How to enable the Pixel Visual Core for HDR+ with Android 8.1 installed on Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

The recently launched Android 8.1 Developer Preview (Beta) 2 allows Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users to get some idea of what the Pixel Visual Core co-processor can do with your photos in conjunction with third party apps. Like a hidden monster from a scary movie, the co-processor has been hiding in wait, looking for the right time to pounce on the unsuspecting victims. In this case, the installation of Android 8.1 will allow you to enable the feature if you follow the proper instructions to enable it.

To turn on the Pixel Visual Core co-processor (assuming that you do have Android 8.1 developer …


Once you enable audio on Instagram, sound now continues until you close the app

A change to Instagram rolled out to the app recently and this is how it works. When you open the picture and video sharing app, videos will autoplay with the sound off. But when you tap on the screen to turn the volume on one video on, all other videos will autoplay with the sound on for the remainder of your Instagram session. We’d say that makes common sense. And if you tap on the screen again turning the audio off on the current video, all of the subsequent videos will go silent. If you disable the sound on your Instagram videos, they will remain off when you finish your session and start up …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 guide: How to enable the display's native WQHD+ resolution output

While the official launch of the Note 8 is about a week or so away, but this doesn’t mean that we can’t show you a few tricks that will help you make the most out of your Note 8 once you get into possession of one.
Today, we will address one of the features that you might want to micro-manage on your own – the default resolution of your device. In case you’ve played around with a Galaxy S8 or S8+ before, you might know that although it comes with a WQHD+ 1440 x 2960-pixel display, by default the phone runs at FHD+ resolution, or 1080 x 2220 pixels. For …

LG to enable FM radio on its smartphones sold in the United States and Canada

One of the most basic features included on mobile phones, FM Radio is rarely seen in smartphones these days, especially those sold in the United States (perhaps Canada too). For some reason, major handset makers like LG are required to disable the FM chip inside their phones before they are introduced in North America.

Well, that’s not the case anymore, as LG announced it has teamed up with TagStation, owner of the NextRadio application, to enable FM chips in all phones launched by the South Korean company.

However, LG’s decision to enable FM chips in its …

New HTC U11 software update will enable 60 FPS video recording "over the next couple of months"

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about a major software update that the HTC U11 is bound to receive. Now, HTC is officially confirming that an update is indeed coming soon, although it doesn’t mention all the new features that are rumored to be included in it – like support for Bluetooth 5.0, or sRGB screen mode. Nevertheless, HTC can confirm that the U11 will gain support for 60 FPS (frames per second) video recording.

HTC says that the update enabling 60 FPS video recording “will be rolling out over the next couple of months to devices everywhere.” As you can …

Sony Xperia XZ Premium tutorial: Here's how to enable constant 4K display resolution

Pssst. Pssst! Got a Sony Xperia XZ Premium?
If so, then you’re probably awed by its super-crisp 4K display… that’s actually downscaling content to Full HD 1080p by default. 
Yes, as per Sony, “4K (and 4K HDR with 4K HDR content) is used in the Album and Video apps and third party apps with 4K (and 4K HDR) content. Everything else, so homescreen, apps, menus, etc are shown in Full HD.”

A bummer, isn’t it? Having a 4K display on paper but not using it to its full potential… Well, lucky for all of you tinkerers out …

Nova Launcher finally gets true Google Now integration on home screen, here's how to enable it

Nova Launcher is finally getting support for one of the most highly-requested features from the Android community – Google Now integration. Ever since Google introduced Now in 2012, the convenient homescreen side pane has been at the top of the wishlists of countless Nova Launcher users who were not willing to switch away from their favorite, highly-customizable launcher. However, for a number of technical reasons, Now integration could not be easily added to Nova Launcher.

To tackle the problem, TeslaCoil Software has now created a separate app called “Nova Google …

Here's how to enable one-handed mode on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

We’ve been exploring Galaxy S8 and S8+’s specific accessibility features for a while now, as we believe that you will want to use these on the two top-tier devices.

We showed you how to take selfies with the heart rate sensor at the back, snap pictures with a floating shutter button, and enable fingerprint gestures on the South Korean wonderboys, yet there’s one rather essential feature that we’ve left unexplored.

Of course, we are talking about one-handed mode, an actually useful software solution that shrinks the display of the phone for easier access to the interface. …

Here's how to enable or disable the floating camera shutter button on the Galaxy S8 and S8+

Although the Samsung Experience skin on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now sleeker and more straightforward than ever, it’s still bulging with useful features whose sole purpose is to aid users in their everyday tasks.

Single-hand mode, fingerprint gestures, and that floating shutter button are all super-useful, no doubt about that.

Wait, what? What floating shutter button?

This one is, as you might have guessed, a floating shutter button resembling a chat head in the camera button that allows you to easily take pictures no matter your hold of the device. It’s super …

Here's how to enable or disable fingerprint gestures on the Galaxy S8 and S8+

One thing that’s true for both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is that they are rather tall phones that definitely require some getting used to. Placing the fingerprint scanner that high definitely does not help with the overall usability of the phone.
As a saving grace, Samsung has thrown in a bunch of usability features that make handling the galaxy S8 and S8+ a bit easier. One of our favorite ones lets you swipe down the fingerprint scanner at the back in order to bring down the notification and quick toggles shade. This potentially saves your thumbs from painfully …