Ben Silbermann

If google teaches you anything, it’s that small ideas can be big.

Using the Android O beta

#Android #Google #AndroidO #AndroidNougat #GoogleI/O #technology #mobile #newtech

Android O was one of the most awaited segments at Google I/O 2017. It was announced that users wanting to use the Android O platform can do it by enrolling themselves in the Android O beta. Also, you need to have a Google smartphone, such as Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel or Pixel XL.

There haven’t been major changes between Android Nougat and Android O UI, like the settings menu have been re-arranged and grouped together for similar functions. There is also an option to enable battery percentage on Android O, with larger font. It also groups battery consumption based on Apps, System, Services, etc.

Android O has a different toggle system, and it also allows video and chat apps to play picture in picture when minimised. You can even check the notification on an app by long pressing the app icon and also dismiss it by swiping.

It also includes Autofill with Google, Smart Text Selection and other features.

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This is an interesting update. Google focused more on how people access and use the OS rather than upgrading things visually.

Watch Youtube videos offline

#Youtube #technology #mobile #Google #offline #videos #entertainment

Youtube Go, a test version of Google’s offline-first, shareable video product, is available for download on the Google play Store. In fact, the app for 20,000 users in a matter of hours, when it was launched in an invitation-only mode.

The Youtube Go app is designed to be offline first and improve the experience watching videos on a slower network; gives you more control over data usage, by providing choice and transparency into the amount of data spent on streaming or saving videos.

Currently, Youtube has close to 180 million Indians on mobile phones alone, and the Youtube consumption from mobile has frown from 55% to 80% in just on year.

Youtube also mentioned that the last year belonged to creators in India who showcased their videos online, and 14 of such creators hit 1 million subscribers every month.

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Truecaller to get Video calling with google’s support

#Truecaller #mobile #app #technology #Google #videoCalling #MobilePay

Truecaller has tied up with Google to integrate Google Duo within the Truecaller app.

Along with Google Duo video calling, Truecaller will redesign its Android app with a broader array of features, including SMS filter, Flash messaging and Truecaller Pay.

SMS filter will allow the user to instantly see who has sent an SMS and allows it to filter out all spam messages. Flash messaging will allow to send quick pre-defined messages to any Truecaller user.

Truecaller Pay, this is like the Indian version of Venmo, allows any android user in India to send or receive money securely over their mobile phone.

Truecaller also partnered with Airtel. Airtel Truecaller ID is the extended version of caller ID feature for Airtel users who use feature phones.

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Cyanogen, an end to a great start

We will be saying goodbye to Cyanogen, the company responsible for the commercialisation of CyanogenMod, at the end of 2016. That is to say that there will be no further updates to the OS, no more nightly builds and no further security updates. Phones that run this OS, will have to switch to the Open Source version of the the OS.

Initially Cyanogen was a success, and sold to manufacturers like WileyFox and OnePlus that lacked the resources to build their own customized Android interfaces. However, with the OnePlus making its own build of android called OxygenOS, Cyanogen was left behind. For Cyanogen, it is hard to make money on mods, and with Android getting more and more capable every iteration mods are also less necessary than they were when Cyanogen first started out.

Cyanogen gave a lot of good stuff in the world of Android phones. People should thank Cyanogen, especially OnePlus, for making everything better in Android. Read the full article here.