Mobile Updates of the Week

A pink iphone

Pictures of a rumored pink iPhone 6s have made their way on the internet through a Chinese social media network. And with pink on an iPhone , it’s not just a color its an attitude. With no official confirmation this could well be completely fake.



Judging by the size of the phones , and assuming these are the new iPhone 6S units, the pink seems to be available for both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

Other rumored updates which could turn true , as part of natural evolution of the iPhone, are an improved camera, a force touch display which can know how hard the screen is pressed, and a strong body that will prevent another bendgate scandal

It’s a Marshmallow folks!

The latest Android M OS gets a name, and it is not M&M. The M stands for a campfire favorite, the Marshmallow. For developers the final Android 6.0 SDK is now available to download via the SDK Manager at Android Studio. Google Play is open now to accept your API 23 apps via the Google Play Developer Console on all release channels (Alpha, Beta & Production).


And yes, it brings in new features. Some of these are:

App Permissions:

A major change that gives you more control over phone functions that an App uses, is the App Permissions Manager. You no longer need to agree to all permissions on the first install, but can choose to give permissions when using the App the way you want. For example, if you use Whatsapp and want to send a picture using your camera, a App Permissions tab will pop open. And you can revoke permission for any App any time you like.

Android Pay:

It uses NFC, and uses a card emulation technique for tap-to-pay services. It will replace the Google Wallet app.

Fingerprint Support:

It will standardize fingerprint sensor support , using a standard API to go with all phone sensors. And yes, you can use the fingerprint to authorize an Android Pay transaction.

Power management:

Android has taken a smart approach here, and that is to Doze off and not die. The OS now uses motion detection, and shuts down processes that it can. This feature according to Google has doubled the standby time on Nexus 9.

USB Type-C:

And we have support for USB Type-C connectors. You can also charge other devices with your Android Phone now!

Project Ara is delayed

The first Project Ara hardware was going on trails in Puerto Rico this year, but has been pushed back to at least 2016.

For those uninitiated , the Ara platform will include an endo-skeleton that holds smartphone modules of the owner’s choice, such as a display, camera or an extra battery. So it would allow you to switch modules due to malfunctioning parts or to upgrade individual elements of the phone. Any number of variations are possible, providing longer lifetime cycles for the handset, and potentially reducing electronic waste.



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