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Google adding information about local earthquakes in searches

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 04:11 PM PDT

Earthquakes can be extremely dangerous, and they're definitely something to keep in mind if you live in California. We're always at risk of big earthquakes, and smaller but still significant earthquakes happen all the time.

Google will now show earthquake information in cards at the top of search results in the event of an earthquake near you. It'll show a map with earthquake intensities for different areas, the size of the quake, and even tips for staying safe in the event of an earthquake affecting your area.

Info showing up in search will mean more people will be able to stay safe and up-to-date on their situation in the case of an earthquake. It's definitely a helpful feature and I'm sure I'll be using it soon.


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Dell discontinuing Venue line of Android tablets, ceases software updates

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 03:16 PM PDT

Dell isn't a name you hear often when it comes to Android devices, but the company has built quite a few devices over the years. The Venue line of tablets has always been interesting but unsuccessful, so it's no surprise that Dell announced it is discontinuing its line of Android tablets.

The company's move to discontinue its current Android tablets also means that software support is ending. Devices will no longer be getting any updates, though thankfully warranty and service will still apply.

The company will now be focusing on 2-in-1 Windows devices, which have become popular lately. The tablet market, on the other hand, has declined with the influx of budget tablets flooding the market. RIP Dell Android devices, we never loved you, but we'll miss you.


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Google app v6.1 Beta allows users to disable local trending searches, includes first tangible elements of Google Assistant, and more [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 03:11 PM PDT

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A fresh beta update just started rolling out for the Google app, popping the version number up to 6.1. There aren't many immediately obvious changes with this release, but it does contain a switch that will allow users to turn off trending searches in their area. But if you're looking for some potentially exciting new things, a teardown reveals the first physical pieces of the recently announce Google Assistant. There are also a couple bits related to deep search for apps and background retry for failed searches.

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Google app v6.1 Beta allows users to disable local trending searches, includes first tangible elements of Google Assistant, and more [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Super-pretty drag racing sim CSR Racing 2 is now available following geo-limited beta

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 03:11 PM PDT

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The greatest challenge in racing is clearly going as fast as possible in a straight line. Turning is for chumps. That's the only explanation for the ridiculous popularity of the original CSR Racing. Now, the sequel is out after a geo-limited beta test. CSR Racing 2 is free-to-play, but you get to drive pretty cars very fast in a straight line. What else do you want?

Joking aside, CSR Racing 2 is much like the original.

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Super-pretty drag racing sim CSR Racing 2 is now available following geo-limited beta was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Building for Billions

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 02:40 PM PDT

Posted by Sam Dutton, Ankur Kotwal, Developer Advocates; Liz Yepsen, Program Manager

'TOP-UP WARNING.' 'NO CONNECTION.' 'INSUFFICIENT BANDWIDTH TO PLAY THIS RESOURCE.'

These are common warnings for many smartphone users around the world.

To build products that work for billions of users, developers must address key challenges: limited or intermittent connectivity, device compatibility, varying screen sizes, high data costs, short-lived batteries. We first presented http://ift.tt/1TbtFCW and related Android and Web resources at Google I/O last month, and today you can watch the video presentations about Android or the Web.

These best practices can help developers reach billions by delivering exceptional performance across a range of connections, data plans, and devices. g.co/dev/billions will help you:

Seamlessly transition between slow, intermediate, and offline environments

Your users move from place to place, from speedy wireless to patchy or expensive data. Manage these transitions by storing data, queueing requests, optimizing image handling, and performing core functions entirely offline.

Provide the right content for the right context

Keep context in mind - how and where do your users consume your content? Selecting text and media that works well across different viewport sizes, keeping text short (for scrolling on the go), providing a simple UI that doesn't distract from content, and removing redundant content can all increase perception of your app's quality while giving real performance gains like reduced data transfer. Once these practices are in place, localization options can grow audience reach and increase engagement.

Optimize for mobile hardware

Ensure your app or Web content is served and runs well for your widest possible addressable market, covering all actively used OS versions, while still following best practices, by testing on virtual or actual devices in target markets. Native Android apps should set minimum and target SDKs. Also, remember low cost phones have smaller amounts of RAM; apps should therefore adjust usage accordingly and minimize background running. For in-depth information on minimizing APK size, check out this series of Medium posts. On the Web, optimize JavaScript CPU usage, avoid raster image rendering, and minimize resource requests. Find out more here.

