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All posts tagged "Android"

  • Google’s Now on Tap gets text, image search updates on Android Marshmallow

    Google's Now On Tap has received a massive update that now supports text select and image search. Now On Tap itself, only released to Android Marshmallow devices, came as an improvement to Google Now and allows users to search from within apps. According to the company, users can now use the exact word or phrase to perform a search about images. "If you use Now on Tap in an app, email, chat, or news article with a lot of text, sometimes the results aren’t as precise as you’d like. Starting today, you can give Google a nudge by selecting exactly what...

  • 3 features we’d love to see arrive in Android N

    Although Android’s market share is tipping the scales at 61%, the operating system still needs some serious polish. Bigger manufacturers can develop their own solutions to the annoying quirks on Android, but the lesser, budget-orientated makers have to just suck it up. And worst of all, so do their users. So how can Google improve Android? We look at three features we hope Google addresses in the latest build of Android, Android N.

  • Skype for Android tablets see a Material Design update

    Skype has released an update that brings a Material Design refresh to its Android tablet app. Android phones have been enjoying their Material Design updates since 2015. Skype users on tablets can now enjoy Android's new design language with all its vivid colours and bold shapes. The new UI for tablets has a floating button that Skype is claiming makes it easier to send messages and start voice and video calls. The design, according to the company, is optimised for multitasking, with its multi-pane view in landscape orientation. This allows users to send messages, files and check latest conversations whilst on a...

  • Google wins landmark legal battle against Oracle

    After almost four years of legal wrangling, a US jury has ruled in favour of Google in its long-running dispute with Oracle. The jury unanimously ruled that Google's use of Java APIs to create Android was indeed fair use. Oracle had reportedly been seeking $9-billion in damages. Oracle has indicated that it will appeal the decision however. "We strongly believe that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market. Oracle brought this lawsuit to put a stop to Google's illegal behaviour. We believe there are numerous grounds for appeal and we plan to bring this case...

  • Android Lollipop adoption hits 32.6 %, Marshmallow at dismal 0.7 %

    Google has revealed its Android numbers for the period ending 4 January 2016. The data, collected from the Google Play Store app includes adoption figures for Android's latest operating system, Marshmallow, and previous versions. Android Lollipop adoption is now present on 32.6 % Android devices, up from 29.5 % in December. Android Marshmallow on the other hand is performing dismally. The latest Android OS is present in only 0.7 % of Android devices, from 0.5 % last month. Even with its impressive features, users have not taken to Marshmallow in a big way. It is worth noting that...

  • Building a mobile app? We look at 11 of the best frameworks for you

    When developing your mobile app there are several methods you can use. These methods include native, web apps, and cross-platform development. In this article, we'll be looking at cross-platform development. The best, yet more difficult way to develop a mobile app is to go native. The native development process involves writing the application in the desired program's native language, such as Object-C (SWIFT) on iOS, which is them compiled into machine code. The main advantage of developing a native application over hybrid is the performance gained by utilising hardware and software features directly. The biggest disadvantage comes at the price...

  • Google launches Beta test for the Google app

    Google has opened its Google app to beta testers, bumping it from version 5.3 to 5.4. It is not clear yet what the plan is from Google, but one can speculate that it has something up its sleeve. The Google app is a significant part of the Android ecosystem. With the app, users can perform voice commands, and access Google Now, Now on Tap (if running Marshmallow), traffic updates, sport updates, news alerts, etc. There is no indication of a major overhaul of the current app, but a beta test usually hints at an ambition to introduce new capabilities for...

  • Android is now used by 1.4 billion people worldwide

    At last night’s Google Nexus event, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that Android now has more than 1.4-billion active users. That's 400-million up from the one-billion it had at the same time last year. Speaking at the event, Pichai said "The scale at which everything is working is pretty breath taking to see" Pichai also highlighted the growth of Android in developing markets like Indonesia and Vietman. The number of Android users in those two countries has doubled in a year, he said. Pichai suggested that increasingly affordable Android devices and the launch of Android One are at the heart of...

  • Microsoft’s Cortana now available on Android in public beta

    First announced in May this year, Microsoft has finally launched Cortana for Android devices in public beta. Some of the digital assistant's features include searching the web by voice command, setting reminders and alarms, making calls by voice and voice texting. Similar to Apple's Siri and Google Now, Cortana also gets to know the user over time by keeping track of their interests and providing them with relevant content. Read more: Microsoft’s Cortana whips Apple’s Siri in this new Windows Phone ad Microsoft says that since it launched the closed beta, it has made several improvements. Some of these include the ability to...

  • Google launches Android Experiments to showcase app creativity

    If nothing else, it appears that apps are going to make us magicians who can flatten landscapes with a tap on our device screens. This is only seems like a far-fetched idea if you have not seen what the new Android Experiments launched by Google yesterday look like. The apps feature are not at all new but they are a blueprint of what apps can become. Android Experiments is a platform to celebrate the creative, experimental Android work of developers everywhere. It is also a way to inspire more developers to get creative with technology and code. Read more: Wits...

  • Google: Android Lollipop adoption hits 18.1%, KitKat 39.3%

    Google did not disclose Android adoption numbers for June. There was no explanation as to why that was, but now it has released new numbers for the period ending 3 August 2015. Since the last time these adoption numbers were released, there has bee a 5.7 % increase in Lollipop adoption. In June, Lollipop was sitting at 12.40 % and now it has jumped to 18.1 %. Android Lollipop 5.0 is present on 15.5 % devices whilst 5.1 is only present 2.6 %. Google’s Android Lollipop roll out was quite slow in the beginning and even though it has been...

  • Google explains the design philosophy behind Material Design [video]

    It's been a few days since Google I/O 2015 ended but just hours after the annual shindig, Google gave its website a Material Design overhaul and now, it has released a video explaining the Material Design concept. The video features Google designers of all disciplines talking about Material Design, from its inception to what it has become, which involved cutting out icons on paper, exposing them to light to create shadows, to finally completing a guide of material design to third party Android apps. There is no doubt that material design is pretty to look at with its bold colours, typography...

  • Factory resetting your Android won’t erase all your data, study finds

    Apparently reseting your Android phone to its default factory is not safe. A study from Cambridge University found out that people could still recover data on a number of Android operated devices even after the factory data reset process. The researchers tested 21 devices made by five different manufactures, running mobile operating versions from Froyo to Jelly Bean. Not only did the researchers find data, they managed to extract the master token of 80% of the devices which enabled them to access the user's Google data. The kind of data included images, text images and contacts. Apps like Facebook which have...

  • Facebook’s Hello app is caller ID on steroids

    Facebook has released a new app that shows users more information about the person calling them. The Hello app -- built by the same team that built Messenger -- connects with Facebook so you can see who is calling, block unwanted calls and search for people and places. The app rolls out today on Android and it is up for public testing in the US, Brazil, and Nigeria. This type of app is nothing new. We've seen this technology from TrueCaller in the past, and Hello resembles TrueCaller in some aspects, but this is Facebook and it has the potential...

  • Google launches Handwriting Input Tool for both text and emoji on Android

    Google Research today launched a new project, Google Handwriting Input. The new app allows users, instead of using a standard keyboard, to take a leap back to the ancient days of handwriting to write text on any Android app with or without a stylus. For now, the app recognises 82 languages and 20 distinct scripts, supports emojis, which can be entered by drawing them. Google Handwriting Input works with or without an Internet connection. The new tool comes with voice as well, accessible through the mic sign. After typing, as the same with most keyboards, one can choose the word...