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Vine for Android updated in the Play Store with two great new features


Vine took delivery of a pretty nifty little update earlier today in the Play Store. As far as added functionality goes, this upgrade brings not one, but two much-requested features to the application, as well as a multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

The first new facility the update transports is the ability to sort Vines in a layout that takes your fancy. Whilst browsing your favorite viner’s profile, you’ll have the option to view their 10-second videos in order of either Newest, Oldest or Popular.

The upgrade also bundles the resources for you to edit your Vine’s caption but only for a short period of time after you share it. This is rather useful if on the odd occasion you publish a post, and make a mistake while doing so, as you can go right back in and correct it.

To install the update on your smartphone or tablet, open up the Play Store, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of your display, select ‘My Apps’, click on ’Vine’, then tap the ‘Update’ button.

Play Store Download Link

Source: Vine

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How to manage your saved passwords in Chrome for Android

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One of the many great things about using Chrome as your primary browser across devices is that all your saved passwords get synced. That takes away the hassle of having to enter long and complex passwords while using Chrome on your Android device, which can be a real pain sometimes. Not only that, many times you may have accidentally hit the save password button for a bank transaction credentials page or something else that you did not intend to save. Which brings us to this guide.

Chrome for Android, as it turns out, has a rudimentary password manager built-in, and we are going to show you how to access it and what you can do inside it from your Android smartphone or tablet. So why don’t you fire up the Chrome browser and we can get started right away!

Accessing Chrome for Android’s password manager

It’s hardly a challenge to find the password manager inside of Chrome. Check out this quick picture guide below:


Open the Chrome browser app on your device. Navigate to the top right corner and tap the options button, following which you have to select ‘Settings’ from the list of options. Select the ‘Save passwords’ option from the menu, flip the button and enable the feature if it isn’t enabled already.

Toggle ‘Save passwords’ feature in Chrome

At any given point, you can choose to toggle the ‘Save passwords’ feature off so that Chrome stops prompting you whenever you log in to a website with new credentials, or log in to a new website altogether. Seeing how cumbersome it can get to repeatedly enter passwords, not to mention having to remember all of them, it is almost a no-brainer to leave this feature enabled.


The fields that have been redacted in the screenshots aren’t actually the passwords, but only the usernames against which Chrome has saved passwords.

Viewing/managing saved passwords in Chrome for Android

Unfortunately, using the Chrome for Android app, it is not possible to actually view your saved passwords. You can however see the list of websites and the corresponding usernames for which Chrome has saved your passwords. As of yet, you can only view passwords using the Chrome desktop app.


Chrome for Android’s password manager is rudimentary at best, as described earlier. You can’t modify a saved password, or perform any other operations on it. The only option that the browser presents to you is the ability to delete a saved password. So in case you accidentally saved a password on a friend’s phone, or for a webpage that you didn’t intend to, you can always fire up the password manager and delete that last saved entry.

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Do you use a password manager app?

Chrome’s password manager feature is clearly not powerful or flexible, which means many people who require more flexibility would move to more accomplished and powerful apps such as LastPass, Dashlane, or Enpass.

Do you use a password manager app on your smartphone? Or, does Chrome’s barebones implementation satisfy your requirements entirely? Let us know in the comments below!



Snapchat for Android updated with support for ‘Video Rewind’ filter


Snapchat has begun rolling out a much-requested maintenance update for its Android client through the Play Store. According to the short changelog, the upgrade introduces the sought-after Video Rewind filter, which previously was only available to users of the social networking platform who sent snaps using an iPhone, iPod or iPad.

The filter enables users to record a standard 10-second video using Snapchat, then play it in reverse by applying the Rewind overlay. Using the feature couldn’t be easier. Once you’ve recorded the video, just swipe right until you see three reverse arrows appear on the screen.  Then you can watch the clip in reverse.

There are two ways to download the update. You can manually fetch it by grabbing your smartphone or tablet, opening up the Play Store, toggling the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of your display, selecting ‘My Apps’, clicking on ‘Snapchat’, then tapping the ‘Update’ button. Alternatively, you can sideload it onto your handset by installing the APK below.

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Factory images for Android 6.0.1 update have been released

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We’ve had the Android 6.0.1 update on our radar for some time now and it seems Google has decided today is the day – Google has released the factory images for Android 6.0.1 for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. While the update inevitably contains the December security update, one of the more anticipated additions are the new emoji that SVP of Android Hiroshi Lockheimer announced would be coming in this update. We also got a sneak peek at all the new emoji if you’re not keen on flashing a new factory image right now.

As with all software updates, you can either wait for the update to roll out to your device – which can take days or weeks depending on where you are – or you can download the factory image from the Google Developers website and flash it yourself. In case this is your first time, flashing a factory image will wipe everything on your device, so make sure to backup everything before you attempt anything – otherwise, you might be better off waiting for the OTA (over-the-air) update.