Reduce battery consumption

Low cost phones usually have shorter battery life. Users are sensitive to battery consumption levels and excessive consumption can lead to a high uninstall rate or avoidance of your site. Benchmark your battery usage against sessions on other pages or apps, or using tools such as Battery Historian, and avoid long-running processes which drain batteries.

Conserve data usage

Whatever you're building, conserve data usage in three simple steps: understand loading requirements, reduce the amount of data required for interaction, and streamline navigation so users get what they want quickly. Conserving data on behalf of your users (and with native apps, offering configurable network usage) helps retain data-sensitive users -- especially those on prepaid plans or contracts with limited data -- as even "unlimited" plans can become expensive when roaming or if unexpected fees are applied.

Have another insight, or a success launching in low-connectivity conditions or on low-cost devices? Let us know on our G+ post.


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OnePlus says red OnePlus 3 isn’t coming

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 02:19 PM PDT

Not long ago, we got to see a red OnePlus 3 on the official OnePlus site, but the photo was quickly taken down. We were hoping for a third OP3 color option to come to the market alongside the current Graphite and the upcoming Soft Gold options.

Unfortunately, it seems that the photo was posted in error and a red OnePlus 3 isn't actually coming. The company confirmed that only two colors will be available: the current Graphite color and Soft Gold.

A red OnePlus 3 would be nice, but we can imagine it may not sell as well as the more conservative, classy options. Would you have purchased a red OnePlus 3? Leave a comment!


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Review: Huawei P9

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 02:19 PM PDT

The mobile landscape has shifted dramatically over the past few years. Companies that once reigned supreme are now struggling to stay afloat, while newcomers have arrived at the table and quickly made their way to the top. Among these newcomers are Chinese companies such as Huawei, Xiaomi, and OnePlus, all of which are working hard to make their mark.

Huawei is taking an approach of collaboration and partnership to stand out among other manufacturers. The latest piece in this is a long-term partnership with Leica, the renowned German camera maker. The first fruits of this partnership are already in existence with the Huawei P9, a high-end smartphone that uses Leica camera tech to capture stunning shots. Is it enough to give the company a leg up?

Hardware

Huawei hasn't skimped on the specs when it comes to the Huawei P9. Here's the rundown:

  • 5.2-inch 2.5D 1080p display
  • 64-bit octa-core Kirin 955 processor with four A72 cores at 2.5GHz and four A53 cores at 1.8GHz
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Dual 12-megapixel rear cameras
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • USB Type-C port
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.2 overlay

The body of the P9 measures in at 145mm x 70.9mm x 6.95 mm, with a weight of 144g. As for colors, there are three options: Prestige Gold, Titanium Grey and Mystic Silver.

Design and Build Quality

When it comes to design, Huawei excels at creating simple, elegant devices. With the P9, that same philosophy is brought to life in the best of ways. The metal exterior of the device is a matte grey that is both tasteful and bold, with chamfered edges that make it even more eye-catching. The fingerprint scanner rests near the top of the device, perhaps a tad higher than is comfortable, but perfectly acceptable.

Above the fingerprint scanner is an expanse of black glass that encompasses the device's dual cameras. To the right of the flash, you'll find small silver text reminding you of the camera's Leica origins, along with the specs of the lens directly below that.

Like most other smartphones, the front of the Huawei P9 is a swath of glass, broken up only by the Huawei logo and the speaker. Moving onto the sides, you'll notice that the Huawei P9 bears a striking resemblance to the iPhone 6s, with similiar antenna breaks and identical port and speaker placement. The primary difference is that the P9 swaps the location of the volume rocker and SIM card slot.

While Huawei's design may not be original, it still boasts a striking elegance that deserves merit.

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Display

Huawei has a personal relationship with smartphone displays. While its competitors have rushed to pack in the pixels, Huawei believes that it can achieve a great display and great performance while using a more reasonable resolution. The 5.2-inch display on the Huawei P9 has a resolution of 1920×1080, putting it on par with flagships from the past two years. That being said, the display offers 16.7 million colors and is able to render some of the most beautiful scenes we've seen on a smartphone.

