Honor 6X hands-on preview: Great hardware desperately waiting for a software update

Honor is still attempting to make strides in the U.S., but is the 6X compelling enough?

You really have to hand it to Honor. Huawei’s millennial-focused offshoot is still spitting out smartphones despite the relatively tepid reception of its previous two devices in the U.S. Remember, Honor has no carrier backing stateside, which puts it at a disadvantage compared to the rest of the brood. It’s unlikely that the launch of the Honor 6X, the smartphone announced at this year’s CES, will do much to move the needle either.

Regardless, that’s not a reason to write it off. The Honor 6X is a compelling device, even though it’s not as sparkly and showy as its flagship sibling, the Honor 8. Pricing has yet to be finalized, but what we’ve previewed of the Honor 6X is a fair reminder of what Huawei’s capable of when it throws a device into the ring — and that’s offering major bang for your buck. This midrange device may run on middle-of-the-road hardware, but it really does offer more than the average smartphone in its price point (sub-$250). Now, if it only the company had the marketing to get that point across.

Honor 6X Specs

Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
EMUI 4.1
Display 5.5-inch 1920×1080 (403 ppi)
Processor Huawei Kirin 655 Octa-Core
4x 2.1 GHz + 4x 1.7 GHz
Storage 32GB (U.S.)
32/64GB (global)
Expandable microSD card
RAM 3GB (U.S.)
3/4GB (global)
Rear Camera 12MP (main) + 2MP (secondary)
Wide aperture range f/0.95-f/16
1080p video
Front Camera 8MP
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
Network (U.S.) FDD-LTE Band 2/4/5/12/20, TD-LTE Band 38
HSPA Band 1/2/8
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Network (Global) FDD-LTE Band 1/3/7/8, TD-LTE Band 38
HSPA Band 1/2/8
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Charging Micro-USB
Battery 3340 mAh
Water resistance No
Security One-touch fingerprint sensor
Dimensions 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm
Weight 162 g
Colors Grey, gold, silver

 

 

Honor 6X Fundamentals

The Honor 6X’s fingerprint sensor doesn’t offer push-button action like the Honor 8.

Like last year’s Honor 5X, which also debuted on the CES show floor, the Honor 6X already exists overseas. Americans will see the same-looking hardware; the main differences are in network bands and storage space. (If you’re curious, we’ve got the a comparison between the Honor 6X, Honor 8, and Honor 5X.)

Design wise, the Honor 6X isn’t a far departure from its predecessor. It sports the same hard aluminum lines, slight curvature on the edges, dual stacked rear-facing camera lenses, and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner that, again, proves the backside is the most practical place for it. The fingerprint scanner offers a few tricks, too: you can program gestures to do things like snap a photo, answer a call, or bring down the notification panel, though the 6X doesn’t offer push-button action like the Honor 8.

 

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BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ hands-on: Riding into 2017 on a phone with no name

Under the new direction of TCL, BlackBerry’s smartphone business is poised for a relative revival. It’s no big revelation to say that BlackBerry’s market share and mind share are nowhere near what they were in its prime, but at CES 2017 BlackBerry is hoping to kickstart a new direction by announcing a new phone.

And even though the company won’t actually tell us the specs, price, features, launch date or even the official name, many will recognize this smartphone as the rumored BlackBerry “Mercury.” So in lieu of a proper name, that’s what we’re calling it. The Mercury is real, that much has been established now — it’s a solid metal phone that fits the overall size mold of a modern slab smartphone, but manages to fit in a full hardware keyboard on the bottom without a Priv-like slider.

The incorporation of the fixed keyboard leaves a somewhat-awkward aspect ratio to the screen since it has to be a little shorter in order to make room — but if it wasn’t, the phone would be absurdly tall, like a Priv with its keyboard out. As it stands the Mercury is nearly the same height as the BlackBerry DTEK60, though notably narrower. The Mercury itself isn’t very thin, though the solid metal build with a nicely textured soft touch back are far more important than the actual thickness of the phone.

There’s a full hardware keyboard, but the phone isn’t particularly big or tall because of it.

