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Android O – New Features revealed at Google I/O 2017

Android O – New Features revealed at Google I/O 2017

Google I/O 2017 comes to a close and as expected we got to know more about the upcoming Android O, though we still don’t know exactly what Google going to name its new Android operating system. At Google I/O, Android’s Vice President of Engineering Dave Burke took the stage to talk about some of the upcoming release’s biggest features. They’re user facing stuff falls under something they’re calling Fluid Experiences. Picture-in-Picture Because traditional multi-window techniques don’t translate to well to mobile devices (they’re clunky, hard to navigate, and not quick enough to enable on-the-go), Google is introducing Picture-in-Picture. Just like on your TV, videos on YouTube or even specific apps like Maps navigation or Google Duo will automatically be shrunken down into a tiny window when you press the home button. This allows you to still see what’s going on, while getting stuff done in other apps. Notification Dots Notifications on Android are about to get even better thanks to a feature Google is calling Notification Dots. They essentially work much the same way as Badge Icons on iOS (only they’re not numbered) and place a little dot on an app icon to let you know when you have a notification. Long pressing the app icon will show you the most recent notification and you can swipe it away in the notification tray to remove it. Autofill with Google Autofill now extends into apps themselves, with Google being able to populate text fields — be it passwords, addresses, or anything else — away from the Chrome web browser. For instance, if Google knows your login info on Twitter.com, it can also autofill this info in the Twitter app. It’s opt-in, so you its up to you to enable it. Smart Text Selection Copy & paste is getting supercharged in Android O. It’s now intelligent and can recognize phone numbers, addresses, or even the names of businesses, automatically highlighting them with a long press so you don’t have to fiddle around as much with those tiny handles. The best part is once highlighted, Smart Text Selection will suggest apps to use to open that information be it Google Maps for addresses, Dialer for a phone number, or Gmail for an email address. Since it’s all done on the device, so no data leaves your phone. Android O is faster This was more part of Vitals, Android features that look to keep your phone secure, healthy, and optimized for performance. Google says they’ve done a ton of stuff behind the scenes to ensure apps are 2x faster than they were in Nougat. This is thanks to extensive changes they’ve done to Android’s runtime. What’s more, you’ll...

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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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Huawei Mate 9 – A step ahead in smartphone world

Huawei Mate 9 – A step ahead in smartphone world

Huawei has recently launched its powerful new smartphone – The Mate 9, in Germany, where the consumers have shown tremendous excitement towards this innovative device. The phone lives up to its attractive slogan: “A step ahead”, as it leads the way to numerous futuristic technologies. The Mate 9 is equipped with a groundbreaking UX and second generation Leica dual-lens camera with Hybrid focus and Hybrid Zoom. It runs on a HUAWEI Kirin 960; Octa-core processor (4 x 2.4 GHz A73 + 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) + i6 co-processor the world’s first device to feature the ARM Cortex-A73/A53 Octa-core CPU and Mali G71 Octa-core GPU. The CPU delivers the best multi-core performance among all smartphones. It also has an innovative ‘Emotion UI’ EMUI 5.0, which is Huawei’s most beautiful software experience to date, it is also the most intuitive. The HUAWEI Mate 9 analyzes and adapts to its user’s behavior patterns to create a personalized experience that is clean, fluid and inspired by natural environments. Huawei’s Mate Series sets the standard in lightning fast performance and exceptional style. Designed for today’s on-the-go business user, Huawei once again delivers the fast, intuitive and reliable experience, users expect from their smartphones. Co-engineered through a landmark partnership with Leica, the second generation Leica dual-lens camera captures professional-quality images in all lighting conditions, The Mate 9 has a powerful 8MP front camera, AF, F1.9 Main: Dual, 20MP Monochrome, Plus a 12MP RGB, F2.2 OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) with 4K video shooting, for amazing clarity, detail and many other features. Other features include; 5.0 Memory, 64GB ROM, 4GB RAM, along with microSD card slot, that supports up to 256GB (using secondary SIM slot). It is equipped with a large 5.9 inch FHD display, featuring a 2.5D glass, and exceptionally high resolution and high contrast. The device is powered by a 4000 mAh battery enhanced with supercharge technology. It is sleek, light-weight and compact with a sophisticated design. It weighs only 190 grams, with only 156.9mm height, 78.9mm width and 7.9mm depth. The Mate 9 is a Dual SIM device, with NFC-supported Connectivity; Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support BT4.2, BLE support USB Type-C (Hi-Speed USB). The sleek fashionable device is available in numerous fashionable color options, like: Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Ceramic White and Black. The wait is about to over this most awaited device will be launched in...

