After years of widespread use — going back to Symbian and Windows Mobile days — QuickOffice is going away as a standalone application. On its Apps blog, Google announced it will be “unpublishing” QuickOffice for both Android and iOS in the coming weeks. Google purchased QuickOffice in 2012 to integrate the Office-compatible software in Google Docs. Chromebooks have already seen some of the QuickOffice integration and once the software is pulled from app stores, you’ll only see QuickOffice in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides unless you already have QuickOffice on your mobile device: Existing app users can keep using it but the software won’t get future updates.
Samsung has a handful of new entry-level Android phones available. There’s no pricing information yet but these will compete against the new Android One phones, some of which cost under $100. Read more »
Hardware makers will have to find a different way to make their Android devices stand out if they’re going to build televisions or watches: None of the new Android device platforms announced at Google I/O will support skins or other similar customizations. And that’s good. Read more »
Did you miss some or all of the news out of Google I/O 2014? Here’s a summary of what Google showed off, ranging from a new version of Android to bringing its mobile software to cars, televisions and your wrist. Read more »
It may sound obvious that something called “Android Wear” works only with Android devices. But Google Glass is another wearable that does play nicely with iPhones and iPads. Here’s why that’s an unlikely scenario with Android Wear now or in the future. Read more »
Google is providing Android L software images for the Nexus 5 and 7 devices. But what if you don’t want to flash your device with beta software or you don’t have a Nexus? Here’s a way you can run Android L on your computer now. Read more »
Last year Google was showing developers how to make Chrome apps run on Android. This year, it’s the other way around: Android apps will run on Chrome. But it will take a little porting effort and that means it will take some time. Read more »
The big Google I/O 2014 keynote is over and we’re dedicating this week’s podcast to all of the news we heard from Sundar Pichai and company. If you were expecting a lot of Chrome news, you didn’t quite get it. Read more »
Join us at 9am PT for the two hour keynote at Google I/O in San Francisco. Google will certainly show off Android Wear smartwatches but what else does it have in store for Android and Chrome? We’ll tell you as it happens! Read more »
This year’s Google I/O developer event is about to take place. Surely we’ll see Android Wear watches debut but will there be any other hardware? It’s not likely; this year is more about software interface changes and shared experiences in Android and Chrome. Read more »
Verizon promised 100 MB of free LTE service with the $1,449 Chromebook Pixel last year and now the deal is over as some are finding out the hard way. What was originally advertised as a two-year deal abruptly ends after just 12 months. Read more »
Following earlier news that Glass with Diane von Furstenberg frames is now available, Google announced that Google Glass is available outside of the U.S. for the first time. Glass fans in the U.K. can now purchase the wearable display online for a cost of 1,000 pounds (US $1,701.34). Google isn’t calling this a consumer launch, even though the offer is good for any U.K. resident over the age of 18. Instead, the company is expanding the beta and all buyers will be part of the Glass Explorer program to help provide feedback to Google.
Got Office? Microsoft just boosted your OneDrive cloud storage to a whopping terabyte of data. It’s a smart strategy to help keep Office more attractive than other online productivity suites that offer less free storage. At least, for now. Read more »
Announced last month, the new Diane von Furstenberg frames for Google Glass are now available. Google announced the news early on Monday morning through its Glass Explorer Google+ page. While you can purchase the frames and shades directly from Google, anyone can purchase Glass and the frames online at Net-A-Porter, with the bundle costing $1,800. That’s an expansion from the Google-only sales of the wearable computer. Will Google get many takers at this price? It’s not likely but at least those who do opt-in for Glass will look a bit more fashionable with the DVF frames.
