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Motorola offering $150 off the Moto Z

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 03:21 PM PDT

Do you want a Moto Z, whether it's the unlocked model or a Verizon model? Now is the time to pick one up, as Motorola is offering a $150 promo code for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force in both unlocked and Verizon form.

The Moto Z and Z Force are both great devices made even better by the addition of Moto Mods, which expand the capabilities of the phone with things like high powered speakers, a zoomable camera, and even a projector.

If you want to take advantage of the deal, hit the source link. You'll need to give them your email to get the promo code. Let us know if you snag one!

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Barnes and Noble’s upcoming Nook Tablet 7 may feature Google Play Store

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 02:21 PM PDT

Barnes and Noble started off with its Nook tablet line with a heavily skinned version of Android. Since then, the company has dropped that effort and optioned to put the Nook brand on other company's tablets, like from Samsung.

But it looks like Barnes & Noble may be going back to its old ways with a new tablet that just passed through the FCC. It's called the Nook Tablet 7, and a lot of the specific details of the tablet are unknown at this point. The FCC report regarding the upcoming device shows there's a MediaTek MTM8163 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with Mali-T720 MP2 graphics, and that there are front- and rear-facing cameras equipped.

There is also a micro-USB port, a microSD card slot to expand upon whatever amount of storage is built into the tablet, and the battery is measured in at 3000mAh.

B&N Nook Tablet 7

Another key detail is the inclusion of support for the Google Play Store. Barnes & Noble ended its own digital storefront some time back, so it would be important to have access to Google's option. Which version of Android will be on the tablet is unknown.

Liliputing suggests B&N could be positioning the upcoming Nook Tablet 7 in the $50 market, up to compete with the similarly-priced Amazon Fire Tablet. As for a release date, that's unknown, but it would be good of Barnes and Noble to get it out in time for the holidays.

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Samsung Unveils Coral Blue Galaxy S7 Edge in Singapore and Taiwan

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 12:21 PM PDT

One of the many color options for Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 was Coral Blue, which gave it yet another eye-catching shade, especially when it hit direct sunlight. Unfortunately for the Galaxy S7 lineup, that particular hue wasn't included at launch.

But, now that the Galaxy Note 7 isn't available to buy, it looks like Samsung has decided to spread that shade around a bit — at least for folks in Singapore and Taiwan. The Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge officially goes on sale in both markets this week. There's nothing different about this Galaxy S7 Edge as far as specifications go when compared to the already available models, except for the color.

Galaxy S7 Edge Coral Blue2

Samsung took some time to market the new color, and, well, it's interesting, to say the least. Who doesn't think about a mermaid when talking about a smartphone, right?

Galaxy S7 Edge Coral Blue3

As it stands right now, the Coral Blue Galaxy S7 Edge appears destined only for Singapore and Taiwan. However, there was a leak that surfaced earlier this month that hinted at a U.S.-based debut, under Verizon Wireless' banner, at some point in the future.

What do you think of the Galaxy S7 Edge in Coral Blue?

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DoubleTwist Player update brings a fresh UI and support for Chromecast, Android Wear, and Android Auto

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 11:45 AM PDT

doubleDoubleTwist got its start way back in the early days of Android, when users wanted an easy way to sync music from iTunes to their non-Apple phones. (And also, this was back when human beings still used iTunes.) The scope of the music player has broadened and generalized since then... and truth be told, it's kind of stalled as well, especially since the Cloud Player came out. The last update it had before today was way back in February.

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DoubleTwist Player update brings a fresh UI and support for Chromecast, Android Wear, and Android Auto was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Pocket Casts updated with audio effects, shared playlists, and more

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 11:15 AM PDT


Pocket Casts is one of the most popular podcast apps on Android, and for good reason. It's fast, well-designed, has built-in backups, and has always been fast to support new Android features. In the latest update, Pocket Casts hops on the split-screen hype train, adds audio effects, and launches a new podcast sharing feature.

Pocket Casts is known for its excellent changelogs, so I'll just include the full text here.

This update contains new features and bug fixes, but unlike other companies we plan to actually tell you what they are ;)
New Features:
  • Nougat split-screen support and icon shortcuts!
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Pocket Casts updated with audio effects, shared playlists, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google Assistant Gets Even More Useful via IFTTT Integration

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 09:57 AM PDT


The Google Pixel and Pixel XL have started to arrive in customers' hands, with the exclusive new digital helper called Google Assistant.

