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Amazon Appstore: $200 Free Apps
By Luke Jones on Tuesday December 23, 2014

Everyone wants a Christmas present, and everyone wants something for free. With that in mind, Amazon is checking both boxes with a bonanza of an app sale. The company is giving away (as in free) a bunch of apps that total $220 in value. These apps range from a couple of bucks to $64.99 and come from some of the big hitters in the app market, with the sale running from December 24th to December 26th.

Android M to be built into Cars
By Luke Jones on Friday December 19, 2014

Wait a minute, hasn't Android Lollipop only just been released, as in one month ago? You know how the mobile world moves, always moving and always looking to the next thing, which is why there is little surprise that we are already getting our first rumor regarding Android M (Android M&M anyone?). It may seem silly, but thinking about it logically, Android 4.4 KitKat launched in November 2013 and six months later at its I/O event Google announced Lollipop.

Amazon Fire Phone gets Huge Update
By Luke Jones on Thursday December 18, 2014

The Amazon Fire Phone is already a legendary device, but its status in the mobile world is for all the wrong reasons. Amazon, a company used to huge success with retail and even with hardware (Kindle Fire tablets) was well poised to join the smartphone bandwagon. However, the company got a lot wrong in delivering a solid device, but one that did not have flagship specs, was loaded with gimmicks and gateways to Amazon's sales pages, had a flagship price tag and was a carrier exclusive.

Sony Confirms Android 5.0 for Xperia Z3 and Z2 Early Next Year
By Luke Jones on Thursday December 18, 2014

Sony has a shed a little light on when it will be updating its high end devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop, with the Xperia team sending a tweet on Wednesday. The company said it is going to start the updating process for both the Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series of products early next year.

Nokia Stops Developing HERE Maps App for Windows Phone
By Luke Jones on Thursday December 18, 2014

Nokia is slowly removing itself form Microsoft. Of course, the company sold its devices division to Redmond earlier in the year and since then Nokia has been distancing itself from both Microsoft and the Windows Phone platform. There has been an Android launcher app (the amazing Z Launcher), an Android running tablet, and now the company has said it will no longer develop the HERE Maps suite for Microsoft's Lumia smartphones.

Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge to get Android 5.0.1 Lollipop
By Luke Jones on Wednesday December 17, 2014

Android 5.0 Lollipop is making its way around the mobile world with numerous handsets now rocking the latest and greatest mobile software from Mountain View. However, if you are toting the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note Edge you may not be getting Android 5.0 at all. Don't worry though, it is not half as bad as it first looks.

HTC Confirms Android 5.0 for One M8 and M7 Starting January 3rd
By Luke Jones on Tuesday December 16, 2014

HTC announced way back at Google's I/O event (when Android 5.0 was first announced) that it would update its One M8 and One M7 smartphones to the new platform within 90 days of its release. The company reconfirmed that commitment when Android Lollipop launched last month and it looks as though the Taiwanese giant will better its promise.

Sony SmartWatch 3 Receiving Android Wear 5.0 Now
By Luke Jones on Tuesday December 16, 2014

It is not only smartphones and tablets that are starting to get a lick of Android 5.0 Lollipop as wearables are also getting in on the action too. The 5.0 update for Google's Android Wear smartwatch platform has now started doing the rounds and Motorola's Moto 360 is getting the bump today. Aside from Motorola's standard bearer, Sony's SmartWatch 3 is also reported to be landing the update today.

Gestures Beta App: Take Calls without Touching the Screen
By Luke Jones on Monday December 15, 2014

Microsoft's Windows Phone platform may be losing the operating system war to iOS and Android (by a long way too), but that does not mean it is without interesting features. It is actually a very robust platform and yours truly would love to see it more prominent if Microsoft can solve a few nagging issues. A new piece of software called the Gestures Beta app is now adding even more functionality to the platform.

Apps and Games for iOS that Android Does Not Have
By Luke Jones on Monday December 15, 2014

Both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store are full of applications, with both offerings hovering around the 1 million app mark. Both markets are full of awful apps and perhaps only 20% of the titles are worth looking at, at least for any length of time. However, it is hard to argue that between the two that Apple's App Store has the upper hand.