As a welcomed sight for the BlackBerry faithful who may have been put off by the all-screen DTEK60, the Mercury has a full-featured and gorgeous hardware keyboard. And not only is it good for typing, but it also retains the great capacitive swiping gestures we saw in the Priv — you can swipe on the keyboard to navigate the interface, and swipe up on it during typing to help with word corrections and suggestions. Above the keyboard you’ll notice BlackBerry chose to move back to fixed capacitive navigation keys, which is a tad odd after going with software keys on the Priv and DTEK60.

The rest of the phone hardware really rounds out in a typical layout as if the keyboard wasn’t even there. You get a volume rocker and programmable key on the right edge, a power button the left edge, a headphone jack on the top and USB-C port on the bottom centered between two speaker grilles. Again we don’t know details like the battery capacity, but I was able to confirm that there won’t be wireless charging under that soft touch back.

The biggest thing that stands out about the Mercury is how decidedly BlackBerry the whole design is. After seeing somewhat simple repurposed hardware designs in the DTEK50 and DTEK60, it’s refreshing to see an altogether fresh — yet entirely familiar to BlackBerry fans — hardware design. The phone has a proper heft to it, the keyboard has a trademark clickiness and when you see it on a table you couldn’t mistake it for a phone from any other company.

This is the first BlackBerry with Nougat, and it carries on smoothly from Marshmallow.

The Mercury holds the distinction of being the first BlackBerry to be running Android 7.0 Nougat, though the pre-production software version I was able to see wasn’t final and the company couldn’t commit to much on that front. From what I was able to use it looked very similar to Marshmallow you’ll find today on a modern BlackBerry, including the messaging Hub, DTEK security suite, and productivity-focused launcher tweaks.

So where does this leave us? Well, we’re all going right back into a holding pattern to rely on leaks and speculation about the final details of the BlackBerry Mercury. TCL says that more information will be coming around the same time as Mobile World Congress, which kicks off February 27, but until then you can simply look at the photos and try to decide where this phone will fit in the big world of Android. At the very least, it has us excited about BlackBerry in 2017.

 

 
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Unity introduces its Vulkan renderer for Android

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The Vulkan API is promising exciting new things for mobile gaming and 3D application development, and today the company behind the popular Unity engine has announced that its Vulkan Renderer Preview is now live for developers to test out.

The benefits brought about with the introduction of Vulkan are a major speed boost, improved multithreading, and new graphical features. Vulkan boasts notable speed improvements over OpenGL ES 3.x, as the new API has been designed to take advantage of multiple CPU coress along with other optimizations. Unity says that it has seen benchmark performance improvements up to 35 percent with its new renderer, compared with the old OpenGL ES 3.1 renderer, even through they’re both running on a single thread. The cross platform Vulkan API was officially supported on smartphones with the release on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Unity Vulkan API renderer menu optionsUnity’s Vulkan Renderer Preview is still in the experimental phase at the moment, but the option is now there for developers to enable, if they so choose. First, you’ll need to grab theexperimental build from the Unity beta page. To enable Vulkan support, open “Player Settings”, then go to the “Other Settings” pane and clear the “Auto Graphics API” checkbox. Here you’ll be presented with a list of graphics APIs to choose from, which should include Vulkan.

If developers want to test out the improved multi-core performance on offer with Vulkan, they can also hit the Graphics Jobs checkbox for a notable performance boost. Although Unity notes that developers should never have both “Multithreaded Rendering” and “Graphics Jobs (Experimental)” settings enabled at the same time.

 

The team is currently testing the renderer out on the Exynos Samsung Galaxy S7 model, the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, NVIDIA Shield Tablet, and Shield TV. For PC hardware, Unity recommends that developers grab the latest AMD and NVIDIA drivers as well. As is always the case with early builds, there are already a few documented bugs, including crashes, so be sure to back up your projects before diving in.

 

 
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Third party speakers may help Google Home take on Amazon Echo

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As we gear up to Google’s launch event in San Francisco next week, eyes are not only on the company’s new line-up of Pixel phones, but also on the extended range of smart home accessories expected to be on display. Google Home, a WiFi-connected smart speaker, could turn out to be one of the more important announcements made at the event, as Google prepared to ramp up its efforts in the smart home space and prepares to take on the increasingly popular Amazon Echo.

