News tagged: Android
Google Assistant has been with us for months now, but it has yet to reach all Android devices. While many smartphones now have the Assistant, which has also reached some Android TV units, the next step for Google is to bring it to tablets. A new version of the Google app has
While smartphone manufacturers have started offering 32 GB storage as a base in entry-level smartphones, with at least 64 GB in flagship phones, there is still need for more storage. One of the ways to give users more storage space is to clear space for application updates, new
Essential is among first to release Google's latest Android security patch. Available as build version NMJ32F, the update is only 57 in size and as we said brings Android fixes for the month of November. Aside from that, Essential has also done some improvements.
Sony is rolling out Google Assistant to 4K HDR television models with Android TV. The feature will be available on all of its 2017 models as well as some TVs from 2016. With this addition, Sony's TVs have become the second Android TV-based product to get Assistant.
Again highlighting the issue of fake and misleading apps on the Google Play Store, more than a million people accidentally downloaded a convincingly fake WhatsApp app. The software, called Update WhatsApp, was still available on the store until it was covered in the media.
HDR content was enabled on YouTube Android app back in September, but still not many smartphones actually support it. However, even those that do support it are struggling on higher resolutions in terms of performance. Users are reporting that videos often stutter.
Facebook has expanded its involvement with polls a lot during the past year. They've appeared in Instagram Stories and Messenger group chats, for example. Now the company is continuing that expansion with an official launch of "Facebook Polls," which includes GIFs and images.
A new type of content appears to be headed to the Google Play Store. An APK teardown of Google Play version 8.4 reveals it's going to offer audiobooks, giving Android users a new alternative. It's up against a pretty dominant competitor, Amazon's Audible.
Super Mario Run for Android and iOS has been downloaded two hundred million times, but it hasn't generated an "acceptable profit" for Nintendo, says the company's latest earnings report. More detailed stats on how many of those downloads became paying users weren't shared.
Reliance Jio is reportedly moving away from its KaiOS-based JioPhone and will be pushing an Android model in its place. The Indian carrier's first JioPhone came out in July and has proven popular despite it essentially being a pretty limited feature phone.
Chromebooks are already very capable computers, but Google is trying to make its Chrome OS even more powerful by adding the Android app support. This allows users to install pretty much any app from the Play Store and get better and more complete experience.
India's smartphone market has grown to become the second largest in the world, overtaking the United States and coming in behind China. The latest data from Canalys reveals the market saw 40 million phone shipments during Q3, an increase of 23% over last year.
If you accidentally send something through WhatsApp or simply share something you later regret, the messaging application now offers an unsend feature called 'Delete for everyone." With this capability you can delete messages after they have gone out.
Shortly after Google officially announced its first Developer Preview build for Android 8.1, the company has now started rolling out the update over the air. If you have enrolled in the Android Beta Program, expect the update notification any moment now.
A new way for consumers to find the products they're interested in has been introduced by eBay. The company's "Find It On eBay" feature has launched on Android and Image Search is available on both Android and iOS. You can upload a photo with Image Search.
Samsung has introduced a new Galaxy Tab A model, also known as the Galaxy Tab A (8.0"). It says this version is "designed for the whole family" and since it's a budget tablet, the specs aren't particularly interesting. It runs Android 7.1.1 out of the box.
Third-parties are now able to come out with add-ons that'll be integrated directly with Gmail. Support for add-ons was revealed by Google earlier this year and it has just now arrived. Among the first developers to work with the capability are Asana, Trello, and DialPad.
Google is rolling out a payment feature across platforms to make payments a bit easier. With 'Pay with Google,' you can easily pass through checkout pages by utilizing auto-fill for payment and shipping details. This reduces the entire checkout process to a couple taps.
Alongside Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung also announced an accessory that lets you use your phone as a computer. The Samsung DeX platform offers a Linux-based desktop-like experience and is currently only available for Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones.
Google's bug bounty offers are expanding beyond the company's own products. It's now offering rewards to hackers who find flaws in major Android applications from third-party developers. This new program is restricted to only a few partnered developers however.