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Our beloved Google turns 18 today

Our beloved Google turns 18 today

Google is celebrating it’s 18th Birthday today and just like each year, has put up a cute little doodle on the homepage as part of their celebrations. The company which was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin registered the Google domain on September 15, 1997, and was incorporated on September 4, 1998. So here’s wishing our favorite search and tech giant a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY from all of us at Talk Android Phones. Cheers to the company and we hope to celebrate many more birthdays in the future!...

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Introducing Google Allo – Your Perfect Messaging Companion

Introducing Google Allo – Your Perfect Messaging Companion

Google have finally raised the curtains on their much awaited new messaging app following the successful launch of Google Duo last month. Introducing Google Allo, a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, doodles and HUGE emojis & text. Allo brings you the Google Assistant, preview edition. Smart Reply Respond to messages without typing a single word. Smart Reply learns over time and suggests responses to text and photos, in your style.     Ink Get creative with the photos you send by doodling on them or adding text.       Stickers Say it all with the perfect sticker. Stickers in Google Allo are designed by independent artists and studios from around the world.     SHOUT or whisper No more typing in ALL CAPS to get your point across. Say it louder or quieter by changing the size of your text with a quick swipe.     Meet your personal Google Assistant Google Allo brings you the Google Assistant, preview edition. Find restaurants nearby, share videos and get answers, all from within your conversation with your friends. Add @google to your group conversation or chat one-on-one with your Assistant. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help.     Incognito mode Send messages with end-to-end encryption, use private notifications to help keep your chats more discreet and control how long your messages stick around with expiring chats. The Google Assistant and Smart Reply are only available in English at this time.   Download Google Allo today and start chatting with your friends! Source: Google...

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WhatsApp introduces new “Mentions” feature for group chats

WhatsApp introduces new “Mentions” feature for group chats

Lets admit the fact that WhatsApp groups can get a bit annoying sometimes especially if people start talking on off-topics rather than discussing about relevant topics pertaining to the groups. Whatsapp knows your grievances and in order to tackle this issue, the company has come up with a very good solution. As of today, Whatsapp has introduced a new “Mentions” feature for group chats that lets you tag people within the conversation. The feature which is similar to the one found in Twitter, Instagram and Telegram can be useful especially for large groups. But that’s not the only new feature that Whatsapp is getting in this update. If you are getting annoyed by increasing number of messages in the group chat but you can not mute the chat either, well, now you can! The new Whatsapp chat allows users to still get notification in muted chats if a member has mentioned him/her using “@”. Whatsapp previously added the option to quote messages, a welcome change by the messaging giant. By introducing this feature, people might not feel that annoyed with a thousand messages waiting for them in group chats. The mentions feature comes with the latest Whatsapp update version 2.16.272 for both iOS and Android devices. Let us know your thoughts on this new feature in the comments below....

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ICI Dulux launches Visualizer App for easy selection of New Paints

ICI Dulux launches Visualizer App for easy selection of New Paints

ICI Dulux recently launched the new version of its Visualizer app for iOS and Android. The app uses technology to help users see, share and paint in their chosen colours in real time. Users can capture a video of their walls and experiment with hundreds of different colours. If they see a inspirational colour somewhere, they can use the Colour Picker technology to instantly match and try it out. Once a user finds the colour he or she loves, they can buy the same coloured paint by going to a store. Store locations are available via the store locator function. Finally, they can share it with friends and family on social media to get a second opinion, directly through the Visualizer app. The app uses augmented reality and video visualization to change colours in a room in real time. Since, the app was first launched it has been downloaded over 10 million times. “Colour is the number one decision factor when consumers choose paint,” said Usman Hafaz, Marketing Manager at AkzoNobel Pakistan Decorative Paints Division. Research shows that 30 percent people struggle to visualize what a colour will look like in their home, and 39 percent discuss colour schemes with friends and family before making a purchase. The new features in the Visualizer app build on these trends. “The Visualizer is a tool designed to give consumers confidence to try new colours, quickly see the potential end result of their purchase, and share with friends to get their views,”explained Usman Hafaz The app is marketed under the ICI Dulux brand and is available for download on both Android and...

