It’s getting closer to June 15th, the international launch of the Xperia Z3+ (Z4 in Japan), and it seems like its Qualcomm processor is still suffering from the overheating issues that have plagued the Snapdragon 810 chip since release. This is despite Qualcomm developing a v2.1 of the processor, incorporating a revised design with improved thermal management.
Facebook’s solution for mobile users in emerging markets, “Facebook Lite,” is now rolling out in select regions.
The app is designed to work efficiently on slow networks with minimal bandwidth capacity. The download is only a 1MB file, so you could imagine there are quick install and load times. Features in the app include core Facebook functions, including status updates, News Feed, photos, notifications, etc.
Asia’s first on the list to receive the app — next up is Latin America, Africa and Europe.
Source: Facebook Newsroom
It’s scarcely a day since LG released a tool that made it possible to unlock the International G4‘s bootloader, but that was obviously more than enough time for the developers at TeamWin who have announced that TWRP is officially supported on the handset (H815).
Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) is known today for the Project Ara modular phone among many other endeavors — but today the division isn’t making news for a particular product update, but because of staff changes.
Capitalizing on the attention Android is getting this week thanks to Google I/O 2015, NVIDIA has been busy with some announcements about new hardware and now, software as well. Yesterday NVIDIA officially started selling their Android-TV based NVIDIA SHIELD console. Today, they announced a new suite of developer tools called NVIDIA AndroidWorks that will be available to all Android platforms, not just those powered by Tegra processors. Read more
Google has launched a new effort, in partnership with online learning service Udacity, to help developers become more skilled and capable at developing for the Android platform. The company has created a new credential called a Nanodegree based on a curriculum designed to take 9 to 12 months to complete. The coursework can be completed on your own schedule, but Google suggests at least 10 hours per week be devoted to the effort. The fee is $200 per month although a one week free trial is currently being offered as part of the launch. Read more
If you are one of the Android fans who is irked by the extensive white screen real estate used by the operating system, Google has a little treat in store for you when Android M is finally released. Developers already poking into the new operating system have discovered Google has added a new dark theme. Read more
Google today at I/O 2015 unveiled the next version of its development environment, Android Studio. At the same time, the company announced Poylmer 1.0, which is a web app toolkit designed to help developers bring apps and the web closer together.
Google is announcing many new things at I/O 2015 such as Android Pay, HBO NOW‘s imminent arrival on Android and Chromecast and statistics such as how many Chromecast customers it has. But, if you are the owner of a Nexus 5/6/9 or Nexus Player device, there’s probably only thing you are truly interested in hearing – whether there will be a developer preview build available for Android M.
One of the big things we’ve expected to hear about at Google I/O 2015 has been Android Pay, Google’s replacement for Google Wallet, that will provide a more robust competitor to Apple Pay. As you would hope, Android Pay will enable you to pay for goods and services in shops with your Android smartphone.