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We live in the golden age of mobile communications and web browsing, and thanks to advances in technology our computers have become faster and smaller. As a result of this many new industries have grown around the platform to create an ecosystem of functions, services and enjoyment for users. Some new sectors that have grown as a result of the ubiquity of mobile devices are the mobile gaming and gambling industries as barriers to access and cost came down. In this post, we take a look at 3 reasons why mobile devices have grown to become the perfect platform for gaming and gambling activities.
1. Gaming on the Go
By far the biggest contributing factor as to why mobile devices have become the best place for gaming and gambling is the portability of the devices we now use. Smartphones pack lots of sophisticated hardware and software in a pocket-sized device that allows us to access content on the internet such as video games, mobile slots, and virtual casino's. Mobile games nowadays have evolved into very well-designed titles with realistic graphics that provide anything from a quick game to pass the time such as Flabby Bird, to fully immersive experiences that provide hours of entertainment such as PokemonGo.
Whether you're on your daily commute, have a few minutes to kill in a waiting room, or relaxing at home, - mobile users have access to billions of pages of content, services and much more at the tap of a screen. This portable convenience is why gaming has taken off so spectacularly, everyone with a mobile device is a potential gamer, and millions are taking up the challenge.
2. Online Casinos and Gaming Platforms
An extension of the points made above is the fact that casino and video games are now available on the internet and in app stores. Technological advances mean that anyone can enjoy the experience of a casino without having to painstakingly plan a trip to Las Vegas or Macau. In the same way, besides the cost of your mobile there is often no need for further investment to play mobile games as many are available for free. This is in contrast to investing in a video games console or an expensive gaming PC,- as well as the games, for example.
Needless to say, many gaming and gambling experiences are now specifically optimised for mobile to ensure each user's best experience on their particular device. Either way, the availability of virtual experiences on the internet and the speed and convenience of mobile mean have helped to grow the industry's popularity.
3. Social Gaming
Another internet-based phenomenon that has resulted from the digital boom and mobile platforms is social media. Our smartphones have allowed us to connect with our friends and family beyond just having their phone number. Social media also allows people to discover or build communities based around interests they follow and so it is with mobile gaming and gambling. There is no advertising that is as powerful as word of mouth, and that is what social gaming does best for virtual casinos and games; word spreads and fast popular games end up growing very quickly.
The three reasons outlined above are some of the most important factors as to why mobile devices are currently the best platform for playing video games and enjoying gambling experiences. Together they have created the best conditions for gaming and gambling to become as popular as they are today.
The Galaxy S5 was unveiled in 2014 as their flagship device by Samsung and back then, it was a pioneer in terms of the innovations that it brought to the Samsung smartphone line-up. It was the first Samsung smartphone ever to sport a heartbeat sensor, a fingerprint sensor, as well as having dust and water resistance capabilities. Nonetheless, it is over two year old now and smartphones do have a tendency to age fast. If you have a S5, then you would be pleased to know that Samsung has not forgotten about it yet. The latest reports suggest that after rolling Android M as an OTA update in South Korea earlier, the Korean manufacturer has now started to roll out the same updates for the S5 in Trinidad and Tobago as well.
As far as we know, the latest updates are being released for the SM-G900M and earlier, they were upgrading the SM-G900L in South Korea with Android Marshmallow. Provided that you are in Trinidad and Tobago, go to Settings, About device and Check for updates to see if the update has arrived on your Galaxy S5 yet. Once the 1.47GB package does arrive and you complete the update, the Android version on your phone should change to 6.0.1 and the firmware version to G900MUBU1CPC3.
If you are neither a resident of South Korea or Trinidad and Tobago, you will have to wait longer for the update unfortunately. If it is any consolation, the update is coming to your Samsung Galaxy S5 for sure, albeit a little later.
Apparently smartphone makers are planning to ship the Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates to their devices and these news are getting leaked. Yesterday we came across an alleged roadmap for Lenovo, and before that day HTC's plans also got out, and now according to a post by SamsungViet.vn, Samsung's plans are also leaked as well.
12 devices have been mentioned in that list and those are ones which will receive the update in Q1 2016, and with four more slated to receive the update in Q2 2016. We're not quite sure if this list is final and the devices mentioned in the list are the ones are the confirmed for now.
Anyway it lists devices like the Galaxy Note 5, Note Edge, Note 4, Note 4 Duos, S6 Edge+, S6 Edge, S6, S6 Duos, S5, S5 Neo, and the S5 LTE-A as being the handsets that will receive the update in Q1 2016. The Galaxy Alpha, Tab A, Tab S2 9.7, and the Tab S2 8.0 are supposed to receive the update in Q2 2016.
It's difficult to confirm the authenticity of the list but it does seem to be in accordance with another leaked plan from November. It is also in sync with an earlier report in August that said Samsung devices would get the update in 2016.
