Saturday, December 10, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Will Be Updated Directly To Android 7.1.1 Nougat

11:15:00 AM

Samsung Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Will Be Updated Directly To Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Recently, Google released Android 7.1.1 Nougat for its Nexus and Pixel devices earlier this week. Compared to Android 7.0, the latest version of Nougat brings some minor new features and improvements like a new emoji set, ability to send GIFs directly from the keyboard, App Shortcuts, and some bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Today, Samsung has confirmed to a member of its Galaxy Beta Program under which it is testing Nougat on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge that the final update for the handsets will bump the Android version to Android 7.1.1. Right now, the beta builds of Nougat seeded by Samsung for the Galaxy S7 to its beta testers is based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Samsung Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Will Be Updated Directly To Android 7.1.1 Nougat
On the Pixel and Nexus devices, the Android 7.1.1 update also led to a reduction in touchscreen latency which led to a noticeable improvement in their smoothness. It is likely that we will see some similar touchscreen latency improvements on the Galaxy S7 when its Android 7..11 update lands.

Samsung has not confirmed as of now as to when it plans on rolling out the Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, but it is likely that the Korean company will start the rollout by the end of this year or early next year in some markets

Source : SamMobile

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Samsung Announced Pearl Black Galaxy S7 Edge With 128GB Storage

12:06:00 PM

Samsung Announced Pearl Black Galaxy S7 Edge With 128GB Storage

Today, Samsung announced the Black Pearl color variant of the Galaxy S7 edge. The seventh new color of the Galaxy S7 edge will come with 128GB of internal storage, with the device releasing in limited markets on December 9th.

Samsung states that the “glossy new colorway” was “designed to be modern and striking” and “radiates quality and luxury.” The Black Pearl Galaxy S7 edge will help Samsung take on the Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus which seem to have been a runaway success among consumers. The new color will help Samsung in boosting sales of the Galaxy S7 edge in the ongoing shopping season. The black hue covers the entirety of the handset, including the metallic chassis and its edges.

However, Samsung has not revealed where the phone will be sold and the pricing is also not disclosed, but considering that it comes with 128GB of internal storage, I’d expect the Black Pearl Galaxy S7 edge to be more expensive than its other 32GB sibling.

Source : Samsung

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pokémon Go Announces Sprint Partnership And Teases Generation 2 Pokémons For December 12th

9:37:00 PM

Today, Pokémon Go got an update and now they just announced that is teaming up with Sprint to turn businesses into PokéStops and Gyms as part of Niantic’s latest move to keep players in the game. 

The news comes just one day before Starbucks is expected to do the same while introducing a Pokémon Go-themed drink for trainers. Niantic has also teased out when we might start seeing new monsters appear in the game.

As for the Sprint connection, Niantic says more than 10,500 retail locations including “Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at Radioshack stores will become PokéStops and Gyms, giving you even more places to stock up on Poké Balls and Razz Berries and battle your friends.”

Sprint stores will also promote in-store charging stations for Pokémon Go players, then Sprint will pitch you on their unlimited data plans. That’s the idea at least.

If hanging around Sprint stores isn’t your cup of tea, Starbucks is also expected to kick off a similar promotion with Pokémon Go starting tomorrow.
According to leaked training documents shared to Reddit and reported on by The Next Web earlier this week, most Starbucks locations will also become PokéStops and Gyms to encourage trainers to stop in for a drink.

Which drink? Starbucks is planning a special Pokémon Go-themed beverage which is basically a vanilla bean frap with strawberry syrup and blackberries mixed in. (Sounds like a mix of delicious and bizarre but I have to admit that I’m curious.)

Finally, Niantic is teasing out the introduction of more Pokémon (the next 100 are expected) starting next week with this statement:

While we cannot share all the details yet, keep an eye out on our social media channels on December 12th for details about the first addition of more Pokémon into Pokémon GO.
Source : TheNextWeb

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[APK] Chrome 55 for Android Brings New Offline Download Feature, Less Memory Usage And More

8:45:00 PM

[APK] Chrome 55 for Android Brings New Offline Download Feature, Less Memory Usage And More

Today, Google is rolling out an update to Chrome for Android (55.0.2883.84) which brings the ability to download videos, music, and entire web pages for offline viewing. You'll also be able to view and share your downloads without leaving Chrome.

The upcoming build will also highlight misspelled words in text fields, and brings a slew of improvements to the contextual search user interface. Along with the new features, the update contains the usual performance, memory, and stability fixes.

