Google IO 2017 Coverage

Facebook Lite for emerging markets now official, begins rolling out

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Facebook’s solution for mobile users in emerging markets, “Facebook Lite,” is now rolling out in select regions.

The app is designed to work efficiently on slow networks with minimal bandwidth capacity. The download is only a 1MB file, so you could imagine there are quick install and load times. Features in the app include core Facebook functions, including status updates, News Feed, photos, notifications, etc.

Asia’s first on the list to receive the app — next up is Latin America, Africa and Europe.

Source: Facebook Newsroom

Star Wars: Uprising game coming to Android devices soon

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Kabam RPG Studio has teamed up with Lucas Films and the Walt Disney Company to create “Star Wars: Uprising,” an upcoming game on mobile devices.

The game will “introduce a new chapter of the Star Wars™ universe that will illuminate dramatic events in the Anoat Sector, inclusive of Hoth and Cloud City, following the Battle of Endor and the death of the Emperor,” according to a release.

The RPG will immerse players in the Star Wars universe during a unique time following the fall of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.

Although there is no set date for the app’s official release, users can pre-register to receive a beta rollout in the coming weeks.

Hit the break for the full presser and the app’s promotional video.

Any.do, Ginger Keyboard team up for app integration

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Everyone’s favorite note-taking app, Any.do, has paired up with Ginger Keyboard to offer Ginger users added capabilities in the form of easy list-making.

When in Ginger Keyboard’s Smart Bar, you can quickly tap on the Any.do logo and make lists without closing the keyboard. Users can also access their Any.do schedules from the Smart Bar.

The added features will surely make both apps more attractive to all users, especially ones who use one of the two, and not both.

Source: Ginger Software

Chevy’s 2016 cars to support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

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14 of Chevrolet’s 2016 models will support both Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay, the company announced today, including cars, trucks and crossovers. This way, the car will cater to both Android and Apple users, without segmenting half of the market or selling multiple models of each car. The dual-compatibility will be made possible by Chevy’s “Mylink infotainment system.”

Chevy will let users use the data from their carrier plans, or users can take advantage of its OnStar 4G LTE plan. With the second option, you’ll just have to connect to the car’s WiFi hotspot.

Source: Chevrolet

New 64-bit chips for mid-range devices coming from Qualcomm

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Previously, Qualcomm’s only 64-bit chip was the Snapdragon 810 processor, but we’ll be seeing some of that power move down to the mid and low-range chips, the 600 and 400 series chips.

With four new chips, the 620, 618, 425 and 415 were announced today. The 425 and 415 will be in octa-core configurations, and while the 425 will be set to run at 1.7GHz, the 415 will be at 1.4GHz. 

While the new 600 series chips, the 620 and 618, are only running ARM reference cores, the 620 is an octa-core chip and will include the X8 LTE modem and the next-gen Adreno GPU.

Hit the break for the full presser.

HTC’s vice president of product management hints at new Android update in March

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We’ve seen some rumors on Android 5.1 already, and now we’re getting hints from Mo Versi, HTC’s vice president of product management, that the update is on its way.

After being prodded by a Twitter follower on when a bug in the Google Play Edition of the One M7 would be fixed, Versi responded by tweeting, “It’ll be tied to Google’s next MR, which is in March. Thanks.”

This could be hinting at the forthcoming Android 5.1, and it’s nice to have a bit more information from a more reliable source. Of course, the tweet’s content is open for debate and leaves room for interpretation, but this tidbit is what we’ve got to work with for now.

Source: @moversi

Possible pricing for LG Watch Urbane appears on retail site

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The LG Watch Urbane, the all-metal, all-luxury big brother of the G Watch R, was announced earlier this week, but without pricing and availability details.

Today, a product page on MobileFun.com appears to have some more information on the forthcoming smartwatch.

While an availability date is not yet announced, the site lists the Watch Urbane for $368.99 and is currently accepting pre-orders.

We’ll get you more on the device as a release date nears, but this is all that’s known for now.

Source 1: Mobile Fun 1 / Mobile Fun 2