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
Android applications and games are simply popular and fans keep looking for the latest and most interesting games or apps to download onto their phones. Usually to enjoy the exciting world of games and apps you need an Android application package or APK, which is that the file format that the Android operating system uses to install and distribute software especially the apps or games. The source of your APK downloader should be verified and trustworthy for you to have a pleasant experience downloading; but there are other simple things you can embrace to make sure that your phone remains safe from malware when downloading the android apps.
1. Keep off unknown sources
Google Play is the best installation source when it comes to the android apps, but you still have an option of getting the apps from other reliable sources. You can find Google Play APK easily today, but you ought to be careful with the APK file that you download because you could end up with malware on the device. What you should do is to ensure that the source is safe and disable unknown source installations on your device until a time when you feel safe enough to trust the download from a given source.
2. Double check your app ratings
Just because the games and apps are on Google Play does not necessarily make them safe for downloading. Always make a point of checking reviews and ratings of the android games and apps you are about to download because they can help you unveil technical issues you are likely to encounter. In essence the higher the rating of the game or app and the more downloads it has received, then safer it should be for you to download it. If you are interested in new releases that have little feedback on them, then take your time to research a little bit more about them before you go ahead with the download.
3. Check the app or game details
Details about the publisher and developer of the game or apps you are about to download can help you determine how legitimate they are. You can use independent discussion forums and reviews to get the details you need so you can confirm that what you are about to download is the correct app or game. Malware writers easily create apps that are very similar to the popular ones so make sure that you take your time to check that the app developer, name and publisher are correct before you do ahead.
4. Know permissions you grant
When installing a new app or game, you get a list of permissions that you grant the software. Unfortunately, not many users understand or take time to check what permissions they grant. Be on the safe side by evaluating permissions and why they are needed so you know whether they have a valid reason or they are suspicious. If what you are allowing the software to do is suspicious then don’t grant the permission.
Source by Jovia D’Souza
More than 100,000 applications are now available in the Android Market. Every day, new applications are still constantly launched in the Google market. The following will talk about 3 recently launched applications that I had tried.
It is definitely a must for you if you have all kinds of apps and games in your android phone because it is an intelligent app that auto-sorts all of your applications and helps you start them in an easy and quick way. It has some default tabs, like, multimedia, wallpaper, tools, application, common, ringtone, etc. but you can add or delete any tabs if you like. It auto-sorts new apps when they are installed. Or you can manage them by manual. A small icon will appear in home screen once you enable App Manager. Press the small icon to achieve quick start for the apps. Now, with the help of it, I can easily find apps based on their different sorts instead of searching for them one by one.
mPictures is designed for the Android device that allows you to easily find new wallpapers for your phone. It contains thousands of beautiful wallpapers for you to easily switch new backgrounds for your home screen. Those wallpapers are divided into 19 categories. You even can store the favorite wallpapers to your SD card. You should have a try if you want to liven up your home screen.
Mobile Finance provides you with real-time financial info. You can learn the tendency of World markets and Currencies instantly, as well as the details of each stock. It offers a lot of valuable news for financial market and each stock. So the users can hold more accurate market tends,properly manage personal portfolio and improve monetary returns. Take a look at it if you are interested in stock market.
Source by Nola Huang
The Android application development is the process of creating new applications for the Android OS. Applications are usually developed in the Java making use of Android Software Development Kit. From the past few years about 200,000 Android applications have been developed by the developers for the use of the customers to make the Android phones more smart with wider features. Android development has led to the booming of the new applications which the customers can use for their daily purposes helping them from house activities to handling of businesses. Google initially helped in the development of the Android and after which it revealed the Open Handset Alliance which was a consortium of about 86 hardware. Since 2010 the Android have become the leading smart-phone platform for the users in comparison to Symbian and IOS.
Android OS is in many ways better than the Symbian and iOS.
