Opera is still that other browser. It's not the most popular Android browser, or even the most popular alternative to Chrome, but it does carve out a niche with the built-in compression features. Plus, it's based on Chromium. Today, both Opera and Opera Mini have gotten notable updates. Perhaps most interesting is the ability for Opera to compress video streams to save data and prevent buffering in poor signal areas.
Another beta release of Minecraft Pocket Edition is ready for Android users. This time the big news is the inclusion of Redstone circuits. Read More
A lot of teams and companies use Basecamp to track projects (we use it here at Android Police even), and today there's a new version of Basecamp. Basecamp 3 is a complete revamp of the service, and there's an Android app to go along with it. Read More
Sound is pretty simple, especially in the form of music. It should be nice. It should be loud when I want it to be. It should fill the room. In the case of Bluetooth speakers, they should be easy to pair. Battery life should be decent. After that, see desired qualities listed for sound.
The Ultimate Ears Boom Bluetooth speaker should meet most of these qualities. Two years ago, our own Cameron Summerson considered this the Bluetooth speaker against which all others should be judged. That still means something, even if it's no longer the latest model.
I'm not an audiophile. Read More
Pinterest, the social media platform of choice for aichmophiliacs, is a great place to look at ideas for home decorating, fashion, crafts, and a thousand other things. I'm not much pinterested in the site, but my wife sure loves it. Some days she spends hours poring over the app, searching for inspiration for her latest project.
Now, with the introduction of buyable pins, she, and all other Android users, can buy many of the products they see with just a couple of clicks. Great... I'm so excited this is a thing now. Artem, I'm going to need a raise.
Let me step back a minute and explain what a buyable pin is. Read More
Google rolls out new versions of Chrome all the time, but Mozilla is no slouch when it comes to Firefox. Version 42 of Firefox is hitting the stable channel with a number of important changes and improvements, but right at the top of the list is a revamped private browsing mode with a feature called Tracking Protection. It's basically a built-in ad-blocker. Read More
In our final Android 6.0 Compatibility Definition Document post, we'll be looking at a small[-ish] clause added in the security section of the CDD. Previously, Google had not actually defined any particularly specific requirements about factory resets for Android devices. While all devices have such a function, they may differ in their efficacy and level of security post-wipe. And while we don't have any reason to believe a particular manufacturer is not already meeting these new requirements (a point I will stress), it's good to see Google is at least laying down a clear mandate on this issue going forward.
Basically, it was possible, pre-Android 6.0, for a manufacturer to merely conduct a logical wipe when doing a factory reset of a device. Read More
Inbox by Gmail is Google's way of experimenting with your email account. The service comes up with new ways to present information and organize it effectively. Now the search giant is taking the next step and responding to your email for you. Well, almost. It will look at your message and provide you with a few logical responses to pick from. Or you can use these snippets to jump start your reply if you feel you have more to say. Read More
Ever had a phone with a bum gyroscope? Or a totally irrational pedometer? Google, in the interest of better counting your steps and determining just what in the hell your phone is doing moving around in three-dimensional space has now defined a "high fidelity sensor support" flag for Android devices, as in the Android 6.0 Compatibility Definition Document.
The idea here is to give developers a single flag to look for that says "this phone / tablet / whatever is not a dumpster fire of awful sensor accuracy." Or, perhaps, more positively, to just say a device has really good sensors. Read More
Pushbullet is all about sharing, version 17 seems a natural progression. You now have the option to insert Pushbullet targets into Android's share menu. Don't just send a file to Pushbullet—send it to a specific phone, tablet, or PC. This is through implementation of Android 6.0's Direct Share feature, which lets apps provide their own share options. In a future update, the developers want to prioritize whichever devices serve as frequent recipients.
Since this release gets Pushbullet ready for Marshmallow, enhancements don't stop there. The developers have implemented support for runtime permissions, granting access as it's needed rather than when first installing an app. Read More