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Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth earphone review

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 03:07 PM PDT

Bluetooth earphones are a new thing for me. I never really thought about it, but the concept of having no cords to get tangled in while jogging or doing chores sounds absolutely fantastic. But they have had significant drawbacks in the past, like battery life and weight. How do a budget pair of earphones stack up these days?

Overview


Bluetooth version: 4.1
Supported profile: Headset, Hands-free, A2DP, AVRCP, Apt-X
Battery life: 7-8 hours
Price: $32.99
Where to buy: Inateck, Amazon US ($10 off with 5QQAWHVN), Amazon UK (£5 off with 99XZX57W)

Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth earphones 2

These Inateck BH1001 earphones are made up of two large earbuds and a short cable in between, with a controller on one side of the cable. The earbuds have magnets inside them, which is meant for a pretty cool feature I'll talk about later. On the ends are double seal tips that come in two sizes. On one side is a small cover for the micro USB port.

Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth earphones 3

The controller has a multi-function button that turns the earphones on and off — as well as other functions — right by a mic and a status LED. The other side has volume buttons, which adjust volume independently of your device volume. Long pressing them changes the track.

Build quality

These Inateck BH1001 earphones are built fairly well. The earbuds are made entirely of plastic. The plastic is of decent quality, not fantastic but pretty good. This has the benefit of making the earphones really light, which is critical for comfort. There is no creaking or bending to speak of.

The wires are a bit thin, which may not be good for long term reliability, but they seem well built enough. All the buttons are nice and solid, and the micro USB port cover isn't flimsy. For the price, I'm very impressed.

Audio quality

Did you expect sub-$40 Bluetooth earphones to sound good? No? Well, the Inateck BH1001 do. Once you get a good seal in your ears, the sound really is nice. The bass is surprisingly substantial and thumpy, and the mids and highs are very clear even at high volumes.

The balance of the sound, as with any budget audio product, could use some work. This isn't an audiophile product, nor should you expect it to be for $33. But it's far from bad, providing highs, mids, and lows without any one of those getting drowned out.

Overall the sound quality is plain good. I enjoyed listening to these earphones quite a lot.

Comfort

As I've stated before, in-ear style earphones don't fit very well in my ears. Yes, my ears are weird. But these fit pretty well and stay in my ears for fairly long periods of time! It takes a while to make a proper seal for proper sound and fitment, but once they're in, they stay in. The plastic construction keeps them lightweight, which means they don't feel particularly heavy in your ears.

The cable is supposed to be behind your neck, which means it doesn't pull on your ears either.

Battery life

The rated battery life for the BH1001 is 7-8 hours, depending on where you look. And in my testing, it has lasted about as long as advertised. Considering many more expensive earphones advertise around the same battery figures, that's plain impressive.

My testing was done at medium volumes, and blasting your music may lower battery life, but overall the battery life is very good.

Features

One of my favorite features of these earphones is the magnetic ends. When you're done listening to your music, take the earphones out and snap the ends together. They'll stick together, becoming a necklace, and automatically pause the music. I love that feature.

The Inateck BH1001 also features a microphone for phone calls, but unfortunately it's not so great. People hear me, but my voice isn't all that clear. The sound is a bit muffled, probably because it's a bit further back than it should be. But it works okay enough to be understood.

Extras

Included in the box is a surprisingly nice soft case with a zipper. It holds the earphones with space to spare, and even has a pocket for the extra ear tips and micro USB charging cable.

Inateck BH10019.5 / 10

Inateck BH1001 Bluetooth earphones 4

These Bluetooth earphones pretty much do it all. They're very cheap, lightweight, sound good, have great battery life, and feature wireless (and no flaky connections either). The only issue is the subpar mic, but honestly, they're great otherwise.

If you're annoyed by your earphone wires constantly getting in the way and want something new on a budget, this may be perfect for you.


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Telus Sets Some Dates For Marshmallow Updates

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 02:54 PM PDT

Telus Update Schedule

Telus has updated their software update schedule once again and this time we have some actual dates!  First let's talk Marshmallow.  The HTC One M8 will be first to get Marshmallow as they are expected to release that update on December 17.  That will be followed by the Moto G (2015) which is set for December 20.  Those two will be followed roughly a month later by the HTC One M9 which is expected to get the update on January 21.  It's kind of odd that HTC has their previous generation getting Marshmallow first but I'm sure there's some sort of reason behind that.

