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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Friday, November 17, 2017

[Download] OnePlus 5T Wallpapers

 
11:24:00 AM


New phone, new wallpapers for everyone! The stock wallpapers are always good whether it is from HTC, Samsung, Google, or someone else. Today, the OnePlus 5T was officially announced and it has some good wallpapers. So here are the wallpapers which comes with the phone.










Hampus Olsson, who designed the wallpapers for OnePlus, shared high-resolution versions of them on his personal blog. If you go the source link below, he provides a .zip file that includes all of them in both 1080p and 4K resolutions.

They're all designed for the 5T's 18:9 display, so they're perfect for other tall phones like the S8, Note8, and Pixel 2 XL. I definitely think Olsson did a great job with these backgrounds, and I'll probably be using a few of them on my Pixel XL.

Source : Hampus Olsson





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OnePlus 5T Is Now Official With Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM And More

 
11:02:00 AM


Today, OnePlus launches their new phone, the OnePlus 5T, which is likely the last major phone release for 2017 worth paying attention to. Like the OnePlus 3 to the 3T from last year, the 5T is an upgraded version of the OnePlus 5, only it may do an even better job at providing users with a reason to either be excited or mad.




OnePlus has a 18:9 all-display front. The display is a 6.01-inch FHD Optic AMOLED (1080p, 2:1) with various modes that you can calibrate to your liking. OnePlus also says that this new panel packs in a Sunlight Display that “adapts automatically to harsh light” to give you a better viewing experience, plus you’ve got reading mode and night mode returning.


Because of the display, OnePlus moved the ceramic fingerprint reader to the back-center of the phone. Overall, as you can tell from the images here, it looks exactly like a much more modern take on the OnePlus 5.

Inside the phone, you’ve got a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB or 8GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB storage, dual rear camera setup (16MP + 20MP, both f/1.7), 16MP front camera, 3300mAh battery with Dash Charge, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port, Alert Slider, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat underneath OxygenOS. It’s got almost everything you need outside of water resistance and wireless charging. The full specs can be seen right here.

With that dual camera, OnePlus actually ditched the secondary telephoto lens this time and tossed in that second 20MP shooter that also has a max aperture of f/1.7. The goal here was to create a secondary shooter that specializes in low-light photography. OnePlus says that this 20MP camera “merges four pixels into one” to help reduce noise and enhance clarity. We’ll certainly test that out. Additionally, OnePlus made improvements to Portrait Mode, since that’s all the rage these days with the kids.


As for the rest of the story, you’ve got OxygenOS again (v4.7), though the Android version is still only 7.1.1, not 8.0 Oreo. With that said, OnePlus does claim to have an updated platform that helps them deliver “faster, more consistent updates.” With OxygenOS, you should still get a buttery smooth performance, gestures from the lock screen, Ambient Display, customizable navigation bar, clean Android experience overall, and a newly added Face Unlock that supposed uses 100 identifiers to make sure you are you before unlocking.

Finally, Dash Charge is back again and is likely still the best fast charging solution on the planet. The OnePlus 5T will be available on November 21 in the US at a starting price of $499 for the Midnight Black model with 64GB of storage. A 128GB model will be available as well for $559. You can buy the OnePlus 5T right here.

OnePlus 5T Specs

OnePlus 5T
OSAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
OxygenOS
Display6.01" FHD AMOLED (2160x1080, 18:9, 401ppi)
Gorilla Glass 5
ProcessorSnapdragon 835
Adreno 540 GPU
MemoryStorage: 64GB / 128GB UFS 2.1
RAM: 6GB / 8GB
CamerasRear: 16MP (f/1.7, 1.12um) + 20MP (f/1.7, 1.0um)
Front: 16MP (f/2.0)
Battery3300mAh
Dash Charge
Connectivity802.11ac WiFi
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
NetworkFDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/
19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
TDD-LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40/41
TD-SCDMA: Bands 34/39
UMTS (WCDMA): Bands 1/2/4/5/8
CDMA: BCO
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Ports3.5mm headphone jack
USB-C, USB 2.0
OtherFingerprint sensor
Bottom-firing speaker
Alert slider
Size156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm
162g
ColorsMidnight Black





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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fossil Announced Q Control Gen 3 Sport Smartwatch

 
12:06:00 AM


If we talk about watch brands, Fossil is one of the most popular brand which also has various Android Wear smartphones. But today, Fossil launched another smartwatch called Q Control. This watch runs on Snapdragon Wear 2100 and running the Android Wear 2.0 OS, the Q Control is the newest addition to the Gen 3 portfolio of Fossil.





