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2 months ago

Unpacking huge changes in the Settings menu of the Android N Developer Preview

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Unpacking huge changes in the Settings menu of the Android N Developer Preview

The new Settings menu revealed in the first Android N Dev Preview a neat change of pace, and this is just the beginning.

Everything in Android N is fresh and new to us, and we're going through each part of it to find what's most important and interesting to look at. Beyond the changes to the way notifications work and the inclusion of a multi-window system, the Settings menu is probably the largest visual change we're seeing in the first Android N Developer Preview.

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2 months ago

Android N gives you even more ways to save cellular data

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'Data Saver' mode is a new feature that lets you easily lock down certain apps' data consumption when you're away from Wifi.

While Android has long been able to restrict certain apps' access to background data on a cellular connection, the Android N Developer Preview adds a new feature that makes it easier to cut down on your data consumption when necessary.

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2 months ago

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge support both Marshmallow and Samsung fingerprint APIs

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

The Galaxy S7 is open to the largest number of fingerprint-enabled apps.

Though Android 6.0 Marshmallow doesn't bring a significant visual change to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the under-the-hood improvements are definitely welcomed either way. And with this release, that means the new phones support Android 6.0's fingerprint APIs — so you can use a quick tap on the home button to unlock any app that has been written to accommodate Marshmallow's latest security feature.

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2 months ago

Waze now uses fewer taps to get you where you need to go

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Waze, the popular nagivation app that's owned by Google, is rolling out a major update today on Android. Version 4.0 is designed to use fewer taps to access major features, and has added a new reporting panel.

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2 months ago

YouTube Gaming now streams in Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand

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Should you reside in Australia, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand you'll be pleased to learn that YouTube Gaming has launched on a screen near you. Already available in the UK and U.S., it's positive to see the service roll out in new countries in order to more effectively compete against the likes of Twitch.

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2 months ago

News Republic makes worldwide news more social in the latest app update

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News Republic, one of the largest news providers in the world, has updated its iOS and Android apps with some exciting new features. Version 6 brings to the table the same worldwide news access many have come to know and love, but now users of the platform have access to publications from 53 countries in a staggering 37 languages.

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2 months ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 5 updated with February Android security patch

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If you're using a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on AT&T, you'll want to keep an eye out for a security update that's rolling out to the smartphone now.

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2 months ago

Dive into the Deep with Wallpaper Wednesday

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Don't let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!

You don't have to pull out a complex new theme like Deadpool to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, and launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire home screen around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we're compiling some wallpapers for you to try out.

If you've got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We're always looking for something new. Now get your wallpaper picker ready and see what's in store this week.

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2 months ago

Android N's Recent apps key has grown a bunch of awesome new features

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Android N task switcher

The Recents key in the Android N Developer Preview makes it quicker and easier than ever to jump between tasks.

The Recents key — the square you see in the bottom-right corner of most Android phones — is a staple of the OS, letting you see a card-deck of recently-used apps. In the Android N Developer Preview, along with the new split-screen view for phones and tablets, the Recents key becomes more useful than ever before, with brand new features making it easier to hop between apps.

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2 months ago

Android N Developer Preview reveals notification shade changes galore

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Android N Developer Preview notification shade

Google is doing even more with the notification shade in the latest version of Android.

It's very (very) early days for Android N, but as we're playing around with the first release of the Developer Preview we're instantly seeing big changes on the horizon. The first and most noticeable is the new notification shade design, which makes big changes to both individual notifications and the quick toggles that we've all been so fond of in Marshmallow.

Knowing that what we see here is very likely to change throughout the process of the Developer Preview being updated, and that what we see here is currently only applicable to Nexus devices, let's dive in and see how notifications are changing with the next version of Android.

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2 months ago

Multi-Window in the Android N Dev Preview is amazing on the Pixel C

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It's everything you imagined it could be and more.

We saw hints of multi-window support coming to Android when it was hidden deep in the Marshmallow Developer Preview last year. When Google announced the Pixel C, we thought for sure multi-window support would be made available due to odd (for displays anyway 1√2 aspect ratio of the tablet. (You know, just like a piece of paper.) For months now, anyone with an Android tablet that wasn't made by Samsung has been screaming to multi-window support.

While nothing is ever set in stone when it comes to Google's Developer Previews, it's looking like Android N will be bringing multi-window support for all.

Here's a quick look at how it works.

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2 months ago

Android N release date: What we know about the path to launch

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An early developer preview points to a likely late summer release for the next version of Android.

With the arrival of the Android N developer preview, there's burning question for those of us who haven't yet played around with this very early version on a Nexus device: When will the next version of Android be finished, and released into the wild.

