Not slowing down from the release of new devices on Tuesday, today Google announced some updates to the Android TV ecosystem. This is just in time for the Fall TV season, so hopefully this will help you keep up with all your shows.
First off, Android TV now has SHOWTIME®, HBO NOW, and CBS All Access available for use, so you can catch up on shows like Homeland and Big Bang Theory.
Also being thrown into the mix is Disney Movies Anywhere, which is Disney’s digital movie system. EPIX, WWE, and UFC are all also now available on Android TV. For a full list of Android TV apps, go here.
Along with new apps, new TV manufacturers are going to start including Android TV on select models, such as Hisense and TCL. Set-top box manufacturers like Pace, Sagemcom, and Technicolor, along with Pay TV services such as KDDI and Telecom Italia are all going to be partnering with Android TV and including the system with their various products.
That’s a lot of new ways to use Android TV! Google is clearly doing what they can to make Android TV ubiquitous throughout the various ways people use their TV. This continues their efforts to make Android available in a myriad of places, leaving plenty of choice for us as the consumers.
Does any of this new excite you?
SOURCE: Official Android Blog
The paperwork is filed and it’s official: Google has restructured itself into Alphabet. As of the close of business today shares of the old Google are now part of Alphabet, which counts Google as a subsidiary. On our end, this doesn’t change much — unless you’re a big fan of Ingress or Pokemon — but now leaders Sergey Brin and Larry Page can chase innovations in seemingly unrelated areas. Sundar Pichai will keep running day-to-day operations at the new Google, except now with the title of CEO. Google now includes Android, Search, YouTube, Apps, Maps and Ads. Meanwhile, Alphabet can focus on Google Fiber (high speed internet), Calico and Life Sciences (health), Google Ventures and Google Capital (investments), Nest (home automation) and Google X (everything fun, like drone deliveries and self-driving cars).
[Image credit: Jeff Chiu/Associated Press]
Google Proceeds With Implementation of New Operating Structure
Google Inc. announced today that, pursuant to its previously announced plans to create a new public holding company, Alphabet Inc. (“Alphabet”), by implementing a holding company reorganization (the “Alphabet Merger”), it expects that the Alphabet Merger will close after the close of business on October 2, 2015. Google anticipates that shares of Google Class C Capital Stock and shares of Google Class A Common Stock will begin trading as Alphabet Class C Capital Stock and Alphabet Class A Common Stock, respectively, on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on October 5, 2015. Shares of Alphabet Class C Capital Stock and shares of Alphabet Class A Common Stock will continue to be traded under the same ticker symbols under GOOG and GOOGL, respectively.
Update: The Alphabet merger is now effective. For more information on the merger, please see Alphabet’s Form 8-K filed on October 2, 2015.
Even though Apple’s newest iPhones were announced this past month, it wasn’t enough to keep up with the growing momentum of Android handsets. In the month of September, Apple’s iOS market share fell to 38.58% down from the 40.82% that it had in August. Android showed the largest gains rising from 52.14% in August up to 53.54% in September. It should be noted that Android began the year at 47.45%. This month marks the largest change yield between to the two platforms since last year. In addition, Microsoft’s mobile market share saw a drop of .12% this month, which now sits at only 2.48%. For BlackBerry, the slump in sales has continued on. The company’s share is so low that it has been moved into the ‘Other’ category.
What do you think? Are Android flagships gaining some steam? All the details regarding September’s market-share can be viewed at the source link down below.
Come comment on this article: Android experiences big gains in September
ASUS will install Office apps and other “innovative product solutions” from Microsoft on its Android phones thanks to a new patent licensing deal. The arrangement builds on an existing, private deal over Android phones between the two companies, according to ZDNet. Despite holding most of the patent cards, Microsoft magnanimously said the pact “opens the door to the kind of collaboration between Microsoft and ASUS made possible only through mutual respect and alignment on intellectual property.” ASUS joins Samsung, LG, Sony and 20 or so other manufacturers that signed deals with Microsoft to bundle Office apps on Android devices.
Last year, ASUS dropped several laptop/tablet hybrids that dual-boot Windows and Android, reportedly at the behest of Microsoft. Redmond has not been afraid to flex its patent muscles as the head of the Rockstar patent consortium that includes Apple, BlackBerry and Ericsson. The group also sued Google over phones (and Google sued it back over Xbox video), but the two tech giants recently decided to resolve all 20 ongoing patent disputes.
So why all the peacemaking from Microsoft? CEO Satya Nadella recently resolved to stop stop focusing on beating Google in the smartphone OS arena, as former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer did. Instead, he wants to get Microsoft products onto as many Android phones as possible, a strategy that’s clearly working out better.
Over the past month we have featured deals from gearbest.com. Some of the deals seem too good to be true, but they’re not. I had the chance to interview gearbest.com’s head of marketing, Melanie Yu, and here are the answers to the questions I had for her. Even though we do get many review units for free, the deals at gearbest.com were so good I found myself ordering goods with my own money. Learn about them for yourself:
What city is gearbest.com headquartered?
