Android

Moto Maker will now allow you to custom your new Moto 360

Despite the recent mini-controversy over Apple's Sir Johnny Ive's opinion over Motorola's build-your-own platform with Moto Maker, the OEM seems to be standing by its design and marketing principles. They recently announced that not only can new users continue to build their own Moto X, but now you can also customize a Moto 360 smartwatch using the same groundbreaking tool they've started. If you're still on the fence about getting a wearable from Motorola, maybe this new development will convince you.

Google pilot tests mobile app ads in Play Store

With more than one billion people now using Android devices, being an app developer can be heavenly at this point, until you see that there are also over one million apps clamoring for mobile users' attention in the Google Play Store. While Google has offered a lot of tips and tricks on how to get discovered among the many apps out there, it is still only now that they're experimenting with bringing mobile app ads in search results to the Play Store.

Hop turns your email threads into chat conversations

Have you ever had extremely long email threads that you actually want to just transfer the conversation into a chat room? (but maybe your office doesn't allow chat and messaging apps as well) This new app will let you move email conversations into an IM-like platform, complete with the capability to share files, group email, smart notifications, and an easier way to respond to real-time communications.

UAMP portable headphone amp promises hi-fi sound for all

The problem with listening to audio such as music or movies via your smartphone or even your laptop is that often the sound systems in your devices lack the power to product ideal audio. A new headphone amplifier called UAMP has debuted that promises to improve the sound you hear with any headphones in a portable package.

Microsoft Garage Team rolls out Keyboard for Excel app for Android

Microsoft seems to be busy working on apps that would not only benefit Windows Phone users but also fans of Android. Through the Microsoft Garage Project, the tech giant is proving once again why it's still the top software developer company. Conceptualized only in late 2014, Microsoft opened the Garage for employees to work and improve on Android apps. I used to wonder why Redmond just won't focus on Windows Phone but Microsoft making Android apps means better programs for the mobile platform.

AVG report: Spotify, Amazon, Deer Hunter, new smartphone drains

The newest edition of the AVG Android App Performance Report has come out, and it shows that music streaming apps, shopping apps, and some new games are causing your smartphone and tablet the biggest drains, in terms of battery life, data plan, and the phone storage itself. Those conclusions don't really come as a surprise, but they might help you solve storage and battery problems, if you're willing to part from those apps if needed.

HTC One M8 releases new special Champions League edition

If you're a football fan who supports clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United or Bayern Munich (among others), and if you're looking for a new smartphone, then you'd want to get your hands on this new baby. HTC announced they're releasing another UEFA Collector's Edition One M8 smartphone, and this time, it's not just the Champions League trophy and logo at the back.

HTC and Samsung begin live stream countdowns

One of the biggest events for new smartphones and tablets to be unveiled each year comes in early March in Barcelona, Spain. The event is Mobile World Congress (MWC) and each year hoards of new smartphones are unveiled at the show. Since MWC happens in Spain, many people who want to check out what their favorite smartphone makers are unveiling can’t go.

HTC RE camera can now stream live on YouTube

Do you have dreams of becoming the next YouTube sensation? (and don't laugh at that dream because some of the YT stars earn millions just for people watching their videos). Well, you don't need to have a great set-up at home or in a studio to be able to launch a YT show. The HTC RE camera can now stream live videos to the video channel, so you can bring your show to the Internet even while you're in a mobile setting.
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