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Home consoles and mobile collide with Xbox SmartGlass Android app

Will mobile and home platforms ever get along? Great question, Phil. Let's talk about that. The Wii U is attempting to merge mobile and home experiences by being a home console that uses a controller with a built-in touchscreen. Of course, that console can't provide a true mobile experience, as the ... Full Article »

December 12, 2012 2:00pm

SkyDrive for Android is a basic cloud tool with many rivals

Microsoft’s SkyDrive is a surprisingly obscure service compared to other cloud tools considering the corporate name behind it. But all the pre-Windows 8 buzz has really focused Microsoft’s strategy around the cloud, warranting a SkyDrive update and mobile roll out. SkyDrive for Android was relea ... Full Article »

September 4, 2012 5:00pm

Would a Facebook-branded Android phone work as well as an Amazon one?

Facebook’s relationship with Google sometimes makes things uncomfortable when it comes to the mobile world. Now that the social network has gone public and snapped up a handful of mobile applications (including a billion dollar spree on Instagram alone), Facebook’s mobile efforts have been place ... Full Article »

May 29, 2012 9:17am

Microsoft patents tech to bring Android apps to Windows Phone

A patent filed by Microsoft in 2010 could help the software company’s flagging mobile platform bridge the app gap between it and Android by helping users find Windows alternatives to the Android apps they already enjoy. According to a story from GigaOM, Microsoft’s patent is for a technology th ... Full Article »

May 19, 2012 9:30am

Instagram hits 50M downloads; Samsung beats iPhone smartphone sales for Q1

It seems 50 million is the magic number for popular mobile apps these days. Instagram reached the 50 million download mark just hours after Angry Birds Space surpassed the same milestone. Google Play has certainly helped Instagram soar in new sign-ups, hitting the 10 million mark over the weekend. ... Full Article »

May 1, 2012 9:12am

How is Android affected by the Microsoft-B&N team up?

Google’s continued success with the Android mobile operating system has only made it a target for its biggest rivals. Microsoft is hoping to kill two birds with one stone, investing $300 million into Barnes & Noble’s digital division, Newco, for a 17.6 percent stake. The end goal is to integ ... Full Article »

April 30, 2012 9:21am

Apple co-founder prefers Android phones, blasts Siri

Steve Wozniak may have helped Steve Jobs build one of the greatest consumer electronics empires in the world, but this Apple co-founder admits that he loves his Android handset. During an interview with the Daily Beast, the Woz blasts the iPhone for its limitations and highlights a number of perks t ... Full Article »

January 17, 2012 9:25am

LG the latest Android device maker to forge licensing deal with Microsoft

LG is the latest to get locked-in to a licensing deal with Microsoft for Android or Chrome OS devices, including tablets and smartphones. The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed, but as we know from other licensing agreements, Microsoft could be receiving upwards of $5 per Android ... Full Article »

January 12, 2012 9:31am

Skype for Android now shares photos, videos

Skype for Android saw another noteworthy update this week, introducing new media sharing capabilities for users. “It’s now even easier to share those special moments with your loved ones or send files and view documents on the go while on a business trip,” says Dan Chastney, a Skype senior pro ... Full Article »

December 14, 2011 9:39am

Google's Eric Schmidt promises a free future for Android on South Korea tour

The question of whether or not things will change for Android OEMs after Google completes the Motorola acquisition has been lingering ever since Google first announced its intentions. But the company’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, says the takeover won’t adversely affect other Android hands ... Full Article »

November 8, 2011 9:30am

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