Evan Blass from @evleaks has tweeted out a set of images depicting the upcoming Huawei Mate 9. These show both a flat screen version, as well as a dual curved screen variant of the smartphone. The Mate 9 will possibly be unveiled on November 3, at Munich and considering that the Note 7 is now permanently out of commission due to dangerous manufacturing defects, the Mate 9 could be the phablet that you may want to replace the Note 7 with.
Although the Mate 9 won't sport a stylus like the Samsung Galaxy Note series, it will sport impressive specifications nevertheless. Allegedly, the Mate 9 will be launched with a 5.9-inch display, a HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC, 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The premium variant with the dual-edge curved display is codenamed Long Island and will probably come with a QHD panel, ready for Google Daydream VR. The only bad news is that some leakstars are claiming that the Long Island will be available exclusively in China. Let's hope that it's not the case and we get a chance to check out the curved phone in person as well. In any case, the flat screen Mate 9, codenamed Manhattan will be released globally.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A slow smartphone leads to frustration, whether you're booting up an online game or checking your text messages. However, you don't have to give up on your phone just because it's gotten a little lethargic. Instead, try these safe, simple hacks to make your smartphone faster.
Remove Transition Animations
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You might have noticed that your iPhone produces animated transitions between screens. While these animations might seem simple, they can slow down your phone when you need its memory most. Fortunately, you can disable animations in iOS 7, which will free up memory for other tasks. This process will also remove the parallax effects from icons and other on-screen graphics.
Find the settings app on your iPhone, click on the General tab, and find the menu labeled Accessibility. Just tap the Reduce Motion option. It will shift from off to on, disabling animations. Restart the device to apply the change. Now your phone can devote its resources to games, apps, texting, and streaming instead of delivering flashy animations on the interface.
Clear Your Phone's Memory
Even though the Apple iPhone 7 features 32GB of memory, you might need to clear the memory to make space for new data. In older versions of iOS, you had to factory reset the device to clear the memory. That meant losing all of your contacts, game progress, text messages, and call logs. However, the latest versions give you a shortcut that doesn't put your valuable data at risk.
First, back up your phone to the iCloud after connecting to Wi-Fi. Consider doing this once a month or so to protect your data. Next, hold down the Sleep button for several seconds. The screen for shutting down your smartphone should appear. Release the Sleep button and hold down the Home button. When the Home screen comes up, you'll know that you've successfully flushed your iPhone's memory.
Move Your Photos to External Storage
If you don't want to clear your phone's memory entirely, but your device seems sluggish, consider shifting your photos and other files to the cloud or external storage. You can do this with both iOS and Android devices. Simply connect your device to your computer, external hard drive, or the cloud, find where your photos are stored on your phone, and move them over to the other device.
Many people take hundreds of photos every month with their smartphones. Clearing them out will make more storage space for future photos, and you won't consume as much of your smartphone's memory, which should make the device run faster.
Remove Unused Files and Apps
Running too many apps can turn your smartphone into a sluggish machine. You might have downloaded many apps since you bought the phone, then never even used some of them. Take a tour through your apps list and delete any that you no longer use.
Next, go through your photo and video files. In addition to moving them to other storage, you can also delete files that you no longer want. Blurry photos, dark videos, and other undesirable files often linger on smartphones even though they'll never be posted on Facebook, printed out, sent to friends, or even looked at again.
Delete the Browser Cache
If you use your smartphone to browse the internet, delete the browser cache every week or two. The cache files take up significant space on your smartphone's hard drive, which can slow it down. You can empty the browser cache no matter which browser you use. Typically, you'll enter the browser settings and find the History menu. From there, you can delete the cache and anything else you no longer need.
Keep in mind that your smartphone might even store browser information from other devices if they're connected on the same Wi-Fi network. If you use your home computer, tablet, or other devices to surf the web, delete the browser caches on all devices to help them run faster.
Don't spend all day staring at loading screens or waiting for your browser to catch up. Instead, try these suggestions to make your smartphone faster and more convenient.
With the number of applications and basic functionality only increasing, people are spending more and more time on their smartphones.
Checking your email and instant messages, surfing the Internet, watching videos, posting on social media sites, and playing video games can be great pastimes and studies have shown today's smartphone users in the United States are doing all of that, spending about one-third of their waking hours on the phone. Unfortunately, most of this activity is not very productive, but there are ways to turn it all around and get your smartphone working for you.
In fact, there are literally dozens of smartphone apps on the market where users can earn real money and rewards, instead of just wasting time.
Live Life On The Go
Imagine an app that paid you for going about the business of your day and chronicling your activity the same way you already do on social media.
‘Gigwalk' is such an app for iOS and Android users. This app pays you to do things like visit certain retail outlets or restaurants in your area. The catch is you might have to take pictures or make videos about the experience, but if you're as active on social media as most smartphone users, you're probably already doing that anyway.
Play Online Poker
Playing online poker is one of the original ways to earn money on the Internet. Considered a skill game more than just a gamble, there's millions of dollars being fought over on online poker sites every week.
Online poker giant PokerStars offers a full slate of mobile apps to help you brush up on your poker skills and play the game on the go. There may be some risk involved, but the rewards can be plentiful.
If you're interested in the latest games and apps for your smartphone, you might already be watching promotional videos without getting paid for it. ‘AppTrailers' can make sure that never happens again. This app offers users credits for watching videos of different app promotions, including videos from some of the most popular video game designers in the market today, like EA and Rovio.
