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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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WhatsApp adds GIF support and video streaming

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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.

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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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(Update: Lottery winners announced) Google I/O 2016: our early predictions for Google’s big event


Update: The Google I/O 2016 lottery results are going out, informing the lucky winners that they have been selected to attend. See below for details on the lottery and all the latest on the Android N developer preview.

Google’s annual developer conference is one of the most exclusive must-attend events on the Android calendar. It’s not always easy to get in, but if you can, it’s definitely worth it. I was lucky enough to go last year and got to meet Sundar Pichai and Larry Page for the effort. Rubbing shoulders with CEOs, engineers, developers and enthusiasts aside, though, what else can you expect from Google I/O 2016?

Google I/O 2016 dates and location

Back on January 12, freshly minted Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted the dates and location for Google I/O 2016: May 18-20 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. For those unfamiliar with the location, it’s a long way away from any hotels and doesn’t exactly feature great public transport options, sparking widespread speculation that it might have been chosen to provide Google the opportunity to show off its self-driving cars…

Google IO 2016

How to get a Google I/O ticket

Once the Google I/O 2016 site went live you had a small window in which you could register your interest in attending. Registration ran from 9 AM PST on Tuesday, March 8 until 5 PM PST on Thursday, March 10. All you needed to do was hit the official Google I/O 2016 website, sign in with a Google account and complete the registration process. Once that was done you got a registration confirmation email, but that didn’t mean you had a ticket. No, you then had to wait for the results of the infamous Google I/O lottery to go out…

Google I/O lottery results

The Google I/O 2016 lottery results have been released, with the lucky winners being notified that they have been selected to attend. Winners will be contacted via email and given a link with which to complete the registration process within 24 hours. “Winners” of the lottery still have to pay $ 900 for a regular ticket or $ 300 for an academic ticket, but considering how difficult it is to get into I/O this is a small price to pay. Plus, you’ll get the infamous goodie bag to offset any feelings of buyer’s remorse. You’ll have until April 29 to refund your ticket if necessary, but why would you? If you go you’ll be able to hang out with myself, Josh Vergara, Lanh Nguyen and maybe even Sundar and Larry.

Google I/O 2016 app

The official Google I/O 2016 app isn’t in Google Play yet, but each year the old app gets replaced with the new one, so when the new one goes live you can grab it via the button below. The Google I/O app includes live streams for the keynote and major sessions, schedules, maps, reminders and some fun stuff.

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What to expect from Google I/O 2016

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More Android N

This one is a given, because Google announced a while back that annual developer previews of the next major Android release will be presented at each year’s I/O conference. However, 2016 is a little bit different, with the Android N developer preview making its first appearance more than two months ahead of Google I/O. The preview will receive monthly updates until July, when the finishing touches will be put on it for release in Q3, 2016 (that means by the end of September). This also means that the 2016 Nexuses will also arrive sometime in September. For a full breakdown of Android N features, hit the link below.

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Self-driving cars

Google announced at Google I/O 2015 that the first self-driving cars would be released on the streets of Mountain View in 2016. So what better time to demo what Google Auto is capable of than at Google I/O 2016? It may be a little far-fetched to expect Google to arrange transport for thousands of I/O attendees via its tiny autonomous vehicles, but the event will definitely give everyone the chance to take a ride in one. However, Google has recently advertised 36 jobs in the self-driving car project, so things are definitely gathering steam.

google self driving car prototype

The Google division in charge of self-driving cars formerly known as Google[x] – and now simply known as X – has recently received a new CEO who is, incidentally, a former Ford and Hyundai exec. We can expect to see John Krafcik take the stage with all the latest on Google’s autonomous vehicles and their expected commercial release in 2020. Considering the first official self-driving car accident has just occurred, you can expect that to come up as well… (and now there’s another self-driving car accident to discuss.)

Android Wear

A massive shake up of Android Wear is long overdue. The mobile platform came out early, moved sluggishly, and has now been surpassed by both Apple’s wearable platform and even Samsung’s Tizen OS. With multiple OEMs grumbling last year that if Google didn’t start pushing the wearable platform more aggressively they would consider developing their own, it’s now crunch time for Android Wear. I can’t tell you what will be announced, but I sure hope something significant is.

Project Ara

I was at the ATAP session last year and witnessed a fully functional Project Ara prototype get assembled on stage in seconds. The camera module was left out until the device had booted up, then it was inserted, runtime detected and working within seconds. Pretty impressive stuff. With the official trial of Project Ara being delayed until 2016 you know there will be some stage time dedicated to it. Unfortunately, we’ve seen no evidence that project Ara will be making an appearance at MWC 2016, although a bizarre 13.8-inch Project Ara tablet recently appeared on GFXBench.

