HTC One users shouldn’t have to go without the latest version of Android for too much longer. Engadget reports
is still planning to upgrade its flagship smartphone
to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
at some point, although the site says that “users may need to wait a little longer before it becomes available” for download. The HTC One
originally shipped with Android 4.1.2 when it launched this past spring, although HTC vowed that users would be able to upgrade to version 4.2.2 at an undetermined time. Given how quiet HTC has been about the upgrade lately, it’s good to hear that the company still plans on making it happen if we don’t have any idea of when it might occur.
BlackBerry boasts that its operating system has the ability to run Android apps
, although the current version of BlackBerry 10 only works with apps from Android
2.3 Gingerbread and earlier. BlackBerry users are about to get a whole lot more apps to choose from, however, because the company on Thursday announced that BlackBerry 10.2
will finally add support for Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which will give BlackBerry users access to apps that are more recent than the builds most Android devices are running
. A beta release of the new BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps and Plug-in for Android Development Tools was made available to developers, but BlackBerry 10.2 isn’t expected to arrive on devices until later this year. BlackBerry
previously announced that the update will also bring support for standard Unicode emojis, multiple alarms, level 1 notifications, reminder timers and more.
European officials are investigating Google
over allegations that it has anti-competitive deals in place with various smartphone vendors, the Financial Times reported
reportedly claim that Google is forcing Android vendors to delay the launch of smartphones based on competing operating systems. The commission will also investigate whether the company has agreements in place that require its manufacturing partners to preload Google’s services on their devices. A Google spokesperson denied the allegations, citing the open source philosophy of Android. A company spokesperson explained to the Financial Times
that “handset makers, carriers and consumers can decide how to use Android, including which applications they want to use.”
It's pretty, but can it lure Android users into its arms?
iOS 7 is still not quite the Droid I’ve been looking for in an iPhone.
I’ve been an Android devotee for about three years now, but ever since the introduction of the iPhone 4S and Siri — something totally new running on a nice piece of hardware — I’ve been considering making the switch to iOS. As intriguing and enticing as the 4S was, I balked due to the lack of LTE. The iPhone 5 fixed that, but by then iOS seemed stale to me, and the lack of any major new innovations kept me tapping away on my aging Droid Razr and led me to declare that the iPhone and the ascendant Apple of this century’s first decade had peaked. (Actually, the phrase I used was “jumped the shark” — I suggest reading the original post for an explanation.)
So I watched with great interest on Monday as Apple unveiled a reboot to its mobile operating system in the form of iOS 7, which is being hailed as beautiful and … [Read more]
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Video game accessory vendor Mad Catz has entered the Android
console market. The company on Tuesday announced its new M.O.J.O console that looks to bring Android games, music and movies to television screens. The system competes with similar Android-powered consoles such as the Ouya
and BlueStacks’ GamePop system
. No hardware specifications or pricing details were revealed, however the company described the console as “a supercharged smartphone with no screen that plugs into your flat screen TV.” The M.O.J.O. game console is scheduled to launch this holiday season. The company’s press release follows below.
The iOS crowd has been able to enjoy Verizon’s FiOS Mobile service for some time now, but now it’s the Android faithful’s turn to finally experience what they’ve been missing. The application, which is said to be compatible with “many of your favorite Android enabled devices,” gives FiOS subscribers the ability to live stream (some) channels and have access to on-demand video content right from their smartphone or tablet. Not surprisingly, a TV subscription is a must, meaning that folks who are on an internet-only plan won’t be able to enjoy what the app has to offer. Verizon FiOS Mobile is now up for grabs via Google Play, so hit that source link below and let us know in the comments if it was worth the wait.
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Source: Google Play, Twitter (VerizonFiOS)
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Intel has been cooking up its own smartphone interface, it’s reported, intending to reskin Tizen and potentially Android with a new theme codenamed Obsidian. The new software will launch first on an Intel reference device known as “Josephine” sources tell Ars Technica, with a pared-back aesthetic using simple, flat iconography and a notification system new
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While Android 4.3 never actually materialized at Google I/O last month, the latest version of Jelly Bean keeps popping up and making cameos all over. It most recently appeared in the specs for LG’s Optimus L7 II Dual (that name’s a handful, we know) on the company’s website. The handset was running Android 4.1 when we played with it at Mobile World Congress and appears to have shipped with that OS version in some markets. Obviously, it’s only a matter of time until Android 4.3 becomes official but we fully expect it to debut on Google’s own Nexus 4 flagship before coming to any other device. In light of this, and considering the Optimus L7 II features a 4.3-inch screen, perhaps we’re just looking at a typo? We’ve reached out to LG for clarification — we’ll keep you posted.
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As the prevalence of Android malware grows
, its sophistication is naturally growing as well. Kaspersky researcher Roman Unuchek writes
that he and his team recently stumbled upon a new Android Trojan
that he calls the most sophisticated one he’s ever seen. What makes this Trojan, dubbed “Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a,” so bad? Unuchek says that it’s a “multi-functional Trojan” capable of “sending SMS to premium-rate numbers; downloading other malware
programs, installing them on the infected device and/or sending them further via Bluetooth; and remotely performing commands in the console.”
Facebook Home and the regular Facebook Android app both received updates today that should prove useful to users. The normal Android app is getting some improved sharing features, including the ability to easily change who can see a status update or photo that you’ve shared by choosing either Public, Friends, Only me, or Custom. As
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