Microsoft has made previews of its Office suite available for all Android tablet users for the first time.
Until now it has only been possible to get access with a sign-in and personal invite but Microsoft has now taken the long-awaited step of freely releasing the previews of Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Android mobile users have been able to write documents and make presentations since 2013 as long as they had a subscription to Office 365 and since November have been making the most of Word, PowerPoint and Excel apps. However, the tablet market has been crying out for the expansion of the software and Microsoft has obliged.
The three apps are available to download now from Google Play for free, although anything beyond the basics will require an Office 365 subscription.
Virtual reality headset offers immersive, open source gaming
Gaming company Razer has unveiled their OSVR hacker development kit at CES 2015, aimed at rivalling the likes of Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift.
The headset, compatible with Linux and Android, is designed to be completely open source, allowing users to hack the system and create their own virtual reality world, both in terms of hardware and software development.
Razer has set the US price point at $200, which would be £135, and hopes to kickstart the virtual reality market with its innovative strategy of creating a headset that its owners can mould and play with.
Android-powered UHD smart TVs will be out this Spring
One of the early highlights of CES 2015 is Sony unveiling its plans to run Android TV on its range of Bravia televisions. This is a major boost to the fledgling technology and will hopefully kickstart others into following suit.
Owners of this year’s Sony smart TVs will be able to view the Google Play store on them, allowing you to play all your favourite games on the big screen.
Google Cast will also be a key feature, turning your Android phone into a remote control. This will hopefully put an end to searching all over the room for the remote, although phones are nearly as easily lost! For the really lazy among you, Voice Search will allow you to find the show or app you want without you even having to lift a finger.
Create a kernel specifically for your Android device in just 10 steps
One of the reasons Android has been able to do so well in the mobile markets is thanks to the open source, Linux base for the system. Because it has this open system, it means that the development and licensing is a lot cheaper for phone and tablet manufacturers and Google still gets to make its money via advertising revenue and the Google Play store.
While the business model is interesting in itself, it’s the core kernel, though, that we’re focussing on today. This is the element that bridges the gap between the software and the hardware, which also includes drivers and modules for specific chips in the device. On full-blown Linux distributions, you can get busy changing what modules are compiled along with the kernel, making it smaller and faster to create a speed boost on your system.
When it comes to an Android system, the kernels are quite well optimised for individual devices, however there’s always a little bit more you can do to optimise it for the way you use your phone. Removing the bluetooth module or various input drivers are a couple of examples, however you can also add elements to the kernel for if you think you are going to do some physical hacks to the device.
Explore 16 years of Android facts, flavours and iconic handsets with this unique illustration
As Lollipops rolls out to the public, online phone accessories shop Mobile Madhouse have produced this detailed infographic plotting every major event since Android Inc was founded in 2003.
It also includes all of different flavours (we forgot how cute Honeycomb was – but why was it blue), its growing market share, and its iconic handsetsthe HTC Dream through to the Nexus 6.
Add the toggles and settings you want to a personalised notification bar
Notifications are amazing things; they can make short work out of what could be a lengthy task, or they can add new functions to your device. Normally you’d find the standard selection of notifications at the top of your phone or tablet, but thanks to a new app, you can add a variety of interactive notifications to your notification centre. The Notification Toggle app is a free download from the Google Play store and includes a plethora of different shortcuts, features and toggles that can all be added to your very own bespoke notification bar. Users have the choice to make their custom bar as detailed or as basic as they want, but the app makes it straightforward to get started.
In this tutorial, we’ll explore the various sections of the Notification Toggle app, as well as guide you through the process of creating your own toolbar and mention some of the toggles you really should be including. Check out the two-minute guide to see how you can then perform a toolbar back-up.