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Bell To Launch The HTC 10 On April 29

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 03:08 PM PDT

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When HTC unveiled their 2016 flagship a couple days back, one of the big surprises was that Bell would be the exclusive carrier here in Canada.  At the time of the announcement, we didn't have a release date but we do have one to pass your way now.

According to a document obtained by MobileSyrup, Bell plans to release the HTC 10 on April 29, just over two weeks from now.  No pricing was obtained but the outright price will likely mimic HTC's pricing to purchased it unlocked at $1000.  That should place it at around $300 on contract which, in my opinion, is probably a little too steep for a company trying recapture some market share.

On a side note, I noticed something somewhat interesting when searching the HTC 10 on Bell.ca.  The site currently has the HTC 10 listed at $749.99 (2-year term).  Obviously that we be an absurd 2 year term price but it could possibly be their outright price.  This also could just be a place holder as a $250 different between purchasing through Bell and purchasing through HTC seems a little bit much.

Either way, how many of you are planning to pick up the HTC 10?

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Google Drive Can Now Selectively Sync Subfolders On Windows And Mac

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 02:49 PM PDT

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For a while, desktop Google Drive's selective sync functionality has been rather, well, selective. You could only select top-level folders. This meant you could select all of your music, or all of your photos, but not a specific set of albums.

Now that's changing. Google has introduced the ability to selectively sync subfolders on Windows and Mac. This gives you more control over how much data stays on your computer and how much remains only on Google's servers.

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Google Drive Can Now Selectively Sync Subfolders On Windows And Mac was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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OPPO releases Project Spectrum based on Marshmallow for OPPO R7

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 02:38 PM PDT

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Chinese manufacturer OPPO has introduced their official ROM based on stock Android for the OPPO R7, so if you were after a good reason to pick one up, you now have one.

'Project Spectrum' is the name given to OPPO's heavily stripped back ROM which takes on a stock look and feel, whilst retaining a number of handy features popular on OPPO handsets. First released on the OPPO Find 7, and more recently the OPPO R5 series, the latest Project Spectrum release with the OPPO R7g — the international variant available in Australia — marks OPPO's first take on Android M, making features like Doze, Now on Tap, app permissions and more available to the R7; as well as ...

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PSA: Google Maps For Android Can Navigate To Multiple Destinations (With A Little Help From A Desktop)

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 02:18 PM PDT

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Officially, the Android version of Google Maps can't navigate to multiple successive destinations, which is something that the desktop/web version of Google Maps has been able to do for some time. (It's possible search for stops along a single route, but not add new destinations further down the line.) If users try to send directions for multiple destinations to a phone or tablet, they get this discouraging little message:

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But an Android Police reader has found a way around that, perhaps discovering an upcoming feature in the process.

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64GB model of HTC 10 not coming to US

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 02:07 PM PDT

The HTC 10 was announced with either 32 or 64GB of storage, but we probably won't see the bigger option here in the US. When asked if the 64GB HTC 10 will be available in the US, HTC senior global online communications manager Jeff Gordon indirectly answered the question with a no.

It's quite unfortunate to see that those who need more storage won't be able to get the bigger model here in the US. It's hard to imagine offering more capacity is all that difficult. Jeff Gordon did make it a point to say that the device will offer expandable Flex Storage, and its microSD slot does support cards up to 2TB.

A lot of people are disappointed in HTC, and even small things like this have brought out big complaints. Does this keep you from buying an HTC 10, or will you be purchasing one anyway? Or did you not like it in the first place? Let us know what you think in the comments!


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NVIDIA brings Super Meat Boy To SHIELD TV and Tablet

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 02:07 PM PDT

If you haven't heard of Super Meat Boy all these years, you may be in for a treat. The game is an old school side-scrolling speed runner with a high difficulty that only gets higher as you keep playing. It requires great reflexes, perfect controls, and good anger management, but it's loads of fun.

NVIDIA has brought Super Meat Boy to Android, but only for the SHIELD TV an and SHIELD Tablet. It's the perfect kind of game to play in short stretches or to marathon through, though you'll definitely need a controller to do it.

