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Fake Banking apps are making a comeback. As we already covered, there are fake apps of ICICI Bank, Yes Bank, Axis and even HDFC Bank on the play store.

These fake banking apps may have compromised banking data of more than 160,000 people in the country recently.
Is Your Banking App Fake? 5 Tips To Check If Your Banking App Is Fake Or Not
Is Your Banking App Fake? 5 Tips To Check If Your Banking App Is Fake Or Not

The fake banking apps have are now targeting account holders from as many as seven Indian banks: SBI, ICICI, IOB, Axis, BOB, Yes Bank and Citibank. Digital banking in the country has lately ended up in more online frauds.

While the banks and government both are working hard to build a secure digital financial system in the country, these fake apps continue to lure customers with fraudulent offers. The fake bank apps are a close copy of the real banking apps confusing new internet users.

According to the experts, these fake app developers lure account holders by promising huge rewards like free cash, mobile data and zero-interest loans once they down the app.

Fake bank apps will continue to lure around customers. It’s you who can keep yourself safe from such fraudsters. Here are some tips to stay alert against such fake banking apps:

Is Your Banking App Fake? 5 Tips To Check If Your Banking App Is Fake Or Not

Verify The Developer

The developer’s name is always there in the app. Banks will not have any individual, so see if the developer is an organization or not. Also, see if there’s any website mentioned. Banks generally have their official website mentioned with details.

See The Number Of Downloads

Bank apps are quite popular on the play store. Check the number of downloads. Fake apps will not have much of the downloads. If you see only a few downloads, there are high chances that this app is fake. If its a newly launched, Google and go the bank’s site and follow the official link. 

App Description

Go through the app description. Fake apps do not have well-explained descriptions. You can easily identify the right from the wrong information given. Also genuine apps properly explain the details, features and the uses of the application.

Checking The Reviews

Go through a few reviews. If you found something fishy, do not install. Chances are that you will find reviews from users who have used the app and found it to be fake. If there are only a few reviews, and all of them just have 5-star ratings without anything in specific, probably the reviews are fake.

Check The Bank’s Official Website

The best way to figure out whether a banking app is fake or not, is to check the bank’s website, and then click on the link to download the app. Besides, you can also call their customer care or visit the branch to verify.

Already Downloaded By Mistake?

Even if you have downloaded a fake bank app and quickly found out that it’s a fake, immediately uninstall. If you may have logged in or granted access to files and details, get rid of the residual files. Also, to be extra safe, change your banking passwords.

Used It By Mistake?

In case you already made a transaction on the app, immediately rush to your branch, or any branch of your respective bank. If you are able to move, call your bank and inform that they should block your account.

Reporting The App

As you know its a fake app, do report it. You will find ‘Flag as Inappropriate’ down below. Choose a reason why you are reporting and click submit. Google has the report, so the reviewers will re-check the app to put it down from the play store.

If you have any other tip to check fake banking apps, do share them right here.

Motorola Moto Z2 Play Review [With Video]: With Moto Mods, It’s the Real Flagship Killer

Moto Z phones along with Moto Mods were a welcome break from the regular spec sheet race last year. While the ‘modular’ Moto Z series phones are competitively priced, Moto Mods are expensive. To this, Managing Director of Motorola Mobility India Sudhin Mathur said, “Innovation comes at a price. You decide whether you want more RAM or something really new and innovative.”


While the older Moto Z Play smartphone is still selling for Rs 24,999, the second generation, Moto Z2 Play, offers a better design and upgraded hardware for the price of Rs 27,999. Both the Moto Z Play phones essentially focus on the overall "modular" experience in a budget rather than just a mere spec-sheet comparisons. So, what can a first-time Moto Mod user expect and should Moto Z Play users upgrade to the latest edition? Let’s find out in this review. 

October 23, 2018 ,
Buying an Android smartphone in 2018: Nine things you should know
It might seem as a paradox but the truth is that buying a smartphone has never been this easy or confusing in the current scenario. Easy because you can buy them everywhere -- online and offline -- with discounts and cashbacks; and confusing because you have too many options of smartphones having identical specs with the manufacturers shouting that they are better than the competition. For anybody who is looking to buy a handset, the process of what specifications to look for may get a bit overwhelming. But worry not as we have got it covered for you. Here is a list of essential features that you must look for in the next smartphone you plan to buy:
1. Bigger and better display: 18:9 aspect ratio : It’s a feature that is prominent in all smartphones that have been launched since the beginning of 2018. While having an aspect ratio of 18:9 has no real impact on the performance of the device, it certainly adds to the aesthetic appeal of the handset. And we all know how a smartphone looks ranks high on a buyer’s checklist.
2. Optimum battery: 3000mAh battery : Since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's debacle, smartphone makers have been cautious of not being the flag bearers of offering massive batteries, only to later have it blow up in their and the users' faces. However, still in order to sustain one whole day of basic usage, a smartphone should at least be backed by a 3,000mAh battery, as anything below that is just not worth investing in.
3. Camera capabilities: Rear dual camera setup : Just like the bezel-less display, having a dual camera is now becoming the basic standard for smartphones.. Even though a single rear camera is also enough -- if it is powerful -- but still having another secondary camera to assist the primary one is not hurting anyone.
4. Storage: Minimum 64GB internal storage : Given that almost all handsets come with external storage support, one may argue that they don't need high internal storage. However, most handsets lack what is called a dedicated microSD card slot and have a hybrid dual-sim card support, which means that users get to use either two SIM cards or use one SIM card along with a microSD card. Also, you don't get the complete internal storage at your disposal as some of it is used to run the handset's operations. For instance, in case of 64GB storage, users generally get around 40GB for themselves. Therefore, it is essential to have a handset that has enough storage that doesn't pop up every week saying you need to free up space.
5. Display: Full HD or better : The display quality of a smartphone is very important as it determines how well your visual experience is going to be. While looking for a handset in a budget category, you can easily find one that comes with a full HD display of 1920 x 1080p resolution.
6. Ideal RAM: 4GB : The RAM capacity of the handset determines if your smartphone is capable enough to load the apps fast or is able to multi-task. With apps getting heavier, you need a handset with at least 4GB of RAM to help you sustain through the day when you are bombarding it with quick commands.
7. Latest OS: Android Nougat with Oreo confirmed : As per the February 2018 Android distribution numbers, after almost two years of its launch, Android Nougat has finally become the most used OS version. But still is that not the ideal operating system you should be looking for. Android Oreo, which was announced in 2017, is the latest operating system and should be at least confirmed to be making its way to your handset.
8. Processor: Quad-core or more : The number of processor cores in a CPU determine how fast and fluidly the handset is able to multi-task. While you may find handsets with octa-core processors as well, this doesn't mean that it is more efficient. So, the basic that you need to be looking at it a quad-core processor when it comes to your next buy.
9. Data Connectivity:4G VoLTE-enabled : The fight in the Indian telecom market sphere has made this feature an absolute necessity in any handset. In today's time, you don’t want to be stuck with a handset that doesn’t support a 4G bandwidth or high definition voice calls without costing extra, making you compromise on the way a handset can be used in today's times.

