Saturday, February 18, 2017

[Leaked] LG G6 Spotted With An Always-On Display

4:11:00 PM

As you all know MWC 2017 is around the corner and with that LG's G6 keeps getting  leaked in various forms and fashions. Next Sunday, on February 26, LG will finally unveil the G6. But, today, we get a clearer look at the device, while seemingly confirming a feature that hasn’t been mentioned.

Folks at 9to5Google, received two images of the LG G6, in which we see the silver body of the device, and the other picture shows off the always-on display. We haven't seen any mentions of this feature anywhere, but would be a welcome addition to the software features of the device.

These two images shows the time, date, and battery level on the lock screen, with the background blacked out. This is not the first device which is having this display, as we’ve already seen the likes of Motorola and Samsung provide similar features on devices. The image again confirms the dual-lens rear camera, along with the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The tipster also confirms the specs for the G6, which matches up with many of the rumors that have been circulating over the past few months. The G6 is said to feature a 5.7-inch 18:9 display, the Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,200mAh battery.

Now that we have so much of information about the device, you can practically make your decision now as to whether you’ll be picking one up. So let us know what you think about the LG G6 and if you’ll be snagging one, or if you’ll be waiting for the Galaxy S8 or another unannounced device.

Source : 9To5Google

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

YouTube Website Receives Material Redesign With Dark Mode And Here Is How You Enable It

7:21:00 PM

Material design has been something that Google has been working a lot on, over the past few years. This design style was introduced in a mainstream fashion with the Android Lollipop OS. The material design consists of rounded and minimal icons, and a carded interface. Responsive animations and transitions too, are used in this design. A YouTube material design for the desktop users was introduced last April, however it was under the testing phase. It has now come to light that many users are now getting it.

In addition to a new user interface, it seems that YouTube now also supports a Dark mode. However, even if you’re still seeing the old version of YouTube in your desktop browser, there’s a method of forcing the new Material Design-inspired user interface regardless of where you’re located. Here is how :

  • Go to
  • Open Developer Console (usually by pressing F12)
  • Put in document.cookie="PREF=f6=4;path=/;";, hit Enter and reload the page.

The Google-owned YouTube has recently been hard at work improving its video service, though most of its efforts revolved around the company’s Android app. This coincides with the firm’s insistence to commit more resources towards bettering the broadcasting element of its service, YouTube Live. This live streaming platform is being pushed as an alternative to Facebook Live and similar services, and seeing how YouTube is mostly encouraging content creators to broadcast videos spontaneously throughout their day, it makes sense for the company to initially focus its efforts on its mobile offerings. Still, the redesign of the browser version of YouTube will play a role in unifying the overall user experience of the service seeing how the YouTube mobile app already received a similar overhaul recently, just like many other Google’s app and services did.

YouTube has been getting various other updates too in the past few weeks. We first saw the arrival of double tap to seek, a feature that enables users to move forward or backwards in a video by simply double tapping the screen. Following that, in a new update, YouTube now allows the users to set the amount of time they want to skip forward or backwards by double tapping. With the YouTube material design, it will be interesting to see if Google does it with more services too in the future.

Source : Android Police

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

[APK] New Pokémon Update Adds 80 New Pokémon, Berries And More

7:35:00 PM

Niantic has officially announced Pokemon discovered in the Johto region will be added to the game later this week. The Johto region Pokemon, commonly referred to as “Gen 2,” include over 80 new monsters. Some of which are evolutions from Pokemon that launched with the game.

After months of fan begging, Niantic will finally pull through and add real content to Pokémon Go. A Pokémon Go update slated for sometime this week will allow players to collect dozens more creatures from the Johto compendium.

New Pokemon is not the only thing coming to the game. Niantic is set to launch a bunch of new features and tweaks. Encounters will look a little different. You’ll finally be able to choose Pokeballs and berries directly from the encounter screen. Speaking of berries, two new berries will be available Pokestops. One will slow down a Pokemon, the other will double the candy. Last, but not least, is new avatars and an expanded wardrobe.

Here's what's coming, according to a blog from Pokemon Go developer Niantic:

80 new  Pokemon , taken from the classic Pokemon "Gold" and "Silver" Game Boy Color games. While Niantic hasn't yet shared the full list, it definitely includes fan-favorites Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Espeon, Umbreon, Merrill, Bellossom, and Hoppip, as revealed in a promotional image.

Collectible "evolution items" that cause certain Pokemon to evolve. In Pokemon "Gold" and "Silver," for instance, the "King's Rock" item can cause Slowbro to evolve into Slowking when traded to another player - Niantic doesn't go into detail, but it seems a similar feature is coming to Pokemon Go.

Two new types of berry to use while catching Pokemon: The Nanab Berry, which slows a Pokemon's movements, and the Pinap Berry, which doubles the amount of candy you get if your next catch attempt is successful. 

