It was almost a year ago that Google posted the session list for I/O 2015 with an interesting "voice access" talk. That was eventually removed from the schedule and we didn't hear anything about it in Android M. Now, Google has announced Voice Actions as a beta in the Play Store (Android 5.0 and higher). Once you join up, you can install the app and literally control your entire phone by voice. It's incredibly cool. Read More
Most phone makers have their own storage/RAM cleaner apps, and now you can add HTC to that list. The OEM's new HTC Preview program kicked off recently, and the first thing users are previewing is a phone cleaner called Boost+. It's not restricted to HTC phones, but you can only get it via the preview program (not that you should want it). Read More
We already know at least one improvement with the latest Chrome Dev build (v51): the complete removal of the 'Merge Tabs and Apps' option. Well, here's the second improvement: a brand new widget. Or rather, a revamped version of an older widget.
The bookmarks widget, formerly with big, largely useless thumbnails, has been re-designed to use a list item style instead of a grid, and material design navigation. The result is a much cleaner-looking widget, with better, easier to understand navigation to boot. It has shown me how disorganised my bookmarks are, though.
Of course, the widget won't make your bookmarks any more organised - we can only hope that feature will come to Google Now in the future - but maybe it will encourage you to organise them into folders and such. Read More
Facebook says there are 900,000,000 people who use Messenger on a regular basis. That's a lot of people, so Facebook has come up with a new way to make it easier to find someone. You now have the option of creating a Messenger username, which also works as a link or a scannable code. Read More
Samsung was the first OEM to get native TeamViewer remote control support. The necessary support for Samsung devices had been included with the TeamViewer app ever since, but things are a little different following the latest update. There are now two new apps for Samsung phones, a host and a standard quick support app. Read More
It's the age-old quandary of all mankind—pizza is great, but it's too hard to order. I mean, phone calls, web orders, and even apps require too much effort. All that clicking and tapping; it just stands between you and pizza. Well, Domino's is making ordering a pizza so easy you could almost do it by accident (and you might). Just open Zero Click and Domino's will bring you a pizza. Read More
Android's notification system has always been a strong selling point for the platform, and Google has added a multitude of great notification features in recent years. However, not all developers take advantage of them. Nevolution (from the developer of Greenify) seeks to make app notifications on Android more configurable and powerful independent of the original developers. There's even a plug-in framework so users can add more features over time. Read More
Google made a lot of changes to the Android UI in Lollipop, many of them successful. Chrome merged tabs was not one of those features. After first making the old style tab management the default again several weeks back, the latest Chrome Dev build removes the merged tabs option entirely. Read More