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Box for Android upgraded 4.0 with a shiny new user interface

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 04:18 PM PDT

image (14)Box, the cloud storage service that doesn't start with "Drop," is still around and serving its users. They haven't been making much of a splash lately, though - the last major update to the Android app was way back in February of last year. But users are in for a treat: yesterday's update added a brand new interface. It's been in the works for a while (a beta version popped up over on APK Mirror in June), and the results are appealing.

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Box for Android upgraded 4.0 with a shiny new user interface was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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This is how Google's crazy new home button for Assistant on the 2016 Nexus phones animates

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 04:00 PM PDT

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You've all been asking: "how is this crazy weird new home button with the little colored dots going to work?" Today, we finally have an answer for you. In animated GIF form. Because that's the best kind of answer. Before the GIF - a bit of background. At this point, it is our basic assumption that the reasoning behind the home button's rather radically colorful redesign is in order to promote Google Assistant (possibly via Now / On Tap functions), which has been teased by Google in the past using these four little colored dots.

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This is how Google's crazy new home button for Assistant on the 2016 Nexus phones animates was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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HTC Desire 530 comes to Verizon with micro splash design

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 03:48 PM PDT

If you're on a budget, Verizon has just announced the availability of the HTC Desire 530. The device costs a measly $144 full price, or you can get it for $6 a month for 24 months on a payment plan.

The Desire 530 features a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8MP/5MP cameras rear and front, 16GB of memory with a microSD slot, and a 2200mAh battery. It has only one color option: Lagoon Blue with micro splash design.

It's a pretty good device for the price, and the color scheme is unique, to say the least. Hit the source link for more info or if you want to order one! How many of you are interested?


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New features for 2016 Nexuses detailed in leak

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 03:48 PM PDT

We've heard a lot about the upcoming Nexus devices, as well as the Android 7.0 Nougat update that will be accompanying the devices. While we generally assumed that the Nexus devices would feature the same version of Nougat as everyone else, the latest leaks are pointing to some special software features that are reserved for the new Nexus devices. Let's take a look at what these features entail.

First off, the Settings app will now be broken into two tabs, one for "All" settings and the other for "Support". What does Support entail? According to Android Police, this feature will allow for live screen-sharing with customer support reps. If you're having an issue with your device's software, you can instantly contact a support rep who can see the issue at hand and then walk you through the steps to remedy it.

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Night Light is another new feature for Nexus devices, designed to shut off blue pixels for better viewing at night. Night Mode was previously tested in the Android 7.0 Developer Preview before it was removed due to performance issues and bugs. But with Google controlling the hardware and software on the new Nexus devices, it's been able to integrate Night Light into the devices at a lower software level, smoothing out the performance issues. Users can even schedule Night Light to turn on and off with the time of the sun's set and rise.

The last feature detailed in this leak is a new gesture to activate Ambient Display. Ambient Display is a way to view the time, date, and notifications without turning on the entire display. In its current implementation, it's activated by a new notification or by the user lifting up the phone to look at it. With the new gesture, it could be activated instead by double-tapping the screen while it's turned off.

Google has made mention of its plan to make the Nexus devices more unique, and these are clearly some of the ways in which the company is working to attain that goal.

Any thoughts on Google adding special software features for Nexus devices only?


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Google Photos v1.25 allows album owners to block access to individuals and promises to add video stabilization [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 03:43 PM PDT

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We've hit that point in the year where Google's apps tend to feature smaller improvements and knock off some of the smaller to-do items. Yesterday's Google Photos update is no different. The latest version gives users the ability to ban individuals from shared albums and puts a link to the local image removal tool right in the navigation drawer. A teardown also shows we can look forward to a simple video stabilization feature and possible more video editing capabilities in the future.

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Google Photos v1.25 allows album owners to block access to individuals and promises to add video stabilization [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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OnePlus 3 mini not happening, says Carl Pei

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 02:34 PM PDT

Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, took to Twitter to shut down a rumor claiming to show the specs of the OnePlus 3 mini. Phone Arena posted an article about a device on GFXBench having the same specs as the OnePlus 3, just with a smaller display.

It's not too farfetched to think it's a OnePlus 3 mini, and it would be an awesome device (since mini devices usually feature inferior specs compared to their bigger counterparts). Unfortunately, Carl Pei shot it down.

There are worse ways to find out that a device isn't happening. But with OnePlus 3 shortages causing the company to suspend orders, it's probably wise not to launch another device right now.


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Google Maps update hints at upcoming feature showing parking difficulty

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 02:34 PM PDT

Google Maps is one of the best navigation apps, and it's definitely a favorite for us. The latest update to Maps makes it even better, adding a new feature and improving the swipe protection when driving, making navigation even easier to use.