New items to dress up your avatar , plus some premium items that you can purchase from the in-game Pokemon Go shop. You can earn currency for that shop by playing the game, or exchange real-world money. 

Niantic says the update will be rolling out later this week. If you haven’t played the game in a while, now might be a good time to pick it up again.

Source : Pokemon Go

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Google Rolling Out Instant Tethering To Nexus And Pixel Devices

2:46:00 PM

Today, Google rolling out a Google Play Services server-side update which gives you the Instant Tethering feature to Pixel and Nexus handsets running Android 7.1.1. The feature makes it easy to quickly connect your devices to a mobile hotspot.

If you have more than one Android devices which uses the same Google account, you can share the mobile data easily from one device to another through hotspot to another without having to go through the whole process of setting up tethering first. 

Here is how Googler Omri Amarillo explained the feature will work:

When you unlock a tablet such as the Pixel C, it will notice if there is no internet connection available, and will ask your Pixel phone if it has internet and battery life. If it does, we will give you an option to enable a secure hotspot and pair automagically, without even taking your phone out of your pocket.
This feature is developed keeping battery life in mind. So, if you don’t use your tablet for 10 minutes or more, the hotspot will be automatically disconnected.

Instant tethering is available for Google’s Pixel, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X devices running Android 7.1.1. As for devices that can automatically use the shared data connection, it is limited to all the devices mentioned before plus the Nexus 9 and Pixel C. Sadly, this feature will not be making its way to any other Android device for the time being.

Source : Google [2]

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[Update: APK] First Look At Tesla's New Mobile App With New UI, Fingerprint Authentication, And Widgets

12:56:00 AM

Update : APK Added!

Today, Tesla accidently or intentionally updated its pictures for their app on the Google Play store before launching the new update, but it will be available any day now.
The picture you are going to see is from the Android app, but the iOS and Android versions had the same UI and features before and our last report on the update was based on the iOS version.

The UI overhaul includes refresh buttons, a more detailed render of the user’s vehicle, and the addition of direct hotkeys to the functions instead of having to toggle between different screens.

The overall look is a lot cleaner and darker than the previous version, which is over 4 years old at this point.
Here’s a gallery of the new UI:

The new look is only one of the improvements made to the new app. It also features touch identification login and widget integration, according to sources familiar with the update.

Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company was about two weeks away from releasing the app, which was previously associated with Tesla’s upcoming v8.1 software update.

Update : Apk is now available and you can download it from below. The app version is v3 and is the same update as we told you above.

Source : 9to5Google

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Google I/O Ticket Application Window Opens February 22 at 10AM PST

11:50:00 PM

Google I/O Ticket Application Window Opens February 22 at 10AM PST

Every year Google I/O happens and just like in the past, whenever Google opened up registration for Google I/O, thousands of people would visit the website, typically leading it to crash. Thankfully, for the past couple years, Google implemented a lottery system — not a first-come, first-served basis. While I’m not huge on my chances of winning a lottery, it’s still better than what Google had before.

Google says the application window will open: Wednesday, February 22 at 10AM PST.
Anyone can enter and try your luck to win a spot to attend Google I/O 2017 at the given time. Whether you are first to enter or last to enter, you have an equal chance of winning a spot.

And don’t forget, Google I/O 2017 takes place May 17 through 19 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.

Mark your calendars, folks!

Source : Google

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

List Of Watches Receiving Android Wear 2.0

12:45:00 PM

Today, Google released the final update of the Android Wear 2.0. Additionally, the company also provided an official list of devices that will be getting the update.

The extensive list of devices includes almost all Android Wear smartwatches released by OEMs over the last couple of years, though first generation Android Wear watches have been given the boot.

The list of Android Wear watches getting the update are as follows:

  • Asus ZenWatch 2
  • Asus ZenWatch 3
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Casio Pro Trek Smart
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Huawei Watch
  • LG G Watch R
  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG Watch 2nd Edition LTE
  • Michael Kors Access
  • Moto 360 2nd Gen
  • Moto 360 for Women
  • Moto 360 Sport
  • New Balance RunIQ
  • Nixon Mission
  • Polar M600
  • TAG Heuer Connected

While extensive, the list does not include first generation Android Wear smartwatches like the original Moto 360, LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, and Asus ZenWatch. The above smartwatches should get the Android Wear 2.0 update in the coming weeks.
If this list changes, we will update it.

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Android Wear 2.0 Released with Customisable Watch Faces, Standalone Apps, Android Pay, And More

12:37:00 PM

Today, Google officially announced the new Android Wear 2.0 update along with their two new watches: the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport.  Google had first previewed Android Wear 2.0 at I/O last year, and the final release scheduled to drop in summer. However, Google postponed the release as the OS needed more work. After months of developer previews, Android Wear 2.0 is now ready for launch.

 The list of changes is quite large, so let’s dive into it and go over the features you can expect to find once your smartwatch is updated or you purchase one of those fancy new LG devices.

