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Lenovo is ditching the Motorola name, new products will be Moto

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 03:13 PM PST

A fateful day has arrived in mobile history, because Lenovo has announced that it will be will be phasing out the Motorola brand name later this year. Lenovo purchased Motorola Mobility for nearly $3 billion in 2014, but has continued to let the company function much the same under the new ownership. But as 2016 goes on, Lenovo will begin to drop the Motorola name from new devices.

Rather than using the Motorola name, the Lenovo and Motorola brands will be unified under the Lenovo name. Phones that come from the Motorola branch of the company will now be a part of the Moto line, as using the name that has garnered a strong reputation among enthusiasts. Thus, a new phone in 2016 would theoretically be named the Lenovo Moto X. The new Moto line will sit alongside of Lenovo's existing Vibe line, which is currently not offered in the US.

The Motorola name won't be completely forgotten, though, as there will still be a Motorola corporate division within Lenovo. But the name switch for devices allows Lenovo to expand its own brand in the US and other countries where Motorola has historically had a stronger foothold. Lenovo has also said that it will retain the iconic "M" logo for use on devices in the Moto line, though said devices will also feature the Lenovo logo.


Motorola is a brand that's garnered a tremendous reputation in the mobile industry. It's known for being one of the first mobile phone companies, particularly famous for the wildly popular Motorola Razr, which revolutionized the cell phone market in the mid-2000s. The name dropping from future products has great significance, especially in light of Motorola's drop in prominence in the smartphone market. While the company's devices are highly respected, the brand has been overshadowed by giants like Samsung and Apple.

Lenovo's push to unify the brands is smart, as the company simply doesn't carry a reputation for mobile products in the US. Utilizing the Moto line will help to change that and pave the way for Lenovo to introduce its own lines into the US. Motorola COO Rick Osterloh stated that Lenovo has plans to bring its Vibe line to the US, though the introduction likely won't take place until 2017, allowing the company time to establish a name with the Moto line. The Vibe line focuses on unique devices as well as several extreme budget devices.

Say goodbye to Motorola. Say hello to Lenovo.

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Video: Huawei Mate 8 unboxing and hands-on

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 02:14 PM PST

Announced this week during CES 2016 in Las Vegas, the Huawei Mate 8 is the latest flagship smartphone from Huawei. The device is running Android 6.0 with a 6-inch 1080p display, 2.3GHz Kirin 950 octa-core processor, 16-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, an 8-megapixel front camera, a fingerprint scanner, and a beefy 4,000 mAh battery. As you can imagine, the 6-inch display on the Mate 8 makes the phone quite big, but Huawei has done a great job of trimming the bezels all around, making this phone smaller than most other 6-inch devices that are currently on the market.

The combination of the phone's Kirin processor, 1080p display and 4GB of RAM make the Mate 8 incredibly fast. The 4,000mAh battery inside the device should allow some to get two full days of battery life out of it and Huawei's quick charge technology should allow you to get a day's worth of usage with only a 30 minute charge. The 32GB model with 3GB of RAM will be heading to Europe for 599 Euros while the 64GB model with 4GB of RAM will be selling for 599 Euros.


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Moto 360 Sport finally available for purchase

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 01:43 PM PST

Quite a few people have been patiently waiting for the Moto 360 Sport to launch. It was a disappointment when it was nowhere in sight during the launch of the Moto 360 2015, but it's finally here. Motorola has put up the fitness oriented Moto 360 Sport for sale!

The device differs from its classier brother by including a silicone strap with ventilation channels for sweat resistance and comfort. It also features a hybrid "Motorola AnyLight" display, which looks like a regular LCD indoors but reflects sunlight when outdoors for better visibility. It also features built-in GPS, which is a big deal for fitness.

The watch is currently available in black, white, and orange for a price of $299.99 from Motorola. For those of you waiting for it, hit the source link to buy it now!

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Top 10 new Android games this week: Worms 4, Jump Warrior

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 01:43 PM PST

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.


DescriptionJoin the battle! Recruit your team of heroes, lead powerful attacks, and defeat the evil minions of Queen Amethyst in this addictive and free to play 3D action RPG! The dreaded Queen has awoken and with her, the foul creatures that lie beneath the peaceful land of FellCrest. But all is not lost!


Atlantic Fleet Lite

Description:  No Ads. No In Apps. No Pay-to-Progress. When you buy the full version: One Price = Full Game. Play the first 10 levels of both the Allied and Axis campaigns, 3 on 3 single battles with ships up to the Light Cruiser Class, 3 historical battles and the opening months of the dynamic campaign.


Worms 4

DescriptionSynchronous 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. Streamlined menu systems to get you into game with a minimum of fuss. 


