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Snapchat For Android Gets Significant UI Update, Overhauls Stories, Discover, Adds Navigation Bar

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 02:07 PM PDT

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Snapchat is often bemoaned as one of the worst of the major social apps for Android, but a new update today at least makes a few modernizing UI changes in areas that looked, well, kind of bad. The state of the Snapchat pre-update you can see below, in the three areas where major changes have occurred: the navigation bar, stories, and discover.

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The new UIs for each of these are below, starting with navigation.

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Snapchat For Android Gets Significant UI Update, Overhauls Stories, Discover, Adds Navigation Bar was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Distribution Numbers Out For June, Marshmallow Jumps To 10.1%

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 01:03 PM PDT

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Google has finally updated their Android Distribution Numbers for this month. These numbers are updated by Google at roughly the start of every month for developers to look at so they can generalize what version of Android their potential install base is running and act upon it.

As of today June 7th, Android 6.0 Marshmallow has finally reached above 10% mark to sit at 10.1%. Android 5.1 Lollipop managed to see a 0.6% increase but this was offset by the 0.8% decrease from Android 5.0, making Lollipop as a whole drop to 35.4%.

Android 4.4 KitKat dropped by 0.9% to 31.6% and every other OS version also saw a decrease, except for Android 2.2 Froyo which still manages to hang on at 0.1%.

[Android Developers]

The post Android Distribution Numbers Out For June, Marshmallow Jumps To 10.1% appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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OrangePixel Releases Roguelike Dungeon Crawler Heroes Of Loot 2

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 12:23 PM PDT

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In an age when mobile games are too easy, there is still one last hope for a challenging/frustrating experience. Yes, I speak of roguelike games. Nothing increases the tension like perma-death. There's plenty of that in Heroes Of Loot 2 from OrangePixel. It also has wizards, dungeons, valkyries, and lots of monsters.

As you can probably tell from the name, Heroes Of Loot 2 is the sequel to Heroes Of Loot. That game was well-reviewed, and this one looks like a competent continuation of that.

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OrangePixel Releases Roguelike Dungeon Crawler Heroes Of Loot 2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Releases App For iOS That Turns Video Clips Into Motion-Stabilized GIFs, And I Want It Now

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 12:23 PM PDT

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Taking photos is fun, and so is taking videos. But what about that magical area in-between the two - something that is much more than a photo, but still substantially less than a full-on HD video clip with audio? We all, of course, are aware of the existence of GIFs and their imperfections, but they occupy this niche quite nicely, in particular because they're highly portable and easy to view on any device.

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Google Releases App For iOS That Turns Video Clips Into Motion-Stabilized GIFs, And I Want It Now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Twitter for Android getting a visual refresh beginning today

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 10:47 AM PDT

Twitter for Android is seeing a pretty big update beginning today, both in its functionality and visual aesthetic.

Twitter officially announced today that its Android app is seeing a large refresh. All-in-all, Twitter for Android looks to be getting more in line with Material Design, with everything getting a bit flatter and sleeker. There's even a new tab bar that allows for quick transitions between Direct Messages, Notifications, and your Timeline.

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There's also a new navigation menu that can be accessed by sliding it in from the side, which will allow users to access the profile, lists, Highlights, and more. The new refresh includes a floating action button near the bottom-right of the screen, too, which will make it easy to launch a new tweet when you want.

Twitter says the new refresh is rolling out globally beginning today, and that users just need to update their app to see the changes.

Do you use Twitter for Android or a third-party app?


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Twitter's New Android UI Launches Today For Everybody

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 10:26 AM PDT

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Twitter's much-awaited redesign for Android is finally here. Or, it will be, at some point today, and for everybody - at least that's what a post on Twitter's official blog says. The newly-designed app features a brand-new hamburger menu (minus hamburger icon), tabbed layout, and a compose tweet FAB. It is also responsive, hiding the header and search button area as you scroll through your feed.