Several other minor updates will be rolling out to all of the Nexus' in November and a bug fix/security update should be hitting Galaxy S6 and S6 Edges some time today.

While we can't say it definitively, other carriers will likely have a similar schedule for their releases.

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The Sony Xperia Z5 Has Landed On Bell

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 02:54 PM PDT

Sony Xperia Z5

 

Sony's latest flagship has officially landed.  The Sony Xperia Z5 is now available at Bell stores across Canada.  The device is priced at $199.95 on a 2-year term and $649.95 outright and is available in both black and white.  Here's a rundown of the sepcs once again:

  • 5.2″ 1080p Display
  • Snapdragon 810 Processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • microSD Card Slot
  • 23MP Camera
  • 5MP Front Facing Camera
  • 2900 mAh Battery
  • IP68 Water/Dust Resistant
  • Fingerprint Reader

Although it looks very much like previous Z devices, things have been upgraded internally.  Plus they've added a fingerprint reader this time around and the camera has been receiving some high praise around the web.  I'm excited to check this guy out!

Anybody planning on picking one up?

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Titanfall coming to mobile in 2016

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 02:31 PM PDT

There are plenty of console and PC video games that make the transition into mobile apps in some form. We've seen companion apps, somewhat related games made for mobile (Fallout Shelter comes to mind), and even full spinoffs like Call of Duty. And in some form, Titanfall will be coming to mobile.

Game developer Respawn Entertainment has partnered with Nexon, a free-to-play publisher, and mobile developer Particle City to create a Titanfall-based game for iOS and Android, among others. It'll likely be free with in-app payments, which is Nexon's style. What kind of game it will be is unbeknownst to us. It could be a spinoff of the full game, or some card collection game. We hope it isn't the latter.

The game will be launching sometime next year, so hopefully more details surface soon!


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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Snapseed, Newegg Mobile

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 01:35 PM 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.

Skype - Version 6.8.0

Skype

What's new in this version:

  • Add fun to your video messages by adding a video filter. Just tap on the filter icon on the lower left.
  • Get spooky with new ghostly Halloween emoticons and video message filters…. Mwahahahah!
  • Quickly send photos and files to the entire group by tapping on the corresponding icon in the group chat media bar.
  • Want to chat with a friend who isn't in Skype? Invite your friends to join Skype from the contacts tab.

 

Snapseed - Version 2.1.0

Snapseed

What's new in this version:

  • RAW support
  • Tap to hide controls on the main screen
  • Zoom navigator doesn't obscure any part of the image
  • Filter name is displayed in title bar
  • Exif data is now fully preserved

 

BetterBatteryStats - Version 2.1.0

BetterBatteryStats

What's new in this version:

  • Android Marshmallow Support
  • New Artwork
  • New responsive widget
  • Optimized legacy widgets
  • New version of the system app
  • Numerous bugfixes

 

Amazon Music with Prime Music - Version 4.6.5

Amazon Music

What's new in this version:

  • Amazon Music…now rollin' with Android Auto support! Play favorites from Prime Music or your library on your commute using an elegant, car-optimized interface
  • Prime Stations now appear in your search results – finding and discovering your new favorite Prime Station has never been easier
  • Now get Prime Music search suggestions as you type, enabling you to quickly find and play music with the fewest number of taps
  • Made performance improvements & fixed several bugs

 

Newegg Mobile- Version 4.0.0

Newegg Mobile

What's new in this version:

  • Redesign Android App based on the latest design guidelines.
  • Combine Android Phone App and Android Tablet App into one universal app.

 

Fleksy + GIF Keyboard – Version 7.0.4

Fleksy

What's new in this version:

  • All new Theme Builder! Design your own theme with an image or choose the background color(s) that your heart desires. You can also share them with your friends! Check it out (open on your device) ==> http://ift.tt/1GVVnKG
  • New Badges for sharing Themes, GIFs, and Stickers

 

Photo Editor by Aviary - Version 4.2.1

Photo Editor by Aviary

What's new in this version:

  • All new Enhance! Try out the new Hi-Def, Scenery, Food, Portrait and Night presets. Let us know what you think!
  • Many under the hood updates to improve performance and prepare for new features coming soon. 

