(You're reading all posts by Cult of Android)

About Cult of Android

Cult of Android

(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)

Android Wear code confirms Google has been working on iPhone support

Android Wear coming soon to an iPhone near you? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Android Wear coming soon to an iPhone near you? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

While recent rumors have claimed that Google is working on bringing Android Wear support to the iPhone, the company hasn’t actually made anything official. But code found inside its firmware could prove that it has been working on making Android Wear devices compatible with iOS for some time.

Read the rest of this post at Cult of Android »

Nintendo shares skyrocket with iOS and Android games on the horizon

Mario's getting some major coin on the back of Nintendo's news. Photo: Nintendo

Mario’s getting some major coin on the back of Nintendo’s news. Photo: Nintendo

The video game world rejoiced yesterday at the news that Nintendo is finally backing down on its anti-smartphone and tablet stance, and is working to bring its most beloved franchises to Android and iOS.

But gamers aren’t the only ones celebrating!

Nintendo shares shot up 21 percent in the 24 hours after the company said it was teaming with Tokyo-based mobile company DeNA to develop smartphone games. The result was Nintendo’s value on the Tokyo Stock Exchange rising to its best closing price since June 2011.

Read the rest of this post at Cult of Android »

You can now send your friends money with Facebook Messenger

Sending money in Facebook Messenger is that easy.

Sending money in Facebook Messenger is that easy.

Facebook is taking on Square, PayPal, and Venmo with its own digital payments service. Starting today, Facebook Messenger will allow users to instantaneously transfer real money at zero cost.

Read the rest of this post at Cult of Android »

Android Wear hacked to take calls from an iPhone

Android Wear and iPhone: a strange but beautiful match. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Moto 360 and iPhone: a strange but beautiful match. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Google is said to be working on bringing Android Wear support to iPhone, but in the meantime, it’s up to third-party developers to marry the two.

One hack has already made it possible to display iOS notifications on Wear watches, and now it has been improved to take calls from your iPhone, too.

Read the rest of this post at Cult of Android »

Nintendo gives in: Mario, Zelda and more are coming to your smartphone

It's really happening.

It’s really happening. Photo: Nintendo

Nintendo has always been adamant it wouldn’t develop games for smartphones and tablets, but it has finally given in.

Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong and other popular franchises could soon be coming to Android and iOS after the Japanese company confirmed it will be developing new titles for smart devices with the help of game developer DeNA.

Read the rest of this post at Cult of Android »

Apple Stores might accept Android trade-ins soon

Photo: Cult of Android

Photo: Cult of Android

Trading up from an Android to iPhone is about to get a lot easier, as Apple plans to incentivize switchers by offering Apple Store credit to customers who bring in their old non-iOS devices for trade.

Apple plans to expand its iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program to include non-iOS devices, reports Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski, who says Apple Stores will soon take everything from Blackberry’s to Windows Phone handsets.

Read the rest of this post at Cult of Android »

Samsung’s next smartwatch may have Apple Watch-style digital dial of its own

The Apple Watch's digital crown is one of its most unique elements.

The Apple Watch’s digital crown is one of its most unique elements. Should I change that to the past tense? Photo: Apple

Having spent more than a year throwing smartwatch concepts a wall, only to discover that very few of them stick, Samsung’s taking a bit of a break from the wearables game.

But a newly-unearthed patent suggests that the South Korean tech giant could come back with a vengeance, thanks to a ripoff Apple concept bold new interface design based around an iPod-style rotating bezel. The idea would be that this rotating bezel could allow users to scroll through different apps, lists and menus without having to obscure the miniature display with their finger.

So, yeah, it’s basically the Apple Watch’s digital crown idea — only “different” enough to not be a direct analog.

Read the rest of this post at Cult of Android »

Samsung runs into another display dilemma with S6 Edge

Photo: CNET Korea

Don’t push Samsung cause it’s close to the Edge. Photo: CNET Korea

Can poor old Samsung catch a break? After a tough period during which its mobile business was squeezed to an inch of its life, Samsung finally has two promising smartphones – the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge — which are praised in the tech press, and racking up millions of pre-orders.

But things aren’t quite that straightforward. First of all, Samsung’s new devices suffered a reported display problem, stopping them properly reading touch inputs around the bezel. Now the unusually-shaped S6 Edge is apparently suffering from production issues — and the problems may stop Samsung shipping the quantity of phones they’re hoping to.

Read the rest of this post at Cult of Android »

Apple Watch’s Mickey Mouse face turns up on Android Wear

Mickey Mouse is already on Android Wear. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Mickey Mouse is already on Android Wear. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

The Mickey Mouse face that ships with Apple Watch, and has twice been demonstrated by Apple at its Watch events, is now unofficially available on Android Wear — complete with moving hands and feet.

Read the rest of this post at Cult of Android »

Microsoft’s Cortana could be coming to iOS and Android soon

Microsoft's Cortana is coming for Siri and Google Now. Photo: HALO

Microsoft’s Cortana is coming for Siri and Google Now. Photo: HALO

Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana has been pretty vocal about bashing rival services like Apple’s Siri. But she may soon get the chance to put her money where her mouth is.

That’s because, according to a new Reuters report, Cortana is about to bust out of the Windows Phone ghetto and make her way to both Android and iOS.

The version of Cortana set to arrive on non-Windows devices is reportedly a new, improved version, using research from an artificial intelligence project called “Einstein.” This same version will also be available on Windows 10 desktops this fall.

Read the rest of this post at Cult of Android »