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October 4th may end up being more than just about Googles next devices. Looks like we might get a glimpse of the future of android and chrome os and how the 2 are to merge and become 1 os. Looking forward to the 4th even more now.
We've been sitting on this one a while (sorry), watching and waiting to see what might signal that something big, really big, would be announced at Google'... by David Ruddock in Android OS, News, Rumors
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Anyone else think this is just too far. Green battery icon feels so old and out of place. OK then have it in the power menu but on the always on screen and status bar seems like a step too far. Makes more sense just to have something on the boot screen to say this is a revised note 7. 
To differentiate potentially dangerous Galaxy Note7s from the safe, revised models, Samsung was reported as saying that the battery indicator in the s... by Richard Gao in Galaxy Note7, News, Samsung, Verizon Wireless
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+Taz Hoque​ It's ridiculous. ​ Absolutely agree regards a message on the boot screen Taz 
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Honestly allo and duo should just have been one product. With WhatsApp getting video calls soon and Facebook messenger already doing it, makes no sense why these 2 things are separate. I get Google wanting a app that is simple but sometimes google either goes too simple or too overdone ie hangouts. Merge these 2 and you have a nice middle. I won't be surprised if the 2 are merged in the future because it just makes sense. Once WhatsApp gets video call I don't know how I'm supposed to sell either of these to anyone when WhatsApp will do everything they need where as they would need multiple apps to do the same here.
Google Duo and Allo, the company's latest messaging applications, were announced back at Google I/O this year. Only Duo has been released to the publi... by Corbin Davenport in Applications, Google, News
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+Taz Hoque I don't think it failed because of a lack of 'Normob'-friendliness though; it'll be because there wasn't much reason for a normob to migrate to it.

It's why it makes me laugh when people suggest that I 'just tell people to use [insert app] instead of WhatsApp' - they've obviously never tried actually getting190 ordinary people in their contact list to migrate to an unfamiliar service whose benefits are hard to express or justify.

It's all well and good for us enthusiastic geeks - and those at Google - to promote or make these apps but it's another thing trying to get normal people who just want to get on with their day to put the effort in, when there really isn't much reason for them to do so. 
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These leaked renders of the upcoming google phone actually look good, wasn't fan of the earlier leaks but seeing 3d renditions you get a better idea. This looks like very much my next phone barring no deal breakers like poor camera and no 64gb model. 

As for size it looks like it will be the same size as a s7 if the dimensions reported are correct (checked gsmarena and dimensions are pretty much same as one another)which is great news for me as I don't want a phone any bigger than that.

As for price I'm really hoping below £400 but I do expect to wait a month or 2 waiting for the inevitable price cuts and deals so am sure I'll get it closer to £350ish
With most companies having launched their flagships for the second half of the year, the stage is set for Google - working with HTC this year - to launch its new flagships. Although we're not sure exactly when the Sailfish will be unveiled for the world, today we have new renders and a 360-degree video - in partnership with Onleaks - which show off the Sailfish from every angle. The new renders confirm what we've seen before but also reveal th...
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+A Manning Thanks, Andrew.
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Would android users be willing to pay for major updates like android nougat? I ask because clearly in the android world OEMs are in no rush to update last year's phones because hey they got our money already and would rather have us buy a whole new phone. Been thinking what if OEM offered say android 7.0 immediately for say £20-30 for devices like s5,s6 and s7, note 4 etc would you be willing to pay. I feel if oems felt they could get a return from updating older devices they would be more inclined to update quicker and same for carriers if they got a cut too.

Of course we know in the real world the majority of consumers won't pay so this will never happen. I know apple use to charge in the early days for ios updates and I bet there stats showed most people won't pay to update and especially in today's market where everyone expects software to free it's pretty much a no go idea .

I personally would pay once a year for these major updates if it meant it would be released within weeks of Nexus devices getting and also meant you would get the monthly security updates.

