Gboard, Google’s default keyboard app for Android which was formally known as Google Keyboard, has finally completed 500 Millian downloads on Google Play Store.
There are many keyboard apps on Play Store and among them, Swiftkey and Gboard dominate the keyboard section with Go keyboard and some others giving them an intense competition. While Gboard did not introduce any industry changing features in the past, it has managed to work well on almost all Android Phones.
Google recently rebranded the keyboard to Gboard and added some new features that include multiple active languages and integrated Google Search within the keyboard to make it more appealing to everyone. It looks like the efforts have worked considering the app has crossed 500 million downloads joining apps like Photos, Dropbox, and a few other apps.
The app has reached the download number in almost three and a half years since its release, and it had some help by the fact that some phones come with Google’s keyboard app preinstalled. Some of these phones are Pixel and Nexus Devices. However, most big OEMs add their custom keyboard app on their phones by default.
If you have been following Android since last few year, much like me, you can remember that back in 2013, the Google Keyboard was a nice little app, but it lacked many features that advanced users wanted. Now that it has added most advanced features and great customizability options, it has become one of the best keyboard apps if you type a lot on a touchscreen Android Phone. The app has a 4.1 average rating on the Google Play Store.
What keyboard app do you use? Have you tried Gboard? How was your experience? Share with others in the comments below.
Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturing giant behind iPhone and many other electronic devices, is planning to be as much as automated as possible in upcoming years.
A report from DigiTimes suggests that company has a three-phase plan to automate the manufacturing process using software and self-made robotic units called Foxbots.
In the first phase, Foxconn aims to set up individual automated work stations for work that workers are unwilling to do or is dangerous.
– Dia Jia-Peng
According to the general manager of the automation company, the first phase will involve replacement of human workers with robots where the workers are unwilling, or the working environments are dangerous.
In the second phase, the company will focus on improving its efficiency by streamlining production lines in the factory to reduce any number of robots that are excess.
In the third and final phase, the company will automate the entire manufacturing facilities, and only a small number of workers will be assigned to production, testing and inspection process.
The company is hoping to automate 30% of all factory work by 2020, and as of now, it can produce almost 10000 Foxbots in a year. The idea is not new for Foxconn, and the company has already automated almost 60000 jobs at one of the manufacturing plants.
Unlike the US, finding cheap labor is not tough in China, and this is why most companies in the country do not use robots to automate factory lines. Foxconn itself is the employer of more than 1.2 million people which makes it one of the largest employers in the world, and in those employees, more than 1 million are working in China.
The company is large enough that one of the plants can produce 5,00,000 iPhones in a day and is widely known as iPhone City.
As financially beneficial as it is for the company, it will ultimately put thousands if not millions of workers in the state of unemployment.
Samsung’s Galaxy A series is getting a launch on 5th January of next year and some details about the phone have already leaked on the internet.
Sammobile reported that Galaxy A series will include three models, named Galaxy A7, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A3 and all models will have IP68 certification for dirt and water resistance. Alongside with the IP rating, all models in the series will also have built-in NFC and native support for Samsung Pay -an Apple Pay like mobile payment system.
Similar to Galaxy S7, all three phone will have a fingerprint reader in their home buttons, and you can expect them to look like Galaxy S7 too.
The leak also hints about phone pricing in Malesia. The Galaxy A7 will be priced at $424 which is roughly Rs 29000, and the A5 will cost $378 (almost Rs. 26000). Both models are priced less than current flagship S7.
The company is also not trying to keep the Galaxy as a secret, in fact, user manuals for the models can be found on Samsung’s Russian website. These manual indicate that all phones will run on Android M and not the latest version of the OS which is 7.0 Nougat.
When brands are designing smartphones for rich people specifically, the design is not about efficiency or performance; it is mostly about the build quality, style and premium feeling that it has to offer. Gionee M2017 is a bit different than other luxury smartphones because it offers something other than style: excess raw power.
