Thursday, December 14, 2017

Google Maps Go Lands On Google Play Store

12:30:00 AM

Along with the release of Android Oreo 8.1 Go Edition, Google outed a lightweight version of many of its apps, including Gmail, Assistant, Files Go, and Maps. Of all these apps that are included in Android Go, Files Go file manager was the only one that was available as a separate download via Google Play Store.

Google Maps Go isn’t technically available on any Android devices other than Android Go, but it’s been released in the form of a Progressive Web Application (PWA) on Google’s servers. If you already have Google Maps installed, copying and pasting the link in Google Chrome pulls up Google Maps Go (don’t tap on it — that’ll redirect you to the Google Maps app). 

If you’re curious, you can check out the Google Play Store listing for Google Maps Go at the end. You won’t be able to install it on any non-Android Go devices, but you’re able to peruse the application description, stats, and screenshots.

Google Maps Go is available in more than 70 languages and features in-depth, accurate maps in 200 countries and territories, as well as detailed business info for more than 100 million places. The application is now available in the Google Play Store and is fully compatible with all devices powered by Android 4.1 and up.

Download : Google Maps Go

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Google Releases Android Distribution Numbers For December 2017

4:52:00 PM

New month means new Android distribution numbers for December. Today Google dropped some new statistics (mans not hot) of Android distribution number which shows a slow uptick in the percentage of the newest version of Android, as well as an uptick in the previous version, followed by a decline in all others. 

That’s just how Android works, though it does seem like the newer versions are catching on even slower these days or at least never reaching the same heights as they once did.

For December, the Android Distribution show Oreo up to 0.5% and Nougat up to 23.3%. After that, we’ve got Marshmallow down to 29.7%, as well as Lollipop at 26.3%, KitKat at 13.4%, Jelly Bean at 5.9%, Ice Cream Sandwich at 0.5%, and Gingerbread at 0.4%.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Google AR Stickers Are Now Live On Pixel Devices

9:48:00 PM

Back at Google IO 2017, Google unveiled that there are some AR fun for Pixel devices. Today, Google made them public with ARCore app and AR Sticker app update.

Google uses ARCore’s environment-scanning algorithms, the app overlays digital decorations on surfaces like floors, tables, walls, and chairs. The app has various types of stickers which are shown below :

This AR Sticker mode is added inside Google Camera, all you have to do is swipe to bring the menu and click on AR Stickers. Also, when you will open it for the first time, it will ask you to calibrate the device for better experience. 

To control them, feel free to use two fingers to pinch and zoom or drag them further to put each item in the right spot.

Google has included a handful of Star Wars items, food-like emoji (“foodmoji”), the ability to type out words in various fonts, props, and Stranger Things characters.

You have two options, first is video recording while using AR Stickers and the other one is capture picture using the camera while you have AR Stickers on.

For those who want to try it, you will need to update the ARCore system app and new AR Stickers app linked below. You may need to be on Android 8.1. Everyone on 8.1 seems to be able to update, while those not yet on 8.1 are getting a “not compatible” listing. Try it out it is very fun :

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Google Chrome v64 Brings Parallel Download Feature To Accelerate Download Speeds

10:51:00 PM

Google Chrome is one of the most popular browser whether it is Android, iOS or any other operating system. And with each update, Google is making it better. Today, a new feature is rolling out to Chrome 64 and above which is called parallel download. This feature accelerates download speeds by creating parallel jobs to handle the download.

According to the commit, the parallel download feature is activated when a download is active for longer than 2 seconds. The feature creates 3 parallel jobs to speed up the download. The commit mentions that the feature will be enabled for 100% of users running Chrome version 64 and above. That means anyone running one of Chrome Dev, Chrome Canary, or a nightly Chromium build will have this feature enabled by default, with Chrome Beta and Chrome Stable to follow sometime afterwards.

This feature is already in Chrome Beta but hidden, you can enable the flag by copying and pasting this line into your address bar.

Downloading larger files such as ROM zips and other are noticeabally faster. This flag was added 3 months ago and Google did a lot of internal testing and decided to push it to the stable channel of Google Chrome. but after undergoing lots of internal testing, it appears that the feature is in a state where Google feels it is ready to be enabled for all users. 

Let us know if you notice a difference with this feature enabled.

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These Are The Watches Which Will Get Oreo Update

11:23:00 AM

Android Wear is an OS for smartwatches and recently, Google released the Wear version of Android 8.0 Oreo and the update started to roll out to the LG Watch Sport and other models. Some of the improvements include customizable vibration strength, a new touch lock option, and support for additional countries and languages. 

