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Google Lens now available for first-gen Pixel and Pixel XL

Google Lens is now rolling out on first-gen Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Google Lens made its official debut at Google’s October 4th event alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

It’s worth noting that Google Lens is currently available to the Photos version of Lens, the Assistant version isn’t available yet.

Google Lens pull information from your phone’s camera feed and show you results based on that information. It’s Google’s server-side updates, so you do not need to download any update.

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Essential Phone now available for $499 after $200 price cut

The Essential Phone is now available for $499 after $200 price cut. Existing buyers will get a Friends & Family coupon worth the same amount towards a new Essential Phone or a 360-degree camera add-on.

The Essential Phone was praised for its incredible industrial design. However, the phone’s software and its camera were criticized for its slow speed, poor low-light performance, and lack of features. Numerous updates were released to fix Essential phone issues and added much-needed camera usability.

Essential Phone

From the company’s blog:

At Essential, one of our driving principles is that premium craftsmanship and the latest technologies shouldn’t be for the few. We could have created a massive TV campaign to capture your attention, but we think making it easier for people to get their hands on our first products is a better way to get to know us.

At $499, the phone is more competitive against flagships like the Pixel 2 and Galaxy S8.

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Update J320AUCU3BQI5 brings Android 7.1.1 Nougat on Galaxy J3 (2016)

AT&T is now rolling out firmware version J320AUCU3BQI5 with Android 7.1.1 Nougat update Galaxy J3 (2016). The update also includes latest Android security update.

The new update also includes Android security patch which addresses common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) in the open-source Android operating system. Check out more details below.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat update Galaxy J3 (2016) features:

Productivity
  • Fast switching between apps: Multitasking on your phone is now easier. Double-tap the preview button / recent applications to toggle between the two most recent applications.
  • Multi-window: Android Nougat supports multicenter views, so you can see two applications at once on your screen. For example, respond to a text message while watching a video, or surf the Internet during a video call. To enable multicentric view, press and hold the preview button / recent apps while in a compatible app. Important: The application developer must enable the multiventral view to work with your applications.
  • Work mode: For Android for Work users, Android Nougat comes with a new work mode button, which allows you to turn on and off your work applications’ convenient applications and related notifications for a better work-life balance And leisure.
Performance
  • Data reduction: Reducing data helps you reduce the use of mobile data. When data reduction is active, background applications will not be able to access mobile data. An application currently in use will be able to access the data, although it will do so less frequently. You can also choose which applications have unrestricted access to mobile data. To enable data reduction, open Settings from the application tray, go to “Data usage” and then tap “Reduce data”. To adjust data access for individual applications, go to “Unrestricted Data Access”.
  • Twelve on the move: Android Nougat comes with an improved Doze mode. Now your device goes into a low power state when you’re not using it and the screen is off, even if you’re on the move.
  • Runtime Compilation: The new runtime compiler improves device execution performance, which helps reduce the amount of storage space required by applications and speeds up system and application updates.
Notifications
  • Direct Response Notification: Android Nougat allows you to quickly respond to direct messages from notifications. When you receive a message, slide down the status bar and press “Reply” in the notification of the message. Then, write and send your answer, without having to open the application. Works on compatible applications.
  • Categorized notifications: get more information at a glance. In Android Nougat, you can categorize multiple notifications of the same application into a single notification group.Drag the status bar down and press the group to expand it and view or respond to individual notifications.
  • Notification Controls: You now have more control over notifications. Just touch and hold a notification to open the settings. You can silence or block future alerts from an application from the same notification.
Easy to use
  • Custom Quick Setup: Android Nougat allows you to reorder quick setup tiles, so you can quickly find your favorite settings. Just slide down the status bar with two fingers and then tap “Edit” at the bottom of the quick setup panel.
  • Quick Configuration Bar – A new configuration bar was added at the top of the Notifications tab so you can easily access your quick settings during the review of alerts.
  • Improved configuration navigation: find the correct configuration faster with the updated navigation menu in Settings.
  • Configuration tips: Android Nougat gives you useful tips on how to get the most out of your device. Find them at the top of the Settings menu.
  • Wallpaper for Lock screen: With the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for Galaxy J3 (2016), you can have different wallpapers for the main screen or the lock screen.To set up wallpaper, press and hold an empty space on the main screen and then tap “Wallpaper.” Once an image is selected, press “Set wallpaper” at the top of the screen;You will be prompted to set the wallpaper selected for the main screen, the lock screen, or both.
  • Enhanced System Backup Coverage: Android backups span more device configurations on Android Nougat, including accessibility settings, application runtime permissions, Wi-Fi access point settings, and Wi-Fi network restrictions -Fi.
  • Emoji new and updated: do you use emojis fluently? Bring your words to life with this new emojis, which include redesigned human-shaped emoji with multiple skin tones.
  • Emergency information: In this information, you can add information such as name, blood type, if you have any allergies and an emergency contact, so that emergency equipment can see this information on the lock screen of your device. To add or edit emergency information, open Settings from the application tray, scroll to “Users,” and then tap “Emergency Information.”
  • Messages: The Android Messages application facilitates communication with all via SMS, MMS and much more. Stay in touch with family and friends, send group messages and share your favorite audio messages, photos and videos.
Accessibility
  • Accessibility settings in the initial configuration: now you can configure the accessibility features on your phone during the configuration tutorial. Sets amplification gestures, font and screen sizes, and the TalkBack function from the outset.
  • Monophonic output for accessibility: assist users with hearing loss in one ear by combining left and right stereo outputs on a single monophonic transmission. To activate monaural audio, open Settings from the application tray, then go to “Accessibility” and scroll until you find the “Mono Audio” switch.
  • Text-to-speech synthesis: allows you to establish a wider range of rhythms and voice tones. Open Settings from the application tray, then go to “Accessibility” and scroll to “Text-to-speech”. Use the sliders to adjust the speed and tone of voice.
  • Screen elements size: In Android Nougat, you can not only change the font size but also the size of the items on the screen as icons and images. To adjust the size of items on the screen, open Settings from the application tray and press “Display”, then scroll and select “Screen size”.
Authentication
  • Improvements in Trusted face: unlocking your phone with Trusted Face is now easier.Trusted face, part of the Smart Lock system, has a new face recognition, which is less sensitive to lighting conditions, facial decoration and how to hold the phone.
  • Call Filter: Allows the phone’s default application to filter or block incoming calls. To configure the call filter, open the default dial application, tap the menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen (3 vertical points), select “Settings” and then go to “Call barring”.
Internationalization
  • Language preferences and support for multiple regions: You can now add multiple languages in your device settings to customize your experience, such as displaying search results in multiple languages and stop offering website translation in languages you already know. You can also organize your language preferences so that the applications select the keyboard and texts suitable for you.
  • Regions by language: Added the option to select regions for the most common languages. When you add a new language, you will be prompted to select the region (if it supports the selected language).