 

NBA 2015-16 - Version 6.01

NBA 2015-16

What's new in this version:

  • Redesign of the NBA app for easier navigation to top content, live scores and video
  • New NBA LEAGUE PASS subscription options including NBA SINGLE GAME
  • Improvements for NBA SINGLE GAME subscribers
  • Performance improvements

 

ExDialer - V195

ExDialer

What's new in this version:

  • Settings for swipe gesture action
  • Always display 3-dot menu button, on Android5.0+ devices (since on some new devices menu can't be accessed)

 

Google Photos - Version 1.8.0

Google Photos

What's new in this version:

  • Now in more countries
  • Hide a person from appearing under People. This also prevents events with that person from appearing in "Rediscover this day" cards in the Assistant.
  • When viewing search results, pinch to zoom in and out.
  • Spooky fast performance improvements and bug fixes.

 


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Google will let you see when your friends are willing to hang out with new ‘Who’s Down’ app

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 01:06 PM PDT

Google has a new app, and this one's designed to help you hang out with your friends. Just in case you aren't actually communicating with them.

The app is called "Who's Down," and, as it is appropriately titled, it will let you know when your friends are willing to hang out. The app, like so many of Google's past endeavors, is invite-only right now, but you can download and install it if you really want to. It's free.

As far as functionality goes, the app is simple enough: Toggle a switch and tell your friends that you're able to hang out. The timer will last for three hours, and then after you do that you'll be able to select from a series of options that show what you're interested in doing. There will be a list that will show which of your friends are also down to hang out.

What do you think of Google's newest app?


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Ready up for Titanfall’s mobile debut next year

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 12:12 PM PDT

Free-to-play games set in the Titanfall universe are coming to your mobile devices next year. Photo: Respawn EntertainmentReady to boost you and your giant mecha fighters into battle on your Android or iOS phone? Looks like you'll only need to wait until 2016, says developer Respawn Entertainment, for several new mobile titles set in the popular first person shooter franchise, Titanfall. Originally a PC and Xbox One title released by Electronic Arts

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The TYLT ENERGI Sliding Power Case is so convenient

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 12:11 PM PDT

Oh no! My Galaxy S6 is dying and I don't have time to plug it into the wall. I'm away from walls with outlets or don't want to be tied to a wall. I need to be using my phone. What the heck am I going to do?!?

If you have the TYLT Energi Sliding Power case, the decision would be easy: Slide on the 3400mAh power sleeve and you're good to go. No walls necessary. No cables attached to power banks. You just slide on this bulky Power Case and you can keep using your phone without attachments and cables. Your phone charges while you use it, wherever you are. It's brilliant.

TYLT offers the ENERGI Sliding Power case for several different phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge (the S6 case comes with both S6 and S6 edge cases), Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, and all the iPhone models since the iPhone 5. We tested the Galaxy S6 case and spoiler: It was awesome.

How it works

The TYLT ENERGI Sliding Power Case is two parts. The first is a simple "inner" case for your phone that is a dual-layer hard case with a soft coating on it. The buttons are all encased yet easily pressable. There are cutouts for all the ports, speaker, camera and IR blaster. One of my favorite parts about the case is that it's very thin. I love cases that don't add much bulk. Lastly, the case has slots on the side where the battery sleeve part of the case slides in.

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Part two of the ENERGI Slide Power case is the battery sleeve. Unlike the inner case portion, the battery sleeve is very bulky. I'm not dogging on the case here, because big batteries take up space. The battery sleeve for the Galaxy S6 contains a 3400mAh battery that is 1 1/3 larger than the Galaxy S6′s built-in battery. It can be charged on or off of the phone via Qi wireless charging or micro-USB. The power sleeve is 2.1 Amp quick charge capable of charging your Galaxy S6 up to 90% at a relatively quick charging rate.

