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Apple Music Updated With A Widget, Better Playlist Management, And More

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 02:57 PM PDT

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Somewhere on the Apple campus—presumably in a dark, musty basement—there are several Android developers who are tasked with supporting the Apple Music Android app. I bet the other Apple employees call them names and throw things at them in the halls. These brave souls have completed work on a new version of the app, and it's in the Play Store right now. It adds a playback widget, gift card support, better playlists, and more.

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[International Giveaway] Win A SHIELD Android TV, Remote, Stand, And A Free Copy Of Super Mega Baseball From NVIDIA And Android Police

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 02:57 PM PDT

prizesSuper Mega Baseball: Extra Innings is now available on NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV. And boy, are they excited about it. So excited that they've given us a super-duper SHIELD TV package... which NVIDIA then told us we had to give away to our readers. Bummer. But our loss is your gain: you can enter this giveaway for a shot at winning the following prize package.

  • 16GB NVIDIA SHIELD (with the SHIELD controller)
  • NVIDIA SHIELD remote
  • NVIDIA SHIELD metal vertical stand
  • A free code for Super Mega Baseball on the Play Store

What do you have to do to enter?

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Google Sheets And Slides Updated, More File Formats Supported And Other Changes [APK Download]

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 02:43 PM PDT

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Google yesterday pushed out updates to the Sheets and Slides apps, bringing compatibility with more file formats and automatic titling for Slides. Together with these changes are the normal bug fixes and performance improvements which accompany any Google app update.

What's New

More File Format Support

Both apps have had a significant amount of file formats added for sharing and exporting your creations. For Slides, there is now the possibility of exporting presentation slides to .JPG, .PNG and .SVG, as well as the already-available .PPTX, .PDF and .TXT.

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Sony Forms ForwardWorks, A First-Party Development Studio For Mobile Games

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 02:27 PM PDT

sonyFor all its flaws, mobile gaming is kind of a big deal. Even world-class gaming hardware and software companies like Sony would be ill-advised to ignore it. And they aren't: today Sony announced that it's forming a new first-party development company called ForwardWorks, which will work exclusively on game development for mobile. Presumably that means Android games (since Sony manufacturers Android hardware and leverages it with its PlayStation brand) and iOS games (since it would be foolish to ignore that potential revenue).

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Huawei Honor Band Zero smartwatch review

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 01:47 PM PDT

Though Android Wear is the go-to operating system for wearables for Android enthusiasts, there are plenty of other systems to chose from. There are fitness bands like the Fitbit, smartwatches like the Pebble, and some basic watches like the Huawei Honor Band Zero. Light on features with the benefits of long battery life and low price, it's a great option for someone who wants something really simple.

Overview

Price: ~$70
Screen: 1.06-inch 128×128 OLED
Battery: 70mAh
Bluetooth version: 4.1
Compatibility: Android 4.4.4 and up/iOS 7.0 and up
Water resistance: IP68 waterproof
Size: 24.4 x 3.8 x 1.0 cm
Weight: 25g
Contents: Watch, Chinese manual, charging dock

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The Huawei Honor Zero is both tiny and extremely lightweight. It features a stainless steel ring around the display, a plastic back, and a TPU band. I have the silver model with the cream band. The black part of the watch is round, but the display inside is actually square. It's also very thin, much like a real watch.

On the back are four contacts for the charger pogo pins. It features a magnetic charger similar to the one that comes with the Huawei Watch

Hardware

The display on this watch is simple, as expected for the price. It's a black and white square display, but being OLED, the blacks are deep and mostly blend into the black bezel. The text is mildly jagged but it's high enough resolution for fairly smooth symbols and smooth animations.

It's nice and bright, being pretty visible outdoors. It's also touchscreen, and it's pretty responsive. You're not going to be seeing tiny buttons, it's mostly full screen buttons, but it works well.

The overall build quality is great. There are no creaks or movements in the body, all the gaps between panels are thin and even, and overall it feels very well made. The TPU band feels a tad cheap, but the price justifies it.

