Android’s stand-alone Photos app will give you more creative control

Photos on Android

Wondering what will happen when Android's Photos app finally makes a clean break from Google+? You should now have a pretty good idea. Android Police has peeked at a leaked copy of a reworked Photos app, and it's clear that Google is using the service split as an incentive to shake things up. The highlight may be Assistant (below), an effective substitute for Auto Awesome that gives you more creative power -- you can produce more content yourself (such as Stories) instead of waiting for it to show up. The interface should also be more intuitive across the board, with more options for viewing your photos, a better editing interface, privacy-minded sharing and pinch-to-zoom gestures for opening pictures. There's a chance these features could change or disappear before they're official, but it won't be surprising if you see this Photos redesign on the Google I/O stage this week.

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The next Firefox OS devices will focus on quality, not cost

ZTE Open C running Firefox OS

Outside of one or two exceptions, most Firefox OS devices have been aimed squarely at the budget crowd -- at folks who would otherwise have to entirely forego smartphoness or tablets. However, Mozilla is ready to switch things up. The organization has unveiled a new strategy, Ignite, that should lead to Firefox OS gadgets you want to buy "because of the experience" rather than the price tag, according to CEO Chris Beard. Just what that entails isn't clear, but there's little doubt that this means a shift toward higher-end (though not necessarily flagship-class) hardware.

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Octa-core for less than £100

Octa core for less than £100
Here in Merry olde England it’s a Bank Holiday weekend. This, by law, means that everyone must either…

a) Buy lots of items for the garden (perhaps even a barbeque even though it’s not warm enough).
b) Go to the pub “for a quick half”, only to emerge several hours later in a drunken stupor.
c) Going for a family break somewhere, only to end up having an argument.
d) Trying to do a “quick 5 minute DIY job”, only to stick a drill into a water pipe and flood the place.

Octa core for less than £100

How about buying a phone instead? We’ve got another slightly random Chinese phone. It’s this Mlais M7. It’s $189.99 (£122.66) but we’ve got a discount code which will bring it down to $148.89 (£96.13). Just stick in coupon code M7GB to get the saving, but there’s only a set amount of these codes.

Here’s a video showing the handset in the flesh…

This handset has a Mediatek 1.7GHz octa-core MTK6752 and there’s a 5.5″ 1280×720 screen and it has 3GB RAM, 16GB storage plus a microSD card slot for more storage. The OS is Android 5.0 and it also has dual-SIM capability with two cameras – a 13 megapixel shooter at the back (with flash) and a 5 megapixel up front. You also get 4G, WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth.

Octa core for less than £100 Octa core for less than £100

Head to the Mlais M7 product page for more info.

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  • Researchers find Android factory reset faulty and reversible

    Android's factory reset function isn't as effective as we'd all like it to be, according to a team of Cambridge University researchers. The group estimates that as many as 500 to 630 million Android devices might not be capable of completely wiping the data saved in their internal disks and SD cards. They came to that conclusion after testing 21 devices running Android 2.3 to 4.3 from five different manufacturers that already went through factory reset. During their tests, they were able to recover at least part of the data stored in each sample device -- even if it was protected with full-disk encryption.

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    Deal alert: Get an iPhone 6 for $450, or 10% off anything else at Gazelle

    Cheap iPhone 6

    Earlier this week we told you about two great deals for smartphone shoppers who were more interested in saving money than having the latest and greatest gear. For these consumers, the prospect of a modern phone for $250 off contract or even an older handset for just $20 may be too good to pass up.

    But there is another group of consumers that wasn't addressed by these deals. These shoppers want the latest and greatest smartphones, but they don't want to pay top dollar to get them.

    Well, gadget fans, look no further.

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    Google’s Android M to adopt Touch ID-style biometrics

    iPhone 6 Touch ID

    To this date, only a few Android devices come outfitted with their own fingerprint scanner for authenticating purchases and password-protected apps, such as Huawei devices and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and S6.

    Unfortunately, Google’s mobile operating system lacks system-wide support for fingerprint scanning, thereby hampering broader adoption of this useful feature, which Apple users have been enjoying for nearly two years now.

    That’s about to change in Android M, the next major version of Android, which should adopt Touch ID-style biometrics, according to BuzzFeed News.... Read the rest of this post here


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    Broadcast Yourself with Stre.am

    Periscope has been been finding quite a following recently. It’s all over Twitter and it’s made by… Twitter. The app allows iPhone users to broadcast a live video stream around the world from their phone.

    However, despite being released by Twitter themselves, the app is only available for iOS, leaving a large percentage of smartphone users unable to stream their life. There are multi platform alternatives available including Stre.am.

    Broadcast Yourself with Stre.am

    Become an Internet Star

    Stre.am is a live video streaming platform available for both iOS and Android devices, which allows you to create, comment and watch live streams from around the world.

    When you create a live stream you are given the option to promote your stream by sharing the link over Twitter and Facebook. This is a nice touch is also the ability to save a copy of your stream to your device, this cool feature allows you to archive the video for later publication.

    Broadcast Yourself with Stre.am

    Easy to use controls

    As well as live streaming, Stre.am provides the option to create short reel clips which will act as profile videos for 24 hours, allowing you to create a fresh impression every day.

    The streams video streams produced by Stre.am are good quality, and overall the app provides a well designed and satisfying experience.

    Public broadcasting isn’t for everyone but if you you want to share your life in realtime video then check out Stre.am, it’s a good option – especially for Android users feeling left out by Periscope.

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  • Android M might have its own fingerprint login system

    Google Developers Event Held In San Francisco

    Android is getting a TouchID-style system of its own with Android M, according to Buzzfeed's sources. Apparently it'll act a lot like the iOS tool too, bypassing passwords for associated apps in favor of reading your fingerprint. Given that I/O is practically right around the corner (next week!) it shouldn't be long before this all gets confirmed -- Google hasn't responded to our request for comment just yet.

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    The NSA came up with a brilliantly sneaky way to hack your Android phone

    NSA Android App Store Hack

    Once again, we have to tip our cap in grudging admiration for the lengths the National Security Administration will go to hack into our mobile devices. The Intercept has published some new documents leaked by Edward Snowden that show how the NSA and other spy agencies at one point planned to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks between end users and Android app stores to infect users' phones with spyware.

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    A £20 smartphone. The Pixi 3 from Alcatel OneTouch

    A £20 smartphone. The Pixi 3 from Alcatel OneTouch
    If you’re scared by words such as “petite” and “entry level” then you need to stop reading now. This is aimed squarely at those feature-phone customers who just want a cheap and cheerful handset that’ll make calls and perhaps do the odd bit of browsing on the rather small and low-res 3.5″ HVGA (320×480) display.

    Don’t forget though, this is just £20, and you can pick it up at your local Sainsbury’s with your food shopping or via phoneshopbysainsburys.co.uk.

    It’s got a 2 megapixel camera and runs Android KitKat though, so despite the low price you’re still going to get your Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter fix because all these apps are pre-installed
    A £20 smartphone. The Pixi 3 from Alcatel OneTouch
    Specs aren’t really going to be your main reason for buying this. However, if you really need to know there’s a dual core 1GHz processor, 3G connectivity, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a microSD card slot for 32GB extra storage (although the press release below says 32MB, which we presume / hope is wrong).

    It’s a diddy 112.2 x 62 x 11.8mm and has 4GB of onboard storage (1.9GB is actually available to you, so get a microSD card) plus 512MB RAM with a 1300mAh battery.

    Get more details on the Alcatel OneTouch website or head to Sainsbury’s

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