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Android 7.1.1 factory images and OTA updates live for Pixel and Nexus devices

Following a brief developer preview, Android 7.1.1 is now available for Nexus and Pixel devices as previously rumoured. Google has just published the Android 7.1.1 Nougat factory images and OTA files for a couple of Nexus and Pixel devices. If you don’t own a Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone, you will get some of the features that were only available for these devices since they were launched with Android 7.1 Nougat right out of the box. Continue reading

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Google’s new trusted contacts app lets you share real time location data with loved ones

Google is trying to reinvent the emergency contact form for the smartphone era. The search giant on Monday unveiled a new app and service called “Trusted Contacts” which makes sure your loved ones always know where you are or can find out where you are if there’s an emergency.

During a crisis, friends and family members can request your status to see if you’re safe, and you can respond with your location to let them know you’re okay, or deny the request. If you do not respond within five minutes, the app will automatically broadcast your location to the contact, or your last known location if your phone is offline. Continue reading

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Google Assistant inside Allo learns hindi as highest number of Allo users are in India

In a bid to take its Allo app experience to millions in India, Google on Monday, as promised, has started rolling out Hindi Assistant to its Allo instant messaging app in India. To recall, Google at its Make for India event in September had promised that Allo will receive Hindi Assistant later this year.

To get started, just ask the Google Assistant, “Talk to me in Hindi.” You can also change the language settings if you’re more comfortable interacting with the Assistant by default in Hindi. Allo’s Smart Reply feature — which offers automated canned responses — is also available in Hindi. The feature suggests responses based on the language you’re typing in. So if you ask a query in Hindi, you’ll see a Smart Reply in that language. Continue reading

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12 new Moto Mods per year, promises Motorola

After the LG G5‘s lackluster reception and Google scrapping Project Ara, Motorola’s Moto Z line seems to be the last hope for modular phones and Motorola is betting big on Moto Mods and the company seems committed to their vision of the modular smartphone.  In fact, Lenovo’s Moto execs told a small group of journalists this week, the company itself will commit to releasing at least 12 new Moto Mods a year.

That’s according to a report from Cnet, which says that Lenovo’s Moto Mods director John Touvannas specifically wants to release more modular accessories in 2017 than the company has this year. Continue reading

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A sign for Nokia Theatre is pictured in Los Angeles, California in this October 9, 2012 file photograph. Nokia will partner with China Mobile to launch a version of its new flagship Lumia smartphone tailored for the world's largest cellular market, the Finnish company said on December 5, 2012. China Mobile, the biggest operator in the world with more than 700 million subscribers, will start selling the Lumia 920T, the first phone to be based on Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 platform in China's third-generation (3G) network.    REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS)

Will Nokia’s brand image provide enough of an edge? Let’s talk

Nokia smartphones are poised for a comeback after former managers at the Finnish company licensed the handset brand from Microsoft and struck up partnerships with Google and phone manufacturer Foxconn. Nokia was once the world’s dominant cellphone maker but missed the shift to smartphones and then chose Microsoft’s unpopular Windows operating system for its “Lumia” range.

HMD Global, led by Nokia veteran Arto Nummela, wants to launch its first Nokia smartphone in the early part of next year using Google’s Android operating system.  Continue reading

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AirDroid vulnerability can put your Android device at risk

AirDroid is one of several services that allows Android users to send and receive text messages, as well as transfer files and see notifications, from their computer. By the Google Playstore statistics AirDroid has somewhere between 10 and 50 million installs which does not include installations via APKs available on the Internet.

Security firm Zimperium has performed an analysis of the way AirDroid communicates with other devices and has discovered the app contains a vulnerability that could allow a malicious third-party to execute code on a targeted device. Continue reading

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Nokia is officially back in the phone business with a new ‘Phones’ section on its website

Nokia’s return to smartphones is probably one of the most awaited moments that will happen in 2017, and it could under the right circumstances be bigger than the Galaxy S8 or the 10th anniversary iPhone. Rumours about Android powered Nokia phones have been around long before Nokia had to sell off it’s mobile division to Microsoft and the rumours didn’t die even after the company sold out.

After announcing its plans to return to tablets and phones back in May, today, Finnish company HMD Global has officially announced its entry into the mobile market with Nokia-branded phones. The first Nokia-branded Android smartphones will be available in the first half of 2017, HMD said in a press statement on Thursday. Continue reading