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Google Photos v4.5 may restore backup while charging and prepares helpful hints for backup conditions [APK Teardown]

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

An update to Google Photos began rolling out late last night. There appears to be nothing noteworthy on the surface, but a teardown has turned up a couple interesting details that point to upcoming changes. We will be getting some new informative boxes that can explain why backups aren't running, plus we may finally get back the much loved option to only perform backups while charging.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Google Photos v4.5 may restore backup while charging and prepares helpful hints for backup conditions [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Photos v4.5 may restore backup while charging and prepares helpful hints for backup conditions [APK Teardown]

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

An update to Google Photos began rolling out late last night. There appears to be nothing noteworthy on the surface, but a teardown has turned up a couple interesting details that point to upcoming changes. We will be getting some new informative boxes that can explain why backups aren't running, plus we may finally get back the much loved option to only perform backups while charging.

Teardown

Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Google Photos v4.5 may restore backup while charging and prepares helpful hints for backup conditions [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps is making it easier to find electric vehicle charging stations

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Electric vehicles still make up a relatively small portion of cars on the road, and places to refuel them aren't nearly as ubiquitous as gas stations. Google is taking steps to make living an EV lifestyle a little less of a pain, adding new information about charging stations to Google Maps starting this week.

When you search a term like "EV station" or "electric vehicle chargers," Maps will turn up results of exactly that, complete with little EV charger icons.

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Google Maps is making it easier to find electric vehicle charging stations was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Malaysian CEO reportedly killed in his sleep by exploding smartphone

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

 

Nazrin Hassan, CEO of Malaysian venture capital firm Cradle Fund, reportedly died of injuries caused when his cell phone exploded as he slept. The cause of death was initially said to be smoke inhalation — but according to a statement released by Cradle, Hassan died of "complication of blast injuries attributable to an exploding hand phone." It's not currently clear what type of phone was involved.

The Malaysian Insight reports that a "message from the family that has been circulating on social media" stated Hassan had two phones, one BlackBerry device and one Huawei.

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Malaysian CEO reportedly killed in his sleep by exploding smartphone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Malaysian CEO reportedly killed in his sleep by exploding smartphone

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

 

Nazrin Hassan, CEO of Malaysian venture capital firm Cradle Fund, reportedly died of injuries caused when his cell phone exploded as he slept. The cause of death was initially said to be smoke inhalation — but according to a statement released by Cradle, Hassan died of "complication of blast injuries attributable to an exploding hand phone." It's not currently clear what type of phone was involved.

The Malaysian Insight reports that a "message from the family that has been circulating on social media" stated Hassan had two phones, one BlackBerry device and one Huawei.

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Malaysian CEO reportedly killed in his sleep by exploding smartphone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google pulls Moshi Type-C charging/audio adapter from Google Store without ever selling it

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

We live in strange times when many phones have but one port, forcing you to choose between charging and audio. The $45 Moshi Type-C charging/audio adapter promised to let you do both, but Google just pulled it from the Google Store. In fact, it never actually went on sale. It was "coming soon" for six months, and now it's dead.

If we ignore the exorbitant price for a moment, the Moshi adapter seems like a useful doodad.

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Google pulls Moshi Type-C charging/audio adapter from Google Store without ever selling it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

How to accurately measure (and understand) your smartphone’s charging speed

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Every phone manufacturer these days touts the charging capabilities of its high-end phones. Most of us are probably familiar with Qualcomm's various Quick Charge specifications, which it licenses to companies like Motorola and Samsung, but there are also other solutions out there. USB Power Delivery is an open standard that's growing more ubiquitous with each day, and OnePlus' Dash Charge breaks records—even as it breaks the USB-C spec.

With all these different ways to charge your phone, how can you actually measure what rate it's charging at?

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How to accurately measure (and understand) your smartphone's charging speed was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Pixel 2 charges much more slowly below certain temperatures, but it doesn’t tell you that

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Battery advancements haven't kept in step with performance improvements, but the charging tech for topping those cells up has come a long way. Now, most phones come with some flavor of quick-charging technology that promises to fill our capacious flagships in arbitrarily small periods of time. But in the case of Google's Pixel 2 XL, it turns out that its "Charging rapidly" notification isn't always an accurate statement. In low temperatures, Google's flagship will claim to be charging quickly (10W+) when, in fact, it's actually charging at less than 4W. 

The Pixel 2 XL charging at below ~20°C (68°F)

We were tipped off about the issue by a few of our readers, and though reports and our own tests only confirm this for the 2 XL, we don't know if the smaller Pixel 2 is also affected.

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The Pixel 2 charges much more slowly below certain temperatures, but it doesn't tell you that was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Top Greener USB-C and USB-A wall outlet just $23.96 at Amazon ($4.73 off)

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Some of you might remember back in March when we took a quick look at the Top Greener USB-C wall outlet. Well, late yesterday the price over at Amazon hit an all-time low. If the idea of being able to plug your devices into a 2.4A USB-A and 3A USB-C compatible wall outlet sounds appealing, for precisely $23.96, the experience can be yours.

Keep in mind this isn't just a charger, you actually have to install it into a receptacle inside your wall, either by running a new line and junction box or by replacing an existing one.

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[Deal Alert] Top Greener USB-C and USB-A wall outlet just $23.96 at Amazon ($4.73 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Get 20% off Tronsmart’s new 2-port charger with QC 3.0 and USB-PD support ($22.39 from $27.99)

Friday, June 16th, 2017

No longer will you have to choose between Quick Charge 3.0 and USB-PD—Tronsmart has a new adapter that supports both. The latest 2-port charger has USB-PD over Type-C and QC 3.0 over USB-A. It's usually priced at $27.99, but we've got an exclusive discount code for you that takes the price down 20%.

The QC 3.0 port supports up to 18W of power for devices like the LG G6, HTC U11, and Galaxy S8.

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[Deal Alert] Get 20% off Tronsmart's new 2-port charger with QC 3.0 and USB-PD support ($22.39 from $27.99) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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