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  • Watch Hadlee talk Google I/O 2016 on SABC’s Expresso Show

    Last week saw Google make plenty of announcements at its I/O developer conference, ranging from a concerted VR push to a WhatsApp competitor in the form of Allo. But if you were out of the loop, SABC 3's Expresso TV show was on-hand to bring you up to speed, interviewing our very own Hadlee Simons to nail down the most important news. The segment covered Allo, Daydream VR, Android N and the Google Home smart speaker. Have a watch below.

  • 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...

  • 4 alternatives to Microsoft’s dying Sunrise calendar app

    Microsoft will soon shutter Sunrise, the calendar app it bought back in February 2015. If you were an avid user of the rather brilliant calendar app, you're probably hunting for an alternative that doesn't suck. Luckily for you, we've scoured the Play Store to find you five possible alternatives. Google Calendar If you're on Android, this is probably the no-brainer alternative. The new Calendar app boasts plenty of colour, clean Material Design and the typically simple Google app setup. Multiple viewing options compliment the options to quick-add events with Google Maps integration, and search events across all calendars. Being it a Google product,...

  • Angry Birds, sharks and Pokemon: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. We're always on the hunt for new mobile video games, and there have been quite a few solid releases in recent days. So let's take a look at some of the more notable titles you should consider downloading this week... Hungry Shark World The Hungry Shark games are one of the more popular mobile franchises out there, so the latest release has quickly shot up the charts. Is it any good though? Hungry Shark World...

  • Here are your mobile gaming picks of the week

    It's that time of the week once again, where we scour the various app stores for the latest and greatest mobile videogames. We've got some solid picks in this week's edition, from an Advance Wars-style title to a neat take on tower defence games. Warbits Platforms: iOS Price: R60 It costs a fair chunk of change, but fans of turn-based strategy games will enjoy Warbits, from two-man studio Risky Lab. The game is heavily inspired by classic Nintendo franchise Advance Wars, so you'll be taking turns to move your various units across the murky conflict zone. Warbits stands out thanks to its nifty multiplayer suite, though, delivering one...

  • Surprise! Counter-Strike 1.6 has been ported to Android

    We've seen all manner of PC titles come to Android, from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic to XCOM: Enemy Within. We can now add another game to the list, in the form of landmark online shooter Counter-Strike 1.6. It's not an official port though, being submitted to GitHub by redditor a1baomarov, but it still makes for an interesting release. It's worth noting that the port requires that you own Counter-Strike 1.6 though. To get the game running, you'll first need to install the requisite APK, then the Xash3D framework (both being found on GitHub). Once these two programs are installed, you'll need to copy...

  • 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...

  • Google sets sights on better accessibility in Android

    Smartphones are amazing tools, but there's no doubting that platform-holders can do a little better when it comes to accessibility. Apple has done a good job of implementing tools in this regard, such as Assistive Touch, zoom support, Braille Display connectivity, VoiceOver screen reading and more. Now, Google is upping the ante with its own technologies. Google beefs up voice commands Most prominently, the company has announced a closed beta for a new app, called Voice Access. The app lets people navigate through their phones without using the touchscreen. Google says that people who might want to use the app include those with paralysis, tremors and...

  • 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...

  • Remix Mini Android-based PC launches in South Africa

    The Remix Mini, a micro-computer built by Jide Technology and running Remix OS, is now available in South Africa. Launching today (7 March), the device will be sold on Takealot for R599 for a limited period. Jide Technology strives to "unlock the potential of Android in order to accelerate a new age of computing," according to the company's site. Its chief reflection of this philosophy is Remix OS, which is Android reimagined for the desktop. The OS sports keyboard shortcut support, Windows-like windows management tools and an Android Marshmallow-inspired flat, clean design. The OS, which is a tweaked version of Android Lollipop,...