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How to enable and use Instant Apps on Android Device

How to enable and use Instant Apps on Android Device
Instant Apps for Android allows users to run apps instantly without downloading an app from the Play Store. The Instant Apps feature is only available for users running Android Marshmallow and above.

Google says that over 500 million Android devices can access Instant Apps feature, but you need to enable it using the below Guide.


How to enable Android Instant Apps:

1. Open Settings Application on your Android Smartphone.

2. Scroll down and tap on Google.

3. Tap on Instant Apps. 

4. Enable It.

5. Confirm you agree to the terms by tapping, Yes, I'm in.How to enable and use Instant Apps on Android Device
That's it! You can now access the Instant Apps on your Smartphone from any URL including search, social media, messaging, and other deep links without needing to install your app first.

Right now, there are over 50 apps compatible with Instant Apps, including Jet, Onefootball, Hotpads, Citymapper, Realtor, Vimeo, dotloop, NYTimes Crosswords and many more.

How to use Android Instant Apps


1. Go to a Google search page. 

2. Enter your search term, such as Jet or Vimeo. 

3. Tap on the first result. 

4. Enjoy the app

Google Camera Modified to enable 1080p 60FPS

Google Camera Modified to enable 1080p 60FPS
Just a day ago, we reported that a XDA member has ported Google Pixel Camera Software with HDR+ Feature to other Android Smartphones that uses a Snapdragon 820, 821, or 835 processor.

Well, here's another development that might interest you. Reddit User AmirZ has modified the Ported Google Pixel Camera Application to shoot 1080p at 60FPS (60FPS produces great slow motion shots).


Again, the Ported+Modified Camera will surely work for Samsung Galaxy S8, Moto Z2 Force, Moto Z, LG G6, OnePlus 3/3T, OnePlus 5, and all the other Smartphones with similar processor.

You can download the Google Pixel's Modified Camera Application from the below link. The developer has verified the application and it doesn't contains any malicious code and whatsoever. Enjoy!

Download: Google Camera with 1080p 60FPS (Reddit)

Review of Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android

Review of Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android
If you think your Android phone is safe then you need to think again, mobile phones are never completely safe! You never know when it can be hacked via some hazardous site, or by hackers, or other types of security breaches. Criminals have always been able to show unlimited ability to spit out malware and scammers are constantly around, trying to generate new phishing locations to access your private information.

Because your Android phone most likely grasps all your personal data, pictures, important numbers, emails, PINs and over, so it’s necessary that you start taking seriously your Android security and all this information and, it may be a worthy idea to protect your mobile with security software.

There’s some discussion about whether you need a security system app for your Android. But everybody has agreed that malware has fully developed into a much bigger threat in recent years. Fortunately, security apps have upgraded radically to keep up with the new dangers. Below you can find a review of Bitdefender Mobile Security, one of the most popular security apps for Android.

Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android
Bitdefender isn’t a new company and Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android has been available for years, offering internet security that has again and again been applauded by publications such as PCMAG and CNET.

To start out, the app can be installed from the Play Store for a 14-day trial at no cost, which should be useful for you to choose whether you want to purchase a license key for it or not. The app’s size is also pretty reasonable at 6.38 Mb, which means the installation can be done on low-end Android phones too.

Considering the antivirus protection, there are countless actually good Android security applications out there, but it’s hard to find one that offers all the same features. Bitdefender protects your mobile devices from any possible risk and provides:
  • 100% malware protection according to the autonomous AV-Test
  • Easy to download and use without restrictions
  • No registration or login required
  • Autopilot automatically set to Always On to scan for new and updated apps from the Google Play Store
  • Real-time scanning of updating apps with notifications to user
  • Automatic scan of storage upon a device restart including the SD card
  • Completely Cloud-based for minimal storage usage and best-to-date detection (Bitdefender Cloud)
  • Minuscule battery usage
  • Updated GUI since mid-2017
Account Privacy

With this latest feature, you get to see whether your email account details have been leaked or not. Is your account still yours? You can simply validate your email address with the app and Bitdefender Mobile Security will run a check to discover if your privacy has been breached.

