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Samsung sets up U.S. Product Exchange Program for recalled Note 7s

Posted: 02 Sep 2016 04:07 PM PDT

Samsung announced earlier that it will be recalling Galaxy Note 7 devices due to a problem with the battery, and it's now set up a program to help owners in the U.S. exchange their faulty devices for working ones.

Note 7 owners, you have two options. The first is to exchange your Note 7 for another Note 7 without the battery defect. Due to high demand, devices should be available next week. The other option is to exchange for a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, and Samsung will refund the difference along with any Note 7 accessories purchased. No matter which you choose, you'll be given a $25 gift card or bill credit from your carrier for the inconvenience.

It seems that Samsung is handling the recall surprisingly well. It's unfortunate that there's a recall, but manufacturing defects happen. Hopefully this won't affect Samsung's reputation too much. If you want to start the process, contact the retailer from which you purchased the device or call 1-800-SAMSUNG.

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Lenovo posts weird but entertaining ads for Moto Mods

Posted: 02 Sep 2016 03:07 PM PDT

Lenovo has posted two new advertisements for its Moto Z and associated Moto Mods. Specifically, the ads show off the Moto Insta-Share Projector and the JBL SoundBoost speaker mod.

The ads are definitely weird and not very traditional, but they're also quite funny and entertaining. The zombie slapping the skip ad button is a good touch. Watch them and let us know what you think!

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The death of Project Ara is official

Posted: 02 Sep 2016 02:07 PM PDT

Yesterday we heard an unfortunate rumor claiming that Google may be shutting the Project Ara modular smartphone down. It wasn't official then, but Google has now confirmed that this is the case.

The project is technically suspended rather than dead, but the point is that we won't be seeing a Project Ara phone released. Yesterday's report said that Google might release the technology through partners using license agreements, but as of right now, there are no concrete details regarding the future of Project Ara or its technology.

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TP-Link announces two Neffos budget smartphones

Posted: 02 Sep 2016 02:07 PM PDT

TP-Link is expanding its smartphone lineup with two budget Android handsets announced at IFA Berlin 2016. The two devices are called the Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max.

The Neffos X1 features a 5-inch 720p display, a 1.8GHz Helio P10 octa-core processor, a choice of 2GB RAM + 16GB of memory or 3GB of RAM + 32GB of memory, a microSD slot, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, and a 2,250mAh battery.

The Neffos X1 Max offers a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a slightly better 2.0GHz Helio P10 octa-core processor, your choice of 3GB RAM + 32GB storage or 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, a 3,000mAh battery, and many of the same features as the smaller X1.

The devices seem pretty competent, especially with their fingerprint readers and smooth metal bodies. For budget phones, these aren't bad specs. The smaller Neffos X1 will go for €199 (about $222) and the bigger Neffos X1 Max will go for €249 (about $278) when they launch in Q4 of 2016. Both will launch with Android 6.0.

Are any of you interested in this newcomer in the Android game? Leave a comment!


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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Genius, Fitbit

Posted: 02 Sep 2016 12:10 PM PDT

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

SwiftKey Keyboard - Version

SwiftKey Keyboard

What's new in this version:

  • Sync service fixed
  • Number, email and other predictions containing '@' are turned back on. All previously learned number, email and @ predictions have been deleted but can now be relearned


Audiobooks from Audible - Version 2.8.0

Audiobooks from Audible

What's new in this version:

  • Finding content is now easier with auto-complete search suggestions in your Library
  • Bug fixes and enhancements


Microsoft Word - Version 16.0.7301

Microsoft Word

What's new in this version:

  • Collaboration front and center : Quickly share your document, and see who's working on it.
  • Shared with me: Find and open files others have recently shared with you.


Nine - Version 3.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • Improves some features and Fixes several bugs
  • Adds Calendar
  • Supports EAS 16 (Office 365)


Snapseed - Version 2.9.0


What's new in this version:

  • New Face tool: A photographic tool that helps you bring focus to faces, smoothen skin, and add clarity to eyes.
  • New Perspective tool: Straighten lines in your images by removing the perspective effect from the original images. New UI with more intuitive and flexible control.
  • New White Balance tool: Fine color balance control with pinpoint precision via an eye dropper tool.
  • Set the preferred JPG compression rate, or even save lossless (PNG) when exporting.


Microsoft Excel - Version 16.0.7301


What's new in this version:

  • Collaboration front and center : Quickly share your document, and see who's working on it.
  • Shared with me: Find and open files others have recently shared with you.


