Even though fragmentation on Android is becoming less pronounced given that 96.4% of Android devices are running 2.1+ there are still issues, especially now with tablets coming into the market. In another attempt to end fragmentation, and to make it easier for developers to manage apps, Google is now allowing multiple APKs for each product listing in the Android Market. The way it has historically worked is that each listing would only represent one APK, or installer file. So, if developers wanted to have a version of their app that supported Android 1.5+ and another for 2.2+, the dev would have to have separate listings for that app. Additionally, if developers didn't want to use the new fragments system in order to have one app that could work across phones and tablets, again there would need to be multiple listings. Now, developers can have multiple APKs per product listing that are distributed based on the device and OS version of the user. This makes it easier … [Read more...] about Android Market now supports multiple APKs
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If you enjoy listening to podcasts, you can benefit from a multitude of wonderful applications designed to help you discover and tune-in to the large variety of content available online. They come with all the playback options you need to make the most out of your favorite shows, along with extras such as sleep timers so that you can drift off to a podcast you know and love. That, arranging shows you like to listen to into playlists, offline playback, and many other welcome treats are to be expected from these popular podcast apps. Choose one, or a few, and get as much joy out of your hobby as you can!Pocket CastsPocket Casts is a full featured, easy to use podcast player. It has powerful playback options, such as queues, trim silence, variable speed, volume boost, playback skip, Android Auto and Wear support, a sleep timer, and Chromecast integration. The app also includes a set of tools, such as sync for subscriptions, playback and filters; notifications for new episodes, automatic … [Read more...] about 5 great apps for podcast discovery and playback on Android and iOS
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are right around the corner and with them we are about to be introduced to the next version of ~TouchWiz~ Samsung Experience — Sammy's proprietary user interface, which it generously spreads over Android like it's Nutella over a cracker.Over the years, Samsung's interface has been getting a lot of flak for being overburdened with components and “gimmicks”, which can bog down the phone to a halt, but the company has been improving and streamlining it over the past 3 years to the point that it's much more coherent throughout. And it's still chock-full with features — big and small — which set it apart from your "stock" Android, or the one you can find on Google's Pixel devices.So, we decided to make a little list. It's based on the latest Android Nougat-based Samsung Experience that can currently be found on the Galaxy Note 8 and it shines a light on the tiny details that have been added to improve the day-to-day use, or quality … [Read more...] about Samsung Experience features that make stock Android better
Google has announced that the latest version of Android, 7.0 Nougat, is rolling out to newer Nexus devices starting today. It’s a good upgrade, but only available if you have a recent Nexus device like the Nexus 6, 6P, 5X, Pixel C, or Nexus 9 tablet — and it will take some time for everybody's devices to receive the over-the-air update. I've been using the various public betas that have been running since March of this year and most of the bugs have been worked out.Nougat isn’t radically different from the last version, Marshmallow, but does add a handful of notable user-facing features. Some of them, like improved multitasking, are long overdue and really useful on tablets. The rest are tweaks around the edges — but there are bigger changes underneath that should make Android faster and more secure, too.But the story of Nougat isn't really whether it’s any good. Instead, it’s the same old Android tale: unless you have a Nexus, it could be a few … [Read more...] about Android 7.0 Nougat review: great, but does it matter?
Google still has some serious work to do to get its most recent Android version to users — only 1.1 percent of Android users are using Oreo — but the company is already hard at work on Android P, which we’re starting to hear the first rumors about in a new report from Bloomberg. One of the main goals of Android P is reportedly ”improving the look of the software” to better appeal to existing iPhone users in hopes that they’ll make the switch over to Google’s platform. A flashy redesign could help Android phones stand out this year, especially as Apple is said to be putting its own major redesign on the back burner until next year to focus on performance and reliability in iOS 12. Google is also said to be designing the updated operating system to better integrate camera notches, such as the ones found on the Essential Phone and iPhone X, as more and more hardware manufacturers embrace reduced-bezel designs. Also rumored to be part of Android … [Read more...] about Android P will reportedly have a new look and embrace the notch