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Google Now Will Show You A Refueling Options Card When It's Time To Return A Rental Car

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 03:09 PM PDT

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Google Now's purpose is to give you useful information before you even think to ask, and additions continue to roll out that make the service better at its job.

A reader has reached out to us with a screenshot of a Refueling options card in Google Now. It shows the names of individual stations, how far away they are, and how long they're open. Interestingly, as mentioned at the bottom of the card, this information is appearing because the recipient has to return a rental car to the area.

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Facebook App For Android Now Supports HD Photo Uploads, Now On Par With Desktop Uploads

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 02:54 PM PDT

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If you routinely upload photos from your phone to Facebook, you have probably noticed that the end result is what you might call potato quality. Facebook compresses all uploads regardless of the source to ease the strain on their servers, but mobile uploads have gotten it worse than those done on desktops. A new setting rolling out, though, allows users to opt into higher quality uploads from the Android app.

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I am using the latest version of Facebook pushed to me from the Play Store, 68.0.0.37.59.

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Google OnHub routers get speed history, automatic band steering

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 02:43 PM PDT

Google's OnHub routers are a wonderful improvement over the complicated, bug-prone routers we're all used to. But they're also limited, missing features that other high-end routers offer. Thankfully, Google often updates the OnHub routers and corresponding app with new features.

The latest update brings a history of your internet speeds. The router tests your speeds every few days and will now give you an average speed over 60 days, and you can see the individual test results if you'd like. It's a useful diagnostic tool.

The other improvement is called automatic band steering. The router will automatically connect devices to the faster band, either 2.4GHz or 5GHz, rather than a device being stuck on a slower band.

The OnHub routers are just getting better as time goes on, and though they're expensive, they're worth the cost. How many of you own one?


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Michael Kors enters Android Wear game with Access smartwatch

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 01:40 PM PDT

The fact that big watch manufacturers are hopping on Android Wear is a good indicator that the platform is here to stay. With smartwatch popularity booming, traditional watchmakers should be a bit worried. Thankfully, a few have already adapted to the new world of smartwatches, and Michael Kors is the latest.

The newly announced Michael Kors Access smartwatch is a luxury watch that runs Android Wear, making it just as smart as our lowly Moto 360s and Huawei Watches. But it also has a designer look to it that Michael Kors fans should appreciate. It even comes with exclusive watch faces, functional both for workouts and fancy get togethers. Excuse me, I meant soirĂ©es.

Unfortunately, such luxury will come at a price. These watches will start at $395, which isn't overly expensive but isn't budget-friendly, either. They'll become available fall of 2016 at Michael Kors stores, participating retailers, and online. Are any of you considering one? Leave a comment!


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Google Maps adds stickers for labeling places

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 01:40 PM PDT

One of the very helpful features of Google Maps is to allow users to set addresses for home and work. This enables Google Maps to provide users with real-time estimates on how long their commute will be, making it easier to remain on time. With the service's latest update, Google is expanding and improving this feature by allowing greater functionality and further customization.

Now when setting home and work addresses, users of Google Maps can add stickers to make it a little more personal. Additionally, Google has expanded the labeling functionality to any location that users may choose. For example, users can add a label to their school or gym and receive real-time info on traffic conditions, directions and the best route available. All in all, a small but useful boost in the functionality of Google Maps.


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Sprint offering BOGO deal on Galaxy S7

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 01:07 PM PDT

With a new crop of flagships hitting the market, there's also a whole flood of new deals popping up. We've seen plenty already, but Sprint is offering a new one on this year's hottest flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S7. The carrier is hosting a limited time offer that allows consumers to buy one Galaxy S7 and get another for free.

Both phones in the deal must be paired with a plan and set up on a 24-month payment plan or a lease. Additionally, one of the devices must be a new line of service. The second device can be an upgrade or a new line of service. Customers will receive a monthly bill credit to cover the cost of the second device.

As an added bonus, qualifying customers who purchased two Galaxy S7s between February 23 and March 17 will proactively receive the monthly bill credit and will continue to receive it through the duration of their monthly payment plan.

Check out the source link for more details on this offer.


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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Hangouts, Telegram

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 01:07 PM PDT

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We've found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we're going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we'll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Microsoft Powerpoint - Version 16.0.6701

Microsoft PowerPoint

What's new in this version:

  • Auto save: We save your changes as you go, but you are still in control: You can turn it off if you want.
  • Designer: You supply the picture, we supply high-quality, professional design ideas for your slides.
  • Version history: Go back to view or restore an earlier version of your document.
  • Collaborative authoring: Work with others at the same time on your documents.
  • Insert from Camera: Take a picture directly from PowerPoint.

