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HTC Vive big breakthrough to be shown off at CES

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 03:08 PM PST

The HTC Vive has been delayed from its original Q1 release date to April of 2016, but for all the right reasons. CEO Cher Wang says that, two weeks ago, the team made a "a very, very big technological breakthrough" that will greatly improve the Vive when it releases. Instead of shipping the planned product, the delay will mean a better product will be released.

Information on the breakthrough is being withheld, but we should see it at CES next month. If it's really such a big upgrade, I'm sure people won't mind waiting a bit longer to get their hands on it.

On the topic of price, the CEO only hints that it is "affordable" to HTC's software engineers. It gives us no idea of an approximate price, but it's something.

Are you excited for HTC Vive? Leave a comment!

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Razer Resurrects The OUYA Store as 'Cortex' On The Forge TV

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 02:09 PM PST


The saga of OUYA is a cautionary tale of how hard it is to build a new gaming platform. After an initial crowdfunding success, OUYA had trouble attracting developers and keeping gamers interested. The company was gobbled up by gaming giant Razer earlier this year, and now the OUYA store is back as Cortex for the Android TV-powered Forge TV.

All the content that was available in the OUYA store is still available in Cortex, and Razer says more games will be added soon.

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Razer Resurrects The OUYA Store as 'Cortex' On The Forge TV was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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OnePlus 2 receiving update to OxygenOS 2.2.0 with fixes and holiday wallpapers

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 02:08 PM PST

The OnePlus 2 is getting a holiday update, though it isn't a major one. It's mostly bug fixes and security updates, but in the holiday spirit, OnePlus threw in some holiday wallpapers to get you in a festive mood. Here is a full list of changes in OxygenOS 2.2.0:

  • Fixed dual SIM preference selection issues in settings
  • Added NTFS and exFAT support for OTG
  • Fixed Google Camera photo-sphere and panorama bugs
  • Screen temperature can now be adjusted from quick settings
  • Added hide search bar option in launcher settings
  • Security patches
  • Holiday wallpapers
  • General bug fixes and optimizations

The update is going to be rolling out gradually, so not all OnePlus 2 users will get it at once. Check for updates, and if it isn't out, be patient. It'll get to you soon. Or you can refresh the update setting every 20 minutes. I know I would.

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Action Launcher 3 gets more features in December update

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 02:08 PM PST

Action Launcher 3 is getting another large update, and Chris Lacy has posted a video explaining the new features. And once again, the additions are useful and innovative.

The main new feature added to Action Launcher 3 is Quick Edit, which allows you to edit icons, well, quickly. Holding an icon and letting go will pop up a menu with suggested new icons and allows you to edit label, open the Play Store, and uninstall the app. On top of that, the Google Calendar icon will now change with the date, which is a nice touch.

Another feature is Smartsize, which resizes icons for a uniform size. We all know how much icon sizes vary, but Smartsize will resize them to Material standards.

If you haven't tried Action Launcher, I urge you to do so. It's not for everyone, but it's a very innovative launcher with lots of good features. Hit the source link to give it a shot!

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet K1 receives Android 6.0 update

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 02:08 PM PST

NVIDIA is now pushing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to the SHIELD Tablet K1, and it's a surprisingly good update. Though at first it seems really minor compared to Lollipop, the subtle changes start showing with use and make a big difference.

Some new features are Google Now on Tap, adoptable storage (which allows you to use a microSD card as internal storage), completely customizable app permissions, customizable quick settings, and many more tweaks. NVIDIA also improved the camera app with Material Design and better burst photo functionality.

The update should make your tablet run smoother and the battery last longer, along with added features. Check for updates and let us know how you like it!

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Action Launcher 3 Updated With Improved Icon Editing, 'Smartsize' Icon Scaling, And More

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 12:51 PM PST


There's still time to squeeze one more Action Launcher update in this year, and it's a big one. The latest version of Action Launcher makes a myriad of tweaks and adds two new icon-related features, one of which will sound a little familiar.

Here's the full changelog for Action Launcher v3.7.

