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Airtel Nigeria Is Offering 1.8GB For N500

Airtel just introduced a new plan that gives you 180% Bonus for any subscription.

The data plan is not available for all airtel subscribers but if you are eligible for this offer, you will receive a message that looks similar or exactly like this one below.

FREE 150% Data Bonus, Just For You! Get 1.8GB for just N500 valid for 14 days. Hurry, dial *418*2# now to enjoy this amazing offer everyday for 6 months. However,  if you didn't receive this message simply dial *418*2# and wait for the response to know if you're eligible.

If it fails because of insufficient balance, recharge your phone with #500 and then retry.

If you are eligible, recharge your Airtel line and dial *418*2# to activate the N500 for 1.8GB Plan.

NOTE:
✔️ Data bonus validity is two weeks.
✔️ 150% bonus eligibility is 6 months
✔️ To check your data balance, dial *140#.

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Huawei P20 Pro already outsold the P10 Plus by 316% in Western Europe

According to Huawei, the Huawei P20 Pro Europe sales are already higher than the P10 Plus sales by a factor of three.

The P20 Pro is now the best-selling phone in Western Europe in Huawei’s history, after only a month.

Our review of the Huawei P20 Pro makes one thing very clear: the P20 Pro is easily one of the best Android smartphones you can buy right now. It appears that sales are reflecting the reviews, as Huawei reports that in only a month the P20 Pro has outsold last year’s Huawei P10 Plus in Western Europe by a whopping 316 percent.

That makes the Huawei P20 Pro the best-selling device in Western Europe in Huawei’s history, and it did it in four weeks.

According to Huawei, most of the P20 Pro sales in Europe came from Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. For a period, the Huawei P20 Pro was the most-searched-for smartphone on Google in Spain, Italy, and Germany.

For a smartphone to do this well so quickly really illuminates just how successful Huawei is worldwide. As it s…

T-Mobile and Sprint Plan to merge as soon as next week

Sprint and T-Mobile weave a complicated relationship. For years they've desired each other, drawn inexorably to that most corporate copulation: the merger. In a landscape run by AT&T and Verizon, the two star-crossed lovers have struggled separately to carve a little chunk of the world (including the US telecommunications market) for themselves. And, according to a report by Reuters, after a long and conflicted courtship, their paths and profits may soon be joined.

For a concise history of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger: First it was on, then it was off, then it wason again.

According to speculations at the time, the reason for last year's failure stemmed from difficulties in negotiating voting control between SoftBank (Sprint's majority shareholder), and Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile's owner), resulting in a last-minute cancellation of the deal. If the report by Reuters is to be believed, that impediment has been overcome.

If the two wireless providers do merge together…

Xiaomi Mi 6X launches on April 27 with Snapdragon 660, dual cameras, AI features, and more

Xiaomi, to no one's surprise, unveiled the Mi 6X, a follow up to last year's Mi 5X. As is typical for Xiaomi, this phone packs an insane value with its solid specs and low price point. There is a huge focus on AI with this phone (shocker) and Xiaomi is touting up the camera performance. So, all in all, it's a pretty typical affair, but the Mi 6X looks like it'll be a winner.

SPECS

Display        5.99" FHD+ IPS LCD
SoftwareAndroid 8.1 Oreo; MIUI 9
CPU        Snapdragon 660
RAM        4/6GB
Storage        64/128GB
Cameras12MP+20MP rear, 20 MP front
Battery        3,010mAh, QC 3.0
Misc        USB Type-C, fingerprint sensor

Xiaomi continues to impress, with the Mi 6X starting at RMB 1599 (~$253 USD) for the 64GB+4GB variant. Last year, the Mi 5X was also internationally known as the Android One Mi A1. It's certainly plausible that this phone could be released later as the Mi A2, but that's speculation for now.