The toggle is called "Keep map north up," which will just keep the map pointed north when navigating. When this feature is enabled, it will now rotate back to pointing north if you accidentally rotate the map quickly. This is in addition to the current swipe protection, which will recenter the map when it detects quick accidental swipes (this is definitely effective).

Though these next features aren't available, the latest updates hint at some future features inside the APK. The biggest one is parking difficulty, which will give you info on parking availability at your destination. This will warn you to allot more time to finding parking, which is really useful. It's unknown how this is determined (is it based on parking space number, or actual data on how full they are?) but it should be useful either way.

A few other features look like they're coming soon, like a new potential method for launcher shortcuts and contribution stats. Maps is only getting better, so look out for new features in future updates, and grab the current update for some improvements!


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Alto's Adventure comes to Android TV, but Noodlecake double-dips with a paid Play Store listing

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 02:29 PM PDT

imageThere's an old saying that goes, "never attribute to malice what can be explained by carelessness." So I'd rather not accuse Android game publisher Noodlecake of carelessness, since they usually release games that are fun, technically sound, and sometimes even lacking those $100 in-app purchases. But since they've made the Android TV version of snowboarding endless runner Alto's Adventure a $3.99 paid game, while the phone version is free, I'm not left with many other options.

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Alto's Adventure comes to Android TV, but Noodlecake double-dips with a paid Play Store listing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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DuoLingo updated with language training in Hebrew, Hungarian, and Vietnamese

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 01:15 PM PDT

flags"Hebrew, Hungarian, and Vietnamese" sounds like the setup for a rather tasteless "guys walk into a bar" joke. But don't worry, readers of delicate disposition: it's just the latest update to DuoLingo, the much-loved language learning app. The August 1st update posted to the Play Store lists all three languages as additions to its growing list, so feel free to bone up on them if you're planning an oddly specific bit of international travel.

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DuoLingo updated with language training in Hebrew, Hungarian, and Vietnamese was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Snapseed v2.8 adds text filters and image resize option

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 11:59 AM PDT

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Snapseed started as a simple image editor, but it's been learning some impressive new tricks recently. It can even edit your RAW files these days. In the new v2.8 update, you can add text to your images with a ton of fonts and styles, and there is an auto-resize option for exports. The update is still rolling out, but we've got the APK ready for download if you don't want to wait.

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Snapseed v2.8 adds text filters and image resize option was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Nexus Sailfish Specs Get Leaked On GFXBench Listing

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 11:26 AM PDT

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It's been quite a while since we last heard anything about Google's upcoming Nexus smartphones. The two phones are set to come with almost identical internals and the only differences being the build and screen size. Now it looks like we get to take a closer look at what seems like the leaked specs of Sailfish.

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The leaked specs come from a benchmark result listing on GFXBench and boy does it look convincing. First off, reconfirming what we've already heard, Sailfish is set to come with a 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 820/821 SoC with the Adreno 530 GPU. Next up is the RAM and internal storage, which come at 4GB and 32GB respectively.

Hopefully this means the phone will have a base internal storage of 32GB.

As for the cameras, they are 12MP rear and 8MP front respectively with the option to record 4K.

The phones are expected to release sometime in Fall.

[GFXBench]

The post Google Nexus Sailfish Specs Get Leaked On GFXBench Listing appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Dashlane and Google introduce the 'Open YOLO' password manager API

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 10:05 AM PDT

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Passwords are lame, but they're currently the best way we have to secure online accounts. There's plenty of advice out there about how to make passwords more secure like not reusing them across sites, choosing longer passwords, using special characters, and so on. Of course, that makes passwords more annoying. Now, Dashlane and Google have teamed up to create a new password management API called Open YOLO—that's You Only Login Once, not the other YOLO.

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Dashlane and Google introduce the 'Open YOLO' password manager API was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Perchang is a neat Rube Goldberg machine puzzler, now available free on Android

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 09:25 AM PDT

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In Perchang, all you need to do is get the little metal balls from one side of the screen to the other. You can't just let them roll over there, though. There are flippers, ramps, fans, magnets, and other contraptions to control in each over-engineered level. Oh, and you're scored based on how quickly you figure it all out. No pressure, though.

The game starts you off with simple levels that only require you to hold a button that tilts a platform to win.

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Perchang is a neat Rube Goldberg machine puzzler, now available free on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Xiaomi unveils the Mi VR Play headset

Posted: 04 Aug 2016 09:09 AM PDT

Virtual reality is all the rage, so when a company announces a VR headset, it's not at all surprising anymore. Even when Xiaomi does it.

