Popular Posts

Friday, December 16, 2016

Android Match

Android Match


Honor brand celebrates three year anniversary with Honor Magic announcement

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 03:07 PM PST

Honor is a brand that caters towards younger, more tech savvy people with great devices at low prices, giving up marketing for lower prices. The brand is celebrating its three-year anniversary with a device announcement.

Honor has announced the Honor Magic, a device that focuses more on software than hardware. It features a 5.09-inch 2560×1440 curved AMOLED display, a Kirin 950 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of memory, dual 12MP cameras, a 2900mAh battery, and a curved glass body with three of the four edges curved.

While the hardware specs are good and the device looks great, the software is really where the device shines. It comes with tons of smart features, like unlocking when you pick the device up and look at it (and locking again when you put it down), facial recognition for security, Smart Display that will show you relevant info when needed, and more. It also features Huawei Magic Power, which is a quick charging solution that can charge the device to 70% in 20 minutes.

There are a lot more smart features in this device courtesy of the Magic Live UI, many of which are catered to the Chinese market. Since this is a "concept" device that's going up for sale, it's not expected to be available outside of China. And with the concept styling comes a higher price of ¥3699, or about $532 USD.

It's definitely an interesting and very pretty device. This should be an indication of what Honor has in store in the future. What do you guys think of the Honor Magic? Leave a comment!

Source: HiHonor, Honor, VMall


Android Match

Facebook announces global rollout of new 'native camera' for Messenger

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 02:26 PM PST

Users of Facebook Messenger have been seeing a new camera tool pop up in recent weeks, but it wasn't consistent or widely available. Now, Facebook is rolling this feature out to everyone in Messenger. The so-called native camera is easier to access and it has a ton of effects and filters. I'm told by some young people that it's much more like Snapchat now.

With the new camera, the shutter button is always available at the bottom of the app.

Read More

Facebook announces global rollout of new 'native camera' for Messenger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match

Games authentication adopting Google Sign-In API

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 01:53 PM PST

The TWRP team releases an official app for the popular custom recovery

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 12:36 PM PST

If you're like me and have spent entirely too much time flashing ROMs and such over the years, then you know about TWRP. The Team Win Recovery Project took over what ClockworkMod started all those years ago. It's powerful, versatile, and supports a huge list of devices. Well, now you can add an official app from the team to the board of everything they offer (for free).

An app that installs and updates the recovery on your device is nothing new, not even for TWRP.

Read More

The TWRP team releases an official app for the popular custom recovery was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match

Four tips for startup success from a Silicon Valley VC

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 12:13 PM PST

Posted by Kacey Fahey, Marketing Programs Manager, Google Play

Working at Google Play, we're on the front line watching developers build, polish, and launch their dreams for millions of users to experience. While it's exciting to be a part of so much creativity, we're often asked how small startups can stand out in such a competitive field. We recently had Josh Elman & Sarah Tavel of Greylock Partners speak at our events, sharing their experiences working in Product Marketing and Engineering at major tech companies including Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Below are four tips to hit the ground running and create a business built for success.

Set goals, both large and small


Every startup has an ultimate goal, but don't forget to create micro-goals. Breaking your larger goal down into smaller milestones creates checkpoints to review progress and ensure momentum is heading in the right direction. This also allows for flexibility if teams need to course correct along the way, not to mention micro-accomplishments to celebrate!

Create stickiness


The first level in Sarah's Hierarchy of Engagement is to identify the core action for users to perform in your app. Once you have engagement with this core action, level 2 is driving retention, getting users to come back and perform the core action more and more. The ultimate goal is to hook users with your app creating accruing benefits, whereby deeper and more frequent engagement creates habits and product dependencies.




"As companies move up the hierarchy, their products become better, harder to leave, and ultimately create virtuous loops that make the product self-perpetuating," – Sarah Tavel, Partner at Greylock

Example: For those looking to improve on organizational skills, Evernote can be a lifesaver. The more lists users create, the more they rely on the product. Evernote becomes such an ingrained habit that it naturally transcends between personal and professional worlds.


Drive virality


When launching a new app, look for ways to achieve virality. Find hooks to make users fall in love with your app and strive to make it part of their regular habits. But watch out, not all types of virality are treated equally.

"Whenever you're thinking about engineering virality, you need to be sure that you're reaching the right people, getting them interested for reasons that align with the intrinsic value of your product, and leading them to the right actions," РJosh Elman, Partner at Greylock Example: Whether you're lucky enough to convert happy users into product evangelists or catch fire through social media, outbreak virality has driven tremendous success for apps like Pokémon GO and Prisma.

Measure cohorts


While monitoring traditional mobile metrics such as installs and DAUs provide a high level overview of app performance, cohort analysis is key to understanding user behavior and optimizing for growth. When rolling out changes in your app, make sure to track cohorts for an extended duration. Initial results may tell one story at D7, but hold tight, as things could turn a corner by D15 or even later. Give users time to adapt and get comfortable with the changes before making any final product decisions.

Read more tips on how to find success for your app or game start up in the Playbook for Developers app.

How useful did you find this blogpost?




Android Match

Google confirms Gboard is now available for Android

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 11:04 AM PST

Earlier this week, Google Keyboard for Android found itself with an update and a new Gboard name. Now Google has officially confirmed that Gboard (which launched on iOS earlier this year) is available for Android users.

That means the full-featured software keyboard is bringing all of those features to Google's own mobile operating system. That includes built-in search, which lets you tap the Google logo to quickly do a Google search from within the conversation and then copy and paste the info you find into the conversation.

Google also made improvements to autocorrection, the Glide Typing feature, and predictions. Gboard for Android also supports multiple languages at once.

Gboard is available now for free in Google Play. If you already have Google Keyboard installed on your device, keep an eye out for an update to the new experience.

Do you plan on switching to Gboard?


Android Match

Latest Galaxy S8 Rumors: Fingerprint Sensor on the Back, Note7-Like Iris Scanner

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 10:19 AM PST

samsung-galaxy-s8-render

Hungry to know more about Samsung's upcoming beast, the Galaxy S8 flagship? Rumors detailing the potential specs of the premium phone have been abundantly available as of late.

The latest tidbit comes out of Sam Mobile and reveals a couple of new aspects related to the Galaxy S8. The rumor mill has been saying Samsung will incorporate a fingerprint scanner under the Galaxy S8's display. However a new report claims the flagship's fingerprint scanner will actually live on the back.

Apparently the phone will take advantage of an improved iris scanning technology in the vein of the Galaxy Note7. With the Galaxy S8 out, Samsung is said to be looking to launch the Samsung Pass service once more.

galaxy-s8-render-2

If Samsung ends up putting the fingerprint scanner on the back of the device, the Galaxy S8 could end up looking a lot like the Google Pixel.

The current report confirms once more that the phone will not carry a home button, something we've heard of before.

At the moment, Samsung seems to be on track to unveil the Galaxy S8 during the MWC 2017 gathering in Barcelona in February. Over the next few months we expect Galaxy S8 leaks to intensify, as the new gadget is being readied for prime-time.

[Sam Mobile]

The post Latest Galaxy S8 Rumors: Fingerprint Sensor on the Back, Note7-Like Iris Scanner appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


Android Match

The Classic Mega Man Game Comes to Android in Early 2017

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 10:19 AM PST

mega-man-for-android-screenshot

Are you a fan of old games? Then you'll be happy to know that Japanese video game maker Capcom has just announced it will be bringing one of its most popular games, Mega Man to Android and iOS come 2017.

Mega Man (or Rock Man) has starred in over 100 games throughout the years, but Capcom will be releasing the first six games of the series on mobile on January 6. Sadly only Japanese users will be able to play Mega Man on their phone or tablet for the time being. However, it's pretty obvious Capcom will unleash the mobile apps globally at a later date.

The Nintendo Entertainment System launched the first six Mega Man games between 1987 and 1993, so if you are a nostalgic of older times you're going to be thrilled.

Mega Man is a game notorious for its difficulty which stars Blue Bomber, a robotic character who aims to save the world from the clutches of the evil Doctor Wily.

Capcom has already shared with us an image to show us what's coming in early 2017 and as you can see from the image above, the Android game seems to retain the 4:3 aspect ratio. The free space on the screen will probably be filled with the virtual D-pad and controls.

[Capcom]

The post The Classic Mega Man Game Comes to Android in Early 2017 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


Android Match

Samsung is working on a new Gear VR headset and augmented reality device

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 10:03 AM PST

Samsung has already staked a claim in virtual reality, releasing two Gear VR headsets to date, and the company is not slowing down any time soon.

Samsung Electronics Vice President Dr. Sung-Hoon Hong recently spoke at the Virtual Reality Summit that took place in California. During his time on stage, Hong outlined that Samsung is currently working on a brand new Gear VR headset which will be "presented in a short time." Unfortunately, he did not go into any additional details regarding the device or when it might be revealed.

Hong did have some extra information to give regarding augmented reality (AR) device, though, saying that Samsung is working on a "light field engine" and that it will create "really, really realistic" holograms. He also added that the holograms will look "really touchable," so it will be interesting to see how that looks in the real world in the future.

Hong said that Samsung's AR device will see the light of day at Mobile World Congress next year, which takes place between February 27 and March 2.

What would you like to see Samsung do next with virtual reality and augmented reality?


Android Match

Top 10 Android app updates this week: Nova Launcher, Mint

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 10:03 AM 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.

Stitcher Radio for Podcasts - Version 3.8.0

Stitcher Radio

What's new in this version:

  • Stitcher Premium – Ad-Free listening, Bonus content, exclusive Stitcher Originals, comedy albums and more!
  • Easily block shows you don't want to see on your Front Page
  • Sort your playlists by recency, duration and more
  • Support for SD cards and other alternate storage
  • Improved Network Connectivity Detection

 

Logi Circle – Version 2.1.15.13

Logi Circle

What's new in this version:

  • A new simpler menu design
  • Customizable Smart Alerts based on activity levels and frequency.
  • Privacy mode to stop Circle from recording any footage
  • Circle Safe now has more storage options as well as Person Detection and Motion Zones for more precise alerts

 

Box - Version 4.2.584

Box

What's new in this version:

  • Snap and Chat with up to 16 friends! Chats you send to a group are deleted by default after 24 hours.
  • When editing a Snap in Memories, tap the paintbrush to give your Snap a new look.
  • Press and hold on the camera screen to identify a song with Shazam. Songs you've Shazamed appear in Settings.

 

Mobile Passport - Version 2.0.0

Mobile Passport

What's new in this version:

  • Hoist Anchor! Passengers at Port Everglades, Florida are first to use Mobile Passport for cruise ships!
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

 

Mint - Version 5.0.0

Mint

What's new in this version:

  • You asked for it. You got it. Now you can pay bills in Mint too! You can see all your finances at a glance. You'll know what's due, when it's due, and what you can pay.
  • Get reminders so you pay on time. You can schedule payment for linked bills on the spot.

 

Contacts – Version 6.0.0

Contacts

What's new in this version:

  • Get suggestions for adding new contacts, cleaning up duplicates, and more
  • Send email or SMS to everyone in a label

 

Snapseed – Version 2.14.0

Snapseed

What's new in this version:

  • The Perspective tool brings back the vertical and horizontal corrections.
  • The Face filter provides an improved choice of styles.
  • We've added an option to choose the target folder when using the "Export" feature for saving your photos, for example to your SD card.
  • The Text tool now allows to center text more easily.

 

Nova Launcher – Version 5.0.0

Nova Launcher

What's new in this version:

  • 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

 

Snapchat – Version 9.45.1

Snapchat

What's new in this version:

  • Snap and Chat with up to 16 friends! Chats you send to a group are deleted by default after 24 hours.
  • When editing a Snap in Memories, tap the paintbrush to give your Snap a new look.
  • Press and hold on the camera screen to identify a song with Shazam. Songs you've Shazamed appear in Settings.

 

AmpMe – Version 4.0.2

AmpMe

What's new in this version:

  • This latest update lets you sync multiple Bluetooth speakers together using the same AmpMe party. Any brand, we don't discriminate! You can now combine your devices with those of your friends into a booming sound system wherever you go.

 


Android Match

[Deal Alert] Star Wars Pinball 4, Mind Games Pro, and more all $0.10 on the Play Store

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 09:21 AM PST

If you're looking for new games or applications to try out this weekend, you're in luck. A number of popular applications are on sale for $0.10 (or the local equivalent) on the Play Store. First up is Star Wars Pinball 4, from developer Zen Studios. Not only is the base game $0.10 in the US, but all the in-app purchases for additional tables are 50% off as well.

