AndroidSPIN Google Android News, Phones and Tablets, Software and hardware reviews and more2016-09-17T15:56:49Z http://androidspin.com/feed/atom/WordPress Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Motorola Moto E3 Power with 3500 mAh battery launching in India on September 19]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171190 2016-09-17T15:56:49Z 2016-09-17T15:54:08Z After launching mid-range smartphones Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, and Moto G4 Play, Motorola is prepping for the launch of a new entry-level smartphone in India. The Lenovo-backed smartphone brand imported the Moto E3 Power to India a few days back. The Moto E3 Power has a 3,500mAh battery, and will be exclusively available through online retailer […]

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After launching mid-range smartphones Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus, and Moto G4 Play, Motorola is prepping for the launch of a new entry-level smartphone in India. The Lenovo-backed smartphone brand imported the Moto E3 Power to India a few days back. The Moto E3 Power has a 3,500mAh battery, and will be exclusively available through online retailer Flipkart.

Motorola Moto E3 Power Specifications

The Moto E3 Power ( XT1706) will sport a 5-inch 720p display. It will be equipped with a quad-core MediaTek  MT6735p SoC. It will also have 2GB of RAM and 8GB/16GB of internal storage that can be further expanded via a microSD card slot. The camera department is handled by an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Moto E3 Power will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and it might be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat in the next few months. Motorola is one of the few brands to update its smartphones to the latest version of Android rapidly. The smartphone might carry a price tag of $104.31 (INR 6,999). The Moto E3 Power will be officially made available on September 19 in India.

Source: Gear

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Onkar Soundankar https://plus.google.com/+OnkarSoundankar/about <![CDATA[Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 still running on Android 5.1 Lollipop after MIUI 8 update]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171183 2016-09-15T18:44:49Z 2016-09-15T18:44:49Z Xiaomi unveiled MIUI 8 during the announcement of the Mi Max back in May 2016. The company had announced that many smartphones in the Redmi and Mi series of smartphones would receive MIUI 8 update with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The beta version of the ROM was released as scheduled in China first, but the international schedule seems to be behind schedule. The most popular smartphone […]

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Xiaomi unveiled MIUI 8 during the announcement of the Mi Max back in May 2016. The company had announced that many smartphones in the Redmi and Mi series of smartphones would receive MIUI 8 update with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The beta version of the ROM was released as scheduled in China first, but the international schedule seems to be behind schedule. The most popular smartphone from the company this year, the Redmi Note 3, is still running Android 5.1 Lollipop. This is quite a shame, especially since Google has released Android 7.0 Nougat recently.

The MIUI 8 update was supposed to be based on Android Marshmallow, but that isn’t the case with the Redmi Note 3. The update includes the revamped notifications and quick settings toggles with a bright and colorful UI as seen on Samsung smartphones. The company has also used new icons that are more colorful. The calendar and calculator app have received new designs as well. Camera and Gallery apps have received makeovers as well.

MIUI 8 also brings dual apps, a way to run two instances of the same app. A new Quick Ball feature also improves one-handed usage for large screen smartphones. There’s a new photo and video editor in MIUI 8 ROM. The current update has some bugs, the battery life is lower than expected. Currently, the company is prepping the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 5s and the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, both of which are high-end smartphones.

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Stormy Beach https://plus.google.com/+StormyBeach <![CDATA[Google’s 1to1 video calling app, Duo, to gain audio only function “soon”]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171169 2016-08-19T16:21:46Z 2016-08-19T16:21:46Z Google recently made its 1-to-1 video calling app, Duo, available on the Play Store. In a nut shell it allows users of iOS and Android to call each other directly face to face. It is simple, straight forward and takes very little set-up. While the internet is full of arguments over its need when hangouts […]

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Google recently made its 1-to-1 video calling app, Duo, available on the Play Store. In a nut shell it allows users of iOS and Android to call each other directly face to face. It is simple, straight forward and takes very little set-up. While the internet is full of arguments over its need when hangouts could already do calls, I think it is a great option for the mass majority of smartphone users out there and helps easily bridge the gap between iOS and Android on the FaceTime argument.

