Android

Apple Music 2.0 for Android brings iOS 10 style interface, integrated lyrics & more

Apple today pushed a major update to the Apple Music client for Android. Available on Google’s Play Store for free, the app has been bumped from version 1.2.1 to 2.0 and now features a refreshed user interface that mimics iOS 10 styling that should bring greater clarity and simplicity.

Aside from the facelift, the software comes with half a dozen new features including the consolidated For You, Library, Browse and Radio sections, a Now Playing screen with integrated lyrics, and more.

Google previews Android O, check out the top new features ahead of iOS 11’s June beta

If you think Apple’s innovation in the smartphone OS space has stalled, wait until you see the next major revision to Google’s Android operating system.

Today, the search giant released a developer-only preview of Android O (it’s the working title). While it won’t release for public consumption before the fall, developers can download Android O and begin testing it right away. Android O adds many of the same features Apple customers have enjoyed for more than six months with iOS 10, or even longer.

These include things such as richer notifications, picture-in-picture modes, wide color gamuts in apps, limits on what apps can do in the background to improve battery life and more. Here’s our preview of Android O’s enhancements and new capabilities available to customers and developers.

Google starts rolling out Assistant to Android Nougat and Marshmallow smartphones

LG’s latest G6 flagship may have become the first non-Pixel phone to have Google’s new Assistant feature, but the search giant is focused on bringing its new personal assistant to as many other smartphones as humanly possible.

Keeping true to its promise, the Mountain View firm just started rolling out Assistant to smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow versions.

With Assistant, you just long press on the Home button or say “Ok Google” to get started. The advanced feature leverages Google’s knowledge graph, artificial intelligence and machine learning to better understand context of your questions.

Get Android Nougat-like folder icons with this tweak

If you’re looking for something you can do to change the appearance of your Home screen on your jailbroken device without going overboard, then you should look into a new free jailbreak tweak called NougatFolder by Elton Goci.

Essentially, this tweak transforms your Home screen’s folder icons to look more like those on an Android Nougat handset.

iOS 10 now powers 79% of active devices, Android Nougat’s adoption barely 1%

iOS 10 now powers nearly eight out of ten active devices—less than six months since officially releasing to the public in September of last year, as measured by App Store on February 20, 2017.

To be precise—iOS 10 now powers 79 percent of active iPhone, iPad and iPod touch device out there, representing a three-point increase over iOS 10’s adoption rate of 76 percent recorded 48 days ago on January 5, 2017.

Contrast the rapid pace of iOS adoption to Google, whose latest and greatest version of Android is currently found on less than one percent of active devices. Over and over again, Google’s lack of control over hardware and other factors are hurting its ability to deploy the latest Android features to its customers.