October 22, 2018 ,
Google at its annual developer conference Google I/O 2018 showcased the next big Android OS release, dubbed as Android P. According to Google, Android P is all about simplicity, intelligence and digital well-being. It will leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence to take care of obvious settings on the smartphone. Also, the next Android version, Android P, is the first version of Android to highlight and pay attention on digital well-being and importance to balance phone and personal family time.
15 new features in Google’s latest Android operating system
1. New system navigation: Interface is more gesture-based : Android P comes with a brand new system navigation which is predominantly gesture-based and intuitive. Google says this will be helpful with phones getting taller. There is a single home button, you can swipe up to see a newly designed Overview. It will provide previews of the recently used apps.
2. Smart Text Selection: Get relevant suggestions : In constantly switching between apps, Smart Text Selection recognises the meaning of the text you are selecting and suggests relevant actions. It now works in Overview, making it easier to perform the action you want.
3. Smarter auto-rotate display: It’s less frustrating now : Auto-rotate now sees a big improvement. A new rotation icon will pop up beside the navigation icons to let you choose whether you want to actually rotate the screen or not, for apps which are otherwise always used on portrait mode, like Gmail. This will prevent accidental auto-rotate, which is frustrating at times.
4. Smart volume function: Prevents you from accidentally muting your phone : It’s irritating to end up lowering the volume of the ringer instead when you actually want to turn down the volume of the song or video that you are playing. The volume interface is now shown vertically and keeps the ringer volume to maximum. There are pre-set icons like mute, vibration or full ring instead.
5. Adaptive battery: Squeeze maximum battery life : In Android P, Google has partnered with DeepMind to build Adaptive Battery, which prioritises battery power only for the apps and services you use the most. This will help you to squeeze the most out of your smartphone battery.
6. Adaptive brightness: Machine learning to learn surroundings : Google has deployed used machine learning to create Adaptive Brightness, which learns how you like to set the brightness slider given your surroundings.
7. App Actions: Predicts your next move better : Android P aims to offer smarter suggestions and predict your next move better with App Actions. For example, if you are connected to your headphones to your device, Android will surface an action to resume your favourite Spotify playlist.
8. Slices: More insights on simple Google searches : A new feature called Slices offers a deeper look into favourite apps. For example, if you search for “Lyft” in Google Search, you can see an interactive Slice that gives you the price and time for a trip to work.
9. ML Kit: Machine learning for all : Google has announced ML Kit for developers who are not much proficient on machine learning. It is a new set of cross-platform APIs available through Firebase. ML Kit offers developers on-device APIs for text recognition, face detection, image labelling and more. So mobile developers can building apps-based on machine learning easily.
10. Redesigned Quick Settings: Simplified ways to take screenshots and more : Android P brings a redesigned interface for Quick Settings. It offers a better way to edit, simplified volume controls, an easier way to manage notifications and more.
11. Android Dashboard: Focus on digital well-being : Android Dashboard will take care of digital well-being. It will understand your habits, focus on what matters and will tell you to switch-off apps and spend time with family. For example, if you watch too much of YouTube or any other app, the Android dashboard will suggest you to take a break and talk to your family or friends.
12. App Timer: Set time limits to app usage : A new App Timer feature lets you set time limits on apps, and will nudge you when you are close to your limit and then grey out the icon to remind you of your goal.
13. Shush mode: The new DND mode : The new Shush mode is an upgrade of Do Not Disturb mode and silences not just the phone calls and notifications, but also all the visual interruptions that pop up on your screen. Also, if you turn your phone over on the table, it automatically enters Do Not Disturb mode.
14. Wind Down mode: Helps you sleep better : Wind Down will switch on Night Light when it gets dark, and it will turn on Do Not Disturb and fade the screen to grayscale at your chosen bedtime to help you remember to get to sleep at the time you want.
15. Improved Security and Privacy : Along with these features, Android P offers security and privacy improvements such as DNS over TLS, encrypted backups, protected confirmations and more.

How To Join ROOM in PUBG Mobile Latest/ New Update (0.7/0.8) – If you’re a real PUBG player, then, it’s not possible that you haven’t ever tried to create ROOM in PUBG. But here’s a glitch, if you’ve been a professional player of PUBG Mobile, then you may have succeeded and normal ones may have got the messages like – “Not Authorised” which ultimately lead you to this page of media after you have in your mind one of the most common questions about the game designed by Brendan Greene that is – How do we create a room in a PUBG mobile?.
How To Join ROOM in PUBG Mobile Latest/ New Update (0.7/0.8)
How To Join ROOM in PUBG Mobile Latest/ New Update (0.7/0.8)

How To Join ROOM in PUBG Mobile Latest/ New Update (0.7/0.8)

Now with the announcement of 0.8.0 Dev Talk, two quick things first. Earlier, on various forums, there were talks like PUBG room creation feature is only available for PC (personal computer versions) as of now and not in mobile versions. And PUBG room creation requires the version 0.6.0 and above. In this, latter one being never a myth and former one becoming a myth now. Needless to say, creating a room or Chat Room precisely in PUBG is not one of the easiest tasks on the planet. Had it been so, “How To Create Room In PUBG for Free” would not have been a search string in Google, Yahoo, Bing OR Youtube.

PUBG fans are expecting from the Developers that is Bluehole and PUBG Corporation and Composer Tom Salta to solve this issue of Creating Room in PUBG as soon as possible. And, making it one of the simplest tasks to do in PUBG Mobile and PC versions both as this exercise is being repeated by PUBG fans and players often for practising the game. As on the date of writing this content, PUBG was in the headlines with topics like ‘PUBG Cancels Platoon Event Mode due to critical error,’ AND ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: a great shooter that isn’t afraid to copy’ AND ‘PUBG Mobile Campus Championship 2018: Mumbai’s The Terrifying Nightmare wins Rs. 5,000,000.’

As a solution to this problem, through the messages tab, directly go to the global chat room menu so that you can view all group chat rooms you are presently in. While you can also create your own room using the option provided. Apart from that, while being in a squad in PUBG mobile, if you click on ‘room’ labelled under the squad menu, there are complete chances that you’ll have “Not Authorised” message appeared on your screen.

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Google has rolled out a new feature through which apps shared on peer-to-peer file sharing platforms like Shareit will be verified by Google Play. As users tend to share apps (especially games) over Shareit and other platforms to escape low mobile internet speeds, the possibility of installing fake apps is high. For, there is no way to check the authenticity of the installed app. Google’s new feature will verify the authenticity of the shared apps and let users know whether the app has been sourced from the official Google Play store or not.

