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ASUS’ Upcoming ZenWatch 3 Will Feature Circular Display

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 02:15 PM PDT

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ASUS has been in the smartwatch business for quite some time and now it looks like the company is preparing to release their first circular smartwatch.

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The original ZenWatch and ZenWatch 2 featured a rectangular display which worked for some, but not all. With the release of the various circular smartwatches like the various LG Gear watches, Moto 360, and Huawei Watch, the ZenWatch 3 will also finally come with a circular display, according to a recent FCC filing. Specs for the watch aren't all that interesting but they are as follows:

  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHZ)
  • 5V 2 amp charger
  • Stainless steel back

The ZenWatch 3 will launch during IFA 2016 in September.

[AusDroid]

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IFTTT integration is now appearing directly inside apps

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 02:10 PM PDT

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When this does this, that should that. To tell IFTTT to make this happen, you have to log into your account on the website or fire up the Android app. Now you will start seeing another choice. IFTTT is working with partners to bake integration into other apps.

This support lets apps such as Automatic (which I reviewed a couple years back), Foobot or Qapital access your IFTTT account and activate potential recipes.

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IFTTT integration is now appearing directly inside apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Play Developer Console app gains review notifications and filters, staged rollout controls, and more [APK Download]

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 01:51 PM PDT

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The Google Play Developer Console app isn't a piece of software most of us will use. It's aimed at the folks who make the apps the rest of us download, not the other way around. But more than a few of you are developers, so you might want to check out the latest version of the app. The update brings new ways for you to find what the rest of us feel about the stuff you make.

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Google Play Developer Console app gains review notifications and filters, staged rollout controls, and more [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Championship Manager 17 returns for another free-to-play go around the soccer field

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 12:47 PM PDT

champ manAnother year, another round of soccer manager games. The first up for Android this fall is Square-Enix's franchise Championship Manager, or as it's more entertainingly known to players, "Champ Man." This one is named 17, because that's one more than the year we're in right now. As is tradition.

I'd be lying if I said that I can see the appeal of Championship Manager. To me it's basically a series of roleplaying spreadsheets that represent athletes instead of adventurers.

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Championship Manager 17 returns for another free-to-play go around the soccer field was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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New features for reviews and experiments in Google Play Developer Console app

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 12:33 PM PDT

Posted by Kobi Glick, Google Play team

With over one million apps published through the Google Play Developer Console, we know how important it is to publish with confidence, acquire users, learn about them, and manage your business. Whether reacting to a critical performance issue or responding to a negative review, checking on your apps when and where you need to is invaluable.

The Google Play Developer Console app, launched in May, has already helped thousands of developers stay informed of crucial business updates on the go.

We're excited to tell you about new features, available today:

Receive notifications about new reviews

Use filters to find the reviews you want

Review and apply store listing experiment results

Increase the percent of a staged rollout or halt a bad staged rollout

Download the Developer Console app on Google Play and stay on top of your apps and games, wherever you are! Also, get the Playbook for Developers app to stay up-to-date with more features and best practices that will help you grow a successful business on Google Play.


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Gmail is getting new security warnings starting this week

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 11:23 AM PDT

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Email scams are as old as email itself, but Google is doing its best to help you make smart decisions. Starting this week, Gmail users will see some new tools that identify potentially dangerous messages. There are two new features here, but only one is coming to Android.

On both Android and the web, messages that cannot be properly authenticated will be marked with a question mark icon. This will be shown in place of the sender's avatar, but messages that follow the SPF or DKIM protocol will show up normally.

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Gmail is getting new security warnings starting this week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Developer Story: Hole19 improves user retention with Android Wear

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 10:29 AM PDT

Posted by Lily Sheringham, Google Play team

Based in Lisbon, Portugal, Hole19 is a golfing app which assists golfers before, during, and after their golfing journey with GPS and a digital scorecard. The app connects the golfing community with shared statistics for performance and golf courses, and now has close to 1 million users across all platforms.

Watch Anthony Douglas, Founder & CEO, and Fábio Carballo, Head Android Developer, explain how Hole19 doubled its number of Android Wear users in 6 months, and improved user engagement and retention on the platform. Also, hear how they are using APIs and the latest Wear 2.0 features to connect users to their golfing data and improve the user experience.


