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Some Google Photos users are getting a new sharing UI with photo selection and a button for sharing to family groups

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

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Sharing photos with friends and family is one of the best social things you can do with your phone, so it only makes sense that it should be as seamless as possible. Google has been putting a lot of work into the sharing experience in its Photos for the last year, and the latest evolution of the interface just started appearing for some users today. If you try sharing one or more photos, you may be greeted by a new screen with a carousel-like photo picker.

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Some Google Photos users are getting a new sharing UI with photo selection and a button for sharing to family groups was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

27 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week (6/21/17 – 6/27/17)

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Today's roundup is presented by Cubiscape from Peter Kováč.

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27 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week (6/21/17 - 6/27/17) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Poll: The OnePlus 5 is perfect, but…

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

The OnePlus 5 is perfect, except...it's not quite. It has some drawbacks, like every other phone. We explore them in this article and ask for your opinion.

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A recent study suggests that your phone might have a negative impact on your cognitive ability

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Take this with a grain of salt, but a recent study has found that your phone might not be the best influence on you. At least, when you need to focus or remember things. In a paper published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, authors Adrian F. Ward, Kristen Duke, Ayelet Gneezy, and Maarten W. Bos disclosed the results of a study they performed. They posit that their results demonstrate a reduction in available cognitive capacity of individuals when a phone is present and that this effect increases the more dependent one is on their phone. 

The full details of the study can be seen here if you'd like to view their experimental procedure yourself.

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A recent study suggests that your phone might have a negative impact on your cognitive ability was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Playing With Fire] Samsung will reportedly release the Galaxy Note 7 ‘Fandom Edition’ in South Korea on July 7th

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Samsung took a big hit last year when the well-reviewed Galaxy Note 7 showed a propensity to burst into flames. Samsung eventually had to recall millions of units and cancel the device entirely. The company has been working on a revamped version of the Note 7 in recent months, but now the Wall Street Journal has release details. According to the WSJ report, Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 7 Fandom Edition on July 7th in South Korea.

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[Playing With Fire] Samsung will reportedly release the Galaxy Note 7 'Fandom Edition' in South Korea on July 7th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Verizon’s Exynos-based Galaxy Tab S2 updated to Android 7.0 Nougat

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Samsung is far from the best company when it comes to product names (remember the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch?). In a similar vein, there are actually two tablets called the Galaxy Tab S2 - one released in 2015 with an Exynos processor, and another in 2016 with a Snapdragon chip. Verizon's Snapdragon model already received an Android 7.0 update, and now it's the Exynos model's turn.

 

The update has a version number of NRD90M.T817VVRU2DQE1, and includes Android 7.0 with all of Samsung's TouchWiz Grace UX features.

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Verizon's Exynos-based Galaxy Tab S2 updated to Android 7.0 Nougat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

NBC Sports introduces ‘Premier League Pass’ at $50 per season for cord cutters

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Cord cutters will take any win they can get.

The opposing forces of hating cable providers while also loving sports just got a little friendlier. NBCUniversal has announced that it will offer a "Premier League Pass" subscription service for those who don't have a cable subscription but want to keep up with the English Premier League. The subscription, which will be available in August as a part of the "NBC Sports Gold" platform, will cost $50 for the 17/18 EPL season and give subscribers access to 130 live matches and pre- and post-match studio programming.

Previously in order to watch EPL matches in the U.S. you had to have a cable subscription that included NBC Sports Network, where NBC broadcasts a majority of the big matches, while streaming every match online. The amazing part about NBC's deal for EPL is that it actually makes more matches available in the U.S. than those in the UK even get access to. NBC has been particularly good about making the content available across multiple platforms, supporting the web, Android, Chromecast, Roku and more.

This is a huge deal for cord cutters who love sports.

So with Premier League Pass, a phone and a Cast-enabled device, you'll have access to more EPL matches than you could possibly watch live for $50. If you're a Premier League junkie living stateside you'll find this to be a pretty sweet deal. While there are other subscription services of this ilk, such as MLS Live for the U.S. domestic league and Fox Soccer 2GO for more obscure competitions, nothing on the level of streaming the EPL has been offered before. The one catch, it seems, is that some of the big headline matches will be reserved for NBC proper — which thankfully is a channel most people will have access to with an over-the-air antenna via their local NBC affiliate.

Importantly for those who do have cable subscriptions, there doesn't seem to be any downside there. NBC's announcement claims "There will be no decrease in matches on NBC and NBCSN compared to prior seasons" and all EPL matches will still remain available on NBC Sports Live Extra through its website and app when you authenticate with a cable provider. But cord cutters don't care about that — they're happy they now have an option to follow the EPL without jumping through cable provider hoops.

Dreams do come true: Chrome OS will soon have a native night mode

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Your circadian rhythm thanks you.

Night owls, I understand your perspective. Night time is the right time to hunker down, light a few candles, and get into the zone with your Chromebook. But all that blue light shining in our faces is detrimental to our sleep health, which is why Chrome OS will soon have a native night mode.

By way of Android Police, there's a Night Light feature that's just entered the Canary channel, where new features get tested out before they're made public. Like Nougat's built-in Night Mode feature, the Night Light tints the screen a subtle red-orange to help mitigate the effects of staring into a computer display so late at night.

Chrome OS's Night Light feature.

Per Google+, the feature works as thus:

You can turn it on and off quickly whenever you want from the Status Menu (Alt + Shift + S) or go into Chrome OS Settings, adjust color temperature from cooler to warmer. In Canary 🐥 channel, you can now also set it in "Sunset to Sunrise" automatic mode or use a custom schedule as you can see below.

Since this feature is only recently making its rounds through the developer channel, it may take a few more months before we see the feature added to every version of Chrome OS. In the meantime, you can try out a Chrome extension like Screen Shader to get you through the night, provided you do most of your work through browser-based clients.

ZenFone 3 Zoom updated to Nougat with less bloat, improved UI, Google Feed on home screen, and more

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom came out a few months back, packing a giant battery and dual camera array. However, it was also equipped with Android 6.0.1, which is unacceptable as we get on toward the middle of 2017. I guess Asus got the memo, and it's now rolling Android 7.1.1 out to the ZenFone 3 Zoom. Not only does it bring the usual Nougat goodies, this update addresses some of the problems with ZenUI.

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ZenFone 3 Zoom updated to Nougat with less bloat, improved UI, Google Feed on home screen, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Samsung’s new Gear 360 camera is $209 ($20 off) on Amazon

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Back in March, Samsung revealed the second-generation Gear 360 camera alongside the Galaxy S8. The new design did away with the tripod mount in favor of a non-moving grip handle, and it could record video at a higher resolution than the old model. Now you can get it for $209.46 on Amazon, a drop of $20.53 from the original price.

If you're completely unfamiliar with the Gear 360, it's a camera that can record 360-degree video to your phone or a microSD card.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung's new Gear 360 camera is $209 ($20 off) on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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