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LG G4’s In South Korea Getting Marshmallow

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 01:56 PM PST

LG G4 Marshmallow

Another batch of G4's are now getting Marshmallow as LG has released the update in their home country of South Korea.  It would seem that their initial roll out in Poland went smoothly enough for them to release it to a larger audience.

While it's not quite the news we're hoping for on this side of the world, it's another step in the right direction and I'm sure the company will begin their global roll out sooner rather than later.  Hopefully things don't get hung up with the carriers too long so that more Android-ers can get their taste of Marshmallow.

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LG G4's In South Korea Getting Marshmallow is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Cardboard v1.7 Adds A Slick Welcome Video And New Demo Screen, Photospheres For App Screenshots, Drops Windy Day [APK Download]

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 01:52 PM PST

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Google surprised everybody back in 2014 with an unusual project called Cardboard, a low cost and simple viewer that could work with a smartphone to create simple virtual reality environments. Cardboard has quickly grown into a very engaging tool and it has been adopted in many classrooms as a result. The latest update to the demo app polishes up the experience as well as making it a bit easier to find new apps to play with.

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Cardboard v1.7 Adds A Slick Welcome Video And New Demo Screen, Photospheres For App Screenshots, Drops Windy Day [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Considering A 12MP Camera For The S7

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 01:41 PM PST

Samsung S6 Camera

 

A new rumour regarding Samsung's next big thing has surfaced and its an interesting one.  Contrary to previous rumours which claimed the Galaxy S7 would sport a 20MP shooter, this new rumour claims that Samsung will scale back the pixel count in favour of a larger sensor.

The rumored sensor is said to be of the 12MP variety and will feature a 1/2.0″ sensor area size which means that the individual pixels should be much larger than Samsung's current offerings.  Google went a similar route with the new Nexus', focusing on the amount of light the each pixel captures rather than the total number of pixels, and it seems to have paid off well for them.  The source of the rumour went on to say that Samsung is nearing mass production of the new sensor and it should make its début on the S7 next year.

As always, take the rumour with a grain of salt but it's promising news nonetheless.  I'd much rather have a camera that captures more light rather than more pixels.

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Samsung Considering A 12MP Camera For The S7 is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Nexus 6P features double tap to wake feature hidden in kernel

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 01:26 PM PST

Double tap to wake is a feature a few modern phones have out of the box, and I'm sure it's a feature you get so used to that you can't live without it. Unfortunately, most phones don't have it. But the Nexus 6P does, to an extent.

The feature was found hidden in the kernel, though unfortunately it's disabled. Thankfully, it's pretty easy to enable if you're rooted (which, with a Nexus device, is almost expected). Just enter this line of code into a terminal emulator:

echo 1 > /sys/devices/soc.0/f9924000.i2c/i2c-2/2-0070/input/input0/wake_gesture

It won't survive a reboot, but it's easy enough to enter every boot, or have a script run if you're fancy like that. Developers are looking into enabling the feature with a custom kernel, but until then, this is a great solution for getting a nice feature.


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Google Drive updated with easier sharing and more notifications

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 01:11 PM PST

Google Drive has been updated to make it easier to use in a few big ways, and these are changes that have been needed for quite a while. Thankfully, they're rolling out to everyone now, including to the mobile apps for Android and iOS.

One of the big updates to the service is additional notifications. Instead of relying on email, the updated apps will display notifications when something has been shared with you, allowing you to go straight to the file or folder that's been shared.

Notifications also allow for easier sharing. When sharing a link, you would usually have to enter a person's email to allow them to see the files. Now, sending a link will allow the person to request access with one click, and a notification will allow you to grant it. It's a much better system than before. You can also view files without a Google account, like you can on the web.

Some of these features are available now, and some are still rolling out to everyone. But check for an update to your Google Drive app to see if you can take advantage of it!


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Verizon's Go90 Service Will Get Live NBA Games And Original Programming Thanks To New Sponsorship Deal

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 12:37 PM PST

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Verizon has signed a sponsorship deal with the National Basketball Association. As part of this arrangement, the carrier's new Go90 video-streaming service will get access to live and original NBA content.

