Monday, June 26, 2017

Samsung Announces Rose Pink Galaxy S8+ In Taiwan

8:48:00 PM

If you liked the Samsung's latest phone which are Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ but didn't like the color options, there's a good news for you. Samsung just announced a Rose Pink Galaxy S8+ in Taiwan  (for now). There are no unique hardware changes or anything like that in the Rose Pink model - the only difference is the color.

It's unknown at this time if Samsung plans to release the Rose Pink color in other regions. The "Pink Gold" S7 and S7 edge arrived in the US after initially only being available in South Korea.

The pink color was rumored a bit back alongside an Amethyst version, which we're yet to see.

Source : Samsung Mobile Taiwan (Facebook)

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Android O Might Be Oatmeal Cookie

1:47:00 PM

If you are an Android enthusiast or love Android in any way, you get easily excited when every year Google releases a new OS update with a new name for it. So everyone is wondering what will Android O’s name be? Oreo? Oatmeal cookie? Ox-tongue pastry? It could be anything but we got an evidence which indicates Android team will announce Oatmeal Cookie as Android 8.0’s name, thanks to our source myce.

There are multiple mentions of OC” in Android’s source code as Oatmeal Cookie. In the vast libraries of Android code, OC comes up a few times, along with “OC-MR1.” However, these mentions does not confirm anything.

The screenshots below show off a few spots where “OC” is mentioned.

Beyond source code, folks who attended Google I/O this year and sat in on sessions may have also learned the Android team’s naming plan. As we can see from the below image, code clearly says “oatmeal cookie.” Red herring? Seems unlikely that Google would make that big of a deal about it.

Personally, the only time the name has ever mattered was KitKat, where we saw special KitKat packaging on store shelves. Beyond that, it really doesn’t matter. However, if Oreo makes it as the name, I will fanboy so hard over the possibilities of special Oreo packaging with little Bugdroid characters. Do it, Google!

Source : myce

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Pokémon Go Huge Overhauling Gyms, Battling With New Items, Raid Features And More

9:36:00 PM

As the second year of Pokémon Go arrives, Niantic has detailed major changes to the gameplay centered around how gyms and gym battles work. Gyms will soon work like PokéStops and include exclusive items, badges, and more while battling is getting more advanced with new social features coming.

Before now, PokéStops included special items you could receive from interacting with them when nearby, but gyms were strictly for battling. When the update rolls out, however, players can interact with gyms in the same way as PokéStops to receive PokéBalls and potions.

Gyms will also include exclusive items earned through battles: “Rare Candies, Golden Razz Berries, and two types of Technical Machines—Fast and Charged.” These are awarded after defeating Raid Bosses, a new battle feature coming with the update.

This is what Niantic says about it :

All around the world, you’ll soon be able to participate in the new Raid Battle feature at Gyms. A Raid Battle is a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages you to work with other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokémon known as the Raid Boss. Before a Raid Battle begins, all Pokémon assigned to the Gym will return to their Trainers, and a large Egg will appear atop the Gym. When the countdown above the Egg reaches zero, the Raid Boss will be revealed.
The new Raid Battle feature is coming alongside an overhaul of how gyms work in the game:

Gyms are no longer based on Prestige and training. Instead, they now feature six permanent slots that can be filled by the controlling team’s Pokémon. […] At the heart of the update is a new motivation system that will significantly change how you interact with Gyms. When a Pokémon is assigned to a Gym, a motivation meter will be displayed. Pokémon assigned to defend a Gym lose motivation over time and as they are defeated in battle.
The new changes aren’t live yet and Niantic has temporarily disabled gyms in Pokémon Go ahead of the rollout. Niantic is also planning its first official real-world Pokémon Go event in Chicago next month while it continues using in-game events to promote gameplay.

Source : Pokémon GO

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LG Launches LG G6+ With 6GB RAM And 128GB Storage In Korea

7:48:00 PM

Recently, Samsung released another variant of the Galaxy S8 but with 6GB of RAM earlier this year. And today, LG is doing the same with their new LG G6+. The phone is an upgraded variant of the LG G6 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage, and will be going up for sale in South Korea early next month.

The new variant has the same specs as the standard variant, including a 5.7-inch QHD+ display, Snapdragon 821, microSD slot, dual 13MP cameras at the back, 5MP front shooter, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB-C, and a 3300mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and Qi wireless charging. LG is also bundling a pair of B&O Play earphones that are designed to take full advantage of the 32-bit Quad DAC.

The LG G6+ would have made more sense had it been powered by the Snapdragon 835, although it looks like LG is confident in the optimizations it carried out with the Snapdragon 821. Last year's flagship SoC is by no means a slouch, but LG is ceding ground to the S8 and HTC U11 — at least when it comes to customer perception — by continuing to use an older chipset.

On the software front, the LG G6+ is running Android 7.0 Nougat with LG UX 6.0 — same as the standard variant. LG mentions that it will deliver updates to all variants in the G6 series simultaneously, and that a new software update rolling out early next month will deliver an "enhanced security option" in the form of a facial recognition feature.

