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  • Android P: 3 major features you should know about [I/O 2018]

    It still doesn't have an official name, but Android P is this week available to download and test on a number of devices. In fact, if you happen to have a Sony Xperia XZ2, or Nokia 7 Plus, you may be able to receive an official Android P beta build from your vendor. If not, you're just going to have to see what's brand new in this piece. AI everywhere Google's word of 2018 is AI apparently. From its news product to Android, AI is going to be everywhere in the company's future. And I'm already tired of its countless references to...

  • 4 interesting ARCore apps you should download

    Google's ARCore is finally available to all -- if you have a compatible device, of course. But for those with the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, Google Pixel or OnePlus 5 (among other devices), it means you can check out the firm's improved take on augmented reality. But where do you start though? We've got four interesting ARCore apps to play with. BBC Civilisations AR Ancient history seems like a good match for augmented reality, bringing dusty relics and important artifacts to life in a way few platforms can match. So we're glad to see the BBC release the Civilisations app, being a rather polished, content-rich...

  • School’s out: Chrome OS debuts on the Acer Chromebook Tab 10

    Chrome OS was a buggy pipe dream just a few months ago, but this week Acer launched the world's first tablet running Google's shiny new OS. Dubbed the Chromebook Tab 10, the 9.7-inch device is squarely aimed at the education sector, namely teachers and students from kindergarten all the way up to grade 12. But even if you're not six-years-old and reading this (if you are, well done), you should be intrigued by Acer's offering. For one, the company confirms the tablet will run apps from the Google Play Store, feature battery life "of up to nine hours" and come "standard with...

  • ARCore 1.0: these are all the supported phones

    Back at MWC 2018, Google announced that its ARCore platform for augmented reality was ready for prime-time, hitting 1.0. Since then, we've seen quite a few AR-toting apps hit the Play Store, but what about compatible phones? Well, that's more complicated... Nevertheless, the full list of ARCore-compatible phones (as of writing) is the Asus Zenfone AR, LG V30 and V30+, Google Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, the OnePlus 5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. Samsung also used its Unpacked event to confirm that the Galaxy S9 phones would offer ARCore support in the near future. Since the...

  • More Android apps will be able to accurately track your driving, walking

    Driving modes have silently become one of the more indispensable features for smartphone users, allowing users to concentrate on the road. But truth be told, few third-party Android apps have been able to take advantage of this data. This week however Google announced that the so-called Activity Recognition Transition API was being made available to all Android developers. "We've heard from developer after developer that they're spending valuable engineering time to combine various signals like location and sensor data just to determine when the user has started or ended an activity like walking or driving," read an excerpt from an official...

  • Android P dev preview out: all major features detailed!

    Android Oreo is running on just over 1% of all Android devices right now, but that hasn't stopped Google from announcing the developer preview for Android P. The latest version of Android is available now for developers to try out. And if MWC wasn't a hint, then Google is also telling us that notches are an accepted thing on Android now. Yep, notch support is built into Android P. "Cutout support works seamlessly for apps, with the system managing status bar height to separate your content from the cutout. If you have critical, immersive content, you can also use new APIs to check...

  • Google Assistant coming to way more countries, SA included – report

    South Africans don't need to jump through many hoops to get Google Assistant on their devices, but it looks like Google is going to officially bring the service to the country -- and many more markets. According to a slide tweeted by Dutch journalist Elger van der Wel, Google Assistant is coming to the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Africa in 2018 (all the countries with blue colours in the slide). The slide was apparently shown at the DNI (Digital News Initiative) Summit in the Netherlands. Voor het eerst officieel uitgesproken door Google: Google Assistent komt dit jaar naar...

  • Nest, Google hardware teams to merge, separate branding to stay

    It's taken them four years, but Google has announced that smart home company Nest (acquired by Google in 2014) will merge with the Google Hardware team. The move will see the two join forces to "combine hardware, software and services", read an excerpt of a post on Google's blog. Previously, the Nest team worked as a separate division. "The goal is to supercharge Nest's mission: to create a more thoughtful home, one that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it," the post continues. "By working together, we'll continue to combine hardware, software and services to create a...

  • 8 features we’d like to see in Android P

    The latest version of Android is trickling out ever so slowly to a select few phones, but it's one of the more important updates yet. The work doesn't stop as soon as one update is out though, as Google undoubtedly starts work on the next update. Here are a few things we'd like to see from Android P... A desktop experience option Maybe that's where the Fuschia OS project is heading, but a desktop mode for Android seems like a handy feature at first glance. This would allow you to connect your phone to an external display (via a dock, lapdock or other...

  • Microsoft calls out Chromebooks (literally) with $200 laptops

    Laptop manufacturers have hopped on the Chromebook bandwagon in a big way, offering a variety of Google-powered laptops. And the cheaper devices have quickly found a niche in the education sector, being an affordable option for students. Now, Microsoft has announced that it will be showing off education-focused Windows laptops, starting at US$189. And the company has clearly painted a target on Chromebooks in its announcement. "This week at Bett, we'll show new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices from Lenovo and JP, starting at just US$189, providing more options for schools who don't want to compromise on Chromebooks," read...