In the news this week were rumors that Microsoft is thinking about running Android apps, Samsung is changing processors due to overheating issues, and a simple way to get Google apps on custom ROMs.
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Microsoft expanded access to its Office preview for Android and in this screenshot gallery Matthew takes a look at it and several alternatives.
Microsoft has unveiled two new Lumia smartphones that come in below the $100 mark, including the Lumia 435, its cheapest smartphone to date.
In the Android space this week came word of HTC stopping its slide, VW shows its car system, and Microsoft Office is getting closer.
Microsoft further opened up the Office preview for Android tablets. Matthew took it for a spin on a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact tablet.
Microsoft is broadening its preview of Office on Android tablets, adding support for Kitkat and Lollipop and removing the waiting period for access.
Android now has 83 percent of the smartphone market, with Chinese vendors benefiting from market growth and a slump in Samsung's sales. Apple also did well, but Windows Phone lost ground on flat sales.
Bluetooth communications between smartphones and smartwatches running Android are vulnerable to brute-force attacks that can decipher messages sent between the devices into plaintext, claims a prominent security firm.
Microsoft is continuing its cross-platform push, bringing a number of its MSN-branded consumer apps to iOS, Android and Amazon devices.
Microsoft continues to actively extend its Bing search capability to the Android platform, including Android Wear watches and smartphones.
Malware that cannot be uninstalled by the end user is being pre-loaded onto some cheap Android smartphones at an unknown point in the supply chain.
Over the past few years Apple has watched its smartphone market share decline in the face of pressure from big, cheap Android smartphones. But the iPhone 6 could change that as consumers flock to the 4G capability and larger display.
It's taken Google over a year to get a third of Android smartphones and tablets up to KitKat, just in time for Lollipop to appear.
Microsoft has purchased email startup Acompli, which makes iOS and Android mobile e-mail applications, for an undisclosed amount.
Microsoft is opening up its preview program for Office for Android and plans to deliver the final version of the suite in early 2015.
Office on Android will land in preview soon with more freebies to encourage usage. The challenge is that Android is already tightly integrated with Google Docs.
The latest version of Google's Android, Lollipop, is now downloading to certain, select smartphones and tablets.
Looking for a new smartphone but aren't interested in an iPhone? Don't worry because we've got you covered. Here is a selection of the best Android phones currently available on the market (November 2014). This month sees a powerful new entry to the list.
Microsoft is making a new per-user Windows licensing option available to its enterprise customers which may help simplify bring-your-own-device scenarios involving Windows, iOS and Android.
Samsung now claims there's another reason it stopped paying Android patent licensing fees to Microsoft: antitrust issues.
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