Learn more how to get started with Android Wear and get the Playbook for Developers app to stay up-to-date with more features and best practices that will help you grow a successful business on Google Play.


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Reigns from Devolver Digital takes the Tinder approach to medieval kingdom management

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 10:24 AM PDT

image (5)Decisions are the essence of drama. You can have ten thousand explosions go off in every second of your story, but until someone decides what to do about them, nobody will care. The latest mobile game from prolific publisher Devolver Digital gets that: it's an odd mix between a card game and Tinder with a cartoon medieval setting. In Reigns, each tiny decision builds up a procedurally-generated story of your time spent as king.

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Reigns from Devolver Digital takes the Tinder approach to medieval kingdom management was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Kyocera intros the DuraForce PRO, a rugged phone with an action camera

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 10:08 AM PDT

Kyocera is a name that doesn't make many waves anymore. The company used to be well-known for creating unique smartphone designs, but when those didn't catch on, Kyocera found its niche with durable, ruggedized phones. The company's latest creation is the DuraForce PRO, which touts durability and a built-in wide angle action camera, saving customers from carrying around a GoPro or similar device. Let's check out some of the selling points.

  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • Octa-core Snapdragon processor (1.5GHz x 4, 1.2GHz by 4)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • Super Wide View Camera for action shots and videos
  • 5-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3240mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Android for Work and Enterprise Wi-Fi
  • IP68 certification (up to 30 minutes at 2 meters deep)
  • Military Standard 810G certification
  • Push-to-talk capability with dedicated button

The DuraForce PRO is packing better specs than we usually see in a ruggedized phone, and it also brings in some unique features. The wide angle action camera is the most notable, as it allows users to carry a single device, rather than multiple devices, when they're out adventuring. Kyocera also hasn't forgotten about their work market, with features like Android for Work and PTT aimed directly at companies who may source the DuraForce PRO for their employees.

Pricing information hasn't been released yet, but Kyocera has provided a broad release date of fall 2016. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available.


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ZTE allows Axon 7, Axon Pro owners to unlock bootloaders upon request

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 10:08 AM PDT

In its early years, Android was known for being the mobile OS for tinkerers and curious developers. With so much freedom granted, the ROM flashing scene became enormously popular, particularly as a result of stock Android's fledgling status at the time. Fast forward a few years and you'll find that stock Android is great on its own, while Android as a whole has grown at an exponential rate, making the world of custom ROM flashers much smaller.

There's still a world of enthusiasts out there, though, and some manufacturers haven't forgotten about them. ZTE's Axon 7 and Axon Pro are two devices that are geared towards enthusiasts and power users, but both come with locked bootloaders, which is a serious drawback for anyone interested in customizing their device. But customers raised their voices and made their displeasure known to ZTE. In response, ZTE has made the decision to unlock the bootloaders of the U.S. versions of these devices upon request.

Interested customers can go to the Z-community (ZTE's customer site that includes forums, blogs, etc.) and go to the Developer's Lounge subspace for the Axon 7. There, requests can be put in for unlocking the bootloader of a device. ZTE is also making a point of reminding customers that unlocking the bootloader will void their device warranty, and all flashing is done at the user's own risk.

For more information from ZTE, check out the source link below.


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Google Calculator update adds digit grouping, auto-hides overflow button and rad/deg indicator [APK Download]

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 09:00 AM PDT

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Updates to Google's default calculator app aren't usually a big deal, but this one is... okay, it's still not a big deal. However, it's interesting. This whole time, the calculator didn't have number grouping, which was weird. Now it does.

The update is still v7.0, but it's build 3129557 as opposed to 2933449. When you enter long numbers in the new version, you'll get comma in the proper places to break the number up.

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Google Calculator update adds digit grouping, auto-hides overflow button and rad/deg indicator [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Review: CalcTape

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 08:11 AM PDT

It is super handy to have a calculator app built into your phone and ready to go whenever the need arises. For most people, the stock calculator app on their device will be adequate for basic calculations and day-to-day sums but functionality is usually limited to the mathematic fundamentals.

