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Briefly: AT&T completes Nextel Mexico purchase, Meerkat Android

05/01, 9:16pm

AT&T finalizes acquisition of Nextel Mexico for $1.88 billion

AT&T has completed its acquisition of Nextel Mexico from NII Holdings. Approved by the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, overseeing the restructuring of NII Holdings, as well as Mexico's telecom regulator IFT, the transaction costs AT&T $1.88 billion and grants them the spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores, and subscribers covered by the network. This is the second Mexico-related purchase completed by the carrier, having already acquired Iusacell.

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Microsoft offers tools to port iOS, Android apps to Windows 10

04/29, 2:24pm

Developers offered variety of ways to bring apps to Windows

Microsoft has used Build to reveal to developers what to expect when they develop apps for the incoming upgrade to Windows 10, both for mobile and desktops. More details about universal Windows apps was issued, as well as new ways for developers to create new apps or port existing apps from other platforms, including iOS and Android.

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Briefly: More Google Now cards added, Spotify Connect update

04/28, 6:39pm

Google Now integrations increase by 70 to 110

Google is increasing the number of cards in Google Now, after adding integrations with 70 more apps to the service, bringing the total number of integrations to 110. The new cards, which will be rolling out to Android users over the next few weeks, will include news notifications from ABC News and Feedly, food reminders from Eat24 and Allrecipes, fitness updates from Runkeeper and Jawbone, and playlist recommendations from Spotify and YouTube, among other new additions.

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Briefly: Google stops selling Nexus 7, Possible Google Glass 2 at FCC

04/25, 9:13pm

Google online store discontinues Nexus 7 tablet

Google is no longer selling the Nexus 7 through its online store. Spotted by Talk Android, the product listing for the Android tablet shows the message "The Nexus 7 is no longer available for purchase," and the tablet does not appear in the main products menu anymore. The Nexus 9, the company's larger tablet produced by HTC, remains unaffected and is now the only tablet sold in the store.

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Hands On: Sorcery! 3 – The Seven Serpents 1.0.2 (iOS, Android)

04/24, 7:25pm

The quest for the crown continues

The third installment of Steve Jackson's Sorcery! game series is now available from iTunes. It isn't necessary to play the first two chapters to enjoy the third; each leg of the journey is its own self-contained quest and story. However, for those willing to put in the time, a magic word is given at the end of each game to add input into the next. Friendships, items, curses, abilities, and knowledge transfer from one to the other, giving the whole experience a richer feel.

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Safari, Chrome top mobile browsers worldwide, Chrome king of desktop

04/22, 12:40pm

Apple's default browser remains tops in mobile, captures 10 percent of US desktop

A new study by analytics firm StatCounter has shown that Chrome and Safari are virtually neck-and-neck as the top mobile browsers, but that Safari was the clear winner in both North America and Europe. In particular, in the US Safari holds a 55 percent share of mobile browser use, with Chrome at 30 percent and generic Android browsers with 9.5 percent. In addition to just edging out Safari worldwide to be the top mobile browser, Chrome is also the dominant desktop browser worldwide, with a 52.6 percent share.

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Report: Apple improves revenue for devs over Android in 2015

04/17, 6:30pm

Android gains 70 percent of downloads, iOS gains 70 percent of revenue

A new report by analytics firm App Annie has revealed that Apple and Google, as the progenitors of iOS and Android respectively, are locked in a roughly stalemated battle when it comes to revenues from apps versus app downloads. Google's Android enjoys the majority of app downloads, as it has for some time -- but continues to be unable to catch Apple in terms of being able to reward developers for their work. In a set of charts from the analytics firm, Apple's revenue from app sales is about 70 percent higher than Google Play, while Google's downloads outpaced Apple's by 70 percent.