HiFi audio sales have been rejuvenated by the introduction of wireless Bluetooth and WiFi systems, and the early success of Amazon’s Echo suggests that there’s a growing consumer appetite for tying these systems in with virtual assistant and smart home products. Amazon has reportedly already sold 3 million Echo speaker systems this year, and is aiming to ship 10 million units in 2017. Google clearly does not want to be left behind, and already has an extensive ecosystem of virtual assistant based technologies, including search and app integration, that Google Home will be able to make use of.

According to a report by Variety, Google has been in talks with manufacturers to begin building other devices that will work just like Google Home. Apparently, details were discussed at a closed-door talk with some 50 participant from the home audio market. This suggests that we may end up seeing smart speakers from a variety of manufacturers, all powered by the Google Home could-based assistant.

 

Iportantly, another source alleges that Google may not allow these companies to combine their hardware with other virtual assistance, not that this demand is particularly uprising. Although manufacturers may be reluctant to put all their eggs into Google’s technology. However, some of the companies involved are said to have already worked with Google to produce speakers powered by Google Cast, a list which includes major brands such as Sony, Philips, LG, JBL, and Bang & Olufsen. However, Google has declined to comment on whether it will be working with any third-party manufacturers on this.

Google Home was originally announced back at I/O 2016, so we already know quite a bit about it. The little hub integrates a built-in Bluetooth speaker and microphone, which is paired up with Google Assistant to answer questions and respond to commands. The system is also integrated with Cast, so consumers can launch audio from compatible devices and apps, including Spotify, Tunein, Pandora, and more. Cast capabilities also mean that customers will be table to launch YouTube videos and other steaming services on their TV just by issuing a command to Google Home.

Essentially, Google Home is the company’s big play to bring its mobile assistant services to the home. Google’s portfolio of smart products may also assist the company in catching up with and leapfrogging Amazon Echo. Nest technologies have been incorporated to work on the project, opening up the possibility that other products around the home could be controlled from your speaker system.

According to an insider at the meeting, companies may be ready to unveil speakers with built-in Google Assistant integration as early as next summer. 2017 could be the year that smart homes really hit the mainstream.

 

 

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Latest Oculus VR update linked to heavy battery drain on Samsung phones

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In theory, app updates are meant to bring bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as new features. Unfortunately, for all the fixes added, updates tend to sneak in at least a few bugs as well. That’s unfortunately what appears to be happening with the latest version of the Oculus app for Samsung devices.

A number of Redditors have been complaining about poor battery life that started around last night, when the new update arrived. I actually noticed this myself, as I left my Galaxy S7 Edge off the charger last night to wake up with it much lower than it typically would be when left off the charger overnight.

From the sounds of it, the problem sorrounds the new Oculus Rooms addition to the app, with the Oculus VR app getting stuck in an installation loop that continuously downloads and reinstalls the app. While a new update is probably not too far off, it is probably not a bad idea to uninstall Oculus VR (or at least disable it) in the meantime.

 

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Android apps on Chromebooks: don’t assume immediately magic

Android Apps Chromebooks - Chrome OS

Nicely, gang, it’s actually occurring: the entire Google Play store of Android apps is beginning to reveal up on Chromebooks.

We first heard approximately the circulate throughout Google’s I/O buildersconference closing month. And whilst the capability to install Android apps might not be present for maximum Chromebook users until later this 12 months, Google is now inside the midst of making the function available at the advanced development channel of its Chrome OS running device (most effective on the Asus Chromebook turn for the time being but with different decided on devices set to observe sometimequickly“).

To be sure, that is an early and stillhardround-the-edges model of the attempttherefore its appearance handiest at the Chrome OS development channel, that’s designed for builders and early adopters to attempt out new capabilities as they’re being organized. but nonetheless, I cannot assist however suppose masses of tech-loving folks are going to approach this new functionality with expectations of instantaneous magic.

allow me cross in advance and break it for you now: There isn’t always going to be any form of first rate “ahah!” moment of surprise whilst you first come upon the Play keep on a Chrome OS tool. much more likely, there is going to be a feeling of: “Oh. it’s it?” because huge as the characteristic is — and as we have mentioned earlier than, it truely is a big deal — you have to look at it from a broader attitude if you want to comprehend its real significance.
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Bringing Android apps onto Chromebooks is first and foremost about lessening a Chromebook’s limitations. the largest immediately benefit is that it will permit Chrome OS users carry out duties which can be currently impossible on the platform — such things as having access to Microsoft’s complete suite of office utilities, the use of completely featured photo editors, and making and receiving video calls on Skype (some thing the corporation‘s net app bafflingly does not allow).

these items genuinely aren’t magical in and of themselves — because guess what? jogging any given Android app on a Chromebook is quite a lot similar to going for walks it on an Android tool. It is not a few wild new revel in that’s gonna blow your mind the second you strive it.