Sharp as a tack and more vivid than life, the display on the Huawei P9 is sure to satisfy. Blacks are deep and rich, while whites are pure and bright, though a cool tint is present. When it comes to color, you'll be stunned at just how well the P9 handles them, weaving them together to craft a gorgeous image.

As far as the display goes, you have no need to worry. The Huawei P9 will satisfy.

Software

Google has worked hard to turn Android into an operating system that's both functional and attractive. With the latest iteration, Android can proudly stand as its own OS, yet manufacturers continue to craft UI overlays, most of which detract from the experience.

Huawei has come under fire for mimicking Apple in more ways than one, but the influence of iOS can be blatantly seen in Huawei's UI. Full of Gaussian blur, standardized icon designs and, most notably, the lack of an app drawer, Huawei's EMUI 4.1 is clearly trying to mimic the success of iOS. While it's a valiant effort and the software is actually quite nice, the lack of originality and the departure from its Android roots makes EMUI a strong swing and a slight miss.

Performance

While not being sold as a flagship in many countries, the Huawei P9 has the performance to act as a flagship. It flies through any task thrown at it without a stutter. Not once in my entire time reviewing the device did I see a slowdown or stutter. While we may knock the software for resembling Apple devices, the animations are buttery smooth and work without flaw.

In real world performance, the Huawei P9 is sure to stun. As far as quantitative statistics go, you can see the table below.

Benchmarks

Benchmark TestScore
AnTuTu95450
Quadrant36055
Geekbench 31668 (single-thread) 6220 (multi-thread)
AndEBench Pro10045
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited12990
Sunspider 1.0.2460ms

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Camera

When looking for a great smartphone camera, there a number of factors to consider. Does it perform well in low light? How accurate are the colors? What is the start time? Huawei considered those questions and turned to an expert for help. As part of a new partnership with Leica, the Huawei P9 was born.

Sporting dual 12-megapixel cameras, BSI CMOS sensors and F/2.2 apertures, the rear camera setup on the Huawei P9 is incredible. Additionally, while one sensor shoots in full color, the other is a monochrome sensor that excels at capturing details. Combining the photos from both sensors lead to sharp, vivid images that are stunning.

An important benefit of the dual-camera setup is that users can adjust the aperture while shooting, as well as after shooting. This capability isn't common and is extremely useful for creating photos with high-quality depth of field. Photos taken on the Huawei P9 can truly rival those taken by certain DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Check out the sample images below. These images are straight from the camera and have not been edited.

Huawei P9 Review Pictures

Battery

As far as our review capabilities went, the battery life on the Huawei P9 is excellent. Being an international device, our review unit in the U.S. wasn't connected to a cellular network and didn't act as a daily driver. Nonetheless, we can relay our experience, which was quite positive. The battery on the P9 seems to last for a very long time, with the device being exceptionally good at preserving battery life in standby mode.

Over our three-week review period, we charged the Huawei P9 four times, with the device making the most of those charges. It should be noted that the Huawei P9 uses a USB Type-C port for charging, so be sure to keep that in mind when looking at accessories.

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Huawei P99.5 / 10

Rarely does a device cover as many of the bases as the Huawei P9 does. The device exudes quality in every way, offering powerful performance and a superb camera. It not only covers the technical aspects, but extends further to the exquisite design and stunning display.

Huawei has created a device that excels in multiple areas, so much so that it's difficult to find anything to complain out. Perhaps the software is a bit unoriginal, but it performs in such a manner that its imitative features are overlooked. That is the key to a great device. When the comprehensive package is enough to overlook the flaws, you know you've found a device that's worth your time.

Follow this link to purchase the Huawei P9 through Amazon.

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Her Story, a trippy crime thriller game-movie hybrid, comes to the Play Store for three bucks

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 01:30 PM PDT

image (5)If you follow the indie game development scene you've probably heard of Her Story, if only in passing. It's an incredibly unique game where you play a homicide investigator trying to solve a murder. But unlike most games with that description, Her Story doesn't task you with running around a noir-inspired city or shooting hundreds of criminals. Instead you have a series of police interview videos, all delivered in live action by actress Viva Seigert, which you must organize and decipher to solve the case.

