Tuesday, May 23, 2017

[APK] Instagram v10.22 Brings Location Stories and Hashtag Stories

11:27:00 PM

Today, Instagram rolling an update which adds two new features, Location Stories and Hashtag Stories. These features allows users to discover more content based on a place or  things of interest, all from the same Explore tab. 

Before this update, the Explore tab previously used to show photos and video, based on what your friends like/follow and your current location. 

For example, if you search for New York City, you’ll find a story based solely on photos and videos of New York City. If you’re into Lacrosse, you can search that hashtag and potentially find a story based on that.

Also, your photos and videos can be added to a larger story, too. If you use hashtags and location tags, and Instagram happens to need that content, your media can be added for the entire Instagram community to view it. Just to note, though, you’ll need a public profile.

These new features are part of the Instagram 10.22 update, which is rolling out on the Play Store right now. You can also grab it from APKMirror from below, if you want. Hashtag stories will be rolling out "over the coming weeks."
Source : Instagram

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Enable Android O's Picture-in-Picture Mode

6:10:00 PM

Recently, Google released another update as second developer preview of Android O, (most likely to be called "Android 8.0 Oreo" but I am not betting on it), bringing many new features and goodies for Android enthusiasts with supported devices. There is a feature called Picture-in-Picture mode which was demoed on the stage but many people couldn't make it work when they downloaded the update, so, today we will teach you how to enable it.

It's a fairly simple process, but can get confusing if this is your first time tinkering with Developer options or the System UI Tuner. Not to worry, though, we're here to walk you through the entire process, since Picture-in-Picture is pretty cool, and everyone deserves to try it out at least once.

Step 1 : Enable the System UI Tuner Menu

In order to toggle Picture-in-Picture mode, we first have to add an extra button to the navigation bar. This additional button can only be added through the hidden System UI Tuner menu, so go ahead and enable it by holding down on the gear icon at the top of the fully expanded Quick Settings panel.

Step 2 : Add an Extra Button

Once you've enabled the System UI Tuner, locate it in Settings -> System -> System UI Tuner. Then, go ahead and tap on the "Navigation bar" entry.

Here, you'll see options for adding extra left and right navigation bar buttons. Go ahead and tap on either of them and select "Keycode," then tap on the new "Right keycode" or "Left keycode" option corresponding with your placement choice. A text input field will pop up, so enter 171 here. Then, tap on "Right icon" or "Left icon," and select the icon you want to represent PiP.

At this point, your navigation bar should now have an extra button, but we still need to try out PiP mode with a supported app to see exactly how it works.

Step 3 : Try It Out

To try out Picture-in-Picture mode, open up a supported app such as YouTube, Chrome And Google Duo then tap the new button on your navigation bar. You'll see YouTube shrink down to almost nothing, but the video will continue. Theoretically, this should work in most apps that support video playback.

You can then open up Chrome and browse away, check your email, or even get directions from Maps. The tiny YouTube frame can also be dragged around and placed elsewhere, so it'll never really be in your way.

Be sure to leave a comment below letting us know of any cool features you've noticed while poking around the latest Android version.

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OnePlus Teases Four Colors For OnePlus 5

3:35:00 PM

As you all know, OnePlus is going release their "flagship killer" as OnePlus 5 and they are very good at making the hype because recently they have announced that they are partnering up with DxOMark to bring a better camera experience. Today, OnePlus might have teased which colors you’ll be able to buy its 2017 flagship in.

Releasing a device in a number of colors? It’s not OnePlus’ style, but that could change this year. The OnePlus 5 could be sold in black, blue, purple, teal, red, and gold. Or we’re totally looking too far into a tweet sent out by the company on Monday and the phone will be offered in one or two colors like usual.

The tweet asks, “What 5hould the color of your next phone be?” along with an image showing four colors. Notice that, in the text, the number five is used instead of a letter. Clearly OnePlus is referring to the OnePlus 5 in some way. The assumption around the web is that we’re getting a look at the colors the phone will be offered in.

Earlier this month, OnePlus confirmed its 2017 flagship would be announced during the summer months. Currently it’s expected that the OnePlus 5 will debut in June. While we don’t know anything for sure right now, that seems accurate as most of the company’s previous devices were launched in the same season. So, like last year, June is probably the month we get to see OnePlus’ next phone.

Source : OnePlus (Twitter)

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Google Hangouts Dropping SMS Support Today, Excluding Google Voice And Project Fi Users

1:47:00 PM

Welp, the day is finally here. Google warned us months ago that SMS support would be removed from Google Hangouts on May 22, and that day has now arrived. In only a few short hours, anyone who isn’t a Project Fi subscriber or Google Voice users, will no longer be able to send SMS in Hangouts. As of today, it's finally set to happen. 

If you want some app which is close to Hangouts, Google's stock Android Messages isn't so bad. But, if you've been enjoying having SMS and chats merged, that isn't really a solution. Allo is always an option. But, that's the same issue from the other side, you'd still need to find a way to send SMS messages. Also there is Facebook Messenger or Signal, which both provide a combined SMS and chat solution. Every app has it's advantages and disadvantages, though.  The latter doesn't have quite the same feature set that Hangouts did, and the former is a Facebook product.

