Welcome to the 205th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:
Google is apparently working on a light search app. The app should use less data than its full counterpart. We’re all but certain the app is for emerging markets. Those places still have slower, more expensive data. The app itself looks vastly different but still works more or less the same way. The APK is available for public consumption. A release date is still unknown right now.
Google Allo finally has a web interface. You can now use it on your phone or on your computer. It works a little funny. You have to use the web connection option in the settings of the app. Then you scan the QR code on the web app to gain access. It’s a little weird, but it works very well. Most of the features are available in the web app from the normal app as well. It’s only works well with Google Chrome. Just a heads up.
Opera announced a discontinuation of Opera Max this week. The app helped people use less data. Data caps are getting a lot more liberal in many countries. Thus, Opera decided the service was unnecessary. It is still available in the Google Play Store. It’ll just never receive anymore updates. Opera stated that new platforms and their browsers were the focus moving forward.
Ironhide, developers of the Kingdom Rush saga, announced a new game this week. Iron Marines is its name. The game shares a lot of the looks and feel of the Kingdom Rush titles. However, it seems to incorporate a little more real-time strategy into the mechanics. It should be a pretty decent title. The developers have an excellent track record. You can get it September 14th, 2017.
YouTube TV expanded quite a bit this week. They are now in 29 additional markets. They’re expanding to 14 additional markets in the coming weeks. That puts the total number of supported markets at 46. That covers more than 50% of the U.S. right now. There is no word on when YouTube TV will reach other countries or the rest of the U.S.
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Awesome ConverterPrice: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYAwesome Converter is a new converter app. It allows you to convert between a bunch of different units. That includes weight, length, volume, speed, temperature, and even currency. You enter the number, select the unit, and it shows you all of the conversions. Otherwise, – Source
With a 6.44-inch display and a massive 5300mAh battery, Xiaomi’s latest phablet is the ideal device for consuming multimedia on the go.
Last year’s Mi Max was Xiaomi’s first attempt at a phone with a screen size over 6 inches. The phone wasn’t the company’s first phablet, however, with the 5.7-inch Mi Note making its debut back in 2015. While the Mi Note was a flagship device, the Mi Max was targeted at the budget segment and primarily catered to those looking to consume multimedia on the go.
And the plan worked — Xiaomi sold over 3 million units of the Mi Max over the course of the last year. To understand why there’s a market for a device that’s almost the size of a tablet, you need to know that for millions of Indians, a phone is their primary gateway to the internet. As such, customers tend to prefer a device with a large screen, sort of a portable all-in-one that allows them to watch videos and movies, play games, and read books on the go.
Widespread rollout of 4G with the launch of Jio — which gave away unlimited data to hundreds of millions of customers for free — boosted the country’s cellular data consumption, and healthy competition in the budget segment made smartphones affordable. Easy availability of 4G combined with the rollout of video streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video made it possible for consumers to stream videos on the go for the first time, and that ultimately led to more interest in large-screened devices.
Retailing for just ₹16,999, the Mi Max 2 offers incredible value for money. Does the device have what it takes to be the ideal multimedia phone? Let’s find out.
About this review
I (Harish Jonnalagadda) am writing this review after using the Mi Max 2 for two weeks in Hyderabad, India on Jio’s 4G network, with usage spread across two devices. The phone picked up a stability update with bug fixes two days into the review period, and is currently running a MIUI 8.5 build based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It is on the May 01, 2017 security patch. The device is an Indian retail unit provided to Android Central for review by Xiaomi India.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Specs
MIUI 8.5 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
6.44-inch IPS LCD, 1920×1080 (324 ppi)
Gorilla Glass 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Octa-core 2.0GHz Cortex A53
Quick Charge 3.0
12MP (Sony IMX386), f/2.2
1.25-micron pixels, Dual LED flash
4K @ 30fps/720p @ 120fps video
1080p 30fps video
Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2
NFC, IR blaster
One-touch fingerprint sensor
Dual Nano SIM
174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6mm
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Hardware
The first-generation Mi Max was utilitarian, and its design reflected that. However, – Source
Update: Looks like there was some freebies-related confusion on @evleak’s end. As per the update provided by him, buyers will have the option of either going for a 256GB card + wireless charger or 360 cam.
CORRECTION: the options are as follows1. 256GB card + wireless charger2. 360 camSorry for the confusion. https://t.co/Db42n4kVCf— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 19, 2017
The leakster also revealed that for buyers in Europe, DeX dock will be the freebie.