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Her Story, a trippy crime thriller game-movie hybrid, comes to the Play Store for three bucks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Cinemute makes sure your phone never goes off at the theater, and we have 100 codes to give away

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 12:28 PM PDT

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When I go to the cinema, one of the things I hate the most is people using their phones. You've paid good money (I live in the UK so have no idea on the cost in the US, but I'm told $12 is around average) to see this movie, and you can't even be bothered to turn your phone off. Even more annoying is when someone's phone rings in the middle of the movie.

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Cinemute makes sure your phone never goes off at the theater, and we have 100 codes to give away was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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HTC ‘Marlin’ specs rumored to feature 5.5-inch QHD display, 12MP camera, and more

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 12:11 PM PDT

Rumor has it that HTC is manufacturing a pair of Nexus-branded devices this year. A week ago we heard our first rumors regarding the specs for the smaller of the two, codenamed "Sailfish," and now there's word on what features larger "Marlin" device might boast.

According to an anonymous source providing information to Android Police, the Marlin will be a powerhouse. The report states that the Marlin will boast a Qualcomm quad-core processor under the hood and a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display. On the back there's a 12-megapixel camera, while the front-facing camera is an 8-megapixel shooter.

Other specs include a USB Type-C port, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, 4GB of RAM, a 3450mAh battery, and bottom-firing speakers. The Marlin will also apparently come in 32GB or 128GB variants and feature Bluetooth 4.2.

The report also indicates that the Sailfish, the HTC-branded Nexus phone with a 5-inch screen, will feature a 1080p AMOLED display.

The new Nexus smartphones should be running the newest version of Android, which has just been confirmed to be called Android Nougat.

Based on what you've heard about HTC's Marlin, are you looking forward to the next Nexus smartphone?


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Google app tests notifying you when search results are ready in background

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 12:06 PM PDT

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Most of us probably use the Google app for searching on our phones, rather than through Chrome or - *gasp* - another search engine. I've often found that on slow connections, the Google app can take ages to bring up results - think 2G or even 3G mobile networks. To combat this, it appears that Google is either testing or rolling out a notification to tell you when the app has completed searching and showing results.

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Google app tests notifying you when search results are ready in background was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Announces Name For Android N, Will Be Called Android Nougat

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 11:31 AM PDT

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Android N was announced way back in March and went through a lot of changes since then. But as with every other release, Google keeps its final version name secret in order to build hype. During Google I/O, the company invited everyone to submit what they think should be the next name and now the company has finally revealed what the N stands for; Android Nougat.

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Well there it is!

The OS itself is slated for release by the end of Q2 and will be available to download for the Nexus 5X, 6, 6P, and 9.

[Google+]

The post Google Announces Name For Android N, Will Be Called Android Nougat appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 front panel leak hints at iris scanner

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 11:09 AM PDT

Reports recently surfaced that claimed Samsung would be skipping the Galaxy Note 6 name this year, and instead jump ahead to Galaxy Note 7. Since then we've heard the device could be unveiled in early August and that it could boast an iris scanner. Now what's believed to be the front panel for the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 has leaked, seemingly confirming not only with the handset feature an iris scanner for added security, but that it will indeed offer a dual-edge display measuring in at 5.8 inches.

The image shows that there are a few more cutouts on the front, above the display area, that aren't present on Samsung's Galaxy S7 edge. That's where many expect Samsung to include the iris scanner on the upcoming phablet flagship. If the rumors are true, the Galaxy Note 7 will be the one of the first Android smartphones featuring iris scanner security tech, and it's likely that it will reach other Samsung-branded devices in the future.

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New Leaked Photos Of Galaxy Note 7 Panel Reveal Iris Scanner Cutouts

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 10:47 AM PDT

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Looks like we finally get to take a look at the first spy shot of a Galaxy Note 7. Well actually, it's a part of the Note 7, but still a first!

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Android Authority has collaborated with @Onleaks to post what looks like the official OEM front panel of the Galaxy Note 7. With just these two images, we've confirmed seveal things about what the final product will come with. First off, the Note 7 will indeed come with an iris scanner as there are extra cutouts near the earpiece when compared with the S7 edge. Next is the display glass itself, which happens to be curved on both sides and measures 5.8-inches.

