One of the big new additions included in the first Android O Developer Preview is its Autofill feature. Developers will be able to implement the Autofill APIs directly into their apps so users will be able to automatically fill in any secure information they need, such as addresses, usernames, and passwords.

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AgileBits, the creators of one of the most popular password managers, 1Password, is wasting no time in testing these new Autofill features in Android O. In a blog post, it showed a quick video demo on how those Autofill APIs can be used by 1Password so that users can quickly log into Twitter.

As the clip shows, the Autofill Framework in Android O automatically contacted 1Password after the Twitter login page came up. 1Password simply needed the owner’s fingerprint to bring up stored username and password data. Once the person’s email was displayed via the Autofill Framework and tapped, the username and password forms were automatically filled with the correct information.

AgileBits clearly likes these new features that have been baked into Android O for both developers and users. In theory, it should make password management much easier to create for app developers, and far easier to use for people that own Android smartphones, especially ones that use biometric features like fingerprint, face and iris scanners.

It’s still very early days for Android O, and we suspect that we will get even more information and improvements for its Autofill features before the OS officially launches later this year.

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Everyone was praising the Nokia 3310 after it was introduced in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2017. It’s amazing how much hype it was able to accumulate at the show, which was especially evident at HMD’s booth with the giant crowds huddling over the phones. Unbelievable is one way of putting it, given that we’re talking about an updated take on a classic. To a certain extent, this lowly spec’d feature phone seemed to interest more people than the new phones Sony announced. And that’s just crazy!

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Honestly, would you use a phone that’s been kinda updated years after the original one was first announced? Could you seriously go back to using a feature phone as your daily driver? We know that many consumers have grown accustomed to the exorbitant and diverse features found in today’s modern smartphones, so it begs the question of whether or not this phone is just a passing fad, or a legitimate contender.

Going back to my point, it’s tough for me to believe that people would actually go far enough to buy the Nokia 3310 – even in the case when pricing is a concern. So with that, here are five reasons why you don’t need the Nokia 3310.

  • Number one, it’s back to the old school way of typing. You use nothing but the dial pad to type on the Nokia 3310. Sure it’s quick enough for simple responses, but even with predictive texting, I wouldn’t achieve close to the same rate I get with a touch keyboard. In the end, the process just takes longer.
  • Number two, I can’t take its 2 megapixel camera seriously. I know that the amount of megapixels in a camera doesn’t justify its true potential, but then again, we’re talking about 2-megapixels here folks! Pictures and video matter a lot to me, but here with the Nokia 3310, it’s probably going to be used as a last resort – when nothing else better is around.
  • Number three, why would I want to subject myself to 2G data speeds? It’s even worse for AT&T customers, because the carrier killed off its legacy 2G edge network back at the beginning of this year – meaning that it’d be pointless to even attempt to use the Nokia 3310.  Unless you’re only going to be using it for phone calls. Besides that, it’s excruciating to watch a page slowly come up on that tiny screen.
  • Number four, the menu driven interface is just a pain to navigate. Yes, it’s pretty straightforward traversing through the menus, but it isn’t necessarily convenient either. Once you get into one menu, you then sometimes need to go down another level just to adjust a setting or something. And there’s no way to quickly switch from one screen to another, much like multi-tasking on a smartphone.
  • And finally, you can just buy a cheap smartphone for about the same price. Why pay the same amount of money for less features? In this day and age, we’ve grown accustomed to using certain apps and features. Even if I did have $50 to spend on a burner phone, I’d probably just find one of those prepaid Android phones for just about the same cost – or on Craigslist – and I’d get more out of them.

Okay, so you can tell that I’m not planning on buying a Nokia 3310 anytime soon. And even if I wanted to relive some nostalgia and play snake, I’d probably take out my old Nokia 5110 and play it just the same way on an actual monochrome screen. But to be fair, there are some aspects about the phone that people find useful, like its durability over today’s glass surfaced phones, longer battery life, and overall simplicity. I’m sure for some people the rebooted Nokia 3310 has its place in the glove compartment, but for me, I think I’ll pass.


Google Assistant has just received around a dozen new actions that range from controlling your robot vacuum cleaner to managing your grocery list and providing inspirational quotes from Jaden Smith (really). Google Assistant has been steadily rolling out to Android devices in recent weeks, with the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T the latest popular devices to get the update.

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The following new actions can be added through the Google Home app: just go to to Settings > Services to see the full list of third-party actions. So what’s new? You can now ask Google Assistant to:

  • Provide IMDB movie ratings from Movie Maestro
  • Use Chefling to provide recipes and remind you when food is expiring
  • Get suggestions from Beer Guide, Wine Guide and the Food Network
  • Read you philosophical quotes from Jaden Smith
  • Start, stop and pause your Neato robot vacuum cleaner
  • Get West Point facts from Bugle Notes
  • Learn about Mars weather conditions from Red Pebble
  • Stay informed on congenital heart disease with Team Nina
  • Use Computer Builder to guide you through making your own PC
  • Ask Racing Results for details of horse races around the globe

What action do you use most often? Which action is still sorely missing from Assistant?

