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Samsung Galaxy A9 combines 6-inch display with 4000mAh battery and Snapdragon 652 processor

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 02:32 PM PST

Samsung is one company that helped to make phablets a thing, launching the original Galaxy Note way back in 2011. Fast-forward five years and Samsung is still cranking out phablets, with the latest model being the Galaxy A9.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 has been officially introduced in China, boasting a 6-inch 1920×1080 Super AMOLED display that's the largest in Samsung's Galaxy A family of devices. To compare, the Galaxy A3 has a 4.7-inch screen, the A5 has a 5.2-inch display, and the Galaxy A7 has a 5.5-inch display. One thing that the Galaxy A9 has in common with its Galaxy A siblings, though, is its Galaxy S6 styling, which includes a metal trim.

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The Galaxy A9 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 652 — formerly Snapdragon 620 — processor that's paired with 3GB of RAM. It's got 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras, 32GB of storage, a microSD that'll let you supplement that with additional storage, and both NFC and MST support for Samsung Pay. One other notable feature of the Galaxy A9 is its battery, which measures in at 4000mAh.

Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy A9 in China, but there's no word yet on how much it'll cost.

The A9 looks like an interesting phablet option for folks that are into those big devices. It's not quite as high-end as the Galaxy Note 5, but its spec list is pretty respectable. And when you combine features like a 1920×1080 display and Snapdragon 652 with a 4000mAh battery, the Galaxy A9 should get some pretty decent battery life. So if you like phablets and want one with solid battery life, be sure to keep an eye out for the A9 in China's shops or your preferred device import shop.


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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 02:02 PM 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.

Skype for Business

Skype for Business

Description: Skype for Business, formerly Lync 2013, for Android extends the power of Lync and Skype to your favorite mobile device: voice & video over wireless, rich presence, instant messaging, conferencing, and calling features from a single, easy-to-use interface.

 

KeyMe

KeyMe

DescriptionKeyMe is a safe, smart and inexpensive solution to frustrating lockouts, and a convenient way to copy and share your keys. Simply scan your keys into the app and our software does the rest.

 

Connections

Connections

DescriptionConnections, a Microsoft Garage project, helps you better manage your relationship with your contacts – be it friends, family, customers, vendors or suppliers. It helps you capture and surface important information so that you can be organized and prepared.

 

Jaunt VR

Jaunt VR

DescriptionExperience the widest array of premium cinematic virtual reality experiences with Jaunt's re-imagined fully immersive app. Jaunt delivers unparalleled and all enveloping VR experiences anytime, 

 

Wallpapers QHD

Wallpapers QHD

DescriptionWallpapers QHD (Backgrounds) are beautiful wallpapers for your phone and tablet. Cool wallpaper in the highest resolution (HD wallpapers and QHD wallpapers) and, of course, 3D wallpapers.

 

Developer Browser

Developer Browser

DescriptionDeveloper Browser is a fast,small & incognito browser , easy-to-use. Developer Browser delivers a frictionless user experience designed for one task – to search the web effortlessly.

 

WEARVR

WEARVR

DescriptionThe WEARVR App is here to help you find the latest and greatest Virtual Reality content for your mobile device. No longer will you have to scour the web for Android compatible VR apps – they're all here!

 

Chromer

Chromer

DescriptionChromer allows you to use chrome custom tabs on your phone without requiring app developers to implement it manually. By doing so, you get a lighter, faster and secure browsing experience!

 

Microsoft Apps

Microsoft Apps

Description: Microsoft Apps makes it easy to find the best apps from Microsoft available on your Android device. Browse Microsoft's extensive selection of apps across categories like Productivity, Education, Entertainment, Communication, News, and more.

 

Triller

Triller

DescriptionPick the perfect song for the moment and shoot a few takes, anywhere. With the tap of a button Triller edits them together to create a celebrity-quality music video starring you and your friends that looks like the ones your favorite artists produce.

 


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Official Kodi Remote 'Kore' Updated To v2.0 With PVR Support, New Animations, And More

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 01:13 PM PST

unnamedKodi (formerly XBMC) is a popular option for those who want to roll their own media center, and the official Kodi remote "Kore" plugs into the system perfectly. This app hit the Play Store earlier this year, shortly after the alpha and beta builds of Kodi did, and now Kore is getting a nice v2.0 update.

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Here's the changelog for v2.0 of Kore.

  • PVR/Live TV support
  • New animations on transitions from list to details screens
  • Added option to play/queue entire album, artist or genre
  • Improve library syncing
  • Various tweaks
  • Bug fixes

Kodi is more than just an app with playback buttons.

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Need Help Lining Up Your Decorations? Google’s Got You Covered!

