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Project Fi app now shows live data use and per-app breakdown

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 03:33 PM PDT

ProjectFi-ThumbProject Fi subscribers are getting a new tool to track data usage today. A post in the Fi sub-Reddit by the verified Google community manager account says data tracking will now update live, and that usage will be broken out by app. It's all live right now—just open the app and check it out.

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This feature requires Android 7.0 or higher, but that shouldn't be a problem considering Fi is mostly limited to devices that Google updates.

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Project Fi app now shows live data use and per-app breakdown was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Play Store receiving improved fraud and spam detection

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 01:25 PM PDT

Google wants to make the Play Store a bit safer when it comes to avoiding fraudulent material and spam.

Google has announced a few key changes for the Play Store that focus on cracking down on developers fraudulently promoting apps. The company is rolling out new detection and filtering tools, which should help it filter out attempts to manipulate the Play Store and its app rankings. The goal is to boost the integrity of the Play Store and its apps.

One example could be a developer or promoter installing apps to help boost that app's presence within the Play Store. Google's new systems should be able to spot that fraudulent behavior and filter it out entirely. The same filters should be able to capture spam reviews, as well as fraudulent incentivized ratings and reviews.

Developers that break the rules repeatedly can potentially have their app, or apps, pulled from the Play Store.


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Google adds new banks to Android Pay, including Capital One (hopefully for real this time)

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 01:04 PM PDT

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A new raft of banks have been added to Android Pay today, which is always nice. There are a couple dozen this time. There's First Flight FCU, Bristol County Savings Bank, oh and look at that... Capital One. Sweet Christmas. Only a year after it was listed as "coming soon."

Here's the full list of newly added banks.

  • Alpine Bank
  • Anheuser Busch Employees CU
  • Bristol County Savings Bank
  • Capital One
  • CinFed Credit Union
  • City & County CU
  • City National Bank
  • cPort Credit Union
  • Eaton Family Credit Union
  • First Flight FCU
  • First New York FCU
  • Fremont Bank
  • Georgia's Own Credit Union
  • HomeTrust Bank
  • Hudson Valley Federal CU
  • LCNB National Bank
  • Leyden CU
  • Michigan Educational CU
  • Neighbors Credit Union
  • North Dallas Bank & Trust
  • Pacific Service Credit Union
  • Philadelphia FCU
  • Rainbow Federal Credit Union
  • Redwood Capital Bank
  • Seaboard Federal Credit Union
  • Seacoast Bank
  • SELCO Community Credit Union
  • Settlers Bank
  • ShareFax Credit Union
  • Siouxland FCU
  • Southside Bank
  • Texas First Bank
  • Three Rivers Federal Credit Union
  • United Community Bank
  • United Savings CU
  • University of Toledo FCU
  • WEOKIE Credit Union
  • York County FCU

Now, this is not the first time Google has made it seem like Capital One support was finally added to Android Pay.

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Google adds new banks to Android Pay, including Capital One (hopefully for real this time) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google rolling out improved fraud and spam detection in the Play Store

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 12:01 PM PDT

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We've all seen it—an app with just a few too many suspicious five-star reviews or an unlikely high number of installs in a short period of time. Google cites these attempts to manipulate the Play Store as a a hindrance to its recommendation system, and ultimately to the experience of end users. Today, it's implementing a new filtering system to spot these apps.

Apps that are using fraudulent installs, fake reviews, and incentivized ratings are all at risk of being flagged by the new filters.

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Google rolling out improved fraud and spam detection in the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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LG V20 Now Available in Canada at Videotron, Wind Mobile

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 10:39 AM PDT

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LG's latest flagship device, the V20 is already available with major US carriers including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. The good news is that customers outside the States can also pick up the premium smartphone.

In Canada, the LG V20 can be bought from Videotron and Wind Mobile. The phone is pretty expensive so be prepared to pay a hefty $999 CAD outright at Wind Mobile or $1,026 CAD at Videotron.

If you don't want to pay all that money upfront, Wind Mobile offers the option to pay $349 CAD on the Wind Tab. At Videotron, there's the alternative of buying the LG V20 if you agree to a 2-year contract with the carrier for $250 CAD a month.

