Sunday, April 23, 2017

WhatsApp Testing Album Feature To Send Multiple Photos

1:53:00 PM

Recently, WhatsApp started testing a new feature which is an album feature when we send multiple photos in an chat window. The album feature which is being tested is similar to how Facebook displays multiple photos.

Before, when you send multiple photos they all comes in separate images in WhatsApp. This new feature changes that in the future. WhatsApp is currently testing this feature in the iOS app (version 2:17:20) in which the albums 
pops. We should be getting this same feature on WhatsApp beta as well for Android soon. 

This new feature was discovered by folks at WABetaInfo, and shares some screenshots of the album feature.  As you can see in the screenshot below, the album function displays  a preview of three photos plus a faded photograph with the text of number of pictures that have been sent or present in the album. 

You can tap and picture to open that image to the '+' sign to open the album. The display of the album resembles Facebook multiple picture albums. Recently, Instagram also rolled out similar feature which can make multiple pictures in a scrolling image. In WhatsApp, it will automatically create an album if five or more photos being sent or received.

In the near future we can expect more features for WhatsApp. We'll let you know when the feature will drop in. Till then, stay tuned!

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Each Samsung Galaxy S8 Unit Costs $307.50 To Manufacture

10:55:00 AM

Do you want to know how much it costs to make a Samsung Galaxy S8? Well, here is a quick cost breakup of the components used inside the Samsung Galaxy S8 suggests that the total bill of material of the handset is around $301.60, with an added $5.9 in manufacturing expenses.

All in all it takes Samsung $307.50 to manufacture each unit of the Galaxy S8, which is $43.34 higher than the Galaxy S7. Such a steep rise in the BOM is likely due to the use of the Infinity Display which is not only bigger but also expensive to manufacture. Then there is also the iris scanner which is pretty expensive to manufacture. However, since Samsung is using the same camera setup as the Note 7 and Galaxy S7, it should be saving some money on that front.

“The higher total BOM costs for the Galaxy S8 seem to be part of a trend that reflects something of an arms race in features among Apple, Samsung and other phone manufacturers, as they all try to add new and distinguishing hardware features,” said Andrew Rassweiler, Senior Director of Cost Benchmarking Services for IHS Markit. “While there are new non-hardware features in the Galaxy S8, such as a virtual assistant called Bixby, from a teardown perspective the hardware in the Galaxy S8 and that of the forthcoming new iPhone is expected to be very similar.”
While the cost of the individual components is not available, IHS estimates that the NAND flash memory and the DRAM combined cost Samsung $41.50, with the 3000mAh battery coming in at a mere $4.50.

Samsung charges around $720 for an unlocked variant of the Galaxy S8. Before you jump to a conclusion and start accusing Samsung of ripping off its customers, remember that this is only the BOM of the handset. It does not include the transportation, shipping, support, and marketing charges that Samsung has to entail to get the devices to your nearest retail store.

Source : IHS

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

[APK] Google PhotoScan 1.4 Gets Glare Removal Optional And Adds Photo Sharing

4:42:00 PM

Google released a new update for PhotoScan app, which brings two new features. The app is getting a tool to turn of glare on photos and is making sharing easier. 

PhotoScan already removed glare from scanned photos, still sometimes the lighting is just right, and there is no glare present. With the latest update you can now turn off glare removal and scan in one step resulting into high-quality photo. You can still use all the existing PhotoScan feature like cropping, edge detection, image straightening, and rotating to the correct orientation. In addition, you can now share your scans right from the app.

Launched in November last year, PhotoScan lets you scan any photos which you can store in your smartphones or tablets. You can then scan these photos and save to Google Photos. Google said the latest updates will roll out over the next few days on Android and iOS.

If you aren't seeing the update to 1.4 for any reason, feel free to pull down the latest from APK Mirror.
PhotoScan by Google Photos
Developer: Google Inc.
Price: Free

Source : Google

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[Report] Google Chrome For Desktop And Mobile Getting Ad Blocker to Kill Bad Ads

4:18:00 PM

According to a latest report from the Wall Street Journal suggests that Google is currently working on an built-in ad blocker feature for Chrome . The search giant plans to roll out ad blocker in the next mobile version of its Chrome browser that would filter out certain types of ads.

However, the report says Google will not block all ads and will filter the ones that were providing a bad experience and ones that don’t make the cut would be from a list of ad types as defined by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group that released a list of ad standards in March. According to those standards, ad formats such as pop-ups, auto-playing video ads with sound and “prestitial” ads with countdown timers are deemed to be “beneath a threshold of consumer acceptability.”

Google already bans many of these types of ads anyway. The ad-blocking feature, could be switched on by default within Chrome. Google is considering whether its ad blocker would block just the one offending ad or the entire page ad entirely, added the report.

