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Comcast will launch wireless service next year

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 02:51 PM PDT

The US already has four big carriers (and a bunch of smaller ones) but Comcast believes it can succeed as a competitor. The company will launch a wireless network by mid-2017.

Instead of a traditional network with its own airwaves, Comcast will use its 15 million WiFi hotspots and Verizon's airwaves. This does mean that the service won't be nationwide; instead, it'll just be where Comcast has a foothold.

Using WiFi hotspots is a good way to ease load on mobile networks, but staying in areas with WiFi hotspots isn't always easy. We don't know how well Comcast's network will work, but Verizon's service is generally very good, so it should have good service outside of WiFi.

The use of WiFi could also mean lower prices, which is good for the consumer. This might be where Comcast will compete, rather than in coverage or data packages. It helps that Comcast can also bundle TV and home internet with its service, much like AT&T and Verizon do.

Would you sign up for Comcast wireless service if it was cheaper with your home internet or TV? Leave a comment!


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New Google app beta adds 'In Apps' home screen shortcut

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 02:33 PM PDT

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The latest version of Google's Android app has done away with the Google Now branding, but there's something else lurking inside v6.5. That "In Apps" feature that was first officially announced a few weeks ago and mentioned alongside the LG V20 unveiling has showed up. As the name implies, it lets you search inside your apps more easily.

If you're in the beta, or you grab the latest version from APK Mirror, you can find the In Apps section in the settings.

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New Google app beta adds 'In Apps' home screen shortcut was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Maps update replaces direction arrow with beam

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 02:06 PM PDT

The direction you're facing is very important information, but your device might not be giving you an accurate reading if the compass isn't calibrated well. This is why Google replaced the arrow with a beam in the latest version of Google Maps.

The new location icon has a flashlight-like beam pointing in the direction you're facing, and its width indicates how accurate the direction is. This is definitely a better way of showing this info since it's not misrepresenting the accuracy of your device's compass.

If you're getting a really wide beam, it's an easy fix. Google says moving your device in a figure eight a few times should help calibrate it and give you a more accurate direction. Give it a shot next time you're out!


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Instagram 9.4 adds the ability to save posts as drafts for all users [APK Download]

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 01:07 PM PDT

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Instagram has been testing the ability to save posts as drafts since at least the end of July. With today's Instagram 9.4.0 update, the feature appears to have gone live for everyone.

To save a draft, simply tap the Back button while editing a photo to bring up the below message. To access your saved draft, tap the Camera button at the center of Instagram's bottom bar, and it will appear in the Gallery section above your pictures.

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Instagram 9.4 adds the ability to save posts as drafts for all users [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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20 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (9/6/16 - 9/20/16)

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 12:27 PM PDT

roundup_icon_largeWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications 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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Today's roundup is presented by AccuBattery from Digibites.

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20 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (9/6/16 - 9/20/16) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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The newer, more accurate direction indicator in Google Maps is going live for all users

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 11:27 AM PDT

mapsLast month a few Google Maps users started seeing a new display style for the direction indicator, that little arrow that shows which way your device is pointed (or at least which way it thinks it's pointed) on the primary maps and navigation interface. Specifically, it's no longer an arrow: it's a more general "beam" indicator that shows both the approximate direction you're facing and how accurate your device's orientation reporting is.

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The newer, more accurate direction indicator in Google Maps is going live for all users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Now is dead: Latest beta of Search app erases all references to Google Now

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 09:54 AM PDT

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Version 6.5.26 of the beta Google Search app rolled out last night, and while at first the changes seemed minimal, we're seeing one thing this morning that is of particular interest: all references to Google Now have been removed. Google Now cards have been renamed to "Feed," and Now On Tap (as some of you told us) is now referred to as "Screen search." Given Google Assistant's forthcoming launch, this isn't exactly surprising.

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Google Now is dead: Latest beta of Search app erases all references to Google Now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Releases Teaser For October 4th Event

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 09:53 AM PDT

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After multiple leaks, reports and rumours we are finally getting something in return from Google.

The company has put up a new website http://ift.tt/2dffjUF and a new video depicting silhouette of a phone. However, for people like you and me, this surely means the new Pixel/XL smartphone. The most important detail here is the date: October 4th. Haven't we heard this before? Well yes we have, as this date was originally reported as being the launch date for the Pixel/XL, 4K Chromecast and Android 7.1 Nougat.

Android Police has also received word from their invitation saying the Oct. 4 event will be held in San Francisco at 9am.

[Android Police]

The post Google Releases Teaser For October 4th Event appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Samsung Pay updated to v2.3 with iris scanning and cloud sync

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 09:40 AM PDT

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Samsung Pay is getting an update today with several new features. Although, one of them will only work if you've got a Note7. You know, that phone Samsung says you should not use until you've had it swapped out. You should do that so you can enjoy iris scanning in Samsung Pay. All Samsung devices will also be able to take advantage of cloud syncing in Pay.

We've got a handy screenshot here that shows all the new stuff.

