Fingerprint Gestures App uses Android O’s new Accessibility APIs for Custom Actions

With Android O Developer Preview 3, developers now have access to the final Android O APIs. These APIs will find a place in the consumer release of Android O in a few months time, so developers could start working towards making sure their apps are compatible and take advantage of the new APIs.

One of the new APIs in Android O is the FingerprintGestureController. This API is part of the Accessibility Service and allows the service to capture the gestures performed on the fingerprint sensor. This does require a phone with a fingerprint sensor that is capable of detecting gestures, and of course, a phone that already has Android O available for it.

If you would like to see how users can take advantage of this new API, check out Fingerprint Gestures by CloudyDayApps, one of the first apps that uses this API. Fingerprint Gestures allows users to perform common actions using fingerprint gestures. These actions include many of the commonly used actions like Back, Home, Recents, Notifications, Quick Settings, Power Dialog, Split Screen, Scroll Up (beta) and Scroll Down (beta).


We tried out the app on a Google Pixel running Android O Developer Preview 3, and can confirm it works as intended. The existing Gesture functionality on the Pixels is limited, but you can utilize this app to extend it and make one-handed usage easier. Gestures supported are still limited to up, down, left and right swipe actions, but we hope more gesture actions are added to allow for more shortcuts.

Fingerprint Gestures is a paid app that costs $0.99, but is available for free until June 16, so you can check out the app without paying anything. Do make sure that you have a phone that supports these gestures and has Android O installed, as these are essential prerequisites for the app to work.

Have you tried out Fingerprint Gestures app? How can Google expand gesture functionality beyond the current options? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Check out Fingerprint Gestures App by CloudyDayApps

 

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Play Any Steam Game on Your Android Device

There is nothing like playing a great game to relieve some stress after a long day. However, you might not always feel like sitting at your desk playing them. Luckily, with an app called Moonlight, you are able to stream any Steam game on just about any Android device.

Weird to think you can play these on your phone

FPS games aren’t recommended

Watch the video above to see exactly how to set everything up. Also, do not forget to visit this XDA link to see the complete guide. This app might not be for everyone, but it is a great feeling knowing that you can now stream your game not only in another room, but even in another country.

Moonlight App

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Money Made Easily with the New Google Play Billing Library

Many developers use their apps to make money and earn a living. Over the years Google introduced many monetization methods for devs to get the most out of their hard work. Yesterday the company officially announced the Play Billing Library – Developer Preview 1.

The library includes several convenient classes and features for developers to use when integrating Android apps with the In-app Billing API. The library also provides an abstraction layer on top of the Android Interface Definition Language (AIDL) service, making defining the interface between your app and the In-app Billing API much easier.

In-app billing relies on the Google Play Store, which handles the communication between the app and Google’s Play billing service. Using the billing features is very simple for the user, and is getting easier to implement as well.

You can try Google Play billing features in your app right now. If you want to use Play Billing features, you must request the com.android.vending.BILLING permission in your AndroidManifest.xml file. To use the library, add the following dependency in your build.gradle file:

dependencies {
...
compile 'com.android.billingclient:billing:dp-1'
}

Google also updated the sample application to help developers understand how to implement the in-app billing in apps. The Trivial Drive has been rewritten and now works with Android TV and Android Wear. You can find a GitHub repository here. Finally, the company is now offering a new training class where they are explaining how to prepare your application, add products for purchase, purchase flow and much more. Give it a try!


Source: Android Developers

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The Apps & Tabs Browser Shows Open Tabs in the Overview Page

Not too long ago, Google transformed the recents page into what is now known as the overview page. With this redesign, they started allowing individual Chrome tabs to show up as if it was its own application when you pressed the overview button. This was a much welcomed change for some people, but others felt it cluttered up the page and didn’t like it at all. Google would eventually remove this feature from Chrome entirely since most of the feedback they received was negative.

There are still many who actually enjoyed having their Chrome tabs merged with their applications. As long as you didn’t have dozens of tabs open at the same time, it allowed you to quickly switch to a specific tab from anywhere in the Android OS. These people have been looking for a way to get this feature back, and while there have been solutions implemented since, we have a new browser in the Play Store from the Urbandroid Team studio that offers such functionality. The browser is called Apps & Tabs, and it can be found for free in the Play Store right now.

