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HTC Boldly Claims The HTC 10 Will Be The “Fastest And Smoothest Android”

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 02:56 PM PDT

The HTC 10 event is just 2 weeks away now (April 12) and HTC has yet another little teaser for us.  And if you thought their last claim that they'll have a "world class" camera was bold, wait till you see this latest one.  In their latest teaser/Tweet, HTC is promising that their new flagship will be the "Fastest and Smoothest Android."  Pretty ballsy statement right?

Now I will say that HTC has done well in the past with optimizing their software to create a very fluid and smooth experience but saying that you'll have the "fastest and smoothest Android" in a world that includes powerhouses like the Nexus 6P and Galaxy S7 takes guts.

Okay HTC, you have my attention.  Now you just need to deliver!

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Pixel C 25% discount expanded to 8 more countries

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 02:41 PM PDT

Google recently announced a discount on the Pixel C tablet for developers. With the release of the Android N Developer Preview, Google wanted to give developers a chance to test their apps on the new version of Android ahead of release by taking 25% off the price of a Pixel C tablet. Presumably, a boost in tablet development is another big reason for this sale.

Previously, the sale was only available in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States. Google has now expanded that to Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland. You can request a code from Google for 25% off, and people who aren't developers have managed to get a code so it may not be limited to developers.

This discount will knock the 32GB model down to $375 and the 64GB model to $450, though this does not include the keyboard. But you'll be getting a high end tablet with the ability to run the Android N Developer Preview.

The discount code takes a while to get to people, from a few hours to a few days, so be patient. The offer ends July 15 or until supplies run out. How many of you are jumping on this discount?


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LG Is Bringing Back The App Drawer On The G5

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 02:41 PM PDT

Last week I had the opportunity to play around with the soon to be released LG G5.  One thing that I noticed quite quickly is that the app drawer was gone.  While most users probably wouldn't really be bothered by the removal (myself included) it's something I did notice and I'm sure there will be some that are bothered by its omission.  While a third party launcher easily remedies the problem, it seems LG has decided to bring it back as well but as an option.

By default, the new UX 5.0 will not feature an app drawer but you can re-enable it by switching your home setting to the "Home & app drawer" mode.  Again, this isn't a huge issue but I think it's a wise move on LG's part to make it an option for those who want a slightly more traditional look and feel.

What do you guys think?  Is the app drawer a necessity?  Or would you prefer manufacturers to drop it in their UI's?

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Sony Pulls Z5 & Z5 Premium Update

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 02:26 PM PDT

Late last week, Sony began pushing out its Marshmallow update for the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium.  Yay, right?  Well not so much.  The update was causing many users to have difficulties accessing the Play Store so, as a result, Sony has pulled the update.

Sony issued the above statement on Twitter regarding the removal and for the time being we don't have any indication when they will re-release the update.  Hopefully it doesn't take them too long to get this sorted out.

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Google announces Fiber Phone, a landline service for Fiber users

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 02:26 PM PDT

Cellphones may pretty much rule the world, but landlines aren't quite dead yet. Many people still use landlines for a few reasons, one of which is call quality. Though VoLTE is aiming to improve call quality on cellphones, the quality of a landline and a good phone can't be beat.

Google has announced a new landline service called Fiber Phone, an extension of the Fiber internet service currently offered in select cities. It's a VoIP service, so it's all over the internet. It'll cost $10 a month for domestic calls, and international rates will be identical to those currently offered to Google Voice users.

You'll be provided a Fiber Voice box for use with any home phone, as the service does not come with the phone. You'll get features like caller ID, call waiting, and whatever you're used to with a landline, plus more. Voicemails can be transcribed and emailed to you while you're out of the house, and you can even have Fiber Phone route calls to your cell phone if you're not home.

Fiber Phone seems like an awesome service for those who still value landlines. It's coming to only a few areas for testing, but will eventually roll out to all Fiber cities. Do you guys still use landlines, and would you pay for Fiber Phone? Leave a comment!


