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Facebook Messenger's Material-Infused Redesign Is Now Official

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 02:10 PM PST

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Facebook Messenger is the regular Facebook app's cooler cousin. It may not always know which look is fashionable, but it isn't afraid to experiment and adapt. If the app doesn't come out looking sharp the first time, it has no problem with returning back to the store, spending some time in the dressing room, and coming out with something different.

For a few months now, we've watched Facebook experiment with giving its texting app a few Material-inspired changes.

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Here Are A Couple More Looks At The Upcoming HTC 10

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 02:03 PM PST

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Leaksters @evleaks and @onleaks have come through again with some more photos of the upcoming HTC M10.  And once again @evleaks photo is of the press render variety while @onleaks has more real life shots of the device.  There isn't really much new to see with these latest photos but they're nice to have nonetheless.

Once again, the HTC 10 (still not a huge fan of the name) is expected to feature a 5.2″ QHD display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.  It will also sport a 12MP UltraPixel camera and will adopt the increasingly popular USB Type-C charge Port.

What are your guys' thoughts on HTC's next hero phone?  Did they do enough to get your attention away from LG and Samsung?

 

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Blackberry Priv March Security Update Rolling Out

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 01:40 PM PST

Blackberry Priv

When Blackberry jumped over to Android, they promised quick and speedy updates, something other manufacturers tend to struggle with.  So far they've been doing a great job and they're keeping it going as we enter into March.

Blackberry is currently rolling out their monthly security update to their Priv.  These updates patch any holes that Google has discovered and fix any bugs in the software.  If you haven't received the update, be sure to jump into your settings and scroll down to "About Device."  You'll be able to do a manual check from there.

The company is definitely still struggling, especially in the uber crowded Android market, but quick software updates are a big plus for many Android enthusiasts so Blackberry at least has that going for them right now.

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: phraser, Ignatius

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 01:40 PM PST

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. Evo Explores

Evo Explores

App info: Manipulate impossible surreal structures, explore optical illusions and solve mind blowing puzzles. Every new level will unravel the history of Byte planet and its citizens.

 

2. phraser

phraser

App info: New words and phrases learning has never been so easy! This app will make you remember new words even if you don't want to.

 

3. Font Changer Free Style

Font Changer Free Style

App info: My Fonts is an amazing application help you change font style for android esily. With milion of beautiful fonts for Android. Editing text font on phone beautifully with My Font.

 

4. HOUND Voice Search & Assistant

HOUND Voice Search & Assistant

App info: Hound is the best way to search using your voice. Hound is different: Extremely fast responses, You speak naturally, no need to learn special keyword phrases, Follow-up to filter, sort, or add more information to your query so you can be specific.

 

5. Ignatius

Ignatius

App info: Ignatius is a atmospheric puzzle-platformer game with an interesting story. The game with its visual form and plot refers to the old silent movies.

 

Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.


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Amazon vows to bring back encryption for Fire tablets

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 12:29 PM PST

Amazon has changed its mind. Photo: TechSmart/Flickr (CC-licensed)Amazon has promised to bring back encryption for its own Fire OS operating system after removing it in its latest update. The retail giant's decision was met with anger and confusion by Fire tablet owners when Fire OS 5 rolled out last week. Amazon says it removed encryption from Fire OS — along with other

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TuneIn Radio Adds Play-By-Play NBA Audio Starting With The 2016-2017 Season For Premium Subscribers In The US

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 12:22 PM PST

 

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You know what sucks? Not watching basketball. I absolutely hate when I have something else going on while the Bulls are playing and I don't get to watch the game. Being able to listen to the game makes that a little easier to tolerate, which I currently do from the official NBA app if that's the only option. If you're a TuneIn Radio Premium subscriber and an NBA fan, though, things just got a bit easier for you: TuneIn has reached a deal with the NBA that will allow it to stream all game audio from the app starting globally with the 2016-2017 season.

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Facebook Messenger updated with Material Design

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 12:07 PM PST

It's been a while since Material Design first started making its way into the real world, especially from third-party apps like Facebook, but the social network's messaging app is finally getting updated.

