31 Mayıs 2015 Pazar

Google Announced Cloud Test Lab for Developers To Make it Easier for them to test their apps

In the recent Google I/O Conference this year, Google unveiled Cloud Test Lab which is aimed to make it easier for Android app developers to test their apps before it is released to the public. The service is based on Appurify’s technology which Google acquitted last year as announced in the I/O Conference last year.

To use the testing service is quite easy. All the developer need to do is to upload the app that they are currently developing and run the app on simulated versions of Android devices. As we all know there are a lot of versions of smartphones which runs on Android and to test the app in each of them can be a nightmare. However, with this service, the issue can be easily solved.

On top of that, the service can record what happens before and after the app crashes as well as providing the crash log to help the developers to troubleshoot their apps and fix the issue and run the test again on a variety of different devices with a wide range of specs and capabilities. Once the app is stable then the developer can released it to the public.

It is reported that Cloud Test Lab will be released soon. However, it does not specify when is the exact date. Hopefully it will be released this year.

Google Announced Cloud Test Lab for Developers To Make it Easier for them to test their apps

Google Chrome Latest Update comes with Network Quality Estimator and Offline Browsing

In the latest Google Chrome update, it will come with a few new features, Offline Browsing and Network Quality Estimator. These two new features is useful in the event whereby the network quality is not so good in a certain area, especially in the developing countries.

Normally when you open a page using Google Chrome, it will connect to the internet and fetches the latest information from the server and display it to your screen. With the Offline Browsing feature, it will download the content of the website to your computer so that when you access it without the internet connection; you should not feel any difference between the two of them. Currently this feature is already available in Internet Explorer and Firefox. This feature is useful for website content such as cooking recipe or bus schedule information.

The other new feature, Network Quality Estimator, it will analyze the network connection to optimize the search results or any website so that the content like text and information will be loaded first before the image which require more bandwidth. Hopefully the waiting time to load the entire content for the website can be shorten eventhough the data network quality is not so good in the area.

These two new features are announced in the Google I/O Conference this year by Google’s VP of Engineering, Jen Fitzpatrick among all other new features or hardware which the company going to implement in the near future.

Google Chrome Latest Update comes with Network Quality Estimator and Offline Browsing

Lenovo unveils a new futuristic projector phone

Chinese handset manufacturer Lenovo has just arrived with the new futuristic projector smartphone. This concept was being showed by the company’s concept designers at the Lenovo Tech World Conference held few days back. This new projector smartphone comes with a focus-free laser projector and can turn any surface into a touchscreen.

Take a look at the promo video that shows that the handset is very good for being used as a piano, a keyboard or even a gaming screen. However, no specs for the device have been revealed and the commercial availability of the handset is also not certain.

The focus-free laser would help to project the image to any surface and at any depth and angle in order to provide an equally sharp image. This means that the handset can also be used as a projector for watching movies or presentations. Now its to be seen how the touch part of the projected image works.

Well we believe Lenovo soon to be coming out with a handset with this interesting concept. For the meanwhile watch the video below.

Lenovo unveils a new futuristic projector phone

Battery Monitor on Apple Watch lets you know the status of your iPhone’s battery

Here is a wonderful app for the Apple Watch+iPhone users that would help you determine about the how much battery life is present of the iPhone just from the data on your wrists. Yes in case you have plugged your headphones for hours and have kept the iPhone in your pockets like during morning jogs and similar times, the Battery Monitor app on your Apple Watch will help you know about the status of your iPhone’s battery before you run out of the juice.

Tom Etminan has recently created an app for the Apple Watch which allows you to check the status of your iPhone’s battery in just a Glance. For this first you need to install the Battery Monitor app on your iPhone and then go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Here tap the My Watch>Glances and add Battery Monitor. This app will intimate the users hen the battery of the iPhone falls below a certain percentage and call also inform about the fully charged condition of your iPhone. The animated ring showing up the charging status uses different kinds of colors depending upon the remaining battery life. Thus in quick glance, you can know the status of your iPhone’s battery.