Software

The software on the Honor Zero is extremely basic. No, really. There are seven screens that show you important information. You have the main watch face, steps taken, calories burned, amount of time slept, a run timer, a settings button, and some notifications. Many of these screens have pretty and smooth animations for their icons.

There are four watch faces to choose from, but the main one shows day, date, time, battery life, and connection status. It's the most useful. There are no third party watch faces as far as I can tell

The settings menu has four settings: watch face, restart, reset, and about. Very basic, but enough.

The notifications screen I haven't had much luck with. Mostly, it doesn't show notifications, though occasionally it will show a lot of missed ones. The notifications display is actually decent, with the text looking pretty good on the small display. Your mileage may vary though.

The accompanying phone software is the Huawei Wear app. It's a fitness app, displaying steps, walking distance, and calories burned. It also has a second screen for sleep information, including both deep sleep and light sleep.

The watch has features like an idle reminder, which buzzes your watch if you haven't moved in an hour, a Bluetooth disconnection reminder if you walk too far away from your phone, and the rotate movement to wake screen most smartwatches now have.

The app is quite stuttery in terms of animations, but otherwise it's decently quick and well designed. It's made for a variety of Huawei fitness devices, so you can likely do more with other devices.

As for the pedometer numbers, I can't vouch for their accuracy. They do not match up with the numbers on my Moto 360, though the numbers Google Fit and Moto Body give are always different even on the same Moto 360. I'm not really sure how much pedometers in mobile devices can be trusted for perfect accuracy.

I did face one bug, where the watch wouldn't connect after updating my device to Android 6.0. I fixed this by updating the smartwatch on an older device, and it worked fine.

Battery life

This is where the problems of a wearable become apparent. Most Android Wear watches only last a day, maybe two with little use. Older ones sometimes don't even last a full work day.

The Honor Zero has a tiny 70mAh battery, but it's enough to power the device for at least 4 days. In fact, I've gotten a little more out of it. It should also last 14 days in standby, and takes only 1.5 hours to fully charge via USB. I'd say this smartwatch does really well in the battery department.

Huawei Honor Zero8 / 10

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This isn't that smart of a smartwatch, but for those who want a basic fitness band with a nice watch-like aesthetic, I think it's great. It lacks features, has a basic black and white display, but the battery lasts quite a while and it's very lightweight and feels good on the wrist.

Another issue is support. This product technically isn't offered in the US, so you're buying it without a warranty. Keep that in mind. But for $70, it's a good device for those who want just the basics.

Thanks to GearBest for sending out a review unit!


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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Todoist, Talon

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 01:47 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.

S Health - Version 4.7.1.0009

S Health

What's new in this version:

  • Walking and running can be recorded automatically. (While cycling, only Auto pause can be used.)
  • Camera's value recognition allows blood pressure and blood glucose to be recorded easily. (China)
  • Various integrated records supported in My page (Rewards calendar, Personal bests, Weekly summaries).

 

Android Wear - Version 1.5.0

Android Wear

What's new in this version:

  • Ability to play sounds and take calls on watches with a speaker
  • Support for sending WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, Telegram, and Nextplus messages with your voice or via touch
  • New wrist gestures to control your watch with one hand
  • Language options for Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Indonesian, Polish, Dutch, and Thai

 

Expensify - Version 6.4.0.7

Expensify

What's new in this version:

  • We've swapped out the Big Plus button for a Big Camera button that goes straight to SmartScan. (We noticed that's all anyone was using it for anyways)
  • The new way to create other types of expenses is simply clicking the "+" button in the top right of the expenses list.

 

Google Text-to-speech - Version 2.13.0

Google Text

What's new in this version:

  • Added support for Bengali (Bangladesh), Danish, English (Australia), Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian and Mandarin (Taiwan).
  • Adds 96 voices: 3 male and 3 female variations for 14 already supported languages. These voices rely on new technology that is more CPU intensive, so they are not available on all devices.
  • A better voice for Indian English.
  • You can now leave feedback for us in the settings menu.

