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Tales From The Borderlands Episode 4, 'Escape Plan Bravo,' Is Now Available On The Play Store

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 01:41 PM PDT

tftbSince The Pre-Sequel was a considerable disappointment (and 2K and NVIDIA seem to be taking their sweet time porting it to SHIELD hardware in any case), Tales from the Borderlands is the only game in town for the massively popular shooter IP. That's OK, because TellTale is doing a fantastic job with the odd mix of sci-fi and comedy that the series is known for. The fourth episode in the adventure game story, "Escape Plan Bravo," went live for the Play Store version of Tales from the Borderlands today.

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League of Legends’ dev aims for mobile with free game

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 12:59 PM PDT

Blitzcrank loves his poros. Photo: Riot GamesRiot Games, the developer of insanely successful online battle arena game League of Legends, has created a game as a love letter to its fans. Titled Blitzcrank's Poro Roundup, the side-scrolling game is available for Android, iOS, and as a web app. Blitzcrank's Poro Roundup is an arcade-styled side scroller featuring the grabby-hands champion from

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OnePlus 2 gets Stagefright patch, improved battery life

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 12:09 PM PDT

OnePlus 2's first update has arrived. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidOnePlus is already rolling out its first software update for the OnePlus 2, and it's one you're going to want to install right away if you've already received your handset. This release, OxygenOS 2.0.1, promises to improve battery life and fix a number of minor issues, as well as patch the worrying Stagefright vulnerability that

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Get a Moto E with 1 year of unlimited talk and text for just $149.99 [Deal]

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 12:09 PM PDT

50188132bdc4c17fa00b3a647e1a29ce4925b887_main_hero_imageSave up to $1,000 on your mobile phone bill each year with the Motorola Moto E and service from FreedomPop. The Moto E is well-regarded by tech experts as a solid, high-performing smartphone for its price range, and this purchase even comes fully loaded with one year of premier cell service, no strings attached. It's

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Samsung plans to top iPad Pro with even bigger tablet

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 10:39 AM PDT

Concept of Apple's giant tablet.Apple fans are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the company's giant iPad Pro that's been swimming through the rumor mill for years now, but Samsung is already preparing its answer for the new tablet that will likely be aimed at pros and enterprise use. Samsung is working on a giant 18.4-inch tablet to be used

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OnePlus 2 update includes patch for Stagefright, battery improvements and more

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 10:35 AM PDT

The first update for the OnePlus 2, the "2016 flagship killer," is now being rolled out to active devices, and there's at least one big piece of the new software that should make owners plenty happy.

With the new update, the OnePlus 2 will get bumped to OxeygenOS 2.0.1, with the main attraction of the new software being the inclusion of a patch for the Stagefright vulnerability. On top of that, OnePlus says the new software also features improvements to battery performance while also improving the "user interface logic and coherence." There are some other changes, as listed by OnePlus:

  • Added a patch for the Stagefright security exploit
  • Improves battery performance
  • Improves user interface logic and coherence
  • Fixed an issue with pinch-to-zoom in Google Photos
  • Fixed an issue where Dark Mode would cause instability in certain apps
  • Fixed an issue related to import/export of contacts stored on SIM card
  • Additional support for global carrier APNs
  • Other improvements and bug fixes

It may not be a huge update, but considering the Stagefright patch is in there, and also some improvements to the battery life, it should be a welcomed update from OnePlus 2 owners.

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Moto 360 (2015) reportedly spotted in the wilds of Chicago

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 10:05 AM PDT

As it stands, the next-generation Moto 360 has been teased a couple of times. The first by the CEO of Lenovo several months ago, and most recently by the official Motorola Twitter account, which tweeted out a render showcasing the upcoming wearable. Still, Motorola hasn't made the newest Moto 360 official by any means, so spotting it out in the wild is pretty exciting.

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According to several eye witnesses, the 2015 edition of the Moto 360 is currently being tested out in the wilds of Chicago, Illinois, where Motorola's headquarters reside. As noted in the images, put together by Droid-Life, the Moto 360 (2015) has been seen with a cognac band and a Rose Gold casing, along with an all-black collection, with a black band and a black case.

