Google is about to take another crack at its ultra-low-cost smartphone initiative, called Android One. The company’s managing director in Southeast Asia, Rajan Anandan, says that a new plan for Android One will be unveiled in “the next few weeks.” Few details are available, but Anandan adds in an interview with The Financial Times that part of the plans will be a push to hit the “sweet spot” of $50 smartphones.
Although this isn’t an actual update to the app, WhatsApp is now sporting a nifty new feature that—although small—might make a big difference in how users of the messaging app stay in touch with their friends. Single check mark, Double check mark and Blue check mark.
As can be found in the app’s newly-updated FAQ, group chat and broadcast messages are also impacted by this change. As mentioned, this feature isn’t part of an update to the app through the App Store, but rather something that the company has pushed over-the-air to both iOS and Android versions of the app.
This change comes shortly after rumors have reignited that WhatsApp will soon be getting some amount of VOIP (Voice over IP) capability, which would let users make—assumably—free telephone calls via WiFi or cellular.
Google says the native Android apps now have 64-bit, as well as pure Java language apps. Lastly and certainly least, Google’s latest Android Easter egg is… a Flappy Bird clone.
If you’ve been using Android over the past few months, you may have noticed that several Google apps have been updated with a fresh design — and they all look the same. This is no coincidence: Google’s putting its three-year-old “Holo” design language out to pasture, moving instead toward a look known as “Material Design.” This new aesthetic is featured prominently in Android 5.0 Lollipop, and soon the rest of Google’s ecosystem — desktops, autos, TV and wearables — will be following suit.
The updated Gmail app will support all Android 4.0+ devices.
And if you access the app on your Android tablet, you’ll notice it’s easier to switch between accounts and the different inbox categories.
Every one of the last half-dozen or so major builds of Android has gotten a sweetly-themed name — and yet, Google had referred to Android 5.0 as nothing but “L” ever since its debut back at Google I/O.
It’s now official: Android 5.0 will be called Android Lollipop.
Google just broke the name amidst details of the shiny (and massive) new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 tablet.
The biggest, most obvious change is the shift to “Material Design”, a design language drummed up by Android’s UX Director Matias Duarte.
Google’s new system run time, ART, is officially replacing DALVIK after a preview of the system in KitKat.
Android Lollipop will ship with the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, but Google says its coming to the Nexus 5, 7, 10, and the myriad “Google Play Edition” devices in “the coming weeks”