Friday, October 20, 2017

Google Addresses Complaints Over Pixel 2 XL Display

12:29:00 PM

The Pixel 2 XL is a great phone which has a large display, one that uses an OLED display manufactured by LG. But there are some users which gave reviews for the handset have revealed some issues. Google has heard those complaints, and now it’s apparently open to solving them.

The complaints came up specifically regarding grainy effects, colors that don’t pop in comparison to other OLED displays on flagship smartphones, and other issues. Now Google has decided to comment on the issues, and clear things up a bit.

Google says that it purposefully decided to use an OLED display that has “a more natural and accurate rendition of colors,” which can be quite the change from what is present on OLED displays, especially those released by Samsung — which is effectively the gold standard for OLED displays at this point. But, Google does say that a change could happen at some point in the future, by way of a software update:

“We designed the Pixel 2 to take advantage of multiple facets of the innovative new POLED technology, including QHD+ resolution with 538 pixels per inch as well as a wide color gamut. One of our design intents was to achieve a more natural and accurate rendition of colors. We know that some people prefer more vivid colors, so we’ve added an option to boost colors by 10% for more saturation. We’ll continue to pay close attention to people’s responses to Pixel, and we will consider adding more display color options through software if that makes the product better.”
The fact that Google is listening to the responses from consumers, and is willing to even consider a software update that could add more color options is a good thing. When a phone costs as much as the Pixel 2 XL does, and it is positioned as a flagship device (which it is), then these types of issues can certainly be annoying for consumers.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

[APK] Google App Beta 7.14.15 Adds Customizable Google Search Bar

5:37:00 PM

When it comes to customization Google lacks behind in their software. When Google launched Pixel Laucher, many people wanted to change the design and look of the search bar which is also known as Pill, but couldn't unless you try any third-party launchers. But, today the latest Google app beta version 7.14.15 finally brings all those options to life for everyone.

The widget is still the same, the primary change is an overflow menu on the right which lets you Customize your widget by giving you options. Tap that and you're taken into a new UI where the search bar is dropped in the middle of the screen with a white menu of 4 options below it. 

The first options  gives you the option to change bar logo like just a G or Google, second option gives you the different shapes like quasi-rectangle, more rounded rectangle, and stadium shape. The third option gives you colors white and multicolor, black and white, inverted, and a color picker with all the possible colors, and the fourth one adjusts the transparency of the widget. Every option that is in the update is presented below : 

This is a big deal for a stock app, but for those who are using third-party launchers like Nova and Action won't find anything new in this. If you are on  Google app beta 7.14.15, this option should be visible but if you don't, make sure you're using the default search bar widget from the Google app and not some third-party one from your launcher. 

Here you can download the APK if the update hasn't rolled out to you yet on the Play Store :
Source : Android Police

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Reliance Jio Announces Diwali Dhamaka With New Tariff Plans

11:36:00 AM

Reliance Jio has become quite popular with their tariff plans and the company keep giving offers to their users. The overall growth of this network is increased in a very short amount compared to other networks. Today, Reliance Jio announced its new Dhan Dhana Dhan tariff plans. The new plans with revised benefits will be available from October 19 and can be availed by new as well as existing Jio subscribers.

The latest entrant in India's telecom sector has increased the rate of its popular 84-day Rs. 399 Dhan Dhana Dhan plan to Rs. 459 from Thursday, under which subscribers get 1GB 4G data per day, according to information published on the company's website. The Mukesh Ambani-led company however said that subscribers of its Rs. 149 plan will get double the amount of high speed data 4 GB of data for each billing cycle of 28 days under the new scheme "Diwali Dhamaka" compared to 2GB being offered at present. 

Here are the details of Reliance Jio's updated offers:

Reliance Jio's Rs. 399 "Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan" plan gives users eight coupons of Rs. 50. This translates into a complete cashback of the recharge amount. However, these eight coupons of Rs. 50 can only be redeemed after November 15 on a recharge of Rs. 309 or higher denomination pack.

The last day to avail the Rs. 399 plan is October 18, 2017, Reliance Jio's website said. 

The new Jio 459 plan will provide users with 1GB of high-speed data per day for 84 days, along with free calls and bundled SMS like the earlier Rs. 399 plan. Jio has also reduced recharge tariff for lower denomination and short-term plans besides offering data benefits under the schemes.

Jio has introduced plan for Rs. 52 with one-week validity and Rs. 98 with two weeks that will offer its customers free voice, SMS, unlimited data (0.15 GB daily), as per its website.

All plans of Jio will continue to offer unlimited voice calls even during roaming.

Under the tariff revision, Jio has also doubled the amount of data bundled with the Rs. 149 prepaid pack from 2GB per day to 4GB per day.

The company has also reduced benefit under Rs. 509 scheme, which offers 2GB of data per day, by reducing its validity or billing cycle from 56 days to 49. Accordingly, data at high speed gets reduced to 98 GB from 112 GB under previous scheme. Under this plan, data cost will be Rs. 5.2 per GB.

The Rs. 999 plan which offered 90GB of 4G data without cut in download speed will now offer 60GB high speed data for three months.

Jio has introduced Rs. 1,999 plan which will have six months validity and offer 125GB data at unrestricted high speed.

Under the new scheme, the validity of plan priced at Rs. 4,999 will be for a year instead of 210 days under the previous scheme. However, customers opting for it will get unrestricted access to 350 GB high speed data for the plan period compared to 380 GB offered earlier for same price.

Post paid plans have also been revised that now get only 1 month validity and less data. Check out the list below.

