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Updated: 2017-06-25T17:50:11.933+07:00

 



WhatsApp lets you send any file type, bundles shared media, and modifies the call screen

2017-06-24T16:52:43.687+07:00

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It's quite fitting that the first article I write when I get back from my honeymoon (wipe your tears, ladies and gentlemen, this one's taken) is about WhatsApp. For the past years, I've reported about the app's different interface and functionality changes here on Android Police and while I was sipping cava by the sea or emphatically nodding "Si, si," to everyone in Spain while putting my new husband's feet to the test (not like that, you dirty-minded people, we were walking a lot everywhere), WhatsApp rolled out a couple of new things to its app...

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WhatsApp lets you send any file type, bundles shared media, and modifies the call screen was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony Xperia XA1 on sale for $50 off at Amazon

2017-06-24T10:55:04.881+07:00

If you’re looking for a deal on an unlocked Android smartphone, there’s one available on Amazon right now.

The Sony Xperia XA1 is being offered for $50 off by a third-party Amazon seller. That means that its price is $249 just a couple of months after it went up for pre-order.

As of this post, there are seven units of the discounted Xperia XA1 available. If they run out, Amazon is offering the same unit for $259.42, which is still a discount from the XA1’s original asking price.

The Sony Xperia XA1 is a GSM unlocked Android Nougat smartphone. It’s packing a 5-inch 1280×720 display, 23-megapixel rear camera with Sony Exmor RS sensor, and 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Inside its shell is an octa-core MediaTek MT6757 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot, as well as a 2300mAh battery that you recharge using USB Type-C.

It’s not the most high-end Android phone around, but the Xperia XA1 has a decent spec list that could make it a solid option for folks that want a smaller Android phone. To get a closer look at the Xperia XA1, hit the Amazon link below.


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Instagram Favorites will let you choose who you share posts with

2017-06-24T08:05:23.884+07:00

Instagram today confirmed that it’s testing a brand new feature for its social network.

Called “Favorites”, the newest Instagram feature let you share posts and Stories with a group of people that you choose. When you decide to share a post or Story, you can choose to share it with your Favorites. The people in your Favorites group will see that post with a green “Favorites” badge to identify that only your Favorites can see it.

There’s also a new Favorites tab in your profile that’ll be home to all of your non-disappearing Favorites posts. This way, the people in your Favorites group can see your previous posts, but the tab will appear empty to the people not in your Favorites group.

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You can add people to and remove them from your Favorites group whenever you’d like. Other people won’t be notified when they’re added or removed, so the only way they’ll know that they’re in your Favorites is when they see your posts with the green Favorites badge.

With Favorites, you might share more about your experiences on Instagram because you know that what you’re posting will only be seen by a certain group of people. It also eliminates the need for people to create and maintain private Instagram accounts for certain friends.

Instagram is now testing Favorites with a small group of users. The company plans to release it more broadly in the coming months.


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IFTTT updated with more than 30 new data sources, Google Photos support, and VoIP

2017-06-24T05:32:15.149+07:00

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Late yesterday IFTTT saw a huge update. There are more than 30 new services tied to the automation tool via the new Data Access Project, including a ton of government and travel data sources. There is even a new Google Photos service that interfaces with the platform, as well as a VoIP feature for applets that use the phone service. Now you can set up IFTTT alerts on subjects like the economy and public transit, as well as upload images to Google Photos. 

The new VoIP service for phone applets will be helpful for those who are traveling internationally, as you'll be able to set those triggers and actions to occur over data.

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IFTTT updated with more than 30 new data sources, Google Photos support, and VoIP was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Action Launcher gets a huge update with new icon, more free features, animated clock icon, and more

2017-06-24T04:52:31.929+07:00

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Action Launcher 3 is getting a significant makeover, starting with the name. No more will it be known as Action Launcher 3—now it's just Action Launcher. You'll notice a lot of changes this time, some large and some small. Even free users will get a nice surprise when they grab the new update. And if you're still salty about paying for the Action Launcher 3 upgrade, you have recourse now.

Here's the changelog for Action Launcher's June 2017 update.

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Action Launcher gets a huge update with new icon, more free features, animated clock icon, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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HTC U11 getting more uses for Edge Sense soon

2017-06-24T04:10:18.133+07:00

HTC’s Edge Sense on the U11 allows you to squeeze the sides of the device to perform functions. While a few functions are available out of the box, HTC will be adding more and more as time goes on. The latest video from the company shows off a few new functions.