The feature is meant to provide users with smarter, more conversational interactions than what "Okay, Google" was capable of providing.

And now Google just announced the virtual assistant will be able to connect itself with other smart devices around the house via IFTTT (If This Then That) channels.

What is the IFTTT you might wonder? It's a web-based service that allows users to create and execute so-called "recipes" via the Assistant itself. Google says that the Assistant will be made to work natively with many services like Spotify or Philips Hue, right now the options are relatively limited.

But through IFTTT, users can use Google Assistant to execute a particular action like turning on a light bulb. For the time being the recipes available are not extremely advanced. Users can post on Facebook or Twitter via voice or change the color of the LIFX lightbulb.

The Assistant it's still in its earliest stages of development and IFTTT integration does push it along the evolutionary chain, but there's a lot of work still to be done. But users should expect good things to come in the near future.


The post Google Assistant Gets Even More Useful via IFTTT Integration appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Sony’s PlayStation Vue Now Available For Android TV

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 09:42 AM PDT


Sony's TV streaming service is no longer an exclusive for Sony products, as the PlayStation Vue app has just been made available for Android TV.

So if you have a NVIDIA Shield or Xiaomi Mix Box lying around the house, all you need to do is get a PlayStation Vue account and make sure you're Android TV is running Android OS 4.4 or higher. After you get these boxes thicked, just go ahead and download the PS Vue app and reap the benefits.

Since its launch, the PlayStation Vue has been making friends with the Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Chromecast. And now it appears that the service will become available on PC and Mac, through a browser. For the time being it doesn't seem like Sony is looking to develop a native app, so PC and Mac users who want to take advantage of the service will have to make-do with the browser option.

The PlayStation Vue service is available for customers in the United States at the moment. No official date has been given for a Canadian launch, but users are keeping their fingers crossed.

In the States, Sony asks for $30 a month for a package that includes 55+ channels in some regions. In other locations where Sony has setup deals with broadcast stations, lucky users are asked to pay only $10 a month.



The post Sony's PlayStation Vue Now Available For Android TV appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Androbench updated to v5.0 with a less ugly UI and fixed Pixel benchmarks

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 09:36 AM PDT


If you need to benchmark the storage in a device, Androbench has long been the go-to way to do it. One major drawback: it was horrendously ugly. It has just been updated to v5.0, and I wouldn't say it's not ugly, but it certainly less ugly. That's a win in my book.

Here's the changelog for Androbench v5.0.

  • New UI design
  • Enhanced SQLite benchmark
  • Removal of Macro benchmark
  • Support for File-Based Encryption in Android N
Bug fixes:
  • Wrong text in the dialog box fixed
  • Detecting available storage size fixed
  • Detecting I/O scheduler fixed

As Artem lamented a while back, Androbench 4.x seemed to have issues with the Pixel.

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Androbench updated to v5.0 with a less ugly UI and fixed Pixel benchmarks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google adds Stranger Things stickers to Allo

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 09:08 AM PDT

stYou know what people like? Stickers, both real and virtual. Also, the Netflix series Stranger Things. Now you can like them simultaneously if you use Allo. Google has announced a new sticker pack, which is not something Google usually does, but apparently the Stranger Things tie-in was important enough to warrant a blog post.

To download the new pack, open your list of stickers and tap the "add stickers" button. At the bottom of the list is the new Stranger Things pack.

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Google adds Stranger Things stickers to Allo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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PinOut is a modern and retro, vibrant and dark, take on Pinball from the makers of Smash Hit

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 09:04 AM PDT


You think you know pinball, right? There are hundreds of variations on the game, thousands of themed layouts to freshen up the experience, and millions of dollars in IAPs to unlock this ball or that theme or that bonus. But PinOut is different, and the first sign is that it comes from the same guys that gave us Smash Hit, Does Not Commute, Granny Smith, and other beautifully and thoughtfully designed games: Mediocre.

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PinOut is a modern and retro, vibrant and dark, take on Pinball from the makers of Smash Hit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Todoist, Fly Delta

Posted: 28 Oct 2016 07:13 AM 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.

