Samsung Galaxy J7 V with 5.5″ Display & 3,300mAh Battery Launched in the U.S

Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 which has been in the rumors mills for the last couple of months is yet to be officially launched in the market. Now, the same device is launched by Verizon as the Galaxy J7 V in the U.S along with the another budget smartphone LG K20 V. Compared to LG K20 V, the Samsung Galaxy J7 V is priced slightly higher at $240 and packs better specifications on paper. It sports the same design as the Galaxy J3 2017 that was launched in the U.S as Galaxy J3 Emerge. The Galaxy J7 V sports a polycarbonate shell with removable back cover.

It comes with a 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor clocked at 2.2Ghz. This is the same processor that is also used for Moto Z Play & Moto G5 Plus smartphones. The Galaxy J7 V includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Though the available storage will be even lesser, there is a MicroSD card slot for further expansion of storage up to 256GB. Just below the display, we can find two capacitive buttons placed on either side of the physical home button.

Though there is no information about the presence of fingerprint sensor, we expect it to come integrated with the home button. In the camera department, there is an 8MP sensor on the rear with LED flash and a 5MP sensor on the front for selfies and video calls. It is backed by a 3,300mAh battery that is mentioned to give 40 hours of talk time and lasts up to 12 days in the standby mode. With the Power Save Mode, the device can last even longer by decreasing the screen brightness and minimizing the background app usage.

The Galaxy J7 V runs on the TouchWiz UI based on the latest Android 7.0.1 Nougat out of the box. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3.5mm Audio port, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. The power button is placed on the right edge, whereas the volume rocker can be found on the left edge. The speaker is also placed on the right edge of the device, sitting just above the power button. Unlike LG K20 V, Verizon is not offering any gift for purchasing the Galaxy J7 V.



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How to install Android 7.1 Nougat based LineageOS 14.1 on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 smartphone earlier this year in India, and it is definitely one of the most popular smartphones this year. It offers a great value for money with the kind of specs that it offers for the price. However, one of the major drawbacks of this particular smartphone is its software. It runs the company’s custom UI, i.e., the MIUI 8 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. While you can add any custom of your choice, it is still not a very pleasing experience.

However, if you wish to run a near stock Android ROM on this smartphone, then your only option is to install a third party ROM. Talking about third party ROMs, we have the LineageOS 14.1 build available for Redmi Note 4 now. If you are planning on flashing a third party ROM and wondering exactly how to do it, then you are at right place since we will be showing you exactly how to do the same in this tutorial today.

Features of LineageOS 14.1

As you may or may not know, the LineageOS 14.1 is the same as that of CyanogenMod, and hence you can expect pretty much the same exact features and functionality in this one as well. Also in terms of usability, it is just as smooth as you would expect it to be. It has the complete theme support as well and it in fact also has Audio FX feature built right into it. The battery life is also unaffected, and it is highly stable at the same time as well.

Prerequisite

  • The first thing which you need to make sure is to create a complete backup of your device. Since this process will completely wipe out your internal storage, it is recommended that you do create a backup of the same.
  • You also need to make sure that your device is rooted and you have installed a custom recovery software. We will be using TWRP custom recovery software. However, you can use any one of your choices.
  • You also need to make sure that your device has about 60-70 percent of charge before you begin the installation. If your device shuts down during the installation, then you might end up with a completely bricked smartphone.
  • And lastly, you need to make sure that you are downloading the files from the links given below. These files are necessary for the installation, and we suggest you download them and copy them to an external drive.

