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BLU Energy XL official with a 5,000mAh battery

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 03:37 PM PDT

BLU has announced the Energy XL, its new flagship device that is being sold unlocked in the United States. Its biggest selling point is its 5,000mAh battery, a battery size usually reserved for 7-inch tablets. It's huge and promises three days of regular use and 30 days of standby on a single charge.

The device also features some fairly nice specs, including an aluminum body, 64GB of memory, USB Type-C with 9V/2A quick charging, a quick fingerprint reader, and a small 8.4mm frame. At the $300 price point, it's definitely an impressive device. Here is a full list of specifications:

  • Network: (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, (4G HSPA+ 42Mbps) 850/1700/1900MHz, (4G LTE Up to 150Mbps) 2/4/7
  • Display: 6.0-inch Full HD Super AMOLED 1080 x 1920, 367 ppi
  • Processor: MediaTek 6753, 1.3 GHz Octa-Core with Mali-T720 graphics GPU
  • OS: Android Lollipop 5.1, Upgrade to 6.0 before the end of the year
  • Camera:
    Rear – 13.0 megapixel, with LED Flash, (1.12mm pixel size, 1/5 inch sensor, 2.0mm aperture)
    HD 1080p@30fps video recording
    Front – 5.0 megapixel, with LED Flash, 84° Wide Angle
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, FM Radio, VoLTE support will be added via Over-the-Air Update (OTA)
  • Memory: 3GB RAM and 64GB Internal Memory
  • Dimensions: 160.9 x 81.2 x 8.4 mm I 208g
  • Battery: Li-Polymer 5000 mAh
  • Available Colors: Solid Gold and White-Silver

The device seems awesome for the price, especially with features like the Type-C port and the fingerprint reader. It'll work on any GSM carrier in the US, so it's great for living the off-contract life. It's just unfortunate that it's launching with Lollipop when Android Nougat is right around the corner, ready to replace Marshmallow. How many of you are planning to pick it up? Leave a comment!

Sources: PR Newswire, Amazon


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Google offering four-month Google Play Music All Access free trial for new subscribers

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 02:38 PM PDT

Google Play Music All Access is a great service. Though Spotify is the first name that comes to people's minds when it comes to music streaming, Google's service is absolutely worth the money, and many prefer it over the competitors.

To celebrate the Fourth of July, Google is offering a four-month free trial of the service to new subscribers. If you've already used a trial, it won't work for you, but those of you that've never used the service can give it a shot for four full months!

Google Play Music All Access subscriptions also include YouTube Red, so you'll get ad-free YouTube along with special content. This deal likely applies only to the U.S., so those in other countries shouldn't get their hopes up. Hit the source link and see if it works for you!


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Hey Google, a warez market called BlackMart has been in the Play Store for months and has over 100k downloads

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 01:52 PM PDT

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We occasionally see apps pulled from the Play Store for trivial (but valid) violations of the rules. Google has been more proactive about enforcing its guidelines, but it's often pointed out it could be more consistent. Case in point: there are, right now, two listings on the Play Store from a warez site called BlackMart that offers paid apps for free. One of them has been up for months and has more than 100,000 downloads.

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Hey Google, a warez market called BlackMart has been in the Play Store for months and has over 100k downloads was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Verizon’s plan updates include price hikes and more data

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 01:37 PM PDT

Raising prices is never an easy thing to do. It's a tricky topic at best and requires delicate handling to prevent issues from arising. Cloaking the increase with value is one way to ameliorate the situation, and it's the tactic that Verizon has chosen for its latest change. Last week ushered in reports that Verizon would be making some changes to its offerings. Today's report builds on that news, with Droid Life reporting that Verizon is increasing plan prices.

The price hike isn't alone, as each plan is also receiving a bump in the amount of included data. Here's Droid Life's breakdown:

  • S: 2GB for $35 (was 1GB for $30)
  • M: 4GB for $50 (was 3GB for $45)
  • L: 8GB for $70 (was 6GB for $60)
  • XL: 16GB for $90 (was 12GB for $80)
  • XXL: 24GB for $110 (was 18GB for $100)

Plan prices are increasing, but it does seem to weigh out with the increased amount of data. Additionally, last week's report pointed to new features arriving for some plans. These include carryover data, throttled unlimited data and free data and text roaming for customers who are visiting Mexico and Canada. It's debatable whether these new features justify a price hike (on top of the fact that some are only available for the largest plans), but Verizon customers should now receive more for their money.

