Android

android-screen-900Android is the mobile operating system from Google. The software was originally built by a company called Android Inc, that was purchased by Google in 2005. From its modest debuts, Android has become a powerhouse that powers not only smartphones and tablet, but a host of other less high-profile devices and gadgets. Although Android is not a community-driven project, Google does release the source code as open-source under the Apache license.

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How To Turn Your Old Smartphone Into A Security Camera
Chances are over the years, you’ve probably gone through a few smartphones. If you’re the type that keeps your old phones around, how about maybe giving them a second life? One of the things you can do with your old smartphone is that you can actually turn it into a security camera of sorts.

How To Use A Custom Android Launcher
All smartphones come with a built-in Android launcher. For the most part, they’re all functional and get the job done, but sometimes they may lack certain features or might not look aesthetically pleasing, but thankfully you can change that by using custom launchers.

Netflix For Android Now Supports Playback Speed Controls
On video platforms like YouTube or media apps like VLC, users are able to control the playback speed of their videos. They can slow things down or they can speed it up. The good news for Netflix users is that if you were hoping to get these kind of controls, you’ll be pleased to learn that it is now happening.

Microsoft Shuts Down Cortana For iOS And Android
Just like many other tech companies, Microsoft wanted in on the digital assistant market and launched Cortana several years ago. Suffice to say that unlike other digital assistants like Google Assistant or Alexa, Cortana has not gained the same level of traction or use, despite them having launched it on platforms like iOS and Android.

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Google Working On Assistant Chat Heads For Android
One of the new features that Google is bringing to Android 11 are Bubbles. The concept of chat heads isn’t new and we’ve seen Facebook use it with Messenger in the past, but with Android 11, Google is bringing it about in a big way. In fact, according to 9to5Google, it seems that Google could be bringing its Assistant feature to Bubbles.

Microsoft’s Surface Duo Stops By The FCC
Last year, Microsoft made a somewhat surprising announcement when they revealed that they would be making smartphones again. The company would also be coming back in a pretty big way with a dual screen device in the form of the Surface Duo. The handset is expected to launch this year, and we’re now one step closer to launch.

Alexa Will Soon Be Able To Control iOS And Android Apps
Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Android devices come with their own digital assistants in the form of Siri and Google Assistant. One of the advantages of having a native digital assistant is that it is deeply integrated into the operating system, allowing them to do things that third-party digital assistants can’t.

The iPhone SE Is Attracting More Android Users Than Before
Every year, it’s probably safe to assume that there are a number of iPhone users who decide that they want to make the switch to Android, and vice versa. There are many reasons for this, but for the iPhone SE, it seems that cost could be one of the main draws because according to Counterpoint Research, it has pulled in more Android users than before.

OnePlus Nord Will Use Google Apps Instead Of Its Own
The thing about Android phones is that a lot of them tend to use the same hardware. To better differentiate themselves, handset makers tend to introduce their own software to their phones. This may or may not be a good thing, depending on how you use your phone, but for OnePlus, it seems that they’ll be reverting back to Google.

Facebook Messenger On Mobile Gets Screen Sharing
One of the features that we’re seeing in video calling apps is the ability to share your stream. While screen sharing isn’t new, we’re starting to see it become more popular and incorporated into more apps because of the lockdown, where more people are now working and studying from home.

Microsoft Is Trying To Sneak Bing Into Outlook On Android
It goes without saying that Google is probably the most used search engine on the internet. It is, of course, not the only option out there even though the competition doesn’t quite command the same market share. However, it seems that it won’t stop companies like Microsoft from trying.

Crash Bandicoot Will Be Coming To Mobile As A Runner Game
Endless runners are fun, but after a while, it tends to get stale due to the fact that there is really no “end game”. This means that players essentially keep playing until they’re bored and get a score as high as they possibly can, and this is something that Crash Bandicoot: On The Run is hoping to tackle.

Google Maps Could Soon Come With Traffic Light Indicators
Google Maps is great for showing you which roads to take, which paths to walk on, which trains to catch, and now it looks like it might even show you where the traffic lights are. According to a recent discovery shared on Droid-Life, it appears that Google is testing out including traffic light indicators on Google Maps.

Apple’s App Store Made Some Serious Bank During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Despite Google’s Android platform having a much larger market share, it seems that when it comes to earning money from apps, it’s hard to deny how much more lucrative Apple’s iOS platform is. A new report from Sensor Tower seems to confirm that, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.