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T-Mobile is giving customers unlimited data to play Pokémon GO

Posted: 14 Jul 2016 02:47 PM PDT

T-Mobile has been paying attention to the biggest craze sweeping the United States (and the globe), and they believe they're in a perfect position to help all those trainers out there getting in on the fun of Pokémon GO. In honor of the global phenomenon, next week's T-Mobile Tuesday will include free, unlimited high-speed data for a year for Pokémon GO players.

It works in the same way that Music Freedom or Binge On do: When you play Pokémon GO, the data used won't count against your monthly high-speed data allowance. That means you can play as often as you want, and you won't see your high-speed data get eaten away by all that Pocket Monster catching.

There are other T-Mobile Tuesday bonuses, too, and they include a free Wendy's Frosty, a free Lyft ride up to $15, and 50% off select accessories.

All of the deals, including the unlimited Pokémon GO data, will be available on Tuesday, July 19.

Have you started playing Pokémon GO yet?

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T-Mobile jumps on the Pokémon GO bandwagon with free data access for players

Posted: 14 Jul 2016 02:27 PM PDT

legerepuff If T-Mobile has proven anything in the last few years, it's that the company knows how to get the attention of new and potential customers. So it was only a matter of time before they seized hold of an increasingly global mobile gaming phenomenon. That's right, T-Mo's latest customer-friendly promotion is all about the Pokey Mans. Pokémon GO players on the network won't get dinged for any data used by Niantic's augmented reality game for the next year starting on Tuesday the 19th.

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T-Mobile jumps on the Pokémon GO bandwagon with free data access for players was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Pick up a 32GB Nexus 5X for only $234.99 for a limited time

Posted: 14 Jul 2016 11:59 AM PDT

Sometimes waiting for a deal, a really good deal, is the best way to buy a new smartphone. For anyone who has been waiting to get their hands on the Nexus 5X, Newegg may have the right deal for you.

The retailer is hosting a flash sale right now which is offering the 32GB Nexus 5X for only $234.99. The sale is being hosted on Newegg's dedicated Flash sale site, and both the black and white versions of the handset are available. Free shipping is included for good measure. The sale will run until Sunday, July 17.

The Nexus 5X has seen its fair share of deals lately, including the 16GB model dropping down to only $229.95. This deal is for the 32GB model, though, so it's certainly worth taking a second look at considering the 5X doesn't offer a microSD card slot for expandable storage.

Do you plan on picking up the Nexus 5X through this deal?

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Android Pay now available in Australia

Posted: 14 Jul 2016 11:59 AM PDT

Google's mobile payment service, Android Pay, continues its rollout as it lands in Australia with a long list of support from local banks.

The launch in Australia has been a long time coming, but the wait is finally over. For those with the right equipment — a device with Android 6.0 or higher and NFC support — Android Pay will work with a American Express or Visa credit or debit card, and is supported by over 25 banks and credit unions. Some of the bigger names include ANZ, Macquarie, Teachers Mutual Bank, and MyState Bank.

It's worth noting that Android Pay in Australia will support MasterCard-branded cards in the near future, and that support from Bendigo Bank is coming, too.

Here's the full list of the banks and credit unions that support (and will support) Android Pay. Some are listed as coming soon, and support should be right around the corner:

  • American Express
  • ANZ
  • Bank Australia
  • Bank of Melbourne – Coming Soon
  • Bank of Sydney
  • Bank SA – Coming Soon
  • Bendigo Bank – Coming Soon
  • Beyond Bank
  • CAPE Credit Union
  • Central West Credit Union
  • EECU
  • First Option Credit Union
  • Goulburn Murray Credit Union
  • Holiday Coast Credit Union
  • Horizon Credit Union
  • ING Direct – Coming Soon
  • Intech Credit Union
  • Laboratories Credit Union
  • Macquarie Bank
  • Mystate Bank
  • Northern Inland Credit Union
  • People's Choice Credit Union
  • QT Mutual Bank
  • Queenslanders Credit Union
  • RAMS – Coming Soon
  • South West Slopes Credit Union
  • St George Bank – Coming Soon
  • Sydney Credit Union
  • Teachers Mutual Bank
  • The Mac
  • The Rock
  • WAW Credit Union Co-Operative
  • Westpac – Coming Soon
  • Woolworths Employees' Credit Union
  • Wyong Shire Credit Union

With Android Pay, you'll be able to checkout at local retailers that offer support for contactless payments, including 7-Eleven, Coles, and Domino's. Android Pay can be used in apps in the coming days, including from services like EatNow, Catch of the Day, and many others.