I think the design of the battery sleeve is really well thought out. It slips onto inner case very tightly and there's very little play, so the Galaxy S6 slides perfectly into the male micro-USB plug. There are two ways the battery sleeve can be charged: via a micro-USB port on the bottom or via Qi wireless charging. It can be charged with or without the phone, and it supports pass-through charging. So you put your phone in the case before you go to bed at night, plug in the case, and when you wake up in the morning, both your battery and phone will be charged. There's a button on the back that can activate LEDs that indicate how much charge the battery sleeve has. When you want to charge your phone, holding the button down for a second begins the charging process. Lastly, the sleeve does cover the bottom-firing speaker on the Galaxy S6. Oh no! Well, TYLT thought of that and redirected the sound out to ports on the front of the phone, which seems more awesome than the bottom-firing speaker.

What I love

  • CONVENIENCE. Most other power banks are probably not going to attach to your phone and will also require a cable in-between the battery and your phone. The ENERGI Sliding Power Case just slips on and you can continue to use your phone as usual. People probably won't even know you're charging your phone. They'll just think your phone is HUGE.
  • The inner case is very slim and very protective. Our Galaxy S6 has survived many falls with the protection of the dual layer hard case.
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What I don't like

  • Colors. Other devices supported by the ENERGI Sliding power case have more colors options, but the Galaxy S6 case only comes in black. Boring.
  • I'm disappointed by how the inner case has held up. The soft portion of the dual layer inner case seems to be quickly wearing off. Granted, this case has taken a beating — it's been dropped multiple times over the month that we've been using it — but I think cases should last longer than a month. It's still fully functional, but its appearance seems to be deteriorating.
  • The battery sleeve can be difficult to slide off the inner case. At first, it was really hard, and we were searching the instructions to see if we were doing something wrong. Since then, we've either gotten better at our battery sleeve removal technique or it's been broken in and gotten easier to take off. Maybe both.
  • It's pricey, but most TYLT Products are. The ENERGI Sliding Power Case is $79.99. There are cheaper battery cases out there for that Galaxy S6, but not many have great ratings.

The bottom line

If I were to give TYLT ENERGI Sliding Power case a rating from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best, I would give it a 4.5. The design it great and it works great. I'm knocking a half point off because the inner case's appearance is going south, but you're probably the only one that will notice that.

Functionally, everything is there, and I'm super impressed with it. The ENERGI Sliding Power Case is a CTIA-certified battery and comes with a 1-year warranty. Its convenience factor is through the roof, and I wish I had a case like this for my Nexus 6. I do wish the price was a bit lower and it had some different colors.

The TYLT ENERGI Sliding Power case for the Galaxy S6 can be picked up on TYLT's website or Amazon for $79.99. The ENERGI Sliding Power cases for other devices have varying prices.

What are your thoughts on the ENERGI Sliding case? Do you have one and think it's awesome? Thinking about buying one? Think it's overpriced? Let us know your thoughts and questions by commenting below.


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T-Mobile’s next Uncarrier move could be unlimited streaming video

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 11:39 AM PDT

t-mobile-uncarrierT-Mobile is hosting its 10th Uncarrier event on November 10 and @evleaks was on the case to find out what the carrier has in store for us. The very reliable Evan Blass tweeted that the Uncarrier 10 move will offer unlimited video streaming from services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO that doesn't count against your data plan.

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ZTE Axon Pro price cut by $80 as part of Amazon Lightning Deal sale

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 11:39 AM PDT

When the ZTE Axon Pro launched earlier this year, it did so with a price tag of $449.98. Amazon recently discounted the phone to $400, but today you can get it for even less.

The ZTE Axon Pro is currently an Amazon Lightning Deal that'll run through 1:00 pm PT/4:00 pm ET, or until all of the stock is claimed. During that time, the Phthalo Blue and Chromium Silver models of the 32GB Axon Pro are available for $319.98, $80 off Amazon's normal asking price.

As of this writing, 20 percent of the Phthalo Blue stock has been snapped up, while only 7 percent of the Chromium Silver version has been sold.