Interestingly, Google has also extended this feature to offline installation as well. This means when you install an app which is shared on Shareit and your device is offline, even then Google Play will verify the app source.
This feature will prevent you from installing fake Android apps from Shareit and others
This feature will prevent you from installing fake Android apps from Shareit and others

This feature will also roll to Google’s own file sharing app -- Files Go and Xender.

“This also benefits you as a developer as it provides a Play-authorized offline distribution channel and, since the peer-to-peer shared app is added to your user's Play library, your app will now be eligible for app updates from Play,” wrote James Bender, Product Manager, Google Play in the official developer blog.

Recently, around 145 apps on the Google Play Store were spotted with malicious Microsoft Windows executable files. While these apps remained harmless to Android devices, the moment these apps come in contact with a Windows PC (while file sharing), these could potentially harm the system. Google had latter taken down these apps. So, with this new Google Play feature, if such apps are being shared through Shareit or Files Go or Xender, then it will be flagged as unsafe, thus alerting the user.

In another move to keep Android smartphone users safe, Google recently launched a new cybersecurity tool called Intra. This tool is create to protect users from DNS manipulation attacks. This app also claims to protect users from malware and phishing attempts without slowing down the internet connection of the device when it is running.

Google started rolling out the latest version of its Android operating system, dubbed Android 9.0 Pie, in early August. The OS brings several new features to the Android smartphones including gesture navigation, smart text selection, redesigned quick settings, simplified volume controls and adaptive battery mode. Android 9.0 Pie also changes the way users interact with their smartphones as well as the way phones interact with them.

While as always Google smartphones and devices are the first ones to get the latest Android update, several other smartphone companies too have announced a list of their devices that will be receiving Android 9.0 Pie update. According to latest Android distribution numbers, Android Pie has a miniscule 0.1% share. However, with companies such as Nokia, Sony and others planning to roll out Android Pie updates for their smartphones Android 9.0 market share is likely to grow.
51 smartphones set to get Android 9.0 Pie update
51 smartphones set to get Android 9.0 Pie update

Wondering if your smartphone too is eligible to get Android Pie update? Check the list of smartphones set to get Android 9.0 update.

Samsung Galaxy S8+: Rs 51,990

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is powered by company's own Exynos processor.

Samsung Galaxy S9: Rs 44,900

The Samsung Galaxy S9 12 MP Rear camera with Dual Aperture lens and 8MP front shooter for selfies.

Samsung Galaxy S9+: Rs 68,900

Samsung Galaxy S9+ comes equipped with dual rear camera setup. The device sports two 12MP modules out of which one is a telephoto lens and other is a wide angle lens.

Nokia 6.1 Plus: Rs 15,999

Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a dual rear camera setup and a 16MP front shooter

Honor 10: Rs 32,999

The AI-centric Honor 10 smartphone is powered by company's own Kirin 970 processor.

Honor Play: Rs 19,999

Honor Play sports a 6.29-inch screen of FHD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels with 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

Honor View 10: Rs 29,999

The View 10 is the company's first artificial intelligence-based smartphone making the USP of the device.

BlackBerry KEY2: Rs 42,990

Running Android 8.1 Oreo operating system, the Blackberry Key2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.

HTC U11 Plus: Rs 59,990

The HTC U11+ also comes with an Edge Sense feature that can be accessed by squeezing the sides to launch any app

HTC U11: Rs 39,999

The smartphone is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor along with 6GB RAM.

Moto X4: Rs 13,899

Moto X4 comes with IP68 rating which makes the device dust and water resistant.

Moto G6: Rs 13,999

Moto G6 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor.

Moto G6 Play: Rs 11,799

The Moto G6 Play packs a 4,000 mAh battery.

Moto G6 Plus: Rs 22,990

The smartphone comes with a dual rear camera setup and offers a 5.93-inch display

Moto Z2 Force: Rs 34,999

The Moto Z2 Force includes a dual-camera setup at the back, making it the first Motorola smartphone to have the feature.

Moto Z2 Play: Rs 14, 150

Moto Z2 Play is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery and offers a 5.5-inch display.

Sony Xperia XA2: Rs 21,990

The smartphone comes equipped with a 23MP main camera with scene recognition AI support

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus: Rs 24,990

Measuring 157x75x9.6m, the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus is backed by a 3850mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support.

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra: Rs 29,990

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra sports a 6-inch full HD display with 1080x1920 pixel resolution.

Sony Xperia XZ1: Rs 37,990

The Xperia XZ1 comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display protected by Gorilla Glass 5. It is powered by Snapdragon 835 processor

Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Rs 40,994

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium was first smartphone in India to launch with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor at that time.

Huawei P20 Pro: Rs 64,999

The Huawei P20 Pro is the world's first triple camera smartphone.

Huawei P20: Rs 54,999

The smartphone runs Android Oreo and comes with an iPhone X-like notch

Nokai 3.1: Rs 9,999

Nokia 3.1 comes with a 13MP primary and 8MP secondary camera.

Nokai 6.1: Rs 13,990

Nokia 6.1 is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery which claims to offer 20 hours of talktime.

Nokia 1: Rs 4,289, Nokia 3: Rs 7,990

Nokia 3 sports a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 processor.

Nokia 5.1: Rs 13,599

Nokia 5.1 has a 5.5-inch IPS FHD+ display and is powered by a MediaTek processor

Nokia 5: Rs 10,547

The Nokia 5 features a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.

Nokia 6: Rs 13,999

Nokia 6 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Google Assistant and has a 5.5-inch display.

Nokia 7 Plus: Rs 28,028

Nokia 7 Plus has a 6-inch full HD+ IPS LCD screen and runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage

Nokia 8: Rs 28,900

The USP of Nokia 8 is its dual rear camera setup which is powered by Carl Zeiss optics. The smartphone features two 13MP cameras at the rear end.

Nokia 2.1: Rs 6,744

Nokia 2.1 powered by 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor and runs Android 8.0 Oreo operating system

Nokia 2: 6,799

Nokia 2 is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery which claims to offer 2 days of battery backup.

Nokia 8 ​Sirocco: Rs 47,498

Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with a curved edge-to-edge 5.5-inch pOLED 2K display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection

OnePlus 5: Rs 38,900

OnePlus 5 comes with a dual rear camera setup and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor

OnePlus 3T: Starting at Rs 24,999

The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and is backed by a 3,400 mAh battery

OnePlus 3: Starting at Rs 22,999

The smartphone comes with an 8MP front camera and flaunts a metal unibody design

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Rs 67,900

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is powered by the company’s own octa-core Exynos 9810 processor.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Rs 52,900

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was the first Samsung device to come with a dual rear camera setup.

