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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


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


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


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


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


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.

Moto X 2017 leak2

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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