April Fools Jokes 2016: Roundup

It’s that time of year again, April Fools Day. A day to relax but also to be somewhat skeptical about what you see on the internet.

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Favourite Apps of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, it’s that time of year for the annual “best of …” or “favourite thing of 2015.”

This post will be focusing on the apps that I used the most this year, so much that I consider them my favourite apps of 2015. Some of these apps might not have come out in 2015 but some have been significantly since last year’s post: Favourite Apps of 2014.

Some of these apps are just available on only one platform (just Android or just iOS) but some of them are multiplatform in which they are on both Android and iOS and have a web app as well.

The links to download these apps will be in the form of “Get on Google Play” or “Get it on the App Store” pictures after each app description.

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Nexus 6P Review: The Best of Android

Google’s Nexus lineup has been a great way to show off pure, stock Android. These devices have played a key role for developers and die-hard Android enthusiasts but it hasn’t really become much more than that. It has never really become known to the everyday consumer to the extent as the iPhone or Samsung’s flagship ‘Galaxy S’ devices.

After using the Nexus 6P for a few weeks now, this is easily one of the best Nexus phones since the launch of the Nexus One in 2010.

In this review, I will cover the following areas:

  • Design & Hardware (hardware and specs)
  • Software (all about that Android)
  • Camera (a picture is worth a thousand word right?)

 

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Nexus 5X Review: A true successor

Google’s Nexus lineup has been a great way to show off pure, stock Android. One of the more popular Nexus devices was 2013’s LG Nexus 5, it offered a great value at a reasonable price.

After using the Nexus 5X for a few weeks now, this is a true successor to the Nexus 5.

In this review, I will cover the following areas:

  • Design & Hardware (hardware and specs)
  • Software (all about that Android)
  • Camera (a picture is worth a thousand word right?)

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Google+ gets a major redesign

Google has announced that their social network, Google+ will be getting a major redesign that puts more of an emphasis on the Communities and Collections features on the site.

It is the first major redesign of the site since it first launched in June 2011. Gone is the plain white action bar at the top, now there’s a new, more colourful action bar that change colour depending on which section of the site you are on.

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Android celebrates its 8th birthday

Eight years ago today, Android was officially announced and was the beginning of a new era.

It was also that start of the Open Handset Alliance which united Google, Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Motorola, software companies, chip manufacturers and some mobile carriers.

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The beta release of an early version of Android.

Android was shown as an open-source alternative to who at the time was the top mobile operating systems, Windows Mobile from Microsoft, Blackberry by RIM, Symbian OS by Nokia and the just few months before early days of iOS  by Apple.

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Google got a new logo

Google has unveiled a new and updated logo after 17 years of using a serif font for their logo. The company choose to go with a san-serif font this time so then it is more inline with their parent company, Alphabet.

Google’s logo has evolved over the years since the company first launched in 1998 but the iconic blue, red, yellow and green has not.

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Old Google logo to the new “evolved” logo

In addition to the logo change (or some call it a wordmark), Google is changing the tiny “g” (aka the favicon) that you would see in your browser tab or as the icon for the Google app. It is being replaced by a uppercase “G” that has all four of Google’s colours intact.

Google's logo over the years.
Google’s logo over the years.

From Google:

Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC. These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices—sometimes all in a single day. You expect Google to help you whenever and wherever you need it, whether it’s on your mobile phone, TV, watch, the dashboard in your car, and yes, even a desktop!

Today we’re introducing a new logo and identity family that reflects this reality and shows you when the Google magic is working for you, even on the tiniest screens. As you’ll see, we’ve taken the Google logo and branding, which were originally built for a single desktop browser page, and updated them for a world of seamless computing across an endless number of devices and different kinds of inputs (such as tap, type and talk).

It doesn’t simply tell you that you’re using Google, but also shows you how Google is working for you. For example, new elements like a colorful Google mic help you identify and interact with Google whether you’re talking, tapping or typing. Meanwhile, we’re bidding adieu to the little blue “g” icon and replacing it with a four-color “G” that matches the logo.

You’ll soon see Google’s new logo and designs come to all of Google’s products very soon. The new logo should make it easier for those who visit Google’s homepage or products via a smartphone or tablet instead of a computer.

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Google’s products with the new logo intact

Google’s new logo is a welcomed change and makes it easier that this is the start of Sundar Pichai’s Google.

Source: Google, Google Logo (Wikipedia)

 

Android Wear now works on the iPhone

Google has announced today that Android Wear is officially supported on the iPhone. The software platform allows you to get notifications with a quick glance, track your workouts and fitness goals all from your smartwatch.

From Google:

  • Get your info at a glance: Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favourite apps. Android Wear features always-on displays, so you’ll never have to move your wrist to wake up your watch.

  • Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate.

  • Save time with smart help: Receive timely tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like “Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?” or create to-dos with “Remind me to pack an umbrella.”

From this point forward, all Android Wear watches with have iPhone support built-in. But for now, the only Android Wear watch that support the iPhone officially is the LG Watch Urbane. Although some people (like The Verge) have gotten older Android Wear devices like the Moto 360 to work on their iPhone.

Google has also confirmed that the upcoming watches from Huawei, ASUS and Motorola will have iPhone support.

The Android Wear for iOS app (and yes, some how Google got their app approved through Apple’s App Store with Android in the name intact) should be available to download now. You can find it here: Android Wear for iOS. It works with the iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 or later.

Source: Google, App Store

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is officially announced

Android M will now officially be known as Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Google revealed the next version with the unveiling of a new Android statue in front of the iconic Building 43 at their Mountain View campus. Some people were speculating that Android M might have been called Android 6.0 Milkshake, as indicated by the watch face that was on the watch that Google’s VP of Engineering, David Burke was wearing back at Google I/O 2015.

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