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Verizon HTC One M9 will get an update with Android 5.1, Stagefright, and more starting August 20

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 03:07 PM PDT

Rejoice, Verizon HTC One M9 users, because your Android 5.1 update is nearly here.

HTC's Mo Versi says that the Android 5.1 update for Verizon's One M9 has been approved and that it'll begin rolling out tomorrow, August 20. Along with Android 5.1, the update will include a Stagefright patch and will enable bands 3 and 7 for roaming.

Verizon One M9 owners have had to sit idly by and watch One M9 owners on other carriers enjoy Android 5.1 for several weeks now, but thankfully that'll come to an end starting tomorrow. And while updates like these are typically staggered, meaning that not every Verizon One M9 owner will get it tomorrow, at least we know that the update is at least starting to go out.

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HTC’s next flagship may be named the O2

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 02:37 PM PDT

HTC hasn't exactly been innovating much in the last few years. Its flagship devices have been great, but the last three have featured the same name, the same exterior styling, and the same specs as every other flagship. It seems that HTC might know that it needs to freshen the brand up a bit, as it's rumored that the next flagship will be called the HTC O2.

Along with a new name, hopefully we'll be seeing a new design that will entice people to buy HTC devices again. Inside it's rumored to sport a quad-core Snapdragon 820, which opts for four cores made with Samsung's FinFET 14nm process instead of the more conventional eight cores. With that there will be 4GB of RAM.

The name definitely isn't a bad one, though it might cause confusion wherever the carrier O2 operates. Maybe a better name should be considered. But at least HTC is changing things up. What do you think of this development? Leave a comment!

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Pac-Man 256 Is Live In The Play Store With Tons Of Power Ups, Controller Support, And A Not-Terrible IAP Scheme

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 01:50 PM PDT


Just days after releasing a new gameplay teaser, Pac-Man 256 From Hipster Whale has hit the Play Store. This officially licensed take on Pac-Man is part classic arcade eating simulator and part endless runner, plus a delightful homage to the level 256 glitch of the original. It's free-to-play, but the in-app purchases actually seem very fair once you figure it all out.

Your goal in Pac-Man 256 is to eat as many pellets as possible while heading up and away from the wave of game corruption that will wipe out everything in its path.

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Pac-Man 256 Is Live In The Play Store With Tons Of Power Ups, Controller Support, And A Not-Terrible IAP Scheme was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google releases updated version of Android 6.0 preview

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 01:36 PM PDT

Google released a new preview build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow just two days ago, but it seems something was forgotten or left unfixed. Now Google has posted new image files for the Marshmallow preview, bumping the build from MPA44G to MPA44I.

If you want to manually flash the new build, hit the source link to get it for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. If Google decided to release a new build so quickly, it's probably important enough to update your device.

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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 01:21 PM 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.

iLectric Piano

iLectric Piano

Description: iLectric Piano FREE is the ultimate electric piano instrument that puts an extraordinary collection of authentic electric pianos and vintage keyboards at your fingertips!




DescriptionRobinhood for Android is a free download that allows people to buy and sell stocks for free! View market data in real-time, build a personalized watchlist, and place trades with a few taps.



Mozilla Webmaker

DescriptionMozilla Webmaker transforms Web users into Web makers. You can build original content like scrapbooks, photo galleries, memes, comic strips and more.


Ink Space

Ink Space

DescriptionThe project itself it fairly straight forward you can draw, move the phone by tilting in different directions, adjust line that you are drawing, create an animated line which pulses and re-draws itself and record an animated gif of whatever you make.


Ninja Jamm

Ninja Jamm

DescriptionBuild your own tunes from Samplepacks, and remix Tunespacks from Ninja artists. Touch to mix and mash clips in the clip matrix, trigger and scratch one shots, tilt and shake to apply radical FX, and record and share your jamms.


Govberg OnTime: Watch Toolbox

Govberg OnTime

DescriptionGovberg OnTime is your one stop digital toolbox that allows luxury watch collectors to manage and build their luxury wristwatch collections. You can only wear one watch at a time, but with Govberg OnTime, you can have all of your watches at your finger tips!


iGrand Piano

iGrand Piano

Description: iGrand Piano FREE is the ultimate grand piano instrument that puts an extraordinary collection of ultra-realistic acoustic pianos at your fingertips.


Wear GBC

Wear GBC

DescriptionWear GBC lets you play retro games right from your wrist. Use the companion app to sync games to the wearable app and then play them any time.


Wear Inactivity Coach

Wear Inactivity Coach

DescriptionLip Swap is an experiment that lets you switch parts of your face with other parts of your face. Talk through your eyes and look through your mouth. Create hilarious videos to share with friends.


