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Moto G leak points to two variants

Posted: 06 May 2016 02:52 PM PDT

Thanks to a new leak today, we no have more information on Motorola's Moto G 4th generation, launching May 17 at an event in India. According to the leak, there will be two variants of the device, one being higher-end than the other.

If the specs match up like they should, one model would have 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 13MP camera with laser autofocus, while one would have 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 16MP camera. It's also worth noting that both models will be "Made in India." In other words, Lenovo knows India is a key market for Motorola, and they are really hitting that hard this year.

As for what else the two devices pack, we'll just have to see a couple weeks from now.

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Rumor: Samsung to launch budget friendly Galaxy Note 6 variant

Posted: 06 May 2016 02:52 PM PDT

Current rumors surrounding Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 6 paint the device as an absolute monster: 6GB of RAM, Snapdragon 823, 5.8-inch QHD display and more. Which means it's set to be quite possibly the most expensive phone Samsung has ever released. Realizing this may alienate a portion of its user base, Samsung may be planning a more budget-friendly variant of the Galaxy Note 6 with specs to match.

According to the rumor, this Galaxy Note 6 ("lite," "air," "Note 5 SE," or whatever you want to call it) would still come with a 5.8-inch display, but it would be 1080p, powered by 4GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 820. In other words, this is like a Samsung Galaxy S7 in a larger shell, which means performance should be awesome. In fact, pushing a much less dense display, it might even be better than the rumored original Galaxy Note 6.

Of course, none of this is set in stone, but it would certainly make sense for Samsung to take this route. If previous releases are any indication, we can expect to see the Galaxy Note 6 released sometime this fall.

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LG’s G5 and V10 approved for US military and enterprise use

Posted: 06 May 2016 11:23 AM PDT

Those working in the defense industry will have two new Android options today, as LG has officially announced both the G5 and V10 have been approved for enterprise and military use.

Approved by the US National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), "for compliance in meeting international security standards in corporate environments," the G5 and V10 come with LG's GATE security suite designed to offer enhanced security and mobile device management. The NIAP uses the Common Criteria international standard, accepted by 25 countries across the globe.

Along with GATE, the G5 and V10 also come with Android for Work, making LG's latest phone a great choice for professionals in every field.

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Google Opinion Rewards Is Now Available In Denmark, Norway, And Sweden

Posted: 06 May 2016 11:19 AM PDT


Your opinion is worth something. Not much, but something. Companies are willing to pay for consumer feedback, and in this area, Google is no exception. It is happy to reward people for answering a few mundane questions. And now that offer extends out to people in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
I should stress, this is digital money. It's not the kind of useless currency you waste money on in games, but it's not real either.

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Google Opinion Rewards Is Now Available In Denmark, Norway, And Sweden was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Students now get 50 percent off Apple Music

Posted: 06 May 2016 10:38 AM PDT

Hot on the heels of news that Apple is going to be completely redesigning its Apple Music service, the company has announced today that students can now get 50 percent off the music streaming service, bringing the monthly total down to $5.

You may be asking why an Android fan like yourself should care about this news, but let's not forget that Apple Music is available on Android, and it is home to more and more exclusive album launches these days.

The 50 percent discount is available to students across multiple countries including the US, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. If you're already an Apple Music subscriber, switching to a student plan should be a relatively painless process.

We're curious, what music streaming service do you use on Android? Are you a fan of Apple Music, have you gone Google's route or is Spotify still your service of choice?

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Netflix, Vimeo

Posted: 06 May 2016 10:38 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.

Vimeo - Version 2.2.0


What's new in this version:

  • Watch videos, sans WiFi: now you can save videos to your phone or tablet and watch them offline, anytime. No internet or 4G necessary.
  • When you're not busy bookmarking videos for later, you may notice a few bug fixes and optimizations that make your uploading, streaming, and sharing as smooth as the screen on your phone before you dropped it one million times. (Guilty.)


