Category Archives: Mobile
After months of silence, new details regarding the rumored Surface mini finally appeared two weeks ago, signaling that the device would eventually see the light of day. Aki Antman on Twitter brought even more evidence to the table this week with the discovery of two Surface mini accessory listings on Amazon, one for a Smart Cover case and another for a Bluetooth keyboard case.
It appears the IFTTT for Android beta tests are over and the company is ready to officially offer its activity automation service to Android users. IFTTT on Thursday released its Android app, which is available as a free download from the Google Play Store and will work with smartphones and tablets of all sizes as long as they’re running Android 4.0 or later.
The market for racing games has been left wide open in the new generation of consoles. Forza Motorsport 5 and Need for Speed: Rivals attempted to fill the gap last fall, but with the extended delay of the PlayStation 4 exclusive Driveclub, Project CARS has taken the reins. Developed by Slightly Mad Studios, Project CARS (Community Assisted Racing Simulator) is an impossibly gorgeous racing game with one of the most interesting development cycles of any title announced for the new consoles.
Google Glass has had a rough year in the court of public opinion. Not only has the device become the fodder of jokes for late-night comedians, but even some of its high-profile early adopters have started bashing it with gleeful abandon. Forbes has written a good autopsy of all the mistakes that Google has made when rolling out Glass to the general public and it gives some pretty convincing answers about why something that generated massive media hype when it was first teased two years ago is now seen as the next Segway.
Patching up Android to make sure it’s not vulnerable to Heartbleed is one thing. Patching all vulnerable Android apps, on the other hand, is quite another. Re/code draws our attention to a new study from research firm FireEye that claims there have been around 150 million downloads of Android apps that are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. And to make matters worse, the researchers say that the assorted “Heartbleed detectors” you can now find in the Google Play store will do little to help you root out vulnerable apps you’ve downloaded.
Google Maps’ Street View has always been known for its gorgeous and immersive 3D panoramic images, but now it looks like the feature is about to go 4D. A new Google Maps feature announced on Wednesday will give you the option to look at some locations’ entire histories in Street View so you can see how they’ve changed and evolved over the past few years. You can access this “way-back machine” for Google Maps by clicking on a new clock icon that appears on the lower left-hand side for some Street View images.
Samsung’s Gear Fit smart band is more popular than expected, with Samsung having already sold its initial Gear Fit batch. Korean publication MK News says that Samsung produced between 200,000 and 250,000 Gear Fit units, selling all of them in just 10 days. The company is apparently increasing production to meet the unexpected demand.
Samsung loves to experiment with different types of designs for its gadgets and a new patent flagged by Galaxy Club shows that the company has come up with some truly wild smartphone designs that go well beyond anything it has released so far. The new smartphone design patented by Samsung reveals a device with an oval-shaped frame and a wraparound display that puts key function buttons on the back of the device.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is poised to become the next big thing in the Android market. According to Localytics data from April 11th to April 18th, the Galaxy S5 already makes up 0.7% of the every active Android smartphone in the world, just one week after release. Considering the sheer number of Android devices on the market, this is quite an impressive feat, even for the reigning champion.