How to enable the new Google Assistant voices on your phone and smart speaker

At I/O 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that one of the biggest goals going forward with Google Assistant is to make it “natural and comfortable to talk to,” and as part of this initiative Google has stepped up its game with a handful of new voices for its virtual Assistant.

While the original voice of the Assistant was provided by the charming Nat & Lo, who had to spend countless hours in a studio, recording responses to questions, now Google is able to harness its machine learning DeepMind platform to basically make artificial voices that sound real. We’re …


Samsung promises to enable FM radio for unlocked Galaxy S9 and S9+ in the US soon

Samsung announced early this year that it will enable FM Radio chips in its smartphones sold in the United States, and for the most part, it kept its promise. However, if you’ve bought the unlocked versions of the company’s latest flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, then you’re out of luck.

Many customers who purchased the unlocked Galaxy S9/S9+ in the US aren’t able to access FM Radio on their devices, even though they should have it enabled.

Upon further investigation, it looks like the fault lies with Samsung, as the South Korean company forgot to add a certain API to the unlocked …

Samsung decides to enable FM Radio chips in its smartphones sold in the US

Samsung has just announced a partnership with NextRadio that will see that all its future smartphones will have their FM Radio chips enabled in the United States. LG made a similar move last year for the same reason, so Samsung felt like it needed to even the scales.

According to an official statement, Samsung is the newest smartphone maker that supports NextRadio by unlocking the FM Radio chip in all the upcoming mobile phones in the United States and Canada.

Unfortunately, that probably means the decision doesn’t apply retroactively, so many of the smartphones …

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 …