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Meerkat starts testing of streaming app on Android

04/16, 10:13am

Live streaming app heads to Android before Twitter-owned competitor

Meerkat, the live-streaming mobile app, has beaten the Twitter-owned Periscope to Android, albeit in beta. While both apps are similar and available on iOS devices, Meerkat is the first of the competing services to make the transition to Android, with the startup asking for external beta testers to sign up and try out the app on the mobile platform.

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Briefly: Google 'Find my Phone' search, handwriting tool for Android

04/16, 7:44am

Google adds option to find Android smartphone to search results

Owners of Android devices have a simple way of finding their misplaced smartphone, by performing a Google search. Similar to Android Device Manager's tool for finding a lost device, a search for the phrase "Find My Phone" with the owner logged in to their Google account will load up a card showing the device's location on a map, with the added option of setting the phone to ring at its loudest setting to help with finding it nearby.

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Google draws antitrust ire from European regulator for search, Android

04/15, 12:04pm

Comparison shopping, Android app bundling complains issued by European Commission

Google's relationship with the European Commission (EC) has worsened, after the regulator made two antitrust-related announcements. It has formally objected to the way Google gives more prominence in search results to its own shopping comparison services than competitors, and has also opened up a separate formal investigation over Android and its bundling of Google apps.

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Briefly: Android Trusted Voice, Xbox One price cut in UK

04/14, 6:37am

Trusted Voice Smart Lock option rolling out to stock Android devices

Owners of devices running stock Android will be able to unlock their smartphones and tablets by uttering "OK Google." Following changes to Google Play Services, Android Police reports that the Trusted Voice unlocking option is starting to roll out, appearing in the Smart Lock settings. Users are warned before setting up Trusted Voice that it is "less secure" than a knowledge-based security measure, such as a PIN or a pattern, as "someone with a similar voice or a recording of your voice could unlock your device."

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Google reportedly trying to make Android Wear devices work with iOS

04/09, 4:29pm

Android Wear companion app for iOS allegedly close to completion

Google may be preparing to fight the Apple Watch on its home turf, by working on getting Android Wear devices to work with iOS devices. A companion app for iOS is reportedly close to being completed by Google, which in theory would allow smartwatches running Android Wear to receive notifications and interact with other apps on Apple's mobile operating system.

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Dell launches larger Venue 10 7000 Android tablet with keyboard dock

04/08, 6:43pm

Venue 10 7000 aimed at business, uses Android for Work

Dell has launched a new larger version of its Venue 8 7000 Android tablet from September. The Venue 10 7000 is a premium tablet meant for business, with the slate using a 10.5-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2560x1600, though unlike its smaller stablemate, Dell is providing the option of turning it into a notebook, by using a detachable keyboard dock.

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Briefly: Amazon Instant Video on Android, WhatsApp calls on Tizen

04/05, 12:21pm

Amazon adds Android tablet support to Prime Instant Video app

Amazon has finally allowed Android tablets access to Prime Instant Video. Previously only available to iOS devices and, since September last year, Android smartphones, tablet users can now watch the same Prime Instant Video content via their device, reports Android Police. Prime subscribers need to install the dedicated Prime Instant Video app from the Amazon Appstore before watching shows.

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OxygenOS Android ROM for OnePlus One smartphone released

04/05, 10:54am

New OnePlus One ROM stays close to stock Android Lollipop

OnePlus has released its first custom Android ROM, one it is calling OxygenOS. Initially released as an early alpha in January, OxygenOS was created for the OnePlus One smartphone as a replacement for CyanogenMod, following the parting of ways between the manufacturer and Cyanogen, with One owners able to download and install the ROM to their devices now.

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Google ARC Welder allows Android apps to run in Chrome browser

04/05, 8:53am

Developer tool runs Android apps on Windows, Mac desktops

Google is attempting to increase the number of places people can run Android apps, by bringing them to desktops. The App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) tool was initially brought out for Chrome OS, but Google has expanded the development tool's availability to the Chrome browser, allowing the Android apps to run on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems, all from within the browser itself.

