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Apple Music Has Landed On Android

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 02:35 PM PST

Apple Music

See any flying pigs lately?  Well you may want to keep you eyes on the sky as the unthinkable has happened, Apple has launched an app on Android (and it's not app not designed to move people to iOS!).  That's right, Apple has officially launched Apple Music for Android.  Apple Music is Apple's subscription music service, not unlike Google Music.  Apple is offering a free three month trial for anyone interested and plans begin $9.99 after the trial period ends.

Despite my… preference for Android and Google over iOS Apple (trying not to start a war here), I will likely give this a go.  Apple has been king in the digital music realm since… well forever so they have a mass collection of music.  There are still a few albums here and there that I can't find with Google Music.

Any of you guys give Apple Music a whirl yet?  How you liking it?

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Black Huawei Watch Now Available Through The Play Store

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 02:20 PM PST

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The rather pricey Huawei Watch has been in the Google Store for a couple of months now but now you can get it in another color.  The Black Huawei Watch is now available for puchase and it's even pricier than the silver as it comes in at a hefty $579!

There's no arguing that it's a gorgeous piece of tech but that's a lot of money to shell out for a wearable.  Any takers?

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The Nexus Protection Program Has Come To Canada!

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 02:20 PM PST

Nexus Protect

We've got some pretty exciting news to pass your way!  Google has officially launched the Nexus Protect program here in Canada!  In case you're unfamiliar with the program, it's an extended warranty that covers you for some accidental damage as well.  In addition to a 2nd year of warranty, you get 2 accidental replacements over a 2 year period with a deductible of $99.  Accidental damage includes things like drops, spill and cracked screens.  Google also covers the shipping both ways and state that you could have your replacement as early as the next business day!

In terms of pricing, the program is pretty reasonable in my opinion.  Coverage for the Nexus 5X is $99 while coverage for the higher end Nexus 6P is $129.  Of course, protection plans aren't for everybody but it's nice to know that it's available for those who do need it.  Oh, and it seems that you need to purchase your device through the Google Store to purchase the protection plan so carrier buyers seem to be out of luck.

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Google Has Released Test DPC To Help Developers Try Out Apps With Android For Work

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 01:17 PM PST

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Android isn't all about fun and games. Sometimes you have to use that phone or tablet (but probably phone) for work. Before that, someone has to develop apps for use in a corporate environment. Google launched Android for Work earlier this year, and it's up to other folks to make the apps.

Well, Google has recently released an app to make that whole ordeal go by more smoothly. It's known simply as Test DPC.

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LG unveils the G4 White Gold Edition

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 01:05 PM PST

One thing that phone manufacturers are good at is keeping any and all color variants under wraps until they're good and ready to release them. While not all of them do it, many do, and LG is no different. For example, LG has just unveiled a brand new color for its G4 flagship, a phone that it originally launched months ago.

The Life's Good crew has officially debuted the White Gold Edition of its G4 Android smartphone, giving the handset a very distinct look. The handset was officially introduced in South Korea, and for anyone that might be wondering what else LG might have changed, the answer is nothing. Other than the color, this is the same G4 that was debuted earlier this year.

The only difference is the white front and back as well as the gold trim. According to LG, this new handset is meant to appeal to women and to a younger audience that might have originally been ignoring the G4 proper without these golden highlights.

As far as pricing goes, in South Korea it will retail for 699,600 South Korean Won, or about $605. It's unknown if the White Gold Edition G4 will ever see an official launch outside of South Korea, though.

What do you think of the LG G4 White Gold Edition?


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Developer tips for success with Player Analytics and Google Play games services

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 12:42 PM PST

Posted by, Lily Sheringham, Developer Marketing at Google Play

Editor's note: As part of our series featuring tips from developers, we spoke to some popular game developers to find out how they use Player Analytics and Google Play game services to find success on Google Play. - Ed.

Google Play games services, available in the Developer Console, allows you to add features such as achievements and leaderboards to your games. Google Play games services provides Player Analytics, a free games-specific analytics tool, in the Developer Console Game services tab. You can use the reports to understand how players are progressing, spending, and churning backed by a data-driven approach.

