Wear OS Gets a Redesigned Google Play Store

I know that most people are in agreement that Wear OS is trash and the watch options aren’t great, but I’m foolishly still holding out hope that it will one day be good. Because of that foolishness, here is a bit of news: Google Play on Wear OS is now slightly better.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.droid-life.com/2019/11/13/wear-os-gets-a-redesigned-google-play-store/

ANDROID 10 is Here!

Android 10 has officially released – no more Android Q beta – and we’re diving into the biggest features on our Pixel devices. From dark theme and gestures to privacy controls and smart replies, we’ve got it here!It’s now available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, P

Continue Reading . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9VrVUoQ0j8

Google Warning: Tens Of Millions Of Android Phones Come Preloaded With Dangerous Malware

Millions of shiny new Android smartphones are being purchased with dangerous malware factory-installed, according to Google’s own security research team. There have been multiple headlines about the millions of harmful apps being installed from the Play Store, but this is something new.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2019/08/10/google-warning-tens-of-millions-of-android-phones-come-preloaded-with-dangerous-malware/

You can now run Android on a Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch can now run Android, giving the hybrid game console access to Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, Twitch, a wide array of Android apps, and loads of classic game emulators, of course. Specifically, it’s an unofficial port of LineageOS 15.

Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/7/29/20746304/android-nintendo-switch-nvidia-shield

Microsoft to enter the Android game?

A report says Microsoft will release a foldable Windows 10 device that can also run Android apps. How likely is this? We explain.Subscribe to CNET: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTVCNET playlists: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV/p…Download the new CNET app: https://cnet.app.link/GWuXq8ExzGLi

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Google: Play Protect cut harmful Android app installs by 20% in 2018

It’s that time of year again: Google’s published its annual Android Security & Privacy Year in Review, the holistic report detailing the ways the Moutain View company’s made the over two billion devices running Android more secure.

Continue Reading . . . https://venturebeat.com/2019/03/29/google-play-protect-cut-harmful-android-app-installs-by-20-in-2018/

Some major Android apps are still sending data directly to Facebook

Major Android mobile apps from companies including Yelp and Duolingo send data that could be used to personally identify you for ad tracking straight to Facebook immediately upon logging in, according to a new report from the London-based UK charity and watchdog group Privacy International (PI).

Continue Reading . . . https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/5/18252397/facebook-android-apps-sending-data-user-privacy-developer-tools-violation

Google puts Assistant into its Android texting app, and it’s pretty cool

Google Assistant lives in your home and might have its own button on your phone. Now it’s in your Android Messages texting app, too. I got a hands-on demo of how exactly it works, here at MWC 2019 in Barcelona. 

Continue Reading . . . https://www.cnet.com/news/google-put-assistant-into-its-android-texting-app-and-its-pretty-cool-mwc/

Android Messages gets Google Assistant suggestions

Google Assistant is coming to Android Messages, one in a series of major updates introduced today at the start of Mobile World Congress Barcelona. Contextual integration of Google Assistant will be made available in Android Messages over the course of the coming months.

Continue Reading . . . https://venturebeat.com/2019/02/25/android-messages-gets-google-assistant-suggestions/

Google ships final Android O beta before official launch

“You won’t have to wait too much longer to get your hands on Android O. Google has posted its fourth Developer Preview for the mobile operating system, and it’s the last beta you’ll see — after this, the next stop is the finished version that will reach everyday users. This release candidate is really just a dry run for the official launch, with all the features and behavior intact.”  … http://buff.ly/2uwYvOV

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Does Android use more memory than iOS? – Gary explains

Has Samsung lost it’s ‘Edge’? – #samsung, #edge, #galaxy, #galaxyedge

The new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will release in China, then the USA.

This new sleek curvy glass device has captured our interest, not all of it good, more bad than good actually.

The initial look has the wow factor but that wears off quick enough. There have been comparisons to this and the iPhone 4 with the metal side and the front and back glass.

They gave up on a lot of features when they made this:

  • smaller capacity battery
  • no longer has a water resistant rating
  • no external storage support
  • no removable battery

In the end they went to Wow with design but my 2 cents would be summed up in one word “Gimmick”.


Smart Watches aren’t for Women!

Watches say something about you, it’s a style, a statement, an accessory for the perfect outfit or a watch can be an heirloom.

For men buying a watch is far more simple than a lady. The traditional male styles have a much smaller variety than those for the fairer sex. Even though women have more choices watches in general we have a massive amount of choices for both men and women’s watches. This can’t be said in the smart watch market.

Have you seen a smart watch these days? google search : “smart watch

Dam they are big! Wow, look at all that plastic! We have round watches, squares, rectangles and even curved bulky rectangles.  For a guy this is great! Choices! “I can be round or square!! Woo Hoo!” For a lady the shape of the watch face is just the start. Women tend to color coordinate, they also pay attention to things like … Oh let’s say the watch strap! Yes, this is a key thing most smart watches have  few choices in and most straps are .. well, not pretty. (save for a couple).

As a man you may look at these smart watches and pick one you ‘think’ is “pretty enough” for her, most likely you’ll be wrong. She may do the “sympathy wearing of the smart watch” when you are around and appreciate the thought… but…

So…. what about functionality, what about that? Women should want that as well, yes? I’m sure they do BUT if the watch isn’t appealing or if it’s too bulky the smart phone in the purse will most likely be the better choice.

Women tend to have better taste than most men and they tend to shop more than men so wouldn’t it make sense to pay more attention to the other 50% of the potential target market?

All this may be true but there is one simple factor that will have to be overcome before we can have smaller form factors on smart watches, the batteries. Until we figure out a way to have these smart watches choke down fewer amps they won’t be slim. This is a design challenge for the best of designers!

As a closing thought I would think that a woman may even appreciate a smart watch more than the man. Not having to fish out the smart phone to see and read updates etc can be a blessing. Digging into skinny jeans or a large/full purse can be skipped. How much better if the social media messages were there at the flick of her wrist!


Apple Watch vs. Galaxy Gear

Apple Watch vs. Galaxy Gear

Based on comparaboo the Samsung Galaxy Gear is the top smart watch on the market now. Here is the comparison to the soon to be released Apple Watch.