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ESPN's Fantasy Football app is now 'Fantasy Sports,' includes baseball, basketball, and hockey

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 03:27 PM PDT

espnPretty much every media company that has so much as a pinky toe dipped into the sports pool wants a bit of that lucrative fantasy market, and since ESPN is (allegedly) nothing but sports, you can bet they're making a go of it. Previously the Disney subsidiary published dedicated fantasy apps for both football (that's the American kind with the big dudes in armor, not the other kind with the little dudes in shorts) and baseball, but now they're consolidated into a single app, and basketball and hockey can come along for the ride.

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ESPN's Fantasy Football app is now 'Fantasy Sports,' includes baseball, basketball, and hockey was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Netflix’s Fast.com speed test comes to Android and iOS

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 03:12 PM PDT

Network tests are both fun and useful. You can make sure your network is running as it should (it's never fun finding out your home internet is running at half of what you pay for), and testing your LTE and finding the highest speeds is definitely fun.

But let's be fair, SpeedTest.net is an annoying site. It's incredibly slow to load, has ads, runs Flash Player, and is a plain displeasure to use. That's why Netflix decided to make a better, more simple network test. Fast.com is a simple, instant, and easy to use. You go to the site, it loads instantly, and runs a download test with a huge number telling you your speed. No ads, no fluff, just instant results. Yes, it omits upload speed, but download is exclusively relevant to most users.

Now the same service has launched as an app on Android and iOS, and it's just as easy to use. Simply open the app and it'll start testing. If you want to learn more about the service, hit the source link. Netflix explains its technology and design in detail. Download the app and let us know what you think!

Sources: Netflix Tech Blog, Google Play: Fast Speed Test, iTunes: Fast Speed Test


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QuadRooter is latest Android malware, but it’s nothing to worry about if you’re careful

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 03:12 PM PDT

With the popularity of smartphones, mobile malware is not a surprise to anyone. One of the biggest scares in the mobile world was Stagefright, which affected nearly all Android devices. Thankfully, Android is a very safe operating system as long as you don't deliberately sidestep its security features.

The latest malware is called QuadRooter and it is a set of four vulnerabilities found in Qualcomm drivers. Since a majority of Android devices use Qualcomm chipsets, this affects a lot of devices on the market.

Google has patched three of the four vulnerabilities in the August security update, with the fourth coming next month. Nexus devices should be mostly safe once they get the update, but other devices will be vulnerable until they're updated, if they ever are.

So should you be worried? Not if you're smart about where you get apps. Stick to the Play Store and you'll be fine. Downloading apps outside of the Play Store requires you to turn on unknown sources, so avoid doing so. And even if you do, Google has your back. The company released this statement:

We appreciate Check Point's research as it helps improve the safety of the broader mobile ecosystem. Android devices with our most recent security patch level are already protected against three of these four vulnerabilities. The fourth vulnerability, CVE-2016-5340, will be addressed in an upcoming Android security bulletin, though Android partners can take action sooner by referencing the public patch Qualcomm has provided. Exploitation of these issues depends on users also downloading and installing a malicious application. Our Verify Apps and SafetyNet protections help identify, block, and remove applications that exploit vulnerabilities like these.

Verify Apps can block installations of infected apps, so unless you've disabled it, you're likely going to be fine. Still, refrain from downloading pirated apps from third party sources, because that's no good for anyone.

QuadRooter isn't a big deal in the end, thanks to Google implementing measures to fight against the poor update practices by most manufacturers. Stay safe out there!


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Google Maps: Wi-Fi-only mode and SD card saved data is rolling out to everyone

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 01:29 PM PDT

2016-08-09 19.59.16The latest post to the official Google Maps blog brings some welcome news. A couple of features that have been exclusive to betas of the Android app, not to mention hinted at by our cheeky teardown posts, are now in the public version. Specifically, that handy Wi-Fi-only mode for users on a limited data allotment should now be live for everyone (it was limited to a subset of users before), and the option to save local mapping data to the SD card is now active as well.

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Google Maps: Wi-Fi-only mode and SD card saved data is rolling out to everyone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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TripIt v5.0 update adds unnecessary bottom nav bar, timeline-based itinerary, and more

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 01:29 PM PDT

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TripIt is one of those apps that has been on Android for ages and has struggled to look not terrible pretty much the whole time. It's not going to make your eyes bleed these days, but the latest update does still have some questionable UI decisions. For example, that bottom navigation bar that is so clearly ripped right from the iOS app.

Here's the full changelog.

  • Added a navigation bar at the bottom of your screen that allows you to quickly jump to whatever you need.
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TripIt v5.0 update adds unnecessary bottom nav bar, timeline-based itinerary, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Here Are Some Leaked LG V20 Renders

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 12:53 PM PDT

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LG is expected to unveil the successor to last year's LG V10 smartphone next month and while there still aren't any hands on leaks yet, we do have some renders to share with you guys.

Onleaks and Android Authority have released various exclusive renders of the upcoming V20 smartphone showing off its basic design features and overall build.

