Revision3 Remember Carrier IQ? Yes, we are talking about that spawn of the devil that flooded your news feed and terrorized the whole tech industry back in 2011. The software pretty much tracked every single thing you did with your smartphone. Literally… every single thing. See also: How to Remove Carrier IQ on an Android Device12 It was havoc. The whole point was that it was meant to provide feedback for companies to be able to improve services and cater to your needs in a more efficient manner, but this was discovered in a time when privacy was a very hot topic. Carriers and phone makers decided to listen to their costumers and were quick to remove the software from their phones. Fast-forward to 2014 and Carrier IQ finds itself finally settling the privacy violation lawsuit. But what is to be of Carrier IQ’s future? We would guess there is not much of it, but AT&T seems to have plans for whatever is left. The US carrier has just acquired Carrier IQ’s assets and recruited some of its talent. “We’ve acquired the rights to Carrier iQ’s software, and some CIQ employees moved to AT&T.” -AT&T This raises the same concern, though: is Carrier IQ still around? Technically, this acquisition kills it, but it will probably continue to live in another form. Shutterstock More AT&T content: Best AT&T Android phones Best AT&T prepaid Android phones After all, AT&T does continue to use Carrier IQ’s software to troubleshoot wireless signal issues and improve its network. And since Carrier IQ talent is jumping on-board, we can all assume will continue spying on our phones. I mean, why else would they pay loads of money for the company? “We use CIQ software solely to improve the customer’s network and wireless service experience. This is in line […]

A coy little teaser has been spotted on Nubia’s Weibo site. The ZTE subsidiary is hinting that their 2016 flagship smartphone will be unveiled soon. With CES just around the corner in Las Vegas, there’s little doubt that we can expect to see the Nubia Z11 on January 5 – right before the ball gets rolling at the electronics showcase. We don’t have any firm details on the Nubia Z11 just yet. However, the rumor mill has provided us with some pretty high-possibility specifications. 5.2-inch QHD res displays are becoming more and more popular, and we’d be surprised if the Z11 wasn’t sporting one. Snapdragon 820 is going to be par for the course for 2016 flagships, so we’re expecting to see that too. We’ve got our fingers crossed for a metal body encasing 4 gigs of RAM and a quad-core CPU. There is speculation that the Z11 will come with a 13 MP selfie snapper and a sharper 20.7 MP main camera. As is becoming the norm, we should see three different variations in terms of storage space: 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB. See also: Renders and specs of ZTE’s bezel-less Nubia Z11 leaked17 Now, if the Z11 launches on January 5, it will be something a bit special. Why? If the device has the specs it’s rumored to have, then this will be the first device to launch with the Snapdragon 820 chip. Guess we’ll soon be able to put to bed all those overheating rumors one way or another. Nubia is ZTE’s new international sub-brand. Nubia.com is expected to go live in tandem with the Z11’s unveiling. No official word on that yet either, but it’s exciting to see another player in the international market. What are your thoughts on the Z11? Excited about the […]

To put it bluntly, not every developer makes good decisions when releasing or updating their applications. Wrong moves get made, people get angry, and we have ourselves a good old fashioned controversy. 2015 was a more tame year than usual, but we still had some moves that made people angry. Buckle up, folks, here are the most controversial apps and games of 2015! Relive the most controversial Android apps from 2014! 15 best Android apps, ever! Android Pay [Price: Free] Android Pay was announced to heavy fanfare at Google I/O. The premise was easy enough to understand. It was to be a revamped and improved tap-to-pay system that rivaled Apple Pay and could be used throughout the Android ecosystem by apps, games, and even online retailers. The roll out of the service has left a little bit to be desired. For starters, the new Android Pay doesn’t work on rooted devices for security reasons. This is in stark contrast to Google Wallet, which worked on rooted and non-rooted devices alike and irked the root community so bad that Google employees actually took to the XDA forums to explain what happened. To follow it up, Google Wallet was gutted and turned into a PayPal clone with its biggest feature being able to send money to friends and manage your account which are features it already had. In classic Google fashion, the apps still work together but are disjointed as a whole. Everyone has calmed down about it now, but you can still find remnants of a start that wasn’t pretty and people who still aren’t happy about the whole thing. Get it now on Google Play! Monument Valley [Price: $3.99 with in-app purchases] The developers of Monument Valley may have won the most controversial tweet from a mobile game developer in […]