The app is free and the more videos you watch the more points you earn and the points are redeemable for things like PayPal cash and Amazon Gift Cards.
‘The Watch & Earn' app is another option. This app gives users coins for watching promotional app videos as well as downloading the apps themselves. The coins can be traded in for gift cards from places including Amazon and Google Play, as well as PayPal cash.
If you're downloading and checking out all the latest apps for your smartphone already, there's no reason not to get paid for it. ‘AppBounty' pays out gift cards to users who download the apps it suggests. The rewards include gift cards for the Playstation Network, XBox, and iTunes among others.
Similarly, ‘Tap Cash Rewards' hands out Skype, Google Play, and Target gift cards to users who download apps and log in every day.
‘Cash Gift - Free Gift Cards' is another free app that takes earning money by downloading apps to the next level. Not only does the app offer the opportunity to earn by downloading apps and watching promotional videos, but it will pay you for completing certain tasks as well. ‘Cash Gift - Free Gift Cards' offers gift cards for the Google Play Store, Amazon and PayPal and the app claims it has paid out more than $1 million in cash to users already.
They say opinions are like noses, as everybody has one. Apps like ‘Survey Mini' and ‘Surveys On The Go' can make sure you get paid for them.
‘Survey Mini' helps users earn money by answering survey questions about locations they go to. It works in conjunction with the GPS on your smartphone.
In the meantime, ‘Surveys On The Go' hosts a number of surveys about the latest TV shows and movies, or specific products and shopping experiences.
Google Chrome's team is planning on using on using Microsoft's Pointer Events API and integrating it into the browser, this will make the scrolling on all Android smartphones more smoother than now.
One major benefit of the smoother scrolling. Some of the other browsers that employ Pointer Events like Firefox and IE, run smoother than Chrome. The Chromium team listened to feedback from web developers, framework authors, and other browser vendors who said that Pointer Events would be a great addition to the platform.
The currently used Touch Events API is not going to disappear, and with IE supporting both, it is possible that Chrome also will continue using Touch Events while starting to implement the Pointer Events API. The bottom line is that Chrome users will soon have a better scrolling experience.
Official Chromium Team Blog
"Pointer Events offers some technical advantages over the existing use of Touch Events and Mouse Events. Most notably, pointer event listeners never block scrolling, and so replacing all touch event handlers with pointer event handlers will address the main longstanding source of scroll-start jank we see on Android (irrespective of whatever scheduler improvements we're able to make to better prioritize input handling)...Pointer Events has pretty broad support, but we have some outstanding concerns with the existing API which probably cannot be addressed without a non-trivial breaking change. The key outstanding challenge is to try to identify a design which addresses our concerns without seriously breaking websites which support the existing API. We will of course work closely with the other vendors to try to find a design we can all agree to implement consistently." - Rick Byers, Chromium Team
SamsungTomorrow published an Infographic that shows the New features and tools of its latest flagship Phablet, Galaxy Note5.
The Infographic shows you how to make a use of all the intuitive, efficient, and powerful tools of your Note5 to Empower your notes on the go. It also gives us a look at the new TouchWiz multi-tasker. Check the Infographic below.
In their own words, if you are a Verizon customer who consumes an "extraordinary amount" of data while using their unlimited data plans, the company will force you to switch over to The Verizon Plan by August 31. If you decide not to change your plan even after the warning and the deadline, your connection will be cut off from the network. After the connection has been shut down, the customer will be able to activate their connection back within fifty days, on switching over to some other Verizon plan than before.
It should be noted that Verizon Wireless had stopped with the unlimited plans a long time ago and this is a ploy to bring the remaining subscribers into one of their new data plans. Although they did mention that they will only contact customers who are using too much data on a monthly basis, no exact number was revealed. However, this makes one wonder, how one can possibly use too much data in a plan that's been marketed as "unlimited?" Whatever the logic at work over here might be, this is how the situation is right now, as reported by Droid-Life.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Apple just announced the iOS 9 yesterday with lots of new features including multi-tasking. The developer preview of the iOS 9 is now available and the final official release is coming this fall with a new iPhone 6S.
Apple iOS 9 preview has a very cool Wallpaper that you can now enjoy it on your Android Smartphone or Tablet, download the full resolution version below.
Samsung and LG enjoyed the limelight with their premium smartphones. Now the time is heading towards HTC. They are going to showcase the next flagship device with a very powerful snapper.
"We can confidently say that HTC will have a very, very compelling camera experience," said Chief Financial Officer Chialin Chang on Thursday during an interview at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. He also added the follwing - "We're making this comment after we've seen what's going on in the market."
When One M9 was launched last year, there were concerns about its camera, and this time with the rumoured One M10 they are planning to find a solution to this.
The next smartphone and the Vive virtual reality gadget are the steps taken by HTC to revive their brand as a buzz creator. The Taiwanese company has been going through tough times with losses getting reported continuously in three quarters.
More about Vive
HTC garnered larger presence in the MWC events mostly for its Virtual Reality system called Vive (co-produced by game developer Valve). This would cost $799 and advance orders will be taken from 29th February.
As per Wang, as there is coupling of the two wireless controllers with the Vive, it puts this system in a better position when compared with Oculus. The Vive lets you to get up and move around in a restricted space, when the Oculus makes users stay still. Consumers are savvy enough to catch the difference and find the benefit.
More about the smartwatch
HTC's fitness tracker device - the UA Band has been getting very good traction in the market and because of this they are increasing the production number.
The executives from HTC informed that they'd need to figure out the positioning of the smartwatch when it comes to join other smart devices offered by HTC. As per Wang's words -
"When HTC comes out with a smartwatch, we will turn the industry on its head."