As is its wont, Xiaomi is really playing up the camera per…

Members of Google’s Area 120 want you to learn to code for free

A team from Google’s Area 120 just released a new app called Grasshopper that will help you learn to code for free.Similar to language-learning app Duolingo, Grasshopper guides you through learning to code with fun games and quizzes.The app is totally free with no ads or in-app purchases (at least for now). You have nothing to lose! In the future, there won’t be many skilled jobs that won’t involve at least a little bit of coding. If you don’t yet know the difference between HTML and CSS or Java and Python, you should take the time to start learning some coding basics sooner rather than later.

To make sure you have no excuses, a team of coders from Google’s workshop for experimental products, Area 120, just released a new app that will help you learn to code for free. That’s right, for free.

The app is called Grasshopper and takes the same approach to coding that apps like Duolingotake to learning new languages. After all, learning to code is like learning a new language in a way (or …

Google Pay Android App Surpasses 100 Million Global Installs

The recently rebranded Google Pay Android app surpassed 100 million global installs, as revealed by its newly updated Google Play Store listing. The Mountain View, California-based tech giant has been rolling out the new branding to users since late February and the app has apparently continued gaining traction in the meantime, with the service also being pre-installed on many smartphones released in recent times, including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

As of today, every active Android Pay app in the world should have already been rebranded to Google Pay, though some functionalities of the tool remain limited. E.g. peer-to-peer payments are still not supported and are only planned to be introduced to consumers in the United States and the United Kingdom later this spring. Alphabet’s subsidiary never clarified why it pulled the trigger on a unified new brand meant to bring Google Wallet and Android Pay features together before being able to offer all of their functionalities through a …

WebView Safe Browsing coming to all apps this month

Google has maintained a list of malicious websites, such as those hosting malware or phishing scams, for nearly a decade. The company's Safe Browsing API allows web browsers to access the blocklist, and show a warning if the site is dangerous. Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and countless other browsers use the Safe Browsing API.

The WebView API on Android allows apps to show web content. Third-party web browsers like Lynket/Chromer and Lightning use it to render pages, and many other apps (like Twitter clients) use it for login forms. Developers could optionally enable WebView Safe Browsing in their apps, starting with Android 8.0 Oreo.

Today, Google announced that Safe Browsing will be enabled for all WebViews, starting with the release of version 66 later this month. WebView started to update through the Play Store with the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Chrome actually acts as WebView on Android 7.0 and up.
Put simply, almost every Android app that shows web content wil…

A new challenger approaches: Asus is now teasing a gaming phone

•Asus’ Global CEO has appeared to confirm that the company is working on a gaming smartphone.
•Asus has experience in the gaming industry through its Strix and Republic of Gamers brands.
•If released, the phone will follow in the footsteps of other recent gaming phones such as the Razer Phone and the Xiaomi Black Shark.

Hot on the heels of the launch of Xiaomi’s Black Shark gaming smartphone, Asus has appeared to confirm that it is working on a gaming phone of its own.

In an interview at the opening of Asus Philippines’ 100th store (reported by astig.ph), Asus’ Global CEO Jerry Shen said that it can be “expected” that the company will release a phone designed for gaming. Unfortunately, there’s no word regarding a potential release date for this hypothetical device.

It perhaps isn’t surprising that Asus would want to release a gaming phone. After all, the company already has experience in the PC gaming industry due to its Strix and Republic of Gamers brands.

However, gaming phones are …

Your phone's Android security patches may not be as up to date as you think

You consider yourself a responsible smartphone user. You go out of your way to keep your data safe, protecting your handset with a strong passcode, paying close attention to the permissions you grant apps, and making sure that your phone is always running the latest security updates available to it. At least, you think your phone is patched against the most recent security exploits, but is it really? A new report suggests that's likely not the case, claiming that many phones are missing at least one, and sometimes ten or more security patches.

Security Research Labs looked into state of updates for some 1,200 phones from a variety of major manufacturers, and found that despite these handsets claiming that their software is caught up with Android security patches as of certain dates, one or more fixes were often missing.

