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Huawei partners with Truecaller, will pre-install caller ID app on Honor 8 and more

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 03:13 PM PDT

Truecaller is growing more and more popular, revealing recently that it's passed 90 million monthly active users and over 250 million downloads. And, of course, it partnered with Cyanogen last year.

Now Truecaller has another partnership, and it's even bigger. Huawei has partnered with Truecaller and plans to pre-install the app on the Honor 8 and future devices sold in the U.S., Middle East, North Africa, South East Asia and India.

Apparently the deal doesn't involve any money changing hands. Instead, the two companies just agreed on to form a mutually beneficial partnership. And Truecaller is a great app, so it's gonna benefit the consumers too.

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Samsung Rewards cards in Samsung Pay being rejected

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 03:13 PM PDT

If you received a Samsung Rewards card for signing up for Samsung Pay, it seems like it is having problems for the past couple of days. People are reporting that the card is getting declined when trying to pay for things.

The Samsung Rewards card is managed by Citibank, and the bank says it's working with Samsung to fix the widespread issue. So if you still have your Samsung Rewards card in Samsung Pay, expect issues if you decide to use it.

Thanks Bart!

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Google Wallet updated to automatically transfer incoming money to your bank

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 02:05 PM PDT

Google Wallet may have been separated from Android Pay for NFC mobile payments, but it's still a useful app for easily transferring money to others.

A new update to the Google Wallet app will now automatically transfer incoming funds to your debit card or bank account rather than leaving them in your account to be manually transfer. Since there isn't much reason to have money in your Google Wallet account, this is definitely a big improvement.

Unfortunately, the feature may not actually go live until next week, even if you get the update now. The update also has bug fixes and visual improvements, so head to the Play Store and check for updates!

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Google adds Tic-Tac-Toe and Solitaire to Google Search

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 02:05 PM PDT

If you're in the mood for a quick and simple game, rather than hitting up the Play Store give Google Search a try. The company has added both Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe to search, both on desktop and in the mobile Google Search app.

If you want to play either, just search "solitaire" or "tic tac toe" and you'll be able to play the game. Tic-Tac-Toe may be overly simple, but Solitaire is an addicting classic one could play for hours.

Google search Tic-Tac-Toe

A few other small additions to search include searching "flip a coin" to get a random coin toss result and asking what sound animals make for animal noises.

Google is constantly adding fun little things to Search, and this is just the latest addition. Thanks, Google, for making a search engine fun.

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: TED, Nike+ Run Club

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 12:07 PM PDT

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We've found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we're going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we'll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Google Drive - Version 2.4.311

Google Drive

What's new in this version:

  • Easily upgrade your storage plan in-app
  • Add homescreen shortcuts to your favorite files
  • Receive comment notifications
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes


30 Day Fit Challenge Workout - Version 1.0.7

30 Day Fit Challenge Workout

What's new in this version:

  • Support Russian, Turkish, German, French, Japanese, Indonesian, Italian, and Spanish
  • Make the challenges more suitable for users
  • Bugs fixed


PayPal - Version 6.5.1


What's new in this version:

  • Fingerprint login supported for more phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S7, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P (Android Marshmallow and above)
  • Sleeker send and request money experience with animated transitions
  • Performance improvements


Prisma - Version 1.1.0


What's new in this version:

  • We've made Prisma faster. Happy artwork making!
  • Introducing charity styles!
  • 'Philanthropic' styles are now available to Prisma users who can choose to not only have "a love" filter that is probably the most beautiful, but also to donate $1 to an Elbi charity.


Nike+ Run Club - Version 2.0.3


What's new in this version:

  • The Nike+ Running app is now the Nike+ Run Club app with a fresh, new & improved look.
    - Coaching plans now adapt to your schedule and progress.
    - More fun and personal post-run sharing than ever.
    - Compare and compete with your friends by hash-tagging runs.


Polarr Photo Editor - Version 2.4.0


What's new in this version:

  • "1) We added a smart auto-enhancement button in Polarr! Try out the Auto-enhance button and see how Polarr make light adjustments for you.
    2) New icon and permission settings
    3) Fixed bug related to scanning and saving filters."


