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Google Sprayscape app for Android makes trippy 360-degree photos

Google Sprayscape app for Android makes trippy 360-degree photos

Google has launched a new Android camera app called ‘Sprayscape.’ With it, users are given a 360-degree spherical blank canvas in which they can ‘spray’ photos in whatever mishmash they’d like, the end results more often than not being a trippy amalgamation of various scenes and objects. The app is part of Android Experiments, and the resulting content can be viewed on a phone with or without Google Cardboard.

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Verizon Google Pixel Android updates promised without delay

Verizon Google Pixel Android updates promised without delay

Verizon has made it clear that they will not be going through the same process with Google Android updates that they had with past Nexus models. This means you, Galaxy Nexus. While in the past, a device with a carrier, (even a Nexus device), would get OS updates from Google later than their off-carrier counterparts. This was because of system-level apps from the carrier and an extra layer of consideration on the part of the carrier. Now that wont be a problem any longer.

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Google teases Android 7.1, dev preview later this month

Google teases Android 7.1, dev preview later this month

It’s not exactly a secret that Android 7.1 is coming, thanks to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. But now Google is formally acknowledging that fact, and shares a few tidbits of what’s to come. Of course, it isn’t coming immediately just yet, with an open developer preview only starting later this October, and a wider rollout probably still months afterwards. That said, given the proximity of the 7.0 and 7.1 releases, it will inevitably skew the rollout schedule of Android Nougat to OEM devices.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall kit: Samsung plays it safe

Galaxy Note 7 recall kit: Samsung plays it safe

This week the folks at Samsung have done two things publicly in very quick succession. First, they've stopped production of the Galaxy Note 7 altogether. There will be no more Galaxy Note 7 units made for the foreseeable future, and all sales outlets have been asked to stop selling the device. Second, Samsung has begun sending collection kits to people that currently have Galaxy Note devices - very likely to the addresses they used when they first purchased the device.*

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Google Assistant download leaks for Android

Google Assistant download leaks for Android

While Google's new "Google Assistant" system is meant to be limited to Pixel devices - at least in part - the system has leaked. While this leak might not last forever, right this minute, users are able to attain access to Google Assistant with a manual edit of their device's build.prop file. Users that have no idea what a build.prop would do well to skip this process, as it could have adverse and negative effects on their device's software, and therefore end experience.

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Google Assistant will be funny: Onion and Pixar writers onboard

Google Assistant will be funny: Onion and Pixar writers onboard

In a world where artificial intelligence is becoming more commonplace in everyday life, there seems to be a bit of a push to give these AI companions a little personality. Whether it's acting awkward at the mention of a dirty word or delivering a quip when given a compliment, AI like Siri, Cortana, and Alexa are already capable of engaging in something resembling a conversation, but Google is looking to take that one step further with Google Assistant.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: what should I do?

Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: what should I do?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been recalled around the world, in all forms, from all generations, immediately and without exception. For those that avoided the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the first place, this will get a little confusing. Instructions issued for the first recall might seem like they're no longer valid, and shared articles from the first wave might end up being dismissed by consumers with the newer "Green Battery" version of the device. Let SlashGear assure EVERY SINGLE Galaxy Note 7 user in the world: there is no exception to the rule. Every single Samsung Galaxy Note 7 needs to be turned off and returned to Samsung IMMEDIATELY.

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Google explains why Pixel has no OIS, EIS works in 4K video

Google explains why Pixel has no OIS, EIS works in 4K video

Just two or so years ago, very few smartphone cameras could boast of that much-desired Optical Image Stabilization component or OIS, with most falling back to electronic alternatives, or EIS. Today, however, most high-end smartphones, heck even some mid-range ones, boast of OIS left and right. So when Google’s newest darlings, the Pixel and Pixel XL, were revealed to only have EIS, despite some rather impressive output, there was naturally some amount of head scratching. Google employee “IsaacOnCamera” breaks the silence to explain what gives.

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Cyanogen Inc. goes “modular”, exec changes underway

Cyanogen Inc. goes “modular”, exec changes underway

The birth of the Google Pixel and the end of the Nexus could have flared up anti-Google sentiments among the Android faithful. And yet, in an odd, but somewhat foreseen, turn of events, one of the most vocal of those is slightly changing paths. Cyanogen Inc. is no longer as obsessed about a Cyanogen OS that will eject Google from Android. Instead, it will focus on modular software pieces. And with that change of direction comes a change of leadership, with Kir McMaster stepping down as CEO.

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BREAKING: Galaxy Note 7 production halted by Samsung

BREAKING: Galaxy Note 7 production halted by Samsung

Amid reports of the second wave of Galaxy Note 7 devices also having fire problems, Samsung has suspended production of the smartphone altogether. At this time it is not clear if this will be a full-scale stop for all devices, or if the Galaxy Note 7 will be shipped in the near future from alternate sources. This report first surfaced at around 8:45 PM (Central Time), or 10:45 AM local time in Korea.

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Google will open NY pop-up store for Pixel phone & other hardware

Google will open NY pop-up store for Pixel phone & other hardware

Now that Google has announced a pair of new smartphones and other additional hardware, it's opening a similarly branded "Made by Google" physical retail location. The company has revealed it will open a pop-up store on 96 Spring Street in Manhattan, New York on October 20th, offering customers the chance to check out the hardware announced earlier this week, including the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, the Google Home smart speaker, and the Google WiFi.

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Google Pixel phone carrier details and pricing review

Google Pixel phone carrier details and pricing review

Today we're having a very brief and simple look at the various ways in which a person might purchase and utilize a Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL smartphone. There aren't a whole lot of options, at first glance - Verizon even seems to be pushing the idea that they will be the sole carrier option for the smartphone, the only place a person will be able to buy from! But they're not. And it's not. Google has made this decision very simple for people that check news and review sources like SlashGear before they buy.

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