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Podcasts coming to Play Music this month according to popular podcast host

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 02:01 PM PST

We've known since October that support for podcasts would be coming to Play Music, but the when has remained a mystery. Today Bill Simmons, host of the popular BS Podcast, took to Twitter to tell fans that the podcast would be available on the new platform when it launches later this month.

FYI - the BS Podcast will be available on Google Play when GP launches its podcast platform later this month.Bill Simmons@BillSimmons

It would seem odd for Simmons to just take a shot in the dark at this timeline for the release of the product, and it stands to reason that Google would have been in communication with some of the top podcasts producers to make sure they have everything in place for the launch.

Lending further credence to this being a case of Simmons accidentally letting slip more than he was supposed to, he has since pulled the tweet without comment.

As a confessed podcast addict, I'm glad to see Google taking its first real steps into the podcasting arena (No, Listen doesn't really count.), but I don't know that I'll be switching over from my now longtime favorite, Pocket Casts.

Do you have a favorite podcast app right now? What would it take to get you to switch to a native Google solution?


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Alphabet announced its Q4 2015 results and became the world’s most valuable public company

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 01:01 PM PST

We all know how large Google is, but the company recently reorganized itself to help ease that burden. Out of the restructuring came Alphabet, a parent company for Google and other companies that were previously under Google's control. We've been waiting to see how the restructuring would affect the company and during yesterday's earnings call, we found out. Alphabet has now become the world's most valuable public company.

After posting a total value of $565 billion, Alphabet surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable public company. In Q4 2015 alone, Alphabet brought in $21.3 billion in revenue, showing how strong the company is. Year-over-year, that's an increase of 18%, though the increase would have been even greater had the US dollar not strengthened in 2015. Nonetheless, Google still posted a net income of $4.9 billion.

Cash and cash equivalents are also up at Google, at $73.07 billion. Last year's Q4 2015 results from Google showed cash and equivalents of $64.4 billion, showing that Google has increased its on-hand cash by nearly $9 billion, giving it more money with which it can invest. In the past, Google hasn't been shy about buying other companies, particularly start-ups that offer innovative ideas. And, of course, we can't forget about Google's previous acquisition of Motorola Mobility, which is the company's largest acquisition to date. Looking to the future, we wouldn't be surprised to see Alphabet using some of that cash to purchase other companies.

For more detailed info, check out Alphabet's full Q4 2015 results at the source link below.


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Samsung’s website confirms the existence of the Galaxy S7 edge

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 12:46 PM PST

Is it just me or is 2016 already flying by? February is already upon us and the rumor mill is continuing to churn even faster as we grow nearer to the launch dates of this year's Android flagships. According to the poll that we ran on Twitter, the most anticipated flagship looks to be Samsung's Galaxy S7, the follow-up to last year's highly praised Galaxy S6. And like its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 looks to be coming in a couple of different variants, one of which has now been inadvertently confirmed by Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge website

Samsung will indeed be creating a Galaxy S7 edge, and it's been confirmed by references to the device on Samsung's own website. The Samsung Developer website has a detailed section regarding the Look SDK for devices with curved edges on the display. In this section, the Galaxy S7 edge is referenced several times by name regarding new and existing functions that are enabled with the Look SDK.

Even though several rumors have pointed to the existence of the Galaxy S7 edge, it's good to see information straight from Samsung that confirms it. While the device won't receive its official announcement until Samsung's event on February 21, we'll continue to keep you posted on further news surrounding the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.


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Marshmallow adoption finally surpasses 1% after four months

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 11:15 AM PST

Where are all the updates?! Photo: GoogleFour months after making its official debut, Android 6.0 Marshmallow has finally been installed on more than 1 percent of compatible devices. Google's latest update is expected to get a boost in the comping months as new devices from Samsung, LG, HTC, and others go on sale — but that figure is pretty depressing at this point.

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Latest Android distribution numbers show Marshmallow finally cresting 1%

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 11:14 AM PST

While it's a much better showing than the 0.2% movement that Marshmallow saw from December to January, the 0.5% rise this month doesn't exactly qualify as explosive growth. With that said, it is important to remember that despite the relatively minuscule percentage, that means that Marshmallow is now on over 12 million Android devices.

