Saturday, January 21, 2017

[Leaked] Pictures Of HTC's Android Wear Smartwatch

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[Leaked] Pictures Of HTC's Android Wear Smartwatch

Back in October, there was leak about HTC's Android Wear watch codenamed as Halfbeak, reported by Weibo. From that day, we haven't got other news about it. But today, new photos have popped up again on Weibo of the watch in all it's glory.

The pictures of the watch gives us the pretty good idea about what it is going to be, first of all it is an circular watch with two buttons on the right-hand side, marked by two arrows. The watch also appears to be running the 1.x version of Android Wear, which is interesting as 2.0 is coming out in less than a month. Other things to note are the pogo pins on the back, with a heart rate sensor also present. The resolution of the display is 360x360, which is a little higher than the Moto 360 V2 display, but lower res than the Huawei Watch's display. There's also an Under Armor logo on the back of the watch, indicating a likely partnership there; this would make sense, since the two companies collaborated on the UA Healthbox platform back in 2016. 

We don't know when HTC will unveil the watch, or how much it'll cost, although it is possible we will hear about it at Mobile World Congress, next month in Barcelona. Let's wait and see.

Source : Weibo

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[Report] LG G6 May Have The Google Assistant Support

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After launching their modular phone G5 this year, South Korean electronics conglomerate LG will launch its G6 smartphone next month. According to Business Korea, LG is working with Google to include Google Assistant with the launch of the G6. 

Currently, the only phones with Google Assistant are the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. If LG were add Assistant to the upcoming LG G6, it would make LG the first brand outside of Google to use the Assistant.

Not only is LG reported to be looking at incorporating Google Assistant on the smartphone side, but the report also mentions work the company is doing with Amazon’s Alexa. We aren’t quite sure whether this alludes to smart fridges or washer and dryers, but it does appear that LG is working with multiple companies to broaden its usage of IoT and digital assistants. In the long run, this hopefully leads to only good things for consumers.

Beyond the G6, the report also mentions the potential collaboration we will see between LG and Google to create a couple of smartwatches, none of which is new news. However, it is nice to see this info reverberating outside of the US in the market that LG is based.

We are expecting to see the G6 unveiled at MWC in late February.

Source : Business Korea

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Google Rolling Out 'Instant Tethering' In Google Play Services For Pixel And Nexus Devices

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Image Courtesy : Android Authority

When it comes to mobile hotspots, they are great, but it's just too hassle to set them up. But today, Google is rolling out a new feature in Google Play Services 10.2 that’s designed to make tethering much easier.

The feature itself is called “Instant Tethering,” and as the name suggests, it basically links up devices connected to your Google account, making it easier to stay online if your wireless connection drops. In other words, if one of your connected devices loses its connection, it can ask you proactively if you want to tether your device, and you can do so without the need for any extra setup. That connection also extends beyond the internet — you’ll also be able check the battery life of your other devices.

The feature seems helpful, but according to a report from Android Police, there’s also a server-side component to it, which means it might be a while before some people start seeing the feature. In other words, just because you have Google Play Services 10.2, that doesn’t mean that you have Instant Tethering — Google might need to enable the feature on its side. There also might be device limitations, and you won’t be able to tether if your carrier doesn’t allow it.

Also according to the report, the feature will first roll out to Pixel and Nexus devices, and the Nexus 9 and Pixel C will be supported as clients — or devices that can tether. Instant Tethering will work on Android Marshmallow, and phones will be able to tether with each other. We expect that Instant Tethering will be available on more devices as time goes on, but we don’t have official confirmation on that just yet.

Source : Android Police

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Google Fixes Android 7.1.1’s Bluetooth Issues For Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

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If your device is running Android 7.1.1 and having problems with Bluetooth on your phone when trying to pair it to your car, you haven’t been alone. In fact, an issue thread over at the Android code repository has been brewing for months and Google finally marked it as FutureRelease.

