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ASUS Chromebook Flip getting Play Store support on the dev channel

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 03:18 PM PDT

If you're the owner of an ASUS Chromebook Flip, you're in for a big treat. Google announced that Chromebooks would be getting support for the Play Store and Android apps, and the Chromebook Flip is the first device to get it.

The feature is only available for those on the dev channel, which is the beta channel for Chrome OS. It's not always going to be stable or perfect, so every day users may not want to install it. However, it's great for testing features before they hit public release.

If you're on the dev channel already, the latest update should bring you Play Store support. Start downloading your favorite apps and let us know how it goes!

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Get more for your money and never lose your game progress with Amazon Coins and the Amazon Appstore [Sponsored Post]

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 02:53 PM PDT


Why pay more than you have to for the games you love? When you use the Amazon Appstore, you can enjoy big savings with Amazon Coins. And for a limited time, you can get up to 30% refunded back to you when you make purchases in some of the most popular games around.

Amazon Coins are used to make in-app purchases just like cash in games downloaded via the Amazon Appstore, but at a discount to you.

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Get more for your money and never lose your game progress with Amazon Coins and the Amazon Appstore [Sponsored Post] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Waze is launching an 'avoid difficult intersections' toggle, but only in LA for now

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 11:48 AM PDT

dangerous turn illustration

Waze is owned by Google these days, but the way it handles navigation is quite different from the Maps app. For example, users can report accidents, speed traps, and other road conditions that affect the directions given to other Wazers. Today, the app is adding yet another quirky and potentially very useful routing feature. Users in LA will be able to get directions that help them avoid "difficult intersections."

The difficult intersections Waze is talking about are those with no signal where you have to make a left turn onto a busy street.

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Waze is launching an 'avoid difficult intersections' toggle, but only in LA for now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google’s Duo and Allo apps have new app icons ahead of public launch

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 11:36 AM PDT

Earlier this year, Google unveiled a brand new video calling app called Duo and a new messaging app called Allo, both of which will see a public launch later this year.

When Google announced both apps, they showed off the app icons for both, right there on stage. Duo was shown off with a blue video camera, with the app's name set inside of it with white text. Meanwhile, Allo was presented to the world in a red speech bubble, with the name of the app presented in white text.


Ahead of their launch, though, Android Police has discovered that both of the apps have had their icons worked on a bit. Specifically, the Duo app now features a gray and white video camera with the app's name in white text inside of it. Allo has dropped the red and now boasts a blue speech bubble with the app's name in white text inside of it.

Allo got the biggest change, thanks to a major shift in color scheme, but for the most part, the new app icons aren't drastically different than what was initially shown off.

Still, are you excited for Allo and Duo to launch later this year?

Via: Android Police
Sources: Allo (Play Store), Duo (Play Store)

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: VSCO, Xbox

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 11:36 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.

Dictionary.com - Version 7.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • New, streamlined design makes searching and exploring additional features easier.
  • Get Dictionary.com definitions from any app or website: Simply press and hold the word you want to search and select "define" from the menu.
  • Manage your favorite words effortlessly and access your most recently searched terms.


VSCO - Version 4.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • New in app navigation – featuring gesture-based UI that allows for quick navigation between your personal space and a feed with updates from the people you follow and VSCO Original content
  • Redesigned personal space – create, edit and publish images to your profile
  • Improved image capture and search
  • Improved app speed and functionality


BigOven - Version 5.0.5


What's new in this version:

  • Recipes now keep the device screen on for as long as you are viewing the recipe; perfect for preparing recipes!
  • Offline status indicator so you can see when you are using the app offline.
  • Removed Wifi permission as it is no longer needed.
  • Fixed crash on viewing saved recipes or clipping a recipe
  • Fixed bug in viewing other user profiles.


Memrise - Version 2.9_3842


What's new in this version:

  • This release marks the launch of a new voyage of discovery – rockets, planets and space! When opening the app, you'll see the course you've learned most recently.
  • Tapping on the top-left menu will display a list of the courses you're learning.
  • Your Daily Streak is displayed both in your dashboard and in the course list.


Shazam - Version 6.6.0


What's new in this version:

  • Auto Shazam is now on Android! Tap 'Auto' on your home screen and Shazam will automatically identify the music playing around you, so you'll never miss another song – or worry about about tapping each time one comes on. 


TED - Version 3.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • We've redesigned and rebuilt the TED app from the ground up, and we hope you love it!
  • You can still stream and download the full library of TED Talks, with a brand new design and easier navigation. We've added a new option to browse curated playlists by topic. And we're excited to include episodes of TED Radio Hour, a podcast co-produced with NP.


