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Nexus 5X discounted to $270 on eBay

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 03:42 PM PDT

The Nexus 5X is a great little budget device at only $349, offering stock Android and support for all four major US carriers, but it's even better with discounts. The 32GB model is usually $399, but eBay currently has it for $269.99, a full $130 off.

These deals usually don't last long, so you'll have to jump on it quick. The device is available in Carbon and Quartz (black and white), while the minty Ice color is sold out. It's the US model and it's brand new, so there's nothing to worry about.

If you want to take advantage of this deal, hit the source link and let us know if you bought it!


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Really: Opinion Rewards survey asks if you'd like on-demand Wi-Fi drones to download movies on the go

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 03:38 PM PDT

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If I were to walk up to you on the street and ask, "Excuse me, Android Police reader... What if a drone-based service existed to facilitate video download for poor internet connection (see image below for an overview of how it could work). Would you be interested," you might respond in one of several ways.

  • "David, you forgot the question mark."
  • "David, what image below? Below what? The ground?"
  • "David, what drugs have you consumed recently?
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Really: Opinion Rewards survey asks if you'd like on-demand Wi-Fi drones to download movies on the go was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Report Claims HTC Nexus Will Use The Snapdragon 821

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 03:31 PM PDT

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We're still quite a while away until the expected launch of Google's upcoming Nexus smartphone lineup, but previous rumours have suggested HTC will be one of the OEMs making the Nexus for this year.

According to a Taiwanese site Focus Taiwan, HTC has reportedly received two orders from Google for the two upcoming Nexus phones with codenames Marlin and Sailfish. They are said to be based on the HTC 10 and will feature not the Snapdragon 820, but the Snapdragon 821.

The exact differences between the 820 and 821 aren't known but expect to see marginal improvements in terms of IPC and clockspeed in general.

Due to the fact that we are so early in the product rumour cycle, and no specific sources were named, it's recommend you take this information with a decently sized grain of salt.

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The post Report Claims HTC Nexus Will Use The Snapdragon 821 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Camellia Red HTC 10 breaks Japan exclusivity, comes to Taiwan

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 02:38 PM PDT

Earlier this year, HTC released a version of the HTC 10 in Camellia Red, a striking bright red color. Unfortunately, it was exclusive to Japan, but that exclusivity ran out fairly quickly, because the device is now available in Taiwan for $710 for the 32GB model and $775 for the 64GB model.

If the Camellia Red HTC 10 has already broken its Japanese exclusivity, it might actually come to the US. We're hoping it comes unlocked and as various carrier models so anyone can purchase one, or else Verizon might scoop it up as a US exclusive.


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UK Android Pay users can get 2-for-1 frappuccinos at Starbucks tomorrow

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 02:38 PM PDT

We know many of the deals we post are focused on the US, but this one is for the folks in the UK. If you use Android Pay to buy a frappuccino at Starbucks tomorrow, you'll get another for free.

The deal is only valid tomorrow and only once, but any Android Pay user can take advantage of it. If you're a regular Starbucks customer, don't forget to use Android Pay tomorrow and take advantage of the deal! As for those of us in the States, we'll have to make do with our single frap.


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Android Security Rewards has paid out over $550k so far

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 02:05 PM PDT

Google created Android Security Rewards to reward people for finding security vulnerabilities in Android. And the reward was cash, which is the best kind of reward. To date, Google has paid out over $550,000!

There were 82 individuals who were paid, 15 of which got over $10,000. Many of the vulnerabilities were related to the Media Server, which was a significant problem before its vulnerabilities were patched. And surprisingly, no one has claimed the top reward for a complete remote exploit chain leading to TrustZone or Verified Boot compromise.

Since the program has been a success for Google and those finding security vulnerabilities, Google is making the deal even better. High quality vulnerability reports with proof of concept get a 33% pay bump, and ones with a patch get an additional 50% bump. There are other rewards that have been increased as well.

The great thing about security exploits is that there is no shortage of them. As the software evolves, old ones are patched and new ones come up. So if you know what you're doing, start participating and get paid for it!


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Nextbit Robin is now on sale for $299 direct from Nextbit

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 02:05 PM PDT

The Nextbit Robin has been the focus of quite a few sales recently, dropping the price by as much as $100 in most instances. Now Nextbit itself is getting in on the fun.

Today, Nextbit announced that their cloud-focused Robin smartphone is available from their online store for $299.99, which is $100 off the regular price. If you choose to buy the Robin from Nextbit directly, you'll get free standard shipping and you can choose from either the Mint or Midnight variants.

Amazon is still offering the Robin for $299.00 as well, and Prime members get free two-day shipping.

If you haven't already picked up a Nextbit Robin, do you think you'll jump on the sale?


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Google Search will start to show health conditions in new cards

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 11:57 AM PDT

Google says that one percent of all searches — which is still in the millions of searches — are related to symptoms that someone might be feeling in the moment, like a headache that's on one side of their head. So the company wants to make it easier to sift through information when those searches are necessary.

