Just say ‘OK Google’ to unlock your smartphone
Your smartphone will soon be able to use its in-built voice recognition software to respond to a command of ‘OK Google’ and unlock your phone without you having to touch a button.
However, Google themselves have admitted that, much like the Trusted Face unlock method, that it is not particularly secure as someone who sounds like you could unlock your phone. Trusted Face came in for criticism when it was first introduced as someone who looks similar or holds up a photo of you could unlock your phone, but Google has since tightened up that area.
Only a handful of devices have got the update so we will have to get back to you on how well it works in noisy environments and if talking to your Android Wear device could accidentally activate it, but the development is an interesting one.
With both Apple and Samsung’s latest flagships now on sale, we compare the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 for performance, battery, design and more
There is no bigger rivalry than that between Samsung and Apple. When the two tech giants aren’t suing each other over patents, they’re poking fun at each other’s products in attack ads and at launch events. However, with its new metallic design and mobile payment system, not to mention switching from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor to their own proprietary components, the Galaxy S6 has a lot in common with the iPhone 6. We take a look at the similarities and differences between Samsung and Apple’s flagships and reveal which is doing it better.Display
Samsung Galaxy S6
The S6 has the same 5.1-inch screen size as the S5, but has upped the resolution from full HD to quad HD, with 575ppi.
HTC is winding down its Sense TV app for Peel.
The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has confirmed that it plans to end the Sense TV app in favour of Peel from 30 April 2015. The service has been running for around two years but as it is already powered by Peel, users shouldn’t notice a whole lot of difference.
The app transforms your phone into a remote control and electronic program guide (EPG), linking your smartphone to your TV via the IR blaster on the top of your device.
Not only does the app control your TV but it also shows you information about the show you’re watching as well as suggesting shows it thinks you might be interested in, based on the shows you’ve accessed via the app.
Android Lollipop brings a new feature that keeps your phone unlocked while it’s in your hand.
When you are trying to find your way around an unfamiliar area or are in the middle of a run it can be quite frustrating to have to repeatedly unlock your phone if you’ve only neglected it for a minute.
However, a new update on Android Lollipop should help you with that as you can now activate the on-body unlock feature, which keeps your phone unlocked as long as you’re holding it.
The feature uses the gyroscope inside the smartphone to recognise when you are holding it, rather than when it is in your pocket, and as long as you have the feature activated it won’t lock so you can flick it back on in a flash without having to type in your PIN or lock pattern.
Google has announced it has started checking apps before they are released on the Play Store.
Moving in line with Apple’s practice of manually checking every app that is submitted to its App Store, Google has revealed that they are now going to do the same.
Until now, Google has used consumer feedback to vet apps, which has resulted in a lot of dangerous or simply rubbish apps being released on the Play Store, as shown by the fact that 95 per cent of smartphone malware targets Android phones.
Probably due to this, Google has put together a ‘team of experts who are responsible for identifying violations of our developer policies earlier in the app lifecycle’.
A benchmarking test has set the Samsung S6 and S6 edge way ahead of rivals like Xperia Z3 and HTC One (M8)
All the attention from the reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S6 seems to have centred around the decision to use an all-metal unibody and remove the expandable memory slot. A few nods have been given to the incredible pixel density of the screen (577ppi in case you need reminding) but what about the meat and drink of the phones?
Analog Index ran Samsung’s two flagship phones through the benchmarking program AndroBench and it has turned up some truly remarkable results.
In the random read test, both models scored 77.2 with the next best Android model being the Galaxy Note 4 at 20.56. Next up was the random write test in which they scored 19.8, compared to the Xperia Z3’s 9.26. In the sequential reading test, the S6’s score of 314.87 destroyed Xperia Z3’s 217.17 and it was even more dominant in the sequential writing test, scoring 139.08 to the Z3’s score of 44.43.
Source: Analog Index