 

YouTube Gaming - Version 1.3.0

YouTube Gaming

What's new in this version:

  • Revised homepage navigation based on your feedback
  • Popout player that stays visible above other apps
  • Live tab on the homepage with top streams, top games, and more
  • New pages to manage your games and channels, plus discover new ones
  • Live stream playback improvements: quality switching, 60fps, and DVR mode
  • Pause/resume when recording or streaming with Mobile Capture

 

Hangouts - Version 8.0.0

Hangouts

What's new in this version:

  • Send video attachments up to 1 minute.
  • Fix for unread conversation when you've been in a call.
  • Fix for users stuck on the "Ok, got it" button
  • Support for Google for Work – Mobile Management.

 

Microsoft Excel - Version 16.0.6701

Excel

What's new in this version:

  • Auto save: We save your changes as you go, but you are still in control: You can turn it off if you want.
  • Version history: All is not lost! Go back to view or restore an earlier version of your document.
  • Fill handles: Automatically fill a range of cells by dragging a Fill handle.

 

Google On - Version BV10057

Google On

What's new in this version:

  • Network Check history: Now you can view past Network Check results, including automatic checks, from the past two months.

 

Google Classroom - Version 2.0.0

Google Classroom

What's new in this version:

  • Students and teachers can view notifications in an in-app notifications center
  • Teachers can save and post drafts
  • Teachers can post to multiple classes at once
  • Teachers can attach youtube videos to posts
  • Students and teachers can take videos as well as pictures to attach to posts
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

 

Telegram - Version 3.7.0

Telegram

What's new in this version:

  • Groups can now have 5,000 members (up from 1,000)
  • Groups of any size may be converted to supergroups
  • New tools for supergroup admins:
    - Make your group public by setting up a public link – anyone will be able to view the chat and join it
    - Pin messages to keep important updates visible and notify all members
    - Select messages to delete, report as spam, block users, or remove all messages from a user

 

WhatsApp - Version 2.12.510

WhatsApp

What's new in this version:

  • You can now send and receive PDFs
  • View PDFs you've sent and received by tapping Media from contact info or group info
  • You can now view starred messages for a given chat from contact info or group info
  • When clearing a chat, you can choose to keep your starred messages

 

Cardboard - Version 1.8.0

Cardboard

What's new in this version:

  • Get a taste of whats possible in VR with the brand new Arctic Journey demo: fly alongside Arctic terns, plant a field of flowers, relax under a sky full of stars and more.

 

Microsoft Word - Version 16.0.6701

Microsoft Word

What's new in this version:

  • Auto save: We save your changes as you go, but you are still in control: You can turn it off if you want.
  • Version history: All is not lost! Go back to view or restore an earlier version of your document.
  • Collaborative authoring: Work with others at the same time on your documents.

 


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Developer Of Kodi's Android App Has Quit, Will Work On His Own Fork Instead

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 01:01 PM PDT

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Kodi is a popular name in media streaming circles, not least because it can run on pretty much anything. Last year, an Android app was released, which has gone to achieve over five million downloads. However, that's where it may stay, at least for the time being. In the last few days, the sole developer of the app, Chris Browet, a.k.a. Koying, has quit working on Kodi and resumed development on his forked version, Semper Media Center, or SPMC for short.

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AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular open LG G5 pre-orders

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 12:31 PM PDT

After the launch of the LG G5 at MWC 2016, consumers and tech bloggers alike have been awaiting word from LG as to the official pricing of the device. With the G5 being the first mainstream device to feature a modular design, many customers have been curious as to whether or not the new technology would warrant a price hike over other competitors.

Fortunately, it appears that LG's implementation of the new technology won't be causing any sticker shock. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular have all opened pre-orders for the G5 and we'll run you through the pricing details for each carrier.

T-Mobile is selling the LG G5 for a full retail price of $629.99, which breaks down to about $26.25/month for 24 months. Additionally, T-Mobile is offering an extra battery and a charging station to those who pre-order before April 17. If you purchase before April 5, T-Mobile will also offer you an LG 360 Cam free of charge, while supplies last.

US Cellular is offering the LG G5 for $636 FRP, or $26.50/month over 24 months. Customers can also purchase the G5 on a two-year contract for $199.99. Much like T-Mobile, US Cellular is also offering an extra battery and charging station to those who pre-order before March 17.

AT&T and Sprint have both opened up pre-orders, but only through Best Buy for the moment.

