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Gboard (formerly Google Keyboard) hits 500 million installs in the Play Store

Posted: 31 Dec 2016 02:54 PM PST

There are many, many keyboard apps in the Play Store, but Google Keyboard has long been my go-to option. With the Gboard re-branding, Google added a few long-awaited features like multiple active languages and integrated search. That was enough to push it over the 500 million download threshold, joining apps like Photos, Dropbox, and Super-Bright LED Flashlight.

The bracket Gboard has entered is technically 500 million to 1 billion.

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Gboard (formerly Google Keyboard) hits 500 million installs in the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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The previously announced Google Play billing for Drive storage is already live for some

Posted: 31 Dec 2016 02:04 PM PST

Google announced a couple weeks ago that billing for Google Drive would move over to the Play Store subscription system. At the time it said this would happen sometime in January, but it looks like it's already live for some people. Time to check your Google Play account page.

The subscription prices themselves aren't going to change, you'll just manage the subscription in a different place. It makes sense to move it, though.

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The previously announced Google Play billing for Drive storage is already live for some was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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OnePlus delivering Nougat to OnePlus 3 and 3T

Posted: 31 Dec 2016 12:31 PM PST

OnePlus has announced that it has begun its rollout of OxygenOS 4.0 to the OnePlus 3 and 3T. The most notable change in OxygenOS 4.0 is the upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat, which includes a number of changes and improvements such as a new notification design, multi-window support, and a more organized Settings menu. In addition to Nougat, OnePlus is also including status bar icon options and improved shelf customization.

The OTA rollout will begin today, with a broader rollout occurring in the days ahead. For those who prefer the beta route, the OxygenOS Open Beta 1 (N) is now being offered for the OnePlus 3T. As always, flashing is conducted at the user's own risk and there is the potential for plenty of bugs in beta software, so take some time to consider your options before loading it on a daily driver.

Source: OnePlus, (2), (3)


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Friday, December 30, 2016

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Sprint discounting LG V20 by 50% until end of year

Posted: 30 Dec 2016 03:16 PM PST

Sprint customers are in for a treat. The LG V20 is currently discounted to 50% of its full price if you agree to two years of installments. Rather than the $33 a month you'd normally pay (for a total of $792), you'll pay $16.50 a month.

If you're interested in this deal, it ends on December 31st, so you only have a couple of days to take advantage of it. Hit the source link to pick up this device and let us know when you do!


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Top 10 Android app updates this week: Duolingo, Opera Max

Posted: 30 Dec 2016 12:16 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.

Periscope - Version 1.8.3.1

Periscope

What's new in this version:

  • TELEPORT IS BACK – When there's nothing LIVE on your watch tab, click on the teleport button to go to a LIVE broadcast happening in the world.
  • NIGHT MODE – Go to Profile settings and turn on night mode to watch Periscopes in the dark.
  • Fixed issue some users experienced when switching between front and back camera on Android 7+ devices.

 

Custom Quick Settings - Version 2.0.0

What's new in this version:

  • Tile Actions – A tile can now have multiple actions, and switches between them on click.
  • UI Change – There's now two screens in the customisation view, one is for presets and allows for setting up simple tiles, one is for advanced users and allows customisation – adding actions, setting custom labels, icons and states.
  • Live Tiles – Tiles that show the CPU speed, free RAM, Internal/External Storage space, battery & current weather conditions (BBC & Yahoo – pro only). 

 

Duolingo - Version 3.39.1

Duolingo

What's new in this version:

  • New layout for the home screen
  • Challenge correct streak animation and bonus XP
  • Duolingo clubs

 

PhotoDirector - Version 5.1.0

PhotoDirector

What's new in this version:

  • Now you can apply Live Blur and Skin Beautifying effects to your photos even before you've taken them with the in-app camera. Know that you have the perfect shot even before you've snapped it!
  • We've also added Overlays to the in-app Store so you can now explore even more creative options when editing.

