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Moto adds its file manager app to the Play Store for easy updates

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 04:31 PM PDT

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Motorola was the first major smartphone maker to start putting its stock apps in the Play Store. Before that, OEMs would only update those apps as part of an OTA update. It sounds positively barbaric by today's standards. Motorola isn't done yet, though. Just today it added its stock file manager to the Play Store. You won't see much in the way of improvements this time, but who knows what the future could bring?

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Google adding “In Apps” feature to search

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 04:15 PM PDT

Google Search is great for searching the internet, but searching one's own device is a bit tougher. With so many apps containing so much separate data, finding what you need is a challenge. Thankfully, Google is aiming to fix that.

The company is adding an In Apps tab to Google Search which will search through your apps to find certain info. You can search a contact's name and it will search through messaging apps, email apps, and more for the content you're looking for. This can also work for lists, media, and more.

App support is small at the moment but it will grow. Currently, only Gmail, Spotify and YouTube are compatible. But Evernote, Facebook Messenger, Glide, Google Keep, LinkedIn, and Todoist are going to be added in the coming months. 

The feature is available today and will only get better over time. The LG V20 will launch with a homescreen and second screen shortcut for In Apps and LG's pre-installed apps will support the feature.

I can definitely see some great uses for this feature, especially finding old messages in the sea of messaging apps that we use daily. What do you guys think of this new feature? Leave a comment!


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Qualcomm details Snapdragon 821 improvements

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 03:09 PM PDT

Qualcomm is the biggest player in the mobile processor game in many regions of the globe. Unfortunately, we Americans don't get much competition. That means we're bound to see a lot of the Snapdragon 821, Qualcomm's new flagship processor, and today the company detailed the improvements it made to the Snapdragon 821 over the 820 model.

The 821 chip is overall faster than its predecessor, with up to 10% faster CPU speeds and up to 5% faster GPU speeds. Thankfully, it also has a 5% power savings over the 820.

Qualcomm also says that the SD 821 supports the Snapdragon VR SDK and is compatible with Google Daydream. There are also improvements to autofocus, including dual PD and extended range for laser autofocus.

The first device to use the Snapdragon 821 will be the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe, but more manufacturers will soon start using it. It came a little too late for devices like the Galaxy Note 7, but we'll start seeing new devices with the SD 821 soon. Hopefully it remains competitive, as SoC choices are only growing.


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Moto Z Play official; accompanied by Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 02:33 PM PDT

Lenovo has officially announced its latest smartphone, the Moto Z Play (full review here), which joins the flagship Moto Z family with some unique features of its own. The Moto Z Play is being touted as the first smartphone specifically designed for Moto Mods, which is influenced by the device's 3510mAh battery that provides up to 50 hours of battery life. In addition to the massive size, the Moto Z Play also has Turbo Charging which can provide up to nine hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging.

Here's the rundown of specs:

  • 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display
  • 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage
  • 16-megapixel rear camera with laser and phase-detection autofocus
  • 5-megapixel wide angle front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Interestingly, the Moto Z Play uses a USB-C port for charging, but also resurrects the 3.5mm headphone jack, due to the slightly increased thickness from that extra-large battery. While we don't expect Lenovo to keep using the 3.5mm headphone jack on other Moto Z family members, it's interesting to see the company including it on just the Play.

The Moto Z Play is slated for a U.S. launch through Verizon and Motorola.com on September 8, with a price point of $408. The unlocked GSM version will launch in October for $449 in the US. That same model will launch in Europe in September for €499. Six color options of Black, Silver, Black Slate, White, Fine Gold and Sugar White will be offered.

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Alongside the Moto Z Play is the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod (full review here), which just received its official debut. This Mod gives the user access to 10x optical zoom and a Xenon flash, which are complemented by physical shutter and zoom controls. Additionally, users can shoot in RAW format and will have unlimited free storage at original quality for two years on Google Photos.

The Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod will launch in the U.S. on September 15 with pricing set at $250 through Verizon and $300 through Motorola.com. The global launch will take place throughout September and European pricing is set at €299.

What are your thoughts on these latest two devices from Lenovo?


