Google Now On Tap first introduced us to the wonders of searching our screens, as Google’s feature highlighted noteworthy snippets of text and other details on our phones.#technology #mobile #Google #Android #Lens
Since then, we’ve seen Google Lens emerge as a powerhouse of a visual lookup tool, allowing us to copy/paste text from the real world and much more. Now, 9to5Google reports that the search giant is working to integrate Google Lens abilities into the Google app’s screenshot function.
Microsoft’s Your Phone app is getting smarter by the day. The app allows you to connect your Android smartphone to your Windows 10 PC to access notifications, SMS, photos, and more. Samsung users can do even more with it as a result of the company’s partnership with Microsoft.#technology #mobile #Windows #YourPhone #Android
We all hate being placed on hold when calling a business – especially the part where you're forced to listen to excruciating hold music that seems to drone on endlessly.Very clever. And if it's coming to the Pixel 4 soon, it could come to your Android device... well, maybe never, given how Google and Android phone manufacturers work.
But what if your phone's virtual assistant could go on hold for you, freeing you up to do other things? According to a new report from 9to5Google, the upcoming Pixel 4 could be getting that very feature.
Vivaldi has released a new browser for Android, packed with features that it hopes will lure users away from Chrome.#technology #internet #web #www #browser #Vivaldi #Android
Vivaldi made a name for itself with its super-customizable desktop browser, which lets you change pretty much every button, menu and bar to suit the way you use the web. It also boasts tab stacking – an incredibly helpful feature that allows you to collect related tabs together in a group so it's easier to find the one you want.
The Huawei Mate 30 series is set to arrive without Google support, as the U.S. trade ban against Huawei continues. The lack of Google support means you’re still getting Android, but without the likes of the Play Store and Gmail.#technology #mobile #Google #Huawei #Android
Thankfully, Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu told reporters at IFA 2019 that it might have a workaround on-hand.
Yu said that the firm has been investigating the ability to let Mate 30 owners install Google apps on the AOSP (i.e. non-Google) version of Android.
Bogus text messages aren't just being used to send you to malicious websites or crash your phone -- in some cases, they can hijack your emails. Check Point Research has discovered a vulnerability in phones from Huawei, LG, Samsung and Sony that lets attackers use custom SMS to intercept all email traffic on target devices.#technology #mobile #Android #security #privacy
Android 10 has landed, complete with a new name, a new mascot, and several fun features. One of the most important aspects of the new operating system is enhanced security and improved user control over permissions. You can now fine-tune the data apps access, restrict location services based on usage, contain background app activity and best of all, do all of this from a single privacy hub in settings.#technology #mobile #Android #privacy
Android 10 is here with loads of new features and some important changes under the hood. It’s all covered in our Android 10 announcement post, our features overview, and the update tracking hub. But what if you don’t have time to read through it all? Then Joe’s 11m:24s video overview of Android 10 is just what you need. Watch it below and stay tuned for our full Android 10 review coming soon.#technology #mobile #Android
There’s now a simpler way of swiping between Gmail accounts on Android that has long existed in iOS. Android Police reports that as of version 2019.08.18 of the app, you can swipe up or down on your profile picture in the top right of the interface to switch between accounts. Alternatively, you can tap on your profile picture to select from a full list of your accounts, just as you could before.#technology #Android #Gmail
As far as we know, Huawei is going to launch the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and vanilla Mate 30 at some point this year (rumors suggest they’ll land on September 18). This would be the first major flagship smartphone launch from the company since it was placed on the United States government’s Entity List.#technology #mobile #Android #Huawei #Mate30Pro
However, according to a Google spokesperson speaking with Reuters, Huawei would be in violation of the ban on U.S. firms working with the company if the Mate 30 devices come with the officially licensed version of Android that includes the Google Play Store and other Google-branded apps.
Microsoft has created an SMS Organizer app for Android .that’s designed to automatically sort messages. The software giant originally released the app in India last year, but XDA-Developers has spotted it’s now making its way to the US, UK, and Australia today. SMS Organizer uses machine learning to automatically sort messages and organize them into separate folders.#technology #mobile #sms #Microsoft #Android
Google is working on a Fast Share local file-sharing feature for Android Q, meant to replace its Android Beam functionality. But Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have plans of their own, jointly announcing a local file-sharing standard that will be featured on all their phones.#technology #Google #Android #FileSharing #FastShare #Xiaomi #Oppo #Vivo
Google has announced that it's rolling out a new feature that will allow Android device owners to use the fingerprint scanners on their phones, or their PIN unlock code, to authenticate Google accounts.One thing I like about Apple's Safari is that it remembers your passwords but doesn't automatically fill in the password fields on a website. After all, it doesn't know who is holding the phone or tablet. It requires you to touch the fingerprint sensor. Or, I assume (I don't use it) Face ID.
