This month Google finally made it possible for Android users to send text messages from their computer, a feature that iPhone/iMessage users have had for… forever.
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Android P has a brand new app switcher that changes things up from the traditional vertical view to a more intuitive horizontal layout. While most Android users will have to wait until Android P comes to their device to get the new look, Samsung has made it available for Galaxy S7, S8, S9, and Note 8 owners now through its Good Lock app.
Android: It's been a little over two years since the launch of Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. If you're still holding on to yours, you're probably itching to upgrade to a new device - especially since Samsung still hasn't updated either S7 smartphone to Android 8.0 Oreo. Don't toss your older device just yet, though; your cookie might be here sooner than you think.
Last week Google announced that Android Oreo was starting to roll out to Android Wear devices. Here's the full list.
Android: Setting up a new Android phone means you'll be spending more than a few minutes in the Google Play Store, downloading apps. It also means you'll be dealing with more than a few annoying pop-ups in the form of notifications from all these new apps. It's easy to deal with the overwhelming amount of vibrations, dings and dots if you know what to turn on (and off).
Anyone using an iPhone might think it's difficult to switch to an Android device. But Google's latest smartphone, the Pixel 2, alleviates the anxiety of switching by taking care of all the annoying parts, such as copying your photos or contacts. You'll need to change some settings before you can transfer from one operating system to the next, but the entire process is a lot less stressful than importing and exporting data you might have trouble properly identifying or moving (everyone hates VCF files).
Android: The latest version of Android, Oreo, was released in August, and brought with it a host of new features that made Android more user-friendly. It also bundled services that made it easier for hardware manufacturers to update their own device's software. Unfortunately, buying a brand new phone today doesn't guarantee you'll get access to the latest operating system, and could result in you being stuck with last year's version of Android for quite some time.
Android 8.1 is an update to Oreo that will offer optimisations and enhancements to the most recent release of Android. If you're enrolled in the Android beta program, you'll soon see the update arrive as an over-the-air update. For developers, this is an oppritniity to prepare for any changes that are coming. For corporates, it's a chance to ensure the apps you rely on will work when the update has devices. Here's what's coming.
Today, Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, sequels to its original Pixel smartphones. The two phones would seem to be identical -- save for the larger screen on the Pixel 2 XL -- and they both run Android 8.0. You might be thinking of upgrading from the original Pixel to the Pixel 2, but before you shell out $US649 ($826) for the cheapest 64GB model when it becomes available on October 19, check out what's changed since the Pixel debut last October.