Android

Latest update lets Cortana replace Google Now on Android

Microsoft wants to follow you everywhere you go, whether you're using a Lumia phone or not, and the most recent update to the beta edition of Cortana for Android gives it more powers.

Mobile

Does Cyanogen really have more users than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry combined?

Cyanogen, the company behind the CyanogenMod and Cyanogen OS custom ROMs for Android devices, recently announced that it boasts 50 million users, which is more than the user bases for Windows Mobile and BlackBerry combined.

Mobile

Why a billion Android phones will never be safe

If you're an Android owner, you need to get used to one thing: You aren't going to get updates, so you won't be as safe as someone on an iPhone. Manufacturers, carriers, and Google must work together to make Android unified and secure, but they won't.

Mobile

Update: The $20 Remix Mini, an Android PC, hits one million on Kickstarter

Chinese startup Jide has launched a Kickstarter campaign today for its upcoming Remix Mini computer, described by its developers as "The world's first true Android PC." Early-bird backers can grab one for as little as $20.

Computing

The $99 ZTE Obsidian sports 4G LTE and Android 5.1, will hit T-Mobile airwaves on August 13

The $99 ZTE Obsidian hits T-Mobile on Thursday, August 13. It sports 4G LTE connectivity and Android 5.1, notable features for a budget phone. Unfortunately, it compromises in other areas.

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The iPhone loses market share in U.S. thanks to Android, but fares better in Europe

Analytics firm ComTech reports that Android made gains the expense of Apple's iPhone in the U.S. in Q2, but performed poorly in Europe. Google's mobile OS still dominates in China, however.

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Want an invite for the OnePlus 2? Bid for one on eBay and help a great cause, too

OnePlus is giving you a chance to get an invite for the OnePlus 2 a lot sooner than usual. The company is offering 100 invites through eBay Giving Works, and all proceeds will benefit the UNICEF Tap Project.

Mobile

See how happy some people are when they use Android, but think it’s iOS 9

It's one of the great modern debates: Which is better, iOS or Android? If this funny video is anything to go by, nobody can really tell the difference. But when told Android is iOS 9, they really like it.

Mobile

Twitter’s News tab lets you know what’s going on in the world today

Twitter's experimental News tab, which is live in Japan, aggregates top headlines from around the social network in a single list. It's one of the company's many ongoing attempts to curate Twitter's firehose of hashtags and tweets.

Mobile

Mobcrush aims to be Twitch for mobile, hires Apple, Google, and Xbox leads to do it

Startup Mobcrush, now in open beta, is bringing Twitch-style live game streaming to mobile phones and tablets. The beta is currently only open to people with iOS devices and Mac computers, but Windows and Android betas will follow.

Gaming

Google’s Android for Work program nabs all four U.S. carriers, 40 new businesses

Google's Android for Work program continues to sign on names. All four major U.S. carriers, 40 new businesses, and a growing list of device makers have joined the fray, the company announced.

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Researchers find Android vulnerability that can render devices inoperable

Security researchers at Trend Micro have discovered a vulnerability that they claim can render a phone or tablet inoperable. All it takes, according to the report, is a malformed video file.

Mobile

Microsoft’s Arrow launcher for Android is super simple and elegant

If you want a new look for your Android phone, but don't want to get caught up with a ton of customization, then take a look at Arrow. It's a new launcher from Microsoft that displays the stuff that matters.

Mobile

The Moto X Play is a more affordable version of the Moto X Style with a gigantic battery

The all new Moto X Play for 2015 is a more affordable version of the Moto X Style. With it's smaller display and beefier battery, The Moto X Play still offers the same "best in class" camera. It's coming this August in 55 countries.

Mobile

You can play Half-Life on your Android smartwatch, but should you?

Step aside, Doom -- running Half-Life is the new test of a device's mettle. Modder Dave Bennett has managed to get Valve's seminal first-person shooter running on an Android-powered LG G smartwatch.

Gaming