Samsung Galaxy S8: Rs 37,990

The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch QHD+ with 1440x2960 pixels resolution

Sony Xperia XZ2: Rs 72,990

Sony Xperia XZ2 has world’s first 4K HDR movie recording feature. The dual-SIM smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium: Rs 57,990

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium has a 5.8-inch 4K HDR Triluminos display of 2160x3840p resolution

Moto Z3 Play

Moto Z3 Play comes with a 6-inch full HD+ display with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has a 4.3-inch with 720p resolution and Triluminous technology. The smartphone is water-resistant and dustproof

HTC U12 Plus

Running Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, the HTC U12+ features a 6-inch QHD+ (2880x1440 pixels) Super LCD 6 display

OnePlus 5T: Starting at Rs 32,999

OnePlus 5T is the first bezel-less smartphone of the Chinese manufacturer

Sony Xperia XZ Compact

The smartphone has a smaller 4.6-inch HD display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor

Huawei Mate10

Huawei Mate10 runs Android Oreo and sports a 5.9-inch LCD display

Moto Z3

Moto Z3 comes with a dual rear camera setup and runs Android Oreo

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro sports a 6-inch OLED display and runs Android 8.0 Oreo

OnePlus 6T: Starting at Rs 39,999

OnePlus 5T is the first bezel-less smartphone of the Chinese manufacturer

June 05, 2018 , ,
Here are our picks for the best Android apps from the Google Play Store that we use every day. Whether you are looking for a perfect app to scan your documents, take notes or edit videos, we have a recommendation for you. All Android apps mentioned the list can be downloaded from the Play Store for free though some do offer inexpensive in-app purchases for unlocking premium features. Also, the list of essential apps skips commons apps like Google Drive, Google Photos, WhatsApp, Google Maps or Gmail since they are factory-installed on most newer phones. The Best Android Apps of all Time! There are multiple apps with the same functionalities. So, instead of trying all of them, we have saved you some time by compiling this list of free and best Android apps. These are also some of the essential Android apps that you should have on your device in 2018-2019.
Authy Authy generates 2-Step Verification codes on your phone. If someone manages to know the password of your online account, they still can't get in without the generated code.
The Best Android Apps of 2018-2019
Cast Box A free podcast app with a super clean layout and a better discovery engine for finding new podcasts. It includes in-audio search and your podcast subscriptions get synced to the desktop.
NewPipe The best Android app for playing YouTube videos in the background while you work on other apps. Includes audio and video download capabilities as well and thus is missing from the official store.
FakeGPS Easily fake your location on the mobile phone. Any app or website that uses location - Foursqaure, Google or even Maps for example - will think you are in the other place and serve different results.
fooView The most versatile app for Android ever that lets you do any with simple gestures. Search your apps, open websites, switch screens, take screenshots, and more all within a single app.
Protect A free VPN and data manager app from Facebook that lets you monitor your mobile data usage, blocks apps from using data in the background and includes VPN to save your information when connected to public Wi-Fi.
Connections Quickly add notes and to-dos to your contacts and these notes will pop up on your screen the next time you receive or make a phone call to that person.
Quickly Put your most frequently used apps and contacts in the notification bar and access them from any screen by simply swiping down the notification drawer.
WhatTheFont Instantly identify fonts used in magazine covers, billboards and everywhere else. Snap a picture, crop the area that you wish to identify and WhatTheFont will show the font name as well as similar font families.
Firefox Focus The privacy focused browser that doesn't keep track of anything you search or browse. Exit the browser and all your browser history is erased automatically. It's like using Chrome in permanent incognito mode.
Grammarly Grammarly adds sophisticated spelling and grammar checking to every app on your phone. Whether you are writing an email, a Facebook post or a message on WhatsApp, you'll never make any embarrassing errors again.
Notin Pin important notes and reminders in your notification bar and they just sit there silently, constantly reminding you that the task is still due.
Files Go Running out of space on your Android? Files Go by Google will help you easily identify all the unused apps, duplicate files, and other temporary files that may be clogging your phone.
Canva Create beautiful designs from readymade templates in minutes. Whether you looking to create a wedding invitation, brochure or eye-catching graphics for social media graphics, Canva has you covered.
Timbre The easiest tool for manipulating audio and video files on your phone. You can cut or join media files, convert between formats or even change the playback speed.
TinyCards An innovative flashcards app that helps you memorize anything quickly using the spaced repetition technique. Readymade flashcards are available for a variety of topics or create your own!
Sesame Shortcuts It adds an invisible area on your screen that is accessible from all other apps. Tap the area to search and launch your favorite app.
Android Auto It transforms your Android screen into a simplified interface with large buttons and makes it easier for you to use the phone while you are on the road. Listen to driving directions, enjoy music, make phone calls and read text messages.
APK Updater The app simplifies the process of finding updates for your installed apps. While your phone checks the official Google Play store for app updates, APK Updates looks at legit APK sites like APK Mirror for new versions.
Article Reader Google Chrome doesn't include the Reader mode that is available in Safari on the iPhone but Article Reader comes close. Send any page from the browser to this app and read it without the distracting clutter.
Alt+C Easily copy and paste text between your phone and your Windows PC or Mac computer. You can copy-paste URLs, email addresses, phone number or even larger blocks of text with a simple hotkey.
Buffer Easily post updates to Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and other social media sites from your phone. You can also schedule updates to go live at a specific date and time.
Checky Addicted to the phone? This app will help you figure out how many times do you check your phone per day. You can also see historical data to understand how your phone usage patterns have changed over time.
Changes The Google Play Store will automatically download and update your outdated apps in the background. However, if you curious to know what has changed in the app since the last update, fire up this app to see the change logs.
Chromer A floating bubble browser that opens web pages in the background while you can continue to work inside the current app. Support Google AMP and Readability mode so the pages load faster and without the clutter.
Datally Track how much mobile data are various apps consuming on your phone. You can optionally turn on the data saver mode and easily block specific apps from using any data.
Feedly If you prefer reading news via RSS feeds, Feedly is your best friend. The app offers a widget that you can place on the home screen and follow your favorite sites without launching the app.
Fing A suite of network tools that help you discover which other phones, tablets and computers are connected to your Wifi network. You can associates names with devices for easy identification and detect when unauthorized users connect to your network.
GIPHY GIPHY is the largest repository of animated GIFs but the app also offers an option to take videos and upload them as a GIF image with your own captions.
IFTTT Boost your productivity with automation. IFTTT can talk to pretty much every service, from Google Drive to Dropbox to Twitter to Gmail, and performs actions when specified conditions are met.
Keep Keep is more than just a note-taking app. It includes power OCR and can instantly extract text from photos and scanned images. Also supports location-based reminders so you remember to buy flowers when passing by the florist.
