Tag: android

WhatsApp crosses the 500 million active user mark

“On a personal note, Brian and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of a small team of people who, in just under five years, built a communication service that now supports over 450 million monthly active users worldwide and over 320 million daily active users.” Jan Koum, WhatsApp’s co-founder, wrote those words on

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Google Hangouts for Android update merges IMs and SMS, adds widget

Google Hangouts for Android is receiving a nice new update this week, addressing one of the most vociferous user complaints since SMS functionality was added last year: that the two content branches were separate. The update merges Hangouts and SMS messages, but unlike iMessages on iPhone, does not do so automatically. Instead, it asks you to

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Google and HTC rumoured to partner for 8-inch Nexus 8

The latest rumour to hit the web, courtesy of DigiTimes, reveals that Google will release a new tablet sometime in Q3 that will sport an 8-inch display. The name follows the previous Nexus tablets numbering and will go to market as the Nexus 8. One major difference is that the Nexus 8 will reportedly be

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Samsung says the next Galaxy Note will have a ‘new form factor’

The Samsung Galaxy Note helped define the ‘phablet’ and officially launched in Canada on February 14th, 2011. We’ve since seen the Note evolve and include more specs and features, namely to its design and integration with the S Pen. This year, according to a Samsung exec, will be no different. In an interview with Reuters,

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Belkin beefs up its WeMo app with improvements to Light Switch

Belkin has updated its WeMo app with lots of new features for its excellent Light Switch module as the company expands its reach into the blossoming home automation industry. What started as a lone baby monitor has expanded into a line of smartphone-operated smart plugs, motion detectors, light switches and, launching this summer, smart light

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Yahoo releases overhauled Flickr app for Android and iOS

You’d be forgiven for thinking Marissa Mayer hasn’t taken Android as seriously as iOS since becoming CEO of Yahoo. The company has released many crucial updates for its most popular apps in recent months, including the iOS-only News Digest, and Android has often been left by the wayside. It looks like the situation is beginning to

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Chrome Remote Desktop app hits Android, coming to iOS later this year

Google has unleashed its Chrome Remote Desktop app on (un)suspecting Android users today, allowing smartphone and tablet lovers to control those old hunks of metal and plastic called computers. For the few remaining Luddites using laptops or *gasp* desktops, Remote Desktop works with a Chrome extension and subsequent Host app on Windows or OS X

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Project Ara gets January 2015 street date as developer conference kicks off

Google’s ATAP contingent, retained during the sale of Motorola to Lenovo, has been producing some wondrous things these past few months. And “months” is the key word here, because the team has been working very, very quickly. In addition to Project Tango, which purports to combine a number of cameras and sensors on a standard

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