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Google starts rolling out a new refreshing UI for the Play Store

Google starts rolling out a new refreshing UI for the Play Store

Google is known for its regular updates and since the introduction of Pixel, the first ever phone made by Google the company showed off a new Play Store UI in a support video for their  flagship device. Now, users are reporting that the new UI is slowly rolling out to devices. This update includes new colors and a revamped install page. The first change you’ll notice is on the home page of the Play Store. A new shade of green has taken over for the Android-y shade we’re used to seeing. The big featured carousel across the top has been shrunk down and moved underneath the “Apps & Games” bar. However, some screenshots show the carousel has been removed completely. Moving on to the install page, the “Install” button is much bigger. The ratings and installs information looks completely different. They’ve removed the category icons, which makes it easier to read. The “More Information” section has been moved lower on the page, and developer info has been slightly reworded. All in all, these are simple changes that make the Play Store a little easier to use. So what do you guys think of the new updated interface? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Cheers!! Source:...

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Introducing the OPPO F1 Plus FC Barcelona Edition

Introducing the OPPO F1 Plus FC Barcelona Edition

If you’re an FC Barcelona fan, then Oppo have got a real treat for you guys. After successfully launching the Oppo R7 Barcelona Edition, the Chinese OEM is all set to add another member to the recently crowned La Liga champion’s family – the limited FC Barcelona edition Oppo F1 Plus which is almost identical to the Oppo R9 but is recognized in some countries as the F1 Plus. The device features a blue-and-red color scheme, and an 18K gold-plated club insignia on the back giving it an absolute premium look . The FC Barcelona-themed UI is also a part of this offering, and OPPO has also released an exclusive case sporting laser-printed signatures from Barcelona’s top players, namely: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitić. “The F1 Plus is all about snappiness, style and speed, so there’s no better partner for it than the phenomenal FC Barcelona. We’re proud to bring users one of our most eye-catching devices ever, while paying tribute to the world’s greatest football club,” said Sky Li, OPPO Vice President and Managing Director of International Mobile Business. The OPPO F1 Plus FC Barcelona Edition sports identical specifications to the regular OPPO F1 Plus model, it comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD display, a 13mp rear shooter and a whopping 16mp front camera, 4GB of RAM, a 2850 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery and 64GB of internal storage. The device is powered by the Media Tek Helio P10 64-bit octa-core processor and it ships with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box with OPPO’s custom Color OS 3.0 on top of it. The Oppo F1 Plus will be available in three colors: Blue, Red and Grey (The three official colors of FC Barcelona) The Oppo F1 Plus Barca Edition will become available in China, Singapore, Indonesia and a couple of other markets in mid-June with pricing yet to be confirmed by Oppo. So what do you guys think about Oppo’s new (sporty) beast? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below....

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Android N Developer Preview is Official [Hands On Video]

Android N Developer Preview is Official [Hands On Video]

Google surprised everyone when they launched the preview build for their next Android operating system, “Android N” two days back. So, we grabbed our Nexus 6P and gave it a whirl. Android N has brought with it a number of cool new features, including a visual overall of the notification panel and the systems settings. Even though the OS is in beta, it is very snappy, which to be honest I’m surprised, but really happy about. So rather than you guys reading what’s new, watch the hands on video below: Android N Developers Preview from Talk Android Phones on Vimeo. So, guys what do you think about Google’s next Android OS? Any guesses on what the “N” stands for? If you think I missed anything in the review. Do let me know in the comments below....

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