Some manufacturers tend to do a lot better than others. Unsurprisingly, Pixel phones are the best, accurately indicating that they're up to date with security…

Xiaomi reportedly wants to buy GoPro

Xiaomi is probably recognizable among our readers for its phones, and maybe even for its earbud headphones. But I doubt many of us think of cameras when we think of the 5th largest smartphone manufacturer. That said, someday we might. According to Bloomberg, Xiaomi is considering making an offer on GoPro.

This news follows the January announcement that GoPro would be leaving the drone business as part of its broader financial woes. GoPro CEO Nick Woodman remarked in an interview at the time that he was open to selling the company. "If there was an opportunity to merge GoPro with a larger parent company," said Woodman, "that could help us scale our business and provide a better return on investment [...] we would welcome the opportunity to explore such an opportunity."

Based on the news of Xiaomi's interest, it looks like he might have found a buyer. Details are still sparse, but The Information believes GoPro could fetch as much as a billion dollars, though I …

Samsung hit with lawsuit of up to $2.8 billion for infringing on biometric-related patents

With their fingerprint sensors, iris scanners, and facial recognition tech, Samsung phones feature more methods of biometric authentication than most, if not all, of their competitors. However, the Korean company is now being sued by a US-based "data security firm," PACid Technologies, for infringing on two US patents and one Korean patent with its biometric features.

The lawsuit, filed on April 6th with the Texas Eastern District Court, comprises phones from the Galaxy S6 all the way to the Galaxy S8. PACid alleges that two US patents (U.S. Patent No. 9,577,994 and No. 9,876,771) and one South Korean patent (KR20110128567A) have been infringed upon. In addition to the biometric systems onboard, Samsung Pass and Knox are also involved in the suit. PACid says that Samsung has known about its patents since January 2017 at the latest. Should the court accept that claim, Samsung will have to pay up to three times the standard rate of $1 per phone (35 U.S. Code § 284), or 2.82 b…

Smartphone to replace your password on the web in the nearest future

•The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is working to eliminate the text-based password by using your phone as an authenticator.
•Similar to the two-factor authentication we use today, the W3C password solution would work for any site, as its browser-based, not account-based.
•This W3C password solution is already working with Mozilla Firefox, with more browsers on the way.


The death of the password is a topic that’s been in discussion for years now, but just yesterday I signed up for an account on a site and set up a text-based password. Clearly, as much as the tech world would love to eliminate passwords, they are still going strong.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the international standards organization for the web founded by Tim Berners-Lee, in conjunction with the FIDO Alliance, has an actual solution in the pipeline. In a recent recommendation, over a dozen members of W3C laid out a plan to use mobile devices as an authenticator for your web-based accounts.

You’re probably t…

Uber Announces Driver App Redesign Based On Driver Suggestions

Uber has now announced a redesign of its driver app aimed at improving the overall experience for drivers. Uber specifically makes the point that in addition to looking at ways to improve the experience, it obtained copious amounts of data and feedback from drivers during a beta run of the app which was then used to further improve the app prior to today’s announcement. According to Uber, the new redesign represents a “built for drivers, with drivers” approach to app design.

One of the first and major changes Uber notes in the announcement is a more highly visible indicator of how much an Uber driver has currently earned for the day. This “Earnings Tracker” largely remains in view and lets drivers quickly see how much they have accumulated while also aiding in goal attainment by letting the driver now how far away they are from any pre-set goals, major milestones or incentive-based targets. Other notable changes include improvements to notifications in general, including improvements…

Your Google Play Store review edit history is now visible to the public

App reviews in the Play Store can sometimes be a quite useful resource. Like pretty much any platform for commentary online, you've got to have a discerning eye in order to sort the genuinely useful information from all manner of fanboi rants or misdirected attempts for customer service, but it's still an asset plenty of us turn to time and time again. If you contribute reviews of your own, though, you may want to start being a little more thoughtful about what you say, as now other user can see all your old edits, even after you update your review.


