Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Google Outs Google Family Link Early Access Program Starting Today.

Google is working on providing a more child friendly experience for Android. Launching as invite only Family Link allows parents to control what apps children can use on managed devices as well as set screen limits and usage locks.

The Family Link apps allows parents to create a managed Google Account for their child. Installing the app and signing into that account on an intended device will present parents with several management options.

Parents have full control over what kids can download from the Play Store, while being able to track how much time is spent in those apps. Reports show usage on weekly and monthly increments. There are also daily screen time limits as well as a more general device bedtime that remotely locks devices after set hours.

The Android 7.0 or higher requirement is a notable limitation given how relatively few devices are currently running Nougat. Additionally, tablets which parents are more likely to give to young children than phones have yet to widely see the latest version of the OS.

Parents in the US can request an invite to the Family Link early access program starting today by hitting the source link below. 

Google will ask early users for feedback on how to improve the experience before rolling it out to all.

Source: Google Family Link

Sunday, October 23, 2016

AT&T To Acquire Time Warner For $85.4 Billion

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AT&T has agreed to purchase Time Warner for $85.4 billion in a stock-and-cash deal that will merge AT&T's delivery networks with Time Warner's vast catalog of content. AT&T believes the combined companies will be able to save $1 billion per year once fully merged. The company says the acquisition will diversify its revenue mix thanks to the lower-cost, less-regulated content business from Time Warner. 

This will balance out the high cap-ex model currently run by AT&T and its wired and wireless networks, and DirecTV satellite service, which are all heavily regulated. The merger is said to have been approved unanimously by both boards, but will require regulatory approval from the U.S. Department of Justice and the FCC. The transaction is expected to close before year end 2017. 

Source: AT&T

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Android 7.1.1 Nougat Developer Preview Now Available

You can try Android 7.1 later this month

Google has released Android 7.1.1 Nougat Developer Preview for a limited number of devices that includes the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C tablet. According to Google the Developer Preview will be available for other devices beginning in November.

If you are already signed up for the Android Developer Program then there isn’t anything else you need to do. The Developer Preview will become available to you, as long as you have the supported device(s) soon, as updates are provided as OTA releases. If you are not signed up, manually flashing the Android 7.1.1 Developer Preview is also an option (link provided below).

Android 7.1.1 brings a few welcomes changes such as app shortcuts by long press on an app icon and quick shortcuts will pop up, the new software also includes round icons, and a more advanced keyboard. To sign up for Android 7.1.1 Developer Preview hit the source link below. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Source: Android Developers Blog, Android Beta ProgramFlashing a device manually

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Huawei Rumored To Build Tizen Based Smartwatch

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According to new reports Huawei is working on a Tizen based smartwatch.

Huawei hasn't been very active in the smartwatch industry in the past. The last Huawei smartwatch was the Huawei Watch, which launched back in late 2015.

While Huawei did not officially comment on the rumor, reports claim Huawei is unsatisfied with Google's position towards Android Wear being a closed OS. Unlike with smartphones and tablets, Google restricts user interface personalization on Android Wear devices. 

Remember, this isn't the first report to argue that Huawei is looking for Android alternatives, a few months back rumors claimed that Huawei was considering making its own mobile operating system.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Say Hello To Google Allo

Image result for google alloGoogle has started rolling out Google Allo, a new smart messaging app for Android and iOS that helps you say more and do more right in your chats. Google Allo can help you make plans, find information, and express yourself more easily in chat and the more you use it, the more it improves over time.

Respond quickly with Smart Reply
Google Allo makes it easier for you to respond quickly and keep the conversation going, even when you’re on the go. With Smart Reply, you can respond to messages with just a tap, so you can send a quick “yup” in response to a friend asking “Are you on your way?” Smart Reply will also suggest responses for photos. If your friend sends you a photo of their pet, you might see Smart Reply suggestions like “aww cute!” And whether you’re a “haha” or “😂” kind of person, Smart Reply will improve over time and adjust to your style.

Express yourself with photos, emojis and stickers
Chat is more than just text, so we’ve created a rich canvas for you to express yourself in Google Allo. You can make emojis and text larger or smaller in size by simply dragging the “send” button up or down. Make photos your own by scribbling on them before you send. And we’ve worked with independent artists and studios around the world to create more than 25 custom sticker packs, because sometimes a “sloth riding a pizza” says it all.

