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Twitter Rolling Out ‘Popular Articles’ Feature On Its Mobile App

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

It used to be that there were apps dedicated to news in which we could get our stories and articles from. While such platforms still exist, social media is another medium in which we can discover stories that are trending that are being shared by our friends and family members, and it this aspect that Twitter wants to leverage.

The company has recently rolled out a new feature for its iOS and Android apps called “Popular Articles” and as the name suggests, this will show users articles that are popular at the moment that are being shared or discussed by people you follow. This new feature has since been confirmed by Twitter to BuzzFeed News.

According to their report, “The Popular Articles feature is just what it sounds like — a list of stories people you follow on Twitter are currently tweeting about, or otherwise engaging with. It also shows links to articles popular in your particular location.” This isn’t the first time that Twitter has explored when trying to figure out new ways to make its platform more useful to its users.

However as BuzzFeed News points out, the new feature is similar to a third-party app called Nuzzel which more or less does the same thing, but if you prefer native/integrated features, then perhaps this could be worth checking out.

Twitter Rolling Out ‘Popular Articles’ Feature On Its Mobile App , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Some Devices Experiencing Random Reboots After Android 8.0 Oreo Update

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

The Android 8.0 Oreo update is one that many Android users have been looking forward to, and is one of the main reasons of owning a Nexus or Pixel device in which users can ensure timely release of the updates for their phones. Unfortunately it seems that the update has been causing a bit of problems for its users.

According to Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii‏, it seems that following the update to Android 8.0 Oreo, his Pixel XL has been randomly rebooting on him with alarming frequency. Android Police then conducted a quick poll on Twitter and discovered that there were quite a few users who were experiencing similar problems. The issue was then reported to the Google IssueTracker but for some reason, Google has since marked it as “Won’t Fix (Not Reproducible)”.

It is unclear as to what the problem might be, but some have found success after rolling back their phones to Nougat, indicating that this seems to be a problem with Oreo and not their phones. It is also unclear as to whether or not it could be device specific since the poll found that the majority of users affected owned Pixel XL handsets, but like we said it could simply be an Oreo software problem.

According to Google, “We believe the issue was due to a known issue related to a file descriptor leak but it is hard to confirm without further context. We are working on improving error reporting around these cases to try to ensure they are easier to root cause in the future.” Either way if you own the Pixel XL, then perhaps this is a problem you might want to keep an eye out for.

Some Devices Experiencing Random Reboots After Android 8.0 Oreo Update , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google App APK Teardown Hints At Pixel 2’s Squeeze Feature

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

In less than a month, Google will be officially taking the wraps off their new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets. We have been hearing rumors and have seen hints about the phone and those details are expected to be unveiled soon, but it looks like a recent APK teardown of the Google app on Android by 9to5Google has given away some clues, or at least confirmed some.

According to the teardown, it makes mention to a feature called “Active Edge”. If you haven’t been following the rumors, word on the street has it that the Pixel 2 could borrow a feature from the HTC U11 smartphone in which the frame of the phone is pressure-sensitive and that squeezing it could perform certain actions, like launch the camera, launch other apps, and so on.

Given that the Pixel 2 is rumored to be made by HTC, it doesn’t really come as a surprise. Note that this feature could be limited to the Pixel 2, which is the smaller of the two handsets that Google will be announcing. There are rumors that are saying that the Pixel 2 XL could be made by LG, similar to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P which were launched in the same year but were made by different manufacturers.

In any case we expect those details will be confirmed soon, so do check back with us in the coming weeks if you’d like more information.

Google App APK Teardown Hints At Pixel 2’s Squeeze Feature , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Motorola Says Moto G4 Plus Will Receive Android 8.0 Oreo Update

Tyler Lee September 18, 2017

Last year when the Moto G4 Plus was announced, one of the ways that Motorola advertised the handset was that it would be eligible to receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update. However when Motorola announced the list of handsets that would receive the update, the Moto G4 Plus was not mentioned.