The issue in question is an inability to stay connected to in-car Bluetooth systems, reported by multiple Huawei Nexus 6P, Google Pixel, and Google Pixel XL owners who had updated to Google’s latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat build with the build number NPF10C . Users reported that their device would connect to a vehicle’s built-in Bluetooth systems without much issue, but would then disconnect a few seconds later with no warning, error message, or indication as to why it was happening. 

Few users also said that the issue only affects vehicle systems, leaving Bluetooth audio capabilities with devices like speakers and headphones perfectly intact. The fairly widespread issue affected a large number of users, garnering 161 posts on the Google bug tracking forum alone.

Thankfully, the wait for a fix may soon be over. A Google project member has confirmed that the development team has fixed the issue.

The only matter now is figuring out when it’ll be made available. They were only willing to share that they will have it in a “future build.” We assume the build would be one of the monthly security updates coming out and we’d hope it’s the very next one, but there’s the possibility that it could come at a later time.

In any case, knowing the bug has been squashed offers some nice peace of mind for those who were suffering.

Source : AOSP Issue Tracker

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Google Will Send Software Update To Fix The New Volume Bug On The Pixel And Pixel XL

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Recently, there was an story circulating in the world of Android that there is an bug on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. The bug causes distorted static noise at high volume settings. Google also recently admitted that the problem is hardware related but not software.

We also told you how you can fix the problem if you have this by flashing a third party Custom ROM. But today, one of the reader at Phonearena called Dillon chatted with one of the Google rep who told Dillon some some interesting information. First of all, the Google rep said that the problem as described by Dillon is a software issue. Two, Google is already familiar with this bug and is working on a software update for this and some other known issues. 

Here is the conversation that Dillon had with Google support:

We hope that Google fixes these issues, apart from the volume problems, the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL have been two of the most popular Android handsets. With the 89 score by DxOMark for the camera and award for the best 2016 smartphone.

Source : PhoneArena

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Display Panels Revealed in New Photos

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The Samsung’s next beast smartphone, the Galaxy S8, is the topic that everyone is asking and wanting for the past several weeks as we approach its debut. Of course, there are still many things which are unclear about the device. One thing that seems pretty definite, though, is that Samsung isn’t going easy on the design of this device as it prepares to launch a phone with remarkably non-existent bezels, as you can see in the above image.

The image isn't from a very well-known source, it lines up well with the leaks we’ve seen thus far, and David Ruddock of Android Police also states that it lines up perfectly with all the information that they have received on the device.

The image were originally posted by the Twitter account @dfordesign, and show handsets that have remarkably slimmed down bezels. That includes both the top and bottom. Another thing to note is that both corners of the display window are rounded, suggesting the screen itself will be rounded. In the original report, a source speaking to the publication says this will indeed be the case.

One of the main reasons these panels seem to be genuine is that they include more sensor cutouts than previous leaks. Why does this matter? In previous leaks, the S8 was depicted with the same sensors as the Galaxy S7, which seems unlikely given the additions that were made on the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. There we saw the addition of an iris scanner as well as the extra cutouts that were seen on the Note 7.

Given those facts, it certainly seems like these panels are legitimate and we can indeed expect a Galaxy S8 that lacks bezels and a physical home button. The lack of bezel is nothing short of impressive, but personally, I’m a bit wary on the level of strength it will provide against drops ─ as we well know, Xiaomi’s Mi Mix didn’t fare all that well. Further, Samsung is going to need to implement quite a few touch-rejection features in the software to weed out accidental touches since there’s barely room to place your finger along the bezels.

Nothing is official just yet, but we probably don’t have long to wait before Samsung makes the Galaxy S8 official. What do you think of this new design?

Source : Android Police

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

[Report] Google is Bringing Android One to the US Later This Year

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Remember Android One? Don’t feel bad if you’ve forgotten, it’s kind of fallen off the radar since Google announced it a few years ago. According to a report out of The Information, Google will bring its ultra-budget Android One line to the US later this year. That would mean pure Android phones, approved by Google but made by others, here in the US, likely sold through your favorite electronics dealers. 