[APK] Chrome 55 for Android Brings New Offline Download Feature, Less Memory Usage And More
Google's Chrome Canary channel had offline downloads for some time now. Here's how it works: the update brings a download button to the menu bar (next to the bookmark button), and clicking it when you're on a web page or viewing a video initiates the download. Once the content is downloaded, you'll be able to view it without an internet connection. There's also a dedicated "Downloads" section that lets you view all the media you've downloaded.

Also, regarding memory improvements, low-memory devices will see a big boost with version 55. Thanks to JavaScript Heap Size Reduction and Zone Memory Reduction devices with less than a 1GB of RAM— specifically 512MB and under— will see up to 35% less memory usage. However, all devices will benefit from the latter reduction due to lower memory consumption during background parsing.

Google mentions that the update will be available over the coming days, so if you don't see it just yet, hold tight or you can sideload it via installing the APK from below : 

Source : Google Chrome

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[Update : APK Added]Pokémon Go Updated to v0.49.1 With Multiple Pokémon Transfer And More

12:43:00 PM

Pokémon Go Updated to v0.49.1 With Multiple Pokémon Transfer And More

Update : APK link below.
We all know that Pokémon Go became one of the most popular game in the past and still is in some major areas. It is very interesting gameplay for smartphones and due to its popularity, the company is making millions of money in-app-purchases. 

Nowadays, the game is not is getting lots of attention, so the company is trying hard to gain the users back by sending new updates and offers. Today, Niantic announced a new update which is version 0.49.1 with new features and as usual bug fixes.

What’s New in the Update:

  • Trainers will be able to transfer multiple Pokémon at a time to Professor Willow. To use this function, press and hold on a Pokémon.
  • Pokémon type icons have been added to the Gym battle approach and Gym battle screen.
  • The total Candy count for your Buddy Pokémon has been added to the buddy information screen.
  • The total kilometres a buddy has walked has been added to the information screen of each Pokémon that has ever been your buddy.
  • Minor text fixes.
So you can select multiple Pokémon by long pressing in the list and it will be highlighted as green color and later they can be transferred once you selected the Pokémons you want to transfer. 

Also there are few more new UI tweaks as well, which shows more information with each Pokémon catch in the game.  Like tweaks like total candy indicator in the Buddy Pokémon  page or when battling a Pokémon in the gym will dedicate a different badge for each Pokémon  type.

We will update the post with the APK once we have it, till then you can use the Play Link from the below : 

Source : Pokemon Go

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Google Makes App Updates 65 Percent Smaller

12:24:00 PM

Google recently making continuous changes to app updates and by that we meant reducing Play Store app size updates by using different algorithms. Earlier this year, by using the bsdiff algorithm, Google reduced app size updates on the Play Store by over 45%. 

Today, the company has come up with a File-by-File patching method that leads to app updates being over 65% smaller when compared to the full APK of the app.

As per Google, File-by-File patching will add up to 6 petabytes of user data being saved per day. Google has detailed the whole File-by-File patching process in its blog post, but one major takeaway of the new process is that it requires extra processing power and installing app updates will take longer.

Google says that “on average, if the patch size is halved then the time spent applying the patch is doubled.” To ensure that the extra processing power does not negatively impact battery life, Google is limiting the use of File-by-File patching update for auto-updates that occur when your phone is on charge at night and not in use.

So, what dent will File-by-File patching really make? Let's take Google Maps, the update with the new patching process will weigh in only 9.6MB compared to 17.5MB that the app update will currently take. The original APK of the app weighs in at 32.7MB.

And good news for developers, they don't need to do anything to apply File-by-File patching method for their app updates. Everything will be automatically done by Google on its servers.

This is really good for users who have slow internet or Android users live in countries like India and Brazil where access to high-speed internet is still very limited. 

Source : Android Developers

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[APK] Google Duo Updated To v5.0 With Major Video Quality Improvements And More

11:52:00 AM

Today, Google pushed out a new update to its new Duo video calling app, version 5.0. This version or update not only fixes a few bugs, but also improves on the entire user experience.

If you’re like me, you’re always curious to know exactly what sits behind that mysterious “bug fixes” label. According to Google’s Justin Uberti, the technical lead for Duo, this update brings four main changes:

  • Major video quality improvements
  • Simpler signup flow
  • Seamless camera rotation
  • Fix sound not playing issue

There are some minor video quality improvements we could see, it can be a placebo too. But I believe Uberti when he says that they’re there somewhere. The app’s slightly simpler signup flow and “seamless camera rotation” are minor changes, and the most minor of them is the last. Also the sound bug is also fixed, which was when someone calls you, you couldn't hear them in the first call they need to call you back again. 

