Tech & Science Google Android Consumer Technology With its next big software release, Google is promising a “simple, more approachable Android.” Its mobile operating system, now a decade old, is getting a huge redesign that will incorporate artificial intelligence (AI), better battery life, Apple IOS-like gesture controls and more. Known as Android P, the OS emains in beta mode—and if you have one of the devices below, you can get it early. Announced during the company’s I/O developer conference this week, it is set for a full release in Q3 2018. One immediate change is the navigation system that simplifies multitasking and gives users a larger view of the apps on screen. A new feature called Slices was revealed as a “new way for your apps to provide remote content to users.” For example, ordering a taxi will also bring up additional interactive information, such as prices and times. It also comes boasting machine learning-enhanced Adaptive … [Read more...] about Android P: How to Download, What Are the New Features, Will My Phone Work?
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File photo: Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) The Gmail interface is comfortably familiar. Unless you've started using the more simplified, predictive Inbox app, Google's ubiquitous email client has stayed more or less the same for quite a while. Today, however, Google announced a bevy of updates including the first major redesign of Gmail's web interface in years. The redesigned Gmail web interface is focused on quick productivity actions. Google is introducing features like attachments chips, hover actions, and hover cards to make the static inbox experience more interactive without the need for mulitple clicks. Google is also surfacing several labs features that were previously hidden in Settings > Labs, like canned responses, the ability to create multiple inboxes, and a preview pane to customize your preferences for different inboxes. … [Read more...] about Google is giving Gmail a makeover
(CBS News) Apple released its newest mobile operating system Wednesday, iOS 6. While critics are praising many of its many new features, the Apple Maps app has been the target of much ridicule. Users who have updated to iOS 6 have complained of getting lost, missing landmarks and lack of public transit directions. Reaction to Apple maps have ranged from cheeky tweets to the London Underground suggesting iOS 6 users pick up physical maps. Then there's the Tumblr blog, The Amazing iOS 6 Maps, which posts screen shots of Apple Map fumbles. Meanwhile, Google maps got an update on the Android mobile operating system Wednesday. The timing of the update couldn't be more noteworthy. It's not hard to imagine that the move was a jab at Apple. In Apple's defense, they've only just started. Mapping the world is a daunting task. Google has been at it since 2007 and has the benefit of years of mistakes, successes and even lawsuits. Google has amassed years of data. Apple acknowledges it must play … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple, Google maps scorecard: Who wins, who loses?
Google is setting its sights on Apple and the ever-popular iPhone as it prepares to release Android N, its new mobile operating system, later this summer. At the annual Google I/O developer's conference earlier this month, some of Android N's features were outlined, while a developer's preview of the software has been available since March, CNET reports. Some Android fans have been amusing themselves with speculation about what the cryptic "N" may stand for. Other beta testers have expressed satisfaction with how smoothly the OS has been running so far. As anticipation builds, what are some of the highlights we can all expect? Here's a rundown of some features that are likely to stand out. Multi-task friendly If you're one of those mobile multi-taskers who wants to keep tabs on different things at once, Android N might be the operating system for you. Google is making it possible to look at two apps simultaneously, using a multi-window view that gives you the option to view the apps … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Android N: Cool features to look out for in new Google operating system
First there was Windows vs. Mac. Then came iOS vs. Android. Now with a project called Fuchsia, Google could be starting a new software platform war -- but we don't yet know who's on the other side of the battle line. Fuchsia, which emerged Friday, is an operating system designed for "modern phones and modern personal computers," Google says. For those devices, the tech titan already has Android and Chrome OS, raising the possibility that Fuchsia will compete with Google's own work. It's hard to launch a new mainstream operating system. But with Android, Google became one of the few companies to successfully do so, and the Fuchsia team includes veterans of operating systems including the legendary BeOS. And as Apple showed with iOS on its iPhones, a new operating system can bring dramatic new benefits to consumers. You may be happy with Windows, Android, MacOS or iOS. But there's still room for improvement. A fresh start in the world of operating systems could mean stronger security, … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo What the Fuchsia? Google’s trying out a mysterious new operating system