Android O is “touching down to Earth with the total solar eclipse” on August 21, Google reveals

As rumored last week, August 21 will be an important day for Google and its mobile operating system. That’s because the company promises we’ll “meet the next release of Android and all of its super (sweet) new powers” on that day, which is also the day of the total solar eclipse. Google will hold a special event for Android O in New York City on that date, starting at 2:40 PM ET. This will thankfully be livestreamed, the company revealed. A countdown to the big event is already live on the Android website. We…

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Android O Update Promised for Entire Asus ZenFone 3, ZenFone 4 Series

Asus on Thursday revealed its new ZenFone 4 series smartphones at an event in Taiwan. The company alongside also confirmed that the Android O update will be made available for the entire new ZenFone 4 models as well as last year’s ZenFone 3. Marcel Campos, Head of Global Content Marketing at Asus confirmed the news while announcing the new ZenFone 4 series. He added that the Asus ZenFone 4 models which include ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone Selfie Pro, ZenFone 4, and ZenFone 4 Pro will be running ZenUI 4.0 out-of-the-box. The supported handsets will receive Android O…

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Instagram Direct now lets you reply with a photo or video

It definitely seems like Facebook-owned Instagram is adding at least one new feature every week, sometimes even more often than that. Today’s addition has to do with Direct, the part of Instagram’s that’s essentially a one-to-one messaging service. Starting with Instagram version 10.34 (which should already be available for Android and iOS in the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store, respectively), you can reply with a photo or video to specific photos, videos, and reshared posts in Direct. Interestingly, your reply will automatically include a sticker of what you’re…

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Google Home hands-free calling is here, but doesn’t yet have caller ID

OK Google, phone Home. First announced at I/O in May, Google is ready to launch hands-free calling via its voice-activated Home speaker, letting you get in touch with anyone in the U.S. or Canada without lifting a finger—and for free. Starting Wednesday, you’ll be able to use your Home speaker to place a call to virtually any person in your contacts or business across the U.S. or Canada, but there’s a catch: The recipient won’t know who’s calling. Since Google Home uses its own number to place the call, the recipient will…

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Mediatek to announce Helio P23 and Helio P30 on August 29

MediaTek started sending invites for an announcement of two new processors – the Helio P23 and the Helio P30. Details and specifications are expected to be unveiled at an event in Beijing on August 29. Thanks to a tip we got, there are already rumors about the chipsets. The Helio P23 is going to be built on the 16 nm process and will feature an octa-core CPU. The SoC is rumored to support 2K resolution and dual camera setups. It is also expected to have Cat.7 connectivity and LPDDR4X memory….

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Week 32 in review: Galaxy S8 discounted, iPhone 8 and Pixel 2 leaks

In a week dominated by the usual battery of rumors and leaks, a different type of article gathered the most interest. The Samsung Galaxy S8 was discounted on Wednesday and you could snatch one for a cent short of $540. Well, 2,125 people did, but Samsung has since run out of units it’s willing to sell at this bargain price. A prototype unit of the Pixel 2 was the star of a leak and renders gave us an idea of potential color schemes for Google’s next smartphone. An abundance of…

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Jio Effect: Aircel Offers 168GB Data, Unlimited Calls for 84 Days at Rs. 419 in Northeast, at Rs. 449 in J&K

With the Reliance Jio juggernaut continuing to make headways in the telecom industry, rival operator Aircel has launched two new plans that offer 2GB data per day and unlimited calls with 84-day validity. These plans have the same validity as the Rs. 399 Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan Offer, which provides half the data (at high speeds), unlimited calls, free SMSs, and access to the Jio apps suite. The Aircel prepaid plans are priced at Rs. 419 in the Northeast, and at Rs. 449 in J&K. Apart from this, the operator has launched another plan at…

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Five to Try: Titanfall: Assault lands on Android, and Kevin Hart launches Laugh Out Loud

If you’re in need of new and interesting Android apps and games to check out this weekend, then look no further: We have five of the week’s biggest Play Store debuts and updates collected here in our latest Five to Try column. Titanfall: Assault transforms the exhilarating mech shooter franchise into an intriguing card-based battle for control, while Kevin Hart’s new Laugh Out Loud streaming app serves up original comedy shows in both free and paid varieties. And if you want further options, then Motorsport Manager Mobile 2, Samsung’s no-longer-exclusive Internet Browser,…

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Samsung begins testing Nougat on multiple Galaxy C-series devices

According to tipster @mmddj_china who is based out of China, Samsung has started testing the Nougat update on multiple Galaxy C series devices. Specifically, Android 7.0 is being tested on the Galaxy C5, Galaxy C7, and the C9 Pro. He also notes that it is the Chinese variants of these phones. There is, however, no information on exactly when the roll out will begin. Given Samsung’s track record, it may take sometime before the update arrives officially. [Source”cnbc”]

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The Pixel and Pixel XL are finally on sale (and you get a free Daydream View, too)

Google’s rumored release of a Pixel 2 smartphone looks even more likely right now: The Google store has put the Pixel and Pixel XL on sale. (Typically, Google has only offered discounts on its phones after discontinuing them.) To further sweeten this deal, the search giant’s also throwing in a Daydream View mobile VR headset for free. Google has knocked $125 off the Pixel putting the price for the base model at $524, while the Pixel XL is $200 off for a starting price of $569. To get the Daydream View for free, you have…

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