Google Photos v4.5 may restore backup while charging and prepares helpful hints for backup conditions [APK Teardown]

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/photos.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-526515" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/photos.png" alt="" width="728" height="410" /></a></p> <p>An update to Google Photos began rolling out late last night. There appears to be nothing noteworthy on the surface, but a teardown has turned up a couple interesting details that point to upcoming changes. We will be getting some new informative boxes that can explain why backups aren't running, plus we may finally get back the much loved option to only perform backups while charging.</p> <p><span id="more-526474"></span></p> <h2>Teardown</h2> .teardown{color:black;font-family:Consolas,Monaco,'Andale Mono',monospace;white-space:pre;word-spacing:normal;-moz-tab-size:4;-o-tab-size:4;tab-size:4;-webkit-hyphens:none;-moz-hyphens:none;-ms-hyphens:none;hyphens:none;display:block;overflow:scroll;}.token.comment,.token.block-comment,.token.prolog,.token.doctype,.token.cdata{color:#7D8B99;}.token.punctuation{color:#5F6364;}.token.property,.token.tag,.token.boolean,.token.number,.token.function-name{color:#c92c2c;}.token.selector,.token.attr-name,.token.string,.token.function{color:#2f9c0a;}.token.operator,.token.entity,.token.url{color:#a67f59;background:rgba(255,255,255,0.5);}.token.atrule,.token.attr-value,.token.keyword,.token.class-name{color:#1990b8;}.token.regex,.token.important{color:#e90;}.language-css .token.string,.style .token.string{color:#a67f59;background:rgba(255,255,255,0.5);}.token.important{font-weight:normal;}.namespace{opacity:.7;}<span style="width: 0px;overflow: hidden;line-height: 0" class="mce_SELRES_start">.token.linebreak<span style="width: 0px;overflow: hidden;line-height: 0" class="mce_SELRES_end">{opacity:0;display:block;}<span style="width: 0px;overflow: hidden;line-height: 0" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span></span></span><div class="note-wrapper"><div class="note...

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Honor 8X Buying Guide: Where to buy and why

The Honor 8x is an excellent smartphone. especially if you want a big display. The latest phone from the Honor brand has a massive 6.5-inch screen and a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio, which means its an impressive phone for watching videos, playing games, and so much more. All of that screen space is available in a phone with […]

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Qualcomm will now have to license standards-essential patents to competitors on reasonable terms

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/nexus2cee_QualcommLawsuitHero_thumb_thumb.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-430405" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/nexus2cee_QualcommLawsuitHero_thumb_thumb-728x409.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="375" /></a></p> <p>Last year, <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/01/17/ftc-files-antitrust-suit-qualcomm-alleging-unfair-patent-licensing-terms/">the FTC filed suit against Qualcomm</a> for its patent licensing, alleging that the company wasn't giving competitors fair terms for standards-essential patents owned by the company. In what will likely prove to be a benefit to companies and consumers alike, yesterday the judge in the suit granted a motion for partial summary judgment, requiring that Qualcomm license those standards-essential patents to other chipset manufacturers under reasonable terms.</p> <p><span id="more-526494"></span></p> <p>Previously, the FTC alleged that Qualcomm was refusing to license its patents to some competitors, coercing others...

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West Midlands Metro is the third transit system to store tickets on Google Pay

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/west-midlands-metro.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-526488" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/west-midlands-metro-728x409.png" alt="" width="668" height="375" /></a></p> <p>Google Pay may first and foremost be a platform for transferring money, whether that's in the form of making mobile payments with NFC on our phones, buying things online, or just sending cash to friends or family, but that's just one component of its broader capabilities. In addition to storing loyalty cards or coupons, <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/02/20/google-pay-v1-53-rolls-major-redesign-prepares-transit-tickets-custom-card-art-apk-teardown/#Tickets_and_passes_Transit_for_now">we've slowly been seeing support grow for transit tickets</a>, letting users access fare passes right on their phones.<div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/11/07/west-midlands-metro-third-transit-system-store-tickets-google-pay/" class="read-more">Read More</a></p><p><a href='https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/11/07/west-midlands-metro-third-transit-system-store-tickets-google-pay/'>West Midlands Metro is the third transit system to...