Android One devices were intended to be basically very low cost Nexus phones. They’re cheap, but run unskinned Android, just like stock and are quick to get updates. Google originally had a pretty controlling approach to the hardware that went into Android One devices, but they’ve loosened that up a bit.

Currently Android One phones are only available in select markets, like India or Japan, but that might change very soon. The latest rumor suggests Google wants to bring the low-cost, efficient devices to the US to finally try and tackle some of the issues that plague cheaper phones; namely, security updates and poor performance.

Once Google does kick off Android One in the US, you’ll have the option to buy and unlocked phone without any extra bloat or manufacturer skin, so you can experience Google’s version of Android without having to shell out for a Pixel. That’s also a winning move for Google, because these phones will put Google services front and center as opposed to OEM branded note taking apps, personal assistants, and messaging clients. And once users are invested in Google’s ecosystem of apps, they’ll probably think twice about getting a Galaxy S7 as opposed to the unfiltered Pixel.

With all of that being said, don’t expect a Pixel One or anything like that. Android One is a program for partners, and partners will build the phones, not Google. LG is rumored to be one of the biggest names to step up to bat for US Android One devices, but if this gets off the ground we’ll likely see almost every manufacturer make at least one or two devices.

Source : The Information

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Google App Update Brings Offline Search Capabilities To Work Better With Spotty Data Connections

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Google App Update Brings Offline Search Capabilities; Now Works Better With Spotty Data Connections

Today, Google announced a new feature for their Google app for Android. From today it will now work better with spotty data connections. Now, when you search for something through the Google app and it fails due to no data connection, the results will be retrieved automatically once your handset regains connectivity.

Google says that the Google app for Android will work behind-the-scenes to automatically detect when data connectivity has been restored and will have minimal impact on your device’s battery life. It will also display streamlined search result pages to minimise data usage.
Here is what they say :

With this change, search results are saved as soon as they are retrieved, even if you lose connection afterwards or go into airplane mode. So the next time you lose service, feel free to queue up your searches, put your phone away and carry on with your day. The Google app will work behind-the-scenes to detect when a connection is available again and deliver your search results once completed.
You don’t need to keep the Google app in the foreground either for the results to show. Instead, the app will automatically send you a notification when it has loaded the search results. Make sure that you are running the latest version of the Google app for Android on your device as this is not a server-side update.

Source : Google

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Google Assistant Will Gain A Payment Function In Soon Future Updates

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Google Assistant is an really amazing assistant but still lacks some functionality, the Amazon’s Alexa can do things like order you an Uber, order you a pizza, and make various purchases at your request that Google's Assistant can't, yet. It looks like Google Assistant will soon be able to do the same because thanks to an APK teardown by the folks at XDA (via 9to5Google), it seems that Google has included payment capabilities in the latest beta update.

According to the teardown of the Google app, version 6.11.13 beta APK, it has been discovered that there are several strings of code that indicate that Google Assistant will soon be able to handle credit cards.

