Most of the standard (non-game) Android apps we use today are created with Java. Alternatives are available, like Apache Cordova and Mono for Android, but there's no doubt that Java is the only true first-class citizen. However, a team at Google is now working on a new cross-platform alternative called Sky, and it's able to deliver 120 FPS out of the box.
Sky is based on Dart, a custom web scripting language that emerged from Chrome's V8 development team. Read More
Samsung and T-Mobile are starting to roll Android 5.1.1 out to the Galaxy S6 Edge, which is crazy when you consider the Nexus 9 is still sitting there on 5.0.1. According to engineering program manager Sascha Prüter, the OTA will be ready soon. For real this time.
LG just released an interesting new Wear app that allows you to initiate calls on your phone from the watch UI. Does that sound like something you want? Well, you probably can't have it because LG Call is only for the new Watch Urbane. If only LG had made that more clear, the reviews would be less vitriolic.
The Nexus Player is a tough sell at $99 when other set top boxes are more capable, but at less than $70? That's pretty appealing, and Google is sweetening the deal by offering $20 in Google Play credit if you buy through Amazon before May 3rd. Now that's a deal.
Microsoft is in the midst of its annual Build conference. This is sort of like Google I/O or WWDC, but with fewer online viewers. Wednesday's keynote presentation was filled with announcements about Windows 10, the Microsoft Edge browser, an augmented reality headset, and quite a bit more. One product failed to earn stage time: the Visual Studio Emulator for Android, but developers may find renewed interest since the latest version is showing maturity as it expands through the addition of Device Profiles and a number of other recent enhancements. Read More
When Google Play services receives an update, there's almost always something interesting to discover. Many of our future experiences – good and bad – are shaped through the new features Google adds to this one framework. Google Play services 7.3 recently rolled out to users, and like previous versions, it contains some hints about new features and capabilities we can expect for the future. With this update, we've got signs of a built-in invitation system for apps, more forward progress on the long-rumored Nearby feature, and more. Read More
It looks like after years and years of lethargic updates, Android manufacturers are finally starting to recognize the value of speedy upgrades (at least for flagship models). Case in point: the Galaxy S6 Edge launched just a few weeks ago with Android 5.0, and at least one version is already getting a 5.1 update. The T-Mobile version, specifically - SamMobile reports that some owners are seeing the update as of today, including one who posted the updated software to YouTube. Read More