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LG's attempt at modularity with the G5 was not hugely successful and by looking at the V20 pictures here, it seems like the V20 might also come with a removable module on the bottom. Dimensions for the phone are as follows: 7.7 mm thick (8.8 mm at its thickest point), 159.5mm height and and 78.1mm width, making it almost identical to the V10 except being more narrow.

The front of the phone features a 5.6 or 5.7-inch QHD display alongside the secondary display from the V10 also being present here, Snapdragon 820/821 SoC with 4GB of RAM, dual cameras from the G5 again and a USB C connector.

LG claims the V20 will be the first phone to ship with Google's upcoming Android 7.0 Nougat OS. The phone will be announced on September 4th.

[Android Authority]

The post Here Are Some Leaked LG V20 Renders appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Netflix publishes a dedicated Android app for its FAST Speed Test

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 12:19 PM PDT

2016-08-09 18.56.24Fast, smooth data download speed is kind of important to mobile video, especially now that even mid-range Android phones are rocking 1080p screens. That's part of the reason that Netflix created FAST.com, its own branded alternative to web speed tests like Ookla's SpeedTest.net, back in May. The idea is to make sure you're getting an accurate test across multiple services (there's even a SpeedTest.net link right on the page) and your internet service provider isn't throttling your connection.

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Netflix publishes a dedicated Android app for its FAST Speed Test was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Inbox by Gmail adds new features and collaborations for improved organization

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 12:06 PM PDT

Today's intake of information is enormous, and it continues to grow, making it a necessity to organize and streamline whenever possible. Email is one of those areas, and Google has been taking organization further with Inbox by Gmail, its email app that drives productivity for Gmail users. Inbox launched with a different design and the key feature of bundling emails. Since then, the productivity features have increased, allowing Inbox to plan your trip itineraries, set automatic reminders, and even come up with starter replies.

Google is continuing to build Inbox, and the latest update brings in even more functionality. Google collaborated with Trello and Github to integrate their services into Inbox notifications. For example, Trello users will see a summary of what's new with their Trello projects when they open Inbox, similar to the way in which Quora users get a summary of the latest Quora digest within Inbox.

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Google Alerts is also joining hands with Inbox. All Alerts will be summarized and users can scroll through brief snippets, choosing a specific one if they're interested in seeing more.

The update brings in a handful of other features, including the ability to add Google Drive links to emails and easier ways to delete emails, rather than marking them as done. Google has also put out the bat signal for other companies that frequently send emails, urging these companies to get in touch to collaborate on how they can work together with Inbox to create a better email system. Inbox is already a great productivity tool, and by the looks of things, it'll become even better as time goes on.

Drop a comment with your thoughts on Inbox and how it improves productivity.


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Inbox gains Trello, GitHub, and Google Alerts support

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 11:26 AM PDT

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Inbox might be one of Google's most controversial products - some love the time-saving features and some hate them (such as our Glorious Leader, Artem). That's not going to stop the Inbox team from adding more productivity innovations though; new to Inbox this time is Trello, GitHub, and Google Alerts integration.

With Trello and GitHub integrations, it's pretty clear Google are angling at professionals like developers and designers with these additions.

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Inbox gains Trello, GitHub, and Google Alerts support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Expand Your Global Reach on Google Play With New Language and Country Analytics

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 10:53 AM PDT

Posted by Rahim Nathwani Product Manager, App Translation Service

With users in 190 countries around the world, Google Play offers you a truly global audience for your apps and games. Localization is one of the most powerful ways to connect with people in different places, which is why we launched translation support for in-app purchase and Universal App Campaigns earlier this year. With over 30 language translation options available via the Developer Console, we updated our app translation service to help you select the most relevant languages, making it quick and easy to get started.

With the launch of new language and country analytics, you gain access to app install analysis on Google Play, including:

  • Information on the top languages and countries where apps have been installed, broken down to the level of your app's category
  • The percentage of installs that come from users of those languages
  • Further information to help inform your go-to-market plans for these countries

To make ordering translations easier, we show language bundles that you can add to your order in a single click.

To get started, select Manage translations -> Purchase translations from the Store Listing page in the Google Play Developer Console.


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Relay for reddit v8 overhauls media viewer with new features and Material transitions

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 10:53 AM PDT

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As any reddit user will know, there is no shortage of reddit apps on the Google Play Store. These apps might do the same things, but they all look and act differently. Relay for reddit, one of the more popular reddit clients, was updated to version 8 yesterday and includes a host of new changes. These changes are live on both the free and pro version.

WHAT'S NEW

Brand new media viewer featuring:

  • Material Design animations
  • Zoomable GIFs
  • Streaming GIFs for faster loading
  • Easier access to image text
  • Filmstrip view in albums
  • HD images load at the same zoom level as the existing image
  • Vertical videos in YouTube
  • Autozoom to screen width for tall images (e.g.
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Relay for reddit v8 overhauls media viewer with new features and Material transitions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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New Pokémon GO tracking test has rolled out to some users

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 09:42 AM PDT

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Pokémon GO was updated yesterday with a few fixes and minor changes, but Niantic didn't bring back the recently removed tracking feature. However, a small subset of users are getting the chance to test a new version of tracking. It seems to be a server-side switch, so you'll just have to cross your fingers and hope you have it. If you're a rural player, though, prepare to be disappointed. This version of "Nearby" is highly dependent on Pokéstops.