What it is going to do, even though, is make Chrome OS extra versatile as a platform and therefore greater possible as a primary computing surroundings for extra peoplehuman beings like me who in general use net apps however still have a handful of wishes (just like the occasional beginning of a document with Microsoft’s tune changes formatting in place or the superior enhancing of a multilayered photograph) that webbased utilities can not conveniently cope with.

what is crucial to don’t forget is that this circulate is in the end about mixing systems together — taking acquainted entities and permitting them to overlap in a manner that advantages both. it is approximately increasing the usefulness of Chrome OS through bringing a chunk of Android into its dimension — and in doing so, broadening the platform’s attraction and giving it a new degree of life. That might not supply the kind of instant thrill new-feature-seekers hope to locate, but on the quit of the day, it’s going to % a miles more significant and a waysachieving advantage.
Google honestly has its work reduce out for it in relation to making Android apps run easily on Chromebooks — from getting developers to update their apps for complete compatibility to figuring out a manner to take away the confusion of having two overlapping app markets on a unmarried tool. What we are seeing now’s simplest the start.

If the agency manages to make this enjoy a great one, although, this reputedly mundane first step may want to mark the start of some thing transformative. You just need to step again and have a look at the massive image to comprehend the scope of its significance.

New name, renewed focus: Introducing Android Intelligence

Introducing Android Intelligence

My, oh my — how far we’ve come.

Six short years ago, I started an experimental little column about an up-and-coming operating system called Android. At the time, Android was but a niche player in the smartphone game, with a mere 12% of the U.S. mobile market. Apple had 25%, for comparison, while BlackBerry — then still known as RIM — held the top spot with 41% of the pie.

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Speaking of pie, Froyo was the cool new Android release of the moment. Google had just announced the software, numbered 2.2, at its 2010 I/O developers’ conference. (For perspective, other groundbreaking 2010 I/O launches included the Chrome Web Store, Google TV, and — brace yourself! — Google Wave.)

The hot Android phones of the day? The original Motorola Droid, of course. There was also the Droid Incredible, the HTC EVO 4G, and the inaugural Nexus One. The then-gigantic-seeming 4.3-in. Droid X would come out guns a-blazin’ that summer, as would the very first (!) Galaxy S — which, as you may recall, was actually known in America as the Samsung Captivate, Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Vibrant, or Samsung Fascinate, depending on which carrier you chose.

It’s hard to convey just how hard it was to get people to take Android seriously in those days. Back then, writing an analysis about Android’s inevitable dominance in the mobile market was met with jeers, sneers, and plenty of condescending comments. Most folks were still treating Android like a flash in the pan, a small-scale effort that could never touch the rapidly rising Holy Grail of Apple — and those of us willing to look past the platform’s humble start and toward the bigger picture forming around it were virtually burned at the stake.

“Growing at a higher rate means nothing when you’re comparing to sales that are next to nothing,” one commenter told me in response to a 2010 column.

“Once Apple opens their phone to other carriers, competitors will get eliminated almost entirely,” another prophet proposed.

“How long can Google keep updating Android and releasing versions at zero cost to the companies making the phones or to consumers purchasing them?” yet another naysayer said.

I’m telling you: Recent as it may seem, it truly was a different time. Heck, even my then-editor at Computerworld — who quickly became one of my most vocal advocates and supporters — told me she was skeptical that such a small niche could create a successful and long-standing column. Thankfully, she was willing to give it a shot.

It’s positively mind-boggling how much things have changed.

The next era

Back in 2010, I thought and thought about what name would best sum up the Android experience and the types of discussions I wanted to create around it. The answer, as I wrote at the time, turned out to be a no-brainer:

If there’s one word I’d use to describe Google’s Android operating system, it’s power. Power to customize. Power to multitask. Power to install any application you want, even if it’s (gasp!) pornographic.

