Google Opinion Rewards Android App Now Available in India, Awards Google Play Credits

Google’s quick survey app, Google Opinion Rewards, is now available in India alongside Singapore and Turkey.

The Google Opinion Rewards Android app lets people answer few survey questions and win Google Play credits in return. The app was so far available in select countries excluding India. For those unaware, the Google Opinion Rewards is an app created by Google Consumer Surveys and is focused on quick surveys.

Google Opinion Rewards Android App Now Available in India, Awards Google Play CreditsInterested Android users can head to Google Play to download the new Google Opinion Rewards app. “Getting started is easy. Download the app and answer basic questions about yourself. We’ll then send you surveys around once a week, although it may be more or less frequent. You’ll get a notification on your phone when a short and relevant survey is ready for you, and can receive up to $1 in Play credit for completing it. Questions can range from, “Which logo is best?” and “Which promotion is most compelling?” to “When do you plan on travelling next?,” reads the app description on the Google Play.

One of the biggest use cases of the new Google Opinion Rewards app is it lets you earn Google Play credits which can be used to buy paid apps and other content.

Last year, Google used its Google Opinion Rewards Android app for asking users what Android N should be called. The company asked a set of questions like the food that comes to mind that starts with letter “N” and the another question listing some names of “tasty treats” starting with letter N.

Asus ZenFone Live (ZB501KL) With Live Beautification Feature Launched at Rs. 9,999: Release Date, Specifications

Asus on Wednesday launched the ZenFone Live smartphone in India. First unveiled in February, the Asus ZenFone Live price in India is Rs. 9,999, and it will go on sale in the country from Wednesday itself, via offline and online retailers. The biggest highlight of the Asus ZenFone Live, one that its name also reflects, is the presence of the ‘world’s first live streaming beautification technology’. It features the BeautyLive app, that lets users remove blemishes and the like when live streaming to social media sites. Asus is also touting the inclusion of Duel MEMs microphones for clearer voice quality, and a new 5-magnet speaker for better audio performance.

Asus ZenFone Live specifications and features

The dual-SIM (Nano+Micro) Asus ZenFone Live (ZB501KL) runs ZenUI 3.5 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It bears a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with a Bluelight filter for eye protection and 2.5D curved glass. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (model unspecified) coupled with 2GB of RAM.

Image result for Asus ZenFone Live (ZB501KL) With Live Beautification Feature Launched at Rs. 9,999: Release Date, SpecificationsThe Asus ZenFone Live bears 13-megapixel Pixel Master rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash. On the front, it bears a 5-megapixel camera with a 1.4-micron pixel sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 82-degree wide angle lens, and a soft-light LED flash.

The smartphone comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM setup. The ZenFone Live’s connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, FM radio, and GPS/ A-GPS.

It bears a 2650mAh battery that’s rated to provide up to 158.8 hours of standby time, up to 24 hours of 3G talk-time, and 17.1 hours of Wi-Fi browsing. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and a proximity sensor. The ZenFone Live measures 141.18×71.74×7.95mm, and weighs 120 grams.

Google Photos Gets Archive Feature on Android, iOS, and Web

Google Photos, with its latest version 2.15 update, has finally received a feature that should probably have been present in the first place. Google has now added an ‘Archive’ feature to its Photos app that allows users to take out certain pictures from their image feed and place in a separate section inside the app.

In order to archive any image, users simply need to select the image and tap the three dots option present on the top-right of the screen. On tapping, users will get the option to archive their image. The archived images can then be found in the slide-out menu on the left side of the screen. Notably, the archived items will still show up in albums and search results despite being archived. One of the major advantages that come with this feature is that the image would be taken out from the main image feed. If you happen to hand your phones out to other people, this feature might save you from accidentally exposing private images.

Google Photos Gets Archive Feature on Android, iOS, and WebThe archive feature, spotted first by 9To5Google, has already been made available for Android, iOS, and Web version of the app. While this feature is not a substantial addition, it does bring a basic functionality to the app that should have been there from the very start.

