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Google Play services updated to 8.3 with new sign in method

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 01:46 PM PST

Google Play services has been updated to version 8.3 and brings along with it some major improvements. The biggest relates to signing in with a Google account. Instead of having to press multiple buttons and granting permissions, you'll only need to select an account from now on. It's easier and more streamlined.

Also included are updates to the app invites API and Fused Location Provider. All these changes make it easier for the developer to use these features, resulting in less code having to be written.

One important update is for Android Wear. Now, sync priority defaults to low to save battery on your Android Wear device, and developers can set high priority sync for some features. Overall, this means less syncing and less battery drain.

It's a pretty significant update, so developers take note. Hit the source link for more details, there's plenty more good stuff in the original blog post.


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The Hivemapper App Helps Drones Avoid Dangers In The Skies

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 01:42 PM PST

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There's an app on your phone with maps of what's going on at ground level, but what about in the air? If you're going to fly a drone around, as people are increasingly doing, it might be nice to know how close you are to obstacles and where you're not supposed to fly. That's what Hivemapper does, and it's available on Android now.

Hivemapper includes over 20 million building boundaries at launch, but only half of those include the building's height.

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The Hivemapper App Helps Drones Avoid Dangers In The Skies was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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BlackBerry able to update PRIV without carrier approval if necessary

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 01:16 PM PST

BlackBerry is known for its security in the corporate world, and with the PRIV running Android, the company will have to deal with an entirely different method of keeping its device safe.

We all know how carriers love to delay Android updates. BlackBerry has spoken about such problems and revealed that important security hotfixes can be patched without carrier approval if necessary. Thought the company will be going through the carriers for approval when it can, it can bypass them entirely for important security fixes. The fact that BlackBerry is announcing that it has this power is great, and maybe other manufacturers will follow suit.

The PRIV will also feature enterprise-managed updates. If it's a corporate device, IT can manage when updates are released to the PRIV to prevent incompatibility problems with corporate software. This is the same approach that's taken with corporate PCs.

BlackBerry is doing with Android exactly what it historically did with its own operating system, and that's keeping them secure, safe, and corporate friendly. It's good to see the company taking a strong stance on security.


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Top 10 new Android games this week: Tengami, Slashy Hero

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 01:01 PM PST

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Tengami

DescriptionTengami is an atmospheric adventure game set inside a Japanese pop-up book. Fold and slide the beautifully crafted paper world to solve puzzles and discover secrets.

 

Big Bad Quiz

Description:  If you like TV quiz shows, you will love Big Bad Quiz. It's a fast, fun and furious trivia game hosted by the one and only Bag Man. He is one crazy quiz master who has scoured the universe for the toughest questions ever.

 

ZENONIA S: Rifts In Time

DescriptionThe world's most popular mobile RPG, ZENONIA®, is now online! Travel across nine treacherous realms to uncover the mystery behind the portal. Assist the Celestial Kingdom and expose the horrifying truth.

 

Cytus 

Description Check the screenshots and you will see the most AWESOME mobile music game ever! Just PLAY and ENJOY!

 

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

DescriptionOctodad: Dadliest Catch is a game about destruction, deception, and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about his life. 

 

Slashy Hero

Description: Hack and slash monsters in a spooky mansion! Slashy Hero must save Halloween by defeating spooky ghosts, possessed tombstones, and evil jack o'lanterns. Play through 48 action packed dungeons with unique enemy types and crushing bosses

 

Super Boys – The Big Fight

Description: The year is 2019 and everyone's bored of TV, celebrities and games. Everything is inflated. S U P E R B O Y S – The Big Fight, is an ultra violent TV show where fighters from across the globe form teams that clobber each other to win money, toasters and blu-ray players.

 

Starific – Endless Reactor

Description: Frenetic and stylish, Starific is an endless arcade reactor where you set off epic chain reactions and catch awesome powerups to keep your stellar hopes alive.

 

RPG Justice Chronicles

Description: In Illumica, an invasion of the enemy lands of Laft is being planned. As a sign of this, Kline goes into Laft undercover. Kline is an apprentice High Beast Knight (a Rivell), but he is definitely not at the top of the class.

 

A Land Fit For Heroes

Description Enter the world of "A Land Fit For Heroes", written by Richard Morgan. A unique cooperative multiplayer gamebook awaits with a dark, gritty story, doomed anti-heroes and where every decision is about choosing the lesser evil.