Project Ara smartphone

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Android Auto

Yet again we’re expecting Android Auto to be front and center at I/O 2016. Android Auto is really starting to enter the mainstream and the first sub-$ 20,000 vehicle was just announced last week: the Hyundai Elantra. 2016 may well be the year that Android Auto stops being something only geeks talk about and starts being something everyone talks about. Considering Android Auto didn’t rate a mention at I/O 2015, it should definitely get some stage time this year. Let’s hope there’s lots more third-party apps coming.

Project Aura

Project Aura is Google Glass 2.0. At least it would be if the original Glass had ever gone anywhere other than the Explorer Edition. Aura is supposedly the Enterprise Edition that recently showed up in FCC documents, showing a slightly revised design with a hinge and larger prism. The consumer version of Glass may well be dead and buried now, but what final form Project Aura will take and when it will be available is anyone’s guess.

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Project Tango

The recently announced Project Tango smartphone from Google and Lenovo was shown off privately at MWC 2016, but we’re pretty sure it will also get some more advanced air time at I/O in advance of its summer shipping date. Depending on how far along the device is, it may even make its way into the 2016 I/O goodie bag for attendees. The official announcement of the Google/Lenovo partnership said the device would be available in “summer of 2016”.

Virtual reality

Following Google’s creation of a new virtual reality division called, creatively enough, Virtual Reality, a recent story from the Financial Times has Google baking Android VR into stock Android and producing a slightly higher-end Cardboard viewer made out of plastic that will work will all smartphones. Yet another report, this time from The Wall Street Journal, has Google making a new standalone VR headset that doesn’t require any smartphone, PC or games console to operate, with a chip sourced from a Dublin-based chip maker by the name of Movidius.

With all these stories appearing in major outlets, big things are clearly afoot at Google VR. Keep an eye out at I/O 2016 for the possibility of two new VR products, an Android VR announcement, more on 360 video, YouTube quality, Cardboard partnerships and Expeditions. Google may have been a little late to the VR game, but at this rate, Facebook and Oculus are about to get some pretty serious competition in 2016.

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Chrome OS

I actually don’t think there will be any major Chrome OS announcement at I/O 2016, unless they are related to the arrival of Material Design. Despite the recent rumor that Chrome OS would be folded into Android, Google officially denied the claim. Furthermore, Google’s SVP of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast, Hiroshi Lockheimer, has assured everyone that there will be a range of new Chromebooks in 2016, but we probably won’t see them until Nexus time. However, we will probably see some kind of Chrome OS integration demoed in Android N.

Project Fi

Considering Google’s excellent carrier-switching Project Fi is still only available for Nexus users, Google I/O 2016 would be a great time to announce the service is available for more smartphone owners. We can’t say we’ve seen any evidence of this ourselves, but there are a few rumors pointing to this possibility. If you know something we don’t feel free to share your evidence in the comments below.

There’s also sure to be more on Nest, GoogleOn and smart home integration, the Internet of Things generally and project Brillo specifically, and maybe even something about a commercial application for Project Soli’s radar sensor for wearables.

What do you expect to see at Google I/O 2016? Will you be there?

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Vimeo’s app gets a long-awaited update


 

Vimeo App Update

Vimeo has long enjoyed the position of one of the world’s leading video streaming services. However, it’s been no secret that their mobile app has frankly sucked quite a bit. Now Vimeo is trying to turn that mobile reputation around by unleashing a totally revamped update of their Android app.

In an aggressively upbeat “not being defensive, but just saying” blog post this morning, staff member Jon Sheldrick unveiled Vimeo Android version 2.0: the update that fixed everything that wasn’t necessarily broken but could have used more awesomeness.

Positivity spin aside, let’s face it. Vimeo’s Android app was pretty bad. Clunky interface, long delays, counterintuitive navigation. It could have been a case study in how to not build a video streaming app. However, this new version that they’ve cranked out actually looks pretty good; primarily because it seems to borrow a lot from YouTube’s app.

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The key points Vimeo is advertising about their update are its upload capabilities, its full HD playback, and a library of human curated categories. The enhanced upload features are designed to make uploading as smooth and intuitive as possible, while still giving users absolute controle over their video. Privacy options that were previously only available on the desktop are now present in the mobile app.

I honestly can’t tell a difference between the new HD playback and the old, but they have definitely redesigned information display (like number of plays, likes, and comments) to make them easier to navigate. The curated categories look like a cross between YouTube’s recommended playlists and something you’d see on Google Play Music. Kind of hit and miss at times, but all around a good addition.

If you got turned off by Vimeo’s original mobile app, now’s a good time to give them a second chance. They seem to have listened to feedback and responded proactively. If you want to get your hands on the update, click the button below to download from the Google Play Store. Once you’ve given it a spin, come back and tell us what your experience was like in the comments!

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