These changes are slated to take place on Friday, June 7, with Verizon currently training employees on the updates.


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Render shows rumored design of HTC’s upcoming Sailfish and Marlin Nexus phones

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 01:37 PM PDT

HTC is expected to launch not one, but two different Nexus-branded smartphones this year. We've seen the rumored specs for both handsets already, but one question has lingered: What will the devices look like?

Thanks to information provided to Android Police, that question may be answered now, too. AP able to ascertain details regarding both handsets and put together a render of what both devices will probably look like. The two upcoming handsets are said to boast plenty of the same features, with differently-sized displays and batteries being the main differences, so building one render for both should work.

The Sailfish and Marlin are said to feature an aluminum design, with a distinct back section that's said to be either glossy plastic or glass. On top of that, the back edges of the handsets will have a gentle curve, which should make them easier to hold. We can also see that the rear camera is flush with the back of the handset, which differs from the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P and their rear camera bumps.

The fingerprint reader from the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P is there on the back of the Sailfish/Marlin, and there's a distinct "G" logo near the bottom edge. However, it's unclear whether or not the Nexus branding will be present in the final model.

The dark gray and black model will apparently be accompanied by a version with a silver aluminum frame and white front, along with an "electric blue" model with a blue back and a white front. That model might not be released to the public, though.

This design is certainly distinct, so it will be interesting to see if this is indeed the final model. What do you think? Will this be your next daily driver?


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NBA Live Android game dunks into the Play Store

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 01:10 PM PDT

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Last year EA released a companion app for the NBA Live console game that let you stick your face on a basketball player. This year, forget the gimmicks. You get a full blown NBA Live experience to play on your touchscreen.

NBA Live for Android has been undergoing geo-limited testing for quite the while now, with millions of people having already downloaded the title. Now it's openly available on Google Play.

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NBA Live Android game dunks into the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Cheetah Mobile licenses hugely popular 'Badland 2' for Android, promptly ruins it with IAPs

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 10:55 AM PDT

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We're about as shocked as you are on this - apparently the developer of the hugely popular game Badland has released the also-hugely-popular sequel, Badland 2, for Android. The problem? Indie dev Frogmind isn't the publisher: Clean Master Games, aka Cheetah Mobile, is. This is troubling for several reasons. And before you ask: yes, this is almost certainly legit. The game has a Frogmind / Clean Master intro splash, Clean Master Games is responding to user complaints in the reviews on the Play Store, and Cheetah Mobile's team is even chasing down cracked versions of the game already.

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Cheetah Mobile licenses hugely popular 'Badland 2' for Android, promptly ruins it with IAPs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Huawei apologizes for implying photo taken with Canon DSLR was taken with its P9

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 10:39 AM PDT

In his review of the Huawei P9, our own Nick Sarafolean had positive things to say about the new flagship, even pointing out that some of the images captured by the smartphone could compare to DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Apparently Huawei feels the same way, but decided to go about things a bit differently.

As noted by Android Police, Huawei recently published an admittedly great photo — which you can see below — to its Google+ social media page. There's plenty of detail, including her hair and the lens flares, and there'd be plenty for Huawei to brag about if a smartphone captured that image. So that's what Huawei did, writing in a caption alongside the photo:

"We managed to catch a beautiful sunrise with Deliciously Ella. The #HuaweiP9's dual Leica cameras makes taking photos in low light conditions like this a pleasure. Reinvent smartphone photography and share your sunrise pictures with us. #OO"

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Huawei doesn't come right out and say the photo was taken by a P9, but the insinuation is certainly there. However, the photo's EXIF data showed that the photo was actually taken by a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a a EF70-200m f/2.8L IS II UM lens. All said, that camera setup costs upwards of $4,500, which is a bit more expensive than the P9.

It didn't take Huawei long to issue a statement about the situation, apologizing for the confusion and saying that they didn't mean to mislead anyone. The image was taken during an advertisement for the P9, so it was related to the device, Huawei says. Their full statement is below.

"It has recently been highlighted that an image posted to our social channels was not shot on the Huawei P9. The photo, which was professionally taken while filming a Huawei P9 advert, was shared to inspire our community. We recognise though that we should have been clearer with the captions for this image. It was never our intention to mislead. We apologise for this and we have removed the image."

The mix-up aside, the Huawei P9 does take some pretty stunning photos and videos thanks to its dual 12-megapixel cameras on its back. Have you tried out the P9 yet?


