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OnePlus posts OnePlus 3 photo samples that are quite nice

Posted: 08 Jun 2016 02:42 PM PDT

OnePlus is teasing its upcoming flagship, the OnePlus 3, with some sample shots from the camera. Of course they've been retouched and chosen as the best the device can manage, but we have to admit that they look pretty amazing.

This shouldn't be a definitive judgement of the camera, though. Many devices manage incredible photos once in a blue moon while averaging mediocrity, so the best photos aren't the perfect measure of camera performance. However, the results look promising.

What do you think of the camera performance? Aside from the beautiful locations, the detail and low-light performance look very good. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Unlocked Alcatel IDOL 3 now receiving Marshmallow update

Posted: 08 Jun 2016 01:47 PM PDT

If you're the owner of an Alcatel IDOL 3, you're in for a treat. The company has announced that the unlocked version of the IDOL 3 is now receiving its Marshmallow update!

Marshmallow brings a host of new features, including customizable app permissions, Doze mode for better battery life, better volume controls, Google Now on Tap, and many improvements to performance and usability. It doesn't seem like a big update, but it makes a big improvement.

If you want to download the update, wait for the notifications or head to settings to check for a new update!


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US Bank MasterCards Now Work With Android Pay and Samsung Pay

Posted: 08 Jun 2016 01:41 PM PDT

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US Bank was one of the launch partners for Android Pay, but not every card worked. Swiping a Visa? You were good to go. A MasterCard? Not so much.

That's changing. Today US Bank announced that MasterCard holders can now use Android Pay. That's not all either. Samsung Pay support is also in the cards. Actually, support for the latter is already good to go, I just couldn't resist the pun.

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US Bank MasterCards Now Work With Android Pay and Samsung Pay was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony Ditches 'Small Apps' Feature On Xperia X Phones, Saddening Several Dozen Users

Posted: 08 Jun 2016 12:06 PM PDT

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Sony has made its so-called Small Apps a fixture on devices going all the way back to the Xperia T in 2012. For the unaware,they are floating apps that can provide quick access to things like email, a calculator, timer, and so on. On the Xperia X line of devices, Small Apps are no more.

On older devices, Small Apps were accessible from a favorites bar at the bottom of the multitasking screen.

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Sony Ditches 'Small Apps' Feature On Xperia X Phones, Saddening Several Dozen Users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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U.S. Cellular is now a Project Fi partner

Posted: 08 Jun 2016 11:51 AM PDT

When Google launched its own wireless service last year, Project Fi had two wireless partners: Sprint and T-Mobile. Now another carrier is joining the partner list.

Google has officially announced that U.S. Cellular, one of the United States' largest regional carriers, is now a Project Fi partner. As Google points out, U.S. Cellular covers 23 states and offers 4G LTE service to 99% of its subscribers, both in urban and rural areas.

With the inclusion of U.S. Cellular, Project Fi gets a big boost in rural coverage, especially where Sprint and T-Mobile might not reach. Plus, with Project Fi's technology swapping between a wireless carrier's network and a Wi-Fi connection, subscribers should get an even more stable connection throughout the country.

Are you a Project Fi subscriber?


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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 08 Jun 2016 11:51 AM PDT

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

PhyWiz

PhyWiz

Description: PhyWiz solves your physics homework for you.Get step by step solutions for questions in over 30 physics topics like Kinematics, Forces, Gravity, Quantum Physics and many more. Ask PhyWiz a question like "if mass is 6 and velocity is 7, what is momentum?" and get your answer immediately.

 

Lock Screen Wallpaper

Lock Screen Wallpaoer

DescriptionLock Screen Wallpaper unlike other similar apps sets wallpaper only for lock screen and doesn't change the home screen's wallpaper. Offers ability to pick images from Phone, Google Drive and similar sources

 

Planets Watch Face

Planets Watch Face

Description The most lively space view with animated Planets. You will really feel like in space. Features: Support both round and square watch. Support ambient mode.

 

Flower VPN Premium

Flower VPN Premium

DescriptionFlower VPN Premium is one of the best and most trusted vpn client in the world with strong encryption that offers the best anonymity and is impossible to block by your government.

 

Flamingo for Twitter (Beta)

Flamingo

DescriptionFlamingo is a bright and colourful Twitter client, which a simple and greatly customisable interface. It provides you with the Twitter experience you know and love with beautiful material design. You can easily switch between several accounts, and individually theme those accounts.

 

Moto Camera

Motorola Camera

DescriptionThe new Moto Camera app is optimized for 2016 Moto devices and integrated with Google Photos. Get the perfect moment with Best Shot: it captures multiple shots before and after you tap, recognizing issues like blurred subjects or blinking eyes.

 

 Watch Face: Mechanical

Watch Face Mechanical

DescriptionNice mechanical watch face with many additional features. This watch face will add a great classic spirit to your modern digital watch. It is packed with cool spinning gears animations. 

