6 efficiency-enhancing Android apps

Your phone is now essentially your personal assistant — and like any aide, it needs the right set of tools to do its job effectively.The good news? As an Android user, you’ve got no shortage of efficiency-enhancing options. Unlike other mobile platforms, Android affords you the opportunity to customize and control the core user interface to make it better suited to your needs. And while the more advanced UI-adjusting tools tend to be targeted at the power-user crowd, you don’t have to be a card-carrying geek to take advantage of what they offer.Behold: six innovative apps that’ll empower your favorite high-tech helper and allow it to reach its full productivity potential.To read this article in full, please click here

Original URL: https://www.computerworld.com/article/3208108/android/android-apps-efficiency-timesaving.html#tk.rss_all

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Google updates Android Messages so you can send texts from the web

Google is rolling out a series of changes to Android Messages, one of which makes it possible to send text messages from the comfort of your computer. Called “Messages for web” the feature enables users to use a desktop web browser to send SMSes rather than their phone. While this is almost certainly the biggest and most exciting changes for Messages, Google is also pushing a number of other new features to the app, including Smart Replies, GIF search and link previews. See also: Google enters ‘strategic partnership’ with China’s JD.com Android emulator Andy OS seems to be secretly installing… [Continue Reading]

Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/06/19/messages-for-web/

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Plex gains podcast support and gets redesigned, personalized app for iOS and Android

Plex has come a very long way over the years, but it has lacked support — for some inexplicable reason — for podcasts. Today this changes with the arrival of not just a podcast feature, but also a new look, highly customizable mobile app for iOS and Android users. For the time being, podcast support is in beta, but it is a feature that is available to all users — there’s no need to be a paid-up Plex Pass subscriber. Things are a little basic for now, but they’re going to improve. Let’s take a look and see what this… [Continue Reading]

Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/05/30/plex-podcasts/

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Google launches Android Jetpack to speed up app development

Google has a new tool designed to help developers produce Android apps faster than ever. Called Android Jetpack, it builds on the Support Library and has a strong focus on backwards compatibility. Android Jetpack also builds on Architecture Components, giving developers access to components, tools and architectural guidance split into four categories — architecture, foundation, UI and behavior. Each component is provided as an “unbundled” library which Google says means you can “adopt each component at your own speed, at your own time”. See also: The best Android apps and games revealed in 2018 Google Play Awards Android P: Smarter… [Continue Reading]

Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/05/09/android-jetpack/

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Say goodbye to Swype

Android and iOS users who are not happy with the stock keyboard on their device have lots of third-party options to choose from. Among the established alternatives is Swype, which has been available for nearly five years on Android and over three on iOS. It’s actually one of the first third-party keyboards I tried on both platforms. Swype, however, hasn’t really caught on in quite the same way that, say, SwiftKey has, which is likely the reason why the company behind the app, Nuance, has announced that it’s reached “end of development.” In other words, Swype users, your favorite keyboard… [Continue Reading]

Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/02/20/swype-for-android-and-ios-discontinued/

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Android Messages May Soon Let You Text From the Web

Android Police dug into the code for the latest version of Android Messages and found two very intriguing features: Rich Communication Services (RCS) support and support for all the popular web browsers. From the report: Google is developing a web interface to run on a desktop or laptop, and it will pair with your phone for sending messages. Internally, the codename for this feature is “Ditto,” but it looks like it will be labeled “Messages for web” when it launches. You’ll be guided to visit a website on the computer you want to pair with your phone, then simply scan a QR code. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to send and receive messages in the web interface and it will link with the phone to do the actual communication through your carrier. I can’t say with any certainty that all mainstream browsers will be supported right away, but all

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Transform Your Old Android Phone Into a Pixel 2 With This App

When the Pixel 2 first launched, there was no shortage of unofficial apps designed to brings Google’s best new software to other Android phones. The only issue was that you had to cobble together a bunch of smaller tweaks or root your phone to get the full Pixel 2 experience on older hardware. Now there’s finally a…Read more…

Original URL: https://lifehacker.com/transform-your-old-android-phone-into-a-pixel-2-with-th-1822514479

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Eelo: Gaël Duval’s Open Source, Privacy Respecting Android Phone Clone

The man behind the first user-friendly Linux distribution now seeks to produce a free-as-you-want-it-to-be Android phone that respects user rights.

Are you ready for a new operating system for your Android phone? An operating system that’s totally free and that’s main purpose isn’t to get you to consume? How about an operating system that, although based on Android, brings to the table some of the best aspects of Linux — like (eventually) it’s own repository of apps? Well, get ready, Gaël Duval is working to bring eelo to the table.
If Duval’s name seems familiar to you, it should. He’s the guy who in 1998 founded Mandrake, the distro that brought ease-of-use to the Linux table long before there was a Ubuntu. Mandrake made installing Linux easy in an age when you had to be something akin to a rocket scientist to get Linux up and running. It also brought graphical point

Original URL: http://fossforce.com/2017/12/eelo-gael-duvals-open-source-privacy-respecting-android-clone/

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