When doing a teardown of the Play Store's v8.9 update a couple months back, we spotted the building blocks of a change that would let other users check out the historical record of your review's edits. The developer behind an app could already view this data, but so far it hadn't been publicly available.

Now Google's quietly flipped the switch on these public edit logs, making them visible in the Android Play Store…

Firefox Browser Now Gets Support For YouTube TV

Mozilla’s Firefox browser has received support for YouTube TV which means that anyone who prefers the Firefox browser over Google’s highly popular Chrome browser now have an alternative option for streaming their favorite TV shows through YouTube’s streaming service. Up until now, YouTube TV was only compatible with Chrome when it came to web browsers, and this was in addition to the Androidand iOS mobile apps. The recently added support was discovered by tech blog Your Tech Explained, which had noticed YouTube TV working with Firefox after checking.

YouTube doesn’t appear to have made any sort of mention that Firefox was now supported, for whatever reason, perhaps because it wants users to continue using Chrome over Firefox. Whatever the reason though, the fact of the matter is that Firefox is now supported by the service. When YouTube TV will be extended to additional browsers is unknown so for now it seems that users will be limited to just the two different browser types and the …

Xiaomi Mi 7 Will Sport In-Display Fingerprint Scanner: CEO

It seems like the Xiaomi Mi 7 will ship with an in-display fingerprint scanner, as it seems like the company’s CEO just confirmed this functionality. Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s CEO, mentioned this in a comment on Weibo (Chinese social network), while he was responding to a random user’s comment posted in the comment section. Do keep in mind that both the user and Lei Jun used Chinese in order to communicate, so the translation may not be spot on, but it seems like the user suggested that the Mi 7 may not have an in-display fingerprint scanner, after which Mr. Jun confirmed otherwise.

The Xiaomi Mi 7 was actually expected to arrive in the first half of this year, but at the moment, it seems like it will be announced in H2 2018, mainly because the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S arrived quite recently. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S is the company’s new flagship, it is fueled by the Snapdragon 845, made out of ceramic, and it comes in both 6GB and 8GB RAM variants. It’s quite probable that Xiaomi will not introduce yet…

Xiaomi reportedly working on gaming smartphone, with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage

The smartphone market is extremely saturated at this point, so it's not often we see something actually unique. Xiaomi makes plenty of regular phones, but it has also produced a few wild devices like the Mi Mix family. It appears that another strange phone from Xiaomi is on the way - one tailored to gamers.

Black Shark Technologies is a newly-formed smartphone company funded by Xiaomi, and is expected to announce a gaming smartphone very soon. The idea of a gaming-centric smartphone is nothing new, but most of them are just regular phones tweaked to improve performance (like the Razer Phone). There have been a few phones with the look and feel of a handheld console, like the Sony Xperia Play and infamous Nokia N-Gage. It's not clear at this time what form factor the rumored phone will take.

According to GizmoChina, the phone will have a Snapdragon 845 processor, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, and Android 8.0 Oreo. It will be available in three configurations - 6GB RAM/128GB stora…

Google removes GApps 100 device limit for uncertified devices, fixes device registration page

Late last month, Google announced it would block the Play Store and Google Play Services from running on 'uncertified' devices. This was meant to keep OEMs from sideloading the Play Store on devices not approved by Google. The company offered a way for custom ROM users to register their devices, but it was a complicated process, because the registration page didn't actually provide instructions.

Since then, Google has been making tweaks to the process, and now two annoying requirements have been removed. First, there is no longer a limit of 100 registered devices, though I'm not sure if that would have actually impacted anyone. Second, the page now accepts normal Google Service Framework (GSF) IDs - you don't have to convert them to decimal format anymore.
The entire process is now pretty easy. Just download 'Device ID' from the Play Store (or grab it from APKMirror) and find the GSF ID. Then paste it into the textbox on this page and click Register. That&#…

How to Transfer Contacts from Old to New Smartphones

If you just bought your new smartphone, chances are you want to get all your contacts from your old phone. In this article, you will learn how to transfer contactsby following our simple guidelines. We put up a list of guidelines for Android, iPhone and Windows phone user. Here’s our step-by-step guide:

How to transfer contacts from Old Android to new Android Phones

If you have a new Android phone, here’s what you need to do to transfer contacts: (Old Android to New Android)

Back up with Google Account

•Turn on your old Android phone.
•Go to settings and then look for “Accounts” tab.
•Click the “Accounts” tab and select Google.
•Now, you will have an option to synchronize different features and programs on your google account.
•Choose Contacts and click “sync now.”