 

Voice Access - Version 2.0.0

Voice Access

What's new in this version:

  • New commands: Hide keyboard, Show keyboard
  • New Settings: Cancel on touch, Show keyboard when stopped

 

Opera Max – Version 2.4.44

Opera Max

What's new in this version:

  • Added VIP mode to give you unlimited data savings and privacy
  • Additional changes in latest version:
    -Chargescreen improvements
    -Fixes and stability improvements

 

Instagram – Version 10.3.2

Instagram

What's new in this version:

  • Stickers: No matter where you are or what you're up to, add context to your story with stickers.
  • Holiday Fun: Make your story more festive with holiday stickers.
  • Hands-Free Video: A new option in the format picker lets you record a video without having to press and hold.
  • Text Enhancements: Add as much text as you'd like to a photo or video.

 

Sync for reddit – Version 12.8.1

Sync for Reddit

What's new in this version:

  • Lots of multireddit enhancements!
  • Big updates to the offline sync manager
  • By popular demand the posts FAB can now be customized
  • Added new missing thumbnail icons
  • Added an icon picker to the settings (settings > general > Icon)

 

Hello Mars – Version 1.0.0

Hello Mars

What's new in this version:

  • Added "Journey to Mars" session in showroom to show the history of all missions to Mars
  • Added "Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV)" in showroom with cockpit view
  • Revised voice over
  • Fixed spatial audio bugs

 

Dashlane – Version 4.8.0

Dashlane

What's new in this version:

  • The logo has been centered when loading the app
  • More stable.

 


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Amazon Digital Day sale includes 50% off Plex Pass, 67% off Tidal, and more

Posted: 30 Dec 2016 11:29 AM PST

If you've got a little holiday cash to burn, Amazon is offering some tempting deals. Actually, a lot of tempting deals. It's called Digital Day, and as the name implies, it includes a ton of deals on digital goods valid for today only. Remember, there's also that $0.99 movie promo running on Amazon.

It would not be a good use of anyone's time to tell you about every single deal,  so here are some Android-related things you may find particularly interesting.

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Amazon Digital Day sale includes 50% off Plex Pass, 67% off Tidal, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Moto X (2017) revealed in new leaks

Posted: 30 Dec 2016 10:21 AM PST

The Lenovo-owned Motorola has plans to launch a new Moto X in 2017, if a series of leaks is any indicator.

Android Authority and @OnLeaks have published factory CAD-based renders and video of what is being called the "Moto X (2017)." The official name of the handset isn't known yet, so this device may launch as something other than "Moto X (2017)."

The Moto X (2017) boasts a similar design to the Moto Z, which launched this year, but there are a few key differences. First, the new Moto X will boast a thicker frame at 150 x 73.8 x 8.4 mm (9.5 mm with camera bump). To compare, the Moto Z is only 5.2mm thin, and the Moto Z Force is 7mm thin.

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The Moto X (2017) will apparently also feature a 5.2-inch display and a microUSB port, and not USB Type-C. It will also boast a 3.5mm headphone jack for good measure.

The report also expects that the new Moto X will be a mid-range handset, with Lenovo keeping the Moto Z lineup the flagship range.

What do you think of the renders?


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Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat update expected to arrive in January

Posted: 30 Dec 2016 10:21 AM PST

Samsung has been running a beta test of Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge for awhile, but now the test is coming to an end and a public release might be around the corner.

Now that Samsung is bringing the beta test to an end, it has emailed beta testers and told them that the public release for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge should arrive in early January. In the email, Samsung said, "We would do our best to distribute the official version in January as soon as possible."

While there's no specific date to circle on the calendar just yet, owners of the flagship devices at least have a general period of time to look forward to. Of course, while Samsung has plans to release the software in early January, it doesn't necessarily guarantee that the update will actually arrive then.

Are you looking forward to the new software?


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NBC's Breaking News app and service will shut down tomorrow

Posted: 30 Dec 2016 04:54 AM PST

News are all around us nowadays but quality news reporting that also happens to be fast and accurate is not easy to come by. Breaking News, a separate startup inside NBC News Digital Network, was one of the most popular and respected news aggregators that tried to solve that problem through a team of dedicated editors and a network of trusted partners. It then broadcast important news through its website, various social networks (@BreakingNews with >9M followers, +BreakingNews, and Breaking News on Facebook) as well as mobile apps including an Android app with over 500,000 installs.

