In the past, if you didn’t want an app showing notifications on your Android device, you had to either long-press on a notification from the app, then head into the app’s specific info page, and disable notifications or take the longer route to unchecking its notifications powers through Settings>App manager. Either process wasn’t a bad one by any means, but Google appears to want to give you more specific notification control in Android L with the introduction of notification management through the Sound section in Settings which has been renamed “Sound & Notifications.” (more…)
Last week at Google I/O in San Francisco, Google laid out plans for three new and separate platforms; Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto. What differentiates these platforms from past iterations we have seen, such as Google TV or any smartwatch currently available on the market powered by Android, is pretty major though.
From what we have seen in the past from Android-powered smartwatches, the company that creates the watch, creates the overall experience. For example, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear ran Android, but the company limited its use to only Samsung devices, plus had entire control over the way consumers interacted with the watch, which essentially hindered most basic functionality. (more…)
Previously, users would need to be on the home screen of their compatible Android device to use the hotword, but with this new feature enabled, users can say “Ok Google” within any app to initiate a Google search, and even on the lockscreen. (more…)
To say the Moto 360 is in a league of its own, with regard to just smartwatches, is an understatement. Pictures don’t do Motorola’s hardware justice, and after finally spending time with the device at this year’s Google I/O, it’s safe to say that this is the smartwatch we have all been waiting for.
Powered by Google’s Android Wear, which was showcased heavily at Google I/O in yesterday’s keynote, the Moto 360 is the first of its kind with a completely circular display. All other Android Wear-powered devices, like the G Watch and Gear Live, feature your typical rectangular and square displays. (more…)
Up next in our tour of new features in Android L is a detailed, on-video look at the revamped lock screen experience.
If you have used Android at all over the years, a lot of the new concepts will make sense once you see them in action. There are quick swipes to launch into the camera or dialer, ways to expand out notifications, and access to your settings toggles should you need to adjust brightness or get on a WiFi network. (more…)
Our series on new Android L features kicked off moments ago with Battery Predictor, but now it’s time to move on to an addition that probably should have been built into Android long ago. This is Do Not Disturb mode.
For those not familiar with a feature like DND, think of it as a way to shut off phone calls and notifications during the night or other times where you would rather not have a “ding” or buzz go off. We are talking during meetings, funerals (whoa!), or anything else in life that would require some quiet time. (more…)
The Android “L” preview is now live for all to try, as long as you own a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 WiFi (2013). After flashing the system images to the Nexus 5, then spending 10 minutes with it, we have gone ahead and posted up a hands-on video to show all of you what to expect upon a broader release of the software. (more…)
The Gmail app for Android doesn’t always keep up with the pace of innovation – third-party mail clients like K-9 mail and MailDroid introduce features faster, and are infinitely more customizable. Until now, though, that meant compromise – IMAP was the only way for those apps to retrieve mail from Gmail, meaning you lost out on editable labels and server-side search.
Yesterday, Google unveiled its answer to that problem in the form of a beta API for Gmail. Available to developers immediately, the API lets apps tap into the more powerful features of Gmail, like drafts and threading. Google says it’s also a lot faster than IMAP. (more…)