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YouTube Finally Makes The Trending Video Tab Official

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 02:53 PM PST

nexus2cee_YouTube_thumb.pngYouTube rolled out a big update earlier this year that focused on tabs across the top of the screen. For most people there were three, but a fourth one showed up sometimes too. Now that fourth "trending" tab is official. In a post on the YouTube blog, we're told that the "new" trending tab will list all the hottest things posted to YouTube on a daily basis.

The Android app has the tab of course, but there's a trending section on the web too.

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YouTube Finally Makes The Trending Video Tab Official was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Cortana arrives on Android and OnePlus One

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 02:32 PM PST

Cortana is Microsoft's cross-platform assistant that became available on Windows 10 during its release, and now it has come to iOS, Android, and an optimized version for the Cyanogen OS-powered OnePlus One.

Much like Google Now, Cortana will show you relevant information like reminders, events, flights, and more when you need them. It also features integration with Windows 10, so you can set location reminders on your computer or even have the phone send a text to a person after a missed call from your computer.

Unfortunately, the Android app will be a little limited due to lack of integration (or design choices from Microsoft). It won't be able to toggle settings, open apps, or use the "Hey Cortana" phrase at anytime. But with integration with Cyanogen OS, Cortana will be able to do these things on the OnePlus One and on other Cyanogen OS devices in the future.

Cortana looks to be a great assistant, and Microsoft's partnership with Cyanogen means that there will be more Cyanogen-powered devices that will receive integration soon. Hit the source link for more info or to give it a shot!

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Moto X Pure Edition getting Marshmallow update across Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and US Cellular

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 02:18 PM PST

It's finally here! Motorola is rolling Android 6.0 Marshmallow out to the Moto X Pure Edition here in the US. The update is hitting devices on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and US Cellular right now.

The update brings a few updates, though Marshmallow isn't too large of a change from Lollipop. The volume controls have been redesigned, Doze Mode saves battery when you're not using your device, Google Now on Tap is a big upgrade to Google Now in 6.0, and some other features have been added to replace the functionality of Moto Assist (which has been removed).

The retail Moto X Style is also getting the update in Latin America, and a soak test is rolling out to Moto X Play users in Brazil and and India and the Moto X Force in Brazil. If you own any of these devices, check for updates!

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Google Drive Is Getting Search Query Improvements Including File Types, Shared File Owner, And More

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 01:48 PM PST


Google Drive is the hub for all of Google's online document editors, so you might end up with a lot of stuff in there. Google is rolling out some improvements to search that will make it easier to find what you're looking for. The updates will apply to the web and Android (and iOS).

Using the search box, you'll soon be able to specify a file type in your search. So if you've got a number of docs and a spreadsheets with similar names, you'll be able to find the right one.

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Google Drive Is Getting Search Query Improvements Including File Types, Shared File Owner, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Timeline update coming to original Pebble this month, accepting Android beta testers

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 01:38 PM PST

With the launch of the Pebble Time came Timeline, which the interface in Pebble Firmware 3.0. It organizes all of your information in a timeline centered around the present, and you can go into the past or future with a press of a button.

At time of the Time's launch, an update to the new interface was promised for the classic Pebble and Pebble Steel. Now Pebble says that it's officially coming later this month! You'll get the new UI on your old Pebble, which is pretty amazing considering it's two and a half years old now.

If you're an Android user, you have the chance to beta test the update right now. You can apply for the beta in the source link below, though your only language choices will be English. Head over there and get started!

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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 12:33 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.

S Console Gamepad

S Console Gamepad

Description: S Console Gamepad' is made for users who wants to play games more dynamic with Galaxy View without a physical gamepad. Once you run 'S Console' app on Galaxy View, your smart phone becomes a gamepad for Galaxy View!!


Cardboard Camera

Cardboard Camera

DescriptionCardboard Camera takes VR photos—moments in time you can relive in virtual reality. Hear the sounds as they happened, and look around to see the scene in every direction


Flow Home (Beta)

Flow Home (Beta)

DescriptionFlow Home is a new kind of Android launcher. Instead of just icons, we show things from inside the icons. Photos from Instagram or Facebook, tweets and messages from people you follow, the latest news from Feedly, all in one place.




DescriptionCortana is your truly personal assistant—helping you get things done by letting your PC and phone work together. Your schedule, your interests, your people, your reminders—Cortana makes sure all that stuff is available wherever you need it.


Playstation® Messages

Playstation® Messages

DescriptionUse PlayStation®Messages to instantly see who's online and message your gamer friends and favorite groups from your mobile device.




DescriptionPaperback simplifies the way you take notes without sacrificing the features you need. Easily take, organize and secure your notes in a beautifully designed user interface.




