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Nexus Player no longer available on the Google Store

Posted: 24 May 2016 01:35 PM PDT

The Nexus Player has enjoyed a year and a half of life, and will enjoy more living in many homes as a media center for the living room or bedroom. However, Google seems to have discontinued the device, signaling the end of its retail life.

And as with many Nexus devices, its death is a depressingly quiet one. The Nexus Player is suddenly gone from the Google Store, as well as out of stock or simply missing from Google's retail partners. There was no announcement, just silence.

This doesn't mean support has dried up though. Many older Nexus devices that are off the market still get updates, so the Nexus Player isn't entirely dead. But if you want to pick one up, you'll have to look to alternate sources. Or you can choose from many similar products, like the NVIDIA Shield TV. RIP, Nexus Player.


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Pebble Launches New Smartwatches, Raises $3M in One Day

Posted: 24 May 2016 12:49 PM PDT

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Pebble has once again turned to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter with plans to launch three new products: the Pebble Time 2, Pebble 2 and Pebble Core.

While all of them may worth your attention as Pebble Time 2 and Pebble 2 are fitness focused smartwatches that will incorporate heart rate monitors, it is worth highlighting the third one, the Pebble Core. This is a tiny, unlocked Android 5.0 computer, and a 3G connected wearable device, which Pebble describes as "a lightweight, cellular-connected clip that replaces your phone entirely. It streams music, tracks your pace, distance, and location with GPS, and can send an emergency SOS if needed." Pebble Core will features wireless charging and a battery life of up to 9 hours.

The Pebble Time 2 is made out of stainless steel, and features an e-colour display that's 50% larger than the original Pebble Time. It features a battery life of 10 days.

The Pebble 2 brings a better screen quality while using the same black and while e-colour displays as the original Pebble. It will also feature an anti-scratch coating, be water resistant for up to 30 metres, and incorporate a microphone and, just like the Pebble Time 2, a built-in-heart rate sensor.

The Pebble Time 2, Pebble 2 and Pebble Core are currently available on Kickstarter for $169 USD, $99 USD and $69 USD, respectively. Pebble Time 2 will reportedly start shipping in November, Pebble 2 in September, while Core will only start shipping in January 2017.

The post Pebble Launches New Smartwatches, Raises $3M in One Day appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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YouTube's New Card-Style Video Options Menu Seems To Be Rolling Out Widely

Posted: 24 May 2016 12:30 PM PDT

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Want to change the streaming quality of the YouTube video? Tap the overflow button in the top right corner. Options will appear in the middle of the video for Captions, Quality, Report, and Cardboard.

Except, maybe they won't. Months ago many people started seeing a card-style menu instead. Now judging from the onslaught of tips in our inbox, a lot more people are seeing them. Some of us are as well.

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YouTube's New Card-Style Video Options Menu Seems To Be Rolling Out Widely was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Pay gains support for Capital One, more than 40 other banks

Posted: 24 May 2016 12:17 PM PDT

Android Pay is still growing, and part of that comes in the form of support from banks and credit unions.

Droid-Life is reporting that the official Android Pay website has been updated to reflect some major changes to the growing list of supporters for the mobile payment option. One of the major additions to the list is Capital One, but there are also more than 40 other banks getting added to the mix as well.

Here are the new additions:

  • Advia Credit Union
  • Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
  • Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union
  • Altra Federal Credit Union
  • Amegy Bank
  • Arsenal FCU
  • Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union
  • Bank of England (England, Arkansas)
  • Benchmark Federal Credit Union
  • Blackhawk Community Credit Union
  • California Bank & Trust
  • Capital One
  • Catholic and Community CU
  • Centier Bank
  • Citizens Bank & Trust Company
  • Consumers Cooperative FCU
  • Dominion Credit Union
  • Fidelity Bank
  • First Atlantic CU
  • First Community Credit Union
  • Great Lakes Credit Union
  • Greater Iowa Credit Union
  • Hiway Federal Credit Union
  • Inova Federal Credit Union
  • Justice Federal Credit Union
  • KeyBank
  • Lake Michigan Credit Union
  • Marine Federal Credit Union
  • MAX Credit Union
  • Metro Health Services Federal Credit Union
  • Mission Federal Credit Union
  • Nasa Federal Credit Union
  • National Bank of Arizona
  • Nevada State Bank
  • Numark Credit Union
  • Nusenda Federal Credit Union
  • Oregon Community Credit Union
  • Richfield/Bloomington Credit Union (rbcu)
  • San Mateo Credit Union
  • Suncoast Federal Credit Union
  • The Bank of Northwest Kansas
  • Truwest Credit Union
  • University Federal Credit Union
  • UW Credit Union
  • Vectra Bank Colorado
  • Vinton County National Bank
  • Wright Patman Congressional Federal Credit Union
  • Zions Bank

Banks and credit unions need to support a mobile payment option, and Android Pay is quickly gaining ground in this regard.