The Nextbook Ares Android tablet line will see a new arrival at CES 2016 this January. Nextbook has announced that the Ares 11A will be an 11.6” ‘2-in1 model’ that will feature a detachable keyboard. The device will run Lollipop out of the box and sports 2 gigs of RAM strapped to a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor. The best part about it? The price tag is only $219.99. See also: Best Android tablets (December 2015)218 This successor to the Ares 11 is looking to position itself as combination work-and-play tool. The affordable price and mid-range specs make it seem like an excellent pick for a secondary device, and the detachable keyboard means you can actually use this Android tablet to get some serious work done. The keyboard will also serve the role of expanding the tablet’s capabilities by bringing aboard 2 USB ports. The tablet itself will have a miniHDMI, a micro USB, and a microSD port. As far as storage space is concerned, the Ares 11A will have 64GB of onboard storage, but you can expand this via microSD to a maximum of 128GB. With tablets and crossover devices like the Ares 11A becoming more and more popular with away-from-desk workers and more casual game and ebook lovers alike, it’s no surprise that we’re starting to see more and more keyboardized tablets on the market. What are your thoughts regarding Nextbook’s newest device? Are those mid-range specs enough bang for 220 bucks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! Next: 10 best Android tablet apps that all tablet owners should have

The Verge Everyone keeps talking about how far technology has gotten the past decade or so, but that is not exactly what the bigger brains in the industry believe. After some talks with a couple Foxconn engineers, I realized technology has gone through more of an evolution, as opposed to a revolution. The truth is it’s all the same, but faster, more powerful and in different form factors. The same applies to design, which is a huge part of the experience these high-tech gadgets provide. And we are not alone in this belief; even Google VP of design Matias Duarte agrees that current smartphones are advanced copycats of Apple’s UI from 8 years ago, while tablets and computers continue to follow the desktop graphic user interface (GUI) that was introduced decades ago. PC interfaces still look like a refined version of the first popular computers. The same goes with smartphone designs – the base is a set of rows and columns of icons. What is the next step? Android Wear comes to mind, a wearable operating system that was forced to change its mechanics due to the limited space Google had to work with. See also: Google’s VP of Material Design talks about working on an iPad, reveals favorite mobile devices64 But is Android Wear the source of the next big jump in technology design? Nobody knows, and Duarte is clear about that. “I don’t know that Android Wear has the right solution or even is on a vector to the right solution, nobody knows. We’re just trying things to see which are successful. That’s what design is. You form a thesis, you try to do it without any ego or hubris.” -Matias Duarte Android Wear-related articles: Best Android Wear watches Best Android Wear watch faces Best Android Wear apps Matias then goes on […]

There is an Arthur C. Clark quotation that states “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Call it ubiquitous, pervasive, ambient or IoT – but we’ve reached an intersection of technological advances that is making words like ‘magic’ and ‘enchanted’ seem apt descriptors. Eric Gowland spotted some interesting things at ARM Techcon 2015 that reinforces this idea. Here is his report: First up is a magic dice demo put together by the clever, creative folks at uBlox. They took a set of beautifully carved wooden dice and implanted some of their OLP425 series modules. These connected via a gateway based on their ODIN module, to a local network and onwards to the cloud. A web app then pulled the reported sensor data into a rich page with a nicely rendered image of a set of dice on the screen. Roll the wooden dice, and the dice on the screen rotate to match their physical counterparts. This is a really elegant demonstration showing what can be achieved at the cross section of miniaturization, efficient connectivity and compute, and modern MEMS sensor technology. Matching the virtual to the physical dice brings a smile to your face, but let your imagination run with the possibilities that infers and it will take you to some interesting places. Next was a product designed by Cambridge Consultants and mentioned in ARM CTO Mike Muller’s opening keynote. The KiCoPen is a pre-loaded insulin injection pen for diabetics. What makes it clever is that it tracks the successful injection of the insulin dose and transmits this information to a companion smartphone app. What makes it magic is that it does this without a battery. I’ll say that again – there is no battery in this connected device! The single chip electronics in the pen harvests sufficient energy […]

