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LG V20 leaked with V10′s ticker display

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 04:10 PM PDT

The LG V10 seems to have been a popular device for LG. The V10 features a secondary ticker display for showing important info above the main display, and it seems gimmicky (and Samsung did it years ago), but people seem to like it.

LG V20 leakThe time for a followup is coming soon, and this leak shows off the upcoming LG V20, at least from the front. The ticker display remains, though it almost seems smaller than the one on the V10. Aesthetic design has changed a bit, but it's hard to say more about the device from this photo.

Are any of you excited for the LG V20? Will you be upgrading from the V10? Leave a comment!


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OnePlus releases community build of OxygenOS 3.5 for OnePlus 3

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 03:15 PM PDT

OnePlus wants to let its users test software builds before release, so the company released a community build of OxygenOS 3.5 for the OnePlus 3. It seems to be a trend for companies to release test builds or beta builds for devices, as LG recently did the same for Android 7.0 Nougat.

The build contains a lot of changes, including:

  • Several UI improvements
  • New and improved OnePlus apps, including clock, weather and file manager
  • Improved camera software
  • More robust settings and and customization features

There are also back-end changes that won't really be noticeable. Unfortunately, it is a beta build, so there will be some serious bugs:

  • Android Pay is not currently supported
  • Only English is currently supported in several OnePlus apps
  • Some performance issues
  • Some UI issues when using custom themes
  • System UI tuner is unstable (do not use); using the system UI tuner could cause serious issues that can only be resolved via factory reset
  • You will need to re-register your fingerprints if you have fingerprint authentication enabled

This isn't meant to be everyone's daily driver, but only those who want to test it on a spare OnePlus 3 or are daring enough to deal with bugs on their daily. Hit the source link to find instructions on how to flash it. Rolling back to official builds will require a clean flash, so be sure you want to stick around on community builds before flashing!


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Galaxy Note 7 battery explodes for one owner

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 03:15 PM PDT

Fires and explosions from battery-powered devices aren't exactly unheard of. When you pack a high-energy lithium battery into a small device you have on you at all times, accidents are bound to happen. Thankfully, they're pretty uncommon.

It seems that the first Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has suffered damage from a bad battery. This one looks particular nasty, as the battery blew out the side and melted part of the device. But the charred gold color definitely looks nice with what's left of the blue body!

In one photo we see a microUSB cable with a USB Type-C adapter on it, but it looks like that's the Samsung-supplied adapter. Maybe the cause was the charging brick, or a poor quality cable, but it's hard to blame USB Type-C in this case.

Either way, this is almost guaranteed to be an isolated case and shouldn't lower your opinion of the Note 7. It happens, and it can happen to any device.


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Google Photos, Android System Webview, and HP Print Service plugin all reach 500 million installs

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 02:23 PM PDT

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Some apps exist on thousands of phones. Others live on millions. Only a few occupy hundreds of millions. Google Photos, HP Print Service Plugin, and Android System Webview are the latest apps to surpass 500 million installs.

If you've purchased an Android phone recently, you may have noticed that each of these are apps that come pre-installed. That takes some of the wind out the sails of this news. When a pre-installed Google app reaches this milestone, it's not quite as impressive as when an app manages this feat via Play Store downloads.

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Google Photos, Android System Webview, and HP Print Service plugin all reach 500 million installs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google is expanding Wi-Fi Assistant to all Nexus users

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 12:10 PM PDT

One of the many exclusive features baked into Project Fi is Wi-Fi Assistant, but now Google has decided to expand that feature and make it available to all Nexus users.

Wi-Fi Assistant is a feature that will securely connect an Android device to an open Wi-Fi network, which have been catalogued by Google as being fast and strong. Wi-Fi Assistant is a way for Google to help users stay connected without having to deal with a terrible cellular connection and also avoid racking up data usage every month.

Google is now expanding Wi-Fi Assistant to all Nexus users, and the rollout will take place over the next several weeks. It will be available to all Nexus users running Android 5.1 or later and will work for Nexus users located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and in Nordic countries.

If you're a Nexus owner, are you looking forward to this feature landing on your device?