Check your phone update and download Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for Galaxy J3 (2016). The OTA update will gradually roll out to everyone.

Check out what’s new in Android 7.1.1 Nougat

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Google Assistant gets Chromecast control features on phone

The Google Assistant now able to control Chromecasts from Android and iOS devices. Previously, only Google Home device was supported. It works for traditional Chromecasts, Chromecast Audios, and devices with Chromecast built in. You can also now play YouTube and turn on and off a TV.

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It’s a really nice addition for a couple of reasons. First, the company is unifying Google Assistant support across various platforms, which should lead to less confusion for users. You will now able to ask it to do all the same things on all your devices.

Second, it is a handy feature for anyone who’s using Android and a Chromecast, but doesn’t own a Google Home.

The new Google Assistant feature is now available for all users on Android and iOS.

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Google Play Store 8.3.42 is now rolling out with improvements

The Google Play Store 8.3.42 is now available for download. The Play Store version now bumps to 8.3.42 from the previous 8.3.41. The update comes with minor fixes and changes. Recently, the company added a new Play Store app icon.

Currently, there is no official changelog available yet. Once we get our hand on the changelog, we update here.

Google Play Store is Google’s official source for Android apps and downloads. In addition to housing over one million apps and games in its digital library, the Google Play Store also provides a multitude of music files and videos. Users can search for specific applications by keyword or browse apps in the Google Play library via category.

You can download the latest Google Play Store 8.3.42 APK by using the link provided below. To install the APK file, head to Settings » Security and enable the installation by ‘Unknown sources’ feature. Then proceed and click the APK file you downloaded from the link above using a file manager app, and your installation would begin.

Now you can download the Google Play Store 8.3.42 .R-all [0] [PR] 162689464 (240-480dpi) (Android 4.0+) APK file from the link below.
Download Google Play Store 8.3.42 APK 
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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL officially announced, Check full Specs

Google today announced its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. The new Google Pixel 2 smartphone comes with dual front-facing speakers, water and dust resistance, 1080p OLED display and Snapdragon 835 processor, along with a 2700mAh battery.

The larger, Google Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch 2880×1440 pOLED display with minimum bezels, there’s a 3520mAh battery and Snapdragon 835 processor. There’s still a 12.2MP rear camera sensor, with 1.4μm pixels, laser and phase-detection autofocus, all with a f/1.8 aperture. Check out more details below.

