Google launches Android ‘Oreo’

Google on Monday launched its version 8.0 of operating system as Android Oreo.

The Oreo boasts of a two times faster boot speed, autofill option, and a longer battery life. The new update comes with a Picture-in-Picture feature that allows the user to see two apps simultaneously.

There is also a Notification Dots option, which when pressed pops out the notification at a glance without having to open the app. Android Instant Apps is another new feature, which teleports directly into new apps from the browser, with no installation needed.

Android Oreo is more secure with Google Play Protect built in, security status front and centre in settings, and has tighter app install controls.

“We’re pushing the sources to Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for everyone to access today,” said Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android and Google Play through a media release.

“Pixel and Nexus 5X/6P builds have entered carrier testing, and we expect to start rolling out in phases soon, alongside Pixel C and Nexus Player,” he said adding that:

“We’ve also been working closely with our partners, and by the end of this year, hardware makers including Essential, General Mobile, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to launch or upgrade devices to Android 8.0 Oreo.”

Official Facebook App Arrives On Windows 10

NEW YORK: Technology giant Microsoft has finally got the long awaited official app for Windows that would be available for Windows 10-powered personal computers and smartphones, a media report said on Monday.

“Facebook is now turning its attention to the platform, as it released a beta version of its Windows 10 application into the Windows Store,” windowscentral.comreported.

The mobile app that was available till now was developed by Microsoft on behalf of Facebook. The new Facebook app, now in beta, is being developed and published by the social networking giant.

The current Facebook app for Windows 10 mobile devices may carry the Facebook branding, design cues and API access, it has been developed by Microsoft, presumably to make sure that its smartphone platform had a Facebook client app, just like and iOS.

Apple launches iOS 10, Xcode 8 at WWDC 2016

US-based technology giant Apple at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco on Monday revealed iOS 10.

The OS will not be available to customers until later this year. The company rolled out the developer betas on Monday and said public betas for non-developers will follow in July, Technology website 9to5mac.com reported.

The iOS 10 will be supported on iPad 4th generation, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPod touch 6th gen, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c ,iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Alongside OS betas, Apple also launched Xcode 8 which is in all-in one development suite for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and TV. The new IDE features extensions to customise the coding experience as well as runtime alerts, new Memory Debugger and accelerated Interface Builder. Developers can download the new Xcode from Apple’s developer portal.

Apple also rolled out a new file system for storage for all its products. The Apple File System (APFS) is the next-generation file system designed to scale from an Apple Watch to a Mac Pro, the company said. APFS is optimised for Flash/SSD storage and engineered with encryption as a primary feature.

 

SOURCE: PTI

 

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update rolling out for Samsung Galaxy S5, S5 Sport, Note 5, Note 4, Note Edge

The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is now rolling out for Samsung Galaxy S5, S5 Sport, Note 5, Note 4, Note Edge. Samsung Galaxy S5 users in Trinidad and Tobago were the first ones to get the Android Marshmallow update.

The update is only available for devices, which have the model number as SM-G900L.

In the United States, network carrier Sprint was the first one to release the Android Marshmallow update for its users, who have Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 Sport. It released the update for all devices, which have the model number as G900PVPU3CPCA.

Other carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and US Cellular are expected to follow suit, soon. Regarding Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sprint was the first one to release the Android Marshmallow update here, as well. Galaxy Note 4 users who have the model number N910C have received the update, Sam Mobile reported. The other variants of the device are yet to receive the latest operating system update.

On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 users have also received the update through their network carriers. Network carriers Sprint and Verizon have already released the update. Canadian network carriers Telus and Bell have also released the update. Other network carriers, such as AT&T, T-Mobile and US Cellular are expected to release the update by the end of the month.

Note Edge users are also in line to receive the update. Network carrier T-Mobile is currently testing the update for this device, according to T-Mobile’s support page. Other network carriers will also roll out the update soon.

When the update is ready for a device, then the OTA notification will use up in the System Settings. However, users can check their devices manually to see, if they are prompted for an update or not. To do so, they need to go to About Phone> System Updates> Check for update.

On the other hand, other Samsung devices such as Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have already received the update. They will now be upgraded to Android N, when it launches in May.

 

SOURCE: PTI

Google’s Android revenue $31 billion over OS’s entire lifetime, Oracle lawyer says

The Android operating system has reportedly generated $31 billion in revenues for Google since it first launched in 2008, creating $22 billion in profits largely from mobile advertising.

The information was revealed at a court hearing last week by a lawyer for Oracle, which is suing Google on the accusation that it used Java to develop Android without paying for it, according to Bloomberg. In a more recent filing, Google protested the lawyer’s disclosure, arguing that it was based on confidentially shared internal documents and that parts of the public transcript of the hearing should be redacted and sealed.

The transcript in fact disappeared from electronic court records on Thursday afternoon without any sign of a ruling on Google’s request.