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Sony Announces Xperia Devices Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 11:36 AM PDT

Google Has Started To Post Android 7.0 Factory Images

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 11:36 AM PDT

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Google released its newest version of the world's most popular mobile operating system on Monday and while only a few selected Nexus phones started receiving the update, it was in no way a widespread rollout.

Now the company has started releasing its factory images for some of the currently supported devices. As of right now, the list is quite small but expect it to become larger in the coming days ahead. And as stated previously, the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) will no longer receive non-security updates.

Note: These images are meant for developers and you can only flash these images if the device has its bootloader unlocked. Stay tuned as we will update this list once new images are posted.

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The post Google Has Started To Post Android 7.0 Factory Images appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Moto Z Hasselblad camera MotoMod revealed in new photo

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 10:05 AM PDT

Lenovo-owned Motorola officially launched the Moto Z earlier this year, along with plenty of different MotoMods to attach to its back, but with one suspiciously missing at launch.

That is the camera MotoMod that appeared in earlier leaks, but didn't seem to make the cut for the official launch. Now, Moto G3 managed to get their hands on some photos that show the upcoming MotoMod, confirming that it still exists. The images reveal that the accessory is indeed a Hasselblad camera unit, with the logo in full sight, and that it will feature a 10X optical zoom.

Unfortunately, the images don't confirm any other details regarding the camera, like the megapixel count, but rumors suggest its quality could be similar to a mirrorless point-and-shoot.

As far as a release date is concerned, one possibility is the IFA trade show in Germany in early September. Hopefully the price for the Hasselblad camera MotoMod will be revealed at the same time.


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LG V20 will feature optimized audio from B&O Play

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 10:05 AM PDT

The LG V20 is nearing its big reveal in September, but in order to make sure that people don't forget about its debut, LG is continuing to tease the phone's features.

LG is partnering with B&O Play to provide "best-in class audio functions" on the V20. What that means for future owners is natural and balanced sound thanks to acoustic engineers working on the V20′s sound quality. The Life's Good crew is also adding in some custom wallpapers on the V20, which at least one will feature the official B&O Play logo.

One other key addition is that premium B&O Play earphones that will be included in the V20 box.

LG has actually been putting quite a bit of focus on the V20′s audio quality, with an earlier report noting the device will feature superior sound with a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital-to-analog convertor).

Between the announcements regarding the V20 and renders allegedly showing what the device will look like, the upcoming flagship is certainly shaping up quite nicely.


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Report: Pokémon Go usage has peaked and is now on a steady decline

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 09:13 AM PDT

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Multiple mobile analytics firms have weighed in on the state of Pokémon Go, and the news could be better. Usage is down from its peak in mid-July, which you'd expect for any product that explodes like Pokémon Go. However, the trend continues to be downward for Niantic as daily active users, downloads, and time spent in the app continue to decline.

Pokémon Go was instantly biggest mobile gaming phenomenon ever when it was released in early July.

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Report: Pokémon Go usage has peaked and is now on a steady decline was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 07:40 AM PDT

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Formulr

Formulr

Description: See what your favourite championships, manufacturers, drivers, riders, teams and circuits are up to every day. Follow your favourites to see their latest photos and videos. Discover something new with hundreds of championships worldwide. With Rally, Formula, Motorcycle, Touring, Sports, Rallycross and Motocross, there's something for everyone.

 

MenuSnap – Food Search

MenuSnap - Food Search

DescriptionMenuSnap is an Android app that scans your food menu into a user-friendly interface for you to easily search and translate the food items. This makes it ideal for people like travellers who needs to find out whats that foreign food name on their menus.

 

GatherNote

GatherNote

DescriptionGatherNote is an easy to use, all-in-one app that is ideal for organizing your projects and keeping all the relevant information in one place. GatherNote goes beyond just being a repository for annotated pictures. With GatherNote, you can not only take photos and add notations, but you can also draw dimensions, record audio notes, and pin that information to the photo.

 

Navbar Apps

Navbar Apps

DescriptionTurn it blue, make it red – anything you want. Select cool image as background or match color automatically to fit it to running app. Whatever you choose, it will be awesome! And then add some data, like battery level.

