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Samsung agrees to stop making apps that step on Google’s toes

According to a report by Re/Code, Android enthusiasts may be having their day soon. It seems as though Google wasn’t pleased with what they saw at CES, as Samsung’s new Magazine UI and various double-dipping apps has caused discussion between the two. Samsung has reportedly agreed to stop going their own way, and will be reigning in the silliness.

‘Rise of Mobile 3.0′ detailed in series of infographics

Curious what a “super app” is? So were we. It seems they’re here to take over, and lead the charge into a new age. In what is being described as “Mobile 3.0”, super apps are the new king. It’s an interesting concept, and the info graphics shed some light on an interesting trend for mobile, especially outside of the US.

Know My App website by CTIA shows how much data your favorite apps consume

There is no doubt that mobile data usage is growing at a rapid pace, but users who are still adjusting to the trend my not be fully aware of the literal cost of their new adopted lifestyle. Carriers are coming to the rescue with a new Know My App website that tries to give users an idea of just how much data is being used by some of the most popular mobile apps on the market.

Need some new tablet apps? Here are a few favorites

As 2013 morphs into 2014, we started discussing tablet apps, and which we use around here at Android Community. Which apps are in heavy use, and why? With Google making a point to focus on tablet apps, design and utility have been crucial points of contention this year. Some make the grade, others just don’t hold water. Some are pretty bland offerings, while others subtly impress. The choices here might surprise you, so read on to find more. Though the choices are personal, I think you’ll find a few gems here. We've also linked the headers to the Play Store app, so feel free to click them if you find something you like.

Here’s a few app suggestions for your new Android smartphone

The holiday season is upon us, and while we hope you are all enjoying some downtime with family and friends, we suspect there may be some tech related questions heading your way. While not everyone will be getting an Android smartphone or tablet, it seems to reason that at least a few of our regular readers will be hit up with app related questions from new users. The Play Store is full of apps and we are sure you have your favorites, but we also thought some suggestions may be helpful.

Chrome offline apps set to launch on Android and iOS in 2014

Google is set to bring Chrome packaged apps to mobile, as well as desktop. The apps in question, which recently launched as “Desktop apps” in the Chrome Web Store for Chromebooks (or "Offline Apps" elsewhere), act just like web apps except they operate outside of a web browser, and don’t need an Internet connection. While we’ve long expected Google to bring Chrome extensions to mobile, this represents a new frontier in Google’s platform functionality.
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