Google to unveil its SMS application on android phones

Google has begun the worldwide take off of its new Chat informing administration, which is intended to supplant SMS instant messages on Android telephones.

Talk has highlights, for example, bunch writings, recordings, composing pointers and read receipts, which are not accessible when sending SMS writings.

Talk will be coordinated with the default messages application on Android telephones. Be that as it may, it will be up to versatile administrators to empower the administration and it doesn’t offer scrambled messages. The new framework has been being developed for quite a long while, yet is currently starting to show up on Android phones.

SMS – the short message benefit – was broadly embraced in the 1990s. It gives cell phones a chance to trade essential 160-character instant messages over the portable system. Present day informing applications offer significantly more propelled includes and send messages over the web as opposed to utilizing SMS.

Nonetheless, the default informing application on Android cell phones – Messages – is as yet a nearly essential SMS customer. Google has attempted a few times to dispatch its own particular component rich portable informing application, however its endeavors have neglected to prevail upon a substantial group of onlookers.

On Thursday, the organization said it was “delaying” advancement of its most recent exertion – Allo – which was propelled in 2016.


Google drops big trace approximately its plans for a new version of android

The tech giant does is in alphabetical order and in 2018 we’re up to p – with speculation already rife as to what may want to follow final 12 months’s android Oreo.


The declaration typically takes region inside the summer, but google can also have permit the name slip out early this yr thru its instagram tale which, among a selection of pictures it encouraged customers to screenshot and use as smartphone screensavers to have fun spring, covered an image of popsicles.

The name has been one of the names rumoured to be in consideration, however it’s now not the best P-named candy treat Google has teased users within recent months.

It’s annual i/o convention is now less than a month away, so the answer to this sweet thriller might not be far off being solved.




Police identify woman who fired shots at Youtube’s office

A lady opened discharge with a handgun at YouTube’s home office in California on Tuesday evening, shooting three individuals — one of whom was fundamentally harmed — before killing herself, the specialists said.

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital got three patients: a man, 36, in basic condition; a lady, 32, in genuine condition; and a lady, 27, in reasonable condition, a healing facility representative, Brent Andrew, explained at a news gathering. A fourth individual had wounds that weren’t from a shot, the police said.

Vadim Lavrusik, a YouTube member of the working class who before worked for The New York Times, tweeted comparatively before 1 p.m. that there was an “active shooter at YouTube HQ” whatever he had “heard shots and saw tribe running interim at my desk.” He was barricaded in a room mutually co-workers, he circulating, nonetheless moments late tweeted that he had been safely evacuated.

The shootings on Tuesday took apartment in a courtyard at YouTube’s offices, the long arm of the law said. Those offices, relish other Google facilities, uphold light stake, by all of employees for badges to flew in the face of security gates or doors. Usually, the main barnstorm is attended by a receptionist. There are no clear as a bell metal detectors or charged guards.

Google open sources spatial audio SDK for realistic VR and AR experiences

Google is looking to improve virtual reality experiences with new experiments and SDKs. The company announced that it is open sourcing Resonance Audio, its spatial audio SDK released last year. Google is also providing new insights into its experiments with light fields, which are a set of algorithms for advanced capture, stitching, and rendering.

“To accelerate adoption of immersive audio technology and strengthen the developer community around it, we’re opening Resonance Audio to a community-driven development model. By creating an open source spatial audio project optimized for mobile and desktop computing, any platform or software development tool provider can easily integrate with Resonance Audio. More cross-platform and tooling support means more distribution opportunities for content creators, without the worry of investing in costly porting projects,” Eric Mauskopf, project manager for Google wrote in a post.

According to the company, spatial audio is necessary to providing a sense of presence within virtual reality and augmented reality worlds.

The open source project will include a reference implementation of YouTube’s Ambisonic-based spatial audio decoder, which is compatible with the Ambisonic format used across the industry. It will also feature encoding, sound field manipulation and decoding techniques, and head related transfer functions to achieve rich spatial audio. Additionally, Google will open its library of optimized DSP classes and functions.