Please note that this is not the final list, other devices will be added later, Stay tuned and don't forget to follow our Samsung Official Updates Page for More Info. Please
Recently, Google officially annouced its latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow release, currently the developer Preview 3 is available for download and the final version will be officially released by the end of Q3,2015. Samsung will start preparing its "Marshmallow" updates after releasing the Lollipop 5.1.1 updates which are currently rolling-out for various of its devices with many improvements (Guest Mode, Improved UI, Bug fixes... etc). Samsung has already published an Infographic that shows what the company will focus on its upcoming Marshmallow update releases.
By early next year, Samsung will start releasing its first Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware with TouchWiz UI. The Korean giant is always looking to brings the best User Experience to all its users. Our insider provided with a the list of the Confirmed devices that are planned to get official Samsung Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates so far... more devices will be added to list as soon as we get more info.
Samsung devices confirmed to get official Android Marshmallow updates:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
- Samsung Galaxy S6
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Duos
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Duos
- Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
- Samsung Galaxy ALPHA
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A
Samsung Mobiles are best known for their state-of-the-art cameras and super-fast refresh rates. With a higher capacity battery life than almost all their rivals, Samsung remain one of the best known and reputable mobile companies on the market. The newest updates allow you to get even more of out your smart phone. Users can use their Samsung phone like a computer due to its processing powers. You can use your phone to play games, record YouTube videos and store thousands of pictures and videos. You can browse the internet and even use your mobile to play at mobile slot sites. Mobile Phone Technology gets better and better year after year.
Please note that this is not the final list, other devices will be added later, Stay tuned and don't forget to follow our Samsung Official Updates Page for More Info. Please.
Google is holding an important event on September,29th in San Francisco, the tech giant will be announced TWO Nexus flagships. Yes, looks like Google is preparing some very cool stuff for us on this special event.
Google Nexus 2016
One of those flagships will be a smaller Nexus device with 5-inch display built by LG. The second device will be a larger one with 6-inch display built by Huawei. We have no confirmed info about the hardware specs or prices of those devices, yet.
This will be the first Huawei Nexus device to be announced since the launch of the Nexus line-up, but it's the third time Google has partnered with LG on a Nexus phone. Both devices will be the first in the market to launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow Pre-installed.
Android 6.0 Announcement and Updates
Along with these two Nexus devices, Google will also announce the official release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow final version, after 3 developer previews released in the past 2 months. The final version will pack all bug fixes that was reported in the past previews along with some new features. The current Google Nexus lineup should get marshmallow factory images be early October.
Stay Tuned for our full coverage!
Few Months ago, we reported before that HTC has confirmed that it will be moving its latest flagships devices to Android Marshmallow via an update.
Now, We got HTC final devices list that will get official Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The official list includes many of the One family flagships along with some of the latest Desire family devices. We also has an ETA (Estimated Time for Arrival) for each update, Here's the list.
Official HTC Marshmallow 6.0 Update ETA List:
● HTC One M9 (Q4,2015)
● HTC One M8 (Q4,2015)
● HTC One M9+ (Q1,2016)
● HTC One M8S (Q1,2016)
● HTC One E9 (Q1,2016)
● HTC One E9+ (Q1,2016)
● HTC One ME (Q1,2016)
● HTC One E8 (Q1,2016)
● HTC One M8 EYE (Q1,2016)
● HTC Butterfly 3 (Q1,2016)
● HTC Desire 826 (Q1,2016)
● HTC Desire 820 (Q1,2016)
● HTC Desire 816 (Q1,2016)
- Q1 = [January - February - March]
- Q4 = [October - November - December]
All the updates are currently "In-Development" stages. Only the devices on the list above will get the Marshmallow 6.0 update with Sense 7.0 UI and lots of new features, update will be rolling-out Over-the-air based on your region/carrier.
The first devices that will start receiving the update will be the Original HTC One M8 and One M9 by the end of this year, other devices and variants will follow by the first quarter of 2016. Follow official HTC updates Page to stay updated.
Faster updates ? You must be talking about Google Nexus devices... No, this time it's HTC, the Taiwanese company just announced a new flagship device, HTC One A9, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow Pre-installed, as you may know HTC sense 7.0 is the reason of delaying every update due to the development & integration process with every new Android version.
Well, HTC has officially announced through its USA twitter account that it will be speeding up this process which will make the HTC One A9 receive every Android update within 15 days of the Nexus line having received it. That's a very bold promise, and one that's unique in the Android world so far.
Did you hear that? The Unlocked A9 will receive every Google SW update within 15 days of Nexus devices! #BeBrilliant— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) October 20, 2015
We hope that the company keeps its promise and do the same thing to all its future flagship devices.
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A report from a Strategy Analytics, shows that Apple and Samsung are the top smartphones vendor in the world in the fourth Quarter of 2014. Surprisingly, Apple and Samsung sold the EXACT same amount of devices in the Q4,2014 which is 74.5 million each.
