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Maybe I am in the minority, but whenever I encounter an application in Windows that runs without first needing to be installed (CPU-Z, for example) I get a cheap thrill. These programs are not planting their hooks in Windows or littering the registry with entries that will never be fully cleaned up, nor is a reboot required. I like that. A similar experience is currently being tested on Android in the form of Instant Apps. This is something that Google previewed at Google I/O last year. It is a new way to run Android apps, one that does not require any installation, but are still immersive. They... Read more...
If you’re a Raspberry Pi developer that is at all interested in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, we’ve got a treat in store for you. Google is looking to bring its AI and machine learning tools to the Raspberry Pi starting this year, but it wants your help and input to make it happen. Google has launched a survey that includes questions about how often developers spend working on software and hardware projects, and if they are interested in fields ranging from wearables to drones to IoT to robotics to 3D printing. It will use input gained from this survey to narrow its focus on... Read more...
If you think your Pattern Lock system is keeping your Android safe, guess again. Researchers from Lancaster University, Northwest University in China, and the University of Bath have demonstrated that attackers could easily unlock a phone in less than five attempts. First off, what is Pattern Lock? In order to unlock a device’s content or functions, users must draw a pattern on a grid of dots. Users typically have five chances to get it right before they are locked out. 40% of Android users utilize Pattern Lock and prefer it over using a PIN or password. Researchers took video of owners unlocking... Read more...
If you have felt that the Google Voice app was both antiquated and lacking in features, you are not alone. Google Voice has at times seemed like the red-headed stepchild of the Google family, but the company today is taking steps to enhance the calling and messaging experience. For starters, the Google Voice app has received a complete top-to-bottom visual overhaul that is much appreciated after years of stagnation. Both the iOS and Android apps — along with the web version of Google Voice — now used the Material Design aesthetic through. Navigating the Google Voice UI is also a lot more streamlined,... Read more...
CyanogenMod might be pushing up daisies, but LineageOS has picked up where the fan favorite custom ROM project left off and is starting to blossom. As promised, the developers behind LineageOS released new builds over the weekend. The initial roll out includes support for a handful of devices, though in the coming days and weeks LineageOS will expand to support more than 80 gadgets. To kick things off, LineageOS made new builds available for Google's Nexus 6P (angler) and Nexus 5X (bullhead), Motorola's Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus (athene), Nextbit's Robin (ether), and Xiaomi's Redmi 1S (armani).... Read more...
When Google set out to develop and market its first Phone by Google branded device - not co-branded with a partner - and spiritual successors to its legacy Nexus brand, the company drew a line in the sand. Not only was the target to develop smartphones that demonstrated best of breed functionality and performance for the Android platform, but these devices would have features and capabilities not found in other Android devices on the market. To date, very few other smartphones, save for the LG V20 for example, are running Android 7 Nougat and there are only a handful of phones on the... Read more...
The world of technology has changed dramatically since outgoing President Barack Obama first stepped into the White House as this nation's leader eight years ago. He was the first president to carry a mobile phone on his person, having turned in his personal handset for a Blackberry phone that had been heavily customized with security features (though he later traded that in for an iPhone). Today President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in, and he as well will use a secure mobile device, cleared by the US Secret Service for POTUS use. Trump represents a new era in a lot of ways. Whereas... Read more...
Google has not only changed the company behind its self-driving vehicles, but its accident-reporting methods. The newly-named Waymo has removed the monthly incident and accident reports page from its website. A Waymo spokesperson stated, “We’ve replaced our PDF reports with a new blog and website that continues to give insights into our technology”. The accident reports page now redirects viewers to Waymo’s general website. The reports, however, will not be completely be disappearing. The reports will now be on the California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) website and will detail, “safety-related... Read more...
Nintendo's first mobile game featuring its iconic plumber is headed to Android devices very soon. In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Nintendo of America confirmed that Super Mario Run would sprint over to Google Play in March and that users anticipating the launch can go there now to pre-register in order to be notified when it becomes available (Nintendo did not give a specific date). Not only is Super Mario Run the first mobile title from Nintendo featuring Mario, it is also the company's first-ever smartphone game. It arrived to iOS devices on December 15, 2016, and quickly raced to more than 40... Read more...
Google's attempt to flood emerging markets with low-cost Android One smartphones has been met with limited success since launching the initiative two years ago. The idea was to partner with local manufacturers to build affordable handsets and then commit to supporting them with updates for 18 months. Google is not giving up on that goal, but with an eye towards expanding into program into the United States, it might be shifting its focus a bit. Inside sources at Google told The Information about Google's plan, which includes the launch of its first Android One smartphone in the U.S. sometime before... Read more...
Early adopters who pounced on the Daydream View VR headset at launch for $79 should hightail it out of here, you will not want to read this next bit. Now just over a month later, Google has taken a chainsaw to the price of the Daydream View and shredded it down to $49. That's roughly a not-so-insignificant 38 percent price reduction, though for existing Daydream View who disregarded our warning, at least the initial selling price was far from being a king's ransom, especially in the VR space. By comparison (and this is by no means apples to apples, it's more like apples to a field of apple trees),... Read more...
It often seems as though Google has its hands in an endless stream of projects, many times not being able to keep a focus on what’s truly important to its core. Google’s wandering eye is what led the company to spin off its self-driving car project into a separate company, Waymo, and now the company appears to be poised to use its newfound focus to take on the likes of Uber and Lyft. A new patent filing that has been uncovered describes the company’s efforts to deftly (and autonomously) navigate certain pickup and drop-off scenarios that could be handled with aplomb by human drivers, but could... Read more...
A pair of spiffy Android handsets are about to be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat. One of them is the stunningly beautify and affordable Honor 8 by Huawei (check out our full review here), a phone with a 15-layer glass backside construction that captures light and creates unique looking effects. The other is the HTC 10, a flagship smartphone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 System-on-Chip (we also have a full review of that one). Huawei teased the Android 7.0 Nougat update a few days and today made it official. The over-the-air (OTA) update is being rolled out "sequentially," according to a... Read more...
Andy Rubin has without question made incredible contributions to the smartphone realm during his tenure at Google, but despite having departed the big G two years ago, he's never stopped talking about making an impact - and in more than just one area. Last summer, we learned that Rubin wanted to give away dashcams (albeit with a big caveat), and not long after, his plans to strike again in the smartphone market became clear. Complementing the news from last summer, we now learn that Rubin is very close to releasing a new high-end smartphone infused to the core with artificial intelligence. Soon,... Read more...
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