The app is currently available for free on the Apple App Store. The developer is likely to add some features to the app in the near future which might add a price to it. Click the source link below to get the app.

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source: BatteryMonitor (iOS)

Battery Monitor on Apple Watch lets you know the status of your iPhone’s battery

Google Design Website gets a major revamp, offers lots of new information and guidelines

Google had introduced Material design at its last year’s Google I/O 2014 for Android Lollipop. At the time, Google had said the spec was a living document which will be updated as material design develops. There have been several updates from time to time and at Google I/O 2015, it has launched a completely revamped Google Design Website.

The website is not just a superficial makeover but is full of useful content – articles, guidelines and more. It also contains guidelines for app developers and designers which they can use while developing their own apps.

In Google’s own words, “To better capture all this great design work happening at Google and around the community, we’ve completely reconceived Google Design”.

Google has also released design guidelines for TV, Auto and Cardboard. There is an article about branding on material design and also one about designing from iOS to Android and back. The Icon Library has more than 800 material system icons which you can download. Google has also set up a new YouTube channel for Google Design  which has video tutorials on various topics.

You can check out the following videos Google has uploaded to its YouTube channel:

1. Making Material Design

2. Palette perfect

3. Refining Roboto

4. Crafting Material

5. Smart Paper

Google Design Website gets a major revamp, offers lots of new information and guidelines

Lenovo’s new Magic View concept smartwatch has a ‘private’ second display

At its tech world event held in Beijing, Lenovo announced a new concept design ‘Magic View’ for its smartwatch. The Magic View concept features dual displays – the main round traditional display and the second small display below it, just above the strap. The secondary display, also called the Virtual Interactive Display (VID), offers you a new way to watch pictures and videos.



According to a report by Android Central who tested out the prototype of the Magic View concept watch at the event, the watch face is round like the Lenovo-owned Motorola’s Moto 360 (flat-tire cut-off, thin bezels)  and its size is the same as LG’s Watch Urbane LTE. The watch doesn’t run Android Wear but an Android-based custom software.

The VID of the concept watch is located below the main LCD panel. It looks opaque from far but when you hold it near your eye, you can see the images. Lenovo gave a demo of the VID in the prototype watch. The image clarity was quite good indoors but it can’t be said how it will fare out of doors in daylight. They also showed a 360⁰ panorama view of a stadium with sensors of the watch controlling the image motion. This view was also impressive. The only thing is you have to hold the screen right up to your eye as this is a private view which only you can see.  The optical reflection technology enables the viewers to see the images up to 20 times the size.



Well, this is only a concept smartwatch and we can’t say when it will be available to consumers. Also, how the second display impacts the smartwatch battery life remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, have a look at the Magic View concept smartwatch video below:


Lenovo’s new Magic View concept smartwatch has a ‘private’ second display

30 Mayıs 2015 Cumartesi

Google Maps with Side-by-side navigation and fully developed offline search is coming

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During I/O 2015 conference, Google disclosed that it is taking its Maps app to a totally new level. It is introducting a Maps app with a functionality of fully developed offline mapping as well as turn-by-turn navigation. It will be introduced by the end of this year; it is possible that it will be a part of the Android M rollout. The users in the developing countries got quickly interested in this functionality because they don’t have good data connections and reliable Internet. googlemaps2

Whats new

In the past, users could download a part of a map for their offline use. Now after the new update is released, a user will be able to search and get auto-complete results even when he is not connected to the Internet. Important information about a specific sport like opening times and reviews will be available, and also the turn-by-turn navigation. This will be very helpful to smartphone users that live at locations where coverage is poor and the data plans are very costly. googlemaps3

YouTube Offline

Google Maps is not going to be only app that will be ready for offline use. The next one will be YouTube Offline though it is going to be exclusive for limited number of countries. It will make a user’s favorite video available for 48 hours for him to view. The Network Quality Estimator of Google will reduce the website data according to user’s connection power. This optimation will make pages to load four times faster as 80% less bytes will be loaded; the memory use will also reduce. googlemaps4

Google’s aim

This plan to double down offline functionality  is very sensible. Google’s aim is to position Android in developing markets such as India, Indonesia and Brazil. Most of the future smartphone sales growth will take place in these countries.

