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Google Maps v9.39 adds a handy traffic widget and hints at live data about busy places [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 03:20 PM PDT


Google Maps made it into the update cycle this week, bumping the version number up to 9.39. This update appears to be a bit lighter than many from the last few months, but it's not completely lacking improvements. There's a new shortcut that can be used to jump directly into the traffic screen. A quick teardown also reveals a potential improvement to the busyness chart on many locations. As always, we've got a link below to pick up the APK.

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Google Maps v9.39 adds a handy traffic widget and hints at live data about busy places [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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HTC is discontinuing its web browser by November 30

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 02:39 PM PDT

OEMs are known to add their own apps to their devices alongside Google's stock apps. You'll often find two of each app on devices from Samsung, HTC, LG, or anything that doesn't run stock Android. It definitely gets annoying, especially when the apps are simply outdated.

HTC is officially discontinuing its web browser, leaving its devices with just the pre-installed Chrome browser. Or Firefox, or Opera, whatever you want to use, which is probably not the HTC browser. The last update for the app adds the ability to transfer your bookmarks to another browser. But on November 30, the app will no longer be available.

Do note that the app will remain on your phone, but without further updates, it probably isn't a good idea to use. If you've been using the HTC browser, start trying out alternatives!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 officially banned from all flights

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 02:39 PM PDT

If you're still rocking a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 even though you really shouldn't be, your device is now officially banned from all flights in the United States. It can't be brought on board or put in luggage, and it can't even be shipped by air. This applies to all models of the Note 7, whether post-recall or not, starting tomorrow the 15th.

Bringing a Note 7 on board a plane can result in fines or even criminal prosecution. So even if you still have one of these devices, definitely don't fly with it. Leave it home, or even better, exchange it for a device that doesn't catch on fire. Yeah, that sounds good.

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Prisma, Pandora

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 01:34 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.

Pandora - Version 7.7.1


What's new in this version:

  • We've got a new look that revolutionizes the way you listen to – and see – music. The new P icon is your portal to music that can be enjoyed like never before.
  • New features give you more control of your music experience. Whenever you run out of skips or want to replay a track, just engage with an ad.
  • Upgrade to Pandora Plus to skip as much as you want, replay songs you love and listen to your favorite stations offline – all ad-free.


SwiftKey Beta - Version

SwiftKey Beta

What's new in this version:

  • Incognito Mode
  • Shortcuts / Text expansion
  • Switch to Latin layout when in password/email field
  • All arrow keys can be accessed on main layout on tablets


Alarm.com – Version 3.7.0


What's new in this version:

  • New Android widget lets you trigger any Scene directly from your Home screen.
  • Minor enhancements / fixes



Android Pay - Version 1.7.1358

Android Pay

What's new in this version:

  • You can now pay with a card other than your default. Just open the app and tap on the card right before you pay.
  • Bug fixes and improvements.


Prisma - Version 1.1.56


What's new in this version:

  • Prisma is becoming Offline! More than half of Prisma styles are now offline! You can now turn photos into artworks without an Internet connection!


Google Photos - Version 2.2.0

Google Photos

What's new in this version:

  • Share photos faster: a new sharing experience lets you share to any contact, email, or phone number right from the app
  • Sort photos in albums chronologically or by recently added
  • Reorder multiple items in an album by selecting photos and dragging
  • New shortcuts from the app icon on Android N
  • Create animations offline


Runtastic - Version 7.0.1


What's new in this version:

  • New Google Play Music integration makes listening to your tunes during your activities more convenient than ever


Clock - Version 4.6.1


What's new in this version:

  • Shortcuts: Set an alarm or start a timer right from your Home screen
  • Timers and stopwatches will keep running after you restart your device


Opera Max - Version 1.7.8

Opera Max

What's new in this version:

  • Opera Max's new privacy mode: Adds an extra layer of protection on your connection. Stops ad-trackers from following you across your apps.


Cartwheel by Target - Version 2.4.0

Cartwheel by Target

What's new in this version:

  • Target Coupons will now automatically appear directly on your Checkout tab as they become available. You can use these coupons over and over until they expire, and in addition to your savings already on your Cartwheel list. 


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HTC’s Bolt ditches the headphone jack in new photos

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 11:34 AM PDT

HTC is working on a mid-range smartphone that will reportedly be called the HTC Bolt. The device has appeared in a new set of photos from VentureBeat and has one very notable omission: the 3.5mm headphone jack. The Bolt features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage plus a microSD card slot. As far as the design goes, HTC looks to be modeling the device after the HTC 10.

