Internet usage has become prevalent on smartphones, and last January Google introduced Data Saver mode to tackle the bandwidth usage. After getting competition from fellow browser Opera, it's boosting its compression capabilities.
Google announced on Monday that it's updating Android's Chrome Data Saver mode to decrease user data consumption by up to 70 percent.
Google accomplished this by "removing most images when loading a page on a slow connection," product manager Taj Oppenheimer reported in the blog post. If Chrome finds a weak connection, it'll load a page without images leading to less data consumption. Users can can also choose to load all the pictures, or select individual pictures to load.
These updates will be first available in India and Indonesia, with rest of the countries to follow. While there are plethora of cheap and reliable sub-$150 smartphones available in India and Indonesia, legacy telecommunications infrastructure has made some users to use 2G connection. Whether the improved functionality will be pushed Chrome's iOS app or not, is yet be revealed.
Data compression is a hot business in India and parts of Asia, with Opera announcing a deal last month to make the Opera Max data saving app come pre-installed on smartphones from Samsung, Xiaomi, Acer, Hisense and more. Samsung was the early adopter and came up with the app before others. It launched and promoted its On series in India focusing on the data-compression technology.
Data Saver mode can be accessed under Settings → Advanced → Data Saver.
Sony's CES 2015 campaign goes under the "Welcome to the New World" motto and soon the cryptic teaser videos will be replaced with a live stream. The event will be held at the Sony booth in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center for who will attend in person and on a computer screen for those who can't.
The event starts later Today at 17:00 PST which is 01:00 AM GMT. You can Bookmark the link below to watch the livestream video once it starts.
As expected, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active will only be offered by AT&T, as it was with the Galaxy S6 Active in 2015. A new leak has unveiled this information to us along with more. The S7 Active will weigh in at a heavier 185g with a measurement of 9.9mm in thickness. Other changes include a much larger 4,000 mAh battery and of course, the tougher build we have come to associate with Samsung's Active series.
The differences more or less end there as this is virtually the same phone, albeit with a few enhancements. You will find the same SD 820 SoC, 5.1-inch 1440p AMOLED panel, 4GB RAM and identical front and back cameras with Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 running it all like a boss.
If you are wondering how come we are almost sure about the release date then the answer is simply, rumors. Rumors throughout the last year or so have been dead on and since all leaks regarding the S7 Active point towards a June 10 release date, we are putting our chips on that date. As far as we know, the S7 Active won't be available anywhere else other than the US, at least not for the moment.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
If you have been following us, you probably have a pretty good idea about what to expect from the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7 already. But just in case you don't have an idea, have a look at some these recent renders released by VRS Design while listing their new range of cases for the Note 7.
The pictures do not reveal anything to us that we do not know already but they sure are reinforcing the rumors almost to the point of becoming facts. We can see the S-Pen's top end poking out from the bottom right S-Pen slot and the expected USB Type-C port makes its appearance in this render as well. What we do not see clearly however, are the three lenses of the rumoured retina scanner. Given that the images do not show the retina scanner to be absent either, don't lose hope yet! Additionally, we can see the dual Edge display, the ambient light sensor, the front camera, the rear camera and the dual tone flash.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Did you find the regular Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to be too modest? If so, then there is a way by which you can make your new S7 Edge stand out from the rest. Karalux is a Vietnamese company that specializes on luxury and if you have the money and the will to do so, they will gold-plate your latest Samsung smartphone for you. This may not come as a surprise to many because Karalux offered the same 24K gold-plating services for the S6 and S6 Edge last year as well.
According to the Vietnamese company, the process which allowed them to gold-plate the S6 series isn't the same anymore as Samsung has changed its aluminum grade from A7000 to A6000. This has somewhat complicated the procedure and as a result, it now takes 6 hours to complete it instead of the 3-hours timeframe from 2015. There are 10 stages involved in the process, at the end of which, your smartphone will never really lose all of its value.
If you are in Vietnam, you can own a 24K S7 for $1570 and a 24K S7 Edge for $1705. If you are an international buyer however, you will need to pay $1730 and $1930 for the gold-plated S7 and S7 Edge respectively.
If you have recently updated your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge to the latest version of its firmware, then you can now officially scale your smartphone's display. There was a public discussion regarding the feature lately and not long after, it has been made available within the Settings menu, under the Display tab. Many consider this feature to be incorporated in the next iteration of Android (Android N) and thus it could be a taste of things to come.