The watch is shaped circular and has a 45 mm diameter. The straps are silicone and are removable, making the watch compatible with standard 20mm straps. RAM is 768 MB, while the internal memory is 4GB. The device also has 5 ATM water resistance rating, making it suitable for swimming.

Android Wear 2.0 makes the Q Control compatible with operating systems newer than Android 4.3 or iOS 9. The connection with the phone is through Bluetooth 4.1, but there’s no Wi-Fi support

On the back of the circular body a heart rate sensor is placed next to the four metallic charging pins. The watch has a small LED light and a microphone for talking to Google Assistant and making calls.

Fossil also implemented touch-sensitive bezel that allows scrolling through the options on Android Wear 2.0 similarly to the Gear S series by Samsung.

Fossil has put up the Q Control Gen 3 Sport smartwatch on its website for sale. The price is $275 with free shipping in the US.

Source : Fossil




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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nexus Player Gets Google Assistant In The November Security Update

 
6:12:00 PM


Google first digital media player the Nexus Player, just received Google Assistant support in the latest November Security Update. Including this device, total three Android TV devices received the Assistant, the nVidia Shield and select Sony Bravia televisions.




If you want to use the Assistant, the microphone which is present on the controller is not that good, so we suggest using the app from your smartphone. On the first boot after installing the update you will see this feature though it could also require latest Google app version.

The Nexus Player was launched in November 2014 with 5.0 as the first Android TV device. It has continued to receive platform updates, and received a completely new interface in September with the launch of Oreo, though it has been excluded from the Developer Preview for 8.1. Conspicuously, the Nexus Player is completely absent from Google's list of support dates for Nexus and Pixel products.




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Google Assistant Now Supports Singapore English Language

 
3:45:00 PM


Google Assistant supports many languages and recently Google is on a roll, they are keep adding new languages. Today, Google added Singapore English to the Assistant.




Good news for those who live in Singapore and have set your phone to Singapore English as a language, you should start seeing Assistant soon when you tap and hold the home button on your phones, instead of the Google Now on Tap / Screen Search that was before it. This should work on all Android phones with 6.0 and above.

Singapore English joins 5 other English variants in being supported by Assistant: US, UK, Australian, Canadian, and Indian. However, unlike some of these, it isn't yet available through Assistant on other devices like TV and Home.

Source : Google




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[Updated]UC Browser Got Removed From Google Play Store

 
2:30:00 PM


Recently, the famous browser called UC Browser has disappeared from the Google Play store. Alibaba, the company which owns UC Browser gained more than 500 million downloads last month and has over 100 million users in India is now no longer visible on search.




Users quickly noticed that it was removed from Play Store also, users were getting mails when they asked why the app got removed. UC Union (UCWeb's affiliate network) said in the email that there is some conflict going on between Google and UCWeb. The UC Union email, which was said to be circulated on November 9, warns partners to abandon "all misleading/malicious advertising" ways that are being used to procure new users.


UC Browser has been accused of sending user data, including IMEI number and location data, to a China-based server. The IT giant took this step shortly after the application came under the Indian government’s scanner for allegedly sending data to remote servers in China. It was said that the application could access user data even after its removal from the phone. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in Hyderabad is investigating the matter.

Also, Mike Ross, who claims to work for UC Browser, tweeted that the browser is "temporarily removed" from the Play Store for 30 days due to adopting "misleading" and "unhealthy" methods of increasing installs. We've reached out to Google and UCWeb for clarity and will update this space accordingly.

For those who still want to download the app, the official UCWeb site has provided a link to sideload the UC Browser app through its APK file.

This is not the first time that UC Browser made in the news. back in August, some media reports had surfaced that revealed a probe against UC Browser for sending user details and location data to a remote server. The government was even set to ban the browser if the Chinese browser was found guilty. However, UCWeb has released a statement ensuring security and privacy of users at its priority. "We have strong measures in place to encrypt the data while we transmit it," the company had said in an interview to IANS.

Data provided by research firm StatCounter shows UC Browser as the most popular mobile browser in India, surpassing Google's Chrome with nearly 50 percent market share. The browser even had domination with 60 percent share of the Indian market at the initial stage but eventually lost some of its ground to Chrome.



Update : It’s beginning to look like UC Browser’s sudden removal from the Play Store could be temporary for 30 days or so. A Twitter user claiming to work on the browser reportedly received an email confirming that the app was “removed from play store for 30 days because it used “Misleading” and “Unhealthy” methods of promotion to increase installs.”



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