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    If you feel like you're missing out on the Galaxy Note 7 software experience (short of the S Pen) and you have an S7 and S7 edge, you're going to have to wait your turn. Just like those waiting for new, non-explosive Galaxy Note 7 units. Weibo rumors are talking about the Grace UX that's on the Note 7 with Android Marshmallow coming to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with the Android Nougat update for each side. The Always On Display that the Note 7 has would also get transferred over, too. That could be just in a few months or so, at least for unlocked units, based on previous update cycles. ...

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    Samsung is on the steep decline from the height of its recall of every sold Galaxy Note 7 unit with a potential of containing an explosive battery. Even as official new sales dates are a bit far off, carriers in the US have started selling brand new Note 7 phones in addition to handling exchanges. For AT&T, the games have only just begun as it has notified customers who have purchased a Note 7 prior to September 15 that new units are available for their exchange. Users are also getting an OTA update that will automatically download and install. Data charges for this update will be ...

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    It seems that the oddity that was the Nexus Launcher is no more. Or, as leaker @LlabTooFeR would say "Don't know anything about Nexus Launcher... There is only Pixel launcher..." The original launcher, thought to take better advantage of Google Assistant features and to differentiate the upcoming so-called Pixel (neé Nexus) phones, had its .apk leak last month. Google's new Pixel Launcher. pic.twitter.com/g974gVOKzT — LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 12, 2016 In the app information section, the Nexus Launcher's app version prefix code referred to Android Nougat Maintenance Release 1, ...

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    After opening up the keynote with talk show host James Corden and a Carpool Karaoke segment, — the standalone show will be on Apple Music later this year — Apple CEO Tim Cook opened up this event's keynote with a bevy of musical updates. The foremost of them is a major update to the user interface of Apple Music app. Most of what we've seen at WWDC has been implemented with tweaks since then. Cook touted that Apple Music held 70 exclusives in the past year. Subscribers now tally at 17 million. More on this news in future stories.

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    Verizon's preferences have overtaken Samsung's plans for a uniform customer experience on the Galaxy Note 7. It's not a newly-found habit for the Checkmark, but this time around, it seems really cheap. If you're still considering getting a Galaxy Note 7, let this piece be a guide as to what you'll miss out when chewing Big Red. Let's start with Samsung Cloud. If you're a big company with servers, you've got to offer a cloud service, right? It's kicking up dust by offering every Note 7 buyer 15GB of free space for backups, media, Internet settings and other things for your Samsung device. ...

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    What if every Android Wear watch was more than just about pressing a button and swiping on a screen? Universities have been looking into creating new interaction methods with our mobile technology for years now and it seems like the University of St Andrews holds the lead in wristwear at this point with its WatchMI interface. Much unlike Force Touch technologies, pressure interactions focus on the nuance of the pressure given to indicate a choice of different options. Twisting the case can also be an interaction method as well as pressing the screen and moving around the watch case, much ...

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    Perhaps this thing about Google being more assertive in its design on its Nexus phones has a whole bunch of implications that we may have to dive into come release time. Remember the Night Mode feature that was dropped so long ago? We remember it every night when an urgent notification interrupts our rest and we turn the phone on and BANG! All the light comes in. Especially that strong blue light. Kiss your corneas everyday. Android Police was told by a Android project lead that "the implementation of night mode [was] not up to Google's standards, and that it didn't perform in an ...

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    If you want the Nexus software experience (at least on the home screen) without getting a Nexus device, you can apparently just go on the internet and get it. The .apk is out for the so-called Nexus Launcher — and that brings some pertinent questions to a head. First off, is it going to replace the Google Now Launcher? That one still exists on the Play Store for now, but could it get replaced when the time comes? The user interfaces offer starkly different interpretations of how an Android home screen should operate. [gallery ids="479288,479289,479290"]   While the Google app ...

