mercredi 22 novembre 2017

OnePlus Details Face Unlock on the OnePlus 5T: Intended for Convenience and Ease of Use

Facial recognition is experiencing something of a renaissance. Google’s implementation in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — Face Unlock — didn’t have too many takers because it tended to be slow and unreliable. It stuck around as Trusted Face in newer versions of Android, but it wasn’t until Samsung brought an improved, faster version of facial recognition to its Galaxy smartphones that the technology really took off. Although Samsung’s implementation is insecure compared to high-tech alternatives like Apple’s FaceID, that didn’t stop companies such as Vivo and LG  from following suit. Most recently, OnePlus climbed aboard the bandwagon with Face Unlock, a feature of the OnePlus 5T.

Face Unlock was a solution to a design problem, OnePlus explained in a blog post. The OnePlus 5T’s 18:9 display and small bezels necessitated moving the fingerprint sensor from the front to the back, but OnePlus wanted to provide a way to unlock the phone from the front. It settled on facial recognition.

OnePlus concedes, that Face Unlock is more about convenience than security, though — the company makes no claims that it rivals 3D scanning technologies like Apple’s FaceID. Face Unlock is not intended to be as secure as a fingerprint sensor, and so it doesn’t support Android Pay and other secure applications. To authenticate those, OnePlus says, you’ll have to use the fingerprint sensor.

OnePlus posted an explanation on how Face Unlock works, and how updates will improve its functionality:

  • Firstly, the company said that Face Unlock makes sure that the person trying to unlock the OnePlus 5T matches the user who’s set up his or her face. The phone’s front camera analyzes “over 100 identifiers” on your face such as “the [interpupilary] distance between your eyes” and “[the distance] between your nose and upper lip,” OnePlus said. And OnePlus claims to have included numerous parameters so that “Face Unlock works in different lighting conditions as well as when you are wearing glasses.”
  • Secondly, Face Unlock makes sure that the user is “alive”. According to the company, its “liveness” checks reduce the chance that someone will successfully unlock someone’s phone by using a photograph or video.
  • Thirdly, in an effort to reduce the chance of someone trying to trick Face Unlock with multiple pictures, OnePlus says that the OnePlus 5T automatically deactivates after five unsuccessful attempts. After the deactivation of Face Unlock, the phone requires a fingerprint scan or security code to unlock.

All that said, OnePlus acknowledges that Face Unlock isn’t perfect.

The problem with most facial recognition systems on Android, Face Unlock included, is that they’re vulnerable to being tricked by photos or videos of users. OnePlus admits that right now, any person could use a selfie on another phone and place it front of the OnePlus 5T to unlock it.

The company argues that the chances of someone having physical access to a person’s phone and a detailed photograph of said person is fairly low, but it says it’ll issue a preemptive update anyway. In the next few weeks, the OnePlus 5T will understand whether “the subject is emitting light (a phone) versus reflecting (a user’s actual face)” by analyzing shadows and bright areas, and by looking for screen reflections and the presence of square elements (i.e.g, the shape of a phone or a picture frame) in front of the camera.

Overall, Face Unlock looks to be an interesting addition to the OnePlus 5T. Thought it might not be as secure as other authentication methods, it’s good to know that that it’s more advanced than the version developed by Google.


Source: OnePlus



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Xiaomi Launches Mi Exchange Phone Trade-In Program in India

The story of Xiaomi’s offline expansion in India is an interesting one. Only a few fiscal quarters ago, the company didn’t have much of a brick-and-mortar presence in India. However, things changed last year with the introduction of Xiaomi’s Mi Preferred Partners program and Mi Homes, which popped up with increasing frequency in major Indian cities. They’ve been a huge success: Xiaomi’s is on track to become the largest smartphone manufacturer in India. And now, the company wants to boost online sales even further with a new trade-in program called Mi Exchange.

Mi Exchange is a partnership between Xiaomi and Cashify that lets customers exchange their old phones for new Xiaomi devices. In an announcement on Wednesday, the smartphone maker said that customers can visit a Mi Home store to take advantage of Mi Exchange, and that only one device from Cashify’s portfolio can be traded in at a time. Resale value is determined by Cashify’s smartphone application (Xiaomi says it’s based “purely […] on the old phone condition”), and customers get it in the form of an e-receipt. It’s then deducted from the non-negotiable purchase price of a new Xiaomi smartphone.

Mi Exchange customers can also opt for Cashify’s pickup service. They have to pay full price for a new Xiaomi phone at time of purchase, but they don’t have to visit a Mi Home store to trade in their old phone. Once they schedule a call with Cashify, an employee will come by to collect the phone and pay what it’s worth.

In separate announcement, Xiaomi announced the groundbreaking of its third manufacturing facility in India. (The company will be manufacturing products at Hipad Technology’s facility in Noida.) It’s specifically designed to produce power banks, and the first will be the newly announced 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i priced at INR 799, and a 20,000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i priced at INR 1499.


Source: XiaomiVia: NDTV Gadgets



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Blu_spark Custom Kernel is Now Available for the OnePlus 5T

Sales of the OnePlus 5T began this week, and a few buyers with are seeing estimated ship dates as early as Friday. Lucky for them, they won’t have to wait long to start customizing their new smartphones. XDA Recognized Contributor eng.stk ported the popular blu_spark kernel to the OnePlus 5T this past week, and it’s packed to the brim with features. There’s a systemless installer, enhanced performance and TCP methods, and battery patches, to name a few.

For a full list of tweaks and instructions on how to flash it, check out the official XDA forum thread.

blu_spark OnePlus 5T kernel features

  • Powered by Ubuntu 16.04.3 x86_64 (sparky VPS @ http://ift.tt/1mc0crJ – thanks @ChristianLetti)
  • Build with custom toolchain blu_naro-7.2 (cortex-a73.cortex-a53 targeted, build with latest Crosstool-NG from developer snapshot Linaro GCC 7.2-2017.10)
  • Full -O2 build with device and target flags enhanced, linaro build improvements, etc.
  • Less is more: stock-ish OP5 builds based on OnePlusOSS/android_kernel_oneplus_msm8998
  • Systemless installer (doesn’t touch system partition, OTA friendly)
  • Removed some debug and logging options
  • ARM enhanced performance and battery patches
  • CVE security patches, general upstream and CAF fixes
  • Several CPU Governors (blu_active modded own governor by default – fastlane mode available!)
  • No OC, use 100HZ base timer frequency
  • msm_performance input boost toggle on/off (enabled by default), tweaked cpu_boost driver
  • Enhanced TCP methods (westwood is default), Network and Wifi tweaks and updated drivers
  • Several I/O control tweaks, added schedulers FIOPS and ZEN v2 is default, tweaked and upstreamed filesystems (F2FS, ExFAT, NTFS, CIFS & NFS)
  • Removed verify and forced encryption (ext4 is still forced file based encryption – FBE), patched
  • SafetyNet flags to pass CTS
  • Stock thermal driver by default (custom tunables available for ROMs with no thermal daemon)
  • Disabled hotplug, also on low battery levels (CTL and BCL)
  • Optimized crypto routines
  • Swap and adaptive LMK off by default, 60 apps on background by default
  • Vibrator Strength tunable and Gesture Haptic Feedback control (touchpanel)
  • KGSL fixes and reworked GPU driver (goes to idle @ 180MHz)
  • KCAL – Advanced color control for Qualcomm MDSS v2 (RGB calibration and post-processing features)
  • DASH charge and USB Fast Charge (USB mode up to 900mA with MTP on)
  • Battery/Notification LED control
  • Multimount fstab (you can use data and cache partitions as f2fs or ext4) with tweaked options
  • FS fsync toggle on/off
  • Wakelock blockers available
  • CDROM emulation on mass_storage (compatible with DriveDroid 0.10.36+)
  • init.d support (put your scripts in /system/su.d or /su.su.d [systemless SuperSU], /magisk/.core/post-fs-data.d [Magisk])
  • Compatible with Kernel Adiutor and others

