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Nexus 6 set to receive Android 7.1.1 in January

Posted: 27 Dec 2016 02:14 PM PST

Google has confirmed that the Nexus 6, made by Motorola and released in November 2014, will receive an update to Android 7.1.1 Nougat in early January. This update makes the Nexus 6 the oldest Nexus device to still be supported with software updates, as the Nexus 5 has officially been retired without an update to Android 7.0. The update to Android 7.1.1 is notable for the Nexus 6, as it may end up as the device's final update.

Though Android 7.1.1 was officially released in the fall, the Nexus 6 was excluded without an official comment from Google. The company has now confirmed that it found a bug in the software specific to the Nexus 6. The offending issue has been rectified and the new update is slated to begin rolling out in early January.

Keep your eyes open, Nexus 6 owners, the update is coming.

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Lost Journey becomes the first ever $0.01 Play Store sale (probably by accident)

Posted: 27 Dec 2016 01:32 PM PST

Google is having a sale in the Play Store right now, and a lot of developers have their apps and games featured in it. One game in particular has the distinction of being really, really cheap. Lost Journey is literally as cheap as it can be without being free. It's $0.01 right now—yes, just a penny. This is probably a mistake.

Lost Journey is an adventure puzzler that plays with space and gravity to help you get around the level.

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Lost Journey becomes the first ever $0.01 Play Store sale (probably by accident) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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T-Mobile updating Galaxy Note 7 to prevent it from charging

Posted: 27 Dec 2016 01:09 PM PST

T-Mobile is updating its Samsung Galaxy Note 7, effectively rendering it useless. Yes, this update will disable charging of the battery altogether. You'll have a dead phone on your hands.

The update is 113.75MB and will require at least a 30% charge before installing. While this is a shame, folks shouldn't really be using their Note 7s in the first place. Nonetheless, it's still crazy that Samsung is remotely disabling the Note 7. T-Mobile is the first in the US to roll out this update, so we expect more to follow.

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How Much Would You Pay for a Phone with Dual-Batteries?

Posted: 27 Dec 2016 09:54 AM PST


Battery life is one of the trickiest issues when it comes to mobile phones. Most device manufacturers are striving to produce handsets that can offer longer life cycles, despite having to resort to things like removing the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Well what if we told you there's a phone that features a dual-battery pack? That's right, this device should provide you with enough juice that you won't have to get near the charging port for at least two days. Let us give you more details.


Obscure Chinese device maker, Gionee has unveiled the M2017 smartphone – a premium device with an interesting particularity.

The phone features a 5.7-inch display with 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution and relies on a Snapdragon 635 processor for power. Gionee also throws in 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage plus a main dual camera (12MP+13MP) plus an 8MP selfie snapper. Sadly the phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box

But the most interesting part is that the M2017 features two battery packs of 3,500 mAh capacity, amounting in total to a whopping 7,000 mAh. However, there's no microSD card slot or 3.5mm headphone jack.


While the Gionee M2017 might sound good on paper (although a Snapdragon 821 might have been more fitted), you most certainly won't like the price. The phone sells for a massive $1,368 CAD. The premium model which sports an Italian custom alligator leather back features an even more exorbitant $3,311 CAD price. Would you pay that much for a phone with a 7,000 mAh battery?


The post How Much Would You Pay for a Phone with Dual-Batteries? appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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BlackBerry Mercury with Android 7.0 Nougat Headed for CES 2017

Posted: 27 Dec 2016 09:44 AM PST


BlackBerry has mentioned a number of times it plans to move away from manufacturing and hardware and focus on its software products from now on. However, that doesn't mean we won't see new BlackBerry branded smartphones in the near future. Not by a long shot.

Chinese company TCL will now be in charge of manufacturing future BlackBerry device. Come CES 2017, the device maker will showcase the next-gen Berries. According to the rumor mill the BlackBerry Mercury is one of the devices which will see the light of day during the event.

The phone is said to come with a 4.5-inch touchscreen display but also an iconic QWERTY keyboard. Don't expect the Mercury to be a premium affair, as the device will carry middle-range specifications.

These include the above mentioned 4.5-inch display with unknown resolution, but also an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor working hand in hand with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone will be getting its juice from a 3,400 mAh battery and will run Android 7.0 Nougat onboard. It will also rock a fingerprint scanner hidden in the space bar.

So if LG's upcoming middle-range Nougat phones, the K10 and K8 won't do it for you, you'll also have the option to grab the BlackBerry Mercury. The device is said to be the last phone to be designed in-house by BlackBerry.

