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السبت، 29 يونيو 2019

10 best password manager apps for Android!

يونيو 29, 2019 0

Password managers are becoming more and more popular. The ability to keep all of your passwords in one spot is highly appealing. With mobile, you can have them on you at all times and the security isn’t half bad. You can also use these to set more complex, less vulnerable passwords without the need to remember all of them. There are tons of password managers on PC, Mac, and mobile. Here are the best password manager apps for Android. We also highly recommend checking out our best two-factor authentication apps for even more added security.
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Canadian OnePlus 7 Pro price cut by $100 (Update: Cashback for current owners)

يونيو 29, 2019 0

Update, June 28, 2019 (04:10 PM ET): We received word from OnePlus explaining the new pricing updates for Canadian versions of the OnePlus 7 Pro.
OnePlus says that these are permanent price changes, meaning that this is not a temporary sale. Furthermore, if you purchased a 7 Pro from OnePlus.com between 10:00 AM ET on May 17, 2019, and today, you are eligible for a $100 CAD credit. OnePlus is already emailing folks to whom this credit applies, so be on the lookout.
OnePlus did not give any explanation as to why the prices have dropped. We can only speculate that it’s to bring them more in line with pricing in other countries, especially here in the U.S.

Original article, June 28, 2019 (03:21 PM ET): Over at the Canadian portal of OnePlus.com, you can now grab a OnePlus 7 Pro for much cheaper than before (via Mobile Syrup).
The starting price of the 7 Pro at launch was $999 CAD (~$763). Now, it is $899 CAD (~$687). This brings the price of the device much more in line with U.S. pricing, where the device starts at $669.
What’s more, this drop in price for Canadians reflects across the entire OnePlus 7 Pro line. The new prices breakdown like this:
  • 6GB/128GB — Mirror Gray — $899 CAD
  • 8GB/256GB — Mirror Gray — $939 CAD
  • 8GB/256GB — Nebula Blue — $939 CAD
  • 8GB/256GB — Almond — $939 CAD
  • 12GB/256GB — Nebula Blue — $1,009 CAD
If that’s the case, it’s not clear why OnePlus dropped the price. We reached out to the company for a statement and will update this article should we hear back.
Regardless of the reasoning, if you live in Canada and want to grab the OnePlus 7 Pro, now is the time!
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Breaking: Huawei will be allowed to do business with U.S. companies again

يونيو 29, 2019 0

U.S. companies will be allowed to work with Huawei again, President Trump announced in a news conference.
It’s a stunning, if not entirely surprising turnaround, coming just weeks after the Trump administration called Huawei a major threat to U.S. national security.
On the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Trump said “U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei,” without going into detail. “We’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it,” Trump continued. It’s not clear what this means for now, but it’s likely Huawei will be able to acquire basic components like Qualcomm processors and Google’s Android OS.

U.S. companies “allowed to sell”

“I said that’s O.K., that we will keep selling that product, these are American companies that make these products. That’s very complex, by the way. I’ve agreed to allow them to continue to sell that product so that American companies will continue,” Trump said, as per Bloomberg. U.S. chipmakers like Intel and Xilinx reportedly lobbied the U.S. government to ease restrictions on Huawei. In 2018, Huawei spent around $11 billion on chips made by Intel, Qualcomm, and Micron alone.
Earlier this week, the WSJ reported China would make lifting of the Huawei sanctions an essential condition for any trade agreement with the U.S..

Huawei is still on the Entity List

For now, Huawei is still on the so called “Entity List” of companies that the U.S. Department of Commerce bars from dealing with American entities. A formal decision has not been made yet, and the discussions between U.S. and China are ongoing. Trump also said that Huawei is still a security risk in the U.S. government’s view.
“Huawei is very much in play in terms of our country and in terms of intelligence and the intelligence community — we know a lot about Huawei — but I don’t want to mention that right now. I just think it’s inappropriate. We’re not making it other than what I told you… We’re going to save that for later.”
U.S. and China appear to have reached a breakthrough in talks to resolve their trade war. The latest round of tariffs that were due to go into effect in the next days has been suspended, while China agreed to buy more agricultural products from U.S. farmers.
“We had a very good meeting with President Xi of China, excellent, I would say excellent, as good as it was going to be,” Trump said, according to the BBC. “We discussed a lot of things and we’re right back on track and we’ll see what happens.”

Back to normal?