DescriptionTired of the boring, built-in watch faces on your mobile phone or tablet? Download Picture2Clock now to have an awesome clock widget that uses your own pictures as clock backgrounds.




DescriptionGeoGebra (www.geogebra.org) is free dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package.


Rabbit & Turtle Watch Face

Rabbit & Turtle Watch Face

DescriptionThe Rabbit and the Turtle race on your watch is a simple designe to make you smile. Whenever you turn on your watch, you can check who is winning. 


Christmas Watch Face

Christmas Watch Face

DescriptionIt is winter. It is Christmas time. Snow is falling and growing in thickness. Children are on vacation.You are radiating with happiness and all set to welcome Christmas.


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Alleged OnePlus 3 Renders Surface

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 12:19 PM PST

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The OnePlus 2 is not even half a year old but rumours regarding the sequel are surfacing and we have a pretty decent one to pass your way.  Alleged renders of the OnePlus sequel, which we assume will be called the OnePlus 3, have surfaced showcasing the design of the device.  While still looking fairly similar to its predecessors, the OnePlus 3 showcases some pretty slim bezels along the sides.  It also appears that the device will sport at least one front facing speaker as there appears to be a speaker grill on the pretty svelte chin of the device.  It's possible that the grill at the top could serve as both an ear piece and a secondary speaker.

The renders also showcase 2 breaks in the frame of the device, one on each side.  I assume these are either buttons or possibly even ports or SIM/microSD slots, although the placement of the one on the bottom right seems odd to me.  You'll also notice that there doesn't appear to be a fingerprint reader on the front of the device so they may have followed Sony's approach and gone with the side fingerprint reader which would suggest that one of those breaks along the side may be housing that.  An even better solution would be if they implemented Qualcomm's sweet 3D fingerprint technology but maybe that's just wishful thinking.

The source of the leak went on to say that the OnePlus 3 will pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and a 1080p display.  If this is indeed the case, the device should be an absolute screamer since the powerful chipset won't be pushing out tons of pixels.  This could also really help with battery life as well as we all know that higher resolution display require more power.

Of course, this is very much a rumour at this point and we really don't know when OnePlus will out their next phone.  The renders look pretty decent though and if they can really get their manufacturing and distribution process going more smoothly, OnePlus could really begin to flourish.


Alleged OnePlus 3 Renders Surface is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Facebook Introduces 'Security Checkup' To Its Android App, Including Remote Log Off

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 11:57 AM PST

securityIf you have more than a dozen friends on Facebook, odds are pretty good that at least one of them has started tagging every person on Earth with suspiciously misspelled advertisements for knockoff Ray-Ban sunglasses. Facebook would really prefer that this not happen, or at least not happen quite so often. To that end the company introduced the Security Checkup feature to the web version of the social network, and now it's available on Android as well.

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Facebook Introduces 'Security Checkup' To Its Android App, Including Remote Log Off was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Asus Uploads Themes App To Google Play

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 11:57 AM PST

AsusThemes-ThumbUnless you own an Asus phone, you probably didn't know the company bundles in a themes app. Inside you can find all kinds of ways to drastically the tweak the appearance of your phone. Some looks are free, while others cost money.

This isn't a novel idea, as we've seen it from the likes of HTC and Samsung. But that's not the point. Asus has uploaded its Theme app to the Play Store where it can push out future updates.

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Asus Uploads Themes App To Google Play was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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This is Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the Galaxy Note 4

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 11:31 AM PST

Your Note 4 is in for a massive upgrade. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidThe Galaxy Note 4 became Samsung's first smartphone to get an Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade on Monday, but unless you live in Hungary, you won't be getting it just yet. However, you can get an early glimpse at it in the hands-on video below. Android 6.0 is a massive upgrade for the Note 4, not only

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Boost Mobile launches free music streaming for five services

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 11:09 AM PST

Data usage and, in particular, the effect of streaming on data usage, is a hot topic with carriers these days. T-Mobile kicked off the game with Music Freedom, which allowed music streaming without impacting your data allotment through a number of different services, the list of which has continued to grow. Other carriers have begun to experiment with their own versions of this concept, and the latest to join the party is Boost Mobile.

As a value carrier, Boost Mobile is always looking for ways to offer a better deal to its customers. The carrier is now offering data-free music streaming on five different services: Pandora, Slacker Radio, 8tracks, iHeart Radio and Samsung Milk Music. While the list isn't large and doesn't contain some of the major players like Spotify and Google Play Music, it still adds a nice perk for Boost Mobile customers, who will likely be pleased with the extra value they're getting.

Boost Mobile has said that it will continue to add more partners in the future, so it shouldn't be long before we start to see services like Spotify added. It should be noted that this feature is included as part of Boost Mobile's growing data plans, which rewards customers with free allotments of extra data if they make their payments on time.

