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Link Bubble Is 'Under New Management' And Getting A Big v1.5 Update With Drop Down Support, Colored Toolbars, And More

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 02:30 PM PDT

unnamedChris Lacy's Link Bubble floating browser was a cool idea right out of the gate, but you might notice that development has been slow. Today Lacy explains that his little indie dev company simply doesn't have to resources to do what needs to be done with the app, so he's sold Link Bubble (and TapPath) to an unnamed US startup. What does that mean to you? For starters there's a huge update today.

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Save 15% on the Android-powered Avy Smart Speaker [Deal]

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 12:39 PM PDT

f4474f42a937ca860d8ac71d11b07d2a6cd04ee7_main_hero_imageTired of straining to hear the poor quality audio on your tablet? Make the smart decision and get this all-in-one Bluetooth speaker with built-in Android-powered touchscreen media center. With Avy Smart Speaker, you can seamlessly stream music or play your favorite media apps like Netflix locally with a simple touch, and services like Google Play will be

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Genius, Lyrics And Text Database Formerly Known As Rap Genius, Releases An Android App

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 12:30 PM PDT

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Continuing the service's fairly rapid growth, Genius has released its own Android app. Once known as Rap Genius, they have since opened up to all music genres as well as texts from non-musical sources. More than just a place to read the words, Genius facilitates annotation and discussion of primary sources. The Android app allows users to sign in, search, browse, and read all annotations, but notably lacks the ability to add one's own comments.

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30,000 OnePlus 2 handsets were bought in just 64 seconds

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 11:39 AM PDT

The OnePlus 2 is off to a great start. Photo: OnePlusOnePlus fans living in China are lucky; unlike the rest of the world, they got the opportunity to buy the new OnePlus 2 without an invite this week, and boy, did they take advantage of that. In just 64 seconds, the initial batch of 30,000 OnePlus 2 handsets were sold out. Before it launched the

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AT&T's U-verse App Gets New Streaming Channels From Fox, National Geographic, And NBC Sports

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 11:30 AM PDT

image (2)Customers of AT&T's U-verse digital cable packages have more options for Android streaming with the latest app update. The new version adds channels from Fox and National Geographic, plus regional sports programming from NBC. It also "fixes several bugs and [makes] performance improvements," though the company was less specific about what actually been changed behind the scenes.

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The new channels are as follows:

  • FOX
  • FX
  • FXX
  • Nat Geo
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • Regional sports:
    • CSN Bay Area
    • CSN California
    • CSN Chicago

Naturally, you'll still need a U-verse subscription to access any content.

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Sony Xperia Z5 And Z5 Compact Leaked Showcasing Fingerprint Reader

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 11:21 AM PDT

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Chatter regarding Sony's next flagship, the Xperia Z5, has been picking up as of late and today we may have our first look at the upcoming flagship along with its Compact companion.  Lesser known leakster ViziLeaks Tweeted the above photo that allegedly showcases the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact sandwiching an iPhone 5S.

And just to add a little more intrigue to the photo, all three devices are showing off their fingerprint reading capabilities.  That's right, the Z5 and Z5 Compact will, if this photo is legit, pack a fingerprint reader.  The fingerprint reader will be built into the side home button which, as you can see, is much longer than previous Z devices.  That does mean that the volume buttons will be shifted down slightly and judging from the photo, it might be a little awkward reaching for the volume rocker.

In reply to some questions, ViziLeaks also made some other details known regarding the new flagships.  The Z5, like its predecessors, will feature a glass back but apparently it won't be as slippery.  The USB port will be your standard micro style, not a USB Type-C port, but thankfully there won't be any flap covering the port.  The only flap on the device will be covering the microSD and SIM slots.

What do you guys think?  Do you wish they had done a redesign?

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New Galaxy Note 5 photos confirm your biggest fears

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 11:06 AM PDT

The Galaxy Note 5 gets leaked again. Photo: Droid-LifeA removable battery and microSD card slot are two things we've long associated with Samsung devices, but since the South Korean company killed them both for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, long-time Galaxy Note fans have been worried they're in for the same treatment. Now new images of the Galaxy Note 5 confirm those fears.

