Yes, Cortana is coming to Android and iOS devices

May 26, 15 Yes, Cortana is coming to Android and iOS devices

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More multiplatform Microsoft News: The Redmond Giant just announced that it will bring its intelligent voice assistant as applications to other competing mobile operating systems Android and iOS. This comes with an announcement that that Microsoft is releasing its phone companion app for Windows 10, which the company shows on an early preview today. A real challenge people face is figuring out how to make everything work together. That’s why we’re announcing a ‘Phone Companion’ app built-in to Windows 10, which will help you connect your Windows PC to whatever phone you own– whether it’s a Windows phone, Android phone, or iPhone. It may not be as powerful as the assistant integrated on the whole Windows ecosystem, but the company assures that the basics are still covered — You’ll be able to make the same queries and ask the same questions using Cortana, whatever mobile platform you may be using. Microsoft is still providing notification support, and you’ll get notifications for most of the Cortana features that currently exist in the Windows Phone and Windows 10 versions of the digital assistant. It looks like the new Windows 10 is shaping up to be a multi-platform universal system. We’re bound to see more of the new operating system when it becomes official and ready for consumer download in the next few months. Source Related posts: You can now use reworked Android and iOS apps on Windows...

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You can now use reworked Android and iOS apps on Windows 10

We will be able to enjoy using Candy Crush Saga and Dubsmash on Windows soon! A game-changing announcement from Microsoft from their keynote speech at the Build Conference today includes four new options for developers to add content into the Windows Universal Store, including importing Android and iOS apps straight-up without much code editing. This means that iOS and Android app developers can pretty much port their apps directly by allowing the use of Java, C++, and Objective C software to run on the newest OS. The idea is pretty much simple: to get as many apps as possible to hop onto the Redmond Giant’s new platform, compatibility issues notwithstanding, by recompiling it through Visual Basic, replacing the APIs with Microsoft’s, and launching it onto the Windows Store. Aside from allowing Java/C++ and Objective C, the Redmond Giant has also allowed compiling web-based apps and those that are based from .NET and Win32 to be available on the Store. .NET and Windows 32 apps will have a dedicated section for them, and will be available starting with the launch of Adobe Photoshop Essentials on the Windows Store. “With Apple you choose to invest in iOS and OS X. With Google it’s Android or Chrome OS. Windows is the only platform that lets you bring apps to all these devices efficiently,” said Terry Myerson. New updates seen at the conference highlights phone apps running on desktop, as well as seamless integration of Universal apps from desktop to mobile and XBox. In two to three years, Microsoft expects that the incentives it had laid out in previous keynote speeches will pave way to dissolving fragmentation issues and create an estimated 1 Billion devices running on the Windows 10. Related posts: Microsoft Windows 10: What to expect, Technical Preview and Windows Insider Program Google Launches Apps for Your Domain Windows 7 Philippine Pricing Norton released AntiVirus and Internet Security 2011 Google’s Android poised to surpass Apple’s iOS in terms of mobile apps Microsoft shows off Windows 8, looks like Windows...

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Plants vs Zombies 2 for Android now available

iOS fans of Plants vs Zombies 2 have been enjoying the game since last August, but now Android users get to join in the fun as well. Finally. Just like in iOS, the Android version of PvZ 2 has been released initially in Australia and New Zealand last week. Worldwide release happened today and you can now get the game, a hefty 169MB download, for free on Google Play. Plants vs Zombies 2 offers new mechanics aside from a bunch of new plants and zombies. There are now various worlds (Ancient Egypt, Pirate Seas, and Wild West) you have to explore, each with varying types of zombies. Each plant also gets a super attack when you feed it plant food which you can get from killing zombies. You can also get into the heat of the battle yourself by invoking godlike powers in exchange for in-game coins so you can toss zombies or electrocute them using finger gestures. Oh yeah, look out for the Yeti. There are in-app purchases available in the game if you’re getting frustrated on some levels but the game can still be beat relatively easy even without paying for anything.  Achievements and leaderboards are tracked via Google Play Game Services by the way. [Download PvZ 2 for Android] Related posts: Plants vs Zombies 2 finally released, iOS gets first...

