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AirDroid 4.0 gives the utility a user interface redesign from the ground up

Posted: 18 Nov 2016 12:59 PM PST

2016-11-18 20.53.54AirDroid, the free app that offers easy file transfers and remote management for Android devices, remains one of the best and most consistent apps on the Play Store. Developer Sand Studio is scrupulous in maintaining the app's functionality and improving it with new features and design tweaks. Today the dev introduced what's probably the biggest change to the platform since it offered a paid option: a complete visual overhaul. Everything from the layout to the logo to the promotional web page has been updated.

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AirDroid 4.0 gives the utility a user interface redesign from the ground up was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Fitbit, eBay

Posted: 18 Nov 2016 12:20 PM PST

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.

Fitbit - Version 2.38.0


What's new in this version:

  • The new design of the Fitbit dashboard is now available for preview
  • New tabbed navigation design
  • The Account page has been redesigned
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements


Hulu - Version 2.27.5


What's new in this version:

  • Daydream support for Google Pixel devices


Google Allo - Version 3.0.0

Google Allo

What's new in this version:

  •  Android 7.0 Nougat support: Switch from portrait to landscape to view more apps at once – and multi-task with the best of 'em. Plus, stay on top of everything faster by replying right from your notifications.
  • Accessibility improvements: Improved Talkback interactions with voice messages and typing indicators.
  • Themes


S Health - Version

S Health

What's new in this version:

  • Save your favourite health news items from 'Discover' in 'Bookmarks'.
  • Add friends in 'Together' by entering the phone numbers, or become friends with other users by accepting their challenges.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements applied.


TuneIn Radio - Version 17.0.1

TuneIn Radio

What's new in this version:

  •  You can now download episodes of your favorite podcasts and listen offline!
  • Episodes can be downloaded from their program profile page
  • You must be connected to Wi-Fi to download available podcasts
  • Downloaded episodes can be listened to with or without an internet connection, and will be accessible from your Favorites


eBay - Version


What's new in this version:

  • A brand new browse – Tap "Categories" to discover the best deals, top trending items, and more.
  • Improved performance for the Google Pixel


Bing Search - Version 6.4.25

Bing Search

What's new in this version:

  • Bing 360 Search: Explore your world in a whole new way with search powered by augmented reality. Get to it from Near Me and Camera Search.
  • Music: Now get to songs and lyrics more quickly.
  • Browser view: It's now smoother and simpler than ever getting from Bing search results to the websites you love.
  • Bug fixes, speed improvements, polish and so much more!


Nest - Version


What's new in this version:

  • Nest Cam customers with Nest Aware can create, save, and share video clips to your phone or share them with family and friends from the Nest app.
  • View your Nest Cam video feed in fullscreen mode without rotating your phone. Simply tap the down arrow icon below the camera window.
  • Now you can edit all device Notifications settings from the Home settings menu.
  • Have Android TV? Try the new Nest app for Android TV and view all of your Nest Cam video feeds right from your TV.


Google Play Music – Version 7.4.4007

Google Play Music

What's new in this version:

  •  Using the power of Google, get recommendations based on where you are and why you're listening — from relaxing at home, to powering through work, to destressing at the airport, and everything in between.
  • It's easy to find more to love with in-depth recommendations based on artists you're a fan of or music you've just discovered.


Firefox Browser by Mozilla - Version 50.0.0

Firefox Browser

What's new in this version:

  • Remember scroll position and zoom level for open tabs
  • Updated First Run to showcase several exciting features
  • Outdated tabs are now hidden when restore tabs setting is set to "Always restore"


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Google Punishes Pixel Resellers By Banning Their Accounts Temporarily

Posted: 18 Nov 2016 12:05 PM PST


Consider this a warning. Be careful when you purchase the Pixel or Pixel XL off Google's own Project Fi. It appears more than 200 users have been banned by the search giant from using their accounts, on suspicion of re-selling the phones in order to make profit.

According to Google's terms of service, this kind of activity is not allowed. A few hundred people bought Pixel phones only to send them to a third-party re-seller based in New Hampshire – a state which has no sales tax. Which means original buyers sold the Pixels for a profit.

Google didn't like that one bit and so it banned users from using their accounts and other Google apps for photos, music etc, reports Dan Deal's.

Following the event, Google sent out a statement saying:

"We identified a scheme in which consumers were asked to purchase Pixel devices on behalf of a reseller, who then marked-up the cost of those devices in order to resell them to other customers. We prohibit the commercial resale of devices purchased through Project Fi or the Google Store so everyone has an equal opportunity to purchase devices at a fair price. Many of the accounts suspended were created for the sole purpose of this scheme, but since some customers were not aware of these Terms of Sale and are now locked out of many Google services they rely on, we're restoring access to these customers' accounts."

