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Google Play extends refund period to 2 hours

Published by on Sep 12th, 2014, No Comments

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Something that many people aren’t even aware of, the Google Play store has a refund policy where any application you bought can be refunded. This policy has now been changed and the time period has been extended to two hours. (more…)

Google’s object recognition is insanely impressive

Published by on Sep 9th, 2014, No Comments

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We know how hard it is for computers to know exactly what they are looking at if they don’t have some human assistance, even with very powerful algorithms to do all the work. (more…)

Google to reveal first Android One phones on Sept 15th

Published by on Sep 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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Ever since Google announced Android One out of nowhere, we have been very interested to see it on a budget device. We might not have to wait much longer, with the first Android One smartphones rumoured to be launching in two weeks.

Google is holding an event in India on September 15th, and it seems likely that it’ll take this opportunity to focus on these new phones. Android One allows manufacturers to make phones based on inexpensive hardware designs put together by Google. (more…)

New Android name revealed – Lemon Meringue Pie

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, No Comments

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For some reason Google unveiled the new version of Android to developers and simply called it Android L. At that point they said they hadn’t yet decided on what the official release will be called. (more…)

ZTE shifting focus to Google Now Launcher

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, No Comments

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Finally, it seems that things are changing in the world of Android phones. And this change is mostly coming from the lesser known manufacturers. Heave manufacturer skinning is giving way to cleaner, pure Google interfaces – the way Google intended Android to be.

In the past we could only find this on Nexus devices, but now many companies have heeded Google’s call to keep the modifications minimal, the latest of which is ZTE. This may actually be a very significant shift, as ZTE is not a small player these days. ZTE says it will feature the Google Now Launcher on its phones. (more…)

The new Nexus has a name, and possible release date

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, 2 Comments

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All fans of stock Android, rejoice! It seems that we will be seeing a new Nexus smartphone, even after all the talk that the programme has been cancelled and that it has been replaced with Android Silver.

Some rumours pointed towards the device being called the Nexus 6 (as it is the 6th Nexus smartphone and also rumoured to have a 5.9 inch display), but it seems those were incorrect. Today we’re seeing reports that looks to shoot down these earlier rumours, as the Motorola built phone will be called the Nexus X. (more…)

Huawei boss says Tizen won’t be successful

Published by on Aug 26th, 2014, No Comments

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Although few and far between, there are some people out there who are fans of anything other than Android or iOS. Many were happy to hear Tizen would add more flavour to the mobile operating system market, but unfortunately it has seen a rocky start to get off the ground.

In an interview, Richard Yu (who heads up the company’s consumer business group) spoke about the company’s plans regarding Tizen, Windows Phone and a long-rumoured homegrown OS, and basically said they were all doomed. (more…)

New processors make Project Ara the real deal

Published by on Aug 25th, 2014, No Comments

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Google’s modular smartphones sound like a great idea to all of us. If new tech can make our use of current technology cheaper, then there is no reason why we shouldn’t support it. The bridges that need to be crossed are a bit wider than you might thing, though.

Having the possibility of multiple manufacturers’ hardware components working together in unison is a bigger challenge than previously thought. Google needs to figure out a way of building a usable infrastructure on these devices to allow every component to speak to each other.  Memory chips need to be swopped around, CPU changed to the user’s whim. Now we get news from Google that this is actually starting to become a reality. (more…)

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