Google now lets you sign in to some of its services on Chrome on Android using just your fingerprint, rather than having to type in a password. The feature is available starting today for some Android phones, and it will be rolling out to all phones running Android 7 or later “over the next few days.” According to a Google help page, the feature also allows you to log in using whichever method you have set up to unlock your phone, which can include pins and pattern unlock.#technology #mobile #Google #Android #security
Having your emergency contact information on your Android device could end up saving your life one day. By having valuable information such as medical info on your phone, paramedics can know what you’re allergic to and act accordingly.My phone doesn't have an Emergency information section in the Settings. But I installed an ICE (in case of emergency) app, which is on the front screen. The phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back, so I'm assuming that if I'm incapacitated any paramedic is going to try the obvious.
You don’t need to install a third-party app to have this information on your phone. By knowing where to go on your phone, you can have this life-saving information handy.
Hackers are able to target many leading Android mobile phones and other gadgets via Wi-Fi, researchers have revealed.#technology #mobile #Android #security
Devices powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon family of processors are susceptible to the threat, which would allow hackers to gain access to a device simply by connecting to the same Wi-Fi network.
For a long time, if you wanted to hear Google Assistant read off your incoming messages — and use your voice to reply to those messages — you needed to be using a small handful of apps to do so. These included Google’s own Messages and Hangouts, for example.#technology #mobile #Android #Google #Assistant
Now, however, it seems the number of supported apps has exploded. As first spotted by Android Police, testing confirms that Google Assistant can now read and reply to messages from third-party SMS apps such as Pulse SMS as well as internet-based chat apps such as WhatsApp, Slack, Telegram, etc. Some people are reporting success with Google Voice, too.
It’s been a long time coming, but Microsoft finally has its own system for managing Android notifications from Windows.#technology #mobile #Android #Windows
This system makes it possible to see notifications from your Android phone on your Windows 10 PC as they arrive and to pull up your entire SMS history along with any pending notifications on demand. You can even reply to messages and compose new texts right from your computer.
Google Photos has become immensely popular over the past four years, having recently crossed the billion-user line. The service lets you automatically back up your photos to the cloud, where they’re automatically organized and made searchable. You can also use Google’s tools to edit and share your photos with others.#technology #google #android #photos
Now Google is bringing many of those features to a lightweight app that doesn’t require an internet connection to organize your images.
The Google Assistant is a very useful tool when it comes to issuing voice commands to check the weather, power on the smart lights, or setting a timer. You can also use Google’s virtual assistant to make a call or to send a text although the phone would need to be unlocked to do so. This may not be the case for too much longer because Google is apparently testing the ability to use Google Assistant to send texts via the Android lockscreen without needing to unlock the phone first.#technology #mobile #SMS #Android
The idea of a true Android smartphone by Microsoft has always piqued my interest, these days more than ever now that Windows Phone is a thing of the past. It's fair to say that in 2019, Microsoft is "all-in" on the Android platform thanks to its efforts like the Microsoft Launcher, Edge, and Office, all first-class experiences on Android smartphones around the world. While Microsoft is all over Android on the software side, one area where it hasn't grasped the platform is in the form of hardware.Microsoft's business model focuses on hardware, software, and cloud storage. They're not in the business of selling your data to all and sundry. And, since Satya Nadella took over the running of the company, "they're not your Dad's Microsoft". For example, I hear that they're now the biggest contributor to open-source software. I got a MS Nokia Windows Phone just before they decided to stop making their own smartphones. And I wished they'd chosen AOSP to base their Lumia range on, rather than Windows Phone OS. Zac Bowden explores the possibilities for the future.
Whilst the replaced apps will serve up malicious ads, whoever's behind the hacks could do worse, Check Point warned in a blog. "Due to its ability to hide it’s icon from the launcher and impersonates any popular existing apps on a device, there are endless possibilities for this sort of malware to harm a user’s device," the researchers wrote.https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2019/07/10/25-million-android-phones-infected-with-malware-that-hides-in-whatsapp/#3d7fe0144470
When your phone breaks and the screen is no longer working, not only can’t you use your phone, but now all that information stored on your phone is inaccessible. Luckily, it is possible to recover all the information on your device by following some of these directions.#technology #mobile #Android
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There has been plenty of fear-mongering and misinformation surrounding the Huawei trade ban. One of the biggest concerns from consumers is whether Google apps and services will run on their current Huawei devices.#technology #mobile #Android #Google #Facebook #Huawei
Now, a group of 30 Huawei phone retailers and dealers in the Philippines have reportedly announced that they will offer refunds if Huawei devices sold by them can’t run Google or Facebook-owned apps down the road.
Even though Huawei is reportedly working on its own mobile OS, the company might be looking elsewhere for its Android alternative. That something else is allegedly a Russian-made fork of Sailfish OS, reported The Bell on Monday.#technology #mobile #Android #Huawei #Sailfish