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AT&T rolling Marshmallow out to LG G4

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 03:13 PM PST

If you're the owner of an AT&T LG G4, you're in luck. Hot on the heels of T-Mobile rolling the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to its G4, AT&T is now doing the same. The changelog simply states that the upgrade will bring you to Android 6.0 and add video calling, though the changes in Marshmallow alone are worthy of the upgrade.

The update is to build number MRA58K and will eat 971MB of data, but it seems AT&T requires WiFi to download it anyway. It won't roll out to everyone at once, so if you don't get it immediately, be patient and check back every once in a while for your fair share of the Marshmallow goodness.


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Amazon begins selling Moto G and Moto G Turbo Edition in India

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 02:36 PM PST

The Moto G is a fantastic budget smartphone, so why not sell it in a country where budget smartphones are extremely popular? The device has been available in India for quite a while, but now Amazon has begun offering it there, too.

The Moto G runs INR 10,999, which is around $162 USD, and the Moto G Turbo Edition runs INR 12,499, or around $184 USD. The fact that they're available on Amazon will make it easier for people to purchase the budget phone, since Amazon is a great service. This may not be big for everyone, but it's good news for those in India.


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Square Enix sneaks Final Fantasy IX on to mobile

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 02:36 PM PST

Final Fantasy IX is now on Google Play and the App Store.Final Fantasy VII may be a touchstone for thousands of gamers, but Final Fantasy IX is no slouch either, and it's coming to your mobile phone today for 20 percent off. Originally developed at the same time as it's predecessor (Final Fantasy VIII), FFIX took a more traditional approach to the role-playing game format, with

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Galaxy S7 to get official keyboard case, battery pack, wallet cover

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 11:04 AM PST

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge... coming soon! Photo: SamsungSamsung's catalog of official accessories is going to get even bigger for the Galaxy S7 series, according to a new leak. In addition to existing favorites like the S View Cover and Clearview Case, Samsung will also introduce a keyboard case, battery pack, and more. Samsung already offers a keyboard case, but it's only compatible

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Beyond Ink Pen is a stylus, pen, USB drive, charger and more! [Deal]

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 11:04 AM PST

cca9dbd3e78bbb355f2a74be3017428216390045_main_hero_imageThe Beyond Ink Pen is a perfectly great writing tool for jotting down notes on paper. But that's not all. Use it as a stylus on your tablet, store data on the built-in USB flash drive, and even charge your phone on it. It's a modern, multi-tasking writing utensil like you've never before seen —

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge will have a 3600mAh battery

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 10:46 AM PST

Battery life is a huge point of contention between customers and smartphone manufacturers. Consumers have cried out, declaring that battery life needs to be improved, while manufacturers are still pursuing the goal of making slimmer and slimmer devices. The result has been a mixed bag, with manufacturers opting for new charging tech rather than increasing battery size.

Fast charging has become far more prevalent and plenty of manufacturers are continuing to offer different power saving options. But even though we charge devices faster and eek a bit more battery life out, the issue remains that most phones can barely make it through a full day on a single charge. As of now, the only real solution looks to be making batteries larger.

According to a new FCC filing, Samsung looks to be doing just that with the upcoming Galaxy S7 edge. The FCC filing for the device points out that it will be fitted with a whopping 3600mAh battery, which is significantly larger than last year's 3000mAh unit. You can compare this new battery to the battery king, the DROID Turbo 2, which utilizes a 3750mAh battery. Unless the device demands extravagant amounts of power, the Galaxy S7 edge could rise to offer some of the best battery life available in a smartphone.


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[Deal Alert] Get The 32GB Nexus 5 For A Mere $139.99 On eBay

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 10:40 AM PST

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The Nexus 5 was a watershed moment for the Nexus program. It was the first device from Google that didn't feel like it was making a extraordinary sacrifices in the name of value or openness. More than two years later, many people are still using the N5 (judging from AP site statistics). If you are not among them, you can pick up the venerable Nexus 5 on eBay today for just $139.99, which seems like a great deal.

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[Deal Alert] Get The 32GB Nexus 5 For A Mere $139.99 On eBay was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google makes it harder for Gmail users to get scammed

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 10:27 AM PST

Gmail is safer than ever. Photo: Jay Wennington/UnsplashIt's Safer Internet Day 2016, and Google just announced two big changes for Gmail that will make it even more secure. Starting this week, the company will make it easier to identify unencrypted and unauthenticated emails to make life even harder for scammers. It's often easy to tell when you've received a scam email — a large

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DotEmu Brings Classic Japanese Action-RPG Ys Chronicles II To Android For $5

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 10:22 AM PST

image (9)Android is having a banner day for classic RPG releases. Almost immediately after Square Enix published Final Fantasy IX to the Play Store, DotEmu has brought the sequel to the original Ys game to the platform. Ys Chronicles I, an updated re-release of Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished: Omen, made its way to Android almost a year ago, and now the sequel Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished: The Final Chapter is also available.

