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YouTube v11.25 begins preparation for mobile live streaming [APK Teardown]

Posted: 01 Jul 2016 01:53 PM PDT

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YouTube is going to earn a reputation as a service that doesn't let anybody else stomp on its territory. In a story that sounds entirely too similar to the launch of YouTube Gaming to combat the success of Amazon-owned Twitch, rumors started circulating a few months ago with the suggestion YouTube had started preparing for a head-on fight with mobile livestreaming services like Periscope. It was no surprise when a formal announcement was made last week confirming YouTube would add live streaming to its flagship mobile app.

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YouTube v11.25 begins preparation for mobile live streaming [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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WiFi Manager for Android Wear lets you enter network passwords on your watch

Posted: 01 Jul 2016 01:27 PM PDT

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Google added support for WiFi on Android Wear devices a long time ago, but the feature is a bit of a pain to use. You have to enter the WiFi passwords on your phone, and the connection manager on Wear is limited to say the least. WiFi Manager for Android Wear makes more of the process workable on the wearable itself, and it's free to try.

WiFi Manager for Android Wear comes from Appfour, which has made a number of bizarre Wear apps that have no business existing (eg.

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WiFi Manager for Android Wear lets you enter network passwords on your watch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Looks like you'll soon be able to cast Chrome tabs to Hangouts (and possibly more)

Posted: 01 Jul 2016 12:43 PM PDT

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A new casting feature appears to be going live for some in Chrome on the desktop (including mainline releases), with the dialogue shown in the hero image above asking users to consent to "enable casting to cloud-based service." This includes, apparently, casting Chrome tabs to Hangouts.

Casting tabs to Hangouts isn't actually new - we first saw it last May - but the feature never appeared to be widespread, and at the time tab casting itself was still in beta.

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Looks like you'll soon be able to cast Chrome tabs to Hangouts (and possibly more) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Verizon will give you up to $300 for your old phone to buy a new one

Posted: 01 Jul 2016 12:07 PM PDT

Unsurprisingly, Verizon Wireless would like it if you bought a new phone from them, so they're offering up a new trade-in offer to make that happen.

Big Red has officially announced a trade-in promotion offers up to $300 for trading in their old phone. The offer is available to new and existing customers. What's more, customers that plan to buy a DROID Turbo 2 or DROID Maxx 2 can trade in phones with cracked screens, which should open up the possibilities for more customers.

"Trading in your phone is simple. The fastest way to score these savings is by visiting a Verizon store with on-the-spot credit for your trade-in. At Verizon stores, you can receive the immediate value when you trade in your smartphone in good, working condition and apply that value immediately as a down payment toward your new smartphone. Or you can also enjoy a Verizon account credit or gift card."

Verizon does add that the promotion is only available for a limited time, but the carrier doesn't provide an exact date. If you're in the market for a new Verizon phone, acting quickly might be in your best interest. And for those wondering about new devices: Eligible new phones to purchase for the National Trade-in Event: iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, HTC 10, LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note 5, Droid Turbo 2 or Maxx 2

Do you plan on taking advantage of the promotion?


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Sprint offering 60 days of Amazon Prime to its subscribers

Posted: 01 Jul 2016 11:05 AM PDT

Sprint has become the exclusive wireless retailer of Amazon Prime, with the most recent promotion surfacing in May that saw subscribers getting a year's worth of the premium Amazon feature by signing up for a specific plan.

Sprint customers have the ability to add an Amazon Prime subscription to their bill for $10.99 per month, and now Sprint's offering an extra bonus on top of that for folks who sign up during the month of July. Doing so will net you 60 days of Prime for free. After the 60 days are up, Sprint says customers can either continue with the subscription (and be charged $10.99 per month) or cancel the Prime subscription.

Sprint announcing the promotion just in time for Amazon Prime Day, which will go live on July 12, is probably not a coincidence.

If you're a Sprint customer or plan to become one this month, here's how you can get the Amazon Prime promotion:

  • Visit http://ift.tt/1ooB8lk, call 1-(800)-SPRINT1Call: 1-(800)-SPRINT1 or go to the nearest Sprint store to sign up for Amazon Prime on your Sprint account.
  • After adding Amazon Prime to a Sprint account, the customer will receive a text message with an activation link to complete registration.
  • Once registration is complete, the customer can immediately begin to enjoy all the benefits of Amazon Prime.
  • Customers can also access preloaded or downloaded Amazon apps for easy access to Prime content on compatible smartphones.

The promotion is now live, so who's going to go for it?


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Big Join update makes capturing screencasts of your devices a breeze, can even automate uploads to YouTube

Posted: 01 Jul 2016 09:22 AM PDT

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Join is a pretty cool app. It can do a variety of things, from sending texts to transferring files across your variety of different devices. Developer joaomgcd has added another feature to its extensive arsenal, making it easy to record an Android phone or tablet's screen from another device.

WHAT'S NEW

  • Screen Capture with optional upload to YouTube. Check link.
  • No longer requires Contacts permission. Only requests SMS permission when needed
  • Made "Reply Directly" action available for KitKat devices
  • Added Dutch and Russian translations
  • Clipboard bubble now remembers vertical position you last dragged it to
  • When notifications are requested, all notifications are sent
  • Other bug fixes

The way this works is pretty simple: on a device with Join on it (this can be another Android, the Windows 10 app, or the Chrome extension), tap on one of the Android devices to see the list of actions, and select 'Toggle Screen Capture.' This will then record the screen of said phone or tablet.

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Big Join update makes capturing screencasts of your devices a breeze, can even automate uploads to YouTube was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Many language specific Google keyboards get Nougat support, theme support, and more

Posted: 01 Jul 2016 12:36 AM PDT

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The English alphabet only includes 26 different letters, but for many other languages that are not descendant from Latin, the number of valid characters is much larger. It turns out that this can make creating a keyboard that works well in those languages a bit difficult — imagine having a keyboard with hundreds or thousands of keys and you begin to get the picture. That's why Google has developed dedicated keyboard apps with alternative input methods specifically designed for languages such as Pinyin or Cantonese to make is easier for many (or maybe even most) users around the world to type in their native tongue.

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Many language specific Google keyboards get Nougat support, theme support, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Details on the three upcoming BlackBerry devices leaked

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 06:06 PM PDT

BlackBerry has been rumored to be readying three devices for release, and we finally have some potential details about them. The devices are codenamed Neon, Argon, and Mercury, which are pretty awesome codenames (unlike Marlin, perhaps).

The Neon is said to be a mid-range device with a 5.2-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 2,610mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0, and 13MP/8MP cameras. It will not have a physical keyboard, but it should be very cheap and free on contract.

The Argon is the higher-specced device, with a 5.5-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of memory, a 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, 21MP/8MP cameras, a fingerprint reader, and USB Type-C. This sounds like a very solid device.

The Mercury is the only one here with a keyboard, which is something BlackBerry enthusiasts will want. It's not a slider though: it's a candybar with a keyboard and 4.5-inch HD display with 3:2 aspect ratio. Other specs include a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 3,400mAh battery, 18MP/8MP cameras, and a metal body.

The company will allegedly release one device per quarter for three quarters, with the Mercury coming in last in Q1 2017. They should all be competitively priced as well, aiming for both business users and consumers. We're excited to see what BlackBerry has in store, especially with the use of Android on some solid hardware. Are you interested in these devices? Let us know in the comments!


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