In addition, it is being open sourced as a standalone library and associated engine plugins, VST plugin tutorial and examples.

Since its November launch, Google says Resonance Audio has been used in many applications such as Pixar’s Coco VR for Gear VR and Disney’s Star Wars Jedi Challenges app for Android and iOS.

Other ways Google has been trying to create a sense of presence in VR is through experiments with Light Fields. According to the company, light fields create a sense of presence by creating motion parallax and realistic textures and lighting.

“With light fields, nearby objects seem near to you—as you move your head, they appear to shift a lot. Far-away objects shift less and light reflects off objects differently, so you get a strong cue that you’re in a 3D space. And when viewed through a VR headset that supports positional tracking, light fields can enable some truly amazing VR experiences based on footage captured in the real world,” the team wrote in a post.

As part of its experiment, Google is releasing an app on Steam VR called “Welcome to Light Fields” to show the potential of this technology.


Google announces Android KTX for Kotlin development

The Android team has announced a preview of Android KTX. Android KTX is a set of extensions designed to improve the process of writing Kotlin code for Android. It does this by providing an API layer on top of the Android framework and Support Library.

Android KTX will enable developers to convert strings to URIs more naturally, according to the team. It will also be easier to edit SharedPreferences using Android KTX than it is with Kotlin. Android KTX will be more efficient at translating path differences and simplifies the process of triggering an action with View onPreDraw by several lines of code.

Currently, the part of Android KTX that supports the Android framework is available. The part that supports the Support Library will be available in an upcoming Support Library release. The team has indicated that it is waiting for the API to stabilize before this happens.

To start using Android KTX, developers will have to add a snippet of code to the app’s build.gradle file. Once the project has been synced, the extensions will automatically appear in the IDE’s auto-complete list.

A full list of features can be found on the Android KTX GitHub page.


Google prepares Android developers for changes in 2018

Starting in the second half of 2018, Android apps on the Google Play store will be required to target a “recent” Android API level and meet other new, additional requirements Google announced yesterday.

“Google Play powers billions of app installs and updates annually,” Edward Cunningham, product manager at Android wrote in a post. “We relentlessly focus on security and performance to ensure everyone has a positive experience discovering and installing apps and games they love. Today we’re giving Android developers a heads-up about three changes designed to support these goals, as well as explaining the reasons for each change, and how they will help make Android devices even more secure and performant for the long term.”

Early in the coming year, Play will begin adding “a small amount of security metadata” to each APK submitted for further authentication, and will require no effort on the part of the developer. Then come August, Play will require all newly submitted apps to target Android API level 26 (Android 8.0) or higher, and November will bring the same requirement to updates of existing apps. This minimum API level will increase “within one year following each Android dessert release” from then on.

“This is to ensure apps are built on the latest APIs optimized for security and performance,” Cunningham wrote.

One year later, in August 2019, new apps and updates will be required to be submitted with both 64-bit and 32-bit binaries.

“We deeply appreciate our developer ecosystem, and so hope this long advance notice is helpful in planning your app releases,” Cunningham wrote. “We will continue to provide reminders and share developer resources as key dates approach to help you prepare.”

More information can be found in Cunningham’s blog post.

Google starts using more secure packaging for trade-in program

Leading up to the launch of the Pixel 2, Google started a trade-in program to help drastically lower the cost of its shiny, new phone. Quotes for the trade-in program are more than reasonable, but it hasn’t been without its fair share of hiccups.

One of the main complaints we’ve heard is that the trade-in kit Google sends out is pretty flimsy, but it looks like this is now being addressed.

Rather than sending out plastic bubble wrap-lined sleeves, the Google Store is now shipping actual cardboard boxes for people to send out their phones in. Google initially stood behind the plastic sleeves, but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t glad to see this change.

The new cardboard box is relatively slim, but the inside is padded with foam on the top and bottom to keep your device safe and secure during its trip.

Most people on the Reddit thread where photos for the box were shared seem to be quite happy with the new packaging, and this should hopefully help to keep headaches during the trade-in process to a bare minimum.


