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Can’t get Galaxy S8 Bixby button to work? The solution might be easier than you think

By John Callaham

One of the biggest features that’s included in the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is the company’s new Bixby digital assistant. However, Bixby has had its share of issues since the phones were released, from not including voice-command features out of the box to Verizon disabling its Bixby Vision Amazon features.

Now a growing number of Galaxy S8 owners claim they have had mixed success with getting Bixby to even work when they press the dedicated button on the phones. Those users have posted their complaints in Reddit message threads. However, those same threads have also produced a likely solution for people who can’t get Bixby to launch with the button, and it’s very simple. According to several users, all you have to do is tap on the Bixby button very quickly, and the digital assistant should launch on the Galaxy S8 every time.

See also:

Bixby vs Google Assistant vs Siri

1 day ago

So why has Samsung set up the Bixby button in this fashion? One possible explanation is that pressing down a long time on the button was designed to launch a different action, possibly the voice command features that are not yet available on the phone.

If you own the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, and have had issues launching Bixby with the dedicated button, has pressing down on it very fast solved that problem for you? Let us know how it turned out in the comments!

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Source:: android authority

    

YouTube Kids app expands to more smart TVs, Android TV support in the works

By John Callaham

YouTube Kids, the children-friendly version of Google’s popular YouTube video app that first launched in early 2015, is about to expand to even more devices. Today, Google said that a number of smart TVs made by Samsung, Sony and LG will add YouTube Kids to their list of supported apps.

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Best learning apps for kids

3 weeks ago

YouTube Kids is supposed to offer a design that’s more colorful and brighter than the regular YouTube app, with age-appropriate content on display. Parents can also control what kind of content, and how much, their kids see with the app, including blocking any videos or channels they feel are inappropriate. Today, Google said that since it launched in February 2015, it has generated over 30 billion views and currently gets about 8 million weekly active viewers.

Now YouTube Kids can be downloaded in the 26 countries where the regular app is available on all 2015 – 2017 LG webOS TV models, via the LG content store, along with all 2013 – 2017 Samsung Smart TVs. The app is also available on all of Samsung’s Blu-Ray players from that same time period that have access to the Samsung App Store. Finally, a firmware update on all the 2016-2017 models of Sony’s smart TVs will add access to YouTube Kids, except for those Sony TVs that use Android TV. Google says Android TV support for the app will be released in the future, but it did not offer a specific release date.

Have you downloaded YouTube Kids to let your children watch videos on their device, and if so, how do you like its content and its parental controls? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Source:: android authority

    

Verizon introduces new $80 unlimited prepaid plan – is it any good?

By Edgar Cervantes

Huffington Post

Big Red is the biggest US carrier, but it definitely didn’t get to this level by keeping its prices low or offering great prepaid options. Instead, they have focused on reliability, marketing and speed. Those who do like prepaid options now have another choice to look at, though. Is it a worthy alternative? We are not sure, but let’s dig into the details for now.

Verizon has just introduced a new unlimited plan for prepaid users. It goes for $80 a month, offering unlimited talk, text and data. But what makes it special? That does seem a bit pricey compared to other networks out there, but there are some advantages to Verizon’s plan. For one thing there’s the strength of their network. Additionally, subscribers will get unlimited texts to over 200 countries, as well as unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada. That, in and of itself might be a deal maker for many of you.

But this plan is certainly not perfect. In fact, there are some worrying downsides being highlighted in the small print. For starters, it seems you might never be able to enjoy HD video, as Big Red states users can only stream up to 480p. It is also mentioned they may prioritize other users over you during congested times. Does this mean you pretty much become a second-class user when compared to postpaid users? It kind of sounds like it.

What do you think? Are any of you signing up?

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Source:: android authority

    

Chrome Dev is testing video casting improvements to Chromecast

By John Callaham

Casting video to Chromecast-supported device using the Chrome app should be easy, right? Unfortunately, sometimes casting video from a website yields poor video quality, along with the fact that it can cause your device’s battery to drain much faster. Thankfully, Google understands this frustration is doing something about it.

The latest Chrome Dev channel version of the browser will allow for Chrome to take the video content bitstream directly from the the web page and cast it to Chromecast when a clip is in full screen mode. This should allow for better video performance as well as offering longer battery life. The announcement was made by Google’s Chrome evangelist François Beaufort. He stated that if you have the Chrome Dev channel version installed, you can go to “chrome://flags/#media-remoting” and then enable the highlighted flag. Then you can restart Chrome to try it out if you have a Chromecast-supported device.

He suggests going to a video posted on the Vimeo site, and then click on the “Cast” option in Chrome to see if it will work.

See also:

Best Chromecast apps for Android

4 weeks ago

This should – in theory – allow folks to watch large full screen web-based videos on Chrome that have not previously had Chromecast support, such as Amazon Prime’s video content. Keep in mind this support is still being tested so your mileage may vary. It’s likely that this new feature will make its way to a future stable channel version of Chrome in the near future.

