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Still Don't Understand Twitch And YouTube Gaming? If Only There Were A Parallel We Could Draw...

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 03:39 PM PDT

imageAny time we talk about a service that lets you watch other people play games, some folks who still don't seem to understand the appeal behind watching games as opposed to playing them inevitably show up in the comments. There is a reason Amazon acquired Twitch for close to $1bln and Google's recently released YouTube Gaming app has already racked up over 100,000 downloads.

Loading Artist's latest comic (not considering Single Player that was posted outside of the regular schedule) attempts to explain this reason in a way these people may understand:

Image credit: LoadingArtist.com

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Snapchat 9.15 Lets You Buy Additional Replays, Apply Snazzy New Animated Lenses To Your Selfies, And More

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 02:06 PM PDT


Each instant messaging platform of sorts offers its own appeal. Snapchat's appears to be the ability to share moments of spontaneity that won't linger around for the rest of your life. Pictures and clips disappear after they're viewed. Unless, that is, you Replay them. This is a feature that has been around for a couple of years now, but users have been limited to one per day.

Now Snapchat is providing the option to replay things more often.

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The Nova Launcher Beta With Icon Normalization Is Now Live [APK Download]

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 01:00 PM PDT


Everyone was pretty jazzed about Nova Launcher's icon normalization feature when we previewed it last week. At the time we were told a week or two for the beta, but it's live already. If you're in the official beta program, the new version should be rolling out to you now. We also have the free version of Nova on APK Mirror.

There are a few minor tweaks in this version apart from icon normalization, but most of it is only for Marshmallow.

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Google Primer 2.0 Comes With An Updated Interface, New Lessons Every Week, Bookmarking, And More

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 12:05 PM PDT


Primer by Google (formerly listed in the Play Store as Primer: Marketing for Startups) is a simple little Android app that helps small business owners get their company off the ground and in the public eye. Users view a number of brief, bite-sized lessons and walk away with a general understanding of what they need to do. That's the idea, anyway.

Version 2.0 makes Primer a more useful resource. After adjusting to the slightly updated interface, users will find new lessons rolled out every week that cover topics ranging from buying ads to constructing a brand's message.

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The Official Khan Academy Android App Is Now Available In Beta

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 12:05 PM PDT

kLearning things is great, but a high-quality education usually costs money. Not so in the age of Khan Academy. Thanks to charitable contributions from the likes of Google and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, you can learn about anything from basic biology to multivariable calculus for free. Now you can do it on Android with the new official beta app for Khan Academy.

Khan Academy materials are mostly in the form of videos, which are hosted on YouTube.

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Enjoy Pandora One for six months for just $24

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 11:52 AM PDT

48ddc8f530e783d59f6a3ee454f9e5581d8b7d46_main_hero_imageSometimes your Pandora station knows you better than you know yourself, and sometimes it's just so very wrong. Get six months of upgraded Pandora One and never be stuck listening to (insert your least favorite song) again. If you've never used Pandora before, you're about discover new artists and songs based on your specific taste

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CBS Releases An Android TV App For 'All Access' Subscribers

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 11:47 AM PDT

image (6)It seems awfully strange that services like Hulu and the various TV apps require you to pay or log in to access content, especially when that content originally aired for free on terrestrial television. They broadcast the shows with ads in the first place, and they're making money on the ads embedded in the streaming video too, so why put up any barrier to entry and lower your potential revenue? CBS, the self-styled "Most-Watched Network in America," takes this one step further with a full, Netflix-style paid service just for its shows.

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New Android Marshmallow sample apps

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 11:06 AM PDT

Posted by Rich Hyndman, Developer Advocate

Three new Android Marshmallow sample applications have gone live this week. As usual they are available directly from the Google Samples repository on GitHub or through the Android Studio samples browser.

Android Direct Share Sample

Direct Share is a new feature in Android Marshmallow that provides APIs to make sharing more intuitive and quick for users. Direct Share allows users to share content to targets, such as contacts, within other apps. For example, the direct share target might launch an activity in a social network app, which lets the user share content directly to a specific friend in that app.

This sample is a dummy messaging app, and just like any other messaging apps, it receives intents for sharing a plain text. It demonstrates how to show some options directly in the list of share intent candidates. When a user shares some text from another app, this sample app will be listed as an option. Using the Direct Share feature, this app also shows some of contacts directly in the chooser dialog.