While the app works well, and is so easy to use that grandma can do it, there are still features that other users want. Mainly audio only calls. A Google+ post from Amit Fulay, who happens to be a Google employee, became quite the platform for conversation around Duo’s launch. In a response to the barrage of comments and questions, he let slip that audio-only calling would be coming soon. In Google world though that could be next month, or next year. It is still reassuring that it is something they will bring to its user base at some point at least.

Have you given Duo a shot yet? Can you see where and why Google felt making a stand alone, cross-platform, easy to use video calling app was important?

Source: Google+ Via Phandroid

 

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Asif https://plus.google.com/u/1/+AsifIqbalShaik/ <![CDATA[LG G5 starts getting Android 7.0 Nougat beta update in Korea]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171165 2016-08-17T07:18:21Z 2016-08-17T07:18:21Z Google hasn’t released new Nexus devices yet, but LG G5 has already started to receive Android 7.0 Nougat beta update in Korea. Thanks to the smartphone company’s new preview program, LG G5 users in Korea can experience the latest version of Android on their LG smartphone. LG is allowing up to 200 LG G5 users […]

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Google hasn’t released new Nexus devices yet, but LG G5 has already started to receive Android 7.0 Nougat beta update in Korea. Thanks to the smartphone company’s new preview program, LG G5 users in Korea can experience the latest version of Android on their LG smartphone.

LG is allowing up to 200 LG G5 users in Korea to register themselves to test the Android 7.0 Nougat update on a first-come, first-serve basis. The enrolment has started yesterday i.e. August 16, 2016. To get enrolled, users will have to download the LG OS preview app from the Play Store and follow the instructions in the app.

The Android 7.0 Nougat update preview of the LG G5 can be downloaded using the company’s PC suite. LG is expected to announce the release date of Android 7.0 update for its flagship smartphone in the coming weeks. However, the LG V20 is expected to be the first phone to carry the next version of Android.

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Asif https://plus.google.com/u/1/+AsifIqbalShaik/ <![CDATA[Xiaomi Redmi 4 live images spotted, features Snapdragon 625 processor]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171160 2016-08-17T06:16:23Z 2016-08-17T06:16:23Z Xiaomi released its budget phablet, the Redmi 3, earlier this year with some pretty awesome specifications for the price. It went on to become one of the best-selling smartphone in countries like India and China. Now, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is prepping the successor to the Redmi 3, and its images have already been leaked. The […]

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Xiaomi released its budget phablet, the Redmi 3, earlier this year with some pretty awesome specifications for the price. It went on to become one of the best-selling smartphone in countries like India and China. Now, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is prepping the successor to the Redmi 3, and its images have already been leaked.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4, as can be seen in the images, has a design that’s quite similar to the Redmi 3. It features a metal unibody with a fingerprint sensor on its back. It is expected to come with a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display that has a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8, which was unveiled earlier this year.

It is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with an octa-core 64-bit CPU clocked at 2GHz and Adreno 506 GPU. The variant spotted in the images comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The camera department on the Redmi 4 is handled by a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera.

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The Xiaomi Redmi 4 will compete with the likes of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note, LeEco Le 1s, ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser, and the ASUS Zenfone Max in the entry-level price bracket. Xiaomi has done very well in the past in the entry-level and mid-range smartphone segment, and it shouldn’t be any different this year.

Source: Weibo | Via: Gear by MySmartPrice

 

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Stormy Beach https://plus.google.com/+StormyBeach <![CDATA[Noodlecake Studios brings ‘Try Harder’ to the Play Store and itch.io]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171147 2016-07-28T17:39:44Z 2016-07-28T17:39:44Z NoodleCake Studios is a company name that might ring a bell to those that love a bit more indie type games. They have brought me hours of fun with the Super Stickman Golf series, Alto’s Adventure, Mikey Shorts and many others. This morning they have launched another title that is sure to be well received, […]

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NoodleCake Studios is a company name that might ring a bell to those that love a bit more indie type games. They have brought me hours of fun with the Super Stickman Golf series, Alto’s Adventure, Mikey Shorts and many others. This morning they have launched another title that is sure to be well received, Try Harder.

