Google introduced its Instant Apps initiative way back in 2016, and now the effort is getting a bit of a rebrand and a broader focus.
Alcatel today announced the world’s first Android Go smartphone. Google had announced its Android Go platform late last year. Meant for low-end budget devices, Android Go devices feature anywhere between 512MB to 1GB of RAM. They will run a version of Android Oreo that is optimized for low-end hardware along with a lighter ‘Go’ version of all of Google’s apps and services.
Remember Swype? The keyboard that was once famous for introducing swipe typing on smartphones? Well, Nuance, the developer of the keyboard, has confirmed that it is no longer in development for Android.
Jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon, Google has launched a slew of deals across books, movies, music, and apps on the Google Play Store.
After the ravishing success of the Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, and Mi A1, Xiaomi today launched another new handset in India under a new series: Redmi Y. The first handset under this series is the Redmi Y1 which is essentially a rebrand of the Redmi Note 5A Prime that launched in China in September.
Just as the leaks had pointed out, Samsung today announced that it is starting the Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Apart from bringing all the new features introduced by Google in Oreo, Samsung is also bumping its skin to Samsung Experience 9.0 with the update.
Google Makes Video Calling Easier on Android by Integrating It into Phone, Contacts, and Messages App
Google today announced that it is making video calling easier for certain Android devices by integrating it into the Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages app. And later this year, it will also allow one to upgrade their voice call to video with just a tap.
Earlier today, Google officially announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL, the successors to last year’s flagship smartphones.
Google today announced that it has enhanced the search and discovery algorithms in the Google Play Store to rank quality apps higher than poorly made apps. The new algorithm will take into account an app’s performance, stability, crashes, battery drain etc. and rank them accordingly.
Benchmarks are a bane to the world of smartphones. While they numerically suggest the maximum performance a device can deliver, the numbers typically do not correlate to how it performs in the real world. For example, a device with a 40,000 score in a benchmark suite is not twice as fast as a device with a 20,000 score in the real world. There is no doubt that the recently launched OnePlus 5 is a fast smartphone, thanks to the combination of the Snapdragon 835 chip, 6 or 8GB RAM, fast UFS 2.1 storage, a modest 1080p display, and bloatware-free Android. But alas, the company seems to have faltered yet again in artificially inflating benchmark scores in a bid to showcase a numerical superiority.