The phone which features a smaller secondary screen on top, won't be launching in Europe for the time being. The device comes boasting a 5.7-inch display with QHD resolution, a Snapdragon 820 chipset under the hood in combination with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage plus Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

But wait there's more–customers wiling to jump onboard with Videotron or Wind Mobile for the LG V20 will also be getting a free Beopla H3 headphones by Bang & Olufsen. Freebies are always neat, so if you're interested the LG V20 is waiting for you!

Are you getting this beautiful phone?

[Videotron / Wind Mobile]

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Meizu Launches the Colorful, Budget-Minded M5 with Fingerprint Scanner

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 10:39 AM PDT

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Want a cheap smartphone that looks absolutely gorgeous? Chinese device maker Meizu has your back. The company just debuted its latest smartphone, the M5 which costs only $105 (the base model).

The newcomer makes an entry with a 5.2-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution, according to GSM Arena. The top panel features a layer of 2.5D curved glass, pretty fancy for an entry-level device like this.

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The phone takes advantage of an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 chipset with Mali T860 GPU and either 2GB with 16GB of internal memory or 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal memory. There's a hybrid dual-SIM/microSD slot onboard, so users will be able to expand. The phone also rocks a fast fingerprint scanner.

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The main camera features a 13MP sensor with phase detection autofocus and dual-tone LED flash. The selfie camera is of 5MP variety. There's a hefty 3,070 mAh battery powering up the phone and Flyme UI on top of Meizu's Yun OS running onboard.

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Meizu is kick starting sales of the phone in China today. Customers will be able to choose between Mint Green, Glacier White, Champagne Gold, Sapphire Blue and Matte Black color options.

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The 2GB of RAM variant will go for sale for $104, while the 3GB model will sell for $132.

No word on international availability just yet, however third-party sellers like Gearbest might pick it up in the future, as these sellers ship to destinations like Canada.

[GSM Arena]

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Keeping the Play Store trusted: fighting fraud and spam installs

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 10:38 AM PDT

Posted by Kazushi Nagayama, Search Quality Analyst, and Andrew Ahn, Product Manager

We strive to continuously make Google Play the best platform for enjoying and discovering the most innovative and trusted apps. Today we are announcing additional enhancements to protect the integrity of the store.

Our teams work every day to improve the quality of our discovery systems. These content discovery systems ensure that users can find and download apps they will love. From time to time, we observe instances of developers attempting to manipulate the placement of their apps through illegitimate means like fraudulent installs, fake reviews, and incentivized ratings. These attempts not only violate the Google Play Developer Policy, but also harm our community of developers by hindering their chances of being discovered or recommended through our systems. Ultimately, they put the end users at risk of making wrong decisions based on inaccurate, unauthentic information.

Today we are rolling out improved detection and filtering systems to combat such manipulation attempts. If an install is conducted with the intention to manipulate an app's placement on Google Play, our systems will detect and filter it. Furthermore, developers who continue to exhibit such behaviors could have their apps taken down from Google Play.

In the vast majority of cases, no action will be needed. If you are asking someone else to promote your app (e.g., third-party marketing agency), we advise you to make sure that the promotion is based on legitimate practices. In case of questions, please check out the Developer Support Resources.

These important changes will help protect the integrity of Google Play, our developer community, and ultimately our end user. Thank you for your support in building the world's most trusted store for apps and games!


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Opera Max turns to nagware, now prompts users to re-enable it every 12 hours

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 10:16 AM PDT

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If you're not familiar with VPNs, a Virtual Private Network allows users to access the internet as if they were on another network. VPNs are often used to access services only available in another country, access content blocked on a restricted network, or avoid privacy concerns that come with using free Wi-Fi.

Opera Max has been available on Android for a while now, allowing users to save data usage through apps like YouTube and Netflix.

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Opera Max turns to nagware, now prompts users to re-enable it every 12 hours was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Lenovo Yoga Book review: Innovation at its finest

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 09:22 AM PDT

"Is that an iPad?"

The question echoes through the room as a curious passerby inquires about the black slate resting on the table.

"Oh, no, this is an Android tablet. I think it's made by Google or something? Maybe Samsung?"

With a glut of near-doppelgangers filling the tablet market, the need for innovation has never been greater. The market needs devices that will stand apart, offering unique and diverse features that deliver benefits unduplicated by a myriad of competitors. It is at this moment that Lenovo is stepping up to the plate and taking a mighty swing with the Yoga Book.

