Tag Archive: Android’s


Android’s notification dots are coming to Chrome OS

A new commit suggests that Chrome OS will soon get Android Oreo’s notification dots.

Oreo wasn’t the biggest Android update ever released, but one of the features it did add was notification dots. Notification dots are those colorful circles that appear next to your app icons, and long-pressing on an app with one of these reveals the notification(s) for that app above your app shortcuts.

A new commit was recently discovered by Chrome Story, and it suggests  [Read More…]

Google Pay finally unifies Androids fragmented payment solutions

Googe has today launched a new payment solution called Google Pay. There are currently a number of payment solutions across the Google ecosystem from Android Pay to automatically filling out credit card information in Chrome. Google says that the new Google Pay aims to combine all these different methods of paying into a single brand. […]

The most influential games released in Android’s history

Games have always been a part of mobile phones. Remember when Nokia was the de facto brand if you wanted to buy a mobile device? Even those clunky but very resilient phones had the likes of Snake and Bounce for your entertainment needs. When Apple and Google launched app stores for their mobile operating systems, […]

Disney Emoji Blitz perfectly captures Android’s emoji problem

Emoji are really, really complicated, and they don’t need to be.

Emoji are supposed to be easy, cute, and even fun. They’re whimsical ways to communicate with your friends, allowing you to create and converse in sometimes-cryptic pictographic codes. Emoji can say a million things, and while they should translate across platforms and people easily, the truth is, they don’t, especially on Android. This is doubly true for custom emoji keyboards on Android, which are all either  [Read More…]

EU considers yet another record fine for Google, this time over Android’s anti-competitive terms

The EU and Google continue to battle over antitrust allegations.

Google may be facing yet another decision in an antitrust investigation in the EU, according to a new report by Reuters, including a fine that could exceed $ 2.7 billion. The news comes just a few days after the EU finalized a record-setting $ 2.7 billion fine over Google’s practices involving shopping ads in search. It serves to reason, then, that a fine for something as large as terms  [Read More…]

Top 5 things you need to know about Kotlin, Android’s new programming language

What is Kotlin and why should I care about it?

Google announced support for Kotlin in Android at Google I/O 2017, but many of us aren’t sure what’s going on or why we should care.

Let’s take a look at the five things you need to know about Kotlin if you’re not an Android developer.

What is Kotlin?

Kotlin is a programming and development language from Jetbrains. They’re the folks behind the IntelliJ Java IDE and Kotlin is  [Read More…]

6 apps to completely overhaul your Android’s look and feel

Have an Android phone that could use some freshening up? There’s nothing wrong with the performance, but you’ve just gotten a little bit tired of how it looks and feels. Fear not, one of the best things about the platform is that it allows for all sorts of customization. In fact, it has been one […]

All about Android’s new, safer way of logging into apps

Android can now read 2FA codes over NFC and Bluetooth.

Google added support for wireless U2F cards in a developer version of Google Authenticator back in December. There was an unofficial demo at the Github website that showed how it would work (but it didn’t actually work) and the folks at Fidesmo, a company that sells U2F cards, found the APIs buried in the Google Authenticator app. We knew that something would be happening and we just  [Read More…]

Android’s auto backup: What you need to know

With so much of our lives being controlled by our phones, losing or breaking a mobile can be a disaster. Fortunately, if you’re an Android fan, a lot of your data is being backed up automatically. But what does that mean for you? What exactly is being backed up and what isn’t? Today we’re taking

Android’s progress lives and dies by Samsung

Google makes Android, but Samsung increasingly owns Android. And that’s a problem for updates.

In Canada, we have seasons. It’s currently winter, and therefore cold. Not so cold, but enough to change the snow to rain and back again, and it’s been doing a fair amount of both lately.

But aside from cold hands and wet feet, this type of weather isn’t great for most Android phones, and only one in my lineup right now is IP68  [Read More…]