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Samsung Pay updated to v2.3 with iris scanning and cloud sync was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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44 new Android Pay banks in the US, plus TSB in the UK

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 09:40 AM PDT

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The Android Pay team is seemingly on a roll at the moment, adding many new banks over the past few months, including Chase in the US and Natwest, Santander, and Royal Bank of Scotland (among others) in the UK. Today 44 new US banks are being added, and another big UK bank works as well after being announced as 'coming soon' a week ago.

As far as I can tell, there are no major banks included in this round of additions.

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44 new Android Pay banks in the US, plus TSB in the UK was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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WhatsApp adds user mentions for group conversations

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 06:17 AM PDT

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One of the features we've been expecting WhatsApp to add is the support for mentions in group conversations. That way, not only you would be able to quote someone or some specific message, you'd also be able to directly address a contact inside a group to get their attention. This feature is now live in the latest WhatsApp beta v2.16.272.

When you're in a group chat, try typing the symbol @ and you'll get a list of all the participants in that chat.

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WhatsApp adds user mentions for group conversations was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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How to Upload to YouTube from Your Android Phone

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 06:10 AM PDT

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how-to-upload-to-youtube-from-your-android-device-1One of the things that I often mention in my workshops is the notion of taking advantage of the tools that students already have in their pockets, their phones. Just a few of the ways that you can have students use their phones includes recording short videos to use as blog posts, capturing highlights of a field trip, or recording an interview with an elder as part of a local history project. Once the video is captured, it can easily be uploaded to a private, public, or unlisted YouTube channel. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to upload to YouTube from an Android phone.

I used the free AZ Screen Recorder app to create this screencast video. Learn more about AZ Screen Recorder in this blog post.


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Google announces October 4 event as new Pixel and Pixel XL photos leak out

Posted: 19 Sep 2016 08:21 PM PDT

Mark your calendars: Google is holding an event on Oct. 4.

Google today posted a video teaser for an Oct. 4 event, and while the clip doesn't explicitly say what Google's got planned, new Pixel phones look pretty likely. The video starts by showing an empty search box and it slowly morphs into the shape of a phone. The description of the video includes a link to a madeby.google.com website.

While we'll probably have to wait until Oct. 4 to officially meet Google's new phones, the rumor mill is happy to show us photos of the devices before then. Photos that show the front and back of the Pixel and Pixel XL have been shared by Android Police.

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The Pixels in these photos have glass inserts that house the rear camera, flash, and fingerprint reader, as well as some visible antenna lines. There are power/lock and volume buttons on the sides of both phones.

Moving around front, we can see that each Pixel has an earpiece, a sensor below it, and a front-facing camera to the side of it. The screens of both phones are on, but neither display reveals much about the devices.

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As a refresher, the Pixel and Pixel XL are expected to have spec lists that largely mirror each other. Both are expected to have 12-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras, 4GB of RAM, fingerprint readers, and USB Type-C ports. The two areas where the phones will reportedly differ are their screens and batteries: the Pixel will reportedly pack a 5-inch 1920×1080 display and 2770mAh battery, while the Pixel XL is said to be coming with a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 screen and 3450mAh battery.

Based on what we've seen and heard about them so far, are you interested in Google's new Pixel phones?

Sources: Google, Android Police


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Google Pixel And Pixel XL Leaked In Real Photos

Posted: 19 Sep 2016 08:07 PM PDT

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It looks like even more pictures of Google's upcoming flagship smartphone lineup have been leaked.

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Android Police has shared two photos which show both the front and rear of the Google Pixel and the larger Pixel XL smartphone. The back features the same glass camera piece we've seen on the previous renders which is flanked by the fingerprint sensor and the 12MP rear camera. As for the front, we finally get to see the the Android 7.1 lock screen and it's new boot animation.

Stay tuned as we hear more about the new phones in the next coming days ahead.

[Android Police]

The post Google Pixel And Pixel XL Leaked In Real Photos appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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'Messenger' is an SMS app that syncs across all your devices and the web

Posted: 19 Sep 2016 07:45 PM PDT

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Text messaging applications are a dime a dozen. Klinker Apps, the developer behind Talon for Twitter and EvolveSMS, is working on another SMS app. Simply entitled 'Messenger' while in testing, this app allows you to use SMS on your phone, tablet, Android TV, through a web app, and even with a Chrome extension. As far as device compatibility goes, this is pretty impressive.

When installing Messenger for the first time, you are prompted to create an account to sync your SMS messages with.

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'Messenger' is an SMS app that syncs across all your devices and the web was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Not Allo] Yahoo Messenger can now send video, if you happen to use it

Posted: 19 Sep 2016 05:33 PM PDT

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Until today, I had no idea Yahoo Messenger even existed. But it most certainly exists, and if you happen to use it, you might be excited to learn you can now send video. The iOS and Android apps now support sending video, up to one minute long, in both one-on-one and group conversations.

Yahoo Messenger is pretty much your average messaging client, but there are some neat features. You can "unsend" messages and media in a conversation, it supports Google TalkBack, and there's even a native client for Windows and Mac.

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[Not Allo] Yahoo Messenger can now send video, if you happen to use it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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