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Jan

Xbox One games will stream to any Windows 10 PC or tablet


Microsoft’s new “Windows as a service” approach means more than just free Windows 10 upgrades, it’s bringing game streaming from the Xbox One to PCs and tablets.

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21
Jan

Size does matter: larger iPhone 6 brings the smartphone war to Samsung’s home ground


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For years, consumers have been demanding larger screens and have placed their buying power behind original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) willing to give them what they want. Apple, slowly accepting the consumer demand despite the vocal minority’s laments, has finally delivered a modern screen size to its iPhone products with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

This news is old and has been talked about for months now, obviously. What is new, though, is the data showing that Apple’s size upgrade with the iPhone has hit Android OEMs in an unlikely location: their home countries. Counterpoint Technology Market Research, an Asian-based consulting firm that delivers data-driven analyses of market trends, has released a report detailing Apple’s newest attack on the Asian front.

If you’ve ever wondered where Android OEMs get their huge competitive strength from despite Apple’s dominance in western markets, it’s due to their widespread popularity in the eastern and emerging market regions. Apple has been fending off the likes of Samsung in places like the United States, while not being able to make much headway against them, because the iPhone simply wasn’t that desirable of a product on the other side of the Pacific. Until now, that is.

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Counterpoint reports that from May 2014 to November 2014, Samsung’s presence in Koreans’ pockets dropped nearly 20%, while Apple saw a huge boost of nearly 25% especially after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ release. Tom Kang, Counterpoint’s research director in Korea had the following comment: “No foreign brand has gone beyond the 20% market share mark in the history of Korea’s smartphone industry. It has always been dominated by the global smartphone leader, Samsung. But iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have made a difference here, denting the competition’s phablet sales. Korea being the world’s highest penetrated phablet market (handsets with 5” above screens) earnestly needed a large screen iPhone for quite a time and now this thirst has been quenched. If there was a better supply of iPhone 6 & 6 Plus 64GB & 128GB models during the month then Apple’s share could have climbed to the 40% level.”

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An even bigger jump for Apple took place in Japan, a location where Apple sales have generally done better historically than in other Asian markets. In November 2014, it finished out with a record 51% in sales.

In China, iPhone sales rose sharply as well, but still fell behind Chinese favorites Xiaomi and Lenovo. It took the two combined, however, to stay ahead of the singular Apple entry.

Perhaps Apple took a page from Samsung’s playbook: don’t listen to the old-guard technology junkies and look to what real people want. Apple die-hards in the blogosphere might rail against the larger screens and other new technology, but at least half of the US segment owns a large-screen Android device and an unfathomable percentage of the population overseas owns one as well. So Apple ditches the squeaky wheel in order to compete directly across all fronts and, apparently, it’s working.

As I mentioned back in December, I expect Android OEMs to have a tough 2015 unless they pull their collective heads out of, well, you get the idea.

Source: Counterpoint Technology Market Research

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21
Jan

BrRAVEN announces collaboration with Burton Snowboards to bring rugged outdoor speakers to the slopes


Today, BRAVENBRAVENhas announced a collaboration venture with a leading snowboarding gear company, Burton Snowboards. The new collaboration takes two of BRAVEN’s best outdoor lines of speakers, the BRV-1 and BRV-X, and adds in a Burton branding to the speaker grills as well as gives them a color update. The BRV-1 is the smaller of the […]

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21
Jan

Acer expands its student Chromebook line with new C740 and C910


Acer has announced two new Chromebook offerings geared towards students today. The new line sticks to the ‘C’ titles and include the C740 and the C910. One being a 11.6-inch screen model and the other being a 15.6-inch screen model. The Acer C740 is the lower priced and spec’d variant and carriers the more traditional […]

The post Acer expands its student Chromebook line with new C740 and C910 appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

21
Jan

3D Projector + Smartwatch Giveaway



We’d like to make your Wednesday a little bit better so we’re sweetening the week by giving away a free Android Smartwatch and a 3D Projector!

Our Choose Your Own Smartwatch Giveaway puts a brand-new, top of the line device on one winner’s wrist. He or she will choose from the Moto 360, Samsung Gear 2, or LG G Watch R.

Our 3D Projector Giveaway puts one lucky winner smack-dab in front of their own high-definition 3D projection unit pumping out 3200 lumens of brightness in full 1080p.

Whether you’re looking to beef up your home theater or simply add a bit of modern technology to your arm, there is absolutely no cost to submit your name for either opportunity. Both the Smartwatch and Projector giveways end soon, so enter now. Good luck!

