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Pocket Is Preparing To Roll Sponsored Content Out To Non-Premium Users

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 02:28 PM PST

nexusae0_pocket_thumb.pngEver since Pocket replaced ye olde Read it Later app, it has offered a great experience for saving and reading articles. It's been free and without ads this whole time, but that's about to change. The pocket blog reports that sponsored content (i.e. ads) will start appearing in reading lists soon.

The first thing to know is this only applies to free users of Pocket. If you have a $5 monthly premium subscription, you can continue to enjoy Pocket without sponsored posts.

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Pocket Is Preparing To Roll Sponsored Content Out To Non-Premium Users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Spotify Is Moving Its Infrastructure To Google's Cloud Services

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 01:57 PM PST

Spotify

Spotify is moving, sort of. Until now, the company has maintained its own data servers, leasing space near listeners so that it can stream music as quickly as desired. Now the company is saying goodbye to that approach and saying hello to the Google Cloud Platform.

Spotify views this as an opportunity to cut costs and save effort. Google's data platform lets the music streaming company focus on what it likes doing and leaving the boring system administration to someone else's engineers.

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Spotify Is Moving Its Infrastructure To Google's Cloud Services was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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LG G5 pre-orders will start March 18th at Best Buy

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 01:00 PM PST

There were plenty of new smartphones announced at Mobile World Congress, but if like Nick you found the LG G5 the most intriguing, circle March 18th on your calendar and have your pre-order fingers ready.

Best Buy has announced that March 18th will be the day that they flip the switch on pre-orders. There's no word at the moment on whether there will be any extras tossed in with LG G5 pre-orders, but given that the Galaxy S7 includes a free Gear VR, it would be surprising if LG didn't try to do something for loyal fans.

Are any of you planning on pre-ordering the LG G5? Did the modular design win you over as it did for Nick?


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iPhone’s perfect ports don’t make up for all the missing features

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 12:40 PM PST

Give me a Galaxy S7 over an iPhone 6s... please!. Photo: SamsungSamsung is under fire again from iPhone fans for its apparent lack of attention to detail when designing the new Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Apparently, the fact that the ports don't line up on the bottom of these devices automatically means they're not as good as Apple's. But it's total rubbish. The smartphone market has

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Google And Lenovo Take Over Barcelona Museum To Demo Project Tango

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 12:34 PM PST

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Google has been fiddling around with Project Tango for a few years, but there have yet to be any consumer devices. That's expected to change this summer when Lenovo releases a Tango phone, which it previously announced at CES. Now, Google and Lenovo have set up shop in a Barcelona museum to show what Tango can do for you.

The video above gives us a glimpse of what will be possible with Tango in the future, including integration with Glympse (the app).

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Google And Lenovo Take Over Barcelona Museum To Demo Project Tango was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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T-Mobile Unboxes The New Galaxy S7 Underwater!

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 11:26 AM PST

One of the big re-additions to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge is its IP68 rating.  In plain English, that means your device can be submerged up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.  Wanting to flaunt that feature, T-Mobile did a underwater unboxing for the upcoming Galaxy S7.

While this is a fun video and all and the device is technically capable of being submerged, it's not a practice I would recommend on a regular basis.  Technology and liquid just aren't the best of friends.  Sure they can come together every now and then without causing a fritz but the more you keep them apart, the better.

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NVIDIA Shield Android TV Getting Its Marshmallow Update

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 10:53 AM PST

NVIDIA's got another update rolling out today, this time for their Shield Android TV.  The update brings the Android TV unit up to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and of course brings with it new features such as the ability to use external storage as encrypted internal storage.  Definitely a handy feature as the Shield Android TV only packs 16GB of built in internal storage.

For a full log of new features and changes, hit the link below.

