Google Photos for Android updated to save original photo while editing

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Editing photos is great. You can fix blemishes, make colors more natural, or just go all out and make your photo look stylistic. The problem occurs when you want the original back, but you just edited all over it to the point of no return. Thankfully, Google has made that issue easy to avoid.

Google Photos for Android has been updated to allow you to undo any edits that you’ve made. Even if you don’t save a copy of the original photo, Photos will allow you to undo edits and return the photo to its original state. It’s a simple fix, but one that will save people some trouble.

The update is now rolling out, so hit the Play Store or check for updates on your device to get it!


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Get a 32GB Nexus 9 for only $300

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With a new 7-inch Nexus tablet expected to launch later this year, it looks like Google and HTC may finally be ready to clear out excess inventory of the Nexus 9. HTC still lists the 32GB Nexus 9 for $479, but Amazon has slashed the price of the 9-inch tablet to $299.99. If you really want the white model, you will have to shell out and extra $16. You can even pick up the 16GB model for $290, but we’re not sure why anyone would ever torture themselves by doing that.

The Nexus 9 isn’t the best device HTC has ever put out, but it’s still a lot better than some of the newer Samsung tablets which have been released within the last year and a half. If anything, it’s a great device to test out the Android N Developer Preview.


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HTC 10 teased again, this time it’s all about the performance

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HTC isn’t shying away from teasing its upcoming flagship, known right now as the HTC 10, and here we are again with another straightforward hint at what people should expect to see in the company’s next big phone.

HTC took to Twitter again to release a dark image showcasing a dark phone, with just enough light to show off the capacitive face buttons (Recent Apps and Back), and what appears to be an elongated fingerprint reader. Underneath that is the Performance tease, to the 10th power. There’s nothing much else in the picture, but HTC included, “Not all phones are created equal. The fastest and smoothest Android. You’ll feel it. #powerof10,” in the tweet.

At this point, HTC has teased just about everything we’ve come to expect in teasers. That includes the camera, the audio, and whatever “the power of 10” is. All of the teases are leading up to April 12, when HTC has plans to show off the HTC 10 in all of its glory.

Not all phones are created equal. The fastest and smoothest Android. You’ll feel it. #powerof10 pic.twitter.com/1F42fJB7Lz

— HTC (@htc) March 29, 2016

Unfortunately, none of the teases are telling us anything solid just yet. The rumor mill, though, believes the performance part of the HTC 10 will come from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, along with 4GB of RAM. Other rumors have suggested the HTC 10 will boast a 5.1-inch display, with a resolution of 2560×1440, and that a 12-UltraPixel camera will be positioned on the back.

Are you looking forward to the HTC 10?


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Google announces Fiber Phone, a landline service for Fiber users

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Cellphones may pretty much rule the world, but landlines aren’t quite dead yet. Many people still use landlines for a few reasons, one of which is call quality. Though VoLTE is aiming to improve call quality on cellphones, the quality of a landline and a good phone can’t be beat.

Google has announced a new landline service called Fiber Phone, an extension of the Fiber internet service currently offered in select cities. It’s a VoIP service, so it’s all over the internet. It’ll cost $10 a month for domestic calls, and international rates will be identical to those currently offered to Google Voice users.

You’ll be provided a Fiber Voice box for use with any home phone, as the service does not come with the phone. You’ll get features like caller ID, call waiting, and whatever you’re used to with a landline, plus more. Voicemails can be transcribed and emailed to you while you’re out of the house, and you can even have Fiber Phone route calls to your cell phone if you’re not home.

Fiber Phone seems like an awesome service for those who still value landlines. It’s coming to only a few areas for testing, but will eventually roll out to all Fiber cities. Do you guys still use landlines, and would you pay for Fiber Phone? Leave a comment!


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Google likely killing the physical Wallet Card

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The physical Google Wallet Card was an awesome idea. It’s a regular card like your debit card, but it’s filled using the Google Wallet app. You can use it for purchases without fees, and if it’s out of money, you pull out your phone and refill it. I always kept it empty and in my car in case of emergencies where I left my wallet at home and have no cash.

Unfortunately, it seems that the physical Wallet Card is being killed off. Deep inside the latest version of Google Wallet, Android Police found text saying the card program will be shut down on June 30. And on May 1, people will no longer be able to activate new cards or add balance to their current cards.

While this news isn’t exactly official, it’s likely true as the text was found in an official Google APK. And it’s not like Google doesn’t know people look for this stuff. It’s unfortunate news though. How many of you still use your physical Google Wallet Card?