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According to TechCrunch, Google is working on a new social app for group photo editing, which might be unveiled this May at Google I/O.

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Google is certainly a very big and (almost) omnipresent company, but there’s one area where it hasn’t found the magic formula yet: social media. Neither Hangouts nor Google+ gained much traction, and even the company’s latest messaging and video-chatting apps – Allo and Duo – don’t seem to be too much of a threat for rival apps like Facebook Messenger or Skype.

Well, rumor has it the search giant is developing yet another social app that will let small groups of friends edit and organize photos together. Reports indicate that this app will essentially be Google’s answer to Path, a once-popular app that lets you capture and share your favorite moments from photos to songs. The biggest advantage over any other existing apps, however, would obviously be Google’s advanced yet easy-to-use editing tools.

TechCrunch has reached out to Google for further comments, and while the search giant has acknowledged the existence of such an app, it simply labeled it as an experiment.

TechCrunch has reached out to Google for further comments, and while the search giant has acknowledged the existence of such an app, it simply labeled it as an experiment. According to its sources, Google may introduce this app in May at Google I/O just like the unveiling of Allo and Duo at last year’s event. Apparently, instead of being yet another messaging app, the yet-to-be-announced app will be a place where group members can organize, edit, and tag photos that have been shared. I imagine it’d be something that has elements from apps like Path, Google Photos, and Snapchat.

Whether Google’s re-attempt at social media will be a successful one remains to be seen until the company officially unveils this mysterious app – until then, we will be sure to keep you updated!

A few days ago, the Movado Group announced it would launch new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches later this year. One would use its own branding, the Movado Connect, while the company will also launch other smartwatches in partnership with the well known fashion brands Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss. At that time, we didn’t know what those smartwatches would look like. Today, as part of the Baselworld 2017 trade show, we finally got some images of those devices, along with some more info about the products.

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As you can see by the image above, the Movado Connect will have a very minimalist design. The company previously announced the smartwatch would have five unique dials, and that each of them will have three to four customizable elements that it says will offer their owners a number of different “complications, backgrounds, and watch hands”. There will be five different men’s styles for the Movado Connect, and it will be priced starting at $495 when it launches this fall.

The Movado Group will also launch the Hugo Boss Touch smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0. Wareable reports that the watch will have a case made of a carbon black IP stainless steel. There will also be a number of different straps and five digital watch faces for the device. The story also says it will have an NFC chip inside for Android Pay support. The Hugo Boss Touch will go on sale in August with the starting price of $395.

Finally, The Movado Group will launch the oddly-named Tommy Hilfiger TH24/7You Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch later this year. Wareable didn’t have a lot of details on its features, but it did confirm that it will not have an NFC chip inside. That may explain why the smartwatch will have a cheaper starting price of $299.

In yet another change that will impact some of Google’s chat users, the company has announced that Google Talk features in Gmail will be shut down on June 26, as users will be asked to use the Hangouts chat client instead.

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Google Talk first launched in 2005 as the official chat client for Gmail, but when the company added support for Hangouts in Gmail in 2013, it was the beginning of the end for the older Talk service. Today, Google stated that on June 26, Gmail users will be automatically transitioned to Hangouts, unless they have any previous contractual commitments. If you are still using the old Google Talk Android app, which was replaced with Hangouts in 2013 in the Google Play Store, that app will now stop working. These latest moves should come as no surprise as Google Talk support has been on life support for the past few years.

In related news, a number of Gmail Lab add-ons will be retired on or around April 24. They include Authentication Icon, Google Voice Player, Picasa previews, Pictures in chat, Quick Links, Quote Selected Text, Smartlabels, and Yelp previews. Finally, two legacy Google+ features in Gmail, the ability to email Google+ profiles and the use of Google+ Circles, will also be retired on April 24.

This news comes as Google also confirmed it plans earlier this week to remove SMS text messaging services to Hangouts on May 22.

Today is the official launch day for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, which is the company’s latest 9.7-inch high-end Android tablet. So Samsung decided to mark the occasion with an official launch trailer for the tablet on its YouTube channel.

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2 weeks ago

The trailer first shows a fantasy sequence, with the case of the Tab S3 being formed from a T-1000 Terminator-like liquid medal. It then shows a lot of beauty pans of the tablet before it shows off the Tab S3’s version of the S Pen. This is the first time that Samsung is throwing in a version of its active stylus with one of its tablets, and the trailer shows how it could be used to mark up notes and more content on the Tab S3’s display.

As we said, the Galaxy Tab S3 is now available for purchase and immediate shipment starting today from the company’s web site, along with other retailers like Best Buy and Amazon, for the price of $599.99. Samsung is also throwing in a free 64GB microSD card with the purchase of the tablet from now until April 8. Just in case you want to know more about the tablet, we have posted a recent and extensive review of the Galaxy Tab S3 so you can be well informed before you made the move to purchase it.

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