To enable Direct Share, apps need to implement a Service extending ChooserTargetService. Override the method onGetChooserTargets() and return a list of Direct Share options.

In your AndroidManifest.xml, add a meta-data tag in your Activity that receives the Intent. Specify android:name as android.service.chooser.chooser_target_service, and point the android:value to the Service.

Android MidiSynth Sample

Android 6.0 introduces new support for MIDI. This sample demonstrates how to use the MIDI API to receive and play MIDI messages coming from an attached input device (MIDI keyboard).

The Android MIDI API (android.media.midi) allows developers to connect a MIDI device to an Android device and process MIDI messages coming from it.

This sample demonstrates some basic features of the MIDI API, such as:

  • Enumeration of currently available devices (including name, vendor, capabilities, etc)
  • Notification when MIDI devices are plugged in or unplugged
  • Receiving and processing MIDI messages

It also contains a simple implementation of an oscillator and note playback.

Android MidiScope Sample

A sample demonstrating how to use the MIDI API to receive and process MIDI signals coming from an attached device.

The Android MIDI API (android.media.midi) allows developers to connect a MIDI device to Android and process MIDI signals coming from it. This sample demonstrates some basic features of the MIDI API, such as enumeration of currently available devices (Information includes name, vendor, capabilities, etc), notification when MIDI devices are plugged in or unplugged, and receiving MIDI signals. This sample simply shows all the received MIDI signals to the screen log and does not play any sound for them.

Check out a sample today and jumpstart your Android Marshmallow development.

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Snapchat update will let you pay to Replay any Snap

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 10:49 AM PDT

Snapchat is all about ephemeral messages that disappear after you view them, but starting today, you can pay for the ability to re-view a Snap.

A new Snapchat update is rolling out that includes the ability to buy Snap Replays. You can get three Replays for $0.99, but it's worth noting that you can only Replay a Snap once, so you'll have to be sure to pay attention the second time you view a Snap.

The addition of the ability to buy Snap Replays is notable because it's the first time that we've seen Snapchat add an in-app purchase. It's a way for the app to make money outside of advertising, and while $0.99 just to Replay some Snaps might sound like a lot of money to some, I bet that there are a lot of Snapchat addicts that'll drop $0.99 on a pack of Replays like it's nothing.

Also included in today's Snapchat update is a feature called Lenses. To use the feature, you switch to your device's front-facing camera and then press and hold on your face. You'll then be able to swipe left between different Lenses, which add a weird feature to your face.


Rounding out the Snapchat update are some "fun surprises" like Trophies, which Snapchat will quietly award you for doing random things like earning a high Snapchat score or sending stores from Discover.

You can grab Snapchat for Android at the Google Play link below.

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Samsung reminds iPhone users they can’t customize iOS

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 10:39 AM PDT

A custom theme on the Galaxy Note 5. Photo: SamsungIf it doesn't look like your phone, it's not your phone… apparently. That's the tagline for a new Samsung ad that hopes to remind iPhone users they can't customize iOS, and should therefore choose a Galaxy smartphone instead. Samsung has already mocked the iPhone for its lack of wireless charging — which is built into its

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Viper SmartStart makes your smartwatch an essential car accessory

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 10:07 AM PDT

Viper SmartStart comes to your wrist. Photo: ViperRemember that Ericsson phone that let James Bond control his BMW 750iL remotely in Tomorrow Never Dies? Now you can have your own… kind of. Viper SmartStart is a smartwatch app for Android Wear and Apple Watch that puts car controls on your wrist, allowing you to locate, start, and control your vehicle before you even get in

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Spotify Running Officially Rolls Out To Android Users Starting Today

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 09:56 AM PDT

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Spotify Running has been available for quite some time now, first on iOS, but also for Android users who signed up for beta updates. These folks got to try things out back in June. Now Spotify has officially announced the feature's availability for regular premium subscribers with Android devices.

This makes Android's launch a full four months after Spotify Running came to Apple's mobile platform. As for whether this was a long wait, well, we've certainly seen longer.

