Android

Why Android Lollipop on my Lenovo beats the crap out of the Nexus 7

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

As some readers may remember, I recently invested in a Lenovo A7-10 tablet. One minor reason was the frustration of dealing with Android 5.0 Lollipop on my existing Nexus 7. Eventually, this did become enough of a drag to make a change in machine worth considering, and the Lenovo came with Android [...]

Obi Worldphones take high-end Android specs to new markets?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

News has broken that Obi Worldphone, the smartphone company whose chief claim to fame to date has been that it was co-founded by John Sculley, “former head of Apple and Pepsi-Cola and an international investor in consumer technology companies,” has launched a pair of [...]

Vysor Chrome extension mirrors your Android device to PC

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ever wanted to use Android apps on your desktop? Here’s another way. TechCrunch reports on the beta release of a Chrome extension called Vysor that will let you mirror your Android phone or tablet display to your PC. First announced in a Reddit thread, the app now has its own web site, as well as [...]

Intel and Microsoft work on two-in-one tablets

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Two-in-one tablets seem to be the order of the day for Microsoft and Intel. ITProPortal has a story about Microsoft assisting developers creating dual-boot tablets that will run both Android 5 and Windows 10. So far, only Chinese manufacturers seem to be involved, though ASUS has shown interest in [...]

Google drops Google Play Books, Newsstand, other apps from Android OEM requirements

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 1 Comment

Android Central reports that Google has made a change to its requirements for Android OEMs that want to be able to bundle Google services such as Gmail or Google Maps with their Android phones. Google has a laundry list of apps that have to be installed along with those services for them to be [...]

Xiaomi’s iPhone 6 Plus rival is a mere $125 in China—with a 5.5” extra-high-res screen (but read the fine print)

By David Rothman
August 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

Xiaomi’s new iPhone 6 Plus rival could be catnip for e-book lovers, if it lives up to the ballyhoo. It comes with a high-res 5.5” screen, some 2GB of RAM, an eight-core 64-bit processor, a swappable 3,060mAh battery, the 802.11ac WiFi protocol, two SIM slots, a 2Ghz chip in the entry model, and [...]

An estimated cost breakdown for Google’s $50 smartphone

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google has plans for a $50 Android One smartphone for the developing world, but how would such a phone be built? How much would they spend on each component? Engadget takes some guesses at the amounts and determines it can probably be done, but it may not be a very great phone. But then, any phone [...]

Google to re-patch Android against Stagefright vulnerability

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Patching software vulnerabilities is often a tricky business. Just consider what Engadget reported today about a patch Google just issued for the Stagefright vulnerability in a number of Android devices. Exodus Intelligence researchers reported that the patch didn’t actually fix the [...]

Pocket-sized screens are in again: The rise of smartphone e-reading

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Everything old is new again. Jennifer Maloney at the Wall Street Journal has just noticed that more and more people seem to like reading on little tiny pocket-sized devices. Of course, those devices are now smartphones rather than Palm Pilots or iPod Touches, but the principle remains the same. A [...]

Does Apple Music for Android portend an Android iBooks?

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 1 Comment

Might iBooks come to Android? The obvious answer is something involving porcine aviation, but maybe it just got a little less unlikely. Prompted by a 9to5Mac article about a job posting by Apple looking for Android developers, the Motley Fool reports that Apple is developing an Apple Music app for [...]

Modern operating systems are gradually eroding user privacy

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

If you value your privacy, you may not be too pleased with recent developments in computer and mobile device technology. Computers and smartphones have gotten smarter and smarter, but this has come at the cost of having communicate more and more data about you, including potentially personal data, [...]

Want to enjoy FM radio while e-reading on your carrier-sold cell phone? U.S. phone companies might relent

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ever eager to jack up your cell phone bill, AT&T and other carriers have discouraged phone-makers from including FM radios. It’s one more way to make you a captive of their data plans. But as reported in the Verge, this could change, now that AT&T might benefit financially from an [...]

TeleRead Links: UK e-book piracy, loosening e-book licensing terms, digitizing fanzines, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

eBook Piracy Virtually Nonexistent in the UK (GoodEReader) The Intellectual Property Office conducted a three month study into the extent of online copyright infringement in the UK. It found that  1% of UK internet users aged 12 and over read “at least some” ebooks illegally. This is a stark [...]

TeleRead Links: International pricing, knuckle dragging, revising copyright, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

When Selling Virtual Products Abroad, Don’t Put Prices On Autopilot (TechCrunch) For our experiment, we selected six different currencies — Australian dollar, Canadian dollar, British pound, Mexican peso, Malaysian ringgit and Saudi riyal. Over six months, we charged various prices for the app [...]

TeleRead Links: Amazon sales increase, update moves nVidia Shield features, phones that please their owners, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Amazon Reports 20% Increase in Net Sales (GalleyCat) Net sales at Amazon increased 20 percent to $23.18 billion during the company’s financial the second quarter, as compared to $19.34 billion in Q2 2014. The TeleRead Take: More Amazon financials. It’s noteworthy that they don’t break out [...]

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