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Moto E 2nd Gen Getting Updated To Marshmallow

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 02:11 PM PDT

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Another device has made its way up to Marshmallow.  Motorola has now pushed the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update out to the Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen.  Telus and Koodo customers should be getting the update already while WIND and Videotron customers are expected to get the update tomorrow.

The update is rolling out over the air but comes in at a hefty 520MB so you might want to jump onto a WiFi network so you don't use up all those GBs.  As always, if you haven't received the update yet, jump into your settings and scroll down to about device.  In there you'll be able to do a manual check for the update.

Happy updating!

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Adobe Acrobat Reader 16 Connects To Your Dropbox Account To View And Edit Files

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 02:07 PM PDT

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The PDF format is a common and open standard that works with many programs, but many people still turn to Acrobat Reader when the time comes to open a document. Adobe has given such folks another reason to keep the app around. Reader now integrates with Dropbox accounts.

When you fire up version 16 for the first time, the app will prompt you to add your Dropbox account. If you do, you can browse files stored online, annotate PDFs, and save changes back to Dropbox.

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Adobe Acrobat Reader 16 Connects To Your Dropbox Account To View And Edit Files was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google likely killing the physical Wallet Card

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 01:43 PM PDT

The physical Google Wallet Card was an awesome idea. It's a regular card like your debit card, but it's filled using the Google Wallet app. You can use it for purchases without fees, and if it's out of money, you pull out your phone and refill it. I always kept it empty and in my car in case of emergencies where I left my wallet at home and have no cash.

Unfortunately, it seems that the physical Wallet Card is being killed off. Deep inside the latest version of Google Wallet, Android Police found text saying the card program will be shut down on June 30. And on May 1, people will no longer be able to activate new cards or add balance to their current cards.

While this news isn't exactly official, it's likely true as the text was found in an official Google APK. And it's not like Google doesn't know people look for this stuff. It's unfortunate news though. How many of you still use your physical Google Wallet Card?


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Samsung's 'Good Lock' App Brings A Crazy Alternative UI To Your GS7's Lock Screen, Notifications, And Quick Settings

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 01:39 PM PDT

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The design of Samsung's system UI hasn't changed much in the last few years, except when it comes to cosmetic things like icons and colors. There'a s whole theme store that can alter that stuff. In the Galaxy Apps store, there's a new app called Good Lock that goes further by enabling an "advanced system UI" on the Galaxy S7. It's really bonkers.

The name is a little misleading as Good Lock does more than change your lock screen.

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Samsung's 'Good Lock' App Brings A Crazy Alternative UI To Your GS7's Lock Screen, Notifications, And Quick Settings was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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WhatsApp beta gains Quick Replies and solid chat wallpapers. Finally!

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 01:26 PM PDT

whatsapp-logo-tiltThose on the WhatsApp Messenger beta track will notice a new version is ready to install, with Quick Reply functionality sitting pretty at the top of its release notes. As always, it's only for those brave enough to live life on the beta bleeding edge. But WhatsApp beta v2.12.260 might actually be worth the risk

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Google Photos for Android updated to save original photo while editing

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 01:10 PM PDT

Editing photos is great. You can fix blemishes, make colors more natural, or just go all out and make your photo look stylistic. The problem occurs when you want the original back, but you just edited all over it to the point of no return. Thankfully, Google has made that issue easy to avoid.

Google Photos for Android has been updated to allow you to undo any edits that you've made. Even if you don't save a copy of the original photo, Photos will allow you to undo edits and return the photo to its original state. It's a simple fix, but one that will save people some trouble.

The update is now rolling out, so hit the Play Store or check for updates on your device to get it!


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Nintendo's Miitomo App Set To Launch In The United States On March 31st

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 12:36 PM PDT

miiNintendo is taking its sweet time in making its Miitomo app available to us US Americans. But the waiting, in so much as there has been waiting for a glorified Nintendo-only social network, is almost over. After a bit of exclusivity in Japan, the app is set to go live in the United States and "several other countries" on Thursday, March 31st. Want to know which other countries? So do we.

