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No 64GB HTC 10 For Canada

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 03:22 PM PDT

HTC 10

When HTC announced their new flagship, the HTC 10, they stated that it would be available in two storage sizes, 32GB and 64GB.  The 32GB model is currently available for pre-order through HTC directly and Bell will be adding the device to their line up at the end of the month.  Now if you were hoping to get the 64GB model don't hold your breath, because it's not coming our way.

According to Mobile Syrup, HTC has confirmed with them that Canada will not be receiving the 64GB model of the HTC 10.  I've also been reading that the USA will not be getting the larger storage option either.  It's pretty odd that HTC wouldn't offer both sizes here in North America at all but I guess if Samsung only has one storage option they felt like they could do the same.

Of course, the HTC 10 does have expandable storage but I for one always prefer a little extra internal space.

[MobileSyrup ]

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[Update: Tiny Planet Mode Returns] Android N Dev Preview 2 Introduces New Camera UI Lets You Take Photos While Shooting Video Again And More [APK Download]

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 11:04 AM PDT

  • A few readers have written in to inform us about the return of Tiny Planet mode. Tap the pencil while viewing a photosphere to make your creation resemble a tiny


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.

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[Update: Tiny Planet Mode Returns] 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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Google issues Android security report scans 6 billion apps every day

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 09:20 AM PDT

As people plug more and more of their every day lives and important information into their smartphones, security continues to be important. And Google's taking it seriously.

In its latest security report, Google has revealed that it scans a lot of devices, and even more apps, every single day all in an effort to keep Android users safe. Google says that over the last year it has scanned over 6 billion apps every day to scan for malware and other potentially dangerous software. At the same time, Google says it scanned over 400 million devices out in the real world every day to protect users from on-device and network attacks.  Chrome was also busy, protecting users with its Safe Browsing feature.

Google is still issuing monthly security updates for its mobile platform as well. Another big security-focused update includes better app permissions, which gives users the ability to give or revoke specific access to apps installed on their devices.

Google also made it harder for potentially dangerous apps to make it into Google Play to begin with. In its efforts, Google says that it is now 40 percent less likely that a user will install a potentially harmful app when compared to last year.

You can check out the full report through the source link. Have you ever run into any security issues on your Android device?

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Google Camera v3.2 From Android N Preview Is Rolling Out To All Devices [APK Download]

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 08:11 AM PDT


Android N won't be out for at least a few more months (and much longer for most devices), but you can get a little taste of the dev preview on your phone right now. The new Google Camera build that shipped with the new N preview is hitting the Play Store, and we've got an APK you can install.

The Play Store still lists the old changelog, and this is a staged rollout.

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Google Camera v3.2 From Android N Preview Is Rolling Out To All Devices [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Toddy Cable Kickstarter campaign promises a fully-customized USB cable

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 07:45 AM PDT

Since you're reading a website dedicated to Android smartphones, there's a good chance that you own at least one USB charging and sync cable for your device(s). If you're like me, you probably have a drawer in your desk that's full of extra USB cables and wall adapters. There's very little chance that you would actually pay money to add another USB cable to your collection, unless it offered something truly unique. That's what Toddy is doing with the launch of its Toddy Cable Kickstarter campaign. Toddy Cable is a high-quality USB cable which can be uniquely customized to your taste with distinct patterns and even the option to have your name or other details printed onto the cable.

The Kickstarter campaign is offering the first 500 backers the Toddy Cables for $12. If you get in after that, your customized Toddy Cable will set you back $14. Toddy is also offering a variety of bundles with multiple cable or other Toddy accessories.

We were lucky enough to get our hands on a Toddy Cable already. The quality is top notch and the unique pattern of the cable makes it easy to spot. There is no USB Type-C Toddy Cable option for those who own a news device, but we're hoping that changes once the Kickstarter campaign wraps up in mid-May.

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Big Google Analytics 3.0 Update Brings A New Icon Material Design Report Sharing More [APK Download]

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 07:25 AM PDT


It's not often that we witness a complete application overhaul from Google, so today is a special day. Granted, not everyone uses Google Analytics so the number of users who will benefit from and appreciate this update is small, but it's nothing to scoff at. Web admins, like our own Artem, are just going to love it.

The first immediate change you'll notice is an icon switch. The old icon wasn't bad really, but the new one is simpler and less square.

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Big Google Analytics 3.0 Update Brings A New Icon, Material Design, Report Sharing, More [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Amazon Echo gets a one-day 15% discount

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 04:43 AM PDT

The Amazon Echo is one of the most unique gadgets we've seen in years. Amazon is offering a one-day 15% discount which drops its price to $153 - a great deal if you're looking for a new Bluetooth speaker, virtual assistant or want to get started with voice activated phone automation system. If you already have the Echo or want a device that doesn't need to be plugged in at all times, the Amazon Tap is also on sale for $111.

Check out the video below to see what the Amazon Echo is capable of. Happy shopping!



