Android: Yahoo may not be the first app you think of to manage your email, but the company s mobile apps are still pretty sweet.Now, you can sign up for the beta version of the Android app to get the most cutting edge features first.To get the beta version, first you ll need to sign up here, then download the app from the Play Store.On top of the beta, the regular Android app received a couple minor changes.Now you can sync your Yahoo Address Book with your device s contacts and the Mail app has a new People Smart View to see every way you communicate with a person in one place.iOS users also got a couple new features, including a link preview that turns links into informative cards and a Share button so you can send content via Yahoo Mail from other apps.
Developers, start your Nexuses.Here s a couple of the highlight features you ll find in the new preview, which build on the features already found in the Android N Developer Preview 2.The Daydream program, complete with specially designed VR headsets, will launch this fall.Sustained performance mode API—This lets developers understand how performance will behave when an app s active for an extended duration, taking system-on-chip throttling into account once processor temperatures hit their peak.That more granular information is intended to help developers create apps that avoid performance fluctuations over time.Developer Preview 4 will offer final APIs and the official Android N software developer kit, while Google says Developer Preview 5 will deliver near-final system images for final testing before the final release that s scheduled for later this summer.
As you may have guessed by the name, this new app focuses on helping you quickly find and type the appropriate emoji to complement your text-based conversations.technology to understand the context of what you re typing, as its emoji suggestions will update as you continue to type.However, having it constantly updating with new emoji predictions could also make it a bit more distracting, thanks to the colorful nature of these little icons.In the past, it has released over experimental keyboards like SwiftKey Clarity, which focused on multi-word autocorrect, and SwiftKey Neural Alpha, which used neural networks instead of predictive algorithms to improve its words suggestions.These and others are products emerging from SwiftKey s R hub SwiftKey Greenhouse, which tests new ideas to see how users respond.While making access to emoji easier may seem like a silly thing to focus on, it s actually fairly critical to text-based conversations.
Slated for a late summer release, key new features in Android N include split-screen mode, so more than one app can be run simultaneously, or picture-in-picture mode so you can watch a video on the corner of the screen while browsing the web or checking email.Some of these features are already available on some handsets today but bringing them to the core of the Android experience means they can be unified and extended across all phones running the operating system.A new software JIT compiler will make app installs 75% faster and the compiled code size will be reduced by 50%, according to Google.As good as this sounds, unfortunately has nothing to do or bound to help with Android's fragmentation issue and slow updates from carriers and manufacturers.Instead of acting like a search box that can interpret your voice commands, the new Assistant works on a more conversational mode and can infere from context, not unlike Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana.As with all beta releases, we only recommend these to early adopters and tinkerers that can live with some bugs.
While I/O is usually the place for Google to share a first look at new versions of Android, it actually released a first preview of N a few months ago.The final release data remains unknown, but Google says it expects to final release to hit later this summer.In my experience, even the first preview releases were quite usable already, but Burke argued that while most people were surprised by the quality of these early builds, the team still found plenty of show-stopping bugs to fix.Android devices will now quietly download an update and set it up on the background so the operating system simply has to switch between the old and new image when you restart your device.Instead of having to wait for a few minutes to finish the update, you now simply have to restart your phone or tablet and the operating system automatically switches to the new version.After you ve restarted your device and the update has been applied, Android also won t ask you to re-enter your password if you typically use a fingerprint scanner or other means of authenticating.
Google is updating its Android Studio developer environment with a whole slew of upgrades under the hood that ll make it faster.The company unveiled the new tool at its Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View.Making the developer experience easier is critical to companies like Google to encourage developers to build apps Android-first, which is important to capture moments of exclusivity over the App Store.This is a huge pain point for developers, who need to monitor the experience and tune the app constantly.Tests are critical for ensuring that new deploys don t break the app before shipping it off to devices and quickly identify issues with the application.There s a new layout designer that has more features, making it easier to lay out what developers want the app experience to be like.