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In the images, we can see that the physical button has been repositioned to the 2 o'clock slot, and the lugs have also been redesigned in an effort to make band switching even easier. The "flat tire" is still present on the round watch face, though, for better or worse.

Now that you've seen the watch put together and on a few wrists, what do you think of the new Moto 360?

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Hungry for some Big Android BBQ?

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 09:39 AM PDT

Posted by Colt McAnlis, Head Performance Wrangler

The Big Android BBQ (BABBQ) is almost here and Google Developers will be there serving up a healthy portion of best practices for Android development and performance! BABBQ will be held at the Hurst Convention Center in Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas on October 22-23, 2015.

We also have some great news! If you sign up for the event through August 25th, you will get 25% off when you use the promotional code "ANDROIDDEV25". You can also click here to use the discount.

Now, sit back, and enjoy this video of some Android cowfolk preparing for this year's BBQ!

The Big Android BBQ is an Android combo meal with a healthy serving of everything ranging from the basics, to advanced technical dives, and best practices for developers smothered in a sweet sauce of a close knit community.

This year, we are packing in an unhealthy amount of Android Performance Patterns, followed up with the latest and greatest techniques and APIs from the Android 6.0 Marshmallow release. It's all rounded out with code labs to let you get hands-on learning. To super-size your meal, Android Developer instructors from Udacity will be on-site to guide users through the Android Nanodegree. (Kinda like a personal-waiter at an all-you-can-learn buffet).

Also, come watch Colt McAnlis defend his BABBQ "Speechless" Crown against Silicon Valley reigning champ Chet Haase. It'll be a fist fight of humor in the heart of Texas!

You can get your tickets here, and we look forward to seeing you in October!

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See the BlackBerry Venice slide in leaked promo video

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 09:37 AM PDT

Just take my money, BlackBerry. Photo: Evan BlassPhysical keyboards are making a return to Android with the upcoming BlackBerry Venice, and the leaked promotional video below gives us a glimpse at its sliding action for the first time. The rumors have always promised us that Venice would have a slide-out keyboard, but it wasn't confirmed until earlier this week. Now a new video

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Opera Max, Trello

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 09:05 AM PDT

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We've found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we're going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we'll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Project Fi - Version E3.0

Project Fi by Google

What's new in this version:

  • In-app set up of your voicemail PIN
  • In-app set up of call forwarding
  • In-app cancellation of service and port-out of your number
  • Bug fixes to improve accessibility


Google Photos - Version 1.3.0

Google Photos

What's new in this version:

  • 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


Pocket Casts - Version 5.2.0

Pocket Casts

What's new in this version:

  • Open the Discover section, tap on Nearby, get them to do the same and find out.
  • Animation issues with the play/pause button in the mini player
  • You can now download an episode that is streaming from the episode overflow menu
  • Fixed issue with grid and missing artwork
  • Download issues


Bing Search - Version 5.4.2515

Bing Search

What's new in this version:

  • Bing snapshots in other apps are available in US in English, on Android v4.4 and above.


Yahoo Weather - Version 1.4.5

Yahoo Weather

What's new in this version:

  • Introducing new weather alerts around the world!
  • Yahoo Weather, our beautiful and intuitive weather app, will alert you 15 minutes before rain or snow is expected so you can grab your jacket, boots and umbrella!


Android Auto - Version 1.2.0

Android Auto

What's new in this version:

  • Improved home screen, allowing you to see ongoing activites like music and navigation at a glance.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements.


Trello - Version


What's new in this version:

  • That's right, search has arrived for Trello for Android.


Pocket Agent® - Version 5.0.0

Pocket Agent®

What's new in this version:

  • Introduction of Material Design!
  • A new navigation drawer has been added to quickly access your agent, settings, and much more.
  • Swipe to re-open the menu throughout the application. 