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Other specs for the phone include a Snapdragon 821 SoC with 6GB of RAM, 64/128/256GB internal storage options, 12MP rear/5MP front cameras, IP68 water and dust resistance, and a 4,000 mAh battery alongside a USB Type C port.

[Android Authority]

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[Update: APK Download] Amazon Page Flip lets you skim an ebook without losing your place

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 10:22 AM PDT

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There are some things you can do with a dead tree book that you can't do with the Kindle app. For example, get a paper cut or flip quickly between two pages. Actually, Amazon has figured out how to make the app do one of those things. Don't fret, your fingers are safe; it's the second one. Amazon's new Page Flip feature lets you jump to a different page while reading, then go back to your previous location.

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[Update: APK Download] Amazon Page Flip lets you skim an ebook without losing your place was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Amazon Prime Day hitting on July 12 with more deals than ever

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 10:06 AM PDT

Amazon is the world's largest e-retailer, and part of the company's strategy for success is Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime is Amazon's incredibly successful benefits program for customers which offers an incredible value. For just $100 per year, users can access a myriad of benefits, such as free two-day shipping, Prime Instant Video and special sales.

Last year, Amazon began celebrating its Prime customers with the introduction of Prime Day, a day full of sales exclusively for Prime customers. To put the scope of Prime Day in perspective, it rivals Black Friday and Cyber Monday for the biggest day of Amazon sales. In fact, Amazon has increased its inventory of TVs this year to nearly double that of Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.

Prime Day hits on July 12 and will include a myriad of sales on things in every country where Prime is offered. Deals begin at 12AM PST and will be updated as often as every five minutes. Users can take their chances and browse on their own, or they can use the Amazon app to select items and be automatically notified if they go on a Prime Day sale.

There are plenty of other offers, promotions and sweepstakes happening on Prime Day, and you can read more about them by following the source link below.

Are you going to participate in Prime Day 2016? Did you participate last year?


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Android N is officially known as Android Nougat

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 10:06 AM PDT

When Google hosted its keynote for Google I/O 2016, the company said that it still hadn't settled on a new name for Android N, the version of the platform that's set to launch to the public later this year. As a result, Google reached out to the Android fans out there to try and help figure it out. The Developer Preview for Android N teased us well enough, giving us Android "Namey McNameface," but we also knew that the official name would soon be unveiled.

And sure enough, here we are.

Android N is now Android Nougat.

The wait has felt long, but it's finally over. So how do you feel about Android Nougat as the next name for Google's mobile operating system? Were you hoping for something else?


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AT&T Thanks offers free movie tickets every Tuesday, early access to concert tickets

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 09:02 AM PDT

T-Mobile Tuesdays offer a ton of free stuff to T-Mobile customers, like movie downloads and a Wendy's Frosty. And now AT&T customers can get thanked every week, too, with AT&T Thanks.

AT&T Thanks just announced its first offer, called Ticket Twosdays, which lets AT&T customers go to a movie every Tuesday and bring a friend with them for free. Ticket Twosdays begins today (it's Thursday!), and is available AMC Theatres and the Regal Entertainment Group, which both account for over 1,000 theaters and over 13,000 theater screens in the U.S.

Qualified subscribers can get thanked with free movie tickets every Tuesday "while supplies last," and for as long as the AT&T Thanks program is available. AT&T doesn't say how long that will be, though. You'll need to head to http://ift.tt/29fIKFt and enter your phone number to find out if you're eligible for the promotion. If you are, you'll get a PIN to enter at movietickets.com for a free movie ticket when you buy one.

Just to reiterate, AT&T Thanks means you'll need to buy a movie ticket for yourself, and you'll get a free one for a friend.

That's not all, though. AT&T Thanks will also be rolling out pre-sale access to concert tickets beginning this fall. AT&T says there's no sign-in or opt-in required; customers will just have access to buy the tickets early just for being a post-paid customer.


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Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge now available unlocked in the U.S.

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 08:19 AM PDT

Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, launched on U.S. carriers a few months ago, and now Samsung is finally bringing unlocked variants to U.S. shores, too.