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 12:48 PM PST

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The holidays bring with it a lot of decorating and if you need a hand ensuring your decorations are perfectly level, then Google's here to help you out!  If you search "Bubble Level" on your mobile device, you'll turn your phone into…well a bubble level!  I've tried this on both Android and iOS and both work perfectly well.  Pretty fun little tool from Google!

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First Look At The G5?!?

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 12:33 PM PST

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We may have the first look at the upcoming LG G5 on our hands!  An image recently surfaced on imgur which allegedly showcases LG's 2016 flagship device.  The rear power and volume buttons are definitely reminiscent of previous LG flagships so this could be the real deal.

Another interesting thing that this picture showcases is a dual camera setup!  Dual camera setups haven't been too successful on devices so far but LG did just employ the setup on the V10's front facing shooter so it wouldn't be a huge jump for them to use the setup on their flagship.

In addition to the picture, a list of specs was also leaked on Reddit.  According to the leak, the G5 will feature a 5.3″ QHD display, Snapdragon 820, 3GB RAM, microSD card slot, 16MP + 8MP Camera, 8MP front facing camera and USB Type-C port.  The leak also states that the G5 will employ a metal body, fingerprint reader, and "pressure sensor."  I'm not sure if this implies a pressure sensitive screen or perhaps something else but a pressure sensitive screen would make sense as Samsung is also rumoured to be packing one on their next flagship.

As always, take this with a grain of salt.

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HTC Rolling Out Updates To The Unlocked A9 and M9

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 12:33 PM PST

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The updates just keep on coming!  HTC has begun rolling out updates to both the unlocked HTC A9 and HTC M9.  The A9 is getting updated to the latest version of Android, Android 6.0.1, while the M9 is getting brought into the Marshmallow world with Android 6.0.

According to VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, the updates should have begun rolling out today so if you happen to have an unlocked A9 or M9 be sure to check for an update!

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Review: Choetech Fast Wireless Charging Pad

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 11:17 AM PST

Battery life on phones continues to be a major issue, and while manufacturers aren't using larger batteries, there are some interesting technologies to help ease charging. Some manufacturers have been using fast charging, which delivers more power to the phone by using a special wall adapter that regulates the power flow based on how much juice is already in the phone.

Fast charging still requires you to be tethered to a cable if you want to charge. For those who prefer the convenience of not having to plug in, wireless charging has become an increasingly common option. Wireless charging uses magnetic induction to charge the phone by having it rest on top of a wireless charging pad or cradle. But wireless charging is slow, taking significantly longer than standard wall chargers.

Now, new technology has allowed the two to essentially come together to create fast wireless charging. This combines the speed of fast charging with the convenience of wireless charging, bringing together the best of both worlds. The catch? Very few phones currently support the standard that enables fast wireless charging.

Choetech is one of the accessory manufacturers that has jumped on board to create a fast wireless charger. The T518 charging pad supports devices that use the Qi wireless charging standard, which is a pretty sizable list. In addition to offering the standard wireless charging, it also offers fast wireless charging to those devices that support it.

One of the popular phones that supports fast wireless charging is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. For the review, I was able to borrow a Note 5 from a relative to give fast charging a shot. Needless to say, I was impressed. While fast charging through a wired charging was slightly faster, the fast wireless charging capability drastically cut down the time needed to charge wirelessly. As an estimate, I'd say that fast wireless charging cuts around an hour off of the time needed to fully charge the device.

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I also tested the Choetech Fast Wireless Charging Pad with a Nexus 6 and Nexus 7 (2013). Both of these devices support standard wireless charging, so there was a definite increase in the amount of time needed to charge the device. With the Nexus 6, the time needed to charge wirelessly was particularly frustrating, as it paled in comparison to the Nexus 6′s usual Turbo Charging speed. If you to were wirelessly charge the Nexus 6 from zero, you'd probably need a solid three or more hours to do so, as compared to about an hour and a half using the wired Turbo Charger. In addition to that, you can't get any quick fill-ups when you've got a low battery like you can with the Turbo Charger.

In my time with the wireless charging pad, I found that it was a bit finicky in regards to the placement of the device on top. You may have to move the phone around a bit before it begins charging, and even then, it can be unsteady. For example, I placed my Nexus 6 on the charging pad before bed, ensuring that it was charging. But I bumped the charger slightly when I turned off my lamp and I woke up in the morning to a phone that hadn't been charged.

Perhaps this is an issue with other wireless chargers, but I haven't tested enough to know for sure. In any case, if you don't have fast wireless charging, it's almost more of a hassle to use the wireless charger in comparison to a standard wired charger. Sure, you don't have to plug in the device, but you have to fiddle with the positioning and, once you do get the device charging, you're going to have to wait much longer than you would with a wired charger.

