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Could Android apps be the key to growing Windows Phone?

One of the major problems facing Windows Phone is the relative immaturity of its app ecosystem. Microsoft has worked hard to encourage developers to work with the platform, but many aren’t releasing top apps for Windows Phone at the same time they’re launching apps and features for Android and iOS. To combat that, Microsoft may allow Windows… Read More

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Android smartwatches now available for pre-order

Google announced Wednesday that a pair of square-faced Android Wear-powered smartwatches would be available for purchase on the Google Play Store, and the company has opened the floodgates to allow people to pre-order them. The LG G Watch costs $229, and is slated to ship from Google’s warehouse by July 3. It sports a 1.65… Read More

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Google announces Android TV smart television platform

Google is hopping into the smart TV space once again with Android TV, a new platform to bring the company’s mobile operating system into the living room. The move, announced at the Google I/O developer conference today, will allow users to control their television from their smartphone, game controller, Android Wear smartwatch or remote control…. Read More

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Google unveils new Android Wear smartwatches

In March, Google first revealed Android Wear, the company’s interface for wearable devices like smartwatches, along with a limited developer preview. Until now, though, users haven’t been able to purchase a compatible device. David Singleton, the Director of Engineering for Android, took the stage at the company’s Google I/O developer conference today to rehash what’s… Read More

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Google’s Android chief pushes back against Apple, wishes Amazon were ‘more aligned’ with mainstream Android

When Tim Cook took the stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote earlier this month, he had a lot of very pointed things to say about Android. Quoting ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Cook called Google’s mobile operating system a “toxic hellstew” of security vulnerabilities. Unsurprisingly, Sundar Pichai, who heads up Google’s Android division, takes issue with… Read More

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Here’s what to expect from Google’s I/O keynote

Google’s big I/O developer conference is coming to Moscone West in San Francisco starting today, and the keynote is sure to bring some interesting information about new and upcoming products. Here’s what to expect when Google’s executives get up on stage to talk about what’s new. Android Wear Earlier this year, Google announced its own… Read More

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Microsoft unveils its new Android phone, the Nokia X2

  Yes, you read that headline correctly: Despite questions about Microsoft’s long-term commitment to Nokia’s fledgling Android lineup, the Redmond company today unveiled the latest addition to the Nokia X family — the first since Microsoft completed its acquisition of the smartphone maker. The new Nokia X2 features a larger 4.3-inch screen, and an updated interface that… Read More

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IMDb updates mobile apps, tops 100 million downloads

Amazon subsidiary IMDb, known for its giant compilation of Hollywood data, refreshed its apps for iOS and Android today, and announced that users on those mobile platforms have downloaded the company’s apps more than 100 million times. iPhone and iPad users now get access to “Times,” a new feature that gives users the ability to browse showtimes and purchase… Read More

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Windows and Mac meet Android in expanded Parallels Access remote desktop app

Parallels is releasing its Parallels Access remote desktop app for Android, making it possible to run Windows and Mac applications on Android-based tablets and phones, using an online connection to access apps and files on a computer at home or work. The company is also expanding its existing Parallels Access iOS app to include the iPhone, and reducing the required annual… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Amazon music, Lively shutdown, and the new world of tech design

We’ve got a lot to discuss on this week’s GeekWire radio show, starting with our thoughts on Amazon’s new Prime Music streaming service — the online retailer’s latest push into the world of digital media, and a prelude to its expected smartphone unveiling next week. As detailed in this review by GeekWire’s Blair Hanley Frank, the new service is a nice… Read More

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Interview: Barnes & Noble CEO ‘not worried about Amazon’ as Nook ties fortunes to Samsung

Barnes & Noble laid out a new plan for its Nook e-reader business this morning, announcing plans to partner with Samsung on a Nook-branded Galaxy Tab 4 tablet. So what does this mean for the bookseller’s partnership with Microsoft, and its competition with Amazon? GeekWire spoke with Barnes & Noble CEO Mike Huseby via phone this morning, getting… Read More

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Where’s Microsoft? Samsung, Barnes & Noble partnering on co-branded Nook tablet

The odd pairing between Microsoft and Barnes & Noble just took another strange twist. The bookseller’s Nook Media unit announced a new partnership with Samsung this morning to develop a co-branded Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet, featuring the Nook software and access to more than 3 million books, magazines and newspapers. Barnes & Noble, which has struggled to… Read More

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Swype meets iPhone, finally: Apple’s iOS 8 to bring third-party keyboard support

Here’s a surprise from Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference: iOS 8, the next version of Apple’s operating system for iPad and iPhone, will add support for third-party keyboards, allowing users to replace the native keyboard from Apple. This is a breakthrough for keyboard apps including SwiftKey and Swype, which was a Seattle startup before its acquisition by Nuance Communications,… Read More

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Xamarin update helps Windows developers create iOS and Android apps

Programmers who use Microsoft’s C# programming language now have an easier way to build mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. Xamarin announced version 3 of its development solution today, complete with new features designed to make it easier for Windows-oriented devs to create mobile apps for other platforms. Xamarin, which currently serves more than 600,000 developers, lets .NET… Read More