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  • Google Play Store to hit Chrome OS?

    Google's Chrome OS has become a worthwhile alternative to Windows for some users, offering a fast, cloud-based platform for computers. But Google is planning to up the ante in a big way if a redditor's find is to be believed. Reddit user TheWiseYoda found a tickbox titled "enable Android Apps to run on your Chromebook". The tickbox disappears after a second, but the user was able to screengrab the reference nonetheless. The user also found strings referencing the Google Play Store, along with the tagline "Over a million apps and games now available on your Chromebook". A second redditor dug a little deeper and...

  • 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...

  • Android Wear updates, makes its smartwatches smarter

    For those rolling around with Android Wear smartwatches, listen up, because that ticker's finally getting a software update. And it's a big one. Krystal Higgins, Android Wear's UX designer, took to Google's Official Android Blog to outline the advancements coming to users in the next few weeks, and the set of updates largely seek to improve user-watch interaction. Users can now listen to calls and messages from their wrists. Of course, this only really applies to devices with speakers -- the Huawei Watch and 49mm Asus ZenWatch 2 are the two examples at present. Google's also including gesture support to the system,...

  • 3 of Motorola’s best mobile phone hits

    When Lenovo bought Motorola from Google in 2014, we didn't quite know what the Chinese technology manufacturer had in store for the once prolific smartphone brand. Founded in 1928, the company was responsible for the first real mobile phone -- the DynaTAC -- in the mid Eighties. In the late Nineties and early 2000s, the company experienced some of its greatest sales hits and the peak of its brand appeal with preppy, polished, and stylish devices. But sadly from this year, the Motorola name will no longer be used on smartphones. Instead Moto will be one of two sub-brands under Lenovo's...

  • BlackBerry shelves its own OS, completely adopts Android instead

    It's been a tough few years for BlackBerry, a company whose wares were once the darlings of the South African and worldwide market. But times are changing, and so is BlackBerry it seems. In light of its new BlackBerry Priv Android smartphone, the company's CEO John Chen at CES 2016 revealed that all phones launched this year under the BlackBerry label will run Android, and not its in house developed BlackBerry OS. Speaking to CNET, he also noted that 2016 will be a definitive year for the future of the company's long standing smartphone project, largely thanks to its falling revenues...

  • Lenovo, Google team up to announce Project Tango smartphone

    Lenovo and Google have announced at CES 2016, that they're working on the world's first consumer Google Project Tango based smartphone that will throw yet another cat into the pigeons of the smartphone market. The technology allows smartphones to interact with the world using "3D motion tracking with depth sensing," the technology will give these previously lifeless bars of metal and plastic the ability to understand their physical position in the world around them. Effectively, it allows phones to map out their surroundings. Read more: Google’s Project Tango: the Android phone that maps your world in real-time There's currently scant details regarding...

  • CyanogenMod 13 first impressions: bringing Marshmallow to the masses

    Now that Android Marshmallow is out in the wild, Android enthusiasts everywhere, at least those without Nexus devices, will be waiting to see when it’s their turn to upgrade from Lollipop. Numerous manufacturers have already released their lists of which devices will see the upgrade as well as those that are scheduled to be left behind. This is normal and should come as no surprise, however, for those not wanting to wait, (for instance, me), Cyanogenmod has delivered. Named CyanogenMod 13, the custom OS had been updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and nightlies for a few devices, including my Moto G...

  • Android Marshmallow update roundup: Huawei Honor range updating Feb 2016

    Google just loves confectionery and after the slow adoption rate of Android Lollipop, Google will hope that the softer Android Marshmallow will filter through devices more efficiently. Although many smartphones haven't even received Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, there's already talk from other manufacturers about their move to the latest, bleeding edge version of Android. So, with that said, when will your device receive its Android Marshmallow update? Marshmallow will be officially released in September, so we should expect some degree of chatter about it fairly soon. We'll be updating this piece regularly as more information per manufacturer is made available, so stay tuned...

  • Android Marshmallow hands on: smarter, shinier, more secure

    It’s that time of year again: upgrade season. You know, the time when iOS users around the world get the latest and greatest that Apple has to offer, while only a small percentage of Android users get to experience brand new Google products. I’m lucky enough to have a Nexus device, and for the past few days I’ve been using Android’s newest and most mature release yet: Android Marshmallow. I’m sure the various OEMs (pipping Motorola to be first again) will start rolling out their versions soon, but for now, it’s only available on Nexus devices. So what have I learned...