The first Chromebook running on Intel’s battery-friendly BayTrail processor is here and an initial review shows outstanding run-time: Up to 12 hours on a charge. There’s a bit of a performance hit as a result but the C200 looks like a solid choice at $249. Read more »
Love everything about your Chromebook but the display? If you don’t mind a little work and have $50 to $60 you can spare, you can swap out your screen for a better panel. Read more »
We might see a trio of smart watches debut this week as Samsung is slated to join LG and Moto with Android Wear devices. Samsung also introduced a better Galaxy S5 already while I’m giving new live on old Androids using Mobile Odin Read more »
Anytime you combine two vastly different product types into a single device, you’re going to have to make compromises. Up to now, Microsoft’s Surface line made too many. This time, with Surface Pro 3, Microsoft shows us that one plus one can equal more than two. Read more »
Google could already help you find music or an artist by searching the web. Now it can open up your music app on Android and start playing those tunes. TechCrunch noticed a new update from Google announcing the feature, which is exclusive to Android for now. When you search for music on Google, the results will also include one-touch links to your installed music apps including Play Music, YouTube, Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and Rdio. The function likely takes advantage of app intents in Android paired with deep linking so I’m not expecting to see it in iOS until iOS 8 arrives with wider support for apps to “talk” to each other.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is now available in the U.S. and Canada. The company also moved up availability for the Core i3 and i7 versions, and is now taking orders for the docking station. Read more »
The new $189 Lumia 635 picks where the $159 Lumia 630 left off, adding LTE mobile broadband to Windows Phone 8.1. The handset is now available in select European and Asia-Pacific regions. Read more »
How much data will the Internet of Things create? A “gazillion” packets that will require new network infrastructure and data storage methods to manage and sift through in real-time. Is your I.T. staff up to the challenge? Read more »
A new report suggests the same October iWatch launch as before. But this time there’s more detail in how the device will look: A 2.5-inch “slightly rectangular” touchscreen display. That sounds similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Fit band. Read more »
Apple’s iOS 8 is looking far more open than the prior seven versions of software. That includes the camera, which according to one report will allow for full manual setting controls, such as ISO and shutter speed. Read more »
The next new BlackBerry phone will have a September launch party in London and the phone has already been leaked: By the CEO. John Chen shared news of the Passport, an odd-shaped BlackBerry that keeps the keyboard. Read more »
It’s too early to condemn or praise Amazon’s Fire Phone but my first impression is one of missed opportunities for disruption combined with the handset being just another play to get more people to buy things from Amazon. Read more »
Even before the Galaxy S5 launched, there were rumors of the Galaxy S5 Prime; a better version of the flagship. Now an improved GS5 exists for consumers in Korea, complete with a QHD display, 225 Mbps downloads and Qualcomm’s fastest, newest chip. Read more »
Can you actually type on a small display? If the right predictive technology is built in to the keyboard, the answer might be yes. Fleksy Messenger shows how its done on the Tizen-powered Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch. Read more »
When BlackBerry 10.3 software arrives this fall, it will be joined by more than 200,000 new apps. No, developers didn’t suddenly decide to write BlackBerry apps; the company has a licensing agreement for Amazon’s Appstore. Read more »
Google I/O is next week and we expect to hear about or see some big changes in the Chrome OS user interface thanks to Project Athena. Meanwhile, Jolicloud thinks its Drive is the file explorer that will make Chrome better. Read more »
After launching to Jolicloud users last year, cloud-storage aggregator Drive is being re-introduced with a Pro version and a Chrome extension, helping to bring more cloud data support to Google’s Chromebooks and users who work in a browser. Read more »
Microsoft continues to refine the Facebook experience on Windows Phone with both a standard and beta version of the social networking app available. The latest beta software, version 5.3, adds a key function previously missing: Video uploads. Windows Phone 8 or 8.1 handset owners can download the beta to test video uploads — you can still keep the generally available version too — while also gaining better app performance and design improvements Microsoft has added. The app is looking better all the time, although it certainly has a different design when compared to other platforms; not necessarily a bad thing if you like the look of Windows apps.
After launching first on the Apple iPad, Parallels Access comes to the small screen so that you can remotely access a Windows PC or a Mac from your iPhone. Make that your Android devices too because Parallels broadened support for Google phones and tablets. Read more »
Motorola’s assault on the budget-friendly Android phone market continues: The Moto G with LTE is now available for $219 off-contract, providing a capable experience at one-third the price of a flagship handset. Read more »
Curious about how to install custom software on your current or older Android device? The process used to be pretty arcane and required a computer. Mobile Odin makes it easy to flash a ROM with no PC involvement. Read more »
The first enterprise partners to deliver Google Glass apps are here and one of them has increased the amount of time a doctor spends focused on a patient. Vertical markets may be where Google Glass sees its first big opportunity. Read more »
Now that Microsoft has eliminated the cost of Windows licensing on devices smaller than 9-inches, expect more handset makers to try out the software in new phones. Micromax is doing just that with a pair of low-cost handsets for India. Read more »
Amazon is expected to launch its first smartphone this week and it has all the pieces in place to offer a growing smartphone app ecosystem, which can help attract new developers. Read more »
An unreleased handset dubbed the BlackBerry Kopi appeared on eBay running BlackBerry 10.2.1. It’s already gone so you missed out on a piece of history and is a painful reminder of the smartphone future BlackBerry missed out on too. Read more »
LG may be the first company with a 2560 x 1440 resolution phone but it won’t likely be the only one for long: A Samsung-created file suggests the Galaxy Note 4 will have the same number of pixels. Read more »