There’s a new update for Google Photos rolling out, but on the surface, it doesn’t look like any notable changes have been made. However, we aren’t just interested in the things that have gone live, but also improvements we can look forward to in the future. The latest version of Google Photos hints at a printing capabilities for albums and a search suggestion for 360 photos. Some new information is also available for a previously teased interface that promised to be a faster way to share photos with friends.
A new Google Maps update is rolling out today. For most people, this version might not have a big impact quite yet, but it’s introducing a new feature for some high-level members of the Local Guides program. Those that qualify will be able to create custom lists of saved places. For the rest of us, there’s a new notification for local traffic and voice commands to avoid toll roads, highways, and ferries.
Google Maps v9.36.0 beta adds voice commands to avoid tolls, ferries, and highways, adds custom lists for saved places, and more [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google Contacts is a great way to keep your contacts organized, but the Android version always lacked some features from the web app. The Android app has always been simplistic in nature, with the UI consisting of just a constant stream of contacts and an Add button. Google Contacts 1.5 is a welcome improvement, so let’s dive in!
User interface changes
Previously, the Google Contacts app used just two tabs, Favorites and All.
[APK Download] Google Contacts 1.5 adds hamburger menu, labels, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
We’re at an interesting crossroads in Android hardware. Manufacturers are switching from MicroUSB for power and wired data to the newer, more capable USB-C standard. But the rush to provide mobile users with hundreds of millions of new cables and chargers creates, well, a rush. We’ve already seen some USB-C cables and other hardware that have been substandard, sometimes with disastrous results. So civic-minded geeks, including independent researcher Nathan K., have been looking into the performance and power output of popular cables.
Anker issues recall and replacements after researcher demonstrates unsafe USB-C cables was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Google Fi is one of the best carriers, especially in the United States, when it comes to international roaming. International data costs the same as domestic rates, cellular calls are $ 0.20 per minute, and there’s even free texting. Google Fi also gives you alerts when you’re reaching your data cap. Well, except for international data usage.
But all that is changing, and starting now you will receive alerts for international data usage like you would domestically.
Project Fi is improving tracking for international data usage was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Opera users who utilized the browser’s cloud sync option may have had that synchronized data taken by hackers, according to the company. While the full extent of the breach isn’t yet known, Opera fears that passwords saved in the browser’s manager may have been exposed.
Opera’s disclosure is light on details at this point, saying they “detected signs of an attack” that indicated somebody had gained access to the servers used for their synchronization service.
Opera reports server breach, fears saved passwords and other user data may have been compromised was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
One of the benefits of Google’s Nexus devices is that you can flash full factory images if something goes wrong. Google makes these files available for download each time a new OTA update rolls out, and the first few devices now have Nougat images. This could be just what you need to get your device back on a stock build of Android in a single step.
So far, Google only has a few images live, all of which are build NRD90M.
[Update: Nexus 5X] The first Android 7.0 Nexus factory images are up was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Straight after the global release of MIUI 8, Xiaomi is back with its newest device: the Redmi Note 4. Featuring a 5.5-inch 1080p display with 2.5D curved glass, a 4100mAh battery, and a full metal unibody design with chamfered edges, it’s pretty clear the Chinese consumer electronics company is hoping that this one will be a big seller.
Other specifications include a 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor with clock speeds up to 2.1GHz, an ‘ultra-fast’ fingerprint scanner, and a 13MP f2.0 camera.
Xiaomi announces the Redmi Note 4 packing a 10-core MediaTek processor and 5.5-inch 1080p display was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
CyanogenMod 13 is the latest version of the popular open source custom ROM. It delivers Android Marshmallow to hundreds of devices, many with no hope of ever receiving an official update. On other hardware, CyanogenMod offers a chance to remove heavy skins and enjoy a mostly stock Android experience. The latest wave of devices receiving version 13 represents both types.
CyanogenMod 13 comes to various Xperia and Kindle devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The OTAs have been rolling out since yesterday and as of today we can get some Nexus Factory Images fresh out of the oven. It’s now time for AOSP to get caught up. Google is in the process of uploading Android 7.0 Nougat and its first official build NRD90M to the Android Open Source Project.
This is obviously a major version release, so there’s quite a bit of code to transfer and that always takes quite a while.
Android 7.0 Nougat is being uploaded to AOSP right now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.