Android O release date: Here's when it might be hitting the popular Android devices

By now, it’s public knowledge that Android O is coming to a device near you soon. 
If our past experience is anything to go by, only a minuscule amount of Android users will be getting the newest taste of Android on day 1 of public availability. Pixel users are a getting it first, no doubt about that, but who’s next? Remains to be seen.
But what’s the fuss all about? Is Android O such an important update to the OS at all? For the most part, it’s about to introduce lots of under-the-hood improvements for the OS, as well as overhaul …


Popular Ridge Racer car racing game is the free iOS App of the Week

As an iOS user, you’ve probably got used with the free app of the week section in the App Store. Each week, iOS users can download an app for free, which might or might not have been offered in a promotional deal before.

This week, those who like car racing games will be pleased to know that Ridge Racer Slipstream is the newest free iOS app of the week. The game usually costs $3, but for a limited time, iOS users will be able to download it for free.

The game features 12 sports cars that you’ll be able to choose from, but there are hundreds of customization …

Popular apps are getting bigger and taking up more space when you install them on your iPhone


Sure, the amount of native storage on your iPhone has risen sharply over the years. According to a report from Sensor Tower, the minimum storage available on an iPhone has doubled from the 16GB on 2013’s Apple iPhone 5s to the 32GB on last year’s Apple iPhone 7. But the truth is that Apple is not keeping up with the huge increase in the file size increases on popular apps. This is why many users of the iPhone are often looking for apps to remove in order to create space for new downloads.

Here is an amazing piece of data that says it all. The top ten most downloaded iPhone apps in the …

Watch the HTC U11 fail a popular durability test

The HTC U11 is a unique handset. Not only is it absolutely stunning, thanks to its so-called liquid surface design, but it also comes with an interesting feature – squeezing the sides on the phone can be used as a shortcut.

Our review of the HTC U11 also showed us a great camera, blazing-fast performance, and respectable battery life. However, looks and performance don’t matter much if a device can’t survive everyday use.

Zach, of the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel, put the HTC U11 through one of his famous torture tests, complete with scratching, burning, and whatnot.

The …

The Apple iPad remained the most popular tablet in the world during Q1; Samsung draws nearer


Even though Apple shipped 13% fewer iPad tablets year-over-year globally during the first calendar quarter, the iPad remained the most popular tablet in the world. 8.9 million iOS powered tablets were delivered during the first three months of this year, compared to the 10.3 million shipped during the same quarter of 2016. The iPad currently owns 24.6% of the worldwide tablet market. For Apple, this was the 13th straight quarter with lower year-over-year iPad shipments. Thanks to the Apple iPad Pro, Apple now is on top of the detachable tablet market despite the use of a mobile OS. Others in …

Verto: Apple Music was the most popular music streaming site last month

According to analytical firm Verto, Apple Music is the most popular streaming music service in the U.S. among those 18 and older. This might come as a surprise to many. After all, at the beginning of this month, we told you that Spotify has 50 million paid subscribers compared to the 20 million who subscribe to Apple Music. But in this strange land of streaming music providers, all isn’t what it seems to be, thanks to Apple’s three-month free trial that it offers to potential subscribers.

Last month, Apple Music served 40.7 million unique monthly users. That topped by 20% the number of …

Android Wear 2.0 starts rolling out… to three of the least popular smartwatches out there

After months of waiting, Android Wear 2.0, the biggest update to Google’s wearable platform, has finally started rolling out… to threee of the least popular smartwatches out there.
Google is pushing the Android Wear 2.0 update to the gigantic, 46mm Fossil Q Founder, the rugged Casio Smart Outdoor Watch and the ridiculously expensive, $2,000+ luxury Tag Heuer Connected. Yep, no mention of the more popular Huawei Watch or LG Watch Urbane.
The update is rolling out today and is set to roll …

Android tablets would be more popular than Apple’s iPad

A recent research has revealed that Google’s Android device shipments might topple Apple’s iPad usage. This would be for the first time in the history of tablet wars. Research firm IDC (International Data Corp) has predicted that Apple iPad has given up more mobile market share than any of its global rivals. There has been an increase in the multiple ranges of android powered tablet devices. These numbers are expected to increase further in the next year. Consumers would be using more android tablets than iPad. This will bring an end to Apple’s iPad dominance since its first release in 2010. Apple devices ships with an ever growing price rates, whereas its competitors are releasing cost-effective tablet devices with better marketing strategy and with greater variety of products.