Depending on how fast the U.S. government moves to lift the ban on Huawei, the company could be back in business in as little as a few days. Before the ban went into effect in mid-May, the company reportedly stockpiled critical components that would allow it to continue to operate for up to three months.
Even if the ban is fully lifted next week, its effect on Huawei and the broader industry will be lasting. The company said its 2019 revenue will be $30 billion below estimates due to the disruption caused by the ban, and that’s without accounting for the damage done to its brand. Huawei was widely expected to beat Samsung for the first place in the smartphone market within the next year, a longtime goal that may now take longer.
For owners of Huawei devices, the news should come as a relief. While Huawei promised it would bring Android Q to several high-end devices, the situation was anything but clear. If Huawei and Google can continue to work as before, users will be able to rest assured that their phones will continue to get security and system updates.
At the time of this writing Huawei did not have an official statement on the matter.
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الأحد، 23 يونيو 2019

All you want to know about the Apple Developers Conference WWDC19

يونيو 23, 2019 0
The Apple Developer Conference (WWDC19) ended this year with updates on the operating systems of its various TV sets for the clock for the iPhone and even the release of an iPad version with a new desktop PC for professionals.

Executive Director Tim Cook began talking about the most prominent services announced by the company last March, such as the subscription service in the Arcade games, which will include more than 100 new games and is still unknown when the launch and subscription fees.

As well as updates to the TVOS operating system where there is a control center that allows user switching and improvements with Apple Music service that displays lyrics simultaneously with the song and support control hand from Playstation and Xbox.

The smart clock has added new interfaces to watchOS and the application of computer and audio books and voice memos and improve support for audio applications such as Pandora but still lacks support for Spotify, and the number of applications on the clock without the need to connect with the iPhone.

The highlight of the Apple Clock is the App Store to download apps directly on the clock by double-clicking.

This update is coming in the fall for those who have the latest Series 1.

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الأربعاء، 19 يونيو 2019

EROSNOW IS THE MOST ENGAGING OTT PLATFORM IN INDIA WITH 68 PERCENT OF DAILY USERS

يونيو 19, 2019 0
Online streaming platforms have made been able to penetrate the content provider market quite well in recent years. These platforms include Hotstar, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Voot, Zee5, ALTBalaji, ErosNow and so on.
According to Counterpoint Research’s 'India OTT Video Content Market Consumer Survey', 89 percent of the users on OTT video content platforms are people in the 16-35 age bracket. If we talk about gender, male users account up to 79 percent.
In terms of location, the majority of the users belong to metro cities with an average of 55 percent of total users and Tier I cities accounting for 36 percent.
ErosNow is the most engaging OTT platform in India with 68 percent of daily users
Representational image.
According to the survey, Hotstar stands in the first position when it comes to the Indian OTT video content market. It is followed by Amazon’s Prime Video, SonyLIV, Netflix, Voot, Zee5, ALTBalaji, and ErosNow in terms of the percentage of respondents subscribed to each platform.
Engagement Levels of OTT Users. Image: India OTT Video Content Market Survey
Engagement Levels of OTT Users. Image: India OTT Video Content Market Survey
In terms of user engagement, the most engaging platform is ErosNow and as per the survey, 68 percent of the users visit the platform on a daily basis. ErosNow has also partnered with Xiaomi and other smart TV brands as 27 percent of users watch its content on smart TVs. It's also the only major Indian OTT platform to partner with Apple for its newly announced Apple TV+ service and is slated to be launched globally later this year. The survey also revealed that nine percent of ErosNow users watch content on the platform for more than 21 hours a week.
The survey says that Hotstar is the most popular local player as it also has good cricket related content and partnerships. About 56 percent of its users are from metro cities and has the highest penetration of non-paying users.
Netflix and Amazon Prime Video stand at the second and third place respectively. SonyLIV has the highest number of users from Tier I cities — 40 percent. Voot accounts for the maximum number of female users aged between 16-24 years. As for ALTBalaji, 59 percent of its users are in the 25-35 age group. One interesting insight here is that the maximum number of users of this platform are from Kolkata.
As per the survey, smartphones are the most preferred device that is used by OTT users. In terms of languages, most popular languages are Hindi and English followed by Telugu, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, and others. The survey also reveals that Jio is the most preferred network among OTT users in India, followed by Airtel and Vodafone-Idea.

