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Updated: Why Apple buying Tidal makes sense

Uncategorized June 30, 2016

Updated: Why Apple buying Tidal makes sense

Apple is reportedly in talks to buy Tidal, the music streaming service run by iconic rapper Jay Z.

Unnamed sources familiar with the matter tell the Wall Street Journal the talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal. A Tidal spokesperson denies the company is in talks with Apple.

But if discussions are taking place, why would Apple want to buy Tidal when it has its own Apple Music subscription service already? By all accounts, Apple Music isn’t doing too badly for itself.

One obvious reason is for Tidal’s technology. It’s currently the only music subscription service that offers CD-quality “Hi-Fi” streaming for $19.99/£19.99/AU$23.99 a month.

Of Tidal’s paltry 3 million subscribers, almost half of them pay for the Hi-Fi subscription, pointing to a passionate user base willing to chip in for better sound. Apple could tap into Tidal’s audio tech to offer a higher tier for its own streaming service, charging more than its standard $9.99/£9.99/AU$11.99 monthly subscription for those willing to pay it.

Star power

Tech and higher subscription prices aren’t all Apple has to gain. It also likely has its eye on Tidal for its exclusives and influence in the always-tricky music industry.

Jay Z successfully brought on big names like Rihanna and Kanye West to the service, scoring exclusive streaming rights to boot. Tidal even houses exclusive video content, like Daft Punk’s Electroma film and The White Stripes’ first TV appearance. Not surprisingly, Beyoncé’s Lemonade was a Tidal exclusive, too.

For Apple, having big stars onboard means more influence over the music biz when it comes to rights. Apple Music has already nailed down its own exclusives, like Drake’s Views album, but Tidal would bring even more offerings to the table.

The ability to tap artists would also be a huge boon for Apple as it looks to further its business as a lifestyle brand, not just a tech company.

For its part, while it’s carved out a niche in the crowded streaming market, Tidal has struggled to gain traction. Though it’s managed to bring on 3 million subscribers, executive shakeups and an industry dominated by the likes of Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and countless others have likely left it with few options but to look for an acquisition.

Today’s rumor comes just a year after Apple launched its music streaming service, which counts around 15 million subscribers, roughly half of Spotify’s numbers. Adding Tidal’s members wouldn’t boost Apple Music’s users significantly, though exclusives would likely draw in more as time goes on.

At any rate, a potential Tidal buy certainly doesn’t help Apple’s case that it’s not trying to snuff out competition. Oops.

Source: TechRadar

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Analysis: 5 things about Android Nougat to chew on

Uncategorized June 30, 2016

Analysis: 5 things about Android Nougat to chew on

Here it is. The long-anticipated name of the newest version of Android was finally revealed today as Android Nougat.

My first thought was – relief! We finally have a name and can stop calling it the tauntingly incomplete Android N. “N” was a reminder that this Android was still somewhat of a mystery, a codename just waiting for a candy-coated moniker. Its name was in beta, just like the new operating system itself.

My second to sixth thoughts were more varied. I’ve jotted them down below.

1. I hate nougat

It’s chewy, it can be hard and it’s usually tooth-achingly sweet.

Yes, some nougat is creamy and delicious, like what you’d find in a Snickers bar, but Google has chosen to attach Android N to my least favorite nougat (see above photo). It’s the kind that sticks to your chicklets and feels like it’s literally giving you cavities as you (try to) eat it.

I know this is not an insightful observation, but the fact that I already hate nougat gives me weird feelings about a mobile operating system named after it. It doesn’t exactly bode well for our future together.

2. Is Android Nougat really what the people wanted?

Google asked the general populace to help it name this version of Android, but is Nougat really what we voted for?

I had my doubts, though, according to Google, Android Nougat was one of the most popular non-branded suggested names among millions of submissions (emphasis Google’s). A company spokesperson noted that from the get-go the Android team said it would make the final naming decision.

Personally, I would have preferred Android Nacho, though that’s problematic on several levels, not least because nachos are not a sweet confection.

Android Nutella is a strong second for me, though without a brand tie-in, like Android KitKat had, I’m also not surprised it didn’t make the cut, either.

After that, Android Nectarine had my vote, though Google is probably saving citrus for later.

I suppose, then, Nougat, is a natural choice, though it doesn’t feel particularly inspired. It’s almost so predictable, it’s boring. And chewy – let’s not forget that.