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New Pokémon GO tracking test has rolled out to some users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Maps adds Wi-Fi-only mode, ability to save offline areas to SD card

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 09:09 AM PDT

Google has brought another update to Maps that adds new functionality. With the latest upgrade, Google Maps will work for those who might not have easy access to a wireless network, as well as give users the ability to only use the navigation tool while connected to Wi-Fi.

Google Maps Wi-Fi-only mode is now rolling out after being tested in late July. With it, Google Maps users can restrict the app from accessing a cellular network so that it'll only pull information when connected to a Wi-Fi network. However, as originally noted by Google, it's possible that Google Maps will still pull a "small amount" of data from a cellular network, even when Wi-Fi only mode is activated.

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When Wi-Fi-only mode is activated, and there isn't a Wi-Fi network nearby, Google Maps will only show navigation information for offline areas that have been downloaded.

Speaking of offline areas, that's another part of this update: Google now lets users save offline maps to their SD card.

The updated version of Google Maps is rolling out now, so keep an eye out for it.

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LG V20 makes an appearance in new renders with possible modular design

Posted: 09 Aug 2016 09:09 AM PDT

LG has been working to build hype around its upcoming V20 smartphone, the successor to last year's surprisingly popular V10. The V20 is slated for release on September 6 and is set to be the first new smartphone running Android 7.0 Nougat. Other details have been murky, but now a few things have been cleared up with leaked renders that also raise some interesting questions.

On the front of the phone, we can see that the V20 remains the unique secondary ticker display from the V10. The V20 is also employing minimal bezels on three sides of the display, giving it a near-bezeless design. We can also spot a speaker on the bottom of the V20, residing next a USB Type-C charging port and a standard headphone jack, proving that LG isn't ditching the 3.5mm jack just yet.

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These renders show a V20 that's clearly drawing influences from the LG G5. The device features a similar metal design and may even feature the same modular design that the LG G5 toyed with. In the image above, you can see an extra button on the side and a segment on the bottom that could slide out, allowing users to change the battery, add a camera grip, and so on. In the same picture, we can also a sizable camera hump that will likely house dual cameras. Additionally, we can see the power button and fingerprint scanner resting on the rear of the device.

The V20 is reportedly sporting a thickness of just 7.7mm, with an extra bit of thickness at the camera, bumping it out to 8.8mm. The device is also narrower than the V10 due to those slim bezels. Specs remain unknown, but we should expect to see flagship-quality hardware inside the V20.

While the LG G5′s experimental features didn't quite click with customers, LG isn't giving up on some of the ideas. By bringing a dual-camera set-up and a possible modular design to the V20, the company is clearly hoping that customers will see the benefits offered by such features.

What are your thoughts on the LG V20? Yea or nay?


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Lyft announces ability to add an extra stop to your ride

Posted: 08 Aug 2016 06:11 PM PDT

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Lyft, also known as the second most popular ridesharing service, announced today that they will be introducing the ability to add an extra stop to rides. This feature, which main competitor Uber does not currently offer, allows riders to add an additional destination prior to setting their pickup location in the app.

The addition of this feature, which means that riders will no longer have to request multiple rides or ask their driver to wait if they're picking someone/something up.

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Lyft announces ability to add an extra stop to your ride was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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21 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last 2 weeks (7/26/16 - 8/8/16)

Posted: 08 Aug 2016 06:11 PM PDT

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.


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21 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last 2 weeks (7/26/16 - 8/8/16) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Play Store app's "People" area, +1s on app pages may be getting phased out

Posted: 08 Aug 2016 05:02 PM PDT

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It seems that two features of the Google Play Store app, the "People" area and the "+1" option on app listings, are disappearing. At this time, I've personally checked five of my devices, and only one which hadn't been powered on in months still had them.

There is a chance this is a bug or some kind of unforeseen consequence of Google making another change to the Play Store, but it seems much more likely that the removal of these features is completely intentional.

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Play Store app's "People" area, +1s on app pages may be getting phased out was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony’s Upcoming Xperia XR Smartphone Leaked In New Renders

Posted: 08 Aug 2016 04:45 PM PDT

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For those that don't know, Sony is expected to unveil its next flagship smartphone during IFA 2016 in September. We've already shared the leaked hands on pictures of the phone but now we get to take a closer look at its render with multiple angles.

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The Xperia XR, previously known as the F8331, gets its new design confirmed as the renders give us an even closer look at the phone. First off, the phone features a fingerprint sensor as a power button on the side of the phone just like the Xperia X and Xperia Z5 series. This is where the similarities end as the XR features a dual camera setup on the back and a USB Type C connector.

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Dimensions of the phone are as follows: 146.4 x 71.9 x 8.1mm which makes it 2.7mm taller, 1.5mm wider and 0.5mm thinner than the Xperia X.

[Onleaks]

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