In Google Maps, a squeeze will zoom in from the default zoomed out view. In Google Photos, a squeeze will zoom into a photo. In the calendar app, a squeeze will slide the month view out. You’ll also be able to answer and end calls, disable alarms, and pause YouTube videos with a squeeze.

To me, this seems like HTC trying too hard to justify Edge Sense. Zooming in Maps and Photos requires a single-handed double tap, which may be easier than a squeeze when you’re holding your device one-handed. Pausing YouTube videos requires two squeezes rather than one, as the first one brings up the controls. This seems particularly half baked.

Whether Edge Sense is useful or not, more ways to use it is never a bad thing. Hopefully some people will get use out of it. These functions are not yet available but HTC plans to introduce them in the future. What are your thoughts on Edge Sense? Leave a comment!


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[Update: It's Live] Google Wallet v20 is getting ready to add fingerprint support and replace its own PIN codes with Google Account PIN [APK Teardown]

2017-06-24T03:37:20.982+07:00

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While Android Pay may have stolen the thunder in terms of Google's various methods of moving money from one party to another, Wallet is still up and running for those times when you've just got to move a few bucks between friends. The latest update looks basically identical to the last few versions, but a teardown of the app shows there are going to be a few changes to the security model that should reduce a little bit of friction and make the app much more convenient than it was in the past.

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[Update: It's Live] Google Wallet v20 is getting ready to add fingerprint support and replace its own PIN codes with Google Account PIN [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with dual 12MP rear cameras rumored for September reveal

2017-06-24T02:00:25.289+07:00

Looking forward to the Galaxy Note 8? If so, you’ll want to sit down before you read a new report that’s come out about Samsung’s next Android flagship.

Samsung is reportedly planning to reveal the Galaxy Note 8 in late September. That’s according to VentureBeat, who’s been told by a source that the Note 8 will cost €999, which could turn out to be around $900 in the U.S. given the pricing of the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

For such a high price, you’d expect that the Note 8 will be packed to the gills with high-end features, and you’d expect right. The Note 8 will reportedly have a 6.3-inch 18.5:9 Super AMOLED display, meaning it’ll have the same aspect ratio as the S8 and S8+ but a slightly bigger screen.

Also said to be included with the Galaxy Note 8 is 6GB of RAM, up from 4GB on the S8 and S8+, and a dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup. That latter feature would be a first for Samsung, and so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of features the company includes with the Note 8 if today’s rumors pan out.

The Note 8 will allegedly be powered by an Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835 processor, depending on the market, as well as a 3300mAh battery. Other rumored features for the Note 8 include a fingerprint reader located to the right of the rear cameras, improved split-screen multitasking, support for Samsung’s DeX dock, and new S Pen features.

The Galaxy Note phones are typically high-end, pro-tier devices, and so we could see Samsung giving the Note 8 6GB of RAM and dual 12-megapixel rear cameras to help it stand out from the S8 and S8+ as well as the other flagship phones on the market. Does the Galaxy Note 8 as described in today’s leak interest you?


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Finish off the week with 26 temporarily free and 45 on-sale apps

