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Android

  • Award winning Alto’s Odyssey coming to Android for free

    Next week the award-winning game Alto’s Odyssey will be released on Android for free. A tweet by the game’s official Twitter account confirmed that the app will launch on Google Play next Thursday, 26 July. Alto's Odyssey is a sequel to the popular 2015 game Alto’s Adventure, and was released on iOS five months ago. It won an Apple Design Award in June. Now, Android users will be able to play the game for free, while iPhone users will still have to purchase the app at $4.99 (around R66.45). Often described as “beautiful”, this endless adventure game takes you on a scenic journey...

  • 5 simple Android games for your boring daily commute

    A long bus ride? Train delayed again? That queue to the taxi moving so slowly you feel like you’re going backwards? Never fear when your app store is near. Here’s a list of five simple and compact Android games you can play on your phone when you need to kill some time on that long, boring journey. Infinity Loop Download size: 12.25MB In this game you match up various shapes and lines to create patterns and loops. The developer, Infinity Games, describes the process as “zen” and is meant to be stress free. There’s definitely a quiet, easy going feel to this app that...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • These are all major Android Go smartphones thus far

    MWC 2018 saw plenty of Android Go smartphones revealed, from Alcatel OneTouch to ZTE. Heck, the Android stand at MWC also showed off a few handsets. Sifting through these devices can be a bit of a challenge though, so we thought a rundown of all the major Android Go smartphones was in order. Alcatel The company used MWC 2018 to give a proper rundown of its 1, 3 and 5 series of phones. And what do you know, the Alcatel 1X is its Android Go offering. This device packs a 5.3-inch 18:9 display (960x480), which is uncommon for phones at this price-point. Otherwise,...

  • Android Oreo: has your phone received it? [Updates]

    Android Oreo has been pushed out a while back, appearing out of the box on the Pixel 2 and Huawei Mate 10. But when will other brands deliver the update? We'll be periodically updating this page as brands roll out Oreo. Note: We'll be updating this article as brands reveal Oreo plans and as major phones receive the update. Asus Earlier this year, the company revealed that it would be "gradually" rolling out updates to compatible phones until the end of the first half of 2018. No word if the green button has been pushed yet, signalling the start of the rollout. As for compatible...

  • MIUI 9 hits devices this week, bringing a few new features

    Whether you like it or detest it, you can't argue that Xiaomi doesn't pay some attention to MIUI. The Android skin's features are heavily driven by the community, so Xiaomi owners will be glad to hear that the stable version of MIUI 9 (i.e. not a beta) launches this week. The news (spotted by TechRadar) was delivered by Xiaomi global vice-president and Xiaomi India head Manu Kumar Jain on Twitter. As promised, #MIUI9 is now available for all devices!@XiaomiIndia is committed to bringing the best and the latest OS to all our Mi Fans. That's why we're even updating the phones that...

  • 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...

  • Mi Box 4 Android TV box to come to South Africa, but when?

    Xiaomi distributor MIA Group has delivered a decent variety of products recently, including the Mi A1 (review), Mi 6 and the Redmi 4X (review). But there are plenty of other products under the Xiaomi umbrella that could do with a local release, starting with the Mi Box Android TV device. We managed to nab the Mi Box 4K HDR from Gearbest, being suitably impressed with the streaming gadget. Now, an MIA Group representative has confirmed to Gearburn that the recently revealed Mi Box 4 will be coming to local shores. A launch date hasn't been nailed down just yet, but the...

  • Android gets better Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp images, but…

    If there's one problem we have with Android versions of popular apps, it has to be the photos produced by them. Case in point: Snapchat and its awful Android quality for the longest time. Now, Google has announced that it's bringing improved quality to these apps -- but only for the Pixel 2 smartphones. You see, the Mountain View company has finally turned on the phone's Pixel Visual Core, a co-processor that enables HDR+ photography in third-party apps. "This means it'll be easier to shoot and share amazing photos on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Snapchat, along with many other apps which use the Pixel 2...