Flight authorities had started to show concern regarding the use of the Note 7 by passengers while onboard ever since it was proved beyond doubt that a very rare number of the smartphones do indeed at times, explode! Cebu Pacific Air has now officially banned the use of the smartphone on their flights. Keep in mind though that you can still carry it around with you, but as long as you switch it off and don't attempt to charge it. Here's the official statement.
"In light of the recent recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices due to safety issues, Cebu Pacific (CEB) advises passengers that the usage and charging of the device are prohibited onboard all CEB and Cebgo flights beginning today, September 11, 2016, until further notice..."
"Galaxy Note 7 devices must also not be stowed in checked baggage, but may be hand-carried as long as the device is turned off at all times inside the aircraft. We sincerely hope for our passengers' full cooperation, as the safety of everyone onboard our flights remains our utmost priority,"
The US Federal Aviation Administration is speaking along the same lines and the instructions are identical to what was stated by Cebu in the above excerpt. Judging by the fact that Samsung itself has requested all users around the globe to stop using the Note 7 and go to the service centre for an exchange that will be processed as soon as possible, it might be a good idea to heed to the warnings, if you have not already.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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.
Most people don't know about it and even the ones that do, forget it at times. The fact is that most computing devices benefit in performance after rebooting. Therefore, the trick is to restart your devices at least every once in a while to make sure that they are running at optimum level. In case you often forget to perform this step, Samsung actually has an in-built system in its smartphones and tablets that allow the user to set fixed intervals for their device to reboot on its own.
Unfortunately, very few people know about this feature as it is not very easy to find, unless you know where to look. If your device was released in 2015 or thereafter and it came with at least Android lollipop 5.0 out of the box, then it probably has this feature. Go to Settings>Backup and reset>Device management>Auto restart and turn the button on the top right corner On. The default time for auto restarting is set at 3 AM on every Monday, but you can edit it to suit your needs and convenience.
If your device meets the criterion mentioned above and yet you are unable to see this option then it is probably a locked device and the carrier has removed the option by default
With certain Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6, Samsung has a deal with Microsoft to offer 100 GB of free OneDrive cloud storage with every new device.
The deal to push the free cloud services wasn't just out of kindness on the part of the Redmond company. It is troublesome to move files to another cloud service later, so it provides a type of lock-in for consumers too.
The deal also included pre-installed apps for Word, PowerPoint and Excel on Samsung devices to encourage user adoption of Office 365 subscriptions. The period of coverage for the free storage is likely to be 2 years or longer.
Here's how you get the free 100 GB of cloud storage with OneDrive:
1. Check that your Samsung device comes pre-installed with the app for OneDrive for Android. If it doesn't, download it from the Google Play store.
2. Open the OneDrive app and either login with an existing Microsoft account or register for a new one.
3. Approve the terms and conditions, make a left swipe inside the app, choose 'Settings' and 'Personal' from the menu, and verify that your quote is now 115 GB. This should be 15GB standard free allocation, plus the additional 100GB.
4. If you're already logged into OneDrive, you only need to swipe to the left, and go to 'Settings' and 'Claim your free 100 GB storage' to activate it.
Any eligible devices will now have access to the additional storage for 2 years or more.
Whenever we hear the name "Samsung," we are reminded of electronic consumer products like televisions, smartphones, air-conditioners, etc. Skin care is probably the last thing that comes to mind! However, the tech giant is about to change that with what is to be the first of its skincare products; the Lumini.
A part of Samsung's experimental projects in the C-Labs, the Lumini is going to be unveiled at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The skin-scanner will photograph the user's face and then use the built-in skin-analytics software to determine the quality of the skin and the problems on it, before sending the information to a dedicated application on the user's smartphone. Along with the information, the app will also advise you on how to treat the problems found on your skin. You can even chat with a dermatologist via the app for a more professional and customized opinion on the matter.
The Lumini isn't the only skin care product coming out of the C-Labs though, because the S-Skin will be accompanying it. This one is a microneedle patch, armed with a skin-scanner and LED lights to keep the quality of your skin at optimum level through injection, hydration and enhanced absorption. Would you buy any of the experimental skin-care products from Samsung if it was available near you?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Mophie has unveiled a Juice pack for the Samsung Galaxy S5 a 3,000mAh battery case that promises to double the battery life of your Samsung flagship.
The Juice pack sports Mophie's usual design and supports USB 3.0 for charging and syncing. The case also doesn't block NFC connectivity, which is also required for S Beam.
Anyway, the case is up for pre-order right now at $100 and will ship on September,8th.
Back in 2014, it seemed that was the last time we would have a smartphone with limited storage - 8 GB or 16 GB. Although there are some high end phones with more storage space, most of the smartphones come with limited space. OEMs are still pushing these kind of phones and there-by making it easy for us to run out of space after installing few apps and capturing some images.
Now Google Photo app has come up with a solution to free up spaces by adding a new option in the app's settings section. After selecting this setting the app will actually scour through the phone to find out the photos which have already been uploaded to the cloud storage. Google is also giving notification message to the users who are about to use up all the space via an Assistant card for deleting the photos already stored in the cloud. A bug which was restricting users with SD card from deleting photos is now fixed.
Google Photos is also giving option to users who had initially stored photos in their "Original quality" (limited storage in Drive) to restore all those in "High quality" for unlimited storage. It is very useful to the users who are close the Google Drive limit. To downgrade photos, all you need to do is visit photos.google.com/settings from your computer and click the "Recover Storage" option.