Check out blu_spark in our OnePlus 5T forum



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Mesh Networking is the Future of Smart Homes, According to Qualcomm

If you’ve shopped for a router anytime in the past five years, you’ve probably heard of mesh networking. It’s a hot new category popularized by platforms such as Eero and Google Wi-Fi, and Qualcomm thinks it’s the key to stable, fast, and reliable connectivity.

The idea of a “smart home” used to be the stuff of dreams, but it’s more or less a reality now. Bluetooth locks can unlatch doors automatically for you; Wi-Fi-enabled smart refrigerators alert you when you’re running out of groceries; and wireless lightbulbs automatically dim when you queue up a Netflix movie.

It’s a lot of data traffic to worry about, and that’s where Qualcomm’s mesh networking technology comes in. A new version of the chip maker’s 802.11ax Wi-Fi SON standard, which is already in use by TP-Link, Luma, and Netgear, and others, can be powered by Ethernet cabling and scaled up to an entire neighborhood, the company said.

That’s invaluable at a time when 50 percent of consumers in the UK, France, and Germany use connected devices in three different rooms simultaneously, according to a recent Qualcomm survey. Internet of Things (IoT) and home automation products are an outsized contributor: Gartner predicts that 8.4 billion connected devices will be in use in 2017, up from 31 percent in 2016.

But Qualcomm thinks mesh networks can do more than just connect your lightbulbs. They can automatically fix issues, centralize the control of data, media, and IoT devices, and even lay the groundwork for managed connected device services and data analytics, the company said.

It’s incumbent on internet service providers to lead the charge, Qualcomm’s Rahul Patel, SVP & GM of the company’s Connectivity Business unit, told ZDNet. “The operator is shouldering the burden of fixing issues in the home. If they don’t, cloud providers such as Google will take over.”


Source: ZDNet



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These Popular Kid’s Headphones are 40% Off

Chances are you’ve seen these headphones before. They’re popular with live streamers, YouTubers and anyone who wants to look like a cat while listening to music. Take feline role-play to the next level, while listening to your favorite cat-inspired spotify playlist.

There are four different light modes to switch though depending on what you’re in the mood for. The headphones also last up to five hours of non-stop music time. With Bluetooth 4.2, you’ll have a high quality connection for great sounding music.

These headphones are Bluetooth enabled with ears that illuminate for a look that will make you the coolest kid in school. As Christmas rapidly approaches, consider this as a gift for your young child. It’s a great way to introduce them into EDM culture.

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Google Dives Deep Into the New Google Play Services APIs

Version 11.6 of the Google Play services SDK — Google’s development kit for the Play Store — is packed to the brim with new features. In an effort to brace folks for the changes, the search giant published an article on migrating to the new APIs earlier this year. And in a new post on the Android Developers blog, it highlighted the many ways in which the SDK tweaks application behavior.

GoogleApi and Task, which replace the GoogleApiClient access pattern in the new Google Play services SDK, were designed to “reduce boilerplate, improve UX, and simplify authentication and authorization,” Google Developers Programs Engineer Sam Stern wrote in a blog post. In previous versions of the SDK, GoogleApiClient connected to Google Play’s servers only when all of the APIs were available and when the user had signed in, assuming the APIs required it. Over time, Google realized that this model had a number of pitfalls:

  • Any connection failure prevented the use of any of the requested APIs, but using multiple GoogleApiClient objects was unwieldy.

  • The concept of a “connection” was inappropriately overloaded. Connection failures could result from Google Play services authentication issues.

  • The developer had to track the connection state, because making some calls before onConnected was called resulted in a crash.

  • Making a simple API call could mean waiting for two callbacks: One to wait until the GoogleApiClient was connected, and another for the API call itself.

To alleviate a few of the issues that developers ran into, Google Play Services SDK version 11.6.0 introduces updated APIs. “Each API now has a purpose-built client object class that extends GoogleApi,” Stern explained. “Unlike with GoogleClientApi there is no performance cost to creating many client objects. Each of these client objects abstracts the connection logic, connections are automatically managed by the SDK in a way that maximizes both speed and efficiency.”

Here’s a list of them:

  • Auth – updated the Google Sign In and Credentials APIs.

  • Drive – updated the Drive and Drive Resource APIs.

  • Fitness – updated the Ble, Config, Goals, History, Recording, Sensors, and Sessions APIs.

  • Games – updated the Achievements, Events, Games, Games Metadata, Invitations, Leaderboards, Notifications, Player Stats, Players, Realtime Multiplayer, Snapshots, Turn Based Multiplayer, and Videos APIs.

  • Nearby – updated the Connections and Messages APIs.

The APIs join Awareness, Cast, Places, Location, and Wallet, and other APIs that separated from the Google Play connection process in earlier versions of the SDK. With any luck, they’ll serve as a more modular, flexible replacement of GoogleApiClient.

That’s not all. Here’s a few of benefits you can expect from the new Google Play services SDK:

  • No connection logic, calls that require a connection are queued until a connection is available. Connections are pooled when appropriate and torn down when not in use, saving battery and preventing memory leaks.

  • Sign in is completely separated from APIs that consume GoogleSignInAccount which makes it easier to use authenticated APIs throughout your app.

  • Asynchronous API calls use the new Task API rather than PendingResult, which allows for easier management and chaining.

For a more thorough breakdown of the SDK and instructions on how to implement it, head to the source link.


Source: Android Developers Blog



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OnePlus 5T Breaks OnePlus’s Launch Day Sales Record in 6 Hours

Months after the launch of the OnePlus 5, OnePlus followed it up with the OnePlus 5T, an affordable smartphone with an edge-to-edge screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and a whopping 8GB of RAM. The reception’s been great, to put it mildly — on Wednesday, OnePlus announced that the OnePlus 5T broke the day-one sales record set by the OnePlus 5.

That’s good news for the Shenzhen, China-based smartphone maker, which doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to product launches. OnePlus 5 shipments were delayed up to several weeks for some customers, and until the beginning of last year, you couldn’t purchase a OnePlus phone without obtaining a special invitation. This year’s launch, in contrast, seems to have gone off without a hitch.

