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Google needs your help in naming Android N

Google needs your help in naming Android N

Google I/O 2016 is underway and it has already made some huge announcements on the first day. One of the most anticipated announcements was about Android N, Google’s upcoming OS. Even though some users have had a glimpse of what Android N has to offer in the developer preview version released a few months ago, Google announced a bunch of new features which we can expect in the upcoming OS whose name is yet to be decided. Google’s VP of Engineering Dave Burke took the stage to announce some of the upcoming changes for Android N, but before doing so he jokingly stated that Android N has been the hardest iteration of the operating system to name. So Google is turning to you for help. That’s right folks. Just head over to the official website and help Google pick a name for Android N. We suggested Android Nutcracker. What do you guys have in mind? Share your suggestions with us in the comments...

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The next Android OS is called Android 6.0 Marshmallow [Official]

The next Android OS is called Android 6.0 Marshmallow [Official]

We are just a month away from Google showing off its new Android 6.0 operating system code named Marshmallow.  They will do so, with the launch of the two new Nexus devices. One is made by LG (Nexus 5 2015) and its brother will be bigger like the Nexus 6 but built by Huawei. Google had kept a lot of people guessing what their next Android OS will be named, when early this year, Android M as introduced. If the preview builds are to be considered. Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings with it a number of changes, visual and internal. The first thing you will notice when you turn on an Android 6.0 running device is the new boot animation, next you can see that the app launcher  has changed, it now comes with a search option which could turn out to be very handy, if you have many app screens. Home screen rotation is finally here (though some app launchers have done this job for us in the past). Also, Quick settings tab can now be arranged. Now talking about internal changes, Android 6.0 will let users give the power to choose which permission you want which app to have. So, if you do not allow an app to use your mic, it wont be allowed to use it. Finger print scanning is also built in the OS’s architecture, which means improved finger print scanning in supported devices. Lastly there is a cool new function which lets you decide what notifications to show on the status bar. For example if you always have your bluetooth on, and do not want the icon to take the space then simply remove it.  This means a much cleaner looking status bar. Now it is just a matter of waiting until Google shows off the final build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the world in...

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Android 6.0 or M to come with Multi-Window Feature [RUMOR]

Android 6.0 or M to come with Multi-Window Feature [RUMOR]

Every year Google comes up with its new edition to the Android family naming them after tasty deserts. The names usually are alphabetical so after J, K, L now its the turn for “M”.  So, it would go as Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lolipop and now rumored to be Muffin. This is still early days, as most devices are still stuck on KitKat and yet have to see Android 5.0 or 5.1 Lollipop.  According to rumors, Google’s next Android version a.k.a Android 6.0 or Muffin, will come with an updated but not likely redesigned Material UI.  Not only that Android 6.0 will be coming with a few bag of goodies as well, namely a Multi-Tasking (Multi-Window) feature.  This will be pretty handy considering the larger display devices in the market these days like the Nexus 6. Their is no official word on what exactly will Android “M” be called, could be Muffin or like they did with KitKat, maybe it could be Mars, who knows. Only thing that is for sure is that Android 6.0 will be something to look out for at the end of 2015. Till then let us know what name do you suggest for Google’s next Android...

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Android 5.0 Lollipop – A Sweet New Take on Android

