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[How to] Find the System UI tuner in the third developer preview of Android 6.0

When the third developer preview of the new Android Marshmallow OS was launched, everyone thought that the enchanting System UI Tuner was a goner. The truth is it’s just better hidden from sight this time, but you can still get to it, and we will tell you how.

 

System UI Tuner Marshmallow

 

 

If you flashed or received the most recent developer preview via OTA, you may have not noticed that there is a little gear icon in your settings shortcut on the toggle area. That little icon is very very important as you have to press it for about 5 seconds to activate or deactivate the System UI tuner. If you activate it, it will appear somewhere at the bottom of the settings app.

 

In order for the above advice to work however, you will need to have developer options enabled, although it could work with developer options disabled as well.

 

The System UI tuner allows users to change some granular features on their device, for example: remove unwanted icons from tray, add battery percentage in the battery bar on tray, or rearrange some quick settings.

 

This is a great feature that attracted praise from Android 6.0 preview users. It would be great if Google will keep it in the final release of Android Marshmallow.

 

You want to try the final developer preview for Android 6.0?

 

If you want to try the preview for the newest Android OS version and you have one of the compatible devices, you can download the flashable files from the links below, of wait for the OTA to get to you:

 

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HTC confirms bringing ads to BlinkFeed but there could be a way of opting out

HTC just confirmed it will be allowing ads to come to BlinkFeed. The good news is you can opt out of this. This is all part of a pilot program for the US, UK, China, Taiwan and Germany.

 

Blinkfeed

 

It appears that the ads will appear within the feed with the correct formatting and they will belong to HTC, Appia, Twitter and Yahoo. They will be marked as ads and they will not pop up or be banners to ruin all of your BlinkFeed experience as a whole.

The pilot debuts today but it has not been updated on the Play Store yet. This means it will roll out gradually and it is a server side upgrade. HTC says they will be implementing a way for customers to opt out even if there is no such feature active at the moment. If they will renounce this possibility, we smell many complaints going their way. Otherwise, it’s a pretty wise decision to monetize BlinkFeed, especially since the HTC M9 sales have not been going out so well so far.

Source: HTC via AndroidPolice

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Google Maps updates itself with live public transit schedule

Google Maps is one of the most useful apps out there, and the US service is even better than most of the world. There are always things that can be improved though, and what the app is lacking is live arrival times for public transportation like trains, busses and subways.

 

Google Maps

 

 

Enter the new Maps feature: the live arrival time option will work on more than 100 transit providers Google has partnered with. This way, users will get live scheduling information more often. This is not all as 25 transit authorities from Budapest, Chicago, San Francisco, Netherlands and the UK have teamed up with Google which means that now, instead of just seeing a bus schedule, the Maps app will also show you a bus’s estimated time of arrival as reported by the transit operator in real time.

 

For this to work though, you will have to use transit systems that have this kind of data available, because not all trains and subways have centralized or accessible live scheduling information.

 

Considering that Google is unveiling this, they are bound to work and improve it, which means that the future will bring us more cities and more transit options.

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Get food straight from the Google search results

It’s been a few days now since Google search started offering a new feature: ordering food straight from the search bar. The search engine became extremely popular because it was so good at sending people their way in a very short period of time, meaning they would return to search for more stuff faster too. In the years since Google became our friend, it also managed to infiltrate our lives so well that we are practically useless without its services.

 

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The newest feature Google puts at its customers’ feet is a reminder of the good old days. When you search for local restaurants you will now get the option to place an order. When you hit this button you will be “assaulted” by questions such as your preferred delivery service and then you will be given the site you require.

 

The Google feature is available only in the US at the moment and only six partners are accessible: Seamless, MyPizza.com, Grubhub, Eat24, Delivery.com and BeyondMenu. More should be added in the future.

Source: AndroidPolice

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AT&T and Verizon to work on interoperable VoLTE calling

AT&T and Verizon are finally teaming up, and not for any project, but to develop VoLTE calling interoperability! The US carriers are working together to bring the voice over LTE feature work across carriers. This could possibly mean that soon™ you will be making calls from one carrier to another by using LTE rather than 3G technologies.

VoLTE is an all-IP technology meant to improve voice quality and add other services to the mix. VoLTE currently works within a carrier network which means, when you call to a number in another carrier, you will switch back to 3G networks, even if they are VoLTE capable.

Why would AT&T and Verizon work with one another? Because it may benefit them both on the long run. What would be the point of creating interoperable VoLTE calling if you can’t test it or use it with another carrier? This way they may get more customers and fewer complaints, along with better call service. The feature is expected to come live sometime in 2015.

Source: Verizon

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CyanogenMod adds call recording on nightlies; feature is not available automatically

CyanogenMod is launching a new feature to nightlies in the shape of Call recording. The feature is not automatically activated though, which means another pain in the arse for most users. Just in case you’re in a call situation when things get tense, you should be able to simply tap a button and begin recording your call. In a sense, this feature may or may not revolutionize the world of call recording, but you will have to enable the feature yourself, and the actual deed is much more complicated than it seems.

The CyanogenMod team says the feature is available starting with the more recent nightlies but it will not be activated on ROM downloads because there are lots and lots of laws regarding call recording all over de world. If anyone wants to use it they will have to build from source and enable it via system property persist.call_recording.enabled. It’s obviously difficult to do that if you’re not well versed in Android ROMs, therefore you can try the Xposed module which enables the feature on CM 11 builds fron 8.14 or later.

The audio quality seems to be ok and most of those who tried it already, are hoping that the feature gets more attention from developers so that it will be worked upon in detail. Some CyanogenMod partners may choose to allow call recording by default as well in the near future. 

Source: AndroidPolice