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Sony's weird Future Lab Program N prototype gadget gets an Android companion app

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 03:48 PM PDT

nigelNever let it be said that Android Police discourages innovation. Even so, the "N" device from Sony's Future Lab Program is a little hard to wrap your head around. At first glance it looks like one of those neckband-style Bluetooth headphones, and indeed, it does fulfill that function (with a pair of "open ear headphones" that are similar to, but not the same as, bone conduction buds). But it also has a pair of open-air speakers on the neckband, like a tiny little boombox.

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Sony's weird Future Lab Program N prototype gadget gets an Android companion app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sprint CEO says most Galaxy Note 7 owners staying with Samsung

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 02:03 PM PDT

Samsung has a huge problem on its hands with the Galaxy Note 7. Not only has the company had to go through two recalls that involved special shipping boxes, but the damage to its reputation and finances is significant. However, this whole situation may not be so bad.

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure says that most Galaxy Note 7 owners are switching to the Galaxy S7. This isn't hard to believe, since Samsung is offering a $100 credit if you get a Galaxy as a replacement for the Note 7, but it does mean that people aren't entirely losing faith in Samsung.

We know that some of you want Samsung to fall after this, but the everyday person may not. It looks likely that Samsung will recover in the long run. Maybe this will mean some amazing devices that don't explode in the future.


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Xiaomi announces Mi Note 2, Mi VR, and bonkers Mi MIX

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 02:03 PM PDT

Xiaomi made a whole host of announcements today. The three devices announced were the Mi Note 2, Mi VR, and Mi MIX. The last one is by far the most interesting though, as it's a "concept" device brought to life.

The Mi MIX features a 6.4-inch 17:9 edgeless display with rounded corners. The device has a 91.3% screen-to-body ratio, which is insane. It doesn't even have an earpiece! Instead it uses cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology to vibrate sound rather than play it through an earpiece. It also features an ultrasonic proximity sensor behind the display.

Other specs of the Mi MIX include a 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of memory, a 4,400mAh battery, a 16MP rear camera, a half size 5MP front camera on the chin, NFC, 192kHz/24 bit HD audio, and a full ceramic body.

This crazy device will go for RMB 3499 (~$516) for the 4GB + 128GB model and RMB 3999 (~$590) for the Mi MIX 18k with 6GB + 256GB memory along with 18 karat gold accents.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2

The Mi Note 2 is somewhat similar to the doomed Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It features a dual curved 5.7-inch OLED display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of meory, a 4,070mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, a 22.56MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, HD audio, NFC, and 3D curved glass in the rear surrounded by an aluminum frame.

It looks quite a lot like the Note 7, though hopefully this one won't explode. The 4GB + 64GB model will cost RMB 2799 (~$413), the 6GB + 128GB model will cost RMB 3299 (~$487), and the global ^6GB + 128GB model will cost RMB 3499 (~$516). 

Xiaomi Mi VR

Lastly, Xiaomi announced the Mi VR headset. It includes its own 9-axis motion controller, has a built-in motion sensor, features 16ms low latency, and costs only ~$29 USD. It's compatible with the Mi Note 2, Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus, and Mi 5.

What do you think of today's announcement? How many of you are drooling over the Mi MAX? Leave a comment!


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3 Exercises To Get Your Fitness App In Shape

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 01:56 PM PDT

By: Mary Liz McCurdy, Health & Fitness Lead, Google Play

(Originally published on Android Central)

It's an exciting time to be a health & fitness app developer. With people shelling out on fitness more than ever before, we're seeing record high levels of gym memberships and attendance, the rise of boutique fitness, and an emphasis on connected devices.

Paramount to this growth is the integration of smart technology. Whether it be through streaming video, wearables, or mobile apps, technology empowers us with instant access to high quality workouts, sensor biofeedback, and endless on-demand inspiration. At Google Play, we've seen this growth reflected by the incredible popularity of health & fitness apps. In fact, this is one of Google Play's fastest growing app categories, boasting the most engaged 30d active users.

As the resident health & fitness expert on Google Play, I had the opportunity to speak about what's driving the category's growth at the recent Wearables Technology Show. Here are the top three recommendations I shared with the audience to help coach developers towards building more valuable app experiences:

Lose it!

