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This milkshake won’t bring many boys to the yard: Android M likely to be 5.2, not 6

July 22, 2015 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Android M - expected to be code for Milkshake - will be out by the end of the year but rather than being the next incarnation of the OS, 6.0, it's looking more likely that it will instead just be the 5.2 update. The last big update was the jump from Android KitKat 4.4 to Android Lollipop 5.0. It was correctly predicted by shots of demo mode developer builds, which set the time as the Android version. The latest screenshot to emerge (see below) is the one that shows we'll just get a small leap to 5.2 with Milkshake. Via pocket-lint

Android 5.1 update heralds multi-SIM support and super safety

March 10, 2015 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

While the world is on Apple watch looking at the Apple Watch, Google's started the roll out of the Android Lollipop 5.1. The update brings multi-SIM support for all compatible devices and it also introduces new safety feature called Device Protection. Device Protection essentially bricks a handset, even after a factory reset, until the registered Google account is signed into again. While this won't get your phone back if it's stolen etc, it'll at least mean it's rendered worthless. Also in the update is support for HD Voice calling options, again with a compatible carrier and handset. Via gizmodo

Game on! (your Android phone). Google opens phones up to Android TV game controller function

March 5, 2015 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Most people have smartphones, so games such as Spaceteam that lets people install an app and play together instantly are the best application of ubiquitous devices. Sony's also made good use of it with Singstar, which can be used as a makeshift mics. Now Google's taken a step in the right direction by opening up Android phones to gamepad functionality with Android TV. An Android Developers Blog reported that it's added 'Nearby Connections' API to Play Services developers tools, which'll add the function, which'll then need to be picked up on by developers and worked into good games that make the most of it. Hopefully this'll give a reason to take Android games to the big screen. Via gizmodo

No surprises in the Android 2014 download chart – big names reign

December 15, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News, App News with No Comments.

Google has released its "Best of" 2014 list. Those looking for insider tips and high-rated apps should look elsewhere though - this is a chart based purely on downloads. Unsurprisingly then, the top spots in each category are dominated by fairly mundane 'everyday' apps: the most downloaded social app is Facebook, Netflix was the most downloaded entertainment app and Candy Crush Saga took the top spot in games. Here's the winners of each category: Education:Duolingo (Free) Entertainment:Netflix (Free) Health & Fitness:MyFitnessPal (Free) Music:Pandora (Free) Photography:Flipagram (Free) Social:Facebook (Free) Sports:NFL Mobile (Free) Travel:TripAdvisor (Free) The most purchased movie was Frozen (the soundtrack of which also took top album). The top place bo

Microsoft Next Lock Screen for Android is an all-in-one info centre

December 9, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News, App News, Microsoft with No Comments.

Microsoft Garage has updated its Next Lock Screen for Android. The latest version of the app is the most complete to date. It displays weather info, allows users to show or hide the system status bar, select home wallpaper as the lock background and displays in a user-friendly way all calls and notifications. The app is available now on the Google Play Store and can be used on any device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onward. Via slashgear

Android Lollipop Trusted Places alleviates unnecessary unlocking

November 19, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Homescreen locks are an irritating but necessary evil when out and about but the sighs elicited when getting the code wrong at home ring long and loud. Android Lollipop has fixed this hassle with Trusted Places - a smart unlocking feature that recognises when you're in a safe place and does away with the lock screen. This simple touch is a blessed relief. It also recognises trusted faces and trusted devices. Via gizmodo

Get your dev kit for Google Android 5.0 Lollipop and where to run it first

October 20, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News, App News with No Comments.

Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop will be out in a few weeks - in the meantime get to work on your app idea in time for the launch with the Lollipop developer kit and test releases. Elsewhere, slashgear has chalked up a list of the first devices that will feature the new OS. These include the new batch of Nexus tablets, a host of Motorola produces, including the Moto X and Moto G, and a huge list of Sony Xperia devices. Via engadget and slashgear

Google Android L developer preview introduces scope for 64-bit Android apps

October 13, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Android L will accommodate 64-bit apps, allowing software to catch up with the latest hardware that's been hitting smartphones and tablets. Presently only x86 processors, including the Intel Bay Trail, Moorefield and Merrifield series, will be supported but ARM support may follow. Via liliputing

Flush your Android device and give it some space

August 20, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News, App News with No Comments.

Limited storage causes constant warnings and reminders about low memory. For those tired of the messages, this comprehensive guide to freeing up space on Android devices could come in useful. From apps that cleanse to finding pesky hidden chunks of data, this set of top tips compiled by gizmodo should set your Android device up with some breathing space in no time. Via gizmodo

The L-owdown on Android L – what’s in store with 5.0 and when you can get it

August 14, 2014 by Tom in Android, Android News with No Comments.

Techradar has compiled a comprehensive list of changes to come with Android L and expected arrival dates for regions and models. What the L stands for is still a mystery but it's known that there'll be new features, a new look and plenty of under-the-hood performance tweaks. Techradar slates the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 to be the first to adopt but it's not just Google devices they've probed, check out the link below to see when your handset will get some L action. Via techradar

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