Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Google Pixel And Pixel XL Gets VoLTE Support For Reliance Jio With Android 7.1.1 Update

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As we all know, yesterday Google rolled out Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Pixel, Pixel XL and compatible Nexus devices. The Pixel devices that were launched in India came with Android 7.1 Nougat did not have option to enable VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) support. The latest Android 7.1.1 finally brings support for VoLTE for Reliance Jio in India and other operators worldwide that support VoLTE.

You can enable VoLTE by enabling ‘Enhanced 4G LTE Mode’ from the cellular network settings. ‘HD’ in the status bar denotes that VoLTE is enabled.

In addition to several bug fixes and improvements, the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update also brings new emoji that reflect the pivotal roles women play in the world, option to send GIFs directly from the keyboard on supported apps such as Google Allo, Google Messenger and Hangouts, app shortcuts that can be launched directly from home screen and more for Nexus devices.

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Unlocked HTC One M9 Gets Nougat Update Tonight

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Unlocked HTC One M9 Gets Nougat Update Tonight

Today, Taiwanese phone maker HTC announced that they are ready to update their HTC One M9 smartphone to Android 7.0 Nougat - not long after updating the HTC 10 flagship to the same new version of Android. US owners of the unlocked One M9 will officially get Nougat starting later tonight. 

Just like on the HTC 10, the update will bring Android 7.0 Nougat to the One M9, not Android 7.1 Nougat. Nevertheless, this is excellent news for those rocking an unlocked M9. Unfortunately, carrier versions of both the HTC 10 and HTC One M9 will only receive Nougat updates starting early 2017. Before that, HTC might roll out a Nougat update to the unlocked One A9. 

Android Nougat brings a few new features that are baked into Android at a system level like improved battery-saving with a tweaked Doze, multi-window, improved notifications and in-line replies. Unlocked owners, start hammering on that System updates button.

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Android Distribution Update For December 2016 – Nougat Hits 0.4%

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Android Distribution Update For December 2016 – Nougat Hits 0.4%

New month, new statistics of the Android Distribution. Today, new Android Distribution numbers came for December 2016. According to the chart, Nougat is sitting at 0.4%, up from its initial launch on the chart of 0.3%. That’s a 0.1% jump. 

The chart shows, Marshmallow is up to 26.3% (from 24%). Lollipop dropped to 24% (from 34.1%), as did KitKat (now at 24%), Jelly Bean (now at 12.8%), Ice Cream Sandwich (1.3% to 1.2%), and Gingerbread (1.3% to 1.2%). Froyo remains on the list with 0.1% of the pie.

You want to check November’s numbers, you can view them here.

Source : Android Developers

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Android 7.1.1 Nougat Is Live For Pixel/XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C

11:48:00 PM

New month, new set of security updates. But this time, the update includes Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The factory images and OTA files are now live for Nexus, Pixel C, Pixel Phones. In this update you can also expect lift-to-check and double-tap to check gestures as part of the OTA update.

Here are the build numbers for Android 7.1.1 devices :

  • Pixel / Pixel XL: NMF26O
  • Pixel C: NMF26H
  • Nexus 6P: NMF26F (all carriers except Verizon)
  • Nexus 5X: NMF26F
  • Nexus 9 / 9 LTE: NMF26F
  • Nexus Player: NMF26J

Just like before, the Nexus 6 didn't get the Android 7.1.1 build yet. We'll update the post if anything happens with that device. Grab the files from the links below :

Source :  Factory Images | OTA Files

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Google's New Trusted Contacts App Lets You Share Your Location With Loved Ones

8:38:00 PM

Google's newly launched Trusted Contacts app is not your usual security Android app. The search giant targets a specific type of Android users, so don't expect Trusted Contacts to be very complex app that should protect your phone/tablet from unwanted intrusions.

The new app designed to help you share your location with the people that you trust. With Trusted Contacts, you can add your closest friends and family members, and allow them to request your location at any time.

