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T-Mobile updating Note 7 with 60% charge limit, New Zealand blocking devices from networks

Posted: 04 Nov 2016 02:24 PM PDT

If you're still using your Samsung Galaxy Note 7, you should definitely return it for a refund or another device. They've been proven dangerous and risking a fire isn't a great idea. However, updates around the world are definitely "encouraging" people to get rid of the devices better than recommendations could.

T-Mobile has announced an update that will limit a full charge to 60% of maximum capacity, much like others have done. This update will also change the battery indicator to a gray color and make the recall pop-ups more frequent. The update launches tomorrow.

On top of that, Samsung New Zealand has announced that the Note 7 will no longer be able to connect to mobile networks in the country, rendering the devices basically useless. This starts on November 18, so those in New Zealand have until that date to get a phone that will continue functioning.

It's definitely an unfortunate situation for everyone, but at this point Samsung is just trying to stop it from getting worse. If you still have a Note 7, trade it in.

Source: T-Mobile, Samsung New Zealand

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Motorola closing Moto Credit accounts December 3

Posted: 04 Nov 2016 01:15 PM PDT

If you bought a Motorola device in the last few years directly from Motorola via a payment plan, you signed up for Moto Credit (which was run by Comenity). Unfortunately, the service is now closing, as are all Moto Credit accounts.

Before you ask, no, that doesn't mean you don't have to pay your balance anymore. You won't be able to make purchases from Motorola using the credit account after November 29. The account will close on December 3 unless you have a balance. If you do have a balance, you'll have to make payments until your balance is paid off, then the account will be closed.

With plenty of new Motorola devices released that could use a payment plan option, it's a strange choice for the company to close Moto Credit. Maybe its working on another option that's not through Comenity, but we'll have to wait and see. Keep an eye out for a letter in the mail if you have a Moto Credit account!

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Lenovo Moto M leaks in new official looking images

Posted: 04 Nov 2016 01:15 PM PDT

We've seen the metal-clad Moto M before, but now we get to see more official renders of the device in a nice gold color. We also get specs, a release date, and a price with this new leak.

The device will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 2.2GHZ Helio P15 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with a microSD slot, a rear 16MP camera, a front 8MP camera, a 3,050mAh battery, USB Type-C, a fingerprint reader, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

All of this should cost about €265, or a bit under $300 USD. It definitely seems like a good price for a metal device with pretty good specs. It should launch on November 8 in China.

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Top 10 Android app updates this week: TeamViewer, LastPass

Posted: 04 Nov 2016 01:15 PM 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.

Team Viewer - Version 12.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • Cross-platform, mobile-to-mobile remote control and screen sharing for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.


Android Wear - Version 2.0.0

Android Wear

What's new in this version:

  • Ability to play sounds and take calls on watches with a speaker
  • Support for sending WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, Telegram, and Nextplus messages with your voice or via touch
  • New wrist gestures to control your watch with one hand
  • Language options for Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Indonesian, Polish, Dutch, and Thai


IFTTT - Version 3.0.0


What's new in this version:

  • Meet Applets — the powerful core of the new IFTTT app. They bring your services together, creating experiences you can unlock with a simple switch. Turn on Applets that work with Facebook, Instagram, Google, Amazon Alexa, Nest, Fitbit, BMW, Slack, Twitter, and hundreds of other services.



Ally Mobile Banking - Version 3.3.0

Ally Mobile

What's new in this version:

  • Now supports fingerprint login for eligible devices running Marshmallow or higher
  • Now supports 6-digit passcode login option for all devices


Uber - Version 3.127.2


What's new in this version:

  • The new Uber app is here—and it's all about making your Uber experience faster, smarter, and more personal. We've rebuilt everything for speed and simplicity, so it's easier than ever to tap and go.


Action Launcher 3 - Version 3.11.2

Action Launcher 3

What's new in this version:

  •  Devices running Android 7.1 can use dynamic app shortcuts (e.g., your most frequent SMS contacts via Messenger) with Quickcuts.
  • New: Icon style option.
  • New: Revamped settings.


Google Fit – Version 1.61.0

Google Fit

What's new in this version:

  • Easier activity editing.
  • More goal options and support for multiple goals. Set daily, weekly and monthly goals and goals for specific activities like "run three times a week".
  • A new look that shows all of your daily stats at once.
  • See how your weight is trending after logging a new measurement.
  • See how your activity compares against other Fit users in your area.


 LastPass Password Manager - Version 4.1.517


What's new in this version:

  • Sync is now free across all devices!
  • Security improvements, including hardening against hacking
  • Minor app fill improvements
  • Visual component updates, so the app runs smoother
  • Stability improvements


Google Wallet - Version 17.0.R284

Google Wallet New

What's new in this version:

  • Easier than ever to add a payment method!
  • Numerous bug fixes and visual improvements.


PhotoDirector - Version 4.5.3


What's new in this version:

  •  New Shape Splash lets you create dramatic black and white images with a dash of color using a range of unique shape masks.


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This evolution of Google Play app icons graphic is funny, but also a little depressing

Posted: 04 Nov 2016 11:45 AM PDT

Evolution of Google App Icons

An infographic posted on Google+ yesterday really has managed to capture the emotional roller coaster of Google's app icon evolution on Android over the past four years. Using the icons for Play Books, Music, Movies, Newstand, and Games, we can watch as Android goes from toy-like skeuomorphism, to paper cutouts, to triangles (!?), to triangles in circles (disgruntled face here) in Nougat.