The announcement was made today via the official Messenger Facebook page, confirming that the update to the popular app will be rolling out beginning later today. The post explains that Facebook's Messenger team has been working on the Material Design update for quite some time, but considering how important the app is for so many users around the globe, it took time to get it right.

The brand new design will bring in the Material Design philosophy, and it will also let the Messenger team to implement new features faster down the road. It's also been confirmed by the company that more design changes are in the works, and those will be rolling out in the following weeks. What that actually means, though, remains to be seen.

Keep an eye on your Facebook Messenger app for an incoming update, and let us know what you think of the new Material Design aesthetic after you get the update.


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Google drops Project Fi invites, offers Nexus 5X for under $200

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 11:50 AM PST

Nexus 5X is $150 cheaper on Project Fi. Photo: GoogleThe price tag of Nexus 5X has been dropping like a lead balloon since the handset launched last fall, and it has finally reached the sub-$200 mark. If you buy the device on Google's own Project Fi network over the next month, it'll cost you just $199. And to make it even more accessible, Google

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Sony’s Xperia Z5 series gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 11:31 AM PST

Xperia Z5 gets a sweet taste of Marshmallow. Photo: SonySony has begun rolling out its Android 6.0 update for the Xperia Z5 series. The update packs all of the features you'd expect from a Marshmallow upgrade, in addition to Android's February security patch. This update is rolling out globally, according to Xperia Blog, and it's available to the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Premium, and Xperia Z5

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Get a Galaxy S5 with 1 year of unlimited talk and text for under $200

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 11:31 AM PST

Galaxy S5Save up to $1,000 every year and enjoy blazing-fast connection speeds with this premium LTE smartphone and service from FreedomPop. With the Samsung Galaxy S5, you'll reap the benefits of Android's top-notch technology, browse your apps with ease, and stream videos and games to your heart's content. For a limited time, you can score this quality

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Dropbox Now Has Over 500 Million Registered Users

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 11:06 AM PST

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Earlier this year, the Dropbox Android app ran by the 500 million installs milestone on Google Play. The problem with that metric is that it tracks the number of times the app has been downloaded from the Play Store, which includes updates to pre-installed versions. That makes this a very unspecific marker of how many people actually use Dropbox on Android.

We still don't know the answer to that question, but today Dropbox is happy to announce the number of people using the service overall.

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Dropbox Now Has Over 500 Million Registered Users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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You can now pay monthly for your new OnePlus 2, OnePlus X

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 10:36 AM PST

OnePlus 2 is now more affordable than ever. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidIf you've been eyeing a new OnePlus smartphone since the company dropped its invite system, but you've been unable to save up the cash, now's your chance to get one on installments. Starting today, you can pick up the flagship OnePlus 2 for as little as $22.60 a month, while the OnePlus X starts at

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Android 6.0 now rolling out to global Sony Xperia Z5 handsets

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 10:36 AM PST

Android 6.0 is no longer a stranger to several different Android phones all over the globe, and now even Sony has begun the rollout to some of its devices.

Based on a report from Xperia Blog, the global Sony Xperia Z5 family of handsets is now receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. That includes the Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium along with the standard Xperia Z5 handset. Sony is also including Google's February security patches with the software.

It's not all positives, though. For the folks that have adopted Google's "adoptable storage" feature into their lives — or have been waiting to, anyway — because apparently Sony has left out the Android 6.0-specific feature that allows users to treat their external microSD card as internal storage and put app data on the card. There's no official word as to why Sony opted not to include that feature, but they aren't the only one, seeing as Samsung has also left that bit out.

Still, this is good news for any global Xperia Z5 owners out there. Are you looking forward to the update?


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From “Hi” to Fi to “Goodbye” to invites: 7 things we’ve learned about Project Fi

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 10:25 AM PST

Roughly 10 months ago we introduced Project Fi - a program to explore new ideas in wireless connectivity. Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi works in partnership with leading carriers and hardware makers to push the boundaries of what's possible. By designing across hardware, software, and connectivity, we're able to explore new ways for people to connect and communicate.