Kinemaster The most powerful video editing suite for your Android phone. Includes layer based editing, transitions, Chrome key (green screen), effects and more.
Microsoft Launcher A completely rewritten app launcher from Microsoft with a fresh layout and beautiful typography. If you work on a Windows 10 computer, you'll love it even more.
Next Show notifications for missed calls, text messages, upcoming calendar appointments on your lock screen. Call your contacts, toggle phone settings and even launch your favorite apps right on the screen.
Notebook A perfect note taking app from Zoho. Add text notes, voice memos, images, checklists, handwritten scribbles, import scanned documents and access your notebooks from anywhere.
Office Lens Scan documents, business cards, handwritten memos, whiteboards, sketches on paper napkins and save them as searchable PDFs or images in the gallery. The app can intelligently remove shadows and odd angle so you can focus on the text.
PhotoScan The best photo scanner app that will help you scan your precious photos without any glare and saves them forever in your Google Photos. The scanned photos are automatically enhanced and cropped so you don't waste any time in editing the scans.
Pocket Save web pages, videos, images and everything else for reading later. You can also listen to your saved articles with the included text-to-speech engine.
Portal The easiest way to transfer large files and folders from the desktop to your phone over WiFi. The connection is activated by scanning a QR code. If you need to transfer from phone to computer, consider Send Anywhere.
PushBullet Send web pages, notes, photos and everything else between your phone and computer. The app can also mirror device notifications on your desktop include phone call alerts.
Quik The makers of GoPro cameras made this awesome app for mashing up your photos and videos into impressive movies. No watermarks!
SMS Organizer The best SMS app for Android that treats your text messages like email. You can apply filters to automatically sort incoming messages in folders and permanently block spam senders.
Snap Swipe Add widgets in your notification drawer and access them from anywhere with a simple swipe without having to switch to the home screen. Also keeps your home screen less cluttered.
Snapseed A professional photo editing suite from Google that gives you access to advanced tools including brush, healing, curves, perspective and RAW support.
Sync Reddit has an official app but I find Sync better as it offer mores customization options. You can squeeze in more Reddit content in the same space by switching to smaller cards.
Trusted Contacts Add your close friends and family members as trusted contacts and let them approve. You can then send them an alert or proactively share your location if you feel unsafe or find yourself in an emergency.
Texpand Create abbreviations for your frequently used text phrases and they'll be automatically replaced with the full text. For instance, you can create a shortcut em that expands to your full email address.
YT Gaming You may not be a gaming enthusiasts but the good thing about YouTube Gaming is that it lets you live stream any app on your phone screen to YouTube with one click. The video is also saved in your YouTube channel forever.
Zoom A perfect tool for online meetings that supports both audio and video conferencing. You can also live share web pages, documents and even broadcast your Android screen to other participants right within the app.
Twilight If you use your phone at night when all the surrounding lights are off, Twilight may help your eyes. It lowers the screen backlight and reduces the blue light automatically based on the time of the day.
Recent Notifications Never miss another notification again. The app stores a log of all your notifications so you can always find them even if you have accidentally dismissed them from the status bar.
Videoder Download videos from all the popular video hosting websites including Facebook and Instagram. You can also choose the format and the file quality for faster downloads.
MacroDroid Tasker is the most popular for automating tasks on your Android phone but the app itself is complicated with a steep learning curve. MacroDroid is a better alternative to Tasker and Automate with an intuitive interface.
Better Open With You may have multiple apps on your phone that can perform a similar action. For instance, PDF files can be handled by Acrobat Reader and Dropbox. This app lets you choose a default app handler for various files.
Voice Recorder The recorder from Samsung not only lets you record the sound around you but it can also transcribe speech to text in real time. Includes basic editing capabilities to let you remove portion of the recorded audio.
Hermit Turn web pages into lite web apps that sit on your home screen and open outside the browser in their own space. You can choose your own icons, color scheme, enable reader mode for a better reading experience and even choose to block ads.
Trello I've practically used every other app for organizing and storing digital notes including Evernote, Wunderlist, AnyDo and OneNote. The one I still prefer is Trello.
Google Translate Use your phone camera to instantly translate street signs, restaurant menus, user manuals and everything else into your native language. Download the language translation packs and translate offline.
AirDroid Manage your phone from the desktop. Browse the files on your phone, send SMS text messages,
Find My Device Easily locate your lost phone. it plays a sound when the device is nearby and you have the option to remotely wipe your lost Android device so the data cannot be seen by others.
Liveboard Turn your phone into an interactive whiteboard. Draw, visualize ideas, invite and collaborate with others, broadcast your session on the internet in real time.
Alarmtube Search for your favorite video on YouTube and set it as your wake-up alarm. Your phone should be connected to the Internet but you do have an option to set local MP3 files as alarm tones.
Instant Automatically keep track of the time you spend on your phone and get a detailed log of your app usage patterns. Instant integrates with Google Fit to track your fitness and sleep time.
Walk Alarm An annoying alarm clock up that won't stop ringing unless you have walked a certain number of steps with the phone in hand. A popular alternative is Sleep If You Can that won't stop unless you snap a picture of a specific object.
Bing Google may be a better search engine but Bing for Android adds some new things to the table. It includes a QR Code scanner and visual search - snap a picture and Bing will show similar images from the web.
Norton AppLock Lock Apps add a second layer of protection to your sensitive apps. You can add passcode, lock screen pattern or fingerprint security to specific apps and friends who borrow your phone will never be able to see those apps again.
Parallel Space Want to use WhatsApp or Facebook with two different accounts on the same phone? Parallel Space let you clone any app allowing you to log into multiple accounts at the same time on one device.
Anchor This is the easiest way to record and produce audio podcasts and radio shows on your phone. You can enhance your audio with included background sound effects and tunes.
TunnelBear Get around geo-restrictions with the popular VPN app.
Handwriting Input If you hate typing on the keyboard, use the handwriting input keyboard from Google to write digital text using your own handwriting even without a stylus. It can recognize terrible cursive handwriting as well.
Firefox Quantum Firefox on Android is so much better than Google Chrome. It features a built-in reader mode so you can read mobile pages without distraction, the pages can be directly pushed to the desktop, and it supports add-ons include Adblockers.
iA Writer A minimalistic and beautiful text editor that syncs your writings with Dropbox and Google Drive. Focus mode concentrates your attention on a single sentence, you can write in markdown and export to Word or PDF formats.
Thrive A better way to limit your screen time and distractions. Thrive blocks all apps, notifications, calls and texts when you want. However, calls and texts from people on your VIP list will always go through.
Google Lens Use your phone camera to identify anything instantly. You can identify landmarks, plants, scan barcodes, extract phone numbers from text, find similar dresses, furniture and more. text, find similar dresses, furniture and more.