(The pre-order gift in Europe is a DeX dock.) https://t.co/Db42n43kKH— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 18, 2017
Just hours before the moon blocks out the sun in a traveling celestial show across the US, things are already getting strange. – Source
The Gear Fit2 Pro moniker has already been officially confirmed, and thanks to a recent leak, we also know what to expect from the wearable. Now, another leak related to the watch has surfaced, revealing its pricing details.
According to a screenshot shared by tipster @evleaks (Evan Blass), the wearable will carry a price tag of $199.99.
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro pricing at a big box retailer in the U.S… pic.twitter.com/u9xNUKV8Zl— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 20, 2017
That’s $20 more than last year’s Gear Fit2. The listing in the screenshot, Evan says, is from a big box US…
Computers may no longer be tech darlings now that everyone uses their smartphones to do basically everything, but they’re about to get really exciting again.
About every two years, Intel introduces new processors that shape the computing industry and this year’s no different. Whereas the last two generations of chips were kinda like half steps in performance, the new 8th-generation “Ice Lake” Core processors are nearly twice as fast as 7th-gen “Skylake” chips.
It’s a big bump up in performance and you’ll feel the speed even if you’re just browsing the web.
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The first computers (laptops and 2-in-1s) with 8th-gen chips, available in Core i5 or i7 (U-series) flavors, will ship at the beginning of September with up to 145 designs available. Desktop processors will ship in the fall and then enterprise versions later. …
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Earlier this year, we didn’t expect much from Intel’s upcoming eighth-generation Core processors. But at Computex in May, the company surprised us all by revealing they’ll be 30 percent faster than last year’s chips. That alone would have been notabl… – Source
You knew HTC wouldn’t let the Oculus Rift’s price cut go unanswered for long. As of today, HTC has permanently lowered the price of the Vive headset by $200, to $599. That’s still $100 more than you’d pay for a Rift/Touch combo, but it’s far easier t… – Source
Fintech startup N26 is getting more and more customers. The company reported 300,000 customers back in March. It now has 500,000 customers across Europe.
More importantly, growth seems to be accelerating as the startup announced that it was adding a thousand customers every day back in March. Now, around 1,500 customers sign up every day.
“More than 60 percent of our growth is still… Read More
Enlarge / A Kaby Lake refresh die. (credit: Intel)
The first “8th generation” Intel Core processors roll out today: a quartet of 15W U-series mobile processors. Prior generation U-series parts have had two cores, four threads; these new chips double that to four cores and eight threads. They also bump up the maximum clock speed to as much as 4.2GHz, though the base clock speed is sharply down at 1.9GHz for the top end part (compared to the 7th generation’s 2.8GHz). But beyond those changes, there’s little to say about the new chips, because in a lot of ways, the new chips aren’t really new.
Maximum 1-core clock/GHz
Maximum 2-core clock/GHz
Maximum 4-core clock/GHz
Maximum GPU clock/GHz
Although Intel is calling these parts “8th generation,” their architecture, both for their CPU and their integrated GPU, is the same as “7th generation” Kaby Lake. In fact, Intel calls the architecture of these chips “Kaby Lake refresh.” Kaby Lake was itself a minor update on Skylake, adding an improved GPU (with, for example, hardware-accelerated support for 4K H.265 video) and a clock speed bump. The new chips continue to be built on Intel’s “14nm+” manufacturing process, albeit a somewhat refined one.
U-series “8th Generation” Intel Core processor. (credit: Intel)
Earlier this year, Intel claimed that the new chips would add 30 percent performance over 7th generation parts; that number is now 40 percent. A total of 25 percent of that boost (in the SYSmark benchmark) comes from the doubled core and thread count. The remainder is split evenly between “manufacturing” improvements (which is to say, higher clock speeds) and “design” improvements.
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Just as reality appears to be getting worse by the day, VR companies are doing the lord’s work and making the price of escaping it a bit more accessible. HTC is dropping the price of its Vive virtual reality system from $799 to $599 as the Taiwanese tech giant seeks to compete with aggressive price cuts coming from Facebook-owned Oculus and their Rift headset. At the beginning of the… Read More
The “Ludicrous” Teslas are ludicrous indeed. And this video posted to YouTube by DragTimes is just the latest in a series of evidentiary exhibits that proves it. In the video, a Tesla Model X P100D crossover SUV is pitted against a $530,000 Lamborghini Aventador. Spoiler alert: the Tesla beats it by .05 of a second, leaving the Lambo crying “Mercy”. At 5,4000 pounds,… Read More
In a letter (PDF), the acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that the agency doesn’t use its Stingray mobile call-intercepting devices while enforcing immigration laws. It does deploy them when pursuing criminal suspec… – Source
Even with advantages, can startups truly outsmart Alibaba and Amazon? The answer is yes, and the reason is the massive amount of growth that remains to be realized in e-commerce.