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Briefly: HBO on Sling TV, Microsoft updates Outlook mobile apps

04/02, 6:17am

HBO joining Sling TV this month, add-on priced at $15

Sling TV will be getting HBO before the new series of Game of Thrones is set to begin on April 12. Confirming a Wall Street Journal report to Slashgear, the Dish-owned service will offer HBO to subscribers of its "Best of Live TV" core package as a $15 per month add-on, bringing the total monthly cost to $35. While there will be only one of HBO's channels available to watch, subscribers will still have access to the broadcaster's on-demand catalog.

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Google adds unified inbox to Gmail for Android

03/30, 4:45pm

Unified Gmail inbox combines messages from multiple accounts into one list

Google is bringing the unified inbox to its Gmail app for Android, the search company has revealed. The latest version of the app allows users to view emails from multiple accounts on one single page, with the function not only working with multiple Gmail accounts, but also email addresses from other services, including Yahoo and Outlook.com.

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Google adding IE Pointer Events API to Chrome, releases Data Saver

03/26, 11:43pm

Google using Microsoft-created API to fix scrolling issues in Chrome

Google is going to be leaning on some Internet Explorer technology to fix scrolling and touch support in its Chrome browser. At the same time, Google has launched an extension for the desktop versions of Chrome which aims to reduce the amount of data used to surf the Internet, a feature that has already made an appearance on iOS and Android versions of the browser.

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Briefly: Pioneer gen-2 CarPlay receivers, new Apple Keyboard coming?

03/23, 3:28pm

Pioneer debuts second-generation NEX in-dash receivers with CarPlay, Android Auto

Auto audio accessories maker Pioneer has debuted a new series of second-generation NEX receivers that feature both CarPlay and Android Auto baked in, replacing earlier models that added CarPlay compatibility through a firmware update. Versions are available with either resistive touch or capacitive touch screens, ranging from $700 to $1,400 for aftermarket installation. The new models add support for Android Auto, and offer better touch sensitivity, brighter screens, and better color vibrancy.

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Report: Amazon Unlocked will offer paid apps, games for free

03/22, 11:31pm

Leaked presentation suggests selection of apps, in-app purchases will be offered at no charge

Android users may be able to benefit from free apps, if a rumor about Amazon is true, The retailer is said to be considering creating a new section of its Amazon Appstore called "Unlocked," which would provide users with access to paid apps at no charge, with typical in-app purchases also receiving the same treatment, being effectively free for users to select.

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On-body detection keeps Android device unlocked while carried

03/22, 7:11pm

New Android Lollipop security function prevents locking when smartphone is held

Android users may be able to use their smartphone for longer periods without seeing their lock screen, thanks to a new feature spotted rolling out to Smart Lock on Android Lollipop devices. On-body detection will keep a smartphone or tablet unlocked if it detects it is being carried, automatically reinstating the lock when it detects it has been placed down on a surface.

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Briefly: BBM Protected for iOS and Android, Google Places mobile API

03/22, 12:44pm

BlackBerry adds BBM Protected mode to iOS, Android apps

BlackBerry is allowing its enterprise users to have highly-secure FIPS 140-2 validated conversations with other mobile users, rather than just between BlackBerry devices. BBM Protected, a mode for the BlackBerry messaging app that encrypts the conversation between two parties, is now available on the iOS and Android versions of the client. BBM Protected requires the use of the paid service BES from BlackBerry in order to set up the secure communications, though the secondary party only needs the free client to receive secure chat requests.

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Tag Heuer, Google, Intel banding together for smart watch initiative

03/19, 9:49am

Luxury market singled out by trio, first units expected end 2015

Tag Heuer, Google and Intel have announced a partnership to launch a Swiss smartwatch, powered by Intel technology and Android Wear. The trio of companies working on the new Android Wear device call the effort "a new era of collaboration between Swiss watchmakers and Silicon Valley, bringing together each company's respective expertise in luxury watchmaking, software and hardware."

