Google Files Go Updated With Support for Google Drive File Backup

Google Files Go Updated With Support for Google Drive File Backup

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The app can now backup files straight to Google Drive
  • The update also brings SD card features and bug fixes
  • Google Drive needs to be installed on your phone to use the feature

Google recently released the latest software update for its Files Go app on Android. The update, although minor, brings along a crucial feature that allows users to backup their files on Google Drivethrough the Files Go app. Apart from that, the update also adds “additional SD card features” and several bug fixes and improvements. According to the changelog, this update was first released on February 15, 2018.

To make use of this feature, you will need to go into Downloads, click on the arrow beside the file you wish to backup, then click on Back up to Google Drive and enter details such as Document Title, preferred Google account, and preferred folder in Google Drive. Users need to have the Google Drive app installed on their devices for the feature to work.

Available for all Android devices, the Files Go was launched at the Google For India 2017 event in December last year. The app, like other Google Go apps, has been custom built for smartphones with low inbuilt storage and up to 1GB of RAM. It will come pre-installed on all Android Oreo (Go edition)devices.

In its latest update received last month, Google Files Go app got several new features including support for Android tablets, an SD card-only view, and the new “Open With” flow that lets users choose the destination app for the selected file.

While the announcement was made a few months back, smartphones running Android Oreo (Go edition) haven’t yet been unveiled. However, Google states that it will be making announcements on that front during Mobile World 2018 in Barcelona slated for later this month.

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Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Listed on 3C Certification Site; 15W Fast Charging Support Expected

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Listed on 3C Certification Site; 15W Fast Charging Support Expected

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The listed variants have a 9.0V output at 1.67A (15W)
  • Fast charging standards have remained constant since the Galaxy S6
  • All variants are expected to come with dual SIM support

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are the talk of the town with an impending launch next month. While there are still a few weeks before we witness their official unveiling, the Galaxy S9 duo’s design, specifications, and features have been outed multiple times through different sources. The latest report comes from Chinese certification website 3C where both the variants have been spotted. According to the listing, the upcoming phones are expected to retain fast charging capabilities from last year.

As we mentioned, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ with model numbers SM-G9600, SM-G9608, and SM-G9650 were spotted by DealnTech on the 3C certification website. The report claims that SM-G9600 is the Chinese variant of the Galaxy S9, SM-G9608 is the Taiwan variant of the Galaxy S9, and the SM-G9650 is the Galaxy S9+. According to the listing, all three models will come with fast charging 9.0V output at 1.67A (15W) and standard charging 5.0V at 2.0A (10W).

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Recent reports had also suggested that the upcoming Galaxy S9 duo will sport the same battery capacities as the Galaxy S8 series. The Galaxy S8 has a capacity of 3000mAh, while the Galaxy S8+ is backed by a 3500mAh battery under the hood.

Apart from that, the listing also shows that all three models have the DS labelling which refers to “dual-SIM”. An interesting thing to note is that the standard of fast charging remains unchanged since the Galaxy S6, which was launched with the 15W output.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. Recently, reports pointed towards the usage of a new Y-Octa display technology on the phones. Additionally, the Galaxy S9 duo is also expected to feature an f/1.5 aperture lens.

The Galaxy S9 series is slated to launch at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. According to Evan Blass on Twitter, pre-orders will start on March 3 with availability from March 16.

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Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.80-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2960 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 8.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Also See
  • Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime (Black, 64GB, 4GB RAM) – 
    Rs.14,990
  • Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) (Gold, 64GB, 6GB RAM) – 
    Rs.32,990
  • Samsung Galaxy On Nxt (Black, 16GB, 3GB RAM)
    Rs.10,999
Samsung Galaxy S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9+

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

6.20-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2960 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 8.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

12-megapixel

Also See
  • Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime (Black, 64GB, 4GB RAM) –
    Rs.14,990
  • Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) (Gold, 64GB, 6GB RAM) –
    Rs.32,990
  • Samsung Galaxy On Nxt (Black, 16GB, 3GB RAM)
    Rs.10,999

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Facebook Messenger Testing Snapchat-Like Streaks, Gets 4K Resolution Photo Support