It’s been a busy week for OnePlus. A new version of OxygenOS for the OnePlus 5T made its formal debut in early November, as did the OnePlus 5T’s kernel source code. Then the company confirmed that the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T will get Android 8.1 Oreo-based firmware in the coming weeks, but that it wouldn’t support Project Treble.

We’ll have to wait and see how the OnePlus 5T is received after it gets into the hands of customers, but we were pretty impressed by it. To read more first impressions and stay on top of the latest developments, check out our official forums.


Source: @oneplus



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YouTube is Back on the Amazon Echo Show After its Recent ToS Violation

Two months ago, it was discovered that YouTube was no longer available on the Amazon Echo Show. This made a lot of customers upset as they had not been given any heads up about it being removed from the device. The way Amazon had implemented it into the Echo Show resulted in the company violating YouTube’s terms of service. It is now being reported that users can start watching YouTube videos on their Amazon Echo Show device again.

Amazon and Google have quite the volatile relationship these days. Amazon still refuses to use Google’s version of Android with all of their applications and services pre-installed on the device. Amazon also refuses to sell a number of Google’s products that compete directly with their own. This includes things like the Chromecast and the Google Home since they compete with Amazon’s Fire Stick and Echo product line. This divide became even more apparent when Google all of a sudden stopped allowing YouTube to work on the Amazon Echo Show.

From Google’s end, they said the implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violated their terms of service since it created a broken user experience for the customer. Naturally, Amazon was upset about this as they felt there wasn’t anything technically wrong with how it was done. They were also not happy with the way Google abruptly stopped the service from working without any communication with Amazon, so they could at least be made aware of the discrepancy.

This week, it was discovered that YouTube was back on the Amazon Echo Show and that the UX is a lot different than it was before. It now resembles what you’d expect to find when browsing YouTube on the web or on a tablet. The new look seems to be the company’s way of bringing the the YouTube app back to the Echo Show so that it is in compliance with the requirements set forth for its use by Google and YouTube. Along with this new change, the Amazon Echo Show also offers access to Vimeo and Dailymotion videos as well.


Source: Voicebot



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Google Introduces the Google Play Referrer API for Developers

Virtually anyone can publish an application or game onto the Play Store these days. Some people think the work ends there and that their product will either succeed or fail based on luck. However, there’s a lot of work that goes into managing and marketing applications after they have been approved in the Play Store if you want them to succeed. Google has just introduced the Google Play Referrer API as a tool that can help developers track and measure application installs easily and securely.

A lot of the traffic monitoring and analysis that web developers have been doing for decades can help application developers as well. One key tool that analytic services tend to offer is a way to find out how people found out about your product. Knowing this type of information allows the developer to cater the content directly to that type of user which in turn can help to improve the user experience. Google’s new Google Play Referrer API aims to offer this analytics solution for those who want to learn more about the people installing their applications.

Some application developers rely on app measurement companies and ad networks who offer ad attribution solutions based on referral data. So it’s vital to know accurate install referral data for correctly attributing app installs, as well as discounting fraudulent attempts for install credit. This is where the Google Play Referrer API comes into the mix as it offers a reliable way to securely retrieve install referral content.

Application developers who end up using this new API will have access to precise information straight from the Play Store including the referrer URL of the installed package, the timestamp (in seconds) of when the referrer click happened, and the timestamp (again in seconds) of when the installation began. Developers who feel they would benefit from this new API can starting using it right now. Just be aware that this new API requires the device to have the Play Store app from version 8.3.73 and later.


Source: Android Developers Blog



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Qualcomm Investors Would Like Broadcom to Increase its Acquisition Offer

At the start of this month we started to see reports claiming that Broadcom was looking to acquire a well known company within the Android community, Qualcomm. Those reports did indeed turn out to be true because a couple of days later Broadcom officially offered to purchase Qualcomm and all of its assets for $105 billion no matter what the outcome was of the acquisition attempt of NXP Semiconductors. A week later the offer was rejected, but investors of Qualcomm are looking for Broadcom to increase its offer by about $10 per share.

When news broke about Broadcom’s attempt to acquire Qualcomm, many highlighted that this would be the largest technology deal in history. Incidentally, that title currently belongs to Broadcom themselves as they were acquired by Avago back in 2015 for $37 billion. While the $105 billion bid of Qualcomm may seem like a lot, the company and its investors feel it undervalues them and this was the reason why they declined the offer earlier this month.

Since then, Broadcom has come out and said they are still “fully committed” about the acquisition so they’re continuing to work on an offer that both sides would consider an acceptable deal. Mr. Daniel O’Keefe, a fund manager of the $3.1 billion Artisan Global Value Fund (which owns Qualcomm stock) recently spoke out about the offer and he agrees that Broadcom’s first offer undervalues them. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t open to an acquisition. They are just looking for something they feel is fair.

The $105 billion bid from Broadcom was based on a $70 per share offer and Mr. O’Keefe feels Broadcom needs to increase that offer by $10 per share. David Rolfe, chief investment officer at Wedgewood Partners Inc., believes the offer has to at least be $80 to get the approval of the shareholders. Daniel Morgan, a vice president at Synovus Trust Co., believes than an offer between $85 and $95 per share will be enough to persuade them to sell.

Whether Broadcom is able to achieve that type of offer is unknown at this time but we expect this story to continue since the company has said they are “fully committed” about acquiring Qualcomm.


Source: Bloomberg



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Facebook Messenger Now Allows Sending and Receiving Images in 4K

Facebook Messenger has grown to become the to-go messaging solution for many people out there. While it’s arguably bloated with unnecessary features and gimmicks (especially since Facebook sought out to destroy Snapchat at all costs with Instagram, Facebook, Messenger and WhatsApp), it’s still one of the biggest ones out there, if not the biggest, sitting at 2 billion active users worldwide. However, some parts of Messenger are still underwhelming, like sending images.

Previously, the compression algorithms for sending and receiving images were kind of invasive, often taking away lots of detail from your pictures. These compressed images, while they worked well enough for most use cases like a quick snap at a vacation or a picture of a meal, often suffered from severe detail loss due to Messenger compression. Now, Facebook is toning down those algorithms to instead favor image quality.

Images sent and received through Facebook Messenger will now have a max resolution of 4096 x 4096 px – barely a step down from the average smartphone camera picture, and a big step up from Facebook’s previous max resolution of 2K – ensuring the receiver sees newly sent images sharper and richer than before with improved, toned down compression. Images sent in 4K resolution will also be sent just as quickly as heavily compressed ones.

The process for sending 4K images is exactly the same: just update your app, open a conversation, tap the camera roll icon, select an image and tap send. If the receiver has updated their Messenger application, then they will receive the full-res version of the image instead of a downscaled, compressed version.

17 billion images are sent through Messenger each month, so this is truly a welcome change for Messenger users. However, it’s not immediately available for everyone: the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea will be able to take advantage of 4K support initially, with other countries scheduled to added to this list within the next few weeks.


