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Low-Poly Animals Do Battle With Humanity In Crashing Season, Now Available On Android

Posted: 27 May 2016 02:39 PM PDT

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Those pesky humans, always encroaching on the wildness. You can't blame the animal characters of Crashing Season for getting upset and going on the warpath. This "arena runner" just launched on Android, and it seems like a solid game with lovely graphics.

Your goal in each stage of Crashing Season appears to be to take out as many humans as possible. You do this by running them down or knocking heavy objects into them (yay physics).

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Low-Poly Animals Do Battle With Humanity In Crashing Season, Now Available On Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google says current Android devices probably won’t be ‘Daydream-ready’

Posted: 27 May 2016 01:41 PM PDT

This month saw Google announce Daydream, the company's big push into the virtual reality (VR) market. The company has grand plans for the platform as a whole, including launching its own headset, plenty of apps, and support for a variety of phones.

However, it sounds like the support department for devices to enjoy those VR experiences on will be pretty thin at launch later this year. According to a report from RoadToVR citing a confirmation from Google's VR chief, Clay Bavor, current devices that are on the market won't be "Daydream-ready" when the platform launches. That includes high-end flagship handsets like the HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, and others.

It's an interesting turn of events, considering Google has been telling developers to use the Nexus 6P, last year's flagship, as the platform to work for. Based on this report, it doesn't sound like the Nexus 6P will be a certified Daydream-ready device. For what it's worth, the 6P does feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor under the hood, which might be an important distinction, because as Engadget points out, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 is a chipset that supports VR out of the box. Of course, devices like the HTC 10 feature a Snapdragon 820 under the hood, so it sounds like the finer details will really make the difference.

As it stands, it sounds like those who want to make sure they have a Daydream-ready device should wait to upgrade until late in the year, or maybe even early next just to be on the safe side.

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LINE Reaches 500 Million Downloads On Google Play, More Proof Of How Popular Messaging Apps Are

Posted: 27 May 2016 12:53 PM PDT

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LINE, a messaging app popular in Asia, and growing in popularity in Europe and America, has passed 500 million downloads on the Play Store, joining an exclusive club which currently includes Dropbox, Instagram and Skype.

LINE reportedly has 700 million users, according to estimates last year. Like many messaging apps, LINE can do voice calls and video chats, plus stickers and basic photo/video storage. Two of its key rivals, Messenger and WhatsApp, both owned by Facebook, have 900 million and 1 billion users (and both have over 1 billion downloads), so LINE still has a way to go until it achieves world domination, at least in the messaging space.

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LINE Reaches 500 Million Downloads On Google Play, More Proof Of How Popular Messaging Apps Are was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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BlackBerry Priv To Get Camera And Keyboard Improvements With New Update

Posted: 27 May 2016 10:41 AM PDT


At roughly the start of every month, Google has enforced every OEM, including the BlackBerry, to deliver an OTA containing fixes to various security flaws. Now BlackBerry has announced the Priv is set to receive a maintenance release update in June next week aligning with the security update.

However, for now, they have released an update which brings a ton of improvements to the Priv's camera and keyboard. The camera now has advanced shooting capabilities which let the user control various camera parameters such as shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, focus, white balance and exposure.

The update also brings shortcuts to the phone's physical keyboard for camera controls with one example of using the spacebar to take a picture.

For a complete list of all the new changes and features, check out the source link below.

The updates to both apps are available to download from the Play Store.

[BlackBerry Blog]

The post BlackBerry Priv To Get Camera And Keyboard Improvements With New Update appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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ZTE To Launch The AXON 7 In Canada This Year, Will Be Google Daydream Ready

Posted: 27 May 2016 09:39 AM PDT


Looks like Huawei won't be the only Chinese smartphone maker with high end specs and premium materials as ZTE has officially announced its new full metal unibody AXON 7 smartphone.

Targeting other premium smartphones with similar designs, bezels and materials, the AXON 7 will feature a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display (sourced from Samsung), the Snapdragon 820 SoC with 4GB or even 6GB of RAM. This will be one of the first mass market 6GB RAM phones to be launched so that's pretty cool. It will also come with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage options, 20MP f1.8 rear camera and an 8MP f2.2 front camera.

On top of that, ZTE has decided to use a DAC for the front facing speakers, a fingerprint sensor on the back, Quick Charge 3.0 for the 3250 mAh battery and NFC.


Google announced a new Android VR platform called Daydream during I/O last week and the ZTE VR headset is fully compatible as it features a 9-axis gyroscope, 96 degree FOV with a delay of up to 18 milliseconds.

It's not clear when the phone will arrive in Canada or what the price point would be however expect it to be available in the $599 range given the $450 price in the US.

