WhatsApp lets you send any file type, bundles shared media, and modifies the call screen

It's quite fitting that the first article I write when I get back from my honeymoon (wipe your tears, ladies and gentlemen, this one's taken) is about WhatsApp. For the past years, I've reported about the app's different interface and functionality changes here on Android Police and while I was sipping cava by the sea or emphatically nodding "Si, si," to everyone in Spain while putting my new husband's feet to the test (not like that, you dirty-minded people, we were walking a lot everywhere), WhatsApp rolled out a couple of new things to its app...

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Sony Xperia XA1 on sale for $50 off at Amazon

If you’re looking for a deal on an unlocked Android smartphone, there’s one available on Amazon right now.

The Sony Xperia XA1 is being offered for $50 off by a third-party Amazon seller. That means that its price is $249 just a couple of months after it went up for pre-order.

As of this post, there are seven units of the discounted Xperia XA1 available. If they run out, Amazon is offering the same unit for $259.42, which is still a discount from the XA1’s original asking price.

The Sony Xperia XA1 is a GSM unlocked Android Nougat smartphone. It’s packing a 5-inch 1280×720 display, 23-megapixel rear camera with Sony Exmor RS sensor, and 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Inside its shell is an octa-core MediaTek MT6757 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot, as well as a 2300mAh battery that you recharge using USB Type-C.

It’s not the most high-end Android phone around, but the Xperia XA1 has a decent spec list that could make it a solid option for folks that want a smaller Android phone. To get a closer look at the Xperia XA1, hit the Amazon link below.


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Instagram Favorites will let you choose who you share posts with

Instagram today confirmed that it’s testing a brand new feature for its social network.

Called “Favorites”, the newest Instagram feature let you share posts and Stories with a group of people that you choose. When you decide to share a post or Story, you can choose to share it with your Favorites. The people in your Favorites group will see that post with a green “Favorites” badge to identify that only your Favorites can see it.

There’s also a new Favorites tab in your profile that’ll be home to all of your non-disappearing Favorites posts. This way, the people in your Favorites group can see your previous posts, but the tab will appear empty to the people not in your Favorites group.

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You can add people to and remove them from your Favorites group whenever you’d like. Other people won’t be notified when they’re added or removed, so the only way they’ll know that they’re in your Favorites is when they see your posts with the green Favorites badge.

With Favorites, you might share more about your experiences on Instagram because you know that what you’re posting will only be seen by a certain group of people. It also eliminates the need for people to create and maintain private Instagram accounts for certain friends.

Instagram is now testing Favorites with a small group of users. The company plans to release it more broadly in the coming months.


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IFTTT updated with more than 30 new data sources, Google Photos support, and VoIP

Late yesterday IFTTT saw a huge update. There are more than 30 new services tied to the automation tool via the new Data Access Project, including a ton of government and travel data sources. There is even a new Google Photos service that interfaces with the platform, as well as a VoIP feature for applets that use the phone service. Now you can set up IFTTT alerts on subjects like the economy and public transit, as well as upload images to Google Photos. 

The new VoIP service for phone applets will be helpful for those who are traveling internationally, as you'll be able to set those triggers and actions to occur over data.

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Action Launcher gets a huge update with new icon, more free features, animated clock icon, and more

Action Launcher 3 is getting a significant makeover, starting with the name. No more will it be known as Action Launcher 3—now it's just Action Launcher. You'll notice a lot of changes this time, some large and some small. Even free users will get a nice surprise when they grab the new update. And if you're still salty about paying for the Action Launcher 3 upgrade, you have recourse now.

Here's the changelog for Action Launcher's June 2017 update.

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HTC U11 getting more uses for Edge Sense soon

HTC’s Edge Sense on the U11 allows you to squeeze the sides of the device to perform functions. While a few functions are available out of the box, HTC will be adding more and more as time goes on. The latest video from the company shows off a few new functions.

In Google Maps, a squeeze will zoom in from the default zoomed out view. In Google Photos, a squeeze will zoom into a photo. In the calendar app, a squeeze will slide the month view out. You’ll also be able to answer and end calls, disable alarms, and pause YouTube videos with a squeeze.

To me, this seems like HTC trying too hard to justify Edge Sense. Zooming in Maps and Photos requires a single-handed double tap, which may be easier than a squeeze when you’re holding your device one-handed. Pausing YouTube videos requires two squeezes rather than one, as the first one brings up the controls. This seems particularly half baked.

Whether Edge Sense is useful or not, more ways to use it is never a bad thing. Hopefully some people will get use out of it. These functions are not yet available but HTC plans to introduce them in the future. What are your thoughts on Edge Sense? Leave a comment!


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[Update: It's Live] Google Wallet v20 is getting ready to add fingerprint support and replace its own PIN codes with Google Account PIN [APK Teardown]

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While Android Pay may have stolen the thunder in terms of Google's various methods of moving money from one party to another, Wallet is still up and running for those times when you've just got to move a few bucks between friends. The latest update looks basically identical to the last few versions, but a teardown of the app shows there are going to be a few changes to the security model that should reduce a little bit of friction and make the app much more convenient than it was in the past.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with dual 12MP rear cameras rumored for September reveal

Looking forward to the Galaxy Note 8? If so, you’ll want to sit down before you read a new report that’s come out about Samsung’s next Android flagship.

Samsung is reportedly planning to reveal the Galaxy Note 8 in late September. That’s according to VentureBeat, who’s been told by a source that the Note 8 will cost €999, which could turn out to be around $900 in the U.S. given the pricing of the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

For such a high price, you’d expect that the Note 8 will be packed to the gills with high-end features, and you’d expect right. The Note 8 will reportedly have a 6.3-inch 18.5:9 Super AMOLED display, meaning it’ll have the same aspect ratio as the S8 and S8+ but a slightly bigger screen.

Also said to be included with the Galaxy Note 8 is 6GB of RAM, up from 4GB on the S8 and S8+, and a dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup. That latter feature would be a first for Samsung, and so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of features the company includes with the Note 8 if today’s rumors pan out.

The Note 8 will allegedly be powered by an Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835 processor, depending on the market, as well as a 3300mAh battery. Other rumored features for the Note 8 include a fingerprint reader located to the right of the rear cameras, improved split-screen multitasking, support for Samsung’s DeX dock, and new S Pen features.

The Galaxy Note phones are typically high-end, pro-tier devices, and so we could see Samsung giving the Note 8 6GB of RAM and dual 12-megapixel rear cameras to help it stand out from the S8 and S8+ as well as the other flagship phones on the market. Does the Galaxy Note 8 as described in today’s leak interest you?


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