Google Opinion Rewards is now available in a few more countries. The online search giant has recently launched its app in India, Singapore, and Turkey. For those of you who don’t know, Google Opinion Rewards is an app that sends you surveys for you to complete and pays you for doing so. Here’s how it works. After you download and open the app, you have to answer a few basic questions about yourself. Google will then send you a survey once a week on average for you to complete. In return for your time and help, the company will pay you up to $1 in credit per survey that you can use to buy games and apps on the Play Store. See also: Sharing is caring with Google’s simplified family sharing for Photos, Calendar, and more 15 hours ago The questions you’ll have to answer aren’t that complicated and, according to Google, can range from, “Which logo is best?” to, “When do you plan on traveling next?” It’s a great way to earn Play Store credit and shouldn’t take up much of your time. If you live in in India, Singapore, or Turkey, you can now download the app to your Android device. Visit the Google Play Store by clicking the button below. Download the app

Google launched Factory Reset Protection (FRP) in 2014 as a way to deter phone theft. The feature, first available on Lollipop, was supposed to make it impossible to bypass lock screen protection by simply resetting ill-gotten devices. In practice, FRP proved ridiculously easy to break, and in some cases, all you needed in order to “hack” your way into a supposedly protected device was a little patience. Exploits methods for a number of devices – including Nexus, LG, and Samsung phones – were publicized by RootJunky, a YouTuber and Android developer and modder. Now he’s back with a tool that lets you bypass Factory Reset Protection on most Motorola devices running Android 5.1 or higher. The tool, called MotoReaper, injects an exploit into the target device. The process, which requires connecting the phone to a PC, involves a few simple steps that are outlined in the video below. After completing the process, you will be able to use the locked device without entering the credentials of the original account, even with phones that were not rooted or bootloader-unlocked. You can download MotoReaper, which was co-developed with a security researcher going by the name of GeoSnOw, by clicking the button below. MotoReaper site Let’s hope Google and manufacturers step up their game here.

Good audio and video editing tools are somewhat hard to come by on mobile — a sentiment shared by app developer Xeus. The dev was prompted to create the Timbre: Cut, Join, Convert mp3 app after failing to find a “decent” tool for doing the same in the Play Store. And what Xeus has come up with is certainly an effective tool. Despite the name, Timbre lets you do more than just edit mp3s: you can split and join audio or video, remove sections within a range, and combine files together, as well as remove the sound from your videos or create audio tracks from them. It’s an easy-to-use app, with a clean interface and it works as advertised (save for the occasional bug or compatibility problem). It also seems to have been well-received by the community — Xeus posted about the app on Reddit around a week ago and it has since received tons of praise. Timbre isn’t an alternative to something like Pro Tools or Final Cut Pro — it’s not particularly powerful or precise (it works in one-second intervals) — but for creating custom ringtones or for cutting up voice recordings, it’s more than capable. The app is free with ads (though it’s just a single banner for the dev’s other Play Store apps and it doesn’t appear on every page). Check it out via the link below. Download Timbre: Cut, Join, Convert mp3

Looking for a fitness tracker that won’t break the bank? Honor has you covered. The company has taken the wraps off the Band A2, the successor to the Band A1 that was announced last year. The device is quite an upgrade over its predecessor, as it comes equipped with a 0.96-inch OLED screen as well as a heart rate sensor. It connects with your Android device via Bluetooth and is capable of tracking the number of steps you take during the day, monitoring your sleep, and even reminding you when you have been sitting for too long. It will also show you various notifications you get on your smartphone. See also: Budget-friendly Honor 6A announced: Android Nougat, Snapdragon 430, and a 13 MP rear camera 18 hours ago It’s resistant to dust and water thanks to the IP67 rating and comes with a silicone strap that is available in a few different colors: black, white, green, and red. The Honor Band A2 has a 95 mAh battery that the company says is good for around nine days of average use and can last for up to 18 days in standby mode. Honor’s fitness tracker is quite affordable, as it will set you back 199 yuan, which is around $30. Sales will kick off on June 9 in China. Unfortunately, there’s no word if the Band A2 will make its way to other markets around the world. In case it doesn’t, you’ll probably be able to buy it from one of the many Chinese online retailers like GearBest, for example, but will have to pay a bit more to get it.

Gartner says a trio of Chinese manufacturers accounted for a quarter of global smartphone sales during Q1, similar to what the IDC had stated. See also: Why the US market is so hard to crack April 20, 2017 We previously reported that despite Samsung’s leading worldwide smartphone shipments, the International Data Corporation attributed global sales growth to Chinese OEMs like Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo. IDC’s data indicated that a total of 347 million devices were shipped during Q1 of 2017, and in contrast to Samsung and Apple’s near-zero percent year-over-year growth, the aforementioned Chinese trio all saw double-digit growth. Well, Gartner just released their own data regarding the global smartphone market, and it only seems to confirm the rapid rise of Chinese manufacturers. The general landscape looks familiar: among the 380 million devices sold to end users, most were Samsung-made, followed by Apple. Samsung saw a decline compared to its market share during Q1 of 2016, which Gartner’s Anshul Gupta explains was partially due to the absence of a Note device last year. More importantly, however, neither of these two saw a sales jump precisely because of the increasing competition from Chinese brands. The real story here is just how fast these Chinese electronics companies are catching up. Indeed, a trio of Chinese companies – Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo – rank third, fourth, and fifth respectively in the number of devices sold during this past quarter. Companies like OPPO and Vivo, in particular, saw tremendous year-over-year growth, with OPPO retaining its No. 1 position in China. The real story here is just how fast these Chinese electronics companies are catching up. Just last year, the total market share of these three brands came out to be around 16 percent. This year, they account for a quarter of all smartphone sales. […]

