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Chromecast Ultra leaks out ahead of launch

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 12:08 PM PDT

At Google's upcoming October 4 event, the company is expected to debut not only a pair of new Pixel-branded smartphones, but also a brand new Chromecast device that will stream 4K content. Just days ahead of its reveal, the Chromecast Ultra has surfaced in newly-leaked images.

The Chromecast Ultra doesn't look too different from the regular Chromecast already on sale, with a round design, flat top and bottom, and flat cable. The biggest difference, if the leaked images are real, is the "G" logo on the front instead of the Chromecast logo that's present on the current model.

As far as other details go, the Chromecast Ultra is expected to ship running software version 1.21, which supports streaming 4K UHD content. It will reportedly cost $69 when it goes on sale at a later date.

Do you plan on picking up a Chromecast Ultra?


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Spotify Premium for Family now available in Canada, same pricing as US

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 10:43 AM PDT

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Spotify has offered its the Premium for Family plan for some time now, and in May the price was dropped to $14.99 a month. Now Spotify is expanding availability to the land up north, at the same $14.99/month pricing as the United States.

If you're unfamiliar, Spotify Premium is $9.99/month for a single person. For about $5 more every month, Spotify Premium for Family allows you to have up to six individual accounts, each with all of the features the normal Premium includes. More information is available at the dedicated Family page, and you can even upgrade your existing Spotify account to keep your playlists.

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Spotify Premium for Family now available in Canada, same pricing as US was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google reportedly working on ‘Pixel 3′ laptop featuring ‘Andromeda’ OS

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 09:43 AM PDT

Google has an event planned for October 4, where we'll see new devices debut, but before then, a new report is shedding some light on Google might have planned for next year.

According to unnamed sources speaking with Android Police, Google is hard at work on a new "laptop device" that's codenamed "Bison" but goes by the nickname "Pixel 3″ with Google employees. As far as rumored features go, the Bison/Pixel 3 will reportedly feature a 12.3-inch display which will be capable of switching to a tablet mode, but it's not clear if that means it can actually be detached from the physical keyboard.

The other specs could include an Intel Core i5 or Intel m3 processor under the hood, with 32GB/128GB of built-in storage, 8GB/16GB of RAM, and a pair of USB Type-C ports. It will also reportedly feature four microphones, stereo speakers, a backlit keyboard, a glass trackpad, a fingerprint reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack for good measure. The device could also boast Wacom stylus support, but the stylus will be sold separately.

The report does indicate that all of these features are still in the early stages, and Google might opt to go in a different route, so nothing is set in stone just yet.

The operating system on board is reportedly codenamed "Andromeda," and it's apparently a combination of Android and Chrome OS. If the sources are on track, it would mean Chrome OS features would be folded into Android. This means it won't be something like Chrome OS running Android apps, so a distinct change from how things look now.

Google is reportedly planning on launching the Pixel 3 in the third quarter of 2017. It could be priced at $799, which would be a lower price point than the Chromebook Pixel laptop.

What do you think of this particular rumor?


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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Google Allo, Taskbar

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 07:58 AM PDT

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1 . Google Allo

Google Allo

App info: Introducing Google Allo, a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, doodles, and HUGE emojis & text. Allo brings you the Google Assistant, preview edition.

 

2. Taskbar

Taskbar

App info: Taskbar puts a start menu and recent apps tray on top of your screen that's accessible at any time, increasing your productivity and turning your Android tablet (or phone) into a real multitasking machine!

 

3. Google Trips

Google Trips

App info: Google Trips makes exploring the world easier by organizing your essential info in one place and making it available even offline.

 

4. Storage Quick Settings Tile

Storage Quick Settings Tile

App info: A quick settings shortcut so that you can quickly access your built-in storage explorer from any screen.

 

5. Oz: Broken Kingdom

Oz Broken Kingdom

App info:  Join the kingdom's brave new heroine Ophelia Shen, along with the legendary heroes of Oz – Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow – as they embark on an epic quest to stop the rising evil, restore the balance of magic, and return the kingdom to its rightful glory.

 

Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.


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Microsoft SharePoint app released into early access on Google Play

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 04:13 AM PDT

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Millions of people use Microsoft Office every single day, from typing up a simple letter to making complex spreadsheets. For many, another fundamental part of the suite is SharePoint, which is used by organisations worldwide for a variety of different implementations and reasons. Until now, SharePoint hasn't had an Android app, but not any more: Microsoft's just released an early access version of the app on the Play Store.

The SharePoint app includes all the things you'd expect to find - managing team sites, document storage, Office 365 integration, and collaboration features with other team members.

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Microsoft SharePoint app released into early access on Google Play was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Telegram adds photo masks, GIF creation, and trending stickers

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 01:38 AM PDT

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We're a bit late with this news, but this is what happens when an update rolls on Friday and we're short-staffed over the weekend, so please forgive us. Telegram, a popular messaging app among our readers, has added a few cool features in its latest 3.12 update and is promising more now that the summer break is over.

First is a major improvement to the photo editor that lets you draw on photos, apply stickers, text, and most importantly (or most relevant nowadays, because I can't judge how important this is to you) masks.

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Telegram adds photo masks, GIF creation, and trending stickers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Bonus Round] Don't Starve: Pocket Edition, Dog Sled Saga, Heist, The Virus: Cry for Help, and Put A Sock In It

Posted: 25 Sep 2016 07:23 PM PDT

bonusroundWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we have a long-awaited survival game, a unique management sim, a Chromecast multiplayer game, a text-based AR game, and a uniquely twisted adventure title.

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[Bonus Round] Don't Starve: Pocket Edition, Dog Sled Saga, Heist, The Virus: Cry for Help, and Put A Sock In It was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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