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NBC's Breaking News app and service will shut down tomorrow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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ADW Launcher 2 leaves beta with discounted premium unlock for a limited time, users disgruntled by the change

Posted: 30 Dec 2016 02:59 AM PST

ADW Launcher was one of my first introductions into Android customization. For the longest time, it was the cornerstone of my homescreen strategy and I'd spend hours perfecting a setup with icons, colors, widgets, until I'd start again a couple of days later. Heck, one of the first Android roundups I ever wrote (warning: not an AP post) was about customization and had ADW Launcher as the first recommendation.

But then Lollipop came and ADW looked completely out of place with the more modern interface.

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ADW Launcher 2 leaves beta with discounted premium unlock for a limited time, users disgruntled by the change was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Wileyfox updating entire lineup to move away from Cyanogen

Posted: 29 Dec 2016 05:16 PM PST

With CyanogenMod discontinued and no longer supported, Wileyfox is in a bit of a pickle. The company used Cyanogen OS for its devices, and with that option now gone, the company is pushing forward on a strong note.

Wileyfox announced that it will be moving to a "purer" and "enhanced" Android experience. Whether this means the devices will get completely stock Android or a custom build of stock Android remains to be seen, but the entire lineup is getting an update.

"We strongly recommend that all current and future users accept the upcoming update request to ensure they are on-boarded for the future. This will include the ability to maintain the same experience as before and the added ability to partake in updates and upgrades to the software in the future.

"We will continue to push this update to your device, and for new users we again recommend they download and install this update upon purchase."

Users will be getting an update that will move them away from Cyanogen. We wonder how many features will be lost in the process. This won't be easy for anyone, including Wileyfox and its customers, so we hope that the transition will be as painless as possible.


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ZTE Blade V8 leaks with dual rear camera and metal body

Posted: 29 Dec 2016 05:16 PM PST

The ZTE Blade V8 has leaked ahead of CES 2017, since we all know secrets can't be kept in the mobile industry. The device is shown featuring a metal back, dual rear cameras, a 13MP front camera, and more.

The dual rear cameras is a feature many manufacturers are now using. One sensor is 13MP and one is 2MP. The second sensor is used for depth data to add bokeh and shoot 3D photos to be viewed in a VR headset. The second sensor won't help with low light or detail.

Other specs given are a 5.2-inch 1080p display under 2.5D glass, a Snapdragon 435, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 7.7mm thickness, a fingerprint sensor, and Android 7.0 Nougat with MiFavor 4.0 on top.

We don't know if the V8 will make it to US, but it looks to be a solid mid-range option. What are your thoughts on this device? Leave a comment!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

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Holiday app and game sales: Nova Launcher Prime, Reigns, Moon+ Reader Pro, and much more [Continuously Updated]

Posted: 29 Dec 2016 02:49 PM PST

As we head into the end of the holiday season, maybe you're looking to purchase yourself a little something. You can buy an app or game in the Play Store, but who wants to pay full price? It just so happens there are a lot of them on sale right now.

Apps

Nova Launcher Prime: $0.99 from $4.99

Password Manager SafeInCloud: $2.99 from $4.99

Facetune: $0.10 from $1.99 (no sale in US)

Moon+ Reader Pro: $2.49 from $4.99

Slide for Reddit Pro: $1.99 from $4.00

Lightning Launcher: $1.99 from $4.99

franco Kernel updater 2: $2.99 from $3.99

Update: 12/23

Talon for Twitter: $1.49 from $2.99

Quick PDF Scanner Pro: $2.49 from $4.99

Texpand Pro: $0.99 from $2.99

OfficeSuite Pro + PDF: $7.49 from $14.99

Update 12/25

Tapet: $1.49 from $3.99 (IAP)

Aqua Mail Pro: $2.49 from $4.95

Wave: $0.99 from $1.49

Calendar Widget: $0.99 from $2.99

Equalizer + Pro: $1.99 from $2.99

edjing PRO: $0.99 from $4.99

Enpass: $4.99 from $9.99 (IAP)

