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Franco.Kernel Updater v2.1 is rolling out with night mode, app shortcuts, quick settings tiles, and more

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 03:21 PM PST

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Android users who demand maximum control over their devices are most likely running franco.Kernel. The franco.Kernel Updater app lets you put all that power to use, and the latest update adds a ton of new features for devices running this kernel. There are display profiles, a "night shift" mode, and a few goodies for anyone running Nougat.

Here's a quick rundown of the changes in FKUpdater v2.1.

  • Night Shift
  • Display profiles
  • High brightness mode
  • Launcher shortcuts (app shortcuts)
  • Quick tiles for performance profiles
  • Per-App profiles improvements
  • Early support for Pixel
  • Round icon support
  • Improved integration with Play Games for achievements
  • Ability to set a default home path for the File Manager
  • Improved inter process communication for preferences
  • Bug fixes

Many power users were annoyed when Google removed official night mode support from Android for the second time after letting us play with it in the dev previews.

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Franco.Kernel Updater v2.1 is rolling out with night mode, app shortcuts, quick settings tiles, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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The OnePlus 3T is official

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 03:12 PM PST

OnePlus has made its latest device official. The OnePlus 3T is set to release on November 22 as a mid-year upgrade to the OnePlus 3, featuring many of the same specs but some upgrades thrown in.

The main upgrade of the OnePlus 3T is the Snapdragon 821 processor clocked at 2.35GHz, besting the Google Pixel's 2.15GHz clock of the same chip. Other upgrades include a 16MP front-facing shooter, a 3,400mAh battery, and a choice of 64GB or 128GB of storage. Other specs remain the same.

The new OnePlus 3T starts at $439, which isn't much more expensive than the original OnePlus 3′s $399 price tag. OnePlus felt that it could offer a better experience to new customers and didn't want to wait a whole year to roll it out, so a mid-year refresh was in order.

How many of you will be picking one up at launch? Leave a comment!


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Spyware allegedly found on brand new devices around the world

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 02:06 PM PST

Security research firm Kryptowire reports that it has found a form of spyware called Adups on many devices sold across the world. This spyware collects data, like SMS logs, call logs, contacts, IP addresses, IMEIs, and more, and sends it to specific servers in China without the user's knowledge every 24 to 72 hours.

The company has not announced a list of affected devices, but it has mentioned the Blu R1 HD. If you own one, you might want to return it. Amazon seems to be offering refunds to some people.

The company that created this software is called Shanghai Adups Technology, which provides over-the-air software delivery services to many companies in many industries.

While the report has not been confirmed by a third-party, it's still something to be concerned about. This Adups spyware is quite a bit worse than Carrier IQ! If you want to check if your device is affected, you can look for the APKs "com.adups.fota" and "com.adups.fota.sysoper" on your device. Let us know what you think in the comments!


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Google introduces PhotoScan app for old photos, updates to Google Photos editing

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 02:06 PM PST

Scanning old photos typically requires a good scanner or a professional service, so most people avoid doing it. But digitizing those old photos is really important, because losing them would be tragic. Now Google has introduced a new app called PhotoScan to help you digitize those old photos.

This app will automatically detect the photo, crop it, correct for perspective, and remove glare. The photos can then be saved to Google Photos. The app is available for Android and iOS today, and it's free and easy, so give it a shot!

Google has also announced that the Google Photos app is getting some updates. The auto enhance feature has been improved, there are 12 new filters that adjust aspects on the photo based on the photo itself using machine intelligence, and a new editor has been introduced. The new update is starting its rollout today so let us know when you get it!


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Firefox 50 now available for Android

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 12:52 PM PST

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Firefox is one of many third-party web browsers available on Android, and today the desktop and mobile browsers have been bumped to version 50.0. The changelog for the Android version is much smaller than for the desktop, but there are some notable improvements.

The most recognizable change is the 'Recent Tabs' and 'History' panels on the home page are now merged. The result is much nicer visually, and you don't have to horizontally scroll to reach the Recent Tabs screen anymore.

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Firefox 50 now available for Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Auto integration with Facebook Messenger now available

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 12:11 PM PST

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Texting while driving can be extremely dangerous, but replying to messages with your voice is probably the safest way to do it. I've used Google Now (well, it's not called Now anymore) on my Nexus 5X countless times to send SMS and Hangouts messages while driving. Facebook today announced that the Facebook Messenger application for Android has added support for Android Auto.

As you might imagine, this allows users to send messages with voice commands, as well as have your car read messages aloud.

