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.
Are you someone who is interested in learning to code Android apps? Maybe you already know a decent amount, but could you maybe use a little bit of brushing up or some more advanced material? Well then all week long Packt Publishing has the deal for you! In honor of Android Week Packt has a plethora of Android development titles for free, and even more at a nice 50% discount.
At the Game Developers Conference, Google announced several updates to the Google Play Games platform as part of their annual Developer Day event. Noting tremendous growth in the gaming community especially in terms of games reaching the 1 million install plateau, Google hopes the new tools will help developers improve monetization and grow their businesses.
The past 24 hours has been quite the party for Nexus device owners with Google announcing (and releasing) the Android N Developer Preview firmware for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus 9 LTE, the Nexus Player as well as the Pixel C tablet. Nexus 5 owners may feel a little left out at the moment, with the LG-made handset not making the list of devices eligible for the Developer Preview. The omission has led to fears that the Nexus 5 is too old for to receive another major update, but it seems that there is cause for hope.
The traditional way for developers (or really anyone) to get the pre-release versions of Android on devices is by installing factory images as they become available. With Google’s Android N, the Android N Developer Preview can be installed in two ways. The first is that usual factory image route because Google already posted them for the most recent Nexus devices. However, the new option is to enroll in the Android Beta Program for seamless over-the-air updates to move along to the latest beta versions of Android N.
It’s been a long time coming, but it seems as if Android Pay is making its way out of the United States across the pond to the UK. According to the British newspaper, The Telegraph, Google will launch its mobile payments system in the UK at the end of March.
Remember the mid-nineties when computers had 320MB of storage, 8MB of RAM and used a processor that was clocked around 66MHz? Those days are long gone, now we have smartphones with multi-core processors, multiple gigabytes of storage and RAM. Last year Samsung began producing 128GB Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 modules, with its Galaxy S6 series of handsets the first to make use of this ultra quick storage technology. Today sees the Korean company announce it has started production of 256GB UFS 2.0 chips.
Over at MWC 2016, it isn’t all just about the latest smartphones and smart gadgets, we also have Mastercard announcing that the credit card company will begin accepting selfie images and fingerprints as proof of identity when making online payments. The move comes after the company trialled the technology in The Netherlands and the U.S. in 2015.
Mobile devices are the uprising technology of our age. Based on a new study, ARM forecasts that the graphic performance of mobile devices will surpass that of game consoles in 2017. A bold prediction, but it could actually be true.