Gadgets

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to Pie

What a long, strange trip it’s been. From its inaugural release to today, Android has transformed visually, conceptually and functionally — time and time again. Google’s mobile operating system may have started out scrappy, but holy moly, has it ever evolved. Here’s a fast-paced tour of Android version highlights from the platform’s birth to present. Android versions 1.0 to 1.1: The early days Android made its official public debut in 2008 with Android 1.0 — a release so ancient it…

Science

Skygofree: More Android malware malarkey

Are you scared about Skygofree? I mean, from the sound of things, this newly discovered malware can give the bad guys free rein on your Android smartphone. Let’s start with the facts. Skygofree is bad. It’s Trojan horse malware that can do many horrible things to your Android smartphone. Like what? Glad you asked. Kaspersky, the antivirus company that found it, has a whole laundry list of the terrible, awful, bad things it can do to you. For example, if you get a case…

Gadgets

How to set any song as an alarm on Android

Getting up in the morning is rarely a pleasure, but doing it to the sound of your favourite song might just make it that much easier. With Smartphones becoming so much more flexible and versatile, we are able to customize them to our own personal tastes – and while being able to customize your alarm has been around for a long time, it’s always good to know how to do! Looking to get the most out of your phone? Check our…

HARDWARE

ANDROID WEAR IS BACK IN BUSINESS WITH TWO NEW WATCHES FROM LG

The LG Watch Style and Watch Sport are “designed with Google,” and set the standard for Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches. Android Wear 2.0 is officially here, and while the update is due to roll out to current smartwatches in the “coming weeks,” you can experience it as soon as February 10 with LG’s all-new Watch Style and Watch Sport models. LG’s two new smartwatches were “designed in collaboration with Google” — most likely in a similar fashion to how most Nexus devices…

HARDWARE

ANDROID STUDIO FOR BEGINNERS, PART 4: ADVANCED TOOLS AND PLUGINS

Android Studio offers a rich palette of development tools, and it’s compatible with many plugins. The first three articles in this series focused on basic tools for building simple mobile apps. Now you’ll get acquainted with some of the more advanced tools that are part of Android Studio, along with three plugins you can use to extend Android Studio. We’ll start with Android Device Monitor, Lint, and Android Monitor–three tools you can use to debug, inspect, and profile application code…

Software

Some Android users seeing new-look search results in Play Store

Google is regularly making tweaks to the Play Store, and it looks like another change is currently hitting users. Some Android users are seeing new-look Play Store search results. When you search for an app and tap a result, you’ll now see the details of the app in a card. Scrolling down will expand the card and show you more information about the app that you’re looking at, and you can then switch back to the card view by scrolling…

Computer

ANDROID STUDIO FOR BEGINNERS, PART 4: ADVANCED TOOLS AND PLUGINS

Android Studio offers a rich palette of development tools, and it’s compatible with many plugins. The first three articles in this series focused on basic tools for building simple mobile apps. Now you’ll get acquainted with some of the more advanced tools that are part of Android Studio, along with three plugins you can use to extend Android Studio. We’ll start with Android Device Monitor, Lint, and Android Monitor–three tools you can use to debug, inspect, and profile application code…

Technology

ANDROID STUDIO FOR BEGINNERS, PART 4: ADVANCED TOOLS AND PLUGINS

Android Studio offers a rich palette of development tools, and it’s compatible with many plugins. The first three articles in this series focused on basic tools for building simple mobile apps. Now you’ll get acquainted with some of the more advanced tools that are part of Android Studio, along with three plugins you can use to extend Android Studio. We’ll start with Android Device Monitor, Lint, and Android Monitor–three tools you can use to debug, inspect, and profile application code…

Software

Android Chrome might move search bar to screen bottom

Even with my oversized mitts, stretching all the way across my Nexus 6P to hit the Chrome address bar can be a challenge. But I won’t be reaching nearly as far if the newly unveiled “Chrome Home” feature in Canarymakes it into the next update. Namely because the address bar — as well as the tab switcher and settings menu — will be right there at the bottom of the screen. The feature is still in its alpha stage and…

Smartphones

Android developers can now apply to put public betas in the Google Play store

A couple months ago at its I/O conference, Google announced an effort to make it far easier for Android users to download beta software from the Google Play Store. Previously, downloading still-in-development software required joining a Google Group or side-loading an app completely outside Google Play. But a little over a month ago, Google rolled out a new Early Access section of the Play Store. It’s a central spot where users can browse and install apps and games that aren’t…

Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Gets August Security Update In The US

Samsung has released a new software update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and the update comes with the latest security patch from Google. Included in the update is Google’s August security update, the update has been released as an over the air update. Also included in the update are some bug fixes and performance improvements. The update should be available for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge as of now. You can check to…

Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 With 6GB RAM Confirmed By Samsung

We previously heard that a new version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with 6GB of RAM would be headed to China and this has now been confirmed by Samsung. The news was confirmed by Samsung’s Mobile boss, Kon Dong-jin who revealed details about the handset at a Note 7 launch event in South Korea. The China only version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage built in. Samsung are not…