[VentureBeat / MobileSyrup]

The post ZTE To Launch The AXON 7 In Canada This Year, Will Be Google Daydream Ready appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: LINE, AmpMe

Posted: 27 May 2016 09:37 AM PDT

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We've found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we're going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we'll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

ES File Explorer - Version

ES File Explorer Pro

What's new in this version:

  • Removed Charging Boost function for better user experience


Snapseed - Version 2.5.0


What's new in this version:

  • Apply last look from the Main Screen
  • Horizontal flip in the Rotate Tool (left to right)
  • Better display of photo metadata
  • Bug fixes


Next Lock Screen - Version 3.2.0

Next Lock Screen

What's new in this version:

  • New logo and color scheme. The new logo has a streamlined 'N', and expresses our identity as a location-based lock screen.
  • Notifications: optimized icons for smoother look, and better performance.
  • Launchpad: minor UI enhancements, added setting to hide contacts.
  • Screen time out: bug fixes.
  • Bing wallpaper: update check changed to once every hour.


Skype - Version 7.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • New tablet design makes it easier to multitask as it comes with a multi-pane view when in landscape orientation.
  • Improved universal search


Slacker Radio - Version 7.0.19

Slacker Radio

What's new in this version:

  • Play actions are larger, making it a breeze to find and play your favorite stations while on the go (because multi-tasking is an art form )
  • Our original content (interviews, countdowns, etc.) has been moved to the forefront, so you'll always know what's new
  • The My Music and Offline sections have been streamlined, allowing for quick access to whatever you've saved or downloaded
  • It's now easier to Sign In & Sign Up. Boom.


AutoInput - Version 2.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • new AutoInput Screen Capture action: record video of your screen and capture screenshots. Video here: https://youtu.be/RHt_9nK6ByI
  • inspect pixel and area colors on your screen
  • Added "Write" and "Replace" actions in "AutoInput Action"
  • new AutoInput Screen Unlock action: unlocks your screen on most pre-Marshmallow devices (some devices are known not to be compatible)


LINE - Version 6.3.1


What's new in this version:

  • • Timeline Enhancements
  • ​It is now possible to add #tags to Timeline posts.
  • Type @ to mention friends or group members in your posts.
  • You can now easily view multiple photos and videos you uploaded at a glance.
  • Scroll down on any tab to collapse the upper tab menu and display more of the content area.


AmpMe - Version 3.2.2


What's new in this version:

  • AmpMe is adding YouTube as a music source.


Periscope - Version 1.15.0


What's new in this version:

  • Save your broadcasts. Now your broadcasts save permanently by default. If you'd rather delete them, you can after ending your broadcast or from your profile.


AutoNotification - Version 2.5.5


What's new in this version:

  • Another attempt at reducing memory usage
  • Added compatibility with Android TV


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ZTE Axon 7 is an all-metal phone with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display and up to 6GB of RAM

Posted: 26 May 2016 08:54 PM PDT

Since debuting the original Axon in mid-2015, ZTE has introduced several other Axon-branded devices. The latest model announced today is a new flagship called the Axon 7.

The Axon 7 is ZTE's latest Android flagship, running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display. The front of the Axon 7 is also home to dual speakers and an 8-megapixel camera. Meanwhile, the backside of the 7 is home to a 20-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, and dual LED flash, as well as a fingerprint reader beneath it.

Inside of the Axon 7's all-metal body is an array of high-end features. That includes a Snapdragon 820 processor, microSD slot, 4GB/6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB of storage, USB Type-C, and a 3250mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. The 6GB RAM/128GB storage model also packs in Force Touch display tech.


One other highlight of the Axon 7 is that it supports Daydream, the virtual reality platform announced by Google at I/O earlier this month. ZTE is launching a VR headset to go along with the Axon 7 so that owners can get into VR right away.

The ZTE Axon 7 is launching in China today and will roll out globally soon. It'll be sold in the US by ZTE as well as Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, eBay, and Newegg. ZTE says that it'll support AT&T and T-Mobile, and possibly Sprint and Verizon later in 2016. As for pricing, ZTE says that the Axon 7 will cost less than $500.

With features like an all-metal body, Snapdragon 820, up to 6GB of RAM, and a sub-$500 price tag, the ZTE Axon 7 has the makings of a competitive smartphone. Here's to hoping that it launches in more territories soon so that we can really put it to the test.

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Samsung Announces Batman-Themed Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition To Commemorate Third Anniversary Of Injustice: Gods Among Us Mobile Game

Posted: 26 May 2016 08:02 PM PDT


Have you been trying to decide which phone to buy, but none of them are Batman enough? Then Samsung has just the product for you. In partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive, Samsung has announced the Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition.

Fans might be wondering what this is all about. Well, you see, we've come upon the three-year anniversary of the release of Injustice: Gods Among Us, which (for you non-fans) is a Batman mobile game.

