Teamwin releases its first official TWRP app on the Playstore

If you aren’t already aware what TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) is, its a custom made recovery for android devices that allows you to flash custom roms and mods, create and restore backups of ROMS and much more which is all so much fun if you haven’t tried. There have been quite a few custom recoveries over the years but TWRP has come out as a new standard I should say, replacing the Clockwork recovery. There is a reason for this — it is stable (mostly), feature packed, powerful, versatile and the developers are extremely active and knowledgeable.

The developers have now released their first app to the Play Store making flashing things a tad bit easier. Continue reading “Teamwin releases its first official TWRP app on the Playstore”

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

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

VLC media player to bring support for 360 degree videos across all platforms

VLC Media Player, you have to be someone who doesn’t play videos on his computer to not know the name. The app that lets you play basically any video format on practically any platform, is now about to add support for the possible future. By future I mean, 360-degree videos which are becoming more and more common, and yet, strangely, we hardly have any native apps to play them apart from the web browser.
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Google’s PhotoScan will turn those old photo prints into HQ digital images

It’s really great to capture our daily moments with our smartphones and then be able to look back through our gallery to relive the moments. But, what happens to those good ole’ pictures taken “back in the day” before the selfie era? Are we supposed to just leave them in a box that will only see the light of day once every blue moon? As part of its latest efforts to bring more pictures online, Google has updated its Photos app with a couple of new features and has even launched a new tool designed for Google Photos users dubbed PhotoScan that is available as a separate app.

PhotoScan, which is being made available today on iOS and Android, lets you quickly scan a large number of photos using a novel, almost game-like interface. Continue reading “Google’s PhotoScan will turn those old photo prints into HQ digital images”

[APK added] Google Play Music got prettier and now uses machine learning [Download Apk]

Google Play Music is getting a much-needed overhaul starting this week, both inside and out. Google is revamping its Play Music streaming app for Android, iOS and Web to focus heavily on context and personalization. Using machine learning to figure out what music you want to listen to, the app will suggest songs and playlists depending on what time and day it is, where you are, what the local weather is, and other factors that could possibly affect your mood and musical preferences. The update will see a gradual global roll-out, starting this week on Android, iOS and the web version of Google Play Music. Continue reading “[APK added] Google Play Music got prettier and now uses machine learning [Download Apk]”

Android Auto now works from your Android smartphone

Google announced it would be making Android Auto available directly on your phone’s screen a while back, but it didn’t offer any time frame. It was starting to look like it was never happening, but lo and behold, Android Auto on phones is now rolling out.

You can download the app like any other from the Play Store. Then it’s just a matter of giving the app access to various permissions like calls and messages so that it can play them back for you. Once the app is set up, you’re presented with basically the same interface you’d otherwise see on the screen of a car running Android Auto. Continue reading “Android Auto now works from your Android smartphone”

iMessage for Android will be here, but it’d be Skype from Microsoft

Microsoft’s Skype team reports that Skype Preview version 11.9 is now available packing a feature called SMS Relay. That means users can send and receive SMS and MMS messages on a Windows 10 desktop or laptop with Skype Preview installed. The drawback is that the source smartphone must have Windows 10 Mobile and Skype Preview installed to utilize this new feature. But not to worry, Microsoft assures that this will be coming to both Android and iOS in the future.  Continue reading “iMessage for Android will be here, but it’d be Skype from Microsoft”

Google partners with Sprint for RCS messaging, plans more partnerships in future

The SMS text-messaging experience hasn’t changed much in more than 20 years. But that will change for Sprint subscribers on Android devices starting today thanks to a new update to Google‘s Messenger app. In a blog post on Friday, Google has officially announced that they’re partnering up carriers to advance the nature of SMS, and essentially upgrade the functionality of text messages.

If you’re a user of Google’s Messenger app this might sound a little familiar because the update to Messenger started rolling out recently and enhanced messaging (RCS) was one of the feature changes that was included in the update. Continue reading “Google partners with Sprint for RCS messaging, plans more partnerships in future”

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