Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Google Assistant Will Gain A Payment Function In Soon Future Updates

10:58:00 AM

Google Assistant is an really amazing assistant but still lacks some functionality, the Amazon’s Alexa can do things like order you an Uber, order you a pizza, and make various purchases at your request that Google's Assistant can't, yet. It looks like Google Assistant will soon be able to do the same because thanks to an APK teardown by the folks at XDA (via 9to5Google), it seems that Google has included payment capabilities in the latest beta update.

According to the teardown of the Google app, version 6.11.13 beta APK, it has been discovered that there are several strings of code that indicate that Google Assistant will soon be able to handle credit cards.

<string name="assistant_payments_preference">assistantPayments</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_add_new_address">Add new address</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_address_line1">Address line 1</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_address_line2">Address line 2 (Optional)</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_gate_code">Gate code (Optional)</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_gate_code_too_long">Max %1$d characters</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_list_title">Delivery address</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_phone_number">Phone number</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_required_field">Required field</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_address_save_error">Error saving address.</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_device_title">Shared devices</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_done_button_text">Done</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_edit_address">Edit address</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_enabled_title">Pay through your Assistant</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_instrument_item_disabled">Disabled</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_instrument_item_expired">Expired</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_instrument_item_inapplicable">Inapplicable</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_instrument_item_needs_fix">Needs fix</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_instrument_item_unknown">Unknown</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_instrument_list_title">Payment method</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_oos_screen_description">Need help? Contact the Google Support Team for assistance</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_oos_screen_title">"Payments isn't currently available on the Google Assistant"</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_save_button_text">Save</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_accept_button_label">Accept</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_device_description_p1">"You'll soon be able to pay for things when you use Google Assistant, including on the following shared devices."</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_device_description_p2">Customize which of your shared devices are allowed to help you with payments and other personal tasks, like your calendar and services. You can also turn “Personal results” on or off later in your Assistant settings. <a href="<a class="vglnk" target="_blank" href="https://support.google.com/googlehome/?p=payments" rel="nofollow"><span>https</span><span>://</span><span>support</span><span>.</span><span>google</span><span>.</span><span>com</span><span>/</span><span>googlehome</span><span>/?</span><span>p</span><span>=</span><span>payments</span></a>">Learn more</a></string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_devices_title">Confirm shared devices</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_instrument_list_title">Choose card</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_next_button_label">Next</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_shipping_address_title">Choose address</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_splash_screen_button_label">Get started</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_splash_screen_subtitle">Set up payment info and addresses for your packages, groceries, and other purchases</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_splash_screen_title">Set up payment &amp; delivery info</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_setup_terms_of_service_title">Terms of Service</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_summary">Manage payment methods and addresses</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_title">Payments</string><string name="assistant_settings_payments_update_error">Error while updating payments settings. Please try again.</string><string name="common_device_personal_info_permission_summary">Allow this Google Home to read out your private info like your calendar and flights, display your photos on TV, and help you with orders, reservations, and payments</string>

 It is unclear yet as to what exactly these payments will be used for, but it has been speculated that we’re probably looking at something similar to what Alexa does, which is for services and online shopping, like Google Express Shopping.

Uber has already been integrated into Google Home so we guess this payments support is really just an expansion of its capabilities. There is also a mention of Assistant featuring “shared devices”, which sounds like payments could be enabled on a device-to-device basis as opposed to across the board, which hopefully should prevent accidental purchases.
No word on when the new feature will be rolled out officially, but if it has been spotted in the latest APK, we reckon it shouldn’t be too long until it does.

Source : XDA Developers | 9to5Google

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

[Weekly Wallpapers] 4K Wintery Wallpapers Perfect For Your Pixel XL, LG V20, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, HTC 10 And Others

10:15:00 PM

Winter is on the peak and no one would blame you if you'd rather just tuck in for a few months and wait for things to warm up a bit. However, if you are one of those people who just can't get enough of the snow outside (like me!) and want to take some of that wintry magic everywhere they go, we've got a nice collection of smartphone and tablet wallpapers just for you! 

You can't deny that there's just something about nature during the winter that makes everything looks so beautiful and serene. So today, we've few images for you to enjoy, and they come in a variety of different sizes and orientations. We've got you covered with classic vertical backgrounds, as well as wider images that are perfect for scrolling home screen setups. All the wallpapers are high-resolution, high-quality, and you will surely find something to fit your smartphone or tablet screen, no matter whether it has a 720p or a 4K resolution. Enjoy!

