Users pay Google not in dollars, but in data. In exchange for handing over all of our private information, we get cool stuff like Google Trips. This travel app culls your Gmail account for hotel reservations, flight bookings, travel times, addresses, and other information you could possibly need for your next trip. Read More
Google Photos remains one of my favorite Google products. Unlimited free photo uploads (at a capped resolution), easy organization, automatic tagging, the list of features goes on and on. Google Photos is rolling out two new features today that improve sharing and automatic video creation. Read More
Google is rolling out an update to the Google Play Books app today, and for the first time in ages there's a notable new feature. It's called Discovery, and it helps you discover new stuff to read. As is the case with a great many Google features, this one is available in the US only at first. Read More
Earlier this month, Samsung began an exchange program for Note7 owners in the United States after a global recall was announced. The United States program allowed customers to exchange their affected device and either receive a fixed model when stock was available, or buy a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge and receive a refund of the price difference.
Today, a similar program has begun in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Essentially all the details are the same, but this program only mentions returning affected Note7s to receive fixed models; details about switching to other Galaxy phones are missing. Samsung also reports that affected devices in the UK and Ireland will be updated to limit the maximum battery charge to 60%, similar to Note7 devices in South Korea. Read More
So, Samsung is set to relaunch sales of the Note7 next month on October 21st. That may also be the date of another important device popping up on store shelves—the LG V20. While LG has yet to comment, noted leaker of things Evan Blass says that's the date. Read More
The Galaxy Note7 roller coaster is not quite over yet. After reports of the phone's internal battery exploding, Samsung ordered the immediate recall of all Note7 devices worldwide. The Note7 Exchange Program was announced alongside the recall, asking Note7 owners to return their phones to receive fixed stock when it became available. Samsung is placing a high priority on replacing every damaged device first, before continuing sales of the phone to new owners.
VentureBeat has obtained a planning document pointing to October 21 as the official Note7 relaunch in the United States. That's a whole two months after the original release, August 19, and a month after replacement stock will become available to current owners. Read More
It's a bit difficult to get excited over updates to presentation software. But the latest Google Slides update brings a new feature that should have been implemented ages ago - remote control with Android Wear devices. Google Slides has supported streaming presentations to Chromecasts for a while now, but you have always had to control the show from your phone (or your laptop, if using the web version).
The latest Google Slides update installs a companion app on your Android Wear device. When you start casting a presentation, a notification appears on your watch that opens the Wear app. The top of the UI shows the time you have spent on the current slide, the orange bar indicates how far along you are in the presentation, and the bottom shows a preview of the next slide. Read More
OnePlus is busy with community builds of OxygenOS that will eventually merge it with the code base of HydrogenOS, but work has not stopped on the stable version of the software. OxygenOS 3.2.6 (still Marshmallow) is official for the OnePlus 3. This OTA brings a lot of small improvements and bug fixes, and as usual, it's rolling out in waves. Read More
I think we all long for a real, proper tablet interface for Android and not just a blown-up phone UI, like on the Pixel C. We reported on Taskbar, an app that adds a Windows-like taskbar to your device and enables freeform windows mode, a few weeks ago. Developer Braden Farmer has updated Taskbar to version 1.2, adding in a new way to launch the app as the default homescreen, plus a few other improvements. Read More
The Lifeline franchise of games is often found on sale on the Play Store. From the original price of $1.99, the games usually drop to $0.99, but sometimes they also go as low as $0.10, like that one time when Lifeline, Lifeline 2, and Lifeline: Silent Night all cost 10 cents. But there's a new entrant in the Lifeline series that you may have not picked up yet and that hasn't seen a price drop.
Lifeline: Whiteout follows the same engrossing storytelling genre, with the game playing in your notifications and offering you different options for your character V. Adams that influence his fate and progression in a frozen wasteland. Read More