You may have heard a great deal (or none at all) about Project Treble. The reason that it is sort of a big deal is that it is Android’s ongoing solution for the problem that Android has faced since the very early days of its existence: fragmentation – this happens when the latest version of Android is updated and OEMs (namely, Samsung) take a long time to update its heavily skinned devices to the latest version of Android. By contrast, iOS does not have this issue since Apple controls both the hardware and software of the iPhone. Treble sought out to help end fragmentation (or at least…
Apple is aiming at the educational market with the new 2018 sixth generation iPad, but the addition of Apple Pencil support has generated a lot of commercial interest in the device. It is obviously superior to the popular iPad 2, but will it replace your iPad Pro?
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Google has just launched English support in India, but that’s not all. It’s also rolling out support for a few region-specific music services. Users of Saavn and Gàana can plug their accounts into Home and make them a default music streaming service. It only takes a few taps.
Saavn and Gàana are both popular services in India, but they’re available to users worldwide. They both seem to focus on regional Indian music, but there’s international content as well.
Google Home gets support for Saavn and Gàana music streaming services in India was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The release of the Galaxy S6 back in 2015 marked a change in direction for the company after lower than expected Galaxy S5 sales. The GS6 was the first Samsung phone that truly focused on design, but that was then and this is now. The Galaxy S6 is old news, so phones from that generation are losing update support. Samsung’s way of telling you to buy a new phone?
Samsung’s update guidelines list the phones and tablets that will get patches and how often those patches happen.
Samsung ends update support for Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and S6 Active was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Earlier this year, Samsung committed to enabling the FM radio chips in its upcoming smartphones in the U.S. and Canada. But while the carrier versions of the Galaxy S9 do indeed have FM radio support, it turns out that the unlocked models don’t.
According to NextRadio, makers of an FM radio app for Android and iOS, Samsung forgot to add the NAM FM API to its unlocked devices. The good news is that Samsung will add it in with the first update that it releases for the unlocked S9, according to the statement NextRadio gave to Android Police:
“Samsung mistakenly did not add the NAB FM API to the unlocked devices. Our team confirmed this with them a couple of days after release upon receiving reports the app did not work. Samsung has said it will be in the first update they do, but have not yet settled on a date.
The model numbers are SM-G960UI and SM-G965UI that do not currently work for FM. SM-G960U and SM-G965U are sold through carriers and do work for FM.”
FM radio is handy because it lets you tune in to music or talk radio without you having to worry about your cellular connection or data usage. It’s free, too, so you can use it whenever you want without having to pony up $ 10 per month like you do with popular music streaming services. Owners of the unlocked Galaxy S9 in the U.S. may be frustrated that their expensive new flagship phone doesn’t have these features because it lacks FM radio support, but thankfully a fix is comoing.
Do you ever listen to FM radio on your smartphone?
Apple this week rolled out the macOS 10.13.4 that introduced official support for eGPUs (external graphics processors) on Thunderbolt 3 Macs. In the release notes, Apple has published a detailed support document that outlines how eGPU support works and provides graphics card and chassis recommendations that can be used with your Mac. The company has listed several AMD video cards recommendations including Radeon RX 570 and RX 580, the Radeon Pro WX 7100 and 9100, and finally the Radeon RX Vega 56, 64, and Vega Frontier Edition Air. Apple has said that the support is not limited to any specific card vendor, as long as the card complies with the reference specification. However, the list does not include any cards from NVIDIA which does have the “web driver” for its PCI-E that it updates after every macOS revision. Also, the cards that were supported during the initial testing of eGPU support are no longer supported, such as the AMD RX 560. Mac users will have to use the Thunderbolt 3 since the support for earlier versions is discontinued in the beta period. Apple also lets users connect more than one eGPU, but should use direct connections instead of daisy-chaining. The company also mentioned that all have 87W of charging power available …
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the company’s latest flagships and these phones come with some impressive features that aren’t present on the 2017 flagships. However, today the company is pushing one such feature to S8 and Note8 flagships. Samsung has released an update to the Always On Display (AOD) on the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8 that adds support for using GIF. The update lets you add a little action to the otherwise-dull clock and time Always On Display. Samsung allowed you to add themes and photos, but GIF is the latest update. You can either chose from a list of Samsung defaults or upload one from Gallery. Since we are talking about GIF, it shouldn’t be long and you can trim it from the gallery. The GIF won’t play for long, it just plays once when you turn the display off. If you wish to see the GIF again, just double-tap-on the screen. This limitation is put forth to reduce battery consumption. To get the new Gif animation feature, you will have to update the Always on Display from ‘My Apps’ and once you’ve updated, you will need to select the particular clock style that shows images on the display. …
Apple introduced support for external GPUs on macOS High Sierra this week, months after revealing it would do so at WWDC 2017 last summer. Rolling out earlier this week, the macOS 10.13.4 update gives Mac users with Thunderbolt 3 ports the ability to enhance the graphical performance of their machines by connecting a variety of external graphics processors. This can open the door to 3D and VR gaming, even on a relatively weak machine.
Apple lists several supported eGPU configurations on its website, highlighting several AMD Radeon cards such as the RX 570, RX 580 and RX Vega 56. Apple also notes that you’ll need a Thunderbolt 3 chassis to sufficiently power your card, so it’s not as simple as plug-and-play (though that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise).
Apple warns that eGPUs are only supported on MacBook Pro notebooks released in 2016 or later, iMac computers released in 2017 or later, and the iMac Pro. You also need to have the latest version of macOS High Sierra installed on your machine, so be sure to update before you try plugging in an external processor.
Here’s everything Apple says you can do once you update to macOS 10.13.4 on a supported machine:
- Accelerate applications that use Metal, OpenGL, and OpenCL
- Connect additional external monitors and displays
- Use virtual reality headsets plugged into the eGPU
- Charge your MacBook Pro while using the eGPU
- Use an eGPU with your MacBook Pro while its built-in display is closed
- Connect an eGPU while a user is logged in
- Connect more than one eGPU using the multiple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports on your Mac2
- Use the menu bar item to safely disconnect the eGPU
- View activity levels of built-in and external GPUs. Open Activity Monitor, choose Window > GPU History.
If you’re at all uncomfortable using an eGPU, be sure to read Apple’s support page before you plug one in.
Telegram X, the sort-of beta/feature testing alternative to the main app, received its March Update, adding a slew of new features. Things like multi-account support, image preview in notifications, and so on make their appearance in this latest version. There’s a lot to get through, so get ready for a long ‘un.
As always, here’s the changelog:
- Multiple Accounts: quickly switch or preview accounts in the side menu
- In-app Map View
- Live Locations
- Emoji Tones: hold emoji to change the skin tone, swipe up to apply this tone to all other emojis
- Typing, upload and other animations
- Reorder Pinned Chats
- Image Preview in Notifications
- Independent Chat Appearance setting for Channels
- More Themes
- Decreased application size
- People suggestions on calls tab
- Significantly improved chat search
- Telegram Call strength indicator
- Better connectivity detection while using VPN
- Canada country code
- Chat photo open animation
- Link preview for t.me album links
- Support for special Telegram links
- Outgoing voice messages now can be removed via Settings > Data and Storage > Storage Usage.
Telegram X March Update adds multi-account support, image preview in notifications, and much more [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.