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Samsung Galaxy S8 nav bar update to reduce screen burn-in?


Samsung has been rolling out Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus updates recently with Bixby improvements and fixes for SD card related issues. The South Korean manufacturer has also just started to roll out the June security patches in Europe and India, and with these comes an update to the navigation bar settings that might not please everyone.

According to SamMobile, the update removes the RGB scale for the navigation bar color, and replaces it with light color shades only. This not only restricts the breadth of color options available, but also means you can no longer select a pure black navigation bar (though there are reports that you can work around this by using a black theme).

The black navigation bar background is the default on most Android handsets, so it’s often the go-to choice for those who don’t want the nav bar to stand out. It’s not clear why Samsung has changed the options for this, but it’s possibly connected to burn-in fears.

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OLED screens don’t use powered pixels to create the black color on a display; instead, black pixels are simply pixels that are switched off. This means that activated pixels — that is, the non-black pixels on a display — degrade at a faster rate.

In extreme cases, this can lead to certain parts of the screen becoming lighter than the rest of the display — what we typically refer to as burn-in. Samsung’s new change may be intended to avoid this issue on its phones, something we’ve already seen with the constantly-shifting home button. (You can read more about the Galaxy S8 and screen burn-in here.)

Weight is also given to this notion by another part of the update: Samsung now provides users with an option to hide the nav bar completely. This is thanks to a new setting in the nav bar menu, and it means you no longer have to use this workaround to achieve the same thing.

This update should be rolling out in the US within the coming weeks; what are your thoughts on the changes? Let us know in the comments.

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Moto Z2 lineup: all the rumors in one place (Update: more Moto Z2 and Z2 Play pics leak)


Update: Following the Moto Z2 Play retail box leak yesterday (seen below at the end of the specs section), we’ve now got our hands on even more images of the rumored handset. Better still, this time we’ve also got a look at supposed photos of the Moto Z2. Check them out at the “Design” section below.

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming Moto Z2, Moto Z2 Force, and Moto Z2 Play.

Last year, Lenovo took the wraps off three Moto Z devices. These include the high-end Moto Z and Z Force and the mid-range Moto Z Play. All three stand out from the crowd thanks to their modular design that works a lot better compared to last year’s LG G5. You have the option of choosing between a few different accessories called Moto Mods, which simply snap on to the back of the smartphones.

Lenovo is expected to announce the next Moto Z generation soon. We have come across a bunch of rumors regarding the Moto Z2, Z2 Force, and Z2 Play, which we have rounded up in this post. So if you want to know when the devices will be announced, what will they offer specs-wise, what will they look like, and how much you’ll have to fork out to get your hands on them, keep reading. You’ll find all these information and more down below.

As always, do keep in mind that these are just rumors for now. Although the company did share a few minor details regarding its upcoming smartphones so far, most specs and features haven’t been officially confirmed yet.

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Lenovo Moto G5S Plus leaks with dual rear cameras, metal unibody

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Moto Z2 lineup: release date

The Moto Z and Z Force were officially announced at the beginning of June 2016 at Lenovo’s TechWorld event in San Francisco. They went on sale in July in the US but were exclusive to Verizon for the first few months. The unlocked version of the Moto Z then went up for pre-order in September with sales starting a month later. The Moto Z Force, on the other hand, remained exclusive to Verizon, as the unlocked version of the device was not released.

Things were a little bit different when it comes to the Moto Z Play. The mid-range smartphone was announced at a later date, at the end of August to be more exact. But it did go up for pre-order along with the Moto Z and also started shipping to customers in October.

Unlike in 2016, Lenovo is expected to announce the entire Z2 lineup at the same time. Although not confirmed, the Moto Z2, Z2 Force, and Z2 Play may be revealed at an event on June 8. This is based on the leaked image of the Z2 Play (check the Design section below), which shows this date on its screen. As the Moto Z and Z Force were announced in June last year, the date does make a lot of sense.

Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly when the smartphones will go on sale. Our best guess is that they will be released in July, with the unlocked versions coming at a later date, just like last year. What we do know is that unlike its predecessor, the Moto Z2 Force won’t be exclusive to Verizon. According to Evan Blass, you’ll also be able to get the smartphone from T-Mobile and maybe even Sprint and other carriers at launch. If true, this likely means that the other two smartphones, the Z2 and Z2 Play, will also be available at multiple carriers when they are released.

