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Watch Google’s October 4 event live stream tomorrow

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 04:07 PM PDT

We're sure many of you are excited for Google's event tomorrow. We're going to be seeing a bunch of new products, including two Pixel devices, Google Home, a Google router, and potentially a lot more.

If you want to watch the event for yourself, Google is live streaming it on YouTube. It starts at 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET on October 4, so be sure to tune in then! And if you're unable to watch a livestream, keep your eyes on us as we'll be posting the latest news from the event.

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WhatsApp adds image/video drawing and stickers, front-facing flash, and more

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 02:33 PM PDT


It can be hard to keep track of what's new and old in WhatsApp thanks in part to the beta program that's always testing a ton of stuff. This time, WhatsApp was good enough to make a blog post announcing some of the camera features we saw in a recent beta are official now. Starting today, Android users will be able to doddle on pictures, use their screen as a flash, and more.

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WhatsApp adds image/video drawing and stickers, front-facing flash, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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[Deal Alert] Catan is on sale for $0.10 (regularly $4.99) in most countries other than the US

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 02:07 PM PDT

unnamedThere have been a number of big sales on apps and games in the Play Store as of late, but many of them don't include the US. Oh well, we tend to get preferential treatment from Google most of the time. Might as well let everyone else have some fun. Currently, Catan is down to $0.10, or whatever the smallest paid app price is in your local currency. It's not currently on sale in the US.

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[Deal Alert] Catan is on sale for $0.10 (regularly $4.99) in most countries other than the US was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google releases October security update for Nexus devices

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 02:02 PM PDT

Google has released the monthly security update for October for Nexus devices. Android Nougat devices receiving the update include the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9 WiFi, and Pixel C.

Though some Nexus devices haven't received the Nougat update yet (and some won't at all), they're still getting the security update. That includes the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6, so don't get too excited if you see this update pop up.

If you want to download the factory images, hit the source link. You could also wait for the OTA to appear on your phone, which is easier to update if you have the patience to wait. Let us know when you get the update!

Source: Android, Google Developers
Via: Phandroid

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USB-IF announces Type-C audio specifications, furthering the death of the 3.5mm jack

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 02:02 PM PDT

The USB Implementers Forum, or USB-IF, has announced the new standard for audio over USB Type-C. This means that the much loved 3.5mm jack is this much closer to disappearing for good.

Two manufacturers have removed the headphone jack so far, though Apple wasn't kind enough to use the USB Type-C standard. Motorola's latest flagship does not have a 3.5mm jack, opting instead for the Type-C port to do it all (and including an adapter in the box for traditional headphones).

This was before a standardized way of doing Type-C audio though. Now the USB-IF has defined the standard for audio implementation over Type-C, which will allow manufacturers to do away with the 3.5mm jack without creating a fragmented audio port.

Though the 3.5mm jack is still very much relevant, there are benefits to audio over USB. There's no need for a digital to analog converter, the Type-C port is slimmer (both of which means thinner phones and more space for battery), it's easier to waterproof, and the USB port can deliver power to noise cancelling headphones rather than them having their own power supply.

While we're not looking forward to the death of the 3.5mm jack, it won't be as painful as we think. USB is the world standard and adoption should be fairly swift. What do you guys think of the death of the 3.5mm jack? Leave a comment!

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Giphy puts unreleased 'Cam' app on Play Store, increasing your meme efficiency by 1000%

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 12:52 PM PDT


Giphy is one of the most popular repositories of GIFs on the web, and the site has published their newest app to the Play Store - Giphy Cam. The application allows you to either record video from your camera, or shoot five images in burst mode. Once your content is recorded, you can apply all the effects and stickers your heart desires. The app description states that Giphy plans to add new filters weekly, "to help you keep your GIF game on point."

The TNG filter is fantastic.

The TNG filter is fantastic.

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Giphy puts unreleased 'Cam' app on Play Store, increasing your meme efficiency by 1000% was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Xiaomi Mi Box launches today with 4K HDR support for $69

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 11:07 AM PDT

Back in September, it was rumored that Xiaomi would launch its Android TV-based set-top box sometime in October and that it would cost less than $100. Turns out that that rumor was true, as Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi Box will go on sale today, October 3, for only $69.

The Mi Box includes support for 4K streaming with support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) content (on supported TVs). The box is running Android TV 6.0 and includes a Bluetooth voice remote that will allow owners to talk to the remote to find content they want to watch. The Mi Box supports streaming 4K content at 60 frames per second, Google Cast to stream content from Android (or iOS) devices, and and apps like Netflix, PLEX, as well as games like Crossy Road.

The Mi Box supports a Bluetooth-enabled game controller that's sold separately, DTS multichannel HD audio encoding, and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. It's ticking along with a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, with expandable storage with connected USB storage options.

Do you plan on picking up a Xiaomi Mi Box?

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Paper Planes, Taskbar

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 10:12 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 . Action Launcher 3

Action Launcher 3

App info: Action Launcher 3 replaces your homescreen with a colorful, customizable and speedy app you'll quickly learn to love. Try it out for free!


2. Edge Music Player

Edge Music Player

App info: Stylish , Powerful and Fast Music Player with elegant design . Edge Music Player lets you manage all your music files quickly and easily .


