The father of Android, Andy Rubin, has not really met with much success in his second innings with the Essential Phone. While the phone did have a unique design when it first launched, it failed to attract customers. Not deterred by the failure of the Essential Phone, Andy Rubin has now teased Essential’s second device which it is calling Project Gem.
In an ideal world, of course, there would be more than two contenders for any major buying decision. In smartphones, Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile have been left to wither by Microsoft, Blackberry OS 10 got canned a few years ago, and the mass of ‘alternative’ phone operating systems comprise a fraction of one percent of all phone sales and can be ignored completely. But I do find the opposing worlds of iOS and Android fascinating. In some ways similar – both have app launchers and support all modern apps – but in other ways worlds apart, in terms of flexibility and openness. Can there be an overall winner?
While Apple Music might not have a huge subscriber base on Android, they’re certainly out there. And maybe they even have an Android tablet on hand.
Earlier this week, Google made it easy for CarPlay users to use a new navigational option with CarPlay (following the update to iOS 12), and now it looks like Apple is giving Android Auto folks another streaming platform to listen to while in the car.
Android P Preview: Navigation Gestures, Adaptive Battery, Digital Wellbeing and Deeper AI Integration
After initially unveiling Android P earlier this year, Google provided more details about the upcoming version of Android at the opening keynote of its developer conference. There are plenty of new features in Android P, but more importantly, Google has also added tools to the OS to help you spend less time on your smartphone.
New features for Google Assistant aren’t the only announcements at this year’s Google I/O, and of course Android was going to get plenty of attention for its next major update.
Apart from adding support for notch-based displays, Google will also be adding support for navigation gestures in Android P. A video shows the Pixel 2 running a leaked build of Android P Developer Preview 2 which gives us a look at how this gesture will work.
Apple would very much like it if more Android users switched over to the walled garden ecosystem, and, as such, has polished a pair of new ads to encourage potential switchers.
Android Smartphone Makers Rushing to Incorporate In-Display Fingerprint Scanners Instead of Face ID Due to High Costs
When Apple introduces a new feature, you generally expect Android smartphone manufacturers to follow suit, but it looks like they are not rushing to incorporate Face ID like 3D sensor face recognition technology in smartphones.