It’s a browser in and of itself so you’ll have to switch from Chrome, Firefox or whatever browser you currently use in order to regain this functionality. The Apps & Tabs browser works as you would expect it to as well. Opening it up after you install it will take you to Google.com by default and from here you can either do a Google search or simply go directly to a website. There’s a new tab button at the top right of the browser so it’s easy to open up a new tab.

Once you have a couple of these open you can then press the overview button in the navigation bar and that will show you each tab you have open will now be displayed as its own card/app. The idea behind Apps & Tabs is executed very well as it looks just like it did back when Chrome had it. Just realize that this is its own browser, so you’ll be losing some functionality as it may not be as feature-packed or proven as the one you currently use.

Source: Google Play Store

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Bug Report Suggests LG Might be Manufacturing one of the Upcoming Pixel Devices

Google’s 2016 Pixel lineup was manufactured by HTC, though its branding only made it to the device’s interior. It was earlier believed that the same partnership will continue this year as well, and as a result, HTC will once again be manufacturing the next Pixel lineup. However, a new report coming in suggests that might not be the case after all, at least not for all Pixel devices coming in 2017.

As spotted by 9to5 Google, there is a bug report filed by an LG employee in the Android Public Issue Tracker, which in turn seems to have revealed that LG might be manufacturing the larger Pixel device, codenamed “taimen”. The bug entry filed by the LG employee talks about the “USB PD Compliance Failure”. In response, a Googler replied to the bug report asking the LG employee to close the bug report and opening another one under Android > External > LGE > Taimen > power.

You can clearly see the reference to LG Electronics in the above hierarchy, indicating the South Korean OEM might be manufacturing the larger Pixel device. The further reference to LG can also be found within the PDF file attached to the bug report, which mentions LG Electronics as the vendor of the device in question — which you can see in the image below.

Earlier this week, we learned that Google has reportedly scrapped the plan to manufacture “muskie” — which was supposed to be the successor to the Pixel XL.

Back in March this year, we reported that Google was looking for a new hardware partner for its 2018’s Pixel line-up and that LG was the most probable OEM to win the manufacturing deal. But if this new discovery is anything to go by, we might see an LG-made Pixel smartphone as early as this year.

It’s not entirely clear at this point if “taimen” is the only device LG is working on or whether it is manufacturing the smaller “walleye” as well. Similar to what we have previously seen with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, it’s likely that Google might use two OEMs to manufacture its upcoming Pixel lineup — however, that’s mere speculation at this point.

Source: Android Issue Tracker Via: 9to5 Google

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Custom Kernel to Add Energy Aware Scheduling to the Xperia Z5 Premium

For those unaware, Energy Aware Scheduling is a modified Linux Power Scheduler system that works for ARM CPUs. Once implemented, the goal is to use less power and in turn have a cooler device (not trivial for an 810 device) that’s overall more efficient. Thanks to the work from XDA Recognized Contributor PDesire and XDA Recognized Developer zacharias.maladroit, they were able to port this system to the Xperia Z5 Premium. The kernel has not been released yet but it is said to increase idle time by 50%, improve battery life and keep the Snapdragon 810 cool.

Check out the Energy Aware Scheduling port in our Xperia Z5 forum

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LineageOS Changelog #11 – June ASB, Chromium 59 and Tasks Lock

It’s been two weeks since LineageOS released the last biweekly changelog. The development team periodically publishes a detailed changelog to highlight the new improvements in one of the most popular custom ROMs around.

Last time, the LineageOS team introduced the sensitive number list to fight against all kinds of abuse. Since then, the list has been expanded and includes new countries like Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Netherlands, Serbia and Spain.

June security patches are now merged (AOSP tag android-7.1.2_r17). All builds starting June 6th should include the newest security enhancements provided by Google, though implementation will ultimately vary from device to device.

