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  • Pixel camera app, complete with HDR+, hacked to run on other phones

    The Google Pixel stood out last year thanks to its camera chops, touting the same fundamental specs as the Nexus 6P, but with one key difference. The camera app delivered HDR+, which dramatically stepped up photo quality. Far from being blurry like the HDR modes of yore, the Pixel's HDR+ mode resulted in much improved photo quality at night, for example. Unfortunately, Google didn't release the updated camera app for all, but a Ukrainian developer has stepped up to the plate. According to XDA, the developer spent two evenings hacking together the Google Camera APK. The end-result is that the app...

  • Data too expensive? Offline app stores are a thing in Cuba

    Between constant updates and large file sizes, apps can be a major data hog for your smartphone. This is especially apparent in developing markets, where the price of data is often expensive for the local populace. One cool solution, as reported by free software activist Torsten Grote, is an app "store" or repository that doesn't require data at all. And this solution is being used in Cuba to fascinating effect. According to Grote, the open-source F-Droid app store for Android has an "app store kit" that allows anyone to create their own repository that runs over a local WiFi network. The activist...

  • Nintendo Switch Online app finally hits Android, iOS

    The Nintendo Switch has truly been a sales phenomenon since its launch in March 2017, but one of the biggest issues has been the requirement for a separate app to use voice chat. Now, the app in question has finally been pushed out to Google Play and iTunes. The Nintendo Switch Online app comes ahead of this week's launch of Splatoon 2, being an eagerly anticipated multiplayer shooter and one of the bigger Nintendo titles of the year. As for features, the app lets you voice chat and invite social media friends to gaming sessions. However, Nintendo adds that you can...

  • Which Chromebooks have/will get Android apps?

    When Google announced that Android apps would be coming to Chromebooks last year, the initial list of supported devices only stood at three. But the firm has since confirmed that all Chromebooks released in 2017 would be running Android apps. Then again, the real question is which older models are supported... Now, Google has quietly announced details on its Chromium blog (via Ars Technica), revealing an exhaustive list of Chromebooks/ChromeOS devices that have or will be getting Android app/Play Store compatibility. Google Chromebooks are cheaper and arguably less resource-intensive than PCs, with Android app compatibility making it stand out as well "While we won't...

  • Where are the Android apps for dual camera smartphones? [Column]

    Dual-camera Android smartphones have been out in some form or another since 2014. The Huawei Honor 6 Plus and HTC One M8 offered dual-camera functionality back then, although the latter used a "depth sensor" instead of a dedicated second camera, to be fair. In any event, we've seen half a dozen dual-camera Android smartphones being released in 2016, from Xiaomi and Huawei to LG. Heck, even the newer Chinese manufacturers are hopping on the bandwagon. In other words, Apple was definitely a few months late to the party at best, bringing the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus in September 2016. So imagine my...

  • Google Play’s most popular games/apps of 2016 revealed

    It's been another good year for mobile games, featuring a ton of fantastic titles. Don't believe me? Then check out our weekly mobile gaming rundowns. Now, Google has revealed the top five most popular games and apps on the Google Play Store for 2016. So who emerged at the top of the pile? Most popular apps? The top five most popular apps saw Face Changer 2 hit the number one spot. The app allows users to indulge in the face-swapping tomfoolery that's all the rage this year. Otherwise, Lumyer - Photo and Selfie Editor and Castbox - Podcast Radio Music rounded out the...

  • Is Google Allo coming out this week? Leak says yes

    Google revealed two major apps at this year's I/O Developer conference, in the form of Duo and Allo. Duo was released last month, being a video-calling service with support for low-bandwidth connections and call previews. But it's arguably Google Allo that has more people excited. Now, serial leaker Evan Blass has claimed to reveal the release date. Sources suggests that Google Allo will debut this week Blass originally tweeted that the service was launching this week, before clarifying the date in a follow-up tweet. 9/21. https://t.co/8Ne6gj0NJS — Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 19, 2016 Google Allo stands out from rival messaging platforms thanks to Google Assistant integration, Smart Reply functionality...

  • That’s disappointing: Microsoft kills NES emulator on Xbox One

    When Microsoft announced that universal apps would be coming to Xbox One, some wondered whether we would see emulators come to the console. Well, the developer of NESBox, an NES emulator, decided to launch the app on Microsoft's console, receiving certification last week. Certification usually means a green light for an app to come to the store. Unfortunately, Xbox One support for the NES emulator was killed by Microsoft on Saturday, the developer confirmed. Microsoft says: "Your product was unpublished globally or from specific markets". They want me to remove xbox platform support and republish — nesbox.com (@nesboxcom) September 10, 2016 The developer wrote that...

  • Humble Android Bundle and Disco Dave: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. We're a tad late with this week's mobile game roundup, but there are some great picks nevertheless. So if you're looking for a distraction or something deeper, we've got you covered. Our favourites this week include the latest Humble Bundle for Android and Disco Dave. Humble Android Bundle 20 (paid - Android) The Humble Bundles are always a great way to get a ton of games at a super cheap price, and the latest Android bundle...

  • Big Bang Racing and Perchang: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. Wednesday was a public holiday, but that doesn't mean we're skimping on the mobile games. Here are a few of our top picks this week. Personally? I quite like Perchang and Big Bang Racing - view the full list below. Mobius Final Fantasy (free - Android, iOS) It's been available in Asian markets for a while now, but the latest Final Fantasy mobile game has now been released for the world at...