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Chevy to update qualifying cars to new software with Android Auto for free

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 02:30 PM PST

Many Chevy models with a 7-inch MyLink entertainment system include both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but some with the 8-inch system do not. Thankfuly, Chevy is planning to update qualifying 2016 model year cars with the 8-inch system to software with Android Auto support, and they aren't going to charge for it.

If you have a qualifying Chevy vehicle, you'll be contacted by Chevrolet about the update. You'll have to head to a dealer, and the update will take 30 minutes. It's a small price to pay for Android Auto support, which seems pretty awesome. Hit the source link for more info!


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Pebble Time and Time Round getting $50 price reduction, EU prices improved

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 02:30 PM PST

The Pebble series of smartwatches have been very successful, beating Android Wear to the market and undercutting it in terms of costs. What's not to love about a smartwatch filled with features and a battery that lasts all week on one charge? And with the success of the new Pebble Time line and Pebble Health, which two-thirds of Time users use it at least weekly, the company is dropping the price on two of its models.

The Pebble Time is dropping to $149.99 and the Pebble Time Round is dropping to $199.99, both of which are $50 price cuts. Even better, the company has improved pricing for the UK and EU, including VAT and import fees in the price and making the prices closer to those in the US. On top of that, the Time Round will now be available in the UK and EU in retail stores.

If you bought one of the models that dropped in price after January 21, you can email Pebble and get the price adjusted. Hit the source link for more info.

Are you still rocking a Pebble? Are you considering buying one at only $150? Leave a comment!


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Huawei starting Marshmallow rollout for Huawei Watch today

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 02:30 PM PST

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow rollout has been slow for Android Wear. Some devices have received it — the original Moto 360 being one of them — but many more modern devices are still waiting. Thankfully, Huawei announced that its smartwatch is going to be getting the update today.

The Huawei Watch has a built-in speaker that has been dormant until now. The Marshmallow update will enable it, making this a huge update for this watch. The update also features new gestures, an updated Do Not Disturb mode, and more, but I suspect people will mostly be excited about the speaker.

If you want to check for updates, go to Settings > About > System updates and check to see if you got it. If not, you may have to wait a while for the rollout to reach you. Let us know when you get the update!


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This massive discount on the Martian smartwatch is out of this world! [Deal]

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 01:16 PM PST

c183827dd4f2967ff95c5722aed551759169132a_main_hero_imageMore than your run-of-the-mill wearable, the Martian Notifier Smartwatch is a next-level timepiece that seamlessly blends technology and style. From receiving app notifications to remotely snapping pictures using your phone camera, you'll find this watch a boon to your personal productivity—not to mention a sleek addition to your accessory collection. And thanks to Cult of

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SanDisk 200GB microSD card down to $79.99 on Amazon

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 01:14 PM PST

Do you need a ridiculous amount of storage in a tiny little card? SanDisk has you covered with an Ultra 200GB microSD card. The card is UHS-1 for read speeds up to 90MB/s, and Amazon currently has it for only $79.99. This is down from the original launch price of $249.99, a price that it actually sold for at one point.

With storage technology advancing quickly (remember when a 32GB flash drive was considered huge?) and prices falling rapidly, mobile storage is getting fast and affordable. Hit the source link if you want to grab a 200GB microSD card for your new Android phone or for accessories like cameras and ultrabooks.


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Huawei P9 and its dual-camera setup get revealed in new photos

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 01:14 PM PST

Huawei has a new flagship on the way, and with it, the company is looking to make the market interesting.

Thanks to VentureBeat, we're getting a look at the Huawei-branded P9, a device that offers plenty of specifications under the hood and a sleek design. If the photos are indeed of the P9, then we're looking at a metal phone — par for the course these days — with a design that offers a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display. Under the hood is said to be an octa-core Kirin 950 processor along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. On the back there's a fingerprint sensor, and the battery is said to be measured in at 3900mAh. As far as the software goes, it's said to be running Android 6.0.1.

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Huawei did offer a dual-camera setup back in 2014 with the Honor 6 Plus, and the company is bringing the feature back with the P9. This time around, though, the two cameras on the back are said to be 12-megapixel shooters. Unfortunately, there's no word on what the front-facing camera offers at the moment.

The report indicates that the P9 could see an official debut sometime in the second quarter of 2016, which is right around the corner at this point. As to where it will be available and how much it will cost, those facts remain a mystery.

