Google IO 2015 Coverage

The Galaxy S6 is more durable than the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6 Edge, and even the Galaxy S5

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SquareTrade already started a swarm of speculation that the Galaxy S6 Edge is more bendable than the iPhone 6 Plus, but this new video is a little more positive for Samsung.

It pits the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 plus against each other to find out how they compare as far as durability. The Galaxy S6 took 1st place overall, which is surprising in that I would have figured that the S5 would win this one. The S6 was found to be the least bendable at 110 pounds of pressure, and all three Galaxy phones survived the drop test with flying colors.

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Latest video demonstrates Android Wear’s ability to control iOS music

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Developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh has been making quite the buzz lately with his work on pairing Android Wear with iOS. In his first video, he showed the Moto 360 receiving notifications after pairing it with an iPhone. Then in his second video, he showed that you can answer phone calls using Android Wear.

Now in his third video, he demonstrates that Android Wear’s native music controls can control music being played on the iPhone.

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More progress being made on pairing Android Wear with iPhones

android_wear_wear_what_you_want_watch_faces_Featured_LargeIf you’re an iPhone user that’s just not happy with the current selection of smartwatches, well, you’re probably on the wrong website, but there’s some good news on the horizon. Developer Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh recently released a video showing off how he paired a Moto 360 with an iPhone through some clever workarounds. Most of the functionality was borked, but you could at least check some text messages. Read more

Apple preparing trade-in program to lure Android users

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Almost every carrier and hardware manufacturer has some form of an incentive program to gain customers. Whether it is paying for fees or offering credit for old devices, consumers have it made to get value when making a decision. Apple, however, has not entered this kind of territory. The company has long had its Apple Reuse and Recycle Program but that kept trade-ins restricted to its own products. That will all change as Apple is preparing a more generalized trade-in program.

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Samsung’s smartphone market share drops to a 3 year low

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Apple kicked some serious butt with the iPhone during the 4th quarter of 2014 after finally increasing the display size to something respectable. One the other hand, Samsung hasn’t been doing so well. It’s no surprise that their market share has dropped, but you might be shocked at how much.

According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung’s worldwide smartphone market share dropped to only 10% for the 4th quarter 2014. That’s the lowest it has been since the 4th quarter 2011. Apple came in at a whopping 48.9%.

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Android Wear with an iPhone, a developer demonstrates it’s possible

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As you already know, Android Wear watches and iPhones aren’t compatible. Despite Google claiming that they’ll work on supporting iPhones in the future, to this day you’re still out of luck.

But that hasn’t stopped one intrepid Android developer from getting the two devices to engage in some friendly, albeit limited, dialog.  Read more

If you own an Android phone, you’re dumb says report

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We have seen studies like this in the past. Who is more likely to own an iPhone or an Android phone? Attractive, wealthy, sexual, you name it. Today’s report is all about intelligence.

Advertising network Chitika released a study that looked at each state’s percentage ownership of iPhones and compared it to the percentage of college graduates. Alaska (65.5%), Montana (60.1%) and Vermont (59.4%) came in with the highest percentages while Delaware (42.2%), Iowa (42.1%), and New Mexico (40.5%) have the lowest percentages.

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Apple finally releases tool for de-registering phone number from iMessage

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If you or anyone you know has switched from an iPhone to an Android phone, you might be aware of Apple’s infamous iMessage bug. If you upgraded to a new device without turning off iMessage on your old iPhone first, some of your text messages would still be send and received through iMessage, not as regular text messages. This is obviously a problem when you’re using an Android phone, or literally any other kind of phone, because iMessage is exclusive to Apple devices. This bug would cause messages to never be received and sent correctly, which is a massive headache. Read more