Introducing Google Play Instant, a Faster Way to Try Apps and Games

Introducing Google Play Instant, a Faster Way to Try Apps and Games

Gaming to get a lot more easier with Google Play Instant

Google is about to make gaming much more enjoyable and fun with its new Google Play Instant. You can now even test out games before you download them onto your mobile device. This is not all, Google has also done a revamp on its Google Play game app. You can now get more details pertaining to the app, be it a news story or a YouTube video.

Games tend to be the highest downloaded content on anyone’s smartphone. Google has even noted on its blog post that the number of people to download a game from their gaming app has doubled since the last year. Gaming is a booming industry yet for the developers it is still  a struggle to create awareness of their game and that is why Google has introduced a way in which users can first preview a game and then if they like what they see download it.

What is Google play Instant?

Google Play Instant takes off form Google’s instant apps where Google transformed a company’s app into a website. So you don’t want to be routed to download a particular app to buy a particular product, then no worries because all you need to do is check out the web url of the app and you’re sorted. There is no need to download the app, this was the whole premise behind Google’s Instant apps.

This was all two years news, but at the Game Developers conference in San Francisco, Google announced a Google Play Instant for games.

What’s there in this new version of the Google Play gaming app?

Google has gone and done a revamp of its gaming platform with new headings and news articles pertaining to its Google Play games. The Google play Game app now comes with a heading called “Arcade” where you can check out game video trailers and you can also browse games according to a genre like “adventure” or “action” or “new”.

Google has also mentioned in its blog post that it would allow users to see content of their games from YouTube or any other source depending on the link to the game. This is in a bid to up the gaming skills of their users.

In Google Play Instant you can first check out a particular game before going ahead with buying and downloading it. All you have to do is just select the game you want tap on it and play it without the need to download it. When you like what you play, you can go ahead and download it. The first games to get on board Google Play instant at this free preview stage include games such as Clash Royale, Final Fantasy XV and Words with Friends 2.

The team behind Google Play Instant, have also decided to increase the file size of their games from 2MB to 10 MB which is not at all surprising given the graphics and other features of the game packed onto a single game app.

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Android P, Now Available in Developer Preview

Android P, Now Available in Developer Preview

What you can see from Android P

Google has just released the developer preview for Android P and let me tell you this will be one colorful new OS. The official Android P OS will be available for download in the autumn so up till then we will get updates to the developer OS. Since this this is the first  developer preview for the app, we can hope to see a lot more changes till the final version of Android P comes out in autumn of this year.The next Android P developers preview is supposed to come out in May, maybe with a lot more changes but for now let’s look at all things new that Android P brings to the OS.

Android P relocates the Time stamp on the Screen:

Don’t be alarmed this is one, small relocation of the time stamp from the far right to the far left of the status bar on the screen. Android P also makes room for the iPhone X-like- notch. Notifications can be seen near the time stamp on the status bar with 4 icons depicting the apps to which the notifications belong to. After that all the other notifications appear as a dot with the user pulling down the status bar to see more.

Android P gives you a more colorful Settings:

Googles likes to change the settings menu with every new Android OS it releases. This time is no different too. While the actual layout may not have undergone any major changes, there are new colorful icons to the left of the settings menu to depict the various categories. The grey- scale of the icons is gone and more colorful icons have taken their place.

Android 9.0 makes the Dock Stand Out:

The dock on your screen that contains the Google search bar and various apps on the home screen is given a cloudy background to make the apps in the dock stand out more.

New Quick Settings Pulldown in Android P:

The quick settings menu has undergone some minor changes in Android 9.0 with the corners being rounded off and the icons appearing in a bubble. The icons become blue when switched on and take a grey color when the respective icon is off.

Changes to the Volume Slider with Android P:

After changing the power option in Android Oreo, Google has now moved on to the volume slider in it. The volume slider appears with arrows facing left and right to change between media, ringtone and such. The volume can then be adjusted by moving the slider up or down.

Android P is trying to bring Pixel’s Product Sans Font to the OS:

A minor change noticed with the font in Android 9.0 is that the Pixel’s font is being seen in more places in the OS. Whether this is intentional or just that this is default font appearing on the OS because of its early developer version is not known.

The power Menu Now lets you take a screen shot in Android P:

The power off/ restart pop-up now includes another feature- the screenshot option in it.

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Understanding Why Some Blog Video Content is More Engaging

Understanding Why Some Blog Video Content is More Engaging

Video content in general is highly engaging, but some more so than others. If you understand why that is the case you can learn from it, and use it when you’re creating video content for your own blog.

While engagement can be a pretty tough metric to gauge reliably, there are several factors that tend to cause some videos to be more engaging than others:

  • Shorter and more focused

Videos that are shorter and more focused tend to be more engaging due to the fact that they lose less viewers and are able to encourage them to take action more successfully. While the optimal duration of videos varies somewhat, the minute mark is often a good yardstick to shoot for.


  • Personal connection

Viewers tend to engage more with videos that successfully establish a personal connection, which is why ‘talking head’ videos outperform videos of a person behind a desk or at a podium. That is also the reason why ‘whiteboard’ videos do better than slideshows, as viewers feel there is more of a personal touch to them.

  • Passion and energy

When the narrator or subject in the video is genuinely passionate and is able to project that energy, it makes for more engaging content. It is far easier to get excited about a video when the person in the video is excited as well – which leads to a larger point about emotions in general.


  • Emotional triggers

Overall the video content that is most engaging is able to provoke an emotional response. The emotion itself is secondary, and what matters more is its intensity. Due to this factor funny videos or those that are touching, inspiring, and so on tend to get shared the most and encourage the most reactions.