Try Harder, in a nutshell, is a side scrolling endless runner platform. The controls are simple (tap to jump and hold to glide), the power-ups are ridiculous and the deaths are often. Hence the name, Try Harder. Each death will leave your lifeless body intact, making it not only easy to see if you beat your previous run, but they also act as helpful platforms over the deadly trap that got you the previously. As your patience thins for the configuration you are on, you have the ability to randomly generate a new level to try your luck at.

Try Harder is free in the Play Store and could easily become your new time waster for the day. On a side note, Noodlecake has also released the title to itch.io. Pick it up when you have a chance and be ready to Try Harder to beat your last maiming location.

Install Try Harder in the Play Store

Install Try Harder from itch.io for Windows, Mac OS and Android

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Stormy Beach https://plus.google.com/+StormyBeach <![CDATA[Google brings Family Library to Android]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171138 2016-07-28T17:17:48Z 2016-07-28T17:17:48Z Android has been maturing at a fairly fast rate over the last few years. Both as an OS and as a service. Just over a year ago Google made it easier for developers to target certain genres of users and dictate if their apps were family friendly and for what age groups. That made a […]

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Android has been maturing at a fairly fast rate over the last few years. Both as an OS and as a service. Just over a year ago Google made it easier for developers to target certain genres of users and dictate if their apps were family friendly and for what age groups. That made a lot of parents quite happy. Yesterday they took the next step in making your Google Play Store experience even better by releasing Family Library.

Family Library

In the past users would need to share a login to avoid purchasing the same apps across devices. I know my family has always had one Gmail account that was strictly used for me to buy apps with so they could all use them. it wasn’t ideal, but it work. With Family Library you can now link into family and friends Google accounts to share the what you are buying. The set up is quite simple, just head to the Family Library Get Started page and follow the steps. During the process you will designate a credit/debit card for the family account. From there you get to make some choices. Mainly if you want all eligible purchases to become available to those in your list, or if you want to choose which ones are available.

Family Sharing

Then you get to invite up to 5 family members to join the Library. Google lists outs legalities to protect themselves, like the family member must be 13 and older and have a Google Account.

Once completed, your family member will get an email to confirm that they are joining you in the Library. They simply walk through the steps to confirm and they are off to the races. I set my wife up in a matter of minutes and I was able to see my purchased movies instantly. Pretty nifty.

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The Library goes beyond apps and games of course and allows sharing of Movies, TV shows and books. For those of you that have iOS family members, they aren’t left out in the cold, so long as they have a Google account, they can partake in part of the Library offerings as well. Mainly just the media consumption side of things, but its better than nothing.

Source: Google

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Sam Bradford <![CDATA[Smart Tech for The Modern Workplace]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171130 2016-07-13T14:23:13Z 2016-07-13T14:23:13Z It’s truly amazing to see how far the American workforce has come in the past 10 years. Email used to be the fastest and easiest way to communicate, but today many offices are ignoring it in favor of chat apps and project management tools. Many employees and managers alike can’t even function without their smart […]

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It’s truly amazing to see how far the American workforce has come in the past 10 years. Email used to be the fastest and easiest way to communicate, but today many offices are ignoring it in favor of chat apps and project management tools. Many employees and managers alike can’t even function without their smart gadgets and tools to get them through the day. Check out these four essentials for anyone entering the modern workplace.

HR Software

Apps like freeHR and Zoho people work to create human resource solutions for the modern workplace. These tools are ideal for remote and distributed teams where managers never physically sit down with employees. Mailing benefits and healthcare information takes time, but these digital tools can walk employees through their information with a click of a button. On the employee side, teams can apply for time off, record sick time, and clock in without being physically present. This can also benefit brick and mortar companies that manage large teams.

