Andy Rubin Just Teased His Company’s First Phone

Two days before Samsung will take the stage to show off the Galaxy S8, Android co-founder Andy Rubin just teased his new company’s first smartphone. First reported on in December 2015 and then again only a few months ago, Rubin is said to have put together a team of former Google and Apple (HTC too) employees to create a smartphone to compete at the top. Today, we got our first look at it.  (more…)

Google Play Now Hosting “Free App of the Week”

Google has apparently jumped on board with the idea that you like free stuff every week. We’ll see how long it lasts, but Google Play is now offering up a free app of the week.

A new category for a weekly free app popped up over the weekend, showcasing a game called Card Wars – Adventure Time from the Cartoon Network. In order to grab this free item, all you have to do is hit up the link below, tap on the app, and then tap “Install,” as the price of $2.99 should be slashed to nothing.  (more…)

Don’t Miss These Android Stories: March 24, 2017

We are only days away from the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at this point. In fact, next Wednesday (March 29) is the day! After all these leaks, we’re almost there and can finally give you the goods without question marks. I can’t wait.

Until then, another week in Android news went by and there was some good stuff to consume. Android O dropped in preview form, plus we unboxed the Huawei P10, questioned Google’s messaging direction some more, and played a round or two of Super Mario Run. We also took a look at a whole bunch of new Android Wear watches.  (more…)

Google to Streamline Android Security Update Platform Further, Only About 50% of Devices Get Patches

Google released its 2016 Android security report today, highlighting the progress they have made over the past couple of years in terms of protecting you and I from Potentially Harmful Apps (PHA) and also getting our phones up-to-date with the latest security patches. On a PHA level, Google is still doing a bang-up job on not letting through many bad apps that could do you harm, but the security patch situation still isn’t great even after a solid year of improvements. For the year 2016, only about half of Android devices even received a security update. Woof.  (more…)

Google Maps Adds Real-Time Location Sharing, Including Trip Progress

Google Maps is getting a pretty awesome new feature on Android, iOS, and the web. How would you like to share your location with friends, family, or colleagues you are meeting up with? What if you could share the progress of a trip on any platform? It’s coming. Real-time location sharing via Google Maps is on the way.

Google would only announce today that location sharing is rolling out “soon,” but they did share a fun little video that shows how it will work. You can watch it above to get the basics.  (more…)