The game is priced at $15 on the Play Store and is worth every penny. For all you old school game fans, this is a gem.


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Android N Dev Preview 2 Introduces New Camera UI, Lets You Take Photos While Shooting Video Again, And More [APK Download]

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 02:01 PM PDT

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In the latest taste of Android N, we've seen changes to emoji, wallpapers, fast app switching, and other aspects of the Android interface. Now we're highlighting what's new in the camera.

Okay, partially new. One of the most exciting changes here is the return of the ability to take photos while shooting a video. But this feature comeback is part of a greater change to the camera interface.

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Android N Dev Preview 2 Introduces New Camera UI, Lets You Take Photos While Shooting Video Again, And More [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Nova Launcher Beta Already Has The New Folder Style From Android N Dev Preview

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 02:01 PM PDT

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Google released the second Android N developer preview update yesterday, and it came with a new folder icon. Instead of the stack, you have a clipped array of the top four app icons in a circle. Here we are a day later and the new Nova Launcher v4.3 beta already offers those folder icons as an option.

The updated Nova folders act just like the Google ones—they show equally spaced icons for two, three, and four or more apps (see above). This isn't the default folder style in Nova, at least not right now.

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Nova Launcher Beta Already Has The New Folder Style From Android N Dev Preview was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Verizon offering 2GB of free data for three uses of Android Pay

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 01:34 PM PDT

Verizon is running a new promotion offering two gigabytes of free data for users of Android Pay. While 2GB doesn't seem like much, and it's only good for two billing cycles (and let's be fair, it'll likely be used up by then), it's free!

The first time you use Android Pay starting today, you'll get a free gig of data. On the third payment, you'll get another. It's that simple; all you have to do is pay for things with Android Pay, and a lot of us are already doing this. If not, give it a shot, you may enjoy it.

If you're a Verizon customer with a device that supports Android Pay, head out into the vast world and find a store that accepts the payment service!


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Top 10 new Android games this week: Goo Saga, Zenge

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 01:34 PM 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.

Goo Saga

DescriptionGoo Saga is a platform adventure game where the player guides an elastic creature named Goo in a perilous journey to find his creator – and with him, the mysterious purpose of his own creation.

 

Shuffle Cats

Description:  Shuffle Cats is the fun, new card game for mobile, from King, makers of Candy Crush Soda Saga and Farm Heroes Saga! Slink, prowl and play your way to Lucky Lane – the secret place where the greatest card playing cats of the Roaring Twenties assemble to find out who really has the upper hand

 

Out of the Void

DescriptionThe aim of the game is simple and clear, in every level you have to reach the exit, but it will not be easy to succeed. Each level is made up of geometric shapes, lines, prisms, and the character can move inside or out of them, turn them inside out and jump around.

 

Cameleon Run

DescriptionChameleon Run is a unique, fast and challenging autorunner with a colorful twist. Jump, switch and run through expertly crafted levels that will have you running back for more. Your goal is to switch your color to match the ground as you run and jump from platform to platform. Sounds easy right? Well think again!

 

Aurora: Quarantine

DescriptionChallenge yourselves while avoiding a variety of realistic traps, searching for secrets, earning a high score and upgrading your robotic ball. Can you overcome all challenges and complete your mission while saving the city?

 

Rumble Arena

Description: Join your favourite heroes from all corners of galaxy in their quests to become Legends. INTENSE ACROBATIC FIGHTS – Up to 4 Heroes can duke it out in the arena. Throw your opponents off the stage and remain the last one standing to prove yourself a true legend.

 

Toby: The Secret Mine

DescriptionGo with Toby on an eerie adventure in a dark and creepy world full of dangerous situations, enemies and challenging puzzles.

 

Jewel Road

DescriptionMatch parts of a fantasy realm, play concerts in towns and castles along the way, and help Traveling Bard along a journey through the beautiful fantasy world! This thrilling Match 3 experience will keep you hooked for a long time.