3. Now that we have a name, are new Nexus phones next?

Android N is already in beta, and now that it has a name, even more questions are starting to surface.

The big date on the horizon is “late summer” as that’s when Android Nougat is releasing to the wild, Google says, but that doesn’t mean consumers will actually see Android 7 at that time.

New versions of Android are notoriously slow to reach users because carriers hold the keys to the OS floodgates. But, we’re talking about a whole new version of Android here – might Google release a new Nexus to mark its arrival?

While a new, reasonably priced device might make sense before school gets into session, the timing would be odd for Google to announce a Nexus, according to our Senior Mobile Editor Matt Swider.

He speculates that Google will in fact wait until Android Nougat 7.1 to release a new Nexus, along with Daydream VR support.

I’m inclined to agree, first because of the timing – a new Nexus release makes more sense around the holidays – and second because it seems like Google would want to put out a Daydream-ready device to get the ball rolling on its VR venture as well as pump up the new OS.

Introducing a VR-compatible Nexus phone that’s running the latest version of Android makes the most sense to me, and doesn’t seem likely to happen until later this year.

4. What happens when we get to Android Z?

We still have 12 letters to go, but the chatter among TechRadar staff is, what happens when we get to Android Z? Zeitgeist? Zebra? Zero Bars are a thing, according to the internet.

Now that I type this out – what about Android X? I feel a crisis coming on.

All this is to say, how sustainable is Google’s Android naming scheme now that we’re getting into the more difficult, less popular letters of the alphabet?

It’s a similar question asked of the iPhone: iPhone 7, 8 and 9 aren’t too crazy, but are we really going to have an iPhone 10? It’s highly doubtful.

Google still has plenty of time before it runs into Android U, but it may want to start thinking of an exit strategy now.

5. Android O, oh, oh

There are still a lot of questions surrounding Android Nougat, and while it won’t reach market saturation for quite some time, it’s not too early to start thinking about Android O.

Chances are we’ll hear plenty about O at Google IO 2017, which will be here in less than year.

What features will Google introduce in the next version of Android? One prediction is improved chat integration, including incorporating its new Allo app into the mix without overwhelming consumers with conversational client choice.

But, as you may have guessed, I’m also heavily invested in its name. What delicious treat will Android O be named after? Oreo? Orbit? Oh Henry!? Orville Redenbacher?

Or, might Google take a healthy (non-branded) turn – Android Orange, anyone?

Source: TechRadar

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Zenefits halves its previous valuation to $2B to head off investor lawsuits

Uncategorized June 30, 2016

Fireside Chat With Yammer Founder and CEO, David Sacks Zenefits is executing a change in its current ownership structure that will increase the overall ownership of the company for late-stage investors; it’s a move that revalues the company’s Series C round at $2 billion and looks to placate investor concerns over the company’s regulatory investigations. As part of accepting the new ownership changes, the investors… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

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Apple might buy Jay Z’s Tidal music app

Uncategorized June 30, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17:  Jay-Z (L) and Memphis Bleek perform during TIDAL X: Jay-Z B-sides in NYC on May 17, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Live Nation) If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em. Apple is in discussions with Tidal about acquiring its music streaming app, which offers exclusives and early releases from big artists like Beyonce and Kanye West. The Wall Street Journal reports that the talks are still early and might not end in a deal, but Apple wants those exclusives to bolster its Apple Music streaming app that’s… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

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New Nexus 2016 specs rumors follow Android Nougat announcement

Uncategorized June 30, 2016

New Nexus 2016 specs rumors follow Android Nougat announcement

Google’s meticulously planned transition from the Android N to the Android Nougat naming scheme isn’t going unaccompanied by unplanned new Nexus 2016 news.

The internal specs for these next two Android phones has been leaked, and they’re both shaping up to be promising sequels to the current Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, according to Android Police.

As we have reported on in the past, HTC is making both handsets this year, but we finally have a clearer idea of the power being put into the larger Android Nougat smartphone, codenamed HTC “Marlin.”

The phone’s 5.5-inch screen will be a pixel-dense Quad HD AMOLED display and, at its core, it’ll have a quad-core Qualcomm processor, 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 128GB of internal storage.

What’s really new here

With an identical 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 3,450mAh battery capacity, USB Type-C port and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, it sounds like a simple CPU and RAM specs upgrade from the Nexus 6P.