With Project Fi, we deliver fast wireless service with the flexibility to use it where you want (even internationally) and a monthly bill that's simple and easy to understand. Over the past 10 months, we've learned a lot about how people use Project Fi and wanted to share a few of these insights with you!

1) Project Fi customers love to travel



With Project Fi, being away from home doesn't mean that you have to be away from your cellular data. Since launch, more than 15% of our customers have used Project Fi abroad. From Mexico to Montenegro, customers have visited 110 of our 120+ supported countries all while paying the same rate for data that they would in the U.S.

2) There's lots of high quality public Wi-Fi



We believe that using Wi-Fi should be seamless which is why we created Wi-Fi Assistant - a tool that automatically connects to high-quality hotspots and helps secure your connection. Over 50% of Project Fi customers are connecting to public hotspots using Wi-Fi Assistant on a weekly basis.

3) People like data on their data



When it comes to data, people like to be in the know - especially when they get a refund for what they don't use. So, we built tools into our app to help customers understand and track their usage throughout the month. Roughly 90% of people who visit the Project Fi app are coming to check out how much data they've used. How much data are they using? An average of 1.6 GB data per month.

4) Connectivity isn't just for phones 

We launched data-only SIMs in December to help Project Fi subscribers connect to data from devices other than their phones with no additional fees or restrictions. Since then, we've seen SIMs used everywhere from tablets to cars. While we're just starting to experiment here, one thing is already clear: people want access to data on more devices.

5) Project Fi customers like getting support from a real person


We never want something to go wrong, but when it does, it should be easy to get in touch to fix the problem quickly. While Project Fi has 24/7 customer support through phone, chat, and email, we've found that phone calls are still the most popular way that customers like to get in touch with us. When Project Fi customers call in, they are speaking to a real live person in 20 seconds or less 95% of the time.

6) Project Fi customers are creative

Three creations from our Fi customers

To spread some holiday cheer last December, we sent out building blocks to Project Fi customers to help them organize their phones and cables. As you can see from the photos above, customers built creations ranging from the useful to the extravagant.

7) We all want to skip the line

We launched Project Fi as an invitation-only Early Access program to make sure we could deliver the best quality of service to our first customers. Today, we're excited to be exiting our invitation-only mode and opening up Project Fi so that people across the U.S. can now sign up for service without having to wait in-line for an invite.

We'd like to say 'thank you' to all our Project Fi customers for providing insights and feedback over the past 10 months. While Project Fi is still in its early stages, we're excited to welcome our next wave of customers and look forward to growing and improving together.

P.S. To help make saying "Hi" to Project Fi a little easier, we'll be offering the Nexus 5X starting at $199 for the next month when you buy and activate through Project Fi.

Posted by Simon Arscott, Product Manager, Project Fi

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OnePlus opens installment plans for OnePlus X, OnePlus 2

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 08:57 AM PST

Contracts used to be the go-to option for the majority of folks getting their hands on a new smartphone, but installment plans are slowly starting to take over. Now even OnePlus is getting in on the fun through purchases made from its U.S. online store.

For any purchase that's over $99, OnePlus will offer a variety of different installment plan options for customers, allowing them to split up the cost of a device in different ways, hopefully making it an even more feasible option to buy a OnePlus X or OnePlus 2. OnePlus will also let customers pay off their device at any time, so even if they just want to pay a little up front and pay it off the next month, that's possible.

For the OnePlus X, which retails for $249.00, customers can pay $16.12 every month for 18 months, 12 monthly payments of $23.06, or $43.95 every month for six months. And for the OnePlus 2, which has a retail price tag of $349.00, the monthly breakdowns start at $22.60 each month for 18 months; $32.33 for 12 monthly payments; and 6 monthly payments of $61.60. OnePlus notes that these monthly payments all include an APR of 19.99 percent.

While the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus X aren't the most expensive devices on the market, it's still nice to see the company offering new ways for customers to pick up the handsets. Did you get your current daily driver through installment plans?