A calculator app from a third party has to stand out and offer something truly unique in order to warrant its download. Not only does it have to take on other apps in the same category on Google Play, but it also has to compete with the generally sufficient, preinstalled app on the phone already.

schoettler Software aims to motivate users to switch to CalcTape, its "Paper Tape Calculator" app, by making the arithmetic process visible.

CalcTape screens 1

With its eponymous ticker tape-like design, CalcTape sets out for you the calculation for you to see to in the top half of the screen — called the Scratchpad. Unlike most calculator apps, you can see the calculation history and even tap to edit any figures entered incorrectly. The best part about this design is that the final value is updated in real-time as you make amendments making it really easy to ensure you get complicated calculations completed correctly.

Another added benefit of seeing the calculation as you go is that you can add text notes to the Scratchpad. Simply tap next to any value to add a label or note to refer back to, and easily switch between text and numerical input to get back on with your calculations.

The bottom half of the screen shows your number pad, as you may expect from an app of this kind. Although it may not reveal it at first glance, the keypad has some special features hidden within. With the Pro version of CalcTape, unlocked via an in-app purchase, the user can benefit from multiple keyboards that can be customised to suit their needs. Each button's size, position and function can be changed meaning you can create a custom keyboard that includes only the keys you need for your usage.

It is also possible to create a customer function button that can be programmed for a specific use case. Some preset examples include the addition and subtraction of tax, but you can create your own buttons for additions, subtractions, multiplications, divisions or percentage calculations. This is a really useful feature and makes completing common or specific calculations as easy as pressing one button once you have it set up.

There's also an easily accessible copy to clipboard function that makes it simple and easy to take figures out of the app for use in other places.

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While in the free version you can have your Scratchpad for ongoing calculations, the Pro version enables you to save calculations for later. This is something that sets CalcTape apart and enables you to keep a log of recent calculations for future reference or for an ongoing document of sums.

Where CalcTape succeeds in function, it lacks a little in form. The app's design is fairly bland — although I'm not sure of many calculator apps that have particularly exciting designs. There are a few ways to make the app your own by customizing font size and line colour or by using one of the few themes included, but the design itself is a little uninspiring and can feel overly complex in its menus — a few too many taps and long presses required to make changes. Fortunately, there is a user guide linked within the app's settings if you need guidance. CalcTape is also not a scientific calculator — by design — so look elsewhere if this is what you need.

If you are frustrated with the basic calculator app on your device and want an alternative way to manage your mobile mathematic matters, CalcTape is different enough to earn a try out. The ability to see your calculations, make edits on the fly and add notes to refer back to make CalcTape a unique offering. The, plus the customization options, the ability to save calculation documents and program your own function buttons give CalcTape some added control for mobile calculator power users.

Download CalcTape on Google Play for free and unlock the Pro version in-app for added features.


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Microsoft Translator adds alternative single-word translations and a key phrasebook for fifty languages

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 08:05 AM PDT

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Right on cue for those in Rio for the Olympics, Microsoft has released an update for its translator app, a few months after the previous update got ever closer to Google Translate. The new version, 2.30.112, includes the ability to change the voice used for reading out translation results, alternative translations for single words, and a phrasebook feature for fifty languages.


WHAT'S NEW
  • New option in Settings to change the voice that reads out translation results.
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Microsoft Translator adds alternative single-word translations and a key phrasebook for fifty languages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 06:17 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.

Nike+

NikePlusShopping Description: The latest products and events reserved for you, expert advice from the world's greatest athletes, and your own personal Nike shop.Product and Events Reserved for You. Sneakers – Reserved access to the latest sneakers you love. Events – Reserved spots at the best events Nike has to offer, from New York to Los Angeles.

 

Quidgets

Quidgets DescriptionQuidgets allows you to insert full-fledged widgets into your Quick Settings drawer on Android Nougat and above! Simply hit "Edit", drag the tile into the Quick Settings drawer, and tap it to set it up! It's that easy!

 

VOLO

VOLO DescriptionStarting with preparations to when you're on the plane, when you see the most amazing views, and even after you come back home. Keep your experiences and moments alive with words and photos, mark destinations that you want to remember – all offline.

 

OneView Calendar

OneView Calendar DescriptionOneView Calendar is a new innovative calendar app. You can use it alongside or instead of your standard calendar. OneView Calendar doesn't have a day view, week view, month view or an agenda view instead it replaces all of these views with one single view designed to perfection.