Years of experience fill Lenovo's résumé, highlighting previous tablets and various ploys to stand out from the crowd. With a dire need for a unique tablet, Lenovo is combining its previous experiments into a single brainchild, the Yoga Book.

Not wholly a tablet, the Yoga Book draws inspiration from laptops, tablets, and a host of hybrids that have dotted the landscape. The result is a wild amalgamation of technology that connects hardware and software, traditional and modern, bringing it together in a package that shouldn't work, and yet excels far beyond expectations.

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The design of the Yoga Book is sleek, progressive, astonishing, and simultaneously, remains comfortably familiar. With a clamshell design inherited from laptops, the Yoga Book welcomes the user gently, whisking away trepidation of new technology and softening the fact that it is an entirely different breed of device.

As usage begins, one quickly begins to realize that this is no common tablet. The hardware is most similar to Microsoft's Surface Book, with a 360° degree hinge that converts the Yoga Book from a laptop-esque device into something far more reminiscent of a traditional tablet. While the weight is slightly greater than most tablets, Lenovo has engineered near-perfect weight distribution, eliminating any discomfort when holding the device.

Lenovo's chosen design is simple, functional, and embodies the beauty of minimalism. Simple, gray plastic surrounds the device, as a way to improve durability and maintain a reasonable weight. The only adornments are a small Lenovo logo and the stainless steel hinge of the device that highlights the Yoga Book's focus on functionality.

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Perhaps most striking is Lenovo's Halo Keyboard, which opens the door to a multitude of new opportunities. While the Halo Keyboard is a hardware keyboard, key travel is nowhere to be found. Lenovo has integrated the keyboard into an entirely flat surface, illuminating when in use, and even providing variable audible and haptic feedback to assist typing.

Upon initial use, the Halo Keyboard is frustrating and complex. Fingers accustomed to traditional keyboards struggle to acclimate to the simple tap that's required. But as usage increases, so does comfort. Typing fluidity improves and in a short amount of time, the speed difference from traditional keyboards becomes negligible.

A trackpad is integrated into the Halo Keyboard and hints at the Yoga Book's Windows-powered sibling. While trackpads remain a necessity in Windows, the addition is unnecessary on Android, an operating system designed for touch.

Above the keyboard rests a single button that transforms the Yoga Book into an entirely new tool. With the design of the device, Lenovo doubled up on the duties of the Halo Keyboard and pressing the pen button converts the aptly-titled Create Pad from a keyboard into a writing surface.

Bundled with the Yoga Book is Lenovo's Real Pen, a multi-functional tool to increase the creative prowess of the Yoga Book. By default, the Real Pen has a stylus tip, which can be used onscreen and on the Create Pad. 2048 levels of pressure are able to be detected by the Real Pen, as a result of a partnership with Wacom. That same partnership extends innovation to charging, with the Real Pen using electromagnetic resonance to charge itself while in use.

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There's more to the Real Pen than the role of a stylus. Lenovo has bundled three pen tips, which can be substituted for the stylus tip. Along with the pen tips is the Book Pad, a specially sized writing pad with 20 refillable pages. The Book Pad magnetically attaches to the Create Pad and allows users to write with pen and paper, with the results instantly digitized and saved on the Yoga Book.

The vital core of the Yoga Book is performance. A great deal of tech is packed into a small device and without enough power, the Yoga Book would merely be a failed experiment. As Lenovo designed the Yoga Book to run with Windows and Android, the company opted for an Intel processor, specifically a 2.4GHz Intel Atom x5 processor. Paired with 4GB of RAM, the Yoga Book zips along.

Even with all of its features, battery life is strong on the Yoga Book. Experiences will vary, particularly with the way that the device is used, but quality battery life should be expected. Lenovo opted for microUSB charging, holding the tradition. Depending on your view, this may be good or bad, but for now, it's what users are going to get.

Software is an important facet of the Yoga Book. Lenovo has gone through several variations of software for its tablets, but the Yoga Book's software is by far the best of the bunch.