This update is supposed to be released on the Google Play Store from today, which means you will be able to use this in your Android device within few days or weeks.
On September 19, Google announced Google Trips for Android and iOS, a traveller's app that's designed to help you with not only everything you may need while planning your trip, but also while on it. From organizing flights to managing hotel reservations, it will do it all and it's completely free to use. Additionally, it can collect data from your trip related Google searches and use that history to intelligently recommend places and local attractions to you. Google maps are of course a part of the entire arrangement with clear walking routes, driving routes and other travel options as applicable. The part which we liked the most about Google Trips is the fact that you can download all this information on your phone even before you leave your home, so that bad cellular reception or international roaming bills doesn't interfere with your experience.
With detailed information on over 200 cities (and increasing) around the world and the ability to function offline, Google Trips is a must have for frequent travellers. Considering the fact that the app is completely free and will only continue to grow beyond its immediate limitations with each passing day, paid services like TripIt, which are built around the travelling industry, might start to get a little worried.
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.
A New feature has been added to "Google Now" for Android, which is the Google Search App. This new feature will allow you to send text messages via Google Hangouts simple using your Voice using the well-known phrase "Okay Google".
This feature is a server-side enabled, so you won't be needing to install any APK or do any updates to your device. All you have to do is just say "Okay Google" followed by "Send a Hangouts message" and then your message. It will then ask you whom you want to send the message to followed by your message before you can send it.
It's a little scary how much your Android device and of course, Google, knows about your location. At least with Google, they're upfront about how your information is used. But what about with other apps?
Many third-party apps asked for location information in their permissions list. If you'd rather keep your location private, read on to find out how to limit what those apps see, including Google. After all, do your games really need to know where you ate dinner?
Limit Location Access By App
Go to Settings > Location and scroll down to see which apps currently access your location data. If you see any apps you want to restrict, download AppOps from the Google Play Store.
Bring up the app once installed, select any app you want restricted and switch Location to off.
Stop All Tracking
It's much simpler to stop all tracking. Just go to Settings > Location. Toggle the Location setting at the top to Off. That's all.
Location information isn't required to use your device, but it does boost performance for some, such as Google Maps. Still, you have final say on your privacy, so restrict any apps that you don't want accessing your information.
Note: this app does not actually contain any viruses! Only fake ones to prank your friends! Click here for full instructions!
Virus Prank is an amusing prank app that makes your device look as if it's been infected/broken with one of nine flavors of high quality, authentic-looking "viruses". You can use it to prank your friends, prank your family, and prank anyone into thinking your device (or theirs if you have access to their devices) has been infected with a virus and watch their reaction! How you go about that is up to you. :)
Features nine high quality flavors of "virus":
✔ Blue Screen of Death
✔ Sad Screen of Death
✔ Broken Pixels
✔ Kernel Panic
✔ NTSC Color Bars
✔ Government Seizure
✔ Thermal Shutdown
✔ Static Noise
✔ 404 Not Found
Have fun and let me know in the comments any suggestions you have and how you prank someone! All suggestions are warmly welcomed and will be carefully considered and possibly implemented! If you like Virus Prank, please consider supporting the developer by removing the ads for just $0.99. :)
Note: this app does not actually contain any malicious viruses!
It's simply a prank app! Also, unfortunately the home button cannot be disabled in newer versions of Android due to security reasons. Sorry! In addition, take note that all permissions are there for ad serving. I don't like it either, but I need to eat too!
Now that Android 7.0 Nougat is official and out on certain Nexus devices already, it is only natural to be inquisitive about whether or not your Android device is going to get updated to the latest OS from Google. While it would be impossible to predict every smartphone that is going o get the update in the future, we have a list for you today that includes quite a few of the devices that will get official updates to Android Nougat 7.0 or later.
The LG V20 leads the pack as it is going to be the first smartphone to run Android Nougat right out of the box, beating even the likes of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. However, there are certain rumors which point out that the two Pixel phones might just be launched with Android 7.1 Nougat, which is going to be the next version of the OS. Check below to see if your current or next smartphone made the list. Even if it didn't, if it's a high-end upcoming device, it will probably get Nougat sooner or later.
· LG V20
· Google (HTC) Pixel and Pixel XL
· Google Pixel C
· Google Nexus 9
· Google Nexus Player
· Google Nexus 5X
· Google Nexus 6P
· Google Nexus 6
· General Mobile 4G (Android One)
· Samsung Galaxy Note 5
· Samsung Galaxy S6
· Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
· Samsung Galaxy Edge Plus
· Samsung Galaxy S7
· Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
· Samsung Galaxy Note 7
· HTC One M9
· HTC One A9
· HTC 10
· Lenovo Moto Z
· Lenovo Moto G4
· Lenovo Moto G4 Plus
· Sony Xperia XZ
· Sony Xperia XA
· Sony Xperia XA Ultra
· Sony Xperia X Performance
· Sony Xperia X
· Sony Xperia X Compact
· Sony Xperia Z3+
· Sony Xperia Z3
· Sony Xperia Z5 series
· Sony Xperia Z4 tablet
· Huawei P9
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you have a phone with insufficient internal memory, Uninstall Manager will help you out. Those of us out there who are still using a smartphone with 8GB or even 4GB internal storage, the struggle for space is a real and constant problem. With games like N.O.V.A. 3 taking up about 2.4GB of space in your phone alone, even 16GB variants may not be enough for power users. This is where Google's new Uninstall Manager comes in. It is a new additional feature that's embedded within the Google Play Store itself. It tries to help you find more space by simply suggesting applications which you can uninstall in order to make room for the new one that you are trying to install.