Source: Facebook



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Google is Collecting User Location Data Even When Location Services are Switched Off

Most Android devices by default (so long as they have Google services, anyway) track the location of the owner. These locations are used for advertising purposes, but also provide useful services to the owner such as motion tracking, fitness statistics, future commute suggestions and more. Those more concerned about privacy may opt to switch off location services, something which is offered within Android and seemingly without any strings attached. Don’t want your location data mined? Disable location services.

Or that is what they would want you to believe anyway.

A report on Quartz shows that this optimistic view is not actually the case, and even disabling location services still provides Google with your location data. Since 2017, Google has been receiving the cell tower data from each Android device which uses Google’s Firebase Messaging push notification service. Google has confirmed the practice but has insisted that the data has never been used or store.

In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery” a Google spokesperson told Quartz when contacted. “However, we never incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately discarded, and we updated it to no longer request Cell ID“. It is unclear currently how this would actually help message delivery times or improve on the current iteration of Firebase Cloud Messaging.

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Location data sent to Google // Source: Quartz

Of course, the argument can be made that this data is not hugely accurate and will not help Google obtain any form of accurate location data about an individual, but there are still two concerns with this addition. The first is pretty obvious, and that is that when location services are switched off, they should actually be off.

The second is that while cell tower information will not give the pinpoint accuracy that GPS does, it can still combine location information with other nearby cell towers and calculate a location within a quarter of a mile within the user of the device. The data is encrypted, but can still potentially be intercepted by malware on the device. What’s more, even users without a SIM card were not safe and the location data was sent by calculating the location using nearby cell towers.

Google also states that this is “distinctly separate from Location Services, which provide a device’s location to apps” which is why, apparently, this is okay. There is no way of opting out without removing all Google services from your device. This “issue” potentially affects all devices with Google services, with tablets and phones alike sending the same data to Google. This violation of privacy will hopefully be removed if Google is no longer using the data, but for now the only way to avoid this is to remove Google services from your device.


Source: Quartz



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OnePlus 5 to be Phased Out in India, OnePlus to Concentrate on the Online Market

OnePlus entered the Indian market in December 2014. The company faced teething issues in the beginning, but those days are now in the past. Consistently, OnePlus smartphones have been bestsellers for their price range on Amazon.in, and in the online premium smartphone market, OnePlus is the top smartphone brand with 62.2% market share, ahead of even established giants such as Samsung and Apple, according to IDC.

The OnePlus 5T was announced on November 16 as OnePlus’ mid-cycle refresh for the OnePlus 5, and we have published our hands-on impressions for the phone. The device has gone on sale on Amazon India for Amazon Prime subscribers, and general availability will start from November 28. That doesn’t mean, however, that the OnePlus 5 will be immediately discontinued. The OnePlus 3T was discontinued internationally after the OnePlus 5 launched, but in India, it remained available until October when it finally went out of stock.

The Indian Express had an interview with OnePlus India’s General Manager Vikas Aggarwal in which he confirmed that the OnePlus 5 would be phased out in favour of the OnePlus 5T in a way similar to the phasing out of the 3T in India. He noted that there was no need to increase the price of the new phone in India this time around. This is because the OnePlus 5T is a new variant instead of being an entirely new phone.

Also, he stated that OnePlus would continue to focus on the online smartphone market instead of ramping up offline operations. The company recently entered into a partnership with Croma for customers to experience its phones in stores.

Mr. Aggarwal also added his thoughts about the position of OnePlus in the Indian smartphone market, predicting that average selling prices of phones would increase in India just like China, and said that the premium smartphone segment in India was starting to grow. He said that the company was not interested in rolling out a mid-range phone, as it wants to concentrate on the premium end of the market. Finally, he said that OnePlus has not been affected by the perception of being a Chinese brand in India as it deals with phones in a higher price segment.

Excerpts from the interview are included below:

On what will happen to OnePlus 5 after the OnePlus 5T launch

If you look at our previous phone, the OnePlus 3T the last batch was sold out during Diwali and now the product will be discontinued. The same goes for the OnePlus 5, which will also be sold out in sometime, and we’ll have only one product (OnePlus 5T) in the market. As a brand we want to make sure there is one device which is the latest, and the previous devices are usually sold out once the new product launches.

On whether OnePlus will ramp up offline presence in the Indian market

“We are concentrating majorly on the online segment, and this strategy is working well for us. The premium customers have access to online and it is not like one is getting access to more customers in the offline segment. In our case, offline is more from a consumer experience perspective, where they can try and experience the device. We also have a partnership with Croma, where users can explore devices and also buy if they want to do this. Then we have our own stores in Bengaluru and Delhi where customers can experience, buy the device.

On fighting the perception about being a Chinese brand in India

One thing about the idea of “Chinese” brand is that in India people tend to have this perception that the product is inferior, and not of a global brand quality. This is a historical perception that people have had for sometime. In contrast, global brands were always seen as the global standard.

But from OnePlus’ perspective we see ourselves as a global brand. Our major markets are US and Europe. We have a team that is very global and if you see the users in India, majority perhaps do not even know that company is headquartered in China.

In a way, in India, we never faced the Chinese perception challenge. That’s a challenge more for the entry level brands where quality is a concern. They are operating in a lower price segment while we are in a higher price segment where quality is the only thing we are competing on and this something that will never be compromised. When quality is assured, nobody will worry about whether you are Chinese or global.


In India, the OnePlus 5 was the top selling smartphone overall in the above $400 price segment with 24.74% market share last quarter. We are waiting to see if the OnePlus 5T follows the footsteps of its predecessor to become an online bestseller on Amazon India. The competition in the affordable flagship space is increasing, so consumers have good reason to be positive about the prospects of the segment.

Source: The Indian Express



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mardi 21 novembre 2017

Join Update Adds Themes, Multi-SIM Support, Stored Pushes and More

Transferring content from one device to another used to be a pain, and if you’re anything like us, you usually just gave up and emailed yourself an attachment. But in recent years, services like Join have made file transfers more convenient than wired connections, and they’re only getting better with time. Case in point: Join just announced an update that adds support for custom themes, multi-SIM setups, stored pushes to offline Chrome devices, and more.

The new Join’s highlight is arguably its theming engine. Theming systems like Substratum let you customize apps’ aesthetics, but require developers to explicitly support them. The application’s developer, joaomgcd, went a different route: He added a custom in-app color scheme generator. Once you choose between a light, dark, or black style, you get to choose from a number of different accent colors. Literally hundreds of different combinations are at your disposal.

Another new feature is support for multi-SIM devices. On devices running Android 5.1 Lollipop or higher, you can select which SIM you want to use when sending SMS or MMS messages with Join.

Last but not least, Join can now store pushes for Chrome devices that are offline. When you send a push to a Chrome device that is currently not connected to the internet, the application will store it until it detects that the device has come online. When that happens, the push will go through and launch in the Chrome browser.

