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Android Wear app v2.0 beta for developer preview 3 adds a Google account manager and removed some outdated settings [APK Download]

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 03:34 PM PDT

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After an extensive delay, Google finally dropped the third developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 yesterday. While hot topic was a newly extended timeline that pushes a final software release to early 2017, there was also a new version of the Android Wear companion app made available.

It's important to note right away that this is a beta release and is currently only intended for watches running developer preview 3.

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Android Wear app v2.0 beta for developer preview 3 adds a Google account manager and removed some outdated settings [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) now official with 16MP camera

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 03:08 PM PDT

South Korean carrier SK Telecom has announced a brand new smartphone in the Galaxy A lineup from Samsung, raising the curtain on the Galaxy A8 (2016).

The Galaxy A8 (2016) is now officially official. The new device boasts a 5.7-inch 1080p HD display with an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor under the hood. It's running Android 6.0.1, there's 3GB of RAM built in, it's got a metal body, and there's a 16-megapixel camera on the back.

samsunggalaxya82016rearlargeOther features include a 3300mAh battery, 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot, and there's a fingerprint reader on board, too. Samsung Pay support is built-in, as well as Always On Display.

The Galaxy A8 (2016) is available to pre-order from SK Telecom in South Korea right now, and it retails for 649,000 won, or about $590 USD. Whether or not it launches in other regions is unknown at this time.


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Some Android Wear watches not playing nice with iPhone 7

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 03:08 PM PDT

If you're using an Android Wear smartwatch with an iPhone (and we know that there are quite a few who are), you may want to hold off on upgrading to the iPhone 7.

Some people are experiencing issues with the iPhone 7′s Bluetooth connectivity, including not being able to pair their phone with the second gen Moto 360, Moto 360 Sport, ASUS ZenWatch 2, Fossil Q Founder, and TAG Heuer Connected. This may also apply to the first gen Moto 360 and the LG G Watch.

Unfortunately, this may not be Google's fault. It seems that people are having trouble with the iPhone 7′s Bluetooth connectivity in general, including flaky or dead connections to cars and other devices. (It was a bad time to remove the headphone jack, huh?) It might be on Apple to fix this, but Google is looking into it.


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Samsung Pay comes to Russia with support for five banks

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 03:08 PM PDT

Samsung's proprietary mobile payment system is expanding to Russia. Starting today, folks in Russia will be able to use Samsung Pay with five banks. Those are Alfa-Bank Banking Group, VTB24, MTS Bank, Raiffeisen Bank, Russian Standard Bank, and Yandex. 

The list of devices that support Samsung Pay in Russia is similarly short. You'll need a Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy A5 (2016), or Galaxy A7 (2016).

If you own one of these devices in Russia, give Samsung Pay a shot and let us know what you think! And if you're in countries like Canada and the UK where Samsung Pay hasn't launched, you can wonder why Russia got it first.


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Huawei announces press conference on November 3, likely for Mate 9

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 02:08 PM PDT

Huawei has announced a press event on November 3 in Munich, Germany. While there's no official word on what'll be shown, the event might be the launch of the upcoming Huawei Mate 9.

The Mate 9 is going to be Huawei's new flagship to complement the mid-range devices the company recently released. It's set to be a beast, with rumored specs that include a 5.9-inch display, a Kirin 960 processor, 4 or 6GB of RAM, a 4,000 mAh battery, a 20MP camera, 64 to 256GB of memory, and Android 7.0 Nougat.

The device looks to be fantastic, at least on paper. We're looking forward to seeing what Huawei announces in November. Let us know what you think!


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Action Launcher preemptively adds launcher shortcuts expected to debut with the Pixel Launcher

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 01:54 PM PDT

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As you may have noticed in a recent teardown, Google's launcher shortcuts are most likely returning in Android 7.1 with the Pixel Launcher. This feature was part of the Nougat developer preview some months ago, but wasn't implemented in the final release. Now, an improved version is on the way, and Action Launcher continues its tradition of adding all the Pixel Launcher things before the Pixel Launcher even exists.

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Action Launcher preemptively adds launcher shortcuts expected to debut with the Pixel Launcher was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Calendar events can now be seen in Google Maps

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 12:58 PM PDT

Google Maps has always tried to make it easier to get from one place to another, and its latest update will make it easier for users to find their way to a scheduled event.