SwiftKey Beta - Version

SwiftKey Beta What's new in this version:

  • Sync service fixed
  • Number, email and other predictions containing '@' are turned back on. All previously learned number, email and @ predictions have been deleted but can now be relearned
  • Android N emoji are now supported
  • Diverse emoji now available. Long press select emoji to modify their skin tone


Twitch - Version 4.11.1


What's new in this version:

  • Couch potatoes rejoice! Twitch comes to Android TV.
  • Channel Feed Comments
  • Enhanced search functionality


TED - Version 3.0.3


What's new in this version:

  • Optimized video quality and speed
  • Chromecast improvements
  • More intuitive full screen mode
  • Enable background playback from Settings
  • Change app language from Settings
  • Many other bug fixes


Pokemon GO - Version 0.35.0

Pokemon GO

What's new in this version:

  • Implemented Pokémon Appraisal: Trainers will now be able to learn about a Pokémon's attack and defense capabilities from their Team Leader (Candela, Blanche, or Spark) to determine which of their Pokémon have the most potential for battle.
  • Fixed a bug that kept defeated Pokémon at 1HP; these Pokémon will now return as fainted Pokémon. We're working on rebalancing the training battle, stay tuned.
  • Minor bot fixes



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LG’s Upcoming V20 Smartphone Leaked Again

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 11:22 AM PDT


Both LG and Google have confirmed the existence of the LG V20 and it is set to be the first phone shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. While the phone's renders have been leaked in the past, pictures of the actual phone have appeared online.

Evan Blass posted a picture of the LG V20 and it further solidifies the previous reports and rumours that came up from the renders. First off, the phone will indeed come with its exclusive secondary screen above the main display, although the dual front facing camera is not here. The bezels themselves seem quite thin and knowing LG, they always have something up their sleeves.


This time they claim that the V20 will offer "the best video and audio experience" as it comes with a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad digital to analog converter and also a dual rear camera just like its LG G5 brother.

Stay tuned as we head closer towards the September 6th launch date.


The post LG's Upcoming V20 Smartphone Leaked Again appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Sony Xperia X Compact Phone Gets Leaked Before IFA 2016

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 11:16 AM PDT


Sony has had a long history of releasing smaller version of its flagship smartphones with almost as good specs and the Xperia X Compact is no exception.

Evan Blass has just leaked an image of the upcoming Xperia X Compact phone and it looks just as you'd expect it to look: a smaller version of the Xperia X.

The phone is set to come with a Snapdragon 820 with 3GB of RAM, 4.6-inch display, powered by a 2,700 mAh battery. It will also feature a USB Type-C port with fast charging capabilities.

Next in line, the Xperia XZ is rumored to include a similar quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood, coupled with 4GB of RAM.

Sony is expected to reveal the Xperia X Compact and the XR during IFA 2016 on September 1st.

[Evan Blass]

The post Sony Xperia X Compact Phone Gets Leaked Before IFA 2016 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Google shutting down Device Assist effective immediately

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 10:08 AM PDT

Way back in 2014, Google launched an app named Device Assist which was designed to help Android One and Nexus owners. It probably helped at least a few people out there, but now it's coming to an end.

Android Police reports that, effective immediately, Device Assist is being shut down. Users that try to access the app are being notified with a "Detected Issues" card, which then unceremoniously tells the user that Device Assist is shutting down. Instead, Google is directing Android users to check out a dedicated website with tips and tricks on it.

The app, which used to be available in the Play Store, is no longer present. However, if you've downloaded it before you can still find it that way if you really want to. If you still have the app installed on your device, it should still function for now, but Google isn't planning on adding any additional tips.

Did you ever use Device Assist?

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Sprint offers high-speed video and music streaming with Unlimited Freedom Premium

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 09:07 AM PDT

It's been one week since Sprint officially launched its new Unlimited Freedom plan, which introduced truly unlimited talk, text, and data every month, but with some caveats. The standard Unlimited Freedom plan sacrifices high-definition video content and caps streamed music and video games. Apparently Sprint was listening to feedback, though, because the Now Network has a brand new plan to accommodate those who want HD content with their unlimited data.