The display-scaling feature isn't really ground-breaking but it does have its uses. The basic idea behind the setting is that it allows users to choose the amount of condensation in terms of DPI. The higher the condensation, the more amount of content can be seen on the display of your S7 or S7 Edge. As of now, you get the option to choose between either Condensed or Standard.
This fresh addition is a part of Samsung's new outlook towards their business. In some of their executive's own words, the Korean giant is trying to act more like a new startup business rather than an old and established MNC. If the new updates and features from their revamped software department is any indication of what's to come, then this is probably a good time to be a loyal Samsung customer.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been part a lot of leaks and the frequency is increasing as we approach the announcement at MWC 2016 event. Earlier, a full fledged specs sheet showed remarkable increment in battery capacity (3000mAh) in the Galaxy S7 in comparison to the previous version, which was 2,550mAh. And now, a very knowledgeable source, Eldar Murtazin has bolstered this claim by confirming that the S7 is, indeed, quite durable.
We don't know how Mr. Murtazin accessed this information, but as per him the next Samsung flagship device can deliver over 17 hours of continuous video playback, at highest brightness.
There is a tiny disclaimer: this looks like 17 hours of video playback with Samsung's own methodology for testing smartphones. Previously the Galaxy S6 got the rating of 13 hours and the Galaxy Note 5 bagged 15 hours of video playback. Taking these into consideration, a claim of 17+ hours playback is not something out of the world, especially when the battery power has increased. Other elements like more efficient Super AMOLED display tech, home-grown Exynos 8000-series processor, improved RAM and further optimized TouchWiz under Android 6.0 Marshmallow have played their part in this.
This might sound quite authentic, but we must wait for sometime as the release in February at MWC 2016 is nearing.
You may have Smartphone with Wi-Fi 802.11ac in your hands now, and it was just released. However, Samsung is already looking ahead to improve this Technology even further. The company has announced that it has managed to complete the development of the Wi-Fi 802.11ad standard and is ready to commercialize it.
The new 802.11ad standard operates at a 60GHz frequency and enables high transmission speeds of up to 4.6Gbps, which is 575MB/s. That's an increase of 5x times compared to the 802.11ac standard, which is capable of 866Mbps, or 108MB/s.
Samsung says that the 802.11ad standard maintains maximum speed by eliminating the co-channel interface and thus removing the gap between theoretical and actual speeds. The 60GHz frequency is more than 10x times faster than that of 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi technologies.
Do you use Google Maps? If you do, then you must have felt at some point while navigating with its help that it would have been great if the app could direct you to the nearest gas station while en-route to your office. Well, we won't have to wait for that any longer as Google finally adds the ability for a user to add multiple stops while setting a destination in the Google Maps (v9.31) app.
What this means is that swinging by that pizza shop or the pharmacy while going back home from work should now be even easier because Google Maps will point you in the right direction and show you more options for you to choose from while setting the waypoints and the destination. The best part is, that there's no limit on the number of stops that you can set in between your starting point and your final destination.
In order to add waypoints, set a destination first and then select Add Stop from the overflow menu. Once you have set them, the order in which you want to reach each stop can also be rearranged by holding and dragging the waypoints. The stops themselves will appear as letters of the English alphabet. It should be noted though that this feature has been a part of the desktop version for a long time now and it is a bit surprising that it took Google so long to bring it to Android devices.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The ability to use multiple languages with Google Now recently began rolling out to all users, and one of the coolest things about it is that the app can tell when you switched to a different language and react accordingly. As it turns out, this ability extends to different accents as well, as this video from Redditor shadow321337 shows.
To be clear, English (UK), English (US), and other variants are, in Google's eyes, different languages. The same goes for variants of Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and other languages that are spoken worldwide. Still, it's amazing to see that Google Now can detect the "language" from the user's accent, even when it's just a short question like "How long is the Golden Gate Bridge?" And everything happens on the fly, which is no trivial task.
To test the feature for yourself, you need to select the primary and secondary languages from Search > Settings > Voice > Languages. If you can't select multiple languages yet, it's because the feature is activated server-side for each user; you'll just have to wait for Google to enable it for you.
OnePlus announced its upcoming pre-order system for the One last month, when it only said it would roll out in October. And today the Chinese company has followed up with an actual date and time at which you'll be able to pre-order its first smartphone, no invite needed.
So here's what you need to mark in your calendar: October 27th, 15:00 (3 pm) GMT. That's 8 am PST and 11 am EST for those of you in the States, or 4 pm if you're somewhere in Central Europe.
There's a big catch to all this, though. The pre-orders will only be live for exactly one hour. To make sure everything will go smoothly, you can already 'prepare' your pre-order on a special website, adding the OnePlus One to your cart, and entering your details so you'll need to do as little as possible next Monday.
