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Hungering for Game Utilities?

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 03:23 PM PST

Posted by Alex Ames, Fun Propulsion Labs*

Originally posted to the Google Developers blog

At Fun Propulsion Labs we spend some of our time building sample games to help demonstrate how to make easy-to-build, performant, cross-platform games. With the growth of Google Cardboard, we got to work and over many long evenings, feeding our animal hunger on sushi, we came up with Zooshi. Zooshi is an open source, cross-platform game written in C++ which supports:

  • Android, Android TV, Windows, OSX, and Linux
  • Google Cardboard
  • Google Play Games Services sign-in and leaderboards on Android
  • Level customization

Zooshi serves as a demonstration of how to build Android games using a suite of newly released and updated open source game technologies from Google:

  • Motive drives our Animation system, giving life and movement to the characters and environment.
  • CORGI, the Component Oriented Reusable Game Interface, is an Entity-Component system designed to allow users to define complicated game objects as collections of modular, custom-defined behaviors.
  • FlatUI is a straightforward immediate mode GUI system with a light footprint that makes building up user interfaces a breeze.
  • Scene Lab allows designers to design levels and edit entities from right in the game without needing to use an external editor.
  • Breadboard provides an easy to use node based scripting system for editing entity behaviors that's accessible to designers without deep knowledge of programming.
  • FPLBase is a cross-platform API layer, for abstracting low-level tasks like reading input and creation of graphical contexts.

As in our previous release, Pie Noon, we also made extensive use of Flatbuffers, Mathfu, fplutil, and WebP.

You can download the game in the Play Store and the latest open source release from our GitHub page. We invite you to learn from the code to see how you can apply these libraries and utilities in your own Android games. Take advantage of our discussion list if you have any questions, and don't forget to toss some sushi around while you're at it!

* Fun Propulsion Labs is a team within Google that's dedicated to advancing gaming on Android and other platforms.


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We’re giving away a MonoRover R2 ‘hoverboard’ worth $599! [Deal]

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 01:23 PM PST

images_mediumForget pedaling or skating to work or class — there's a new transportation king in town (and no, it's not a Segway). If you've been out and about in the past months, there's no doubt you've seen these self-balancing scooters popping up like crazy—and the MonoRover R2 is the creme-of-the-crop. Equipped with sensors that detect

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Google Expanding 'Ad-Supported' Labels To All Apps, Developers Must Update Listings By January 11th, 2016

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 12:32 PM PST

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Google announced a badge to make users aware of ad-supported apps in the "Designed for Families" program at I/O this year (see what that looks like above). Now, all apps will be subject to the same requirement going forward. Developers are getting email notifications of the change right now, and they have until January 11th to log in and state whether or not an app has ads.

Here's the text of the notice from Google.

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Google Expanding 'Ad-Supported' Labels To All Apps, Developers Must Update Listings By January 11th, 2016 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Raise the roof with Android’s answer to GarageBand

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 12:22 PM PST

Stagelight makes music making easy. Photo: Open LabsOne of Apple's finest apps is GarageBand, which allows almost anyone to create music using only their Mac or iOS device. Sadly, it's not available on Android — but Stagelight is. Just like GarageBand, Stagelight makes music creation incredibly simple, with a large collection of virtual instruments, sounds, and loops at your disposal. And don't worry

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Google+ App Updated To v6.8 To Begin Rolling Out The New UI [APK Download]

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 12:02 PM PST

googleplus-new-website-heroThe Google+ app has gone through more UI revisions than Android itself, and the latest one is starting to roll out now. Version 6.8 of Google+ is starting to show up in the Play Store, and of course, we've got the APK below if you don't want to wait. Be aware, installing this APK won't immediately kick you over to the new design. It looks like this is a server-side switch that's only active for some users.

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Google+ App Updated To v6.8 To Begin Rolling Out The New UI [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 11:51 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.

YouTube Music

YouTube Music

Description: YouTube Music lets you watch and listen to a nearly endless catalog in an app designed for music discovery. Just tap a track you love, and see where your music takes you.

