Lenovo has announced a wide range of new tablets and hybrid hardware, all running either Android or Windows 8.1.Follow the links below for a detailed overview of Lenovo’s latest device announcements, all of which fall into its Yoga range of versatile hardware.The standout feature of Lenovo’s Yoga Ultrabooks has always been the clever hinge, which allows the screen to be folded over to create a tent-like stand, rotated around to keep the keyboard out of the way, or laid flat for a tablet-like experience.For the Yoga 3 Pro, Lenovo has redesigned the hinge, likening it to a metal watch band, and building it from 800 pieces of steel and aluminum.Storage is managed by a 256GB SSD, plus there is a 4-in-1 card reader on the 12.8mm chassis.It’s joined by two USB 3.0 sockets, and a Micro HDMI port.
Users have long complained about performance issues and it sucking up battery and last year Facebook s chief product officer, Chris Cox, took the unusual step of making his staff ditch their iPhones and move to Android until they sorted out the issues.But the problems have remained, and recently they led the Android blogger Russell Holly to dump the app, starting a chain reaction which revealed something rather interesting about the app s performance.Prompted by Holly s revelation that life on Android was better without Facebook s app, Reddit user pbrandes eth tested the app s impact on the performance of an LG G4.They found that when the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps were uninstalled, other apps on the smartphone launched 15% faster.They found similar results when testing for app loading performance.Over the course of a day my Huawei Nexus 6P had 20% more battery.
Installing apps is a time consuming pain in the arse sometimes.Google just announced it s brilliant solution to this problem: Instant Apps.What s more exciting is that Instant Apps will be compatible all the way back to devices running Android Jellybean.The most common way to activate an Instant App download seems to be clicking on a link, but Google also suggests it could be done in other ways.In one example, an NFC tap actives the download of a payments app at a parking meter.Although Google s announcing the initiative today, it s not ready for prime time just yet.
Yep, Google I/O came and went without an official name for the latest and greatest version of Android, with the world's biggest search engine saying it was "too tough" to come up with a name by itself.It doesn't look like Google wants you to limit your ideas just to desserts, either.NameyMcNameFace, anyone?Android N borrows code from Chrome OS for "seamless" updates, that download and install in the background when you're not using it.There's a lot of behind-the-scenes tech tweaks going on too, mostly to help make Android a better platform for VR.There's still time for new features like the long rumoured support for 3D Touch-style pressure sensitive display tech before Android N arrives later in the year.
Oracle Chief Executive Officer Safra Catz put an Old Testament spin on her company's software copyright battle with Google as she told jurors about an encounter with her adversary's top lawyer at a bat mitzvah in 2012.Catz's testimony in San Francisco federal court was intended to buttress what Oracle claims was Google's brazen theft of Java code to build its Android operating system, and to begin to explain how that theft caused the database maker damages of $9.3 billion.Catz's message: Google undercut Oracle's licensing revenue by co-opting Java to develop Android into the operating system now used in 80 percent of the world's mobile devices.Google took a language designed to "write once, run anywhere" across different computing platforms and "forked," or split into two, Oracle's Java community of programmers, she said.AdvertisementGoogle lifted and employed the code so that it would only run on Android, leading smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics, ZTE., and Motorola to adopt that platform, which the search engine company offered for free, and to cease paying Java licensing fees to Oracle, Catz testified."They use Android instead of taking a copy of our software."
Functionality will at first be limited to a little over 600 ATMs in San Francisco and the Bay Area, but Bank of America hopes to expand that number to 2,400 machines by the end of May and 5,000 by 2017.Bhat demonstrated during the session with Walgreens loyalty program, Balance Rewards.Users with an existing account can simply tap a button from an SMS message, email, or push notification, or if need be, get one relatively simply — Android Pay auto-populates the name, address, phone number, and email fields of a program s sign-up page.It s, in a nutshell, a collection of simple tools to help retailers and developers create a standardized payments experience across browsers and platforms, which according to Bhan is key to customer retention — Android Pay merchants that have added features like auto-filled checkout fields have seen up to a 25 percent increase in conversions.The Payment Request API dovetails with Google s Android Instant Apps project, a streaming system that allows mobile users to interact with apps without installing them.Finally, Google s added support within Android Pay for third-party payment processors including Stripe, Vantiv, and Braintree that only require developers to write a few lines of code to integrate, according to Bhan.
In an update coming soon, drivers will be able to access all of Android Auto s functions straight from their cellphone in any car.That means people who can t afford a brand new ride or an aftermarket head unit will still be able to use Google Maps, voice controls, and messaging simply by mounting their mobile on the dashboard.Better yet, the system can be managed with OK Google commands, a process known as hotwording.Using Android Auto in a 20-year-old hooptie sounds pretty great, but the app itself is set to acquire a few new features including Waze.Read more: MyHyundai could be the first carmaker-specific Android Auto appFinally, as we reported earlier today, automaker-specific apps are coming to Android Auto.The first of the batch is called MyHyundai you won t believe who makes it , and it adds exclusive functions like Roadside Assistance, monthly vehicle reports, maintenance alerts, and even a Valet Mode.