•This action will save your contacts on Google servers.
•Now, open your new Android phone.
•Set up your Android phone using your google account.
•This will automatically sync your saved contacts to your new Android.
•If you …

How to stop Facebook from collecting your calls, texts and contacts?

After the recent Facebook saga, a majority Facebook users have opted to leave Facebook in other to protect their personal information. For those who’re still active on Facebook, this article will offer a step-by-step procedure on how to stop Facebook from collecting your personal data.

In recent times, there’s a lot we’re yet to know regarding the latest technology. The social media world is one such area which has continued to upgrade to make it easier for the users to upload or share photos with friends and family. Although this might seem like a milestone to advancing future technology, the issue of user privacy has continued to be violated in one way or another.

The reason for this article was to inform Facebook users about the latest report that was released regarding the Facebook Lite and the Android Messenger. According to the report, it was revealed that Facebook had gone a mile further to harvest not only your photos but also your call logs and text messages right from your …

Google Play improves audiobook listening experience, including Smart Resume and speed controls

Audiobooks have only been available on Google Play for barely two months, but Google is already working hard on improving the experience. In a blog post today, Google revealed a few of the new features and improvements it has been adding to make it even more enjoyable to listen to an audiobook with Google Play, whether on the app or through Google Assistant.
With 'Smart Resume,' playback will now intelligently resume a few moments before where an audiobook was paused. Resuming a book mid-sentence after a user had to interrupt their listening can be slightly jarring, so Smart Resume rewinds back to the beginning of the word or sentence the listener was on to make it easier to follow along. Another useful addition for readers who are in a rush is the ability to speed up and slow down the playback speed of the book anywhere from 3x down to 0.5x.
For those who read using the Google Play Books app, you can now also save a favorite moment in an audiobook with the new Bookmarks func…

Samsung taken to court over its lack of Android updates

A case against Samsung is now in Dutch court, where the company will have to defend itself against consumer advocacy group Consumentenbond.

The case revolves around Samsung’s alleged lack of software updates to some of its Android devices.

If Consumentenbond wins the case, it could have some serious ramifications on Samsung’s update responsibilities.

Back in 2016, we told you how a Dutch consumer advocacy group called Consumentenbond sued Samsung due to the company’s alleged neglect when it comes to issuing software updates to its handsets. Well, it only took two years, but today the Dutch court will start the hearing process in the case, putting Samsung under the gun to defend its update practices.

The assumed industry standard for smartphone updates is two years, which likely came into place due to mobile service contracts lasting that long. However, there are numerous examples of phones from Samsung where the company stopped issuing software updates well before that two-year period…

A new form of Android malware hidden in QR code apps infects 1 million users

A new form of Android malware has been discovered in the Google Play Store by security researchers.Named Andr/HiddnAd-AJ, the malware remains inactive for six hours after being downloaded before bombarding users with ads.The apps were downloaded more than half a million times, though Google has now removed them.

A new strain of Android malware is said to have infected at least a million users while hidden inside seemingly harmless apps.
Six QR readers and a smart compass app contained the malicious code, which initially went undetected by Google’s Play Store security checks. The apps were downloaded more than 500,000 times before Google pulled them.

