Google Camera from Google Pixel dump now available for Nexus devices

Google’s Pixel smartphones have been on for pre-orders for a while now but they’re yet to reach the hands of their owners and yet (except if you’re with Telstra in Australia), we have seen the system dump leak, we got the Pixel boot animation, a bunch of APKs including the updated Google Keyboard, the new Dialer app from the Google Pixel, and also the most touted feature of the Pixel, Google Assistant. And now we have another much talked about feature, well, the software side of it at least, the Google Pixel Camera app.  Continue reading “Google Camera from Google Pixel dump now available for Nexus devices”

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Simplest ways to get the Google Assistant on any Android Marshmallow device (Updated)

When Google released another messaging app, Allo, it opened to much hype and expectations and fell short as it came across a service in development. Google is trying hard and they are planning on adding chat themes to Allo as well but I don’t think anything is going to work until they bring in SMS support and a desktop/web client at least.

However, what almost everyone would agree on is that the integrated Google Assistant is pretty dope. Talking to Google Assistant on Allo almost made me wish I could use voice to talk to it. I’ve never been a fan of talking to my phone before this. Like Siri and Cortana, Google Assistant has a personality, unlike them, it develops over time the more you use it. Continue reading “Simplest ways to get the Google Assistant on any Android Marshmallow device (Updated)”

Download : A bunch of APKs from Google Pixel

With the system dump of the Google Pixels leaking earlier, we now have the Android 7.1 apps from Google Pixel and XL available for download, and some bits of info on which apps work and which don’t.

It’s worth noting that most of these APKs probably won’t work on your device as they’re strictly built for the Pixel smartphone, however I haven’t been able to test out all the apps yet on every device running Nougat and Marshmallow. Hence, you may have better luck than I did in my testing. Continue reading “Download : A bunch of APKs from Google Pixel”

Pixel Launcher to feature the rumoured circular icons and the so called ‘3D touch’

Over the past few years we have seen the visual nature of Android change constantly. We saw Material Design take over and since then we have seen many tweaks of that. Not happy to leave it there Google are set to introduce new launcher icons for their apps when Android 7.1 arrives in a few weeks.

The new updates recently have pointed at new icon names (eg. “ic_duo_round_icon”) and now we have a first look at the icons that we have long been hearing about.

Update : There are also the launcher shortcuts we first saw in Android N Developer preview 2.

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Google Phone App Now Features Spam Protection

Ever since telemarketing became a thing, groups of people have tried to make the most by resorting to what is know as spam calls. These often take the form of automated voice recordings (or robocalls as they are often called) being played back to the receiver, often selling goods or services that the receiver may or may not be interested in.

It’s really annoying and universally hated, and most of us inadvertently pick up such calls only to hang them up 3 seconds later.

Well, if you are a user of the Google Phone/Dialer App, then here’s some good news.

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