Defenders 2

DescriptionMeet the latest game in the legendary Prime Word: Defenders series, a unique combination of the Tower Defense and Collectible Card Game genres with more than 5 million players around the globe! Enter a mysterious land stricken by a vast cataclysm and now thriving with powerful artifacts and immense treasures guarded by furious monsters. Build up your defenses and brace for the assault!


The Talos Principle

DescriptionThe 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).


Swap (Free)

Description: From the winners of VIOPE GAME PROGRAMMING CONTEST 2012, comes this addictive, fast-paced, never ending game. Rumours abound that there are many valuable stars to be found in space! Help Squiggle and Butten on their journey to collect as many stars as possible. Guide Squiggle and Butten by matching them to the correct colours of the stars, while avoiding obstacles! 


Kings Kollege: Fillz

DescriptionSelect tiles and drag and drop them to the highlighted target cells. You can select multiple adjacent tiles and move them together in their original positions.


Jump Warrior

Description Jump Warrior is a new type of one tap RPG for everyone. In this simple yet addictive game, your goal is to jump the warrior to the right direction with right amount of force, aiming to the monsters and trying to kill them all. Are you sure you can make a right jump?


Tap My Katamari

DescriptionRoll your Katamari ball from a tiny speck to a massive, unstoppable GIANT! 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!


Don't Screw Up!

DescriptionWARNING: This game could insult your intelligence, providing you have some. Want to play nasty or want to play nice? It's your choice. I'm just the moderator, a real sweet-pea, an occasionally cranky game-minder, a vicious, teeth-baring attack-dog… neatly rolled into one.


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BLU Products announces the Vivo 5 and Vivo XL at CES

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 01:43 PM PST

BLU Products has taken some time at CES 2016 to announce two new devices, the Vivo 5 and the Vivo XL. We'll dive right into with the Vivo 5, which features a 5.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage plus a microSD card slot, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3150mAh battery. All of that is encased within a slim metal unibody that's just 6.9mm thick. The Vivo 5 will be available in two color choices of Chic Gold and Liquid Silver.

The Vivo XL is the slightly lower-specced relative of the Vivo 5. BLU has outfitted the Vivo XL with a 5.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage plus a microSD card slot, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and the same 3150mAh battery. The Vivo XL features a plastic build that clocks in at 7.5mm thick, which is still quite thin. The Vivo XL also features more color choices of Solid Gold, Chrome Silver, Midnight Blue and Liquid Pink.

Disappointingly, both the Vivo 5 and Vivo XL will launch with Android 5.1 Lollipop, placing them behind the times with software. Fortunately, BLU has stated that updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be available for both devices, hopefully from the launch.

And even if you are worried about the software, you'll likely be able to overlook it when you see the pricing. The BLU Vivo 5 will be priced at $199 and is launching in February. The BLU Vivo XL is priced even lower at $149 and is coming sooner, arriving later this month. Both phones will be available for purchase through Amazon and BestBuy.com.

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Bluetooth luggage lock will keep the TSA out of your pants

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 12:29 PM PST

Dog-and-Bone-LockSmart-Travel-CES-2016We can officially add luggage locks to the list of things we kind of never expected to get smart versions. Case and lock maker Dog & Bone is bringing out a keyless, TSA-approved, Bluetooth travel padlock that's designed to keep unwanted people from getting their dirty hands on your underwear and hoard of duty-free booze.

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Get your Moto 360 Sport watch now for $300

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 11:29 AM PST

Smart and robust. Photo: MotorolaMotorola's new Moto 360 Sport, the rugged alternative to Moto 360 for the sporty, is finally available to purchase from the company's online store. The new wearable has exactly the same internals as the 42mm Moto 360 (second-generation), but it swaps the stainless steel and leather for a robust plastic and silicone form factor that's better

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Sanebox saves you from email insanity, and it’s free for 3 months [Deal]

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 10:59 AM PST

3a6786652a1e991f5ef2b1dd834e6f93db66f7b0_main_hero_imageNeed some order for your inbox? If you've been overrun by spam and you're missing important messages that actually matter, it's time to do something about it. Get Sanebox and save yourself from email insanity, and for the first three months, pay nothing at all! This cloud-based tool automatically filters your email with algorithms that

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BlackBerry Priv to get Marshmallow by the end of this quarter

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 09:59 AM PST

Marshmallow is on its way to Priv. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidBlackBerry will deliver its Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Priv by the end of this quarter, the company confirmed at CES 2016 in Las Vegas this week. Users will likely have to wait another couple of months for it, but it is on the way! When BlackBerry launched Priv last November, it came with Android

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No Marshmallow For The Priv In The Immediate Future

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 08:44 AM PST

Android Marshmallow


Although Blackberry has done a good job keeping up with their security updates on their Andorid powered Priv, things might not be so speedy when it comes to their larger software updates.  During a presentation at CES, Blackberry Executive Ron Louks stated that news regarding the Marshmallow update for the Priv would be revealed sometime in the Q1.  However, he wouldn't provide any specific details which, to me, means the news probably won't hit till later in Q1.

