Subscribe: Android Match
http://androidmatch.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Preview: Android Match

Android Match



All About Android



Updated: 2017-10-18T16:23:20.066+07:00

 



Chrome for Android is testing a 'breaking news' push notification

2017-10-18T16:23:20.081+07:00

(image)

Whether on mobile or desktop, Chrome always has a few experimental tricks up its sleeve. You can find these at chrome://flags where they can be enabled or disabled. Google uses these to test new features ahead of turning them on permanently, and lots of what we love about chrome started out as an optional flag.

The latest of these experiments to hit the Canary channel of Chrome for Android is a flag that could offer up push notifications for breaking news events.

Read More

Chrome for Android is testing a 'breaking news' push notification was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



Essential is being sued for its wireless accessory connector

2017-10-18T05:29:17.819+07:00

Essential’s accessory connector is an interesting one. It uses two physical power pins and wireless data transfer. Unfortunately, a previous potential partner is suing the company over that wireless data transfer tech.

Essential was in talks with Keyssa (backed by Tony Fadell, an ex-Google employee just like Andy Rubin) over its wireless data transfer technology for 10 months but an agreement was never reached. The company ended up going with SiBEAM for the wireless accessory connector, but Keyssa alleges that Essential used techniques that it developed to build the connector.

Whether this is true or not remains to be seen, but it’s yet another challenge that Essential is facing. The launch of the Essential Phone was a bumpy ride and issue after issue has popped up. Hopefully this blows over smoothly.


Android Match



WhatsApp now rolling out live location sharing

2017-10-18T04:23:17.929+07:00

(image)

Live location sharing is pretty popular. Google Maps added it back in March, followed by Facebook Messenger the same month and Snapchat in June. Given that Messenger has had it for a few months, it makes sense that the feature would eventually make its way to Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

Now the time has come, as WhatsApp announced on its blog that the feature will be rolling out to the iOS and Android apps "in the coming weeks." There's a new 'Share Live Location' option in the attach menu, where you can choose how long to share where you are.

Read More

WhatsApp now rolling out live location sharing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



WhatsApp announces encrypted location sharing

2017-10-18T04:14:43.357+07:00

Sharing one’s location is definitely not hard these days, as it’s a feature that is built into most services in some way or another.

Now WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging platforms out there, is announcing its own effort in the location sharing game. Today the company officially announced a brand new way to share your “live location,” effectively giving real-time location info to those you want to share it with.

It works about the same way it does in any other messaging service. You open a chat with the person you want to share your location with — the feature also supports groups, too — and from there, you open the “Location” option within the attach section and click the new “Share Live Location.” You will get to pick how long you share your location with the people in the chat. So if you just want to let them know where you are for a half hour, you’ll be able to do that.

Once the timer runs out, the app will stop sharing your location automatically. And if you want to stop sharing sooner, you can end it at any time. What’s more, this location sharing in real-time is end-to-end encrypted.

According to WhatsApp, this new feature will be available for both the Android and iOS apps, and it will begin rolling out to users in the coming weeks. So if this is something you’ll want to use, keep an eye out for it.


Android Match



You can now stream YouTube TV using your Google Home

2017-10-18T04:14:42.161+07:00

The great thing about YouTube TV is that you can stream it from your phone to any cast-enabled device. There’s no need for an expensive, bulky set-top box with a terrible interface.  And now you’ll be able to do the same from your Google Home.

Google has announced that you can ask your Google Home to stream different shows or content with your voice. You’ll also be able to control it, including rewinding 15 seconds and enabling captions.

If you want to give it a shot, head to the Google Home app and link YouTube TV to it. And if you haven’t signed up for YouTube TV, Google is offering up a free $35 Chromecast to those who do.


Android Match



Game Dev Tycoon is coming to Android in January

2017-10-18T03:43:41.573+07:00

(image)

You may recall Game Dev Story, a mobile game where you had to create and manage your own game company. It is still popular, but it has largely stayed unchanged since it arrived on the Play Store in 2010. Game Dev Tycoon is a similar title, first released in 2012 for the PC and published on Steam in 2013. Greenheart Games, the studio behind the game, has announced that an Android version is coming in January 2018.

Read More

Game Dev Tycoon is coming to Android in January was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



Google Calendar on the web adds Material Design and new features

2017-10-18T03:35:00.305+07:00

For users of Google Calendar, especially enterprise users, there is a new update for the web client that not only updates the aesthetics but also brings in new features.

Today Google announced several changes and tweaks to Google Calendar on the web. First and foremost, the service is getting a major design overhaul, finally adopting Google’s Material Design aesthetic. It should help users navigate easier and get things done even faster while adding a responsive design that adjusts automatically to screen size.

