Google releases Wear OS Android P Developer Preview 2, here is what's new

Along with the first Android P beta build, Google released a new Wear OS Android O developer preview, aimed at those consumers who would like to test new features on their smartwatches.

Launched at Google I/O, the new Wear OS developer preview 2 brings support for Actions on Google, as well as important power-related enhancements such a new battery saver mode. Although the new version of Wear OS is already available for download, not everyone can get it.

If you haven’t read our previous report, Google has decided to redesign the Assistant on Wear OS and add support features like visual …


Apple releases iOS 11.4 developer and public betas; all new apps must support iPhone X

Apple has released iOS 11.4 beta 4 to developers and a version for public beta testers. Developers will receive the update via the Apple Developer Center, or from an OTA update. The iOS 11.4 build includes ClassKit support. Introduced on March 27th along with the sixth generation Apple iPad, ClassKit allows developers to sync Apple’s school-based software with their educational apps. For example, with the not-yet released Schoolwork app, teachers can add a link that students use to get to specific parts of other apps for a class assignment.

A pair of features that were found in beta versions …

WearOS developer preview released; Android P features are coming to wearables

A developer preview for the newly renamed WearOS (formerly Android Wear) has been released and it brings features of Android P to wearables. Because this is not made for consumers to play around with, it is available only through a manual download, or by flashing it on to a device. It includes updated system images on the official Android Emulator, and there is a downloadable system image for the Huawei Watch 2 Bluetooth, or Huawei Watch 2 Classic Bluetooth.

Among the new features is a Dark Theme. The darker background for notifications and the system launcher that has been in place since …

Apple's 29th WWDC developer conference scheduled to begin June 4th

Apple’s 29th WWDC developers conference will kick off June 4th and run through June 8th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Developers can now apply for tickets to the event through the WWDC website (developer.apple.com/wwdc/register/). If you apply, your name will join those of countless other developers hoping to attend, but that will be determined only by random selection. If your name is pulled out of the hat, the credit card associated with your Apple ID will be charged $1,599 USD, or the equivalent in local currency for those not living in the U.S.

Last year’s …

Google releases Android P developer preview 1

Google today, released the first Android P developer preview. The number one question on everyone’s mind is not answered by the launch; we still do not know what the “P” in Android P stands for. Keep in mind that this is not a release aimed at consumers and is really made for developers to discover how changes to Android P affect them. Maybe the most controversial new addition is Android support for the Apple iPhone X-esque notch, especially with the news today that the 2019 iPhone models might no longer feature it. With today’s release, developers will be able to test their apps to make sure they …

Google may launch the first Android P Developer Preview in mid-March

Although Google I/O starts on May 8, the search giant is expected to release the first Android P Developer Preview much earlier. Just like last year when it outed Android O Developer Preview 1 in March, Google is reportedly following the same pattern this year as well.

According to Evan Blass, Android P Developer Preview 1 is expected to arrive in mid-March. It is yet unclear how many previews will be launched in 2018 before the final version hits the first phones, but during the previous two years Google released up to five preview developer versions.

Until Google released the first …

Apple's watchOS 4.3 developer beta update hints that the AirPower release may be near

Concurrently with the iOS 11.3 public beta, Apple released the watchOS 4.3 developers’ beta, too, and, among all the new features in there, there are hints of an imminent AirPower wireless charger announcement. How so?
Well, the Nightstand feature, which lights up the Apple Watch to show time and charge in bright green when the timepiece is resting on its side at the puck charger, has been expanded to include portrait orientation, too. When might this prove useful? When it’s lying on Apple’s upcoming AirPower charging mat, of course, alongside your iPhone …

Google Assistant will troubleshoot your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL running Android 8.1 developer preview?


According to a Google Pixel 2 XL owner who is running the Android 8.1 developers preview on the device, Google Assistant will help troubleshoot the handset. This person asked Google Assistant why his phone was having problems charging. That started up a troubleshooting program that resulted in Assistant “Starting Troubleshooting,” which was followed by the virtual assistant asking “Is it okay if I check a few things?”

If permission is given, Google Assistant will give the phone a check up, focusing on the part of the handset where the issue is taking place. Returning to the Pixel 2 XL …

Pokemon GO developer Niantic to launch new Harry Potter AR game in 2018

Niantic Labs, the maker of the Pokemon GO smash hit, is expected to launch another AR (augmented reality) game for mobiles next year. The new game will benefit from another tremendously popular franchise: Harry Potter.

According to a new report from TechCrunch, a new mobile game called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which is co-developed by Warner Bros. Interactive’s sub-brand Portkey Games, will be launched in 2018.

Not much is known about the upcoming AR game, just that Niantic will heavily draw inspiration from Ingress, its less popular take on …

iOS developer creates stand-alone Animoji app with longer recording time

Apple’s new animated emoji give you a rare opportunity to experience what it would’ve been like doing face mo-cap for a turn of the century CGI film. Doing animoji overdubs and karaoke is all the rаge right now, but with severely limited recording times—just 10 seconds—coupled with the fact that the 3D characters are exclusive to iMessage, it isn’t exactly easy to go wild, unless you want to do some stitching and editing in post.

I made a thing. #AnimojiKaraoke #ACDC #iPhoneX #moneywellspent pic.twitter.com/tGHxVZhkSi— Duncan Birnie (@duncanbirnie) …