Google surprised everyone on Wednesday by releasing the Android N Developer Preview significantly earlier than expected. The Android N Developer preview offers a look at new features which will be available in the next Android build including multi-window support, brand new notification shade, notification enhancements, and more.
Google however stresses that “Android N is still in active development.” Dave Burke, VP of Engineering (Android), in a blog post announced the availability of developer preview and said the motive of releasing a “work in progress” build earlier in the development cycle was to give Google more time to “incorporate developer feedback.” (more…)
Google wants to do to hardware what apps did to software.
By creating a phone that can have each component changed, Google believes it will drive down hardware pricing while allowing users to pick and choose what they want. That’s what Google’s Project Ara – a modular smartphone – aims to do.
Google wants any developer to be able to create modules for its Ara device, meaning kit you might have seen on Kickstarter in the past as a standalone device could go directly into your Ara phone in the future. (more…)
Ever needed to hand your Android smartphone to someone else for a while? If yes, then there’s a good chance that you were worried about how easily they could go through your personal data or end up changing preferences or even deleting information like contacts or messages. (more…)
WhatsApp’s voice calling feature is now available to all Android users. The world’s most popular messaging app with over 700 million monthly active users only introduced this feature recently and rolled it out gradually to its Android users. If you are not an Android user, you’ll just have to wait a little longer to get this feature. But if you use Android, and haven’t yet activated voice calling on WhatsApp, what are you waiting for? (more…)
You hand over your phone to someone to make a call, or look up something on the Internet and the next thing you know, they’re browsing through your messages. Most people know better than to be so rude, but we all know that one person who really doesn’t understand why this is bad manners.
It’s not like everyone has something to hide, but these days we all carry a virtual record of our lives in our pockets. Our smartphones have a lot of personal information we do not want other people to see. (more…)
Google Chrome is one of our favourite Web browsers for Windows. One of the reasons why we like it is that it updates itself automatically in the background. You don’t get any annoying notifications about the update and you don’t get pop-ups asking you to restart the browser. Everything happens silently and works as expected. (more…)
Your dad is having an issue with the computer at home but in spite of giving him instructions for an hour, he can’t seem to fix the issue. One way to make sure he’s actually following the steps you’re dictating over the phone would be to use his phone as a webcam to quickly look at the screen, but an even better option would be to just take over his computer from your phone or tablet, and resolve things yourself over the Internet. How do you do that? That’s where we step in. (more…)