Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Huawei Rumored To Build Tizen Based Smartwatch


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According to new reports Huawei is working on a Tizen based smartwatch.

Huawei hasn't been very active in the smartwatch industry in the past. The last Huawei smartwatch was the Huawei Watch, which launched back in late 2015.

While Huawei did not officially comment on the rumor, reports claim Huawei is unsatisfied with Google's position towards Android Wear being a closed OS. Unlike with smartphones and tablets, Google restricts user interface personalization on Android Wear devices. 

Remember, this isn't the first report to argue that Huawei is looking for Android alternatives, a few months back rumors claimed that Huawei was considering making its own mobile operating system.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Say Hello To Google Allo


Image result for google alloGoogle has started rolling out Google Allo, a new smart messaging app for Android and iOS that helps you say more and do more right in your chats. Google Allo can help you make plans, find information, and express yourself more easily in chat and the more you use it, the more it improves over time.




Respond quickly with Smart Reply
Google Allo makes it easier for you to respond quickly and keep the conversation going, even when you’re on the go. With Smart Reply, you can respond to messages with just a tap, so you can send a quick “yup” in response to a friend asking “Are you on your way?” Smart Reply will also suggest responses for photos. If your friend sends you a photo of their pet, you might see Smart Reply suggestions like “aww cute!” And whether you’re a “haha” or “😂” kind of person, Smart Reply will improve over time and adjust to your style.

Express yourself with photos, emojis and stickers
Chat is more than just text, so we’ve created a rich canvas for you to express yourself in Google Allo. You can make emojis and text larger or smaller in size by simply dragging the “send” button up or down. Make photos your own by scribbling on them before you send. And we’ve worked with independent artists and studios around the world to create more than 25 custom sticker packs, because sometimes a “sloth riding a pizza” says it all.


Meet your personal Google Assistant
In Google Allo you’ll also be introduced to a preview edition of the Google Assistant. With your Assistant in Allo, you can have a conversation with Google — ask it questions and let it help you get things done directly in your chats. You no longer need to leave a conversation with friends just to grab an address, share your favorite YouTube video, or pick a dinner spot. Just type @google to bring your Assistant into any group chat. And of course, you can also chat one-one-one with your Assistant in Allo.


Chat in Incognito mode
We take privacy and security seriously in Google Allo. All chats in Google Allo are encrypted using industry standard technologies like Transport Layer Security (TLS). But we went a step beyond this and we created a mode within Google Allo called Incognito (h/t Chrome). When you chat in Incognito mode, messages have end-to-end encryption and additional privacy features like discreet notifications and message expiration.

We can’t wait for you to say hello to Google Allo! Google is rolling out Google Allo for Android and iOS, the app is available for download by following the source links below.


Source: Google Allo site, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, APK link



Google Releases Teaser For October 4th Pixel Event

Google Oct. 4 Event invite

Google has finally confirmed it will be unveiling its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones at a media event scheduled for October 4th.

Google has also created a new “madeby.google.com” web page which shows the same animation as the video but with some amazing photos, suggesting that the search giant plans to market the new smartphones as “made by Google” although reports claim they will be manufactured by HTC.

Google just published a video to confirm the date Oct. 4th, as you can see in the video below, the search bar slowly turns into a silhouette of a phone with Oct. 4th, and the Google "G" logo on the opposite side.


 


Source: Google

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Google Allo Rumored To Launch This Week, According To Evan Blass


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Google has been silent about the release date for Allo aside from a summer release. Evan Blass more famously known as @evleaks on Twitter, posted a tweet saying "Hello, Allo (launches this week)." 

With no other details, or an official release date. Rumors from other sources suggest September 21, anyone familiar with Evan Blass aka @evleaks knows the credit-ability of leaks from Evan Blass are spot on...


Source: Twitter 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Remix OS Now Available As Virtual Machine For Windows


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Jide's new Remix OS Player system is based on the virtual machine in Android Studio, with extensive modifications being added. 

The aim is to make a stand alone Remix powered devices or a full OS installation for desktop PC's. Jide's press release didn't say which version of Android the player's software is based on, but the latest release from the company uses Android 6.0 Marshmallow code. 

Jide's Remix OS Player is a free download on Jide's website and includes full access to the Google Play Store. 


Source: Jide

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Google Rolls Out New Chromecast Preview Program

Image result for google chromecastAccording to a new Chromecast support page, Google Chromecast users can now enroll their Chromecast into a “Preview Program” for access to early and unreleased features…

The support page allows Google Chromecast users to join the preview program and will be able to try new features, give feedback directly back to the Chromecast team, and will be emailed every time a new update rolls out to their Google Chromecast streaming device.