[Gizmo China]

The post BlackBerry Mercury with Android 7.0 Nougat Headed for CES 2017 appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Say Goodbye CyanogenMod and Hi to LineageOS

Posted: 27 Dec 2016 09:34 AM PST


Maybe you forgot to check the news feeds for the last few days due to the holidays, but an important announcement has been made over the weekend by Cyanogen Inc.

The company behind the forked Android version, CyanogenOS noted in a blog post the company will discontinue all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds starting December 31.

Not many additional details were given, except that CyanogenMod open source project will continue to live on. However, a few hours later the official announcement appeared on Cyanogen Inc.'s page,  CyanogenMod was officially pronounced dead (via Twitter).

But don't be sad. As ex-Cyanogen Inc. founder Steve Kondik hinted in a recent interview, CyanogenMod's legacy will continue on as LineageOS.

Anyway, at this point, people are busy trying to download copies of flashable ROM builds before CyanogenMod goes off line for good. But you shouldn't fret all that much, as the transition between the two should be achieved smoothly.

One of the team members calls LineageOS a "100% bare fork – LineageOS source == CyanogenMod source", while another revealed the plan is to allow users to update from CyanogenMod without the pain of reformatting. Stay tuned with us for new information on the topic.

As for Cyanogen Inc., the company's future lies with developing a sort of customizable Android alternative for Android OEMs called Modular OS.

What do you think of the new developments?

[Cyanogen Inc.]

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Samsung Internet for Gear VR Gets Blessed with WebVR Support

Posted: 27 Dec 2016 09:34 AM PST


VR was expected to make a big splash in 2016. It did somehow, but we're far from seeing its full potential unravel. The biggest problem is the lack of an extensive app ecosystem.

To make matters worse, some apps are only available in web browsers, which further limits their availability. But Samsung aims to make things better. The Korean tech giant has rolled out an update for its Samsung Internet for Gear VR which ads support for the relatively new WebVR 1.0.


With the new feature in place, Samsung says Gear VR owners can now expect to stumble across special/hidden images on some websites. Users will be able to view these images in 3D from different angles. However, do bear in mind that this function is delivered via the experimental JavaScript API which might come with a few bugs for the time being.


What's more the update will add a File Explorer in the Internet browser which will allow users to view videos and media content stored on USB drives connected via OTG. Gear VR owners will also be allowed to select a 360-degree image as a background for the browser, offered by graphics company OTOY.


You can download the latest version of the app from the Samsung Gear VR store if you are the owner of a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge.


The post Samsung Internet for Gear VR Gets Blessed with WebVR Support appeared first on Android in Canada Blog.

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Top 5 most popular Android apps from last week: Tiny Rails, Accubattery

Posted: 27 Dec 2016 07:19 AM PST

Every week we cover new Android apps with Fresh Meat on Wednesday, followed by Android Gaming on Thursday and Top 10 App Updates on Friday. When Monday rolls around, we look back to see which apps were the most appealing to our audience. Read on for the five most popular Android apps from last week. These apps are ones that are most likely new and haven't appeared in the top five list more than three times.

1. Contacts


App info: Contacts helps you stay in touch with the people you care about. Easily add contacts and edit information like their photo, phone number, and email. Save contacts to your Google Account and access them on any device. 


2. Gboard – The Google Keyboard


App info: Gboard has everything you love about Google Keyboard—speed and reliability, Glide Typing, voice typing, and more—plus Google Search built in. No more app switching; just search and share, right from your keyboard.


3. Sprinkle Junior

Sprinkle Junior

App info: A water-physics based playground for young children to play with! The Junior version of Sprinkle lets kids splash an unlimited amount of water in a variety of fun and playful environments!


4. Accubattery


App info: Accu Battery measures the actual battery usage using information from the battery charge controller. Battery usage per app is determined by combining these measurements with information on which app is in the foreground.


5. Tiny Rails

Tiny Rails

App info: Set out on adventure in Tiny Titan's immersive, world-spanning train game Tiny Rails! Your grandfather has handed down his train company and it's up to you to expand your modest engine into a multi-car masterpiece!


Note:  To ensure that all apps receive a fair chance to make the list, we will retire any app that has made the list for three consecutive weeks.

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NBA InPlay creates a second screen meta-game for pro basketball fans

Posted: 26 Dec 2016 04:17 PM PST

nbaI don't know much about baskets-the-ball - sorry fans, Cameron would probably write this article if he was still around. But I have to admit that the NBA has something interesting with InPlay, its latest official mobile app. InPlay automatically detects whatever game happens to be playing on TV in the background via the microphone, no matter what teams or which channel. But that's only the first cool part of the experience.

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NBA InPlay creates a second screen meta-game for pro basketball fans was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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