Walgreens - Version 6.1.0


What's new in this version:

  • Photos are easier to find, quicker to select, and you can preview them before ordering prints
  • Scheduling an appointment at a healthcare clinic is now simpler and more intuitive
  • Wondering why we have certain permissions? Mystery solved!
  • Bluetooth: Using your phone's location and Bluetooth, we'll show you relevant deals, give you quick access to your Balance Rewards card and more


Xbox - Version 3.1606.0610


What's new in this version:

  • Updated home – The Activity Feed is the home of the Xbox app
  • Added Trending content – Find out what's popular on Xbox Live
  • Facebook friend finder – Add your Facebook friends who are also on Xbox
  • Contact list friend finder – Use your phones contact list to add friends to Xbox Live
  • Real name sharing – Be able to share your real name with your friends
  • Game hubs – Game Hubs now added to Xbox app


AnkiDroid Flashcards- Version 2.6.0


What's new in this version:

  • Add two new themes (black, plain), selectable in preferences
  • Make reviewer app bar icons customizable
  • Split "hide / delete" menu in reviewer into "bury", "suspend", "delete note"
  • Reviewer undo button now removes last stroke when whiteboard in use
  • Add menu entry to change TTS language from reviewer
  • Add more of the statistics available on the desktop client


Telegram - Version 3.10.0


What's new in this version:

  • Introducing Drafts: Seamless syncing for unsent messages on all your devices. Drafts are now visible in your chats list.
  • New internal video player (Android 4.1 and above).
  • Unread messages counter on the 'Scroll to bottom' button.
  • View earlier profile pictures in groups.


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The Soft Gold OnePlus 3 will launch by the end of July

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 11:36 AM PDT

Just a few days ago, OnePlus officially announced the OnePlus 3, the latest flagship to enter the market. On that day the company confirmed that the handset would be available in two colors: Soft Gold and Graphite.

However, those who went to buy the OnePlus 3 later in the day quickly discovered that only the Graphite variant was available out of the gate, and now OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has confirmed that the Soft Gold option will be available "in the latter part of July." Unfortunately, there's no exact date to circle on the calendar just yet, but at least now there's a window to look forward to.

If you plan on buying a OnePlus 3, are you waiting for the Soft Gold option?

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Samsung Galaxy J3 V now available for Verizon

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 10:24 AM PDT

In the early part of May, Verizon launched the 2016 Galaxy J3, but only for its prepaid customers. For anyone wants a relatively cheap entry point to Android 6.0.1 and is a postpaid Verizon subscriber, there's a new variant to choose from.

Verizon and Samsung have officially launched the J3 V, which is set with a retail price of $168.00. Customers can choose to get it on a two-year contract, too, for only $39.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate is sent in. If you choose to go with a monthly installment plan, that'll be $0 down followed by 24 monthly payments of $7.00.

The specs of both the Galaxy J3 (2016) and the Galaxy J3 V are similar. You'll get a 5-inch 1280×720 Super AMOLED display, with a microSD card slot, a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera, and it's running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. The Galaxy J3 V features 16GB of built-in storage.

What do you think of the Galaxy J3 V?

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Google Now on Tap adds common functions and shortcuts for nearby places

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 08:42 AM PDT

Ever since Google on Tap made its debut, updates with new additions to the software have been few-and-far-between, but it looks like Android 6.0 users should start to expect some new elements.

An updated version of the service is now beginning to roll out, which features a few key changes. First and foremost, there is now a list of shortcuts that show commonly-used applications. Users will be able to quickly set an alarm, a quick option to navigate to home and work, create a reminder, and start a timer.

Google Now on Tap update

Below that, there is a new list of nearby places. The list will show places to shop, gas stations, cafes, bars, restaurants, and more.

None of these things are necessarily new to Google Now in general, considering users could simply ask the digital personal assistant to do the commonly-used apps, but options are always good, right?

How often do you use Google Now on Tap?

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[Once more, with feeling] Official XDA-Developers app lands in the Play Store, again

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 08:39 AM PDT


Over the years, we've had an official XDA-Developers app, followed by another official XDA-Developers app, then an official but not Play Store-friendly XDA-Developers app, but if that wasn't enough, we now have one more official XDA-Developers app. Because apparently updating the previous listing isn't something the XDA Developers developers could figure out. (Actually it's good they kept the legacy apps for those who were using them, but this was an easy joke not to make.)

Anyway, this super duper new app differs from the previous legacy app in the fact that it's coded in-house and based on XDA APIs, not on Tapatalk.

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[Once more, with feeling] Official XDA-Developers app lands in the Play Store, again was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Smart Wallpapers, from popular Wear watchface designer RichFace, puts phone and Google Fit stats on your wallpaper

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 07:58 AM PDT


We've featured RichFace in our Android Wear roundups quite a few times already, but so far, we haven't had reason to talk about the designer/developer team beyond that. That changes today with the release of their first non-Wear app on the Play Store. It's a Live Wallpaper, so we're still in customization territory, but it's definitely an interesting one.

Smart Wallpapers takes an HD image you have and suggests new ones for you to download every day, but the magic begins beyond choosing a wallpaper.

