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1 week ago

Gmail: Ultimate guide

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It's time to take control of Gmail.

With over a billion monthly active users, Gmail is one of the most popular email clients around. The service has come a long way from its inception in 2004, and is continually adding new features and better spam prevention. If you're new to Android, or if you're just are looking for ways to get the best out of Gmail on the platform, read on.

Gmail is a part of Google Mobile Services, a collection of apps and APIs that are pre-installed on every Android phone certified by Google. If you have an Android phone that has the Play Store pre-installed, you'll also find Chrome, YouTube, Maps, Photos, Hangouts, and Play Music and Movies available out of the box. Let's take a look at what Gmail has to offer on Android.

Before we begin: You should enable two-factor authentication for your Google account if you haven't done so already. Security breaches are inevitable, and having an added layer of protection for your email account makes all the difference in the world.

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1 week ago

Samsung Gear S3 will make its debut in India in January

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Gear S3 is coming soon to India.

If you're like me and are eagerly waiting for the Gear S3 to make its debut in India, you'll be glad to know that the smartwatch will be launching in the country next month. That's according to the folks at SamMobile, who managed to wrangle the information out of Samsung India. There's no mention of a specific launch date (or how much it'll cost), but Samsung will bring both the Gear S3 classic and Gear S3 frontier models to the country.

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1 week ago

Samsung's Game Launcher updated with new UI, better discovery options

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Game Launcher now has a recommendation service.

Samsung's Game Launcher made its debut earlier this year on the Galaxy S7, and the app is now picking up an update that introduces a new user interface and a discovery feature. Game Launcher lives as a separate folder icon, and the app automatically collates all the games installed on your phone. The service provides a set of tools designed to minimize frustrations while you're in a game, and as such you have the ability to disable the back and recent keys, disable alerts, record in-game video, take screenshots, and more.

With the update to version 2.0, Samsung is rolling out Game Discovery, a recommendation service that suggests games based on your preferences. Then there's My Diary, which analyzes and logs your scores over time. The interface now has a more opaque background, making it easier to read text.

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1 week ago

Chromecast Audio devices playing out of sync? Here's your fix!

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How do I fix my Chromecast Audio devices going out of sync?

One of the best features of the Chromecast Audio is being able to put multiple units together into an audio group so they all play the same thing at the same time no matter where they are in your house. This is also something that can be dramatically affected by latency, so you need an easy way to get everything in sync.

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1 week ago

Nokia making a comeback in 2017, Android phones inbound

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Nokia's first Android phones are coming in the first half of 2017.

Back in May, we heard that HMD Global — a new mobile company made up of ex-Nokia staffers — is looking to use the Nokia name to manufacture smartphones running Android as well as feature phones. Today, HMD has announced that it has secured exclusive licensing rights to Nokia's branding for 10 years.

The first batch of Android smartphones bearing the Nokia name will make their debut in the first half of 2017:

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1 week ago

Android 7.0 Nougat is now making its way to the Xperia XZ

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Nougat goodness is coming to the Xperia XZ.

After rolling out Nougat to the Xperia X Performance yesterday, Sony is now making the update available on the Xperia XZ. The update brings build number 39.2.A.0.327, and is rolling out initially to the unlocked variant (F8331) as well as the dual-SIM model (F8332).

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1 week ago

Samsung works with Australian carriers to block the Note 7

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Note 7 will be cut off from accessing mobile networks in Australia.

At this point, I thought we were done with the Note 7 saga. Turns out that isn't the case, as Samsung is now announcing that it is working with Australian carriers to disable services for Note 7 units in the country. Samsung did the same with New Zealand carriers last month, so it isn't surprising to see the company resort to the same measures in other regions as it tries to get back the few units still out in the wild.

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1 week ago

How to download offline content from Netflix

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How do I watch my favorite Netflix content offline?

Commuters rejoice! Netflix has added the option to download their content to your phone or tablet via the Netflix app. Not everything on Netflix is currently available for offline viewing, but there's a decent selection available for download right now.

Once downloaded, you'll be able to avoid using your data to play shows while using public transit, and also able to watch your favorite Netflix shows or movies when you're outside your carrier's coverage area and away from Wi-Fi.

Fortunately, Netflix has made things real easy. Here's how to get started!

How to find shows and movies to download

  1. Tap to launch Netflix from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap the Menu button in the top left corner.
  3. Tap Available for Download.

  4. Browse through the content that's available to download, then tap on whatever you want to download.

  5. Tap the Download button.If it's your first time, Netflix will highlight where the new download button is.
  6. If your phone is not connected via Wi-Fi, you'll get a notification to turn it on.

Once you've started downloading a show or movie from Netflix, you will get a blue notification with the download progress at the bottom of your screen. You are able to browse and add for more shows to your download queue. You're also able to go directly to the My Downloads section by tapping the notification once your downloads are complete.

How to find and watch your Netflix downloads

  1. Tap to launch Netflix from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap the Menu button in the top left corner.