Android is the most popular operating system in the world, installed on millions – if not billions – of devices, from smartphones and tablets to smart appliances such as TVs and fridges.First, this is an early developer preview, which means it's not intended for regular smartphone owners, but rather app developers who want to make sure their products work with Android 7.0 N. So although you can expect some of the latest features of Android 7.0 N to work, such as bundled notifications and multi-window support, you should expect some bugs and errors as well.Ensure that your device's built-in back-up feature is enabled – to do this go to Settings Backup & reset and make sure both 'Back up my data' and 'Automatic restore' are checked.Connect your Xperia Z3Next, make sure your Xperia Z3 is powered on and then plug it in to a USB port on your PC or Mac.Download and install Android 7.0 NHold down the Alt key on your keyboard and click on 'Software repair', which is displayed on the home screen of the Xperia Companion software.Once the Xperia Z3 has turned off, hold down the volume down key on the smartphone and plug it back into your computer.
Android is the most popular operating system in the world, installed on millions – if not billions – of devices, from smartphones and tablets to smart appliances such as TVs and fridges.So it's always exciting when a new version is released, and Google is busy working on Android 7.0 N.Update: At the Google IO 2016 event, Google announced that you can now sign up your device for the Android 7.0 N Beta Quality Release Candidate.To sign up go to the Android Beta website and select 'Enrol device'.The current version of Android, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, hasn't even been out a year, and many Android owners are still waiting for it to become available for their devices.That hasn't stopped Google working on its follow-up, although Android 7.0 N is still in its early stages – we don't even currently know what the 'N' stands for – although we have made a few educated guesses.
The maker of the popular SwiftKey mobile keyboard is building a new app that ll help users select the perfect emoji.The Swiftmoji keyboard, currently in beta on Android, will take predictive text one step further by serving up suggested emojis.The Microsoft-owned platform will offer these emojis in a row, much like how the current offering predicts words you may like to use, based on other words typed.Related: 6 Cool things you can do with Google's Gboard for iOSAs a result Swiftmoji is promising faster access to emojis, reminders of emoji you may have forgotten existed via TechCrunch .With the keyboard there ll also be no need to switch to the emoji keyboard in order to access your favourite smileys.SwiftKey was purchased by Microsoft earlier this year for a whopping $250 million.
Google continued to tease its forthcoming Android N operating system at its annual I/O developer conference, saying that its next mobile OS will offer improved performance, more robust security, VR support and...a name chosen by its own users.We'd all been waiting to hear Google reveal the dessert-themed moniker of Android N, but in the end it opted to open the floodgates and let the public vote for the new system's name.Elsewhere among the 250-odd new features coming to Android N, Google talked up some of its performance improvements.Android N will also offer support for Google's new Daydream VR platform and, last but certainly not least, Google announced that the Android N beta release candidate is available now.What does that actually mean?In exiting preview mode, Google is basically saying that Android N is now stable enough to use, so you can download it on your primary device provided it's a Nexus as opposed to relegating it to a secondary gadget.
SAP has released a beta version of its Hana Cloud Platform for Cloud Foundry.The software giant yesterday released a Cloud Foundry beta service that works on the Pivotal-inspired open-source cloud.Coming with the beta is support for Java, Node.js, HTML5, MongoDB, Redis, PostgresSQL and RabbitMQ.SAP said this would let developers build apps and services using the combination of Cloud Foundry and SAP s HANA Cloud Platform.Also announced was a cloud edition of its HTML5 Fiori UI environment.It includes monitoring and analytics, ability to manage mobile applications and systems management.
Google hopes that within a couple months, apps will move to a stable beta release and finally work on Chromebooks this fall.That s huge, great, awesome news for lovers of Chromebooks of which they are supposedly very many .That promise resulted in a limited project, called App Runtime for Chrome and brought a dozen or so apps like Duolingo, Evernote, and Vine to Chrome OSNow, you re getting all of them—that is if developers build the apps for the platform.Keyboard, mouse, and touch input will seamlessly work togetherUsers will get Android notifications on their ChromebooksAndroid apps benefit from the Wifi or Bluetooth connectivity setup by the user or the administratorFile sharing is seamless between Chrome and Android apps through the Files appPerformance of demanding apps such as games or design apps is excellentChromebooks have always been an excellent cheap computing option, but it lacked a robust app store to make it a true laptop competitor.Don t get too excited quite yet.These apps still need to be optimized for the new platform and won t be ready until some time in the fall.
