Android

IDC says Android dominated the market in 2014

The newest IDC numbers are in, and they show that the mobile world has been swept up by Android and iOS, with the former of those two being able to boast as last year's mobile platform victor. Both Android and iOS have nearly consumed the entire digital world, claiming a place on 96.3-percent of the world's smartphones (Windows Phone takes up most of the remaining percentage). Android was clearly the champ among them all, with over a billion units shipped over the course of the year and the majority of the market share.

LG G Flex2 rolls out to the rest of the world

LG is making a big fuss over MWC 2015 but that doesn't mean it's taking things sitting down. Instead of trying to play tug of war over the spotlight, the Korean manufacturer is doing all its announcements before the event. It has just recently unveiled a new set of mid-range smartphones and now it is announcing that its hottest new product, the LG G Flex2, will be available this week in more places around the world, with more to come after MWC 2015 is done.

Sony ‘leaks’ Xperia Z4 Tablet with 2K display, possible MWC launch

We know how this works – manufacturers tend to test out website elements for new products and try to pull them out as quickly as possible, maybe for real world testing, maybe to get people to start talking about said product. We’ve seen it done many times before – and it just might be what we’re seeing here as Sony did a quick “one-two” for the upcoming Xperia Z4 Tablet device.

Happy Pet Story lets you design own virtual pet and home in Happy Town

Happy Labs is happy making happy games for happy people. Okay, that may be an exaggeration but a new fun and exciting app from the developer is ready to make you go "Awww..." every time you play. (Well, maybe only the kids and the ladies who like cutesy stuff and graphics.) Happy Pet Story is another home and pet simulation game which means another time waster. The mobile game developer released this app last week both on Android and iOS, ready to take on the world of virtual pets.

Flynx opens links from your favorite apps

An app called Flynx has exited beta and is now available to download in version 1.0. The app has been quite popular during its beta stage and is designed to make it easier and more convenient for you to open links in your favorite apps.

AdVenture Capitalist: lemonade stand game for future capitalists

If one day your son or daughter walks up to you and tells you, "Daddy/Mommy, someday I want to be a venture capitalist!", how will you react? Well, instead of freaking out, maybe you'd like to refer them to this new game for your Android device? It won't teach them how to actually be one (especially if your kid is like, 6 years old), but AdVenture Capitalist is a fun way for them (and you) to practice running a business.

SoundHUD brings ‘true’ silent mode back to Lollipop

Seems like there’s a big issue with Lollipop users about Google tweaking the usually generic “silent mode” in Android 5.0. With Lollipop, you get a “no notifications whatsoever” mode and you get what is called “Priority mode”. After all the discussions (you should see the reddit thread via the source link), some people would just really want one “silent mode” on their phones. That’s what SoundHUD tries to bring.

Samsung’s floating ToolBox now out for all Android devices

When describing Samsung’s proprietary apps, we could most likely use the term “hit or miss”. There are some Samsung apps (and features) that just defy logic. And then there are some that are so useful you begin to think how you’ll survive without it. The floating toolbox app on the Samsung Galaxy S5 was an app that tended to be on the latter – it was useful enough that you immediately notice that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 doesn’t have it (what’s up with that Samsung?). So enter this new app.

Opera Max now lets carriers offer limited free app access

Opera has been trying to return to its glory days not by pushing its web browser to mobile but by offering value added services that aim to curb mobile data expenses. It's Opera Max app, which has just recently expanded to 21 countries in Asia, tries to compress data that is sent to smartphones. Now the app has gotten a new feature in the form of "App Pass", which is just a fancy marketing term for sponsored access to some apps.

Android One devices in India to get Lollipop

Android One devices are the line of smartphones that Google has produced that are aimed at developing nations where buyers often can’t spend the hundreds of dollars that people in developed nations throw at mobile devices. Google's Android One initiative has met with mixed success so far.