Are you excited to see the factory images for Android 6.0.1? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Google Developers via TalkAndroid

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Google publishes Android 6.0.1 factory images for Nexus devices


Google has published the factory images for the long-awaited Android 6.0.1 update for the Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. The upgrade brings a brand new Emoji set to these devices, in addition to the latest security patch which is targeted at resolving any critical issues present in the open-source operating system.

Hit the source link below to download the factory images from the official Google Developer Blog for manual flashing. Alternatively, you can wait for the OTA to start rolling out, which should start soon.

Source: Google Developers


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Storehouse comes to the Android platform with latest release


Storehouse is an app designed to help users share photos and videos by creating a web page to share a collage, album or tell a story. The idea is to make the presentation of images a little bit richer and have a little more context than the simple sharing available through most methods and platforms. The problem with the app up until now is that it was not available for Android users. Developer Storehouse Media changed that this week with the release of the Android version of the Storehouse app.

When creating a page, users can select photos and videos from their camera roll, which the app will then use to automatically generate the page. Storehouse gives users the ability to add up to 50 photos or videos. If a user happens to not be happy with the automatically generated layout, they can do things like resize content using handles on the items or drag and drop them to a new location. Storehouse also lets users add text to the page.

Once a page is ready to be shared, and they are kept private until a user is ready, Storehouse can provide a link that can be sent by SMS or Email. Storehouse also gives users the ability to embed their creations on blogs or share them through social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Users can even setup shared spaces so friends can contribute content.

You can get Storehouse from the Play Store using the download link below.


Play Store Download Link

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Could we see a Huawei Nexus 7 in 2016?

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It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a new Nexus 7 – and no, the Nexus 9 doesn’t count because it was a premium tablet. We’re talking about the cheap, yet noteworthy tablets that Asus manufactured in 2012 and 2013, and with Google‘s new take on having one cheap device (Nexus 5X) paired with a premium device (Nexus 6P), you could have been forgiven for expecting Google to launch a new Nexus 7 next year. If a report on Weibo is to be believed, that Nexus 7 might be already under development and at a manufacturer that Google has only recently gotten close to – Huawei. A Huawei Nexus 7 would be expected to be announced around October, when Nexus devices are now almost expected to launched.

Apart from a possible manufacturer and release date, there’s not a whole lot of detail to share – it’s still early days so it’s worth taking this news with a grain of salt, or two. Still, with the market for flagship and premium devices faltering, it’s definitely within the realm of possibility that a new Nexus 7 belongs somewhere in Google’s device portfolio – we hope.

What do you think about a Huawei Nexus 7? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Weibo via TalkAndroid

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10 best note taking apps for Android

Google Keep best note taking apps for android
One of the many great things about having a smartphone is the ability to take notes. Gone are the days where inspirations were lost because you couldn’t find a notebook and you now carry your grocery list in your pocket all day, every day. Of course, you’ll want the right app for that job so lets take a look at the best note taking apps for Android!

ColorNote best note taking apps for androidColorNote

[Price: Free]
First on our list is ColorNotes. This is a simple note taking application that allows you to create text notes, lists, and more. Its namesake feature is the ability to change the background color of notes to help you stay organized, a feature it had long before Google Keep came out. Some other features include calendar support, backup support to both internal and cloud storage, some task reminder features, and more. Best of all, it’s completely free.
Get it now on Google Play!
colornote best note taking apps for android

evernote best note taking apps for androidEvernote

[Price: Free / optional subscription]
Evernote is pretty much the upper tier when it comes to note taking apps. It is loaded with features of all kinds, including various note types, notebook support, organizational features, collaboration features, note sharing, and, of course, cross-platform support. If you get the optional subscription, you’ll get more storage space, offline access, PDF annotation, and more. It’s powerful and it’s definitely worth a shot if you need something a little more than just a basic note app.
Get it now on Google Play!

fast notepad best note taking apps for androidFast Notepad

[Price: Free]
Fast Notepad is a relatively newer option in the note taking space and it’s already getting some seriously positive reviews. This Material Design-inspired application is just a quick note taking app. There are no extra features, no ads, and nothing to bloat the app whatsoever. It works very quickly and well enough for what it’s designed to do. It’s a great option for people who just need something simple and quick. Of course, the caveat is that to maintain quickness, the app does lack some features.
Get it now on Google Play!

fiinote best note taking apps for androidFiiNote

[Price: Free]
FiiNote is from the same developers who did FreeNote which used to be on this list many years ago. FiiNote is a fun little note taking application that provides a more authentic experience. It comes with a grid background along with stylus/drawing support so you can type notes, write them, or draw them if you want. You can also add images, video, and voice if you want to. It’s free to use and comes with a decent set of features for those looking for a hybrid note taking experience.
Get it now on Google Play!
fiinote best note taking apps for android

Google Keep best note taking apps for androidGoogle Keep

[Price: Free]
Google’s note taking app is called Google Keep and it’s one that you’ll hear a lot of people recommend. It uses a very colorful, Material Design-inspired interface that both looks great and is highly functional. Notes show up as cards that you can quickly scroll through and select. The app is integrated with Google Drive, allows for voice and photo to be added to notes, and you can even share notes and set reminders. It’s a good note taking app that has just enough features to be super useful but not so many that it’s bloated.
Get it now on Google Play!