The new plan is Unlimited Freedom Premium, and as the name suggests, subscribers will pay a premium for unlimited high-speed video, music, and games. Specifically, Unlimited Freedom Premium subscribers can stream unlimited HD video (up to 1080p+), music (up to 1.5Mbps), and games (up to 8Mbps). The plan also includes unlimited talk, text, and high-speed data.

As a refresher, the standard Unlimited Freedom plan (which is still available, and can be mixed-and-matched with the Unlimited Freedom Premium plan on a family account) caps video at 480p, music at 500kbps, and games at 2Mbps.

Pricing for Unlimited Freedom Premium is $20 more per month per line than what the standard Unlimited Freedom plan costs. That means the first line is $80 per month, and customers can get two lines for $140 per month. Sprint says that for a limited time, anyone who signs up for Unlimited Freedom Premium can get it free through October 31, 2016.

What do you think of Sprint's new Unlimited Freedom Premium option? Do you plan on signing up?

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Rescue strategy game EMERGENCY goes free on Android

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 08:21 AM PDT


EMERGENCY came to Android more than 3 years ago in March of 2013. Back then, the Xperia Z was the hottest phone on the block, the Galaxy S4 was starting its pre-orders, and Holo was the coolest design language we could imagine. But EMERGENCY was rather well received thanks to its replay value. With 13 disaster scenarios and 18 units under your command, you could manage your resources differently to try to save as much lives and fight as many terrorists as you could, and thus control the situation better and faster.

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Rescue strategy game EMERGENCY goes free on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Nice Bing Search update adds videos and lyrics for music search, video previews, and other improvements

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 07:51 AM PDT


God bless its heart, Microsoft is trying hard to keep its apps updated and interesting on Android. Some of them are quite popular (50M downloads and above) while others like Bing Search are... hanging on. But that's not for lack of effort.

In the latest Bing update, there are quite a few nice video features being sprinkled in. You can preview videos inline (with sound off) in the search results. You can also tap videos after doing a music search to play them synchronously with the lyrics.

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Nice Bing Search update adds videos and lyrics for music search, video previews, and other improvements was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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myAT&T app adds fingerprint login for supported devices, plus AT&T THANKS program

Posted: 26 Aug 2016 07:06 AM PDT


You asked and they answered: AT&T has finally added fingerprint support to its myAT&T app, providing an extra layer of security to your mobile phone, landline, or internet billing app. This will only work if your myAT&T password is saved, however; as is normal, fingerprint access can be turned on or off in the app's settings at any time.

  • We've listened to your feedback. You can now use your fingerprint scanner as an extra layer of security for the myAT&T app (supported devices only).
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myAT&T app adds fingerprint login for supported devices, plus AT&T THANKS program was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Remote for Google Play Music Desktop Player controls Play Music on your computer

Posted: 25 Aug 2016 03:53 PM PDT


I've long dreamt of a way to control Play Music on my desktop with my phone. It's one of those things I'd basically given up on, until I found out about Desktop Remote, for Google Play Music. It uses a "wrapped" web Play Music interface so your phone can control the music playing on your desktop PC.

I've been using this today and I can say it works really well. Much like Radiant Player for macOS or the official Chrome extension, it controls the function keys so the play/pause/skip buttons work for Play Music.

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Remote for Google Play Music Desktop Player controls Play Music on your computer was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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CrossOver for Android runs Windows programs on x86 Android tablets and Chromebooks

Posted: 25 Aug 2016 03:53 PM PDT


If you have ever used Linux, Mac, or another *nix operating system, you've probably heard of Wine. No, not the beverage - it's software that allows Windows programs to run on platforms that aren't Windows. Wine is one of my favorite open-source projects, under development since 1993 and having a massive community of developers and testers. Wine also maintains a database of compatible programs, which should give you an idea of the impressive compatibility.

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CrossOver for Android runs Windows programs on x86 Android tablets and Chromebooks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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