Android Police further reports that the user will see a popup menu within the Play Store which will show all the uninstall suggestions, along with the size of the installed files and the amount of space you are currently lacking for the new application to be installed on your phone. The suggestions are of course, based on the usage statistics data of the consumer and therefore they will consist of apps that you rarely or never use. In order to get the Uninstall Manager on your system, you don't need to download anything, just update the Play Store to its latest version and you are all set.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Security is always something to be concerned about when installing new software, updating software or connecting to the internet. Android devices have a reputation for problems with security, but the truth is that iPhones have also been hit with infected apps across over 30% of the iTunes app store at one time. The important point is to be aware of with security issues is to take reasonable precautions to protect your devices, your online accounts, and your data.
The majority of problems with Android apps stems from allowing installs from third party app stores rather than only installing apps from the Google Play store and nowhere else. This is achieved with a setting modification within Android settings which should be set to not allow third party stores when the phone or tablet is first supplied to the user. Once this setting is correctly set, it is impossible to install apps from other app stores.
Beyond that, apps like Avast and AVG offer virus scanning of data centres and installed apps to verify that the integrity of your device hasn't already been compromised. These security apps are usually able to scan new apps before, during or right after they're been installed to check they've not done anything malicious.
Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
To be honest, there are plenty of app tools in the Google Play Store that are extremely useful, but if we had to choose just three for our smartphone, these would be them.
Google Translate is one of the best things to ever happen to the internet as it almost closes the communication gap completely in between people from different regions of the world. It has support for 103 languages at present, with many more about to be added. The app even supports offline translations for up to 52 languages and includes a conversation mode, so that you can translate while communicating with a person who is speaking in another language! There's also Optical Character Recognition embedded in the app now.
Smart Tools is a handy little application which includes multiple rulers, a compass, torchlight, measurement tools, unit converter, vibrometer and a mirror. It's almost everything you may need for daily tasks, tucked into one app for easy access.
Being an online shopper myself, I really appreciate how easy it is to keep track of all my shipments via this one app. Put in the tracking number and the courier service's name to keep yourself informed about the whereabouts of all your shipments, complete with alerts and timely updates. If you are a seller who ships merchandise to your customers on a regular basis, you will appreciate ParcelTrack even more.
Locking and unlocking a smartphone is something we do almost subconsciously at this point. However, this doesn't mean the process doesn't feel tedious at times. The processors and sensors inside our handsets our so powerful, why can't they simply lock and unlock the device as we take it out of out pocket?! After all, if we're taking it out, it is dead obvious that 90% of the time we intend to use it, and the other 10% we may leave it on a table, or to charge, or whatever.
While smartphone manufacturers haven't worked in this automated functionality yet, Android developers have. Meet Pocket Lock, an app that's designed to do exactly what we described unlock your device when you take it out of your pocket, and lock it when you leave it in your pocket.
You can also have the app lock and unlock stuff as you wave your hand in front of it, or flip the phone upside down. Just Download the App and Switch "Pocket Mode" ON. Get the App from the Play Store link below, It's Free!
Google updated its Hangouts App to v2.4 with some minor improvements. In the New Hangouts 2.4 you will natice that if you slide over the dialer screen there is now a call credit display in the upper right corner.
You can tap the button up there to open a browser and add more money to your account as well. That displaces the clear log button to the top of the call log. Otherwise we're not seeing anything on the surface. Get the official APK from the link below right now, or wait for the update to hit your phone.
Today, Facebook unveiled a new version of its social network, called "Facebook At Work", with an emphasis on organizational communication for employees at a single company. The service, which is set to launch as a free app on Android's Google Play and iOS' App Store later today, will still require participating companies to receive an official invite, but upon launching the service, employees will enter an ad-free, no-subscription version of Facebook that connects employees only to each other, as opposed to the wider world.
Facebook hasn't revealed many screenshots or any demo footage ahead of the app's launch, but Facebook offered Ars a brief description: "Facebook at Work is a separate experience that gives employees the ability to connect and collaborate efficiently using Facebook tools, including many that they're likely already using, such as News Feed, Groups, messages, and events." In that respect, the service will both mirror those of corporate communication tools like Yammer and Slack and offer its own familiar twist for employees who have already gotten hooked on Facebook's style.
In the meantime, creator Lars Rasmussen made the interview rounds on Wednesday to describe what users can expect from the work-only version. In short, users will be allowed to have both their personal and work logins running at the same time, though in separate apps; they'll be able to share documents through the Work site but not yet edit them; and much of the way posts and links are presented will resemble Facebook Groups.
Google Material Design UI that was launched with Android 5.0 Lollipop changed the UI of the world's most popular operating system forever, taking it to the next level. Flat, colorful and clear. The best thing in Android is the the ability of customizing your device to the max, adding some lollipop-love to your Android device with Material Design wallpapers would change your device's look and feel.
Here's a HUGE Collection of 675 QHD 1440 x 2560 Material Design Wallpapers that will fit your smartphone's or tablet's display. Download them all from the Google+ folder below.
If you're a dedicated Android fan and not making full use of widgets, then you're therefore not using Android correctly. A Material Design wallpaper is not enough to make your Android smartphone look more Lollipop-ish, you'll need some Material Design widgets to go with it.
We here will show you a pack of some amazing Material Design widgets, the pack includes (Weather, Clock, Google search, Music and calendar) widgets with different material design and styles.
