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The $400 UA HealthBox is now going for $285

Posted: 06 Nov 2016 02:15 AM PST

With the holiday shopping season quickly approaching, retailers are hoping to get you to part with your money a bit early this year. Case and point – Amazon has dropped the price on the HTC-built UA HealthBox to $285.65. The price of the smart fitness bundle which includes the UA Scale, UA Band and UA Heart Rate has been fluctuating quite a bit over the last few months, but the $285.65 price tag is $50 less than it was a few days ago and $65 less than what Amazon was selling it for a week ago.

Amazon has not given any indication as to how long it will be selling the UA HealthBOx for $285.65, but we can't imagine the sale will last more than a few days.

We'd also like to remind you that HTC has extended its $150 discount on the HTC 10. The company's flagship device isn't worth the usual $700 price tag, but we do think it's a steal at $550.

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The new Play Store UI that Google leaked in one of its own videos is real, and it's going live for some

Posted: 05 Nov 2016 09:32 PM PDT


As many Android enthusiasts may know, Google is constantly experimenting with new features and UI changes for its apps. Just a few days ago, in a recently published Google video featuring the Pixel, we noticed a never-before-seen Play Store UI on the device. This user interface possessed a new color scheme, a larger "Install" button, and more. Now, we're starting to see elements from that video pop up on enthusiasts' devices.

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Thanks to some screenshots sent in by readers, we can see that there have actually been some pretty dramatic design tweaks.

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The new Play Store UI that Google leaked in one of its own videos is real, and it's going live for some was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Samsung Note7 in New Zealand to Get Blacklisted via Carrier Networks

Posted: 05 Nov 2016 07:02 PM PDT


Samsung has been politely asking Note7 owners to return their phablets and take advantage of the available ailments for a quite a while now. But there are some Note7 users who are just too attached to their phablet to let them go.

But it seems that Samsung will be forcing their hand soon. Starting November 18, Note7 owners in New Zealand won't be able to connect to mobile networks in the country. In a joint effort to keep consumers safe, Samsung and The New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) have decided to blacklist the device.

Users will still be able to access Wi-Fi, but there won't be able to do any calling and texting anymore. Samsung New Zealand has stated it will contact Note7 owners twice before shutting down all the lights in the Note7 department.

It's a drastic measure, but imagine the massive scandal Samsung would be faced with, if one of these remaining devices would end up exploding. Samsung is imagining it too and it knows it can't let it happen.

The Korean tech giant has been sending updates to the phablet to limit battery charging up to 60% and notifying users via the phone that they need to return the potential dangerous phone. However some users don't seem to be listening.

Samsung might extend the strategy to other countries as well–stay tuned.


The post Samsung Note7 in New Zealand to Get Blacklisted via Carrier Networks appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Google Play Store Gets Overhauled In Bid To Make It More Appealing

Posted: 05 Nov 2016 07:02 PM PDT


This week a report coming out of Reuters informed us that Google is in the process of overhauling its app store.

The search giant has assigned this important task to Sameer Samat, who recently rejoined Google after a brief period of absence, while serving as president for Jawbone – a company known for its fitness wearables.

So what's new you might be wondering? Well Google has improved its app recommendation system by heavily relying on machine learning now. So the AI in charge of analyzing the user-base should be able to provide more relevant recommendations for apps and games.

The improved AI system is also good news for developers, who now have an easier way to peek inside the mind of their audiences.

The overhaul comes in the wake of recent mobile app statistics made public by App Annie, which show that despite being the place where most users turn for downloads (up to 70%), the Google Play Store isn't making the most money. Naturally, the title of king money maker goes to the Apple Store which gets 65% of app-related revenue.

That's because most apps in the App Store ask users to contribute with small fee, whereas the Google Play Store is home to a lot of free apps.

So Google has decided to expand support of direct carrier billing in emerging markets. The problem is in developing countries a lot of people still have no credit cards, so are unable to make a transaction in the Play Store.

The store is also expanding to new platforms including wearables, virtual reality headsets and Google's own family of Chromebook computers.


The post Google Play Store Gets Overhauled In Bid To Make It More Appealing appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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