While both versions of Lollipop saw a slight increase from last month totaling 1.5%, every version of Android below that decreased at least marginally, showing that everything is moving in the right direction. If we see similar change next month, KitKat may at last be toppled by Lollipop as the reigning named version of Android.

Froyo has dropped to just 0.1%, which leaves open the possibility that it may finally disappear from the list completely before celebrating its 6th birthday in May.

The next couple months should finally see meaningful movement for Marshmallow as the Samsung Galaxy S6 family is due for the upgrade and, of course, we will see multiple flagships announced at Mobile World Congress and hopefully launch with Marshmallow in March and April.


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Greenify v2.8 Is Official After Long Beta, Includes Non-Root Aggressive Doze Mode

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 11:10 AM PST

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The v2.8 update to Greenify has been in testing for a few months, but the final version is rolling out at long last. This app began life as a root utility to forcibly hibernate apps, but it has slowly gained more non-root features. In v2.8, it can supposedly accelerate Marshmallow's Doze mode so it kicks on in just a few minutes. That's just the start; there's plenty more, especially if you're rooted.

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Greenify v2.8 Is Official After Long Beta, Includes Non-Root Aggressive Doze Mode was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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A closer look at the Galaxy S7’s curved glass back

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 10:46 AM PST

Galaxy S7 will be Samsung's curviest smartphone yet. Photo: Jermaine SmitA recent press render leak confirmed the Galaxy S7 series will have a curved glass back, but it won't be the same curved glass back you get with the Galaxy Note 5. According to new design drawings, the Galaxy S7's rear panel will be even more rounded, while its camera hump won't be as pronounced. If

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Amazon Now Local Shopping Deliveries For Bangalore, India Gets A Dedicated Android App

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 10:41 AM PST

amazonnowAmazon has been rolling out Amazon Prime Now, its local service for delivering goods from nearby retailers in hours instead of days, in a few cities in the US. In India there is no Amazon Prime, so the same service is simply referred to as Amazon Now. (Not to be confused with Google Now, which doesn't have anything to do with shopping.) There was already a dedicated app for the American version, but now the Indian model gets one too.

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Amazon Now Local Shopping Deliveries For Bangalore, India Gets A Dedicated Android App was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Get the ultra-stealth Nano Drone half price for a limited time

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 10:28 AM PST

ff4376dc6dcf3f5035b1225aa0f330dd38df4728_main_hero_imageWhy fly solo when you can travel in a pack? This multi-talented Nano Drone has eight frequency points so it won't disturb or crash into its fellow aerial vehicles. It's super sensitive to throttle, aka super fun to fly, and it zips around tight spaces with precision. What's more, it's half price for a limited time

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NVIDIA pulls Android 6.0 update for SHIELD Tablet due to potential WiFi issue

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 10:07 AM PST

I'm sure many of you were pretty excited yesterday to hear that the Android 6.0 update for your beloved SHIELD Tablet was finally going to be hitting your device and delivering all of that Marshmallowy goodness. If you are like me, you probably found yourself checking for the update a few times throughout the day, and at one point I did actually get the notification that the OTA was there, but when I tapped it there was nothing there.

As it turns out, I'm probably lucky that I happened to miss my window of opportunity to download the Android 6.0 update, because some users are reporting that they are completely losing Wi-Fi connectivity following the update. For those of us that have WiFi-only SHIELD Tablets, that falls into what I would call the "catastrophic error" category.

If you never received the update, you are going to need to sit tight and wait for NVIDIA to clear up this matter and roll out a new update. To be clear, this only affects the update for the original SHIELD Tablet; the update for the SHIELD Tablet K1 is problem-free.

If you are one of the unfortunate users that did receive the update and you are experiencing Wi-Fi problems, hit the source link below for some instructions from NVIDIA on troubleshooting the problem.


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Samsung looking to unveil 360-degree camera alongside Galaxy S7

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 09:39 AM PST

Samsung's Project Beyond 360-degree camera made its first appearance in November of 2014 at the company's developer conference. This was following the announcement of Gear VR, but still a month prior to the release of the original "Innovator Edition." The camera was designed stream or record 360-degree 3D footage that could then be viewed by someone with Gear VR.