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Next Android version named KitKat as Google partners with Nestle

Google’s head of Android and Chrome, Sundar Pichai, has confirmed that its next Android version will be named KitKat and not Key Lime Pie as was known internally. KitKat is a chocolate bar owned by Nestle (and licensed by Hershey), which Google approached for the use of the brand. Google is known for using dessert names for their Android versions and since Key Lime Pie is not exactly something a lot of people know about, they chose to go with a popular snack among their Android devs which is KitKat. No money was directly involved in this partnership with Nestle as both companies will be benefiting form each other via marketing efforts and promotions. Nestle will use the deal to build their digital reputation. They will distribute 50 million KitKat bars that will bear the Android logo with a few having winning tickets that can be redeemed for Nexus 7 tablets and Google Play credits. This promo effort will also give Google free publicity for their Android OS. “We are proud and excited to have one of the world’s leading mobile innovators pair up with one of America’s favorite chocolate brands,” said Jennifer Podhajsky, VP of U.S. chocolate for Hershey Co., said in a statement. “Google’s choice to name their next Android platform release Kit Kat brings together two well-known icons from pop culture and technology and gives the classic jingle of ‘Gimme a Break’ a whole new meaning in the tech world.” Despite having its own version name and being a significant upgrade, the next Android will still be at 4.4 and not 5.0. Related posts: Google Phone Gallery Launched Samsung Galaxy S already sold over 5 million units worldwide Acer Liquid E leads Acer’s smartphone line Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb appears at CES 2011 Google gives you 10 popular Android apps for 10 cents for 10 days Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: What should you expect from...

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How to get the Jelly Bean 4.2.2 upgrade on your Nexus… now

The 4.2.2 update is not yet officially out but a number of users around the globe already have it on their Android Google devices. Luckily, a reader posted on Yugatech steps on how to force the update to be downloaded on the Google Nexus 7. So I followed these instructions on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus  (build JOP40D) running 4.2.1 and it worked as described! Go to Settings > Apps > All Scroll to find Google Services Framework and tap it Now tap ‘Force stop’ Go back and tap Google Services Framework again This time tap ‘Clear data’ Restart the device As soon as Android boots and gets an internet connection, update 4.2.2 should automatically download (if not you can try to trigger it via Settings > About phone > System updates) Once the download finishes, you’ll be prompted to install and the device will restart. Changes aren’t that exciting though: App download notification now shows the remaining percentage Toggles on the Quick Settings New sound notifications for Wireless Charging and Battery Low There you have it. Very easy right? Thanks to @IANVARIVS for sharing this one. Related posts: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: What should you expect from...

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Gingerbread still accounts for almost half of Android devices

In order to help Android app developers to know which Android version to develop for, Google has the Android Device Dashboard that tracks certain hardware info of devices accessing Google Play. According to the latest results, the current platform version distribution shows Gingerbread, particularly version 2.3.3 – 2.3.7, as still the most widely-installed Android OS version at 47.4%. Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) follows suit at 29.1% and Jelly Bean (4.1, 4.2) still at around 10.2% penetration. It comes to no surprise as widespread adoption of Android smartphones happened last year while Gingerbread was still the OS version. Gingerbread also spent a long time in active duty before ICS came out. And the fact that a lot of entry-level, and mid-range smartphones are happily chugging along with Gingerbread made a lot of manufacturers stick to it for a while. I had a conversation recently with an engineer from an international handset manufacturer who stated that the reason why they didn’t push for ICS update quickly is that they feel that Gingerbread is still the more stable version. There are performance and battery issues with ICS that they feel shouldn’t be a must-update version. Do check the latest Android Device Dashboard to see the complete breakdown as well as device screen size/density distribution. Related posts: Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) brings you screen capture...

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Gameloft action games only $0.99 for a limited time

Gameloft is having a Black Friday Sale where you can get top action titles for Android and iOS for only $0.99, or Php40.69! This is a limited sale offer so you might want to grab it immediately. Titles on sale include: The Amazing Spider-Man – iOS | Google Play Gangstar Rio: City of Saints – iOS | Google Play BackStab – iOS | Google Play The Adventures of Tintin – Google Play Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Shadow Vanguard – iOS If you want something free, Asphalt 7: Heat is free until November 26 for the iOS platform. [Gameloft Blog] Related posts: Apple’s 12 days of Christmas gives you free stuff for your iOS...