 

Mirror's Edge™ Companion

Mirror's Edge™ Companion

Description: Fight Oppression, Claim your freedom! Whether you are at home or on the move, the Mirror's Edge™ Companion app keeps you connected to the world of Mirror's Edge Catalyst and the City of Glass.

 

Mandala Faces

Mandala Faces

DescriptionMandala faces includes 7 black and white mandala watch faces and 11 full colour premium designs. It also includes several options for customization.

 

Flatland

Flatland

DescriptionFlatland is a 2D animated nature scenes live wallpaper. You may see 3 Flatland scenes : Africa with animated animals. Flamingos with animated birds. Forest with animated animals.

 


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More speed and coverage with U.S. Cellular — now part of Project Fi

Posted: 08 Jun 2016 10:48 AM PDT

Mobile connectivity is central to everything we do. The speed and consistency of our network determines whether we can share a photo with a loved one or get that split-second answer when we need it most. With Project Fi, you can get the highest quality connection at all times - whether on Wi-Fi or one of our partner cellular networks. Today, we're excited to introduce U.S. Cellular as our newest partner network.

U.S. Cellular, one of the top mobile networks in the U.S., offers service in 23 states with 4G LTE coverage for more than 99% of their subscribers, both urban and rural. With the addition of a third network, Project Fi now gives you more coverage and speed, helping you stay connected wherever you are.


How does this work?
In most areas, multiple cellular networks are available — in fact, the majority of Project Fi usage occurs in areas where more than one of our partners offers LTE coverage. But factors like obstructions from nearby buildings can meaningfully impact the speed and coverage available from each LTE connection. By analyzing speeds from each network, Project Fi is able to predict the fastest network at your location — down to the city block — and automatically connect you. We're constantly adapting to consider how factors like new cell towers and newly-available radio frequencies are impacting real-world speeds.

Part of Project Fi's promise is to ensure you have connection when you need it, even in areas with poor speeds or limited coverage. Your Fi device recognizes when your connection is weak and adjusts in real time. By accessing multiple cellular networks, Fi users have a connection nearly 99% of the time, and spend about 95% of cellular time on LTE — which will improve even further with the addition of U.S. Cellular.

U.S. Cellular coverage will be automatically rolling out to all users over the coming weeks. We're excited to add our third partner and hope you'll join us, too.

Posted by Evan Jacobs, Product Manager, Project Fi

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Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to boast 4K UHD display

Posted: 08 Jun 2016 10:34 AM PDT

Now that the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have been released, it's obviously time that the rumor mill starts talking about what's coming next.

According to a report from the Korea Herald, Samsung is planning on giving the display on its next flagship smartphone in the Galaxy S line, expected to be called the Galaxy S8, a significant boost. If the rumor is true, then the Galaxy S8 will feature a 4K UHD display. That would obviously mean plenty of promotion and bragging rights for the upcoming flagship, but the report also states it will boost the virtual reality (VR) experience, too, something that Samsung has focused on quite a bit recently.

As noted by SamMobile, the upgrade routine for Samsung flagship smartphone displays would seem to line up with this rumor. The Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 both featured full HD displays, and the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 both boast Quad HD screens. So if Samsung is indeed planning on a smartphone with a 4K UHD display, the Galaxy S8 seems like a plausible candidate.

Are you ready for smartphones with 4K UHD displays?


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Android N’s name will be unveiled in a few weeks

Posted: 08 Jun 2016 10:34 AM PDT

Some expected Google to announce the name of Android N at this year's I/O conference, that didn't end up being the case. Google admitted that they'd had a hard time deciding what to name Android N, and so they decided to go a different route. Instead of buckling down and naming it on their own, they opened up the floodgates and let Android fans try to pick the name for the next version of Android.

The official Android Twitter account has confirmed that submissions in the "#NameAndroidN" campaign have been tallied, and that they aren't taking anymore in. On top of that, they'll announce the name of Android N "in a few weeks."

Did you participate in the campaign? What do you hope Android N is called?


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Dues Ex GO Will Give Square-Enix's Mobile Board Games A Sci-Fi Makeover Later This Year

Posted: 08 Jun 2016 09:32 AM PDT

deus exE3, the biggest video game trade show on the planet, is ramping up next week. Most of the news will only be relevant for PC and console gamers, but a few of the mega-publishers will be announcing mobile fare too, and Square-Enix is getting ahead of the pack. Along with a new primary entry in its futuristic post-human action series Deus Ex, the publisher has announced Deus Ex GO, a mobile game with similar elements to the existing Lara Croft GO and Hitman GO titles.

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Dues Ex GO Will Give Square-Enix's Mobile Board Games A Sci-Fi Makeover Later This Year was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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A 3D-printed case will put Android on an iPhone

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 07:40 PM PDT

Sometimes you wish you could get a piece of software on a piece of hardware that's not traditionally meant to run it. For some iPhone owners, putting Android on Apple's hardware might seem like a great idea. Well, one developer and designer has made that dream a reality.

