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Tstand lets you comfortably binge content on your tablet

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 03:01 PM PST

While plenty of tablet cases offer a built-in solution to prop the tablet up for viewing, it still leaves it at a level that is too low to comfortably watch for long stretches of time or when lying down. Tstand looks to solve this problem with a hinged design that allows for many different viewing angles. Whether you are resting it on your chest and watching videos in bed or propping it up in the kitchen to read a recipe, you should be able to find the right angle.

The stand can hold any tablet from approximately 7 inches up to about 13 inches, so unless you are one of the folks that picked up the Samsung Galaxy View, it has your tablet covered. When not in use, the Tstand folds down to a reasonably compact size and will fit in a 13-inch laptop bag.

I haven't gotten my hands on with the Tstand personally, but I have spoken to a few friends that have tested prototype versions and came away impressed with the quality.

Tstand just wrapped up a successful Kickstarter project in which they raised nearly $200,000, and the product is nearly ready to ship. At present, you can still buy it on their website at the Kickstarter pricing, $37 for the black model and $42 for the silver model, which is about half what they are planning to sell for after this promotional period.

If you consume or create a lot of content on a tablet, I would definitely recommend checking the Tstand out.


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SwiftKey updated with support for Pinyin for traditional Chinese, resets your typing data

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 02:30 PM PST

The latest SwiftKey update brings a few important enhancements, including Pinyin support for traditional Chinese. Traditional Chinese speakers can now enter the language using a QWERTY layout. Also included are typing enhancements that are aimed at improving typing performance, making it easier to type on. The emoji panel has been improved as well.

Unfortunately, this latest update will reset the typing data you've built up while using the app. This is necessary for the update, and it will adapt within a few days and be back to normal. But don't freak out when SwiftKey isn't remembering all your favorite predictions for a few days.

Hit up the Play Store to update SwiftKey and let us know how the new enhancements work out!


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December Android distribution numbers show minuscule Marshmallow rise

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 02:06 PM PST

The Android Developers site posts monthly distribution numbers to let devs know what version of Android people using Google Services are running. It's both educational and depressing! So many people on ancient operating systems, though the numbers grow smaller each month.

This month, Marshmallow saw a rise to 0.5%, which is a tiny userbase but expected for a new OS. Popular devices receiving updates will fix that quickly, while Nexus users are a tiny majority. Lollipop sits at 29.5%, and KitKat takes the majority at 36.6%. Unfortunately, 3.6% of devices are running an Android version older than Ice Cream Sandwich.


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Unlocked M9s To Get Android 6.0.1 By Years End

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 02:01 PM PST

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HTC has done a great job keeping their users in the know when it comes to software updates and here's the latest from the Taiwanese company.  According to the VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, unlocked versions of the HTC One M9 will receive Android 6.0.1 (yes, Android 6.0.1, not 6.0!) by the end of the month.  As we just learned, 6.0.1 packs a bunch of new Emoji's in addition to some other goodies.  Google just began rolling out this update to Nexus devices so if HTC can start their roll out by the end of the month that'd be a big plus in my books.

Again, this time frame is for the unlocked version of the M9.  Carrier versions will roll out shortly after as they have to undergo the usual carrier testing and what not.

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Unlocked M9s To Get Android 6.0.1 By Years End is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Is This The Galaxy S7 Design?

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 01:49 PM PST

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 will undoubtedly be one of the most popular smartphones in the world in 2016 and thanks to a leak, we may have our first look at the design.  Third party case maker ITSKINS provided the images that you see and, according to them, they are basic schematics for the upcoming Galaxy S7.

As you can see, the device is very very very reminiscent of the Galaxy S6 which really shouldn't be any surprise as a recent report had suggested that Samsung wouldn't be doing too much tweaking to the design.  The home button is oddly square, however, but I'm guessing that's not how the final version will look.  You'll also notice that the USB port looks to be your standard micro USB type rather than USB Type-C but I'm hoping that that will change.

In addition to these images, the leak also stated that the S7 will come in two size variants, much like the S6 Edge and S6 Edge+.  The standard S7 will have a similar screen size to the S6 while the Plus variant will have a massive 6″ display!  Going bigger does make a bit of sense as the S6 Edge+ and its 5.7″ display competed directly with Samsung's other flagship device, the Galaxy Note.