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HTC teases something new arriving on September 20

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 02:33 PM PDT

With IFA 2016 about to kick off, we're just about ready for another busy season of smartphone releases. And HTC wants to make sure you start paying attention to what it has in store.

The company has launched a brand new teaser video which clocks in at only 20 seconds long and doesn't do much to actually show off whatever it is HTC has coming down the pipe. The safe bet is a new smartphone, but the teaser keeps the details hidden in shadow. We do get to see the curved top edge of what appears to be a phone, along with a pretty large camera housing on the back and a flash setup just under that.

The teaser says that "something" is coming on September 20. HTC has also included the hashtag #BeEdgier.

If we're placing bets, it would stand to reason that the new device on the way is the HTC Desire 10 Pro, a phone that's recently leaked and appears to look quite a bit similar to what HTC is teasing here, gold edges and all.


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Philips Hue is the first smart home device that works with Google OnHub

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 02:18 PM PDT

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The Google OnHub was launched one year ago with a lot of implicit promises about smart home functionality. We never saw any of that materialize, though the router has gotten more capable. Now there's finally some smart home integration happening in the form of a Philips Hue partnership. Oh hey, guess what still doesn't work. Yep, the USB port.

The Hue functionality is enabled by the latest version of the OnHub app, which you can get on APK Mirror.

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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and Classic now official with LTE, Samsung Pay, and more

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 12:03 PM PDT

Samsung's Gear S family has been growing at a steady rate ever since the first wearable made its way to wrists, and now there are two new additions to welcome.

Samsung has officially unveiled the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic variants. There's no Android Wear on these new devices, though, as Samsung has once again opted to use its own Tizen operating system. As far as other features go, the Gear S3 (both variants) includes a 1.3-inch 360×360 full color, always-on Super AMOLED round display. It also boasts a Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ panel, which is designed specifically for wearables.

The Gear S3 is a bit bigger than the Gear S2, measuring in at 46 x 49 x 12.9mm. Inside that case is a 1GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, and a battery that is measured in at 380mAh. According to Samsung, that means the Gear S3 will last up to four days on a single charge.

There's also a heart rate monitor on board and plenty of other sensors. The Gear S3 boasts LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, GPS/Glonass, a built-in speaker, and NFC and MST support so that Samsung Pay can be used as well for mobile payments. The Gear S3 is also IP68-rated, so it's resistant to water and dust.

Both variants include the rotating bezel introduced with the Gear S2. Gear S3 owners will be able to accept or reject calls as needed, and can even snooze an alarm right from their wrist. Both models also support 22m watch bands.

To get the Gear S3 to connect to your Android phone, it needs to support Android 4.4 or later and have 1.5GB of RAM or more.

Samsung isn't forthcoming about a release date or pricing for either Gear S3 model. However the U.S. press release confirms that the Gear S3 Frontier will launch later this year at AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile.

So, what do you think of the Gear S3?


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Lenovo Moto Z Play Droid edition review

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 12:03 PM PDT

We know you're probably sick of hearing about the Moto X every time a new model of Moto Z is introduced, but it's particularly relevant this time.

You see, when the Moto X was announced, it didn't have the most high-end specs or the most premium casing, but that didn't matter. The way the device felt in your hand and managed to keep up with day-to-day tasks was still better than some flagships at the time, and the price more than made up for any misgivings.

The Moto X was the perfect blend of performance and style, specs and pricing, something carried on by other entries into the Moto X series. The Moto Z and Z Force are not that phone. They are full-on, unabashedly high-end. The latest Moto G4 Plus picked up the torch, offering another killer experience for a fraction of what the normal flagship costs. But what if you want the best of both worlds? What if you want a more affordable handset that still performs well, looks good and can run Moto's innovative Moto Mods platform of accessories? Enter Moto Z Play.

For all the ways the Moto Z Play differs from the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, it's just the same. It mostly looks like a Moto Z and it mostly feels like a Moto Z, but there are some key differences set it apart. Some for the better, and well, read on more to find out.