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    Nighttimes call for light measures. In the case of looking at your brightly lit smartphone screen at night, that means easing the work your eyes have to do to balance its vision. Well, if you spend hours digging through your clogged up Twitter feed before bed, make sure you try out the new Night Mode on the Android app. It turns every white UI interface into black (most of the app's backgrounds) and vice versa (text). Though, somewhat unfortunately, the black isn't actually truly black — it has a subtle blue tone to it. Blue light is said to be the most taxing on eyes at night. Of ...

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    Google may be too big for its own good. It has an easy time of making friends, but a hard time keeping them. Samsung has its own operating system almost ready to go if and when Android seems too heavy an option to keep pursuing. According to three sources tipping off The Information, it seems that Huawei has its plans, too. Besides developing EMUI 5.0 on top of Android with the talents of designer Abigail Brody, formerly of Apple, it has been working on its own organic software with a team from Scandinavia that includes former Nokia employees. This is all just in case Google decided to ...

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    Apple Music's user interface is changing for the simpler. There are new sections for the app including Recent Music, For You and Browse. For You contains a "Discovery Mix," something like a "Discover Weekly" playlist for Spotify, a list of recently played music and daily curated playlists and albums for different styles and moods. One of today's playlists? "Fasion Runway Strut". Browse brings you up to date with new tracks, new artists and top charts. Radio brings you the Beats 1 stream, its schedule and a back-catalog recent marquee shows for the station. Personal stations are also here. ...

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    Twitter is finally going Material. Two years since Google introduced its new philosophy for Android app user interfaces, the microblogging platform is rolling out a look that conforms to the Material Design standards. In addition to a collapsible topline tab bar, we also see the slide-out navigation menu to get to your lists, Highlights and settings. You can also compose a tweet with the constantly on-screen action button on bottom. Facebook Messenger aligned its user interface with Material Design a few months ago. The Facebook app has not. Source: Twitter Via: Engadget

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    Decent pressure-sensitive UIs on mobile devices have been hard to remember to use — namely, Apple's 3D Touch. Microsoft has its own idea on what to do and we know that Google has an inkling as well. But while we were able to see Launcher Shortcuts function in their infacy, we're told to be set for a long wait if we want to see the real thing. Sources to Re/Code said that the feature will likely be in the wings until a later release of Android N, perhaps in a maintenance update. A Google representative declined comment. The longer lead time for this feature might be expected because of ...

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    Prepare to lose the blues for good. Instagram has debuted new logos for its eponymous app as well as Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse. Skeumorphism has been traded in for a bright "rainbow" palette of yellow, orange, hot pink and purple — colors you might see during a sunset, mind you. A new-look Instagram interface, as seen earlier on some iOS devices, is included in app updates now or soon to be at the App Store, Play Store and Windows Store. It trades muted blues and grays for a stark black and white theme, one that iOS on the whole has adopted. Source: Instagram

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    Samsung is galvanizing one of its user interfaces by Vulkanizing it. We're seeing the company put the Vulkan API to good use on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge already — how fitting that these two devices are the first in Android to support it. If you don't know what Vulkan is, it's a tool that will get graphically-intensive processes running on multiple platforms (not just Android) quickly while optimizing performance for each instance of those platforms. Yep, it's mostly a game-changer, but it's so much so that the Android N Developer Preview supports it. Back to the chaebol, though, as ...

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    Instagram is definitely thinking about moving away from the color of social media sites — blue — and going light and bright. The platform has confirmed via spokesperson that a small number of its iOS users are seeing a new monochrome look to the UI. It's only a design change with no new or removed features — 60-second videos and an algorithmized feed still remain the same. But it's a stark edit that takes away the graphical blues and grays and replaces them with blacks and whites, more in line with iOS stock apps. The Activity icon, formerly a heart in a speech bubble, becomes just ...

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    People hate flat soda. Some people hate the flats they're living in. But techies love, love, love flatness in the GUI found on Android. Perhaps we may see more of it come Android N go-time. But does that mean we lose the cards that were a pillar of Material Design? Maybe. Android Police may have a very tentative idea of how the interface might look like, based on experience with an early build of Android N. Recreations have been posted in place of screenshots.                                 The notifications ...