Lineage OS 14.1 Nougat ROM For Redmi Note 4

GApps

  1. Assuming that you have downloaded the files given in the links above, it is now time to begin the installation process.
  2. As mentioned earlier, the first step is to make sure that you copy the downloaded files into an external drive.
  3. Now simply turn off your phone and enter the recovery mode. You can do this by pressing Volume Down + Power Key at the same time.
  4. Now go to wipe and format option ⇒ wipe data, system, cache and Dalvik cache in the recovery menu.
  5. Once that is done, go back to the recovery menu and click on install.
  6. Now all you have to do is, navigate to the file which you downloaded before and then select the same and swipe to install.
  7. Once the installation is done, get back into the recovery mode for the installation of GApps.
  8. The procedure for the installation of the GApps is also just the same, hence follow the same process given above.
  9. Once that is done, it is now time to reboot, and you will see that your device has now rebooted into the new firmware.

Do make a note that the first reboot may take longer than usual, and hence we suggest you be patient with the same. With that said, if you have any queries, then be sure to let us know by dropping a comment down below and also stay tuned to Android Advices for more updates like this.



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Verizon Launches LG K20 V Smartphone with Android 7.0 Nougat for $168

Verizon recently launched the LG K20 V and Samsung Galaxy J7 V smartphone in the U.S. The LG K20 V will be retailing for $168 or $7/month with 24 months contract. It is the same LG K10 2017 smartphone that was first showcased at the CES 2017 event held in January in Las Vegas. The users can also choose the gift of $25 Google Play credit or a 32GB MicroSD. The device comes with decent specifications and an interesting color combination of Black and Orange. It sports a metal frame with a textured plastic back panel.

The 5.3-inch IPS display come with HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution and a 2.5D curved glass on the top. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4Ghz and comes coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. It also packs 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which can be good enough for regular usage. If not, there is also a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion up to 2TB. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with the customized LG’s UX UI on top. The circular fingerprint sensor can be found on the rear of the device.

In the camera department, there is a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera for selfies. Beneath the back panel is the 2,800mAh removable battery that is rated to deliver 12.5 hours of talk time and lasts up to 32 hours on standby mode. Last month, LG launched this device as LG K10 2017 in India for Rs. 13,990 (approx $215). While the Indian variant came with NFC support, there is no information about its presence in the LG K20 V. The volume rocker is placed on the left edge of the device, whereas the power button is on the rear.

Recently, Cricket Wireless & AT&T launched the K4 2017 as LG Fortune and LG Phoenix 3 respectively. While the LG Phoenix 3 is retailing at $80, the LG Fortune costs $90. It comes with a 5-inch in-FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) display and is powered by 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor. There is a 5MP autofocus rear camera and a 5MP fixed focus camera. It is kept powered on by a 2,500mAh removable Li-ion battery and runs on Android 6.0 marshmallow.



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Nokia confirms global launch for upcoming Android phones

Nokia’s upcoming lineup of Android phones may not be a dream come true for Android enthusiasts, since even the highest end Nokia 6 is a mid-range device, but it’s a solid line of devices we were hoping to see here in the US.

Fortunately, Nokia has now confirmed that the whole lineup is going to have a global launch, including a launch in the United States. Well be able to get our hands on all four devices, including the unique little 3310 that’s tempting to buy for no real reason.

We’re happy to see Nokia giving some love to the US even when our market isn’t as friendly towards unlocked budget phones as others might be. Will you guys be picking up a Nokia device at launch? Leave a comment!



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Google removing SMS support from Hangouts on May 22

Lately Google has been transitioning Hangouts, its once go-to messaging platform, into something more focused for enterprise users.

That trend continues with the latest confirmation that SMS support will eventually be axed from Hangouts. Google has confirmed that once May 22 rolls around, SMS support for Hangouts will be removed, which means Hangouts users will no longer be able to respond to standard text messages through the app.

Over the next few weeks, Hangouts users will see a pop-up notification in Hangouts that tells them “SMS is moving out of Hangouts,” and then gives them the option to choose another app on their phone to handle standard text messaging. If you don’t already have an app on your phone to do this, Google will prompt you to install Android Messages.

If you’re a Hangouts user, are you bummed out by this?



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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Google Trips, SoundHound

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.