Bombsquad grows revenue by 140% per user with Player Analytics

Independent developer Eric Froemling, initially created the game Bombsquad as a hobby, but now relies on it as his livelihood. Last year, he switched the business model of the game from paid to free-to-play. By using Player Analytics, he was able to improve player retention and monetization in the game, achieving a 140% increase in the average revenue per daily active user (ARPDAU).

Watch the video below to learn how Eric uses Player Analytics and the Developer Console to improve gamers' experience, while increasing retention and monetization.



Tips from Auxbrain for success with Google Play games services

Kevin Pazirandeh, founder and CEO of games developer Auxbrain, creator of Zombie Highway, provides insight into how they use Google Play games services, and comments:

"While there are a few exceptions, I have not run into a better measure of engagement, and perhaps more importantly, a measure for change in engagement, than the retention table. For the uninitiated, a daily retention table gives you the % of players who return on the nth day after their first play. Comparing retention rates of two similar games can give you an immediate signal if you are doing something right or wrong."

Kevin shares his top tips on how to best use the analytics tools in Google Play games services:

  1. You get Player Analytics for free - If you've implemented Google Play game services in your games, check out Player Analytics under Game services in the Developer Console, you'll find you are getting analytics data already.
  2. Never assume change is for the better - Players may not view changes in your game as the improvement you had hoped they were. So when you make a change, have a strategy for measuring the result. Where you cannot find a way to measure the change's impact with Player Analytics, consider not making it and prioritize those changes you can measure.
  3. Use achievements and events to track player progress - If you add achievements or events you can use the Player progression report or Event viewer to track player progress. You'll quickly find out where players are struggling or churning, and can look for ways to help move players on.
  4. Use sign-in to get more data - The more data about player behavior you collect, the more meaningful the reports in Player Analytics become. The best way to increase the data collected is to get more players signed-in. Auto sign-in players, and provide a Play game services start point on the first screen (after any tutorial flow) for those that don't sign-in first time.
  5. Track your player engagement with Retention tables - The Retention table report lets you see where players are turning away, over time. Compare retention before and after changes to understand their impact, or between similar games to see if different designs decisions are turning players away earlier or later.

Get started with Google Play Games Services or learn more about products and best practices that will help you grow your business on Google Play globally.


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WTF?! Study finds Android is actually safer than iOS

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 11:16 AM PST

Your iPhone isn't as safe as you think it is. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidAre iPhones really more secure than Androids? Google's platform certainly gets more stick thanks to high-profile vulnerabilities like Stagefright, but according to a new study, Android is still safer and more secure than iOS. Despite Apple's "wall garden," which required all iOS apps to undergo a thorough review process before they get the stamp of approval,

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Testing your app for Android for Work

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 10:47 AM PST

Posted by, Rich Hyndman

Testing is important whether you're building a dedicated app for the workplace, rolling out new features, or making it easy for IT departments to deploy.

Test DPC is now available for you and is a fully featured, open-source, sample Device Policy Controller (DPC) which allows you to test your apps with any Android for Work feature. A DPC manages the security policies and work apps on devices using Android for Work. You can configure Test DPC to be either a device or profile owner to test all the Android for Work scenarios:

  • Profile Owner: Employees using their personal phones for work and allowing their company to own the work applications and data (i.e. bring your own device or BYOD)
  • Device Owner: Enterprises providing devices to employees and managing the entire device
  • Device Owner: Enterprises deploying devices for a narrow use case, such as a mall directory or restaurant menu (i.e. corporate owned, single use devices)

Test DPC simplifies testing and development because you can use it to set the kinds of policies an IT administrator might enforce. You can establish app and intent restrictions, set up managed work profiles, enforce policies, and can even set up fully managed Android devices — something you might find as an info board or kiosk in a public place.

The Test DPC app can be found on Google Play with the source on GitHub. Set up Test DPC as a device/profile owner on your device by checking out this user guide.

If you want to learn more about Android for Work and its capabilities, check out Android for Work Application Developer Guide for full guidance on optimizing your app for Android for Work.

Note: Your test Android device needs to run Android 5.0 or later and be able to support Android for Work natively.


