Software

You can now mirror your Android screen to a Chromecast connected TV

You can now mirror your Android screen to a Chromecast connected TV

At I/O, Google announced that it will soon be allowing users to natively cast the screen of their Android device to their TVs via a Chromecast. Today, the company has started rolling out the feature for all Android and Chromecast users.

‘Modern Combat 5: Blackout’ shooting its way to Android on July 24

‘Modern Combat 5: Blackout’ shooting its way to Android on July 24

Gameloft has been teasing Modern Combat 5: Blackout, the fifth installment in its popular Modern Combat first-person shooter franchise for almost a year, and today, the company has confirmed that the game will finally be making its way to Android devices on July 24.

Wrist navigation with Nav Me on Android and Pebble

Wrist navigation with Nav Me on Android and Pebble

At first glance, the whole point of Nav Me on a Pebble watch may seem rather silly. After all, while moving Google Navigation instructions from your phone to your wrist seems like a sensible use of technology, surely you’ve got your Android smartphone mounted somewhere in front of you while driving along, in which case you’ve got a glorious colour screen and voice prompts to let you know what to do next (e.g. “Turn right in 100m onto High Street”)? Absolutely. However, you’re not always driving, which is where Nav Me (on Android) and the Pebble shine…

ART set to replace Dalvik with the next version of Android

ART set to replace Dalvik with the next version of Android

With Android 4.4 KitKat, Google introduced a new experimental runtime dubbed Android RunTime (ART).  Even though the company did not make much noise about it then, it was a given that sooner or later Dalvik would be replaced by ART. According to some commits and comments in AOSP from Google engineers, it looks like the change is set to occur with the next version of Android.

How to: add your Android-taken photos to Flickr groups

How to: add your Android-taken photos to Flickr groups

You’d have thought the task was easy enough – Flickr, as the premier photo sharing site in the world (in quality, if not numbers), has supported ‘groups’, communities of like minded snappers, for ages, yet getting your uploaded photos into these groups using just your Android smartphone has been hit and miss over the last year or so. Here’s what to do in the new v3.0.2 and going forwards, to make sure your compositions hit your favourite groups, for appreciation by others.

HTC launches BlinkFeed and other Sense 6.0 apps on Play Store ahead of New One announcement

HTC launches BlinkFeed and other Sense 6.0 apps on Play Store ahead of New One announcement

HTC seems to be making final preparations for the official launch of the 2014 HTC One, and has released three five new HTC Sense apps onto Google Play – HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Service Pack, HTC Guide, HTC Gallery and HTC SenseTV. The launch of these proprietary apps suggest HTC is taking inspiration from Google and Motorola and will be providing standalone updates to stock apps instead of depending on firmware updates to do the needful.

Android 101: 3 features every new Android user should know about

Android 101: 3 features every new Android user should know about

Android devices are filled with a plethora of features that you will gradually discover as you spend more time exploring the device. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to give beginners some pointers so that they can learn to efficiently use some of these options. Below, we list down three features that nearly every new Android user should know and explore to make their lives easier.

Android Platform Distribution Numbers Updated: KitKat at 1.8%; Jelly Bean at 60.7%

Android Platform Distribution Numbers Updated: KitKat at 1.8%; Jelly Bean at 60.7%

It’s that time of the month again, Google has updated Android’s platform distribution numbers earlier today.

The latest numbers reveal that the adoption rate of Android 4.4.x KitKat, which was released more than two months back is still below 2% at 1.8%, compared to 1.4% last month.

Here is how Facebook’s new video ads will look in your timeline

Here is how Facebook’s new video ads will look in your timeline

Facebook is rolling out video ads that’ll hit your timeline, like it or not. To help businesses prepare for this marketing opportunity, the social network has published a blog post that details how the video ads will work and how they will appear in a user’s timeline.

Spotify launches free music experience on mobiles and tablets

Spotify launches free music experience on mobiles and tablets

Spotify has just launched its free music experience on smartphones and tablets, which gives users access to its catalog of millions of songs across mobile devices for free.

However, there is a catch. The free music experience includes: