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Nova Launcher v5.0 is out after numerous betas with Pixel Launcher features, new gestures, and more

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 03:43 PM PST

Did you know that today is the fifth anniversary of Nova Launcher? In celebration of this occasion, the v5.0 update to Nova Launcher is being released in the Play Store. This update has been in beta testing for a while, but now everyone can get it without joining the beta.

Here's the full changelog for Nova Launcher v5.0.

  • Swipe to open drawer (a la Pixel Launcher)
  • New Pixel style searchbar
  • New search view, with tabs for Frequent, Recent and New/Updated apps
  • New "Timeout" screen lock method
  • New double-tap-swipe gestures
  • Android 7.1 launcher shortcuts
  • Dock backgrounds to draw under navbar
  • Quick start to easily change major settings (Nova Settings > Backup > Quick start)

So, if you want to make your launcher look and work more like the Pixel Launcher, Nova supports that now.

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Nova Launcher v5.0 is out after numerous betas with Pixel Launcher features, new gestures, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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MicFlip V2 reversible microUSB cable review

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 03:07 PM PST

We previously reviewed the MicFlip reversible microUSB cable, and it performed great. A reversible microUSB plug was a huge convenience for a port that stuck around a little too long.

The new version of the cable uses the same winning formula and takes it a little further. The cable is now 6 feet long rather than 3 feet and features a reversible Type-A plug, making both sides reversible.

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The new Type-A plug features a thin board inside to make contact in both directions. It has a bit of play so it can move up and down depending on orientation, but I don't see this constant movement being a problem since it's so small (and absolutely necessary to function).

You still get the nylon braiding, which feels great while remaining thin and flexible. The plugs are still housed in metal, the connectors are still gold, and the cable is still extremely well made.

The only issue is price. The cable is $20, which is pretty expensive compared to the generic cables found online. This is expected, but high quality cables are generally pricey. So yes, you can get a cable like this cheaper.

Having a reversible USB cable is a much nicer luxury than expected. You don't have to check the orientation of your cable every single time, and you don't have to fumble turning the cable around once (or twice, which is embarrassing). It's definitely a great idea, which is why so many manufacturers are finally taking advantage of it.

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On that topic, the reversible USB Type-C port is becoming more and more popular on smartphones. However, most accessories are still microUSB and likely will be for a while. It's definitely not a bad time to pick one of these up. They're available on Winnergear's website.


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Google Keyboard updated, renamed to Gboard

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 03:07 PM PST

Google Keyboard for Android is now officially called Gboard, mirroring the Gboard keyboard released for iOS. This update changes the name and adds a lot of features people have been asking for. Here's a full changelog:

  • G button (enabled in settings) offers quick access to search from the keyboard
  • Pop-out toolbar (when G button not enabled) provides access to themes, settings, one-handed mode, and search
  • Optional dedicated number row
  • Up to three active languages with preference for one (previously had to switch)
  • Gesture typing is now called Glide typing.
  • Search for emoji
  • Rearranged emoji panel with group selection at bottom
  • Emoji have bright halo effect around them
  • GIF button is always shown, but disabled in apps without support.

The biggest change is the multiple active languages, which will keep autocorrect from changing your foreign words and will allow you to type in different languages without switching between them. Another feature lots of people will like is the optional number row, something many use on other keyboards.

The pop-out toolbar will give you quick access to themes and settings. The G button is a search button so you can search from the keyboard, though a search button is also available in the tool bar.

The update is jam-packed with features and changes, though for Google it's a big rebranding. The update is rolling out now but you may not get it for a few days, as is typical with big Google updates. Head to the Play Store to see if you can download it now!

Sources: Google Play: Gboard, Android Police


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Android Pay Available in Canada for Some Users, Unofficially

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 02:01 PM PST

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Google's mobile paying system, Android Pay seems to have made its way to some Canadian Android phone owners.

One user on Reddit shared the following not so long ago:

"I got an update to Android Pay, version 1.12.141346482, this morning and noticed it was showing all my cards as "Not Accepted" except one, a ScotiaBank SCENE Visa card.

I tried adding the card and it showed me the Android Pay terms (which isn't new, it had been doing that for a while now) but this time after accepting the conditions my card was successfully added. See here."

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9to5Google was also able to confirm with another person using a Scoatiabank VISA card that they were able to add a card to Android Pay this morning. In order to do that you will have to have Android Pay installed on your phone which isn't currently available via the Play Store in Canada. However you can download the APK right here.

The feature seems to have become available to users holding on to select cards, so many of you might not have access to it. Google has been contacted to comment and issued out this response:

"We're excited to bring Android Pay to Canadians, however it is currently not available in Canada."

However this doesn't change the fact that Android Pay is working for users with a Scoatiabank VISA card, who have downloaded the APK.

[9to5Google]

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Might Get Note7 ‘Secure Folder’ with Android Nougat

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 02:01 PM PST

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A few days ago we told you that Samsung is looking to update the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to Android 7.1.1 directly, thus skipping over Android 7.0.

Well while we wait for the new build to start rolling out, here's an interesting tidbit you might want to take note of. Remember the Galaxy Note7's Secure Folder option? It was pretty neat, as it allowed users to quickly and safely tuck away personal files such as images, videos and PDFs in a folder.

To access the Secure Folder information, you would have needed to authenticate yourself via the Galaxy Note7's fingerprint or iris scanner.

Anyway, now it seems that Samsung is considering porting this useful feature to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. A user requested the option in the Galaxy Beta program and Samsung replied it is considering offering the feat as a downloadable option for devices on Android Nougat.

Given that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are first in line to get Nougat, the Secure Folder will be available for them initially. As other Samsung devices start to get Nougat, Secure Folder might work on them too.

The feature will be available for download via the Galaxy App store.

[Sam Mobile]

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64GB Pixel C and optional keyboard on sale for holidays

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 01:58 PM PST

The Google Pixel C tablet is currently on sale on the Google Store, though it's only the 64GB model that's being discounted. The 32GB model is still going for the sale $499, but you can pick up a 64GB model for $100 off, making it the same $499 price.

The optional keyboard is also discounted. It's $99, down from the original $149 price tag. These sales are up for the holidays and they end January 7, so you have plenty of time to pick one up. Let us know if you do in the comments!

Source: Google Store: Pixel C, Pixel C Keyboard


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Pokémon GO holiday update includes new egg monsters and a hat

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 12:23 PM PST

Pokémon GO players have been salivating at the notion of gen 2 monsters showing up in the game, but the holiday update isn't quite so grand. Okay, it's a lot less grand. There are a handful new Pokémon, which can only be hatched form eggs. Oh, and Pikachu has a new hat.

Eggs hatched in the game now have a chance of revealing Togepi and Pichu. There are also apparently "select others," which are reportedly Cleffa, Elekid, Magby, Igglybuff, and Smoochum.

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Pokémon GO holiday update includes new egg monsters and a hat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 4 released with in-app billing and more

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 11:59 AM PST

At the end of September, Google not only released the third Developer Preview for Android Wear 2.0, but also confirmed that the public launch of the smartwatch platform would not happen until sometime in early 2017.

That gives a bit more breathing room for Google to roll out features for Android Wear 2.0, and also gives time for developers to support more built-in features for their apps when the platform arrives next year. And now Google has released another developer preview to help with that.

Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 4 is now available. It adds "Seamless Authentication," which will allow users to tap a button on their watch and an authentication screen on their phone. This should make authenticating log-ins for certain apps easier, especially with Google Sign-In support.

The new Developer Preview also supports in-app billing, which means that developers can now make it even easier to monetize their watch faces or Android Wear apps. Now a user just needs to input a 4-digit Google Account PIN and they can quickly buy something right from the Android Wear app.

The other new addition to Android Wear 2.0 is actually the return of "Swipe-to-Dismiss." Google says they heard the feedback that users wanted the feature to return, and now it has. Google broke down the platform and API changes with the return of the feature:

  • Activities now automatically support swipe-to-dismiss. Swiping an activity from left to right will result in it being dismissed and the app will navigate down the back stack.
  • New Fragment and View support. Developers can wrap the containing views of a Fragment or Views in general in the new SwipeDismissFrameLayout to implement custom actions such as going down the back stack when the user swipes rather than exiting the activity.
  • Hardware button now maps to "power" instead of "back" which means it can no longer be intercepted by apps.

There are other new additions, like compatibility with Android Wear 1.0 apps, cross-device promotion, and more. You can read all the changes through the source link below.

Are you looking forward to the arrival of Android Wear 2.0 next year?


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Android Things and Weave aim to boost Google’s Internet of Things

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 10:47 AM PST

Google still has its sights set on the Internet of Things, where all the smart devices in your house are connected.

The company has announced a few key changes as it aims to open up IoT to developers while also making it more secure with regular security updates issued directly by Google itself. That starts with a Developer Preview for Android Things, which Google says is a "comprehensive way to build IoT products with the power of Android, one of the world's most supported operating systems."

With the Developer Preview, developers can build a smart device with Android APIs, and one that also supports Google Services. Following feedback received through Project Brillo, Google will include support for Android Studio, the Android Software Development Kit (SDK), Google Play Services, and the Google Cloud Platform.

Google will also be rolling out the ability for developers to support their infrastructure with "regular OS patches, security fixes, and your own updates, as well as built-in Weave connectivity and more."

On top of all that, the Weave platform is also getting boosted in a big way, which Google says will make it easier for even more smart devices to connect to the cloud and interact with services like Google Assistant. That includes new support additions from TP-Link, First Alert, WeMo, Belkin, and others.

Google says this is just the beginning for IoT, with even more updates in the future.

Do you have a lot of smart, connected devices in your home?


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Huawei Mate 9 review: Close, but no cigar

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 10:47 AM PST

Huawei. Translated literally, the name means, "Chinese Achievement," a fitting title for a company that has won over the hearts of many in its home country. Huawei currently stands as the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, dominating in China and advancing quickly in Europe and other parts of Asia. In the saturated US market, however, Huawei faces a challenge that will prove difficult to overcome.

US customers have become well accustomed to powerful, high-end smartphones, leaving Huawei in a difficult situation. These customers aren't wooed simply by the latest tech specs. With the myriad of available options, high-quality specs have become an expectation rather than a distinct selling point.

Huawei is actively seeking to break into this lucrative and influential customer base, but the battle hasn't been easy. The company's name recognition remains low, and of those customers who recognize the company, they know it by its collaboration phone with Google, the Nexus 6P. While a great phone, it fails to reflect Huawei's core product line, which heavily utilizes the company's proprietary software, EMUI.

The Mate 9 is Huawei's flagship to lead the company into the US. Design, speed, and ease of use are brought to the forefront, and the Mate 9 is engineered to deliver a consistently excellent experience. The question remains, though, will it be enough for US consumers?

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The US market is inundated with the belief that bigger is better and that more is always better than less. The resulting standards are difficult for manufacturers to meet. Toss in the issue of brand recognition, and it's clear to see why new manufacturers like Huawei have such trouble gaining a foothold in the market.

With the Mate 9, Huawei has created a great smartphone. The display is impeccable, the speed is unbeatable, and the camera performs admirably. The Mate 9 is undoubtedly one of the highest-quality phones that we have had the pleasure of reviewing, and it deserves recognition for that.

Design is an integral part of any smartphone. Huawei realizes that, and the company has created a language that is simple and elegant. Sleek metal encases the device, with tasteful chamfered edges and accents added as focal points. Adornments are kept to a minimum and the glass display subtly curves around the edges to meet the metal casing.

The design only complements the display, which offers excellent color reproduction and crisp sharpness, a refutation of critics of 1080p displays on smartphones. Typical scenarios are a dream on the Mate 9 e.g. watching movies, reading articles, and viewing photos.

As far as viewing photos, Mate 9 users will likely have an interest in this. Huawei's collaboration with Leica continues with the Mate 9. Sealed inside the device is a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor paired with a 12-megapixel RGB sensor, allowing for extraordinary clarity and vivid colors. Other features include a powerful hybrid autofocus system and optical image stabilization, both useful accompaniments to the Mate 9's ability to shoot 4K video.

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Speed is at the crux of a great smartphone camera, and Huawei's Kirin 960 processor is no slouch. Paired with 4GB of RAM, the Huawei Mate 9 stands up to any competition, including that from Samsung and Apple. In many ways, the Mate 9 actually outperforms those devices. Even with low battery or while running multiple apps simultaneously, the Mate 9 is able to keep up with every task, whether it be a simple animation or something as complex as opening a PowerPoint.

Huawei is promising longevity of performance, as well. The Mate 9 is equipped with Machine Learning, allowing the CPU, RAM and ROM to learn user habits and prioritize those above tasks that are not as important to the user.

Though the Mate 9 is packed with powerful tech, battery life doesn't suffer. A day of usage is no sweat for the Mate 9. Two days of use may push the device, but with light use, it's possible. Even when the battery is running low, it's a quick fix with Huawei's SuperCharge technology. SuperCharge is a safer, faster charging system that delivers roughly an entire day's power within 20 minutes, making it a breeze to stay charged.

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The biggest drawback to the Mate 9 is its software. The catch? EMUI has quietly become one of the best UIs from a manufacturer. Fast, innovative, and full of life, EMUI is far above most other overlays. Though it integrates animation and color, the core of the UI remains tasteful and professional, allowing the Mate 9 to cater to a broad market. For those who seek more control, EMUI is largely customizable, particularly in terms of thematic elements such as color and iconography.

EMUI continues to bear a resemblance to iOS, but as it progresses, it's becoming easier to distinguish the UI as its own software. The layouts and design elements are beginning to add a sense of personality to Huawei, a key element for the company as it seeks to build a brand in the US. By branching out from stock Android, the company takes a risk in creating a UI that tarnishes the brand. But by performing the legwork before coming to the US, Huawei has turned EMUI into a positive and distinctive feature.

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Huawei Mate 99 / 10

Hearkening back to the initial question, the Mate 9 is a great smartphone. It truly delivers a powerful and pleasant usage experience. But even for all of its prowess and innovation, it remains easily lost in the mix of smartphones in the US market.

The design is beautiful, but that's normal. The display is great, but that's mainstream. The camera is distinctive, but not enough to separate the Mate 9 from the pack. The battle is no longer with specs, but with marketing. Huawei can't rely on the Mate 9 to sell itself. The company needs to bring the phone to the consumer and help them to realize that it will provide value beyond its competitors.

Huawei has a golden opportunity. Right now, brand loyalty of its largest competitor, Samsung, is unstable. Huawei needs to take advantage of this time to aggressively market and advertise the Mate 9, drawing away customers from its competitors. In the saturated US market, there's no other choice if Huawei wants to make a real impact.

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Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 4: Authentication, In-App Billing, and more

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 10:05 AM PST

Posted by Hoi Lam, Developer Advocate

A key part of Android Wear 2.0 is letting watch apps work as a standalone apps, so users can respond to messages, track their fitness, and use their favorite apps, even when their phone isn't around. Developer Preview 4 includes a number of new APIs that will help you build more powerful standalone apps.

Seamless authentication

To make authentication a seamless experience for both Android phone and iPhone users, we have created new APIs for OAuth and added support for one-click Google Sign-in. With the OAuth API for Android Wear, users can tap a button on the watch that opens an authentication screen on the phone. Your watch app can then authenticate with your server side APIs directly. With Google Sign-In, it's even easier. All the user needs to do is select which account they want to authenticate with and they are done.

In-app billing

In addition to paid apps, we have added in-app billing support, to give you another way to monetize your Android Wear app or watch face. Users can authorize purchases quickly and easily on the watch through a 4-digit Google Account PIN. Whether it's new levels in a game or new styles on a watch face, if you can build it, users can buy it.

Cross-device promotion

What if your watch app doesn't work standalone? Or what if it offers a better user experience when both the watch and phone apps are installed? We've been listening carefully to your feedback, and we've added two new APIs (PlayStoreAvailability and RemoteIntent) to help you navigate users to the Play Store on a paired device so they can more-easily install your app. Developers can also open custom URLs on the phone from the watch via the new RemoteIntent API; no phone app or data layer is required.


// Check Play Store is available
int playStoreAvailabilityOnPhone =
PlayStoreAvailability.getPlayStoreAvailabilityOnPhone(getApplicationContext());

if (playStoreAvailabilityOnPhone == PlayStoreAvailability.PLAY_STORE_ON_PHONE_AVAILABLE) {
// To launch a web URL, setData to Uri.parse("http://ift.tt/27AtmYB")
Intent intent =
new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW)
.addCategory(Intent.CATEGORY_BROWSABLE)
.setData(Uri.parse("market://details?id=com.google.android.wearable.app"));
// mResultReceiver is optional; it can be null.
RemoteIntent.startRemoteActivity(this, intent, mResultReceiver);
}

Swipe-to-dismiss is back

Many of you have given us the feedback that the swipe-to-dismiss gesture from Android Wear 1.0 is an intuitive time-saver. We agree, and have reverted back to the previous behavior with this developer preview release. To support swipe-to-close in this release, we've made the following platform and API changes:

  • Activities now automatically support swipe-to-dismiss. Swiping an activity from left to right will result in it being dismissed and the app will navigate down the back stack.
  • New Fragment and View support. Developers can wrap the containing views of a Fragment or Views in general in the new SwipeDismissFrameLayout to implement custom actions such as going down the back stack when the user swipes rather than exiting the activity.
  • Hardware button now maps to "power" instead of "back" which means it can no longer be intercepted by apps.

Additional details are available under the behavior changes section of the Android Wear Preview site.

Compatibility with Android Wear 1.0 apps

Android Wear apps packaged using the legacy embedded app mechanism can now be delivered to Android Wear 2.0 watches. When a user installs a phone app that also contains an embedded Android Wear app, the user will be prompted to install the embedded app via a notification. If they choose not to install the embedded app at that moment, they can find it in the Play Store on Android Wear under a special section called "Apps you've used".

Despite support for the existing mechanism, there are significant benefits for apps that transition to the multi-APK delivery mechanism. Multi-APK allows the app to be searchable in the Play Store on Android Wear, to be eligible for merchandising on the homepage, and to be remotely installed from the web to the watch. As a result, we strongly recommend that developers move to multi-APK.

More additions in Developer Preview 4

  • Action and Navigation Drawers: An enhancement to peeking behavior allows the user to take action without scrolling all the way to the top or bottom of a list. Developers can further fine-tune drawer peeking behavior through new APIs, such as setShouldPeekOnScrollDown for the action drawer.
  • WearableRecyclerView: The curved layout is now opt-in, and with this, the WearableRecyclerView is now a drop-in replacement for RecyclerView.
  • Burn-in protection icon for complications: Complication data providers can now provide icons for use on screens susceptible to burn-in. These burn-in-safe icons are normally the outline of the icon in interactive mode. Previously, watch faces may have chosen not to display the icon at all in ambient mode to prevent screen burn-in.

Feedback welcome!

Thanks for all your terrific feedback on Android Wear 2.0. Check out g.co/wearpreview for the latest builds and documentation, keep the feedback coming by filing bugs or posting in our Android Wear Developers community, and stay tuned for Android Wear Developer Preview 5!


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Events from Facebook now available on Android

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 09:47 AM PST

In early October, Facebook launched an Events-focused app for iOS, and now the app has finally arrived for Android users.

As the name of the app suggests, it's entirely focused on making it easier than ever before for Facebook users to keep tabs on events happening around them. The app will also give you event recommendations, show you events that your friends are planning on attending, and more.

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Events from Facebook makes it possible to whittle down the selection of events you might be interested in based on filters you put in place, like date, time, and the category of the event. With the new app, finding an event to go to should be pretty easy, especially compared to using the stock Facebook app.

How often do you use Facebook to plan, or find, new events to attend?


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Announcing updates to Google’s Internet of Things platform: Android Things and Weave

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 09:15 AM PST

Posted by Wayne Piekarski, Developer Advocate for IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) will bring computing to a whole new range of devices. Today we're announcing two important updates to our IoT developer platform to make it faster and easier for you to create these smart, connected products.

We're releasing a Developer Preview of Android Things, a comprehensive way to build IoT products with the power of Android, one of the world's most supported operating systems. Now any Android developer can quickly build a smart device using Android APIs and Google services, while staying highly secure with updates direct from Google. We incorporated the feedback from Project Brillo to include familiar tools such as Android Studio, the Android Software Development Kit (SDK), Google Play Services, and Google Cloud Platform. And in the coming months, we will provide Developer Preview updates to bring you the infrastructure for securely pushing regular OS patches, security fixes, and your own updates, as well as built-in Weave connectivity and more.

There are several turnkey hardware solutions available for you to get started building real products with Android Things today, including Intel Edison, NXP Pico, and Raspberry Pi 3. You can easily scale to large production runs with custom designs of these solutions, while continuing to use the same Board Support Package (BSP) from Google.

We are also updating the Weave platform to make it easier for all types of devices to connect to the cloud and interact with services like the Google Assistant. Device makers like Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings already use Weave, and several others like Belkin WeMo, LiFX, Honeywell, Wink, TP-Link, and First Alert are implementing it. Weave provides all the cloud infrastructure, so that developers can focus on building their products without investing in cloud services. Weave also includes a Device SDK for supported microcontrollers and a management console. The Weave Device SDK currently supports schemas for light bulbs, smart plugs and switches, and thermostats. In the coming months we will be adding support for additional device types, custom schemas/traits, and a mobile application API for Android and iOS. Finally, we're also working towards merging Weave and Nest Weave to enable all classes of devices to connect with each other in a secure and reliable way. So whether you started with Google Weave or Nest Weave, there is a path forward in the ecosystem.

This is just the beginning of the IoT ecosystem we want to build with you. To get started, check out Google's IoT developer site, or go directly to the Android Things, Weave, and Google Cloud Platform sites for documentation and code samples. You can also join Google's IoT Developers Community on Google+ to get the latest updates and share and discuss ideas with other developers.


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Logi Circle security camera app gets a big update with improved menus, cheaper subscription option, smart alerts, and more

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 09:13 AM PST

Logitech's Circle security cameras are a compelling option for keeping an eye on your home. They're a bit cheaper than other cameras, are super-easy to set up, and include free 24-hour archiving of 1080p video. The app has been a little lacking, but it's getting a big update today that includes easier navigation and a new subscription plan.

Here's the full changelog for the new update.

  • A new simpler menu design
  • Customizable Smart Alerts based on activity levels and frequency.
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You won't believe which app just crossed 500 Million downloads on the Play Store

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 08:12 AM PST

Clickbait! Clickbait! Clickbait! What is Android Police becoming? BuzzFeed?!

There, I said it before you did, but in my (terrible) defense, I was the victim of the same clickbait and so was the entire Android Police team. You know why? Because our very own esteemed boss and all-around annoying but awesome and fierce leader Artem Russakovskii decided to add this task to our article to-do list with this same clickbaity title. So we all clicked to see which app it was - we had to know!

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Upgrading SMS for Rogers customers on Android

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 07:32 AM PST

Facebook releases its standalone Events app for Android (only two months after iOS)

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 07:13 AM PST

Facebook's Events app was announced back on October 7 as another standalone app you could download to access one feature among the social network's many entities. At the time, the app was made available to iOS, but now it has finally crossed over to our side of the mobile divide and is available on the Play Store.

Events from Facebook, as the official name of the app says, lets you check on events you're already interested in, see events your friends might be attending or have invited you to, as well as events announced by pages you already follow.

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UK Samsung Galaxy Note7 to Get Update Limiting Battery Charging to 30%

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 07:11 AM PST

 

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Samsung is taking unprecedented measures in the US, where it plans to roll out a software update meant to prevent remaining Galaxy Note7 units from charging.

The Korean tech giant is working hand in hand with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile to impose this act, but not Verizon. Well in other territories, Samsung will be a bit gentler.

Starting December 15, the phone maker will issue an update for Galaxy Note7s in the UK that will limit battery charging to 30%. We don't know if the measure will be imposed on other European states as well, but it seems likely.

At first Samsung nicely asked Galaxy Note7 owners to return the phablet. Fast forward a few months later and the company has unleashed an aggressive campaign to persuade those still clinging to the Note7 to bring their phone in and receive a replacement.

In Canada, Samsung is expected to roll out an update which will strip the phablet of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, rendering it basically useless.

The Korean tech giant has been taking steps to blacklist the phablet from New Zealand's and Australia's networks, as well.

