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Google to discontinue Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux

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Google has recently announced the discontinuation of Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux.

After launching Chrome Apps three years back Google has been working with the web standards community to implement new APIs, such as service worker and web push to build robust Progressive Web Apps that work across multiple browsers.

To simplify Chrome, Google has taken the decision to discontinue the Chrome Apps platform. There are two types of Chrome apps, packaged apps and hosted apps. Approximately 1% of Windows, Mac and Linux users around the world use Chrome packaged apps, while most hosted apps are already implemented as regular web apps.

Starting late 2016, new Chrome apps will only be available to download for Chrome OS users. In the second half of 2017 Chrome apps will no longer be available for Windows, Mac and Linux users, while in early 2018 Chrome apps support for these 3 operating systems will be discontinued.

Google is encouraging developers to migrate their apps to the web. Developers who can’t fully move their apps to the web can help prioritise new APIs to fill the gap left by Chrome apps. In the short-term developers can consider using a Chrome extension or platforms such as Electron or NW.js.
Source: Chromium Blog

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YouTube introduces live streaming in its Android app

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Live streaming on YouTube has become a thing for a while, and with live streaming becoming a big thing on the internet now a days, YouTube wants to find new ways to make live streaming easier.

YouTube will soon be introducing live streaming in its Android app, allowing anyone with an Android device to live stream to YouTube, simply by using the mobile app. We have seen some phones with live streaming built-in, such as the Xperia Z3 and the Galaxy S7, but by including live streaming in its mobile app, nearly everyone with sufficient bandwidth will be able to live stream to YouTube.

Previously YouTube has included live streaming in its YouTube Gaming mobile app, mainly for streaming games. With other services like Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope, which streaming service are you going to use to live stream from your Android device? Let us know in the comments.

Source: YouTube Creator Blog

We Are Back!

That’s right guys, after almost a month and a half of hiatus, we are finally back and ready to write some posts.

We know you guys were not happy with the decision to go on hiatus. We are very sorry for that, but now let’s look at the road ahead and see what we’ve got in store for you all Gamenologers!

This summer also brings loads of upcoming changes. One change is the removal of the homepage. While some of you may see it in a negative way, the removal of the homepage was done so when you enter the site you get to the content you requested. The posts! So we decided to remove the homepage to reflect the change.

More changes will be coming soon, so keep an eye on our Twitter and Google+ pages to find out more about our upcoming changes!

Thanks for reading, and we hope you enjoy your weekend 🙂

Xperia Z3 to be first non-Nexus device to get Android N preview

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Sony Mobile and Google have worked together to release the official Android N Developer Preview for the Xperia Z3.

Some users may be annoyed that the Z5 isn’t getting the preview, but this is going to help Sony’s reputation by a lot.

Recently things have looked good in the software department, official Android 6 releases for the flagships, concept software and now this Android N developer preview.

The N preview available for the Z3 is identical to the one found in Nexus devices. Since this is a collaboration between Google and Sony, it’s not really that surprising.

What’s new in Android N Developer Preview?

Android N introduces several great new features for developers, with more to be added as Google continue to develop the Android N release.  Here are some highlights:

Multi-window – This new multitasking feature lets users view two apps or Activities at the same time, with the system resizing them as needed to fit the device or tablet screen. All apps targeting Android N are resizeable unless they opt-out, so make sure your layouts and resources are optimized.

Bundled notifications – You can use the Notification.Builder.setGroup() method to group your app’s notifications together for easier scanning.

Direct reply notifications – Use the RemoteInput notification API to enable users to respond quickly to notifications, without leaving the notification shade.

Efficiency – Adapt your apps to use Doze to save even more power in Android N. There are also new behaviors in Project Svelte, aiming to reduce the memory needs of Android.

To install the preview, you will need to connect your compatible Z3 (D6603 and D6653) to Xperia Companion on your PC, hold down the ALT key while pressing software repair and following the on-screen instructions.

As well as the Xperia Z3, the preview is also compatible with Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Google Pixel C and General Mobile 4G Android One device.

Source: Sony Developers via XperiaBlog

Google announces Android N Developer Preview

Android N

Google has recently announced the next version of the Android Operating System, Android N.

The operating system is a work in progress but some details have already been shared about what’s coming in the latest version of the operating system.

Features include:

  • Multi Window: Inspired by Samsung’s Multi Window feature, it is now built into the OS and allows you to run two apps on the same screen, at the same time.
  • Direct reply notifications: You can now directly reply to your messages right from your notifications.
  • Improved Doze functionality: Originally introduced in Android Marshmallow, the new and improved Doze now functions when the screen is turned off.
  • Project Svelte: This is an effort to reduce the amount of memory the OS needs, so it can run on a wider range of devices.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are obviously some more features but there is a lot to cover.