Nexus 2016 news

But what’s exciting is the unknown Qualcomm chip: It could be a Snapdragon 820, or the 821 or 832, both of which have yet to debut in a smartphone. It’ll rival the blazingly fast Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (which have Samsung’s Exynos processors outside of the US and China).

The unusually narrow 32GB and 128GB storage options hopefully mean the higher capacity is at a fair price. Image if Google subtly mocks Apple’s “gracious” move of getting rid of 32GB.

Only, Google would be axing 64GB. Meanwhile, Apple is very likely to finally kill off 16GB in the year 2016, but reintroduce 32GB with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It’d be a stark contrast.

Don’t expect a underpowered Nexus 5X

The Nexus 5X was a solid phone for its price and it very briefly appeared on our coveted best phones list, but its specs and performance couldn’t hold a candle to the Nexus 6P and the other best Android phones.

That won’t happen again, judging from the rumored specs of the smaller, HTC-built “Sailfish.” It’s similar 5-inch display sound just as hand-friendly as before, though it may end up using a 1080p AMOLED panel.

Nexus 2016 news

It’s said to have a quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB RAM and at least start with of 32GB storage. A 2,770mAh battery is onboard, which may be okay for the smaller screen.

Everything else is said to be the same as the 5.5-inch Nexus 2016: a 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, rear fingerprint sensor and a USB-C port.

The 1080p display isn’t that big of a deal; it’s the full processor specs that I want to find out about in order to really judge the upcoming smaller Nexus. That’s where the Nexus 5X failed in longevity as my daily driver, even if it’s still an awesome phone for the unlocked price.

With Android Nougat due out in late summer, we expect these Nexus 2016 phone rumors to become an almost daily occurrence, so stay tuned for more updates about the new hardware.

Source: TechRadar

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In Depth: What the Time Warner-Charter merger means for you

Uncategorized June 30, 2016

In Depth: What the Time Warner-Charter merger means for you

Mega-cable in America

Well folks, it’s happened. Charter owns Time Warner Cable, as well as Bright House, thanks to a merger worth a whopping $79 billion. Yes, that’s billion with a “b”.

What does that mean? For starters, it means that Charter is now one of the largest TV and internet service providers in the US, going up against the likes of AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.

This merger marks the rise of the mega cable company in the US – headed by Charter and Comcast. I know what you’re thinking: “That’s just business – I want to know what the merger means for me!”

I thought you’d never ask. So, here’s why you should care that two mega cable companies now all but rule the market, and how this one in particular affects you.

Does this merger mean I’ll get more/better service?

In all likelihood, no. Charter, Time Warner, and Bright House have almost no overlap in terms of their coverage, so prices aren’t going to go down because of this merger. If anything, the merger will help Charter raise prices, although the company assures customers that no such thing will happen. This coming from a company that sponsored so-called official surveys touting how helpful the merger would be for customers.

In reassuring customers of the merger, Charter said that the merger would allow it to focus on offering on developing faster Internet speeds and offering better products. While that may be partly true, you should really expect more of the same from the companies, at least when it comes to Internet. When it comes to things like video streaming, you should expect a few new things from the company, given that the likes of Comcast are pouring money into video streaming.

All this said, at the very least the New York Attorney General is demanding for Charter to come in and clean up Time Warner’s act.


Is this just going to create another Comcast?

You may or may not remember, but a few years back a merger of Comcast and Time Warner was proposed, long before the merger of Charter and Time Warner was thought of. That merger failed mostly because it would lead to a monopoly in most major US markets. Ironically enough, the merger of Charter, Time Warner and Bright House has resulted in another mega-company that really only Comcast can go up against.

Consumer advocates aren’t too happy about this – it means even less competition in the broadband market, and that gives Charter leverage to charge premium rates for content providers that want to reach their audiences through the Charter network.

In other words, cable companies sometimes try to put the squeeze on online video providers with clauses in cable TV agreements with programmers. Charter has been accused of these deals in the past, as has Time Warner – perhaps even more so.

“TWC has been the most aggressive MVPD (multichannel video programming distributor) in the industry in securing Alternative Distribution Means (ADM) clauses in its contracts with programmers that either prevent the programmer from distributing its content to OVDs (online video distributors) or place certain restrictions on such online distribution,” said the Department of Justice in a statement.

Good news is that, under the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules, that kind of business will be illegal for the newly formed company for the next seven years. Still, looking at the big picture, the future is bleak for internet in America.

After the seven years are up, Charter could have the power to charge those network access fees again, something that could eventually lead to hiked subscription rates for internet services, like Netflix, which has had to pay similar fees to the likes of Verizon, Comcast and more.

