Pokki launches its Windows app store on Android

If you've hated the Android app store, or just wanted more Android app options, Pokki has an app for that -- and you.

The alternative Windows app store has launched on Android and two-in-one devices, the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The update to the store, described as "recommendation technology," supports Android for the first time, along with multimode devices, a growing category of Windows computers as Windows 8 enters its second year.

Chester Ng, co-founder of SweetLabs, the maker of Pokki, said that it's the combination of Windows … Read more

Nokia's Android operating system pops up in leaked image

Evidence that Nokia is working on an Android phone is mounting. First, we got a glimpse of the hardware, codenamed Normandy, and today we're getting a first look at the software and operating system that will run on this rumored device.

The first images of the company's Android user interface were leaked by frequent Twitter tipster @evleaks. The images show a series of three design mockups of a what appears to be heavily-modified version Android on a Nokia device, but it's not clear that this operating system is in fact Android.

Cell phone manufacturers often modify the &… Read more

Facebook buys Indian startup Little Eye Labs

Facebook has acquired Indian startup Little Eye Labs, the social network's first acquisition of a company in that country.

Little Eye Labs announced on Wednesday that it has been acquired by Facebook. In April, the company officially released its tool, Little Eye Labs for Android, which analyzes and optimizes Android application performance for developers. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Although few details were shared on the Little Eye Labs site, the company said that its entire team will be moving to Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. The Little Eye Labs team plans on using its … Read more

Samsung's new Android home screen mock-ups allegedly leak

LAS VEGAS -- Samsung may be crafting a visually rich smartphone interface, according to frequent Twitter tipster @evleaks.

The panel of three screenshots clearly shows a visual take on the Android UI for the smartphone lock screen, and two home screen panes, complete with the iconic Gmail, Google Play, and Samsung Hub icons with a smear-effect background in deep blue and purple hues.

The graphical treatment of the voice search icon, weather, and location (San Francisco's Mission District) are clearly new.

The lock screen, for instance, displays a map route and estimated journey times. The map appears again on … Read more

ZTE's not-so-'Iconic Phablet' makes its CES 2014 debut (hands-on)

LAS VEGAS -- Go ahead, call 2014 the year of the phablet. ZTE is certainly continuing to experiment with screens spanning 5.5 inches or larger, launching the 5.7-inch ZTE Iconic Phablet at CES 2014.

Now, it may seem a little presumptuous to call your own phablet "iconic," especially when the handset in question is a midrange device like this. The Iconic certainly looks nice. In fact, it's one of the most premium-looking smartphones we've seen out of ZTE.

A solid slab of aluminum (yes, real aluminum) makes up most of the back panel, with … Read more

Star Apps: Stephen Malkmus

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' sixth release, "Wig Out at Jagbags," was worked out "on a computer on someone else's table in someone else's apartment" in Berlin and a studio in rural Belgium, but it sounds as casual, lived in, and American as a vintage Polo sweater. Grab the album (iTunes/Amazon) on January 7, and get tickets (Live Nation, StubHub, eSeats) for their upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off February 12 in Denver.

Download.com caught up with the indie rockfather, following his return to the U.S., while he was out … Read more

Pact app pays you to exercise and eat right

Need a little extra incentive to stick to your New Year's resolution? You know, the one about eating less and exercising more?

Perhaps you've heard of GymPact, an app that rewards you for hitting the gym on a regular basis and charges you a fee if you don't. Just in time for the new year, GymPact is now Pact, and it now applies its payment/penalty system to dietary goals as well.

The app (Android|iOS) offers three different kinds of "pacts": food, gym, and veggie. The food pact requires you to log your daily … Read more

Apps for keeping New Year's resolutions

A new year brings new goals, new aspirations, and new opportunities to grow financially, physically, and mentally. Instead of breaking your resolutions as soon as you make them, start the year off strong with these helpful apps -- and make the most out of 2014.

"The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them."

Any.do

Android/ iOS

Any.do tops the list for any productivity enthusiast, thanks to its ease of use, powerful autofill, and clean design. Any.do digs deep to integrate your task with your phone's capabilities. For example, if your task is … Read more

Google reportedly partners with Audi for on-board Android

Google is reportedly hitting the road for its next battle with Apple for mobile OS market share.

The Web giant has teamed with automaker Audi to develop in-car entertainment and information systems based on the Android operating system, according to the Wall Street Journal. The aim of the partnership, which is expected to be announced next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, would allow for in-car integration of music and navigation apps currently available on smartphones, sources told the Journal.

The partnership is expected to generate a challenger to Apple's iOS in the Car, which aims … Read more

5 apps to help you stick to your New Year's resolutions

Lose weight, stop smoking, save for a new house, organize your life: Your resolutions are set, and you have every intention of keeping them -- at least until life gets in the way. Don't give up on your goals before February, instead download a few apps that can nudge you in the right direction and coach you to stay on track.

I've rounded up five apps that can help you keep your resolutions, from quitting smoking to whipping your budget or body into shape. Share your favorite goal-oriented apps in the comments below.

Mint (Free) For managing your … Read more