 


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Google updates YouTube app with Cardboard VR support

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 12:46 PM PST

If you're the owner of Google Cardboard, it's about to get a lot more useful. Google has updated the YouTube app with virtual reality support, specifically for Google Cardboard. Now you'll be able to watch VR YouTube videos in your Cardboard.

Unfortunately, there aren't many VR-supported videos on YouTube. Another new feature in the YouTube app is to watch any video in VR mode, though, which will give you a theater-like experience (the video will be surrounded by darkness, like a theater screen).

For some VR video suggestions and more details, hit the source link! How many of you still have your Google Cardboard?


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Google Changes The Name Of Its Hindi Keyboard To 'Indic Keyboard,' Adds Support For 10 New Regional Languages

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 12:42 PM PST

image (3)India is big. Really big, and really complicated. I don't think it's possible for an American white guy like me to wrap his head around a place where every region has languages, dialects, and cultures that are found nowhere else on the planet, yet are still ostensibly united into a single country. That being the case, having a single keyboard to support India as a whole, where many of its residents rely on their regional language and actually speak English better than (or instead of) Hindi, seems a little odd.

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Google Changes The Name Of Its Hindi Keyboard To 'Indic Keyboard,' Adds Support For 10 New Regional Languages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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YouTube is now showing virtual reality video

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 12:17 PM PST

You can now enjoy YouTube videos like never before. Photo: GoogleIt's time to dust off that virtual reality headset that you've hardly used since the day it arrived, because the biggest video platform on the planet now supports VR video. Google CEO Sundar Pichai today announced that YouTube has begun offering its first VR video, which can be enjoyed with Google Cardboard. YouTube often embraces new

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Google posts Nov. 2015 Android distribution stats, Marshmallow makes its first appearance

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 12:03 PM PST

The November 2015 Android distribution stats are in, and with 'em come the first appearance of Marshmallow!

Google surveyed Google Play during a 7-day period ending on November 2, and it found that 0.3 percent of all devices were running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Meanwhile, Android Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1 combined) was on 25.6 percent of devices, an increase from the 23.5 percent adoption rate that it saw last month.

Meanwhile, all other versions either fell in adoption or held steady. Android 4.4 KitKat dropped from 38.9 to 37.8 percent from October to November, while Jelly Bean (Android 4.1-4.3) had an adoption rate of 29 percent, down from 30.2 percent in October. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich fell 0.1 percent to finished at 3.3 percent.

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Finally, Android 2.3 and Android 2.2 finished November's survey period with 3.8 and 0.2 percent, respectively. Those are the same numbers that those desserts put up in October.

So there are your November 2015 Android stats. It's no surprise to see Android 6.0 debut at such a low number given that Marshmallow is pretty much only available on Nexus devices so far, though the imminent arrival of the HTC One A9 will change that. Meanwhile, continued launches of Android 5.0 and 5.1 phones have helped to push Lollipop's adoption rate up.


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The Pebble Time Round begins shipping November 8; sales in Best Buy and Target begin same day

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 12:03 PM PST

The Pebble Time Round is Pebble's first round smartwatch, and the company originally announced it in late September. At the same time they kicked off pre-orders, with expected ship dates starting some time in November. Turns out the company was able to keep to that goal.

Today Pebble confirmed that it will begin shipping pre-orders for the Time Round on Sunday, November 8. However, at the same time, Pebble has good news for those that didn't pre-order: In-store sales begin in the United States on November 8, too. For those that want to go into a store and buy the watch the old-fashioned way, you can head into Best Buy or Target locations and pick it up for $249.99.

If you didn't pre-order a Pebble Time Round, do you plan on heading into a store and picking one up?


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Latest HTC One A9 Promo Proves They Still Haven’t Figured Out Marketing

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 11:29 AM PST

HTC's latest phone is nearly upon us and despite some of the positive changes they made with that A9 (lighter skin, promise of quick updates) one thing that hasn't changed is their poor marketing.

HTC has posted a new promo video for the A9 and in the near minute and a half clip, you only actually see the phone a handful of times.  Instead of focusing on the device and some of it's perks, HTC throws out tag lines like "Be Bold" and "Be Loud."  They also take a fair number of shots at Apple which is ironic because the A9 looks a lot like Apple's latest batch of phones.  Yes… I know that Apple maybe borrowed some designs from the original M7 too and it's a big "chicken and the egg" scenario… but I digress.

