The much-derided Google+ is shutting down in April 2019. This is after some security vulnerabilities were found.
Google Play Services
The general rule of thumb with Google Play Services is to remove as many permissions as possible.
Keeping an old Android phone alive
I am trying to bring back my old Android phone, Samsung Galaxy S2 9100. The replacement of replacement of the original battery died. After a bit of scouting around, found one in a neighbourhood shop.
What is Material Design
Material Design is the look and feel of the next Android version, L . Or whatever Google wants to call it. The new look and feel is suppose to be flatter and makes more uses of cards (PalmOS?) . To…
Getting a taste of KitKat
Trying out Android 4.4 or KitKat on my Galaxy S2.
Google Hangouts and SMS
I finally received the latest version of Google Hangouts. This version, 2.0 enables you to chat via Google Talk and use SMS all in one app. Integration sometimes yield a better solution than the sum of its parts. Except for…
Ok Google not working
A few days ago, Google Now or more precisely Google Voice Search stopped responding to the hotword “Ok Google”. The search bar just shows “Search” as if the functionality has been disabled. Well at least for my phone. Since I…
Things Google Now will not do for you.
1. Search the “Relationship” field in People. You get better results by using Phonetic name. Put “Wife” as “Spouse” in Relationship gets no hits. “Wife” as Phonetic name get an exact match. 2. It does not search your phone, well…
The launch of Android 4.4 or KitKat
This is interesting: Omnirom
After the launch of Cyanogen Inc, there some disagreements with developers about the way their contributions will be recognized. These developers broke off and created their own ROM. This was announced at the Big Android BBQ Omnirom at the moment…