Don’t get too excited about better customer service, either

Time Warner has been notoriously lacking when it comes to customer service, especially in big markets, like Los Angeles and New York City. Between billing issues, massive lines at Time Warner offices and technological problems, Time Warner isn’t America’s favorite company.

Unfortunately, you shouldn’t expect this to change too much in the near future – Time Warner may be horribly rated when it comes to customer service, but it turns out Charter is actually worse.


According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, Time Warner scored a measly 58 out of 100 in customer satisfaction for 2016, while Charter took things a notch down to 57. Comcast was the worst of the bunch, sitting at 56. So, while things should stay better than Comcast, that hardly says much.

Having said that, Bright House has been quite highly rated in terms of customer service. So, on the off chance that Charter takes a page out of the Bright House customer service book, there may be hope that horrible reputation of Charter and Time warner improves. Unfortunately, it’s more likely that the cable guy will continue to show up late and that your internet service will continue to be less than advertised.

Why are mega cable companies such a big deal?

First off, mega cable companies in and of themselves aren’t, really. The issue is this: these mega companies largely exist in their own market. That is, Comcast doesn’t serve customers where Charter does, and vice versa.

There’s an oligopoly now at play. Sure, that might not be such a problem if they existed in the same markets, as it could drive competition in both price and customer service, but they simply don’t.

Even companies like Verizon and AT&T largely exist in their own markets. There is some overlap, to be sure, but take a look at a Verizon FiOS coverage map and you’ll see that the mega companies have nothing to worry about.

In the end, it’s hard to predict exactly what will happen. Eventually, it would be nice to see Comcast and Charter competing in the same markets, creating a kind of mega-cable war, if you will. But, the likelihood of that happening, at least in the near future, is slim.


You might want to sit down for this one

The reality is this: media and broadband companies – which are more and more becoming one in the same – are going to continue to consolidate in the future. They want a monopoly.

Part of why the FCC exists is to manage this consolidation and ensure that monopolies don’t happen, something that it doesn’t seem to be doing too well at. Thanks, lobbyists.

Having said that, it’s nice to see that the commission has imposed restrictions on the merger. If imposed correctly, these restrictions should help ensure that some of the problems associated with a massive merger like this don’t exist.

Source: TechRadar

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Digi.me bags $6.1M to put users in the driving seat for sharing personal data

Uncategorized June 30, 2016

WALSENBURG, CO - AUGUST 05:  Clinic office assistant Joan Vest searches for a patient's missing medical file at the Spanish Peaks Family Clinic on August 5, 2009 in Walsenburg, Colorado. The Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, which treats rural residents from throughout southern Colorado, plans to move to an electronic health records system before the end of 2010. Administrators say they expect the costs of upgrading the system will eventually be recovered through federal funds, as part of the overhaul of the nation's healthcare system.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) There is a lot of noise in the privacy space, says serial entrepreneur and Digi.me founder Julian Ranger. And cutting through that noise is one of the big challenges he reckons stands in the way of his current startup. But the concept behind Digi.me is so intriguing that you really have to hope the team manages to make themselves heard. Today the UK startup is announcing a £4.2… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

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This Smart Bat wants to teach you how to swing for the fences

Uncategorized June 30, 2016

This Smart Bat wants to teach you how to swing for the fences

I must have lost my completely unverifiable Babe Ruth swinging technique (you’ll just have to take my word for it) by sitting idle, writing phone reviews all day. But, as luck would have it, my smartphone can now teach me to swing for the fences for the first time… again.

That’s the idea behind new “Smart Bat” by wood bat maker Old Hickory and the sports sensor experts at Zepp. Its gyroscope and accelerometer-filled sensor syncs up to your phone or tablet to deliver 3D swing analysis and virtual coaching.

The small disk-shaped sensor fastens into the barrel of the Old Hickory MT27 Smart Bat and wirelessly beams detailed metrics and 3D drawings to an iOS or Android app via Bluetooth.

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D_oTFIH7uQ

If this gadget sounds familiar, it’s because Zepp also creates golf and tennis sensors. In fact, it uses the same Zepp 2 sensor that mounts to a golf glove, while a similar, but older Zep 1 sensor locks onto a tennis racket. Basically, Zepp is creating a IoT sports ecosystem.