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Android Auto integration with Facebook Messenger now available was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sprint announces Black Friday and holiday deals

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 12:11 PM PST

Sprint has announced its list of Black Friday and winter holiday deals for 2016, with a wide assortment of options available to diverse needs and budgets. Sprint is offering deals to entice new customers, but it's also providing options in order to retain its current customer base. Here are this year's deals:

  • Customers who switch to Sprint from Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile can receive 50% off of most competitor plans, with the discounts remaining in place until December 2018.
  • Beginning November 18, new and existing customers can take part in a BOGO free deal on the Samsung Galaxy S7.
  • Between November 18 and 28, customers who purchase a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge will also receive a free Samsung Galaxy Tab E.
  • On November 24 and 25, the HTC Bolt will be available for 50% off.
  • Between November 24 and 27, customers who purchase an LG V20 or LG G5 in a Sprint store will receive a free LG Smart TV.
  • Customers can purchase two Harman/Kardon Onyx 3 speakers for just $149.99 each.

The company is catering to a variety of audiences and there are sure to be more deals on accessories and accompaniments throughout the season. Watching the carrier announcements of deals will provide a look into their individual strategies this holiday season. In 2015, we saw the carriers vying for each other's customer bases in a fierce battle to undercut one another, but perhaps 2016 will have a more peaceful ending.


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Google announces PhotoScan app to digitize your old photos and improved editing tools in Google Photos

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 11:26 AM PST

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Google is big into machine learning, and one of the product areas that's benefiting from that is photography. You may recall Google said it would use math to fix lens flair on the Pixel, and now it's rolling out a photo scanning app that seems to do something similar. The new PhotoScan app will let you turn your old printed photos into digital ones with the power of computational photography. Plus, the editing tools in Photos are getting better.

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Google announces PhotoScan app to digitize your old photos and improved editing tools in Google Photos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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OnePlus 3T Leaked Ahead of Official Launch

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 10:06 AM PST

OnePlus recently teased that it has something to announce soon. Speculation suggested that would be the OnePlus 3T, which Qualcomm teased would feature a Snapdragon 821 processor under the hood.

Now, thanks to Evan Blass (@evleaks), it looks like the OnePlus 3T is indeed what's coming down the pipe. The serial leaker managed to tease out two images of the upcoming handset, one in gray and the other in gold, while also managing to release the full spec sheet for the flagship device.

For those keeping track, the original OnePlus 3 features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor, while the slightly upgraded OnePlus 3T will boast the new Snapdragon 821 chipset. But there are a few other differences, if today's spec sheet is spot-on. That includes up to 128GB of built-in storage, a battery that measures in at 3,400mAh, and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera.

Some OnePlus 3T specifications are carried over from the OnePlus 3. That includes the 1080p HD AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM, USB Type-C, and a rear 16-megapixel camera.

There's still no word on how much the OnePlus 3T will cost, but considering OnePlus' goal to stay aggressive on pricing, it should be interesting to see the price tag. The OnePlus 3 is still priced at $399, for what it's worth.

Do you plan on picking up a OnePlus 3T?

Sources: @evleaks (1), (2)


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New eBay app update introduces categories to make finding products easier

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 09:56 AM PST

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The eBay app has improved greatly over the last few years, going from a jumbled, kind-of-holo mess to the much a better, usable app it is now. Today, eBay is announcing a new update that makes it easier to find what you are looking for by introducing new, improved categories.

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Categories are basically what they say on the tin: a lot of items separated into 32 categories that then go down into second-level categories - for example, in 'Video Games & Consoles,' there are categories such as 'Manuals, Inserts & Box Art,' 'Strategy Guides & Cheats,' and 'Coin-Operated Gaming.' Inside the categories are products you would expect to find in them - I looked for some motorsport items, and pretty quickly found what I was looking for.

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New eBay app update introduces categories to make finding products easier was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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TuneIn Radio adds offline listening for podcasts

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 09:16 AM PST

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TuneIn Radio lets you listen to a ton of streaming audio content including news, sports, music, talk radio, and yes—podcasts. There's a cool new feature for podcast listeners in the latest TuneIn Radio update. You can finally download podcasts for offline playback in TuneIn v17.0.1.

Episodes will be available for download from the podcast's profile page. You will need to be on WiFi to download them, though. Once that's done, the podcasts are available via the "favorites" section of the app.

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TuneIn Radio adds offline listening for podcasts was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google Play Music Gets a Lot Smarter, Delivers Relevant Content

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 07:42 AM PST

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Google's Play Music isn't one of the search giant's most popular services. When it comes to music streaming the majority of users probably use Spotify, Apple Music and the like, but Google aims to change that.

