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HTC’s and Google’s Nexus phones pass through the FCC

Posted: 15 Aug 2016 12:52 PM PDT

Over the weekend, images of what's believed to be one of the upcoming HTC-manufactured Nexus smartphones surfaced, showcasing what's believed to be the hardware design for the upcoming handsets.

Word on the street for some time has been that HTC would be making not one, but two new Nexus smartphones for Google this year, with the larger of the pair codenamed Sailfish and the other variant codenamed Marlin. Now, as discovered by Droid-Life, both handsets have made a pass through the FCC, signaling that their arrival is quickly nearing.

The FCC filings don't include a ton of information regarding the devices or specifications, but we do now appear to have confirmation that HTC is indeed manufacturing both handsets and that they are indeed Nexus smartphones.

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On top of that, the FCC filing does outline that both handsets will boast universal LTE support for the major carriers in the United States.

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The FCC filing also reveals the model numbers for both devices, G-2PW4100 and G-2PW2100, with the former believed to be the bigger "Marlin" variant and the latter being the smaller "Sailfish" option.

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The FCC filings don't divulge specs, but it does show that the handsets are certainly nearing a public launch. Are you looking forward to seeing what HTC brings to a Nexus smartphone after all these years?


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BlackBerry pushing QuadRooter patch to PRIV and DTEK50

Posted: 15 Aug 2016 12:52 PM PDT

It was just days ago that a minor panic swept through the Android world. Security company Check Point revealed four security vulnerabilities known as QuadRooter that impacted over 900 million devices using Qualcomm processors. This naturally caused a bit of a scare, but manufacturers quickly rushed to calm the concerned. While QuadRooter is serious, it likely won't affect any users that aren't already taking risky behaviors. The QuadRooter vulnerabilities are accessed by downloading malicious apps from third-party sources outside of the Play Store.

With the August security update for Marshmallow, Google has already patched three of the four vulnerabilities, with the fourth being fixed in the near future.

BlackBerry isn't waiting around, though. The company has already pushed the August security update out to the PRIV and DTEK50. Today, BlackBerry is pushing out a patch that fixes the remaining vulnerability. This patch is rolling out to BlackBerry-sold PRIV and DTEK50 devices today, with the carrier models receiving the update later this week.

One of BlackBerry's main selling points is the security of its devices, even when they're powered by Android. By fixing this vulnerability even before Google, BlackBerry is firming up its strength in security and giving its customers greater peace of mind about their devices.


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[Deal Alert] True Skate is available for £0.10 / €0.10 in many countries (no US)

Posted: 15 Aug 2016 12:16 PM PDT

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The Tony Hawk series might be the King of skateboarding games, but that doesn't mean there can't be other viable contenders for the title. True Skate, currently available for $0.10 in many countries (but not in the US), is one such game, and by the looks of it does a damn good job.

True Skate is the official 'Street League Skateboarding' video game, which a bit of Googling tells me is an international competitive skateboarding series.

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[Deal Alert] True Skate is available for £0.10 / €0.10 in many countries (no US) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Kyocera’s rugged DuraForce PRO is heading to AT&T

Posted: 15 Aug 2016 10:04 AM PDT

Less than a week ago, Kyocera officially introduced their newest rugged Android-based smartphone, the DuraForce PRO, and now AT&T's hot on their heels with its own launch announcement.

Kyocera didn't confirm which carriers it would grace with its presence, but AT&T has cleared that up, saying today that they plan on carrying the DuraForce PRO at some point in the future. That's right, AT&T isn't announcing a specific launch date just yet, but this is a start for anyone that's interested in a new rugged phone.

AT&T will reveal the launch date and price for the handset "at a later date."

Here's a refresher for the specs: 5-inch 1080p HD display, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a pair of front-facing speakers, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage. There's a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel shooter on the other side. The battery is measured in at 3240mAh, and it's removable, too. Finally, the DuraForce PRO features a Military Standard 810G rating, which means it can withstand a whole host of terrible situations, like extreme heat, vibration, shock, and more.

Are you considering the Kyocera DuraForce PRO?


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Google releases new ad that highlights Photos' auto backup capabilities

Posted: 15 Aug 2016 08:44 AM PDT

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About a week ago, Google released an advertisement about how Google Photos would prevent us from missing the important moments with its "Free up space" feature. The commercial was a big hit - it had to be, considering it was played before videos on YouTube and it aired during the Olympics. For some extra Photos publicity, Google's official Instagram page also released a short video with a generic slab of a phone (with an iOS prompt, mind you) that some crazies thought was an unreleased HTC Nexus. Now, Google has released another ad for Google Photos.

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Google releases new ad that highlights Photos' auto backup capabilities was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: CalcTape, VOLO

Posted: 15 Aug 2016 06:03 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 . OneView Calendar

OneView Calendar

App info: 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.

 

2. CalcTape

CalcTape

App info: Calculate. Comment. Correct. CalcTape makes the arithmetic process visible – you can do multiple calculations and subsequently correct or change all numbers and operations.

 

3. FAST Speed Test

FAST Speed Test

App info: Use 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.

 

4. Quidgets

Quidgets

App info: Quidgets 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!

 

5. VOLO

VOLO

App info: Record your travels with VOLO. Starting with preparations to when you're on the plane, when you see the most amazing views, and even after you come back home

 

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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Appfour brings a video player to Android Wear, because YouTube and photo galleries aren't enough entertainment for your wrist

Posted: 15 Aug 2016 05:59 AM PDT

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Appfour likes a challenge when it comes to making apps for Android Wear. Try to think of an app that you can imagine very little use for on a tiny watch screen, and Appfour has probably already made it: browser, Gmail client, YouTube Player, messaging, PDF and Drive viewer, Calendar, and more have been developed by the team who continues to cater to the demands of a very niche section of Wear users.

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Appfour brings a video player to Android Wear, because YouTube and photo galleries aren't enough entertainment for your wrist was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Rotating video in Google Photos returns after long hiatus

Posted: 15 Aug 2016 05:14 AM PDT

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It has been often said that when Google redesigns a product, features are often removed. A good example of this would be the material Google Maps release, where a lot of 'classic' features of Maps were absent. Said features do, however, get added back in, and today one returns to Google Photos after being left out of the Google+ Photos split: rotating video.

As of version 1.25 (we can't find it on any version earlier than that, although it may exist) the ability to rotate a video at 90° intervals is a feature in Google Photos.

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Rotating video in Google Photos returns after long hiatus was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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HTC’s and Google’s Nexus Sailfish shown off in leaked photos

Posted: 14 Aug 2016 04:49 PM PDT

Word on the street is that HTC is putting together two Nexus smartphones this year. One of them is said to be codenamed "Sailfish," and now, images of what appears to be the device have surfaced.

The photos here look quite similar to the renders of the handset that have cropped up recently, so it's looking more likely that this will be the design HTC goes with this year. We can see that the Sailfish appears to have a design that's mostly metal, save for the the glass section on the back. That's where future owners will find the fingerprint sensor as well as the rear camera housing. There's a single antenna band located near the bottom edge.

There isn't a "G" logo on the back of these images, but it's expected that the retail units will indeed have "G" branding.

Rumors have it that there will be an aluminum variant of the handset with a white front. It's also worth noting that the second Nexus smartphone, codenamed "Marlin" is said to have the same design as the Sailfish. So while we're only getting leaked photos of one, it's expected that both will look the same.

What do you think of the design of the Sailfish (and Marlin)?


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