Google Keyboard - Version 5.0.0

Google Keyboard Play Store

What's new in this version:

  • One handed mode
  • Adjust keyboard height.
  • New gestures that can be enabled from the settings menu.


projectM - Version 4.22.0


What's new in this version:

  • Chromecast support
  • Material Design


Audiobooks from Audible - Version 2.5.0

Audiobooks from Audible

What's new in this version:

  • Channels you follow are now synced to the Cloud.
  • The Audible app now needs fewer permissions.
  • Bug fixes and improvements.


Opera Mini - Version 16.0.2168

Opera Mini

What's new in this version:

  •  Ad blocker
  • New page-loading animations
  • Stop button in the bottom navigation bar
  • Feature hints
  • New news feed layout
  • "Add to home screen" option in the address bar "+" menu


Netflix - Version 4.5.0


What's new in this version:

  • New "Cellular Data Usage" app setting that lets you control data usage when streaming on mobile networks.
  • Bug fixes


Nova Launcher - Version 4.3.0

Nova Launcher

What's new in this version:

  • Night Mode
  • Android N Folder Preview style
  • Improved search bar configuration
  • Bug fixes


Pocket - Version


What's new in this version:

  • Like and Repost actions in your Recommended feed
  • Notifications for when someone Likes or Reposts your recommendations
  • See Reposts from the people you follow in your Recommended feed
  • Decide which notifications you'd like to receive from Pocket in Settings


Google Street View - Version 2.12.0

Google Street View

What's new in this version:

  • Create connections between photo spheres.
  • Tap and hold to select multiple published photo spheres.
  • Photo spheres are automatically grouped.
  • Linked camera features: auto-capture, HDR, volume–down as shutter.
  • Support for landscape app use.
  • Support for Android KitKat devices.



Microsoft OneDrive - Version 4.1.0


What's new in this version:

  • Scan documents using your OneDrive for Business account – Powered by Office Lens
  • Highlight, annotate your PDF files and save your changes back to the cloud
  • Use the new Notifications view to find out about new albums and catch up on changes to shared files


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Samsung Gear Fit 2 set to come in black, pink and blue

Posted: 06 May 2016 10:08 AM PDT

Thanks to a new leak today, this time not directly from Samsung, we are getting a good look at the three colors Samsung's Gear Fit 2 is slated to launch in: black, pink and blue.

The leak comes courtesy of Evleaks himself, with unfortunately little information attached. Going off previous whispers and rumors, we expect the Gear Fit 2 to come with a 1.84-inch AMOLED display, 4GB of storage and a more ergonomic design. For more solid details, we'll have to wait for an official launch. Judging by how complete in-the-wild shots of Samsung's new wearables have been and the frequency of leaks now, we assume it will be soon.

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Google is sending out more I/O 2016 invites

Posted: 06 May 2016 10:08 AM PDT

With Google I/O right around the corner, those who applied for a ticket but never received the opportunity to buy one have probably given up hope of being able to attend, but that might not be the case. The internet is abuzz today with news that new I/O invites are going out to a lucky few, meaning you might not have lost the lottery yet.

We are assuming that as Google figures out how many tickets it has sold so far, the actual number of remaining tickets has been readjusted, so those who didn't get an offer to purchase a spot at Google's hottest event of the year the first time around may now get a chance. Of course, you still have to pay and take care of travel plans, all on short notice, but come on, it will be worth it.

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WhatsApp Is Working On Video Calls, NFC Tags And Group Invites, Voicemail, And Zip File Sharing

Posted: 06 May 2016 08:49 AM PDT


WhatsApp has been steadily adding more and more features over the past year and that is not slowing down. In the last few months, we've run across dozens of tips of upcoming WhatsApp options, some that are already live, others that are starting to materialize, and several that are still tagged with a big question mark. We're compiling here a few of the latter and most interesting rumors and tips, but do take them with a grain of salt.

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WhatsApp Is Working On Video Calls, NFC Tags And Group Invites, Voicemail, And Zip File Sharing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active for AT&T leaks out in new images

Posted: 06 May 2016 07:53 AM PDT

Samsung's Galaxy S Active lineup, the more ruggedized variants of its flagship devices, has been popular enough that the manufacturer has launched new versions for several years now. And it looks like this year won't be any different.