The Pixel maker has just announced a major overhaul of Play Music service which is now more intelligent and more intuitive to use. The revamped app now takes advantage of the search engine's contextual tools to make specific music recommendations based on the user's location and activity.

There's a new layout to look forward too, called the "ultimate personal DJ" which features bigger cards or playlists and stations. It can also learn your listening patterns and act accordingly.

So if the app detects you left work after putting in long hours it will bring up a playlist of relaxing songs. Or if you're at the gym, Google can play your workout playlist to get you pumped for physical exercise.

Music lovers can now use the app to discover new music. Based on activity and taste, Google Play Music will suggest new artists based on the user's musical patterns.

Google integrated advanced machine learning systems to be able to make the app adaptive. That means the service is capable of learning and gets better as you use it. Another neat feature is the offline playlist based on what the user has been listening to recently, so you won't have to depend on Wi-Fi or data to listen to music.

Google will be rolling out the new app this week for Android, iOS and web. A monthly subscription costs CAD $9.99.

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The post Google Play Music Gets a Lot Smarter, Delivers Relevant Content appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Twitter announces muting keywords, prhases, and conversations in notifications, as well as new reporting functionality

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 07:37 AM PST

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Twitter took to their company blog today to talk about abuse. It's no secret that Twitter has done a less-than-stellar job at preventing abuse on their social network for a while now. In fact, continued harassment on the platform was likely a primary reason companies like Disney neglected to purchase Twitter. Now the company has announced three changes they hope will more effectively reduce harassment.

Twitter already allows you to mute accounts, which prevents you from seeing their tweets in both the timeline and notifications.

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Twitter announces muting keywords, prhases, and conversations in notifications, as well as new reporting functionality was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Hulu app updated with support for Daydream

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 06:02 AM PST

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Of the several launch partners announced for Google's Daydream VR platform, a few caught the spotlight because of their cinematic promise. So far, we've had YouTube VR launch with limited content and Google Play Movies & TV just hint at upcoming Daydream support, but we were still waiting for the more exciting services: Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and Jaunt. One of these has added support today and it's Hulu.

The Android app was just updated to enable Daydream support on Pixel phones.

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Hulu app updated with support for Daydream was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Deal Alert] edjing PRO and Rayman Jungle Run are down to 10 cents in a few countries

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 05:26 AM PST

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Another week, another couple of apps you can grab for next to free from the Play Store. This week we're talking about edjing PRO and Rayman Jungle Run.

edjing PRO is a professional DJ app with plenty of features to create your perfect mix. Use your own media library, SoundCloud, Deezer, or Vimeo to find the tunes, prepare sets, match bpms, queue songs, and more. It usually costs $4.99 and doesn't have any other IAPs.

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[Deal Alert] edjing PRO and Rayman Jungle Run are down to 10 cents in a few countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Amazon Prime membership in the UK cut to £59 to this week

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 05:06 AM PST

In celebration of the November 18th debut of The Grand Tour, the yearly subscription of Amazon Prime in the UK has been reduced from £79 to £59. The £20 discount is only available through November 18th. If you 're not sure you're willing to hand over £59 to Amon for its Prime service, you can always take advantage of Prime's 1-month free trial

Amazon Prime features

  • Free 1 or 2 day shipping on thousands of items
  • Subscription to Amazon Prime video
  • Subscription to Amazon Prime music
  • Unlimited cloud photo storage
  • Early access to Amazon lightning deals

I've never really used Amazon's video and music streaming services, but the subscription service pays for itself with the free shipping – especially during the holiday shopping season. 


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WhatsApp video calls are now official, coming this week to all users

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 04:26 AM PST

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WhatsApp video calls started showing up for some users last month, but you either had them enabled on your device or you had to use root to trigger them. Otherwise, you couldn't do anything but wait until the feature went official. And now is the time.

WhatsApp has officially announced that video calls are going live for users across Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone devices. The rollout might take a couple of days, so be patient if the feature doesn't seem live to you just yet.

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WhatsApp video calls are now official, coming this week to all users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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21 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (11/1/16 - 11/14/16)

Posted: 14 Nov 2016 06:21 PM PST

apps-01Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications 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.

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Fingerprint Gestures

Android Police coverage: 'Fingerprint Gestures' app brings one Pixel feature to more Android devices

A lot of Nexus 6P and 5X owners were less than thrilled when the Pixel phones were given fingerprint gestures that were technically possible, but not enabled, on their phones.

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21 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (11/1/16 - 11/14/16) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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