Hardware

The Moto Z Play is fantastic little handset that fits right in with the current crop of mid-range devices available today:

  • 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display
  • Android Marshmallow
  • Snapdragon 625 with Adreno 506
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage
  • MicroSD expansion
  • 3510mAh battery with Turbo Charge
  • Water repellent coating
  • NFC
  • 16MP f/2.0 rear camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0LE
  • USB-C
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Fingerprint reader

There are a few eye-popping specs that should have you excited reading from this list alone.

First, yes, the Moto Z Play uses USB-C and has a 3.5mm headphone jack. For those of us who aren't entirely ready to dive headfirst into the future, this is a huge selling point.

Second, the Moto Z Play is a battery-efficient powerhouse, meant to go over two full days of mixed used. Not only does is include the biggest battery of the entire Moto Z lineup, it's powered by the energy-efficient Snapdragon 625 that's paired with a battery-sipping 1080p AMOLED display, as opposed to 1440p, for maximum battery life. You'll see how this all plays out as you read on, but suffice it to say that Moto nailed the balance of the Moto Z Play.

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Design and Build Quality

We couldn't praise the Moto Z enough for its ultra high-end design. Thankfully, the Moto Z Play is closely related in this regard.

The overall design is almost identical, with a minimally-branded glass face decorated with only a small, square fingerprint reader. The edges of the device are wrapped in a chamfered aluminum band, and the rear features a protruding camera that shares the aesthetic of the Moto 360 that's leveled flush with the body of the phone with a Style Mod is applied.

The only real difference here is the material the back is made out of, which is glass. Whether or not it feels better is subjective (we are torn), but it definitely looks better. The metal rear on the Z and Z Force are fingerprint magnets. The Moto Z Play, not so much.

Overall, the design and build quality of the Moto Z Play are fantastic. It's a little thick, but where else are you going to put that enormous battery? Just for comprehensive comparisons sake, the Moto Z Play feels more premium than last year's Moto X Pure Edition and the Moto G4, but maybe just a skosh below the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. Again, this is more likely to be a preference though.

Display

This section could have gone between good and neutral. Why? It's not that the 1080p AMOLED display on the Moto Z Play is bad. In fact, it's quite the opposite. But it's definitely not the best you can buy.

Good edges out neutral here for a few simple reasons. For one, do you really need much more than a display at 403ppi? It's incredibly crisp, and colors are still bright and vivid. And let's not forget the balancing act (balance is the word of the day in today's review) the Moto Z Play is pulling off here. Crank up the pixel density and you can crank down battery life and performance. Choose a brighter LCD panel, and you could say the same thing.

Moto made the right call with this display, and they deserve recognition for it.

Software

This section could be an exact repeat of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force review. As Droid edition devices, there is some annoying bloatware mucking up the Z family. But that's all on top of pretty-much-stock Android with some great Moto enhancements to boot, like gestures (really cool), custom launch phrases (like a best friend in your pocket) and Moto Display (the best part of Moto's custom software, honestly).

We've said it before and we'll say it again: you could do much worse. A non-carrier-branded Moto Z Play would be better, but compared to other phones on Verizon, the Moto Z Play is still good.

Performance

Remember what the word of the day is for today's review? That's right, balance. That's what all mid-range handsets are about, but it bears repeating time and again with the Moto Z Play becuase it's so wonderfully done.

In normal use, the Moto Z Play sings, no matter what you throw at it. The UI is slick, animations are buttery smooth and games load with little to no problem and with little to no lag. In everyday use, you'd be hard-pressed to tell the Moto Z Play wasn't a top of the line phone.

Out of curiosity, we benchmarked the Moto Z Play against a Nexus 6P and iPhone SE using Geek Bench 3. Here are the results:

Moto Z Play: Single – 917 / Multi – 4647
Nexus 6p: Single – 835 / Multi – 3300
iPhone SE: Single – 2525 / Multi – 4418

While numbers don't tell the whole story, in this case, we believe they accurately reflect real world use. In other words, you don't need to worry about performance with the Moto Z Play.

Camera

This is one area where we would be glad to see the Moto Z Play break way from the Moto Z and Z Force, but alas.

It's not that the Moto Z Play has a bad camera, it's more than serviceable. But it's still not the best you can buy. What does that mean today?