<string name="assistant_payments_preference">assistantPayments</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_add_new_address">Add new address</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_address_line1">Address line 1</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_address_line2">Address line 2 (Optional)</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_gate_code">Gate code (Optional)</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_gate_code_too_long">Max %1$d characters</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_list_title">Delivery address</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_phone_number">Phone number</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_required_field">Required field</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_save_error">Error saving address.</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_device_title">Shared devices</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_done_button_text">Done</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_edit_address">Edit address</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_enabled_title">Pay through your Assistant</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_instrument_item_disabled">Disabled</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_instrument_item_expired">Expired</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_instrument_item_inapplicable">Inapplicable</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_instrument_item_needs_fix">Needs fix</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_instrument_item_unknown">Unknown</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_instrument_list_title">Payment method</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_oos_screen_description">Need help? Contact the Google Support Team for assistance</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_oos_screen_title">"Payments isn't currently available on the Google Assistant"</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_save_button_text">Save</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_accept_button_label">Accept</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_device_description_p1">"You'll soon be able to pay for things when you use Google Assistant, including on the following shared devices."</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_device_description_p2">Customize which of your shared devices are allowed to help you with payments and other personal tasks, like your calendar and services. You can also turn “Personal results” on or off later in your Assistant settings. <a href="<a class="vglnk" target="_blank" href="" rel="nofollow"><span>https</span><span>://</span><span>support</span><span>.</span><span>google</span><span>.</span><span>com</span><span>/</span><span>googlehome</span><span>/?</span><span>p</span><span>=</span><span>payments</span></a>">Learn more</a></string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_devices_title">Confirm shared devices</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_instrument_list_title">Choose card</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_next_button_label">Next</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_shipping_address_title">Choose address</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_splash_screen_button_label">Get started</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_splash_screen_subtitle">Set up payment info and addresses for your packages, groceries, and other purchases</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_splash_screen_title">Set up payment &amp; delivery info</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_terms_of_service_title">Terms of Service</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_summary">Manage payment methods and addresses</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_title">Payments</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_update_error">Error while updating payments settings. Please try again.</string><string name="common_device_personal_info_permission_summary">Allow this Google Home to read out your private info like your calendar and flights, display your photos on TV, and help you with orders, reservations, and payments</string>

 It is unclear yet as to what exactly these payments will be used for, but it has been speculated that we’re probably looking at something similar to what Alexa does, which is for services and online shopping, like Google Express Shopping.

Uber has already been integrated into Google Home so we guess this payments support is really just an expansion of its capabilities. There is also a mention of Assistant featuring “shared devices”, which sounds like payments could be enabled on a device-to-device basis as opposed to across the board, which hopefully should prevent accidental purchases.
No word on when the new feature will be rolled out officially, but if it has been spotted in the latest APK, we reckon it shouldn’t be too long until it does.

Source : XDA Developers | 9to5Google

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

[Weekly Wallpapers] 4K Wintery Wallpapers Perfect For Your Pixel XL, LG V20, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, HTC 10 And Others

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Winter is on the peak and no one would blame you if you'd rather just tuck in for a few months and wait for things to warm up a bit. However, if you are one of those people who just can't get enough of the snow outside (like me!) and want to take some of that wintry magic everywhere they go, we've got a nice collection of smartphone and tablet wallpapers just for you! 

You can't deny that there's just something about nature during the winter that makes everything looks so beautiful and serene. So today, we've few images for you to enjoy, and they come in a variety of different sizes and orientations. We've got you covered with classic vertical backgrounds, as well as wider images that are perfect for scrolling home screen setups. All the wallpapers are high-resolution, high-quality, and you will surely find something to fit your smartphone or tablet screen, no matter whether it has a 720p or a 4K resolution. Enjoy!

You can either download them individually from below or just go here to grab the whole zip : 

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Facebook Fixed The Battery Drain Issue, Reset Your App To Apply The Fix

11:35:00 PM

Recently, people were reporting that their device having very nasty battery drains and only Facebook and Facebook Messenger were on the top of the list in the battery graph. Today, Facebook has fixed a nasty bug in its Messenger app that was draining some users' batteries incredibly fast and making their phones get too hot.

David Marcus, the VP of messaging products at the social network, confirmed on Twitter that there was a bug, and that it should now be solved. Here is what he said :

"Issue was isolated and fixed server side. If you restart Messenger the problem should be gone now. Very sorry."
This issue appeared to have only been an issue on Android smartphones. Plenty of people complained about the bug online. "Shoutout to facebook/messenger apps for destroying 90% of my phone battery in three hours when i wasn't even using them," one Twitter user wrote on Tuesday.

"Facebook messenger used 15% of my battery today. I haven't opened it at all this week," said another.

One Reddit user said they even deleted the Facebook and Messenger apps as a result: "It was draining my battery really bad and phone was getting hot. Had to delete them."

In short: If you're experiencing rapid battery drain on your Android, Facebook Messenger is probably the problem. Restart the app, and the issue should be fixed. (But let us know if it isn't!)