Meet your personal Google Assistant
In Google Allo you’ll also be introduced to a preview edition of the Google Assistant. With your Assistant in Allo, you can have a conversation with Google — ask it questions and let it help you get things done directly in your chats. You no longer need to leave a conversation with friends just to grab an address, share your favorite YouTube video, or pick a dinner spot. Just type @google to bring your Assistant into any group chat. And of course, you can also chat one-one-one with your Assistant in Allo.

Chat in Incognito mode
We take privacy and security seriously in Google Allo. All chats in Google Allo are encrypted using industry standard technologies like Transport Layer Security (TLS). But we went a step beyond this and we created a mode within Google Allo called Incognito (h/t Chrome). When you chat in Incognito mode, messages have end-to-end encryption and additional privacy features like discreet notifications and message expiration.

We can’t wait for you to say hello to Google Allo! Google is rolling out Google Allo for Android and iOS, the app is available for download by following the source links below.

Source: Google Allo site, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, APK link

Google Releases Teaser For October 4th Pixel Event

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Google has finally confirmed it will be unveiling its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones at a media event scheduled for October 4th.

Google has also created a new “” web page which shows the same animation as the video but with some amazing photos, suggesting that the search giant plans to market the new smartphones as “made by Google” although reports claim they will be manufactured by HTC.

Google just published a video to confirm the date Oct. 4th, as you can see in the video below, the search bar slowly turns into a silhouette of a phone with Oct. 4th, and the Google "G" logo on the opposite side.


Source: Google

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Google Allo Rumored To Launch This Week, According To Evan Blass

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Google has been silent about the release date for Allo aside from a summer release. Evan Blass more famously known as @evleaks on Twitter, posted a tweet saying "Hello, Allo (launches this week)." 

With no other details, or an official release date. Rumors from other sources suggest September 21, anyone familiar with Evan Blass aka @evleaks knows the credit-ability of leaks from Evan Blass are spot on...

Source: Twitter 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Remix OS Now Available As Virtual Machine For Windows

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Jide's new Remix OS Player system is based on the virtual machine in Android Studio, with extensive modifications being added. 

The aim is to make a stand alone Remix powered devices or a full OS installation for desktop PC's. Jide's press release didn't say which version of Android the player's software is based on, but the latest release from the company uses Android 6.0 Marshmallow code. 

Jide's Remix OS Player is a free download on Jide's website and includes full access to the Google Play Store. 

Source: Jide

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Google Rolls Out New Chromecast Preview Program

Image result for google chromecastAccording to a new Chromecast support page, Google Chromecast users can now enroll their Chromecast into a “Preview Program” for access to early and unreleased features…

The support page allows Google Chromecast users to join the preview program and will be able to try new features, give feedback directly back to the Chromecast team, and will be emailed every time a new update rolls out to their Google Chromecast streaming device.

According to the Google Chromecast support page you will be able to use the Google Cast app to enroll in the preview program by following the steps below:

  • From your Android or iOS device, open the Google Cast app.
  • Tap the Devices tab to see your available Chromecast devices.
  • Scroll to find the device card for the Chromecast you’d like to enroll in the Preview Program.
  • In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu (three squares).
  • Tap Device Settings.
  • Tap Preview Program.  ***Google stated If you don’t see Preview Program, we aren’t accepting new members at this time. Please continue to check back as opportunities become available***.
  • Choose whether to receive email notifications by moving the slider to the right or left.
  • If you opt-in to email notifications, you’ll be asked to sign into your Google account.
  • Review the contents of that page, and tap Join Program.
  • Review the contents of the page, then tap OK, GOT IT

Google has also made note, this program is not a beta program and the “intention is that Preview Program updates will be of the same quality as production version updates.” 

Source: Google Chromecast support page

Monday, September 12, 2016

Google's Nexus Launcher Is Now Pixel Launcher (APK Link)

With Google’s latest Nexus/Pixel phone's release tipped for an October 4th announcement, the launcher formerly known as the Nexus Launcher has been leaked. 

The Pixel Launcher has a new trick up its sleeve... integrating Google Calendar in to the Pixel Launcher, allowing for real-time dates to be shown in the calendar app.

The Pixel Launcher app confirmed that Google's smartphones will be called the Pixel later this year. In addition, the Pixel Launcher app version number being 7.1-3231428 indicating a likelihood that Pixel devices will ship with Android 7.1 Nougat.

Google's Pixel Launcher can be downloaded by following the source link below, along with the Wallpaper Picker that allow for setting stock wallpapers when using the new Pixel Launcher. Leave your comments, let us know what your thoughts are in the comment section.

Source: Pixel Launcher, Wallpaper Picker