Join’s update includes plenty of bug fixes, too. Even if you don’t use any of the new features, you can expect a smoother, more stable experience file-sharing experience.


Source: joaoapps



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Here’s What’s New in Samsung Experience 9.0 Beta: Android Oreo and Much More

In late October, we wrote about the beta rollout of Android 8.0 Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0 on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus phones throughout the U.S., the UK, and South Korea. Since last year, Samsung has used the Samsung Plus application’s beta channel to test platform updates and changes in its proprietary fork of Android, TouchWiz, and this year is no different. While there aren’t many user-facing tweaks this time around, there are quite some changes under the hood. To make tracking those changes a little easier, we put together a guide to Samsung Experience 9.0 Beta.

Not that we’re not covering any Android 8.0 Oreo-specific features of Samsung Experience 9.0 — just Samsung’s additions. If you haven’t already, check out our rundowns of Android 8.0 and Android 8.1 for a taste of what to expect.


Android Oreo Is Coming

android oreo adb galaxy s6 galaxy tab s2The most obvious change in Samsung Experience 9.0 is the upgrade from Android 7.1 Nougat to Android 8.0 Oreo. While both phones already had features like picture-in-picture mode, Oreo brings improvements like notification channels, notification dots, notification snoozing, system-wide autofill, Adaptive Icons, new emojis, smarter copy-pasting, and more.

But not all of Oreo’s features are coming to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. One notable omission is Project Treble, a modularized framework that simplifies the software update process for device manufacturers. After a few participants in the beta program ran our ADB tutorial to check Treble’s status in the new firmware, they got a “false” output, meaning that Treble hasn’t been enabled. That doesn’t mean Treble won’t make its way into Samsung Experience 9.0 eventually, but it’s ultimately Samsung’s call. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Screenshots of Samsung Experience 9.0 Beta, based on Android Oreo.

Recents List View via Good Lock

Credits: /u/z0mbieunit

If you’ve ever used the Galaxy S7‘s Android 6.0-based TouchWiz firmware, you’re probably familiar with Good Lock. Good Lock was an application on Samsung’s Galaxy Apps store that let users customize TouchWiz’s appearance. The appearance of user interface element, from the lock screen to the status bar and Quick Settings panel, could be adjusted. Even the recent apps screen, which isn’t usually tweabable on Android devices without rooting, had an optional “light” theme that replaced apps’ card previews with an itemized list.

While most of Good Lock went the way of the dodo in Samsung’s Nougat-based Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus firmware, it’s making a bit of a comeback on Samsung devices in Samsung Experience 9.0. In the latest beta, you can replace the multitasking menu’s card view with a compact list view, if you so choose. But don’t worry if the list view doesn’t suit your fancy– you can switch back to the old card view at any time.

Samsung Keyboard Receives an Overhaul

We won’t blame you if you’re the kind of person who replaces your phone’s stock keyboard with a third-party alternative like Gboard or SwiftKey — original equipment manufacturer (OEM) keyboards are usually lacking in features and customizability. That said, Samsung’s own keyboard is one of the best OEM keyboards available out there, and it’s getting even better with Android 8.0 Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0.

Credits: SamMobile

The Samsung Keyboard now includes a Google-style toolbar on top which puts popular settings front and center. Among other things, it has GIF creation shortcuts and four “high contrast” options that improve visibility.

New Edge Lighting Effects for Notifications

One Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus’s defining features is Edge Lighting, which takes advantage of the phones; curved AMOLED screens to get your attention when an alert arrives. In Samsung Experience 9.0, it’s more versatible than ever.

Credits: SamMobile

Edge Lighting now has more lighting effects. First is a glow option that’s subtler than the default lighting. There’s a glitter effect that plays a random sequence of colors, and a multi-color effect that cycles through colors. Don’t like the new effects? Not to worry — the classic edge lighting is still available.

Color Picker for Folders

While TouchWiz’s stock launcher isn’t the most customizable out there, it has a few features unmatched by any other. With the Android Oreo update, it’s getting more home screen options.

Credits: GadgetHacks.com

Samsung Experience 9.0 beta adds settings for coloring particular folders inside the launcher — a new color wheel selector allows you to choose virtually any color as a folder background. It’s worth keeping in mind, though, that some colors are restricted by certain third-party themes.

Lock Screen Customization Galore

The Galaxy S8’s lock screen stands out from the pack with features like a clock widget that shifts from vertical orientation to horizontal orientation when new notifications arrive. The upcoming Oreo update lets you change certain aspects of the lock screen to your liking.

Credits: GadgetHacks.com

One headlining addition is adaptive coloring, which changes the lock screen clock’s colors to match your background. There’s also an option to change the clock widget’s time format: Instead of displaying just hours and minutes, it can now display hours, minutes and seconds.

Credits: /u/The-Mahano

That’s not all. In Samsung Experience 9.0 update, you can change both the lock screen and the Always On Display clock styles, and adjust notifications’ transparency settings.

Other Changes

Install Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Oreo Beta

Samsung Experience 9.0 adds Adaptive Icons, app shortcuts and notification dots for the TouchWiz Launcher.

Those are the major changes we’ve found so far (aside from all the stuff already included with Oreo). They say it’s the little things that count, though, and Samsung Experience 9.0 has a lot of little things that enhance the user experience:

  • According to some users, the whole system feels a lot smoother than Nougat thanks to smaller, system-level modifications.
  • Android app shortcuts have been implemented on the Samsung launcher, as well as notification dots and adaptive icons. The launcher has also received stability improvements.
  • You’re no longer required to tap “OK” after entering your PIN code in the lock screen.
  • Hidden navigation bar gestures for the recents and back buttons, which didn’t work properly in Nougat for some users, should now be working properly after the upgrade to Oreo.
  • You can now move the Edge Tools by pressing and holding it, then dragging it around the screen.
  • Dual Messenger, which allows you to clone an application and sign into each with different accounts, is now a standard feature on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
  • Samsung DeX has received a slight redesign, as well as stability and functionality improvements.
  • Auto-Repeat and 2x speed controls have been added to the stock video player.
  • Samsung Pay has received small speed and security improvements.
  • A sticky notification now tracks your steps in Samsung Health.
  • You can now tap the digital clock widget to pull up the Clock app. Also, landscape mode and timer sounds are now supported.

Do you think we’ve missed something? Let us know in the comment section!

 



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Waze is Partnering with Toronto to Provide Enhanced Traffic Data

Google-owned navigation application Waze is sort of like Google Maps, but with crowd-sourced information about accidents, traffic, hazards, speed traps thrown in for good measure. Drivers on the road report incidents in real time, which other users corroborate (or report as false) based on their own observations. It’s a fairly reliable system that only gets better with more data, which is why Toronto, Canada Mayor John Tory announced on Monday that the city will supply Waze with statistics from its traffic operations center.

It’s Mr. Tory’s hope that the partnership will help tackle Toronto’s congestion problem, which has been blamed on an influx of commuters. It’ll go both ways: Waze’s 560,000 Toronto-based users will supply a huge amount of anonymized insights to the city’s urban planners, who will use it to improve infrastructure and make other changes. And in the meantime, Waze will route drivers away from gridlocked areas of the city and get the word out about traffic and road closures, highway maintenance, and pilot projects.

