Google Confirms That They Dropped Default Encryption on Lollipop Because of “Performance Issues”

As it turns out, Google did indeed drop the requirement for full-disk encryption on new devices running Android 5.0 “Lollipop” because of “performance issues.” In a statement issued to Engadget, Google confirmed that a change was made to their final Lollipop hardware requirements document, going with “recommended” instead of “must” for new devices.  (more…)

Google at GDC 2015: Native In-App Ads Introduced, Nearby Connections API for Second-Screen Controls Showcased

While MWC is still alive and kicking with news, the GDC (Game Developers Conference) is also taking place down in San Francisco this week. Yesterday, Google took the stage to announce a few important things, specifically focused on in-app purchases, in-app advertising, and a new API which allows developers to turn your smartphone into an Android TV game controller.  (more…)

Google Play Services 7.0 is Rolling Out With New Places, Google Fit APIs, and More

Yesterday afternoon, Google began pushing Google Play Services 7.0 to devices. The update introduces a new Places API, a handful of Google Fit APIs that replace the old single API, a new location settings dialog, automatic AdMob and Google Analytics integration, a Nearby Connections API (more on this here), simplified App Indexing, and more.  (more…)

Pebble Upgrades the Pebble Time With Metal, Calls it Pebble Time Steel

Pebble spiced up its Pebble Time Kickstarter project this morning with the announcement of a new all-metal version, called Pebble Time Steel, and what they are calling “Smartstraps.” The campaign for their new smartwatch has already crushed their previous record in just over a week, so don’t be surprised if today’s goodies continues to push the needle towards another record.  (more…)

Monday Poll: Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, or HTC One M9?

It’s time, time to decide which of the new devices from MWC you are most interested in or excited about. HTC gave us the One M9, a safe device that is a lot like last year’s One (M8), except it has a 20MP camera on the back, more powerful processor inside, UltraPixel camera in the front, and some cute new software features built into Sense 7. Samsung, on the other hand, didn’t play it safe at all. They gave us two phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both of which push the limits of smartphone technology. Almost everything crammed into the Galaxy S6 and its slanted brother is new smartphone technology never used before.

Each phone arrives within the next two months, but if you had to pick today, which one are you going with?

Which would you choose - Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, or HTC One M9?

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Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire from Nitrome Now on Google Play

Magic Touch, the latest game from London-based development company Nitrome, puts you in control of a wizard who has been hired to defend a castle. As enemy knights descend from the sky via attached balloons, you swipe on the screen to cast spells that destroy the various types of balloons.

As you progress through the round, the enemy knights descend faster and require more spells to pop their balloons. Your goal is to stop as many knights as you can from reaching the castle; as soon as they do, it’s game over.  (more…)