 

Pool – Photo Sharing Assistant

Pool - Photo

DescriptionPool is like a personal assistant for your photos! It groups your event photos together and reminds you to share them with friends and family. Pool makes it super easy to privately share photos with your friends with one swipe. 

 

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Programmer

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Programmer

DescriptionBring your LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robots to life! This is the official LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programmer app for use with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 (31313) robotics construction set.

 

Hivemapper

Hivemapper

DescriptionFlying a drone without Hivemapper is like using a smartphone without an internet connection. Sure, it can fly but it has no information about the world around it. Hivemapper's real-time 3d map of the earth connects you to gigantic amounts of critical information

 

Thanksgiving for Android

Thansgiving for Android

DescriptionFeatures: Date, Digital Time, Resolution:400*400, Round & Square Watch Face, Concise & Power saving.

 

Runtastic Results

Runtastic Results

Description: Transform your body in 12 short weeks with no equipment. Results is your ultimate bodyweight and strength training app for losing weight, building muscle, burning fat or boosting endurance.

 

Patreon

Patreon

DescriptionPatreon is a recurring crowdfunding platform for all types of artists and creators. For fans, this is a way to support your favorite creators for making the stuff you're crazy about. For creators, Patreon is a way to get paid by your fans for making the things you're already making (videos, songs, webcomics, anything!).

 

HomeUX (Beta)

HomeUX (Beta)

DescriptionHomeUX provides a simplistic yet highly functional launcher user interface with full integration of Google's Material Design.

 

Watch Face: Scooter

Watch Face-Scooter

DescriptionJust imagine, you are traveling around some countryside together with your old, but trusty friend – blue scooter. This elegant watch face has a cute and stylish design with a special speedometer in moto-style. Nicely animated arrow goes around.

 

Fatboy Watch Face

Fatboy Watch Face

DescriptionTap to change screen. Large size font-type. Configurable weather metric celsius / fahrenheit. Features: Current weather, Steps count from google fit, Meetings scheduled for today, Phone and watch battery percentages.

 


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Google Search Android App Learns How To Stream Content From Other Apps

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 11:02 AM PST

SearchAppStreaming

Google does things—a lot of things. For two years now, the company has been indexing the content inside of apps. This way it can point you to other Android apps when they can better provide answers to your query than a general website. Google says 40% of searches done on Android bring up app content.

But there remained two issues with this approach. One, Google could only display information from apps that had matching content available on the web.

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Google Search Android App Learns How To Stream Content From Other Apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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The best Black Friday deals on the latest Android phones

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 10:51 AM PST

You can already find some awesome Black Friday deals! Photo: DealNewsWith the push from carriers to switch to unsubsidized phone plans (meaning you pay for the full cost of your handset, instead of having it subsidized up front with the cost then hidden in your monthly bill), the entire deal landscape has changed. That doesn't mean you can't find a good deal this Black Friday,

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Now Comes With Clear Warning Regarding S-Pen Insertion

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 10:36 AM PST

S-Pen Warning

 

Remember #spengate?  Well just in case you don't remember, Samsung's latest in their Note series had a bit of a design flaw.  Unlike previous generation Galaxy Note devices, you were able to completely insert the signature S-Pen into its slot backwards.  No big deal right?  Just pull it back out?  Not so much.  If inserted backwards, the S-Pen would catch on an internal latch that could be easily broken if the pen were forcefully pulled out.

Now it seems that Samsung knew of this problem as it was clearly marked in the user manual not to insert the S-Pen backwards but lets be honest, nobody reads the user manual.  So in order to protect Note 5 users even more so, Samsung is now printing the warning on the plastic sheet that wraps around the device.  Ideally this should deter people from inserting the pen backwards but then again, we all seem to enjoy doing what we're not supposed to do…

[SamMobile]

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Now Comes With Clear Warning Regarding S-Pen Insertion is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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API 23 SDK now available for Android Wear

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 10:22 AM PST

Posted by Wayne Piekarski, Developer Advocate

The new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is the first watch to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow (API 23) for Android Wear. Currently, all other Android Wear watches implement API 22, and in the coming months, these will receive an OTA update for API 23 as well.