For the year as a whole, Samsung remained at the top with total shipments of 317.2 million, which translates into 24.7% share of the market. This compares to 2013, when the company's overall smartphone shipments stood at 319.8 million, giving it a 32.3% market share.
Samsung continues to face intense competition from Apple at the higher-end of the smartphone market, from Huawei in the middle-tiers, and from Xiaomi and others at the entry-level," the report said, adding that the company "may soon have to consider taking over rivals, such as Blackberry, in order to revitalize growth this year.
HTC was rumored to release it's first Android Wear Smartwatch, or its first Smart Wearable device. According to the latest reports apparently, the company has decided not to try to compete with LG, Samsung, Motorola and others, and has scrapped its Smartwatch project.
A report published on Friday, suggests that the rising costs of producing the watch was one of the reasons behind HTC's decision to cancel it. In addition, it is believed that the watch being devised by the company lacked any innovation or special design that would allow it to challenge the competition.
The smartwatch market is becoming more and more crowded, with Asus recently joining the group. Right now, there is a heavy air of anticipation as Apple's long awaited iWatch is expected to be unveiled on September 9th. As usual with Apple, the expectations are extremely high. While it is probable that Apple's timepiece will see the light of day this coming Tuesday, the product will probably not be made available to consumers until next year.
We all know HTC Android skins (Sense) and Apps, they're smart, clean and elegant. Sadly, these Apps and skins are only available for HTC devices... but this is about to change. A Report from Recode, indicates that HTC wants its own-build software to be available for the rest of Android devices.
HTC Creative Labs has started to develop apps for Android phones in general, not just HTC, the labs first products is "HTC Zoe" which has the power to stitch together up to 16 videos or images with your own soundtrack. We hope to see more and more HTC Apps available for Android smartphones in general, Especially HTC Blinkfeed and HTC Sense 6 launcher.
The new Zoe App will come out later this week, with more to follow, as the Creative Labs team plans to release other HTC apps from its own phones' confines in the future.
HTC executives reveales the company's plans for a wearable device in a conversation with Re/code. In line with past rumors, the Taiwanese manufacturer confirmed that it will not enter the market for such products until next year.
According to Jason Mackenzie, the head of HTC Americas, the company originally had plans to launch a wearable in this time frame. However, the gadget is not ready for the spotlight just yet.
Furthermore, Drew Bamford, the man in charge of the HTC Creative Labs team that works on wearables, took a jab at the competition. He pointed to the media that none of the current manufacturers has gotten the wearable device concept right.
If you own an HTC One M8 or One M7 Google Play Edition, you'll get your Lollipop treat very soon. Google is already rolling-out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to its Nexus line-up right now. HTC already got the source code of the Lollipop earlier this month, regular HTC One devices will get the update by Feb,2015 and GPE is during this month.
According to a new Tweet from an HTC's Rep, they ran into a small problem but they are still targeting to a Friday release. So, if you have an HTC One M8 GPE or M7 GPE you should get the update by the Eend of this week.
HTC promised us that it will update most of its latest devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop in 90 days starting from the day Google release the official final version of Lollipop.
Many HTC users still waiting on confirmed info from the company, Google already released the SDK 5.0 along with API 21 as another updated Developer Preview.
Well, Today we have the full leaked HTC Lollipop Update schedule, Here it is:
- HTC One Mini 2, Desire 816 more likely to get updates in March - April.
- HTC One Max, HTC One Mini, HTC Butterfly S, March - May.
Verizon Wireless has officially roll out support the Samsung Pay, if you have a Verizon Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ or Note 5, you'll have proper Samsung Pay support now by doing a software update then download the Samsung Pay app.
At this time just five banking institutions are on board - American Express, Bank of America, Citi Bank, U.S. Bank and Synchrony Financial.
Bank support should be expanding over time, so you'll just have to be patient if your bank isn't supported just yet. But if you meet all of the requirements, you're now good to go with Samsung Pay!
In addition to support for Samsung Pay, the software update also brings along security fixes for the latest vulnerabilities.
Source: Samsung Pay
Are you a fan of the curved or Edge displays by Samsung? If not so, then you better start getting used to them because Samsung might not make flat screen variants for its future Galaxy S smartphones. In the words of Koh Dong-jin, who is the president of Samsung Mobiles,
"Samsung has considered that it would make the Edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone line-up if the company can provide consumers differentiated user experience through software and user-friendly functions (for the curved screen)."
We are pretty much sure that the reception and sales of the newly released Galaxy Note 7 with dual curved display will play a very important role in determining the future of the Galaxy S8. As no flat screen Note 7 variants were released this year, if this move turns out to be a success, the S8 may very well, follow the same trend next year. Even if they do not eliminate the flat display completely by 2017, the focus will definitely shift onto the Edge displays, provided the Note 7 manages to satisfy the customers as much as Samsung hopes it will.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
OpenSignal Inc. thrive on smartphone statistics and took the time to plot Android Brand fragmentation. It was a Huge undertaking as the dominant smartphone platform has splintered in many different ways.