Moto Z2 lineup: specs

As a flagship, the Moto Z2 will obviously sport high-end specs. Just like its predecessor, it is expected to feature a 5.5-inch display with QHD resolution. We doubt that the smartphone will have a screen smaller than last year’s Moto Z, while increasing its size probably also isn’t a great option as that would push it into the phablet category.

The Moto Z2 will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset and will have 4 GB or maybe even 6 GB of RAM. You’ll find a fingerprint scanner below the screen with support for various swiping gestures, like the ones already seen on the Moto G5 series.

We expect to see big changes in the camera department, as the device will have a dual-camera setup on the back. According to well-known leaker Ricciolo, Lenovo has opted for a lower megapixel count and larger pixels this year, which means that the camera should perform better in low-light conditions. No word on the front-facing camera so far, aside from the fact that it will have LED flash.

When it comes to software, the Moto Z2 will ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board. As usual, the company will add its own user interface on top that doesn’t change the look and feel of the OS much. It’s pretty close to stock Android, which is something a lot of users will welcome with open arms.

As expected, the Moto Z2 Force will be quite similar to the Z2 in terms of specs. Like last year, we can expect to see three differences. The first is the camera, which might offer more megapixels and should perform a little bit better. The second change is a larger battery, while the third is the ShatterShield display, which shouldn’t crack easily when you drop the phone on the ground, for example.

The Moto Z2 Play, on the other hand, will offer mid-range specs. According to Evan Blass, the smartphone will have a 5.5-inch display with Full HD resolution and will be powered by the Snapdragon 626 chipset running at 2.2 GHz. Others specs include 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a fingerprint scanner, a 12 MP primary camera with dual auto-focus, and a selfie snapper with a 5 MP sensor.

Many of these details have since been (almost) confirmed in leaked retail box images via Brazilian tech site TecDuos — along with microSD card support. The photos also indicate that a model with 64 GB of internal storage space will be available, but whether this is the base model or a more expensive option we aren’t yet sure (it’s likely the former, though).

Unfortunately, the Z2 Play will pack a smaller battery than its predecessor. Lenovo has confirmed that the device will feature a 3,000 mAh battery, whereas the one found in the Z Play has a capacity of 3,510 mAh. This means that the upcoming smartphone will likely be thinner, as well as lighter.

Moto Z2 lineup: design

Thanks to a few images that made their way online over the last month or so, we already know what the upcoming devices will look like.

Back in April, we obtained renders and a 360-degree video of the upcoming Moto Z2 Force in collaboration with OnLeaks. The smartphone looks quite similar to its predecessor, with a few minor exceptions. These include the dual camera setup on the back, more rounded edges, and a redesigned fingerprint scanner below the screen. You can check out a few images of the device and the 360-degree video down below.

 

What’s interesting is that the smartphone would apparently feature the 3.5 mm headphone jack, which was missing on last year’s Moto Z Force. And that’s despite the fact that it will be thinner than its predecessor. The Moto Z2 Force is rumored to be 5.99 mm thick (8.50 mm with back camera bump), while last year’s Moto Z Force comes in at 7 mm.

Another image of the Moto Z2 Force has leaked recently, which gives us an even better look at the device. It has a gold back and a white front, but we do expect to see more colors once the device gets officially released.

Back in April, we also saw the first image of the Moto Z2 Play (featuring a design now confirmed by the leaked retail box images seen above). As you can see, it’s almost identical to the Z2 Force and also comes in the exact same color option. The main differences are that the Z2 Play sports a single camera on the back and has the Moto logo above the screen, instead of below it.

Subsequently, leaker Roland Quant has published images of the device with the Moto Mod accessories — the Hasselblad camera, battery pack and JBL speaker — and a 360-degree view of the rumored smartphone.

The last smartphone to pose for the camera was the Moto Z2. The leaked image, that we received from a trusted source, only shows the front of the device, which looks quite similar to the rest of the Z2 series. Again, there are a few differences including a slightly redesigned speaker grill and a different — black  color option.