Listed today on the site, Gionee – a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has launched an expensive luxury smartphone called Gionee M2017. The phone comes with a whopping 7000mAh battery which is more than double than most flagship smartphones such as Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7. The phone also comes with 6 GB RAM and a Snapdragon 653 processor. The price? You will have to shell out 7000 Yuans which roughly converts to $1000.
Specification and raw hardware capabilities are, however, just half of what the phone offers. The phone focuses heavily on premium design. The M2017 has gold edges a gold back camera plate an all gold software icons our of the box. Very similarly to Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, the phone has a dual curved 5.7″ AMOLED display.
The phone has a 12 Megapixel rear camera and 128 GB of internal storage paired with Google’s Android OS.
Don’t get your hopes too high, though; there is no word on if the phone will be available for markets outside of China. Also, Luxury phone often get caught on a bad software lifecycle. The Gionee M2017 runs Amigo UI which is built on top of Android Marshmellow, and there is no talk of the OS getting Android N update in the future.
With Note 7 getting into so much trouble and iPhones selling so well, Samsung has more pressure on making S8 better than ever. Rumors from many sources have started floating around the Internet that indicate Samsung is working its ass off to make the next phone more impressive than the competition.
Known for its accurate rumors about Samsung hardware, Ice Universe has suggested that Samsung Galaxy S8 will be the first Samsung phone to come with a whopping 8 GB of RAM that too will be built using a 10nm fabrication technology. The same rumors also claim that Samsung will use UFS 2.1 Flash storage which is supposed to be much faster than the read-write speed of current devices. Leaks in the past have already suggested that Samsung will have a 256 GB internal storage version of the phone.
Apart from the above, publication based on South Korea also suggested that Samsung will be making some changes to the S8 lineup. The phone will be available in 2 variants which will differ in screen sizes. Galaxy S8 will be a 5″ device while the other version will be called Galaxy S8 Plus which will sport a 6″ Super AMOLED display.
To deal with the large size of S8 Plus, Samsung may minimize the bezel on the phones. However, a 6″ Galaxy S series flagship may indicate the death of Note series.
So, in conclusion, here is what rumors suggest Samsung Galaxy S8 will have:
The phone will have two screen sizes: 5 inches and 6 inches.
8 GB RAM
Fast UFS 2.1 Storage
A 256 GB Internal Memory version.
Obviously, all the above are still rumors and Samsung has not confirmed it. So, We will have to wait till the phone launches in 2017.
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Reliance Retail’s LYF brand has been expanding its mobile range since the first 4G phone was launched by the company. Today, the company released a new phone, this time in its Future series. The phone is named LYF F1S, and its has been priced at Rs 10,099.
The phone is a dual sim affair, where both SIM cards are nano-sized. In the screen departments, the phone has a 5.2″ FHD (1920×1080) IPS display with a Corning Concore Glass 3 Display. Regarding pixel density, it is 423ppi. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, in which four cores are clocked at 1.4 GHz and remaining four are clocked at 1.8 GHz it will be coupled with an Adreno 510 GPU and 3 Gigs of RAM.
LYF F1S has a 16 Megapixel camera and a single LED flash, on the front, it has a 5 MP camera for selfies without optical image stabilization. Storage of the phone is 32 GB by default, but you can insert any microSD card up to (128GB). There is a catch, though, the SIM tray is hybrid, hence if you use an SD card, you won’t be able to use dual SIM setup.
Some other connectivity options include WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type-C port, FM radio, and GPS. The sensors include an ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, proximity sensor, and accelerometer.
The weight of the phone is 145 grams, and it measures at 148x73x7.7mm. The battery of the phone is 3000mAh, and LYF estimates talk time of 11.5 hours on 4G networks.
As of now, the phone will come with a 500 Rupee cashback in JioMoney. Effectively getting the price at Rs 9599 which is not a bad deal considering the competition and the specifications of the phone.
What do you thing about LYF F1S? Share with us in the comments below…
In the crowd of launchers, Arrow shines because of its quality, level of details and value, you can learn more in our Microsoft Arrow Launcher Review.