3. Paper Planes

Paper Planes

App info: Create and fold your own paper plane, stamp it with your location, and "throw" it back into the world where it can be caught by someone on the other side of the world.


4. 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!


5. Pyrope Browser

Pyrope Browser

App info:  This browser is based on Cyanogenmod browser (Gello) and Chromium / swe. A fast, smooth and safe web surfing experience on your Android device. 


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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Facebook Marketplace will help you sell your things in the app

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 10:12 AM PDT

At the same time that Facebook is rolling out Messenger Lite in select countries, it's also hoping to make it easier for its users to sell their stuff.

Facebook is launching what it calls Marketplace. It will find a permanent position in the Facebook app's bottom row of icons; it's actually replacing the standard Facebook Messenger icon, since that's a standalone app these days. The new Marketplace is represented by a shop icon that looks like a little storefront.

When a user heads into the Marketplace, they'll be able to buy and sell things with other Facebook users. Those items can include photos, and Marketplace will show users all the stuff that's near them. Facebook's Marketplace will let users search for specific items, too.


Item pages can have quite a bit of information on display, including a user's name, mutual friends, price, pictures, and the location of the items for sale. Users can initiate a Facebook Messenger chat right from the landing page if they want to buy the stuff.

Marketplace will also have a "Your Items" list that will show all of the things you've listed through the service as well as your saved items, products, and chats you've had with other Facebook users.

Facebook Marketplace will only be available for Facebook users that are 18 years or older. It will be rolling out for Android users, as well as iOS users, in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.

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Facebook Messenger Lite offers the same core features in a slimmed down app

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 10:12 AM PDT

Not everyone has access to a stable, or high-speed data connection, but that doesn't mean Facebook doesn't want those folks to access its platform, or features.

That's where Messenger Lite comes in. Facebook has made the new standalone app official, saying it weighs in at only 10MB but still offers all of the "core features" as the standard Messenger app, including sending stickers, messaging, and sending/receiving photos.

Messenger Lite is a slimmed down version that's meant for markets that have slower-than-average internet speeds. The new app is available in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Kenya, and Venezuela out of the gate, and it's only on Android. Facebook says it will arrive in other countries over the coming months.

How often do you use Facebook Messenger?

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Three Android Apps That Help Students Search the Web

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 09:06 AM PDT


mobile-searchStudents might forget their lunches, their gym shoes, and their homework assignments when they leave their houses in the morning, but they never forget their mobile phones. We can help students put those mobile devices to good use through the use of mobile search apps.

Google Goggles is a free Android app that lets students take a picture of an object and then search for similar objects. In the search for similar objects Google will include links to the pages that host the pictures returned in the search. Google Goggles also works when students take pictures of passages of text. The image below outlines the type of searches that Google Goggles is best at conducting.

CamFind is a free Android app (iOS version also available) that works in a manner similar to that of Google Goggles. CamFind enables you to take a picture of any object and then instantly conduct a web search about it. For example, when I take a picture of my computer bag CamFind instantly starts to search for objects like it as well as web pages about computer bags. I've also used CamFind to take pictures of blocks of text and let CamFind then search for web articles related to the text in my picture.

Blippar is an augmented reality app available for iOS, Android, and Windows phones. Like the other apps in this list Blippar uses the image captured by your camera to search for related pictures and articles on the web. I have used this app the least of the three on this list, but I included it because Blippar does work on Windows devices and is developing an education-specific product.

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[Deal Alert] Star Walk 2 is $0.10 in some regions (normally $0.99)

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 08:57 AM PDT


The night sky isn't just filled with stars. The naked eye in most areas of the world (barring massive light pollution) can spot at least a few galaxies, nebulas, planets, and even artificial satellites like the International Space Station. If you have ever wondered what is floating in the sky above you, Star Walk 2 is a great tool - and it's on sale!

Star Walk is one of the many sky map applications for Android, and like several others, allows you to point your device at the sky to identify stellar objects.

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[Deal Alert] Star Walk 2 is $0.10 in some regions (normally $0.99) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Facebook officially announces Marketplace, an easier way to buy and sell items locally

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 08:23 AM PDT


Facebook has been planning some form of a Marketplace feature for years. It was first announced in 2007, then didn't really happen. Finally in 2015 it began appearing for some iOS users, and earlier this year, on Android as well. Now Facebook has finally released the feature publicly, on Android and iOS alike.

Facebook has always had Groups specifically for buying/selling items locally, and Facebook reports that "more than 450 million" people visit these groups each month.

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Facebook officially announces Marketplace, an easier way to buy and sell items locally was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Facebook releases Messenger Lite, a cut-down version of Messenger for emerging markets

Posted: 03 Oct 2016 03:17 AM PDT


Facebook Lite was released early last year, and it's pretty good - it takes up less space than the regular Facebook app and consumes much less data. As a follow-up, Messenger Lite is now available, meaning phones with countries where data is thin on the ground and people with small amounts of storage can use Messenger as well.

Of course, using Messenger Lite doesn't stop anyone from messaging friends - it's completely inter-operable with the regular version of Messenger.

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Facebook releases Messenger Lite, a cut-down version of Messenger for emerging markets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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