Google Maps with Side-by-side navigation and fully developed offline search is coming

Huawei P8 Lite launched officially; India to get Huawei P8, P8 Max, P8 Lite, MediaPad X2 and TalkBand B2 in Q3

Huawei introduced its Huawei P8 and P8 Max smartphones in April this year. A third smartphone Huawei P8 Lite was also expected to be unveiled at the time but that didn’t happen. However, the P8 Lite was later released in Germany and Hungary and was priced at about $270. Now Huawei P8 Lite has been made official by the company at its South East Asia (SEA) launch event held in Bangkok.


At the event, the Chinese giant showcased its latest flagship smartphone P8 along with its two variants P8 Max and P8 Lite as well as MediaPad X2, Watch W1 and TalkBand B2.

The Huawei P8 Lite is a dual SIM smartphone that comes with a 5-inch, 1280 x 720 pixels resolution display and is powered by a 64-bit HiSilicon Kirin 620 chipset with octa-core 1.2GHz CPU and a Mali 450 MP4 GPU for graphics. Inside, it has a 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. It doesn’t have a separate slot for microSD card but the second SIM slot works as a microSD card slot.


There is a 13MP BSI camera at the back and a 5MP camera at the front for selfies and video chats. The device runs on a 2200mAh battery and comes with pre-installed Android 5.0.2 lollipop with Huawei’s own EMUI 3.1 skin on top. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, Wi-Fi and NFC. The Huawei P8 Lite dimensions are 143.0 x 70.6 x 7.7mm and it weighs 131 grams. The handset is available in 3 color options – Black, White and Gold.


At the event, Huawei also announced that the Huawei P8, P8 Max, P8 Lite and the Huawei MediaPad X2 will be launched in India in the third quarter of 2015. According to the company, Huawei P8 will not be joining the price war and will cost about $455 while the P8 Lite is a budget phone falling in the mid-range price segment. The TalkBand B2 which is a fitness tracker-cum-Bluetooth earpiece, is expected to arrive in India in June and cost about $235.

Check out more pics below:

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Huawei P8 Lite launched officially; India to get Huawei P8, P8 Max, P8 Lite, MediaPad X2 and TalkBand B2 in Q3

Regrets from Netflix After Launch in Australia

Anyone who is a subscriber of Netflix Australia with iiNet or Optus should continue enjoying unlimited streaming as long as he can.

In the month of March, Netflix was launched in Australia, and a special deal was given to customers who were connected from two ISPs. The deal was that without counting towards their montly data limit, customers could stream unlimited shows.Netflix1

Netflix regrets the decision, and calls it against their basic thinking.

In the quarterly earnings report, Netflix issued an investor note saying that the deal is against net neutrality which is their basic thinking.Netflix2

The note said, “Data caps are bad for customers and they inhibit Internet innovation. We are participating in ISP programs in order to protect our new customers from data caps. Though data caps is common in Australia, the ISP programs will effectively disregard the discrimination among video services some of which are capped and some are not.”

“We should have not done it before, and we will not do it again. In good time, majority of fixed-line ISPs are eliminating or raising data caps which is similar to our belief that ISPs ought to provide excellent video for every service in the market and allow customer to choose.”

The net neutrality

Open Internet or net neutrality is a notion that all data line and traffic should be treated equally, and no difference should be made to customers on the basis of ISP they are registered to. Without that, ISPs would divide internet into slow and fast lanes as they will be charging users more for better internet speeds.

This is will also allow ISPs to give preference to websites that they either make money from or they own. It is an important issue in US where some legislaters are trying to allow internet providers to do that. However, Netflix believes in net neutrality.Netflix3
Reed Hastings says

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told Gizmodo Australia before launching in Australia, “There is no reson for data caps. We want to make the internet unmetered. The capped model is antiquated: we want to make it about speed. 10Mbps will cost more than 1Mbps, and 50Mbps will cost more than 10Mbps and that makes sense.”

“Historically, there was so little contenct in Australia that many users went over the international links and those are pretty expensive, but now there’s more and more content and content caching in Australia.”