Disclaimer: Reliance Industries Ltd. is the sole beneficiary of Independent Media Trust which controls Network18 Media & Investments Ltd
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ONEPLUS REVEALS LIST OF FEATURES IT’S CONSIDERING FOR FUTURE OXYGENOS RELEASES

يونيو 19, 2019 0
he OnePlus 7 Pro is the fastest Android smartphone currently in the market with an impressive display. However, the camera wasn’t the best considering the hardware or lenses it was packing. Although the camera wasn’t terrible, it couldn’t match up with its competitors in the same and even lower price segment.
OnePlus reveals list of features it’s considering for future OxygenOS releases
The gradient finish on the glass-backed rear looks really nice.
OnePlus did acknowledge it and released updates that managed to improve the quality but it could get much better. Naturally, the company has been receiving a lot of feedback about improvements that it could integrate into OxygenOS.
OnePlus has now made the feedback public about the features that it’s already working or planning to bring into OxygenOS in the future. All the feedback was posted on its forum.
Q: Will OnePlus 7 Pro support horizon light customisation?
A: We understand users' pain point of not having a notification light on their devices. We are looking into this, as well as other alternatives to implement AOD in a battery-friendly way.
Q: Is it possible to implement folders in the app drawer?
A: We know that this is a way to find apps fast and efficiently. We are looking into this.
Q: Will the OnePlus 7 Pro support video recording using the ultra-wide camera?
A: This feature request has already been approved and is currently under development. We know how anxious you are for this feature and we hear you.
Q: Will Oxygen OS support adaptive icons using the OnePlus launcher?
A: We are working on it.
Q: Will OnePlus add a step counter in a future update?
A: We will merge this feature into the routine of OnePlus Shelf development to bring this functionality to you without adding any bloatware to the system.
Q: Will it be possible to see more apps when accessing the recent apps menu?
A: This feature request is approved and under development.
Q: Why does the background application pause while using quick reply in the landscape?
A: We are working on a new way to improve users' experience.
Q: Will you add a charging sound effect?
A: This feature request is approved and under development.
Q: Will it be possible to customise the duration of zen mode?
A: Yes, we are working on it.
Q: Will it be possible to block messages by specific keyword?
A: Currently the function is under closed beta testing. We will release it soon if there are no major issues.
Q: Will it support blocking calls in phone settings?
A: This function is already being tested in the open beta program. Please be patient.
Q: Will digital wellbeing be supported on OnePlus devices?
A: Currently this function is in OnePlus 5/5T/6/6T's open beta program.​

There’s no timeline to when any of the above-mentioned features are going to arrive. However, OnePlus officially acknowledging these specific feedback surely means that they are working on it.
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FACEBOOK LIBRA: HERE'S HOW IT COULD IMPACT THE INDIAN REGULATORY STANCE ON CRYPTOCURRENCIES

يونيو 19, 2019 0
Facebook’s recently unveiled Libra cryptocurrency holds tremendous potential for making the use of cryptocurrency normal and mainstream.
The Libra cryptocurrency and the announcement of the Facebook Calibra digital wallet has, on the one hand, met with misgivings as to Facebook’s intentions, the extent of power it will wield, and the privacy implications of the initiative. On the other hand, the support to it by major companies like Uber, Lyft, Visa and Mastercard. among others, has also given hope that one day, one could pay for a ride via Uber through a cryptocurrency.
Given the current regulatory state of cryptocurrencies in India however, this may not be possible here so soon. One major interest is in how a mainstream cryptocurrency like Libra might change things in India, and whether the backing of a company like Facebook and several other tech giants and financial services companies will encourage Indian regulators to take a new stance.
Facebook Libra: Heres how it could impact the Indian regulatory stance on cryptocurrencies
Facebook Calibra.

Paying for an Uber ride with Libra

Much as one would like to pay for an Uber ride with the Libra cryptocurrency, under the current regulatory framework in India, this will not be possible. To outline the reasons, the April 2018 RBI notification has firstly prohibited entities regulated by it, (such as banks and financial firms) from dealing with virtual currencies, or from providing services like maintaining bank accounts, settling, trading, giving loans, etc., in relation to cryptocurrencies.
Banks in India are thus prevented from supporting the Calibra wallet as proposed by Facebook, thus preventing apps like Uber from using it. This would prevent, say, the conversion of fiat currencies (the Ruppee) in your bank account into the Libra, for payment on the app.

Payments via Indian currencies only?

