All items tagged with "Android"

App Store vs. Google Play: What’s hot and what’s not?

It's that time of the week again! Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

It’s that time of the week again! Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

When you’re choosing between Android and iOS, you also have to choose between the App Store and Google Play; apps are so important to us these days that they must come into consideration when we’re buying new mobile devices.

Friday-Night-Fights-bug-2Android has caught up with and even overtaken the App Store in sheer number of apps, but Apple’s marketplace continues to rake in lots more revenue. But which offers better titles, a greater user experience, and more features?

In this week’s Friday Night Fight with Cult of Android versus Cult of Mac, we pit the App Store against Google Play to find out which is the best mobile marketplace.

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Meet Ingress, your new augmented reality obsession

Hack alien portals in your own neighborhood.

Hack alien portals in your own neighborhood.

I went outside for the first time today. Working at home is an easy way to get a bad case of couchlock, so I like to try and get out for little 15 minute breaks when I can.

Today was a bit different. I downloaded and installed a game some buddies of mine are raving about on Facebook: Ingress.

I launched the app, followed the instructions, and was hooked. What started as a 15 minute walk to try out a new mobile game became a 45-minute obsession as I roamed my neighborhood, looking for portals to hack, collecting XMP particles to power my technological takeover, and finding a little feature of my ‘hood I’d never known about before.

Want to get obsessed about a new game? Want to maybe get in a little better shape? Be sure to download Ingress and see what everyone’s talking about.

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This nifty screen protector adds an Android-style ‘back’ button to your iPhone 6

This is the Halo Back. Them other boys don't know how to act.

This is the Halo Back. Them other boys don’t know how to act.

There is plenty that former Android-users won’t miss if they make the jump to iOS, but one thing they might is the iPhone’s lack of an Android-style “back” button — the result of Steve Jobs’ belief that everything about the iPhone be as uncluttered as possible.

A new Kickstarter project gives you back this feature, however, thanks to a “smart” screen protector which adds just such a button to your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus home screen.

And based on the fact that it’s already been funded more than six times over, we’re assuming it’s something a number of users would really, really like to get their hands on. Literally.

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Got ‘Android’ in your screenshot? You’ll find an app rejection in your inbox

Squint hard enough and you should see it.

Squint hard enough and you should see it.

An iOS developer claims the latest version of their app has been rejected by Apple solely because a screenshot dared to mention the forbidden word “Android.”

It’s hardly noticeable — you’ll need to squint to see it — but Apple allegedly wants it gone just in case it reminds iPhone and iPad users that other platforms are available.

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Designing for Android: an iOS developer’s perspective

Photo: Diarmuid Miklós/Flickr

A one-size-fits-all hybrid design for Android and iOS apps is not the best of both worlds. Photo: Diarmuid Miklós/Flickr

As an iOS developer, I’m frequently asked, “When are you going to do an Android version?” Like it is just a matter of time.

But the truth is, we’ll probably never support Android. While there are sound business rationales for this, my motives are rooted in design philosophy.

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iPhone increases lead as most popular smartphone in U.S.

The battle between iOS and Android continues.

The battle between iOS and Android continues.

Apple widened its lead as the top smartphone manufacturer in the United States during the month of March, while Android cemented its position as the top smartphone platform, according to new data released by comScore.

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iPhone is killing it in Europe thanks to Android switchers

Photo: Cult of Android

Photo: Cult of Android

Europe was supplanted by China this past quarter as the second most important market for Apple, but according to a new report from Kantar, the iPhone-maker is gaining grown in Europe thanks to Android switchers.

Over 30% of Apple’s new customers in Europe last quarter switched over from Android. All the new converts have pushed iOS’ marketshare in Europes five largest countries to 20.3%, marking a 1.8% increase from 2014.

Check out the graph below:

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How to transfer contacts and photos from Android to iOS

Transfer all of your Android contacts and photos in no time.

Transfer all of your Android contacts and photos to iOS in no time. Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

You’re finally making the move, getting rid of your old Android phone in favor of a shiny new iPhone. The only problem is transferring all your valuable contacts and photographs from one device to the other.

Well, in today’s video I’m going to show you how to do just that — and luckily it’s a lot quicker and easier than you may think.

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Apple will now adopt your Android when you swap it for an iPhone

Photo: Cult of Android

Thinking of making a change? Photo: Cult of Android

Apple’s selling more iPhones than at any point in its history, but that doesn’t mean it’s not looking to grow its user base even more.

To achieve this, the company today launched its new smartphone trade-in program at brick-and-mortar Apple Stores — allowing owners of selected Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone handsets to swap their existing devices for credit that can be used toward buying an iPhone.

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WhatsApp might make chat backup painless with Google Drive

Never lose your WhatsApp chats again.

Never lose your WhatsApp chats again.

Transferring your WhatsApp data to a new device can be a pain — particularly if you’re switching from Android to another platform, or vice-versa. But WhatsApp looks set to make it a whole lot easier by giving users the ability to backup their messages to Google Drive.

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