If you ignore Windows 8’s horrible UI for a moment, one can see that Microsoft has mostly done a good job of creating user interfaces. There have been no groundbreaking innovations done in UI by the Redmond giant, but as long as it is about making good UIs and Shells, I think Microsoft has done consumer software justice.
In recent years, Microsoft has been working hard at making mobile applications, not just for the ill-fated Windows Phone, but also for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Arrow is a custom launcher that company released for Android last year and has been improving since then, here is my review of Microsoft Arrow Launcher.
Microsoft Arrow Review
Basics, Installation and First Impressions
Arrow is available in Google Play Store, and like most Android Launchers, it is free. But while most free launchers ship with a paid version or use ads to monetize, Microsoft keeps Arrow impressive clean by making it free without any ads. Microsoft still aims to get something from users -we will discuss that shortly
The download size is small – around 8 MB – and it doesn’t take much space on your phone’s internal memory, you can’t move it to SD card, but that’s acceptable considering how light it is.
I installed it on three devices, the first one being a 4.5” phone, the second one was a 5.5” phablet, and the last was a 7” HP Android Tablet. The launcher did install on Tablet but spend a few seconds with it on a large device, and you will understand that Microsoft has not optimized the app for tablets.
The Launcher does not work in Landscape mode and thus, if you are on a tablet, you will be better off with Google Now Launcher or some other one.
On a small device that you use in portrait mode, however, Arrow makes a great first impression. The upon install, your Wallpaper is changed, and Arrow asks you a couple of questions to set up app shortcuts for you
The app shines with its multi-page home screen and Customization
Traditional launchers have more than one pages that let you arrange app shortcuts and widgets across these pages; it is a bit different in Arrow Launcher. Instead of letting you add icons and widgets on any page, Arrow Launcher has pages dedicated to some tasks. There mainly five pages that you need to know about:
A To-Do List: You can create and check off to-dos and if you have WunderList, even see and work on a list from the home screen by signing into the app from settings.
A Recent Contacts Page: The page contains some contacts that you have called recently, you can tap on a name to call or text that person, it is very handy if you call some contacts frequently.
A Recent Files Page: One page is dedicated to recent files that you have opened on your phone.
A Widget Page: There is a Widget page too, you can add widgets by tapping and holding on the page and choosing Add Widget from the next screen. Once the screen is filled, you add other widgets by scrolling vertically, a smart move, however, for many people letting users create a new widget page would be better.
An Apps Page: The page contains recently launched apps
Apart from these pages, Arrow has some other nifty tricks up its sleeve to make further customizations. There is a dock at the bottom area of the screen that can handle four apps by default. You can swipe up the dock to reveal five additional quick launch apps and a set of quick toggles that you can customize by pressing and dragging any toggle. Below the toggle, there is a brightness slider too that I don’t care much about Android already has one in the notifications.
Customization is a high point for Microsoft Arrow. The launcher has some beautiful wallpapers, and it can also change to bing’s photo of the day automatically. Apart from wallpaper, you can also use custom icon packs from Google Play Store.
You can change how icons appear in the home screen, but you can’t make any changes in App drawer -except for hiding apps. App Hiding is done in the settings and it once you have hidden marked an app as hidden, it won’t appear in in-app search as well.
The default search engine is (obviously) Microsoft’s own Bing, but you can change it to Google or some other from settings.
Unlike Google Now Launcher, Arrow lets you tweak icon density and size, and it has a High-performance mode to make it smooth on low-end devices.
You can also enable double tap to lock. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to wake your phone by double tapping the screen if your phone doesn’t support it.
All is not great, though; Arrow does not have a built-in way to lock specific apps with passwords or patterns. To password protect applications such as WhatsApp, you will have to install and use some other apps such as AppLock. Also, Arrow does not have support for any gestures which may be a bummer for customization freaks.
The Microsoft Ecosystem Focus
Arrow is free, and it does not have any Ads in it to let Microsoft monetize the app. Instead, Microsoft wants you to be in its software ecosystem. You don’t have to have Microsoft Office 365 or WunderList to use the app, but if you have these and you use these services daily, Microsoft Arrow shines. I don’t use Office 365, but I am a WunderList user, in my case, having the ability to see and check-off tasks without using widgets or going to the app is really convenient.
