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Google Support may offer live help with screen-sharing for Nexus devices

Posted: 24 Jun 2016 12:02 PM PDT

Word on the street is that Google wants to position its Nexus brand on a track that will see it attain wider adoption from smartphone buyers out there in the real world, instead of simply being enthusiast devices. To help get there, Google wants to offer a full-range of features, including ones that will apparently be Nexus-only.

That includes a brand new app that's currently being called Google Support. As noted by Android Police, the app will apparently be a "Nexus experience," which means it will only be available for Nexus-branded devices like the oft-rumored HTC Sailfish that's rumored to launch later this year.

As the report outlines, Google Support will offer live support for the device, which will also feature screen-sharing functionality so the support person on the other end of the call can easily see what's going on with the handset. As it stands, AP says they are reasonably confident in the authenticity of Google Support, but there's always the possibility that Google could scrap the idea before Android N and new Nexus smartphones later this year.

If the feature does launch, there are questions about whether or not screen-sharing will be the only way Google's support will be able to help the use. There's no word on whether or not the reps will be able to draw on the device's display or even control parts of the phone. It seems reasonable that live audio, or chat, would be part of the mix, though.

Do you like the idea that Google could offer live support on its Nexus devices?

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Android N may be getting redesigned navigation buttons

Posted: 24 Jun 2016 12:02 PM PDT

There are quite a few changes coming to Android N later this year, and if one report is accurate, the on-screen navigation buttons could be included in those changes.

According to a source speaking with Android Police, Google plans on revamping the navigation buttons in Android N. The buttons will be completely white, and the source says that Google will make the new circle animated, with green, red, blue, and yellow highlights. Long-pressing it will see the animation start, which currently activates Google Now on Tap.

You can see Android's current navigation buttons below.


As it stands, the details around these new navigation buttons are still light. We don't know if the new buttons will be available for all Android N devices or if the change will only be available to future Nexus devices. Still, the new navigation buttons will make Android N interesting, along with the inclusion of split-screen apps, a new notification shade, and plenty of other additions.

What do you think of the new buttons?

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Edition leaks out

Posted: 24 Jun 2016 09:11 AM PDT

Not too long ago, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition, which features a Batman theme and tags along with the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Now Samsung is prepping another special edition phone.

The handset isn't official, but serial leaker Evan Blass has published promotional images for the upcoming handset that show what the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Edition looks like. There are the familiar Olympic rings on the back case in a bright blue color, and that same blue color  also highlights the rear camera housing and the flash.

On the front there's a distinct gold highlight over the earpiece as well as around the Home button. The Power button has a red color on it, too, while the volume keys are green. There's a lot of color here.

Other than those accents, it looks like a familiar Galaxy S7 edge.

At the time of publication, there's no word on pricing or release date. The Summer Olympics begin on August 5, though, so it would seem likely that Samsung plans on launching the handset sometime around that date.

What do you think of the Galaxy S7 edge Olympics Edition?

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Tumblr, VNC Viewer

Posted: 24 Jun 2016 08:06 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.

VLC for Android - Version 2.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • 2.0 introduces a large number of features, notably network disk browsing (Windows shares, UPnP, NFS, FTP, SFTP…)
  • Favorite folders and URLs
  • Video playlists
  • New permissions supportS
  • ubtitles download


theScore esports - Version 2.2.0

theScore esports

What's new in this version:

  • Call of Duty, Starcraft II, and Hearthstone now have results from the biggest and best competitions!
  • Use the new spoiler mode to hide results and push alerts until you're ready to see them!
  • Fixed a bug where hitting "back" after opening the app via an alert closed the app
  • Fixed a bug where Twitch links were not opening in the Twitch app
  • Design tweaks and performance enhancements.


MyFitnessPal - Version 5.12.2


What's new in this version:

  • Our new Restaurant Logging multi-add feature makes it easy to track multiple menu items at once.
  • You'll love it for "build your own" items like burritos, sandwiches and omelets.
  • Celebrate your achievements by sharing Progress Photos in your MyFitnessPal newsfeed.
  • Add a message or milestone to help inspire others in the community.
  • We've also made bug fixes, performance updates, and improved reliability.


VNC Viewer - Version 2.1.0

VNC Viewer

What's new in this version:

  • NEW: Peripheral devices such as trackpads and Bluetooth mice can now be used to control a connected computer's cursor.
  • NEW: Support for horizontal scrolling; drag two fingers left or right to scroll in that direction. This may not work when connected to third-party VNC-compatible Server software, or some older versions of VNC Server.


Tumblr - Version 6.3.0


What's new in this version:

  • Live videos can be posted through YouTube, YouNow, Kanvas, or upclose.
  • They're totally rebloggable.
  • You'll get notified whenever someone you follow goes live.


Chrooma Keyboard - Version 3.0.0

Chrooma Keyboard

What's new in this version:

  • Google Now™ integration!
  • Text suggestion and prediction improved
  • Gesture improvement
  • New settings
  • Emoji page restyle
  • New emojis


Samsung VR - Version 1.039

Samsung VR

What's new in this version:

  • Samsung Milk VR is now renamed to Samsung VR
  • Upload your 360 videos directly to Samsung VR via the new Upload feature
  • Auto-play the next video in the current channel (can be toggled via settings)
  • Minor bug fixes and enhancements


Snapseed - Version 2.6.0


What's new in this version:

  • Added a blue filter to the Black and White filter
  • Add White Balance in RAW
  • Minor bug fixes


Pocket Casts - Version 5.4.1

Pocket Casts

What's new in this version:

  •  Chamfered edges. Thinner. Lighter. Less Ports.
  • Improved Camera.
  • Comes in one new colour (yeah you spell it with a 'u' America). 


Waze - Version 4.4.0


What's new in this version:

  • New! Arrive on time with 'Planned drives'. You can now schedule a drive and get a reminder to leave on time based on live traffic conditions.
  • Bugs and stability fixes


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SoundCloud introduces Suggested Tracks, starts recommending music based on your listening history

Posted: 24 Jun 2016 07:39 AM PDT


SoundCloud is filled with music, but how do you find stuff that you like? You can search around on your own, pull up stuff other people recommend, filter by genre, or stick with what's popular. All of these methods may or may not produce content that you actually want to listen to.

To address this, SoundCloud will now recommend tracks based on your listening history. The service is calling this feature Suggested Tracks, and it's live in the app and on the web.

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SoundCloud introduces Suggested Tracks, starts recommending music based on your listening history was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Maps v9.31 Beta Part 2: multiple waypoints, notifications about indoor maps and transit disruptions, and more [APK Teardown]

Posted: 23 Jun 2016 05:09 PM PDT


The update to Google Maps v9.31 brought a couple of fixes for users on Android N developer previews, not to mention some other small changes for everybody. But the most interesting things about this version are still buried below the surface. Yesterday, I covered support for offline maps to be installed on an SD card, and now it's time to dig into the rest of the teardown. If SD card support weren't enough, there are a couple of other features here that have been hotly requested for some time, so it's pretty clearly the Maps team is working hard to fill out the feature set for users.

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Google Maps v9.31 Beta Part 2: multiple waypoints, notifications about indoor maps and transit disruptions, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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