Google makes most of its Android-based revenue from mobile ads, or from a cut of app sales on Google Play. The company does sell branded phones and tablets, but these are developed in cooperation with third-party hardware makers and are often deliberately sold at a lower profit margin as showcase devices. Most Android hardware revenue is generated outside of Google.

The new data indicates that Apple’s iPhone revenues from the September quarter alone (about $32.2 billion) surpassed what Android has made over its entire lifespan. The two revenue streams are very different however, and more apt points of comparison would be iAd and the App Store, if iAd were Apple’s primary business instead of a shrinking sideline.

 

 

SOURCE: PTI

Perforce Powers Development of Legacy Quest for iOS and Android

Socialspiel Meets Global, Multi-Platform Launch Timeline with the Perforce Helix SCM and Collaboration Platform

WOKINGHAM (UK), October 28, 2015Perforce Software today announced that Legacy Quest, the new free-to-play roguelike action-RPG game developed by Socialspiel Entertainment and published by Nexon, has launched in 14 countries. The game was developed using the Perforce Helix source code management (SCM) and collaboration platform.

Global Cross-Platform Development
The scalability of the Perforce Helix platform was critical to Socialspiel’s development process. The studio initially used Git for version control, but the platform couldn’t meet Socialspiel’s need to store all project assets—including large binary files—in one place. By using Perforce Helix as the “single source of truth” for all Legacy Quest IP, the studio’s art, audio and development teams from Germany and Korea collaborated seamlessly to branch, build and merge new releases across platforms including iOS and Android. Socialspiel estimates that Perforce Helix helped increase release efficiency by as much as 30 percent compared to previous projects.

“We founded Socialspiel as a group of ex-Rockstar Games and Deep Silver developers who were used to using Perforce on some of the largest game franchises in the world,” said Mike Borras, co-founder and CEO of Socialspiel Entertainment. “We thought that Perforce was out of our price range as a startup, but the free-for-20-users program allowed us to switch over from Git and continue working the way we’ve always done. From Legacy Quest’s initial development to its release and ongoing support, Perforce Helix allows us to operate at Triple-A scale, with the speed, flexibility and efficiency of a lean mobile studio.”

Perforce is the games industry’s most popular SCM and collaboration platform due to its speed, ease of use and ability to manage any type of file–including large binaries, such as the artwork and audio files used to make games. By acting as a single repository for all code, IP and other assets, it enables studios to accelerate many of their key development processes and easily plug in automation tools to quickly branch and manage builds.

Scaling Triple-A Development
Socialspiel started using Perforce Helix through the Perforce 20/20 Program, which offers Perforce Helix free of charge for up to 20 users or 20 workspaces; it also includes access to Perforce’s award-winning technical support. As Socialspiel outgrew the program, it migrated to the paid edition without any downtime or issues, allowing the studio to scale its Triple-A development practices throughout the entire development and release process.

“We created the 20/20 Program because we believe that companies shouldn’t have to compromise on the quality of their tools and processes based on their size and budget,” said Christopher Seiwald, founder and CEO of Perforce. “It’s very satisfying to work with young companies like Socialspiel and watch them grow and mature with our technology.”

Legacy Quest is available on iOS and Android. Additional press information on the game is available here:https://app.box.com/s/ztkcsw7s46lwot7r044sxsjflph8f958

About Perforce Software

Perforce Software helps companies build complex products more collaboratively and securely. Its highly scalable source code management (SCM) and collaboration platform, Perforce Helix, enables global teams to collaborate on any type or size of file. It supports both centralised and distributed (DVCS) workflows while safeguarding intellectual property with advanced behavioural analytics. Perforce is trusted by the world’s most innovative brands, including adidas, Samsung, NVIDIA, Intuit, Pixar, Salesforce, EA, Ubisoft and VMware. The company is headquartered in Alameda, California, with offices in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, and sales partners around the globe. For more information, please visit http://www.perforce.com/.

About Socialspiel Entertainment GmbH
Socialspiel Entertainment is a developer of free to play mobile games exclusively published by Nexon. Founded in 2010 in Vienna, Austria by a team of ex-Rockstar Games developers, Socialspiel has created several award winning free to play social games such as “Tight Lines Fishing” and “Asterix & Friends”. Since 2014, Socialspiel has been working together with Nexon to bring high-quality adventures to the hands of mobile gamers around the world. For more information, please visithttp://www.socialspiel.com.

Media Contacts

Global
Ivana Gaspic
Perforce Software
Ph: +1 510-473-3186
Mob: +1 415-955-7483
igaspic@perforce.com

US
Michael Thomas
Edelman
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Mob: +1 773-822-6182
michael.thomas@edelman.com

UK/EMEA
Maxine Ambrose/Nicola Males
Ambrose Communications
Ph: +44 1491 412944
perforce@ambrosecomms.co.uk

Original Press Release @ realwire.com

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