Metrics and 3D swinging

The Zepp baseball app provides more than a dozen swing insights including bat speed, max hand speed, attack angle, bat vertical angle, time of impact – the list goes on.

Zepp 2 smart bat

There’s an ability to record your swing and a feed showing kids achieving better numbers than I could ever pull off. But that’s where the 10-part training plan comes into play.

Zepp 2 smart bat

Your performance is also recorded with 3D swing illustrations that can be replayed from the bat path (profile view) and bat plane (overhead view).

They look like the graphical swing-by-swing drawings that simulate baseball games when you can’t afford the MLB.TV video subscriptions.

Smart Bat and Zepp 2 price

Zepp 2 smart bat

Of course, all of this data doesn’t come cheap. The Old Hickory MT27 Smart Bat costs $145 – the MT stands for Mike Trout of the Los Angeles of Anaheim Angels player outfielder, so this licensed bat was never going to come cheap anyway.

The Zepp 2 Smart Sensor costs another $150. Thankfully, you can skip buying into the fancy wood bat and opt for the Bat Mount.

At $15, it’s clearly the more economical solution: bright green, made of plastic and handing off the end bottom of the bat barrel.

The good news is that the mount enables the Zepp 2 to be used on your existing bat, including metal and softball bats.

Is it worth it?

Is improving your bat swing worth that price? It really depends on whether or not you plan to (to use a baseball term) follow through. Then it’s worth all of the peanuts and cracker (too much). Like a lot of health gadgets in the era of Fitbit Blaze, many people have the best of intentions and, after a month, put them down.

Zepp 2 smart bat

As Homer Simpson once said to Bart after finding out that his son isn’t interested in playing the expensive guitar he bought him: “I’m not mad. If something’s hard to do, then it’s not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the garage next to your short-wave radio, your karate outfit, and your unicycle, and we’ll go and watch TV.”

Zepp 2 smart baseball bat

In other words, don’t expect something like the neat-looking Zepp 2 to all of a sudden make you love playing baseball. The sensor will just end up in a drawer (or closet) somewhere with all of your other uncharged fitness trackers.

However, if you’re already swinging a bat and want to take your cut across the plate to the next level, this is the next-generation bat and gadget combo for you. It could make you the next Mike Trout – or at least the next person with a better-than-average swing who owns his fancy bat.

Up next, champ: This is the Microsoft tech that’s fueling NASCAR

Source: TechRadar

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Updated: New Nexus 2016 release date, news and rumors

Uncategorized June 30, 2016

Updated: New Nexus 2016 release date, news and rumors

New Nexus 2016 release date, news and rumors

Update: Nexus 2016 phones are likely to be the first to run Android Nougat, and Google confirmed it will leave manufacturing up to third parties, despite its deeper involvement in design and software.

Google’s Nexus line is still going strong. There was a time when things looked to be on the rocks for the search giant’s own-brand handsets, but it’s navigated through the treacherous waters, and come out stronger on the other side.

2015 gave us the excellent Nexus 6P, plus the more affordable (and palm-friendly) Nexus 5X, but with the recent arrivals of the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10, LG G5 and Huawei P9, both those phones are suddenly looking a little long in the tooth.

It’s time then, to look at what Google has up its sleeve for its next Nexus smartphones. Bigger screens? New Android? More power? Some actual innovation?

One thing we know for sure is Google will continue to leave Nexus manufacturing to established names in the market. CEO, Sundar Pichai has said Google will instead focus on the design and software, hinting that the search giant will be more involved than ever in future Nexus devices.

Could these be the most ‘Googly’ Nexus devices to date? Quite possibly. Let’s see what the rumor mill has churned up so far for the new Nexus handsets…

Cut to the chase

  • What are they? Google’s next own-brand smartphones
  • When are they out? September/October 2016
  • What will they cost? Traditionally the Nexus line is slightly cheaper than flagship rivals

Say my name(s)!

Singular or plural? That’s the first question we need to tackle when talking about new Nexus phones.

2015 was the first time Google launched two Nexus smartphones side by side, the 5X and 6P. Arguably the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 were also a pair, but there was a year between their releases and they were rarely marketed together.

A duo of handsets felt right, and we expect Google to repeat the trick this time around. Two new Nexus phones have already supposedly been spotted online – dubbed the Nexus M1 and Nexus S1 – adding more fuel to this particular fire. ‘M’ apparently stands for Marlin, while ‘S’ is allegedly Sailfish.