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Score a Huawei SnapTo & 1-month unlimited plan for just $99 [Deal]

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 10:47 AM PST

8736eb54238390ae70663a0381ffbd05b10c9db5_main_hero_imageWant to donate to charity by simply making a call or posting on Instagram? GIV Mobile makes this dream a reality by pledging to give 8% of monthly plan fees to a charity of your choice. Completely contract-free, GIV Mobile also takes away the headache of the fine print with their simple flat-fee plans. Take

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Google could build its own iPhone rival

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 10:47 AM PST

Can Google do better than this? Photo: GoogleAfter working with third-party smartphone vendors on the Nexus lineup for years, Google is finally toying with the idea of building its own handset, according to some employees. It's thought the search giant is keen to have a stab at taking on the iPhone all by itself. Google's Nexus smartphones — which have been manufactured by Samsung, LG,

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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 10:46 AM PST

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

FotoSwipe

FotoSwipe

Description: Instantly share photos and videos across multiple smart devices (iPhone, Android, iPad, tablets, etc.) with the swipe of a finger. The exclusive FotoSwipe technology allows you to select photos, videos or even an entire album, swipe them toward an intended device and you're done!

 

Apple Music

Apple Music

DescriptionStart your 3-month free trial to play from over 30 million songs in the Apple Music catalog. For You: Get handpicked recommendations by music experts based on what you already listen to and love.

 

Moto Loop

Moto Loop

DescriptionMoto Loop makes it easy to stay in sync with your home and family. Check up on the kids, receive alerts, and send messages right from the app. It even works with smart home devices so you can control things like your Nest Thermostat and Philips Hue lights.

 

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

DescriptionVisual Arts allows you to set a custom wallpaper for the HomeScreen when the outside weather condition changes. The weather icon and temperature are displayed on the wallpaper.

 

DoubleClick for Publishers

DoubleClick for Publishers

DescriptionProvides a high-level overview of a DFP network's performance. The data is displayed in a series of cards, which contain information associated with what's happening in your DFP network.

 

Shiny Gradients Watch Face

Shiny Gradients Watch Face

DescriptionCustomize your watch with more than 25 gradients selection inspired by nature. This watch face has a clean and stylish analog design focused on the fantastic gradients. Interactive: touch the central circle to switch between light and dark theme, touch the outer part of the screen to hide or show seconds indicator.

 

bitTicker Fitbit Notifications

bitTicker Fitbit Notifications

DescriptionbitTicker sends your phone's notifications to your Fitbit™. Whatsapp, SMS, Email, Calendar Alerts; Anything that sends notifications can now alert you on your Fitbit!

 

SW Battlefront Companion

SW Battlefront Companion

DescriptionWhether you're in a galaxy far, far away or closer to home, get ready for battle with the official Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Companion app. Featuring the strategic card-game, Base Command, the Companion lets you earn in-game Credits that unlock Star Cards, blasters, and more in Star Wars Battlefront.

 

Family Square

Family Square

DescriptionFamily Square is your virtual home command center that connects your family. You can easily share photos with your family members whenever you want, and display emotional and beautiful images from group members.

 

Fallout Pip-Boy

Fallout Pip-Boy

DescriptionThis app lets your portable device interact with Fallout 4 on your Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or PC. Away from your game system? No problem! Pip-Boy will remember your status and allow you to access your data while on the go.

 


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Crimsonland Is Basically Starcraft As A Top-Down Shooter, Complete With Four Player Local Co-Op

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 10:12 AM PST

image (9)Remember those Terran levels in the original Starcraft, where your entire planet was being overrun with H.R. Geiger knock-offs and all hope seemed lost? Remember how you wished you could jump down into your screen, strap on a suit of power armor, and serve up hot lead to all comers instead of directing troops like an omnipotent general? Well since Blizzard is never (never) going to give us Starcraft Ghost and Microsoft won't let Halo out of the Xbox playpen, Crimsonland might just be the closest you can get to that experience.

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Adventure Game 'Lost Echo' Give You A Girlfriend To Find And A Gorgeous World To Explore For $2.99 With No In-App Purchases

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 09:57 AM PST

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At first glance, Lost Echo is the story of a guy looking for a woman. But there's something else that stands out during that glance. The game is beautiful. Despite originally launching on iDevices two years ago, these are still some of the best visuals you can find in the Play Store.

