Android O makes it easier to add custom ringtones, alarms and notification sounds [Diving into Android O]
The Android O Developer Preview has simplified the way in which custom ringtones, alarm sounds, and notification sounds can be assigned.
In previous versions of stock Android, the process of adding a custom ringtone involved copying files into the dedicated ringtone or alarm folders on your handset — or downloading a third-party app. Neither was a particularly elegant solution and other manufacturers, such as Samsung and Huawei, have long-since provided a more convenient way of doing it.
In Android O, you can now more easily select an audio file from your device. When you are selecting a ringtone from the sound settings menu, an “Add Ringtone” option will appear at the bottom of the list of stock sounds. Tapping this will allow you to locate an audio file from your phone and, once you have, this will become available in the menu alongside the default sounds.
It’s not the biggest addition to Android O that we’ve seen so far, but it’s a clear improvement over the needlessly clumsy previous method.
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Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved Internet privacy rules that would ban internet service providers (ISPs) from sharing or selling your web browsing data to advertisers without your consent. Unfortunately, the US Senate has recently voted to eliminate these privacy rules, which means that your browsing data might soon make its way to companies willing to pay for it.
The decision isn’t official yet, as the House needs to approve it first. And even if it does, President Trump has the power to keep the rules in place by issuing a veto.
Senator Richard Blumenthal is just one of many who aren’t very happy about the new rules. He said that they are a direct attack on consumers’ rights as well as on privacy. Senator Ed Markey took things to another level by saying that ISP now stands for “information sold for profit” and “invading subscriber privacy”. He also added that every American should be alarmed by the violation of privacy that these changes will bring.
The vast majority of internet users probably aren’t very happy about the new rules. The thought of someone selling your web browsing data to a companies in the advertising industry surely scares a lot of people. For now, all we can do is hope that the Senate’s decision doesn’t get the green light, which means that the current rules that offer web users a lot more protection will stay in place. Fingers crossed.
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OnePlus has released a video discussing the new limited edition Midnight Black version of the OnePlus 3T, and how it was designed. The four-minute video, uploaded to the OnePlus YouTube channel yesterday, contains an unnamed OnePlus designer.
Apparently, OnePlus created the black version of the OnePlus 3 before its initial release last June, and the team liked it. However, the designer says, “Sadly, it turns out that scaling up this level of craftsmanship to massive levels isn’t as limitless as our imagination.”
It’s not exactly clear what that means; whether it was too expensive or too difficult to produce (though the designer does later mention how OnePlus wanted to avoid the matte black finish becoming a fingerprint magnet), or what changed between then and now. The result, though, is that we got the Graphite and Soft Gold versions of the OnePlus 3 at launch instead.
In the meantime, the OnePlus team continued to pursue the black version, which would later end up with the OnePlus 3T components. “It was harder than we thought,” says the designer, “developing the Midnight Black took over an entire year worth of processes and tests.”
The designer also mentions that only 400 in every 1000 OnePlus 3T Midnight Black units that are produced pass the company’s quality assurance tests, as oppose to 600/1000 of the OnePlus 3T Gunmetal version.
The Midnight Black edition is now ready and will go on sale at 4pm GMT/9am PST today, March 24 at hbx.com. There will be 250 units available for this first pop-up sale, though it will also be on sale for a limited time at OnePlus.net in the future. The device will cost $479/€479/£439.
What are your thoughts on the Midnight Black OnePlus 3T? Let us know in the comments.
Note I contacted OnePlus for the designer’s name but was yet to receive a response at the time of publication.
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At the Mobile World Congress 2017 trade show in February, HMD Global showed off its new Nokia 6, 5, and 3 Android smartphones, along with the new version of the classic Nokia 3310 feature phone. At that time, HMD indicated the Nokia 6 would be available globally, but now we have some more clarification on the company’s plans to launch its new smartphones.
In a statement sent to NokiaPowerUser, a spokesperson for HMD said that the current plan is to launch the Nokia 6, 5 and 3 phones “in 120 markets at same time in Q2 2017.” That’s between April and June. HMD first launched the Nokia 6 in China earlier this year. Clove in the UK has already stated it will sell the Nokia 5 and 3 in May, followed by the Nokia 6 in June.
Will the US be getting these phones? Responding to a question from a fan, the official Nokia Mobile Twitter account stated, “We’re planning on a global release so yes they will be.” By the way, don’t look for the new version of the Nokia 3310 feature phone to be released in the US, at least for a while. The phone uses 2G networks, which are no longer available in the country. It’s possible HMD could release a new version of the phone in the future that will be compatible with modern US cellular networks.
We were impressed when we got to spend some time with the Nokia 6, 5, and 3 at MWC 2017. We admired the phones’ excellent build quality and the fact that they were running stock versions of Android 7.0 Nougat. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to get these phones, all of which should also be very affordable.
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Amazon has a few smartphones available that display personalized offers and ads on the lock screen. Those who don’t mind seeing and ad when they turn on the screen can opt for one of these devices and save a few bucks, as they are a bit cheaper when compared to the regular models that don’t contain any advertisements.
The online retailer has recently added two new models to its “Prime Exclusive” lineup of smartphones — the Moto G5 Plus and Alcatel A30. Thanks to the ads, you can save $45 on the Moto G5 Plus or $40 if you decide to buy the Alcatel A30. The G5 Plus is available with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage or 4 GB or RAM and 64 GB of storage. Pricing starts at $184.99. The Alcatel A30 is even more affordable, as it is will set you back $59.99.
The Moto G5 Plus is a mid-range smartphone that was officially announced at MWC in Barcelona in February. It sports a 5.2-inch Full HD screen and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset. It comes with a primary 12 MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture as well as a selfie snapper that has a 5 MP sensor.
Other features of the device include a metal body, a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery, and a fingerprint scanner located on the front. It is available in Lunar Gray or Fine Gold and ships with Android 7.0 Nougat on board.
The more affordable Alcatel A30 has a smaller 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. You’ll find the Snapdragon 210 chipset under the hood along with 16 GB of storage. The device has 2 GB of RAM, and sports an 8 MP primary camera as well a 5 MP selfie snapper. It’s available in black, runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and features a 2,460 mAh battery.
If you want to get either of the two unlocked devices, visit the retailer’s website by clicking the button below. Just keep in mind that both offers are only available for Amazon Prime members.
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