 

Todoist - Version 9.0.0

Todoist

What's new in this version:

  • Intelligent Quick Add now recognizes projects (e.g., #Android Launch) and assignees (e.g., +Goncalo)
  • Pull two tasks apart to add a task in the middle of your project lists
  • Sort your tasks by name, date, priority or assignee
  • Celebrate the end of your day with beautiful #TodoistZero screens and daily productivity stats
  • Enjoy full support for external keyboards
  • And dozens of polishing touches including text formatting (emoji shortcuts!) and notification sync across platforms

 

Google+ - Version 7.5.0.1177

GooglePlus

What's new in this version:

  • Pin posts in your Collections
  • New design of Communities
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes
  • Improved navigation and overall experience for screen reader users

 

Google Drive - Version 2.3.631

Google Drive

What's new in this version:

  • Reverse sort by file name, date or size
  • Edit your files in other apps and save them back to Drive
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes

 

Talon for Twitter - Version 4.6.0

Talon for Twitter

What's new in this version:

  • Like and retweet a status from mention and favorite user notification buttons
  • Bundled notification support for mentions on Android N and Android Wear
  • Bundled notification support for favorite user tweets on Android N and Android Wear
  • Bundled notification support for activity on Android N and Android Wear
  • Add tweets pictures to mention notifications
  • UI Improvements

 

Photo Editor by Aviary - Version 4.5.3

Photo Editor by Aviary

What's new in this version:

  • Create your own Stickers with Adobe Capture! If you install the Adobe Capture app (it's free), you will see the Capture icon inside of our Sticker tool. You can use this to create your own custom Stickers from real life objects. Let us know what you think!
  • Performance improvements to Enhance, Sharpness and Adjust.

 

Google Photos - Version 1.16.0

Google Photos

What's new in this version:

  • Introducing a better way to tell your story with new, smarter albums.
    After an event or trip, Google Photos will automatically create a new album curated with your best shots. Make it your own by adding maps, text, and more.

 


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Verizon announces pre-orders for LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, availibility of LG K4 LTE

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 01:47 PM PDT

After AT&T announced the availability of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE on its own network, Verizon has followed suit. The carrier has announced that it is opening pre-orders for the fancy LG smartwatch, which will use Verizon Messages, which much like AT&T NumberSync, allows you to send texts and make calls from the watch using your phone's number without the phone being nearby.

Strangely enough, where Verizon deviates is price. The full retail will be $499.99, and you'll have to pay $449.99 with a two-year contract. You can get $100 off with the purchase of an LG G5 or LG V10. In comparison, AT&T's version is $18 a month for 20 months with $0 down, totaling $360. You can also get it for $99.99 with the purchase of an LG G5.

Verizon LG K4 LTE

Verizon also announced the LG K4 LTE, a budget Android device that runs on its LTE network. It features a 4.5-inch 854×480 resolution, a 1.1GHz quad-core processor, a 5MP rear cam and 2MP front cam, 16GB of memory with a microSD slot, a 1940mAh battery, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It's only $5 per month for 24 months, or $120 full price.

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Note 5, and Note 4 all getting Marshmallow update

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 01:18 PM PDT

Sprint is on fire with updates. The carrier has announced that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are all getting their Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates today.

The Marshmallow update is quite substantial, including Doze mode for better battery life, customizable app permissions for better security, improved volume controls, Google Now on Tap, and many fixes and improvements that are sure to make your phone faster and smoother. Plus, Samsung has improved its TouchWiz skin for Marshmallow.

The rollouts for the three devices start today. The rollout will finish for the S6 edge+ by April 4, while the rollouts for the other two phones finish on April 8. Don't expect to get it on day one, but it's possible you will. Let us know when you get the update in the comments!

