Oeps it happened again, Windows doesn’t recognize my Android phone and doesn’t show it in the Explorer. This has happend a few times with different Windows 10 builds, I have no idea why exactly. The fix is easy to apply.
Google seems to have a problem with keeping testers and customers apart. Last month, the company pushed an unfinished Google Drive for Windows update, causing Drive to break for thousands of users. Now Google has accidentally released a confidential build of the May 2017 security update to normal Pixel XL owners.
Oh boy, Google released a few 7.1.2 factory images. Things are getting messier and messier…
Android O introduces a number of new features and APIs to use in your apps. Here’s are just a few new things for you to start trying in this first Developer Preview:
MUVIZ is an app that displays a Music Visualizer beneath your Navbar while you are listening to your favourite music from your favourite apps. NO root required.
It’s quite hard to describe a visualizer with words so these pictures should make a lot more sense. Most of the time I have my phone in m pocket while listening to music but when picking up the phone and turning on the screen it really looks nice.
You can download it on Google Play for free*
The music player used in the above screenshot is Musixmatch, also installed on my phone. The app itself is a fully functional music player while also providing a sort of add-on to other player apps. For more info visit their website or Google Play.
This section provides data about the relative number of devices running a given version of the Android platform. Each snapshot of data represents all the devices that visited the Google Play Store in the prior 7 days.
|Ice Cream Sandwich||15||1.0%|
Data collected during a 7-day period ending on March 6, 2017.
Screen Sizes and Densities
This section provides data about the relative number of devices that have a particular screen configuration, defined by a combination of screen size and density. To simplify the way that you design your user interfaces for different screen configurations, Android divides the range of actual screen sizes and densities into several buckets as expressed by the table below.
For information about how you can support multiple screen configurations in your application, read Supporting Multiple Screens.
Data collected during a 7-day period ending on March 6, 2017.
Any screen configurations with less than 0.1% distribution are not shown.
Cornerfly adds rounded corners to your display for a much smoother look.
Most hardware cases of devices are designed with rounded corners but display itself has squared corners. This application will round your display corners to merge it with your case corners.
Cornerfly offers many settings for customization and you can configure it for each application.
According to their stats page LineageOS was installed more than half a million times.
You can check the live stats here.
The 10 most popular devices are:
- OnePlus One
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
- Oneplus 3
- Samsung Galaxy S3
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- Xiaomi Mi 5
- Google Nexus 5
- Motorola Moto G (2015)
- Motorola Moto G (2014)
- Motorola Moto G4/G4 Plus
In Jacob’s Ladder, ‘intelligent’ cubes living in a Minecraft-like world move around the space and organize themselves into larger shapes and structures. Each cube follows a simple set of rules, like ants creating an ant-hill without an overseeing architect.
Google has alerted GMS partners of its intention to remove Google Now Launcher from the Play Store in the near future. This is the email:
From: Android Team via Android GMS Partner Announcements [mailto:android-gms-announcementsOgooglegroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 2, 2017 5:46 PM
To: Android GMS Partner Announcements
Subject: [android-gms-announcements] Google Search Launcher Services library replaces Google Now Launcher
Hello Android partners, Google Search Launcher Services library allows you to implement easy access to Google Now cards by swiping right on the default home screen of your own launcher. Its evaluation version for Android 7.0 and 7.1 was announced and shared at the end of last year.
Thanks to the partners who have supported the test and evaluation, we are happy to announce that the library is now good for production use Please feel free to integrate the library with your production launcher, following the supporting documents published on the GMS site. Going forward, we will provide the updated version of library with the monthly GMS bundle update.
Since the Search Launcher Services library is a more scalable solution, we’re discontinuing the Google Now Launcher over the following timeline:
• Q1 2017 – Google Now Launcher will be unpublished from Google Play. Although users would not be able to download and install the launcher from Google Play Store, Google will continue to support existing users of the Google Now Launcher by updating the Google Search app.
• March 1, 2017 – Google Now Launcher will be removed from optional GMS. New devices with Google Now Launcher on the system image will no longer be approved. However, partner devices can keep shipping Google Now Launcher if they were approved before the cut-off date. These devices do not have to replace the Google Now Launcher with something else after they’ve updated to newer version of the Android platform.
If your products relied on the Google Now Launcher and you are looking for an immediate replacement, please consider using the SearchLauncher app that is included in the GMS distribution. It integrates the Search Launcher Services library with the AOSP Launcher3, and you may use the app for your production devices. Please contact your technical account manager if you have any questions.
Thanks, The Android Team
Big deal right? The last update is from November 2015. If you are still using the Now Launcher is would suggest to move to the Google’s Pixel Launcher which should be available to devices with Android 5.0 or newer. If you do not like the Now Launcher then there is a good change you also wont like the Pixel Launcher. I am using the Nova Launcher on my devices as I offers me more customizations.