Google is trying to prevent Pixel 2 display burn-in with a light navigation bar

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Screen burn-in is one of the unfortunate realities of OLED. Manufacturers are well-aware of this shortcoming, and yet, at this point at least, there is not much that can be done to completely prevent it hardware-wise. However, there’s always the option of mitigating the issue through software, and that’s exactly what Google is trying to do for its Pixel lineup of smartphones.

One of the biggest culprits for screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as well as last year’s models, is the persistent navigation bar …

How to hide and show the Galaxy S8 navigation bar

Samsung included plenty of customization options for its new, virtual navbar at the bottom of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. With the ability to rearrange the on-screen keys’ order, or to change the color, the new Experience UI looks like something out of a modded ROM, or an Android overlay coming from China. In any case, those features were more than welcome, but Samsung piled on with its subsequent software updates, giving us the option to easily show and hide the navbar itself in all apps, except the homecreen or app drawer, of course. Here’s what you need to do to play hide …

Microsoft overhauls navigation, conversations and search in Outlook for Android and iOS

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft is constantly improving its services due to the fierce competition with other giants in the smartphone industry. Although the company gave up its hardware business, Microsoft still has a lot of apps on just about all mobile platforms.

Outlook is one of those apps that provide one of the most valuable services for consumers and businesses: email. The latest version of Outlook promises to reshape the way users navigate, chat and search within the application.

The Redmond-based company has just announced that it launched a new Outlook …

New Galaxy S8/S8+ patch brings June security update and changes to the navigation bar

A new software update is rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices around the globe. Weighing in at 453.72MB, the new update packs the June security update and a few changes to the navigation bar.

For security reasons, Samsung doesn’t specify which vulnerabilities were exactly addressed. However, the changelog mentions that a total of 119 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) related to the Galaxy S phones and Android have been resolved. 
As for the navigation bar, there is some good and bad news. A …

Donald Trump is now the voice for your GPS navigation

Wanna get your GPS navigation directions by the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump himself? Well, it does not matter if you don’t because this option is now available in Karta GPS, a new maps and navigation app available for Android and iPhone.
Luckily, this is not the default voice for the app, but it is a free download that you can switch to. And yes, you will hear things like:
“Go straight ahead, it’s tremendous!”
“You are approaching a fixed radar and that is not fake news!”
Karta …

Receive turn-by-turn navigation in your own voice using Waze (Android only for now)

Last week, we told you that crowd sourced traffic and navigation site Waze was offering users the opportunity to hear navigation directions with Mr. T’s voice (“I pity the fool who doesn’t make a right turn now!”). As cool as that sounds, an update to the app has added a voice recorder that you can use to record your own voice. This way, if any of the celebrity voices doesn’t do the trick for you, and you keep on missing turns, you can see if you’ll respond better to the sound of your own voice.

Setting up the recording is actually very simple. Just head to the “Sound & voice” settings, …

How to customize the software navigation buttons on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are pioneering devices for Samsung in many areas, including one not so major one – software buttons. Up until now, all Galaxy devices have arrived with hardware buttons, placed on the bottom bezel, but the latest flagship generation shows a change of heart. 
Some may find regard this change as a bad move of Samsung’s, but we are convinced – we’ll take smaller bezels over hardware keys any day of the week!
Now, as far as software keys go, users can change the layout of these and swap the place of the …

Why is Navigation on a Mobile Device a Headache?

The internet is everywhere these days. It can be cheaply and easily accessed at any time and more or less anywhere that has mobile phone network coverage. Smart phones and tablets are becoming more and more ubiquitous and the latest projections by eMarketer predict that 65.8% of the UK population will be using a smartphone by 2017. So what does this mean for businesses with a web presence or start-ups thinking about the sort of website they need?
Firstly, mobile phones have tiny screens compared to desk top and laptop computers. Pictures and graphics take time to load and can use up too many pixels for the user to see anything else. Users will click away from a site that takes too long to load or only shows irrelevant images and go to a site that downloads the content they want to see quickly. Prose should be to the point and as brief as possible while remaining engaging and informative. Unnecessary links should be removed and any features that will take up pixels and bandwidth should be left out. Prose should be single column so that users don’t need to zoom in on text to be able to read it. Even generously sized screens such as that of the iPhone can’t show a readable full page website. Make sure that the columns fill the screen width and expand downwards rather than across. Scrolling up and down is far easier for the mobile device user than scrolling across the screen.
Navigation on a mobile device is a particular headache. Users need to be able to move around a website, but scrolling through endless links and navigation bars to get to the content is irritating and time consuming. There are many ways to overcome unwieldy navigation links, but the easiest is probably to have the full navigation on the homepage and have the content on other pages that can be accessed via a search or navigation link. These secondary pages can have the navigation links at the bottom, with a single anchor link at the top for ease of access.
Of course a site can be brilliantly designed for mobile phones, but if only the latest smartphones can access it then you could be missing out on a significant chunk of business. There are so many different phone models available that it can make sense for some businesses to have two or more levels of mobile friendly websites – one for the smartest of the smartphones and one for everyone else. Facebook, arguably one of the most innovative and trend-setting companies of the moment, has three different versions of mobile friendly website, as well as its standard website, to make sure that it can be accessed by as many users as possible.
This is where it makes sense to employ a reputable web design company that is up to speed on designing mobile-friendly websites. Time and money can be saved by using a company with the necessary experience and knowledge to quickly and effectively create the kind of websites that can be accessed easily by mobile device users. My Web Designer is an application developer and mobile application design company based in Birmingham. We have the necessary expertise to create mobile friendly websites and our application developers are innovative and enthusiastic. For more information on our mobile friendly websites and mobile application design in Birmingham please contact us.

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