The majority of the new features are geared towards enterprise users. Specifically, some changes can be implemented by G Suite administrators. That includes the ability to input specific information about a conference room where an upcoming meeting is going to be held. Admins will be able to show how big the room is, where it is located, whether or not it’s wheelchair accessible, and much more. Users can hover their mouse over the calendar event and see the pertinent information.

Calendar links can now support hyperlinks and rich formatting, which can help create more detailed agendas. And finally, there is a new “Day” view which will make it easier to manage multiple calendars much faster.

These new updates, along with the adoption of Material Design, are rolling out today. G Suite Admins will be able to roll out the changes beginning today. As for casual users of Google Calendar on the web, if you want to adopt the new changes you’ll need to click the “Use new Calendar” option at the top-right of the main calendar view to load up the new features and look.

How often do you use Google Calendar on the web?


Android Match



31 new and notable Android games from the last week (10/11/17 - 10/17/17)

2017-10-18T02:43:50.686+07:00

(image) Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Games

Thimbleweed Park

Android Police coverage: After a week delay, Thimbleweed Park is finally available on the Play Store

Thimbleweed Park is a port of the console and PC point and click adventure game that was just brought to Android.

Read More

31 new and notable Android games from the last week (10/11/17 - 10/17/17) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



OneNote adds fingerprint security and the ability to create password protected sections

2017-10-18T02:38:16.908+07:00

(image)

Microsoft's services can be hit or miss, but when it comes to OneNote, it's most certainly a hit. The note-taking application has been, quite deservedly, at the top of most productivity lists for a long time. And a recent update to the Android app has made it even easier to keep your notes secure, too. Now you can add passwords and use your fingerprint to unlock sections. 

(image)  (image)

The section protection and password setup process

It's worth noting (ha) that OneNote received the ability to open password-protected sections in an earlier update, but now you can also create them from your phone.

Read More

OneNote adds fingerprint security and the ability to create password protected sections was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



Google announces Pixel Visual Core co-processor for better HDR+ photos

2017-10-18T01:25:00.032+07:00

The camera in a smartphone is one of its most important features, and Google is not messing around with the camera in its Pixel smartphone lineup.

That began with the original models last year and the trend continues with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which will officially go on sale this Friday, October 19. When owners start getting their hands on the new flagships, they’ll see even better HDR+ photos from the built-in camera. And Google is making that possible with machine learning, the hardware itself, and the software. But it also developed its own co-processor to help with the task.

Google today officially unveiled its custom Pixel Visual Core co-processor. The SoC is designed to help off-load some of the work needed to create such amazing pictures taken with the newest Pixel smartphones. With it, Google can get more power-efficient HDR+ processing while at the same time handling the most challenging of image rendering and processes tied to machine learning.

The Pixel Visual Core is built into every single Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL unit. But this is Google we’re talking about, so just getting the best possible images out of the built-in camera isn’t good enough. The Pixel Visual Core co-processor will be turned on through a software update along with the public launch of Android 8.1 Oreo and will allow third-party applications to take advantage of the better HDR+ photos.

(image)

You can see the results in the image just above. On the left, the image was snapped with a third-party camera app on the Pixel 2. Meanwhile, on the right is a photo snapped with the Pixel 2 using the Pixel Visual Core. The difference is pretty stunning.

As mentioned above, the Pixel Visual Core isn’t active just yet. It will go live with the upcoming Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview, which will launch in the coming weeks. Google will let it loose for all Pixel 2 owners with third-party apps through the stock camera API.

The camera in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are already getting praised quite a bit in initial reviews for both devices, so knowing that it will get even better in the coming weeks is pretty exciting for owners of the new flagships.

Did you pre-order the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL?


Android Match



LastPass releases separate beta listing on the Play Store to test autofill in Android Oreo

2017-10-18T00:19:07.538+07:00

(image)

When Google released the final version of Android Oreo in late August, one of the most useful new features was the new Autofill API. This is essentially a system-wide solution similar to the way autofill works in Chrome, and that's something that can save us all a lot of time.

Developers need to get their apps ready for new API, and password manager LastPass was one of the first to come out and say it was in the works.

Read More

LastPass releases separate beta listing on the Play Store to test autofill in Android Oreo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



Lawnchair Launcher, the Pixel-like homescreen replacement with Feed support, now on the Play Store

2017-10-17T23:59:39.152+07:00

(image)

Lawnchair is one of the newer names in the highly competitive Android launcher space. It's worth your attention, though, as it does have a few unique features. Visually, it's able to clone the appearance and general functionality of the Pixel Launcher, even down to including the slide-out Google Feed. It also supports icon packs, if that's your thing, and it's open source. Best of all, though, now it's available in the Play Store. 

