With Google Now, voice commands have become more powerful than ever on the Android mobile platform. With the 3rd-party-developed app Commandr, Google Now gets a boost. With Commandr for Google Now, we’re able to take quick hold of Music, GPS, Blueooth, Wifi, and your back-facing camera flash.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has discovered what could be a serious privacy leak in most recent Android device. According to them, smartphones and tablets running Android 3.1 or later whose screens are turned off are broadcasting their previous WiFi connection history to anyone within WiFi range willing to listen, leaving the user vulnerable to future attacks.
If you thought that a Google Chromecast was only good for streaming over videos and music, think again. With a bit of out of the box thinking, game developers Rolocule was able to take Google's streaming HDMI dongle to turn your smartphone into something else, like a tennis racket for instance. A practical Wii machine, except for only a single game.
No, this isn't yet another strange device venture like Project Ara or Project Tango. "Project Volta" is simply the codename for the concerted effort within the Android development team to make sure that the next version of Android won't milk your battery dry in no time, giving you ample chance to reach for a wall socket or powerbank.
In the Seattle King County Superior Court late last week, Amazon filed a lawsuit against former employee Zoltan Szabadi. The reason? He jumped shipped to take roost over at Google, violating a non-compete he signed when taking up his original position with Amazon. This isn't the first time Amazon has gone after former workers.
I've wanted Google Now on my wrist since Google's contextual engine was officially announced. Android Wear, revealed at I/O last week, is the first stage in Google's mainstream play for the wearables space, at launch effectively the Android notifications tray delivered to your wrist. That's something we've seen tried before, from Pebble and others, but with Google Now there's the promise of interactivity too.
Google Voice may be a solid way to be contactable across multiple phones, but woe-betide if you miss a call, with voicemail transcription that has so far tended toward the embarrassingly inept. Thankfully Google is aiming to change all that, with a new project aimed at improving accuracy via anonymous crowdsourcing.
In a way, it is to be expected but will still worry some long-time Android fans. Google engineering director David Burke has confirmed that the user interfaces for its next Android platforms will all be developed and curated by Google, not OEMs. While it sounds a bit restrictive, it also tries to address one of Android's most criticized flaws: fragmentation.