Google late Wednesday confirmed that it's selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion, or less than a quarter of what it paid for the handset vendor in 2011. Motorola has brought nothing but troubles (and a lot of patents) to Google, with the company steadily losing money and market share. It also has caused headaches for other Android smartphone makers, especially Samsung.
BlackBerry 10, all jokes aside, has an impressive feature of being able to run Android apps. Initially, however, the process of getting Android apps up and running on a BlackBerry 10 device was anything but simple.
The process required users download the Android app (APK), convert it to a BlackBerry 10 compatible file format (BAR) and then install it through the command line, or as Brian Bennett walked us through, using a Chrome extension.
Just this week BlackBerry released an update to BB10, bringing the ability to install Android apps directly on the device, with no conversion or fancy networking … Read more
You'll have to wait a little bit longer for that KitKat goodness to come to the HTC One.
In a letter to customers posted on its site, HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie said that the company would be a week or two late in delivering Android 4.4, known as KitKat, to the HTC One.
The company had a self-imposed deadline of updating its flagship smartphone with KitKat 90 days after the official release of the software. With those 90 days almost up, Mackenzie provided an update.
HTC previously said the update was being certified by all four of the major US carriers. … Read more
The publication said the two companies started forming agreements at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month "that would bring Samsung's view of Android in line with Google's own." That means Samsung will consider changing or getting rid of its new Magazine UX interface that sits on top of Android, as well as highlight Google's apps for movies, music, and other services, instead of pushing its own, Recode said.
Samsung said in a … Read more
Feeling a bit of iPhone 5S envy? After all, that built-in fingerprint sensor is pretty cool.
Small wonder, then, that rumors point to a similar sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S5. But you don't have to wait for that phone or abandon your current one just to reap the benefits of biometric security. Now, there's an app for that.
ICE Unlock Fingerprint Secure adds camera-powered fingerprint scanning to your smartphone's lock screen. That's not quite the same thing as the iPhone's scanner, and it's not nearly as efficient -- but it does work. Sort … Read more
It's no overstatement to say that the Motorola Moto X was among the best phones of 2013, offering lots of cool features and a customizable design. It won raves from critics and users alike.
And now it's on sale: You can get an unlocked, no-contract Moto X (16GB) for $329.99 shipped or the 32GB version for $379.99 -- a savings of $70. (Note that you won't see either price until you get to checkout and select the "GSM unlocked," Sprint, or Verizon option.)
The big fun of the Moto X, of course, is … Read more
Microsoft is pushing select Windows 8.1 tablets below $250 at its online and physical stores.
For example, the 32GB Dell Venue 8 Pro is now priced at $229, dropping $70 from $299.
As a yardstick for comparable Android tablets, Dell's Venue 8, which runs Android 4.2.2 on an older Z2580 Intel Atom processor, sells for $179.99 directly from Dell. And Toshiba markets the Android-based Toshiba Excite 7 for $149.99.
Other Windows 8.1 models have been cut too. The … Read more
The cold, hard walls between mobile native apps and HTML5 wobbled a bit on Tuesday morning, as Google announced that Chrome Apps will now work on the two most popular mobile platforms.
Chrome Apps are HTML5-based single-serving applications, more than just a mere Web site, that will work on Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS without having to open your browser first. However, because they're based in Chrome and can't function without it, they've been criticized for "breaking" the Web.
Google opened up a developer preview of the Apache Cordova "toolchain" for wrapping Chrome … Read more
Nokia likely will aim its much-rumored Android phone at budget-conscious consumers, at least based on its reported specs.
In a tweet posted Tuesday, leaker @evleaks revealed the alleged, major features for the Nokia X, which goes by the codename Normandy. Assuming the information is accurate, and @evleaks usually is reliable, the phone will offer a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 4-inch WVGA screen, 512MB of memory, 4GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.
Available in a choice of six colors, Normany will include a 5MP camera, a 1,500mAh battery, and a dual-SIM setup, according to @evleaks. One other … Read more