Put simply, Android is about having the power to use your device the way you want — not the way some guy in a black turtleneck thinks you should.

The references aren’t the only thing in that explanation that now seem dated. Sure, Android is still packed with power, but these days, the “iPhone vs. Android” argument has become meaningless and stale — just another tired cliché that’s been played to death. Our discussions here have evolved to focus less on the sheer power of Android and more on its nuances — the contextthat puts everything in perspective and helps us figure out how this stuff fits into our day-to-day lives.

It’s no longer about power, in other words; it’s about intelligence — a slower-paced and more diverse mix of real-world advice, in-depth insight, and original analysis. It’s about doing something decidedly different from your average Android news — more of a side dish, so to speak, than a main entree. And it’s time for a new name to reflect that.

Welcome to Android Intelligence.

Android Intelligence

So what can you expect moving forward? In short, more emphasis on the best qualities you’ve come to know from this column, along with a few new twists that’ll fit equally well into the aforementioned philosophy. The overarching principle, as it has been for a while now, is that this isn’t your average Android news.

That means you’ll see more of the beyond-the-surface takes and color-adding context that have long been a defining feature of this space. You’ll see even more Android expert profiles along the lines of the “How I use Android” series so many of you have told me you love. And beyond just this column, you’ll soon see a few other surprises under the Android Intelligence umbrella. (Hint: Keep your ears open next week, because something big is on the way…)

The one thing you’ll see less of compared to the past is hands-on device coverage. After five years of personally reviewing nearly every major Android phone and Chromebook to come out in the U.S. (not to mention quite a few tablets and smartwatches), I’ve decided to step back a bit from that stuff as of this year.

As you’ve probably picked up on, the hardware itself just isn’t as exciting to me as it once was. As far as I’m concerned, it’s after you get a device in hand that things really start to get interesting — and so that’s what I’ll be focusing on more frequently from now on: the broader themes of Android as a platform and how we can make the most of the gadgets we have in our lives. Finding ways to live a life that’s enhanced by technology instead ofcontrolled by it is a theme I enjoy exploring, and it’s one you’ll see me thinking about more and more in the coming months.

These days, information is everywhere. Android Intelligence is all about context — about putting the pieces together and making sense of the big picture. It’s about going beyond the buzzwords and finding the human side to this weird, wild world we live in. It’s about bringing something fresh and new into the equation — something that serves as a zesty and flavor-filled complement to the news and reviews you already consume.

I hope you’ll join me for the next phase of our journey. Believe me when I tell you: I couldn’t be more excited for what’s ahead.

 
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Goodservice GOODSERVICE PRICE IN INDIA

Goodservice review: Goodservice gives you assisted services in almost everything that you may need, and it comes for free. With a number of updates coming up, it is a must-have for everyone.

GOODSERVICE RATING 78100

Our Verdict

Goodservice is pretty much the all-time assistant you’ve always needed. Fast and zippy, with efficient responses, this app can actually help you in a number of different situations – be it house-hunting, to finding an electrician for an obsolete television, to ordering for food as late (or early) as 3:30am. And the good folks at Goodservice are incredibly friendly and helpful too. Additionally, the chat-based format and widespread availability of internet connectivity goes hand-in-hand with Goodservice’s policy of providing assistance via texts, rather than calling. Services are still expanding to other platforms and even more are being added, and with that, Goodservice is surely one of the must-have apps now.

PROS

  • Light, low resource app
  • Easy to use interface
  • Excellent assistance
  • Considerably vast directory of resources

CONS

  • Not available for Windows, iOS version still in beta
  • No online payment options
  • No phone number/identity verification on registration

Goodservice: Detailed Review

The first thing that caught my eye, after downloading Goodservice, is the really simple and functional interface. Goodservice is an app that aims at providing ‘good service’ to its users, and it has a no-extravagance facade to begin with. The app itself is just a little over 4MB in size. While downloading, it asks for permissions to know your identity (logged in/registered social media/mail accounts on device), location (GPS/saved locations), phone (for calling helpline/merchants from within the app), photos/media/files (for sending over relevant photograph of the product you need assistance with), camera (for the same purpose as previous), and internet/wifi connectivity access (obviously).

