In June, Google emphasized that Android is now powerful enough to operate devices in many different form factors due to its versatility. Today, the company is announcing the first batch of Android apps capable of being used on a Chrome OS device. The apps now compatible with a Chromebook (or any other Chrome OS device) are Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words, and Vine.
A project called App Runtime for Chrome (Beta) makes this all possible. What is on an Android device can be seamlessly ported over to a bigger, more expansive display. In the coming months, Goole will be working with additional developers to bring their apps over to Chrome OS.
Source: Google Chrome Blog
As Google continues to deal with the fallout from the posting of Gmail account information on a Russian forum, Google has added a new Security tab for Google accounts to help make it a little easier for users to update and maintain their security settings. It is likely a coincidence that this change has occurred on the heels of yesterday’s events, which Google says is not as bad as initially reported. However, it could be in response to what happened as Google would be a company that has the resources to throw at the issue and rollout a change quickly. Read more
Sprint launched HD voice capabilities a few months ago in place of jumping of the VoLTE bandwagon before it was ready, and after just two months, 16 million customers now have access to HD voice. Dr. John Saw, Sprint’s chief network officer, says that Sprint wanted to focus on building out HD voice quickly so they wouldn’t be forced to deploy VoLTE ahead of time. After Sprint’s WiMax fiasco, I’d say that’s a pretty sound plan.
HD voice is just one facet of Sprint trying to quickly build out a better network to stay competitive with Verizon, AT&T, and the quickly growing T-Mobile Sprint offers about 30 postpaid and 33 prepaid smartphones that can take advantage of HD voice, which is considerably more than what’s available on the VoLTE side of the fence.
source: Fierce Wireless
Yesterday the big news about Google’s Hangouts app was that Google Voice was finally being merged into the platform. As that update continues to rollout to users, Google has announced some other improvements to the Hangouts platform for communication. Perhaps the biggest change is that users accessing Hangouts using the iOS or Android app can now participate in video calls without a Google+ profile. The ability to do this first appeared in July when Google added this to the web-based Hangouts interface. Read more
Just yesterday we reported that roughly 5 million Gmail username and passwords were leaked on the web, which sounds like a pretty terrifying thing to happen. Google has released a statement today to clear things up, though, and it looks like things aren’t as bad as they first appeared.
Google claims that less than 2% of the leaked username/password combos would have actually worked, which is only about 100,000 accounts. On top of that, Google’s security measures likely would have blocked most of those attempted log-ins anyway. On top of that, Google has prompted affected users to reset their passwords, so if you were one of the few to be affected, Google has already given you a heads up. Read more
If you’re a user of OneDrive you’ll be happy to know that the cloud storage service now supports files up to 10GB. Users will be able to upload these large files via the apps for Windows, Mac, the web site and all OneDrive mobile apps. According to Microsoft this feature is the highest requested feature. Business users will have to wait as the company works to bring support. But if you’re an Office 365 user with that one terabyte of storage burning a hole in your cloud storage wallet, then you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be able to fill up that space faster. Enjoy.
Another day, another problem for the greatest smartphone you’ll have a hard time being able to buy. According to a report from Ausdroid, the OnePlus One is facing touchscreen issues. Relating to the Cyanogenmod Jira bug, both companies are feeling the heat, so to speak, regarding the issue. So far the bug report has over 340 votes and 370 votes suggesting that there are a number of people affected by this. A member of the Cyanogen Inc/OnePlus team replied in a Reddit thread showing concern for the issue.
In October of 2013, news broke that Amazon and HTC were penning a deal that allowed the Taiwanese company to make a budget Amazon smartphone. It would have been a deal that showed that HTC had a new momentum and allowed for another revenue stream. It also would have given Amazon an in on the low-end smartphone market. However the deal fizzled out. According to a source close to The Information, it’s because AT&T had objections.
Contrary to what had been previously reported, HTC is still planning to launch an Android Wear-powered device sometime in early 2015. According to sources, they are planning something that will stand out from the competition. HTC is known for their design elements, so the device should at the very least be quite attractive. Read more
Apple has been the butt of a lot of jokes since they announced their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, especially from various Android manufacturers like HTC and Samsung. Well, less than a full day after Apple’s launch event, Samsung is back for a little more friendly taunting with a couple of knee-slapping commercials.