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T-Mobile sprints into U.S. top 3 carrier spot

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 11:06 AM PDT

sprint-logoT-Mobile has been on a hot ride lately, but it's unfortunately at Sprint's expense. While the latter carrier has been declining in market share for the past couple of years, it's finally now in last place out of the four major U.S. wireless carriers. T-Mobile snatched the bronze model. In the quarterly earnings call, Sprint said it

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Sony Xperia Z3+ And Z4 Tablet Are Not Coming To Canada

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 10:52 AM PDT

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If you were holding on hoping that Sony would release the Xperia Z3+ or Xperia Z4 here in Canada then we've got some unfortunate news to pass your way.  Sony Mobile Canada confirmed on their Facebook page that there are no plans to bring either device to Canada.  In the statement it seems as if  they are trying to shift blame towards the carriers for no picking up the devices but Sony has their own online store where they have sold devices in the past.  So if they really wanted to bring either device to Canada they do have an avenue.

Just so that it's not all doom and gloom, Sony does also mention in the statement that other Sony Mobile products will be coming to Canada later this year.  We've been hearing rumours about a Z5 in the works so perhaps that will be the next flagship to hit Canadian shores.

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HERE Maps Improves Coverage For Belarus And Barcelona, Plus More Granular Downloads In Brazil

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 10:29 AM PDT

imageIf you prefer HERE Maps to Google maps for the former's offline functionality, and you live in a few specific (and some other VERY specific) places around the world, you're getting better service starting today. The Nokia-created subsidiary announced a host of improvements on its official blog, most notably in Belarus, Barcelona, Brazil, and even some other places that don't start with B.

Belarusians get improved coverage across the board, including 22,000 kilometers of mapped roads and 11,000 new points of interest.

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The Galaxy Note 5 has leaked in even more new pictures

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 09:48 AM PDT

A shower of leaks? When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, it's been closer to a flood. The upcoming phablet can't resist showing off for the camera and its specs list is all over the Internet. In the latest leak, Droid-Life has secured some clear pictures of the Galaxy Note 5 in the wild. The photos reveal some of the design features of the phone and the site also has some info on specs and such.

The Galaxy Note 5 shares plenty of style features with the smaller Galaxy S6. It features a glass and metal frame, though the Note 5 has curved edges on the back panel, making it more comfortable in the hand. It also has a spring-loaded S Pen port on the bottom, standard microUSB port, bottom speaker and headphone jack. The front of the phone is fairly standard, featuring a physical home button as well as ultra-thin bezels.

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Specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 reported has 4GB of RAM, 32/64/128GB storage options with no microSD card slot and a 3000mAh non-removable battery. From the pictures, we can also see Air Command and a new menu that includes Action memo, Smart select, Screen write, S Note, Settings, and a customizable button that's set to Instagram.

From its myriad of leaks, the Galaxy Note 5 looks to be a fantastic phone, and one that should compete well against the upcoming duo of iPhones. Samsung's holding an event in New York next week to give an official announcement, so keep it locked on the site for more info.


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Sprint has slowed the bleeding, but it’s still behind T-Mobile

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 09:33 AM PDT

In the past couple of years, we've seen a shake-up in the US carrier market. T-Mobile, once the small and timid carrier, has aggressively expanded and fought tooth and nail against the other US carriers. While slow to wake, the other carriers have taken notice and changed their game plans to retain customers. Sprint has been hit the hardest, but the company has done its own overhaul and with its Q1 2015 report, it seems to be having a good effect.

During the past quarter, Sprint added 675,000 new customers, an enormous increase over last year's Q1 loss of 220,000 customers. The churn rate rose to an all-time high of 1.56%, up 49 points year-over-year. The company also made note of improved network performance, earning itself 180 RootScore network awards in the past quarter, up from a mere 27 last year.