Lost Echo is a point-and-click adventure game in which you control Greg, a man whose girlfriend mysteriously disappears right before his eyes.

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All of Nintendo’s Android and iOS games will be free-to-play

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 09:46 AM PST

Nintendo games will be free, but you'll pay in some way. Photo: NintendoAll of the games Nintendo is currently planning for Android and iOS will be free-to-play titles, according to development partner DeNA. That means you won't have to pay a penny to download them — but they will almost certainly be filled with in-app purchases. DeNA CEO Isao Moriyasu confirmed during an earnings call on Wednesday that

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Original Moto 360 now just $99 on the Google Store

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 08:16 AM PST

The Moto 360 is now more affordable than ever. Photo: GoogleIf you're looking for affordable entry into the Android Wear ecosystem, look no further than the original Moto 360. Now available from the Google Store for a mere $99 with free shipping, it brings beautiful design and decent specifications at half of the price of newer models. Motorola has already introduced its second-generation Moto 360 —

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Soda Dungeon Comes To The Play Store Hoping To Lure Brave Heroes With A Bubbly Drink

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 08:12 AM PST

 

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Most RPGs would have you believe that the key to success is bravery and enough dedication to hone your skills. The real secret, it turns out, is soda. That's right. Consuming the right beverage provides all the liquid courage necessary to journey into the nearest dungeon and grab all the loot.

That's what Soda Dungeon tells me anyway. The well-received title from developer Armor Games has made its way into the Play Store.

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Magic Flute: Puzzle Adventure

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 07:51 AM PST

Magic Flute: Puzzle Adventure

In Magic Flute: Puzzle Adventure enter the Kingdom of the Queen of the Night. Start your journey through the lands of mystery and magic as prince Tamino. Choose your steps wisely, build your path avoiding traps, deadly serpents or earth quakes. But know no fear, lose no hope and remember that you are the master... View Article

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HTC One X9 design takes a little inspiration from the Nexus 6P

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 07:31 AM PST

The HTC One X9 is making headlines again thanks to a new image that shows off the back of the phone. The original image of the HTC One X9, which hit the web just a couple of days ago, gave us a good look at the front of the phone, but the back of the device was only displayed in a minuscule thumbnail. In today's today's image, the back of the One X9 takes center stage, showing off its metal body and a plastic cutout similar to that of the Nexus 6P and the HTC Legend.

We're not sure why the design of the HTC One X9 would deviate so dramatically from that of the HTC One A9 and One M9, but HTC is obviously trying something different here. At least no one will be able to say that the HTC One X9 looks like an iPhone. If the leaked images of the One X9 turn out to be real, would you buy the phone based on its looks?


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LinkedIn Finally Gets A Material Design Makeover In Its 4.0 Update

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 06:42 AM PST

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LinkedIn's main app rarely gets significantly updated. It has added a few new features here and there over the past years, but it has looked the same since time immemorial. Very Holo, very grey, very Ice Cream Sandwich. You can finally bid adieu to that old design though, since version 4.0 is ready to coat your smartphone's screen with fresh animations, a cleaner design, more white, better use of space, and some nicer transitions and animations.

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Amazon Echo on sale today only for $149

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 06:16 AM PST

Amazon's Echo launched last year with availability limited to invite only for the first several months and while early reviews were positive, the most common complaint was that it didn't quite do enough to justify the price tag.

This was also hot on the heels of the Amazon Fire Phone, which essentially blew up on the launch pad, so people weren't exactly in a mood to trust another experimental product from Amazon.

Nearly a year later, the Amazon Echo has added considerably to its bag of tricks. Not only has Amazon added functionality like IFTTT integration and Audible playback, but the Echo has transformed into one of the most popular home automation products with control over Hue lights, Belkin WeMo, Smarthing, Insteon, Wink and more.

The voice recognition on the Echo has also received universal praise as best in class, easily recognizing commands even with a large amount of ambient noise.