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Samsung could launch its first folding phone in January

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 09:23 AM PDT

Samsung's first folding smartphone could arrive next year. Photo: SamsungSamsung is developing its first smartphone with a folding display, and it's scheduled to make its debut in January, according to one tipster who claims to be familiar with the company's plans. Samsung has already paved the way for smartphones with curved displays, and now the South Korean company is said to be working hard

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EA Releases A Companion App For NBA Live That Lets You Stick Your Face On A Pro Basketball Player

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 09:07 AM PDT

nba companionAre you ready to play Electronic Arts' latest $60 roster update? Well hold your horses, because NBA Live 16 doesn't come out for another couple of weeks. But if you're just desperate to try it out in a sort of roundabout way, you can download the official companion app on the Play Store. Well, I say "companion app," but it doesn't have any of the management or social features you might expect from similar game-augmenting apps.

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38 Best Android Wear Apps And Watch Faces From 8/14/15—9/15/15

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 09:07 AM PDT

wearNew smart watches are finally just around the corner, so now is the time to reacquaint yourself with what's available in the Play Store for Android Wear. There's a lot of new stuff this time, including some cool interactive watch faces for the latest Wear update. Okay, it's actually almost all watch faces this time. Developers are really into this interactive watch face thing. Grab your watch and get ready to stylize like never before.

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Google Camera v3.0 Sneak Peek - Part 2: Camera2, Slow Motion, Dirty Lens Detection, Auto HDR+, And More [APK Teardown]

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 09:07 AM PDT


On the last episode of Android Police Teardowns, Google's plans for Smart Burst were revealed. Soon, Creations are going to become an innate part of the Camera app, giving users their own collages, animations, group pictures with the best possible smiles, and even pictures styled as if they were taken in a photo booth. Many questions remain. Will Google finally make the most out of the Camera 2 API? Will there be slow motion and HDR modes?

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Skype Announces Animated 'Mojis' With The Muppets, Despicable Me, And More

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 08:31 AM PDT


Have you ever felt like regular emoji just aren't descriptive enough? Skype has something you might be interested in. The new Mojis are short animations from a variety of films and TV shows that you can insert into IM conversations. They're rolling out now on Android, as well as all the other Skype platforms.

You can think of Mojis as GIFs with sound. Just tap the Moji button and browse by movie or expression.

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HTC one-day sale slashes price of One M9 by 25%, Nexus 9 by 40%

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 06:59 AM PDT

Looking for a good excuse to pick up the HTC One M9 or the Nexus 9 tablet? HTC has announced a one-day (ends tonight at 11:59PM PST) sale on the HTC One M9, Nexus 9, HTC RE and all its accessories. HTC's flagship One M9 gets a 25% price cut, bringing the cost of the phone down to $486.75. Add in HTC's running $100 Google Play credit on top of that and you're looking at quite an incredible deal.

The Nexus 9 is getting a 40% price cut to the 16GB ($239.40) and 32GB ($287.40) models, and the HTC RE's 50% discount brings its price to $99.50. If you already own all three devices, you can always pick up a few accessories from the HTC online store for half their usual price.

We're sure HTC will be offering some amazing discounts on its products during the holiday shopping season, but we still recommend heading over to HTC's online store to find the perfect product before supplies run out.

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Does a projector need to be smart? A review of the ZTE Spro 2

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 05:43 AM PDT

The ZTE Spro 2 was announced at CES the beginning of the of this year. This is ZTE's follow up to their original Sprint LivePro, which is simply a portable projector that runs Android with a display that has a giant battery and is a mobile hotspot. Simple, right? The Spro 2 is an application for the Android operating system that I've never used before. I've also never felt the need to have a device that are all the things that the Spro 2 is. But there was also a point in my life when I thought mobile phones were stupid and I didn't need one. Is a portable smart projector something I need in my life? And does it need to be the ZTE Spro 2?

We were sent the Spro 2 from ZTE with Verizon mobile connectivity. The Spro 2 was tested for over two weeks in various locations, on a road trip, and at home. My first first impressions of the Spro 2 are detailed here. This is our full assessment of ZTE's portable smart projector.

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1. Hardware

The ZTE Spro 2 is a projector that runs Android. It has a display, a power button, and volume buttons. You'll even recognize many of the specs below as hardware you've seen or experienced in Android phones.