Solid Explorer: $0.99 from $1.99 (IAP)

Metal Pro: $0.99 from $1.99

Internet Speed Meter: $1.49 from $2.50

Update 12/29

Mobi Calculator PRO: $1.49 from $2.99

Photo Studio PRO: $0.10 from $4.99 (non-US)

Games

Ravensburger Puzzle: $0.99 from $2.99

Downwell: $0.99 from $3.00

Reigns: $0.99 from $2.99

Temple Run: Oz: $0.10 from $1.99 (no sale in US)

The Walking Dead Pinball: $0.99 from $1.99

South Park Pinball: $1.99 from $3.99

Portal Pinball: $0.99 from $1.99

Marvel Pinball: $0.49 from $0.99

Teeny Titans - Teen Titans Go: $0.99 from $3.99

Card Wars - Adventure Time: $0.99 from $3.99

Evoland: $1.99 from $4.99

WWE 2K: $2.99 from $7.99

NBA 2K17: $2.99 from $7.99

Civilization Revolution 2: $2.99 from $9.99

XCOM: Enemy Within: $2.99 from $9.99

Puddle +: $0.99 from $3.49

Leo's Fortune: $1.49 from $4.99

Rusty Lake Hotel: $0.99 from $1.99

Rusty Lake: Roots: $1.99 from $2.99

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Holiday app and game sales: Nova Launcher Prime, Reigns, Moon+ Reader Pro, and much more [Continuously Updated] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Super Mario Run Lands in Google Play Store, Pre-Registrations Available

Posted: 29 Dec 2016 12:29 PM PST

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So far Super Mario Run was available only for iOS users, but luckily the application will soon make its way to Android.

The game marks the first Nintendo game that was truly optimized for mobile. However, reviews describe Super Mobile Run as a total fiasco. iPhone or iPad users are required to pay $10 to download the (complete) app, which only features 3 playable levels.

Sadly, we anticipate the Android app will be identical to the iOS one and will most likely feature the same pricing scheme. So prepare to pay up if you want to give Super Mario Run a go. Unless you are satisfied with the free version which offers next to nothing.

mario-runs

You still have some time to decide whether you want to spend your cash on the game. Even if Super Mario Run has landed in the Play Store it is only available for pre-registration. Basically you will receive an alert when the game finally becomes available for purchase.

In the meanwhile, you can take a look at the trail and prepare yourself for the Mario experience on mobile.

For those who don't know, Super Mario Run has users controlling a little, running man as he explores the world and tries to rescue Princess Peach.

[Google Play Store]

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Duolingo Clubs adds new social elements to language learning

Posted: 29 Dec 2016 11:34 AM PST

clubsDuolingo is one of the most popular apps on the Play Store, but oddly, its social features have been a bit on the light side up to now. The latest update to the language learning service aims to alleviate that with Duolingo Clubs. The feature is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: users (or "players" as Duolingo likes to call them) can congregate into social clubs to keep track of each other's use of the app and progress though the guided, game-style courses.

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Duolingo Clubs adds new social elements to language learning was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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You can pre-register for Super Mario Run for Android

Posted: 29 Dec 2016 09:21 AM PST

Earlier this month, Nintendo launched Super Mario Run exclusively for iOS devices, with no word as to when the popular title would find its way to Android.

While we still don't have a launch date just yet, we're at least one step closer to getting the game on our Android devices. Nintendo has launched the landing page for Super Mario Run in the Google Play Store, allowing Android users to pre-register for the title and get notified when it becomes available.

Unfortunately, the release date for the title is still only "coming soon."

Super Mario Run is an endless runner title, with six different worlds and four levels in each world. There is also a Toad Rally asynchronous multiplayer mode where players race against ghosts of other players and try to collect the most coins in any particular level.

Super Mario Run will be free to download initially, unlocking the full game will cost players $9.99. It requires an internet connection to play, as well.

Do you plan on picking up the game when it becomes available?


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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Orconoid, Snowball

Posted: 29 Dec 2016 07:20 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.

Empty.

DescriptionEverything must go. A relaxing puzzle game to unwind with. Clear the room of all the objects by rotating it. If an object is not visible, it's not there anymore.