See more at deals.androidguys.com

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21
Jan

12 best Android card games


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Card games are a fantastic form of entertainment. They work anywhere and everywhere, they’re small enough to fit into a bag for travel, and there are so many different kinds of card games. With our smartphones always on us, we can also play card games on mobile as a way to pass the time or goof around with friends. On this list, we’ll look at the best Android card games.

It’s important to note that there are two distinct kinds of card games. There are fantasy card games like Magic: The Gathering and the regular card games using the 52-card deck that we all know and love. On this list, we’ll include both of those types of games. Also don’t forget that many entries on this list hold more than one game, so there are vastly more than just 12 games total. Enjoy!


6 Takes best android card games6 Takes

[Price: $1.99]
6 Takes is a game inspired by famed board-game creator Wolfgang Kramer. The idea of the game is that each player must avoid getting cards. When cards are dealt, players are assigned points based on how many bullheads are on each card. The player with the least number of bullheads at the end wins. It requires some strategy as well as luck like any good card game. It’s also great for kids and you can play against the CPU or there’s a local multiplayer mode where you can play with friends on the same device.
Get it on Google Play


AI Factory Limited best Android card gamesAI Factory Limited collection

[Price: Varies]
AI Factory Limited is a developer on the Google Play Store who has released a ton of card and board games on Android. These include standalone versions of Gin Rummy, Euchre, Hearts, Spades, and Solitaire. There are also some non card games like Chess, Checkers, and Sudoku. Pretty much all of them are pretty good and most of them were updated in the last year so the developers are still working hard on these. If you click the button, we’ll take you to the AI Factory Limited page on Google Play so you can see their entire collection.
Get it on Google Play
AI Factory Limited best Android card games


ascension best android card gamesAscension

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Ascension is a fantasy card game where you must build a deck and battle against other players. There are 50 cards in total but those cards can do a vast number of things. It’s also worth mentioning that an expansion called Realms Unraveled was released very recently which adds to the total number of cards. There is online multiplayer support that is also cross platform so you can face foes on Android or iOS and you can play against AI opponents as well. It’s a good looking card game that has only gotten better in recent updates.
Get it on Google Play
ascension best android card games


cardshark best android card gamesCardShark

[Price: $2.99]
CardShark is one of the best regular card game apps available. It includes a huge number of games including Solitaire, Gin Rummy, Rummy, various forms of Poker, and even some more obscure games like Crazy Eights, Egyptian Rat Screw, and more. There are literally dozens of games and they’re presented on a simple interface. There are even different card deck styles so you can customize it to your likes. It hasn’t been updated in a while and that’s a shame, but for now this is the best if you want a lot of games in a single app.
Get it on Google Play
cardshark best android card games


deck heroes best Android card gamesDeck Heroes

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Deck Heroes is a fantasy card game with hundreds of cards you can get. The game play is of a similar style of Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone so those familiar with those kinds of rules should be able to pick this up pretty quickly. There is online multiplayer mode along with a campaign mode for offline play, and plenty of other things to do. It’s a solid card game with a little depth to it for those that want depth.
Get it on Google Play
deck heroes best Android card games


eradan arena best android card gamesEradan Arena

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Eradan Arena is a mix between a dice game and a card game. You choose five heroes from a deck of 120 and then in battle you throw dice to trigger their abilities. It’s a unique premise that combines multiple elements of tabletop gaming. There are a lot of strategies which helps keep the game fresh and heroes level up and unlock new abilities. Thanks to the randomness of the dice rolls, pretty much any match can go any way and that also helps keep things even.
Get it on Google Play


hearthstone best Android card gamesHearthstone Heroes of Warcraft

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Hearthstone is a long-anticipated card game that finally hit Android late in 2014. It’s a fantasy card game with hundreds of cards you can use to build your decks and you can play against people online or against AI characters if you prefer. The only downside is that the game is only available on tablets and phones with screens that are larger than 6-inches. There are ways around that, though, and we expect there to be a release for phones eventually.
Get it on Google Play


live holdem poker pro best android card gamesLive Holdem Poker Pro

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Sometimes people just want to play a good old fashioned game of Holdem and this app lets you do that. The game features extensive online play that includes a live chat, personal avatars, and the ability to quickly sign up with Facebook. We would’ve liked to have seen Google+ included as well. It features well over a million players and it’s a great way to play a classic card game with other people in a comfortable setting.
Get it on Google Play


magic 2015 best Android card gamesMagic 2015

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
When it comes to real life fantasy card games, there are few that can even approach the massive following and customization of Magic: The Gathering. We acknowledge that the video game versions aren’t nearly as good as the real life game, but they’re still really good card games. Magic 2015 features a number of pre-made decks that you can start with and unlock new cards and decks as you go. There are expansion packs, online multiplayer, a campaign mode, and plenty of other things to do. It’s a big finicky from time to time but overall it’s a good entry point for people interested in Magic: The Gathering.
Get it on Google Play


