In the years 2007 and 2008, when Google and Andy Rubin with their team of researchers and engineers were busy breathing life into an idea in the form of an Android phone, little did man know what a digital revolution it would bring forth. ‘Sooner’ was the first vision of what an Android phone would be like and was built in conjunction with HTC in 2006 and in the year 2007 T-Mobile collaborated with them as a testing partner.
It’s little more than a decade now and man is juggling with multiple Android phones at a time and experiencing is benefits. Android phones have influenced the way people behave and think. What can be more overpowering?
As we all know, there is a flip side to everything. Android phones too are not bereft of it. Let us see what are the common problems faced by Android phone users and how they can be resolved.
Low battery is always an annoying problem with Android smartphones. Charging it several times a day isn’t fair on the part of an avid phone user as it takes a lot of time to be recharged to 100 percent. To elongate the battery life of your phone, clear all the apps running in the background, turn off the cellular data or Wi-Fi when not in use, lower the brightness to a level of your comfort and turn on the battery saving mode. These little hacks can save you much battery for emergencies and otherwise.
It is an undeniable fact that the users are at fault here. The phone running slow is a reflection of our smartphone habits. Reasons for this are, too many apps for too less internal storage, too many photos and videos, existence of app cache and app data and applications that run continuously in the background. Just like a person can walk or run faster with a less stuffed stomach than with a filled one, a smartphone too will work faster when its free of heavy files, apps and junk. Delete unused apps or try using their lighter versions. App cache is a major reason which slows down your phone considerably. Go to settings>Apps>clear cache. Know more about how to clear app cache and clear app data on Android for a faster working phone.
Losing Wi-Fi Connectivity
The Android Wi-Fi sleep policy turns the Wi-Fi connectivity off while the phone reaches the idle or sleep mode. This is not too bad a problem as it saves your battery and data consumption but for people who need timely updates and notifications can fix the problem easily. Go to advanced Wi-Fi settings, and select ‘Never’ for ‘Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep.
Less Internal Storage
The contents of our phone’s gallery exceed the limitation of the internal memory quite soon. You don’t have to feel sad about deleting the old media contents from your phone. Just save them on cloud servers like Drop-box, Google Photos and Google Drive before you wipe out everything. This will help you empty space for new files and also in the secure storage of the old ones.
Some of your apps might stop working suddenly. This is due to an overload of corrupt cache or app data. Delete the cache in the method discussed above to have smooth operating apps. If deleting the app cache is not solving the problem, then take a back up of the app related contents and then delete the app data and reboot your phone. Download and install the app again from Google Play.
Some Android phones get heated up due to manufacturing or other defects or maybe for the presence of heavy apps like game apps and Facebook. Try not using your phone while its on charge and avoid heavy apps or use their lighter versions. Give it a break when it warms up too much.
Intervening the Auto Correct Feature
Does your Android interfere with auto correct word suggestions while you type a message? If you find it irritating, turn it off by going to Settings>Language & input>Android Keyboard>Auto correction and tap on ‘Off.’
These common Android issues can intervene in the way of seamless mobile regime. Resolve them by following the above steps and you will be a happy Android user.
Source by Jose Martin
Recently Google scored one over Apple when the exclusion of Google map from the latest iPhone made Apple loyalists really unhappy. They are quite justified too. This new Apple map has proven to be less efficient than Google Maps on various counts. To add salt to the wound, Mr Eric Schmidt, who was in Japan to introduce the Google Nexus tablet, showed off a new exciting feature of Google map where by moving the tablet you can move to other parts of the map, just like turning your head in real life. He also pointed out that with 500 million users, Android is far more popular than Apple and Google will not request Apple to reconsider their decision.
To deepen the creases on the forehead of the Apple bosses, there is a new survey saying, Android users are happier than Apple users with the default browser. Only 9% android users try any other browser than the default one, compared to 15% Apple users who are dissatisfied with Safari.
This data surfaced after famous online advertising network Chitika compared traffic from Android and iPhone users of the USA and Canada. Google Chrome came up as the leading choice of both Android and iPhone users as 2.34% and 3.07% users downloaded and installed this browser on the said two platforms respectively. Surprisingly, it can be seen that 11 out of every 100 Apple users are using lesser-known browsers like Mercury instead of the Apple created Safari.
In this context, it must be noted that ICS will not be the default browser anymore for Android and will be replaced by Chrome, as per the latest update from Google. In that case, a total of (91+2.34) 93.5% users will be happily using the default browser for Android, increasing the gap between them and Apple. It’s only the other day when Mr. Schimdt picked the open source architecture of Android as the reason of success behind the extremely popular mobile platform. Apple always fortified its hardware and software under heavy barricades, lessening public involvement, showing the reason of quality and safety.
Google has no reason to be complacent, however. Mozilla, the Firefox maker, is developing its own mobile OS, Boot 2 Gecko, which is in beta stage, till I last heard. As Mozilla is a big name and has years of experience behind it and invites even bigger public contribution during the development can be a threat and competitor of Google in the near future.
