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CyanogenMod will now be known as LineageOS after company decides to close down major operations

CyanogenMod will now be known as LineageOS after company decides to close down major operations

It is indeed with a very heavy heart that we are posting this, but as you all must be knowing by now, our favorite CyanogenMod have officially decided to call it a day. In case you haven’t heard, Cyanogen Inc.is going through some big changes. The company is consolidating all of their efforts to a single Palo Alto office in California in order to better work their future endeavors. But with that also came word that some key personnel will be taking exits. Actually, “some key personnel” would be a vast understatement — Steve Kondik, for whom Cyanogen was a brainchild, is leaving the company. Thankfully, Cyanogen Inc. isn’t looking to screw over the development community with this move. While the company will be shutting down their efforts on CyanogenMod (not Cyanogen the OS) at the end of this year, they will make the source code available for anyone who wants to continue building on it. So, of course, a new team arrives to take that task: meet LineageOS. We’re not sure where LineageOS will go from here. We know the team consists of some folks from the original CyanogenMod project who either didn’t or couldn’t join in for the corporate hell ride, but we’re not sure who, exactly. We don’t even know for sure if Steve Kondik will be joining in, though a Tweet with the hashtag “Lineage” on his timeline seems to suggest as much. In any case, CyanogenMod is gone, and if you want to continue following the spiritual successor to that then here are the accounts you’ll want to pay attention to: @LineageAndroid on Twitter Lineage on Facebook +Lineage on Google+ LineageOS.org Source:...

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Google is all set to launch Android Wear 2.0 and two new Smartwatches at CES 2017

Google is all set to launch Android Wear 2.0 and two new Smartwatches at CES 2017

Google are all set to announce two new Smartwatches at the upcoming CES 2017 next month in Las Vegas. Details of which have been kept a hush hush but what we do know for a fact is that both the devices would be operating on the all new Android Wear 2.0 which promises to add a bunch of new exciting features. The most prominent additions to Android Wear 2.0 is the support for standalone apps which don’t require your smartphone, support for Android Pay and support for Google’s voice-activated Assistant that can be currently found in the Pixel devices. The update is also scheduled to arrive on a bunch of newer devices but for those of you who have older devices like the original Moto 360  or the ASUS ZenWatch are (unfortunately) not supported due to their hardware limitations most noticeable being the absence of NFC which is required for Android Pay to work. The devices that are scheduled to receive the Android Wear 2.0 update include the following: Moto 360 Gen 2 Moto 360 Sport LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE LG Watch Urbane LG G Watch R Polar M600 Casio Smart Outdoor Watch Nixon Mission Tag Heuer Connected Fossil Q Wander Fossil Q Marshal Fossil Q Founder Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch Huawei Watch Huawei Watch Ladies Asus ZenWatch 2 Asus ZenWatch 3 Even though we were  left a bit saddened by the fact that the Moto 360 would not be getting the update since that was our very first Android Wear device, it does give us an added incentive to treat ourself to any of the aforementioned or maybe even one of the new upcoming Google devices this holiday season. Will keep you guys posted on this in the weeks to...

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Facebook Messenger adds group video calling feature for up to 6 people

Facebook Messenger adds group video calling feature for up to 6 people

Facebook Messenger has started rolling out a new update today which adds the much awaited group video calling feature for both Android and iOS. The group video calling feature currently works for up to 6 people at a time. More members of a group chat can listen in or join via a voice call up to maximum 50 people as that is the cap set by Facebook on its group chats. Initiating a group video call is easy, just open your desired group chat (or create a new one), and select who you’d like to ring individually, or call the entire group and see who picks up. It’s pretty straight forward but the real test is the actual performance of Facebook Messenger’s group video calls under various network conditions and data speeds. The feature is good especially for people who have relatives and friends living abroad. For those of you who have already received the update, we would love to hear your experiences with your first group video call in the comments below. Cheers!!...

