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Android

  • Google’s stock Android is great, but it’s not the holy grail

    "Pffft, stock Android is where it's at. Why would I want to use TouchWiz, EMUI, MIUI or any other useless skin?" That's been the refrain among hardcore Android fans for years now. Pure Android definitely has some lovely things going for it, but let's be honest here, it's not perfect by any measure. First, why do stock addicts love this implementation of Android? Let me count the ways... All the updates, none of the tackiness The biggest reason for going stock Android is because you're getting the latest versions of Android first. This is a big problem in the Android environment, where it's not...

  • Android Marshmallow now running on 13% of Android devices

    If Android Marshmallow's adoption numbers are anything to go by, Google's finally cracked the Android update issues that have plagued it for years. New numbers from Android Developer portal suggest that in July 2016, 13.3% of all Android devices were running on the company's latest stable operating system -- Android Marshmallow. This is a marked jump from the previous month's 10.1%. The OS still lags behind heavily-used Android KitKat (30.1%) and Android Lollipop (35.1%) though, but both  now cater towards the budget smartphone categories. Related: Android Nougat: why did Google snub Android Nutella and Neyyappan? This growth is extremely positive for Google though,...

  • Android Nougat: why did Google snub Android Nutella and Neyyappan?

    Last week, Google officially announced the name of the seventh version of Android. Dubbed Android Nougat, the name will undoubtedly throw many people's pronunciation problems into the fore, and likely increase nougat sales worldwide. But while I do have a soft spot for the strange confectionery, there was a more popular name. Google allowed users to submit name suggestions for its next version of Android. We didn't quite get Boaty McBoatface, but we did get a few interesting ideas. Android Naan, Android Nectarine, Android New Mexico Chili and even Android Nori were all suggested. But according to Google Trends search data,...

  • 3 features we’d love to see arrive in Android N

    Although Android's market share is tipping the scales at 61%, the operating system still needs some serious polish. Bigger manufacturers can develop their own solutions to the annoying quirks on Android, but the lesser, budget-orientated makers have to just suck it up. And worst of all, so do their users. So how can Google improve Android? We look at three features we hope Google addresses in the latest build of Android, Android N. A solid camera app Let's face it, Google's default camera app sucks. You could download third party replacements like Open Camera, but why do users have to? The default...

  • Google I/O 2016 live blog: the conference comes to an end

    Welcome to Gearburn's Google I/O 2016 live blog. Be sure to stay locked onto this page for updates, news, and chitter-chatter from the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. This year, we await the launch of Google's next Android OS, and a few more hardware goodies including the likes of its own VR headset, and its smart home management system. An hour prior to, and for the duration of I/O 2016, we'll be hosting a live blog at the bottom of this page, so be sure to stay locked on for that. Additionally, if you have any comments about the incoming...

  • Google I/O 2016: Android N, Android Wear 2.0 and Daydream VR

    Be sure to catch all the news, views and analysis of Google I/O 2016 on Gearburn via our portal, and live blog. It wouldn't be a Google I/O conference without the company touching on its various iterations of Android, right? Anyway, the company shed more light on Android N, the latest version of its all-conquering mobile platform. First of all, what will the final name be? More Android N news (including VR!) Well, Google has revealed that the community will be responsible for naming Android N, with users able to visit android.com/n to drop suggestions. From Nutella to Nutmeg, it seems like many possible...

  • Xiaomi to launch Android gaming box at Google I/O?

    For all news, views and analysis from Google I/O 2016, follow our live blog right here or visit our portal. If the slew of rumored reveals are anything to go by, this edition of Google I/O will likely be one of the company's busiest. But it's not just Google that's involved. Thanks to a tweet by Xiaomi's Hugo Barra, we know that the Chinese company will also reveal something. Beyond thrilled to share that Xiaomi will be a part of Google I/O. A sneak peek of what you'll see from Mi at #io16 pic.twitter.com/GP3HHE3F6c — Hugo Barra (@hbarra) May 17, 2016 "Beyond thrilled to...

  • Google I/O 2016: expect Android VR debut, Project Chirp & more [update]

    Update #1, 18 May, 10:00am: Updated Project Chirp information. Be sure to catch all the news, views and analysis of Google I/O 2016 on Gearburn via our portal, and live blog. Google I/O is the company's biggest week of the year. Well, at least for developers. Each year, the company announces a slew of updates to its operating systems, releases some interesting new pieces of hardware, and plots its next 12 months. So what are we in store for this year? Google will almost certainly announce new details about its new version of Android, updates to its other operating systems, and preview some...

  • Latest Android N preview brings Vulkan API support, more emojis

    Google engineers are quietly beavering away on Android N, the latest version of its all-conquering mobile platform. Last month, the company introduced the first preview for developers, giving us a peek at a host of upcoming features. Now, Google has released its second developer preview, giving us a look at a few more hitherto unannounced features. First of all, the new preview delivers support for the Vulkan graphics API, which offers a massive boost over the platform's current APIs. Vulkan also harnesses multiple cores for faster performance. The second big addition is the inclusion of "launcher shortcuts", which allows users to post a shortcut of an app's functions/sections to their homescreen. Related: Android N: what...

  • Android N: what you need to know about Google’s ‘nutty’ OS

    Only this week did nearly two-year-old Android Lollipop become Google's most popular mobile OS version, but the company has now released Android N -- it's latest iteration of the OS -- a lot earlier than expected. Traditionally Google announces its new OS iterations at I/O -- its annual developer conference -- but it's dramatically changing tack this year. According to its developer page, it's planning a five stage release roster before the final consumer ready version of the OS is ready in Q3 2016. This week's release is stage one, and sees the alpha version of Android N available to download...