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Chrome Dev 53 Adds Flag To Show Tab Colors In Tab Manager UI [APK Download]

Posted: 10 Jun 2016 02:54 PM PDT


Want to spice up your tab view? There's a flag for that... if you're using Chrome Developer Channel v53 on Android. The newest Chrome Dev for Android adds a new flag for just that: #tab-switcher-theme-colors. When enabled, this flag will color your open tabs in the tab manager interface in Chrome, just as they're colored when viewing a single page. The tab theme-color attribute was finally added to all versions of Chrome regardless of your usage of merged tabs back in January earlier this year.

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Chrome Dev 53 Adds Flag To Show Tab Colors In Tab Manager UI [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Big VSCO Update With Even More Incomprehensible UI Now Rolling Out On Android

Posted: 10 Jun 2016 02:54 PM PDT


VSCO started as just a camera and photo editing app, but it's grown into a little hipster-y image sharing community. The company announced a visual redesign last week, and it has started rolling out slowly on Android. This update brings gestures to the interface, but not normal ones. No, these are bizarre and confusing gestures.

You might expect the gestures in VSCO to bear some resemblance to the way gestures work in other apps.

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Big VSCO Update With Even More Incomprehensible UI Now Rolling Out On Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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The Moto Z isn’t replacing the Moto X line

Posted: 10 Jun 2016 02:41 PM PDT

The announcement of the Moto Z was one big mixed bag. The device is Motorola's new flagship, sporting top-of-the-line specs (other than the small 2,600mAh battery) and some serious controversy. The lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack is a big one, which means that you'll have to use the included USB Type-C adapter.

Another controversy is that Motorola abandoned the Moto X Pure Edition's four carrier compatibility, opting instead to make the unlocked model only support GSM radios. And of course, people are upset that Verizon is getting exclusivity for a few months while everyone else waits. Overall, people have a lot to talk about.

However, it seems that we shouldn't count the Moto X out of the game just yet. Motorola released this statement:

Moto X is alive and well. In fact, Moto X Force recently launched in multiple new markets around the world. Moto X and Moto Z do share some great qualities, but they ultimately provide different experiences and make our portfolio more robust for consumers looking for the perfect smartphone to fit their needs. Tech-hungry consumers who are looking to get a brand new set of experiences from their smartphone will turn to Moto Z and Moto Mods.

It looks like, at least to an extent, the Moto X and Moto Z lines of devices will be sold at the same time. Maybe we'll get another high-end Moto X flagship selling for a mid-range price, a basic device that doesn't compete with the fancy Moto Z but takes the place of the current Moto X Pure Edition. Maybe it'll be shifted to an even lower-end set of devices.

Does this ease your mind about the Moto Z's shortcomings? Would you consider a more budget-friendly Moto X over the new Moto Z and its MotoMods? Leave a comment with your thoughts on the situation!

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Amazon reportedly working on a standalone music streaming service

Posted: 10 Jun 2016 02:41 PM PDT

The market for streaming music services has become saturated with options, including Google Play Music, and we might be adding one more service to the list here soon, if a report from Reuters pans out.

According to the publication, Amazon is currently going through the process of launching a standalone music streaming service, something that it probably should have had right out of the gate. Still, this could be a better late than never situation, depending on Amazon's implementation and digital content library.

That library is something that Amazon is working on right now, working through the licensing deals and finalizing them with labels to secure plenty of music for subscribers to listen to. The report states that the service will cost $9.99 per month, which is line with the competition, so no real surprise there.

It also appears that Amazon will position the streaming music service as a bonus to Amazon Echo, the company's in-home product that features the digital personal assistant, Alexa, and help promote the product.

Will you use Amazon's music streaming service if it's real?

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Apple’s iMessage for Android could be announced next week

Posted: 10 Jun 2016 02:41 PM PDT

Apple launched iMessage to work on iOS and OS X, the company's mobile and desktop operating systems, respectively. But the app could be expanding.

According to a report from MacDailyNews, which cites an unnamed source "familiar with the company's thinking," Apple has plans to launch iMessage for Android sometime in 2016. As it stands right now, Apple is reportedly going to announce iMessage for Android at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, which is set to kick off on June 13.

The source also told the publication that the plans are constantly in flux and Apple may not actually make the announcement next week at all. Event if there is no announcement next week, though, the source says that Apple will "definitely" launch iMessage in 2016.

Apple used to be against any type of software being available for Android, but that changed with the launch of Apple Music's official Android app, so it seems at least possible that an Android version of iMessage could be in the works. If it does launch, it would be another messaging app for Android that offers end-to-end encryption, real-time chat, read receipts, and other features.

Would you use iMessage for Android?