Xiaomi s VP teased that the company would have a presence at Google I/O, and, true to his word, the Chinese firm has unveiled a new set-top box bound for U.S. shores.Voice commands, as on Android TV devices like Asus Nexus Player and Nvidia s Shield TV, are parsed by Google s dedicated search app, and the Mi Box s Cast integration will support the standard library of Chromecast-compatible video, photo, and music apps available on iOS and Android.The 4K Mi Box will also ship with the newest version of Android, tentatively named Android N. It features picture-in-picture support, APIs for live video recording, and playback of High Dynamic Range content.In terms of inputs, the 4K Mi Box sports an HDMI outport, a USB port, and an AV port.At an I/O developer session, Sony announced that Google s operating system will power its 2016 Bravia TV line.On the set-top box side of things, Sharp s releasing the Net Player.
You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks.And developers might be able to take advantage of the Play Store s significantly more mature deployment features, including A/B testing, staged app rollouts, developer replies, and others.Last month, eagle-eyed Reddit user TheWiseYoda spied a setting in an early release of Chrome OS — version 51 in the Developer Channel — that referenced a way to enable Android Apps on Chromebook devices.The groundwork for the migration has long been laid.Later that year, Google began letting publishers seed Android apps to seed users, but in a limited fashion — installs were restricted to the Chrome Web Store.Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google had been working for two years to merge Chrome OS and Android, and that it planned to launch the result — a new, unified operating system that runs on PCs — in 2017.
If you ve got a good idea, then submit it to android.com/n, or send it out on social media using the hashtag NameAndroidN.Daydream will provide a very Samsung Gear VR-like home screen for Google s new VR mode, which will give access to a suite of new VR-focused apps including Google Play, and YouTube.Launcher, multi-tasking, and multi-window supportAndroid N now has launcher shortcuts — which means you can set specific shortcuts 3 to 5 within any app that implements them to quickly perform actions.Other changesOf course, apart from adding new features, the Developer Preview 2 also adds some changes to existing APIs in Android N — such as how developers can now specify a separate minimum height and minimum width for multi-window support.Other stellar Android Marshmallow features include improved apps permissions — which give you greater control over what information you share with companies – and Android Pay, which is the newfangled mobile payments app Google made to compete with Apple Pay and revitalize Google Wallet.The 6P easily manages a full and busy workday, but it can t last through two of them.
Closing the gap between what Apple's iPad offers for content-creators looking to replace their laptop with a tablet, Android N's ability to show two apps on-screen simultaneously will bring a new degree of usability for hybrids like Google's own Pixel C. Meanwhile, there'll be changes to how notifications are managed in Android N too.On Android N tablets, there'll be the ability to float a second window - picture-in-picture style - so that you can carry on watching a video, holding a video call, or monitoring Twitter while simultaneously doing something else on your slate.Unlike Apple's iOS, however, multi-window won't be limited to tablets, and will instead be supported on phones.You'll be able to split the screen in two - the line runs across the center of the screen when you're holding it in portrait orientation - and then pick from other apps to have displayed at the same time.For notifications, meanwhile, there'll be more granular control over what shows up in your status bar.Tablets running Android have, though often equipped with keyboard, struggled when it comes to multitasking in comparison.
View photosMoreMario Queiroz, vice president of product management at Google, speaks on stage during the Google I/O 2016 developers conference in Mountain View, California, U.S. May 18, 2016.REUTERS/Stephen Lam Reuters - Google's Android ran afoul of social media users on Wednesday after encouraging people to nominate a word starting with the letter "N" for the latest version of its mobile operating platform."Google please do not ask the internet to send you n-words," tweeted Jon Hendren @fart a so-called "DevOps thought leader.""Android Nope NameAndroidN," tweeted Schrödinger Cait @stimpyjaycat .Gizmodo reported on Wednesday that the online anonymous message board 4chan was flooding the Android's name submission site with suggestions akin to an offensive epithet for black people.Some social media users suggested "nachos," "Nutella" and "nectarine."
The upcoming Android N release will allow Android to run natively within cars, letting Google put much deeper hooks into the cars it runs on, the company announced Wednesday at its I/O developer conference.It also means that carmakers can incorporate Android directly into instrument clusters.The concept, on a Maserati Ghibli, is also equipped with a 15-inch 4K display and a 720P digital cluster."As they move away from using proprietary systems for infotainment, a big win for them car manufacturers is going to be that the ecosystem that s part of Android will come with that so they don t have to think about, 'How do I go out and make developers write for this proprietary system?'"Of course, it will still be up to individual car companies to decide whether or not to adopt Android, and they will have a lot of flexibility in deciding exactly how they implement it into their vehicles.Even then, we won't be seeing Android N running natively on anything more than a concept anytime soon.
