Telegram, the popular messaging app used by millions around the globe, has received some explosive new features in its latest update.
The biggest addition is that you can now send self-destructing photos and videos in one-on-one chats, and the great thing about this is that it’s customizable: you can set a self-destruct timer that starts when the recipient opens the photo or video. Also, if the recipient takes a screenshot, the app will notify you immediately.
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Other new features found in the update include an improved photo editor that allows you to edit images faster, and the option of adding a bio to your profile so that people in large group chats know who you are. You can now also download media from large public channels quicker thanks to the new encrypted CDNs.
All the new features are already available, so just update the Telegram app on your device to try them out or download it from the Play Store via the button below.
Short video messages
May 19: This update added the option of sending short video messages. Just tap the small microphone button to switch to video mode. When the camera icon pops up, press and hold the icon and a video will begin recording.
Western Europe gets voice calling features
March 30: Telegram is now getting new Voice Call features for users in Western Europe, with the promise that it will be added in other parts of the world in the near future. Voice Call in Telegram offers end-to-end safe and encrypted audio chats. The new feature also uses emoji to let users know their Telegram call is safe.
Instant View comes to Telegram
November 23: Instant View allows users to share links to web pages in Telegram that, when clicked or tapped, immediately show up inside the app. While that’s a helpful feature, the downside is that it only works with Medium and TechCrunch links at the moment, but more support will be added soon. This version 3.14 update also brings a new interface for creating groups and selecting users in privacy settings, along with another new interface for notification settings.
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Samsung has quietly announced a new smartphone in India. Called the Galaxy J7 Nxt, the device comes in Black or Gold and retails for Rs. 11,490. You can get it from Samsung’s website or a number of offline retail stores across the country.
As you can probably tell by its price, the Galaxy J7 Nxt is a mid-range smartphone. It sports a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with HD resolution and is powered by an unspecified 1.6 GHz octa-core processor. The device has 2 GB of RAM and only 16 GB of storage, which you can expand for an additional 256 GB with a microSD card.
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There’s a 13-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 aperture, autofocus, and LED flash on the back, while the front-facing selfie snapper has a 5 MP sensor. The smartphone packs a 3,000 mAh battery, has a textured rear (it’s not clear what material this is, but it’s not metal or glass), and runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s custom user interface on top.
If you’re in the market for a new smartphone and are considering getting the Galaxy J7 Nxt, visit Samsung’s website via the button below.
Alternatively, you can also opt for one of the many other smartphones that have been launched in India recently including the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra, Panasonic P55 Max, Moto E4/E4 Plus, and Nubia N2, to name just a few.
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Welcome to the 201st edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines from the last week:
- Google Duo passed the 100 million downloads mark this week. Google announced that the app has doubled its user base as well. We know it’s not the most popular video chat app. However, the consistent influx of new users may just add up over time. This whole Duo and Allo thing is far from over. For now, it’s a bump in the right direction. Let’s see if it lasts.
- YouTube TV added ten more cities to its list this week. Some of the cities include Washington D.C., Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Charlotte. This brings the total number of cities up to 15. It’s still not overly impressive. However, it is a start. It’s good to see YouTube TV finally expanding. We’ll see where it opens up next.
- Amazon is reportedly working on a new chat app. It goes by the name Anytime by Amazon. On the surface, it looks like a good, basic messenger. It’ll have group chats, individual chats, video calling, and more. You’ll also be able to order food, listen to music, and share your location. It looks like it could be competitive if they do it up right.
- Google’s Play Protect service is officially rolling out. It’ll be available on all Android devices with Google Play Services 11 or better. That should be most phones. This is a unification of many of Android’s and Google Play’s security systems, including Verify Apps and other security features. It should be rolling out right now.
- RuneScape is apparently coming to Android! The original RuneScape as well as the Old School RuneScape will be available on mobile. The developers also announced that the PC version and mobile versions will be compatible. That means you can play either one with the other one. You can expect the game’s release to be sometime in 2018.
For even more Android apps and games headlines, updates, releases, and more, check out this week’s newsletter by clicking here! There you can find all of the info that we didn’t have space for here, including some new Google Play Store features! You can also use the form below to sign up for the newsletter. We’ll deliver it to you every week! We hear the Android Authority app is pretty good as well.
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If we missed any big Android apps or games news, tell us about it in the comments! Thank you for reading and don’t forget to check back next week for more!
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The Nexus 6P might have been release back in 2015, but it took a bit longer for some owners to notice their device would refuse to fully boot up and start over in a constant loop. Otherwise known as a “bootloop,” this issue has seemingly hit more Nexus 6P owners as more time passed, to the point where some folks took matters into their own hands and develop a fix.
XDA user XCnathan32, along with assistance from two other users, created the fix and put it up for anyone to give it a whirl. Without getting too technical, the fix shuts down all four of the Nexus 6P octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor’s performance cores that seemingly prevent the phone from properly booting up.
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More specifically, the A57 performance cores are disabled while the A53 cores are left alone. This means that, while you will notice lag when going through the UI, you might notice slightly improved battery life, since the A53 cores are more power-efficient than their A57 counterparts.
One of the bigger issues regarding the fix, however, is that you need to be comfortable with messing around with your device a bit. The fix involves unlocking your bootloader and flashing various modified images, so if you have no idea what any of that means, you might be better off not messing with your Nexus 6P.
Of course, this would be a good reason to start tinkering with your Nexus 6P, particularly if you have done so before. Just keep in mind that we cannot vouch for the fix – some folks have reported it worked wonders for their device, though that is not the case for everyone.
Interestingly enough, the same XDA user who created a Nexus 6P bootloop fix also created a fix for the Nexus 5X, which has its own share of bootloop issues. Unlike with the Nexus 6P fix, though, the XDA user did not personally test the Nexus 5X fix, so your mileage will vary even more.
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A good night’s rest is very important to one’s health. Those who don’t get enough may not feel great during the day. Smartphones can’t do all the work. They can be helpful, though. There are apps out there that can track your sleep. It’ll tell you when you’ve been restless, how many times you woke up, etc. It’s a good way to help maintain your health. Here are the best sleep tracker apps for Android.
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If we missed any of the best sleep tracker apps, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!
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