Genius - Version 2.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • Saved songs: save your favorite songs and view their lyrics offline!
  • New and improved song page
  • Bug fixes for Persian, Hebrew, Arabic, and other RTL languages


Fitbit - Version 2.32.0


What's new in this version:

  • Adventures are virtual experiences through known landmarks, with 180-degree views, hidden treasures, and mini challenges that you can follow for several days.


Adobe Photoshop Express - Version 3.0.96

Adobe Photoshop Express

What's new in this version:

  • Import from and save to CC Lib
  • UI Update
  • Whole UI is revamped – Image Picker, Setting, Share screen, Splash Screen, editor screens(looks, crop, Red eye, etc)
  • Now in more languages- (17 more)
  • Implement redo functionality


Microsoft Powerpoint - Version 16.0.7301

Microsoft PowerPoint

What's new in this version:

  • Collaboration front and center : Quickly share your document, and see who's working on it.
  • Shared with me: Find and open files others have recently shared with you.
  • Fresh new look: A better experience for reading presentations on your phone. Drag and drop to reorder slides and double-tap to edit.
  • Find: Use the Find icon on the ribbon to search for any text in your presentation.


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Pokémon GO to get Buddy Pokémon update soon, will add in-game rewards

Posted: 02 Sep 2016 11:47 AM PDT


lol, Nexus 6Ps with KitKat nav buttons

Less than two weeks after the Pokémon Appraisal feature was added to the (declining in popularity) Pokémon GO, the Pokémon GO Development Team has announced a new upcoming feature—Buddy Pokémon. This addition will also enable players to earn more rewards.


Yes, we know these are iPhones.

Buddy Pokémon will allow users to pick any Pokémon in their arsenal to be their buddy. Not only will the chosen Buddy appear on your profile screen with you, but it will also get you "unique in-game rewards and experiences." In addition, Buddy Pokémon will award you candy for walking around town with them.

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Pokémon GO to get Buddy Pokémon update soon, will add in-game rewards was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Carriers in the U.S. respond to Galaxy Note 7 recall

Posted: 02 Sep 2016 09:58 AM PDT

As expected, Samsung has announced a global recall of the device following reports of faulty batteries that could explode in some Galaxy Note 7 units.

Now U.S. carriers have begun to respond to Samsung's recall and how it affects their subscribers. Many of the carriers are offering quick and easy returns for Galaxy Note 7 customers.

  • Verizon Wireless is offering to waive restocking fees for any customers that wants to return or exchange their Galaxy Note 7. Verizon says it will wave that fee until September 30.
  • T-Mobile is waiving restocking and shipping fees and also offering full refunds for both the Galaxy Note 7 and any accessories customers purchased. If you're a T-Mobile customer, head into a store or call customer support to set up your return.
  • AT&T says that it is still working on its exchange process. The Big Blue carrier says it will have more information "soon."
  • Sprint will give customers a "similar device" to use while they wait for Samsung to resolve this recall and are without their Galaxy Note 7. Customers need to go into a Sprint store to make the exchange happen.

While this is a big deal for Samsung, it's good to see that carriers are attempting to make the recall as easy for customers as possible.

Do you plan on returning or exchanging your Galaxy Note 7?

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Disney killing off Marvel: Avengers Alliance 1 and 2 games on September 30

Posted: 02 Sep 2016 09:35 AM PDT


Since 2009, Disney has owned the entertainment arm of Marvel, meaning it has full rights to the Marvel characters, such as Iron Man, Spiderman, Thor, and anything else the company creates. Sadly, this means Disney can also kill off things. Today, Disney has announced the two Marvel: Avengers Alliance games will be shutting down on September 30.

Disney says it is no longer accepting new in-app purchases for either games, but they will remain available to play until the end of the month.

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Disney killing off Marvel: Avengers Alliance 1 and 2 games on September 30 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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We Finally Have A Date! Google To Launch Pixel Phones, Chromecast Ultra And More On October 4th

Posted: 02 Sep 2016 09:33 AM PDT

Rogers Chromecast Promo

After several leaks, reports and rumours we finally have a date to look forward to.


Android Police has yet again received word from an insider regarding the date for when Google will announce the Pixel and Pixel XL, which will be October 4th. However, they will also announce a couple of other interesting products in addition to the Pixel; the Chromecast Ultra which will support 4K content, the Google Home and a Daydream VR headset. This could also be the day Google will announce its Allo messaging app.

I'm confident invitations for the event will be sent out later this month and that's when we'll know where the event will take place.

So for those interested in the Pixel and Pixel XL or the other products mentioned, mark your calendars!

[Android Police]

The post We Finally Have A Date! Google To Launch Pixel Phones, Chromecast Ultra And More On October 4th appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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No More Nexus, Google’s Upcoming Phones Will Be Called Pixel & Pixel XL

Posted: 02 Sep 2016 09:22 AM PDT


Looks like the days of Google's Nexus lineup have now come to an end as the upcoming Google branded phones will be referred to as Pixel from now on.

