Weekly Recap: Here are all the major headlines from the week 3/13 – 3/17

The Droid Turf Weekly Recap includes all the major headlines in the Android Ecosystem over the recent week.

The Droid Turf Overview Series complies three different sets of summaries, Daily Roundups, Weekly Recaps, and Monthly Rundowns. Daily Roundups will include the major takeaways from the day, and will be posted in the late evening hours in EST. Weekly Recaps will highlight the biggest stories of the week all in one post. We’ll give you a short summary of each story and provide you with links to gain more information. These will be posted at the end of each news week. Monthly Rundowns, posted every four weeks, assemble only the most significant story headlines of the month. Like the Weekly Recaps, we’ll give you a short summary and links where you’ll be able to fetch more detailed information. Access any of these from the ‘Overviews’ tab in the main menu or from our sidebar widget, which is present on all posts and pages.

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Weekly Recap: 3/13 – 3/17

Monday 3.13

Facebook ‘Messenger Day’ service rolling out to all users

Facebook started rolling out a new ‘Messenger Day’ service to all users of the Facebook Messenger app. Messenger Day allows Facebook users to combine photos and videos from their day together with animations, customized text and emoji to tell the world how things are going. Posts disappear after twenty-four hours, encouraging users to keep their Messenger Day up to date. The service has been on test for a number of months now and works similar to Snapchat Stories. [Read More]

Google debuts new ‘My Android Taste Test’ to help users customize their device 

One of Android’s greatest features is the ability to customize the device to suit our own particular tastes, from wallpaper to icons to the launcher, and much more. However, with there being so many different options available, trying new looks can be quite a challenge. Google has released a ‘Taste Test’ website to help users find a look and feel that suits their preferences, pulling together suggestions and all-important Play Store links to content. [Read More]


Tuesday 3.14

Levi’s and Google unwrap the interactive Commuter Trucker Jacket, based on Project Jacquard 

Project Jacquard is Google’s interactive fabric project, which embeds smart technology into clothing. The first commercial project based on Jacquard technology is the $350 Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket, planned to be available in the fall of 2017. This denim jacket has Jacquard’s technology woven into the sleeves to allow the wearer to control navigation, music, and handle some notifications – similar in some ways to a smartwatch. [Read More]

TAG Heuer announces their next Android Wear smartwatch, the Connected Modular 45 

Premium luxury watch manufacturer, TAG Heuer, announced a new smartwatch based around Android Wear: the Connected Modular 45. The modular in the name means that all mechanical components can be swapped by the customer, meaning that this TAG Heuer can be configured exactly as the customer wants it both new and at a later date. Under the skin, the Connected Modular 45 contains a 1.4-inch AMOLED display, Intel chipset and Android Wear 2.0, including the Google Assistant. TAG Heuer has also provided on board NFC and GPS, and the price starts at $1,650 in a range of colors. [Read More]


Wednesday 3.15

OnePlus announces 250 limited edition “colette” smartphones

Industry upstart, OnePlus, announced a limited edition “colette” version of the successful OnePlus 3T this week and is putting 250 on sale from colette’s Paris boutique store on Tuesday next week. The colette OnePlus 3T is finished in matte black and comes with a colette tattoo-style engraving on the back, 128GB of internal storage and a blue box. It will sell for the same €479 as the regular 128GB Gunmetal Grey OnePlus 3T. [Read More]

Second generation Google Pixel codenames possibly outed

We know that Google is preparing a second generation Google Pixel family of devices, and a report indicates that these devices have project code-names of ‘muskie’ and ‘walleye.’ This means that again there will be two devices, one larger than the other. Google has already asked for feedback on the current Pixel devices and we have seen rumors of camera improvements that could find their way into the next generation all-Google smartphone – plus our very own wish list here. [Read More]


Thursday 3.16

Google releases another messenger app, Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger

Google likes messenger apps and this week announced another: the Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger. However, as you might expect from the title, this one is a little different. Users dictate messages into the service, rather than use a keyboard. This is transcribed into a mix of text and emoji at the other end. The app is described as perfect for small, intimate groups of friends and families – it is not ideal for letting your colleagues know you are running late! [Read More]


Friday 3.17

You can now send and receive money via Gmail

Google updated its Gmail service this week with the ability to send or request payments from information held within the Google Wallet service. The service works with most email services, as long as the address is compatible with the Gmail app as this is how the payment slip is generated. When money is received, it may be deposited straight into a bank account. The service is enabled for both the Android and web Gmail clients, and the payment information is sent in a similar way to a file attachment. Learn more -> [Read More]

The Google Assistant won’t make way to current Android tablets 

It was reported by Google this week that the tech giant’s new voice assistant technology won’t being making way to Android tablets. However, if you have an Android smartphone and it runs Marshmallow or Nougat, you’re in good shape. Google is yet to comment as to exactly why this will be the case. [Read More]

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David has been using smartphones since the start of the industry but found his home with Android back in 2011 using an early Dell Stream device. Today, he uses the Nexus 5X and Sony Xperia Z Tablet as primary devices, but you'll also see him with his coffee cup and Chromebook.