Shenzhen, China – Also known as China’s Silicon Valley due to the concentration of high-tech companies
When did gearbest.com open?
February of 2014
How many products do you carry?
We focus on all things tech from RC vehicles to unlocked smartphones with seven day battery life, gearbest.com has your needs covered. We have hundreds of products and continue to expand our portfolio.
What area is your main focus? (cell phones, accessories, ???)
We focus on all things tech, cellphones, smartwatches, tablets and more. We specialize in bringing high quality products with low prices. Brick and mortar stores such as Best Buy and Target have high overhead costs like store sales people and managers. At gearbest.com we keep overhead costs to a minimum by eliminating the middle man and can pass on the discounts to the customers.
How do you keep prices low?
By shipping direct to customers and eliminating the middle sales person, we can dramatically cut expenses. At gearbest.com we pride ourselves in offering high-quality products at Black Friday prices year around by streamlining costs and minimizing overhead. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority.
What are typical shipping times to the US?
About 2-3 days(from us warehouse to us)
Where is the warehouse in the US?
New York, New York
Will you have a store or just a warehouse stateside?
GearBest.com is an online electronics seller, and we’re trying to develop more and more overseas warehouses to spread our discounts worldwide.
Tell me one or two things you want your customers to know about gearbest.com.
1. GearBest.com provides FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE on every single order.
2. We offer extremely competitive pricing with excellent customer service.
I have found gearbest.com to be highly competitive and even found myself ordering a few products like the DOOGEE F5 smartphone for $139.99 which comes loaded with Android 5.1 and other great specs. Look for deals that will be featured on Androidguys.com in the coming weeks and let us know if gearbest.com works out for you. We anticipate offering reviews on some of their budget and mid-range devices which we expect to compete with the likes of the Moto G, Moto E, and similar devices.
Apple recently brought its first app to the Play Store, Move to iOS. It’s a simple app — you have both your Android and iOS device on the same WiFi network and you begin transferring all of your Android data to iOS seamlessly!
In the spirit of that, we’ve constructed a handy guide on doing exactly the opposite. We want to help our friends currently stuck on iOS move their data to Android. For those of you that are wanting to make the switch from an iPhone to one of the new Nexus devices or anything other Android device we’ve got you covered!
First, a quick mention about moving apps from iOS to Android.
As you know, apps on iOS cannot be transferred to Android. In some cases, you won’t be able to find the same applications you have on iOS available on Android, either. If you do by chance find the same applications you use on Android, it’s worth looking through the app’s settings on both iOS and Android. In the case of Clash of Clans, it takes advantage of the cloud so that you can transfer all of your Clash of Clans data from iOS to the Android app using your Google account and other methods.
If that isn’t the case, chances are Android has an app that will do what you need it to do. The scale of the Play Store is massive; it’d be quite surprising if there wasn’t an app available for what you need.
While apps from iOS cannot be transferred to Android, almost all of the rest of your data can be!
Photos are relatively easy to transfer over to Android. The best and most seamless way is to download Google Photos from the App Store. Open the app to begin configuring it. You can choose whether to save them in High Quality or Full Resolution. High Quality may be your only option depending on how many photos you need to save to the cloud. Google Photos allows unlimited storage for saving in High Quality. Choosing Full Resolution will limit the amount of storage supplied by Google.
Now you can download the Google Photos application on your Android device and access all of the photos that were once only on your iPhone. If you so choose, you can download them directly from the cloud as well.
The alternative option is to plug your iPhone into your computer, open your File Manager on the desktop, select your iPhone and head into Internal Storage > DCIM (the process is very similar on OS X). You can copy all of the folders containing your pictures to your desktop from here. Next, unplug your iPhone and plug in your Android device.
Select and copy all of the photos inside the folder you copied over to your computer. Next, in your File Explorer, select your Android device, and go to Internal Storage > DCIM. Finally, paste all of the copied photos into the Camera folder.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully copied all of your iPhone-taken photos to your Android device. The great thing about this method is that you’re copying your images in their full resolution to your Android device over having a potential serious drop in quality by doing it through Google Photos.
Text messages are a hit or miss when transferring from iOS to Android. However, there is a method available that’s seen a lot of success, but doesn’t seem to work all of the time. First, plug your iPhone into your computer, open iTunes, and back it up. Once the backup is complete, we’ll need to do some digging in your computer’s File Explorer for the following file:
Open your computer’s File Explorer and the file will be located in users > username > AppData > Roaming > Apple Computer > Mobile Sync on Windows or user > Library > Application Support > Mobile Sync > Backup on Mac. These easiest way to locate the file is to copy and paste into your File Explorer’s search bar. After that, just copy and paste it to your Android device’s local storage or microSD card — whichever your preference is.
Next, you’ll need to download a handy Android application called iSMS2droid from the Play Store. Open the app, select “iPhone SMS Database.” On the next screen, make sure “All Text Messages” is selected so that everything is converted over to an XML file.
