Good news for Android users who are fans of Spotify. The spunky streaming music service just launched its free unlimited radio feature on the Android platform for users living in the U.S., bringing the service up to par with its iOS counterpart that received the same upgrade about a month ago. Previously the only way Android users were able to listen to free music on the go with Spotify was to sign up for a 48-hour trial.
Nearly a dozen game developers, including Electronic Arts (EA), stand accused of infringing upon a patent held by Uniloc that relates to a "system and method for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data." According to Uniloc, EA and others are using the patented technology, without permission, in certain Android-based mobile games, including Bejeweled 2, which was specifically named in the lawsuit.
Over half (54.9 percent) of U.S. mobile subscribers were wielding a smartphone at the end of June 2012, according to Nielsen. The smartphone segment continues to grow, and if Nielsen's figures are correct, two out of three mobile phone shoppers now opt for a smartphone rather than a feature phone. Google's Android platform is the biggest benefactor of this trend, which claims the lion's share of the smartphone OS market.
Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo may think they have the game console market cornered, but they could be in for a rude surprise if Ouya's Android-based game system is able to gain traction. Serving as a wake-up call to the big three, Ouya has already managed to raise almost three times its $950,000 pledge goal on Kickstarter, getting commitments for over $2.8 million from more than 22,000 backers in less than two full days.
The folks at iFixIt have a penchant for tearing apart hardware and giving us more than just a passing glimpse at what lies underneath the hood of the latest gear. We always look forward to these teardowns, in part because it means we don't have to risk destroying our own hardware to peek inside. Another reason is because iFixIt has a way of securing tech toys that aren't available to the general public yet, like Google's recently unveiled Nexus 7 tablet.
Upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices, starting with Google's recently unveiled Nexus 7 tablet, will not receive official Flash Player support from Adobe. Moreover, Adobe announced plans to pull Flash Player from the Google Play Store on August 15 for unsupported devices, and while you can expect Flash updates to roll out for older hardware running Android 4.0 or earlier, it's clear the future lies in HTML5.
Google was widely expected to bring some new toys to the table today, the opening day of the company's annual I/O developer's conference, and boy, Sergey and co. sure didn't disappoint. The long-rumored Google Nexus tablet is no longer just a rumor, Jelly Bean -- a.k.a. Android 4.1 -- is official, and the company's even moving into the multimedia space with the launch of the Nexus Q multimedia streamer.
Mozilla isn’t a company that I typically associate with grandstanding, so when their official Twitter account announced “Something BIG is coming your way next week”, we take notice. The tweet contained the hash tag #Android, so it’s safe to at least assume the announcement has something to do with it’s mobile browser.
In all likelihood, Google's unlocked Galaxy Nexus will be the first smartphone to come with Android 4.1 (otherwise known as "Jelly Bean") pre-installed. We believe this to be true because Google inadvertently tipped its hand in a Google Play listing for the Galaxy Nexus in which a product description touted it as the first "first phone with Android 4.1," a description that has since been removed.
Reactions to the recently unveiled Microsoft Surface tablet family just keep coming in, with everyone from PC vendors to industry watchers eager to weigh in on the Redmond-based company’s decision to sell self-branded tablets. Even though people are probably more interested in Apple’s reaction, Google beat the Cupertino company to the punch Wednesday when it fired a cautious verbal volley at the Surface.