Thanks to Android Police, they have received word from not one, but two insiders regarding this news. So what will the HTC-manufactured Sailfish and Marlin phones be called then? Pixel and Pixel XL. It's not clear as to why the branding change occurred but one guess relates into what Sunder Pichai mentioned earlier this year when he wanted to "be more opinionated about the design of the [Nexus] phones".

Now to wait for some more leaks.

[Android Police]

The post No More Nexus, Google's Upcoming Phones Will Be Called Pixel & Pixel XL appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Adobe Photoshop Express 3 brings a modern interface with tablet-optimized look, Creative Cloud library, more

Posted: 02 Sep 2016 09:02 AM PDT


The last time Adobe's Photoshop Express app got an interface revamp was in 2014. What was then considered to be a modern look has gotten a little long in the tooth and looks quite outdated by today's standards. So the app has just received another interface overhaul.

The new Photoshop Express 3 doesn't have a Material look per se, but it does seem more at home on Marshmallow and Nougat than the previous version.

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Adobe Photoshop Express 3 brings a modern interface with tablet-optimized look, Creative Cloud library, more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Samsung issues recall on Galaxy Note 7 following battery explosions

Posted: 02 Sep 2016 08:03 AM PDT

Samsung has announced that it is recalling all Galaxy Note 7 models, outside of those purchased in China, following 35 confirmed battery explosions. Reports began to trickle in about Galaxy Note 7s whose batteries had either exploded or caught fire. Samsung took the initiative to investigate each case and began implementing greater quality control, going so far as to delay shipments of the device. After a thorough investigation, Samsung found a "tiny problem in the manufacturing process" of the batteries from one of its suppliers, which has not been named.

The recall is a significant blow. Samsung was banking on strong sales of the Galaxy Note 7 to combat the Apple's upcoming iPhone. With this recall, that hope is wiped away as Samsung pulls units off the shelves and arranges a system for customers to trade in their recalled devices for new models.

While the recall affects significant markets such as the U.S. and South Korea, Samsung is fortunate that China remains unaffected. Samsung used a different battery supplier for the Chinese Galaxy Note 7, which has allowed it to escape from the issues of the other batteries.

Samsung has stated that more details on exchanging devices will arrive over the next few weeks. We'll keep you posted with further updates.

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Project Ara has been suspended by Google, says report

Posted: 01 Sep 2016 11:12 PM PDT

Bad news, Project Ara fans: Google was planning on releasing a Developer Edition of Ara this fall, but it looks like Google's modular phone effort may be done for.

Google has suspended Project Ara as part of an effort to streamline its hardware plans. That's according to sources speaking to Reuters, who add that while Google won't be releasing Project Ara, it may aid other companies in bringing Ara's modular tech to market, possibly through licensing agreements.

Project Ara was originally announced by Motorola in October 2013 as part of an effort to create a modular phone that'd let you swap panels as they broke or to adapt your phone to your needs. Fast-forward three years and it sounds like the Project Ara's modular dreams are coming to an end. LG and Motorola currently have modular smartphones on the market, though, so it's not like modular devices are totally dead. We just won't see one from Google.

Were you interested in Project Ara?

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Google’s Sailfish and Marlin may be called ‘Pixel’ and ‘Pixel XL’, debut rumored for Oct. 4

Posted: 01 Sep 2016 09:12 PM PDT

The new Nexus rumor mill has been heating up in recent months, and today we're getting two of the biggest leaks yet.

First up, we've now got new names for Google and HTC's upcoming phones, following a recent report claiming that they won't be known as Nexus devices. Sources speaking to Android Police claim that the Sailfish and Marlin will be known as "Pixel" and "Pixel XL," respectively.

The exact reason for the name change isn't known, but we can speculate about it. Google past three Pixel devices have been ones that Google has had a heavy influence on, and it's said that the Sailfish and Marlin have more Google-y influence than Nexus phones of the past. Not only has Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google will "be more opinionated" about Nexus devices, but past leaks have suggested that the new phones could have a Google "G" logo rather than an HTC or Nexus logo.

A separate report from AP claims that we'll finally get to meet these Pixel and Pixel XL phones on October 4. In addition to to the Pixels, it's said that Google will use this event to announce a new 4K-capable Chromecast and an in-house design for a Daydream VR headset and also share more information about Google Home.

So what do you make of these latest leaks? Do you prefer the name "Pixel" over "Nexus" for Google and HTC's upcoming phones?

Sources: Android Police (1), (2)

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