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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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How to play PS4 games on your Android device – [Video]

How to play PS4 games on your Android device – [Video]

One of the perks of owning a PS4 is the remote play functionality that the console offers. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Remote Play, here’s a quick look. The Remote Play feature lets users cast their consoles content on any external device such as a laptop, tablet and even a smartphone. Till now, the feature only worked on certain Sony devices and required other phones to be rooted for the app to work. As of today, things are about to change thanks to our friends at XDA developers who have come up with a modified version of the app that runs on any device running Android 4.0 or higher. Just follow these few simple steps and you’ll be good to go: On your Android device, go to Settings > Security and turn on Unknown Sources Visit XDA-Developers and download the modified PS4 Remote Play app When the download finishes, go to Downloads on your device and tap the Remote Play apk file Follow the on-screen instruction to install the app Turn on your PS4 Open the Remote Play and tap Next Log into you PSN account The application will then connect to your PS4 Once the connection is made, you’ll see the content from your PS4 on your Android device with a virtual controller below it. If you rotate your device to landscape mode, the PS4 content will rotate and fill the display with the controls overlaid on top. While the PS4 Remote Play feature works perfectly fine, it can be a bit slow and laggy at times if your WiFi network is bogged down. For best performance, we recommend that your PS4 is wired into your router. There is also the option to reduce the stream resolution in the PS4 Remote Play app on your Android device. So the next time you’re in the mood to play but the rest of the family has taken over the TV, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. For those of you who give this a try, do share your experiences with us in the comments below. Cheers!! Source:...

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Pokemon Go gets another major update

Pokemon Go gets another major update

Pokemon Go has received another major update yet again after taking the the world by storm when it got released a few weeks back. The much needed update brings fixes for a number of issues that were addressed by a number of players in recent weeks. Most notable changes include Nearby that has officially been renamed to “Sightings” and the ability to change  your username. It would had been cool if they added the ability to change the color as well but lets leave that for now. Here’s the list of all the changes that have been made in the latest version of the app – v0.33 Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed. Trainers must confirm they are not driving in order to continue playing. Made improvements to the accuracy of a curveball throw. Fixed a bug that prevented ”Nice,” ”Great,” and “Excellent” Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate XP bonuses. Fixed achievements showing incorrect Medal icons. Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time. Please choose your new nickname wisely. Resolved issues with the battery saver mode on iOS and re-enabled the feature. Added visuals of Team Leaders Candela, Blanche, and Spark. We’re currently testing a variation of the “Nearby Pokémon” feature with a subset of users. During this period you may see some variation in the nearby Pokémon UI. Minor text fixes Based on the very first point, its clear that Niantic is taking extra safety precautions more seriously in light of a number of road accidents and various other incidents that people are getting themselves into while playing the game. The update is available now on Google Play. So what do you guys think of the new added features? Share your views with us in the comments...

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Google welcomes Rio Olympics with fun filled Fruit Games

Google welcomes Rio Olympics with fun filled Fruit Games

With the 2016 Olympic games kicking off in Brazil today, Google have their own unique and fun ways to welcome the global sporting extravaganza. Starting from today, Google have launched a series of fun filled mini games called Google’s “Fruit Games” which appear when users open the Google app on iOS and Android and click on the Google Doodle, are a heptathlon involving running, tennis, hurdles, swimming, golf, water polo and mountain biking.   Players control different fruits through the courses, and are ranked from one to three stars on completing an event. Several of the games are controlled by tilting the phone: in the mini golf game, for example, adjusting the phone’s angle helps control the direction of the ball.       The games are only playable within Google’s own app, which the company has been keen to promote as the rise of smartphones and digital assistants threatens to limit the number of searches people do a day. We hope you find these fruits as apPEELing as we do so don’t forget to share your cherry impressive results with friends to see who claims the top seed. These games are just a taste of what’s in store, so come back to the Google app throughout the week to catch the featured games of the...

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Arsenal launch Junior Gunners App

Arsenal launch Junior Gunners App

Arsenal has become the first Premier League football club to launch a fully interactive children’s app specifically for  their young supporters. Junior Gunners and young Arsenal fans globally can look forward to joining a virtual world and playing a host of fun and educational games. Young fans can start by creating their very own Arsenal avatar from over 174 customisation options. That’s over 15 trillion possible customisation combinations! One of the app’s most popular games is certain to be ‘Pocket Player’, featuring digital avatars of three first-team players; Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott. These ‘Pocket Players’ live in four areas within a virtual Arsenal world; the changing room and pitch at Emirates Stadium, the canteen, where users can feed the players from food actually served at the Training Ground, and a bedroom. Children can also look forward to playing ‘Squad Boss’, where they will manage their very own six-a-side Arsenal team throughout the season and compete against their friends. There are a number of trophies to be won by completing challenges in both of these games and other areas of the app. All the games aim to educate children and help them develop new skills. For instance, the training element of the Pocket Player game will help them develop their hand-eye coordination, and they will learn about nutrition and healthy foods as they help fuel their Pocket Players. Some of our Junior Gunners members formed part of focus groups alongside their parents to ensure that the app was really tailored for that age group. Aimed at children aged 4-10, the app will give our young supporters a safe environment to engage with both the club and their friends. It is a free app with no in-app purchases and operates on a closed network, so children cannot interact with strangers.     Anne-Lise Johnsen, Arsenal youth product manager, said: “With over 36,500 Junior Gunner members and even more young Arsenal fans round the world, we are proud to launch an app targeted specifically to them. We hope the Junior Gunners app will elevate the experience and engagement the club has with our fans of the future, not just here in north London, but globally.” As one of the players featuring in the app’s ‘Pocket Player’ game, Mesut Ozil was excited to see his virtual avatar for the first time. “My avatar looks really good and so do Hector and Theo’s! They really look like us and I think some of our team-mates will be quite jealous. I hope the children really enjoy playing Pocket Player and all the other games on the app. I’m looking forward to having a go myself.” The Junior Gunners app is...

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Transform Pictures into Pieces of Art with Prisma

Transform Pictures into Pieces of Art with Prisma

If the Pokémon Go craze wasn’t enough to make most heads spin, there is another app which has been creating waves since the last few days. Prisma, which has been around for quite some time now on iOS devices, has finally made its way onto Android. For those of you who are not familiar with the app, Prisma transforms your photos into artworks using the styles of famous artists: Munk, Picasso as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. A unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence helps you turn memorable moments into timeless art. Rather than applying a filter which changes the color, saturation, exposure and contrast of a photo, Prisma uses proprietary algorithms to analyze your photos and gives you the option to apply nearly 40 different art styles.  My personal favorite is the material design style that blends perfectly on devices that are running on Android Lollipop and above. For those of you who want to bring out your inner artiste should definitely give this app a try. Prisma is available for free on the Google Play Store and has already received more than 71k reviews in the first two days since its launch. So what do you guys think about this new app? Do share your experiences with us in the comments below. Cheers! Download from the Google Play Store here....

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