Mobile News - May 2016
30 May 2016
There is a mix of the nostalgic and the cutting edge in the news at the moment with two old-school brands – Nokia and the Motorala RAZR – planning comebacks; and tech giant Google is pushing smartphone tech forward with a new iOS keyboard, wearable operating system, search functionality, and more.
New Nokia phones will soon be available. They are likely to be feature phones - lower cost alternatives to smartphones. The news follows an announcement by Microsoft that it is selling its feature phones business to HMD global Oy and FIH Mobile. HMD global Oy has also announced an exclusive global licensing agreement with Nokia.
GboardGoogle has launched a new iOS keyboard called Gboard. It is a fully functional keyboard with a new stand-out feature—it incorporates Google search. In the top left corner of the keyboard is the Google icon. When you tap it, you get a search bar so you can look things up on Google right from the keyboard without leaving the app you are currently using.
Android WearGoogle has announced the biggest update to its wearable operating system since it was first launched. The biggest change in Android Wear 2.0 is that apps on wearable devices can run without the connected phone being nearby.
AndroidGoogle has released new figures showing the popularity of Android and its Google Play store. It said over 600 new Android phones were launched over the last year, and 65 billion apps were downloaded from the Google Play store.
HolographicA university has developed an experimental smartphone that has a holographic display and a flexible body. The display lets more than one person see the 3D image, and there is no need for 3D glasses. The flexible screen lets you interact with the phone in the third dimension.
AppsGoogle has published a post on its Developers blog that says it is working on integrating contextual data with third party apps. This will allow apps to open automatically, based on the time, date, where you are, and what you are doing.
SearchGoogle is updating its search functionality on mobile devices. The changes will enhance the rich snippets that you see on some results pages. They are calling them rich cards.
RAZRA new Motorla RAZR phone could soon be available. After it was first launched in 2004, it became an iconic model, selling over 130 million units. Motorola is now owned by Lenovo, and they are set to launch a new flip phone with the RAZR brand name in June.