So what do you guys think of HTC's latest ad?  Are they winning anyone over?

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Latest HTC One A9 Promo Proves They Still Haven't Figured Out Marketing is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Google Wallet v11.0 Now Supports Multiple Bank Accounts And Adds An Instant Lock Button [APK Download]

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 11:10 AM PST

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The Google Wallet app just received a version bump, bringing it up to v11.0-R234-v13. (Seriously, what is up with this version number?) Like some of the other updates this week, there aren't any big changes, but the changes that are there will tighten up some of the oversights and issues that were left in the wake of Google splitting Wallet into two separate apps. The new version has a handful of minor visual tweaks and bug fixes, but more importantly it adds support for multiple bank accounts and a new button to quickly lock the app for security.

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Google Wallet v11.0 Now Supports Multiple Bank Accounts And Adds An Instant Lock Button [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 to arrive earlier than expected

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 10:44 AM PST

The wait for Samsung's Galaxy S7 could be over sooner than expected. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidSamsung traditionally rolls out its latest Galaxy S handset every April, but next year's Galaxy S7 could arrive a lot sooner, according to a new report. The device is expected to offer support for the latest LTE standard, and Qualcomm's next-generation Snapdragon 820 processor. A report out of Samsung's home country of South Korea, quoting

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Posted: 05 Nov 2015 10:44 AM PST

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Blackberry Promising Monthly Security Updates For The Priv

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 09:59 AM PST

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As Blackberry ventures into the Android world for the first time they have decided to take a cue from other manufacturers regarding security.  Like most other companies, Blackberry is promising monthly security updates to their upcoming Blackberry Priv.  These updates will contain patches and fixes for all of the vulnerabilities that Google discovers and shares with Android OEMs in a security bulletin.  Blackberry's goal is to have all of these vulnerabilities patched before Google reveals them to the public.

In addition to the monthly security updates, Blackberry will also release "hotfixes" to patch any critical Android vulnerability that is discovered in a more timely manner.  These updates will be targeted at the specific vulnerability and should hopefully much more timely so that your phone is safe and sound.

It all sounds good and promising but we'll need to see this in action before we can give Blackberry praise for this.  Plus, their big challenge in sales likely isn't going to be the lack of security on their phone, rather they should be focused on pricing their phone more competitively and marketing the heck out of it.

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Blackberry Promising Monthly Security Updates For The Priv is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Galaxy S7 To Be Released In February, Will Support Cat.12 LTE

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 09:08 AM PST

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Now that the Galaxy Note 5 is almost three months old, it's time to start talking about Samsung's next Galaxy flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7.

According to a Korean media site Daum.net, a source indicates that Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S7 early 2016 in order to meet the rumoured February 2016 release timeframe.

The South Korean giant is also expected to ship two variants of the phone; one with Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 820 SoC and the made-in-house Exynos 8890 SoC. What's amazing about this is that both SoCs are set to support Cat. 12 LTE allowing theoretical data speeds of up to 600 mbps down and 100 mbps up.

So far, the specs for the phone include (as mentioned above) the Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 SoC, 12MP rear camera with larger pixels in order to allow more light, and Cat. 12 LTE.

[via G4Games]

Galaxy S7 To Be Released In February, Will Support Cat.12 LTE is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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SaskTel To Carry The Nexus 5X, Galaxy A5 And Galaxy S5 Neo

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 08:22 AM PST

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It looks like regional carrier SaskTel is looking to bolster their line up before the holiday season as they are planning to add a trio of new devices according to a tip I've received.  According to the tip, SaskTel will soon be selling the Nexus 5X, the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy S5 Neo.  All three devices are expected to launch on the carrier some time this month.  Here's a quick spec rundown of each device:

Nexus 5X

  • 5.2″ 1080p Display
  • Snapdragon 808 Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • 12.3MP Camera with 1.55 ┬Ám Pixels and Laser Auto Focus
  • 5MP Front Facing Camera
  • 2700 mAh Battery
  • USB Type C with Quick Charge Technology
  • Fingerprint Reader

Galaxy A5

  • 5″ 720p Super AMOLED Display
  • Snapdragon 410 Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Expandable Storage
  • 13MP Camera
  • 5MP Frotn Facing Camera
  • 2300 mAh Battery

Galaxy S5 Neo

  • 5.1″ 1080p Super AMOLED Display
  • Exynos 7580 Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Expandable Storage
  • 16MP Camera
  • 5MP Front Facing Camera
  • 2800 mAh Battery
  • IP67 Rating for Dust and Water Resistance

While none of these are really true flagship devices, they all offer some pretty good specs.  I also imagine that at least the A5 and S5 Neo will be relatively cheap on contract, likely under $100.  Once I have some firmer pricing I'll be sure to pass it along.