While Goodservice does ask for access to logged-in accounts, it does not store any password, or post anything anywhere. The access is taken so that you can directly share the app via social media platforms. Currently, sharing options include WhatsApp, Messaging, Gmail, Facebook, Hangouts and Twitter. Every other permission, too, seems legit, and there is no misuse of access that Goodservice gets on your device. Opening the app for the first time will show a page, where you’ve to put in your name, cellphone number, and locality. As of now, services are only available in Delhi and Gurgaon, with the next expansion plans featuring Mumbai and Bengaluru. There is no option for Facebook sign-in, and neither is there any verification process to cross-check your identity. This is one security flaw that Goodservice needs to address, to ensure that no fraudulent transactions or activities occur over it.


The welcome screen, Play Store profile and the Home screen of the app

Logging in, the chat window opens, where you can post your orders and queries. This is the app’s home screen, and opening it any time leads directly to the chat screen. The top-left corner of the screen has the Goodservice logo, while the top-right features ‘My Requests’, ‘Invite’ tabs and the Profile button. In your profile, you can add your home and work addresses to avoid having to send location details every time you place a request for anything. The chat window has a faded, doodled background, thus not keeping the app’s look completely bland. The bottom-right of the chat screen has a call button that you can use to call the Goodservice helpline (+919696444444) regarding any opinion or query. The bottom bar has an ‘Insert Photo’ icon, text area and a send button.


Registration screen, Sharing on Facebook, App permissions

The layout is really easy to use. Sent messages are delivered in turquoise green baubles with rounded edges, while replies from Goodservice’s end comes in white ones. You can simply start keying in your requests, like “I need a good suit tailor in my vicinity”, or “need agent to get my visa for China done ASAP”, and you will get an instant reply from Goodservice, asking for more relevant details. Once you’ve given all such details, your request is saved with a name, under ‘My Requests’. For instance, for queries mentioned above, they will get saved like “nearby suit tailors” and “visa agents”. These tabs are essentially shortcuts, which, if you need in future, can be opened, and it will take you back to the query which you may have made a long time ago. Without creating a separate file for old requests and keeping everything local on the same chat page, Goodservice saves the amount of space taken up on the phone, and even loads faster as the entire chat history remains on one page.

Orders and requests, once made, will be tagged as ‘processing’, and turns to ‘solved’ after the job is done for you. Goodservice is now in process of releasing updates that will give real-time order status, like ‘processing’, ‘order placed’, ‘service en route’ and ‘solved’. In the meantime, if you have further queries, you can simply put it in via the same chat window, or alternatively, call the hotline, which provides fast updates and answers. The helpline also aids in consumer fulfilment, and users can call in to state urgent complaints regarding the food that was delivered, or the likes.


The visa enquiry: Keying in the request, responses and shared contact

The quality of the responses are good, although every now and then there is the occasional typo, which actually didn’t seem as criminal as it often seems in text messages. With so many digitized assistants around, it feels good to come across an app which, even after using automation widely to synchronise requests, retains the human touch. These responses will provide you with the ‘best’ option that Goodservice has, across varied services. The first reply, in more than a month’s usage that I have seen, never took more than 15-20 seconds. Another good aspect of Goodservice is that it tries its best to match time limits of queries that it sends, and till date, for most cases, final and effective responses have come within time.


Shared contact details, Lock screen notification, Request follow-up

The merchants that it has so far redirected to, have also been good. And this has ranged from finding tailors, visa agents, event managers, housing ideas and late night food joints. Services have come on time, response from the merchants are spontaneous, and have also been available post completion of delivery of a service. For food delivery, you can ask Goodservice to keep sharing restaurant options with you, until you happen to like one. It also shares menu prices, and takes/cancels orders for you. You can also scout for specific brand outlets, timings, product options and relevant inventories.


Processed requests, In-process requests, Sharing platforms

There is also an option to send photographs over chat, in cases like gadget repair requests, which are usually aided by a visual representation of the device that you want fixed. It helps the folks at Goodservice to find the perfect mechanic for you. The lack of an online payment option, till now, is possibly one of the two major setbacks in the app (the first being the lack of number verification). However, PayTM support is being added to it very soon, so I expect that issue to be covered. Goodservice has also given us some light over its plans on a number verification process, so that too, seems to be in progress. An app for Windows device users, however, is not exactly on the cards right now.