SoundHound - Version 7.5.0

SoundHound

What’s new in this version:

  • Listen to your favorite Spotify playlists in SoundHound!
  • Spotify Premium users: Stream full songs in SoundHound. Interact with the LiveLyrics® to navigate the song – double tap a line to jump to the chorus, skip ahead, or replay from the beginning.
  • Spotify free users: Access your playlists and listen with YouTube or previews

 

Google Allo – Version 8.0.0.35

Google Allo

What’s new in this version:

  • Document and file sharing support.

 

Adobe Photoshop Mix - Version 2.5.0

Adobe Photoshop Mix

What’s new in this version:

  • Chromebook support and keyboard shortcuts
  • Bug Fixes and minor enhancements

 

PhotoDirector Photo Editor  - Version 5.4.0

PhotoDirector

What’s new in this version:

  • You can now download even more Shape Masks from the Template Store to open up even more custom creative effects to add to your photos.

 

Xfinity TV Remote - Version 3.5.0

xfinity tv remote

What’s new in this version:

  • We’ve brought the voice control, D-pad, and keypad features from the X1 Remote app over to TV Remote. Go ahead, ask your TV Box to watch a specific channel, find an actor or movie, get stats for your favorite player, and more.

 

Adobe Photoshop Express - Version 3.3.0

Adobe Photoshop Express

What’s new in this version:

  • Updated the core imaging engine, improves performance and enables opening additional RAW files types.
  • Automatically straighten your images.
  • Remove noise from low light images using the new Color Reduce Noise correction.
  • Save your images now directly into Lightroom.
  • Share directly to popular social networks like Facebook, Line, Instagram, WeChat and WhatsApp.

 

Google News & Weather - Version 2.9.2

Google News & Weather

What’s new in this version:

  • Light mode to reduce the data transmitted (and load faster) under slow network conditions, using less than 1/3rd the data vs. Normal mode (India only initially)
  • My Locations section to organise and simplify the display of multiple Local sections
  • Bug fixes and enhancements

 

Google Trips – Version 1.0.0.1509

Google Trips

What’s new in this version:

  • Manually add Flight and Hotel reservations
  • Automatically parse Bus and Train reservations from Gmail
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

 

Instagram – Version 10.12.0

Instagram

What’s new in this version:

  • New: You can share up to 10 photos and videos in one post on Instagram.
    * When uploading to your feed, you’ll see a new icon to select multiple photos and videos.
    * Tap and hold to change the order.
    * Apply a filter to everything at once or edit one by one.

 

Snapseed – Version 2.17.0

Snapseed

What’s new in this version:

  • New filter: Double Exposure. Blend two photos and choose from blending modes that are inspired by analog film techniques as well as digital image processing.
  • New tool: Pose. Change the pose of portraits based on three-dimensional models.
  • New tool: Expand. Increase the size of your canvas and fill up the new space in smart ways with content from your image.

 



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T-Mobile rolling out Scam Block and Scam ID to help customers

Getting a phone call from an unknown number prevent you from answering the phone because the person on the other end might be a scam caller.

T-Mobile wants to help its customers with this issue, and it’s doing so by rolling out two new features: Scam Block and Scam ID. With Scam ID, the incoming phone number is compared to a database of known scam numbers. If the incoming phone number is matched with one of those numbers, the incoming phone call screen will show “Scam Likely.”

Scam Block does exactly what the name suggests. If you’d prefer not to get these likely scammy calls at all, you can activate Scam Block, which means those calls tied to scam phone numbers won’t ring your phone at all.

Beginning today, T-Mobile ONE customers will get these two features rolled out to them, while new T-Mobile ONE customers will have the features activated beginning April 5. For T-Mobile customers not under the ONE plan, they can dial #ONI# (#664#) from their phone to activate the features starting April 5.

Customers can also dial #ONB# (#662#) to enable Scam Block, or dial #OFB# (#632#) to turn it off. To check whether Scam Block is enabled or disabled, customers can dial #STS# (#787#).