Here, one can also recall an RBI notification issued in 2014, to deal with two-factor authentication for card payments via the Uber app not being in place. While dealing with the issue, the RBI had directed that where Indian bank-issued cards were used for payment for goods and services purchased in India (for example, paying via a card for a ride via Uber in India), then two conditions are to be met: The first is that the transaction must settle in Indian currency only and the second is that the transaction must be acquired through a bank in India. It was this notification that had driven Uber to adopt payments via the domestic mobile wallet Paytm, which is licensed as Payments Bank by the RBI, in order to ensure compliance with domestic payment laws.
It is interesting to note that the RBI mandate, that online transactions must settle in Indian currency and be acquired through a bank in India, applied only to payments via an Indian bank-issued card, and not to online transactions in general. This point makes it tempting to wonder if it is possible to use Calibra in India, backed by a non-Indian bank (since this does not involve card payments), or independent of any bank altogether (given that it is a peer-to-peer payment system).
Neither, however, is possible. To run a payment system (here Calibra) in India, or in other words, any system that enables payment between a payer (here an Uber customer) and a beneficiary (here Uber), authorisation from the RBI under the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 is required. Given the regulatory stance on virtual currencies, such authorisation for Calibra would not be possible.
One can also recall the statement of the then Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech in February 2018, where he stated that the cryptocurrencies are not legal tender and cannot be used ‘as a part of the payment system’. Payments using any cryptocurrency, be it the Bitcoin or Libra, via Uber’s mobile wallet, is thus out of question.
Libra Association
Libra Association

A ten-year jail term for holding cryptocurrencies?

The RBI has taken this stance on cryptocurrencies starting from 2013, where it first warned against the use of cryptocurrencies, and then went onto reiterate these cautions in 2017.
The 2018 notificationthereafter, led a group of petitioners to the Supreme Courtagainst it. While the case is still pending, lending some hope, the Supreme Court refused to lift the prohibition via the RBI notification. Further, RBI’s recent draft rules for a regulatory sandbox came as a disappointment via its express exclusion of virtual currencies from its ambit.
One saving grace with the Indian regulatory stance had been that apart from these specific restrictions, there was no stance taken on, say, merely holding cryptocurrencies, or trading on a global exchange. However, worrying reports of a draft ‘Banning of Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2019 has emerged, which is said to propose a ten-year jail term for merely holding cryptocurrencies in India. If such a law is enacted, the mere holding of Libra or any other virtual currency will violate it. The law is said to punish mining, holding, generating, selling, transferring, disposing of, issuing or dealing with cryptocurrencies.

The impact of a mainstream cryptocurrency

In this regulatory atmosphere, the announcement of Libra brings new hope to cryptocurrency ventures and enthusiasts in India. The mainstream nature of Libra is a particular feature that will distinguish it from other cryptocurrencies and will allow regulators to observe how a widely-used peer-to-peer currency could function.
There are in fact several factors in Libra’s White Paper and various news reports which support a possible quick adoption of the cryptocurrency by the people. These include the easy access of Libra via Facebook account holders as well as non-account holders (through iOS and Android apps), incentives to its use such as via grant of free Libra on opening a wallet, and the promise of lower or no fees per transaction.
An important selling point for cryptocurrencies for a long time has been that the fees would be lower, being fixed per transaction and not based on the amount of the transaction. This is a selling point for Libra as well, through its potential for enabling cheaper international remittances, lower interest rates on loans, lower per transaction fees, etc.

Tackling volatility

The significant volatility of cryptocurrencies like the Bitcoin was another major factor which prejudiced regulators world over against these currencies. Traditionally, the value of fiat currencies is maintained by linking it to gold, but virtual currencies like Bitcoins have no intrinsic value. The value of the Bitcoin, in fact, is generated by the demand for it.
Facebook aims to tackle this issue as well, by choosing to link the value of the Libra to a basket of bank deposits and short-term government securities for historically stable international currencies, including the US Dollar, UK Pound, Euro, Swiss Franc and Japanese Yen. This is another factor that may work in Libra’s favour from the perspective of regulators.

