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Google has confirmed that it is working on the successors of the Pixel and Pixel XL devices, and a recent report even outed their codenames – Muskie and Walleye. Now, a separate report tips that the tech giant is working on a third device as well, much larger than the other two, and this one is codenamed Taimen.

Taimen is another type of fish known for its large size, and Droid Life claims that Google is working on a third large-display device scheduled to launch this year. The device is codenamed Taimen, however, apart from that there is little else that is known about the device.
Android Police cites its internal source to claim that Taimen could be a phone, but the surety of this is very little. This Taimen device could be a tablet as well, or could be large Pixel-branded phone. Alternatively, it wouldn’t sport Pixel branding at all be a completely different device with a unique branding of its own. There is no clarity on this matter as of now. As time of launch nears, more details on this mysterious third device should be known.

As for Muskie and Walleye, they are tipped to be the codenames of the successors of the Pixel phones. Walleye is the name given to the base variant (Pixel 2), whereas Muskie is reserved for the larger model (Pixel XL 2). Previous leaks suggest that the Pixel 2 may come with an improved camera, a better processor, and be water and dust resistant as well.
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Google started rolling out Android 7.1.2 Nougat public beta to all compatible devices just a few days ago. The reportedly brings the fingerprint ‘swipe for notifications’ gesture to Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones. This feature was first introduced only in Pixel devices even though all the smartphones contain the same fingerprint sensor hardware required for the feature.

As we mentioned, Google exclusively introduced the ‘swipe for notifications’ gesture in Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. 9to5Mac reports that Nexus 5X users who have the latest beta installed, are being able to use this gesture feature. Nexus 6P users haven’t got the latest beta release yet, but this feature is likely to be introduced for them as well, whenever the release hits, 9to5Mac speculates.
If your Nexus 5X is running on Android 7.1.2 Nougat public beta, you can find the feature in the Settings menu under Moves to enable it. The swipe for notifications gesture lets you open the notification panel just by swiping down on the fingerprint sensor at the back.

Android 7.1.2 Nougat public beta version is arriving for Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C devices as of now, while the company has confirmed that an update for Nexus 6P can be expected to be released soon. The Android 7.1.2 public beta images are also available to download for compatible devices. The final release of the Android 7.1.2 Nougat is expected to be made available in a couple of months.
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Google seems to have acknowledged that the audio distortion issue, which was being experienced by several Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone users, is a hardware issue as the company is reportedly offering warranty replacements for the devices. Instead of coming out with a firmware update to resolve the problem, the company has opted to offer warranty replacements.

Mark Buckman, who goes by the username ‘badmark’, was earlier issued a refund by the search giant after he reported the issue earlier on company’s product forum last month. However, as per a new mail spotted by PhoneArena, dated January 13, Google has stopped issuing refunds and is now offering warranty replacements for its Pixel smartphones that are experiencing audio distortion issues.

In the mail, the Google Store representative from the company has clearly said that the issue mentioned is a hardware issue and not a software one.

Last month, several Google Pixel and Pixel XL users reported that they were experiencing audio distortion issues on their smartphones. One of the users even said that the issue was not source dependent. “At first I thought it was my headphones, so I put on my noise cancellation headphones and the same issue. Then I thought, ok maybe it’s a bad headphone jack so I paired my Jabra Sport headphones, same issue. Then I just played the music out of the speaker itself and it still happened,” the user posted on the community forum.

In a response to the complaint posts, Pixel community manager Orrin earlier said that the company was aware of the issue and was investigating the matter. It seems like the issues plaguing Google’s first self-branded smartphone are piling up as the phones were also reported to have an early shutdown issue last month.

Other Google Pixel, Pixel XL issues reported include a freezing camera and audio distortion on the phone as well. Other issues reported by users include Bluetooth pairing problems and spotty LTE connectivity.

 

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Last month, Google launched its first fully self-branded Pixel smartphones worldwide as well as in India. The unique and the distinguishing factor about these smartphones from the earlier Nexus series is that these smartphones are premium in terms of features as well as the price tag. Pixel phones have been pitched by the search giant as direct competitors to Apple’s iPhone and if latest report by research firm Counterpoint is anything to go by, Google might have a strong case in its favour.

As per the latest report by Counterpoint Research, Google’s Pixel smartphones have already captured 10 percent share of the Premium Smartphone segment in the month of October in India, since their launch the same month. However, the report says that Apple still maintains a clear lead in this segment, with around 66 percent of the overall market share, followed by Samsung with around 23 percent share.

“Google is aggressively trying to take advantage of the lack of competition in this segment and does not want to miss-out on the opportunities. The company is leaving no stones unturned with heavy spend on marketing, there are exchange and cashback offers also available for the new entrant. A refreshing and feature packed Pixel is making for a good proposition against the incumbents Apple’s new iPhone and Samsung’s [Galaxy] S7 smartphones,” Counterpoint Research said in an emailed statement.