What do you think of T-Mobile’s latest additions?



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Moto 5G Plus unboxing and first look

Unveiled at Mobile World Congress a few weeks back, the Moto G5 Plus is now available for pre-order in the US and will start shipping on March 31. We just received our review unit in the mail and have had a chance to unbox the device and get a feel for its external hardware. Take a look at the video and photos below.

The full review of the Moto G5 Plus should be ready within the next week or so, but we’re also planning to give you a detailed look at the phone’s camera, its software and performance.

Leave us a commend and let us know what details of the Moto G5 Plus interest you the most.

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Specifications

  • 5.2-inch 1920×1080 display
  • Octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 12-megapixel camera with Dual Autofocus Pixels that’ll let in 25 percent more light and focus quickly
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage
  • mciroSD card slot
  • Dual SIM slots
  • NFC
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat


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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Super Mario Run, Cliff Hopper

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week’s post.

Stellar Wanderer

Description: Grow your skills and choose the best path that suits your play style. Become a FIGHTER, TRADER, TANK or ENGINEER, each with its own bonuses and special abilities. Follow the main storyline or choose the side missions you would like to play. Mine for resources or be the most dangerous pirate in the galaxy.

 

Super Mario Run

DescriptionA new kind of Mario game that you can play with one hand. You control Mario by tapping as he constantly runs forward. You time your taps to pull off stylish jumps, midair spins, and wall jumps to gather coins and reach the goal! Super Mario Run can be downloaded for free and after you purchase the game, you will be able to play all the modes with no additional payment required.

 

Llama Llama Spit Spit

DescriptionThe spit is on! Defeat hipster enemies as you collect coins, power-ups and crazy llama costumes. Lllama-tastic scores can land you on the leaderboard, so what are you waiting for? Get spitting!

 

 FZ9: Timeshift

Description: Accompany Mak, a lost American soldier on a quest to eradicate the AS — a terrorist organization. Pick up rifles, machine guns, and rocket launchers to eliminate enemies with the aid of bullet time.

 

Meganoid(2017)

DescriptionMeganoid is a challenging platformer, generating new levels on every play session. Find many items to enhance your character and his abilities while you descend down into the Meganoid space ship. Do you rush for the exit, or do you take your time to collect everything there is, barely escaping the security drones that will hunt you down if you linger.

 

Gunpie Adventure

Description:  Thrill of arcade shooting on mobile! True arcade fun is back – fully dubbed and with original characters that will guarantee you a thrilling adventure through ancient ruins around the world. Hunt for artifacts & survive endless waves of monsters to defeat the evil Sirius!

 

Cliff Hopper

DescriptionThis is Cliff Hopper, your new adventure hero. Cliff escapes fireballs and rotating saws chased by a huge boulder. Cliff runs and jumps. Cliff doesn’t die. Be like Cliff.

 

Construction Simulator 2

Description: In Construction Simulator 2, you build your own construction company and take the wheel at 36 original licensed construction vehicles from Caterpillar, Liebherr, Palfinger, Bell, STILL, and ATLAS. Dig to your heart’s content in the popular sequel to Construction Simulator 2014, operate massive cranes, load construction materials, pour concrete, and cover the streets in Westside Plains city with asphalt.

 

Cosmic Express

DescriptionCosmic Express is a puzzle game about planning the train route for the world’s most awkward space colony, from the minds behind A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build and the art of Tyu from Klondike. It’s cute, harder than it looks, and guaranteed to give you hours of frustrating fun across hundreds of levels.

 

Cube Escape: The Cave

DescriptionAn old man is about to enter a mysterious Cave. A familiar guest needs your help before you descend deeper and deeper into Rusty Lake. Tap on the arrows to navigate inside the cube. Interact with objects by tapping. Select found items in your inventory and tap somewhere on screen to use them.

 



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