- LG V20 leaked with V10′s ticker display
- OnePlus releases community build of OxygenOS 3.5 for OnePlus 3
- Galaxy Note 7 battery explodes for one owner
- Google Photos, Android System Webview, and HP Print Service plugin all reach 500 million installs
- Google is expanding Wi-Fi Assistant to all Nexus users
- Sony Announces Xperia Devices Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update
- Google Has Started To Post Android 7.0 Factory Images
- Moto Z Hasselblad camera MotoMod revealed in new photo
- LG V20 will feature optimized audio from B&O Play
- Report: Pokémon Go usage has peaked and is now on a steady decline
- Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out
- Night Mode Enabler is a simple app that brings back Night Mode and its tile to Android Nougat
- Prisma should soon work offline by processing images on your device
- Microsoft OneNote beta adds often-requested ability to open password-protected sections
- [Deal Alert] Up to 66% off many NVIDIA SHIELD titles like MGR: Revengeance and the new Q*Bert Rebooted
- Instapaper has been acquired by Pinterest
- Android Nougat now has option to transfer data from iOS during setup
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.
The 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!
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:
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:
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!
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.
Posted: 24 Aug 2016 02:23 PM PDT
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.Read More
Google Photos, Android System Webview, and HP Print Service plugin all reach 500 million installs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Posted: 24 Aug 2016 12:10 PM PDT
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?
Posted: 24 Aug 2016 11:36 AM PDT
Posted: 24 Aug 2016 11:36 AM PDT
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.
The post Google Has Started To Post Android 7.0 Factory Images appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.
Posted: 24 Aug 2016 10:05 AM PDT
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.
Posted: 24 Aug 2016 10:05 AM PDT
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.
Posted: 24 Aug 2016 09:13 AM PDT
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.Read More
Report: Pokémon Go usage has peaked and is now on a steady decline was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
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.
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
Description: MenuSnap 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.
Description: GatherNote 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.
Description: Turn 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.
Description: The 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.
Description: Nenamark3 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
Description: Add 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.
Description: Welcome 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
Description: This 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
Description: Ever 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.
Posted: 24 Aug 2016 05:03 AM PDT
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.Read More
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.
Posted: 24 Aug 2016 04:08 AM PDT
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.Read More
Prisma should soon work offline by processing images on your device was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Posted: 24 Aug 2016 03:08 AM PDT
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.Read More
Microsoft OneNote beta adds often-requested ability to open password-protected sections was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Posted: 24 Aug 2016 03:08 AM PDT
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.Read More
[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.
Posted: 24 Aug 2016 01:53 AM PDT
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.Read More
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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