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Samsung want to put a 1/1.7-inch camera sensor in its smartphones

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 03:13 AM PDT

It's no secret that Samsung wants its smartphones to offer the best imaging experience possible. Right now, the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are the best smartphone cameras currently on the market. But Samsung isn't planning on sitting back to see how long it can drag things out with the current generation of devices. The latest Samsung rumor claims that the company is working on internal shifts, moving employees from its NX camera team to the smartphone team to work on a new 1/2.3-inch sensor which will be paired with an f/1.4 aperture lens. On its own, the f/1.4 aperture lens would allow 17% more light to pass through to the sensor. That's without considering that the 1/2.3-inch sensor would allow for larger pixels than the 1/2.5-inch sensor that's currently being used in the Galaxy S7.

What's even more interesting is that the end goal for Samsung is a 1/1.7-inch camera sensor with a megapixel count ranging from 18 to 24. At that size, the sensor would still be less than a quarter the size of the sensors used inside micro 4/3 cameras these days, but  dramatically larger than what any of us will be getting in a 2016 flagship smartphone.

Naturally, the rumor did not include any details regarding how long we will need to wait for the two different imaging sensors to show up. We imaging the 1/2.3-inch sensor could be introduced sometime in 2017, but we'll likely have to wait 2-3 years before the 1/1.7-inch camera sensor comes to market.

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Viber Rolls Out End-To-End Encryption Verification Hidden Messages And Contact Authentication

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 02:54 AM PDT


It has only been a couple of weeks since WhatsApp made end-to-end encryption more visible and easily verifiable to all its users, and now Viber is following up in its footsteps.

The app, which messages seem to have been encrypted before (but not exactly end-to-end, apparently) will now show a padlock in conversations to confirm that your personal and group messages are end-to-end encrypted. All users need to have Viber 6.0 installed for the feature to work and the padlock to show up, which means that you'll probably need to wait a day or two before everyone's app updates on Android and iOS.

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Viber Rolls Out End-To-End Encryption Verification, Hidden Messages, And Contact Authentication was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Verizon HTC 10 pre-orders to start on April 29

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 01:43 AM PDT

Verizon plans on announcing the price and retail launch date of the HTC 10 later today, but the company has already revealed that it will be hosting "exclusive in-store previews" of the phone on April 29 to help kick off pre-orders. Since HTC is already taking pre-orders for the unlocked HTC 10 for $700 directly on its website, we expect the contract-free pricing for the phone to be about the same. But there's a good chance that it'll come in a little lower since Verizon is selling the Samsung Galaxy S7 for $672.

Discount code drops HTC 10 pre-order price to $600

HTC has promised that the HTC 10 will be available in Europe by late April, but the US retail debut of the HTC 10 isn't expected until "early April." For HTC's sake, we're hoping the HTC 10 will be showing up at Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile by the time April 10 rolls around.

Verizon will start preorders for the HTC 10 on April 29. In addition, Verizon Wireless stores will host exclusive in-store previews on April 29 to give consumers and media a hands-on look at the HTC 10. Verizon will be the first wireless carrier to offer the HTC 10.

- Verizon

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DEAL: Pick up the Blackberry PRIV for just $450

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 12:13 AM PDT

The Blackberry PRIV is a great Android device and one the only good one that actually includes a hardware QWERTY keyboard. It even has the same curved AMOLED display as the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and lasts more than a day thanks to its 3,410 mAh battery. That being said, Blackberry has had a hard time moving units since the phone is ridiculously overprices. Typically, the Blackberry PRIV is priced at $700 or more, but Daily Steals has listed the phone on its site for just $450.

The discounted Blackberry will be available on Daily Steals for the next four day. That should be enough time for you to scrounge up a little extra cash after paying your taxes yesterday. If the Blackberry PRIV was prices at $450 from the very beginning, do you think the phone could have competed head-to head with last year's flagship Android phones?

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[Awesome] Counter-Strike 1.6 Ported To Android Available For Installation Now

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 09:54 PM PDT


Let's state this now: Counter-Strike is awesome. Many an hour has been wasted passed playing the legendary first-person shooter mod for Half-Life, and now even more hours can be whiled away, as the game has come to Android.

Reddit user /u/a1baomarov has posted in /r/Android detailing how to get Counter-Strike working on Android, which involves moving files over from an existing Steam installation, and installing the Xash3D apk.

95%-100% compability with CS1.6.

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[Awesome] Counter-Strike 1.6 Ported To Android, Available For Installation Now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Podcasts Have Landed On Google Play Music

Posted: 18 Apr 2016 03:38 PM PDT

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I've become a bit of a Podcast junkie over the past month and us junkies now have another place to get our fix.  Google had announced back in 2015 that they would be adding podcasts to Google Play Music and today that service has gone live!

The update seems to be rolling out pretty slowly and its currently only available in the USA and Canada (finally we're included in a launch!).  Google has partnered with a number of the top podcasts around the world so chances are you'll find what you're looking for.  And just like their music streaming service, Google will recommend different podcasts to you based on interests so maybe you'll stumble upon something new.

The one option I can't seem to find in the short time I've been playing around with the app is the option to adjust the playback speed.  I tend to listen to everything at 1.5x+ and I can't seem to find an option to change the speed.  If that's the case, I'll need to stick with my other Podcast apps until Google adds that in.

[Android Blog]

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