Google’s Camera App With Working HDR+ Gets Ported to Galaxy S8, Others

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The camera in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is often referenced as being one of the best in all of smartphones. Part of that is because of the hardware that Google uses, but a good chunk of the excellence comes from the Google Camera app and its HDR+ capabilities. You see, a number of phones use the same camera module that the Pixel phones have (like the Blackberry KEYone), but it’s Google’s extra software butter than bring out the magic. Up until now, the Google ...

Google’s Gboard Now Lets You Voice Dictate in Emoji – “Fire Emoji” All Day

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Google’s Gboard is receiving an update today that brings voice typing to 30 languages from around the world. These 30 languages mean Gboard supports speech recognition in 119 language varieties, covering more than a billion people. On a related note, you can now voice dictate in emoji. Oh yeah. Google says that speech recognition supports ancient languages that date back to the 10th century and that they worked with native speakers to collect samples to help their learning models understand both sounds and words. This all, ...

Samsung Internet Browser Beta Arrives for All Lollipop+ Phones

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The Samsung Internet Browser’s latest beta build to v6.2 not only introduces some fun new features, it also opens up the app to all Android phones running Lollipop+. Instead of being an exclusive to Samsung and Google phones, your LG or HTC or Huawei or whichever phone, can now be a part of Samsung’s Internet world. Why would you want to be a part of that life? Well, the browser isn’t half bad. It’s pretty fast for one, but it also includes features like a night ...

Foursquare’s Swarm Updates to V5.0 to Bring Your Lifelog to Life

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Swarm, the social check-in app that was once the fun part of Foursquare and has managed to live on its own successfully, is receiving a big update to version 5.0. This update pushes the idea of lifelogging, since most people use it for just that purpose rather than to be social as they check-in while frolicking around the world to new places. I’m not kidding either, that’s the focus of the latest update. The new update is getting a big UX overhaul that simplifies while also ...

Plex Live TV and DVR Support Comes to Android Phones

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Mobile users of Plex can now use their Android device to control the service’s Live TV and DVR feature. Additionally, noted specifically for mobile folk, Plex has improved the sign in and signup screens, as well as the password resetting experience. If you haven’t yet begun to utilize Plex’s Live TV and DVR, you’ll need the necessary hardware and Plex Pass, but once setup, you’ll be controlling TV from anywhere you are, all courtesy of your cloud-based Plex account. Here’s the full changelog. What’s New Support for timeshifting Live TV ...

Google Clock App Just Went Dark

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The Google Clock app just received a sweet little update. The new version (5.1) includes a new dark theme that appears to be always on and Android O support, along with screen saver controls from within the app. The dark theme is just that – very dark. The dark, almost black background replaces the purplish color that has been in the app for years. The access is now a purple or blue instead of red. As for the screensaver controls, you’ll find them within the Settings portion ...

Google Makes Your Google Feed Smarter, Gives You More Control Over It Too

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Should you frequent the Google app to check on your day and hope to see relevant content to your life and interests, you’ll love today’s news from Google. The feed portion of the Google app is getting improvements that aim to show you more info based on your interests, but also by allowing you to easily fine-tune the topics that show up there. Google says that the feed in the Google app is now a “smart feed” that changes as your interests do. You already see ...

Google Play Music’s New Release Radio Now Open to All

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After a short exclusive access period for Samsung Galaxy S8 owners, Google Play Music’s New Release Radio is now open for all to enjoy. The station first launched almost a month ago and provided Galaxy S8 owners a new radio station that played a “personalized mix of newly released songs.” It turned out to be a pretty good way to catch new tunes that Google thinks you might enjoy. Google says that the station uses “machine learning to select singles and album releases from the past ...