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OnePlus 5 gets Face Unlock feature with third OxygenOS Open Beta

OnePlus' Face Unlock feature was first introduced with the new OnePlus 5T.This third beta also has some other additions and bug fixes.The final Android Oreo release for the OnePlus 5 is due in early 2018. The third OxygenOS Open Beta build, with support for Android 8.0 Oreo, for the OnePlus 5 is now available to download. As promised, this release adds the company's new Face Unlock feature to the phone, after it debuted on the more recent OnePlus 5T.Face Unlock uses the front-facing camera on the phone, along with special software, to identify your face with 100 identifiers so you can unlock it without typing in a code. In addition to this feature, this third Open Beta for the OnePlus 5 adds an app shortcut for the Recorder app on the phone's launcher. It also includes some optimizations for vibration, fixes a connection issue with 5G Wi-Fi, and has a number of other unnamed bug fixes and improvements. Finally, this beta release includes the December 2017 Android security p…

Hands-on with Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s AI-powered smart battery & camera [Video]

The Huawei Mate Pro 10 is arriving soon to the US as the company’s latest flagship and the first with the Kirin 970 chipset, a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit that will help improve AI tasks. But it’s also being used not only to handle AI tasks directly but also to intelligently manage and enhance battery life and camera performance. Below we go hands-on with the device to see how the new AI-powered battery and camera features make it stand out from the competition.The Huawei Mate Pro 10 includes a huge 4,000mAh battery that unlike most of the competitors can truly live up to its claim of lasting up to 2 full days in our time with the device. It is the first to support TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certified HUAWEI SuperCharge technology and that means super reliable 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast charging. What it really means in the real-world is the ability to charge the Mate Pro 10 from 1 to 20 percent in 10 minutes, and, for instance, from 1 percent to 58 percent in 30 minutes.But …

Several new Huawei phones have leaked, including one with a notched display

A slew of schematic designs for some new Huawei devices have leaked, showing off a set of new devices, features, and naming conventions. The leak shows off the P20, P20 Plus, and P20 Pro, with the last design taking a bit of inspiration from Apple's design team. This leak does also indicate that we won't […]
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Camera NX, a Google Camera mod, brings portrait mode to the Pixel & XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X

One of the most essential features for most smartphone owners is the camera. Because of this, Google focused on image quality when it launched the Pixel 2 and introduced new features such as portrait mode. But while the search giant’s latest and greatest got new features, the original Pixel and the last Nexus devices were left in the dust.Thanks to the developer behind Camera NX, PixelPixel XLNexus 6P, and Nexus 5X owners can now enjoy taking portrait mode photos by merely sideloading an APK…UAG Cases Camera NX has been in development for some time now and has been focused on bringing newer Google Camera features to older handsets. A quick scroll through the comments section for the app makes it clear that what users really wanted was portrait mode.The developer behind the app made the installation and user experience extremely fluid. First, download and install the APK (found below). Then, open the Camera NX app which looks just slightly different compared to the Google Camera app…

How to Install TWRP 3.2.1 on Razer Phone Custom Recovery

TeamWin has extended its custom recovery support to the Razer phone. Use the guide ahead to download and install TWRP 3.2.1 custom recovery on Razer phone. With every new device, Android enthusiasts patiently wait to see whether TeamWin will come out with an official TWRP release for it. In Razer phone's case, fortunately they have done just that. The process of installing TWRP 3.2.1 is a little bit different to what we have seen with other phones mainly due to the fact that Razer decided to lock the phone and disable some essential commands. Anyhow, we have a complete installation [...]Read MoreThe post How to Install TWRP 3.2.1 on Razer Phone Custom Recovery appeared first on Team Android.
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Android Easy Runtime Permissions with Dexter

We all know that Android Marshmallow introduced runtime permissions letting user to allow or deny any permission at runtime. Implementing runtime permissions is a tedious process and developer needs to write lot of code just to get a single permission. In this article, we are going to simplify the process of adding the runtime permissions [...]The post Android Easy Runtime Permissions with Dexter appeared first on AndroidHive.
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First OxygenOS Open Beta with Android Oreo now available for OnePlus 5T

The first Oreo beta for OnePlus 5T came out as promised before the end of 2017.It includes many Oreo features and the December 2017 Android security patches.Oreo will officially launch for the phone in early 2018. After promising that the first OxygenOS Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the OnePlus 5T would be released before the end of the year, OnePlus managed to keep its promise. The first Open Beta build for the smartphone is now available to download from the company's website.With this OxygenOS beta, based on Android 8.0 Oreo, the OnePlus 5T gains lots of new features and improvements. The changelog says this beta adds Oreo features like picture-in-picture mode, improved auto-fill, smart text selection, and a new Quick Settings design. It also includes the latest December 2017 Android security patches.The phone's launcher has also been updated with this beta release, by optimizing the app shortcut style, along with combining icon options with app shortcuts. OnePlus 5T owners can …

Create your own Marvel comic strip with the "Create Your Own" app

So you want to create Marvel-esque comic strips, but there is just one small problem; you can't draw. In today's world, that's no problem at all thanks to the upcoming Marvel Create Your Own app. Developed by Marvel in conjunction with TapTap comics, the app allows you to create a comic book adventure, edit it to make it your own, and share it with friends, family and Marvel fans.