You can either download them individually from below or just go here to grab the whole zip : 

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Facebook Fixed The Battery Drain Issue, Reset Your App To Apply The Fix

11:35:00 PM

Recently, people were reporting that their device having very nasty battery drains and only Facebook and Facebook Messenger were on the top of the list in the battery graph. Today, Facebook has fixed a nasty bug in its Messenger app that was draining some users' batteries incredibly fast and making their phones get too hot.

David Marcus, the VP of messaging products at the social network, confirmed on Twitter that there was a bug, and that it should now be solved. Here is what he said :

"Issue was isolated and fixed server side. If you restart Messenger the problem should be gone now. Very sorry."
This issue appeared to have only been an issue on Android smartphones. Plenty of people complained about the bug online. "Shoutout to facebook/messenger apps for destroying 90% of my phone battery in three hours when i wasn't even using them," one Twitter user wrote on Tuesday.

"Facebook messenger used 15% of my battery today. I haven't opened it at all this week," said another.

One Reddit user said they even deleted the Facebook and Messenger apps as a result: "It was draining my battery really bad and phone was getting hot. Had to delete them."

In short: If you're experiencing rapid battery drain on your Android, Facebook Messenger is probably the problem. Restart the app, and the issue should be fixed. (But let us know if it isn't!)

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Google Assistant Update Brings Ability To Take Screenshots

10:18:00 PM

Let's talk about taking screenshots, when Google made another method to take screenshot other than pressing combo button on your phone, they also removed it pretty soon. The option was previously available with Google Now on Tap, Assistant’s predecessor, as part of the screen search function but it wasn’t carried over to Assistant. Google Assistant can now take and share screenshots as of the Google App 6.10 beta. 

Like Google Assistant, Google Now on Tap users can press and hold the home button to deliver information regarding what’s currently on screen (albeit with a slightly different interface). They can also share that screen capture, however, meaning they don’t have to resort to the traditional multi-button press method for taking a screenshot.

This function now appears in the Google App 6.10 beta, so it should also arrive in the final build when it’s set live (we don’t yet know when that will be). You’ll find it next to the “send feedback” button at the bottom of the cards list after you press and hold the home button.

You can then share the screenshot using any of their installed apps, though it will only work where there is text or information that Assistant can read. As such, using it to capture your home screen won’t work.

Source : 9to5google

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

[APK] WhatsApp Beta v2.17.6 Adds GIF Search And Raises Media Sharing Limit From 10 To 30

8:14:00 PM

WhatsApp’s really been gradual when it comes to rolling out a complete GIF support to its app. In August last year, WhatsApp rolled out the ability to convert videos and share them as GIFs, then a couple of months later, WhatsApp allowed users to share GIFs saved on their devices, later it finally added the feature to search and insert GIF through GIPHY, but that was rolled out exclusively for iOS. At last, the search and insert GIF feature has been rolled out to Android as well.

Which means, you no longer require a third party app like a Giphy, or the GBoard app, or to have the GIFs saved on your phones beforehand to share GIFs now. The function shows up within the keyboard when you tap the emoji button in the text box. With the new update, users will be able to see a new GIF option right next to the emoji button at the bottom bar. You can then scroll through popular GIFs and insert them right away or search GIPHY for a keyword to find the appropriate animation for your current state.

When GIF support first launched, users could convert live images or videos into short GIFs and send them on WhatsApp. Later, you could even share saved GIFs directly from the phone, and now integration of Giphy makes GIF-sharing extremely seamless.

Furthermore, a significant change with respect to image sharing has been introduced. The ceiling limit of sharing 10 photos at a time via WhatsApp has been increased to 30. This change will be greatly welcomed by users, as sharing bulk images on WhatsApp was a tedious task due to the cap. This raise in ceiling limit will smooth things out a bit. (Go crazy!)

As we said, if you want to try out these options, you need the version 2.17.6 beta of the app which you can obtain either by joining the Google Play Store beta and downloading it there or by grabbing the APK directly from below :

Source : Android Police

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[Leaked] Purported Moto G5 Plus With The Specs

1:45:00 PM

[Leaked] Purported Moto G5 Plus With The  Specs

Motorola mainly focus on budget phones rather than flagships, like their Moto G line. It has been one of its most successful lines of phones ever, so it makes sense that the company would want to follow-up last year’s Moto G4 and G4 Plus with a Moto G5 and G5 Plus. 

So, today one of the Romanian re-seller site pops up with all the details of the Plus version of Moto G5, including pictures of every angle of the phone. 

