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You can now grab the Daydream View VR headset from the Google Store


Back when Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it also took the wraps off some other goodies as well. The recently released Google Home Mini was one, but another was the updated Daydream View VR headset. We weren’t given a release date at the time of the announcement, but it looks like the headset has just gone live. 

You can now head over to the Google Store (link below) and pick up the headset in either Fog, Charcoal, or Coral. If you want yours sooner rather than later, the Charcoal and Coral headsets are expected to ship by October 22, while the Fog headset is back ordered by two to three weeks. 

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The headsets all come with free shipping and will run you $ 99. That’s $ 20 more than the first generation model, but Google made some improvements on the headset so it obviously feels like it can charge a little more. Those improvements include an added head strap, a new heat sink to keep things cool, and controller storage. It also comes with a wider field of view to accommodate the trend of bezel-less phones and a game bundle that is valued at more than $ 40.

If you’re looking to get a free Daydream View VR headset, keep in mind that LG and Google have teamed up to give them away when you purchase an LG V30. The purchases must be made before November 6, 2017, and you have until November 20, 2017, to complete the registration form here

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Nubia Z17 hands-on: the $410 flagship from China


You’re not going to find it on sale anytime soon in the U.S., but that’s not stopping us from getting our first hands-on look at Nubia’s latest flagship phone, the Z17. Available for purchase in China right now, the Nubia Z17 was officially announced as the company’s flagship for 2017 back in June. Sporting some top-notch specs and a premium design that makes it formidable against the competition, the Z17 benefits from having a slightly lower price point than some competing flagships out there.

The first thing that strikes us about the Z17 is its premium design

Right off the bat, the first thing that strikes us about the Z17 is its premium design – one that’s boasting a metal unibody chassis with minimal bezels on its sides. Unlike its predecessor, the Nubia Z17 benefits from having a water-resistant design, which is still somewhat of a rarity. Best of all, there’s a substantial feel to its build quality and construction, which ensures that its design won’t go unnoticed amongst the myriad of other flagships in the space.

On the front is a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, giving it a pixel density of approximately 403 ppi. For a flagship, however, it’s the one aspect that undermines the phone’s recognition of being a flagship. Sure, there are other flagships on the market with Full HD displays, but we still would have liked to see Nubia include a Quad HD panel here. Viewing angles are decent however, and there isn’t too much color distorting, either.

Thanks to the Snapdragon 835 and 6 GB of RAM, this phone flies

The Z17 also features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, Dolby Atmos-enhanced speakers, USB Type-C, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, a whopping 6 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of internal storage. The Snapdragon 835 makes the phone fly, exhibiting those instant responses you expect from top-tier smartphones in the space. However, two things that might not be praised across the board are the phone’s lack of 3.5 mm headphone jack and microSD card slot.

Even though it’s running Android 7.1.1 Nougat, there’s no access to native Google apps unless you root the phone. Naturally, that’s a reason for people to stay away, but even more when you’re stuck with native bloatware apps preloaded on the phone. Nubia’s software overlay is quite different from what you’d find on most phones here in the U.S., but after all, this phone is meant for the Chinese market.

Despite that, the Nubia Z17 continues to shine on the hardware front, as it features a dual-camera system that enables it to achieve those beautiful portrait shots that are becoming so popular as of late. The dual-camera system breaks down to a 23 MP and 12 MP sensor combination, allowing it to deliver those blurry backgrounds with photos.

Given the cost of other flagships boasting premium designs, the Snapdragon 835 chip, and dual-camera systems, the Nubia Z17 is definitely a charming phone priced at $ 410 for the base model (6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage). That’s undeniably undercutting the competition, but seeing that it’s currently only available in China, it’s not a rational decision for someone stateside to pick it up – mainly due to the lack of Google apps not being native to the phone. You might pique some eyes showing it off, but using it on a daily basis is an entirely different thing.


What do you think? If the Nubia Z17 came to the United States (or anywhere outside of China), would you think about picking it up? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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Buy your dad a new phone from T-Mobile this Father’s Day and get another for free


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T-Mobile is running a sweet BOGO deal to celebrate Father’s Day: buy a new Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, LG G6, or LG V20, and you get another for free.

