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Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 flip phone revealed in new images

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 04:18 PM PDT

Samsung is still a fan of flip phones, so it's no surprise that the company apparently has another Android-powered device coming down the pipe.

According to images shared on the social network Weibo, Samsung is gearing up to launch a new Android flip phone. This new handset, the Galaxy Folder 2, will come in gold, and the leaked images give us a glimpse of what the handset will feature in terms of specs, too.

The Galaxy Folder 2 is expected to include a 3.8-inch touchscreen display, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor under the hood. It will have 2GB of RAM and 8GB of bulit-in storage, with a microSD card slot for good measure, and a battery that measures in at 2000mAh. The Galaxy Folder 2 will also feature an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 5-megapixel camera on the front, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box.


The Galaxy Folder 2 didn't reveal a launch date on the leaked images, though, but it will apparently cost around $250 whenever it does go on sale. It will probably only be available in China, too.

What do you think of the Galaxy Folder 2?

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Chainfire releases 'suhide', an experimental (and not officially supported) way to hide your root status on an app-by-app basis

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 04:17 PM PDT


Hiding your root status from apps that refuse to work when you are rooted—like Android Pay—is a cat and mouse game that enthusiasts have been losing lately. Chainfire, the developer who has become the main source of advances in rooting, announced today a new way to work around Android apps' ability to detect the root status of a device. The app, called suhide, works but comes with a number of caveats.

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Chainfire releases 'suhide', an experimental (and not officially supported) way to hide your root status on an app-by-app basis was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Upcoming Android Nougat Version Numbers Get Leaked

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 01:28 PM PDT


It looks like Nougat will be just like Android Lollipop, which had version numbers 5.0, 5.1 and 5.1.1.

According to Evan Blass, the next version of Android Nougat is going to be 7.1 which will then be followed by 7.1.1 and then 7.1.2. It's not clear what these versions will bring to the platform but expect them to contain various security and bug fixes as well as general performance and feature improvements.

It's also rumoured Allo and Google's new assistant will be featured in Android 7.1 and that's the version the upcoming Nexus phones will use.


The post Upcoming Android Nougat Version Numbers Get Leaked appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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[Update: Gameplay Video] Madfinger unveils Shadowgun Legends, an MMORPG shooter

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 01:01 PM PDT

Mobile gaming has been getting pretty intense in the last few years, due in no small part to increasingly powerful hardware available to shove into phones and tablets. Games like Clash of Clans and Hearthstone have served to push the mobile platform forward into general popularity, something that the rest of us gamers can appreciate. Hoping to take full advantage of what we have available now, developer Madfinger Games has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming addition to the Shadowgun franchise: Shadowgun Legends.

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[Update: Gameplay Video] Madfinger unveils Shadowgun Legends, an MMORPG shooter was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Fitbit adds Adventure challenges, a series of virtual exploration trails to help you move more

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 12:25 PM PDT


Fitbit just unveiled its two upcoming trackers, the Flex 2 and Charge 2, but there's more that the company is adding to its trackers' experience this week: Adventures.

Sitting inside the Challenges tab, there will be a new series of challenges to compete in, except these are personal ones that you can undertake at your own pace and with a lot more to gain than just bragging rights against your friends. Adventures are virtual experiences through known landmarks, with 180-degree views, hidden treasures, and mini challenges that you can follow for several days.

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Fitbit adds Adventure challenges, a series of virtual exploration trails to help you move more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Verizon LTE Advanced rolling out in 461 cities with faster peak download speeds

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 12:04 PM PDT

Verizon Wireless has officially announced that it is rolling out LTE Advanced to 461 cities across the United States.

With LTE Advanced, customer peak download speeds will see a sharp increase. Specifically, peak download speeds can be up to 50 percent faster thanks to carrier aggregation. To make it work, Verizon is combining its 700MHz, AWS and PCS spectrum, using either two- or three-carrier aggregation to boost peak download speeds.

For Verizon Wireless subscribers, this means peak download speeds are rocketing up. Right now, Verizon's LTE network offers speeds between 5 and 12Mbps. With LTE Advanced two-carrier aggregation, those speeds can jump up to 225Mbps, and with three-carrier aggregation, speeds up to 300Mbps can be attained.

As far as device support is concerned, many different handsets already work with LTE Advanced. That includes the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, the LG G5, and Samsung's Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, and Galaxy Note7. Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are supported, too. The full list consists of 39 devices, so go right here to check it out and find yours on it. The full list of 461 supported cities can be found right here.

Faster speeds will probably be welcomed by most Verizon customers, and with an expansive initial rollout like this, the arrival of Verizon's LTE Advanced is a nice surprise.