Source: Sprint (2) (3)


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Google beefs up Gmail security to keep your emails private

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 12:33 PM PDT

Gmail is safer than ever. Photo: Jay Wennington/UnsplashAs Apple fights to keep the FBI out of our smartphones, Google is making our emails even more secure. The company today confirmed a number of new protections for Gmail users, including stronger encryption, better notifications, and more. Back in February, Google introduced new visual identifiers to Gmail that make it easier to weed out spam

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HTC 10 beats Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7 edge in leaked benchmarks

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 12:02 PM PDT

HTC 10 logoAs we await its official unveiling next month, the HTC 10 continues to tease us in an ever-increasing list of leaks. The latest gives us an early glimpse at its AnTuTu benchmarks, in which it beats the iPhone 6s, Galaxy Note 5, and even the new Galaxy S7 edge. HTC has been struggling to sell its

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Hulu’s new Gear VR app lets you get closer to your favorite shows

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 11:15 AM PDT

Hulu-Gear-VRIf you've already burned through Pornhub's library of free virtual reality videos and you're after something new, you'll be pleased to know that Hulu is now available on Samsung Gear VR. The app lets viewers get closer to their favorite shows, with 360-degree videos from Discovery, National Geographic, and Showtime. Hulu announced back in September that

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Prospective web developers, it’s time to tame Python [Deals]

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 11:15 AM PDT

PythonPython's name isn't accidental; it's one of the most flexible and wide-reaching web development languages around. It can seem intimidating to learn such a massively applicable language, but this comprehensive bundle of lessons make it easy to learn Python from stem to stern. Comprising 7 courses and around a dozen hours of content, you can

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LG G5 buyers on Verizon are eligible for a free LG 360 Cam, battery and charging cradle

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 09:50 AM PDT

While smartphones have gotten away from bundling items inside the box, we have gotten used to a variety of extras being available for early buyers, and the LG G5 on Verizon is no exception. The one caveat is that eligibility for this offer requires that you pay using the monthly device payments option, but as long as you are ok with that, let's tell you what you've won.

The big ticket item is the LG 360 Cam that retails for $199 by itself. As a quick refresher, the 360 Cam has twin 13MP wide-angle cameras and can capture 2K video and 5.1 audio that is shareable to Google Street View and YouTube 360. I haven't gotten my hands on the 360 Cam yet, so I can't say whether it's really worth the $199 asking price, but as a free extra for the LG G5, I'm definitely on board.

The other two freebies are much more utilitarian: an extra LG G5 battery and a charging cradle. To be clear, the charging cradle is for the extra battery and isn't a wireless charging cradle.

All told, this is about $300 worth of extras to go with your LG G5, so a respectable haul.

If you want to take advantage of the offer, you do have to move quickly, as only pre-orders made from March 24th to March 31st are eligible for the promotion. You also have to register your submission by April 15th.


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No, Samsung Gear S2 is not getting iPhone support today

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 09:34 AM PDT

Nope. Not yet. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidEveryone thinks Gear S2 is getting support for the iPhone today, and it's all thanks to Verizon. But in actual fact, that's not the case. While Samsung's latest smartwatch will be iPhone-compatible at some point, you'll have to wait a little while longer for it. The confusion stems from Gear S2 update notes published by Verizon,

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Niantic Labs Post Screens And Details From Pokémon GO

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 09:29 AM PDT

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The recent Google spin-off Niantic Labs is cooking up what might be the first worthwhile Pokémon experience on a mobile device with Pokémon GO. A bit of footage was shown off at SXSW last weekend, but now Niantic has posted some proper details and screenshots. Get your Pokéballs ready.

Niantic's earlier games and apps are based heavily on your physical location, and Pokémon GO will apparently be no different. You'll have to venture out into the world to find and capture Pokémon.

