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Verizon finally starts updating Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to 5.1.1

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 03:10 PM PST

With the release of Android 6.0 Lollipop for Nexus devices and even some non-Nexus devices around 3 months ago, many people are waiting for the manufacturer or carrier to release the 6.0 update for their devices. But as is expected, most manufacturers and carriers are taking their sweet time.

Verizon has announced an update to the Galaxy Note 4, but it's not 6.0. It's Android 5.1.1, an update other carriers pushed to the Note 4 months ago. This update includes support for Android for Work, an update to Samsung Knox, and the removal of a few Amazon apps from the device.

It's a decent update and people should download them, but you have to admit the update process for many carrier devices is agonizingly slow.

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Moto X 2nd Gen 32GB nearly half off in UK with free wood/leather upgrades

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 03:10 PM PST

We know that most of the sales we post are focused on the US. Those of you in the UK are too often left out, so here's one for you. Motorola has put a steep discount on the second generation Moto X with 32GB of memory. It's currently at £219.99.

Head into Moto Maker and check out the options available. Wood and leather upgrades are both free, though a few colors are out of stock. The price is pretty good, just remember this is a last generation device and not the current generation Moto X Style. Let us know if you take up this offer!

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17 New And Notable Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (12/29/15 - 1/11/16)

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 02:06 PM PST

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Worms 4, Fast Browser

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 01:10 PM PST

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. The Talos Principle


App info:  The Talos Principle is a first-person puzzle game in the tradition of philosophical science fiction. Made by Croteam, the creators of Serious Sam, and written by Tom Jubert (FTL, The Swapper) and Jonas Kyratzes (The Sea Will Claim Everything).


2. Worms 4

Worms 4

App info: You see, the team who designed Worms 4 had you and your favourite device in mind when they created: Synchronous Multiplayer Matches – Battle against opponents from around the world with real time one on one online multiplayer matches! Shorter, more explosive matches to provide compelling bite sized gameplay.


3. Don't Screw Up

Dont Screw Up

App info: The rules of engagement are simple. I tell you to 'tap' and you 'tap' your screen. I tell you to 'drag', 'pause', 'count to 10 and tap again' … whatever I say, you follow my written instructions and we'll get along fine.


4. Tap My Katamari

Tap My Katamari

App info: You are the Prince, tasked by The King of All Cosmos to restore the universe and its stars. To do so, you've been given the Katamari, a magical ball that makes everything it touches stick to it. Grow your Katamari into a star and restore the universe!


5. Fast Browser

Fast Browser - Best & Smallest

App info: Fast Browser, Best & Smallest mobile browser with just over 1Mb size to have superior strength with speed web browsing capabilities super fast, super-baby size and super nice interface.


Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.

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Is 2016 The Year Of The Foldable Phone?

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 12:26 PM PST

Foldable Samsung

Samsung has been playing around with the idea of a foldable phone/tablet for some time now and at least one group of analysts believe that in 2016, these devices will becomes a reality.  The analysts at HSBC strongly believe that Samsung will roll out this new unique form factor as early as H2 2016.  Their basic rationale is that Samsung wants to/needs to bring a game changing device to the table in order to regain some of the market share.

Obviously, a foldable phone would be a major game changer.  Not only would it have that "cool" factor but it would offer a large screen at a minimal footprint, a dream come true for many consumers out there.

Samsung hasn't publicly said anything about such a device yet so this is definitely to be filed in the rumour folder.  Nevertheless, I don't think any of us would be overly surprised if Samsung did bring something like this to the table this year.  This could be a big time game changer if they get it right and get it right right out of the gate!

And just for fun, here's a concept video they did back in 2013

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Is 2016 The Year Of The Foldable Phone? is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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HTC goes all in on VR after confirming Vive’s pre-order date

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 11:26 AM PST

Vive, HTC's VR headset. Photo: HTCHTC Vive, the virtual reality headset that could make or break HTC, is going up for pre-order on February 29. Like the Oculus Rift and Sony's PlayStation VR system, Vive has its own display and needs no smartphone — but you will need a pricey PC. Vive has already become HTC's priority, according to founder and

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This massive discount on the Martian smartwatch is out of this world! [Deal]

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 11:26 AM PST

c183827dd4f2967ff95c5722aed551759169132a_main_hero_imageMore than your run-of-the-mill wearable, the Martian Notifier Smartwatch is a next-level timepiece that seamlessly blends technology and style. From receiving app notifications to remotely snapping pictures using your phone camera, you'll find this watch a boon to your personal productivity—not to mention a sleek addition to your accessory collection. And thanks to Cult of

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Rumor: Amazon could be on the verge of launching a portable Echo

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 10:40 AM PST

According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal today, Amazon is readying a more portable version of its Echo home assistant to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

If the report is to be believed, the new portable Echo will be small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Instead of needing a wired power connection like the current Echo, the portable Echo would use a power dock to charge, with a button used to talk to the device as opposed to the current Echo's always-on functionality.

