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.
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.
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.
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.
Head to the Mlais M7 product page for more info.
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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.
Via: Ars Technica
Source: Cambridge University
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.
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.
"Google’s Android M to adopt Touch ID-style biometrics" is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
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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.
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.
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 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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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.
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
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.
ALCATEL ONETOUCH launches the PIXI 3 (3.5) in the UK
ALCATEL ONETOUCH, one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone brands, announces the UK release of the smallest smartphone in the third generation of its PIXI family, the PIXI 3 (3.5). The petite entry level smartphone features a 3.5-inch display.
Ideal for the first time smartphone user, the PIXI 3 (3.5) runs on the easy to use Android Kitkat operating system and features a 2 megapixel camera. Pre-loaded with popular apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and graphic filters plus photo editors the PIXI 3 (3.5) is ready to go straight out of the box.
The compact PIXI 3 (3.5) offers a dual core processor and 3G internet access, with a micro SD card slot, to enable up to 32MB of storage. The PIXI 3 (3.5) also permits its principal user to enable Guest Mode, to protect user privacy in certain applications, photos and videos.
The PIXI 3 (3.5) is available in White from Sainsbury’s stores nationwide and thephoneshopbysainsburys.co.uk website.
Technical specifications – PIXI 3 (3.5”)
112.2 x 62 x 11.8mm
3.5‘’ HVGA (320×480), TFT 262K color display
Capacitive touch screen with gesture
Android KitKat 4.4
Mini SIM, EAP SIM
GSM Quadband (850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900)
UMTS Dualband (900/2100)
Dual Core 1.0GHz
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi tethering
Bluetooth (v4.0) with A2DP
HSPA+ (HSDPA/HSUPA), DL 21Mbps/ UL 5.76Mbps
Micro USB 2.0 high speed
2 Mpxl camera
Video codecs: H.263, MPEG4, H.264, AAC
Video capture: 480P @15fps / Video playback: 480P @15fps
Internal memory: 4GB ROM / 512MB DDR3 RAM
End user: 1.9GB
MicroSD up to 32GB
3G: 1300mAh, Li-ion, 4.2V, Hard pack
Standby time: 432 hrs(2G); 325 hrs(3G)
Talk time: 7 hrs(2G); 6.5 hrs(3G)
Music player: 40 hrs / Charging time: 3.4 hrs
G-sensor, Handsfree, FM Radio, Smart Torch, 1 finger zoom, Pre-embedded apps, Mini apps
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