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As promised at the Google I/O earlier, a new Beta section has arrived in the Google Play menu for beta testers. If you are testing beta software on your Android device, you should now be able to find them under My apps & games > Beta in the Play Store.

The best part about the section is that it will let you opt out of the beta testing as well, if you so choose. Conversely, the user will also be able to sign up for new beta testing options from the same menu. In order to see this section on your smartphone, the required Google Play version is 6.7.13 as per reports.

Although this isn't something that will interest the average user, tech-enthusiasts should find the new feature pretty useful. We like the option of being able to experience new features for our favorite apps before others, but beta testing can cause performance issues on your smartphone. If you are facing such problems from any of the beta apps, you can now opt out of the program with ease. Provided that your Play Store is up to date and you still cannot see the options, you will possibly need to wait a while before the update arrives for your smartphone.

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

The second last Developer Preview for the next Android OS has been released and after the next one, the final build will be made available to smartphone manufacturers all over the world. So what new features does Android N Developer Preview 4 bring to the table? Let us take a look at some of them.


Android N will allow for better graphics in games and 3D apps, with the help of the Vulkan 3D Graphics API. As the API puts less pressure on the processor than OpenGL, we expect app developers to be able to provide better details in terms of graphics than ever before.

The JTI Compiler on the other hand, will make installing apps 75% faster! Not to mention, the compiled code size will also be decreased into half of what it is right now.


Direct Reply will allow you to reply to messages and emails from the notification bar itself. The user will also be able to long-press a notification to bring up various interactive options.

The Daydream platform, along with the Daydream headset will offer brand new VR capabilities to Android users.

There's an improved multitasking experience bundled in, along with an upgraded multitasking menu, complete with a Clear All option.

If you like Emojis, Google has packed in 72 new ones (Unicode) and 9 realistic glyphs with variable skin tones.

Android N will finally support split-screen by default on both Android smartphones and TV sets.

Doze Now will be saving the phone's battery, even while the display is off.


Android N brings in new security features through file-based encryption, framework hardening and regular updates. What is amazing is that the new update system will operate on two system images. It will allow the phone to download and install updates in the background, without disabling the phone during the update process. The updated image file will come into action as soon as you restart your phone.

These are just some of the many new updates that are brought into the fray by the Developer Preview 4 and we are sure that many more are yet to come. By the way, If you tap repeatedly (7 times to be precise) on the version name in the Android N Developer version 4 from the Settings menu, you will see the name displayed as "Namey McNameFace." This is of course a joke, so rest easy!

Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

The Cyanogen OS version 13.1 update is now out for relevant devices and it brings a unique feature along with it, called "Mods." This is not exactly a single feature, but an integration of multiple features from different external apps, built right into the Cyanogen OS itself. In order to understand what we are talking about here, consider the following example. Since it is a part of the Operating System's in-built Phone application, your Skype contacts can now be found in your smartphone's contacts by default, just like all the other contacts. You can place a Skype voice/video call directly from there.

Other popular third-party applications integrated in the OS are; Twitter in the lock screen, OneNote in the E-mail app and Hyperlapse in the camera. You can also instruct Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant, to take a selfie by simply saying, "take a selfie!" If you found these features to be interesting then there's much more waiting for you once you actually start using the new OS. As of now, it is only available for the OnePlus One, but YU and Zuk devices are also sure to start receiving the upgrade any day now.

***Cyanogen OS is different from CyanogenMod OS and this news is in relation to the former, as stated throughout the article.

Author: 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)

Let's face it, when you're playing mobile games going from A to B, you don't want anything too serious. Casual games might once have been seen as lesser than triple A titles but they have their own place on your Android device. With millions of games on the Play Store, here are the ones that we love to pick up and play in seconds.

Zynga Poker

Have a passion for casino games and want to play them for free? This social casino app will integrate seamlessly into your Facebook profile, which you can use to tempt your friends to play too. This will give you free in app currency to play with, though you won't win real cash from it. It's one of the biggest social casino communities too, as you can sit at the table and chat with your fellow players. Zynga have all sorts of apps that will give you hours of entertainment and most of them are free too.

If you'd prefer to play real mobile poker games for cash then check out the impartial reviews on They'll steer you in the right direction of where to play and what bonuses you can expect for doing so. This is an easy way to find your new favourite real cash poker app, while playing online safely too.

Alto's Adventure

If you loved Temple Run then download this game from the Play Store right now, as it has the same UI with even more features. Instead of escaping evil creatures from the temple, you'll be snowboarding down the mountain, attempting to beat an avalanche to the bottom.

Playing beautifully on just about every Android device and offering a new twist on reflex testing action, Alto's Adventure is the perfect pick up and play game. The art style of the game is yet another plus point, as it has a Mayan vibe - think The Emperor's New Groove. Connect with friends to compare high scores and beat each other to the bottom of the mountain before you know it.

Geometry Dash Meltdown

This rhythm based game will have you tapping your fingers and feet in unison when you play it. It looks kind of like Super Mario for the NES but the interface is totally different. Expect bright colours and jazzy tunes to keep you scrolling through each level in style. The geometric shapes and level based gameplay makes this game a one of a kind creation, which looks best on HD screens.

The aim of the game is to get from one side of the level to the other, without getting trapped in any of the pitfalls on the way. It's one of those games that can be played in an instant but can take a lifetime to master properly and complete. On the lower levels the soundtrack is slow and almost melodic but as the levels heat up, so do the effects. Eventually, it becomes a fast paced game that might just have you throwing your phone out the window in frustration.

Mo Cheng

Editor in Chief

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