The Android operating system dominates the global smartphone market, but in spite of that lead position, there are some frustrations that users put up with in using the platform. One concern is a lack of updates to the operating system being released by manufacturers and carriers for devices that are in the hands of consumers. This has been an issue Google has battled for years and it looks like they may be getting ready to deploy a new tool to aid end users by releasing public rankings and hoping this has a shaming effect on those parties who are lax in keeping up. Read more
During Google’s keynote at Google I/O 2016 held in Mountain View California, the tech giant unveiled Android N, the latest version of their mobile operating system. Here are all the major new features.
When Google released developer previews for the Android N update to their operating system, one of the items spotted in there was apparent support for pressure-sensitive touch. This would be similar to what Apple implemented with 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. With only days left before Google I/O 2016 and the expected official announcement of Android N, sources indicate Google has pulled this pressure-sensitive capability from the release. Read more
If you have the Philips Hue lighting system installed in your house, you’ve probably been left a little dissatisfied with its clunkiness, possibly to the point of having to rely on one of the many serviceable third-party apps. It seems that Philips may have taken notice because it’s just published a new app to the Play Store called Philips Hue Gen 2. The second generation Hue app includes a new, dare we say, even modern UI and some added functionality. Read more
Last week Google released the second Android N Developer Preview with new goodies like support for Vulkan, some new emojis and a smattering of user interface tweaks. As developers have started to dig in a little deeper, one of the discoveries that has been made are some settings that indicate Google may be planning to hook in support for virtual reality to a much greater extent with the next version of Android. Read more
Although it does not appear to have been an intentional snafu, Samsung may have leaked the version number for Android N. The information was included in a changelog for Samsung’s own MultiWindow SDK. The next update for the Android operating system was released earlier this year as the Android N Developer Preview and the final name and version are expected to be announced by Google in May at their Google I/O event. Read more
The latest update to Android Studio has plenty of features for developers to get stuck into, including a faster emulator, Instant Run and more.
The latest teaser for the highly anticipated HTC 10 smartphone promises to deliver “the best BoomSound yet”, according to the gadget’s makers.
Google is taking the next step forward with VR content. Up until this point, it has been no easy task putting 360-degree content on the web or in an app. Google’s new open source system, VR View, may be the best solution yet.
Google has been working on a mobile keyboard for iPhone and iPad behind the scenes “for months”, a report from The Verge claims.