First off is that Android devices are made by a myriad of manufacturers. Samsung was by far the biggest with 43% market share and 12 of the 13 most popular devices. Despite the domination, the company's market share has actually slipped, last year it had 47.5% of the market.
Sony comes in a distant second with 4.8% market share. There's a large number of old Sony devices out there, some dating from the Sony Ericsson days. LG and Motorola also have decently-sized shares. Huawei and Lenovo are doing okay too, keep in mind new Motorolas will soon be counted towards Lenovo's share.
We can't deny that Samsung has greatly improved the build quality of its products lately. According to Bloomberg, Samsung plans to focus on launching more Smartphones with high-quality metal chases, slim designs and High-definition displays this year.
According to Kwon Oh Hyun, who leads the components business, Samsung will also focus on smart home and health devices, as well as business-to-business market.
"Samsung Electronics aims to consolidate its leadership in the premium market and plans to newly change the smartphone line-up to strengthen competitiveness," - said Co-CEO JK Shin, Mobile phone business head.
Currently, The highest resolution display in the Smartphones Market is the Quad-HD with Pixel density up to (500 - 700ppi) at max. Samsung is looking on breaking this record once and for all...
According to a confirmed reports from Korea, Samsung partnered with 13 companies and the South Korean government to develop the World's first 11K mobile display with a pixel density of 2250ppi and a resolution of (11264 x 8448), which takes the Smartphone displays to an Insane new level of clarity.
This 11K display needs a super GPU to handle this kind of High-res Graphics. The Korean giant is going to invest $26.5 million into the R&D of this new 11K display. According to the Executive Director of Samsung Display, this might look like "over specification", but the breakthrough would help the Korean industry in the future.
Samsung's goal with this is to implement a "3D effect". Details are scarce, but the way Korean outlet ETNews puts it, such a gloriously high-resolution screen is able to simulate the effect of a 3D screen through some kind of optical illusion. This 11K display panel will be available by 2018 in the company's flagships.
Apple released a new lineup of devices this year... the iPad Pro, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and Apple Watch. All these new devices are running iOS 9 and powered by Apple A9 chipset which is said to be the most advanced and fastest CPU so far.
What you may not know that all these devices are actually Powered by Samsung, the Korean giant is the main manufacturer and supplier for the Apple A9 chip. Apple have chosen Samsung to build its CPUs since the Apple A6, admitting that Samsung is the best hardware supplier in the industry even though the companies are in a serious competition in markets and court too.
Also, Samsung has been allegedly employed to provide between 3,000 and 4,000 12-inch silicon wafers for the Apple S1 SiP (which powers the Apple Watch) each month, based on Samsung's 28nm manufacturing process for all Apple Watch variants.
This clearly tells that Samsung has a big part of the Apple's devices success.
Every time we hear about troubling news regarding Samsung's Galaxy Note series, we can't help but feel a sense of Déjà vu from 2016. Up till date though, nothing major had surfaced that could put the Note 8 in jeopardy this year, but the latest news report from PiunikaWeb is suggesting that the Note 8 could be facing a big problem. Some users of the Note 8 have officially complained to Samsung and on the official forum of the company about their device getting switched off permanently.
Apparently, some devices could not be switched on after they had shut down automatically on losing the entire charge and going down to 0%. All attempts at charging these devices have since failed and the whole device has not responded in any way to user interactions. It won't even start in Safe mode unfortunately and if this turns out to be a widespread problem, Samsung could have a serious issue on their hands once again!
Via: Android Authority
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S10 is all set to be unveiled in less than a month's time and this year around, there will be three devices in the S10 line-up, instead of two. However, the existence of the S10, S10 Plus and the S10 E (Lite) is old news now, but what this render from the famous leakster Evan Blass does is that it gives us a very clear and side-by-side look at the upcoming devices.
If rumors are to be believed, then Samsung will also release a fourth Galaxy S10 smartphone, which will be called the Galaxy S10 X. The S10 X is rumored to feature a huge 6.7-inch display and even 5G, but we will have to wait to find out if there really is any truth to this rumor. Even if it's true though, Samsung will likely keep it restricted to specific markets such as South Korea and luckily, the US as well.
Samsung is reportedly rolling out November's security patch and updates to the Samsung Galaxy devices including this year's Samsung Galaxy S20. The security patch is meant to overcome several serious security vulnerabilities in the Android OS. The Android security bulletin, published on Nov 2, 2020, contains details on security vulnerabilities affecting Android devices and not just the Galaxy devices.
If you own one of the Galaxy devices, you will be getting the new software update automatically which improves the stability of the camera app, Wi-Fi connectivity, and also includes several other security updates. We highly recommend you to install the new security update as it addresses all of the high or critical vulnerabilities known so far. If you leave it without updating, your phone could be exploited by a hacker to achieve remote code execution, privilege escalation, or denial of service. The new update patches several problems being discovered in the operating system's core framework, media framework, and system.
