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LG G6 render leaked, device may be released a month earlier than G5

Posted: 26 Dec 2016 02:14 PM PST

The LG G5 wasn't a shining success like LG had hoped it would be, and the modular features weren't too well received. With only a few pricey modules, many didn't see a point. That has left many to wonder if the modules will carry over to the LG G6.

LG G6 render leak

According to a leaked render, the upcoming G6 might not look so different from the G5.While the inclusion of a modular aspect is unknown, the device looks very similar. We'll have to wait until real photos are leaked to give a verdict though.

LG is also rumored to launch the G6 earlier than previous flagship launches. While the G5 launched late March, LG wants to get the G6 out a month early to get a leg up on the competition and increase sales volume before the other flagships launch.

Via: Android Authority
Source: Facebook: Shai Mizrachi, ETNews


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Cyanogen Inc. shutting down along with CyanogenMod

Posted: 26 Dec 2016 02:14 PM PST

CyanogenMod has been the iconic custom ROM. Thinking of flashing custom software to Android phones, people's first thought is almost guaranteed to be CyangenMod. Unfortunately, that software is done for.

Cyanogen Inc. has announced that it is shutting down CyanogenMod and all related services. The announcement was extremely brief and gave no detail, which isn't a good look. With Steve Kondik gone, not much is left of CyanogenMod is left at the company.

CyanogenMod then wrote a long, detailed update for the software. We're sorry to say that it's done for. Fortunately, it may not be the end of the soul of the software. The company is producing a fork in the source code (which is sticking around) and rebranding the software to LineageOS, which will remain open source.

So if you're a big fan of CyanogenMod, there's hope for the future. But for now, the software will die and nightlies will end.

Via: Droid-Life
Source: Cyanogen Inc, CyanogenMod, LineageOS


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Geometry Dash World expands on the frantic music-runner gameplay of the original

Posted: 26 Dec 2016 02:07 PM PST

imageRunner games aren't exactly thin on the ground on the Play Store - we've essentially stopped covering them unless they offer something new and unique to players. Geometry Dash isn't exactly groundbreaking in terms of its actual structure, but the execution of its rhythm-based gameplay and the polish of the levels have earned it a small but dedicated fanbase. The latest entry in the series, Geometry Dash World, definitely deserves some attention.

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Geometry Dash World expands on the frantic music-runner gameplay of the original was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Lenovo Phab 2 Pro review: Shape the world around you

Posted: 26 Dec 2016 01:10 PM PST

It's long been a dream to use technology to create a different world, a new world. We don't to simply shape the world around us, we want to escape to somewhere new, somewhere exciting. Virtual and augmented reality are the latest steps in achieving this.

Google has been quietly working on augmented reality for several years now, culminating in its Tango program. Tango involves an array of software and hardware that work together to make augmented reality, well, a reality. Testing took place on prototype tablets and the program was declared ready to put into action.

Lenovo took the initiative and became the first hardware partner to come alongside Google for Tango tech. The result is the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the world's first smartphone with Tango technology.

When first setting eyes on the Phab 2 Pro, the immediate reaction is to comment on how enormous the device is. Lenovo opted for a 6.4-inch QHD (2560×1440) display that's flanked on top and bottom by hefty bezels. The phone is hefty as well, with a thickness of 8.9mm and a weight of 259g, due largely to the aluminum design and the extra hardware packed inside.

Aesthetically, the Phab 2 Pro is modest to the extreme. The front of the device is a sheet of black glass with three capacitive buttons below the display. The back is a slab of gunmetal aluminum, accented by a fingerprint scanner and the large camera module used to empower Tango.

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Using the device is no special experience. Though Lenovo has vastly toned down its heavy and unattractive UI, the software has become rather milquetoast. Stock Android makes up the majority of the UI, but Lenovo has included touches such as transparency and Gaussian blur that don't quite sync with the other pieces of the experience. The result is software that is perfectly usable while simultaneously lackluster.

Power isn't lacking with the Phab 2 Pro. Inside is a Snapdragon 652 processor that's been optimized for Tango. Paired with that is 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Performance is generally great, with the device breezing through standard tasks without issue. If the Phab 2 Pro was designed to function like most devices, it would excel, as it's easily able to accomplish the usual.

The issue is that the Phab 2 Pro isn't designed to function like most devices. As the first smartphone to utilize Tango technology, the Phab 2 Pro occupies a special role. It needs to stand as a leader and role model for future Tango devices. And in this aspect, it falls short.

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Though the Tango technology exists and is largely functional, it's far from perfect. In reality, the Phab 2 Pro functions as though it's still a test device, designed to find the bugs and work out the kinks of this new AR technology. This impression isn't far from the truth, as Tango is a young technology and it's never been implemented in something as compact as a smartphone before. It's a feat that Lenovo managed to fit all of the necessary tech into the Phab 2 Pro. The process involved close collaboration with hardware partners and some unorthodox maneuvers, such as designing holes into the main circuit board to allow room for the cameras and sensors.

At the time of writing, there are 32 apps that are designed for Tango. These apps encompass a range of uses from gaming to home improvement. And just like the varied uses, the experiences are also varied.

For months, Lenovo has been promoting the Lowe's Vision app for home improvement. Lowe's even sells the Phab 2 Pro within select stores. In real-world usage, however, the Lowe's Vision app is frustrating to use, often proving to be more of a hassle than it's worth. The number of steps involved to place a virtual piece of furniture is time-consuming and rarely works the first time around.

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The Wayfair app, however, takes the same concept and simplifies it. There's no measuring or note taking, you simply choose a piece of furniture and place it on an applicable surface. This drag-and-drop method proves to be painless, making it a breeze to quickly see how a piece of furniture will appear in the room.

With Tango, simpler is better.

