Author: Mobile Syrup

Apple working on Cast support in Apple Music for Android

A recent teardown of the Apple Music app on Android revealed that the iPhone-maker is working Chromecast support into its music streaming service.
As with all APK teardowns, it’s important to remember that uncovered features are often works-in-progress and may not be representative of the final product. Further, features may never see completion. With that said, let’s take a look.
Apple released Apple Music 2.8 at the beginning of the week with support for Chromebooks and a revamped ‘Browse’ tab that featured more editorial highlights. However, the company quickly released update 2.8.1 and 2.8.2 to fix a bug that caused the app to “unexpectedly close or fail after an upgrade for some users.”
9to5Google decompiled that latter APK, which rolled out on March 29th, and found four code strings related to Chromecast. These strings included two application IDs.
Developers receive these IDs when they register an application for Cast support with Google. Registering allows developers to add cus..

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Valve teases new VR headset coming in May, HTC nowhere to be found

Valve is launching a brand new virtual reality (VR) headset in May, according to a teaser website.
Dubbed the Valve Index, it appears the headset is of the company’s own making, and not one made by longtime VR partner HTC.
Beyond a darkened image of the headset, a tagline that reads “Upgrade your experience,” and the date May 2019, there’s no other information on the page.
However, the image itself does give a fair bit away. The Index has as many as four wide-angle cameras, which suggests the headset will feature inside-out tracking like the Oculus Quest and other second-gen VR headsets.
Inside-out tracking allows players to move around a room without the need for base stations or external tracking cameras.
It also has an adjustment slider, likely for interpupillary distance (IPD), which allows the headset to accommodate people with eyes set closer or farther apart than average.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any details regarding specs or peripherals. There’s also no indication if the Va..

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Here are the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Pixel 3a and 3a XL and OnePlus 7 leaks from last week

From Samsung to Huawei, here’s a breakdown of almost every smartphone leak from the last few days.
The leaks below encompass news ranging from March 23rd to the 29th, 2019.
SamsungThe Galaxy Note 10 is likely to launch in August with a buttonless design. A new leak suggests the phone will lack any buttons and will instead include touch or gesture-based alternatives. Samsung will reportedly launch an A series handset with the same features.
For more on the Note 10’s buttonless design, click here.
GoogleThe Pixel 3a and 3a XL will likely feature an Iris colour variant. It’s unclear what exactly the colour will look like. Iris can represent a deep royal blue with a tint of purple and one that resembles the colour of the iris flower.
For more on the iris Pixel 3a and 3a XL, click here.
OnePlus 7The latest leak about the OnePlus 7 indicates that the phone will launch in May, with a faster pop-up selfie camera. The leaker adds that the pop-up camera will be faster than Oppo’s and Vivo’s hand..

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Public Mobile offers first month free if you activate in-store on March 30, 31

If you’ve considered switching to Public Mobile, it might be time to make the jump.
The Telus flanker brand is offering new subscribers their first month free. Plus, you can get a free SIM card too.
Starting March 30th, 2019 and running until 11:59pm ET on the 31st, when you activate any of Public Mobile’s 30-day plans in store, you’ll receive a credit for the plan amount within five days of activation.
These credits will count towards your next plan renewal — so technically, you are paying for that first month, but you get the next one free. Regardless, that’s a free month of cell service.
Public notes that the credit will only cover the 30-day plan, so if you have any add-ons or other extra costs, you’ll still need to pay for those.
Further, all of Public Mobile’s rewards, like the $2 Auto Pay credit, still apply. You can learn more about rewards and the rules around them here.
If you want to sign-up and get your free month of service, head over to a participating Walmart, London Dru..

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Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ Camera Review: Maybe next generation

Samsung touted the Galaxy S10 and S10+ as ‘next-generation’ smartphones, including camera performance in that assessment. There’s little doubt these latest flagships feature stellar shooters, especially with three lenses on board, but engineers didn’t push the bar far enough.
By now, it’s easy to predict the basis for Samsung’s camera approach. Borrow from both the Galaxy S and Note lines, iterate, and add a big piece where possible. That piece is the third ultra-wide lens, which figures prominently beyond shooting with it standalone, as I’ll explain later.
What’s debatable is the pursuit toward better low-light photography. Google and Huawei have both raised the bar considerably in that regard. Apple failed to come close with its newest iPhone, and Samsung has opted not to let users try and close the gap for themselves.
There’s a night mode, but it’s an AI that only seems to work on the standard wide lens. It is something you can toggle on or off, but you can’t control it when shootin..

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