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Google объявила о покупке стартапа из Сан-Франциско Tenor, который развивает платформу для поиска анимированных GIF-изображений.
Tenor продолжит работать как самостоятельная компания. Google планирует добавить библиотеку Tenor в поиск по изображениям и свою виртуальную клавиатуру Gboard.
Сумму сделки стороны не раскрывают. Конкурент Tenor — Giphy — оценивается венчурными инвесторами в $1 млрд, указывает Axios.
Сервис Tenor запущен в 2014 году, с его помощью можно искать GIF-изображения, в том числе с помощью приложения для Android и iOS, которое работает как дополнение к основной клавиатуре. Также Tenor используется для поиска GIF-изображений в социальных сервисах вроде Facebook Messenger.
По собственным данным, аудитория Tenor превышает 300 млн пользователей, в феврале 2018 года сервис преодолел отметку в 12 млрд запросов в месяц.
It is no news that Android Wear is dying. Google has rebranded Android Wear to Wear OS, probably a move to get attention towards the dying brand. The name will appear in the coming weeks on watches and the app.
The smartwatch culture seems to be heading nowhere. Priced more than a mid range smartphone, smartwatch did not make sense to the price conscious consumer. Android Wear smartwatch were always a thing of luxury with even the cheapest of them priced upwards of $150. Long back, the Pebble caused a ripple which resonated and led to the rise of affordable non-android wear smartwatch. But due to lack of support the Pebble became a thing of memory.
Most Android Wear watches suffer from the same problems, bulky design, poor battery life, no solid system of updating old watches to newer versions and minimal developer support. What’s worse is that make OEMs have pulled out of the Wear business and expensive fashion brands have taken a step in. Now the watches are even higher priced.
Smartwatch were supposed to bring about ease and flexibility at a price that was affordable. Although they did bring about the former, the latter is something that few have managed to get close to. Currently, the only smartwatch that does both of those things is the To watch, although it might too see an end if enough support isn’t received.
After a long wait of almost three months, LineageOS 15.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo is finally out. Of course, this is great news as LineageOS is one of the highest used custom ROMs being the spiritual successor of CyanogenMod. The new version that was teased in December currently doesn’t support many devices but we’re likely to see additions soon. Currently, many devices are not eligible for the new version due to lack of support for a working HAL1 camera recorder. But we’re told that they’re working on it.
LineageOS 15.1 comes with some great new features apart from the already neat ones tucked in Android 8.1. Of course, this is not the complete list.For a full run-down of features watch this video below.
Users can now select light and dark UI and custom accent colours. A new Automagic feature changes themes automatically suited to your wallpapers
Trebuchet Launcher now supports icon packs and adaptive icons. Camera app has a built-in QR Code scanner.
Nightlies of the new build will begin from Monday (February 26). Here are the devices that are supported right now.
Google Nexus 6P – angler
Google Nexus 5X – bullhead
LeEco Le Pro3 / Le Pro3 Elite – zl1
OnePlus 3 / 3T – oneplus3
OnePlus 5 – cheeseburger
OnePlus 5T – dumpling
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 Wi-Fi (2016) – gts210vewifi
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Wi-Fi (2016) – gts28vewifi
Xiaomi Mi 5 – gemini
Xiaomi Mi 5S – capricorn
Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus – natrium
For more info, visit the LineageOS page.
With so many Android devices out there to choose from, it’s not always easy to find one that’s enterprise-friendly. To help alleviate that problem, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program today.
As the name implies, it’s designed to point enterprise IT departments at devices that Google has deemed to be enterprise-ready. This involves a number of criteria, including minimum hardware specifications for Android 7.0 + devices, support for bulk deployment and managed profiles and devices for a consistent application experience across deployed devices. The full list includes all of the minimum app and hardware specifications required to be included in the program.
The program also requires that within 90 days of Google releasing them manufacturers make security updates available for at least three years. Ninety days feels a bit long if there is a serious vulnerability in the wild, but Google indicated this was not a fixed list and the company would update the requirements as needed over time.
As for the devices they are recommending, these include a broad range of usual suspects, such as BlackBerry KEYone and Motion; Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (of course); Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, P10 Lite and P smart; and LG V30 and G6, among others.
Conspicuously missing from this list is anything by Samsung, a company that has programs in place like Knox specifically designed for the enterprise. There are also no HTC phones, but to be fair, the company left the door open for more devices and additional partners to be added over time.
“You can expect more Android Enterprise Recommended devices to be added in the coming weeks and months. Throughout 2018, we will also be applying the Android Enterprise Recommended framework to additional partner types, including OEMs of ‘dedicated’ and rugged devices, mobile carriers, enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers and systems integrators,” Google director of Android Enterprise, David Still wrote in a company blog post announcing the program.