  • NEW: Introducing Quickedit, a brand new way of editing icons. Pick up & put down the icon, then watch as suggestions from your icon packs are automatically presented to you.
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Action Launcher 3 Updated With Improved Icon Editing, 'Smartsize' Icon Scaling, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Charge all the things with the Lumsing 5-Port Desktop Charger

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 11:28 AM PST

Until this year, I never stepped outside of North America. When I was a kid, my parents apparently took me to Mexico, we vacationed to the Dominican Republic when I was in 6th grade, and I grew up only a few hours away from the Canadian border in Seattle. This year I traveled to Europe for the first time, and they use different plugs there. I only brought one adapter with me and so I had to get pretty dang creative to keep all my devices charged while I was there. A Lumsing 5-Port Desktop Charger would have been brilliant to have because it would have made charging my many devices with just one EU travel adapter a piece of cake.

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Travel is just one of the many great uses for a desktop charger. I had a hard time deciding where I was going to put the Lumsing 5-Port Desktop Charger in my own home. I was excited to put it lots of places like my nightstand, my computer desk, or in the kitchen where many devices end up congregating. I ended up putting it in the kitchen, where it has served honorably by charging phones, tablets, and battery packs.

One thing that I think is particularly convenient about the desktop charger is that it also acts as a charging extension. Most AC adapters that comes with a phones don't come with a very long charging cable. But the Lumsing 5-Port Desktop charger comes with a 5-foot (1.5m) power cable that will bring the charging ports much closer to you. Then you have much more flexibility than with your typical 3-foot microUSB or Lightning cable. The 5-Port charger on your desk could end up being an ugly mess of cables and difficult cable management, but I'm thinking the next stop for the desktop charger will be my desk at work, which has very inconveniently placed power outlets.

As for capability, the Lumsing 5-Port Desktop Charger is no slouch. The charger has what Lumsing calls a "smart quick charge technology" that automatically switches the charging mode of the connected digital device to offer the speediest charging possible, up to 2.4 amps per port and 8 amps overall. So you can get 2.4 amps to all 4 or 5 devices if they are plugged in at the same time and asking for that much. As I mentioned earlier, the Lumsing 5-port Desktop Charger will work for international travel, accepts 100-240V input, and provides a 5V output. The charger is also CE/FCC/ROHS certified and comes with a 12-month warranty.

Lumsing 5-Port Desktop Charger-Fig1So how does it perform in real life? I pulled out my mad Excel skills for this review. The first chart shows the speeds of three different devices being charged by the Lumsing 5-port Desktop Charger. All devices charged at very similar rates, with the Galaxy S6 charging at about 0.7% per minute and the Nexus 6 and Alcatel OneTouch Conquest charging at about 0.6% per minute.

The second chart compares the Lumsing charging rate on the Nexus 6 to the Motorola Turbo Charger. Here we see the Turbo Charger charges the Nexus 6 at more than 1.1% per minute, compared to the Lumsing's rate of 0.6% per minute. Please note, though, that the Lumsing 5-port Desktop Charger does not claim to have Qualcom Quick Charge 2.0 technology like the Motorola Turbo Charger, but it does claim to be "quick" and should be able to charge your mobile devices at the fastest non-Quick Charge 2.0 rate possible. I apologize if that's confusing.

Lumsing 5-Port Desktop Charger-Fig2Beyond performance, I think the Lumsing 5-port Desktop Charger looks very nice. It has a very minimalist design with a matte soft touch plastic outside. It comes with a IEC320C7 to NEMA 1-15P power cord that has its own Velcro cable wrap to keep the cable organized and it has 5 USB ports on the side so that the unit can charge any device that uses a USB cable. We reviewed the black Lumsing 5-port Desktop Charger, but it's also available in blue, orange, and white.

Overall, I'm very excited about the Lumsing 5-Port Desktop Charger. I haven't owned this type of mobile charging accessory before, but it's become very useful and I could easily see myself using it in many different areas in my life. I think it would make a great gift this holiday season for your loved one that owns all the gadgets or is a big traveler. One of the best parts about the Lumsing 5-port Desktop Charger is how it won't break the bank. You can pick it up from Amazon with Prime shipping for $19.99. At the time of writing this, the blue desktop charger is only $16.99.

Do you have a bunch of devices that need charging? How do you get the job done in the office or when you travel? Does this desktop charger look up your alley? Let us know your thoughts or questions regarding the Lumsing 5-Port Desktop Charger by commenting below.

