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iA Writer finally arrives on Android devices

There are a lot of note-taking and writing apps out there in the market, but there are times when you have a writing deadline or a very important article or report to write, where you don't need any distractions from the app's other features. Our iOS friends have been enjoying one such minimalist app for the past years, but now it has finally arrived for Android devices, and a blog post from the developer might also signal a new appreciation of Android for those who have been on the "other side".

App now allows Android Wear to play with iOS, sort of

One of the very real issues that any owner of an Android Wear device – that is, mostly Android-powered smartwatches to you who have been living under a rock – is the fact that their smartwatch is rendered practically useless if and when they decide to jump from an Android smartphone or tablet to another platform. In our case, the problem is jumping to iOS. Android Wear doesn’t play with iOS devices, until now, that is.

Android 5 vs iOS 8 part 2: The Recovery

In Part 1, we took a look at how some iOS 8 features looked nice and perhaps were even better than their Android counterparts. But being Android Community, we will not be content to let it end there. In this part, we will try to find ways to have those features, or at least a semblance of those, on Android. The good news is that it is all perfectly possible, given a few caveats, of course. And that's all thanks to Android's nature of openness and reusability.

Android 5 vs iOS 8 part 1: The Showdown

We all love Android here, right? Right? But let's face it. Even if we have a soft spot for the little green guy, we could be considered blind fools if we believed that Android were 100% perfect. A minor nitpick here, a pet peeve there, Android doesn't have all the answers. Sometimes, it gets the answers wrong. And sometimes, the ones with the right answers are its competitors. Here we take another look at the eternal rivalry between Android and iOS, but with a slightly different twist. This time we try to see some of the things that iOS, particularly iOS 8, may have gotten right.

One Billion Android smartphones shipped globally in 2014

2014 was a big year for Android devices according to research firm Strategy Analytics. The company tracks smartphone shipments around the world and its data shows that a billion Android smartphones shipped globally in 2014. According to the metrics, global smartphone shipments grew 30% during the year reaching a total of 1.3 billion units.

Ray Ozzie’s Talko gives back our voices, coming to Android soon

Although it has been a while since the Lotus Notes creator stepped away from his post in Microsoft, Ray Ozzie hasn't completely retired from software scene just yet. Co-founding a startup, Ozzie and company have now released their app Talko which isn't as much a revolution as it is a going back to the roots of communication.

Samsung targets Android enterprise integration with Knox

Android was designed with open-source, open-market viability in mind – so it was, by design, low in “private sandbox” security features. This is something that makes the platform a very risky one for those in enterprise security. Enclosed architectures like BlackBerry OS and iOS have legitimate advantages here in one sense, but Samsung is belatedly trying to join the party with its KNOX B2B (business-to-business) apps.

Anki Drive race gaming soon to support Android devices

Anki Drive is the new generation of remote control car racing. A lot of Gen X-ers grew up with remote control cars, helicopters and planes being top-of-the-line in toy technology, but we are a long ways into the future from those days. Enter Anki Drive, a race car gaming combo which brings together mobile gaming, bleeding edge wireless technology, and robotics into one awesome mashup. Even better, it’s coming to Android really soon.

Android L to offer devices encryption as default out-of-the-box

Just to set things straight, encryption of personal data has been available to Android users since 2011. It was one of those features that users rarely talk about and never get around to using. But with the spate of high-profile leaks of personal data – videos, pictures, and the like – a lot more people are now looking to security features in devices to protect sensitive and personal data. Enter Google’s announcement that the next Android operating system release – presently known as Android L and set to be launched pretty soon – will have encryption turned on by default for devices which will carry the new OS.

Survey says iPhone 6 won’t cause Android users to jump ship

Surveys are just that, a representation of the massive totality based on the opinion of a representative few – albeit with scientific research foundations. How much stock we put on their reliability changes from person to person, but the results usually stand proud regardless of your doubts or approval. This specific one leans it favor towards the Android ecosystem – that only 5% or less of Android users will jump over to iOS with the upcoming iPhone 6 launch.
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