Called Face Print, the feature will allow you to unlock your G6 (and G6+) just by holding it up to your face. The camera will be activated when the phone is raised to your face, and LG says that the feature will allow you to unlock the phone in under a second. LG will also offer increased battery savings with a feature called Low Power Consumption, and when you're taking a photo with your G6, you'll see a Covered Lens warning if the phone detects that your finger is on the sensor.

Alongside the LG G6+, LG also announced that it will sell a version of the G6 with 64GB storage. The company now has three models in the G6 lineup — the base-model G6 with 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage, the standard variant that comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory, and the LG G6+ with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage.

The LG G6+ comes in a few new color options - Optical Marine Blue and Optical Terra Gold and Optical Black. LG has applied different coating that will make the back panel change hue, depending on light reflection.

Pricing for the LG G6+ will be detailed at launch, and LG mentions that the phone will be making its way to global markets shortly after its Korean debut.

Source : Android Developers

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

OnePlus 5 Shown In An Advertisement

11:54:00 PM

As we all know the hype with OnePlus 5. The OnePlus 5 is slated for an official unveiling on June 20, and will be launching in India on June 22, where OnePlus is hosting a major launch event. Recently, Amazon India has started advertising the latest flagship killer on television. However, the last few seconds of commercial we have an idea how it is going to look.

The famous Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan is in the ad and looking at the OnePlus 5 box, which is off camera and is possibly inside the trunk of an automobile. "Superb," he says as the trunk is closed. We then see the new tag line that we brought to your attention  earlier this month when it leaked. "Dual Camera. Clearer Photos.," is flashed on the screen along with the June 22nd launch date, and a logo that reads "Amazon Exclusive."

There is a high degree of probability that this is genuine, and while the image of the phone itself is far from being clear, we can still make out the similarity to the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Check out the ad and as well as the gif.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Google Is Testing a Transparent Google Now Panel

10:57:00 PM

Google is testing some sort of transparent UI to the Google Now panel which looks really good to me, compared to all plain white it hides all the redundant space which Google Now has. This redditor claims to not be rooted and running clean Android 7.1.2 on a Pixel XL with the May security patch. He has a stock phone, from what we can tell.

The overall UI isn't changed except the background is transparent and shows the current wallpaper. It does look like the “Upcoming” page’s shortcut within Now has been moved up top too. Well, for those who were seeing that “Upcoming” page at all, since I am on some phones (non-Pixel) and not on others (Pixel). From this redditor’s description, it sounds like some items are either broken or have odd/new behaviors (swiping way cards, for example) as well.

It’s tough to say if Google is actively rolling this out or just testing it. But we've seen this UI pop up a few times, so this is probably something Google is actually considering as an official UI. It does look cool, but it could be a little hard to read text if you have a busy background. 

Would you want a transparent Google Now?  

Source : Reddit

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[APK] Nova Launcher Updated With Google Now Integration

10:34:00 PM

The ultimate Launcher in the world of Android is Nova Launcher which is loved by all users.But today, Nova Launcher is finally receiving this long-awaited functionality.

Google has now modified the Google Now API so that the feed can be used in a third-party launcher, and from today, Nova Launcher becomes one of the first such apps to have support for Google Now. Back then, Google app used to grant apps permission use the Now pane if it was a system app. This feature was added to Xperia Home launcher which got loved by everyone and wanted  for their favorite third-party launchers to include it.  But Nothing could be done back then until now.

The team of Nova developed an companion app called 'Nova Google Companion' which makes this possible, with this users can access Google Now directly from the Home by sliding to the left from screen. This app can't be published on the Play Store due to it's debuggable. So, if you want this feature you will need to download this companion app. Starting from Nova Launcher 5.3-beta1, the Google Now pane will be activated. This will work on any device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher. Nova Launcher Prime is not necessary to use this.

Since it's not on Play Store you can download the APK from APK Mirror. Nova Launcher 5.3-beta1 and higher will activate the Now pane if this companion app is detected. This will work on any device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher, and Nova Launcher Prime is not necessary.

Source : Android Police

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

[Report] Google Buries ‘Muskie’ As Next Pixel XL In Favor Of Larger ‘Taimen’ Device

12:03:00 AM

Few months back, we got a few codenames for the next Pixel phones by Google for a smaller and larger phone. A new rumor now suggests that the presumed 2017 Pixel XL has been canned and will be replaced by a third device that previously already leaked.

According to a report on Monday, Google has cancelled its forthcoming Pixel XL sequel in order to make room for an even larger device. Android Police says the phone - believed to be codenamed Muskie - has been shelved in favour of another handset dubbed Taimen.

According to the report there’ll still be two Pixel phones, contrary to speculation that Google will be adding a third to the mix this autumn. The sources are confident that there will only be two phones from Google later this year.

For the most part, slimming down their line-up makes sense to avoid confusion. This current strategy of selling two devices has proven quite well for Google, with supply only now beginning to improve.

Concrete specifications for Google’s upcoming hardware line-up are scant, though we have been told in the past that a variety of new chipsets are being tested: “Snapdragon 83X chips, others with Intel chips.” A focus on camera performance and features, though not megapixel count likely, while waterproofing is “still on the table.”

Source : Android Police

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