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Exclusive: This is Google's new "Nexus Launcher" that may debut on the 2016 Nexus phones

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 02:28 PM PDT

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According to multiple reliable sources, we believe that Google plans to debut a brand-new launcher for Nexus devices some time in the near future, likely on its 2016 Nexus (if they are Nexuses) smartphones Marlin and Sailfish.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether. As with all rumors, nothing is 100% until it's officially announced.
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Exclusive: This is Google's new "Nexus Launcher" that may debut on the 2016 Nexus phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google will send native Android notifications when a new device accesses your account

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 12:21 PM PDT

Keeping your accounts secure is more important than ever these days, so Google wants to make sure you can keep tabs on which devices access your accounts, especially when a new one is added.

Google has announced that native Android notifications will now be sent out when your account is added to a new device, or when there is another security event in action. Google's notification will read that "A new device accessed your Google Account," and you will then have the ability to activate that notification and head into a "Review Account Activity" section.

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Once the new page is loaded to review recent activity, Google will provide information about the device and the location where it's located, along with the IP address for good measure. There will be two options: "Yes, that was me" and "No, Secure Account."

Google says the new feature is rolling out to all users.

What do you think of the extra layer of security?


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Huawei Honor Note 8 announced with 6.6-inch display, 13MP camera

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 11:17 AM PDT

Smartphones have big displays these days, but Huawei is looking to go a bit bigger than what we've traditionally come to see from phablets.

The Honor Note 8 is now official, and it packs a gigantic 6.6-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560×1440. The handset has a 2.5D curved front panel, and there's an 8-megapixel front-facing camera above the screen. On the back of the Honor Note 8 you'll find a 13-megapixel camera outfitted with optical image stabilization.

Under the hood, future Honor Note 8 owners can expect the device to be powered by a Kirin 955 octa-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. There will be variants that come in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, all of which come with a microSD card slot for expandable storage. The battery is measured in at 4500mAh. There's Android 6.0 on board under Huawei's proprietary EMUI 4.1 user interface. Finally, there's a fingerprint reader on the back of the handset as well.

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The Honor Note 8 will arrive in China on August 9. Pricing is set at 2,299 yuan ($346) for the 32GB model, 2,499 yuan ($376) for the 64GB variant, and 2,799 yuan ($421) for the 128GB model. Huawei also made the announcement that the Honor Note 8 will arrive in the United States at some point in the near future.

What do you think of the Honor Note 8?


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Facebook Messenger "Secret Conversation" encryption appears in beta app, not yet usable

Posted: 01 Aug 2016 08:34 AM PDT

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A few months after WhatsApp started encrypting all conversations by default, and a few weeks after Facebook announced encryption was coming to Messenger too, Facebook has turned on the security feature on, with 'Secret Conversations' available to beta testers of the app.

Secret Conversations do have a few caveats users should probably be aware of. They are not turned on by default, and neither is end-to-end encryption. A normal Messenger conversation can be made secret by a toggle - more on that in a minute - and these conversations will be encrypted.

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Facebook Messenger "Secret Conversation" encryption appears in beta app, not yet usable was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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LG: V20 coming in September with Android 7.0

Posted: 31 Jul 2016 09:16 PM PDT

Late last year, LG introduced a totally new flagship smartphone in the V10 with a second screen and a focus on its camera features. This year, the V10 is getting a follow-up.

The LG V20 will debut in September. LG confirmed the news today, adding that the V20 will launch with Android 7.0 Nougat. LG didn't spill any spec details for its upcoming flagship, but according to the translated announcement, we can expect the V20 to offer enhanced multimedia capabilities.

When it launched in 2015, the LG V10 offered several high-end specs, including 4GB of RAM and a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 display. It also had a focus on multimedia, with dual cameras that could capture wide-angle selfies and a 16-megapixel rear camera that was bolstered with lots of software features, like a full manual mode, electronic image stabilization during video capture, and more. Rounding out its unique features was a secondary screen above the main display that could offer app shortcuts, weather and time info when the large screen was off, and more.

While LG isn't quite ready to talk specs for the V20, it seems likely that it'll be a flagship in the same vein as the V10. If LG is touting the V20 as having a multimedia focus, we could see a large display and beefed up camera features similar to those found on the V10. The good news is that we don't have long to wait before we find out exactly what makes the V20 tick.

What do you want to see from the LG V20?


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