lecturenotes best note taking apps for androidLectureNotes

[Price: Free demo / $3.59]
LectureNotes is a popular, highly rated, and powerful note taking application. This one isn’t so much geared toward general note taking as it is geared toward things like academia and professional use. It was one of the earliest apps to include stylus support and remains one of the best ones to have this today. It has support for OneNote and Evernote along with PDF support, audio and video recording capabilities (for recording lectures or meetings), and a lot more. It’s a seriously good app.
Get it now on Google Play!

notepad+ icon best note taking apps for androidNotePad+

[Price: Free / $0.99]
Notepad+ bills itself as a universal application for taking notes, drawing, doodling, sketching, and all sorts of other stuff. It’s a bit different from other apps in this category thanks to its free-flowing nature. You can literally do anything from doodle a picture to take actual notes and pretty much everything between the two. It comes with various color themes, unlimited notes (limited only by your own internal storage), multi-page notes, and even a passcode feature for security.
Get it now on Google Play!

onenote best android note taking appsOneNote

[Price: Free]
Microsoft’s OneNote is a standalone note taking app that works on the OneDrive surface similar to how Google Keep works on Google Drive. It has a bunch of features including organization features, cross-platform support, widgets, Android Wear support, collaboration features, and support for voice, text, and photo additions to notes. It’s fairly powerful and a must-have application if you use Microsoft’s series of productivity apps.
Get it now on Google Play!

simplenote best note taking apps for androidSimplenote

[Price: Free]
Simplenote, as the name implies, is a simple note taking app. Must like Fast Note, it intentionally removes a lot of the features you’d see in other apps in favor of speed and to help keep the app lightweight. Unlike Fast Note, it does have some other features. It offers syncing between your devices and also an organization system that works off of tags and pins so you can quickly find the notes you’re looking for. All of it is also totally free.
Get it now on Google Play!
simplenote best note taking apps for android

SomNote best note taking apps for androidSomNote

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Last and certainly not least on our list is SomNote. This note taking application has quite a few features and caters more to long-form note taking rather than simple things like grocery lists or reminders. It has a folder system for easy organization, a locking mechanism to keep things secure, and theming options. There is also a syncing feature so you can go back and forth between devices. It’s a good, solid app that does what it says it does.
Get it now on Google Play!
SomNote best note taking apps for android

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Nexus 6P Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images now available for download

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Google has just posted Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images for the Nexus 6P. There are two images available as builds MDA89D and MDB08K, though Google hasn’t specified if either of the images are specifically for something like Project Fi or T-Mobile.

The company just released Marshmallow factory images for the Nexus 5X almost a week ago, just one day before the LG-made devices began shipping out to the masses. We still aren’t sure when Nexus 6P pre-orders will start shipping, though we have heard that some lucky users have already started receiving their new devices. Hopefully the arrival of the factory images signal that more pre-orders will begin to roll out soon.

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Just remember that flashing a ROM will restore your device back to factory settings, so you’ll want to have everything backed up before you do so. If you’ve tried tinkering around on your new device and want to revert back to stock, the factory images can be downloaded at the link below. And if you’re wondering how to manually install Marshmallow on your Nexus device, feel free to read our guide here.

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Asus Chairman says Asus and Google are working on “a lot of projects together”

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While the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P were undoubtedly the main course at Google‘s announcement event last month, the release of Google’s own Android tablet, the Pixel C, raised a lot of questions for avid Android fans – Why is Google making their own Android tablets? Does that mean we won’t see anymore Nexus tablets? Thanks to an interview Asus Chairman and former CEO, Jonney Shih, we may have a better idea of whether Asus will be the one making a new Nexus device. During the interview, Shih says:

“Actually, we have a lot of projects ongoing. Please just stay tuned, you know, stay tuned.”

“I think we do have quite a good development partnership with Google”.”I think we do have quite a good development partnership with Google. We are still doing a lot of projects with them together.”

While Shih could be talking about a new Nexus 7 (as reported by several media outlets), we should also remember that Asus also makes the Nexus Player which was also not refreshed this year – though I think it’s obvious which one we’re hoping Shih is referring to. Specifically talking about Asus’ previous Nexus tablets, Shih also added:

“So for the [first-generation] Nexus, I think that both parties feel that this will be an exciting product, with this kind of…price and this kind of functionality and quality. Even [the second-generation Nexus 7], we moved to the Full HD screen, and we still believe in this kind of beauty. It still makes sense. But then the next one actually takes a lot of discussion.”

It’s all very cryptic, and we likely won’t hear more about it for a few more months, but at the very least it seems Asus and Google are maintaining their working relationship for the foreseeable future.

What do you think about Asus working on another Nexus 7 or Nexus Player? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Trusted Reviews via TalkAndroid

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