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Google Rolls Out Small Tweaks To Google+ App (v7.7) And Web Interface

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 02:58 PM PDT

unnamedGoogle is always making little changes here and there that aren't worth going into detail on, but you add up enough little changes and baby, you got a stew going. Er, I mean a post. A blog post... like this one. At any rate, the Google+ app has been updated to v7.7 and the web got a feature update a few days ago.

On the web side, there are a lot of miscellaneous bug fixes and accessibility improvements.

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Google Rolls Out Small Tweaks To Google+ App (v7.7) And Web Interface was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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HTC announces the One S9 for European markets

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 02:47 PM PDT

HTC just recently launched its 2016 flagship, the HTC 10, but it's already following it up with a second device for the European market. The HTC One S9 is essentially a lower-specced One M9, following its design cues, but swapping out some of the flagships specs for more reasonable features. That being said, it's still a respectable device, so let's run through the specs that it's packing.

  • 5-inch 1080p display with Gorilla Glass
  • 2GHz octa-core MeidaTek Helio X10 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage plus microSD card slot
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization
  • HTC Ultrapixel front-facing camera
  • 2840mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense UI
  • Metal unibody design

Looking at the specs list, the HTC One S9 is intended as a lower-cost, mid-range alternative to the One M9. Rather than opting for a different design, however, HTC has essentially just adapted the One M9 design to fit this device and made it quite attractive, which is sure to appeal to those who want a nice-looking phone without shelling out flagship prices.

HTC is launching the One S9 in Europe at an undisclosed time, but pre-orders are open now. Pricing is set at €499, which is a tad high, but may be worth it for the premium design.

Check out HTC's official page at the source link below for more info.


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Firefox 46 Goes Stable, Drops Support For Android Honeycomb

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 01:58 PM PDT

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Another Firefox update is making its way out to devices. Unless they're running Honeycomb, that is. This version of Mozilla's open source browser does not run on tablets running Android 3.0 - 3.2.

Considering less than 0.1% of Android users ran Honeycomb two years ago, only four or five people will be saddened by this news.

Everyone else will see popular websites such as Facebook and YouTube show up in the Top Sites panel at first launch.

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Firefox 46 Goes Stable, Drops Support For Android Honeycomb was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Radon Uses Google's Nearby API To Easily Share Links To Other Devices

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 12:29 PM PDT

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Google's Nearby API is one of the coolest things developers aren't using. I mean, they are, but not as often as I had hoped. Radon is a new sharing app based on Nearby, and it's pretty cool. Just share something to Radon, and it will search for target devices in close proximity with WiFi, Bluetooth, and ultrasonic pulses.

The app ties directly into the system sharing menu, but it's not for file pushing.

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Radon Uses Google's Nearby API To Easily Share Links To Other Devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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HTC Vive X aims to provide a financial nudge for the VR ecosystem

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 11:48 AM PDT

Virtual reality is a segment that's growing each and every day. Multiple manufacturers have entered the arena with their own VR headsets, but one area that's still lacking is a strong ecosystem to support the new technology. HTC, which has already partnered with Valve to create the HTC Vive headset, is now aiming to improve that ecosystem with Vive X, a new program to help fund VR startups.

Vive X is equipped with a $100 million dollar investment fund and will be used to aid VR startups, particularly those creating content for an ecosystem, rather than those building new headsets. In addition to the financial investment, HTC will offer education, mentorship, networking opportunities and even office space to these startups.

This nudge by HTC could prove to be incredibly beneficial in fleshing out the VR ecosystem. While beneficial to the startups, this is even more beneficial to HTC. The company's partnership with Valve has already spawned one of the most advanced VR headsets, but the content available is still lacking. If HTC can rustle up an ecosystem, it has a chance to advance to the top of the VR market.

As of now, Vive X will only be launching in San Francisco, Beijing and Taipei. If you'd like to learn more about the program and the qualifications for applying, check out the source link below.


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YouTube app gets redesigned Home tab and deep neural network tech to improve recommendations

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 11:48 AM PDT

Getting recommendations for content is all the rage these days, from music to videos, and for the folks out there that use YouTube on a regular basis, the team behind the Android app are aiming to make it easier to find your next video to watch.

Over on the official YouTube blog, it has been announced that the Android and iOS apps are getting a major overhaul when it comes to the Home tab, which should offer a new, cleaner and sleeker look. YouTube wants to make it easier to find the content they'll think you want to watch, and that begins with a redesigned Home tab.

However, the biggest change arrives behind the scenes. The official blog states that YouTube is using "deep neural network technology" to learn over time and pick up on patterns so that it can recommend the best possible content for you to watch. And it's constantly learning, so the more often you use YouTube, the better the recommendations will get.