The malware, called Andr/HiddnAd-AJ, was discovered by researchers at SophosLabs who published an article about their findings last week (via ZDNet). The code lies dormant on devices until six hours after installation when it bombards affected devices with ads and notifications; it’s intended to generate ad revenue clicks for the perpetrat…

Microsoft Edge Browser Now available for Android tablets

In October of last year, Microsoft announced it was bringing its Edge web browser to iOS and Android. The browser is primarily targeted at people already using Edge on Windows 10, as it syncs all data across your devices (much like Chrome and Chrome for Android/iOS). The Android version was released later that month, and Microsoft has continued to update it since then.

Starting today, Edge is now available on Android tablets and iPads. While the iPad version looks almost identical to the Windows 10 browser, the Android app looks much more like Chrome, especially with the slanted tabs. Perhaps Microsoft borrowed some Chromium code and forgot to re-skin it.

The performance on my Galaxy Tab S 8.4 seemed roughly equal to Chrome, but the app itself is a bit buggy. The tab bar kept vanishing for no apparent reason, and the button to show all tabs does nothing. Your mileage may vary though, since I'm using a custom ROM.

Google+ adds 'Highlights' notification option for communities and collections

Until recently, only two notification levels were possible for Google+ communities and collections you're subscribed to: on or off. Thankfully, someone at Google has realized how frustrating it is to only get all notifications or none at all, and a newHighlights option has just been introduced.


Selecting Highlights will give you periodic digest notifications with some of the top posts from all of your communities and collections. This should mean that you won't miss out on any important news or updates while at the same time not getting all the usual spam.
This feature applies to GSuite accounts only, and you should see it added over the next few days if it's not already there. On the desktop version, you can find the setting by navigating to the three-dot overflow menu on a community or collection page and then hitting Preferences. The last option used to be a toggle that read "Get notified about new posts" but now it should look like the above image, with the H…

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 likely won’t get in-display fingerprint scanner (Update: Actually, maybe it will)

It seems that The Bell may have jumped the gun, as The Korea Herald obtained inside information that Samsung is still considering the implementation of an under-glass fingerprint scanner in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9. According to the anonymous source, Samsung’s display department has “prepared three or four solutions” when it comes to the practical issues of putting a fingerprint scanner under the main display, like cost and the movement of other interior hardware. This will give the main branch of Samsung Electronics a few options, and the source says both branches are “seriously considering” one of those proposed solutions.

According to the source, the decision will be finalized this month.
If the Galaxy Note 9 gets an under-glass fingerprint sensor, it will likely be the first globally released smartphone to have the feature. It would surely be an easy way to market the Note line as being a progressive brand, as well as help differentiate the phone from the recently relea…

Snap introduces Explore to make it easier to find content on its Snap Map

Snapchat's Snap Map, the heatmap overview of Snaps shared around the world, was introduced last summer, letting users get a better sense of where their friends were sharing from. However, unless you zoomed out and looked around for Snaps and Stories outside your area, you would likely miss out on content that hadn't been shared nearby. Today, Snap has introduced a feature called 'Explore' that will bring more prominence to content on the Snap Map, regardless of where it's shared from.

'Explore' works as a sort of "tour guide" to a user's Snap Map, allowing them to receive updates when a friend goes on a road trip, catches a flight, or visits someplace new. To find new updates, users can simply tap on 'New Updates' in the Snap Map and see content from their friends around the world. In addition to friends' content, users will also see stories from things like breaking news, events, and trends.

Obviously, sharing your location is op…

Video Chat in Facebook now Available on Messenger Lite

Earlier this month, Facebook announced that video chat would soon be added to Messenger Lite. Video chat's been a staple of the standard version of Messenger for a long time, but given that Messenger Lite is supposed to be lighter and have less clutter, its addition is also a bit confusing. With the app's latest update, though, it's here whether you like it or not.

It's unclear whether Messenger Lite's video chat will use less data than Messenger's or other services'. But if you're a Messenger Lite user and this is something you've been missing from the standard app, it's here now. The update is live in the Play Store, and we've got this Latest Messenger Lite APK ready for download on APK Mirror.

