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All posts tagged "Android"

  • Google planning ‘Pixel 3’ laptop with Andromeda – report

    Earlier today, we reported on Google's apparent plan to merge Chrome OS with Android, in a project codenamed Andromeda. Now, Android Police picked up a scoop of note, reporting that Google is working hard on a laptop running the unified operating system. The publication claims that the so-called Pixel 3 laptop is codenamed Bison and will ship in Q3 2017. It adds that the new laptop would not be marketed as a Chromebook. The Pixel 3 laptop is expected to run Andromeda, the new Chrome/Android platform As for specs, the publication reports that the device will have a 12.3-inch display, an Intel Core M3 or M5...

  • Andromeda: Google to reveal unified Android, Chrome OS?

    We've seen Microsoft move towards a converged mobile/desktop environment with Windows 10, as well as Canonical and Ubuntu. But could Google be next to reveal a similar plan on 4 October? According to Android Police, citing an almost year-old Wall Street Journal report, Google is working on a unified Android and Chrome OS platform. This unified platform will apparently codenamed Andromeda by the Mountain View company. The old report claimed that Google is planning to "fold" Chrome OS into Android and that Google would show it off in 2016 before a 2017 launch. The dots have been joined for a possible Andromeda...

  • Rainmaker and Blek: 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. Another week, another look at the world of mobile games. We've scoured the internet for the latest titles you should download to your smartphone or tablet once again. Our favourites this week include a stock-trading title and a rather interesting puzzle game that uses gestures. Check all five picks below! White Ninja (free - Android, iOS) Another one of those infuriatingly tough twitch-based games, White Ninja was spotted by Pocket Gamer earlier...

  • Google Play Indie Games Festival: the Android games you can look forward to

    The inaugural Google Play Indie Games Festival is set to take place on 24 September, offering some intriguing Android games from US and Canadian developers. So then, what kind of titles should you expect from the event? A ton of derivative experiences and pay-to-win titles? Hardly. From collectible card games featuring anime girls to polished puzzle games and everything in between, we take a look at the lineup. A Matter of Murder: A murder mystery game making use of point and click mechanics, this title also features rogue-like elements. For instance, randomly generated murder details ensure that no playthrough is alike. It's already available to play on Android...

  • 7 Android launchers to revive your homescreen

    The best thing about Android is the customisability of it all, allowing you to radically change the look and feel of your smartphone's interface without much work. But where do you start though? How do you sift through the noise and find the best launchers around? We've picked seven free launchers you should try out. Nova Launcher One of the first major launchers to gain a ton of popularity, Nova Launcher stands out thanks to its extensive list of options and features. The launcher has a rather vanilla feel to it, featuring an app drawer (with vertical scrolling) flanked by two shortcuts on...

  • Dragon Quest I [Android] review: revisiting the forefather of JRPGs

    Before giving Dragon Quest I a go, I'd only ever previously played DQ VIII on the PlayStation 2, and that was brief foray into the series. Recently, I'd been looking for an old-school JRPG to play on the go and the DQ I remake on Android was the recommended port of call. The entirety of Dragon Quest I is a JRPG trope and cliché. Let me rephrase that: DQ I invented many JRPG tropes and clichés. From the game's "save the princess from the dragon" storyline to the endless grinding for levels, and overall fantasy theme. The entirety of Dragon Quest I is...

  • Android Nougat update: here’s when your phone will get it

    As of 1 August 2016, Android Marshmallow had just over 15% of Google's OS market share, with Lollipop holding 35% and Android KitKat 29%. Why is this important? Well, for one it speaks of Android's version fragmentation, and secondly, Android Nougat is now officially available to some smartphones. While those smartphones include the likes of Google's Nexus range -- the LG-made Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P -- more smartphones should arrive with the OS in due course. Additionally, we could expect to see manufacturers working on updates for your current smartphone. When will Android Nougat head to your phone?...

  • Pokemon Go’s popularity shows first signs of decline

    Just as the world reaches peak hype for No Man's Sky, Niantic's Pokemon Go is discovering that life on the top of the mobile gaming charts doesn't last long for some. According to Axiom Capital Management in a Bloomberg report, Pokemon Go's user base is currently experiencing a dramatic drop. Peaking at around 45-million active daily users worldwide in mid-July 2016, the game lost nearly 15-million active users in a month ending 17 August. Google Search data tends to corroborate these dropping figures, with search term "Pokemon" seeing a fairly steep drop after its momentous rise in July 2016. But that's not...

  • Android Nougat: 6 key features Google’s adding to Android

    The latest version of Android is finally spreading to Nexus devices, bringing all sorts of welcome features in tow. There's the better Doze mode, seamless updating and Vulkan API, but there are also quite a few other additions to the world's most popular mobile platform. There's a data saver option We already had capable data management tools in previous versions of Android, but the biggest omission was a data saving mode of sorts. This was something that Windows Phones shipped with since Windows Phone 8. Fortunately, Android Nougat ships with a data saving mode, essentially killing the ability for background apps to access cellular data. "When...

  • Android Nougat spreads its sweet love to Nexus devices

    We've waited a long time for the latest version of Android to launch (no, the developer previews don't count), but Android Nougat is now rolling out to Nexus devices. Google confirmed the news on its Android blog, saying that the update would be launching on the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G Android One handset. In other words, Nexus 5 owners are out of luck -- at least in an official capacity. "And there are many tasty devices coming from our partners running Android Nougat, including the upcoming LG V20 which will...