Sprint's model is available for $799.99 unactivated, but interestingly enough, it's only $24/month over 24 months if you choose to use a payment plan. You can also purchase the G5 on a two-year contract for just $99.99 at the moment, although the regular two-year contract price will be $199.99.

AT&T's model is available for $22.95/month for 24 months on AT&T Next, although you could always pay more and shorten the amount of time to 18 or 12 months. The full retail price on AT&T is set at $688.99.

All models from Best Buy will also come with an extra battery, charging station and a microUSB to USB-C adapter. Additionally, Best Buy mentioned that pre-orders for Verizon customers will begin on March 24, so there's a bit longer wait for them.

Anyone planning to pre-order the LG G5?

Source: T-Mobile, US Cellular, Best Buy


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Android N Feature Spotlight: Apps Can Now Include A Settings Link On The App Info Screen

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 11:39 AM PDT

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The system UI in Android has, for the most part, been sacrosanct. Apps can't just add new elements to the OS, but Android N looks to be loosening up that restriction a bit. We already posted about the ability to add Quick Settings tiles natively, and now it looks like Google us allowing developers to insert an app settings link in app info.

The app info screen is where you go to see permissions, notification status, data storage, and so on.

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It’s official: Galaxy S7 has the best smartphone camera on the market

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 11:27 AM PDT

Galaxy S7 beats all. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidCountless YouTube videos and reviews have demonstrated just how impressive Samsung's new smartphone camera is in Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, but just how good is it compared to the rest of them? According to the experts at DxOMark, it's the best you can get right now. Samsung actually took some megapixels away from the

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Save 64% and go green on the 50,000mAh solar power bank [Deal]

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 11:27 AM PDT

e152d3f9a0f74d93e07346d5010c2a2be869dbfb_main_hero_imageEliminate your chances of a dead phone for good with this handy solar power ban! Just power it up anywhere under the sun (literally), and plug your phone or other USB device into it for a quick recharge. And with a whopping 50,000mAh in charge capacity, you'll never find yourself waiting on extra juice again.

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Google App v5.11 Tidies Up The App Drawer A Little Bit [APK Download]

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 10:49 AM PDT

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A late-night update to the Google app turned up last night, bringing the current version up to v5.11. The changes look pretty minimal in this one, but it's always tough to be sure. However, there is one very distinct modification that can't be overlooked. After updating, just pop open the app drawer and take a good look at the search bar. The text field is no longer sitting alone on its own end of the playground, it has merged with the rest of the app drawer to turn the whole window into one cohesive unit.

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New exploit could let hackers seize control of millions of Androids

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 10:36 AM PDT

Android-malwareIsraeli researchers have created a new exploit that takes advantage of the Stagefright vulnerability found within Android last year, with the concern being that someone could remotely access an infected Android device. Using the exploit, dubbed "Metaphor," hackers could seize control of unprotected Android devices when users simply played a malicious video in a web browser. At

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Google Rolls Out OnHub Update (7834.55.0) With Network Check History And Automatic Band Steering

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 09:03 AM PDT

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Google's OnHub routers offers an easy setup process and cool app management, but it's still working on getting all the features people expect from a $200 router. For example, the USB port still doesn't do anything. There's a new update rolling out, and while it does not address the USB port situation, it does make tracking your speeds and getting devices on the right band easier.

Google's OnHub app includes a network check feature that reports your speeds.

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Sony’s Xperia Z5 Compact now just $400 from Amazon, Best Buy

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 08:34 AM PDT

Xperia Z5 Compact's color options. Photo: SonyIf you like small smartphones that are just as spectacular as the latest phablets, Sony's Compact lineup really is your only option. And thanks to Amazon and Best Buy, the latest in the series — Xperia Z5 Compact — is now more affordable than ever. Sony completely fluffed its launch of the Xperia Z5 family

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Would you buy the HTC 10 if it looked like this?

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 08:18 AM PDT

Based on the leaked pictures and low-resolution renders, not many people have been impressed with the design of the upcoming HTC 10. Fortunately, we now have a handful of high-quality mockups created by Leoside which have been painstakingly crafted based on all the HTC 10 leaks we've seen so far. It's amazing how different a smartphone can look when viewed from a flattering angle in good lighting. There's no guarantee that the final design of the HTC 10 will match the mockup or the leaks, but we're sure that most of you can agree that the images above and below paint a much better picture of the HTC 10′s design than the leaks have so far.

Based on design alone, do you think the HTC 10 can compete with the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge and LG G5? More importantly, would you buy the HTC 10 if it looked like this?