Was thinking about this after seeing android M is on only 15% of devices( of course 15% today is much more than 15% 5 years ago as the overall user base is much bigger) and thinking is there any way to actually speed that up. Ultimately I think the answer is no and while it's not the end of the world as Google play services and the decoupling of apps help keep android devices still working regardless of os version it would be nice to have faster updates by all OEMs.
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That is one of them good questions that come along now and again.
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Remember a while back someone created some mod to put android on iPhone. Well surprise surprise China has already made the same concept and actually built it into a battery case. And it actually looks to run smoother too.
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Hmmm, I'm not convinced it is the real deal. I would have been more impressed if he sideloaded Gapps, opened the camera saw "about phone". I think it is a clever skin. Pity the brother in law has just returned from China, I would have got him to pick one up. 
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Finally a great article regarding Samsung and battery that isn't scare mongering. If only all had some logic like this.
Just because you're hearing about Samsung phones exploding, doesn't mean it's actually happening more often.
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The media really doesn't help anyone, all they care about is sensationalism and getting clicks. Instead of trying to ease the fear of the public they would rather add more oil to the fire basically. It really just annoys me.

Just think about how many phones in this case Samsung sells in year. I think its something like 300million devices, if there was really something wrong outside the note 7 defect battery you would be hearing about a hour exploding every hour but no one wants to be logical today.

All lithium batterys have a chance of exploding. It's a miracle that that only a fraction actually explode and it's usually because of mishandling whether it's a shoddy 3rd party battery or charger. I could probably google phone x explodes and there will be someone who has had phone x explode.

This is why my list of actual sites I visit is getting smaller and smaller because no one cares about actually just saying the truth. It's like all those android malware stories, they will write a billion devices are effected but never mention yh but would need to manually install a app outside the play store, disable verify apps and unknown sources. It's always just half the story. Anyways that's my rant of the week out the way lol
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Anyone seeing this. I've never heard of this supposedly coil whine ever.
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We got about 300 new iPhones on Friday. I will check with IT and see if they have any reports of this. Mine so far have been whine free.
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You can take this too also include the s7/s7 edge as it's basically the same as note 7 and same for iPhone 7 just minus the 2nd lens. Either way both cameras are solid though I'm surprised with no stereo audio and AF still not being as fast as galaxy devices.
Of course both the iPhone and galaxy devices have other pros and cons tied to features like slow motion or manual control but I like these comparison as it's purely about auto shots like most people take and is about image and video quality only and not any specific features. Definitely not fullest comparison but gives you an idea of what you can expect.
Oh yh let's leave out any exploding jokes lol and can't wait to see comparisons from within the psc community.
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It looks like we've started hitting the limit with what a smartphone camera can do. Nothing extra ordinary with the new iPhone just a few new tricks for differentiation. Good quality as always even though not as good as Samsung at low light.And what the hell was wrong with the mics of the iPhone? That was awful audio recording! 
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Getting ready for the iPhone 7 event and then the Sony ps4.5 event. Got to love these days as a tech head lol. If anyone is interested the apple event is live on YouTube and am sure Sony event will be too.
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Oh I agree, I used to get equally as excited! I'd have live streams running (official and sometimes otherwise) where available and be reading several live blogs as things were announced. At first it was great watching the reactions, but after a while the live blog side just seemed overwhelmingly negative (sadly) and I'd find myself thinking "Wow, this looks really great" - but all the commentary would be like "WTF Apple? How could you, this is awful" - I just don't need that negativity in my life. 
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Hope this is real, we may finally get an update to the Nexus 7 which no longer will get os updates. The leaker Evan blass is 95% of the time reliable and hope this is one of them. Ideally I would have liked a 8" but I'll take whatever as there's nothing even close to replacing my current Nexus 7. Maybe it will be like a 7.4" display.
I know there was a couple on here who are fan of the small tablet form factor and would have been disappointed to see the Nexus 7 disappear with no replacement in place
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C'mon Google!
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If anyone's interested in what's actually different about android 7.0 then this video is the best overview I have seen.
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+Martin Hall​​ outside our crowd I don't think anyone will care. I have friends and family members using kk and lollipop and none could careless because ultimately it still runs the same apps the latest versions run. Until customers show a keen interest in updates and actually buy devices based on software version,carriers and OEMs will continue to trudge along.
As for whether I would be happy to be on 7.0 while Nexus is on 7.3 it will ultimately depend on what Google actually adds in these maintenance updates.
I think I am destined to get a Nexus as my next phone. I already feel annoyed that my Nexus 7 is out of date so don't think I can be too happy with being on 6.0 while android could possibly be on 7.3 by the time the s6 gets 7.x
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