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Google Play now gives you a paid app every week for free!

Android has millions of free titles, but some paid titles need to be shared. There are millions of free apps available on the Play Store, and many of them are pretty great. But there are also millions of paid apps that don’t always get the attention they deserve.

Now, Google wants to highlight a few of those paid titles by offering a free app or game of the week. The first one is Card Wars — Adventure Time, a lighthearted card trading and battle game that usually runs for $2.99, but this week is going gratis.

Like Apple’s version of the same, it appears Google will highlight a single title each week, and chances are it will be a paid game that also has in-app purchases. That benefits both Google and the developer, since it gets a chance to add millions of new users and ramp up revenue.

This isn’t the first time Google has given away paid apps for free. It started the practice in its then-nascent Family section back in 2015, but that particular enterprise seems to have faded away for this more broad version.

Source: Android Central

Super Mario Run is now available on Android!

Apparently, Nintendo couldn’t wait to launch Super Mario Run for Android and decided to go ahead and surprise all those waiting for March 23, the previously announced launch date on Android, by rolling out the game a day early.

While most folks know Super Mario Run debuted on iOS three months ago, Android users will be pleased to know that the Android release has the benefit of coming in at v2.0, meaning that a lot of the launch bugs have been addressed. The details that are keeping in line with the iOS version, however, are how the game works and well, how much it costs.

Super Mario Run can be downloaded for free and after you purchase the game ($9.99), you will be able to play all the modes with no additional payment required. You can try out all three modes before purchase: World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder.

  • World Tour – Run and jump with style to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser’s clutches! Travel through plains, caverns, ghost houses, airships, castles, and more. To reach Bowser’s Castle, clear the 24 courses located across 6 worlds. There are many ways to enjoy the courses, such as collecting the 3 different types of colored coins or by competing for the highest score against your friends. You can try courses 1-1 to 1-4 for free.
  • Toad Rally – Show off Mario’s stylish moves, compete against your friends, and challenge people from all over the world. A challenge mode where the competition differs each time you play. Compete against the stylish moves of other players for the highest score as you gather coins and get cheered on by a crowd of Toads. Fill the gauge with stylish moves to enter Coin Rush Mode to get more coins. If you win the rally, the cheering Toads will come live in your kingdom, and your kingdom will grow.
  • Kingdom Builder – Gather coins and Toads to build your very own kingdom. Combine different buildings and decorations to create your own unique kingdom. There are over 100 kinds of items in the Kingdom Builder mode. If you get more Toads in Toad Rally, the number of buildings and decorations available will increase. With the help of the friendly Toads you can gradually build up your kingdom.

WhatsApp now offers two-step verification for everyone

This feature was already available in beta, but now recame available to everyone. WhatsApp is rolling out two-step verification, an additional layer of security, to all of its users on iOS, Android and Windows. It’s an optional feature which you can set up by heading to Settings, followed by Account and Two-step Verification inside the app. You’ll need to create a six-digit passcode, which will then be required every time you try to register your phone number with WhatsApp (for instance, when setting up your account on a new smartphone).

You can also designate an email address which, in an emergency, can be sent a link to disable the feature. WhatsApp highly recommends this as a fallback, just in case you forget the code. It’s a different approach to most technology services, which typically send a randomized string to your phone over SMS. To help you remember, WhatsApp says it will ask for your code “periodically.” An inconvenience, sure, but a trade-off we would argue is worthwhile for greater security. If the app is your primary mode of communications, you owe it to yourself to turn this feature on.

One Important Note on this: If you receive an email to disable two-step verification, but did not request this, do not click on the link. Someone could be attempting to verify your phone number on WhatsApp.

Source: Whats App

And the Huawei Nova Plus is going to….

Another competition has come to end the other day. This time around we had given away a Huawei Nova Plus smartphone!  e had plenty of participants who wanted this cool piece of phone for themselves. But as usual there can be only one winner in the end…

And the Winner is: 

  • Mahmoud Fatallah

Mahmoud you have an email now and got 24 hours to answer on it. Should no answer have been received by then another winner will be drawn.

For all others that could not win this time: Watch this space, a new gadget competition is coming up pretty soon and there are some Movie Premiere Invites coming up as well!