While the Echo was launched as a sort of experimental beta device for Amazon, the Echo has become a surprise hit for the company. It's unclear exactly how a portable Echo would function, but losing the ability to call out to Echo without having to provide any other sort of interaction, like a button press, would take away a bit of what makes Echo so convenient in the first place. If WSJ is right, we'll know more shortly.

The current Amazon Echo is available for purchase now.

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The Room 3 arrives on Android, puzzler fans rejoice

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 10:40 AM PST

The Room series is one of the most celebrated in mobile and the latest installment, The Room 3, is available on Android today for $4.99.

For those unfamiliar with the series, it involves solving a series of elaborate puzzle boxes, but a description really can't do it justice. The detail of the puzzles and the well-realized atmosphere of the games are a big part of their success. These would be excellent games whether on mobile or not, but the tactile experience of probing to solve the puzzles on a touchscreen means they are perfectly suited to mobile.

I just downloaded the game myself, so I can't personally speak to what Fireproof Games has done to up the ante for the third installment, but reviews of the iOS version (available since November) indicate that the game is both more expansive than the previous offerings, with about 6-8 hours of gameplay to reach the end and multiple endings possible.

There is a storyline that carries through the games, so if you haven't played the previous games, you should snatch them up The Room for 99 cents and The Room 2 for $1.99 before trying your hand at the newest release.

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Amazon’s amazing Echo is about to go mobile

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 10:26 AM PST

Amazon Echo has been well-reviewed since making its debut. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of AndroidAmazon is reportedly working on a smaller, battery-powered Echo that will go on sale "in the coming weeks." The device is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, but it will be missing one of the existing's Echo's best features. "The new device, code named "Fox," is designed to fit comfortably in

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@AndroidWear joins Twitter

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 10:10 AM PST

Stop everything you're doing, jump on Twitter and get ready to hit the follow button: Android Wear is officially on Twitter.

What, exactly, took so long for Android Wear to finally get a Twitter account of its very own? Who knows. And what, exactly, will the account be used for? Who knows. We know it will involve "fashion, fitness & fun," which is all we need to get us on board.

Check out Android Wear's first tweet below.

AT&T’s new unlimited data plans come with a catch

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 10:06 AM PST

Don't be surprised if you see angry mobs forming around your local AT&T store.AT&T is bringing back unlimited data plans after killing the offering two years ago. The new data plans will cost $100 per month for one smartphone, but there's a big catch if you want to sign up: You have to be a DirecTV and U-Verse subscriber. Only new and existing AT&T wireless customers who also

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Deal: 128GB PNY microSD card at a new low price of $34.99 on Amazon

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 09:40 AM PST

While the number of smartphones and tablets supporting microSD expansion has been dwindling, the prices of said storage continue to plummet. We are hoping to see something of a resurgence in the microSD department with the addition of adoptable storage in Marshmallow making them considerably more precious again.

So if you are still blessed that has a device with a microSD slot or are looking to stock up in preparation for getting one again, this deal on the PNY 128GB high speed microSD card is solid. $34.99 is the cheapest we have seen it on Amazon (it typically hovers around $49.99) and one of lowest prices we've seen anywhere.

I've been waiting on a deal to boost the storage on my 16GB NVIDIA Shield TV, which had turned into a bit of a juggling act, but Marshmallow is arriving just in time.

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Moto will put fingerprint scanners in 2016 flagships

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 09:26 AM PST

Moto is catching up with rivals in 2016. Photo: MotorolaMotorola, or "Moto by Lenovo" as it should now be known, will put fingerprint scanners inside all of the flagship smartphones it releases this year. Those devices will also be equipped with 5-inch displays or larger, with Moto's smaller, more affordable offerings now integrated into Lenovo's lineup. After Apple made mobile fingerprint scanners mainstream with iPhone

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ByeBye Motorola

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 09:26 AM PST

Motorola Lenovo

When Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google back in 2014, they had stated that they would keep the Motorola brand in tact.  Fast forward to 2016 and that is no longer the case, at least not fully.  Lenovo announced that they will be dropping the Motorola name from their products going forward.  That's right, the Motorola name that was synonymous with cell phone will fade away into the history books.