Is your bank supporting Android Pay?


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Samsung is done with Android Wear

Posted: 24 May 2016 11:46 AM PDT

Do you remember the Gear Live? It's been a long while since Samsung released that product, and apparently that was Samsung's first and last device to run Android Wear.

Android Wear had some growing pains, just like any software does right out of the gate, but Samsung decided to go with its own proprietary software instead of Google's alternative. That software is called Tizen OS, and it's been present on Samsung's wearables ever since the Gear Live. And while some may have believed Android Wear could be installed on the Gear Fit 2, which is starting to see plenty of leaks, that's not going to be the case.

Fast Company has confirmed with Samsung that the company doesn't have any plans to bring an Android Wear-based product to the market anytime soon. According to the report, a Samsung executive said that Tizen is far more battery-efficient than any of Android Wear's products, and went on to affirm that Tizen is seeing a bigger rollout in other Samsung-branded products, like refrigerators.

What do you think of Samsung's decision to drop Android Wear?


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Lyft Announces Scheduled Rides, Soon Users Will Be Able To Plan Their Trips Ahead Of Time

Posted: 24 May 2016 10:57 AM PDT

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Lyft, the definitely-not-a-taxi service that is not Uber, is adding a useful feature: scheduled rides. This means exactly what you think, giving the option to call for a, well, Lyft for some future time. With that said, you probably can't use scheduled rides just yet as it is currently being piloted in San Francisco.

Assuming Lyft does roll it out to their other markets this summer as they say they will in their announcement, there will be some guidelines.

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Lyft Announces Scheduled Rides, Soon Users Will Be Able To Plan Their Trips Ahead Of Time was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and Pebble Core are now official

Posted: 24 May 2016 09:13 AM PDT

Pebble has been a company focused on the wearable market for quite some time now, and yesterday they teased a big announcement for today. Turns out they were actually teasing three new things.

The company has officially announced the Pebble 2, the Pebble Time 2, and the Pebble Core. As you can probably guess from the names, the first two devices are true successors to previously launched wearables, while the Pebble Core is a brand new product.

Pebble Time 2

The Pebble 2 features an e-paper display, a built-in microphone, tracking for activity and sleep, a heart rate monitor, and the device is water resistant up to 30 meters. Pebble says the smartwatch has a battery that can last seven days, too. As for the Pebble Time 2, its display is 53% bigger than what's equipped on the Pebble 2 and it boasts color e-paper technology. You get the same activity and fitness tracking that was mentioned with the Pebble 2, but the Pebble Time 2′s battery can last 10 days.

Pebble Core

The Pebble Core has a multifunction design, as Pebble declares it's a product for both runners and hackers. For runners, the Core is a running companion, built with GPS support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even 3G conenctivity that Pebble says you can use to stream Spotify. It also offers 4GB of built-in storage. There's a wireless charging pad that Pebble put together for the Core, and the company says the battery will last five and a half hours.

For the hackers, Pebble says the Core is essentially a small computer running Android 5.0. With that in mind, it can be tweaked to do other things, like track a pet, call an Uber with just a click, and much more. Pebble plans on working with developers to truly flesh out the possibilities of the Core.

The Pebble 2 is expected to ship beginning in September of this year. It's available right now for an early backer's price of $99, but it will shoot up to $129 once it launches to the public. The wearable will come in Aqua, Black, White, Flame, and Lime colors.

The Pebble Time 2, on the other hand, will ship beginning in November of this year, and has an early bird price tag of $179, with a retail price of $199. It's available in Black, Silver, and Gold with a stainless steel body.

Finally, the Pebble Core will come in Black or White, and early backer price is set at $69, with the full retail price planned to be $99. It begins shipping in January of next year.

Each of the devices can be backed on Pebble's official Kickstarter page. As of the time of this writing, there are already 7,264 backers that have pledged $1,332,055 of a $1,000,000 goal. The Kickstarter project ends in 36 days.

So, what do you think of Pebble's new products?


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OnePlus 3 Specs Leaked By Evleaks, 5.5-Inch 1080P Display Confirmed

Posted: 24 May 2016 09:02 AM PDT

It has almost been a year since OnePlus launched the "2016 flagship killer" known as the OnePlus 2 and while it most certainly did not kill any 2016 flagships, it remained on the list for many of those wanting a decent, budget friendly smartphone with great specs.

Now it looks like the OnePlus 3 specs have been officially leaked by Evan Blass himself.

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According to the infamous leakster, the OnePlus 3 is expected to come with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 64GB storage, 16MP rear camera and NFC. The phone's codename is RAIN A3000 and for some reason it is running the Android N Developer Preview build.

