Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Google Released Android O Developer Preview 4

12:23:00 AM

Are you enjoying your day? Yes? No? Maybe you need to hear this. Today, Google is releasing another version of the Android O Developer Preview and the next step is public release!

Android O Developer Preview 4 is available for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, and Nexus Player. And this is what Google says for the next final release : 

As we put the finishing touches on the Android O platform, today we're rolling out Developer Preview 4 to help you make sure your apps are ready.
This is the final preview before we launch the official Android O platform to consumers later this summer. Take this opportunity to wrap up your testing and publish your updates soon, to give users a smooth transition to Android O.
Google released final Android O APIs in the previous Developer Preview, so it is encouraging developers to test their apps against these mature hooks to make sure that, when Android O is publicly released in the next few weeks, apps take advantage of new features like notification channels, background location limits and an improved implementation of Doze.

This is what the new update introduce for developers : 

We're releasing the Developer Preview 4 device system images today, together with the stable version of the Android 26.0.0 Support Library. Incremental updates to the SDK, tools, and Android Emulator system images are on the way over the next few days.
We're also introducing a new version of Android Testing Support Library that includes new features like Android Test Orchestrator, Multiprocess Espresso, and more. Watch for details coming soon.

Here’s what Google is saying:

Developer Preview 4 is a release candidate build of Android O that you can use to complete your development and testing in time for the upcoming official release. It includes the final system behaviors, the latest bug fixes and optimizations, and the final APIs (API level 26) already available since Developer Preview 3.

 You can download the update either from the OTA if you have enrolled in Android Beta Program or you can have it via factory image below :

We’ll flash ourselves and let you know of any big changes!

Source : Android Developers

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Friday, July 21, 2017

[Official] Samsung Will Announce Galaxy Note 8 On August 23

1:15:00 PM

It is official, folks. Samsung sending invite for Samsung’s Unpacked event in New York where they say they’ll be introducing their “newest mobile device.”

In case there was any question as to what that device may be, Samsung’s teaser image is pretty clear: the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be officially unveiled on August 23rd at an Unpacked event in New York.
It also said that it is specifically designed for people who move through barriers to do more of what matters to them. The invite shows S Pen stylus and hints at slim bezels.

According to earlier rumors, the phone will have a 6.4-inch OLED display with the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio and QHD+ (1440 x 2960) resolution of the S8 series, dual rear cameras with 12 MP wide-angle lens supporting dual photodiodes, along with a 13 MP telephoto lens, OIS on both.

It is rumored to pack Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 chipset, varying by region and 6GB of RAM. It is not clear if the phone will come with under-glass fingerprint sensor, as rumors indicate it will be highly unlikely, but it will be in a position that is easier to reach compared to the S8 series. It is said to come with improved S Pen and Bixby voice assistant.

The Galaxy Note8 is said to come in Black, Blue and Gold colors and is rumored to go on sale globally for about 999 Euros (US$ 1118 / 72120 approx.) in early September.

Of course for those unable to attend, Samsung will be live streaming the event so you can watch from home. We’re sure plenty more leaks about the device are still ahead of us, leading up to the Note 8’s official release, so stay tuned.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Google Releases Motion Stills App For Android

9:08:00 PM

If you remember, last year Google launched an app called Motion Stills for iOS, which let users do more with their Live Photos like, crop out blurry frames, stabilize images, and even turn Apple’s Live Photos format into more shareable GIFs. So today, Google released the app from Android with some new changes. 

Google says the app includes a new recording experience where everything you shoot is immediately transformed into short, shareable clips. To use this feature, you simply capture a Motion Still with a tap, like taking a photo. If that sounds a lot like Google is introducing its own take on Live Photos, well…you’d probably be right.

Another new feature called Fast Forward lets you reduce a longer recording into a short clip, as well. This works with recordings up to a minute long, and the video is processed right on your phone. You can adjust the playback speed from 1x to 8x after recording. Google details some of the technology it’s using to make this possible, including how it encodes videos with “a denser I-frame spacing to enable efficient seeking and playback;” and the use of “adaptive temporal downsampling in the linear solver and long-range stabilization.”

