Google Inc. has come out with an easily installable search feature. Using this feature, users just need to type in ‘Find my phone’ command to know the approximate site of the device. On receiving the command, this new search feature fetches the result and shows the place as the nearest point on the screen. The user has to make sure that he has installed latest Google Android application. Apart from this, he has to switch on the site tracker service of Google Android Manager. What else this feature is capable of doing for the benefit of its users? In this article, we would be looking at this new application in more detail for the benefit of the readers who may find it helpful.
Search Missing Phone Feature
If you have misplaced your Smartphone or left it somewhere in the house, you don’t have to become panicky. The search engine developed by Google would find it for you within seconds. The users just need to type in the command ‘Find my phone’ on a search engine feature to know the approximate location of the device. The company talked about this feature in a blog post. Only catch is that new searching feature only works with Android phones. This means that mobiles using other operating system cannot be tracked at all. The feature also helps the user to lock and erase the data off if he or she feels that his or her device is missing. The feature does this job remotely. The user doesn’t have to report to the customer care centre for locking the stolen device.
How it Works?
Normally, the Android Device Manager allows the user to ring his device from anywhere. The users can use this functionality to find a missing device. They need to keep the ring option on. After that, the feature would make the phone ring for about five minutes and wait for the device to reply back. This period is long enough to help the people easily find the missing phone. Besides this, users have to make sure that the tracking service in their phones is switched on. In order to make use of this feature, the users have to install the latest version of the Google application on their registered device. The ringing functionality works well with the place tracker to find the device. If there is no response, the feature cautions the users to decide whether they should lock their device remotely. After getting the reply, the feature remotely removes data and locks the device.
So you must have started seeing Oreo in many devices as Google expands its rollout. The most popular devices to carry Oreo are Google Pixel, Pixel C or Google Pixel XL and Xiaomi. Many companies like Huawei, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, HMD Global etc have been confirmed to support the update later this year. The company announced Project Treble (for those who do not have Google-branded phone) to ensure that Android Oreo update comes to many more devices than previous operating system.
Coming to the features and functionality – Is it what all you can do with when the new update arrives?
Smart text selection
The text selection feature in Android Oreo is going to 'Rock' – as the OS will know to select all the text, when you try to copy and address. Smart text selection feature has the ability to tap on the selected text.
This feature makes it easier and quicker to use the device. If it is an address, it will begin direction there. And if it is a phone number, you can dial the number directly from the screen.
This is not entirely a new feature, but can be said as an advanced version of existing multi-tasking feature. The picture-in-picture feature of Android Oreo allows users to switch from one screen to the other easily.
For example – if you are watching Netflix, and you suddenly remember an email you forgot to send, you can keep Netflix on small window and send email at the same time. This feature is great on large and medium screen phones.
You will be able to pop a video screen out of its application into a small panel on screen, allowing you to use the phone while keeping an eye on the action. You will certainly appreciate the greater versatility and multi-tasking benefits offered by this OS.
Android Oreo allows the notification dots to appear above the apps that have pending notifications. This feature was not enabled in previous versions, making it difficult to view new notifications. You can carry out with a single tap on the dot to get contextual menu actions.
Google introduced notification spots to apps in Android Oreo, allowing users to quickly see what is happening without the need to open the app. You can simply swipe the notification bar and get details about the notifications you have. This feature is similar to Apple's 3D Touch enabled bubble pop-ups. A long press on the small colored circle on the top rich of the app icon will pop-up the display and show more information.
Users need not go through the pain of typing information each and every time, as the 'Autofill' feature in Android Oreo fills the information automatically. The information is filled by the OS automatically from the app or web.
Remembering the long passwords is hard. However, it is to stay safe when you are online. The previous version of Android OS allowed you to use a number of weird workarounds to help you copy and fill in your account details.
The new version Android Oreo allows apps to register, as the autofill providers within the system log you in. All you need to do is pick autofill provider in any language and input settings. Android will request login details form the app whenever you need.
Adaptive app icons
Google is encouraging its users to interact more with app icons through this new update. It is providing developers with tools to make the interactions a bit fun and engaging.
The app icons could come alive when the users interact with them or scroll through homepage screens. It's potentially a new feature and we are more interested on what developers can do with it.
Great speed and performance
According to Google, Android Oreo will load the apps and boot the device at double the speed of Android Nougat, resulting in slicker operation. Google's done with a whole load of work under the good to make faster iteration of its mobile platform. This enhancement will likely improve the performance of even the cheap devices.
Google also limits the frequency of location updates in background for better health of the system. It is two faster than the previous generation with faster boot. App developers will love this feature.
Great power to Google Assistant
The new OS Android OS gives additional powers to Google Assistant making it a lot more useful. Google Assistant will be open to developers, who can leverage it within their applications. This means, it can be used inside the application, serving to bolster the usability of applications in long run.
This sort of innovation is needed, if it is to become indispensable. Google ensures that Assistant grows and evolves beyond smart devices.
Play more with new emoji
There is no doubt that emoji are firmly enriched in our day to day life. They have got their own movie for crying out loud. Google committed itself to the latest additions of the ever expanding emoji family in Android Oreo.