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Holy smokes! Sony is bringing PlayStation games to mobile

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 08:45 AM PDT

PlayStation greats are coming to your smartphone. Photo: SonyDays after Nintendo launched its very first smartphone game, another gaming giant has announced it will start making mobile games. Sony has formed a new company called ForwardWorks Corporation that's dedicated to bringing PlayStation greats to Android and iOS. Unlike Nintendo, Sony is killing it in the console business. Back in January, the Japanese company confirmed it had sold more

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Google Is Working On YouTube Connect, Aiming To Beat Periscope At Its Own Game

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 07:23 AM PDT

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VentureBeat is claiming to have wind of a new app by YouTube, named 'Connect.' The app will reportedly be used for live-streaming, in much the same way as Periscope and Facebook. According to VentureBeat's sources, Connect has many of the same features as those two apps, including a 'news feed' to see which of your subscriptions are streaming or have shared video, and chat among users.

This marks the fourth YouTube spin-off app, following GamingMusic, and Kids.

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Google+ 7.5 Lets You Retry Sending Failed Posts And Fixes Lots Of Bugs [APK Download]

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 07:08 AM PDT

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Google+'s app redesign and changes might not be universally liked, but there's little doubt that the team is actively trying to add requested features, improve usability, and make the app and experience more enjoyable and less stressful with each update. With version 7.5, Google+ gets a lot of bug and issue fixes, improves the link preload feature that was introduced in version 7.3, and adds one new element.

As demonstrated in the screenshots above, there's a new notification when a post fails to send that takes you to a screen of pending posts where you can resend or delete any of them.

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Top 10 new Android games this week: Rope Racers, Winterstate

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 06:11 AM PDT

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Super Arc Light

DescriptionAre you ready for pure relentless survival? Super Hexagon meets Geometry Wars in this stylish arcade shooter. Super Arc Light is a minimalistic, arcade radial shooter where you must defend your base to the death against waves of challenging enemies.

 

Winterstate

Description:  Knuckle Sam needs YOU – download now to reclaim the nation! Take command of a convoy of deadly fighting vehicles, as you hit the road with the legendary Knuckle Sam and his band of Runners. Under the banner of Sam's Winterstate you'll build a powerful force, repel the raiders and take the fight back to The Code – a mysterious, deadly threat emerging from the West.

 

Republique: Episode 5

DescriptionIn "Episode 5: Terminus," the fifth and final episode of the thrilling République saga, battle lines are drawn. As Hope and the player bring the fight for freedom directly to the Overseer, they must choose their sides carefully, or risk becoming the injustice they're trying to stop.

 

Onion Force

DescriptionOnion Force is a hybrid Tower Defense/Action Adventure game with 30 levels of butt-puckering mayhem! Use cunning and strategy to strengthen your team chosen from a diverse cast of characters, and hang on to your seat as you try to save the last king from his impending doom!

 

Rayman Classic

DescriptionTo celebrate its 20th anniversary, the original Rayman is back… and for the 1st time on your mobile! Embark on epic adventures with Rayman in one of the most influent platform game of all times and relive the experience of playing the original version of the 1995 hit.

 

City Run London

Description: City Run London is a rescue adventure through the ancient gate-towers of Tudor London. With its bittersweet cast of characters and smoky soundscape bridging then and now, this game offers a time travel immersion inside a comic book aesthetic.

 

Rope Racers

DescriptionSWING, RUN and RACE against other players across the world! Win high-speed races for great rewards. Collect all characters, race in awesome locations and be the best Rope Racer of all time!

 

AstroSucker

DescriptionAstroSucker is a fast-paced, old skool space shooter with a twist: slow down the time to perform awesome attacks and evasions against all the aliens in space! You have been equipped with the most advanced spaceship available: your mission is to save the galaxy from the biggest alien invasion ever!

 

Beat Jumper

DescriptionSlide-jump platforms, bounce, swirl and generally have great time in an endless tower jumper where future meets retro. Choose to play as multiple characters by collecting coins to unlock new ones. Compete with your friends for the highest score.

 

Total War Battles: KINGDOM

DescriptionShape the land, build sprawling towns and recruit and train a powerful army. Conquer new territories to expand your realm and defeat rival lords and other players in epic real-time battles.