Google now provided a list of smartwatches which will get this update, check the list whether it has your watch :

Watches being updated right now:

  • Fossil Q Venture
  • LG Watch Sport
  • Louis Vuitton Tambour
  • Michael Kors Sofie
  • Montblanc Summit

Watches that will eventually be updated:

  • Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
  • Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Diesel Full Guard
  • Emporio Armani Connected
  • Fossil Q Control
  • Fossil Q Explorist
  • Fossil Q Founder 2.0
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Gc Connect
  • Guess Connect
  • Huawei Watch 2
  • Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
  • LG Watch Style
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan
  • Michael Kors Access Grayson
  • Misfit Vapor
  • Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E
  • Movado Connect
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45
  • Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
  • ZTE Quartz

Although there are some watches who won't get this update like the ASUS ZenWatch 2 and 3, the original Fossil Q Founder, the LG G Watch R/Urbane/Urbane LTE, the second-gen Moto 360 and 360 Sport, and the original Huawei Watch. 

Let us know if you get the update!

Source : Android Wear Help

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Nokia 3 Gets December Security Patch Update With Bug Fixes

10:53:00 AM

Today, HMD Global started rolling out a new update for their low-end budget phone the Nokia 3 smartphone. The update weighs around 345MB which includes security update with bug fixes and performance improvements. With this update, this makes the Nokia 3 the first Nokia-branded HMD smartphone to get the December patch.

The low-end phone currently runs Android 7.1.1. Also, Nokia recently confirmed that the device will directly jump to Oreo rather than 7.1.2 update, this month.

Source : Nokia Power User

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Google Nexus 6P Getting Android 8.1 Oreo OTA

11:58:00 PM

Google recently released Android 8.1 Oreo which is rolling out to Pixel devices as an OTA. And today, the last Nexus which was the Huawei Nexus 6P keeps chugging along – it is now receiving the Android 8.1 Oreo update on the same day as the Pixel 2 phones.

It’s a 534MB update, so you may want to buckle up. We have confirmation that the rollout has reached India, the most impatient may download it manually.

Version 8.1 brings along memory optimizations, enhancements to Autofill, a battery indicator for Bluetooth devices and more. It also enables the Visual Core imaging chip on the new Pixels, but of course that’s not available on this old fella.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Detailed Specs Of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

2:26:00 PM

Yesterday, Qualcomm announced their new beast chip in Hawaii and here are all  the details about Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845. The basics here are that it provides a boost in some key areas, like battery life, performance, connectivity, imaging, and AI! 

Let's talk about the performance, the Snapdragon 845 and its Kryo 385 architecture could produce up to a 25% performance lift in gaming, application launch times, and other performance intensive tasks compared to the Snapdragon 835. Coupled with the new Spectra 280 Image Signal Processor (ISP) and Adreno 630 GPU, you’ll get a 30% improvement in power reduction when capturing video and playing games. That new Adreno 630 will also provide up to a 30% performance improvement too as you slay baddies in those heavy-performing games. Qualcomm says that this is “virtually all-day battery life.”

In the connectivity realm, the Snapdragon 845 will pair up with Qualcomm’s new X20 LTE modem, which is a Gigabit LTE solution. We’re talking about the same X20 that’s in the 835, so that’ll mean theoretic download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps, 5x carrier aggregation, License Assisted Access (LAA), 4×4 MIMO, and all of the other wireless goods you’ll need as we move from upgraded LTE to 5G.

Qualcomm has also completely redesigned the Spectra 280 ISP inside the Snapdragon 845 from the ground up for improved performance. The ISP is now capable of recording slow-motion videos at 480fps in 720p resolution along with 4K+ videos at 60fps. It can now also capture up to 64x more color information than before and make use of multi-frame noise reduction and accelerated software image stabilisation to reduce the load on the GPU. Other notable features include 10-bit HDR support, Rec. 2020 gamut for 4K/UltraHD content, and more.

That Adreno 630 will bring the fire in Extended Reality (XR) situations too which are VR and AR. The Snapdragon 845 enables “room-scale 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) with simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) – for features such as wall-collision detection.” So it’ll help you not bust your face when hella deep in some VR goodness.

As for the AI stuff (Hexagon 685 DSP), look, it’s a 2017 press release and product unveiling, so we’ve got mentions of 3x improvement in AI performance, more natural voice interactions, (hopefully) faster always-on voice detection, and that sort of thing. Basically, that’s Qualcomm saying that you should use Google Assistant more and that it should be faster to launch and do stuff for you.

As you probably figured, the Snapdragon 845 is sampling to customers (manufacturers) and will land in devices in “early 2018.” We’re expecting phones like the Galaxy S9 and whatever the next phone from LG is to have this processor on board.

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