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Android P Beta 3 is now available

Android P Beta 3 is now available

Google has released the Android P Beta 3 also known as Android P Developer Preview 4 (DP4). This is the next level in the Android P version. The developer APIs have already been finalised in the previous update. The final version of Android P, which is the Android P Beta  will be out in the summer.

The latest bug fixes and stability tweaks along with security updates will all be included in the Android P Beta 3. Google is sending out these major updates to the developers before the final version of the Android P is made available to the public later this summer.

The Android P Beta 3 comes a month after Google came out with the Android P Beta 2. The Android P Beta 2 included the final APIs which is the API level 28 and other interface enhancements.

In order to get Android P Beta 3 on your Pixel devices, you need to get enrolled. In case you have already enrolled and have received the Android P Beta 2 on your Pixel device, then it will automatically get updated to the Android P Beta 3.

What can we expect from the Android P Beta 3 update?

The developer APIs have been finalized in the previous update and the Android P Beta 3 will be the final version. The finalized APIs will enable the developers to start testing and developing apps for the new software.

The updated Android P Beta 3 update will come with Beta 3 system images for Pixel devices and also the Android emulator.

The system tools that are available include the support for multi-camera, display cutout, enhanced notifications and ImageDecoder among others.

With the Android P Beta 3, there is a change in the sliding mode on the multitasking screen. Previously you could drag it on the right side of the display, but now it can be dragged along the entire width of the display.

The apps you are switching between are brought to the forefront bringing the apps into full view.

Another feature of the Android P Beta 3 is that you can easily navigate to the last app that has been used by swiping from left to right anywhere on the navigation bar of the display area.

How can you get access to Android P Beta 3?

The Android P Beta 3 will be available on all the Pixel devices. In case the user has already enrolled and received the Android P Beta 2 on their Pixel device they will automatically get an update to the Android P Beta .

For those who do not have the beta version need to enrol in the Android Beta programme in order to test the latest update. Since it may contain some bugs it is advisable to install Android P Beta 3 on a secondary device.

There is another option, whereby you can get the Android P Beta  experience on an Android Emulator in case you do not want to install it on your Pixel device without the fear of being affected by bugs.

The developers have been given the details and documentation on the Developer Preview site and there is a feedback window to make the platform better before it is released to the public.

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Android P Beta 2 and final APIs

Android P Beta 2 and final APIs

Android P Beta 2, released with most useful APIs and several new emojis

Just after one month of launching Android P’s original beta version, Google has made an announcement of Beta 2 for the much-awaited mobile OS. Android P Beta 2, as one of the recently released updates, comprises official SDK and final APIs. You will be capable of dealing with developmental work with all the features of Android P.

Getting Android P Beta 2 is easy-

The users, with an enrollment in developer program and with accessibility to Pixel device, can enjoy this update. However, the best fact is that while you have downloaded the first version, you will automatically get the second one.

The new system includes tools and images that are helpful to developers for app development for the future Operating System. There is integrated Adaptive Battery, and the users will be able to make out the apps, which consumer most of the resources. The developers will surely get help from App Actions as it enables the apps to become more viewable in Google Launcher or Assistant.

To include the feature, like Adaptive Battery, we have found a joint effort with DeepMind. In this feature, Machine Learning technology is applied to focus on the system resources to make apps. However, the users have to know the detailed information in power documentation, and it helps them in finding the way how they do their work.

Everything is simple and refined in Android P Beta 2-

Android P enables you to work on those screens that have the display cutouts. The latest APIs present you with a very rich experience. Cutout system performs its role in the best way for most of the apps. The status bar for the system management differentiates the cutout from content. While the content is immersive, the developer may also the APIs with display cutout. This helps in testing the cutout shape and position.

Messaging Style has also undergone a number of modifications, and the developers will get values from them. While there is message notification system in an app, these notifications can turn out to be more functional. It is easy to attach images or stickers and reveal the conversations.