The good news is that after being flooded with complaints from affected users, Google has decided to reverse the decision. But not without warning users that "repeated violations of our terms may lead to account termination." So watch out people, you don't want to get Google angry.

[Dan Deal's]

The post Google Punishes Pixel Resellers By Banning Their Accounts Temporarily appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Nokia Confirms New Smartphones Coming in 2017

Posted: 18 Nov 2016 12:05 PM PST


Good news for Nokia fans who are just dying to see a new smartphone from the company. It appears the Finish phone maker that got absorbed by Microsoft, just confirmed its next-gen handsets are coming our way in 2017.

The info popped up in a slide during Nokia's Capital Markets Day 2016 – an event hosted by the company for investors. As you can see, one of the slides says that 2017 will be year of "Nokia brand's return to smartphones."

In case you don't remember not Nokia will be manufacturing the phones per-se, but Finnish company HMD Global in collaboration with Foxconn.


Not so long ago, a few images showcasing Nokia's purported Android 7.0 Nougat smartphones appeared online. The images reveal the handsets will take advantage of a premium metallic design.

Like it's customary today, Nokia is apparently preparing to launch two smartphones, one with 5.2-inch display and the other with a larger 5.5-inch screen just like the Google Pixel XL.

The phones are said to come with a Snapdragon 820 which is a bit strange given that the Snapdragon 835 has been announced and is expected to make into devices in 2017.

The phones might also benefit from the presence of an update version of the Z Launcher and a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button.


The post Nokia Confirms New Smartphones Coming in 2017 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Samsung’s Tizen OS Gains Microsoft.NET Support

Posted: 18 Nov 2016 12:05 PM PST


Samsung wants developers to build apps for its home-grown Tizen OS. The mobile operating system designed for affordable smartphones and tablets has a limited app ecosystem. But Samsung aims to change that.

The Korean tech giant has announced it will start a collaboration with Microsoft on open source projects such as .NET Core and Xamarin.Forms in order to bring .NET support for Tizen.

It's pretty good news for users who like Tizen OS and believe the mobile OS has a chance of becoming quite wide-spread. The first preview of Visual Studio Tools for Tizen is already available, so .NET developers can go ahead and start building Tizen apps for multiple platforms such as Smart TVs, smartwatches and loT devices.

Visual Studio Tools for Tizen brings support for mobile application development via device emulators and an extension to Visual Studio with IntelliSense and debugging capabilities.

If it sounds quite exciting that because it is. Samsung said that users can expect to see Tizen .NET support coming embedded in consumer Samsung devices including Smart TVs in 2017.

It would be interesting to see if 2017 will also bring about a higher specced Tizen OS phone. Although the OS has been designed with budget products in mind, it might be useful to see how Tizen feels and behaves on a higher-end handset.


The post Samsung's Tizen OS Gains Microsoft.NET Support appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge in Blue Coral now available at T-Mobile

Posted: 18 Nov 2016 11:20 AM PST

In late October, Samsung made the Blue Coral Galaxy S7 edge officially official, showing it off with a mermaid just because Samsung can do that.

Soon after, Samsung began offering it to the general public, but for folks under the T-Mobile banner in the United States, waiting turned out to be a good thing. There had been rumors that the Un-carrier would be getting the new color option, but only now is it official.

T-Mobile is now offering the Galaxy S7 edge in Blue Coral for $69.99 down, followed by 24 monthly payments of $30 after that. It retails for $789.99. Other than the color option, the Galaxy S7 edge in Blue Coral is exactly the same phone as the Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium color options.

The Blue Coral option for the Galaxy S7 edge is also available from Verizon Wireless.

Do you plan on picking up the new phone from T-Mobile?

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Deal: Get $20 off an Amazon Prime subscription today

Posted: 18 Nov 2016 10:25 AM PST

Been waiting to pull the trigger on Amazon Prime? Today is the day to go, as Amazon is offering a one-year Prime subscription for just $79, which is 20% off the regular list price of $99. The sale is part of Amazon's promotion of its new series The Grand Tour, which is the latest automotive show from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

This deal is good until 11:58 PM PST today, November 18, only. Prime members not only have access to thousands of movies and TV shows, but also receive free two-day shipping, unlimited photo storage, free Kindle books and more. For less than $100 per year, it's one of the best memberships you can buy, and for $79, you won't find a better deal.

Follow this link to subscribe to Amazon Prime for yourself.