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL full Specs

Category Google Pixel 2 Google Pixel 2 XL
Operating System Android 8.1 with Google UI Android 8.1 with Google UI
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB 4GB
Display 5-inch 1920×1080
AMOLED
Gorilla Glass 5
2.5D glass, 441ppi
95% DCI-P3 color space
6-inch 2880×1440
pOLED
Gorilla Glass 5
3D glass, 538ppi
100% DCI-P3 color space
Rear Camera 12.2MP f/1.8
1.4μm pixels
OIS, EIS
PDAF, LDAF
12.2MP f/1.8
1.4μm pixels
OIS, EIS
PDAF, LDAF
Front camera 8MP, 1.4μm pixels
f/2.4, fixed focus
8MP, 1.4μm pixels
f/2.4, fixed focus
Video capture 4K @30fps, 1080p @120fps, 720p @240fps 4K @30fps, 1080p @120fps, 720p @240fps
Battery 2700 mAh
Non-removable
3520 mAh
Non-removable
Charging USB-PD, 18W rapid Charging USB-PD, 18W rapid Charging
Connectivity USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0 USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0
Fingerprint sensor Yes, on rear Yes, on rear
Additional features Active Edge sides, eSIM Active Edge sides, eSIM
Storage 64 / 128GB 64 / 128GB
Water resistance Yes, IP67 Yes, IP67
Colors Kinda Blue, Just Black, Clearly White Black & White, Just Black
Security updates 3 years 3 years
Platform updates 3 years 3 years
Dimensions 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight 143 g 175 g
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ZTE Maven 2 update Z831V1.0.0B30 brings September security patch

AT&T is now rolling out a new software update Z831V1.0.0B30 for ZTE Maven 2 smartphone in the US. The latest update comes with Android September security patch. Last month, Nougat update 7.1.1 was released for Maven 2 users.

The latest Android September security patch fixes Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in the open-source Android OS. In addition, the firmware update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.

Software Update Z831V1.0.0B30 for ZTE Maven 2

  • Android September Security patch.
  • Device Stability improvements
  • Bug fixes.
  • Performance improvements.

Software update Z831V1.0.0B30 for ZTE Maven 2 will gradually release to everyone. You can also check manually for updates, go to Settings > About device > System update.

Make sure you have enough charge on your device at least 60% to 70% before downloading the update.

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Verizon HTC M9 receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update 4.49.605.11

Verizon is now rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat update 4.49.605.11 for HTC M9 in the US. The new update includes new Google Android 7.0 Nougat OS as well as latest Android security updates.

The latest Android security patch fixes Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in the open-source Android OS. In addition, the firmware update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.

Android 7.0 Nougat update 4.49.605.11 for HTC M9:

  • Android 7.0 Nougat Update.
  • Latest Android security updates.
  • System enhancements.

The Android 7.0 Nougat update 4.49.605.11 for HTC M9 may take some time to pop up on your device.

Meanwhile, you can manually check for the update by heading to your handset’s Settings menu. The update size is around 1.40GB.

Check out what’s new in Android 7.0 Nougat Update

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Sony Xperia XA1, XA1 Ultra and Xperia L1 update 40.0.A.6.135 released

Sony is now rolling out a new software updates 40.0.A.6.135 for Xperia XA1 and update 42.0.A.4.101 for XA1 Ultra. The company has also released update 43.0.A.5.79 for Xperia L1 smartphone. The update comes with latest Android August security patch.

The Android August security patch brings fixes for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in the open-source Android OS. In addition, the firmware update also includes bug fixes and other improvements. The Android version is still Android 7.0 Nougat.

Software Update Xperia XA1, XA1 Ultra and L1

  • Android August Security patch.
  • Device Stability improvements
  • Bug fixes.
  • Performance improvements.

Software update for Xperia XA1, XA1 Ultra and L1 smartphones will gradually release to everyone. You can also check manually for updates, go to Settings > About device > System update.

Make sure you have enough charge on your device at least 60% to 70% before downloading the update.

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Verizon Pixel and Pixel XL update OPR3.170623.007 released with security patch

Verizon has released a new software update OPR3.170623.007 for Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones in the US. The new update brings Android September security patches to the device.

The Android September security patch fixes Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) in the open-source Android OS. The patch has fixed 30 specific issues in the September 1 dated patch, with 51 more bugs resolved in the September 5 patch. In addition, the firmware update also includes minor bug fixes and improvements.

Software Update OPR3.170623.007 for Pixel and Pixel XL

  • Android September Security patch.
  • Device Stability improvements
  • Bug fixes.
  • Performance improvements.

Software update OPR3.170623.007 for Pixel and Pixel XL will gradually release to everyone. You can also check manually for updates, go to Settings > About device > System update.

Make sure you have enough charge on your device at least 60% to 70% before downloading the update.