“For the first time, the City is sharing its traffic data with Waze and Waze users,” said Mr. Tory. “This partnership will give our traffic operations centre better visibility into traffic patterns and provide Waze users enhanced information to plan and adjust their commute. Over the last three years, we have finally focused on fighting traffic in Toronto and improving commute times.”

It’ll be coordinated through Waze’s growing Connected Citizens Program, which has partnered with traffic authorities in New York, Rio de Janeiro, Ghent, and others across the globe.

“Waze was founded on the belief that we can outsmart traffic together,” said Mike Wilson, Waze Canada’s country manager. “Our partnership with the City of Toronto will empower drivers with real-time information on routes, traffic alerts and road closures to get them to their destination on time. Additionally, by leveraging Waze insights, the City will now have greater visibility into traffic patterns and will be able to make better planning decisions.”

Follow the source link for the press release about Tuesday’s news.


City of Toronto Press Release



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Oreo-based AOSPA Build Released for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

The folks at Paranoid Android are fans of the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T, if their most recent project is any indication. On Monday, Team AOSPA released an early port of Android 8.0 Oreo-based Paranoid Android for the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T. A lot of the most popular AOSPA features have yet to be implemented, but it’s almost fully functional.

Right now, intrepid OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T owners who install the new build can expect the AOSPA camera application, plus working RIL, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, camera, audio, fingerprint, sensors, GPS. But a lot of things aren’t functional at the moment, including the notification slider, touch gestures, and SELinux (which is set to permissive in this build). And with the exception of the kernel sources, which will be available “soon,” the team’s keeping the device tree private until the ROM reaches a stable state.

If none of that intimidates you, you can download the new ROM from the OnePlus Forums.

When Google releases the source code for a new version of Android, it’s not uncommon to come across a bunch of build requests from the community. We’ve written about a number of efforts to port custom Android 8.0 Oreo-based ROMs to older devices, and it’s great to see Paranoid Android blazing trails.


Source: OnePlus



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BankBot Trojan in Play Store Targeted Wells Fargo, Chase and Citibank Customers

Most experts will tell you that it’s a good idea to install Android applications from the Play Store rather than third-party sources. Google does a ton of work to keep the Play Store safe. Still, it’s impossible for anyone, including Google, to stay ahead of attackers all the time. So every once in a while, malicious applications sometimes make their way into the Play Store — most recently a mobile banking trojan, BankBot, that targeted Wells Fargo, Chase and Citibank customers.

More than once this year, security researchers discovered variations of the BankBot in Play Store downloads. The trojan’s been known to target users of banking apps including Wells Fargo, Chase, DiBa and Citibank who live in the U.S., Australia, Germany, Netherlands, France, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Russia, Dominican Republic, Singapore and Philippines, and it works by laying a fake login interface over legitimate apps and intercepting login credentials.

Each time BankBot has been spotted and reported to the Play Store team, Google has been swift to take it down. But a harder-to-detect version uncovered with the help of security analysts at Avast, ESET and SfyLabs escaped notice until November 17, giving it time to infect thousands of users.

The new version of BankBot was found hiding in applications like Tornado FlashLight, Lamp For DarkNess, and Sea FlashLight on October 13. According to the researchers who discovered it, its programmers were able to circumvent the Play Store’s security scans by publishing BankBot-infected apps under multiple accounts and delaying execution of its malicious code for two hours after users granted it device administrator rights.

It can be difficult to protect against clever banking trojans like BankBot, but the folks at Avast have a few tips. They suggest checking an application’s Play Store ratings before downloading it, paying attention to its permissions requests, and denying it device administrator privileges unless it absolutely needs them. Next time you’re browsing the Play Store for apps, keep those in mind.


Source: Avast Blog



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The OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, and 5T Will Get Android 8.1 Oreo, But Not Project Treble

Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T was upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo the other day, and both the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T are due for an update in early 2018. That’s mostly good news, but sadly, none of OnePlus’s phones will support one of Oreo’s headlining features: Project Treble. In an AMA on the OnePlus forums, OnePlus confirmed that the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T won’t get Project Treble support.

Project Treble, you might recall, modularizes Android by separating the operating system’s core framework from low-level, vendor-specific code. The idea’s to make it easier for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to update their devices — OEMs like OnePlus, for example, can make software-level changes without having to wait for hardware partners to rework their drivers. Iliyan Malchev, Project Treble’s team lead, called it the “biggest change to the low-level system architecture of Android to date” in a blog post earlier this year.

Phones and tablets that ship with Android 8.0 Oreo are required to implement Project Treble, but devices running older versions of Android — including the OnePlus 5T, which runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat — are not.

OnePlus’s decision means that its huge developer community will miss out on Project Treble’s benefits. The good news, however, is that the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T won’t be left out in the cold after Android 8.0 Oreo. They (along with the OnePlus 5 and 5T, presumably) are slated to get Android 8.1 Oreo-based firmware “later,” which will include various bug fixes, picture-in-picture support for Netflix, a lot of UI changes, a battery level indicator for paired Bluetooth devices, and more. “We will stop when we feel there are no more updates that are relevant for the Open Beta program,” wrote OnePlus Beta Project Manager Adam Krisko.

Those are the highlights so far from OnePlus’s AMA. If we learn anything new, you can be sure we’ll post about it.


Source: OnePlus Forums



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Pay What You Want for 9 Career-Building Books on Big Data

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Chrome OS Notifications to Get Inline Reply Support for Messages

Over the last few years, Google has improved the functionality of Chrome OS pretty substantially — it’s hard to believe that at one time, the Chrome-based operating system (OS) was basically contained within a browser window. While Android still has a larger feature set, Google’s web-based OS is catching up. Recently, the operating system got support for a floating keyboard and a new flag that enables split screen in tablet mode, plus keyboard shortcuts that move the active window.

Now, Chrome Story has discovered a code change request on the Chromium Gerrit which shows that Chrome OS’s notifications might soon get inline reply support for messages. Much like the inline reply support that debuted in Android 7.0 Nougat, it’ll allow users to reply to messages from the notifications panel instead of heading to the app.

The commit in question, Commit 776176, was merged in the Chromium Gerrit with the title, “Add notification inline reply support to Chrome OS“.

Android and Windows are supporting inline reply for web notifications (Issue 599859). And now it’s time to start implementing it for Chrome OS.

I think most of non-UI code are already implemented by their works, so what we do is implementing native UI for Chrome OS Message Center. We already support inline reply for ARC notification so we don’t expect much works except UI (eg. forcusing, keyboard, IME …, etc). But some tweak might be necessary.

The bug report showed that Google was planning to add inline replies to Chrome OS, and now the respective commit has been merged.

This adds UI side support of notification inline reply to NotificationViewMD, which is a View framework notification implementation used in Chrome OS.
Several features are missing from this implementation.
– Animation
– Submit icon on the right side

Most applications will support the feature when it hits the Chrome OS Developer Channel, according to Chrome Story.