This led to quite a bit of outrage since it was clearly advertised that the handset would receive the update, and now it seems like Motorola is saying that it won’t. However the good news for Moto G4 Plus owners is that Motorola is claiming that this was a mistake, and that the phone would be eligible to receive the update (only the G4 Plus, the regular G4 doesn’t seem to be included).

According to the company, “It’s been brought to our attention that there were some errors in our marketing materials around Android O upgrades for Moto G4 Plus. This was an oversight on our part and we apologize for this miscommunication. It’s our general practice for the Moto G family to get one major OS upgrade per device, but it’s important to us we keep our promises, so in addition to the N upgrade it has already received, we will be upgrading Moto G4 Plus to Android O.”

However Motorola adds that because this was unplanned, it could arrive later than the other updates. “Because this is an unplanned upgrade, it will take some time to fit it into our upgrade schedule,” but we suppose better late than never.

Motorola Says Moto G4 Plus Will Receive Android 8.0 Oreo Update , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone To Receive Android 8.0 Oreo Update In Next Few Months

Tyler Lee September 14, 2017

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was launched a few months ago and the phone came with Android 7.0 Nougat bundled with it. Given that this is a brand new phone from a brand new company, it does give Rubin and co. a chance to prove themselves to their customers, and one of those ways is through timely updates.

With Android 8.0 Oreo already making its way to Pixel handsets and with various OEMs already working on the update for their devices, the question is when will the Essential Phone receive its tasty treat? The good news is that owners of the phone won’t have to wait too long, according to a recent AMA held on Reddit in which the company confirmed that the phone will receive the Oreo update in the next couple of months.

In response to one of the questions asked by users, Rebecca Zavin, Essential’s VP of Software was quoted as saying, “We are excited about supporting 3rd party developers. We’ll be releasing our kernel and factory images in the next few days. Android O will be coming in the next month or two.”

Given that the company pretty much only has one phone to update at the moment, we guess it makes sense that they will be able to push out the update faster than other OEMs. Apart from the 1-2 month time frame, no specific dates have been mentioned, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information.

Essential Phone To Receive Android 8.0 Oreo Update In Next Few Months , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Deleting Android Backup After 2 Months Of No Device Usage

Tyler Lee September 14, 2017

If you are sending in your Android phone for repair, or if you’re thinking about trying a different operating system like iOS, then take note that you should either choose to backup your Android phone locally on your computer, or ensure that you return to your Android device (or a new Android device) within 2 months, otherwise your backup will be deleted.

This is according to a recent post on Reddit in which it seems that some users are finding out the hard way that no device usage after 2 months will see your Android backup deleted. According to Google’s support page, users will be “notified” when they go to Google Drive and their Android backup will be marked with a countdown that tells users that it will expire in X number of days, but it seems that many users feel that this is a poor way to inform users about it.

The post on Reddit reads, “There was no warning from Google. They just deleted my data. There’s apparently an expiration date that shows up under the backup if I had checked the Backup folder sooner, but there was no notification, no email, no proactive notice at all, and most importantly, no option to use the 100gb of my Drive storage to keep my fucking backup.”

This means that even if you are paying for Google Drive storage, it does not matter because it will be deleted. We’re not sure why Google has chosen to do this, but this is something to take note of if you’d like to avoid such a situation in the future.

Google Deleting Android Backup After 2 Months Of No Device Usage , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Motorola Confirms Which Handsets Will Receive Android 8.0 Oreo Update

Tyler Lee September 14, 2017

If you own a Motorola handset and are wondering about which device you own that might have Android 8.0 Oreo availability, you might want to check out Motorola’s latest announcement. The company has recently posted on its blog a list of devices that they say will be eligible for the Android Oreo update.

According to Motorola, “Sweet just got even sweeter with the new Android OS update that gives you faster speeds, longer battery life, split-screen capabilities, smart text selection, improved notifications, autofill framework for your trickiest of passwords, and of course, the all new Google Play Protect, helping to ensure none of your apps become compromised.”

