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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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WhatsApp introduces new Snapchat stories like feature called Status

WhatsApp introduces new Snapchat stories like feature called Status

Following the success of Snapchat stories, Facebook wanted to bring their own version of stories which was introduced in Instagram not too long ago and now it has decided to bring the similar feature to its most used messaging app as well. WhatsApp has just launched a new tab that lets users share decorated photos, videos and GIFs that vanish after 24 hours. The featured titled “Status” is WhatsApp’s way of moving away from a traditional messaging app and more towards a social networking hub. All the messages would be end to end encrypted, a feature that WhatsApp is usually well known for. ‘Status’ was first revealed as an experimental feature in November when screenshots surfaced of the app on an Android device showing the tab between Chats and Calls. The new feature lets users scribble on images or add text and emojis – just like Snapchat. The update has already started to roll out on most devices starting from today so if you guys want to give it a try, update your apps today and is available for both Android and iOS...

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Here’s the list of Samsung GALAXY devices that are to get Android Nougat update

Here’s the list of Samsung GALAXY devices that are to get Android Nougat update

As per a few reports coming out of Sammobile, our most reliable source of scoops and insights on everything related to Samsung, have confirmed that the following devices will be getting the latest Android Nougat update in the coming months. There were rumors floating around since the last few days that the update was ready to roll out for the GALAXY S7 and the S7 Edge and they would probably still be the first devices to officially receive the latest update. Here’s the list of all the devices that are scheduled to receive the update: Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016/2017) Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016/2017) Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016/2017) Samsung Galaxy A8 Samsung Galaxy A9/A9 Pro Samsung Galaxy S6 Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Samsung Galaxy S7 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 As mentioned earlier, the official dates for the updates roll out have still to be officially confirmed by Samsung but we do expect them to arrive sometime in the first quarter of 2017 (fingers crossed). For those of you owning any of the aforementioned devices receives the update in the near future, feel free to share your experiences with us in the comments below. We’ll keep you guys posted on any further happenings in the weeks to come so do stick around for more....

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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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Huawei confirms Android 7.0 Nougat update for six devices to arrive in Q1 2017

Huawei confirms Android 7.0 Nougat update for six devices to arrive in Q1 2017

Here’s some good news for Huawei users especially those who own one of their flagship devices of the year. The company has officially announced that they would be rolling out the latest Android 7.0 – Nougat update on six of their devices at some point in Q1 2017. These include the following: Huawei Mate 8 Huawei P9 Plus Huawei P9 Huawei P9 Lite Huawei Nova Huawei Nova Plus The update would also include the all new Huawei EMUI 5.0 which promises to bring the most user friendly experience to these devices. The UI is major improvement over its predecessor and brings a refreshing new look and feel to the aforementioned...

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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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