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How to Transfer iPhone iCloud Contacts to Android Easily

transfer contact android iosMoving from your iPhone to an Android phone has been a daunting task in the past although there is an easy way to get this accomplished. The most important set of data that every user wants to move from one phone to another is contacts. This tutorial will show you how to easily transfer contacts from an iPhone to Android.

Apple has iCloud for backup and Android devices backup to your Google Contacts so essentially you just need to backup the contacts from iCloud and import them into your Google account. This being said there is a process that makes this easy and the steps are outlined below.

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Jelly Bean is now on more than half of Android devices, Gingerbread still lingering

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Who says Android’s fragmentation isn’t going away! According to new distribution numbers from Google, Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean is now running on more than 50% of Android devices. Last month, Jelly Bean sat just under 50%; however, they have finally crossed that illustrious mark. Another good sign is that Ice Cream Sandwich declined from last month, likely meaning many OEMs are pushing software updates to existing devices.

There’s still one lingering problem. Android’s Gingerbread, what the operating system looked like before Ice Cream Sandwich’s overhaul, has a huge chunk of the pie. Gingerbread remains on 26% of devices. These are likely lower-end devices or older devices that just don’t have the power to run a fresher version of Android. But with Android 4.4 Kit Kat also aimed at devices with little RAM, Android’s fragmentation could become less of an issue.

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Via: Android Police

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Netflix rolling out redesigned version 3.0 with several improvements, but no profiles yet

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Netflix has started the process of rolling out version 3.0 of their app for Android devices bringing an overhaul of the interface to improve it aesthetically and performance-wise. Unfortunately, Netflix has still not added support for profiles, which can be accessed on every other platform, in this latest update. Lacking that, the update still seems to be well done and you will probably want to grab it as soon as it is available.

The general layout of the app remains similar to the current version, but everything is much crisper, is closer to following the Holo design framework, and seems to have lost that “html wrapper” feel and leans more toward being a native client. The action bar at the top now includes an overflow menu button on the right hand side and a “hamburger” button on the left that actually pulls out the navigation drawer.

One of the nice things about Netflix has been support for Chromecast for users who have one of the devices and Netflix has worked to improve that interaction as well. The remote function has been cleaned up a bit and the lockscreen controls now occupy a widget space instead of taking over the whole screen.

You can check out some screenshots below. You can use one of the download links to access the Google Play store to see if the update is available for you. If you just cannot wait, hit the source link for access to the apk file.

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Jelly Bean nears 50% saturation of Android devices

Roughly a year and a half after making its debut, the Jelly Bean version of Android is nearing the fifty percent mark. New figures showing on the developer blog put the platform at 48.6 percent of all devices. Android 2.3 Gingerbread still accounts for 28.5 percent of the pie and holds strong at number two. As for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it’s still powering one in five devices at 20.6 percent. Interestingly enough, there is still a small contingent of users (2.2 percent) who run Android 2.2 Froyo.

Things will get interesting pretty soon with the introduction of Android 4.4 KitKat. Given that Google plans to “make an amazing Android experience available for everybody” we should look for that version to roll out quick and steady.

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Android Fragmentation: The New Way to Expand Your Ecosystem

Android Fragmentation is now being tentatively connoted as one of the best ways to expand your device ecosystem. With Android devices being available in all shapes and sizes – leading to diversity in performance levels and screen sizes; developing apps can indeed be a highly challenging and time-consuming proposition. However, fragmentation has a much wider dimension beyond the Android market, making it even more important for developers to think about the impact of contextual fragmentation.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for September 27, 2013

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Guides

Best Android privacy apps [September 2013]

Best Android devices currently available under $100 [September 2013]

Apps

CyanogenMod’s cLock widget makes its way to the Play Store as “Chronus”

Amazon upgrades Prime Instant Video with downloading option for offline viewing

Netflix rolls out Super HD to all members

Speedtest.net app for Android updates to version 3.0 with revamped UI

Google

Google’s Open Project mirrors smartphone apps on big screens, but takes it one step further

Google Search 2.8.7 update changes hotword to “OK Google,” now enabled through search results

Phones

HTC Butterfly 2 will be waterproof with Snapdragon 800, coming in January 2014

Did a chicken inspire the LG G2?s Optical Image Stabilization?