Two important bugs existed in the framework, two high-risk escalation bugs, a high severity information disclosure bug, and finally a high severity DoS bug. The security update also patches one critical and one high remote code execution bug in Android's media framework as well as one high severity escalation of privilege bug and one moderate one. The patch works on 4 bugs, one escalation of privilege bug, one DoS bug, and one critical remote code execution bug. For the owners of Galaxy S10 5G, the latest update is due in a few days.
The good news is that Google has now rolled out an official update for Android powered devices that will warn you as soon as spam callers call your number. The bad news is that this update and the ensuing features are only available to Android One and Nexus devices. We bet hardcore Google loyalists are feeling pretty smug right now!
Google posted the following via its own social media website, Google+.
"Spam callers be gone! Today, we're beginning to update your Google Phone app with spam protection on #Nexus and #Android One devices to warn you about potential spam callers,"
Spam Protection should become effective as soon as you download and install the update but in order to use the feature, you will have to have Called ID turned on from the settings menu of your phone. In addition to providing protection against the spammers, there will also be an option to report the shady numbers as spam. You can simply block the number from the app itself if they continue to bother you with repeated phone calls.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Google released a standalone Slides application for Apple iOS devices. Google Slides joined its already available Docs and Sheets relatives in the App Store.
As expected, Google Slides for iOS allows you to sync your spreadsheets with Android devices, as well as laptop or desktop computers. All you need is your Google ID.
Offline editing is available too. Your work progress will be saved to the cloud once you go back online. You can also edit and update already Microsoft PowerPoint files.
When it comes to security of the Nexus devices. Google is practically living a nightmare. The most recent bug in that Google needs to fix is consumer-facing and exploitable without any geeky tricks. It seems the Nexus devices are vulnerable to an exploit that lets users bypass factory reset protection.
For the uninitiated - factory reset protection has been kept in place to help you to keep your device password protected in case someone tries to reset the factory settings. It is supposed to render the phone practically unusable without the password, but a work around has emerged that does the job by pressing series of buttons. Check out the video given below to see the exploit:
Google pushed a security patch that covered the fix for this issue, but RootJunky - the first person to report the bug - has come up with yet another video that shows vulnerability of the device in spite of the patch released in January.
Although it has become more difficult to exploit the loophole, it is still achievable.This essentially sends out a message that the development and quality testing are done thoroughly. Google might take more time to provide fix for this bug, as they would like to get it right in the next release.
Google's ground-breaking 3D-spacial mapping project, Project Tango, has long been under development at the company's Advanced Technology and Projects division. The captivating new concept has always been very promising, but also strictly confined to future research and development. Now it seems this is finally changing and we might just get the chance to experience some real-world implementations of the Google's 3D technology on the consumer market.
It seems that project ARA is finally leaving the development realm and transferring over to Google's current project portfolio. What this actually means is that the new 3D technology will not follow the fate of Google glass and is set be incorporated into actual products in the near future.
In a short term perspective this might mean that Google's Project Tango tablet development kit might just be marketed as a consumer device. While owning the 7-inch NVIDIA Tegra K1, 4GB of RAM beast of a tablet is exciting by itself, Google still hasn't revealed any of its plans for actual uses of the product. The technology is all there and the most apparent gaming implementations are clear, but little to no consumer content is currently available.
Up until yesterday, Google's new voice assistant was exclusively available to the Pixel and the Pixel XL. However, Google has now made it official that the company is currently rolling out Google Assistant to multiple devices that are running on Android Marshmallow 6.0 or higher and Android Nougat 7.0 or higher. We knew that some of the upcoming devices like the LG G6 and the Moto G5/G5 Plus were going to come with the AI powered voice assistant right out of the box, but this is a pleasantly surprising and new development. The original announcement was made at the MWC earlier and now it's happening as you read this.
The United States is of course the first to get the personal assistant, but Australia, Canada and the UK should also start to receive the same soon enough. By the way, in case you are wondering if a package will need to be downloaded via OTA, let us assure you that it won't be necessary. The eligible devices will simply see Google Assistant show up on their phones. Long pressing the Home button on an updated device will bring up the AI assistant, actively replacing Google Search. Is this good news to you or do you simply not care about it? Let us know in the comments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It is now official, all iOS devices will be getting Google's latest AI powered voice assistant. It looks like Siri's days of monopoly are finally over for iDevices. No date was confirmed but the news was made official at the I/O earlier. It would have come as a complete surprise, had it not been for an earlier report by Android Police which hinted at the same. According to Android Authority, "it will "likely" combine its voice command features with the chat functions found on the Google Allo version of Assistant." It would be interesting to see how they implement it on the iPhone.