Source by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
A Smart Android TV box is kind of like a smart phone, where it is possible to install and uninstall software, programs, games and a lot more. Such boxes can be considered as an improvised version of the already existing set top boxes. Such a box provides customers with a varied range of smart TV solutions which involves surfing the internet, watch online videos, watch online TV programs, play android games, play video, music, photos and access social media like Facebook, Twitter, mails. So, unlike traditional TV you get more educational and entertaining factors with a smart device like this. It is as simple as connecting to a power outlet, choose your way to connect to the TV and find Wi-Fi. All that is required is an HDMI compatible TV, internet connectivity and the customer have the entire world wide web at his disposal from the comfort of his couch at home.
A box of this kind, can change your TV and LCD monitor into a multimedia center. It can merge the internet with the regular TV to build a whole new experience into the entertainment world. This box can be placed on any part of the TV body, The built-in camera can be rotated at any angle to enable the customer to film anything. The 8GB internal memory has the option of expanding to more, like 32 GB. These devices are called Smart Android TV box as it generally runs on Android. Another unique feature that it provides is that the customers can move Pictures, movies and videos easily, from a PC to the device via Bluetooth or USB.
This kind of Smart Android TV box makes the cable network connection unnecessary. With this box, there are almost no subscription charges, so that, what the customer wants to watch online, can be free most of the time or with very nominal charges. Everything from browsing through the web, checking email and playing games, all can be done on the television. A PC or a regular touch screen is smaller, with the help of this box, one can enjoy 1080p videos of their own choice on the much larger television screen.
Because of the simple fact that this box runs on the Android OS, which is largely free of third party developers, there is no limit to what it can deliver in terms of education and entertainment. So this is a cost effective way to enjoy a vast world of limitless entertainment and information as developers hardly need to pay for use of the Android operating system. In the fast growing internet dominated world, Televisions, instead of getting obsolete, are going to the new face of infotainment, because the Smart Android TV box empowers the customers to use the television the way they would use their PCs, tablets, or smart phones.
Source by Prakash Singh Chauhan
Android is a Linux based mobile device operating system developed by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google. Android is mainly used in Smartphone and tablet computers. Android is open source i.e. its features can be extended to incorporate new technologies as they emerge.
Android, Inc. was founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sear and Chris White in Palo Alto, California. On August 17, 2005 Google acquired Android Inc. making it a subsidiary of Google Inc.
On November 5, 2007, the Open Handset Alliance publicly announced their first product, Android, a mobile device platform built on Linux kernel version 2.6.
Android provides a broad spectrum of applications and services to its user. Users can fully customize their mobile phones to their interests. The first Mobile phone that has used Android was the HTC Dream, release on 22 October 2008.
Here are some features of Android Operating System.
- Layout: The layout is mainly based on VGA, 2D graphics library and 3D graphics library based on OpenGL ES 2.0.
- Storage: For data storage SQLite is used.
- Connectivity: Android supports GSM/EDGE, IDEN, CDMA, EV-DO, UMTS, Bluetooth, WI-Fi, LTE, NFC and WiMAX connectivity technologies.
- Multi Lingual Support: It supports multiple languages.
- Messaging: Android supports SMS and MMS including threaded text messaging and Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM).
- Java Support: Most of the applications are written in Java but they run on Dalvik, a specialized virtual machine designed specifically for Android.
- Media Support: Android supports WebM, H.263, H.264, MPEG-4 SP, AMR, AMR-WB, AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, MIDI, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP and WebP media formats.
- Hardware Support: It can support wide variety of hardwares including video/still cameras, touchscreens, GPS, accelerometers, gyroscopes, barometers, magnetometers, dedicated gaming controls, proximity and pressure sensors, thermometers, accelerated 2D bit blits and accelerated 3D graphics.
- Multitasking: Android supports multitasking.
- Multi-touch: It supports multi touch natively, but previously it was disabled at the kernel level. An update was released by Google which enables multi-touch natively.
- External Support: Now the majority of Android devices support microSD slot and can read microSD card formatted with FAT32, Ext3fs or Ext4fs file system.
There are millions of applications available for Android which can be downloaded from Google Play, formerly Android Market. The latest version that is available to phones is Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Source by Mvir Singh
Android is another platform that Google has focused upon and their efforts are clearly visible – Android occupies more than 87.9 % market share. With the latest Android P right around the corner, it seems like a good time to take the best of both worlds – Machine Learning and Android and showcase why Android is more than likely to beat its competitors using Google’s mammoth like intelligence prowess and why AI will attract everyday users as well as developers.
Here are a few reasons why.
Google announced its virtual helper back in May of 2016 during its annual conference, Google I/O. Google described it as a “conversational assistant” and hoped that it would provide “an ambient experience that extends across devices”. And the feedback received has been mostly positive.