While nothing was mentioned about the RAM, there have been several leaks pointing towards a 6GB RAM variant so it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

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The post OnePlus 3 Specs Leaked By Evleaks, 5.5-Inch 1080P Display Confirmed appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Twitter confirms changes coming, including not counting usernames and media against character limit

Posted: 24 May 2016 08:40 AM PDT

A little over a week ago, a report surfaced that said Twitter was planning on making some changes to the way it counts the 140-character limit for tweets. Now, the social-network-turned-news platform has confirmed some big changes are in the works.

Twitter has officially announced some big changes to the way it counts characters in individual tweets. One of those changes is the fact that media and Twitter handles will no longer count against that 140-character limit. So if you include an @ mention and an image, video or GIF, none of that will count towards the text you want to include.

Twitter also wants to make sure you can share your own tweets a bit easier, and is making it possible to retweet and Quote Tweet yourself with these upcoming changes.

There are also some changes to the way mentions work. Specifically, users will no longer have to use ".@" to send out a tweet directly to another Twitter user to make sure every one of their own followers see the tweet. Right now, tweets without that period in place can only be seen by people who are following both the sender and the recipient of that tweet. With these changes in place, everyone will be able to see those tweets now.

The 140-character limit has been in place right out of the gate, so many Twitter users have grown accustomed to rearranging tweets to fit in the box, but these changes will probably be a welcomed new addition to the platform moving forward. Twitter says the new changes will be rolling out over the coming months.


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OnePlus 3 specs leaked featuring 5.5-inch display, Snapdragon 820, and more

Posted: 24 May 2016 08:40 AM PDT

OnePlus is looking forward to the launch of the OnePlus 3 so much that it's gearing up for another major virtual reality push, sending out 30,000 Loop VR headsets to send people to space right inside their living rooms.

Ahead of that event, Evan Blass (@evleaks) has gone ahead and leaked out the specifications for the OnePlus 3 and has even included a screenshot that shows an Android N preview build loaded onto it. As far as the specs go, the OnePlus 3 looks like it'll check off quite a few noteworthy features.

According to Blass, the OnePlus 3 will boast a 5.5-inch 1080p HD display, and under the hood a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor will make everything hum along. It'll have 64GB of built-in storage out of the box, there's NFC support, and on the back there's a 16-megapixel camera.

With these specs, if they are in the final build, are you looking forward to OnePlus's new flagship?


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Google Docs, Sheets, And Slides Updates Automatically Download Recently Opened Files For Offline Editing [APK Download]

Posted: 24 May 2016 06:30 AM PDT

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The problem of having files stored in the cloud is that they're not accessible when you're offline. For a while now, Google has been attempting to change this by making files on Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides available to download for offline viewing or editing. Note: Slides has not rolled out yet, but we'll let you know when it does.

With the latest update to the three apps, any file that has recently been opened will be downloaded to your device.

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Google Docs, Sheets, And Slides Updates Automatically Download Recently Opened Files For Offline Editing [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google TTS 3.9.6 Adds System-Wide Text Selection Integration And New Languages [APK Download]

Posted: 24 May 2016 04:45 AM PDT

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Google's Text-to-Speech engine has seen many updates over the past months with new voices, more natural enunciation, and more. What it's getting in this latest version is more of a functional improvement. Oh and there are a few new languages thrown in too.

Version 3.9.6 of Google TTS isn't yet available on the Play Store. It was bundled in with Android N Developer Preview 3, but the extracted APK works well on Marshmallow too.

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Google TTS 3.9.6 Adds System-Wide Text Selection Integration And New Languages [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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26 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (5/10/16 - 5/23/16)

Posted: 23 May 2016 07:00 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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AirAttack 2

Android Police coverage: Air Attack 2 Mixes Retro Shoot-Em-Up Gameplay With Fantastic 3D Graphics And A Great Free-To-Play Model

Air Attack was one of the best games of the early Android boom back in 2011, combining old-school shoot-em-up gameplay with 3D graphics and mobile controls.

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26 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (5/10/16 - 5/23/16) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Spotify Makes Family Plan Much Cheaper

Posted: 23 May 2016 06:00 PM PDT

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Spotify's Family Plan launched around 18 months ago, costing up to $29.99 for five members. While not outrageously expensive in the grand scheme of things, it was vastly overpriced compared to its chief competitors, Google Play Music and Apple Music, both of which charge $14.99 for six users on their Family Plans.

Consequently, Spotify has just adjusted the pricing to match Apple and Google – six users for $14.99. A member with an already-existing Spotify account can keep their playlists, saved items and recommendations, which is good, and the six people included on a Family Plan each get their own Spotify account with full Premium status.

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Spotify Makes Family Plan Much Cheaper was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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