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Microsoft's China push reportedly involves upgrading pirates, Android

03/18, 9:43pm

Microsoft to provide PCs in China running pirated Windows with free upgrade

Microsoft may end up allowing more people to use a free version of Windows 10 than previously thought. One report claims Microsoft is going to be trying to make it easier for Android users to switch to a Windows mobile device by transforming their existing smartphone, and some pirates may also end up being able to upgrade their existing Windows installation to the new release.

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Google adds human screening, age ratings to Google Play apps

03/18, 12:11pm

Android apps on Google Play inspected by team of experts before being sold

Google is making one major change to its Android app store, and has revealed it already made another significant alteration. Apps in Google Play will now be covered by a new global content rating system, advising buyers of the kind of content they can expect within the app, and new apps are being subjected to an improved app review process, which will involve a team of human experts inspecting apps before they go on sale.

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Despite patch, some popular iOS and Android apps susceptible to FREAK

03/18, 9:42am

HTTPS bug still just a proof of concept, no proof of any successful wide attacks

Researchers at FireEye have continued looking at FREAK https attack vulnerabilities, and have found a number of top apps on Apple's iOS app store and Google Play Android apps remain vulnerable to the vector, despite a system-level patch being available on both platforms. The company found 5.5 percent of iOS apps it surveyed were still vulnerable on iOS 8.1 but only seven apps under 8.2, which contained Apple's patch. However, even with current patches, 11.2 percent of the top Android apps were susceptible.

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Apple Watch: FCC approval, Mail Pilot, Android Wear

03/17, 9:00pm

Apple hints that Apple Watch has received FCC approval

Apple on Tuesday removed disclaimer language from its Apple Watch web page, signalling that it has obtained approval for sale of the device in at least the US, if not all the major countries where Apple is currently planning to launch the Apple Watch at retail beginning April 24. The Watch will be available for preview and pre-ordering -- but not for sale -- at Apple Stores beginning April 10 in select countries.

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Apple may lure Android users to iPhone with trade-ins of old devices

03/16, 5:04pm

Report claims non-Apple device trade-in program starting in coming weeks

Owners of Android smartphones may soon be able to earn some money by trading in their old devices, this time via Apple. A report claims Apple is looking to start accepting non-Apple devices in an upcoming refresh of its recycling and trade-in program, with the program providing Android switchers with gift cards that can then be used to purchase iPhones.

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Hands On: Circuit Mouse (iOS, Android)

03/13, 6:19pm

Is your device plugged in or is it not?

Circuit Mouse is a cheeky little app that answers a very simple question. "Is your device plugged in, or isn't it?" That might seem like a silly question -- devices tend to make a noise when plugged into, or removed from, a power source. Plus, there's usually a little lightning bolt on the battery indicator to show if it's charging, for example. Nevertheless, there are some clever ways to use that information, and Circuit Mouse provides several methods of showing it.

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Microsoft's Cortana coming to iOS, Android, possibly this fall

03/13, 9:44am

Video game inspired artificial intelligence assistant part of Microsoft's broader plan

Microsoft has broader ambitions for its Windows Phone voice-enabled assistant "Cortana." As part of an upcoming initiative slated for later in this year, not only will the voice recognition technology arrive on the desktop with Windows 10, it will also be seen on Android and iOS as a standalone app, according to Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research. The company had previously given a vague suggestion that it would come to alternative operating systems, but no details were provided until now.

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First Vaio Phone launches in Japan as mid-ranged Android device

03/12, 7:26am

Initial Vaio-branded smartphone limited just to Japan

The first Vaio-branded smartphone has surfaced in Japan, following the sale of the computer manufacturing arm and the brand by Sony to Japan Industrial Partners last year. Simply called the Vaio Phone, it is a mid-ranged device with a five-inch 720p IPS display, using a quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, running on Android Lollipop.