1. Better User Interface
Unlike the iPhone OS, Android user interface has been continuously developing and improving over the years. With Android 4.0, Google has made the user interface much more innovative and elegant. The prime feature of the OS is navigation buttons, which makes it easier for the user to navigate around the phone. Unlike the iPhone with only one navigation button (Home Button), Android phones have back, menu, and multitasking buttons, which provides a better user interface thus making Android more user-friendly.
2. Processor speed
The Android is faster and better than Symbian and iOS because of the processor speed. The Android work on dual core processors which adds a lot of applications with great speed.
3. Internet Speed
When we compare the default browser of the Android with Symbian and iOS here too Android wins as other browsers come with complicated algorithms which slows the Internet spreed. However, Android browser comes with visual bookmarks, which is handy and easy to use with smooth flow on information.
4. More applications
The Android is developed by Giant Google which support almost 500000 applications instead Symbian is developed by Nokia, which is embedded with limited applications as it makes them dependent on Nokia. Android gives the experience of Google calendar, Google earth, Google voice, Google translator, Blogger and Chrome. With the increase of the flow of applications in the market, the Android comes with perfect blend of these applications for the convenience of the users. The Symbian and iOS has limited applications confining their use.
5. Change firmware
In Symbian OS, you can never change the firmware, but in Android OS you can change it any time the way you want and easily install the updates which allows you to use more applications.
6. Multiple screen keyboards
In Android you can change the screen keyboards the way that is easy and apart from this you can install Gingerbread to Froyo and from Swype to Honeycomb. With one tab you can choose multiple spelling suggestions and deleting a word or adding. While in Symbians and iOS does not come with this customization features of new keyboard installation.
7. Multi tasking system
The Android applications come with such a framework which provide all key API’s including things like accessing the telephony system, sharing and receiving data as well as notifications. The Symbian and iOS does not provide you the multi-tasking system.
8. Greater fan-base
The Android has much more great fan-base, which is integrated with Google services while as Symbian and iOS have not such a larger fan-base.
9. Live applications and widgets
The Android OS works on Linux which provides large things like virtual memory and power management. The Androids are designed with rich and customizable content which allows the users to go through live application content through interactive widgets. This also helps store more data than Symbians and iOS.
10. New Platform Developer Kit
The “Platform Developer Kit” is a really smart move by Google considering its large manufacturer and partner base. You don’t often think of hardware as something that can be “opened,” but the ability to institute the very basic aspects of Android with one simple kit will make it much easier for hardware companies to start building on new versions of the platform.
Hence Android development has revolutionized the OS systems and applications by providing more wider features than others which have a limited user applications.
Source by Sudha Vishwakarma
I asked my subscribers to tell me what they have on their smartphones and tablets. Here are some of the responses:
Andrew de Guttadauro , expert in business development (IP, M & A in the biotech world), said, "Here are the ones that I currently favor:
– Communication: Skype (great for saving money when overseas and a wifi connection is in hand)
– Organization: Evernote & Pocket (I'm a big believer in cloud-based software and these two apps work great in tandem to allow one to clip, tag, organize, and store just about anything that comes across a computer, smart phone, tablet, or other similar device)
– RSS & News Streamers: Reeder, Flipboard, Zite, and Feedly (admittedly, this is overkill, but I'm a news and media junkie and these apps all do a wonderful job of combining my RSS feeds, and other news sources of interest , into organized news channels / feeds that are more auspicious than the underwriting RSS engine – Google Reader, in my case)
– Task Management: I favor Wunderlist because, like my other apps, it's platform-agnostic and cloud-based, so I can access my "to do's" whenever and how I like or need (Remember the Milk is a good alternative)
– Data and Info Storage: Dropbox is great, but it's important people realize that it Dropbox is not especially secure as the company wants to give users the choice of security / encryption software so it's important to use 2-step authentication plus " True Crypt "if using Drop Box to store anything even remotely sensitive
– E-mail: I use the native Apple app for Outlook but favor Google's Gmail app to access the later service (despite it being from Google, this app could use additional improvements). I also recommend using Xobni if possible, to help sift through Outlook more efficiently.
