Category: Android News


EFF releases ‘secure messaging scorecard,’ ranks Hangouts against competitors

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has issued security rankings for several popular communication platforms, including Apple’s iMessage Google’s Hangouts and Skype from Microsoft. Both iMessage and Apple’s FaceTime were named as the best mass market options for secure messaging according to the EFF’s criteria. These categories include message encryption in transit, independent code review, and proper documentation of security.

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First specs for Samsung Galaxy S6 surface online

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Last week we reported that Samsung is planning on totally changing its smartphone strategy, and this starts with them code-naming the Galaxy S6 “Project Zero“, allegedly because they’re starting from scratch. Well, SamMobile has some details from their “insiders” detailing some specs from the Galaxy S6.

The display on the Galaxy S6 will have a QHD (2560×1440) resolution, with an undetermined screen size. The camera  [Read More…]

Sony starts selling unlocked Xperia Z3 in U.S.

Sony is now selling the unlocked version of its flagship Xperia Z3 smartphone directly to customers for $ 679.99. The Xperia Z3 is available in all four colors at the moment from the Sony Store if you don’t want to go through your favorite U.S. carrier.

Download and Install Google Maps version 9.0.0 APK (Material Design)

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The next app to be treated to material design is Google Maps, and boy does it look good. Hitting version 9.0.0, this Google Maps update focuses entirely on bringing Material Design to the app, as well as OpenTable integration in the US.

The official Google Maps version 9.0.0 APK can be downloaded by clicking here.

Why Download?

If you’re the type of person who likes  [Read More…]

Announcing the ‘Weekly Photo Contest: Evening’ winners!

The latest edition of our Weekly Photo Contest has come to a close, and we have selected the winners. After a week of filling up the forums with five full pages of entries we had lots of great shots to look at, all fitting nicely into the “evening” prompt. Read along and check out this week’s winners.

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Google Maps gets down with the Material Design

Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon to many devices and is even already on a few like the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6, so it’s no surprise to see another heavily-used Google app — Google Maps — get an update to bring it into line with the new Material Design styling of the updated OS.

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Get hands-on experience as an Android developer for under $20 [Deal of the Day]

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Now’s your time! If you’ve been sitting on a bright idea that just needs hammered out before reaching the Play Store, this deal is for you. This Developer Bundle is comprised of 10 real-world projects that ensure you completely grasp the skills needed to develop into an expert.

It’s been said that the best way to learn is through action. Including 59 lectures and over  [Read More…]

Happy 7th birthday to Android… and AndroidGuys!

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November 5, 2007

It was exactly seven years ago today that Android officially became a thing. Whereas the world was anxiously awaiting Google’s first smartphone, (likely the gPhone), Google went much bigger in scope. Instead of launching a specific device we got Android and the Open Handset Alliance. Forget one phone, let’s talk about unlimited phones.

Android is open source; it can be liberally extended to  [Read More…]

Pushbullet update lets you send text right from Chrome desktop

The Pushbullet app and Chrome extension are combined make one of our favorite tools, and now you can compose and send SMS text messages through your phone, right from the browser. It’s all relatively simple — sign in on both the phone and the browser and click on the little Pushbullet button in Chrome to compose and reply to messages. As always, these messages are sent via your phone, so everything is received and sent with  [Read More…]

Nexus Player review

Android TV arrives with an impressive but imperfect first effort

The living room has been a tough nut to crack — for any company, not just Google. Cable companies generally don’t want outsiders playing in their sandbox. That and the underpowered and seemingly unfocused endeavor that was the first Google TV generation doomed the likes of the Logitech Revue and relegated what was left Google TV to glorified embedded status. The aborted Nexus  [Read More…]