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Telegram update adds self-destructing images and videos, improved photo editor, and more

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.

Recent updates

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 Galaxy J7 Nxt with 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display announced in India

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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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

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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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Star Vikings Forever

Price: $2.99
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Star Vikings Forever is a new puzzle RPG. It has a lot going for it. There is an eight hour story line. Puzzles randomly generate to give you a lot of variation between playthroughs. Additionally, it is one of the more offensive games in terms of humor and dialog. It’s nice to see some studios back away from being kid friendly sometimes. It’s a fun little game. You can pick it up for $2.99 with no in-app purchases or advertisements.
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Motion Stills

Price: Free
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Motion Stills is a new app from Google. It allows you to record short clips. Those clips are then shareable on social media as videos or as GIFs. There are two modes. The first is a standard three second clip. These are great for reaction GIFs and the like. The other one is called Fast Forward Mode. It allows you to record up to a minute of footage. It then speeds it up a whole bunch. There are a few settings, but no major customizations available. It’s really fun for what it is. It’s also free with no ads or in-app purchases.
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Motion Stills

Crusaders of Light

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Crusaders of Light is an MMORPG. It plays a lot like other mobile MMORPGs. You get a character. Then you can do things like go on quests, raids, and the like. The raids feature up to 40 players on a single team. There is also online PvP with one vs one, three vs three, and five vs five modes. It also includes an in-game text chat. It ticks all the boxes you’d want an MMORPG to tick. However, at its core, its mechanics aren’t overly exciting or new. Its reception is initially positive, though. Thus, it may be worth a download if you’re into this sort of thing.
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Gratus

Price: Free / $2.99
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Gratus is an app that wants to remind you that life doesn’t always suck. Here’s how it works. You fill the app up with things that you love and appreciate. The app then periodically reminds you about them. It doesn’t actually do anything productive. However, when it comes to mental health, it doesn’t always have to be. Sometimes it’s nice to get reminded that things are pretty good times. The base app lets you create all the cards you want (with photos). You can pay the $2.99 to unlock most of the customization features.
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Gratus

Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two

Price: $4.99 with in-app purchases
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Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two is the latest in the series by Telltale Games. This one picks up right where the first one left off. You’ll have a familiar cast of characters and elements to play with. It’s the same old point-and-click adventure game that Telltale does so well. You’ll have to make decisions that branch the story line. The game features fun mechanics, top notch voice acting, and more. It’s a five episode game like its predecessor. You can pick up the first one now for $4.99. Or you can wait for all of them to come out. Your call.
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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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There is a fix for your Nexus 6P bootloop issue, but it’s not a simple one

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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.

Regardless, if you are at your wit’s end with your Nexus 6P’s or Nexus 5X’s bootloop issues, your other alternative is to pay attention to lawsuits against Huawei, Google, and LG over these issues.

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10 best sleep tracker apps for Android

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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.


Alarm Clock Xtreme

Price: Free / Up to $4.99
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Alarm Clock Xrteme has a lot going on. It’s technically an alarm clock app. However, it also comes with sleep tracking features. It features a variety of alarms. The idea is to help people who have trouble waking up by giving them a bunch of different ways to try. It’ll save what time you go to bed and wake up every morning. It’ll even analyze your sleep quality as well as quantity. They’re not what you’d think of when it comes to sleep tracker apps. However, it doesn’t do half bad.
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Alarm Clock Xtreme

Google Fit

Price: Free
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Google Fit seems to do just about everything. It will track your activity, steps, calories, and even your sleep. The app is fairly basic. You just do things and enter them into the app as needed. The app then spits out your progress. The app comes with integration with a ton of other services. They include Runkeeper, MyFitnessPal, Lifesum, Sleep as Android, and several types of fitness trackers. It even works with Android Wear. It’s one of the better sleep trackers. Especially if you use it with other apps.
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Google Fit