When a trusted contact requests your location, you can either accept or deny the request. But if you don't respond, your location is automatically shared — and because it ties into your Google location history, your phone doesn't need to be switched on for this to work.

You can also directly ping your trusted contacts with your current location if necessary. And your approved trusted contacts can also see your activity details — like your battery level, and how recently you were active.

Apps like this can really be useful, providing safety and satisfaction to the loved ones, specially for parents. 
Trusted Contacts is available today on the Google Play Store for free, and works on phones running Android 4.1 and up.

Right now, we don't have the APK. We'll update the post with the APK when we have it. Till then you can use the Play Store link below and tell your family and friends to do so too, because this is the kind of app where by the time you wish you had it, it could already be too late.
Source : Google

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Google Restocks The 32GB "Really Blue" Pixel

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Picture Courtesy : Droid Life
When Google launched the Pixel phones, they launched them in three colors. Really Blue, Very Silver and Quite Black. Since Google’s Pixel smartphone has proven quite popular, the company has had a bit of trouble keeping up with demand, especially on Really Blue variant. So, the Really Blue variant of the smaller Pixel is back in stock on the Google Store.

The unique “Really Blue” color variant is one way the otherwise iPhone-like device stands out, as you won’t find the same striking blue-and-white combo on any other phone available today.

However, that variant is a limited edition, meaning it wouldn’t be sold indefinitely. Many assumed that after the first stock ran out, that would be all. Google later confirmed that it would be restocked.

The Google Store finally has refreshed stock of the 5-inch Pixel in its 32GB variant. Despite being a limited edition model, “Really Blue” is available at the same $649 price point.

Meanwhile, the larger Pixel XL still has no color or size variants in stock on the Google Store. It’s still unclear when Google will be refreshing stock of the 5.5-inch model, but we’re certainly keeping our eyes peeled for that. If you’re interested hit the source link below, you should probably act fast as there’s no telling how long stock will last.

Source : Google Store

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Swiftkey Makes All Themes Free on Android and iOS

1:30:00 PM

Yesterday, Swiftkey announces that themes in their Android and iOS keyboards are now all free. In addition to themes now being offered for free, the company has added some new themes, too. 

The new “Vivid” family of themes (pictured above) consists of bright colors, which will certainly make your keyboard stand out from the rest.

If you happen to be using the SwiftKey app for Android, you can access all of the optional, and free, themes by tapping or sliding on the hamburger menu on the left of the prediction bar, which will take you to the SwiftKey Hub. From there, tap on the Themes panel, then the ‘SwiftKey Store’ to check out all of the themes.

The SwiftKey app itself turned from a paid to a free app a couple years ago, and it appears that this move to ditch charging for themes could be a result of the company being acquired by Microsoft earlier this year. In other words, the app no longer really needs any extra charges under the wing of its parent company to support itself.

Are you glad you don’t have to pay for themes anymore with SwiftKey? Which theme is your favorite?

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Google's Daydream View VR Headset Is Now Available In Crimson Red And White

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Google's Daydream View VR Headset Is Now Available In Crimson Red And White

The Daydream View headset from Google is now available in the Crimson and Snow colors and you can now pre-order at the device store today. They will all look the same when your eyes are covered. Shipping starts December 8 and the price — $79 US — is the same as the gray version that was already available.

For that matter, everything else is the same, too. You'll need to have a Daydream compatible phone — right now that means the Pixel or a Moto Z that's been upgraded to Android 7 — an active Google account to install the stuff needed from Google Play, and some free time in an uncrowded room.

A spirit of adventure helps, too. Check 'em out at the link below.

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Huawei Shares Which Of Its Phones Will Be Updated To Android Nougat

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Huawei Shares Which Of Its Phones Will Be Updated To Android Nougat

Recently, Huawei confirmed a list of devices that will get Android Nougat update. Huawei plans to roll out Nougat update starting from Q1 2017 for its smartphones. Huawei Mate 8 and Huawei P9 smartphones will get the update first and few other devices will get it few weeks after that.