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: LOST MAZE, Notion

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 11:15 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 . Navbar Apps

Navbar Apps

App info: Tired of your boring Navigation Bar? Make it awesome! Turn it blue, make it red – anything you want. Select cool image as background or match color automatically to fit it to running app.


2. Samsung Notes

Samsung Notes

App info: With Samsung Notes, you can create notes containing texts, images with footnotes, voice recordings, and music. Moreover, you can share your notes easily to SNS.


3. Notion

Notion - Thoughtful Email

App info: Notion is the first-ever intelligence layer for your email. It filters, highlights, and prompts you to focus on what matters most. Notion brings your inbox into focus by learning from how you use email.


4. Samsung Connect Auto

Samsung Connect Auto

App info: It allows you to monitor your car remotely, drive safer and more efficiently, save money with fuel and vehicle health reports, go on-line from multiple devices using built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and LTE connectivity. This app requires Samsung Connect Auto device (OBD-II).




App info: A girl named Misty lived in the maze, but the darkness from deep inside the maze has swallowed all the happiness of memory. She is forced to take on an adventure that nothing is sure, only you can lead her the way 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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Nine 3.0 adds Calendar, Exchange ActiveSync, drafts, and quick responses to its popular Outlook client

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 10:47 AM PDT


If you're an Outlook user, odds are you've downloaded the Outlook app on your Android phone or you've considered Nine as a capable third-party alternative. We first looked at it more than two years ago and found it to be an attractive if limited app with plenty of interesting features.

Nine has evolved a lot since its release and has now reached version 3.0.0. In it, the app gains a lot of important additions for any Outlook or Exchange user.

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Nine 3.0 adds Calendar, Exchange ActiveSync, drafts, and quick responses to its popular Outlook client was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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New Google Crowdsource app asks you to help with translation and text transcription a few seconds at a time

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 10:47 AM PDT

1Do you have 5-10 seconds to spare? Google would like you to spend that time getting something done in its new Crowdsource app. You can apply your human sensibilities to translation and text transcription, and in return you get a sense of satisfaction. Yep, that's it.

The tasks available in Crowdsource depend on the language or languages you are fluent in. If you only speak one, you can help with image transcription and handwriting recognition.

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New Google Crowdsource app asks you to help with translation and text transcription a few seconds at a time was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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SuperSU 2.77 beta available for Note7, but there are caveats

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 10:15 AM PDT


Android developer extraordinaire Chainfire has worked his magic again, releasing a new beta of SuperSU with support for the Galaxy Note7. There are a few caveats though, mostly due to new Samsung security measures inherent in the kernel, stopping Chainfire from using his usual exploits and instead having to apply workarounds.

In short, Chainfire says that Samsung has applied new built-in protection methods directly to the kernel. Any time a 'privileged' process that has a uid/gid value equal to or below 1000, it causes the device to kernel panic, meaning it immediately reboots.

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SuperSU 2.77 beta available for Note7, but there are caveats was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Announcing Open Registration and Exhibitors for Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco, Sept. 24

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 10:10 AM PDT

Posted by Jamil Moledina, Google Play, Games Strategic Lead

To celebrate the art of the latest innovative indie games, we're hosting the first Google Play Indie Games Festival in North America on September 24th in San Francisco. At the festival, Android fans and gamers will have a unique opportunity to play new and unreleased indie games from some of the most innovative developers in the US and Canada, as well as vote for their favorite ones.

Registration is now open and the event is free for everyone to enjoy.

We're also excited to announce the games selected to exhibit and compete at the event. From over 200 submissions, we carefully picked 30 games that promise the most fun and engaging experiences to attendees. Fans will have a chance to play a variety of indie games not yet available publicly.

Check out the full list of games selected here and below.

Fans will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite games at the festival, along with an authoritative panel of judges from Google Play and the game industry. They include:

  • Ron Carmel, Co-founder of Indie Fund; co-creator of World of Goo
  • Hyunse Chang, Business Development Manager at Google Play
  • Lina Chen, Co-founder & CEO of Nix Hydra
  • David Edery, CEO of Spry Fox
  • Maria Essig, Partner Manager, Indies at Google Play
  • Noah Falstein, Chief Game Designer at Google
  • Dan Fiden, Chief Strategy Officer of Funplus
  • Emily Greer, CEO of Kongregate
  • Alex Lee, Producer, Program Manager, Daydream & Project Tango at Google
  • Jordan Maron, Gamer and independent YouTuber "CaptainSparklez"

We are also thrilled to announce that veteran game designer and professor Richard Lemarchand will be the emcee for the event. He was lead designer at Crystal Dynamics and Naughty Dog, and is now Associate Chair and Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, Interactive Media and Games Division.

