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Google I/O celebrates milestone with new features and future plans

Google IO 2017Google I/O kicked off with a celebration, commemorating the launch and growth of their Android device, which has now reached two billion active monthly Android users. Some new announcements were made for the special occasion.

More Progress With Android Integration

The biggest announcement at Google I/O was about the progress with integration of Android as the platform for multiple devices. While not as sexy as some of the others that were talked about, it is certainly the farthest reaching.

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Google vows to end Android Fragmentation with Project Treble

  • 14/05/2017 at 23:27 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Android LogoAndroid users have long had an issue with updates for their phones, something that Google has not found a way to fix despite all its efforts. Now, it looks like Google might finally have an answer to the problem of Android fragmentation called Project Treble.

What’s happened to Google is that the updating of Android OS is not very good. The newest version, Nougat, is only on 7% of all Android phones. More users are using Jelly Bean, meaning that any new features or functions that app developers can utilize are kind of useless. Also, if you think about the recent ransomware attack on Windows PC, it is important for users to have the latest updates for their security.

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Developers can now make voice apps for Microsoft Cortana

  • 11/05/2017 at 01:09 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Microsoft Cortana AssistantMicrosoft has announced that they are launching a public preview of Cortana Skills Kit. This will allow developers to begin making their own voice activated applications for the digital assistant.

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What’s new in the latest Android Wear 2.0 Version

Android Wear 2.0Google has released an Android Wear before, and it was met with pretty positive reviews by both Google and wearable fans. Now they are announcing Android Wear 2.0, and they promise it will be the ultimate smartwatch on the market.

Better App Integration 

The big news is definitely the app use. In the past incarnation it had a decent interface. But some apps didn’t work well, or they were cumbersome on the less powerful device. Now that has been fixed. You can pick and choose your apps from their watch store, which includes an app to make calls directly from your watch. That’s right, the days of wrist communicators are finally here. Since it is based on a cellular connection you don’t have to have your phone on you to do it, either.

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New Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 Released

  • 10/01/2017 at 23:35 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Windows 10 Preview Build 15002Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 has been released for PC. Microsoft has included a host of new features and improvements.

Windows 10 Begins with the Start Menu

The changes to the smart menu include: Tile folders; Updated sharing experience with a focus on apps and integration; OneNote’s Screenshot feature has been moved to Windows 10; Support for high-DPI desktop apps has been enhanced; Windows resize smoother; A cleaner desktop with better placement and scale; VPN access made easier; Access multiple accounts easier; Lunar Calendar Support; Better notifications for developers and everyday users.

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Here’s how Facebook Messenger new group video works

  • 21/12/2016 at 02:46 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Facebook Messenger Group VideoFacebook has been focusing a lot this year on their Messenger feature. First, they made it necessary to download a separate app to use it via mobile. Then they expanded the chat function itself. More recently they added a whole list of playable games between friends, either through Messenger, or via their wall. Now, they have launched group video chat, a long demanded feature that could have a huge impact on the future of Facebook Messenger.

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Microsoft launches new Teams workplace app in Office 365

Microsoft TeamsFollowing an already pretty full event of new products late last month, now we have a new thing to talk about: Microsoft Teams. The app acts as an additional feature to Office 365, and promises a better way to operate with multiple members on a project.

Taking On Smaller Fish

Before we look at the new Microsoft Teams, we have to address the elephant in the room: Slack. Startup whiz0-company Slack launched as a basic project management and team management platform a couple of years ago. From its humble beginnings it has grown into the “it” kid of the tech world, and a bootstrap success story  that makes every would-be entrepreneur salivate.

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