Other known specs of the Bolt include a USB Type-C port, single speaker, HTC BoomSound, fingerprint scanner, physical and capacitive buttons, 18-megapixel rear camera, and 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Bolt is expected to be available before the year's end and should be offered globally, with the device looking to be offered on Sprint in the US.

HTC Bolt (2)

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[Not a new national holiday] Messenger Day is Facebook's Snapchat clone

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 10:30 AM PDT


Ah, Facebook Messenger. In a few short years, it's gone from the humble chat function on Facebook to a full-blown platform with its own apps and store. According to what we're hearing, the next evolution of the app may be about to take place, as Facebook rolls out a Snapchat-like feature named Messenger Day. This had previously been reported by TechCrunch to be tested with users in Poland, but it may be rolling out to a wider audience now.

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[Not a new national holiday] Messenger Day is Facebook's Snapchat clone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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HTC is killing off its Android web browser on November 30th

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 09:04 AM PDT

unnamedAll good things must come to an end, and the same goes for mediocre things. In the latter category is HTC's web browser app. After including it on phones for a number of years, HTC has decided to discontinue support for the browser app, known as HTC Internet. It will no longer be available after November 30th.

If you actually use the HTC browser, which is a fork of the old AOSP browser, you should grab the newest update.

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HTC is killing off its Android web browser on November 30th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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[This game is toast] I am Bread, from the makers of Surgeon Simulator, butters its way onto the Play Store

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 05:44 AM PDT


No matter how you slice and dice it, bread is awesome. And being bread, that's probably the dream, nay, the Holy Grain. Well, at least if you loaf bread as much as I do. See, I never knew I kneaded a game like this, but now that I know it exists, I can't wait to play it.

In "I am Bread," you control a slice of bread that's just doughing its best to survive the unsavory obstacles in its way.

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[This game is toast] I am Bread, from the makers of Surgeon Simulator, butters its way onto the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Pandora unveils a brand new, slightly psychedelic, brand identity

Posted: 14 Oct 2016 02:01 AM PDT


Pandora, the internet radio app, has gone through a few changes this past year. First, there was a full redesign of the Android app that brought it into the modern age, then there was the Pandora Plus monthly subscription with unlimited skips and repeats and offline listening.

Now the service is ready for another leap. The old dark blue serif P icon is gone, to be replaced by a new vibrant and filled blue P with a more modern typeface.

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Pandora unveils a brand new, slightly psychedelic, brand identity was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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New Rumours Suggest OnePlus 3 Refresh

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 10:18 PM PDT


OnePlus released their 3rd flagship smartphone earlier this year and since then, it has been receiving positive reviews from almost everybody. Now it looks like the phone may receive a refresh soon.

According to GizmoChina, they claim that OnePlus will stop production of the current OnePlus 3 in favour of a more beefier OnePlus "3S" with a Snapdragon 821 SoC. They also claimed that the company will start sourcing LCD displays instead of AMOLED due to shortages, however OnePlus CEO was quick to confirm that they "will be staying with Optic AMOLED displays for the foreseeable future".

More evidence of the OnePlus 3S is evident by China 3C, as they certified a new OnePlus model (A3010) which is slightly different from the original A3000 model number for the OnePlus 3.

It's not clear as to when we'll see this new model but stay tuned as we'll keep you updated on the matter.

[GizmoChina / (2)]

The post New Rumours Suggest OnePlus 3 Refresh appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Verizon introduces PopData, short bursts of unlimited data for a fee

Posted: 13 Oct 2016 06:07 PM PDT

If you don't have unlimited data and you suddenly need to use a large amount of it, the overage fees can hurt. The cost per gigabyte over your limit can be very high. Verizon has introduced a new service called PopData which solves this issue in a surprisingly reasonable way.

PopData offers you unlimited 4G LTE data for a short period of time. You can get 30 minutes for $2 and 60 minutes for $3. Considering how much data you can use in that timeframe, that's a reasonable price. If you don't use much data overall but need to use a bunch at times for business or travel, this is a great way to save some money.

Of course, there are limitations. The network congestion in your area dictates whether PopData is available at the moment (a congested network can mean PopData won't be available), and it doesn't seem like it applies to tethering. It can be used on Android smartphones, iPhones, and iPads but not mobile hotspots or Android tablets.

If you want to give it a shot, the option seems to be live in the My Verizon app. It's unexpected for Verizon to announce such a reasonable and helpful service where data is actually cheap. But that's just my opinion, let us know what you think in the comments!

Source: Verizon(2)
Via: Droid-Life

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