THIS WEEKS Google Updates…
And if that's not enough for you, here's the news in brief.
First off, there's good news for anyone who has a Lumia (Nokia) phone in a drawer, An XDA-er has managed to get Nougat 7.1 running on a Nokia Lumia 520. This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. With new-old Nokia planning Android phones for 2017, it could see an alignment in the force.
Gboard, the Google designed iOS keyboard has arrived for Android finally, replacing the Google Keyboard of old. Features include a one-handed mode, dedicated number line, gif button, ‘G' Button and pop-out toolbar.
Ahead of the release of Android Wear 2.0 due next year, Google has acquired Cronologics, a smart watch company formed in 2014. It had been designing its own phone OS but now, more than likely it'll be concentrating on Android Wear, as seen in its CoWatch, which came out in September. This week Android Wear 2.0 reached preview release status for your fiddling pleasure.
Bit weird, but the latest addition to Google Search will be the addition of booking of keep-fit classes, just in time for the post-holiday bloat. The "Reserve with Google" service is available on mobile and desktop, and is rolling out starting in California.
Finally this week, and possibly this year, depending on how much there is to report before Christmas, a reminder to UK readers that every time you use Android Pay during December, you'll be offered a virtual Christmas Cracker. There are prizes inside and so far, we've won £23 worth of Costa Coffee, so we're quite made up. If you've not popped your crackers yet, don't worry - they remain valid until the end of the year. µ
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