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Get a free 360 Cam when you buy an LG G5 from T-Mobile

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 08:02 AM PDT

Here's one big reason to buy the G5 on T-Mobile. Photo: LGT-Mobile will start taking pre-orders for the LG G5 on March 29, and those who order one before April 5 will bag $280 worth of free goodies, including the new LG 360 Cam for shooting VR videos, and a spare battery and docking station. The G5 will be available in the U.S. on April 1,

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[International Giveaway] We Have 50 Codes For Join By Joaoapps To Give Away

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 07:26 AM PDT

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We're big fans of cross-device sync here at Android Police. Therefore, we're of the opinion that if you haven't yet heard of joaomgcd's latest app, you're missing out. Join is a bit like Pushbullet, in that it can do Android-to-desktop notifications, desktop SMS, and a cross-device clipboard. But it can do a lot more; for example, you can set your Android wallpaper through Chrome simply by right-clicking on an image of your choice and selecting :Set image as wallpaper."

Join has a fully-featured, ad-supported trial period of 30 days, costing $4.99 if you want to keep using it, although it's currently down to $3.99 for a limited time.

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App Cloner Creates Multiple Instances Of The Same App On Your Phone

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 07:26 AM PDT

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There are plenty of reasons why you'd want the same app running twice on your phone. Prior to Facebook Messenger or Instagram adding multiple account support, many users had resorted to downloading modded APKs of the apps to be able to log in with different usernames on the same device. But many other apps still don't allow you to use multiple accounts simultaneously, like Facebook and Skype for example. There are also other reasons why you'd want another instance of an app: if you just want to test something without breaking the main app, if you want to have two different progresses of the same game, if a watchface application only allows one setting and you want an easy way to switch without fiddling with the preferences each time, and so on.

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Apple Watch will stay ahead in smartwatch race, but look out for Android Wear!

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 05:26 AM PDT

Your Apple Watch options. Photo: AppleIn terms of marketshare, the Apple Watch's watchOS compared to Google's Android Wear is likely to follow a similar trajectory to iOS and Android. In other words, while Apple is dominating right now in smartwatch shipments, that balance promises to shift somewhat over the coming years as new low-cost competitors enter the market. This is

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Facebook Messenger Adds A Mini Basketball Hoops Game

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 04:22 AM PDT

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Ever spent some time talking to your friends on Facebook Messenger about basketball and looked at that nice orange emoji and wished you could just swipe it across the screen and into the hoop? Ever yearned for a little bit of friendly competition between you and your friends inside a chat to pass those boring classes or long waits? Facebook Messenger has just the answer for your woes.

Inside the latest Messenger update is a new mini game of basketball.

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Android N’s First OTA Update Starts Rolling Out

Posted: 18 Mar 2016 12:26 AM PDT

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Android N was announced and released to the public on March 9th and today was the first day when the OS's first OTA update came out.

The update is about 30MB in size and its rolling out to all Nexus 5X, 6P and the Pixel C. It's set to fix performance issues many were said to have been experiencing since flashing the developer preview. Aside from the OTA, Google has released new factory images on its developer site.

To receive OTA updates, you must have signed up for the beta program here.

[Google]

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Michael Kors, Fossil and Nixon Android Wear watches announced this week

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 06:26 PM PDT

Michael Kors, Fossil and Nixon Android Wear watches announced this week

This week Michael Kors, Fossil and Nixon announced Android Wear watches. Fossil announced two slimmer watches Q Wander and the Q Marshal: Q Wander will feature a soft curving multi-finish case with artfully sculpted wire lugs making it both beautiful and comfortable. The interchangeable genuine leather strap provides the style and comfort customers have come to... View Article

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Google pushing Android N Developer Preview’s first update

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 04:12 PM PDT

When Google announced the Android N Developer Preview last week, it said that it'd be pushing updates before the final release later this year. We just didn't expect the updates to start so soon.

An Android N Developer Preview Update is now available for the Nexus 6P and 5X, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. The build that rolled out last week was NCP56P, but today the 6P and 5X are getting NCP56W, the 9 is getting NCP56X, and the Player is getting NCP56R.

The updates are around 30MB in size, suggesting that they're focused on fixing bugs rather than introducing whole new features. Still, it's exciting to see Google already pushing an update to the Android N Developer Preview. Not only is it some fresh software for us to check out, but like the original Android N Developer Preview, it's a surprise. And while Google may not push out new N updates every single week, perhaps we'll see them every couple of weeks or so leading up to Google handing the full N release off to manufacturers this summer.

To grab this Android N update, you folks in the Android Beta Program should be able to get it over the air. Anyone that manually flashed the last update will need to flash this one, too.


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