  • Dimensions: 5.3″ x 5.2″ x 1.2″
  • Weight: 1lb 4.4oz
  • Display: 5-inch 720p touch screen display with capacative buttons
  • Projector: 200 lumens, 720p
  • Battery: 6300 mAH non-removable battery
  • Processor: 2.0GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800
  • Memory: 2GB RAM/16GB ROM with an SD card slot up to 64GB
  • OS: Skinned Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz & 5GHz
  • Ports: HDMI, USB, 3.5mm audio
  • Price: Verizon: $599.99, AT&T: $499 off-contract $399 on-contract

2. Design

I think the design of the ZTE Spro 2 is great, but there are also some things that I think could be improved. On the top of the device you'll find the power button and the 5-inch display. The front of the device contains the projector. The left and right side of the device contain a vent for the cooling fan and volume buttons, respectively. The back of the device contains the power, HDMI, USB and audio ports as well as the microSD and SIM card slots. The bottom of the device has rubber nubs to give the Spro 2 a soft firm sitting position and speaker grills. The bottom also includes a retractable stand to elevate the front of the device and a tripod mount.

First, I'll discuss what I like. The ZTE Pro is a nice looking device. It's a square with rounded edges that gives it a modern yet retro look. I think the buttons and ports are in useful places. I like that the power button lights up as a notification light.

Then there are a few things that could stand to be improved upon. The stand on the bottom of the device only has one setting. I wish there was adjustment available because not every table is the perfect height and distance from the wall you want to project on. I found myself hunting for things with the perfect thickness to prop under the stand or under the back of the device to get the picture where I wanted. More height adjustment options would be really helpful.

Also, this is more of a personal preference, but I wish the device had on-screen buttons rather than capacitive buttons. The use of the display on the Spro 2 feels much like a using a tablet, always horizontally. It makes viewing a lot of things very awkward. You can turn auto-rotate on and the display will rotate. The size of the display will remind you of using a phone, but your buttons are now on the side. It's just strange.

Something to note, the charger isn't what you'd expect from a typical Android device, but is maybe what you'd expect for a projector. Rather than a microUSB cable, you get a wall charger that looks like your typical Windows laptop wall charger. After thinking about it and the amount of energy the Spro 2 needs to charge the 6,300 mAh battery and power the projector, I'm not surprised it doesn't use a microUSB cable. But it wasn't what I expected.

Overall, I think you'll be impressed with the look and function of the ZTE Spro 2. Everyone I've shown the device to is impressed with it and wanted to find out more about it.

3. Build Quality

I am happy with the build quality of the ZTE Spro 2. The device is almost entirely made of plastic but it doesn't creak or feel cheap. The power and volume buttons are tactile and feel nice, but the volume buttons could stand to be tightened up, as they are a bit loose. The glass with round ends on the front of the device looks great. I doubt that anyone will be disappointed with the build quality of the Spro 2.

4. Display

ZTE Spro 2-3

The display on the ZTE Spro 2 is nothing special. It's a typical 5-inch 720p LCD display. Comparing it to my Nexus 6, the whites are whiter, the blacks aren't as black. Viewing angles are good. 720p is not as crisp as 1440p, which is perfectly fine for this application.

However, I have a hard time ripping on the display, because there's so many different ways to see what's going on with the ZTE Spro 2. When you turn on the 720p projector, you see exactly what's on the display. So, the LCD display becomes a remote to what you're seeing on your wall. In addition, ZTE has provided a free app, Spro 2 Remote Control, to do exactly as the name implies, which is remotely controlling the Spro 2  from your phone. The app displays exactly what you see on the Spro2 and what it's projecting, so navigation via the app on your phone is simple. The app could be better, but once again, you have another window from an entirely different device to control the projector.

There are plenty of displays with which to interact with the Spro 2, but the LCD one on the device is nothing special.

5. Software

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The ZTE Spro 2 runs a skinned version of Android 4.4 KitKat. That's several versions of Android behind Google's latest and greatest. If the Spro 2 was a phone, I would think being this far behind is laughable. But on a projector, where many of the new security and accessibility features available on the newer versions of Android are much less needed, I don't see KitKat as being a big issue.

