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Nintendo promises “big characters” like Mario coming to smartphones this year

Posted: 16 Jan 2016 09:25 AM PST

Mario could be coming to smartphones this year.Last year, Nintendo said pit would deliver its first smartphone game by the end of 2015, and five other smartphone games by 2017. The first Nintendo game for smartphones, though, was delated until March, and worse, features none of Nintendo's best known characters. What about the other games slated for 2016 then? Don't fear: Nintendo's

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Marshmallow updates for HTC phones coming to six North American service providers within 9 days

Posted: 16 Jan 2016 05:38 AM PST

HTC is working with Sprint, Sasktel, Rogers, Wind, Videotron and T-Mobile to release its Android 6.0 update for the HTC One M9 and One M8 over the next nine days. Mo Versi made the announcement late last night on Twitter, revealing that the One M9 update for Sasktel, Rogers, Wind and Videotron devices will be released on Monday. The Sprint HTC One M8 update release is targeted for the middle of next week while the T-Mobile HTC One M9 should be updated on January 25.

While we've seen a few random Android 6.0 updates for devices like the Nvidia Shield, LG G4 and Moto X Pure Edition, HTC appears to be working faster than everyone else in getting Android Marshmallow rolled out to its 2014 and 2015 flagship phones.

That being said, it's still disappointing that we have wait 3-6 months before getting Android updates on flagship-tier phones.

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Share on WiFi – P2P file sharing with others nearby

Posted: 16 Jan 2016 05:23 AM PST

Share on Wifi - Add Files Folders and Apps

Share on WiFi allows you to share files & folders with others using the app nearby. Newly added feature allows you to share on the same WiFi network or not*. It's straightforward for the most part, read our in-depth review to see whether it will replace your current file sharing apps. Price: Free Tested on: Samsung... View Article

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Canadian HTC One M9 Will Get Marshmallow Update January 18th

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 09:09 PM PST

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The HTC One M8 and unlocked versions of the One M9 have already received its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update and now its time for the carrier One M9's to receive the same.

According to Mo Versi, the update for Sasktel, Rogers, Wind and Videotron One M9's will officially go out starting January 18th. It's not clear if this is 6.0 or 6.0.1 but considering it has taken this long to get the update, I'm placing my bets on 6.0.1. Unfortunately, no information is available on why nothing was said about the Bell model.


The post Canadian HTC One M9 Will Get Marshmallow Update January 18th appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Android Pay introduces Rewards, tap 10 times to get a free Chromecast

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 07:38 PM PST

By now, you've likely heard about Android Pay, Google's tap-and-pay software for mobile payments. Google has been trying some different tactics to encourage usage of Android Pay, with a notable promotion last month in which the company gave $20 Best Buy gift cards to those that tried Android Pay. But now the company is giving customers another incentive to use Android Pay, with Android Pay Rewards.

Android Pay Rewards is a new feature within Android Pay that will reward customers for how often they use Android Pay. On their first tap, they'll get a free song from Google Play Music. Users will get the same reward on their second and sixth taps. On their 10th tap, however, the rewards really ramp up, with users getting a free Chromecast. Yes, you read that right.

Users will receive a promo code to use in the Google Play Store that will allow them to get their free Chromecast. The promotion runs through February 29, so interested users have a bit of a time to get started with Android Pay. It should be noted that not everyone is seeing the promo yet. It's arriving as part of the Android Pay update that's currently rolling, so it may be a couple of days before you see it. When the promo info does appear, it should show up along with your payment, loyalty and gift cards.

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Create promo codes for your apps and in-app products in the Google Play Developer Console

Posted: 15 Jan 2016 05:55 PM PST

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Posted by Yoshi Tamura, Product Manager, Google Play

Over the past six months, a number of new tools in the Google Play Developer Console have been added to help you grow your app or game business on Google Play. Our improved beta testing features help you gather more feedback and fix issues. Store Listing Experiments let you run A/B tests on your app's Play Store listing. Universal App Campaigns and the User Acquisition performance report help you grow your audience and better understand your marketing.

Starting today, you can now generate and distribute promo codes to current and new users on Google Play to drive engagement. Under the Promotions tab in the Developer Console, you can set up promo codes for your apps, games, and in-app products to distribute in your own marketing campaigns (up to 500 codes per app, per quarter). Consider using promo codes to reward loyal users, encourage app reviews, and attract new customers.

How to use promo codes

  1. Choose your app in the Developer Console.
  2. Under the Promotions tab choose Add new promotion.
  3. Review and accept the additional terms of service if you haven't run a promotion before.
  4. Choose from the options available, then generate and download your promo codes.
  5. Distribute your promo codes via your marketing channels such as social networks, in email, on the web, to your app's beta testers, or in your app or game itself.
  6. Users can redeem your promo codes in a number of ways, including:
  1. From Google Play, using the Redeem menu option.
  2. From your app. They'll be directed to the Play checkout flow before being redirected back to your app.
  3. By following a link that embeds the promo code (see tips below).

For more details about running a promotion for your app or game, read this article on the Google Play Developer Help Center.

Tips for making the most of promo codes

Some things to keep in mind when running a successful promotion:

  • There's a limit of 500 promo codes per app every quarter.
  • You can embed your code in a URL so that users don't have to enter it themselves (for example, if you're sending your codes in an email). You can use the URL: http://ift.tt/235HeYH} (where {CODE} is a generated promo code).
  • To use promo codes for in-app products, you should implement In-app Promotions in your app. Note that promo codes can't be used for subscriptions.
  • Review and adhere to the Promotional Code Terms Of Service.

We hope you find interesting ways to use promo codes to find new users and engage existing fans. To learn more about the many tools and best practices you can use to grow your business on Google Play, download our new developer playbook, "The Secrets to App Success on Google Play".

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