Or, in human speak, it’s making more stable, smoother clips you can easily share with friends, even if the original footage was super shaky.

The company shows this off in a sped-up clip of a bike ride over a dirt path:

Meanwhile, in terms of turning regular recordings into GIFs, Google introduced new technology as well. It says it redesigned its existing iOS video processing pipeline to use a streaming approach that processes each video frame as it’s recording. It then stabilizes the image while performing the loop optimization over the full sequence. Again, translated, this means you can quickly make a recording and immediately get a smoothed-out GIF to share as a result.

Also they mentioned, the new app is meant to be a place where Google can continue to experiment with short-form video technology, and hints that some of the improvements may make their way to Google Photos in the future.

The Motion Stills app for Android is available as a free download on Google Play and works on Android 5.1 and higher, you can download it from below :

Source : Android Developers

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[APK] WhatsApp Beta 2.17.265 Adds PiP Mode For Android O

4:35:00 PM

When Google released Android O Developer Preview, it introduced a new feature called PiP (Picture-in-Picture) Mode. This allows you to make a floating window of the media you are watching, for example YouTube video. Recently, WhatsApp updated their beta version to 2.17.265 which brings the same feature, one that is enabled by default for those devices that are running the Android O Developer Preview.

The feature would let you minimize the video call window into a smaller window so you can keep your video conversation going while answering another WhatsApp conversation.

However, it is still not clear whether it can be dragged around, nor do we know if the video conference would continue even after minimizing WhatsApp. If so, this would be one of the first video calling apps to allow this type of multitasking on a smartphone platform. You can download it via APKMirror or join the beta program of WhatsApp from below :

What do you think about this new feature and would you use it?

Source : WABetaInfo

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Google Play Protect Rolling Out Now To Save You From Harmful Apps

4:01:00 PM

At Google I/O, Google announced Play Protect which is a rebranded version of the company’s security offerings to help safeguard Android devices from malware and malicious apps. Today, Google is rolling out its Play Protect home screen to all Android devices running the latest version of Google Play Services. 

With Play Protect, Google will periodically scan your device to ensure your device and your data are completely safe. The service will silently work in the background without you knowing about it. It is only when Play Protect finds any kind of security risk, you will receive a prompt from it.

You can find the Google Play Protect home screen on your Android device under Settings -> Google -> Security -> Google Play Protect.

Apps on the Play Store will also soon be getting a “Verified by Google Play Protect” badge. There will also be a Play Protect card available in the Updates section of the Play Store from where one can initiate a manual scan of all the installed apps on their device. This is still rolling out to users though, and it will take a while to be available to the billions of Android devices out there.

This is not a new feature, it has long been scanning Android apps on the Play Store and the ones installed on your Android device silently for security risks. Previously, this feature was commonly known as ‘Verify Apps’ and with this rebrand, Google is making users aware of a security feature that it has been offering to them since aeons.

Source : Android Developers

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Friday, July 14, 2017

[Report] Google Pixel XL 2 Will Feature Always-On OLED Display, Squeezy Frame, Display Profiles

5:10:00 PM

Recently, we got the first render of Google’s forthcoming Pixel XL 2 (or whatever it ends up being called). And today, another report gives few more details about the phone. Folks at XDA says, the higher-end Pixel will have always-on ambient display features, a variety of use cases for the phone’s purported squeezable frame, a few different display profile options, and other miscellaneous features. 

First up is the always-on ambient display feature, which XDA says will include “an ‘Always On’ option in its display settings.” With this feature enabled, the device will reportedly display some useful information (like the time and battery, perhaps) as well as no notifications even when the device is idle.

Next is the device’s “squeezable display,” which Android Police first mentioned in its report earlier this week. XDA adds to David’s report, saying that it will be used for a variety of functions: launching Google Assistant when the device is on or off, the ability to silence incoming calls, and more. The report adds that users will be able to adjust the squeezing intensity threshold to make it work best for them.