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Want to write for Cult of Android? We need you!

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 10:54 AM PST

Come join us! Photo: Brenda Gottsabend/Flickr (CC-licensed)Cult of Android is looking for writers who can help us deliver breaking news and helpful how-tos on a daily basis. If you have a passion for Android and you want to get paid to write about it, come join us! Here's what we're looking for. News Writer Excellent written English Based in the U.S. Able to

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Opera Mini Update Packs More Options Into The Download Manager And Improves The Search Bar

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 10:34 AM PST


Opera Mini, a web browser whose existence revolves around reducing how much mobile data you consume, has received an update that spruces up the download manager and the search bar.

You now have the option to restrict Opera Mini to between one and five concurrence downloads at a time on mobile networks. You can have the app ask before downloading large files, or you could limit all downloads to Wi-Fi. Another new option is the choice to download all files in a default location or pick one each time.

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Opera Mini Update Packs More Options Into The Download Manager And Improves The Search Bar was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Pay what you want: White Hat Hacker bundle with 60+ hours of training [Deal]

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 10:24 AM PST

6b576ac993728bd1ed160f91e3bd4bc1c32b2d67_main_hero_imageWant to be a white hat hacker? Start with 60+ hours of training in the White Hat Hacker Bundle. It contains 7 online courses that'll teach you Windows exploit development, Node.js security, intensive ethical hacking, and more — and for a limited time only, pay only what you want! Here are the 7 courses included:

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Google Play Music family plans launching this week; $14.99 a month for up to 6 members

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 10:08 AM PST

The Play Music family plan that we heard about back in September has finally become a reality. You can subscribe in the next few days for $14.99 a month, and that will include you and up to five additional family members. The plan will be available in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France, and Germany at launch with more coming soon.

The family plan grants the exact same benefits as individual subscriptions, including no ads and unlimited access to the 35 million song library. This also naturally now carries with it the benefits of YouTube Red, a potentially big difference maker for families with kids that binge YouTube content.

The family plan gives Play Music parity with Apple Music at $14.99 and launches them ahead of Spotify, which has stuck with a $5 surcharge per extra user.

For music and YouTube fans with a family, the Play Music family plan just became a no brainer.

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New smart devices store lets you try tomorrow’s hardware today

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 09:26 AM PST

Former Nest employees have a dream.b8ta, a company started by several ex-Nest employees, announced today that they are launching a brick-and-mortar retail store, dedicated to selling Internet of Things connected devices. "Right now, consumer desire for innovative products is booming, and there's never been a better time to be a maker," said Vibhu Norby, CEO of b8ta. "However, most new

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Microsoft Cortana makes its official debut on Android and iOS

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 09:26 AM PST

Cortana has arrived on Android and iOS. Photo: MicrosoftMicrosoft Cortana is now officially available on Android and iOS following its beta run. The digital assistant, which has long been baked into Windows Phone and now Windows 10, hopes to compete with Siri and Google Now for a place on your device. Cortana isn't too dissimilar to those others, but its close ties to

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HTC ‘Perfume’ rumored to be next flagship with Android 6.1 and Sense 8

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 09:10 AM PST

Despite the fact that the One A9 is still relatively new, some people are already keeping their eyes to the future, anticipating the next true flagship device from the manufacturer. According to a new rumor, HTC's next device may not be the O2 as previously suggested.

A well-known leaker of HTC details, LlabTooFeR, has tweeted out that the device known as the O2 is "dead" and that HTC is focusing on something else entirely now. It's reportedly codenamed "Perfume," and only a couple of details have found their way to the surface as of now. According to the rumor, HTC's Perfume will feature Android 6.1 right out of the gate and will have Sense 8 running atop it.

The Perfume codename will clearly be dropped by the time the device gets to being officially announced, so don't expect that to be the title you'd have to tell your friends. As far as any other details go, that's still up in the air at this point. It's likely that HTC will continue to use metal frames for its devices, including on the Perfume.

Are you looking forward to whatever new flagship HTC announces in 2016?

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Google Play Music: Now playing for your family

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 09:07 AM PST

In a family of music lovers, there's a soundtrack playing throughout our daily lives. My husband likes to listen to The Smiths radio while he works; I like Entering Beast Mode stations when I hit the gym; and we listen to Michael Bublé as a family while we cook dinner. What can I say, we're a pretty fun bunch! But it means my family ends up paying for multiple subscription music accounts which can add up over time.