Of course, Google isn’t alone in making an attempt at lending a software hand to its users. In fact, it isn’t even the first – Apple released a beta version of Siri with its iPhone 4S almost a decade ago, October 2011. To say that software such as Siri has come a long way in these 7 years would be a gross understatement. It seems like every tech giant is releasing their own assistants every other week. While the more prominent ones are Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa, Samsung’s Bixby, Google’s Assistant, and Apple’s Siri, nearly every review from professional testers reveals the one that manages to swing almost everything they throw at them. And that’s the Google Assistant.
It has proven its mettle countless number of times in tasks ranging from speech recognition and contextual understanding to providing concise yet verbose information to any queries the user may make.
Some would say it’s years ahead of other virtual assistants although and advancements like the Duplex is just confirming this.
AI Powered Apps
Tech giants are recognising the importance of incorporating machine learning into their products and as our systems keep getting more powerful and people generate more data than ever, it’s no wonder why they do so. This is evident from companies adopting and promoting intelligent computations.
Apple has been urging developers to utilize it’s relatively new CoreML framework that can be used to train machine learning models for developing apps for iOS. It’s too early to make a judgement on this step by Apple, but it’s quite safe to say that the red fruit iPhone manufacturer is late to the party.
Google released an open source framework called Tensorflow back in 2015 after it was tested and developed internally for more than 4 years. It has since gained the badge of industry standard and is one of the most active repository on GitHub. It was developed with developers in mind and has multiple ports for different operating systems and supports multiple programming languages as well so a developer feels right at home.
Tensorflow Lite is Google’s aim at having native support for it’s deep learning models in Android phones. Apps such as Gmail are already putting this into use by featuring something called “Smart Replies” that basically just try to understand the situation and context on an email received and will display a few options that might make for a good reply to the mentioned. Another famous app is Photos by Google that uses deep learning, a popular form of machine learning, to recognize people from pictures stored on the smartphone and suggest possible options such as sharing them with the person themselves or create an entirely new album for them.
Long story short, Google has already starting rolling apps like Translate, Assistant, Photos, Gmail, etc and has made the necessary tools for developers to do the same with their own. Which brings us to the next topic –
Extremely Well Developer Support
Google has always been a loved one by developers. Besides offering great opportunities such as GSOC, it has released open source libraries such as scikit-learn and TensorFlow that have been hugely popular and successful within the developer community.
Even Android, being open source, offers a lot of flexibility for developers and so, naturally, developers will be much more focused towards building scalable, optimized apps for this platform.
Google wants more and more people to enter this field of machine and has made efforts to do so. One such instance is it’s Machine Learning Crash Course. It’s a from scratch course aimed at developers with almost no previous experience in the field of AI. It guides the user from basic linear algebra concepts to state of the art convolutional neural networks.
Android developers were given attention with the announcement of Tensorflow Lite that is an ecosystem for the said platform. It works smoothly with the official Android IDE, Android Studio to develop apps with the same level of consistency as before.
Google didn’t fail to make the jaws of visitors and the viewers of its developer conference for 2018 drop to the ground in pure awe. It showcased something the developers at Google had been hard at work at, named Google Duplex.
It’s an extension of the already powerful Google Assistant that helps the user get through his / her day by making appointments or bookings for services such as ordering food from a store that doesn’t have an online presence or fixing a haircut from a salon for the user.
It was presented by Sundar Pichai, leaving the audience clapping their hands away. And why wouldn’t they? They witnessed an age-old test called the Turing Test that was supposed to be almost a decade away from being solved, annihilated albeit in a very specific manner.
Source by Ashish Kumar Pandey
The Android TV box is a useful piece of kit that connects to the TV via the HDMI port to offer most of the features of Android. This type of set up is very flexible and easily connects to most TVs with the right port and is a lot cheaper than a smart TV. Here are a few of the benefits of using the Android TV box:
One of the most appreciated benefits is the ability to use and install the endless apps that are now available on the Android operating system. By visiting the Google Play store using the internet connection, it is possible to install the latest apps related to not only multimedia content, but also audio editing applications, games, books, magazines, sending email, or signing into social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter.
By connecting the Android TV box to the TV at home via the internet; it is also possible to connect to other devices in the home, such as those that make use of technologies like Airplay, Miracast, DLNA, or others that function with Android. This makes it very flexible to share various types of multimedia with the TV. For instance, it is possible for an Android compatible tablet or smartphone to interact and control the TV while also giving the option to share files with a laptop or even watch a downloaded series or a movie on the large screen. Overall, this type of setup gives a simple gateway to get the internet on the TV.
The cost of upgrading a standard TV to benefit from all the possibilities of Android is relatively cheap compared to buying a smart TV. Plus, the combined standard TV and Android TV box can offer a lot more than a standalone smart TV.
The Android operating system is updated on a regular basis, which means the latest version of a game, application, or system is always available. Plus, this is usually done automatically so there is no need to keep searching for updates when logged into the app store. This is significantly more convenient than a smart TV which can take a while to receive updates, especially when every brand of TV needs to have its own update created and released.
All in all, the Android TV Box makes it possible to enjoy the connectivity and versatility of Android on a standard TV set up.
Source by Leo Eigenberg