Styluses at the ready, Google Handwriting Input offers an alternative to the default keyboard
Despite the wide range of customisable keyboards available to Android users, typing into your touchscreen using your thumbs is still an imperfect way to send a message. There is help at hand though, as Google has released an app that converts your handwriting into text and can be used for everything from texting to inputting web addresses.
It works with a stylus or your fi nger and can be handy for people who find typing out messages a little bit too fiddly. There have been a fair few apps that have tried this, but Google Handwriting Input stands apart from them due to its recognition of even the worst handwriting. Using the same technology as the recent Android Wear update, this app can also recognise hand-drawn emoji.
Read onto find out how to activate Google Handwriting Input, use it in your everyday life, and deactivate it if you want to switch back to traditional typing for a period of time.
Android users could soon pick and choose what permissions it grants to downloaded apps.
A report from Bloomberg has suggested that Android users might soon be able to deny apps permission to read certain information, such as their contacts list and location, if it is not strictly needed for the app to function.
Services such as Google Maps would obviously still need to be able to keep tabs on your location, but it could be possible for you to block it from seeing your messages as that isn’t required for the app to work.
This is one of the developments expected to be revealed at Google I/O, which will kick off in just under three weeks. Follow our live updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
The European Commission says bundling certain Google apps into Android could be illegal
The European Commission yesterday stated that they had begun an investigation into Google to find out if they have breached competition laws in their relationship with the Android operating platform.
This investigation has three main points, all related to whether Google is unfairly using its position to establish itself ahead of its rivals.
In an official memo, the Commission says it is looking into whether the pre-installation of Google apps, such as Maps and Chrome, on Android smartphones has ‘illegally hindered the development and market access of rival mobile applications or services.’
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.