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android-screen-900Android is the mobile operating system from Google. The software was originally built by a company called Android Inc, that was purchased by Google in 2005. From its modest debuts, Android has become a powerhouse that powers not only smartphones and tablet, but a host of other less high-profile devices and gadgets. Although Android is not a community-driven project, Google does release the source code as open-source under the Apache license.

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Netflix Can Now Automatically Download Shows It Thinks You Want To Watch
Netflix allows users to download TV shows and movies from its catalogue for offline viewing. They even have a Smart Downloads feature that automatically downloads episodes of a series you’re watching and delete the previous one so that you can keep watching the series if you’re offline.

Samsung Promises Four Years Of Security Updates For Its Android Smartphones
One of the criticisms about Android phones is the lack of support. Usually, Android smartphones get about two major Android upgrades and maybe 2-3 years worth of security updates, and after that you’re pretty much on your own. However, Samsung is hoping to change that by extending their security updates to four years.

Android 12 Seems To Be Hiding A One-Handed Mode
Our phone displays are huge and that’s not a bad thing for watching videos or playing games, but it can be a real pain to use when you’re trying to use it with one-hand. Some smartphone makers have included options in their Android UI to make it more usable one-handed, but that feature hasn’t been found in native Android yet, at least until now.

Android 12 Developer Preview Has Been Released
As per tradition, Google has released the developer preview for its upcoming Android 12 update. Android 12 represents the next major update to the Android operating system and the release of the developer preview should help clue us in as to some of the potential upcoming features of the operating system.

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Apple’s App Store Subscriptions Pulled In $10 Billion In Revenue In 2020
Sure, iOS has a much smaller market share compared to Google’s Android platform, so some of you might be wondering why developers still tend to flock to iOS first. Turns out that Apple’s iOS platform is a much more lucrative one compared to Android, or at least that’s what the data from Sensor Tower seems to suggest.

Newly Proposed Bill Could Force Apple To Allow Users To Sideload Apps
All operating systems can be hit with malware, but one of the advantages Apple has over Google is that they are strict with their apps and users cannot download apps from third-party app stores or sideload them, at least not officially. This means that there are less chances that users could accidentally download an app with malware hidden in it.

Barcode Scanning Android App Might Have Infected 10 Million Android Devices With Malware
There are apps for just about anything, even for simple things like scanning barcodes. In fact, such apps are actually rather popular with an app called Barcode Scanner (made by Lavabird, not to be mistaken by the one made by ZXing Team) which has been installed over 10 million times. However, it turns out that the app has since proven itself to be malware and according to Malwarebytes, they believe […]

Android 12 Could Borrow Some Privacy Design Cues From iOS
In the more recent versions of iOS, Apple has introduced indicators within iOS to let users know if their microphone or cameras are being accessed. This is useful because if you did not grant an app permission to use your phone’s cameras or microphones, then these indicators will let you know.

Netflix Testing A Sleep Timer For Its Android App
Sometimes after a long day at work or school, we might fall asleep to Netflix playing in the background. This can be annoying as you might wake up and Netflix would have played several episodes and you’ll have to go back and find where you stopped. However, that could change soon with a new sleep timer.

WhatsApp Web Will Now Require Biometric Authentication
If you’ve ever used WhatsApp for the web or desktop before, you know that to sync up the app on your phone and computer and also to ensure you are who you say you are, you have to launch the app and scan the QR code. However, it seems that WhatsApp is now taking steps to make its service even more secure.

How to See How Much RAM Your Phone Has
Our smartphones are essentially like computers, which means that in addition to having a processor, they also have RAM. Want to see how much RAM your phone has? Here are the steps.

Netflix’s Android App Updated With ‘Studio Quality’ Audio
One of the problems with listening to audio on our smartphones is that it isn’t quite as good compared to dedicated speakers or even a proper set of headphones. This is because speakers on our smartphones are tiny and given the size of our phones, it doesn’t leave a lot of space for it to vibrate, which in turns does affect the overall sound quality.

This App Will Bring iMessage To Windows And Android
It used to be that back in the day, platform-exclusive messaging apps were a thing. For example, BlackBerry Messenger used to be so popular that people would actually buy BlackBerry phones just to use it. These days, the focus is more on cross-platform compatibility.

Jooxter Smart Occupancy Management App Helps Social Distancing at Work
French startup Jooxter, a pioneer in smart occupancy management, uses technology tools such as AI, Cloud, and IoT to reinvent the COVID / Post- COVID hybrid work model. Part of the French Tech delegation at CES 2021, Jooxter launched its new web application that maximizes office space, reduces cost, and keeps employees productive and socially engaged. The innovative and secure platform facilitates both remote and physical team management to help […]

Americans Now Spend More Time Using Apps Than Watching Live TV
Our smartphones are basically personal computers that fit into our pockets. They can be used to go online, play games, chat with friends, do work, study, and more, so it’s really not surprising to learn that over the years, our habits have changed. According to App Annie’s State of Mobile report, it seems that Americans now spend more time using apps than they do watching live TV.

WhatsApp Publishes FAQ On Its Data Sharing With Facebook
As many of you might have heard by now, WhatsApp is expected to begin sharing data with Facebook starting next month. Prior to this, WhatsApp had given users the option to opt out, but now it seems like it’s either you agree to WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, or you find yourself another app to use.

iOS And Android Users Spent $400 Million On Apps During Christmas
It’s not hard to see why getting into app development seems like it could be a lucrative business. This is because according to the folks at Sensor Tower, based on their data and estimates, it has been suggested that iOS and Android users spent a combined total of $400 million on apps during Christmas alone.

Google Could Face Antitrust Lawsuit Over Its Cut From The Play Store
Right now, Apple is getting a lot of unwanted attention over its App Store and the cut it takes from developers who sell apps or services through it. Now it looks like it could be Google’s turn to stand under the spotlight because according to a report from Bloomberg, at least three states in the US – Utah, North Carolina, and New York – could be looking to launch an […]

Discord For iOS And Android Can Now Screen Share
Screen sharing is a pretty useful tool and we’ve seen many desktop video calling applications offer the feature. In case you’re unfamiliar with the feature, basically during a video call or livestream, you can share what’s on your screen so that people in the chat know what you’re looking at.

Spotify On Android Might Start To Support Playback Of Local Files
Spotify is a music streaming app and we’re sure that many of you know this, but what if you had local music files stored on your phone before you started using Spotify? One of the options was uploading your music to Spotify, but this needed to be done through your computer. An alternative is to find and use a different music player for locally stored files.