Users, who don't have to be Verizon customers, will get to watch highlights and original content on demand. They will also be able to share clips via text, Facebook, and Twitter. Live games will be available to those who have purchased an NBA League Pass.

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V-MODA announces Zn in-ear headphones, the perfect daily driver for audiophiles

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 12:11 PM PST

V-MODA produces some of our favorite headphones, but they usually stick to the larger on-ear or over-ear variety. While we love these style of headphones, and options like the V-Moda XS sound fantastic and pack down to a reasonably small size, there are times when you want something pocketable or more suitable for exercise.

This isn't completely new territory for them — V-MODA has released two previous in-ear offerings that garnered dozens of awards with praise — but with the Zn it looks like they have taken things to a new level.

For fans of the periodic table (I'm assuming there must be some of you out there), you will have probably already guessed that the Zn are constructed using a zinc alloy. V-MODA found that zinc provided some unique characteristics in terms of both construction, hardness, and resonance that made it the perfect choice to deliver the sound quality and durability they were looking for.

Inside the zinc alloy housing are 8mm dynamic drivers that, unlike many other headphones, are tuned to give the midrange its due and ensure that your music sounds as true as possible to the source material.

V-MODA doesn't shirk on their cables, and the Zn is no exception. It is laced with Kevlar and, according to V-MODA, is 20 times stronger than the industry average. As someone that has gone through a dozen pair of headphones in a year thanks to failing cords, this is crucial to me. V-MODA backs this up with a 60-day test drive guarantee and a lifetime "Immortal Life Program" that offers you 50% off should you ever need to replace the Zn.

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The cord also features either a 3-button remote with mic for iOS users or a 1-button remote with mic for us Android folk, should you need to pause the action, use voice commands or take a call.

While V-MODA prides themselves on the audiophile-grade sound quality of the Zn, the durability is of paramount importance to them as well, and these headphones should be able to take whatever you can dish out.

The Zn have fitness buffs in mind, too, with included sport earhooks that can be easily attached when you are subjecting them to a run or working out at the gym. I really appreciate that these are an optional attachment, because while I absolutely love these kind of hooks when working out, they are overkill for daily wear.

The V-MODA Zn are $180, which is no doubt more than you paid for whatever earbuds you are sporting now, but they stand up to in-ear headphones ranging from $300 to $1,000+ in testing and offer unmatched durability, so they will be with you for life.

The 3-button remote version of the Zn is available starting today at V-Moda.com, and the 1-button remote version will be available before the holidays.

We'll be putting these headphones through their paces as soon as we can, so if you have any questions you'd like us to address let us know.

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Starific- Endless Reactor Bursts Into The Play Store For Free With No IAP's And Optional Ads

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 12:07 PM PST

Starific-LogoPong and Space Invaders went to a rave one night and got totally wasted on Pixie Stix and Starburts. Nine months later, Starific - Endless Reactor, was born. The premise of the new psychedelic mobile game, by developer Beveled Edge, is simple. Keep your star(s) from escaping an octagonal grid while wiping away ever appearing waves of tiles and power-ups. Not grasping it? Watch the promo video and I'll catch up with you after.

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Starific- Endless Reactor Bursts Into The Play Store For Free With No IAP's And Optional Ads was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Drive Updated With Shared File Notifications, Requesting/Granting Access, And More [APK Download]

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 11:52 AM PST

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There's a new version of Drive rolling out today, and it focuses on improving the experience around file sharing in several ways. Notifications for shared files and folders are getting better in a few ways, getting access to files is easier, and you can preview files in Drive even if you haven't logged in. It's not all live right away, but you can install the updated app right now.

Two of the tweaks to Google Drive have to do with shared file notifications.

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Google Drive Updated With Shared File Notifications, Requesting/Granting Access, And More [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: 04 Nov 2015 11:26 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.

Who's Down

Who's Down

Description: Instantly see which of your friends are free to hang out, right when you are. And with one slider, you can let your friends know you're down to hang out too. It's that simple.

