Android

Nokia Store to rebrand to Opera Mobile Store

Users of Nokia phones like the Series 40, Series 60, Symbian, Ahsa, and Nokia X devices that enjoy buying apps and games from the Nokia Store have a change coming they will want to be aware of. During the first half of 2015, the Nokia Store will be replaced with the Opera Mobile Store.

Google to pay you for giving money through Google Wallet

What Google Wallet is still alive? You can be forgiven for asking that question as this particular product stagnated for some time now. But now that Apple Pay is (trying to) make waves in the payment through NFC market,then Google is reviving the product and is even willing to pay you when you use the service to give money to other people. What they're really after is to increase number of users, so if you're reluctant to give your information to Google in exchange for a little cash, then maybe this isn't for you.

Cyanogen ties up deal in India with Micromax

Cyanogen, makers of the hugely popular CyanogenMod version of Android, has now tied up a second deal to sell its firmware on a phone made by gadget manufacturer Micromax, one of the biggest names in smartphones and devices in India. CyanogenMod is known for its minimalist approach, its Android interface and features tweaked for performance, and the lack of bloatware so prevalent in Android versions put out by leading manufacturers.

WhatsApp now uses TextSecure code, end-to-end encryption guaranteed

We’re always on the lookout for the most secure messaging app. What with all the reports of hacking and security issues, people are clamoring for that one system that is safe, encrypted, and will allow fully protection and privacy. It seems impossible because anyone can get into something. Even the supposedly most secure network can be breached with minimal effort. WhatsApp is bringing a stronger encryption making the app even more secure compared to the messaging tools by Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

Android Auto now supports audio and messaging apps

With Android Lollipop, Android Wear, and a bit of Android TV now safely on the road, Google gets to train its real road warrior, the Android Auto. Google is now opening the doors for Android developers to start tweaking their apps to provide support for Android's in-vehicle incarnation. Although not yet feature complete or in its final form, the new Android Auto APIs already support two use cases: that of creating apps for audio playback and apps for receiving and responding to messages.

Facebook Groups app introduced

If you haven’t been maximizing your use of Facebook Groups to communicate with family, friends, and colleagues, then the new app may make you use it more this time. The top social network has just introduced a new Facebook Groups app that allows people to share faster with their groups.

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Lollipop update finally rolls out

That was quite a mouthful, but the goodies that SHIELD Tablet owners will be receiving in today's update will definitely be a handful as well. NVIDIA has started the release of its major update to the gaming device and, as promised, the update not only brings in Android 5.0 to the tablet but a whole host of new features, not least among them the new GRID on-demand game rental system that brings triple-A PC games to mobile.

Connect your smartphone to the PC wirelessly with ADB WiFi

More often than not, you still need your wires to plug in your smartphone to your desktop computer or your laptop, either to sync it, transfer big files or sometimes, even to charge it. But for those times when you're missing your cables (which happens a lot to be honest), you would need an app to help you with your connectivity needs. If you are a user of the Android Debug Bridge (ADB), now you have an accompanying app that would allow your smartphone to link up to your computer wirelessly.

Dodo Master lets you digitally “rescue” an extinct bird

Dodos may already be (sadly) extinct, but at least it will live on through games like Dodo Master. And this is not just an Angry-Bird type of game but a well-crafted and well-tested puzzle-platformer game that lets you become a hero and save a bird and its future descendants as you try to escape from predators who would like to have scrambled Dodo eggs for breakfast.
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