Microsoft Cortana is already available on both the Google Play Store and the App Store, but till date, the Google Assistant had been exclusive to certain Android smartphones only. It looks like the competition is about to get really hot for AI assistants on both platforms sooner than we previously thought. If only Bixby (outside South Korea) had a bit more to bring to the table, things could have been even more interesting.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Today Google released the December report of its distribution chart for the Android platform which is targeted for the developers (it can be seen in the image below). This primarily tells us about the progress it has made in terms of market share in each month when it comes to the different Operating System variants. The newest flavour of Android is version 6.0 Marshmallow, which now powers 0.5% of devices out there. There is an increment of 0.3% in the last month. Also in the same time period, Lollipop's market share has gone up to 29.5%, which is almost 4% more than what was in November.
With 36.6% of the market, KitKat's share has decreased slightly and the three Jelly Bean releases altogether are now at 26.9%, around 2% less than last month. Both Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread have lost some market share, and for some unknown reasons the historic Froyo OS is still stagnant at 0.2% share. It is also evident that the devices running on older variants of the OS are not included. It is expected that Marshmallow's share will increase in the first half of 2016, owing to the upgrade of the devices bought in 2015.
Google has published the latest Android platform distribution shares, unveiling that Marshmallow - which is the newest variant of its Android mobile operating system - is now powering 0.7% of all active Android devices across the globe. That's marginally more than the December figure of 0.5%.
Lollipop in the meantime got 3% increment in share, touching a total of 32.6% this month. But, KitKat retains the top spot with 36.1% Android market share, though there is a little bit decline from the 36.6% share reported in last month.
You can see screenshot above for the summary of the change in market share.
Android Marshmallow just reached 15% recently in terms of the percentage of devices running on the OS and that's good news. Android Lollipop still leads the chart with a whopping 35.5% of all current Android devices (divided in between the two versions) in the market running on it. Even Android 4.4 KitKat is enjoying a huge market share at 29.2%. Android Jelly Bean continues to power 16.6% (all versions from 4.1 to 4.3 included) of the Android devices out there till date, but if you go before that to the likes of Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread, the numbers are quite low at 1.6% and 1.7% respectively. Finally, Android Froyo is the oldest Android version to still be used by some users on their smartphones and the percentage is a negligible 0.1%.
Although Marshmallow is lagging behind, it is definitely gaining in size and it's good to see. However, Android 7 Nougat is almost out and once it is out, it will surely take the crown as the most advanced Android OS with the least number of devices running it, as is the system with Android devices unfortunately. In the API usage situation, the ancient OpenGL 2.0 is at the top of the list with 46% of all Android powered devices running it. OpenGL 3.0 is used by 42.6% of the population, while OpenGL 3.1 is utilized by a disappointing 11.4%. The Vulkan API is the latest and most powerful of the bunch, but it will take some time before enough devices start using it for the API to be even listed.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Google surprised a lot of people when they released Android N in its beta version yesterday, especially since Android M itself was released just a few months ago in last October. Many of the market leading smartphone manufacturers have not even been able to update their high-end devices to Marshmallow yet. Samsung is the worldwide leader when it comes to Android smartphones and things do not exactly look good when they have not been able to update their major flagship devices like the Galaxy Note 5 to Marshmallow in all locations yet; especially, since the next iteration of the OS is already out.
Back in February, it did look like Samsung was about to make sure that Marshmallow reaches all their high-end devices everywhere, within a few months. However, things did not pan out that way and many regions are still waiting for it impatiently. Taking the fact into account that Android 6 went official about six months ago, it seems like Samsung is living up to its name for being slow and unpredictable with software updates. After seeing how slow Samsung is even with their most expensive phones from 2015, things are looking really dim for our low or mid-range Samsung smartphones as far as being updated to Android Marshmallow is concerned.
A total of 1 Billion Android devices shipped over the last year (2014) alone, as reported by Strategy Analytics. The analyst firm estimates 1.3 billion smartphones were shipped in 2014, of that over 1 billion ran Android (this works out to 81% market share).
Smartphone shipments grew 30% compared to 2013 (from 1B to 1.3B). Androids alone went from 0.8B to 1B in that period, while iOS lost some ground in terms of market share. It still shipped around 193 million devices, up from 153 million units in 2013.
The third horse in the race, Windows Phone, kept pace with the growth of the market and stayed at 3% share (shipping just under 39 million units).
Google has just published the Android platform distribution up to June 1st,2015. Last month, Lollipop was trying very hard to reach 10% of all Android installs, and it finally did manage to get there.
What's more ? Android Lollipop is now powering 12.4% of devices worldwide, if we count both releases called that together. That said, KitKat is still the prevailing version among devices out there, reaching 39.2% of the market this time around. Interestingly, KitKat's share has been dropping steadily for a couple of months or so perhaps those Lollipop updates are starting to make themselves felt.