Let us know which plan you are going to choose and are you happy with this change?

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Monument Valley 2 Coming To Google Play On November 6

11:26:00 PM

Back in June, Monument Valley 2 was only launched for iOS which is an sequel to the beautiful puzzle game from 2014. Today, the developers making Android users happy because this is finally coming to Android. According to the game’s developer, ustwo games, it will be released in the Play Store on November 6. You can even head over to the listing now to pre-register for this game by clicking on the link which is at the end of the article.

In Monument Valley 2, you’ll be tasked with manipulating the landscape to make platforms, much like in the original. You’ll control Ro and her child as they embark on the magical architectural adventure discovering illusions and solving puzzles as they make their way through the Sacred Geometry. Players will also witness how the child’s dependency on the mother slowly changes into self-sufficiency.

The original Monument Valley was a hit and was awarded with numerous favorable reviews. Ustwo games was able to combine stunning visuals, interesting gameplay, and a great soundtrack to give players a unique experience. Monument Valley 2 gives players more of the same with critics enjoying the simple gameplay mechanics, storytelling, and gorgeous artwork.

We’ll be sure to update you when Monument Valley 2 hits the scene till then check out the embedded trailer below for the game, then get pumped for the launch.

What do you think? Are you as excited for Monument Valley 2 as we are? Let us know down in the comments.

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Motorola's New Moto Mod Adds Amazon Alexa To Your Moto Z For $149, Arrives in November

9:53:00 PM

Moto Z gains a new Moto Mod which is the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa. With this speaker connected to your Moto Z device, you’ll be able to access Alexa by voice command at any time.

This Amazon Alexa-equipped smart speaker works with the Moto Z and Moto Z2 family. Just snap the mod and it will start working, giving you access to Alexa to play music, get news, grab answers to questions, control your smart home, order an Uber, add items to a grocery list, etc. It’s like an Amazon Echo, only in Moto Mod form on the back of your phone.

The speaker is ubiquitous, so you can call on Alexa to access her tens of thousands of skills to do whatever it is you need at any time, meaning there’s no button. It even works well in noisy scenarios, apparently, thanks to a whopping 4 microphones.

The Moto Smart Speaker boasts 15 hours of battery life, and a dock design makes it easy to charge the thing while keeping Alexa snapped to the back of it. Pretty neat stuff, it is.

This new Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa arrives in November for $149.99 at places like Amazon, Best Buy, Verizon, and Motorola’s online shop. 

Source : Motorola

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[Poll] Current Pixel 2016 Owners, Are Going To Upgrade To Pixel 2 Or Pixel 2 XL?

6:04:00 PM

Google recently launched their two new phones which are Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Both are great phones and has enough reasons to upgrade from the first generation, but now we want your opinion on the subject.

Is the Google Pixel 2 enough of an upgrade over last year’s model to get you to shell out $650 or more for the latest and greatest?

If we compare first generation Pixel and Pixel XL to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, there are bascially spec bumps with improvements to the already fantastic camera as well as its design.

We’ve also seen a lot of software improvements and added features. While Google hasn’t stated that these different changes such as the updated Pixel Launcher will make its way to older hardware, users have been able to sideload them onto the original Pixels, excluding these additions from being a sole reason to upgrade.

So, are a current Pixel owner? Have you considered upgrading to the Pixel 2? Answer the poll below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Pixel 2016 owners, are you upgrading to Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL?

No, my current Pixel is good for one more year
No, but I want to if it wasn't that pricey
Yes, because I want that 18:9 display
Yes, because I want that camera
Please Specify:
Build quizzes

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Will Get Portrait Mode with Future Software Update

5:18:00 PM

It looks like Samsung is working to bring Portrait Mode for the single camera Galaxy S8 and the feature could possibly land through a future software update.

Since Google unveiled the Pixel 2 with a Portrait mode despite a single 12MP shooter at its rear, S8 owners have also been curious about a similar functionality coming to their device. So, a customer inquired if such a feature is inbound and the resulting slightly answer from Samsung Electronics support read: "there is no information yet, but we hope that you will get portrait mode update with the next SW". 

Normally support responses would have only contained the first part, but this one not only suggested that the feature is a possibility, but also gave hope that it's just around the corner.

It is possible that Samsung will introduce the Portrait mode on the Galaxy S8 with the Android 8.0 Oreo update. Google managed to include Portrait mode on the Pixel 2 thanks to its machine learning prowess, but it remains to be seen if Samsung will also be able to achieve similar results with the single 12MP shooter on the Galaxy S8.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 lacks a dedicated telephoto camera like the Galaxy Note8 but could achieve fake background blur through the use of software, like on the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL. And if it gets it, chances are its bigger brother, the Galaxy S8+ will also benefit from it.

Thanks, Sabith Pulukkool!

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[Download] Huawei Mate 10 And Mate 10 Pro's New Floral Wallpapers

3:50:00 PM

Yesterday, Huawei introduced their Mate 10 flagship lineup which were the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10 smartphones. All of these phones come with the same camera setup, both on the back and on the front, while they also ship with the same SoC, not to mention that the Mate 10 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10 are basically identical, save for the different branding, color and internal storage differences.

But if you are not interested in those phone, check out their section of wallpapers.
They embrace the floral theme that is trendy in everything from fashion to the latest iPhone (it has also got some new floral wall art). 

That's why we have collected all the new Huawei Mate 10 in a single place. If you want all these wallpapers in full resolution please click on the link at the end, below you will see the preview of all the wallpapers which are included in the phone.

Having said that, let’s see what these phones have to offer in terms of wallpapers, shall we.

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