Also, 9To5Google's Stephen Hall tweeted about a hidden code in the app, something that probably won’t get mentioned is that it looks like Google is creeping ever-closer to finally enabling audio calls in Duo. You can clearly see the reference of audio calls in the code, today’s update brought yet another change: the addition of a “contact action” for audio calls.

On Uberti's twitter, when someone asked if there is an Allo update around, he replied it with a 'yes'. Let's see about that too in the future.

Duo 5.0 should be rolling out already, but if it hasn't already hit your device, we've got an APK you can download.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Google App Update Splits Feed Between News And Your Personal Agenda

11:45:00 PM

The Google app is taking a new step away from its original purpose -- search -- toward giving you information the company thinks you might want. A new ‘Upcoming’ tab shows more personalized cards, while more general items will remain under ‘Feed.’

Information which includes sports results, news, people of interest, and entertainment will stay in ‘Feed’ and is still the first screen that users will see. Also Cards got a minor UI tweak, with weather no longer showing a full week’s forecast. The first three or so cards shown at the top of the feed can be from a variety of sections and surfaces what Google thinks is the most important info for you.

The sections for sport teams and other topics are more clearly labeled with bolder headers and separators. The remaining news cards are shown underneath. There will also be a new card to tell Google what interests you want to see more info and stories about.

Meanwhile, ‘Upcoming’ will feature daily schedules, commute times, boarding passes package delivery info, and other tailored cards. Google states that this tab will provide a more “dependable view” compared to the previous version where personalized cards were mixed into more general interests ones.

If you aren’t seeing it just yet, though, that’s likely because this is rolling out slowly. The beta track of the Google App received an update today, yet I still don’t have the tabs. I guess we’ll need to be patient.

These changes are rolling out today on Android in the US, with more countries and an iOS update coming soon.

Source : Google

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Google Pixel And Pixel XL Gets VoLTE Support For Reliance Jio With Android 7.1.1 Update

9:06:00 PM

As we all know, yesterday Google rolled out Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Pixel, Pixel XL and compatible Nexus devices. The Pixel devices that were launched in India came with Android 7.1 Nougat did not have option to enable VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) support. The latest Android 7.1.1 finally brings support for VoLTE for Reliance Jio in India and other operators worldwide that support VoLTE.

You can enable VoLTE by enabling ‘Enhanced 4G LTE Mode’ from the cellular network settings. ‘HD’ in the status bar denotes that VoLTE is enabled.

In addition to several bug fixes and improvements, the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update also brings new emoji that reflect the pivotal roles women play in the world, option to send GIFs directly from the keyboard on supported apps such as Google Allo, Google Messenger and Hangouts, app shortcuts that can be launched directly from home screen and more for Nexus devices.

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Unlocked HTC One M9 Gets Nougat Update Tonight

12:45:00 PM

Unlocked HTC One M9 Gets Nougat Update Tonight

Today, Taiwanese phone maker HTC announced that they are ready to update their HTC One M9 smartphone to Android 7.0 Nougat - not long after updating the HTC 10 flagship to the same new version of Android. US owners of the unlocked One M9 will officially get Nougat starting later tonight. 

Just like on the HTC 10, the update will bring Android 7.0 Nougat to the One M9, not Android 7.1 Nougat. Nevertheless, this is excellent news for those rocking an unlocked M9. Unfortunately, carrier versions of both the HTC 10 and HTC One M9 will only receive Nougat updates starting early 2017. Before that, HTC might roll out a Nougat update to the unlocked One A9. 

Android Nougat brings a few new features that are baked into Android at a system level like improved battery-saving with a tweaked Doze, multi-window, improved notifications and in-line replies. Unlocked owners, start hammering on that System updates button.

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Android Distribution Update For December 2016 – Nougat Hits 0.4%

12:36:00 PM

Android Distribution Update For December 2016 – Nougat Hits 0.4%

New month, new statistics of the Android Distribution. Today, new Android Distribution numbers came for December 2016. According to the chart, Nougat is sitting at 0.4%, up from its initial launch on the chart of 0.3%. That’s a 0.1% jump. 