According to the report, adding its own ad-blocker directly into Chrome, Google hopes to reduce the use of third-party ad-blockers that remove all ads.

Source : WSJ

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Google Accidentally Released Dogfood Test Build With May 2017 Security Update To Pixel XL

1:42:00 PM

Looks like Google has made a bit of a boo boo this morning with some Pixel XL owners reporting they’ve been prompted to download a new Googler only version of the May security update. The Pixel XL received an unexpected OTA notification today.

A number of readers reported that they received an OTA notification for a software update that reads: “CONFIDENTIAL INTERNAL ONLY – This is a confidential Googlers-only OTA to update your Pixel XL with May 2017 security patches…”

This whole update weighs about 62MB which has a build number of N2G470, given the small size of the security update, and the fact that there’s nothing new in the UI department (visually), there can’t be much harm done.
One user reported that he got the new Play Store UI after installing the update, which could have set-off a server-side change in the Play Store.

Has anyone else received this update? Have you noticed anything else different? Let us know if your Play Store UI was updated as well.

Source : reddit

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Snapchat Update Introduces 3D World Lenses

9:28:00 PM

Today, Snapchat is rolling out a new feature to it's app which includes a new feature called 3D World Lenses for the rear-facing camera. World Lenses are like the popular selfie Lenses introduced over a year ago, but with a dash of AR (Augmented Reality) which makes few things more interesting. 

Snapchat says the new World Lenses feature works just like the selfie Lenses feature … but for the back camera:

While Snapping with the rear-facing camera, simply tap the camera screen to find new Lenses that can paint the world around you with new 3D experiences!
These effects looks nice with heavy 3D elements which looks real with their shadows and depth. This new feature is mostly likely encourage Snapchat users to take more photos with the back camera, too, which could be seen as a jab at Instagram considering that’s been its domain.

For its part, Instagram has aggressively rolled out Snapchat-like features into its photo sharing app over the past several months including a Stories feature copied directly from Snapchat.

In response, Snapchat has been pushing its own Stories feature forward with new abilities like search. Today’s Snapchat update was first rumored earlier this year.

See World Lenses in action below:

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[APK] Google Earth 9.0 Brings Guided Tours, 3D Views And More

6:01:00 PM

When Google Earth was firstly launched it was the most hyped app of all time because you could see the whole earth from anywhere and everything. I remember when I first used the app and tried to find my home in the map. But later on the development for the app was almost dead and it took two years, several hyped rumors, but the revamp of Google Earth is finally here. This app was on version 8.0 since October 2014 with only incremental updates in the meantime, has jumped to version 9.0 with plenty of new things to check out.

First of all, there are now 50 new Voyager guided tours which marry storytelling, science, and other info to showcase interesting perspectives of our planet. There are beautiful sites, historical locations, fun experiences, and educational content to raise awareness about some of the challenges facing our world as we know it.
Second, there is a new 3D view which gives you the experience of almost being at the location you're viewing, flying over and discovering every nook and cranny, whether it's a gorgeous landscape or a bustling city.

Also, there are these knowledge cards for places, the 20000 curated locations that you can randomly jump through with "I'm Feeling Lucky," the new postcard sharing capability that sends a link with the exact location and exact angle you were looking from, and the different home tours that let you discover traditional homes around the world.

The new Google Earth will be accessible in Chrome through and the 9.0 Android version should be live to everyone on the Play Store. But in case it isn't, you can grab the file from APK Mirror. iOS and other devices will follow later.

Download: Google Earth (Play Store)

Source : Android Developers

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OnePlus 3 And 3T Getting OxygenOS 4.1.3 Update

3:04:00 PM

Today, OnePlus releases a new update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Both devices getting an update to OxygenOS 4.1.3 which is based on Android 7.1.1. This update is focused on bug fixes and small improvements, though a few small features were added. Here is a full changelog:

  • Upgraded Android 7.1.1
  • Added expanded screenshots
  • Improved picture taking of moving objects with blur reduction
  • Improved video stability when recording
  • Improved WiFI connectivity
  • Improved bluetooth connectivity
  • Fixed Instagram swiping bug
  • Fixed hardware buttons malfunction bug
  • Increased system stability
  • General bug fixes

There is currently an issue with Bluetooth logging, so OnePlus says you can manually delete the logs if you’re having trouble with them. You can delete the oem_log folder at File manager > Storage > oem_log > Delete if it’s taking up too much space.

Head over to settings and check for a new update if you have this device, and don’t worry if you don’t get it right away. It’s a staged rollout so people will get it little by little.

Source : OnePlus, [2]

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