Google Calendar - Version 5.6.2

Google Calendar

What's new in this version:

  • Added a new 4×5 month widget


Todoist - Version 11.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • Access smart Quick Add (pretty much) everywhere on your phone
  • Reply to comments right from your notifications
  • View Todoist alongside other apps with multi-window support
  • Quickly find any task or project with Google's new In Apps search
  • See the task context when you add a comment or reminder (so you won't forget which task you're commenting on/reminding yourself of)


Messenger - Version 2.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • 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


NBC - Version 4.0.1


What's new in this version:

  • Completely redesigned to make finding your favorite shows easier than ever.
  • We heard your feedback and now the NBC app has less commercials!
  • Enhanced Chromecast support along with the features you love: your Watchlist, Favorites and the live stream.


tinyCam Monitor - Version 7.1.0

tinyCam Monitor

What's new in this version:

  • Redesigned video playback with slow/fast play speed https://goo.gl/4HaBaJ
  • Android 7.1 support – app shortcuts and round launcher icon https://goo.gl/mra5PM
  • New 2×5 vertical layout.
  • CPU usage in background mode and web server.
  • Improved in-app motion detection. 16×9 grid is used.
  • Improved audio graph and web server.


Fly Delta - Version 4.0.0

Fly Delta

What's new in this version:

  • "Today" now seamlessly integrates your boarding pass into one screen. Simply tap the Check In button to begin
  • Your electronic boarding pass will now automatically update
  • Today now reflects your current SkyMiles Medallion status.
  • Track My Bags now has a "Track On Map" button – allow you to follow your bag's journey on a map
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements


Google Allo - Version 2.0.0

Google Allo

What's new in this version:

  • GIF Keyboard support
  • Direct Share Support
  • Android Wear Support


Evernote - Version 7.9.6


What's new in this version:

  • App shortcuts: search, take text notes, audio notes, and camera notes directly from the home screen
  • Note stats: view word, character, line, and paragraph counts for your notes
  • Improvements to auto-focus in our camera
  • Squashed a bunch of bugs!


Pushbullet - Version 17.7.0


What's new in this version:

  • Quick-reply from PC support for Allo! (and KakaoTalk too)


Join by joaoapps – Version 1.0.27

Join by joaoapps (Beta)

What's new in this version:

  • Share your devices with other accounts so they can push stuff to you
  • Remote phone call handling
  • App Shortcuts on Android 7.1
  • Reply to SMS and chat apps remotely on Android Wear
  • Push history now available on the web


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Mozilla announces Project Quantum, an improved rendering engine for Firefox

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 07:25 PM PDT


I'm sure many of you, like myself, use Google Chrome as your main browser. Chrome was built from scratch, with the exception of its engine (which was WebKit at the time), to be for the modern web. The internet is no longer a series of text-only pages with images, and Chrome was built with modern web applications and security in mind.

If you don't know, a rendering engine is the part of a web browser that displays content.

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Mozilla announces Project Quantum, an improved rendering engine for Firefox was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Latest Nova Launcher 5.0 beta adds Pixel-style launcher shortcuts and weather in the search bar

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 06:45 PM PDT

novaThe Pixel phones are getting a few envious glances from Nexus users and others who want to get their hands on that sweet, sweet Pixel Launcher goodness. If you don't want to mess with trying to get it up and running on something else, the tireless developer of Nova Launcher has you covered. Version 5.0 still isn't up in the public Play Store, but the beta version has been adding bits and pieces of Pixel Launcher functionality.

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Latest Nova Launcher 5.0 beta adds Pixel-style launcher shortcuts and weather in the search bar was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Moto M leaks with metal body

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 04:21 PM PDT

It looks like Lenovo is planning another device for the Moto family, this one sitting between the Moto G and the Moto Z series. It's called the Moto M and it features a metal body and a fingerprint reader on the back, which is a much more traditional location for Android devices.

Other rumored specs include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, a huge 5,100 mAh battery, dual microphones, and the choice of 3GB and 4GB of RAM paired with 32GB of storage as well as a 4GB/64GB model depending on market.

Moto M specs

It definitely looks to be a solid mid-range device. The giant battery will definitely help it sell as battery life is still not where it should be for most devices. Who's interested in the Moto M? Leave a comment!

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