Gmail App’s Dark Mode for iPad and iPhone

Has Gmail App’s Dark Mode Finally been Perfected for iPhone and iPad?

The image above lets you see what “Dark Mode is about.

After many false starts and software with problems of functionality, Google appears to have mastered the long-awaited “dark mode” for Gmail.

This functionality is for Apple iPad and iPhone.

Version 6.0.200519 of Gmail, which propagated through the App Store overnight, includes the following release notes:

” You can now switch between dark or light theme after upgrading to iOS 13.

You can use the system theme set by default.

Google first announced dark mode for its Gmail app in September 2019.

Progress since then has been patchy on iOS.

Problems such as users managing to activate dark mode in the app, only to find that it vanishes when they close the iPad or iPhone and restart it.

Some potential users haven’t been able to access the feature at all.

The recent update should hopefully bring to an end months of waiting for a significant number of users.

To enable dark mode in Gmail on ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌, update the app on your device, then follow these steps.

  1. Launch the Gmail app.
  2. Tap the Menu icon (the three lines) in the top-left corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll down and tap Settings.
  4. Tap Theme. (If you don’t see the option, try force-quitting and then relaunching the app.)
  5. Select Light, Dark, or System default.

The latter option makes Gmail’s theme default to your device’s system settings. This default option is useful if you’ve set the appearance of IOS to change automatically depending on the time of day.

Note that if your device is running iOS 11 or iOS 12, you’ll see a Dark theme toggle instead of a Theme submenu in the Settings screen.

 

This edited article, first appeared in full on MacRumors.com

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The Power of Apps on “IOS” or “ANDROID” Phones

Apps IOS

What is an App?

“Apps” enable you to do things quicker on your Phone and access Programs in a shorter time period without going through a number of additional steps to open a program.

“App” is short for Application and is a program you install on your phone to perform a specific task.

Some Apps come pre-installed on your phone, such as calendar, alarms, emails apps.  However, most Apps you may want to use will have to be downloaded from an App Store.  There is a separate store for Apple Apps and Android Apps, due to the fact they are two separate operating systems.

Apps for IPHONES and iPads

On either of these devices there will be an “App Icon”.  Tap on the App Icon store and you will be taken to the store and a reasonably easy to follow means of selecting what you require.

Your main source of finding preferred Apps will be the search button.  When you search for an APP to address a challenge you may have, then frequently there may be a choice of Apps.  Details will be provided for each App and often a rating system.  However many applications have a single unique App i.e. say a Banking Service.

Once you have decided on an App you want , tap “Get” to download it (or the price in the event it is a paid for App).  If it is a paid App you will have to enter your Apple ID password or use “finger print recognition” as ID.  When the App is fully downloaded you will be able to see the App on the screen.  When you tap on it it will Open and you will be able to use the features provided.

Apps for ANDROID PHONES and Tablets

To get an Android App you will need to go to the App for “Google Play Store” on your Home Screen or your App Drawer.  At the bottom of the screen select Apps and this will enable you to see the featured Apps or do a search using the “search bar” at the top of the App Screen.

To download the App tap “Install” if the App is Free or Price if a paid App.  If a paid App your will have to enter your Google Account details or use your finger print if this is set up on your machine.  When the App is installed tap Open or go to the App Drawer to access it.

Apps Android

Some Popular Apps to Try (most of which are Free)

Translation Services

Radio Apps – most radio stations have their own App.

Skype – make telephone calls.

Zoom – for video calls.

What’s App – for group communication mostly by text but also video.

Satnav – Google Maps can be downloaded and use for mapping journeys etc in real time.

Banking and Credit Card Apps for the Accounts you have with the relevant Banks.

There are literally thousands of Apps both free and paid.

Happy searching and using!

Google Becomes Pro-Active in Covid 19 Mapping

Google - Covid 19 Maps

Google Rolls Out Covid 19 Driving Route Alerts for IOS and Android Operating Systems

Google has launched several new transit features to Google Maps on iOS (read Apple hardware) and Android (read Galaxy, Microsoft etc).  Their aim is  to help users travel safely as lockdown measures gradually ease in some countries following the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest version of Google Maps alerts users whose travel will be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, including requirements like wearing a mask on public transport and whether a chosen route has checkpoints. The update was detailed in a Google blog post:

Getting from A to B can be more complicated these days. Because of COVID-19, it’s increasingly important to know how crowded a train station might be at a particular time or whether the bus is running on a limited schedule. Having this information before and during your trip is critical for both essential workers who need to safely navigate to work and will become more important for everyone as countries around the world begin to reopen.