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MixRadio starts testing iOS, Android versions of music streaming app

03/11, 11:13pm

Launches on other platforms could join Windows Phone MixRadio update this summer

MixRadio, the rebrand of the Nokia Music streaming service known to Windows Phone users owning Lumia devices, is being tested on Android and iOS. Fresh from being transferred to Line after being acquired from Nokia by Microsoft, MixRadio is now performing a private beta of the app for the other two major mobile platforms, suggesting it could be heading to users sooner than initially thought.

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Future Android Wear update could include gestures, Wi-Fi changes

03/10, 3:48pm

Report claims scrolling via wrist flicks on the way for Android Wear devices

The next software update for Android Wear could introduce Wi-Fi support to supported smartwatches, according to a report. Smartwatches running the operating system may be able to work without relying on a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone in the future, along with gesture controls and some tweaks to the user interface to make navigation easier.

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Google introduces Android 5.1, starts rollout to Nexus devices

03/09, 9:19pm

Dual SIM, HD Voice support, improved device protection in latest Android update

Google has launched its update to Android Lollipop, officially introducing version 5.1 of the mobile operating system. At the same time as announcing the update, which is more a minor improvement than a completely new version, Google has started to roll out the update to devices today, with Nexus smartphones and tablets being the first in line to receive it.

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Google Drive app for Android allegedly includes photo backup code

03/09, 12:36pm

App teardown highlights possible split of Photos from Google+

Google may be setting up Google Drive to be a second place to back up a user's photographs, possibly as a replacement for its current Google+ image storage. A teardown of the latest version of the Android Google Drive app allegedly includes code that could be used as part of an automatic backup system transferring images stored on a smartphone or tablet to the Google cloud storage service.

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WSJ: Google has team dedicated to creating Android for Virtual Reality

03/08, 11:19am

Google VR development team said to include dozens of engineers

Google is working on making an interface for Android specifically for virtual reality headsets, a report from the Wall Street Journal claims. The search company allegedly has a team made up of "tens of engineers" and other staff working on a VR experience for the mobile operating system, which aims to make Android more useful for developers of VR apps and games.

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Hands On: HabitRPG (iOS, Android, Web)

03/07, 8:37am

Encouraging new and better habits through gamification and cute fantasy pets

HabitRPG by OCDevel is an iOS app that accompanies the website HabitRPG. The app is similar to Chore Wars, but a bit more robust and with an adorable 16-bit aesthetic. The app is a simplified interface that allows iOS and Android users to manage their character and tasks, as well as interact with other users, without having to use their mobile or desktop browsers to log onto the website.

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Review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (Android, 10.1-inch)

03/05, 11:21am

Flexible tablet good for everyday use, soured by design decisions

Lenovo is building a bigger name for itself year after year, including its devices expanding beyond desktop computers. The company's line of stylish, portable devices continues with one of its newest tablets, the Yoga Tablet 2. The 10.1-inch, Android-powered tablet continues the trend set by other Yoga devices, allowing users to position it in several configurations to suit specific needs. But does the Yoga Tablet 2 hold up to everyday use, or is it just another drop in the bucket for Android devices? Find out in our review.

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Apple Safari, Chrome, Android browsers subject to major HTTPS flaw

03/03, 5:40pm

FREAK attack forces low-complexity '90s era encryption mandated by US

Researchers have discovered a critical flaw in the backbone of HTTPS-protected traffic, and it is an exploit that has potentially existed for decades. The flaw exists in approximately 36 percent of websites that use HTTPS, and miscreants are able to intercept and modify data passing between a vulnerable browser and a susceptible site. At the moment, OS X and iOS Safari and Chrome are vulnerable to the attack, as are virtually all Android devices ever produced, plus all browsers on Linux.