Of course, there's the split screen and floating window capabilities that will land on both tablets as well as smartphones, finally bringing Android into the productivity age.Internally, it will most likely have "android" in the name anyway, and developers can now check that out in the latest preview as well.Android N will also introduce a subtly new way to install and update apps and eventually the whole system itself.For the whole system itself, Google is taking a cue from how Chrome updates itself in the background, lessening the downtime involved in having to reboot the device after every system update.Other interesting tidbits for developers include the improved Doze support and, of course,the new Vulkan API for graphics.Supported devices include the Nexus 6, 9, 5X, 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and Android One General Mobile 4G .
The update to Play services largely focuses on giving them insight into their apps before they launch them.Once a user enrolls in an app s beta test, their ratings for the app won t end up counting toward the app s overall rating on Google Play.Instead of rating the app, however, users will be able to give feedback to developers through the Google Play store without there being any exchange of emails or phone numbers.Of course, beta tests aren t the only improvement in Google Play.Developers will also now get access to pre-launch reports, which gives results of the app s performance in Google s Firebase Test Lab.The reports will include screenshots from different Android devices, helping developers find any issues with their app s layout.
At Google I/O a couple of days ago, Google announced and released a new version of the Android N Developer Preview that anyone can try out on their Nexus handset.There aren't a whole lot of new features in the Developer Preview 3, but Google has worked hard to improve performance and stability.In this video I go hands-on with the latest Developer Preview on the Nexus 6P, looking at what's new in this version, and also what features of Android N users can look forward to in the coming months.
Google hopes that within a couple months, apps will move to a stable beta release and finally work on Chromebooks this autumn.That promise resulted in a limited project, called App Runtime for Chrome and brought a dozen or so apps like Duolingo, Evernote, and Vine to Chrome OSNow, you re getting all of them, that is if developers build the apps for the platform.Keyboard, mouse, and touch input will seamlessly work togetherUsers will get Android notifications on their ChromebooksAndroid apps benefit from the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity setup by the user or the administratorFile sharing is seamless between Chrome and Android apps through the Files appPerformance of demanding apps such as games or design apps is excellentChromebooks have always been an excellent cheap computing option, but it lacked a robust app store to make it a true laptop competitor.Of course, some apps that require smartphone-specific hardware, like GPS, might not work on a Chromebook at all.Don t get too excited quite yet.These apps still need to be optimised for the new platform and won t be ready until some time in the autumn.
Android N beta tips and tricksFor those of you rocking a compatible phone or tablet, you can experience some of the treats Google's next software offering will bring when itofficially launches later this year.Android N development has now hit beta stage, and while it may not be the fully finished product there are loads of great new features already packed inside for you to start enjoying.So grab your Nexus, get the beta downloading and read on to find out what you'll be able to do once Android N is installed.
For the rest of us, it's never been easier to give the latest edition of Android a spin.and yes, we know Gogle hasn't given it a name yet - but we're firmly voting for Android Nutella!So far, Google is supporting the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X phones, Pixel C and Nexus 9 tablets, and the Nexus Player streaming box.Installing new versions of Android manually is usually all manner of command line hell, but Google has made things a lot easier this time around.It was less than a minute before it turned up on our Nexus 6P, but the download is over 1GB so could take a while.Read this...Android powers the coolest, smartest bathroom mirror we & ... Google I/O dates set, get ready for Android N
Look at anyone at this developer conference still wearing Google Glass and it immediately tells you about the inability of "fashion and technology to work as one."He leads a team to solve to solve a problem he calls "interactive textile technology."Google ATAP, known for its Project Ara modular phone, is working with Levi's on clothing, as was announced last year, and it's not going to be smart pants, unlike the concept clothing.Google and Levi's are targeting urban cyclists with this tech-infused jacket, calling it a fashionable, function garment."It's a terrible idea to navigate the screen of your phone while navigating busy streets" says Paul Dillinger, VP of innovation at Levi's.Well gestures, taps and swipes on the sleeve could help you change music or get directions through haptic feedback.
Android N beta tips and tricksFor those of you rocking a compatible phone or tablet, you can experience some of the treats Google's next software offering will bring when itofficially launches later this year.Android N development has now hit beta stage, and while it may not be the fully finished product there are loads of great new features already packed inside for you to start enjoying.So grab your Nexus, get the beta downloading and read on to find out what you'll be able to do once Android N is installed.
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