At the I/O 2018 developers' conference, internet giant Google officially introduced its Android P mobile operating system. The next version of Android OS brings into focus one of the core strengths of Google: AI and machine learning. The search giant brings features like Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, App Actions, Slices and much more onboard.
Android P launched at Google IO 2018: Features, availability and more
Adaptive Battery This new feature prioritizes battery power only for the apps and services you use the most. This helps the smartphone squeeze most of the battery life and run for some extra hours.
Adaptive Brightness with machine learning The adaptive brightness feature now uses machine learning to notice and learn how users like to keep the brightness of the screen in different settings.
App Actions Android P also comes with App Actions that predicts what task you need to do next so you can be more quick and productive. “Say you connect your headphones to your device, Android will surface an action to resume your favorite Spotify playlist,” says Sameer Samat, VP of product management, Android.
Slices Slices give you some more information into the apps you use the most. For instance, when searching for Lyft in Google Search, it will show you the price and time for a trip to work. These are interactive as well.
Design change With Android P, Google has made the look and feel of the UI more approachable with a new system navigation. “In Android P, we’re extending gestures to enable navigation right from your homescreen. This is especially helpful as phones grow taller and it’s more difficult to get things done on your phone with one hand,” says Samat. The single home button now lets you swipe up to see the new design Overview. In addition you get redesigned Quick Settings, a better way to take and edit screenshots, simplified volume controls and easy app notification management.
Digital Wellbeing Google has also introduced some features such as Dashboard to let you know how much time you’ve spent on the device, App Timer to let you set time on apps, Do Not Disturb mode to silence phone calls, notifications and any kind of visual interruptions and Wind Down to turn on night light in low light environments.
Android P Beta available to select devices Google also announced that Android P beta is now available on devices including Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, and Essential PH 1.

April 30, 2018 , , , ,
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies is working on its own proprietary mobile operating system (OS) since 2012 after a US investigation into the company, the media reported. The company, which is also the world's biggest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, would ditch Google's Android platform amid reports that it is under investigation by the US for breaching sanctions against Iran, the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday. "The company started building its own OS after a US investigation into Huawei and ZTE in 2012. Huawei also has its own OS for tablets and personal computers," the report added.
Huawei Said to Be Working on Its Own Mobile Operating System to Replace Android
According to media report, the US House Intelligence Committee found after a year-long investigation that the Chinese businesses, Huawei Technologies and ZTE Inc, were a "national security threat because of their attempts to extract sensitive information from American companies and their loyalties to the Chinese government". Google's Android OS and Apple's proprietary iOS have a stronghold on smartphone OS, accounting for 99.9 percent of the global market, according to Gartner. "The plan to build a proprietary OS was started by Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, and the company has never given up on it as it is seen as a strategic investment to prepare for 'worst-case scenarios'," the report added. Huawei's alternative to Android has not been released as it is not "as good" as Android and the system does not have many third-party apps developed for it.
The company is currently under investigation. If the the US Department of Justice finds it guilty of violating sanctions, it could impose criminal penalties on the smartphone maker. Another Chinese player, ZTE, paid $892 million in fines for exporting US tech to Iran last year. The US Department of Commerce has activated a denial of export privileges against ZTE for alleged violations of the US Export Administration Regulations. ZTE is currently taking steps to comply with the US denial order.
Huawei, the Chinese tech company that is better known for its smartphone devices, is said to be working on its own operating system that might emerge as an Android alternative. Although the company’s handsets, including those from its sub-brand Honor, run on Google’s Android, the new OS version still seems far from seeing the light of the day. As reported by South China Morning Post, Huawei started working on its own operating system ever since it was under investigation by the US in 2012. The company is also said to have its own OS for tablets and personal computers. The project was reportedly started under Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei and is a preparation for ‘worst-case scenario’. The OS for now doesn’t seem to be ready for public rollout as it is not as capable as Android. In addition, the OS lacks third-party apps from developers as well.

April 25, 2018 , , ,
As an iPhone user, there are two things that make me jealous of Android
After bouncing between Symbian and BlackBerry for years back in the early 2000s, I became an iPhone user the day the original model was released more than a decade ago. Apple’s first-generation iPhone was nowhere near as capable as Nokia’s Symbian smartphones, and it wasn’t suited as well to productivity as BlackBerry phones. From a user experience standpoint, however, it was blatantly apparent from the moment you picked it up that the iPhone was miles ahead of the competition. Market leaders at the time like Nokia and BlackBerry failed to see what was quite obvious to Apple and to end users, and now those companies no longer have smartphone businesses to speak of.
Things finally got interesting again nearly two years after the first iPhone launched, when the first Android-powered smartphone was released. It was called the HTC Dream, or T-Mobile G1 in the United States, and it sort of combined key elements from the iPhone user experience with key elements from the BlackBerry and Symbian user experiences. Android was far more versatile and flexible than iOS (or iPhone OS, as it was originally called) even back then, but it was also nowhere near as refined and fluid. Much has evolved over the years with both mobile platforms, but those initial advantages remain unchanged. Android is still much more versatile, while iOS is still far more streamlined and refined. I’m still an iPhone user after all these years as well, but there are two key advantages Android has over the iOS platform that continue to leave me envious. The first big advantage Android has over iOS in my eyes is obvious: choice.
Apple sells more iPhone models now than it ever has before, and the number should be at least as high this year. There are currently eight different iPhone models available for purchase from Apple: iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, and iPhone SE. Four current models are set to be retired this year (iPhone X, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE), but four new models are also expected to debut, including an upgraded version of the iPhone X, an “iPhone X Plus,” a similar-looking iPhone with an LCD display, and an “iPhone SE 2.” That seems like a lot of iPhones, but there really isn’t much variety to speak of. Four of the eight available iPhones are previous-generation models, and the iPhone SE is a low-end iPhone. Then there’s the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which feature modern specs crammed into a design that dates back to 2014. Finally we have the new iPhone X, which is the iPhone I currently use.
On the other side of the fence, there are dozens upon dozens of different Android phones out there. And we’re not just talking about a few new options and a slew of previous-generation models. Google allows other hardware makers to license Android for free, as we all know, so there’s a ton of variety available to Android users. The other big advantage Android has over iOS in my view is actually the impetus for this post. A nifty little Android app came to my attention courtesy of a thread on Reddit, and it reminded me of how aggravating some of Apple’s restrictions are on third-party app developers. Flutter is the new Android app in question, and it’s a simple but useful utility that’s available for free in the Google Play store.
It’s actually more of an extension than an app, and it serves one purpose: it adds an overlay on Netflix pages that display Open Movie Database ratings. This way, when you tap on a show or movie in Netflix, you can get a good idea of audience response before you bother watching it. It’s so simple, and yet it’s a painful reminder of how limited iOS app developers are in some regards. As a whole, Apple’s restrictions result in an overall user experience that is far smoother, more consistent, and more refined than Android. But certain restrictions, such as the limitations on interactions between third-party apps, are a bit overbearing. Being able to see audience scores as you browse Netflix is so simple and so useful, and it’s just one of a million examples of how developers can enhance app experiences on Android. Despite its simplicity and utility, Flutter could never exist on an iPhone.

