Android

Google Calendar for Android gets updated

As usual, Google has been busy working on its native Android apps, improving them with Android 5.0 Lollipop and Material Design elements in mind. Next to be updated is the Google Calendar app with more improvements and new features like viewing more events at a glance, pinch-to-zoom, 7-day week view, and adding of Google Drive files to events. There's also a new calendar option to show week numbers in settings.

Chainfire updates CF.lumen, now available for non-rooted devices

Anytime you want to change the hue or color tone of your display either for convenience purposes or if you just want to impress your friends – and you can basically be sure that stock Android will not allow you to do this – time to install Chainfire’s “CF.lumen” app. This was once a “root only” app, but now an update has brought a workaround for non-root devices.

AOL OnePoint Mobile helps keep online identity protected

With so many websites that require registrations and logging in, you are bound to have numerous usernames and passwords. That's okay because because people are assured of secure transactions most of the time but remembering all those online passwords can be quite a challenge. Honestly, I don't write down my passwords. I just try to store them in my memory. If I have no choice and am given a difficult to remember code, I write it on Notepad. Not a good idea I know but it's the most convenient way for me.

LG Watch Urbane gets LTE, NFC, and battery variant

It isn't uncommon for companies to try and squeeze all they can from a winning product, but LG might again be going overboard just a wee bit. Just a week after it unveiled the classy LG Watch Urbane, which has still to make a public appearance at MWC 2015, it is announcing a new variant that might make you think twice about reaching for that new smartwatch. As the name suggests, the LG Watch Urbane LTE adds 4G connectivity, but it is also adding a lot more than that.

Ting GSM SIM card enters open beta

Ting has announced that its GSM SIM card service is now in open beta for anyone to sign up and try out. All users need to participate is a Ting GSM SIM card, which sells for $9 and an unlocked mobile phone. Invitations to participate are no longer required.

Android Pay tipped for Google I/O unveiling

Sources have again surfaced, and they bring with them whispers of an upcoming "Android Pay" announcement at Google's I/O conference early this summer. Android Pay, should it come to fruition, will work exactly as you'd expect: it'll be used to accept payments in apps, and to pay for items in stores with a tap-to-pay arrangement and support for Android Pay. According to sources, Android Pay will likewise be built from the ground-up for Android devs, and will be, by the looks of things, a direct competitor to Apple Pay.

Lollipops rain on some HTC One M7, LG G3, Moto G, Moto X

There's a saying that goes "when it rains, it pours", but this is one rain that mobile users are unlikely to complain about. After some delays and silence on the rollout of Android 5.0, we're now seeing a flood of incoming updates to some smartphones. Sadly, not all models and not all regions are covered by this joyful news. Hopefully, though, it's just the opening salvo that opens the floodgates of Android 5.0 updates everywhere.

Android for Work launches, keeps your business separated

As we saw yesterday via IDC's numbers, Android is on a lot of smartphones, and many of those phones travel with their owners to work everyday. Google wants to put them to good use, and as such it has announced the official launch of Android for Work, which we previously heard about last summer. Android for Work keeps your worlds apart and your work tasks secure, and does it all in a way that is simple enough for anyone familiar with Android to use.