While fewer companies are probably still buying phones for their employees — those kind of programs tended to peak with the old stalwart BlackBerry devices in the days before “Bring Your Own Device” programs popped up — those who do and want to use Android need to have devices that they can manage and deploy in a consistent way. This program is designed to provide a minimum set of specifications to meet that.
В магазине приложений Play Market для Android появилось мошенническое приложение «Универсальный мобильный банкинг», предупредили пользователей представители украинского «Приватбанка». За несколько дней его успели скачать более пяти тысяч человек.
Приложение якобы позволяет пользоваться услугами украинских финансовых организаций: «Приватбанка», «Альфа-банка», «Райффайзен Банк Аваль», «Ощадбанка» и «ОТП-Банка». При этом оно требует ввести все данные от банковской карты пользователя, включая CVV-код.
В «Приватбанке» заявили, что сервис создан для воровства личных данных и денег клиентов, и пожаловались на приложение в администрацию Play Market. Некоторые пользователи уже сообщили о том, что после регистрации с их карты пытались списать значительные суммы.
Представители украинского «Альфа-банка» сообщили, что считают «Универсальный мобильный банкинг» мошенниками, которые через приложение получают конфиденциальную информацию для несанкционированного доступа к счету. «Мы еще в субботу предупредили клиентов о том, что не стоит скачивать и пользоваться этим приложением. Жалобы на удаление приложения из Google Play направили не только мы, но и все крупнейшие банки», — добавили в компании.
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Google has added a notable addition to its line of “Go” edition apps – the lightweight apps designed primarily for emerging markets – with the launch of Gmail Go. The app, like others in the Go line, takes up less storage space on users’ smartphones and makes better use of mobile data compared with the regular version of Gmail.
The app also offers standard Gmail features like multiple account support, conversation view, attachments, and push notifications for new messages. It also prioritizes messages from friends and family first, while categorizing promotional and social emails in separate tabs, as Gmail does.
But like other Go apps, Gmail Go doesn’t consume as much storage space on the device.
In fact, according to numerous reports, Gmail Go clocked in at a 9.51 MB download, and takes up roughly 25 MB of space on a device, compared with Gmail’s 20.66 MB download, and 47 MB storage space.
Google has not made a formal announcement about Gmail Go’s launch, but severalsites have spotted its availability on the Google Play store this week. We’ve asked Google for more information about the app’s feature set, and what exactly is it that Go does to reduce the burden on low-end smartphones. The company declined to comment.
Some early adopters have pointed out that scrolling on Gmail Go is a much more choppy experience than on the standard Gmail. It also syncs fewer days of emails and attachments to use less bandwidth.
But overall, there are not many noticeable differences between Gmail and Gmail Go, in terms of feature set.
That’s not always the case with the Go-branded apps. For example, YouTube Go has several unique features, like the ability to download videos for offline viewing, and sharing videos with friends nearby, for example. In Gmail Go’s case, however, it’s only been designed to meet the size and memory requirements of Android Go.
But we have learned why Google didn’t announce Gmail Go: the app is not going to be available to all users. Instead, Gmail Go will only be available to install from the Play Store, and for update purposes, on devices that already have Gmail Go pre-installed. For now, that means only Android O Go edition devices will have the ability to use the app.
If those users prefer, they can choose to install the regular Gmail app, too, and use both side-by-side.
Gmail Go is joining a growing list of Go edition apps, including YouTube Go, Files Go, Google Go, Google Maps Go, Google and Assistant Go.
Apple has been quite busy promoting its upcoming HomePod wireless speaker with lots of TV commercials ahead of its official launch on Feb. 9. However, if you were hoping that the HomePod would work like a standard Bluetooth speaker, the company has quietly revealed that won’t be happening, at least not for the launch.
The official HomePod specs have now been posted at Apple’s website (via Engadget). The good news is that the speaker supports Bluetooth 5.0. The bad news is that the specs show that streaming audio from third-party apps like Spotify is only available via Apple’s AirPlay from devices like the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac PCs. That means if you have an Android smartphone, you can’t stream audio from it to play on the HomePod, even if you have the Android version of the Apple Music app installed on your phone.
To make matters worse for non-Apple hardware owners, you can only set up the HomePod with a device that’s running on iOS 11 or higher. Again, this means you have to own an iPhone, iPad or other iOS 11-based device to even get the HomePod up and running. The HomePod will support streaming audio directly from Apple Music, along with any iTunes music purchases, audio from your iCloud Music Library (if you have an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription), the Beats 1 live radio services and the Podcasts app. If you stream a third-party app from Apple devices to the HomePod, like Spotify, it will not be able to support voice commands via the speaker’s Siri digital assistant.