#1: Be invisible

We all know how painful manually logging activity and biometrics is- be it calorie tracking, workouts, moods, or hormone cycles. Manual logging is actually the number one reason users drop off.

What you should do: Minimize distraction with automation wherever possible while maximizing value at the appropriate moments. Remember that you are in all likelihood a companion experience to the main event.

Lose It! makes food tracking easier by using your phone's camera and image recognition technology to identify foods and their nutritional information. Goodbye manual calorie counting!

Strava uses auto pause detection, recognizing when you are resting during exercise so you don't need to fiddle with your device and can stay safe and in the zone.

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#2: Be personal

Investing in robust personalization has been the driving factor in improving app engagement and buyer conversion among many of our top developers.

What you should do: Personalize the experience for each user or distinct user cohorts by leveraging technology like the Awareness API, Fit API, Google Sign In, and Facebook Login to intelligently pull in relevant user data. Think about your first-time users, power users, high value users, etc. and treat them uniquely.

Freeletics personalizes onboarding and the overall app experience based on gender and fitness level leading to a 58% increase in weekly active sessions.

Workout Trainer by Skimble increased user engagement by 30% through personalizing training programs based on user fitness assessments, goals, and workout patterns.

Glow

#3: Be assistive

The rise of smartphones, wearables and IoT have left us swimming in data and dashboards and left many consumers wondering, so what?

What you should do: Offer insights and suggestions, not just raw data. Users are not engineers and generally do not want to process complex data or dashboards. In most cases, they want you to tell them what to do in the moment or provide digestible summaries after the fact. Keep it simple.

Glow provides personalized insights that leverage user-inputted data and third party data from Google Fit to help couples achieve their fertility goals.

Beddit gives personalized daily tips to improve your sleep and wellness by analyzing sleep cycles, resting heart rate, respiration, room temperature, and more.

At the end of the day, changing health and fitness habits is hard. Make it easier for your users by seamlessly guiding them on what they personally need to do to achieve their goal. It's that simple ;) We encourage you to experiment with these exercises to get your app fit for the millions of Android users looking to live a healthier, happier life.


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[Deal Alert] Twilight Pro unlock is down to $0.10 from $2.99 (not in U.S.)

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 12:55 PM PDT

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We should all be familiar with the 10-cent deal alerts by now. It is a real luck of the draw to see if your home country is included in the sales.

Regardless, here is another app on sale: Twilight Pro. This is a display filter that tweaks the colors on your screen throughout the day (think LiveDisplay from CyanogenMod). It creates what some of us know as "Night Mode" wherein the blue light from the display is reduced to help with eye strain in low-light conditions.

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[Deal Alert] Twilight Pro unlock is down to $0.10 from $2.99 (not in U.S.) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sci-fi western Space Marshals 2 hits the Play Store in beta form

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 12:29 PM PDT

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Space is not lawless—it's up to the Space Marshals to keep the peace and go after the bad guys. There are plenty of bad guys to be gone after in Space Marshals 2. As you can probably guess, it's the sequel to the well-received original Space Marshals. It retains the tactical top-down combat, adding a whole new story and levels.

Space Marshals is played in a top-down isometric view. Rather than just blast everything that comes your way, Space Marshals 2 emphasizes stealth and tactical attacks.

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Sci-fi western Space Marshals 2 hits the Play Store in beta form was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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BlackBerry DTEK60 Launches in Canada, Bundle Priced at $650

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 12:29 PM PDT

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Canadian company BlackBerry just pulled the veil off a brand new security-oriented Android smartphone called DTEK60.

Not such an inspired name choice if you ask us, but let's see what the phone has to offer in terms of specs and function. The DTEK60 is a successor of the DTEK50 and like the latter, it is based on an Alcatel (TCL) design.

It's the high-end Idol 4S, but the company made sure it added its own twist to prototype. The phone features a 5.5-inch QHD display and draws power from a Snapdragon 820 chipset in combination with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internals storage.

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As for cameras, the phone comes equipped with a 20MP main camera plus an 8MP selfie shooter. There's also an acceptable 3,000 mAh battery on the inside, fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port and a neat, programmable button on the side.

One thing that makes the phone pretty impressive is the metal-framed body with dual-glass finish on the back and front. It makes the device looks pretty sleek.