Bitdefender Anti-Theft

The Anti-Theft feature ensures that you can locate your phone without any internet connection through Web control and SMS control. It remotely locates, locks, wipes or sends a message to the Android device. Your phone will snap a photograph of anyone who attempts to interfere with your phone in case of your absence, and send it to Bitdefender Central.

Web Security

This feature protects your mobile’s browser from loading up websites and URLs which contain malware or privacy threats.

App Lock

App lock simply protects your apps from unidentified threats using a PIN code. Now you can surf the web and use social media without risks. In case someone tries to get your PIN, there will be a 30-second timeout break after each 5 repeated ‘wrong’ attempts.

There’s also a Fingerprint Sensor Support system which enables you to unlock the phone with the tip of your finger via smart sensor support.

WearOn

Recently, Bitdefender extended Android Wear smart watches in addition to its Mobile Security system. You receive a watch screen alert when you get too far from your mobile, while another alert makes an out-of-place mobile “scream” for easy tracking.

The bottom line

Bitdefender Mobile Security is a wonderful choice when there’s a need for malware protection. It proposes one of the best anti-theft and privacy protection outfits for the reasonable cost of $10 per year. It’s a good antivirus with an ultra-light package of innovative features.


Google Pixel’s Camera Software ported to other Android phones

Google Pixel’s Camera ported to other Android phones
Google Pixel has one of the best Camera Software which can shoot amazing Photos and that's one of the reason why it received top tier scores from DxOMark.

One of the Interesting feature that you will find in Google Pixel's Camera Software is the ability to use HDR+ Mode. HDR+ produces stunning photographs without the need to learn manual photography or edit RAW images.


Thanks to XDA developer B-S-G, who modified the Google Camera app from the Pixel with HDR+ mode and got it to work on any phone that uses a Snapdragon 820, 821, or 835 processor. This includes the Samsung Galaxy S8, Moto Z2 Force, Moto Z, LG G6, OnePlus 3/3T, OnePlus 5, and all the other Smartphones with similar processor.

You can download the Google Pixel's Ported Camera Application from the below link. XDA has verified the application and it doesn't contains any malicious code and whatsoever. Enjoy!

XDA | Direct Link

WonderFox DVD Video Converter Review + Giveaway

If you are currently buying a video converter or video editing tool, WonderFox DVD Video Converter is unquestionably worth giving a try. It's one of the very efficient video converter utilities I have tried so far. Read this review to find out more about this tool from WonderFox Soft Inc. 

You can get the software free in the giveaway (Original price: $59.95). Grab the Software and License Key Here


The Main Features of WonderFox DVD Video Converter

⦁ Convert Your DVDs to PC safely and efficiently.

With the development of technology, more and more people are inclined to watch movies on pc or any portable devices. But here comes question-how to convert the movie to pc? Luckily, WonderFox DVD Video Converter is the best efficient and safe tool that can give you the best solution. It can decrypt some advanced protection technology such as Disney, Paramount, Sony, etc. It detects the main title rightly and filter unnecessary information for instance slide show, advertisements and more.

⦁ Support Numerous Output Formats.

As we all know, different devices have different formats thus it is possible to meet the compatibility problem. WonderFox DVD Video Converter supports numerous output formats such as AVI, MKV, MPEG, MTS etc. Meanwhile, it can convert DVDs to any audios such as ALAC, FLAC, MP4 and more. This software also supports some devices such as Samsung, HTC, Lenovo etc.

⦁ The DIY Editor.

This software also provides some extra functions for users’ editing, such as you can add subtitles as you wish, but you should download the subtitles from websites. At the same time, you can crop and clip the videos if you want, or some special effects can be added on the videos.

⦁ Download Hot Videos from Websites.