 (image)   (image)  (image)

I've been using Lawnchair off and on since the first few versions hit XDA and reddit, and it's been getting better with every release.

Read More

Lawnchair Launcher, the Pixel-like homescreen replacement with Feed support, now on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



The Pixel 2's camera displays photos using the "Google Photos filmstrip" and not some standalone gallery app

2017-10-17T23:45:00.144+07:00

(image)

By now you've probably overdosed on all the Google Pixel reviews (here's ours by the way), but one thing we wanted to focus on was an interesting change in the way the Camera app will handle photo viewing on the phone.

Previously, whether you were on a Nexus or the first-gen Pixel, when you took a photo and tapped it from the Camera app, you'd be taken to a slightly barren interface like the one below: back button and All photos on top, sharing and editing and deleting and info on the bottom.

Read More

The Pixel 2's camera displays photos using the "Google Photos filmstrip" and not some standalone gallery app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



ZTE Axon M has two displays and costs $725 on AT&T

2017-10-17T23:19:24.226+07:00

Back in September, the ZTE Axon M first surfaced along with a report detailing a foldable smartphone that would boast two full displays.

That device is now officially official. ZTE has announced the Axon M, which does indeed feature a foldable design and two screens. Those displays each measure in at 5.2 inches, they both have a resolution 1080p HD display, and they boast Corning Gorilla Glass 5. When the Axon M is unfolded, the displays will measure 6.75 inches diagonally.

ZTE is doing what it can to take advantage of the dual displays. There is a Dual Mode that will let owners use two different apps on each display at the same time. The Extended Mode will stretch the UI across both screens, which means you can use both displays in tandem to do stuff like play games and watch content. There is even a Mirror Mode, which means you can mirror what’s happening on one display to the next.

As for the rest of the device, the Axon M has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor under the hood, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of built-in storage. There is a microSD card reader for expandable storage if needed. There’s a single 20-megapixel camera, and the battery measures in at 3180mAh. ZTE is including Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box, but the company is planning on rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo at some point in the future.

AT&T is the exclusive carrier for the Axon M. Subscribers will be able to pay $24.17 per month for 30 months when it goes up for sale.

Who’s picking one up?


Android Match



Android Auto support arrives in Plex [APK Download]

2017-10-17T22:40:01.310+07:00

(image)

Plex is a popular option for streaming your media collection across your network (or the internet), including music. Just like with video files, you can store all your music on a centralized server (or a cloud storage service with Plex Cloud), and stream it to any device at any time. If you've switched over to Plex for your music playback needs, like me, you'll be happy to know that the app now supports Android Auto.

Read More

Android Auto support arrives in Plex [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



Some Nougat users can't back up their phones with Drive as it incorrectly shows "disabled by admin"

2017-10-17T20:03:33.166+07:00

(image)

Another day, another inexplicable Google bug. This time we have Google Drive and backups in Android's settings. Some users, all of whom appear to be on Nougat, are seeing this message when they delve into their phone's settings to turn on backups to Google Drive: "Disabled by your admin."

You might think that this would happen if a G-Suite account is on the device and there's an admin blocking the feature, but nope.

Read More

Some Nougat users can't back up their phones with Drive as it incorrectly shows "disabled by admin" was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



Google app v7.14 beta teases Assistant for tablets, adds 'unlink' for Android TV devices, and more [APK Teardown]

2017-10-17T19:03:29.919+07:00

(image)

A new version of the Google app began circulating the beta channel late last night. This one brings a small addition that makes it easy to remove your account from a linked Android TV unit with Assistant. It's not too exciting, but it is important to have available. The more interesting details are found in the teardown, where we finally see a sign that Assistant is coming to tablets soon, the 'Recents' screen is going to get a bit more versatile with more types of content, and more.

Read More

Google app v7.14 beta teases Assistant for tablets, adds 'unlink' for Android TV devices, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



[Deal Alert] Nova Launcher Prime is down to Rs.10 in India for Diwali

2017-10-17T17:43:14.778+07:00

(image)

Listen up, you Nova customization geeks. We know you've been looking at your phone's homescreen for months hoping you could just hide that app from your drawer, use a clockwise rotation gesture to open the clock app, or swipe up on your messaging app to launch directly into a chat with your best friend/partner. Well, if you live in India, now's your lucky time.

Nova Launcher Prime, the paid upgrade to Nova Launcher that enables gestures, unread count badges, custom app drawer groups, app hiding, icon swipes, and much more, is being discounted to the sexy price of Rs.10.