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    Just because iOS 9's getting a quick take-up doesn't mean people aren't having a hard time wading through the curds and whey. While not on the scale of iOS 8.0.1 bad, we're looking at some a crowd of countenance that iOS 9 is causing trouble of some sort. Since the new software push on Wednesday, Twitter has been able to tack iOS 9 as a trending topic with hundreds of thousands of volleys sent so far. Let's see what the iOS 9 hoopla is all about. — Tony Bermudez (@BerMEWdez728) September 18, 2015 Some have complained about battery issues, others are providing manuals on how to ...

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    At Pocketnow, Grundig isn't a brand we talk about too often, and the kitchen isn't a room we spend a lot of time in either. But the company just gave us a demo of its new Virtual User eXperience system at the IFA Global Press Conference, and the details were too cool not to share. Essentially, the VUX is a projection-based control system for a variety of kitchen hardware. An integrated projector built into the overhead fume hood shines down on the surfaces surrounding the stove, and the result is a scalable, movable user interface shining up from the countertop. The effect is a little ...

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    I've had some wonderful experiences with Android tablets. Loading CyanogenMod on the HP TouchPad, an activity I documented in my first-ever video for Pocketnow, filled in some crucial capability gaps left open by the TouchPad's native OS. Carrying a first-gen Nexus 7 for a week in 2012 taught me just how compelling Jelly Bean in the 7-inch form factor could be. And spending some time last year with the Sony Xperia Tablet Z convinced me that "elegance" and "Android tablet" were no longer mutually-exclusive terms. We've come a long way from the days of Honeycomb and the XYBOARD. But five ...

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    I've been playing with a lot of Samsung devices recently. That should come as no surprise, given the sheer volume of smartphones and tablets on the market bearing the brand of the world's leading handset manufacturer. The company is, if nothing else, prolific. But the abundance of Samsung hardware across the landscape makes it more impressive that some of the company's products still manage to stand out. I'm not referring to the new Galaxy Tab 3 devices we recently unboxed (check for reviews next week on each of those), but rather to a sub-brand that transitioned from punchline to paragon ...

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    I like Windows Phone. No, really. I do. Most of you jump to conclusions and call me a hater because I can see flaws in products and tell it like it is. At the end of the day, I love all mobile platforms – maybe not as equally as I should sometimes. But I definitely love mobile software, and I'm a sucker for an underdog. So, yes, I like Windows Phone. I tried the first few Windows Phone 7 handsets, I owned the Lumia 900 on launch day, and I drooled over the 920 at the press event. However, I haven't been able to take the platform for more than a few days at a time since the beginning … ...

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    Yesterday, I recounted my experience re-adopting stock Android after an extended period using skinned builds of the platform. Since the vehicle for my reintroduction to the stock lifestyle was the Google-Edition HTC One, I spent the majority of my time in that editorial comparing the device with its skinned sibling, running the third-party UI called HTC Sense. But Sense isn't the only Android layer of note in the marketplace; quite the contrary, in fact. As of February, almost half of all Android smartphones shipped came from Samsung, and almost all of those ran a version of Samsung's ...

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    On a recent episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, Brandon Miniman gave us a first-person account of what it's like to use Apple's new platform for the iPhone and the iPad, iOS 7. This was exciting not just because of the dearth of Apple news in the weeks leading up to the episode, but because it was our first glimpse (outside of the announcement Hangout, anyway) at the refreshed user-interface paradigms Apple is bringing to the table with its revised platform. Specifically, the new suite of iOS 7 gestures. Well, maybe "suite" is being a little generous. We're not talking about a whole ...

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    We recently had the opportunity to review the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, an experience we enjoyed primarily because of the device's innovative hardware: a 6.9mm-thick, 495g chassis that manages to squeeze water- and dust-resistance onto its list of features. Pocketnow is currently in the midst of reviewing the BlackBerry Q10, a peculiar blend of yesterday's design cues with a modern OS - and we're enjoying the feeling of real physical keys under our thumbs again. The third-generation Apple iPad and Microsoft's Surface RT also share space in our office, and we love the sturdy (if heavy) hardware ...

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