When it comes to presenting the users with fresh emoji, Google falls behind Apple. The inclusion of latest expressions will likely delight the Homeland Generation. You can find more than 60 new emoji. The best this is Google is going to redesign the entire emoji catalog. So, keep out for fresh new look when Android Oreo lands on your device.
Save Battery life
The main focus of Android Oreo is battery life, speed and security with great control over the apps. Google is moving slowing in the direction of its rival Apple's iOS with great restrictions on what all you can do with app. The restrictions places on background apps reduce the performance demand on device, speeding up the operation. This means all the devices will see more battery life once Android Oreo is installed.
Google says that Android Oreo is much smarter when it comes to let apps run in background, reducing the amount of power and money they use. This leaves more of the battery to use in tasks that you use regularly.
The biggest improvement in Android Oreo is the keyboard navigation. Users are allowed to navigate easily with a more reliable and predictable model for "arrow" and "tab" navigation. This feature helps both end users and developers.
Beside the above, Wi-Fi awareness is the new feature in Android Oreo that allow Wi-Fi devices to talk to each other via an ad hoc local network. Google is set to add Sony's LDAC codec to improve low-latency audio. You can also see a few improvements to the camera app. Google is reworking on the camera app, offering a new double-tap feature to quickly get 50% zoom. Android app developers believe these new features will be a game changer for them.
Finally, no Android OS would be complete without Easter egg. However, the one we see in Android Oreo is not the most impressive one we have seen till date. Go to settings and tap System -> About Phone. You will see big Android O. Tap it repeatedly to get an octopus.
Do you wish to kill your free time when the only company you have is your Android phone? Did you know that Android games are the most interesting and fun filled stuff to cram your phone with? Go through this article to know more about these games and their fun factors.
Android games are diversified into many categories; informational, educational, shooting games, puzzles, sports, racing, augmented reality games, location-based games and more. All these types are available for both high end and low-end Android phones.
There are low specification games for those low-end models so that you can enjoy them in your budget phones as well. This includes the less graphics content games that does not take much of your space. It is suitable for Android phones with low GPUs and smaller screen size as well.
Both freemium and premium games are available in the stores. Premium are paid-for games and freemium is the free games which often contain in-app purchase at certain levels. So it is advisable to monitor if someone other than you (like your kid) is using your phone; do not click on those purchase options without knowledge.
To enjoy the best high graphics and well-designed gameplay, it is better to get a high-end model with a larger screen and good GPU. Even you can enjoy those high-quality gaming effects by increasing the performance of your low spec, budget Android phones.
First and the simplest method to increase your low-end smartphone performance is by killing the applications that are running in the background before you start the game. You can use several task killer applications for this, as well. Most of the Android phones contain many applications that are of no use to an average user. These applications can be disabled which in turn increases the performance of your phone.
All you need to do is, go to settings, select 'apps', then select the applications to be disabled and click the 'disable' button. All these applications can be enabled in the future if you need them. Typically, the uninstalled applications or your internet browser often leaves behind junk files. These cache data often reduces your phone performance. To clear these data, go to 'settings' and click 'storage option', then select the cached data button and press okay.
Always opt for a class 10 SD card to increase your phone's gaming performance. Using these SD cards will increase the read and write speed and hence decreases the loading time and other lags that any high graphics game would demand. Thoseoted Android phones have more facilities to increase their performance. The background task killer applications work to their fullest only if they are in aoted Android version. Seeder software can be installed in aoted Android phone, which reduces the lag during switching between applications.
The strength of Android lies in its apps, and these days, there is almost an app for every activity. One can find millions of apps in the Google Play Store, ranging from media, tools, shopping, to simple housekeeping. And as most of our daily necessity and activity get mingled with these tons of digital apps, we cannot afford to get unhooked from our precious Android device. For the past few years, even a student’s life is metamorphosing into a lot easier, safer, and more fun holding the hands of these android apps. Following are some of the best android apps helping out the students in their daily activities from waking up in the morning to taking notes.
Nowadays, it is hard to find a school or college student who doesn’t use a mobile or tablet. Students, usually carry these gadgets along with them wherever they go. In that case, the digital note-taking applications like Google Keep, OneNote, Evernote, FiiNote, etc., have become the most convenient way of taking notes, and are growing fast in popularity among the students.
Capturing the Lecture
Even a few years back, while attending a lecture or seminar, a student had no choice but writing down all the important information on the notepad. And now, there is some useful and terrific lecture recording apps out there, helping out the students to record the whole lecture. So, stay tuned with the advanced best Android apps like Lecture Recordings, Audio Recorder, Easy Voice Recorder, etc.
In this era of advanced technology, the revision app seemed to be the big business of high possibility. Because of the Android applications, the students now consider revising the lesson as a fun-like activity, rather than a tiresome burden. Gozimo, Quizlet, My Study Life, Quick Recall, etc. are some of the leading best Android apps for revision.
Student Planner Apps
The student planner android apps are rising at the pedestal of popularity, helping out the students in organizing their activity, sending alerts and reminders regarding their lesson, homework, exam, and such other things. Student Planner, Student Schedule, My Study Life are some of the reputable and popular student planner apps that come with a timetable.
If you have a simultaneous and fast internet connection, and an Android device, then your student life will be a phase of fun and excitement rather than full of worries. All you need to stay tuned for the latest Android applications.
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.
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.
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.