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Google may soon ban proprietary charging methods

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 03:32 PM PST

Google has updated the Android Compatibility Definition Document with a new clause about USB charging methods over USB Type-C. The company strongly recommends not using proprietary charging methods that modify Vbus voltages.

It's no secret that USB Type-C has brought with it many problems. Non-standardized cables, missing resistors, and standard-breaking quick charging have all caused problems like potential and very real damage to hardware. Benson Leung and the USB-IF has been fighting to push USB standards across hardware and now it's Google's turn.

Type-C devices are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to not support proprietary charging methods that modify Vbus voltage beyond default levels, or alter sink/source roles as such may result in interoperability issues with the chargers or devices that support the standard USB Power Delivery methods. While this is called out as "STRONGLY RECOMMENDED", in future Android versions we might REQUIRE all type-C devices to support full interoperability with standard type-C chargers.

This is the new section in the Android CDD. Nothing is banned yet, but Google says this might soon be mandatory. This will effectively ban Qualcomm Quick Charge in lieu of the standard (and not standard breaking) USB Power Delivery. When your charging method requires going against the standards the USB-IF has set, it might not be that great of an idea.

We're all for pushing for standards and not creating huge rifts in hardware compatibility and potential dangers. Good on Google for putting its foot down. Hopefully this will become mandatory soon, making it that much easier for people to buy safe charging hardware.


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Skyhill is a roguelike post-apocalyptic survival game with an army of bloodthirsty mutants

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 03:23 PM PST

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The hotel was so nice when you checked in, then there was that bio-weapon attack and the mutants made it much less nice. With your supplies running low, it's time to venture out into the Skyhill Hotel and look for supplies, but the mutants are still pretty unpleasant. You're going to die a lot, but that's what roguelike games are all about.

Skyhill is a 2D side-scrolling game done in a point-and-click style.

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Skyhill is a roguelike post-apocalyptic survival game with an army of bloodthirsty mutants was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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LG G5 getting Nougat update in South Korea, coming soon to other markets

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 02:24 PM PST

LG has announced that it is rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat to the LG G5. The company claims that the V20 was the first device to feature Nougat out of the box and the G5 is the first device to get the Nougat update after Google's devices. This is a pretty impressive accomplishment, LG.

Nougat offers new features like multi-window, Vulkan API support, Daydream support, Doze on the Go for better battery life, upgraded notifications, and a lot more. It's a pretty significant update.

The update is rolling out in South Korea but will be coming to more markets in the coming weeks. Carriers might delay it further here in the US for testing, but G5 owners should be receiving update notifications fairly soon.


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OnePlus teases Snapdragon 821 device clocked at 2.35GHz for November 15

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 02:24 PM PST

Yesterday, Qualcomm teased a new OnePlus device with a Snapdragon 821 processor on Twitter. This is likely the upcoming rumored OnePlus 3T. Now OnePlus has taken to Twitter to make a jab at other Snapdragon 821 devices like the Google Pixel.

The video shows a graph with two bars, one showing the relative power of a Snapdragon 821 at 2.15GHz, and one at 2.35GHz. The Pixel runs its Snapdragon 821 at 2.15GHz, so the OnePlus 3T is likely going to be running a higher clock speed for more power.

The video also gave an announcement date of November 15 at 1 PM EST. We can't wait to see what the budget-focused company has in store for us. Are you holding out for the next OnePlus device?


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All US Samsung Galaxy Note 7s to get charge limit set to 60%

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 02:24 PM PST

T-Mobile recently released an update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that limits the phone's full charge to 60%, along with more frequent pop-ups to return the device, in an effort to get the remaining Note 7s out of customers' hands. To date, 85% of Note 7s in the US have been returned.

The charge limit isn't just for T-Mobile models, though, as Samsung has announced that every US Note 7 will get the same update. The company hopes to get people to return the devices to prevent more injuries or property damage. Eighty-five percent returned is a good number, but Samsung believes that the Note 7s shouldn't be used at all.

If you're still hanging on to a Note 7, it'll soon become quite a bit less useful. Please return it for another device, you have plenty of great choices!


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Microsoft is launching a 'Skype Insiders Program' with a standalone beta version of the app

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 02:01 PM PST

ap_resizeSkype, for all its flaws, is one of the most popular VoIP and video chat services in the world. You can help to make it a little better by joining Microsoft's new Skype Insiders Program. It's basically a beta program, but they don't call it that. There's also a separate standalone app that you can install alongside the regular one.

You have to register your Skype username in order to get (official) access to the beta app.

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Microsoft is launching a 'Skype Insiders Program' with a standalone beta version of the app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Snapchat 9.43 adds augmented-reality World Lenses, sending snaps to other users, and more [APK Download]

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 01:39 PM PST

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Are you one of the hip kids that use Snapchat? Then you're in luck, because today Snapchat has brought a few changes to their application on Android and iOS. The most notable new feature is 'World Lenses,' which applies various augmented-reality effects to your back camera's view of the world. This is similar in functionality to the existing lenses, but is not limited to images of faces.

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There's only a few to choose from right now, but they are a neat effect.

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Snapchat 9.43 adds augmented-reality World Lenses, sending snaps to other users, and more [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Samsung apologizes for Galaxy Note 7 recall with full-page ad in newspapers

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 10:27 AM PST

Following a pair of global recalls of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung have to focus on repairing its image across the world, especially as it leads up to the future launch of the Galaxy S8.

One way to do that is to apologize, which Samsung have done in the form of a full-page ad in some newspapers. That includes major outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. In the apology letter, Samsung say that they're working to investigate the root cause of the issue and that when they discover what caused the fiery Note 7s, they'll release their findings.