 

Disney Mix

Disney Mix DescriptionChat, share, and play like never before. Disney Mix is a social messaging app where friends can chat, share, and play in a whole new way! Get the latest and greatest news delivered straight to your Chat List from Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Movies, Radio Disney, and more!

 

Stitch It!

Stitch It DescriptionStitch It! allows you to create one seamless image of a text message conversation so that you can share it via WhatsApp, email, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, or anywhere else in the series of tubes that is the webernet machine.

 

E! Now

E Now DescriptionWant to watch your favorite E! shows anywhere at any time? E! Now is the app to do just that! Once you open the app, log in with your cable or satellite provider account to get the most out of E! Now and to gain access to full episodes of your favorite E! programming!

 

Sam's Club Scan & Go

Sams Club Scan & Go DescriptionSave time by scanning your items while you shop. You'll see a running total as you add items, so you know what's in your cart. Then you just check out and pay with the app, and your receipt appears on your phone.

 

FAST Speed Test

FAST Speed Test DescriptionUse the fast.com application to help you see how fast your internet connection is, whether on mobile or broadband, anywhere in the world. It is ad free with a streamlined design that is quick and easy to understand.

 

Dropbox Paper Beta

Dropbox Paper Beta DescriptionDropbox Paper helps fast-moving teams work together on docs, find important information, and stay in sync – even while on the go. Any updates, changes, or feedback you give will all be synced with your docs on paper.dropbox.com

 


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Google Analytics 3.2 adds landscape support and a handful of other improvements

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 05:09 AM PDT

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Analytics may not be one of Google's most widely used apps, but it's an invaluable tool for administrators, website or app developers, bloggers, and anyone else who makes things using computers and the World Wide Web. The new version, 3.2, adds in a few improvements, namely landscape support and speed gains across the board.

WHAT'S NEW

  • You can now turn your phone or tablet sideways with landscape support.
  • Scrolling through the app is now smoother and loads faster
  • The app now opens faster
  • Added several default segments you can now use.
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Google Analytics 3.2 adds landscape support and a handful of other improvements was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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SoundCloud's Go premium service arrives on Sonos

Posted: 10 Aug 2016 04:38 AM PDT

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Sonos, the company most famous for having a logo that can be read the same way upside down, now supports SoundCloud Go. This announcement comes a few weeks after Plex's Sonos compatibility announcement. For people less interested in logos, Sonos is perhaps best known for its multi-room speakers that allow you to play the same song or different songs in each room of your house (provided that you can afford that many, of course).

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SoundCloud's Go premium service arrives on Sonos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Fossil Q Wander and Q Marshal go up for pre-order August 12 for $295

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 05:14 PM PDT

If you've been excited for the upcoming Fossil Q Wander and Q Marshal, we have some good news for you. Fossil will open pre-orders for the two watches beginning August 12.

Both watches feature a 45mm case, microphone and speaker, interchangeable straps, and a magnetic charger. The difference between the two is that the Q Wander is a curved, elegant design while the Q Marshal is more rugged in aesthetics.

With Android Wear, you can expect the same features and app support as all the other Android Wear devices, along with compatibility with both Android and iOS. The watches start at $295 and they'll be released on August 29. How many of you are interested? Leave a comment!


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Samsung Could Stop Making Non-Edge Smartphones

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 04:40 PM PDT

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Samsung introduced their first mass market curved edge smartphone way back in 2014 with the Galaxy Note Edge and while it wasn't really all that successful, the company came back quite strong with the Galaxy S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy S7 Edge. Just last week they introduced their newest Note 7 smartphone in an edge only model. So are they going to phase out their non-edged smartphone lineup completely?

According to the Korean Herald, Koh Dong-jin, head of mobile technology at Samsung, stated in an interview during the Note 7 launch that they "…considered that it would make the edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup if the company can provide consumers differentiated user experience through software and user-friendly functions (for the curved screen)".

Obviously the customer base for a non-edged Samsung smartphone is quite huge so it will be interesting how that plays out when the company unveils the successor to the Galaxy S7 next year.

[The Korean Herald]

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