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Here’s how Samsung made the Galaxy S7 water-resistant

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 08:56 AM PST

The Galaxy S7 doesn't mind getting wet. Photo: PhotoSamsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 edge aren't its first water-resistant smartphones, but they are the first that don't require fiddly flaps to keep water out. So how exactly does Samsung ensure that nothing gets damaged when its new handsets go for a dip? All is revealed in the video below. JerryRigEverything has pulled apart

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Review: Cartogram — Indoor Maps

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 08:11 AM PST

Whichever phone you own, there's a good chance that the pre-installed mapping application is of a decent standard. For the majority of people, it will be perfectly capable of getting you from A to B and back again. One benefit of Android as a platform in fact is the tight integration with Google's own Maps app. If you require more advanced or specific functionality, you can always turn to Google Play and find a slew of apps that aid you in arriving at your destination.

Lacking in most maps applications, though, is any guidance once you get to your desired location. Cartogram is a mapping app that aims to solve this with its detailed layouts of buildings and searchable indoor maps. We've taken it for a spin to see how well it works.

When first opening Cartogram, you will be guided through the app and its functions with a tutorial. This gets you up to speed with the app quickly and gives you an understanding of its features and how it works.

cartogram screens 1Using Cartogram for navigating indoors is as simple as using other mapping applications for navigating outdoors. You are given the floor plan for the building you are in as well as points of interest. A great way to see how powerful Cartogram is using it at the mall. With support for multiple floors, the app can show you the mall layout across all floors with stores labelled for easy browsing. With search, you can type in the desired store, drop a pin and have the app provide walking turn-by-turn navigation to its location. The UI will most certainly feel familiar if you've used other apps for navigating, and that's intentional.

With just this feature, Cartogram is really useful and means you don't need to fumble around with paper maps or seek out a fixed map board showing you your current location.

Being on your internet-connected phone, Cartogram can (and does) go further, though. Not only can you search for stores, you can also search within them. After a particular product that is available in multiple locations? You can use Cartogram to teach for it and seek out the best price without needing to browse each store and compare for yourself. This is a very cool feature and was pretty accurate in the locations I tested in, and I would hope that prices, locations and offers were kept updated consistently. I don't know about you, but the less time I can spend trailing around the mall, the better and I can imagine how much more efficient this could make my shopping trips.

Another useful feature of Cartogram is the ability to share your location with others — even if they do not have the app installed — making it easy for you to meet up. If they have the app installed, they can see your location within the app. If not, the app generates a link to the web that can be viewed on any browser with your location pinpointed on a Google map. Making it possible to share with people outside of the app is a great benefit as not everyone will have this app installed.

Cartogram's features can be used without the need to create an account, but there are benefits to doing so, the main one being in-app chat and the ability to see each others' location and arrange a meeting place without leaving the app. You can log in using your email address or Facebook account — I'd like to see Google account or Twitter added to that list, too.

cartogram screens 2The app operates smoothly and was pretty much bug free in my experience. In terms of design, Cartogram is fairly plain and uninspiring. It's utilitarian in most respects — it does its job with little in the way of visual flourish. This focus on utility is representative of the app on the whole. Cartogram wants to be the most useful indoor mapping app, and doesn't try to do things outside of that remit (which I prefer, personally).

Cartogram doesn't have support for everywhere yet. It has 10,000+ maps — and the team is constantly adding more — but the app is US-only currently and of course covers only a small portion of the possible locations as of yet.

If you are looking for a solid indoor mapping app, definitely try out Cartogram. Its focused approach means it does one thing well and, while I feel it could do with a design refresh, I can see wide-ranging applications for Cartogram from shopping malls and events to sports venues, health resorts and more.

Check out Cartogram on Google Play where it is available to download for free.


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Clash Royale 1.2.3 APK

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 07:44 AM PST

The latest update Clash Royale game for Android has released in the Google Play Store that brings new cards, the new arena and multiple battle decks updates. Clash Royale is new potential mega-hit strategy game developed by Supercell, the developer behind famed mobile hit Clash of Clans. As always, we provide you .apk file, you can download Clash Royal apk from the source link given below.

