Google Home app gets updated with a new interface and Night Mode

On the eve of Google’s Pixel event, the Google Home app is getting a facelift. An update is rolling out now that pushes the app version to 1.25.81.13 and brings a refreshed interface along with easier navigation. The Watch, Listen, and Discover tabs have been replaced by new Discover and Browse categories at the bottom of the screen. While the navigation might be slightly different, Google’s familiar card layout returns with some new cards in tow.

When you load the app, the Discover section will be your default destination. Discover will show you cards with tips to help you use your devices more effectively. Some of the tips I’ve seen are how to activate Assistant and how to raise and lower the volume. The tips are should shed light on how the device works to newer owners, but veteran owners probably won’t glean much from them.

By Matt Adams

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How to install an SSH server on your Android phone

Upon reading the title, the first question out of your mind might be, “Why?” the answer will depend upon your usage. You might want a secure way to copy files from your device. If you’re a developer, you might want to have easy access to the filesystem hierarchy. Whatever your reason, there are apps available in the Google Play Store that will serve this purpose well. One of my favorites is called SimpleSSHD. This Android SSH server doesn’t offer much in the way of bells and whistles, but it does the trick and does so easily.

Let’s install SimpleSSH and see how to make use of it.

Installation

I will be installing SimpleSSH on a OnePlus 3, running Android 7.1.1. SimpleSSH will run on Android 2.1 and up, so you can be certain (unless your device is really old), this app will work. SimpleSSH also does not require a rooted device.

The installation is simple. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device
  2. Search for SimpleSSH
  3. Locate and tap the entry by galexand
  4. Tap Install
  5. Allow the installation to complete

And that’s it for installation. You will find the SimpleSSH launcher in your App Drawer or on your home screen (or both). Tap the app icon to start SimpleSSH.

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10 Ways To Increase Your Android Battery Life

Your Android phone is the object you spend most of your time with. It knows about you more than any person does, it is the source of unending information that you gobble every day, and with the advent of apps like Voice Assistants, it has become your AI friend. Android has become more and more powerful over the years and has attained processing capabilities equivalent to desktop PCs just a few years ago.

But the only thing holding it back is battery life. So, people often ask “How can I extend my battery life?”, “Best tips and tricks to improve battery life” or “How do I make my Android battery last longer?”. Given its form factor and weight limitations, it has become increasingly difficult to squeeze any more power to the batteries with current technologies. So the solution to improve Android battery performance is through manipulations on the software side.

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The free app every parent should download this summer

The app makes learning about water safety fun for kids

Royal Life Saving recently released the National Drowning report for 2017 and the drowning statistics in under 5’is 29, a 38 percent increase on last year.

“Last year’s result (2016) of 21 [drownings] was our lowest on record but still the biggest cause of accidental deaths is backyard swimming pools where parents or those supervising left the gate open and let kids through,” explained Laurie.

Children need constant and active supervision when they’re in or around water and with summer approaching, vigilance is the key to keeping kids safe.

The app is aimed at parents and young kids and includes music, cartoons with a focus on the home, pool, beach and farm water safety.

There are five key things everyone needs to know about water safety

The Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, is ‘delighted’ to join the cause and the government is putting $1 million of funding into the program.

Kids Alive – Do the Five is made up of five important messages:

  1. Fence the pool
  2. Shut the gate
  3. Teach your kids to swim
  4. Supervise – watch your mate
  5. And learn how to resuscitate

We think every Aussie parent should have this app on their phone before summer starts because water safety is so important.

By Amy Lyall

See full story at kidspot.com.au

How to use CM Launcher 3D 5.0 app to customize your Android

When it comes to Android, customization is the first word that comes to our mind. The smartphones that are powered by Android can be customized in and out starting from the wallpaper to OS itself.

For those, who want to customize the entire look but doesn’t know how to root, ‘Launchers’ are there just for you. Today we are going to be looking at the cool features of CM Launcher 3D. First of all, you can download this for free on your mobile from Google Play Store. This launcher was developed by China-based Internet company Cheetah Mobiles.

It has 10,000 of 2D/3D themes with scope for lots of customization with the different menu’s, lock screen themes, wallpapers, icons and contacts themes.

With this, you also get 3D widgets, 3D themes, and live wallpapers as well. Additionally, you can find 3D Fidget Spinner, 3D Wolf, Transparent Screen theme and other new VR themes.

By Gizbot Bureau

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Six ways to reduce mobile data usage on Android

More often than not we are busy blaming the telecom operator either because our monthly data allowance is up or we have already crossed the high-speed data limit (aka FUP). Since everything uses data on the smartphones these days, we can’t live without it. So if we don’t want to pay more, how can we save data without massively hampering the experience?

In this guide, talking about various tips and tricks that you can use to control your data usage. It also list a few apps that will help you in achieving the same.

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Android 8 Oreo is here: What’s new, what’s changed, and what’s awesome

Get your phones ready because Android Oreo is finally here. (That’s right, it’s called Oreo, not Orangina.) After months of betas, an eclipse-themed countdown, and the usual rampant naming speculation, Google has lifted the veil of secrecy from Android O’s full name, and we can start looking ahead to what confectionery Android P will adopt. (My money’s on Petit Four.)

But its name isn’t the only thing that’s sweet about Android 8. While it might not be as jam-packed with features as other Android releases, Android Oreo has plenty of features that make it a must-download, from picture-in-picture to notification changes that will help you keep annoying alerts at bay. So bring your sweet tooth because there’s a lot to chew on.

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19 Tips And Tricks To Make Android Faster And Improve Performance

What could be the many ways to use our Android devices efficiently, in such a way that we could reduce the lags and freezes as much as possible if not completely? Having said that, let me tell you some useful Android tips and tricks:

19 Tips and tricks to make Android Faster

1. Keep the apps you use, rest are garbage

Almost every Android tips and tricks guide you might read would recommend you to keep only those apps that you use on a daily basis. Doesn’t it sound obvious? Would you store unnecessary things in your house just because they are free? Well, our homes are often clogged with such stuff but do we need to do the same thing with our smartphones?

Various apps that live inside our smartphones run all the time and need to connect to the internet to keep working. And if these apps are of no use to us, they would only put a burden on the hardware and increase our data bills. Getting rid of such apps would be a wise move in the path to speed up Android.

2. Clear app cache

There are some apps which you don’t need on a regular basis, but they are important enough to have a place on your device. Like, the apps you use to book flights, hotels, and order. To make Android faster, try to remove the cached data for such apps in the Settings to make sure they don’t consume much space when they are not in use.

Clearing the cached data, sometimes, helps in making the app more smoother as it removes old data which might make it lag and lead to freezes and crashes. When the data gets deleted, the app can keep newer versions of the same things. This method is helpful in the case of big apps like Facebook and Instagram which store tons of images and other data on your device.

Do keep in mind clearing the app cache in many cases deletes the preferences the app has saved.

3. Clean the system memory several times during the day

Android has excellent task management skills. It can close unwanted processes on its own, whenever required. But this old school thing, I can tell you, it would help a lot if your device has a scarcity of RAM.

Nowadays, almost every launcher includes the option to free the system memory. If it’s not there, you should consider installing some memory cleaning app. And here I am not talking about the apps which claim to make your Android phone faster by running in real-time performing cleaning operations. And all they do is they make the device even slower.

Clearing the RAM of the smartphone can give you an instant performance boost as it closes various unwanted apps capturing the precious memory of the Android phone.

By Aditya Tiwari

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