Samsung Movie Maker to be discontinued after Android P update

Ever heard of Samsung Movie Maker? It's preinstalled on many Galaxy devices, but it's pretty well-hidden; it only shows up after you begin editing a video through the Gallery app. However, the service will soon be discontinued when Android P rolls around, so a few of you might have to find a new video editor on Android.


We first learned of this discontinuation from the upload notes for the APK from APK Mirror, which state, "Samsung Movie Maker service will be terminated after Android P (or Android 9.0) update." Additionally, we received further confirmation when a reader sent in a screenshot of what popped up on his screen after updating Movie Maker.

It's unclear if Samsung will be replacing the app with something else or simply killing it off at this point, but if you do use Movie Maker, make sure your projects are exported prior to updating to Android P. But given that US Galaxy S8 carrier variants are just now receiving their 8.0 Oreo updates, we probably hav…

Several ways on How to Install Android on PC

Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world, but just because it’s meant for mobile doesn’t mean that it can’t be installed on the desktop. There are many ways to get Android running on a PC, including virtual device emulators like Genymotion, bootable USB versions like Remix OS, or even full stand alone applications like BlueStacks. Each have their advantages and disadvantages depending on your needs. Here is the full breakdown of each.

So looking to install Android on PC? We have your back!


Using a virtual device



While this may seem like a slow, unintuitive way to use Android on the desktop, using a virtual device has many advantages. If you are a developer and need to test apps, this is the best way to make sure everything runs smoothly. There are two major virtual device emulators that are currently used, Genymotion and the Google Android Virtual Device Manager that comes with Android Studio.

These virtual device emulators have evolved quite a bit since their …

Apple seeks patent for 'keyless keyboard' concept with haptic feedback

An Apple patent application for a "Keyless keyboard" suggests the company may be considering a major change to its peripherals and MacBook hardware, by effectively using a touchscreen to create a keyboard with more versatility than a physical version can ever provide.



The application filing for "Keyless keyboard with force sensing and haptic feedback" was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on August 31 last year, and was published on March 15. The filing effectively describes replacing the physical keys of a keyboard with a glass display equipped with multiple touch sensing systems.

The application claims traditional key-based inputs "lack the flexibility to accommodate expansive features offered by newer devices, operating systems, and software," and are "unable to adapt to different user needs and preferences." While touchscreen inputs have the potential for offering alternative inputs to the user, the "flat, inflexible input…

Apple Music Android app gets rare update to solve bugs

Apple has issued an update to the Android version of Apple Music, fixing two recent problems with the client.





The app should no longer crash when trying to open the Library view, the company said in release notes. Actual playback, meanwhile, should be "more reliable on more devices."

Apple rarely updates the service on Android, presumably focused on its core audience of iPhone, iPad, and iTunes users. This week's patch is actually the second in less than a month though, suggesting that technical issues were serious enough to warrant rush treatment.

The last update introduced music video improvements, such as playlists, background audio, and in-app picture-in-picture.

Apple Music recently crossed 38 million subscribers. It's not known how many of those are on Android versus Apple platforms.

Samsung may compete more directly with Apple's Face ID via 'Galaxy S10

In a bid to stay competitive with the Face ID system on Apple's iPhone X, Samsung is reportedly adding 3D sensing cameras to next year's "Galaxy S10."



The Galaxy S9.
An Israeli firm, Mantis Vision, is working on some of the necessary technology, the Korea Herald said, citing other local reports. Mantis is allegedly collaborating with Namuga, which supplies modules for Intel's realSense cameras, in turn used by Windows laptop makers.

Samsung beat Apple to offering facial recognition on smartphones, but because its existing technology is 2D, it can potentially be defeated by still photos or even videos. Face ID is much harder to fool, generally requiring a family member —such as a twin —or an elaborate mask.

The Galaxy S9 depends on a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as its main form of biometric security. That may be understandable given the difficulty Apple suppliers experienced in making the TrueDepth camera for the iPhone X, leading to its November launch. Until…