While the Gear VR saw a consumer launch in November 2015, Project Beyond has stayed behind the scenes. Those that got a chance to test Project Beyond when it was announced indicated that while the experience was impressive, it was lacking in a few areas with a relatively low-resolution capture and no audio.

According to SamMobile, Project Beyond is finally ready to join Gear VR as a consumer product and will be unveiled with the Galaxy S7 at Mobile World Congress later this month as the Gear 360.

The camera is reportedly a standalone device, but will pair with a smartphone over Bluetooth via a Gear 360 Connect app and seemingly requires the smartphone in order to control any of the shooting settings. The video can be streamed directly to a smartphone and, while there is no confirmation that it can stream directly to a smartphone paired with Gear VR, it would certainly stand to reason that this functionality will be included.

There's no word on pricing for the Gear 360, but it's probably safe to say this is going to be an lower entry point for capturing 360 video than the $15,000 GoPro Odyssey VR. Samsung is doing an excellent job capturing this mid-range VR market with performance that dramatically eclipses what is possible with Google Cardboard, but at a price point that is far more palatable than the high-end VR from Oculus, HTC and presumably Playstation.

Assuming these sources are correct, we only have a few weeks to wait until we'll get to see how far Project Beyond has come since November of 2014 and learn if it's a product that deliver useful VR capture to the masses.


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Hero Forces – 3D shooter saves the world from total annihilation

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 09:38 AM PST

Hero Forces - 3D shooter saves the world from total annihilation

Hero Forces is a zombie blaster to play solo or as a team online and real-time. Other gaming modes include playing person vs person, survival and as a campaign. It's an immersive 3D shooter to save this world from total annihilation! Real-time PVP Find online opponents for a quick shooter match in seconds CO-OP with other real... View Article

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Google wants its Nexus phones to be more like the iPhone

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 08:38 AM PST

Google could make its own iPhone rivals. Photo: GoogleGoogle's flagship Nexus 6P delivered significant design improvements last year, putting its hardware on par with the best devices from rival manufacturers. But Google wants the Nexus lineup to be even more like the iPhone. To make that happen, the company will reduce its reliance on third-party manufacturing partners like Huawei and LG and assume greater

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Xiaomi says US Mobile isn’t authorized to sell its devices in the U.S.

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 08:23 AM PST

Well, that was fast. Yesterday some good news floated to the surface of the news cycle, as word arrived that a small carrier in the United States, US Mobile, would apparently be selling Xiaomi and Meizu smartphones. But it was too good to be true.

According to a report published recently by PCMag, US Mobile has been forced to pull its Xiaomi and Meizu devices from its page. US Mobile said that it was authorized to sell the devices stateside because it had strong relationship ties with both companies' distributors. However, Xiaomi isn't too fond of that idea, saying that US Mobile is actually not authorized to sell its devices in the U.S. at all.

In a statement to the publication:

"Recent reports have indicated that Xiaomi products will be available in the U.S. Xiaomi only offers a small selection of accessories for sale in the U.S. through Mi.com," the company said in a statement. "There are no plans to sell smartphones through any authorized distributors in the U.S. US Mobile is not authorized to sell Xiaomi products in the U.S."

T-Mobile itself, which hosts the US Mobile virtual network, isn't a fan of the plan, either. The report reads that after discovering US Mobile's plans, T-Mobile demanded the carrier put the Xiaomi and Meizu phones through extra certification processes.

So, turns out US Mobile isn't authorized to sell the devices after all.


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Google OnHub App Update Finally Allows Device Renaming And Opens Up Guest Wi-Fi

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 08:18 AM PST

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When Ryan reviewed the Google OnHub back in September of last year, one of his major complaints about the router's usage was the inability to rename devices, which created a messed up soup of unnamed and/or vaguely named devices in your list of connected hardware. That's about to change with the new update to Google On, the OnHub's companion Android app, which adds the ability to give custom names to all of your devices so you can tell which Samsung phone is which and what that no-name computer is.

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SoundCloud Introduces Stations For That Endless Listening Experience

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 08:18 AM PST

heroSoundCloud, the free music service particularly favored by independent and grassroots musicians, has finally added 'stations,' a sort of never-ending playlist of related tracks and songs. The feature has been in beta for about a week, and is now hitting the release version of the Android app. While new for SoundCloud, this is something that's been available on most other music streaming services for quite a while. Spotify and Apple Music call it 'radio,' and Play Music has 'instant mixes,' but they are all different names for the same thing.