List of Huawei devices that are confirmed to get Android 7.0 Nougat update:

  • Huawei Mate 8
  • Huawei P9
  • Huawei P9 Plus
  • Huawei P9 lite
  • Nova Huawei
  • Huawei Nova Plus

Huawei did not say when the Huawei Mate S and other smartphones, mid-range smartphones like the G7 or tablets like MediaPad M3 will get the update. The company will likely add more devices to this list in future.

Regarding the new EMUI 5.0, Huawei said:

The new EMUI 5.0 along with Android 7.0 offers ease of use, improved efficiency and safety. With EMUI 5.0 user can activate 90% of the main functions in just two or three clicks. Moreover, thanks to “Machine Learning”, EMUI 5.0 is can dynamically optimize the most frequently used resources. It is also possible to manage the consumption of your device’s battery with greater ease and efficiency via the new intelligent system power management. Finally, EMUI 5.0 comes with enhanced security features, such as App Lock, which allows the user to ensure the highest safety levels for specific applications.
Source : GSMarena

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

OnePlus Releases Android Nougat 'Beta' Build For OnePlus 3

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OnePlus Releases Android Nougat 'Beta' Build For OnePlus 3

If you own OnePlus 3, you can be happy today. OnePlus stuck to its deadline as it announced the launch of Android Nougat based OxygenOS Open Beta 8 for OnePlus 3 users. The company had previously announced that it will launch the beta in November before rolling out the stable update before the end of the year.

OnePlus Forum users waited as November 30th rolled out, constantly refreshing the forums to check it the promised build had launched. Late last night, OnePlus announced the launch of the Open Beta 8 for OnePlus 3 users. This release comes after a closed beta test where the company tested the internal builds with selected users.

Here is the change log of the build :

  • Upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat
  • New Notifications Design
  • New Settings Menu Design
  • Multi-Window View
  • Notification Direct Reply
  • Custom DPI Support
  • Added Status Bar Icon Options
  • Added Quick Launch For 3rd Party Applications
  • Improved Shelf Customization

One thing to note is that the build is the first Beta for Android Nougat 7.0 and some bugs and broken things are expected. In fact, the company has warned that since this is a switch to new version of Android so this one may have more bugs than the normal community builds

And here is the list of things which doesn't work:

  • Android Pay may not work correctly
  • Some stability/performance issues
  • After upgrading to Android N, you will not be able to directly downgrade back to M builds.

Before you take the plunge and install this release, know that you won't be able to go back to Marshmallow without having your phone reset. And if you do want to go back, you'll need to contact OnePlus support to receive a special build of Marshmallow that isn't otherwise available.

So going this route is undoubtedly going to prove a hassle for many. The good news is that if you've waited this long for Nougat to hit the OnePlus 3, you can probably wait another month or so for the final, stable build, which was promised to come in December.

You can visit the link below for the forum post or to download the ZIP update file directly. 

Source : OnePlus Forums

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[APK] Google Hangouts Updated To v15 With GIF Keyboard Support on Android 7.1

8:37:00 PM

Google rolling out a new update to Hangouts, which includes GIF Keyboard support for Hangouts on Android 7.1 devices and few bug fixes. The update which bumps the app to version 15 allows users to send GIFs and spruce up your daily conversation.

In order to get to the GIF keyboard, you will have to open the emoji panel and look for the GIF button to the right of the space bar. You can search for GIFs ranging for various situations. The GIF keyboard works for regular Hangouts and not for Google Voice messages. The GIF keyboard first landed in the Android 7.1 Developer Preview a few weeks ago on Google’s Messenger app.