The N developer preview includes an updated SDK with system images for testing on the official Android emulator and on the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices. Developers residing in the US can get a $150 discount on a Pixel C while stocks last.

Google has also introduced an Android Beta Program available at g.co/androidbeta where you can enrol your eligible Nexus device for the N preview.

If you want to find out more about Android N, visit http://developer.android.com/preview/index.html.

Source: Android Developers

Oracle ditches Java browser plugin

 

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The Java browser plugin came out in the 90s to bring app like features to browsers. But it has been a nuisance to users as it had many security issues. Modern browsers have started to restrict the use of plugin support such as Java Applets and have moved to Java Web Start technology.

Mozilla stated last year that they would remove the plugin such as Java and Microsoft Silverlight by the end of they year, whereas Microsoft and Google have removed the support plugins on their latest browsers.

At the moment it is hard to say when the browser plugins will be completely wiped out. But businesses that rely on Java might use it on compatible browsers.

Sources: Techno BuffaloThe Verge

 

Remix OS 2.0 Review

Remix OS 2.0

Have you ever wanted to run Android on your PC? Want a full-fledged desktop along with it? Meet Remix OS 2.0, a brand new Android PC operating system based on the Android x86 Project.

This was created by former Google employees, at Jide. The aim of this OS is to offer a desktop like Android experience that can run on any PC. And we were pretty impressed when we tried it out.

For starters, the OS is not installed to your hard drive, although you can if you want to. Second, the OS currently does not come with Google Apps preinstalled, although this may change sometime in the future. Just remember, this is currently on alpha right now.

The requirements say that you need a 64 bit CPU (which most PCs have nowadays) and a USB 3.0 flash drive. You have the option of choosing the legacy version, for legacy BIOS systems, or the EFI version, for UEFI systems. During our testing of the OS we did not have a USB 3.0 flash drive, so we decided to try the OS out on a USB 2.0 flash drive and see how it performs.

Our PC is not that slow, but doesn’t have super high-end specs either. What we are dealing with here is a Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 with an Intel Core i3-3220 processor clocked at 3.30 GHz. The RAM is only 4 GB. This PC does not have any USB 3.0 ports.

Since our PC has UEFI, we downloaded the EFI version and installed it to our 8 GB USB 2.0 flash drive. Instructions can be found in the package you download from the website. One thing to note is, you need to disable Secure Boot. Since the OS is basically Linux, and Secure Boot doesn’t have the valid signatures for some Linux operating systems, make sure to disable it before attempting to boot.

When you boot the OS up, you get two options. One is the Residential Mode, which saves all your data on your flashdrive for future use. When we tried that it reported that our USB Flash Drive only had a write speed of 5.4 MB/s and the recommended is 10 MB/s. (However on Jide’s website it says 20 MB/s recommended) We went ahead, and it took 30 minutes to create the data partition. We also got a bunch of read errors during first boot. But it didn’t work that great. The OS kept crashing and sometimes failed to boot!

We then tried the Guest Mode, while it doesn’t save anything, it’s actually usable. And that’s what mode we used the entire time when doing this review.

When booted up for the first time you will get a desktop with some icons and a taskbar.

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Pretty cool right? If you click on the Jide logo at the bottom left, you will get something similar to the Chrome App Launcher.

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Not a whole load of apps, but will do. And yes, MX Player was preinstalled.

Now taking a look at the notification centre, looks pretty similar to Windows 10. Isn’t it?

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And it wouldn’t be a desktop like OS if you can’t run multiple apps at the same time! Our PC handles multitasking without issues.

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As you can see in the above screenshot, the OS comes with a file manager. However we found out it was unable to extract .zip files.

The web browser isn’t Chrome, it’s a bit outdated, but gets the job done. Our website loaded without any issues.

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Here are some screenshots of CPU-Z. And yes, it has root access.

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We were able to run the Gamenology app successfully on Remix OS 2.0. We were able to change the size of the app without any problems.

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And finally, the OS is based on Android 5.1.1.

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Now what we didn’t find in the OS is the System Update option. It’s currently unavailable right now, so any future updates will need to be installed manually.

Another thing that bothered us was when we switched back to Windows (Windows 10 in this case) the time got changed. We are guessing this was to do with the time zone, so we had to change the time manually, or wait for the Windows time server to sync the correct time.

Other than that, the OS was great. It is a great OS with loads of potential, and we’re sure many of you guys agree with us, don’t you? 🙂

If we had to give this a rating, we would give this a 3.5 out of 5. There are some things missing, but it’s worth pointing out that this was the very first version available to the public. So hopefully it will improve over time.

So should you try this OS? We would say, give it a try. It’s free and it doesn’t cost a thing. There is also a lot of community support as well, so if you want to try it out, download the OS at http://www.jide.com/en/remixos-for-pc.

Don’t forget to have a USB 3.0 flash drive handy with you for the best performance. 🙂