Evolution of Google App Icons

I have to say, I think we really hit Peak Icon in Android Lollipop.

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This evolution of Google Play app icons graphic is funny, but also a little depressing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Android’s Messenger app upgrading with RCS, Sprint first to adopt support

Posted: 04 Nov 2016 11:14 AM PDT

Texting is one of the more commonly used elements on a mobile device, but it feels borderline ancient when compared to more advanced messaging apps. Luckily, that's starting to change.

Google is rolling out support for Rich Communication Services in the Messenger app. With RCS support, text messaging apps like Messenger can offer read receipts, typing indicators, high-resolution photo sharing, and more. Google's experience is powered by Jibe RCS cloud. and will be offered by Sprint in the United States.

Sprint subscribers using a Nexus or LG device will automatically get RCS support in Messenger through an app update. For users using other devices, they can install the latest update to Messenger from the Play Store. All new Android devices on Sprint will offer Messenger as the stock SMS experience beginning next year.

Google says support from other partners will be arriving in the coming months.

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The RCS Mirage: "Advanced Messaging" is a mess in the US, and Google's "standard" is just one more

Posted: 04 Nov 2016 09:36 AM PDT


There has been much noise made about Google's launch of its RCS messaging platform via the Messenger app on Sprint today. Sprint announced it would support Google's RCS platform, formerly known as Jibe, back in February, though, and remains the only US provider to do so.

But T-Mobile and AT&T have launched RCS messaging, right? Yes. But it doesn't work with Google's (Sprint's) RCS. And AT&T's RCS messaging doesn't work with T-Mobile's, and vice versa.

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The RCS Mirage: "Advanced Messaging" is a mess in the US, and Google's "standard" is just one more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Google makes RCS support in Messenger official, will be default SMS/RCS app on all Sprint Android devices

Posted: 04 Nov 2016 08:50 AM PDT


The ultimate goal of RCS is to completely replace SMS, but moving the millions of daily SMS users away is no small feat. Yesterday, we posted that RCS support was being rolled out to some Messenger users on Sprint and Project Fi. Now Google has made the feature official, and should be available to all Sprint customers starting today.


The above image from Google's post shows some of the features of RCS in Messenger, including group chats, higher-resolution photos, and read receipts.

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Google makes RCS support in Messenger official, will be default SMS/RCS app on all Sprint Android devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Partnering with global carriers to upgrade SMS

Posted: 04 Nov 2016 08:22 AM PDT

Meizu Pro 6s Makes a Debut With Improved Camera and Battery

Posted: 04 Nov 2016 06:52 AM PDT


A few days ago Chinese device manufacturer Meizu unveiled the budget-friendly M5, a colorful handset with an extremely attractive price-tag.

Well now Meizu comes back to roll out a premium handset. The device is called the Pro 6s and is the successor of the previous Pro 6 model and comes boasting an improved camera and battery.

The smartphone features a unibody with curved edges and arrives with a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with 1080p resolution and 3D Press capabilities. Meizu has thrown a Helio X25 chipset under the hood, which is a deca processor working hand in hand with Mali-T880MP4 GP.


There's also 4GB of RAM and 64GB of non-expandable storage onboard. The main camera now features an updated 12M IMX386 sensor with 4-axis optical image stabilization, laser-assistance and phase-detection autofocus plus 10-LED dual-tone ring flash. The selfie snapper is of a 5MP variety.

Compared to the predecessor which has a 2,560 battery, the Meizu Pro 6S takes advantage of a beefier 3,060 mAh one. Other specs include LTE Cat.6, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and dual-SIM.


The phone runs Android OS out the box (probably Marshmallow) with Flyme launcher on top. Meizu will start selling the phone in China for $399 / CAD $298 but hopefully third-party sellers like GearBest will pick it up in the future.


The post Meizu Pro 6s Makes a Debut With Improved Camera and Battery appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Huawei Mate 9 Brings VR Support, New Kirin 960 Chipset

Posted: 04 Nov 2016 06:52 AM PDT


Following the Samsung Galaxy Note7 demise, competing device makers are ready to offer alternatives. It's the case of Huawei which pulled the veil off a monster phone this week. Welcome the Mate 9, a powerful phablet that has been rumored for quite some time.

Right from the get-go we'll tell you the Huawei Mate 9 is compatible with Google's Daydream VR platform which became available only yesterday. But it's not the thing that's interesting about this phone. Here's what it offers:

  • 6.96-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
  • new Kirin 960 processor with four 2.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores and four 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores and Mali G71 octa-core graphics; optimized for Vulkan graphics and Android 7.0 support
  • 4GB of RAM with either 64GB or 128GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • dual-lens main camera co-engineered with Leica, combining 12MP RBG sensor with 20MP monochrome sensor; it features optical image stabilization, 4-in-1 hybrid autofocus with laser, phase detection, depth and contrast
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • USB 2.0 Type-C port
  • 11ac Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • 4,000 mAh battery said to last up to two days
  • global connectivity with dual-SIM support
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI user interface


Huawei will sell the phone for €699 ($CAD 1,037) in Europe, but the Chinese device maker with probably bring it across the pond to the US and Canada too.

[BBC News]

The post Huawei Mate 9 Brings VR Support, New Kirin 960 Chipset appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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