Anyways, it's time to say bye. You might have just enough left to send one last SMS before the lights are shut off. If you still plan on using Hangouts for chats going forward, make sure you've updated to the latest version of over at Google Play or APKMirror.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Android O Features A Pause Button For System Updates

12:39:00 AM

When you download big files, it is not an enjoyable thing unless you have a very good internet or unlimited data which you can enable it without being around WiFi. Google acknowledged it and Android O's second developer preview now features a 'pause download' button. 

This is not a new feature on Android, Google Chrome supports it since Chrome 50 and it is extremely helpful for people who are little worried about their internet. This feature can be helpful when your WiFi is slow to download  this large OTA but you are leaving the house where there is no WiFi. You'll either have to stay till your download is complete or re-downloading the same portion of the update every night again and again. 

However, we didn't see this feature in the recent minor update which was around 50MB, maybe Google thinks that small downloads like shouldn't have this feature. But we saw this for big updates which was sent out to fix the previous one for Nexus devices. This would make sense, stay tuned for more news like this.

Source : Android Police

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Google Is Working On New Payment API, Assistant Payments, Targeted Android Pay Offers And More

12:20:00 AM

At Google I/O 2017, Google also announced its latest new payments features today, including new targeted offers coming to Android Pay, a new Google API that will enable fast checkouts in apps and online, payments with Google Assistant, and more.

Users those who uses Assistant will be able to send and receive money by using Voice with the card linked to their Google Account :

In the upcoming months, we’ll also enable people in the U.S. to send or receive payments via the Google Assistant. On your Google Home or Android device, it’s as simple as saying “Ok Google, send $10 to Jane for pizza.” All you need is a debit card linked to your Google account.
Google Payment API will work with both verified credit or debit cards linked to a Google account, is launching to enable faster payments in apps and online by requiring only a security code or authentication with an Android device to complete a purchase. Google is accepting sign ups for developers that are interested in getting early access to the new API.

Also, Android Pay  is now available in 10 markets and soon will be coming to Brazil, Canada, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. Google maintains a full list of participating banks on its website.

Android Pay is also getting a new feature by way of targeted offers that merchants will be able to present to users when they are at a physical location. The offers will appear next to a loyalty card after you’ve opted to save a merchant’s card to Android Pay, as pictured above with Panera Bread, is one of the first partners that will be using the new Card Linked Offers API.

Lastly, Google announced today that it’s making adding loyalty cards to Android Pay easier by sending a notification to add a card after users manually punch in their loyalty account. The company also noted that it will soon be launching PayPal integration.

Source : Google Payment Solutions

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Android O Allows GPU Drivers To Be Updated From The Google Play Store

11:46:00 AM

Yesterday, during the Fireside Chat with the Android team at Google I/O, Romain Guy revealed that with Android O, it will be possible to update the graphics drivers of an Android device through the Google Play Store.

Since the graphics driver directly affects the GPU, it usually requires a major software update to be updated. OEMS so far usually update the graphics driver on their GPU when they update their device to a new version of Android.

This is will be possible by Project Treble, updating the GPU drivers through the Play Store is not a small thing, and it likely points to the base OS in Android O being extremely modular in nature.

This should make it easier for OEMs and chip makers to push out driver updates quickly to their devices without much of a hassle. Whether they do that or not is something that remains to be seen.

Google has long promised faster Android updates with almost every version of Android, but with Android O and Project Treble, for the first time, it looks like the company will be able to keep its word.

Source : Android Developers

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Google Pixel And Pixel XL Will Support Project Treble, Possibly Meaning Longer Support

4:18:00 PM

Recently, Google announced Project Treble which is a part of Android O and means that the operating system gets a modular reason, something that described by Google as the biggest change so far of Android's lower architecture.

Whenever a device stops getting Android updates, most of the time the maker of your device's processor (e.g. Snapdragon or MediaTek) never updated the drivers for newer versions of Android. This is why no phones or tablets with the Snapdragon 800/801 chip ever officially received Android 7.0 Nougat, including the Nexus 5.

The purpose of Project Treble is to make it easier for manufacturers to release updates to new versions of the platform. Although Google did not mention anything about the matter Specifically, it may also mean that devices are updated for a longer period than before, when the code for chipp is handled in a new way.

This will solve this particular problem by separating the Android OS from the 'Vendor interface'. The vendor interface under Project Treble is also designed to be forwards-compatible, meaning that it shouldn't have to be updated for every Android update, in theory.

During one of today's Android Fireside Chats at Google I/O, Dave Burke (VP of engineering for Android) revealed that the current Google Pixel and Pixel XL will work with Project Treble. Normally, only phones that ship with Android O will work with Treble, but the Pixel will be an exception.

Let's see whether this will give Pixel phones a longer support period than previous Nexus devices. Google has only promised two years of software updates with three years of security patches for the Pixel and Pixel XL. Project Treble could extend that even further - we'll have to wait and see.

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