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.
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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.