Amazon and Alibaba may be gobbling up the lion’s share of the two markets, but e-commerce still amounts to just 8% and 16% of the total ~$9 trillion retail market in the U.S. and China respectively. Read More
Spoilers, y’all. Don’t act like I didn’t tell you.
The greatest love story in Westeros has only grown in strength past its meet-cute.
Yes, Tormund Giantsbane and Brienne of Tarth have not yet had their love fully realized, but that has not stopped the internet from flipping out every time that the red bearded member of the Freefolk lifts his eyebrow when talking about his tall knight in shining armor.
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Tormund got another chance to fuel fans’ fire Sunday while walking north of the wall in search of a wintry zombie to take back to Cersei. There, Tormund was only too glad to talk about Brienne, his belief that sexuality is a spectrum, and the hope that the mis-matched pair can have large, ginger babies. …
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This recap is dark and full of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 6, “Beyond the Wall.”
I guess Drogon wasn’t the dragon we needed to worry about this season. 😭😭😭
After the Loot Train Attack of episode 4 proved the sheer destructive force of just one of Dany’s dragons in battle — enough to make even Jaime Lannister reassess his sister’s chances of winning the war — episode 6 served to level the playing field, as the Night King managed to kill one of the massive beasts with seemingly no more effort than it takes to lob a softball.
(Sidebar: Who knew that the leader of the White Walkers was a world-class javelin-thrower? Still, he’s clearly no match for Gendry, who’s a lock for the gold in the men’s decathlon at this year’s Westerosi Olympics.) …
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Spoilers are below. About Game of Thrones. That show you watch. Spoilers for that are below.
Tonight’s episode, “Beyond the Wall” gave some real sh*t to Game of Thrones’ dragons.
The final scenes, in which Dany literally swoops in on Drogon, flanked by her other dragon Viserion, rescues the GAG-nificent seven as they are backed into a corner by the white walker horde. While she was the undoubted hero, Jon Snow’s bewildering detour from getting on Drogon caused some real pain to inflict the mother of dragons.
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Dany didn’t speak the Terminator catchphrase Sunday night on Episode 6 of Game of Thrones, but did she really need to?
The outstretched hand pretty much says it for her.
Of course that’s Emilia Clarke in the 2015 sequel Terminator: Genisys, swooping in and saving the day from a relentless foe at our hero’s most desperate moment. Granted it’s a truck and not a dragon, but for the dozens of people who saw Genisys, it was a funny (and probably not intended) callback.
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The Terminator franchise, which we know is really just a bunch of catchphrases stacked up in the shape of a metallic exoskeleton, is more deliberate. It hasn’t dared leave its precious chestnut of a quote, “Come with me if you want to live,” on the cutting room floor since its establishment in 1984. …
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The USS Indianapolis played an important role in WWII history, including the delivery of parts for the atomic bombs that would eventually drop on Japan. However, it met a grim fate: not only did a Japanese submarine sink it near the end of the war, b… – Source
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 6, titled “Beyond the Wall.”
So tonight I learned that my worst nightmare was watching a dragon spiral to his death while spewing fire (and a boatload of blood) like a falling star before sinking down into his icy grave.
Oh, only to then have his carcass dragged out and touched inappropriately by a White Walker.
To those still in shock and horror at the death from Game of Thrones’ “Beyond the Wall,” we’re here to help. Because we suffered much more than just the death of a CGI reptile. In the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, we lost a (literal) beacon of hope in the otherwise hopeless war to come. …
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The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 was a doozy: One of Dany’s dragons is dead — and resurrected into a gnarly ice dragon — at the Night King’s frosty hand, but Westeros’ Magnificent Seven (now six; sorry Thoros) still succeeded in capturing a wight, which means Dany and Jon are taking their loveboat south to King’s Landing for a meet-cute with our other favorite incesty power couple, Cersei and Jaime.
HBO has released a first look teaser trailer for the Season 7 finale, which kind of sees Dany fulfilling a prediction that …
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You want to fly your drone and you want to incorporate your mobile device into the experience, you’ll need to download some apps, but which should you get? Your drone manufacturer will have an app, but what else can you get your hands on, join us for a rundown some of the best drone apps.
We will regularly update this list with new and exciting apps to enhance your flying experience. We’ve added insurance to the list this month, through Verifly. We’ve also added Litchi for DJI drones, it breaks our rule on providing non-manufacturer specific app, a little, but we think it’s worth it.
We have released our big list of apps from the manufacturers, the apps that you need to fly.
