Android Authority Android News, Reviews, How To Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:26:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 54cc39 Google Play Music could be killed off when YouTube Remix launches later this year Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:23:20 +0000

  • Google Play Music will reportedly be retired when YouTube Remix debuts.
  • Existing Play Music users may be forced to switch to Remix by the end of 2018.
  • Remix is expected to launch later this year as Google looks to rival Spotify.

One of the worst-kept secrets in the streaming industry is that Google is preparing to launch a new music-multimedia platform called YouTube Remix. We’ve already heard from various sources that the service will launch later this year, but it now seems that its inevitable release will also lead to the death of Google Play Music.

According to Droid-Life sources, the Play Music service will begin to wind down later this year, with existing users set to be “forced off” and likely migrated over to Remix by the end of 2018.

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It’s unclear how this will impact those with paid subscriptions, or whether user playlists and music library cloud backups will carry over to the new platform, although another report from 9to5Google suggests that the search giant is planning to “move the entire service over to YouTube Music [“Remix”].”

Intended to unseat Spotify’s dominance over the music streaming market, YouTube Remix will reportedly combine YouTube Red with Play Music to create an on-demand music service that also features video clips.

Despite initial concerns from major music labels, we heard late last year that Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group had joined Warner Music Group in signing deals for the upcoming service after Google assuage their fears over copyright issues on YouTube.

In an attempt to settle concerns among Play Music subscribers, a Google spokesperson issued the following statement to Droid-Life:

We’ve previously announced the combination of the YouTube Music and Google Play product teams — music is very important to Google so it’s critical we have one offering that meets the needs of consumers and artists. Nothing will change for users today and we’ll provide plenty of notice before any changes are made.

Would you mourn the death of Google Play Music? Let us know in the comments.

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Xiaomi has capped how much money it makes from hardware, forever Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:54:19 +0000

Xiaomi has announced that it will permanently limit the net profit margin earned from hardware sales to a maximum of 5 percent after tax.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun made the announcement earlier today, and it will affect Xiaomi’s entire hardware range — from smartphones to lifestyle products.

Xiaomi has made a name for itself in part due to its aggressive pricing strategy — releasing hardware that often dramatically undercuts the competition. The company has traditionally avoided expensive marketing campaigns and relied little on third-party resellers to ship its products.

Its business model has been said to rely heavily on after-sale purchases like accessories or content from its digital store, rather than direct sales of major products like its smartphones.

Xiaomi’s hardware profit margins were always thought to be low — and few smartphone manufacturers are likely to make much more than 5 percent net profit after tax from hardware anyway — so the 5 percent maximum net profit figure itself won’t come as a surprise to many people.

What’s more of a shock is the company’s promise itself: no matter how much it may potentially make by increasing prices in the future, it will be restricted to that same net profit margin. More interesting still, TechCrunch notes that, if Xiaomi exceeds the 5 percent amount, it will give some of the profits back to customers ” by reasonable means.”

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Xiaomi’s pledge doesn’t necessarily mean that consumers are always guaranteed cheap products, however. The company could decide to release a $250,000 dollar USB stick and still keep its promise of a 5 percent net profit cap.

That being said, Xiaomi simply won’t have the same incentive as other hardware manufacturers when it comes to increasing retail costs. Why would it sell a phone for $500 when it could potentially make the same per unit selling it for $400 — and get its brand into more users’ hands?

What do you think of Xiaomi’s announcement? Let us know in the comments.

Up next: The best Xiaomi phones

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Opera’s new browser excels at one-hand usage and PC synchronization Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:19:34 +0000 Opera touch

  • Opera launched Opera Touch, a new mobile browser that seamlessly integrates with the desktop browser.
  • Opera Touch is designed to be used with one hand, with fewer taps required for key functions.
  • The browser features a built-in ad blocker and end-to-end encryption.

Look ma’, one hand! Opera is trying to boost its mobile presence with Opera Touch, a new browser that lets you do pretty much anything with just one hand.

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Opera announced its new browser at a launch event in Oslo. Opera Touch is designed to be used one-handed, eliminating several of the steps that most users have begrudgingly followed for years — and implementing several new features to merge mobile and desktop browsing.

When launching the browser or opening a new tab, Opera Touch opens directly into search mode with the keyboard pulled up. No more stretching your thumb to the top of the screen to tap on the search bar before doing what you were probably looking to do anyway — search the web.

Opera Touch also makes it easy to switch between tabs and access other functions quickly with their Fast Action Button (FAB), located within a thumb’s reach of the bottom of the screen. It’s always present, and tapping it will automatically open a new tab. Long pressing it displays recent tabs and another button to access the rest. You can also close tabs and perform other basic browsing tasks using just this single button.

Even better, Opera has also released a new version of their desktop browser that seamlessly integrates with Opera Touch using the new Flow feature. After a quick scan of a QR code (no login required), the two devices are synced with end-to-end encryption.

