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2 weeks ago

Oppo's selfie-focused F1 Plus goes up for sale in India for ₹26,990

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Oppo F1 Plus is now available in India. Pre-orders for the phone kicked off on April 11, and the handset is now available for purchase in retail stores across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai for ₹26,990.

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2 weeks ago

Samsung highlights the Galaxy A 2016 series in new commercials

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Samsung has rolled out a series of commercials showcasing what's on offer with the mid-range Galaxy A 2016 series. The videos highlight the metal and glass designs of the phones, the f/1.9 camera with OIS, and also offer a quick look at how you can use Samsung Pay with the handsets.

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2 weeks ago

Live TV listings are headed to Google search results

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Google has revealed that you'll soon be able to quickly check live TV listings inside of Google Search.

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2 weeks ago

How to use podcasts in Google Play Music for Android

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How to use podcasts in Google Play Music for Android

Google Play Music has podcasts, oh my! Google Play Music has podcasts, oh my!

In the next logical step of the evolution of Google Play Music, Google has added podcasts to the concoction. Now, from within the Google Play Music app, you can search and stream all your favorite podcasts.

There's no longer a need for third-party apps and jumping around between your music and podcasts, since you now have a one stop shop. Google Play Music's podcasts are missing a couple features, like being able to queue up multiple episodes from different podcasts, but features like that are likely forthcoming.

We've put together a quick guide to get you up and running.

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2 weeks ago

Chrome OS hops on Material Design bandwagon with version 50

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Chrome OS users are in for a treat with the latest Chrome 50 release.

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2 weeks ago

Counter-Strike 1.6 can be played on an Android phone with some extra effort

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While Valve isn't planning to release a native version of its classic PC multiplayer shooter Counter-Strike 1.6 in the Google Play Store, someone has figured out a way to get the game running on Android phones.

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2 weeks ago

LG G5 versus the Nexus 6P

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Two great phones with different strengths.

The LG G5 is new on the block, which means that it's time to pit against some of the best phones currently available. This go around we'll be taking a look at how the LG G5 compares up against the likes of the Nexus 6P. They both have their own strengths, so if you've been curious to see how the G5 holds up be sure to keep reading.

Design

When it comes to design, these are very different phones that both feel great in your hand. While both phones are well designed, they don't really follow the same guidelines.

LG G5 Nexus 6P Operating system Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow Display 5.3-inch IPS quad-HD quantum display (2560x1440, 554 dpi) 5.7 inches QHD (1440x2560) AMOLED at 518 ppi Processor Snapdragon 820 Snapdragon 810 Storage 32GB 32 64 or 128GB RAM 4GB 3GB Front camera 8MP 8MP Rear camera 16MP, 8MP wide-angle (135 degrees) 12.3MP Battery 2800 mAh 3450 mAh Dimensions 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3mm Weight 159 grams 178 grams

The G5 is the smaller of the two phones in both height and width, clocking in at 149.4mm tall and 73.9mm wide. The Nexus 6P is significantly larger in both dimensions, with a 159.3mm and 77.8mm wide. When it comes to how bulky the phone is in your hand, the Nexus 6P is the thinner of the two with a 7.3mm thickness. The G5 isn't much thicker though, at 7.7mm.

The Nexus 6P fits well in your hand, but it can feel slippery. That means it might not be the best fit for you, especially if you have trouble with dropping phones. The G5 in comparison is an easier fit in your hand and has a smooth back, without being slippery. While both of these phones are made out of metal, they give you a drastically different feel in your hand.

Camera

When pitting the LG G5 and the Nexus 6P against one another, taking a few minutes to talk about the camera is definitely mandatory. That's because both of these phones have a camera that delivers fantastic images with a minimum of fuss. Nexus phones haven't been known for their top of the line camera's, while LG has put emphasis on their camera design for years.

LG G5 (left) / Nexus 6P (right); click images to view larger

Note​: The LG G5 has a natural aspect ratio of 16:9, whereas the Nexus 6P shoots at 4:3. All photos are unaltered from their original states.

While both phones have an 8MP front camera, the rear camera is where they divert. The Nexus 6P has a 12.3MP rear camera that delivers fantastic photos. It doesn't matter whether you're outside in the sun, or in a dim room, you'll get great results. The LG G5 takes things a step further though. You get two rear cameras, the main 16MP camera, along with an 8MP wide-angle lens. It gives you a ton of control over your photos, should you choose you delve into the options available to you.

While the Nexus 6P delivers fantastic photos, the LG G5 simply gives you more access to the features of a camera. These include being able to tweak the ISO, as well as including filters that you can use on your photos. That being said, both of these cameras perform admirably under a variety of conditions, and if you primarily use your camera in auto, neither will do you wrong.

Software

Both of these phones are running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the experience you'll get from them isn't quite the same. Not by a long shot. The Nexus 6P has the Marshmallow you may know and love from the 5X or the 6, while the G5 suffers from an excess of bloatware when you first boot it up.

