned just how big of a failure the Fire Phone has been. Amazon posted a $437 million loss for the quarter, recording a $170 million charge, "primarily related to Fire phone inventory valuation and supplier commitment costs." According to CFO Thomas Szkutak, Amazon currently has $83 million worth of unsold Fire phones sitting in inventory. Ouch!

With the recent releases of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 – three phones from the two biggest smartphone players – it doesn't look like it'll get better for Amazon's Fire Phone anytime soon.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz



Android Wear Update Provides GPS and Music Playback Support

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 24, 2014 08:06AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has revealed that the next update to Android Wear, which is available today for compatible devices, includes support for GPS sensors and music playback. Smartwatches that have a built-in GPS sensor can now be used to track routes, distance, and speed, all without the need of a smartphone. The Android Wear update also adds music playback capabilities, allowing smartwatch users to store music on their watch and listen to it via Bluetooth headphones.

Currently, the Sony SmartWatch 3, which is available for pre-order from Verizon Wireless and will soon be on sale through Google Play, is the only Android Wear watch to feature a built-in GPS sensor. All other Android Wear smartwatches currently on the market will be able updated to include the new music playback functionality.



Moto 360 Receives Android Wear Update

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 22, 2014 09:55AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Motorola has revealed that its flagship watch, the Moto 360, is receiving a new Android Wear update. The update consists of smart battery saving, which will automatically put the Moto 360 into ambient mode once its battery hits 15 percent, mood lighting, which adjusts the brightness of the screen while the device is charging, and timely time checks, which syncs the watch with its paired smartphone more often to ensure that the correct time is displayed. The Android Wear update for the Moto 360 also includes various user interface tweaks, bug fixes, and enhancements that pave the way for connecting Bluetooth headsets to the watch.

The new software for the Moto 360 will roll out in phases, with users able to install the software only if their phone is connected to the Internet and their watch battery is at 80 percent or greater.

Source: Motorola Blog


Google Play Music Application Updated by Google

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 21, 2014 08:42AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has updated its Google Play Music application for Android and iOS, which now has over 30 million songs to choose from. The newly updated application features a refined “Listen Now” page that allows users to easily discover new music. The latest version also features Songza integration, a streaming service that Google acquired earlier this year. Users can select music based on the time of day, their mood, or specific activity, with songs being sourced from stations that were compiled from music experts at Google. Google’s material design is present within the updated Google Play Music application too, which showcases bigger images, bolder colors, and slicker transitions, all of which make Android Lollipop more refined and polished.

Source: Official Android Blog



Gmail Application Will Support Third-Party Email Accounts in Version 5.0

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 20, 2014 02:01PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Gmail has long been available to smartphone users, allowing them to access their Gmail accounts quickly and easily through an intuitive user interface. Unfortunately, the application has only supported Gmail accounts and failed to offer support for third-party email services. That is all changing with version 5.0 of Gmail, however, as a newly leaked video shows that the latest version of the Gmail client, which will ship with Android Lollipop, adds support for Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, and more. Besides adding support for third-party email accounts, Gmail 5.0 is overhauled with Google’s material design which provides a sleeker and more refined user experience than ever before.

Source: Android Police



Google Play Games Now Supports Nearby Multiplayer

Category: Mobile
Posted: October 17, 2014 07:21AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has publically revealed through a tweet on its official Android Developers account that Google Play Games now supports Nearby Multiplayer. The technology enables two players to be synced together within the same game as long as they are physically near one another. Support for Nearby Multiplayer allows developers to create local competitive and cooperative experiences between two Android players that are close by each other, paving the way for mobile games to plant themselves as substantial offerings in the video game market. The feature is built into the Google Play Games API and is immediately available to developers who wish to take advantage of it.

Source: TechHive



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