If you Search for Apps on the Google Play store you probably get results with many low rated Apps along with High rated Apps in the middle, Google is a search company is the first place so they decided to do something about it. Google just added a new filter to the web play Store that lets you restrict results to only those apps with 4 or more stars. That should clear out a lot of the junk.
The new filter is in a dropdown at the top of the screen when you limit searches to apps only (Games too). Just click the "4 stars +" option in the rating dropdown and you're done. Maybe more rating categories will be added later, but this is probably the most useful.
I can't think of many instances I'd want to include apps that get less than 4 stars in a search. Head to Google Play Website and try it out.
Smartphone buyers can pre-register when a new model comes out, assuring that those interested in the handset receive a notification when the device can be reserved with a pre-order. Now, Google is allowing developers to offer Android users interested in an upcoming app, the ability to pre-register for an upcoming release.
Glu Media will soon release its "Terminator Genisys: Revolution" third-party shooter game. Android users interested in purchasing the app have the opportunity to pre-register for it. Once the game is released, those who pre-registered will receive notification of its availability on the Play Store. And if you change your mind before the app is launched, you can unregister as well.
For developers, this gives them a way to measure how much demand there is a for a new app before its release. And by reminding forgetful Android users that an app they were interested in is now live, it might help bring some revenue into the developer's coffers that otherwise would have ended up in a cash register at McDonald's.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 128GB variant costs around $949.99 according to the official price list from the Apple US Store. This is the most expensive iPhone Apple ever released to date... The Question is "What Android products you can get with the same price ?".
Well, If you choose to go with Android Open-Source World, for a [$949.99] you can get a Smartphone (Nexus 5) $349 + 7" Tablet (Nexus 7) $229 + HD Streaming (Chromecast) $35 + Smartwatch (Moto 360) $249 + you'll still have a $87 left in your pocket.
So, You can get 1 iOS device or a whole Tech-set of Android devices with unlimited customizing options. Your Call!
In what could be the most revolutionary use for a smartphone yet, UCLA professor Aydogan Ozcan and his team of scientists from around the world has invented a "smartphone accessory" which has the potential to detect cancer.
This device will basically turn your smartphone into an extremely powerful microscope that is capable of analyzing and imaging DNA sequences; something that is instrumental in detecting DNA abnormalities that could lead to malignant tumors or other harmful genetic mutations responsible for cancer. Consider the fact that building a medical microscope with similar capabilities may take as much as $10,000 to $50,000+, while this "accessory" can be manufactured with a budget below $500! One can only imagine what this could mean for the underdeveloped regions around the world.
The device was built with a 3D printer and the phone with which it was used initially is a Windows powered device. However, the team has assured everyone that the same results can be replicated by using just about any smartphone. All one needs to do is place the concerned tissue sample onto the built-in receptacle and the phone begins snapping pictures of the sample. After enough pictures have been collected, the captured images are checked with a preset algorithm automatically to detect if the tissue sample indeed has any cancerous potential or growths in it.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
With the iPhone 7 due to be released in September 2016, speculation continues to mount over its new features. While some have suggested that demand for the new model will be low due to lack of innovation, the figures from Business Insider show that ‘demand for the iPhone 7 is healthy'. While Apple has yet to settle on the finished design, we can be pretty sure of a few things...
What's likely to be different?
One of the major talking points over the last year has been the lack of a headphone socket. This will mean that headphones will connect to the phone via Bluetooth or through its Lightning port. This caused uproar in some circles last year yet insiders have said that a 3.5mm adaptor will be included in the box.
Rumours surrounding the new camera include the use of dual lenses and enhanced performance in low-light conditions. It is also expected to be upgraded from 8 megapixels to 12 megapixels.
Antenna bands, earpiece cut-outs and light sensor
The antenna bands across the back of the device have reportedly been removed. Meanwhile the earpiece cut-outs are now longer and the ambient light sensor has been moved; presumably as a means to improving performance in low light.
The latest inside news is that Apple will be favouring the 32GB storage option in their most basic model - if true, this seemingly puts an end to the 16GB predecessors that may now struggle given the recent development in app quality.
In fact, a 256GB version, the first of its kind on the iOS platform, has been suggested by technology specialists TrendForce. Perhaps overkill, the space will certainly allow for multiple high-graphic options such as the notorious Disney Infinity 3.0 at 2.26GB.
Combined with the essential movie archive, personal music discography or just your favourite iGaming apps, the iPhone 7 isn't likely to struggle. Indeed, catching the latest Pokémon or playing online bingo directly on your phone should be a breeze come its release later this year.
