Android Q’s bubbles could be a mobile multitasking breakthrough

Multitasking sure has come a long way since we first laid our paws on Google’s Android software. I mean, think about it: Back in the early days of Android, multitasking basically just meant being able to switch quickly between apps, using the Overview (then known as Recent Apps) button that …

Microsoft unexpectedly declares Win10, version 1809 ready for business

In yet another twist in the push-and-shove world of Windows 10 deployment, Microsoft has officially declared Windows 10, version 1809 ready for business. Well, OK, it isn’t exactly officially “ready for business,” but we’re at the mealy-mouthed analog. Per Softie John Wilcox: Windows 10, version 1809 has transitioned to broad …

8 Android accessibility features that’ll enhance any phone

Accessibility in our age of mobile technology is a pretty incredible thing. I mean, think about it: These powerful little computers we carry around in our pockets have the potential to open up all sorts of futuristic possibilities for folks with issues like impaired hearing or limited vision. And in …

Android Pie and Project Treble: Did Google’s upgrade fix work?

For nearly two years now, Project Treble has served as a source of hope and inspiration for the Android faithful — a magical-seeming fix for a long-standing source of frustration. Unveiled in the spring of 2017, Project Treble is Google’s most ambitious effort ever to rethink the structure of Android, …

Why Android upgrades absolutely matter

Every year, it happens like clockwork: I publish my six-month-long, data-driven analysis of how Android device-makers are doing when it comes to getting operating system updates onto their phones — and within a matter of hours, the standard responses start a-rollin’ in: I don’t need any of the features from …