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YouTube Gains 360-Degree Live Streaming And Spatial Audio

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 02:19 PM PDT

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360-degree video can have the effect of making you feel like you're standing in a different place. It's not unlike a previous technological innovation that sought to do the same thing—live video. Watching a live event on TV remains the most common alternative to getting tickets and attending in person.

Today Google has announced a marriage of the two. YouTube now supports live 360-degree video.

To demo the technology, Google will live stream some of the performances at Coachella next weekend in 360 degrees.

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YouTube Gains 360-Degree Live Streaming And Spatial Audio was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Boost+, Slidebox

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 12:08 PM PDT

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. Boost+

Boost

App info: Boost+ is your free Android performance expert that smartly tunes performance, improves power consumption, clears unused junk files to reclaim storage and adds security on an app-by-app basis on any Android device.

 

2. TeamViewer Host

Teamviewer Host

App info: Mirror your Android devices to any computer from anywhere, at any time! Permanently access your unattended Android devices (smartphones, tablets, POS, set-top boxes, displays, and much more).

 

3. N Launcher

N Launcher

App info: LAUNCHER IS BASED ON ANDROID N DEVELOPER PREVIEW.WITH ADDITION OF ALL THE CUSTOMIZATION AND HANDY FEATURES LIKE "SLIDE SCREEN" GESTURES NOTIFICATIONS COUNTER ETC.

 

4. Slidebox

Slidebox

App info: 

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. Boost+

Boost

App info: Boost+ is your free Android performance expert that smartly tunes performance, improves power consumption, clears unused junk files to reclaim storage and adds security on an app-by-app basis on any Android device.

 

2. TeamViewer Host

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App info: Mirror your Android devices to any computer from anywhere, at any time! Permanently access your unattended Android devices (smartphones, tablets, POS, set-top boxes, displays, and much more).

 

3. N Launcher

N Launcher

App info: LAUNCHER IS BASED ON ANDROID N DEVELOPER PREVIEW.WITH ADDITION OF ALL THE CUSTOMIZATION AND HANDY FEATURES LIKE "SLIDE SCREEN" GESTURES NOTIFICATIONS COUNTER ETC.

 

4. Slidebox

Slidebox

App info: Scroll through your photos in fullscreen and swipe up to delete unwanted photos or pick an album to sort into. Compare similar/duplicate photos and quickly and delete them with a swipe. It's that easy.

 

5. Reddit: The Official App

Reddit Official

App info:  Reddit anywhere with the official app (even from the office restroom). Get the latest news, trends, and memes on the Internet first on Reddit. You get to decide what's worthy: top content rises to the front page thanks to your upvotes.

 

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.

 

5. Reddit: The Official App

Reddit Official

App info:  Reddit anywhere with the official app (even from the office restroom). Get the latest news, trends, and memes on the Internet first on Reddit. You get to decide what's worthy: top content rises to the front page thanks to your upvotes.

 

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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Google Play Music adding podcast support beginning today for Android and the web

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 11:23 AM PDT

Back on April 14, it was rumored that Google planned on launching podcast support within Google Play Music on April 18. And, sure enough, the time has arrived.

Google has officially announced that podcast support within Google Play Music will rollout today for users on Android in the US and Canada as well as on the web. There will be a Top Charts to show off the popular casts out there, and playlists that will put together different podcasts that share a similar topic. "Getting Lost in a Story" is a playlist that will offer up shows like Reply All and RadioLab, for instance.

You'll also get subscription support within the podcasts part of Google Play Music, which will give you notifications for when a new episode is available and the option to download older episodes.

Are you looking forward to podcast support in Google Play Music?


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Harvest Moon: Seeds Of Memories Brings The Original Farming Simulator To Android For Ten Bucks

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 11:19 AM PDT

moonI've never understood why farming seems to have such appeal in a digital form. I've done some real farming, sweating my ass off in the Texas summer to try and get hay out of the ground using nothing but prayers and cow manure. It's simple honest work, but I don't think anyone could call it "fun." Then again I don't remember fairies or ice princesses or villages full of attractive and available women in my grandparents' back 40, so maybe farming is different in Japan, home of the venerated Harvest Moon series.

