Ready for a weekend full of Halloween treats? We know you are trying to rush out the door, so let’s get you your latest news from Google, Samsung and LG.
A new service from Google has been leaked via the latest Google Play Services APK. It’s named Copresence, and we don’t exactly know what it is. What we do know is that it’s some sort of multi-platform communications service, likely for sharing files.
It’s said this service will launch in the coming weeks, supporting both Android and iOS. Evidence suggests Google has been planning this for a while and has been acquiring patents for it, making it more than just an idea.
Opinion: In a way, Google has become some sort of connection between iOS and Android. Their services bring both platforms together. I use Gogole Drive, Contacts, Maps and other services to “sync” my iOS and Android products, for example.
It may be a while before we see the Samsung Galaxy S5 getting Android 5.0 (especially if it’s a carrier version), but we know Samsung is already getting their hands dirty and working on the update. A new list of changes has shown up online, offering a large variety of changes.
Here are the changes:
- New Note 4 fingerprint lock screen.
- New system-wide font — similar to the original one, but a tad thinner.
- New animations, much smoother than before — there’s a screen off animation present as well.
- Google Search bar in recents menu.
- Brightness slider in notification centre has a new yellow colour — while changing the brightness, the notification centre disappears and allows the user to view the content beneath it.
- Removed “Interruptions” from Sound settings.
- Gallery: Media can be sorted using new filters including Pets, Events, Scenery, Documents, Food, Vehicles and Flowers.
- Music: Improved UI.
- Clock: Navigation bar icons are now accompanied by text.
- Calculator: Removed square grids which surrounded the numbers and symbols
Contacts: New search box.
- Stock Material Design inspired applications receive colored status bar.
- Android Lollipop theme’s core green elements replaced with Samsung’s blue colour.
- Settings: Improved UI, new icon colours.
- New UI for setting wallpaper from home screen.
- Better spacing between options in power off dialog.
Opinion: Quite a healthy list, and definitely something to look forward to. I am really most excited about the UI changes, which Samsung seems to be following through with.
LG is known for going nuts with screen manufacturing, and their latest announcement is a good example of such. The 5.1-inch 1080p screen has almost no bezel. Its bezel measures in at only 0.7mm, which is almost invisible.
LG accomplishes this by using Neo Edge module processing technology and Advanced In-Cell Touch technology. What the heck does this mean? We are not exactly sure, but we do know Neo Edge uses adhesive to seal the areas around the circuit board, as opposed to double-sided tape.
This allows for a thinner bezel by negating the need to use plastic to attach the panel to the LCD backlight. The AIT technology allows the touch panel to be embedded into the LCD module, also making the bezel thinner.
Opinion: This may result in virtually bezel-less devices to come in the near future. Can we go further than what we have seen in devices like the Sharp Aquos Crystal? It seems like it!