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Version 6.0 of the Twitter client for Android was released yesterday, and while the APK doesn't activate the new UI on its own, it's probably a safe bet that having the newest version of the Twitter app will ensure you get the new UI layout along with everyone else (though we don't explicitly know if it's a prerequisite).

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Twitter's New Android UI Launches Today For Everybody was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Temple Run 2 APK 'Blazing Sands' Adventure

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 10:12 AM PDT

Fans of Classic Temple Run 2 have a lot to be happy about this week. The new expansion for the latest entry of the series has been released for both iOS and Android. Temple Run 2 Blazing Sands is here!

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Endless running games are among the most ubiquitous and popular games in the Play Store. The gameplay lets players continuously "run" through the game until you die. If you are a fan of the original Temple Run, then you are in for a treat. Temple Run 2 delivers with better graphics and more challenging gameplay.

Temple Run 2 Blazing Sands sees you around a desert-like setting where you'll be running through canyons, raging rapids, all the while trying to dodge vines that will impede your progress. You will be doing the usual running but there is a new demon monkey that you will be running from. There is also new artifacts that can be discovered, a new hat as a reward for collecting along with new obstacles in this new environment.

See also:
Subway Surfers
Sonic Dash
PAC-MAN 256 - Endless Maze
Looney Tunes Dash

There's a bit of a storyline behind this new expansion as well. As the story goes, "Barry Bones and Karma Lee stumble upon a brilliant gold pyramid in the wastes of deserted canyons referred to in ancient manuscripts as Blazing Sands, a point of no return for all who dare to venture inside".

The free update to Temple Run 2 Blazing Sands is now available for Android device. You can grab the latest version from the Google Play Store or download Temple Run 2 apk file from the source link given below.

Temple Run 2 APK

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Could This Be A Moto Z Press Render?

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 09:18 AM PDT

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We're only a couple of days from the launch of Motorola's next flagship smartphone (and successor to the Moto X lineup) known as the Moto Z.

Thanks to a user on weibo, we can now take a look at what seems like the press render for the Moto Z. The phone itself seems to be quite thin and as a result, it requires the camera to have a bump on the back, similar to what we saw earlier with the Galaxy S6. Additionally, the phone seems to be sporting a metal build and it also looks like we might see a variety of different colours.

So far we only know the specs for the Moto Z Style and Moto Z Play and they are as follows:

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Moto Z Play:

  • Display: 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p Amoled
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core (8 x Cortex ARM53)
  • RAM: 2GB and 3GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB and 32 GB internal storage
  • Rear Camera: 16 megapixels, Laser Auto Focus
  • Battery: 3500mAh
  • Thickness: 7mm

Moto Z Style:

  • Display: 5.5-inch 2K 1440p Amoled
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad Core
  • RAM: 3GB and 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB internal storage
  • Rear Camera: 13 megapixels, Laser Auto Focus, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
  • Battery: 2600mAh
  • Thickness: 5.2mm

More to come as we get closer to June 9th.

[Weibo / AndroidPure]

The post Could This Be A Moto Z Press Render? appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Deal: Nextbit Robin for $299 on Amazon

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 08:50 AM PDT

There's an increasingly intense tug-of-war happening between cloud storage and physical storage that's been taking place. Some manufacturers are opting for greater physical storage and the ability to add more. But other new manufacturers are embracing cloud storage as the future. One of those is Nextbit, a company founded by former Googlers that places the central focus of its device on cloud storage.

The Nextbit Robin launched to much buzz last year, as it shipped with 32GB of physical storage but also included 100GB of cloud storage. The Robin would analyze your usage of your phone and determine what data needed to be stored on your phone and what should be kept in the cloud, constantly rearranging storage for the most efficient use possible while also ensuring that users would never run out of local storage.