If you too are still holding on to the potentially dangerous device, we urge you to take it back to the place you purchased it from and take advantage of Samsung's refunds or exchange programs.

[Samsung UK]

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Rogers to Update Sony Xperia X Performance to Android Nougat in February

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 07:11 AM PST

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Holding on to a Sony Xperia X Performance from Rogers? Then you're probably wondering when is your device going to get Android 7.0 Nougat?

Well the carrier has just confirmed the smartphone will receive Nougat (and VoLTE) treatment in February 2017.

However Rogers does state the following: "Making sure these dates re accurate is our top priority. Sometimes things change beyond our control so all dates listed are subject to change. Thank you for understanding."

The Sony Xperia X Performance was unveiled in June 2016 with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. The phone features a 5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution and a Snapdragon 820 breathing fire under the hood.

The device sells in two versions, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage or 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

In the photography department, the Sony Xperia X Performance offers quite a treat. The main snapper is of 23MP variety and features phase detection autofocus and LED flash. The 13MP selfie snapper will surely take great self-portraits.

Rogers also notes that other devices including HTC One M9, LG G5 and the Moto Z will also be blessed with Android 7.0. The carrier failed to provide any specific dates, just noting the update is "coming soon".

[Rogers]

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Google Allo just surpassed 10 Million downloads on the Play Store

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 06:33 AM PST

The response to Google Allo has been... cold, to put it gently. For every user who appreciates the clean break Google made with its past messaging apps and the mobile-first approach it took, there are dozens if not hundreds of users who are vocal about every single feature that Allo is missing and that needs to be implemented before the app is viable as a messenger for them.

That cold response is behind Allo's sudden extinction from the Play Store's top lists and the super slow rise of its download numbers.

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Deal: Honor 8 gets a 25% price cut on Amazon

Posted: 13 Dec 2016 01:12 AM PST

With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, Amazon is rolling out a more discounts on some of the most popular smartphones. The 32GB Honor 8 can now be purchased for $298.82 – $ a good $101 less than its usual $400 price point. While a $298.82 Honor 8 is an incredible deal, you're actually better off buying the 64GB model for $349.99 since its $111 cheaper than its usual price.

We're sure you could find deals on  better smartphones than the Honor 8, but you'll likely have to shell out $50 to $100 more. Just remember to pick up a case or two to keep the glass body of the Honor 8 is pristine condition.

 


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Android Pay officially expands to Japan

Posted: 12 Dec 2016 08:38 PM PST

JP_ui_blog_2_jbVRcly.width-1000Google is slowly but surely expanding its Android Pay platform to more territories. Today Japan gets access - if you're in the country you should be able to download the app from the Play Store for the first time on Android 4.4 or later. Google's retail partners in Japan include McDonalds, Dominoes, Lawson, Mini-Stop, Apita, Family Mart, and Coca-Cola vending machines, along with a handful of Japan-exclusive retailers. 

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This expansion was spotted by Cody Toombs last week, when he tore down the latest version of the Android Pay app.

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My Horse Prince is a weird dating simulator about an anime girl and the horse-boy she loves

Posted: 12 Dec 2016 07:53 PM PST

horseThe dating simulator genre has some strange entries - which is to be expected, since it has a lot of DNA from the anime-inspired visual novel. For example, earlier this year we covered Hatoful Boyfriend, in which a human high school girl is courted by various pigeons. But My Horse Prince probably takes the cake: it tells the story of a girl who loves a horse. And not in that generically feminine, "I want a pony for Christmas" kind of way - she really loves him.

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19 new and notable Android apps from the last 2 weeks (11/29/16 - 12/12/16)

Posted: 12 Dec 2016 06:38 PM PST

apps-01Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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U.S. Mobile Passport updated to v2.0, brings support for cruise ships

Posted: 12 Dec 2016 05:38 PM PST

It's a big travel time in many parts of the world, especially in the United States. If you're an international traveler, I hear that the lines to enter through U.S. customs can be pretty ridiculous. We have talked about the Mobile Passport app before here on Android Police, since it's awesome for those who have a U.S. passport or Canadian B1/B2 visas. This update brings with it cruise ship support, allowing travelers to enter the country via sea.

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