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Source:: android authority

    

AT&T’s new “5G Evolution” is really still at 4G speeds, for now

By John Callaham

Over the past few months there’s been a lot of talk about 5G network speeds, as if they were just around the corner. Well now it is here! Well… sort of. Today AT&T is officially bringing its “5G Evolution” to a limited number of customers in Austin, Texas. In reality, they they won’t really be using a 5G network; they will just be getting faster speeds on AT&T’s current “improved” 4G network.

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5G and the Snapdragon 835 at Qualcomm’s campus

March 8, 2017

As we reported before, AT&T will offer some customers in Austin top speeds of around 400 Mbps, which is still slower than the expected 1 Gbps speeds that true 5G technology is supposed to offer sometime in the future. If you live in Austin, are using AT&T, and also own the just launched Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, you might be able to tap into these faster speeds on AT&T’s network starting today.

AT&T says that Indianapolis will be the next US city to offer its faster “5G Evolution” speeds sometime this summer. The company adds that over 20 metropolitan locations in the US will have access to those speeds by the end of 2017. More devices will also likely launch in the near future that support these faster download speeds. We would bet that the majority of devices will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor inside, which is what the new Samsung Galaxy S8 phones have in the US. That processor includes Qualcomm’s new X16 modem, which is the hardware that can tap into AT&T’s faster 4G LTE speeds.

So when will true 5G networks be launched? The International Telecommunications Union recently published a draft report on its specifications, and it is expected to be finalized sometime in late 2017. After that, phones have to be built that would support those speeds, and networks have to be upgraded as well. All of that is not expected to go public until 2019 at the earliest.

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Source:: android authority

    

Samsung Galaxy S8 having sporadic wireless charging issues with various chargers

By Dima Aryeh

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the few devices that feature wireless charging built-in, which is a great and very convenient feature even with a reversible USB Type-C plug becoming the standard. However, the S8 seems to have some strange problems with it.

Many users are reporting that their various Qi wireless charging pads either don’t do fast charging or don’t work at all. The odd part is that the same model of wireless charging pad may work for one person but not another. This even applies to Samsung’s own chargers.

The only similarity between reports is that all the chargers that don’t work on the S8 worked perfectly fine on the Galaxy S7. We’re not sure what’s going on, but hopefully it’s a software issue rather than a hardware one.

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Source:: androidandme

    

Spotify adds the Behind The Lyrics feature to its Android app

By John Callaham

If you are older than 21, you might remember watching Pop-Up Video on VH1. The cable TV channel showed music videos during the show, but interesting facts about the clip, the song and the artist would “pop up” constantly on the screen. Now, the popular streaming music service Spotify is offering Android users a similar, if less campy, feature called Behind the Lyrics.

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Best music streaming apps and music streaming services for Android

February 5, 2017

The feature launched on Spotify’s iOS app in 2016, but is only now making its way to the larger Android subscriber base. Created in collaboration with the the online music annotation community Genius, the new feature can be used on the service’s Behind the Lyrics: Hip Hop and Today’s Top Hits playlists.

When you listen to one of the songs on these playlists, you can also look at the Spotify Android app, which will show information from the artist and fun facts about the tune. In order to celebrate this new feature on the Android app, it can be used on every single track from R&B artist Khalid’s new album American Teen. Since Behind the Lyrics is starting to roll out today, it may take a few days for the update to reach the Spotify app on your smartphone.

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Source:: android authority

    

YouTube Kids app coming to some LG, Samsung, and Sony TVs

By Dima Aryeh

YouTube Kids is a version of YouTube age-gated so kids can watch it without finding anything made for mature audiences. With tons of content and 8 million weekly active viewers, it’s a great way for your kids to safely watch YouTube on a phone or tablet.

Google has announced that the app is now coming to the big screen. 2015+ LG webOS TVs, 2013+ Samsung TVs and Bluray players, and 2016+ Sony TVs without Android TV (after a firmware update) will all be able to download the YouTube Kids app. Strangely enough, the app still hasn’t come to Android TV. Google says that it will be available soon.

If you own one of these TVs and are in one of the 26 countries that currently have YouTube Kids, head over to your TV’s content store and download the app!

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Source:: androidandme

    

Chrome for Android updated with easier history wipe, new long press action

By Dima Aryeh

Google has announced that Chrome for Android has been updated to version 58.0.3029.83, and it includes some nice improvements. Downloads can now be managed on the Downloads page, the history page has been redesigned to make it easier to wipe your data, and long pressing a link now opens it in a new tab.

If you’re interested in updating to the latest version of Chrome for Android, it will be rolling out over the next week for all users. Check the Play Store for updates!

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Source:: androidandme

    

Some users had a hard time justifying the $30+ price tags on these fun little trinkets, but a current sale going on at Tech Deals lets you grab both of them for just

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Source:: android authority