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The software department is where BlackBerry shines and that's evident with the DTEK60 too. The handset takes advantage of a highly secured version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but Nougat is also in the cards.

BlackBerry has made the bootloader extra secure too, and added apps like Hardware Root of Trust plus its own productivity-oriented suite of apps like Hub or Calendar.

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The BlackBerry DTEK60 is expected to make it out in retail SIM-free with a $499 USD price-tag attached to it. It's also available in Canada, with a bundle priced at $650 CAD, which comes with a case and quick charger.

Are you guys getting it?

[BlackBerry]

The post BlackBerry DTEK60 Launches in Canada, Bundle Priced at $650 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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WhatsApp Video Calling for Android Shows Up in Latest Beta

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 12:20 PM PDT

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Whatsapp – one of the largest end-to-end encrypted messaging services – has been offering users a way to send messages, photos, videos, voice messages and docs free of charge. Now it appears that the company is finally making available the much-awaiting video calling feature for Android.

As first reported by Android Police, the feature appears to be available in the latest WhatsApp beta version. You should notice a camera icon next to your contacts and if you do, just tap on it and you will be good to go.

However, bear in mind that the other party you are trying to call needs to be updated to the latest version too. Anyone can try and install the latest beta (2.6.318) which is available for download via APK Mirror.

Skype and Facetime on iOS already offer this function, so it was only a matter of time before WhatsApp did something similar. Other apps like Telegram and Signal don't currently offer video calling.

The company is not rolling out an official update just yet, but this will soon happen hopefully. And for good this time. Some of you might remember that back in May, WhatsApp beta had video calling enabled for a short period of time and then the company pulled it shortly.

Can you use video calling in WhatsApp yet?

[Android Police]

The post WhatsApp Video Calling for Android Shows Up in Latest Beta appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Skype announces improvements to calls and voicemail

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 11:23 AM PDT

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Skype is one of the most common ways to make video and VoIP calls, but there are a number of annoyances that seem to be carried over from traditional phone calls. It doesn't need to be this way, though, so Microsoft announced a few months ago that it planned to modernize Skype. Now, the first wave of changes are set to roll out, and they'll be coming to the Android app in the next few weeks.

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Skype announces improvements to calls and voicemail was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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BlackBerry DTEK60 now official with 21MP camera, 5.5-inch QHD display

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 08:58 AM PDT

Earlier this month, BlackBerry's Android-based DTEK60 went up for pre-order even before the company got around to officially announcing the device. Now the wait for an official announcement is finally over.

BlackBerry has taken the wraps off the DTEK60, its latest Android smartphone. The DTEK60 looks similar to the DTEK50 that launched earlier this year, but the newest family member offers more high-end specs. That includes the display, which measures in at 5.5 inches and features a 2560×1440 resolution.

The DTEK60 also packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage. There's a microSD card slot, too, which supports cards up to 2TB. The DTEK60′s battery supports QuickCharge 3.0, measures in at 3000mAh and charges over USB Type-C port. There's a 21-megapixel camera on the back of the DTEK60, complete with phase detection autofocus and dual LED flash, and an 8-megapixel wide angle camera is on the front of the phone.

BlackBerry has added a few of its own hardware and software tweaks to the DTEK60. For instance, there's a physical Convenience Key on the side that will allow quick access to your favorite apps. There are also gesture controls for easier navigation and Instant Actions that allow you to execute actions right from the search bar.

The Android 6.0-powered DTEK60 is available beginning today in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. It'll be priced at $499 USD, $650 CDN, €579, and £475. BlackBerry says the DTEK60 will arrive in more countries in the near future, but not specific dates have been tied down.

BlackBerry is throwing in some extras, too. Folks that buy the new device in the U.S. and Canada will get a Rapid Charger and Soft Shell case. In other countries, DTEK60 buyers will get a free Rapid Charger and Pocket Case.

Do you plan on picking up the DTEK60?