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Sony Has Unveiled A Trio Of Devices As Part Of Their New “X” Line

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 10:37 AM PST

Xperia X Line

Sony hasn't been fairing too well in the mobile realm over the last little while but they're hoping their new X Line of devices will help turn things around.  The X Line currently includes a trio of devices ranging from a low end device to a flagship calibre smartphone.  Here are the specs of each:

Sony Xperia XA

  • 5″ 720p Display
  • Mediatek MT67555 Octo-Core Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • microSD Card Slot
  • 13MP Camera
  • 8MP Front Facing Camera
  • 2300 mAh Battery
  • Colours: White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold, Rose Gold

Sony Xperia X

  • 5″ 1080p Display
  • Snapdragon 650 Processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • microSD Card Slot
  • 23MP Camera
  • 13MP Front Facing Camera
  • 2620 mAh Battery
  • Colours: White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold, Rose Gold

Sony Xperia X Performance

  • 5″ 1080p Display
  • Snapdragon 820 Processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • microSD Card Slot
  • 23MP Camera
  • 13MP Front Facing Camera
  • 2700 mAh Battery
  • Colours: White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold, Rose Gold

Pretty decent specs across the board but pricing will definitely determine their value, particularly the lower end Xperi XA and Xperia X as the low and mid level market is very competitive.

In terms of design, all three devices share a lot in common.  While they're all still distinctly Sony, they do differ from the Z line with a new curved front glass panel that seamlessly flows into the curved frame.  They will all come in four colour options as well, White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold.  All in all some pretty good looking devices in my opinion.

Sony also promises 2-day battery life for all three devices and given how the Z series has performed on this front, it should be doable.  The Xperia X and Xperia X Performance also got some major attention in the camera department as they will be using the same sensor found on the Z5 line.  With the addition of Sony's new Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, a technology developed in collaboration with Sony's ?TM camera engineers, blurry shots should be a thing of the past!

While I'm not positive all three devices will make it to Canada, the fact that Sony sent press releases through Canadian agencies and sent out invites to Canadian tech blogs to watch the event makes me think that we'll get treated to at least one of these new devices.

What I'm really interested to know now though is what will become of the Z line.  I'm not sure that Sony can, or even should, support 2 major line ups.  I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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[International Giveaway] We Have 25 Codes For Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance For SHIELD Android TV To Give Away Courtesy of NVIDIA

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 10:17 AM PST

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When it comes to iconic video games, there are few that stand out more than the Metal Gear series. I was instantly hooked when I first played Metal Gear Solid, and have been a huge fan of the franchise since. While Solid Snake is basically the character who makes the whole thing, I learned to appreciate and even like Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (after my initial irritation that the game wasn't playable as Snake).

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[International Giveaway] We Have 25 Codes For Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance For SHIELD Android TV To Give Away Courtesy of NVIDIA was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Stunning sound, minimalist design with the Outlier wood speaker [Deal]

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 09:50 AM PST

0dad610d4ba6826cbdf170ed792f836bf15ed956_main_hero_imageThe Outlier wireless wood speaker sports a polygonal design crafted with wood that's not only aesthetically pleasing, but audiophile-approved. The Bluetooth range is 50 feet, so you can turn it up to full blast and control your tunes from around the house. It's not just a speaker, it's practically a member of your home. Get

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Microsoft Hub Keyboard Comes To Android With All Things Microsoft In Tow

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 09:30 AM PST

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The keyboards we have on Android are already pretty good at what they do. That's not to say they're perfect, but any new entrant into this market needs to have a good angle. Microsoft's new Android keyboard is here, and it's called Hub. What does Hub do? It's a "hub" (get it?) for all your Office 365 content in keyboard form.

Hub appears to be a pretty straightforward keyboard. It's only tap input—no swiping.

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Microsoft Hub Keyboard Comes To Android With All Things Microsoft In Tow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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VHS Camcorder App Enters The Play Store So You Can Record Crappy Video Like It's The 80s

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 09:30 AM PST

VHSCamcorder

I grew up in the 90s. We recorded home videos using a camcorder, and even looking at the footage on our fat, pre-HD TV, the picture quality left much to be desired.

But now that we have crisp 1080p recordings on flatscreen TVs, iOS users have flocked to the VHS Camcorder app as a way to recreate static-y, warped-looking footage from two or three decades ago.

An alternative Android app has broken 100,000 thousands installs on Google Play.