Moreover, with the new system working behind the curtain, YouTube users will see more content from the creators they follow and watch regularly, and the app will now suggest more recent videos as well.

The new YouTube app's features should begin rolling out today.


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Google announces MODE snap-and-swap bands for Android Wear

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 11:18 AM PDT

For Android Wear fans out there, Google is aiming to make it even easier to customize your wearable experience with easily swappable bands.

Google has just announced MODE, which are snap-and-swap bands that should make it easier than ever before to change your band when you want. MODE is a partnership between Google and b&nd by Hadley Roma, and it means that you'll be able to slide a small button on the bottom of the band and then easily attach or detach the band with a simple click.

Google says the MODE bands fit "most Android Wear watches," and the bands come in fourth widths. They work on mechanical watches, too. The first batch of MODE bands will come "in a rainbow of colors," and they will be available in both leather and silicone.

The company is also making sure this is just the beginning, and will offer the ability for brands to create their own MODE bands. Those interested can check out a vendor playbook, which includes instructions, guidelines, and band requirements.

The new MODE Android Wear bands are available from the (U.S.) Google Store, Best Buy, and Amazon. Prices start at $49.99.

What do you think of the new MODE bands?


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Now That Twitter Has Murdered Fenix, Finch Is A Decent (And Free) Alternative Third-Party Client For Android

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 10:44 AM PDT

2016-04-26 17.24.23So, Twitter. Hi. It's been a while. Are you people still completely screwing both the developers and the users that helped to make your platform a household name? Yeah? I kind of thought you'd get your heads out of your asses at this point, but I guess not. Since your stupid, stupid, stupid policies have killed yet another quality Twitter app for Android, ostensibly so you can continue to push your entirely mediocre first-party solution, it's time for us to look for another one.

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Now That Twitter Has Murdered Fenix, Finch Is A Decent (And Free) Alternative Third-Party Client For Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Introducing MODE: Snap-and-swap watch bands designed for Android Wear

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 10:20 AM PDT

With Android Wear, you can wear what you want with watches from 12 different brands and thousands of interchangeable watch faces. And while you can change your watch face with just a tap, it has not been as quick and easy to change your watch band. Starting today, updating your style is as easy as "snap-and-swap," with new MODE watch bands in partnership with b&nd by Hadley Roma.

Change your look with one click
MODE snap-and-swap watch bands feature a simple slide button so you can attach and detach your band in one click.
MODE bands are versatile—they come in four widths, fit most Android Wear watches, and work on mechanical watches too. This first collection comes in a rainbow of colors, and is available in leather and silicone, so you can easily go from the office to the gym to a night out.

Join the bandwagon
This is just the beginning. We want Android Wear to give you as much choice as possible, so we'll be sharing the MODE mechanism design and source with other brands to use to create their own snap-and-swap watch bands. To help brands get started, we've created a vendor playbook with instructions, requirements and brand guidelines. To find out more, email us at wearMODE@google.com.

MODE bands are now available online at the Google Store (US), Amazon, and Best Buy. We're excited to see all the ways you wear what you want.

Learn more about MODE at g.co/WearMODE.

Posted by Gina Reimann & Jen Lu, Design Lead & Product Manager, Google Accessories

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow now rolling out to the BlackBerry Priv

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 09:20 AM PDT

It's been a long wait, but BlackBerry Priv users are finally receiving their update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. BlackBerry announced the update a while back, but today finally marks the day of its release. Initially, Marshmallow is only available through Priv devices purchased directly from BlackBerry. Beginning May 3, Marshmallow will be available to carrier-specific Privs, so the wait for the carrier versions isn't long at all in this case.

The update includes all of the usual Marshmallow goodies, such as Now on Tap and Doze, the latter of which can help to save battery life when you're not using your device. In addition to the regular pieces, BlackBerry has also taken advantage of the new security features in Marshmallow, such as more specific data permissions and the ability to digitally sign and encrypt emails. And for those who love the keyboard on the Priv, you'll now have improved gestures, better cursor control, more accurate word prediction and a whole range of new emoji to craft messages with.

Check out more from BlackBerry at the source link below.


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You'll Soon Be Able To Pay For Netflix Subscriptions Through Google Play

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 08:28 AM PDT

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So you like the idea of Netflix but you find the prospect of setting up monthly billing with another company tedious and annoying. Maybe you don't own a credit/debit card and maybe you don't want someone else dipping into your bank account each month. Then Netflix' upcoming feature might be interesting to you.