  3. Tap My Downloads.

  4. Tap to watch a downloaded movie or episode.

My Downloads is the home for all the content you've downloaded. Netflix provides the storage information right under the title, so it's quick to see how much space each download is taking up You'll need to tap a show to expand to see the downloaded episodes, while movies and comedy specials will simply be organized alphabetically.

How to manage your downloaded Netflix content

  1. Tap to launch Netflix from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap the Menu button in the top left corner.
  3. Tap My Downloads.

  4. Tap the Edit icon in the top right corner.

  5. Tap the movies, specials, or shows you wish to remove.
  6. Tap the Trash icon in the top right corner to delete the content.

If you select a show from the main My Downloads page, you will be deleting all episodes of that show from your phone. If you only wish to remove some episodes, you'll have to expand the show first, then tap the edit icon to select individual episodes.

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1 week ago

Get some cityscape on your home screen with these wallpapers

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Not all of us get to zip around the world seeing amazing cities.

That doesn't mean we can't witness and savor the beauty of other cities and their lovely skylines around the world. Cityscapes have been popular wallpapers for a reason: they're gorgeous, and they add sophistication to a home screen. They inspire us to expand our horizons. They let us escape our own drab little corners of the world for somewhere new, fun, and exotic. Let's go around the world, shall we?

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1 week ago

Android Pay now available in New Zealand

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Android Pay has arrived in New Zealand!

New Zealand is the latest country to receive support for Android Pay. New Zealanders who bank through the Bank of New Zealand can add their Flexi Debit Visa to their phone via the Android Pay app, then pay for gas, food and more at a number of popular businesses using just their phone.

There are several New Zealand businesses that support Android Pay — whether you're looking to grab a bite to eat at McDonald's, Burger Fuel, or Domino's, do some shopping at Noel Leeming or Torpedo7, or make payments at mobile carriers 2degrees or Spark.

Currently, the Bank of New Zealand is the only financial institution supported, and the BNZ Flexi Debit Visa is the only card you're able to add. Time will tell if other New Zealand banks will hop on the Android Pay bandwagon, or whether other BNZ cards will be added to the service.

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1 week ago

Take the VisionMobile State of the Developer Nation Survey and enter to win a Google Pixel!

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Here's how to easily win a new Google Pixel!

We're proud to be supporting the State of the Developer Nation Survey run by our friends at VisionMobile! This is the 12th developer survey, focusing on a 360-degree view of developer tools, skills and salaries.

The survey features questions on topics like programming languages, platforms, app categories, new technologies, revenue models, IoT verticals - and of course - tools. It's a survey made by developers, so the questions will be relevant plus you will get to learn something new — and it only takes 15 minutes!

And we promise, this is a survey that's actually fun! Once you complete it, you'll get to find out what kind of character you'd be in a fantasy world, based on your responses: A mage? A fighter? A dragon slayer? Take the survey and find out!

Participants can win one of the dozens of prizes available, including a Google Pixel, MeccaNoid G15 KS, an Apple Watch Series 2, an Oculus Rift headset, Udemy courses, and more. VisionMobile will show you how your responses compare to other developers' in your country. You'll also be the first to receive the State of the Developer Nation report (coming March 2017) based on key survey findings.

Take the survey

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1 week ago

Moto Z may get a Google Tango Moto Mod in 2017

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Let's Tango, Moto.

Right now, Google Tango is a great idea trapped inside mediocre hardware. As we saw in Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro, there is a lot of potential in the camera-reliant augmented reality technology, but right now there's really no reason for a consumer to invest in it.

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1 week ago

OnePlus 3 gets its first beta Android 7.0 Nougat build

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Manually jump to the latest software right now.

As we tip over to December we're still waiting for an official OTA update to Android 7.0 Nougat on the OnePlus 3, but the most anxious among us can now be the first to see what OnePlus has done with Nougat by installing the latest Open Beta 8 software. Because of the big jump this latest beta will not arrive over the air for current Open Beta users — you'll have to manually apply this update.

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1 week ago

Google's latest Santa Tracker arrives with new game and visual redesign

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Get in the spirit of the season.

Google Santa Tracker

Google's yearly refresh of its Santa Tracker always brings some new fun and a fresh take on the Santa story, and the 2016 iteration is now available in Google Play and on the web. As always, the Santa Tracker app and website bring tons of interactive activities and games to help kids pass the time while waiting for Santa to arrive.

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1 week ago

YouTube enables 4K live video streaming for all

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Quadruple the resolution for your streaming needs.

Though you've been able to upload (and of course watch) 4K resolution video on YouTube for years now, the world's most popular video hosting service is now enabling live streaming in the new higher resolution, including 360-degree videos. From the viewer's perspective nothing will change, aside from the fact that live videos will now have the same option to bump up to 4K resolution as when you're watching a recorded video. The change here is really for content creators who are ready to make the jump up to 4K.

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