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Tuesday app and game sales: Another World, Talon for Twitter, Castle of Illusion, and more

Posted: 12 Jul 2016 02:10 PM PDT

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There are plenty of deals happening on Amazon today, but what of the Play Store? There's a ton of great stuff for your phone on sale today too. You want classic RPGs? Widgets? Exercise apps? Puzzles? RAM cleaners? We've got you covered on all but the last count.

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Get 100% Free Talk, Text, and Data in 25 countries around the world including the US with FreedomPop's 3-in-1 global SIM card kit for $5 (a $15 value).

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Tuesday app and game sales: Another World, Talon for Twitter, Castle of Illusion, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2 now rolling out

Posted: 12 Jul 2016 01:13 PM PDT

Google officially released the first Developer Preview for Android Wear 2.0 during its Google I/O conference, and now a new version is rolling out.

The company has announced it is now pushing Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2, which brings with it plenty of new features for developers to test out. That includes accessing giving developers access to wrist gestures, which will allow users to scroll through their third-party apps with just a movement of their wrist, just like they currently do with notifications.

Here's the full changelog:

  • Platform API 24 – We have incremented the Android Platform API version number to 24 to match Nougat. You can now update your Android Wear 2.0 Preview project's compileSdkVersion to API 24, and we recommend that you also update targetSdkVersion to API 24.
  • Wearable Drawers Enhancements – We launched the wearable drawers as part of the Android Wear 2.0 Preview 1, along with UX guidelines on how to best integrate the navigation drawer and action drawer in your Android Wear app. In Preview 2, we have added additional support for wearable drawer peeking, to make it easier for users to access these drawers as they scroll. Other UI improvements include automatic peek view and navigation drawer closure and showing the first action in WearableActionDrawer's peek view. For developers that want to make custom wearable drawers, we've added peek_view and drawer_content attributes to WearableDrawerView. And finally, navigation drawer contents can now be updated by calling notifyDataSetChanged.
  • Wrist Gestures – Since last year, users have been able to scroll through the notification stream via wrist gestures. We have now opened this system to developers to use within their applications. This helps improve single hand usage, for when your users need their other hand to hold onto their shopping or their kids.

The public launch of Android Wear 2.0 is planned to land this fall. However, if you're someone who loves trying out prerelease software or you're a developer, you can grab Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2 right here.


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Google offering $150 off Nexus 6P as Project Fi adds faster international data

Posted: 12 Jul 2016 11:06 AM PDT

Last month, Project Fi officially rolled out support for the regional carrier U.S. Cellular, expanding the service's reach in a variety of states. Now Google has announced that a new international focus will bring faster data speeds for Project Fi subscribers.

Beginning today, Project Fi users can get high-speed data in over 135 international markets. That's thanks in part to a new partnership with the carrier Three, which should make data speeds up to 20 times faster than was previously available for users.

The full list of supported countries is right here. What's more, the faster international data won't cost users any additional money. It's still just $10 per gigabyte.

Of course, Google felt compelled to celebrate the announcement, so they're offering a discount on the Nexus 6P. $150 off, to be exact, which means the device will start at $349. The offer officially begins today, July 12, at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET, and you'll need to sign up for Project Fi to get the discount applied to the handset. If you decide to end your Project Fi service before 30 days, you'll get charged an additional $150 for the handset.

Are you already using Project Fi, or do you plan to join?


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Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2

Posted: 12 Jul 2016 10:28 AM PDT

Posted by Hoi Lam, Android Wear Developer Advocate

At Google I/O 2016, we launched the Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview, which gives developers early access to the next major release of Android Wear. Since I/O, feedback from the developer community has helped us identify bugs and shape our product direction. Thank you!

Today, we are releasing the second developer preview with new functionalities and bug fixes. Prior to the consumer release, we plan to release additional updates, so please send us your feedback early and often. Please keep in mind that this preview is a work in progress, and is not yet intended for daily use.

What's new?