In terms of income, Sprint posted a loss of $20 million and operating revenue dropped from $8.79 billion to $8.03 billion. That being said, Sprint has raised its expected operating income for 2015 up by nearly half a billion, showing that the company is optimistic about the trends.

Sprint's quick fire changes seem to be working, as these results are some of the best that we've seen from Sprint in recent times. Nonetheless, the carrier recently fell to be the No. 4 carrier in the US, with T-Mobile rising to No. 3. With the current trends, Sprint has a shot at taking the spot back, but it's going to take a lot of hard work.


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Lenovo TAB 2 A8 review

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 09:11 AM PDT

Let's be honest, we're always looking for the latest news about the next smartphone to hit the market, but there's not much fanfare around tablets. While Android tablets can do pretty much anything an Android smartphone can, they usually get left at home and lost behind the couch (a regular occurrence if you have kids around the house). The main reason for this is because tablets are a lot larger and heavier than smartphone and don't offer nearly as much functionality as a laptop with a dedicated keyboard.

While larger tablets claim they are more functional due to their size, we have found that small tablets typically get used more. As it turns out, bigger isn't always better. The new Lenovo TAB 2 A8 was a tablet designed with that very point in mind, delivering a lot of value at just the right size.

When buying a new tablet, there are a lot of factors to consider. Display (size and resolution), processor, camera, design, battery life and software experience are typically the main items we take into consideration, but the price of the Lenovo TAB 2 A8 is definitely its best attribute. The suggested retail price of the Tab 2 A8 is $159.99, but we suggest picking one up from Amazon for $119.99. For that price, you get a tablet equipped with a 1.30GHz quad-core MTK 8161 SoC, an 8.0-inch 800×1280 LCD display, 1GB of RAM, front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Digital audio, 16GB of internal storage and a 4,200 mAh battery. The tablet also features a 5-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling.

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The Good

Software: Before using the Lenovo TAB 2 A8, if you would have asked me for a list Android device manufacturers with the best Android software experience, Lenovo wouldn't have been in my top five. The software tweaks on the TAB 2 A8 are so minimal that you'd have a hard time differentiating it from stock Android if it weren't for a handful of cosmetic tweaks and custom icons for the stock apps. There's nothing inherently wrong with Lenovo's launcher, but we're sure you'd find the tablet slightly more appealing if you install the Google Now Launcher from the Play Store.

Sound: Since the introduction of BoomSound on the HTC One, every phone and tablet maker has been trying to emulate that experience. The Lenovo TAB 2 A8 does a pretty decent job by incorporating two stereo speakers with Dolby Digital surround sound into the front of the tablet. The audio quality is still a half step down from what the Nexus 9 offers, but it is noticeably louder.

Battery life: If you're looking for great battery life on a tablet, the TAB 2 A8 should be right up your alley. The tablet can easily get 5 hours of screen-on time with a single charge, but the 4,200mAh battery and  1.30GHz quad-core MTK 8161 SoC really show what they are capable of when left in standby. In our tests, the Lenovo TAB 2 A8 only lost 5-6 percent battery life per day while in standby with WiFi and notifications turned on. We made down to 22 percent after 14 days before finally deciding to top of the battery.

Size: As mentioned above, bigger isn't always better. The TAB 2 A8 is just the right size for web browsing and media consumption while at home or on the go. The tablet is small enough to fit into any bag, yet big enough that it's worth lugging around if you're planning to do some reading or movie watching.

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The Not-so-good

Display: The size of the tablet's display is just right, but we are a bit disappointed that it's limited to 800×1280 pixels. A 1080p panel would have been a lot more enjoyable on the Lenovo TAB 2 A8′s 8-inch form factor, but we're sure that it would have bumper the price tag up $15-25.

Performance: Let's be honest, you can't expect great performance from a $119 tablet. The Lenovo TAB 2 A8′s 1.30GHz quad-core MTK 8161 SoC and 1GB of RAM are good for casual gaming and media playback, but don't expect to have a flawless experience if you load up Dungeon Hunter 5 or  Need for Speed Most Wanted.