So what does this mean for you as an Android Wear developer? You will need to ensure that your apps are compatible with both API 23 and API 22 watches. While you can start implementing the new features in this post, you still need to maintain backwards compatibility until all watches are upgraded.

New permissions model and samples

API 23 introduces a new runtime permissions model for both phones and watches. The new permissions model allows users to pick and choose which permissions to grant apps at the time of use. In addition, new permissions settings allow users to turn on and off app permissions at any time.

To use the new permissions model on Wear, read Permissions on Android Wear. This training guide provides an in-depth discussion of Wear-specific scenarios, such as when your Wear app relies on a phone-side permission. In addition, all of the Android Wear samples have been updated to use the new permissions model, and a new RuntimePermissionsWear sample shows how to handle permission requests across devices.

When you are ready, you can update your application on both the phone and watch side to use compileSdkVersion 23 and targetSdkVersion 23. Make sure that you check and request the permissions needed by your app at runtime, on both the phone and the watch. It is important that you do not change targetSdkVersion to 23 until you have implemented the permission checks properly, since it changes how the system installs and runs the app. For example, an API call that might have previously returned a result could now fail, causing the app to behave in unexpected ways.

-round and -notround resource qualifiers

API 23 makes it easier to build apps for both round and square Android Wear watches. We listened to your feedback and added new resource qualifiers for -round and -notround, so you can use the resource system to load the appropriate images, layouts, and strings based on the type of watch you are working with. You can also combine this with existing resource qualifiers -hdpi, -tvdpi, -280dpi, and -360dpi for the various Android Wear watches that are currently available. All of the existing classes in the wearable UI library, such as WatchViewStub, BoxInsetLayout, and WearableFrameLayout will continue to work as well, so you do not need to change your code. The -round and -notround resource qualifiers will not work on API 22 devices, so you cannot assume they will be available until all devices are on API 23.

Watches with speakers

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is the first watch to include speaker support, so you can now add sounds to your Wear app. You can play audio files using the same APIs that are available on Android phones, such as AudioTrack, MediaPlayer, and ExoPlayer. Check out the sample and documentation to learn how to detect when the speaker is available on a Wear device and play sounds through it.

Intel x86 support

The new TAG Heuer Connected, along with other upcoming Android Wear watches, is based on Intel x86 processors. If you are working only with Java code, your apps will automatically work on any architecture. However, if you're using the NDK, you'll need to provide both armeabi-v7a and x86 shared libraries in your wearable APK. Since only one wearable app can be bundled in a phone app, it is not possible to deliver different APKs to different watches based on architecture. If your wearable APK is missing an x86 library, it will fail to install on x86 watches with INSTALL_FAILED_NO_MATCHING_ABIS and code -113.

If you are using Android Studio, you will need to adjust your build.gradle file to include:


ndk {
abiFilters = ['armeabi-v7a','x86']
}

If you are using the NDK directly, you will need to modify your Application.mk file to use:


APP_ABI := armeabi-v7a x86

These changes should only be made for the wearable APK, and you can continue to support other ABIs on the phone side. You can test your application by checking if it works on the x86 emulator provided by the SDK Manager.

Updated emulator

New Android Wear emulator images for API 23 and x86 watches are available to download from the SDK Manager in Android Studio. We have also added profiles that represent every available Android Wear watch, so you can easily test on any device you want. It is also important that you understand and test all the combinations of phones (API <= 22, API = 23) and wearables (API 22, API 23), so that your app works for all users.

Updates to existing watches

The new emulator images allow you to get started immediately with testing and deploying updated apps for users with API 23 watches. The schedule for updating existing Android Wear watches via OTA updates has not been announced yet. We will announce the update schedule on the Android Wear Developers Google+ community. We'll also let you know when the rollout is complete, and API 22 support for Android Wear is no longer needed.