 MSTY – The Music Messenger


DescriptionMSTY (My Song To You) is a music messaging app that allows you to communicate with friends by combining the World's greatest songs with your own words and photos.


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Android Auto updated for easier and safer use of home screen

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 01:11 PM PDT

Android Auto has the advantage of being easily updated because the software resides mostly on the smartphone rather than the car or head unit. The latest update to Android Auto has popped up on Google Play and while there aren't many changes, it's still a pretty important one.

The biggest change is to the home screen. The navigation card now shows your next turn and the music card shows a play/pause button, meaning you and see and do more without pressing buttons. In a car, not being distracted with a screen is a big matter of safety.

There is also bigger cards, a small change to the color scheme, and a new background. While it's not a huge update, I think it's an important one. If you're using Android Auto, update the app through the Play Store!

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Google Photos v1.3 Lets You Reorder Album Photos, Trim Videos, Sign In As A Google+ Page, And More

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 01:02 PM PDT


A new feature here. A little tweak there. That's the way we like our Google Photos updates. The latest, version 1.3, brings in a bit of both. Let's get to it.

What's New

Google has already posted the changelog for this release. Here it is.

What's New:

  • Google Photos can recognize collages/animations that Google Camera creates
  • You are now able to login to Google Photos as a Plus Page
  • You can reorder content in albums
  • You can now trim videos to be included in movies
  • You can see a new timeline user interface for Movie editing

In case you find some of the items on this list a tad ambiguous, here are some pictures to help clarify things.

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Google Photos v1.3 Lets You Reorder Album Photos, Trim Videos, Sign In As A Google+ Page, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Project Ara to use something other than electropermanent magnets

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 12:36 PM PDT

Project Ara is still well underway despite the delay, and the team is still working hard on the device. The previous plan was to hold the modules in place with electropermanent magnets, which require energy to become magnetic, but no energy to stay magnetic. But unfortunately, that idea is out the window.

Project Ara Tweeted that electropermanent magnets will not be used after failing the drop test. It's likely that they are not strong enough to hold modules in place during a strong impact, so a tougher system will have to be used. You definitely don't want your camera module flying off and getting lost.

The developers of the project still have plenty of time to get it right, as it should be launching in 2016, barring further delays. But it's a shame, the electropermanent magnet idea was really cool.

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Get the complete Arduino Starter Kit & Course Bundle with 85% off [Deal]

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 11:54 AM PDT

4056eb50eda280a56e736afe63f8e6b41a73d486_main_hero_imageThe ARDX Arduino Starter Kit pairs a detailed, illustrated guide with all the parts you need to build your own circuits. Perfect for beginners, this kit requires no experience and teaches you to use Arduino to control lights, buzzers, and more — and with Cult of Android Deals, it comes bundled with three Arduino courses

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State Farm's Pocket Agent Android App Goes Material In Latest Update

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 11:47 AM PDT


Are you in good hands? Is your insurance agency on your side? Is it like a good neighbor? If you answered yes to that last one, then you might want to check out your company's Android app. State Farm has given its Pocket Agent software a material makeover in the latest release.

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The updated look comes with a new navigation drawer that provides quicker access to the stuff that led you to open the app in the first place, like your agent, claims center, and roadside assistance.

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State Farm's Pocket Agent Android App Goes Material In Latest Update was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Pre-orders open for the privacy-centric Blackphone 2

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 11:11 AM PDT

Digital security and privacy are a buzzing topic these days, particularly in light of the fact that user information from Ashley Madison was just dumped online. Silent Circle is a company that aims to protect your privacy, and that's why they created the Blackphone, an Android-based smartphone focused on privacy. Now, the second iteration, the Blackphone 2, is nearing release and has just been opened up for pre-orders.

Pricing hasn't been made public, as pre-orders are being done through a system requiring you to contact sales to put in a pre-order request. The original Blackphone sold for $629, so we'd expect the Blackphone 2 to be somewhere in that ball park. For specs, it has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage plus a microSD card slot, 13-megapixel camera and the selling feature of the phone, Silent OS. As you might guess, Silent OS is a modified version of Android that includes loads of security features including encrypted voice calls, encrypted text messages and the ability to create Spaces, which are separate, virtual phones on the same device, allowing work and personal data to remain entirely separate.

Follow the source link below if you'd like to learn more about the Blackphone 2.

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Tile announces new second generation hardware for keeping you connected to your things

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 10:58 AM PDT

If you are prone to losing things, Tile is exactly what you need in your life. Tile is a small, Bluetooth-enabled square that connects to your smartphone or tablet and serves as a beacon whenever pinged. It's incredibly simple, which is exactly what makes it so good. And now, with the announcement of a second generation Tile, it's getting even better.