The Nexus 6P is quick and snappy, without stutter as you swipe between apps. As you might have guessed, the 6P gets the latest security patches available from Google, and will continue to do so for the lifecycle of this phone. So whether you like a wickedly fast phone, or a phone that stays secure, the 6P has you covered.

LG made some serious changes to their software this go around. That includes doing away with the app drawer is one of the big changes, and plenty of people are unhappy about it. They've also added a friends manager app, which it seems is being more or less ignored by most users. That's because the LG friends manager is there to maker it easier to connect to your LG accessories like LG 360 CAM. Quick settings are still problematically large which can easily become frustrating. You'll also find a slew of bloatware apps added by the carrier, on top of LG's customization.

Which one should I buy?

These phones are fairly well matched in a number of ways. Making this decision honestly comes down to the decision between having a snappy phone with great software, or access to all of the features in a camera. If software and security are your concerns, then the Nexus 6P is the obvious choice. If you spend a lot of time using your phone as a camera and want access to a wider variety of settings, then the LG G5 is going to be the better choice. To be honest, the Nexus 6P is the better phone, the G5 just pulls forward as a contender because of the versatility of it's camera.

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2 weeks ago

Google Keep's new Chrome extension makes saving from the web much easier

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Google is rolling out some nice update to its Keep note taking product both on the web and Android. It's now easier to save items from the web with Keep's new extension for Chrome, which allows you to save a website, or part of one, with just the click of a button. Similarly, you can now use the Share option on Android to save something to Keep.

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2 weeks ago

Understanding security options on the Samsung Galaxy S7

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Make sure only you and the people you trust have access your Galaxy S7 and the data stored within.

Securing your devices and data is more important than ever these days. Just think of the sheer amount of personal information we pour into our phones, not to mention the shift towards using devices to manage finances. Now, think of all of that information falling into the wrong hands. Scary, right?

Fear not. The Samsung Galaxy S7 features a slew of security options to keep your data safe — even if someone really wants to get at it. Some of it is pretty basic stuff, like setting up a lock screen (which you should already be familiar with and using...right?). But you should also know how to encrypt the data on your SD card, how to use fingerprint security, and Smart Lock, which lets you leave your phone unlocked when it's on your body or in a location you've set as a secured space. Also, you'll want to make sure you're getting the latest security updates from Samsung.

If you're overwhelmed at all, don't worry! We've covered it all in this guide.

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2 weeks ago

Where to buy the Huawei P9 in the UK

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Huawei P9

Huawei's 2016 flagship, the P9, has the widest UK availability of any Huawei-branded phone

Huawei is hoping to make a big splash with its new high-end phone. The P9, with its dual cameras and metal unibody, will be available SIM-free at a compelling £449 price point, as well as being picked up by all four major network operators. We've rounded up some early pre-order details for the Huawei P9 below, so be sure to check them out if you're considering Huawei's latest handset.

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2 weeks ago

Facebook Messenger's group calls let you chat with your whole squad

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Anyone using Facebook Messenger around the globe can now take advantage of group voice calls within the app. Announced by Facebook's David Marcus, group calling has just begun rolling out to users across the globe.

To start a group call, you simply have to tap the phone icon from any group conversation. On the following screen, you'll then be able to select and manage individual call participants.

Group calls are rolling out to users over the next 24 hours, according to Marcus, so they may not be available to everyone just yet. However, if you're using the latest version of Messenger, you should see the feature pop up relatively soon.

Have you tried Facebook Messenger's group calls yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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2 weeks ago

Snag a Moto X Pure Edition for just $350 at Motorola

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Motorola is selling the Moto X Pure Edition smartphone for $349.99, a $50 discount from its normal price. The sale lasts until Monday, May 2.

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2 weeks ago

Subgrid positioning: why I keep coming back to Nova Launcher

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There are features on a launcher that keep you coming back.

Action Launcher has Quickdrawer. Apex has its theme engine. Aviate has its quirky app organization. Well, Nova Launcher's got quite a few features that keep users coming back year after year, theme after theme. But beyond the ridiculous amount of launcher customization and the best damn launcher backups on Android, Nova has an ace in the hole.

And that ace is subgrid positioning.

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2 weeks ago

The case for a Nexus 7P

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Nexus 6P

Why a smaller, Huawei-built Nexus tablet would make a lot of sense.

Recently spotted online, a trademark filing for a "Huawei 7P" has the rumor mill churning once again. There's talk that this might be some kind of follow-up to the Huawei-made Nexus 6P, perhaps in a larger tablet form factor. With Google I/O just a month away, there's even speculation that such a device could even break cover at Google's annual developer conference, just as the first Nexus 7 did back in 2012.

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2 weeks ago

Chrome surpasses 1 billion monthly users on Android and iOS

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Google has announced that the mobile version of its Chrome browser, running on both Android and iOS, has now passed 1 billion monthly active users. This puts Chrome in the same club as products like YouTube, Maps, and Search, all of which have passed the same milestone.

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