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Marshmallow removes tethering and hotspot on some Nexus 7 models

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 10:21 AM PST

Bid farewell to this Android feature on your Nexus 7.Before upgrading your Nexus 7 to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, there's something you should know: Google's latest software update is removing the tethering and personal hotspot feature on all units without a cellular connection — and it's not a mistake. Nexus 7 owners began reporting this "problem" through Google's official Android Issue Tracker after noticing the feature

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Google Camera 3.1 Brings The UI From The Nexus 6P And 5X Cameras To All Android 6.0 Devices [APK Download]

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 10:17 AM PST

2015-11-18 17.58.21Hey you! Yes, you, the Android fan who spent $650 to get a Nexus 6 the moment it became available, then felt somewhat disheartened when it started popping up for $300 or less, then heroically resisted the siren song of new devices from Huawei and LG! To reward your frugal self-control, Google is now allowing you to play with the camera user interface featured on the new Nexus phones without spending any money whatsoever!

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Google Camera 3.1 Brings The UI From The Nexus 6P And 5X Cameras To All Android 6.0 Devices [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Outlook App Updated To Version 2.0 With A Few Material Design Visual Tweaks And Not Much Else

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 09:16 AM PST

imageMicrosoft isn't wavering in its laudable multi-platform support - at this point the company is beating out both Apple and Google in its support for customers on all mobile operating systems. The free mobile version of Outlook, which first came to the Play Store earlier this year. It's advanced to version 2.0 after a few months, and the developers have added... actually, not much. Certainly not that Sunrise Calendar integration that users of the abandoned app are probably looking for.

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Outlook App Updated To Version 2.0 With A Few Material Design Visual Tweaks And Not Much Else was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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New Sprint promotion promises to cut your cellphone bill in half

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 09:06 AM PST

The Sprint countdown has run down, revealing a new promotion that promises to cut your bill in half and give you up to $650 to cover your termination fees if you switch to Sprint from AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile. Sprint's new promotion starts on November 20 and runs through January 6 of next year. As with Sprint's earlier promotions, the reduced monthly rates will only last until January 8, 2018.

Since the promotion is based on your current plan, everyone switching to Sprint will be getting a slightly different deal. Fortunately, Sprint has put together a few examples of what your savings could look like based on sample rates offered by its competitors.

Sprint 50% rate plan discount examples

  • T-Mobile: T-Mobile offers 10GB for $80 per month. T-Mobile customers switching to Sprint can get unlimited talk and text with the same amount of data for $40 per month and that's with high-speed for your video at Sprint.
  • AT&T: A family paying $100 for 15GB at AT&T can get the same amount of data for $50 if they switch to Sprint. Customers also save 50 percent on the access fee.
  • Verizon: Verizon customers paying $80 for 12GB of data will pay $40 for 12GB if they switch to Sprint, and they will save 50 percent on the access fee, too.

We can imaging that a lot of people will take advantage of Sprint's new deal and make the switch from T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T over the next month and a half. Sprint's network reliability has been improving, but we'd still choose T-Mobile's network, even if it will cost slightly more.

Will you be switching to Sprint to save 50% on your current cellphone bill?

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Sprint Celebrates Launch of LTE Plus Network; Introduces Biggest Wireless Offer in U.S. History – 50% Off Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile Rate Plans

No gimmicks, no tricks – Available on almost all consumer plans

Savings guaranteed until 2018

Plus, Sprint will pay fees up to $650 for anyone switching to Sprint

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 18, 2015 – In celebration of the launch of its new LTE Plus network, which has been clocking blazing speeds nationwide, Sprint (NYSE: S) is introducing the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history – 50 percent off the price of most Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile rate plans1. This unprecedented opportunity invites wireless subscribers to try the Sprint network that is performing better than ever – it's faster than Verizon and AT&T, based on analysis of a recent study by Nielsen2. New customers can sign up for this offer nationwide Nov. 20 through Jan. 7, 2016.

This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here:http://ift.tt/1PA9Bt5

50 Percent Off Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile Rate Plans

T-Mobile

Example: T-Mobile offers 10GB for $80 per month. T-Mobile customers switching to Sprint can get unlimited talk and text with the same amount of data for $40 per month and that's with high-speed for your video at Sprint.

AT&T

Example: A family paying $100 for 15GB at AT&T can get the same amount of data for $50 if they switch to Sprint. Customers also save 50 percent on the access fee.