As sad as this news is, the Motorola brand won't be completely dissolved.  Lenovo has stated that the "Moto" brand will remain in tact.  Lenovo plans to utilize the "Moto" brand for their high end products while their own "Vibe" line will focus on the budget devices.  The signature "M" will also live on on these Moto devices but the actual Motorola name will soon be replaced by a blue Lenovo logo.

It'll be interesting to see if and how the "Moto" design language changes as a result of this decision.  Motorola devices have taken on their own look over the last few years, a look very different than some of Lenovo's top tier devices.  Will the company continue on with the signature dimple and rounded corners or will they rebuild from the ground up.  Will they continue on with stock Android (something many love about Motorola) or will Lenovo begin adding their own twist to the OS.  Only time will tell.


ByeBye Motorola is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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AT&T GoPhone bumps up 4G data offerings

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 08:55 AM PST

The big four US carriers hog most of the attention, but it's important to remember that there are plenty of smaller carriers and prepaid options as well. AT&T GoPhone is one of the more notable prepaid options from (you guessed it) AT&T, offering customers an affordable prepaid option.

This past Friday, GoPhone bumped up the 4G data offerings on two of its plans, allowing customers to get a bit more data for the same price. The $45 plan has had its data amount boosted to 2GB from the previous 1.5GB allotment. The $60 plan has increased from 4GB of 4G data to 5GB. Both plans still include unlimited talk and text.

The increases may be small, but they allow customers to get a bit more bang for their buck, which is what most prepaid customers are looking for. Check out more at the source link below.

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Amazingly Intricate Puzzler 'The Room Three' Is Finally Available On Android

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 08:51 AM PST


I will admit that I don't usually get excited about the release of a new mobile game, but The Room Three is an exception. The first two games were amazing puzzlers, and the third one is finally available on Android. This game is bigger and more detailed than the previous ones, and it has Play Games cloud saves so you can play on multiple devices.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 benchmark claims to show off phone’s spec sheet

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 08:25 AM PST

As we inch our way closer to the inevitable unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in February, there's still a lot of confusion regarding the specifications of the two phones. We've seen conflicting specs sheets from multiple rumors, but a new screenshot from an AnTuTu benchmark test may finally clear things up for us. If the screenshot is real, the SM-G935A (Samsung Galaxy S7 edge) in question is equipped with a 5.1-inch 2560×1440 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and its Adreno 530 GPU, 12-megapixel main camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

The main difference between the screenshot and previous rumors is the size of the phone's display. Multiple rumors have claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge would feature a 5.2-inch or a 5.5-inch display. We've even seen technical diagrams of the phone that "confirm" these claims. Unfortunately, there's no way of knowing which rumors are correct and which are not. We do know that Samsung is working on a few different variations of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, so it's understandable that there's a lot of confusion regarding screen sizes.


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Xiaomi’s Redmi 3 offers powerful specs for just over $100

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 08:25 AM PST

Xiaomi has spent the last couple of years building a name for itself, and a large part of that has come from putting powerful specs in devices with low price points. The Xiaomi Redmi 3 is the company's latest example of that. It offers specs such as a 5-inch 720p display and octa-core Snapdragon processor for the equivalent of just over $100 USD.

Diving into the specs, you'll find a 5-inch 720p display, octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage plus a microSD card slot, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 4100mAh battery with fast charging capability and dual-SIM card slots, though one of them doubles as the microSD card port. On the software side, the Redmi 3 runs MIUI 7, though the base Android version is unclear.

All of that comes at a price of just RMB 699, or about $106 USD. That price gives the Redmi 3 far more bang for your buck than nearly any other smartphone. The downside of the matter is that, for now, Xiaomi is only launching the Redmi 3 in China. Nonetheless, we'll be sure to keep you informed if the company decides to expand availability to other countries as well.

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HTC Vive pre-order date confirmed for February 29

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 07:55 AM PST

In an interview with The Telegraph, HTC CEO Cher Wang confirmed that the company's Vive virtual reality headset will finally be available for consumer pre-order on February 29th. (Prepare for an abundance of "Leap" jokes.) Wider commercial availability will come in April, placing it hot on the heels of the March 28th ship date for Oculus Rift.