Motorola DVX to have at least 4 color options for interchangeable backplates

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ‘regional SIM lock’ situation not so bad after all

Samsung reminds us that the Galaxy S 4 Gold Editions launched before the iPhone 5S announcement

Tablets

LTE Nexus 7 shows up on Best Buy’s site as ‘coming soon’

Miscellaneous

Apple leads the pack as 2013?s “Most Innovative Company” for 9th consecutive year on BCG’s list

HTC sells back remaining stake in Beats by Dre (25%) for $256 million cash injection

 

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Best Android devices currently available under $100 [September 2013]

Top Cheap Android Phones

We get it— not everyone is willing the break the bank on a brand new smartphone that was released just last week. Some just like to invest in an older device or a newer phone with mid-range specs. For this reason, I’ve compiled a list (in no particular order) of the best devices that you can buy right now for under $100. So hit the break and lets get started.

DISCLAIMER: Unfortunately, nothing really stood out for me in T-Mobile’s current lineup (their top devices under $100 had some pretty hefty payment plans attached to them) so you will not find any T-Mobile devices in this list! Sorry!

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1. HTC Droid DNA- $49.99 (Verizon, w/ new 2-year contract) — BUY

The best deal on this list is most likely HTC’s Droid DNA. For only $49.99 (w/ new 2-year contract) on Verizon, you get an extremely solid phone with both great hardware and software. From my own experience with the device, it feels amazing in the hand and is small enough to fit in (most) pockets. It’s a 5-incher, but trust me, it really doesn’t feel that big. For this low price you get a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, NFC, wireless charging, a 2,020mAh battery, an 8MP rear camera, a 2.1MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. This is a phone that isn’t going away for a while— that processor is definitely nice to have, and for the price, I’d recommend this phone.

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2. Motorola Droid Mini- $99.99 (Verizon, w/ new 2-year contract) — BUY

This is one of the newer devices on my list, and also one of the nicer ones as well. One of my buddies recently got the Droid Mini— he complained that the battery only lasted him a little under two days without a charge, and he said that he “barely used it.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing until I learned that his last phone was a Nokia “Dumbphone” that lasted weeks on a single charge. Anyway, for anyone already using an Android phone, you will truly appreciate the battery life on this thing. It’s pretty cheap, considering it’s so new and going for $99.99 on Verizon (w/ a new 2-year contract). It feels great in the hand, designed with a DuPont Kevlar fiber unibody, a 4.3-inch HD display, 10MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 2,000mAh battery, and comes with some of the same features as the Moto X, including Touchless Control for hands-free access to Google Now. This phone will definitely have Kit Kat support, and most likely support for the the next version of Android as well.

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3. Samsung Galaxy S III- $99.99 (Verizon, w/ new 2-year contract) — BUY

Sure, it isn’t Samsung’s latest flagship device, but their entire Galaxy lineup has proven to stand the test of time. The S III is expected to get Android 4.3 by the end of the year, and still has some pretty nice specs considering its age. Right now, you can get the 16 GB S III for $99.99 (w/ new 2-year contract) on Verizon. The device is complete with most of Samsung’s latest software add-ons, an 8MP rear shooter, 1.9MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, a 2100 mAh battery, 2GB RAM, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, and microSD card support up to 64GB. It’s truly an excellent device, and if you don’t want to shell out the cash for the S4, I definitely recommend the S III.

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4. HTC One mini- $99.99 (AT&T, w/ new 2-year contract) — BUY

If “small” is your thing, I’d definitely recommend the HTC One mini, which is currently going for $99.99 on AT&T’s network. Its 4.3-inch screen is smaller than the 4.7-incher that is on the HTC One and has lower specs. The internals include a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 4MP UltraPixel front camera (BSI, f/2.0, 1/3” sensor size), 1.6MP front camera, BoomSound, Bluetooth 4.0, 1,800mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2 along with Sense 5.0. It’s certainly nice and very well-built considering its mid-range internals. I would certainly recommend going out to get the One mini.