Verizon

Example: Verizon customers paying $80 for 12GB of data will pay $40 for 12GB if they switch to Sprint, and they will save 50 percent on the access fee, too.

"We've made tremendous strides with our network because we know consumers want wireless service that provides consistent speed and reliability," said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. "We are so confident that customers will have an amazing experience that we are encouraging them to give us a try with the biggest wireless offer in the history of our industry. Customers switching to Sprint will never need to look elsewhere. They will learn what our 58 million customers already know – Sprint offers the best value and an award-winning network."

To reward existing customers for their loyalty, Sprint is offering a free tablet with one year of free service with a two-year contract3, while supplies last. A $360 value, this will make a great holiday gift.

"Our company would be nothing without our existing customers so we wanted to make sure we showed our appreciation to them, too," Claure said. "They will be able to take advantage of this great offer during this holiday season."

Sprint LTE Plus network

LTE Plus, available today in 77 major markets, takes advantage of Sprint's rich triband spectrum portfolio, and it uses some of the world's most advanced technologies in wireless, such as carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming.

Respected third-party testers are recognizing Sprint's network improvements. For example:

  • Nielsen looks at how consumers use their wireless devices and their most recent tests showed that the Sprint network is faster than Verizon's and AT&T's2.
  • Lowest latency: Latency is the delay between the time wireless information is sent and received. Low latency means faster transmissions, and that's a great thing! In the third quarter this year, Sprint had the lowest LTE latency, according to OpenSignal. Sprint beat AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile – the second consecutive quarter Sprint held this lowest latency ranking.
  • RootMetrics is recognizing Sprint for substantial improvements in overall, reliability, speed, data, call, and/or text network performance. As of Nov. 17, Sprint has achieved 108 first-place (outright or shared) RootScore Awards in 67 metro markets published in the second half of 2015 (up from 70 awards a year ago)4.

John Saw, Sprint chief technology officer, describes in this blog post the performance improvement seen by leading third-party testing organizations.

Cutting your rate plan by 50 percent is easy

This pricing plan is simple with no gimmicks or tricks. Customers who switch get 50 percent off most current rate plan prices from their current carrier. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon customers switching to Sprint also can take advantage of iPhone Forever, where they are eligible to upgrade every time a new iPhone launches.

  • This is a worry-free offer. Customers have 28 days to experience Sprint service. If they are not satisfied, customers can return their device with no restocking fee5.
  • Visit your local Sprint store, Sprint Store at RadioShack, www.sprint.com or call 1-800-Sprint1 to switch.
  • Get your new device with Sprint Lease, iPhone Forever, Sprint Easy Pay installment billing or pay full retail price for the device. Or bring your own compatible device.
  • Customers must port one line, and can add up to 9 additional lines on the account.
  • Customers must choose from the 50 percent off rate plans available from their current carrier.
  • Cricket and MetroPCS customers also can switch and save 50 percent off their parent company's postpaid rates.
  • 50 percent off pricing remains valid until Jan. 8, 2018, for activations between Nov. 20, 2015, and Jan. 7, 2016.
  • Sprint will pay your switching fees up to $650 per line via an American Express® Reward Card after online registration and phone turn-in6.

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Google Play paid app minimum reduced in 17 global markets

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 09:06 AM PST

After successfully testing out lower paid app minimums in India earlier this year, Google has informed developers that they can now lower the price of paid apps in 17 additional markets. While it sounds a bit crazy, app developers have been asking Google to lower paid app minimums for quite some time. The lower app prices will allow developers to make more money by offering tailored prices for each unique market. Buying an app for $0.99 in the US doesn't sound like a whole lot, but that's not the case if you live in the Philippines and only make $250 per month at your full time job.

Lower paid app minimums also mean that developers can start charging for apps which were previously only available for free. The list below shows the new paid app minimums, which are now available for 17 markets across the globe. There's no indication that paid apps will be getting cheaper in the US or major markets in Western Europe, but we're sure Google will consider it if they see sales increases in these 17 markets.