Android 5.0 Lollipop – A Sweet New Take on Android

Google has finally made it official, the much awaited “Android L” is…*drum rolls please*… Android 5.0 Lollipop. Not only that but Google also announced the Nexus 6 made by Motorola, Nexus 9 made by HTC and Asus’s Nexus Player. We had received a glimpse of the new operating the system at Google I/O earlier this year and couldn’t wait for it to get officially released. Now that it is finally here, lets get straight into the nitty gritties! Material Design Android 5.0 Lollipop, as its called has visually been modified quite a bit (much to our hearts content) thanks to the Material Design language used. A lot more bolder colors, new icons and animations breathe new life to the look and feel of Android. The multitasking has been given a very nice overhaul, resembling the Tab switching in Google Chrome. Not only does it look more beautiful, it has become much more fluid. Notifications Next in the list of changes is the new notifications, specially found on the lock screen. It includes the ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications. You can control which apps are allowed to pop up notifications, either you can prioritize them, hide sensitive content or turn them off completely. If you are watching a movie or playing a game, incoming calls are no longer a bother, a notification will slide down where you can either accept the call or ignore it. This way you will not get disturbed from what you have been doing. Project Volta It helps better manage batter life, with Android 5.0 Lollipop you now get a nifty battery saving mode. This function extends the battery life for 90mins longer. Also, the time left for the charge to be completed is also shown, which is quite handy, if you are like me looking at the percentage every 15mins. New Quick Settings The quick settings panel which was introduced with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, has received a much needed change. Now the quick settings toggle displays the most frequently used settings first, then the rest if the list. Now straight from the quick settings menu you can control the flash light, hotspot and cast screen controls. Pretty handy no? Device Sharing Google has taken the use of cloud storage to a whole new level. Now as Google does back up, your contacts, photos and messages, you can access them from any device running Android 5.0 Lollipop. You just need to log in to your own profile on nay phone and you access all your info which has been backed up. There is a nice little feature called “Guest User”, where you can just allow the content...

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Google Play Store gets Material Design with version 5.0.31

Google Play Store gets Material Design with version 5.0.31

We got a nice surprise from Google this morning, as they updated the Play Store to version 5.0.31. The very first change you will see is that the Google Play Store Icon has been changed, looks quite modern. The new Play Store is built on the ‘Material Design” layout, which gives the app a very nice minimalistic touch. The various categories have much bolder colors with a much flatter design.  When you slide open the menu tab you can see a couple of changes. New icons have been added for Store Home, My apps, Wishlist and People and icons for the rest have been removed. Most noticeable change you will find is that when you open an app, the “Whats New’ section has now been highlighted which was a much needed change, and we thank Google for doing so. The categories and the sub category tabs have now the same color combinations and when you are scrolling for apps, movies or songs the category heading hides away so you get more space on the screen for viewing the app,movie or song list. Other than that most of the changes had been made in the previous 4.9 version. So, now the Google Play Store is officially ready for Android L. Not long now for Google to unveil its much anticipated  operating system. The roll out of the new Play Store will be in batches as usual so if you can wait for it to get updated on it own sweet time then all good. If not, we have added a direct download link below. Enjoy! Google Play Store...

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Google Android One – Affordable Smartphones for the Masses

Google Android One – Affordable Smartphones for the Masses

  Google’s Android One initiative is aimed specifically at developing markets. Low budget phones are available in abundance but they do not give the user the same fluid android experience their expensive counter parts tend to deliver. This is mostly due to the fact, the OEM’s put their own skins on the device which takes up the major chunk of internal memory available. This leads to lag and low performance of the devices.  Google has planned to rectify this issue with their Android One initiative. Google after listening to the cry’s of the people came up with the specifications for its Android One devices. The first generation Android One devices will all have the minimum following specs: MediaTek Quad-Core Processor 5MP Back and 2MP Front Cameras 24 Hours running Battery Micro SD Card Slot (upto 32GB) Dual Sims     In the software departments all Android One devices will be running on Google’s latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat Operating System. Best part is Google will handle the software updates themselves, which means as soon as a new android update gets released from Google all Android One devices will get the update , though first priority would be given to the Nexus devices. The devices will be priced around $105 to $165. Google has joined hands with a number of OEM’s giants for the development of the Android One devices, including HTC, Acer, Lenovo, ASUS and Panasonic. Though the first Android One devices have been developed by OEM’s you have probably never heard about, they being Karbonn, Micromax and Spice Mobile. Google has also partnered with the likes of Intex, Alcatel One Touch, Lava, XOLO, Airtel, Qualcomm and Mediatek. Google has initiated its plans from India and will continue to make available affordable Android One devices for Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka in the coming...

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