Since then, we’ve also got a look at more suspected photos of the unit via SlashLeaks. These show off the unit in a blue case, and would seemingly verify our original photo of the handset. Somewhat disappointingly, however, the full set of images indicates that the Moto Z2 won’t feature a 3.5 mm headphone port. Sorry, folks.

One important thing worth pointing out is that all three devices feature a modular design, just like the previous generation. They have magnetic pins at the back that are used to attach various accessories called Moto Mods. There are a few of them available including the JBL SoundBoost speaker, Moto insta-share projector, and Incipio offGRID Power Pack. These are all expected to be compatible with the new Moto Z series, however, we wouldn’t mind seeing a few more Moto Mods announced along with the upcoming smartphones.

Moto Z2 lineup: price

There’s no word on how much the Moto Z2 smartphones will retail for, but we can get a better idea of what to expect by taking a closer look at the prices of its predecessors.

When launched, Verizon sold the Moto Z for $ 624, while the Moto Z Force was available for $ 720. The unlocked version of the Moto Z, which was released at a later date, was initially priced at $ 699. The Moto Z Play was obviously more affordable, as you had to dish out $ 449.99 to get it.

The best case scenario is that the prices will remain more or less the same, as it’s highly unlikely that the smartphones will be cheaper this year. Although anything is possible, we doubt that this will happen. As always, there’s a chance that Lenovo might increase the prices a little bit, which is something no one probably wants to see, right?


These are all the rumors regarding the upcoming Moto Z2 lineup we have come across so far. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more.

Meanwhile, do let us know what you think about the smartphones. Which one do you think will be the most successful among consumers? Share your opinion with us by posting a comment down below.

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Update: Simple text statuses are coming back to Whatsapp


Update, March 16: Since WhatsApp’s launch, users had the ability to set a persistent custom status — which said “Hey there! I’m using WhatsApp” by default — until it was ditched last month for a Snapchat Stories-like alternative. Prompted by user feedback, WhatsApp has now announced that it will re-introduce text-based status feature.

In a statement to TechCrunch, WhatsApp said: “We heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we’ve integrated this feature into the ‘About’ section in profile settings. Now, the update will appear next to profile names anytime you view contacts, such as when creating a new chat or looking at Group info.”

WhatsApp won’t remove the recent image-based status component, however, users will simply have both options available. You can look forward to the return of the original status feature in the coming weeks and WhatsApp said it will be “continuing to build on” the Snapchat-style status option in the future. 

In its bid to further compete with Snapchat, Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has announced a new feature called Status. It’s basically a version of Snapchat Stories, with the addition of full encryption.

In fact, WhatsApp has had a “status” tab in the app when it first launched in February 2009. However, it was just a text-based feature designed to show a user’s current availability. Today, the update that’s rolling out for Android, iOS and Windows Phone add much more functionality. Like Snapchat Stories, the revamped Status feature in WhatsApp lets users share photos and videos with friends, and those images will disappear after a short period of time. Unlike Snapchat Stories, though, the team at WhatsApp claims any shared content in the Status tab is “end-to-end encrypted”, which may attract more users who are concerned about security.

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December 6, 2016

This is, of course, not the first such “clone” of Snapchat Stories. Another Facebook-owned app, Instagram, launched Instagram Stories in 2016. That launch has reportedly affected usage for Snapchat as a whole. In its recent IPO filing, the company showed that its growth rate went from 17.2 percent in the second quarter of 2016 down to a growth rate of just 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter of the year, after Instagram Stories launched.

This new feature for WhatsApp could also affect growth for Snapchat as well down the road. That could potentially be bad news as the company prepares to go public. It hopes to start trading its shares sometime in early March.

By the way, TechCrunch reports that WhatsApp currently has 1.2 billion monthly users worldwide, and they are sending 60 billion messages a day. That includes 3.3 billion photos, 760 million videos and 80 million GIFs. Are you a WhatsApp user? Do you think this revamp of its Status feature may keep you from using Snapchat in the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Update: HTC U Ultra is now on sale in India


Update, March 6: As anticipated, the HTC U Ultra (dual-SIM) has become available in India today, though only two of the promised four color options – Blue and Black – can be had for now. The only storage option available is 64GB and the phone comes bundled with HTC’s USonic earphones. You also get a year of damage insurance and other perks you can read about below. The Rs. 59,990 price tag is hardly competitive, but if you’re a fan of the Ultra’s glass design, click on the button below to to buy it from the HTC India store.