The three iterations of Android collectively called Jelly Bean are still (together) in second position, with 37.4% share right now, down from 39.2% a month ago. Then we have Ice Cream Sandwich with 5.1% (down by 0.2%), Gingerbread with 5.6% (down by 0.1%), and Froyo with 0.3% (which, surprisingly, is flat).
One of the first things that Google announced at its big event today is that Android just keeps on growing. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on stage that at the moment, there are more than 1.4 billion active Android devices in the world. "Active" in this context means that they've been used within the last 30 days.
This number is up 40%, from 1 billion, back in June of 2014. Keep in mind that this doesn't represent the total number of Android devices that were ever sold, it's just those that are still active, or have been so in the last month.
The Google Play Store is now being used on more than 1 billion devices. Again, this means 1 billion phones and tablets have used Google's content store in the last 30 days. So it appears that the Play Store either isn't installed or simply isn't used on a staggering 400 million devices out there.
Google says the focus this year is to make Android "more intuitive, better performing, and more secure." This is this week's biggest news. Our first official look at Android 12! The debut developer preview of the 2021 iteration of the world's biggest operating system is now available for developers. The software is in preview mode which means it is currently unstable and not suitable for regular users.
The Android 12 developer preview will only be available on Google Pixel devices so far starting from the Pixel 3 series forward. That means the Pixel 3/3 XL, Pixel 3a/3a XL, Pixel 4/4 XL, Pixel 4a/4a 5G, and Pixel 5 are included in the list of eligible smartphones. Earlier Pixel phones and phones from other OEMs are not compatible and won't be able to install or work with the latest upgrade, but you can always use the Android Emulator within Android Studio if you want to see the latest OS.
Since we are in the early stages of the development of Android 12, this first developer preview won't feature many new customer-oriented features. Instead, most of the features available would be available for those who are interested in Android-related software development. As always, Android and mobile phone application developers will find consumer features within this code, so be ready to have more news and leaks in the upcoming weeks.
Google has already cleared what functionalities it wants to achieve with the Android 12 upgrade. It says that this version of Android will be "more intuitive, better performing, and more secure" than other versions. Last year, Google's big focus was on communication apps including notifications app, messaging apps, etc. We might see different priorities set by the company for the Android 12 developer preview
A lot of the confirmed features within Android 12 are more of technical nature. Google is aiming to work on better photography to compete with Apple and Samsung. It says Android 12 will allow for faster and higher quality image transcoding for better-looking photos with significantly smaller file sizes. Notifications will also be faster with more tools for developers to customize them. It will also be easier for devs to discover compatibility issues so they can get their apps up and running faster.
Another feature will allow a phone's vibration motor to sync with app audio, creating more 3D gaming and visual experiences. Likewise, gesture navigation will be easier and more consistent even if your phone display screen is fully covered with media or some other app. We are going to reveal a lot more cool features as we get more news and updates from the developer's community. So, stay tuned.
Google has just updated the Google Now Launcher to version 18.104.22.168 on the Play Store. This new version brings some minor bug fixes and makes the Launcher available to all Devices running Android version 4.1 or Higher. Before this update this Launcher was exclusive to Nexus devices and Google Play Edition devices.
The Google Now Launcher is just an APK that lets the Google Search app become the home screen, but Google was holding back official compatibility until now. The Launcher should offer to import the layout from your old launcher as well. You can download it directly from the Play Store from the link below, but first make sure you updated your Google Search App to the latest version too.
HTC has just updated its "Zoe" app in Google Play with support for a few non-HTC phones, but support will supposedly expand soon. The Zoe app isn't the same as HTC's Zoe camera feature in the HTC One, but it might still be interesting if you're down with making and sharing videos.
This is a beta release of the app, so you can only use it with certain devices. We're seeing the Nexus 5, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy S4 all on the supported list. Phones like the LG G3 and Moto X are not able to run the app yet (through official channels).
Zoe is supposed to be available on all phones from LG, Samsung, and HTC running 4.4 or higher, but it appears they're still working on that. Download Zeo from Play Store link Below.
Finally, Google Calendar 5.0 is Here. Google released the Android 5.0 lollipop images 2 days ago and today we get one of its most Amazing long-waited App. Google Calendar 5.0 is a complete re-design of the default calendar App of Android, it has a full Material Design UI and a new cool Material icon too.
The app itself is exactly what you'd expect having seen our previous coverage a super smart "schedule" layout at the front, with supporting day and 5-day views on phones, with a month and week view appearing on tablets.
Google Calendar 5.0 supports devices running Android 4.0.3 or later only. You can Download the official APK from the link below. It will take sometime until the new version hits Google play. So Download & Enjoy!
HTC has published yet another of its built-in apps on the Google Play Store. This time we're talking about HTC Camera, which joins many other apps, including the Sense 6 lock screen, the Sense BlinkFeed launcher, as well as HTC Weather.
HTC Camera is the built-in camera app for recent smartphones made by the Taiwanese company, and it features the Eye experience for select devices.
