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Google Play Music’s most frustrating problem gets fixed

By Scott Adam Gordon

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One Redditor described it as the reason they “switched back to Spotify,” while another said they had been “scarred” by the issue. It’s one of the main talking points of Play Music’s Google Play Store reviews. The popular music app had suffered from this particular problem for some time, but an update from earlier this week now appears to have eradicated it.

The update, version 8.5.6542-1.Y, listed “bug fixes” as its only upgrade in the patch notes, but those on Reddit are confirming that the swipe-to-delete gesture has been fixed with the new version.

This gesture was previously used to delete songs in a playlist or remove them from the queue. While it might have been a smart idea in principle — a quick-fire way to remove a track rather than tapping the options button — users would frequently delete songs simply when trying to scroll through a playlist.

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It’s easy for smartphone interfaces, or any digital interface, to misinterpret our intentions — displays often automatically rotate on me against my will — but this quirk was especially frustrating because it was difficult to reverse: if you miss-time the tap on the “undo” button that briefly appeared, an unfamiliar track in your playlist could be lost forever to the ether. This fix, then, comes as very pleasant news indeed.

And if you’re thinking about getting involved with Google Play Music, now might actually be a good time to do so: Google is currently offering four months free for new subscribers to the service. To download the app, visit the Play Store at the button below.

Who’s returning to Play Music now that this issue has been fixed? Let us know in the comments.

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Honor V10 leak shows off near bezel-less display ahead of China launch

By Oliver Cragg

Huawei has enjoyed another busy year of releases in 2017 culminating in the launch of the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro just last month. The year’s not over yet though, and the Chinese giant is holding another launch event on November 28th in Beijing where it is expected to unveil the Honor V10.

While we don’t have too long to wait until the next device from Huawei’s consumer-conscious, youth-focused brand officially breaks cover, a freshly leaked image spotted on Weibo has already given us a good look at the phone’s sleek design.

As expected, the Honor V10 appears to adopt the slim-bezel design of Huawei’s recent Mate series devices to fit a rumored 5.99-inch “FullView” display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. If Huawei’s recent phones are anything to go by, the V10 is likely to output at a 2160 x 1080 resolution, or what the OEM likes to call “Full HD+”.

Recent leaks have suggested the Honor V10 will pack a dual-camera on the rear (16 MP and 20 MP), which unfortunately isn’t visible in the leaked image. We can see the front-camera, however, which has been pegged as a selfie-friendly 13 MP sensor.

While there’s very little else to glean from the image, a set of documents that leaked earlier this month hinted that the V10 will pack Huawei’s bespoke Kirin 970 chipset backed by 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB of internal storage. There’s also a good chance the device will run EMUI 8.0 or 6.0, both of which are based on Android 8.0 Oreo.

All-in-all, the V10 sounds and (judging by the leaked image) looks every bit the part of a just-shy-of-flagship phone. The kicker will be the price and Honor has a solid track record of offering premium specs for a reasonable price – the early word is that it will cost CNY 2,999 in its home region (around $453).

Huawei also has an Honor-focused event planned for December 5th in London where the V10 could make an appearance, potentially alongside the mid-tier Honor 7X.

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Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge update tracker [Update: Verizon rolls out fixes]

By Team AA

Update: Verizon is now rolling out an update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The OTA arrives with build number G930VVRU4BQK2 and introduces the November Android security updates, including a patch for the recent KRACK exploit.

The update sadly doesn’t mention any feature upgrades, and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge remain on Android Nougat for now; the update to Oreo will likely appear around Q2 next year.

You can look out for the Verizon update rolling out to your handset within the next days, and we’ll keep you informed on any news regarding Oreo as we get it. Head below for more information on the latest Galaxy s7 and S7 Edge updates.

Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android update tracker page. This page covers all major U.S. carriers with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. It will be regularly updated with the latest Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge update information.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge tend to receive their updates simultaneously – or at least very close together. For this reason, they both appear here on this update page. Also, note that we won’t be covering general security patches in our list, unless they include something particularly relevant.

We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest updates.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Oreo update

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have been up and running with Android Nougat since earlier this year, and now attention is turning towards Android 8.0 Oreo. Both the S7 and S7 Edge should be due to receive the update to Oreo, as they began life with Android Marshmallow, but there are no guarantees right now — Samsung hasn’t confirmed which devices will receive it. The Nougat rollout to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge could give us some clues as to when Oreo on the S7 might appear, however.