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Meanwhile, you can expect the more affordable HTC U Play to start selling around March 15.


Original post, February 21: We got our first good look at HTC’s new U Ultra and U Play devices back in January, and now both phones are making their debut in India.

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the higher-end U Ultra, the phone will go on sale Monday, March 6 in Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Cosmetic Pink and Ice White color variants for ₹59,990 (~$ 895). The U Play will launch sometime in mid-March in all four color options for ₹39,990 (~$ 597).

HTC is also bundling a 1-year insurance policy with each purchase that covers liquid and any physical damage. Plus, customers who buy with a Standard Chartered credit or debit card will be eligible for 7.5-percent cash back, provided they purchase their devices between Monday, March 6 and Wednesday, May 31.

Both the U Ultra and U Play in India will sport 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and expandable storage up to 2TB

Both the U Ultra and U Play in India will sport 4GB of RAM, 64GB of on-board storage and expandable storage up to 2TB. Unfortunately the U Ultra variant with 128GB of storage isn’t headed to India, so users will need to utilize the SD card slot if they need more than 64GB of storage.

As a refresher, the U Ultra comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, a 12MP rear camera, a fingerprint sensor on the front, as well as a 3,000mAh battery. Compared to other devices with similar specs, such as the Pixel XL, the U Ultra is priced pretty competitively, as the Google device will set you back ₹67,000 (~$ 1,000).

The U Play sports 5.2-inch 1080p display, a MediaTek Helio P10 CPU, a 16MP rear camera and a front-mounted fingerprint sensor. When it comes to pricing, the U Play is actually quite expensive compared to the OnePlus 3T in India. The 3T, with its powerful Snapdragon 821 processor, costs just ₹29,999 (~$ 448).

Next: HTC U Ultra versus the competition

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge getting Nougat update on AT&T


Update, February 18: AT&T has begun its rollout of the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Weighing in at 1.6 GB, the update delivers all the usual Nougat features you’d expect as well as the February security patch from Google and some Samsung-specific changes. Those include removal of the AT&T Address Book, addition of Samsung Pass and Samsung Cloud and some network performance enhancements. T-Mobile also began its Nougat rollout for the S7 range on February 17.

Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android update tracker page. This page covers all major U.S. carriers with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. It will be regularly updated with the latest Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge update information.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge tend to receive their updates simultaneously – or at least very close together. For this reason, they both appear here on this update page. Also, note that we won’t be covering general security patches in our list.

We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest updates.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Nougat update

Following a soak test in early January, on January 12 Samsung officially rolled out Nougat for unlocked international Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices that were enrolled in the beta program. A few days later on January 17, the update became available for all users (at least internationally – U.S. unlocked devices have still not been updated). The update then slowly creeped its way across Europe and India before making it to U.S. carriers in mid-February.

On December 20, the fourth Android Nougat beta updates for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rolled out OTA to those enrolled in the Galaxy beta program. Technically the fifth update (the other simply patched a crash issue with Facebook), the last beta’s main change was removing the Samsung Notes app and ditching the Samsung Experience interface name in the About Device settings.

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Update US

Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge updates – US Android 6.0.1 Android 7.0 Android 7.11
Verizon Yes No Planned
AT&T Yes Yes Planned
T-Mobile Yes Yes Planned
Sprint Yes No Planned

Verizon Galaxy S7 (SM-G930V) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935V) update:

  • September 1, 2016, improved voice calls, FM Radio, Barcode Beaming functionality and NextRadio app added.
  • May 9, 2016, DT Ignite added. Helps Verizon package and install apps on devices. Can’t be removed without root.

