Google Android One smartphones will be powered by Mediatek chipsets: Report

By on June 27, 2014 at 6:31 PM.

Google Android One smartphones will be powered by Mediatek chipsets: Report

Google surprised everyone when it announced its Android One initiative earlier this week at its annual I/O event. The initiative, which will be launched first in India, will see sub-$100 smartphones running on stock Android from Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. These smartphones will receive automatic software updates from Google, which makes a big difference as phones in this price segment don't normally get software updates after they are launched. More →
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“Ok Google” hotword will now work everywhere in Android, including apps and lockscreen

By on June 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

“Ok Google” hotword will now work everywhere in Android, including apps and lockscreen

One of the biggest features of the Moto X is now coming to most Android smartphones. With the latest update to Google Search (version 3.5.14), Google will roll out the ability to use the "Ok Google" hotword from anywhere in the smartphone. It will work even in the lockscreen, provided it is on unlike the Moto X, which has a separate listening co-processor that wakes the phone when the hotword is spoken even if the display is off and the phone is in standby mode. More →
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You can install Android L Preview on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 now

By on June 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

You can install Android L Preview on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 now

Google previewed Android L at I/O, and will release the OS update for the masses later this year. If however you can’t wait, Google is letting you install and try out Android L on a Nexus 5 or a Nexus 7 tablet right now. More →
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Android L: A list of features Google didn’t announce at I/O

By on June 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

Android L: A list of features Google didn’t announce at I/O

As expected, Google previewed Android L for the developers at the recently concluded I/O. While it revealed quite a few new features like Material Design, actionable notifications and personal unlocking among others. There are however many other features that Google didn’t announce and Redditor axehomeless has collated them and presented in a handy list. More →
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Android Wear smartwatches have a big shortcoming

By on June 26, 2014 at 9:39 AM.

Android Wear smartwatches have a big shortcoming

The first Android Wear smartwatches are up for pre-order and they look pretty impressive. Google seems to have done a great job bringing contextually aware app notifications and voice search commands on it. But there is one major shortcoming that both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live smartwatches suffer from and it could be the deal breaker for many buyers, who are willing to spend Rs 15,000 and more on them. More →
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Google Android software spreading to cars, watches, TV

By on June 26, 2014 at 3:15 AM.

Google Android software spreading to cars, watches, TV

Google set out Wednesday to expand its Android empire beyond smartphones to cars, watches and televisions. The technology titan laid out a sweeping Android vision at the opening of a sold-out developers conference in a keynote presentation streamed online to millions of people across the world. More →
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Sundar Pichai takes on Tim Cook, Android now has over 1 billion monthly active users with 93% running latest version of Google Play Services

By on June 26, 2014 at 1:24 AM.

Sundar Pichai takes on Tim Cook, Android now has over 1 billion monthly active users with 93% running latest version of Google Play Services

At Google I/O, Android and Chrome chief Sundar Pichai today revealed that there are over 1 billion monthly active users on the Android platform. And that number does not include devices like the Kindle Fire tablet, Nokia X-series smartphones and most Android based devices in China that don't run Google services. He further mentioned that there was a staggering 236 percent increase in app installations year-on-year. More →
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Featured

Android L preview announced for developers: Here’s everything we know

By on June 26, 2014 at 12:50 AM.

Android L preview announced for developers: Here’s everything we know

As expected, Google today previewed the next iteration of Android, currently only known as Android L, at the I/O. While the company stopped short of revealing the name of the Android update, it is widely believed to be ‘Lollipop’. Google gave a glimpse at quite a few features that will be arriving with the update and here’s a list of them. More →
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Opinion

Google Android One brings Nexus to the masses and Samsung should be worried

By on June 26, 2014 at 12:50 AM.

Google Android One brings Nexus to the masses and Samsung should be worried

Samsung should be worried right now. The complicated relationship it shares with Google is going to hurt its fortunes in the fastest growing smartphone market in the world. The biggest announcement from Google I/O has to be the Android One program, which is essentially Google arming local smartphone vendors in India with sub-$100 Android smartphones that will get automatic Android updates like Google's Nexus devices. More →
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