How hands-off is OK Google versus Siri, as shown by… Cookie Monster?

There’s a new iPhone ad on TV using “Sesame Street”‘s Cookie Monster. The ad promotes the iPhone’s Siri features as useful, with Cookie Monster using it while baking cookies. Here’s the ad: For comparison, I thought I’d try the same things Cookie Monster did with my Android-based phone, and its counterpart “OK Google” voice command … Continue reading “How hands-off is OK Google versus Siri, as shown by… Cookie Monster?”

Android or iOS are the only (popular) mobile OS choices

A study by research firm Gartner has revealed that smartphone sales are still growing, though growth last year was the slowest since 2008. However, it’s also revealed that Android and iOS now dominate smartphone operating system marketspace, with a combined 98.4% market share. The current shares of smartphone operating systems are listed below: Smartphone OS 2015 market … Continue reading “Android or iOS are the only (popular) mobile OS choices”

Does Facebook’s Android app drain the phone battery?

The website BGR, The Guardian newspaper, and a Reddit user all have reported on Facebook’s Android app supposedly being a resource hog. According to these three sources, the social network’s app not only puts a drain on battery life, but also stresses other system resources. Said resource usage isn’t reflected in the phone’s statistics for … Continue reading “Does Facebook’s Android app drain the phone battery?”

Chrome OS to be merged with Android

On Thursday, it was reported (initially by the Wall Street Journal) that Google plans to fold Chrome OS into its Android operating system. The goal is to create a new Android-based operating system for its present line of Chromebooks as well as for smartphones and tablets. The Chromebook line will also be renamed; its new name … Continue reading “Chrome OS to be merged with Android”

My recommended Android apps guide (Fall 2015)

I last wrote about what Android apps I regularly use back in the spring of 2013, when I first bought my now-in-need-of-replacing Nexus 4 smartphone. Since that’s forever ago in smartphone terms, I thought it was time for an updated Android apps guide, highlighting my favorite apps. Productivity Google Docs and Sheets: Google Drive’s web … Continue reading “My recommended Android apps guide (Fall 2015)”

Lollipop is on 23.5% of Android devices

The newest version of Android, “Marshmallow” (6.0), has just been released for Android devices. But what about the previous versions of Android? From Android’s developers’ page, here’s a breakdown of the usage of previous versions of the mobile device OS. Lollipop, the most recent version of Android, has only a 23.5% device share. The most popular version of … Continue reading “Lollipop is on 23.5% of Android devices”

Google announces new Chromecasts, Pixel tablet

Earlier this week, Google announced a variety of new devices and services. Here’s my two cents on all the new Google stuff. Chromecasts: Now with audio Google’s released an updated version of the Chromecast. Besides various software (and WiFi hardware) updates, the new Chromecasts will also come in a choice of colors: black, “coral” (red), and “lemonade” (yellow). … Continue reading “Google announces new Chromecasts, Pixel tablet”

Google’s next Android version will be named “Marshmallow”

Google’s announced that version 6.0 of its Android mobile operating system will be named “Marshmallow.” For years, Google has named its Android versions mainly after various snack foods, all in alphabetical order: Alpha Beta Cupcake Donut Eclair Froyo Gingerbread Honeycomb Ice Cream Sandwich Jelly Bean KitKat Lollipop Marshmallow The news came with the release of … Continue reading “Google’s next Android version will be named “Marshmallow””

Apple announces next version of OS X, Apple Music streaming service

On Monday, Apple held its World Wide Developers’ Conference (WWDC), where it announced an assortment of new software features. While there’s more details here, I thought I’d throw in my two cents below on the most interesting highlights. The next version of OS X: El Capitan The next version of OS X, OS X 10.11, … Continue reading “Apple announces next version of OS X, Apple Music streaming service”

Saying “Shazam” will finally do something in real life (on Android)

Just like Billy Batson, saying “Shazam!” will finally let you see something happen in real life. Unfortunately, it’s not turning you into the World’s Mightiest Mortal, but rather, it does tie into an expansion of Android’s features. For awhile now, Google’s “OK Google” voice command’s let you do stuff within Android’s core services. Now, it’s being … Continue reading “Saying “Shazam” will finally do something in real life (on Android)”