The ZTE Axon Pro is one of the many recent "affordable flagship" smartphones that've launched lately. It boasts a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display, Snapdragon 810, 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear cameras, an 8-megapixel front camera, a 3000mAh battery, and Android 5.1.1. All of those goodies are wrapped in a metal body. Given all of those features, the Axon Pro seems like a pretty good deal at $320.

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OnePlus was one month away from launching a wearable

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 11:39 AM PDT

OnePlus hasn't just been working on smartphones.Remember when we thought OnePlus was on the verge of announcing a new wearable? Well, it was — but it wasn't a smartwatch. The Chinese startup has revealed it was gearing up to launch a new fitness tracker — and a Bluetooth speaker — but both were scrapped right before launch. "We had a fitness tracker and

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Game Developers: Here's How To Make Your Game Stand Out With A Great Google Play Store Listing

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 11:35 AM PDT

2015-10-30 17.07.48Hi. I'm Michael. I look at a lot of Google Play Store listings, and Artem and I usually pick out more than a hundred apps and games every month to be featured in our weekly roundups here at Android Police. After doing this week in and week out for a couple of years, there are some observations I'd like to share with developers on how to make your game stand out of the crowd.

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Last chance: Get a lifetime subscription to TigerVPN Lite for just $29 [Deal]

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 11:24 AM PDT

5d7eb77ea062367816f4b41da1f27b398888bbd4_main_hero_imageThe Internet can be a scary place, packed full of hackers, government spies, identity thieves, and other degenerates. TigerVPN Lite protects you from cyber crimes, and guarantees that your Internet activity stays anonymous. How? Connect to any of TigerVPN's 61 servers worldwide to get fast, private access — free from location restrictions. Yes, that means

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Sony rolls out Stagefright fixes for Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 09:12 AM PDT

Xperia Z5 is protected against Stagefright. Photo: SonySony's fix for the Stagefright vulnerability is finally rolling out to its latest Androids. The Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Dual, and the Xperia Z5 Compact are getting the release, which also enhances camera performance, and makes other improvements. The release weighs in at around 281MB, XperiaBlog reports, and it eliminates the Stagefright vulnerability on Sony's latest devices to give early adopters

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Nexus 5 now available on eBay for $175

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 08:28 AM PDT

If you're like us, it's never too late to buy a good Android phone. Google has two new Nexus phones that are fairly cheap, but we're certain that quite a few of you will jump at the opportunity to get your hands on the original Nexus 5 at a steep discount. The phone has been officially discontinued, but an eBay seller has limited stock of the Nexus 5 and is selling the phone for a mere $175.

For those who don't remember, the Nexus 5 features a 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, a 4.95-inch 1080p IPS display, 8-megapixel camera and a 2,300mAh battery. In late 2015, it would be considered a mid-range device, but its stock Android build and clean design make it a must-have to the true Android fanboy.


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Bendgate is back: Watch the Nexus 6P fold insanely easily

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 08:12 AM PDT

Here we go again. Photo: JerryRigEverythingBendgate is back, and this time, it's an Android device that's at the center of it. Google's brand new Nexus 6P, which is being dubbed the company's best smartphone by critics and consumers, is nowhere near as durable as it is pretty. Check out the video below in which the device scratches, cracks, burns, and

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Mad Genius Coaxes Android Wear Into Running Nintendo 64 And PlayStation Portable Game Emulators

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 08:08 AM PDT

n64Before we start, let's get one thing out of the way: there's no practical application for the apps demonstrated below, at least not in the way they're being used. You can't seriously play a game meant for a 20-button controller on a screen smaller than two inches across, even if your fingers are tiny enough to hit the virtual buttons. This is the work of an enthusiast gamer and Android fan.

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Quarterly earnings guidance no longer in HTC’s future

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 07:27 AM PDT

During HTC's quarterly earning call, the company stated that it will no longer be providing earnings guidance for following quarters in an effort to avoid the "side effects." For those who don't know, most companies provide earnings guidance to give investors a vague idea of what the company plans to make the following quarter. While HTC has all the information it needs to project how much money it will spend and how much it will bring in form smartphone sales, the company has failed to meet its guidance numbers recently, resulting in significant selloff of its stocks once the actual earnings are announced.

