Monday, March 27, 2017

Andy Rubin Teases The Essential Bezel-Less Smartphone

11:00:00 PM

The father of Android, Andy Rubin, is currently kicking the tires on a new smartphone company named Essential. Rubin teased the company's first device on Monday, posting an image to Twitter. Rubin is said to have put together a team of former Google and Apple (HTC too) employees to create a smartphone to compete at the top. Today, we got our first look at it. 

The image was posted through a Tweet from Rubin that said, “I’m really excited about how this is shaping up,” and that he is “Eager to get it in more people’s hands.” That’s fitting, as the phone is in the hand of someone in the picture and looks promising, assuming you like phones with little bezel around a display.

The picture (above and below) doesn’t reveal a lot, other than a time, battery meter, and LTE signal that sure looks to be of an Android font. Then you have a power switch (or are there two buttons?), rounded corners, and again, pretty minimal bezel. The phone also looks quite small in the hand of this person, though previous reports suggested it might have a display 5.5-inches or larger. We’ve also heard that the phone will sport premium materials (maybe a ceramic back) and could have some sort of modular aspect too.

Little is known about the new smartphone just yet, but the image is rather telling. It appears to have an edge-to-edge that spans almost the entire front of the device. Samsung is expected to offer a similar screen on the Galaxy S8, which it will announce next week, and Apple may adopt similar technology for the iPhone 8. and noting that he's "really excited about how this is shaping up" and is "eager to get it in more people's hands."

Rubin’s company is thought to be called Essential. Essential’s goal will be to create an ecosystem of products, likely in an attempt to take over your whole home, not just your smartphone. I can’t help but think Xiaomi when I hear this approach, since they make almost everything single tech product you could put in a home.


Source : Andy Rubin

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Android O Developer Preview 1 Gains Root Via SuperSU

10:26:00 PM

Picture Courtesy : 9to5Google

Recently Google dropped the Android O Developer Preview and as always Chainfire has released a version of SuperSU that allows you to gain root access on a Nexus 5X or a Nexus 6P with Android O Developer Preview 1 installed. It might take us a while, getting used to all these news about Android O, but this part of the Android developer community is certainly moving along with the times. 

The developer has released SuperSU 2.79-SR4 specifically designed for smartphones with ODP1 installed, because he says that he will be “away from development” for around a week. He says that while this version is still a work in progress, it works pretty well with the Nexus 5X and 6P with Android O Developer Preview 1 installed.

Take a note, this won't Google Pixel or Pixel XL as of right now, just to warn you . Chainfire says that the Pixel C and the Nexus Player have not been tested, and the developer is awaiting results from those who will try it out.

If you want to take a peek at the new version specifically for ODP1, check out the official XDA thread here.

Source : Chainfire

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New Play Store UI Is Rolling Out With A New ‘My Apps’ Section

12:39:00 PM

Today, a new UI is rolling out to the Google Play Store, the screenshots that you're about to see are taken by @YTSecurity,  which shows a finalized version of the My Apps section redesign. The outgoing version currently has three tabs: installed, all, and beta. 

This update has now separated apps that have updates available into their own tab, has kept the installed tab, all has now been changed to library, and there is still the tab that lists all of the apps that you are testing beta versions of.

Best of all, there is now the option to sort apps within the installed and library tabs by alphabetical order, last updated, last used, and by size.

Don't worry if you don't see this update, this update is server-side and Google tends to roll out server side changes very slowly. The version in this screenshot is  7.06.08.N-all[0] [PR] 149245622 of the Play Store running on a Nexus 6P running Android 7.1.2. 

Hopefully, we will see this reach more devices over the coming weeks.

Source : YTSecurity

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

[Download] Samsung Galaxy S8 And S8+ Stock Wallpapers

4:27:00 PM

Not looking foward to buy the Samsung Galaxy S8? Or the device doesn't tickle your tech genes? We got you. We got something cool and interesting for you! Here are the wallpapers that will come with Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.

We recently got to know about the specs and the prices of both the devices with some really hi-res pictures of the device itself. You can see them here.

This post is all about the Samsung Galaxy S8 Stock Wallpapers. Some of the S8 Wallpapers comes with a big resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. 

As I mentioned above, these are leaked wallpapers of Galaxy S8 device. But it’s available for download just by clicking on the image and Saving it directly on your system as we uploaded it to our server. One of the wallpaper comes with blue gradient for Samsung S8 in QHD quality. Another one is available in full HD with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.

We also included some rendered wallpapers for Galaxy S8 rather than Stock Wallpapers. The red and Blue wallpapers look stunning in QHD quality with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixel.

You can either download all the 4 wallpapers at once or download them individually from below. 

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[Exclusive] Samsung Galaxy S8+ Hi-Res Images With Specs And Prices

2:05:00 PM

As you all know, there are tons of leaks of Samsung's next flagship phones which are Galaxy S8 and S8+. Now with this many leaks we just need the official announcement because we know almost everything. Today, we present you another hi-res pictures of S8+ with the confirmed specs and everything. 

Folks at AndroidMx posted few pictures of Galaxy S8+, the older and bigger brother of Galaxy S8. Here are the pictures (Note : Click on the pictures to see them in full resolution) :  

About the price and availability, the launch of the new Galaxy S8 will be during the first half of May and not in April as speculated before.

Regarding prices, the prices of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and the Galaxy S8 price will start at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 56,000), S8+ at EUR 899 (roughly Rs. 63,300)

However, Mexico country will have the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ with the new Exynos 8895 processor which has 8 cores, 2.5Ghz with 4gb RAM and 64gb of internal memory with possibility to expand the memory until 2TB via microSD port.