Project Management Apps

Today’s employees can plan, update, and deliver projects all from their Android devices. Project management tools like Trello and Wrike let teams center the discussion about a project in one place, making it easier for managers to keep tabs on deliverables. Previously, a group of employees would communicate through long email chains, chat boxes, verbal discussions, and video. It was impossible to keep all of that communication in one place. With project management tools, everything is in one place as long as you have an internet connection.

Quality Video and Calling Devices

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If your computer and Android device don’t have a built in camera, then it’s worth the expense to invest in one. More communication is happening digitally, from screen shares during meetings to video interviews for a job. While email and chat are quick ways to communicate, they don’t beat the immediate clarity of a phone call.

Before entering the modern workforce, check to see if you’re due for a phone upgrade so you’re prepared for everything the office requires.

Paper to Digital Document Converter

If your office is full of papers dating back to 1992, then it’s time to throw away what you don’t need while scanning what you do. The modern office is paperless and employees prefer to keep their information on the network instead of on their desk. This offers immediate ease when traveling and keeps the papers secure in case of fire or spilled coffee.

Many companies have made the switch from paper to digital records for employees of patients in the past few years, and some companies specialize in helping the transition. This makes it easier to send and update files, as well as locate them when a patient arrives. If you haven’t already, this may be the next frontier in embracing a paperless office.

These are just a few examples of smart technology making the workforce better. Check out this infographic by Maryhurst University Online to learn more, along with case studies from real people who have been there and gone modern.

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Sam Bradford <![CDATA[4 Reasons Why It’s Important to Buy the Right Kind of Noise Canceling Earbuds]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171117 2016-07-07T07:40:09Z 2016-07-10T07:38:04Z Many of us work in or deal with noisy environments. We are frequent travelers who depend on noise-canceling earbuds to block out the rumble of a plane. We are workers in open-plan offices trying to concentrate. That’s why noise-canceling earbuds are the saving grace of earbud technology. Discover four reasons why it’s important to purchase the […]

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Many of us work in or deal with noisy environments. We are frequent travelers who depend on noise-canceling earbuds to block out the rumble of a plane. We are workers in open-plan offices trying to concentrate. That’s why noise-canceling earbuds are the saving grace of earbud technology. Discover four reasons why it’s important to purchase the right type of noise-canceling earbuds.

Noise Canceling, Not Noise Isolating

Noise-canceling and noise-isolating earbuds function differently, although these two types sound quite similar. Noise-isolating earbuds have a physical structure that blocks out ambient noise. This type works relatively well for everyday use and for the gym, but doesn’t block out enough noise for places such as public transportation and airplanes.

Noise-canceling earbuds often have noise-isolating components, but with a major difference: These type of earbuds use sound wave technology and tiny speakers to cancel out ambient noise. Noise-canceling earbuds detect the consistent noises around you, such as the hum of an airplane engine, and play the exact opposite frequency, causing the sound waves to cancel out the offending noise.

When you’re looking for a new set of earbuds that will block out as much ambient noise as possible, select the noise-canceling variety.

Comfortable Fit Technology

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No amount of perks or technological innovations will compensate for incorrectly fitting earbuds. Sound-canceling earbuds featuring state-of-the-art technology allows you to tune out the noise from your workplace or travel space when you’re using them with your Android smartphone or tablet.

When selecting a pair of sound-canceling earbuds, look for options offering interchangeable earbud tips so you can find the right fit for your ear canal. Comparing a pair of earbuds that fits you well with the models you’re thinking about buying can be helpful. You’ll love them so much that you shouldn’t be surprised if you stop using the stereo speakers in your home.

A Long Battery Life

Noise-canceling earbuds run by battery. Battery power operation may sound like a downside, but these earbuds need battery power to use the noise-canceling technology. Do you do a lot of traveling? Are you the kind of person who forgets to plug in your phone? Finding noise-canceling earbuds with a long battery life is essential if you don’t think you’re going to be near charging stations often.

Some of the headband versions of noise-canceling earbuds require batteries, such as vintage Game Boys, but the earbud versions tend to plug into the wall like the rest of your electronics. Think about your environment: If you’ll have ample opportunity to charge your earbuds, then battery life may not be as important to you. If you spend much time traveling or commuting, or you appreciate a long battery life, consider noise-canceling earbuds that offer as much as 100 hours of listening time without a charge.