DVD Video Converter can download any hot video from websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo. This operation is easy to use-you just need copy the video link and paste it to the download interface, it can be finished automatically.

How to Use WonderFox DVD Video Converter?

Step1. You should download the WonderFox DVD Video Converter from here and install it on your PC.

Step2. You can use the software to add files, load DVDs or download videos. For example, I load the movie“American Sniper”. I just need to click the“Load DVD” button and the main title can be detected rightly.

Step3. After setting all the options, click “Run” button to get the conversion process started. By finishing the whole process, you've already converted the DVD successfully; and now, you can enjoy the DVD videos on your devices freely, with nice video image quality (HD standard).

Conclusion: The DVD Video Converter is the all-in-one software. People who have troubles in backing up DVDs, converting video, downloading YouTube video would definitely regard this software as the best solution to their problems. DVD Video Converter would never disappoint you. 

Try this software at Video Converter Factory

Truecaller Gets Google Duo Video Calling Integration

Truecaller Gets Google Duo Video Calling Integration
Turecaller, the ultimate dialer application which comes with features, like Caller ID, reverse number lookup, and spam blocking and reporting has now updated its application with new features.

The new video calling feature allows iOS and Android users to make video calls directly via Google Duo. Users will be able to launch a Duo video call with a single tap within the Truecaller application and can switch between WiFi and cellular data for uninterrupted conversation on-the-go.



Along with the Dual Integration, the new update also Reduces memory usage and app size, adds SIM indicator to caller ID, allows pasting a number into dial-pad, and Fixes right-to-left languages.

Of course, In order for the Duo integration to work, both users must also have the Google Duo app installed on their phone.

Download: Android | iPhone

Google Clock now has a Dark Background

Google Clock now has a Dark Background
Google has updated its Clock Application with new icon and background theme. The latest Google Clock version 5.1 includes a new dark background with Android O support.

The background is now all dark instead of purple, the Add Alarm button has now turned into blue replacing the red color.

You can download the latest update right now by going to the Google Play link below.


OnePlus Launcher is Now Live on the Play Store

OnePlus Launcher is Now Live on the Play Store
A few weeks back, OnePlus accidentally launched the OnePlus launcher on the Play store and then pulled it back just after few hours. Now the OnePlus Launcher is is back again and can be downloaded from the Play Store.

OnePlus launcher features a lot of influence from Google’s Pixel Launcher. Also, it is only available for the compatible OnePlus devices.


Here's what the Official OnePlus Launcher (Play Store) description says:

OnePlus Launcher is officially on the Google Play: Designed by OnePlus team, fast and stable, this launcher allows you to easily set up your home screen by finger-tips;

WYSIWYG Settings: WYSIWYG - “What you see is what you get”, OnePlus launcher provide options in the most intuitive way. You always can preview the changes before you apply them. Just a glance, stay cool, no need to check it again and again.


Organize your life in ShelfShelf is a space that only reserved for you. Basically you can place what you want in it and make it your own way. Also we make something special for you such as weather info, quick notes and recent launched apps. Hopefully a simple swipe can help you find all you need for the whole day. 

Secret gesturesUnder the options, we preset gestures for you to quick access notifications and the search. Try swiping up or down on your home screen and you will like it for sure.

Customize your iconsOnePlus launcher support a wide range of icon packs. You can change them simply by a tap in options or drag an icon to the top. In addition of our default icon packs, there are hundreds of icon packs on the market for you. Download your favorite ones and give them a try.

OnePlus Launcher: Play Store

Google updates Phone app, now displays location when calling emergency services

Google updates Phone app, now displays location when calling emergency services
Google's Phone app, which is only available for Pixel, Nexus and Android One devices is now getting a new update with version 10.1. This update adds new security features, improvements, and other bug fixes.

The Emergency location display feature adds a location card when dialing an emergency phone number like 911 in the United States. The card contains current address, exact coordinates and a small map for precise location.