As always, take this story with a grain or two of salt.  Nothing is ever official till its official.

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The Latest Version Of The Google Play Store For Android TV Brings Back The 'Update All' Apps Button [APK Download]

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 11:46 AM PST

Google Play Store_20151208_011758Google seems to be doing a lot of tinkering on the basic interfaces of Android TV, if only because the company's experience with television UIs is less extensive than it is on smartphones and tablets. Yesterday an update to the "leanback" launcher (Android TV's default home screen) added the ability for users to manually rearrange app icons. Today the Android TV version of the Play Store gets a slight adjustment as well: the "update all" button is back, baby.

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The Latest Version Of The Google Play Store For Android TV Brings Back The 'Update All' Apps Button [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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The Pixel C tablet is now available

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 11:33 AM PST

The Pixel C has finally arrived! While Google has released a couple of Chrome-powered Pixel devices over the past few years, the Pixel C is the first Android device in the lineup. The spec sheet on the Pixel C is quite impressive, featuring an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 10.2-inch 2560 x 1800 pixel display, 32GB and 64GB storage options and a USB Type-C plug. The Pixel C runs the latest version of Android and Google is promising that the tablet will get updated every six weeks to ensure it is always running at its best.

The 32GB version of the Pixel C tablet will sell for $499, while the 64GB model will come with a $599 price tag. If you are interested in the optional keyboard, which magnetically connects to the Pixel C, you'll be out an additional $150. The keyboard can be adjusted at angles between 100 and 130 degrees and it features inductive charging so that you never have to worry about its battery running low.

We're not sure if the Pixel C tablet is right for you, but it's definitely a compelling option if you crave stock Android and want hardware that's engineered by Google.


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Get the Android Mobile Hacker Bundle free for a limited time [Deal]

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 10:36 AM PST

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 18.38.16So you want to learn Android app development? There's no better place to start than with the Android Mobile Hacker Bundle, which is totally free for a limited time — down from $126 — thanks to Cult of Android Deals. The Android Mobile Hacker Bundle includes five essential app development course, including: iOS & Android HTML5

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Samsung Pay won’t be available on your Gear S2 until next year

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 10:06 AM PST

samsung_gear_s2_5If you bought a Gear S2 so you could buy things with Samsung Pay while your smartphone stays snug in your pocket, you're going to have to wait a little while for that dream to become a reality. Samsung has delayed the launch of Samsung Pay for the Gear S2 until next year for users

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Instagram brings 3D Touch-like features to Android users

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 10:02 AM PST

Instagram has been busy with updates recently, but one can only hope its latest new version will keep the new features it's implementing.

Recently, the photo-sharing social network updated its Android app to support a major new feature that's quite similar to 3D Touch, a feature that is a major selling point for Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. With it, iPhone users can press a bit harder on the display and pop out an image thumbnail to see a bigger version of that image. They can also use 3D Touch to quickly like that image, comment on it, or send a message to the user that initially shared it.

With the updated Instagram app, version 7.13.0, this feature is replicated in a simple way: the long press. Now Android users can long press on an image thumbnail to see it bigger. Once that's activated, and without lifting your finger, users can select Like, View Profile, or choose the Share option.

It's a nice, quick way to view images without having to dig into profiles and then find your way back. Instagram updated its iOS app quite some time ago to feature 3D Touch as a new way to interact with the software, so it's good to see the social network bring similar features to Android.


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A new Family Playbook to help you find success with family and kid-focused apps and games on Google Play

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 09:13 AM PST

Posted by Lily Sheringham, The Google Play Apps & Games team

We recently released the second edition of "The Secrets to App Success on Google Play" to help you find success with your app or game business. Today we're releasing our first companion to the guide, "The Family Playbook", which includes tips and advice to tailor your apps for families and kids and provide high quality, age-appropriate content.

Get The Family Playbook on Google Play today. The guide includes advice and useful resources to help you optimize your user interface design for children, build interactive features that both educate and entertain, develop a business model, understand legal considerations, and plan age-appropriate marketing.

If you're creating family apps, opt-in to the Designed for Families developer program to designate your apps and games as family-friendly. Participating apps are eligible for family-focused experiences on Google Play that help parents discover great, age-appropriate content and make more informed choices.

Once you've checked out the guide, we'd love to hear your feedback so we can continue to improve our developer resources, please let us know what you think.


