It would be a lie if I said lots has happened in the world of Android this past week. While this was a pretty slow week for Android news, there were at least a few interesting things going down. As usual, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 drama continued with an official apology, which I’m sure most of us are tired of hearing. We got some new details and renders on Google’s upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL. The Pixel Launcher was made available for download this past week, and it was discovered that there are no new Android Wear smartwatches from LG, Huawei, or Moto coming in 2016. If you happened to miss any of this past week’s top stories, you can find them in the links below.
Last week was an IFA week and amidst all the buzz and excitement from Berlin quite a few exciting things happened for the android world since many android OEMs take stage at IFA to showcase what they have coming in the future. Although, not everything exciting happened only at IFA, some of those happened in closed rooms perhaps behind a desk or something, and some haven’t yet happened but the leaks have us pumped.
The amount of Android news each week can be overwhelming, and so we have picked the most liked android news from all over the internet and made a top 10 list for you to stay on top of everything that’s been happening all week in the world of android.
Here are the favorite news stories for the week:
#10 – Google Docs and Sheets add-ons
Google has been attempting help users be more productive with the help of its Docs and Sheets services. The company has announced a partnership with 8 different companies to integrate add-ons into the Google-sphere of services.
#9 – Prisma will soon turn your videos into art
What’s better than an app that turns selfies into instant art? An app that does the same thing for video and virtual reality.
That’s what Prisma, the app that has already captured the imagination of the photo-sharing community, is working to bring to the public next.
#8 – Google Camera gesture
Being able to switch between your front and rear cameras can be a hassle from time to time, but with the latest version of Google Camera, there is a new hidden gesture. Simply twist your phone a couple of times and the application will quickly switch between the front and rear cameras.
#7 – Google emergency services
Google is working with wireless carriers in the UK and Estonia to make it easier for emergency services to reach your exact location. As long as the feature is supported by your wireless carrier, Google will now send you location to emergency services whenever you dial an emergency number. The company is also planning to expand this feature internationally in the near future.
#6 – Android Tips & Tricks
Finding the best tips & tricks to manage your Android devices can be a bit tricky. Opening web page after web page can be a hassle, and may cause you to miss something really awesome. The team at Google has updated its Android webpage to include a “Tips & Tricks” section to showcase some of the best features of Android.
#5 – Google Dialer spam calls
With the latest update to Google’s Dialer application, owners of either Nexus or Android One devices will now be warned if an incoming call is suspected of being a spammer. Other manufacturers already have this feature built-in but it’s good to see Google integrating this into their application for Nexus owners.
#4 – Google Play Family Library
Announced at Google I/O 2016, the Family Library feature for Google Play has officially launched. the service allows members of a family to share purchases between Google accounts without the need to add multiple accounts to each device.
#3 – Hangouts 11 Group Chat
One of the hidden new features within the latest Hangouts 11 update is the ability to easily share group chats with new members. You can now create a short link to your group chat of choice, and share that with whomever you want to add to the group. These group chats can also be searched within your contacts list.
#2 – Google algorithm app updates
In an effort to lower the amount of data used when downloading updates, Google has updated its delta algorithm to allow users to only download the new changes, versus re-downloading the entire application again.
#1 – Google Maps UI update
Google has released a new update to its Google Maps services which include an all new UI. The update not only cleans up the look of the application, but also marks areas of interest with special icons.