Samsung VN has surfaced several images of what appears to be the Galaxy S7 Active, which is slated to head to AT&T at some point in the near future. The handset features a digital camouflage pattern on the back along with a rubber bumper running along the top, sides, and bottom. The Galaxy S7 Active appears to be thicker than the standard Galaxy S7, and the metal frame has reportedly been replaced by a polycarbonate and rubber design, which should help lessen the damage if the owner drops their phone.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active leak2

The capacitive buttons have, as is par for the course with these handsets, been replaced with physical buttons. The handset is also said to be IP68-certified for water and dust resistance.

As far as a release date goes, that's still unknown at this point. But now that these images are starting to find their way online, it probably won't be too long.

Do you use the Active lineup of devices?

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Google Updates Street View With Enhanced Photo Sphere Features And Support For KitKat Devices

Posted: 06 May 2016 05:04 AM PDT


Update Wednesday has been and gone, but we'll let it pass, as an app that doesn't get all that much attention has been updated! v2.12 of Google Street View is rolling out now, with some new Photo Sphere features and other improvements.

Photo Spheres are now automatically grouped, and connections can be created between them. Your own photo spheres can be multiple selected by long tapping, which is helpful, and the app works in landscape now.

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Google Updates Street View With Enhanced Photo Sphere Features And Support For KitKat Devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Blackberry Offering Free Gifts With Priv Orders

Posted: 05 May 2016 06:09 PM PDT

Blackberry Priv

It's no secret, Blackberry is struggling to push out devices.  Well perhaps a sale can help them push out a few more units?  If you head over to Blackberry's online store, you'll be able to snag a deal or two.

The only actual discount is on their Blackberry 10 powered Passport which is currently selling for $489.  As for their Android powered slider, the Priv, you don't get a discount but you do get a couple of free gifts.  At a value of $119, Blackberry will include a free Leather Flip Case and Sync Pod with your Priv order.  Again, the Priv comes in at a pretty hefty $899.

If these seem a little too rich for your blood, Blackberry is expected to release two much more reasonably priced Android models sometime this year.  Current rumours have these devices pegged between $400-$500.


The post Blackberry Offering Free Gifts With Priv Orders appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Marshmallow Rolling Out To Z2 & Z3

Posted: 05 May 2016 05:54 PM PDT


More Marshmallows are on their way out!  The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for both the Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3 are now rolling out to users here in Canada.

As with all Marshmallow updates, these updates bring new features like Now on Tap, Doze, and Granular Permission Control.  The update also brings a new camera interface to Sony's former flagship devices.  You should also see a boost in performance and security as well.

As always, if you haven't received the update yet, jump into your settings and scroll down to about device.  In there you can do your manual check for the update.  Happy Marshmallow-ing Sony fans.


The post Marshmallow Rolling Out To Z2 & Z3 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Rockstar discounts six games (including five GTA games) on Play Store

Posted: 05 May 2016 03:53 PM PDT

Rockstar has made some pretty amazing games, and they've taken surprisingly well to the touchscreen. The company has released many GTA games as well as Max Payne for Android.

If you haven't played them yet, now is a great time to start. Rockstar has discounted six of its games on the Play Store, and all are under $4. I especially recommend GTA: San Andreas, because the amount of content you get for $4 is staggering.

Hit the links to get to the Play Store and buy your games of choice!

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Costco offering Samsung TV, cash card, and portable battery with Galaxy S7

Posted: 05 May 2016 03:23 PM PDT

There are many good reasons for being a Costco member, not the least of which are the free samples. But the warehouse is offering a pretty decent bonus if you buy a Samsung Galaxy S7 in store.

If you buy an AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile Galaxy S7, you'll get a free 32-inch Samsung TV, a $25 Costco cash card, and a 5200mAh portable battery pack. The TV isn't 4K — heck it's not even 1080p (that 720p life) — but it's free!

Most people don't need any free incentives to buy the Galaxy S7 anyway, so this is a nice touch. The offer ends on May 29th, so jump on it if you've been putting off buying a Galaxy S7!

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