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[Non-US Only] Age Of Empires: World Domination Soft Launches In The Play Store For Certain Countries

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 09:13 AM PST

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Talk of Age of Empires coming to Android has existed around the water cooler for over two years now, since Microsoft gave developer KLad license to make games with the property. We expected something to arrive long before now, but we understand. Sometimes resources take a while to gather, and you don't want to move with an army that's unprepared. But the time has come, and Age of Empires: World Dominance has now invaded the Play Store.

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[Non-US Only] Age Of Empires: World Domination Soft Launches In The Play Store For Certain Countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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V is for Verily – Life Sciences graduates from Google X

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 08:01 AM PST

The Life Sciences group within Google X is no longer a pie in the sky project. The group has graduated and is now named Verily, and is positioned as a full-fledged business within Alphabet (Google's parent company). Life Sciences is mainly known for its work on smart contact lenses, which can track glucose levels and relay the findings to a smartphone. While the product isn't yet on the market, Novartis (a Swiss pharmaceutical and health company) signed a licensing agreement with Google back in 2014.

Verily's broader scope is to use technology to gain a clearer picture of our personal health. While Verily will be creating its own hardware and software to track the human body, it will also be working with strategic players within the same market segment to increase its speed to market. Verily isn't working specifically on Android apps or Android-powered hardware devices, but there's no doubt that the smartphone will play a huge role in Verily's plans to capture and monitor the data that its devices collect.

What futuristic health monitoring device do you hope Verily thinks up next?


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PSA: Easiest Way To Install APKs From APK Mirror On Your Android TV? Favorite The Site In ES File Explorer's Built-In Web Browser

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 07:57 AM PST

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We already consider ES File Explorer to be the simplest way to sideload APKs to Android TV, but we didn't realize our old approach was actually the complicated one.

You see ES File Explorer lets you send files from one device with the file manager installed to a second one that also runs the app. This means downloading ES File Explorer to both your phone or tablet and the TV you want to transfer an app to.

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PSA: Easiest Way To Install APKs From APK Mirror On Your Android TV? Favorite The Site In ES File Explorer's Built-In Web Browser was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Instagram brings 3D Touch gestures to Android

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 06:35 AM PST

Who needs an iPhone? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android3D Touch isn't just for iPhone users anymore! The same 3D Touch gestures that Instagram integrated into its iOS app following the release of iPhone 6s are now available inside its Android app — and you don't need a pressure sensitive display to use them. Instagram was one of the first to embrace 3D Touch,

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HTC drops price of the Desire 626 to $150, offers 40% discount on all accessories

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 06:31 AM PST

HTC's Tuesday Hot Deals are back! The budget-friendly HTC Desire 626 is now selling for $150, $30 less than its usual $180 list price. We're gonna bet that you'll likely never use the HTC Desire 626 as you main device, but it does make a good backup device and is good enough that we'd recommend it for anyone who's looking to upgrade from a feature phone. If you already have an HTC phone and simply want to get your hands on a few extra accessories, HTC is offering a 40% discount on all of its accessories. The HTC Desire 626 and accessory discounts are only available today and will expire at midnight PST.

And don't forget, the HTC One A9 trade-in promotion was also extended. If you have an iPhone 6 or newer that you want to trade in, the HTC One A9 can be yours absolutely free.


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Sony Releases PlayStation Messages To The Play Store, Decouples It From The PlayStation App

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 06:03 AM PST

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PlayStation gamers have access to a complementary Android app that allows them to send new game downloads to their console remotely, use as a second-screen on some titles, and get social with other PlayStation members. The latter feature has now been cut from the main app and is getting released as a standalone PlayStation Messages client.

Messages is actually better designed than the full app, with a clean Material layout to view your current and favorite chats, check your friends list, see what they're playing, and interact with everyone.

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Sony Releases PlayStation Messages To The Play Store, Decouples It From The PlayStation App was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Instagram Now Lets You "3D Touch" Photos On Android

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 04:45 AM PST

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The highlight feature of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is something called "3D Touch" — a way of interacting with the phone by pressing harder on the screen than you regularly would. This is not to be confused with "Force Touch," which is exactly the same thing but on the Apple Watch instead. Shakespeare would probably have told you that a feature by any other name would be as gimmicky, but I digress.

