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Instant messaging apps, one thing that today’s generation is addicted to. Whatsapp, iMessage, Facebook messenger, HiKe, Allo pick any and is one of the most used apps in every smartphone. No matter, how time consuming and addictive they are we cannot live without them. Google Reply is one of those tools that can make your chat life easier.

Get ready for blazingly FAST replies

Google Reply, an AI powered app that lets you reply to texts from various messaging apps by tapping on contextually meaning replies right from your notifications. Once you have installed Reply on your android device, the app will take over notification from services like Whatsapp, Twitter, Hangouts etc, and add buttons labelled with responses; tap one and it will be send out instantly. Instead of being a whole new app, Reply enhances messaging notifications, making it easier to respond messages. It is similar to automatic email responses that Google introduced in Gmail Inbox and rolled into official Gmail app.

While suggested replies can be yes or no responses if you’re asked a simple question, the feature will also use its AI-based smarts from complex queries. The app will suggest smart replies to notifications, allowing you to respond in single touch. Those witty remarks and burn responses are still in your hands.

Google reply isn’t available to download from Play store yet, as it is in closed beta. But is available to be downloaded from apkmirror. This app will let you sign in to your google account and request access to your notifications. Once that is done it will provider smart replies inside notifications from any chat apps that allow users to reply directly from their notification bar.

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Google has always followed the same pattern for last couple of years with its Android naming process and this time is no different. They go sequentially down the alphabet and you guess the name. The users are asked to give suggestions and poll for their choices. Well, this time too, they were open to suggestions and received suggestions such as Nutella, Nankatai, etc. In a short video posted before the announcement via Twitter and Snapchat, the company suggested the operating system could be called ‘Nutmeg’, ‘Nectarine’, ‘Nachos’ or ‘Noodles’. But, in keeping with previous dessert-themed names such as Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat, it has settled on “Nougat”.

Android Nougat

The Android with its most stable release, brings new features like an improved notification shade and split-screen multitasking to the mobile OS, while also improving on features like Doze that came with Marshmallow last year. The release also has Daydream, Google’s new VR platform, baked in, though it’ll only be supported by Daydream-ready handsets running the OS.

Split-screen multitasking

The highlight of Android Nougat is split-screen multitasking. The device screen will show two different apps simultaneously, and video apps will support picture-in-picture mode. The system fills the screen with two apps, showing them either side-by-side or one-above-the-other. The user can drag the dividing line separating the two in order to make one app larger and the other smaller. Manufacturers of larger devices will be able to choose to enable freeform mode, allowing users to freely resize each activity. If the manufacturer enables this feature, the device offers freeform mode in addition to split-screen mode.

Improved Notifications

Directly reply from notifications and one can see more app information are part of enhanced notification feature. The Direct Reply feature will let you quickly respond to text messages or update task lists within the notification interface. The inline reply action is an additional button attached to the notification. There is also something called ‘Bundled Notifications’ that groups notifications from the same app together. Grouped notifications can be expanded into notifications by tapping the new expansion button or a two-finger gesture.

Less RAM usage

Google is working on Project Svelte to minimize the RAM used by the system and apps across different Android devices. Thus Android N is focused on optimizing the running of apps in background.

Quick Settings

In Android N, Google has expanded the scope of Quick Settings and added more room for additional Quick Settings tiles that can accessed across a paginated display area by swiping left or right. Google also lets you choose which Quick Settings tiles appear and where they are displayed, allowing users to add or move tiles just by dragging and dropping them.

 

Now with all new features, we need to wait until Nougat is actually released which is expected to be this fall.

So what do you think of Nougat. Do let us know in the comments below.

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With thousands of expressive emojis and funny GIF reactions out there, it can be hard to choose the right one in the heat of the conversation. But now a new application Dango suggests which emoticon, gif, meme is best suited for what you are writing.  Dango, a new Android app from the Toronto-based startup Whirlscape, aims to make it easier to sift through the ever-growing array of choices after being launched for android on June 8. It uses innovative machine learning algorithms that are designed specifically to suggest users with appropriate emoticons.

