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Could Tizen be Android’s next nemesis? | Android and Me

Could Tizen be Android’s next nemesis? | Android and Me.

i thought this was pretty cool. Another open source phone os that could potentially give Android a run for its money. although it seems closely related to android, being based off of linux, it will get some attention but I doubt it can dethrone android.

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Qualcomm Toq smartwatch launching Dec. 2 with $349.99 price tag | Android and Me

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch launching Dec. 2 with $349.99 price tag | Android and Me.

The company that is known for making processors to power phones like HTC one and some Samsung Galaxy phones are now launching Smartwatches

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mobile news

The Samsung SM-W2014 flip phone features dual WVGA displays, a Snapdragon 800 | Android and Me

The Samsung SM-W2014 flip phone features dual WVGA displays, a Snapdragon 800 | Android and Me.

Bold move by Samsung to attempt to bring back flip phones. But this isnt any ordinary flip phone from 2005. It has a snapdragon 800 processor-the same processor that’s in the Nexus 5- and dual WVGA displays. A pretty powerful flip phone if you ask me. The price? $1600. No thanks.

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Android

Google Opinion Rewards gives you Play Store credit for completing surveys | Android and Me

Google Opinion Rewards gives you Play Store credit for completing surveys | Android and Me.

for the android users, Google is giving PlayStore credit to those who complete some surveys. A good way to keep android users happy by giving PlayStore credit for short surveys.

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Google partnering with HTC to provide free Drive storage | Android and Me

Google partnering with HTC to provide free Drive storage | Android and Me.

HTC phones like the HTC One and the HTC One Max are getting access to alot more Google Drive storage than the regular android users through a partnership between Google and HTC

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Motorola’s Project Ara is the modular phone of the future | Android and Me

Motorola’s Project Ara is the modular phone of the future | Android and Me.

Motorola has just announced Project Ara, where they will be working with Phonebloks, to make the first completely customizable modular phone.

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Switch from an iPhone to the Moto X and let Motorola do all the work | Android and Me

Switch from an iPhone to the Moto X and let Motorola do all the work | Android and Me.

This is pretty good news for those of you that are leaving your Iphones and converting to Android, specifically the newly released MotoX. This phone has a feature that lets you transfer all of your contacts and calendar information from your Iphone, to the MotoX effortlessly.

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Nexus 5 shows up in Play Store along with a crystal clear picture | Android and Me

Nexus 5 shows up in Play Store along with a crystal clear picture | Android and Me.

So over the past few weeks, there have been a lot of leaks about the Nexus 5. Yesterday Google put up the Nexus 5 on the Google PlayStore but immediately took it down. This can only mean that its release, as well as the official announcement of Android 4.4 KitKat is around the corner. Personally I’m excited for this phone and cannot wait to get my hands on this beauty. The rumored date for announcement/release is October 28th.

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mobile news

Archos announces the GamePad 2, better than its predecessor in every way | Android and Me

Archos announces the GamePad 2, better than its predecessor in every way | Android and Me.

Now while this is more related to gaming, its still an android os based device, running android 4.2, the Archos Gamepad 2 can also be used as a regular tablet. In a sense that puts this gamepad/tablet into competition with gaming handhelds like the PSvita and into tablet competition with the Nexus 7 or ipad.

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HTC One max fingerprint scanner to feature app quick-launch, navigation mode | Android and Me

HTC One max fingerprint scanner to feature app quick-launch, navigation mode | Android and Me.

So the Iphone wont be the only phone out with a fingerprint scanner this year. HTC is adding this feature to one of its most popular and highest selling phones this year and with the new “HTC one Max” model, maybe this “feature” will net them even more sales.

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HTC reports operating loss of $101.3 million for the third quarter

HTC reports operating loss of $101.3 million for the third quarter.

Looks like HTC just might be doing worse than Blackberry. If they have another quarter with losses like this, they may have to look for another Chief exec and maybe even pull some Blackberry like moves with their devices. Even with the very popular Android os being distributed on their devices, its still not enough for HTC to make a big enough profit before thinking about selling.

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mobile news

BlackBerry 10 gets NATO approval for restricted communications

BlackBerry 10 gets NATO approval for restricted communications.

Smart move on Blackberry’s part getting their products in usage by agencies in NATO countries. Even though using Blackberry devices for everyday usage sounds crazy for us Android and ios users, it just may be the most secure and successful business phone ever.

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mobile news

iMessage Chat for Android brings functionality, security risk | Android and Me

iMessage Chat for Android brings functionality, security risk | Android and Me.

Someone has got Apple’s IMessage to work on android, but there are suspicions about security. I think this person put this up to maybe try to compete with the upcoming BBM release on android and iphone. But the security issue would be a major reason why no one would download it. That and because its not officially from google

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mobile news

Youtube app to enable temp storage for offline viewing

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Google is planning to allow videos to be temporarily downloaded to the device to watch later. A good idea in my opinion but im sure someone will exploit this and we will be able to download and save youtube videos to our phones. Potentially bad news for artists that promote their music solely through youtube

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Spotify gets its own Twitter #Music app

Spotify gets its own Twitter #Music app

Spotify and Twitter team up where you can follow and stream music from big name artists based off of what is trending. You can make playlists and search for artists from every genre and it doesn’t even require a premium membership. My opinion of this app is..”meh”. Some people dont want to listen to the kind of music other people are listening to. Sure its a good way to find undiscovered talent and new music in different genres but who really uses twitter to find new music. I think this app/merger wasnt fully thought out. Especially with music streaming services like Grooveshark, Pandora, This Is My Jam, and Google Play. There was really no need to integrate social media apps with music.

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Phonebloks – (video) An innovative way to look at the way we use phones

Phonebloks – YouTube.

I ran into this video while surfing the web and I thought it was a pretty cool concept.

This guy (Dave Hakkens) wants to make phones last longer by using different parts of phones attachable/detachable like the camera, battery, hdd, etc. Its a very interesting way of viewing our usage of phones because essentially, he’s right. We run through phones so quickly because we want the next best thing in the mobile community, bragging about how many gigs or megapixels a smart phone has. Now being realistic, I doubt any companies will get behind this, but as far as this concept of mobile phone usage and using new, different parts instead of buying a completely new phone would be an interesting topic to talk about in class.