Experts expect the iPhone 7 to use next-generation A10 processors from TSMC. In terms of internal storage, entry-level handsets will start at 32GB instead of 16GB.
The new model is expected to be 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6, but at 5.5 inches it will be the same size as the 6s. Apple may indeed be wary of making the product thinner due to the negative press they received over the iPhone 6 in 2014. There were several reports of the inerrant ‘bend problem' which the manufacturer will be keen to quash in its new product.
There are some rumours that Apple will dispense with numerical ordering and refer to the new model as the iPhone Pro. However, others dispute this.
Some photos have emerged of the models without the home button; a staple on every single model so far. The suggestion is that Apple will drop the physical button in favour of an onscreen key. Other images suggest that this rumour is false.
What will stay the same?
Apple plans to continue releasing two models. Some sources suggest that these will be called the iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Plus; others say they will named simply iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
All rumours suggest the iPhone 7 will look very similar to the iPhone 6, with only minor aesthetic changes.
Apple plans to stick to the 4.7" and 5.5" screens it uses on the current flagship models. The lower-level model (iPhone 7 or iPhone Pro) will have the smaller screen as standard. The flagship model (iPhone 7 Pro Plus or iPhone 7 Plus) will come with the bigger screen as standard.
Apple's first Phablet, the iPhone 6 plus is facing a huge issue that appears to be a design or a manufacturing flaw. Various reports around the web is saying that the iPhone 6 plus can bend easily while sitting in a user's front pocket or dropped to the ground.
As you can see in the video below, the iPhone 6 Plus does indeed appear to bend easily. The person in the video also observed before the test that his device already displayed slight indentation. The weak spot appears to be on its left side, right below the volume buttons.
According to an unofficial engineering opinion, the iPhone 6 Plus might be a victim of its elegant aluminum unibody. The device's significant footprint doesn't help its case either, as, combined with the thin body, it affects its bending strength.
The holiday season is almost upon us and many of you will either be travelling back to your home or going on a vacation. Whether you are returning home or going away from it, you will possibly want to avoid expensive roaming data charges from you carrier. Even if you do decide to use the internet while on the road, there are chances that you might end up with no network coverage at times. Offline games are your best bet during these trying times and therefore, here's a small list of games worth downloading before embarking on a trip.
Improved both in graphics and gameplay, Dead Trigger 2 is the better version of Dead Trigger with more aggressive zombies and a huge arsenal of weapons.
This is as simple as they get, but the puzzle game is very addictive nonetheless. Minutes will pass by fast as you keep connecting colored dots to figure out the next solution.
Jetpack Joyride is an extremely fun and popular game where you control and guide Barry, who is riding a machinegun jetpack through a secret laboratory, killing evil scientists and avoiding obstacles for as long as possible.
This one is a personal favourite of mine and I have put multiple hours into it. An addictive tower defence game at its core, Plants vs. Zombies 2 brings better graphics, animations, more plants, more levels more zombies and even a upside town funny story to the garden.
Click here for a complete list of all offline games prepared by Google on the Play Store itself.
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The simple, but highly addictive game "Flappy Bird", was pulling in a ton of advertising cash each day, making developer Dong Nguyen wealthy. But Nguyen decided to pull the game, fearing its addictiveness. At least that was the reason he gave when asked about his actions. Perhaps he was worried about the addictive qualities of the game leading to the downfall of modern civilization. Still, it was a once-in-a-lifetime oppotunity for the developer, and someday he just might rue his decision.
Flappy Bird is back, and available for your Android Wear powered Smartwatch thanks to Android developer Corbin Davenport. The process of sideloading the game requires you to use a modified version of the apk, and an Android Debugging Bridge. You can read the instructions posted by Davenport by clicking on the sourcelink.
You can view a clip of Flappy Bird doing his thing on a Motorola Moto 360, by clicking on the video below.
Google has just hit Apple where it hurts, as it launching Android Wear for iOS. Yes, Android Wear for iOS should be rolling-out today to iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 or later.
This means that iOS users no longer have to use Apple Watch, they can pick any Android Wear-powered smartwatch in the market and it will work perfectly with all Google iOS apps (Hangouts, Gmail, Google+... etc).
Android Wear for iOS Features :
- Get your info at a glance: Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favorite apps. Android Wear features always-on displays, so you'll never have to move your wrist to wake up your watch.
- Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate.
- Save time with smart help: Receive timely tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say "Ok Google" to ask questions like "Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?" or create to-dos with "Remind me to pack an umbrella."