All of this means that the HomePod is strickly for Apple hardware owners, and fans of Android phones, tablets, or Windows PCs are left out in the cold. The good news is that there are plenty of high quality wireless speakers out there that are far more flexible when it comes to audio sources and hardware devices. It’s possible Apple could release updates to the HomePad to allow the use of non-Apple devices as audio sources, but we won’t be holding our breath for that to occur anytime soon.
In the meantime, the speaker itself will go on sale in the US on Feb. 9 for $349. It will also go on sale on the same day in the UK for £319 and in Australia for A$499. Sales of the HomePod will expand to include France and Germany sometime later this spring.
С помощью TDLib уже был разработан альтернативный Telegram X.
Команда Telegram представила открытую библиотеку TDLib (Telegram Database Library), с помощью которой сторонние разработчики могут создать свою версию мессенджера с дополнительными опциями.
Код с основными функциями Telegram и дополнительная документацияTDLib доступны на GitHub. Библиотека совместима с любым языком программирования, который поддерживает функции C, говорится в блоге компании. Также она включает интеграцию с Java и C . Инструмент можно использовать для разработки на Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux и других платформах.
Все приложения, созданные с помощью TDLib, отвечают нормам компании о безопасности данных пользователей, заверили в Telegram.
С помощью TDLib был разработан альтернативный клиент Telegram X, который компания официально представила 31 января. Разработчику потребовалось около года, чтобы воспроизвести все основные функции мессенджера и добавить дополнительные возможности, говорится в блоге Telegram.
U.S. wireless carriers might have given Huawei and its flagship Mate 10 the coldshoulder, but Mate 9 owners can still rejoice in the goodness that is Android 8.0 Oreo.
Earlier today, Droid Life spotted that the cookie-branded update is rolling out to models MHA-L29 and MHA-L09. The former is the one sold in the U.S. through Best Buy and other retailers, though both models are the international variants.
As for what is new, Oreo introduces persistent notifications, adaptive icons, picture-in-picture mode, and plenty more. It is the most approachable Android version we have encountered and brings a little more polish to an operating system that has been in need of it for a little while.
The update also brings the January 2018 Android security patch and EMUI 8.0, the latest version of Huawei’s software skin. Combined with the hardware, EMUI 8.0 uses artificial intelligence to better manage performance and push lesser-used apps to the background. Additionally, the update brings a new floating navigation dock and a 3D panorama mode to the rear camera.
Finally, the update should bring Project Treble to the Mate 9. However, none of our devices have received the update yet, so we’re unable to confirm at this time. Huawei did tell Android Authority that Treble support would be added with this update, which should help the company fulfill its promise of monthly updates for higher-end phones.
If you have the Mate 9, let us know if you received the Android Oreo update and your experience with it in the comments below.
Sketching out rough ideas—traditionally on the back of a napkin in the US, backs of envelopes being preferred in the UK—is a common and important part of the design process, with the familiar pen or pencil and paper being favored for rough mockups and outlines. Ink to Code, a new Microsoft Garage project, hopes to turn those rough sketches into usable, working code.
Ink to Code is currently itself a rough prototype of an app. The basic premise is simple: designers can sketch out the bare bones of application interfaces with a stylus, and Ink to Code will turn those sketches into real code, specifically the XML markup used for Universal Windows Platform apps and Xamarin apps for Android. It uses the Windows 10 Ink APIs to recognize the objects that have been drawn, converting handwriting into text and boxes into screens, buttons, text boxes, and image placeholders.
Currently, the app is only an early prototype—a basic proof of concept rather than a fully fledged development tool. It recognizes only a few interface elements, along with rules and guidelines for aligning things, and it produces only basic code with no functional parts. The company has various ideas of how to develop it further but wants to hear from real designers and developers where to focus its development efforts. Some obvious directions are supporting a greater range of interface elements and producing more functional code; one can easily imagine how it could, for example, identify login screens and automatically plumb in authentication workflows.
The app was built as Garage project. The Garage is Microsoft's program to give its developers the ability to create new, innovative applications that tread new ground for the company. These projects aren't fully supported products with large development teams, but rather public experiments to test out ideas and solicit feedback from users. Garage apps don't have to be fully developed, complete applications and instead can be more of a minimal viable product to prove the basic concepts. Ink to Code was built by a team of interns at Microsoft's New England Research and Development ("NERD") site in Cambridge, Massachussets.
A recent success story from the Garage is Microsoft's Android homescreen/app launcher, the Microsoft Launcher. This started life as a Garage product called Arrow Launcher. With a growing user base and feature list, it has transitioned into a "real" Microsoft application with a full development team and a greater strategic significance: it's being used as a core element of Microsoft's cross-device features, such as "continue on PC."