Now, head back into the Play Store and download another app called SMS Backup & Restore. Once installed, open the app and select “Restore.” Finally, locate the XML file created by iSMS2droid and select “Restore All Messages.” Once it finishes the process, all of your iPhone messages have been successfully moved over to your new Android device!
The iPhone will let you transfer contacts but only one a time. That can be a time-consuming process if you have a lot of people in your address book. Luckily, there’s an application available in the App Store called My Contacts Backup that will speed up the process.
Once downloaded, open the app and simply select “Backup.” This backs up all of the current contacts on your iPhone. Once the process is finished, select “Email” to attach the newly created VCF file to be sent to your email. Send the email with the file to your Gmail account. Finally, open the email on your Android device and download the VCF file. This will begin importing the contacts into your new phone.
Your Android device should now have all of the pertinent information you had on your old iPhone.
Even with many applications available to help ease the arduous task of transferring all of your data over to your new Android device, it’s still a time-consuming process. But it’s much quicker than manually entering in all of your old contacts and less disappointing than losing all your text messages and photos.
Are you moving from the iPhone to another Android device? Be sure to let us know which one and why in the comments below!
Come comment on this article: How to transfer messages, photos, and contacts from iOS to Android
Android users are under attack again. The Stagefright bug that Google and OEMs scrambled to fix, only to have a second bug discovered, is back. Users are being targeted with faked audio files that exploit the multimedia preview function in Android to gain access to sensitive areas of a users phone or tablet.
The target is sent an mp3 or mp4 file that is encoded with a malicious program and can compromise the Android file system and its security, once opened. More troubling is that an attacker may be able to leverage public Wi-Fi hotspots to infect victims by having them download a file or visit an infected site to infect their phone.
Zimperium Security found the exploit, which isn’t covered by the two rounds of security patches released since July.
Many phone makers like Samsung, LG and HTC have recently committed to begin releasing monthly security updates to their phones but as of yet, this new exploit hasn’t been patched. SMS apps like Textra have recently updated to add Stagefright protection as a feature.
Google is working on fixing the Stagefright exploit in the core code of Android that is distributed to OEMs. A security patch will be available in the October monthly security update that will roll out to Nexus phones on October 5th.
Source: The Verge
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Much like OK Cupid, Pornhub has access to a large repository of data concerning our most private and intimate desires. Every now and again, both sites like to reveal some statistics about what we like to get up to when nobody else is watching. Today, Pornhub is delving deep into its servers to look at the meteoric rise of smartphones over the last five years and what, if anything, your choice of smartphone says about your habits. Are iOS and Android users that different in what they like to get off to? You betcha, but for propriety’s sake, we’ll leave all of the grisly details until after the break. Adults only from here on out.
If you needed any more evidence that the smartphone is the dominant computing platform, then Pornhub’s figures should probably convince you. Back in 2010, desktop browsing accounted for 88 percent of the site’s traffic, but in 2015, that figure has fallen to just 37 percent. The rest of that figure is now accounted for by Android and iOS, with a near perfect split between the two (Android has 32 percent, iOS has 31). The company has also tracked the duration of each visit, and while the average iOS user lingering on the site for 8 minutes and 40 seconds — Android fans hang around for 10 minutes and six seconds.
The choices of content that people choose are different, too, and Pornhub believes that there’s a link between the phone you own and the sort of porn you look for. In one example, iOS users are respectively 105 and 66 percent more likely to search for Bondage and Fetish content than their Android-using compatriots. The opposite is true for films featuring fuller-figured women: Android users are 138 percent more likely to search for BBW, as well as material based on cartoons. There is, however, one sign that everyone’s not so different at all, since the most searched-for term for both teams is the same: Lesbian.
Pornhub won’t talk about the super-special secret sauce it uses to do it, but the firm believes it knows what gender its users are. The site reports that there’s a 74.5/25.5 split between men and women that like to get their rocks off with their smartphone in hand. There are plenty more insights and statistics over on Pornhub itself, but those can wait until you get home tonight, right?
For ages, Polyphony Digital has been promising a Gran Turismo 6 track editor that lets you build the race course of your dreams. Well, it’s finally here… if not quite in the form you might have expected. Download the Track Path Editor app for Android and iOS and you can design circuits for the PlayStation 3 sim on your tablet. It’s not so detailed that you’ll recreate every nuance of your local raceway, but you can trace paths with your finger, choose themes and add scenery. Think of it as a way to extend the life of GT6 beyond the occasional new concept car — you don’t have to settle for driving on Autumn Ring or Brands Hatch for the hundredth time.
Today it’s all about the gadgets: we have questions about Android smartwatches, how to flip the script on your Apple Watch, and what the heck to do with that old Zune you have laying around.
Do you have any use for your old Zune that we forgot to mention? Have creative uses for all your old gadgets and gizmos? Let me know by emailing me or sending me a tweet with the hashtag #DearVeronica! Keep sending those questions in, too. See you next week!