Saturday, October 1, 2016

Action Launcher 3 Updated With Launcher Shortcuts From Android 7.1

 
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Action Launcher 3 is getting yet another feature from the leaked Pixel Launcher, and this time it’s swipe shortcuts for some Google apps. Swiping an icon causes a menu to open with shortcuts to specific areas of the app, like certain tabs.  
The feature is a great way to get to a specific part of the app with one swipe and one click, or swiping without letting go. This comes as an addition to other features from the Pixel Launcher like swiping the dock for the app list, round icons, and more.  


Chris Lacy, the developer of Action Launcher and many other popular Android apps, has added this “Quickcuts” feature which allows users to quickly access shortcuts to different parts of applications. As seen in the video below, you can swipe over the Google Play Movies application and jump into the different sections of the app such as “My Movies” and “My Wishlist.” This feature is very similar to iOS 3D Touch and has been seen in the code for unreleased Android 7.1.  

Android Central talked to Lacy about Action Launcher’s latest update and he told them that only some applications will feature the shortcut feature but that more will come after Google officially announced Android 7.1: 
Currently this is limited to [a] selection of Google’s apps including Play Music, Play Movies and Photos, but more will come as 7.1 is announced. I’ve also hardcoded Quickcut definitions for a few key apps like Twitter (New Tweet/DMs) and YouTube (Watch Later/Subscriptions). 
The update is rolling out now to Action Launcher 3 users through the Google Play Store.
Source : Android Central

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New Pixel & Pixel XL Renders Show Off Various Colors

 
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Google is announcing their biggest and best products next week, but we have been getting few leaks about every of them including the Pixel Phone via renders. 

We’ve seen renders galore of the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL over the last couple months, but a few more can’t hurt, right? The latest images try to paint what is probably the best picture yet of what the phones might realistically look like in a natural setting, and they look pretty nice.
If you want some more looks at the phone before Google shows it off on stage next week, be sure to check out both the first IRL leak and another from 2 months ago, some more 3D renders from a few weeks ago, another image that leaked showing both phones side-by-side a couple weeks ago, and of course Evan Blass’ first official-looking render from just four days ago. 
There really hasn’t been any shortage of leaks with these phones.  Now, we have yet another artist’s interpretation, and this one might be my favorite one yet. As you can see in the image, the phones look really nice when given some more natural lighting and a realistic background.  
Let us know what you think in the comments.
Source : Phone Arena | Rozetked

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Google Maps Adds Bunch of New Voice Commands for Your Next Google Maps Adventure

 
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Google always invents the coolest feature. For example, saying "Ok Google" to your phone and commanding it. “Ok Google” is especially useful for performing searches and other tasks like sending a text message or playing music when your hands are tied.

Now an update to the Google app and Maps for Android adds navigation specific commands that aim to make the voice assistant more useful when driving.   Through a new blog post, Google is doing its best to make sure you are always getting the most out of one of its greatest apps, Google Maps. 

The post talks about using voice commands to get you to that next destination, tweak settings, avoid tolls, and even get out of navigation if you just want to look at a map.  When activated, users will be able to say “Ok Google” followed by a command when in navigation or driving mode. 

A white microphone icon in the top right corner reminds users that hotword detection is live. Alternatively, that button can be tapped to start a command.  Voice search allows users to get directions or bring up a map of a location. 

Navigation commands include showing traffic, switching between map layers, and navigating to preset home and work locations. Questions like “What’s my next turn?” and “What’s my ETA?” can also be asked and will be answered verbally. 

System-wide functions like texting a person, finding out the weather, and showing the nearest hotel can also be accessed in this mode.  

The full list of commands are below:  
Directions and travel  

“Mute.” or “Mute voice guidance.” 
“Unmute.” or “Unmute voice guidance.” 
“Show traffic.” or “Hide traffic.” 
“Show satellite.” or “Hide satellite.” 
“Navigate home.” or “Navigate to Starbucks.” 
“Show route overview.” or “Show alternate routes.” 
“What road is this?” “What’s my next turn?” 
“What’s my ETA?” 
“How’s traffic ahead?” or “How’s traffic to home?” 
“What’s the weather like?” 
“Avoid tolls.” or “Enable tolls.” 
“Avoid highways.” or “Enable highways.” 
“Avoid ferries.” or “Enable ferries.” 
“Exit navigation.” 