If you want to try out Android Pay, just download the app and give it a go, as long as your bank supports the mobile payment option.

Android Pay officially launched in Singapore at the end of June. It's now available there, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Android Pay officially launches in Australia

Posted: 14 Jul 2016 10:56 AM PDT


Google announced at the end of 2015 that Android Pay would arrive Down Under in the coming year. Seven months later, that time has come. Residents of Australia can now use Google's latest mobile payments solution to buy stuff using their phones.

At launch, Android Pay works with over 25 banks and credit unions in the country. These include ANZ, American Express, Macquarie, MyState Bank, and Teachers Mutual Bank. Bendigo Bank and ING Direct aren't supported yet, but they're scheduled to gain compatibility sometime soon.

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Android Pay officially launches in Australia was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Announcing the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco, Sept. 24

Posted: 14 Jul 2016 09:12 AM PDT

Posted by Jamil Moledina, Google Play, Games Strategic Lead

If you're an indie game developer, you know that games are a powerful medium of expression of art, whimsy, and delight. Being on Google Play can help you reach over a billion users and build a successful, global business. That's why we recently introduced programs, like the Indie Corner, to help more gamers discover your works of art.

To further celebrate and showcase the passion and innovation of indie game developers, we're hosting the Google Play Indie Games Festival at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco, on September 24.

This is a great opportunity for you to showcase your indie title to the public, increase your network, and compete to win great prizes, such as Tango devices, free tickets for Google I/O 2017, and Google ad campaign support. Admission will be free and players will get the chance to play and vote on their favorites.

If you're interested in showcasing your game, we're accepting submissions now through August 14. We'll then select high-quality games that are both innovative and fun for the festival. Submissions are open to US and Canadian developers with 15 or less full time staff. Only games published on or after January 1, 2016 or those to be published by December 31, 2016 are eligible. See complete rules.

We encourage virtual reality and augmented reality game submissions that use the Google VR SDK and the Tango Tablet Development Kit.

At the end of August, we'll announce the group of indies to be featured at the festival.

You can learn more about the event here. We can't wait to see what innovative and fun experiences you share with us!

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Motorola Moto E3 now official with a 5-inch HD display, 8MP camera, and more

Posted: 14 Jul 2016 08:38 AM PDT

So far in 2016, the Lenovo-owned Motorola has unveiled not only two new  Moto Z-branded devices, but also new handsets in the Moto G family. And now for folks who have been waiting for a new Moto E, the wait is over.

The Moto E3 is now official. The device features a bigger 5-inch 720p HD display this time around, up from the 4.5-inch screen of the Moto E (2nd Gen.). Motorola has confirmed that there's a quad-core processor under the hood, and the battery is measured in at 2800mAh  which Motorola says will last a user all day. Around the back there's an 8-megapixel camera, and there's a 5-megapixel front-facing camera on the other side.

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Motorola didn't say how much built-in storage is available, but there is a microSD card slot to expand the storage.

The Moto E3 will be available in "early September" in the U.K. and it will retail for £99 (about $132) from select retailers including Amazon, Argos, and Tesco. Motorola's not opening up about an international launch, but considering the importance of the company's low-end handset, it seems inevitable.

What do you think of the Moto E3?

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Top 10 new Android games this week: GLITCH, Battleplans

Posted: 14 Jul 2016 07:36 AM PDT

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

Cyclops Duck Hunt VR

DescriptionCyclops duck hunt is a modern virtual reality retelling of the classic duck hunt story. You play as a post-apocalyptic cyclops alien trying to fend off an invasion of evil mutant ducks.



DescriptionTwin stick shooter game where you play as a Virus who tries to harass a computer. Kill different enemies and powerfull bosses through many security levels. Each game is unique, complete missions, buy new weapons, shields and skills to reach your objective. 


Hanabi Party

DescriptionExplode all the fireworks and compete for the best score! Create the ultimate fireworks show and impress your friends! Experience beautiful handcrafted low poly art.



DescriptionHack and slash through hordes of diverse enemies on a journey of loot and conquest built in Unreal Engine 4! BECOME one of 4 legendary heroes! UPGRADE equipment and unlock its full combat strength! CONQUER foes in real-time PvP and arena brawl! RAID epic bosses with friends and allies!