Here again a few details about the phone:

Size: 5.5-inch

Type: IPS

Resolution: FHD 1920*1080, 401 pixels per inch (PPI)

Viewing Angle: 80°/80°/80°/80° (up/down/left/right)

Colors: 16million colors

Contrast: 1500:1

Brightness: 450 nits (typ)

snapdragon625 (4 xA53@2.0 GHz + 4 x A53@2.0 GHz)

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Emotion UI 4.1

RAM: 3 GB LPDDR3

ROM: 32 GB; ROM User Available: about 22GB

MicroSD: supports cards up to 128 GB

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass

Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ at 2.4 GHz

Bluetooth: 4.1

USB Type C

Hall Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, Gravity Sensor

Front Camera: 8MP, fixed focus

Rear Camera: 16MP, autofocus, OIS

DTS SOUND

Supported Formats: *.mp3, *.mid, *.amr, *.3gp, *.mp4, *.m4a, *.aac, *.wav, *.ogg, *.flac

2 Microphones

1 Speaker

3.5mm Stereo Headset Jack

Video File Format: *.3gp, *.mp4, *.webm, *.mkv

EMUI 4.1

Type: lithium polymer

Capacity: 4.4V, 3340 mAh(Typical)

 

Nokia announced its first Android smartphone for China

In a low-key affair, HMD Global — the Finnish company that snagged exclusive rights to Nokia’s branding — has launched its first Android smartphone. Dubbed the Nokia 6, the phone will be exclusively offered on China’s JD.com for ¥1,699 ($245).

The phone itself is crafted out of aluminium, with HMD Global describing the process as follows:

It takes 55 minutes to machine a single Nokia 6 from a solid block of 6000 series aluminium. It then receives two separate anodising processes, taking over ten hours to complete, with each phone being polished no less than five times. The end result is an aluminium unibody with the highest level of visual and structural quality.

In terms of hardware, the Nokia 6 offers a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 2.5D curved glass, Snapdragon 430 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, microSD slot, dual-SIM connectivity, 16MP camera at the back with PDAF, Dolby Atmos sound with stereo speakers, Bluetooth 4.1, LTE, 3000mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor. The phone runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

With 552 million smartphone users, China is a “strategically important market” for HMD Global, which is why it is launching its first handset in the country. The brand is set to launch six phones under the Nokia name this year, so we should hear more about its plans at Mobile World Congress. It looks for exiting times ahead with Nokia re-entering the market after Microsoft has taken it over.

Updated: WhatsApp ending support for some devices by end of this year

Back in August I already wrote on how WhatsApp has announced on their blog to discontinue support for some smartphones till the end of the year. Anyone wanting to use WhatsApp as well in the future will so have to switch to a more actual device.

At that time the following devices were put out of support:

  • BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7.1
  • iPhone 3GS/iOS 6

With an update now on this WhatsApp is extending its support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017.

So if you are on one of these devices you got a bit longer to think about what phone comes next.

WhatsApp finally has launched a video calling feature!

WhatsApp has released quite a number of new features in recent months but perhaps the most anticipated one has been video calling. Some users briefly flirted with video calls back in May but it took until October before a wider set of Android device owners could get involved. Now, the Facebook-owned company is ready to unleash video calls on everybody and in the coming days will roll out the feature to iOS, Android and Windows devices. I got it already this morning.

When the feature is activated, open a chat and select the phone icon. You’ll then be given an option to place a voice or video call. When we tested the feature, we found that voice and video quality was excellent over strong WiFi, but your mileage may vary if you’re connecting via a mobile or slower broadband connection.

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While Facebook Messenger users have enjoyed voice calls for over a year and a half, and BBM Users since ages, many other popular messaging apps till date still do not offer this feature. With over one billion users, WhatsApp’s video calls can connect people all over the world, regardless of their choice of mobile operating system, allowing it to stay ahead of apps like Google’s Allo for now.

Adobe’s Photoshop Fix app finally makes it to Android!

Adobe isn’t always quick to bring new creative apps and features to Android based systems. It took the company over a year to deliver a version of Photoshop Fix for those devices. Which is basically a year after its debut for iOS in October 2015, the mobile software brings some powerful desktop editing tools to phones and tablets that run Google’s OS. Tools like the face-aware Liquify tool to adjust facial expressions are here alongside Heal, Smooth and other adjustments that can make precise changes to images from a mobile device.

Photoshop Fix for Android also offers tools to tweak more general characteristics like focus, color and paint as well as the ability to adjust exposure, saturation, contrast and more. When you get back to your desktop machine, Adobe’s CreativeSync tech takes the work you’ve started on mobile and packages it in a layered PSD file so you can easily continue the task. Of course, you’ll need a Creative Cloud subscription to employ that workflow.