– News and Sports: ESPN, Huffington Post, The Atlantic
– Travel: Kayak
– Web: Chrome's my favored browser on all devices
– Shopping: Amazon (via app on iPhone or via browser and website on iPad ), Target app
– Dining: Open table, Yelp (applicable in the shopping category as well)
– Social Media: LinkedIn
– Bookmarks: X-Marks
– Media: Amazon streaming, Netflix streaming, Hulu Plus, HBO GO
That pretty much covers the apps. I would recommend to everyone that 2-step authentication should be used on any site where it can be enabled and that separate signups will be used on any site where possible (never use Google, Facebook, or LinkedIn username / passwords to access other sites as you 're needlessly exposing yourself to sequential hacking). Finally, I use a password management tool but do not have the app loaded on either smart phone or tablet as it makes me too antsy viz. potential loss of the device. I also do not have bank or insurance apps loaded on my devices for the same reason and would recommend using such apps only if you do not keep permanently signed in to either (I'd rather access such info info through the added hassle of the web browser instead).
I hope this proves helpful and look forward to hearing what others are using. "
These are available in both Apple and Android. Reeder, True Crypt, Xnobi and X-Marks are Apple-specific.
I recently had to reformat my tablet (I was filling it up just a bit too full) and had to cut back on my apps.
In order of what is on my screen:
Navigation (Google maps)
News & Weather (native Android)
Calendar (native Android)
Contacts (native Android)
Messenger / Messaging / Voice Message
Gmail and my other emails
Google Reader (but I will check out Andrew's suggestions!)
Out of Milk (but only for grocery shopping)
an alarm clock, a stopwatch, a calculator, a music player
Kindle and Play Books
and my camera and gallery
Source by Connie Hampton
Are you an Android phone user, but are unaware of most of the features it provides? Do you want to discover safer and interesting features on your phone? Go through this article to know some of the Android tips and tricks, which will be useful for you.
Most of the people in the present world use Android phones daily, for calling, messaging and more. Android is the mobile operating system, which most of the phone manufacturing companies use in their phones. There are lots of features, rather than calling and messaging to be examined. Explore the hidden features and many time-saving tricks in your gadget.
The basic problem, a phone user face, is the battery issues. Most of the Android phones have an inbuilt power strip option, which when activated, provides faster disconnection of all the phone ‘s battery thus killing the applications. Another feature is that, you can be the developer of your own phone settings. Go to the ‘Settings’, select ‘About phone’ option and tap seven times on your phone’s ‘Build number’.
An onscreen countdown will be shown on the screen, which will be followed by a command telling that you are now a developer and ‘Developer option’ will be shown just above the ‘About phone’ option.
This ‘Developer option’ can be utilized well to reduce the lagging of your Android phone as well.
By reducing the ‘Window animation scale’, ‘Animator duration scale’ and ‘Transition animation scale’ in ‘Developer option’, from 1x to 0.5x, your phone may actually feel faster than before. Now you can get a grip on those annoying app notifications by long pressing on the notification of the app, on notification bar, which will show an information icon on the right corner. Tapping on this icon gives you option to prioritize your notifications. You can block unwanted apps, hide private information or select priority mode for most prior app.
To zoom in and out your Google maps while driving, all you need to do is a just double tap on the spot and swipe upward or downward. This tip will help you to avoid the problem of pinching your phone screen while managing your phone to stay in place, all while driving.
Nowadays kids use their parents’ phone more frequently. To keep away your kids from getting into unsafe games, adult contents or accidental access to your bank, this feature will be of great help. Go to ‘Setting’ then to ‘Security’ and enable the ‘Screen pinning’ option. Open the app you wish to pin and protect, then press the overview button to pin the app.
Another interesting feature is the inbuilt games on the Android phones. In ‘Settings’, select ‘About phone’ and tap several times on the device’s ‘Version number’ to get this feature.
Source by Rizvana Manzoor