More commands you can say :
“Call Mom.” 
“Find gas stations.” or “Find restaurants.”
 “Send a text to Larry.” or “Send a SMS to Sergey, I’m feeling lucky.” 
“What’s the weather like?” or “How’s the weather in Seattle?” 
“Play some jazz.” or “Play happy birthday on Google Play Music.” 
“What’s the closest hotel?” 
“When’s my next meeting?”
Source : Google Maps

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Here's A Size Comparison Of The Pixel, Pixel XL And The Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X

 
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Here's The Size Comparison Of The Pixel, Pixel XL And The Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X

As we all know, Google is about to launch new Pixel phones in their event on the 4th of October. But recently, we had a good look at what each device actually looked like. Over the past two days, Evan Blass has leaked out two new renders of the Pixel and the Pixel XL, giving us a better idea of what to expect. 

Both phones are going to look pretty much the same with nothing more than a half-inch of screen separating them.  With that said, how do these two devices compare in size? Obviously, the 5-inch Pixel is smaller than the 5.5-inch Pixel XL, but it’s tough to get a feel for the size based on that spec alone. 

The image above gives us an idea of how much bigger the XL will be, but there’s still nothing to compare to.  Luckily, Android Central did the math to figure out, to scale, exactly how big the Pixel and Pixel XL will be when compared to the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P.  In the image below we see, from left to right, the Pixel (5-inch), Nexus 5X (5.2-inch), Pixel XL (5.5-inch), and the Nexus 6P (5.7-inch). 

Compared to the Nexus devices, it’s quite impressive how much Google has trimmed down the overall size of these smartphones. Many have complained about the large bezels on the Pixel, and rightly so, but at least we see here that it’s not making a huge difference in overall size. 

The most impressive comparison, in my opinion, is between that of the Nexus 5X and Pixel XL. Despite a .3-inch difference in screen size, the Pixel XL’s footprint is barely larger.

Phandroid also put the Pixel devices into a size comparison with not only the 5X and 6P, but also several other Android smartphones such as the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and LG V20. 
All will be revealed with both of these smartphones, and much more, at Google’s October 4th unveiling, so stay tuned!
Source : Phandroid

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Google Play Music Finally Goes Live In India

 
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Google made a slew of announcements targeted at Indian users yesterday on its 18th birthday. Today, the company is introducing one of its much awaited products for the Indian market like YouTube Go and other announcement about Google Allo for India. 
Google Play Music has finally launched in India on web and mobile.  google-play-music-india  Google Play Music tab will now be present on the Play Store in line of Movies, Books and Newsstand. Users can now buy songs from the Music store which has a large collection of latest and old Hindi, English and regional songs. In addition, Google Play Music All Access (the premium subscription plan) isn't available for purchase.

You have the basic Home, Top Charts and New Releases up front when you open Play Music. Songs are priced at an average of Rs. 15 while albums cost about Rs. 90 – Rs. 200. This is a bit expensive when compared to Apple Music and Wynk.  Moreover, users can now upload up to 50,000 songs from your collection to Play Music. 
The Indian music streaming space is currently dominated by Saavn, Gaana, Hungama and relatively new Wynk Music.

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Google Station To Provide Public Wi-Fi Around The World

 
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Google Station To Provide Public Wi-Fi Around The World

For the past year, Google has been testing a program in India designed to bring free Wi-Fi to public spaces. Now the company is ready to roll out the same initiative around the world under a new name: “Google Station.”

Google Station promises fast Wi-Fi in public spaces, which could include cafes, malls, train stations and other venues. The company also promises to keep the service safe and offer an easy login process. Google’s offered internet access in India for free through the program, but the company hasn’t said if it plans to charge users in other countries.  
Google partnered with Indian Railways and local internet provider RailTel when it first launched in India, and it’s looking for new partners around the world. That could mean large venues and organizations, along with network operators, fiber providers and infrastructure companies. The new Google Station website even includes a form where interested potential partners can sign-up.  