His name is Nick Lee, and he works for Tendigi, a mobile design and development company. Lee has put together a 3D-printed case which allows for an iPhone owner to get Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow running on it. Lee breaks down the process quite well right here, and you should check it out if you're interested in how it all works. The short version is that Lee used the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) on a single-board computer, then embedded that computer in a 3D-printed case. The iPhone is then connected to the board via USB.

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The case features a 650mAh battery to run the tiny computer, and the iPhone is running iOS 9.3.2. Putting the iPhone into the case, connecting it, and then running the Tendigi app will then launch the Android user interface. The touch responsiveness isn't fantastic, and there are black bars on the top and bottom of the screen, but otherwise the experience is pretty solid.

Lee shrank the 3D-printed case quite a bit, and now it's the size of a standard battery case. It even includes USB and HDMI ports and a microSD card slot, too.

Check out the video below.

What do you think of the idea?


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38 New And Notable Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (5/24/16 - 6/7/16)

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 06:13 PM PDT

HTC giving away an HTC 10 in exchange for selfies

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 04:50 PM PDT

HTC is hosting a giveaway for its new flagship, the HTC 10. All they need from you is a selfie. The company is making another selfie video that showcases people's selfies as a way to promote the new device.

The reason for the promotion isn't necessarily the HTC 10′s front facing camera sensor, which is 5MP. It's that HTC decided to include optical image stabilization, which is pretty unique. It's a feature that's missing on a lot of rear-facing cameras, so a front-facing camera with OIS is awesome.

If you want to join in, hit the source link and upload your selfie after reading the rules. Hopefully you'll win!


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MLB At Bat Gets Update To Support 60 FPS Streaming, Bandwidth Controls To Conserve Data, And Live Pitch-By-Pitch Data Becomes Available To Free Users

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 04:25 PM PDT

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MLB is about as good as it gets when it comes to mobile and streaming presence, but that's no reason for it to rest on its laurels. That's why the latest update to MLB At Bat, the league's Android presence for following live action, bring several significant goodies to both free and premium users.

For those with a premium subscription, the biggest news is 60fps streaming. Quality hasn't really been bad, assuming your connection is sufficiently strong, but baseball is a sport played with a pretty small ball that moves really fast.

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MLB At Bat Gets Update To Support 60 FPS Streaming, Bandwidth Controls To Conserve Data, And Live Pitch-By-Pitch Data Becomes Available To Free Users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Store posts up Father’s Day deals

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 04:11 PM PDT

We hope you haven't forgotten about Father's Day. It's June 19th and you have less than two weeks to pick up a gift for the father figure in your life! Google has your back, though, as the Google Store has put up a post for the upcoming holiday with some deals and suggestions.

The Nexus 6P is discounted $50, bringing it down to $449. Google Cardboard has been discounted to $10, while Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are discounted $5 apiece, bringing them both down to $10. The rest of the products are not on sale, but rather suggestions for gifts. Everything from smartwatches to routers are shown off.

There's also free shipping on all orders, so buying something from the Google Store for Father's Day isn't a bad idea. Let us know what you end up getting, even if it's not Android related!


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Marshmallow surpasses 10% in June Android distribution numbers

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 04:11 PM PDT

We're getting into the month of June and Google has now released its Android distribution numbers for the month. There are a few interesting highlights, but the most notable is that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now in use on over 10% of Android devices. The exact number is 10.1%, putting it just across that special line and significantly up from 7.5% last month. That being said, Lollipop still takes the cake as the most popular version of Android at 35.4%, down ever so slightly from 35.6%.

KitKat fell to 31.6%, down from 32.5% in May. Jelly Bean also fell, down to 18.9% from 20.1% and Ice Cream Sandwich is at 1.9%, down slightly from 2% last month. Gingerbread now stands at 2% and Froyo is just barely clinging on with 0.1%.

While it's taken some time, it's good to see Marshmallow making significant growth. That being said, it'll likely be several months before we see it overtake Lollipop as the most used version of Android. We'll keep you updated monthly on the status, so continue to check back to see how it's progressing.


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Google’s new Motion Stills app will turn iPhone’s Live Photos into GIFs

Posted: 07 Jun 2016 04:11 PM PDT

Live Photos, which bring some life to a photo taken by an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, or an iPhone SE, was a feature Apple introduced with its flagship devices late last year. And as is par for the course for an Apple product, enjoying a Live Photo outside of the Apple ecosystem requires the help of a third-party source. That's exactly what Google aims to do with a new app called Motion Stills.

With the free Motion Stills app, which is available right now, iPhone owners can choose a Live Photo and then have Motion Stills work a bit of magic and turn it into a shareable GIF. The app works thanks to an algorithm that will use video stabilization technology to freeze the background of the image and then utilize loop optimizations to have the foreground loop end-to-end. Google says users can include several different Live Photos to create a movie montage, too.

Once you've made your new GIF, you'll be able to share it through social media, a messaging app, or even email. If you're an iPhone owner or know someone who is, Motion Stills looks like a solid way to do share your Live Photos with those outside of the Apple ecosystem.


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