Opera Touch seamlessly integrates with the desktop browser using the new Flow feature

Once synced, messages can be sent between devices, making it easy and convenient to take notes or store links. Gone are the days of emailing or messaging yourself articles and videos to check out later. The browser also has a feature to continue your desktop browsing session, displaying the most recent pages visited.

Opera Touch can be downloaded for free on Android, with the iOS version coming soon. To take full advantage of the Flow feature, the updated desktop version will need to be downloaded as well.

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Marvel at these Galaxy S9 Infinity War cases from Otterbox Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:04:11 +0000 Otterbox

We’ve seen the likes of OnePlus leap aboard the Avengers hype train this week with free movie tickets, and now it’s case manufacturer OtterBox’s turn with some new Avengers: Infinity War cases. 

The four case designs, spotted by CNET, show off Black Panther, Thanos, Iron Man, and a design featuring the various characters on one case. They’re available for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus as well as the iPhone 7 lineup, iPhone 8 duo, and iPhone X

The designs are available on both the Symmetry series and the Defender range of cases. The former case (as seen below) is a lightweight accessory that simply offers drop protection, while the latter is a rugged option that also delivers dust protection and an included holster clip/kickstand.


The Infinity War cases start at $44.95 for the Symmetry series case on smaller phones (Galaxy S9, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and iPhone X), while the larger Symmetry cases (Galaxy S9 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 8 Plus) retail for $54.95.

Those on the hunt for a more durable case will need to splash out $59.95 for the Defender case, though they’re only available for the smaller devices. 

Like the Avengers and need a new case? Then click the button below to view the lineup.

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Facebook’s secret content guidelines now available to public Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:11:10 +0000 best android apps to sell stuff

  • Facebook has revealed the previously secret guidelines it uses to decide what posts are allowed on the site.
  • It is also introducing an appeals process for when people think content has been removed incorrectly.
  • Facebook hopes to receive feedback to improve the guidelines.

Facebook has published the internal guidelines it uses to decide who is allowed to post to the site. According to an official blog post, the guidelines have been published to help people understand where the company stands on nuanced issues.

Facebook says that the standards are an evolving document and that it hopes to receive feedback to improve them. However, what will not change are the principles of “safety, voice, and equality” that the guidelines are based on.

Facebook is also going to launch an appeals process for posts that have been removed. Starting with those that were taken down due to nudity, hate speech, or graphic violence, users will be given the option to request an additional review. This review will be made by a human, not an AI system, and should take place within 24 hours. If Facebook agrees that a mistake has been made, the post will be restored.

Facebook has long been criticized for a seeming lack of consistency and transparency when it comes to what it allows on the site. It would, therefore, seem like a good thing that it is allowing its users a look at the thought process that goes into banning certain types of content.

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However, the guidelines are unlikely to keep everyone happy. Many of the rules seem open to interpretation. For example, in the Credible Violence section, instructions on how to make or use explosives are banned, “unless there is a clear context that the content is for a non-violent purpose.”

Nudity is also banned, but in cases where it is shared as a form of protest, to raise awareness about a cause, or for educational or medical reasons, it may be allowed. Additionally, Facebook says that photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures is also allowed.

Facebook isn’t the only web giant making changes to the way it moderates content. A recent report suggested that YouTube removed 8.3 million videos in the last three months that it deemed as inappropriate.

Up next: Facebook responds to Android data collection furore

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Google turns pistol emoji into water gun in new update Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:18:03 +0000 Emojipedia

Google is changing its pistol emoji to look like a water gun rather than a real revolver. The update, which is rolling out to Android users now, follows soon after Twitter and Samsung made similar changes.

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The news arrives via the Emojipedia blog, which suggests Google is trying to “to minimize cross-platform confusion” through the update. Apple and WhatsApp also use a squirt gun emoji, while Microsoft and Facebook still feature revolvers for the time being.

Google’s gun emoji has gone through several iterations over the years, though this is the first time it has shown the likeness of a toy instead of a weapon.


In the last few years, Google has also made emoji worker characters less gender specific and included a range of skin tone options. Some believe those changes, like the water pistol, were politically motivated.

In late 2017, Google also moved the cheese from below the patty to above the patty on the hamburger emoji. Give us your thoughts on the company’s recent emoji moves in the comments.

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Google Tasks is a new to-do list app to help you get things done, faster Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:14:50 +0000 Google Play

Google has launched a standalone to-do list app known as Google Tasks. The new app, spotted by 9to5Google, features Gmail and Google Calendar integration as well as cross-platform support.

Google Tasks lets users create tasks and subtasks which can be viewed, edited and managed on-the-go. These can be broken down into subtasks, given due dates with notification reminders, and created in-app or via Gmail or Calendar.

It features a light, drag-and-drop interface in keeping with what we expect from the “Material Design Refresh” and, in my brief time with it, displayed the ease-of-use Google apps are known for. 

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The new app is also considered a part of Google’s G Suite apps — almost guaranteeing support for it in the future. 

Google has had a busy week, launching a new version of Gmail, while also rolling out additional podcast functionality for Google Search and Assistant. Good thing it has a dedicated tasks app to help it stay organized… 

You can pick up the new Google Tasks app for yourself at the link below and give us your thoughts on it in the comments.