Photos you share on social media are going to look great. In fact, with only a little practice, every photo you take will look great. But if you're pixel peeping, you can see the difference between the Z Play and higher-end Android phones. Some people would argue that that means the Z Play really has a good camera, but we're sticking with average because we feel it is precisely that.

Performance on the camera was average as well. Most photos were captured perfect, quickly and on the first try, but not all. Though we don't know if any smartphone can really pull that off.

Enough talk, though, click the link below for the real story.

Moto Z Play photos

Battery

One of the biggest selling points of the Moto Z Play will undoubtedly be its massive battery life. Motorola claims you should be able to get 50 hours of mixed used, lasting you well over two days on a single charge.

Battery size-wise, it's merely on par with other high-end Android phones in 2016. But thanks to a lower screen density, power-sipping processor and energy-efficient AMOLED display, those claims stand up. Moto has battery life pretty well figured out. This was the case with the Moto Z Force, and the Moto Z Play has a slightly bigger battery.

This is all without even mentioning battery enhancements with Moto Mods and Moto's Turbo Charge. What we mean to say is, if you care about battery life, the Moto Z Play is deserving of your attention.

Lenovo Moto Z Play Droid edition9 / 10

The Moto Z Play from Lenovo is truly the culmination of years of work from the Moto team. It takes the performance to style balance of the Moto X and seamlessly combines it with the innovation of the Moto Z.

The Moto Z Play, unlocked and off-contract, customized and devoid of any Verizon bloat and branding, is a very strong competitor to anything currently on the market, and should even give whatever Nexus is in the pipeline a run for its money, too. Not only that, but true to history, the Moto Z Play is a worthy competitor at all budget levels as well. Because of this, we're not shy in saying it's the best entry in the Moto Z family. The best of all worlds.

If it's innovation, performance, design, battery life and price you want, it's Moto Z Play you want. It's as simple as that.

The Moto Z Play Droid edition goes up for preorder on September 8 with a September 15 release at Verizon for $408 off-contract. An unlocked U.S. GSM model of the Moto Z Play also launches September 8 for $449. It comes in Black Silver/Black Slate, White/Fine Gold/Sugar White.


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Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod review

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 12:03 PM PDT

Camera quality has come to be one of the most important aspects of modern smartphones. Point-and-shoot cameras are dead, as most phones are simply good enough not to need one. But there are still a few areas where smartphones lag behind.

The gap in depth of field and low light performance has been ever-shortening, but optical zoom is still a long ways off. That's not to say smartphone manufacturers haven't tried to come up with unique solutions to these shortcomings, though. Even the idea of strapping a beefy camera to the back of your phone isn't new, but Lenovo is trying something slightly different here with its Moto brand.

The Hasselblad True Zoom is a 12MP Hasselblad camera that magnetically connects to the back of any Moto Z device. Right off the bat, we can tell you this is both a good and a bad thing. But first, the technical specs:

  • 12MP with 1080p 30fps video capture
  • OIS and video EIS
  • f3.5-6.5 aperature
  • BSI CMOS 1/2.3-inch sensor
  • 1.55 um pixel size
  • 10x optical zoom
  • 4.5-45 mm (25-250mm 35mm equivalent) focal length
  • Xenon flash
  • RAW compatible

With that out of the way, let's start with the two bad things about the Hasselblad True Zoom before. First, it's big and heavy. It's powered by the battery in your phone, so that helps with weight, but it's still 145 grams, which practically doubles the weight of your phone. It also makes the phone more than twice as thick, so it's not very pocket-friendly.

The other bad thing also needs to be gotten out of the way up front: The Hasselblad True Zoom will not turn your Moto Z, Force or Play into a DSLR. Does it greatly improve camera quality? Absolutely. There's just only so much you can do with so little space. Moto and Hasselblad do very well with the True Zoom, but again, don't expect a miracle.

If you can live with those two things, you will love everything else about the True Zoom.

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Design-wise, the True Zoom feels fantastic. Cool gray metal and soft, textured rubber give the True Zoom a premium, high-end feel when nestled in your palms. There really is nothing like holding a real camera to take photographs. The zoom switch and shutter button both offer a satisfying, tactile experience that makes us nostalgic for cameras like the Canon S95.