Considering the advertisement spend by the company for its smartphones, Pixel will be able to maintain its market share if not extend it in future, the research firm said.
It is hard to judge whether the Pixel smartphones would have performed similarly if Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 debacle would not have taken place. However, it is safe to say that Google’s smartphones definitely got a performance boost due to the premium Android smartphone’s failure.

 

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LG USA is reportedly offering full refunds to users experiencing boot loops on their Nexus 5X smartphones. While normally the process would be to repair, replace, or issue a refurbished unit, the company in this is offering a full refund as it doesn’t have the parts (and presumably new units) to affect a repair. Notably, with the launch of the Pixel smartphones, Google is no longer selling the Nexus 5X.

Reports of the refund policy come from Reddit users, and are seen on the dedicated Nexus 5X subreddit. Users that have given their devices to LG for repairs are now receiving an email that informs them a part required to fix the issue is longer available. They are then asked to produce a sales receipt so that the company can determine the exact amount that needs to be refunded.

“We’re sorry to hear that you’ve experienced a problem with your LGH790 and appreciate you giving us the opportunity to provide a warranty repair. We have received your device at our repair facility but currently a part to complete the repair is out of stock and is no longer available.
To rectify this issue, we would like to offer you a refund for the full amount of your device. That amount will be determined by your sales receipt. Your refund can take approximately 4 weeks to receive due to the holiday.”

The Nexus 5X boot loop issue was first seen in September when the Android 7.0 Nougat update was released. At that point, Google said a very small number of users were affected by the issue, and that it was a hardware issue, and not related to software. The search giant had also said that users should contact their place of purchase for warranty or repair options. Presumably since then, the company has run out of a required part and thus offering refunds instead.

While the refund option recently began being provided in the US, it’s reasonable to expect the company to offer a similar option to affected Nexus 5X users in other parts of the world. To recall, the LG-made Nexus smartphone was launched back in October last year, and like most phones, has a 1-year manufacturer warranty. If you are experiencing the issue, we suggest you contact LG sooner than later to avoid possible issues with warranty.

 

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Google’s ‘Night Mode’, which works similarly to Apple’s Night Shift, has been a feature that has been awaited impatiently by Nexus users. The search giant removed the feature from the final release of Nougat after giving an early glimpse in a developer preview for Nexus devices as the feature was not completely ready. Now, the ‘Night Mode’ will reportedly be making its way back to Nexus devices in the upcoming Nougat 7.1 update.

After the feature was removed from the final build of Nougat, a thread named “Bring Back Night Mode” was posted on company’s issue tracker. Now, the search giant has changed its status to ‘Future Release’, as pointed out by Phandroid. This indicates that the night mode is likely to come back in a future release, possibly the upcoming Android 7.1 Nougat update. Of course users might have to wait for longer if the company decides to push out the feature with a future update.

The ‘Night Mode’ essentially adjusts the screen colour temperature in order to prevent excessive strain on user’s eyes. There have always been apps that can help users adjust the screen colour temperature, such as f.lux, but system-level integration makes this feature extremely useful.

Regarding the removal of night mode features in the Android N, a team of Google Engineers had earlier revealed that both dark theme and screen tinting had to be abandoned for similar reasons. The team claimed that both these were not going to be ready by the time Android N was launched publicly. Further, the team said that it did not want to leave a “half-working” feature in the platform.

The team pointed out that the implementation on an ecosystem-wide scale was difficult, and work on the features was not judged to be a sound allocation of resources.
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In line with earlier leaks, the world’s first Tango smartphone, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, will now be released on November 1. According to a listing on the company’s official website, the smartphone will be made available on November 1. The much-delayed smartphone was originally slated to be released in September.

As pointed out by Android Police, Lenovo has not mentioned the release date on smartphone’s official page. However, it says, “Phab 2 Pro Coming Soon. Available November 1,” on official page of its Phab 2 smartphone.

The smartphone was first unveiled at the Lenovo Tech World event in June this year and has been made in collaboration with Google. Lenovo Phab 2 Pro will make use of AR and VR sensors to map the surroundings and with the help of applications designed for Google Tango, users will be able to interact with things in the virtual world.
Google Tango enables the users to measure the size of objects in their room by using just their smartphone camera and also to place and see furniture virtually in real-world size before actually purchasing them off Internet. There are certain games designed specifically for Google Tango, which will provide an immersive environment for gamers to interact with.

In terms of specifications, Lenovo Phab 2 Pro sports a 6.4-inch QHD IPS display. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. It houses a 4050mAh battery.