New Google Play paid app minimums by county

  • Brazil: R$ 0.99 (US$0.26) — was R$2.00
  • Chile: CLP $200.00 (US$0.28) — was CLP $500.00
  • Colombia: COP$ 800.00 (US$0.26) — was COP$ 2000.00
  • Hungary: Ft 125.00 (US$0.43) — was Ft 225.00
  • Indonesia: Rp 3,000.00 (US$0.22) — was Rp 12,000.00
  • Malaysia: RM 1.00 (US$0.23) — was RM 3.50
  • Mexico: MXN$ 5.00 (US$0.30) — was MXN$ 9.90
  • Peru: S/. 0.99 (US$0.30) — was S/. 3.00
  • Philippines: ₱15.00 (US$0.32) — was ₱43.00
  • Poland: zł1.79 (US$0.45) — was zł2.99
  • Russia: руб 15.00 (US$0.23) — was руб 30.00
  • Saudi Arabia:﷼ 0.99 (US$0.26) — was 4.00﷼
  • South Africa: R3.99 (US$0.28) — was R10.00
  • Thailand: ฿10.00 (US$0.28) — was ฿32.00
  • Turkey: ₺0.59 (US$0.21) — was ₺2.00
  • Ukraine: ₴5.00 (US$0.21) — was ₴8.00
  • Vietnam: ₫6,000 (US$0.27) — was ₫21,000.00

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Samsung Pay to beat Apple Pay to China next year

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 08:52 AM PST

Samsung Pay will expand next year. Photo: SamsungSamsung is already fighting Apple Pay head on in the U.S., and now the South Korean company wants to beat it to new markets. A new report claims Samsung Pay will make its way to China, Spain, and the U.K. next year — only one of which is already supported by Apple Pay. "As per

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Artificial Defense Is Part Real-Time Strategy And Part Tower Defense Inside A Computer

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 08:46 AM PST

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You've probably played a million tower defense games, and "orbital shooters" aren't too uncommon either, but what about playing them at the same time? Artificial Defense combines a few different game types with some nerdy computer vernacular to create a distinctive mobile game, and you can give it a shot for free.

Your goal in Artificial Defense is to prevent the intrusion of this Tron-esque world by malicious programs. At your disposal are various defense towers and weapons that can be dropped on the battlefield from your vantage point high above.

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Artificial Defense Is Part Real-Time Strategy And Part Tower Defense Inside A Computer was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Chrome's Number Of Monthly Active Users On Mobile Devices Has Doubled Over The Past Year

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 08:31 AM PST

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During the keynote address yesterday for this year's Chrome Dev Summit, VP of Chrome Darin Fisher shared some numbers about the mobile web browser's rate of adoption. tl;dr, people are flocking to Chrome, and fast. Over the past year, the number of 30 day active users has doubled from 400 million to 800 million.

Chrome's adoption has been boosted by an increasing number of devices now shipping the browser by default.

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Here’s A Look At TouchWiz’d Marshmallow

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 08:21 AM PST

Samsung Marshmallow - 1

A few days back, one unsuspecting T-Mobile customer in the states received a very unexpected update on his Note 5.  That update brought his device up to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and although this was most definitely sent out by mistake, he has since provided a system dump to the geniuses over at XDA who in turn have provided us with a sneak peak at Samsung's version of Marshmallow.

Now for the most part, TouchWiz is still very much TouchWiz.  The XDA member who had been testing out the ROM after it was made flashable did note some minor differences.  The color palette is now predominantly white as opposed to the light blue we had been seeing on all of Samsung's devices.  The calendar, clock, file manager, and music app also saw some minor changes but they're still unmistakeably TouchWiz.  He also noted that animations are overall smoother and faster and more Material Design elements have made their way into this version of TouchWiz.

New Marshmallow features like easy access to app permissions and Google on Tap are present and working.  Doze is currently not working on this build but this is definitely an experimental build so hopefully it shows up for the final version.  Samsung has also congregated all of their additional features into one spot in the settings menu labelled "Useful Features".  Now nobody can complain that their mass number of features are too hard to find!