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At the end of the day, I can highly recommend the Choetech Fast Wireless Charging Pad to someone who has a device that supports fast wireless charging. It'll be convenient and you won't be sacrificing speed for the ease of not having to plug in.

For others without fast wireless charging, it comes down to personal preference. If you're okay with giving up charging speed for the convenience of ditching wires, the Choetech Fast Wireless Charging Pad should work well for you. It's simple, it does its job well and it's quite affordable. If you value speedy charging, you may want to stick with your wired charger for now.

You can follow this link to purchase the Choetech Fast Wireless Charging Pad from Amazon for $29.99.

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Trippy game Katamari Damacy rolls onto mobile at last

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 09:48 AM PST

The King of All Cosmos is back, telling the Prince what to roll up. Photo: Bandai NamcoDescribing the funky weirdness of Katamari Damacy has always been somewhat of a challenge. You play a pill-headed little person who must roll a big sticky ball around various environments, picking up weird stuff like rice candy, cows, and pencils, while taking your quests from some odd king-looking dude who speaks in an odd, english

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China defends its new anti-encryption law

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 09:48 AM PST

China argues new laws are necessary to keep citizens safe. Photo: AppleChina's Foreign Ministry said today that U.S. tech companies have nothing to fear from the country's new anti-terrorism law, which could require companies to create "back doors" in products, or to hand over encryption information to the Chinese government. The law — which is currently having a reading at China's parliament, the National People's Congress

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Christmas 3D Wallpaper Free – holiday theme 3D live wallpaper

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 09:47 AM PST

Christmas 3D Wallpaper Free - holiday theme 3D live wallpaper

With Christmas 3D Wallpaper Free app let your phone give you a miracle Christmas mood! Our New Year wallpaper is free and can be customized easily with a few taps! Amazing 3D camera will bring a real feeling of the holiday! You can change following settings: Camera (Horizontal, Vertical, Rotate movement); Toys colour (Cherry, Purple,... View Article

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HTC One X9 unveiling teased for Christmas Eve

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 09:06 AM PST

After a month and a half of leaks and rumors, the HTC One X9′s unveiling may be right around the corner. While we were expecting HTC to show off the phone at CES in two weeks, HTC has posted an image on its Weibo page that suggests that the phone may make its debut on December 24. The image is one of many that have been posted on HTC's Weibo site that hint at the launch of the HTC One X9. None of them have revealed the name of the phone or the specs, but a few have shown the capacitive buttons that we're seen plenty of times in the leaked pictures of the phone.

The HTC One X9 is expected to be a mid-range Android phone with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, MediaTek Helio X10 MT6795 processor, microSD card slot, UltraPixel front-facing camera, 13-megapixel rear camera with OIS, 3,000mAh battery and BoomSound speakers on the front. Based on the rumors, the X9 will have two different versions that will feature 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

The phone is expected to sell in China, Taiwan and a few other markets in Asia, but there's no indication that the phone will make its way to Europe or the Americas.

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You’ll soon be able to listen to The Beatles on Apple Music and Google Play

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 07:32 AM PST

The Fab Four are coming to streaming music services everywhere. Photo: The BeatlesForget The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles are coming to Apple Music, Google Play, and a variety of other online streaming music services — and just in time for Christmas, too. Starting Christmas Eve, the Fab Four will be available for your listening pleasure on Apple Music, Spotify, Slacker, Tidal, Microsoft's Groove, Rhapsody, Deezer, Google

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1010! Puzzle – simple yet highly addictive puzzle game

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 07:31 AM PST

1010! Puzzle - simple yet highly addictive puzzle game

Demystify smartly built puzzles by 1010! Puzzle. 1010! Puzzle is a challenging puzzle game with a simple gameplay. It can be played within 30 seconds to train your brain and develop your mental skills as well as keeping you mentally fit. It is a perfect pause for a short period of refreshment in metro, bus,... View Article

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Judge rules in Apple’s favor in lawsuit about disappearing Android texts

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 06:47 AM PST

apple-android-battleApple has claimed final victory in a lawsuit arguing that the company was purposely intercepting and failing to deliver texts sent from iPhones to Android owners. The case was related to Apple's iMessage service, which posed a challenge to Apple-to-Android switchers up until 2014, when Apple finally issued a fix for the problem. However, the

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Review: LG Nexus 5X

Posted: 22 Dec 2015 09:17 PM PST

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When it first launched as a successor to the Nexus 4, the 2013 Nexus 5 from LG took everything that made the Nexus 4's affordable price tag and amped it up, considerably. The original Nexus 5 brought truly flagship specs at a price-point unmatched by its competitors. For that it has gone down as a favourite amongst many for what the collaboration between LG and Google managed to accomplish in a product that's still more than able to hold its own with the latest Android Marshmallow update.