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Samsung is making notched displays, but hopefully not for its phones

Samsung showed off four display types that it is producing at its developer conference. People began to immediately speculate that the next Galaxy flagship might have a notched display. Samsung previously showed off the ability to hide the front-facing camera and sensors under the display so it’s unclear what might show up in the Galaxy […]

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[Update: Display specs] Samsung just announced its foldable phone and display technology, coming next year

<ul class="list-unstyled list-banners"><li> <a class="banner banner-update" title="View the 2018/11/07 3:46pm PST Update" href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/11/07/samsung-just-announced-foldable-phone-display-technology-coming-next-year/#1"> <span class="update-header">Update<span class="update_1"> 1</span>: 2018/11/07 3:46pm PST</span> <div class="ellipsize"> <span class="update-title">Samsung has now revealed display specs for its upcoming foldable device.</span> </div> </a> </li></ul><p><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/DSC00585.jpg" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-526387" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/DSC00585-728x485.jpg" alt="" width="668" height="445" /></a></p> <p>At the Samsung Developer Conference today, Samsung announced its new Infinity folding display, the basis for an upcoming foldable smartphone that we now know will launch in 2019, <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/11/07/google-says-samsungs-foldable-phone-will-launch-2019/">news Google let slip earlier today</a>. The device didn't have any specifications detailed, but the concept is certainly interesting.</p> <p>Samsung's folding phone will actually have three...

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Get up close and personal with a HD wireless digital microscope

Do you know anyone who doesn’t enjoy checking out stuff under a microscope? Thought not. Microscopes might have been invented for research purposes, but in reality, they’re the ultimate curiosity satisfying tool. If you want a super-strong microscope of your own, now’s your chance. This HD wireless digital microscope lets you magnify anything by 1,000 times, […]

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Google Pay brings on support for 18 more US banks

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/bank-buildings.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-hero-size wp-image-526477" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/bank-buildings-728x409.png" alt="" width="668" height="375" /></a></p> <p>How many banks can you name off the top of your head? Half a dozen? Maybe you econ nerds can hit 20 without breaking a sweat. But as you start thinking beyond the big national and regional chains, wondering just how many banks there really could be across the US, that number takes off running and does not stop. Over the past few years <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/24/google-pay-adds-support-23-new-us-banks-four-international/">we've seen Google recruit an ever-growing number of these banks for mobile payment support</a>, and that momentum is not about to slow...

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175: Android ‘Foldables’, Samsung ‘Infinity Flex’, Nest rebrand | 9to5Google Daily

Today we’ve got the announcement of Android support for “Foldables” device category, Samsung revealed its foldable ‘Infinity Flex’ display, and Google is working on a Nest rebrand. 9to5Google Daily is available on Google Play, iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players. https://9to5google.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2018/11/9to5google-daily-175.mp3 Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750! […]

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Google Duo v43 drops some colors, prepares sharing videos during calls, data saving mode, and an email blocklist [APK Teardown]

<p style="text-align: center"><a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/duo.png" class=" no-style"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-526449" src="https://www.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/duo.png" alt="" width="728" height="410" /></a></p> <p>Google Duo is getting an update today, and you'll actually see some changes if you install it, even though it's really just to remove colors from the Settings screen. However, a teardown shows there's actually a lot more coming in the future, including the ability to block email, a data saver mode, and maybe even the ability to show previously recorded videos to other people while you're on a call.</p> <p><span id="more-526409"></span></p> <h2>What's New</h2> <div class="note-wrapper"><div class="note note-note"><div class="note-heading"><i class="icon-note"></i></div> <p>Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)</p> <ul><li>Colors begone!</li></ul></div><div class="clear"></div> <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/11/07/google-duo-v43-drops-colors-prepares-sharing-videos-calls-data-saving-mode-email-blocklist-apk-teardown/" class="read-more">Read...

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