The Dango app is named after a Japanese dessert consisting of sweet dumpling balls on a skewer (and yes, there’s an emoji for it). It sits atop other communication apps like Slack, Snapchat, or the built-in texting app on your phone. It suggests emoji that it thinks fit well with what you’re typing or in response to what someone just typed to you. You tap on the suggestion to add to the conversation.

Dango spins its emoji prediction game everywhere

According to its creators, Dango spins its emoji prediction game everywhere, no matter if you’re using Messenger, Kik, Whatsapp, Snapchat, or any other messaging app. It’s also compatible with any third-party keyboard apps you might be using, although it may still vary. If you face incompatibility, just shoot the developers an e-mail and help them support your keyboard.

Rather than simply coming up with word associations (such as a chicken emoji if you type “chicken”), Dango uses deep-learning techniques to try to figure out what whole sentences are expressing and then give you suggestions it thinks are related. For instance, if you type “She said yes!” Dango will show you the emoji for a ring and a bride with veil, among others.

In order to understand the meaning of what you are saying, Dango uses neural network- a computational structure with millions of adjustable parameters connected in ways similar to network of neurons in brain. The team created neural network by randomly initializing these parameters and then showing the network millions of real world examples of emojis use taken from across the web. At first the network just guesses randomly, but over time with each new training example, it slightly adjusts its millions of parameters so it performs better on that example.

While there are currently 1,624 emojis, this does not mean that there are only 1,624 meanings. When you use emoji, their meaning is determined by how they look and the context of their usage, which can be highly diverse. For example, a waving hand can mean hello, goodbye or simply a high five. This means the number of concepts Dango can represent is much greater than simply the number of individual emojis.

Currently, Dango is completely free and available only on Android. Further updates will probably introduce additional functionalities.

 

You can download Dango from here-

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.dango.emoji.gif&hl=en

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Apple iPhone 7 Concept

Apple products are news makers and there is nothing different with the most awaited iPhone 7. Since the start of the year, iPhone 7 has been in the news, be it for its design, specifications or expected features and what not.

iPhone 7, which is expected to release this fall, is rumored to have a close resemblance with its predecessors. The Tech Giant follows a traditional pattern of overhauling the design of its flagship iPhone every two years, but this seems to change this year.  Apple is rumored to release iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus with the screen size similar to the previous generation of iPhone 6s & 6s Plus i.e. 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches.

No more standard 3.5 mm earpods

According to Wall Street Journal, only noticeable change will be removal of 3.5mm headphone jack and replacing it with its new Ear Pods with standard Lightning Connector which is used for fast charging as of now. According to the recent news, apple could be offering a lightning adapter in order to allow its customers to use their conventional Ear pods or Headphones with new iPhone. As with the removal of headphone jack and using the charging port for the headphones, there are doubts about charging the phone while the Ear Pods are plugged in. To resolve this issue, Apple is also exploring the option of Wireless charging technology that could be included in the new iPhone 7. Additionally, Apple is said to be updating the proximity sensor to a “dual specification” that the company hopes will be more accurate. It’s not entirely clear what the report means by dual specification, but presumably the omitter and receiver will be broken into two.

At the same time, it is rumored that headphone jack can be stayed and can be joined by a Dual SIM tray, given the fact that no iPhone has featured such capabilities before. However, we don’t believe Apple will ever go in that direction and offer a dual sim phone.

A Dual Lens Camera Setup

Sources have suggested that a dual camera set up could be offered on iPhone 7 plus model while its sibling could only get a larger camera with just one lens. It is rumored that Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi are also exploring dual lens camera for their upcoming smartphones, so it will be interesting to see what the mobile industry offers.

Now an iPhone with even larger storage

The iPhone 7 Plus model could also be an only model receiving a 256 GB storage option. Thus iPhone 7 plus can be offered with 16 Gb, 64 GB, and 256 GB, i.e. Apple is all set to remove its 128 GB version. Moreover, iPhone 7 may ship with 2GB RAM compared to 3 GB option in plus version.

Recent leaks about the product suggest that Apple is rethinking its home button for this year handset. Instead of a button, it will provide a touch sensitive pad. Users will have to perform tapping actions to activate specific actions. Battery life is expected to be same or slightly better than its predecessor iPhone 6s plus. Apple is also working on AMOLED displays for future products, but this may not be included in the coming release.

