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Android Pay Canada Launch Due May 31st

Adnan Farooqui May 24, 2017

Android Pay has gradually been expanded to more markets across the globe over the past few months. Google has also been improving the payments service and adding support for more financial institutions. Despite being available in the United States for quite some time now, the payments service is yet to be launched in Canada. If a new report is to be believed, the Android Pay Canada launch is going to take place later this month.

MobileSyrup has heard from sources that Android Pay is finally going to be launched in Canada on May 31st. However, it’s unclear at this point in time which banks and card providers are going to be supported when the service is finally launched in the country.

Android Pay will be making its debut in Canada quite a bit later than rival Apple Pay. Apple launched its mobile payments service in Canada back in November 2015. Initially, the service only had support for American Express cards before additional cards and Canadian banks were supported in May last year.

The scribe does mention that Android Pay is going to work with “major credit and debit cards in Canada” and users will be able to rely on Android Pay to make payments “anywhere contactless is accepted.”

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Google Assistant Now Provides Topical Word Suggestions

Adnan Farooqui May 24, 2017

Google has gradually been improving its artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant called Google Assistant. Just last week, it announced that users will now be able to type in their commands to Assistant if they don’t want to use voice commands. Assistant is also capable of offering users topical next-word keyboard suggestions so that they can punch in their commands quickly by relying on these suggestions.

This feature depends on the kind of keyboard being used on the Android device. Gboard users will see the suggestions line disabled entirely and Assistant’s suggestions will be shown in that place instead.

Users who have a third-party keyboard installed on their device, like Swiftkey, will see proposed next-word suggestions from Google Assistant in another line above the keyboard’s own suggestions.

Having two rows of suggestions on top of a virtual keyboard that already takes up considerable screen real estate isn’t exactly ideal implementation, therefore, those who want to take advantage of this feature will be better off with Gboard.

Next-word suggestions from Google Assistant appear to be very similar to autocompete queries that are displayed when using Google search. They vary depending on the context.

This feature is now live and accessible to all those who have an Android smartphone that’s compatible with Google Assistant.

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Jamboard, Google’s $5000 Collaborative Whiteboard, Goes On Sale

Adnan Farooqui May 23, 2017

Google has made a product called the Jamboard which is aimed at enterprise customers that want their employees to work together and collaborate with their teammates for enhanced creativity. Jamboard is a cloud-based collaborative whiteboard that Google has made just for this purpose. It’s now available for purchase in the United States.

Whiteboards have long been a fixture in offices for the purposes of collaboration. Who hasn’t used a dry erase marker in brainstorming sessions with their teammates? Google wants to modernize collaborative brainstorming with Jamboard.

Jamboard is powered by NVIDIA’s Jetson TX1 chip and has a 55 inch 4K touchscreen display. The display has been developed for fast touch response and low-latency stylus input. It works with G Suite to bring in all files and documents from Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This enables all team members to work together simultaneously.

The price tag itself is enough to show that this is meant for enterprise customers. At $5000, it isn’t exactly cheap, and that’s just the starting price. A rolling stand costs $1199, if the customer doesn’t want to mount it on a wall. There’s even a $300 yearly fee over and above the fee for the G Suite enterprise apps.

Google tested the Jamboard with enterprise early adopters like Pinterest, Dow Jones, and Whirpool and they found that the Jamboard helped their teams collaborate more efficiently.

Jamboard is available for purchase in the United States today and will be released in Canada and the United Kingdom in a few months.

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Google’s AlphaGo Beats The World’s Number One Go Player

Tyler Lee May 23, 2017

If it isn’t scary enough that robots could soon be taking over our jobs, it seems that computers are now smart enough to beat some of the best humans at their own game. In this case, it looks like Google’s AlphaGo AI has managed to beat the world’s number one Go player, Ke Jie, further cementing just how smart it is.

For those unfamiliar, AlphaGo is based off on Google’s DeepMind AI in which it was created to test its skills against real-life Go players. Back in 2016 it managed to win against legendary Korean champion Lee Se-dol, and while Lee did manage to win one round, AlphaGo ultimately trounced the player.

AlphaGo’s match against Ke Jie was announced last month where the 19-year old Chinese player was considered by many to be the best in the world and ranked number 1 worldwide. What was interesting in this match is that Ke Jie was found to have learnt from AlphaGo’s more unorthodox moves and tried to use it against the AI.

Ultimately AlphaGo won, although it seemed like a pretty close match as the AI won by just half a point. According to DeepMind CEO and co-founder Demis Hassabis, “I think it was a really wonderful game. Huge respect to Ke Jie for playing such a great game and pushing AlphaGo to its limits.” Note that this match is just the first and that the second will be played this Thursday, with the finale taking place on Saturday (both days are based on China time).

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Mophie Google Pixel XL Juice Pack Launched

Adnan Farooqui May 22, 2017

Mophie is a popular accessory maker that is perhaps best known for its battery cases called Juice Packs. Often, it quickly launches these battery cases after a new flagship smartphone is released. Just last week, the Mophie Juice Pack for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ was launched. It has been eight months since Google launched the Pixel XL and Mophie has now launched a Juice Pack for it.

Better late than never, as they say, so Mophie fans who own a Google Pixel XL will now be happy that they can buy a Juice Pack for their smartphone. Mophie’s Juice Pack for the Pixel XL features a 2,950mAh battery which is going to extend the handset’s talk time well past 50 hours.

The battery inside the case can be charged wirelessly, it supports the Qi wireless charging standard and will work with any compatible wireless charger. The case itself can be charged via a USB Type-C cable as well.