 

AutoblogVR

AutoblogVR

DescriptionThe team at Autoblog is thrilled to offer a whole new way to experience edge-of-seat automotive awesomeness, right on your device: in immersive, virtual reality video. Featuring exclusive 360º video content, take the driver's seat in some of the world's most famous and exotic rides for a one-of-a-kind viewing experience.

 

Nenamark3

Nenamark3

DescriptionNenamark3 is a benchmark that tests the 3D-graphics capabilities of a device. It does so using the OpenGL|ES interface and takes advantage of advanced features when available.

 

Notion – Thoughtful Email

Notion - Thoughtful Email

DescriptionAdd intelligence to your Gmail and Google Apps email accounts. For other email platforms (iCloud, Yahoo, Office 365, Exchange, etc.), tweet to us @notionapp and we will try to expedite your invitation.

 

FordVR

FordVR

DescriptionWelcome to an extraordinary new virtual reality experience that's the closest thing to the real thing. Go behind the scenes, see automotive superstars in action and get behind the wheel with this 360-degree view into the world of Ford.

 

Samsung Connect Auto

Samsung Connect Auto

DescriptionThis app supports Samsung Connect Auto service helping make your car safer, more efficient, and connected. It allows you to monitor your car remotely, drive safer and more efficiently, save money with fuel and vehicle health reports, go on-line from multiple devices using built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and LTE connectivity.

 

Inkwire Screen Share + Assist

Inkwire Screen Share

DescriptionEver wanted to give another Android user a hand? Inkwire lets you easily share your screen to another Android user. With just a couple clicks, you can request to view another user's Android. Once connected, you can optionally start a voice chat, and draw on their screen to guide them through their issue.

 


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Night Mode Enabler is a simple app that brings back Night Mode and its tile to Android Nougat

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:03 AM PDT

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The saga of Night Mode on Android is a bit of a dramatic story that started with a sneak peak in Android M, disappeared, returned again in N dev previews, only for our excitement to be short lived as we learned that it might not make it to the final release. And make it, it didn't. With the latest dev previews and Nougat's official release, the signs of Night Mode started disappearing one by one.

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Night Mode Enabler is a simple app that brings back Night Mode and its tile to Android Nougat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Prisma should soon work offline by processing images on your device

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 04:08 AM PDT

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Prisma has been available on Android for exactly a month now, but the app's developers haven't wasted time trying to improve it in the meantime. Shortly after the app's release, an update added a much-needed Save button, but there was still one major inconvenience to using the app: the wait times and the overloaded servers.

Prisma doesn't work like all other photo editing apps. Its effects aren't just regular filters à la Instagram, but they're built on neural networks that try to understand the original image and apply changes in a way that works specifically with them.

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Prisma should soon work offline by processing images on your device was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Microsoft OneNote beta adds often-requested ability to open password-protected sections

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 03:08 AM PDT

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In our Android circles, Microsoft isn't exactly the popularity king, but you'll often find users praising its OneNote service as a serious workhorse for saving and organizing all kinds of notes. The Android app is quite loved too, aside from one major asterisk if you ask our own Artem or any of the 1400+ users who upvoted this request: password-protected sections were kept out of reach. The app would just say they're unsupported and not let you access anything inside them.

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Microsoft OneNote beta adds often-requested ability to open password-protected sections was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Deal Alert] Up to 66% off many NVIDIA SHIELD titles like MGR: Revengeance and the new Q*Bert Rebooted

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 03:08 AM PDT

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Back when I was a student, a long long time ago, "back to school" was end of September or even beginning of October. But summer school vacations here in Lebanon seem to be following the same pattern as the US recently: they're getting shorter and thus school is starting sooner.

I'm not sure why you'd celebrate "back to school" with game discounts though — isn't that counter-productive? Or maybe kids are going to be so taken by their studies that it'd be nice to give them a break on the cheap, especially when playing in the sun becomes less feasible as fall hits.