April 23, 2018 , , ,
SwiftKey for Android Now Supports Urdu, 4 Other Languages
The SwiftKey keyboard app has been updated with support for Urdu (English) and a bunch of other languages, including Alsatian, Fongbe, Norman, and Warlpiri. The new language support is limited to Android devices. Microsoft has also added some bug fixes to deliver an improved typing experience through its keyboard app. Last month, the SwiftKey keyboard app for Android and iOS was updated with a toolbar that brings quick access to GIFs, emoji characters, and copied text. With the latest move, the SwiftKey app for Android now supports over 200 languages.
The app was already supporting widely used languages such as English (US, UK, AU, CA), Spanish (ES, LA, US), Portuguese (PT, BR), German, Turkish, French, Arabic, Russian, Italian, and Polish among various others. Apart from new languages, the updated SwiftKey app has some bug fixes. the punctuation slider on the virtual keyboard will no longer trigger the period when sliding finger on it. Further, the keyboard won't lock up when you try to tag someone in Instagram comments. The app has also received a layout fix that comes when using Dvorak + Split + Undock settings. You can visit Google Play to download the latest SwiftKey version on Android device. There isn't any word on an identical version for iOS devices. However, that could also debut in the coming days to match the experience with its Android counterpart.
Microsoft last month brought the SwiftKey 7.0 as the "biggest update" since its acquisition in 2016. That update brought a "Collections" feature as a toolbar to offer quick access to GIFs, emoji characters, and copied text. The toolbar can be used to store emoji, stickers, and GIFs. Also, the last update expanded the location sharing feature for eight new hybrid languages, including Assamese (English), Bengali (English), Kannada (English), Malayalam (English), Marathi (English), Nepali (English), Odia (English), and Telugu (English). Users can shift between these languages seamlessly.

April 18, 2018 , ,
Android is going all in on copying an iPhone feature that might disappear next year
Apple’s iPhone X features what is arguably the most stunning design we’ve ever seen on a smartphone, so it makes sense that Android vendors would want to copy it. As beautiful as it is, however, we don’t think anyone expected rival smartphone makers to rip off the iPhone X’s design to the extent that they have. Almost every single Android phone company in the world either has stolen Apple’s design or is in the process of stealing it.
That includes everything from tiny no-name Chinese phone brands to some of the biggest names in the industry, like Huawei and LG. In fact, only one major smartphone player hasn’t copied the iPhone X at this point — Samsung — but a new revelation on Tuesday proved that the South Korean company is indeed at least considering an iPhone X clone of its own. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise, of course, since Samsung literally wrote the book on copying Apple’s iPhone designs. Apple wasn’t the first smartphone maker to release a handset with a notch cut out of the display.
LG had a phone with the top corner removed, and Essentials’ PH-1 has a small rounded notch cut out for the camera. Of course, Apple’s iPhone X has a unique oblong notch that’s unlike anything else — or at least, it was unlike anything else until nearly every Android company on the planet copied it. Just look at this picture of 20 embarrassing iPhone X copycats in a single image. The irony here is that the nifty new notch design all these Android clones are copying could be outdated as soon as next year. There has been a ton of talk surrounding Apple’s notched display design and all the Android phones that are copying it. That conversation was rekindled this week when a Samsung patent application emerged showing a notch design just like Apple’s iPhone X.
Android vendors are tripping over themselves to copy Apple’s pseudo all-screen design. Even though some of them are embarrassed and are trying to convince the world they weren’t copying Apple, we can all see the truth. In fact, so many Android phone makers are copying the notch that Google had to build notch support into Android P, its next big Android update. As we mentioned, though, the real irony in all this is that all these Android companies are copying a design that could disappear a year from now. Apple’s display notch exists to make room for the iPhone X’s ear speaker and the TrueDepth camera and sensor array that enables Face ID. The company’s Face ID solution replaced Touch ID on the iPhone X, and Apple says it’s going all in on Face ID moving forward.
All three new iPhone models that debut in September are expected to feature Face ID in place of Touch ID, and so they’ll all have notches at the top of their displays. The notch was born of necessity, but it appears as though that necessity may be short-lived. According to a report that emerged last month, Apple may already be working on a solution that will allow it to ditch the notch but keep Face ID on an iPhone with thin bezels. And according to that report, these new notchless iPhone models could be released as soon as next year. In other words, Android vendors are spending all this time and effort copying a design that might not even exist a year from now. What’ll be truly funny to watch is all the apologists who bizarrely insist that all these Android phone makers aren’t really copying Apple’s iPhone X design. It may be a bit more difficult to make that claim when Apple does away with the notch and all these Android copycats quickly clone whatever new design Apple comes up with.

April 14, 2018 , ,
8 hidden secrets in your Android smartphones
It turns out that your phone boasts off many lesser-known but stand-out features that enrich user experience. So to help you get the most out of your device, here are 10 hidden functions you probably didn't know your Android phone could do...
1. ​Allow calls from selected people : The 'Do not disturb' feature on your Android device comes with a "Priority only" mode, which lets you choose what exactly can and can't disturb you when you are in an important meeting, driving, watching a movie in a theatre or having a good night’s sleep. To activate this function, go to Settings > Sound > Do not disturb, and tap 'Priority only settings'. Here you can decide whether reminders and event alerts can go off in Priority mode. Tap 'Calls' to choose who can call you; the options include 'from anyone', 'from contacts only', 'from starred contacts only' or 'none'. You can also tap 'Messages' and choose from similar options. Another option is the 'Repeat Callers'; if enabled it allows a call to come through if the same person calls a second time within a 15-minute period.
2. ​Unlock the phone automatically when you are at home : Do you find it frustrating and futile to repeatedly unlock your device when you are in the safety and comfort of your home? This is where the 'Smart Lock' feature comes in handy. It uses GPS to automatically unlock your phone when you are at 'Trusted places'. Go to Settings> Security and tap on 'Smart Lock'. Now you can find multiple options: On-body detection, Trusted places, Trusted devices, Trusted face and Voice match. Simply tap on 'Trusted places' and input the place where you feel comfortable leaving your phone unlocked.
3. ​Opt out of personalised ads : Many find personalised ads a little creepy and intrusive. For example, if you search a particular TV model on Google, you start seeing ads of the product on your device. So, if you are concerned about your privacy then you can easily disable this function. Go to Settings> Google > Ads and enable 'Opt out of Ads Personalisation.' You will see a pop-up saying "You will still see ads, but they may not be based on your interests". Tap 'ok' and it's done.
4. ​Measure your heart rate : Here's how you can measure your heart rate with your Android phone. Go to Play tore and install 'Instant Heart Rate.' Open the app and place the tip of your index finger on your phone's camera lens. The app will take a few seconds before displaying your heart rate on the screen.
5. ​Screen magnifier : This feature is really beneficial to users with poor eyesight. Just go to Settings > Accessibility and tap Magnification gestures. Now you can zoom in on any part of the display by quickly tapping the screen three times with one finger, drag two or more fingers to scroll and pinch two or more fingers together or apart to adjust zoom.
6. ​Turn on Guest Mode : Don't want people to scan through the content of your phone when you lend them your device? Here's how to stop them. Before giving your device to a foreign user pull down the notifications drawer and tap on your avatar. Now you will see three options. Tap on the one that reads 'Add guest' and you'll switch to Guest Mode. Now the foreign user can't access your personal data such as messages or installed apps. When the device returns safely in your hands pull down the notifications bar and tap on 'Remove Guest'.
7. ​Access Chrome tabs from other devices : First you have to log into Chrome with your Gmail ID across all your devices. To do that open Chrome on your computer, click on three vertical lines on the top right corner and got to 'Settings'. You will see an option, 'Sign in to Chrome'. Click it to log in with your Gmail account. Now if you launch a new Chrome tab on your smartphone, you will see a 'Recent tabs' option when you hit three vertical dots. Here you will see the URLs that are open on your other logged-in devices.
8. ​Invert colours : This setting allows you to read at night without putting strain on your eyes. Just go to Settings, Accessibility and enable 'Colour inversion.'