Hope for crypto enthusiasts in India    

Libra has already caught the attention of international regulators, and one can expect changes to Facebook’s approach based on changes in the international regulatory stance.
In the meanwhile, if the Libra does lead to large-scale adoption of a cryptocurrency as planned by Facebook, this will certainly force the Indian regulators to observe and to consider cryptocurrencies, if not to embrace them at this point of time.
The author is a lawyer specialising in technology, privacy and cyber laws

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XIAOMI TO SHUT DOWN THE MIUI GLOBAL BETA PROGRAM FOR ALL DEVICES FROM 1 JULY

يونيو 19, 2019 0
Besides the Mi A1 and Mi A2 smartphones, all Xiaomi devices run MIUI custom skin atop the Android OS. But before any of the stable version of MIUI is ever rolled out to the end users, Xiaomi first puts up the update on the beta version (like many other developers), takes feedback from users who are part of the beta program, fix whatever bugs are spotted in the update, and when all seems good, it's eventually rolled out in the form of a stable build. However, this is now set to change.
In an MIUI forum, Xiaomi has announced that it is planning to end the beta program and shifting all its users directly to the stable version. The reason Xiaomi gives for this shift is the possibility of bugs and issues in the beta version, which can possibly spoil the smartphone experience for some users.

The Xiaomi Redmi 7. Image: Omkar Patne
Xiaomi writes in the blog, "As more Mi Phone models got introduced to the market, more users started using MIUI Beta through different channels. Very often, they use it on a day-to-day basis on their main phones. However, MIUI Beta is made for public testing and requires the user to have a very high tolerance for bugs and faults."
"MIUI Beta is not a primary way to experience new features, but more a means for experienced users to test the software and provide suggestions. As the MIUI experience has matured, the need for stability is becoming increasingly more important. In order to meet the demands of most of our users and release stable version updates more frequently, our team of engineers has decided to stop releasing the global version of MIUI Beta for all devices starting July 1, 2019."
Having said that, Xiaomi clarifies that the company will continue to communicate with users on various platforms and work on improving the stable version of MIUI.

In addition to that, Xiaomi also said that users will continue to receive all the required security updates in a timely manner.
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ASUS 6Z WITH 48 MP CAMERA LAUNCHED, WILL BE AVAILABLE STARTING RS 31,999 ON FLIPKART

يونيو 19, 2019 0
Asus has finally announced its flagship smartphone Asus 6Z in India today. The smartphone was launched in Spain last month as Asus Zenfone 6. However, Delhi High court recently ordered Asus to do away with the "ZenFone" moniker in their phones, which delayed the launch the device in India, and has renamed the device as Asus 6Z.

Asus 6Z price and availability

The Asus 6Z has been launched in India in three storage variants. The 6GB+ 64 GB variant is priced at Rs 31,999, 6 GB+ 128 GB at Rs 34,999. The top storage variant of 8 GB+ 256 GB costs Rs 39,999 in India. All the three variants will be available for sale on Flipkart from 26 June.

Asus Zenfone 6. Image: Tech2/ Sheldon Pinto

Asus 6Z specifications and features

The newly launched smartphone sports a 6.4-inch full HD+ display with 1,080x  2,340 pixels resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Asus 6Z is powered by Snapdragon 855 processor and comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage.
In terms of camera, it is equipped with a motorised rotating camera of 48 MP primary sensor coupled with 13 MP secondary ultra wide angle camera. Unlike many premium smartphones, this phone does not have an in display fingerprint sensor instead, there is a fingerprint sensor at the back of the device.

Asus 6Z houses a 5,000 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 4.0
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Can You Actually Use iCloud on Windows and Android?

يونيو 19, 2019 0
Screenshot: Gizmodo
Whisper it quietly, but a few holes are starting to appear in Apple’s walled garden: AirPlay on TVs. Apple Music on Android. iCloud on the web. And now, a revamped, updated iCloud app for Windows. As Apple shows hints of being more cross-platform-friendly than it has been in the past, is its iCloud suite now usable across Windows and Android?
Dare iPhone and Mac users entertain the idea of working on Windows and Android as well? Or should they stick to Apple-made hardware? We fired up a Windows PC and a Pixel 3a XL to attempt to access our iCloud files, and to see whether these apps and services are actually usable away from Apple devices.

