Qualcomm Working on New Chips for Wear OS Smartwatches, Coming This Fall

Qualcomm Working on New Chips for Wear OS Smartwatches, Coming This Fall

More than two years after bringing the Snapdragon Wear 2100 for Android Wear smartwatches, Qualcomm is now in the headlines for preparing its new silicon to continue support Google’s Wear OS. The chipmaker is said to have also hinted that the new platform will debut alongside a flagship device sometime this fall. Notably, Google didn’t showcase any new features of Wear OS at its I/O 2018 keynote on Tuesday, though an enhanced Google Assistant integration for Wear OS-powered smartwatches was released last week. Qualcomm’s Senior Wearables Director Pankaj Kedia revealed…

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Gmail for iOS Gets Payments, Snooze Email Features

Gmail for iOS Gets Payments, Snooze Email Features

A year after introducing the ability to send or request money on Android app, Gmail is finally extending its pay friends feature to its iOS users. The Send Money via attachment option is now available on iOS, and is powered by Google Pay. As part of the Gmail for iOS version 5.0.180422, iOS users will be able to send and request money from Gmail using the Google Pay feature. The feature lets Gmail users pay anyone with an email address – the recipient doesn’t necessarily have to use Gmail. Notable,…

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WhatsApp ‘Black Dot’ Bug Can Crash Your Android Smartphone

WhatsApp ‘Black Dot’ Bug Can Crash Your Android Smartphone

A bug is being forwarded via messages which when tapped, could send not just the WhatsApp Android app crashing but possibly even the entire Android device as well, according to media reports. “As with any message bomb, it involves sending and receiving a specially crafted message with hidden symbols in between spaces. Tapping on a portion of the text will basically make the app ‘expand’ the hidden symbols, potentially overloading the app and even the OS,” SlashGear reported. Such messages or “message bombs” are not new and not limited to…

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Wear OS Update Brings New Google Assistant Features to Smartwatches

Wear OS Update Brings New Google Assistant Features to Smartwatches

Just ahead of I/O next week, Google is rolling out a new Google Assistant-centric update for its Wear OS users bringing new features like smart suggestions and the popular Actions on Google feature for smartwatches. It also brings the ability to hear your Google Assistant answers on the watch instead of just reading them on the small dial of your screen. The tech giant says that these updates will be rolled out to all Wear OS users in the next few days. With this update, Google Assistant gets cleverer with…

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Google Pay Debuts on Web to Reach Desktops, iOS Devices

Google Pay Debuts on Web to Reach Desktops, iOS Devices

Months after it emerged as a unified payments platform – replacing Android Pay and Google Wallet, Google Pay is now rolling out on the Web for desktops and iOS devices. Google has also added the functionality to sync card details, letting users continue to make payments via Google Pay after moving from an Android device or a Chromebook to a desktop or an iPhone. In March, Google Assistant received an upgrade with a Google Pay integration that enabled users in the US to send and request money from their contacts…

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Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset Starts Shipping to 23 Countries

Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset Starts Shipping to 23 Countries

Facebook will finally start selling its cordless virtual reality headset – Oculus Go will be available in 23 countries on Tuesday. To lure a more mainstream audience than past headsets, the company needs developers to think beyond gaming. The limited accessibility of VR headsets so far – mainly because of high prices and the need to be strapped to an external Windows-based personal computer – has meant that VR developers weren’t able to reach a broad customer base, holding back sales. But at $200(roughly Rs. 13,300) , the Oculus Go…

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Fitbit to Use Google Cloud Healthcare API to Connect User Data With Medical Records

Fitbit to Use Google Cloud Healthcare API to Connect User Data With Medical Records

Fitbit’s wearables are about to get a lot smarter. The company today said it is collaborating with Google to push health data generated by its fitness trackers to the cloud where medical professionals can put it to work. Fitness trackers monitor and collect reams of data, but that data not always used effectively. People who strap Fitbits, smartwatches, and other devices to their wrists are often limited to viewing their data in consumer-grade apps that deliver only modest detail on activity, movement, and general health. Fitbit has sold some 76…

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iTunes Finally Available on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10

iTunes Finally Available on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10

Apple has finally released the iTunes app on the Microsoft Store, formerly the Windows Store app store. Microsoft, at its Build conference held last year, had announced plans to add iTunes to the Microsoft Store. While some Windows users were highly anticipating the debut of iTunes, Apple in December 2017 said that iTunes will not be available in the Microsoft Store that year. The iTunes app on the Microsoft Store is similar to the regular iTunes, but now installation updates will be handled through the Microsoft Store updater rather than…

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Snapchat Spectacles 2.0 With Smaller Profile, Water Resistance Unveiled

Snapchat Spectacles 2.0 With Smaller Profile, Water Resistance Unveiled

Snapchat hasn’t given up on its Spectacles, a smart wearable that lets users record photos, videos and audio that can later shared to Snapchat friends. Despite the failure of the first-generation of the product, Snapchat parent Snap Inc. on Thursday said it had begun selling a new version of its eyewear, conveniently called Spectacles 2.0. The new eyewear is currently available in the US. The company has no plans to launch the device in India at this time, said a company spokesperson. With the new version, Snapchat is focusing on…

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Samsung’s New Entry-Level Smartphone Gets Listed on Geekbench, Likely an Android Go Model

Samsung’s New Entry-Level Smartphone Gets Listed on Geekbench, Likely an Android Go Model

After the initial arrival of a handful of emerging players, including Alcatel, HMD Global, Lava, and Micromax, it appears that Samsung is now set to build its first Android Go smartphone. The smartphone, with model number SM-J260G, has surfaced on Geekbench ahead of any formal announcement. The benchmark listing shows inferior specifications but with the latest Android Oreo iteration. There are rumours that it could publicly debut as the Galaxy J2 Core, though the South Korean company is yet to reveal any details. As per the Geekbench listing, the Samsung…

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