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Yes, it’s that time of the month: scrolling up and down Amazon and Googling frantically to figure out what to get your pop for Father’s Day. T-Mobile wants to help make that decision a bit easier by offering a pretty sweet BOGO deal on the latest flagships from Samsung and LG. Whether you are with T-Mobile right now or not, when you pick up a new Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, LG G6, or LG V20 on T-Mobile’s no-interest Equipment Installment Plan with an unlimited data plan, the Un-carrier will give you a mail-in rebate for another one.

The promo will end on June 22, so if you were looking to surprise your dad or if you just wanted two new phones for whatever reason, this is your chance.

Given that this is specifically for Father’s Day, the promo will end on June 22, so if you were looking to surprise your dad with a special gift or if you just wanted two new phones for whatever reason, this is your chance. Of course, there are terms and conditions you must fulfill to take advantage of the deal: for instance, both phones must be activated on T-Mobile’s ONE plan, meaning you cannot just buy the first outright and expect a second phone for free. Also, if you choose to cancel your cell service, you will have to pay the remaining balance.

However, if you’re a fan of T-Mobile and use a lot of data, getting two flagship phones for the price of one isn’t too bad. After all, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will usually set you back $ 750 and $ 790 respectively, and LG’s G6 and V20 both cost around $ 500. If this is something you might be interested in, you can head on over to T-Mobile’s Deals Hub to find out more about it.

Do you think this is a good deal? Will you be getting your dad a brand-new phone from T-Mobile this Father’s Day? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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10 best new Android apps from May 2017!


App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month! You can watch the videos from passed months by clicking here!


Amazon FreeTime

Price: Free / $ 6.99-$ 9.99 per month
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Amazon FreeTime is a new kids app. It boasts a collection of video content from big kids companies like PBS, Nickelodeon, Disney, and others. There is also a variety of books, games, and other content for kids. You can use the app’s dashboard to list the age of your kid. The content then changes based on the child’s age. Amazon made the pricing a little complicated. However, this is one of the few services that Amazon offers to people without an Amazon Prime subscription. Don’t get us wrong, though, it’s cheaper if you do have one already.
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AMOLED mnml Wallpapers

Price: Free / $ 1.49 – $ 1.99
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AMOLED mnml Wallpapers is an app that describes itself. It’s a wallpapers app with a host of minimal wallpapers. Most of the wallpapers feature lots of black. That helps with battery life a little bit when used on AMOLED screens. The base app has a ton of fun, minimal wallpapers. There are also donate versions that you have to buy if you want wallpapers designed for the S8/S8+ or super high resolution. The free app should work in most cases, though. You can also get the app even if you don’t have an AMOLED screen if you just enjoy the style.
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Astro

Price: Free
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Astro is a new email client that also has a chat bot. The chatbot will notify you about things, ask you if you want to unsubscribe from email lists, and more. On top of that, the app boasts a snooze mode, quick inbox organization, personal reminders, and more. It’s dealing with a few early issues. However, when it works, it works rather well. To be honest, this one still needs some work. Thus, it’s best to file it away under apps to keep an eye on.
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AutoSet

Price: $ 1.49
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AutoSet is a nifty automation app. It works by automatically turning functions on your phone on or off when certain apps are opening. For instance, you can have the phone turn WiFi on when you open Netflix. It works well most of the time. However, some things like GPS and mobile data might require ADB commands on your PC to make it work right. It’s definitely a power user app more than anything. It’s costs $ 1.49 and it has no in-app purchases.
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Panna Recipes

Price: Free / $ 39.99 per year
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Panna Recipes wants to be the Netflix of cooking apps. It features over 400 video recipes made by over 45 talented chefs. You can search based on your dietary interests, annotate written recipes with your own ideas, and add items to the shopping list that’s built-in. You can try it free for 30 days, but it does require a subscription after that. It’s not ideal, but at least you can try it before deciding if paying for it is right for you.
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Socratic