 

Ookujira

DescriptionEarth is under attack! Evil alien robots from outer space are invading the cities. Human technology is inadequate to oppose the machine onslaught and only you can help. Join the resistance now!

 

The Filmmaker – Text Adventure

DescriptionRelive the days of classic gaming with The Filmmaker, a text adventure tribute to the traditional Hollywood "B-movie" in which players take on the role of young cinephile Brianna Auberon as she explores a haunted theater.

 

Snowball

DescriptionSnowball is a homegrown, hand-cranked winter pinball adventure from Pixeljam, the creators of Dino Run. Send your behemoth snow spheres through an epic kid-constructed bobsled maze of snowbanks, homemade wooden paddles, Tesla coils, igloos, railcars, and more.

 


Poly Water

Description Do you wanna fall into the Polygonal underwater life and feel the real power of water? Unlock new characters and discover challenging levels throughout the game. Collect coins to unlock new experiences. Stay alive to gain distance points and compete with gamers like you around the globe.

 

Five Nights at Freddy's: SL

Description: Welcome to Circus Baby's Pizza World, where family fun and interactivity go beyond anything you've seen at those *other* pizza places! Now hiring: Late night technician. Must enjoy cramped spaces and be comfortable around active machinery. Not responsible for death or dismemberment.

 

Orconoid

DescriptionOn Orconoid, along different levels, we must defeat countless armies of orcs and protect, thanks to our shield, the sorcerers of the kingdom. Smash the hordes of orcs who have come to attack us and expel them forever.

 

Gotta Eat Them All

Description: Simply tap anywhere to feed Leon. The aim of the game is to pile on weight as quickly as possible as you unlock new and exciting (and sometimes bizarre) items off the menu.

 

Hot Wheels: Race Off

DescriptionEverything you love about Hot Wheels brought to life in an awesome racing game: RACE 20+ Hot Wheels cars across 40+ insane physics racing tracks. BLAST OFF of boosters, loops, and jumps to stunt on the iconic Hot Wheels orange track. UPGRADE AND BUILD YOUR COLLECTION of Hot Wheels cars.

 

Honey Beellionaire

DescriptionIn this incremental clicker game you plan to become the richest beekeeper of them all… Or shall we say, a BEELLIONAIRE! With its super cute, crisp graphics Honey Beellionaire will win your heart and fill your pockets with golden coins.

 


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Super Mario Run is up for pre-registration on the Play Store

Posted: 29 Dec 2016 02:17 AM PST

One of the most anticipated games of the last quarter of 2016 is Super Mario Run. The game was announced by Nintendo at Apple's event in September as an iOS-first release and was made available a couple of weeks ago to rather disappointed reviews that plunged the company's stock value. An Android release was always in the cards, but we never got a specific date to go with it.

Now we have the first glimpse of Super Mario Run on Android.

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Super Mario Run is up for pre-registration on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Twitter announces Live 360 Video, powered by Periscope

Posted: 28 Dec 2016 10:17 PM PST

Earlier this month, the official Twitter mobile apps were updated to support livestreaming without having the separate Periscope app installed. Now the company has added support for 360-degree streams to both the Twitter and Periscope apps.

If you've ever watched a 360-degree YouTube video, you should be familiar with how this works. Desktop users can pan around the player with the mouse, and mobile users can tilt their phone to change the video angle.

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Twitter announces Live 360 Video, powered by Periscope was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Periscope launches 360-degree live video

Posted: 28 Dec 2016 05:19 PM PST

For the folks out there who love watching or sharing 360-degree video, Twitter and Periscope are aiming to be your go-to source.

The Twitter-owned Periscope has announced today that it is launching 360-degree video live streaming. Folks will be able to hop into a live video and check out the 360-degree content as the stream rolls on. The special videos will be available in Periscope as well as Twitter directly, and viewers will see a specific "LIVE 360″ badge when they're live.

Viewers will be able to tap and drag their finger on their device's display to change their point of view. It's worth noting that right now, the ability to broadcast 360-degree live videos are only available to select partners, but the feature will be available to more users "in the coming weeks."


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