Adobe Scan App With Text Recognition Launched for Android and iOS

Adobe on Wednesday launched its document scanning app called Adobe Scan. If you are wondering why you should opt for Adobe’s app over the existing scanning apps available on Google Play store or Apple’s App Store, the new scanning app comes with Adobe Document Cloud integration. While the app is free to download and use, users will need an Adobe ID to get access to its features. It’s available for Android and iOS.

While the Adobe Scan works like almost every other scanning app, it offers the option to sharpen the scanned content and touch up scans or photos from your camera roll. Users can scan multiple-page documents and then save the scans as PDF files with the help of Adobe Scan app. One of the key features offered by the Adobe Scan is text recognition, just like the one offered by Microsoft Lens, which allows users to scan images into editable documents and can come in handy for working professionals as well as students.

Adobe Scan App With Text Recognition Launched for Android and iOS“The free Adobe Scan app turns your device into a powerful portable scanner that recognises text automatically (OCR). Turn anything – receipts, notes, documents, pictures, business cards, whiteboards – into an Adobe PDF with content you can reuse,” the company says in the app description on Google Play.

“Adobe Scan represents a radical re-imagination of how to capture your most important document content,” Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe, was quoted as saying in the company’s release.

“Adobe invented PDF creation for PCs, and with Adobe Scan we’re doing the same for a mobile-first world. As part of Adobe Document Cloud, new apps like Adobe Scan integrate with services in Adobe Sign and Acrobat DC, offering a modern document experience with unprecedented value to our customers,” Lamkin said.

Microsoft Planner Collaboration Tool Launched for Android and iOS

Microsoft Planner that was first only available on the Web, but it has now arrived on mobile as well. The Microsoft Planner app for Android and iOS has also been launched, making managing tasks and planning teamwork activities easier on the go.

The Redmond giant had launched Planner last year in June as part of its productivity suit of apps for Office 365 business and school users. Planner is a collaboration tool aimed at organising team activities, and works similar to apps like Trello and Asana. It is bundled along with the Office 365 suite for free, and allows management of projects, teams, workflows, assign tasks, chat with members, and much more.

Microsoft Planner Collaboration Tool Launched for Android and iOSNow, the apps are available as a free download as well for all eligible Office 365 users. The app however doesn’t bring all the features that are available on the Web. On its blog, Microsoft explains, “Current Planner users can use this companion app to view and update their plans on the go, addressing feedback we’ve heard since the launch of the Planner Web app. For people who are new to Planner, you can first get started by visiting tasks.office.com. Once you’ve created your plans in the Web app, you can view and update those plans in the mobile experience.”

The Microsoft Planner app is fairly easy to use and lets you see all your tasks in one place. It lets you update the board when plans change by just dragging and dropping tasks between columns, and chat with members on the go. The app works currently only for Office 365 work or school subscription users only, and if you’re eligible, you can download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store for free.

Google Photos Archive Rolling Out; Hangouts for iOS Gets CallKit Support, and More

Google is bringing new features to its major apps – Photos, Hangouts, and a recent feature called ‘Family Group’. Starting with Google Photos, the company is now rolling out the Archive feature to all the users, first announced at I/O 2017. Google Photos’ Archive feature will use machine learning to suggest photos that you won’t prefer to see in the main library. Separately, Google Hangouts for iOS has been updated with CallKit support, making Hangout calls seem like regular ones. Google has also added support Google Calendar support to Family Group.

The Google Photos was recently updated with a new feature called ‘Archive’ that allows you to store all the not-so-important photographs and images like screenshots, scans of receipts, et al. There is a wider rollout and a new addition though in the app that will make the assortment easier. With the help of machine learning, the Assistant tab in the Photos app will identify photographs and suggest you to move them to Archive. You can anytime choose photos manually to archive, which will be searchable across albums.

Google Photos Archive Rolling Out; Hangouts for iOS Gets CallKit Support, and MoreComing to Google Hangouts, the iOS users will now be able to place and receive Hangouts calls similar to the cellular ones. Arriving with the version 16.0.0, the feature can be turned on or off by going to Settings > Answer on lock screen. The recipient will see a VoIP mark below the contact’s name to distinguish it as a Hangouts call, and not the cellular one. This will be possible with the help of Apple’s recent CallKit framework that allows third-party apps to be seamlessly integrated with iOS cellular call feature. You can head to the App Store and download the latest version right away.