Netflix reaffirmed its commitment to net neutrality in its letter to investors.

“We support strong net neutrality across the globe, allowing all consumers to enjoy the Internet access they pay for, without ISPs blocking, throttling, or influencing content int he last mile or at interconnection points,” the letter states.

Regrets from Netflix After Launch in Australia

Some interesting facts about the WhatsApp messaging app

There is no doubt to its that the messaging app WhatsApp is one of the most widely used apps on any platform may it be iOS or Android. Spending almost nothing on its marketing, the app has still managed to set up a huge customer base of its own. The app is available in 32 different languages over different platforms of BlackBerry, Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The app witnesses and exchange of nearly 30 billion messages on daily basis. The app shares a huge customer pool of huge 800 million users as on date and the great thing is that the company has just 55 employees registered under it.

We have come to some very interesting facts about the messaging app which you surely would like to know about. Every day the app that adds to nearly a million of users is the fastest growing messaging app. Take a look at the images below to know some facts about WhatsApp.

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Some interesting facts about the WhatsApp messaging app

29 Mayıs 2015 Cuma

Android Pay Lets You to Make Payment Conveniently By Just Taping Your Device to the Terminal

Google has made mobile payment method a lot simpler than it used to be when the company first launches Google Wallet. Instead of having to open the app and key in a PIN to use it, Google just need you to simply tap your phone on the NFC terminal to authorize a payment. This way of mobile payment feature goes by the name of Android Pay.

On top of that, Android Pay is designed such that it can be embedded in apps like Lyft, Grubhub as well as Wish. The way that it works is that it relies on a virtualized credit card which acts like a proxy to your credit card, therefore the credit card information is not shared by merchants. It is also reported that Android Pay will be working with more than 700,000 stores in USA itself which have contactless payment terminals. Furthermore, Google has also partnering with mostly major financial institution in order to make the Android Pay working for the consumer.

Apart from using it with the contactless payment terminal while you are in the physical store, Android Pay can also be used for in-app purchases from online retailers. For example, when you are ordering food from Chipotle or paying an Uber ride, you can also use Google’s payment system.

Android Pay requires Android KitKat to operate at the very minimum; therefore the fingerprint feature is optional. However, with the upcoming release of Android M, it comes with the native fingerprint recognition standard API which is available to developers.

Android Pay Lets You to Make Payment Conveniently By Just Taping Your Device to the Terminal

Google Announced New Feature “Now on Tap” For Google Now in I/O Conference

There are a lot of new feature of Google which is announced in the Google I/O Conference this year. One of them is the enhancement for Google Now.  Since the launching of Google Now, the company is always coming up with ideas on how it can help and do more work for the users. With the upcoming release of Android M, Google Now is improved such that users can ask for whatever they want even though they are opening other apps to do something else, all in one device.

The new feature for Google Now which is designed to do the above is “Now on Tap”. To activate it, users can simply tap and hold the home button and ask whatever they want to know and Google will show you the results. For example, if your friend emailed you to ask you to watch movie, let’s say “Hunger Games”, you can just say “Ok Google, Hunger games” then Google will display everything in the internet about Hunger Games, from the ratings, trailer and even the website where you can buy the tickets or just to see the show timings. All these can be done without having to leave whatever you are doing.

Based on this example, it seems like the enhancement for Google Now is that it is able to show the information based on the context of your question. The best of all is that, the other app developer does not need to make changes on their app to integrate with “Now on tap” feature. It is able to work as long as they have their apps indexed by Google.

Google Announced New Feature “Now on Tap” For Google Now in I/O Conference

Android M has got a revamped RAM Manager

The previous Android OS version the Android Lollipop is designed such that users can check the RAM status of their phone and the memory used by each of the apps. This feature still plays a big role and many users doing intensive multi-tasking need to monitor as to how much memory is gulped by some of their heavier apps. The latest Android M aims to improve this functionality by proving a more comprehensive way in order to check the average and the maximum RAM that each app can occupy.