April 14, 2018 , ,
How to find out how 'safe/unsafe' your Android smartphone is
Here are some simple steps using which you can check the status of security patches received by the smartphone.
Step 1: Go to Google Play Store and download the app called SnoopSnitch. This is a free app and if your smartphone is running Android Oreo 8.1 then the test result will be limited.
Step 2: Once downloaded you can open the app and you will see this screen.
Step 3: Now you have to click on the option ‘Click here to test patch level.’
Step 4: Once done you will be taken to another window and tap on ‘Start test’ button. Now the test will start running. In order to run the test make sure that you have a working internet connection.
Step 5: After the completion of the test you will see the results on the screen. The results are categorised as Patched, Patch missing, After claimed patch level, Test inconclusive. We ran the test on OnePlus 5T and the Xiaomi Redmi 5. In our test results we found that the Redmi 5 has missed 5 claimed patches and the test result in inconclusive in 48 patches. On the other hand, in the OnePlus 5T the test result was inconclusive in the case of 5 patches but the handset has not missed any patch. Google is known for rolling out security updates from time to time for Android smartphones. The tech giant has also tried to push smartphones manufacturers to roll out timely security updates.
However, it seems that the OEMs are not taking this seriously. A German research firm, Security Research Labs have revealed that most of the smartphone makers fail to roll out security patches to their users and on many occasions they also skip it. The research firm reveals that many a times the smartphone maker informs the users that their device has the latest security patch but that is not the case often they are lying about it.
The research firm tested about 1200 smartphones from makers like Google, Samsung, HTC, TCL and tested their flagship devices. It was discovered that the smartphones tested have missed or lacked the security patch which the company claims that they have rolled out. So, if you are wondering about the security of your smartphone or want to check on the patch you received last, then here is an app for that as well. An app called SnoopSnitch enables users to check if smartphone is running the security patches which it claims.

8 things that iPhones can do, Android phones can't
It has been a few months since Apple rolled out its iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad devices. The latest version is already running on 65 percent devices, according to latest numbers. In between these months, the firm has also launched a few maintenance updates in these past few months. The latest to arrive in beta testing is iOS 11.3, which strongly focuses on the iPhone’s battery and processor performance. So, how does it stand against Google’s newest Android version, Android 8.1 Oreo? iOS does have an upper hand when it comes to features. Here are some of them.
1. Spam Message filter This is one of the most important new features of the iOS 11. While detailing the OS, Apple talked about the Messages app’s ability to filter spam messages. The OS utilizes machine learning to do this.
2. Native screen recording Yes, iOS 11 users will be able to natively record the contents of their device’s display with external voice input. It’s also possible to create GIFs using this feature. Although screen recording is supported by Samsung smartphones, it’s yet to become a native feature in Android.
3. Messages sync across devices The updated Messages app in iOS 11 now has iCloud support. This means that all the messages are synchronized across all Apple devices that use the same Apple ID. Google’s Android Messages app still doesn’t have this feature.
4. Send and receive money in Messages Another interesting feature of iOS 11 is the ability to send and receive money directly within the Messages app. Users can do so via simple text messages. It’s also possible to transfer received money to one’s bank account. Android doesn’t offer any such functionality as of now.
5. Drag-and-drop support for content The new iOS 11 introduces the ability to drag-and-drop content such as images, text, URLs in apps easily. This feature works even better on iPads, as users can drag-and-drop content between different apps using the redesigned app switcher panel.
6. Control on battery and performance of iPhones With iOS 11.3, Apple is giving more power to iPhone users by letting them handle the battery and processor performance, something not yet available on Android handsets. The feature is in the iOS 11.3 beta versions and will be witnessing a broader rollout soon.
7. New video format saves space While Android users can just shoot a video and can do nothing to compress it in order to keep the quality intact and also save space at the same time, Apple has made it possible with iOS 11. The OS version brings a new format to record videos – HEIF/HEVC that maintains the quality and takes less space as well.
8. Can listen to music on multiple speakers One of the native features in iOS 11 is its ability to play music on different Apple products with the updated AirPlay 2 feature. With this you can stream content on multiple Apple TVs, something Android is yet to come with.

This may be the biggest feature in the next version of Android
We are already aware that like every year Google will announce the latest version of Android at its annual developer conference. Android 9.0 or Android P, as per the leaks, will be the latest Android version and now some of its upcoming features have already started doing the rounds of internet. Now a new rumored feature of Android P has surfaced online.
According to a report by XDA, Android P will come with a feature which will alert the user if their call is being recorded. The OS will come with a built in warning tone support alarming the user that their ongoing call is being recorded.
The feature is expected to detect the package name of the call recording app and will insert a 1,400Hz tone which will beep after every 15 seconds that and will inform the user about the call being recorded. The feature, however, will allow lawful call recordings which will require both the parties to make a telephone call to consent to the act. The feature is definitely a useful one and will also protect the privacy of the user. Recently, Google has announced the date for its annual developer conference Google I/O 2018.
However, there is still some time for the Google I/O event, but the company has already started releasing teasers of the conference. The first ever teaser for the Google I/O 2018 comes in the form of a tweet, which leads to a bunch of puzzles. Solving them reveals the date and venue of IO 2018. The event, like last time will take place in Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA . The conference is scheduled to begin on May 8 and will conclude on May 10.

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