Android P Beta 2 API for better security-

For the purpose of authentication, you know that the biometric sensors play a good role. Android P Beta 2 has offered dialog that is system manageable and that helps user for all biometric verification types. The apps will apply BiometricPrompt API, and there is no need of developing the dialog. This API is also useful for face authentication.

Emojis and other APIs-

Android P Beta 2 also includes 157 different emojis. Gender-neutral emojis are also available with it. There are Superhero and Red Hair of different skin tones and genders.

You can find several other things with the new release. In case of camera integrated apps, the developers can try out multiple-camera APIs. You will be able to design unique that may not be easy with one camera, like stereo vision and bokeh. In addition to it, there is Dynamics Processing API, another facility for the modification of audio.

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Google is about to Launch a Gmail Web Redesign

Google is about to Launch a Gmail Web Redesign

Gmail New Revamp Underway!

In a few short weeks we will get to see Google’s new Gmail. The team behind Google is all set to release a new design for the mail interface. A mail has already been sent to Google’s G suite customers telling them about a new and fresh design for Gmail. Besides the fresh new design, G  mail users will also get new features to go along with it. This new update is long overdue but at least it’s here.Apart from the design upgrade, Gmail users will now benefit from some added features such as getting Google Calendar in the G mail interface, a confidential mode, the ability to snooze emails, the ability to view emails while offline and smart replies that was already present on smartphones but now will be available on the desktop as well.

Google Calendar in Gmail:

Users can now access Google Calendar from G mail itself. You can now set appointments right next to emails.

This new design will make Google calendar more accessible to users while reading emails. A screenshot taken from the Verge shows a Gmail design where Google Calendar is placed as a sidebar at the left hand side of the screen. In the design the sidebar can be customized to show a Calendar or to keep or tasks to be done.

Snooze Emails in Gmail:

The snooze feature which was already present in the Gmail app for phones will now rollout to the desktop versions as well. This feature in G mail will allow you to pass on or receive emails hours or days later.

This feature will allow you to clear out unwanted emails before you receive more.

Smart replies in Gmail:

While this feature may already be present in smartphones, Google plans on bringing out this feature to the desktop version as well. These algorithmically designed replies will now be available on the desktop version of G mail as well.

Storing Emails for Offline access on Gmail:

Google is now planning on getting emails to be stored in your browser for offline reading. Google will use standard web technologies to do this as they are slowly phasing out Chrome apps.

Confidential Mode now on Gmail:

G mail will have a confidential mode that will prohibit users from forwarding, copying, downloading or printing certain emails, received from certain people.

There will also be a passcode enabled email viewing, whereby a password or OTP will be sent to open certain messages. Another feature of this confidential mode is that there will be expiry dates on certain emails too.

This all will help businesses in taking care of how their emails are treated by the recipients.  But this would not stop people from taking screen shots of the message before it is deleted unless there is software in place to prevent screenshots from being taken.

The biggest change in Gmail:

There will be a sidebar to the right hand side of the inbox that will now contain features like the Google Calendar.

You will also be able to change the way you view Gmail, there is a compact version, a comfortable option and a Default version.

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4 Tech Tools and Plugins to Push More Payments Through Your Online Store

4 Tech Tools and Plugins to Push More Payments Through Your Online Store

Would it be a bit of a stretch to say that online stores today are only as good as their on-site tech?

Perhaps not.

After all, it’s incredibly simple to set up an online store via platforms such as Shopify; meanwhile, the wealth of plugins and platforms out there to give your store some much-needed flair are staggering.

In fact, as long are you’re following compliance rules in regard to online payments, you can go ahead and start supercharging your site to result in more sales.

Which plugins and functionalities are going to help you score those sales, though? If you’re looking to increase conversions and squeeze more value out of each and every one of your visitors, look into the four pieces of tech to help you out.

Upselling and Cross-Selling Plugins

As a quick side note, not everything is about winning new sales but rather making the most of those who’ve already made the decision to buy.

