Google Assistant shortcut app now installs on Lollipop, tablets

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The Google Assistant listing on the Play Store might only be a glorified shortcut, but it’s still one avenue for accessing the Assistant on supported devices. And, as of a few days ago, it was officially updated to support devices running Lollipop 5.0. Explicit Android tablet support was also added, which brings parity to today’s announcement that the Google Assistant is now supported on the iPad, too. 

Lollipop support might not seem like a big deal, but almost 25% of Android devices are still running Android 5.0/5.1 according to February’s platform distribution numbers.

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Samsung Internet Browser reaches 500 million installs on the Play Store

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When you consider that Samsung Internet Browser comes pre-installed on all of the Korean company’s smartphones, this milestone might not seem so impressive. However, the web browser was recently opened up to all Android devices, regardless of the manufacturer, and it’s clearly been popular enough with other users to take it over the 500 million installs mark on the Play Store.

If you’ve used the app you’ll be less surprised.

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Facebook’s ‘Protect’ feature on iOS essentially installs spyware on iPhone and iPad

Facebook is rolling out a new security feature called Protect to many users of its iOS app. While the name might make unknowing users feel good about installing the associated free app, the Facebook owned VPN is designed to collect and analyze user data to “improve Facebook products and services.”

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Super Mario Run passes 100 million installs on the Play Store

Super Mario Run arrived on the Play Store nearly a year ago, after a brief exclusivity period on iOS. It quickly became a hit, and gained a spot on our best Android games of 2017 list. Now it has passed 100 million installs on the Play Store.

The game has been updated a few times since release, and the full unlock price has dropped to $ 4.99 at least once.

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Google Calendar reaches 500 million installs on the Play Store

We like celebrating milestones in download and install numbers here on Android Police. It’s a silly little habit we got into that makes us reflect on the history of a certain app and its number of users, and see if we can glean any insider information from it. Just last week, Google Calculator reached 100M installs and a few days ago, more niche and recent apps Google Classroom and YouTube for Android TV got to 10M.

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Both Google Classroom and YouTube for Android TV pass 10 million installs on the Play Store

Google Classroom first showed up on the Play Store in 2015, as an organization tool for teachers and students. The YouTube for Android TV app is a bit older, as it first showed up in 2014, just one day after the Nexus Player went on sale. Now both apps have passed 10 million installs on the Play Store.

YouTube for Android TV’s Play Store listing

Google Classroom’s Play Store listing

Classroom currently has a 4.2-star average rating on Google Play, but YouTube for Android TV has a much lower average rating of 2.3 stars.

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Endless runner ‘Run Sausage Run!’ has racked up 10 million installs, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down

You may have never heard of TabTale before, but that’s probably because they tend to concentrate their efforts on “super casual indie games.” The thing is that appears to be working in their favor as they have a breakout hit on their hands with the recent release of Run Sausage Run!, a free-to-play endless runner. Within the last 6 weeks of the game’s initial release it has racked up over 10 million installs, and its popularity is showing no signs of slowing down.

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Temple Run 2 passes 500 million installs on the Play Store

After becoming a runaway success (pun intended) on iOS, Temple Run finally arrived on Android in mid-2012. Less than a year later, the sequel went live on the Play Store. It took half a decade, but Temple Run 2 has now passed 500 million installs on the Play Store.

In other words, Temple Run 2’s install base is now comparable to that of UC Browser, My Talking Tom, Snapchat, Gboard, and others.

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Innogy installs Philips smart lighting system to boost employee energy levels

Innogy installs Philips smart lighting system to boost employee energy levels

Innogy, the European energy provider, has installed a smart lighting system from Philips Lighting that aims to boost energy levels and workplace comfort, as well as visibility.

Executives at Philips Lighting say that the implementation of LED lighting at energy provider Innogy is “tuned to support the circadian rhythms of Innogy’s office staff”.

Innogy, which serves 23 million customers in Europe, completed a renovation project of its Czech Republic headquarters in Limuzska, Prague in November 2017. The site consists of three buildings housing 550 employees. As part of the revamp, the company wanted an open plan office and a new system of lighting.

The company decided to install a networked lighting system that consisted of approximately 2,000 Philips LED luminaires, including 860 Philips PowerBalance tunable white ceiling fixtures and 96 Philips LuxSpace tuneable white downlights, programmed to provide different light settings at various times of the day.

“At the beginning of the day the office lights mimic natural daylight, providing a useful energy boost. The light levels decrease until after lunch when we give another boost to help staff over the post-lunch energy dip,” said Tomas Michna, senior manager for facility and services at innogy Czech Republic.

Read more: Philips Lighting looks at city life in 2035

Successful office makeover

Michna suggested that the company’s aim to create an “outstanding environment” for employees had been successful.

“Nearly 80 percent of employees surveyed described the new lighting as better or much better than the previous fluorescent tube lighting, while 60 percent agreed that it contributed to a place in which they wanted to work,” he said.

Employees at innogy can also override the light settings at any time, tailoring the light to their needs, using a Philips Antumbra Dynalite control. Meanwhile, the installation included approximately 150 sensors that detect human presence and automatically switch off in empty rooms, saving the company electricity. The combination of LED lighting and controls has helped innogy to reduce electricity usage by around 50 percent compared to the previous fluorescent lighting that was in place.

The concept of smart lighting has been around for several years. Back in 2015, the UK county of Gloucestershire said it would deploy 55,000 LED streetlights to cover 1,000 square miles of the area. They would be wirelessly connected and managed via Telensa’s PLANet Central Management System.

According to Harshvardhan Chitale, vice chairman and managing director of Philips Lighting India, IoT-driven smart lights will “be the default” in the next five to 10 years.

Read more: Analysis: Connected streetlights illuminate path to smart cities

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Google’s Korean keyboard passes 100 million installs on Play Store

Google offers a few language-specific keyboards, including ones for Hindi, Japanese, Korean, and Pinyin. The Korean keyboard, known simply as ‘Google Korean Input’ on the Play Store, has now passed 100 million installations.

Just like the standard Gboard, this includes features like swipe typing, voice input, and automatic text suggestions. There are also a few tweaks specifically for Korean users, like a single-vowel layout. If you speak Korean and you don’t already have this for some reason, you can grab it from the Play Store at the link below.

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