Google Station is mostly focused on developing regions where internet access can be hard to come by. Google also notes that roughly 15,000 of its current users access the internet for the first time thanks to Google Station.
Source : Google Station

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'Safe' Galaxy Note 7 Explodes in China

 
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As we know that Samsung is trying very hard to recall their more than 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 devices, but it looks as though the company may not be out of hot water just yet.

 A 25 year-old man in China reports that his newly purchased Galaxy Note 7 burst into flames while charging. Hui Renjie then shared some of the pictures of the aftermath to prove it was one of Samsung’s “safe” devices.  Earlier this month, Samsung issued a safety notice to let consumers know how to identify Galaxy Note 7 phones that have been considered safe to use. 

Those devices will have a green battery indicator and a little black box that shows up on the box the phone ships in. Samsung even showed off the label on the box. 

Look familiar?  
The black box is in a different position on the label, but that’s most likely a regional difference as the guide image from Samsung is for a US label, while the label in the picture above is a Chinese label.  


According to Renjie, he ordered his device on Sunday from an online retailer and it was delivered the same day. He charged the phone overnight but noticed the next morning that the phone was emitting black smoke while still connected to the charger. Then the device burst into flames.  

Samsung has stated that it is “contacting the customer and will conduct a thorough examination of the device in question once we receive it.” China was not a part of the original Galaxy Note 7 recall because the batteries sourced for that region came from a different supplier.  

Still, the recall of devices may not be going as well as could he hoped, as there are some reports out of South Korea that replacement devices there have had issues as well. Samsung said these reports were “isolated incidents.”

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[Leaked] Google Pixel XL Press Shot With New Home Button And Round Iconn

 
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One day after we saw a photo presenting the front side of the unannounced Google Pixel phone, we can now take a look at a similar image that shows the Google Pixel XL.

Just like the Pixel photo, the one depicting the Pixel XL comes from Evan Blass, aka @evleaks (who is famous for revealing an impressive number of devices ahead of their official introduction). 

The new Google Pixel XL image pretty much confirms what was previously reported: the Pixel and Pixel XL have the same design, but different sizes. The Pixel is expected to sport a 5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD), while the XL model should have a 5.5-inch display with 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). 

The Pixel and Pixel XL will likely run Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. Of course, Android 7.1 hasn't been announced yet, but we expect Google to unveil it next week, on October 4, alongside the Pixel and Pixel XL. It looks like Android 7.1 Nougat will introduce various visual changes compared to 7.0 Nougat, including round icons, redesigned navigation keys, and a Google widget on the left.

We're expecting both the Pixel and Pixel XL to be available shortly after their announcement. Word on the street Web is that the new handsets will be rather pricey, starting at $649 unlocked.
Source : Evan Blass

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

YouTube Go Is Lite Version of YouTube With Offline Video Viewing And Sharing Announced In India

 
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Google is celebrating its 18th birthday today and the company has made a bunch of important announcements at its ongoing “Google for India” event. The company has introduced YouTube Go in India which will offer offline viewing and sharing of videos.

The app which is India-only at the moment is designed by keeping the next generation users in mind, said Google. It will enable users to load and play YouTube videos seamlessly across various connectivity situations and offer users transparency and control over their data consumption. The highlight of the app is the offline video sharing feature that allows users to share videos without a working data connection.
YouTube Go also provides transparency and control over how much data users consume on videos and allows them to preview videos first and choose the video’s file size before they save it offline to watch later. Google says the app is designed to be offline first and work even when there is low or no connectivity.  

YouTube Go home screen features trending and popular videos in your area. It offers quick preview of the video by tapping on the thumbnail before you can watch or save it. Next up, users can even choose see and choose the resolution of the video at the time of saving or streaming.   Johanna Wright, YouTube Vice President for Product Management, said:
 We’ve always believed that connectivity should not be a barrier to watching YouTube. In 2014 we launched YouTube Offline so you could watch videos without suffering from buffering. A few months ago we rolled out Smart Offline, a feature that allows you to schedule videos to be saved offline later at off-peak times, when there’s more bandwidth so data is faster and cheaper. But we realized that for the next generation of YouTube users to fully discover all that YouTube has to offer, we had to reimagine the YouTube mobile app from the ground up. With YouTube Go, we’re bringing the power of video to mobile users in a way that is more conscious of their data and connectivity, while being relatable and social. 
Google said that YouTube Go will gradually roll out to more people over the next few months after getting their feedback and improving the product before launching it widely. You can sign up here and Google will notify you when the YouTube Go app goes live. 