Mophie’s signature features are onboard as well, the case prioritizes charging the phone’s battery before its own, and it’s even possible to shut the battery pack off without having to remove the case.

The company is now selling its Juice Pack for the Google Pixel XL through its website and Verizon retail stores. It costs $99.

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Android System Updates Can Soon Be Paused

Tyler Lee May 21, 2017

Whenever you perform a system update, it is usually advised that you ensure your phone has enough battery and you have a stable enough connection so that the download doesn’t get interrupted. However once the update is downloading, there’s really nothing you do about it which can sometimes prove to be inconvenient.

However in a report from Android Police, Google is making some changes to that and will actually allow users to pause system updates in the future. While it was initially thought to be an Android O feature, Google engineer Elliott Hughes posted on Google+ suggested that it is part of a change in the Play Store that was being tested internally before anyone really noticed, but presumably it should roll out on a wider basis with Android O.

Hughes also clarifies that this feature won’t just be limited to huge system updates, but small files as well. However he states that this might not be so apparent since smaller files tend to download quicker, meaning that users probably won’t notice until it’s already been downloaded in which there would be no more point in pausing it.

Either way it does sound like an immensely useful feature so if you do want the feature then keep an eye out for its availability in the near future.

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Google Will Now Inform Developers Of Poorly Made Android Apps

Tyler Lee May 21, 2017

When it comes to developing apps, there are many ways one can go about solving the same problem or trying to achieve the same thing. This is where experience comes into play, where more experienced developers will probably be better at coming up with code that is more efficient, so like we said, not all apps are created equal.

Google knows this and this is also something they want to help improve, which is why Google now has a new way of informing developers if their apps just aren’t quite up to scratch. Basically what happens is that if an app is ranked in the bottom 25% when it comes to stability, battery efficiency, or rendering metrics, Google will notify the developer via the developer console.

Google revealed six different metrics that they will use to determine if an app has been made poorly, which includes error messages such as “Application not responding error”, experiencing at least one crash, where it keeps a device awake for more than an hour, an app that wakes a device up more than 10 times an hour, apps that run slower than 60fps, and laggy frame rendering.

Of course whether or not the developer chooses to respond to Google’s advice/suggestions is a different story, but back in February Google did state that how well an app performs will affects its promotability, meaning that poorly-made apps could be less visible than better-made ones, so that should be incentive enough for developers to improve on their work.

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Google Working On Chromebook Emulator For Android Devs

Tyler Lee May 20, 2017

So we know that Google is aiming for the Chromebook to run Android apps, however since Android apps are clearly designed for smartphones, this means that when used on a device with a larger display liked a laptop, it won’t look the same and the experience won’t be ideal, but Google has a plan to help with that.

It seems that Google is working on a Chromebook emulator for Android app developers As the name suggests, this is an emulator designed to mimic a Chromebook or a device with a larger display, so that when Android developers are planning to make their apps compatible with Chrome OS, they can use the emulator to ensure that their apps are optimized for devices with larger displays.

According to Google, they claim that most apps will already work on a larger form factor device, but developers could use the emulator to help make it a more optimized experience if they are hoping to make full use of Chrome OS. It is interesting that Google is putting in so much effort especially when they have stated that in the past there are no plans to merge the platforms.

That being said, the emulator is still in development but developers who are interested in having early access can go ahead and sign up via Google’s website.

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Pioneer Unveils New Android Auto In-Dash Units

Tyler Lee May 20, 2017

While newer vehicles might give users the choice of having Android Auto or Carplay being installed for them, older vehicles don’t, although thankfully with after-party options being offered by manufacturers, those with older vehicles will be able to take advantage of the features offered by Android Auto and Carplay.

In fact if you’re looking for an in-dash unit for your car, you might be interested to learn that Pioneer has announced a handful of new Android Auto units that you might want to check out. These come in the form of the AVH-3300NEX, AVH-2330NEX, and the AVH-2300NEX, with the first model being Pioneer’s first single-DIN unit to run Android Auto.

What this means is that vehicles that do not have that much dash space to fit one of these units should check out the AVG-3300NEX, so older vehicle owners might appreciate this. These units will vary in terms of features and price, so depending on your needs there should be something for you.

All these units will pretty much comes with the same features that you would expect from an Android Auto unit so there are no real surprises, at least for the most part. All the new Pioneer models should be available for purchase starting this July, so do keep an eye out for them if you’re interested.

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Your Phone’s Graphic Drivers Can Soon Be Updated From The Play Store

Tyler Lee May 20, 2017

In case you didn’t know, your phone has a GPU built into it which helps to handle more intensive tasks like games, movies, and so on. Now updating the drivers on your phone isn’t really something many of us think about, unlike computers where we sometimes get prompted by manufacturers.

However with Android O, it seems that Google is going to make it a bit more obvious. During Google’s Android Fireside Chat help at Google I/O 2017, it seems that one of the features that users can expect in Android O is that your phone’s GPU’s drivers can be updated from the Play Store, which makes it a one-stop shop for app downloads, updates, and now GPU driver updates as well.

However whether or not OEMs or chipset manufacturers plan on taking advantage of this feature remains to seen. It is also unclear as to how exactly this will work or how it might present itself, but Android Police is suggesting that this could be part of Google’s Project Treble whose aim is to try and push out Android updates faster.

In any case it sounds rather interesting, although we guess for the most part the average user might not care too much about it or even notice it.

Your Phone’s Graphic Drivers Can Soon Be Updated From The Play Store , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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