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Reviews of the Robin have been positive, and now the company is putting the device on sale. Customers can purchase the Nextbit Robin for just $299 on Amazon, a $100 savings off of the regular list price of $399. This sale runs for the next two weeks until June 21, so you have a few days to think it over.

You'll find the links below. Anyone pulling the trigger on a Nextbit Robin with this deal?

Purchase the Mint Nextbit Robin here.

Purchase the Midnight Nextbit Robin here.


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ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector heads on over to T-Mobile

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 08:50 AM PDT

Throughout the years, we've seen plenty of different concept devices, some of which have succeeded and many of which have failed. One of these concept devices is ZTE's Spro line of smart projectors. While the first iteration never saw much success, the ZTE Spro 2 has fared a bit better, and now it's getting another channel to customers through T-Mobile.

Beginning today, T-Mobile will offer the ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector for $499.99 full retail price, or $0 upfront with 24 monthly payments of $20.84. Plan options range from $20 for 2GB of high-speed data, all the way up to $80 for 18GB of high-speed data.

The Spro 2 can project up to 120 inches at a 720p resolution with 200 lumens of brightness. It also packs in USB and HDMI ports, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth connectivity and 16GB of internal storage, for plenty of options to store and play content. With the ability to download apps directly from the Play Store, it's easy to utilize streaming services as well. Of course, there's always the concern about battery life. The ZTE Spro 2 can project for up to 2.5 hours while unplugged.

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While a smart projector is a unique concept to begin with, it actually pairs well with T-Mobile's network and business model. The carrier has placed a heavy emphasis on streaming with its Binge On program, which allows users to stream video through select services without impacting their data allotment, albeit that the video is at a slightly downgraded quality. With the Spro 2, those on the go can stream video for groups of people without having to worry about chewing through their data plan.

Are any of you considering the ZTE Spro 2?


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Google Releases Nexus Factory Images With June 2016 Security Patch

Posted: 06 Jun 2016 09:44 PM PDT

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We're now into the first week of June and Google has released the factory images for its Nexus (and Pixel C) devices accordingly.

Alongisde the distribution numbers, Google provides monthly security updates to its Nexus devices and has also made it mandatory for Android OEMs to deliver the updates as well. As with every other update, you'll find patches to several vulnerabilities in Android.

A full list can be found in the Android Security Bulletin here.

The build numbers for the update for each device are listed as follows:

  • Pixel C – MXC89H
  • Nexus 6P – MTC19V
  • Nexus 5X – MTC19V
  • Nexus 6 – MOB30M
  • Nexus Player – MOB30M
  • Nexus 9 LTE – MOB30M
  • Nexus 9 Wi-Fi – MOB30M
  • Nexus 5 – MOB30M
  • Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi – MOB30M
  • Nexus 7 2013 3G – MOB30M

[Nexus Factory Images]

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Google Clock v4.4 Adds Inline Volume Control And Vibrating Timers, Changes Some Visuals, And Loses Some Weight [APK Download]

Posted: 06 Jun 2016 07:17 PM PDT

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The Google Clock app received an update earlier today to version 4.4, bringing with it an assortment of odd little changes. There are some new features, a couple of adjustments to text and animations. However, the one thing that may deserve the most attention is a fairly significant size decrease. As always, you can grab the apk at the bottom of the post if it's not yet available to you through the Play Store.

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Google Clock v4.4 Adds Inline Volume Control And Vibrating Timers, Changes Some Visuals, And Loses Some Weight [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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PSA: Google Photos Might Dip Into Your Location History To Retroactively Tag Photos Without Other Location Info

Posted: 06 Jun 2016 06:44 PM PDT

photosGoogle really wants the snapshots you take to have as much contextual information associated with them as possible. So much, in fact, the the Google Photos app can dip into your phone's location history (not just the GPS or other location data supplied by the camera app at the time of the shot) to tag it. At least one Android Police reader noticed that some of his photos had been amended with location data, despite the fact that he says he never turned the Save Location option on in the camera app.