According to the Google Chromecast support page you will be able to use the Google Cast app to enroll in the preview program by following the steps below:


  • From your Android or iOS device, open the Google Cast app.
  • Tap the Devices tab to see your available Chromecast devices.
  • Scroll to find the device card for the Chromecast you’d like to enroll in the Preview Program.
  • In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu (three squares).
  • Tap Device Settings.
  • Tap Preview Program.  ***Google stated If you don’t see Preview Program, we aren’t accepting new members at this time. Please continue to check back as opportunities become available***.
  • Choose whether to receive email notifications by moving the slider to the right or left.
  • If you opt-in to email notifications, you’ll be asked to sign into your Google account.
  • Review the contents of that page, and tap Join Program.
  • Review the contents of the page, then tap OK, GOT IT


Google has also made note, this program is not a beta program and the “intention is that Preview Program updates will be of the same quality as production version updates.” 


Source: Google Chromecast support page

Monday, September 12, 2016

Google's Nexus Launcher Is Now Pixel Launcher (APK Link)


With Google’s latest Nexus/Pixel phone's release tipped for an October 4th announcement, the launcher formerly known as the Nexus Launcher has been leaked. 

The Pixel Launcher has a new trick up its sleeve... integrating Google Calendar in to the Pixel Launcher, allowing for real-time dates to be shown in the calendar app.

The Pixel Launcher app confirmed that Google's smartphones will be called the Pixel later this year. In addition, the Pixel Launcher app version number being 7.1-3231428 indicating a likelihood that Pixel devices will ship with Android 7.1 Nougat.

Google's Pixel Launcher can be downloaded by following the source link below, along with the Wallpaper Picker that allow for setting stock wallpapers when using the new Pixel Launcher. Leave your comments, let us know what your thoughts are in the comment section.


Source: Pixel Launcher, Wallpaper Picker

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Apple Unveils iPhone 7 & 7 Plus, Pre-Orders Start Sept. 9th


Apple just unveiled the new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus today. Below you'll find the rundown on specs, features, pricing and availability…

Specs/Features:

  • Redesigned Home button with Taptic engine
  • A10 Fusion four-core CPU
  • Water and dust resistant enclosure
  • 12 Megapixel cameras with new quad-led True Tone flash
  • Dual-camera system for enhanced zoom on Plus models
  • Optical image stabilization in all iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models
  • Lightning Earpods + Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in box
  • Color options: New glossy “Jet black”, second “black” finish with black logo, silver, gold, and rose gold
  • Repositioned antennas
Apple has confirmed that iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will get new cameras, water-resistance improvements, stereo speakers, longer battery life and more.

The new iPhones feature a 12 megapixel camera, optical image stabilization now available in all models, a f/1/8 aperture, six-element lens, new high-speed sensor, and a redesigned quad-LED True Tone flash. The iPhone 7 Plus model offers high-res optical zoom at 2x using built-in dual-cameras. 

The iPhone 7 features a redesigned Home button that uses a “Taptic Engine” like Apple uses in the Apple Watch to provide tactile feedback for various functions. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus also include new stereo speakers, and both iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models will be water and dust resistant.

The new iPhones also receive a big performance bump courtesy of the new A10 Fusion four-core CPU. Apple said it’s 40% faster than the A9 in previous generation iPhones and includes a 6-core graphics chip that’s 50% faster than A9. Since the iPhone 7 will be Apple’s first iPhone without a headphone jack, all iPhone 7 models come with Lightning EarPods and a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter.



Availability

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available to pre-order starting September 9th with retail availability beginning on September 16th.


Source: Apple

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Google Stock Contacts App Gains Lollipop and Marshmallow Support (APK Link)

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Google has recently updated the Google Contacts application for select Android devices to made it easier to edit contact details. The most significant change Google expanded the app's availability from just Marshmallow to Lollipop. 

The app is still limited to Nexus, Android One, and Google Play Edition devices. Users running Lollipop on these devices can now add and edit contact data points such as name, number, and email allowing users to save to their Google account, fix duplicates, and call or message from the contact card. Google Contacts is free to download from the Google Play Store by folling the link below.

*Update* I was successfully able to download the APK (APK link below) install and run the new Google Contacts app on my Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and LG G5. Please comment below if you are able to install and run the new Google Contacts app on your non Nexus, Android One, or Google Play Edition phone.


Source: Google Play Store, Direct APK link

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Google Officially Releases Android 7.0 Nougat


Google has made the final version of Android 7.0 Nougat available to developers, phone makers, and select devices. Google released the first developer build of Nougat earlier this year and has been refining the platform ever since. Today Android 7.0 Nougat official moves out of beta. 

The next generation mobile operating system includes support for Vulkan to improve graphics performance for games, and also improves the Android runtime to speedier daily use. 

Nougat introduces file based encryption to better isolate and protect individual users. Android 7.0 Nougat offers seamless security updates that happen automatically in the background with no user action required. 

Google made improvements to the multitasking with multi window mode. Android 7.0 Nougat now shows the most recent seven apps and moves the "clear all" tool to the top of the screen to prevent accidental closings. 

Nougat overhauls notifications providing direct control over silencing certain types of notifications. The platform adds Unicode 9.0 for an expanded set of emoji. Last but certainly not least Android 7.0 Nougat adds direct support for virtual reality. 

Android 7.0 Nougat is available to the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices.


Source: Android