Price: Free
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Socratic is an educational app. More specifically, it’s an app that teaches you math. It works by using your camera to capture an equation. The app then pops up several pages of information on how to solve the problem. Generally, the first page walks you through solving the problem while subsequent pages show you information and math rules you’ll need to solve it. It’s a great app for students. Especially the ones who have problems with math. It’s a totally free app, at least for right now.
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SpotAngels

Price: Free
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SpotAngels is an app that remembers where you parked. It also gives you information on the parking rules in the area. The central premise of the app is to help people avoid making mistakes that result in potentially expensive traffic tickets. It supports over 20 cities, but it’s still useful even if you don’t live in one of them. The app’s secondary premise is to remember where you parked your car. That works virtually everywhere. You can also help crowd source additional information by adding pictures and rules that the app might not have.
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Stash for Reddit

Price: Free
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Stash for Reddit is a newer Reddit app in the Play Store. The idea is to download a variety of posts from Reddit in the background so that they can be read offline later. The current iteration downloads 100 posts and that includes images, GIFs, and videos. Future releases will include account support, subreddit selection for download, a time schedule, bandwidth limit options, and more. It’s not all that great just yet. However, you should definitely file this one under app to keep an eye on.
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Taskzy

Price: Free
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Taskzy is like a light version of IFTTT. It allows you to program automatic actions based on the things happening on your device. It gives you a decent, if small selection of commands to give. For instance, you can have it open a specific music app when you plug in headphones. You can then have it open a different music app if you plug in headphones while you’re in the car. It’s not the most powerful automation app ever made. However, it’s far more simple than most of the other options. It’s also totally free.
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WeDo

Price: Free
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WeDo is a task management app that focuses a little more on groups. You create groups in the app, invite people to those groups, and then people create tasks that everyone can see. It’s great for small businesses, families, and the like. You can also use it alone if you want to. It features reminders, subtasks, and you can create tasks that repeat (like taking out the garbage every week). It’s still in beta in the Play Store. Those that try it should be prepared to find bugs. Otherwise, it’s free and it works pretty well.
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If we missed any great new Android apps, tell us about them in the comments! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.

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BlackBerry awarded over $814 million back from Qualcomm in royalty overpayments


BlackBerry is going to be getting a lot of money back from its partner Qualcomm soon. The company revealed today that the final results of an arbitration for the two companies will result in BlackBerry getting back over $ 814 million in royalty overpayments from the mobile processor maker.

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The two companies agreed to enter arbitration to settle this overpayments dispute in April 2016. At the time, BlackBerry contented that a previous contract made with Qualcomm to cap certain royalties also applied to payments made by the Canadian company, under an older license agreement. The arbitration resulted in a decision in BlackBerry’s favor. The final amount of the award, which will include items like interest and attorneys’ fees,  will be revealed after another hearing on the matter on May 30.

BlackBerry stated in a press release that it was “pleased the arbitration panel ruled in our favor”. In its own press statement, Qualcomm said that while it does not agree with how this arbitration worked out, it admitted that “it is binding and not appealable”. It added that this decision only apples to BlackBerry, and will not affect its license agreements with any other company.

This decision comes just a few months after Qualcomm got sued by Apple in January, claiming Qualcomm overcharged for the use of its patents. Earlier this week, Qualcomm countersued Apple, claiming Apple was “misrepresenting facts and making false statements.”

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OnePlus 3T can now be purchased directly from OnePlus in India


For the last two years, OnePlus has been selling its devices exclusively on Amazon in India. That has now changed, as you’re also able to buy the OnePlus 3T on the company’s own online store. The price of the device remains the same, meaning you’ll have to dish out Rs. 29,999 for the 64GB model, while the 128GB version will set you back Rs. 34,999.

However, to kick off the launch of its online store in India, OnePlus is offering a free protective case to customers who order the 3T.

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Additionally, OnePlus also launched a contest with the help of well known Bollywood legend, Amitabh Bachchan. Participants of the contest have to complete certain tasks every week to accumulate points that could help them win the main prize of 1 crore.