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Whatsapp working on a new update which allows you to Edit and Delete Sent Messages

Whatsapp working on a new update which allows you to Edit and Delete Sent Messages

Whatsapp has been adding a lot of new features lately with the most recent ones being the option to make video calls and share GIF files. The most commonly used messaging app in the world is about to add another useful feature, the ability to edit and delete sent messages. Our friends on twitter, WABetaInfo (one of the most reliable sources of whatsapp updates especially for iOS) claim to have discovered the feature in the Whatsapp 2.17.1.869 beta build for iOS. A video tweeted by them shows the deletion process in action. If you want to delete a sent message on both ends, hold the desired message long enough until the options for that message appear on your screen, select the “revoke” option and the message will be deleted on both ends. The edit option works the same way, hold down the message you want to edit and select the “edit” option to make amends in the message content. WhatsApp beta for iOS 2.17.1.869: how revoking messages work. #hidden#whatsappbetapic.twitter.com/pEfGfZO1gN — WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) December 14, 2016j Both the features are currently in testing stage on iOS (as in the case with all previous major Whatsapp updates) and there has been no official word out as yet from the company as to exactly when we can expect to get these on our Android devices. One thing is for sure though, the edit and revoke (delete message) features would definitely come in handy on a number of different occasions. For now, that’s all the update we have on this, will keep you guys posted on any news that surface pertaining the same in the weeks to...

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Google adds some holiday cheer to Assistant and Google Duo

Google adds some holiday cheer to Assistant and Google Duo

Christmas is just around the corner and Google has come up with their own unique way to celebrate this festive holiday season. Starting from today, our favorite web giants have added a bunch of cool new features to Google Assistant as well as Google Duo. The Santa tracker has been added to Google Assistant which tells you the whereabouts of everyone’s favorite old man. For example, if you ask assistant right now, it’ll currently say he’s preparing for departure at the North Pole and will leave in 5 days. There are plenty of new Santa jokes that have been added to assistant as well which further enhances the fun and humor not just among the younger generation but for all those who are young at heart. For those of you who are celebrating Hanukkah, you can also ask it to spin the dreidel, too. It’s all in the name of holiday cheer 🙂   Besides this, Google have also integrated the festivities within Google Duo, their official video calling app with a twist; in which few unsuspecting kids experienced the magic of Santa in New York’s Made by Google store. Check out the video below and see the excitement on the faces of all the children who were lucky enough to be a part of this wonderful activity. From all of us at Talk Android Phones,  we would like to wish our dear readers and their families a very Happy Holiday Season. Stay Blessed you guys!!  ...

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Google (keyboard) Gboard now available for Android

Google (keyboard) Gboard now available for Android

Time and again Google comes up with something new and unique which not only makes us love our favorite tech giant even more, at the same time it creates a lot of excitement among the users. Initially announced for iOS, Google have now officially released their famous Google Keyboard or “GBoard” as its called for Android. Gboard has everything you love about Google Keyboard, speed and reliability, Glide Typing, voice typing and more plus Google Search built in. No more app switching; just search and share, right from your keyboard. Gboard also has emoji search to help you find emojis faster, plus GIF search and multilingual typing to let you switch languages on the go. Glide Typing – Type faster by sliding your finger from letter to letter Voice typing – Easily dictate text on the go           Search and share anything from Google: • Nearby stores and restaurants • Videos and images • Weather forecasts • News articles • Sports scores • And anything else you’d search on Google         Emoji Search – Find that emoji, faster GIFs – Search and share GIFs for the perfect reaction. GIF sharing is only available in apps that have implemented image keyboard support.          Multilingual typing – No more switching between languages manually. Gboard will autocorrect and suggest from any of your enabled languages, without the need to tap on the globe key. Pro tips: • Press and hold Enter to choose from hundreds of emoji in any app (Android 4.4+). • Learns as you type: No need to manually add words to a personal dictionary. Type a word once and you can gesture type it or find it in suggestions next time. Long press a suggestion to remove it from your “learned words” or the keyboard dictionary. • Sync your learned words across devices to improve suggestions (enable in Gboard Settings→ Dictionary → Sync learned words). • Gesture cursor control: Slide your finger across the space bar to move the cursor. • Gesture delete: Slide left from the delete key to quickly delete multiple words. • Make the number row available all the time (enable in Settings → Preferences → Number Row) • Symbols hints: Show quick hints on your keys to access symbols with a long press (enable in Gboard Settings → Preferences → Long press for symbols). • One handed mode: On large screen phones, pin keyboard to the left or the right of the screen by long pressing on Enter and selecting the thumb icon. • Fast symbols: Gesture from the “?123” key to temporarily switch to the symbols keyboard and insert...

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