While most readers know that Microsoft makes a ton of great Android apps, you probably don't know that it also provides a way to keep up-to-date on its Android app innovations.
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An update to the Gmail app for Android is adding support for Microsoft Exchange accounts. This capability was previously provided only on Google's own Nexus devices, apparently.
A report in Ars Technica claims that Google will dramatically expand its App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) technologies to bring over one million Android apps to Chrome OS and Chromebooks. And to Windows, too.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Inside Bash on Windows, using Project Fi with non-Nexus phones, Android N will support 3D Touch too, Apple Watch apps must be standalone by June, Another legal out for Apple, and a new Jason Bourne trailer.
Tech tidbits from the web: Windows Insider build 14295.1004 heads out to the Slow ring, Chrome has over one billion users on mobile, Google Keep adds an extension too, Apple lies reach a new low, and ARM is looking to the future.
When Google first announced Inbox, it's "other" email interface for web and mobile, I didn't get it. But Inbox is a wonderful email client, and it's getting better this week with Google Calendar integration and more.
Microsoft this week announced a major update to its Translator app for Android. Key among these changes is the app's ability to scan live and saved images and translate any text found within. (This feature is already available in Microsoft Translator for Windows and iOS.)
Google's decision to provide pre-release versions of Android N to the public earlier than with previous versions has provided a bonanza of information about where this platform is headed. And with a second new preview of Android N available, even more features have been revealed.
It's hard to keep up with the rapid release and updating of Microsoft mobile apps on Android and iOS. Case in point: Outlook Mobile is just now adding support for Android Wear devices. And I am surprised to discover this wasn't already a feature.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Kangaroo releases Mobile Desktop Pro, Microsoft Groove app is now "truly universal," the Minecraft generation, Google Play Podcasts is finally happening, Google launches Live Cases for Nexus 5X and 6P, more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: evidence of updated Xbox One emerges, sort of, Skype for Business Updated on Android and iOS, Spotify declares war on Sweden, HTC's New Android phone supports Apple's AirPlay, and you'll be able to get your USB-C cables tested.
Just a month after its initial---and earlier than expected---Android N Developer Preview release, Google has shipped a second version. Android N Developer Preview 2 provides new and improved features and fixes for bugs found in the first preview.
Google this week highlighted some of the new accessibility features that are coming in Android N, the next version of its dominant mobile OS. Key among them is a featured called Voice Access, which allows you to control the system and compatible apps with your voice.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft Band 2 is on sale again, the first Gears of War 4 trailer drops, Quantum Break is "biggest selling, new Microsoft Studios IP this generation", the HTC 10 leaks, the economics of cloud computing, and Daily Mail is apparently interested in Yahoo too.
Happy Sunday. A few tech tidbits and random musings: Microsoft again affirms it's ready for cross-network play with PS4, "the year of desktop Linux" is still a joke, Redditor unearths Easter egg in 'Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!' 30 years later, Project Fi and RTFM, and Google launches Android Studio 2.0.
Those who adopt Android as their smart phone platform will need to deal with Google and its apps to some degree. But even if you're not a fan of the search giant, there are some Google apps for Android that you should embrace.
Audible---the world's leading source of audiobook and spoken audio entertainment---this week launched a beta version of a new Channels feature which provides members with free access to ad-free podcasts, news, comedy, and exclusive shows.
Tech tidbits from around the web: NexDock is now fully funded, you might be able to get the new Outlook.com earlier, Microsoft Edge will handle Flash a lot more elegantly, Microsoft improves its Arrow Launcher for Android, Microsoft could be adding lock screen-based camera to Windows phones, more.
One of the tough things about moving from Windows phone to Android is that you lose access to the useful and fun live tiles that made Microsoft's devices so wonderful. But Android does have an alternative that, while not perfect, can help you retain some of that "at-a-glance" functionality you may be missing.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft has purchased MileIQ, a Minecraft: Story Mode skin pack update is now available, a new Huawie smart phones features dual Leica cameras, takes fantastic photos, Samsung revenues up on strong Galaxy S7 sales, more.
Microsoft announced today that is opening up its Outlook app on Android and iOS to support third-party tasks, events and notes in Calendar. So Outlook calendar on these popular mobile platforms will soon work with Wunderlist, Facebook and Evernote.
Microsoft revealed today that it will be adding more Cortana features to Insiders, and will do so across the devices that this personal digital assistant supports. These include low battery notifications, Find My Phone/Ring My Phone integration, and, most interesting, map sharing across devices.
Tech tidbits from around the web: watch the new Star Wars movie with BB-8, Google Calendar gets reminders on the web, Google updates its Play logos, and NeXT's Avie Tevanian pops up again.
Tech tidibts from around the web: Some thoughts about a possible Surface 4, this is what would have happened to Nokia if they had gone Android, the iPhone SE is just as bendy and breakable as other iPhones, and championing "lawful hacking" is just another way to see the world in black and white.
Microsoft has moved much more quickly than Apple to integrate its personal digital assistant technology across a wide range of product types. And at Build 2016 last week, we got a fascinating peek at where Cortana is going next: Which is to say, everywhere.
Windows users moving to Android face an interesting dilemma when picking a new smart phone. Because most Android handsets are rarely if ever updated in any meaningful way, you'll want to choose wisely.
For the past year or so, I've been wrestling with how to advise Windows users who are disappointed in the failure of Windows phone and wish to choose between Android and iPhone. This week, that choice became much clearer.