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This Is The Galaxy Note 7, Will Come In Three Colours

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 09:56 AM PDT

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Several reports, leaks and rumours later, we finally get to take a look at the press images for Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7.

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Evan Blass has shared the press images for the Galaxy Note 7 showing off exactly what the phone will look like. You can clearly see the Iris scanner opening on the front beside the front facing camera, the dual edge display from the Galaxy S7 Edge and for the rear, the same 12MP rear camera with the heart rate monitor.

So far, the phone will come in three different colours: Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, and Blue Coral.

Specs for the phone are still not 100% confirmed but they are more than likely to be as follows: 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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File Expert is a feature-filled file manager with Material Design, tabbed browsing, dark mode, and more [Sponsored Post]

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 08:44 AM PDT

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File management is a necessity for many Android users, but few manufacturers provide a fully-featured app to do so. If you want to be able to tap into all that is possible with your file system, you will need a third party option like File Expert.

Why File Expert? Well, it has just about every feature in the book and it all comes in a beautiful, Material Design interface. Let's start with some of the file management features that savvy users are looking for:

  • File tagging
  • Recycle bin to undo accidental deletions
  • Safebox – require a password to access selected files
  • App Lock – require a password to access File Expert
  • File Shred – securely delete files so they cannot be recovered later
  • Convert Microsoft Office files to PDF
  • FTP access
  • Cloud storage integration (Dropbox, Google, OneDrive, and more)
  • Wireless printing
  • File compression and decompression (ZIP, RAR, 7z)
  • Built-in plain text editor
  • Chromecast support
  • Advanced download manager

There is much more to File Expert than could be fit into a single post and the above list is far from exhaustive.

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File Expert is a feature-filled file manager with Material Design, tabbed browsing, dark mode, and more [Sponsored Post] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Viridi, Project Fi

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 07:07 AM PDT

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. Project Fi

Project Fi by Google

App info: Project Fi is a new wireless experience from Google designed to help you get the highest-quality connection, enable easy communication across networks and devices, and make the service experience as simple as possible.

 

2. Expeditions

Expeditions

App info: Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world — get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space!

 

3. Smart Wallpapers

Smart Wallpapers

App info: With the Smart Wallpapers you will have lots of information at first glance or double tap. Live indicators show you information what you need on your device screen and this is a just beginning because we are planning to add a huge number of indicators.

 

4. Sprinkle Junior

Sprinkle Junior

App info: A water-physics based playground for young children to play with! The Junior version of Sprinkle lets kids splash an unlimited amount of water in a variety of fun and playful environments!

 

5. Viridi

Viridi

App info: Nurture a small pot of succulents that grow in real time. iridi is a safe haven, a place you can return to for a moment of peace and quiet whenever, and wherever you need it.

 

Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.


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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Viridi, Project Fi

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 06:44 AM PDT

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. Project Fi

Project Fi by Google

App info: Project Fi is a new wireless experience from Google designed to help you get the highest-quality connection, enable easy communication across networks and devices, and make the service experience as simple as possible.

 

2. Expeditions

Expeditions

App info: Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world — get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space!

 

3. Smart Wallpapers

Smart Wallpapers

App info: With the Smart Wallpapers you will have lots of information at first glance or double tap. Live indicators show you information what you need on your device screen and this is a just beginning because we are planning to add a huge number of indicators.

 

4. Sprinkle Junior

Sprinkle Junior

App info: A water-physics based playground for young children to play with! The Junior version of Sprinkle lets kids splash an unlimited amount of water in a variety of fun and playful environments!

 

5. Viridi

Viridi

App info: Nurture a small pot of succulents that grow in real time. iridi is a safe haven, a place you can return to for a moment of peace and quiet whenever, and wherever you need it.

 

Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.


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35 new and notable (and 2 WTF) Android games from the last 2 weeks (6/21/16 - 7/4/16)

Posted: 04 Jul 2016 07:42 PM PDT

Google Fit v1.57 will add group challenges, nutrition data, local rankings, target weight, and more [APK Teardown]

Posted: 04 Jul 2016 04:30 PM PDT

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Last week, a fairly major update to Google Fit came with a fresh coat of paint for the interface and a few important feature enhancements. It now supports multiple goals with more options, weight tracking, new metrics, and quite a bit more. It wasn't a complete overhaul, but it certainly looks and feels like a whole new app. But that's not the whole story, there's actually quite a bit more in this update that hasn't emerged yet.

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Google Fit v1.57 will add group challenges, nutrition data, local rankings, target weight, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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