The seller’s listing refers to the phone pictured above and below as the Moto G5 Plus under model number XT1685. It also states that this is a phone not yet on the market, yet should be by March 2017. The XT1685 number has been tossed around over the past few weeks as the Moto G5 Plus.

As for Moto G5 specs, the sellers says that the phone features the following:

  • 5.5-inch FHD (1080p) display
  • Snapdragon 625 processor (octa-core), Adreno 506
  • 13MP rear camera. 5MP front camera
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • 3080mAh battery
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
And here are a bunch of pictures from the listing:

While we have no insider info on either phone, this can be the new Moto G5. Also, the specs are exactly that of a Moto G, not a Moto X, and match up well with last year’s G4 line.

Source : OLX | Reddit

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Monday, January 2, 2017

[Leaked] Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Full Details Revealed Ahead Of CES Launch

1:55:00 PM

Few days back, Qualcomm said that it would release more information about its upcoming flagship Snapdragon 835 chipset at CES. Back in November, Qualcomm pre-announced a few general specs for the 835 and detailed the benefits of a die shrink to 10nm. Today, some slides giving away information about the chipset that were leaked prior to CES launch.

Expected to be built by Samsung using the 10nm mode, the Snapdragon 835 SoC will provide 27% improved performance over the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, using less energy than the latter. It also has a smaller footprint than the Snapdragon 820.

The X16 LTE modem on the Snapdragon 835 SoC is the first chipset to have a gigabit-class LTE modem. The slides also indicate that the chip will sport Kryo 280 cores. The Adreno 540 GPU supports 60 times as many colors as the most recent Snapdragon chipsets, with 25% faster rendering. Video wise, there is support for 10-bit, 4K, 60 fps video playback with OpenGL ES, Vulkan, and DirectX 12 graphics.

With the Snapdragon 835 we could see more room for larger batteries, cameras with faster autofocus, and Quick Charge 4. The latter powers up batteries 20% faster than Quick Charge 3. This means that 5-minutes in the outlet will give users 5-extra hours of battery life. 15-minutes of charging will take the cell to 50% full.

The Snapdragon 835 chipset could be found first on the LG G6 or on certain versions of the Samsung Galaxy S8.  Over the course of the next week and the coming months, we should see a plenty of devices launch with the 835. Keep it locked to Kickedface for the latest news and announcements.

Source : Videocardz

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

PM Narendra Modi Launched BHIM App In India For Cashless Payments

5:55:00 PM

PM Narendra Modi Launched BHIM App In India For Cashless Payments

Today, the Indian government took a big step towards cashless transactions across the company today launched the Bharat Interface For Money also know as BHIM application for Android devices. The app has a very simple and ease to use UI, which will help widen its adoption among new smartphone users and small traders. And yes PM Modi is using Google Pixel Very Silver (Color) in the above picture.

Unlike Paytm and other similar services, BHIM is directly linked to your bank account and is not a wallet service. This means that any money you send or receive will be directly debited or credited from your linked bank account. Compared to IMPS, RTGS, and NEFT, using BHIM is simple and easy to use. To send money to someone, you can simply scan a QR code or enter their custom payment address that can be set up from within the app. There is no need to know one’s bank account number, IFSC code, or other such details.

For now, there is a restriction of Rs 10,000 per transaction and Rs 20,000 within 24 hours while using BHIM. There are no charges for using UPI as of now, though this might change in the future. Since UPI and BHIM are relatively new, mass adoption will take time. BHIM and UPI are supported by 31 banks, with the app switching to traditional IMPS for banks that don’t have UPI support.

UPI and BHIM might be fairly new, but with the Indian government aggressively pushing for cashless economy and transactions, it’s only a matter of time before we see the app being widely used by Indian citizens for sending and receiving money in their daily life. You can download the app from Play Store or the link given below :

Source : Times of India

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[Official] LineageOS Logo, It Begins

5:23:00 PM

As we all know about the new LineageOS brand, which an rebranded version of CM (CyanogenMod). Recently they are migrating their source codes and running up the machines to get ready for the release or development, this morning they dropped the new logo of the company LineageOS. You can see the logo above this. 

Also there are several unofficial builds being done for phones like OnePlus 3, Redmi Note 2, HTC 10.

That's it! To us, this looks little robot-ish to us. Let's see what future holds next for this company

Source : Gerrit | Reddit

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Google Play Store Now Supports Carrier Billing From Airtel And Vodafone In India

4:34:00 PM

This year, Google had announced carrier billing with Idea Cellular, although the service wasn’t rolled out immediately. Idea was the first cellular company which enabled carrier billing, so following their steps, today Airtel and Vodafone did the same and it is going live in India for Google Play Store. Google has officially announced the partnership at the Google Playtime event in India in October, but didn’t share any timeline. 

Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) allows you to buy apps, music, books, and movies from the Google Play Store while the cost is reflected in your postpaid mobile bill or taken off your prepaid balance.

If you want to buy anything on Play Store, you can set up carrier billing under the ‘Add a new payment’ option. It was seamless, really. To use the integrated billing system, each time you need to make a purchase, simply choose ‘Bill my Airtel Account’ on the payment method prompt.

Interestingly, Microsoft was the first to enable carrier billing in India. Idea Cellular had enabled carrier billing on Windows Store in December 2014.

Is carrier billing working for you on the Google Play Store? Tell us in the comments, and share which carrier are you on.

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Urban Armor Gear Announces New cases For Pixel and Pixel XL

1:16:00 PM

Urban Armor Gear has been a popular case maker in the world of Android and iOS for a while, but it isn’t always quick to release cases for new devices. That’s what happened with Google’s new Pixel smartphones, but now the company has confirmed new cases for the Pixel and Pixel XL.

The “Plasma” series of cases from UAG offers a tough, rugged design which can withstand drops with ease without adding a ton of bulk. It also offers tactile buttons, generous cutouts for the charging and headphone ports, as well as precise cutouts for the fingerprint sensor and camera.

The case has a design unique to Urban Armor Gear, and even meets military spec ratings against drops (MIL STD 810G 516.6).

Right now, Urban Armor Gear is offering the Plasma series case for the Pixel and Pixel XL for $39.99 each through its store in either “Ice” or “Ash” colors. Amazon is also offering both cases for $29.99 on the Pixel and Pixel XL. Hit the links to check the out the cases for the individual variant :

Source : PRNewsWire

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Samsung Announces Android 7.1.1 Nougat Stable Update Coming in January

1:03:00 PM

Back in November, there was an Galaxy Beta Program for Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, so that they could beta test and provide feedback on the upcoming release of Nougat. After rolling out the fourth major update last week, Samsung has announced that they will release the final and official build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat to their flagship devices in January.

Samsung’s latest message to the those in the Galaxy Beta Program, as attained by SamMobile, states that they plan to begin rolling out that build of Nougat in January:

We would do our best to distribute the official version in January as soon as possible.
Samsung also states that the Galaxy Beta Program is coming to a close on December 30 by 24:00. What this means is that there will be no additional beta updates for those in the program. With its closure, Samsung will no longer accept feedback from within the “Error report” and “Suggestion” sections but do plan to monitor “community.”

Finally, the company thanks all those who participated in the Galaxy Beta Program. Listening to feedback, Samsung plans to implement as much of it as possible in the final build of Nougat for the S7 and S7 edge.

Source : SamMobile

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

[Rumor] Samsung Galaxy S8 Will Ditch Physical Buttons And May Get An S Pen Accessory

12:38:00 PM

[Rumor] Samsung Galaxy S8 Will Ditch Physical Buttons And May Get An S Pen Accessory

With all this Note 7 incident still winding down, Samsung is likely hoping to move past it with their next flagship. Currently slated for April, a new rumor (via David Ruddock) corroborates several earlier reports that the Galaxy S8 is finally removing capacitive buttons for software navigation keys.

These software navigation keys will come with 3D-touch like functionality. A physical home button and two capacitive keys on either side has been a trademark for Samsung phones. Ruddock further says the soft keys that will be pressure sensitive can be configurable/customizable, as well. As Samsung will do away with the home button and capacitive keys, the S8 will sport a tiny bottom bezel. The Galaxy S8 is also expected to sport the fingerprint sensor at the back and Samsung is doing away with the home button at the front. However, exact placement of the fingerprint sensor is not known. Earlier reports said that the Galaxy S8 might be the first smartphone to feature optical fingerprint recognition technology so that the fingerprint sensor could be embedded inside the display itself instead of placing it under the home button.

Samsung is rumored to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy S8 as well. The company is tipped to introduce two versions of the Galaxy S8 smartphone, one with a 6.2-inch bezel-less display and a 5.7-inch variant with a curved display with model numbers – SM-G950 and SM-G955. Both the phones are said to sport thinner bezels.

According to earlier rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be suitable for VR out of the box, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 or Samsung Exynos 8895 10nm SoCs and pack 6GB RAM. It is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in February and go on sale in March.

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