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  • Android Marshmallow update roundup: LG G3 to miss out?

    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...

  • YouTube Gaming: what to expect from Google’s game streaming service

    We've come a long way, baby, from the early days of game streaming. Twitch, the now household-name game streaming platform, kicked us off back in June 2011 when the entire concept was a relatively infant one (considering its birth from Justin.tv, game streaming really has taken off in a big way). The company's now owned by Amazon, but it hasn't exactly deviated much from its initial goal: allowing gamers the means to broadcast their online games cheaply, efficiently and without issue. Today, Google will unveil its response to Twitch dubbed YouTube Gaming. And although it has the YouTube moniker glinting in...

  • Android Wear update makes its smartwatches a little more useful

    It's easy for smartwatch companies to develop a face to indicate the time, but the device's issues is its inability to show the plethora of additional information available in an orderly fashion. Well, Google is actively trying to remedy this and has subsequently issued an Android Wear update, that brings with it interactive watch faces. While it does sound like something that has been with Android Wear for ages, it's a little more intricate than that. The watch face itself -- without forcing the user to trudge through it's idiotic menu -- displays bit-sized information, from weather, to steps taken,...

  • Android One arrives in Africa with the $90 Infinix Hot 2

    Google is bringing it's Android One programme to Africa, finally. Jumia, one of Africa's biggest ecommerce players, has announced that it will be retailing a phone molded under the guise of Google's Android One scheme to African markets this year. The device in question is the Infinix Hot 2. "Google’s Android One is testament to Google’s customer centric efforts. Android One smartphones are poised to be customer favorite and I foresee a great demand for them. Jumia is thrilled to be in the forefront of this revolution," noted Fatoumata Ba, MD of Jumia Nigeria. Android One was announced alongside Android Lollipop...

  • Alleged leak shows-off Google’s upcoming Nexus smartphone

    A photo of what's said to be Google's upcoming Nexus smartphone has been released into the wild. Originally posted on an Indonesian Google Plus community by inno yudha, the picture shows-off the white device's back sporting a rather bulky rear camera and a possible fingerprint sensor. The small, red sticker in the bottom-corner of the photo appears to be an LG logo. This would confirm earlier rumours that the internet giant has partnered with the Korean manufacturer to develop its upcoming Nexus device. Whether Chinese manufacturer Huawei is involved remains unclear. Read more: Motorola’s Nexus 6 steals the show as Google launches...

  • Android M: a more secure, polished and friendly update of Lollipop

    Keep abreast with all developing news as it happens on our dedicated Google I/O live blog. Google I/O 2015 kicked off in San Francisco's Moscone Centre last night, complete with massive rectangular displaces (borrowed from Samsung's MWC 2015 presser, we imagine) and a host of Google's top brass. But the star of the show was undoubtedly Android M. David Burke, Google's VP of Android engineering, had a twenty minute slot dedicated to the upcoming OS, scheduled for official release in Q3 2015. But there wasn't all that much to shout about. Firstly, Android M will be more efficient than Lollipop, but that's assumed...

  • Google I/O 2015 live blog: watch the keynote live here

    It's that time of the year again, when Google announces and reveals a few more goodies and coded surprises for its legion of devs and followers alike. Although there might be less hype surrounding this particular edition of Google I/O than before, the company isn't slowing down in its pioneering approach to the tech world. So, were just moments away from the keynote, which will be delivered by Sundar Pichai and at this point we wonder, what does Google have in store for us? We'll live blog throughout the Google I/O weekend and keep you up to speed with all pressing...

  • Google I/O 2015 preview: Android M, Brillo and virtual reality tales

    June is a bumper month for conferences across the world, with WWDC, Computex and E3 within weeks of each other. Arguably though, there's a much more important event that opens the curtains for these. Mountain View will head to San Francisco on 28 May to kick off Google I/O -- the company's most important event of the year. It's generally a software developers paradise, but we have seen the odd hardware surprise here and there in the past. So, before the multicoloured mayhem begins in earnest, we look forward to the conference that will define Google's next 12 months. Android M: the...

  • Android Wear updates finally make using apps as simple as checking the time

    Google has rolled out a bunch of features to make your Android smartwatch a bit more hands-off, with a whole new range of gestures and touch shortcuts. In what seems to be the first major update to Android Wear since it was unleashed onto people's wrists about a year ago, Google's focusing more on what it dubs being "fashionable" as well as "functionable". Android Wear watches have always had an always-on-screen -- that battery munching feature that doubles up as a safety light for nighttime cyclists. With this new update, you can extend this feature to your apps so they can stay...

  • April Fools’ 2015: the best stories from the date we hate

    April Fools' Day is upon us and need I say more? Although media houses (we'll turn a blushing cheek here) love to publish hoaxes for the sake of good fun and spikes in traffic, there are a lot of hilarious pieces published by brands and companies themselves during this period. Often, these companies have the sense of humour to poke fun at themselves, even if that is what journalists do to them in the other 364 days of the year. So, to celebrate the day where lying, cheating and being an all-round bad journalist is written in the global constitution, we've...