The point of 3D Touch (and Force Touch, for that matter), is to provide quicker access to options or common actions with fewer taps.

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Instagram Now Lets You "3D Touch" Photos On Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony copies Facebook, creates a standalone PlayStation Messages app

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 04:13 AM PST

Sony and Facebook aren't really competitors, but Sony is now following in the social media giant's footsteps by releasing a standalone PlayStation Messages app for Android and iOS. Previously, messaging functionality was built into the PlayStation App, but Sony has decided to allow the functionality to stand on its own since messaging was likely the most used feature of the app. The new app give you the ability to view which of you PlayStation Network friends are currently online, send standard or voice messages, spam them with useless stickers and even send group messages to up to 100 people.

Facebook got a lot of flak when it chose to decouple is messaging feature from its main app, but the company's proven that a dedicated messaging apps offers a much better user experience. We're not exactly sure if things will turn out the same way for Sony. While the PS4 is currently the must-fave gaming console, Sony's isn't really known for good software.

Do you think breaking messaging out into its own PlayStation Messages app is a good idea?


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Sony splits PlayStation Messages into standalone app

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 04:04 AM PST

PlayStation Messages gets its own app. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidSony's PlayStation app for mobile has always been something of a disaster, with a poor user interface, and painfully slow performance. That's still true today — but now you don't have to use it when all you want to do is message friends on the PlayStation Network. In an effort to be a better messaging service, PlayStation

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HTC’s monthly revenue hits 6-month high with help from the One A9

Posted: 08 Dec 2015 02:31 AM PST

We doubt anyone is celebrating at HTC, but we wouldn't be surprised if there weren't a few thousand sighs of relief after HTC posted its revenue report for November. HTC's revenue for November rose to NT$10.29 billion, a six-month high for HTC and a 15% increase over October. The increase is revenue is unofficially attributed to the launch of the HTC One A9 which went on sale near the end of October. November was also the third month in a row that HTC's revenue increased over the previous month. Unfortunately, there's also some bad news to go along with HTC's numbers. While the needle appears to be moving the right direction, HTC's numbers for November are 39.25% lower than what HTC posted last year and year-to-date revenue is 33% lower when comparing to 2014.

There's no guarantee, but the HTC One A9 may also boost HTC's revenue in December. HTC USA extended its One A9 trade-in promotion until early next year after it helped increase Black Friday weekend sales by 731%. The phone isn't that impressive when you compare it to other devices in the same price category, but its design and build quality do have a certain appeal for iPhone users who are interested in making the switch to Android.


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Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Factory Images Released

Posted: 07 Dec 2015 10:59 PM PST

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Earlier today, Google unveiled the first update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and it features a set of brand new emojis, the latest December security patch and the return of Do Not Disturb from Android Lollipop.

Now the company has released several Android 6.0.1 factory images for all of its currently supported Nexus devices, including the Nexus Player, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9, Nexus 5X and the 6P. These images are extremely useful if you want to have the update right now or if you want to wipe your phone to stock.

Instructions on how to flash the images are provided on the page but if manually flashing images isn't for you, the OTA should be just around the corner.

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Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Factory Images Released is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Is this the Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus? If so, it’s huge.

Posted: 07 Dec 2015 06:56 PM PST

gsmarena_004We've previously heard that the Samsung Galaxy S7 would look almost indistinguishable to the Galaxy S6, and now a new case leak seemingly confirms it. A leaked set of renderings of the bodies of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Plus have just hit the internet, courtesy of a skin-maker named ITSkins. They're based on

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32 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (11/24/15 - 12/7/15)

Posted: 07 Dec 2015 06:21 PM PST

[Update: Apps Back On Play Store] Google Has Published The Phone And Contacts Apps On The Play Store - Dialer Finally Gets Call-Blocking, Plus More

Posted: 07 Dec 2015 04:51 PM PST

  • It appears that, for whatever reason, Google has pulled the Phone and Contacts apps from the Play Store shortly after publishing them. We do not know why. We'll update this
  • Both apps have been republished on the Play Store, so you should be able to get the from the links above now.

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Google has finally published the official Android Phone and Contacts apps on the Play Store this morning, though predictably only devices that have these system apps preinstalled can actually install them.

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[Update: Apps Back On Play Store] Google Has Published The Phone And Contacts Apps On The Play Store - Dialer Finally Gets Call-Blocking, Plus More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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