Along with GIF support, the latest update also fixes the bug from 14.0 that was showing the sender of a single person’s name twice in notifications. 
The rollout starts today and will be hitting throughout the week. From below you can download it either from the APKMirror or Play Store : 

Source : 9To5Google

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Reliance Jio Free Usage Offer Extended Till March 31 For New And Existing Customers And More

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Reliance Jio Free Usage Offer Extended Till March 31 For New And Existing Customers

Today, Reliance Jio announced a new “Happy New Year” offer for those who are signing up from 4th December 2016 and for old customers who are under Welcome offer and new customers will be upgraded to the new offer from 1st January 2017, and will continue to enjoy free Data, Voice, Video and the full bouquet of Jio applications and content till March 31st 2017.

Currently data is capped at 4GB per day under Welcome offer, for the Happy New Year offer data will be capped at 1GB per day, after that speed will be reduced to 128kbps. For those who want the same speed after FUP limit, Jio has launched two new vouchers for both prepaid and postpaid users.

  • Rs. 51 (MRP)– 1 GB valid for 1 day
  • Rs. 301 (MRP)– 6 GB valid for 28 days

You can do multiple recharges of the same data add-on voucher. These vouchers will be queued up for usage only once the first voucher has expired. These vouchers also have complete 24 hour validity, so it will not expire at the end of the day.

Jio users can use MyJio app, JioMoney app or go to jio.com to recharge with the new data vouchers.

Source : Jio

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YouTube Launches 4K Live Streaming

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YouTube Launches 4K Live Streaming

If you're a YouTuber that does a lot of livestreaming, get ready to do that streaming in 4K. Google announced that now you can 4K the live streams, which means both standard streams and those in 360-degree formats. 

Here’s what Google has to say about the launch of 4K live streaming:

For creators this means the ability to take advantage of an incredibly clear picture for recorded and now streaming video. It’s the kind of thing that can help to push their hardware (and their talen) to create the most beautiful or just plain crazy-looking images and videos possible. And with 360 4K live streams, the sky is (literally) the limit.
Live streams will look much cleaner. And since 360-degree videos get the feature as well, that could be amazing experiences at concerts or other public arenas. While the feature will be great for streaming events such as the Game Awards, outlets will no doubt find other uses. It’s only a matter of time before we see a 4K live stream of puppies. 

To learn more about broadcasting in 4K, hit up this Help Center article.

Source : YouTube

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Netflix Gains Offline Playback for All Streaming Plans

10:22:00 PM

Today, Netflix released a new worldwide update which allows you to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing. This feature is really good for those who want to binge watch shows or watch movies in airplane and other places where internet is expensive or not available..

You just need to click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an internet connection. All the downloaded content are stored in My Downloads. Netflix mentions that downloading and streaming consume similar amounts of data.

However, the content is limited right now so not all the content are available for download, but Netflix says most streaming series and movies are available, with more on the way.

The new Netflix Download & Go feature is included in all plans and is currently available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS.

Source : Netflix

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Google Improves Their Fake Google Play Store Reviews And Ratings Detection

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Today, Google announced they will be taking down fake reviews and ratings from the Google Play Store. Recently, they also added few security measures to detect fraud apps and now this. The company has improved its algorithm to make it smarter in detecting fake reviews and spam comments easily.

If you are an app developer and using a third-party service to promote your application, Google says you should work with your service provider to ensure that they're using legitimate practices. Here is what Google said in their blog post :

Recently, we announced our improvements in fighting fraudulent and spam app installs. In continuing our efforts to combat spammy behavior, we’ve also improved the ways we identify and remove fake reviews and ratings. With this enhanced capability we are now able to identify and remove more fake reviews and ratings with greater accuracy.
Many developers uses fake reviews and ratings, these paid fake reviews and ratings go against Google’s Play Developer Policy. Going forward, Google will be taking down such reviews and ratings automatically, and if it finds that a developer continues indulging in such tactics, their account itself could be banned.

With this move, the company is finally working on taking down spammers for good.

Source : Android Developers Blog

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