Nougat landed on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge between March and June of this year, depending on the carrier and location, following Nougat’s appearance the previous August. With the final Oreo build popping up in August of this year, our best guess right now would be to see it appear on the S7 and S7 Edge starting March 2018.

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Update US

Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge updates – US Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Android 7.0 Nougat Android 8.0 Oreo
Verizon Yes Yes TBC
AT&T Yes Yes TBC
T-Mobile Yes Yes TBC
Sprint Yes Yes TBC

Android 7.0 Nougat first available: August 22, 2016

First carrier to roll it out for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: T-Mobile (180 days)

Android 8.0 Nougat first available: August 21, 2017

First carrier to roll it out for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: TBC

Verizon Galaxy S7 (SM-G930V) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935V) update:

  • March 6, 2017, Verizon became the last of the four major US carriers to roll out Nougat to the S7 and S7 Edge.
  • September 1, 2016, improved voice calls, FM Radio, Barcode Beaming functionality and NextRadio app added.
  • May 9, 2016, DT Ignite added. Helps Verizon package and install apps on devices. Can’t be removed without root.

Number of days it took Verizon to update to Nougat: 196

AT&T Galaxy S7 (SM-G930A) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935A) update:

  • July 11, 2017, AT&T provides fixes for calendar and messaging apps, as well as the Samsung Knox security software. Video calling has also been improved.
  • February 18, 2017, AT&T began the Nougat update roll out for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
  • July 27, 2016, Wi-Fi calling arrives.
  • April 21, 2016, DTV Widget added, better Wi-Fi performance when using BTLE, home and volume key responsiveness improved, other performance enhancements arrive.

Number of days it took T-Mobile to update to Nougat: 181

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 (SM-G930T) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935T) update:

  • February 17, 2017, T-Mobile became the first U.S. carrier to roll out Nougat for the S7 and S7 Edge.
  • November 5, 2016, enabled 256/64 QAM, domestic data roaming improvements, system crash fix.
  • May 4, 2016, FM Radio, power and volume key fix, system improvements.

Number of days it took T-Mobile to update to Nougat: 180

Sprint Galaxy S7 (SM-G930P) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P) update:

  • February 21, 2017, Sprint started rolling out the final Nougat build to its S7 and S7 Edge beta testers. The OTA rollout to non-beta users is expected soon after and to conclude on February 27.
  • May 26, 2016, battery life improvements, Wi-Fi calling added.

Number of days it took Sprint to update to Nougat: 184

International Galaxy S7 (SM-G930F) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P) update:

  • March 20, 2017: Nougat arrived to Rogers and Telus in Canada.
  • January 17, 2017: Nougat became available for all international unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edges.
  • January 12, 2017: Samsung rolled out Nougat for international unlocked devices enrolled in the beta program.
  • January 4, 2017: Samsung began a limited soak test for the unlocked S7 and S7 Edge.
  • December 21: Vodafone Australia confirmed that the Nougat version they’re testing for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is Android 7.0, not Android 7.1.
  • December 20: The fourth major beta update has rolled out to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge for those enrolled in the Galaxy Beta Program. The update removes the Samsung Notes app and a previous mention of the Samsung Experience interface.
  • December 16, 2016, Vodafone Australia lists the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in its weekly software update …read more

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Google explains how it makes personalized battery life predictions

By Matt Adams

Battery life on modern smartphones is getting better, but overall, battery technology hasn’t kept up with the advancement of other components such as displays and processors. Most of us still need to charge our devices every night, and, in some cases, getting through a full day requires a bit of planning ahead.

Google has made the process a little simpler with the recent introduction of smart battery stats that estimate your remaining battery life based on patterns in your smartphone usage.

The feature appears to have rolled out last month, when Google uploaded Device Health Services, a system app, to the Play Store. Yesterday, a Project Manager with Google’s New York office, took to the Pixel product forums to explain how smart battery life prediction works.

Previously, Google would use simple assumptions to estimate your battery life. If you used 10% of your battery in the first hour of usage, it would then assume you’ll use 10% every hour. This process had little nuance and because of that, battery estimates always felt a little off.