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5. HTC One- $99.99 (Sprint, w/ new 2-year contract) — BUY

Sure, you can get the HTC One’s little brother from AT&T for $99.99, but why go with that when you can get the full package for the same price from Sprint? That’s right, Sprint is currently offering the HTC One for $99.99 (w/ new 2-year contract). The HTC One is widely considered one of the greatest phones ever built with superior specs both inside and outside the device. For this price, you get a Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, a 2300mAh battery, and Android 4.1. And don’t forget, you also get those super-gimmicky Beats Audio speakers, along with HTC’s BlinkFeed interface! Jokes aside, this is clearly one of the premier smartphones on the market right now, and for $99.99, you really can’t turn this offer down.

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6. Motorola Moto X- $99.99 (Sprint, w/ new 2-year contract) — BUY

Sprint has a really nice deal going on right now for the 16GB Moto X. This was perhaps one of the most hyped smartphones in the past few years, and rightfully so. Although some may say the specs aren’t the best in the world, Motorola worked very hard at optimizing the phone’s internals so that the software runs perfectly. Who could ask for anything more if everything works well and is perfectly zippy? It has no bloatware whatsoever and is practically stock Android, and it should get OS support from Google/Motorola for at least a couple more years. You’re certainly investing into the future with this one. Don’t pay too much attention to the specs— like I said, even though it has a dual-core processor, it has the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System. The X8 includes a dual-core for apps, a quad-core for graphics, one core for contextual computing, and one core for natural language. The phone comes with a 4.7-inch OLED display, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, and a 2200mAh battery. And don’t forget, you’re also getting all of Motorola’s (actually useful) software enhancements including Touchless Control, Quick Capture, and Active Display. I’d recommend this phone the most out of any on the list, but that also may be my “Motorola bias” speaking, which I’ve obtained over the years…

These are just some of my favorite phones under $100. I know there are many others available, so if I missed one of your favorites, let me know in the comments below.

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Dead on Arrival 2 now available in Google Play

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It has been in development for a while now, but the Tegra 4 optimized Dead on Arrival 2 is finally available in the Google Play store for Android devices. Although the new title is optimized for the Tegra 4 and using a device powered by NVIDIA’s chip will net you some nifty graphics enhancements, Dead on Arrival 2 will work on other devices. Developer N3V Games does indicate a high end device should be used, like an NVIDIA SHIELD or a Samsung Galaxy S 4, something produced at least within the past couple years and no lower than a Tegra 2.

If you have a device up to the task, you can enjoy fighting off the zombie onslaught using a variety of weapons capable of dispatching the undead in a most gruesome manner. With this new version of the game, you can play with up to three other players in multi-player mode and even your iPhone owning buddies can join in as the multi-player support is cross-platform capable. In addition to the new graphics and coop play, N3V Games indicates new areas with new weapons are available, Special Infected zombies will try to take you out, and you can search for a random box for even more powerful guns. Weapons, armor, and ammo upgrades are available. N3V Games also indicates the title will work with a variety of controllers if you can connect them to your device.

Check out the release video below along with some screenshots. If you want to give Dead on Arrival 2 a try, hit the Google Play download link and get your trigger finger (thumb?) ready.

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Virgin Mobile’s latest Android is the 5-inch Supreme

supreme-gallery-angle-4Virgin Mobile today added its latest Android smartphone, the Supreme, to its no-contract portfolio. Powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the phone boasts a 5-inch display, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 13-megapixel rear camera, and 4G LTE connectivity.

As it the case with most other Android devices, the Supreme offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and microSD expansion.

The Supreme is available immediately through Virgin Mobile’s website for $229 and can be paired with any Beyond Talk rate plans. Starting at $35 per month, the plans offer unlimited data and messaging.

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Xbox Music arrives on iOS and Android

Microsoft has announced that their music service, oddly named Xbox Music, will now be available on iOS and Android devices. The company has made dedicated apps for both platforms and they are now available for download for free on their respective stores.