Kia and Mercedes announce new models with Android Auto support

Android Auto is continuing to be adopted by car manufacturers, though some are stubbornly avoiding the new tech (we’re looking at you, Toyota). Kia and Mercedes have announced a bunch of new models that will have Android Auto support.

These are Kia’s supported models:

  • 2014 – 2016 Soul
  • 2015 Optima
  • 2015 – 2016 Optima Hybrid
  • 2015 – 2016 Optima Plug-in Hybrid
  • 2015 – 2016 Sedona
  • 2015 – 2016 Soul EV
  • 2016 Sorento
  • 2017 Forte
  • 2017 Optima Hybrid
  • 2017 Optima Plug-in Hybrid
  • 2017 Sedona
  • 2017 Soul
  • 2017 Soul EV
  • 2017 Sorento

And these are Mercedes’ supported models:

  • 2017 A-Class
  • 2017 B-Class
  • 2017 CLA Coupe
  • 2017 CLA Shooting Brake
  • 2017 GLA
  • 2017 E-Class Wagon
  • 2017 E-Class Coupe
  • 2017 E-Class Cabriolet

It’s good to see more manufacturers adopting Android Auto, and we hope this trend continues. Using your phone and its superior and constantly-updated software as a car’s entertainment center is better than the outdated software that car manufacturers throw into cars these days. And hey, even if you don’t get a new car every two years, your entertainment system will constantly get better!



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Action Launcher 3 updated, includes launcher shortcuts from Android 7.1

Action Launcher 3 is getting yet another feature from the leaked Pixel Launcher, and this time it’s swipe shortcuts for some Google apps. Swiping an icon causes a menu to open with shortcuts to specific areas of the app, like certain tabs.

The feature is a great way to get to a specific part of the app with one swipe and one click, or swiping without letting go. This comes as an addition to other features from the Pixel Launcher like swiping the dock for the app list, round icons, and more.

If you own Action Launcher 3, head to the Play Store to update it and check out the new features! If not, hit the source link if you’re interested in checking it out. This way you won’t have to deal with leaked launchers or wait for the official Android 7.1 update.



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Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) now official with 16MP camera

South Korean carrier SK Telecom has announced a brand new smartphone in the Galaxy A lineup from Samsung, raising the curtain on the Galaxy A8 (2016).

The Galaxy A8 (2016) is now officially official. The new device boasts a 5.7-inch 1080p HD display with an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor under the hood. It’s running Android 6.0.1, there’s 3GB of RAM built in, it’s got a metal body, and there’s a 16-megapixel camera on the back.

samsunggalaxya82016rearlargeOther features include a 3300mAh battery, 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot, and there’s a fingerprint reader on board, too. Samsung Pay support is built-in, as well as Always On Display.

The Galaxy A8 (2016) is available to pre-order from SK Telecom in South Korea right now, and it retails for 649,000 won, or about $590 USD. Whether or not it launches in other regions is unknown at this time.



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Some Android Wear watches not playing nice with iPhone 7

If you’re using an Android Wear smartwatch with an iPhone (and we know that there are quite a few who are), you may want to hold off on upgrading to the iPhone 7.

Some people are experiencing issues with the iPhone 7′s Bluetooth connectivity, including not being able to pair their phone with the second gen Moto 360, Moto 360 Sport, ASUS ZenWatch 2, Fossil Q Founder, and TAG Heuer Connected. This may also apply to the first gen Moto 360 and the LG G Watch.

Unfortunately, this may not be Google’s fault. It seems that people are having trouble with the iPhone 7′s Bluetooth connectivity in general, including flaky or dead connections to cars and other devices. (It was a bad time to remove the headphone jack, huh?) It might be on Apple to fix this, but Google is looking into it.



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Samsung Pay comes to Russia with support for five banks

Samsung’s proprietary mobile payment system is expanding to Russia. Starting today, folks in Russia will be able to use Samsung Pay with five banks. Those are Alfa-Bank Banking Group, VTB24, MTS Bank, Raiffeisen Bank, Russian Standard Bank, and Yandex. 

The list of devices that support Samsung Pay in Russia is similarly short. You’ll need a Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy A5 (2016), or Galaxy A7 (2016).

If you own one of these devices in Russia, give Samsung Pay a shot and let us know what you think! And if you’re in countries like Canada and the UK where Samsung Pay hasn’t launched, you can wonder why Russia got it first.