This Pack is called "Matte Zoopers" you can get it from Google Play Store for $1.14, but first you'll need to install the main Zooper widget App from the Play Store HERE. Enjoy it!
Google Maps for Android updated to version 9.9.0 with some New features and Bug fixes and it's now Rolling-out on the lay store. The update adds One major new feature to App that is worth mentioning which is, "My events" along with various bug fixes.
"My Events" will show you a list of the event's locations you have from your Gmail, the app will also show you directions to the nearest event.
Google Maps 9.9.0 change-log:
• Made a restaurant or flight reservation with your Gmail account? Try searching "my events" to quickly access those locations
• Bug Fixes
The Update is only available to Devices runing Android version 4.3 or later Only. If you don't want to wait until the update hit your device, You can Download the official Google Maps 9.9 APK from the link below.
OnePlus has attempted contests in the past, such as Smash The Past and a controversial photo competition. Neither went well. Their new approach is good in theory, but customers aren't likely to enjoy it any more than past contests.
The company wants customers to donate their Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge / S6 Edge+ and Note 5 devices for a free OnePlus 2. All donated phones go to Hope Phones, an organization dedicated to providing medical technology to people in need.
With the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ being worth nearly double the OnePlus 2, it's unlikely many customers will take their deal. It might also have been better if they'd opened up the program to more flagship phones in 2015 than just Samsung.
Wireless charging is a ground breaking technology that lets you charge your devices without mingling with cables or faulty USB ports. Simply put your phone on a wireless charging surface and all will be taken care of. That comes with a negative element - while charging you can not use your phone.
Si-Ware Systems and Ossia have come up with a new system called Cota which can be used to charge compatible phones within a 30 foot radius. While devices can consume a maximum of 6 watts for charging, this system is capable of transferring 10 watts power. This is nowhere near the Quick Charge 2.0, but it does a pretty decent job considering all the factors. Thanks to the radio frequency technology - the device charging won't be affected negatively in case of minor obstructions.
This technology doesn't only apply to smartphone and wearable devices. Things like wireless keyboards can also be charged via this system without plugging in anything. The device will be charged till the time you are near the charger.
Although the effect of constantly charging the devices for 12 hours in day is yet to be found out, we all can agree that this is indeed a great step forward.
LTE has changed both the way and the quantity in which smartphone users consume data nowadays and recent studies suggest that it will only continue to increase. With the likes of Netflix, Spotify and YouTube being used so frequently by users all over the world, it isn't really a surprise though.
The latest Ericsson Mobility Report indicates that the monthly data consumption rate will hit the 8.9GB mark by 2021 for the average smartphone user. Considering the fact that as of now, the average monthly data consumption for smartphone users is currently 1.4GB, that is a big hike!
According to the report, the huge change will be brought forth by the following factors.
1) A significantly more number of people will start using smartphones.
2) 4G LTE will become available in areas where it was previously unavailable.
3) At least some of the carriers will make 5G speeds available to the consumers by 2020.
As one would expect, North America and Western Europe tops the chart in this report as prime data consumers, followed by Central and Eastern Europe and South America. The types of content which will be most responsible for consuming all that data are predictably, video content and social networking.
Which app hogs the most data in your smartphone?
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
You have probably used a magnetic air vent car mount before, but the chances are pretty high that you have never used one quite like the Spigen Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount. What sets the cheap yet useful hands-free device apart from most of the others is the fact that it doesn't need magnetic stickers for it to attach to the smartphone. The ones we have used before, usually have the included magnetic stickers which you must apply at the back of your phone for the setup to work, but not with this one. The Spigen car mount simply uses the magnets that are already present inside the compatible smartphones to attach itself to them.
The system is simple to work with and of course offers more flexibility than magnetic sticker-based car mounts and it doesn't let go of your phone during bumpy rides either. Considering that it costs about $6.99 on Amazon right now, we would say that this is an excellent buy, or even a MUST buy! As of now, the Spigen Magnetic Car Mount is compatible with the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Nick Lee from Tendigi came into the lime light recently, after he managed to run Windows 95 on the Apple Watch and he has come forward once again with another hack. Apparently, Lee has managed to run Android Marshmallow on an iPhone with the help of both software and hardware. Lee modified the Android build found on the Nexus 5X expertly enough to stream it on to an iPhone. We say "stream" because this isn't a custom ROM that you can just flash on to your iPhone. Instead, the Android OS runs after you put your iPhone into the 3D-printed custom case, that has a micro-SD card slot, a micro-USB slot, an USB slot, a HDMI slot and of course, a lightning plug to connect to the iPhone.
Do you want to do this? If you do, then you better know what you are getting into because this isn't one for the layman. For starters, you will need to install an app on your iPhone and put it in the 3D-printed case, which isn't up for purchase. We could see a prominent lag in the video that Tendigi posted on YouTube, but it's still a tremendous breakthrough. Check out his instructions to know more if you are interested.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Most Android smartphones support external storage via a microSD card nowadays, with the exception of a few of course. Apart from leaving more space for apps on your phone's internal storage by storing all your media, microSD cards can also be adopted as the internal storage of your smartphone, provided that the phone is running on Android 6.0+ and your device supports the feature. The choices are plenty when it comes to choosing a memory card, but if you want the best for your brand new high-end smartphone, here are a few of the best that are available right now.