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Google is now tweaking that process with a little bit of machine learning. It now builds a model of your past usage and then uses it to predict your future usage. It takes a look at your usage patterns on similar days and times to determine how much battery you’ll be using the rest of the day. If you always watch Netflix or listen to a podcast on the ride home, it now knows to expect that and can adjust its estimated battery life accordingly.

In addition to giving you an estimation of how much battery time you have left, Google is showing you too. If you open up the battery graph, you’ll see the predicted battery life usage for the rest of the day. You can see when Google predicts you’ll be using your phone more as the line drops more dramatically.

The feature works for us on the Pixel 2 and Nexus 6P, both running Android 8.1 DP.

This is a subtle change, but it might make the difference between running out of battery at the worst possible moment and making it to a charger in the nick of time.

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NVIDIA Shield TV update rolls out with new Google Assistant features and more

By John Callaham

Just in time for binge-watching TV shows over the long Thanksgiving weekend, NVIDIA is rolling out a new update for its Android TV-based Shield TV set-top devices. The 6.2 Experience Update includes new Google Assistant support for several of Shield TV’s services.

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Specifically, you can now use voice commands to launch videos on VUDU and Plex, along with controlling Ecobee thermostats, Logitech Circle cameras, and LG’s SmartThinQ appliance. The update also adds HDR video support for VUDU TV shows and movies, and adds two new apps, Disney’s Movies Anywhere and the Hotstar app for watching popular movies and shows from India. You can cast music from Amazon Music from your Android phone to the Shield TV with this update. As we previously reported, you can now also download and play the Shield TV exclusive Android port of the classic third-person action game Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Also, you can stream and play the PC versions of Bungie’s sci-fi shooter Destiny 2 via the NVIDIA GameStream service, along with FIFA 18 and Star Wars Battlefront II.

Finally, the 2.6 software download includes the latest Android security patches, along with a SHIELD TV 2017 firmware update for its remote, which offers improved responsiveness. Keep in mind that NVIDIA is currently running a Shield TV Black Friday game sale, with prices as low as 75 percent on some titles, from now until Nov. 27. You can also get the set top box itself for the reduced price of $169.99 at Amazon and Best Buy.

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Android Oreo soak test to begin soon for Moto Z and Z2 Force in Brazil

By Brian Reigh

According to AndroidPIT, Lenovo is looking for Moto Z and Moto Z2 Force users in Brazil who are willing to participate in its Android Oreo testing program.

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Some Moto Z and Moto Z2 Force users in Brazil are apparently receiving an email about applying to test early Android Oreo builds. Called the “Motorola Feedback Network,” the program essentially gives a select number of users an early taste of Android Oreo. According to the online publication, the first beta update could arrive as early as within 48 hours whereas the first public Android Oreo update could start rolling out mid-December.

For those of you in Brazil: have you received an email about Lenovo’s Android Oreo soak test? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Deal: Google Home can be yours for as low as $64 in the US

By Brian Reigh

Black Friday has arrived early in the US, it seems: with a special coupon, you can buy a brand-new Google Home for just $64 on eBay.

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The Google Home family is quickly expanding, now ranging from a $49 “mini” version to a $399 supersized speaker. That doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about the original Google Home though – in fact, the original AI-powered speaker from Google remains one of the most aesthetically-pleasing and advanced smart speakers out there. Well, to put a cherry on top, so to speak, this holiday season, you can get your hands on one of these bad boys for just $64 through eBay.

A seller by the name “yapper_wireless” on eBay is selling brand-new Google Home units for $79, which isn’t a bad deal. As Android Police points out, however, there is a special coupon that you can redeem only on the eBay for Android app. Using PSHOPAPP should automatically apply a $15 discount, bringing the total price of the Google Home down to $64 from $79. Indeed, that’s only $15 more expensive than the Google Home Mini.

The seller has 97.5% positive feedback and offers free shipping within the US as well as a 30-day window for returns. Not surprisingly, almost 4,000 Google Home units have been sold already. Again, this code cannot be used on the eBay website, only through the Android app, so here’s a link to the Play Store:

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Amazon discounting several Huawei devices, including Mate 9 and Band 2 bundle

By Alex Wagner

The deals keep rolling out in advance of Black Friday, and today Amazon is offering some nice discounts on Huawei gear.

You can now score a Huawei Mate 9 and Huawei Band 2 bundle deal from Amazon. This bundle is actually less than the Mate 9 typically sells on its own, so it’s a pretty nice deal for an unlocked smartphone that is still pretty well-specced despite having launched one year ago.

