The display qualities of a device were probably some of our most hot-button issues during the past couple of months. Hardware display variances like light bleed and dead or inactive pixels are common discussions....
Pokémon GO is now finally available in Japan, the birthplace of Pokémon. The game can now be downloaded officially from the Play Store and the Apple App Store. Coincidentally, right around the launch in Japan, parts of south India can no longer load the map for the game. The game has yet to officially be released in India, but worked unofficially regardless. This could be a sign of an imminent release as blackouts were followed by an official release.
A Redditor claiming to be a "third level beta tester" for Google revealed some interesting details about the Allo and Duo apps. If true, Messenger will gradually be phased out and both Allo and Duo will be default apps on Android 7.0. Allo is said to have both SMS and Google Voice support and Hangouts will be phased out on mobile (probably as a pre-installed app).
For a little over a year, SwiftKey has been experimenting with new and unique types of keyboards and this week they've announced something new. Studies say that 92% of the online population use emojis and SwiftKey wants to capitalize on that with SwiftMoji. The app is available on Android right now, and will use your usage history to predict which emoji you want to use next.
Last month, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei told us the Soft Gold OnePlus 3 would be available “in the latter part of July.” We haven't heard anything else about it since then but this week the company is teasing the device on Weibo. Sadly, they don't release any details about a release date, but the teaser seems to imply they'll announce something soon.
Crowdsourcing is a great way to help keep information up to date (just ask Wikipedia) and Google is expanding these tools in Google Maps. In a new update, you'll be able to suggest an edit to a currently existing location, add a missing place of your own, and help to verify other people's suggestions to help Google know if the information is correct.
With the release of Android N Developer Preview 5, Google explains some of the changes that are coming to WebView. With Chrome 51 on Android 7.0 and above, applications will use Chrome to provide and render Android System WebViews. If Chrome isn't installed on the user's device though, then apps will use WebView just like they do today.
Google has announced a new feature for their Google Play Books application called Bubble Zoom. It will use the company's machine learning AI to detect speech bubbles within comics, and let you make them bigger with a single button press. With the latest update, you should see this feature in Marvel and DC comics, but Google plans to expand to all comics and manga.
Blackberry was on course to talk about its new handsets next week, and one of them has been spotted at its trip to FCC. The Blackberry Hamburg FCC certification only talks about the 2,610mAh battery, but previous Geekbench spottings put the specs at a 5.2" FHD display, Snapdragon 615, 3GB RAM, 16GB Internal storage and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The device appears to be a mid-ranged offering with no physical keyboard.
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