Read More

[Deal Alert] Nova Launcher Prime is down to Rs.10 in India for Diwali was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



New Google Wifi update adds support for parental controls and more [APK Download]

2017-10-17T07:28:05.031+07:00

(image)

The internet can be a dangerous place, especially for kids. Many routers these days have some sort of parental control settings to help block access to nefarious or unsavory websites. Google's Wifi system is joining the party with the latest update. There's more stuff to be had here, but site blocking is certainly the highlight.

As usual, here's the changelog:

  • Site blocking: Restrict devices or groups of devices from accessing adult websites
  • Network optimization for time-sensitive data streams: Real-time traffic, such as voice calls and video calls, will perform better
  • IPv6: Support for custom DNS
  • General stability and performance improvements

Network optimization is another good feature to see, and it's one I use often in my home.

Read More

New Google Wifi update adds support for parental controls and more [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



OnePlus 3 and 3T receive Android 8.0 Oreo as part of Open Beta update

2017-10-17T06:25:17.047+07:00

OnePlus has said before that it plans to release Android Oreo for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, and now owners of those devices can get an early taste of that update.

The OxygenOS Open Beta based on Android 8.0 Oreo is now available for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Specifically, OnePlus 3 owners are getting Open Beta 25, while OnePlus 3T owners are getting Open Beta 16

As for what’s included in this update, here’s the changelog from OnePlus:

System changes
Update to Android O (8.0)

  • Added Picture in Picture
  • Added Auto-fill
  • Added Smart text selection
  • New Quick Settings design
  • September security patch

Launcher changes

  • Added Notification dots in Launcher
  • Added OnePlus account login for access to Shot on OnePlus
  • Now able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus through wallpapers

Known issues:

  • Fingerprint actions may be slower than you are used to.
  • Shortcut to access Google Photos is unavailable
  • Some stability issues with NFC and bluetooth 
  • Performance and compatibility of 3rd party apps will continue to be optimized

If you decide to load this beta onto your OnePlus 3 or 3T, keep in mind that it is a beta release and so there may be some bugs. In exchange for dealing with any bugs that might pop up, you get to taste Oreo before the general public.

If that sounds like something you’d like to do, then hit this link to get the downloads and instructions. If your phone is already enrolled in the Open Beta program, then you should get these latest updates over the air.


Android Match



Google+ v9.23 adds app shortcuts for quickly starting new posts [APK Download]

2017-10-17T06:19:09.259+07:00

(image)

Most updates to the Google+ app tend to fit the "bug fixes and performance improvements" theme, but last month's release of v9.20 did bring custom notification channels for Android 8.0 Oreo – but maybe not the ones we needed. Today's bump to v9.23 makes a similarly subtle addition with support for a slightly older OS feature: App Shortcuts. If you're running on 7.1 Nougat or above, or using a custom launcher with support for static app shortcuts, you'll now have the option to quickly start a few different types of Google+ posts directly from your launcher.

Read More

Google+ v9.23 adds app shortcuts for quickly starting new posts [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