The chart shows, Marshmallow is up to 26.3% (from 24%). Lollipop dropped to 24% (from 34.1%), as did KitKat (now at 24%), Jelly Bean (now at 12.8%), Ice Cream Sandwich (1.3% to 1.2%), and Gingerbread (1.3% to 1.2%). Froyo remains on the list with 0.1% of the pie.

You want to check November’s numbers, you can view them here.

Source : Android Developers

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Android 7.1.1 Nougat Is Live For Pixel/XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C

11:48:00 PM

New month, new set of security updates. But this time, the update includes Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The factory images and OTA files are now live for Nexus, Pixel C, Pixel Phones. In this update you can also expect lift-to-check and double-tap to check gestures as part of the OTA update.

Here are the build numbers for Android 7.1.1 devices :

  • Pixel / Pixel XL: NMF26O
  • Pixel C: NMF26H
  • Nexus 6P: NMF26F (all carriers except Verizon)
  • Nexus 5X: NMF26F
  • Nexus 9 / 9 LTE: NMF26F
  • Nexus Player: NMF26J

Just like before, the Nexus 6 didn't get the Android 7.1.1 build yet. We'll update the post if anything happens with that device. Grab the files from the links below :

Source :  Factory Images | OTA Files

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Google's New Trusted Contacts App Lets You Share Your Location With Loved Ones

8:38:00 PM

Google's newly launched Trusted Contacts app is not your usual security Android app. The search giant targets a specific type of Android users, so don't expect Trusted Contacts to be very complex app that should protect your phone/tablet from unwanted intrusions.

The new app designed to help you share your location with the people that you trust. With Trusted Contacts, you can add your closest friends and family members, and allow them to request your location at any time.

When a trusted contact requests your location, you can either accept or deny the request. But if you don't respond, your location is automatically shared — and because it ties into your Google location history, your phone doesn't need to be switched on for this to work.

You can also directly ping your trusted contacts with your current location if necessary. And your approved trusted contacts can also see your activity details — like your battery level, and how recently you were active.

Apps like this can really be useful, providing safety and satisfaction to the loved ones, specially for parents. 
Trusted Contacts is available today on the Google Play Store for free, and works on phones running Android 4.1 and up.

Right now, we don't have the APK. We'll update the post with the APK when we have it. Till then you can use the Play Store link below and tell your family and friends to do so too, because this is the kind of app where by the time you wish you had it, it could already be too late.
Source : Google

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Google Restocks The 32GB "Really Blue" Pixel

7:36:00 PM

Picture Courtesy : Droid Life
When Google launched the Pixel phones, they launched them in three colors. Really Blue, Very Silver and Quite Black. Since Google’s Pixel smartphone has proven quite popular, the company has had a bit of trouble keeping up with demand, especially on Really Blue variant. So, the Really Blue variant of the smaller Pixel is back in stock on the Google Store.

The unique “Really Blue” color variant is one way the otherwise iPhone-like device stands out, as you won’t find the same striking blue-and-white combo on any other phone available today.

However, that variant is a limited edition, meaning it wouldn’t be sold indefinitely. Many assumed that after the first stock ran out, that would be all. Google later confirmed that it would be restocked.

The Google Store finally has refreshed stock of the 5-inch Pixel in its 32GB variant. Despite being a limited edition model, “Really Blue” is available at the same $649 price point.

Meanwhile, the larger Pixel XL still has no color or size variants in stock on the Google Store. It’s still unclear when Google will be refreshing stock of the 5.5-inch model, but we’re certainly keeping our eyes peeled for that. If you’re interested hit the source link below, you should probably act fast as there’s no telling how long stock will last.

Source : Google Store

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Swiftkey Makes All Themes Free on Android and iOS

1:30:00 PM

Yesterday, Swiftkey announces that themes in their Android and iOS keyboards are now all free. In addition to themes now being offered for free, the company has added some new themes, too. 

The new “Vivid” family of themes (pictured above) consists of bright colors, which will certainly make your keyboard stand out from the rest.

If you happen to be using the SwiftKey app for Android, you can access all of the optional, and free, themes by tapping or sliding on the hamburger menu on the left of the prediction bar, which will take you to the SwiftKey Hub. From there, tap on the Themes panel, then the ‘SwiftKey Store’ to check out all of the themes.

The SwiftKey app itself turned from a paid to a free app a couple years ago, and it appears that this move to ditch charging for themes could be a result of the company being acquired by Microsoft earlier this year. In other words, the app no longer really needs any extra charges under the wing of its parent company to support itself.

Are you glad you don’t have to pay for themes anymore with SwiftKey? Which theme is your favorite?

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