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Harvest Moon: Seeds Of Memories Brings The Original Farming Simulator To Android For Ten Bucks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Pay now supports TD Bank and Regions Bank debit and credit cards

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 10:53 AM PDT

Samsung Pay is expanding its support again, following the arrival of Wells Fargo debit and credit cards back at the beginning of March.

Samsung's mobile payment option now officially supports TD Bank and Regions Bank. For customers of the institutions, both credit and debit cards are supported. With this pair of banks, Samsung Pay now supports 130 banks and credit unions. According to Samsung, that means the mobile payment option supports over 75 percent of the debit and credit card market in the United States.

For users of Samsung Pay, or those who have a Samsung Pay-compatible device and have been waiting to use it, start the app and add your card, and you should be able to start using the service immediately.

Have you tried out Samsung Pay yet?


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Podcasts Finally Come To Play Music, But Only In The US And Canada For Now

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 10:49 AM PDT

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Google announced the addition of podcasts to Play Music in October of last year. We heard a few rumored dates for the feature to actually roll out, but they came and went without a peep. The latest April 18th rumor seems to be legit—Google just announced that podcasts are official in Play Music for Android and the web. They're only available in the US and Canada right now, though.

Google is organizing podcasts in Play Music a bit differently.

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Podcasts Finally Come To Play Music, But Only In The US And Canada For Now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Welcome to Google Play Music, the podcast episode

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 10:09 AM PDT

Hello, and welcome to the latest episode of Google Play Music. Today we're going to talk about something near and dear to my heart: podcasts. 

People love podcasts. In fact, these days, there are so many podcasts to choose from, it can be hard to pick which one to listen to at any given time. That's where Google Play Music comes in. Google Play Music already gives you the right kind of music for the right moment—whether you want to have fun at work, prepare for a dance party, or just need to focus—and now, that includes podcasts.

Starting today on the web and rolling out on Android in the U.S. and Canada, we'll connect you with podcasts based on what you're doing, how you're feeling and what you're interested in. Similar to our contextual playlists for music, we want to make it easy to find the right podcast—whether you're a podcast aficionado or listening for the first time.

Try "Learning Something New" to talk about at a dinner party and listen to our favorite episodes from Stuff You Should Know or How To Do Everything. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon by "Getting Lost in a Story" with episodes from Radiolab or Reply All, or relax after a long day by "Laughing Out Loud" to Marc Maron's WTF or Chris Hardwick's The Nerdist. If you find something you love, subscribe to download the last several episodes automatically on your device or choose to be notified every time a new episode comes out.And to all you creators who want to make your podcast available in Google Play Music, check out the podcast portal for more details. 

Thanks to our invaluable partners without whom the world would be a boring place. And to all you podcast lovers, keep listening!

This week's episode is brought to you by Google Play. With Google Play, you can get millions of apps, games, songs, movies & TV shows, books and news sources—all your favorites, all in one place. 

Hosted by Ilia Malkovitch, Product Manager on Google Play Music

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Moto G4 leaked images show off a front fingerprint reader

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 08:53 AM PDT

The Moto G4 is rumored to be one of Motorola's upcoming handsets, and for anyone out there that is a fan of fingerprint readers on the front of their devices, Motorola's looking to make you a happy camper.

The images were first published by Nowhereelse.fr, and they claim to show not only the front of the unofficial Moto G4, but also the back. On the front there appears to be a front fingerprint reader in the shape of a small square for hopefully convenient access. Also on the front, above the display, is Motorola's prototype devices logo, a front-facing camera, and the earpiece.

The camera enclosure appears to be updated on the back of the handset, and a flash is present right next to the camera. It also looks like Motorola is keeping that small dimple on the back casing again.

Moto G4 back leak

As far as specifications go, that's still an unknown element for the Moto G4. There were plenty of rumors circling around that Motorola planned on including a fingerprint reader for the devices it launches in 2016, and this leak would suggest that is indeed the case.

What do you think of the Moto G4′s fingerprint reader location?


