Advertisements are a necessary evil that is here to stay. Let’s face it. I would love to support the sites that generate content that I like, however, have you seen the ridiculous amount of bandwidth the ads use up? The problems with some advertisements are that they abuse Chrome’s ability to use your vibration motor.
Snapchat, the photo-based social media and messaging platform suffered a major outage today. It started at around 11:00 PM EST. There have been numerous reports on Twitter, and the hashtag #snapchatdown is currently trending.
You could call me a fanboy, but I am not a fan of the AOSP launcher. If you are aware of my ROMing needs, you can probably guess that I am a person who uses Nova Launcher. However, I tend to stick to Trebuchet at times, too. I don’t need too many customization options, but the state of the AOSP Launcher is pathetic, and it’s good to see serious competition in the launcher space.
Ever since the iPhone 7, there has been an addition to the list of things smartphones can usually endorse as features – the inclusion of a headphone jack. Not that Apple was the first to exclude what for years has been considered a mandatory part of any personal computing device from their smartphone. But because it’s Apple and the iPhone is the most popular phone in the world. So it sets the standard.
You fix one thing, you break another. Just when we thought the Yahoo Answers “infinite scroll” bug was done and dusted, it seems to have sprung back up again; this time, on Android.
Android 8.0 includes a useful feature with it which shows you the information about the background apps as persistent notification. These are the apps running in the background on your device. This helps you understand which apps are using screen overlays and which apps are running tasks in the background while you are using another app. It’s incredibly helpful if you want to know what apps are causing battery drain or running for too long in the background. If you’re on Oreo and are tired of snoozing that notification about apps running in the background, you can use these apps to permanently silence them.
Apple changed a lot of things in iOS 11 to make it a far better operating system with a far superior user experience, but it still needs some love in one particular area: notifications. The slightest improvement doesn’t outweigh the gaping hole in the software.
Google Assistant is really nifty when you want to get something done without using your hands. Using it to call or text someone on WhatsApp has always been a breeze, and the Google assistant recently added support for sending voice notes on WhatsApp as well. However, it still can’t send simple messages on Allo.
The Google-owned company, YouTube, launched YouTube TV in early April of this year, and since then, the platform has seen some welcome growth. However, one of the biggest drawbacks of the service since launch day has been a) its lack of some big channels such as CNN and TNT and b) it’s limited in the devices you can watch on. But today, and in the sometime future, that’s going to change—at least in the devices part.
With Android 8.0 Oreo only being released about a month ago, unless you’re a Pixel or Nexus user, I don’t expect much of our readers to be on the latest and greatest version of Android just yet. But I still would like to do a quick poll to find out what version of Android your current phone is running.