Here's how Tile works: You take a Tile unit, attach it to something like your keys, wallet, coat, bike, camera, etc. and connect that Tile to the Tile app. If you happen to lose one of those items, you can ping the Tile, which will make it play a loud noise helping you find it.

This week, Tile has announced the newest iteration of its hardware that features a few key improvements over first generation models. It's now louder, so when you ping Tile you'll be able to hear it better, and it can now help your find your lost phone. By tapping the "e" on the new Tile, your phone will play a noise helping you find it. If it's out of Bluetooth range, you can check on another phone or online and see where the last place your phone was seen.

Use cases for Tile are plentiful, with people inventing new and creative ways to use Tile everyday. To get your own Tile, head on over to the website to pick one up for $25. If you buy multiple units, they will go down in price. T-Mobile is also giving away some new Tiles in celebration of the second generation Tile going on sale at Magenta. Be on the lookout for an Android and Me review coming in the future.

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Galaxy Note 5 drop test proves glass is still fragile

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 10:11 AM PDT

Be careful with your Note 5, Photo: PhoneBuffSamsung's new Galaxy Note 5 is a beauty, but its decision to swap flexible plastic for shiny glass has its disadvantages. Not only does it make the new phablet a fingerprint magnet, but it also makes it much more fragile — as demonstrated in the drop test below. The guys over at the PhoneBuff channel

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Samsung teases the Gear S2 smartwatch in new video

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 09:35 AM PDT

Samsung has a new smartwatch on the way called the Gear S2, and it sports a round face with a unique-looking interface. The company has been teasing it for a bit of time now, and now it's adding a teaser video to the mix.

The video is focused primarily on the UI, showcasing different aspects of what future owners will be interacting with on a regular basis. That includes the heart rate monitor, the weather, menu and, unsurprisingly, the clock. It's a short video, but it ends with another tease, "Berlin 09.03.2015," which would seem to be an obvious suggestion that Samsung plans on talking more about the Gear S2 at IFA in Berlin on September 3.

As it stands right now, only rumors have tried to confirm what the Gear S2 packs under the hood, including a dual-core Exynos 3472 processor, 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of built-in storage. The battery is said to measure in at 250mAh. The display is said to be a Super AMOLED panel, but just how big it is remains unknown. And, finally, the Gear S2 is more than likely running Samsung's Tizen operating system, not Android Wear.

Are you looking forward to hearing more about Samsung's Gear S2?

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BlackBerry Venice leaks again with a clear view of the keyboard

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 09:35 AM PDT

Blackberry is a company that many, myself included, didn't think would last this long. But it has clung to life with a loyal fan base. That base isn't enough to sustain BlackBerry, though, so it's turning to a different tactic. Blackberry is going to become a manufacturer of Android devices. Its first device is codenamed the BlackBerry Venice, and according to a new leak, it's arriving in November with a launch on all four major US carriers.

Famed leaker @evleaks has leaked a couple photos of the device with the above information. The biggest news is that the BlackBerry Venice will indeed have a physical, sliding keyboard. Simply slide the phone up to access a full physical QWERTY keyboard, which should be a welcome addition for the loyal BlackBerry customers who will be looking to switch over.

A second collage of images also shows two software additions from BlackBerry. The first is a content transfer system that looks like it'll be available for existing BlackBerrys as well as the new BlackBerry Android devices. It'll allow customers to back up everything on their old device and have it automatically restore onto their new BlackBerry. The other addition is that of BlackBerry Hub, which we expected to be on the Venice. For those unfamiliar, BlackBerry Hub is a one-stop shop for managing email, texts and social media.

As of now, we'll just have to wait until November for official word on the BlackBerry Venice. We'll be sure to keep you posted on further leaks and rumors.

Source: @evleaks, (2)

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s launcher is available to download now

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 09:23 AM PDT

Get Marshmallow's new launcher right now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidGoogle's new launcher baked into Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been extracted from the company's latest Developer Preview and is available to download now. The launcher comes with all of Marshmallow's new wallpapers, as well as some welcome performance improvements. As this was pulled from Google's latest Marshmallow build, it is an official release and not a

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HTC’s Upcoming Flagship Phone Could Be Called HTC O2

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 08:53 AM PDT

As you know, HTC released the One M9 earlier this year featuring an almost identical design to their most popular smartphone, the One (M8). Because of this, many HTC fans were disappointed and the excessive heat issues that came with the Snapdragon 810 SoC inside the phone just made it worse.

According to a new report from Chinese site Mobile-Dad, the phone is going to be called the HTC O2 rather than the M10 and it's expected to be coming out around MWC 2016. It will also house Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820 SoC built on the 14nm FinFet process by Samsung which will allow the phone to "theoretically" have longer battery life and less heat.