For families like mine, we're happy to start offering the Google Play Music family plan today. With the family plan, you and up to five family members can subscribe to Google Play Music - together - for just $14.99 per month. You'll unlock all of the same features you'd get from having individual subscriptions, including ad free, unlimited access to more than 35 million songs and the ability for each family member to stream simultaneously on any device, all for one low price. Now, you can keep your listening experiences separate from your partner and get music recommendations tailored to the music you like. So, my husband's Depeche Mode singles will never show up in my account - only my true favorites will be front and center. And a family plan on Google play will also get your family access to YouTube Red in the US.

You and your family will be able to sign up for a Google Play Music family plan in the coming days on Android devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, France and Germany, with more countries coming soon. You and your family members can listen on Android, iOS and the web.

Posted by Eunice Kim, product manager for Google Play
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Android Developer Story: SGN game ‘Cookie Jam’ increases user conversions with Store Listing Experiments

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 08:55 AM PST

Posted by Lily Sheringham, Google Play team

Founded in 2010, SGN is a Los Angeles based mobile game developer with hit titles including Cookie Jam, Panda Pop, Juice Jam and Book of Life: Sugar Smash. They now have more than 200 employees and are one of the fastest growing cross-platform gaming developers.

SGN used Store Listing experiments to test multiple variants across their portfolio of games. For Cookie Jam, they saw an 8 percent increase in conversions simply by changing the background color of their app icon. They also saw increased installs following tests with the Panda Pop app icon and by changing the character in their Book of Life: Sugar Smash app icon.

Watch Josh Yguado, Co-founder and President of SGN, and Matthew Casertano, SVP of Game Operations, talk about how using Store Listing Experiments helped SGN improve their ROI, conversion rates and gamer retention.

Find out more about how to run tests on your Store Listing to increase installs and achieve success with the new guide to 'Secrets to App Success on Google Play'.

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Cortana Exits Public Beta And Is Now Officially Available For Android

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 08:48 AM PST


You could think of Cortana as Microsoft Now. We Android users ask Google questions by default, but when you're on a modern Windows device, Cortana's the one who will chime in with an answer.

Microsoft's plans to bring Cortana to Android has been no secret. A leaked APK hit the web back in July. The public beta entered the Play Store around a month later. Now the official release is ready for all.

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Cortana Exits Public Beta And Is Now Officially Available For Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Bye Bye Nexus 6!

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 08:38 AM PST

Motorola Nexus 6


Not only was the Nexus 6 a gargantuan phone with a massive 6″ display, but  the Nexus 6 ushered several changes to the Nexus program.  Rather than creating another reasonably priced device aimed particularly at developers, Google and Motorola partnered together to offer a device with true flagship level specs with a premium level price tag aimed at a much broader audience.

Of course, this decision was a little polarizing as many cried over the price hike but in the end I think the move got the Nexus name out there more than past Nexus'.  And now as the Nexus 6P carriers on the tradition of being the premium Nexus smartphone, we can now say a farewell to the Nexus 6 as Google has finally pulled the device from their store.

Of course, if you really want to grab a Nexus 6 still, you can often find it on sale through retailers such as Expansys or even ebay.

[Google Store]

Bye Bye Nexus 6! is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Samsung on the up again as iPhone’s share falls in key markets

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 08:21 AM PST

Is Samsung back? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidSamsung saw its market share grow last quarter for the first time in 2015, as Android continues to dominate the market worldwide. Google's platform also saw growth throughout Europe's "big five" markets, while Apple's fell for the first time in over a year. Android's market share has been declining in Europe's top five markets — that's Great

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The Nexus 5X is now $50 cheaper

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 08:03 AM PST

Still looking for the perfect Christmas present? The 16GB Nexus 5X is now selling for $329.99, $50 cheaper than its usual asking price. The same $50 discount has been applied to the 32GB model, bringing its price down to $379.99. We recommend going with the 32GB model since 16GB of storage can be chewed up by downloading a handful of games or recording less than an hour of video.

You could easily find a cheaper Android smartphone, but the Nexus 5X offers quite an incredible value. The handset features a Snapdragon 808 with an Adreno 418 GPU, 2GB of RAM 16/32GB of internal storage, a 12.3-megapixel imaging sensor on the back, 5.2-inch display, fingerprint scanner and a USB Type-C port.

The $50 discount on the Nexus 5X is available at the Google StoreAmazon, Best Buy and a handful of other retailers. The deal will be available through December 30, but we recommend buying the phone as soon as possible to ensure that it shows up before Christmas.

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Google’s new Nexus 5X is $50 cheaper until the end of December

Posted: 09 Dec 2015 07:32 AM PST

Now is the time to buy your Nexus 5X. Photo: GoogleGoogle's new Nexus 5X is now $50 cheaper until the end of December, making it even more irresistible for pure Android fans during the holiday season. Available at Amazon, Best Buy, and the Google Store, the $50 discount reduces the price of the 16GB Nexus 5X to just $329, and the 32GB Nexus 5X to

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