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Another major focus of Tango is on gaming. The majority of the apps available are games, with options available for all ages. Though the first-person shooters are mildly entertaining (and a tad embarrassing when chasing phantoms through the grocery store aisles), the sandbox games such as Woorld and Towers for Tango were far more intriguing. These allow you to build off of your surroundings, and though often a bit glitchy, work to show the possibilities of Tango.

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Lenovo Phab 2 Pro6.5 / 10

Tango is a fascinating advancement, and one that could change the marketplace in the near future. But at this point, consumers should hold off on buying the Phab 2 Pro. When it works, Tango is great, not only useful, but also novel. But inconsistencies and bugs abound in this early version, and you'll be no stranger to app crashes and diverse glitches with the Phab 2 Pro.

We applaud Lenovo for taking the initiative to advance Tango, and particularly for working so hard to fit the technology into a compact smartphone. Though the Phab 2 Pro is an imperfect device, it paves the way for Tango's bright future, proving that the technology can be more than just a novelty, and that with time, Tango can be a powerful and reliable tool.

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We're giving away copies of Hotlap Heroes, Resident Evil 5, The Uncertain, and more with NVIDIA

Posted: 26 Dec 2016 12:02 PM PST

The holiday season is all about giving, and we're teaming up with NVIDIA to give away 43 assorted codes to ten major Android games. Titles up for grabs include Hotlap Heroes, Q*Bert Rebooted: SHIELD Edition, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Mercenary Kings, The Uncertain, Pavilion, Resident Evil 5, Kingdom New Lands, and GoNNER. Keep in mind that most of these games are NVIDIA SHIELD exclusive.

To win one of the 43 free codes for any one of the above games, just leave a comment below.

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We're giving away copies of Hotlap Heroes, Resident Evil 5, The Uncertain, and more with NVIDIA was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last 2 weeks (12/13/16 - 12/26/16)

Posted: 26 Dec 2016 11:57 AM 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.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

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DigiCal Calendar Agenda

Today's roundup is presented by DigiCal Calendar & Widgets from Digibites.

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13 new and notable Android apps and live wallpapers from the last 2 weeks (12/13/16 - 12/26/16) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Custom Quick Settings v2.0 cuts down on the clutter, adds live tiles, and more

Posted: 26 Dec 2016 11:42 AM PST

One of the big improvements in Android 7.0 was the addition of a proper editable quick settings panel. Apps can now create tiles for quick settings, but most of them are only adding one or two. Custom Quick Settings can add a ton of them that do all sorts of things. This app just got a big update to v2.0 with more powerful tiles and full control over which ones show up in your editing UI.

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Custom Quick Settings v2.0 cuts down on the clutter, adds live tiles, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Fake Galaxy Note7 Hotspot Creates Panic on Virgin America Flight

Posted: 26 Dec 2016 07:59 AM PST

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Traveling during the holidays is a particular stressful experience, as I'm sure people who have family in other cities or in other countries know too well. But what happens when someone on your flight decides to play a pretty idiotic joke without thinking of the other passengers? You'll find out in a while.

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 might be dead and buried, but the phablet is still capable of causing quite a great deal of panic.

iMore's Managing Editor, Serenity Caldwell reports that a Virgin America flight was almost diverted this week, after a passenger thought it would be funny to change the name of their SSID wireless device to "Samsung Galaxy Note7".

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 was banned from planes by the Department of Transportation, after several devices caught on fire within aircrafts. The same thing happened in Canada.

A passenger noticed the hotspot upon opening his laptop and alerted the cabin crew. A call went out urging the Galaxy Note7 owner to step forward. No one would admit to being guilty at first, but after the pilot warned passengers they would have to make an emergency landing, the culpable individual came forward.

Due to the issues, some subsequent flights were delayed leaving people to wait in endless lights for countless of hours. It's not clear whether any legal measures are going to be taken against the passenger with the dubious sense of humor.

[Twitter]

The post Fake Galaxy Note7 Hotspot Creates Panic on Virgin America Flight appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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Google Confirms Arrival of Flagship Android 2.0 Smartwatches in Early 2017

Posted: 26 Dec 2016 07:54 AM PST

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Not so long ago, a leak coming to us via @evleaks revealed Google plans to unveil two smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 in Q1 2017.

Back then we assumed, the intelligent timepieces will probably feature the Google or Pixel brand, but the latest information reveals this won't be the case. In an interview with The Verge, Google has confirmed that two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches are indeed coming.

However, the devices will be built in partnership with a third party manufacturers, pretty much like the Nexus family. Google is going to announce new hardware partners at CES 2017, next month.

On top of the two wearables, Google will roll out the Android Wear 2.0 update for most Android smartwatches. Here's the complete list of devices scheduled to get the new build:

  • Moto 360 Gen 2
  • Moto 360 Sport
  • LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG G Watch R
  • Polar M600
  • Casio Smart Outdoor Watch
  • Nixon Mission
  • Tag Heuer Connected
  • Fossil Q Wander
  • Fossil Q Marshal
  • Fossil Q Founder
  • Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch
  • Michael Kors Access Dylan Smartwatch
  • Huawei Watch
  • Huawei Watch Ladies
  • Asus ZenWatch 2
  • Asus ZenWatch 3

As you'd expect, Android Wear 2.0 is going to bring some new features to the table. Updated smartwatches will be able to run independent app and get Google Assistant and Android Pay support (only select models with NFC onboard).

While popularity of smartwatches is going down the drain, Google is doing everything in its power to renew the appeal of Android Wear. We'll see how Google's own slew of smartwatches will do, once it arrives on the market.

[The Verge]

The post Google Confirms Arrival of Flagship Android 2.0 Smartwatches in Early 2017 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.


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