The Android app has been updated on the Play Store with a new permission: "In-app purchases." The feature isn't live yet, but the changelog says that soon, you'll be able to subscribe to Netflix via Google Play Billing.

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You'll Soon Be Able To Pay For Netflix Subscriptions Through Google Play was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Deal Alert] Telltales' Game Of Thrones Episodes Are Now $1.99 (60% Off) And The Entire Season Pass Is $4.99 (75% Off)

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 07:56 AM PDT

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The way I understand it, Game Of Thrones is a TV show where every character that you love or hate dies, where people get terrified when Winter is coming, and where dragons and nudes cater to every person's weird and unfulfilled fantasies. Or something. I want to watch the show, but I can't handle all the suspense, so I'm going to wait until the last season starts and then binge watch it until I forget what daylight is and what real people do.

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[Deal Alert] Telltales' Game Of Thrones Episodes Are Now $1.99 (60% Off) And The Entire Season Pass Is $4.99 (75% Off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Moto 360 Sport gets $100 discount from some retailers

Posted: 26 Apr 2016 07:29 AM PDT

Earlier this year, Motorola officially launched the Moto 360 Sport, a fitness-focused smartwatch. Now, a few months later, there's a pretty hefty discount being applied for folks who might have been sitting on the fence.

Motorola, along with Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo Video, are all offering a limited promotion for the Moto 360 Sport, which sees the wearable receive a $100 discount. That means if you're interested in picking up the wearable, you can do so for $199 — as long as it's the White or Flame color variants. The black model is still priced at $299.

The Moto 360 Sport offers some variations when compared to its traditional brethren, including silicone straps with ventilation built in to help with sweat resistance. The Moto 360 Sport also offers an "AnyLight" display, which functions as a traditional LCD while indoors, but can reflect sunlight while outdoors to help the wearer see what's displayed a little easier.

Motorola says the promotion runs until May 2 at 11:59 AM ET, so there's a bit of time to take advantage of the deal. Do you plan to?


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Rogers And Fiddo To Carry The Huawei GR5

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 06:56 PM PDT

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Huawei isn't a huge presence in the mobile market here in Canada.  Prior to the release of the Huawei made Nexus 6P, most of the Chinese companies devices available in Canada were low end Android devices that were, well, less than great.  And in all seriousness, it's hard to say that the 6P is really Huawei's device as it's really released by Google.  The company had stated that they wanted to begin bringing more of their higher end devices to North America and it looks like the first to hit Canada will be the Huawei GR5.

Both Rogers and its sub carrier Fido will be carrying the GR5 which is essentially a rebranded Honor 5X.  This device features an all aluminum body which houses a 5.5″ 1080p display.  Internally, the device packs a Snapdragon 616 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable storage.  Photo taking is handled by 13MP shooter on the back and 5MP shooter on the front and a 3000 mAh battery keeps things chugging along.  The phone also packs a fingerprint reader.

No word on a release date or pricing yet but as soon as we get some information we'll let you know.  Hopefully this release will signal an influx of higher end devices from Huawei and other Chinese companies.

[MobileSyrup]

 

The post Rogers And Fiddo To Carry The Huawei GR5 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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30 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (4/12/16 - 4/25/16)

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 06:52 PM PDT

nexus2cee_gamethumbWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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Exploding Kittens® - Official

Android Police coverage: The Oatmeal's Exploding Kittens Card Game Comes To Android

Exploding Kittens is a card game.

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30 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (4/12/16 - 4/25/16) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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30 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (4/12/16 - 4/25/16)

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 06:37 PM PDT

nexus2cee_gamethumbWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Games

Exploding Kittens® - Official

Android Police coverage: The Oatmeal's Exploding Kittens Card Game Comes To Android

Exploding Kittens is a card game.

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30 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (4/12/16 - 4/25/16) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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OnePlus 3 Benchmark Results Reveal 6GB RAM Model

Posted: 25 Apr 2016 04:42 PM PDT

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We've now seen flagships for this year from almost every Android OEM except OnePlus. But that statement may soon be false as benchmark results for the 3rd generation OnePlus smartphone have been leaked.

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According to a few GFXBench and Geekbench benchmark results, the OnePlus 3 has been assigned the codename "Rain" and specs for the device have been leaked as follows: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage with NFC, an 8MP front camera and a 16MP rear shooter which also happens to record in 4K.

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Now here is something that may disappoint some of you, all of the benchmark results list the screen having a 1080p LCD display instead of a QHD display which is something that's quite normal to have in a flagship these days.

The phone is expected to be released in late May which may potentially bring back the invite system once again.

[PhoneArena]

The post OnePlus 3 Benchmark Results Reveal 6GB RAM Model appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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