Best drones for sale today
Cheap drones to get you started
Fun drones you can control with your smartphone
Best camera drones
First, some theory. What is it you are hoping to do with your drone? Perhaps you are trying to keep it legal, making sure you can fly in a specific location, there’s an app for that. Maybe you are looking for a logging service to help track your flights, there are tools for that as well, or maybe you just want a weather report.Your needs will differ depending on your drone as well, a camera drone has different needs than a racing drone, for example.
Go ahead and run down the list to get an idea what functions a non-manufacturer app can serve for you. We hope to help you find something new and helpful.
Google EarthPrice: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYAs you well know, the first thing you’re going to need to do with any drone (after registering it,) is figure out a place to fly it. Truth is, there are some drone dedicated mapping apps on our list today, they are great at showing where it is safe to fly. Safe places to fly is one thing, but before you get to that point, why not scour Google Earth to find exceptional places to fly. Google Earth is free for your mobile device and available on the web as well.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
Related reading: Best mapping apps for Android – on Android Authority
AirmapPrice: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYAirmap is one of those tools that does so much more than just map a potential flight location or help you keep a log of your flight. With backing by companies like Microsoft and Qualcomm, not to mention drone players like Yuneec, Airmap is rapidly becoming the de-facto tool for commercial drone flight. Don’t let their drone mapping, geo-fencing and flight logging commercial tools scare you off, utilizing the realtime traffic alerts in their mobile app is value enough. Check out Airmap for your basic needs, or for your commercial piloting business.DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY
B4UFlyPrice: FreeDOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAYLet’s keep this super simple, the – Source
Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate reached last year by a group of researchers from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and puts its accuracy on par with professional human transcribers who have advantages like the ability to listen to text several times. Read More
A new study has shown that one of the most common fixes to a stock smartphone ailment can be used to steal your data, and compromise your device. In the newly published paper, researchers from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev reveal how a… – Source
Coolpad has announced the launch of its new flagship smartphone, the Cool Play 6. The highlight of the smartphone is its dual camera setup at the back and that it is the only smartphone in the market that packs 6 GB RAM in this price segment.
Year 2017 has been a game changer for Coolpad in India and we continue to put our resources in the country with a plan to achieve 50% percentage growth to extend our market share to 6 % of the total market in India. We already have offline presence in 8 states with a reach in 3000 Multi-brand outlets and have plans to expand it to a total number of 18 states in next one year. It is only because of the quality of our products that today Coolpad smart phones have a 25% market share on Amazon in the sub Rs. 8000 category. With this launch we not only plan to lead the online space but also to make a bigger impact on the offline market in India.
– Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India
While the phone comes with Android Nougat out of the box, in a first, Coolpad has announced that the company will provide the Android 8.0 OTA update by December 2017 for the smartphone.
Coolpad Cool Play 6 Specifications
Operating System: Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Journey UI
Display: 5.5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1980 pixels)
Processor: 1.95 GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 | Adreno 510 GPU
RAM: 6 GB
Internal Storage: 64 GB; expandable with microSD card
Rear Camera: 13 MP + 13 MP dual camera | Dual-tone LED flash | PDAF | f/2.0 aperture
Front Camera: 8 MP | f/2.2 aperture
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Dimensions: 152.4 × 75.2 × 8.45mm
Priced at INR 14,999, the Coolpad Cool Play 6 will be available exclusively on Amazon.in from September 4 in two color variants – Gold and Black.
According to James Du, Global CEO, Coolpad Group, India and the US are now two of the largest markets for Coolpad overseas. He shared that in the next six months, the company will launch exclusive Coolpad services centers in India in at least 5 cities.
What are your thoughts on this mid-range smartphone from Coolpad, and would you like to pick one up? Tell us in the comments!
A letter to the UN warns the world is getting closer to a dangerous “third revolution in warfare”. – Source
It looks like Motorola will soon start rolling out the Android Wear 2.0 update to its Moto 360 Sport smartwatch (if not already). A support page detailing the update recently popped up on the company’s website, suggesting an imminent roll out.
The update should arrive as version NXH20Z, and bring along features like on-watch Play Store, material design & app launcher, Google Assistant, Lightweight Doze, Side button functions, and some regular bug fixes.
Motorola says roll out will be in phases, so be patient if your wearable is yet to receive it. For more details, head to the Source…
Andrew Anglin, founder of the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer, is accused of online harassment in a lawsuit. Serving him papers has been a daunting task. – Source
Did you watch Jurassic World and think that the chaos could have been avoided with better park design? You’re going to get a chance to prove your theory. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier has taken the wraps off of Jurassic World Evolution, which w… – Source