Olio’s Model One is a “Finely Crafted” $600 Smartwatch That Works on Android and iOS

“Boutique” watch company, Olio, announced a limited edition smartwatch today called the Model One. The watch comes in both silver steel and black editions, with the steel starting at $595 and the black at $745. The watch is unique in that it carries a “round” watch face, but also because it works on both Android and iOS.  (more…)

Report: Microsoft’s Cortana is Coming to Android

According to a report out of Reuters, Microsoft is preparing to bring its personal assistant over to both Android and iOS. We are talking about Cortana, of course, the smart assistant named from the Halo character that is currently a Windows Phone exclusive feature. The plan is to release Cortana onto the desktop when Windows 10 is released later this year, then move it onto other platforms, like the one we talk about on the daily.  (more…)

Pushbullet Releases Mac and Safari Apps, iOS Notification Mirroring Too

While not exactly directly Android-related, we still thought many of you would like to know that Pushbullet released all sorts of new goodies this morning, including a Mac app, Safari integration, and iOS notification mirroring. Again, this isn’t directly Android-related, but I know that many of you own Apple computers, could potentially use Safari, and may own an iPad outside of your Android phone. Since we are massive Pushbullet fans around these parts, we know that we are certainly excited for the new Mac app. Pushbullet all the things, right? (more…)

Monument Valley Creators Share Revenue Numbers, Costs, Downloads, and Platform Breakdown of Their 2014 Success

Have you ever wondered how much revenue some of the top mobile games on the planet rake in? Curious to know what the cost is or the number of developers it takes to make a “game of the year” type title for mobile? Maybe you have always wanted to see proof that iOS really does trounce Android when it comes to number of downloads or users of popular paid apps or games? Or maybe you have no interest in any of that, but would potentially be interested in looking at some cool numbers in neat infographic style? We have that for you below.

Thanks to the @ustwogames, the makers of the incredibly popular Monument Valley, we get a decent look inside their successful 2014 launch.  (more…)

Dropbox and Microsoft Office Integration Now Available on Android

A couple of weeks ago, Dropbox announced that it had partnered with Microsoft to include Office integration within its web and mobile apps. The move is a big deal for Office users, as they can access and edit Office documents from within Dropbox, a cloud storage solution that can be reached from just about anywhere and on any platform. In a blog post today, Dropbox announced that the new functionality is now available on Android.

To get started, they remind you to update to the newest version of Dropbox, then open any Office document, spreadsheet or presentation from within Dropbox. You should see an “edit” icon that will let you start editing. Once you are finished editing, your document will then save automatically back to Dropbox.

Give it a shot and let us know how it goes.  (more…)

Google Announces “Inbox,” A New Email Experience to Help You Get Things Done

Google just announced a brand new email experience called Inbox. Inbox, created by the Gmail team, is an email app that bundles similar emails together so that you can quickly swipe them away. Inbox will highlight important info from messages, like flight itineraries, event info, photos or documents, so that you may not even need to fully open them at this particular moment. Inbox also lets you set reminders, snooze items, and may even assist you along the way by providing useful information for tasks it sees that need to get done.

It sounds a lot like Mailbox, which is awesome, because I have given my life over to the task-oriented approach of Mailbox. Return to Google, I may. (more…)

The Missing App Gap Between Android and iOS

After reading Kellen’s iPhone 6 review and discussing the lack of an app gap on the Droid Life Show, I thought I should revisit my conviction that there were still some apps that could not be found or matched on Android.

It had been about a year since I last checked for certain kinds of apps and my tastes have changed some, so I figured I should take a look.

To my delight, I discovered that eight of the apps that I love to use that I thought were iOS only are now either available on Android or have comparable counterparts from another developer.  (more…)