More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Google Now Updated in Google Play Store, Loads of New Features
The last time we brought you news of a Google Now update, it added more sports teams and public safety announcements. Since then, Google Now has continued to improve and impress pretty much everyone. Now, an update was published that adds many new features. Here is a list of What’s New from the Google Play Store:
For Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean), Google Search keeps getting faster, plus:
– Events nearby
– Suggestions to help with your research
– Boarding passes from Gmail (United only, more to come)
– Search by camera when at museums or shops
– Weather at upcoming travel destinations
– Approximate monthly summary of walking and biking activity
New voice actions:
– Post to Google+
– Say “What’s this song?” to find the song you hear
– Say “Scan a barcode” to find product info
According to the latest reviews, users have been using and thoroughly enjoying the new features. The new voice actions are particularly wonderful, especially the “What’s this song?” feature and the post to Google+ commands. I was able to test both, and Google Now got the status update correct minus one word, as well as 10 out 10 songs correct. To be fair, all 10 songs are relatively well known, so it may have trouble with very obscure “music.”
In addition, there may be a couple of features not previously discussed. As you can see in the screen shot, Google Now suggested an article to me based on an article I read earlier in the day. It says it will make suggestions to help with your research, but a second use for that is getting breaking news in subjects that interest you.
For those with Google Now already on their devices, simply head over to the Google Now Play Store page and update the app. If you’re on ICS or earlier, and you’re using a modified version, you’ll have to wait for developers to update it manually.
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
While there are frequent unexplained changes and pushes to Google's AOSP repositories, an interesting-looking new branch has been pushed out recently, called "master-soong". Taking a look at the changes made to the manifest repository (which is used to specify the repositories to be downloaded when building Android), it appears there are some new repositories making an appearance. Of note here are new prebuilt repositories for Go, and Ninja. Go is a programming language, created by Google, which compiles to produce...
There already are many solutions on the Google Play store if you want to send a link to one of your devices -- but what if you wanted to do it quickly without having to install any software or logging in to a website on the recipient end? Most apps require you to do either or both, which can be a hassle (or even a security risk) in some cases. Luckily, XDA Forum Member wyemun has developed CaastMe. Inspired by...