If you aren’t paying for Adobe’s suite of creative apps, you can still use Photoshop Fix on an Android device, but you won’t have access to the handy sync features that allow the company’s mobile and desktop offerings to work together. If you’re looking to give it a go, Photoshop Fix is available for free at Google Play.

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Huawei is showing off its Mate 9

Powerful 5.9 inches measures the screen of the new Huawei Mate 9 that got recently published. It is not available as of now, but hopefully soon. It seems that Huawei is trying to take over the space which the Note 7 has left after is exlosive problems. Not a bad idea if you ask me. But what do you actually get with the Mate 9? Let´s have a look.

The display of the Android smartphone stretches in the diagonal to 15 centimeters, it is thus even greater than the screen of the Note 7. It shows 1080×1920 pixels, so its sufficiently sharp. Colors are displayed bright and natural. The only mini-flaw of the giant screen is the approximately one millimeter thick black frame around the display. This creates a visible gap between the displayed image and the edge of the housing.

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A Cool extra: The display of the Mate 9 can be dimmed extremely far. So you can read it wonderfully at night without being blinded by the bright screen. In addition, it is possible to significantly reduce the blue portion of the display illumination. This also protects the eyes at night.

In the main camera, Huawei once again relied on the power of the two lenses. In addition to a 12-megapixel color sensor, the Mate 9 has a 20 megapixel sensor that collects black-and-white data. Both recordings are composed by the smartphone and processed to an image. In the past, this double system, which was also already in the P9 and Honor 8, delivered very good recordings, a clear quality advantage compared to one lens systems could not be measured in tests however.

The aluminum housing of the Mate 9 is neatly processed, but overall appears somewhat thick. After all, a battery with 4000 milliampere-hours also fits into the device – Huawei promises thus times of up to two days. And thanks to the in-house technology SuperCharge, the battery can be fully charged in 90 minutes, so also benefits from noticeably shorter charging times.

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As an operating system Android is installed in the version 7.0, Google’s new “Assistant” is not yet delivered with the Mate 9. It is still only to be reached via Google’s pixel smartphones. Also other cool pixel extras such as long pressing an icon to access additional features for the app are not supported by the Mate 9.

The core of the Mate 9 is the new Kirin 960 processor. It has eight data cores clocked at up to 2.4 gigahertz. Huawei promises to be in most applications faster than the A10 chip in the iPhone 7. The guts for being a super computer could have the new Huawei chip actually. Its predecessor the Kirin 955 was in some applications similar as fast as the A10.
The memory is 64 gigabytes in size and can be extended by a microSD card. In the first practice check, the Mate 9 works great. It is easy to use, apps start up fast, and the camera seems to take good pictures. If the battery, processor and camera are actually good will show only more detailed in further tests.

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Overall, the Mate 9 leaves a good first impression. At least, if one is looking for a real display giant. The Mate 9 will be available in Germany in autumn, costing 699 euros.

In addition to the standard version, there is also a new variant whose case was designed by Porsche Design. It has 6 gigabytes of memory and 256 gigabytes of internal memory, setting you back around 1395 euros.

Google Photos got 4 new improvements

The machine learning-powered features can turn your photos right side up, or find memories and highlights from now on Google has published in a Blog Post.

 The latest AI-powered upgrade for Google Photos brings four tricks. The first and simplest one, which autodetects sideways pictures and prompts you to correct them. Two others dig into its talent for facial recognition, as it will detect people in your new photos, and offer to “rediscover old memories” of those same people in older pics, or, it can pop up a highlight reel showcasing the best pictures of a frequent subject.

First, Google Photos will now help you rediscover old memories of the people in your most recent photos. As your photo library continues to grow, they hope that features like this one make it easier to look back at your fondest memories.

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Second, they are making it easier to look over the most recent highlights from your photos. If you take a lot of photos of your child, for example, you may occasionally get a card showing the best ones from the last month.

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Third, there had always been animations made from photos, but now they make animations from your videos, too. And not just any videos. They look for segments that capture activity — a jump into the pool, or even just an adorable smile — and create short animations that are easy to share.

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Finally, when  pictures are found sideways in your collection, you’ll get a card that helps you easily put them right side up.

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You should see the new features available on Android, iOS and the web, and if it’s just a little too creepy, you can go into settings to disable face grouping or its assistant prompts.