Let’s dive in.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant is now available inside Android Wear 2.0. With it, folks can ask about the weather, hail an Uber, or even make a reservation for dinner, all while “hands free.” To begin, simply press down on the device’s power button, which will bring up Assistant, then speak your inquiry or command. While it seems hard to label something as hands free when you have to actively press on a button, that’s the way Google describes it.

Better Message Response Handling

In Android Wear 2.0, responding to messages is easier than ever. When a notification comes in, be it from Facebook Messenger, Glide, Google Messenger, Hangouts, Telegram or WhatsApp, users can swipe down on the notification and indicate how they’d like to respond. You can choose between dictating, typing, handwriting, or even drawing an emoji. There is also “Smart Reply,” which instantly suggests different responses based on the received message.

Better, More Useful Watch Faces

Users on Android Wear 2.0 can now personalize the always-on watch face with information and actions from partner applications. For example, you can order an Uber ride via a watch face shortcut, start a workout, or get in contact with your partner in crime, all from a single click on the watch face. Throughout the day, if you need different actions for a certain task, different faces can hold different shortcuts and actions, meaning you can have different setups for home, the gym, and the office.

Using Apps in New Ways

Inside the latest build of Android Wear, users will find access to Google Play, allowing for the quick download of new applications. Additionally, if you have cellular connectivity on your watch, you can make calls and use your watch apps without the need of being connected to your smartphone, such as paying with Android Pay, using Google Messenger, AccuWeather, Play Music, and Uber. To sum it up, Android Wear 2.0 should offer a much improved app experience for users
Make the most of every step. Google says, the update will be rolling out in few weeks! For even more details on Android Wear 2.0, be sure to check out Google’s complete blog post by following the via link below.

Source : Google

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Google and LG Launches Watch Sport and Watch Style, Available February 10

12:18:00 PM

Yesterday, Google and LG officially launched new smartwatches which were, the Watch Sport and Watch Style after so many leaks. The devices features: one is a fully-featured sport-style connectivity and Android Pay, while the other is more fashion-focused.

Let's talk about the watches, Google says, the Watch Sport is “Android Wear’s most powerful watch yet” and it features GPS, NFC for payments, a heart rate sensor, and cellular connectivity with AT&T and Verizon. It’s body features three buttons, including a rotating power button that helps you navigate the watch and comes in dark blue or titanium.

As for other specs, you are looking at a 1.38-inch circular POLED display, 430mAh battery, 4GB storage, 768MB RAM, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear processor.

The  Watch Style features a “thin, light, beautiful to look at, and comfortable to wear,” according to Google. The Watch Style comes in three colors which are silver, rose gold, and titanium with the rotating power button as the Sport for navigation. Sadly, this watch does not include a GPS, NFC, heart rate sensor, or cellular connectivity. But hey, it does let you swap out watch bands quickly, unlike the Sport.

For other Style specs, you have a 1.20-inch circular POLED display, 240mAh battery, 4GB storage, 512MB RAM, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear processor.

The LG Watch Style will be available at Best Buy and the Google Store for $249, while the LG Watch Sport will sell at AT&T, Verizon and the Google Store, as early as February 10. Pricing on the Watch Sport varies depending on carrier, but Google will sell it for $349.

Here is the complete spec sheet of both the watches :

Display1.38-inch Circle POLED (480x480, 348ppi)
Gorilla Glass 3
1.20-inch Circle POLED (360X360, 299ppi)
Gorilla Glass 3
ProcessorSnapdragon Wear 2100 (MSM8909W)Snapdragon Wear 2100 (MSM8909W)
ConnectivityLTE: Band 2, 4, 5, 13
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
SensorsAccelerometer; Ambient Light; Barometer; gyroscope; Heart RateAccelerometer; Ambient Light; gyroscope;
Wireless charging
Wireless charging
SizeDimensions: 45.4 x 51.21 x 14.2mm
Weight: 3.15oz
Stainless Steel 316L
Dimensions: 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79mm
Weight: -
Stainless Steel
Dust and Water ResistanceIP68IP67
ColorsDark Blue, TitaniumTitanium, Silver, Rose Gold

Source : Google

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Android Distribution Update For February 2017 – Nougat Hits 1.2%

9:10:00 PM

Android Distribution Update For February 2017 – Nougat Hits 1.2%

New month, new statistics of the Android Distribution. Today, new Android Distribution numbers came for February 2017. According to the chart, Nougat hoped at 1.2%, up from it's the last time on the chart of 0.4%.

The last time we were updated on the platform distribution figures for Android, we were celebrating the death of Froyo and hoping similar fates were in store for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and well, you get the point.

The numbers have been updated to reflect the two-week period ending February 6th, and there’s a big development this time: Nougat is now on 1.2% of all reported Android devices!

We  agree, 1.2% is pretty depressing, but we’ve just come to live with the reality by now. 

You want to check the numbers, you can view them here.

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