This still leaves us with the question of what the Vive will cost when it is up for pre-order. It's safe to assume that it will be comparable (if not higher) than the $599 price point of the Oculus Rift, otherwise HTC would be squandering an opportunity to head off some Rift pre-orders by announcing pricing now.

Wang also explained that HTC's shifting focus to wearables and virtual reality was brought on by heavy competition in the smartphone market from the likes of Apple and Xiaomi (as well as other Chinese manufacturers) that are able to throw dramatically greater resources behind marketing than HTC.

While the VR market is in no way as crowded as the smartphone space, it is hardly an empty field at this point. The Facebook-backed Oculus and the Playstation VR, the latter of which has the advantage of merely requiring a $349 console rather than a ~$1,000 PC, are both considerable rivals.

Time will tell if this bet was the right one for HTC.

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Apple at work on tool to transfer data from iOS to Android, according to ‘industry source’

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 07:10 AM PST

File this one under "We'll believe it when we see it," but The Telegraph is reporting that they have information from a "senior industry source" indicating that Apple has acquiesced to pressure from European telecoms and is working on a tool to facilitate transferring data from iOS to Android, akin to the ever popular Move to iOS app that they released last fall.

At the heart of the matter are complaints from the European telecoms operators that Apple is deliberately creating lock-in for customers by making the transfer of data away from the iOS platform too difficult for most users to undertake. Whether you agree with that strategy or not, it's clear that this is exactly what Apple intends, and the statistics regarding retention and switching to iOS have been repeatedly highlighted by Apple at its events.

This would be an amazing reversal from the Apple of a few years ago if they actually release such a product, regardless of the motivation, but I wouldn't recommend holding your breath. I simply don't find it credible that the European telecoms have sufficient sway over Apple to force its hand.

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Early Galaxy S7 benchmarks confirm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM, 12MP camera

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 07:06 AM PST

The Galaxy S7 will bring big upgrades internally. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidAn early benchmark test for the Galaxy S7 has appeared on AnTuTu ahead of the handset's official unveiling, confirming a number of big internal upgrades, including Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a new 12-megapixel camera sensor. The Galaxy S7 is expected to look a lot like its predecessor, with a curved

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New AT&T unlimited data plan arrives tomorrow for DIRECTV, U-Verse TV subscribers

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 06:10 AM PST

AT&T hasn't offered an unlimited data plan to new customers for years now, but starting tomorrow, it'll begin doing just that.

Beginning January 12, AT&T's new Unlimited Plan will offer unlimited talk, text, and data for $100 per month. Additional smartphones can be added to the plan at a rate of $40 per month, but AT&T says that it'll give you the fourth line free (in the form of a bill credit that'll appear after two months). That means that you can get four smartphones with unlimited data for $180 per month.

The catch is that you'll need to be a DIRECTV or U-Verse TV subscriber to get this new Unlimited Plan. If you're not yet a DIRECTV or U-Verse TV user, you can get a TV package starting at $19.99 per month for 24 months. Or if you're a DIRECTV or U-Verse TV customer but you're not on AT&T wireless, you can get up to $500 in bill credits when you switch to the Unlimited Plan and get a phone on AT&T Next. AT&T will also knock $10 off your bill every month when you get wireless and TV service.

If you do sign up for AT&T's Unlimited Plan, you'll be able to add non-smartphones to it as well. Tablets can be added for $40 per month, but you can also get a 1GB/$10 plan if your tablet doesn't need unlimited data. Smartwatches and "select connected devices" can be added for $10 per month, while basic and messaging phones can join the plan at a rate of $25 per month.

Considering that it's been years since AT&T offered unlimited data plans to new customers, it's kind of exciting to see unlimited data returning to AT&T. Of course, there's a catch associated with this new plan, which means that some folks that'd like an unlimited data plan on AT&T won't get this new offering. If you've already got DIRECTV or U-Verse TV or are interested in signing up for it, though, you could soon have unlimited data on AT&T, too.

Anyone going to sign up for AT&T's new unlimited plan?

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Apple pressured to help iOS users jump to Android

Posted: 11 Jan 2016 04:06 AM PST

Move to iOS wasn't made by Apple. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidAndroid users have been jumping ship to iPhone 6s at an unprecedented rate, but as per a new report, Apple is being pressured to create a tool that would make it simpler for former iOS users to transfer their data from iPhone to their new Android device. The pressure is allegedly coming from the European

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