Using the app, you select from a group of Marvel characters. Once you pick one, you select the "camera" angle, change the pose and pick the background. You can set the layout for your comic and create the ...
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OxygenOS Open Beta 3 brings face unlock to the OnePlus 5

...A few days ago, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced that the OnePlus 5T's face unlock feature would arrive on the 5, "due to popular demand." The feature was not included in the phone's Oreo update, but it has now arrived in an OxygenOS Open Beta for the OnePlus 5.Open Beta 3 was released earlier today, and clocks in at 1.58GB. The most notable feature is face unlock, but there are some other nice improvements as well. The December security patch level is included, issues with 5GHz Wi-Fi connections and vibrations have been resolved, and the Recorder app now has an app shortcut.You can download Open Beta 3 for the OnePlus 5 at the source link below. Keep in mind that this is beta software, so if you want a stable phone, you should probably hold off.
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Telegram receives major update that adds multiple accounts support, themes, quick replies

Telegram is one of the not so many messenger apps that are getting major new features on a regular basis. The last update of the year brings Telegram users themes, support for multiple accounts, as well as quick replies.

For iOS users, the developers have added a new Appearance setting, which allows them to choose between four different themes. Some of these themes even allow users to further customize the look of the app by picking an accent color.

Now, for Android users, Telegram has brought support for multiple accounts. Starting with version 4.7, Telegram users will be able to ...
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OxygenOS 5.0.1 update for OnePlus 3 and 3T brings adaptive mode, more

OnePlus continues to bring new features and improvements to the OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones. There have been at least two important updates that these devices received this month only, but OnePlus doesn't seem to have finished and we can expect more to be released early next year.

Although the last OnePlus 3 and 3T update of the year is nothing major, it still brings a couple of new features that were requested by fans. Also, the December security patch is making its way into both OnePlus smartphones less than a month after its official release.

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LG G6 scheduled to receive Android 8.0 Oreo by February, but there's a catch

LG G6 is one of the many flagships that has yet to be updated to the most recent version of Android. Although the South Korean company promised to deliver Android Oreo to the LG G6 as fast as possible, it looks like the update won't make it live until next year.

As some of you probably know by now, LG has already kicked off an Android Oreo beta program for the G6, but it's only available in China. Now we have more information that indicates the Asian version of the LG G6 might be the first to receive the update.

According to LG Customer Service, an Android Ore update for the LG G6 ...
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Xiaomi Mi A1 now receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update

Xiaomi's first Android One smartphone, the Mi A1 is finally eligible for an Android 8.0 Oreo update after a short period of beta testing. Unlike many of its Android smartphones that are selling exclusively in China, the Mi A1 is available in a lot more countries.

Also, since it's part of the Android One program, the smartphone should be among the first to receive a major Android OS update. Unfortunately, it took Xiaomi quite a long time to bring Oreo to the Mi A1.

Initially introduced in China in early September, the Mi A1 made its debut in select European ...
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Must read: top 10 Android stories

This week we rounded up some of our favorite apps, games, smartphones and more from 2017. We also reviewed the Ticwatch S and E, talked about the upcoming Galaxy S9, and much more. Here's the news of the week!Who wants to win a OnePlus 5T?In our latest giveaway, you can win a brand new OnePlus 5T! Head here to enter.10 Android stories we handpicked for youAs good as it gets: has the smartphone peaked? Phones have gotten bigger, faster, and more powerful, but the overall form factor of every successful smartphone today is the same. Is this it? Has the smartphone peaked?2017 in review: 10 defining moments in the world of Android 2017 is coming to an end, which means it's time for us to look back at some of the key moments in the world of Android, the good and the bad.The biggest, most embarrassing blunders of 2017 Failed products, horrible decisions, baffling mistakes: these are the biggest mobile tech failures of 2017.Ticwatch S and E review: affordable Android Wear The Ticwatc…

Telegram 4.7 adds support for multiple accounts and quick replies [APK Download]

...Telegram is ending the year by giving its users yet another update. Version 4.7 for Android brings support for multiple accounts using different phone numbers and a quick-reply action within chats. This is the second Telegram update this month.Here's the changelog:WHAT'S NEW
Multiple accounts and 'Swipe to reply' added in version 4.7:
- Quickly switch between different Telegram accounts if you use multiple phone numbers.
- Swipe left on any message to reply to it. With the latest update, Telegram users can add up to three accounts linked with different phone numbers to their app. This will be a welcome feature for users who were relying on things like parallel apps or app cloning to access multiple Telegram accounts on a single phone up until now. A swipe from the left will bring out the menu where users can switch between accounts. Unless the settings are changed, users will receive notifications from all their accounts.Version 4.7 also brings a quick-reply featu…

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Camera app update reveals names of some unannounced Nokia smartphones

HMD Global has quite a few Android smartphones in the pipeline, so Nokia fans should be thrilled about the perspective of having a much larger portfolio at their disposal. We've already reported about two possible Nokia-branded smartphones coming next year, Nokia 1 and Nokia 6 (2018).