However, in order to access the Memory section in Android M what it seems in the recent M Developer Review is that you need to navigate to Systems > Apps and then touch the three-dot menu at the upper right corner after that open Advanced and tap on Memory.

After accessing this and getting inside, users would be getting information about the per-app breakdown of the average and maximum RAM used by each of their apps, both pre-installed (system) and user installed. The dark green shade shows the average reading while the lighter green shade would show the absolute amount of operational memory occupied by the app. Users can even see that the app in question is rarely running or constantly running in the background. Tapping on the app would reveal all of its running process along with the amount of RAM they occupy. The apps that are trivial can be stopped by tapping of the “X” button to the right. The “Force Stop” button will allow you kill all the misbehaving apps.

Thus these changes coming from Android M we surely optimize the RAM usage to a great extent. Check the images below to get the idea.

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via: PhoneArena

Android M has got a revamped RAM Manager

Google Photos is the new Google application for managing, sharing and editing your images

Just earlier this week, we saw the screenshots of the newly released Google Photos apps and the various features that it brings to the table. Yesterdays at the Goggle I/O event, search giant Google introduced its new photo application which is aimed to bring all your photos under one roof making it very easy for the users to have a quick access and share. The Google Photos would be serving as a centralized location for all your images and the images you would capture with the camera would be synchronized by this photo application and users would also be able to add images stored on other devices. The images could be uploaded in higher resolution with 16MP per image with no loss in the image quality. Up to these quality settings, users will get an unlimited space for storage. However, you can even upload large size images but this would be at the cost of occupying extra space of your Google Account. The great thing is that you can even upload videos with 1080p resolution.

The app in addition to just sharing your images can also manage them well. In addition to grouping the images with time, date or place, it can even group them when the same people are present in images by identifying the faces. No need of tagging the people, just tapping on the face will allow Google Photos to do the further magic. Additionally, this app can also look after editing of your images like color and light adjustments and others. It also allows users to make collages, animations, movies with sound tracks and many more things. There is a special Assistant feature that provides few suggestions made with the photos and videos like a story based on any recent trip.

However, if you want to keep your images secret in a vault, Google Photos even provide this facility. You can share the images via app to by generating a link to a gallery containing multiple images. The recipients can even add these images to their personal Photos space. Sharing of the images can be as fast as just holding your finger on an image and drag down to move to the sharing options . If you want to try out, this app is currently available for download on the Google Play Store. Check out the video below to get the better idea.

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source: Google

Google Photos is the new Google application for managing, sharing and editing your images

Android M coming with Doze mode for better battery life and USB Type C support

Google has introduced Android M, the successor to Android Lollipop, at its I/O 2015 Keynote.  Android M is a powerful platform and comes with numerous enhancements which includes six key areas – fingerprint support, Android Pay, app permissions, web experience, app links, and power & charging.

Android M brings two very useful improvements in the power and charging department, it makes the smartphone batteries last longer and makes their charging faster.

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Let us see them one by one:

1. Doze Mode

If your device stays idle for a while, it will go into the Doze mode. The system uses motion sensors and when they don’t sense motion of the handset for some time, it is put into kind of a deep sleep. The background apps will also doze off but the real time, alarms and incoming notifications will still be working.

This will save you a lot of battery life. Google tested the Android M Doze mode in Nexus 9 tablet and its standby battery life increased by 2x in comparison to Nexus 9 having the same apps and settings but running Android L. This is quite impressive but better to remember that this will happen only in case of devices sitting idle. Of course, the smartphones that are frequently in use may also see some improvements.

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2. USB Type-C

Android M supports USB Type-C for faster charging. This is a different type of connector which can be used for reversible charging. Actually, such type of connectors are already being used by Google and Apple in the latest Chromebook and MacBook respectively. The connecter can be plugged in from any side as it can transfer power and data in both directions.

Google also promises that the USB Type-C charging will be “Anything from three to four times faster” compared to the current microUSB options available. What’s more, your Android M running smartphone can even be used to charge other devices for example a smartwatch or a tablet, or you can use your Android M tablet to charge your smartphone.

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Android M coming with Doze mode for better battery life and USB Type C support