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PSA: Google Photos Might Dip Into Your Location History To Retroactively Tag Photos Without Other Location Info was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Contacts Can Now Use Phone Numbers To Pull And Auto-Populate Business Data From Maps On The Web

Posted: 06 Jun 2016 04:51 PM PDT

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How many times have you called one of your favorite businesses only to realize, the next time you wanted to reach them, you hadn't bothered to create a contact for them? Or you had, but you hadn't put in their address or website in the card, because who wants to go through that pain in the butt, am I right?

Google Contacts to the rescue! In a new feature announced for the desktop contacts site, any time you put a phone number in a new or existing contact card that matches a known business on Google Maps, contacts will then automatically populate the card with the rest of the business info, down to the profile picture.

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Google Contacts Can Now Use Phone Numbers To Pull And Auto-Populate Business Data From Maps On The Web was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung’s Marshmallow updates have locked some people out of their phones

Posted: 06 Jun 2016 04:40 PM PDT

It seems that Samsung's update to Marshmallow for a few of the higher-end models have been causing users some grief. Although it doesn't seem like a common issue, some people have been locked out of their device entirely.

After the Marshmallow update has finished installing, some people found that neither their fingerprint nor their password worked to unlock the device. Those with active Samsung accounts could unlock them online, but otherwise they were stuck.

The cause of this issue is unknown, though encryption being enabled after the install is suspected. Either way, there's a small risk of locking yourself out if you're updating to Marshmallow. Turn off security before the update and you should be fine. Hopefully Samsung will soon fix this issue.


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Black Moto 360 Sport drops to under $162 on Amazon

Posted: 06 Jun 2016 03:49 PM PDT

If you're looking for a decent Android Wear smartwatch on a budget, the Moto 360 Sport was never really a good option. Not only was it expensive at launch, it wasn't that great for the money. It took too long to launch, and by the time it did, all the hype had died down.

However, for under $162, it's definitely worth a look. The Moto 360 Sport features a transreflective display that works well in sunlight, a GPS chip, a heart rate sensor, and a focus on fitness, though it's still a regular Android Wear watch in many ways.

Unfortunately, only the black model is discounted to $162. The other two colors currently remain at $200, so a black one will have to do if you're on a budget. Let us know if you decide to pick one up!


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Sprint hires Verizon’s old ‘Can you hear me now?’ pitchman

Posted: 06 Jun 2016 03:49 PM PDT

Remember Verizon's old commercials? Actor Paul Marcarelli would play Test Man and say the now iconic line "Can you hear me now?" It's hard to forget such a popular commercial, and it seems Sprint never really forgot Marcarelli either. 

Sprint has snagged Marcarelli for its newest commercials, and ads with him are already running. Claiming that the difference in reliability between Sprint and other carriers is as small as one percent, it seems Sprint is hoping the man that put Verizon into all of our heads will do the same for the fourth place carrier in the US.

Not to be outdone, a Verizon executive commented, "Sprint's using our pitchman from 2002 because their network quality is catching up to where Verizon's network was in 2002.." Absolutely savage, Verizon. Absolutely savage.

So what do you guys think? Will Paul Marcarelli bring people back to Sprint, especially since he's a customer now? Or is the carrier relying on outdated advertising to get an advantage? Leave a comment!


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Podcast Company Stitcher Has Been Acquired For $4.5 Million

Posted: 06 Jun 2016 03:09 PM PDT

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Google Play Music just added podcast support recently, but Stitcher has been successfully indexing and streaming podcasts for years. This has not gone unnoticed. Stitcher has been acquired from owner Deezer for $4.5 million. The buyer is E.W. Scripps, which probably isn't a name with which you're familiar. You may be familiar with what they do, though.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Stitcher will operate under E.W. Scripps' Midroll Media unit. Midroll's business is selling ads in podcasts.

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Podcast Company Stitcher Has Been Acquired For $4.5 Million was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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