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Google Streamlines Play Games API: Allows Automatic Sign-In And Only Shows A Prompt When Google+ Access Is Requested

Posted: 24 Jan 2016 09:18 AM PST


If you're an avid gamer on Android, get ready to see quite a bit fewer of those pesky Google+ sign-in prompts. Google is rearranging things a bit in the Games API to cut back on permission dialogs and authorization requests so users have an easier time getting straight into the action. The changes should also allow game developers to take advantage of Google's Games API and services like cloud sync without asking users to trust them with account details and potentially sensitive information.

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Google Streamlines Play Games API: Allows Automatic Sign-In And Only Shows A Prompt When Google+ Access Is Requested was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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LG G5 Prototype Leaked

Posted: 23 Jan 2016 08:23 PM PST


We're less than a month away from the start of the annual Mobile World Congress, which is when LG is confirmed to be revealing their next flagship smartphone the LG G5.


According to Droid Life, they've received a purported LG phone in a protective shell showing off some of the features of the phone. First off, the rear of the phone confirms the camera module design and the fingerprint sensor placement as well. As for the side, we can see the SIM card tray and the opposite side contains the volume buttons.


And now for the first time, we can clearly see the bottom of the phone which features a microphone, a USB Type C connector and a speaker.

This will be the fourth mass produced phone featuring a USB Type C connector, after the OnePlus 2, Nexus 5X, 6P.


The post LG G5 Prototype Leaked appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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These photos might be our first real look at the LG G5

Posted: 23 Jan 2016 07:07 PM PST

2016 is upon us and with the new year comes a rumor mill intent upon churning out plenty of reports regarding upcoming flagships. One of those hotly-anticipated flagships is the LG G5, which has been the subject of many rumors lately. Now, we may be getting our first good look at the LG G5. It's a bit unclear if this is the G5, as the phone is camouflaged by a dummy box, but there are some signs indicating that it may be a prototype model.

As you can see, the device in question features dual cameras on the rear, matching up with previous reports claiming 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensors. We can also see a fingerprint reader (and likely power button) beneath the camera, again matching up with previous rumors and fitting in with the mock-ups that CNET created. Those mock-ups were done after CNET reportedly got a look at a prototype model and found that the device has a removable battery that slides in and out with the bottom of the device.

You may also notice that the volume rocker has been moved from the rear of the device to the left side. On the right side, you'll find a spot for SIM and microSD cards. Moving around to the bottom, we can see a microphone, speaker and a USB-C charging port.

Again, it's hard to tell for sure if this is an early prototype of the LG G5, but it does pique our interest with the way that it matches up to other rumors. As it currently stands, we'll have to keep our eyes peeled for more reports and images to get a better idea of just what the LG G5 will look like.

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Best Buy giving away Samsung Gear VR this weekend with compatible Galaxy phones

Posted: 23 Jan 2016 05:52 PM PST

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge may not be far off, but if you are more interested in VR than the next generation of Galaxy devices this deal may be enough to sway you.

This weekend if you buy a Samsung Galaxy smartphone that is compatible with the Gear VR (that would be the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ or Note5) a free Gear VR will automatically be added to your order.

While it may not hold up to the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Playstation VR, the Gear VR is considerably cheaper and in this case won't cost you a dime. There are some amazing experiences to be had with Gear VR and it does have one up on all of those higher powered VR rigs in that it is completely wireless.

Now I wouldn't recommend going out and buying a Galaxy smartphone just to get the free Gear VR, it is only $99 after all, but if you were considering the purchase this is certainly a nice incentive to close the deal.

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Latest rumor has Galaxy S7 slated for a March 11 release in the U.S.

Posted: 23 Jan 2016 05:52 PM PST

Not a tremendous amount to go on here, but according to Evan Blass, a.k.a. @evleaks, the Galaxy S7 and presumably the Galaxy S7 edge will be arriving stateside March 11th.

This would be almost exactly one month ahead of the release of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge last year, but would align well for an announcement of the smartphones at Mobile World Congress at the end of February. We haven't seen anything from Samsung on an Unpacked event for MWC this year, but they often wait until early February to send out invitations.

We have covered the rumored specs on these devices a few times now, but here's a quick refresher on the latest. The screens of course are the big point of differentiation between the two with a 5.1-inch flat screen on the S7 and a 5.5-inch curved display for the edge. Battery capacity will also differ between the two with 3000 mAh for the S7 and 3600 in the larger S7 edge.

The rest of the specs should match up for both phones:

  • Samsung Exynos 8 8890 overseas and Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 in the U.S.
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB ROM
  • 12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture

We'll be there at MWC next month assuming that is where Samsung decides to take the wraps off the newest Galaxy devices.

Have any of you been holding out for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge? Is there anything in particular you are hoping to see out of them before you pull the trigger?

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