The OnePlus 3T has been selling quite well on the Indian market, mainly because of its great price-performance ratio. The device features a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by the Snapdragon 821 chipset. It has 6GB of RAM and is equipped with two 16MP cameras (front and back), a 3,400mAh battery, and a front-mounted fingerprint sensor.

It can be yours in either the Gunmetal or Soft Gold color option. But keep in mind that the latter is only available for the 64GB version of the device. To get the device or enter the contest, click on a button below.

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Ransomware-infected app gets removed from the Google Play Store


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While the Google Play Store is supposed to be the most secure place for Android device owners to download apps, there have been a number of examples of malware finding its way into the storefront. This week, a security firm claims that an app in the store, EnergyRescue, became infected with a ransomware program called Charger.

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According to the blog post by Check Point Software, the ransomware was first discovered several weeks ago. Once the app is installed, the ransomware program takes the device’s contacts and SMS messages, then asks the user for permission to access its admin privileges. If that happens, a message then pops up on the screen while also locking out the device. What’s more, the “Charger” program will then display this disturbing message on the device’s screen:

You need to pay for us, otherwise we will sell portion of your personal information on black market every 30 minutes. WE GIVE 100% GUARANTEE THAT ALL FILES WILL RESTORE AFTER WE RECEIVE PAYMENT. WE WILL UNLOCK THE MOBILE DEVICE AND DELETE ALL YOUR DATA FROM OUR SERVER! TURNING OFF YOUR PHONE IS MEANINGLESS, ALL YOUR DATA IS ALREADY STORED ON OUR SERVERS! WE STILL CAN SELLING IT FOR SPAM, FAKE, BANK CRIME etc… We collect and download all of your personal data. All information about your social networks, Bank accounts, Credit Cards. We collect all data about your friends and family.

The security firm also noted that its creators used a number of advanced coding techniques so that the app’s true nature could stay hidden in the store.

The good news is that Check Point Software informed Google of the infected EnergyRescue app, and the company has since deleted it from the Google Play Store. There’s no word on how many Android devices got hit with this Charger ransomware, though the blog post notes that at least one real-world handset was infected.

Google recently offered more information on how it finds and gets rid of any malware that could have been published in the Google Play Store. It also launched a new security-themed page on its Android Developers site, offering tips to app creators to make sure their creations are secure.

This latest example shows that even using the official Google Play Store is no guarantee that the app you may be downloading is secure and safe. While the company is taking a proactive approach to eliminating malware, everyone who owns an Android smartphone or tablet should not just download every app they may see listed in the store.

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LG G6 promised to be safer from explosions and overheating


Smartphones catching on fire was (quite literally) a hot topic in 2016. Samsung was specially in the spotlight after the Galaxy Note 7 managed to collect a good deal of explosion reports, only to later be recalled and removed from the market. How does the industry battle this issue and ensure consumer safety? LG has an idea.

The Korean manufacturer is promising safer technology starting with the LG G6. The upcoming flagship handset will reduce overheating with the use of heat pipes, which are commonly used in laptops and desktops to quickly disperse heat away from processing units.

“We will significantly improve the safety and quality of our new flagship smartphones as more consumers seek safe smartphones.” -Lee Seok-jong, LG Electronics’ mobile communication operation group

Furthermore, LG is going to put this smartphone through harsher tests than international standards demand. The battery will be put through temperature tests 15% higher than what the US and Europe require. The phone will also be exposed to piercings, drops and continuous damage that would simulate user wear & tear over time.

We have to wait and see how it all pans out, but LG claims to be very committed to safety this time around. Of course, we will learn more once an announcement is made. We expect the LG G6 to be unveiled come Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, which is just over a month away.

After this, LG is said to release the new smartphone on March 10, hoping to get a head start on the competition.

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Apple demanding $180M extra cash in settlement from Samsung


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In America, trials are rarely cut-and-dry events: even after a decision is reached the losing party can often demand a retrial, and the escalation process then begins, possibly even reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. In Apple v. Samsung, a rather unusual turn of events has just taken place. Despite Samsung having finally agreed to pay the (reduced) damages it owed Apple, the latter company is now demanding even more money. How much? $ 180,000,000 to be exact.

