Owners of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on T-Mobile aren't getting Nougat yet, but at least they aren't being left completely out of the update fun. An OTA is rolling out to both phones that includes newer security patches, Samsung's own online backup system, and a myriad of little tweaks. Read More
Google News & Weather has an interesting history. After years of being included on Android devices with almost no changes, it moved to the Play Store and received a Material Design facelift in 2014. Now Google has added a 'Lite mode' to the application, designed to save bandwidth for users in India and other regions where data is at a premium.
As indicated in the screenshot, you can set Lite mode to activate automatically, or force it on or off. When Lite mode is on, the application won't load as many images on the main screen. More importantly, opening a link in Lite mode causes an optimized version of the page to load instead of the full content. Read More
If you were starting to wonder why Google was suddenly making a lot of India-centric announcements, it turns out that the reason is that Google For India, the company's second official event aimed at the Indian market, was taking place today.
In it, Google has announced YouTube Go, a new India-first data-conscious app that makes YouTube more ready for offline and lesser data use, and plenty of worldwide improvements to Google Chrome with a focus on data saving and offline use as well.
Now, the company has released a more comprehensive list of all the enhancements and features it's bringing to the Indian market. Read More
TWRP is by far the most popular custom recovery as of late. Flashing ROMs, backing up your device, managing files in a pinch - TWRP makes it all easy. The custom recovery has extended its reach to six more devices, three of which are from Samsung.
Samsung devices now supported include the Galaxy Note 4 Duos (International), Galaxy Note 7 (China Qualcomm), and Galaxy S7 edge (China Qualcomm). There is also a sprinkling of other devices now supported, such as the Huawei Ascend Y550, Archos 55 Diamond Selfie, and LeEco Le Max 2.
While I haven't heard of the latter two devices, I'm sure many are excited for the extended Note7 support. Read More
A few days ago, Google released Android apps to two Chromebooks: the Acer Chromebook R11 and the ASUS Chromebook Flip. These arrived with version 53 of Chrome OS, on the stable channel. However, the Chromebook Pixel 2, which has had Android apps in beta up until now, has been waiting for the stable release. This painful period is over, Pixel 2 owners, because you too can now join in on the Android fun with the release of stable Chrome OS 53 to last year's flagship Chromebook.
From what we can tell, it works the same way as it did on the beta. Read More
The Chrome team has announced a bunch of new features for its browser and made a few others that we've heard about before official. Without further ado, let's delve into everything new you can expect to see in Chrome stable (and sometimes just Beta and Dev) now.
Data Saver for videos
Data Saver has been an option of Chrome for a while now, but it's still limited compared to the powerful compression of Opera. At best, I've seen it reduce my usage by 15%, but that might be changing soon as the feature gains one important addition: video compression (just like Opera). The team claims that this can save you up to 67% of data on mp4 videos, which is fantastic. Read More
"Anyone got a OnePlus One invite?" is a phrase I remember well. They were the good ol' days. Actually, no, they weren't, they were awful. Anyway, those days are now behind us because OnePlus has announced an exclusive partnership with UK carrier O2 to sell the OnePlus 3 in brick-and-mortar stores.
This is OnePlus's first carrier partnership, so it's a momentous occasion for a phone maker that three years ago only sold phones online through an annoying (but admittedly clever marketing) invite system. For UK citizens, it will make OnePlus a lot more visible in the mainstream phone market, which can only be a good thing, plus it fixes a long-standing OnePlus problem: customer service. Read More
The YouTube team has been making lots of efforts over the past couple of years to bring its service and millions of videos to more users worldwide. This involves those who have access to fast internet connections and plenty of data, but also those who have very little data bandwidth and are still limited to 2G or congested 3G. Video, by default, doesn't fit well with the latter, but through conscious efforts like YouTube Accelerator and YouTube Offline, it can reach more of those devices and people who would seemingly be off-limits.
YouTube Go seems to be the culmination of these efforts. Read More
Speaking to Droid-life, both sources inside the company and Motorola itself confirmed today that Lenovo has conducted a brutal round of layoffs at Moto. According to DL, over 50% of Motorola's existing US staff have lost their jobs. A 20-year veteran of the company allegedly posted on Facebook that he had been laid off, so it looks like Lenovo is cutting deep at the device-maker.
One source told them that over 700 employees would be asked to leave of the over 1200 Motorola currently employs. No doubt Lenovo hopes to cut costs by integrating much of Motorola's software and hardware development into its own smartphone unit. Read More
Capital One is one of the last big banks holding out as everyone else (even tiny regional banks) gets on board with Samsung Pay and Android Pay. Today, it takes a step in the right direction. An update to Samsung Pay is rolling out that adds support for some Capital One credit cards. Read More