 

Zenge

Description Zenge is a peculiar puzzle game, telling the story of Eon – a lonely journeyman who's stuck between the worlds and time. Game is intended to be a relaxing experience, thus there are no points, stars, tutorials, move counters, in game shops or any other distractors. Just pure, immersive journey with Eon, told through gorgeous art and music.

 

Kamisado

DescriptionIn Kamisado, strategic thinking is required, as every move must be well-thought-out to defeat the opponent in this abstract strategy game. Play against the computer in 5 different difficulties or against human players online in multiplayer mode!

 


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HTC officially launches Boost+ phone cleaner

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 01:34 PM PDT

Last week, the news came out that HTC was beta testing a phone cleaner app called Boost+. Phone cleaners have been around for quite some time, but they've become redundant now that Android has its own optimized RAM clearing functionality built in. Nonetheless, HTC decided that it would go ahead and create a device cleaner for all users, not just those using HTC devices.

HTC Boost+ has officially exited its beta testing period and is now available for all Android users running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. While the app is well-designed, it should be remembered that phone cleaners can actually hurt your phone's performance by shutting down so many apps, forcing them to restart.

To check out Boost+ for yourself, follow the source link below.


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Google Play Music Podcasts Are Apparently Coming On April 18th

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 12:59 PM PDT

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Play Music will soon let you listen to podcasts. No, I'm not trolling you. I know we ran a headline that said this way back in October. But we were just repeating Google's words. This time, we have a date: April 18th.

NPR has sent out an email to members announcing when the public radio network's podcasts would be available on Google Play. A reader then forwarded that information to us.

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Google Play Music Podcasts Are Apparently Coming On April 18th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Play Books v3.8 Brings A New Search Bar, New Book Notifications For Favorite Authors, Performance Improvements, And Much More [APK Download]

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 11:44 AM PDT

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This is certainly a week for updates. Between the latest dev preview for Android N, the rest of the April security updates, and a decent stack of apps from Google, things have been really busy. Play Books joins the lineup, bringing with it a number of visual and functional changes. Of course there is a new icon to join the rebranding effort, but it also includes some updates to the search bar, the reading experience, and more.

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Play Books v3.8 Brings A New Search Bar, New Book Notifications For Favorite Authors, Performance Improvements, And Much More [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android N lets you set different wallpapers for home, lock screens

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 11:18 AM PDT

There are more improvements hiding in Android N. Photo: GoogleGoogle's upcoming Android N upgrade will give users the ability to choose different wallpapers for their home and lock screens. The feature is already available in the second Developer Preview, which Google rolled out on Wednesday. Lots of smartphone and tablet makers who use Google's software add this feature, which many users take advantage of.

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Google’s new Live Cases let you customize your Nexus phone case with a photo or map

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 11:03 AM PDT

Remember Google Workshop, the Nexus case customization program that leaked way back in 2014? Well fast-forward to today and the program has finally been made official as Live Cases.

Live Cases will let you customize a snap-on case for your Nexus phone using one of your own photos or a piece of Google Maps. Simply choose the photo that you'd like to be applied to your case or pick a location from Google Maps and you can then tweak your selection with different filters and art styles.

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In addition the customized case itself, each Live Case will come with a live wallpaper based on your personalization. Photos Live Cases will come with a customizable picture gallery for a live wallpaper, while Places Live Cases will have a stylized map of your current location.

Finally, Live Cases include a programmable shortcut button. This button can be used to access nearby places of interest, quickly launch the camera, or as a shortcut for your favorite app.

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Live Cases cost $35 each and are available for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6. The cases are made of polycarbonate, you can choose whether your case comes with a matte or glossy finish.

While $35 may seem a bit steep for a polycarbonate snap-on case, the fact that you can totally customize Live Cases helps to make the price a bit more palatable. A lot of folks love to personalize their phones with different cases, and with Live Cases, you can create a case for your Nexus phone that's totally one-of-a-kind.

Will any of you be buying a Live Case?