Finally, Google recently introduced Family Groups feature to club different family-sharing apps to be used within a family. Apps like YouTube TV, Photos, and Keep already had a support for family-sharing and now it has rolled out for Google Calendar as well. Currently available for some users, this feature will start appearing for the entire family group in Google Calendar wherein all the events and schedules can be viewed and managed. Family group members can rename the calendar and modify events, however, non-family members cannot become the part of the group. The feature was spotted by Android Police and it will additionally save you from duplicate events when an event is shared between two family members.

Android June Security Update Now Rolling Out to Nexus and Pixel Users, Brings Fix for Pixel Freezing Issue

Google is now rolling out the Android June security update for Pixel and Nexus users. This update brings a number of bug fixes and security patches, the most notable one being a fix for Pixel users experiencing the sporadic freezing issue since sometime.

There are 21 issues resolved with this security patch dated 2017-06-01 and 80 dated 2017-06-05. Two particular patch level strings provide ‘Android partners with the flexibility to more quickly fix a subset of vulnerabilities that are similar across all Android devices.’

Factory and OTA images are already live for compatible devices. This update can be downloaded for Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9 devices. On the Google Product forum, an employee has confirmed that the patch also brings a fix for the Pixel freezing issue.

Android June Security Update Now Rolling Out to Nexus and Pixel Users, Brings Fix for Pixel Freezing Issue“There is a fix included in the June security update that should address many of the freezing issues that have been reported. There is a fix included in the June security update that should address many of the freezing issues that have been reported. The update is starting to roll out via OTA today and will continue to roll out over the coming weeks. Freezing and general device performance issues can be caused my many different things, so please continue to update this post with your individual experiences after accepting the June security OTA,” the employer notes.

Also, Canadian carrier Rogers has mentioned a VoLTE fix for the Pixel and Pixel XL as well. If you’ve bought a Pixel device from Deutsche Telekom, Verizon, T-Mobile, Fi Carriers, and Roger, there are separate builds released for it.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL users have been reporting several issues ever since launch last year. From Bluetooth pairing issues, to connectivity issues, Google is addressing every issue at its own pace. Let us know if the freezing issue has curbed after downloading the patch in the comments below.

Honor 6X Price Cut in India, Now Available Starting Rs. 11,999 via Amazon

Huawei’s Terminal brand Honor launched its mid-range 6X smartphone in India in January this year. Now, a few months later, the company has decided to slash the price of the Honor 6X smartphone in the country. The Honor 6X is now available to purchase from Amazon India exclusively, at a price starting at Rs. 11,999.

The Honor 6X was launched at Rs. 12,999 and Rs. 15,999 for the 32GB and 64GB variant exclusively. However, the price has now been reduced to Rs. 11,999 and Rs. 13,999 respectively. The smartphone is exclusively available on Amazon India for purchase, and the new prices are already reflecting on the e-commerce site.

Amazon has listed a bunch of offers on the Honor 6X purchase as well, and it includes a special price of Rs. 299 for the transparent case if brought alongside the smartphone. There’s up to 70 percent off on other specific cases and covers as well. Amazon is also giving Rs. 300 ebook promotion credits, and Vodafone users can avail 45GB of free data for five months by paying for only 1GB of data while purchasing the smartphone.

“The Honor 6X is one our best sellers that has won many hearts due to its performance and dual camera capabilities, all at a very attractive price. The Honor 6X will now be available at a more attractive price for all Amazon India customers from 6th June onwards, making the Honor 6X an even more attractive proposition. This is the perfect time for all those who have been waiting to get their hands on the device” said Allen Wang – Director Product Center, Huawei India Consumer Business Group in a statement.

Image result for Honor 6X Price Cut in India, Now Available Starting Rs. 11,999 via AmazonThe Honor 6X is available in Gold, Grey, and Silver colour options. It supports a hybrid dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) and runs EMUI 4.1 OS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Honor 6X display measures 5.5-inch and has full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution, 2.5D curved glass protection and pixel density of 403ppi – the company is also touting an ‘eye-comfort mode’ that filters out blue light. The new Honor smartphone is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 655 octa-core (4 cores at 2.1GHz + 4 cores at 1.7GHz) SoC. The inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD (up to 128GB).