Clash Royale 1.2.3 APK

Clash Royale brings a Clash of Clans theme, complete with an art style, audio, and characters from the original game. Clash Royale is a very fun strategy game that's easy for beginners to get the hang of but complex enough to keep you coming back. The game lets you collect and upgrade dozens of cards featuring the Clash of Clans troops, spells and defenses you know and love, as well as the Royales: Princes, Knights, Baby Dragons and more. You must knock the enemy King and Princesses from their towers to defeat your opponents and win Trophies, Crowns and glory in the Arena.

Here's a list of game features:
- Duel players from around the world in real-time and take their Trophies
- Earn chests to unlock rewards, collect powerful new cards and upgrade existing ones
- Destroy opponent's towers and win Crowns to earn epic Crown chests
- Construct your ultimate Battle Deck to defeat your opponents
- Progress through multiple Arenas all the way to the top
- Form a Clan to share cards and build your very own battle community
- Challenge your Clanmates and friends to a private duel
- Build and upgrade your card collection with the Clash Royale Family along with dozens of your favorite Clash troops, spells and defenses
- Learn different battle tactics by watching the best duels on TV Royale

Clash Royale is already the top-grossing Android game in the United States. Here is what's new in the latest update to Clash Royale for Android
SIX NEW CARDS
- New Common Card: Royal Giant
- New Epic Cards: Dark Prince, Poison
- New Rare Card: Three Musketeers
- New Card Rarity: Legendary
NEW ARENA, CHESTS & MORE
- Arena: Builder's Workshop
- Chests: Giant Chest and Super Magical Chest
- Deck Slots: Save multiple Battle Decks
BALANCE & OTHER CHANGES

Clash Royale update version looks to be widely available, so if you're already using it, you should seeing it available for download via the Google Play Store. You can install it on the mobile device running Android 4.0.3 or higher. You can download Clash Royale 1.2.3 apk from the source link below.

Clash Royale 1.2.3 APK download

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Smartphone fingerprint scanners fooled by inkjet printer

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 07:18 AM PST

It's as easy as that! Photo: Michigan State UniversityYour fingerprint is supposed to be the most secure method of locking your smartphone, but that's not the case if your device can be easily fooled. Researchers have been able to hack those from Samsung and Huawei using only an inkjet printer and conductive ink. "Your fingerprint is one of the best passwords in the world,"

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iPhone 6s destroys brand new Galaxy S7 Edge in speed test

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 03:54 AM PST

Despite a larger screen, the S7 edge could be cheaper than its predecessor! Photo: Evan BlassSamsung's new Galaxy S7 Edge isn't officially out until later this week, but according to some early out-of-the-box speed test comparisons it's doesn't fare too well against the six-month-old iPhone 6s Plus — despite having twice the RAM of Apple's 2GB handset. Check out the video below: The S7 Edge also faces off against Motorola's

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HTC stock soars to 9-month high despite February’s revenue dropping to 10-year low

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 02:10 AM PST

Two days of trading have seen HTC's stock price skyrocket 21%. While the surge in HTC's stock price is newsworthy in its own right, what's even more surprising is that HTC's stock went up 10% on Monday after HTC reported that revenue for February was 35.16% lower than it was in January and 54.48% lower than what HTC reported in February of 2015 – resulting in the worst monthly revenue for HTC in over 10 years.

So why is HTC's stock price going up? Investors are flocking to purchase HTC shares on news that HTC Vive pre-orders are off to a great start and that HTC's first production run of the UA HealthBox has sold out. Naturally, HTC isn't giving exact HTC Vive pre-order figures, but we do know that more than 15,000 units were pre-ordered in the first 10 minute. To break that down, HTC managed to secure more than $12 million in revue (15,000 times $800) in ten minutes. While HTC Vive pre-orders kicked off on February 29, HTC will likely not report the revenue of those devices until April since customer credit cards will not be charged until the HTC Vive ships.

Despite the fact that the HTC Vive is off to a good start, HTC still needs the HTC 10 to be a success if it wants to survive 2016. The phone's performance should be in line with that of the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7, but HTC will need to step up its marketing game if it truly wants to compete.


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