Earlier this week, Instagram was spotted testing its own ‘Archive’ feature that allows users to temporarily hide their posts from the public. These pictures can then be brought back later or be permanently deleted as well. An Instagram spokesperson was quoted as saying that the company “will expand the availability of the archive option over the next few months as it continues to iterate on it.” We were only able to see the Instagram Archive feature on the beta for Android.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 With Massive 6.44-Inch Screen, Two-Day Battery Life Launched

Xiaomi Mi Max 2, the successor to last year’s Mi Max phablet, has been launched in China. At the Mi Max 2 launch event, Xiaomi announced the variants, price, key specifications, and release date of the smartphone in its home country, but did not mention anything about other markets, including India. Like the original model, the new Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has a massive screen and big battery as its highlight features, but has also added stereo speakers to the mix, updated the design, and made improvements to the one-handed mode.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 price, variants

The new Xiaomi Mi Max 2 will be available in two storage models: 64GB priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 16,000) and 128GB storage priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 19,000). The phone will be going on sale in China from June 1.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 specifications

The all-new Xiaomi Mi Max 2, much like its predecessor, features a massive 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display which is yet again the biggest highlight of the smartphone. Apart from a massive screen, the Mi Max 2 also packs a large 5300mAh battery.

Xiaomi at the China launch claimed that the Mi Max 2 comes with improved one-handed use which means that the phone will come with software feature that improve usability. The company has also opted for a discreet antenna lines on the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 which look reminiscent to iPhone 7. For a better hand feel, the new Mi Max 2 also comes with rounded edges.

It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at 2GHz coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Mi Max 2 comes in 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage models. There’s also a fingerprint scanner at the back of the handset. The phone also features an IR blaster, which the company says can act as an universal remote for televisions and air conditions. It runs MIUI 8 based on Android Nougat.

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Similar to the original Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 packs an all-metal body, and Xiaomi claims that it follows a symmetrical design with charging port and speaker grilles placed at the bottom panel. The Mi Max 2 also supports Quick Charge 3.0, rated to charge the massive 5300mAh battery up to 68 percent in just one hour. The Chinese company is claiming a two-day battery life for the Mi Max 2.

The Mi Max 2 sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with PDAF support and dual-LED flash. The company is using a Sony IMX386 sensor with 1.25-micron pixels for better handling of different lighting situations. Xiaomi says that the Mi Max 2 comes with an identical primary image sensor to the one seen on the Mi 6. There’s also a 5-megapixel front camera on board.

LG V10 Starts Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update, Beginning With Select Users

Earlier in the year, LG had confirmed that it would roll out Android 7.0 Nougat update to LG G4 and LG V10 users as well. The update was to arrive in the second half of the year, but LG is a little ahead of schedule this time around. The company has announced that it is rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update for select LG V10 users in South Korea, however users in most other countries will get it from June onwards.

For now, LG is rolling out the update to South Korea users only. If you live in South Korea and own a V10, you can download it through LG Bridge desktop software right away. For other markets, LG confirmed that the update will arrive starting June.

LG V10 Starts Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update, Beginning With Select UsersPreviously, LG had announced plans to discontinue updates, saying the phones are not optimised for the latest versions of Android, however Nougat updates are incoming, scheduled for the LG G4 sometime in the third quarter. The Android 7.0 Nougat update brings multi-window features, wider notification window, new language settings, app data storage location settings, and much more.

Just to recap, the LG V10 was launched in October 2015, and the smartphone’s big highlights were the secondary Always on Display and the dual front camera setup. The smartphone came with two separate lenses that can capture standard 80-degree selfies or wide-angle selfies of up to 120 degrees. The LG V10 also offers video recording in three resolutions – HD, FHD, or UHD alongside two aspect ratios – 16:9 standard or 21:9 cinematic.

New Pokemon Game Magikarp Jump iOS and Android Download Available Now

It seems that the success of Pokemon Go hasn’t made The Pokemon Company rest on its laurels. Pokemon: Magikarp Jump is the latest game from the Pokemon creator.

However it has little in common with Pokemon Go such as battling or discovering rare Pokemon. After all, Magikarp is known as the weakest of all Pokemon and generally regarded to be the most useless and pathetic of the bunch. Even the description of the game on the App Store doesn’t shy away from this. As the title suggests it’s all about making Magikarp jump and hopefully grow into a stronger Pokemon.