 

 Roundme

Roundme

DescriptionThe best 360 panoramas and immersive stories from Roundme (https://www.round.me) coming to Android with VR headsets support!

 

Alto Mail

Alto Mail

DescriptionAdd all your mail accounts to our app and you can see everything in one place, including Gmail, Outlook.com, AOL Mail, Yahoo!, iCloud, and others. Beyond the typical inbox display, Alto provides organizational tools that automatically highlight important information so you can find what you need, when you need it.

 

Perch

Perch

DescriptionPerch turns your phone or laptop into a live home monitoring service. Set up your laptop or webcam – or a spare phone or tablet — to record what's happening in your home.

 

Reflexion

Reflexion

DescriptionReflexion app is about exploring contrasts and harmony in everyday moments. Capture your world, express your unique personality and share it with those you care about.

 

Backdrops – Wallpapers

Backdrops - Wallpapers

Description: Sift through hundreds of original wallpapers hand crafted in house by the the Backdrops team. Enjoy exclusive walls designed specifically for your devices.

 

Texpand

Texpand

DescriptionTexpand is a text expansion app and it helps you do just that. Define a shortcut for your frequently typed texts for example '@cell' for you cell number.

 

WON – Wake On Notification

WON - Wake On Notification

DescriptionWON turns your screen on for a short time upon receiving a notification. Features: Wake On Notification, turns your screen on for a short time, Pocket detection, prevents the screen from turning on in your pocket, Downtime, prevent the screen from turning on for set period. 

 

Pulsar Music Player

Pulsar Music Player

DescriptionPulsar is intuitive, lightweight and full featured music player for Android. Pulsar support standard music file types including mp3, aac, flac, ogg, wav and etc. If you cannot find your music in Pulsar, please click "rescan library" menu item from action bar to rescan device.

 

Arrow Launcher

Arrow Launcher

DescriptionArrow, a Microsoft Garage project, is the simple, personal launcher for Android that offers a radical simplification of the Android experience. No more wasting time finding the app you need – your apps are automatically arranged based on your usage.

 


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Pick up your Pebble Time now to save $50

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 10:56 AM PST

Pebble Time is cheaper than ever in the U.S. Photo: PebblePebble Time just got its first price cut since making its official debut on Kickstarter back in February, and it's one worth taking advantage of. For a limited period, customers in the U.S. can save $50 — that's 25 percent — on the black, white, and red models. Pebble Time may not be the flashiest

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BlackBerry promises monthly security patches for Priv

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 10:56 AM PST

BlackBerry Priv is almost here. Photo: Carphone WarehouseBlackBerry's commitment to making Android more secure will mean monthly security patches for BlackBerry Priv. The Canadian company has confirmed it will make the updates available to all Priv users as soon as they're available… unless your handset is carrier-branded. Following the high-profile Stagefright vulnerability that left billions of Android devices open to attack, Google and several of

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Win the trip of a lifetime and a Q&A with Tim Ferris in our round-the-world giveaway [Deal]

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 10:26 AM PST

images_mediumWhat's your ultimate adventure? Bungee jumping in New Zealand? Learning Spanish with Costa Rican locals? Bottling vino in Tuscany? We want to take you on a trip of epic proportions — and handle the bill. But that's not all… you could also win a rare Q&A session with star of The Tim Ferriss Experiment, and author of

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Modular Phones Are Here – PuzzlePhone Kicks Off Indiegogo Campaign

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 10:11 AM PST

Modular phones could very well be the future of the mobile industry.  Not only are they just straight up cool, but they can ultimately be more economical, more consumer orients, and more environmentally friendly.  And did I mention that they're cool?

Well if you want to be one of the first to jump on the modular phone train, then you'll want to check out PuzzlePhone who has just launched their crowd funding campaign.  Their design consists of three parts, the brain, the spine and the heart.  The Brain houses the core components such as the CPU, GPU, RAM, ROM and Camera.  The Spine is the main frame of the device and also holds the display.  The Heart contains your battery and secondary electronics that are more user specific.  As things stand right now, there aren't many options to choose from with the only real differentiating options being storage capacity but the company hopes that developers will jump on board .