HTC is also rumoured to be adding waterproofing and dust proofing capabilities to the phone.

[Mobile-Dad/ GSMDome]

HTC's Upcoming Flagship Phone Could Be Called HTC O2 is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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[He's Dead, Jim] Amazon Is Finally Pulling The Plug On Instant Video For Google's Long-Dead Google TV Platform

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 08:34 AM PDT


Android TV is a thing these days, but Google TV is dead as a door nail. Taking this into account, Amazon has decided to stop supporting Instant Video streaming to Google TV devices. The service will stop working on September 14th, at which point any remaining users of Google TV will have an excuse to stop using it.

Amazon sent out a notice to users of Instant Video on Google TV to direct them to alternative streaming platforms including Roku, Fire TV, iOS, Android phones/tablets, and game consoles.

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Samsung gives us another glimpse at Gear S2 in new promo video

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 08:24 AM PDT

Samsung-Gear-S2Samsung has given us yet another early glimpse at the Gear S2 smartwatch in a new promotional clip that showcases its all-new software and a number of key features. We also get a look at a number of its pretty watch faces. Samsung confirmed the Gear S2 alongside the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+

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LaCie And Seagate Announce Shutdown Of Wuala, A Secure Cloud Storage Service, And User Data Will Be Wiped Out In November

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 08:06 AM PDT


Wuala, an extra secure cloud storage service that we first talked about back in 2011, has announced its imminent shutdown. Originally created by Swiss researchers, Wuala was acquired by French hardware maker LaCie in 2009 as a means to take advantage of the growing interest in cloud solutions. After LaCie was acquired by Seagate, Wuala too fell under that corporate umbrella.

No explicit reasoning has been given for the shutdown, but it isn't hard to see that Wuala just hasn't taken off and may well have lost users in recent years.

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LaCie And Seagate Announce Shutdown Of Wuala, A Secure Cloud Storage Service, And User Data Will Be Wiped Out In November was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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SoundCloud Android App Rocks Chromecast Support Following Latest App Update

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 08:06 AM PDT


The newest version of SoundCloud, which rolled out in the past week, has added a way to get independently created music streaming through your television sets. Now when you fire up the app, Chromecast-owning users will see the familiar icon located in the action bar. Or it will appear in the bottom left-hand corner if music is already playing.

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The app integrates with Google Cast, so music streaming isn't limited only to Chromecast dongle.

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SimCity BuildIt APK

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 07:26 AM PDT

Electronic Arts is rolling out a new update for the urban simulation game SimCity BuildIt for Android, bringing some behind-the-scenes enhancements, including improvements to messaging and more, to make your city-building experience better. As always, we provide you the latest APK file of the game so you can download SimCity BuildIt APK here to install it directly on your Android smartphone or tablet.

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SimCity BuildIt is the most realistic city builder on mobile, the game allows you to create your dream city while also dealing with all of the problems that come with it. An excellent complement to the PC games we all played til our eyes were square. It's like playing the sims 3 and simulation city at the same time with an amazing graphic.

The game is paced so that you don't have to play it every second of every day to advance. If you like Sim City but do not really want to deal with the in-depth budgeting of the PC version, then this is it for you. You have resource management involved but not as in depth as the bigger PC version.

Requires Android: 2.3.3 +
Download file: 19MB (SimCity BuildIt APK)

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New BlackBerry Venice leak reveals slide-out keyboard

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 06:53 AM PDT

Just take my money, BlackBerry. Photo: Evan BlassA new image of the BlackBerry Venice has revealed the handset's slide-out physical keyboard for the first time ahead of its official debut. The keyboard will be familiar to long-time BlackBerry fans, but Venice's new operating system won't be. That's because Venice will be BlackBerry's first device powered by Android. The Canadian company has turned to

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Pocket Casts Updated To v5.2 With Podcast Discovery Powered By Google's Nearby API

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 06:28 AM PDT


Pocket Casts is one of the finest podcast apps around largely because it's always been quick to take advantage of new Android features. In the latest update, the developers are already using the Nearby API to make podcast discovery easier. Just fire up the Nearby feature, and you can see what those around you are listening to.

There are a few other tweaks in v5.2, but it's mostly about the nearby feature.

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This app makes Android Wear look like the Apple Watch

Posted: 19 Aug 2015 04:11 AM PDT

This app makes your Android smartwatch look like the Apple Watch. Photo: Bubble Cloud LauncherThe Apple Watch doesn't work with Android smartphones, and probably never will. That means if you're an Android fan who loves the Apple Watch's Bubble UI, you've got two choices: get an iPhone, or install this new launcher that will turn your Android smartwatch into a virtual clone of the Apple Watch's launch screen. It's

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