The update also features call waiting improvements for accepting second calls and ending ongoing ones and other bug fixes. 

You can download the latest update from the Play Store. Note that the Application is only available for Google devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above.

Download the Latest Moto Gallery Application right here

Download the Latest Moto Gallery Application right here
Last year, Motorola ditched the Moto Gallery Application in favour of Google photos, and most of the users were upset with this decision.

Well, the Moto Gallery is Back with a brand new round Icon. Earlier this month, Motorola started updating most of its devices to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which comes with Brand new round Icons and other interesting features. So, XDA devs modified the Moto Gallery to give it Motorola's own style.

TigerCourage (XDA member) modified the ported Gallery and changed the icon to be round just like the new Moto icons, while Abhishek Sharma highlighted reels and enabled people tag feature.

You can download the latest Moto Gallery Application from the link below. Just Install it normally, make sure the Unknown Source Option is selected in the device Settings.

Download: Moto Gallery

Official OnePlus Launcher Gets Listed on Play Store and Then Taken Down

Official OnePlus Launcher Get Listed on Play Store and Then Taken Down
The default OnePlus launcher, which comes pre-installed with the OnePlus devices was listed on the Play Store in an unreleased beta state, unfortunately all of the beta slots were full that time. Additionally OnePlus took down the listing from the Play Store.

Here's what the Official OnePlus Launcher (Play Store) description says:

OnePlus Launcher is officially on the Google Play: Designed by OnePlus team, fast and stable, this launcher allows you to easily set up your home screen by finger-tips;

WYSIWYG Settings: WYSIWYG - “What you see is what you get”, OnePlus launcher provide options in the most intuitive way. You always can preview the changes before you apply them. Just a glance, stay cool, no need to check it again and again.


Organize your life in ShelfShelf is a space that only reserved for you. Basically you can place what you want in it and make it your own way. Also we make something special for you such as weather info, quick notes and recent launched apps. Hopefully a simple swipe can help you find all you need for the whole day. 

Secret gesturesUnder the options, we preset gestures for you to quick access notifications and the search. Try swiping up or down on your home screen and you will like it for sure.

Customize your iconsOnePlus launcher support a wide range of icon packs. You can change them simply by a tap in options or drag an icon to the top. In addition of our default icon packs, there are hundreds of icon packs on the market for you. Download your favorite ones and give them a try.

That Said, the OnePlus launcher features a lot of influence from Google’s Pixel Launcher. Since the beta was already full, and the listing has been taken down. We'll let you know once the OnePlus launcher goes live again on the play store.

Download Moto Z2 Play Pixel-Like Launcher with Google Now Integration

Download Moto Z2 Play Pixel-Like Launcher with Google Now Integration
The recently launched Moto Z2 Play comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, Brand new System icons and a Default Moto App launcher with Google Now Integration and 5x5 icon grid. (Grab the Moto Z2 Play Wallpaper Here)

Well, Android 7.1.1 Nougat Software update for other Motorola Smartphones do brings latest System icons but you will not be getting any new default Pixel-like launcher. However, You can now download the Official Moto App launcher, sideload, and get a taste of Pixel-like launcher with Google now Integration.


Thanks to XDA member, Junior Passos for uploading the Moto App launcher from the Moto Z2 Play. As a warning and reminder, we are not the providers of these files and cannot assure you that they are safe. But, the launcher works perfectly on our Moto Z Play running Android 7.1.1 Nougat and Moto G5 running Android 7.0.

Direct Download Link: Moto App launcher (.apk) (Via XDA)


Let us know in the below comment section if the Moto App launcher is working perfectly on your Moto device.

Twitter 7.0 Beta adds new round UI, revamps icons, and more

Twitter 7.0 Beta adds new round UI, revamps icons, and more
A new update is now available for Twitter beta testers and surprisingly this update revamps the whole UI, rounding everything.