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Android Pay to serve as Google's answer to Apple Pay

03/02, 12:56pm

Pay API will be used for app integration

Google is finally ready to enter the mobile payment arena, today introducing a payment platform known as Android Pay. The platform will be available via an API framework, with support for NFC and biometric authentication, allowing developers to creatively integrate the feature into a wide range of third-party apps. Android Pay appears to offer many of the same capabilities as Google Wallet, but without relying solely on Google's own app and implementation scheme.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua targets midrange smartphone market

03/02, 8:58am

Sony style with an accessible price point

Sony has expanded its Xperia smartphone lineup, adding the M4 Aqua this week at Mobile World Congress. The company is not shy about labelling it a midrange Android device, promising that all of the popular features and capabilities remain mostly intact, despite its lower price tag.

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Lenovo launches A7000, Vibe Shot smartphones, Pocket Projector

03/02, 6:54am

Vibe Shot is smartphone with heavy focus on photography

Following on from yesterday's tablet launches, Lenovo has unveiled another trio of mobile devices at Mobile World Congress. The Vibe Shot is a smartphone with a focus on photography, the A7000 is claimed to be the world's first smartphone to use Dolby Atmos, and the Pocket Projector is a compact accessory for Android devices.

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Huawei Watch pairs traditional design with Android Wear

03/01, 10:58am

The timepiece looks like a traditional wristwatch

Huawei has introduced its flagship Android Wear device, simply known as the Watch. The company has called on traditional timepiece designers to help with industrial design. The result resembles a typical wristwatch, until the display flips from a clock face to an app interface.

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MediaTek CrossMount demoed at MWC, new device connectivity protocol

03/01, 10:22am

First devices with the technology available later in 2015

MediaTek today announced CrossMount -- a new technology that simplifies hardware and software resource sharing between different consumer devices. Designed to be a new standard in cross-device convergence, the CrossMount framework ensures any compatible device can seamlessly use and share hardware or software resources authorized by the user. CrossMount is an open technology for MediaTek customers and partners.

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Hands On: Lux DLX (iOS, Android)

02/27, 7:51am

World domination in the palm of your hands

Lux DLX by Sillysoft Games is a play-and-pass strategy board game of troop movements and world domination. The app has been around since 2008, it's the mobile version of Lux Delux. Behind it is an enthusiastic community of players, creating custom maps and providing strategy tips with an in-app accessible wiki.

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Android loses share to iOS in mobile enterprise arena

02/26, 10:08pm

Windows Phone holds steady at one percent; BlackBerry not counted in survey

The latest Good Technology Mobility Index Report on the mobile enterprise space, based on a survey of Good's customer base for its own enterprise-level email services, shows iOS gaining ground by taking away share from Android in calendar Q4 2014, with the former growing by four percentage points to hit 73 percent share of global enterprise activations. Android fell by the same amount to 25 percent, while Windows Phone held steady at one percent.

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Android Pay reportedly launching at Google I/O in May

02/26, 11:10am

Android Pay rumor comes as Softcard pulls support for Windows Phone

Google will be launching a new payments API at its Google I/O developer conference in May, a report claims, potentially giving Apple Pay some stiff competition. Android Pay will allow developers to not only add mobile payments to their apps, but to also facilitate in-store purchases via smartphone over NFC. The news comes as Softcard reveals it is starting to pull support for its apps, following the purchase of its intellectual property by the search company.

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Google launches Android for Work with separate work, personal profiles

02/26, 7:19am

Work, personal data kept separate, Google Play for Work to help with IT management

Google is attempting to make Android more relevant to enterprise and business users, by launching Android for Work. The initiative centers around allowing employees to use the same device for business purposes as well as personal, with Android for Work keeping the profiles and data completely separate, theoretically improving security on mobile devices.

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Kazam reveals MWC launches of six Android, two Windows smartphones

02/25, 9:44am

Smartphones joined by trio of Kazam Windows tablets

British smartphone producer Kazam has introduced a number of new devices ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress. The Trooper range of Android smartphones has been bolstered with six new models, with the company also preparing to show off three Windows tablets and two Windows Phone devices at the Barcelona-based tradeshow.

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