New Old New Old Samsung Marshmallow - 6 Samsung Marshmallow - 7 Samsung Marshmallow - 8 Samsung Marshmallow - 9

[XDA]

Here's A Look At TouchWiz'd Marshmallow is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Moto X Pure Edition is getting a trio of limited designs from designer Jonathan Adler

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 08:05 AM PST

While Motorola already offers a series of options in terms of customization for its Moto-branded devices, for those that might want to get their hands on a "limited design" from a noteworthy designer, an option is finally arriving in the near future.

Motorola has just announced a trio of new designs for the Moto X Pure Edition, created by designer Jonathan Adler. Motorola will launch a pre-order period for the new designs, which is set to go live on Tuesday, November 24. The new designs will go up for sale beginning Thursday, December 3.

The 32GB Moto X Pure Edition with the limited design will retail for $474.99, which means it's been attached with a $25 markup from the standard Moto X Pure Edition.

The three new designs can be seen in the image with Adler. So what do you think of them?


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Google drops minimum prices for apps, in-app purchases in 17 countries

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 07:51 AM PST

Google Play is getting cheaper in some countries. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of MacGoogle has dropped its minimum prices for apps and in-app purchases through Google Play in 17 countries around the world. The change comes months after the company allowed developers to sell apps for as little as INR10 ($0.15) in India to "make content more accessible." "Available in more than 190 countries, Google Play is a

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Bell Also Adds The 64GB Note 5 To Their Line Up

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 07:51 AM PST

64GB Bell Note 5

Following Rogers' lead, Bell has also decided to add the 64GB Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to their line up.  Like Rogers, the outright price is set at $900 but their contract price is $5 cheaper coming in at $420.  Unlike Rogers, however, Bell is only offering the 64GB model in Black Sapphire.

I'm still a little puzzled that carriers didn't release this model alongside the 32GB version at launch but I guess now is still better than never.

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HTC One M9(s) crams the One A9′s camera into the One M9′s shell

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 07:05 AM PST

Not digging the look of the HTC One A9? If you live in Taiwan, you'll soon have the option of buying a phone that looks identical to HTC's flagship One M9, but is equipped with the same 13-megapixel sensor and OIS setup as the HTC One A9. The new HTC One M9(s) sounds like a good compromise phone for those who want the HTC One A9′s camera melded with HTC's classic all-metal design, but the phone doesn't really compare to the One M9 when it comes to performance.

Rather than featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM, the HTC One M9(s) is powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion slot, and a 2840mAh battery. Fortunately, there is a bit of good news for those still interested in the HTC One M9(s): The phone does retain the UltraPixel front-facing camera, and its price is set at NT$12,900 (US$393 USD), 30% less than the HTC One M9 and more than 13% less than the One A9. HTC is accepting pre-orders now and will start shipping the phone on November 20.

There's no indication that the HTC One M9(s) will ever make it to Europe of the US, but we honestly doubt anyone will be disappointed to hear that.


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YouTube Kids app lands in Australia

Posted: 18 Nov 2015 12:16 AM PST

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Google Australia has today announced that their separate YouTube app built entirely with parents and children in mind, "YouTube Kids" is launching in Australia, and is available presently for download.

There's no denying the impact services such as YouTube have had on our lives. It's a powerful medium which can be used to broadcast all sorts of messages to the public, which inherently lies the problem of censoring certain content that isn't intended for younger audiences.

Google addressed this in February of this year when they first launched the YouTube Kids app in the US, where since then it has seen more than 10 million downloads. Now at last, the app is available here.

The YouTube Kids app is designed ...

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Optus SIM only plans are 50 percent off for limited time

Posted: 17 Nov 2015 07:14 PM PST

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New Optus customers to monthly SIM only plans can enjoy a whole lot for rather little coin if they take up an offer ending soon.

We've been browsing the OzBargain website for deals again and came across a pretty sweet thread for Optus' SIM only plans.

Until 7pm AEST today — November 18 — all new Optus customers who sign up for either the $40 or $50 SIM only plan will enjoy a 50 percent discount on their monthly bill for six months. That'll open up unlimited standard national calls and text on either plan, and 3GB data with up to 150 minutes worth of international standard calls to 32 select countries on the $40 plan, or 5GB data with ...

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