Users of public transport will get crowd-sourced information on traffic being experienced by services.  Drivers will receive alerts about checkpoints and restrictions on their route.

Google says the transit alerts are rolling out in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and the U.S. where it has information from local transit agencies, with more coming soon.

In addition, users navigating to medical facilities or COVID-19 testing centres will get alerts reminding them to verify eligibility and facility guidelines to avoid being turned away or causing additional strain on the local healthcare system.

Starting this week, alerts for medical facilities will be available in Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, South Korea, and the U.S., while testing centre alerts will also be available in the U.S. Alerts are based on authoritative data from local, state, and federal governments or from their websites.

Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free.

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Can you match Apple or Samsung Technology with Belkin’s New Speaker/Charger?

Belkin Speaker Charger

Belkin provides a range of iPhone accessories that include wireless chargers

A latest product pairs wireless charging functionality with a home speaker.

The SoundForm Elite Smart Speaker and Wireless Charger, which is priced at $300, was released in May.  It is a niche product because of its price point, it may fill a void for those who are looking for devices that have a range of functions.

It has a rounded body shape with an angled top area that’s designed to fit a smartphone for wireless charging purposes. Any size ‌iPhone‌ will fit and work here.

There was concern that the speaker would look unfinished without a smartphone charging on it, but the angled smartphone charging platform looks like a deliberate design decision. The speaker is covered in a mesh fabric, but it’s clothlike and has give, so it almost feels more like a sleeve than a part of the speaker.

The speaker is available in either black or white.  There are touch controls on the top for activating Bluetooth, changing the volume, playing/pausing music, or turning off the microphone (and thus preventing Google Assistant from listening). The icons are also a little bit light in colour.

A small light on the wireless charging pad lets you know when your smartphone is charging, and there are a series of LEDs on the front that shine through the fabric cover to give you a visual on when Google Assistant is interacting with you.

This is a smart speaker, and setting it up requires the Google Home app on an ‌iPhone‌ or Android smartphone. If you are not a Google user (i.e. your kit is Apple and Apps are from the Apple Store) then this will be a problem.  You need to ne aware of this issue as it is likely to prove problematic unless you are persistent and have technical “know how”.

With Google Assistant, the speaker can play on request  when asked from these linked services: YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, and Deezer, with a default able to be set in the Google Home app. You will note Apple Music is not on this list.  If you are an Apple Music user then check out the possibilities and challenges of connecting to this.

Google Assistant  in addition to playing music, provides services such as answering queries, translating, providing weather information, adjusting volume, controlling linked smart home products, providing daily news, setting timers, setting up music routines, broadcasting voice messages, and more.

The quality of the output from the SoundForm Elite is of high quality and unless you are very “sound sensitive” most listeners will be pleased with the sound quality.  The sound is loud enough that it’s able to fill a normal sized room with high quality sound even at high volume.

Bottom Line

If you’re in Apple’s ecosystem and use ‌Apple Music‌ and Siri, the Belkin SoundForm Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker and Wireless Charger isn’t going to be worth the purchase because it’s just not set up for Apple’s devices and services. It doesn’t work with ‌Apple Music‌ except over Bluetooth, there is no ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support, and it isn’t HomeKit compatible.

If you have a mix of Apple and Android devices and also have a Google Home setup, it’s a different story. In that situation, it’s a solid speaker that offers high-quality Devialet sound at a reasonable price, and provides all the bells and whistles you get with Google Assistant integration. And to top it all off, there’s a handy wireless charger, making the speaker a versatile and useful desktop companion.

Note: Information above is an extract of an Article on MacRumors.com

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10 Android Reference Sites

Adroid Operating Systems

 

How do you keep your knowledge updated?

Reading news and latest updates is the habit of many of us with an interest in Digital Technology.

If you are a Software Developer being up to date with the latest news about the technologies that are dominating is essential.

