Let it snow, am I right? If you said yes, you’re going to love this new update to Google Plus. It’s part of the new Awesome Effects from Google and all you have to do is add your photo and shake. It doesn’t even have to be a snowy photo.
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Google’s Device Manager, similar to Apple’s Find my iPhone. When Google launched its Device Manager service, the company made it a web-only application, which, makes a lot of sense, but also made it a lot more difficult to locate. Smartphone users are accustomed to finding things in the Play Store, so now, it’s finally here.
Ever misplaced or lost your phone? Android Device Manager locates lost devices and helps you keep your device—and the data inside it—safe and secure. Android Device Manager lets you: Read more
The maker of the popular Flashlight App for Android has settled with the FTC following accusations that it secretly sold user information without consent. Created by Goldenshoews Technologies, LLC, the app has a popular user base between 50-100 million users. Until recently, all of the apps reviews were stellar – at 4.8 stars from 1 million reviewers.
The creators of the popular Any.do task and to-do list app have released a new calendar app for Android. Aptly named “Cal,” the app syncs your calendars and delivers it in a visually appealing daily planner with maps, quick access to contacts and even a way to call up an Uber–the cab service for the mobile set. It also allows users to sync with the Any.Do app.
Reviews on Google Play gave Cal high marks the day of its release, but the small handful of reviews for the version of Cal already available in the Apple store were less than stellar. (The app has 4.2 stars on Android but only 2 stars on iOS.) Read more
This year is expected to be another incredible growth year for tablet sales, but research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has issued a word of caution for the coming years.
About 221.3 million tablets are expected to ship around the world by the end of the year, according to IDC. The company revised that forecast down about 3 percent from its previous estimate of 227.4 million. Yet, those sales still represent a more than 50 percent increase from last year. Read more
VSCO’s popular photography app with its film-like filters and great editing tools is finally available for Android users. It delivers the same 10 film filters as well as 15 adjustment tools – like color, contrast, and exposure.
The free app allows users to maintain a public grid in addition to a library of editable images. Grids are only viewable online, but VSCO has been slowly adding social features. Users can share their images on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, but there are no commenting or following features like other social sites.
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has a Christmas gift idea for iPhone users: an Android phone. The tech titan even offered a tutorial on how to make the switch from an Apple world to a Google one with four steps he detailed in a Google+ post over the weekend.
More from Schmidt here:
Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android. The latest high-end phones from Samsung (Galaxy S4), Motorola (Verizon Droid Ultra) and the Nexus 5 (for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface. They are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!
Like the people who moved from PCs to Macs and never switched back, you will switch from iPhone to Android and never switch back as everything will be in the cloud, backed up, and there are so many choices for you. 80% of the world, in the latest surveys, agrees on Android. Read more
The battle between iOS and Android is on-going, but one thing is certain, iOS Facebook users are more lucrative for advertising. According to Nanigan’s analysis of over 200 billion Facebook ads, iOS ads are proving to be 1,790% more profitable than their Android equivalent. Furthermore, Android ads are actually giving negative returns on investment.
Retailers are realizing significantly greater return from audiences on iOS than audiences on Android, as measured by both RPC and ROI (see Figure 11 and Figure 12). For the first three quarters of 2013, RPC on iOS averaged 6.1 times higher than Android and ROI on iOS averaged 17.9 times higher than Android.
The Android marketplace is doing a better job at serving the Hispanic marketplace than Apple’s App Store, according to a new report from mobile services firm Flurry.
According to the report, 47 percent of Android apps that Flurry tracks have one or more user with their device set to Spanish for every twenty who have it set to English. Less than 4 percent of iOS apps are Spanish interest, on the other hand.
Here is more from the Flurry blog:
By definition, the audience for Spanish Interest apps includes Spanish speakers, but we wanted to find out what else we could learn about the audience for those apps. We did that by identifying which FlurryPersonas (psychographic segments) are over- and under-represented in Spanish Interest apps. We found that Pet Owners, Sports Fans, and Value Shoppers are among the over-represented Personas and Auto Enthusiasts, Home and Garden Pros, and Real Estate Followers are among the under-represented. A more complete list is provided below.
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