SanDisk Extreme Plus
Max read speed: 95MB/second
Max write speed: 90MB/second
Warranty: Lifetime (limited)
Lexar Professional 633x
Max read speed: 95MB/second
Max write speed: Around 30 - 33MB/second (not mentioned)
Warranty: Lifetime (limited)
Samsung Evo Plus
Max read speed: 80MB/second
Max write speed: 20MB/second
Warranty: 10 years (limited)
Transcend Ultimate 633x
Max read speed: 95MB/second
Max write speed: 85MB/second
Warranty: Lifetime (limited)
Keep in mind that there might be a few faster cards available, but when it comes to microSD cards for smartphones, these provide the best performance hands down.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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)
A company based in Tokyo, Anicall, has developed a wearable for your dog that is actually functional, rather than be a gratuitous adornment and waste of money. Called Shiraseru Am, which means "tell" in Japanese, this wearable will monitor your pet's behavioral data.
Shiraseru Am informs users of the behavior, feelings, and health status of pets. Integrated with a smartphone app, it will keep pet owners updated on how a pet spends its day at home while the owner is away.
The device stores a pet's behavioral data in the cloud and lets an owner understand its behavioral patterns via artificial intelligence-based technology. Prior to shipping, Anicall's team members have been studying cats and dogs to verify behavioral data, while the company's neuroethologic scientists are conducting behavioral analyses.
We have seen many wearable devices for pets but Anicall is outstanding because it allows the acquiring of data and verifying of behavioral patterns as a one-stop solution consisting of a mobile app and a wearable device.
Today, Microsoft announced today that Windows 10 will be officially Available in July,29th. The company has finished polishing the release and it's now ready to be released.
Windows 10 will introduce universal apps, Cortana, Microsoft Edge browser to replace the Internet Explorer, new Office 2016 included in Windows 10 for free, Xbox Live app and integration, new multimedia apps, among others.
Also as a surprise from Microsoft today, if you have a Windows 8-running PC or slate, as of today you can notice a new Windows icon next to your clock. It will allow you to reserve your Windows 10 update FOR FREE and will download it for you the minute it becomes available.
If you are not really comfortable in going through with the complicated process of updating your device by manually flashing a ROM File or a factory image, there is actually an easier method to experience Android 7.0 on your Nexus device right now. You just need to opt into the Android 7 Nougat Beta program, now extended further by Google. Read on to find out how and if you are eligible for the beta.
· Go to the Android Beta Program portal on your device and sign in
· Remember to use the account that you have associated with your target Nexus smartphone, while logging in
· Scroll down and you should see a list of Your Eligible Devices
· The Nexus smartphone or tablet that you are trying to enrol into the Beta program should be on that list
· Tap on Enrol Device and follow the steps as directed from there on
· An OTA download should now begin which will upgrade your system to Android 7.0 Nougat
The list of eligible devices include Pixel C, General Mobile 4G (Android One), Nexus Player, Nexus 9, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P as of now. The good news is that unlike earlier builds, now you won't actually need to factory data reset your smartphone if you decide to opt out of the Beta program. It can be done by simply leaving the program from the Android Beta Program Page.
It wasn't too long ago when people were anxious to see if their smartphone was on the list to get the update to Android M, but now it's all about Android Nougat 7.0. There is no denying that Nougat does bring a lot of improvements and some interesting features like the Split-Screen Mode and the advanced notification system to the platform. Therefore, here's a list of smartphones that we know will get the official update to Android 7 from their respective manufacturers.
Google Nexus 6
Google Nexus 9
Google Nexus 5X
Google Nexus 6P
Google Nexus Player
Google Pixel C
HTC One A9
HTC One M9
Moto Droid Turbo 2
Moto Droid Maxx 2
Moto X Force
Moto X Style
Moto X Play
Moto X Pure Edition
Moto G 4th Generation
Moto G Plus 4th Generation
Moto G Play 4th Generation
Moto Z Droid
Moto Z Force Droid
Moto Z Play
Moto Z Play Droid
Sony Xperia Z3+
Sony Xperia Z5
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
Sony Xperia X
Sony Xperia X Compact
Sony Xperia XA
Sony Xperia XA Ultra
Sony Xperia X Performance
Sony Xperia XZ
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Huawei Honor 8
Huawei Mate 9
Head over to http://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ for all the latest updates for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
As the new year is almost upon us and Google has officially released Android Nougat 7.1.1, let us now take a quick look at when and if your device is going to get upgraded to the latest and greatest OS from Google.
Timeline: No confirmation yet, but the roll outs should start in early 2017.
Eligible devices: Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge +. More might be added later on.
Timeline: Q4, 2016
Eligible devices: HTC One A9, HTC One M9, HTC 10.
Timeline: Roll outs have already started for the LG G5 (South Korea) and will continue well into 2017.
Eligible devices: LG G4, LG G5, LG V20.
Timeline: The rollouts have already begun from December, 2016.
Eligible handsets: Sony Xperia Z3+, Sony Xperia Z5, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, Sony Xperia X, Sony Xperia X Compact, Sony Xperia XA, Sony Xperia XA Ultra, Sony Xperia X Performance, Sony Xperia XZ.
Timeline: Already out and rolling.
Eligible devices: Google Nexus 6, Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus 5X, Google Nexus 6P, Google Nexus Player, Google Pixel C, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL.
Timeline: Early to mid 2017
Eligible devices: Priv, DTEK50, DTEK60.
Timeline: Depending on your location and your handset, it could have already arrived back in November.
Eligible devices: Moto Droid Turbo 2, Moto Droid Maxx 2, Moto X Force, Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto X Pure Edition, Moto G 4th Generation, Moto G Plus 4th Generation, Moto G Play 4th Generation, Moto Z, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z Play, Moto Z Play Droid.