Opera Max - Version 1.2.27

Opera Max

What's new in this version:

  • Support for data savings for YouTube and Netflix (New feature)
  • New VPN control functionality (Disconnect VPN without closing Max UI)
  • Various UI modifications
  • Bug fixes and improvements


SoundCloud - Version 15.08.14


What's new in this version:

  • With this update, we bring you performance improvements and bug fixes.
  • We've also integrated with Google Cast, which will allow you to stream SoundCloud to your Chromecast and other Cast-enabled devices, like Android TV and speakers.


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Samsung offers iPhone owners 30-day Galaxy Note 5 test drive

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 09:05 AM PDT

Try Samsung's latest smartphones for free. Photo: SamsungGot an iPhone and want to try out the competition? For just $1, Samsung will let you test drive its brand new Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, or Galaxy S6 edge for 30 days — and provide you with free cellular service during the trial. Samsung has received a lot of criticism for its

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Ninja Snap Trolls Friends Who Swipe Through Your Photos With Instant Selfies And Kanye... Lots Of Kanye

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 09:02 AM PDT


We all have that friend or relative who can't help but swipe through dozens of photos when we hand them our phone to check one pic. It's an involuntary reflex, a primal need to just see what's after and before that photo, because what if they were better than the one they're looking at? And why do those photos have to stay hidden and undiscovered, they should be seen by more eyes — that's their destiny as photos.

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Play Games And Google Talkback Both Join The 1 Billion Installs Club

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 08:47 AM PDT


Every couple of months the members of the exclusive billion installs club have to roll out the red carpet as they introduce another app into their ranks. This time, they're welcoming two. The likes of Gmail, Facebook, and WhatsApp now have to say hi to Play Games and Talkback.

Play Games (which only launched in 2013) isn't as old as other Play apps such as Music, Movies, and Newsstand —but that hasn't stopped it from beating all three to the one billion installs mark.

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New Moto 360 spotted on Chicago train

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 08:35 AM PDT

The new Moto 360 looks good. Photo:Motorola's second-generation Moto 360 has been spotted out in the wild on a Chicago train. Just as the rumors had promised, the device looks a lot like its predecessor, but sports larger lugs and a repositioned physical button. "On a Chicago commuter train (where you have a good chance of catching Motorola employees) a guy's wrist

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Samsung rumored to be building an 18.4-inch Android tablet

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 07:19 AM PDT

While smartphone displays have been steadily increasing in size over the years, tablets have managed to avoid this, thanks in part to already having big-enough screens for most. But, if a new report pans out, Samsung could be looking to give the tablet market its injection of gigantic screens, just like it did with smartphones all those years ago.

According to SamMobile, Samsung is currently in the process of putting together an Android-based tablet that boasts a ridiculous 18.4-inch display. The device is reportedly codenamed "Tahoe," and that display is said to feature a resolution of 1920×1080, with an 8-megapixel camera on the back, and a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front. It will also reportedly feature 32GB of built-in storage, and offer 2GB of RAM. There's a microSD card slot for expandable storage, a Samsung Exynos 7580 octa-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, and the battery is said to be measured in at 5700mAh.

Breaking it down further, this tablet is said to measure in at 451.8mm wide, 275.8mm tall, and 11.9mm thick.

With a display that big, it's hard to imagine Samsung would promote something like this as a mobile device, so it will be interesting to see just what type of marketing they put behind it. Would they honestly aim to promote it as a "PC kiiller" or even a "PC replacement?" Then again, Samsung might not launch the thing at all, so we may be waiting to see how they'd market an 18.4-inch tablet for a long time.

Would you buy a tablet that big?

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Samsung wants iPhone users to test drive the Galaxy Note 5 or S6 edge+

Posted: 21 Aug 2015 07:19 AM PDT

Samsung decided to make August its month in an effort to give its two newest flagships, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, plenty of time in the limelight before Apple launched its own newest phones. Now, Samsung isn't content on just announcing the devices: It wants iPhone owners to actually use them, too.

