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What to do with an old tablet?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 4, 2015 // 3 Comments

With the news that Android M Marshmallow won’t be released for the aging Nexus 7 2012 tablet, my own Nexus is now staring obsolescence in the face. It’s been semi-retired for a while anyway, ever since I invested in my smaller, lighter, faster Lenovo A7-10. And in any case, it kind of [...]

Google Play decides size matters, ups app size limits

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google has announced via the Android Developers Blog that it is taking a big step up in size limits for apps on the Google Play Store. From now on, the Play Store will support APKs for Google apps up to 100MB in size. “We understand that developers are challenged with delivering a delightful [...]

Google offers ‘Playlist’ greatest-hits albums for free

By Chris Meadows
September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

How do you feel about free music? Android Police notes that Google Play is giving away a number of its “Playlist” greatest hits compilations for free. The listed albums are largely older artists, such as Elvis Presley, Simon and Garfunkel, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Cash, and Willie [...]

Is Android really facing a fragmentation challenge?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

A recent op-ed in Tom’s Hardware takes the view that, well: “Google Can’t Ignore The Android Update Problem Any Longer.” And this comes out concurrently with the latest Android Developers Dashboards numbers on the distribution of everybody’s (barring a few [...]

App Annie Index suggests Google has an app problem?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

The latest quarterly mobile app market index from analytics firm App Annie, the App Annie Index: Market Q1 2015, suggests that the Google Play store and the iOS App Store are following “different paths” as the mobile app market evolves. According to App Annie, “Google Play [...]

App Review: Google Play Books for Android

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 10 Comments

I hadn’t paid much attention to Google Play Books before. I’d installed and even paid for readers like Aldiko and Moon+ (TeleRead review), and snagged a couple freeish ones like UB Reader, but Play Books just sat in my app drawer, unused, like most of the pack-in Google apps. But when I came [...]

Is Android Still the Cinderella Platform For Content Apps and Digital Magazines

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Talking New Media just ran a piece detailing the relative revenues from the iOS and Android platforms for digital publishers of magazines and other content apps. And their findings were that the hand-over-fist growth in Android OS penetration, via cheap tablets and multitudinous generic cellphones, [...]

Android defragmentation via Google Play Services: Implications for e-books?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 3, 2013 // 1 Comment

An excellent post by  Ron Amadeo on Ars Technica encapsulates Google’s changes to software upgrade procedures and rollouts of new generations of Android. Amadeo’s thesis—and while unsupported by specific comment from Google, it’s pretty hard to refute—is that Google has given [...]

Morning Roundup: A game of piracy under the dome

By Joanna Cabot
August 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Google Now Selling & Renting Textbooks in Google Play Books (The Digital Reader) Many colleges are going to start in the next few weeks, and Google is ready for them. I’ve just learned that the new textbook section of Google Play Books now has the textbooks that Google promised some weeks [...]

Ematic launches kid-friendly FunTab Mini 2, a tiny but robust $70 tablet

By Adrian Diaconescu
June 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Children-focused tablets very rarely come with top-notch specs and features in tow, but you can at least count on them to be cheap. In the case of Ematic’s latest, called FunTab Mini 2, really, really cheap. This slate is just $69.99 and is available already via Amazon and Tiger Direct, but be [...]

Coming Soon: Google Play for Education

By Joanna Cabot
June 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

From The Digital Shift comes the intriguing news that Google’s app store is launching an education portal in a bid to gain traction in the schools. With Google Play for Education, coming this fall, schools will be able to purchase educational apps using money orders and other alternative [...]

Microsoft Not Buying Nook After All?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

And this is why I try very hard not to report on rumors. Last week I wrote about a rumor that Microsoft was considering buying the Nook Media division. Well, the rumor was good for Barnes & Noble stock, which spiked up to $22 a share the day the rumor was announced, and then continued up to [...]

7 Must-Have Apps For Your New Nook HD

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 12, 2013 // 5 Comments

If you’ve taken advantage of the great sale on the Nook HD (ending today), or if you’ve had one for awhile and recently upgraded to add the Google Play Store, you might be wondering what apps to add. Here’s my list of must-have apps, not available in the Nook App store. 1. Feedly [...]

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