Facebook for Android quietly adds support for uploading HD video

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The new HD video settings option was first reported by Android Police, which adds that the feature is apparently rolled out to most, but not quite all, of Facebook’s Android users. The report also says other new video features are appearing for some users as well, but they are not yet available for everyone. They include picture-in-picture video, the ability to download clips to watch offline later, and specific resolution upload options (from 72p all the way up to 360p).

Finally, up and down arrows are showing up for some Facebook users in the app’s notifications view. This will allow users to check their notifications in either direction, as opposed to going back to the top view all the time.

Again, not all of these features are available yet for all Android Facebook users, but they appear to be in testing for a wide release sometime in the very near future. Do you plan to use the new HD video upload option for your clips?



[Source:- Androidauthority]

Latest AirDroid update officially fixes seven month old security issues


Original post, December 7: A few days ago, the security firm Zimperium publicly revealed that the popular remote access management app AirDroid had some serious security issues. Today, the developer behind AirDroid has released a beta version of the app that it hope fixes these problems.

Zimperium stated that it had found that AirDroid in its current form could allow an attacker on the same network to gain full access to the owner’s device through the app. The firm actually found this flaw a number of months ago and informed the app’s development team, but for some reason that team did nothing until Zimperium make the decision to publicly reveal their findings earlier this month.

Now, the team has quickly pushed out beta of AirDroid that reportedly does fix the security problems. Zimperium is apparently going to test the beta out to make sure all the holes are closed up before the app team releases the non-beta version in the Google Play Store. In the meantime, we don’t recommend using AirDroid until it has been verified that the app has indeed plugged its security leaks. You can’t be too careful.



[Source:- Androidauthority]

Samsung plans to share more tech to lure more semiconductor business


Its devices foothold slipping in the country, Samsung is clawing back into China’s mobile market by putting more weight behind its semiconductor arm. Its foundry business is undergoing slow growth, but Samsung is expected to heat up talks with Chinese firms to change that.

The Korean tech firm is set to host what it’s calling the Samsung Foundry Forum on August 30, during which its semiconductor chiefs will lobby representatives from roughly 100 Chinese firms. The forum will welcome the likes of ZTE, MediaTek, HiSilicon and others, according toreports.

It isn’t the creation of the event that’s telling of Samsung’s intentions here, as the company regularly engages potential customers in China. It’s the effort that’s going into this forum and what’s expected to be a slight pivot in its strategy. It plans to take on more customers instead of leaning on a handful of them.

During Samsung’s upcoming forum, the firm is expected to court new clients by offering them access to its 10nm and 14nm FinFET process designs along with its 28nm fully depleted silicon on insulator processes.

Probably one of the most infamous setbacks in Samsung’s semiconductor business was whenApple began to offload some of its orders for iPhone processors to TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Corporation) two years ago.

Last year Apple turned backed to Samsung for production of the iPhone’s A9 chips. But the company’s semiconductor business isn’t running as optimally as Samsung’s execs would like. And Samsung would probably not have to rely so heavily on its frenemy, Apple.

Samsung’s foundries are still growing, as evidenced by its semiconductor group’s 8 percent-quarter over-quarter growth and 6 percent year-over-year growth in operating profit last quarter. It’s just that its foundries’ older lines are stagnating because they aren’t suited for the production of newer chips its current clients want.



[Source: Androidauthority]

Third Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, Redmi 3S flash sale today at 12 PM

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If you’ve missed your chance at picking up the Xiaomi Redmi 3S or Redmi 3S Prime in the first two flash sales, you will have another opportunity to do so once again, today at 12 PM.

You only have to look back at the last two flash sales to see the popularity of these ultra-affordable smartphones from Xiaomi. In the first sale held two weeks ago, the Redmi 3S Prime sold out in just eight minutes, and in the second, which also saw the availability of the Redmi 3S, stocks lasted till only around 5 PM that evening.

If you’re wondering about which device is better suited to your needs, it is worth noting that most specifications and features are the same between the two versions, including the huge 4,100 mAh battery that is found with both. As far as differences go, the cheaper Redmi 3S comes with 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM, while the Redmi 3S Prime offers 32 GB of internal storage and 3 GB of RAM, and also provides an additional layer of security with a fingerprint scanner.

The Xiaomi Redmi 3S is priced at Rs 6,999 (~$104), while the Redmi 3S Prime is only slightly more expensive, with its price tag of Rs 8,999 (~$134). The two devices will available from bothmi.com and Flipkart, with Flipkart also providing consumers with an exchange offer. So if you have an old Android smartphone lying around, you can always trade that in and pick up these affordable smartphones for even cheaper.

Let us know if you were able to pick up the Xiaomi Redmi 3S or Redmi 3S Prime during today’s sale, and if you already have the phone, do share your thoughts on what your experience has been with it so far in the comments section below!



[Source: Androidauthority]

Android 7.1 name spotted in Developer Console, could arrive as MR1

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Google is changing the way it’s handling Android updates (it’s high time it did, we might add) byintroducing Maintenance Releases (MR).

These patches will include bug fixes and tweaks, and we can speculate that Google could use the opportunity to add certain new features or change the behavior of existing ones. The first MR for Android 7.0 Nougat is expected this fall, and more will follow on a quarterly basis.

We don’t know yet whether MR will bump up the version number. In other words, will MR1 be called Android 7.0.1, Android 7.1, or something else entirely?

We have some flimsy evidence that points to Android 7.1. One clue is a section in the Android Developer Console (first spotted by Android Police) that includes a mention of Android 7.1.



[Source: Androidauthority]



NFC payment ring now available to pre-order


Remember that NFC Ring Kickstarter from three years ago? Well the payment ring is now finally ready for prime time, as pre-orders have kicked off today with support for mobile payments.

The new NFC payment ring is primarily designed to work with wireless payment systems, without the need to whip out our credit card or smartphone. Once it’s all set-up, you wont even need your phone close by to use the ring, as it uses anonymous tokens to makepayments.The ring meets EMVCo’s contactless performance requirements, ensuring support for a range of VISA cards from a selection of banks.

There are a few others cool uses for the NFC Ring too. It can unlock your smartphone or tablet with a quick tap to the back of your phone. If you have an NFC enabled door lock, you can get in and out of your house without fumbling with keys. You can also use the ring to share WiFi information, link to websites, pictures, and contact information with other NFC devices.

If you’re interested, two NFC Ring models are available pre-order in three different colors and a huge selections of ring sizes. Prices are set at $53 (£40) for the latest model, and the company is offering 50 percent of all titanium rings this summer.



[Source: Androidauthority]

Android N: 10 new features to look forward to

Android N: 10 new features to look forward to

Google has managed to surprise us by giving an early preview of the Android N. This is the first developer build and there might be a few iterations that will come out before it is made available to users.

For now there is no word on what the N in Android N will stand for but there are a few favourites that have been doing the rounds.

Here are the top 10 features of Android N that we liked the most.


[Source:- Techradar]