The devices in question that are eligible for the update include the Moto Z, Z Droid, Z Force Droid, Z Play, Z Play Droid, Z2 Play, Z2 Force Edition, Moto X4, Moto G5, G5 Plus, G5S, and the G5S Plus. However exactly when the update will be rolled out to these devices is unclear as Motorola has simply stated that they will be available this coming fall, so we guess we’ll just have to wait.

However we expect that the release times will also vary from carrier to carrier and also from country to country, but basically these are the devices that will receive the update, so it’s really only a question of when.

Motorola Confirms Which Handsets Will Receive Android 8.0 Oreo Update , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android Backups Get Deleted After Two Months Of No Usage

Adnan Farooqui September 14, 2017


Android users can store backups for their Android devices in a Google Drive folder. This makes the process of restoring the data easier and more reliable than before. However, it turns out that the backups aren’t kept forever. Google actually deletes the device backups if there’s no device usage after two months. This means that all app and settings data is deleted after two months of no device usage.

This was spotted by a reddit user recently. Google only stores Android device backups for two months. If there’s no device usage after two months, all settings and app data stored in Google Drive is automatically deleted. There’s no other way to save the data even if you’re paying for additional Google Drive storage. All users get the same treatment.

You can check which backups of yours are due to expire by navigating to the backup folder in Google Drive. If there are any backups for devices that have been inactive for more than two weeks they will display an expiration date.

Google doesn’t really inform users about this. Perhaps it would be better if the company started sending out emails before backups are deleted just so users have the opportunity to check in and ensure that their backups aren’t deleted automatically.

Android Backups Get Deleted After Two Months Of No Usage , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Android 8.0 Oreo Disabling Mobile Data For Some Pixel & Nexus Devices

Tyler Lee September 12, 2017

Recently we reported that there have been reports in which some Pixel owners are claiming that following the update to Android 8.0 Oreo, their handsets are still consuming mobile data even with WiFi enabled, which clearly is a far from ideal situation especially for users who do not have unlimited mobile data plans.

Now it seems that ironically enough, the update has caused quite the opposite problem for other Pixel and Nexus owners. According to a post on the Pixel User Committee (via 9to5Google), some Pixel and Nexus owners are reporting that the update has actually ended up disabling mobile data for them.

This appears to be a bug of a so-called safety feature of the Oreo update, where the feature will actually block all mobile data on devices once the user has hit the data cap put in place by the carrier. The idea is that it will help to prevent overages for users, especially if they might be roaming.

The report claims that the feature is blocking all data without discrimination, despite the fact that some apps’ data being prorated by carriers, such as apps installed by carriers or communication apps like WhatsApp. The good news is that a Pixel Community Manager has since responded to the complaints by saying that Google is aware of the problem and are looking to fix it. For those who do not have a data cap, then your devices should not be affected by it.

Android 8.0 Oreo Disabling Mobile Data For Some Pixel & Nexus Devices , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook Testing Instant Video Feature For Android

Tyler Lee September 12, 2017

Facebook’s Instant Articles are actually a pretty nifty feature and it does cut down a lot of loading time, especially when you’re on the go and you don’t want to waste precious seconds (or even a minute) waiting for an article to load. Now it looks like Facebook is trying to replicate that except with video.

In a report from TechCrunch, it seems that Facebook is testing out an Instant Video feature on its Android app for select users. The feature was initially discovered by user Devesh Logendran who shared the tip with The Next Web’s Matt Navarra. Just like Instant Articles, videos that are part of the Instant Video feature will have a lightning bolt icon next to it.

Basically what happens here is that videos will be preloaded when you’re connected to WiFi, so that when you want to watch them, you won’t have to wait for them to load, or if you’re using mobile data then you won’t need to consume your mobile data in order to watch them, which could come in handy for users in markets where data is limited or for users who aren’t on unlimited plans.

Given that Facebook is interested in expanding their video efforts, this feature could also be a good way for the social network to attract publishers and networks to start offering more video content on its platform. Facebook has since confirmed that they are indeed testing out the feature, but it is unclear when it will be launched for everyone else.

Facebook Testing Instant Video Feature For Android , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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