That is not to say there won’t be any cameos from other Pokemon. The likes of Pikachu, Charizard, and Piplup can appear to help Magikarp out.

New Pokemon Game Magikarp Jump iOS and Android Download Available NowPokemon: Magikarp Jump is available for download on the App Store and Play Store. Like most games these days, it’s free with microtransactions ranging from Rs. 80 to Rs. 2,700 .

Keep in mind that the game requires you to be online while playing. So much so that it makes a mention of it in the description, stating that progress could be lost and that The Pokemon Company won’t be able to help.

“If communication is lost momentarily, you may be able to resume play in some cases by trying again a short time later. Please note that we’re unable to assist you if you experience problems due to communication errors,” Magikarp’s description reads.

Essential, Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin’s Startup, Expected to Launch Bezel-Less Smartphone

Back in March this year, Android co-founder Andy Rubin shared a teaser image of an upcoming smartphone from his company, Essential, which featured a large edge-to-edge display. It seems like we might now be nearing the launch of the smartphone as Essential has announced that “something big” is coming our way next week.

In its announcement tweet on Thursday, Essential said, “We’re here to let you know something big is coming May 30th! Stay tuned…” This suggests that the company might finally unveil the phone on Tuesday. However, it would be a wise idea to hold the horses as of now because the company has not explicitly mentioned it as a launch date. Essential can possibly choose to make some announcement regarding the specifications on the phone next week.

Interestingly enough, the company followed its aforementioned tweet with another post on the website to hold people over till next week. This time around, Essential posted an image with just the outline of the phone but interestingly, the phone appeared to have some spherical extension on top of the display. On tweaking the image a little, CNBC Technology Product Editor Todd Haselton found that the extension looks like a spherical lens of a camera on the smartphone.

Essential, Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin's Startup, Expected to Launch Bezel-Less Smartphone on May 30Last month, Andy Rubin posted an image on Twitter that suggested that the company might be working on some sort of wide angle camera lens. As the new teaser image also indicates the presence of a rather large camera lens, the Essential smartphone can possibly offer 360-degree video recording.

To recall, the upcoming smartphone from Essential was reportedly spotted at GFXBench as well. As per the spotted listing, the smartphone would run on Android 7.0 Nougat and will be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.2GHz. Notably, the Essential smartphone has been confirmed to run Android as operating system.

The benchmark hinted that the Essential FIH-PM1, expected to be the bezel-less phone, will feature 4GB of RAM and come with 16GB storage. It was further said to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera alongside an 8-megapixel front camera. The screen resolution of the handset was listed as 1312×2560 pixels.

Huawei Nova 2, Nova 2 Plus With Dual Camera Setup, Android 7.0 Nougat Launched

As expected, Huawei has launched the Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus smartphones in China. The big highlights of the successors of the Huawei Nova and Huawei Nova Plus are its 20-megapixel selfie camera, the dual camera setup on the back, and the latest Android software. The only differences between the two smartphones are its storage capacity, battery, and screen size. The Huawei Nova 2 is priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 23,500), while the Huawei Nova 2 Plus is priced at CNY 2,899 (roughly Rs. 27,200). Both the smartphones will be made available from June 16.

The Huawei Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus sport a metal finish with a fingerprint scanner at the back. The smartphones will be available in Green, Rose Gold, Black, Gold, and Blue colour options. The speaker grilles and the USB Type-C port are at the bottom edge, while the power and volume keys are seen on the right edge of the device. The Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus seem to be inspired by Apple, with antenna bands placed in same way as seen on the iPhone 7. There’s no Home Button in the front, and no capacitive buttons are seen as well.

Both the smartphones run on Android 7.0 Nougat based on EMUI 5.1 OS. Specification wise, the Huawei Nova 2 smartphone has dual-SIM support, and sports a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) IPS in-cell display with 2.5D curved glass protection. It is powered by a 2.36GHz octa-core Kirin 659 processor and is paired with ARM Mali-T830 MP2 GPU and 4GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 64GB of internal storage with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB).