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Huawei announces press conference on November 3, likely for Mate 9

Huawei has announced a press event on November 3 in Munich, Germany. While there’s no official word on what’ll be shown, the event might be the launch of the upcoming Huawei Mate 9.

The Mate 9 is going to be Huawei’s new flagship to complement the mid-range devices the company recently released. It’s set to be a beast, with rumored specs that include a 5.9-inch display, a Kirin 960 processor, 4 or 6GB of RAM, a 4,000 mAh battery, a 20MP camera, 64 to 256GB of memory, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

The device looks to be fantastic, at least on paper. We’re looking forward to seeing what Huawei announces in November. Let us know what you think!



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Google Calendar events can now be seen in Google Maps

Google Maps has always tried to make it easier to get from one place to another, and its latest update will make it easier for users to find their way to a scheduled event.

The Google Maps team has teamed up with the Google Calendar team to make Calendar events viewable within Maps. You can also navigate to your event’s location inside of Google Maps.

When you enter a new event, you’ll need to make sure to enter the address for where you’re going in the “Where” box. You’ll also have to be signed into Google Maps and Google Calendar to get the feature to work. It’s easy to see a list of upcoming events, too, each of which can be accessed and the address brought up for easy navigation, by accessing the side menu and selecting “Your Places.” Once inside, choose the “Upcoming” option, and a list of events will show up.

How often do you use Google Maps?



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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Hopper, Telegram

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Hopper - Version 3.0.57

Hopper

What’s new in this version:

  • Filters….finally! Until now, Hopper has been providing guidance on how to score the cheapest deal. With this release, Hopper can now predict the best times to buy based on your personal preferences, like flying nonstop, and alerts you to only flight options you care about.

 

Telegram - Version 3.12.0

Telegram

What’s new in this version:

  • Draw on your photos and apply stylish masks, stickers, and text. We’re launching a platform for masks today; anyone can upload their own sets of masks, beards, glasses, and the like.
  • Create your own GIFs using the new “mute” feature after you record a video.
  • Access trending stickers directly from the stickers panel in any of your chats.
  • Added support for Android 7.0.

 

Opera Browser - Version 37.0.0

Opera

What’s new in this version:

  • Added ad blocker
  • Support for web push notifications
  • Dedicated website settings
  • Multi-window support
  • Upgrade to Chromium 50

 

SwiftKey Beta - Version 6.4.4.74

What’s new in this version:

  • You can now type in 5 languages at once!
  • We’ve added 4 new languages: Sindhi Pakistan, Pashto, Scottish Gaelic, Uyghur
  • New Neural Net languages: French, German & Spanish
  • You can now turn on/off key press popups
  • New setting in a tablet layout to turn on/off dedicated emoji key that appears to the left of the space bar

 

Yahoo Mail - Version 5.9.1

Yahoo Mail

What’s new in this version:

  • Add extra protection by using your fingerprint or passcode to open your inbox.
  • Edit account information without leaving the app.
  • Share enhanced links – see a preview of the web page or video link in the body of an email
  • Easily edit contact information – quickly add, delete and modify information directly from the Mail app

 

Sync for reddit - Version 12.2.1

Sync for Reddit

What’s new in this version:

  • All snackbars can now be swiped away
  • Added Android N split screen support
  • Fixed a few crashing issues

 

Spaces - Version 1.7.0

Spaces

What’s new in this version:

  • Download shared images
  • Bug fixes

 

Yahoo Fantasy Sports - Version 8.2.5

Yahoo Fantasy Sports

What’s new in this version:

  • Increased the number of players you can see on Team, Matchup and Player pages
  • Provided the ability to hide specific Dashboard cards
  • Enabled player search on the Add Player page
  • Added a Matchups tab in bottom nav, allowing you to swipe between all your match-ups on game day

 

Google News & Weather - Version 2.8.0

Google News & Weather

What’s new in this version:

  • Instant-loading articles with AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages). Phones only.
  • A cool new way to read headlines: Browse carousel. Tap to read. Swipe to read next.