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OneDrive Beta Adds PDF Annotation And Notifications For All Your Cloud Storage Needs

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 06:04 AM PDT

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Microsoft's OneDrive is a very credible alternative to Google Drive or Dropbox, and today it's getting even better, albeit in beta format. PDF editing support is now included, a very welcome addition, as well as a notification view to see who's commented or edited a file that has been shared with you.

The PDF annotation works very well - I was able to highlight, strikethrough, draw a textbox, comment, and scribble on a document with ease.

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OneDrive Beta Adds PDF Annotation And Notifications For All Your Cloud Storage Needs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung’s Good Lock UI for its 2015 flagship smartphones

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 05:23 AM PDT

We're still not sure of Samsung's unique Good Lock UI is any better than TouchWiz, but you can now make that decision for yourself. Samsung's latest version of Good Lock UI can now be downloaded and installed on the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note 5.

Good Lock UI is not available in the Play Store, but devices purchased in the US, Canada, UK, Korea, Singapore and Australia can download the app from the Samsung's Galaxy App store. Once the app is installed on your device, you'll be treated to a new lock screen, a colorful new notification panel and a new app tray.

If you do decide to give Good Lock a try, leave us a comment below and let us know if you like it any better than Samsung's standard ToucWiz.


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CPU-Z screenshot show the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 with 6GB of RAM, 5.8-inch QHD display

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 03:23 AM PDT

The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 isn't expected to launch for a few more months, but the rumor mill has already kicked into full gear. We've already seen rumors which claim that the new device will be equipped with 6GB of RAM, but new now have a CPU-Z screenshot which shows the phone will sport 6GB of RAM along with a 5.8-inch QHD display and 32GB of internal storage.

There's no doubt that Android enthusiasts would be more than happy to get their greasy fingers on a Samsung phone with 6GB of RAM, but we're still wondering why anyone would actually need all that RAM in the first place. Yes, multi-taskers would certainly benefit from having more RAM, but we can't imagine that anyone is having issues with phone which currently have 4GB of RAM.

Do you think 6GB of RAM in and Android device is overkill?

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Amazon now offering Prime Video as a standalone subscription service

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 02:23 AM PDT

Can't afford Amazon Prime's yearly subscription fee all at one or simply don't care for Prime's free 2-day shipping? You can now subscribe to Amazon Prime Video for just $8.99 per month. This allows you to enjoy the full Amazon Prime Video library on a monthly basis without the $100 upfront yearly subscription that's typically required for Amazon Prime. Yes, it will be more expensive if you end up paying for Amazon Prime Video for a full 12 months, but you also have the option to suspend your subscription one you're all caught up on your favorite Amazon Prime shows.

We're not exactly sure who in their right mind would choose this option and forgo Amazon Prime Shipping, but we're sure there are more than a few budget-constrained Amazon customers who would rather pay the monthly charge rather than the lump sum for the full year.


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[Bonus Round] The Edge, Aurora: Quarantine, Choices, Zenge, Mars Mountain, Machines at War 3, And AfterLoop

Posted: 17 Apr 2016 06:49 PM PDT

bonusroundWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a unique indie shooter, a surprising "rolling" platformer, a new book-game, a new take on Q*Bert, an old-school RTS, and a cute block puzzler.

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[Bonus Round] The Edge, Aurora: Quarantine, Choices, Zenge, Mars Mountain, Machines at War 3, And AfterLoop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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LinkedIn Tries To Get College Kids Hooked Early With The LinkedIn Students App

Posted: 17 Apr 2016 04:49 PM PDT

image (3)College students: don't sign up for LinkedIn. Please. It's easily the worst social network on the block, career-focused structure notwithstanding. LinkedIn is the 21st century version of the Columbia House Record Club... not that any of you are old enough to remember it. However, at some point you might find that you're forced to create a profile and start playing the most boring MMO on the planet. If you've resigned yourself to such a fate, then I suppose LinkedIn Students isn't such a terrible place to start.

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LinkedIn Tries To Get College Kids Hooked Early With The LinkedIn Students App was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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