Design: I'll be honest: The Lenovo Tab 2 A8 isn't a looker. The soft touch blue polycarbonate offers a solid grip, but the case feel hollow and flimsy. We know that every device goes through a design process, but it feels like Lenovo's design team didn't put any effort into the looks of the Tab 2 A8 once they figured out what size the frame needed to be to fit all the internal components.

Final Words

The Lenovo TAB 2 A8 does have a few issues, but its faults are outweighed by the overall experience that the tablet offers. You could easily find a better-looking tablet with far better performance, but do you really need to? The TAB 2 A8 is perfect for casual gaming, web surfing and media consumption. Add in the $119.99 sticker price and the Lenovo TAB 2 A8 easily places in the Top 5 Budget Tablets list of 2015.


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The annoying wait is on for the 16GB Moto G

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 09:09 AM PDT

So alluring yet so hard to come by. Photo: MotorolaThe third-generation Motorola Moto G is already off to a promising start, with wait times slipping to three weeks for the top-tier, 16GB handset with 2GB of RAM. To the profound surprise of absolutely nobody, budget Android shoppers have standards. They may not afford the sharpest screens or punchiest mobile processors around, but given the

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Tinder in the desert? It’s possible with the new Moto G… apparently

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 08:33 AM PDT

The new Moto G doesn't mind a bit of sand. Photo: MotorolaMotorola's new Moto G isn't a high-end powerhouse, but it definitely has some good attributes, like a decent camera, and a water-resistant design that's customizable through Moto Maker. It's also ideal for finding singles in the desert — at least according to Motorola's new ad. The 45-second clip aims to highlight three of the 2015 Moto G's

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Disneyland Gets An Official Android App, Brings The Happiest Place On Earth Into The 21st Century

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 08:29 AM PDT

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Disneyland is one of those places that everyone should get to experience at least once - there really is something magical about it. The enchanted castles, famous Disney characters all around, and over-the-top attractions really do make this The Happiest Place on Earth.

But there's a dark side to all that happiness and magic: lots of waiting. Whether it's an absurdly long line to ride Space Mountain or a ridiculous wait in the car just to get into the parking lot, you better go expected to do a lot of standing around.

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Samsung’s so far behind Apple, it’s ripping off iOS 6

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 04:03 AM PDT

Heading. Photo: SamsungIsn't it the most Samsung thing in the world to introduce a new technology that's actually kind of interesting, and then ruin any originality points it picked up by blatantly ripping off Apple? That's exactly what happened when Samsung recently announced the SE370, the industry's first computer monitor with integrated wireless charging function for mobile

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Lollipop’s rise continues as KitKat clings on

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 03:34 AM PDT

Android distribution AugustIt's a long way to the top for Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop, which account for a combined market share of 18.1 percent, according to the latest OS breakdown figures posted by Google. Meanwhile, last year's flavor of the day, 4.4 KitKat, rules supreme with an unflinching 39 percent of the pie. Clearly, nine months

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Best Buy offers a big reduction on the Asus ZenWatch

Posted: 04 Aug 2015 02:23 AM PDT

ASUS-ZenWatchThe Asus ZenWatch is now down to just $130 through Best Buy — $70 off its regular retail price. Asus' original Android Wear watch was recently sold by Google at a reduced price a couple of weeks ago, but while Big G's promotion didn't last long, third-party retailers are now realizing that they, too, need to incentivize folks on the

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Android Distribution Numbers Out For August, Lollipop Increases To 18.1%

Posted: 03 Aug 2015 08:59 PM PDT

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After skipping July, Google has finally posted their Android Distribution numbers for August. For those unfamiliar with this monthly occurence, these numbers are updated by Google at roughly the start of every month for developers to look at so they can generalize what version of Android their potential install base is running and act upon it.

