Latest OP3/OP3T Open Beta adds a new notes app, December’s security patch, and more

Even though most of the attention is on the 5 getting Oreo (while 5T owners still don’t have an Android 8.0 beta), OnePlus is still going strong on last year’s flagships. Both the 3 and 3T have gotten Open Beta 29 and 20, respectively. This update adds a new note-taking app, brings the phones up to the December security patch, addresses some bug fixes, and some other stuff.

As always, here’s the changelog:

Notes (New OnePlus app)

  • Take notes quickly and simply
  • Share notes as picture
  • Memo widget on Shelf is editable

Quick clipboard

  • Enhanced copying and editing ability

Weather

  • New weather widget

File Manager

  • Added large files category
  • Speed improvements while deleting massive files

System

  • Added OTG toggle in Quick Settings
  • Added notification when 3rd party apps delete contacts
  • Updated Android security patch to December
  • General bug fixes and improvements

The highlight, of course, is the new OnePlus Notes app.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 Android Oreo Beta adds fast charging, latest update brings January 2018 Android security patch

Xiaomi rolled out  Android 8.0 Oreo beta update for testers a couple of weeks back. There were reports that the update added support for fast charging. We were able to test the latest Beta ROM in our unit and can confirm that it indeed brings fast charging support for the phone. This works only when you … Continue reading “Xiaomi Mi A1 Android Oreo Beta adds fast charging, latest update brings January 2018 Android security patch”
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Pandora for Android TV adds premium subscription support, Google Assistant, and more

Pandora went many years without a traditional music streaming option like Spotify or Play Music, but it eventually adde the $ 10 Premium tier that allows you to play whatever tuns you want. However, the Android TV client has been lagging behind. Today, a new version is rolling out that adds support for Premium subscriptions along with a few other features.

Here’s the changelog for Pandora 4.0 for Android TV.

  • Search and play songs, albums, or playlists for any occasion.

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Samsung Pay update adds support for Bill Payments in India

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Pokémon GO adds icy new monsters in a holiday update


Niantic is attempting to get its trainers in the holiday spirit with a solstice update that gives players season-appropriate rewards. This holiday season, celebrate with us—and a few new Pokémon friends. https://t.co/HlxGcDNxdq pic.twitter.com/AvlAOjziZp — Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) December 21, 2017 As part of the update, several new water- and ice-type Pokémon will be available, and appearing more frequently. Players can also accrue holiday loot boxes with special items inside. The festivities will run until January 4, 2018. Seasonal sales and updates in games aren’t new, but it’s cute to see Niantic’s ubiquitous ARPG (Augmented Reality Playing Game — is that…

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Shazam Finally Adds Offline Mode on iOS

Apple recently made headlines across the globe when it acquired British music app Shazam for $ 400 million, and it’s already begun releasing new features. The music recognition app has just released a new update for iPhone and iPad users introducing a caching feature.

There’s nothing more annoying when an app suddenly crashes when you run into problems with your connection. Now, users will still be able to use the service when their internet is weak. From now on, when you click to listen to song, the app will keep a back-up copy if internet access becomes a trouble. You’ll also be sent a notification to tell you that the sample has been saved.

The Android version of Shazam has offered offline support for a while now, but after increasing demand from iOS users, the firm has finally brought the feature to Apple devices.

If you want to benefit from this technology, you’ll be happy to learn that you can now download the update from the App Store.

“Just open the app and tap the Shazam button as usual. A digital fingerprint of the audio will be created and stored on the app,” explained the company in a post.

“You’ll also see a pop-up message telling you that you’re offline, and that we’ll try again when you’re next connected to the internet.”

When your connection drops, Shazam will keep updating to ensure you don’t lose any content, and it’ll also check for new connections.

“When you next have a stable internet connection, Shazam will automatically look for a match for you,” said Shazam.

“If successful, your new discoveries will be added to the My Shazam and you’ll see a small red badge on the My Shazam icon on the homescreen letting you know how many new Shazams you have.”

It’s unknown what Apple plans to do with Shazam, but the firm said they’re a “natural fit”. In a statement, Apple commented: “We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple.

“Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it’s used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms.

“Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s agreement.-Apple

Shazam said: “We are excited to announce that Shazam has entered into an agreement to become part of Apple.

“Shazam is one of the highest rated apps in the world and loved by hundreds of millions of users and we can’t imagine a better home for Shazam to enable us to continue innovating and delivering magic for our users.”

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Reddit adds mods tools and improved visual experience in major app update

Reddit users have countless options for mobile apps (not literally countless, but so many I didn’t bother counting), with all manner of variations for experiencing “the front page of the internet” on a smartphone. Now, Reddit itself is making a stronger play to bring users over to its official client app, announcing a slew of new features for both its Android and iOS apps, addressing the needs of moderators and improving the way users experience visual content.

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Google Maps v9.69 beta adds reviews and comments to lists, improves step-by-step transit notifications, prepares new location sharing option, and more [APK Teardown]

A new version of Google Maps hit the beta channel late Friday evening. At the same time, Google announced improvements to the step-by-step navigation features for moving through public transit. That announcement applies to v9.68 and above, but after poking around in 9.69, there are also a couple of new things to check out. You can now see your reviews on locations in your custom lists, and add comments to those places to add hints or recommendations.

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