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Instagram rolling out support for 60-second videos

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Photographs have always been the crux of Instagram’s empire, but video is a big focal point for many these days. Up until recently, Instagram offered support for users to publish 15-second videos, while companies have had access to 60-second videos for their advertisements.

After a waiting period, Instagram has deemed it okay to rollout support for 60-second videos for everyone, not just companies and advertisers. The rollout is beginning today, but the social network points out that it could take more than a month to get the feature out to everyone out there using the service.

The social network also says that this new update is just one of many that are planned for the year ahead, but what that means right now remains to be seen. It should be interesting to see what else Instagram has in store for its user base in the coming months.


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Nintendo’s Miitomo launches in the U.S. on March 31

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Back in October, Nintendo revealed that its first official mobile app would be called Miitomo, and that it wasn’t really a game, per se, and that it wouldn’t include any of Nintendo’s famous characters. It launched in Japan not too long ago and has already had hundreds of hours sunk into it, and now it’s finally coming to the United States.

Nintendo officially announced today that Miitomo is headed to the US on Thursday, March 31. It will also be available in several other countries across the globe on the same day, including the United Kingdom. Nintendo is offering future Miitomo users a chance to pre-register to know when the app is available, and hand out Nintendo Platinum Points as part of the company’s rewards program. It’ll be available for Android and iOS.

Miitomo is an interesting social experience, where the user creates a Mii (Nintendo’s avatar), and lets the user even alter its personality and voice. The app will also ask a variety of questions, including, “If you were given 10 grand to spend in one day, what would you do?”, and then share the responses to your friends that are also using the app. They can like your response with a heart, or they can respond via a text or picture reply.

There are mini-games in the title, which allows the user to win new clothes for their Mii, and users can also take pictures of the digital creation to share on social networks, too.

Do you plan on checking out Miitomo when it launches later this week?


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Pixel C 25% discount expanded to 8 more countries

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Google recently announced a discount on the Pixel C tablet for developers. With the release of the Android N Developer Preview, Google wanted to give developers a chance to test their apps on the new version of Android ahead of release by taking 25% off the price of a Pixel C tablet. Presumably, a boost in tablet development is another big reason for this sale.

Previously, the sale was only available in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States. Google has now expanded that to Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland. You can request a code from Google for 25% off, and people who aren’t developers have managed to get a code so it may not be limited to developers.

This discount will knock the 32GB model down to $375 and the 64GB model to $450, though this does not include the keyboard. But you’ll be getting a high end tablet with the ability to run the Android N Developer Preview.

The discount code takes a while to get to people, from a few hours to a few days, so be patient. The offer ends July 15 or until supplies run out. How many of you are jumping on this discount?


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Get a 32GB Nexus 9 for only $300

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With a new 7-inch Nexus tablet expected to launch later this year, it looks like Google and HTC may finally be ready to clear out excess inventory of the Nexus 9. HTC still lists the 32GB Nexus 9 for $479, but Amazon has slashed the price of the 9-inch tablet to $299.99. If you really want the white model, you will have to shell out and extra $16. You can even pick up the 16GB model for $290, but we’re not sure why anyone would ever torture themselves by doing that.

The Nexus 9 isn’t the best device HTC has ever put out, but it’s still a lot better than some of the newer Samsung tablets which have been released within the last year and a half. If anything, it’s a great device to test out the Android N Developer Preview.


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The Galaxy S7 Active is real, according to Samsung’s Level app

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Last year’s Galaxy S6 drew high praise from many reviewers, but one noted drawback was that the device lacked water and dust resistance, which had been a selling point for the Galaxy S5. To help quell some of the complaints, Samsung created the Galaxy S6 Active, a more ruggedized version of the popular flagship. The Galaxy S6 Active featured dust and water resistance as well as a larger battery, but was restricted to AT&T.

This year, Samsung added dust and water resistance to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, solving the issue that arose last year. According to the Samsung Level app, however, Samsung has a Galaxy S7 Active in the works. The app lists all supported devices and included in that list is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active.

With the standard Galaxy S7 already packing dust and water resistance, SamMobile theorizes that the Galaxy S7 Active may feature military grade protection, with an alternative design to go along with it. This level of ruggedization would provide protection against liquids, drops, particles, shocks, and more. Additionally, the Galaxy S7 Active could feature a larger battery, much like its predecessor.

Unfortunately, we don’t know any details regarding the availability on the Galaxy S7 Active. It’s a mystery as to when it will be released, and whether or not it will be available on more carriers than just AT&T. Keep it locked on Android and Me for more info on the Galaxy S7 Active.


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