While Blackberry isn't super far behind right now, many of the other major manufacturers are beginning to roll out their Marshmallow updates (or will begin shortly) so Blackberry could really start falling behind really quickly here.


No Marshmallow For The Priv In The Immediate Future is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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HTC One M9 Android 6.0 update available in Taiwan

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 08:43 AM PST

HTC is slowly delivering on its promise of rolling out Android 6.0 to its phones. Earlier today, HTC One M9 owners in Taiwan started receiving notifications to download the Android Marshmallow build for their phones. Updating the HTC One M9 to Android 6.0 requires the installation of two separate update files. The first is only 65MB, while the second (which is the actual Android M update) is a whopping 1.38GB. Downloading and installing the two updates will take nearly an hour, so we recommend you have a stable WiFi connection and at least a 50% battery charge before getting started.

If you have not seen the update notification on your HTC One M9 in Taiwan, you can go to Settings > About > Software Updates > Check now to manually ping HTC's update server.

There are not a lot of cosmetic differences between Android Lollipop and Marshmallow, but HTC One M9 users will now have access to Google Now on Tap, Android Doze and Adaptive Storage which allows you to incorporate your microSD card into the phone's system storage.

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HTC answers rose gold iPhone 6s with pink One A9

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 07:59 AM PST

HTC's One A9 is pretty in pink. Photo: HTCHTC's iPhone clone was missing one thing when it made its debut last October: a pink paint job. Now it's gone one, giving Android fans a near-identical alternative to the rose gold iPhone 6s. HTC's flagships always get a lot of press, but in recent years, it's been for the wrong reasons. The One M9 introduced

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Razer’s first smartwatch isn’t quite as smart as it could be

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 07:59 AM PST

Not exactly a smartwatch, although it's definitely rugged. Photo: NabuRazer may be best known for its gaming accessories, but the company just launched its latest creation: an activity-tracking, notification-giving Nabu Watch, which works with both Android and iPhone. Just don't call it a smartwatch! Why not? Because despite its activity tracking sensors, sleep sensing, smartphone notifications, and the same shake-to-share feature that Razer's previous

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LG LG K7 heading to T-Mobile and MetroPCS

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 03:43 AM PST

Announced two days ago at CES, the new LG K7 will soon be available in the US from T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The launch date and price of the phone have not been shared yet, but the LG K7 will definitely be on the cheap side.

The LG K7 is the low-end K-series phone, equipped with a 5.0-inch FWVGA display, 1.1GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 2,125mAh battery and LTE connectivity. That being said, the phone does sport a handful of "premium" design features which include 2.5D Arc Glass, curved edges, a woven pattern polycarbonate back panel and rear mounted power and volume buttons.

If you're hoping for more a more exciting Android phone announcement from LG, you'll likely have to wait until Mobile World Congress at the end of February.

LG K7 Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.0-inch FWVGA In-cell Touch (LTE) / On-cell Touch (3G)
  • Chipset: 1.1GHz Quad-Core
  • Camera: Rear 8MP or 5MP / Front 5MP
  • Memory: RAM: 1.5GB
  • ROM: 16GB
  • Battery: 2,125mAh
  • Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Size: 143.6 x 72.5 x 8.9mm
  • Colors: Titan / White / Black / Gold
  • Others: 2.5D Arc Glass / Gesture Shot / Gesture Interval Shot / Tap and Shot

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R.I.P. BB10: BlackBerry is fully committed to Android in 2016

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 03:29 AM PST

Priv won't be the last BlackBerry powered by Android. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidBlackBerry has confirmed that all of the handsets it releases in 2016 will run Android. The Canadian company has all but given up on its own BlackBerry 10 operating system following the release of Priv, its first Android-powered smartphone, late last year. It's still unclear exactly how successful Priv has been so far, but some

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HTC expands the One A9′s color range with new pink model

Posted: 07 Jan 2016 03:13 AM PST

HTC hasn't said if sales of the HTC One A9 are meeting its expectations, but the company has decided to add a pink version of the phone to its lineup. The pink HTC One A9 will join the other Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold and Deep Garnet color options, but you'll only be able to find it in Taiwan. In HTC's home country, the 16GB HTC One A9 is priced at NT$14,900 ($450 USD) while the 32GB model sells for NT$15,900 ($480 USD). That price is roughly 10% cheaper than what the phone goes for in the US and nearly 25% less than what it sells for across Europe.

We're sure there are a lot of factors that are considered when deciding the price of a phone for different markets, but we have a hard time seeing why the mid-range HTC One A9 carries a higher price tag than the flagship HTC One M9 in Europe.



