Google App Streaming – Features and Improvements

“Streaming” apps is a new thing that Google has been working on in order to improve the search apps on its Android devices. This basically lets Google show you information regarding your search that can be found within apps and isn’t available on the web. But a few questions arise to the matter, especially when talking about the privacy of your data and how will Google’s “streaming” apps affect it.

Google makes money primarily from web searches, therefore arises the constant need to improve their services and to attract more customers. Searching apps is one solution Google is looking into (100 billion in-app links so far), but it isn’t perfect yet and it is still in development. Sources say that Microsoft is working on something similar but their design is not as advanced as Google’s.
How does this innovation affect the customer is another question that has came up. Well, it’s simple, over the last period apps have gained more and more popularity, and there is an app for virtually anything, the browser and open web search are loosing popularity and people don’t use it the way the used to do. The thing about apps is that you either have them and can enjoy all their features (including in-app search), either you don’t, in which case they may as well not exist. In the new design, Google lets you search for results available within apps, even if the app is not installed on your device, presenting the result in a familiar app-like context. Leaving you the decision to install a certain app only if considered necessary.

The downside of app streaming is that at this moment it only works on a few apps that are participating in Google’s app-indexing API, and for an even smaller number of apps that don’t have a Web equivalent. Even more you need a really strong Wi-Fi signal for this to work, by definition this will only work when you are connected, and will consume quite a lot of bandwidth each time you use the streamed version of the app, considering that it has to download the UI and other features every time you access it.

Huawei Mate 8 vs. Galaxy Note 5 – The Phablet That Will Put Samsung To Shame

There’s a new flagship phablet on the market and we’re pretty sure that everyone will want to get its hands on it. After the enormous success with the Nexus 6X, Huawei continued to work on its line of beautiful smartphones and brought a big phablet with the fastest processor ever, which is superior even to Samsung’s Exynos 7420.

Designs and Displays

The Mate 8 was released a few days ago and it comes with a metal body, just like its predecessor, but it has almost the same dimensions, only that the bezel is almost nonexistent on the front side. The available colors for the back are Champagne Gold, Moonlight Silver, Space Gray and Mocha Brown and under the rear camera with a circular lens, placed in the center, sits a fingerprint scanner. The phablet is very large, measuring 157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm, and it could have been heavier, but Huawei managed to make it weight 185 grams. The 6-inch IPS-NEO LCD screen extends to the left and right sides, giving the impression that it’s larger than in reality. It’s crammed with a Full HD resolution, which results in a pixel density of 368ppi, and before you rush to criticize it for not being too sharp, remember that a lower resolution doesn’t consume the battery as fast as a QHD resolution.

The Note 5 supports that QHD resolution which we were telling you about, but its screen is smaller at 5.7-inch and indeed, it’s very sharp with a pixel density of 518ppi. The images are also more vibrant, because the Samsung used its screen technology, Super AMOLED, but the battery lasts long enough because this technology is shutting off pixels and makes blacks very deep. The Note 5 offers also an S Pen stylus with which you can draw or take notes directly on the screen. As for its design, it comes with a glass back (which was introduced on the Galaxy S6) and a metal frame, and there are four available colors you can choose from: Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titan and White Pearl. The phablet weights 171 grams and its dimensions are 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm.

Hardware

The Huawei Mate 8 is incredibly fast with its new HiSilicon Kirin 950 octa core processor (built using a 16nm process) which consists of four cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four cores which run at 1.8GHz. The processor is backed by a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU and 3GB of RAM, which is available for the variant with 32GB of storage, but there is also a model with 4GB of RAM, which is coupled with 64GB or 128GB of RAM. You won’t be stuck with the internal memories with small capacities, because they can be expanded up to 128GB with a microSD card, but you’ll sacrifice the SIM 2 slot.