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The new Gmail is here, try it today Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:28:24 +0000

We’ve published an exclusive sneak-peek preview at the new Gmail interface here, but now Google has unveiled it officially.

Gmail, the most popular email application in the world, is getting a much-needed visual refresh, along with a slew of new features. Available from today on the web, the new Gmail includes features like:

  • Easier access to attachments;
  • A new Snooze button lets you go back to emails you can’t handle right away;
  • Easier access to integrated apps like Google Calendar, Google Keep and the brand-new Google Tasks;
  • Reminders for emails you haven’t responded to;
  • Smart Reply gives you suggestions for quick replies to messages;
  • High-priority notifications on mobile for those important messages;
  • Gmail will suggest you unsubscribe from newsletters or commercial messages you don’t open;
  • New high-visibility warnings for potentially dangerous messages;
  • Confidential mode: you now have the ability to remove the option to forward, copy, download, or print messages that you send. This is great when you need to send sensitive information over email, though obviously, it’s not a failproof solution against unwanted sharing. You can also set messages to expire after a while, which could prove useful in numerous occasions.

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Attachments interface and Snooze

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Reply reminders

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High-priority notifications and Unsubscribe suggestions

Risky emails warnings

Restricted and expiring messages

How to get the new Gmail interface

According to Google, accessing the new Gmail interface is as simple as clicking on the “cog” settings button on the right side of the interface and selecting “Try the new Gmail”. If, for any reason, you want to go back to the old interface, you will be able to do so from the same place.

Google says the new interface is rolling out on the web starting today, but some features will only go live over the “coming weeks”. We’ve checked on multiple accounts and we haven’t got the activation link yet, so it’s likely that the rollout is staged and may take a while to reach everyone. With billions of accounts, you can imagine it’s not a simple process. As for the Android and iOS apps, we’re still waiting for the updates with the new features.

Have you got the new Gmail? Let us know in the comments!

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OnePlus 6 will go on sale in India on May 21 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:04:33 +0000

OnePlus has announced that the OnePlus 6 will be launched in India in an event in Mumbai on May 17 – a day after the global launch event scheduled to be held in London.

The launch event will be a community event, and entry vouchers to attend the event will be available via from 10 AM on May 8. All attendees of the launch event will get a gift hamper which will also include exclusive Marvel Avengers merchandise.

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The ‘Notify me’ page for OnePlus 6 is already live on the which will be the exclusive online sales partner in India. Amazon Prime members will get the first opportunity to purchase OnePlus 6 in an exclusive sale beginning at 12 noon on May 21. We’ll bring you more details from the ground on the day of the launch, so stay tuned.

Are you looking forward to the much hyped OnePlus 6? What is your guess on the price? Tell us in the comments!

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LG says the G7 ThinQ will have ‘brightest and most vibrant display’ on the market Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:25:38 +0000

  • LG has announced that the upcoming G7 ThinQ will feature its brightest smartphone display ever.
  • The company also promised the display will be color-accurate and tall.
  • LG plans to reveal the G7 ThinQ in New York City on May 2.

Whenever the awkwardly-named LG G7 ThinQ goes on sale, it will do so with a display that might make you wince.

According to an LG press release we received via email, its upcoming flagship will feature a 6.1-inch QHD+ (3,120 x 1,440) resolution display with a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits. This would make the display the brightest smartphone screen LG has produced until now.

LG claims this makes for “the brightest and most vibrant display on the smartphone market today,” though recent Samsung phones like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 have been found to have more than 1,000 nits. Perhaps LG is referring strictly to LCD screens.

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Brightness, however, is only one aspect of a great display, with another being how colors are reproduced. With that in mind, LG said the G7 ThinQ’s display will cover 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color space.

DCI-P3 is commonly used for digital movie projection in the U.S. film industry, so we can expect great color accuracy and more displayable colors on the G7 ThinQ.

How those colors are displayed might differ depending on the environment, since the G7 ThinQ can supposedly analyze how you use it and optimize the display for that activity. To that end, the phone will automatically adapt to six screen color settings: Auto, Eco, Cinema, Sports, Game, and Expert.

If you need finer control, you can scroll each RGB color level option while supported color settings are active. LG did not say which color settings support the granular control, though having more options will make power users happy.

Finally, the G7 ThinQ’s display will have a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and allow for a 50 percent smaller bottom bezel versus the G6’s front panel.

Interestingly, it looks like the G7 ThinQ will have a setting that changes the status bar to black. Also found on the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, the feature lets you hide the notch if the controversial design choice bothers you.

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Another interesting point is LG’s decision to use LCD instead of OLED for the G7 ThinQ. The LG V30 and Google Pixel 2 XL feature LG’s OLED panels and were knocked for appearing grainy and having a noticeable blue cast at small angles. Maybe LG wants to take more time to improve its OLED production.

LG will reveal the G7 ThinQ in New York on May 2.

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