Earlier this year, YouTube had received the Smart Offline feature in India that lets mobile users take advantage of cheaper mobile data rates at night.
Source : YouTube

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Google Chrome Gets Better At Saving Data On Videos, Offline Media Download And More

 
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Google has just announced a new version of Chrome for Android devices will be available for download in mid-October. The new, stable version will bring many new features and improvements, which will first be included in the beta build.  

Those who already have Chrome beta installed on their Android devices will be able to experiment with the new features before Google makes them available to general public.  One of the most important new features in Chrome for Android version 54 is the ability to download websites, music, pictures, or even videos.
That way you will be able to watch or visit them later on and you won't need Internet connection.    Even if your download connection suddenly drops while you're downloading a file, as soon as Chrome goes back online, the downloads that you've already started will be resumed automatically. 

Chrome for Android users will also notice that there's a new home for all downloads, right inside the application. All content downloaded can be accessed offline from one place.  Another important improvement that will be added to Chrome for Android is the text and image compression technology that the browser includes for quite some time, which will now be applied to videos as well. The technology will allow users to save up to 67% of data when watching MP4 format videos via Chrome.  

Chrome for Android gets new download feature, compression technology for videos   Also, the Data Saver feature will be enhanced as well, so when you're on a slow connection, the feature will optimize HTTP websites to their most important content. The optimized pages should save up to 90% of data, loading almost 2 time faster.  Last but not least, the developers will also add smart suggestions for Chrome users, which will allow them to discover the most relevant content for them. 

As mentioned earlier, the new download feature is now available on Chrome Beta and will be included in the stable build next month.
Source : Google

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[Leaked] Google Pixel Press Shot With New Home Button And Round Icons

 
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Google’s big event is right around the corner and we are getting new leaks everyday. After getting a good look at leaked images of the rumored 4K-enabled Chromecast Ultra earlier today, Evan Blass — aka @evleaks — is back with another press render, this time of the alleged Pixel X. 

Posted on Venture Beat, the press render gives us what could be our best look yet at the front of the device, Pixel Launcher and all. You’ll notice the new solid navigation buttons, circle icons, and semi-transparent dock are all there, just like we’ve seen in previous leaks. 
From top to bottom: Android 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, Pixel leak
Comparisons to the iPhone are obvious, with the phone said to be Google’s first true flagship — built entirely to their specifications.  Rumor also has it these devices (the 5-inch Pixel X and 5.5-inch Pixel XL) we be sold exclusively at Verizon in the US, or unlocked for use anywhere else. 

Only a few more days until we see these — and lots more devices — officially unwrapped. Stay tuned.
Source : VentureBeat

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Google 'Pixel 3' Codenamed 'Bison' Will Be Powered by Andromeda OS

 
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Google 'Pixel 3' Codenamed 'Bison' Will Be Powered by Andromeda OS

Google's event is almost there and Android lead Hiroshi Lockheimer hits about the upcoming October 4th event has sparked all manner of chit-chat about Google's so-called Andromeda OS. 

The long-awaited marriage of Android and Chrome OS, which has apparently been tested on the Google Nexus 9 in recent times, is likely to be shown off at the confirmed media gathering. Now, we're hearing details of an Andromeda-powered device codenamed Bison, which could launch as the Pixel 3 during the second half of next year.

The device is said to be a laptop that will double up as a tablet, which aligns with the notion that Andromeda's development is geared towards 2-in-1 tablet-notebook hybrids. Apparently, Bison will get a 12.3-inch touch display, an Intel m3 or Core i5 processor, 8 or 16 gigs of RAM, and 32 or 128 GB of real estate. Elsewhere, there will be a purported 10-hour battery life, stereo speakers, dual USB Type-C ports, stylus support and an abundance of sensors. Despite the healthy collection of power, the device will be rather svelte at 10 millimeters thin, and will start at a price of $799. 