We don't have any complaints about performance, either. Focus is fast enough, even at 10x optical zoom, and there isn't much lag between pressing the shutter button and capturing a photo. It is slower than a normal phone camera, but not horribly so.

Moto has also included a handful of software enhancements to the default camera app that activates when the True Zoom is attached to your phone, including RAW support and different scene modes like portrait and landscape.

Enough about the hardware and software, though, because all that really matters is how all this translates into photographs. We'll let the photos do the talking:

Click here to view photos taken with the True Zoom.

As you can see, quality is good. In many cases, it's even great. Colors are beautiful and deep, images are sharp and the optical zoom works very well. Just like with any point-and-shoot camera, high ISO still equals high noise. But low-light performance is still improved over the average smartphone.

Between the improved camera quality, design quality and the fact that the True Zoom's just plain fun to use, we think it's worth they money if you can afford it. Just don't put yourself out for one.

The Hasselblad True Zoom will be available September 15 for $249 and $299 from Verizon and Motorola, respectively.

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Acer announces three new Android smartphones

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 11:08 AM PDT

IFA 2016 kicks off in Germany in a couple of days, but Acer has gone ahead and announced not just one, but three new Android-based smartphones today.

Those new handsets are the Iconia Talk S, shown above, and Liquid Z6 and Liquid Z6 Plus. The big phone is the Iconia Talk S, which features a 7-inch 720p HD display. There is a quad-core processor under the hood, and a 13-megapixel camera around the back of the device. It boasts a pair of SIM slots, has 4G LTE connectivity, and it's running Android 6.0 Marshmallow under the hood. It will cost €169, or about $188, and it will ship in Europe, and the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) this September.

As for the other two, here's how they break down:

  • Liquid Z6 (pictured lower left) : 5-inch 1080p HD display, MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera, 8GB of built-in storage, 1GB of RAM, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It launches in November in EMEA for €119 ($132).
  • Liquid Z6 Plus (pictured lower right): 5.5-inch 1080p HD display, MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor, 13MP camera on the back and 5MP front-facing camera, 32GB of built-in storage, 3GB of RAM, 4080mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It launches this December in EMEA for €249 ($277).

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“One Dance” by Drake is Google Play Music’s 2016 Song of the Summer

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 10:02 AM PDT

Whether you were enjoying a Classic Rock Summer with a campfire cookout or having the Best Summer Ever while chilling by the pool, Google Play Music helped you find a selection of summer hits to match your mood and activities, both day and night.

As we close out this year's season of sun and fun, Google Play Music is releasing our official 2016 Songs of the Summer list, featuring the most streamed songs on our music service.

Drake took "controlla" and rose to the top of the Google Play Music charts with just "One Dance."

Using data compiled from Memorial Day Weekend through August 28, the Canadian hip hop artist's song with WizKid and Kyla is the most popular Song of the Summer on both Google Play Music's U.S. and global lists. The Chainsmokers didn't let anyone down as their song made the #2 slot and Twenty One Pilots is not "stressed out" as fans came along for the "Ride" to help two of their songs make the top 10.

The full list of Google Play's most streamed songs of summer 2016 is below and if you still "need a one dance" before the summer ends, check out the 2016 Summer Dance Party playlist on Google Play featuring these top tracks.

Google Play Global Top 10 Streamed Songs of Summer 2016
From Tokyo to Toronto, Google Play Music listeners in over 60 countries wanted "One Dance" with Drake. 
2. The Chainsmokers - Don't Let Me Down (feat. Daya)
3. Calvin Harris - This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)
4. Fifth Harmony - Work from Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
5. Twenty One Pilots - Ride
6. Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out
7. G-Eazy - Me, Myself & I
8. Zara Larsson - Never Forget You
9. P!nk - Just Like Fire (From the Original Motion Picture "Alice Through The Looking Glass")
10. Desiigner - Panda