The update is available only for Twitter 7.0 (Beta) through a server-side change. So, it might take a few hours for beta testers to get the new twitter UI.


With this new update, icons are more rounded, increased font size, there's a new retweet icon, profile pictures are circles now, the header photo is gone from the menu, it also rearranges the options in the menu. The new UI looks pretty good, you can easily opt in for twitter Beta by following the below steps.

  • Visit this link and click "Become a Tester" to opt into the program.
  • Click "Download Twitter from the Play Store" to update your app
Twitter 7.0 Beta adds new round UI, revamps icons, and more

Screenshot: Reddit

Samsung Internet Browser now officially available for Pixel and Nexus phones

Samsung Internet Browser which comes pre-installed with Galaxy Smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above is now officially available for the Pixel and Nexus Smartphones.


The Samsung Internet Browser is based on Chromium, Google's open source browser project. It comes enhanced security features, you can protect it via fingerprint and iris scanner, new search engines support, and a floating Quick Menu button that lets you easily change web page text sizes, share pages, or open new tabs.


Previously, only the beta version of the browser was made available to all non-Galaxy Smartphones with Android 5.0 and above. However, you can grab the non-beta version for Pixel and Nexus Smartphone from the Play Store.

Top Productivity Apps for Your New Android Phone

Top Productivity Apps for Your New Android Phone
Smartphones are now more capable than ever. The latest flagship phones feature Snapdragon 835 and a minimum of 4GB of RAM, allowing them to multitask better and run heavier, more complex apps without a problem. The Samsung GALAXY S8 can even be used as a desktop computer, showing just how capable it is.

The added power means you can now use most smartphones to replace your laptop; when you don’t have your laptop with you, you can still handle work or school-related tasks with ease using your phone. Of course, you need the best productivity apps for the job, and we have the top picks in this article.

Google Suite
Google has a number of productivity apps for Android phone users, including Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. You’ll be surprised to know just how capable they are for even the most demanding tasks. I was trying to meet a submission deadline for my online MSMPP program assignment the other day and I relied heavily on Google Docs to get things done.

Google Calendar is just as handy. The interface is among the best on the market, delivering all the information you need through stunning visuals. The masters in project and program management program from Brandeis University I’m taking obliges me to keep up with schedules and exams, and Google Calendar – along with features such as auto-sync and reminders – has helped me.

For working on longer documents, it’s more comfortable to pair a Bluetooth keyboard instead of using the on-screen one. That said, there is nothing you cannot do on the go as long as you have a smartphone and Google productivity apps installed.

Pushbullet

Pushbullet is not a productivity app per se, but it is an app that you must try nonetheless. It allows your smartphone to be accessed from your laptop, giving you a better user experience in the process. It started life as an SMS app that helped users send text messages from computers, but it now offers many new features.

For instance, you can move files from and to the phone easily. The next time you need to carry a PowerPoint presentation on your phone, you can just sync the file through Pushbullet in seconds. It also supports display notifications and allows you to use messaging apps on your computer.

Unclouded

The last app on our list is Unclouded. This app is a must-have if you use more than one cloud storage service. It makes managing multiple accounts on Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and other services easier. Keep in mind that you can only manage a maximum of two accounts when using the free version, but switching to premium is well worth the small price you have to pay.

The app shows all of your cloud-stored files in one cool interface, eliminating the need to open several apps to gain access to your cloud storage. You can move files between services and access features such as sharing and file management just as easily.

With these apps installed, you will find your smartphone to be more capable than ever. There will be no task that you can’t handle on the go with the best productivity apps helping you every step of the way.

Nova Launcher Beta Brings the Latest Android O Styled Notification Dots Feature

Nova Launcher Beta Brings the Latest Android O Styled Notification Dots Feature
It is just a matter of time for third-party launcher owners to add the features Google officially teases. At the Google I/O 2017 last week, Google said that it's bringing the much-asked feature from users of Android- 'Notification Dots' with the Android O. 