Sleep Better with Runtastic

Price: Free / $1.99
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Sleep Better with Runtastic is a silly name for an app. However, the app is actually pretty decent. It plugs right into Runtastic. Thus, you can use both apps to track your sleep and fitness. The app includes a sleep monitor feature, a sleep timer, and even the ability to track caffeine and alcohol intake. It lets you note your mood when you wake up as well. Like most, you’ll have to put the phone in your bed with you so it can track your sleep accurately. It’s free to download. The pro version goes for $1.99.
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Sleep as Android

Price: Free / Up to $3.99
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Sleep as Android is one of the original sleep tracker apps on mobile. It’s been around long enough to mature into something really special. It’ll track your sleep cycles like normal. It also comes with support for Android Wear, Pebble (RIP), and Galaxy Gear devices. The app can also integrate with Google Fit and Samsung Health. It can play binaural tones to help you sleep. It’ll even act as an alarm clock that makes you solve a captcha before the alarm turns off. The free version is a two week free trial. After that you’ll have to pay for it.
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SleepBot

Price: Free
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SleepBot isn’t one the most popular of the sleep tracker apps. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t work, though. It comes with support for multiple alarms, widget support, and it’ll work in airplane mode. You can also set reminders to make sure you to go to sleep on time. After a bit, you’ll get graphs showing your sleep movements, sleep patterns, and it’ll even record you talking in your sleep. You can even back up the data for future use using their cloud storage. It’s a free app with no in-app purchases. It does have ads.
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SleepBot


Sleep Cycle alarm clock

Price: Free / $29.99 per year
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Sleep Cycle alarm clock is one of the more expensive sleep tracker apps. The free version has a fair set of features. It’ll try to wake you up when it senses that you’re ready to. It also offers sleep analysis, nightly sleep graphs, and various alarms. The premium version includes additional features. Some of it, like the Philips Hue integration is for iOS only. We thought that was lame. The premium version is a $29.99 per year subscription. We dunno if it’s worth that. The free version is nice, though.
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Sleep Cycle alarm clock

Sleep Time

Price: Free / $29.99 per year
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Sleep Time is another one of the sleep tracker apps with a subscription price. It looks pretty decent, though. It has a variety of alarm clock settings. Additionally, it comes with sleep analysis, a wake-up algorithm that tries to wake you up when it thinks you’re ready. It’ll offer up all of your stats in graphs. Those are essentially the basics. You’ll have to pay for some of the better stuff, but that’s okay. It does the basics well enough.
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Sleep Time

Sleep Tracker

Price: Free / $3.49
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Sleep Tracker is one of the newer sleep tracking apps on mobile. The sleep graphs on this one are pretty detailed. It attempts to graph each cycle of sleep, including REM, N1, N2, and N3 deep sleep. The app also comes with a dream journal (really), additional sleep stats, and more. It also features a multi-touch snooze timer. Each finger you touch the screen with will extend the snooze by five minutes. That’s a dangerous feature for late sleepers. It’s really new and we don’t know how dedicated the developer is. It may make the cut on next year’s update. It might not. We’ll let you know!
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Sleep Tracker

SnoreLab

Price: Free / Up to $6.99
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SnoreLab is one of the more unique sleep tracker apps. It actually doesn’t do most of the basic stuff. This one just records you snoring. It’ll detect when you do snore, log the times, and then record you doing it. It’ll also measure the intensity, frequency, and more. You can even log when you’ve been doing things like drinking to see their effects on your snoring. It’ll email the sound files to you as well for easy reference. It won’t give you graphs based on your N3 deep sleep cycle, but it’s amazing for snoring.
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SnoreLab

Fitness band and manufacturer apps

Price: Free (usually)
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Fitness trackers and manufacturer apps make a lot of sense. You wear things like your Fitbit almost 24/7. The app can track your sleep. Why not use it for that? These have the advantage of being made for specific hardware. That means they can generally do a pretty decent job of recording stuff. There are also other apps like Samsung Health that have the same advantages. Samsung optimizes the app for the phones they make. Thus, it may be more accurate than a third party solution. Your mileage may vary. However, you may want to try these out before seeking third party solutions.
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Fitness band and manufacturer apps

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