Thursday, November 23, 2017

Pixel and Pixel XL Gets Pixel 2 Launcher Experience

 
4:03:00 PM


The first generation Google Pixel and Pixel XL have some new UI refinements just like Pixel 2, thanks to the Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview build. However, there were differences in that not all Pixel 2 bells and whistles had made their way to the older generation of phones made by Google. This is now changing, thanks to what seems like a server-side switch on Google's end.




Left : Old / Right : New
The tweaks brought by the update are somewhat minor, but nonetheless help bridge the gap between the two generations of Pixels in terms of UI, at least. The first change becomes apparent on opening the app drawer. Before the update, the app drawer on the original Pixels used to have a simple "Search Apps" field at the top, but now it's been tweaked to match that of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL with a rounded search bar up top. 


Additionally, as you go to search from within the app drawer, you won’t just see apps as results. Instead, you’ll get search history from Google Searches, as well as app suggestions.

If you are running Android 8.1 on your original Pixel or Pixel 2 XL, this update should roll out to your device soon.




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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Samsung Giving iPhone Owners A Chance To Test Drive Galaxy S8 Or Note 8 For A Month

 
1:13:00 AM


Samsung has launched a new ‘Galaxy Experience Program’ in South Korea where it will allow iPhone owners to use a Galaxy S8 or a Galaxy Note 8 for a month to experience the Android and Galaxy ecosystem. The company hopes that the experience would be good enough for these iPhone owners to compel them to switch to a Galaxy smartphone.




If you live in South Korea and own an iPhone, you can register yourself for this program by filling a form online. Samsung is accepting registrations until November 27th and will then pick 10,000 lucky participants on November 30th. These selected winners would be able to collect their device from the nearest Samsung Digital Plaza by paying a small participation fee of around $45 and then use it for a month. At the end of the trial period, if the user likes the phone and decides to buy it, their participation fee would be refunded. In addition, they would also get gifts like a JBL Go speaker on purchasing the handset as well.

The experience program is limited to South Korea for now but the company can possibly look to expand it to other countries like the United States depending on how successful it is in its home country.

Incidentally, the iPhone X launches in South Korea on December 3. It is clear that Samsung is hoping to lure in customers who plan on upgrading to the iPhone X early next month with its new marketing campaign. However, whether it works for the company or not is something that only time will tell.

Source : SamMobile




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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

[APK] Android Messages v2.7 Brings Money Transfer, Duo Integration And More

 
1:08:00 PM


Today, Google updates their default SMS application Android Messages. The update for this app bumps Android Messages app from version 2.5 to version 2.7. While there aren’t any significant changes to the interface, the APK did get a size reduction as well as two new features integrated into the app.

The first feature is Duo calling integration. Duo is Android’s default video calling app, and placing a video calling icon right in the SMS conversation window is a great way to get more folks using the free service.

Also new to the Android messages app is a method of sending or requesting payments from friends. The service is provided by Google Wallet, which was among the first NFC payment services in the US before Google phased it into Android Pay. Google Wallet also had its own debit card, but it has also been phased out.


According to an APK teardown by Android Police, the app is also getting ready to streamline the notification indicator. Rather than displaying “New messages below” in the SMS conversation, it would say “X new message(s)” where X is the number of new messages below.

However, a more noteworthy feature is RCS support for dualSIM smartphones. RCS stands for “Rich Communication Services” and offers larger attachment allowances, read receipts, and lets you know when the recipient is typing. The update supports RCS features on smartphones with two active lines.


To get all these features, you will need to update your app to v2.7. If the update is not live for you on Play Store, you can sideload is via APK from below :

Source : Android Police


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Monday, November 20, 2017

[APK] Gboard Updated With Sticker Pack Support And 40 Additional Languages

 
11:56:00 PM


Today, Google updated their Gboard app which brings support for 40 additional languages, including native input for Japanese, which, along with other non-Latin script languages, was up until now relegated to a separate input method. This update for Gboard rounds up the total number of supported languages to 120!




Not only languages, the latest Gboard update also brings native stickers support to Google's virtual keyboard. Up until now, users had to have Google Allo installed on their devices, in order to be able to use stickers within Gboard, but this changes in version 6.17, which introduces four sticker packs native to the keyboard app.

Gboard 6.17.15 is now rolling out on Google Play. If the update has not yet been pushed to your device, you can grab it from APKMirror from below :






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OnePlus 5T Proves Its Toughness In Durability Test

 
9:53:00 PM


OnePlus recently announced OnePlus 5T and which will start selling tomorrow on 21st November. Buyers are waiting for the chance to get the phone and also get the reviews whether it is worth it or not. OnePlus is making phones for years and never disappointed in terms of build quality. 

But can the same be said about the company's latest flagship, the OnePlus 5T? Popular YouTuber JerryRigEverything has decided to find out by subjecting the device to his famous durability test.




Starting off with the usual screen scratch test, the OnePlus 5T manages to hold its own. Thanks to Gorilla Glass 5, the phone scratches at a point where any 2017 flagship would.