As of today August 3rd, Android Lollipop now holds 18.1% of the share where Android 5.1 increased by 1.8% to sit at 2.6% while Lollipop as a whole increased 5.7%. KitKat manages to increase a very small 0.1% to 39.3% whereas Jellybean dropped almost 4%. ICS and Gingerbread still see a decline and for probably a half a year, Froyo manages to not change at all at 0.3%.

Android M is scheduled to come out by September/October so it'll be interesting to see the distibution chart for when that happens.

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Autodesk Announces Cross-Platform Stingray Game Engine With Extensive 3ds Max And Maya Integration

Posted: 03 Aug 2015 06:23 PM PDT

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Game developers have a new player in the game engine market, and it's one most of them already know quite well: Autodesk. At GDC Europe, the software company behind some of the most popular 3D modeling tools in the industry – 3ds Max and Maya – has announced the Stingray game engine to compete with the likes of Unreal, Unity 3d, and others. Alongside Autodesk's other design tools, it offers a seamless solution for game developers and designers to rapidly prototype and build high performance, cross-platform games.

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Sony Australia announces ‘super mid-range’ Xperia M5 with 3GB RAM and 21.5MP/13MP cameras

Posted: 03 Aug 2015 06:12 PM PDT

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Hot off the heels of their launch of the Xperia M4 Aqua, Sony Mobile Australia has confirmed its successor, the Xperia M5 will be headed to Australia.
According to Sony, the Xperia M5 is a "super mid-range" smartphone and it's one of the latest from the OEM to be announced and in the same vein of recent affordable offerings by Sony, the Xperia M5 incorporates a Mediatek chip in efforts to keep costs low.

Unlike the Xperia M4 Aqua before it, the Xperia M5 does away with the Snapdragon 615 octa-core chip in favour of a 2.0GHz Mediatek Helio X10 octa-core and pairs this with a typically flagship 3GB RAM. That puts the Xperia M5 in the company of ...

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Lollipop grows to nearly one-fifth of all Android devices in latest distribution results

Posted: 03 Aug 2015 05:42 PM PDT

For those keeping track, Google actually skipped the month of July when it comes to showcasing the latest Android distribution numbers, but it's back again this month to show that Android Lollipop has not stalled in its adoption.

For August 2015, of which closes out Google's 7-day recording period that ended on August 3 of devices that access the Google Play Store app, Android's Lollipop variant (Android 5.0 and Android 5.1) had settled on 18.1 percent of devices. Breaking it down a bit more, Android 5.0 is currently on 15.5 percent of devices, while Android 5.1 is currently enlisted on 2.6 percent. That's up from 12.4 percent in June.

Android 4.4 KitKat still managed to pull in the highest percentage at 39.3 percent of devices, and it actually saw an increase from the 39.2 percentage it held back in June. Jelly Bean, Android 4.1 through Android 4.3, showed up on 33.6 percent of devices, which sees a considerable drop down from 37.4 percent back in June. Android 4.0.3 – 4.0.4 saw a result of 4.1 percent of devices, another drop from the last recorded period.

All in all, it's good news for the latest version(s) of Android, with Lollipop continuing to take over more devices.

Which version of Android are you running on your daily driver?


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[APK Download] Chrome Beta 45 Adds Custom Tabs Feature That Was Previewed At I/O 2015, Better Media Controls, And More

Posted: 03 Aug 2015 05:23 PM PDT

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Google announced an upcoming Chrome feature called Custom Tabs at I/O back in May. Today, that feature is finally launching on the Chrome Beta channel, and we've got the APK.

Custom Tabs are basically a pop-out web-view that apps can utilize to show users web pages in Chrome (where your passwords and other items are saved!) without actually fully leaving the app. This can make apps that require web-based authorization for sign-in or simply have lots of external web links a lot more convenient to use, and avoids having to use a full-on built-in webview mode that lacks all your synced Chrome information.

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38 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (7/21/15 - 8/3/15)

Posted: 03 Aug 2015 03:38 PM PDT

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