The Phab 2 Pro houses a total of four cameras in it. There is an 8-megapixel camera at front, a 16-megapixel rear RGB camera, a depth-sensing infrared camera with an imager and an emitter, as well as a motion tracking camera. The Phab 2 Pro can record videos in 360-degree and 4K as well. The phone comes with a fingerprint scanner at its back.

 
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The European Union is set to extend some security rules currently only applicable to telecom operators to web services such as WhatsApp, Skype and Apple Inc’s FaceTime, according to a draft proposal seen by Reuters.


The European Commission, the EU executive, will unveil a proposed reform of its 15-year-old telecom rules next week in which it will extend some provisions to web companies offering calls and messages over the Internet, so-called “over the top players.”

Telecom companies such as Vodafone, Orange and Deutsche Telekom have long complained that web groups including Alphabet Inc’s Google, Microsoft and Facebook are more lightly regulated despite offering similar services and have called for the EU’s telecoms-specific rules to be repealed.

Under the draft directive, over the top services will have to ensure the security and integrity of their services, including reporting breaches to authorities and having contingency plans and service continuity strategies.

The proposal is part of a broader drive to level the playing field between European companies and mainly US tech firms.

However the proposal does allow for some of the security obligations to be lighter for services which like, for example, WhatsApp, do not exercise control over the transmission of their services over telecom networks.

“Providers of such services should thus ensure a level of security commensurate with the degree of risk posed to the security of the communications services they provide,” the document says.

“Therefore, whenever it is justified by the actual assessment of the security risks involved, the security requirements … should be lighter.”

Companies will be required to notify national authorities “without undue delay” of a security breach which has a significant impact on the operation of their service.

The Commission has previously said it was considering extending some security obligations to web services given their increasing equivalence to traditional phone calls and text messages.

Over the top services using a number or allowing users to call a number, such as Skype Out and messaging app Viber Out, will also have to offer emergency calls under the new rules.

The Commission will propose giving all European consumers the right to affordable basic broadband, which will enable them to check emails and access online banking, meaning national governments will have to provide public money to ensure universal coverage.

The proposal will need to be approved by the European Parliament and EU member states before becoming law, meaning it is likely to undergo changes.

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Dell Technologies will cut 2,000 to 3,000 jobs after acquiring EMC Corp. in the largest technology acquisition ever, according to people familiar with the company’s plans.

 

Most of the cuts will come in the US and in areas such as supply chain and general and administrative positions, as well as some marketing jobs, said the people, who asked not to be named because the dismissals aren’t public yet. Dell is looking for cost savings of about $1.7 billion in the first 18 months after the transaction but is largely focused on using the deal to boost sales by several times that amount, the people added. The new company has 140,000 employees. Dave Farmer, spokesman for Dell, declined to comment.

(Also see: Microsoft to Cut 2,850 More Jobs)

The acquisition, valued at about $67 billion when it was first announced almost a year ago, brings together the leading provider of data-storage products and one of the top makers of servers and personal computers. Both companies have grappled with rising interest in cloud services from rivals such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google.
(Also see: Google to Buy Cloud Software Company Apigee for $625 Million)

While expanding revenue is the main focus of the deal, Dell Founder Michael Dell said September 7 “there are some overlapping functions and that sort of thing — that’s not the primary feature of this, but there is some of that.” He declined to give any estimate for job reductions.

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After testing it for eight months, Google has announced that it has now built Google Cast right into Chrome. Users will no longer have to install a separate extension to beam videos from a webpage to other screens like their TV.

In January, Google employee Francois Beaufort announced that the Chromium team was testing this feature in the beta channel. He credited the new Media Router for making it possible to build Cast natively. Now, the feature has been rolled out into the stable Chrome channel for everyone to use.

For all the websites that support Cast, an icon will appear when you’re on the same network as a Chromecast device. Clicking on the icon will allow you to choose the home device that you want to project the stream on – be it audio speakers, or see a web video on TV.
For all the websites that are not integrated with Cast, just head to the Chrome menu, select ‘Cast’ from there, and follow the steps to beam the video on your TV. The tech giant informs that only the latest version of Chrome supports the integrated Cast feature.
The Google Cast extension for Chrome was launched in 2013, alongside the Chromecast dongle. Until now users had to download and install Google Cast Chrome extension to stream music, videos, and other webpages from the browser to their Chromecast-connected TV. However, this native support of Cast eliminates this installation process.

Google claims that users have casted more than 38 million times from Chrome in the last month itself. In July, users has watched and heard more than 50 million hours of content through Chromecast.

Google introduced its second-generation Chromecast dongle and the new Chromecast Audio dongle in India in April this year, and priced both at Rs. 3,399. The media-streaming dongles are available on several online marketplaces including Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm, as well as offline retailers like Reliance Digital and Croma. Google claims that it managed to sell 5 million Chromecast devices in the last two months itself.
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