Huawei Still Unsure If Hongmeng Will Replace Android On Its Phones

Huawei Still Unsure If HongMeng Will Replace Android On Its Phones

We had heard that the operating system that the company is developing is known as HongMeng, but now it turns out that Huawei might be having second thoughts. According to a report from the South China Morning Post, Huawei chairman Liang Hua was quoted as saying, “We haven’t decided whether to develop Hongmeng into a smartphone OS yet.”

We should point out that Liang’s statement was merely a clarification about its HongMeng platform, where the company did acknowledge that it was in development, although it seemed to be mostly aimed at Internet of Things devices, as opposed to smartphones. This doesn’t mean that the company isn’t working on an Android alternative, but according to Liang, they would ultimately still prefer to use Android if they can.

Microsoft Word For Android Crosses 1 Billion Installs

Microsoft Word For Android Crosses 1 Billion Installs


Microsoft Word is one of the world’s most popular productivity apps so it’s no surprise that the app has proven to be a hit on Google’s mobile OS as well. Latest Google Play Store stats show that the Android version of Microsoft Word has been installed a whopping one billion times. Most of Microsoft’s other Office apps have been doing well too.

Excel, a popular spreadsheet app, has more than 500 installs on Android and the same holds true for OneNote, PowerPoint, and OneDrive as well. Outlook for Android is gradually picking up pace as well as it has amassed more than 100 million installs on Android.

Android Q Beta 5 Has Rolled Out To The Essential Phone

Android Q Beta 5 Has Rolled Out To The Essential Phone

While the Essential Phone might not have received the warm welcome that the company hoped it would, the upside is that the company seems to be quite on the ball when it comes to updates. They were one of the first few handset makers to roll out the Android 9.0 Pie update for their phone, and now it seems that they could be on track to do the same with Android Q.

In a tweet by the company, it seems that they have started to push out the Android Q beta 5 update to Essential Phones enrolled under their beta program. We should note that this is merely a beta and is not the final update, but presumably all this testing will help Essential fine tune the update to ensure that when the final build of Android Q is ready, they should have ironed out most of the kinks and have the update ready in a very timely manner.

Youtube Arrives On Fire Tv As Prime Video Lands On Chromecast And Android Tvs

YouTube Arrives On Fire TV As Prime Video Lands On Chromecast And Android TVs


A feud between Google and Amazon had essentially forced users to pick sides since the companies blocked their services from each other’s platforms. So YouTube wasn’t available on Fire TV and Amazon Prime Video wasn’t available on Chromecast and Android TVs. This was bound to change after both companies announced that they were making peace and would allow the services on their respective networks. That’s precisely what has happened today.

Starting today, Amazon Prime Video subscribers can stream content from their preferred streaming service on Chromecast and Android TV devices. The Prime Video app is now available for these platforms from Google Play.

Windows 10 ‘your Phone' App Can Mirror Notifications From Android Devices

Windows 10 ‘Your Phone' App Can Mirror Notifications From Android Devices


Microsoft’s ‘Your Phone’ app for Windows 10 allows for greater connectivity between your PC and smartphone. The idea is to enable users to interact with content on their smartphone without requiring them to use the device as long as it’s connected to their Windows 10 PC wirelessly. Checking notifications is why most of us pick up our phones so many times every day and that’s just going to get a bit easier with the latest update to the app.

The latest update for Your Phone now brings the ability to mirror notifications from an Android smartphone to a Windows 10 PC. This functionality has been in testing for a couple of months now and it’s finally being made available to all users starting today.

Swiftkey For Android Could Get Crippled With Google's New Policy

SwiftKey For Android Could Get Crippled With Google's New Policy

The problem with third-party apps on mobile devices is that they need to comply with the rules and policies set by the company that owns the ecosystem, whether it be Apple or Google. For the most part, if the app complies, they are usually left alone, but there are times when it could spell bad news for the app and its users.

Such is the case with popular third-party keyboard app SwiftKey, in which according to emails Google has been sending out to Gmail users, it looks like the app could see a reduction in quality and functionality due to some policy changes that Google has made that are supposed to help protect the user’s data.

Microsoft's Dual-screen Surface Device May Support Android Apps

Microsoft's Dual-Screen Surface Device May Support Android Apps


It has been rumored for a while now that Microsoft is working on a dual-display device which will be introduced under the Surface brand. A recent report had even suggested that the company had displayed a prototype of this device to employees. A new report claims that this unnamed device will have two 9 inch displays with 4:3 aspect ratio and that it will be capable of running Android apps.

