While here at BGR India, we do cover every major news as and when something happens in our mobile industry. But a few sections of our tech world are so vast that sometimes it seems impossible to write about every single event. With our dedicated weekend reading column, we will try to compile each and every single piece of important news belonging to one particular segment be it about a vendor or a carrier or an operating system under one single blog post. The idea is to cover the most trending topics. So today, our first ever weekend reading article will be about Android. Also Read - Apple Macbook Air M1 at just Rs 69,900: How to getAlso Read - After Jio, Google invests in Airtel: Here’s what we know about it
Google CEO is focused on a budget Android tablet Also Read - iPhone 12 mini discount: Here's how to grab the iPhone under Rs 30,000
First up is the line are the talks about a low-cost Android tablet by Google. Yup, a budget Google-branded Android tablet which CEO Larry Page has sort of spoken about in a quarterly call meeting. Page has gone far to say, considering “the success of lower priced tablets that run Android,” Google is “quite focused” upon this segment. Some sources believe that the Google Nexus tablet, which may aim to tackle the budget market instead of following in the flagship footsteps of its smartphone brethren, is already finished.
Sony’s SmartWatch launched, gets connected to your Android handset
Sony has launched SmartWatch which can get connected to your Android smartphone and allows users to read text messages, social updates and e-mail, manage calls, and control music. However, SmartWatch isn’t Sony’s first foray into watch segment as the company had launched another watch that interacted with Android phones called the LiveView two years ago.
Now electronically do your signature on Android device
Adobe has released an update to its Adobe Reader mobile application because of which you will now be able to draw your signature with your fingers. Through integration between Adobe Reader and Adobe EchoSign eSignature service, users can gain real-time visibility into the signature process and status of contracts. This gives users the assurance that their signed documents have been received, and can be easily organized and managed. The update adds new capabilities that give users the ability to annotate and comment on PDF files, as well as fill out forms-capable PDF files.
Google Goggles for Android updated with Speed
Google’s barcode, image, object scanning app for Android smartphones – the Goggles, has been updated to version 1.8. The new version now does barcode recognition twice as fast as older editions and it is now possible to save recognized objects from the continuous scanning mode to the search history.
Google+ for Android updated with hashtags and link previews
Apart from completely redesigning the Google+ network, the Internet giant has also released a new update for the Google+ app for the Android platform. This update has brought the experience of this app closer to the desktop web version as users can now view web snippets or previews when sharing links inside the app. Support for hashtags has also been added.
Android tops in China leaving Apple and others behind in market share
Android platform was the most popular mobile operating system last year in China as it captured a massive chunk of 68.4 percent share of the Chinese mobile market. Manufacturers such as ZTE and Huawei helped propel the OS to new heights by offering low-cost devices via local wireless carriers. Android’s success came at the expense of Nokia, whose Symbian operating system share reduced to nearly 18.7 percent. Apple also lagged behind as it managed to grab 5.7 percent market share.
Google’s Project Glass, Android-powered wearable glasses coming in future
Google and company has recently taken the wraps off its Android-powered wearable glasses which it aims to pursue and turn into reality. Called Project Glass, these would most probably be paired with the user s phone and give augmented reality-style layered information or bring up notifications from the phone.
Since the team had asked consumers for their inputs, one question was put up numerable times on multiple social networks whether these can work for those who wear spectacles. Yes guys, these will work as Google has released a mockup showing a new model working over prescription eyeglasses. The Internet giant is working on multiple versions that will work for everyone and obviously wouldn t want to leave potential buyers out.