Inline replies might sound like a small feature, but as anyone who’s used it on Android can tell you, it’s a major convenience. It improves the multitasking flow since you no longer need to jump in and out of applications to reply to messages. When the feature arrives in the stable channel, it’ll fill yet another feature gap in Chrome OS.


Source: Chromium GerritVia: Chrome Story



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Get $20 Off of Any Accessory or Gear When You Buy the OnePlus 5T

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 5T last week and today they have began open sales for the device. The company also hopes to sell some accessories with orders from today as extra cables, chargers, cases can be quite useful for owners of the new device. A special promotion is helping to encourage this by offering a voucher that can get you $20 off any accessory or gear from the OnePlus store when you buy the OnePlus 5T.

All you have to do is redeem the voucher to get your unique voucher code, order the OnePlus 5T from the OnePlus website and include an accessory or piece of gear along with it. Enter your unique voucher code during checkout and you’ll get $20 off the order. The voucher is valid for 30 days once redeemed.


Source: OnePlus



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Samsung’s Gear S3 Value Pack Updates the Classic and the Frontier to Tizen 3.0.0.1 and More

It was recently reported that the top 5 spots of the global wearable market for Q3 2017 included Apple, Xiaomi, Fitbit, Huawei and Samsung. Samsung may have been at the bottom of this list but they still shipped one smartwatch for every 23 Galaxy flagship smartphones during the quarter. Samsung is still more confident in its wearable operating system than they are with Android Wear and to prove the point, they have just announced the Gear S3 Value Pack update for Samsung Gear S3 owners.

This is a rather big update with Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier owners getting their devices updated to Tizen version 3.0.0.1. This update also includes a number of quality of life user experience improvements such as a Clear All option for your notifications. Those who are looking for new applications for their smartwatch can now browse through and download any compatible application from the company’s Galaxy Apps store without ever needing to use their smartphone.

The exercise and health tracking features of the Gear S3 have now been overhauled and improved with this update as well. A new feature that has been added includes real-time heart rate monitoring for those who wish for precise data before, during and after their workout. A new Samsung Health Fitness Program feature allows you to watch exercise programs from a synced smartphone on a TV which then allows you to use the Gear S3 to control the displayed content and even display heart rates on the TV.

Communication is another key area of focus with this Gear S3 Value Pack update. Gear S3 owners can create events with detailed information like time, date, location and can also add contacts to their address book directly from the device. If you have synced things such as checklists, video, and web reminders, they are now all viewable directly on the smartwatch now.

You’ll find the full change log for the update down below but it’s fair to say this is a big update for current and future Gear S3 owners.

Samsung Gear S3 Value Pack Update

  • Samsung Connect: Monitor and manage smart devices the smarter way with Gear S3
  • Gear VR Controller: Easily control your Gear VR right from your wrist with the Gear S3
  • PPT Controller: Command the audience and the presentation with the Gear S3 PPT controller
  • Watch face: Share your favorite watch face with others and browse for new ones easily
  • Samsung Health: Refresh your motivation with our highly improved health app and widgets. Continuous HR monitoring is available now and the multi-workouts widget has been added so you can start your favorite activities faster
  • Contacts and Calendar: Create contacts and events right from your wrist with the Gear S3
  • Reminder: Receive reminders and alarms created on the paired smartphone
  • Safety: Send SOS requests now include altitude for more accurate tracking
  • Weather: Briefing containing today’s weather information including temperature difference and the chance of rain or snow
  • Handwriting: More languages are supported via language download and update
  • Ringtone: Set music saved on the Gear as your ringtone
  • Apps: Quickly access your favorite and recent apps using the App shortcuts widget, and edit the ordering method for Apps
  • Quick panel: Refreshed layout with more Quick settings
  • New icon and widget design
  • New partner apps available for download in the Galaxy Apps store

Source: Samsung Newsroom



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Google Home is Finally Getting Support for Multiple Calendars

Google Home and the Google Assistant have a big advantage for certain features when compared to the competition. This is why so many users were frustrated that Google Home had yet to add support for managing calendars directly with your voice. This has finally changed though as multiple people are now spotting a new Calendar section within the Google application. With it, you can manage which calendars you want supported by the Google Assistant and which calendar you want set as your default.

Some of the more recent application teardowns have revealed that Google had begun work on adding calendar support to the Google Assistant. Features discovered in application teardowns aren’t something that always make it to the public, but they do a great job at letting you know what the developer is working on. As people have been begging for calendar support for Google Assistant, this was great news to hear and made a lot of people wonder how long they would have to wait to receive the feature.

We’re now seeing this new Calendar section at the very bottom of the Google Assistant settings section within the Google application. To access it, you need to launch the Google application, tap the hamburger menu icon at the top left and then tap settings. From here, you’ll see a dedicated Google Assistant section at the top and within this section is another settings option. Tapping the settings option from here gives you a list of features supported and the very last option listed in the services section should be for the calendar.

This page will show you a list of all your currently available calendars and you can simply enable or disable these directly from this application. You also have the ability to select which calendar you want as your default, but it’s not like the feature we just mentioned and it instead lets you choose a different account that has been added to your Android device. Then the last section is for the application to list which other devices your calendars are available on.



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Nova Launcher Stable Updated to v5.5, Adds Adaptive Icons for Android 5.0+ and More

Android’s newest features are very often limited only to the latest version of the operating system. This can lead many to miss out on some great features as not everyone uses custom ROMs or can afford to buy a new phone every year. Thankfully though, 3rd-party applications are able to bring some of these feature to older devices and that’s what Nova Launcher is doing with Adaptive Icons in its latest stable update to version 5.5.

The stable branch of Nova Launcher received an update to version 5.4.1 back in September of this year and it brought a number of new features. The first was a new search animation that originates from the bottom of the screen and goes up. This build also brought the new Sesame Shortcuts feature to the stable branch, a feature that was quite popular among those who had been using the beta version of the popular custom launcher.

Nova Launcher version 5.5 has been in beta since September as well with one of its first new features bringing Adaptive Icons to anyone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Since then, the developers have been working with the community to get the bugs ironed out and they’ve also been adding in some more features as well. A month later we saw a couple of new Pixel Launcher features added to version 5.5 of the Nova Launcher beta channel.

Now, the team is happy with the progress they’ve made and version 5.5 has been pushed to the stable branch. This update includes the Adaptive Icons feature for those on Lollipop or higher. Nova Launcher now intelligently reshapes legacy icons to adaptive, and it includes the Android 8.1 style pop-up menu. The Google search bar can now be added to the dock in this update, and you also have the ability to replace the search bar in the dock with any widget. The new update also comes with a number of optimizations and bug fixes.