2017-06-24T00:02:16.970+07:00

It's finally Friday! And that means we're here to round out the week with the final app sales post. Today's theme centers around games, so I hope you've set aside some time this weekend. I have bolded a few noteworthy titles that are definitely worth checking out, so be looking for them below. And don't forget to go back to Wednesday's post to see if anything there catches your eye.FreeAppsRoot Checker Pro $1.99 -> Free; 2 days leftPocket Yoga $2.99 -> Free; 6 days leftGamesCubes $0.99 -> Free; 1 day leftOrder: The Memory Challenge (No Ads) $0.99 -> Free; 4 days leftTA: Little Red Riding Hood $1.49 -> Free; 4 days leftToca Hair Salon Me $2.99 -> Free; 5 days leftPicton $0.99 -> Free; 6 days leftShovel commandos 2 clicker $0.99 -> Free; 7 days left13 DAYS OF LIFE $1.49 -> Free; 7 days leftIcon packs & customizationNeon Glow C - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 7 hours leftRifon - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 7 hours leftSorus - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 7 hours leftSpace Symphony 3D Pro LWP $0.99 -> Free; 7 hours leftUrmun - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 7 hours leftFireplace 3D Pro lwp $0.99 -> Free; 1 day leftPixelized - Pixel Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 1 day leftArt Alive 3D Pro lwp $0.99 -> Free; 2 days leftEmperial Icon Pack $1.49 -> Free; 2 days leftNEW YORK Icon Pack $1.49 -> Free; 2 days leftRedox - Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 2 days leftSL Theme Dera Pink $0.99 -> Free; 2 days leftSutoroku Icons $0.99 -> Free; 2 days leftIride UI is Hipster Icon Pack $0.99 -> Free; 3 days leftSL THEME SUBSPACE $0.99 -> Free; 5 days leftSaleAppsMy Handbook Pro $1.49 -> $0.99; 5 days leftHome Budget Planner HD Paid $2.99 -> $1.99; 1 day leftNoise FM - Unlocker $9.99 -> $4.99; Time left not specifiedNetwork Analyzer Pro $3.99 -> $1.99; Time left not specifiedVoice Dream Reader $9.99 -> $4.99; 7 days leftBusy Beavers Jukebox $2.99 -> $0.99; 7 days leftGamesCrashlands $4.99 -> $1.99; 2 days leftKnights of Pen & Paper +1 $4.49 -> $2.49; 3 days leftBridge Baron $19.99 -> $12.99; 5 days leftYs Chronicles 1 $5.49 -> $0.99; 5 days leftBlek $2.99 -> $0.99; 6 days leftDashy Square $1.99 -> $0.99; 6 days leftGoat Simulator MMO Simulator $4.99 -> $1.99; 6 days leftKingdom: New Lands $9.99 -> $2.99; 6 days leftRusty Lake Hotel $1.99 -> $0.99; 6 days leftRusty Lake: Roots $2.99 -> $1.49; 6 days leftSpace Food Truck $4.99 -> $2.99; 6 days leftAutumn Dynasty - RTS $4.99 -> $1.49; 7 days leftDoom & Destiny $2.99 -> $0.99; 7 days leftDoom & Destiny Advanced $2.99 -> $0.99; 7 days leftHer Story $4.99 -> $0.99; 7 days leftOddworld: Stranger's Wrath $2.99 -> $0.99; 7 days leftOddworld: Munch's Oddysee $2.99 -> $0.99; 7 days leftRubek $1.99 -> $0.99; 7 days leftThe Last Dream (Full) $4.99 -> $2.49; 7 days leftWizards and Wagons $4.99 -> $1.49; 7 days leftSentinels of the Multiverse $6.99 -> $1.99; Time left not specifiedSonya The Great Adventure Full $4.99 -> $2.49; Time left not specifiedThis War of Mine $14.99 -> $1.99; Time left not specifiedIcon packs & customizationCyklus Watch Face $1.99 -> $0.99; 3 days leftFlasia HD $1.99 -> $0.99; 5 days leftLinear Art HD $1.99 -> $0.99; 5 days leftLAURUS Next Launcher 3D Theme $1.99 -> $1.49; Time left not specifiedSTALLION Next Launcher Theme $1.99 -> $1.49; Time left not specifiedTRIADA Smart Launcher Theme $1.99 -> $1.49; Time left not specifiedAMETAL Smart Launcher Theme $1.99 -> $1.49; Time left not specifiedTRIADA Poweramp skin $1.99 -> $1.49; Time left not specifiedTRIQUA Go Locker Theme $1.99 -> $1.49; Time left not specified¯\_(ツ)_/¯TypIt Pro - Text on Photos $0.99 -> Free; 1 day leftGIF PartyPro - GIF Video Booth $0.99 -> Free; 1 day leftVape Tool Pro $3.99 -> $1.99; 6 days leftVital Tones Anx[...]



YouTube app will soon dynamically adapt to different video sizes

2017-06-23T22:57:24.899+07:00

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I have some bad news—people will never stop shooting vertical video. This battle is lost, guys. It's time to move on. Google is moving on by making the YouTube app a little less awkward when watching such a video. In the next update, YouTube will dynamically adapt to different video shapes and sizes.

Let's say someone shot a video vertically. Right now, you get black bars on either side unless you switch to full-screen.