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2 months ago

Google Docs now lets you quickly jump between headings

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Google Docs users on both mobile and the web have a handy way to quickly jump between sections of their documents.

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2 months ago

Android 7.0 Nutella? Google's 'nut tellin'

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Nutella

With Google's unexpected release of the Android N Developer Preview today, we're getting a very early look at the next version of Android. Of course it's just "Android N" for now — the company won't reveal the actual name of what will presumably be Android 7.0 until it's fully baked. But the company is already teasing the new version's nickname.

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2 months ago

How to stay safe and secure in WhatsApp for Android

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Protect your privacy in WhatsApp for Android.

Maintaining your privacy is an important part of staying safe online. Not everyone needs to see your profile photo or know that you are online right now. Let's take a look at how you can protect your privacy in WhatsApp.

How to change your last seen privacy settings in WhatsApp for Android

Last seen tells other users when you were last online with WhatsApp. Don't confuse it with Status, which lets people know when you are online and have WhatsApp active on your phone. Think of it this way: Last seen is about the past, while Status is about the present.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

  4. Tap on account. It will be the third option in the list and has a picture of a key to the left of it.

  5. Tap on privacy. It is the first option on your screen.

  6. Tap on Last seen It's the first setting in the under "Who can see my personal information" section of the privacy screen.

  7. Choose whatever option you want.

    • Everyone: All WhatsApp users get Last seen updates about you.
    • My contacts: Only people on your contacts list get Last seen updates.
    • Nobody: Other WhatsApp users will no longer get any Last seen updates about you.

Note: If you turn off the Last Seen feature, it also removes your ability to see other people's Last Seen data.

How to change your profile photo privacy settings in WhatsApp for Android

This setting governs who can see your profile photo, if you have one.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

  4. Tap on account. It is the third option in the list and has a picture of a key to the left of it.

  5. Tap on privacy. It is the first option on your screen.

  6. Tap on Profile photo. It's the second option under the "Who can see my personal information section of the privacy screen.

  7. Tap the option of your choice:

    • Everyone: All WhatsApp users can see your profile photo.
    • My contacts: Only people on your contacts list can see your profile photo.
    • Nobody: Other WhatsApp users can't see your profile photo.

How to change your status privacy settings in WhatsApp for Android

Status lets people know when you are online and have WhatsApp loaded and open on your phone. Don't confuse Status with Last seen, which only tells people when you were last online.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

  4. Tap on account. It is the third option in the list and has a picture of a key to the left of it.

  5. Tap on privacy. It is the first option on your screen.

  6. Tap on status It's the third one on the list under the "Who can see my personal information" section of the privacy screen.

  7. Tap the option of your choice:

    • Everyone: All WhatsApp users get Status updates about you.
    • My contacts: Only people on your contacts list get Status updates.
    • Nobody: Other WhatsApp users will no longer get any Status updates about you.

How to block a user in WhatsApp for Android

Did you meet someone recently and you added them to your contacts, but now they won't stop bugging you over WhatsApp? This setting lets you to block them from contacting you via WhatsApp. Unfortunately, they can still contact you other ways, but hey, life's not perfect.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It looks like three dots aligned vertically and is in the top right hand corner of 'your screen.
  3. Tap on settings. It is the last option in the pop-up menu list.

  4. Tap on Account. It is the third option down from the top of the Settings screen.

  5. Tap on Privacy. It is the first option on the Account screen.
  6. Tap on Blocked contacts under Messaging. It is roughly halfway down the screen.

  7. Tap on the add button. It is a picture of a person's head and shoulders with a plus sign above their right shoulder and it is in the upper right corner of your screen.

  8. Tap on the name of the person you want to block.
  9. They are instantly added to your blocked list.

How to change your phone number in WhatsApp for Android

Changing your phone number is sometimes the only way to get some sanity back in your life. WhatsApp has a simple process for linking your account to a new phone number.

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or the app drawer. It's a green speech bubble with a white outline and a white telephone receiver inside.
  2. Tap on the more options button. It's the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on Settings. It is the last choice in the pop-up menu.

  4. Tap on Account. It's the third option from the top of the list and had an icon of a key to its left.

  5. Tap on Change number. It's the third option up from the bottom of the list on the Account screen.
  6. Tap on NEXT. It's in the upper right corner of your screen.

  7. Enter your old phone number in the field provided.

  8. Enter your new phone number in the field provided.
  9. Tap DONE. It's in the upper right corner of your screen.

That's all you have to do to change your phone number in WhatsApp. Pretty easy, right?

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