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Refurbished LG G3 and G4 now on sale for a limited time

Posted: 10 Jun 2016 10:41 AM PDT

Earlier this year, LG launched the G5 as its latest flagship smartphone. For the folks out there who might want to get an older model to save some money, though, there's a limited time offer that will get you an LG G3 or an LG G4 for a pretty inexpensive price.

Woot is hosting a limited time sale right now that includes refurbished LG G3 and LG G4 units, both of which the site says is a "Grade A refurbished" model. At the time of publication, the LG G3 is priced at $129.99, and it's available for only 12 hours  or until the units sell out. The LG G4 has 12 hours remaining in its sale, too, and it's priced at $209.99.

Both of the devices are the 32GB model, and both are unlocked GSM units.

It's a pretty quick sale, but both the LG G3 and LG G4 are noteworthy handsets in their own right, especially for the low price. Do you plan on jumping at the offer?

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Google App v6.0.17 Is Readying Data Saver, Snoozing Reminders, Signed-Out Search Mode, And Three Exercising Mascots [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 10 Jun 2016 10:01 AM PDT


Anytime there's a big version jump, there's almost always something pretty big to be found. The Google app just leapt from v5.14 to v6.0, but those big new features don't seem to be showing up quite yet. That doesn't mean there isn't still something to see. A teardown shows that there are at least a few things to look out for, either now or in the future. This version appears to be rolling out through the beta channel, so if you want to check it out without signing up to the beta, or if it hasn't rolled out to you yet, there's a download link at the bottom.

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Google App v6.0.17 Is Readying Data Saver, Snoozing Reminders, Signed-Out Search Mode, And Three Exercising Mascots [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Bluetooth 5 is going to offer faster speeds and farther range

Posted: 10 Jun 2016 09:48 AM PDT

Bluetooth has been around for quite some time, getting better and better along the way. Especially with major upgrades, like what's expected yet again with the upcoming release of Bluetooth 5 specifications.

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) says that it will soon announce Bluetooth 5, which will be a huge update from the current Bluetooth 4.2 standard. According to the group, Bluetooth 5 will not only double the range of Bluetooth-equipped devices, but also quadruple the speed when compared to the current iteration of the wireless technology.

On top of that, Bluetooth 5 will also improve the connection and functionality of beacons and other location-relevant devices and services.

Bluetooth is a huge part of how wireless devices work these days; it's certainly not just for a wireless headset anymore. The upgrade to Bluetooth 5, which should be announced soon, sounds like it will be a significant improvement for future devices.

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OnePlus One now receiving Cyanogen OS 13.1 update with Mods for third-party apps

Posted: 10 Jun 2016 09:48 AM PDT

Earlier in the month, OnePlus officially started rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update for the OnePlus 2. But the company isn't leaving behind its first flagship.

The OnePlus One is now receiving an update to Cyanogen OS 13.1 which, among other things, brings with it Mods support. What that means is bringing third-party apps right into the core experience of the software running on the handset. With Mods, software will now show you pertinent information for certain apps, which can be accessed in some instances by swiping left on the lock screen.

One example is the Twitter mod, which will put trending tweets on a dedicated page to the left of the lock screen.

It probably shouldn't be too surprising that there are plenty of Microsoft Mods already available, too. That includes a Skype mod, which will integrate right into the stock Phone app, which will let users make Skype calls from right in the app. And if you want to take time-lapse videos right from within your Camera app, the Hyperlapse Mod will make that a reality. Microsoft has also included a Cortana Mod, which will let users ask the digital personal assistant to take a selfie, set a reminder, and check your schedule right from the lock screen.

If you have a OnePlus One, are you looking forward to this update?

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Uber Takes Lyft's Path, Announces Scheduled Rides Starting In Seattle

Posted: 10 Jun 2016 08:29 AM PDT


Only a couple of weeks after Lyft announced its own scheduled rides, Uber is following suit and implementing its own take on the feature. The main difference between Uber's and Lyft's is that the latter doesn't allow you to schedule rides more than 24 hours in advance, but the former is letting you do it up to 30 days beforehand. This gives you leeway to "reserve" rides way ahead of time, to make sure you are done with your flight planning or major business trips preparation.

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Uber Takes Lyft's Path, Announces Scheduled Rides Starting In Seattle was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Slack, Snapchat

Posted: 10 Jun 2016 05:34 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.

Clock - Version 4.4.0


What's new in this version:

  • Analog and digital clock widgets are resizable
  • Drop shadow added to digital clock widget
  • Fixes for several minor bugs


Slack - Version 2.12.0


What's new in this version:

  • A quick and easy way to see which of your starred channels have unread messages.
  • In-app browser support.
  • The ability to invite team members to ongoing calls.
  • A whole clutch of bothersome bugs fixed.


Twitter - Version 6.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • Today, we're introducing a new look and feel to make Twitter for Android easier to use. A tab bar you can swipe, nav menu that slides, and a floating action button lets you move through Twitter faster than before.


