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Android 5.0 Tour: Accessibility Options

Android 5.0 Tour: Accessibility Options

One part of Android which has been lagging behind the competition has been in the accessibility options for vision impaired users. In Android 5.0, Google has addressed this adding in accessibility options for people with ‘low vision’ or who are colour blind. The accessibility options introduced in Android 5.0 include an option to boost text contrast, or ‘invert colours to[Read More…]

by 2:35 pm on October 19, 2014 0 comments OS Update
Oppo begins offering KitKat based ColorOS v2.0 for the Find 7/7a

Oppo begins offering KitKat based ColorOS v2.0 for the Find 7/7a

Oppo has finally announced that their current flagship phone – the Find 7 – and it’s smaller sibling – the Find 7a – will receive the update to KitKat based ColorOS 2.0, updating the existing Android 4.3 based ColorOS V1.2.6i currently installed on the Find 7/7a. Oppo announced the update in a Tweet, pointing owners fo the phones to the[Read More…]

by 2:34 pm on October 19, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Android 5.0 Tour: Screen Pinning

Android 5.0 Tour: Screen Pinning

We all know the scenario: a friend needs to make a quick call, and asks to borrow your phone. Your younger sister has asked to play Angry Birds, but you don’t want her browsing your photos. Your parents are checking into a flight, but you don’t want them to accidentally open your SMS. Few smartphone users would have avoided this[Read More…]

by 8:32 am on October 19, 2014 2 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Flappy Droid

Android 5.0 Tour: Flappy Droid

Did you miss out on the Flappy Bird craze? Fear not – Android 5.0 (or at least, the updated developer preview) has a Flappy Bird clone built in, taking over from the Webdriver Torso easter egg in June’s preview build. It’s actually a double easter egg – the first is a cute interactive lollipop decorated with the word “lollipop” in[Read More…]

by and 5:57 pm on October 18, 2014 3 comments OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Setting up a new device, in pictures

Android 5.0 Tour: Setting up a new device, in pictures

Android’s new device setup process has long been in need of a visual overhaul to make it friendlier and less daunting for non-technical users. Since the day of Ice Cream Sandwich, we’ve had a dark skin in line with the Holo theme of the time that, while straightforward, wasn’t particularly inviting. This has changed with Lollipop. While the setup process[Read More…]

by 4:35 pm on October 18, 2014 4 comments Competition, Google Play, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: On-device privacy with Users and Guests

Android 5.0 Tour: On-device privacy with Users and Guests

Android has long had the ability to manage multiple users on a single device, but it’s been hidden from phone users and only exposed on tablets. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, this changes. Google’s rationale for the restriction of this feature in the past was that phones are a personal device that you don’t really pass around to others, while tablets[Read More…]

by and 3:44 pm on October 18, 2014 2 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: A look at the new, refined Quick Settings menu

Android 5.0 Tour: A look at the new, refined Quick Settings menu

Ever since the introduction of the Quick Settings screen in Android Jelly Bean, we’ve been complaining about the feature. Google’s original vision of Quick Settings was a confused mish-mash of toggles and shortcuts to settings screens, and offended the Android world for one main reason: the settings couldn’t be customised, you were stuck with them whether you liked them –[Read More…]

by and 1:18 pm on October 18, 2014 14 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Battery Saver adds precious minutes to your phone’s life

Android 5.0 Tour: Battery Saver adds precious minutes to your phone’s life

One of the areas in which the “stock” AOSP Android platform has fallen behind OEMs’ customisations in recent years is in preserving your battery. Google has been seeking to tackle battery life across the board in Android 5.0, but for those times when you’re running low on power and just need your phone to last that little bit longer, there’s[Read More…]

by and 12:26 pm on October 18, 2014 5 comments News, OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Restoring apps during device setup is finally smarter

Android 5.0 Tour: Restoring apps during device setup is finally smarter

One of the biggest complaints in Android’s new device setup process over the last few years has finally been addressed – Android Lollipop has a new way to restore apps and purchases from old devices. The updated and redesigned setup process allows you to choose the device from which you’d like to restore apps, rather than restoring everything you’ve ever[Read More…]

by and 11:40 am on October 18, 2014 9 comments Google Play, News, OS Update
Updated Android Lollipop Developer Previews for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) now available

Updated Android Lollipop Developer Previews for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) now available

With Android Lollipop now official, Google has released the updated developer builds for the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 5 on their developer preview site. The new build is LPX13D, updated from the previous latest build of LPV81C. The dowloads clock in at over 300MB each, and there’s been some hit and miss on the downloads as the servers[Read More…]

by 5:40 am on October 18, 2014 11 comments Android Development, OS Update, Phones, Tablets