The smartphone features a dual rear camera setup with one 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 sensor that supports PDAF (autofocus time of 0.3 seconds is being touted) and an additional 2-megapixel sensor right below it, helping provide depth-of-field or Bokeh effects with a combined wide aperture range of f/0.95 – f/16. On the front, Honor 6X bears an 8-megapixel front camera with a 77-degree wide-angle lens and 1.25-micron pixels. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. The inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD (up to 128GB).

Connectivity options on the Honor 6X include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS/ A-GPS. The new smartphone is powered by a 3340mAh battery, rated to deliver up to 600 hours of standby time and up to 11.5 hours of video playback. Honor 6X battery features fast charging support that charges the whole battery in 2.5 hours. It measures 150.9×72.6×8.2mm and weighs 162 grams. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and a magnetometer.

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017), J5 (2017), J7 (2017) With Android 7.0 Nougat, 4G VoLTE Launched

After multiple leaks, Samsung has finally announced the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 smartphones in its Galaxy ‘J’ series. The big highlight is its metal design, fingerprint sensor, VoLTE support, and the fact that the smartphones run on Android 7.0 Nougat. The smartphones have launched quietly in Europe and are priced at EUR 279 (roughly Rs. 19,600) and EUR 339 (roughly Rs. 24,600) respectively.

Alongside, Samsung has also confirmed that the Galaxy J3 (2017) will be made available in Europe as well. The smartphone the same name was launched in May in the US by AT&T, but it was a different variant. In Europe it will be priced at EUR 219 (roughly Rs. 15,800). There are several differences between the AT&T variant, and the one that has been launched in Europe. These changes include 2GB RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, and a slightly smaller 2400mAh battery. The dimensions are at 143.2×70.3×8.2mm. The Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) will be made available sometime in August in Europe.

The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) and Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) will be made available in Black and Gold colour variants. The J5 will be available by the end of June while the J7 will arrive sometime in July. Design wise, the smartphones corroborate with past leaks. The back sports a new curved antenna design, and a vertical camera capsule at the top. The fingerprint scanner is housed underneath the Home Button situated right below the display. The navigation buttons are capacitive in nature and the power button and volume keys are situated on the left and right edge respectively.

Coming to the specifications, the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and supports a dual-SIM slot. It features a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) Super AMOLED display and is powered by the 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 octa-core processor with Mali T830 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Internal storage offered is at 16GB that is further expandable via a microSD card slot (up to 256GB).

As for optics, the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) sports a 13-megapixel rear and front camera with LED flash on both sides. The rear sensor offers f/1.7 aperture while the front sensor offers f/1.9 aperture. The smartphone packs a 3000mAh battery and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, Micro USB port, and GPS. Dimensions of the smartphone are at 146.3×71.3×7.9mm.

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The larger Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) boasts of a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, a USB Type-C port, 3GB of RAM, and IP54 rated splash resistance. The battery also increases to 3600mAh. All the other specifications remain the same. The Europe launch of the three smartphones was first reported by AndroidWorld.

Moto X Play to Get Android Nougat Update Soon, Moto India Confirms

It seems like the Moto X Play will be getting the Android Nougat treatment, as the company’s India chapter has confirmed that the update should be coming to the smartphone in near future. While the company has already rolled out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its Moto X Force, it also launched Moto C and Moto C Plus smartphones with Android 7.0 Nougat.

In a tweet posted on Monday, Moto India said, “Nougat will come to the Moto X Play soon.” However, the company has said that it is currently unable to provide a “definite release” for the update. Notably, the company has not mentioned whether it will be rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat or straight away upgrade the Moto X Play to a higher (Android 7.1.1) version. The phone was launched back in 2015 in India at Rs. 18,499.

In terms of specifications, Moto X Play smartphone features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display offering a pixel density of 403pppi. It also features Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

Moto X Play to Get Android Nougat Update Soon, Moto India ConfirmsThe smartphone is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM. In terms of optics, Moto X Play comes with a 21-megapixel rear camera which has an f/2.0 aperture and CCT (Colour Correlated Temperature) flash with dual-LED modules.

The rear camera features Phase Detect Auto-Focus (PDAF) and can record 1080p HD video at 30fps. The Moto X Play houses a 3630mAh battery and weighs just 169 grams.

Apart from Moto X Play, Moto G4 and G4 Plus smartphones started receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update last year while the Moto Z Play started receiving the update back in February this year.