The Display settings menu will also apparently be getting a big new feature. Much like other Android devices, the new Pixel XL 2 will let you choose between a few different display profiles: sRGB, “Vivid Colors,” and others. Other miscellaneous details: the device has an octopus for its easter egg currently, the system UI will go back to dark with the final launch, and when setting up the phone you’re taken to g.co/pixelphonetour.

Talking about the specs, the device will feature a 5.99-inch 1440p OLED display made by LG, a single camera with dual LED flash, the Snapdragon 835 processor, and 4GB of RAM.  Well, this is all coming together quite nicely, I’d say. Let's wait for the actual phone now, hype is real!

Source : XDA

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

[Leaked] This is Google Pixel XL 2 (2017) Made By LG

2:09:00 AM

There are still three months to go for the official announcement for the next generation Google Pixel phones but today, get our first look at one of the devices, the bigger of the two. Courtesy of Android Police, the first Pixel “XL” leak shows us that Google isn’t straying all that far from the Pixel’s roots for its first successor that is codenamed “taimen.”

This is the phone that LG has made for Google in place of the HTC-made “muskie” that was once thought to be the new XL. They believe it will have a 6-inch LG-made AMOLED display with a 2:1 ratio. They are also under the impression that the phone will sport a squeezy side, just like we have seen on the HTC U11, which will allow you to interact with the phone, primarily when using Google Assistant.

As for other things we’re picking up from the image, you’ll notice that only a single camera is on the back, so it doesn’t appear as if Google is throwing its hat into the dual-camera craze just yet. That’s fine with me as long as the camera is as-good-if-not-better than last year’s Pixel phones. The back of the phone looks very Pixel-esque, with the glass rear-panel moved up and above the rear-mounted fingerprint reader. The obnoxious antenna band also is gone from the bottom of the phone or at least blended in somewhere.

On the front, you get a FullVision-like LG experience. It looks curved on the edges, rather than perfectly flat like the display is on the LG G6. In a way, it’s kind of a mix of what LG and Samsung did this year with their first flagship phones.

Tell us in the comments, what do you think about this?

Source : Android Police

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Google Releases July Security Patch For Nexus And Pixel Devices

1:09:00 AM

Another month, another security patch. Each month Google releases a new set of security patches for Android, and July is no exception. These are sent out by the company to the devices it manages software updates for - Nexuses and Pixels.

As usual, most non-Pixel or Nexus phones and tablets will get a patchset that will make them be on the July 1 level afterwards. The Pixels and Nexuses, on the other hand, will get additional hardware-related fixes, taking them to the July 5 security patch level.

If you have a supported device (Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Nexus Player), the best thing to do is wait for the over-the-air rollout to start and the update notification to hit your product. However, if you're impatient you can already download the factory images or OTA zip files for each device and apply them manually.

In this case you need to be careful because there are multiple builds out this time around. 
Make sure you grab the right one. Here are all the new builds:

  • Pixel – NJH47D, NHG47O (Verizon), NKG47M (T-Mobile), NZH54B (Deutsche Telekom)
  • Pixel XL –NJH47D, NHG47O (Verizon), NKG47M (T-Mobile), NZH54B (Deutsche Telekom)
  • Pixel C – N2G48B
  • Nexus 6P – N2G48B
  • Nexus 5X – N2G47Z
  • Nexus 6 – N6F27H
  • Nexus Player – N2G48B
  • Nexus 9 LTE – N9F27F
  • Nexus 9 Wi-Fi – N4F27I

For the Nexus 6P, Pixel C, and Nexus Player the build number is N2G48B, the Nexus 5X gets N2G47Z, N6F27H is for the Nexus 6, N9F27F goes to the Nexus 9 Wi-Fi, and N4F27I is the one for the Nexus 9 LTE.

Source : 
Factory Images | OTA Files | Security Bulletin

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