The Note 5 is limiting you to one of the available internal memories of 32GB and 64GB, which can’t be expanded. Inside, it houses a very powerful Exynos 7420 octa core processor clocked at 2.1GHz, which was built using a 14nm process. The processor does a good job, especially because it’s coupled with a Mali-T760MP8 GPU, which supports the latest and most complex games, and if it matters, we’ll tell you that the device has 4GB of RAM, which boosts the processor’s performance.

Cameras and Batteries

The Mate 8 sports a 16MP main camera with OIS, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and 1/2.8′ sensor size, but it’s capable of recording only Full HD videos. The Note 5 has also a 16MP rear camera with OIS, but it supports autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.6′ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size and 4K video recording. The front camera of the Mate 8 has a higher resolution of 8MP, beating the 5MP secondary camera of the Note 5.

The Mate 8 is powered by a large non-removable battery of 4000mAh, which will surely prove its value and will convince you that it will last a lot longer than the 3000mAh battery that is found inside the Note 5. Unfortunately, the Huawei Mate 8 doesn’t support wireless charging.

WhatsApp Best Tips And Tricks – Enhance Its Performance

Every new WhatsApp user wants to get familiarized with this application as soon as possible, and doesn’t want to waste precious time exploring the features and options. There’s a simpler way to get to know WhatsApp better and in short time, and we’re here to make your life easier. Below, we’ll give you a list of tips and tricks that you will find useful and which will improve your experience on WhatsApp.

How To Change Your Profile Image From Your Desktop

WhatsApp has a web feature which allows you to log into your account using a computer, while you’re connected from your smartphone. If you have a beautiful photo on your PC and you want to set it as your profile image, then click on the avatar from the left hand corner and upload a photo from your drive. Or, you can take a picture with the webcam. This option is also available for groups you’re administrating.

Muting Group Notifications And Chats

When you don’t want to be bothered by notifications from groups or individual chats, then you can turn them off. In Android, you will need to go to the group chat and tap the menu button, then select Mute and the time-frame (period of time) when you want to have silence. In iOS, you will go to the group chat, then tap the group subject and from the Group info screen you will select Mute and the time period.

Know Who Has Read Your Messages In the Group

WhatsApp has two blue ticks which appear at the end of the message and they’re indicating if the recipient has read it. This feature works in group chats as well, and in Android, you will need to long-press on the message you’ve sent, and when you will see the “i” icon, tap on it. This way, you will know who has read it. In iOS, you will open the chat, where you’ll see the ‘Message Info’ screen. If you’ll swipe the message from left to right, you will have access to information such as delivery and read notifications.

Disable Automatic Media Download

When receiving a photo from a contact, it’s automatically downloaded to your card, eating your mobile data. To stop WhatsApp image to be automatically downloaded, then you will need to go to Settings>Chat settings>Media Auto-Download, where you will specify that you don’t want WhatsApp media files to be downloaded to your phone.

Disable Last Seen

After a while, you will start having “possessive” contacts who want to chat with you all the time. When they see you online, they start bothering you until you have enough of them. If you won’t want to delete these persons from your list of friends, but you don’t want them to know that you were online, then you can disable the last seen feature from Settings>Account>Privacy>set Last Seen off for Everyone, My Contact or Nobody.

Changing Your Phone Number

Eventually, you will want to change your number, but you won’t want to lose all groups, information and settings. These details will be imported to your new number if you’ll go to Menu>Settings>Account>Change Number and then, in the first box you’ll enter the old phone number, and in the second box you’ll enter the new number.

HTC Desire 728 vs. Huawei G8 – Mid-Range Phablets Compared

We present you the latest smartphones released by HTC and Huawei, which are phablets with mid-range specs, the Desire 728 and the Huawei G8 have a few things in common, but at the same time, they’re very different and we’ll tell what advantages and disadvantages has each model.