 

Pokemon GO - Version 0.39.0

Pokemon GO

What’s new in this version:

  • Capture location: The location where a Pokémon was caught will now be displayed on their information screen.
  • Pokémon GO Plus and Incense: Trainers can attempt to capture Pokémon they encounter from using Incense with the Pokémon GO Plus accessory.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some users to get stuck on the loading screen, even after restarting the app.
  • Fixed a bug where the camera sometimes moved at slow speeds during battle.

 



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Samsung Galaxy A8 2016 announced with 5.7-inch display, 16MP camera

Samsung announced the much-awaited Galaxy A8 2016 smartphone; it is a successor of Galaxy A8 which was launched last year. With this smartphone, Samsung added another member in Galaxy series. After a lot or rumors and leaks, the South Korean giant finally unveil this smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy A8 2016

Talking about the specification of Galaxy A8, it comes with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display along with FHD 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The device is 7.2mm thick and comes with a fingerprint scanner. It is powered by an Octa-core 64 bit Exynos processor and coupled with a Mali GPU. There is a 3GB RAM on board.

The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. It has 32GB internal storage which can be further expanded up to 256GB via an SD card. Talking about photography front, it has 16MP rear camera with LED flash along with 8MP camera on the front.

The smartphone is powered by a 3300mAh battery. On the connectivity front, it is a 4G LTE smartphone and comes with Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, Wi-Fi. It will be available in Blue, Grey and Pink color and priced at $588(INR 39,240) in Korea. It will be available for pre-order from SK Telecom starting from October 1st.

Before the announcement of this device, there were so many rumors that suggested internal storage, display size, processor and design. Now with the latest development, everything is clear about the same. With the Android Marshmallow on board, we can assume Samsung will release latest Android Nougat update as well for this device.



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Xiaomi Redmi 3S Plus launched in India with the best buy INR 8,799, 5-inch display 4100mAh battery

Redmi 3S Plus

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi launched a new smartphone Redmi 3S Plus in India. The unique thing about this smartphone is that it is a first offline retail only smartphone for the Indian market only. Redmi 3S Plus priced at INR 9,499. The smartphone launched under Redmi Series devices. Before it, the company launched Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S prime smartphones.

Redmi 3S Prime is also available with the best buy of INR 8,799. Talking about the specification of this device, it comes with a 5-inch 720×1280 pixel resolution display. The smartphone powered by 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and there is 2GB of RAM onboard. It has 32GB RAM in-built.

On the photography front, it has a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. The device also comes with a fingerprint scanner. It has a 4100mAh battery. This smartphone runs on Android Marshmallow out of the box. Talking about the design, it is almost identical as Redmi 3S Prime. In fact, the only difference between these two is 3S plus has slightly less RAM than 3S Prime. Plus has 2GB of RAM while Prime has 3GB of RAM, the other features of both devices are same.

We don’t know why company launched a new device with same specifications and lesser RAM. It’s a welcome move that finally company launched a device with offline availability. The company is also working on establishing its retail stores all over the country.

Source – PhoneRadar



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Coolpad Note 5 with 4010mAh battery priced at 10,999 launched in India

coolpad note 5

Today, Coolpad India launched a new smartphone Coolpad Note 5 in India. Note 5 comes with a fingerprint scanner on the back. The company says one can unlock the phone with a fingerprint scanner in 0.5 seconds. It had a 4010mAh battery and priced at INR 10,999. It will be available on Amazon India exclusively starting from October 20.

Talking about the specification of Coolpad Note 5 in detail, the 5.5-inch full HD smartphone features a metal unibody and has a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. The display is 2.5D curved glass and has a pixel density of 401ppi.

Coolpad Note 5 comes with 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 617 Soc along with Adreno 405 GPU. There is 4GB RAM on board. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Cool UI 8.0 on the top. It has 32GB of internal storage, and it can be expanded up to 64GB via an SD card.

On the photography front, it has a 13-megapixel rear camera along with dual LED flash light. The 8-megapixel front selfie camera also comes with LED flash on the front.

Talking about the other features of Note 5, it is a dual SIM smartphone with a hybrid dual-SIM configuration with 4G VoLTE support on board. It also comes with Dual space system which means a user can opt out for two WhatsApp or WeChat accounts simultaneously.
Coolpad is also running a contest on Twitter in which company is giving away two Note 5 devices to its followers. Note 5 launched by The Great Khali at the event.