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Google Assistant Update Brings Ability To Take Screenshots

10:18:00 PM

Let's talk about taking screenshots, when Google made another method to take screenshot other than pressing combo button on your phone, they also removed it pretty soon. The option was previously available with Google Now on Tap, Assistant’s predecessor, as part of the screen search function but it wasn’t carried over to Assistant. Google Assistant can now take and share screenshots as of the Google App 6.10 beta. 

Like Google Assistant, Google Now on Tap users can press and hold the home button to deliver information regarding what’s currently on screen (albeit with a slightly different interface). They can also share that screen capture, however, meaning they don’t have to resort to the traditional multi-button press method for taking a screenshot.

This function now appears in the Google App 6.10 beta, so it should also arrive in the final build when it’s set live (we don’t yet know when that will be). You’ll find it next to the “send feedback” button at the bottom of the cards list after you press and hold the home button.

You can then share the screenshot using any of their installed apps, though it will only work where there is text or information that Assistant can read. As such, using it to capture your home screen won’t work.

Source : 9to5google

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

[APK] WhatsApp Beta v2.17.6 Adds GIF Search And Raises Media Sharing Limit From 10 To 30

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WhatsApp’s really been gradual when it comes to rolling out a complete GIF support to its app. In August last year, WhatsApp rolled out the ability to convert videos and share them as GIFs, then a couple of months later, WhatsApp allowed users to share GIFs saved on their devices, later it finally added the feature to search and insert GIF through GIPHY, but that was rolled out exclusively for iOS. At last, the search and insert GIF feature has been rolled out to Android as well.

Which means, you no longer require a third party app like a Giphy, or the GBoard app, or to have the GIFs saved on your phones beforehand to share GIFs now. The function shows up within the keyboard when you tap the emoji button in the text box. With the new update, users will be able to see a new GIF option right next to the emoji button at the bottom bar. You can then scroll through popular GIFs and insert them right away or search GIPHY for a keyword to find the appropriate animation for your current state.

When GIF support first launched, users could convert live images or videos into short GIFs and send them on WhatsApp. Later, you could even share saved GIFs directly from the phone, and now integration of Giphy makes GIF-sharing extremely seamless.

Furthermore, a significant change with respect to image sharing has been introduced. The ceiling limit of sharing 10 photos at a time via WhatsApp has been increased to 30. This change will be greatly welcomed by users, as sharing bulk images on WhatsApp was a tedious task due to the cap. This raise in ceiling limit will smooth things out a bit. (Go crazy!)

As we said, if you want to try out these options, you need the version 2.17.6 beta of the app which you can obtain either by joining the Google Play Store beta and downloading it there or by grabbing the APK directly from below :

Source : Android Police

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[Leaked] Purported Moto G5 Plus With The Specs

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[Leaked] Purported Moto G5 Plus With The  Specs

Motorola mainly focus on budget phones rather than flagships, like their Moto G line. It has been one of its most successful lines of phones ever, so it makes sense that the company would want to follow-up last year’s Moto G4 and G4 Plus with a Moto G5 and G5 Plus. 

So, today one of the Romanian re-seller site pops up with all the details of the Plus version of Moto G5, including pictures of every angle of the phone. 

The seller’s listing refers to the phone pictured above and below as the Moto G5 Plus under model number XT1685. It also states that this is a phone not yet on the market, yet should be by March 2017. The XT1685 number has been tossed around over the past few weeks as the Moto G5 Plus.

As for Moto G5 specs, the sellers says that the phone features the following:

  • 5.5-inch FHD (1080p) display
  • Snapdragon 625 processor (octa-core), Adreno 506
  • 13MP rear camera. 5MP front camera
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • 3080mAh battery
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
And here are a bunch of pictures from the listing:

While we have no insider info on either phone, this can be the new Moto G5. Also, the specs are exactly that of a Moto G, not a Moto X, and match up well with last year’s G4 line.

Source : OLX | Reddit

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