They’ve also been touted as T50 and T55, with those numbers relating to the screen sizes: 5-inch and 5.5-inch. Those are all said to just be development codenames – so what will Google opt for in the end?

The simplest answer would be the Nexus 6X and Nexus 7P, but those make even less sense than the phones they’re set to replace.

There’s always the chance Google just sticks with the code names M1 and S1, but how about something a little more straightforward? Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 Plus would be nice – but the former has already been used for the firm’s 7-inch slate.

Who’s the daddy?

While Nexus devices are routinely referred to as Google’s handsets, the search giant doesn’t actually make the hardware. That task is shipped out to established handset manufacturers, and in the past HTC, Samsung, LG, Asus, Motorola and Huawei have all been called upon to do the honors.

LG is the company behind the 5X and Nexus 5, while Huawei’s first ever Nexus device came in the form of the 6P.

Several rumors, however, suggest it’ll be HTC that gets the nod for both handsets in 2016 – which could see the HTC 10 and One A9 as strong foundations for whatever Google has up its sleeve.

That said, Google is apparently also pretty pleased with the job Huawei did on the 6P, and alternative rumors point towards the Chinese manufacturer getting a second shot at making the higher-end Nexus.

New Nexus release date

Google launched the Nexus 6P and 5X in September 2015, with both devices going on sale the following month, so it stands to reason that it’ll follow a similar release schedule with the new Nexus phones.

That’s also the time of year we see Google’s next Android iteration begin to roll out, and the new Nexus devices tend to be the standard-bearers for the shiny new software.

Android Nougat

Google’s next iteration of Android has already been announced, and those rocking current Nexus devices (or the Sony Xperia Z3) can download Android Nougat beta right now.

Android N

Google’s Nexus launches tend to coincide with the official rollout of the next version of its mobile platform, with the new handset(s) championing the new software.

That means you’re basically guaranteed to see Android on whatever Google decides to launch, whether that’s the Nexus 7P, Nexus 6X or both.

Android Nougat doesn’t exactly reinvent the operating system, but new Nexus owners will benefit from a more accessible (and editable) quick settings toolbar, side-by-side app display, fast app switching, an improved Doze mode and a “Clear All” button in the Recents menu.

Check out what Android Nougat has to offer in our beta walkthrough

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMdrJBnv3zQ


Google Daydream

Something the new Nexus devices are likely to feature heavily is virtual reality (VR). Google announced its Daydream VR platform at its IO conference in May, and you can expect the new service to feature heavily on its new Nexus handsets.

It even teased its own VR headset with controller – and we could well see the hardware launch alongside the new phones later this year. It would make sense, as the headset will be dependent on a smartphone to function – and what better device to use than a shiny new Nexus?

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a “free VR headset when you pre-order a new Nexus” offer come September.

New Nexus specs

With the appearance of those T50 and T55 codenames, it looks like we’ll be getting a 5-inch handset and a larger 5.5-inch device.

That would be a downsizing for the larger device, following the 5.95-inch Nexus 6 and 5.7-inch Nexus 6P, and would see the new Nexus slide in comfortably alongside the iPhone 6S Plus (although the iPhone 7 Plus could be out by then) and LG G5.

In terms of power, we’ve seen leaked benchmark tests suggesting both handsets will be sporting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip, which has already found its way into the G5 and HTC 10.

That’ll likely be backed up by 4GB of RAM, which would give you plenty of grunt under the hood for all the latest Android Nougat has to throw at you.

We also expect the fingerprint scanners to return, but rather than the rear placement on the 5X and 6P, they could be found on the front of the new Nexus devices if HTC is indeed at the helm.

New Nexus price

In the past Nexus smartphones have been cheaper than the flagship devices they tend to be put up against, but that distinction become blurred in 2015, with the Nexus 6P sporting a lofty price tag of its own.

The hope is that the smaller of the two new Nexus phones will at least come with a reasonably affordable price tag, much like the Nexus 5X, while the larger, more premium offering is likely to pitch itself closer to Apple, Samsung and co.

Source: TechRadar

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Google Wallet vets get $19M more for Index, which helps offline retailers be more like online ones

Uncategorized June 30, 2016

index-new-leaf As companies like Apple, Google and PayPal continue to home in on virtual wallets for consumers who dream of using phones or watches to pay for everything in person without fumbling around for a plastic card or cash; a startup called Index is focusing on how to make the experience better and more connected for the brick-and-mortar retailers selling to them. After opening for business in… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

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