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Google Maps for Android update rolling out, brings new design and features

Google Maps for AndroidGoogle is rolling out the Google Maps update for Android devices, one of the Google services that was given a new look, but also new features, As Android Police explains, the update may not be available to download on all devices just yet, but the publications offers links to software-specific APKs.In the Google Play Store, Google says ...

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Android Jelly Bean: A look at how it became the champion we all wanted

Jelly Bean fragmentation The first time we saw Jelly Bean in any kind of official capacity was back in August of last year. The new Android iteration (4.1, to be exact) made a subtle appearance, popping up on less than 1% of Android devices. What it represented was an incremental step forward from Ice Cream Sandwich, with a bevy of little tweaks and improvements. The UI w...

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Tiny Thief coming to Google Play on July 11th, first Rovio Stars game for Android

Tiny Thief Back in May, Rovio announced plans to start publishing third party games alongside its own titles under a new brand, “Rovio Stars”. Apple iOS users have already seen the first fruit of this effort, Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage. Now it is Android’s turn. On July 11th, Tiny Thief (from 5 Ants) will arrive to Google Play. Tiny Thief is a puzzle ...

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Twitter for Android gets an update, now supports direct message syncing

twitter Don’t you just hate when you read a Twitter direct message on your PC, only to find that your tablet or phone still has the same message marked as unread? Okay, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s still a minor annoyance. The good news is that Twitter is rolling out a new Android app, alongside a new cross platform sync feature that ensu...

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Switch: Sense 5 and Pure Android on a HTC One

htc one google edition transformationYou know what? Sometimes I'm really torn between whether I want to be running a pure Android experience or using one of the manufacturers ROMs. In some respects, the Sense 5 does have some pretty interesting and useful features that I like to use, as does pure Android. Well, with Switch, you now can have both systems running in parallel on your HTC...

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Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 arrives on the HTC Butterfly

HTC Butterfly Press Shots 600px wide (4)After the odd hint and rumor, HTC has finally released its Sense 5 update for its popular Butterfly handset. This update has been expected for quite a while, we initially heard about a possible Sense 5 update coming to the One X, One X+, One S, and Butterfly all the way back in February. But sadly there’s a catch, and a pretty big one at that, th...

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Jelly Bean overtakes Gingerbread to become most popular Android version in use today

Google Lawn Statues of Android versionsJelly Bean now used on just under 38% of active Android devices. The latest set of numbers showing which versions of Android are actually being used in the real world have been published by Google. The new data shows that Android 4.x, which includes Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly bean, runs on over 61 percent of devices, while Jelly Bean itself (Andr...

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Android 4.3 Google Play edition OS version ported to Sony Xperia Z

Xperia Z Android 4.3 The leaked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version has been successfully ported to Sony’s flagship smartphone, although the port is still in beta. Xperia Z owners that are confident enough to perform the installation can head on to xda-developers (links at the end of the post) and read more details about this Android 4.3 ROM made for their handset by Tay...

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Android bug that affects 99% of devices detailed

computer-hacker The specifics of the widespread Android bug we previously reported on have, since security firm Bluebox revealed its existence to the developer community earlier this week, remained mired in mystery. It was understood that a malicious application could abuse Android’s signing mechanism – the operating system’s safeguard against infectiou...

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Android Jelly Bean is now the most used Android OS

android os distributionFor the first time ever, Android Jelly Bean is now the most used among the many flavors of Android OS. Latest data from the Android Developers Blog is showing that for the first time ever, Jelly Bean has surpassed Gingerbread which was previously the most used Android OS.  Android Jelly Bean's share is not almost 40% while Gingerbread slipped down...

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Nikon Going for Android Smartphones?

Nikon I'm not sure about you, but all my friends, myself included, are using their smart/dumb phones when it comes to taking pictures or videos on the go, not a DSLR from Nikon or the like. This is going on for some time now, I can't even remember the last time I wished for a dedicated camera. In my humble opinion, dedicated cameras are becoming more a...

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In the market for a new Android tablet? Here are some devices worth waiting for

android smartphone shopping Has your Nexus 7 fallen in love with the concrete? Are you looking to replace that old Galaxy Tab? Looking to get in on the wonderful world of Android tablets? Making as big a decision as this can become confusing and if you want to make an educated decision on what tablet to buy, you’ll need to know what’s coming up in the next few months and...

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HTC One Android 4.2.2 update goes live in the UK, Asia to follow later this week

samsung galaxy s4 vs htc one one lockscreen aa HTC has been rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for its One handset over the past few days. The update went live in Taiwan last week, followed by mainland Europe a couple of days ago, and today the update has arrived on the shores of the UK. The update is now available OTA, but make sure that you have stable WiFi connection, as the update comes ...

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Inside AndroidPIT: an Interview with Liliana Rosa

Inside AndroidPIT Teaser 628Did you ever find yourself wondering who is behind AndroidPIT, this Berlin-based international online platform that loves and focuses on the Android and smartphone ecosystem? The website is responsive and intuitive, the features and controls are spot-on and it's easy to navigate. But why? Well, it's because of the women and men that are h...