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Firewatch could be the prettiest mystery you play this year

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 09:49 AM PST

Firewatch is already raising the bar for 2016. Photo: Campo SantoIf you've forgotten why it's great to be a gamer, you just have to take one look at Firewatch. The first-person mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness is a visual masterpiece that's being praised by just about everyone — and you can get it today on Mac, PC, Linux, and PlayStation 4. Firewatch takes you back to

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Get a 40% discount on the Nexus 9 and all of HTC’s accessories

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 09:30 AM PST

HTC is hoping your significant other is in the mood for a Nexus device this Valentine's Day. The latest HTC Hot Deal offers a 40% discount on the Nexus 9 and even throws in a Logitech keyboard if you opt for the 32GB LTE model. The 40% discount is valid on all of HTC's accessories as well. If a tablet doesn't say "I love you," maybe an HTC DotView case or a Quick Charge 2.0 charger will. If you know someone who loses their phone or their keys on a regular basis, we'd recommend you get them the HTC Fetch.

HTC's 40% discounts are only available in the US and are set to expire at midnight PST. We're interested to see if HTC will also be offering up massive discounts on the HTC One M9 as we get closer to the launch of the rumored HTC One M10.


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Hot android ad blocker beats Google’s ban

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 09:29 AM PST

Samsung's browser with and without Ad Block Fast. GIF: Ad Block FastAdblock Fast, the ad-blocker designed for Samsung's own Android browser, has returned to Google Play less than a week after it was banned. What's more, it now supports even more Samsung devices running Android 4.0 and up. The creators of Adblock Fast partnered with Samsung to take advantage of the new content-blocking API in Samsung

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Final Fantasy IX (The First PlayStation-Era Final Fantasy To Hit Android) Is Now Available On The Play Store For $17

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 09:25 AM PST

ff9The classic Final Fantasy RPG you've been waiting for is finally available on Android! No, not that one. Or that one, or that one either - it's number nine. This morning Square Enix published Final Fantasy IX, which was first released for the PlayStation way back in 2000, on the Play Store. If you have $16.99 to spare (and 4GB of free space on an Android 4.1+ phone or tablet), it can be yours.

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Final Fantasy IX (The First PlayStation-Era Final Fantasy To Hit Android) Is Now Available On The Play Store For $17 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Adblock Fast for Samsung’s browser makes a return to the Play Store after being removed

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 09:11 AM PST

The first day of February saw Samsung announce new content and ad-blocking APIs included within its stock Internet browser Android app, and a launch partner in the app Adblock Fast from developer Rocketship Apps. But just a couple of days later, Google pulled the app from the Play Store, leaving some to scratch their heads in confusion.

Now the app is back, less than a week after it was initially pulled from the Play Store. Rocketship Apps has confirmed that the app is now restored within the digital storefront after the developer appealed Google's decision to remove it in the first place. Google accepted that appeal and now the app is available to download again. The app has been updated to version 1.1.0 in its absence from the store, and now includes support for Android 4.0 devices, too.

Adblock Fast is using Samsung's official API within the stock browser, so its removal from the Play Store was a bit confusing, especially considering Google's reasoning. When the app was pulled, Google cited a violation of section 4.4 of the Google Developer Distribution Agreement, which outlines that no app can interfere with a third-party app or service. The removal of Adblock Fast was also confusing considering there were other ad-blocking apps still available in the Play Store, which also used Samsung's official APIs.

In any event, the app is now back for those that like using Samsung's stock Internet browser.


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Safety First: Four easy Android security tips

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 09:05 AM PST

With the amount that we do online, from working to learning, shopping to connecting, online security is a critical piece of our everyday life. That's why we build multiple lines of defense in Android to make the internet safer for over a billions users. Even with these layers of protection, it still doesn't hurt to take a couple of extra precautions to be super safe. In the spirit of Safer Internet Day, we want to share a few safety tips you can follow:

1. Use Google Play to find safe apps
We do a lot behind the scenes to review apps before they can be published on Google Play, so even before you install an app, Google uses a variety of methods to check that developers are complying with our policies. If an app violates those policies, it is blocked from Play and sometimes the developer is too. Apps that are considered to be potentially harmful are blocked and flagged for a manual review by members of the Android Security Team. To learn more about this review process and how Android continues to keep your device safe even after you download an app, read our recently published whitepaper.


The app review process before it can be added to Google Play


2. Set a screen lock and activate Android Device Manager
Anybody can lose their phone, so it's important to set a screen lock so a stranger can't access what's on your device. And should you ever lose your device, you can remotely locate, lock, or even wipe it with Android Device Manager. This feature comes preinstalled on all Android devices with the Play store, so you just need to activate it.

3. Check that your device is encrypted
Encryption is important because it protects your data by storing it in an unreadable form, so if your device is lost or stolen your information remains protected. To ensure that your device is encrypted enter Settings, tap Security, and tap Encrypt phone (or Encrypt tablet) under Encryption. Newer Nexus devices, like the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, are encrypted by default.

4. Manage app permissions
Each Android app is housed in a virtual sandbox. That means, unless you've given it additional permissions, the only data an app can use is the data that's in it. For example, apps that you install aren't able to access information like photos or your location unless you give them permission. On devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you can control a given app's permissions by entering Settings, tapping Apps and selecting an app from the list of installed apps surfaced. On the App info screen, you'll see a Permissions category that lists all the permissions that app has access to. When you click on this you'll be able to toggle on and off individual permissions.