Hotline, iOS interface (beta version), PayTM support

The iOS app, sized at 12.6MB, is currently in Beta stage, and is scheduled for release soon. Similar in functioning, the iOS app for Goodservice has some refining to do in terms of layout and design, and is yet to add the Invite tab. Nonetheless, it seems to carry out its basic work just fine, and I did not experience any app crashes, although there does seem to be a couple of bugs surrounding it.

How does Goodservice function?
Goodservice is a free app, and there is no payment involved from a user’s end towards Goodservice. The app has recently received $1.6 million as investment by American Venture Capital firm, Sequoia Capital. Additionally, it ties up with smaller, localised merchants like electrical stores, restaurants, etc., to provide prioritised services. For the larger e-commerce sites from where you might often want details/products, Goodservice directly accesses the sites to carry out requests on behalf of its customers.

There is a large extent of human interaction at Goodservice, since a large number of requests may involve informal/personal tones, which would generally take more time to be processed by an automated system. Having said that, it creates an inventory of requests, so that certain ‘most-asked-for’ requests can be processed by automatically-generated replies, which cuts down the human interaction part.

How does it remain free?
As mentioned above, Goodservice received a large amount of funding a few months ago. Additionally, with certain merchants that it is tying up with, there is a profit distribution scheme that it undertakes, although the user-end cost factor does not get affected. For instance, ordering from a restaurant that Goodservice has tied up with does not require you to pay anything above what is quoted on the restaurant’s menu chart. Goodservice is also banking on a growing number of users to keep its service response up.

Bottomline
Goodservice is simple, seamless. There are still a number of loopholes, which its Co-Founder Vipul Aggarwal has said are surely going to be covered in the next few upcoming updates. As of now, the service assistance is fast, the variety of services on offer is extensive, and you get reasonably cheerful, responsive human replies to your queries and requests – well, as cheerful as they can get at odd hours like 3:30am. The chat-based format and widespread availability of internet connectivity goes hand-in-hand with Goodservice’s policy of providing assistance via texts, rather than calling. Services are still expanding to other platforms and even more are being added, and with that, Goodservice is surely one of the must-have apps now.

 

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Adobe Acrobat Reader gets Dropbox integration for easier access to your PDFs

Adobe and Dropbox are making it easier for users on the go to access and work on PDF files store in the cloud with tighter integration between Acrobat Reader and Dropbox on Android.Users can now access their PDF files stored in Dropbox from within the Acrobat Reader app once updated to the latest versions of each.

To get started, you can add your Dropbox account to the Acrobat Reader app, which will then give you access to your PDFs stored in the cloud. The integration works in reverse as well, with the Dropbox app offering an option to “do more” with your PDFs, which will then open them in Acrobat Reader. Any changes made will be automatically saved back to Dropbox.

If you’re anxious to test out the integration, you can grab the latest versions of Dropbox and Adobe Acrobat Reader on Google Play.

 

[Source:- Androidcentral]

Ubox aims to declutter your SMS inbox

Ubox is a refreshing new SMS app alternative that aims to help you break through your SMS inbox clutter. The app makes it easier to manage SMS conversations from service providers, banks, DTH and telecom service providers, as well as promotional messages from all the services you use. With Ubox, you’ll be easily able to distinguish between an important message and a promotional text.

The app adds context to your SMS inbox and auto-sorts SMSs into banking, bills, bookings, chats, promotions, and updates, giving you more control. You can then decide to switch notifications for a certain category. For instance, if you don’t want to be notified of promotional messages, you can disable notifications for that category.

Ubox also lets you block spam messages with a single swipe. With each blocked message, the spam filter continues to get better. You can also use SMS subjects for frequent SMSs, allowing you to zip through your inbox. You can even bookmark important ones and keep them a tap away.

Hameer Virmani, co-founder of Ubox, correctly points out that people in India have stopped texting friends and family anymore because of the constant distraction of SMSs from businesses, and Ubox aims to resolve that. After a beta launch in January, the app is now available for download on the Play Store for free. Give it a whirl, and let us know how you like it.

 

[Source:- Androidcentral]