Saturday, October 21, 2017

“Hey Google” Voice Command Rolling Out To Google Assistant

3:07:00 PM

Those who owns Google Home smart speaker uses "Hey Google" instead of "Ok Google", which is different. The "Ok Google" phrase used by Android smartphone owners to activate Google Assistant, but today Google is rolling out "Hey Google" to Android phones as well. 

This new change is rolling out slowly, those who haven't got this yet, lookout for a prompt where Google telling you that the “Hey Google” command is ready for use on your phone. This is the alternate Google Assistant launch command that was previously reserved for Google Home units.

The "Hey Google" command will call up the virtual assistant on handsets. Google is in the midst of sending out a notification to Android users telling them that Google Assistant can be trained to respond to both "Hey Google" and "Ok Google."

This is nothing groundbreaking but  it is a matter of syllables. The latter has 4 and the former has 3. That makes it easier and quicker to say "Hey Google." And while we are talking about mere fractions of a second, it should be interesting to see how many Android users decide to train Google Assistant on their phone to open with the "Hey Google" phrase.

So keep on the lookout for the notification telling you that the "Hey Google" hotword is now available on your phone. 

Source : Droid-Life

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Appears On TENAA With 18:9 Display And Single Rear Camera

2:22:00 PM

China’s TENAA certification website can be sometimes the source of leaking the devices. And today, we get unannounced Xiaomi device is up there possibly the Redmi Note 5. It was inevitable that Xiaomi would release the device since its Redmi Note 4 was such a hit, but until today we haven’t really heard any credible rumors about it.

Xiaomi is yet to announce the launch date of the Redmi Note 5, but rumours say that the device along with Xiaomi Redmi 5 will be launched on or before November 11, at least in China. This might turn out to be true as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has now received TENAA certification, which is a certification issued by the Chinese government for every smartphone that is yet to be released in China.

This new trend of slimming down the bezels on the front of the device, and adopting taller screen aspect ratios like 18:9 keeps trending and even with the comapnies like Xiaomi. Even low-end and mid-range devices are starting to feature such taller displays with smaller bezels. Xiaomi just launched the successor to their Mi Mix concept phone which arguably reinforced this paradigm shift in the first place, and this image shows it will reach other devices as well (with some added bezel, though).

Although as you can see, this device doesn’t slim the bezels completely down as compared to their Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2 did, but it does have a look of LG G6. LG reduced those top and bottom bezels even further with the release of the LG V30 and Google’s Pixel 2 XL had to be extended due to the front-facing speakers. However, I think this is a nice compromise because I catch myself actively watching where I hold the Pixel 2 XL, so my thumb doesn’t overlap the bezels and cause an accidental tap.

For the price that Xiaomi typically charges for their Redmi Note series, this device (if it is indeed the Redmi Note 5) will be a great contender for the larger sized mid-range devices. Recently, it was said that Xiaomi will release the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi 5 devices with 18:9 displays. The Redmi 5 will be powered by the Snapdragon 450 SoC, whereas the Redmi Note 5 is expected to come with Snapdragon 630 or Snapdragon 636 chipset. Both the phones will arrive in different configuration options and may offer up to 4GB of RAM. They both are expected to come with a 3750mAh battery under the hood.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens when Xiaomi announces the device.

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Button Mapper Lets You Change Pixel 2’s Active Edge Action

11:29:00 AM

As you all know Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has a squeezable frame which is similar to HTC  U11 but called ActiveEdge in Pixel 2. Although, HTC allows users to customise the squeeze actions unlike Google. So, are you not cool with the Pixel 2’s Active Edge being locked to Google Assistant and not open to any action you might get more use out of? No worries, we got your back.

There is an app Button Mapper, which has been updated with a work-around that will let you change it, though it’s not as simple as just installing an app and tapping on a couple of things. Instead, you have some work to do, including a bit in adb (👎).

Thanks to the hard work of developer flar2 though, it is now possible to remap the squeeze functionality on the new Pixels. The workaround involves using the Accessibility Service and reading system logs to automatically detect when a user squeezes their phone, hide Google Assistant from launching and instead replaces it with a user-defined action.

Since the method uses the Accessibility service to replace the hard-coded function of opening Google Assistant, it is not perfect. Google Assistant will show up on your screen for a few milliseconds before the user-defined app opens. The solution is not elegant but should work until developers manage to find a more sophisticated solution.

If you are a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL owner, make sure to download flar2’s Button Mapper app to be able to enjoy the ability to customise the squeeze functionality on your device. The same app also allows Galaxy S8 and Note 8 owners to customise the Bixby button on their device to open other third-party apps. The basic functionality of the app is free, though advanced features need to be unlocked by an IAP.

To get started, you’ll have to install Button Mapper from the link below. Then, head over through the XDA link to get the full set of instructions. Have fun!

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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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