Samsung say that they're working to "earn back your trust" and that safety is their top priority. They adds that they'll listen to customers and "learn from this" as they move into the future where, hopefully, their smartphones don't pose a risk to anyone's safety.

The Galaxy Note 7 was an impressive device, which makes the recall all that more frustrating. Still, Samsung should be able to push forward and distance itself from the fiasco, especially if it can launch another noteworthy device in the Galaxy S8.

Are you already looking forward to Samsung's next flagship?


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Samsung Galaxy J5 Allegedly Overheats and Starts Smoking in France

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 08:40 AM PST

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We almost got used to hearing stories about the Galaxy Note 7 explosions. But this week, another Samsung phone goes in the spotlight – for a reason we are all too familiar with.

It's seem Samsung's popular mid-ranger, the J5 found itself in a similar Galaxy Note7 scenario. A French woman, Layma Bouyirdane living in the city of Pau spoke to The Associated Press this week, claiming her Galaxy J5 almost exploded in the hands of her four-year-old son.

During a family gathering at her home, she noticed the phone getting very hot and asked her son to pass it over to her. She proceeded to throw the device away quickly, after realizing it had "swollen up" with smoke coming out of it.

"I panicked when I saw the smoke and I had the reflex to throw it away," she tells the publication.

Bouyirdane says she purchased the phone in last June from a website selling the product during a promotion. The report doesn't tell us whether the woman contacted Samsung to ask for a refund or a replacement.

However, the French incident is most likely an isolated one. The phone has been out on the market and no overheating problems were reported in relation to it. It might have been just bad luck in this case.

[The Associate Press]

The post Samsung Galaxy J5 Allegedly Overheats and Starts Smoking in France appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Motorola Moto M now official with 5.5-inch display and 16MP camera

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 08:26 AM PST

Motorola's new Moto M leaked out in all its metal glory in late October, and now the handset is officially official.

Lenovo-owned Motorola has unveiled the Moto M, which features a 5.5-inch full HD 2.5D curved display and a 2.2GHz MediaTek Hello P15 octa-core processor under the hood. It boasts a fully metallic build and a nano-coating for resistance to spills. (It is not water resistant.) The camera on the back is a 16-megapixel shooter, and there's an 8-megapixel camera on the front.

The Moto M includes 32GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot for expandable storage, and 4GB of RAM. There's a fingerprint scanner, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top of the handset, and a battery that measures in at 3050mAh. It's running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box.

It'll sell in China for 1,999 Yuan (about $295).


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Samsung Pay Comes to Canada, But There’s a Catch

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 08:18 AM PST

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Good news for Canadian mobile users who are holding onto a premium Samsung device. As promised, the Korean tech giant is making Samsung Pay available in the country.

According to a screenshot coming to us from Android Central, it appears some users are being granted early access to the online paying service. A formal launch should come soon, so stay tuned.

But there's a catch to the whole situation. It seems that Samsung Pay only works with "select" VISA credit cards from one bank and that's CIBC. So you won't be able to take advantage of the service if your card has been issued by another bank regardless of whether you own a Galaxy S6, S7 or Note 5.

Sure, more cards and banks are bound to be added soon, but until then Samsung users will have to wait. The competition, in the form of Apple Pay, currently holds a monopoly in the country. The service supports debit and credit cards from Canada's big banks, but Samsung Pay will get there eventually.

Samsung announced it was expanding its reach to three new territories including Malaysia, Russia and Thailand, so the company is working quite fast to match Apple Pay and Android Pay.

[Android Central]

 

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Samsung Confirms Siri-Like Virtual Assistant Coming to Galaxy S8

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 08:08 AM PST

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Not so long ago, we brought you news that Samsung planned to integrate a Siri-like virtual assistant dubbed "Bixby" into the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship. Well, a new report coming out of Reuters confirms the information and reveals a bit more about the AI helper.

Back in October, Samsung announced the acquisition of Viv Labs – an AI platform designer ran by the co-creator of Apple's Siri. It turns out that Samsung wants to incorporate the company's AI virtual assistant program, Viv into its new premium flagship.

Viv or Bixby will allow customers to interact with their devices in a more intuitive, seamless way by using spoken commands. The competition including Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft is already offering similar service on their flagship models, so Samsung needs catch up.

On top of that, there's a lot of pressure building up for the Galaxy S8 to be a spectacular device that will make customers and investors alike forget about the huge Galaxy Note7 fiasco.

Samsung still plans to unveil the Galaxy S8 during spring, but if it's going to do so at MWC 2017 or not, it remains to be seen. To make sure the Galaxy S8 is truly disruptive, the Korean tech giant might want to push the launch day further on.

[REUTERS]

The post Samsung Confirms Siri-Like Virtual Assistant Coming to Galaxy S8 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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SEGA releases Football Manager Touch 2017 on the Play Store

Posted: 08 Nov 2016 04:49 AM PST

 

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Sports Interactive, owned by SEGA, has been developing the Football Manager computer games for quite a few years now, and it's built up quite a following for the UK-based developer. Right on cue, the new Android version of the game, Football Manager Touch 2017, has been released.

Unlike last year, where there was a game for phones and a game for tablets, it appears that this year there is only the tablet version.

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SEGA releases Football Manager Touch 2017 on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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New Humble Mobile Bundle has a board game theme, includes Catan, Scotland Yard, Ticket to Ride, and more

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 08:32 PM PST

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While the frequency of Humble Mobile Bundles has slowed, we are still graced with new ones every now and again. This time around, you can get up to eight games, with more on the way. Thing is, you need to jump on this deal since it's only good for about another two weeks.

If you don't know how these work, let me break it down. If you pay $1 or more, you get two games: Scotland Yard and Carcassonne.

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New Humble Mobile Bundle has a board game theme, includes Catan, Scotland Yard, Ticket to Ride, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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