What’s new in Android Oreo — Learn in a few seconds

This is a quick post on what’s new on Android Oreo

For Users

  • You’ll see new colorful categorized notifications
  • You’ll see a notification dot on the app icons (how you see on Samsung or iOS?)
  • Some apps can show up in a small window — called Picture in Picture — Like they do in Youtube app already?
  • Wow, you can download fonts and use them on your phone.

For Developers

Developers take note of following new or enhanced features in API level 26 (Android 8)

  • Fonts in XML instead of resource folder
  • Auto resizing TextView
  • Enhanced WebView APi
  • Color Management for apps
  • Adaptive icons
  • Multi-Screen support for your apps
  • Pinning shortcuts within apps and more

These are just the highlights I thought I’d share with you.

 

You can read more details here, especially developers.

Getting Started – 3D Game Making

 

Making games in Unity 3D
3D Game Sample Screenshot

Just as a diversification of things I’ve been doing, I’ll be sharing my knowledge with an open audience at ITU today. The topic is how to make 3D games with Unity 3d. This is a beginners’ session and if you wanted to find a reason to start working in this area, this could be your chance. I’m overwhelmed at the registration response and we have a full house sign-ups already.  Continue reading “Getting Started – 3D Game Making”

Android paid apps coming to Pakistan

Google just announced that the paid apps are coming to Pakistan and a number of other countries. Now developers from Pakistan and some other countries can sell their apps on Google Play store for money using Google Wallet. The list of countries includes Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Qatar and Venezuela. Developers from these countries can sign up as paid-app-developers using their existing or new Google Play accounts from November 6th 2014. If you already have a developer account on Google Play and have linked your account with a payment mode in another country, you’ll have to make a new account to sell apps and in-app purchases from above mentioned countries. Continue reading “Android paid apps coming to Pakistan”

Nokia XL and me

Nokia is my first love for mobiles and Android is my current favorite operating system. While Nokia is slowly moving away from Symbian, more Nokias are coming on Windows Mobile OS. The recent interesting development is an Android based Nokia. Well, not very recent but the news isn’t that old. Why I’m writing this post here? I’ve finally got a chance to play around with a Nokia running it’s  modified version of Android OS. The new platform is called Nokia X and the phone I have in my hand right now is called Nokia XL. It’s not the first phone on Nokia X platform but my first Android Nokia.

It’s been only a few hours I’ve got it so can’t say much about it but this place is about to get filled with a lot of Nokia XL stuff, so stay tuned.

Here are a few photos form my pre-unboxing post 🙂

 



 

iOS 7.1.2 is here

Look what Apple sent me today. A new version of iOS.

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I got this on my iPhone 5 in Pakistan. Did you get an update too ?

3G is here in Pakistan

While the auction for the licenses by PTA is just winding up, we can already see 3G signals showing up on phones 🙂

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And here are some speedtest results.

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WhatsApp hoax about voice calls

 

WhatsApp has now been flooded with this hoax message and just like any other chain letter/hoax people continue to fall victim for it. The message asks you to forward it to everyone in the contacts to get some free voice calls and this forwarding will ensure that your account is active and blah blah blah and so on.

Dear fellow WhatsApp users, if its about free calls, why don’t you make free calls using Skype, Viber or any other similar service? Just take a chill pill and relax. It’s just a fake message you’ve fallen for, have you?

The purpose of the hoax message has not yet clear except doing exactly what it asks you to prevent, yes, to make WhatsApp servers overloaded by huge number of broadcast messages.

Here’s the full text of the message I received a number of times in past few hours.  Enjoy!

✅ Hello, I. Am DAVID D. SURETECH founder of Whatsapp. this message is to inform all of our users that we have only 53million accounts available for new phones. Our servers have recently been very congested, so we asking for your help to solve this problem. We need our active users to forward this message to every single person in their contact list in order to confirm our active users that use WhatsApp. If you do not send this message to all your contacts to WhatsApp, then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts. The automatic update symbol on your SmartPhone Will appear with the transmission of this message. Your smartphone will be updated within 24 hours, and will feature a new design; a new color for the chat and the icon will change from green to azul. Whatsapp will begin to charge unless you are a frequent user. If you have at least 10 contacts send this sms and the logo will become red on your platform
to indicate that you are an active user. Tomorrow, we wil begin to take messages for whatsapp for 0.37 cents. Forward this message to more than 9 people in your contact list and the what’s app logo on your will turn blue meaning that you have
Become a free user for life.
Confirming this is the new icon WhatsApp ☑ ®
Send it to all your contacts to update the application
♻send this to 10 people
To activate the new whatsapp calling for free version 4.0.0
100% WORKING!!! I GOT THE NEW WHATSAPP NOW… With free calls!!!