  • Platform API 24 - We have incremented the Android Platform API version number to 24 to match Nougat. You can now update your Android Wear 2.0 Preview project's compileSdkVersion to API 24, and we recommend that you also update targetSdkVersion to API 24.
  • Wearable Drawers Enhancements - We launched the wearable drawers as part of the Android Wear 2.0 Preview 1, along with UX guidelines on how to best integrate the navigation drawer and action drawer in your Android Wear app. In Preview 2, we have added additional support for wearable drawer peeking, to make it easier for users to access these drawers as they scroll. Other UI improvements include automatic peek view and navigation drawer closure and showing the first action in WearableActionDrawer's peek view. For developers that want to make custom wearable drawers, we've added peek_view and drawer_content attributes to WearableDrawerView. And finally, navigation drawer contents can now be updated by calling notifyDataSetChanged.
  • Wrist Gestures: Since last year, users have been able to scroll through the notification stream via wrist gestures. We have now opened this system to developers to use within their applications. This helps improve single hand usage, for when your users need their other hand to hold onto their shopping or their kids. See the code sample below to get started with gestures in your app:

public class MainActivity extends Activity {
...
@Override /* KeyEvent.Callback */
public boolean onKeyDown(int keyCode, KeyEvent event) {
switch (keyCode) {
case KeyEvent.KEYCODE_NAVIGATE_NEXT:
Log.d(TAG, "Next");
break;
case KeyEvent.KEYCODE_NAVIGATE_PREVIOUS:
Log.d(TAG, "Previous");
break;
}
// If you did not handle, then let it be handled by the next possible element as deemed by
// Activity.
return super.onKeyDown(keyCode, event);
}
}

Get started and give us feedback!

The Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview includes an updated SDK with tools and system images for testing on the official Android emulator, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, and the Huawei Watch.

To get started, follow these steps:

  1. Take a video tour of the Android Wear 2.0 developer preview
  2. Update to Android Studio v2.1.1 or later
  3. Visit the Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview site for downloads and documentation
  4. Get the emulator system images through the SDK Manager or download the device system images from the developer preview downloads page
  5. Test your app with your supported device or emulator
  6. Give us feedback

We will update this developer preview over the next few months based on your feedback. The sooner we hear from you, the more we can include in the final release, so don't be shy!


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Zoho's Notebook is a free note taking application aiming to replace Evernote

Posted: 12 Jul 2016 09:20 AM PDT

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Zoho isn't shy about its new app's target. Right there, at the bottom of Notebook's official product page, is a clear message saying, "Looking for an alternative to Evernote?" There's even a whole page dedicated to comparing side-by-side shots of Notebook and Evernote and telling everyone that although Notebook doesn't have everything now, it's on the right track.

So what exactly does Notebook have? Notebooks, ha! Obvious joke aside, you can create text notes, images, audio notes, and checklists.

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Zoho's Notebook is a free note taking application aiming to replace Evernote was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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T-Mobile announces Samsung Galaxy On Us promotion

Posted: 12 Jul 2016 09:08 AM PDT

T-Mobile is launching a limited time promotion that will give folks who sign up for a qualifying rate plan a free phone.

It's called the Samsung Galaxy On Us promotion, and with it, the Un-carrier will give you a Samsung Galaxy J7 or Samsung Galaxy On5 for free. The promotion is available for both new and existing subscribers. There are some caveats, though.

First, to be eligible for either one of the devices, you'll need to sign up for a 6GB or 10GB plan. Subscribers that sign up for the 6GB plan will get a free Galaxy On5. Meanwhile, folks who sign up for the 10GB plan can choose the Galaxy On5 or the Galaxy J7. Existing customers that are already on the 6GB or 10GB plan can get a free phone, too, as long as the plans have T-Mobile's current pricing.

Finally, you'll need to pay tax on the full price of the phone at checkout. However, from then on, you'll see a charge for the device over the next 24 months with a bill credit applied to cancel that charge out. If you cancel your plan or switch to a smaller data plan, you'll need to pay off the rest of the device.

T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy On Us launches on Wednesday, July 13. It'll be available in its retail stores, authorized retailers, as well as telesales to start. The Un-carrier says they'll offer the deal on its website "soon."

Plan on taking advantage of this promotion?


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Huawei Honor 8 headed to China with dual 12MP cameras on the back

Posted: 12 Jul 2016 09:08 AM PDT

Huawei has just announced the latest addition to its Honor family, unwrapping the Honor 8 with a dual-camera system on the back.

Huawei's Honor 8 offers a pair of rear 12-megapixel cameras, with one being a color lens and the other is a black and white lens. According to Huawei, the different lenses enable the Honor 8 to capture more light than a single lens. For the selfie fans out there, the Honor 8 features an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

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The Honor 8 is designed with a 2.5D glass body and features a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display. There's an octa-core Kirin 950 processor under the hood, the battery measures in at 3000mAh, and there's a microSD card slot for expandable storage. The Honor 8 also features NFC support, a fingerprint reader, and a USB Type-C port. It's running Android 6.0 under Huawei's EMUI 4.1 interface, too.

