The Droid Turf Weekly Recap includes all the major headlines in the Android Ecosystem over the recent week.
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Weekly Recap: 6/19 – 6/23
HTC U 11 is selling better than HTC One M9, HTC 10
HTC’s 2017 flagship, the HTC U 11, is outselling the company’s previous two flagship devices, the HTC One M9 and HTC 10. The HTC U 11 comes with a 5.5-inch QHD resolution main display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and an excellent camera, which has been rated the highest by DxOMark. The HTC U 11’s other standout feature is how the device contains pressure-sensitive sensors inside the chassis that allow the smartphone to detect if and how hard it is being squeezed, which can be used to launch apps. [Read More]
LG introducing new variant, new colors and a software update for the LG G6
LG has announced a number of improvements to the LG G6 family. These include a new variant, called the LG G6+, which doubles internal storage to 128GB and includes a 32-bit, premium quality sound system together with high-quality earphones. There are new colors too, these being Optical Marine Blue and Optical Terra Gold, which include lenticular film to create an unusual shiny effect. Finally, there are a number of software updates designed to improve how usable the device is. [Read More]
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Google for Jobs is now available for all
Google announced ‘Google for Jobs’ back at the Google I/O Developer Conference. This new function is a deeper search mechanism for the jobs market, but it also includes linking from the advertisements to application forms. Google for Jobs is designed to help recruiters find the right applicants, and of course the right applicants to find the right jobs. Features include the ability to read reviews on the business advertising the post, commute lengths, and integration with Google Alerts. [Read More]
Google will drop support for the Android Market from June 30th
Apple’s Tim Cook loves to tell the world how badly fragmented and supported the Android ecosystem is, and Apple fans believe every word he says. However, Cook does not understand how Google has supported old, obsolescent versions of Android for many years – such as Android 2.1 Eclair and the Android Market, which is the forerunner to Google’s Play Store. Android 2.1 Eclair is now 7 years old and support for the service will finally be shut down at the end of June, which means customers with such old devices will no longer be able to install or update third-party apps via this route. [Read More]
Samsung’s Bixby Voice will soon be ready for the American market
Samsung’s Bixby digital artificially intelligent service was announced with much fanfare a few days before the Samsung Galaxy S8 was made official. Samsung is aggressively promoting their Bixby technology and the Galaxy S8 has a hardware button locked down to the service, but Bixby Voice – the ability to talk to Bixby and provide instructions – is not yet ready. Samsung is clearly working hard on the technology to iron out the imperfections, and is now previewing the Bixby Voice service for American devices. [Read More]
Google’s YouTube the first to use ‘VR180,’ a new 180-degree video format
Google has introduced a 180-degree video format designed for virtual reality (VR) called ‘VR180.’ The new video format has been built from the ground up for VR and is compatible with both flat displays and headsets, such as Google Cardboard or Daydream compatible viewers. In these headsets, images and videos appear in three dimensions over 180-degrees. Google’s YouTube is the first service to use the service, which has another advantage: VR180 does not require anything special to be filmed or streamed. Read the full article -> [Read More]