Every day some technology blogs are being posted on the sites by influencer or bloggers or agencies. Reading these blogs will enhance your knowledge and will provide a numerous opportunities.

Do You know what is Android app development?

Android is a mobile operating system which is developed by Google. It is the primary Operating System used by the users along with iOS (read Apple) as its competitor. Android has gone through many updates and changes  since its launch in 2007. The latest Android version is Android 10.0 Q which was released in August 2018.

In today’s time, mobile app development has become an important field for any business to invest in  for reaching the potential clients.  The increase in the use of mobile technology such as “smart phones and tablets” has driven development. Apps act as a link between companies and customers by giving power in customers hand to get access to the products from any place and at any time. Android being a widely used Operating System, makes it an attractive field for app development companies to develop a cost-effective and high-quality Android application for its clients.

There are thousands of Android app development services that are offering their services to global clients to get connected with their customers. It is a matter of the fact that Android application gives an extended user base to the businesses to reach.

Android is a widely used platform, and Google keeps updating its users with the latest trends and software updates timely. There are some excellent Android blog sites that you can refer for quick and deep insight updates.

List of top Android blogs to get the latest updates

  1. Android Authority
  2. Android Developers
  3. Android Central
  4. Google News | Android Developer
  5. Android-er
  6. Android Weekly
  7. Android Arsenal
  8. TechCrunch Android
  9. AndroidHive
  10. Android Design Patterns

This Article is an abridged version taken from NineHertz

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iPad versus Android – Strengths and Weakness

iPad versus Android

Deciding factors in making a Choice.

Purchasing an iPad or an Android i.e. Samsung Tablet, is not a decision that you should make lightly. There are many pros and cons between the two software and hardware capabilities.

In respect  of Apple you can connect to more than wireless keyboards and accessories of that nature. Media devices and musical instruments  are able to hook up to an iPad. Android’s have a vast amount of products and software to choose between.

 

iPad: Strengths

The iPhone/iPad ecosystem includes the App Store, which has over a million apps, many of which are designed with the iPad’s larger display in mind. This ecosystem also includes accessories, which go beyond just tablet cases, wireless keyboards and external speakers. You can do everything from hook your guitar into an iPad to converting your iPad into a miniature coin-operated arcade game.

The iPad also tends to be more stable and easier to use than Android tablets. Apple approves each app individually, ensuring that it (mostly) does what it claims it will do and the worst of the bugs are eliminated. Because Apple and app developers only need to support a limited number of devices, it is easier to stamp out bugs. And while Android has made great strides in becoming easier to use, Apple’s device tends to be more simple and less intimidating.

The iPad is a market leader, with each iPad release continually pushing the industry forward with one of the fastest tablets on the market. In fact, the iPad Pro exceeds the performance of many laptops.

iPad: Weaknesses

The trade-off in being more stable and easier to use is having less customization and ability to expand. While it is great that each app is checked by Apple before being released into the app store, and iPad users can rest a little easier knowing that it is harder for malware to get onto their device, this approval process does lock out some apps that would be useful.

The iPad also lacks the ability to expand its storage through microSD cards. There are other options, such as Dropbox, and you can use some external drives with the iPad, but the lack of support for microSD and Flash drives is a definite negative.

Android: Strengths

Android greatest strength  is the vast array of devices from which to choose and the amount you can customize your tablet once you make your purchase.  There are some great premier Android tablets from makers like Samsung to go along with hundreds of other lesser-known name brands. Android  supports some features like widgets (small apps that run on your home screen so you don’t have to open them) that Apple has stayed away from.

Android’s Google Play marketplace has advanced in the past few years. While the lack of supervision of app quality means more of those apps will be throwaways without much use, the boost in numbers does provide a lot more variety.

Android: Weaknesses

The lack of supervision and quality control over Google Play (the App store) is one of the big downsides to Android. You know exactly what you are getting when you download name-brand apps like Netflix or Hulu Plus, but when you see/download some little-known app, you don’t quite know what you are going to get.  Amazon gets around this by providing their own App Store for the Kindle Fire tablets, but that means the Kindle Fire has a more limited app selection.

Piracy has done some damage to the Android platform. While it is possible to pirate apps for the iPad, it’s much easier on Android. The amount of piracy has led some app developers to stick with the iPhone and iPad rather than risk the money it would take to create an Android version of their apps.

