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Humble Mobile Bundle 18 Includes Evoland, This War Of Mine, Goat Simulator GoatZ, And More

Posted: 02 May 2016 02:49 PM PDT

2016-05-02 16_40_37-Humble Mobile Bundle 18 (pay what you want and help charity)

Humble Bundle ended its bi-weekly mobile deals a while back, but there's still a new Android bundle every now and then. Like right now, for example. You can get up to eight Android games right now, with more on the way. You just have to jump on the deal before it expires in two weeks.

This is one of Humble Bundle's three-tier deals. If you pay $1 or more, you get three games: Freeze 2, Evoland, and Adventures of Eco.

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Humble Mobile Bundle 18 Includes Evoland, This War Of Mine, Goat Simulator GoatZ, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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LG creates fingerprint sensor that lives under glass rather than in a button

Posted: 02 May 2016 02:40 PM PDT

Fingerprint sensors are usually either integrated into a button or are a separate piece on the body of the device. Nexus devices (and others) have a separate sensor on the back of the device, while companies like HTC opted to include a button for a fingerprint sensor, despite older devices not having a front-facing button at all.

LG Innotek has created a fingerprint sensor that won't require a button or a part of the phone body dedicated to the sensor. This sensor lives under the glass, completely hidden and protected yet still able to match the accuracy rates of a traditional sensor. Only 0.3mm of the inside of the glass has to be cut out for the sensor, and LG even designed an adhesive specifically for this purpose.

This design could lead to much sleeker phones with plain black glass in the front uninterrupted by buttons. Although it could be a slight problem to intuitively teach users where to place their fingers, it shouldn't be a challenge companies can't overcome. Do you think this could lead to better looking smartphones, or are existing fingerprint sensors superior?


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Google Keyboard updated with new gestures, visual tweaks, one-handed mode, and more

Posted: 02 May 2016 01:39 PM PDT

Google Keyboard is a very solid keyboard, but it has seen very few improvements lately. Fortunately, it seems that Google has been saving all the good stuff for one big update, because the latest update to version 5.0 is huge. Here's a changelog:

  • Option to show key border, no more holo themes
  • One-handed mode
  • Long-press for hinted symbols can be toggled
  • Adjustable keyboard height in settings
  • New first-run experience
  • Opt-in and a setting for sharing snippets with Google to improve the keyboard for everyone
  • Long-press and drag to remove suggestions from suggestion bar
  • Dynamic floating preview removed (preview in suggestion bar now)
  • Delete whole words by sliding left from delete key
  • Gesture cursor control by sliding left/right on space bar
  • Faster access to numpad and emoji

The update includes a ton of new stuff. There's a one-handed mode for larger devices, new gestures (sliding left from the delete key deletes entire words, control the cursor by sliding on the space bar), there's a new theme option for button borders, and a lot more.

One of the bigger feature additions allows you to delete recommended words by long pressing the suggestion and dragging it into a new floating trash bin. Wrongly-suggested words have been the biggest issue for me with Google Keyboard.

The update is rolling out in stages, so you may not see it right now. Head to the Play Store to check for updates, and if you don't see it, you'll have to wait a while. What do you guys think of this new update? Leave a comment!


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Google posts Android Security Bulletin for May, releases security update for Nexus devices

Posted: 02 May 2016 01:39 PM PDT

It's that time of month again, where Google releases its monthly security update for the Nexus devices. The company also posted the Android Security Bulletin for the month of May, describing the current security vulnerabilities that the updates fix.

Unfortunately, non-Nexus devices are likely vulnerable to all of these problems and will have to be updated. Manufacturers were notified a month ago, but some devices don't receive frequent updates to fix such issues. And though it's unlikely that anything will actually happen, having this many "critical" vulnerabilities is a bit scary.

If you have a Nexus device, be sure to check for updates. If you have a late model flagship, you should get a security update eventually, as many companies now release monthly or near-monthly security updates for flagships.


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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Rock Clock App Has The Objectively Best Alarm Tones Ever, No IAPs

Posted: 02 May 2016 01:24 PM PDT

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Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock, may be the most likeable man in the universe. And now he has an alarm clock app that, above all else, perpetuates this, because he's The Rock. Now, you may say, "What makes this so much better than my amazing alarm clock app that I already have?" To which I would say: this one contains nearly infinitely more Dwayne Johnson. And Dwayne Johnson does not do "snooze" buttons.

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Rock Clock App Has The Objectively Best Alarm Tones Ever, No IAPs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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OnePlus 3 Rumoured To Start At $310 USD!

Posted: 02 May 2016 12:19 PM PDT

OnePlus 3 rumored to start from $310 for a 4GB RAM & 32GB of storage base model

OnePlus burst onto the scene a couple years back as a self-proclaimed flagship killer.  And while the Oneplus One was a very solid device at a very reasonable price, the device wasn't quite a flagship killer.  The same could be said about last year's OnePlus 2: a solid device at a competitive price.  This year we'll likely receive another great product from the company but the pricing may be even better this time around!

According to a OnePlus employee who spoke with GizChina, the OnePlus 3 will start at $1999 Yuan which equates to just $310 USD (or about $380 CAD even with our weak dollar!).  That's a pretty nice price for a device that is expected to pack a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.  The source went on to say that OnePlus will launch a higher end version of the phone as well that will see a bump to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.  The higher end model will obviously carry a slightly higher price tag but if the $1999 yuan price tag is correct then the higher end model will undoubtedly be very competitive as well.