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Google I/O 2016 website goes live, registration begins March 8

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 01:14 PM PST

Google's I/O conference isn't set to begin until May 18, but there has to be time to register, and so Google has launched a dedicated I/O 2016 website for the event more than two months in advance.

On the site, you'll find a dedicated countdown to the I/O 2016′s start date, May 18, which is showcased in wireframe numbers. Perhaps most important to those who want to attend the event, though, is that registration begins Tuesday, March 8, at 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET, and runs until Thursday, March 10, at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET. Once registration closes, Google will randomly choose applicants and give them the option to buy a ticket.

Ticket prices that cover the three-day event start at $900. Google will also have a limited amount of tickets for $300 for full-time students, faculty, and professors that wish to attend.

Are you planning on trying to attend this year?


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SoundHound's Natural Voice Search App 'Hound' Is Now Out Of Beta And Available For All

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 12:51 PM PST

houndGoogle's various flavors of voice control are neat, not to mention extremely useful thanks to deep integration with Android. But Mountain View doesn't have a monopoly on speech interpretation: Microsoft has made a pretty compelling case for its cross-platform Cortana system, to say nothing of the similar entries from Apple and Amazon. SoundHound threw its hat in the ring last year with the semi-proprietary Hound app, though you had to be part of the beta to check it out.

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SoundHound's Natural Voice Search App 'Hound' Is Now Out Of Beta And Available For All was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony Republishes Driveclub Companion App Over A Year After The PlayStation 4 Game's Launch

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 12:51 PM PST

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Sometimes things don't go as planned. Sony released Driveclub for the PlayStation 4 in October of 2014. At the time, a companion came out for Android, but Sony quickly pulled the app after less than a day on the site. The servers struggled to handle the load of everyone trying to play, so Sony delayed the PlayStation Plus Edition and mobile companion app in order to reduce the strain.

Now it's March 2016, and version 1.0 of the Driveclub companion app has returned to Google Play.

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Sony Republishes Driveclub Companion App Over A Year After The PlayStation 4 Game's Launch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Amazing BRITs performances you can hear only on Google Play Music

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 12:50 PM PST

The BRITs is undoubtedly the biggest event on the UK music calendar. Some of the greatest British acts have launched their global careers on its stages, and each year features unforgettable performances from both homegrown acts and international talent. From Adele to Justin Bieber to Coldplay and more, this year's show did not disappoint.

As the official audio and download parter of the 2016 BRIT Awards, the Google Play Music team is thrilled to be part of this landmark event. Thanks to the support of artists, managers, labels, publishers and societies, we made participating performances available as downloads and streams available only on Google Play Music, with proceeds going to charity. Download or stream the performances for free until Wed, March 2 (we're picking up the cost), after which all the content will be available on Play Music for purchase until March 24.


Every penny raised from both the downloads and streams on Google Play Music will go to Nordoff Robbins which provides music therapy services to adults and children, and The BRIT Trust which supports performing arts in the UK. Last year, the amount we raised went above all previous BRIT Award charitable records, and with your help we hope to do so again.

Streams and downloads of tracks by participating artists include: Adele, Justin Bieber, The David Bowie Band featuring Lorde (a tribute to David Bowie), Coldplay, The Weeknd, Little Mix, James Bay and Jess Glynne.* We hope you enjoy all of these performances and help us make a difference in the lives of many by supporting two great causes.

Posted by Azi Eftekhari, Head of EMEA Music Partner Management, Google Play Music

*Please note that performance availability varies by country.

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Countdown to Google I/O 2016 begins with new website

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 11:41 AM PST

Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2015. Photo: GoogleGoogle has kicked off the I/O 2016 festivities with a new website that teases this year's event. Hosted at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, it's where we'll get our first glimpse at Android N — and you can register for tickets next week. The Google I/O 2016 website, which is filled with photos and a

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Pebble Time, Time Round get permanent $50 price cuts

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 11:41 AM PST

Pebble TimePebble has slashed $50 off its latest Time and Time Round smartwatches. The permanent price cut lowers the starting prices of these models to $149.99 and $199.99, respectively — and makes them more competitive against other affordable wearables from the likes of Asus, Fitbit, and Jawbone. Pebble has previously slashed $50 off Time and Time Round, but

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BlackBerry app updates bring new features, big improvements to Priv