Last week, Google started rolling out an update to its digital assistant that added typing support. What this means is that you can just type in Assistant to perform a task instead of using your voice. Google has now made the feature even better, as it has added a new suggestion row that contains various search phrases. Here’s how it works. When you launch Assistant, you can tap on the keyboard icon at the bottom of the screen to start typing. When Gboard pops up, you now see the new suggestion row on top with phrases like, “What’s the temperature outside?”, and others. This makes it easy for you to get access to certain info, without having to manually type in the question. See also: Update: Google officially announces Assistant for iOS devices 6 days ago When you tap on a suggestion, it shows up in the text field, meaning you can edit it before it goes live. What’s interesting is that as soon as you start typing, the keyboard will offer you suggestions for the next word along with spelling suggestions. So the new search phrases found in Assistant are only visible when the text field is empty, which happens when you launch the app or right after you enter a question or command. Keep in mind that the new feature might not be live for all users yet. But don’t worry too much if it hasn’t hit your device, as you probably won’t have to wait for much longer before you get it. Typing in Assistant is a great feature to have and comes in quite handy when there are are a lot of people around and you don’t feel comfortable talking to your phone. Adding popular search phrases makes using it a lot faster and easier, as you can […]

A week ago, HTC took the wraps off the U11. One of the biggest selling points of the flagship is its camera, which currently has the highest DxOMark score of 90. It is followed by the Google Pixel in second place (89), and the HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Sony Xperia Performance in third, all of which have a score of 88. Sample images taken with the HTC U11 have now made their way online, and give us a better look at how good the flagship is in the photography department. Looking at the images, we can see that the camera does its job extremely well in low-light conditions, where a lot of flagship struggle. You can check out some of the pictures in the gallery below. Based on the images above, we can say that there’s a good reason why the U11 has the highest DxOMark score. There are more pictures available, which you can check out via the button below. Check out more images What do you think about the pictures taken with the HTC U11? Does the device have a better camera than the Galaxy S8 or any other flagship device? Let us know by posting a comment down below.

Last week, Samsung Pay launched in the UK. The mobile payment service supports three banks (MBNA, Nationwide, and Santander), and is compatible with six smartphones: the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. In hopes of getting as many users on board as possible, the tech giant is now bringing the payment service to its smartwatches. You can now pay for goods and services at supported retailers across the UK with your Gear S3 and Gear S2. The payment process is super easy, as all you have to do is place the smartwatch near a terminal, wait for the transaction to be approved, and you’re good to go. See also: Samsung Pay expands to four new countries 4 weeks ago It’s worth pointing out that the Gear S3 supports both NFC as well as MST, which allows you to make payments at traditional (older) card readers. The Gear S2, on the other hand, doesn’t support MST, meaning that it’s only compatible with NFC-enabled terminals. The update is already making its way to the Gear S3 and S2, but it might not be available for all users just yet. Some of you may have already received it, while others will have to wait for a few more days. Do you see yourself using Samsung Pay on a smartwatch? Let us know down below.

Looking for a quick overview of stock Android smartphones and their features? StockDroids might be just what you need. After launching towards the end of 2016, the no-frills website has since seen a few upgrades to improve usability and keep the catalog up-to-date — and the latest version is more useful than ever. StockDroids is based on a single landing page that provides a table of stock (or near-stock) Android devices. It defaults to a chronological list based on when the phones were first released and includes expected details like the dimensions, storage configurations, display resolutions etc. However, it also offers current price estimates, review scores and even whether the phones have Root information available or LineageOS support (the latter being among the most recent additions). See also: This Was Google I/O 2017 15 hours ago The page is easy to organize, letting you “pin” devices so you can put your own selection of devices alongside each other, and there are a list of sorting options so you can see, for example, the devices that weigh the most or have the largest display. What’s more, you can set minimum and maximum values for certain criteria so that you filter out products that don’t include what you’re interested in. While it’s not a particularly inviting website in terms of looks, its layout does make it easy-to-use: check out StockDroids here and give us your thoughts on it in the comments.

Nokia has already announced three smartphones this year and plans on releasing at least one more. Called the Nokia 9, it will go head to head with high-end devices on the market including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6. FrAndroid has managed to get its hands on a prototype of the smartphone and has posted a few images along with the specs on its website. The Nokia 9 features a 5.27-inch QHD display and is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. It has 4 GB of RAM and comes equipped with two 13 MP cameras on the back, which are positioned vertically. The device also offers 64 GB of storage, runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and has a fingerprint scanner that’s located on the front. See also: Clove halts pre-orders for Nokia devices despite high demand 2 weeks ago Unfortunately, we can’t really tell you much when it comes to the way the device looks. The prototype of the Nokia 9 is in a very bulky case that does a good job of hiding its design. However, we can see the dual-camera setup on the back, the home button below the screen along with capacitive buttons, the 3.5 mm headphone jack on top, and the USB Type-C port at the bottom. The only other things that are visible are the volume rocker and the power button, which are both placed on the right side of the device. You can check out all the images in the gallery below. There’s no word on when the Nokia 9 will be announced or how much it will retail for. We hope that the device will carry an affordable price tag, otherwise it will probably find it hard to compete with the flagships that are currently on the market.

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