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IDC: Android garners 68% of market in Q2 2012, Blackberry and Symbian continues to fall

Google’s Android continues to dominate the smartphone wars as it garnered 68.1% market share of all smartphones shipped in Q2 2012 according to the the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Apple’s iOS naturally comes in 2nd with 16.9% market share, a drop from last year’s 18.8% on the same quarter. However, interest in the iPhone is expected to peak up again once the latest iteration of the smartphone is announced as early as next month. Things are not running so hot in the BlackBerry and Symbian camp which made up less than 10% of smartphone shares. They experienced a 40.9% and 62.9% drop respectively from last year. RIM’s response is to delay the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones which was expected this year, to a 2013 release. Nokia, on the other hand, is banking on Windows Phone OS which enjoyed a 115.3% increase in shipped units from last year (no surprise there). Top Smartphone Operating Systems, Shipments, and Market Share, Q2 2012 (Units in Millions) Operating System Q2 2012 Shipments Q2 2012 Market Share Q2 2011 Shipments Q2 2011 Market Share Year-over-year Change Android 104.8 68.1% 50.8 46.9% 106.5% iOS 26.0 16.9% 20.4 18.8% 27.5% BlackBerry OS 7.4 4.8% 12.5 11.5% -40.9% Symbian 6.8 4.4% 18.3 16.9% -62.9% Windows Phone 7 / Windows Mobile 5.4 3.5% 2.5 2.3% 115.3% Linux 3.5 2.3% 3.3 3.0% 6.3% Others 0.1 0.1% 0.6 0.5% -80.0% Grand Total 154.0 100.0% 108.3 100.0% 42.2% IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, August 8, 2012 [IDC] Related posts: Google’s Android poised to surpass Apple’s iOS in terms of mobile apps Sun Cellular Postpaid subscribers get BlackBerry plans BlackBerry services to be blocked in Dubai Want your iTunes music into your non-Apple device? Try DoubleTwist Symbian not in the future plans of Nokia Nokia answers burning questions on Microsoft...

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5 free Android puzzle games to tease your brain

So you’re waiting in a long queue, or maybe stuck in traffic, or just waiting for someone hoping that he or she shows up. You only have your Android phone and there’s no WiFi hotspot nearby. Your internet allocation just hit its limit and you don’t want to spend for additional data/hours. Well, here are 5 games that will surely help you kill time. These games are puzzle types that you can bring out anytime, anywhere and are also a great exercise for the brain. 1. Fit / Block Puzzle Remember when you were little and you have a ball with cutout shapes and you put everything inside that ball, this is not quite like it. Fit or Block Puzzle are two different apps but they’re both from the same developer. I only have Fit installed and I’m not done with the 980 levels of Beginner and 500 levels of Advanced puzzle. Basically, you just need to fit the Tetris-like pieces in the box but it’s always not as easy as it sounds. 2. Puzzles with Matches We used to play these when I was a kid using pencils and papers. Puzzles with Matches’ mechanics revolve around manipulating matchsticks in order to achieve a shape or whatever the level’s objective tells you. There are 2 game modes: Shapes and Numbers. Shapes requires you to build the required number of shape/shapes by removing or moving matches. Meanwhile, the numbers mode presents an arithmetic equation and you move matches to make the equation true. 3. Unblock Me Unblock me requires the user to manipulate blocks that are blocking the way in order for the red block to have a clear path to the exit. This is the very first game I’ve ever played on an Android device years ago and it killed time a la Narnia. It has 2 game modes: Relax mode, if you just want to solve puzzles without any pressure; and the Challenge mode, which you need to solve each level with the...

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: What should you expect from it?

Jun 28, 12 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: What should you expect from it?

Posted by in Mobile, Tech News

What Google announced today at Google I/O is a slew of new and enhanced features for their Android platform that ought to make the user experience smoother, richer, and more interactive. Here are the highlights of what we can expect from this latest incarnation of Android: Home Screen Improvements – App icons automatically rearrange themselves when you insert new app icons or widgets on the home screen. You can also easily remove app icons and widgets by swiping up and off the home screen. No more shooting into that tiny trash bin icon. Interactive Notifications – Alerts can now be dynamic in size depending on the content they convey and you can perform actions like +1s straight from the notifications panel. Camera and Gallery – As you take pictures, swipe left to jump to the photo you just took. Gesture your way around the Gallery by swiping left and right and pinching to zoom in and out of the picture and the Gallery. Deletions are made easy just by swiping the photo off the screen, with an undo option for those unintentional swipe-offs. Google Now – This is the new search app with a fresh UI that can even respond to your inquiries in a “human sounding” voice. Results are personalized to your unique needs based on your browsing and navigation history. This seems to be the smarter Siri. Upgraded NFC and Android Beam – Tap to share photos and tap to pair with Bluetooth speakers. Tap to do almost anything with other NFC-enabled devices. New and Improved Input Options – Boasts of new keyboard layout and support for word predictions ala SwiftKey. You can also voice-type (dictate) your text even in offline/airplane mode (works for US English only, for now). And now, even the blind can immerse themselves with the new audio cues and Braille support. Project Butter – Makes use of both the CPUs and the GPUs to boost performance and responsiveness across the platform. This makes animations between screens and interactions...

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