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Typically when you purchase a smartphone or tablet from a specific carrier, it is locked to that network for the lifetime of your contract, or possibly for the life of the device. Certain carriers had policies, but there was no one standard. Last year Congress and the President made it illegal for carriers to lock devices to their network. In the wake of that decision, the CTIA (the interest group for the carriers) called for a meeting of the carriers to discuss unlocking and starting February 11th, unlocking will be far easier. The FCC...

Apple has crossed horns with Google’s Android platform on a number of occasions. But it seems like the Cupertino manufacturer might be looking to bring an application meant for Android, in accordance with Beats Audio. Given that Apple now owns Beats, it’s only logical to assume that the app coming from them will have something to do with Apple. It is said that Apple will ditch the Beats Music branding and start a new service from scratch with apps available on its own iOS platform as well as Android. Apple will reportedly...

A series of stats compiled by the folks at App Figures reveals that the Google Play Store saw immense growth in 2014, overtaking even the iOS App Store, which is the Play Store’s primary rival in the industry. Google’s vast global popularity means that it has a lot more developers writing apps for the platform. The number of apps on Android was obviously quite high compared to the competition at 1.43 million, while Apple was at second place with 1.21 million applications running on iOS devices as of 2014. The Amazon App...

Recently Apple launched their mobile payments platform, Apple Pay. Like Google Wallet and Softcard, it uses NFC at retailers with the units to allow users to purchase items from a variety of retailers. Unfortunately, some of those retailers are now blocking NFC payments entirely. Some chains including 7-11, Rite Aid, Walmart, Best Buy, and many others are developing a competing system called CurrentC. It uses an app with a QR code to make a purchase. It gets around credit card fees by using your bank account, which is why the retailers...

Shortly after the launch of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple posted a guide to help Android users migrate to iOS. This was only natural as the new iPhones were Apple’s first set of large sized phones and the company expected a lot of Android users to switch over. And now, Google has done the same, about a week after the announcement of Android 5.0 Lollipop. This guide from the Mountain View company underlines four crucial areas that the customers need to know about before switching from iOS to Android – Contacts (including...

There have been innumerable comparisons between Siri and Google Now in the past. But with the recent arrival of Cortana for Windows Phone, the game has changed somewhat. And with iOS receiving a major refresh with iOS 8, it’s only fair to assume that things have changed substantially. And the folks at Stone Temple Consulting have now tested the three voice assistants in a massive voice questions test where over 3,000 queries were asked to see which one comes out on top. And unsurprisingly, Google Now has excelled by a long margin...

As we all know, the LG G Flex from last year has a very unique flexible design. So it was only natural that the manufacturer would jump in on the criticism that Apple is seeing over reports of the iPhone 6 Plus bending under pressure. This has led to a Twitter trend called #bendgate where thousands of users have poked fun at Apple. LG however, had its own unique touch to the mockery. By showing an image of the LG G Flex, the manufacturer merely said – “Our phone doesn’t bend, it flexes…on purpose. #bendgate.” Our...

Again with the new iPhone(s)? Isn’t The Droid Guy supposed to be an Android-centric website? Leave droid fans alone. Be honest, you were thinking or wondering one of these things before you even finished reading our headline. And we completely understand your frustration. For the past two weeks or so, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus rumor roundups, previews, hands-on explorations and finally reviews have inundated the tech-focused part of the interwebs. Just one more reason to keep your online activity fixated on funny cat pics and (human) porn,...