Facebook Messenger Testing Snapchat-Like Streaks, Gets 4K Resolution Photo Support

HIGHLIGHTS

  • For streaks, Messenger shows a lightning bolt icon and days counter
  • Streaks provides a glance to ‘fun facts’ about the most active contacts
  • 4K resolution support is rolling out in limited regions

Taking on the competition, Facebook is testing a ‘Streaks’ feature in Messenger that is also used by Snapchat. The Menlo Park, California-headquartered company has also added 4K resolution support to its messaging service to uplift the visual experience. The latter feature is arriving for both Android and iOS platforms.

The first of the two updates to Facebook Messenger is the availability of Snapchat-like streaks feature that has been reported by certain users. The new feature would help Facebook to enhance engagements by letting users have a continuous conversation with their contacts. As spotted by Twitter user Case Sandberg, Facebook Messenger shows a lightning bolt icon next to the name of a person you have messaged for at least two days in a row. A counter is also available alongside the streak icon to reveal for how many days you both have been chatting on Messenger.

In a statement to Mashable, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the presence of streaks. The spokesperson stated that the feature was in testing to let you “see at a glance fun facts” about the people you have spoken with on Messenger. It also adds that the feature will be visible if the person has been messaged at least “three days in a row”. Although the formal comment does not reveal an expansion of streaks, the feature could arrive on other Facebook-owned properties including Instagram and WhatsApp following its success on Messenger.

In addition to streaks, Facebook Messenger is receiving 4K support take the visual communication to new levels. The new support enables you to send and receive photos in up to 4096×4096 pixels resolution.

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Facebook Messenger with 4K support

Despite supporting larger images, Messenger is touted to make it quicker to upload your favourite memories. Of course, you won’t have an as fast experience as the lighter version of Messenger offers on Android devices. But in the latest case, you have the ability to zoom into your memories to see the subjects and objects in detail.

You don’t need to select any specific settings to send 4K photos to your contacts. However, the latest version of the Messenger app is required to enable the new experience. Facebook has started rolling out the 4K resolution in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. Other regions will receive the same update in the coming weeks.

As of September, Facebook Messenger has more than 1.3 billion monthly active users worldwide – on par with WhatsApp that reached the same milestone in July. The messaging service also offers a platform to third-party developers to host their apps and games in addition to features like bots, video calling, and peer-to-peer payments.

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Apple Announces Metal 2, External GPU Support, and Steam VR at WWDC 2017

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apple revealed the new Metal 2 API at WWDC 2017
  • Metal for VR was announced as well
  • Support for Steam VR, Unity, and Unreal was confirmed too

Aside from announcing macOS High Sierra, Apple at WWDC 2017 revealed the new Metal 2 graphics API which the company claims will make code run 10x faster versus last-gen Metal. Also, Metal for VR was announced as well. There are driver optimisations, indirect argument buffers, and sampler arrays to name a few improvements for creators.

Furthermore, Metal will now support external graphics via a Thunderbolt port with the Metal 2 developer kit that ships with the recently announced AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU.

To drive home Apple’s commitment to creators, the company stated that Metal 2 will support the Steam VR SDK as well as Unity and Unreal Engine. Combined with external GPU support, it means you should be able to use HTC Vive on the Mac.

Does this mean Apple’s hardware will actually work with everything in your Steam library as well as it does on a Windows PC? Not really. But it is a statement of intent. Combined with renewed focus on creators, it could have more than enough to give Microsoft and Oculus cause for concern.

“That is up to Apple. If they ever release a good computer, we will do it,” Oculus founder Palmer Luckey said last year. He went on to clarify the meaning behind his statement and said it’s down to how Apple doesn’t provide high-end GPUs in its computers, which is essential to running the demanding Oculus Rift VR platform.

“You can buy a $6,000 (Rs. 4,00,000) Mac Pro with the top of the line AMD FirePro D700, and it still doesn’t match our recommended specs. So if they prioritise higher-end GPUs like they used to for a while back in the day, we’d love to support Mac. But right now, there’s just not a single machine out there that supports it.”

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