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Microsoft Updates Cortana To v1.2 And Removes "Hey Cortana" Feature In The US

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 11:14 AM PST

Cortana-ThumbMicrosoft has been branching out recently to make its previously exclusive apps and services available on more platforms. Cortana just became publicly available after a lengthy beta test, and now there's a big update. Not because it added big things, but because it took one away. In v1.2 of the Cortana app, you can't use the "Hey Cortana" hotword in the US anymore.

Here's the changelog. Notice how the feature removal is the last item?

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Microsoft Updates Cortana To v1.2 And Removes "Hey Cortana" Feature In The US was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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ZTE unveils the Axon Max with a 6-inch display and 13MP front camera

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 10:48 AM PST

Selfies are probably still important to some folks out there in the wild, so having a camera with a high megapixel count on the specs sheet might be enough to warrant a second glance. If that's the case, and you happen to be in China and can wait until later this month, ZTE's got a phone for you.

The manufacturer has just unveiled a brand new member of its Axon lineup of devices, the Axon Max. The device boasts a 6-inch 1920×1080 AMOLED panel and is running Android 5.1 with ZTE's custom UI called Mifavor 3.5. Under the hood there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor and 3GB of RAM, with 32GB of built-in storage with a microSD card slot if the built-in storage isn't enough.

On the front of the handset there's a 13MP camera, and on the back a 16MP shooter with a flash. There's a fingerprint reader as well, and it's all put together in an aluminum body that measures in at 7.5mm-thick.

The battery is measured in at 4140mAh. The port on the bottom is a reversible USB Type-C that offers Quick Charging 2.0.

ZTE has the Axon Max up for pre-order right now if you're interested and live in China. It retails for 2799 Yuan, or around $432. It should release later this month, according to ZTE. However, there's no word yet on whether or not it will see the light of day outside of China.

What do you think of the Axon Max?

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Get $3 Back When You Make A $5+ Google Play Purchase with PayPal

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 09:49 AM PST

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The holidays are upon us which means you've probably got some extra time on your hands.  Well if you're looking to grab something from the Play Store to kill some time then you'll want to complete your purchase with your PayPal account.  PayPal currently has a pretty sweet offer giving you $3 off any purchase of $5 or more.

The offer expires on New Years Day so you don't have too long to act on this offer!




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Deal: 32GB Nexus 6 for $249, 64GB for $299

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 07:48 AM PST

It's another Monday morning, but you can ease into the week with this one with an excellent deal on the Motorola Nexus 6. Amazon currently has the Nexus 6 listed at some extremely low prices: The 32GB Nexus 6 is available for just $249.99 in color options of Midnight Blue or Cloud White. If you need a bit more storage, you can move up to the 64GB model, which is selling for $299.99 and is available only in Cloud White.

These are some of the lowest prices we've seen for the Nexus 6, and they make the Nexus 6 an incredible deal, particularly noting that the phone was still selling for upwards of $600 not too long ago. If you need a last-minute holiday gift, this could be perfect, particularly considering that today is the last day for two-day Prime shipping before Christmas. As a Nexus, the device is guaranteed speedy updates, and you'll receive a minimum of another year of Android updates in the Nexus 6, with the possibility for even more.

Follow the source link to jump on this deal.

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ZigZag – how far can you go?

Posted: 21 Dec 2015 07:33 AM PST

ZigZag - how far can you go?

ZigZag  is an addictive endless caper to stay on the wall as long as you can. Zippy twists and turns obscure your path. Gameplay is simple, just tap the screen to turn directions while avoiding falling off the edges. How far can you go? This app has not been reviewed by AndroidTapp.com ZigZag – how far... View Article

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[Weekend Poll] Do You Use Hangouts For SMS And / Or MMS?

Posted: 20 Dec 2015 03:58 PM PST


I won't beat around the bush: there's a rumor Google Hangouts may lose its originally much-demanded SMS and MMS capabilities. Google's potential reasoning aside, this is very obviously a user experience concern for everyone who makes use of Hangouts on a daily basis. Even if you don't use Hangouts for SMS or MMS regularly (or ever), the fact that it can do these things may well be a reason to stick with the service in favor of other, competing messaging platforms.

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[Weekend Poll] Do You Use Hangouts For SMS And / Or MMS? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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