Nova Launcher 5.5 Change Log

  • Adaptive icons for Android 5.0+
  • Intelligently reshape legacy icons to adaptive
  • Android 8.1 style popup menu (Look Feel – Popup menu – Block)
  • Searchbar in dock
  • Replace searchbar in dock with any widget (Long-press – Replace)
  • Optimizations and bug fixes

Source: +KevinBarry



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[Update: Fixed by Factory Reset] Some Google Pixel 2 Owners are Reporting a Bootloader Unlock Bug

Update 11/21/17: Google has issued that a factory reset now will fix the issue, something that had yielded no results in the past.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are flagship devices meant to showcase the Google software experience. But the phones have had their share of issues, ranging from the Pixel 2’s inability to flash factory images and OTAs and high-pitched earpiece noises to the Pixel 2 XL’s display burn-in and audio recording issues.

Unfortunately, the problems haven’t stopped there. Some Pixel 2 owners who purchased their devices from the Google Store are reporting an inability to unlock their phones’ bootloader.

The problem stems from the OEM Unlock setting in Developer Options. The toggle is greyed out, making it impossible to enable. Affected devices show a prompt to connect to the internet even when the phone has an internet connection, or suggest that the user contacts a service provider.

Google customer service representatives were unable to confirm whether the problem was a hardware or software issue.

Only a small fraction of users have reported the issue, so it doesn’t seem to be widespread. Curiously, though, most ordered from the Google Store and had their Pixel 2 delivery postponed by as many as three weeks. Some speculate that Google inadvertently shipped bootloader-locked Verizon models to these customers.

There isn’t a do-it-yourself fix outside of returning your phone back to Google and asking for a replacement. Users report that factory resets and flashing factory images using ADB sideload had no effect.

If you are experiencing the issue, head to the Google Bug Tracker to star it and add a comment.


Update 11/21/2017: This issue has now been fixed. All it takes for users to now unlock is factory resetting the phone and connecting it to the internet for the initial setup.

Marked as Fixed. Please factory reset your device and make sure it connected to the internet during setup as this issue has been resolved.
Factory Reset: Settings -> System -> Reset Options -> Erase all data (factory reset).

Thanks to XDA Senior Member bunklung for the tip!



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AutoInput Update Mimics the OnePlus 5T’s Face Unlock Feature on any Android 7.0+ Phone

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably the kind of person who likes to automate their device to keep up with your workflow, your lifestyle, and yourself. And if you’re heavy into automation, you’ve probably already heard of the name “AutoInput”.

For those not in the loop, AutoInput is a nifty little Tasker plugin which allows the user to automate virtually any UI menu inside of their device. When set up, the application will be able to automatically navigate through UI elements like buttons and list views. Paired with Tasker, it can create infinite automation possibilities for users. AutoInput has now received another feature, giving any phone with Android 7.0 Nougat and up some OnePlus 5T goodies.

One of the talked about features on the OnePlus 5T is facial recognition, which is critically acclaimed (just like the fingerprint scanner) because of its speed, as it apparently works better than Google’s own Trusted Face unlock feature under Smart Lock. While this speed is likely the result of OnePlus optimizations and thus can’t be ported to other devices that easily, AutoInput does make Trusted Face a lot more convenient that it already is. Just like the OnePlus 5T, when using AutoInput, the phone will immediately bypass the lockscreen entirely when you look at it, instead of just unlocking the phone like it already does.

We should mention that this is likely not as secure as OnePlus’s Face Unlock implementation claims to be since OnePlus’ implementation is not a part of Smart Lock, and is currently exclusive to the OnePlus 5T. But Trusted Face combined with AutoInput does make a difference, placing it right there with the OnePlus 5T in terms of convenience.

While Trusted Face has been around since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, face detection technology has been improving greatly during the past few years. Nowadays, it’s clear that face unlock is making a comeback as an alternative to fingerprint unlock, as Apple has ditched the latter with the iPhone X, favoring face unlocking instead. For those that prefer convenience over security, Face Unlock holds great potential.


Source: Google+



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Paranoid Android Snapdragon Camera App Sources Released

AOSPA, or Paranoid Android, has a modification of the Snapdragon Camera application with a brand new UI and is part of the reasons why the ROM is held to such a high regard for its camera capabilities. Anyone who has ever used the Snapdragon camera application knows what the UI is like, and may be surprised to learn that Paranoid Android’s camera application is simply a modification of it.

Users have been requesting the Paranoid Android developers to release their camera processing sources, as on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T some aspects of their camera processing software is greatly improved over stock. The developers of Paranoid Android have now uploaded their camera sources on GitHub. This is an open sourcing of the camera application only, not the camera processing.

Paranoid Android has a well-polished camera UI, not unlike iOS but still being unique in its own ways. The vast array of options that Snapdragon camera provides are not gone away, as these are instead shifted into a menu option in the top left of the screen. Options include a continuous shooting mode, face detection, manual ISO, exposure and white balance and red eye reduction.

The Snapdragon camera application is designed to make use of the Qualcomm hardware in your device, so anyone with a Snapdragon processor can build or modify this application themselves and run it on their device. Many ROM developers include the Snapdragon Camera app in their ROMs, including Recognised Developer SultanXDA, who uses a modified version of the camera app in his ROMs in order to provide a more open source experience and to get the best quality possible without having to resort to using ported camera applications.

Check out the official GitHub link to the sources of the application down below!


Paranoid Android Snapdragon Camera UI Modification Source Code



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Annke 1080p Wireless Pan Tilt Zoom IP Camera is Only $48.99

Home invasion crimes are at an all-time high! Just kidding, but you can never be too careful when it comes to your own security. If you’ve been putting off getting a great security camera system for your own home, or don’t want to pay the $200 pricetag for most connected cameras on the market right now, we have some deals that you’re not going to be able to pass up.

One of the most important things to look for in a security camera is that it will work with your smart home setup. The ANNKE security cameras work with Amazon Alexa and Echo, so you’ll actually be able to view your security cameras effortlessly. If you have an Echo Show, you can even check out your live feed right on the display.

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lundi 20 novembre 2017

Samsung is Reportedly Improving its Facial Recognition Tech with Software

Facial recognition has been a feature of Android since Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and it’s always worked as advertised: You unlock your smartphone by staring into the front-facing camera. But it’s always been more of a gimmick feature than anything else — especially since it can be fooled with a picture or video of the owner. That might be why Samsung’s doubling down on its iris scanning and face scanning technologies, according to a report from ETNews. 

It’s reportedly slated for the Galaxy S9, Samsung’s next flagship. The company is said to be using similar or comparable front-facing cameras and iris scanners in the Galaxy S9 as the Galaxy S8, but with improved software that’s “faster” and “[more] accurate.” An industry analyst also stated that Samsung is working on a suite for face scanning that would allow additional add-ons to be installed.

The rumored biometric improvements align with Samsung’s strategy of improving devices through updates rather than hardware upgrades, and it’d come as a response to Apple’s Face ID system on the iPhone X. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is likely to launch in early 2018, so as we draw closer, we should see more leaks.

Improving facial recognition by leaps and bounds via software seems a little far-fetched, but if the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have taught us anything, it’s that good camera processing can do a lot for any device.


Source: ETNews



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