Tag - Android
Apple has rolled out an update to the Android version of the Apple Music app, adding a couple of new features that brings it closer to what the iOS app already provides for its users. Apple outlines two new items in the change log, with the Android app including the ability to search and play music videos for the first time, as well as the option of signing up or upgrading to a Family Membership from within the app itself.
Not everyone can afford an expensive, immersive VR headset like the HTC Vive, but most of us have smartphones at this point, and there are more and more smartphone-compatible headsets being added to the market every day. If you've been curious about experimenting with VR, you can get a taste of what it's like by trying out the iPhone and Android compatible Pasonomi VR Headset, designed to work with the influx of VR apps available on the App Store.
The European Union's anti-trust agency, the European Commission, has officially launched an investigation against Alphabet and Google about anti-competitive behavior in the Android operating system. The regulatory agency claims that Google violated anti-trust laws by "requiring manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Google's Chrome browser and requiring them to set Google Search as default search service on their devices" in addition to "preventing manufacturers from selling smart mobile devices running on competing operating systems based on the Android open source code."
Swift, the programming language typically associated with iOS and OS X app development, may soon find a greater role within Android. A report claims Google is looking into potentially making Swift a "first class" language for Android, effectively making it easier for app developers to use the language to create software for the platform. The same report also suggests other major entities are looking to expand their usage of Swift on their respective technology platforms.
Last year, staff writer and long-time Windows user Malcolm Owen moved back to using a Mac after a five-year absence. Recently, he has made another similar switching decision, this time migrating from his Android tablet to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. In this post, Malcolm explains the experience that Android users will most likely go through when making the switch to iOS.
Oracle is demanding Google pays a hefty amount in damages for infringing copyright by using Java's APIs in Android without licensing the software, a claim it has attempted to attack Google with previously. Filed in a federal court last week, the damages report from Oracle is requesting $9.3 billion from Google for the alleged infringement, with the request arriving ahead of a pretrial hearing scheduled to start at the end of April, and a trial in May.
Google is seemingly taking a page from Apple in its new specification for Material Design, the guidelines app developers are asked to adhere to in order to fit in with the rest of the modern Android user interface. Recently published guidelines advise for developers to start using "bottom navigation bars," a design feature that app creators have employed with iOS-bound releases for a considerable amount of time already.
Bowing to pressure, Amazon has announced that after a brief period of disabling whole-device encryption in FireOS 5, that the feature will be restored later in the spring. Both the disabling of the feature and the subsequent announcement that it would be restored eventually were low-key, with the company not announcing the removal beyond text in an upgrade screen, and the news of restoration being promulgated to press venues in a one-line email, with no notification to end-users.
A new report from Blancco Technology Group (an analytics firm) says that a whopping 85 percent of mobile devices suffering "failures" of a mechanical or OS nature are running Android, with the remaining 15 percent being iOS devices (Windows Phone devices and other platforms were not considered in the study). Based on a study of "millions" of devices checked with the firm's SmartChk platform, the company determined that user error was the biggest issue leading to smartphone returns, with mechanical camera failures close behind.
Following the rollout of its own interest-free installment-payments iPhone purchase plan -- which uniquely rolls in the cost of AppleCare+ extended coverage into the monthly payment -- Apple is expanding the program to discount the monthly cost through trade-ins of either older iPhones or Android handsets. The move can effectively cut the cost of the monthly payment by as much as half, with Android switchers reducing the cost of the transition by up to $300.
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Fiat Chrysler adding Siri Eyes Free
On Friday, automaker Fiat Chrysler issued a software update for selected 2013-2015 model cars to allow Siri Eyes Free, the precursor to the more fully-featured CarPlay, to be compatible with the vehicles' infotainment systems, including steering wheel control. The 2013 through 2015 model Ram 1500/2500/3500, the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper, the 2014-2015 Dodge Durango, the 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and the 2015 models of Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Renegade, and Chrysler 200 and 300 can be upgraded through the Unconnect touchscreen, visiting the Uconnect site and entering their 17-digit Vehicle ID, then downloading the update to a USB drive. Installation can take up to 45 minutes, and can only be done while the vehicle is in park. http://bit.ly/23f0sby
Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6