Xiaomi has officially unveiled the Mi VR Play headset, which a few very unique qualities that should help differentiate it from the competition. Xiaomi's VR headset supports smartphones that range in size from 4.7 inches to 5.7 inches. Xiaomi has put a big focus on comfortability with the headset, wrapping it in Lycra for better long-running VR sessions.

The most unique part of the Mi VR Play headset, though, is the design. Instead of having a locking mechanism that sets the phone in place, users will actually place their phone into the headset via a zippered pocket. Yes, Xiaomi has gone with a two-way zipper design to hold the phone in place. Once it's in place, there are dual front openings that allow users to adjust the phone as they need it.

The other physical details include a textured metal button that users will press to interact with their phone while it's in the case and anti-reflective lenses. Xiaomi will also let owners use custom images for the headset to really make it stand out, so it's not just a standard-looking headset.

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When it comes to content, Xiaomi has built an entire platform around virtual reality, including a VR app where users will be able to look through an expanding catalog of media. Xiaomi says that its 2D and 3D library will feature weekly updates, and sadly, that it's available in China only.

What we're still missing is a release date and pricing, but considering the headset is now official it shouldn't be too long before those details come to light.


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LG V20 will be revealed on September 6

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 08:33 PM PDT

The fall smartphone battle is heating up, because one day after Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 7, LG has confirmed the launch event for the V20.

The LG V20 will debut on September 6 in San Francisco, and in September 7 in Seoul. The invitation for the event says "Play More" and tells us that "the second story begins" on September 6/7.

This invitation doesn't reveal new info about the LG V20, but LG has already trickled out some details about its next flagship. The Life's Good crew says that the V20 will come with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and that it "builds upon the premium and rich multimedia smartphone experience of last year's LG V10." Given that the LG V10 was a flagship-tier device, it's likely that the V20 will be similarly high-end. The good news is that we've only got about one month before we know exactly what makes the V20 tick.

What will the LG V20 need to get your attention?


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Galaxy Note 7 Now Official! Features Iris Scanner, Snapdragon 820, AMOLED Edged Display And IP68 Rating

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 04:38 PM PDT

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Samsung has finally made their newest Galaxy Note smartphone official. The Galaxy Note 7, as they call it, is the company's 6th Galaxy Note smartphone after the lineup's initial release in late 2011.

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So what's new in the Galaxy Note 7? First off, the phone features an immensely beautiful 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display panel with curved edges. Next is the company's first Iris Scanner allowing the user to unlock the phone just by looking at it. You just can't get simpler than that. The phone also features a beautiful aluminum and glass build just like the S7 and S7 Edge. It also borrows the same f1.7 12MP rear and 5MP front camera.

Colour options include Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Black Onyx and Silver Titanium.

Other specs include a USB C connector, 4GB of RAM, base 64GB of internal storage with microSD card expansion of up to 256GB, a larger 3,500 mAh battery with fast and wireless charging support, and a Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 SoC depending on the region.

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And of course, a Galaxy Note won't be a Galaxy Note without the S-Pen and its integrated software suite. The phone comes with an improved and more responsive S-Pen capable of 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

MobileSyrup has received word from Samsung Canada regarding pricing and availability. The Note 7 will be available to purchase in Canada on August 19th for $1049.99 outright and $549.99 on a 2-year plan from Bell, Telus, Rogers, Videotron, Koodo and SaskTel. Preorders start today.

The post Galaxy Note 7 Now Official! Features Iris Scanner, Snapdragon 820, AMOLED Edged Display And IP68 Rating appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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[¡Atrapalos ya!] Pokémon GO expands to South America and Central America

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 04:32 PM PDT

south of the borderNiantic's augmented reality take on Pokémon GO continues to be staggeringly popular as it approaches its one month anniversary. It recently passed 100 million downloads across Android and iOS, despite some rather vocal negative press after the removal of the Pokémon step tracker and third-party tools for hunting monsters manually. Today Niantic is expanding the game to some of the biggest markets it hadn't previously supported: South America and Central America.

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[¡Atrapalos ya!] Pokémon GO expands to South America and Central America was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google+ v8.4 adds avatar photos to comment previews, prepares to let users show off their flair, and may auto-hide NSFW images [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 03 Aug 2016 04:32 PM PDT

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The updates are flowing steadily today and Google+ is playing along with it's own set of tweaks and enhancements. This version looks like it's mostly centered around subtle refinements and closing some old to-do items. The biggest visible change seems to be profile pictures that appear in the comment previews below posts. That doesn't mean there aren't a few other things to check out. A teardown adds to the fun the promise of configurable "flair" on your own profile, tap-to-reveal covers for potentially inappropriate images, and the setup for privacy settings.

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Google+ v8.4 adds avatar photos to comment previews, prepares to let users show off their flair, and may auto-hide NSFW images [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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