In terms of a release, the company doesn't expect to ship till September-November of next year but if you've ever done any crowd funding, you know that estimated delivery dates are rarely met.  Plus, Google is expected to have their modular phone out sometime next year so PuzzlePhone already has some stiff competition.  Nevertheless, if you want to jump on board, their perks start at $333 USD which converts to about $440 CAD.

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Modular Phones Are Here – PuzzlePhone Kicks Off Indiegogo Campaign is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Pebble Time gets a temporary $50 price cut, now just $149.99

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 09:56 AM PST

While it can't offer the more robust feature set of Android Wear or Samsung's Tizen-powered Gear S2, the Pebble Time remains an excellent option for Android (and iOS) users that are willing to trade some functionality for a full week of battery life.

While the typical $199 price point for the Pebble Time leaves it in fairly close competition with at least lower-end Android Wear pricing, Pebble is slashing the asking price by $50 for a short time, making it a much more palatable $149 for prospective smartwatch owners.

You will find the discount wherever the Pebble Time is available: Amazon, Best Buy or, of course, direct from Pebble.

If you have been sitting out the smartwatch wars thus far and want to dip your toe in the water, this would be a great way to get in at a reasonable price.


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Google engineer reveals the best USB-C cables you can buy

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 09:56 AM PST

The OnePlus 2 was the first Android device with USB-C. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidJust because that USB-C cable you bought fits your new smartphone, it doesn't make it a good USB-C cable. As Googler Benson Leung points out, there are a lot of bad USB-C cables out there that not only cause your devices to exhibit "weird behavior," but are also "downright dangerous." To help users buy better USB-C cables,

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Motorola is opening the first Moto Shop in Chicago for the holiday season

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 08:56 AM PST

Motorola is getting ready to launch a new experiential boutique in Chicago this holiday season called Moto Shop.

According to Motorola, nothing is more personal than a smartphone or smartwatch. So it's opening up Moto Shop to give customers a chance to truly experience Motorola's new line of products in person before committing to a purchase. From the blog post announcing Moto Shop:

Looking at products online can be fun, but nothing compares to experiencing them in person, especially when it comes to your smartphone or smartwatch. But don't expect phones on display outlining technical specs -- Moto Shop is a hands-on, interactive environment with dedicated areas that bring to life our marquee products and device features.Motorolaon Moto Shop

Included in the Moto Shop is an area to try on watches, an area to look at phones and see the different materials and colors you can choose from, a photo shoot set to see Moto's new cameras in action, and a drop zone to test the Droid Turbo 2's shatterproof display.

Moto Shop will open on November 7 at 108 N. State St. (Suite 140 at Block 37) in Chicago, and will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.


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Let this Google employee help you find a USB Type-C cable that works

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 08:56 AM PST

Not all USB Type-C cables are created equal. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Some run hot, some don't provide as much charge as they should or say they do, and some are just plain dangerous. Thankfully, Google employee Benson Leung has taken it upon himself to sort out a bit of the mess in finding reliable, up to spec USB Type-C cables.

Benson has set up an Amazon reviews profile where he will be reviewing and detailing USB Type-C cables over time. So far, he has reviewed 7 cables and adapters, and only 2 have made the cut. He gives Belkin and iOrange-E nods for making quality cables that perform as they should. Judging by their review scores, it appears the rest of Amazon agrees with him.

To check out Benson's review profile, check out the Amazon link below. It might be wise to do before buying an extra USB Type-C cable.


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Android Developer Story: Peak Games generates majority of global revenue for popular game ‘Spades’ on Android

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 08:42 AM PST

Posted by Lily Sheringham, Google Play team

Founded in 2010, Turkish mobile games developer Peak Games started developing games targeted to the local market and is now scaling globally. Their game 'Spades Plus' is growing in the US and the game generates over 70% of its mobile revenue from Android.

Watch Erdem İnan, Business Intelligence and Marketing Director, and İlkin Ulaş Balkanay, Head of Android Development, explain how Peak Games improved user engagement and increased installs with Google Play Store Listing experiments and app promotion right from within the Developer Console.