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Save 24% on a 2-year subscription to Private Internet Access VPN [Deal]

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 10:48 AM PDT

5e62859db04212c4dbabf59a463e8ecb0045394a_main_hero_imageConnect through a VPN tunnel of your choice and forget about hackers, digital eavesdroppers, and government spies when you're connected to public Wi-Fi at the airport or thumbing through your favorite social media site while in line for your morning coffee. High-level encryption ensures you'll put an end to incessant digital advertising, while IP cloaking

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Google now sells customized ‘Live Cases’ for your Nexus

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 10:48 AM PDT

What will yours look like? Photo: GoogleForget boring smartphone cases that look just like everyone else's; Google's new "Live Cases" for Nexus smartphones come with your favorite photo or place printed on the back, and a shortcut button to your most-used app. Google's Live Cases, which are available for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 6, are designed by you. You can

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Introducing custom Live Cases to bring your Nexus phone to life

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 10:02 AM PDT

These days there are few things more personal to you than your phone – with all your photos, messages and handpicked apps at your fingertips, it's almost like a reflection of yourself. Starting today, we're giving you a new way to make your phone even more you. My Live Case lets people create their own snap case for Nexus 5X, 6, and 6P phones, by customizing it with a favorite photo or map.



Our design studio on the Google Store allows you to personalize your phone case with either your favorite photo or a special place on Google Maps. Then, with dozens of filters, you can make your design fit your style – be it vibrant and bright or polished and chic. Along with your signature case, you get a live wallpaper to bring your design to life on your home screen.


Photos Live Case, designed with your favorite photo
Showcase a shot of your family, dog, or any other fave photo. Just upload a pic to the site, choose a style, and you're done. Snap on your case to see your home screen turn into a slideshow of poses that you handpicked from Google Photos. To add more shots to your wallpaper, simply tap the shortcut button on the back of your case to launch your camera.

Places Live Case, styled with your happy place
Fashion your phone with a stylized map of your favorite location from around the world – whether it's your dream vacation destination or hometown. Your live wallpaper will show a map of your whereabouts as you go about your day. With a tap of the shortcut button, the app will show you what's nearby on Google Maps.


Check out some cool cases that The Dogist, Dan Rubin, Marques Brownlee and others have made for Nexus phones.

Now, go forth and customize! Visit the Google Store to make your own.

Posted by Kari Clark, Senior Manager, Live Cases

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Samsung’s Gear Manager app for iPhone leaks out early

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 09:46 AM PDT

Soon! Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidSamsung's new Gear Manager app for iOS, which will let you pair an iPhone with the Gear S2 smartwatch, has leaked out ahead of its official debut. Testers say the app will bring a surprising amount of functionality, allowing users control music from their watch, and even sync new faces to it. Samsung has already confirmed

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5 Things to Consider in Your BYOD School

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 09:00 AM PDT

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5 Things to Consider in Your BYOD Classroom (1)More schools are allowing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) now than even just a few years ago. As a teacher BYOD can be a good thing as it allows students to work with a computer, tablet, or phone with which they are familiar. At the same time, BYOD can be a bad thing if you or the school leadership hasn't thought through all of the implications and ramifications of BYOD. To that end, here are five things that should be thoughtfully considered as you move to BYOD.

1. Can you find apps and sites suitable for all students' devices?
When every student uses the same school-provided computer or tablet you don't have to worry about this question too much because you simply pick a site or app that works on one device and you're all set. In a BYOD environment you will have a variety of operating systems, versions of operating systems, and display sizes. For BYOD environments I always try to find web apps that are coded in HTML5 so that I have the best chance of the app or site working on all devices.

2. Can your network handle the number of devices that will be added to it?
This is a question for the IT department to answer. Once you allow students to add their devices to your wireless network you're going to have a massive uptick in traffic. Are you prepared? Along the same line, are you ready to support helping students figure out how to add a myriad of devices to your network.

3. Are you going BYOD to save money by not providing computers to students?
If so, you're missing the point of BYOD. Using BYOD as a reason to not provide students with computers creates an unequal environment for students. BYOD should be a supplement, not a replacement for a 1:1 program.