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Nintendo's Miitomo App Set To Launch In The United States On March 31st was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Photos now lets you undo your editing mistakes

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 11:56 AM PDT

Editing is easier with Google Photos. Photo: GoogleGoogle Photos is finally giving us the ability to reverse our image editing mistakes. With a new update that's rolling out now on Android, the app finally has an undo button that restores your photos to their original state so you can start your tweaking from scratch. Seasoned Google Photos users will have gotten used to

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Waze Now Notifies You If You're Going Over The Speed Limit In Certain Parts Of The World

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 11:38 AM PDT

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Millions of people turn to Waze as their go-to navigation app. It tells them not only how to get to their destination, but how to avoid the cops in the process. Now it will also let users know when they've crept over the sped limit.

Like other navigation apps, Waze will now display your current speed in the corner of the  app. When you're barreling down the road faster than you should, the indicator will turn red.

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Waze Now Notifies You If You're Going Over The Speed Limit In Certain Parts Of The World was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Massive Snapchat revamp brings real voice and video calling

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 11:27 AM PDT

Grab Snapchat 2.0 today! Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of AndroidThe Snapchat revamp you've been reading so much about in recent months has landed. Dubbed "Chat 2.0," and available today on Android and iOS, it finally brings voice and video calling, improved Snapchat Stories, and 200 brand new stickers. With voice and video calling, Snapchat is more than just a funky messaging app. You can

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Instagram rolling out support for 60-second videos

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 11:12 AM PDT

Photographs have always been the crux of Instagram's empire, but video is a big focal point for many these days. Up until recently, Instagram offered support for users to publish 15-second videos, while companies have had access to 60-second videos for their advertisements.

After a waiting period, Instagram has deemed it okay to rollout support for 60-second videos for everyone, not just companies and advertisers. The rollout is beginning today, but the social network points out that it could take more than a month to get the feature out to everyone out there using the service.

The social network also says that this new update is just one of many that are planned for the year ahead, but what that means right now remains to be seen. It should be interesting to see what else Instagram has in store for its user base in the coming months.


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Operation Dracula Is A New 'Bullet Hell' Shooter From Crescent Moon Games

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 10:37 AM PDT

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How many bullets do you like to see in your top-down shooters? If you answered "a reasonable number," then Operation Dracula is not for you. The latest game published by Crescent Moon Games Contains lots of snappy chiptune music, multiple characters, and a totally unreasonably number of bullets. Thus, a "bullet hell" shooter.

If you've played a top-down shooter in the past, you'll immediately get the gist of Operation Dracula. Your ship is down at the bottom of the screen, and enemies fly in from the top.

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Operation Dracula Is A New 'Bullet Hell' Shooter From Crescent Moon Games was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Relive gaming’s golden days with the SNES30 controller and Xtander mount [Deals]

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 10:25 AM PDT

79c748b9fecd1215a32d66de7dfd0754078a0b2a_main_hero_imageRemember the glory days of playing Super Nintendo on that classic gray controller with its signature purple push buttons? 8Bitdo is bringing it back again with the SNES30, a 1:1 original design that supports both Bluetooth and USB connections. Connect with your favorite device or computer to play any modern game, and easily mount your

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HTC 10 teased again, this time it’s all about the performance

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 10:09 AM PDT

HTC isn't shying away from teasing its upcoming flagship, known right now as the HTC 10, and here we are again with another straightforward hint at what people should expect to see in the company's next big phone.

HTC took to Twitter again to release a dark image showcasing a dark phone, with just enough light to show off the capacitive face buttons (Recent Apps and Back), and what appears to be an elongated fingerprint reader. Underneath that is the Performance tease, to the 10th power. There's nothing much else in the picture, but HTC included, "Not all phones are created equal. The fastest and smoothest Android. You'll feel it. #powerof10," in the tweet.