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VHS Camcorder App Enters The Play Store So You Can Record Crappy Video Like It's The 80s was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony is killing its flagship Xperia Z smartphones

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 08:43 AM PST

Xperia Z will be replaced by Xperia X. Photo: Rajesh Pandey/Cult of AndroidSony's decision to launch a brand new Xperia X smartphone series makes a little more sense today after the company confirmed it is killing off the Xperia Z lineup. The announcement comes just five months after Sony unveiled the Xperia Z5, and just two weeks after it went on sale in the U.S. "A Z6 will

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The LG G5 is the most intriguing device from MWC

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 08:10 AM PST

CES used to be king when it came to device launches. While the annual show in Las Vegas still attracts a huge audience, most of the flagship device launches have departed from the show. Instead, we're seeing many major flagships being launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

2016 is no different, with Samsung, Sony and LG all coming out to announce their latest flagships at the show. While all of them are interesting in their own ways, all of us inevitably come to choose our own personal favorite.

The LG G5 is the most intriguing device from Mobile World Congress.

LG has spent years trying to carve its own niche into the smartphone market. The company has tried numerous different approaches, with some striking gold and others failing to impress. Nonetheless, LG hasn't given up and this year's flagship, the LG G5, shows that the company isn't afraid to separate itself from the pack and try something entirely different.

LG has designed the G5 as a study in conceptual technologies. The G5 differentiates itself primarily in regards to its modular design, making it one of the first phones of its kind. At this early point in the device's life, LG has already shown three uses for the G5′s modular body. Users can swap the battery, add advanced camera controls and a dedicated grip, or give the device a Hi-Fi audio chip.

The bottom of the G5′s metal body functions much like a gun clip, simply sliding out when you press the release mechanism. Users can then slide in a new piece, changing the functionality of the device.

While fully modular phones such as Project Ara are currently being prototyped, the LG G5 brings the concept of modular design into the mainstream market. Modular designs are a relatively new technology, which means that most manufacturers are playing things safe and holding off until they can be assured that modular designs will bring in a profit.

LG, however, isn't afraid of ushering in the new tech. The company is drawing a distinct line of separation between itself and its competitors. It's taking the initiative and trying something new. There's no guarantee that the implementation will be flawless, but the fact that LG is willing to branch out speaks volumes about the company and its forward-thinking approach.

Perhaps the most important feature of the modular design is that LG is essentially taking a new step into future-proofing its devices. It's unclear how many uses are possible for the G5′s modular design, but LG could have more than a few tricks up its sleeve for expanding the phone's future capabilities.

Perhaps most interesting of all is that the modular design is only one part of the G5′s new features. LG is also toying with other concepts such as an always-on display, dual-camera setup and a slew of accessories designed to enhance and improve the capabilities of the LG G5.

In essence, LG is throwing a hodge-podge of new technologies into the LG G5 and its accompanying accessories, testing and experimenting to see what works and what doesn't.

In doing so, LG has created the most intriguing device of Mobile World Congress. The G5 is a compilation of hardware and software that knows no bounds and isn't afraid to step outside of the comfort zone that manufacturers have created. It doesn't aim to appeal to everyone, but instead aims to move the market forward, prompting others to take risks and bring concepts to reality.

In truth, the LG G5 is just what the market needed, and I can't wait to see where it takes us.


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Android makers continue to write off the app drawer

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 07:20 AM PST

HTC is the latest to bid farewell to one of Android's biggest features. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.More evidence of the app drawer's impending elimination with Android N has surfaced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. Just days after LG announced its new G5, which ships without an app drawer by default, HTC has unveiled the One X9 — which follows the same path. Over the weekend, it was reported that

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KENDALL & KYLIE 1.0.2 APK

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 06:32 AM PST

From the same Glu Mobile folks who created one of our favorite games called KIM KARDASHIAN: HOLLYWOOD, a new game with the title KENDALL & KYLIE is now available to download on Google Play Store. As always, we provide you to download the .apk file of this game.