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[Deal Alert] Up to 66% off many NVIDIA SHIELD titles like MGR: Revengeance and the new Q*Bert Rebooted was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Instapaper has been acquired by Pinterest

Posted: 24 Aug 2016 01:53 AM PDT

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On the surface, there aren't lots of common points between Instapaper and Pinterest. One is focused on making web pages easier to read by getting rid of all superfluous content, the other is an online scrapbook of beautiful images. But there's more to each service, and once you consider them both as ways to save and organize interesting things you find online, the similarities become more apparent and this news makes more sense.

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Instapaper has been acquired by Pinterest was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Nougat now has option to transfer data from iOS during setup

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 05:10 PM PDT

When a person switches from iOS to Android, they probably want to take all of their information with them. Investing in an ecosystem makes it tough to switch, but many companies have made this easier. Motorola, HTC, and other phone makers have added iOS import options to the setup screen for years.

Now it's Google's turn (finally). Android 7.0 Nougat now has an option to migrate data from an iOS device when setting up a fresh device. This is a great option for those running stock Android like a Nexus.

Whoever says skins aren't good for Android can't deny that skins usually bring features to Android first, and Google adopts them a few years later. Good on Google for offering this.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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AT&T LG V10 getting update with WiFi Calling

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 04:10 PM PDT

AT&T has released a new software update for the LG V10, but don't get too excited. You're not getting a new version of Android. In fact, the update only contains WiFi Calling. It's one of the few Android devices to feature WiFi Calling on AT&T, so that's a bonus for V10 owners.

The update has a software version of H90021v and is 368MB. If you want to download it, head to Settings > General > About phone> Update Center > Software Update > Update Now. Let us know when you get it!


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Google to start ranking sites lower if they use intrusive pop ups

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 04:10 PM PDT

Google ranks sites based on hundreds of signals like how useful they are, how safe they are, and more. Google has also been working hard to push for more useful sites, ranking sites lower if they don't have mobile sites.

Google's next step is to change rankings based on intrusive pop-up ads. Starting January 10, 2017, Google will rank sites lower if they have intrusive pop-ups that degrade the user experience. This doesn't include those that warn about cookies, ask for your age, or cover only part of the screen. The rules are open to interpretation.

Overall, this is a good move by Google to make the user experience better on mobile. I don't think anyone likes pop-up ads, though ads are an integral part of many sites. Hopefully this will encourage sites to improve their ad experience, though since this is only one of hundreds of signals, this may not affect big sites.


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Chase to start supporting Android Pay on Sept. 7

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 03:20 PM PDT

Though many banks now support Android Pay, Chase has not offered any support for its cards in the mobile payment app, meaning that those with Chase cards have been left out. Thankfully, that's about to change.

Chase Android PayWe knew that chase would eventually support Android Pay, but thanks to this leaked document, we have a date on which it'll happen. Support will begin on Sept. 7 for Visa-branded Chase credit cards and debit cards.

If you haven't given Android Pay a shot due to a lack of support from Chase, we definitely recommend it. With Walgreens loyalty card support, it's even easier to pay with just one or two taps.


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Drive app update ends support for ICS, adds in-app storage upgrades, and more

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 02:24 PM PDT

nexus2cee_Drive_thumb.pngThere's a new version of Drive rolling out, and it's the last one for users of ICS. It's been a good run, but it may be time to give your Android 4.0 device the boot now that there will be no further Drive app updates. I mean, there were dozens of reasons to do that before, but surely this is the final straw. In addition to ending support for ICS, you'll be able to give Google money for more storage from the app and never miss a document comment again.

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Drive app update ends support for ICS, adds in-app storage upgrades, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony outlines Android 7.0 Nougat update plans for Xperia devices

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 02:20 PM PDT

Now that the Android 7.0 Nougat update has begun rolling out, manufacturers like Sony can start laying the groundwork to update their own devices. And letting customers in on the plans at the same time.

Sony has revealed which of its Xperia devices will be receive an update to Android 7.0 Nougat. Devices like the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA Ultra make the cut, unsurprisingly, as does the Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z5. Here's the full list:

  • Xperia Z3+
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Xperia Z5
  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Xperia X
  • Xperia XA
  • Xperia XA Ultra
  • Xperia X Performance

While Sony is sharing the list of devices that will be getting upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat, the company isn't announcing a release timetable yet, so we don't know when these updates will arrive. Sony does say it's "really excited" about the new software, but doesn't go into any detail regarding what changes it might be adding to its devices.