Bing Search - Version 6.2.2518

Bing Search

What's new in this version:

  • Search by image: Snap a pic and find similar images online
  • Touch query: Get new suggestions for image and video search by tapping the separate words
  • Image insights: Get more information on the images you look at
  • Barcode scanner: Better shopping with results from more stores (including eBay, Best Buy, and more)


Health Mate - Version 2.16.0

Health Mate

What's new in this version:

  • Good news! Health Mate has been updated with new features and enhancements, and now supports Withings' brand new connected scale: Body Cardio.


MLB.com at Bat - Version 5.2.0

MLB at Bat

What's new in this version:

  • 60 FPS video now available on supported phones (premium users only)
  • Manage your bandwidth with a new setting to control when 60 FPS video is used (premium users only)
  • Gameday Pitch-by-Pitch available to Lite user
  • Improved Videos Index UI for phones and tablets
  • Videos now play in portrait or landscape on phones


Google Street View - Version

Google Street View

What's new in this version:

  • Blur parts of not-yet-published photos
  • Bug fixes


Snapchat - Version


What's new in this version:

  • Stories and Discover have a new look. See what's inside before you tap!
  • When you finish an edition in Discover, swipe up to Subscribe so you never miss an update! Subscriptions appear below your friends' Stories.
  • Tap the navigation buttons at the bottom to jump between screens.


YouTube Gaming - Version 1.4.41

YouTube Gaming

What's new in this version:

  • Recommended videos now have a 'Not interested' option in the overflow menu
  • "Go Live" has been removed from the main overflow menu
  • New "Event notifications" toggle in Settings –> General
  • Easter egg count went from 4 to 5


Viber - Version


What's new in this version:

  • Back up and restore messages- Manually save your message history and restore when needed
  • Animated GIF- Send, receive and view GIFs in any conversation
  • Viber Out calling plans-Access your balance and purchase new credits or special low-rate calling plans


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WhatsApp 2.16.118 Beta Adds Message Quotes And Replies

Posted: 09 Jun 2016 10:18 PM PDT


We've been getting reports over the past couple of hours of WhatsApp showing a reply button when you select any message. Let's start by clarifying this: it's not exactly WhatsApp 2.16.118 beta that's adding this quote feature, but your best bet to see it is on this latest beta version. It might be a server-side switch because some users have reported it on 2.16.116 and 117, but from our testing on a couple of devices, it wasn't there.

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WhatsApp 2.16.118 Beta Adds Message Quotes And Replies was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Moto Z Now Official, Coming To Canada This September

Posted: 09 Jun 2016 09:09 PM PDT

YouTube Gaming v1.4.41 Adds Event Notifications, Not Interested Action For Recommended Videos, A New Easter Egg, And More [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 09 Jun 2016 06:35 PM PDT


The YouTube Gaming app is still young, but each version brings little bits of fine tuning. It's progressively catching up with the main YouTube app while also adding little features that are unique to its focus on gaming and live-streamed events. The latest update to v1.4.41 continues this forward motion with some more subtle adjustments to the interface and a couple of new features. The easter egg count has also gone up by one, and there's even a little bit for a teardown.

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YouTube Gaming v1.4.41 Adds Event Notifications, Not Interested Action For Recommended Videos, A New Easter Egg, And More [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Lenovo disappoints again, unlocked Moto Z will be GSM-only

Posted: 09 Jun 2016 05:41 PM PDT

It's bad enough that the newly-announced Moto Z has a period of exclusivity on Verizon. Now there's more bad news to be had from the Chinese manufacturer. The unlocked model of the Moto Z, which should be coming this fall, will only work on GSM networks.

Despite the Nexus 6 and the Moto X Pure Edition both offering GSM and CDMA functionality for hopping between all four US carriers (as well as many foreign carriers), it seems Lenovo will not continue this tradition.

While the Moto Z is a great device, Lenovo has made some poor choices that have upset people today. It's a solid phone shrouded in controversy, and that's really unfortunate. I was really looking forward to what Motorola had to offer, but it looks like we'll have to make some sacrifices to enjoy it.

What do you guys think? Is this a dealbreaker for you? Let us know in the comments!

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Nextbit Robin updated with June security patches, fix for audio problems

Posted: 09 Jun 2016 05:41 PM PDT

The last update that the Nextbit Robin received had some unintentional side effects: the audio improvements ended up being hugely detrimental to its speakers. The minimum volume setting was far too loud, and audio was generally distorted.

Nextbit recently announced June's update, which claims to have fixed all audio bugs. The lowest volume level is now much quieter, the progression is better, and hopefully the distortion problems are gone. On top of that, there's a fix for sending images to Line, new custom ringtones, and June's security updates.

If you own one of these devices, be sure to download the update when you have a chance. Let us know when you get it!

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