Google Pixel, Pixel XL Tipped to Receive Android O in August, Ahead of Nexus Devices

Android O was one of the biggest highlights of Google I/O 2017 this year, and to test waters the search giant has also released Android O in a public beta. The timeline for a public release is usually at the same time as the launch of the new Pixel device in October. However, a new tip hints that the current Pixel devices will be the first to receive a stable update to Android O, as early as August.

Android Police’s David Ruddock tweeted this information claiming that the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL will be the first to receive Android O. The update will be rolled out in the first or second week of August, ahead of Nexus devices. This is way in advance from last year’s rollout timeline as well. This isn’t to say that Nexus devices won’t be receiving an update, but only a little later.

Ruddock claims that he got the information from a reliable source, but we recommend you to not get your hopes up until Google announces it officially.

Google Pixel, Pixel XL Tipped to Receive Android O in August, Ahead of Nexus DevicesOther smartphones that are confirmed to get the Android O update, whenever it arrives, include the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T. Users wanting to try the new operating system can do so by enrolling in the Android O beta. Do keep in mind that you’ll need to have an eligible Google smartphone. Currently, the only supported phones for the Android O beta are the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Google Pixel, and the Google Pixel XL.

Android O brings along redesigned settings, notifications, quick toggles, picture in picture mode, and much more. Check out our first impressions right here.

Huawei Y7 Prime With 4000mAh Battery, Android 7.0 Nougat Launched

Huawei has launched the Y7 Prime in Hong Kong. The big highlights of the device are its 4000mAh battery, Android 7.0 Nougat, and a fingerprint scanner at the back of the smartphone. The Huawei Y7 Prime seems to be another variant of the Enjoy 7 Plus launched in China earlier, and is priced at HKD 1,880 (roughly Rs. 15,500). The smartphone is available to buy at Vmall and is coming to Three soon.

The Huawei Y7 Prime ha a sleek metal unibody with no home button in the front, and on screen navigation buttons. The fingerprint scanner sits at the back right below the camera sensor, while the 3.5mm audio jack is seen at the top edge of the smartphone. The volume and the power keys are both housed at the right edge of the device. In Hong Kong, it has been made available in Silver, Grey and Gold colour variants.

Huawei Y7 Prime With 4000mAh Battery, Android 7.0 Nougat LaunchedAs for specifications, the Huawei Y7 Prime runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot. It sports a 5.5-inch (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D glass protection. It is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 435 SoC paired with Adreno 505 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 32GB of internal storage as well with the option to expand further via microSD card (up to 256GB).

In the camera department, the Huawei Y7 Prime sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash support. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor for selfies with f/2.0 aperture. The fingerprint scanner is claimed to have the accuracy of 0.3 seconds. As mentioned, it packs a 4000mAh battery, and connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, FM radio, and a Micro-USB port.

Chrome 59 for Android Brings Faster Page Load Times and More

Soon after the release of Chrome 59 for Windows, Linux, and Mac users, Google has now released Chrome 59 for Android users as well. The update brings security improvements, faster page load times, and much more. The more notable change includes full support for animated PNG files and a new Image Capture API.

Chrome version 59.0.3071.92 release contains performance and stability fixes, loads pages faster and uses less memory with an updated JavaScript engine. In April, Google claimed to have improved average page load times on Chrome by tweaking the V8 JavaScript engine bringing improvements over the course of the past year which has helped Chrome to load pages 10-20 percent faster on average than it did a year ago. For those unaware, V8 is Google’s open source JavaScript engine has been written in C++ and is used in Chromium and multiple other embedding applications. This update furthers page load times on Chrome thanks to the updated JavaScript engine.

Chrome 59 for Android Brings Faster Page Load Times and MoreChrome 59 for Android also introduces full support for aPNG which is basically similar to GIF format but comes with additional support for 24-bit images and 8-bit transparency as well. It caught developers’ attention after Apple adopted it in iMessages with iOS 10. Android Police reports that there is also the introduction of image capture API that essentially gives web pages more control over your device’s camera. The new API lets webpages choose between multiple cameras available on your device, zoom, use flash, and even focus on an image. It takes photos in full resolution as well, and as is the norm, it asks for permission to access the camera before performing the task.

Chrome version 59.0.3071.92 for Android has been released and will be available on Google Play over the course of the next week.