With no solid business productivity apps, as well as continually perpetuating the 'toxic hellstew', Google's mobile OS is still missing from my personal tech stable two years after I abandoned it. But there's some hope for it yet.
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The Kindle Fire HDX tablets are as good as anything out there, and these apps are a big reason why.
Hot on the heels of the Fire OS 4.1.1 update, Amazon is now pushing a new 4.5.1 update to the Kindle Fire tablet over the coming weeks.
Months after Amazon unveiled the latest version of the OS running the Kindle Fire HDX tablets and the ill-fated Fire Phone, the update is finally rolling out.
Google bringing Android apps to Chrome OS puts the company in a better position to merge the two OSes.
Android users are missing out on access to Victorian government smartphone apps, according to new findings from the Victorian Privacy Commissioner, with less than two-thirds of the state's public organisations' apps catering to Google’s OS.
Amazon has excited the technorati this week with the unveiling of its Fire phone. It’s based on the Fire OS used on the Kindle Fire HDX tablet. This is a good move as Fire is better than Android for the majority of consumers.
Early on, Amazon integrated the ability to read PDF documents on Kindle, including an easy way to send them to Kindle devices and apps. Some who use Kindle technology don't know about or forget about this ability.
Android users with Firefox for Android installed are now able to run Firefox OS apps on their devices.
Amazon's move is likely to attach more audio books along with eBook sales.
There are not as many apps for the Kindle Fire HDX as there are for Android tablets but these are some good ones. They should work on most Android tablets, too.
Microsoft is developing a set of cloud-based tools for managing and deploying session virtualisation servers, allowing you to publish and share apps on Windows, iOS, Android, OS X and (soon) Windows Phone devices. We take the beta for a test drive.
Mobile web apps that use the Cordova platform for cross-platform compatibility can now be released on Mozilla's Firefox OS.
A new Google Play Services release allows makers of Android, iOS, and Chrome OS apps to develop for the US-only media-streaming dongle.
The Darling project, an attempt to allow OS X apps to run on Linux operating systems, releases a new to-do list for developers who want to help out with the ambitious project.
This fall's arrival of iOS 7 brought many changes and complaints for both users and developers. A TidBITS post details how these changes may affect how developers decide how apps will look and operate under the new Apple mobile OS, and how previous versions will be supported.
By consistently abstracting additional user functionality into a core suite of Google apps, rather than adding it into the Android OS, Google has made Android upgrades almost passé.
Microsoft has updated with new features and fixes its Remote Desktop apps for iOS, Android and Mac OS X just about a month after releasing them.
Mozilla claims it has got thousands of apps in its Firefox OS marketplace, and has opened a Stack Overflow page to help answer developer questions.
Amazon rolled out an update for its Fire OS to most Kindle Fire tablets. The update further removes owners from the Android experience.
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