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 11:41 AM PST

BlackBerry Priv gets big app updates. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidBlackBerry has today rolled out new updates for its Camera, Keyboard, Launcher, and Virtual Expert apps, bringing new features and big improvements to Priv. Users can now record slow-motion video, sort apps into personal and work sections, enjoy better typing predictions, and more. BlackBerry has been regularly rolling out nice improvements to its stock apps

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HOUND Voice Search & Assistant now available to all

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 11:38 AM PST

HOUND Voice Search & Assistant now available to all

SoundHound releases HOUND Voice Search & Assistant app for all in Google Play. The personal assistant app was in beta for some time and today marks the public release. The greatest difference in using Hound over your Android's built in Google Now or Siri on iOS devices is that you can just talk to it with... View Article

HOUND Voice Search & Assistant now available to all is a post from: AndroidTapp

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YouTube App Starts Introducing A New Record And Upload Screen And Updated Camcorder FAB For Some Users

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 11:15 AM PST

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Have you compared YouTube on your phone to YouTube on a friend's phone lately? There are better than average chances that the two are at least slightly differently. The video consumption app is a bit like a snowflake, at least in the sense that it's not the same experience for any two people. The latest experiment for some users is introducing a new icon for the floating action button (FAB) and an entirely new screen for uploading content to YouTube.

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YouTube App Starts Introducing A New Record And Upload Screen And Updated Camcorder FAB For Some Users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 11:15 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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[Update: Winners] 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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Google: Maps ad does not confirm we’re killing the app drawer

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 10:18 AM PST

Android no app drawerPut down your pitchforks and wipe the tears from your eyes, because Android's app drawer isn't going anywhere… yet. Google has denied that a recent promo video hints at the removal of this beloved feature in its upcoming Android N upgrade. The app drawer has been baked into Android since its inception, and users love it.

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Explore the new Google Play Developer Policy Center

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 10:00 AM PST

Posted by Atul Kumar, Google Play Policy

More than 1 billion Android users come to Google Play every month to discover their favorite apps and games, enabling developers to reach a vast global audience and build successful businesses on the platform. To maintain a positive experience for both users and developers, the Google Play Developer Program Policies play a central role in helping make Google Play an open, safe and enjoyable ecosystem by educating the community and defining appropriate content and activities in the store.

We constantly listen to our developers and users to maintain fair and defined policies and look for ways to improve how we communicate those policies to help developers avoid accidental pitfalls. As part of that effort, we've redesigned our Developer Program Policy Center to communicate our policies with greater transparency and clarity. This redesign includes:

  • Thematic organization of policies, so it is easier for developers to find relevant policies and understand the broad principles behind them
  • Visual examples and detailed guidelines for the most common violations based on developer feedback
  • Expanded information on our policy enforcement to help resolve violations
  • A visual refresh embracing Material Design to help developers more intuitively find the information they are looking for on mobile or desktop

From making it easier to self-correct minor violations in minutes using the app publishing status feature to improving our policy communication, the new policy center is part of our ongoing effort to improve the developer experience. We invite you to explore the new policy center and and share your feedback.


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Citrix Releases New GoToMeeting Beta App, Goes Back In Time To Call it v2.0

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 09:58 AM PST

unnamedThe GoToMeeting Android app is not the most attractive app out there, but it gets the job done most of the time. It hasn't been updated with new UI features for a long time, and tends to get buggy with new Android releases (see: current issues with Marshmallow Bluetooth). Citrix is working on a revamp, though, and you can try it right now with the GoToMeeting v2.0 beta. Never mind that the current app is already on v5.3.

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Citrix Releases New GoToMeeting Beta App, Goes Back In Time To Call it v2.0 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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PS4 Remote Play is coming soon to Mac and PC

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 09:04 AM PST

Prepare your PC for PS4 Remote Play. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidPlaying PlayStation 4 games on your Mac or Windows PC will soon be possible thanks to Remote Play. Sony has confirmed the feature is making its way to desktops soon as it looks to catch up with Xbox One's close relationship with Windows 10. Remote Play lets you enjoy PS4 titles away from your console on

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The Vivo Xplay5 ‘Flagship Edition’ boasts 6GB of RAM, 16MP camera, and curved 5.4-inch display

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 09:02 AM PST

Vivo is back with another "Xplay" device, this one the Xplay5, and it's managed to shove in a bunch of hardware specs into its "Flagship Edition" device to please spec lovers.