If the Mate 9 + Band 2 bundle doesn’t pique your interest, Amazon is offering deals on several other Huawei products. There are deals on the Huawei Band 2 itself, the Honor 6X, the MediaPad M3 tablet, the Huawei Watch 2, and a few MateBook laptops.

Here’s the full list of Huawei products currently on sale at Amazon:

Because these are all part of Amazon’s Deal of the Day program, these discounts won’t be available for long. You’ll have to act fast if you’re interested in any of them!

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Week of Black Friday VPN Deal: VPN Unlimited

By AA Picks

Virtual Private Networks are becoming a necessity. They used to be a niche for tech-heads, but now they’re the norm for good reason – the rising threats online. The US government voted that your ISP can sell data about you. Advertisers want to know everything about you. Malware is more sophisticated and commonplace.

Not to mention that fact that more of your personal business is conducted online. Just the fact that you bank online is a scary prospect. All it takes is one person secretly monitoring and you could be cleaned out.

How secure do you think your connection is?

VPNs are the simple solution, which is why there are so many out there. One that consistently stands out is VPN Unlimited. Of course it encrypts your connection and masks your location. And yes it also blocks trackers and malware with A DNS firewall. Good to know, but you should expect nothing less from a VPN.

What really marks VPN Unlimited out are the award-winning touches. Unlimited bandwidth and connection speed. More than 1000 servers in 50+ countries with fast server switching. Use across 5 devices. That kinda thing.

If a lot of these terms don’t mean much to you, don’t worry. Trust the experts:

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A VPN Unlimited lifetime subscription is usually $500, but right now you can get it for the promotional sale price of just $49. Not much for complete peace of mind.

By the way, over 10,000 people have already taken up this offer and rated VPN Unlimited as 5 stars. But this deal won’t last forever, so join them by hitting the button below.

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Niantic is making some big changes to Pokémon Go’s Raid Battles

By Matt Adams

According to a new blog post from Niantic, some changes are coming to Pokémon Go’s Raid Battles. The biggest changes will come to the new EX Raid Battles: the multiplayer game mode that takes an invitation to play. Niantic says that it’s acting on the feedback of its beta testers and bringing the following changes to the raids:

  • EX Raid Battles will take place most commonly at Gyms found in parks and sponsored locations.
  • Trainers with a high-level Gym Badge are more likely to be invited to EX Raid Battles taking place at that Gym.
  • Trainers who have completed a larger number of Raid Battles are more likely to be invited to EX Raid Battles.
  • EX Raid Battle start times now take into account popular Raid Battle times at that Gym.
  • Trainers invited to EX Raid Battles will receive an in-game notification if the EX Raid Battle is canceled.
  • Trainers will receive Stardust and Premium Raid Passes when an EX Raid Battle is canceled.
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Niantic’s goal with these changes is to reward those who are actively participating in raids and make them easier to attend. The raids faced criticism due to when and where they were held. Now that the events will be held in parks and sponsored locations, more people should be able to attend them. Additionally, scheduling the events around popular raid times will make sure that the more hardcore players aren’t missing out by being at work, having a meal, or catching up on sleep.

In addition to these changes, Niantic is officially launching the EX Raid Battles. This new battle has been in beta since it launched last month, but will now roll out to the rest of the Pokémon Go players. Niantic says that even though the game mode is no longer in beta, it will still keep an eye on player feedback.

The changes don’t stop there. In addition to the EX Raid Battles, the standard raids in Pokémon Go are seeing some changes too. Trainers will now receive Golden Razz Berries for completing a raid. Additionally, the number of potions and revives that are awarded to trainers will decrease, but their quality will increase. Niantic has also increased the likelihood that you’ll receive a Fast or Charged Technical Machine for completing a tier 3 or higher raid. Whether you win or not, you’ll now always receive Stardust just for competing. But, probably the most important change of all is that Magikarp returns to tier 1 battles.

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Niantic made the changes to make sure players felt rewarded, even if the raid boss flees. The aim is to help trainers level up their Pokémon with Stardust even if they’re unsuccessful in taking down the boss. With more powerful Pokémon, trainers should be better able to take on more powerful raid bosses over time.

What do you think of the changes? Will you be participating in the new EX Raid Battles? Let us know down in the comments.

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