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Shaw’s FreeRange TV App Brings TV Into The Palm Of Your Hand

Posted: 06 Jan 2016 09:44 PM PST

Shaw FreeRange Tv

If you happen to be a Shaw customer like myself, then there's a great new app you've got to download!  Shaw just release their new FreeRange TV app to both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store allowing you to watch TV anytime, anywhere.

In terms of content, the app offers live TV, on demand titles and even download-to-go content!  I've been giving the app a whirl today and I have to say I'm quite impressed.  The layout is simple and the available content is great!

While the pessimists out there may simply shrug off this news with words like "it's about time," I'm just happy to have another avenue to enjoy some quality content.

[Shaw / Play Store]

Shaw's FreeRange TV App Brings TV Into The Palm Of Your Hand is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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BlackBerry May Release Two Android Phones This Year

Posted: 06 Jan 2016 09:44 PM PST


BlackBerry's first Android phone, the Priv, was released late last year and since then it has been doing quite well in terms of sales.

According to BlackBerry CEO John Chen, the sales for the Priv have been "so far, so good…" and that "I'm taking a cautiously optimistic view.". Because of the success of the Priv, the company will plan on releasing one or even two Android-powered BlackBerry phones this year. The form factor and release dates for them are obviously unknown but it's good to hear nonetheless.

All this news comes after his plans to expand the sale of the Priv to more US carriers.


BlackBerry May Release Two Android Phones This Year is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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[Update: Game Is Live] NVIDIA'S SHIELD Android TV Will (Finally!) Get Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance On January 7th, Marshmallow Update Sometime Later

Posted: 06 Jan 2016 09:39 PM PST

  • And here it is: Metal Gear Rising Revengeance is now live on the Play Store. It's exclusive to the SHIELD TV and the price is $15, not unreasonable for a

ss_b4578e583446d22036f7c99c04a1a98f876e3180.1920x1080The SHIELD TV, easily the best Android TV device available (in an admittedly very short field), will be upgraded to Android Marshmallow at some point. That was never really in question; NVIDIA has been quite good about upgrading software for its first-party Android devices, usually in a timely manner.

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Blackberry Priv Getting Security Update

Posted: 06 Jan 2016 09:29 PM PST

Blackberry Priv

As Blackberry dipped their toes into the Android pool they sought to distinguish themselves from the pack by promising increased security and privacy on their device, the Priv.  Well it looks like they're staying true to their word as their January security update is ready to go!

I imagine that this security update will patch up the same issues that Google's recently released update patched up.  That means some pretty severe issues will no longer be a problem thanks to the quick and speedy work of both Google and Blackberry.

As always, if you haven't received the update yet, be sure to jump into your setting and do a manual check.  While I'm still not completely sold on Blackberry's take on Android, I at least appreciate that they're staying on top of these security issues.

Thanks to those who let me know!

Blackberry Priv Getting Security Update is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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Security Update Rolling Out To Nexus’

Posted: 06 Jan 2016 09:29 PM PST

Nexus 5X and 6P


There have been a good handful of security issues with Android over the past few months (some of them more severe then others) so many manufacturers issued verbal commitments to keep their devices as secure as possible with monthly security updates.  Google, as you'd expect, has been leading the charge (well before the fear mongering began that really escalated these issues) and they are ready to go with their first security update of 2016.

In total, the update patches up 12 different security issues, 5 of which they deemed as critical.  The most extreme of these issues could have allowed "remote code execution on an affected device through multiple methods such as email, web browsing, and MMS when processing media files."  Thankfully all is patched up and the updates are rolling out.

My Nexus 6P just got the update today so I'm sure other Nexus' should be getting it soon enough.  If you haven't already received a notification, you can always jump into your settings and do a manual check.


Security Update Rolling Out To Nexus' is a post from: Android in Canada Blog

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BlackBerry Priv officially coming to Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon

Posted: 06 Jan 2016 04:13 PM PST

You've been able to pony up $699 for the BlackBerry Priv unlocked and direct from BlackBerry since November, but if you wanted to get the Priv with a carrier payment plan, your only choice has been AT&T. That'll change soon.

BlackBerry confirmed today that the Priv will be sold by Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon in the US. T-Mobile will begin sales on January 26, but neither Sprint nor Verizon have announced their launch plans quite yet. There's also no word on how much any of these three carriers plan to ask for BlackBerry's Android-powered slider.

Things have been a bit rocky for BlackBerry lately, but the Priv could help improve the situation there if it sells well. Whether or not that'll happen remains to be seen, but the Priv's chances of success will be greatly increased once it's available on all four US carriers because it means that the major of US consumers will be able to get the device on a contract or payment plan, which is how most folks buy their phones.

Now that BlackBerry Priv's availability will soon be greatly expanded, we've got one more question for BlackBerry: Where's Marshmallow?

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