Designs and Displays

The Desire 728 has a minimalist look and its housing is made of plastic with a matte effect, but tit has a premium metal frame which is very durable and it doesn’t easily scratch. The back is available in two variants of colors: Diamond white and Graphite black and the exact dimensions of the body are 157.9×77.8×7.9mm, resulting in a total weight of 153grams, the screen has a diagonal of 5.5-inch, but HTC made the mistake to limit its resolution to 720x1280pixels, so it’s not very sharp, considering that the pixel density is only 267ppi.

The Huawei G8 is not as beautiful as the P8, but it has a metal body with three options of colors: Black, White and Gold. The device is shorter and slimmer than its rival, measuring 152×76.5×7.5mm, but because it’s made of metal, it’s a bit heavier at 167grams. The screen has the same size, but it uses the famous IPS LCD technology, which allows a higher resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at 401 ppi.

Hardware

The Desire 728 came installed with Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop) and it’s powered by a weaker Mediatek MT6753 octa core processor clocked at 1.3GHz, which is backed by 2GB of RAM. The Huawei G8 ran initially on Android v5.1 (Lollipop), but in short time, it will be upgraded to v6.0 (Marshmallow), inside, it hides a reasonable Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 octa core processor which runs at 1.5GHz with 2GB of RAM / the variant with 16GB of storage or 3GB of RAM / the variant with double storage. The G8 has a microSD card slot available for both models, allowing the users to expand the internal memory up to 64GB. The Desire 728 has also an expandable internal memory and its capacity can be increased from 16GB up to 200GB. This is a big advantage for the HTC phablet.

Cameras and Batteries

The Desire 728 and Huawei G8 have almost identical cameras, or at least their resolutions are the same: 13MP on the back and 5MP on the front, they support autofocus, HDR and can record Full HD videos at 30 fps, but the Huawei device will take brighter photos at night thanks to the dual-LED (dual tone) flash.

The Desire 728 houses a smaller battery of 2800 mAh which, on paper, supports up to 21 hours of talk time on 3G. The Huawei G8 is powered by a 3000 mAh battery, but its life is disappointing.

Prices

The 32GB variant of the Huawei G8 costs approximately 485 dollars, while the Desire 728 is sold in India for $270.

iPhone 7 Mini Release Date, Specs and Features

There are rumors which say that Apple will release an iPhone 7 Mini device in 2016. This device will be released alongside two larger handsets that will be almost similar to the current iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus devices.

According to iDigitalTimes, Apple’s upcoming 4-inch iPhone will not use the A10 processor, which is expected to be present in the iPhone 7, but instead it will be feature the A9 chip that the iPhone 6S features.

On the other hand, Ming-Chi Kuo, an KGI analyst, who’ve made some accurate past iPhone predictions, contradicts iDigitalTimes and reports that the iPhone 7 Mini will actually use the new A10 processor, but it will not have some features that will be found on the larger phones, such as pressure-sensing 3D touch screen. Kuo also suggests that the iPhone 7 Mini will sport a metal casing and Apple will start producing it in early 2016, followed by the larger versions later in the year.

There are many analysts who consider that Apple needs to continue the producing the four-inch handset as there are iPhones owners who will never upgrade their devices to a larger iPhone. With other words, Apple will need to release 4-inch iPhones with superior specifications, in order to make sure that the people who prefer smaller iPhones will replace their old 4-inch iPhone with a new model with the same screen size.

According to Forbes, Apple will most likely not equip the upcoming iPhone 7 Mini with top end features and instead it will use this device as a “tool” to make the iPhone fans to buy the expensive/larger models.

Until now, Apple hasn’t confirmed any of these rumors, so we’re not sure if they are truly planning to release an iPhone 7 Mini device next year, but as soon as we find more news about it, we will let you know.

Are you going to purchase the iPhone 7 Mini if it will be released in 2016 or will you prefer to buy a larger model of iPhone?