Get the week started with 27 temporarily free and 30 on-sale apps

2017-10-17T06:08:21.003+07:00

Welcome to Monday, everybody. I hope that the beginning of the week is off to a good start for you all. It's time once again for an app sales post — there's some goodies mixed in today (marked with bold text).FreeAppsCustom Formulas $1.49 -> Free; 1 day leftBlack Stories - Full $0.99 -> Free; 2 days leftSocial Sounds - Remove Ads $0.99 -> Free; 3 days leftMetapod - Podcast Manager $0.99 -> Free; 6 days leftGamesReed $0.99 -> Free; 1 day leftViking adventure : epic battles $2.99 -> Free; 2 days leftKung-Fu Clash Overdrive $0.99 -> Free; 4 days leftLeft Out $0.99 -> Free; 4 days left4 Blocks Puzzle $3.99 -> Free; 5 days leftDeepAbyss+ $0.99 -> Free; 5 days leftCustodians of Space $0.99 -> Free; 6 days left4x4 Safari 2 Pro $0.99 -> Free; 7 days leftZombie Fortress : Ice Age Pro $0.99 -> Free; 7 days leftIcon packs & customizationEaster 3D Live Wallpaper $0.99 -> Free; >1 hour leftMiracle Watch Face $0.99 -> Free; >1 hour leftOvo Icon Pack $1.99 -> Free; >1 hour leftHalla Icon Pack Pro $0.99 -> Free; 1 day leftTitanic 3D Pro live wallpaper $0.99 -> Free; 1 day leftVivid Icon Pack - ViviBurst $0.99 -> Free; 1 day leftIggy-Icon Pack $1.49 -> Free; 2 days leftYomira- Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 4 days leftAutumn Maple Leaves 3D $1.49 -> Free; 5 days leftPixel Nougat - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 5 days leftpoweramp skin android purple $0.99 -> Free; 5 days leftDark Moon Icon Pack $1.49 -> Free; 6 days leftSailfish Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 7 days leftSaleAppsCalligrapher Pro $2.99 -> $1.99; >1 hour leftWiFi Mouse Pro $3.99 -> $1.99; >1 hour leftPaint Dye RYB Color Meter $2.50 -> $0.99; 3 days leftEvoWallet - Money Tracker [Premium] $1.99 -> $0.99; 4 days leftiNES - NES Emulator $4.99 -> $2.99; 4 days leftOreo File Manager Pro [Root] - 50% OFF $10.99 -> $5.49; 4 days leftMobile Observatory - Astronomy $4.99 -> $0.99; 5 days leftNational Anthems PRO $1.49 -> $0.99; 6 days leftGamesPlanescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition $9.99 -> $6.99; >1 hour leftAdding Fractions Math Game $1.99 -> $0.99; 4 days leftMath Shot Add and Subtract 100 $1.99 -> $0.99; 4 days leftWarhammer Quest $4.49 -> $0.99; 5 days leftWifi Password Hacker %100 PRO Simulator $11.99 -> $0.99; 5 days leftIcon packs & customizationAMOLED mnml X+ $1.99 -> $0.99; 1 day leftBlackdrop - Icon Pack $1.99 -> $0.99; 1 day leftRebel Clock Widget $3.49 -> $0.99; 1 day leftRed Platin HD Icon Pack $3.49 -> $0.99; 2 days leftRomi HD Icon Pack Gold Red $2.99 -> $0.99; 2 days leftRosa Icon Pack $2.99 -> $0.99; 2 days leftToro Icon Pack $2.49 -> $0.99; 2 days leftS8 UX HD - ICON PACK $1.99 -> $0.99; 3 days leftNANO Next Launcher 3D Theme $1.99 -> $0.99; 4 days leftRebel Icon Pack $2.49 -> Free; 4 days leftSL Theme NEW YORK $1.99 -> $0.99; 4 days left[Substratum] Desire $1.49 -> $0.99; 4 days leftNext Launcher Theme Teutonic $3.49 -> $0.99; 5 days leftelegance poweramp skin white $1.99 -> $0.99; 5 days leftNext Launcher Theme Ark $2.49 -> $0.99; 5 days leftGO Locker theme Black Cobra $2.49 -> $0.99; 7 days left¯\_(ツ)_/¯Toolbox eXtreme $7.99 -> Free; 6 days left (no)Frozen bridges (Pro) $399.99 -> $69.99; 5 days left (??)Read MoreGet the week started with 27 temporarily free and 30 on-sale apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.Android Match[...]



Nova Launcher v5.5-beta3 adds bottom search box and other goodies from Pixel Launcher

2017-10-17T04:13:38.052+07:00

(image)

Google is in the process of making some changes to the Pixel Launcher, and that means its time for the third-party launchers to play catchup. Action Launcher has been in the lead when it comes to adopting Pixel things, but here comes Nova Launcher with a revamped search box, notification dots, and more. You'll need the full version to get all the new stuff, though.

The updated Pixel Launcher features are available in the latest beta of Nova, version 5.5-beta3.

Read More

Nova Launcher v5.5-beta3 adds bottom search box and other goodies from Pixel Launcher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



Google Photos is rolling out photo grouping for your dogs and cats

2017-10-17T03:58:23.753+07:00

(image)

One of Google Photos' main selling points is how easily and accurately it can identify faces in photos and group them together. The face recognition is seriously impressive, and it saves a lot of time when you're looking in your library for pictures of a specific person. Now, as we first saw in a teardown, Google is rolling out the same feature for cats and dogs, allowing you to easily locate photos of your furry friends.

Read More

Google Photos is rolling out photo grouping for your dogs and cats was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match



Humble Mobile Herocraft bundle includes up to 12 games (and some in-app items you probably don't want)

2017-10-17T03:08:14.105+07:00

(image)

Fresh off its controversial acquisition announcement, Humble Bundle has launched a new bundle deal that features games from developer Herocraft. you can get as many as 12 games, which is a boatload for Humble Bundle. You can also pay a lot more for some in-app content you probably don't want. Yeah... probably gonna pass on that.

The Herocraft bundle is split into four tiers, but only the first three actually include full games.

Read More

Humble Mobile Herocraft bundle includes up to 12 games (and some in-app items you probably don't want) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match