Those who have followed the trial since it began in 2011 may recall that Apple sued Samsung for allegedly making illegal use of patents and designs related to the iPhone. The trial originally ended with a verdict favorable to Apple and requiring Samsung to pay $ 1.04 billion in damages. Years later the total stood at a reduced $ 548 million, which Samsung paid on December 14th. In doing so however, Samsung also stipulated that if the ongoing disputes related to that first trial ultimately end in the Korean OEM’s favor, Apple must give back the money. Apple, in turn, argued no such reimbursement would take place.

The new damages, filed on Wednesday, argue that Samsung must pay around $ 180 million “in supplemental damages and interests…These further damages relate to five Samsung devices that infringed Apple’s patents and were sold after a 2012 jury verdict finding Samsung liable in the dispute” according to Reuters.

While a new trial will begin next year related to the damages from this original trial, Samsung meanwhile has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, arguing that Apple’s compensation was far too much given the patents involved. Before a hearing can be scheduled, the Supreme Court Justices would first need to agree to review the case, something it could just as easily refuse.

Suddenly, Samsung?

Some have questioned what made Samsung “suddenly” decide to pay off the existing damages to begin with, especially given the company’s demand for potential reimbursement. While it is impossible to say what was ultimately decided upon, several theories are possible:

  1. Samsung’s executives became concerned with the liability-factor relating to the outstanding figure. The company has made a number of bold statements in recent weeks that underscore the difficult times currently facing the OEM. Having the Apple settlement effectively “off” the balance sheet would allow it to be taken as a loss now while the company is still in relatively good fiscal condition, rather than in the future when it might be facing a more difficult situation.
  2. Samsung could have used it as bargaining leverage with Apple. It is widely known that the South Korean OEM supplies numerous components for Apple’s products, and it has even been suggested that Apple may seek to purchase AMOLED panels from Samsung in the future for use with iPhone models. Samsung’s payment could be seen as a sign of good will, or even a way of trying to gain an upper-hand as if to say “we have fulfilled our requirement, so now we expect you to take us seriously.”
  3. Apple may have required Samsung to pay the damages before any deal regarding AMOLED production (or other new technology) could be considered. Given that LG also produces AMOLED panels, it is conceivable that Apple might have used the outstanding payout as “encouraging” board members and executives to lean towards LG for the new components.
  4. Samsung’s legal team may have suggested that a Supreme Court hearing is unlikely to happen and that it is better to just pay the damages now as opposed to further prolonging it.
  5. Samsung may be under the impression that Apple will indeed return the money should the patents related to the trial ultimately be invalidated.

It is possible one of these points has hit the nail on the head. It is also possible that the true nature may be a combination of many, or perhaps none of them at all. The politics and business decisions behind major movements like this are the stuff of speculative legend, though it is likely no one but those directly involved will ever know what happened.

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At the very least, the fact that Apple is asking for even more money now stands as a rather contentious issue in and of itself: on the one hand the company seemingly has a legitimate reason to demanding damages related to such a protracted payout (the interest alone is worth a fortune) and inevitably Apple’s own stakeholders have been most displeased with the missing money not exchanging “hands”.

At the same time, for Samsung, this new filing inevitably comes across as a slap in the face. After finally paying the restitution, the company is now hit with additional fees serving to ensure the “you owe me” situation perpetuates for some time to come.

Wrap Up

While some have referred to the ongoing legal battle as the “The Patent Trial of the Century“, the title seemingly becomes more and more apropos given the continuing and prolonging twists and turns in the matter. Clearly Apple is not happy even after it has received it’s money, yet perhaps it shouldn’t be given how much time has taken to facilitate such. Samsung, meanwhile, wants Apple’s patents invalidated so as to absolve it of any legal problems.

We want to hear what you think. Is Apple in the right here? Should it have filed new charges? Please leave your comments below and let us know!

