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All posts tagged "Android"

  • Android Marshmallow update roundup: LG G3 to miss out?

    Google just loves confectionery and after the slow adoption rate of Android Lollipop, Google will hope that the softer Android Marshmallow will filter through devices more efficiently. Although many smartphones haven't even received Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, there's already talk from other manufacturers about their move to the latest, bleeding edge version of Android. So, with that said, when will your device receive its Android Marshmallow update? Marshmallow will be officially released in September, so we should expect some degree of chatter about it fairly soon. We'll be updating this piece regularly as more information per manufacturer is made available, so stay tuned...

  • Local game ‘Jungle Beat’ claims top spot on South Africa iTunes Store

    Locally developed video game Jungle Beat reached the number one spot on iTunes South Africa's top paid game apps. What makes the achievement unique is not just the game's local roots, but it is also based off of a pre-existing licence. Jungle Beat is a platforming game aimed at all ages. Each stage has the player collecting bananas and letters to complete the word "BEAT". While doing so, they will play as various animals, which all have their own unique play style and ability. Managing Director of Sunrise Productions, Tim Keller, elaborates on the mechanics: The Jungle Beat game is a puzzle platformer...

  • 5 seriously addictive and free Android games

    We all spend an inordinately large amount of time on our phones. I won't deny that I'm a big culprit here, if I'm not answering emails or browsing social media, I'm playing games on my phone. Yes I might have a problem, but it's undoubtedly exacerbated by games such as these. They're fun and incredibly addictive! While I have used iOS devices in the past, I've stuck to five seriously playable Android games for free in this piece. Some games are free for Android and other OSes, while other OS versions may include a small fee. I've been sure to note that little detail...

  • Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 5, vast improvement over Note 4

    South Korean electronics company Samsung officially unveiled its latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. It's an obligatory yearly hardware upgrade and includes some interesting features. The internals are similar to that of the Galaxy S6. Both devices share the Exynos 7 Octa 7420 CPU, but the Note 5 has been given 4GB of RAM. Bearing in mind Samsung positions the Note range as their top hardware spec smartphone devices, storage will be an issue to some. The device will come pre-packaged with either 32GB or 64GB of storage space. Samsung won't be offering 128GB, which contradicts earlier rumours. Users wanting to...

  • How to watch Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote live stream on Windows, Android [update]

    Update: Our WWDC live blog is now in progress. Follow it here. Apple's conferences are always special events, but it's a real pity that the company hates alternative platforms. If you happen to be running Windows, Android, Linux or anything that isn't associated with fruit, you'll be fresh out of luck if you fancy watching tonight's WWDC 2015 keynote. Or are you? If you're running iOS or OS X on an Apple product, watching the event, kicking off at 7pm South African Standard time, is as simple as hitting up Apple's site and streaming it there. For streaming to function correctly though,...

  • Change the Champions League Final result on iOS, Android with ‘PES Club Manager’

    Many neutrals wanted the team from Turin to win this weekend's European Champions League football final, but that wasn't quite the case. Barcelona is an unstoppable force, but Konami has given fans a reason to be happy (and a way to actually beat them). Its Pro Evolution Soccer Club Manager is now available on iOS and Android, if you fancy your hand at football management. With the Japanese company ravaged by cancelled titles, Hideo Kojima's recent departure and a move to mobile gaming, it seems that some of Konami's franchises will live on. PES is undoubtedly one of its most...

  • Nintendroid dreams: will the Nintendo NX console run on Android? [update]

    Update: Quoted by the Wall Street Journal, a Nintendo representative has rubbished yesterday's rumour suggesting that the Nintendo NX, the company's upcoming console, will use Android as its OS. The spokesperson was fairly adamant but concise, suggesting that "There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX." I guess that's that then. Or is it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. There's a massive rumour floating around the internet this Monday. A report from Japanese publication Nikkei suggests that Nintendo could use a more open and tweakable operating system for...

  • Android M: a more secure, polished and friendly update of Lollipop

    Keep abreast with all developing news as it happens on our dedicated Google I/O live blog. Google I/O 2015 kicked off in San Francisco's Moscone Centre last night, complete with massive rectangular displaces (borrowed from Samsung's MWC 2015 presser, we imagine) and a host of Google's top brass. But the star of the show was undoubtedly Android M. David Burke, Google's VP of Android engineering, had a twenty minute slot dedicated to the upcoming OS, scheduled for official release in Q3 2015. But there wasn't all that much to shout about. Firstly, Android M will be more efficient than Lollipop, but that's assumed...

  • Ware of the Week: Opera Max

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we look at an app that's all about data saving and data management from the makers of Opera -- Opera Max. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Prey Anti-Theft You've probably heard the name "Opera" used around the web now and again. The company, once known for its iconic web browser that served mobile and PCs so well is redefining itself...

  • Google I/O 2015 preview: Android M, Brillo and virtual reality tales

    June is a bumper month for conferences across the world, with WWDC, Computex and E3 within weeks of each other. Arguably though, there's a much more important event that opens the curtains for these. Mountain View will head to San Francisco on 28 May to kick off Google I/O -- the company's most important event of the year. It's generally a software developers paradise, but we have seen the odd hardware surprise here and there in the past. So, before the multicoloured mayhem begins in earnest, we look forward to the conference that will define Google's next 12 months. Android M: the...