The Google Maps team has teamed up with the Google Calendar team to make Calendar events viewable within Maps. You can also navigate to your event's location inside of Google Maps.

When you enter a new event, you'll need to make sure to enter the address for where you're going in the "Where" box. You'll also have to be signed into Google Maps and Google Calendar to get the feature to work. It's easy to see a list of upcoming events, too, each of which can be accessed and the address brought up for easy navigation, by accessing the side menu and selecting "Your Places." Once inside, choose the "Upcoming" option, and a list of events will show up.

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Google Maps now integrates upcoming events from Google Calendar [APK Download]

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 12:39 PM PDT

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Google is making use of its new company blog to announce a feature for Maps. The app now has improved integration with your upcoming calendar appointments, a feature that we spotted in a teardown the other day. When you include a location with your Google Calendar events, they'll now show up on the Map and in a special upcoming places tab.

To access your upcoming events in Maps, open the nav menu and select "Your Places." The upcoming tab lists any events you have in your added that include location info.

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Google Maps now integrates upcoming events from Google Calendar [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Hopper, Telegram

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 12:08 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.

Hopper - Version 3.0.57

Hopper

What's new in this version:

  • Filters….finally! Until now, Hopper has been providing guidance on how to score the cheapest deal. With this release, Hopper can now predict the best times to buy based on your personal preferences, like flying nonstop, and alerts you to only flight options you care about.

 

Telegram - Version 3.12.0

Telegram

What's new in this version:

  • Draw on your photos and apply stylish masks, stickers, and text. We're launching a platform for masks today; anyone can upload their own sets of masks, beards, glasses, and the like.
  • Create your own GIFs using the new "mute" feature after you record a video.
  • Access trending stickers directly from the stickers panel in any of your chats.
  • Added support for Android 7.0.

 

Opera Browser - Version 37.0.0

Opera

What's new in this version:

  • Added ad blocker
  • Support for web push notifications
  • Dedicated website settings
  • Multi-window support
  • Upgrade to Chromium 50

 

SwiftKey Beta - Version 6.4.4.74

What's new in this version:

  • You can now type in 5 languages at once!
  • We've added 4 new languages: Sindhi Pakistan, Pashto, Scottish Gaelic, Uyghur
  • New Neural Net languages: French, German & Spanish
  • You can now turn on/off key press popups
  • New setting in a tablet layout to turn on/off dedicated emoji key that appears to the left of the space bar

 

Yahoo Mail - Version 5.9.1

Yahoo Mail

What's new in this version:

  • Add extra protection by using your fingerprint or passcode to open your inbox.
  • Edit account information without leaving the app.
  • Share enhanced links – see a preview of the web page or video link in the body of an email
  • Easily edit contact information – quickly add, delete and modify information directly from the Mail app

 

Sync for reddit - Version 12.2.1

Sync for Reddit

What's new in this version:

  • All snackbars can now be swiped away
  • Added Android N split screen support
  • Fixed a few crashing issues

 

Spaces - Version 1.7.0

Spaces

What's new in this version:

  • Download shared images
  • Bug fixes

 

Yahoo Fantasy Sports - Version 8.2.5

Yahoo Fantasy Sports

What's new in this version:

  • Increased the number of players you can see on Team, Matchup and Player pages
  • Provided the ability to hide specific Dashboard cards
  • Enabled player search on the Add Player page
  • Added a Matchups tab in bottom nav, allowing you to swipe between all your match-ups on game day

 

Google News & Weather - Version 2.8.0

Google News & Weather

What's new in this version:

  • Instant-loading articles with AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages). Phones only.
  • A cool new way to read headlines: Browse carousel. Tap to read. Swipe to read next.

 

Pokemon GO - Version 0.39.0

Pokemon GO

What's new in this version:

  • Capture location: The location where a Pokémon was caught will now be displayed on their information screen.
  • Pokémon GO Plus and Incense: Trainers can attempt to capture Pokémon they encounter from using Incense with the Pokémon GO Plus accessory.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some users to get stuck on the loading screen, even after restarting the app.
  • Fixed a bug where the camera sometimes moved at slow speeds during battle.