 


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Casual Sports Favorite Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings Is Now Available On SHIELD Android TV For Twenty Bucks

Posted: 24 Mar 2016 04:36 AM PDT

imageBaseball games tend to veer on the side of "simulator" sports titles - they've been getting progressively more complex, and more technically taxing, since the 16-bit days when players stopped looking like a collection of squares. The latest high-profile game to hit NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV device bucks that trend with a setup tuned for quick play that emphasizes fun over everything else. Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings combines cartoony visuals and an unlicensed feel with surprisingly deep physics and a ton of options.

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HTC 10 Teaser Hints At New Boomsound Speaker

Posted: 23 Mar 2016 10:40 PM PDT

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Earlier today, HTC confirmed a date for the launch event for its upcoming flagship smartphone the HTC 10. Now the company has resumed its regular teaser schedule with a new teaser posted to its @HTC_USA Twitter account.



It looks like the HTC 10 might come with a next generation BoomSound audio system. BoomSound originally made its debut on the One M7 back in 2012, the One M8 and last year's One M9 and it has since then been widely regarded as the best smartphone speaker system. No information yet as to what the new Boomsound speaker will bring but all will be revealed on April 12. Other specs for the phone include a 5.1-inch QHD Super LCD4 display, Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM and Android 6.0.

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Samsung Marshmallow Updates Delayed Again On Telus

Posted: 23 Mar 2016 10:25 PM PDT

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Bad news Samsung fans.  The Marshmallow updates for the 2015 flagships have been delayed once again, at least on Telus.  Last we saw, the S6 Edge+ and Note 5 were expected to get updated on March 25 while the S6 and S6 Edge were slated for April 4 and April 13 respectively.

According to the latest update to Telus' update schedule, the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ will not get updated until April 7.  The S6 and S6 Edge will be update a week later on April 14.

I'm not sure why there have been so many delays with these updates but I'm looking into it and will let you know if I figure anything out.

Oh, and although this is just Telus' schedule, my guess is that other carriers are likely going to be delayed as well.

[Telus]

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Google's New Accessibility Scanner Helps Developers Check Their Apps For Accessibility Issues

Posted: 23 Mar 2016 09:03 PM PDT

imageDevelopers, we know you work hard on your apps. So does Google. But they also know that sometimes it's hard to make apps easy to use when you're elbow deep in their design. To that end, the new Accessibility Scanner app allows you to check other apps for potential problems or possible improvements in terms of accessibility. It's a free download in the Play Store, but at the moment it looks like it's limited to Android 6.0 devices.

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Verizon’s LG V10 to get Marshmallow update tomorrow

Posted: 23 Mar 2016 04:48 PM PDT

The LG V10 is still a fairly new device, and somehow, Verizon managed to get the Marshmallow update rolling out before anyone else. The carrier has announced that the Android 6.0 update will begin rolling out tomorrow.

The update, which is software version VS99022A, will bring the full Marshmallow experience to your device. This includes Now on Tap, Doze mode, full app permission control, and a bunch of fixes that have made many phones quicker and smoother. It's definitely a great update.

We hope this is not a mistake on Verizon's part, and if it isn't, you should see it start the rollout tomorrow. You may not get it immediately, but check for the update in Settings > About phone > Software updates on March 24. Also make sure your battery is topped off and you have good signal (or WiFi if you don't want to waste data), you'll need it to install the update. Let us know when you get it!


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Huawei P9 ‘Lite’ images and specs leaked

Posted: 23 Mar 2016 04:17 PM PDT

Huawei is holding a launch event on April 6, and more information about the devices that will be announced is leaking out. This time it's for a lower-end version of the Huawei P9, which might be called the P9 Lite after last year's P8 Lite.

This device seems to be following the new trend of budget versions of flagships being comparable in specs, retaining the 5.2-inch display size and 1080p resolution of the Huawei P9. The 3GB of RAM and fingerprint scanner found on the P9 will also be retained on the P9 Lite, though the processor will be downgraded. The dual cameras are also gone, along with the full metal construction.

If this device really is comparable to the flagship, a lot of people will be happy. It's a great trend that we hope every company adopts. We look forward to seeing what Huawei has in store on April 6.


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