Google has announced new cards that will show health conditions and symptom information in dedicated cards in Google Search. In the days ahead, Google Search will show a series of dedicated results that are related to a user's initial query. The example provided by Google shows that searching for "headache on one side" will populated a list that includes "headache," "migraine," "tension headache," and others.

Digging deeper, searching for a specific symptom like "headache" will have the new dedicated health conditions cards show an overview description of the symptom, and they will also show information on self-care if a doctor's visit doesn't feel absolutely necessary. The cards will also show information that indicates symptoms that might warrant a doctor's visit.

To get the results that it's aiming for, Google says it creates the list based on health conditions mentioned in web results and then compares that information based on high-quality medical information found within the Knowledge Graph that Google has collected from physicians.

Google says the initial rollout for the new health conditions cards will begin in the United States and support English out of the gate. However, an international rollout with support for more languages and even more symptoms, is in the works.


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Candl Apps follows up popular 'Month' calendar widget with an agenda version

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 11:38 AM PDT

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Life is busy, what with all those social and family obligations. You could just give up and run away to live on an island somewhere in the middle of the Pacific, or more likely just try to keep better track of all the stuff you have going on with a widget. Month was a very popular suite of calendar widgets, and now the developer has released Agenda. You can probably guess what it is from the name.

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Candl Apps follows up popular 'Month' calendar widget with an agenda version was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Newest version of Messenger in Android N greatly improves direct reply with mini conversation view

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 11:22 AM PDT

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Direct reply is easily one of my favorite new features of Android N, and apps are actually being surprisingly quick to adopt it - Twitter and Facebook are already on board, along with Google Hangouts and Messenger. But the implementations we've seen to date are, in my opinion, a little less than optimal.

When I first saw direct reply, my first thought was: "Oh, great - mini conversations I can just have in my notification bar - no need to open the app!" Which seems like what Google was going for, but that Hangouts and Messenger didn't really initially accomplish.

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Newest version of Messenger in Android N greatly improves direct reply with mini conversation view was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Update: dev kit pre-order] That unofficial 'Game Boy' smartphone adapter from April Fool's is now a working product, may actually come to market this year

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 10:49 AM PDT

  • Well that was fast. Engadget reports that Hyperkin is already taking pre-orders for a developer's kit version of the SmartBoy, with an intended ship date of December 1st.

dsc00724A little over a year ago, one of the endless April Fool's jokes that cropped up around tech sites struck a chord with gamers. The "SmartBoy" from Hyperkin, sellers of new replacement parts for classic consoles, was a concept that slid an iPhone into a plastic case that perfectly reproduced the buttons and grip of the original Game Boy from 1989.

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[Update: dev kit pre-order] That unofficial 'Game Boy' smartphone adapter from April Fool's is now a working product, may actually come to market this year was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Impressive] Chrooma Keyboard 3.0 adds gestures, themes and adaptive colors, Google Now integration, an action bar, more

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 09:59 AM PDT

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Whoa. It's not easy for me to be impressed by a keyboard. I have been a staunch Google Keyboard user on all of my devices from the day it was released as a standalone app on the Play Store many moons ago. Every other keyboard I have tried — and I've tried plenty — fails to even register within the usable specter for me: lags and/or lack of precision have killed many revered third-party options.

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[Impressive] Chrooma Keyboard 3.0 adds gestures, themes and adaptive colors, Google Now integration, an action bar, more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Honor 5C announced for Europe with Android 6.0, 13MP camera, and octa-core processor

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 09:03 AM PDT

The Honor 5C was officially revealed in China not too long ago, but now the metal smartphone is finally making the jump over to Europe.

Huawei's Honor 5C features a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display, with an octa-core Kirin 650 processor and 2GB of RAM under the hood. The 5C also features 16GB of built-in storage and a 3000mAh battery that's non-removable. On the back of the Honor 5C there's a 13MP camera, and on the front there's an 8MP front-facing shooter. The handset is running Android 6.0 right out of the box, underneath Huawei's proprietary Emotion UI 4.1. The Honor 5C's body is made from an aluminum alloy.

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The Honor 5C is now available to pre-order from Vmall for £149.99 ($219 USD) in the United Kingdom, or €199.99 ($226 USD) throughout the rest of Europe.

What do you think of the Honor 5C?


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Puzzle game _PRISM unfolds its wacky sacred geometry on Android

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 08:58 AM PDT

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Most games have tutorials or some sort of instructions, but not _PRISM. I don't know if there's a scrap of text anywhere in it other than the name. You're left to tease out the secrets of each puzzle in this fascinating game on your own, but that's part of the fun. It just arrived on Android after launching on iOS earlier this year.

The goal in each of _PRISM's 13 levels is to unlock the various layers of a floating geometric object to reach the core.

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Puzzle game _PRISM unfolds its wacky sacred geometry on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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