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Android M gets unveiled at Google IO 2015

Android M gets unveiled at Google IO 2015

Google IO is the biggest Google event of the year, where Google comes up with some extraordinary stuff year after year. This time was no different. Google L a.k.a Lollipop was unveiled last year and now its turn for Google’s next OS version Android M. Android M is not a visual overhaul like Lollipop but is a more an internal change which some pretty neat new functions. App Permissions gets real   Whenever an app is installed on Android, you get to see a list of permissions which tell you what functions of the device the app will use like accessing location or using the mic or camera and so on. Now with Android M you will no longer be seeing that list during installation. Instead, you can choose which permissions to allow and which to reject when the app demands it, for example you can choose which apps will be allowed to use the microphone in your phone. Chrome integration in every app   Google announced a feature called Chrome Custom Tabs, what it basically does is, making loading pages faster by pre-loading some data such as passwords. This will help in a way that whenever you might click on a link through an app say twitter, currently you would see a stripped down web view of the site. Now, once you click on the link it will open as if it were open in Chrome itself. Well, it is Chrome just automatically customized according to the app you are using. USB-C and Improved Battery Usage   It was announced that Android M will support devices with USB-C. Now, what is USB-C you may ask? Well, the basic idea is that you do not have to worry what the right side of the USB cable is, because there is NO WRONG side any more. You can insert the USB-C cable upside down or right side up doesn’t matter. Another feature which comes with Android M is called “Doze”. This uses the stand by mode more effectively, so you get a longer battery life. According to Google, they tested it on the Nexus 9 and Android M running devices lasted 2 times longer than the ones running Android Lollipop. Google Now on Tap   This is one of the best new features that comes with Android M. Google Now on Tap is a program that has made Google Now much much smarter. How it works it that when you are in an app, just hold the home button and Google cards pop up with relevant information according to the app or data on the screen at that time. Rather than giving you an example...

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Google and Microsoft to bring new “Kill Switch” feature to curb smartphone thefts

Google and Microsoft to bring new “Kill Switch” feature to curb smartphone thefts

With smartphone thefts being recorded at an all time high the timing of this news couldn’t have been more appropriate. Both Google and Microsoft have taken into their stride to try and curb this growing menace with their all new “factory reset protection solution” which would allow users to entirely wipe out their phone’s data with a single press of a button to the extent of which it cannot and WILL not be recovered at the same time rendering the device useless for the other party. The so called “kill switch” option is quite similar to the one already present in an iPhone which has the ability to prevent the device from being factory reset and illegally used by another person as their own. Recent reports have shown a 19% drop off in iPhone thefts from 2013 to 2014 thanks to Apple’s kill switch feature on their devices. The matter has also been taken up to the White House where a new bill (introduced in February) is looking to require all phones sold in the US to include kill switch functionality. Senators believe that this is the only way to truly prevent smartphone thefts, making it common knowledge that would-be smartphone thieves are getting little more than a shiny new brick. Besides the US, smartphone thefts are taking place all over the world and this new preventive measure adopted by both Google and Microsoft for their respective Android and Windows Phone devices respectively, is surely a step in the right direction. The new security feature is expected to make its debut in the upcoming months with the release of Android 5.0 code-named Android L as well as the much anticipated Windows Phone 8.1 update which is expected to roll out sometime later this year. That’s all the news  we have for you guys at the moment, will keep you informed on any further developments once we get to hear anything more from either Google or Microsoft on the matter in the coming...

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Google starts rolling out Android 4.4.3 for Nexus and Google Play Devices

Google starts rolling out Android 4.4.3 for Nexus and Google Play Devices

Google has started pushing out the Android 4.4.3 update for its Nexus devices as well as its Google Play Edition smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S4 GE (GT-I9505G), HTC One M7 GE, HTC One M8 GE and Sony’s Z Ultra GE have already started getting the update over the air (OTA).  The roll out as always will be in parts so if you are a proud owner of any Google Play Edition device, then you might start checking for the updates via the settings menu. The Android 4.4.3 update is mainly for  performance improvement and bug fixes. The main issue which it deals with is the massive battery drain, when using the camera. This was one major issue which alot of users were experiencing, and thankfully Google listened to those cries and sorted the issue. On the UI front you get a new dialer and peoples app. The new look of the dialer with a white background and light blue keys compliment the overall white KitKat theme. According to sources, the 4.4.3 update will come to standard smartphones as well, but that will take long because each OEM has to modify the OS as per their own UI theme respectively. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S4 LTE-A are already being tested by Samsung for the update as the LTE-A variant of the Galaxy S4 never got the KitKat update in the first place, so Samsung are most probably jumping from Android 4.3 to Android 4.4.3 directly. The updates might not be as far away as expected though considering Google I/O 2014 is just around the corner and Google is most likely going to introduce its new OS Android 4.5/5 codenamed...

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Google Introduces New Game Services at Google I/O

Google Introduces New Game Services at Google I/O

  Google I/O brought with it a number of new additions to Google’s long line of already impressive products. The Google Play Services API also known as the Google Play Games is one such addition to the Google family. The all-new game service (first of its kind for Google) is somewhat similar to what Microsoft is offering with its Windows Phone Operating Systems that includes the Xbox Live game features in the palm of your hands. Google Play Games includes a whole bunch of exciting features that developers can add in their games to provide an entirely new and refreshing experience. These new features include game files being saved on the cloud, in-game achievements, leaderboards, low-latency multiplayer matchmaking and much much more. Lets take a quick look at some if the cool features that Google Play Games has to offer;       The Google Play Services is now available for developers and game enthusiasts and is supported for all devices having Android...

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Google Maps Gets Updated at Google I/O 2013

Google Maps Gets Updated at Google I/O 2013

Google I/O 2013 started off with a bang yest introducing a bunch of new features, one of which is the update to their Google Maps. Google Maps apps are now available in almost 200 countries. 50 out of those 200 are able to use Street View. The new and improved Google Maps main difference to the old one is that Google have managed to make thousands of maps integrated one of top of the other. According to a Google representative, Google Maps has become a UI in itself, and each person has its own Maps, the map picks up all the routes which are important to that particular person and shows that particular route on the map which might not be visible on somebody else’s map.    Additional new features include, full screen maps, as well as 3D panoramic view of hotels and restaurants, uploaded by Google or your friends. The all new Google+ integrates with Google Maps, and various place now have reviews made by various people who visited that place. Google Maps looks and feels much more smoother after the update. If your Google Maps app has not updated yet then go on the Play Store and update it now....

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Google I/O 2013 Key Note in Pictures

Google I/O 2013 Key Note in Pictures

Google I/O 2013 KEY NOTE We have compiled some of the pictures from Google I/O 2013 first day. We will also be publishing a brief article shortly, stay tuned! Sundar Pichai Google Now updated Google+ Hangouts Google Google Photo Enhancments Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Editon Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition Google Chrome Google Converse Google Play Games Service Android Studio Google Music Updates Google Maps Google Maps Google Maps Larry Page Larry Page talking about the future of technology...

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