First and foremost, the Xplay5 Flagship Edition boasts a whopping 6GB of RAM, the first mobile device to offer that much. It also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood, 128GB of built-in storage, and a built-in battery that measures 3600mAh that supports rapid charging. The device also features a "HiFi 3.0″ package, which Vivo says means the handset has three amplifiers for a boost to sound quality as well as a pair of SABRE Mobile DAC chips.

Then there's the regular version of the Xplay5, which features 4GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. It also includes 128GB of built-in storage and the same 3600mAh built-in battery as the Flagship Edition.

The rest of the features are the same between the handsets. They both offer a 5.4-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and a fingerprint reader on the back. The camera on the back is a 16-megapixel shooter from Sony, featuring phase-detection autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash. There's an 8-megapixel front-facing camera on both phones. Interestingly enough, the Xplay5 is running Android 5.1 under Vivo's proprietary interface.

The regular edition of the Vivo Xplay5 is available to pre-order right now, and it costs 3,698 yuan (about $560). The Flagship Edition will cost 4,288 yuan (about $650), but there's no word on when it will launch.


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Deal: Alcatel Idol 3 as low as $169.99 on Amazon

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 09:02 AM PST

This week is just full of good deals. Yesterday brought in the introduction of a great price on the Moto G (3rd Gen), and today is bringing us yet another deal, though on products from another manufacturer. The Alcatel Idol 3 is having a great sale on Amazon today, and even better is that both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models are on sale. Amazon has the 4.7-inch Idol 3 listed for $30 off regular price, down to $169.99. The 5.5-inch Idol 3 has an even larger price cut, with $100 knocked off to bring the price down to $179.99.

Alacatel's 4.7-inch Idol 3 brings in a 720p IPS display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of storage plus microSD card slot, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 2000mAh battery, 4G LTE support for GSM networks and Android Lollipop.

The larger 5.5-inch model packs a 1080p display, 1.5GHz + 1GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage plus microSD card, 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 2910mAh battery, 4G LTE support for GSM networks and Android Lollipop.

Both size options also feature dual front-facing stereo speakers that are designed by JBL. Additionally, the design of the front of the phone is essentially symmetrical, and Alcatel has designed it so that it can be used in any orientation, even while making calls.

While the Alcatel Idol 4 was just announced, the Idol 3 is still a great device and packs in serious bang for your buck, especially at this incredibly low price. As long as you're not looking for top-of-the-line flagship specs, you should be very happy with the Idol 3.

Buy the 4.7-inch Idol 3 here.

Buy the 5.5-inch Idol 3 here.


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Former Google App Sky Map Gets Its First Update Since 2011

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 07:21 AM PST

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You'd be forgiven for forgetting that Google used to have an app called Sky Maps on the Play Store. As the title points to, it was a nice digital planetarium that you could carry around your pocket back in the Froyo and Gingerbread days of Android. Like many similar apps, Sky Map used your location and the direction you were pointing your phone at to map the space elements around you, from stars to planets to constellations and more.

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Former Google App Sky Map Gets Its First Update Since 2011 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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BlackBerry PRIV's Apps Get Updated: Slow Motion Video Capture, Improved Keyboard, Separate Work And Personal Apps In The Launcher

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 07:21 AM PST

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If you're one of the users who have committed to BlackBerry's first foray into Android with the PRIV, you'll be happy to know that the company isn't forgetting its early adopters or leaving them behind. It's been releasing security patches for its phones and now it's updating some of the preloaded apps on the PRIV: the camera, keyboard, and launcher.

The BlackBerry Camera app is adding a mode to capture slow motion video at 120fps (which can be played back at 30fps), but without any audio.

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BlackBerry PRIV's Apps Get Updated: Slow Motion Video Capture, Improved Keyboard, Separate Work And Personal Apps In The Launcher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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GoPro Acquires Popular iOS Video Editing Apps Replay And Splice, Plans To Launch Android Versions Later This Year

Posted: 01 Mar 2016 07:21 AM PST

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These days, GoPro is the king of the hill for action and aerial photography. Sure, you could wrap some tape around your phone and send it up on a quadcopter or toss it into a sandwich bag and hope it doesn't spring a leak at the bottom of the pool, but those are terrible ideas—seriously, don't try them. Since you won't be putting your phone (or tablet) through near certain destruction, why not use it instead to edit those great videos?

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GoPro Acquires Popular iOS Video Editing Apps Replay And Splice, Plans To Launch Android Versions Later This Year was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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