Upselling with an extra offer during checkout is a proven tactic that just about any major ecommerce site employs. Similarly, cross-selling and recommended relevant products has become an expectation from today’s buyers. Plugins like Product Upsell via Shopify can help you do this without revamping your site.

Heatmapping Software

Platforms like Hotjar and VWO are key for understanding which aspects of your site are driving clicks and what might be pushing people away.

While metrics like bounce rate may clue you in via Google Analytics, a dedicated conversion optimization tool can be a total game-changer. When you look at the elements of higher-converting CTA buttons, it’s clear that even the most subtle of changes can make a major difference for sales. Something as simple as a font, button size or color scheme could actually be working against you.

On-Site Video

Integrating video on-site is a prime way to keep visitors on the page, but they’re also incredibly helpful for sealing the deal. Videos improve conversion rates as increase the likelihood of a purchase by up to 84% and are effective at explaining what your product does. If nothing else, producing video can build authenticity and show that you’re a legitimate brand versus a faceless storefront.

The best part about video is that it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can integrate your on-site videos to your homepage or products pages, meanwhile hosting them on YouTube or Vimeo. Meanwhile, you can hire someone on Fiverr to produce a quick and clean slideshow or narration if you need a more “professional” vibe.

Exit Pops

Pop-ups might traditionally be thought of as spammy, but exit pops like those from OptinMonster are surprisingly good at keeping potential customers from bouncing. A popular tactic in the world of ecommerce is to tack on an exit pop with a discount code to entice visitors to stick around. Such pops serve as a sort of “reward” for traffic that stays in your funnel and is likewise a trust-builder to boot.

Setting up a successful storefront means doing everything you can do encourage that ever-so-important purchase. By effectively integrating these pieces of tech, you can turn your site into a conversion machine!

 

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4 Tips to Write A Killer App Description

4 Tips to Write A Killer App Description

If someone sees your app on the store but isn’t yet sure if they want to buy or download it, do you want to know what they’ll turn to next?

That’s right, the description of your app. And if your description fails to compel the user to download, you’ve most likely lost them forever.

This is why writing a killer app description is one of the most overlooked parts of mobile app marketing.

Your description also needs to do much more than simply explain what your app is about. Here are four tips to write a killer app description:

Tip #1 – SEO Is Your Best Friend

SEO stands for search engine optimization. It basically means making your app more visible on search engines so more traffic is generated to it.

One of the simplest SEO techniques of all time is simply to include popular keywords in your content. This way, when people search for those keywords in the App Store or Google Play, your app stands a much greater chance of showing up and being seen by those who should be interested in it.

Tip #2 – The Shorter The Paragraphs, The Better

Here’s a golden rule to follow for writing app descriptions: two sentences per paragraph, maximum.

When people click your description and see big walls of text, it only serves as a deterrent and the odds of them immediately clicking away are rather high.

Instead, break your paragraphs so they’re each one to two sentences long each. This makes it easier for people to skim through your description to get the main takeaways.

Tip #3 – People Love Bullet Points

Another technique that makes it easy for people to skim through your description is bullet points.

There are two specific sections of your description where having bullet points will be a distinct advantage: the features of your app and the advantages/benefits it has to the user.

Don’t make your bullet points excessively long; around four or five per section should be sufficient.

Tip #4 – Don’t Forget The Visuals

People may love bullet points, but they love pictures (and videos) even more. Including screenshots and/or video tutorials of your app in your description greatly enhances your description’s professionalism.

It further allows visitors to actually see what your app is like without actually downloading it. This way, they’ll have a clear visual representation of what they’re getting and this will help compel them to click that download button.

Writing A Killer App Description

Even if you’re not a writer, you don’t need to feel intimidated at the thought of writing a description for your app. It’s one of the most important components of marketing your app to make it more visible on the store, which translates to more downloads (and money).

But even if you don’t feel you’re up to the task, remember you can always ask a friend who is a writer to do it for you.

 

 

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