In the last couple of weeks, the team fixed a few issues as well. For instance, you can now prevent tasks from being removed when clearing all apps in the recent apps view. Additionally, you can now disable lock screen album background when playing music. The new Jelly browser is now supporting HTTP authentication. Finally, the System WebView has been updated to Chromium 59.

As always, there are changes to the build roster. New nightlies should now be available for the following devices:

Added 14.1 devices

Changed 13.0 devices

Sadly, some devices are now suspended and wait for new maintainers or wiki updates.

  • BQ Aquaris U Plus – tenshi
  • LG G Pad X (T-Mobile) – v521
  • LG G2 (AT&T, T-Mobile, Canadian and International)
  • LG G5 (T-Mobile and International)
  • LG V20 (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and GSM Unlocked)

You can get the latest build for your device from the official website or by visiting the home forum of your device.


Source: LineageOS Get LineageOS for your device

 

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Lenovo’s SNAPit Camera Gets Ported to Android 6.0+ Devices

Lenovo has been working to add a number of features to their camera application, the SNAPit Camera, but it’s limited to only Lenovo devices. This is no longer the case though, as XDA Senior Member LordArcadius was gracious enough to take the time to port the application. They originally ported it to their Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, but then discovered that it also worked on others. They can’t guarantee it will work on your device, but you can try it out on your rooted, or even unrooted device (just extract the APK to try it on a non-rooted device).

Check out the Lenovo SNAPit Camera port in our Apps and Games forum

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BlackBerry Launches the BBM Enterprise SDK for Both Android and iOS

BlackBerry has gone through a big transition over the last few years as a result of the company losing marketshare in the smartphone market. We’ve seen them stop making phones entirely, and instead will license out their brand to various OEMs with TCL being their main customer at this time. BlackBerry’s BBM service was a big reason why some people still used their phones, but now it’s available as an independent application in app stores from Apple, Google and even Amazon.

They’ve even started to refocus their entire company on the enterprise market, since security is a big goal of theirs and businesses are willing to pay a lot of money to keep their data secure. Yesterday though, the company announced a new SDK that would enable developers to embed BlackBerry’s messaging service inside of both Android and iOS applications. The service has been available in beta, but it is now available for any developers to implement.

As the name implies though, this is meant for the enterprise market as it will end up costing $29 per user per year to use the BBM Enterprise SDK. On top of that, if you want the people who use the service to be able to place voice and video calls then that price goes up to $70 per user per year. The company hopes this move will help them compete with the likes of Twilio which is another cloud communications platform as a service that many have come to know.

So while the BlackBerry BBM Enterprise SDK will not be for everyone, it will allow certain businesses to implement messaging functionality into their application relatively easily. This enables them to focus on other parts of the application and be assured that the communication aspect is secure. We’ll just have to wait and see if the service is good enough to compete with the rest of the market.

Source: VentureBeat

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Galaxy Note FE May Be Released On July 7 with Samsung’s Bixby

Samsung is planning to sell the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 models soon, according to the South Korean technology portal etnews. Reports suggest that it will be called the Galaxy Note FE or “Fan Edition” and it may cost over $600.

Saying that the Galaxy Note 7 was a failure is an understatement. Samsung’s no-compromise flagship might have been an excellent device for life, but its battery combusted too frequently to recommend. As a result, Samsung decided to recall the device globally. Early estimates suggested that the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco could have costed Samsung as much as $17 billion.

The new report suggests that Samsung is going to release the Galaxy Note FE in South Korea on July 7. Initially, Samsung wanted to release the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 by the end of June but decided to delay the launch by a week. The first news about the possible release of refurbished Galaxy Note 7 surfaced over a month ago.

As Reuters notes, Samsung had to recall 2.5 million units of its phablet in 2016. Now, the company plans to sell between 150,000 to 450,000 of Galaxy Note FE units. The South Korean giant will use the country’s three top mobile carriers to sell the device.

The source claims that the Galaxy Note FE will feature Samsung’s personal voice assistant, Bixby. If it’s true, the Fan Edition will be the second device to feature Bixby as the assistant is already available in Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Samsung hasn’t commented on the release yet. We are expecting the South Korean OEM to release an official statement later this month.


Source: etnews (Korean) Via: Sammobile

 

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