This week, Google will be rolling out some interesting integration of the Google Translate into Android 6.0 Marshmallow. No matter which application you are in, when you highlight some next, tapping the 3-dot menu will offer a new option (assuming you have the Google Translate application installed). This will open up a new dialog box that lets you translate it into any language that is currently supported.
At the start of each month we see Google releases the Android distribution numbers: Stats are pulled from devices that accessed the Google Play Store and this month we see Android 5.x Lollipop is up to 23.5%. KitKat is still holding strong at 38.9%, Jelly Bean is currently at 30.2% and then we have Froyo, Gingerbread and ICS filling in the gaps.
Meter is a live wallpaper application from Google's Creative Labs and its aim is to bring you real-time stats directly on your home screen. You can choose between few stats like battery life (which is shown with a couple of circles), WiFi signal (which is shown with an inverted triangle that fills up and a notification count (which is shown with colored bars).
Samsung is a huge, huge company and it is no surprise that they have invested tons of time and money into some unique ideas like foldable displays. A new Samsung patent depicts a device that looks a lot like Google Glass, but they want to take this a step further with features like "various input interaction methods", instead of only using your voice.
With the release of Android 6.0, T-Mobile has announced their plans to update a number of their devices. Their update page tells us the following smartphones and tablets will be receiving the update: One M8/M9, LG G3/G4/Stylo, Nexus 5/6/7/9, Galaxy Note 4/5/Edge, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Tab S2.
It's fair to say that Sony's mobile camera sensors are some of, if not the, best ones available today. Sony knows this and today the company announced they will be establishing the Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation. This is Sony's devices division but their primary focus is their image sensors. We should see this corporation come into effect on April 1st, 2016.
Sony has posted a list of devices that will receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The devices include Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, Z5 Premium, Z4 Tablet, Z3+, Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2, Z2 Tablet, Xperia M5, C5 Ultra, M4 Aqua and C4. Notably missing from this list is the original Xperia Z lineup.
Google was recently accused of breaking Russian antitrust law. The company was told that they would be penalized if they didn't stop "forcing" OEMs to bundle Google's applications if they wanted to use Google Play. Today, Google was given a deadline of November 18th to change this or they could face a fine of up to 15% of the revenue from the preinstalled apps.
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