 

SaskTel To Carry The Nexus 5X, Galaxy A5 And Galaxy S5 Neo is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Xiaomi’s first smartphone with 3D Touch hits a snag

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 07:37 AM PST

3D Touch in action on iPhone 6s. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidXiaomi's efforts to follow Apple into adopting pressure-sensitive smartphone displays has hit a roadblock, with the Chinese company struggling to source suitable components at a reasonable price. This almost certainly means that Xiaomi fans will have to wait longer for its first handset with 3D Touch. According to a recent report, Xiaomi has already begun working to bring

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Year-over-year numbers down, but HTC’s October revenue increases 26% over September

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 07:37 AM PST

HTC has released its financial summary for October, posting NT$8.95 billion (roughly $276.8 million USD) in revenue. The number comes in 43.2% lower than what HTC posted for the same month in 2014, but there is a silver lining. Month-over-month revenue was up 25.92% and was the highest we've seen from HTC is six months.

There's no telling what November and December will look like for HTC, but the company has stated that is expects sales of the HTC One A9 will help the company return to profitability in the last quarter of 2015. The phone has received mixed reviews so far, but if HTC does back the phone with a substantial marketing campaign, it could easily outsell the HTC One A9 and before the best-selling HTC phone in 2015. No matter what you think of the HTC One A9, HTC needs it to be at least a reasonable success so that it can start 2016 off on the right foot.


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Think same? HTC’s new One A9 ad is another Apple ripoff

Posted: 05 Nov 2015 06:05 AM PST

HTC's new flagships is a beauty. But it looks familiar. Photo: HTCBefore he made The Martian, Ridley Scott directed the most iconic Apple ad in history with the classic 1984 Macintosh commercial. So what better way to set yourself apart from Apple as a rival smartphone maker than to… completely rip off ideas Apple was circulating thirty-odd years ago? Yeah, we don't get it either. But

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Android Auto v1.4 Cleans Up The Companion App Interface And Adds Granular Control For Previously Connected Cars [APK Download]

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 07:08 PM PST

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The Android Auto companion app is generally one of those things you're probably only going to work with a couple of times before you're done setting things up, then it'll stay tucked away, never to be seen again. But that doesn't mean it shouldn't look good and be as useful as possible. An update to the Android Auto app began rolling out today and it's a near total refresh of the user interface.

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Bethesda Releases The Pip-Boy Fallout 4 Companion App For Android

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 03:37 PM PST

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CHOO CHOO! That's the Fallout 4 hype train pulling into the station. We're now less than a week away from the return of everyone's favorite post-apocalyptic RPG. If you've been looking longingly at your empty limited edition Pip-Boy wrist accessory, the app that makes it into a "real" Pip-Boy is finally here. For everyone else, it's still a cool second-screen experience.

This app runs on your phone or tablet to basically turn it into a Pip-Boy from the game—a collection of all your character's stats, perks, quests, maps, and more.

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Bethesda Releases The Pip-Boy Fallout 4 Companion App For Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google’s Project Zero teams find 11 exploits in Galaxy S6 edge in 1 week

Posted: 04 Nov 2015 02:56 PM PST

Google's Project Zero teams set out to find the security differences between stock Android devices and devices made by various OEMs. Modifying stock Android software just adds more potential for security holes, so they took a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and decided to see how many exploits they can find.

After a week, they managed to find 11 different exploits in the device. Contacting Samsung resulted in 8 being patched, with 3 less important ones being saved for a later time. While it shows that Samsung takes security seriously, which is good, it also shows that Android skins can cause more security issues than when stock Android is used.

If you want more details on the exploits found, hit the source link and start reading. And don't take this as something negative about Samsung, because this can apply to any device maker.


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