Samsung officially announced that unlocked versions of both handsets are now available in the U.S. The Galaxy S6 is priced at $669.99, while the Galaxy S7 edge costs $769.99. They can be purchased from Samsung directly, or if you prefer you can order yours from Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Sam's Club, and Target.

One of the other benefits of going with an unlocked handset is the lack of pre-installed apps from carriers, which is reason enough for some to go with an unlocked handset. The unlocked devices also support LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 29, and 30, which means the handsets support all four major wireless carriers.

Do you plan on picking up an unlocked Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, or did you already buy one from your carrier?


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HTC is secretly testing a Sense Home launcher for non-HTC Android devices

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 06:11 AM PDT

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About a week ago, we started getting tips of HTC asking its HTC Preview program members to enroll in a new project to test called "GOOGLE_PLAY_SENSE_GP" with two requirements: you have to have a non-HTC Android phone and it has to be running Android 4.4 and above. You could have surmised from the title and requisites that HTC was working on a new Sense launcher for non-HTC phones. And you would have been right.

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HTC is secretly testing a Sense Home launcher for non-HTC Android devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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The Play Store Early Access program seems to be rolling out to everybody

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 04:53 AM PDT

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If you're the type of person that has to flash developer previews and sign up for every beta program available, being the first to try new apps is probably also pretty high on your list of things to do. Google has you covered. Announced last month during I/O, the Play Store is launching an "Early Access" program to give people like us a place to find apps that are mostly operational, but not quite ready for prime time.

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The Play Store Early Access program seems to be rolling out to everybody was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Inbox gets Direct Share to frequently emailed contacts on Marshmallow and above [APK Download]

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 02:42 AM PDT

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Messaging and communication apps are some of the best targets of Marshmallow's Direct Share API. Instead of first picking up an app to share something to and then selecting a target contact, if an app has implemented the functionality, your most frequently contacted people within it will appear at the top-level of the Share menu, above the different app icons. It's a faster and more streamlined experience that I personally love and use several times a day on WhatsApp.

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Inbox gets Direct Share to frequently emailed contacts on Marshmallow and above [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides show comment notifications on Android and Web [APK Download]

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 01:49 AM PDT

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When you're working on a shared Google Drive document, spreadsheet, or presentation, you often get lots of comments highlighting specific sections and pointing out things to change, fix, or work on. Previously, those comments would be condensed into an email and that was your only way of knowing someone has something new to say about one of your files.

Now, comment notifications will show up on the web as well as in all three Google apps.

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides show comment notifications on Android and Web [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Verizon to introduce new features, including carryover data

Posted: 29 Jun 2016 09:05 PM PDT

In the fierce competition between U.S. carriers, every operator has to find a way to stand out. While Verizon has long held its ground by boasting the best network, the company looks to be finding some other ways to boost value for customers. According to a new image that popped up on Reddit, the company is going to add some new features.

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The first of these is carryover data, allowing customers to roll unused data over into the next month's data allotment. It's important to note that each month rolls over into the next month only, so you can't indefinitely hold a massive data allotment.

Second is Safety Mode, which is essentially a removal of data caps on plans, albeit at throttled speeds once you go past your paid-for allotment. This comes free on XL and XXL plans, but will be an additional $5 per month for customers on other plans.

Finally, Verizon will offer customers the ability to bring their text, data and voice allotments with them to Mexico and Canada. This perk also includes free calling from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada. Like Safety Mode, this feature is free for XL and XXL customers, but will be available to other customers for an additional charge (though the exact price is unclear).

Droid-Life was able to receive confirmation of these changes from at least one source, and Verizon replied by saying that it's "going to have some fireworks next week."

Any of these features pique your interest?


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Android Pay just added 115 new banks (and no, not Capital One)

Posted: 29 Jun 2016 06:16 PM PDT

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115 new banks have officially been added to the Android Pay's roster of supported financial institutions. Most of these are regional banks or credit unions, though - I'm not seeing any major national banks on this list (correct me if I missed one, of course). So even if your bank or credit union is a bit obscure, it's quite possible it could appear here - control+F carefully! Without further delay, the list, below.

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Android Pay just added 115 new banks (and no, not Capital One) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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