The rumored release date of the awaited iPhone 7 is this fall, i.e. at the end of September 2016.

Whatever the final product will be, Expect even longer waiting queues in front of Apple Stores this fall.  So which features you are most excited about. Share your views in comments with us.

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If you’ve been waiting for the latest Google Nexus flagship, your wait may soon be over. Google just sent over an invite for “some tasty new treats and much s’ more” September 29th in San Francisco. It didn’t say what will be revealed but based on the timing, we’re thinking Android Marshmallow release

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Google Event Invite

The Nexus line is also due for an update and the invite references Marshmallow, the latest version of Android. The company is also expected to reveal two new Nexus handsets and, possibly, a new Chromecast at the event.

Based on past leaks and rumours, the LG Nexus 5X is said to feature a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor; 3GB of RAM; Adreno 418 GPU; a 12.3-megapixel sensor; a 5-megapixel front camera, and a 2700mAh battery.

A report from earlier this month claimed the new Nexus 5X will be more expensive than the original Nexus 5. It is tipped to be launched at $399 for the 16GB model, while the 32GB will cost $449.

As for the larger Huawei Nexus 6P, it is tipped to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 SoC. A 5.7-inch QHD display and front-facing speakers are also tipped, apart from a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera.

Google is also expected to finally launch the next-generation Chromecast dongle at the event as well. The new dongle as per a recent leak will feature a balloon-like design, and as much rumoured earlier, support for faster dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac. It is also tipped to bring support for Spotify – a music streaming service notably missing from the list. Of course, Google could also have a few surprises up its sleeve. For that you can catch the live stream on YouTube.

 

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Microsoft

At present, it’s tricky to make Windows PCs that cost as little as basic Android tablets and Chromebooks. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is reportedly cutting Windows 8.1 license costs by 70 percent for PC makers. Microsoft is cutting Windows 8.1’s license fee to $15 for any device that sells for less than $250, letting builders offer very cheap Windows PCs without destroying their profits.

Declining shipments & slower rate of adoption

Microsoft had been considering making Windows Phone and Windows RT available free of charge to device makers, and it appears the lowering of Windows 8.1 license fees for low-cost devices is the first step towards this possible plan. While Microsoft has sold more than 200 million licenses of Windows 8 since it was first released in October 2012, the growth rate is slower than Windows 7. This is largely related to a PC market slowdown, and competition from rival low-cost tablets and devices.

Windows 8 has had a mixed reception from consumers, and any licensing change is a clear move to prevent additional PC makers opting for Chrome OS on their low-cost laptops. During the early days of netbooks, Microsoft saw the threat from low-cost Linux-based machines and slashed Windows XP’s pricing to wipe out Linux netbooks. There’s no guarantee that the company will repeat its earlier success if the lower Windows 8.1 prices take effect. However one thing is clear that the Android and Chrome based devices are seriously making a dent in Redmond’s business.

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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect

Android based HDMI dongles are not new to the market. But Dell’s Wyse division, which has been doing thin-clients for decades, has cooked up a new way to avoid the thin-client setup trouble: An Android-powered, universal-thin client called the Wyse Cloud Connect.

Hardware wise its an over-sized USB stick. While it comes with a USB port, to use it you’ll need a device such as an HDTV monitor or a modern laptop with an HDMI or Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) port. Its just a plug and play device. The installation is fairly simple. Just connect it to HDMI and power source and you are ready to go.

Inside it there’s a multi-core Cortex-A9 ARM System-on-Chip (SoC), 8GBs of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM. This is powered up with Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. It also comes with a micro-SD card slot with expandable storage support up to 72 GB. It also comes with 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking and Bluetooth.

Once in place you can use it with a USB or Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to turn any properly equipped display into an Android PC. If you want more than Android’s goodness, and Dell and its partners certainly hope you do, the Cloud Connect also comes with Dell’s Wyse Cloud Client Manager software-as-a-service (SaaS). With this IT managers can manage device so that it can be used with the appropriate thin-client, back-end programs.