The 16MP front camera is also protected by the same toughened glass that safeguards the display, so coins and keys in your pocket won't be able to do any damage. Meanwhile, the earpiece grille is made of metal, and unlike most nylon coverings, there's little risk of piercing it with a sharp object. 

Moving on to the other side, the anodized aluminum alloy back plate of the phone can be easily scraped by a razor, but it should be more than tough enough for day to day use. The rear-positioned fingerprint scanner is made of ceramic, meaning that it's virtually immune to scratches.

Perhaps the only trial which the OnePlus 5T failed was the burn test – the 6-inch AMOLED screen didn't recover from the burn mark, which was applied with a common lighter. Still, you'd have to subject your phone to 20 seconds of abuse to achieve similar results. 

After the flame-to-screen trial, the OnePlus 5T is then finally put to the bending test. The handset flexes a little but then locks out. Check out the whole video below:






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Sunday, November 19, 2017

OnePlus 3 And OnePlus 3T Gets Official Android 8.0 Oreo Update

 
10:14:00 PM


Today, OnePlus announced the official Android 8.0 Oreo update for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T after few beta releases. Although, its surprising to see OnePlus first update its flagship handset from 2016 to Oreo before its existing flagship handset, the OnePlus 53/5T.




This update is an major OS upgrade for OnePlus 3/3T, which brings a number of new features like Picture in Picture, Auto-fill, Smart text selection, Redesigned Quick Settings, Notification dots, and more. OnePlus also added some of their own features like Parallel Apps, a new folder design, and the ability to directly shoot and upload photos with ‘Shot on OnePlus’ watermark. Other changes in the update as reported by the community include precise media volume control, new Ambient Display design, and more. Sadly, the Alert Slider functionality remains the same which has disappointed a lot of OnePlus 3/3T owners.



The official change-log for the update is as follows:

System


  • Update to Android O (8.0)
  • Added Parallel Apps
  • Added Picture in Picture
  • Added Auto-fill
  • Added Smart text selection
  • New Quick Settings design
  • Updated security patch to September

Launcher

  • Added notification dots
  • New app folder design
  • Now able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus

OnePlus had previously announced that the Oreo update would be the last Android update the OnePlus 3/3T would receive. Going forward, the handsets will receive some bug fixing updates but in terms of Android updates, this marks the end of the road for them. At least OnePlus is making up for it by rolling out Oreo so quickly for both handsets and giving them a preference over its existing flagship, the OnePlus 5/5T.


Source : OnePlus




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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Google Lens In Assistant Rolling Out To Pixel And Pixel 2

 
9:44:00 PM


If you remember, back in October Google said that Google Lens will be coming to Assistant “in the next few weeks.” Today, it has starting to roll out to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones on their Google Assistant.




Back at the October 4th event, Google announced that Lens was launching as a preview to Pixel devices later this year. It first debuted in Google Photos on the Pixel 2 before expanding to the original Pixel and Pixel XL late last month.

In Google Photos, Lens can be used on an image but it is different in Assistant, it is integrated right into the page or pop up after holding down on the home button. The interface that is now rolling out does not look all too different from the version we were able to activate in September.

Pressing this new button in the bottom right corner opens up a camera viewfinder. Tapping anywhere freezes the view and begins a search with possible results and actions appearing as a carousel of suggestion chips at the bottom of the screen. There is also a rectangular overlay on the item in question with a close bottom in the top right corner.


Meanwhile, users can quickly start a voice search with the microphone while a new visual lookup is triggered by re-tapping the Lens icon in the bottom right.

The feature is still rolling out, so not everyone will have it. Let us know whether you have or not in the comments!

Source : Reddit




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Razer Launch New Hammerhead USB-C Earbuds To Match The Razer Phone

 
1:35:00 PM


Razer recently released Razer phone which doesn't have any headphone jack, but what it does have is Type-C port. Today, Razer is going into earbuds department with their Hammerhead earbuds with USB Type-C, aimed directly at buyers of the Razer Phone.




There are pre-existing versions of the Hammerhead buds that have a 3.5mm connector, but since the Razer Phone doesn’t have a dedicated headphone jack, these Hammerheads would make a good add-on. In fact, they’d probably make a good add-on for any Android device that doesn’t have a headphone jack, which is a lot of them these days.


According to the listing, these earbuds have a custom-tuned DAC for clean and unprocessed audio, in-line microphone and volume control, as well as flat cables for tangle-free storage.

As for raw specs, here's a look at what makes the Hammerhead USB-C tick:

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20kHz 
  • Impedance: 32 ± 15% Ω 
  • Sensitivity: 102 ± 3 dB @ 1 kHz 
  • Max input power: 10 mW 
  • Drivers: 10 mm with Neodymium magnets 
  • Cable length: 1.3 m / 4.27 ft. 
  • Approximate weight: 0.06 lbs (28.0 g)


The Hammerheads are priced at $79.99 through Razer’s online store. They haven’t made their way to Amazon yet, but you can expect them to show up there, too, at some point.






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