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Microsoft Health Update Lets You Share Workouts, Track Weight, Read News, Improve Band Battery Life, And More

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 08:18 AM PST

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Microsoft Health is the companion app to Microsoft's activity tracker, which is now on its second iteration, the Microsoft Band 2. An update is rolling out via Google Play that adds quite a few new features for folks who own the device.

Microsoft's online dashboard provides a place for you to create custom workouts. Now you can proceed to share those routines with friends. Microsoft introduced the feature last month on Windows, and now it's making its way to the Android app.

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HTC giving away Jabra Move headphones with HTC One A9, RE Camera at 60% off

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 08:07 AM PST

Another week and another set of "Hot Deals" from HTC. Today only you can score a pair of Jabra Move Bluetooth headphones with the purchase of an HTC One A9.

The Jabra Move retails for $99 and can be found typically for around $85. They are over-ear style Bluetooth headphones with a built-in mic and approximately 8 hours of battery life. They're not top-of-the-line by any means, but if you were eyeing up an HTC One A9 and don't currently have Bluetooth headphones, this is a great place to get started.

If that deal isn't speaking to you, then perhaps tomorrow's offering of 60% off the retail price of the HTC RE Camera will be more appealing. While hopefully no one is making the mistake of paying retail for the RE, if you are looking for a dead simple camera that you can take anywhere and pairs well with your smartphone, the RE Camera at $79.99 is a reasonable deal.

Hit the source link below to check out the deals page on HTC. Again, the HTC One A9 with Jabra Move is live today only, while the RE Camera sale starts tomorrow.


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Samsung website confirms Galaxy S7 edge is coming

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 07:38 AM PST

Samsung confirms S7 edge. Screenshot: SamMobileThanks to leaked press renders, we know exactly what Samsung's going to announce at its Unpacked event on February 21. But just in case you had any doubts the Galaxy S7 would get a curvy sibling, Samsung has confirmed it early on its very own website. Pictured alongside the regular Galaxy S7 in the Samsung marketing

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Digitally Imported Radio Optimizes Its Interface For Tablets And Landscape Orientation

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 06:33 AM PST

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If you want to stream electronic music, Digitally Imported (di.fm) is one of the best sources you can turn to. The service's Android app, Digitally Imported Radio also does it justice on mobile thanks to wide channel support, a great and updated interface, and frequent changes to implement new features like casting support. The app, however, lacked one option when it was redesigned in June of last year: landscape support.

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Digitally Imported Radio Optimizes Its Interface For Tablets And Landscape Orientation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Deal Alert] Thomas Was Alone Is Down To $0.20 In Many Countries ($0.99 Globally)

Posted: 02 Feb 2016 02:33 AM PST

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Thomas Was Alone isn't your typical platformer. The game immerses you in its world and forges an emotional bond between you and a rectangle. Yes, a rectangle. As you take charge of the different colorful geometric shapes inside the game, you embark on a journey through more than 100 levels (with 20 levels from the Benjamin's Flight expansion) that's beautifully narrated and deeply sentimental.

When Thomas Was Alone first launched on Android in 2014, it cost about $3.99, but the game has had its price dip on and off since then.

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[Deal Alert] Thomas Was Alone Is Down To $0.20 In Many Countries ($0.99 Globally) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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24 New And Notable (And 1 WTF) Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (1/19/16 - 2/1/16)

Posted: 01 Feb 2016 06:48 PM PST

nexus2cee_gamethumbWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Crashlands

Android Police coverage: Crashlands From Butterscotch Shenanigans Crash Lands Onto Android, Steam, and iOS Today

Crashlands is technically an RPG, but that's selling it a little short.

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WhatsApp, Gmail both hit huge active user milestone

Posted: 01 Feb 2016 04:06 PM PST

WhatsApp and Gmail had a big day today. Photo: Jay Wennington/UnsplashIf you think everyone and their sister has a Gmail account or uses WhatsApp these days, you wouldn't be too far off. Both tech giants, one a messaging app, the other an email service, have hit some serious milestones today. Alphabet-owned Google, the makers of Gmail, confirmed in its financial report that there are over

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