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

Opera VPN App Launches On Android

Opera has announced that they are offering a free unlimited VPN application on Android in the form of the Opera VPN app, the company also launched the app on iOS earlier this year. The Opera VPN app comes with a range of features and it is available as a free download from the Google Play Store. A free and unlimited VPN app for Android is today available from Opera. The new app lets people enhance their online privacy, block ad-tracking…

Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Will Get Android Nougat In 2 To 3 Months

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recently launched and the handsets comes with Android Marshmallow and now we have some details on when the device will get Android Nougat. The first Android Nougat devices are expected to launch next month and we know that the new LG V20 will be one handset to feature Android 7.0. Now it would appear that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will get the Android Nougat update some time withing the next two to…