AT&T Galaxy S7 (SM-G930A) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935A) update:

  • February 18, 2017, AT&T began the Nougat update roll out for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
  • July 27, 2016, Wi-Fi calling arrives.
  • April 21, 2016, DTV Widget added, better Wi-Fi performance when using BTLE, home and volume key responsiveness improved, other performance enhancements arrive.

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 (SM-G930T) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935T) update:

  • February 17, 2017, T-Mobile became the first U.S. carrier to roll out Nougat for the S7 and S7 Edge.
  • November 5, 2016, enabled 256/64 QAM, domestic data roaming improvements, system crash fix.
  • May 4, 2016, FM Radio, power and volume key fix, system improvements.

Sprint Galaxy S7 (SM-G930P) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P) update:

  • May 26, 2016, battery life improvements, Wi-Fi calling added.

International Galaxy S7 (SM-G930F) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P) update:

  • January 17, 2017: Nougat became available for all international unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edges.
  • January 12, 2017: Samsung rolled out Nougat for international unlocked devices enrolled in the beta program.
  • January 4, 2017: Samsung began a limited soak test for the unlocked S7 and S7 Edge.
  • December 21: Vodafone Australia has confirmed that the Nougat version they’re testing for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is Android 7.0 , not Android 7.1.
  • December 20: The fourth major beta update has rolled out to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge for those enrolled in the Galaxy Beta Program. The update removes the Samsung Notes app and a previous mention of the Samsung Experience interface.
  • December 16, 2016, Vodafone Australia lists the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in its weekly software update wrap-up. States “testing in progress”, but doesn’t provide an ETA.

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Google Calculator update brings an option to view calculation history


If you’re using Google’s stock calculator app for one reason or another, you’ll be glad to hear that the much-needed option to view your calculation history is finally here!

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I stopped using Google’s calculator app some time ago because although it’s nice and simple, I couldn’t see my previous calculations. As trivial as that may sound, it can actually be quite inconvenient when you are doing a chain of calculations, and say you make a mistake along the way and need to go back a few steps.

Well, it seems like with version 7.2, Google is finally bringing that feature to its calculator app. You can now tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner of the app and select “History” to access your previous calculations. Not unlike some third-party calculator apps, you can also simple drag the calculator pad down to see your history. If you want to clear your calculation history, click the menu icon again and then select “Clear”: there will be a pop-up message confirming your action.

You can now tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner of the app and select “History” to access your previous calculations.

Though I’m glad Google has at last brought this feature with the latest update, I still somewhat prefer Samsung’s approach where nothing is hidden under the menu. The “History” button is right there on top of the number pad, and selecting it brings a sliding window that shows all your calculations with an option to clear at the bottom. It’s more intuitive, at least in my opinion.

If you want to try out Google’s calculator app with the new feature, you can download the APK and sideload it yourself since it looks like the update is not yet available in the Play Store.

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Honor 8 Nougat update with EMUI 5.0 starts rolling out globally


The Honor 8, the phone that attempts to wrestle the title of “slipperiest fingerprint magnet” from the Galaxy S7, received the Nougat update in Japan last week. Now, the update is shipping internationally as well. Phone Arena reports several readers have submitted screenshots of the update, indicating a hefty 2.27 GB file size.

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According to Huawei Japan, the update includes not just the usual Android Nougat features you’d expect but also some additional stability, power management and security improvements. Furthermore, the update to EMUI 5.0 brings Huawei’s machine learning tech with it. It promises to deliver some of the Mate 9‘s “born fast, stay fast” characteristics to the Honor 8. That, and an app drawer option.

You can wait for the Nougat update to arrive via OTA or manually update your Honor 8 with the HiCare app. As with all update rollouts, it may take a while to arrive on your device. If you want to catch a sneak peek of what to expect from EMUI 5.0, take a look at our EMUI 5.0 review on the Mate 9.

Do you like the look of EMUI 5.0 or do you prefer the older Honor interface?

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OnePlus 3 and 3T Google Play Store bug fixed with OxygenOS 4.0.2 update


OnePlus continues to update OxygenOS for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, after launching the big 4.0 version that introduced Android Nougat to those devices a few weeks ago. Today, the company is rolling out OxygenOS 4.0.2, which fixes a small, but important, issue on both phones.