Google has announced a move away from Oracle’s proprietary Java APIs. Beginning with the next version of their mobile operating system (Android N), the new standard will be OpenJDK, an open source alternative. Suspicions of this move have been emerging for a while, as bits of code have shown up here and there. Today Google confirms all the speculations with the following statement, which was sent to the guys over at Venture Beat. See also: Android Nankathai? What if Android fans got to name Android N?34 “As an open-source platform, Android is built upon the collaboration of the open-source community. In our upcoming release of Android, we plan to move Android’s Java language libraries to an OpenJDK-based approach, creating a common code base for developers to build apps and services. Google has long worked with and contributed to the OpenJDK community, and we look forward to making even more contributions to the OpenJDK project in the future.” – Google spokesperson What is the difference? From a user standpoint, there will likely be little to no noticeable changes. It is developers who will likely have to adapt to the new standard in a more significant manner. So why the switch? There is really no major reason we can think of… other than the legal issues Google has been having with Oracle. Google lost the case last year, causing quite the havoc and putting Google in a tight spot (which is very hard to get out of). Neither parties have commented on this, though, and we doubt they will. Regardless, it is likely a good strategic move for the future of the company. We will have to wait until more details on Android N show up. Until then, let’s just stay put and keep it tuned to the Android Authority homepage.

You might think they’re all pretty similar, but there’s just something about side-scrolling fighting games that draws you in. So if you’ve been looking for a new fighting game for your Android device, look no further. Developer Softmax has just released a new anime-themed beat ’em up title called TrainCrasher to the Google Play Store. In TrainCrasher, you’ll be fighting against other characters on a speeding train on a quest for revenge. There are four unique characters to choose from, each with different playing styles. As of right now you can play as Ron, the sword fighting warrior; Mei, the axe wielding treasure hunter; Zett, the vengeful warrior that fights with his bare fists; and Hound, the mysterious masked hunter that wields a gun in each hand. The developer says more characters are on the way, so stay tuned for an update to arrive in the future. Of course, you’ll be able to upgrade your characters’ skills and armor as you play through the game, and you can also upgrade and purchase new weapons. You can either purchase upgrades or new weapons with the in-game currency, or you can win weapons by defeating the huge boss creatures that stand between you and the next level. See also: 32 Best RPGs for Android106 TrainCrasher is now available for free from the Google Play Store. There are quite a few in-app purchases in this game, but it’s pretty easy to play through without spending any real cash. If you’re interested, follow the Play Store link below for more information. Download TrainCrasher from Google Play Next: 70 best Android games

You’d think that an internet retail behemoth like Amazon would primarily sell a lot of cutting-edge tech during the holidays, but nope — that wasn’t the case this year. The company has posted its annual holiday bestsellers, and it turns out that some of the hottest purchases were decidedly retro. The best-selling camera tech this year, for example, was Fujifilm’s Instax instant film. A digital camera, the GoPro Hero4, was only a runner-up. Likewise, the top home audio gear was a Jensen turntable, eclipsing a Yamaha receiver and Sonos’ Play:1 two-speaker kit. Source: Amazon

Samsung Pay continues moving up the ladder as the Korean giant aims to reach more devices, retailers and customers, but they can’t do this if the service is exclusive to physical retailers. This is the digital age, after all, and Samsung Pay global general manager Thomas Ko has just revealed there are plans for such expansion. See also: Video demo: here’s how Samsung Pay will work in stores22 Mobile payments are coming to Samsung Pay in 2016, allowing users to purchase products and services online. Users will be able to shop online, paying easily and securely through the phone’s mobile payments solution and fingerprint reader. If apps like Amazon, Best Buy and eBay start accepting Samsung Pay to shop online, things will get really interesting. Wouldn’t you agree? We are not certain how far this expansion will go, though. Details are scarce, and it seems the new feature will only be available in the USA, at least initially. We also have to keep in mind that not many phones can take advantage of Android Pay just yet. Yes, Samsung is a big manufacturer, but not everyone has access to one of the latest Galaxy S handsets. Supported devices currently only include the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 Active and Galaxy Note 5. Samsung reviews: Samsung Galaxy S6 review Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review Samsung Galaxy S6 Active review Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review Thomas Ko did mention that more “handset availability of Samsung Pay as well as online payment support is coming soon”. This opens doors to the possibility of more mid-end handsets getting Samsung Pay support in 2016. That would really be the ideal move. Well… that and expanding support to other smartphone brands, but you know how that goes. What do you […]

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