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84% of global smartphone shipments in Q3 were Android devices

The latest metrics are in from Strategy Analytics looking at the share of the global smartphone ecosystem held by each mobile operating system. The numbers show that Android is by far the most popular mobile operating system out there. Android captures 84% of the global smartphone market share for Q3 2014.

Microsoft Health app goes live ahead of Microsoft Band [UPDATE]

Everyone's getting into fitness these days, which is a good thing of course, from actual fitness companies to tech giants like Google and Apple. Microsoft, who is increasing its efforts at remaining relevant, naturally doesn't want to be left behind. It has been known, or rather leaked, that Microsoft is working on its own fitness-centric wearable, and part of that plan has already gone out today in the form of the Microsoft Health app.

OneDrive for Android updated with widget, recycle bin support

After announcing that all Office 365 subscribers will get unlimited cloud storage in the coming months, Microsoft has more good news for avid OneDrive users. Customers will never run out of storage space again with the cloud service and it will be easier to access with the updated Android and Windows Phone apps. Surprisingly, the iOS version of the app hasn’t been updated yet.

OneDrive offers Office 365 customers unlimited storage

We will never have shortage of cloud storage especially now when more companies are offering deals for unlimited storage. For one, all current Office 365 subscribers are lucky to receive unlimited OneDrive storage for free. This means all Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers can store their files on the cloud service with no additional cost.

Microsoft opens up the Garage, employees working to improve on Android apps

Microsoft has opened up the Garage. Nope, the software giant isn’t showing off a collection of luxury cars and bikes. A new community of developers, musicians, hackers, artists, investors, and artists was started by Microsoft with the aim of coming together to share ideas and build new projects. The goal of the Microsoft Garage is to turn ideas into real endeavors while outsiders are given access so they can comment and give feedbacks and suggestions.

Bing Rewards program comes to Android

I thought rewards points are only for groceries, shops, credit cards, and plane tickets. I had no idea Microsoft has gone geeky about it too. The software giant has released the Bing Rewards app for Windows Phone devices earlier and now it has come to Android. This means more ways to get points for using Bing’s many services to exchange for prizes in the future. Actually, we've heard about this rewards program earlier this 2014 but no mention when it will be launched.

Google Now ahead of Siri, Bing in search result accuracy

Smartphone, smartphone in my hand, who's the fairest of them all? Aside from our bad rhyming skills, the answer to that question must be fairly obvious, but in the interest of those who want actual numbers and statistics, a study conducted by SEO consulting firm Stone Temple showed a clear winner in the battle of the digital assistants. A test conducted on the built-in search assistants from Google, Apple and Microsoft showed that, of course, the search giant was miles away in terms of accuracy of results, although it might be lacking in the fun department.

Microsoft has Android Wear keyboard that draws on smartwatch

While smartwatches are definitely catching on, particularly for the early adapters of technology, the idea of having keyboards on the watchfaces are still pretty much a novelty. Given the small screen space, it does feel weird to have a full-fledged keyboard on your wearable. Microsoft has come up with a sort of alternative to that, with its newly-released keyboard that actually lets you draw the letters and characters on your smartwatch that runs on the Android Wear platform, particularly if it's square or the Moto 360.

Microsoft Research’s FingerShadow to reduce battery consumption

As smartphones and tablets continue to be more and more "sophisticated", one problem remains constant among all of them (yes, even you Samsung): battery life isn't all it's cracked up to be. The more you use your device, the more you need either a battery extender or to hug the wall socket. Microsoft has recently conducted a research that might lessen gadgets' battery consumption, at least for those that use OLED screens, and they're calling the project Fingershadow.

Microsoft wants Samsung to pay interest due, files lawsuit again

South Korean tech giant Samsung reportedly owes Microsoft some money. Samsung is believed to owe the Redmond company a total of $6.9 million in interest. The amount seems small considering Samsung already paid $1 billion last year. However, Microsoft went ahead and sued Samsung again for the unpaid interest.