By the sound of things, Google wants a piece of the market for portable, powerful productivity devices. Given the specs and inclusion of stylus support, the likes of the Microsoft Surface and Apple's iPad Pro could be within reach of the Pixel 3 and, more broadly speaking, Andromeda. Whilst the upcoming platform will combine elements of Android and Chrome OS, specific details of how the platform will function have yet to be revealed.

 Android Police's David Ruddock suggests that Andromeda will, however, focus on baking Chrome features into a predominantly Android-based initiative. Hopefully we'll learn more of what this entails as the October 4th event draws closer.   We're making a few big leaps of presumption, but could you envisage a like-minded Google device stealing you away from your iPad Pro or Surface device? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments.
Source : Android Police

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[Leaked] Official-Looking Render Of The 4K Chromecast Ultra

 
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[Leaked] Official Render Of The 4K Chromecast Ultra

Google's event is closing in and the faucet of Google leaks is opening even wider each day, and the latest leak is a full-size official-looking render of the previously-leaked Chromecast Ultra straight from the man Evan Blass himself. 

As you can see above, it looks a lot like the current Chromecast…  An Android Police report from early this month first told us of the 4K Chromecast, which is set to launch alongside new Pixel phones, Google Home, Google Wifi, and more hardware products. A later report from just a few days ago revealed that the device will cost $69, which Blass seems to confirm.  
A person familiar with the company’s plans confirmed an Android Police report that the device will be marketed as the Chromecast Ultra.  Tipped to run firmware version 1.21 at retail, the Ultra will allegedly be sold alongside the existing high definition Chromecast dongle, released last year.  
While many speculated that the device would have more than just Chromecast capabilities considering its higher price, it appears — based on this render — that the Chromecast Ultra will be just a more equipped Chromecast as its name suggests. It looks slightly bigger, but maintains the current form factor.  

More information is sure to come in the next week as October 4th draws nearer, so stay tuned.
Source : Evan Blass

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Google Allo Passed 1 Million Downloads Already

 
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Google Allo Passed 1 Million Downloads Already

Google recently launched their new messaging app called Allo this week and even though many people are not fans of the app itself, it does appear to have been downloaded many, many times already. Not counting iOS, Allo has so far been downloaded over one million times by Android users.

Allo has now joined the ranks of other leading apps that have been downloaded from the Google Play Store more than one million times. Google Duo, the company’s brand new video chatting application released in August, has already been downloaded between 10 and 50 million times — so it shouldn’t be long before Allo hits its next milestone.  

In addition to Allo passing the one million download mark, it’s currently holding the top position on the free apps chart in the Google Play Store. It will be interesting to see where in the chart it ends up once the hype dies down a bit and Google gets a chance to update and add new features to Allo.  
Before the weekend, Allo even reached the top of the charts on Google Play. It has since, coincidentally, moved behind Facebook Messenger and Facebook as the world’s most popular Android apps. 

Once Google adds SMS support, Allo will surely be a serious player in messaging.
Google Allo (Play Store) 

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Android “Whipping Up Something Sweet” For Tomorrow To Celebrate Android’s Eighth Birthday

 
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Google owns Android and they are kid from heart. They like to hide small easter eggs in every OS and things like that. 

They also love to tease its fans. With the Pixel ad-teasers popping up all over, and its Pixel announcement happening on October 4, a new Chromecast, Google’s home assistant, and smartwatches over the horizon, this new teaser could mean anything.  Android turns eight years old today. 
Android’s Twitter account tweeted that it is whipping something up for tomorrow (likely for the anniversary, hence the cake emoji). The picture has the Android guy (A.K.A. Bugdroid or sometimes Andy) holding cute little whisk and bowl with what looks like a couple of egg yolks. 

Next to him lays a pile of KitKats, marshmallows, and nougat. Strangely, Lollipop is missing.  What could the teaser mean? 
Is Google going to do something involving past Android candies? At this point there are more questions than answers.  What do you all think Android is up to? 

Do you know what the tweet means? We hope to find out tomorrow.
Source : Twitter

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