Still, if you have one of Sony's Xperia-branded smartphones that will be getting updated, it's good to hear Android 7.0 Nougat is on the way.


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Praise the Lord: Chase will add support for Android Pay on September 7th

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 12:38 PM PDT

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To all of you Chase customers who have been longing for Android Pay support, it seems that your prayers have been heard. No longer will you have to purchase a Samsung or Apple device to be able to pay for things with your phone. According to an anonymous Chase employee, Chase will begin supporting Google's NFC-based payment system in just over two weeks.

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This leaked internal document is pretty straightforward; Android Pay will begin support for Chase cards on September 7th.

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Praise the Lord: Chase will add support for Android Pay on September 7th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Pokémon Go updated to v0.35.0 with 'Pokémon appraisals' and not much else

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 11:33 AM PDT

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How good are your Pokémon? Would you like an appraisal by an expert? Well, we don't have any of those. The best you'll get are some vague statements about stats from your virtual team leader in the new Pokémon Go update. Niantic totally promises it's working on more things, though.

Here's the changelog for the latest Pokémon Go update.

  • Implemented Pokémon Appraisal: Trainers will now be able to learn about a Pokémon's attack and defense capabilities from their Team Leader (Candela, Blanche or Spark) to determine which of their Pokémon have the most potential for battle.
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Pokémon Go updated to v0.35.0 with 'Pokémon appraisals' and not much else was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Opera VPN now available on Android, completely free and blocks ad tracking

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 11:33 AM PDT

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Back in April, Opera introduced a free VPN integrated into the desktop Opera browser. That feature arrived in the Opera developer channel just a month after they acquired SurfEasy, a Toronto-based company that created easy-to-use VPN applications. A standalone Opera VPN application was released on iOS in May, and now it's available for Android devices.

Opera VPN is notable because just like the VPN in the Opera browsers, it is completely free. You can choose between a number of countries including USA, Canada, Germany, Singapore, and The Netherlands (with more countries coming soon).

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Opera VPN now available on Android, completely free and blocks ad tracking was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Nike+ Running becomes Nike+ Run Club as part of 2.0 update

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 11:33 AM PDT

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I've never been much of a runner, so I've only taken my phone with me for a lap around the neighborhood a handful of times. When I did, it felt Runtastic. But the Nike+ Running app has been another option for people looking to set goals and track their progress.

Nike is taking a new step forward and rebranding the app as part of the jump to version 2.0. The Play Store listing has changed to Nike+ Run Club, and a redesign is accompanying the transition.

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Nike+ Running becomes Nike+ Run Club as part of 2.0 update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google’s Daydream VR platform reportedly launching soon

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 11:10 AM PDT

Back at the I/O developers conference, Google officially announced its new virtual reality (VR) platform, Daydream, which will see a huge focus on the technology moving forward. Since then, we've learned that Google plans on launching its own Daydream-ready VR headset, which will put it in direct competition to other companies looking to launch their own headsets in the future. And we've learned that current Android handsets probably won't be Daydream-ready whenever it launches.

Thanks to Bloomberg, we may have an idea when Daydream will launch. The publication has been told by unnamed sources that Daydream will launch "in the coming weeks" and that Google is working with a variety of partners, like Hulu and YouTube star Justine Ezarik, to create Daydream-specific projects to promote the platform. Google is also allegedly teaming up with sports leagues and producers of video games to bring even more content to the platform.

The report adds that Google is investing quite a bit in these projects, reportedly dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars for some of them.

Are you interested in Daydream yet?


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Google publishes Android 7.0 Nougat factory images

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 11:10 AM PDT

Google made some big changes to the way it handled Android 7.0 Nougat, including letting developers in on the fun much sooner than normal, letting Android fans have a crack at naming the update, and now releasing the factory images for that software a bit later than usual.

Yesterday Google officially began rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to select devices. It's an over-the-air (OTA) update, so not every eligible device out in the wild will receive the new software immediately. That's where factory images come in.