Zombie Town Story

DescriptionThe walking dead have taken over the world. Mad scientists create horrible monsters in their secret labs. Marauders and ex-soldiers fight among the ruins of desolate cities. And the rest of humanity is simply struggling to survive.



Description: Battleplans infuses unique squad tactics into an action-packed strategy game. Command your troops directly in stylish real-time clashes of epic proportion! Attack enemy camps or lead a powerful defense as you and your online enemies battle for valuable resources.


Crusaders of the Lost Idols

DescriptionCrusaders of the Lost Idols is the Award Winning clicker idle game of heroic awesomeness. Create a band of unusual heroes to battle monsters, earn gold by killing them and use it to level-up and unlock new character abilities. Organize your Crusaders by designing the perfect formation for maximum damage.


Crush Your Enemies

DescriptionCrush Your Enemies has everything you like in strategy games: planning, choosing different types of units, managing resources, taking enemy territory and outwitting your opponents with the ingenious formations of your men.


Titan Quest

DescriptionOriginally released on PC in 2006, Titan Quest is an action RPG set against a mythological backdrop. The Titans have escaped from prison and are hell-bent on destroying the Earth. The Gods alone can't stop them — a hero is needed to lead this epic struggle.



DescriptionYou control a ball – a special one. Up to 8 energy sensors are activated on your ball upon collecting magic sources from the chests. Specific magic energies are then required to unlock each locked gate. If you fall, dont worry – you keep all collected energies since the last gate.


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Pokémon GO is go for launch in the United Kingdom

Posted: 14 Jul 2016 02:43 AM PDT

pikabusThe United Kingdom seems considerably less, well, united than it used to be. But if there's one thing everyone can agree on, it's that they want a chance to play Pokémon GO. Niantic's augmented reality take on the classic Nintendo franchise is a smash hit in its first week, though a limited launch means that only those in the US, Australia, New Zealand, and just yesterday Germany have been able to play it so far.

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Pokémon GO is go for launch in the United Kingdom was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Here Are More Leaked Galaxy Note 7 Pics

Posted: 13 Jul 2016 10:02 PM PDT

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The Galaxy Note 7 name is now confirmed thanks to a new round of event invitations being sent around, so what better way to hype the product by leaking it again?

Thanks to a now removed weibo post, the Galaxy Note 7 was caught smiling for the spy camera yet again, featuring its dual edged screen. We can also see a glimpse of the new version of TouchWiz coming with the phone.

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To recap, the phone is expected to come with a 5.7-5.8 inch Super AMOLED 1440p dislay, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 or Exynos 8893 processor with 4GB or 6GB of RAM support, 64GB to 256GB internal storage options with microSD expansion, 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front, Iris scanner, USB type-C, a 3600mAh battery and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The phone will be officially revealed on August 2nd.


The post Here Are More Leaked Galaxy Note 7 Pics appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Alcatel launches the Idol 4S, pre-orders begin July 15

Posted: 13 Jul 2016 09:02 PM PDT

Alcatel is a company that doesn't readily come to mind when discussing the U.S. smartphone market. That being said, the company is the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S., showing that it has more reach than many realize. Alcatel has a great a deal of budget and mid-range devices, but it's beginning to bring its higher-end options to the States. The Alcatel Idol 4S is one of those high-end devices, and we now know when it's coming stateside.

Following its announcement of the device in February, Alcatel has now said that the Idol 4S will open for pre-orders in the U.S. on July 15 at 11:00 AM EST. These pre-orders will be part of a bundle that includes VR goggles, a tempered glass screen protector, JBL headphones and an Incipio protective case. That entire bundle will be available for $349.99 during the pre-order only. Official orders begin on August 3, and the Idol 4S will be priced at $399.

While the Idol 4S is largely the same as it was at the time of announcement, there is one notable change. Alcatel has added a fingerprint sensor to the rear of the device, putting it on par with many modern flagships. Customers will still get the 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 652 processor, 16-megapixel rear camera and more.

Alcatel is adding a great product to its lineup, but it remains to be seen if it will be a success within the U.S. Alcatel has staked its claim in the budget market and the Idol 4S may not fare quite as well with the company's customer base. If it does perform well, we might just see Alcatel giving ZTE a run for its money.

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