The winning developers will receive prizes, such Google Cloud credits, NVIDIA SHIELD Android TVs and K1 tablets, Razer Forge TV bundles, and more, to recognize their efforts.

Join us for an exciting opportunity to connect with fellow game fans, get inspired, and celebrate the art of indie games. Learn more about the event on the event website.

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HTC rumored to announce One A9s at IFA 2016

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 10:04 AM PDT

HTC made the One A9 official in October of last year, and while the company made waves recently when it confirmed the One A9 wouldn't be updated to the newest version of Android within 15 days of Nexus handsets, that's not stopping HTC from prepping a successor.

According to VentureBeat, HTC plans on calling the new device the "One A9s" which, as noted in the original report, seems to emulate Apple's naming scheme as much as the One A9 seems to emulate the design of the iPhone 6. Of course, this is all speculation at this point since the device isn't official, so anything could change between now and when the One A9′s successor is announced.

Today's report goes on to claim that the One A9s will boast a near-identical design to its predecessor, with the exception of changes to the placement of the camera and flash on the back. The new device will apparently come in black, a bluish-silver, white, and gold color options.

HTC will allegedly unveil the One A9s on September 1, so we don't have long to wait to see how the A9s compares to its predecessor and the competition.

Did you buy a One A9? Would you consider upgrading to the One A9s?

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BLU Pure XR now official with 16MP camera, 5.5-inch HD display, and more

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 10:04 AM PDT

Earlier this month, BLU took to its official Facebook page to tease an upcoming flagship smartphone. The company confirmed it would be unveiled on August 29, and sure enough, BLU stuck to its word.

The BLU Pure XR is now official and it offers quite a few noteworthy features but also keeps the price tag to a minimum. First up, the 5.5-inch 1080p HD Super AMOLED display boasts an "Advanced 3D Touch display to Select, Preview, and Open," which appears to work quite similarly to Apple's own 3D Touch feature. Under the hood the Pure XR features a MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor.


On the back, the PURE XR features a 16MP camera with phase detection autofocus, LED flash, and Laser Focus. Around the front there is an 8MP wide-angle front-facing camera. There's a fingerprint sensor underneath the display which will not only secure the device, but also securely lock down files as well. The PURE XR also boasts Dolby Surround Sound technology.


The new Pure XR is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and it's unlocked, so will connect to GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile. It boasts 4GB of RAM and offers 64GB of built-in storage, with a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 64GB. The battery is of the non-removable 3000mAh variety. The Pure XR comes in Gold and Grey colors.

The BLU Pure XR is available right now on Amazon with a price tag of $299.99. Do you plan on picking one up?

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T-Mobile unveils One Plus add-on with unlimited HD video and high-speed mobile hotspot

Posted: 29 Aug 2016 08:09 AM PDT

Earlier this month, T-Mobile officially announced its T-Mobile One plan, which offers unlimited high-speed data, text, and minutes, but with a few caveats. The plan didn't go over well with the general populace, though, so the Un-carrier is making some changes.

T-Mobile is shaking up its standard One plan and introducing a One Plus add-on as well. The standard T-Mobile One plan will now go up to 3G (512kbps) speeds for unlimited mobile hotspot.

The other change for the One plan focuses on HD video. Previously, customers would have to pay an additional $25 per month if they wanted to watch it while connected to the network. Now T-Mobile will offer what it's calling HD Day Passes. They'll cost $3 for 24 hours of access to unlimited HD streaming. The HD Day Passes will be available beginning in October.

T-Mobile One was previously scheduled to go live on September 6, but the Un-carrier has now confirmed it will launch on September 1.

And then there's T-Mobile One Plus. This One Plus add-on replaces the $25 HD video and $15 mobile hotspot packages that were previously available. For $25 per month per line, T-Mobile One Plus subscribers get unlimited HD Day Passes. That means unlimited streaming of HD content while connected to the network, but subscribers will need to remember to actually activate their HD Day Pass if they want to access that content.

T-Mobile One Plus customers will also get unlimited 4G LTE mobile hotspot usage and data speeds up to 256kbps while they are roaming internationally, the latter of which is an increase from the 128kbps roaming offered by the standard T-Mobile One plan.

It's probably worth noting that T-Mobile's $95 Simple Choice Unlimited is still available, but only until September 1. So if you've been thinking about switching to the Un-carrier but these new plans don't sound appealing, you still have time to grab onto the old plan.

What do you think of HD Day Passes?

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