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Rumor: Moto X phone to offer “pure Android” experience, “fast” upgrades and Clear Pixel camera

Motorola X Phone Ad A new set of Moto X phone rumors seems to reveal more information about the upcoming flagship Motorola smartphone, this time detailing Android updates and main camera. Android and Me’s Taylor Wimberly is the person behind the new rumors, the same source that has offered various details about the Moto X so far, many of them accurate. Wimberly too...

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Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean For HTC One

htc one 1Word has it that the HTC One has finally received the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update, which is in line with the rumors that we heard of at the end of last month. This particular update weighs in at slightly more than 400MB, and will be made available to carrier-free HTC One smartphones worldwide. If you haven't yet received your update, being pati...

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Skype For Android Lockscreen Bypass

skype lockscreen bugWhen it comes to the digital world, you can say that there are no guarantees in terms of security, although certain measures and best practices can be applied to minimize the risk of a security breach. Users who love to Skype over their Android-powered devices might want to take note that there is the very real danger of someone bypassing your Andr...

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Get Android 4.2.2 On Your PC In 10 Steps

xperia z android update 10Did you know that you could run Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 software on your actual PC. Learn2crack has made an easy tutorial which allows users to install the mobile operating system on your PC and tweak it, install apps and do basically whatever you want with it. Please note though that proceeding to do this is at your own risk. Cop Android 4.2.2...

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Android 4.3-running HTC One Google Play edition spotted at the Bluetooth SIG

HTC One Google Edition The HTC One Google Play edition running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has apparently been spotted at the Bluetooth SIG. According to the available documentation, the HTC PN071xx_Android4.3_G has received certification on July 5, with the application having been filed on June 18. PN071 is the model number of the HTC One, and that “G” most likely descr...

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AA Weekly: top Android news of the week, July 7, 2013

aa weekly July 7 This week, we’ve learned more details about the upcoming LG G2, Motorola teased the Moto X, the Galaxy S4 reached a sales milestone, HTC broke the hearts of One S users, and we got some interesting news about the Android 4.3. LG G2: tantalizing rumors LG is expected to stage a soft launch of its new flagship in mid-July, followed three weeks lat...

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AA Asks: Would you buy Android Authority Gear?

aa-asks-2 Welcome to the very first edition of a series we call AA Asks! It’s where we ask you, our loyal viewers and fans, about questions we have, so we can create a better site for you. Android Authority exists only because of you, our fans. We work everyday around the clock to provide great video, awesome event coverage, timely news, commentary, i...

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(Don't) Get Lost!: Best Free Offline Map Apps for Android

3yandex4trafik2There are a number of reasons why offline maps are a good addition to your smartphone arsenal. For starters, you can't always rely on network access or Wi-Fi. Usually when you want maps, you've found yourself in an area you're not so familiar with which may also have poor reception or none at all. Don't get lost! Get offlin...

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MOGA Pro Controller Revolutionizes Mobile Gaming on Android

MOGAThe new Moga Pro controller from Moga Anywhere has generated quite a lot of buzz in the tech and gaming community recently. Many have hailed the new controller to be perhaps the best Android controller out right now and rightly so. The controller has a clip that folds out of the actual pad and can clasp onto any type of Android phone, creating a so...

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Jay-Z Android App Cloned By Hackers

jay zHackers have managed to clone the app for the collaboration between electronics giant Samsung and rapper Jay-Z. The app which was intended to promote the rapper's latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail and also provide exclusive content for the Samsung Galaxy range of mobile phones was released on June 24th. The music on the app was delivered to...

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Paul O’Brien working on one click Switch between stock Android and Sense 5 for HTC One

HTC One Google Edition Famed Android developer Paul O’Brien is working on a project called Switch, which would allow HTC One users to quickly switch from AOSP Android to Sense 5, and back. Dual booting, or having two separate operating systems on one device, has been the dream of many users torn between the clean and stylish interface of stock Android and the extra fe...

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HTC One Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update now rolling out in Europe

HTC One The HTC One might have launched with the slightly outdated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but at least HTC is fulfilling its promise to update the HTC One to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (unlike another one of its smartphones). After the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update began rolling out in Taiwan a few days ago, it was only a matter of time before the update b...

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Firefox OS Looking for Low End Android Market Share

Firefox OSMozilla has stated that its new Firefox operating system for mobile devices is more geared towards running on low end devices. The company certainly has not been shy about revealing where its looking to get market share from. CTO and co-founder of Mozilla, Brendan Eich believes that the OS can dominate the low end market of smartphone devices where...

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Android 4.3 root is available

android 43 620Well, that didn't take long. Just a few days ago we were confirming that there was a leaked version of Android 4.3 out in the wild and fast-forward to today and it has already been rooted. All this done before Google even officially rolled it out. You haven't even been released by Google and already you've been rooted. / ...

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