 


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Gmail updated with minor tweaks, plus new empty inbox and spam folder graphics [APK Download]

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 09:44 AM PDT

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There's a new version of Gmail rolling out today with a number of small changes. You may or may not notice these tweaks to functionality, but you'll probably notice the new graphics Google has added for an empty inbox or spam folder. It's kind of like Inbox.

You can see the new graphics above. In addition to that, Gmail 6.9.11.134426830 includes the following.

  • Get search results faster online or offline – now with your non-Google accounts
  • Add a new account more easily
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

As usual, we've got the APK available on APK Mirror.

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Gmail updated with minor tweaks, plus new empty inbox and spam folder graphics [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sphero's Star Wars Force Band lets you control BB-8 using motion gestures

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 08:20 AM PDT

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The Force Awakens is approaching a year old, but by Star Wars standards, the merchandising is only just beginning. A particularly new offering is the Star Wars Force Band, which lets you control Sphero's tiny BB-8 droid that has been rolling around since the film hit theaters. But instead of doing so using an on-screen interface, you use the Force.

In this case, the Force responds to wrist movement detected by Sphero's $79 band.

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Sphero's Star Wars Force Band lets you control BB-8 using motion gestures was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Text-to-speech v3.10 adds options to change voice intonation and boost its volume above other apps [APK Download]

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 08:10 AM PDT

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The Text-to-speech app doesn't see many major updates throughout the year, but when it does, there's often something interesting to see when it happens. Version 3.10 began rolling out yesterday and it comes bearing a pair of new settings to intelligently alter volume based on existing audio playback and to control the intonation of synthesized voices. As always, we've got a link below to grab the latest apk if you aren't among the first to get it straight from Google.

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Text-to-speech v3.10 adds options to change voice intonation and boost its volume above other apps [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Flipboard reaches 500 Million installs on the Play Store

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 05:59 AM PDT

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I don't "read" news anymore. If you saw what my Gmail inbox looks like every morning, you'd understand why reading something, anything really, other than the 300 or so emails we get at Android Police every day is a bit of an optimistic dream that I stopped entertaining a long time ago. I do listen to news though, in the form of podcasts that I've cherry-picked to my preferences and that I enjoy while driving or walking.

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Flipboard reaches 500 Million installs on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Dimensions For Google’s Larger Pixel XL Phone Revealed

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 10:40 PM PDT

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We're less than a week away from Google's October 4 event and now we have yet another leak regarding the company's upcoming product.

As you all know, Google is expected release their first series of Pixel phones this year, the Pixel and Pixel XL, both manufactured by HTC. While the dimensions for the smaller Pixel have already been leaked, it was time for the same to be done for Pixel XL.

Onleaks has generously published a new render of the phone alongside its dimensions and they are as follows: 154.72mm height, 75.74mm width, 7.3mm thick on the bottom and 8.5mm on the top.

Check out Onleaks video showing a 360-degree render of the phone.

[Twitter]

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The latest versions of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides allow you to restore deleted files

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 06:39 PM PDT

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Like countless other people, I've accidentally deleted files I didn't mean to get rid of; it's frustrating, but you can usually find these files in a "Trash" or "Recycle Bin" folder and restore them. Until today, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides users on Android who accidentally deleted documents they were working on were forced to exit their current app, open Drive, slide out the hamburger menu, click "Trash", and retrieve their work there.

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The latest versions of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides allow you to restore deleted files was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Maps gets new hands-free voice commands

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 05:08 PM PDT

Google Maps has long had a microphone button so you could give voice commands, but the "OK Google" hotword would trigger the standard Google overlay. Now Google has announced that the "OK Google" hotword triggers hands-free voice commands in Maps itself.

If you want to give it a shot, make sure you're on the latest version of Google Maps and the Google app. Then hit the three-dot menu button followed by Settings, then "OK Google" detection and enable "OK Google" during navigation.

You can ask things like "When is my ETA?" "How is traffic?" and control your destination by saying "Avoid tolls" and "Show alternate routes." Commands for texting, calling, and playing music work as normal.

Hands-free voice commands are definitely important, as even a split-second of paying attention to your phone is a lot of distance when it comes to traveling at 70 MPH. Stay safe and talk to your phone.


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