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According to the changelog, the 4.0.2 update fixes a download bug with the Google Play Store. Obviously, if some OnePlus 3 and 3T owners were not able to download apps correctly, this could be a bit of a problem. Hopefully this OxygenOS update will deal with this issue. The changelog also notes some more stability improvements with this release.

OnePlus also says that some people might still be experiencing some Wi-Fi connectivity problems with this update. If you happen to be one of those folks, you can send a private message to the company to report on this issue via its forums.

As with previous updates for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, this latest version of OxygenOS is being rolled out to a small section of those phones, before it is released to a wider number of the devices in the near future. You can go into the phone’s settings to select “About phone”, and then “Software updates”, to see if your OnePlus 3 or 3T can snag OxygenOS 4.0.2.

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(Update: available now for some users) Video calling app Duo is finally arriving on Android and iOS


Update, 08:50 AM ET: Duo is now available for some users in the Play Store. Click on the download button bellow to check the availability on your device.

Original post, 2:53 AM ET: One half of the dynamic, um, duo of chat apps that Google introduced at I/O is finally here. Almost.

In a blog post, Google announced that one-to-one video calling app Duo would become available on Android and iOS starting today. The post was published late in the evening (Pacific time), so the app should be rolling out right now.

Currently the Play Store Google Duo listing only gives us the option to pre-register for the app. It’s very likely that Google is rolling Duo out gradually, to avoid virtual traffic jams and iron out any unexpected issues that can arise with a brand new service.

Google highlighted the simplicity of Duo, an app that lacks the bells and whistles of Skype or even Google’s own Hangouts. “Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are,” said the company.

It sounds like Google wants to remove any friction that could potentially prevent users from using video calling – the Mountain View company cited research stating that half of all users never make a video call.

To be as accessible as possible, Duo doesn’t need a separate account. You can start using it with just your phone number, just like WhatsApp.

Simple as it may be, Duo is not completely barebones. One of its coolest features is Knock Knock, which basically lets you see the person who’s calling before picking up. You also get end-to-end encryption, which aligns Google with Facebook and Apple when it comes to protecting user privacy.

Very importantly, Duo works on Android and iOS, which will put it on collision course with Apple’s very popular FaceTime.

We’ll keep an eye on the Google Duo Play Store page and update you as soon as the app becomes available.

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No word yet on Allo, the text chat app that Google introduced alongside Duo. It can’t be too far behind though.

Anyone here who’s got Duo yet? Let us know!

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HTC 10 confirmed for BoomSound? [UPDATE: video]


Leaked images of the HTC 10

Leaked images of the HTC 10

Update: HTC is back at it with the HTC 10 hype, this time telling showing us a bit more than an image and words. The Taiwanese manufacturer has uploaded a video that hypes the upcoming phone’s BoomSound audio. Let’s check it out.

Original post: So a few years back, the HTC One M7 launched with dual front-facing speakers that nobody had ever put on a smartphone before. They called it “BoomSound,” and users loved the hell out of it. However, recent smartphones created by HTC have kind of left the dual speakers behind, and the terminology “BoomSound” mostly refers to software audio enhancements instead of the twin speakers. So while it’s true the weight behind BoomSound has been diluted somewhat, a new tweet by the company has revealed that the HTC 10 will have it. Whatever it is.

The image that HTC posted seems to indicate that the device will in fact have dual speakers, however. Fans are speculating that the top line of staggered audio elements represents one speaker while the row of five larger, elongated ovals in the bottom represent another set of speakers. Will the HTC 10 crank it to 11? This has yet to be determined, but we can all hope.

htc 10 leakSee also: More HTC 10 details: Super LCD 5 screen, 3,000-mAh battery59

The HTC 10 marketing team has been making a lot of claims about their upcoming device. The most wave-making of these is the attestation that the smartphone will have a “World First, World Class” camera on both the front and back of the device. These are high claims to make, especially considering the Samsung Galaxy S7 is already being praised for it’s incredible camera quality. Will HTC’s next device make for worthy competition? We can’t wait to find out.

What are your thoughts regarding the HTC 10? Does the BoomSound feature still hold water for you, or are you more interested in other functionalities? Let us know your take in the comments below!

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