Analyst Peter Misek stated that iPhone is playing defensive with the Samsung devices and added that when other mobile device manufacturers fell off the market, they dropped faster and even further than expected. IDC said, Apple might be losing some of its lead on tablets but remain on top for other products. IPad shipments are expected to hold 46 percent of the tablet market in 2013, dropped down from 51 percent during the last year. Tablets running Android are expected to grow their market share to 49 percent this year from 42 percent last year. Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s kindle uses its own Android customization and acquired a bigger chunk of customers and users last year. IDC has also mentioned that almost 50% of tablets shipped this year had screen sizes below 8 inches. The usage of smaller or mini tablets is expected to grow in 2013.

Last month, HP announced the launch of Slate 7 tablet. Till today it’s the most cost-effective tablet device that is running Android and is from a reliable manufacturer with a premium badge. This particular device is expected to leverage Android’s web traffic over the tablets. Apple is expected to increase its revenue by $ 26 billion for the current fiscal year, which is almost half of what they raised last year i.e. $ 48 billion. A number of suppliers to the Apple computers have also seen some fall in their shares this year. Major component suppliers like Toshiba and Qualcomm have experienced such down falls, but because of their significant business with android devices they are unaffected. The open ecosystem of Android has facilitated more suppliers. The android suppliers on the other hand have seen increase in the market share. According to IDC, global market shipments grew from 72 million units to 128.3 million units.

Also in the Smartphone market, Samsung has already left Apple behind which reached 545 million units last year. Samsung is expected to sell around 290 million units this year, which is around 35 percent than the last year, whereas Apple’s Smartphone sales is expected to reach 180 million units this year, up by 33 percent since the last year. IDC also added that the windows 8 devices would increase their market share from 1 percent last year to 7.4 percent in the coming years presumably 2017.

These changes in market shares and customer preferences will greatly improve Android Application Development services. There will more apps for android devices and the cloud technology will take it to a brand new level.

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Microsoft bought a popular lock-screen Android app maker

Microsoft seems to be after Google’s Android app makers for quite some time now.

In this case, the company quietly bought Double Labs, the creators of the Echo Notification Lockscreen, an Android app that allows the user to personalize what appears on his phone or tablet when it’s on the lock screen.

In other words, this app makes it easier for the user to prioritize the most important notifications and only wake their phone for high-priority messages.

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And on top of that, a user can also choose to postpone a notification for a certain time or place. This works like a charm if you want to wait until you get home to read your emails, for example.

But while the app is intriguing, it is not nearly as much as the fact that this is actually not the first time that Microsoft penetrates Google’s developers network. In fact, Echo is the second Android lockscreen replacement Microsoft owns.

The first one was purchased last year, when Garage research division launched the popular Microsoft Next lockscreen for Android, an app that claimed to provide improved control over the lockscreen, so that the user wouldn’t have to unlock the phone as much.

Now it seems weird, doesn’t it? Why would Microsoft own not one, but two lockscreen apps for Google’s Android, especially given that it already has its own operating system well and running? Ok, maybe it’s not as popular as the Android but what kind of strategy is that?

On the other hand, Microsoft Chief Experience Officer, Julie Larson Green, may have given a satisfying answer, saying that:

“It’s all in the name of taking productivity to the next level and keeping you in the moment. It’s a list of what apps want you to know, not necessarily what’s important to you.”

Another explanation lies in the side of Satya Nadella’s leadership, who urged the company to create more personal computing experience. So the acquisition of two lockscreen apps that were developed by Google’s Android makers, could be a step towards that strategy.

The second explanation is more accepted among those who want an answer to this question, given that Microsoft also owns a variety of other Android utilities, including an app launcher currently in private beta, a voice search tool for Bing and an app that provides information about air quality to users in China.