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Samsung Announces Batman-Themed Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition To Commemorate Third Anniversary Of Injustice: Gods Among Us Mobile Game was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google wins $9 billion Oracle case

Posted: 26 May 2016 07:45 PM PDT

Google's battle with Oracle has spanned years. We were at the point where Oracle was demanding a part of the Android business to the tune of almost $9 billion, plus half a billion of lost licensing revenue.

Thankfully, the matter has been settled. After witnesses spoke out, including Eric Schmidt (who worked at Sun Microsystems before Oracle bought them), the jury chose to side with Google. It was decided that use of Oracle's APIs is considered fair use in this case.

As you can imagine, it's not over. Oracle plans to appeal this verdict, which might pose a problem since the U.S. Court of Appeals had sided with them back in 2014. We'll have to see how it goes from now on, but this may set a very important precedent for all developers out there.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition has a special Batman design

Posted: 26 May 2016 06:44 PM PDT

Remember how Samsung teased a Batman edition of the Galaxy S7 edge earlier today? Well we didn't have to wait long to see the phone, because Samsung just revealed the limited edition model.

The Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition is a regular ol' GS7 edge when it comes to specs, but it's decked out in a special design with a deep black color, gold accents, and a Batman logo emblazoned on its backside. The package also includes an all-black Gear VR that looks pretty sweet, the Injustice mobile game, and Oculus VR credits.


So that's the good news. Now for the bad, which is that the GS7 edge Injustice Edition will only be available in select markets when it launches in early June. Samsung says that those markets include China, Singapore, Korea, Latin America, Russia, and some others that'll be announced soon.

This Batman-ified Galaxy S7 edge looks pretty awesome. While Samsung does offer a regular Galaxy S7 edge in black, the gold accents on the home button, earpiece, Samsung logo, and rear camera housing really set this smartphone off. The black Gear VR looks pretty slick, too. Here's to hoping that Samsung's got several other territories lined up to launch this thing so that more of us can actually get our hands on it.

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Samsung to sue Huawei back over initial lawsuit

Posted: 26 May 2016 05:43 PM PDT

Huawei is currently suing Samsung both in China and the US over the unlicensed use of patents relating to 4G and a few other things. It's funny, in a way, that a Chinese company is suing a well-established mobile company. It's usually the other way around.

Now Samsung may be suing back. Head of Samsung's intellectual property division, Ahn Seong-ho, responded to the lawsuit during a weekly meeting at Samsung, saying, "We will take countermeasures, including a lawsuit."

This could turn into a bigger battle than expected, but hopefully the companies will manage to settle. Samsung's constant lawsuits and counter-suits with Apple are a huge mess and a financial drain, and we hope things between Samsung and Huawei won't escalate that far.

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OnePlus 3 info spotted on TENAA

Posted: 26 May 2016 05:43 PM PDT

Though we've seen a bunch of leaks of the OnePlus 3, it looks like we're getting some likely official info thanks to TENAA. TENAA is similar to the FCC in the US, and it's posted both photos and specs for all to view.

Like previous rumors stated, the device features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a 1080p resolution,  a 2.15GHz quad core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 3,000mAh battery, a 16MP rear camera, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The photos also show off the metal body, looking similar to some HTC designs. The front looks similar to the OnePlus 2 and features a fingerprint sensor in the home button.

How many of you are excited for the release of the OnePlus 3? Leave a comment!

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Lenovo says Motorola integration ‘did not meet expectations’

Posted: 26 May 2016 04:58 PM PDT

Lenovo has released its yearly financial and sales results, showing some losses. In particular, the company's revenue in Q4 2015 was $9.1 billion, down 19% year over year. Full year revenue is down only 3%, though, so Lenovo isn't facing obvious trouble.

However, in this financial report, the Motorola acquisition was touched upon. Motorola sold nearly 5 million units in Q4, part of the 10.9 million smartphones shipped by Lenovo overall. The report says that integration efforts "did not meet expectations."

People haven't been happy with Motorola recently, both in terms of quality and customer service. We've seen people denounce Lenovo's new Motorola, which is unfortunate because it's a company many used to love.

However, it's not all bad news. The company is focusing on growth in China, where shipments declined 85%. Let's hope Lenovo doesn't outright kill Motorola and take the loss.

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Verizon’s HTC 10 will receive an update with camera improvements starting May 27

Posted: 26 May 2016 03:45 PM PDT

After HTC pushed an update to the unlocked HTC 10 earlier this month, it looks like that update is ready to hit the Verizon model.

HTC's Mo Versi says that the Verizon HTC 10 will start receiving an update tomorrow, May 27, that includes camera improvements and some other unspecified fixes.

The unlocked HTC 10 recently received an update with improvements for the camera, Wi-Fi stability, and system stability. While we don't have the full changelog for Verizon's update quite yet, it's certainly possible that this is the same update that'll hit Verizon's HTC 10 tomorrow. Good thing that we don't have to wait long to find out.

If you've got a Verizon HTC 10, keep your eyes peeled.

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