At this point, HTC has teased just about everything we've come to expect in teasers. That includes the camera, the audio, and whatever "the power of 10" is. All of the teases are leading up to April 12, when HTC has plans to show off the HTC 10 in all of its glory.

Unfortunately, none of the teases are telling us anything solid just yet. The rumor mill, though, believes the performance part of the HTC 10 will come from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, along with 4GB of RAM. Other rumors have suggested the HTC 10 will boast a 5.1-inch display, with a resolution of 2560×1440, and that a 12-UltraPixel camera will be positioned on the back.

Are you looking forward to the HTC 10?


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Samsung Pay’s best feature will be missing when it lands in the U.K.

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 09:54 AM PDT

Has Visa Europe blocked Samsung Pay's biggest advantage over Apple Pay? Photo: SamsungSamsung Pay's best feature — the one that makes it better than Apple Pay, Android Pay, and about every other mobile payments service — could be missing when it arrives in the U.K. According to a new report, Visa Europe won't support Samsung's Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology, which means Brits may have to rely solely

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Samsung’s ad-blocking web browser reaches Google Play

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 09:22 AM PDT

Get Samsung Internet 4.0 on your Galaxy now. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidStill waiting for Samsung's ad-blocking web browser to reach your Galaxy device? Now you can go grab it yourself. Samsung Internet version 4.0, which supports content-blocking plugins and was previously only available on Galaxy devices running Marshmallow, is now available in Google Play. Until now, users had to wait for Samsung's Marshmallow upgrade to get

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Nintendo’s Miitomo launches in the U.S. on March 31

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 07:41 AM PDT

Back in October, Nintendo revealed that its first official mobile app would be called Miitomo, and that it wasn't really a game, per se, and that it wouldn't include any of Nintendo's famous characters. It launched in Japan not too long ago and has already had hundreds of hours sunk into it, and now it's finally coming to the United States.

Nintendo officially announced today that Miitomo is headed to the US on Thursday, March 31. It will also be available in several other countries across the globe on the same day, including the United Kingdom. Nintendo is offering future Miitomo users a chance to pre-register to know when the app is available, and hand out Nintendo Platinum Points as part of the company's rewards program. It'll be available for Android and iOS.

Miitomo is an interesting social experience, where the user creates a Mii (Nintendo's avatar), and lets the user even alter its personality and voice. The app will also ask a variety of questions, including, "If you were given 10 grand to spend in one day, what would you do?", and then share the responses to your friends that are also using the app. They can like your response with a heart, or they can respond via a text or picture reply.

There are mini-games in the title, which allows the user to win new clothes for their Mii, and users can also take pictures of the digital creation to share on social networks, too.

Do you plan on checking out Miitomo when it launches later this week?


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Nintendo’s first smartphone game hits the U.S. on March 31

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 07:10 AM PDT

Miitomo is almost here! Photo: NintendoThe wait for Nintendo's first smartphone game is almost over if you live in the U.S. Miitomo, which racked up a whopping 1 million downloads in three days after making its debut in Japan a fortnight ago, will be available on Android and iOS on Thursday, March 31. Miitomo isn't the Super Mario game you were hoping to get on

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Samsung Pay arrives to take on Apple in China

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 04:57 AM PDT

Samsung Pay is coming later this year. Photo: SamsungAfter almost two years of planning, Apple finally launched Apple Pay in China last month — and, wouldn't you know it, Samsung's keen to catch up! To that end, the company officially launched Samsung Pay in China today, partnering with the state-backed China UnionPay to do so. And, right away, it claims that it will

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Pokémon GO lets you catch ’em all in real life

Posted: 29 Mar 2016 04:57 AM PDT

Do you want to be the very best? Photo: PokémonIf, like me, you sank countless hours into Pokémon games during your misspent youth, there's some great news: Pokémon GO, an augmented reality game for smartphones is one step closer to rolling out. And it looks great! The first big original mobile Pokémon game, GO sends players on a scavenger hunt in which they must

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