Survey: Android devices now have lower failure rates than iPhones

No matter if your smartphone is an iPhone or an Android model, you have probably experienced app failure, annoying lag, hardware problems or some other kind of malfunction. After all, it is just an electronic device, and no such device or its software are perfect. But you know that, don’t you? What you probably weren’t expecting to hear is that, according to analysts, Android smartphones are generally performing better than their iOS-based rivals in terms of trouble-free operation. 
This is one of of the key findings of a report released by Blancco Technology …

Google announces Android Go, a new set of features and apps for low-end devices

At Google I/O 2017, Google announced a new initiative for entry-level Android devices, called Android Go. It’s essentially a set of features and apps for Android, which are set to debut with Android O, that are designed to limit both devices’ system resources and mobile data, helping people in developing nations have a reasonable mobile experience.

There are three main components to Android Go: the OS itself, Google’s own apps, and a focus on optimized third-party apps. Firstly, the upcoming Android O will ship with optimizations for devices with 1 GB …

Netflix blocks rooted Android devices after latest update

It looks like the latest version of Netflix has blocked access to its Android app to all rooted/unlocked devices. However, if you already have the application installed on your rooted phone, you will still be able to use it without any issue.

Over the weekend, Netflix pushed a new update accompanied by a rather mysterious changelog that states the following: “version 5.0 only works with devices that are certified by Google and meet all Android requirements.”

Soon after the new version of Netflix was released, many Android users reported the application shows …

Seven Moto devices receive their Wi-Fi certification; all seven are powered by the MT6737 SoC

Seven Moto handsets, each powered by the MediaTek MT6737 chipset and running Android 7.0 or 7.1.1, have received their Wi-Fi certification by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The seven model numbers include the XT1770, XT1772, XT1773, XT1724, XT1725, XT1726 and XT1721. The MediaTek 6737 SoC is a power sipping chip that uses less than half the usual amount of energy to run GPS based features. It also slices energy use by 33% for gaming and video. It is equipped with a quad-core CPU and the Mali-T720 MP GPU. The chip supports 3GB of LPDDR3 and LPDDR2 RAM.

So as you can see, these seven models are not going …

Pro Evolution Soccer 17 arrives on mobile devices in late May

Konami, the owner of the PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) franchise, has just announced that the next game in the series will be launched on both Android and iOS platforms. Pro Evolution Soccer 17 will be available in the Google Play and App Store later this month.

The game will be free-to-play, but it will contain some massive in-app purchase options, so feel free to turn this feature off if you don’t want to spend any real money while playing it.

It’s worth mentioning Konami has managed to license teams, players, and stadiums, including club and national teams, …

Google Search gets new “Events” feature on iOS devices

Google is improving Search app on iOS with a new view and some additional filters that allow users to fine-tune their search for events and activities.

The new feature is available on the Google app and mobile web in the United States, so don’t try to use it in other countries. It’s called Events, and it will bring up a compact summary of activities from sites from across the web like Eventbrite and Meetup whenever you do a search using Google’s app.

For example, let’s say you search for “jazz concerts in Austin,” or “art events this weekend,” Google Search will now show …

T-Mobile survey finds mobile devices bring families together, not apart

These days, mobile devices have become a scapegoat for breakdowns in parent-children relationships. How many times have you seen a father or mother scold a child for using his or her phone or tablet at a time that the parents considered to be inappropriate? But a new survey taken by ORC Caravan for T-Mobile is revealing something different. Surprisingly, 70% of parents said that mobile technology is bringing their family together.

The 70% of parents who responded favorably to the survey said that smartphones and other forms of mobile technology enable them to communicate to their kids via …

Google Maps updated with ability to edit roads on Android and iOS devices

As many of you probably know by now, Google had killed the Map Maker in the Maps application at the end of March. However, starting this week, a new option is available to all Google Maps users on both the Android and iOS platforms, the ability to edit roads, which is supposed to replace the now defunct Map Maker.

According to Google, one of the most requested features to bring to Google Maps from Map Maker is the option to add and edit roads. Well, it looks like this week the search giant has launched the first part of a refreshed editing flow in Google Maps aimed at road segment editing.

It’s …

Rovio's Battle Bay mobile game hits Android and iOS devices

As expected, Finnish giant Rovio globally launched its next major mobile title, Battle Bay. Unlike most of the previous games released by Rovio, this one does not seem to have birds in it.

Although there are no more angry birds in Rovio’s game, Battle Bay promises to offer the same level of entertainment to its fans. As the developer says, Battle Bay is “a real-time multiplayer battle arena in your pocket.”

However, this time you’ll be choosing a ship instead of an angry bird, add some guns to it and start putting the pressure on your opponents. According …

Google releases May security patch for Nexus and Pixel devices

The first day of May marks not just the beginning of the month, but also the release of the next security patch for Android devices. Google has just published the factory images and OTA files, which include the May security patch.

The following devices will receive Android 7.1.2 update with the May security patch: Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player and Pixel C. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 get the security update with Android 7.1.1.

According to Google, all supported Google devices will receive a single OTA update with the May 5, 2017, security …