For any app developer interested in Android O then they can use the public beta launch to test it.
To try out the upcoming OS, users will need a compatible Pixel or Nexus device.
The new platform is promising fluid experiences and a raft of new features including a multi-window mode for picture-in-picture use, autofill and smart text selection.
The new platform will see devices boot twice as quickly and help apps to run more quickly and smoothly.
Sega releases classic games for smartphones
Sega has revealed that it will publish its classic games for use on mobile phones with each game available as a separate app.
The Forever Collection will be available for free.
The apps will be available for Android and iOS from June 22 with Sonic the Hedgehog among the first games available.
Sega then plans to release a new title every two weeks to boost the library.
While the games are free, most will have ads and they will also be playable off-line.
Should users want to avoid the ads then they can buy each game to do so.
‘Find my phone’ tech subject to lawsuit
A firm that says it has developed ‘find my phone’ tech has filed a lawsuit claiming several smartphone makers have stolen its ideas and patents.
The military comms developer says Apple, HTC and Huawei are among those who have used their tech.
AGIS Software Development has developed a desktop and mobile app called LifeRing which enables the tracking of individuals through their tablets or mobile phones – the aim is to help firefighters and first responders find people.
The firm says that four patents in particular have been pilfered.
The developer also points out that while Apple is accused of directly infringing the patents with its iOS software, Google is not accused of doing the same though some phone makers using its Android platform are.
YouTube app will resize footage
YouTube has announced that its new mobile phone up will be able to resize video footage automatically.
Essentially, users who take video upright, which appears to be most people, will find that the fixed vertical size will soon be adapted to widescreen automatically for better viewing on the YouTube platform.
In addition, YouTube has unveiled VR180 – a new VR video format.
The new format is being licensed to camera manufacturers with new devices being available later this year.
In other Miratrix mobile phone app news …
Men wanting to test the quality of their semen can do so with the Seem system which has just won the Grand Prix at Cannes. Users need to use a lens and then video their sperm for analysis for mobility and count.
An institute in Australia is trialling a new mobile phone app that will help teenagers deal with insomnia and boost their sleeping habits. The ‘Sleep Ninja’ app is a chat bot offering tips.
A new app called HealthUnlocked will enable those with chronic health conditions or a disease to connect with people with the same health issues. The idea is to create a social network for health around the world so users can access support and advice easily.
Fears for millions of WhatsApp users that their app will stop working this month will be relieved to hear that this will no longer be the case. WhatsApp announced it was stopping support for older phones but this has now been withdrawn and they will continue supporting older mobile platforms.
A Brunel University student has unveiled a new food allergy testing app and device which should reach the market at a fraction of the price of rival products. The creation of Imogen Adams is called ‘Ally’ with the pocket-sized device offering a quick and easy test for various food allergens.