New ‘Apps’ results layout, colored grid hit Google mobile search

Google’s search engine is number one. No questions about that but you know, even if the Internet giant’s algorithm is generally reliable, we can’t expect the mobile app version to yield the same relevant results all the time. It’s the same with the Google Play Store. Searching for a particular app won’t quickly show the title you need. For some reason, Google hasn’t fully worked on that one yet but it’s trying to make the Search app smarter.

Just recently, Google has rolled out a new layout for “apps” search results on mobile. When you search for a new app or something related and then add the word “apps” in the end (i.e. keyword + apps), the Search app for Android will automatically show a grid of app results. Normal search results will still show up but you’ll see them just below the apps. You’ll see a grid of colored blocks and clicking on a button will expand the grid to show more information.

This update is visible only on Android. Clicking on app will directly take you to the listing on the Google Play Store. Google has not made an official announcement yet but a number of Android users have already confirmed the changes have indeed appeared on their mobile devices.

VIA: Android Police


OnePlus One can now receive Cyanogen OS 12.1 OTA update

After the Oxygen OS 2.0.1 update for OnePlus 2 was released, the OnePlue One is also getting an update to Cyanogen OS 12.1. This particular version already includes Android 5.1.1 Lollipop so OnePlus One owners no longer have to complain that their units are becoming outdated. We actually don’t remember when was the last update for the first-gen OnePlus smartphone since the version was released (was there any?) but we’re glad the Cyanogen OS 12.1 is here.

Rollout is happening slowly but surely among OnePlus One owners so if you have one, just be patient before you receive an OTA notification. If you can’t wait, you can always download the full update from HERE. It’s known as build YOG4PAS1N0 and it would need about free 645MB of your precious phone storage. But if you have the latest Android 5.0, you may download the new OTA at only 304MB. It might take some 20 minutes to download and finish installation of the over-the-air (OTA) software update.

We don’t have a list of the improvements or a copy of the changelog but we heard the home page has now been set to Bing as default. It’s not a big surprise since Microsoft and Cyanogen have already “solidified” their strategic partnership for Android devices and this could be part of the plan.

The Home button in Chrome is also believed to have been activated. And us usual, the standard security fixes can be expected especially since we learned the truth about Stagefright vulnerabilities on Android devices.

VIA: Android Police

Verizon’s DROID Maxx 2 spotted this early, still the same Moto X Play we know

We believe the Moto X Play will be arriving in the US as the Droid MAXX 2 and will be exclusively available from Verizon. It’s more than just a rumor now because some images have been leaked that tell us the smartphone is only being geared up for release. We’re not saying this one is final but the phone looks a lot like a Moto X Play which we all know is a DROID phone in the country.

You can’t go wrong with the Verizon and DROID branding so this XT1565 could be the DROID Maxx 2 we’ve all been waiting for. Don’t be confused because it’s Motorola and Verizon’s decision to call the Moto X as a DROID last year. It’s just a simple renaming but the specs are essentially the same.

It’s a DROID alright but they say it looks less like a DROID compared to the older model. Specs include a 5.5-inch 1080p display screen, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon 615 SoC, 21 megapixel rear camera, and a 3630mAh battery. The 21MP main cam and massive battery alone are enough to make us think this one is another winner from Motorola. However, it’s not clear whether this model will only have 8GB of built-in storage which we know won’t be enough for any smartphone within the mid-range category. The Moto X Play that’s available in the UK and Canada have 16GB or 32GB so an 8GB is obviously a downgrade if it’s true.

Aside from the Motorola DROID Maxx 2, we could also expect the Droid Turbo 2 which is actually just the Moto X Style. Phone is expected to arrive with the Motorola Mobile Computing System based on Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM, 16 to 64GB built-in memory, 5.7-inch display, and a 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution. The Motorola DROID Maxx 2 could be priced at $400.

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VIA: Android Police

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