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YouTube app will soon dynamically adapt to different video sizes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Comix Zone, Altered Beast

2017-06-23T21:55:05.119+07:00

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Google TalkBack - Version 5.2.0

 

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What’s new in this version:

  • New Speech Verbosity setting for spoken feedback
    • New earcons
    • Hear feedback when you turn magnification on/off or zoom in/out
    • Hear character count in password fields in Chrome (56+)
    • Shorter delay before usage hints

 


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[Hands-on] Carmageddon: Crashers, a very repetitive game of chicken

2017-06-22T23:22:49.729+07:00

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Hot off the heels of last year's console and PC release of Carmageddon: Max Damage, Android is receiving its very own new game in the Carmageddon franchise titled Carmageddon: Crashers. This time around Carmageddon is heavily borrowing from NaturalMotionGames's popular CSR Racing and tweaks it into a twisted game of chicken where you purposefully crash into your opponent.

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I would like to briefly mention that Carmageddon: Crashers is currently a soft-launch title.
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[Hands-on] Carmageddon: Crashers, a very repetitive game of chicken was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Facebook is testing a new Profile Picture Guard in India

2017-06-22T22:12:21.571+07:00

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Facebook, for better or for worse, remains one of the primary ways people communicate with each other online. So it should come as no surprise that India, with somewhere around 450 million internet users, is one of Facebook's primary markets. Today the company announced that a test pilot program has begun in India, focusing on increased control over user profile pictures.

Facebook said in a blog post, "In India, we’ve heard that people want more control over their profile pictures, and we’ve been working over the past year to understand how we can help." To this end, a new Profile Picture Guard is being rolled out to some people.

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Facebook is testing a new Profile Picture Guard in India was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Nova Launcher's Google Now integration works on Lollipop too

2017-06-22T21:37:41.582+07:00

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One of the main downsides to using a custom launcher was that you couldn't have an easily-accessible Google Now pane. While your feed is just a swipe away on the Google Now and Pixel Launchers, other applications were barred from using it due to API restrictions. That is, until the developer of Nova Launcher found a way around it by creating the 'Nova Google Companion.'

The Google Companion APK enables the Google application to be debuggable, allowing Nova to integrate the Now Feed into a pane on your home screen.

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Nova Launcher's Google Now integration works on Lollipop too was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung rolling out Bixby Voice to Galaxy S8 early access enrollees

2017-06-22T07:50:26.127+07:00

It hasn’t even been a week since Samsung announced an early access program in the United States for Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) owners to try out Bixby Voice ahead of its public rollout.

Now Samsung is moving forward with the program, as Galaxy S8 owners that enrolled in the program are being notified that the feature is rolling out to them. There isn’t anything too surprising here, at least not yet, as users are able to perform actions, like opening the camera app and taking a selfie, just by Bixby to do so.

One other worthwhile element is the Labs section, which will let Bixby Voice work with third-party apps like Facebook, Instagram, Uber, and others. Users can do things like ask Bixby to open the Facebook app and show them their notifications, for instance.

It’s called an early access program, but this is definitely still a beta test, and Bixby Voice is pre-release software. As such, while most of the feature should work, there might be performance hiccups or other bugs that crop up with normal usage. That’s just part of the fun of using software ahead of its public launch.

Are you part of the early access program?


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Google Play Music v7.9 adds search history and notification channels for Android O [APK Download + Teardown]

2017-06-22T06:02:07.327+07:00

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There's a new version of Google Play Music rolling out to users this afternoon, but the changes aren't terribly noticeable if you aren't looking for them. Hidden away in the Settings screen is a shortcut to view your music search history, and buried away in the system settings is a set of new notification channels so you can customize just how much Play Music interrupts you. A teardown also suggests audiophiles can look forward to some even more precise sounds coming from some tracks in the future.

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Google Play Music v7.9 adds search history and notification channels for Android O [APK Download + Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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LG V30 to launch at IFA 2017, feature OLED display

2017-06-22T05:50:47.247+07:00

Reports indicate that LG is going to launch the next device in the V series at IFA 2017. The company will be holding an event the day before IFA opens to announce the upcoming LG V30 and then holding a pre-order period. Pre-orders will be through three South Korean carriers and will be a first for the V series.

The V30 itself may be getting an OLED display, also a first for the series, with the secondary screen the V10 and V20 are known for. It’s also said to feature a Snapdragon 835, dual rear cameras, a built in 3,200mAh battery, IP68-rated water resistance, a nice DAC, a headphone jack, and a choice of 32, 64, or 128GB of memory.

It looks like LG is putting more resources into the V30 this time around, despite the LG G6 being the flagship. Who’s excited about the LG V30 launching? Is the sealed battery a deal breaker for you? Leave a comment!


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