4. How are your students going to share files and or print files?
As a classroom teacher who will be collecting assignments from students think about the way in which you want to collect those assignments. In a Google Apps for Education environment you might use Google Classroom or Google Drive. In other settings you might need to create a Dropbox or Box folder to which students submit files. If it's printed work that you need, are your students going to be able to connect to a network printer or will you have to do all of the printing from a school-issued computer? If you're not sure, ask a member of your IT staff before those printed assignments are due.

5. How will you handle inappropriate use of mobile phones?
In the 8th grade I got in trouble for reading a Field & Stream article that I had stuffed inside my Algebra textbook. My point being that students texting in class is a classroom management issue, it's not the fault of the device being present in the classroom any more than Field & Stream was to blame for me not paying attention to my Algebra teacher, Mr. Dorsey.

We'll be talking about this topic and many others during the Practical Ed Tech BYOD Camp this summer. Early discounted registration is on sale now.


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Latest Android N preview brings new emoji, launcher shortcuts

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 08:28 AM PDT

Split-screen view in Android N. Screenshot: GoogleGoogle has rolled out its second Android N preview for Nexus devices, adding new emoji and making a number of improvements to the stock launcher. It also brings the Vulcan 3D rendering API for even greater Android games. Android N made a surprise debut in preview form back in early March, introducing features like multi-window, picture-in-picture, and

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Crazy-Hard Platformer 'Super Meat Boy' And Multiplayer Dodgeball Game 'Stikbold' Come To The SHIELD Android TV

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 08:24 AM PDT

image (7)In a continuing attempt to establish its SHIELD hardware as a platform all its own, NVIDIA keeps securing exclusive games from indie developers. Today we get two, count 'em, two games that have become favorites on Steam and other download services: Super Meat Boy and Stikbold! The former is an old-school platformer with wicked difficulty and a biting sense of humor, and the latter is a 3D reinterpretation of retro games like Super Dodge Ball.

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Crazy-Hard Platformer 'Super Meat Boy' And Multiplayer Dodgeball Game 'Stikbold' Come To The SHIELD Android TV was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Photos v1.18 Adds Manual Backup For Local Photos And Video [APK Download]

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 06:08 AM PDT

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Cloud storage is probably the greatest thing to happen to casual photography since manufacturers started putting decent shooters into smartphones. There's nothing like snapping a couple of group shots and throwing them up on Google Photos without the hassle of hooking a computer to a phone just to move them over first. The catch is that most of us choose not to sync pictures over cellular, instead waiting to get back within reach of Wi-Fi so our data plans don't feel too much abuse.

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Google Photos v1.18 Adds Manual Backup For Local Photos And Video [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Vine Update Lets You Watch An Entire Channel With One Tap

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 05:53 AM PDT

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I am no Vine watcher, but I've heard that there's a lot of cool content on the social network especially if you figure out which users are the most interesting to follow. Lots of creative people have found their niche within the constraints of its short video format and that's what everyone who's sticking around likes about it.

Now Vine is getting updated on Android to allow you, the spectator, to watch an entire channel from start to finish with a single button instead of manually moving from one video to the next.

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Vine Update Lets You Watch An Entire Channel With One Tap was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Starbucks 4.0 Adds A New Dashboard For Stars, Rewards, Offers, Music, And Plenty Of Bugs

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 03:53 AM PDT

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It's been a rough start to the day and boy do I need a cup of coffee. Hey, let me open up that Starbucks app and see what's new. Oh yes, I have a new gift because I'm a very loyal custo... damn, the app crashed. Alright, I'll try again.

This is what will probably happen when you try using the new Starbucks 4.0 Android app. The update was uploaded to the Play Store two days ago and we've been watching in awe as the bad comments started spilling and all the heads started fuming at the buggy experience.

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Starbucks 4.0 Adds A New Dashboard For Stars, Rewards, Offers, Music, And Plenty Of Bugs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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