Yesterday, we discussed the second part of our tech giants coming to the west series with Huawei. What people may not know, however, is that Huawei owns a company by the name of HiSilicon. Hisilicon's processor department may not be the most popular in the west but their technology is impressive, with year on year improvements being easily seen. In the coming years, manufacturers such as Qualcomm may have to face the fact that there are other companies just as able...
Google Voice Search Finally Sets a Timer when Asked
If you’ve ever asked Google Voice Search to set a timer for you, you may have been frustrated to see that rather than actually setting a timer, it would set an alarm. This has always been somewhat of a curious frustration, as the stock Android clock (and many OEM offerings) offer native timer functionality. This behavior isn’t just strange; it’s also inconvenient. For example, the Clock app’s timer functionality displays its countdown in the notification shade, whereas the alarm function only displays upcoming alarms. Moreover, the timer allows for second (rather than minute) precision.
Thankfully, Google has now implemented a Voice Search backend update that enables timer support through the stock Google clock, as well as the stock clocks in various OEM skins such as HTC Sense. Since the feature was enabled via a backend update, there’s nothing that you have to update locally in order for the timer to work. Simply say “set a timer for xxx minutes (optionally: and xxx seconds),” and a timer will be created.
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There are many great Android handsets on the market today that are much cheaper than the flagships from the major players like Samsung and HTC. The OnePlus One and Nexus 5 are two great examples of high-end phones being offered at prices much cheaper than competitors. But there are phones in the mid-range that may offer even more bang for your buck. Let us know which smartphone deal you think has the best value.
TapDeck which has just entered beta, is a smart wallpaper app that allows you to change to a random wallpaper by simply double tapping your screen. After selecting images you like from a selection, your wallpapers will be chosen based on similar images from Flickr, Imgur, Reddit and Wikipedia. If you see one you like, simply swipe up and you will see information relevant to the image. After spending a day with this app it is clear that it is still...