To learn more about how Android keeps you safe, check out the Android Security website. Happy Safer Internet Day!

Posted by Eric Davis, Senior Program Manager, Android Security
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Android creator will offer free dashcams in exchange for drive data

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 08:33 AM PST

Andy Rubin wants more eyes on the road. Photo: GoogleAndy Rubin, who co-founded Android before leaving Google in 2014, is building dashboard cameras that he wants to give away for free. But in exchange for an extra eye on the road, Rubin wants you to give up all the data your dashcam collects. Dashcams have become immensely popular in Russia, where people use them for protection against

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Nike's SNKRS Steps Into The Play Store For The Sole Purpose Of Feeding Your Sneaker Addiction

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 08:27 AM PST

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Sneaker addiction is serious business. My current collection stands at about 20 pairs, but they're all regularly designed and priced shoes — nothing fancy. And I know how hardcore some people can get about their sneakers, but I had no idea it could go so far as to cost them hundreds or thousands of dollars for a pair of shoes until I heard NPR's Planet Money What The LeBron episode.

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Audible App Updated With Android Auto Support, Adjustable Playback Speed, And More

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 08:27 AM PST

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Audible makes audio books more convenient than most other sources thanks to its integration with Amazon Kindle, but it was not very convenient for Android Auto users until now. The app has finally been updated for Google's car interface, but there are a few other notable improvements too.

  • Playback speed – you can now fine tune playback speed between 0.5x to 3x
  • Android Auto support
  • Store – easier access to your wish list, best sellers, categories and pre-orders

If you have an Android Auto unit, you'll see Audible in the list of media apps.

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Audible App Updated With Android Auto Support, Adjustable Playback Speed, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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1Password For Android Hits Version 6.0, Gets Redesigned And Fingerprint Reader Support

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 07:50 AM PST

AndroidPlatformUpdateHeader-1030x515Password protection is no joke, and if you can remember all of your passwords, then you're doing something wrong. The most likely option is that you're using the same password (or a few variations) across every site on the web. That's not a thing anyone should do.

Thankfully there are apps like 1Password to help you out with the whole password thing — no one should have to remember 1600 different passwords, and keeping them stored in a note-taking document is basically a terrible idea.

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SelfieMark – social feed for selfies & polls

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 06:17 AM PST

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SelfieMark aims to be the Instagram-like app of selfies. Though it appears to intermix that core focus with social photo comparison aspects. Confused…? Let's get into this review to perhaps better unravel. Price: Free Tested on: Huawei Mate 8 Content Rating: Everyone AndroidTapp.com Android App Review: Pros & Cons: Pros New social feed of photos and... View Article

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Get the Galaxy S7’s official wallpapers right here!

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 05:48 AM PST

Galaxy Note 5 with a touch of S7. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidThe Galaxy S7 may be just a few weeks away now, but if you're as excited about it as I am, that's just too long. Fortunately, we can get an early taste of Samsung's new handset now, thanks to these official Galaxy S7 wallpapers. There are 13 walls in total, and they were posted to

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Customize your phone with wallpapers from the Samsung Galaxy S7

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 03:07 AM PST

We still have a week and a half to go before the Samsung Galaxy S7 is unveiled at Mobile World Congress, but you can now make your old Samsung phone feel new by downloading all the wallpapers from the upcoming phone. The Samsung Galaxy S7 wallpapers have all be uploaded to SamMobile's Forums, giving you the option to choose between 13 different images. Most the images are various shades of blue, but there are a few that are in gold and black.

What's your take on Samsung's wallpaper choices for the Samsung Galaxy S7? To us, they seem a little sterile. Let's just hope the phone itself doesn't have the same feel.


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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge may get first-party battery and keyboard cases

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 01:37 AM PST

There have been a lot of Samsung Galaxy S7 rumors lately, but today's news is a little different. Since there's a lot of money to be made in selling accessories for flagship phones, Samsung is apparently working on two unique cases for the device which will enhance its functionality – battery and keyboard cases.

The rumor claims that Samsung is prepping 2700mAh battery "backpack" case for both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The price of the battery case is expected to come in at €90, making slightly more affordable than Apple's official battery case for its latest iPhone. The €90 keyboard case for both phone is expected to have a €70, but we're hoping it is more attractive and functional than the one Samsung released for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ last year.

The good news is that all of these rumors will be sorted out soon. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are expected to be unveiled at Samsung's press event on January 21 during Mobile World Congress.


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Complete Google’s security checkup and get 2GB of Google Drive storage

Posted: 09 Feb 2016 12:37 AM PST

It's that time of year again. Google is willing to give you 2GB of additional Google Drive storage if you take a minute or two to complete a security checkup of your Google account. The process is fairly painless. Simply log into your account, verify your current security features which are in place, review which apps and services have access to your Google accounts and you're done.

While Google is rewarding you to take a look at your account's security settings, we highly recommend you check back in at least a few times a year – especially if you're changed devices or are no longer using services which had access to your Google account.


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