The Notification Dots is a feature that adds a rounded badge to the app icon on the launcher whenever there's an unread notification. The update also added the round styled search bar, which was also teased by Google at the event. 


The Notification Dots is available in various Android skins such as TouchWiz, Xperia UX, LG UI, MIUI, etc. since ages. Also, Apple's iOS has this feature since a long time, probably introduced with the Apple iOS 7 three years ago. 

The Nova Launcher Beta latest version is already out and users can install the launcher right away to experience the upcoming Android O feature way before its official release. 

Google Play Store v7.8.16 Brings New App and Notifications Icons

Google Play Store v7.8.16 Brings New App and Notifications Icons
Google seems to have to play with the icons of its app ecosystem. The search giant some months ago revamped all its app icons with a new material design. But left out the essential Google Play Store.

And now, the newly rolling Google Play Store v7.8.16 finally brings a new app icon, and that's the same one, which Google tested earlier. And yeah, it's time to say goodbye to the basket type Google Play app icon. 


Also, another cosmetic change is the new notification icon for the Google Play Store, which is now similar to the new Google Play Store icon but has a tick icon inside it to indicate the application as installed. 

Well, the new update is already rolling out globally, but it will take some time to reach on your device, and it depends on the location where you're living. However, you can always head over to apkmirror.com and download, install APK manually. 

Grab the Fuchsia OS Demo app for Android [Apk Download]

Grab the Fuchsia OS Demo app for Android [Apk Download]
Google has already started working on its next operating system for Smartphones and Tablets that is not based on Linux called as Fuchsia. Instead, the Fuchsia OS will be based on the search giant's own kernel 'Magenta.'  

The default system UI for Fuchsia OS will be called as Armadillo. Armadillo and other Fuchsia apps are built on Google Flutter SDK, and the apps can be used on any platform- Android or iOS or Fuchsia OS.


If you’d like to see Armadillo in action, you can grab the APK file and Install it on your Android device from the below link. Armadillo will give you the first Alpha look at what Google’s next OS will be.

Armadillo's UI has a one big vertical scrolling page with incomplete application cards. To the bottom center we have just a home button, which shows a user’s profile. You can also combine two applications (Multitasking) by just long pressing a card and throwing it into another card.

Download Fuchsia OS Demo app - Here
(Compiled by Bradshaw | Via HotFixIt)

Opera Max VPN Gets a Much Needed UI Overhaul and New Facebook Tools in the Latest Update


The famous of all VPN apps available in the market, Opera Max VPN has been updated to version 3.0, which has bought various new features. One of the significant one among the new ones is the refreshed user interface. The interface overhaul is a much-needed one, and it's a fancy one as well with all the features spread across the home screen. 

Another feature added in the update is 'smart assistant,' that shows your data usage and also provides tips to reduce data usage. All these tips will be shown in beautiful cards, which will be surely loved by everyone. 

Thirdly, the update added a new 'Savings for Facebook,' which will display the data saved in the Facebook app on your phone. Overall, the update is a much-awaited one for the Opera Max VPN users. 

The new update is slowly rolling out globally, but if you can't wait for the update to reach your phone, head over to apkmirror.com to manually update your phone. 

Google Wallpapers App Now Has Two New Art and Solid Colour Categories

The standalone Wallpapers app for Android recently picked up an update which bought it to version 1.1. While the application changelog states that only bugs has been fixed in this version, there are some noteworthy changes in the app itself. 

Right after opening up the application, you can immediately notice a new category called 'Arts,' which has all the artistic images. Scrolling further down, you can notice another category called as 'Solid Colors,' which has all the colors. 

The solid colors category will be helpful for users who want to keep their device minimalistic. Google may have made this changes on the server side silently. 

With the Wallpapers application, most of the Android users long search for a dedicated wallpaper service has ended and Google is regularly providing updates to the app. 

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