This same configuration reaches all the countries of LATAM in which Samsung has presence being the variant with the processor Snapdragon 835 for US and other countries .

Other technical specifications:

  • Operating System Android 7 Nougat
  • TouchWiz Grace UX Customization Layer
  • Super AMOLED 5.8 "edge-to-edge display for Galaxy S8 G950F
  • Super AMOLED 6.2 "edge-to-edge display for Galaxy S8 + G955F
  • QHD resolution 2960 x 1440 pixels
  • 12MPx main camera
  • 8MPx front camera
  • Iris sensor to unlock screen
  • Fingerprint sensor located at the rear
  • Dual LED Flash
  • Connectivity WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, USB 3.1 Type C
  • Battery 3000mAh Galaxy S8 and 3500mAh Galaxy S8 +
  • Available colors: black, silver, gold, coral blue and violet

Are you worried about the size of the Galaxy S8+ being 6.2 inches? Well, Here you can see it with the LG V20 5.7 " and as you can see, technically they are the same size and fits perfectly in the hand.

Let's see how Samsung performs with their upcoming devices which are going to be announced on March 29th. Let us know what you think and stay tuned for more!

Source : AndroidMx

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Google Activates Server-Side Change To Address Pixel’s Bluetooth Issues

11:25:00 AM

If you own a Google Pixel, you might be having Bluetooth issues, however, not everyone is having this issue only the few percent of the people are. So, according to a post on the Google Product Forums, a fix on Google’s servers has been deployed which fixes the variety of Bluetooth-related issues reported by many, many Pixel device owners. 

If you don't know about this or don't suffer from this, there are many owners who reported the Bluetooth function on their Pixel device will randomly disable itself at any given time. There has been no set pattern as to why it automatically disables, it just does. The problem has been baffling forum members for a solid month at this point. This fix is aimed at addressing this particular issue.

According to Paul, who is a Googler, “I’m not an engineer so I’m not fluent on the technical details.”

All we know is that this server-side change is supposed to correct the issues.

Given this is a server-side change, Pixel and Pixel XL owners don’t need to download or change anything. However, a few Pixel owners already stated that they see no changes (Bluetooth still broken), but that a data wipe of the Google Play Services app from the Settings menu may essentially reset the connectivity and fix the problems. Provided we have had no issues on our Pixel phones, we can’t test this to confirm its accuracy.

Pixel owners who have experienced Bluetooth issues, let us know if you see any improvements!

Source : Google

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Hangouts Won't Support SMS From May 22

10:40:00 PM

Hangouts for Android devices will be losing SMS support on May 22. An email sent to G Suite administrators says that, later this spring, you’ll no longer be able to send and receive ordinary texts through the app. Hangouts will start showing notices of the change in the app on March 27 before pulling the plug two months later.

Users are being redirected to Android Messages and other apps with SMS support, but anyone using Google Voice and Project Fi will go unaffected. Hangouts is needed or those services to continue operating in their current states.

The reason for Google making this change is Hangouts’ pivot to focus on businesses through two separate apps. Hangouts Chat is built for team-based messaging while Hangouts Meet handles video conferencing. Because of the switch from a service for consumers to a service for businesses, SMS support isn’t needed. Plus, with enhanced messaging around the corner for all Android phones, Android Messages should be where everyone on the platform is ushered to.

Removing SMS support from Hangouts for Android could mean that Allo, Google’s AI-driven messaging platform, is on the verge of gaining it. When Allo launched at Google I/O 2016, many were disappointed that it lacked SMS support. Even today consumers still request the feature to Google employees on social media. With Hangouts losing SMS support, everyone is going to expect it come to Allo shortly after Google I/O 2017.

Source : Android Police

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Samsung Pay Launched In India Officially And Has Paytm And UPI Integration

5:38:00 PM

Today, Samsung officially launched Samsung Pay mobile payments service for India. Their partners are Visa, MasterCard and American Express, who act as gateways. The service is supported by these banks : Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards and Standard Chartered Bank cards, and will soon support Citibank India.

If you want to this service, follow these steps : 
  • Swipe up on an eligible Samsung Galaxy smartphone (Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A7 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) currently)
  • Select the card
  • Authenticate using a fingerprint or PIN
  • Bring the phone near the Point of Sale terminal

Samsung Pay will also be available on the Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch soon. Apart from offer simply tap and pay on the go using the registered cards, the service also supports Paytm integration so that you can pay by scanning QR codes securely, generating one-time codes for merchant payments and also do peer to peer money transfers, as well as the government’s Unified Payments Interface in the app. We are yet to see UPI in the app, so it might get via an update soon.

Samsung Pay works with Samsung’s patented Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology as well as with Near Field Communication (NFC). MST replicates a card swipe by wirelessly transmitting magnetic waves from the supported Samsung device to a standard card reader.

Through MST, Samsung pay will work seamlessly on a majority of Point of Sale terminals in India. It has three levels of security—fingerprint authentication, card tokenization and Samsung’s security platform Samsung KNOX.

Commenting on the launch, Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India, said:

Our insights show that convenience, security and acceptance are seen by consumers as the most important influencers when choosing among different digital payment options.
With Samsung Pay, we give our consumers the smartest way to make digital transactions by far. Samsung Pay is highly secure through the signature KNOX Platform, fingerprint authentication and tokenization. We have partnered with major banks and card networks to give our consumers the widest range of choices, and are working on bringing more and more partners on board soon.
Source : Android Developers

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