As for the ZTE Android skin itself, the launcher is setup like an app drawer with different tabs that the apps can be stored in. The home tab has a projector settings widget that allows you to turn the projector on and off, toggle autofocus, and brightness. It also has a Google search widget. These widgets cannot be moved nor can you add new widgets, as far as I can tell. Other tabs that the device comes with are Media, Office, Settings, and Apps. Tabs can be added, named, and removed. To move apps from one tab to another requires a long press. You can also add folders to the tabs by long pressing and dragging to a folder area on the launcher. In the settings tab, there are widgets to take you to projector settings and system settings as well as QR code links to take you to the Spro 2 remote app for your phone. The Apps tab contains all the apps on the device.

Apps on the Android 4.4 KitKat skin all have big colorful square masks making it easy to select apps. The app grid in the launcher is 2×5. Apps that come preloaded on the Spro 2 are Dolphin Browser, WPS Office, Power Media Player, and ZTE sound recorder, video player, and file explorer apps.

The launcher is extremely simple to use, which is a good thing. It's different from your typical Android phone experience but I think what ZTE has done to simplify the experience to work with the projector makes sense. In addition to the launcher, ZTE has included notification toggles for many different settings such as toggling the projector, projector brightness, input, WiFi, hotspot, etc. One other software feature I want to note is a three-finger swipe gesture to toggle on and off the projector. The gesture works great and I found it super useful when super sleepy at night and wanting to turn off whatever was still streaming on the device.

6. Performance

As for network performance, I took the ZTE Spro on a road trip from Seattle to San Francisco. It's about a thirteen hour drive (without stopping) and the kids quickly grew tired of the apps I loaded onto the non-data connected Android devices we let them use for the trip. The Spro 2 is available on AT&T and Verizon's networks, and we were provided a Verizon-connected Spro 2. The Spro 2 worked brilliantly on Verizon's network. I think partnering with Verizon for this device was a brilliant move for ZTE. My kids love the YouTube Kids app, and they watched YouTube videos for much of a drive. Only one time in the 838 miles of driving did my kid notice an issue with connectivity, which was due to being in the middle of nowhere and not because of radio issues with the Spro 2. Data speeds on the Spro 2 are comparable to my Verizon connected Nexus 6.

As for device performance. It ran completely smooth with normal tasks such as Neflix or YouTube streaming. I downloaded Need for Speed Most Wanted on it and it performed great without lagging or skipping frames. I think the Spro 2 will easily meet any normal performance needs for a projector.

7. Audio

The ZTE Spro 2 has a speaker that fires out of the bottom of the device and it can get decently loud. Obviously, if you have speakers to plug into the projector they're probably going to sound better than the projector on its own, but for being a portable projector I was quite pleased with it. On several occasions I set up the projector to keep kids company and the audio was able to be heard over kids who did not care about the other children's movie watching experience.

When I compared the volume output from the Spro 2 with my Nexus 6 with dual firing front speakers, the Nexus 6 slightly outperformed the Spro 2. I also think the Nexus 6 had better sound. If you want quality sound to go with your awesome projected images, I would suggest to plug in some speakers to the Spro 2. But if you're just after portability, the Spro 2 speaker should get the job done.

8. Projector

ZTE Spro 2-2

Judging projector quality is very much out of my league. The ZTE Spro 2 has impressed me, but I could simply be easily impressed. When plugged in, the Spro 2 allows you to use the projector with full brightness which can be difficult to see indoors with a lot of natural light entering the house. The Spro 2 only has a 200 lumen projector, which puts it in what I find to be the very low end of projector brightness. Like most customers, I don't have a nice screen to project onto, so that probably made matters worse. Additionally if the Spro 2 is unplugged, the Spro 2 doesn't allow you to project in full brightness, basically making the picture impossible to see indoors during the day and without a screen.

However, at night I thought the Spro 2 did great. I thoroughly enjoyed projecting my nighttime Netflix or Hulu+ viewing across my bedroom wall. It was a good deal more fun to use than my 26″ Vizio.

One annoyance with the projector is the autofocus. Every time you turn on the projector it attempts to focus the image and it probably doesn't do it right nearly 50% of the time. The best way I found to remedy the issue was to cycle the projector off and on again. It was usually able to correct the focus after a cycle or two.