Google Play U.S. Top 10 Streamed Songs of Summer 2016:
Google Play Music listeners in the U.S. wanted to "Work" and have "One Dance" with Drake. 
1. Drake - One Dance (feat. WizKid & Kyla)
2. The Chainsmokers - Don't Let Me Down (feat. Daya)
3. Twenty One Pilots - Ride
4. Fifth Harmony - Work from Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
5. Calvin Harris - This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)
6. Zara Larsson - Never Forget You
7. G-Eazy - Me, Myself & I
8. Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)
9. Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out
10. Rihanna - Work (feat. Drake)

Posted by Elias Roman, Lead Product Manager, Google Play Music
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Android Developer Story: Hutch improves player engagement with A/B testing on Google Play

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 09:19 AM PDT

Posted by Lily Sheringham, Google Play team

Hutch is a London based mobile studio focusing entirely on racing games, with more than 10 million players on Google Play. For their latest game, MMX Hill Climb, they used A/B testing and game analytics to improve the game design and experience resulting in more than 48 mins daily active usage per user.

Watch Shaun Rutland, CEO, and Robin Scannell, Games Analyst, explain how they were able to deliver a more engaging user experience in this video.

Learn more about A/B testing and get the Playbook for Developers app to stay up-to-date on new features and learn best practices that will help you grow a successful business on Google Play.


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Samsung delaying some Galaxy Note 7 shipments for quality testing

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 08:18 AM PDT

Samsung found a hit with the Galaxy Note 7, but it turns out the company has decided to delay shipments of the new phablet.

Reuters has received confirmation from Samsung that shipments of the Galaxy Note 7 have been delayed. Samsung says the reason for the delay is "additional tests being conducted for product quality." However, details regarding what Samsung is testing and which parts of the world shipments will be delayed weren't announced.

While it would be great to know exactly why the Galaxy Note 7 is being delayed, we'll just have to accept that Samsung believes there is something that has to be fixed and that they're doing what it takes to fix whatever issue there might be.

If you purchased a Galaxy Note 7, did you notice any quality issues?


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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 08:18 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.

Ultrasurf VPN

Ultrasurf VPN

Description: Fast and Free VPN, No trials, No registrations, No logins, No bandwidth limitations, No Ads. Unblocks popular apps and websites: YouTube, Facebook, Google, Twitter…Secure your connections on public WiFi hotspots, hide your IP to browse the web privately & anonymously.

 

Night Mode Enabler

Night Mode Enabler

DescriptionWant access to the Night Mode Quick Tile on Nougat? Seems like it's hidden. But with this amazing app, you can get a sweet VIP pass to that awesome blue-light killer.

 

Geekbench 4

Geekbench 4

DescriptionGeekbench 4 includes updated CPU tests that model real-world tasks and applications. These tests are designed to quickly and accurately measure mobile CPU performance. Every Geekbench 4 CPU test is multi-core aware, allowing Geekbench 4 to measure the full potential of your device's CPU.

 

Weather Now (Unreleased)

Weather Now

DescriptionWeather Now is the Simplest Weather app you could find. It is a straight to the point weather app that shows you only the information relevant to you: The Weather !

 

Crowdsource

Crowdsource

DescriptionDo quick, simple tasks that have a huge impact – like improve the quality of Google Translate in your language, or of Google Maps in your country, etc.

 

Roadster watchface by Liongate

Roadster watchface by Liongate

DescriptionWatchface for Android Wear Device (Moto 360, G Watch R, SmartWatch 3, etc.) Support both round and square displays. Customizable ambient mode. Customizable time format. Displayed information: numeric date/month, day of the week, watch battery level, phone battery level.

 

 Efflux Watch Face

Efflux Watch Face

DescriptionThere are 3 white rings on the canvas. Every ring means 15 min. When the hour begins a line starts growing from the center of the canvas and at 15, 30, 45 and 60 min it reaches a ring. Every filled line is an hour.

 

Opera VPN

Opera VPN

DescriptionOpera VPN is one of the best and fastest ways to access more of your favourite online content for free. With super-fast VPN servers and other premium features included for free, Opera VPN is a smart choice for you.

 

Investigation Discovery GO

Investigation Discovery GO

DescriptionWatch full episodes and live TV from ID anytime, anywhere. It's FREE with your TV subscription. Just sign in with your TV provider username and password to get access to favorites like Homicide Hunter, See No Evil, On the Case with Paula Zahn, Disappeared and many more. New episodes are added all the time.

