18/06/2016

New Features of Android 7.0 N

New Features of Android 7.0 N

Google has released the developer preview of its upcoming Android OS version, Android N, at the Google I/O 2016 event in the San Francisco Bay Area. While it’s not the final version, this developer preview gives app makers and users some hints about what’s coming in the next version of the Android mobile OS.
There are plenty of new features introduced in Android 7.0 N, including revamped notifications, better battery life, multi-window support, and many more.
Although it’s not clear whether Android N will be named ‘Nectar’, ‘Nougat’, ‘Nutella’, or after some other sweet or dessert, but the company has revealed some of the software’s key features. Here’s a list of new features and improvement that Google has introduced in Android 7.0 N.


Notification Enhancements


Google has redesigned notifications in Android N which will include bundled notifications, template updates, and direct reply. With notification template update, the hero image and avatar will get more emphasis while the bundled notifications will allow system group messages together. The direct reply will allow users to respond to a SMS or text message directly within the notification pane without needing to open an app. This feature works for all messaging and IM apps, including WhatsApp.



Multi-Window Support


Android N adds support for multi-window which allow users to open two apps on the screen at once and run them side-by-side or one-above-the-other in split screen mode. The company has also added resize option for apps which can be done by dragging the divider between them. Apart from the multi-window support, Google says that users on Android TV devices will be able to put apps in picture-in-picture mode, which will allow them to continue showing content while the user browses or interacts with other apps.


Project Svelte Background Optimizations


With Android N, Google introduced a project called ‘Project Svelte’ which is an effort to optimize the way apps run in the background. The new project is focused on optimizing the RAM usage by the apps and the system. The company is doing this by removing three intent broadcasts, which could wake up multiple apps at once thereby conserving battery life and increasing memory usage.



Number Blocking


Android N is coming up with native number blocking feature which allow users to block the number at the system level. It provides a framework API to let service providers maintain a blocked-number list. The default SMS app, the default phone app, and provider apps can read from and write to the blocked-number list.



Call Screening


The dialer app on Android N also supports call screening, which not only lets you reject calls from telemarketers & spammers but also make sure that those calls don’t reach your call log or your notifications.

Like previous versions of Android, the final consumer version of Android N won’t land until later in the year, usually around October, but you can download the developer preview now if you have a Nexus Phone like Nexus 5x, 6, 6P, 9, Nexus Player, or Pixel C tablet.


Data Saver


Data Saver is a new feature that helps reduce cellular data use by apps. When enabled, the system will block background data and will also signal apps to use less data in the foreground wherever possible. Users will also get an option to select specific apps to run in the background and use data even when Data Saver mode is enabled. So if you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi connection all day and don’t want your device using a bunch of data while you’re not using your phone, this new feature is for you.



Enhanced Doze Mode


Google introduced Doze, a feature mode that saved battery when the device is idle, in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Previously, the feature had only worked when the phone had remained completely undisturbed for a long time, for instance, when you’re sleeping, but now Google says Doze will also save battery any time the screen is turned off. It points out that on turning the screen on or plugging in the device will bring the device out of Doze automatically. This will help the device to improve the battery life.



Night Mode


Just like Apple’s recently released ‘Night Shift’ mode in iOS 9.3, the Night Mode in Android N allows users to adjust the screen temperature for ease of use at night. The night mode in Android N enables user dark theme across the device during night. It also applies a yellowish tint in order to suppress the blue light coming from the display. The feature also lowers brightness automatically depending on the time of the day.

You can set your phone to switch on night mode automatically, and you can even choose to use a dark theme instead of Android N’s standard black-text-on-white look. To enable it, go to Settings -> System UI Tuner -> Color and appearance -> Night mode.



Improved Google Keyboard


Google keyboard will also be getting some new features in the Android N. Users can now select different themes for stock Google Keyboard. There are 14 preset solid color themes available to choose from. Users can also use their own image as the background for the keyboard. Android N will also include new emoji characters that are Unicode 9 certified.



Android TV Recording


In Android N, Android TV users will have the ability to record and playback content from Android TV input services via new recording APIs. In addition, you will also be able to schedule a recording in advance or record while you are watching.

17/06/2016

Google Play Store not working on your phone? Here's how to resolve the issue

We all experience different Google Play Store problem at some point or the other. The problem could occur as a result of an error message when downloading apps, or Play Store not opening at all, and sometimes it's always frustrating getting all sorts of error messages on your phone.
Most users are tired and do not know how exactly to fix this issue. Provided you follow the below tips you shouldn't have any issue about Google Play Store not working on your phone anymore.
Below are ways to make Google Play Store run smoothly on your device when it doesn't work on your Android phone.

1. Clear the Google Play Store Cache


In minor cases, you can get the Play Store running smoothly again by just clearing the cache. The cache is simply a storage area which temporarily holds data so it can be quickly retrieved without the need for reload. Clearing the cache can actually solve the problem on your phone.
Firstly, navigate to Settings > Apps > Application manager ( depends on your device though). From there scroll down and tap Clear Cache or you might have to go to Storage and then Clear Cache.
Upon completion of this, navigate to Google Play Store and see if the problem is solved, if it's not, then try any of the below tips here.