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Sony launched Xperia XZ in India, priced INR 49,990 with 3GB RAM & 23MP Camera

Today, Sony announced a new smartphone in India. Sony Xperia XZ will go on sale from 10 October and pre-order will start from 1 October. Xperia XZ priced at INR 49,990. It will be available on Amazon India exclusively. Although it will be available on Sony outlets as well in India. The smartphone was announced at IFA this year. The Xperia XZ comes with new kind of trademarked Aluminium material called ALKALEIDO which is told to be extremely smooth and it gives a premium feel.

xperia xz india

The Xperia XZ is IP65/68 rated that means it is water and dust resistant. Talking about the specification of the new smartphone it comes with a 5.2-inch IPS full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It has Snapdragon 820 chipset on board along with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Memory can be expanded further upto 256GB via an SD card.

Not only that Sony also launched a dual-SIM variant of Xperia XZ with 64GB internal storage. It has hybrid SIM card slot.Smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. Talking about connectivity, it has USB Type-C support, Bluetooth, LTE, GPS. Apart from that it also comes with a fingerprint scanner which is integrated into the power button. Smartphone powered by a 2900mAh battery.

Talking about photography, new Xperia XZ sports a 23MP IMX300 sensor with triple sensing autofocus. The front facing camera is 13MP. With the rear camera, one can shoot 4K videos along with slow motion videos.

Source – PhoneRadar



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Smartisan T3 Smartphone will launch on 18 October, 6GB RAM & 16MP rear camera

Smartisan T3

Chinese manufacturer Smartisan is all set to launch T3 smartphone. It’s an upgrade of company’s T2 smartphone. The company has bumped up specifications of T2 and came up with T3 smartphone. Smartisan T2 was launched last year in December. New T3 has better specification as well as new design.

Talking about the specification of the smartphone, T2 was powered by a Snapdragon 808 MSM8992 hexa-core processor and coupled with Adreno 418 GPU plus 3GB of RAM out of the box. While T3 has Snapdragon 820 or 821 chipset which is better than T2. Plus it has 6GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage on board. That’s a lot of improvement from previous generation T2. Also, there are not a lot of smartphones available in the market with 6GB RAM.

According to a report, T3 will have 16 megapixels Sony IMX298 sensor at the back. There will be an 8-megapixel selfie camera at front. The smartphone will run on Smartisan 3.0 custom Operating system which is based on Android 6.0. That’s all for now; we will update you soon when more detail comes in light.

Talking about previous generation T2, it had a 13MP Exmor RS sensor at the back and 5MP front camera. The report claims that Smartisan T3 will launch on 18th October. Stay Tuned.

Source – PhoneRadar



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TCL launched two smartphones in China, both come with fingerprint scanner

tcl 950 launched 1

Chinese smartphone manufacturer TCL launched two devices in China. TCl launched its latest flagship device TCL 950 and another smartphone named TCL 580 in the country. The flagship 950 is a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. It has 6.99mm thick design and 2.5D arc glass on the top. The device has Aluminum frame and comes with a fingerprint sensor.

 

TCL 950 is powered by 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and Adreno 530 GPU. It has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via an SD card. Talking about camera, it has 21MP Sony sensor with PDAF and f/2.2 aperture on the back and there is an 8MP selfie camera on the front. It is powered by a 3,000mAh battery. It also supports Quick Charge 3.0.

Talking about connectivity, it supports dual SIM with 4G LTE. There is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and USB Type-C port as well. It comes in Gold and Silver colors.

tcl 950 launched

On the other hand, second device TCL 950 comes with 5-ich HD AMOLED display. It has 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. It comes with 1.5GHz MediaTek octa-core processor along with Mali T860 GPU. There is 3GB RAM on board and 32GB internal storage on board. It can be expanded via an SD card. Like 950, TCL 580 also comes with dual SIM 4G LTE support and fingerprint sensor. Talking about the camera of TCL 850, it has a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and f/2.0 aperture. On the other hand, there is a 5MP selfie camera as well with the same aperture. Both rear and front cameras come with LED flashlight on top. The smartphone has 2460mAh non-removable battery and company claims it can last at least a day.

TCL 850 is 7.05mm thick and weighs 135 grams. TCL 850 priced at $210 which roughly INR 14,000. While TCL 950 priced at 3299 Yuan in China which is INR 33,000. The company will sell devices on its online store and JD.com.

Source – PhoneRadar



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