Now that you know why some blog video content is more engaging, try to use that when you publish content of your own. It is important that you also ensure that the content itself is optimized prior to publishing it, which is where Movavi Video Converter for Mac could help.

By using Movavi Video Converter for Mac you can convert your videos to any format you require, and also adjust the other video settings. If you want you can compress your videos to conserve bandwidth, or edit them to improve their quality, trim out unwanted parts, and so on.

It is worth noting that Movavi Video Converter for Mac is actually a full-fledged media converter for Mac. In other words you can use it to convert your audio and image files too, and optimize them for your blog, or even convert across media to create animated GIFs, extract audio tracks, and much more.

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Google Introduces Neural Networks API in Developer Preview of Android 8.1

Google Introduces Neural Networks API in Developer Preview of Android 8.1

Android’s Neural Networks API

Google has recently released the beta version android 8.1 Oreo and with this release, google also introduced a neural network API. A neural networks API is said to take the load of the CPU or processor in a mobile phone. With the neural networks API complex operations can now be performed in a more efficient manner and also a lot faster.

Benefits of an Neural Networks API:

The neural networks API not only keeps sensitive data on the phone itself but also reduces the load on the network. The neural networks API is a base layer of functionality for frameworks like Caffe2, Tensor Flow Lite and many others. Neural Network API is available for devices running android 8.1 and above. The neural networks API supports inferencing like classifying images and predicting user behavior. By supporting inferencing a neural network API reduces latency, can run even when it is outside network coverage, Can increase speed of processing, it ensures  the security of an individual’s data and there will not be a need of a sever when all computations will be performed on the phone itself.

Neural Networks API

How does Neural Networks API Function?

The neural network API needs the help of a CPU or special AI chip to function, such as that in the recently released Pixel 2 phones. As of now the AI chip in the google pixel 2 phones were dormant but with the release of the android 8.1 oreo beta version it is said that the AI chip in the phone will be activated.

Neural Networks API for Basic Phones:

Google plans on using the neural network API to help developers in making apps more suitable for basic versions of smartphones. Google is going to do this by releasing more optimizations for android go.  Android Go is meant for phones with poor specifications, low memory that is running on 1 GB RAM or less and has bad connectivity.

With the release of android 8.1 Oreo Google has also introduced updates to autofill which will make life simpler for password managers while using the framework.

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How will a Neural Networks API affect a Developers Work?

A Neural networks API is said to involve a lot of operations that will be performed locally rather than needing a server this means that developers will have to monitor a battery’s usage when developing an app.

Also developers will have to keep track of their app’s size and many users would not prefer a single app taking up a lot of space on their phones.

Actual release of 8.1 Oreo:

Right now if you are a developer you can sign up to the beta version of android 8.1 Oreo, while customers or end users have to wait for December to update their android.

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Cisco and Google Find Mutual Interest in Cloud Computing

Cisco and Google Find Mutual Interest in Cloud Computing

What is Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is a way of managing IT resources. Cloud Computing is a service delivered over a network by using the hardware and software. It is the use of virtual servers, by accessing the internet. The basic equipment required for Cloud Computing is a computer connected to the net. It does away with complicated equipment and hardware. The “Cloud” is not a place, but the hardware and software that is used to help the user in various computing aspects such as storing documents, pictures and file backup as a service provided online.

Advantages of Cloud Computing

In Cloud Computing, there is an online service provider, that stores the data of its users. The service provider guarantees security to the customers. They can have backup files too and can access the data via the internet. This becomes cheaper and easier for the customers as they do not need any extra hardware or security or maintenance of their equipment. The added advantage, is that, the user can access their files or data from anywhere and from any device connected to the internet. Cloud Computing has also increased security as well as greater storage space for individual and business files. Big businesses too can save on unnecessary expenditure on the infrastructure and maintenance. They can concentrate on their business and all the applications running smoothly and at a much faster rate, with the added assurance of security.

Private,  Public  and Hybrid Cloud Computing

In a Private Cloud, for example, we would consider enterprises that utilize Microsoft Exchange, whereby the user can access it by using a secure VPN connection. In this case, all the files, storage, applications and all other services are protected within a firewall, which will be under the control of the corporate IT department.

On the other hand, a Public Cloud is wherein all the files, storage, documents and other applications are provided to the public by accessing the internet. A good example of Public Cloud is the Gmail provided by Google.

Hybrid Cloud is a combination of Private and Public Cloud. In the hybrid Cloud, businesses have more flexibility and deployment options, by enabling the data and applications to move between the public and private clouds. Hybrid clouds allow for public and private clouds to be bound by technology and hence data and applications can be shared between them.

Different Types of Cloud Computing Services

Based on your personal or business goals, the computing services are divided into three types – PaaS, IaaS, SaaS

Platform as a Service PaaS

In this case, while accessing the internet, you purchase the resources and pay for it as much as you need from a cloud service provider. You can avoid all the unnecessary expenses of paying for and managing the infrastructure and other resources. You only need to manage the applications and services you develop, while the rest is taken care of by the cloud service provider.

Infrastructure as a Service IaaS

Here the IT infrastructure  which consists of servers, virtual machines, storage, operating systems are rented from a cloud service provider by paying for it as and when you need.

Software as a Service SaaS

The software applications are delivered over the internet by subscribing to it. In this service, the user connects via the internet with the help of a web browser on their PC, phone or tablet.

Cisco was the main company from whom business enterprises were paying heavily to get their hardware. They are now turning to companies like Amazon, who are providing them with cloud services.  Cisco has close ties with the big corporates. Hence, Google along with Cisco are getting into the market of Cloud Computing services, by either helping the business enterprises to manage their software and technology in their data centers or in places operated by external cloud service providers.

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