Given the success Google achieved with the Nexus 5's enticing price wasn't repeated the following year with the pricier Nexus 6, it's no wonder Google sought a return to form for the Nexus ...

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HTC pushing Android 6.0.1 to unlocked One A9 and 6.0 to unlocked One M9 in next 24 hours

Posted: 22 Dec 2015 07:46 PM PST

If you've got an unlocked HTC One A9 or One M9, the next 24 hours are going to be good for you.

HTC's Mo Versi has confirmed that the unlocked versions of the One A9 and One M9 will both be getting Android OS updates within the next 24 hours. The One A9 will be getting Android 6.0.1, complete with new emoji, while the One M9 will be getting its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.

When HTC announced the One A9, it said that the unlocked phone would get Android OS updates within 15 days after they hit Nexus devices. It's keeping to that commitment with this Android 6.0.1 update, which is good for the company and folks that bought the unlocked One A9. Meanwhile, the unlocked One M9 is getting Marshmallow before most other non-Nexus devices, which serves as evidence that unlocked phones are often the way to go if you care about fast OS updates.

If you've got an unlocked HTC One A9, or One M9, keep an eye out for your update!


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YouTube Has A New Pseudo-Drawer For Subscriptions On Tablets

Posted: 22 Dec 2015 06:13 PM PST

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The YouTube app's hamburgerless layout has been with us for a while now, and while it's gotten a mixed bag of reactions, Google is still iterating on it slowly but surely. It seems like the latest development is a new layout on tablets for the subscription tab.

Previously, a strip of avatars lined the top of the content area, with blue dots to indicate whether the channel had a new video for you.

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OUYA Owners Get A $50 Discount On Razer's Forge TV Controller Bundle, Plus $10 Cortex Store Credit

Posted: 22 Dec 2015 05:27 PM PST

razer-forge-tv-bundle-gallery-1a__store_galleryThe dream of OUYA was not to be. It turns out that overturning a decades-old industry by disrupting it with mobile hardware and open-source software is a tough row to hoe, and adding on a semi-exclusive game market (you know, that thing that consoles do that's already universally hated) wasn't the best opening move. So OUYA floundered in the maturing set-top box market until Razer snapped it up in the hopes of bolstering its own Forge TV, which had been on the market for months and was already known as the worst option in an extremely limited field.

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WSJ: Google Is Building Another Messaging Service... With Chatbots [And Blackjack, And Hookers]

Posted: 22 Dec 2015 04:12 PM PST

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Google, for all its skill in the realms of mobile search, advertising, email, and even operating systems, has never been particular good at the social thing. Even now, I suspect, someone at Google is fuming at the notion that the company "isn't very good" at messaging or social networks and pointing animatedly at the tens of millions of Google+ and Hangouts users. The problem is and has always been that for whatever success Google has had in social and messaging platforms, it is constantly undercut by the actions of Google itself that say otherwise.

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Scrubby Dubby Saga 1.8.0 APK

Posted: 22 Dec 2015 03:54 PM PST

Fans of the casual game had plenty to be happy about in the past few months thanks to several new games getting released for Android. If you have played all the more recent casual games and you're looking for something new to sink your teeth into, you may want to check out a brand new game that has been made available today on the Google Play Store. The new game is called Scrubby Dubby Saga, and it's been developed by King, the creator of the Candy Crush franchise and Farm Heroes Saga.

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Here's a quick look at the features of the game, which you can  play on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and above:

- Join Dixie Duck on her amazing adventure
- A new match 3 with a twist! Slide lines of soap in challenging puzzles!
- Match the soaps to clear the foam!
- Free your friends in a brand new mode!
- Play with friends to see who can get the highest score
- Create boosters and tap them to release their power
- Easy to play and challenging to master!
- Easily sync the game between devices and unlock full game features when connected to the Internet

Scrubby Dubby Saga is now available to download on the Google Play Store. The game is completely free to play but some in-game items such as extra moves or lives will require payment. You can also download Scrubby Dubby Saga apk file from the source link given below, then install it directly on your Android device.

The game has been updated. Here's what's new in Scrubby Dubby Saga 1.8.0:
- Enhanced boards – wider, fresher!
- Improved goals – there's no chance you can miss them!
- Revamped help features and tutorials – helpful, isn't it?
- Missions – so you think you're a Soap star? Let's see!
- Polishing and bug fixes – our plumber friend came over to fix the pipes.

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Google’s new login feature replaces passwords with your phone

Posted: 22 Dec 2015 03:52 PM PST

You phone could soon become your password.Remembering passwords is one of the biggest pains of modern tech living. Hundreds of geniuses at dozens of companies have been searching for an easier solution, but Google may be ready to unleash a new solution that uses your smartphone to replace passwords all together. Google's new login feature went into limited testing this week,

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