Find out more about how to use run tests on your Store Listing to increase your installs and how to promote your app or game with Universal App Campaigns from the Google Play Developer Console.


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HTC takes a jab at Apple in HTC One A9 commercial

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 08:41 AM PST

The HTC One A9 may look nearly identical the Apple iPhone 6, but HTC seems to think it's the perfect alternative for those who love the looks of the iPhone but the freedom offered by Android. This message is in plain view in the new HTC One A9 commercial which is now available on YouTube. During the ad, HTC highlights the One A9′s all-metal design, 24-bit BoomSound audio experience, OIS and RAW image capture and the fact that the phone is running Android Marshmallow.

Android fans may dismiss the HTC One A9 as just another iPhone clone, but we know that there are quite a few people who stick with Apple simply because they love the look of its phones. Do you think that market segment is big enough to make the HTC One A9 a success?


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The Nexus 6P Has Hit Canadian Carriers!

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 08:26 AM PST

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The Nexus 6P is officially available through a variety of Canadian carriers today!  That means you should be able to swing by your local carrier today and grab Google's latest and greatest (I say "should be" because it doesn't seem like they've all actually received stock).  In terms of pricing, carriers are generally selling the device for $200 on contract and $700 outright, matching the Google Store outright price.  Videotron customers get the best deal as they're offering the device for as low as $100 on contract!

In terms of specs, the 6P packs a 5.7″ QHD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.  It also has a stellar 12MP camera and 8MP selfie shooter and is powered by a healthy 3450 mAh battery.  And the best of all, it runs Android Marshmallow and will get updates directly from Google so you'll always have the latest and greatest software.

 

The Nexus 6P Has Hit Canadian Carriers! is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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TeamViewer 11 Beta Can Access Unattended Android Devices, Run From A Chromebook, And More

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 08:22 AM PST

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Picture this: Someone you know needs help with their Android device. Crazy, I know, but bear with me here. They need help, and no one else can do the job but you.

You could try guiding them over the phone, but doctors have confirmed this as hazardous to your mental health. A better approach would be to send them a link to the TeamViewer app and remote into the device yourself.

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TeamViewer 11 Beta Can Access Unattended Android Devices, Run From A Chromebook, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Buy an Android phone with AT&T Next, get a $50 Visa card

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 06:41 AM PST

AT&T currently has quite an impressive Android smartphone spread. While they may have invented monthly payment plans, AT&T is making its Next plans more attractive by throwing in a $50 Visa card when you buy any Android phone with a Next payment plan.

As always, there is quite a bit of fine print to go along with the promotion. The major hurdle is that the promo requires a new voice and data plan or the addition of a new line to an existing plan. This shouldn't be an issue if you are planning to switch to AT&T anyways, but you'll have to get a little creative if you're already an AT&T customer and want to take advantage. Either way, we recommend taking a close look at the fine print before making your purchase.

With so many new Android phones currently available at AT&T, which phone will you be spending your hard earned cash on if you take advantage of AT&T's Next promotion?


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Latest Chrome Dev Supports The 'Theme-Color' Attribute (Including Tinted Status Bar) Without Merging Tabs And Apps

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 06:38 AM PST

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The stable version 39 of Chrome introduced theme-color attribute support for website developers to give their pages unique and colorful looks when you're browsing them on your Android device. However, for the feature to work at the time, users had to have apps and tabs merged, so that each tab was treated as a separate app in the multitasking tray. Later on, the developer version 47 of Chrome added a workaround to enable theme-color support without merged tabs and apps.

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Nexus 6P folds just as easily in new bend test

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 05:56 AM PST

The Nexus 6P endures another torture test. Photo: JerryRigEverythingThe Nexus 6P make be beautiful, but it's also surprisingly fragile. A recent durability test proved that the handset bends and breaks far too easily when pressure is applied, and Google's new smartphone doesn't appear to be any stronger in the latest test. Check out the video below in which a brand new Nexus 6P

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