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Pep and Google to make smartphones for Africa

Published by on Aug 5th, 2014, No Comments

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One of strangest alliances might be forming very soon in South Africa. According to sources familiar with PEP’s plans, they are working with Google to come up with Android propositions that are more Africa-friendly and are working on an interface that will let the user control how much data they are using.
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Motorola to release a Nexus phablet

Published by on Jul 29th, 2014, No Comments

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The rumour-mill keeps going one way and then the other. We have no idea at this stage which way the Nexus programme is going as we’ve had multiple rumours, first of all that the Nexus brand has been killed off in favour of Android Silver and then that a Nexus 8 tablet may still be in the works, to be made by HTC.

We thought the Nexus 6 smartphone may be the follow-up to the Nexus 5, made by LG, and that it would be based on the LG G3 hardware as the previous version was based on the LG G2 hardware. Now it seems, the Nexus 6 name may not just be an iterative name, but the actual size of the upcoming smartphone. (more…)

ZTE shifting focus to Google Now Launcher

Published by on Jul 21st, 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…)

Will Google and Samsung’s relationship last?

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, 8 Comments

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It is no secret that Samsung has been a big part of Android’s meteoric rise to dominance. In fact, the utter dominance that Samsung enjoyed in the Android market had Google worried. So much so that Google had to personally meet other manufacturers and help them to step up their game to compete with Samsung.

The reason for this is of course the eventual intentions of Samsung to leave Android behind altogether for their in-house operating system, Tizen. Samsung also changed the Android interface so much with the launch of the Tab Pro and Note Pro tablets at the beginning of the year that it lead to Samsung execs flying out to South Korea to confront Samsung. Subsequently Samsung has vowed to drop this Magazine UI in favour of something more traditionally like Android. (more…)

Today’s Google doodle celebrates Madiba

Published by on Jul 18th, 2014, No Comments

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As every South African should know, today is Nelson Mandela’s birthday and more importantly, a day in which we celebrate the father of our nation.

It’s also the first Mandela Day since he passed away in December of last year, so it’s even more important to carry through his legacy – even in death. Even Google has decided to celebrate Madiba by making an interactive, beautifully designed doodle for today.

If you’ve been on the internet at all today, you’ve probably seen the doodle. But besides being a beautiful tribute to the late former president, it is one of Google’s more intricate doodles, that actually takes you through important moments in his life.

The interactive doodle starts with an illustration of Madiba. Users can then click through the doodle for more illustration of some of the most momentous occasions in his rich life.  (more…)

Google Play Store getting massive makeover

Published by on Jul 15th, 2014, No Comments

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It seems Google is completely focused on aesthetics, something we couldn’t say about them at all times a couple of years ago. The Google Play Store has always been easy to use and functional, sure, but visually it hasn’t always been appealing.

Now we hear news that the Play Store will receive another visual overhaul, and we like the look of it. A large amount of screenshots have leaked and we see many visual changes to the Play Store. Extra-large artwork is everywhere, and there are now a slew of icons that make it clear what you’ll be getting, meaning there won’t be any nasty surprises when you open that app for the first time. (more…)

Android Wear video shows Google’s design philosophy (video)

Published by on Jul 10th, 2014, No Comments

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The biggest talking point at this year’s Google I/O conference was undoubtedly Android Wear, the tweaked Android OS designed specifically for wearable devices. We have been gifted a glimpse at what it may be capable of through their developer YouTube channel.

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Apple, Facebook & Google march on for gay pride

Published by on Jul 8th, 2014, No Comments

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On Sunday, 29 June, San Francisco held it’s annual gay pride festival. It is one of the biggest pride festivals in the world, and, considering the fact that it takes place in the heart of Silicon Valley, giant tech companies also got together to show their support for equality and the LGBT community.

The three big guns – Apple, Facebook and Google – were there in full force and further cemented their place as forward thinking, compassionate companies.

Apple took the cake, though. The company invited all of it’s San Francisco based employees and their family members to take part in the march. Apple employees all wore special t-shirts featuring the Apple logo in rainbow colours with the word ‘Pride’ etched across.

Even Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, made an appearance and handed out t-shirts and pride flags to hundreds of excited employees.  (more…)

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