KENDALL & KYLIE apps

KENDALL & KYLIE is a free-to-play Adventure game for mobile. The game features Kendall's and Kylie's characters, voices and some exclusive video content from them as well. Your goal is to become a fashion star. If you are a celebrity apps fan like Kardashian / Jenner, this game is for you. Especially considering it's brand new and freshly developed. You can see they are going to have tons of content. The game itself has a great graphics like in Kim Kardashian's game, cartoonish.

Here's a quick look at the features of the game:
- JOIN KENDALL & KYLIE JENNER as the up-and-coming star of a big new adventure... choose your own path – the story is yours!
- BE YOURSELF, EXPRESS YOURSELF! Create your own character from hundreds of the latest styles, and share customized pics of your digital self.
- CONNECT WITH FRIENDS on your feed, like, share, and help each other succeed.
- YOUR FOLLOWERS ARE WAITING! Start a life in fashion, media, and more... make your mark and increase your online following.

KENDALL & KYLIE is compatible with Android devices running 3.0 or higher. While the game is free to download and play, be aware that it also contains in-game purchases for some extra items.

You can check it out on the Google Play Store now or download KENDALL & KYLIE apk file from the link given below to install it directly on your Android phone or tablet.

KENDALL & KYLIE 1.0.2 APK download

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Download Clash Royale on PC

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 05:32 AM PST

Clash Royal on Android

If you've been addicted to Supercell's popular Clash of Clans game, you'll be happy to learn they have released a new real-time dueling strategy game called Clash Royale. At the time of writing the game is officially only available on iOS and Android in select countries (excluding the U.S.) Here's a hack to get it early... View Article

Download Clash Royale on PC is a post from: AndroidTapp

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Telegram Now Has 100 Million Monthly Active Users And Delivers 15 Billion Daily Messages

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 04:28 AM PST

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Many of those who use Telegram swear by it. Not just because the messenger app is great, but because the developer keeps adding cool and innovative features, expanding to other platforms, and generally outclassing the competition in several areas. But what Telegram lacked so far are active users. It doesn't matter how awesome your messaging client is if no one you know is using it.

But Telegram is catching up to the competition (all of which shall not be named in this article, we're going to honor Telegram here).

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Telegram Now Has 100 Million Monthly Active Users And Delivers 15 Billion Daily Messages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Microsoft Garage Releases Sprightly And Kaizala To The Play Store, Catering To Small Business Owners And Teams

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 02:43 AM PST

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Are Microsoft Garage's resources infinite? I sure think so. The program keeps fostering and releasing new Android apps on the Play Store faster than Kairosoft can pump out simulation games. Sometimes, they're quirky apps that just want to make your mornings worse and other times they're interesting apps that grow to become useful projects like Next Lockscreen and Arrow Launcher. Today's new releases could be either: they're limited in scope but have what is needed to be very useful in their niche.

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WhatsApp Opens An Official Play Store Beta Program

Posted: 23 Feb 2016 02:43 AM PST

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For more than a couple of years, WhatsApp has offered releases of its app on its own website at whatsapp.com/android. Often times, those were small incremental changes over the public version available on the Play Store, but sometimes they had awesome features that were being seeded out as a test, on a limited scale, to those who were willing to live on the bleeding edge. That's how we always got our first hands on whatever new thing WhatsApp was cooking behind the scenes, like voice calling, Material Design, new emojis, Google Drive backup, and more.

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11 New And Notable Android Apps From The Last 2 Weeks (2/10/16 - 2/22/16)

Posted: 22 Feb 2016 05:25 PM PST

roundup_icon_largeWelcome 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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Internet Radio - PlayTime

This week's roundup is brought to you by Playtime Internet Radio from HandyApps.

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The IMDb Material Update (v6.1) Leaves Beta, Now Available To All

Posted: 22 Feb 2016 03:36 PM PST

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IMDb is a very, very popular app with over 50 million downloads on Android. It's a shame, then, that the app has been behind the curve of Android design for so long. After releasing a redesigned beta last month, the updated version is now available in the Play Store for everyone. It finally brings this app into the material age.

The changelog only lists one item—the interface.

  • Material Design updates across the app, including the Action Bar, the Navigation Drawer, and consistent and modern text appearance.
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