 

Funimate

Funimate

DescriptionFunimate is the most fun video editor and music video maker used by millions of people. With Funimate, you can instantly transform an everyday moment into a creative video with awesome visual effects. With its patent-pending technology, you can create cool videos with never before seen real-time effects.

 


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Google announces Search In Apps, a new way to search for personal content

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 07:34 AM PDT

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Android's always been pretty good at search - it's developed by the world's biggest search company, so you'd hope so - but one thing that it's always struggled with is searching content on your device, having removed it in Ice Cream Sandwich because the API was not up to scratch. Google is attempting to fix that today with the launch of the new 'Search In Apps' feature, which Cody uncovered part of during a recent Google app teardown.

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ASUS introduces the ZenWatch 3 with a perfectly round display

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 07:16 AM PDT

We've been hearing about the ZenWatch 3 for quite a while, but today brings us the official announcement of the latest smartwatch from ASUS. Right off the bat, the noticeable change is that the ZenWatch 3 sports a circular display, while its predecessors used the more generic square display. The circular display adds a new layer of class and improves the design. ASUS has also engineered the display to have a thin metal bezel to hold the display drivers, rather than sporting the flat tire look of the Moto 360.

Specs include a 1.39-inch 400×400 AMOLED display, Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi and 340mAh battery with quick charging capabilities. As it's looking, users won't find LTE on the ZenWatch 3.

With the design, users can expect a body made from jewely-grade 316L stainless steel that is cold-forged and is reportedly 82 percent stronger than traditional steel. The watch comes in three color choices of Gunmetal, Silver or Rose Gold, and each option features three crown buttons situated on the side of the watch. When purchasing, users can choose a strap made out of Italian leather or a premium rubber.

ASUS has announced European pricing of €229, and while US pricing hasn't been officially revealed, we expect it to be similar. Precise availability details haven't been released, but we'll keep you posted.


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Snapchat makes it easier to create On-Demand Geofilters, updates Android app with text formatting and more

Posted: 31 Aug 2016 05:25 AM PDT

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In February, Snapchat introduced a way for anyone to create custom geofilters for events such as birthdays or weddings (or almost anything else, really). Until now, creating a filter required at least a minimal level of mastery of tools such as Photoshop, so the feature wasn't truly accessible to many users. To address this, Snapchat has designed several templates that make it easy for anyone to make their own geofilter through Snapchat's website.

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Snapchat makes it easier to create On-Demand Geofilters, updates Android app with text formatting and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Geekbench 4 now available on Android for all your benchmarking needs

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 08:30 PM PDT

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Earlier this month, I wrote about possibly the worst benchmarking application I had ever seen, 'Nenamark.' But Geekbench has come to save the day, bringing their Geekbench 4 benchmarking utility to Android. Geekbench is another cross-platform benchmarking program, so you can compare your results to a wide range of devices.

The Android Geekbench app, at least compared to the Windows/macOS equivalents, seems rather simplistic. You can benchmark your device's CPU and GPU, which are displayed as a number at the end (unlike Nenamark).

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Geekbench 4 now available on Android for all your benchmarking needs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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38 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last 2 weeks (8/16/16 - 8/30/16)

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 07:50 PM PDT

Galaxy S8 Will Reportedly Come With Dual Rear Cameras And Iris Scanner

Posted: 30 Aug 2016 05:53 PM PDT

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Samsung has already started working on the successor to the Galaxy S7 series released this year and it looks like an insider has already spilled the beans of what the Galaxy S8 will be like.

A user on Chinese site Weibo has reveled some potential features of the Galaxy S8 even though the device isn't slated for release until Spring 2017. So far, the phone will come with a dual rear camera setup, with a 12MP and 13MP shooter, while the front camera gets bumped up to 8MP. Samsung isn't the first company with dual rear cameras as LG and HTC have already released phones in the past that came with two rear cameras.

The phone will also include the same Iris Scanner found on the Galaxy Note 7, although it's not stated whether or not it will bring any improvements.

Expect Galaxy S8 news to become more frequent in the coming weeks and months ahead.

[Weibo / GSMArena]

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