Google announces first batch of Android apps compatible with Chrome OS

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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

Sony now rolling out Android 4.4.4 to Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z

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According to a tweet by Sony from earlier today, the manufacturer’s Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z will be soon receiving the Android 4.4.4 update.

The new software, in addition to the usual bug fixes, brings improved battery life, WiFi and email improvements and more.

Hit the break below for Sony’s official changelog:


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July comScore numbers show Android’s dominance softening a bit

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With IFA 2014 behind and Apple ready to unveil the latest iteration of their smartphone, consumers are surely figuring out how to get the latest, greatest smartphones in their hands. As a competitive fall and holiday season opens, comScore has released their smartphone manufacturer and operating system numbers for July. They show some slight weakening for Android, a trend that carries over from the June numbers.
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Verizon considers opening another Android app store, this time with help

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Despite shuttering its previous attempt at providing an app store for Android and Blackberry users, Verizon appears to be eyeing the possibility of opening a new one to challenge Google’s dominance for Android users. This time though, sources indicate Verizon is talking with other players and carriers in an effort to put together an “industry coalition.” With Android installed on over a billion devices around the world and the operating system continuing to grow in dominating the market, it should be no surprise that a company wants to get in on the action of selling apps to users.
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Google+ app gets ability to cast your stream to Chromecast

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Google+ for Android received an update today — in addition to the usual bug fixes, you’ll now have the ability to cast your Google+ stream to Chromecast.

You’ll be able to manually flip through posts on the stream or you can automatically play through the stream. The posts fill up the whole screen, but it looks like GIF-support is not included for now.

The update is pushing out now, so be patient. If you’d rather not wait, head on over to the source link and grab the download files.

Source: Android Police

 

Android smartphone vendors expect poor sales numbers for second half of 2014

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While LG seems to be relatively bullish on the rest of the year’s outlook, it may not be the case for the rest of the industry.

According to the DigiTimes, major Android smartphone vendors including Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC are expecting slow sales for the rest of of 2014, as China-based manufacturers expand their portfolios to include budget-based smartphones for the mid-range market. Other consumers are simply in wait-and-see mode on the upcoming iPhone 6, which is sure to make waves upon release.


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Android gobbles up 85 percent of global smartphone shipments in Q2 2014

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According to new industry data from Strategy Analytics, Android is doing pretty well.

The numbers show that the operating system shipped on roughly 85 percent of all smartphones in Q2 2014 — the total shipments came out to 295 million units worldwide.

This can’t be good news for Apple, Microsoft and Blackberry, although their numbers are most likely much better when the statistics are including only American shipments.

To see the full report, hit the source link.

Source: Strategy Analytics

Amazon adds ‘hundreds of thousands of songs’ to Prime Music service

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We have literally no idea how Amazon’s Prime Music is  doing commercially, but it did recently add “hundreds of thousands of songs” and hundreds of playlists to the service.

The expanded availability of music is good for its current users, which can listen through their smartphones, computers, and Amazon’s cloud player.


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