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL – A Cool Phablet Running On Windows 10

Microsoft had a short Android experiment, killing its Nokia X line immediately because it didn’t have the hoped success. Instead, the company continued to improve its operating system and released multiple Lumia devices with better or weaker specs. The Lumia 950 XL is a flagship running on the new Windows 10, but can it replace any Android device? Let’s see what it hides inside and what features will attract you.

Design and Display

The Lumia 950 XL has a simple design, featuring a polycarbonate casing which reminds of an old generation Android device, but we can’t really say that it’s ugly, but it doesn’t look premium either. The phone is very tall, which makes it a phablet with a height of almost 152mm, but it’s also wide at 78.4mm and it has a thickness of 8.1mm. On the back, in the center, sits the camera with a large circular lens and a 1mm silver ring around it. However, the phone doesn’t feel heavy in your hand, as it weights 165 grams, an average weight for its dimensions. On the front side, the bezel is minimal, the screen measures 5.7-inch and it uses Samsung’s AMOLED technology (1440 x 2560 pixels at 518 ppi), which provides very vibrant colors, but the battery doesn’t get drained fast, because it has a big capacity of 3340 mAh and it lasts long enough. Also, the battery is charged via the USB-C port, which sits at the bottom of the device, while at the top is found the headphone port and on the right side were placed all physical buttons, including a dedicated camera button.

Hardware

Under the hood, or under the battery, more exactly, hides the chipset, which is a Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810. The phablet is very fast with the pair of quad core processors clocked at 1.5GHz and 2GHz, which, combined with 3GB of RAM and the new Windows 10, offer a flawless performance, without lags or other inconveniences. The Lumia 950 XL users can install PC applications because the internal memory supports a capacity of 32GB, which is enough for filling it with your favorite applications or games. Also, there was added a microSD card slot which allows expansion up to 200GB. Also, Microsoft offers 200GB of OneDrive cloud storage for saving photos and videos.

Cameras

The main camera is very impressive, using PureView technology and Carl Zeiss optics, but it can also support OIS, autofocus and triple-LED RGB flash. Also, it’s able to record 4K videos at 30fps with optical image stabilization. What will bother you is that there are too many separate camera applications, but they can be pulled together into a single camera application and use various lenses available. As for the front camera, it has a resolution of 5MP.

Software

Windows 10 comes with lots of new features and functions. Continuum will sync your devices so that you can continue writing an email on your laptop/computer after starting it on your Lumia 950 XL. Also, you can personalize your homescreen with tiles and the quick selection titles can be accessed from the pull-down menu, where you can find WiFi, Settings, Flashlight etc.

PlayStation 4 Remote Play Release Date for PC and Mac

A third party developer has released a native Windows application which allows you to play PS4 Games on your computer. Well, a few days later, Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Worldwide Studios at Sony, has announced on Twitter that Sony will release an official application that will allow you to connect your PC and Mac device to your PS4 console and play games with your mouse and keyboard.

Currently, the Xbox One console allows you to connect a controller to your Windows 10 PC and stream your Xbox One screen to your computer. When it comes to PlayStation 4, remote streaming is working on PlayStation TV, PlayStation Vita, Sony Xperia, but not on a PC.

Well, the third party developer didn’t want to wait for Sony to release this remote play pc application and, instead, he worked on one and released it a few days ago. Twisted, the guy who has created the application, is selling it for only 10 dollars, saying that all his previous projects were free, but this is the only way he can support his living costs. So, if you want to play games from your PS4 directly to your Windows PC, you will need to pay 10 dollars (for now).

However, as soon as Sony noticed that this application is quite requested by a lot of PS4 owners out there, they’ve decided to make this announcement, saying that PlayStation 4 will soon receive a Remote Play for PC and Mac devices. We’re not sure if Sony will “ban” somehow the application that Twisted has released, but there are high chances that it will. Unfortunately, Sony hasn’t confirmed when the Remote Play application will be released for PC and Mac, but this will most likely happen soon.

Will you prefer to play PS4 games on your PC using your mouse and keyboard?