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Android 5.0 Tour: WebView

Android 5.0 Tour: WebView

We’ve written a lot about what’s new in Android L from an end-user’s perspective, and there’s an awful lot. However, there’s a lot of changes behind the scenes as well, and while a lot of them aren’t really very interesting, this one certainly is a breath of fresh air. Google has unhooked quite a bit from the actual operating system[Read More…]

by 9:00 am on October 20, 2014 2 comments OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Security

Android 5.0 Tour: Security

Android 5.0 promises to add a few extra pieces of security to the Android and indeed Google eco-system as a whole. From encryption to trusted Bluetooth devices, your Android device will be even more secure than it has been previously as well as being easier to access. Further down the track you will even be using your Android device as[Read More…]

by 8:00 am on October 20, 2014 12 comments OS Update
Android 5.0 Tour: Notifications

Android 5.0 Tour: Notifications

Android Notifications have always been the best; they’ve been copied or at least mimicked by almost every mobileOS currently in use. In Android 5.0, they’ve been refined thanks to the introduction of Material Design, so they look different, but offer mostly the same functions. In Lollipop, the notifications now appear to ‘float’. But overall, they look pretty much like they[Read More…]

by 7:30 am on October 20, 2014 6 comments OS Update
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: Recent Apps

Android 5.0 Tour: Recent Apps

The recent apps menu, which was first introduced in Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is a great way to access all the apps running on your phone, making multi-tasking easier and in the long run making you a lot more productive. In Android 5.0 there’s been some changes to the recents menu, including a name change – it’s now called[Read More…]

by 5:22 pm on October 18, 2014 1 comment 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