The variety of devices can be a good point when shopping for what you want, it has its downside in support. Android operating system updates are not always compatible with all devices, and it can be difficult for app developers to stamp out bugs on all supported devices. This can lead to stability problems in some apps.

The above abridged article is attributed to Lifewire

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Samsung Galaxy A41 – Review of Suitable Cases or Covers

 

Part of Samsung’s A range, the Galaxy A41 is the successor to the A40 which was released last year.

In this article, we’ll be covering the best cases and covers for the A41 which vary from brand, type of case and the price points.

1. Official Samsung Galaxy A41 Silicone Cover Case – Black

The official Silicone cover case is always a popular choice among Samsung customers and it’s clear to see why. Made from silicone, the case not only looks and feels great, but it’s also durable and keeps your A41 slim and lightweight. Additionally as this is an official Samsung case, it’s made with precision and to the highest quality. The Silicone Cover Case is available in black, white, red and blue.

2. Olixar NovaShield Samsung Galaxy A41 Bumper Case – Black

The NovaShield by Olixar combines a clear hard plastic back with a black bumper to provide great levels of protection, without effecting the overall design and size of the Samsung A41. The dual layered design brings about benefits such as shock resistance and air cushioning, helping to protect against drops, knocks and scratching. Overall the NovaShield retains the sleek and thin design of the A41 and also allows for the body colour to show through.

3. Official Samsung Galaxy A41 S View Wallet Cover Case – White

Next up, we have another Official Samsung case with the S View Wallet Cover Case. A long term case within Samsung’s accessory range, this case combines functionality, protection and style. Built into the front of the case is a transparent window, which allows Galaxy A41 users to view the time, date and notifications such as calls, messages and battery life. Additionally, the inside of the case features a card slot, ideal for storing an ID, credit card or anything else of a similar size. In terms of protection, as the Cover Case wraps all the way round the A41, it offers maximum protection against scratching and drops. The case is available two colour ways; black and white.

4. Spigen Tough Armor Samsung Galaxy A41 Case – Metal Slate

Designed to exceed US Military Standards, the Spigen Tough Armour Case offers high levels of protection for the Samsung Galaxy A41. Featuring a two layer construction, the case offers shock absorption and safe guards against external impacts. Furthermore, even though the case is protective, it is still relatively slim. Spigen have also integrated a kickstand into the case, ideal for watching videos on the go.

5. Olixar Genuine Leather Samsung Galaxy A41 Wallet Case – Black

The final case to feature in our roundup is the Genuine Leather Wallet Case from Olixar. Crafted from real leather, the case is soft , slim and lightweight. Within the inside of the case, you’ll find 3 card slots and a large document slot, idea for storing ID, credit cards, cash and anything else of a similar size. Additionally, Olixar have made the case with a unique folding function allowing the case to be used a viewing stand.

Summary!

That concludes our round-up on the best Samsung Galaxy A41 cases.

Amit Patel

Amit Patel is the Online Marketing Analyst for Mobile Fun.

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How to Transfer Your Signal Account and Chat History to a New Apple iPhone or Apple iPad

Encrypted messaging app Signal has introduced a new account transfer feature to make it easier for users to migrate their chat history to a new iPhone or iPad.

The feature part of Signal’s version 3.9.1 update was released in August 2020.  The Official Announcement read: –

Signal iOS now includes a new feature that makes it possible to switch to a brand-new ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ while securely transferring Signal information from your existing iOS device. As with every new Signal feature, the process is end-to-end encrypted and designed to protect your privacy. Transfers also occur over a local connection (similar to AirDrop), so even large migrations can be completed quickly.

If you have your old iOS device and the new one to hand, you can transfer your Signal account and messages by following these steps.

  1. Download the Signal app on your new ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.
  2. Launch Signal on the new iOS device and begin the setup process.
  3. Enter your phone number in the Signal app, then choose Transfer from iOS device.
  4. Look for the migration prompt on your old iOS device, and confirm that you want to start the transfer process.
  5. Use your old device to scan the QR code displayed on the new device.
  6. Wait a few minutes for the transfer process to complete.

Check out the Signal blog post for further details on how the encrypted transfer process works.

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