In this case, that comes with "no obligation," other than just a single dollar and the current use of an iPhone as your primary device. Samsung is calling it the "Ultimate Test Drive," and it will allow iPhone owners to try out either the Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 edge+ for 30 days for just $1. The promo also includes the regular Galaxy S6 edge. Those interested just need to visit SamsungPromotions.com from their iPhone's Web browser, then follow the onscreen instructions to pick a carrier and device.

Unfortunately, as of this writing, it would appear that most of the test devices have already been picked up. Selecting any one of the AT&T-branded models only provides a "that device is not available right now." However, some are having luck getting devices with Verizon or Sprint, so it's at least worth trying. It's always possible Samsung adds more devices, too.

It should be pointed out that Samsung will charge you either $720 or $820 for the full price of the device if you don't return it within 30 days and skip the 5-day grace period, too. And, if you return the handset you test drove with a broken screen, water damage, or other major issues, Samsung will charge your credit card you put on file $100. So, keep the test drive clean.

Do you plan on trying out a Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 edge+?

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TELUS Will Release The Moto X Play For $420 Outright

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 10:19 PM PDT

After announcing the phone's release to be tomorrow, August 21st; TELUS has now officially released the price for the only Motorola "flagship" phone available in Canada.

The phone will cost $420 for those purchasing it outright from TELUS and $50 on a 2-year term, making it cost the same as last year's Moto X (2014). This comes after Motorola announced it would make the device available for "around $399″.

If you don't already know, the specs for the phone are as follows:

  • 5.5? 1080p Display
  • Snapdragon 615 Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Storage with microSD Card Slot
  • 21MP rear / 5MP front camera
  • 3630 mAh Battery
  • Android 5.1.1

Other Canadian carriers have yet to put up a listing for the phone on their sites but it's confirmed to be releasing tomorrow on Bell, Koodo, and SaskTel with WIND and Videotron launching it some time later.


TELUS Will Release The Moto X Play For $420 Outright is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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ZUK Z1 will launch internationally in mid-October with Cyanogen OS 12.1 in tow

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 07:58 PM PDT

Less than two weeks after ZUK revealed its Z1 smartphone and said that an international release would happen "soon," we've gotten a bit of a better idea of what exactly "soon" means.

Today Cyanogen announced that it is partnering with ZUK on the international release of the Z1. The phone will be released in mid-October, and when it becomes available, it'll come pre-loaded with Cyanogen OS 12.1, based on Android 5.1.1.

One detail that we're still missing is how much the ZUK Z1 will cost at its international launch. When it debuted in China, it was priced at RMB 1799, or around $281 USD.

The Z1 features a couple of noteworthy features. The first is a USB Type-C port that's of the USB 3.0 variety, boasting transfer speeds of 500MB per second. Also included is a fingerprint reader build into the home button. The rest of the Z1's spec list includes a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display, 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 4100mAh battery.

Now that we know the international model of the Z1 will run Cyanogen OS 12.1, will you consider picking one up when it launches in October?

Sources: +Cyanogen, ZUK (1), (2)

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Here’s Another Blackberry Venice Teaser – Android Is Definitely On Board

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 05:12 PM PDT

Just in case there was any doubt that the upcoming Blackberry Venice would be running Android, @evleaks has provided us with yet another teaser video and this one confirms that Android is indeed on board the new slider.

It appears that Blackberry has left the OS relatively untouched which is always nice to see.  The geometric on-screen buttons are still in tact and from the looks of it, the launcher is stock too.  Blackberry has undoubtedly thrown some of their own apps and features on to the device but hopefully they've taken a page from other OEM's and have detached them from the core system.

While I've never been a big fan of Blackberry, I have to admit that this phone looks pretty sleek.  Even with the slide out keyboard it seems like they've kept it quite thin, which is a definite change from sliders of yesteryear.


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Number Diary

Posted: 20 Aug 2015 04:09 PM PDT

Number Diary

Number Diary is the best tool to analyze your life. Each day you give ratings from 0 to 10 to different aspects of your life like: Love, Work, Health, Motivation and so on. Over time this data accumulates and you can see charts, correlations and a lot of interesting analysis. It will give you deep insights about your... View Article

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