Monthly Archives: March 2017

Enable picture-in-picture mode for YouTube on Android O Developer Preview

You can already use the picture-in-picture mode (PiP) on Android TV, a feature that will also be available on mobile devices running Android O. In case you don’t know, PiP allows you to keep watching a video while you’re simultaneously using another app.

The good news is that those of you on the Developer Preview of the latest version of Android can already use the feature, thanks to a simple tweak that will add a new button to the navigation bar. The first thing you have to do is activate the System UI Tuner in Quick Settings by holding down the Settings icon. Then navigate to Settings > System > System UI Tuner > Navigation bar and enter 171 in either the Left or Right keycode, which should enable the PiP mode on your device.

See also:

Google’s official Android O Developer Preview video walks us through its features

3 days ago

Once that’s done, you’ll probably want to test it out, right? Open the YouTube app, play a video, and then tap the new button. This will shrink the video into a tiny window, which will keep on playing. It should stay on top of any other app you open up and can easily be moved around the screen. You can see the feature in action in the video below.

You can reopen the YouTube app by double tapping on the video, while a single tap will bring up small controls that can be used for pausing the video and closing the window. Just in case you decide to try to enable this new feature, I must mention that it does have a few bugs, so it might not run quite as smoothly as you would like.

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Moto G5 Sapphire Blue edition lands in the UK as an O2 exclusive

To accompany its Lunar Grey and Fine Gold color variants, the Moto G5 has now received a Sapphire Blue edition in the UK. The new color option is currently an O2 exclusive and starts at £19 on-contract or £139.99 to buy it outright.

Similarly, the larger Moto G5 Plus is also rumored to receive a blue edition soon, though this hasn’t been revealed yet.

The Moto G5 is the latest model in Motorola’s long-running, low-cost G series, and arrives with a 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 430 chipset, and 2 GB of RAM. You’ll also find a 13 MP camera on the rear, 5 MP front-facing camera, 2,800 mAh battery and 16 GB of internal storage space — expandable via microSD card.

It’s possible that this is a timed-exclusive and that it may land elsewhere before long; I’ve reached out to Motorola to find out more and I’ll update this article if I hear back.

You can read our hands-on Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus review here and you can let us know in the comments what you think of the new color. I’m a big fan, but I think Huawei’s metallic P9 color variants are still my favorite.

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[Deal Alert] Get a black unlocked Galaxy S7 for $400 ($176 off)

The Galaxy S8 is upon us, and for better or worse, it’s a really big deal. Yet, with Samsung’s latest and greatest available in less than a month, you can expect more and more deals like this one to appear. Courtesy of eBay, we have an unlocked black Galaxy S7 (G930F) for $399.99, which is a savings of $176.01.

You get a 5.1″ QHD screen, 12MP camera, Snapdragon 820, 32GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, and a fingerprint sensor.

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Watch 10 tech YouTubers describe the Galaxy S8 in 20 seconds

That’s it. How would you describe the Galaxy S8?

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Apparently, it’s pretty easy to fool the Galaxy S8’s facial recognition lock

If you don’t want to use the strangely positioned fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, there are other ways you can unlock the devices. You can enable the facial recognition feature that gives you the option of unlocking your device just by looking at it.

Although this method is useful and quite fast, it isn’t the safest you can opt for. Well, at least according to a recent video that was livestreamed on Twitter by YouTuber MarcianoPhone.

The video shows that you can unlock the device using just a photo of the person that enabled the feature and a little patience. You can check out the video below (it’s in Spanish, around the 9:00 mark) .

As you can see, the device was easily unlocked, although it did take a few tries. This gives us a good reason to think that the facial recognition isn’t as good as Samsung would want us to believe.

The Korean company did admit to Mashable that facial recognition on the Galaxy S8 is not fully secure and that’s why it can’t be used to secure Samsung Pay transactions.

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Galaxy S8 vs Google Pixel: The two most important Android devices right now

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This flaw is a major problem and we hope that the tech giant will be able to fix it soon. Until then, if you want the best security, it’s probably best to stick with the fingerprint scanner, event though it is awkwardly positioned. As it is so close to the camera, you’re probably going to smudge the lens if you’re not careful. But don’t worry too much, your Galaxy S8 will remind you to clean it every now and then.

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