Now Google has started to release those factory images. To start, the Android 7.0 factory images are available for the Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi), the Nexus Player, and Google's Pixel C tablet. It's a bit of a bummer that the newer Nexus smartphones aren't a part in the first wave of factory images, but it probably won't take long before they're available.

For those who want to use the command line to upgrade and bypass the standard OTA update process, the factory images make that measurably easier. You'll wipe your device when you flash a factory image, though, so do be aware of that.

Have you updated to Android 7.0 Nougat yet?


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Lenovo partners with Microsoft to preload Office, OneDrive, and Skype on future devices

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 10:33 AM PDT

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Microsoft is taking Android seriously, and that means more than sticking quality apps on Google Play. The tech giant is partnering with whomever it can to make its software the first you see when you power on your phone. Lenovo is the latest Android manufacturer to agree.

The partnership includes a patent cross-licensing agreement that includes Lenovo and Motorola devices. Presumably part of the price for access to Microsoft patents includes getting the latter's apps in front of more faces.

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Lenovo partners with Microsoft to preload Office, OneDrive, and Skype on future devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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OnePlus is teasing ‘something special’ for August 25

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 10:06 AM PDT

OnePlus launched its latest flagship, the OnePlus 3, not too long ago, but apparently the company is once again on the brink of unveiling something new. Today they've turned on the hype machine to make sure all eyes are on deck when the big reveal arrives.

OnePlus will announce "something special" on August 25. However, what OnePlus has in store for all of us remains to be seen. The teaser video is only 28 seconds long, and while it's obvious there's a vinyl record spinning, that doesn't really tell us anything specific. There does appear to be an earbud in the middle of the image, and we can clearly see "V2″ in the center. The safest bet at this point is that OnePlus is teasing new Icon earbuds.

It's possible OnePlus is garnering up a lot of attention just for some earbuds. If that is indeed the case, we'll have to hope they're worth the attention when OnePlus unveils them in just a couple of days.


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Google Assistant can answer your voice messages in Allo

Posted: 23 Aug 2016 03:38 AM PDT

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We've covered a lot of what Google Allo can do as a messaging application, but we haven't yet scratched the surface of one of its most interesting features: Assistant. It lives as a standalone chat, but also as a bot ready to answer any question inside your other conversations (not the Incognito ones though, as we've said before) by just mentioning @google.

Since Assistant is an evolution of Google Now / OK Google commands, and since Allo can send voice messages, there's a nifty feature you can easily deduce from the combination of the two: Assistant will interpret your voice messages in Allo. It's as cool as you might guess.

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Google Assistant can answer your voice messages in Allo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android 7.0 Nougat Now Official, Rollout Starts Today

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 11:33 PM PDT

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Well well well, looks like TELUS was right, yet again. Google has now officially released Android 7.0 Nougat to AOSP and has begun seeding the update to Nexus phones around the world.

Device support has changed for this release so the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) will no longer receive any non-security updates. As of now, the only officially supported devices are Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C.

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So what's new? Here's a list of what's new in this build:

  • Multi-window support
  • Quick switch
  • Unicode 9.0 (new Emoji)
  • Vulkan API for low-level fast graphics
  • VR (Virtual Reality) support built-in
  • Improved "Doze" support
  • New notification shade design with customizable quick settings (easily toggle Wifi, etc)
  • 1st class/party quick-reply/direct-reply notification support
  • Automatic notification bundling (No more rows and rows of Facebook notifications)
  • "Data saver" toggling, which disables backgrounded apps from using cell data while still allowing foreground apps to use it
  • Notification controls via long-press
  • Customizable display "density" and font-size controls, so you can fit more on your screen or alternatively make it easier to see/read
  • Unified software security updates on "select new devices"
  • File-based encryption (in addition to the previous storage device encryption), for better security with multi-user support
  • "Direct Boot" starts your critical apps (alarm, etc) even when you haven't unlocked your device
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LG's upcoming V20 smartphone was also confirmed to be the first phone shipping with Android 7.0 out of the box.

Now we wait for the new Nexus.

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28 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android apps from the last 2 weeks (8/9/16 - 8/22/16)

Posted: 22 Aug 2016 05:10 PM PDT

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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28 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android apps from the last 2 weeks (8/9/16 - 8/22/16) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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