The report claims that this device, codenamed Centaurus, will be able to run Android apps as that will be supported by Microsoft’s new Windows Core OS (WCOS) operating system. WCOS is essentially the platform for a more lightweight version of Windows OS. It’s this operating system that’s known as Windows Lite internally which will be used for dual-screen devices and competitors for Chromebooks.

Bill Gates' ‘greatest Mistake Ever' Was Losing Out To Android

Bill Gates' ‘Greatest Mistake Ever' Was Losing Out To Android


Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates talked about what he considers to be his “greatest mistake every” at the company during an interview at venture capital firm Village Global. It was the company’s haphazard move from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone. That move allowed Android to become the only true alternative to Apple’s iOS platform.

“In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is,” Gates said.

Huawei Reassures That Existing Phones Will Be Updated To Android Q

Huawei Reassures That Existing Phones Will Be Updated To Android Q

However, the good news is that despite these legal troubles, Huawei will not be forsaking its customers. In a post on its website in which Huawei answers a bunch of questions regarding the future of the company and its products, the company has reassured existing customers that they will be bringing the Android Q update to a bunch of handsets.

Now, not every single handset will be getting the update, but there will be over 17 devices part of this list. This includes the Huawei P30, P30 Pro, P30 Lite, Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 20 RS, P smart 2019, P smart+ 2019, P smart Z, Mate 20 X, Mate 20 X (5G), P20, P20 Pro, Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10, and the Mate 20 Lite.

Google App For Android Testing A Way To Share Your Search With Others

Google App For Android Testing A Way To Share Your Search With Others

Despite Google being so easy and straightforward to use, people still like to ask questions that they can easily Google the answer for, but we get it, sometimes older users might not be familiar with the process and the good news is that Google is testing out a way for users to easily share their searches.

This new share feature seems to be part of a recent update to Google beta app on Android, where as you can see in the screenshot above, there is a new Share button. This means that users can tap on it and share it with other people via messages, email, and so on. Prior to this, users could share search by copying the URL.

Youtube Is Testing A New Way Of Displaying Comments On Android

YouTube Is Testing A New Way Of Displaying Comments On Android

Image credit – Tushar Mehta/XDA Developers

Most of us have used the YouTube app on our phones. One of the ways to view the comments on our phones is by scrolling all the way down. This isn’t the most convenient way of viewing comments, but according to a report from XDA Developers, it appears that the company is testing out a new way of displaying comments on the Android app.

Dr. Mario World Will Launch On Ios And Android Devices Next Month

Dr. Mario World Will Launch On iOS And Android Devices Next Month

If you enjoy games like Bejeweled where you match gems of similar colors to “clear” a space, then you might have played games like Dr. Mario in the past. If you enjoyed the game, then you might be pleased to learn that Nintendo has since announced a new Dr. Mario game that will be coming onto iOS and Android devices next month.

Dubbed Dr. Mario World, this is a game that seems to be pretty similar in concept to the original. According to Nintendo’s description of the game, “Match capsules with viruses and watch them disappear! Simply match three objects of the same color vertically or horizontally to clear them. Take your time, because each puzzling stage’s configuration of viruses must be cleared using a limited number of capsules.”

Someone Got Overwatch Running On A Nintendo Switch By Using Android

Someone Got Overwatch Running On A Nintendo Switch By Using Android

The Nintendo Switch is an incredibly popular console, and as such, there are more developers interested in creating games for it than its predecessor, the Wii U. Blizzard has yet to make any of their games available on the console, although in the past, the company has expressed some interest in it.

They even acknowledged that developing Overwatch for the Switch was feasible, but whether or not they’d do it is a different story. However thanks to the work of some developers, it seems that someone has managed to port Blizzard’s Overwatch onto the Switch by using none other than Google’s Android platform.

Xiaomi Android Q Beta Test Schedule Confirmed

Xiaomi Android Q Beta Test Schedule Confirmed


Several OEMs are working with Google to test out the Android Q beta on select devices and Xiaomi wants to get in on the action as well. The company has confirmed its beta roadmap for Android Q. A total of 11 devices from the Chinese company will take part in the Android Q beta test before Google’s latest and greatest Android OS iteration is rolled out for these devices.

Nine Xiaomi devices are scheduled to receive the Android Q beta in the fourth quarter of this year. These devices include the Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 SE, K20 Pro, K20, Mi 8, Mi 8 Pro, Mi 8 Explorer, Mi Mix 2S, and Mi Mix 3. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Redmi Note 7 are set to receive their Android Q betas in the first quarter of 2020.