Past software from Lenovo has been heavily skinned, taking references from iOS and ultimately resulting in a UI that was inconsistent, unattractive, and riddled with performance issues. After years of feedback, Lenovo is stepping away from its previous software. Android is allowed to shine on the Yoga Book, with only minimal customizations from Lenovo. Notable tweaks include a modified notification shade, a shift of the navigation buttons to the lower left corner of the screen, and a selection of apps from Lenovo to assist users. In addition to its own apps, Lenovo has included ArtRage and Dolby Atmos. Both apps complement the features of the Yoga Book and are welcome additions.

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As the sum of its parts, the Yoga Book stands on its own as a powerful, innovative device. But placing it against the competition reveals even more.

Lenovo's aim is clear. The Yoga Book isn't directed at creative-specific devices, such as Wacom's offerings. The Yoga Book is targeting Microsoft's Surface and ASUS's Transformer Book. And the truth is, it stands a good chance of beating them.

With the Yoga Book, Lenovo has developed a device that innovates in all the right areas, creating a hybrid that's logical and functional, without sacrificing the style and convenience that's expected from this new breed of computers. Productivity and creativity are both given room to thrive and the Yoga Book paves a path for the two to coexist on the very same surface.

In short, Lenovo has created the best hybrid of the year.

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Halloween app and game sales: Goat Simulator, HD Widgets, Crimsonland, and more

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 09:07 AM PDT

It's Halloween, so that means we've got some spooky app and game sales from the haunted Play Store. OoooOOOoooo, scary. The cursed deals below will only be available for a limited time. Don't be afraid, grab your goody bag and come on in. Certainly nothing terrifying will happen to you!

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Apps

iCountTimer Pro: $0.99 from $4.99

Millimeter Pro: $0.99 from $1.99

WiFi Mouse Pro: $1.99 from $3.99

Hydro Coach PRO: $1.39 from $4.49

HD Widgets: $0.10 from $0.99 (non-US)

AntiVirus PRO Android Security: $7.19 from $11.99

Games

Samurai II: Vengeance: $1.99 from $2.99

SHADOWGUN: $2.99 from $4.99

Crimsonland: $0.99 from $9.99

I Have No Mouth: $1.99 from $3.99

Sanitarium: $1.99 from $3.99

Thomas Was Alone: $1.99 from $4.49

Goat Simulator: $0.99 from $4.99

Goat Simulator Waste of Space: $2.99 from $4.99

Goat Simulator GoatZ: $1.99 from $4.99

Kingdom Rush Frontiers: $0.99 from $1.99

Assassin's Creed Identity: $2.99 from $4.99

Eclipse: $4.99 from $6.99

Aurora: Quarantine: $0.99 from $2.99

Whispering Willows: $0.99 from $4.99

Sparkle: $0.99 from $2.99

Sparkle 2: $0.99 from $6.99

Azkend: $0.99 from $2.99

Azkend 2: The World Beneath; $0.99 from $6.99

Trouserheart: $0.99 from $2.99

King of Dragon Pass: $4.99 from $9.99

The Tiny Bang Story: $1.49 from $2.99

Majesty: Fantasy Kingdom: $0.99 from $1.99

Majesty: Northern Expansion: $0.99 from $2.99

Elder Sign: Omens: $1.99 from $3.99

One Day : The Sun Disappeared: $0.99 from $3.99

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Halloween app and game sales: Goat Simulator, HD Widgets, Crimsonland, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: AutoTools, Tango

Posted: 31 Oct 2016 08:17 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. FX Launcher

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App info: Customize Desktop/Workspace – Custom icon size, padding, font, text size, text color, grid number, scrolling effect and etc. Customize Folder – Custom folder icon size, font, text size, text color, normal background, gradient background and etc.

 

2. AutoTools

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App info: Supercharge Tasker! NO root needed for ANY actions! AutoTools expands the base functionality in Tasker by letting you do much more with much less work!

 

3 . Tango

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App info: Tango brings Augmented Reality to your smartphone. The Tango app helps you launch your favorite AR experiences and discover new apps.

 

4. Zombie Anarchy: War & Survival

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App info: Begin a desperate struggle to stand among the living in the best online strategy survival game. Find the last humans on Earth and train them in the art of survival as you wage war against the apocalypse.

 

5. Space Marshals 2

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App info: The sci-fi wild west adventure in outer space continues with Space Marshals 2. This tactical top-down shooter puts you in the shoes of specialist Burton in his struggle against the criminal elements of the galaxy.

 

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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