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Friday, August 18, 2017

Australia and Germany get Google Assistant for Marshmallow and Nougat devices too

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Google Assistant, despite being more than a year old, is available only in a limited number of languages and that too on limited phones in some regions across the globe.

In an attempt to change this, the search engine giant is now rolling out the assistant to even more Android devices including the ones that are still on Android Marshmallow.

The roll out is currently happening in Australia as well as Germany to all the Android smartphones that are either on Android 7.0 Nougat or Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Read: Actions on Google to support French, German, Japanese, and Italian soon

Once you receive the Google Assistant on your smartphone, all you have to do is set it up to start using it in order for weather updates, answer your questions, search something for you, and lot more.

Google has also rolled out the Google Assistant in Brazil earlier today with Brazilian-Portuguese support. For the uninitiated, Google announced at I/O conference that its assistant will support French, German, Brazilian-Portuguese and Japanese languages later this year. And, the company seems to be standing tall on its promises.

Source: Google (1 | 2)

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Asus ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro receiving OTA update with bug fixes and performance improvements

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Asus’s brand new ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro are now receiving a new software update which brings along with a few bug fixes and performance improvements specific to certain features.

The update is arriving with the version number 14.1050.1708.36 on the Asus ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) and while improving Wi-Fi connectivity, it also brings a fix for the FB with twin function and the bug surrounding QR code for adding new friends on Twitter.

For the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, on the other hand, the update is arriving with the version and brings improvements to the image quality alongside overall camera quality enhancements.

Read: Android O update confirmed for Asus ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 series

For the unaware, Asus has launched a bunch of ZenFone 4 series phones yesterday which include: ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, ZenFone 4 Max, and ZenFone 4 Max Pro.

The USP of all these phones is the camera. Yes, all of them feature a dual camera setup either on the front or back. For more information regarding these devices, you can click here.   

Source: Asus ZenTalk (1 | 2)

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Ok Google is not working for you? Here’s how to fix it right now

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The regular way to open Google Assistant (devices above Marshmallow) or Google Now (devices below Marshmallow) is using the home button (touch and hold) on Android devices. But, what if you prefer using your voice to launch Assistant or Google Now.

In case you are an Android pro, you might be knowing that you can launch Google Assistant or Google Now with the command “Ok Google” from any screen including the lock screen. If you are an Android newbie or a novice, now you know that this is possible.

Also read: Google Assistant Tips and Tricks.

Anyway, although practically it sounds all good, many times Google fails to recognize the “Ok Google” command. If you have faced such an issue, don’t worry, there could be several issues behind it. And of course, there are various fixes for them.

So, without wasting any more time, let’s fix the “Ok Google” command voice problem.

Reboot your device


Let’s start with the basic fix – Reboot your device. The magical fix many times works like a charm. Reboot your device and see if it fixes the issue.

Make sure Ok Google detection is turned on

At times, Ok Google detection is turned off accidentally or unintentionally. It would be a good idea to check if Ok Google detection is on or off.

To do so, follow the steps:

  • Open Google app on your Android device.
  • Tap the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) at the top left corner and select Settings.
  • Tap Voice followed by “Ok Google” detection.
  • On “Ok Google” detection screen, make sure Say “Ok Google” at any time is turned on.

Also, while you’re here, tap the “Retrain voice model” to retrain the app with your voice.

Check out: How to do Google reverse image search on Android

Clear app data and cache for the Google app

Another fix that you can try is to clear cache and data for the Google app. To do so, follow the steps:

  • Go to device Settings.
  • Tap Apps or Application Manager.
  • Scroll down and tap Google App followed by Storage.
  • Tap Clear cache to clear cache.
  • Tap Manage Space/Storage and hit Clear Google Search Data and Clear All data.
  • Reboot your device.

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Uninstall updates from the Google app

To uninstall updates on the Google app and reset it to the factory settings, follow the steps:

  • Open Google Play Store and search for Google.
  • Tap Google app and hit Uninstall.
  • Your Google app will be reset to the factory version.
  • Reboot your device and install the app again.

Check out: Cool hidden features of your Android device

Install stable version

If you’ve enrolled to become a beta tester of Google app, leave it and get back to the stable version of Google app. Here is our guide on how to leave the beta testing (and even join as a beta tester, in case you are interested).

Once you leave the beta testing, reboot your device and install the stable version from Play Store in the same way you would install any other app.

Is your issue resolved? Do you know of any other fix? Let us know in the comments below.

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Samsung Galaxy C7 2017 specs revealed: Helio P20 processor, and possibly dual 12MP camera

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After being spotted on Geekbench a couple of days ago, the Samsung Galaxy C7 2017 with the model number SM-C7100 has now paid a visit to GFXBench. The listing throws light on some of the key specs of the device which fall in-line with the earlier leaks and rumors.

The Galaxy C7 2017, according to the GFXBench listing, will be powered by the octa-core MediaTek MT6757 aka Helio P20 SoC clocked at 2.3GHz.

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat laden device will pack 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage which should most likely be expandable. Earlier rumors have also pointed out the possibility of a 4GB RAM + 64GB storage space variant.

Read:  Samsung Galaxy C7 2017 could sport dual rear camera

Interestingly enough, at the back of the device will be a 12MP dual camera (in all its likelihood), as per the listing while previous rumors including TENAA listing revealed that the smartphone will have a 13MP + 5MP dual cameras on the back.

The Galaxy C7 2017 will rock a 5.5-inch Full HD display at the front above which will be the 16MP selfie camera.

The smartphone has already been cleared by TENAA (as mentioned earlier), Bluetooth SIG, and Wi-Fi Alliance. Which means, it has all the necessary certifications required for it to be launched. It’s only a matter of time until that happens now.

Source: GFXBench 

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Play Store 8.1.31 available for download

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Google recently started the 8.1 update series of Play Store and now, we have received another update in the 8.1 series. The latest update goes by the version number 8.1.31.

Like other previous updates, this one’s also a ghost update with no significant change in the update. But, hey, if you find a change, do let us know. You can download the update from the link provided below.

Check out: Google Play Store refund policy: Everything you need to know

But if you want to wait, the current update like other Play Store updates is a server side update i.e. Google will be pushing out the new Play Store version gradually to all supported Android devices automatically.

However, if you would like to give the new version a go, you can grab the Play Store APK file from the download link below and install the update manually.

→ Download Play Store APK version 8.1.31

Once you download the APK, install it like you would install any other APK file on your Android device. For help, you could use our step-by-step guide to install a APK file on Android.

Meanwhile, if your Play Store is stuck on “Loading…”, here’s our guide how to resolve the issue.

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A big Galaxy S9 feature revealed [Rumor]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is not yet official and rumors surrounding next year’s Galaxy S9 have already started pouring in.

Yes, you read that right. A Twitter user who goes by the moniker Eldar Murtazin claims that the Galaxy S9 will feature a modular design akin to the current Moto Z line.

He revealed in his tweet that the smartphone will get magnetic pins on the back of it which would sort of allow users to attach accessories externally.

Read: Details of Samsung Galaxy S9 display tech revealed

Eldar, however, adds that the inclusion of this feature hasn’t been confirmed or finalized just yet. So it remains to be seen if this leak holds any truth to it.

Also, we can’t vouch for the credibility of this particular rumor, so the proverbial pinch of salt is recommended.

This is not the first time we are seeing Samsung Galaxy S9 in the news. There were a couple of leaks prior to this indicating that the smartphone will come with the same 5.7-inch Infinity Display.

Source: Twitter

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