The Spro 2 comes with keystone correction, which is something I had never heard of before. If you're projecting on a surface that isn't perpendicular to your projector, like projecting at an angle onto the ceiling, it automatically skews the image so it appears rectangular. Although the keystone correction is probably not unique to the Spro 2, the feature works well and it's quite impressive, having never experienced it before.

So for $599, I wish ZTE could have put a brighter lamp in the Spro 2. It is a "smart projector", but as far as I can tell it's much pricier than a lot of the competition out there with regards to lumen brightness. But we have to keep in mind how many other features this device has that a non-smart projector doesn't. It begs the question, however, does one need a smart projector?

9. Battery Life

The 6,300 mAh battery in the ZTE Spro 2 provides great battery life. The Spro 2 provided a Wi-Fi hotspot for the 15 hours it took my family and I to drive from Seattle to San Francisco and had battery to spare. I also performed a test running the projector unplugged starting with a full charge. The Spro 2 projected for 3 hours and 18 minutes before it died. ZTE advertises only 2.5 hours of projection so my unit over delivered, which is great. 3+ hours will easily get you beyond the length of an average movie. So, battery life shouldn't be an issue with this device.

10. Extras

The Spro 2 comes with a few goodies in the box. It comes with an HDMI cable and a neoprene carrying case, which is basically a nice zipper pouch to carry it in. Compared to most phones, the HDMI cable and case are decent extras that ZTE probably didn't have to include, but are convenient to have in the box.

ZTE Spro 26.5 / 10

Overall, I have loved my experience with the ZTE Spro 2. I don't want to give it back to ZTE. The experience has been smooth and it has worked as advertised. In general, I like the design and look of the projector. My biggest beef with the design is that I wish it had more height adjustment options.

That being said, I'm convinced I want a projector in my life but I'm not convinced I need the ZTE Spro 2. I don't need a mobile hotspot. And although the display is nice to have, I think putting a Chromecast in a cheaper projector will offer me the same effect I can get with with Spro 2. I think the experience might even be a bit smoother with the Chromecast because the Spro 2 remote app isn't awesome. It's not bad, but it's not great either.

Who's the ZTE Spro 2 for? A traveling salesman, maybe? I could see the benefit of not having to worry about the equipment your customers have on hand. You have a mobile hotspot and a device that can hold all your presentations. Just walk in and show your customer your stuff. Who else? Maybe a family on the go with an RV or a portable projector screen? People who like to watch movies outside? The Spro 2 does have a big battery on board and has LTE connectivity, so you could stream whatever you want from anywhere with a data connection. Other projectors can't do that, but how often will you be projecting away from Wi-Fi or home?

As a device, the ZTE Spro 2 is great. I have very few complaints about it, and those are mostly small annoyances. Here are the prices: The Spro 2 is available now from ZTE USA's website and Amazon (Verizon version) for $599.99 plus tax, and from AT&T for $499.99 with no contract or $399.99 with a 2-year contract. Interestingly, I can't find the ZTE Spro 2 on Verizon Wireless's website. I would be much more into the Spro 2 at a cheaper off-contract price. But as it stands, I'm not going to go out of my way to pick one up.

What are your thoughts on the ZTE Spro 2? As far as my opinion goes, it's quite an interesting device and I think it's fun to see unique use cases for Android. Do you think a projector is a good application for Android? Do you think you would want a smart portable projector? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

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Apple expected to bring Move to iOS app to Android tomorrow

Posted: 15 Sep 2015 03:39 AM PDT

Move to iOS makes switching to iPhone easy. Photo: AppleApple is expected to release its first app for Android tomorrow, and it won't be Apple Music. Instead, it'll be a tool that allows long-time Android users to transfer all of their data to iOS when they switch to iPhone. Move to iOS is a feature baked into Apple's new iOS 9 operating system, and it

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Qualcomm outs new Snapdragon chips and Quick Charge 3.0, talks up Snapdragon 820′s X12 LTE modem

Posted: 14 Sep 2015 10:51 PM PDT

Qualcomm has dropped a Snapdragon bomb that includes two new processors, an updated version of Quick Charge, and a new feature for the Snapdragon 820.