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Listen to this: Microsoft drops “Hey Cortana” hotword from Android app


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There is a war of words going on right now, but it’s not political or even personal. It’s digitial. While Google had voice assisted functionality from very early on, Apple’s introduction of Siri into the mobile market arguably pushed voice in a more pronounced way, at least to the general public. While Google’s own assistant doesn’t have a name per se, it is nonetheless an integral part of the Google Now experience and features quick response times and a less “synthesized” voice. Microsoft, too, has its own assistant named Cortana, taken from its cash-cow Halo videogame series.

Recently Cortana was released to the Google Play store and with it Microsoft’s move to migrate millions. Or at least attempt to. This past weekend however, it updated the app and removed what some might consider to be a key feature: “Hey Cortana” hotword support. While the feature was essentially limited to a shout out on either a device’s home screen or within the actual Cortana app itself, support for it has been removed entirely for those in the USA.

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What gives (and was taken)?

While Microsoft has yet to state what prompted the sudden about face, those looking for answers on the removal decision may be able to get an idea from posts on reddit in response to the news. User shamrock013 writes:

Good. Using “Hey Cortana” broke the microphone across the whole OS. It barely worked during phone calls. It broke the “OK Google” hotkey. To top it off, the feature barely worked to begin with, so it was half-baked from the start.

Get your crap together, Microsoft.

Another user, bfodder, added:

Oh shit, I couldn’t even use the microphone by tapping on it on the Google Now widget at the top of the home screen. Now it works. And now I know why.

Finally, anthonyvardiz posted:

That explains why I couldn’t “Okay, Google” on my Nexus 6P. Just tried it and it works again!

Based on these responses, it would seem that hotword detection created interference with the normal functioning of a user’s microphone. It is currently unknown as to just how prevalent this issue was, or what devices may have been affected – though clearly the Nexus 6P was one of them. It is also unknown as to the status of “Hey Cortana” on Cyanogenmod builds, which have OS-wide integrated hotword detection.

The question now is if or when Microsoft plans to restore the feature to its fledgling Android app. Part of the draw of virtual assistants is the ability to make use of them effortlessly. By requiring manual triggering of Cortana, the app has arguably lost some of the appeal it might have had, or at least some feature parity with Google Now.

Does it even matter?

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Perhaps the larger issue is if hotword removal matters at all. While some love and live by it, others feel enabling the feature drains battery life due to the “always listening” approach. It is similar to criticism raised about LG’s now-heavily cloned “Tap to Wake” display functionality wherein the digitizer must always remain on so as to detect tap input. As for how much effect on battery life this actually has, that’s a different story.

Reviews that have already been posted on the Play Store indicate that yes, this is a big problem. Pedro Ramos wrote:

Hey Cortana?? C’mon Microsoft…stop screwing with us…I really love Cortana. Unless ur doing it so that pc’s Cortana doesn’t get confused then I forgive you.

Chad White’s review goes even further however:

Uninstall Without Hey Cortana there’s no reason to use this app over Google Now why do I have to actually open the app when I could just: “Ok Google, uninstall Cortana” First Microsoft screws up with Windows, then they kept messing up the Skype app for a while, let’s see if they actually listen the the people for once the make at least one good product this year.

The other issue at large is how many Android users want Cortana in the first place. As of right now, the Play Store data lists Cortana installs between 100,000-500,000. While there are other ways to get it (such as an APK file), suffice to say the app has apparently yet to hit a multi-million milestone, or even the one million mark.

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Those who want a more seamless Windows 10 experience will no doubt be interested in using Cortana, but it remains to be seen how many Android users will be interested in having a second voice assistant running on their phone, especially since many are probably unsure of how to disable Google Now’s listening in the first place.

Wrap Up

There are a variety of ways to take in this news. Some might be angered and perhaps uninstall the app. Some might be pleased Microsoft has suffered an apparent setback of sorts. Some might not care at all. Whatever you are thinking, however, we want to hear it.

Has Cortana become less relevant without the hotword detection or are you still inclined to use it? Did you even know Cortana was available for Android to begin with prior to reading this story? Leave your comments below and share your thoughts for all to see!


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