With flagships from the likes of Samsung, LG and HTC all increasing in price this year, OnePlus could be poised for a really strong year if they're device lives up to the hype and the price is as competitive as this rumour suggests.

[GizChina]

The post OnePlus 3 Rumoured To Start At $310 USD! appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Galaxy S5 Marshmallow Update Rolling Out!

Posted: 02 May 2016 11:43 AM PDT

Galaxy S5 Colours

Happy Monday everyone!  We've got some wonderful Marshmallow related news for you as we jumpinto May.  The Marshmallow update for the Galaxy S5 is now rolling out to devices here in Canada!

So far I'm hearing that both Telus and Bell customers are getting the update.  No word from other carriers quite yet but I would imagine that those devices will be getting updated very shortly.

Just in case you forgot, Marshmallow brings several new features to the device including Doze and Now on Tap.  The update itself also brings with it your usual performance enhancements and security fixes.

As always, if you haven't received the update yet (particularly if you're on Bell or Telus), jump into your settings and scroll down to about device.  In there you'll be able to do a manual check for the update!

 

The post Galaxy S5 Marshmallow Update Rolling Out! appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Google Keyboard Gets A Huge Update To v5.0 With One-Handed Mode, Optional Key Borders, New Gestures, And More [APK Download]

Posted: 02 May 2016 11:30 AM PDT

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Keyboard apps aren't the most exciting things, but they're one of the apps you interact with most on your phone. Think about how much you type, and how much that experience has improved over the years. Google hasn't added anything important to the Google Keyboard lately, but apparently they've been saving it up. The new v5.0 update is rolling out, and it's huge. There are UI tweaks, new gestures, layout changes, and so much more.

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Google Keyboard Gets A Huge Update To v5.0 With One-Handed Mode, Optional Key Borders, New Gestures, And More [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Verizon expands XLTE service to 13 new markets

Posted: 02 May 2016 10:40 AM PDT

Verizon officially announced the rollout of its XLTE service back in May of 2014. The improved LTE coverage only saw a small rollout, but since then the big red carrier has been rolling out XLTE to new markets.

That includes an announcement from Verizon today, which says that XLTE now covers 13 additional markets in the United States. Cities like Roseburg, Oregon; Victoria, Texas; Wateverille/Augusta, Maine; and others are now officially supported.

Here's the full list:

  • Alpena, MI
  • Ironwood, MI
  • Lewiston-Auburn, ME
  • McCook, NE
  • Oneonta, NY
  • Petoskey, MI
  • Pottsville-Frackville, PA
  • Roseburg, OR
  • Tupelo-Corinth, MS
  • Vicksburg, MS
  • Victoria, TX
  • Waterville/Augusta, ME
  • Wausau/Rhinelander, WI

With this latest expansion, Verizon's XLTE service now supports 466 markets in the United States. And for those that need a refresher, XLTE allows Verizon subscribers to access the 700MHz and AWS spectrums, as long as they have compatible devices that support the faster network. Supported devices range, but they include the HTC 10, LG's G5, and Samsung's Galaxy S7.


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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: XOS Launcher, Starbucks Keyboard

Posted: 02 May 2016 10:40 AM 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. xOS Launcher

xOS Launcher

App info: Easy to use, light, smooth, beautiful. Are your bored with Android interface? xOS Launcher is for you! All are os9 style: Icon、operating、wallpaper…

 

2. Boost+

HTC 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.

 

3. GIPHY. All the GIFS

GIPHY

App info: The world's largest library of animated GIFs, now on your mobile phone! GIPHY for Android is the fastest, simplest way to search and share GIFs across all of your favorite social channels.

 

4. Canopy – Amazon, Curated.

Canopy

App info: Canopy helps you discover beautiful products that are all available for purchase on Amazon.com (US only). We bring boutique curation to the Internet's biggest, most reliable catalog.

 

5. Starbucks Keyboard

Starbucks Keyboard

App info: They say emojis are worth 1,000 words, so say it with Starbucks keyboard — the easiest way to show your friends some emoji love via iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, email and more.

 

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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Samsung Galaxy Note 6 rumored to feature USB Type-C port

Posted: 02 May 2016 09:39 AM PDT

Now that Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are out there in the wild, eyes are starting to shift to what's next from the manufacturer.

According to a report from SamMobile, the Galaxy Note 6 will boast a USB Type-C port. The shift would make sense considering USB Type-C is starting to see more attention from manufacturers. There are no other details included with that initial report, but it stands to reason that Samsung will want to use the latest implementation of the USB standard for the upcoming flagship.

As far as other rumors go, the Galaxy Note 6 is believed to feature water and dust resistance like in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, and it's also believed to boast an iris scanner which would be used for owner authentication.

Are you waiting to see what the Galaxy Note 6 offers before you upgrade your phone this year?


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The Play Store Now Shows Delta Update Size When An App Update Is Available

Posted: 02 May 2016 08:08 AM PDT

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Google added support for delta app updates ages ago to save you from re-downloading an entire app every time there's an update. That's all well and good, but the process hasn't been very transparent. Now, it looks like the Play Store has started showing the size of an update rather than the full app size.

If you check an app description in the Play Store prior to downloading an app, it shows the full download size.

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The Play Store Now Shows Delta Update Size When An App Update Is Available was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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