First up, the Snapdragon 430 and Snapdragon 617 both offer octa-core configurations with Cortex-A53s clocked at up to 1.5GHz and 1.2GHz, respectively. The 430's also got an Adreno 505 GPU, while the 617 has an Adreno 405. The Snapdragon 617 offers slightly higher top-end LTE speeds of up to 300Mbps, while the 430 tops out at 150Mbps, but they both include support for photos up to 21 megapixels as well as Quick Charge 3.0.

The Snapdragon 617 will begin appearing in mobile devices before the end of 2015, while the Snapdragon 430 is slated to show up in the second half of 2016.

Quick Charge 3.0 is the newest version of Qualcomm's fast charging technology. It's twice as fast as Quick Charge 1.0 and can charge a phone from 0 to 80 percent in just 35 minutes. It's also 38 percent more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0. Quick Charge 3.0 is forward and backward compatible with other Quick Charge versions and can be used with several connectors, including microUSB and USB-Type C.

Quick Charge 3.0 will be available with the Snapdragon 820, 620, 618, 617, and 430.

Rounding out today's announcements is the Snapdragon 820's X12 LTE modem. The feature will enable LTE Cat 12 download speeds of up to 600Mbps and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps. The X12 LTE modem also enables lots of other networking features like 4×4 MIMO on a single LTE carrier, LTE-U, and LWA, all of which ought to help boost a Snapdragon 820's networking capabilities. The X12 LTE modem also includes VoLTE, ViLTE, and support for the Zeroth computing platform, which will keep an eye on Wi-Fi connectivity and smartly decide when to switch calls from LTE to Wi-Fi and back again.

The Snapdragon 820 is slated to begin appearing in devices in the first half of 2016.

Sources: Qualcomm (1), (2), (3)

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SanDisk Australia launches next-gen Connect Wireless Stick, portable cloud storage for multiple devices simultaneously

Posted: 14 Sep 2015 10:31 PM PDT


This morning SanDisk Australia gathered tech media to announce a couple of new devices, with the first being an external SSD drive and the second being their next generation in on-the-go cloud storage, the Connect Wireless Stick.

Seeing as we're focussed on bringing you news that caters to your Android tastes, we figured the prospect of portable cloud storage for your Android device(s) and other supported devices is what you're more interested in, so the Connect Wireless Stick is what we'll be focussing on.

In the mobile memory solutions space, we typically have microSD to turn to when our devices' internal storage won't suffice. Transferring data between devices however can be a bit of a hassle while out and about ...

The post SanDisk Australia launches next-gen Connect Wireless Stick, portable cloud storage for multiple devices simultaneously appeared first on Android Australia.

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Geekbench Result Of Huawei Nexus Confirms Specs

Posted: 14 Sep 2015 09:32 PM PDT


We're just weeks away from the supposed Nexus launch this month and it looks like a Geekbench benchmark result page might have confirmed the specs for the upcoming Huawei Nexus (codename Angler).


Thanks to MyDrivers.com, they have found the page listing the Huawei Nexus's Geekbench score of 1156 (single core) and 3641 (multi core).

What's more important is that the page also lists the specs of the device running the benchmark, and in this case, the phone is sporting a Snapdragon 810 SoC clocked at 1.55 GHz with 3GB of RAM. With this information, we can conclude that both the LG and Huawei Nexus will come with 3GB of RAM.

The devices are rumoured to be launching on September 29th.

[MyDrivers / GSMArena]

Geekbench Result Of Huawei Nexus Confirms Specs is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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First gen Verizon Moto X getting Android 5.1 update

Posted: 14 Sep 2015 04:44 PM PDT

The first gen Moto X hasn't gotten all that much love recently, but Verizon and Motorola are now updating the Verizon Moto X 2013 to the latest version of Android. This update will bring you to Android 5.1 and features the Stagefright patch, which will keep you safe from malware.

Android 5.1 features a lot of great enhancements over 5.0, like interruption controls, notification volume control, user interface changes, and a bunch of fixes. It's definitely a good update, so if you're the owner of this device, go ahead and check for updates! And remember, Motorola cares. This old device is getting Android 5.1 while many models of the Note 4 remains on 5.0.

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38 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (9/1/15 - 9/14/15)

Posted: 14 Sep 2015 04:19 PM PDT

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