This announcement came from Google's Google I/O website this afternoon after the main keynote was completed - appearing, as it were, to show how Google mentioned such an update in said keynote.This information comes from a session description as posted on the official developer conference Google I/O 2016 webpage.There the data suggests that this session will not only show developers how to bring their apps to Chrome - it'll give them a Chromebook to do it on.Google's description of the session continues, "Come to this session and test your Android apps for Chrome OS.You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks.It's suggested that this event, which starts at 4PM local time at Google I/O on Stage 5, that Chavez will bring expertise on this subject from his many years as a developer - having developed App Runtime for Chrome not too long ago.
This system will be released into the wild as soon as Google's done working on it - which doesn't appear to be all that long from now.That's just the beginning - it requires a smooth system to run in order to be adopted, and indeed accepted - by users worldwide.As such, Google suggests that Android Instant Apps will "Run Android apps as seamlessly as loading a webpage."Perhaps just as important as the speed at which these app bits open is the fact that this will all work on Android devices on Android versions as old as Jelly Bean.It's a system that lots and lots of smartphones are still running today - we can't all be Nexus users.Google's next step is, of course, allowing you to see just that one tiny portion of the app with the option to download the whole thing.
Android: Yahoo may not be the first app you think of to manage your email, but the company s mobile apps are still pretty sweet.Now, you can sign up for the beta version of the Android app to get the most cutting edge features first.To get the beta version, first you ll need to sign up here, then download the app from the Play Store.On top of the beta, the regular Android app received a couple minor changes.Now you can sync your Yahoo Address Book with your device s contacts and the Mail app has a new People Smart View to see every way you communicate with a person in one place.iOS users also got a couple new features, including a link preview that turns links into informative cards and a Share button so you can send content via Yahoo Mail from other apps.
It's still too early to really be looking forward to the final release of Android N. It hasn't even been named yet and Google wants you to help it decide on that .That, of course, isn't discouraging some OEMs from committing themselves publicly to supporting the update this early in the game.This even prompted HTC to share an infographic detailing the development, certification, and rollout process involved for each new Android update.Of course, there are other tasty new features coming as well, like Direct Replies, even better, and more reasonable, Doze support, and more.As interesting as HTC's Android N list may be, equally interesting is what's not on that list.Saying that you will doesn't really say when you will.
This system includes VR Mode for Android N - that's the next version of Android for all smartphones and tablets - so this is going to be a fully-integrated big deal for the next generation of smart devices.This system is phone-based.There's still going to be a headset that holds your smartphone, just like Cardboard did.Like what Google revealed earlier today as The Google Assistant, this is more of an idea, or a clarification of terms, than it is a brand new set of apps/hardware.Facts about Daydream VIA Google:• Android component and device manufacturers for Daydream-ready phones: Samsung, HTC, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Asus, LG, HTC, Mediatek, ARM, Qualcomm, Imagination Technologies• App partners: The New York Times and Wall Street Journal are bringing their VR apps to Daydream, Hulu, Netflix, HBO, IMAX are bringing their libraries to Daydream, USA Today, CNN, MLB, NBA and Lionsgate are also app partners• Gaming partners: Ubisoft, CCP, Netease, Electronic Arts, Otherside Entertainment, Minority VR, Resolution, Turbo Button, nDreams, Climax Entertainment are creating games for Daydream• Google services like YouTube, Street View, Play Movies, Play Store and Google Photos will have VR apps• Daydream home will be the first place you go with Daydream, a place for your content, apps, and to discover new thingsGoogle suggests that they are "working with Android manufacturers to add a few key components like specific sensors and screens to their upcoming devices that will make them Daydream-ready."Google also says that they are "sharing a reference design for a viewer and controller with Android manufacturers so they can make their own, they will focus on being comfortable and intuitive."
And lastly, all the code enhancements mean that pesky "Android is starting" post-update screen, in which all of your third-party apps have to be optimised before launching the OS, will be gone forever.Also, you'll be able to double-tap the Recents button from anywhere to switch over to your last-used app, making multitasking easier and faster than ever.Additionally, Android TV will get a new picture-in-picture mode in Android N, letting you continue to watch video in a small pane while, say, browsing the Play Store or accessing other apps and info.For example, the new system-wide ability to reply directly to messaging notifications in-line means you don't have to pop into an app to send a quick response.You'll also see the top five most-used icons up top thanks to some slick streamlining of the notifications bar, although you can pull down to find the rest.Android N can also trim down your data usage, thanks to a data saver function that nudges your apps to cut down on wasteful cellular data use.
Android Pay is now available in UK allowing you to complete contactless payments from your Android phone.We got the chance to test out the tech at a coffee shop in Central London as well as on the London Underground – and the tech works great.Sadly there's no word on Android Wear support for Android Pay yet, something Apple has managed to include on its Watch device.Android Pay allows you to make payments up to £100 as well, but anything above the £30 limit will require you to enter your pattern, PIN or fingerprint.It's currently trialling a feature called Hands Free where you can walk into a store and just say "I'd like to pay with Google" to make your transaction.Google is also launching Android Pay Day, a service that offers exclusive codes and deals to customers who use the service.