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Nexar turns any Android phone into an always-on dashcam

Posted: 18 Nov 2016 09:59 AM PST

image (1)A dashcam is one of those things that seems only slightly important until about five minutes after a fender-bender, wherein it becomes retroactively essential. Even so, those dashboard-mounted cameras don't grown on trees, so most cars in the US still aren't equipped with them. Nexar, a new Android app that's currently in "unreleased" status on the Play Store, aims to fix that. It turns any Android device into an AI-powered dash cam - all you need is Android 4.1 or later, a rear camera, and some way to mount it in your vehicle.

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Nexar turns any Android phone into an always-on dashcam was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Nest update adds Android TV support, clip saving and sharing

Posted: 18 Nov 2016 06:59 AM PST


Saving and sharing video clips should be one of the rudimentary features of any connected camera system, so I'm surprised Nest didn't have that option until now. But now it does and it works in two ways. You can create an "instaclip" of any recorded event in your Nest timeline, but you can also tap and hold on the icon to make a custom clip with your chosen start and end times.

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Nest update adds Android TV support, clip saving and sharing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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The famous New York Times crossword puzzles move across platforms and down to the Play Store

Posted: 18 Nov 2016 05:59 AM PST


The first and last time I attempted to solve a crossword was on a 12-hour flight from Amman to Chicago where I just couldn't sleep or do anything else. I love word and math games, but for some reason, crosswords never really hit the right spot for me, so I just gloss over them when I come across one. But I know a lot of people who absolutely dig crosswords. And for them, the New York Times is the epitome of puzzles.

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The famous New York Times crossword puzzles move across platforms and down to the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Legends TD, Agent A

Posted: 18 Nov 2016 05:15 AM PST

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we're playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week's post.

11×11: Football manager 2017

DescriptionBecome the manager of your very own football club and lead it to victory in tournaments all over the world in singleplayer or multiplayer! Create your team and choose your favorite club colors! Buy the best players with the highest potential on the transfer market! Train your players and improve their skills. Create winning pairs and combinations!


Rule with an Iron Fish

DescriptionBecome the greatest pirate captain that ever fished! Add more pirates to your burgeoning island town! Listen to all their nonsensical complaints! Fish in ludicrous locations like swamps, active volcanoes and the sky!


Party Hard Go

DescriptionIn Party Hard, you play as someone who is really tired of the neighbors having loud parties. Instead of calling the police, you decide it's a better idea to kill everyone – using your faithful knife and the environment.


Dale Hardshovel HD

Description: Match 3 blocks to keep mining treasures of ancient Egyptian kings. Go through the temples, match the right block combos and achieve the status of legendary puzzle adventurer.


Jade Empire: Special Edition

DescriptionExperience an epic story and journey with fascinating characters across a graphically beautiful, fantastic new world inspired by the myths and legends of ancient China. Sinister events upset the peaceful harmony of an isolated martial arts school, drawing you into a story that unfolds with drama, action, and adventure.


Burrito Bison

Description: In the latest installment of one of the web's most popular games, Burrito Bison teams up with new friends: Pineapple Spank and El Pollo to bounce, crack, eat cake, smack, fly, and soar through the skies to fend off the invasion of gummies!


RPG Astral Frontier

DescriptionThe tiny village of Japina is one of the last human settlements in a world where environmental degradation has pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. Our fifteen year old hero who lives there has already lost his parents, siblings, and childhood friend, Leneria. Consumed by sadness, he agrees to an arranged marriage to save his village on the very same day that a chance encounter will alter the fates of him, his village, and all of humanity…


Albert & Otto

Description: In this first installment "The Adventure Begins" the player is thrown headfirst into a haunting world set in 1939 Germany in search of a mysterious girl with bunny ears. Clues as to who she is and what happened to her are scattered throughout the game in the form of drawings left in post boxes and shards that the player must piece together.


Legends TD

DescriptionFinally, the tower defense game fans have been waiting for! Rapid-fire archers, magic beams that slice up the board, cannons that roar as they blast enemies to bits — Legends TD is packed with fantasy fire-power!


Agent A

DescriptionAgent A, your new mission has just arrived from headquarters. As usual destroy this transmission once received. This mission is of the utmost importance so get to it effective immediately.


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Huawei MediaPad M3 launched in the US

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 05:15 PM PST

Huawei has brought the MediaPad M3 tablet to the US. The device features a 8.4-inch 2650×1600 IPS display, a Kirin 950 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 8MP cameras front and rear, and a 5,100mAh battery.

Other features to look out for are stereo speakers co-engineered by Harmon/Kardon, a fingerprint reader, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Emotion UI 4.1 on top.

The tablet is now available for $299, which is a very reasonable price for the specs. The larger MediaPad M2 will be coming sometime next month as well. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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