solitaire megapack best android card gamesSolitaire MegaPack

[Price: $2.99]
Solitaire is one of those games that we all played when we were younger because it was on Windows computers. Solitaire MegaPack features a wealth of Solitaire variants including FreeCell, Spider, 3 Towers, Clock, and Pyramid variants along with others. It has an easy-to-use interface, includes stats like fewest winning moves and longest win streak, and even allows for Samsung’s Multi-Window feature. It’s $2.99 but there are no in app purchases and no advertisements.
Get it on Google Play


star realms best android card gamesStar Realms

[Price: Free / $4.99]
Star Realms falls into the category of fantasy card game but with sci-fi and it was designed by a couple of the same people who worked on Ascension. Like most, it features online multiplayer so you can battle it out with other people and many cards so you can customize your decks. The free version features six campaign missions with the full version giving you an additional nine missions. It’s worth noting that online multiplayer mode is for full version players only while the free version acts mostly as an open ended trial.
Get it on Google Play
star realms best android card games


world series of poker best android card gamesWorld Series of Poker

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
It’s a rarity when a name brand product like the WSoP makes a top list. Generally they’re sub par (read: Wipeout 2) but World Series of Poker managers to be pretty good. It features multiple variants of poker, online leaderboards, the ability to play with your friends through an invite system, and more poker fun. The in app purchases aren’t very good and, with patience, you can play without them but other than that, it’s a solid online poker experience.
Get it on Google Play
world series of poker best android card games


Wrap up

If we missed any awesome Android card games, let us know in the comments!

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!



21
Jan

Dropbox Acquires Document Editing Service CloudOn [iOS Blog]


CloudOn has announced it has been acquired by popular document storage and syncing service Dropbox, with the two companies joining forces to advance document editing, storage, and more through the cloud. As part of the deal, CloudOn’s existing services will shut down on March 15.

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Today, we’re taking the next step toward our vision of reimagining docs – by joining the Dropbox team. Our companies share similar values, are committed to helping people work better, and together we can make an even greater impact.

As pointed out by The Wall Street Journal, Dropbox has been purchasing dozens of small startups to bolster its overseas presence, and CloudOn gives Dropbox a presence in Israel. According to Dropbox’s head of product, business and mobile, Ilya Fushman, the CloudOn partnership is the largest number of employees added into the company through an acquisition.

CloudOn rose to prominence three years ago when it launched an iPad app that used the mobile device as an interface for a full cloud-based app located on their servers, allowing users to run an instance of Microsoft Office on their iPads. CloudOn’s services have evolved over time, but the company has continued to focus on Office document editing and creation, making a partnership with Dropbox a natural fit.



21
Jan

Google to bring Android tablets with Google for Education to UK schools


google_apps_for_education_video_screenshotGoogle is hard at work pushing Google for Education, and their next step is to offer Android tablets preloaded with Education services to schools in the UK. These tablets are customized for the curriculum used in the UK school system and offer great ways to manage time and get students more involved.

Schools have an option of which tablets they want to buy, some of which include the Nexus 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4. The tablets seamlessly link together for classrooms and have access to Google’s Education app store and are preloaded with Google’s work apps like Drive, Docs, and Sheets.

Early results from schools that were piloting these tablets have been mostly positive, so these services are clearly doing what Google set out to achieve.

source: Google for Education

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21
Jan

Using Smart Lock on Lollipop? Use this trick to manually lock in an instant


Using Smart Lock on Android 5.0 is a great way to balance security and convenience, using a trusted location, Bluetooth device or NFC tag to bypass lock screen security without entering a PIN or lock pattern. However it’s possible you might not want your phone completely unlocked all the time, which is why there’s a simple way to manually lock your device — requiring your PIN, pattern or password to unlock — with just a button press from the lock screen.

21
Jan

Sharp reveals the Aquos Mini and the high-end Aquos K flip phone



Here are two rather surprising unveilings from Sharp in the few weeks after CES. It’s first device is a compact, and the second, even more intriguing, is a flagship flip phone.

The Aquos Mini has a 4.5-inch, 1080p display with Sharp’s IGZO technology, which reportedly will let it run for two to three days on its 2,120 mAh battery. Additionally, the quite thin phone has a Snapdragon 801 processor and a 13 megapixel camera.

The Aquos K flip phone has to be one of the most powerful in its category. The camera alone has 13 megapixels and can shoot 1080p video. Sharp even included a fully functional web browser and Google Search.

As of now, there is no information on the price or the release date, but we should know more in a few weeks.

Source: Talk Android

 


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