By default that’s Dell Wyse PocketCloud software for remote access to physical or virtual desktops, apps and content. This enables you to access your office Mac or Windows desktop.

If you want more, and Dell and its partners hope you will, you can use it with Citrix, Microsoft or VMware thin-client servers or for Web-based apps. In short, the Wyse Cloud Connect provides IT department with a tasty dish of a way to easily get both conventional and BYOD users on the enterprise desktop with no messy setup annoyances.

For a list price of $129, many companies will find the Wyse Cloud Connect to be the perfect meal for their road warriors.

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step-detector

Google brought pedometer functions to Android with the recent release of Android 4.4 (KitKat), but that’s not necessarily enough for smartphone owners who want to track their fitness routines. Google may be aware of the desire for more fitness information, though. Google Operating System has discovered leaked code (shown below) for a future “Fitness API” that would supply apps with activity data from an Android device’s sensors.

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Image Credit : Google Operating System

 

Android 4.4 supports new sensors for detecting and counting steps. These sensors are implemented in hardware and are only available on Nexus 5. This new Fitness API for Android will allow applications to view and edit fitness data. There aren’t any clues as to when the API would be ready, and it’s uncertain whether the software is tied to either a new OS revision or a Google Play Services update. However expect your favorite Android fitness app becomes much more sophisticated in the near future.

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google chrome

Google is coming up with an update to the mobile version of Chrome, which promises to decrease data usage while browsing by as much as 50%.

Google announced the upcoming changes to its browser Wednesday in a blog post, saying, “In the U.S. alone, more than a fifth of adult smartphone users now do most of their online browsing on their mobile device. Around the world, we’re seeing a similar trend towards more mobile browsing. That’s why we’ll be rolling out a new feature on Chrome for Mobile to help you reduce data usage and save money on your mobile plan. When enabled, Chrome’s data compression and bandwidth management can reduce data usage by up to 50% while browsing the web on Chrome for Android and iOS. This feature also enables Chrome’s Safe Browsing technology which helps protect you from malicious webpages.”

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Image Credit : Google

 

However to reduce data usage, users must enable the data-savings option in Chrome’s “settings” menu. With this setting, users will also be able to track the amount of data they’re saving each month.

This update will be available for both Android and iOS. The iOS update will also bring Google Translate to Apple devices, which translates webpages while browsing. This feature is already available on the desktop and Android versions of Chrome.

Lastly, this upcoming release of Chrome for Android will allow you to create shortcuts to your favorite websites right from your homescreen for faster and easier access to the web. When visiting a site you’d like to save, simply select “Add to homescreen” from the toolbar menu. For certain websites, the shortcut will open in a full-screen experience and appear as a separate app in the Android app switcher. This update is set to roll out over the next few days.

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NEST

Google has just acquired Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector, for $3.2 billion in cash. Nest reinvented unloved but important home products, like the thermostat and the smoke alarm focusing on simple, beautiful and thoughtful hardware and services. Google CEO Larry Page announced this on his Google+ stream:

Google is being quick to assure users that Nest will continue to operate under its own brand. While the transaction is subject to the usual regulatory review, Google says it expects the sale to close within the next few months. Google Ventures had already invested millions of dollars in Nest, so the company has been on Mountain View’s radar for some time now.

How Google plans to use Nest is still a mystery, but the company obviously sees it as an important part of its future. A combination of Nest’s home solutions coupled with Google’s language recognition could give Google its strongest path yet into your home.

“Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster than we ever could if we continued to go it alone,” writes co-founder Tony Fadell on the Nest blog.“We’ve had great momentum, but this is a rocket ship.”

“We’re thrilled to join Google. With their support, Nest will be even better placed to build simple, thoughtful devices that make life easier at home, and that have a positive impact on the world.” Nest CEO Tony Fadell said in a statement.

Nest will continue to offer apps for both iOS and Android. That means Apple fans will not be left disappointed. There’s also a possibility that Google’s other products will eventually integrate more tightly with the Nest lineup, but so far, Google is staying mum. Until that day comes, we’ll leave you to speculate — feel free to leave your best guesses in the comments.

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