Android

AlarmRun scares you into actually waking up when you have to

One of the greatest and most constant challenge that every person faces, especially in this constantly evolving world, is how to actually wake up without having to press the snooze button 100x. There have been a lot of alarm apps available, where developers think of the most "creative" ways to drag you out of bed. A new app will attempt to social media shame you if you don't wake up on time. We don't know whether to kiss the developers of AlarmRun or throw real alarm clocks at them.

Google expected to launch new wireless service tomorrow

As early as 2012, we learned that Google could be working on a wireless service and was rumored to be in partnership with Dish Network. However, the idea was soon debunked or was discontinued early on because according to a Google executive, regulations blocked the company from entering the phone service market. Google Fiber was launched the same year and still no sign of a wireless service until a year later when a similar rumor surfaced. And now, Google's wireless service is finally expected to launch tomorrow, April 23, Thursday.

Nexus Player first to get Android 5.1.1 factory image

Our week started with us sighting an Android Audio Latency info page with some reference to what could possibly be Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for the Nexus 9 and WiFi Nexus 7. These are the first two devices being prepped by Google for the latest software update. Of course, it's expected that a Nexus device will get it first and looks like the version is ready to roll out with the Nexus Player getting it ahead of other Android phones and tablets.

Nokia rumored to rejoin phone industry in 2016

Didn't you know? Nokia is still in business. It's not exactly part of the business it became popular for since its mobile division was acquired by Microsoft almost a year ago. That one was expected since Nokia phones are known to run Windows Phone. A few months later, we heard another rumor that it may be mulling over an Android future. Well, the company did try Android by releasing the several Android devices like the N1 tablet and X2 smartphone.

S Health now available on Google Play Store for Galaxy devices

If you've been using Samsung's S Health app to keep track of your fitness activities and other health-related activities, now you'll be able to update it easily as the OEM has decided to uncouple the app from its own Galaxy Apps Store. You can now also find it on the Google Play Store as well so that any new versions that they will release will find its way faster to your smartphone.

Say bye to old YouTube apps, Data API v2 will no longer be supported

Google is currently updating YouTube and this includes the Data API v3 getting more additions like RSS push notifications, captions, and comments. This new YouTube API supports most features from the Data API v2. Video flagging will be added in the next few days so don't worry if you don't see this feature right now, it will come very soon. Just in case you forget, Google's YouTube team announced that they would be retiring the Data API v2 on April 20, 2015. That day has passed which means some apps will no longer be supported.

New Google algorithm will favor mobile-friendly websites

So it's true. Websites that work well on mobile devices are highly favored. Not yet but with Google's latest update on search algorithms, those sites that show nicely on phones and tablets will rank better. This means responsive websites will be given favor compared to other websites with older designs. This also means that many will fail the Mobile Friendly Test developer tool by Google.

Chrome 42 now allows push notifications, APIs now available

Almost anything can be done or shared on the Internet right now. The web has proved to us time and again its power to bring information to anyone, anywhere, and anytime. If a person or a brand wants to share an idea, one can easily create a website that provides information and offer a rich online experience. More and more people are going mobile now so it's important that websites adapt and adjust by giving a better mobile experience to people.