Startup wants to create a Google-free Android

Dec 23, 2017 at 11:40 GMT While Android is in theory open source, with anyone able to compile a working version of the operating system, in the West you do not really have an alternative to using Google’s version of the operating system, with the apps and services tied to Google’s Play Services and store. Now a new startup which paints itself as a champion for data privacy is starting a project to create a Google-free Android distribution which places privacy at its foref...
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The Cortana app for Android may be going away

Dec 13, 2017 at 22:51 GMT At Microsoft’s Everyday AI event Harry Shum, Executive vice president of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Research group, announced that Cortana features would be coming to Microsoft Launcher, raising the prospect of the stand-alone app going away. Microsoft has already agreed to integrate Cortana with the Cheetah Mobile Android launcher,and Microsoft said today “we hope to integrate Cortana into additional apps and launchers in the f...
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Microsoft is taking the Windows Engagement issue seriously, and are doing something about it

Dec 10, 2017 at 18:00 GMT Microsoft has a problem. They have 600 million Windows 10 users, but the number who actually love the operating system is much, much lower than that. While loving an operating system may be an odd thing to expect, it is a pretty normal feature of owning an iPhone for example and a stated goal of Satay Nadella, who said “We want people to love Windows on a daily basis. We want to make Windows 10 the most loved version of Windows.” This weakness ha...
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Google capitulates to EU anti-trust regulators, set to change business

Sep 04, 2017 at 21:30 GMT Microsoft was a much-chastened company after being very nearly broken up by American anti-trust regulators in early 2000, with much of its hyper-competitive edge being blunted by close supervision by resident lawyers. It seems Google may soon be having a taste of the same medicine, as the company starts complying with EU demands for it to change how it does business on the internet. Google was fined a record 2.4 billion euro ($2.7 billion)...
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The European Comission may force Google to unbundle the Google Play Store from Android distributions, which may favour Microsoft

Oct 2, 2016 at 7:00 GMT The EU has been investigating Google for anti-competitive practices since 2013, following a complaint by the Microsoft-backed Fairsearch coalition. Now Reuters has seen a leak of an early draft of the penalties the European Commission may impose on the search giant, who stands accused using of its dominant Android mobile operating system to shut out rivals and favoring its own shopping service. According to the document, Google may be ordered to...
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Dell dumps their Android tablets in favour of Windows 10 hybrids

Jun 30, 2016 at 19:09 GMT In a blog post Dell has announced that they will be discontinuing their Venue line of Android tablets in favour of 2-in-1 devices, which they explained were more suitable for enterprise. They note that they believe 2-in-1s are starting to become the preferred device for those in the workplace who occasionally want to operate the device in tablet mode, which is why they were investing in that space, while beginning to divest from the slate tablet mar...
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Microsoft Releases New Translator Apps For iOS And Android With Wearables Support

BY PRADEEP ON  AUGUST 6, 2015 Microsoft today released new Translator apps for iOS and Android. Microsoft Translator helps you break the language barrier whenever you’re traveling or have a need to translate anything in your daily life. Both iOS and Android apps supports corresponding wearable platforms also. You can quickly translate phrases on your Apple Watch or Android Wear device, or use the companion phone app when it’s more convenient. The whole translator app experience seems to be ...
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Skype For Android Updated With A Refreshed Look And More

BY PRADEEP ON  JULY 22, 2015 Microsoft yesterday released Skype 5.6 for Android with a bunch of visual refreshes to make Skype even more beautiful to look at and even easier to use. See more chats at a glance When you have multiple chats going at the same time, it could be challenging to follow along. In Skype 5.6 for Android, we’ve updated the app to let you see more chats on the Recent tab. Now a quick glance allows you to catch up on more conversations, and you can easily...
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Cortana on Android – is it any good?

BY MEHEDI HASSAN ON  JULY 18, 2015 Earlier today, Cortana for Android leaked on the internet. Microsoft announced that the personal assistant will be making its way to Android, as well as iOS this year. Microsoft has already released Cortana for Android as a beta today, which is only available for users in the United States. I tried out Cortana on my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge today – so is it any good? Before you skip to the comment section and start complaining that this is a c...
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AirWatch and Google to Deliver Enhanced Enterprise Security to Android Devices

Android for Work Powered by AirWatch Will Deliver Enhanced Security, Simplified Management and a Platform for Innovation February 25, 2015 - the leading enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider, announced today it is working with Google to enhance security of Android devices in the enterprise. With AirWatch, customers will benefit from enhanced profile separation, business data encryption and app management capabilities made available with Android for Work. As bring your...
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