Computerworld android News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:54:22 GMT 2014-07-29T03:54:22Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Is the Samsung Z smartphone just delayed -- or doomed? The launch of the Samsung Z, the first smartphone to run the Tizen OS, has been delayed indefinitely. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:10:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-28T16:10:00Z Apple will 'set the world on fire' with iPhone 6 sales Look for Apple to "set the world on fire" later this year with huge sales of the next iPhone. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:00:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-26T19:00:00Z A new tool for disasters: The personal antenna New York start-up goTenna has created a portable antenna that could come in handy when cellular service is unavailable. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:39:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-25T19:39:00Z Sprint to resell Google Apps for Business cloud service Sprint announced a partnership with Google to offer the Google Apps for Business cloud service, adding that customers of the service won't be required to use Sprint's wireless network or Android devices. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:57:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-23T18:57:00Z File-encrypting Android ransomware 'Simplocker' targets English-speaking users A ransomware threat that encrypts files stored on the SD memory cards of Android devices has been updated to target English-speaking users with FBI-themed alerts. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:23:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2014-07-23T14:23:00Z Hands on with Xiaomi's Mi 4, a high-end handset, with an iPhone look Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi jokes that its newest handset, built out of stainless steel, is like a "kitchen knife," but iPhone-esque might be the better comparison. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:18:00 GMT (Michael Kan) 2014-07-22T14:18:00Z Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Bye, Nokia, nice knowing you Nokia, once a great company and the pride of Finland, is shuffling to its grave under Microsoft's leadership. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:24:00 GMT (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols) 2014-07-22T12:24:00Z Red Alert app warns of imminent missile attacks in Israel Red Alert: Israel is a free app for both iOS and Android that provides real-time alerts when missiles or rockets are fired into Israel. It's also become a specialized kind of social network. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:27:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-21T20:27:00Z Microsoft reveals bankruptcy of devices strategy by dumping Nokia feature phones Microsoft decision to ax the feature phone business it got when it bought Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion shows the investment 'went for naught.' Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:59:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-21T19:59:00Z Rise of the Planet of the Lockscreens The humble lockscreen is about to become the most important interface on your smartphone, says columnist Mike Elgan. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:15:00 GMT (Mike Elgan) 2014-07-19T11:15:00Z Surface survives Microsoft cuts, but tablet strategy remains muddled Microsoft plans to press ahead with its in-house Surface tablets, but the company's strategy remains vague and elusive. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:07:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-17T19:07:00Z As it lays off workers, Microsoft also kills its low-end Nokia X smartphones In addition to announcing its largest job cuts ever, Microsoft today also signaled a retreat from its low-end Nokia X line of Android phones. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:41:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-17T15:41:00Z Apple and IBM: A winning combo for IT One thing is clear about the Apple-IBM partnership: It will change the dynamic of the enterprise mobility market in significant ways. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:02:00 GMT (Ryan Faas) 2014-07-17T10:02:00Z Why Microsoft isn't spooked by the Apple-IBM alliance The Apple-IBM partnership will have little effect on Microsoft's dominance in the enterprise, or drastically change its mutating mobile strategy. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:18:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-16T20:18:00Z Apple-IBM deal threatens Android's enterprise push The new Apple-IBM partnership seems sure to help Apple sell more iPads to businesses, but it may also be setting off alarm bells at mobile device management companies large and small. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:15:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-16T16:15:00Z Apple fashions 'brilliant' partnership with IBM for instant enterprise cred The business-focused deal between Apple and IBM unveiled Tuesday is 'brilliant,' one analyst said, noting that Apple now gets into the enterprise through the front door rather than the back. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:16:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-16T00:16:00Z Microsoft plans price war to stymie Chromebook growth Microsoft's COO says his company and its army of OEMs will compete on price with Google's Chromebooks, a milestone in Microsoft's battle against the encroaching enemy. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:49:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-15T19:49:00Z Microsoft gets real, admits its device share is just 14% Microsoft COO Kevin Turner acknowledged today that his company's operating systems power only a small fraction of all devices worldwide. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:51:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-14T17:51:00Z Google's 3D mapping tech flying to space station After a successful Sunday launch, the Cygnus cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station, carrying a Google 3D smartphone, along with a flock of tiny satellites. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:29:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-07-14T17:29:00Z Why Samsung needs to move beyond Android -- and Google Samsung depends on Google's Android OS, but needs to find a way to differentiate itself from rivals who also use Android if it's to grow and thrive. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:03:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-07-11T17:03:00Z Samsung makes over app store to focus on Galaxy devices Samsung Electronics has updated and rebranded its app store, in an apparent bid to cut into Google's revenue from its Play store for apps running on Android devices. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:34:00 GMT (John Ribeiro) 2014-07-11T08:34:00Z Apple's CarPlay to dominate infotainment systems, will be in 24M cars by 2019 Apple's API for in-car mobile devices, better known as CarPlay, will outpace both the open API MirrorLink and GENIVI. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:25:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-09T18:25:00Z Samsung Gear Live vs. LG G Watch: A real-world evaluation The LG G Watch vs. Samsung Gear Live may look similar, but the first two Android Wear watches have some meaningful differences. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:30:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2014-07-09T10:30:00Z Android Wear deep-dive review: A smart start to smartwatch software Google's Android Wear platform is an impressive first step toward making smartwatches people will actually want to buy. Here's an in-depth look at where the software shines -- and where it falls short. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:30:00 GMT (JR Raphael) 2014-07-09T10:30:00Z Apple yanks Google Maps from iCloud's 'Find My iPhone' Apple has begun replacing Google Maps with its own mapping technology on, specifically in the Web-based "Find My iPhone" service. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:21:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-08T18:21:00Z Getting started with Microsoft Azure RemoteApp There are several deployment choices, but none is overly complex to set up. IDG Insider Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Jonathan Hassell) 2014-07-08T10:30:00Z Gartner scales back Windows forecast Gartner today scaled back its forecast of Windows' near future, saying that while Microsoft's OS will power a growing number of devices this year and next, the gains will be smaller than it projected in January. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:04:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-07T20:04:00Z Android bug lets apps make rogue phone calls A vulnerability present in most Android devices allows apps to initiate unauthorized phone calls, disrupt ongoing calls and execute special codes that can trigger other rogue actions. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:35:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2014-07-07T15:35:00Z OnePlus One deep-dive review: Unbeatable value for Android geeks With a starting price of just $299, the unlocked, Cyanogen-powered OnePlus One Android phone beats the bigger brands at their own game. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Rick Broida) 2014-07-07T10:30:00Z Firefox falters, falls to record low in overall browser share Firefox's user share on all platforms -- desktop and mobile -- has plunged in the last two months as its desktop browser continued to bleed and efforts to capture users on smartphones fell short. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:41:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-06T12:41:00Z Google shows Apple how to buy a music service Google's purchase of music streaming service Songza will be a boost for the Google brand as well as its search, Play, Glass and other services. Maybe Apple could learn a thing or two from the deal. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:01:00 GMT (Mike Elgan) 2014-07-05T11:01:00Z HTC's Q2 earnings rebound on flagship phone sales HTC posted a year-over-year gain in net profit for the second quarter, following the release of the company's latest flagship phone, and new low-end handsets coming to China. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:27:00 GMT (Michael Kan) 2014-07-03T13:27:00Z Microsoft trolls for Office beta testers Microsoft today put out a call for commercial and consumer beta testers to put upcoming versions of Office through the wringer. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:05:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-07-02T20:05:00Z Samsung's S5 mini: Slimmer and slower than S5, but still scans fingerprints The Galaxy S5 mini will still have the fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor and waterproofing of its bigger brother, but its quad-core processor will run slower and its screen will, of course, be smaller. