Google+'s big web redesign started rolling out as a preview almost a month ago. Although the new site was super fast and responsive, it did shed a lot of the features that users of the social network had grown accustomed to. Ever since, Google+'s engineers have been busy adding back bits and pieces of the old site's functionality in a way that doesn't compromise on the updated design's speed and lightness.
Another update has gone live now with a few interesting modifications. First is improved visibility of your notifications (which now sit inside a white circle) and easier access to categories within community pages' sidebars. Read More
Last month, Microsoft made a very unpopular decision to cut back on OneDrive storage for all of its users, reducing unlimited Office subscriber plans to 1TB, replacing paid 100GB and 200GB plans with 50GB ones for newcomers, and taking 10GB back of free storage on all regular user accounts. The justification given was an "abuse" of the unlimited plan by some users who had created backups of multiple computers and stored over 75TB of storage. In response, the user uproar explained that "unlimited" is, by definition, unlimited, and Microsoft should have put a limit from the first place if it didn't want users to surpass a certain capacity. Read More
Now that Android Studio is faring quite well for its core necessities, the tools team is tackling some of the bigger challenges. A couple of weeks ago, they featured a new ability to deploy a limited set of changes to apps without fully restarting them. This week they're shooting to take on one of the longest and most requested items on the list: a faster and more useful emulator.
The biggest boost to speed can be seen while running Android 6.0 on the new emulator. This comes from newly added support for Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP), which allows the emulator to take full advantage of multiple processor cores on a computer. Read More
It's not uncommon to see ports of traditional point-and-click adventure games arrive in the Play Store. Thing is, they're usually twenty years old. Lost Horizon from Animation Arts and Deep Silver hit the PC in 2010, making this port much more likely to put your phone or tablet's graphics card to work. Read More
Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here (warning: this video is uncut). As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.
On this week's episode: A look at early Pixel C reviews, Google Play Music's new family plan, expanded Chromecast and Chromecast Audio features, our Blu Life One X review, and your questions! Read More
Earlier this week Motorola began rolling out the official Marshmallow over-the-air update to the Moto X Pure Edition. That's the weird-ass name that Motorola gave the US version of its latest flagship - the international version, which differs only in carrier support, is called the Moto X Style. According to at least one of our readers in the United Kingdom, the Moto X Style is now receiving its Android 6.0 upgrade as well.
The rollout will almost certainly be staggered by territory, so I would imagine that it's propagating across Western Europe at the moment. Other locations will probably follow over the next couple of weeks if they're not being served already. Read More
Taking screenshots has officially become a little easier for those of us who have a device running Android 6.0. An update has begun to roll out to the Google App that adds a share button to Google Now on tap, which takes a screenshot and allows you to immediately share it. This is great news for some who have been having issues taking screenshots on their 6P while using certain cases, and for those who have trouble pressing multiple buttons at once. Let's take a quick look at how this works, and how it compares to the regular way of doing things. Read More
In the tech press, it's easy for us to regurgitate the advertising material that all of the major carriers and companies want potential customers to hear. It's more challenging to hear the voices of the people who find themselves taken advantage of by corporate practices. This work generally falls to unions and advocacy groups that do the research and speak out on their behalf.
Change to Win, a federation of unions that claims to represent over 5.5 million workers, has recently issued a 27-page report called Unmasking the Un-Carrier along with a general summary that takes aim at T-Mobile. Read More
The Star Wars hype train won't stop, can't stop. With a week to go until the much anticipated release of The Force Awakens, Google is adding to the excitement by giving away some free Star Wars Cardboard viewers in the Google Store. Yes, completely free. They'll even cover shipping if you're in the US. This is not going to last long. Read More