Huawei Nova 2, Nova 2 Plus With Dual Camera Setup, Android 7.0 Nougat LaunchedThe big highlight of the smartphone is its dual camera setup at the back and the 20-megapixel front camera. The dual camera setup consists of one 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture for a wider-angle, and another 8-megapixel telephoto lens for more zoom. There’s also OIS support, and a Portrait mode with the ability to change focus after taking a picture. The front camera sports a 20-megapixel sensor with intelligent fill light for low light photography and beauty filters to enhance selfies further. The Huawei Nova 2 packs a 2950mAh battery with fast charging support as well, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE, 3.5mm audio jack, and Bluetooth support.

Coming to the larger Huawei Nova 2 Plus, the smartphone sports a similar design and specifications except for a 5.5-inch full-HD display, and a larger 3340mAh battery. The inbuilt storage also sees a bump up to 128GB.

Apart from the smartphones, Huawei also launched accessories like a mobile bracelet at CNY 298 (roughly Rs. 2,800), a panoramic camera accessory at CNY 899 (roughly Rs. 8,500), and a Bluetooth headset at CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 6,500).

Moto X Force Starts Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update

If you are a Moto X Force owner, we have good news for you. The Lenovo smartphone has now started receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update starting with Latin America. Notably, this will be the second major update for Moto X Force, which was initially launched with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

While the update has only been announced for the aforementioned region on company’s official website, it is expected to roll out to other part of the world, including India, in coming weeks. Notably, the post doesn’t distinguish itself from a soak test – the process in which the company releases an update to a few users with the hope of fixing any issues before rolling it out more broadly.

If you are wondering what Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Moto X Force brings to the table, it would include all the Android security patches up to April 1 and a host of new features to the operating system. With Android 7.0 Nougat update, Moto X Force will get multi-window support, more efficient notification controls, and better battery and data reduction features.

Image result for Moto X Force Starts Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat UpdateThe update improves the notifications on the platform and adds Direct Response Notification feature that allows users to quickly respond to direct messages from notifications. Further, post the update, users will now be able to categorise multiple notifications of the same application into a single notification group.

The company warns users that the update should be downloaded and installed on when the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network, and only if the phone has more than 50 percent charge. If users have received a notification message for the update, they should then select “Yes, I’m in”, and once the update is downloaded, click on Install Now. Those who haven’t received a message should go to Settings > About Phone > System updates, and then if an update is available, follow the above process.

To recall, Moto X Force smartphone comes with ShatterShield display, made of an aluminium rigid core, a flexible AMOLED screen, and dual-layer touchscreen panels (redundancy in case one goes bad) – wouldn’t break into pieces even when dropped on a slab of concrete, as per the company.

Chrome for Android Now Suggests URLs You Have Copied to Your Phone’s Clipboard

Google has been caught up making several efforts to make its apps better and efficient. It recently added support for offline webpages in Chrome for Android. Now, the Internet giant has released a new feature that will enable the app to detect the URL that is lying in your phone’s clipboard and suggest it automatically in the ‘omnibox’ navigation bar. The update is currently available in Chrome Dev app for the version 60 on Android and can be downloaded via Google Play.

This new feature in Google Chrome Dev was first spotted by Google+ user Younes Layachi, who also posted the screenshot of the feature on the platform. Especially designed for early adopters, Google Chrome Dev’s v60.0 update gives the app access to your smartphone’s clipboard to detect any URL that you may have copied from elsewhere on your smartphone. It will then automatically suggest that URL if you happen to tap on the omnibox in Chrome.

Related imageIn order to do that, you need to enable the feature. First, you’ll be required to enable flags in the app by going to chrome://flags URL. After that, scroll down to locate “Omnibox clipboard URL suggestions” and enable it. Then, you need to relaunch the Chrome app and you’ll get the feature.

If you believe in exploring other Internet browsers on your Android phone apart from the default and shipped ones, you may have also tried UC Browser. UC Browser, too, has the same feature where anything that’s similar to a URL in the clipboard is automatically filled into the URL box. Google Chrome is gradually adding such features that are already found on other third-party Internet browsers. If we talk more about these features, a feature that has been necessarily asked for by Chrome loyal users is the support for add-ons and extensions so that mobile users also get to tweak Chrome as per their preferences – including the addition of ad-blocking.