There are different variants for the Honor 8. There is a model with 3GB of RAM with 32GB of built-in storage, which is priced at ¥1999 ($299 USD). There is an option with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, priced at ¥2299 ($344 USD). And, finally, a model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage for ¥2499 ($374 USD).


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Inbox v1.27 prepares to support Gmail's vacation auto-responder [APK Teardown]

Posted: 12 Jul 2016 08:29 AM PDT

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Inbox has been growing consistently more feature-rich with a mix of new featured designed just for its efficient interface and old features that are slowly integrated from its forefather Gmail. There aren't any obvious signs of new features to play with in this version, but there is something for the teardown archives. With the release of v1.27, evidence shows another classic feature will soon make the jump from Gmail to Inbox: the vacation responder.

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Inbox v1.27 prepares to support Gmail's vacation auto-responder [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Stay connected abroad with high speed data from Project Fi

Posted: 12 Jul 2016 06:29 AM PDT

When you're traveling abroad, your phone is an essential tool – for finding a great restaurant, posting pics of your trip online, or translating a sign. But the data we have access to when traveling abroad often isn't fast or affordable enough to let us do the tasks that matter most. Which could be why only 20% of Americans opt to use their cellular data when traveling internationally,1 instead choosing to jump between Wi-Fi hotspots or scramble for a local SIM card.

Starting today, all Project Fi subscribers have access to high speed data in 135+ destinations. With the addition of Three to the Project Fi network, we're now able to deliver speeds 10-20X faster than before. And, just as before, there are no extra fees for using data internationally – you pay the same $10/GB that you do at home.


We're also now offering more coverage internationally, with service in more than a dozen additional countries totaling 135+ destinations worldwide. Fi customers now have access to high speed data in over 97% of the places Americans travel internationally.2



Leaving home shouldn't mean leaving connectivity behind. With the addition of faster speeds and more countries for the same fair price, we're one step closer to making your phone as easy to use abroad as it is at home.

P.S. To help make your first trip abroad with Project Fi a little easier we'll be offering $150 off the Nexus 6P for the next week when you buy and activate with Project Fi. The promotion will go live on our website at 10:00 am PT today.

Posted by Tyler Kugler, Product Manager, Project Fi

1) Google Consumer Survey, U.S., 6/29/16, n=4032) U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, United States Resident Travel Abroad Report, 2012

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Google Calendar v5.5.9 prepares to add conference room scheduling, snoozing reminders, and maybe a new developer API [APK Teardown]

Posted: 11 Jul 2016 10:22 PM PDT

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An seemingly minor update to Google Calendar began rolling out earlier today, bumping the version number from 5.5.7 to 5.5.9. There aren't any apparent changes to the interface with this release, but it does come with some interesting things under the covers. A teardown reveals a new feature for the office that will allow people to schedule conference rooms, the return of reminders that can be snoozed, and possibly a "new api" for developers to work with.

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Google Calendar v5.5.9 prepares to add conference room scheduling, snoozing reminders, and maybe a new developer API [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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20 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android apps from the last 2 weeks (6/28/16 - 7/11/16)

Posted: 11 Jul 2016 05:52 PM PDT

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Featured App

DigiCal Calendar Agenda

Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar & Widgets from Digibites.

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20 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android apps from the last 2 weeks (6/28/16 - 7/11/16) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Here Are Some Pics Of A Prototype Galaxy Note 7

Posted: 11 Jul 2016 05:26 PM PDT

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The Galaxy Note 7 launch event is less than a month away and almost everything about the phone has been getting leaked.

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The last major leak was from Evan Blass with the release of the press renders, and then it was the list of specs. Now we get to take a look at some blurrycam shots of what looks like a prototype Galaxy Note 7. Here we can clearly see the presence of the dual edged screen which houses the 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display.

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As for the specs, there hasn't been any new developments so the phone will still come with a Snapdragon 821 SoC with 6GB of RAM, 64/128/256GB internal storage options, 12MP rear/5MP front cameras, IP68 water and dust resistance, and a 4,000 mAh battery alongside a USB Type C port.

[Twitter]

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