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Smart Wallpapers, from popular Wear watchface designer RichFace, puts phone and Google Fit stats on your wallpaper was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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LeEco is going to launch its smartphones and video streaming service in the US

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 07:45 AM PDT

Earlier this year, LeEco — the company formerly known as LeTV — released three new Android-based smartphones, none of which featured a 3.5mm headphone jack. The company has launched high-end devices in the past, including most recently with the Le Max 2, but they haven't splashed down on the United States shores just yet.

That will change later this year, though, as LeEco has confirmed it plans to not only launch its video streaming service in the U.S., but its smartphones as well. The company's director of PR revealed the news to PhoneScoop, saying that the handsets it launches will be unlocked. However, which ones are set to debut in the US is unknown.

As for the streaming content, LeEco says it's in talks right now to secure content from live TV providers and recorded video content. The service will be a prominent feature on the smartphones, but they'll also support other streaming content options as well.

By the end of 2016, LeEco plans on expanding its US-based workforce to 1,000, up from the 400 it has right now.

If LeEco launches the Le Max 2 here stateside, will you pick it up?

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Google changes the Allo and Duo icons in the Play Store

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 07:04 AM PDT


When Google announced its new communication apps Allo and Duo at I/O 2016, it said that they were coming this summer. With June 21 nearly upon us, the countdown until the quarter of the release is starting in most of our heads. And right on queue, Google seems to be getting ready too. Since the app listings are available on the Play Store, but only under pre-order, all we can keep an eye on is the description, screenshots, and app icons.

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Google changes the Allo and Duo icons in the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Docs lets you edit content in Print layout view, Google Sheets adds conditional formatting support [APK Download]

Posted: 17 Jun 2016 03:13 AM PDT


Almost every update of Google Docs and Sheets brings us closer to feature parity between the web and mobile versions of the service. The most recent update to version 1.6.232 of both apps falls in that category and although it might seem like it's just two trivial changes, it will be great for those who had to deal with these annoyances in the past.

First, Google Docs will now let you edit a document while you're checking it in the Print layout view. You can easily tap the edit pencil to make your changes.

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Google Docs lets you edit content in Print layout view, Google Sheets adds conditional formatting support [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Moto G4 Plus Coming To Canada On June 22nd

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 09:46 PM PDT


Motorola unveiled their latest midrange smartphone, the Moto G4 Plus, about a month ago and the company stated that they would release the phone sometime this summer. However now the company is planning to release it by next week.

According to MobileSyrup, they have received word from several sources indicating the company's plans to release the Moto G4 Plus on Wednesday, June 22nd. The phone itself is said to cost around $400 outright and it will be available from various carriers including Koodo, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus, Virgin, and Wind Mobile.

To recap, the Moto G4 Plus sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 617 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 3,000mAh battery, 16 MP rear camera, fingerprint and Android 6.0.1.


The post Moto G4 Plus Coming To Canada On June 22nd appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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5 years later, ADW Launcher 2.0 has been released - no, you are not dreaming - and it's insane

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 07:18 PM PDT


Back when I had my Nexus One, my favorite launcher hands down was ADW. I loved it. I love the animations, the speed, the configurability - ADW was my jam. But as time went on, ADW and I grew apart, support for the app waned (apart from the release of ADW EX), and Android's stock launcher began to mature and gain features. But I never lost my soft spot for ADW.

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5 years later, ADW Launcher 2.0 has been released - no, you are not dreaming - and it's insane was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Samsung Smart Glow is a rear-facing, more advanced take on the notification LED

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 04:43 PM PDT

Samsung Smart Glow is a feature that will be available in the upcoming Galaxy J2 2016, and it's pretty awesome. It's a ring around the camera that illuminates like a notification LED and can be configured to show specific notifications.

Additionally, but Smart Glow can assist you with taking rear camera selfies. It will illuminate when the device detects your face in the shot, and a photo is taken moments later. This way, you'll know if you're pointing your device in the right direction.

Notification LEDs have always been neat, especially when they're customizable, and a rear-facing LED would be a great addition. Hopefully it'll make an appearance on the Galaxy Note 7!

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OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei explains what’s different about OnePlus 3′s Optic AMOLED display

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 04:43 PM PDT

The new OnePlus 3 comes with something that the company calls an "Optic AMOLED" display, which went unexplained until now. Thankfully, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei took the time to explain what it meant in his Reddit AMA.

The Optic AMOLED display on the device is a current generation Samsung Super AMOLED panel. The changes that warrant the special name are both hardware and software, but they're nothing major. Basically, the changes were to color temperature and contrast as well as outdoor performance.

Carl Pei makes it clear that the panels are customized for OnePlus, not just an off-the-shelf panel with a custom color profile. So when you see "Optic AMOLED" being touted, just know it's a solid Samsung Super AMOLED panel with some OnePlus tweaks.

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