In August, Google began integrating Android Device Manager into Google Play Services, allowing users to track, reset and erase phones and tablets from the company’s web interface. Now, Android Device Manager has been released as a standalone app on Google Play, bringing that same functionality to a native app experience. This allows tablet users to track
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A few months ago, Google introduced the option to upload PDF and EPUB files to its Play Books portal on the web. This allowed users who bought books elsewhere — Kobo, for example — to download DRM-free material and read them on Google’s apps and services. The company has now brought the same functionality to
Google has made the Nexus 7 folio case available in both red and black via Google Play. This looks similar in design to Apple’s iPad Smart Cover case and folds into three to act as a stand, plus the sides of the tablet are all covered and will be well protected from the occasional drop.
No, Chromecast isn’t available in Canada yet, but that hasn’t stopped many of us from snagging the $35 HDMI dongle when visiting the States, or coaxing a family member to bring it north. Today, the accessory has become much more useful thanks to partnerships with leading app developers like Plex, Songza, BeyondPod, VEVO and more.
Before making Windows Phone “its primary smartphone strategy,” Nokia was actively testing Android as a Plan B. Several weeks ago, reports emerged that “a team within Nokia had Android up and running on the company’s Lumia handsets well before Microsoft and Nokia began negotiating Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone and services business.” Now
A few weeks ago it was rumoured that Google and VSP Global, a company that specializes in eyewear, were teaming up to possibly take Google Glass to the masses. This would involve making the wearable tech be available in more stylish frames and developing Glass with prescription lenses. It seems there’s truth to these rumours.
Google’s former head of Android has a new focus, but it is in line with tenets of his former accomplishments. Andy Rubin, the man behind Google’s fast-growing mobile operating system, and who stepped down as Android’s chief earlier this year to pursue other projects, finally has a title. Rubin will be in charge of a
Any.DO’s popular Cal app, released earlier this year on iOS, has arrived on Android after an extensive beta test. The animation-happy calendar app offers semantic input (“Lunch with John at Moxie’s, 2PM January 4th”) and extensive social integration, Cal provides one of the best time- and appointment-tracking experiences on Android.
There are some phones that change an industry, and the Nexus 4 was one of them. Released for a ridiculously low $309 CDN ($299 USD) in early November 2012, the device went on to reveal the limitations of the carrier-free OEM strategy. Lacking LTE and felled by an underwhelming camera and poor battery life, the
Another month brings an update to Google’s Android distribution chart. This tracks devices that actively visit Google Play Store and for the first time OS 4.4 KitKat has made an appearance — now confidently on 1.1% of Android devices. Not too bad considering the OS is fresh and only been available to the masses for