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Telenor Rawaan takes you on a never before seen musical journey across Pakistan

Telenor Rawaan takes you on a never before seen musical journey across Pakistan

There is no denying the fact that Pakistan is filled with tremendous natural beauty and a plethora of cultural diversities. This was recently highlighted in a delightful music video called “Rawaan” sponsored by Telenor in which some of the major tourist attractions of the country have been highlighted. The video portrays the journey of a music producer who is in the midst of capturing some of the most breath taking sights and sounds of the country. The video not only promotes various cultures but at the same time also spreads the message of love and peace in a manner that is not only serene but at the same time quite soothing to the soul as well. The music composed in the video is a perfect blend of Sufi poetry and local folk songs stringed together in a single truly mesmerizing bundle. With the recent acquisition of the 4G spectrum, Telenor has come a long way from just being a simple network provider and has taken into its stride to not only provide their customers with the best services but in the process of doing so, also bridge the gap between various cultures of the country. In order to cater the high demanding communication needs of the country, Telenor Rawaan is most certainly a step in the right direction. It is a metaphorical manifestation of this very endeavor. The mystical voyage for enlightenment mirrors Telenor’s own philosophy of looking within the customer. Traveling across the land, it becomes evident how every region and its people have their own unique flavor and it is precisely these striking differences that unite us. In the way a garden unites all varieties of flowers rooted in the same soil. This symbolizes precisely how Telenor recognizes the differences that make each of its customers unique and allows Telenor to deliver customized, personal solutions. And finally the epic journey of self-discovery signifies Telenor’s own limitless journey driven by the ambition to fulfill its core value; ‘Customer First’. You can also be a part of this amazing journey. Just use the hashtag #TelenorRawaan on various social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and be a part of this new revolution to bring the different people of our beloved country even more closer to each other. For more information on packages and tariffs, click...

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Android 7.0 Nougat officially arrives on Nexus Devices

Android 7.0 Nougat officially arrives on Nexus Devices

For everyone who was waiting to taste the sweetness of Android Nougat, the wait is finally over at least for those of you owning a new Nexus device. Google have officially rolled out OTA updates of Android 7.0 Nougat to selective Nexus devices that include the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One). Google also announced that the LGV20 would be the first device to come with Android 7.0 out of the box but no further details were revealed. As far as other OEMs are concerned, the latest update will start rolling out in the next few months depending on carrier modifications and hardware compatibility. Let us now take a closer look at the official change log of Android 7.0 Nougat and relish into the sweetness: Performance JIT compiler: The new JIT compiler improves runtime device performance, reduces the amount of storage space required for apps, and makes app and system updates much faster. VR mode: With VR mode, Android Nougat is ready to transport you to new worlds. Coming soon with Daydream and Daydream-ready phones. Vulkan™ API: Vulkan API is a real game changer with high-performance 3D graphics. See apps leap to life with sharper graphics and eye candy effects. Battery & Data Doze: Doze is now dozier, with your device going into lower power usage when you’re on the move. That means your Android device will conserve battery even when it’s jostling around in your pocket. Data saver: Limit how much data your device uses with Data Saver. When Data Saver is turned on, apps in the background won’t be able to access cell data. http://www.talkandroidphones.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/datasaver.mp4 Productivity Split-screen mode: Now you can multitask with ease. Run two apps side by side in split-screen mode – watch a movie while texting, or read a recipe with your timer open. Picture-in-picture mode: On Android TV, you can continue watching your current video while browsing or changing settings. Quick switch: Double tap the Overview button to switch between your two most recently used apps. http://www.talkandroidphones.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/splitscreen.mp4 Notifications Bundled notifications: See what’s new at a glance with bundled notifications from individual apps. Simply tap to view each alert. Direct reply: Direct reply lets you quickly reply to a message, directly from within the notification shade. So, you no longer need to launch the app to fire off a quick response. Notification controls: When a notification pops up, just press and hold to toggle the settings. For instance, you can silence future alerts from an app in the notification itself. http://www.talkandroidphones.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/directreply.mp4 System usability improvements Customizable Quick Settings: Rearrange your Quick Setting tiles so you can get to...

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