One of the few things that hasn't changed much about the Amazon Echo over the year has been the price. While it did drop from the initial $199 to $179 early in its tenure, that has remained static for some time now, with few deals.

Today only Amazon is slashing another $30 off the Echo, bringing it down to $149. If you have any interest in home automation or just a wireless speaker with voice commands, I would take a long look at the Echo today. You are unlikely to find it any cheaper soon and Amazon has proven over the last year that they are going to keep pouring resources into the Echo.

If any of you own an Echo already, we would love to hear what your experience has been with it.


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World Series of Poker – WSOP. Be a true poker shark playing in high stakes tables

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 05:51 AM PST

World Series of Poker – WSOP. Be a true poker shark playing in high stakes tables

World Series of Poker – WSOP. THE ONLY AUTHENTIC POKER BRAND raises the stakes with the BEST FREE POKER experience on Android devices, hands-down! Cash in your winnings to buy into high-stakes tables, compete with elite poker players and prove you're a true poker shark. AUTHENTIC FEATURES MULTI-LEVEL TOURNAMENTS – Atlantic City, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo,... View Article

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[Deal Alert] Lara Croft GO Is 60% Off On The Play Store, Down To $1.99 From $4.99 In Many Countries

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 05:42 AM PST

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To celebrate the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox consoles, Square Enix is discounting its Lara Croft GO game by 60% on the Play Store. It's a flash sale though, so you might want to hurry and grab it if the game seemed appealing to you or if you liked its spiritual predecessor Hitman GO.

Lara Croft GO is a turn-based puzzle adventure, where you play your turn moving your character along predefined paths, then wait for your opponents to make their move.

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[Deal Alert] Lara Croft GO Is 60% Off On The Play Store, Down To $1.99 From $4.99 In Many Countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Deal Alert] Deep Dungeons Of Doom Is Only $0.10 On The Play Store, And Heavily Discounted In Many Countries

Posted: 11 Nov 2015 05:12 AM PST

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Deep Dungeon of Doom usually costs $3.99. That's not a bad price to pay for a fun side-scrolling dungeon crawler with different protagonists — crusader, witch, and mercenary — and plenty of levels that throw you back to the good'ol times of gaming with 8-bit graphics and nostalgic sound effects. It's even much more acceptable after the game was updated to remove all in-app purchases. Now all gold has to be earned in order to buy upgrades and all revive tokens have to be won fair and square.

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Maps v9.17: Prices For Diesel, Midgrade, And Premium Are Coming For Gas Stations, Hotels Will Gain List Of Amenities [APK Teardown]

Posted: 10 Nov 2015 03:43 PM PST

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Offline navigation and search (and a few other things) are now legitimate features in Google Maps, even if most of us can't use them until our individual accounts are blessed by Mountain View. I get it, I'm in the same boat. Even though there are quite a few additions in this update, it seems that a couple of things didn't quite make the cut; but there are bits and pieces that show they're in the works.

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Google could build its own smartphone

Posted: 10 Nov 2015 03:15 PM PST

Google's Nexus line has long been the epitome of Android for bloggers and enthusiasts. But according to a new report from The Information, Google could be looking to build its own smartphone without any manufacturer help. With the Nexus line, Google has always partnered with a manufacturer to create a Nexus phone that fits Google's requests and runs pure Android, with guaranteed speedy software updates. In addition, the manufacturer lends a hand with distribution and such, while Google enjoys the benefit of having a phone that offers a pure Android experience.

If Google were to design its own phone, it would take a tremendous amount of work to manufacture and engineer the entire thing itself. Rather than simply giving a reference framework to a manufacturer partner, Google would need to design and construct the entire device itself. It would also need to handle everything on the distribution end, which is an enormous task in and of itself. In short, Google creating its own phone would be a huge endeavor for the company.

What would the payoff be? As far as we can see, there wouldn't be much of a payoff. The Information brings up the point that it would give Google tightened control over the Android ecosystem. As Droid Life points out, however, this point is really only valid if Google is aiming for widespread adoption of its device, à la Apple's iPhone. While The Information has been accurate with Google rumors in the past, we'd take this one with a grain of salt, as it seems pretty unlikely.


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