You can sign into a Microsoft Account, WunderList account and Microsoft Exchange accounts using to use all features of the launcher.
Microsoft Arrow is one good launcher, Microsoft beats Google in its own game by making a beautiful, fast and feature packed launcher for Android. It is not perfect, but Microsoft gets more things right than wrong, and in the crowd of launcher apps for Android, Arrow shines because of its quality, level of details and value.
Have you used Arrow Launcher? Did you like it? Share with others in the comments below.
Apple just released a new update to its iOS to the general public, while the update is not the greatest software of the year, it adds a few nifty features and some new emoji for users.
If you are an Apple TV user, you will want to take a look at the new TV app that tries to streamline the viewing experience. Instead of searching in various streaming apps for TV shows and movies, the TV app will let you search for content across almost all video streaming apps directly. The TV app with also come with single-sign-in.
Apart from the TV app, iOS 10.2 has updates and improvements under the hood. The Photos and Music apps are now a bit faster and more stable. The Messages app has a couple more full-screen effects including one for new love; RAW photos support has also been added to the photos app.
And finally, probably the most notable additions to iOS 10.2 are the new emoji. The shruggie emoji is finally available on the keyboard to express the feeling directly instead of copy-pasting ¯_(ツ)_/¯.
There are face palm, bacon, croissant, and a few more emoji too, for a complete list, you can head over to Emojipedia. If you want a new emoji that is not currently included in Unicode, you should check out this.
Apple had been testing out the 10.2 since October 31, and now that the update is released, anyone with iOS 10 device can install it over-the-air.
Do you care about new emojis in iOS? Share with us in the comments below.
While everyone seems to be excited to control the hopping plumber on their phones, there is one weird requirement to play the game: You will need to be online.
Super Mario Run is going to be launched on December 15. And while everyone seems to be excited to control the hopping plumber on their phones, there is one weird requirement to play the game: You will need to be online.
Considering the game will keep the necessary data on local storage, being should not be a requirement for anyone. Games such as Temple Run have been running offline for years -yes, some functionality such the market place is unavailable, but you can still play the game.
Well, that won’t be the case with Super Mario Run. As Nintendo’s icon Shigeru Miyamoto told Mashable:
“[O]ur software [is] very important asset for us,” said Miyamoto. “We wanted to be able to leverage that network connection [to offer] the game in a way that keeps the software secure.”
So ultimately this step by Nintendo is to fight with piracy. It can’t be said if Nintendo will win for sure, but paying users are losing in some ways.
Nintendo first announced the game at Apple’s special event on September where the company revealed that gaming’s biggest icon is making its debut on smaller screen with an iOS game, later, the Japanese company also received that the games won’t be platform exclusive as it will launch on Android too.
If you are curious about how the game works and you want to take a sneak peak, you can go to an Apple Store nearby. And if you are too lazy to do that, here is a video of Miyamoto playing Super Mario Run while doing bicep curls.
Safety of children and other family members is an increasing concern for many modern families. Google is trying to help you with it by helping you in tracking their location with they are out of the house.
Google just released a new location-sharing app called Trusted Contacts. The idea behind the app is to make sure that your loved ones are always able to know where you are and whether you are safe.
The app is fairly straightforward, simply install the app and then you can choose your trusted contacts. Once you have marked a contact as trusted, he/she will be able to see your location on the app.
If your family members need to know your location, they can ask you with a tap on a button. You can accept the request to share your location or reject it if you wish, but if you do not reply within 5 minutes, the app will automatically send your location to your family members.
While it can be a great tool to make sure that your family members are safe, I can see some family using the app for some other situations as well. It is worth knowing that this idea is not completely one, some other apps (Life360’s Family Locator comes to mind) offer very similar feature set. However, Google’s App is completely free to use and it has tighter integration with Google’s other services such as Maps.
You can install the app from Google Play Store, There is no word about any iOS version yet.