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Google Messenger v2.0 adds unread counts to several launchers, brings a new launcher icon, prepares for RCS support, and much more [APK Teardown + Download]

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 07:33 AM PDT

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The Google Messenger app officially hit version 2.0 yesterday. There are plenty of changes, largely related to visual tweaks like a new launcher icon, color changes, and some revised layouts. While a mostly visual release, there are some functional improvements, as well. A teardown also brings a good look at some interesting things in the future of messaging.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog:

  • New launcher icon
  • Unread counts on the launcher icon
  • Improved contact list and group messaging interface
  • Settings and Advanced Settings screens have been re-arranged
  • Other visual adjustments

New launcher icon

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Left: from v1.9 and earlier.

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Google Messenger v2.0 adds unread counts to several launchers, brings a new launcher icon, prepares for RCS support, and much more [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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PayByPhone's app enters the 21st century with a big modern redesign and Android Pay support

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 06:03 AM PDT

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Current Android standards have changed massively in the last few years, going from the days of no real design language in Gingerbread, to Holo in Ice Cream Sandwich, to material in Lollipop. It's startling, then, to see an app that has been languishing in the dark ages get a big update. PayByPhone, a leading pay-with-phone parking app, has just been updated with a major redesign and Android Pay support, giving it a much needed boost into this era of app design.

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PayByPhone's app enters the 21st century with a big modern redesign and Android Pay support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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tinyCam Monitor 7.1 released, adds video playback options, launcher shortcuts, and a round icon

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 03:58 AM PDT

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Android 7.1 has only been available a short time, but developers are already adding the new stuff to their apps. One of these developers is Alexey Vasilyev, better known as the developer of the popular tinyCam Monitor app. For the uninitiated, tinyCam is a viewer for most standard format video cameras, which can be then be used for remote surveillance, among other things.

The biggest addition in the update is playback speed options for video playback.

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tinyCam Monitor 7.1 released, adds video playback options, launcher shortcuts, and a round icon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Deal Alert] Ice Rage: Hockey is down to 0.10 in a few countries

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 03:18 AM PDT

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Another week, another 10 cents deal alert. You should know the symphony by heart now, but in case you've never seen these deals before, here's the gist. Every week, one or two games or apps drop their prices on the Play Store to 10 cents, i.e. pocket change. The discount doesn't affect all countries and is usually limited to France, Italy, Spain, and Germany (EUR 0.10), Russia (RUB 10), the UK (GBP 0.10), and Australia (AUD 0.20).

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[Deal Alert] Ice Rage: Hockey is down to 0.10 in a few countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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NBC's app gets a pretty modern design overhaul, less commercials, and better Chromecast support

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 01:53 AM PDT

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Of the thousands and thousands of apps on the Play Store, very few get updated to meet the latest design trends and guidelines. Some developers take their sweet time, others never bother, thinking that a functional app is all that's needed and design isn't too relevant.

NBC's Android app was neither here nor there. It followed more of a Holo aesthetic, with some more modern elements like the hamburger menu. Now, however, it's taking a leap forward with a major redesign.

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NBC's app gets a pretty modern design overhaul, less commercials, and better Chromecast support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Video calls are going live in WhatsApp, but only for some users

Posted: 24 Oct 2016 10:33 PM PDT

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WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps on the planet, so even small changes warrant some attention. This isn't a small change, though. This is a big one. WhatsApp is rolling out support for video calls in the Android app, but not everyone has the feature yet.

Video calls are becoming available seemingly at random. You won't need an app update as long as you're on one of the recent beta versions (people are reporting success on a few builds).

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Video calls are going live in WhatsApp, but only for some users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Join updated with phone call management, device sharing, app shortcuts, and more

Posted: 24 Oct 2016 10:08 PM PDT

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When Pushbullet adopted a subscription model, some casual users had trouble justifying the cost. Seeing an opportunity, joaoapps released Join. It has many of the same notification and messaging features as Pushbullet, but it only costs $5 for full access. The app has gotten a big update today to v1.0.27. Despite the inauspicious version number, there are a lot of big changes in this one.

Here's the changelog posted by the developer.

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Join updated with phone call management, device sharing, app shortcuts, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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30 new and notable Android games from the last 2 weeks (10/12/16 - 10/24/16)

Posted: 24 Oct 2016 08:08 PM PDT

nexus2cee_gamethumbWelcome to the roundup of the best new Android games 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.

Games

I am Bread

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

In I Am Bread, you are bread.

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30 new and notable Android games from the last 2 weeks (10/12/16 - 10/24/16) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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