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:55:00 GMT (Michael Kan) 2014-07-01T10:55:00Z Privacy-focused Blackphone starts shipping to early adopters The wait is almost over for early adopters of Blackphone, an Android-based smartphone that promises enhanced privacy and security. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:17:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2014-06-30T13:17:00Z Why Android Wear is the new iPad Columnist Mike Elgan tested a smartwatch with Android Wear and said he has experienced a culture-changing platform. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:15:00 GMT (Mike Elgan) 2014-06-28T11:15:00Z Smartwatches at work: Boon or bane for IT? It's hard to assess how popular smartwatches will be for business users, or how much of a pain they'll be for IT to support. But don't surprised when they start showing up in the office. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:17:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-27T17:17:00Z Google answers Apple's 'Continuity' with partial measures Google this week offered a partial answer to Apple's Continuity technology, announcing a system that will let Android-powered smartphones interact with Chrome OS on Chromebooks. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:01:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-06-27T16:01:00Z Android Studio heading towards full release Google's Android Studio development environment is available in a beta version that makes it easier to create apps for smartwatches and TVs. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:48:00 GMT (Mikael Ricknäs) 2014-06-27T10:48:00Z Google gets into the weeds of Android Work Google has revealed more about how its new enterprise security and management framework -- otherwise known as Android Work -- will function when the next version of Android rolls out. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:17:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-27T10:17:00Z What happened to smart homes, Glass and robots at Google I/O? Of all the things Google officials talked about during the annual developers conference keynote, the things that had a lot of people buzzing were those the company didn't mention. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:05:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-26T02:05:00Z How Samsung's Gear Live shrinks Android for the wrist Google has unveiled the first three smartwatches that will run Android Wear, a cut-down version of Android for wearable devices, and we got our hands on one of them: the Samsung Gear Live. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:30:00 GMT (Zach Miners) 2014-06-26T00:30:00Z Google targets business users with cloud, Docs advances After focusing on Android during much of today's lengthy keynote, Google officials turned their attention to the enterprise. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:02:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-26T00:02:00Z Samsung Gear Live unveiled as latest Android Wear smartwatch Google gave about 6,000 developers attending its I/O conference on Wednesday two Android Wear smartwatches -- one for now and one for later -- as a not-so-subtle invitation to get developers to build more apps for those devices and their connected smartphones. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:29:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-25T22:29:00Z Google trumps Microsoft's 1TB of storage with unlimited space Google today answered Microsoft's boost of cloud storage space by announcing it would give Google Apps for Business customers an unlimited amount of storage for an additional $5 a month per user. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:44:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-06-25T20:44:00Z With Android L, Google makes pitch for enterprise users Google will provide enterprise-focused security and management features to its entire Android showcase of mobile devices, including features reserved only for Samsung devices running Samsung security software called Knox, a Google executive announced during the Google I/O keynote address Wednesday. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:37:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-06-25T20:37:00Z Google unveils voice-controlled Android Auto Google is bringing its Android mobile operating system to one more thing that you use every day -- your car. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:57:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-06-25T17:57:00Z Google previews upcoming Android 'L' release Google gave several thousand developers and a global Internet audience a preview of the next version of its Android operating system Wednesday as it opened its I/O conference in San Francisco. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:09:00 GMT (Martyn Williams) 2014-06-25T17:09:00Z Google moves to cut prices of Android smartphones to under $100 Google wants to cut prices on Android smartphones to under US$100 and is providing a reference design so handset makers can reach that price. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:06:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-06-25T17:06:00Z Opera grabs prime spot on Microsoft's Nokia X2, but searches go to Google Microsoft's newest Android smartphone, the Nokia X2, relies on Opera as the pre-installed default browser. But Opera defaults to using Google's search engine, not Microsoft's own Bing. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:19:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-06-24T20:19:00Z