Superior Sound Quality

You have all kinds of music players and internet radio stations loaded on your Android device. Whether you like to jam out to your favorite playlist on Spotify or you’ve selected your favorite radio stations on iHeartRadio, you want good sound quality with your noise-canceling earbuds.

When you’re researching the best noise-canceling technology, don’t forget to check for the type of sound the earbuds offer. Does the pair you’re interested in purchasing offer amplified bass or better distinction in the mid-range? What have customers said about the sound itself coming through the earbuds? If you’re looking for noise-canceling headphones so you can block out the distractions and listen to your favorite tunes uninterrupted, why would you settle for any product that offers less than superior sound quality?

Finding the right noise-canceling earbuds may take some time and shopping around, but the result is worth the time you’ll spend. Think about what you can do when you can cut down on the ambient noise around you. Think about how much easier it will be for you to focus on your music without hearing overlaps in sound from the environment around you, whether you’re using public transportation, working at the office, or enjoying alone time at home.

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Sam Bradford <![CDATA[3 Reasons to Learn About Cloud Storage for Smartphones]]> http://androidspin.com/?p=171116 2016-07-07T07:46:44Z 2016-07-07T07:32:54Z Android phones come preloaded with Google cloud storage solutions, which can be a starting point for your mobile cloud storage journey. However, you don’t have to accept the first cloud storage option presented to you. Research the features that cloud storage has to offer, such as different styles of file backups and data encryption. Discover […]

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Android phones come preloaded with Google cloud storage solutions, which can be a starting point for your mobile cloud storage journey. However, you don’t have to accept the first cloud storage option presented to you. Research the features that cloud storage has to offer, such as different styles of file backups and data encryption. Discover three reasons why you should learn about cloud storage service providers for your smartphone.

Find Out How Cloud Storage Can Automatically Back Up Your Data

Automatic data backup to cloud storage is one of the main reasons many people move to cloud storage on their personal computers. With popular services such as DropBox and OneDrive, you save your files in the cloud storage folder accessible through your desktop. Your computer then backs up those files to a cloud storage service.

The same principle works on your Android smartphone. Cloud storage services will back up the contents of your phone in a similar way that Apple’s backup system functions for iPhones. Alternatively, you can save specific data to your cloud storage account in a similar way that DropBox and OneDrive functions for smartphones.

When choosing the cloud storage backup that’s right for your smartphone, research how each app you discover saves the data. Do you save your data in a folder? Can you automatically sync items like your photo stream, or will the cloud storage service back up all the contents of your phone?

Learn How You Can Sync Data Across Devices

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When pictures and documents exist only on one device, you have to remember to transfer them with flash drives or email programs when you want to use them in another location.

When you download a cloud storage option for your smartphone, you can connect the same cloud storage account you already use on your computer to your smartphone. Once connected, the documents you have on your computer will be available to you through your smartphone. Similarly, your smartphone photos, videos, and notes will be available on your computer.

Investigate Data Security Options

Cloud storage data security has many meanings: The term refers to keeping your files backed up so you never lose them. Security also refers to security measures, such as encryption, that make your data harder for intruders to reach.

Computer and smartphone hard drives aren’t completely safe from hacking and information leaks. Not all cloud services do either, but when you consult cloud storage and security educational resources that teach you about using cloud storage computing with your smartphone, you’ll understand how many options you have.

For smartphone users who care about data security or who handle sensitive data, encryption is a smart choice. Most free cloud storage services don’t offer encryption or other security protocols, but a subscription to a secure cloud storage service will keep your private data protected. Cloud storage security measures often offer several types of encryption, and each type has its own strengths and weaknesses. The type of data you access on your smartphone will inform your cloud storage security decisions.

We use our smartphones to reach business files and to store personal memories, so taking the time to research how to keep that data safe only makes sense. How you use your phone will change what kind of cloud service works best for you. Do your research before you download for the best mobile cloud storage, experience.

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