As with all the other apps which HTC has published on the Play Store in the past, you can't install this if you don't have a compatible handset made by HTC.
The point of these moves isn't to make HTC's built-in apps for Android available for other devices, but to ensure it can update them in a timely fashion when needed. This way, you'll get new versions of HTC Camera, for example, without having to wait for the next software update for your phone.
Facebook for Android is now being Updated every week with bug fixes and New features, You can Now try out the latest App version of Facebook For Android version 22.214.171.124.10 Alpha Build for Lollipop 5.0+ support. This Alpha version will show you what Facebook is preparing for you in the next final version, take a sneak peak at the new features and User interface changes. Current Facebook stable version is 21.0 and Beta version is 22.0 and you can roll-back to the official version or beta version at anytime via Play store.
Facebook version 23 packs many UI changes as the beginig to switch to the Material Design UI, lots of bug fixes and performance improvements. So you'll be running a version that is supposed to be released 3 months from Now.
After downloading the latest Alpha build, Facebook suggests turning on automatic updates as it plans on updating the app a few times a week. Doing so will ensure you're always running the latest version. The APK file provided below is the official APK from Facebook ALPHA program and hasn't been modified.
Facebook has just officially published "Facebook Lite" v126.96.36.199 App on the Google Play store. The main reason for this App is to make a lite, fast Facebook App for Low-end Android smartphones, as the current Facebook App is very large in size and performs slow on low-spec devices with less Ram and CPU power and uses less data and works in all network conditions
Facebook Lite is relatively tiny for an app from a major social network, weighing in at only a quarter of a megabyte a crucial stat if you live in a place that can only get 2G data access. There's a good reason for that, too: it looks like Facebook Lite isn't much more than a WebView wrapper for the mobile site, plus native Android notifications.
That might indeed be very useful for someone who just wants to check in on Facebook without loading up the admittedly heavy Chrome app, but for most current users it won't add any real functionality. Facebook Lite does include a few extra bells and whistles that aren't available on the web, like the ability to peek into your phone's contacts to see if there's anyone you've ever spoken to that isn't your Facebook friend yet.
Facebook Lite main features:
- Fast to install, the app is less than 1 MB
- Quick to load
- Efficient with data
- Designed for 2G networks and areas with limited network connectivity
Google Material Design UI that was launched with Android 5.0 Lollipop changed the UI of the world's most popular operating system forever, taking it to the next level. Flat, colorful and clear. The best thing in Android is the the ability of customizing your device to the max, adding some lollipop-love to your Android device with Material Design wallpapers would change your device's look and feel.
Here's a HUGE Collection of 675 QHD 1440 x 2560 Material Design Wallpapers that will fit your smartphone's or tablet's display. Download them all from the Google+ folder below.
The most popular Video player on the Play Store, MX player, has just been update to version 1.7.39 with various improvements and bug fixes. The App already adopted the Material Design UI since version 1.7.30 with a new icon and customized themes too.
In this New version, MX Player brings a new background Play Interface along with Full Android 5.1 Lollipop support, it also adds a subtitle speed control in the settings.
What's New in MX Player v1.7.39 :
- Fixed broken HW+ decoder on some Android 5.1 devices.
- Support online subtitle downloading/uploading.
- Action for keyboard(DPad) up/down key can be defined on Playback screen > Menu > Display > Settings > Touch
- Can delete/rename files on external storage on Android 5.0 Lollipop and later.
- Added an option for disabling 'playback interface auto hiding'.
- Added an option for perform ff/rew on next/prev media buttons on Settings > Player > Next/Prev > FF/Rew.
If you don't want to wait for the update to hit your device via Play Store, you can download the app APK below.
Google just released the stable version of the latest Android 11 last week, and with the release, it rolled out the operating system on its own Pixel devices without any delay. A few hours later a few smartphone manufacturers kicked off their beta programs and user interfaces build on Android 1. Now, Oppo is revealing its new ColorOS 11 in full, and it might be the biggest roll out you see on Oppo devices.
With ColorOS 11, Oppo has shifted away from the heavy skins you usually have to experience on smartphones from China. The whole user experience is a little bit closer to the traditional Android experience. It has its usual navigation but using most of Android 11's core features including message bubbles and notification mechanisms.
On top of Android 11, Oppo has moved one step ahead and introduced its features. With ColorOS 11 you can adjust the shape of icons, create your wallpapers or designs, and much more. Oppo users can even select three different tones while in dark mode and have that change throughout 24-hours.
Google introduced a screenshot feature with Android 11. Oppo users can take a screenshot just by holding and dragging three fingers on the display. With the latest update, you can also translate the text in that screenshot with just one click. This feature is powered by Google Lens, and so far, people seem to like this feature and find it useful as well. If you need translated text for any purpose, this can come quite handy.
Oppo also brought up a new battery saving mode, performance optimization, productivity feature, and even some privacy enhancement with the latest update. Here is the list of mobile phones by Oppo to get the beta version.
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