2. Clear/ delete Play Store data


Deleting your Play Store data is quite similar to the first step but erases quite a bit more, as it sets the app back to square one and deletes all of your saved information, including any issue that might have caused the problem on your phone.
You have to take note that you need to backup all your information as files, settings, accounts, databases and other information of sort will be erased and also have the login information for the,, account as it will be taken off the Google Play Store account.
To do this, navigate to Settings > Apps/Application manager. From there Clear data, or go to Storage first then Clear data.

3. Clear data and cache on Google Play Services


There's every possibility that Play Store problems could come issues with Google Play Services. For example Google Play is the body of your Android device then, Google Play Services is its soul. Play Services is responsible for background processes that allows apps to communicate with different parts of your device, allowing them to sync, send push notifications and many more. So to say, if after clearing the cache on Google play store doesn't resolve the issue, then there might be need to go to Google Play Services and do same too.
To do this, go to Settings > Apps and find Google Play services app. Depending on the type of device, you should be able to hit the Clear cache button, and if it doesn't help still, come back to Google play services and tap Manage space/ manage storage then click on Clear data.

4. Installation of latest Google Play Services version


This aspect might also help as such you are advised to download and install the latest version of Google Play Services on your phone, as the current version of the software tends to be the most stable. So you are advised to keep it updated.

5. Enable Download Manager


There's every chance that Play Store on your phone will stop working if the download manager on your phone is disabled. To enable it, navigate to Settings > Apps/Application manager > All ^ Download manager.
Note: if Download Manager is disabled, you will see a button marked with Enable, so simply tap to switch Download manager back on. Likewise if all you see are force stop and disable buttons then it means Download Manage is enabled.

6. Reset factory data on your smartphone


If none of the above steps seem not to work, then performing a factory reset will be a better option, as you are advised to back up all your useful data and information before doing this as all information and data will be lost.
To do this, navigate to Settings > Backup & reset, and make sure the slider for Backup my data is on. Click Backup account to select which account you want your data backed up to.
Once this is done, go to the Backup & reset menu and tap the Factory data reset button at the bottom. Confirm to do this and your phone is back as new. All of your data will be restored when you log in back into your Google account.

7. Reset your Google account on your phone


If your Play Store app isn't working, then refreshing your Google account on your Android device will be a better option. This means that your Google account on your phone will be reset and not just in the Google Play Store. Make sure you know the acount(s) before you do this as you may lose the entire account if care is not taken.
To do this, go to Settings > Accounts. Then tap the Google account you so wish to remove, then click the menu icon( hamburger icon at the top right) and tap Remove account. You can do this for every Google account on your device.
To re enter your Google account, go to Settings > Account. The only thing you get to see here now is Add account, so if you see an account there then it means you forgot to remove one. Click on the Add Account and follow the on-screen steps to re add your account.

8. Rooted users: edit hosts file


If you using a Rooted device and Play Store has refused to work on your device, you can modify your host file for a quick fix.
Go to your preferred file manager, go to system/etc/hosts and select the Edit option( though varies between devices)
Add a hashtag(#) to the front of the second set of numbers and save your changes(i.e change 124.0.0.1 to #124.0.0.1) and reboot your device. Re add your Google account and your Google Play Store problems should be solved.


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15/06/2016

How to fix the process issue/error: com.google.process.gapps has stopped

There are mostly two error messages that affects an Android phone especially the ones running on the Android KitKat OS, which are: "com.google.process.gapps has stopped unexpectedly" and "Unfortunately, the process com.google.process.gapps has stopped".

These error messages can be sometimes frustrating as they appear whenever you doing something important on your phone and hence you won't be able to continue with it.

The two error messages actually mean the same except for the fact it could come in either of the two messages on your Android and quite much easy to resolve. Below are ways to fix the issue.

Clear Cache for the app causing the error message


While making use of a particular app on your phone, if you notice that the error message pops up for every time you try to launch the app, there are chances that the app is the cause of the problem

Navigate to Settings > Apps and find app in question. Click the app and on the following page tap Clear Cache.

If this still doesn't help, you can try clearing the data for the app too. But do take note that you will lose any chat conversation or game process, so you might want to backup your data first. Above the Clear Cache you will find the Clear data button.

If any of the above solution doesn't work, the next step would be to try uninstalling the app( which can be done from the same page as clearing the cache and data) and then reinstalling later.

How to fix the process issue/error: com.google.process.gapps has stopped

Clear Google Play Services data


Here is another solution to try out if clearing cache and data for a particular app or uninstalling doesn't work. This can be done by removing all of your Google Play Services data.

This process will delete your Google Play services settings and preferences but don't worry they are easy to assign again later as you wouldn't even notice.

Now, navigate to Settings > Apps > Google Play Services. On the App info page, you will see the Manage space button, then tap it.
On the screen next to it click Clear all data, as you will receive a warning message asking if you wish to permanently delete the data. Tap OK to proceed.

Reset app preferences


Another method of fixing the error message is by navigating to Settings > Apps > All and reset the app preferences( found via three dots or hamburger icon).

By doing this, all of your app settings are back to beginning, but any app data won't be deleted. Which simply means, any saved progress won't be lost.

Did any of these tips helped you fix the problem? How often do you see this error message? Let's know in the comments.

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