iCloud on Windows

Downloading iCloud photos to Windows.
Screenshot: Gizmodo
iCloud has been available as a utility on Windows for years now—as has iTunes, don’t forget—but this month a new and improved version of the software appeared in the official Microsoft Store.
One of the changes with the new version is a smarter sync process, so you can keep files in the cloud without having to save them locally on a Windows machine, while still having easy access to them. There’s also tighter integration for iCloud within File Explorer.
The iCloud app lives down in the notification area on the right of the taskbar in Windows: It gives you quick links to downloading photos (by year, to your Pictures folder in Windows), uploading photos, and heading to the iCloud portal on the web.
iCloud integration in Windows File Explorer.
Screenshot: Gizmodo
Pull up the iCloud settings panel and you can arrange syncing to Windows in four areas: iCloud Drive, photos, email (and contacts and calendars, via Outlook), and bookmarks. You can also see how much of your iCloud storage you’re currently using.
So, does it work? Well, it’s rudimentary and occasionally slow, but it just about does the jobs it promises to do as advertised. The trouble is, the likes of Dropbox, Google Drive, and even OneDrive are all a bit (or a lot) slicker at this sort of cross-platform syncing—if you really need access to iCloud/Mac files on Windows, they’re better alternatives.
Even something as simple as snapping a photo on our iPhone, opening it up and editing it in Windows, then syncing it back to a Mac was fraught with delays and inconveniences (though we did eventually manage it).
iCloud settings in Windows.
Screenshot: Gizmodo
In fact, it’s easier to just use the iCloud web interface (which is also an option for those of you on Chromebooks), unless you specifically need copies of all your iCloud photos on your Windows computer. The iCloud Windows app is only really superior in terms of uploading or downloading large numbers of files.
Working with iCloud Drive files in a browser on Windows is a basic experience, but a reasonably smooth one: Changes propagate to macOS within seconds, the Photos component is straightforward and speedy too, though nowhere near the Photos app on the Mac in terms of functions and features.
The iCloud web apps have definitely improved down the years, but there’s still a lot of work to be done: That’s obvious to anyone who loads up an iCloud Drive web browser tab alongside one showing Dropbox or Google Drive (iCloud folder sharing is coming, at long last, in September).
The iCloud suite on the web.
Screenshot: Gizmodo
These web apps are bare bones but do the job for viewing Notes and Reminders, Calendars and Contacts, and everything else you’ve got in iCloud—you don’t need to worry that your stuff will be locked away if you have to switch to a Windows machine. But actually getting some serious iCloud-based work done on Windows is another matter, not least because none of Apple’s major apps have Windows equivalents.
Overall, iCloud on Windows remains a passable experience: You can get some emailing and some file sharing done, but don’t expect everything you run as smoothly as you might hope. If you just need access to the occasional file, or want to upload a bunch of pictures to iCloud from Windows then fine; for everything else, not so fine.
If you’re someone who spends a lot of time on both Windows and Mac you’re always going to opt for one of the more polished and more naturally cross-platform options: You’re going to stick all your pictures and video in Google Photos, or do all your file syncing in Dropbox. Apple has a long way to go to change that.

iCloud on Android

Apple Music works fine on Android, at least.
Screenshot: Gizmodo
This section is much shorter, because there isn’t really an option for getting your iCloud stuff—photos, notes, files—up on Android in any useful way... at least not without using a third-party service like Dropbox to bridge the gap. Apple must know it’s pushing people who use multiple platforms away from iCloud, but doesn’t seem particularly worried about it for the moment.
Apple Music is available though. If you’re paying the $10 per month for it, so you can at least get at your music and your playlists (and even your local files, if they’re in your iCloud Music Library). You can add an iCloud email address to Gmail on Android as well, it should be noted, enabling you to send and receive messages from your iCloud address.
That’s really where being able to use iCloud on Android in a serious way starts and finishes: Music and email. Apple doesn’t make any other apps available for Android, and while you can copy contacts and calendar information over, it’s a clumsy process—and it’s a one-time process, so there’s no two-way sync.
The iCloud web portal on Android, and accessing iCloud email in Gmail.
Screenshot: Gizmodo
Heading to the iCloud web portal in a browser on Android only leads to the Find My iPhone page, so there’s no access to files or the other apps there by default. You can request the desktop version of the site, but then you’ll be left with tiny icons and a rather awkward workflow—it is technically possible to download iCloud photos to an Android device this way, but it’s far from a pleasurable experience.
We managed to load up a PDF from iCloud Drive on Android using the same method, but again you’re tapping at tiny icons and trying to cope with a web interface that’s sluggish at the best of times. It’s there in emergencies and that’s about it.
You can’t do serious iCloud business on Android at the moment, full stop—if you regularly use an Android device, or think you might do at some point in the future, then consider avoiding iCloud for your general purpose photo and file storage needs. Whether Apple will eventually remedy this, we’ll have to wait and see... but don’t hold your breath.
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