Next up is Our Budget Book Pro.

Read More

[Deal Alert] Star Wars Pinball 4, Mind Games Pro, and more all $0.10 on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match

Moose Math – An App for Primary Math

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 07:07 AM PST

PinterestTwitterGoogle+FacebookFlipboardEvernoteShare

Moose Math is a cute app from Duck Duck Moose and Khan Academy. The app is designed to help young students learn how to count, how to add, and how to subtract. The setting of the app puts students in a "moose city" that they are trying to build by completing five levels of mathematics activities.

The first level in Moose Math has students help make fruit juice drinks by adding fruit to a blender. Each drink requires a specific number of fruits that students have to drag and drop into the blender. If they don't add enough or if they add too much, then they are asked to try again. The second level of the app has students counting again, but this time they are counting dots rather than fruits. As students progress through each level they earn rewards that they can use to design their own little virtual cities.

The third through fifth levels of Moose Math introduce students to addition and subtraction problems.

This app is also available for iOS.


Android Match

Snapseed 2.14 update brings new presets to the Face filter and target folder options, horizontal and vertical Perspective tool returns [APK Download]

Posted: 16 Dec 2016 12:21 AM PST

Snapseed, the amazingly handy photo editor, received an update to v2.14 which brings along a few improvements. Both the Android and iOS versions now have the ability to center text horizontally and vertically in the Text tool. They also have access to some new Face filter presets for those fast enhancements.

The Android version itself sees the return of the old x-axis and y-axis adjustment modes in the Perspective tool. This, of course, allows for most any kind of transformation and perspective alteration.

Read More

Snapseed 2.14 update brings new presets to the Face filter and target folder options, horizontal and vertical Perspective tool returns [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match

AmpMe update now syncs multiple Bluetooth speakers from different manufacturers together to really irritate your neighbors

Posted: 15 Dec 2016 11:31 PM PST

In my home, we have neighbors that love to be loud. People over almost every night, lots of banging, and music so loud that I can feel the bass in my chest. So along comes the latest update to AmpMe, an app that lets you sync together multiple Bluetooth devices. The app itself is not new, but the company behind it announced today that it now supports connecting speakers from different manufacturers into one sound system.

Read More

AmpMe update now syncs multiple Bluetooth speakers from different manufacturers together to really irritate your neighbors was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match

PhotoScan 1.1 raises maximum resolution of scans on some phones

Posted: 15 Dec 2016 06:41 PM PST

After being released a month ago, one of the main criticisms of PhotoScan, the new simple-but-clever photo scanning app by Google, was that the pixel resolution of the final scan was too low: it was capped to 2000 pixels on the long side. The maximum pixel count was 4 megapixels, but most people were seeing lower quality than that because, Instagram and copycats aside, most pictures are not square.

Google seems to be fixing that issue, at least on the Pixel phones, since version 1.1 of PhotoScan raises that limit to a more roomy 3000 pixels.

Read More

PhotoScan 1.1 raises maximum resolution of scans on some phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match

Oceanhorn, a Zelda-inspired premium action adventure game, sets sail for the Play Store

Posted: 15 Dec 2016 06:11 PM PST

image (14)The Legend of Zelda has inspired a lot of games over the years, and why not: it's the quintessential fantasy action-adventure. Nintendo literally sells millions of dollars worth of hardware each time they release a new one. And while a full Android release for the storied franchise is but a pipedream at the moment (especially with the way Nintendo seems to be cuddling up to Apple as of late), indie developer Cornfox & Bros.

Read More

Oceanhorn, a Zelda-inspired premium action adventure game, sets sail for the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match

Most Wanted: Android Police's top five games of 2016

Posted: 15 Dec 2016 05:21 PM PST

gamesAndroid Police's bi-weekly roundups have covered more than 750 games this year. That's a hell of a lot for a site that's not specifically about gaming, and picking out the top five is no small task. Before you read any further, take note of the following: I had a few criteria that games had to meet before being included in the following selections.

One, it needs to be a mobile game.

Read More

Most Wanted: Android Police's top five games of 2016 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


Android Match

No comments:

Post a Comment