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When Google demoed Android Nougat for the first time almost a year ago at Google I/O 2016, Instant Apps was one of the features that stood out, as a trick the iPhone didn’t have at the time and still doesn’t have now. But as hot as it may be, the feature wasn’t ready for public consumption when Google released the final Nougat build last year. However, things might change soon, as Google is apparently getting ready to enable it on devices running Android 7 as well as phones and tablets running older Android versions.

Instant Apps will let users enjoy instant app experiences on their smartphones without actually downloading a particular app for. Assuming it works as described, the feature will solve a bunch of problems.

 

First of all, it’ll help save storage on the phone, as you won’t have to keep an app installed just because you might have to use it every now and then. Secondly, you won’t have to buy an app to try it since developers will be able to offer a portion of an app to test for free. Finally, the Instant Apps features will work on most Android devices out there, not just Nougat-based ones, as it’s built on Google Play Services.

Looking at the code in the latest version of Google Play Store, 9to5Google discovered that Google might be getting ready to roll out Instant Apps. The code reveals that users will be able to enable or disable the feature and choose which Google account to use with an app.

Here’s Google’s demo of Instant Apps:

9to5Google also mentions several new features in the Google Play Store 7.8 update, including a Google Play app discovery service, a pre-registration rewards features for apps, and a new security branding for Verify Apps — that’s Play Protect.

The original version of this article on BGR.com

Categorized in Search Engine

Reports suggest that Apple will be introducing a brand new 10.5-inch screen size

Apple is expected to launch three new iPads this year, including a 'bezel-free' model.

It will also release a second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, along with a more affordable 9.7-inch model, according to new reports. 

The mid-range version will be a completely new size for Apple, at 10- to 10.5-inches, with the firm reportedly still experimenting with the exact dimenions.

"The new models will come in 12.9-inch, 10-10.5-inch and 9.7-inch versions", said analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities.

"We note the 12.9-inch model will be the second generation of the existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 10-10.5-inch model will be the high-end model equipped with a narrow bezel design, and the 9.7-inch model will be the low-priced option".

The analyst has a good track record with reporting on Apple product releases before they launch, with the latest leak being reported by 9to5.com .

 

Apple could be introducing a brand new 10-10/.5-inch model with a drastically reduced bezel (Photo: 9to5mac)

The two larger models are said to feature Apple's A10X processor, while the smaller version will come with an A9 chip made by Samsung LSI.

Kuo predicts that the low-priced 9.7-inch iPad will account for around 50-60% of new iPad sales.

Reports suggest that the new iPads could be unveiled as early as March or April.

Last month, it was reported that Apple could mark the 10th anniversary of its smartphone this year by launching the iPhone alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.

 

This supposed iPhone 8 is believed to be an even more powerful version of the phone and is being codenamed "Ferrari".

Leaked documents describe a high-powered "Ferrari" handset with wireless charging, an "invisible" home button and an AMOLED screen without any bezels around the side.

Author : LIBBY PLUMMER

Source : http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/apple-launch-three-new-ipads-9589152

Categorized in Internet Technology

Samsung may be the first to release a foldable phone next year, according to some reports, but it won’t be the only top company looking to launch such devices. A new report says that foldable smartphones are in the works from several tech giants, Apple included, and they may become more and more popular by 2019. But could Apple release its first foldable iPhone as soon as 2018?

To make a foldable phone, you need a flexible display, and a flexible type of glass. OLED is flexible, whereas LCD isn’t, and Apple is already expected to launch its first OLED iPhone with a curved display next year.

 

According to The Korea Herald, there’s just one company in the world that can mass produce colorless polyimide, the glass that would protect the foldable OLED screen, and that’s Kolon Industries.

“Around three to five tech companies are expected to mass produce foldable phones in 2018 globally. The devices will then grab around 20 percent of the total smartphone market here,” Kolon Industries’ colorless polyimide division head Kang Chung-seok told The Herald.

The company is apparently supplying materials to Samsung, LG, and BOE. Apple may also be one of the companies looking at such components.

The Kolon exec said the first foldable devices could have a bend radius of 5 millimeters rather than the 1-millimeter radius that would allow a wallet-like smartphone fold, where the glass on the face of the handset would actually touch itself.

“The bend radius of 1 millimeter is the most ideal, but that may cause a safety issue. So, tech companies are likely to unveil the bend radius of 5 millimeters first and then gradually unveil devices with less bend radius,” Kang added.

Kolon finished the development of its flexible colorless polyimide glass in August and expects to mass produce films for around 100 million units of foldable devices in 2018.

Apple has traditionally been very cautious about adopting certain technologies, choosing to only bring some of them to market in the iPhone when they have met its performance and quality standards. It’ll be interesting to see how fast the company will release a foldable iPhone — or iPad, for that matter — especially considering that the iPhone will receive it’s first major redesign in four iPhone generations next year.

That said, Apple already has various patents describing foldable devices, including the kind fold just like a wallet.

Source: This article was published on yahoo.com by Chris Smith

Categorized in Future Trends

The search engine giant, Alphabet Inc's (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google, recently came under the limelight as it was recently reported that the company is planning the launch of two flagship smartwatches, which will be powered by the Android Wear 2.0, during the first of 2017. The news has ignited excitement among the users as many were desperately waiting for the tech mammoth to introduce new variants of smartwatches.  

The recent move by the search engine giant indicates it is pretty serious towards achieving its market ventures in the smart watch industry. Several rumors had been floating in the tech space that the smartwatch industry is slowly losing its demand, but the latest confirmation made by the search engine giant about its upcoming launch seems to be a part of the company's effort to convince users that the smartwatches are still in demand.  

Moreover, the company's upcoming smartwatch will not have Pixel or Google branding but will be branded by the firm that is manufacturing them. According to Android Wear's product manager at Google, Jeff Change, Google has partnered up with a manufacturer. However, he refused to reveal the name of the manufacturing company but said that it had manufactured smartwatches in the past.

Many reports indicate that the search engine giant is planning to integrate innovative features such as Android Pay and Google Assistant in the smartwatch in a bid to entice users to purchase the device. Also, it is pertinent to mention that the company is planning to roll out the final developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 as early as next month, and it is expected to include support for both Android Pay and Google Assistant.

In any case, it wouldn't be wrong to say that the tech mammoth is making all its efforts to acquire an upper hand over its rivals and increase its market share in the smartwatch industry.

Source : http://smartstocknews.com/76391-alphabet-inc-googl-googles-plans-to-launch-two-new-flagship-smartwatches-as-early-as-next-year/

Categorized in Future Trends

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