Google Talks Up Android N Performance and Security
Google today provided an update to Android N at its I/O developer conference. The next-generation mobile operating system includes support for Vulkan to improve graphics performance for games, but it also improves the Android runtime to speed up daily use. For example, apps should install 75% faster while requiring 50% less code. On the security front, N introduces file-based encryption to better isolate and protect individual users. It also hardened the media framework to prevent attacks. Last, Android N offers seamless security updates that happen automatically in the background with no user action required. As for productivity, Google make improvements to the multitasking function. Moving forward, Android N will show only the most recent seven apps. Moreover, Android N moves the "clear all" tool to the top of the screen to prevent accidental closings. Android N uses two multi-window tools, one called multi-screen (two windows used side-by-side) and picture-in-picture to let video play while users perform other tasks. Google imagines the PIP feature will be used most on Android TV. Android N overhauls notifications, providing direct control over silencing certain types of notifications. The new platform adds Unicode 9.0 for an expanded set of emoji, including skin-tone variations. Last, Android N bakes in more direct support for virtual reality. Google is asking the public to help name Android N, and has set up a web site to take suggestions. Android N is available in beta form beginning today and should reach final release status later this summer.
Google Officially Releases Android 7 Nougat
Aug 22, 2016
Google today made the final version of Android 7.0 Nougat available to developers, phone makers, and select devices. Google released the first developer build of Nougat earlier this year and has been refining the platform ever since.
Apple Says iOS 12 Will Be Faster, Work Better On Older iPhones
Jun 4, 2018
Apple today announced iOS 12, its next-generation platform for the iPhone and iPad. Apple says it spent time improving the performance of the operating system, which in claims will work well on iPhones and iPads that went on sale as far back as 2013.
Unicode 11 to Include Swappable Hair Styles and Women Heroes
Feb 8, 2018
The emoji that will appear in Unicode 11.0 have been finalized, according to the Unicode Consortium, and new options will be available for hair, skin, and gender. Some 157 new characters are included in Unicode 11.0.
Unicode Accepts Some Google-Designed Women Emoji
Jul 14, 2016
Google today said the Unicode Technical Committee, the organization that oversees the development of emoji, has agreed to add some of the professional women emoji Google proposed earlier this year. Specifically, Unicode will add 11 (of the 13 suggested) professional female emoji in all skin colors.