Android

Microsoft Health updated with MapMyFitness, HealthVault integration

Microsoft's very own Health app is available not only on Windows Phone but also for iOS and Android. The software giant prefers to work on this app that helps people track data and statistics on health and fitness. The app works well with the Microsoft Band, another wearable device that aims to get you and me to start thinking about fitness. It's actually a $200 wrist band from Microsoft that works with a smartphone to track your workout and health progress.

CM12S arriving for OnePlus One in March, maybe OxygenOS too

Carl Pei, co-founder of China-based phone manufacturer OnePlus, let it be known through Twitter today that CM12S – that is, the Lollipop version of Cyanogen’s proprietary software for the OnePlus One – may be arriving mid to late March. And with a view to the quite public separation of Cyanogen and OnePlus, he also said that OxygenOS – the company’s self-developed version of Android – may arrive within the same timeline.

Pebble Time smartwatch has a color screen

One of the first popular and successful smartwatches out there is the Pebble. The watch started on Kickstarter years ago and has proven to be one of the most popular wearables out there for Android users. Pebble has announced a new smartwatch called the Pebble Time and the big feature of the new smartwatch is the color e-paper screen.

Google Wallet partners with Softcard and other mobile carriers

Ever since the tap and pay feature for Google Wallet was introduced almost four years ago, mobile payments and e-commerce have improved immensely. With the Google Wallet app on Android device, anyone can make e-payments by simply tapping the phone as long as NFC payment is allowed. Samsung may be ready to take on Google Wallet by acquiring LoopPay but the Mountain View company continues to also improve its system by partnering with the biggest innovators in the mobile industry.

Nexus 6 now on Amazon, Moto E soon with Verizon (maybe)

Motorola has been on a smartphone roll of late, being the OEM of choice for Google's Nexus 6, and receiving good reviews for their newer handsets, including the mid-range Moto E. The main problem has been availability though, as they usually run out of stock and people have to search far and wide (well, on their computers at least) if they want to get a unit, specifically for the Nexus 6. But now Motorola is widening their reach, with both confirmed and rumored news.

T-Mobile lists units ready for Android 5.0 Lollipop

T-Mobile is busier than ever especially these few days leading to the Mobile World Congress 2015. Because new smartphones and tablets will be unveiled in Barcelona, it's only right that the mobile carrier release software updates to current mobile devices par of its lineup before they become overshadowed by the yet-to-be-announced units. We're certain though that T-Mobile will be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S6, thanks to a teaser recently shown off.

GravityBox for Xposed finally arrives for Lollipop

GravityBox can make a claim for the title of “most loved Xposed module” and most people would probably agree. If you have at any point in time tweaked your Android device using the Xposed Framework, then you will (at the very least) have heard of GravityBox. Simply put, it was a module that gave your stock ROM features that seemingly only custom ROMs could put out. But Android 5.0 Lollipop came and broke Xposed Framework compatibilities, leaving GravityBox users in limbo of whether they should jump to Lollipop.

YouTube Kids app now available for Android devices (US only)

Most kids nowadays, particularly those who have Internet access and gadget-toting parents/guardians, have been watching TV shows not on an actual TV anymore but through YouTube. And while the video channel does have filters in place, we all know that "inappropriate" videos slip in every once in a while (okay, a lot of times) when you're not looking or supervising their viewing time. Google has now finally come up with their first app that is built specifically for children: the YouTube Kids app.

Sony Xperia E4g: the same Xperia E4, now with 4G

It hasn't even been a month since Sony unveiled the Xperia E4, a rock-solid budget smartphones, surprisingly running on MediaTek's chip, with a rock-solid two-day battery life. Now, with just a few days left before MWC 2015, Sony is once again busying itself with the device's half successor. As the name would imply, the Xperia E4g is pretty much the same Xperia E4, except for one new feature: it now has support for 4G LTE connectivity, which, when paired with the long battery life, is perfect for keeping connected always.

Classic puzzle game Drop7 now “rebooted” for Android

Before people started going crazy over the current incarnation of number puzzle games like 2048 and its ilk, a few years back, there was Drop7. But developer Zynga surprisingly stopped updating or improving it, that is, until now. They have now rebooted the game that was one of the first puzzle game successes, but it seems like not everyone is crazy about the changes they made.