Timeline: No confirmation, but it is expected to be in early 2016.
Eligible devices: Honor 8, Mate 8, Mate 9. P9-series.
Timeline: No confirmation yet.
Eligible devices: OnePlus 2, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T.
Head over to http://forum.youmobile.org/downloads/ to find all the latest updates for your smartphone.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The LG G6 will be launched at the Mobile World Congress next month and we already know that it will be the first phone in the world to sport a display with 18:9 aspect ratio. While we did get our "first look" at the upcoming smartphone via a leaked render about a month ago, this is probably the real deal.
Although the image isn't exactly what I would call revealing, it does show a few things about the G6 that we had been expecting. The bezels look minimised and the source mentions that the screen-to-body ratio is actually more than 90%. The only other things which the image reveals are the front camera, sensors and the volume buttons at the left side of the phone. Until a more revealing image leaks out, take a look at the specs which we already know about, mostly via the courtesy of rumors.
5.7-inch edgeless LCD display with 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821/835 SoC
3.5mm audio jack, water-resistant glass and metal build, Google Assistant, iris scanner, non-removable battery.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
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.
If you want to buy an Android Wear powered Smartwatch to pair with your Android Smartphone/Tablet, it's a very good idea especially with all the new features Available for the Wear platform. However, you might need to check if the Smartwatch you gonna buy will be compatible with your current Smartphone firmware/Android version.
Android Wear is designed to work with Android phones running 4.3 or higher. In this tutorial we will show you how to use the Official Google Wear Compatibility Check tool to see if Wear's Smartwatches will work on your device or not.
Follow these Steps:
1- First Make sure that the Android Device that you want to Check it's compatibility (Smartphone/Tablet); is connected to the Internet.
2- Open any Web browser you have it installed on your device (Chrome is preferred).
3- In the Address bar write this URL and open it http://g.co/WearCheck (not case sensitive).
4- After opening the URL, wait until it loads and check the result...
If you Got a Green Phone with a Green Watch logo, this means your device is Compatible with ALL Android Wear Powered Smartwatches. Hurray!
If you Got a Red Phone with a Red Watch logo, this means your device is NOT compatible with any Android Wear Powered Smartwatches and you might need to update your Smartphone firmware or upgrade it ot a newer model with Android 4.3+ in order to get this work. Hard luck!
Bored ? Having a long flight or a long ride somewhere ?
You can take advantage or your Smartphone/Tablet's Huge capacity storage (16GB - 32GB -64GB) to load some HD Movies. Wait! 1 HD movie will need 5-6 GB at least... NO, Now You can get HD Movies with a 700 - 900 MB in size which means your 16GB device can hold 3-4 HD Movies.
The compressed HD Movies is also known as BRip or Blu-ray Rip as they ripped from a the blue-ray disc of the Movie, they have an HD (720p - 1080p) resolution, Pretty decent sound Quality (AAC 2.0 stereo), locked at (23fps) matches your device's frame rate. All this, so that it won't drain your battery and consume your whole device power on 1 Movie. How to get such Movies and for Free ? Here's the Tutorial:
Step 1: Go to this Website HERE on your Desktop/Mobile browser.
Step 2: Type the Name of the Movie you want to Download and click Search. then choose the copy you want (720p or 1080p).
Step 3: On the Movie page click on "Download Torrent" or the Magnet link to start the Torrent downloading (Make sure you have a torrent application).
Step 4: Don't forget to get the subtitles too, if you want. Click on Download subtitle and choose the language you want.
Step 5: After Downloading is done, Copy the Files to your Smartphone/Tablet and Enjoy!
Want to get Android 5.0 Lollipop look ? If you're still waiting for the lollipop update to hit your phone or you just want to enjoy the gorgeous flat design of lollipop... We have the solution for you and it won't even cost you a cent.
Let's start with Android 5.0 Lollipop Icons set first. To get the Android Lollipop flat Materiel Design Icons, All you need to do is to Install Moonshine Lollipop Icon Pack Free from the Play Store, which packs all official Lollipop icons along with some other flat icons.
After getting the Lollipop Icons, It's Time to get the Lollipop Wallpapers too. Here's the 11 official Lollipop wallpaper from the latest Developer Preview released from Google, just download them all from the link below... Hello Lollipop!
In this tutorial we will show you hot to Root your Moto Nexus 6 with a 1-Click tool kit. Simple steps that are easy to do and not too much files to download. Check the Requirements first, then follow the Steps below it. NOTE: Rooting will void your warranty and may brick your device, root at your own risk.
The most simplified and user-friendly way to root your Nexus 6 is using the Nexus Root Toolkit, developed by XDA's WugFresh, which is compatible with a wide range of Nexus devices, including the more popular Nexus 5, 6, and 9. It's a simple Windows program that allows you to do several things.
Toolkit Root Tutorial:
Step 1. Enable developer options menu on your Nexus 6: Settings > Tap your Build 7 times (then configure drivers if you haven't already with the driver guide)
Step 2. Open developer options: Settings > Developer Options
Step 3. Enable USB Debugging, and "enable oem unlock"
Step 4. In Nexus Root Toolkit on your PC, select the correct device and build (what you are currently running)
Step 5. Configure your drivers if you haven't already using the driver guide
Step 6. If you need to, backup your important data.
Step 7. Unlock your device (if needed)
Step 8. Root your device
Step 9. Done! your Nexus 6 is now Rooted...