By not providing earnings guidance, HTC hopes to bring a little more stability to its stock price while it still works to reduce its overhead expenses and find a product that can actually have a positive impact on its bottom line. HTC hasn't indicated how long it plans to keep investors in the dark, but we have a feeling that it will resume issuing quarterly guidance if it actually sees evidence that its fortunes have turned around. HTC has stated that the HTC One A9 will likely result in an earnings increase over Q4 of 2014, but without any guidance from HTC, it's impossible to know what that increase may be.


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Get Samsung’s giant Galaxy View tablet on November 6

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 07:12 AM PDT

Galaxy View arrives next month. Photo: SamsungSamsung's new Galaxy View tablet, which ships with a giant 18.4-inch display, will be available in the U.S. on November 6. But be warned: its midrange specifications do not come at a midrange price. Galaxy View wants to be the tablet that replaces your TV; its 18.4-inch display makes it the ideal device for content

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[Hands On] Custom Quick Settings Adds New Tiles To The Android 6.0 Quick Settings Via UI Tuner

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 06:33 AM PDT

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Android 6.0 has a lot of cool features, most of which are enabled out of the box. You don't have to go turn on doze mode or app backups, but the system UI tuner is another story. You might not even know it's there without being told. Once it's enabled, you can make tweaks to the system UI elements that weren't possible in earlier version of Android.

Now, an app called Custom Quick Settings is on the scene to take advantage of the UI tuner.

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AOL Releases Alto Mail, A Multi-Service Inbox That Manages Your Mail With Automatic Tags Plus Image And Attachment Views

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 06:18 AM PDT

imageWhen you think of the intersection between America Online and email, you probably think of the phrase "you've got mail," septuagenarians forwarding politically-charged but factually lacking messages, and/or Meg Ryan. But AOL Mail is still going strong, and it looks like the company is actually trying to branch out into mobile software. Take Alto Mail, for example: it's a new stand-alone mail client just published in the Play Store alongside more antiquated options like AIM and AOL On.

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Gravity-Defying Puzzle Game 'In Between' Has Fantastic Hand-Drawn Art And Animation

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 05:03 AM PDT

image (2)At the moment pixelated faux-retro graphics are all the rage, partly because they're trendy, partly because they don't require lots of hardware resources to implement, and (let's be honest) partly because they're easier for developers to create than high-resolution 2D sprites. So occasionally it's nice to see a game like In Between, which bucks the trend with both characters and backgrounds that are completely unique and drawn by hand. Check out the trailer below to see what I mean:

Though it uses platformer elements, In Between is a puzzle game at heart.

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Angry Fandroids are losing it over Apple’s latest Android app

Posted: 30 Oct 2015 04:08 AM PDT

Apple's latest app for Android is getting the response you'd expect. Photo: AppleApple's latest app for Android is a bitter, ahem, Pill+ for Fandroids to swallow — with numerous one-star reviews already hitting the Google Play Store. Arriving yesterday, the app lets users control and manage their newly-launched Beats Pill+ speaker, including allowing multiple users to take control of the music playing from a speaker, or configuring

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Google plans on merging Chrome OS with Android

Posted: 29 Oct 2015 09:26 PM PDT

Chrome OS is being merged into Android. Photo: Google.According to sources of Wall Street Journal, Google plans on merging Chrome OS with Android. Engineers at the company have been working on this project since the last two years and have made significant progress recently. One of the sources claims that Google will showcase the new unified operating system next year, but will only release

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Google To Merge Chrome OS Into Android By 2017?

Posted: 29 Oct 2015 08:26 PM PDT

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Ever since Chrome OS made its debut, there were always reports and rumours of people expecting Chrome OS and Android to merge into one project one day and it looks like that may become a reality.

According to the Wall Street Journal's sources, Google has been rumoured to be working on merging Chrome OS and Android together for the past two years and is expected to announce an early preview as soon as next year, and a public release by 2017. This could be huge for desktop users as it would allow them to install and run Android applications through the Play Store.

This is similar to what Microsoft is doing with Windows, creating a universal OS across phones, tablets and PCs that allows apps to run on all platforms.

None of this has been confirmed by Google so it's interesting how it will play out.

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