Google Assistant is able to troubleshoot problems on your phone (Pixel 2 only, for now)

The Google Assistant on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL is more powerful than ever before, and it can help you do a bunch of things with your phone like change settings or initiate a conversation with support. Thanks to a whimsical request from a reader, we now know about one more ability the Assistant has.

On a Pixel 2 XL running the Android Oreo 8.1 dev preview, our tipster asked the Google Assistant why his phone wasn’t charging fully, and to his/our surprise, a troubleshooting process was initiated. Artem was able to recreate this conversation, which you can see below.

This Assistant was able to run a battery health check and also look for any apps that might be causing drainage issues. When it has exhausted all of its options, it then offers to connect you to Google Support, either by phone or chat.

There are still some creases to iron out though, as when given a phone number to call a the end, it didn’t quite understand. Even so, it’s impressive that it can do any kind of troubleshooting at all. It could prove really useful.

Since we can’t find any official documentation, it’s likely Google is still testing this feature out. Here’s where you come in. Let us know in the comments if any of you can reproduce this behavior. If you could also tell us which phone/Android version you’re using and which region you’re in, that would be most helpful. Cheers.


Google previews TensorFlow Lite

Google is giving developers a way to add machine learning models to their mobile and embedded devices. The company announced the developer preview of TensorFlow Lite. The new solution is a lightweight version of TensorFlow, the open-source software library for machine intelligence.

“TensorFlow has always run on many platforms, from racks of servers to tiny IoT devices, but as the adoption of machine learning models has grown exponentially over the last few years, so has the need to deploy them on mobile and embedded devices. TensorFlow Lite enables low-latency inference of on-device machine learning models,” the TensorFlow team wrote in a post.

The developer preview includes a set of core operators for creating and running custom models, a new FlatBuffers-based model file format, an on-device interpreter with kernels, the TensorFlow converter, and pre-tested models. In addition, TensorFlow Lite supports the Android Neural Networks API, Java APIs and C++ APIs.

According to Google, developers should look at TensorFlow lite as an evolution of the TensorFlow Mobile API. TensorFlow Mobile API already supports mobile and embedded deployment of models. As TensorFlow Lite matures, it will become the recommended mobile solution. For now, TensorFlow Mobile will still support production apps.

“The scope of TensorFlow Lite is large and still under active development. With this developer preview, we have intentionally started with a constrained platform to ensure performance on some of the most important common models. We plan to prioritize future functional expansion based on the needs of our users. The goals for our continued development are to simplify the developer experience, and enable model deployment for a range of mobile and embedded devices,” the team wrote.

Stack Overflow: Angular and Swift are dramatically rising in popularity

Stack Overflow is taking a look at the most dramatic rises and falls in developer technologies. According to its data, Apple’s programming language for iOS development, Swift, and Google’s web framework Angular are getting a lot of attention from developers today.

“Life as a developer (or data scientist, in my case) involves being comfortable with changing technologies,” Julia Silge, data scientist at Stack Overflow, wrote in a post. “I don’t use the same programming languages that I did at the beginning of my career and I fully expect to be using different technologies several years from now. Both of these technologies grew incredibly fast to have a big impact because they were natural next steps for existing developer communities.”

The data is based off of Stack Overflow “questions by” tag.

The data also shows Google’s mobile IDE Android Studio, Apple’s iPad and Google’s machine learning library TensorFlow with remarkable growth over the past couple of years.

Technologies that have had a decrease in interest within the developer community include JavaScript framework Backbone.js, game engine Cocos2d, Microsoft’s Silverlight, and Flash framework Flex.

Stack Overflow also looked at technologies with the highest sustained growth since 2010. The report found Angular.js, TypeScript, Xamarin, Meteor, Pandas, Elasticsearch, Unity 3D, machine learning, AWS and dataframe have grown at a high level over the past couple of years.

“Several of these technologies are connected to the growth of data science and machine learning, including Pandas and the dataframe tag,” wrote Silge. “Others occupy unique positions in the software industry, such as the ubiquitous search engine Elasticsearch and the game engine Unity. These technologies are diverse, but they all have grown at strong and steady rates over the past 5 to 7 years.”