However, the Finnish company plans to launch a lot more devices in 2018, not just those two that we already know about. Luckily, someone found his way into the latest version of Nokia Camera app and learned more about HMD's upcoming products.

Apparently, the latest version of ...
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Google adds Pixelbook as latest ‘target device’ for testing Fuchsia OS

With Fuchsia, Google is creating an operating system designed to run on everything from Internet-of-Things devices to desktops. In the works since 2016, the latest development sees Google adding support for the Pixelbook as a “target device.”Nintendo Switch One aspect that makes Fuchsia unique is how it’s not based on Linux. Rather, its “Zircon” kernel is meant to scale to a wide range of form factors, like laptops and phones, in what could possibly lead to a unified operating system for Google.Previously, Google was internally using devices like the Acer Switch Alpha 12 and Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) to develop the operating system. The former is a 2-in-1 convertible tablet with a keyboard attachment, while the latter is a miniature desktop box.As spotted by Android Police, Google recently listed its new Pixelbook as a “target device” for development and testing. The Made by Google Chromebook is most like the Acer device with a 12.3-inch touchscreen display and powerful Intel …

The biggest, most embarrassing blunders of 2017

SpeedpropertybuyersIt's the last day of 2017, CES is around the corner, and we're all looking forward to a new year filled with innovation, great new devices, and technological breakthroughs. At least that's what manufacturers promise.In the spirit of the new year, let's give manufacturers the benefit of the doubt, and take their promises at face value. But before we do that, let's look back at the low points of the mobile tech industry in 2017. You know, just so we don't get too excited.Failed products, horrible decisions, baffling mistakes: these are the biggest mobile tech failures of 2017.When Apple confirmed those old conspiracy theoriesIn the "Have You Ever Heard Of Planned Obsolescence?" category, Apple had to apologize for intentionally slowing down iPhones as their batteries degraded over time. This fed right into long-running conspiracy theories that claimed Apple was intentionally making its older products worse in order to force customers …

30+ Best Android Games of the Month [January 2018]

Hundreds of great games arrive in the Play Store each month. Some are from big-name gaming studios, others are from small indie developers. It can be hard to keep up with them all. Here is our list of some of the best games to launch in the last month. Check it out and you may just find your new favorite game.New Android GamesAlpha-BetaAlpha-Beta is a new addictive game from 111%. Defeat the terrifying enemies with the Alphabet swarm. Create your own swarm with powerful heroes. Collect all alphabets in the dictionary and meet a special character. Rescue the alphabet in the jail, you can lead the larger swarm.Big Shot BoxingBig Shot Boxing gives you the opportunity to live out the career of a professional boxer from their debut to retirement. Choose how to train your fighter and manage their progression up the ranks. Will you build up skills and experience fighting journeymen or will you race up the ranks to challenge for the title?Dancing Ball 2Make the ball jump with the rhythm from …

5 easy ways to get the most out of your Android phone's camera

There are a few tricks you can use to get the most out of any phone's camera.With a smartphone in every pocket, taking photos has become one of the most-used features of these powerful little computers. But there's more to it than just hardware and software — you need to know how to use it all! That's why we're continuing our 12 days of tech tips with a super-useful one: taking better photos.You may know how this stuff works, but your friends and family may only be novices when it comes to photography. You can always hand off some of these powerful and simple tips to them!Clean the lensYes, really. It feels like the simplest possible thing, because it is! And that's why we forget about it. Our phones come with us everywhere and that means the camera lenses are far more susceptible to getting covered in fingerprints and dirt and all kinds of other things. You may not notice when you're taking photos that there's a smudge on your camera lens, but trust us: ta…

How to Enter Fastboot Mode on Razer Phone

Here is a complete guide on how you can access the fastboot mode on Razer phone. Razer's new venture has been making a gaming grade Android smartphone. As the brand has succeeded in creating just that, the gaming phone has become a great base for enthusiasts as well. We see more and more mods come out for the device. To start the adventure of exploring the Razer phone, here is a basic yet complete guide on how you can access the built in fastboot mode or sometimes referred to as the download mode. In our guide ahead we have detailed [...]Read MoreThe post How to Enter Fastboot Mode on Razer Phone appeared first on Team Android.
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